Upcoming Lifetime movie ‘The Amanda Knox Story’ is going to get a lot of attention when it is released next year, if art imitates life. The true story the movie is based on turned into a wild media circus as the world watched the trial of American college student Amanda Knox, a.k.a “Foxy Knoxy”, who was accused of taking part in brutally killing her roommate in Italy. So while Hayden Panettiere starring in the titular role, as Variety reports, will get the Lifetime movie ‘The Amanda Know Story’ plenty of attention, the true story here is definitely enough to make this one must-see TV.
So what is the true story behind ‘The Amanda Knox Story’, and how will the Lifetime movie portray the events surrounding the murder of Amanda Knox’s roommate? TruTv.com has a detailed account of the true story of Amanda Knox’s trial, but the most important questions in the case may never be definitively answered.
Amanda Knox was an American college student attending the Università per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy that ended up sharing a cottage with Meredith Kercher, a student hailing from a small town near South London. Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox seemed to hit it off well at first by all accounts, but Amanda Knox’s frequent visitors, including boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, at the cottage the two shared would be one of the reasons they eventually drifted apart.
After attending a Halloween party with her Italian boyfriend, Meredith Kercher and a few of her friends spent the day together watching a movie before she walked home. The night of November 1, 2007 would be her last.
The next day, a neighbor called police after finding two cell phones in a garden outside, fearing they were meant to detonate a bomb. The police traced Meredith Kercher’s phone back to the cottage and broke inside, discovering her bloody body wrapped in a duvet on the floor of her room.
But the events that took place on the night of Meredith Kercher’s death are still a mystery, with Amanda Know and boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito changing their stories multiple times throughout the investigation. In one account, they were at Raffaele’s house all night long on the computer (police determined the computer had not been used most of the evening). In another account, Amanda Knox was at home and heard the murder. In another, Raffaele Sollecito was too high and confused to even remember if Amanda Knox was with him all night or not.
Raffaele claimed that he tried to call the police to report a break in at the cottage, but records revealed that the calls were not made until after the police showed up. Amanda Knox also slipped up by describing the crime scene, when she had before told police that she had no idea Meredith Kercher’s body was behind her locked bedroom door.
Raffaele Sollecito’s house smelled of bleach that morning, and a witness at a supermarket testified that he had seen Amanda Knox at his store that morning, when she testified she had been at Raffaele’s apartment. The police found a receipt from the supermarket there.
Amanda Knox’s next story was that Patrick Diya Lumumba, a bar owner whom she worked for, had killed Meredith Kercher. She claimed that he had been infatuated with Meredith for some time, and had come home with her that fateful night. She claimed she heard Meredith screaming that night, but simply plugged her ears.
However, this story didn’t hold up, as Patrick Diya Lumumba was able to prove that he was at his bar all evening. Lumumba is now suing Amanda Knox for defamation.
Fingerprints at the crime scene did come back matching those of another man, drug dealer and thief Rudy Hermann Guede. He told police that he had met Meredith Kercher at the Halloween party, and that the two had had consensual sex on the night she died. He told police that he was in the bathroom when someone broke in and killed Meredith. Guede stated that he saw a man he thought to be Raffaele in the room who told Guede that he would be blamed for the crime before leaving. DNA evidence did end up getting Guede a 30-year sentence, but police were still convinced that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were connected to the crime.
Police had found the blood of both Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher in their bathroom sink. There were also fingerprints; a welt on Amanda Knox’s neck that could have been the result of a struggle with Meredith Kercher; and the allegation that the knife used in the murder to stab Meredith Kercher in the neck came from her own kitchen (although the murder weapon has never been identified). It wasn’t long before the world was captivated by the Amanda Knox trial, dubbing her “Foxy Knoxy” and intensively covering the proceedings.
A lot was made of Foxy Knoxy’s good looks and the strange calm she exhibited during the trial. Some police reported that she exhibited bizarre behavior, like turning cartwheels at the police station. The press wanted to paint Foxy Knoxy as a beauty who could bend men to do terrible things, while friends and family members painted a picture of a normal, sweet girl.
While her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito’s online activities included a fascination with “extreme sex”, it was still Foxy Knoxy painted as the beguiling beauty who led him to participate in a murder. However, she pondered in her prison diary over whether Raffaele Sollecito had tried to frame her for the murder. DNA from both Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher was found on a knife at his home, but he contended that Meredith had cut herself when the three were cooking together. Someone also looked up “bleach” and “blood” on his computer the morning after the murder.
Friends described the behavior of Amanda Knox and her boyfriend after the murder as rather shocking: the two went on dinner dates and even shopped for lingerie together, further adding to the mystique of “Foxy Knoxy” and the man seemingly enamored with her.
But the Italian law enforcement’s behavior has also been under fire, with allegations of tampering with evidence; contaminated evidence; and mishandling of the case from the start. The prosecutor in the case alleges that Raffaele Sollecito held Meredith Kercher down while Guede raped her, and Amanda Knox taunted her with the knife before cutting her throat in a deadly sex game. Many have fought on behalf of Amanda Knox, alleging that “Foxy Knoxy” has been given an unfair trial.
However, Amanda Knox is currently serving a 26-year jail sentence, and Raffaele Sollecito was convicted of the same crimes. There are still many unanswered questions in the case, and what really went on the night of Meredith Kercher’s murder may forever remain a mystery.
So how will the Lifetime movie portray Amanda Knox? I’m guessing that, since Hayden Panettiere has been cast in the role, ‘The Amanda Knox Story’ is going to be sympathetic towards the titular character. If the movie was going to paint a darker picture of Foxy Knoxy, I’m betting someone not quite as well known as Hayden Panettiere, who just has that sweet and innocent look to her, would have been cast to ensure that the audience didn’t feel a connection to the murderous minx.
So will the Lifetime movie ‘The Amanda Knox Story’ show us a girl led astray by the men she kept company with, or will it take a chance and vilify her? And will the movie just focus on the trial, or choose one of the many versions of the murder told to portray? We’ve got a while to wait and see, but the true story here is far more intriguing than a movie about it could ever be.