Crime dramas and real reporting have captivated American audiences for decades.
Starting in print and then moving to radio, television, podcasts, and internet streaming, allowing the audience to feel like they are participating in the investigation of unsolved or disputed crimes permits for a loftier viewership. Suddenly, all of us are detectives, police, and arbiters thanks to the sense of realism these programs give us.
Did you listen to the Serial podcast? Did you watch Netflix’s hit Making a Murderer? Since then, both the case of Adnan Syed and Steven Avery have been reopened and reevaluated millions of times by professionals, amateur sleuths, and fans alike. Chances are they were the topic of conversation at your place of work for months afterward. Clearly, there’s something in this formula that works.
So who’s next on the list?
Ladies and gentlemen, your newest obsession: Amanda Knox.
These trailers are brilliant…
Much like other crimes and trials that have gone on to become famously rehashed by podcasts, documentaries, TV shows, and movies, the story of Amanda Knox is so riddled with questions, mysteries, and inexplicable procedures that we still hear about it nearly ten years later. In fact, though the murder of her roommate took place in 2007, it wasn’t until 2015 that Knox was fully cleared of all charges.
As a refresher: Amanda Knox was an American college student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. One of her flatmates was British study abroad student Meredith Kercher. After only about a month of being abroad, Kercher was found stabbed to death in the apartment, and the Italian police were quick to charge Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Meanwhile, an acquaintance named Rudy Guede, who had a criminal history of break ins and using a knife as a weapon, had fled to Germany.
After a lengthy, twisted, and highly-publicized series of trials, Knox was initially found guilty and imprisoned before being acquitted of all crimes in 2015. Guede was later charged with the murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison, but he is already enjoying small freedoms and less time thanks to his good behavior.
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We were already excited for the new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox, but the trailers the streaming service dropped this week surprised us in a way we certainly weren’t expecting: by playing the middle ground.
Now acquitted of the crimes committed against Kercher, the case looks very straightforward. Especially given the criminal record of Rudy Guede, it’s obvious who actually killed the British student… or is it?