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OPEN THREAD: The Murder of Meredith Kercher

Anyone interested in continuing the discussion begun in the previous open thread about the November, 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy can begin posting below.

Few crimes about which I’ve blogged or even written about professionally have generated the sort of ongoing discussion this case has. In the most recent open thread about this case — more than 3700 comments long — it seems like there are posts from just about anyone you can think of who might have even the most tangential association with the story — from the stepfather of American student Amanda Knox, one of the suspects in Ms. Kercher’s murder, to commentary from one of my favorite novelists, Douglas Preston (I’ve read every book Mr. Preston has written with Lincoln Childs — in FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast they created one of my favorite modern fictional detectives).

It’s the numerous regulars who make these open threads interesting reading, though. You know who you are.

When I first began researching and writing about this case, I felt a great deal of suspicion about the guilt of the main suspects — Amanda Knox, her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede.

But in the months since the story broke I’ve begun to feel that the facts of the case as reported by the press are now confused, and confusing.

I can also understand the mistrust that Douglas Preston has expressed regarding the prosecutor on the case, Giuliano Mignini. If you familiarize yourself with Preston’s own Mignini-related troubles while researching one of Italy’s greatest unsolved serial murder cases, you quickly “get” his suspicions about the prosecutor’s trustworthiness.

Yet I can’t say my suspicions about Ms. Knox or Mr. Sollecito have been completely eliminated, and I feel almost certain that Rudy Guede is probably just where he should be — in jail, accused of being the main actor in Meredith Kercher’s murder.

I wish I had the wherewithal to go to Italy and see what I could dig up as an investigative journalist, but I don’t.

So discuss away. I do try to read each post, but I generally don’t comment much myself unless things get crazy. Please keep it civil, sane, and most of all, on-topic. Please know, too, that I reserve the right to delete any post for any reason.