As you can see, we live pretty darn close to the house where Meredith Kercher was murdered.  This is probably 1/2 a mile from our apartment.

Amanda Knox

On of the things Perugia is well know for back in the States and the Amanda Knox murder investigation.  If you don’t remember this, Amanda Knox was a US exchange student who lived in a house in Perugia with 4 other exchange students.  Her roommate was savagely murdered in the house they all shared and Amanda Knox was prosecuted for her murder.  She spent 4 years in prison here in Perugia as her trial was underway the first of which resulted in a guilt sentence only to be dismissed by an appeals court for lack of evidence.  A lot of Italians think she got away with murder.  The story is actually quite interesting.  You can read a lot more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meredith_Kercher.  They are actually in the middle of a 3rd trial.  Italy doesn’t have a double jeopardy law here (another difference we take for granted in the US) so they can try previously proven innocent people as many times as they want.  Needless to say, she decided to stay in Seattle for this one :)

One of the biggest fears when traveling is the lack of protection from your home country.  Being a US citizen means very little when you’re accused of breaking another country’s laws.  It’s a little scary actually.  I often walk around Perugia looking at the beauty and uniqueness and think that this is the last place Amanda would ever want to be.  I can imagine her terror over the whole situation.  Every time we walk out the door, it’s an adventure.  Not only do we have the language barrier to deal with, it’s a culture of people that think differently than we do.  It wouldn’t take much for the authorities to make life very hard for us if they wanted.  Part of it is all very, very scary.  But the adventure is so worth it :)  Think we’ll stay away from North Korea though :)

At any rate, here are some Amanda Knox related photos :)

As you can see, we live pretty darn close to the house where Meredith Kercher was murdered.  This is probably 1/2 a mile from our apartment.

As you can see, we live pretty darn close to the house where Meredith Kercher was murdered. This is probably 1/2 a mile from our apartment.

Here's Amanda Knox's house.  If I remember correctly, their apartment was on the lower level.

Here’s Amanda Knox’s house. If I remember correctly, their apartment was on the lower level.

If you look in the middle of the picture and up and to the right a little, you can see the roof of Knox's house.  The view is pretty amazing. It overlooks the valley.

If you look in the middle of the picture and up and to the right a little, you can see the roof of Knox’s house. The view is pretty amazing. It overlooks the valley.

The front door to the bar, "Le Chic" where she used to work.  She accused the owner, Diya Patrick Lumumba, of the murder after being coerced by police.  He ended up spending some time in prison and he's currently suing Knox for defamation.

The front door to the bar, “Le Chic” where she used to work. She accused the owner, Diya Patrick Lumumba, of the murder after being coerced by police. He ended up spending some time in prison and he’s currently suing Knox for defamation.

A view down the street from "Le Chic."

A view down the street from “Le Chic.”

This is the court house Knox was tried in on of the main squares in town.

This is the court house Knox was tried in on of the main squares in town.

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I'm a tinkerer from a long line of tinkerers who loves finding new ways to combine my passions into new and better experiences. I'm forever dreaming up new ideas and new ways of doing things with a technological bent. I'm an introvert at heart so "getting out and meeting new people" is a bit uncomfortable for me but I'm pushing through it. I love learning new new things and sharing them with people. Perhaps in another life I would of enjoyed being a teacher.

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I'm a tinkerer from a long line of tinkerers who loves finding new ways to combine my passions into new and better experiences. I'm forever dreaming up new ideas and new ways of doing things with a technological bent. I'm an introvert at heart so "getting out and meeting new people" is a bit uncomfortable for me but I'm pushing through it. I love learning new new things and sharing them with people. Perhaps in another life I would of enjoyed being a teacher.

  • Laura

    Wow I hadn’t put the two and two together…that you are in the same town as Amanda Knox lived.

    • http://udderance.com/ Tim Ivey

      Yup. I didn’t know about it when we first decided to come to Perugia until Ness mentioned something to me about it.

  • jlparke

    Tim, you may be interested in reading “The Monster of Florence” by Douglas Preston. It is a true story about a murder in Tuscany. The reason it will interest you is the prosecutor is the same one as the one on the Amanda Knox case. It will give you cause to question him and Amanda’s trial. It is an amazing story. You may be able to get in on Kindle. I am enjoying your adventure and Vanessa’s photography.

    • http://udderance.com/ Tim Ivey

      I’ll have to check that out. It’s hard not to get drawn into the story. It’s pretty gruesome and kinda gives me the hibby-jibbies but still strangely interesting. Like I said, it makes me happy we have all our laws back home.