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The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher (Kindle Single) (English Edition)

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Douglas Preston , John Douglas , Mark Olshaker , Steve Moore , Judge Michael Heavey , Jim Lovering , Thomas Lee Wright

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DESCRIPTION: "Amidst all the sound and fury surrounding the Italian murder trial of American student Amanda Knox, two people have been largely forgotten. One is the victim, Meredith Kercher, who was by all accounts a lovely, intelligent young woman full of great promise. Her murder was a terrible tragedy. The other is Rudy Guede—the actual murderer. This book shows that the evidence against Guede was overwhelming from the beginning. That he committed the crime alone, without help, is also beyond question. Guede was convicted in a fast-track trial and sentenced to 16 years in prison. But with time off for good behavior, he may be able to gain daytime release privileges as early as this year. Meanwhile, the endless judicial persecution of Amanda and her Italian friend and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, continues unabated. Many people I speak to are still uncertain what to believe. They wonder if, perhaps, Amanda and Raffaele might have had something to do with the murder. Some people find it hard to accept that two completely innocent people could linger for so long under a cloud of suspicion, or that the criminal-justice system of a civilized European country could manufacture guilt out of thin air. Others have been influenced by the online industrial complex of Amanda-haters and conspiracy mongers, who have spread their falsehoods everywhere on the web. Many have made up their minds, but there are others who genuinely want to know the truth. "The Forgotten Killer", prepared by some of the country’s leading experts in criminology, forensic science, crime scene analysis, and legal procedure, at long last presents the truth..." - Douglas Preston in Chapter One of "The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher".

AUTHORS: DOUGLAS PRESTON is a journalist and author who has published 25 books, nonfiction and fiction, several of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. JOHN DOUGLAS, who served as special agent for the FBI for twenty-five years, is the Bureau’s pioneer of behavioral profiling and modern criminal investigative analysis. He authored the landmark study of incarcerated serial offenders that ultimately led to the FBI’s operational profiling program. MARK OLSHAKER is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling nonfiction author who has worked closely with many of the nation’s leading experts in law enforcement and criminal justice. STEVE MOORE retired from the FBI following a 25-year career as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent. During his tenure, he ran Al Qaeda investigations for the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Los Angeles, and later headed the investigation of terror attacks against the US throughout Pakistan and Asia. Steve has received multiple awards from the US Department of Justice for his successful US and overseas investigations, which ran the gamut from bombings to school shootings, anthrax threats to kidnappings and murders to international terrorist organizations. JUDGE MICHAEL HEAVEY is a distinguished former lawmaker and jurist who has become a champion for the rights of those wrongfully convicted. He is the founder of "Judges for Justice", a non-profit organization committed to providing independent, impartial, and experienced judicial analysis of cases of alleged innocence... JIM LOVERING is a retired businessman with an interest in criminal justice and wrongful convictions who, along with other experts, developed a definitive archive of accurate information about the murder of Meredith Kercher. THOMAS LEE WRIGHT is a writer and filmmaker whose documentaries on social justice issues have shown on television and around the world. During the time of Amanda Knox’s incarceration, he co-founded to make up-to-date facts on her case available to the media and the general public. ADIL DARA KIM designed the cover of this book.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clear and convincing 30. Januar 2014
Von David H. Peterzell PhD PhD - Veröffentlicht auf
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I wonder if it would do any good to send an Italian translation of this to the court that is currently deciding the Knox-Sollecito trial in Florence. Do the facts even matter to them? It seems so obvious. Rudy Guede committed the murder during a botched robbery, after which he fled the country

This book provides a concise and internally consistent account of what almost certainly happened, starting with the data at the crime scene. The authors detail the overwhelming -and straightforward- evidence to suggest that Guede was the murderer and acted alone. Along the way, the authors detail the inept or corrupt (more often corrupt, I see) behaviors -and apparent motives- of police, DNA "experts," prosecutors, and the courts (and the media and internet fanatics). At only 81 pages (it costs almost nothing), it is concise, clear and convincing. The authors other opinions, commentary and updates can be found at the Injustice in Perugia website.

I found the second, third and fourth chapters especially compelling, as they were written by forensic and legal experts assessing 1) data obtained from the crime scene itself (Douglas and Olshaker), 2) known aspects of the investigation (Moore), and 3) court findings (Heavey and Lovering). I strongly recommend these three chapters to anyone interested in reviewing actual data from the crime, the investigation, and trials that followed. I wonder if this book has the power to change minds of those who think Knox and Sollecito are guilty. I would hope so - the case as presented by prosecutors and police seems to be completely discredited.

The authors of these three chapters often times paint a compelling picture of the motives and missteps of Guede, the prosecutors, and the courts. Each analysis incorporates keen observations and analysis by experts who often point out the neglected but obvious. Among other things, the chapter on the crime scene includes sensible attempts at profiling the criminal, while also discussing evidence to suggest a single offender. The chapter on the investigation is perhaps the most chilling. Moore begins by documenting "target fixation" upon Knox and Sollecito, but then documents evidence to suggest that the prosecutors and others were in fact lying, suppressing evidence, and fabricating data to convict the two. Moreover, Moore explains the absurd conditions under which Knox's "confession" (actually NOT a confession) was extracted. The chapter on the courts details the strange maneuvering of the judge in the first trial, as well as the evidence-based no-nonsense approach taken by the appeals judge. But a chilling aspect of the third trial is that it seems motivated by, and perhaps supports, a trial based on insinuation as opposed to fact-based descriptions. A guilty verdict could restore pride in a system that was determined to be completely wrong in the second trial. The authors note that in an omenous move, the Nencini court denied all defense requests in a preliminary hearing while agreeing to those of the prosecution.

There's much more here than what I've described. By better understanding the murderer (Guede), the evidence and its implications, and what motivated the travesty that followed, one is in a better position to understand what happened... and why Guede is clearly guilty... and why Knox and Sollecito are clearly innocent.

UPDATE January 31, 2014. The most recent verdict may have been predictable. But to anybody who has followed the case honestly, and examined the evidence, it is clear that Sollecito and Knox are innocent. My solution? I make occasional donations to the Sollecito and Knox defense funds, which can be found at the Injustice in Perugia website.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must Read 29. Januar 2014
Von mary wettack - Veröffentlicht auf
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This nonfiction book is a page-turner. The combination of science, experts and insights is straight forward and shocking! The book read's like a detective novel and gives a crystal clear picture of Amanda's innocence and what really happened to Meredith Kercher.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It makes you feel sick that such an injustice can be allowed to take place 30. Januar 2014
Von K.Hawthorne - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is one of the best written and definitely credible book that I have read about the subject. I wish it had come out earlier as I think it would have had a much better impact at the beginning of this latest witch hunt. The authors focus on the evidence(or lack of it) instead of the usual biased and nasty character assassinations and pure gossip. The Kercher say they need answers (fair enough when you have been surrounded by people that have lied and manipulated constantly), well here is their chance!! There is no better book.

Well done!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen REALLY SCARY CIRCUMSTANCES.. 30. Januar 2014
Von DexterDon - Veröffentlicht auf
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First thing I understand do not travel to Italy..Their justice system is horrible, Law Enforcement not much better.
Great Read, lots of facts, 4 years in prison and NOT guilty...READ the book it will open your eyes
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pro-Bono All Stars Mad As Hell 1. Februar 2014
Von Thomas Mininger - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is an awesome collection of case analysis from pros in murder investigation and forensics, law, and journalism. There are many good books on the Kercher case now but I rank this number one for describing the actual crime clearly and concisely.

The chapter by FBI pioneer of criminal profiling John Douglas is presented as if it were a consultation on an unsolved case from the FBI to a local police department. This gives excellent insight into how skilled professionals integrate different forms of evidence together to draw logical conclusions. The profiles given on the Criminal Minds TV show are a little bit reality and a whole lot of dramatization. This is the REAL deal.

The chapter by FBI murder investigator Steve Moore reveals what goes through a seasoned investigator's mind as he processes the crime scene and follows the evidence towards a conclusion. There is a constant danger of reversing the process as the Italian police did in this case: fixating too soon on a conclusion and pretzeling the evidence to try and fit it.

I was touched by Moore's own recollections about the heavy responsibility of handling informants as he talked about Guede.
"Each time I had them released after a petty offense, I knew that I "owned" whatever they did while they should have been serving a month in jail." You can feel his fear.

The chapter by Doug Preston describes his terrifying encounter with Prosecutor Mignini where he was brought in for interrogation and accused of heinous crimes because he disagreed with Mignini's crime theory on The Monster of Florence case. Preston was a worldly author/journalist in fear he would never leave for home with his family again. It makes one shiver at the thought of naive twenty year old Amanda Knox in an unrecorded middle of the night interrogation at the Perugia police station.

The chapter by Judge Heavey gave an excellent overview about how the case against Knox and Sollecito veered out of control right from the start and how judges covered up everybody's mistakes instead of owning up to them. This chapter left me hungry for more though. I was hoping for more detail about all the sabotaging false evidence leaks that came before important early hearings for Amanda and Raffaele. Maybe this chapter could be expanded.

I understand though this book is meant to be concise. It is essential for understanding the huge difference between the crime itself and the catastrophic railroad case against Knox and Sollecito, which does nothing but dishonor the memory of Meredith Kercher.
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