The Summations: The Prosecutions’ Reconstruction Of The Events On The Night
Posted by Peter Quennell
This time-line for the evening of 1 November 1 2007 was presented by the prosecutors in court on Friday afternoon.
It was accompanied by a very graphic computer simulation of all the events described except for the arrival of Rudy Guede, the timing of which is unknown but seems to have been late - maybe around 11:30 pm.
This account seems to be of a premeditated attack on Meredith, in which Knox and Sollecito may have watched Meredith’s house from this position above in the park for an hour and a half before they even entered the house.
Meredith was inside the whole time.
We have left out the depiction of the final struggle with Meredith, which is extremely sad and disturbing. In the evidence phase this was testified-to behind closed doors at her family’s request and we have never posted anything from those sessions.
However, it is made clear that Meredith put up a tremendous fight over a period of 15 minutes with three strong attackers, before she finally succumbed.
15:48: Meredith texts to her English friends that she will be slightly late for her dinner meeting with them.
16:00 - Meredith leaves the house in Via della Pergola to go to the home of her friends. A few minutes later Raffaele and Amanda leave the cottage in Via della Pergola to go Sollecito’s place.
18:00 - Amanda Knox leaves Raffaele Sollecito’s house. This is indicated by cell phone records.
18:27 - Raffaele Sollecito interacts with his laptop to watch the film “Amelie” alone at home.
20:18 - Amanda Knox in Via Ulisse Rocchi receives a text message (sms) from Patrick Lumumba telling her not to come to work that night.
20.30 - Amanda Knox goes back to Via Garibaldi to the apartment of Raffaele Sollecito.
20:38 - Amanda sends a text message (sms) in reply to Patrick Lumumba.
20:46 - Sollecito turns off his mobile phone. He is still at home in Via Garibaldi.
20:45 – Meredith’s meal of pizza with her English friends ends. She starts off in the direction of Via della Pergola with a girlfriend who will leave her halfway to go to her own home.
21:00 - Meredith is at home, she eats a mushroom, she lies down on her bed, and she reads some university lecture notes.
21:10 - From this point on there is no more human interaction with Raffaele Sollecito’s computer.
21:45 - Amanda and Raffaele leave his apartment and go to the Piazza Grimana. Less than 100 meters away from the house in Via della Pergola, the two talk and watch the house and decide what to do. They show a suspicious attitude which is reported in court by the witness Curatolo
23:20 - Amanda opens the door of Via della Pergola.
23.20 - Amanda, Raffaele and Rudy enter the house in Via della Pergola, where Meredith is already present in her room [On the court video there is no simulation of the meeting between Amanda and Rudy, because the reconstruction is based on testimony, the autopsy evidence and medical findings.]
23:21 - Amanda and Raffaele go into Meredith’s bedroom, while Rudy goes into the bathroom.
23:25 - A scuffle begins between Amanda, helped by Raffaele, and Meredith. The English girl is taken by the neck, then banged against a cupboard. Rudy Guede enters and joins in.
23:30 - 23:45 Depiction in the timeline and computer simulation of a horrific struggle with Meredith
23:50 - Amanda and Raffaele take Meredith’s mobile phones and they leave the apartment. Guede goes into the bathroom to get several towels to staunch the blood, then puts a cushion under Meredith’s head.
00.10 - Meredith’s mobile phones are thrown into a garden in Via Sperandio.
00.15 - From this moment, there are no certainties on the times for the rearrangement of the crime scene carried out by Amanda and Raffaele Sollecito.
However according to the prosecution in the wee hours of the night Knox and Sollecito returned to the scene of their crime to try and clean up some footprints and to break the window glass of Filomena’s room. The aim was to simulate a robbery that ended in murder and they are charged with this too.
The translation here, by Tiziano and our other Italian-speakers, is from Il Messagero and other Italian newspapers.
What time was the failed call to Meredith’s mother? If I remember correctly, it was before 10 o’clock. I always thought perhaps the attack interrupted her call, or she made the call in an attempt for help. If the murder didn’t happen until much later, why did she never call her mother back? I suppose she could have accidentally called her mom and then hung up when she realized it before she could answer…
This scenario doesn’t even have Amanda and co. entering the house until 11:20 pm. Why so late? Couldn’t the murder have taken place prior to 9:45, and then Amanda and Raffaele went up to the Piazza to watch the house to see if cops would arrive, etc.??
Has the consensus always been that the murder occurred this late?
Nara Capezzali heard a long piercing scream from a woman at approximately 23:30.
That kind of scream, the witness described, suggests the physical attack was already in progress. Subsequently after the loud scream they killed the victim and left the cottage.
The scream heard by Nara Capezzali fits the timeline presented by the prosecution.
Hi MfromBoston. It sometimes doesnt seem like it but this really is the trial for Sollecito too. He did not speak on the stand during the evidence phase and his team was lower-key than Knox’s. His lead attorney was absent from the court quite often, as she is a member of the ruling party in Rome. His defense summation is coming up next.
This timeline now puts something into perspective for me that has never quite make sense: i.e. why did RG use the toilet and not flush (which generally speaking is an automatic action after using a toilet, particularly in someone else’s home) when he would have known that this was leaving evidence if he was planning a murder.
My take on this now is that RG did not really understand what AK & RS were planning. They had waited for him to arrive so that they could stitch him up. When they entered, he had an urgent call of nature.
AK & RS set their plan in motion to teach MK a violent lesson, perhaps with the clear intention of killing her. RG jumped up off the toilet in a frantic hurry when the screams started, yanked up his trousers, obviously didn’t think to flush, and was drawn directly into the attack by either AK or RS (or both) who then rearranged the crime scene at a later stage to implicate RG.
If this is indeed correct, then RG could have negotiated his sentence (initially) with a plea bargain and turning State’s Witness. It would be appropriate that AK & RS get a much harsher sentence if found guilty, because they seem to be the conniving master-minds behind this atrocity.
i thought there was RG dna on meredith in such a way as to suggest some sexual involvement if not completed rape. i always thought that rudy’s stomach problems were a result of nerves, i.e. he was involved in the sexual part of the attack and when it went too far (with his assistance) he got sick. so sad we will probably never know the truth.
Hi Gramjam. In several Italian newspapers, the attack is described in harrowing detail. And the court of course saw considerably more. Guede is depicted as attacking Meredith just as you understood.
There is not much Italian readers dont know. There were DOZENS of evidence points. Those many that Judge Micheli listed in his report sending Knox and Sollecito to trial, and many more.
We translated the whole of the Micheli report, but we never posted those worst sections - that autopsy etc evidence was heard behind closed doors and it had several of our translators in tears, so enough seemed enough at the time.
Had we translated and posted the whole of the Micheli report, could that have impacted American opinion a year ago and changed its whole course on the case?
Almost certainly yes. The descriptions are HORRIFIC. And there is no way in the world that that attack on Meredith was carried out by a single person.
But at least we put much of Micheli out there in the English-speaking world. .
Most Italian watchers of the case will know full well all that Micheli said. The UK media published only brief, mild excerpts of Judge Micheli’s report. The US media published NONE AT ALL.
Had the US media done so, we might have avoided a year of the “there is no evidence” claims, and the American media doing cartwheels over those mean anti-American Italians framing two poor innocent Americans.
Oops! Wasn’t one of them Italian?
yes, and with all that said, it is curious why AK’s parents continue to protest about no evidence. have they seen/read all that you have mentioned? are they just not in touch with reality or just assuming that NOONE in the united states has access to the micheli report and continue to ignore the obvious truth?
Hi Gramjan. The new post at the top now addresses your point. which others were curious about too. Thanks for posting it here. It helped.
Hello all. To be “introduce” myself, I have been reading all I could find on this case since the assault and murder of Meredith. The evidence conclusively points to the guilt of all three (RG, AK, RS). I have a question about the post above: “21:00 - Meredith is at home, she eats a mushroom, she lies down on her bed, and she reads some university lecture notes.” Is that mushroom psilocybin (magic mushrooms) or the regular fungus? Maybe this is a just a matter of an odd translation or typo? I never read anything about her doing drugs, ever in her life, not that any use would excuse or rationalize the violence she endured. Thank you to the posters/webmasters and translators involved with this site! It is the only one with the real story in English.
The premeditative action is that of switching off their mobile phones, which points towards some plan that none of their statements provide a plausibile reason.
The evidence presented about the staged break-in is the crux of the argument that links Amanda (or someone know to Meredith) to the crime. Further to this the sequence of telephone calls around the time the body was discovered directs the finger of suspicion towards the accused.
The written confession by Amanda where she agreed that she was at the apartment and then named a black man of being the perpetrator cannot be dismissed as pure coincidence when later it was discovered that Rudy was there.
The timelines above sit fairly comfortable with me, but I do feel that Rudy’s role was more prominent in this that is suggested. He was the person that forensics link to the sexual assault and the reason of his presence there is not easily explained. I have my own conclusions, but don’t want to write them here.
I am ready for a guilty verdict now and hope this will be the catalyst to push the 3 to divulge more of what they know.
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