Monday, November 29, 2010

Explaining The Massei Report: The Timeline For Events Before, During, And After The Night #2

Posted by catnip

The Masssei Timeline After Midnight 1 Nov

We continue here from Post #1 These two posts list all of the events precisely timed in the Massei Report. Page numbers shown in brackets are those in the original Italian version.

There are plenty of mentions of imprecise occasions and general time periods, such as when Rudy told Giorgio Cocciaretto about liking Amanda (p26) or when lawyer Palazzoli found out their stolen computer had been recovered in Milan (p33), but they are not listed here.

02 November 2007

00:10:31 Meredith’s English phone has a call, via cell 25622, which covers Via Sperandio but not Via della Pergola (p337, p350).

00:58 A 4-second Web connection occurs on Raffaele’s laptop, with QuickTime contacting the Apple server home page from 00:58:50 to 00:58:53: possibly an ad window listing multimedia files available from Apple opens and closes (p331, p332).

05:32”“06:00 Activity on Raffaele’s MacBookPro laptop begins for the day: the VLC application attempts to open an MP3 file and crashes three times: at 05:32:09, 05:32:12, 05:32:13. iTunes successfully plays the MP3 files for the next half hour (p327).

06:02:59 Raffaele’s phone, located in Corso Garibaldi, receives an SMS from his father (p339). The SMS was sent at 23:14 the previous night (p340).

07:45 Quintavalle sees Amanda at his store (p383).

Around 9:00 As Mrs Lana and her husband are readying to leave to go to the police station to report the previous night’s menacing phone call, their son Allessandro finds a mobile phone, a Motorola, in the yard in front of the house, about 15-20 metres distant from the road above their house; thinking that one of the police officers had dropped it the night before, Mrs Lana phones the police station, and is asked to bring the mobile phone in (pp12-13).

09:24 Raffaele receives a call from his father, 248 seconds long, to see if they have left for their Gubbio excursion (p342, p383).

09:29 Raffaele receives a call, 38 seconds long (p342).

09:30 Raffaele, in Corso Garibaldi, receives a call from his father (p342).

10:00 Meredith and Robyn were intending to meet at a lecture at the University, not realizing that it was a public holiday; around this time Robyn tries calling Meredith several times without getting a response; Robyn finds out about Meredith’s murder later that afternoon at Police Headquarters, where she meets Amanda and Raffaele for the first time (p21).

Around 10:15 Mrs Lana and her husband, bringing the mobile phone their son found in their yard, arrive at the police station; the postal police officer on duty, Director Bartolozzi, takes custody of it and later in the morning will identify it as belonging to Filomena Romanelli (p13).

Around 11am Amanda, per her testimony, returns to Via della Pergola to have a shower in preparation for a planned excursion to Gubbio with Rafffaele (p347).

11:38 Director Bartolozzi establishes that the Motorola phone handed in by Mrs Lana belongs to Filomena Romanelli (p14).

Around about 11:45-12:00 A little after Mrs Lana and her husband have left the police station, their daughter Fiammetta tells them about finding a second mobile phone in the yard not far from where the first one was found; she heard it ringing; when the phone is brought inside and placed on the table, it rings, and the name “Amanda” appears on the display; Director Bartolozzi of the Postal Police is immediately informed about this and requests that the second phone also be brought in (p13).

Around 12:00 Bartolozzi at the Postal Police sends Inspector Michele Battistelli and Assistant Fabio Marzi to No 7 Via della Pergola to make enquiries; they will have some difficulty in finding the house (p14).

Around 12:00-12:10 Filomena, having borrowed her boyfriend Marco’s car, picks up her friend Paola Grande from Luca Altieri’s house, intending to visit the All Saints Fair in the Massian Fields, but before arriving there, Amanda rings saying there is something strange: she found the door open; had a shower; thought it strange that there was some blood; and that she was going to go to Raffaele’s; in response to Filomena’s question of where Meredith was, Amanda replies that she doesn’t know (pp16-17).

12:07:02 Meredith’s English phone receives a call via cell 25622, which covers Via Sperandio, where the phone was thrown away during the night (p337). The 16-second call is from Amanda, located at Raffaele’s house (p346).

12:08:44 Amanda, located at Raffaele’s, calls Filomena for 68 seconds, telling her about the disturbing things she has seen at the cottage, but, surprisingly, does not tell her that she has already tried contacting Meredith and was unsuccessful (p346, p347).

12:11:02 Meredith’s Italian phone, in cell SVSMdCs1, receives a 3-second call from Amanda Knox’s phone at Raffaele’s house; the call goes to Voicemail (p338, p346, p348).

12:12:35 Amanda, still at Raffaele’s house, receives a call from Filomena, 36 seconds (p346).

Around 12:15-12:20 Mrs Lana is at the Postal Police offices again, and hands the second mobile phone, an Ericcson, over to Inspector Bartolozzi, who is unsuccessful in identifying its owner; this makes him think that the phone’s SIM card belongs to a foreign service provider (pp13-14).

12:20:44 Amanda, still at Raffaele’s house, receives another call from Filomena, 65 seconds (p346).

Meanwhile Filomena, worried by Amanda’s phone call, tries calling her, unsuccessfully; then, on getting through, Amanda tells her about the broken window in her (Filomena’s room) and everything being turned over; Filomena, extremely worried now, calls her boyfriend to ask him to go to the cottage to find out what happened; her boyfriend Marco, because Filomena has his car, calls Luca Altieri, and together they go to the cottage, where they arrive, “almost simultaneously” with Filomena and Paola, around 13:00 (p17).

Around 12:30 Battistelli and Marzi from the Postal Police, after having driven up and down Viale Sant’Antonio twice, and Battistelli having to get out on foot, finally find the house “a little after 12:30, as it seemed to the two police officers”; there they find Amanda and Raffaele outside the cottage, seated near the end of the gated lane, just outside the wall underneath Filomena’s window, whose two Persian blinds were closed to, with the one on the right (as seen by an onlooker) being “slightly more open”; Amanda and Raffaele tell the Postal Police they are waiting for the carabinieri, who they had just called (p14).

A little after the Postal Police’s arrival at the cottage (time indeterminant)  Director Bartolozzi calls Inspector Battistelli, informing him of the second phone found by Mrs Lana; it is considered that, since both phones were found near each other in terms of time and space, and one of the phones belongs to Filomena Romanelli, perhaps she will be able to shed light on the second phone as well (p15).

12:34:56 Amanda, now at Via della Pergola, receives another call from Filomena, 48 seconds (p346).

12:35 Raffaele’s phone, located at Via della Pergola, contacts his service provider for a credit topup (p342).

12:38 Vodafone sends Raffaele an SMS regarding the credit topup; he is at Via della Pergola (p342).

12:40   Raffaele, at Via della Pergola, receives a call from his father, 67 seconds (p342).

12:43 Meredith’s English phone receives a call via cell 25622, which covers Via Sperandio (p337). Subsequent calls are routed via cell 25603, which covers the Postal Police offices (p338).

12:47:43 Amanda calls the US for 88 seconds from Via della Pergola (p346).

12:50:34 Raffaele calls his sister, 39 seconds, from Via della Pergola (p342).

12:51:40 Raffaele calls the emergency number from Via della Pergola, 169 seconds, to advise the Carabinieri of an apparant burglary (p342).

12:54 Raffaele calls the emergency number from Via della Pergola for a second time, 57 seconds (p342).

Around 13:00 Filomena Romanelli and Laura Mezzetti, and separatel;y, their respective boyfriends, Marco Zaroli and Luca Altieri, arrive at the cottage (p15).

Filomena assumes the Postal Police are there because of the open front door, the broken window and the room that has been turned over; she is surprised when they show her two phone numbers, written on a piece of paper, an Italian number and an English number; Filomena explains that both numbers are in use by Meredith, the English phone for her family, and the Italian one she (Fiolmena) loaned to Meredith for use in Italy; the news about where the phones were found begins to make everyone fearful as to what might have happened, especially as Meredith would never abandon the English Erisccson phone because she was in continuous contact with her family on account of her mother’s poor health (p17)

Filomena quickly checks her room and finds nothing is missing (p18); she even tells Marzi that nothing is missing, “it’s all here” (p43); concern for Meredith increases, especially as Meredith’s door is locked; when Amanda explains that Meredith always locks her door, even when having a shower, Filomena is alarmed, because the one and only time Meredith locked her door was when she went back to England for a couple of days; the decision is made to break open Meredith’s door (p18).

A little after 13:00, around 13:15 Meredith Kercher’s body is found on the floor of her room in the upper floor apartment of a cottage at No 7, Via della Pergola, Perugia (p1, p10).

Around 13:15 Battistelli ushers everyone out of the cottage and declares a crime scene; Marco Zaroli sees the inspector enter the room, the inspector denies this (p20).

13:17:10 Meredith’s Italian phone, off or unreachable, is called by the service centre through cell SVSMdCs7 for 1 second (p338, p348).

13:24:18 Amanda, from Via della Pergola, calls the same US number as she did at 12:47, which is her mother’s, this time for 162 seconds (p346).

13:27:32 Amanda calls another US number, for 26 seconds (p347).

13:29:00 Amanda, in Via della Pergola, receives a 296 second call from a Perugia landline (p347).

Around 13:30 The murder investigation opens (p20). Public Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini is summoned and a criminal investigation into Meredith’s murder officially begins.

13:40:12 Raffaele receives an incoming call from his father, 94 seconds (p342).

13:50 Raffaele receives an incoming call from his father, 178 seconds (p342).

13:50:06 Amanda calls US xxx350 for 350 seconds from Via della Pergola (p347).

13:58:33 Amanda attempts to call her mother, 1 second (p347).

14:33 Raffaele receives an incoming call from his father, 21 seconds (p343).

14:46:14 Amanda receives a call from Germany for 102 seconds, probably her aunt Dorothy Craft (p347).

15:13:43 Meredith’s Italian phone, off or unreachable, is called by the service centre, cell not reported on the printouts (p338, p348).

15:31:50 Amanda receives an SMS from xxx078, 1 second; at this point she is at Police Headquarters; later calls go to Voicemail because the phone is unreachable (p347)

17:01 Raffaele, located at Police Headquarters, receives an incoming call from his father, 164 seconds (p343).

17:42 Raffaele, located at Police Headquarters, receives an incoming call from his father, 97 seconds (p343).

Sometime in the afternoon/evening Giacomo Silenzi, on his way back to Perugia and on the train at Porto San Giorgio with Stefano Bonassi, receives news of Meredith’s death (p25).

03 November 2007

14:16 Raffaele’s landline receives two unanswered calls from his father’s landline (p343).

06 November 2007

02:47 The “Last Modified” date is set on the multimedia file Stardust on Raffaele’s laptop (?was a password needed?), overwriting the previous last modified date. At this time, both Raffaele and Amanda were at Police Headquarters (p332).

13 November 2007

Raffaele’s portable Apple MacBookPro and 300D ASUS, Amanda’s Toshiba laptop serial number 7541811OK, Meredith’s G4 iBook, and Patrick Lumumba’s HP computer serial number 375052-001 become available (in a big box) for examination by the Postal Police (p321, p322).


amanda’s calls home start at 3:47 am local seattle time….and yet mom has the presence of mind to call aunt dorothy to get the ball rolling to get amanda out of italy.

Posted by mojo on 12/01/10 at 07:59 AM | #

one need only to read about the texas cadet murder to realize that amanda’s motive was probably jealousy, pure and simple.

Posted by happygram on 12/01/10 at 09:19 AM | #

Two things: (and by the way, this work is wonderful!!!)

1. Raffaele’s father calls around 9:30 to find out if he has left for Gubbio with Amanda. As they used to talk a lot together and probably had discussed this before with a certain amount of details such as when they would go, I would guess that the initial plan was, in fact, to leave early, maybe to avoid trafic as this was a holiday! If this is true… this shows a change in plans, a big one as Amanda says she went back to the cottage around 11:00 to take a shower and get ready for the excursion. 1:30 later than planned!

2. Could the Lana’s threatening phone call be a test to see how fast the police would arrive? Then a hope they would not come back “for nothing” a second time in the neighborhood?

Posted by Patou on 12/01/10 at 03:54 PM | #

The main photos of Amanda in articles #1 and #2 are striking in their complicity. The first one shows Amanda, worried and alert, as she stares at Raffaele, who is with his attorney.

The second, this one, using a dimpled, conspiratorial smile. Quite unnerving, with the understanding of what went down.

Posted by capealadin on 12/02/10 at 01:46 AM | #

By Storm Roberts (Innai)

Again, Thank you Catnip, fantastic work.


I think that the threatening call to the Lana family was traced to a young person in Rome - were you wondering if it were made by AK/RS?  If so, I think it was traced and proved to be a “prank” which was truly fateful in it’s timing, and nothing to do with AK/RS.

And to do with the calls Sollecito received from his father at 09.24 - 09.30, how did Knox, who alleges she was asleep with Sollecito not wake to these calls?  My husband is a vet and when he is on call he frequently gets called out at all hours - I sleep pretty well but I’ve never slept through a phone ringing next to the bed.  He received three calls in quick succession one of which was a 4 minute conversation.  Judge Massei asks why Knox did not mention these calls.  It is an important question - the Court concluded it was because she was not there at that time.

Posted by Nolongeramember on 12/02/10 at 04:55 PM | #

I noticed in this video that Lumumba attended the appeal. I thought that it was very interesting that he was there…

Posted by Giselle on 12/02/10 at 05:51 PM | #

Thanks you Innai for this explanation about the Lana’s phone call! There is so much information that some get lost!

Posted by Patou on 12/02/10 at 05:52 PM | #

I noticed in this video that Lumumba attended the appeal. I thought that it was very interesting that he was there…

Posted by Giselle on 12/02/10 at 07:25 PM | #

@catnip - thank you for posting the timeline details.

I always thought it was incredibly strange that a nearby shopkeeper saw Knox at 7:45 am waiting for the store to open, and then she made a bee-line for the cleaning section of the store. I mean, really, I can not think of any college student who would be up at 7:45 am on a holiday weekend - especially going to pick up cleaning goods? Just another incriminating action along with the mountain of incriminating actions and evidence that ended up convicting Knox.

@giselle - That certainly looked exactly like Patrick Lumumba at Knox’s recent court appearance…I wonder if he will do anymore interviews…would be interesting what he would say about the appeal.

Posted by giustizia on 12/03/10 at 02:02 AM | #


Like you, I also think that Knox was out so early on a holiday weekend to pick up cleaning products was a very incriminating fact.  Especially out of character for her, as she was known to be a slob!

Was she asked about that in the trial?  Or was it among the many things that they were not allowed into testimony?  Perhaps Peter or Machine can enlighten me on that point.

Posted by Mo-in-Mass.,USA on 12/03/10 at 05:08 AM | #

Capealadin wrote: “The main photos of Amanda in articles #1 and #2 are striking in their complicity. The first one shows Amanda, worried and alert, as she stares at Raffaele, who is with his attorney.”

“The second, this one, using a dimpled, conspiratorial smile. Quite unnerving, with the understanding of what went down.”

Yes, Cape, both pictures are very striking, as well as creepy.

At first I thought the smiling one was more creepy. But looking at the other one, where Knox is serious, is now very disconcerting to me. There’s something in her eyes that is deeply disturbing and not very pretty.

Posted by Earthling on 12/03/10 at 08:03 AM | #

Innai wrote: “I think that the threatening call to the Lana family was traced to a young person in Rome - were you wondering if it were made by AK/RS?  If so, I think it was traced and proved to be a ‘prank’ which was truly fateful in it’s timing, and nothing to do with AK/RS.”

Call me fanciful, but I like to imagine the young boy in this scenario realizing later that his attempt at a “prank” actually did some good in the world. And that fact helping him turn his life in a more productive direction.

Call me a Frank Capra-esque corn-ball, but I like imagining these sorts of fortuitous events leading to happy endings.

Posted by Earthling on 12/03/10 at 08:11 AM | #

Yes, Earthling. A sort of warning. Amanda is a highly manipulative individual, who made it her modus operandi to seek out people she thought weak. Meredith was not weak, and Amanda, I believe, hated her for seeing through her. Patrick saw through her as well. Oh, and the Police. But, if you believe Mary H, well, they had the hots for her ...???????

Posted by capealadin on 12/03/10 at 11:03 AM | #

@Earthling - I think what you’re seeing in the second, unsmiling photo of Knox is “Keep your mouth shut, Raf!”

@mo-in-mass: Regarding the shopkeeper - his testimony just doesn’t fit into the Knox clan claims of the Magnini conspiracy to frame the American. This man had no reason whatsoever to lie.

Posted by giustizia on 12/03/10 at 08:22 PM | #

“Keep your mouth shut, Raf!” That’s exactly the feeling I got too!

“Frame an American”... this always sounded so stupid, like Amanda was - then - important and they needed to frame this unknown American girl ... what for? I would assume, at the contrary, that because Italians knew that the whole thing would be supervised and ovserved, they were more careful in every step they took!

Posted by Patou on 12/03/10 at 08:33 PM | #


I agree with you completely.  The shopkeeper had no reason to lie.  Also, if I remember correctly, her roommates complained about her not being very clean and not doing her share of the cleaning, so for her to be buying supplies at all, especially at such an early hour of the morning, was more than a little suspicious behavior. It was very incriminating, indeed.

Posted by Mo-in-Mass.,USA on 12/04/10 at 09:50 PM | #

I’ve looked through the evidence and this is one thing that sticks in my mind: page 326 of Massei “From Inspector Latella’s examination it emerged that he had not had free access to Meredith Kercher’s mobile phones”

my question is whether any DNA or fingerprints belonging to the accused were found on Romanelli or Kercher’s mobile phones?

Posted by Ergon on 05/07/11 at 03:47 AM | #

Hi Ergon,

No DNA or fingerprints belonging to the three people convicted of Meredith’s murder were found on the mobile phones.

Posted by The Machine on 05/07/11 at 12:49 PM | #

Thanks for your reply. But, imposing on your patience further, was there any DNA or fingerprints of unaccounted persons?

Posted by Ergon on 05/07/11 at 09:40 PM | #

Hi Ergon,

The mobile phones were handled by various members of Elisabetta Lana’s family and some police officers. The police are not looking for anyone else in connection with Meredith’s murder. Only three people - Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede - are implicated by the DNA evidence. They are also the only people who repeatedly lied to the police during the investigation.

Posted by The Machine on 05/07/11 at 09:57 PM | #

Thanks again, Machine. The balance of all other evidence was sufficient to make me accept the Massei and Micheli findings, so this is a minor point by comparison. But I’m going to wonder, who threw the phones into Elisabetta Lana’s garden? And called in the bomb hoax to her?

Posted by Ergon on 05/09/11 at 06:15 AM | #
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