– The Honorable O.C. “Hobby” Spaulding, Putnam County, West Virginia, Circuit Court Judge 1
Twenty-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, sits alone in an Italian police station interrogation room. Days earlier, on November 2, 2007, her roommate Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student, was found brutally murdered—Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are the prime suspects. 2 Over the next few days, Knox is heavily interrogated by several Italian police officers when suddenly, on November 5th, the case breaks. 3 Alone, without an attorney, without food or sleep, and speaking in a language she is not entirely fluent in, Amanda Knox confesses—at 1:45 am and 5:45 am—to murdering her roommate. 4 Her confession, despite an Italian law mandating it, is not recorded. 5 As Amanda Knox vehemently maintained her innocence throughout her ordeal, 6 it begs the question—why confess to a crime you never committed?