Knox was convicted of taking part in a deadly sex game with her boyfriend and another man that left her roommate, British exchange student Meredith Kercher dead the day after Halloween in 2007.
Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were the first people on the scene when the polizia arrived. But Burleight says the whole sordid saga in Italy is of media, misogyny, mistranslation, misbehavior -- but chiefly superstition. Kercher’s death was a terrible but
simple act of sexual aggression against a young woman in her home. But she writes: while a prosecutor in the United States might see only the forensic evidence, the motives and the opportunity -- the small-town Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini saw something more. It was a Halloween crime, and that was one of the first clues to register with Mignini, called to the crime scene fresh from celebrating All Souls’ Day, a day when proper Italian families visit their dead.
And on scene was a pale, light-eyed 20-year-old girl who, prosecutors said in their closing arguments last week, had the look of a “she-devil.”
EXCERPT OFTHE FATAL GIFT OF BEAUTY IN THE NY POST