Amanda Knox moved to Perugia, Italy, to study abroad in 2007. She lived with three roommates—two Italians and one British exchange student, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. On November 2, two months after Amanda moved in, Meredith's nearly naked and bloodied body was discovered under a bedspread in her bedroom. She'd been beaten, raped and tortured.
The Italian police say that as they began their investigation, they noticed Amanda was behaving bizarrely. She was hugging and kissing her boyfriend of two weeks, Raffaele Sollecito, outside the bedroom where Meredith's dead body was found and reportedly performed cartwheels and splits at the police headquarters where her boyfriend was being questioned.
Over the course of the investigation, Amanda's own recollection of the events on the night of Meredith's murder changed. First, Amanda said she was at Raffaele's house. Later, during an all-night interrogation with no attorney present, Amanda said she had a vision of being inside the house at the time of the murder and may have heard Meredith scream. She identified the killer as Patrick Lumumba, her boss at a local bar.
Later, Amanda retracted those statements, saying they had been coerced.