Eventually, police arrested Amanda, Raffaele and Patrick. Prosecutors claimed the murder was a result of a satanic, drug-fueled sex game turned violent and deadly. Just after that theory made international headlines, a video of Amanda and her boyfriend buying underwear a day after the murder was released. Overnight, Amanda became known as "the girl with the angel face and ice-cold eyes."
As the story continued to unravel, Amanda's boss, Patrick, turned out to have an air-tight alibi. He was released from custody, and police set their sites instead on a drifter and alleged drug dealer, Rudy Guede. Forensic tests found his DNA inside Meredith's body and in her bedroom.
Guede was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Later, he appealed the decision and a judge reduced his sentence to 16 years.
Published on February 23, 2010