Honor Bound

Honor Bound

My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox

Book - 2012
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They were accused of one of the most infamous murders of our time. Targeted by the media, sentenced by the courts, and wrongfully imprisoned for four excruciating years for a crime neither could fathom let alone perpetrate, Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox were the victims in a trial so bizarre it defied all reason. Now, for the first time since his acquittal, Raffaele reveals what really happened between him and his then girlfriend before, during, and after Amanda's roommate Meredith Kercher's brutal murder.

Filled with family drama, wild reversals of fortune, and a blow-by-blow account of the legal catastrophe as it unfolded, this harrowing firsthand account sheds fascinating new light on one of the world's most controversial murder cases. With startling candor, Raffaele shares intimate details about his changing relationship with Amanda--one that veered in a matter of days from giddy romance to grueling police interrogations. Over the next four years, Raffaele was the only solid alibi Amanda had for the night of the murder. He came under unrelenting pressure--from his own family and lawyers as much as the police and prosecution--to change his testimony and stop vouching for her. But he wouldn't do it. He refused to testify against her to save his own skin, because he knew she would be lost forever.

Raffaele sifts through the wild accusations depicting him as a druggie, a porn addict, and reckless thrill seeker, and shows how these stories were gross distortions of trivial episodes in his young life. With unflinching honesty, he takes readers behind the scenes of the trial of the century--and inside the day-to-day hell of prison life. Finally, and poignantly, Raffaele talks about his first face-to-face reunion with Amanda following their release.

Emotional, disturbing, and ultimately galvanizing, this memoir is more than a true-crime story--it is a riveting account of an egregious miscarriage of justice, of public condemnation, and personal survival. Honor Bound is also, at its heart, a tragic love story about a young man who trusted his feelings, refused to give up hope, and ultimately triumphed.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451695984
Branch Call Number: 364.152 Sollecit 2012
Characteristics: xvii, 268 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gumbel, Andrew


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"MEREDITH SUSPECT: My idol the Monster." [2008]


'A PRIME suspect in the killing of British student Meredith Kercher bragged about idolising a notorious serial killer just days before her murder.

Italian Raffaele Sollecito used his online diary to praise the "Monster of Foligno", a convict serving a life sentence for the murders of two young children.

The shocking discovery came as police this week scoured Sollecito's computer for clues.

The 23-year-old student and his American girlfriend Amanda Knox are being held on suspicion of murdering and sexually assaulting Meredith, a fellow student in Perugia. He read about Luigi Chiatti when he found out he had also studied at the town's ONAOSI college years before.

On October 13 - less than three weeks before Meredith was murdered - Sollecito wrote on his blog about previous students at the college.

"The one I admire the most is the Monster of Foligno," he said. "I know there have been all sorts of salacious goings-on at the college but the one common denominator is depression."

The IT student also wrote of his interest in "extreme experiences" and hinted at his depression, saying he felt he was "entering a dark tunnel without an exit".

Chillingly, he also posted images of himself posing as a murderous butcher, clutching a bottle of bleach.

Sollecito's solicitors took the site down after his arrest but police now think the computer could offer invaluable clues.

The Italian appeared in court on Monday to give prosecutors the password to his computer so they could gain access to its contents.

Sollecito, 20-year-old Knox and Rudy Hermann Guede, 20, from the Ivory Coast, are being held in Italy awaiting charges over the murder of Meredith on November 1 last year [2007].

The 21-year-old exchange-year student, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found in her bed with her throat cut after police believe she was raped.'


Feb 16, 2014

It was nice to hear Raffaelle tell his story after reading Amanda's book "Waiting to be Heard". I agree with prn below. It is clear the system has failed. Raffaelle and Amanda have now been found guilty (again) after 2 years of freedom - and so the saga continues. . .

Apr 27, 2013

Interesting book, well written, no doubt in collaboration with his gifted team of lawyers. Some definite holes in his alibi, basically he doesn't remember much from that evening!

Dec 13, 2012

I followed this case very closely for years, reading most of the details as they unfolded. It was clear that these two kids got ensnared in a very broken judicial system. This book helps to show what went wrong, and why they got framed the way they did. It is not the best written book, but it does clearly lay out how horribly wrong it was for them to have been put in jail in the first place, and then to lose 4 years fighting for their freedom.


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Raffaele Sollecito shares details of what really happened on the night of the murder of Meredith Kercher/describes his relationship with Amanda Knox.


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