The place where Amanda Knox used to work has gone out of business...
It's now a space for a dance that has its roots in the slums of Buenos Aires...
Next to the to the dead cafe/tango space is the Continental Store European Delicatessen, a business that specializes in German food. In the middle of last week, I visited the delicatessen and initiated a conversation about Amanda with a woman working behind the counter. The meat of that conversation: "Yes, Amanda used to come here all of the time. But to me, she was no angel. She was a ragamuffin." The woman behind the counter believed what I believed: Amanda is as guilty as sin. Indeed, I have no idea how anyone, including the members of her family, could have confidence in her innocence after reading/hearing a testimony like this:
The former flatmate of Amanda Knox yesterday told a court trying the American student for murder that she was bewildered by the woman's behaviour on the morning that the crime was discovered.
Blonde, bespectacled Filomena Romanelli also posed a string of problems for the defence. She said that when she returned to the house they shared on 2 November 2007 the washing machine was warm. She later identified most of the clothes inside as those of the victim, Meredith Kercher, a student at Leeds University.
Romanelli also raised an important question mark over a defence claim - that there was a break-in on the night of the killing. And she contradicted Knox on whether Kercher was in the habit of locking herself in her room.
The legal assistant, who spent the night of 1-2 November with her boyfriend, said she and a friend had decided to go to a market in the morning. They were about to arrive there when she received a call from Knox. "There's something strange at the house," she quoted the young American as saying. "I go, 'Ciao, Amanda. What's happened? In what sense?' [She said,] 'I arrived and the door was open.' "
Knox explained to Romanelli that she was going back to the flat of her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. She quoted Knox as saying: "I've taken a shower. Then at Raffaele's place I'll get him to come over. There's blood there, I think."
Romanelli replied: "But Amanda. I don't understand. Explain to me, because there's something odd. The door's open. You take a shower. There's blood. But where's Meredith?"
"Eh, I don't know," she recalled Knox as saying. Romanelli told her to check the house again and call her back. Then she rang her boyfriend, who could get to the house quickly, and he and a friend went round.
Replying to the judge later in her testimony, Romanelli said: "The door's open. I go in. There's blood. I take a shower. I don't know about you, but I really don't think that that's normal."
It's important to note that Romanelli is not a suspect. Why? Why is she not stuck in jail like her former roommate? Because a fit exists between Romanelli's story and reality; with Amanda, such a fit has yet to exist.