Monday, April 27, 2009

Italian Media Is Reporting On The House Now The Owner Has It Back

Posted by Peter Quennell

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Above: the panoramic view, from north-east to north-west, that Meredith would have looked out onto from her window.

The last shot above is approximately in the direction of her family and her home in the UK.

Meredith’s room and other places in the house where there was still trace-evidence of her murder were cleaned over the weekend.

Her books, photos and other personal items, all of which her family want back, were long ago removed as evidence. They are in police custody and all will end up in their possession.

This afternoon the owner through her lawyer made the house available to the two other women who lived upstairs and the men who lived downstairs. They and their families and representatives were invited to come by and collect all their possessions.

ANSA reports that only Knox’s father Curt Knox showed up.

Meredith’s two flatmates Filomena and Laura did not appear, though it is believed that they still live in Perugia. Apparently none of the boys showed up either.

Knox’s father filled a plastic bag and a suitcase with Amanda Knox’s gear. He left the house in the rain. “Personal things of my daughter,” he said to journalists without wanting to reveal what they were.

Apparently the items did include mountain-climbing gear. Knox to our knowledge had not done any climbing in Europe prior to her being arrested.

The interior of 7 Via della Pergola has apparently so far not been made available to any journalists. But it seems the owner has received big offers for exclusive pictures.

Craftsmen have already begun installing bars on the windows, to make the house more secure in the future. They are also assessing the interior work needed to make the place once again rentable.

A woman who was apparently the wife of one of the craftsmen entered the cottage with a holy picture. She left it in the room where Meredith breathed her last.

A pity that the owner seems less caring.




Comments

Florence by the way is in the direction of the second and third shots. To get there, one has to first drive about 20 minutes west of Perugia, and then north on the autostrada from Rome to Florence which heads on to Bologna and Milan.

The drive through those hills north of Perugia represents one of the wilder rides on the autostrada system, with quite a few tunnels (if you like tunnels, Italy is tunnel heaven!) and there is a major project going on to make the route less hair-raising.

The wonderful view to the north north that Meredith could look onto is quite different from the views east and south (flatter rural land with low mountains at a distance) or west (modern Perugia and then rural land with low hills).

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/28/09 at 04:48 AM | #

I think this is a bit harsh on the owner. The murder wasn’t their fault and do they get compensation for the loss of rent or indeed, for pulling the house down, as you’d like.

Posted by bluebird002 on 04/29/09 at 01:33 PM | #

Hi bluebird002, the owner could simply have done what the wife of the artisan did - a tribute of some kind to Meredith - and a small gesture like that would have mattered to a lot of people. The Italian media noted that there was nothing, so perhaps there will be something in the long run. There is full compensation from the government in the pipeline.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/29/09 at 02:41 PM | #

I almost commented yesterday that I thought you were too harsh on the owner. Sometimes scenes of crime are destroyed (Fred West’s home where many were tortured,killed and buried) but it can’t undo the past, bring anyone back or even prevent more evil in the future.

But this appeared this morning. Can you buy a ticket to tour the house?

Posted by bucketoftea on 04/29/09 at 03:15 PM | #

Bucket, we saw that story on several media websites, starting with the UK’s The Sun, for whom Nick Pisa sometimes writes. Though there seems to have been a pause before the owner’s response, it was to the effect that there would be no tours and apparently no photos or filming out of respect for Meredith and her family.

I was one of those who witnessed the World Trade Center towers coming down - I was right across the Hudson at the time - and in effect witnessed the death of 3000. Though not everyone likes them, I’ve found the many tourists who visit the area to be almost universally saddened and respectful and I appreciate them.

I saw no-one at all around the house when I was there in July - few people walk in that area - but we hear that those who do come by now seem to be in the same frame of mind: saddened and respectful for Meredith.

[Added: that pay-per-view was considered is confirmed in the Italian media, see my comment below at 05/01 at 09:49 AM]

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/29/09 at 03:44 PM | #

Thanks, Pete. Glad to hear it.

They may print Nick Pisa from time to time, but The Sun is hardly viewed as a real newspaper (though owned by same as The Times) so I knew I needed to check!

Posted by bucketoftea on 04/29/09 at 04:40 PM | #

Can I just say what beautiful pictures these are- I can’t stop looking at them. I hope Meredith enjoyed living here very much, it is truly stunning.

Posted by Ginny on 04/29/09 at 05:12 PM | #

“Hi bluebird002, the owner could simply have done what the wife of the artisan did - a tribute of some kind to Meredith - and a small gesture like that would have mattered to a lot of people. The Italian media noted that there was nothing, so perhaps there will be something in the long run.”

I don’t know: my first thought is, why? Why draw attention to it. Life goes on. Meredith has a memorial elsewhere (where she is buried or cremated, at least). I would not really want a memorial that highlights something very gruesome that happened in my house, especially if it is going to be rented out. It is somewhat ghoulish.

The Fred West case: I agreed with the decision to pull that house down because what happened there was far more horrific than in the Perugia house. There were so many bodies in that house. I couldn’t imagine anyone touching it with a bargepole after that.

Meredith needs justice: YES. But to draw it out and make too much of it, is a bit much. I actually find myself kind of sensitive to that. The past has to be allowed to settle after a while.

Posted by bluebird002 on 04/29/09 at 08:05 PM | #

“The Fred West case: I agreed with the decision to pull that house down because what happened there was far more horrific than in the Perugia house. There were so many bodies in that house. I couldn’t imagine anyone touching it with a bargepole after that. Meredith needs justice: YES. But to draw it out and make too much of it, is a bit much. I actually find myself kind of sensitive to that. The past has to be allowed to settle after a while.”  Posted by bluebird002 on 04/29 at 01:05 PM | #

For me, the body count has nothing to do with it. A family, the Kerchers, lost one person who meant the world to them. Whether you intend it or not, your remark sounds pretty callous to me.

As for drawing it out, do you see the Kerchers doing that? They have been silent. It is up to them to decide when and how to let the past settle. It is their past.

Meanwhile, the trial is ongoing, and the effort to erase Meredith Kercher from the picture has been pretty relentless.

Posted by Skeptical Bystander on 04/29/09 at 08:52 PM | #

Ginny, thank you for liking the shots. Meredith would have seen only the autumn version of that view, but in any season it is quite breathtaking. 

Few people resident in Perugia look onto that view, and mostly the tourists would not be in a place to look onto it. From the top of these steps far above Meredith’s house, if they knew them, they would get the best view of all.

The houses on the hillsides opposite are on the whole pretty upscale, and some have spectacular gardens. They all have great views back.

In between there is a deep valley, with a highway that circles north Perugia from east to west. Roads down to the left and right of these shots drop down very fast for a very long way.

It is surprising just how elevated the old city is. How much of it Meredith walked or drove we may never find out. But we can imagine her liking all of it.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/29/09 at 10:31 PM | #

Bluebird: “Why drawing attention to it?” Well perhaps because a young woman’s life was taken in such a barbaric manner and a small gesture from the owner would have been much appreciated, in the same way people place flowers and holy pictures on Italian roads where mortal accidents have happened.

Now, do you really believe that the West case is “more horrific” because more lives were taken? Have you considered that EACH human life is unique and precious, and its loss represents a tragedy for all the people who loved the victim? I am truly shocked by such callousness

Posted by Nicki on 04/29/09 at 11:51 PM | #

Tonight I am casting the “Protego Totalum” spell which provides protection for the cottage during this difficult time of transition.
 
We all agree peace should fall upon these doors and a new chapter is coming no matter how much we prefer to see it suspended in time.  Many have hoped and desired something creative would be done in honor of the lovely and kind Meredith Kercher.  To see the cottage simply be made to be a rental is appalling given the loss of life and creates one huge hook punch directly to her dear memory and her family. 

It is a shame the owner cannot see beyond their greed.  Surely there are other options open to them given the worldwide support and love for Meredith.  I say jinxes on their decision.  I hope they will be happy.  NOT!

Who will “rent” the cottage and what level of decency will there be or can we just expect an outright violation trampling the one opportunity to bring something good from this tragedy? 

The owner still has the opportunity to contribute to the community in a much greater way than the avenue noted by the press.  I hope you are reading this and I beg you to reconsider your path and destiny…

Posted by Professor Snape on 04/30/09 at 09:58 AM | #

The Italian media confirms the Sun newspaper’s report that the owner of the house did think of pay-per-view:

A reporter from Corriere is one of those reporting who heard her say it.

“Mrs. Adalia Tattanelli Morrone retired resident in Rome, explained that she decided to make it a museum because it has lost too much money for the rent in recent months. Although it seems that last night she had had a rethink.”

BlueBird said above “...do they get compensation for the loss of rent or indeed, for pulling the house down, as you’d like.” To repeat, she does stand to get full government compensation.

And I did not simply say I would like the house pulled down. Meredith is clearly becoming iconic, and a memorial garden there for people to remember would be a wonderful thing to see happen.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 05/01/09 at 04:49 PM | #


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