Sunday, November 01, 2015

1 November 2015: Marking Eight Years That Her Presence And Promise Have Moved People

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Meredith at lower left with sister and parents; she showed quite exceptional potential

Meredith as commemorate by Stephany:

For us, this has only ever been about Meredith. She had been in Perugia for eight weeks and I had moved away from home only three weeks previously. We had stayed in touch updating each other with the exciting new things we were doing.

I had just got home from a training course when Mum called me, her voice trembling, relaying news that a 21-year-old English girl had been found under a mattress in Italy.

Trying to calm Mum down I began calling Mez on her mobile. I ended up leaving a voice message explaining what had happened, telling her to be safe and to call me as soon as she could.

I finished, as always, saying “I love you”. I even emailed her the news page so she knew what I was talking about… Little did I know I was already too late.

Dad’s was the next voice I heard. Through tears he told me the name he had been given by a newspaper was Meredith. I cannot remember what I thought ““ it was a mixture of disbelief and sheer pain. I did not know what to think or do and then my body just sunk.

When I arrived at Mum’s the pain in my chest was unbearable as I was told the few details of what had happened ““ the broken window, her door locked on the inside.

Thoughts and scenarios were racing through my head faster than I could comprehend and I collapsed into my parents’ arms, filled with the fear Meredith must have endured that night.

We stayed up all night watching the news, waiting for any concrete information. The Halloween photo of Meredith was the first to appear and I spun round to Mum and said “˜That’s not Mez! That’s not Mez, Mum!’

I was adamant it was not my little sister, but Mum stroked my hair and painfully submitted that it was.

I cried all night until I could barely see or breathe, everything just felt so empty. From the moment we received the call I knew we had to go and look after Mez.

We were told she was in a room with flowers either side of her and Mum said we had to go as soon as possible because she did not want to leave Meredith on her own. I cannot begin to imagine how my parents must have felt, I just know how numb I was and how Mum’s strength pulled us together.

We began our journey to identify her and bring her home. Arriving in Italy was surreal, everything happened so quickly. I still remember looking at Meredith lying there so still, no breath to be taken, a crisp white sheet pulled up to and over her neck.

She seemed peaceful, yet she bore a look of determination, of courage marred by defeat. It was a look that let us know how hard she had fought to be with us ““ and for that I am eternally grateful.

From that moment we knew we had to fight for her, too, not only for justice for her, but every day for ourselves, for her.

Others have given us the strength to continue since November 1, 2007 and we’d like to thank everyone around the world who has supported us and given us hope.

This is testament to a truly special sister, daughter and friend. She really did touch so many lives with her selfless compassion and loyalty, and continues to do so now.

Nothing was ever too much trouble for her. Mez never knew how effortlessly beautiful she was or how much of an impact she had on people. This was a quality of hers, which enabled her to make others laugh, help others when they needed someone, and become someone to aspire to.

She held such an incredible presence that the void she has left us with is noticeable every day. Marking the fourth anniversary of our loss, we now live without reason. No motive was found.

It is difficult to find any reason to want to hurt her and it terrifies me to think she may have left us that night not knowing either.

We still hope justice will prevail and, in the darkest times, the support given to Meredith and us as a family reminds us of why we are still here.

We are working with friends and colleagues to start a Trust Fund in Meredith’s name to help with the case and eventually support anyone else who may tragically find themselves in our position, so that her fight may continue and help others.

On November 1 at 9pm I will light a candle for my sister, may she rest in peace.

Posted by Our Main Posters on 11/01/15 at 04:34 PM in Concerning Meredith

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Even John Sr looks part-Indian in the image. I’ve driven around most of India and worked with many Indians in the UN. Some of our US and European readers have been there and LOVED it.

I believe she had not yet been there, but Meredith could be enormously proud of that part of her heritage: Indians are at the top now of both Microsoft and Google.

Long ago it was The Machine who pointed out here that a considerable percentage of our readers are in… India. We have Professor Chami of course posting terrific insights regularly and others from India also post here.

There’s a BBC TV series “Indian Summers” on India in the 1930s-1940s now showing on public TV in the US. It’s well worth catching. For the first time in any series it fully shows the seething rising of nationalism and the love-hate relationship with the British.

The fiery, fearless younger sister of the Indian lead played by Aysha Kala looks rather like Meredith, and would be about the same age. She’s still emerging, but it looks like in future episodes she will be right in the thick of it.

You can see her below in a pink sari.

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Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/01/15 at 04:49 PM | #

Very sensitive post, and picture at top.Thanks main posters.

I naturally identify with John in the picture,  especially as that’s how I might have dressed/looked at that time, long hair and all.

How can a family ever hope to get over such a horror? Probably never but we can hope their pain is diminished with time, even though everything really does seem to prolong it.

R.I.P. Meredith

Posted by Odysseus on 11/01/15 at 06:23 PM | #

P.S. I like the headline “Marking Eight Years That Her Presence And Promise Have Moved People”.

Especially her presence I would say. That’s what stands out.

Posted by Odysseus on 11/01/15 at 06:30 PM | #

The dignity, resolve and incredible love that Meredith’s family had for her is palpable in Stephanie’s moving words.

Coming from that kind of family, where even a parental break up apparently caused minimal damage to the children, it is clear to see why Meredith was such a grounded and popular girl. Her big sister and her brothers, from the little I’ve seen of them, seem to be lovely human beings also.

Rest in peace sweet girl. Even though I never knew you, you touched me and many others who didn’t know you in a profound way.

I’ll light a small candle for her tonight.

Posted by davidmulhern on 11/01/15 at 08:04 PM | #

I learnt about Meredith from reading John Kercher’s book, (incredibly touching). I will always remember her.

(she was and still is the polar opposite of those other two).

Posted by DavidB on 11/01/15 at 08:25 PM | #

Precious, beautiful, kind, loving Meredith. I’ll light a candle for her tonight. She grows ever dearer in memory. Time does not dull her effect. She was a rare person, accomplished and generous of heart. Stephany’s tribute to her is elegant. “The memory of the just is blessed.”

@davidmulhern, many thanks for your response to the irked poster as to why TJMK remains in discussion here, yours was a superb response.

Pastor John from India traveled to the USA twenty years ago. I met him at a church camp in Virginia. He was the first Indian I’d known. He was diligent in his ministry and a wise man.

He came to my home state and baptized all three of my children into Christ. He waded out into the lake with them. He was a great man who loved Christ, from South India. His father had been in the Indian Navy, an officer.

For Meredith’s family: Good news from the graveyard: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed and resurrected to live forever in glory. That is my hope for Meredith.

Posted by Hopeful on 11/01/15 at 09:08 PM | #

None of us will rest until her two murderers Amanda Knox and Raphael Sollecito are brought to justice.

Posted by Grahame Rhodes on 11/02/15 at 12:28 AM | #

It doesn’t matter how long it takes.  The truth will be revealed.  Knox and Sollecito can run but they cannot hide.  They can get away with this for a period of time.  But they are doomed to be discovered by the world when the time is right.  And that time is coming ...  You can’t get away with murder when the world knows you did it.

Posted by whatswisdom on 11/02/15 at 02:18 AM | #

My wife and I are also marking the 8 years.  We have followed this from day one, first in confusion, then anger, then some feeling of justice as the murderers were arrested and convicted, then repulsion and disgust as they were turned loose like rats out of a cage.

We share the hope of poster Hopeful, to one day see Meridith in Heaven.

Won’t be expection to see Knox or any of the foa idiots there.


Posted by Mark on 11/02/15 at 05:29 AM | #

A lovely picture, above, of a lovely and good family.
All good wishes to you, as we remember you at this saddest of anniversaries.
May there be peace and hope.

I woke at around 4am this morning, November 2nd…I had had two very special and beautiful dreams. One was about light, and lucid understanding - there were many small crystals forming meaningful patterns.
The other is perhaps best summed up by saying it was about ‘giving way’ - gentle and natural resolution.
Sometimes dreams, such as these, leave one with a special feeling. I can understand when people say ‘visited by an angel’, because that describes the feeling I was left with.

At any rate, it is my deep hope that these dreams will augur well for justice and for truth.

Posted by SeekingUnderstanding on 11/02/15 at 09:46 AM | #

From all the stories, articles, books, and websites that I have read, it is clear that Meredith was an amazing person. You can even see it in the picture above. At a young age, she must have shone with a brighter light than others. It is her tragedy that that light was extinguished way too soon.

Stephanie’s words above are heartbreaking: “She seemed peaceful, yet she bore a look of determination, of courage marred by defeat. It was a look that let us know how hard she had fought to be with us – and for that I am eternally grateful.”

She “fought hard” - like a soldier. May what poet Walt Whitman wrote about other soldiers comfort her family and friends.

“I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them,
And the white skeletons of young men, I saw them,
I saw the debris and debris of all the slain soldiers of the war,
But I saw they were not as was thought,
They themselves were fully at rest, they suffer’d not,
The living remain’d and suffer’d, the mother suffer’d,
And the wife and the child and the musing comrade suffer’d,
And the armies that remain’d suffer’d.”

She is at peace.


With regard to who I believe to be her killers: They may think they have gotten away with something. Let them just reflect that, as Gerry Spence said in his book on OJ, a murderer never really gets away with it. Their guilt eats away at them forever.

Posted by Earthling on 11/03/15 at 05:12 AM | #

There is consolation to be taken from the fact that not only will the guilt eat away at Knox and Sollecito but so too will the knowledge that they have to continue acting their innocence and watching every word they say.

Neither is the type of person, like Meredith, who people are drawn to. They are only interesting because of what they have done. Therefore the only people attracted to them will be ghouls and truth seekers. All interested in only one thing. How does it feel to have gotten away with it?

I posit that the pressure of having to keep the act going constantly will prove more telling on their mental state than any guilt will. That and the ongoing litigation will quite possibly prove unbearable.

Makes me wonder if either of them wishes they had just opted for fast track like Guede, pled guilty to a heat of the moment, drug induced bit of madness and be preparing to come out around about now, having served their time and shown some proper contrition.

I’m almost glad they have chosen the path that they did because the mental anguish is much greater this way I think and it couldn’t happen to two more deserving scumbags.

Posted by davidmulhern on 11/03/15 at 02:01 PM | #

La Knoxious waxing lyrical on life and death. Where would we be without her hard-earned wisdom?

Posted by Odysseus on 11/03/15 at 03:06 PM | #

Wow.  Touching tribute.

@davidmulhern - Guede only got 16 years because he piggybacked off their 24 year sentences.  Had they all gone ‘‘short-form trial’‘, Judge Micheli could easily have given them all 30 years.  That said, you are right, going for a reduced charge would probably mean they are out now.

Posted by Chimera on 11/03/15 at 07:11 PM | #

Odysseus, at least WSH delayed publication.  Looks like the morbid column was intended in time for Halloween.  It came out after, on the 2nd.

It’s chilling AK deigns to have ownership of Meredith in death.

We can see Mez is at the forefront of this ghoul’s mind.  No time to attend Meredith’s vigil though.  She cannot say her name.  She was heard weeping and wailing in her hotel room ahead of Dianne Sawyer’s interview last year.

I expect she’s now avoiding tv interviews due to the mental strain of pretending to be bothered by what happened to her - ahem - ‘friend’.

In the meantime, we have RS swanning around like a B-list celebrity, flogging his book, peddling the same old BS about the morning of the 2nd, which, surely, no thinking person believes for a minute, least of all his own defence, and we discover that death is at the forefront of his mind, too.

An in memorium app, which the press has had no end of scandalised amusement with.

It doesn’t augur well for their long-term mental health.  RS seems to be at breaking point.

Posted by Slow Jane on 11/03/15 at 11:50 PM | #

@Slow Jane

“RS seems to be at breaking point”. I like your optimism. I think it would be called a “spiritual emergency”, and generally recognised as the start of a healing journey, in modern psychiatry.

Somehow I can’t see RS as being sufficiently contrite/lost/at his wit’s end for that to happen just yet. But who knows, you could be right - he is acting even more weirdly than usual.

His tormented psyche will surely say enough is enough sooner or later.

Posted by Odysseus on 11/04/15 at 02:16 AM | #

I’ve just read the Knox drivel on Halloween. Hack writing at its worst. I think the “memory of a kiss still tingles” is especially true in her case given her lifetime Herpes infection due to her “campaign for casual sex”.

The scar she seems to have been left with on her top lip is a now constant reminder for her. And anyone stupid enough to get involved with her.

Posted by davidmulhern on 11/04/15 at 03:17 AM | #

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