Raffaele Sollecito's Alibi

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Raffaele's Constantly Changing Alibi

Version 1.0

The original version of events that Raffaele told police is that he was with Amanda Knox at the cottage on the day of the murder and that after Meredith left he and Amanda went for a long walk before heading to his apartment for dinner. They watched Amelie while they made and ate dinner. Knox was supposed to work but she received a text message from her boss saying that since it wasn't busy she shouldn't come in. They turned off their mobile phones so that they wouldn't be bothered and spent the night on the computer. They slept until about 10:30am when Knox left to go have a shower and fetch a mop from her place.

Version 1.1

The next day Raffaele told the same story to a Sunday Mirror reporter but now before going to his apartment the two of them went to a party.[1]

Version 2.0

On November 5th Raffaele was requested at the police station to answer some questions regarding his original statement to the police. Raffaele was having dinner with friends and that he would come after dinner. He arrived at the police station at 10:40pm. Amanda came with Raffaele even though the police had not requested her presence and were not expecting her.

Raffael was taken away to be questioned and Amanda stayed in the waiting room of the police station. Once in the interrogation room Sollecito was confronted with his phone records. Raffaele's phone records had Sollecito calling the emergency number at 12:51pm but the Postal Police claim that they arrived at the cottage at shortly after 12:30pm. Confronted with this Raffaele quickly changed his story.

Amanda and I went into town at around 6pm, but I don't remember what we did. We stayed there until around 8.30 or 9pm. At 9pm I went home alone and Amanda said that she was going to Le Chic because she wanted to meet some friends. We said goodbye. I went home, I rolled myself a spliff and made some dinner, but I do not remember what I ate. At about 11pm per his usual custom my father called the house and Amanda had not yet returned. I spent the next two hours on the computer until Amanda arrived at 1am[2][3]

Raffaele goes on to say that the following morning when Amanda left to go have a shower she asked to borrow some plastic bags to put dirty clothing in.[4] Raffaele also admits that he called the emergency number after the Postal Police had already arrived.[5][6] Raffaele made it very clear that he did all of this at Amanda's request.

In my previous statement I told a load of rubbish because Amanda had convinced me of her version of the facts and I didn't think about the inconsistencies[7][8]

Raffaele also states that they slept until about 10:30am when Knox left to have a shower and he went back to sleep.[9][10]

This statement would be what caused Amanda Knox to change her story and claim that she was at the cottage when the murder happened. Knox would also falsely accuse an innocent man in that statement.

Version 3.0

Raffaele once again changes his story when he is asked to make a statement at his preliminary hearing. His story now is that he was at home but that he does not remember of Knox was with him or not.

Raffaele would not confirm that Knox was with him for during the first trial. Sollecito elected to not testify during Massei and while he did make several spontaneous statements he never corroborated Knox's alibi.

Version 4.0

In October of 2011 at the conclusion of the second trial Sollecito finally confirmed Knox's alibi and during his final spontaneous statement explicitly stated that Amanda Knox was at his apartment the night the murder happened. Four years after telling the police that Amanda was not with him, that she had gone out alone, and that she had asked to lie for her Raffaele came full circle and now told the court that the truth was that Amanda Knox could not have murdered Meredith Kercher because she was at his apartment the entire night.

Version 4.1

After his release Raffaele wrote a book and while he mostly sticks to the version of Knox being at his apartment he does at one point return to the claim that he can't be certain that she did not go out.

Why Raffaele's Alibi is a Lie

Lack of Computer Activity

Every version of the story has Raffaele using his computer. The problem with this is that we know that there was no computer internet activity for after 9:10:32pm when the video file Amelie.avi stopped playing.[11] That activity could have been caused by the movie ending without any human interaction.[12] The last computer activity that required human interaction was at 6:27:15PM when the movie file started playing.[13] There was no computer activity for the entire night. Firefox was open but no browsing occurred. There was a P2P program active and Quicktime connected to Apple's servers on port 80 for 4 seconds at 12:58am but there was no human interaction[14] The police contacted FastWeb Solliceto's ISP and the logs from that night show no webpage requests.[15]

This is a problem for Raffaele and Amanda's version of events. In every version of his story Raffaele puts himself on the computer. In the first version it is just a general claim that they were on the computer, in the second version he is very explicit that he was on the computer from 11pm until 1am when Amanda returned, in his book he states that he was writing e-mails to his professors.

Computer and Phone Activity When Raffaele Claims They Were Sleeping

In every version of the story Raffaele has both himself and Amanda sleeping in until about 10am or 10:30am. This though is contradicted by physical evidence. At 5:32:09am someone attempted to play a MP3 file using the program VLC on Raffaele's computer.[16] This results in VLC crashing. There are two additional attempts to play the file using VLC that also lead to the program crashing.[17] The individual using the computer then switched to iTunes and successfully plays the MP3 file which is roughly 30 minutes long.[18] So despite the claim that they slept in until about 10am someone was awake and playing music in Raffaele's apartment at 5:30am.

The second indication that Raffaele was awake much earlier than his alibi maintains is that at 6:02:59 his mobile phone was activated.[19] Both Raffaele and Amanda had turned off their mobile phones the night of the murder and now at 6am someone, presumably Raffaele, had turned on his phone.

Getting up early though is not a crime and while it is uncommon for young people with little responsibility to get up so early lying about it and continuing to insist on the lie even when computer and phone records establish without a doubt that they were awake earlier makes no sense on its own. The motivation for why they insisted that they were sleeping until 10:30am is likely related to an effort to deny the testimony of Marco Quintavaelle who testified that Amanda Knox was outside his store at 7:45am waiting for the store to open and that she went directly to the cleaning products section. Quintavaelle was not near the cashier so does not know if Knox purchased anything but two bottles of bleach that Raffaele's maid denies was there before were recovered from Raffaele's apartment.

Notes

  1. Italy Murder Detail Emerge The Mirror 04 November 2007
  2. Simpson, Aislinn. Suspect statements in Kercher murder case The Telegraph 7 Nov 2007.
  3. Staff.[http://www.corriere.it/cronache/07_novembre_07/meredith_verbali_sarzanini.shtml Perugia, la verità di Amanda: lei era con Patrick e gridava] Corriere Della Sere 7 Nov 2007
  4. Staff.[http://www.corriere.it/cronache/07_novembre_07/meredith_verbali_sarzanini.shtml Perugia, la verità di Amanda: lei era con Patrick e gridava] Corriere Della Sere 7 Nov 2007
  5. Staff.[http://www.corriere.it/cronache/07_novembre_07/meredith_verbali_sarzanini.shtml Perugia, la verità di Amanda: lei era con Patrick e gridava] Corriere Della Sere 7 Nov 2007
  6. Simpson, Aislinn. Suspect statements in Kercher murder case The Telegraph 7 Nov 2007.
  7. Simpson, Aislinn. Suspect statements in Kercher murder case The Telegraph 7 Nov 2007.
  8. Staff.[http://www.corriere.it/cronache/07_novembre_07/meredith_verbali_sarzanini.shtml Perugia, la verità di Amanda: lei era con Patrick e gridava] Corriere Della Sere 7 Nov 2007
  9. Simpson, Aislinn. Suspect statements in Kercher murder case The Telegraph 7 Nov 2007.
  10. Staff.[http://www.corriere.it/cronache/07_novembre_07/meredith_verbali_sarzanini.shtml Perugia, la verità di Amanda: lei era con Patrick e gridava] Corriere Della Sere 7 Nov 2007
  11. Massei p304
  12. Massei p304
  13. Massei p304
  14. Massie p305 and 310
  15. Massei p306
  16. Massei p306
  17. Massei p306
  18. Massei p306
  19. Massei p317