Convicted mafia member claims his brother killed Meredith Kercher

By Calvin Palmer

Like a bad Hollywood film script, an imprisoned Italian mobster is claiming that his brother and not Amanda Knox murdered British student Meredith Kercher.

Luciano Aviello, 41, who is serving a 17-year sentence for being a member of the Naples-based Camorra mafia,, told Knox’s lawyers that his brother, Antonio, murdered 21-year-old Kercher and asked him to hide the knife used to kill her.

Aviello said his brother showed up to his house wearing a bloodstained jacket the night of the murder saying he broke into a house and killed a woman.

“I had everything under a little wall behind my house and covered it with soil and stones,” Aviello said. “I am happy to stand up in court and confirm all this and wrote to the court several times to tell them but was never questioned.”

Aviello claims he wrote to the court three times to give his testimony, but was ignored.

The claim may offer fresh hope to Knox, who in December was convicted of murdering the Leeds University student and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

It will form part of an appeal that her lawyers are preparing and that is expected to be heard in the autumn in Perugia, Umbria, where the crime took place.

Kercher’s half-naked body was found on November 2, 2007, lying in a pool of blood in a bedroom in the cottage she shared with Knox.

Aviello is from Naples but was living in Perugia at the time of the murder.

He alleged his brother and an Albanian man named Florio broke into the hillside cottage. Kercher saw them and started screaming. His brother tried to silence her by putting his hand over her mouth but she resisted and he allegedly ended up fatally stabbing her.

Aviello insists that the two men convicted alongside Knox of the murder – her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede, a local drifter – are also innocent of the crime and should have their jail sentences of 25 years and 16 years quashed.

It is not known what has motivated Aviello to point the blame at his brother, although defendants who cooperate with Italian police and prosecutors can often expect their jail sentences to be reduced.

Hmmm, I wonder if that could be his motivation? I should imagine that  Luciano is also bored in prison and this story is a good way of getting back into the limelight.

The whereabouts of Antonio Aviello are unknown. Now, isn’t that convenient?

If Knox’s lawyers fall for these allegations, my advice to her would be, hire new lawyers before the appeal is heard.

And my second piece of advice would be, get used to life in prison, you are going to be there for a long time.

Still, on a slow news day, it makes for an amusing, if ludicrous, read on a par with a London Double-decker being found on the moon and Elvis Presley being seen stacking shelves in Walmart.

[Based on reports by The Daily Telegraph and New York Daily News.]

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3 responses to “Convicted mafia member claims his brother killed Meredith Kercher

  1. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were unanimously found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher because the evidence against them was overwhelming.

    They repeatedly told the police a pack of lies in the days after Meredith’s murder.

    On 5 November 2007, Knox and Sollecito were confronted with proof that they had lied and were given another opportunity to tell the truth. However, they both chose to tell the police even more lies.

    Sollecito’s new alibi was shattered by computer forensic evidence and his mobile phone records.

    Knox accused an innocent man, Diya Lumumba, of murdering Meredith despite knowing full well that he was completely innocent. She didn’t recant her false and malicious allegation against Lumumba the whole time he was in prison. She admitted that it was her fault that Lumumba was in prison in an intercepted conversation with her mother.

    Knox’s account of what happened on 2 November 2007 is contradicted by her mobile phone records.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito both gave multiple conflicting alibis. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis for the night of the murder despite three attempt each. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox’s alibi that she was at his apartment.

    Rudy Guede’s bloody footprints led straight out of Meredith’s room and out of the house. He didn’t lock Meredith’s door, remove his trainers, go into Filomena’s room or the bathroom that Meredith and Knox shared.

    He didn’t scale the vertical wall outside Filomena’s room or gain access through the window. The break-in was clearly staged. This indicates that somebody who lived at the cottage was trying to deflect attention away from themselves and give the impression that a stranger had broken in and killed Meredith.

    Guede had no reason to stage the break-in and there was no physical evidence that he went into Filomena’s room.

    The scientific police found a mixture of Amanda Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s blood on the floor.

    There was no physical evidence that Rudy Guede went into the blood-spattered bathroom. However, the scientific police found irrefutable proof that Knox and Sollecito tracked Meredith’s blood into this bathroom.

    Amanda Knox’s DNA was found mingled with Meredith’s blood in three different places in the bathroom: on the ledge of the basin, on the bidet, and on a box of Q Tips cotton swabs. Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s blood had united into one single streak on the basin and bidet which means they were deposited simultaneously.

    Sollecito left a visible bloody footprint on the blue bathmat.

    According to two imprint experts, the woman’s bloody shoeprint on the pillow under Meredith’s body matched Knox’s foot size. The bloody shoeprint was incompatible with Meredith’s shoe size.

    Knox’s and Sollecito’s bare bloody footprints were revealed by luminol in the hallway. Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s DNA was found mixed together in one of the bloody footprints.

    An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito’s DNA was found on Meredith’s bra clasp. Sollecito must have applied considerable pressure to the clasp in order to have left so much DNA. The hooks on the clasp were damaged which confirms that Sollecito had gripped them tightly.

    Amanda Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of the double DNA knife and a number of independent forensic experts – Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni, Dr. Renato Biondo and Professor Francesca Torricelli – categorically stated that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade.

    Sollecito knew that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade which is why he twice lied about accidentally pricking her hand whilst cooking.

    The defence experts were unable to prove that there had been any contamination. Alberto Intini, head of the Italian police forensic science unit, pointed out that unless contamination has been proved, it does not exist.

    Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she involved in Meredith’s murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. She stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed. She also claimed that Sollecito was at the cottage.

  2. Judge Massei’s 427- page report will be published in English on Monday 9 August. It will be available for download from PMF and TJMK.

  3. The English translation of Judge Massei’s sentencing report can be downloaded from here:

    http://www.perugiamurderfile.org/viewtopic.php?p=53735

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