Raffaele Sollecito, former boyfriend of Amanda Knox, reportedly made jokes about how to get away with murder while posting in a private Facebook group. He denied the allegations and said he was simply joking around.
Sollecito served close to four years in an Italian prison for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher. He was released in 2015 and all charges were dropped via Italy’s most senior court. It seems, at least on surface, however, that Sollecito is trying to make a “brand” of himself due to his involvement in one of the most high-profile cases in the world. Italian journalist Selvaggia Lucarelli revealed that he made flippant remarks about disposing of a body to several private Facebook groups; something he vehemently denies.
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According to The Independent, Sollecito used his full name when commenting on the groups, and allegedly joked about Kercher’s murder and his infamous status as a killer. When a member of the group asked him how to “cancel traces of a murder,” Sollecito allegedly replied that it was “easy.”
“It’s easy: s*** on it and nobody will come near [the scene]!”
Sollecito, however, said that he wasn’t referencing Kercher and that he was merely merely “playing the game of these groups.” Although Sollecito denied that his comment was about Kercher, it didn’t escape members that authorities found feces in the toilet at the apartment where Kercher’s lifeless body was found.
Equally as bothersome to many is how Sollecito seems to be marketing himself off of the popular murder case. Since his release in 2015, he’s kept himself in the limelight by creating an app called “Memories,” was was marketed as “a social network for graves.” He was also a “TV crime expert” on a show about murder victims. Yet, arguably the most damning, are his comments made in Facebook groups. In another comments, Sollecito wrote about how people looked at him as a killer.
“When I go in a shop selling pots and pans and I ask ‘Do you have a copper set?’ And the shop assistant recognizes you and says: ‘If you’re looking for knives you need to go to the shop nearby’.”
Many people are outraged that such groups exist in the first place, as most, according to Lucarelli, encourage bullying and crime. Others describe Sollecito’s comments as disgusting, crude, and dangerous.
Regardless, Sollecito insists that his “jokes” are for comic relief and have never been about Kercher.
“I never mentioned Meredith in the comments and I never drag her into it, it doesn’t seem at all pleasant to do so…Also, I have limits in my jokes.”
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