'Law & Order: SVU' Season 22 Episode 3: Italian student's death case is 'Reverse Amanda Knox', say fans
Now, if viewers felt the case seemed very familiar, they are not alone. Amanda Knox's case was one of the most reported incidents internationally
Spoilers for 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 22 Episode 3 'Remember Me in Quarantine'
In this week's episode of 'Law & Order: SVU', Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her team are working on the case of a missing Italian student, Maria, whose body is discovered in the freezer in the basement of the house she lived in, one month after she disappeared. As Olivia and her team interrogate her roommates, they learn of the disturbing way in which Maria might have died. Her roommate Lexi and Lexi's drug dealer, Sean, were reportedly involved in a threesome with Maria and the team thinks something might have gone wrong when the three were having sex. This is one of the most confusing cases that the team has worked on and even more than halfway through the episode, the details as well as who the actual suspect could be are all kinds of grey.
Now, if viewers felt the case seemed very familiar, they are not alone. Amanda Knox's case was one of the most reported incidents internationally. The American college student was convicted and then acquitted in the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher in Italy. Kercher died from knife wounds in the apartment she shared with Knox in 2007. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were both found guilty of killing Kercher, receiving 26- and 25-year prison sentences, respectively. In October 2011, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted and set free. In March 2013, Knox was ordered to stand trial again for Kercher's murder. Italy's final court of appeal, the Court of Cassation, overturned both Knox's and Sollecito's acquittals. Knox and Sollecito were again found guilty of murder in February 2014, with Sollecito receiving a 25-year prison sentence and Knox receiving a 28.5-year sentence. The Supreme Court of Italy overturned her and Sollecito's convictions in 2015.
The fact that many aspects about the case in this week's episode -- the murder, the method, the situation, as well as the vague nature of the case in that a specific conclusion as to the real suspect is missing, are quite similar to the Amanda Knox case and that has not gone past undetected by fans.
One viewer tweeted, "Getting Amanda Knox vibes from the Ep #Foxyknoxy #SexyLexi #Svu waiting for da cartwheels." Another wrote, "#SVU sexy Lexie and lockdown Lexie cmon , they are all involved , Reverse Amanda Knox." A viewer tweeted, "This is reverse Amanda Knox , American hurt Italian girl in US #SVU." Another wrote, "I don’t know if this episode is giving me Kenneka Jenkins or Amanda Knox #LawAndOrderSVU #Svu." A fan opined, "Really @WolfEnt??? this #SVU is basically the reverse of the Amanda Knox case...could you not write something new? #Dissapointement."
#SVU sexy Lexie and lockdown Lexie cmon , they are all involved , Reverse Amanda Knox— Eric B. Morrell (@lawebmorrell) December 4, 2020
'Law & Order: SVU' airs on NBC on Thursday nights at 9/8c.