Prosecutor Alludes to Manga in UK Student's Murder Case

posted on by Egan Loo
Italian court hears about purported similarity between manga and crime

A prosecutor in an Italian hearing on a British student's murder asserted that there were similarities between manga found in a suspect's apartment and the crime scene. 21-year-old Meredith Kercher was found partially unclothed with her throat cut in her Italian apartment on November 2, 2007, and police charged her roommate, 21-year-old American student Amanda Knox, with the crime. 21-year-old Ivory Coast drifter Rudy Guede and Knox's former boyfriend, 24-year-old computer studies graduate Raffaele Sollecito, have also been charged.

During a hearing this past weekend, prosecutor Giuliano Mignini told the court in his summation that manga that depicted the murder "of female vampires on Halloween night" had been found in Sollecito's apartment. Mignini claimed that the manga's images of "naked women dead on the floor and blood on the walls" were similar to the crime scene at Kerscher's apartment.

The prosecution had tried to link manga to the murder in January by telling the court that Sollecito's password for his computer was "AKIRAFUGA." Aki Fūga was the artist in the 1994 Shin Maō Dante remake (pictured at right) of Go Nagai's Maō Dante (Demon Lord Dante) horror manga.

Sources: Telegraph, The Sun

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