Candace Dempsey is the award-winning Italian-American author of the MURDER IN ITALY: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and the Trial that Shook the World. (Penguin: Berkley Books, 2010). The best way to reach Candace is by email at 

"MURDER IN ITALY by Candace Dempsey was the first book published on the Meredith Kercher murder and it remains one of the very best, beautifully researched, well-written, and clearly organized. Dempsey was the first journalist in the United States to raise questions about the Amanda Knox case, and the first to look deeply into the facts and begin to uncover the shocking truth. If you want to know the real story of this enormous travesty of justice that sent an innocent American girl to an Italian prison for four years, you must read this book, reprinted after Knox's acquittal with a new ending.-- Douglas Preston, co-author of The Monster of Florence."

Candace has reported on the Amanda Knox case for CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC, Italian TV and a whole lot of other people.  

MURDER IN ITALY grew out of her true crime blog. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She's been a magazine editor (Alaska Airlines Magazine), a newspaper editor (the Argus) and an editor, writer and producer for MSN, as well as independent travel writer. Her adventure tales appear in many anthologies. She is the former editor/producer of MSN, a women's Web site that Newsweek called "cheeky, nicely written, fun" and The New York Times saluted for "serious sisterhood." 

She's covered travel, women's issues, business and other topics for numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Slate, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Phoenix, Puget Sound Business Journal, Art & Antiques, Passionfruit and Adventure Journal.

The middle child in a multicolore Italian-American family, lives in Seattle with her husband and son. She likes to ski, kayak, mountain climb and hike. She is obsessed with all things Italian and often visits her Italian cousins in Calabria, Rome, and Bologna

Main illustration by Annette Kraus