Candace Dempsey

Candace Dempsey is an American author, journalist and travel writer. [1] She has written for several magazines in the United States, and is the author of Murder in Italy(2010), a study of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher and the trials of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito . [2]

Dempsey has been interviewed about the Kercher investigation for CNN, including Anderson Cooper 360 , MSNBC, BBC, KOMO TV, and Italian television. [2] She maintains a blog about the case, “Let’s Talk About True Crime,” hosted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer . [3]


Dempsey’s ancestry is Italian on her mother’s side, and German-Irish on her father’s. [4] She attended West Valley High School in Spokane , obtained her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism , and her career in 1976 as an intern at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. [5] In 1977 she married Mark Rosenblum, a New Yorker. The couple lived in Albany, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, for a few years before moving to Seattle. [4] [6]

Dempsey has worked as an editor, writer and producer for MSN, and has written for such publications as Chicago Tribune , Boston Phoenix , Slate and The New York Times . [2]

She is known for her research in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia , Italy. Her blog on the investigation was one of the first to write about the case, and her book about the murder and criminal inquiry, Murder in Italy , received Best True Crime Book Reviews Editor’s and Readers’ awards for 2010. [7] Dempsey Was present in the courtroom in Perugia in October 2011 when Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of Kercher’s murder. [8]

Selected works

  • (2010). Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal . Penguin / Berkley Books.
  • (2001). “A Restless Night on the Mojave” , Passionfruit .
  • (1998). “Girl Kayak Guides of Juneau,” in Marybeth Bond and Pamela Michael (eds.). Travelers Tales’ A Woman’s Passion for Travel . Travelers’ Tales Books.
  • (1996). “Alone again,” in Susan Fox Rogers (ed.). Solo: On Her Own Adventure . Seal Press; Reproduced in Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Jennie Good (eds.). (1998). Gifts of the Wild: A Woman’s Book of Adventure . Seal Press.


  1. Jump up^ Popham, Peter. “The Knox Watchers: Meet the People Who Are Obsessed with Amanda Knox’s Fate”,The Independent, 6 November 2010.
  • Mikel, Amy. “An Interview with Candace Dempsey, Author of Murder in Italy” , Seattleest, 7 September 2010.
  1. ^ Jump to:a b c Homepage , and “About” ,, accessed 10 September 2012. For example:
  • Dempsey, Candace. “A Lost Child Rescues Himself” , The New York Times, 27 July 2012.
  • Demsey, Candace. “Prosecutor Asks Us To Ignore Casey Anthony While Hawking His Book About the Casey Anthony Case” , Slate, November 15, 2011.
  • Dempsey, Candace. “Angel In Exile” , Chicago Tribune, April 5, 1998.
  • Dempsey, Candace. “Holding Court” , Chicago Tribune, August 3, 1997.
  • Demspey, Candace. “X-ray Vision” , Chicago Tribune, 2 March 1997.
  1. Jump up^ “Let’s Talk about True Crime”,Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Dempsey, Candace. “Alone again: Lost in the West” , Travel Tales .
  3. Jump up^ Kerschner, Jim. “Kershner: Knox book author’s reliance on ‘rules of journalism'”,The Spokesman Review, 10 October 2011.
  • Dempsey, Candace. “Concert review: Fender’s act needs new material” , The Spokesman-Review, 28 June 1976.
  1. Jump up^ “Rosenblum-Dempsey”,The Spokesman-Review, July 16, 1977.
  2. Jump up^ Vogt, Andrea. “Amanda Knox box Creates a Police investigation at home”,Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 27, 2009.
  3. Jump up^ Adams, Guy. “The Knox Hopes for a $ 1m legal fees”,The Independent, 5 October 2011.

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