Antonio Curatolo, Italian prosecutors' gold-plated witness against Seattleite and convicted killer Amanda Knox, has been busted for heroin dealing (something he supposedly has made quite a living at). Furthermore, his key testimony about seeing Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito on the night of the murders may have actually been a memory of a different night altogether.
Curatolo, a homeless old guy who hangs out on park benches (apparently dealing drugs), helped put Knox and Co. away the first go-round, and prosecutors were counting on him for a repeat performance in the appeal process. But apparently in court today, heroin-dealing charges against him were announced, and, really, his whole witness shtick was attacked as completely unreliable.
Curatolo's unmasking couldn't come at a worse time for the prosecution. First, the appeals-court judge granted review of the "unassailable" DNA evidence against Knox and Sollecito. Then he said he'd allow disco owners to testify that Curatolo testified about the wrong night, since he mentioned seeing disco buses--and they weren't running on Nov. 1, only on Halloween. Indeed, in his first statement he mentioned seeing witches and masked students.
That means that no credible witness saw Amanda or Raffaele leave his flat on Nov. 1.
Dempsey thinks losing Curatolo will be devastating to prosecutors.
Certainly good news for Knox's family and supporters.
Though whether it will be enough to overturn her conviction is still a longshot.