The verdict is out: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito killed Meredith Kercher.

The murder of the young British student in Perugia two years ago was a highly disputed case, and the proof of guilt of the two young lovers -a US citizen studying in Perugia and her boyfriend- appears largely based on indicia, and not on the more solid ground one usually expects for a conviction in similar instances.

The knife that killed Meredith was indeed found in Raffaele Sollecito's house, and there is indeed DNA from both Amanda and the victim on it; there also is DNA of Sollecito on Meredith's bra. There are several other small facts that may indicate that they indeed may have participated in the murder, but one thing strikes for its absence: the motive.

Money ? A discussion ended in a fight ? A sexual game ? We will probably never know. For sure, the case does not stop here: there will be an appeal, more investigations, new studies, new proofs, disproof of earlier claims. It is called justice, and I want to believe that justice is still working in Italy these days, when Italian magistrates are under constant barrage fire by the government after investigations on Silvio Berlusconi have started on a new front, the collusion with mafia.

But that is another story. Back to the murder, it appears rather unconceivable that Meredith was killed for a game went foul, but indeed that looks like the most reasonable explanation, if we have to stand by the facts lined up by the investigators. Of course, those facts have been questioned, but the trial is over and all one can say is that the conviction of Amanda and Raffaele, as the earlier one of Rudolph Guede, is a tragedy in the tragedy. The three are pictured above: young faces, a life in front of them. Murderers, maybe. Broken lives, for sure.