It was reported in today’s press that after an extensive bidding war, Amanda Knox, Americans ultimate Femme-fatale, is set to earned a reported $4 million (€3m) in a book deal inked this week for her unadulterated pulling-on-heart-strings account of her time behind bars during the Meredith Kercher murder trial. Whilst the real killer is yet to be convicted, Knox is merrily making a mint. Crime, it seems, really does pay, and quite nicely too!
Knox was convicted alongside her Italian boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito, of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. However in a cruel twist of flawed Italian logic and law, she was released by the Italian courts and cleared of the murder, based on a legal technicality. The Italian prosecution, who maintain their adamant stance that Knox slit the throat of Kercher and then stabbed her multiple times in their shared apartment in the town of Perugia, have filed a petition appealing her release from prison last year.
In what was was described as a “heated” bidding war, publishing giant HarperCollins announced that the as-yet untitled memoir would go on sale in the US early next year. Doubtless to say that there may not be many takers on the book this side of the pond when it’s eventually published.
In a statement, Harper Collins said: “Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system. Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates.”
HarperCollins refused to confirm how much Knox will be paid for the book, but insiders have suggested it was at least seven figures, and probably close to $4 million (€3m).
Jonathan Burnham of HarperCollins said that Knox had studied creative writing in college, and would be writing the book herself with the help of an unnamed collaborator. No doubt those creative writing classes came in handy when she was being interviewed by the Italian police and prosecutors.
During her captivity, she was largely viewed in her own country an innocent victim of the chaotic Italian judicial system. In both Britian and Italy, however, Knox is seen rather differently, with some suggesting that she got away with murder.
She became notorious during the early investigation into Miss Kercher’s death after it emerged that she had turned a cartwheel in the police station soon after the murder, and was captured on television kissing Sollecito passionately. He is also said to be preparing to sell a book about the crime in Italy.
Miss Kercher’s family had called on Knox not to publish her story – her father called the American’s release from jail “ludicrous”.
So as predicted, Knox is using her notoriety and those despicable events to cash in and set herself up for life. The gravy train has only just left the station, there will no doubt be movie rights and TV appearances on the horizon, all the while, the Kercher family continue to mourn the loss of a beloved daughter and the fact that her real killer is making a mint.