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I’d forgotten about Amanda Knox. I’d have been happier if that state had continued, rather than have to read that she’s made $4m from her book. Regardless of guilt or innocence, it would be nice if she used most of that to set up some sort of foundation in memory of the girl she was cleared of killing. Will she? We’ll see.

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  1. Simon Reid
    May 4, 2013 at 11:59 am

    It seems unlikely the Kercher family would appreciate such a gesture. The minimum Amanda Knox can do for them is ensure justice is done – to that end, thus far, she has been found wanting.

    I keep trying to put myself in her position: would I succumb to pressure from the police and name a man I knew to be innocent as a murderer? I’m sure we would all like to think more of ourselves than that we would be so low, regardless of the circumstances.
    And of course, to be lacking in character is not, in itself, a crime, especially in one so young.

    I’ve only ever spent four hours in a prison cell, which came about as the result of juvenile delinquency. At age 17, as I was then, I enjoyed the first hour as I knew my name would become legend for being as notorious as they come. The second hour was boring. By hour three, I was less impressed with myself and understood the true value of liberty; and by hour four, I wanted my mummy.
    Looking back on it over the years, I came to realise that the police had been teaching me and my friends a lesson, for which I am thankful to them for. I can understand how desperate one might become if faced with the prospect of spending the rest of one’s life in a concrete box.
    But still, as much as the Italian authorities are often caricatured for their inefficiency and corruption, Amanda Knox had access to, not only first class legal advice, but also family and consular support. She was not shoved into a hole in Iraq or Libya and forced, on pain of torture, to name names.

    At first I was annoyed with HarperCollins. To pay such a hefty amount to somebody who may well be a murderer is a piece of business I myself would not want anything to do with. But whether Knox’s memoirs have been embellished for the publisher’s convenience or if Knox herself is the driving force behind any inaccuracies and inconsistencies which are already coming to light, at least the Kercher family are coming closer to the answers they want the world to hear.

  2. May 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Are they? This retrial is all about the quality of a piece of forensic evidence. Whatever the outcome, it won’t be a universally accepted truth.

  3. Simon Reid
    May 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    You know far better than me that the most effective means of getting at the truth is by way of the written word.
    Facts may be distorted, evidence may be inaccurate or suppressed. But the overall picture of an event, as read in full context by those with an interest to know, will, in time, see the truth laid bare.

    If Knox is innocent, all she need do is tell the truth on the page. If she’s guilty, she is going to be found out.
    Will there be any universally accepted truths revealed? Maybe, maybe not. But steps in that direction is what the Kercher family need, as we are yet to discover whether or not Amanda Knox will ever return to Italy for any retrial.

  4. May 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    You’re right, I do know better than you, and long experience tells me that the Kercher family are unlikely to the satisfied until they have the outcome they want. If that happens, someone else will be disappointed.

    It’s not the written word, it’s the writer, that person’s understanding of all aspects of all the facts presented, and objectivity in setting them out and drawing a conclusion.

  5. Simon Reid
    May 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I hope the only people/person who will be disappointed is the one who committed the murder.
    The Kercher family must surely only want what any family would want in these tragic circumstances: they want the truth.
    If that truth is that Amanda Knox is innocent, then they need to know that as much as they deserve to know who is guilty.

  6. May 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    The man who committed the murder is already doing time for it, but he seems to have been overlooked..

  7. Simon Reid
    May 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t think he has been overlooked. But questions still remain over Knox and Sollecito, and where those may or may not be answered by the Prosecution appeal, Knox’s memoirs at least allow for her voice to be heard.

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