Amanda Knox is a (almost) a free woman. She has been acquitted by an Italian court of the charges of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox has been behind bars in Perugia for four years for the murder that took place in 2007, all the time saying that she was innocent of the crimes she was charged recently saying, “I’m paying with my life for things that I didn’t do.” She also told the court about Kercher, “she had her bedroom next to mine, she was killed in our own apartment. If I had been there that night, I would be dead,” Knox said. “But I was not there.” She bluntly added that, “I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t there at the crime.”
She was looking at 26 years in prison but the conviction was overturned. The question is now, what next?
“I insist I’m innocent and that must be defended. I just want to go home, go back to my life,” Amanda Knox said. And going home is the big first step. Amanda’s immediate family is in Perugia and at this hour she is waiting to be reunited with her parents and sisters. She is expected to fly back to her home town of Seattle, Washington as soon as she can. Her grandmother, her uncle and other relatives are awaiting her return. After the verdict her grandmother said, “I want to put my arms around her. She needs that, I need that.” And Amanda will probably be spending lots of time thanking her grandmother who went deep into debt – spending about $250,000 — to help defend Amanda.
But she’ll probably be able to pay back her grandma and then some. As with any big crime story or scandal, there will be book and movie deals. Her story will — no doubt — be bought and sold with exclusive interviews, magazine covers and the talk show circuit.
Do you think we’ll see a boom of Amanda Knox books, movies and interviews? And if so, will you watch or read them?