"The vivacious, sexually adventurous, guitar-playing student from
Seattle has become a minor celebrity in Italy, ranked in a poll in
December as one of Italy's 'women of the year.'"
That's what you get in part because you're a pretty white American woman who is either killed, or is accused of killing, in another land. As Amanda Knox, 21, and her Italian ex-boyfriend go on trial in Umbria today for the slaying of a British
student, London's Independent writes, "the question
of Ms Knox's sexual appetites, and how far she will go to gratify them,
go to the heart of this disturbing case."
Nearly 140 reporters and photographers are expected at the
courthouse in the city of Perugia for what is of course called Italy's trial of the year. Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele
Sollecito, 24, have already spent more than a year in jail waiting to be tried for the murder of Meredith Kercher, 21, sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in November 2007. Says The Independent:
Ms Knox leapt to notoriety in
the days after the murder, kissing and cuddling Mr Sollecito in front
of the lenses of the cameras, and her wildly conflicting accounts of
how she had passed the evening on which her flatmate Meredith died put
her under investigation. Those accounts included a confession, later
retracted, that she had heard Meredith's screams but had merely blocked
her ears...This week, lawyers for Ms Knox demanded the withdrawal of a new book of
sexy gossip about her, plus €500,000 in damages. The publishers,
Bompiani, refused, saying the book was already in circulation. Italy
already knows plenty about "Foxy Knoxy", but it is keen to learn more.
More to come. Much more: The trial could last a year.