The New York Times has gotten hold of a copy of Amanda Knox’s book on her ordeal in Italy where she was convicted, but later acquitted in the stabbing death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007.
In the book, Knox, of West Seattle, takes her case to the people, telling her story of what happened the night of the murder, the handling of the case by police and prosecutors, her time in jail and the two trials.
Details from the book noted in the Times story include: Knox had thoughts of killing herself while in prison; the widely reported cartwheels she was said to have done in the police station never happened; on the night of the murder, she and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito were smoking marijuana and watching a Harry Potter movie; Knox admitting she had made mistakes and that contributed to her conviction, including being “naïve, sometimes inappropriate and odd, too proud to admit when her halting knowledge of Italian failed her,” according to the Times story.
Knox, now 25, was a University of Washington student studying in Perugia, Italy, in 2007 when Kercher was found stabbed to death in her room in a house shared by Knox, Kercher and two other women. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Sollecito, were arrested soon after the slaying, accused by prosecutors of being participants a sexually charged killing. An Ivory Coast man, Rudy Guede, was also convicted in the killing and remains in prison.
Knox, who spent four years in prison in all, was convicted in 2009 of the murder, but was acquitted on appeal in 2011 and returned to Seattle, where she has been living and working on the book. The book is scheduled to be released April 30th.