Amanda Knox Latest: News Interviews, Book Deals & Casey Anthony Comparisons

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on October 06 2011 3:50 PM
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Amanda Knox pauses emotionally while speaking during a news conference at Sea-Tac International Airport, Washington after landing there on a flight from Italy, October 4, 2011. Amanda Knox returned home to Seattle on Tuesday, one day after an Italian court cleared the 24-year-old college student of murder and freed her from prison. REUTERS

The grandmother of Amanda Knox has revealed the latest news that publishers are already approaching the Knox family with proposed book deals and interviews.

Elisabeth Huff said that a publisher even turned up to her home in southwest Seattle shortly after the Knox conviction was overturned on Monday evening - well before her granddaughter arrived back in the U.S.

I had an insane man come to me yesterday to talk to me about book deals, Huff told The Telegraph. What an insane idea. That is totally crazy, the girl was not even home yet, we didn't know if she was even going to get out of there. It was after the verdict. He knocked on the door and wanted to discuss book deals and media deals.

Huff added that the family was so involved in the legal proceedings that nobody has had time to figure out any media deals.

Dave Marriot was hired back in 2007 as Knox's publicist. He has urged the family to go dark, so it could be several months before the 24-year-old shares her story.

According to a recent Los Angeles Times poll, most Americans believe that Amanda Knox should get a book deal - and she would likely earn well over $1 or $2 million by selling her story.

Television companies are jostling to secure the first interview as publishers work to secure exclusive rights to her story.

So where would all the money go?

We haven't discussed money any farther than seeing what we can pay the lawyers and the experts that helped, Huff told The Telegraph.

When asked if any of the money would go to Meredith Kercher's family, Huff replied You have to remember we have felt for the Kerchers long before we have felt for Amanda.

It's a good idea, she added, saying first of all we need to pay our bills and look after that. I had no idea yet what plans are in and we have people helping us with finances.

The Knox family reportedly spent over $1 million in Amanda's defense.

What makes Knox's story so appealing?

Knox has been compared to this year's other headline-maker Casey Anthony. They are both attractive girls who were caught up in a murder case, but the similarities end there. While most people in America generally dislike Casey Anthony, Knox carries a much more favorable reputation.

Knox is a sympathetic figure without the ick factor of Anthony, which makes all the difference in the world to publishers.

Unlike the results of the recent Los Angeles Times poll for Knox, 80 percent of people who responded to a Jacket Copy poll said they were not interested in a book by Anthony - and analysts had speculated that she could get up to 750,000 if she signed a deal.

As the saying goes, all publicity is good publicity - however, Anthony's case may disprove that cliché.

In the court of public opinion, Knox fares rather favorably - at least in the United States.

Most publishers renewed their interest in Knox after DNA evidence became suspect and key witnesses from the initial hearing were discredited. Knox's own parents helped chip away at their daughters' foxy knoxy reputation, replacing it with that of a naïve young girl caught up in a judicial nightmare.

One has only too look at headlines from a few months back and compare them to headlines now to realize that the sentiment toward Knox has changed drastically over a short period of time.

As public opinion began to sway in the Seattle-native's corner, publishers looked on with interest.

There is already a book on Knox, 2010's Take Me with You: Conversations with Amanda Knox in Prison by Rocco Girlanda. However, a first-person, post-acquittal account is something different entirely

Why tell the story at all?

Some argue that it is unfair for Knox to make loads of money off her story when the Kercher's remain back to square one and unsure about their daughter's murder.

Her supporters, naturally, feel differently about it.

The importance of her telling her story is to give a picture of hope to people, but also to correct the misperceptions of her, the mischaracterizations of her, of who she is as a person, Knox's publicist Mr. Marriott said.

For her to tell her story will help people understand what a wonderful young woman she is, Marriott added. She has a very heartfelt story to tell.

Others argue that, despite the gruesome details of Kercher's murder, Knox has earned the right to speak out.

Given the fact that she was found innocent, that her family spent over $1 million in her defense, that she spent four years in prison - on a moral level, she's entitled to get every dollar she can get, according to Paul Levinson, a professor of communications and media at Fordham University.

It's a real horror story with a happy ending, and that's why there's so much interest and why there will continue to be, he told News24.

For now, Knox is just getting used to her life back in America.

The Knox family even invited Raffaele Sollecito to visit them in Seattle. Knox and her former boyfriend (and fellow co-defendant) shared a brief word in the courthouse in Perugia after the verdict was read.

Knox is apparently enjoying the little things like lying in the grass that she hasn't had a chance to do in four years.

 I think she's literally running on adrenaline right now, because she hasn't slept very much - hardly at all. I think she's so joyful to be around her family and kind of reconnect with everybody, Knox's father Curt told KOMO Radio.

It is going to take some time before we figure out what that new normal will be, he said.

 

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