Amanda Knox: 'For All Intents, I Was a Murderer'
Freed convict opens up in interviews, new book
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
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(Newser) – As Amanda Knox's new book hits the shelves, she's speaking to the media about the saga that saw her convicted of roommate Meredith Kercher's murder in Italy. Amid media scrutiny in the courtroom, "for all intents and purposes, I was a murderer—whether I was or not,” she tells Diane Sawyer at ABC News. "And I had to live with the idea that that would be my life." Her entire history was in the spotlight, she says, including every online post and every romance.

"I’d like to be reconsidered as a person," she says in the interview, which airs tonight. "What happened to me was surreal, but it could’ve happened to anyone." Meanwhile, she spoke to USA Today about the book, Waiting to Be Heard. "I really, really want this to not be just about what happened to me, but about what one can do in a bad place," she says. As for Kercher's family: "The ideal situation in my mind is that they could show me Meredith's grave. Because it was like, I wasn't allowed to grieve." But "if that never happens, then that's OK. Because ultimately it's about them."

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Apr 30, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
The only country that is more of a cesspool than Italy is Paris, France. Yes, you get wrapped up in the romance of going until you get over there and find they have more pollution problems than São Paulo. You already know they hate Americans so you pull a bluff that you are from Brazil, depending on how well is your Portuguese. You get treated a lot better at hotels, restaurants, and tourist spots if nobody suspects you are American. The same goes when you visit Schengen member states with your special visa. You will get hassled at border crossings but once you get into the country you can bluff your way around. People often visit Italy and fall in love with the countryside. But land there is like buying in coastal California. Not only that, but you add 15 percent for fees and taxes. Yes, land purchases are taxed at nine percent in Italy. That's not the property taxes but a sales tax assessed to the purchaser. Once they realize you are a foreigner in Italy the games start. You are almost always better off having an Italian relative buy land and then lease it back to you for $1 per year plus taxes and fees. I would put their legal system somewhere between Somalia and China. They carried a lot of dark ages ways forward. You only hope if you visit that nothing happens. If it does, be prepared to spend a lot of euro getting out of it. And that's just to grease the system. The best thing to do is to have retired Seal Team Six members on standby to break you out of their draconian jail and get you back to mother USA.
Apr 30, 2013 8:42 AM CDT
Apr 30, 2013 8:04 AM CDT
Moral of the story is, do not visit Italy