Knox's Memoir Contradicts Her Prison Diary
Diary, letters have a much calmer tone, finds the BBC
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
This April 9, 2013 photo released by ABC shows Amanda Knox during the taping of an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in New York.   (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)

(Newser) – Amanda Knox's new book describes a traumatic, harrowing ordeal as she was imprisoned for four years for a murder she says she didn't commit—but in some cases, the memoir is at odds with earlier accounts she gave, such as letters she wrote and even her own diary, the BBC reports:

  • Though her memoir reportedly describes sexual harassment at the hands of prison guards, she described the staff as "really nice" in the diary, which was published in Italy. "They check in to make sure I'm OK very often and are very gentle with me." As for the prison itself, she called it "pretty swell."

  • In her memoir, she writes that she was "weak and terrified" and coerced into falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba of Meredith Kercher's murder; she says a prison guard told her to write down the accusation quickly. But in a letter she sent lawyers after making the written declaration to police, she says nothing about being rushed, writing simply, "I tried writing what I could remember for the police, because I've always been better at thinking when I was writing. They gave me time to do this."
  • Her memoir also describes a medical examination at the police station, during which she was stripped naked and told to spread her legs. She calls it "the most dehumanizing, degrading experience I had ever been through." But in the aforementioned letter to lawyers, she made it sound routine and simply said she was "checked out by medics."
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May 2, 2013 6:43 PM CDT
Consider that she may have believed her diary may be taken or discovered by the guards or prison officials. In her position, I would not have revealed everything in the diary either...
May 2, 2013 12:54 PM CDT
The guards couldve read her diary at any time. It would make sense to protect herself and "describe the staff as "really nice" .... "They check in to make sure I'm OK very often and are very gentle with me." As for the prison itself, she called it "pretty swell."
May 2, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
It just goes to show you that American News Media will always focus on the beauty of the accused. Not whether she telling the truth.