By the end of the Amanda Knox trial, the American media had been fully taken in by the soon-to-be-convicted murderer—but she didn't convince Barbie Latza Nadeau. In an excerpt from her upcoming book on the Daily Beast, Angel Face: The True Story of a Student Killer, Nadeau explains how the Knox family formed a dedicated media machine that created a core of supporters who “were simply choosing to ignore the facts that were coming to light in Italy.”
Media access depended on a journalist’s sympathies—the family would cooperate only with the “innocentisti.” Networks paid for the Knoxes’ travel in exchange for exclusives, and media personalities openly worked for them. Lawyer Joe Tacopina, for example, claimed to represent the family even though he was a paid ABC correspondent. When Tacopina confided in Nadeau that he couldn’t be sure Knox was innocent, he was exiled from Knoxland. After that, the family kept an iron grip on its message—the only message America heard. Click here for more.