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Amanda Kercher co-opts the Kercher family into plugging her book

by | 30th, April 2013

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AMANDA Knox has been on the TV in the US. She tells ABC that she “wants to be recognised as a person” .

“I mean, it’s one thing to be called certain things in the media, it’s another to be sitting in a courtroom, fighting for your life, while people are calling you a devil. For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not. I had to live with the idea that that would be my life.”

She toldUSA Today, as quoted in the Times:

The ideal situation in my mind is that (the Kercher family) could show me Meredith’s grave. Because it was like, I wasn’t allowed to grieve, either, and that would mean a lot to me.”

Why do that in the media? Why put pressure on the Kerchers? Why make it about them? Because Knox is plugging her book Waiting to be Heard: A Memoir . The Kerchers make the story have a future. The publishers need to get value from the $4 million advance Knox earned for her story.

Here’s what Knox said in full:

“It’s really hard. I’ve always been afraid of just upsetting them. And I feel like as long as there’s question of my involvement in Meredith’s death, I don’t want to impose myself on them. And I really think that, at least from what I’ve read, that nothing I could say would make them feel better. …

“I mean, 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, either. And that, that would mean a lot to me. But you know what? It’s all about what means to them. And if that never happens, then, then that’s OK. Because ultimately it’s about them. …

“This trial (ordered by the Italian Supreme Court last month) has been a barrier to that. It’s this, this, this field of barbed wire that I’m having to crawl through so I can finally get to the side where, ‘OK, we’re finally on the same side!’ And I can’t hail at them when I’m in the middle of the barbed wire.”

She writes:

“It infuriated me that the media were rewriting our relationship to fit their storyline. I was a monster. Meredith was a saint.”

Knox is enrolled on a degree course in creative writing at the University of Washington.

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