Amanda Knox: ‘Foxy’ Cara Delevingne, unforgiving Patrick Lamumba and Cartwheels of joy
MEREDITH Kercher is not yet at peace. The retrial of Amanda Knox in Perugia, Italy, for Kercher’s murder is underway. Knox and her then lover Raffaelle Sollecito were convicted and then acquitted. This time, however, Knox won’t be in the courtroom, opting to remain in the US.
Photo: This photo taken Friday Nov. 2, 2007, shows Amanda Marie Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito, looking on outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead.
Knox’s defence is not exactly aided by Patrick Lamumba. Knox told police she’d seen Lamumba in Meredith Kercher’s bedroom and had heard a scream. She was wrong.
Photo: Bar owner Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, center, is held by his lawyers as they are mobbed by journalists after his release form jail in Perugia, central Italy, Tuesday Nov. 20, 2007.
Mr Lumumba successfully sued Knox for defamation.
Last week, Lamumba told us: “I say the same I say six years ago, I think she is guilty.”
The case has been marked by media comments on Knox’s looks and antics. It’s spawned an industry of books and TV shows. Recently we got another one:
Cartwheel , by Jennifer duBois, is “loosely inspired by the story of Amanda Knox”.
Amanda Knox was accused by police of turning a cartwheel while waiting for questioning; this novel’s protagonist, Lily Hayes, actually does. The story opens as her father, Andrew, flies into Buenos Aires to face police who suspect that 21-year-old Lily has knifed her study-abroad roommate to death.
Another book, Passegiando con Amanda (Walking with Amanda) by Florisbela Inocencio de Jesus, who met Knox in the Capanne women’s jail told us:
The door opened and in walked this young girl, about 20 years old, blue eyes, fresh-faced – in fact so fresh-faced that it looked like she had just washed. She greeted everyone with a timid smile, looked around the room and sat down in a corner by herself. I was perplexed by the fact that no-one returned her greeting, ignoring her completely. Knox was initially envied by many of the female prisoners for her good looks and celebrity – through television, radio and newspapers, inmates were well aware of the huge interest the trial was attracting.
Fellow prisoners saw her as a “cold dominatrix”, gossiping about how the prosecution described her as a “she-devil focused on sex, drugs and alcohol, living life on the edge”. She was also resented for perks she received, including special visitation hours for her family, who for months conducted a gruelling commute between the west coast of the US and Italy. But the prisoners’ attitude changed after she was convicted of Kercher’s murder in December – Knox was now accepted, welcomed even.
Photo: Amanda Knox motions to cheering supporters at a news conference shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle.
On October 190 this year, the Mirror oozed:
Cara Delevingne to star in Amanda Knox film – but unlikely to play lead “Foxy” role
We already know she is Foxy on the catwalk but now top model Cara Delevingne’s Hollywood career is also going from strength to strength.
Classy stuff in the Mirror, there.
A quick recap:
1 November: 2007: Meredith Kercher, 21, murdered
6 November: Amanda Knox, 20, arrested, with her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 23, and barman Patrick Diya Lumumba, 38
20 November: Rudy Guede, 20, arrested in Germany. Mr Lumumba released without charge
November 22, 2007: Knox’s note is released:
In regards to this ‘confession’ that I made last night, I want to make clear that I’m very doubtful of the verity of my statements because they were made under the pressures of stress, shock and extreme exhaustion. Not only was I told I would be arrested and put in jail for 30 years, but I was also hit in the head when I didn’t remember a fact correctly.
28 October: Guede jailed for 30 years – cut to 16 years on appeal
4 December 2009: Knox and Sollecito found guilty and sentenced to 26 and 25 years
24 November: Knox and Sollecito appeal
23 September: Appeal court closing arguments begin
September 26, 2011″ Lumumba’s lawyer Carlo Pacelli accuses Knox of having two sides one of which is “angelic, good, compassionate” and the other “Lucifer-like, demonic, Satanic.”
October 3, 2011″ Murder convictions are overturned. Knox is found guilty of defamation against Patrick Lumumba.
February 17, 2012: Knox signs a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir about her trial.