Un­for­given

India Today - - SNAPSHOTS -

The Amanda Knox story would make for a sala­cious mur­der mys­tery—if it wasn’t al­ready grue­somely true. Ac­cused for mur­der­ing her Bri­tish room­mate Mered­ith Kercher with her Ital­ian boyfriend in Italy in 2007, Knox be­came a celebrity cul­prit over night, the me­dia at­ten­tion turn­ing her into a tragic fig­ure in­ter­na­tion­ally. The Bri­tish and Ital­ian tabloids called her “foxy noxy”, as the Amer­i­can press bat­tled this im­age with their own con­spir­acy the­o­ries of anti-amer­i­can­ism. The trial was a roller­coaster ride for Knox, then 20, with pros­e­cu­tors ac­cus­ing her of rit­u­al­is­tic sex-games and sa­tanic prac­tices as her mo­tive. Guilty or innno­cent, no per­son ought to be made tar­get of vin­dic­tive me­dia at­ten­tion. With the re­cent ver­dict, Knox might be free to get back to her reg­u­lar life, but it’s go­ing to be a tough task as spec­u­la­tion about her in­volve­ment and her morals re­fuses to die down.

A tear­ful Amanda Knox on hear­ing the ver­dict

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