For years, the American public was captivated by the story of Amanda Knox, an American student accused of brutally murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, while in Italy. After a high-profile trial including many appeals and four years spent in an Italian prison, Knox’s guilty verdict was overturned in October, allowing her to go home to Seattle with her family.
Now, Knox has hired a high-powered attorney to help her negotiate a book deal about the harrowing experience. Robert Barnett will “represent her in discussions with various book publishers who have expressed an interest in Amanda writing a book,” and help her family in “evaluating other opportunities as well.”
Critics have suggested that it may be somewhat inappropriate for Knox to profit from the situation, given the assumption that she lost a friend in Kercher and that capitalizing on that death may be considered tasteless.
A similar debate was raised after Casey Anthony was acquitted on charges of murdering her daughter. Networks and magazines ultimately refused to pay Anthony for the rights to her first interview.
Given the very different public opinions of Anthony and Knox, it’s hard to compare the situations. Some have suggested that Anthony could make up to seven figures for a book deal, others suggest that without a confession, publishers won’t want to be in business with her.
So we turn the question to you, Zappers: Would you buy a book by Amanda Knox? Would you buy one by Casey Anthony?