Amanda Knox considered suicide while in prison
Tell-all memoir aims to 'set the record straight' says American accused of murdering Meredith Kercher
AMANDA KNOX considered suffocating herself with a bin bag after she was sent to prison for the murder of 21-year-old student Meredith Kercher according to extracts from her new "tell-all" book obtained by the New York Times.
In her 463-page memoir Waiting to Be Heard Knox, now 25, gives the most detailed account yet of her desperation after being jailed, including the revelation she considered suicide. Knox also denies widely-published reports she performed cartwheels in an Italian police station the day after British student Kercher was found dead.
But she admits she was naive and followed the Italian police's instructions like a "lost" child during the investigation. She goes on: "First I showed not enough emotion; then I showed too much".
Knox became a prime suspect after Kercher was found half-naked with her throat slashed in the villa the two shared in Perugia, Italy. But in the memoir she claims she and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were at his house on the night of the murder reading aloud from a Harry Potter book and smoking marijuana as the French film Amélie played in the background. Knox and Sollecito spent four years in jail for murder before being acquitted in 2011 – although they now face a fresh trial.
In the book, which she was reportedly paid $4 million to write, Knox maintains her innocence. She says the memoir is about "setting the record straight".
The New York Times wonders if Knox, who will mark the release of her memoir on 30 April with an interview with American news anchor Diane Sawyer, will be seen by the public as an "innocent abroad" or a "cunning seductress who engineered the brutal killing of her roommate". Their question is especially pertinent given that the book's publication comes just over a month after the 25-year-old, dubbed 'Foxy Knoxy' by the press, was told Italy's Court of Cassation had annulled her acquittal of murder.
It is expected Knox will be tried in absentia next year and it is possible she could be extradited back to Italy if found guilty.