University of Chicago Magazine profile

Trial narrative

Nina Burleigh, AM'87, covered Italy's Amanda Knox case and the global obsession with the beautiful "female monster."

"Foxy Knoxy," the Italian and British media call her. Voted the 2009 Woman of the Year in an Italian television-news poll, Amanda Knox, then a 22-year-old University of Washington undergrad on a year abroad in Perugia, was also labeled a "luciferina" and a "dirty-minded she-devil" by a Perugian prosecutor, in his closing statements during her trial for the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Convicted in December 2009, Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison and immediately filed an appeal. Her conviction was overturned October 3.

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