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Sunday 21 September 2014

Exonerated: but what does the future hold for Amanda Knox?

Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after she is acquitted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher (AP)
Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox told the final hearing of her appeal against conviction yesterday: "I want to return to my life, my future." But what sort of life does the future hold for a young woman world-famous for not having committed a brutal murder?

It is easier to say what she definitely won't be doing. An Italian public relations executive last week floated the idea that, if she were exonerated, Ms Knox could have a glittering future as the image for various brands in Italy.

With only around half of Italians convinced that she is innocent - more young women than young men are doubtful about her, according to a new survey conducted by an Italian university - it would be a brave company that adopted her as its public face.

More to the point, there are few things one can imagine Amanda Maria Knox wanting to do less.

When she returns to the United States, she will run the gamut of the accidental celebrity, starting with the first, well-remunerated TV interview.

Those who believe she has endured four years of jail for nothing will not begrudge her the fee, especially as her far-from-wealthy family has risked bankruptcy in the effort of supporting her morally.

Then what? She is on record as telling the Italian MP Rocco Girlanda, who visited her regularly in prison and wrote a book on the basis of their conversations, that she dreams of becoming a writer.

She has kept a diary in jail; once she gets back to the US, publishers will be jostling to sign her up to write her own version of what happened in Perugia that November night four years ago and her account of the trial and jail.

More than 10 books about the case have already been published, but her memoir would effortlessly trump them all.

The other dream she admitted to Mr Girlanda was banal enough - to get married - though she told him she would rather adopt than have children of her own.

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