August 30th, 2010
02:48 PM ET

Amanda Knox book in the works, Italian official says

Amanda Knox as her trial drew to a close in 2009.

Convicted murderer Amanda Knox has been meeting with Italian elected official Rocco Girlanda, who now says he's writing a book about her, a representative for Knox's parents said.

Among the book's reported revelations: Knox, 23, dreams of adopting children someday.

"We knew that Girlanda had been meeting with her in prison, but he's never spoken with Amanda's family or her lawyers, that we are aware of, specifically about a book," said David Marriott, a Seattle public relations specialist the Knox family hired. "The family has no idea what this book is going to say."

Knox was convicted in December of last year of killing her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, whose throat was slashed. Knox was a University of Washington student who went to Italy to study but ended up being the focus of one of Europe's most salacious trials. She was sentenced to 26 years. Her former Italian boyfriend was also convicted and is serving time.

Marriott said that it's unclear if Girlanda took written notes during his prison visits with Knox or if the interviews were recorded.  "We're assuming it's going to be an accurate reflection of conversations she's had with him," he said.

According to The Guardian newspaper: "Everything grew from a desire to get to know an American girl, the same age as one of my daughters, who has found herself to be living in the most dramatic experience of her life," Girlanda writes.

Knox's father is in Italy now and visited his daughter last Wednesday, Marriott said. "I assume he's going to ask her what she told Girlanda," he said.

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  1. DJR

    Hopefully someone will write a proper view. The view of teachers and friends around Seattle who knew Amanda seems quite different than the obvious prosecutor publicity of a 20 year old "vixen" who can get all men to jump through hoops. Kind of implicates the prosecutors, and investigators drool for Miss Knox! I also love the race bit, she accused a black man because he was black, but than participated in a killing of a friend with a blackman, where is the logic? A racist would have attacked and killed the blackman. After all he has no reason to be in the house! No, to review this case it has way to many discrepancies. Even a reason is missing!

    September 1, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick King

      It seems to me, though, that Girlanda leaves himself in a double bind. If the appeal fails, his credibility with Knox, her family and supporters is shattered. Girlanda may leave himself open to legal action if he's exploited her hopes and her writing. I would certainly expect that Ted Simon is signing off on whatever is being done in his client's name. I, too, am uncomfortable with the exploitative element in this story. On the other hand, perhaps we need to have a little more faith in Amanda, herself. No one who knows her thinks she can possibly have done this. As Girlanda and others in Italy come to know the real woman, they, too become convinced of her innocence and bring pressure to bear for her exoneration.

      September 1, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. SPC1922

    This site has been systematically rejecting posts from the point of view that Amanda Knox is innocent and did not receive a fair trial.

    You post crap like this: "u disgust us, ur utter ignorance" but don't allow substantive posts explaining why Amanda Knox didn't do it.

    September 1, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      their is enough evuidene that prove she is guilty, ont want to accept the truth , becaus u are an american, an very ignorant group of mankind

      September 6, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. sanfran55

    Knox & Sollecito were represented in court by the top defense attorneys in Italy, and they still were found guilty. Guilty of the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher. If there were any loop holes, these attorneys would have found them to get their clients off. The prosecution's case was solid for a guilty verdict. End of story, until the appeals.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brad Bigelow

    Well, there it is in writing, on CNN, no less. Curt Knox DID hire expensive Seattle PR guru Dave Marriott. They've finally come clean. Took 2 years. Better late than never, right? You can bet that "Rocco" wouldn't be able to see Amanda without Marriott's approval. I love how Marriott tries to peak our interest in the book (even in the minds of those that have grown weary of Marriott's version of Amanda) by saying that this latest book will, unlike the last PR tool, be completely out of his or Curt Knox's control, as in: "Who knows what Amanda will say?! She's off script now?! Will she finally confess?! Ya just gotta buy this book!" Anything to keep the $$$ rolling in. Like George Anthony, Curt seems to have found a way to make a living off of the notoriety of the sociopathic daughter he raised.

    September 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lex Bailey

    To see the TRUTH behind the SPIN, you should really go to If you go to this website, you will come to the same conclusion as the message on the first page!

    September 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yoyohooyo

    Lex Bailey,
    Are you talking about that domain paid by Chris Mellas a month ago? He bought it in vain attempt to confuse some people and hopefully prevent them from downloading highly damning Massei Report – translated into English, which he knew would be released a week later.
    This is one those "mature" moves he (a step father) does all the time. Almost makes you feel sorry for Knox who had to endure him for a few years.

    September 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tang kwok

    Lex, you've got the addy wrong. It's dot org, not dot com. (The .com addy is funded by Amanda's daddy's PR firm, the .org is the spin-free site.)

    September 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |

    Go to for the truth!

    September 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jim

    patricia king, amanda and her family dont deserve eloquent words they deserve the gutter language. cnn is a channel made of racist who have gone behind the curtian

    September 2, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary H.

    Actually the spin-free, English translation of the Italian Court's 427 page judgment is at perugiamurderfile.ORG

    (not .com)

    September 2, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    mary h u need to get plugged by a bull horns

    September 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jim

    cnn is a racist channel behind the curtians

    September 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    meredith isgreat she is a victim of being murdered. amandaknox and raff are true cruel killers/ wish them hell now and hereafter. those who support them are the most inhumane . animals of th plantes. they are called the americans i curse them now and heraftr just like i curse amanda and raffael. may they burn in hellfire in eternity

    September 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    I think everyone is going to have to wait until October to see if Rocco Girlanda in on the level. There is a blog about Amanda that mentions Girlanda which you can find by going here Anyone interested in the her appeal can find info on that site. Hopefully Girlanda is on the level but it's hard to tell at this point.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
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