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. Richard Kemp

    'Everything grew from a desire to get to know an American girl, the same age as one of my daughters...'

    What is it with these creepy old men ???

    August 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • MR BURT

      And another thing, you all have seem to have forgotten the true victum in all of this, Mrs Kercher and her family. As well, you all seem to have short memories. Let me refresh you a bit. The bloody she print found underneath Mrs Kercher, which happen to be the exact shoe size of Amanda, the same shoe belonging to Amanda. In addition, the two cell phone's found discarded in the lawn of a Italian resident belonging to Amanda and here equally guilty boyfriend. Oh and let's not forget that she lied on her employer accusing him of the cime initially. Need you further evidence?

      November 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Harry Rag

    The English translation of the Massei report can be downloaded from here:

    http://www.perugiamurderfile.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=259

    August 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hlooyanna919

    Harry, you do yourself and your cronies no services posting that translation everywhere. If anyone intelligent is on the fence about the guilt or innocence of Amanda Knox, reading that report only goes to prove that the prosecutor's case is full of speculation, conjecture and no solid proof whatsoever!! The Massei report is the strongest example of the innocence of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito yet to be printed.

    Thanks for derailing your own train!

    August 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      let people read the report for themselves – i doubt it will change anyones opinion, no matter their stance, most seems to be convinced no matter what the arguments. And you're no different.

      Personally i think one should give the jury of lay judges more credit than the knox supporters dare – the report seems quite reasonably solid to me, and i didn't spend months scruntizing the evidence first hand as the experts did (yes they are proffesionals, not sheep, nor vengfull villiagers, concede them that).

      if there was a fault, it stems from the prosecution, & i would like the allegations of the 'forced' confession to be investigated properly by an independat team with real powers, as people do crack under pressure, and people do say crazy things. This will also require the prosecution to have contrived, or at least pursaded others to incorrectly remember the subsequent witness reports...

      Regardless, the evidence, the conjecture, the conspiracies from both sides leave me at loss to how everyone seems to be so sure, so onesidedly sure, conceding nothing to the other.

      August 31, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ollie

      True dat.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jennifer

    It's bizarre how some posters write as if Miss Knox isn't actually in prison for her crimes. They ignore the unanimous guilty vedict, the 19 judges who sanctioned the vedict, the fact that the US State Dept and the US Embassy in Rome found no fault with the legal process etc...It's as if these people live in a parallel universe where reality doesn't actually mean anything. So strange.

    August 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tang kwok

    Can you imagine an American politician visiting Casey Anthony in prison, after a conviction, out of a "desire" to get to know "the real" Casey?! The electorate would riot! This is sickening. There is even more evidence against Amanda than there is against Casey!!!

    August 30, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      ... and comparing Casey Anthony to Amanda Knox is not only pointless, but it also proves that you haven't a clue what you're talking about. There IS no comparison.

      August 31, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • lilylafleur

      what does Casey Anthony have to do with this? Please, then at the same time maybe we should look into your name and what kind of terrorist groups you might be associated with....

      August 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tang kwok

      You are an ignorant bigot, lillylafleur. You also don't know your facts. The Florida State's Attorney Office prosecuting Casey only wishes it had what the Italian police have on Amanda: confession to insitgation, confession to presence at the scene, false accusation of innocent black man (Lumumba), DNA on one of the murder weapons, mixed DNA/ blood spots, footprints in blood via luminol test, bloody shoe print in Amanda's size, shifting alibi, boyfreinds DNA on victim's bloody bra clasp, alibis that don't match, cell tower pings, phone records, computer activity, inconsistent statements, prior bAD ACTS, ABUSE OF STREET DRUGS, ETC., ETC., ETC.. You need to read the court's 427 page judgment and to stop relying on the statements put out by Amanda's parents and the million dollar PR firm they hired.

      August 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick King

      "There is even more evidence against Amanda than there is against Casey!!!"

      What? The only evidence against Knox is the picogram of DNA on the knife which is NOT a clear match for the victim, Sollecito's supposed Y chromosome on the bra which was improperly collected and most certainly may have been contaminated, and her footprints around her own house none of which were in the victim's room nor tested positive for blood. On the other hand, Casey Anthony left her daughter with a person who apparently doesn't exist. At the very least she got some 'splainin' to do!

      September 1, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. TonydelBalzo

    Keep an eye on this guy. I think that Girlanda is sleazy. First, his job as a legislator is to make sure ALL prisoners have their rights protected but, instead, this marketing expert and owner of a publishing company, is exploiting his access to Knox, who continues to be too trusting. All without her parent's' knowledge.

    Just as a point of reference, this opportunist had access to Knox any time he wanted. Knox's own parents can only visit her a very limited times a month (6 or 8, depending on the source). Hats abuse of position, similar to Mignini.

    Girlanda visited Knox within days of her unfair conviction in December 2009. He told her of a young man who was likewise convicted of murder but had his conviction reversed on appeal. Knox believed him and the headlines read "Knox Relieved", but this was a totally selfish thing to tell her.

    Girlanda is concerned about the US boycott of Italy and is Chairman of a USA-Italian Trade association. He decided to calm the American rage by holding a conference to discuss how this trial would have turned out in the US. When he discovered that no one outside of Italy and North Korea would have convicted Knox, he did not allow the conference to continue on that point. Instead, he changed the conference to a love feast with Americans, including strongly suggesting the next years special speaker would be Amanda Knox. This is another lie and another unsupportable suggestion that she will be free on appeal.

    What he failed to mention is that despite the evidence, the Perugian jurists will never willingly release Knox without extracting their pound of flesh. Too much face to lose.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      u disgust us, ur utter ignorance

      August 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bucketoftea

    There ya go again, Tony da Bozo. No more "face-saving" "unfair conviction" . Amanda's PR want you to like Italy now. Come on, get with it.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. bucketoftea

    Hillary Clinton and others are more worried about the way you rednecks embarrass America than Girlanda is concerned about anything more than his profile.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. bucketoftea

    I wonder what Italian is for Boycott? What boycott?

    August 31, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. tommy bryant

    She is innocent. What a shame

    August 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      exactly tang, this whole family is a low class redneck clan, thats why they pick on colored people, THATS WHY THEIR EVIL KILLED COLORED GIRL, MEREDITH WAS A MIX RACE.

      August 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. melinda

    My respect for Harry Rag changed into admiration. Relentless, clear, full of integrity, fearless, a real man, a man of my dreams.
    Meredith could not have ask for a better advocate.
    Viva Harry Rag!

    August 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tang kwok

    @ lilylafleur: you wrote "maybe we should look into your name and what kind of terrorist groups you might be associated with...." //// Racist much? I've noticed that Amanda Knox & family are quick to try to lay the blame on people of color – even when they know that person is innocent (Patrick Lumumba's reputation was destroyed by Amanda's lies about him). You fit right in with the 'Knox Klan'.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    why aren't u posting the truth i am stating about THE AMERICAN MENTALITY. What does the truth hurt national feelings?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    why aren't u posting my comments ? i knew cnn is an hypocrital network full of racist hiding in the closet, hiding their loathful feelings. just because i am talking about the race which this murder is all about

    August 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    u racist network

    August 31, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick King

      Jim, they're undoubtedly intimidated by your eloquence.

      September 1, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
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