The country was captivated this week by the Amanda Knox verdict:Â she was cleared of the 2009 murder of United Kingdom student Meredith Kercher following a successful appeal in Perugia, Italy. Live streaming videos showed Knox collapsed in tears, hugging her lawyers, as the verdict was read out.Â After almost 4 years in prison, she is home in Seattle with her family and friends.
But where does she go from here?
While the logical next-step would be to begin rebuilding her life, experts speculate she could earn millions of dollars in book, TV and film rights for the story of her ordeal.Â “Amanda Knox is going to be big, because she is so young and she’s so all-American looking, and we go by how things look,” said Charlotte Gusay, a Los Angeles literary agent.Â Additionally, California-based criminal defense attorney David Wohl speculates to FOXNews.com that tens of millions of dollars could be in her future for her tale of her ordeal.Â He said, “Her story will fetch top dollar. The first interview will likely go for anywhere from $1 to $5 million. I expect that book and movie rights will add substantially to that — tens of millions of dollars.”Â Her story seems to have all the ingredients of a Hollywood drama already built into it: sex, race, murder and international intrigue.
While this Albany marketing firm likes any good excuse to turn lemons into lemonade, we give pause at the prospect of making money off of the misery of another.Â At the end of the day, Kercherâ€™s family is still left with a gaping hole in their family where their daughter used to be as well as the unsolved mystery about who actually murdered their daughter.
On the other hand, Knoxâ€™s father made the plea, on Good Morning America, that a book deal could be used to further clear his daughterâ€™s name as well as improve public opinion about his daughter.Â Â Â “We have been trying throughout this whole process to portray Amanda the way we know her,” Curt Knox told.Â “We’re hoping this will change some minds.”
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