Amanda Knox, the American student accused of involvement in the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, last November, wrote in her diary that she was only a target in the case because she is attractive.

In hundreds of pages of notes, diary entries, poems, and letters written in her prison cell, released to try to clear her name, Knox protests her innocence over the killing of the South London student.

Knox, her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast immigrant with joint Italian nationality, are being held on suspicion of sexually assaulting Kercher and stabbing her in the throat after she refused to take part in a “sexual game.”

Knox — who was accused of acting in a strangely cold and unfeeling manner after the discovery of Kercher's corpse — says she is distressed and angry about the killing, of which she is innocent.

In her diary and prison extracts, published in Corriere della Sera and written in Italian and English, she refers to her own looks, suggesting she has been singled out for world attention because she is attractive. "If I had been ugly, would they have acted in the same way? I don't think so."

The prison cell dossier also includes love letters to Knox from admirers, with 35 men writing to her in the first two weeks of her incarceration. Some proposed marriage. One man wrote “I love you, marry me. Write to me, because I want to finally know 'the girl with the face of an angel.’” Other letters urge her to “have faith in God.” In a diary note Knox says she will reply to all letters, “but only when I am out of here.”

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