Published June 28, 2008
College student-turned-murder suspect Amanda Knox brags in her jailhouse diary that she has received dozens of fan letters from men since she's been in prison for allegedly participating in the gruesome sexual assault and killing of her roommate in Italy.
Knox, 20, of Seattle, has been penning the journal behind bars in Italy. Excerpts were released this week in which the fresh-faced young woman attributes the intense interest in her case to the fact that she's pretty.
"I received 23 fan letters today — that makes the count up to 35 letters," London's Daily Mail quotes Knox as writing. "All of them reassure me that they believe me — the majority comment on how beautiful I am.
"I've received blatant love letters, a marriage proposal and others wanting to get to know 'the girl with the angel face.'"
Knox is behind bars for her alleged role in the grisly November sexual assault and murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, the British woman she shared a house with while studying abroad.
Detectives in Italy believe Kercher died fending off a drug-fueled sex-based attack the day after Halloween by Knox, Knox's 24-year-old Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast man rumored to be the couple's drug dealer. Sollecito and Guede also are in jail.
The British student was stabbed to death three times in the throat. Police think she was attacked after refusing to take part in a "sexual game." Kercher was discovered naked from the waist down in a pool of blood in the house she shared with Knox in the Italian university town of Perugia.
Italian police said this week that they have a new witness who claims to have seen Knox and two others leaving her house moments after Kercher was thought to have been murdered, according to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Knox released the hundreds of pages of journal entries, notes, poems and letters — all written from her jail cell — in an effort to clear her name and prove her innocence.
"I'm writing this because I want to remember," she says. "I want to remember because this is an experience not many people will ever have. I am not saying I am glad everything that has happened has happened. If it were up to me, my friend would never have been killed."
The University of Washington student — dubbed "Foxy Knoxy" by the British tabloids — says she is upset and distraught about Kercher's murder but is innocent of any involvement. She has been criticized in the press for acting cold and emotionless after her roommate was found stabbed to death.
In some of her diary passages, Knox claims one of her prison guards is obsessed with her and asks her inappropriate questions about her sex life, and she marvels at the Web sites set up rating how attractive she is, according to the Mail.
"Apparently someone out there saw me on TV and thought I was 'hot,' so they set up a Web site where people comment on how pretty I am," Knox writes. "Weird. Flattered but that really isn't important right now."
Knox and Sollecito have given conflicting stories and changed their accounts of what happened the night Kercher was killed. They blame their confusion on the marijuana they were smoking that night. The pair have broken up since they've been behind bars.
DNA tests show Kercher had sex with Guede the night she was killed.
Knox's diary entries are erratic in tone, according to the Mail, which reported that she swings from sounding desperate and self-pitying to narcissistic and arrogant. The newspaper obtained a copy of the 80-page journal in its entirety.
"If I were ugly, would they be writing me wishing me encouragement? I don't think so," Knox writes. "Jeez, I'm not even that good looking. People are acting like I'm the prettiest thing since Helen of Troy."
FOX News' Catherine Donaldson-Evans contributed to this report.