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May 29th, 2009
04:09 PM ET

Murder case brings 'Foxy Knoxy' infamy in Italy

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/03/27/amanda.knox.italy/art.knox.sollecito.split.afp.gi.jpg caption="Both Raffaele Sollecito (left) and Amanda Knox deny charges of murder and sexual assault."]

Hada Messia
CNN Rome Bureau

The Italian media call her "Foxy Knoxy" and portray her as a "devil with an angel's face," and there are 11 Facebook pages dedicated to her, all in Italian.

Amanda Knox, 21, is an American college student from Seattle, Washington, who is on trial for murder in Perugia, Italy. The case has given Knox almost pop star status there.

She was voted the top woman in an online "person of the year" poll by an Italian TV channel in December, beating out Carla Bruni, the Italian-born French first lady.

Seven of the 11 Facebook pages champion her innocence; four seem convinced that Knox is pure evil. A sampling of comments: "No to Amanda. No to her superstardom" ... "She's a sociopath" ..."Everyone is not sure if she is guilty or not and that she will lead us to a new existential awareness. Please shout with me your anger. ... Let's say no. Let's say Knox."

Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 24, are charged with murdering and sexually assaulting one of Knox's roommates, British exchange student Meredith Kercher, on November 1, 2007. They have pleaded not guilty.

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  1. Annie Kate

    The accused look so young and innocent; yet, they probably are guilty of this murder. Even after 2 months of sharing a room with this girl, the victim obviously did not realize the danger she was in until it was too late. Such a tragedy.

    May 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm |