Don’t call her Foxy

Amanda Knox talks to reporters, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle. Knox was freed Monday after an Italian appeals court threw out her murder conviction for the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Amanda Knox talks to reporters, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle. Knox was freed Monday after an Italian appeals court threw out her murder conviction for the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Foxy Knoxy...

Never has a nickname had more connotations.

Undated collect picture of Meredith Kercher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 2, 2008. The three suspects held in connection with the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher will remain behind bars until they are charged or released. American student Amanda Knox, her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Ivorian Rudy Hermann Guede lost their appeals last night to be released from prison. See PA Story POLICE Italy. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Undated collect picture of Meredith Kercher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 2, 2008. The three suspects held in connection with the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher will remain behind bars until they are charged or released. American student Amanda Knox, her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Ivorian Rudy Hermann Guede lost their appeals last night to be released from prison. See PA Story POLICE Italy. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

It’s been Amanda Knox’s since she was a freckle-faced, plait-haired schoolgirl.

She was christened that for her agility on the soccer pitch.

But when she was facing charges of murdering a young woman in a sex game gone wrong, its saucy implications perfectly fitted the bill.

And now the Italian appeal court has ruled that evidence at her trial was flawed and she’s a free woman, the Foxy Knoxy tag has morphed into something else. Now it seems to imply slyness or cunning on her part.

And whether you believe in your heart she’s innocent or not, it’s time to call her plain, simple Amanda again.

That name was one of the reasons why the world has been so fixated by this woman’s innocence or guilt.

The other is staring you in the face; she is young, pretty, American and looks like butter wouldn’t melt.

Despite a welter of court-cases throughout history proving otherwise, the human psyche still expects those accused of murder to look as vile as the crime.

We feel we should instinctively know whether someone is capable of evil.

So, you look in shock and disbelief at a face as apparently innocent as Amanda’s and you think: if police believed she could kill a British girl with exactly the same ‘credentials’ - sweet, lovely fellow student Meredith Kercher - then what chance have we all got of avoiding the weirdos and baddies of this world?

When details of her sex life came out, they actually appeased us. Ah, we thought; base animal instinct must have turned this girl into a monster.

Though what this image of a sex-pot she-devil, indulging in some sick orgy was based on always did seem as thin and flimsy as the G-string she reportedly went off to buy the day after the killing.

It wouldn’t have sounded half as bad if they’d said she nipped off to buy a clean pair of pants.

She kept a vibrator and condoms in her bathroom - horror of horrors, in a see-through plastic box.

She’d enjoyed a few casual flings during her short time in Italy (now, wouldn’t most girls, away from home and surrounded by sexy Italians?)

And by her own admission on social networking pages, her attitude to sex was explore it; push the boundaries. And enjoy it without feeling guilty. Sounds pretty much like the attitude many young women have today.

I - and probably you - don’t really know what to think of Amanda now. Time will tell; a higher court in Italy may now look at the appeal court’s ruling. And it depends on what Amanda does next.

Publicist Max Clifford has kindly proffered his “expert” opinion; he says she should do a few choice chat-shows in order to win over those who still don’t believe she was innocent.

He has a point; she’d look like she had something to hide if she didn’t. Though how much more esteem would we have for this girl if she didn’t go on to accept millions for her story and agree to the books and the blockbuster films.

If she just went off quietly to rebuild her life in Fort Knox and try to forget. The way Meredith’s poor, dignified family are having to do.