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What's in a name? the UK newspapers' fabrication and commodification of Foxy Knoxy

Goluandris, A. & McLaughlin, E. (2016). What's in a name? the UK newspapers' fabrication and commodification of Foxy Knoxy. In: Gies, L. & Bortoluzzi, M. (Eds.), Transmedia Crime Stories: The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere. (pp. 17-46). London: Palgrave.


This chapter analyses how, immediately after the arrest of Amanda Knox, the UK’s national press played a pivotal role in transforming the American student into ‘Foxy Knoxy’, the duplicitous, psychologically disturbed femme fatale who orchestrated and participated in the sexually motivated murder of her flatmate, Meredith Kercher. This case exemplifies what happens when UK reporting restrictions do not apply, leaving journalists free to employ imaginative practices to create the infotainment spectacle that ‘Foxy Knoxy’ became and to ignore her legal right to a presumption of innocence. It is also the first example of journalists mining suspects’ social media sites and re-contextualising their text and images to provide ‘evidential’ sources of a guilty persona.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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