From 2007 through 2011, Amanda Knox was in a living hell. Accused of murdering her roommate while studying abroad in Italy, her life was a Kafkaesque existence of trials, re-trials, inane accusations of witchcraft and being told she was HIV positive, constantly being berated by prosecutors and judges, with seemingly no one there to stand up for her. So, sure, her freedom from that life and a return back to the comforts of her Seattle home is probably enough to make her happy.
But an extra $4 million dollars certainly doesn't hurt.
According to the New York Times, that's what HarperCollins has spent to acquire the rights to Knox's memoir. Which brings us to today's theoretical: would you spend four years of your life, from age twenty through twenty-four, behind bars for $4 million dollars?
(And listen, no, it's not a one-to-one correlation because there's an awful lot of pain-and-anguish that comes with not knowing if the three years is really going to be the rest of your life. But still. The question is has been asked.)