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My years in prison were 'torture' -- writes Knox

Nick Squires in Rome

Published 28/10/2011 | 05:00

THE four years Amanda Knox spent in an Italian jail were "torture", she said in letters written from her cell.

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The American tried to maintain hope and a semblance of normality by giving manicures to her cellmate, listening to Italian pop music, drinking camomile tea and knitting for her grandmother.

Ms Knox (24) was arrested after the death of her flatmate Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007 and sentenced to 26 years in jail after being found guilty of sexual assault and murder.

Ms Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian ex-boyfriend, were released earlier this month after winning an appeal.

"Why am I here? It is really torture. I am being tortured. It is not right. I'm suffering so much," she wrote in a letter to a mystery admirer named Maurizio.

"I'm 20 years old. I've never committed a crime."

The letters, published yesterday by Italian magazine 'Diva e Donna', reveal how Ms Knox tried to suppress desperation while in prison.

Ms Knox does not mention Ms Kercher by name in the letters, written between January 2008 and January 2011, nine months before she was released. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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