It is a mystery: Who left Knox home in coat?

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 9:36 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — It was the photo that ran worldwide after an Italian court once again convicted Amanda Knox in the sensational murder case involving her and her former boyfriend: A person, covered by a coat, leaving her mother's Seattle home and speeding away in a car.

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WAS IT KNOX? OR NOT?

Knox's family spokesman, David Marriott, said Thursday that Knox was at the house when the verdict was read that day, but said he didn't know whether the person who emerged was Knox. The Associated Press and other media outlets identified the person who left the home, surrounded by Knox's family, as someone believed to be Knox.

On Friday, Marriott sent the AP an email that stated he had made inquiries and that the person wasn't Knox, but he didn't elaborate and didn't immediately respond to a phone call seeking additional comment.

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SO WHO WAS IN THE COAT?

It's unclear. The coat-wrapped person achieved one goal, leading some of the photographers camped outside away from the house. Somehow, Knox left her mother's home and appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York on Friday.

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WHY ALL THE MYSTERY?

Knox and her family have sometimes gone to great lengths to keep a low profile since she returned to her Seattle home in 2011. Knox has tried to largely stay out of the media glare, while also selectively promoting herself and her story as the legal case has continued to unfold in Italy. An appellate court cleared her in 2011 and ordered her freed after spending four years in prison. Knox is often able to live without much attention in Seattle. Local media largely leave her alone, as interest in the case has waned.

After Italy's highest court overturned her acquittal last year and ordered a new appeals trial that convicted her Thursday, Knox has given interviews to European and American news outlets. She has declined numerous interview requests from the AP.

She did release a book last year about her experience. The book deal was reportedly worth $4 million.

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