On the second of December John Kercher – father of murdered Meredith Kercher – wrote a piece for the Daily Mail in which he complained about the minor celebrity status acquired by Amanda Knox. In particular he described how ‘Sometimes it seems that there is no escape from her or her jaunty nickname, ‘Foxy Knoxy’ (doubly hurtful, for the way it trivialises the awfulness of her offence)’. A quick search of the Daily Mail website for ‘foxy knoxy’ returns 151 results. Three of these results – referring to Amanda Knox in this way – appear after the Daily Mail published the heartfelt plea of John Kercher for the term not to be used by the media.

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