Amanda Knox turned her head as the court saw the bloodied bed where her Study-Abroad roommate Meredith Kercher was found with her throat slit.

Accused of participating in murdering the British student whom she lived with in Italy, Knox has her own theory for all the police attention that has surrounded her.

"If I had been ugly, would they have acted in the same way? I don't think so."

That line written in her diary has now made it impossible for her trial to leave the headlines this year.

Knox's statement stumbled upon the golden Hollywood formula. One might say, her case could fit right into the plot of Chicago.

Cellblock tango?

The musical-turned-Oscar-winning film depicts the lives of "celebrity criminals".

If found guilty, could Knox -- known in the media as Foxy Knoxy -- play Roxie Hart, whose lifelong wish for fame came during her trial as she flirted with the media?

Or could she be Velma Kelly's partner in crime?

"Foxy Knoxy" has been regularly spotted smiling coyly for the cameras as she enters the courtroom.

Kelly shot her lover and sister dead after discovering their affair, while Knox is accused of participating in a sex-game gone wrong, which ended up with her roommate dead and her boyfriend also on trial.

Let’s not forget that another man is currently in jail for playing a role in Kercher’s death, thickening the plot.

Her guilt or innocence has yet to be determined, and unlike entertainment, we will never get to know exactly what took place that night.

Fatally attractive

"Sexy" killers have inhabited the screen and stage long before this case, blurring the line of the reprehensible reality by romantising the storyline.

The most recent example can be seen on the hit TV show Dexter.

In the series, the main character is a born serial killer trained to only fellow murders.

“He’s hottt,” says The Impressionist's own Chinaka Inwunze, a fan of the show.

The fantasy of the suave killer with a moral code has made the show irresistible, but have his looks tainted the brutality of his actions?

Laura Shively, a recent anthropology graduate from the University of Wyoming, thinks it goes beyond physical attraction.

She says, “If we were just watching a dude going around killing people and having no idea what's going on in his head, the show would be a lot more disturbing. Dexter, even though he does monstrous things, is humanized."

However the term "bad" is subjective, as she points out the dichotomy of the situation.

“I know that I oppose the death penalty, but I still like the show,” she laughs.

Understanding that a story is fictitious allows our minds to briefly accept and even be entertained by what we would never condone in real life.

...Or at least, we hope not.

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