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Who is Amanda Knox? All About The Author Wrongfully Convicted in murder of Meredith Kercher

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Amanda Marie Knox is an American author, activist, and journalist.

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She gained international attention after being wrongfully convicted in the murder of Meredith Kercher, her fellow exchange student, in 2007.

Early Life

Knox was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the eldest of three daughters. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother remarried.

Knox attended Seattle Preparatory School and later studied linguistics at the University of Washington. She first traveled to Italy at the age of 15 and developed a fascination with the country.

Life in Italy

In 2007, Knox moved to Perugia, Italy, to study and live with roommates in an apartment. She worked part-time at a local bar owned by Patrick Lumumba.

Knox’s social circle in Italy included Meredith Kercher, with whom she shared an apartment, and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

Discovery of Meredith Kercher’s Body

On November 2, 2007, Knox called the police after returning to her apartment and finding the door open, bloodstains in the bathroom, and Kercher’s bedroom door locked.

Kercher’s body was later discovered, and Knox, along with Sollecito and Lumumba, were initially arrested for her murder.

Investigation and Trials

During police interrogations, Knox allegedly incriminated herself and Lumumba in the murder. However, Lumumba was soon released due to a strong alibi.

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Rudy Guede, a known burglar, was later arrested and convicted of Kercher’s murder. Knox and Sollecito were convicted in their first trial in 2009 but were acquitted on appeal in 2011.

A retrial in 2014 resulted in another conviction, which was ultimately overturned by the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation in 2015.

Amanda Knox at a court hearing in Perugia in 2008. CREDIT: FEDERICO ZIRILLI/AFP/GETTY

Life After Acquittal

Following her return to the United States, Knox completed her degree and wrote a memoir about her experience.

She became an advocate for the wrongfully accused and worked as a journalist and author. In 2020, Knox married author Christopher Robinson, with whom she has two children.

Recent Developments

Despite her acquittal of murder charges, Knox’s legal troubles persisted. In 2024, an Italian appellate court upheld her slander conviction for falsely accusing Lumumba of Kercher’s murder.

Despite this, Knox continues her work as an advocate and journalist.

 





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