Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

WEB EXTRA: Amanda Knox Returns To Italy

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Patty Aguilar | 15 June, 2019, 00:03

She was convicted of the murder of fellow student Kercher in the Italian town of Perugia in 2007, spending four years in prison before being acquitted and released in 2011.

In 2015, their convictions were overturned by Italy's highest appeals court, which said that there was no evidence that she had committed the crime.

But the 31-year-old woman from Seattle, Washington, lists one description before the others: "exoneree".

Knox, painted by prosecutors as "a sex-crazed femme fatale", was convicted of murder with then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in 2009.

Knox, who was a 20-year-old exchange student at the time of the murder, on Thursday returned to Italy for the first time since her acquittal to speak at a conference on wrongful convictions in Modena.

Since her release, Knox has written a book about her experience - "Waiting To Be Heard: A Memoir" - has been the subject of a Netflix documentary, and has become a public advocate for inmates who have been wrongfully imprisoned. In 2013 she was convicted for a second time after a retrial.

Knox is now planning to return to the country that hosted her own personal nightmare, but ahead of that, she explained her decision to make her Instagram public in an essay published Tuesday by Medium, where she ruminates on what it means for the details of her life to be media fodder. "I don't get to wear a T-shirt with a skull-and-crossbones on it". "Someone's life may make a great story, but it's still their life, and as a journalist myself, I feel a moral duty to respect that". "That was weird, and it was freaky in a way that forced me to reckon with what it meant for my life to be other people's content", she wrote.

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Knox said the most challenging thing since her ordeal had been "finding love".

Before setting off on the trip, Knox posted a photo on Instagram with her novelist fiance saying, "Here we go..."

Knox, Sollecito and another man, Rudy Hermann Guede, from the Ivory Coast, were accused of her murder.

The tabloids seized on her nickname "Foxy Knoxy" - earned on the football pitch - giving it a sexual connotation to fit the narrative.

"I'm about to return to Italy for the first time since I was released from prison and fled the country in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad's rental vehicle", Knox wrote in a Medium post.

Meredith, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was found semi-naked with multiple stab wounds on the bedroom floor of the flat they shared in Perugia.

The following year she made her Instagram public for the first time - a move that was viewed as ill-advised and shocking to some, but what she described as simply unveiling "all my incredible cat videos".

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