Amanda Knox Opens Up About Murder Charges, Life After Prison
Amanda Knox's memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, that offers a look into the story of the American exchange student who spent four years in prison for a murder she claims she played no part in, hit bookshelves on Tuesday. Knox, who will go back on trial for the murder of former roommate Meredith Kercher next year, recently sat down with ABC's Diane Sawyer for a candid interview about the last several years of her life.
When talking about the night of Kercher's murder, Knox told Sawyer that she had spent the night with her ex-boyfriend, Raphaele Sollecito, eating dinner, smoking pot and having sex. She claims that the marijuana may have made her memories slightly foggy, but didn't alter them.
One of the most damning bits of evidence against Knox has been the confession that she allegedly gave to Italian law enforcement during an interrogation. Knox says the reports of a confession are false. "They acted like my answers were wrong. They told me I was wrong, that I didn’t remember correctly, that I had to remember correctly. And if I didn’t, I would never see my family.” Essentially, Knox believes that whatever confession they feel that they got out of her was forced – a phenomena that happens in roughly 25% of exoneration cases, director of the California Innocence Project Justin Brooks told ABC News.
Knox, although not romantically involved with Sollecito anymore, still considers him a close friend. He has even visited her in her hometown of Seattle since their release from prison. She explains, “He was faced with the prospect of not having a sentence if he just blamed me and he didn’t because he couldn’t live with a decision like that,” Knox said. “I had known him for seven days.” She is currently reunited with a boyfriend she had dated prior to her time abroad.
Currently studying creative writing at the University of Washington, Knox is trying to take back her life. Thankfully, throughout the whole ordeal, her family has never wavered from her side. Despite the changes in her personality, including not being as "chirpy" as she once was, she's eager to be "reconsidered as a person."
Knox, who'd been charged with the 2007 murder of Kurcher, had her 2011 acquittal overturned by a Roman court in March. The Court of Cassation ruled that the case against Knox and Solecito would be reheard. The new trial will commence by the end of 2013 or in early 2014. Meanwhile, a third individual, Rudy Guedg of Ivory Coast, was tried separately, and is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence.