Texas Tech University Law School recently hosted an evening with exonerated Amanda Knox at Lanier Auditorium, where she shared her story timeline that captured the world’s attention.
Knox was an American college student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy when she was arrested alongside her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and convicted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher, also exchange student. Knox spent nearly four years in an Italian prison for a crime she did not commit.
Knox was ultimately acquitted by Italy’s Supreme Court in 2015 on the grounds that it was “factually impossible” that Knox had committed the crime. However, media coverage of the Knox case persisted for over a decade. Almost all of the media coverage portrayed Knox in a bad light – especially in Europe.
“The Foxy Knoxy phenom, my name was Foxy Knoxy, they called me adultery, I was a man-eater, I was a femme fatale, I was Luciferina…my name was Luciferina,” Knox said. the last time.
The Exonerated explained that the media’s portrayal of her for almost a decade was the most interesting story, the truth was not. Knox continued to be the focal point of media coverage of this crime even after the real suspect was found and convicted.
Rudy Guede is not a household name like Amanda Knox, although Guede was convicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher at the same time as Knox. Guede was recently released from prison in 2021.
“It was the most compelling story – it was the story – that was going to change people’s emotions, biases and unconscious biases, and make people feel good about themselves,” said Knox. “And what made people feel good about themselves was the idea of locking up the ice queen – the murderer, the adulterer, the woman without morals.”
After spending years in an Italian jail, Knox said the worst part of the whole situation was not knowing she was a suspect and spending 53 hours in five days under interrogation, while police coerced and abused her .
“I spoke to the police for hours and hours, without any sort of legal representation or lawyer. I was never informed that I was a suspect. The first time I heard about it was a few days after my incarceration,” Knox said. “I was interrogated in a language I spoke like a child without legal representation.”
Knox described herself as “a pawn in a bigger game” that she didn’t understand.
“Once that verdict came down, and I was defined as a murderer by a group of strangers who had the ability to choose the course of my life, and I realized that the truth of my past, of my present and my future didn’t matter to anyone,” Knox said.
The Exonerated has made a name for herself since then and is an active journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Waiting to Be Heard” and host of the “Labyrinths: Getting Lost with Amanda Knox” podcast.
The best-selling author is now working to shed light on issues of wrongful conviction, truth-seeking and public shaming in hopes of ending the corruption that occurs within the justice system.
The biggest takeaway from Knox’s appeal was that the Court of Appeal judges ruled it was inappropriate for the trial judge to decide which scientific experts he wanted to believe over others.
“There was a lot of controversy in my first trial because the experts for the prosecution said one thing and the experts for the defense said a completely different thing about the science, and the judge said, ‘I’d rather those,” Knox said. “So the appeals judge ruled that there should be an independent review of the evidence appointed by court experts and those court experts agreed with the science, have found the defense scientists.”
The turning point that saved Amanda from her wrongful conviction occurred in the Court of Appeals and the judges ultimately changed her fate because they sought the truth and did not seek a narrative that matched their biases.
“I was released, I was released, I was acquitted,” Knox said.
Eight years later, Knox has come to terms with the truth that no one can take back what was done to her, what was said about her, and what she went through.
“It’s not my choice to be the thing people think of when they think of the rape and murder of a young woman, and no one remembers the real rapist and murderer,” Knox said.