For the first time since 2011, Amanda Knox is back in Italy. She returned to the country for the first time since being acquitted over killing her roommate, and will bravely speak about being convicted for a crime she didn’t commit!
“Here we go… Wish us, ‘Buon viaggio!’“ Amanda Knox, 31, captioned a June 12 Instagram picture of her with her fiancé, novelist Christopher Robinson. The following day, Amanda arrived in Italy. It was her first time back since she was acquitted of the murder of her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher. Amanda’s terrifying experience of being convicted and jailed in Italy but ultimately found innocent of the crime was the reason she returned to Italy. She will speak at the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena, an event organized by the Italy Innocence Project, a non-profit legal group. Amanda will recount her own experiences as part of the “Trial by Media” panel session.
The Italian media immediately swarmed Amanda as soon as she touched down at the airport in Milan on June 13. Her trials — which took place from 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 — captivated not just Italy, but the entire world. Amanda was studying abroad in 2007 when she and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 35, were accused of murdering Meredith in a threesome fueled by drugs and alcohol. Almost overnight, Amanda was demonized in the press. She was dubbed “Foxy Knoxy” and called a “she-devil” because of her youth, her beauty, and the sexual nature of the crime. In Italy, she was vilified and hated, and her 2009 conviction was celebrated (while it divided audiences in the US since many saw it as a miscarriage of justice.) She and Raffaele were initially found guilty of murder, faking a break-in, defamation and sexual violence. She was sentenced to 26 years in prison but wound up only serving four. Amanda was acquitted in her appeal in 2011 and freed from jail.
Despite this, Amanda put on trial again in 2013. By that time, she had returned to America and wasn’t present when the Italian court found her guilty for a second time. However, Italy’s highest court would absolve all her prior convictions in 2015. This decision finally ended a witch hunt that saw Amanda nearly wind up in prison for life. As for who really killed Meredith, Rudy Guede, 32, an Ivory Coast native, was also implicated in the British student’s death. The drifter told the police that he had sexual relations with Meredith the night she died but claims another man killed her while he was in the bathroom.
He also said that he was “101 percent certain Amanda Knox was there” when Meredith was killed. Rudy was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2008, but the sentence was reduced to 16 years on appeal in 2009.
“We decided to invite her because she is an icon when it comes to a mass media trial in Italy,” Guido Sola, the festival organizer said about Amanda’s invite, per Daily Beast. “Even mafia trials have never received as much attention as her trial in this country.” Amanda expressed some apprehension about her return. “3 Days till I return to Italy for the first time since leaving prison,” she captioned an Instagram picture of her hanging off a mountain. “Feeling frayed, so I made my own inspirational poster. ‘Hang in there!’ Just imagine I’m a kitten.”
Amanda went into further detail about her return in an essay posted to her Medium account. “While on trial for a murder I didn’t commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale, and the media profited for years by sensationalizing an already sensational and utterly unjustified story,” she wrote. ”It’s on us to stop making and stop consuming such irresponsible media.”