Remember Amanda Knox, the media sensation of 2007?
In 2007, American exchange student, Amanda Knox, 20, was convicted of murdering her 21-year-old roommate, Meredith Kercher. Kercher was found stabbed to death in the apartment the two shared in Perugia Italy. The suspects: Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and later, Rudy Guede.
Knox and Sollecito had been dating a week when Kercher was killed. Their strange actions, during the investigation, made them the first targets. It wasn’t until the DNA evidence was re-tested that Guede came into the mix. Guede’s DNA was found in various parts of Kercher’s room and body.
During this long investigation, Knox spend a total of five years in prison for Kercher’s death. She was convicted twice, first in 2007, then in 2014. It wasn’t until 2015 that Knox was officially exonerated of all charges.
After enduring eight years of legal battles between the Italian and U.S. governments, it was determined Knox was a victim of wrongful conviction.
Fast-forward to 2016
After being exonerated in 2015, Knox has lived a subdued life in her hometown of Seattle. Returning home, Knox completed her degree in Linguistics. In addition, she became a freelance journalist, and wrote a novel on her experience titled, Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir.
While in prison, she stated to a friend, “[if] she ever got out she would work for the Innocence Project, serve as a translator, and be a mom.” So far, Knox has achieved one of those goals, working with the Innocence Project.
Although she has been ridiculed throughout her conviction, Knox does not let that stop her from sharing her message with the public. As a controversial activist, Knox has been featured on various networks including: NBC (Today Show) and Netflix (Amanda Knox Documentary). She was also featured on an episode of Wrongful Convictions with Jason Flom.
Knox has committed herself to educating the public on wrongful convictions, sharing her story and living life as she had first intended.
There isn’t a way for Knox to re-live the years she lost while in prison, but with her support in the Innocence Project, someone might be lucky enough to go home.
So, Who’s Guilty?
After the 2007-2008 conviction of Knox, Sollecito and Guede, investigators still don’t have a firm lead on the murderer. With Knox and Sollecito being exonerated and Guede sentenced to sixteen years in prison, the hunt for Meredith’s killer remains. Many speculate one of the three had a part in the murder, but unfortunately only the victim will ever know the truth.
So, the question remains: who killed Meredith Kercher?
Interested in reading her full story? Check out this article.