Amanda Knox has spoken up about the long-term impact that Meredith Kercher’s death has had on her.
Starting in 2007, Knox (33) spent almost four years in an Italian prison for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, a then 21-year-old British woman studying in Italy. Knox was later found to be wrongfully accused of the murder.
Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were exonerated of Kercher’s murder in 2015. The two both wrongfully served four years in prison, but police later found that Rudy Geude (36), an Ivorian Coast national, had committed the murder and rape of Kercher with the assistance of others.
Now, Knox lives in her hometown of Seattle with her husband Christopher Robinson. Speaking to The Sunday Times, she opened up about the public’s perception of her after her time in prison, as well as how her podcast, The Truth About True Crime, has helped her.
“I exist only through the lens of Meredith’s murder in some people’s minds. They forget that I’m a human being with my own life and my own experiences and I’ve literally had nothing to do with Meredith’s murder, except that I was her roommate at the time,” she said.
“The final legal reckoning in Meredith’s case is that Rudy Guede committed the rape and murder with others, who remain unknown. To this day, people point to this to mitigate Guede’s responsibility and point the finger at me and Raffaele,” Knox added.
Currently, Guede is the only person who is convicted in Kercher’s case as his DNA was found at the scene of the crime, which was the residence Kercher and Knox shared. As a result, Guede was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2008 but will finish off his sentence by doing community service.
“I’ve put myself in a position of trying to speak up about these issues publicly. I feel like I’m still processing it and trying to find a sense of peace,” Knox said. “It’s not that human beings are dark things, we’re just imperfect creatures,” Knox said.
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