In 2007, the world became captivated by a gripping international murder case that had an American exchange student, Amanda Knox, at the centre of it all.
A 20-year-old Knox was studying in Perugia, Italy when she was accused of killing her 21-year-old British roommate, Meredith Kercher. It was alleged that Kercher's death was a result of a sex game gone wrong involving Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
Knox was tried and sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito received 25 years. After serving four years in jail, Knox filed an appeal to reverse her conviction and in 2015, both she and Sollecito were exonerated by Italy's highest court. Upon her acquittal in 2011, she returned home to the U.S.
“I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court of Italy. The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal," Knox said in a statement following her release. "And throughout this ordeal, I have received invaluable support from family, friends, and strangers. To them, I say: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness has sustained me. I only wish that I could thank each and every one of you in person.”
It's been six years since Knox gained her freedom and even though she's now a household name, she's finally living a "normal-person" life according to an exclusive interview with People magazine.
Knox also makes a surprising admission during the chat.
Since her homecoming, Knox, 30, has finished her studies, written a memoir and inspired an Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary. She currently lives in Seattle with her 35-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Robinson and writes an arts column for the West Seattle Herald.
“I’m not disappearing into oblivion, I have something to say,” Knox tells People.
When she's not writing, Knox is busy being an advocate for the prevention of wrongful convictions so others won't go through the same experience she did.
Knox tells the magazine that she is grateful for being able to be be around for special occasions in the family such as her sister's impending nuptials.
“My little sister is getting married this November, and I’m having a blast coming up with awesome ways to make her feel special about that really important decision in her life,” Knox says.
As for prison, she claims that she no longer has fears about being incarcerated, “Now I have normal-person fears — fears of failure, of not being smart enough or strong enough or kind enough,” she adds.
Knox even has plans to return to Italy as a way to make fresh memories of a place she held near to her heart before all the fiasco surrounding her trial.
“The only way that I’m going to come full circle is by physically, literally, coming full circle,” she says. “I know that Perugia is probably the least welcome [sic] place for me in the entire world. And that’s scary, but it also means a lot to me, not to be afraid of a place and see Perugia through my family’s eyes.”
“I want to go back and inhabit a space, in a way, that I’m not being consumed by it, that I’m just kind of being a person in a place again,” Knox says. “So that can be my last memory of Perugia — and not being raced out of a courtroom, and fleeing from paparazzi in a car, after all of those years of incredible suffering.”
Knox is hoping her Perugia trip will inspire her next book which is expected to be "part memoir, part investigative journalism looking at the greater forces that affected me as a woman going through the criminal justice system."
“I’m no longer going to be just like the naïve, bright-eyed girl, who shows up with the best of intentions,” she explains. “I’m coming in fully aware of the context of what that’s going to be like, but I look forward to it.”