Amanda Knox reveals she will ‘face her fears’ and return to Italy

Amanda Knox reveals she will ‘face her fears’ and return to Italy

Amanda Knox reveals she will ‘face her fears’ and return to Italy where she was convicted and then cleared of murdering her British roommate 12 years ago

  • Amanda Knox, 31, told an audience it was something ‘I have to do and I will do it’
  • The American was convicted but later cleared of murdering Meredith Kercher
  • Ms Kercher was found semi-naked with her throat cut at the house in Perugia
  •  Ms Knox and her then boyfriend, were acquitted of the killing in 2015
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Amanda Knox reveals she will ‘face her fears’ and return to Italy where she was convicted and then cleared of murdering her British roommate 12 years ago.

Ms Knox, 31, was speaking at the True Crime festival in New York telling the audience she wanted to help her healing process by returning to Perugia, Italy.

The American was convicted, but later cleared, of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, following years of legal battles in Perugia, Italy.

Ms Knox and her then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, spent four years in an Italian prison and eight years on trial before finally being exonerated by the Italian Supreme Court in 2015.


Amanda Knox is escorted by Italian officers from Perugia’s court after a hearing in September 2008


Murder scene:  The house is pictured in November, 2007, shortly after Ms Kercher’s body was found in her bedroom

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Ms Knox, as reported by the Sun, said: ‘It’s very scary and every day you need to face up to something new that is terrifying but I’ve been lucky and I am healing.

‘I have an amazing family and friends and an incredible support network. But you have got to face up to your fears alone if you want to heal and I know the main thing that still terrifies me most is returning to Italy.

‘It’s something I know I have to do and I will do it but it really does scare me.’

Ms Kercher was found semi-naked with her throat cut in the house where she had been renting a room. 


Meredith Kercher, 21, was found semi-naked with her throat cut at the house in Perugia in 2007

The body of Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old exchange student, was found by police in the house she shared with Ms Knox and three other women on November 2, 2007. 

Officers discovered her throat was slashed and she had been sexually assaulted. 

Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito were arrested, accused of killing Ms Kercher in a sex-game-gone wrong and later convicted of murder and sexual assault in 2009.

The couple maintained their innocence, insisting that they had spent the evening together at Mr Sollecito’s home watching a film, smoking marijuana and being intimate.

Two years later, the Perugia Court of Appeal acquitted the pair of the more serious charges, but upheld Ms Knox’s conviction for malicious accusation.

After three years in custody, Ms Knox was released and left Italy for the United States.

Ms Knox challenged the malicious conviction, but the Court of Cassation quashed her acquittal in 2013 and referred the case back to the Assize Court of Appeal. 

That court re-sentenced her to more than 28 years in prison for complicity in sexual assault and murder, and three years for malicious accusation.


Ms Kercher’s American roommate Amanda Knox was found guilty of her murder in 2009, and spent more than four years in jail before finally being officially exonerated in 2015

Ms Knox launched another appeal, and in 2015 she and Mr Sollecito were acquitted of sexual assault and murder by Italy’s highest court, but Ms Knox was not cleared of the malicious accusation charge.

Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian, is serving a 16-year sentence for Ms Kercher’s murder.

Guede was tried separately in a fast-track procedure and in October 2008 was found guilty of the sexual assault and murder of Kercher.

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