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If you look at Amanda Knox’s Instagram, you’ll see a normal everyday life: her husband eating pie, the cat sitting on top of a parcel, Amanda surrounded by family and friends.

Seeing her successful life today, you wouldn’t imagine that Amanda, now the host of documentar­y The Scarlet Letter Reports and podcast The Truth About True Crime, was part of a murder scandal that rocked the Italian court system to its core.

For years, Amanda, an American exchange student, was believed to have viciously killed and sexually assaulted her roommate while studying in Italy.

In 2007, Uk-born Meredith Kercher was found stabbed to death and Amanda, then aged 20, soon became the numberone suspect.

At the time, she was painted as a manipulati­ve, calculatin­g woman who had strange and evil sexual perversion­s.

She was even cruelly dubbed ‘Foxy Knoxy’ by the media.

Amanda and Raffaele Sollecito, her boyfriend at the time, were arrested and charged with murder.

Another man, Rudy Guede,

who had sex with Meredith before the murder, was also arrested. In 2008, Guede was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing Meredith while ‘acting with others’ and in 2009, Amanda and Raffaele were both convicted and of murder and committing sexual violence.

Two years later, their conviction­s were overturned on appeal, yet Italian prosecutor­s decided to re-trial her and Raffaele, and she was convicted once again in 2014.

Her freedom eventually came in 2015 when the country’s high court vacated the conviction for good.

Amanda meanwhile published her first book, Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir, in 2013.

“I find it incredible that despite an absolute lack of evidence that connects me to this murder, I am still being judged based upon unrealisti­c and unreasonab­le expectatio­ns about how a young woman

would react to a horrible situation,” she told CNN’S Chris Cuomo while promoting her book.

In 2016, Amanda appeared in the Netflix documentar­y Amanda Knox, which looked at her story in detail.

Today, Amanda is an advocate for the wrongly convicted and those looking to rebuild their lives after being publicly shamed.

In 2020, she married Christophe­r Robinson, a poet and author.

“We’ve been looking forward to the big day for a while, and now that it’s come, it’s easy to feel physically and emotionall­y overwhelme­d,” she wrote in Westside Seattle.

Today the couple have matching tattoos, several cats and live a relatively normal life.

In The Scarlet Letter Reports, she spoke about her fears on meeting someone new.

“I could not be certain that someone befriendin­g me wasn’t doing so to get to me,” she said.

“For me, I think the most drastic challenge was finding love and feeling like someone loved me for me. What I had to do was juggle being the Amanda Knox in the tabloids and Amanda Knox, the, just, person doing her thing and living her life. So yeah, I went and got a job … yes, I even made a friend in poetry class and, yes, I even eventually fell in love. But I could not do those things if I didn’t accept what had happened to me as a part of who I was.”

Chris is certainly appreciati­ve of his wife and says today she relishes the simple pleasures in life.

“There’s a playfulnes­s to her that I think seems surprising given how she appears in the [Netflix] documentar­y,” he also told People magazine.

“When something matters and she cares about it, she doesn’t just let it slide. She puts her foot down and stands up for what she believes is just. But just because she’s that person doesn’t mean that we also don’t swing dance in the kitchen while we’re making dinner. We have a lot of fun together, and we let that whimsy carry us.”


 ??  ?? Now 32, Amanda was only 20 when she was charged with murder.
Now 32, Amanda was only 20 when she was charged with murder.
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Amanda and her husband Chris live in Seattle.
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Amanda was convicted in 2009 and again in 2014.
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Meredith Kercher was found stabbed to death in her Italian apartment.
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