“I am a terrible monster or regular person’ says Amanda Knox

Student accused of killing Meredith Kercher speaks out on new Netflix documentary

More than a year after Amanda Knox was exonerated in the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher she has revealed many still think she is guilty.

This week the infamous trial was once again in the spotlight thanks to a new Netflix documentary.

And on Thursday Knox appeared on Good Morning America to promote the special.

‘I think I’m trying to explain what it feels like to be wrongfully convicted,’ she said about her aim with the documentary.

‘To either be this terrible monster or to be this regular person who is vulnerable.

‘And what I’m trying to convey is that a regular person like me – a kid who was studying abroad, who loves languages – could be caught up in this nightmare where they’re portrayed as something that they’re not.’

During the interview Knox hit out at the prosecutor in the case, saying he made the proceedings more about her and less about the actual victim Kercher.

When asked what she thought Kercher’s family would make of the new documentary, Knox said: ‘For them that’s never going to end and that’s the really sad part about this tragedy.

‘As soon as the prosecutor made this about [me] she’s been lost in all of that.

‘But that doesn’t change the fact that we have an obligation to everyone who could be innocent to find out the truth.’

Knox said her primary focus now is helping others who have been exonerated to get their lives back on track.

She said: ‘Now my attention is turning towards the next person.

‘My name is cleared. I’m fine, I’m moving on with my life, I’m going back to graduate school, I’m redeveloping my relationships.

‘I’m redeveloping my relationship with freedom.’

Knox then added: ‘But there remains the fact that I’m in a unique potion as an exoneree. Once an exoneree always an exoneree.

‘I can’t go back to my life  that I had before, and neither can the other exonerees that are out there.

‘And a lot of times their stories go overlooked.’

Initially charged with the 2007 crime and sentenced to 26 years in prison, an Italian appellate court later found Knox and her then-beau Raffaele Sollectio not guilty.

In 2013, Italy’s highest court sent the case for retrial and found the pair guilty again a year later.

On final appeal, the two were ultimately exonerated of the charges in 2015.

Rudy Guede was convicted of Kercher’s murder back in 2008 and is serving a 16-year prison sentence.

Netflix has already released a trailer from the film, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday.

Nancy Brown
Associate Editor

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