Unlike several other people who have been involved in complicated high-profile cases, Amanda Knox, the American student in Italy who was convicted and later acquitted for the murder of her flatmate Meredith Kercher has refused to hide her face from the public. Amanda has a lot of presence on the social media and also works in the media as a freelance journalist.
The exoneree is also a competent public speaker, she wrote the New York bestselling memoir titled Waiting to Be Heard which chronicled her life and experiences. According to the writer, she is not going to disappear into oblivion because she definitely has something to say. She is also very active as part of the Innocent Project – involved in proving the innocence of wrongly convicted people through DNA.
Who Is Amanda Knox?
She was born in Seattle on the 9th of July 1987. Her mum Edda Mellas works as a mathematics teacher while her dad Curt Knox earns a living working as a vice-president of finance at Macy’s. Amanda has a younger sister named Deanna and two step-sisters named Delany and Ashley, her parents got divorced when she was little and her mom married Chris Mellas an Information Technology consultant.
Her early education was accomplished at Seattle Preparatory High School after which she joined the University of Washington in pursuit of a degree in Linguistics. She later left the shores of the United States and headed for Perugia Italy with plans to spend a year at the University for foreigners. She moved in with 21-year-old Meredith Kercher from London who was also in Italy to study Linguistics for a year. Amanda Knox also started dating Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian computer engineering student whom she met at a classical music concert.
On November 1, 2007, Knox’s flatmate was found dead in their home. She had been stabbed to death.
The Murder Case: Is Amanda Knox Innocent?
After her trial for the murder of her flatmate – Meredith Kercher which happened in 2007, Amanda, along with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito both received prison sentences of 26 and 25 years respectively after being found guilty of the offense. It came to pass that both Amanda and her lover were discharged and acquitted in October of 2011 but were called back to stand another trial for the same murder because the Italian final court of appeal, the Court of Cassation went ahead to overturn their acquittals.
The duo was found guilty for the second time in February 2014 with Amanda Knox receiving a 28.5-year sentence while her boyfriend was slapped with 25 years. The next year 2015, their second conviction was again overturned by the Supreme Court of Italy when the defense called in a witness who testified to the fact that the duo was not in any way connected to the crime. Amanda and her lover were finally discharged and acquitted for the murder, but Amanda’s defamation of Kenyan lawyer Patrick Lumumba was upheld, and she received a three-year term and some fine.
What Is Her Net Worth?
In spite of her four-year incarceration by the Italian authorities, the freelance journalist has managed to amass a lot of wealth since her final acquittal. Her current net worth has been pegged at a tidy $3.5 million which is believed to have come from her writing career and the documentaries she has been featured in. Besides, the freelancer has written notable content for several newspapers.
Where Is Amanda Knox Now?
After the final declaration of her innocence, Amanda returned home, completed her degree and commenced work as a journalist. Since then, she has authored a book titled Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir which turned out to be a bestseller. The content of the memoir is all about her life experiences and it was released in 2013. A Netflix documentary on the subject followed in September 2016.
Amanda Knox has shown disparity from others who have undergone such public trials by her constant public appearances. She has appeared in several events including one for the Innocence Project which is a legal organization with the sole aim of using DNA to prove the innocence of people facing wrongful conviction. Amanda, along with her co-convict Sollecito threw their weight behind this project because of their gruesome experience.
Amanda is currently in a love relationship with the co-author of War of The Encyclopaedists Christopher Robinson whom she met at a book party. The couple is currently co-habiting and working together. Important to note is that Amanda reviewed War of The Encyclopaedists.