High up on the list of inspiring women who have been through it is Amanda Knox, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 2007 and spent years of her life fighting for freedom. Amanda inevitably dominated headlines during her trial (and came back into the public eye in 2016’s buzzy Netflix documentary titled Amanda Knox), but nowadays, she’s living a relatively quiet life in Seattle with her husband.
But before we get into what Amanda’s life looks like in 2019—more than a decade after her false murder charges—here’s a quick refresher on the horrible ordeal she went through:
Amanda was studying abroad in Italy when she was arrested for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, and she spent four years in an Italian prison before being freed. Amanda was vilified in the media as sexist outlets focused on her appearance and alleged promiscuity (British media labeled her “Foxy Knoxy,” which is just...unbelievable), and the especially awful part? She managed to appeal her charges successfully in 2011, only to be reconvicted in 2014. Amanda was finally acquitted by Italy’s supreme court in March 2016—so yeah, she’s been through a lot. Here’s what she’s up to now.
First of all, she’s married
Amanda got engaged to Seattle-based author Christopher Robinson in November 21, 2018. The pair met at a book launch and officially started dating in late 2015. Apparently, Christopher barely knew who Amanda was when they met. “I was probably the only person at the party who didn’t really know who she was,” he told People in 2017. “I knew [about] Italy and some legal stuff and something that shouldn’t have happened. But I didn’t really know her story.”
Meanwhile, Amanda told People, “I don’t want to get married for the sake of getting married. My hope is that I have a partner with whom I can continue to take on the world...and I very much love Chris and feel like he is my partner. And he would be a wonderful dad and we talk about it all the time.”
Also, guys, their engagement was captured on-camera and it’s supremely cute:
After all the marriage talk, Amanda and Christopher tied the knot literally a week after they got engaged. Their marriage certificate, which surfaced on the internet, revealed that they applied for the certificate in Kings County, Washington on December 1, 2018. This prompted Amanda and Christopher to release a joint statement on their sci-fi themed wedding website.
"We filed paperwork to be legally married in December of last year to simplify our taxes and insurance. But we have not yet celebrated our wedding with our loved ones," the press release read. "This is, frankly, no one's business but our own, and should be no more shocking than the fact that we've been living together for years." Their official wedding will take place on February 29, 2020.
She lives in Seattle with her husband
Amanda and Christopher live together in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, with their three cats, Mr. Screams, Mr. Fats, and Emil.
FYI, their house seems super cozy and sweet:
She’s super active on Instagram
Amanda frequently posts about her life on Instagram, sharing everything from her meals to her cats. But it wasn’t always that way. Amanda’s social media was totally private during her first years of freedom due to concerns that she’d be trolled and harassed. She eventually made her Instagram public “to have what every other person around me had, the freedom to shout into the wind and say ‘Here I am!’ and the freedom to strike up an unexpected conversation with a friendly digital stranger.”
Still, she says this freedom “comes with the cost of absorbing insults and hatred.”
She *just* went back to Italy
Amanda spends her time raising awareness about wrongful conviction in the judicial system and went back to Italy for the first time to attend a conference about “trial by media” with the Italy Innocence Project. Apparently, a lawyer for Meredith’s family called Amanda’s return visit “inappropriate.”
Christopher tweeted about the trip, saying, “Last time I was in Italy, I took a train to Florence, blew my money on a 100€ bottle of barolo, which I drank by myself while writing a bad short story. Then I slept underneath the Ponte Vecchio. This time with @AmandaKnox is going to be, shall we say...different.”
Last time I was in Italy, I took a train to Florence, blew my money on a 100€ bottle of barolo which I drank by myself while writing a bad short story. Then I slept underneath the Ponte Vecchio. This time with @amandaknox is going to be, shall we say...different.— Christopher Robinson (@manunderbridge) June 11, 2019
She’s understandably unhappy with the media
Amanda just wrote a fascinating piece for Medium, published on June 12, where she called out Netflix for its marketing of her documentary.
“I had high hopes for the film’s debut,” she wrote. “I hoped people would like it, that they would learn something about the dangers of unscrupulous media, that they might finally see at least a glimpse of the real me. And then, of course, Netflix chose to advertise Amanda Knox with twin massive billboards in L.A. and New York: my face and the words ‘monster’ on one and ‘victim’ on the other. They were playing the ‘did she or didn’t she’ game that I was already so, so tired of. I remember standing in Times Square underneath those giant photos of my face, pedestrians passing by me, none the wiser. That was bizarre, and it was bizarre in a way that forced me to reckon with what it meant for my life to be other people’s content.”
She produces a podcast for Sundance
Alongside Christopher, Amanda writes and produces a podcast for Sundance AMC called The Truth About True Crime, where—as she puts it—“we attempt to rehumanize others who have been singled out as true-crime fodder and elevate the standard for how we think and talk about those whose lives are thrust into the judicial and media spotlight.”
I'm returning to Italy as a free woman. Meanwhile, another innocent person is still in prison. Check out Ep 3 of #thetruthabouttruecrime to hear directly from Jens Soering.@manunderbridge@sundance_now @MalkaMediahttps://t.co/foN7AJwHm2 pic.twitter.com/vzMPB6dRnI— Amanda Knox (@amandaknox) June 12, 2019
She’s studying millinery
Aka the art of making cool hats!
And she also seems to be super talented at sewing in general:
Aaand that about brings us up to date. Props to Amanda for using her voice to help raise awareness for other wrongfully convicted people.
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