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Amanda Knox feels ‘lost’ but says ‘public have joined her’ in 2020

Amanda Knox compares her wrongful murder conviction to challenges of the pandemic and unrest in 2020 saying she feels ‘perpetually lost and this year the rest of the country has joined me’

  • Knox, who was acquitted of murder in 2011, penned an op-ed for the Forge
  • In it she said the current climate is ‘disorienting, sickening’ and ‘deeply familiar’
  •  ‘I feel perpetually lost. This year, the rest of the country has joined me’, she said
  • She goes on to tells readers to make ‘the lack of a road map an asset’ 
  • Knox also says she ‘wouldn’t trade’ her life ‘because regret stifles imagination’ 
  • Knox was accused with her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede of killing Meredith Kercher on November 1, 2007, in Perugia

Amanda Knox has compared her wrongful murder conviction over the death of Meredith Kercher to the challenges of the pandemic and unrest in 2020. 

In an op-ed for Forge the former exchange student said the current climate in the US is ‘disorienting, sickening’ and ‘deeply familiar’.

An Italian appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her British roommate Meredith. Knox’s 2011 acquittal was part of a long legal process that saw multiple flip-flop rulings before she was definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court.

Knox wrote last week: ‘I feel perpetually lost. This year, the rest of the country has joined me. All at once, so many of us are having to figure out how to make the best of a s***y situation that none of us foresaw.’

Amanda Knox has compared her wrongful murder conviction over the death of Meredith Kercher to the challenges of the pandemic and unrest in 2020

‘We are an entire nation adrift. We are lost en masse’, she added. 

Knox had been accused with her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and Ivorian-born Rudy Guede of killing Kercher on November 1, 2007, in the university town of Perugia. 

After multiple rulings, Italy’s highest court definitively acquitted Knox and Sollecito in 2015. Guede is still serving a 16-year sentence. 

In an op-ed for Forge the former exchange student said the current climate in the US is 'disorienting, sickening' and 'deeply familiar'. Police and protesters clash in Philadelphia

In an op-ed for Forge the former exchange student said the current climate in the US is ‘disorienting, sickening’ and ‘deeply familiar’. Police and protesters clash in Philadelphia

Healthcare workers wheel the bodies of COVID-19 victims to a refrigerated trailer used as a temporary morgue  in Brooklyn on April 5

Healthcare workers wheel the bodies of COVID-19 victims to a refrigerated trailer used as a temporary morgue  in Brooklyn on April 5

She notes: ‘In freedom, my undeserved notoriety was a problem.’ But Knox tells readers to make ‘the lack of a road map an asset’, adding: ‘And I can tell you from experience, it can be an asset. Life is a never-ending series of problems, but problems are opportunities.’

She describes using her time in prison to become fluent in Italian and to use her own experiences to become a ‘skeptic of the popular narrative’.

In her latest op-ed Knox says she ‘wouldn’t trade’ her life and says ‘because regret and “if-only” thinking stifles imagination’ and ‘because the opportunities before me are magnificent in all their confusion and peril’.

An Italian appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her British roommate Meredith. Knox¿s 2011 acquittal was part of a long legal process that saw multiple flip-flop rulings before she was definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy¿s highest court. Knox pictured in 2008

An Italian appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her British roommate Meredith. Knox’s 2011 acquittal was part of a long legal process that saw multiple flip-flop rulings before she was definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court. Knox pictured in 2008

Knox was accused with her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede of killing Meredith Kercher on November 1, 2007, in Perugia

Meredith Kercher

Knox was accused with her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede of killing Meredith Kercher on November 1, 2007, in Perugia

She also discusses what she calls the ‘rampant vitriol on social media, growing wealth inequality, mass population displacements due to climate change and the looming automation crisis that will eradicate tens of millions of jobs within the next few decades’.

Knox adds: ‘Right now, our society is lost. But what has been true for me is true for us all. 

‘Facing a host of seemingly insurmountable problems, with no clear direction ahead of us, we have incredible opportunity.’ 

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