Exclusive Amazon Interview with Amanda Knox

KnoxFor four years, Amanda Knox felt silenced.

Italian prosecutors, who had accused her (and two accomplices) of murdering her roommate, called her the devil. The Italian press called her "angel faced killer." Knox’s only rebuttals came during those brief moments of addressing the court. Even after Knox was acquitted in 2011 and allowed to return home to Seattle—after nearly four years in prison—she stayed voluntarily silent. Now, in Waiting to Be Heard, she is finally telling her side of the story. In this exclusive interview with Amazon senior editor Neal Thompson, Knox explains that the book is more than her attempt to set the record straight. She also wants to share with others what it's like to be wrongly imprisoned. "Many people go through what I went through, and a lot of people don't come out of it," Knox said.

Knox said that writing the book (which reportedly earned a $4 million advance from her publisher) was both cathartic and painful. "There's only so much anger you can allow yourself to feel, or sadness,” she said. “And I was incredibly surprised at how hard it was at times to write."

During the difficult years in prison, Knox tried to stay connected to her “real life” by writing letters home and writing in her journals (many of which were confiscated). She read books that helped her temporarily escape, including Douglas Adams' Ultimate Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy--"this big book full of hilarious wittiness"--and Marilyn Robinson's Housekeeping.

These days, she’s studying creative writing, and trying to slowly return to the life she left behind in 2007.

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Meredith Kercher's family is 'Waiting to be Heard' as well. It's remarkable that Meredith's name doesn't come up once in this interview.

Patrick Lumumba, the innocent man Knox falsely accused of raping and murdering Meredith, and who lost his business, his home, and almost lost his family as a result, is 'waiting to be paid' the modest damages awarded him now that her conviction for calunnia (making a false statement to police/obstruction of justice) is confirmed and she is out of appeals.

The appeal court in Florence is 'waiting to hear' Knox's appeal for her 2009 conviction for conspiracy to sexually assault and murder, burglary, and staging a crime scene.

Posted by: Helene | Friday May 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

This was an interview about the book. Also, I'm sure considering that the case is back on appeal that she has to be very careful of what she states in regards to the murder, so I am not surprised she did not mention it. Her family lost a lot of money fighting to get her free, and I'm sure that the sale of this book will not only help them recover their losses but provide them with a means to protect her legally. As she discusses her book, she admits that this is an account of what she experienced from arrest to release, and the fact that she never felt she had a voice. I don't know what really happened that night in Italy. But, she really doesn't seem like the villain she's been portrayed as in the media. Before you judge, you should take into consideration the propaganda from the beginning and how it affected the judgement of her innocence. She was also a young girl in a foreign country, and she spoke very little of their language. It probably didn't help that she was American as it seems that may have made her a target.

Posted by: Nicole Wingate | Sunday May 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I would pay 20,000 lire for her to move her right arm. Just once.

Posted by: Steven | Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Why does anyone really give a high-flying f--- about this 2-faced b----?

Posted by: Nick Piacsek | Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

It would be great for Amanda Knox to be able to sit down with the Central Park five. If you don't know their story you can buy the DVD of the documentary from PBS. These young African American men also confessed to things they didn't do and made up what part others played that they didn't play. Unless you've been (especially a young person) dealing with hours of relentless interrogation with no food or water or rest, you don't know what you would say if you think you will be left in peace if you just say what they want you to say.

Posted by: Elizabeth Curtis | Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

I am first generation Italian. I know how the Italian government works and the legal processin Italy is messed up like everything else. I feel that she was wrongly charged and someone was being paid off. Look what they did about the AIDS test. the government is corrupt and they should be charged as well!!! I feel bad for all families involved it is a tragic even but go find the real killer here. The italians boched the scence like OJ simpson case!!! give this girl a break!!! I will by her book!!!

Posted by: Veronica | Friday May 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

The evidence against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito is overwhelming. They gave completely different accounts of where they were, who they were with and what they were doing on the night of the murder. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis despite three attempts each. All the other people who were questioned had one credible alibi that could be verified. Innocent people don't give multiple conflicting alibis and lie repeatedly to the police.

The DNA didn't miraculously deposit itself in the most incriminating of places.

An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito's DNA was found on Meredith's bra clasp. His DNA was identified by two separate DNA tests. Of the 17 loci tested in the sample, Sollecito’s profile matched 17 out of 17. Professor Novelli pointed out there's more likelihood of meteorite striking the courtroom in Perguia than there is of the bra clasp being contaminated by dust.

According to Sollecito's forensic expert, Professor Vinci, Knox's DNA was also on Meredith's bra.

Amanda Knox's DNA was found on the handle of the double DNA knife and a number of independent forensic experts - Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni, Dr. Renato Biondo, Professor Giuesppe Novelli, Professor Francesca Torricelli and Luciano Garofano - categorically stated that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade. Sollecito knew that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade which is why he lied about accidentally pricking her hand whilst cooking.

According to the prosecution's experts, there were five instances of Knox's DNA or blood with Meredith's blood in three different locations in the cottage. Even Amanda Knox's lawyers conceded that her blood had mingled with Meredith's blood. In other words, Meredith and Amanda Knox were both bleeding at the same time.

Knox tracked Meredith's blood into the bathroom, the hallway, her room and Filomena's room, where the break-in was staged. Knox's DNA and Meredith's blood was found mixed together in Filomena's room, in a bare bloody footprint in the hallway and in three places in the bathroom.

Rudy Guede's bloody footprints led straight out of Meredith's room and out of the house. This means that he didn't stage the break-in in Filomena's room or go into the blood-spattered bathroom after Meredith had been stabbed.

The bloody footprint on the blue bathmat in the bathroom matched the precise characteristics of Sollecito’s foot, but couldn’t possibly belong to Guede. Knox's and Sollecito's bare bloody footprints were revealed by luminol in the hallway.

It's not a coincidence that the three people - Knox, Sollecito and Guede - who kept telling the police a pack of lies are all implicated by the DNA and forensic evidence.

Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she was involved in Meredith's murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. After she was informed that Sollecito was no longer providing her with an alibi, she stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox's alibi that she was at his apartment.

Knox accused an innocent man, Diya Lumumba, of murdering Meredith despite the fact she knew he was completely innocent. She didn't recant her false and malicious allegation against Lumumba the whole time he was in prison. She admitted that it was her fault that Lumumba was in prison in an intercepted conversation with her mother on 10 November 2007.

Posted by: Harry Rag | Saturday May 11, 2013 at 3:56 AM

Harry Rag whoever you are:
The only overwhelming thing in your story is your overwhelming ignorance about the facts presented In court. The evidence was lousy to say the least of it. That's the reason why Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox were released on appeal. There is no more to be said about this. Since you don't seem to care about the truth anyway you will not read Amanda's book nor that of Raffaele. Fanaticism blindness and total ignorance characterize your opinions on the Kercher case.

Posted by: Erik Forsgren | Monday May 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

The interview guy basically asked the same question several times and let her answer with whatever she wanted to talk about.

Posted by: Jerry Wiedner | Tuesday May 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM


Harry Rag (not a fanatical, Mr Forsgren) has done his homework.


NB: drugs can make people do things that once 'sober', are forgotton, or rationalised as not that 'serious.' People also forget how easy it is to kill someone.

Posted by: JP | Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Amazing what beauty and fame (OJ Simpson) can do for getting the public to see innocence.

Knox is also a very clever and a good actress.

Posted by: JP | Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 3:53 AM

Four years in prison and a four million advance on her book, not bad!

Posted by: Leonard Rattini | Friday May 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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