Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox, Amanda discussed on Woman's Hour
Coming from a very an African background, every Sunday, among the Sydney and my four sisters and actually do my hair. So for me here is actually that moment of connecting with different women, you know, of my family giggling and also that being actually affect our relationship with our hair. Because when something is so frustrating to deal with it, you end up despising it. More on that later. But first, Amanda Knox, a woman whose name became synonymous with a terrible tragedy, and who is still trying to reclaim her identity and the truth. 14 years ago this week, British students Meredith kercher was sexually assaulted and killed in a brutal attack in her apartments in Italy. She was just 21. Her death was shocking and horrendous for her family. But sadly, Meredith kercher did not become the most memorable name in the investigation that followed. Amanda Knox was Meredith's American flatmate, and prosecutors under global pressure to solve the crime, focused on Amanda and her boyfriend of a few days, Raphael, as the world's media descended, a narrative quickly emerged of a sexually voracious femme fatale and her accomplice, who they said had killed Meredith in a drug field sex game gone wrong. Amanda was dubbed foxy knoxy by the media. Aged 20 thousands of miles from home, with only a basic grasp of Italian, Amanda was interrogated by police for hours and hours without a lawyer or interpreter. During which she implicated a man who was later released and signed a statement that placed her at the crime scene, which she then recanted. Despite the separate arrest, conviction and imprisonment of rudiger for the crime. His DNA was found all over the crime scene, Amanda was also found guilty and sentenced to 26 years. She was freed on appeal in 2011 after four years in prison. After another trial reinstated her conviction, the Italian Supreme Court presided over an appeal which fully exonerated her in 2015 and pointed to glaring errors in the original investigation. Amanda now lives back in Seattle, is married, and has just had a baby. She's built a career as a writer, podcaster and campaigner. However, a decade on from her prison release, she says she's not able to restore her reputation or take back control of her story. She's got a particularly complicated relationship with the British media and hasn't conducted a UK interview for years, but has been compelled to speak out because of a new film still water, starring Matt Damon, which she says, drew on and profited from her experience without her consent..