Convicted Murderer Amanda Knox Now A Journalist
Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murder in 2009 and was subsequently acquitted, is now a journalist.
The former university student became the subject of media circus for several years after she was accused of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, while in a study abroad program in Italy back in 2007.
She is now back in the spotlight after landing a job as a freelance journalist writing for the West Seattle Herald.
An Opportunity for a Normal Life
According to reports, the small weekly publication reached out for Knox, who is a native of Seattle, and asked if she would like to write for the paper.
West Seattle Herald Web editor Patrick Robinson said they approached her because they want to give her the chance for a normal life.
Amanda is a bright and very qualified writer, said Robinson, adding that she has been through a lot, which means she is eager in writing these stories.
Robisnosn said Knox is a good writer and she always meets the deadlines. He said he is glad that she is contributing for the paper and that she is doing something for the community.
Besides writing, Robinson said he was flabbergasted with the photography skills of the convicted murderer.
Right now, she has been writing local news, and is focused on theatre reviews.
Knox used a pen name at first, but later on decided to use her real name after she “got her feet wet.”
She enrolled to the University of Washington earlier this year to take up the final subjects needed to earn a degree in creative writing, which was the course she took up in Italy.
Conviction and Acquittal
Knox made it to the headlines across the world after she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty in 2009 for killing Meredith Kercher.
Knox was acquitted two years later, released from prison, and was immediately sent back to America.
She has been living in Seattle ever since she was back to the United States.
However, her acquittal was overturned by the Italian court in January and was found guilty again. There are no news yet if she will be sent back to Italy to serve her 28 years in prison sentence. The highest court of Italy will delve back into the case next spring.
Films and Books Made Based on Her Story
It seems like being an international celebrity has its upsides. The 27-year-old journalist signed a $4 million book deal for her memoir called Waiting to Be Heard, which was recently released last year.
Besides a book inspired by her story, there are two films produced with the main protagonists based on her character.
Lifetime aired an original movie titled Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, with Hayden Panettiere playing Knox.
Another film based on Knox’s character is presented in a fictionalised perspective by director Muichael Wainterbottom waith supermodel Cara Delevigne playing Knox in a film titled The Face of an Angel. The film was shown in the film festival circuit this fall.