Amanda Knox - Her story is unforgettable. Amanda Knox was twenty years old and had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, for only a few weeks when her friend and roommate, a young English student named Meredith Kercher, was brutally murdered. The investigation made headlines around the world, and Amanda’s arrest placed her at the center of a media firestorm.
"Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing, or I am you."
In 2009, after an extremely controversial trial, she was wrongly convicted of murder. But in October 2011, after Amanda had spent four years in an Italian prison, and following a lengthy appeals process, the conviction was overturned.
She now works to spread awareness of wrongful conviction issues and to inspire people towards empathy, determination, forgiveness, and perspective. Her journalism has been published in USA Today, the Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, and BROADLY, and she writes a weekly column for the West Seattle Herald.
The famous exoneree, whose murder trial made international headlines for nearly a decade, will speak on her experiences on trial, wrongful conviction issues, false confessions, trauma, and the role the media plays in our justice system. Her memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, was re-released in 2015 after her exoneration and serves as a platform for her speeches.
Amanda Knox - Waiting to Be Heard
In Waiting to Be Heard, Amanda Knox shares the truth about her terrifying ordeal. Drawing from journals she kept and letters she wrote during her incarceration, Amanda gives an unflinching and deeply personal account of her harrowing experience, from the devastation of her friend’s murder to the series of mistakes and misunderstandings that led to her arrest. She speaks intimately about what it was like, at the age of twenty, to find herself imprisoned in a foreign country for a crime she did not commit and demonized by the international media, and about the impact on her family and loved ones as they traveled back and forth to be at her side so that she would not be alone.