What Amanda Knox's Life Is Like Today

Amanda Knox became a household name in 2007 when the world watched her stand trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Both Knox and Kercher were foreign exchange students studying abroad and living together in Perugia, Italy. After Kercher was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death on Nov. 1, 2007, Knox swiftly became a prime suspect. The resultant nail-biter of a trial drew global attention not only to the case itself, but also to the explosive publicity 20-year-old Knox received throughout the trial.

As the case unfolded, several twists and turns added thick layers of confusion and mystery to the ordeal. Knox was initially found guilty and sentenced to 26 years in prison, a sentence that was highly controversial due to the way she was allegedly treated in police custody, as well as the perceived lack of satisfactory evidence. Knox went on to spend four years in an Italian prison, was released in 2011, faced a retrial in 2013, was found guilty again in 2014, and was ultimately acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court in 2015.

The murder case — and above all, Knox herself — became the subject of several books and movies, including a 2011 true crime Lifetime movie and a 2016 Netflix documentary. But after nearly a decade of scrutiny in courtrooms, tabloids, and dramatic evening news specials, where is Knox now?

After her release, Amanda Knox became a writer and an activist

Despite the chaos that swallowed most of her twenties, Amanda Knox appears to be working toward a stable life back in her hometown of Seattle, Wash. 

Knox shared her side of the murder trial story in her 2013 bestselling memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, for which she was reportedly paid a cool $4 million, according to the Associated Press. While she began studying at the University of Washington back in 2005, Knox was unable to earn her creative writing degree until 2014. That same year, she began working as a freelance arts reporter for the West Seattle Herald.

In 2015, Knox met fellow writer Christopher Robinson at a book party and the pair soon began dating, per OK! Robinson asked Knox to marry him through an extraterrestrial-themed proposal three years later, and the couple legally wed in 2018.

Over the years, Knox has also spoken out for the wrongfully accused through public appearances, including at Innocence Project events and a 2019 criminal justice conference, which brought her back to Italy. For one year, from fall 2018 to 2019, she hosted a Sundance podcast called The Truth About True Crime.

Though Knox's disastrous study-abroad experience remains central to her work, she has claimed it is no longer central to her worries. As she said in a 2017 interview with People"Now I have normal-person fears — fears of failure, of not being smart enough or strong enough or kind enough."