CONVICTED killer Amanda Knox – once at the centre of a media circus – has herself joined the industry and started work as a freelance journalist.
Twenty-seven-year-old Knox, who was twice convicted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, is providing freelance articles to the local paper West Seattle Herald in America, the area where she grew up. She was approached by the newspaper’s web editor “to give her the opportunity of a normal life.”
Knox – dubbed ‘Foxy Knoxy’ by the press during her first trial – was found guilty for the second time in January of the 2007 murder of Ms Kercher. The victim was found with her throat cut in the home the two shared in the town of Perugia, Italy. Knox spent four years in an Italian prison before being released in 2011. However, she was found guilty at a second trial and sentenced to 25 years earlier this year. She is appealing the second conviction and is allowed to remain in the US while she waits for the appeal to be heard.
“It doesn’t matter what people say or think – the truth is that she’s a West Seattle resident, she grew up here,” said Patrick Robinson, web editor of the West Seattle Herald. “Why not give her the opportunity to be an actual human being versus a celebrity?
“She’s certainly been through a lot and been very easy to work with and very interested and eager in doing stories.”
Among Knox’s first reports for the paper was a review of the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by British writer Tom Stoppard.