Amanda Knox, the Washington woman who spent four years in an Italian prison following her 2007 conviction of the murder of a fellow college student before she was acquitted, made a joke about the case.
Knox, 31, posted on Instagram that she was playing a murder mystery party with friends, saying that again, she was falsely accused as the killer.
She was given the role of “Countess of Lovelace,” a Victorian-era woman who was accused of killing the owner of an art gallery, Fox News reported.
Knox suggested that the fictitious story was similar to her own.
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“Victorian London: A priceless painting goes missing and the owner is found both poisoned and stabbed. And would you believe it, I, the Countess of Lovelace, am accused,” she said on Instagram.
“Also acquitted, all in 4 hours. Better than 4 years,” she then said, sharing to photos of the event. Knox is seen sitting on a couch with her arms crossed, and her friends are nearby.
Some people slammed the joke as distasteful.
“You have no shame,” one Instagram user wrote.
“Anything for attention,” another said.
“Murder, your favourite subject!” a third person said.
In the case, she was accused of killing Meredith Kercher, a fellow exchange student who shared her apartment.
The body of Kercher, who was from the United Kingdom, was found the Perugia apartment in November 2007.
The American woman and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were found guilty, but their convictions were later overturned.
Knox’s conviction was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation in 2011, and she returned to the United States that same year. In 2014, she was sentenced to prison in absentia until the Italian high court overturned that decision in 2015.
The European Human Rights Court ordered Italy to pay her $20,000 in damages in January 2019, saying she wasn’t provided proper legal aid.
“Ms. Knox had been particularly vulnerable, being a foreign young woman, 20 at the time, not having been in Italy for very long and not being fluent in Italian,” the court said, Fox reported.
“It is impossible to compensate Amanda for four years in prison for a mistake. There will be no amount. We are not looking for compensation of damages. We are doing this on principle,” Dalla Vedova, Knox’s attorney in Italy, was quoted by the news outlet as saying.
Knox began working as a freelance journalist after her acquittal and is working with the Innocence Project.
“This group was built by [lawyers], scientists and intellectuals who are trying to prove facts and understand how things get blown out of proportion. They are emotionally and intellectually there for me. They understand that we already had to pay for our lives with the things we didn’t do,” Knox told Rolling Stone in 2017, adding that it was “crazy” she had to prove her innocence.
An immigrant from Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede, was convicted in the death of Kercher. He’s serving a 16-year jail term for the case.
From NTD News