Amanda Knox sat down with Diane Sawyer for her first televised interview Tuesday (April 30) night on ABC. The hour-long special “Murder Mystery: Amanda Knox Speaks” covered American college student Knox’s experience of being tried and convicted in Italian court for the 2007 murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher — a conviction that was overturned on appeal in 2011 but will soon be heard again by the Italian Supreme Court.
The interview is tied to the release of Knox’s memoir “Waiting to Be Heard,” and while many people believe Knox is innocent that list does not include Kercher’s family.
Sawyer asked Knox what she would say to the Kercher family if she had the opportunity. Knox replied, “I want them to know their grief has my every respect, has the respect of my family, and we don’t want to invade their life and their grief. And I really want them to understand that my need for justice for myself is not in contradiction with theirs.”
Knox also has memories of Kercher she wishes she could share. “She talked about how she wanted to be a journalist like her dad,” Knox told Sawyer of Kercher. “And she talked about her sister. And if that’s all I can give them is this memory that I have of her to add to all of theirs that they can carry with them when she’s gone.”
“[I hope] that eventually I can have their permission to pay respects at her grave.”
Knox revealed she was stunned when she learned the Kercher family refused to speak with her during the trial. “I remember being both humbled and mortified by that because in my mind [the trial] was still all a big mistake and would be shown to be a big mistake.”
Knox said her reason for writing the book is simple: “I want the truth to come out. I’d like to be reconsidered as a person.”
As for the prospect of facing trial yet again, this time in front of Italy’s highest court, Knox was philsophical: “I felt like after crawling through a field of barbed wire and finally reaching what I thought was the end, it just turned out that it was the horizon. And I had another field of barbed wire that I had ahead of me to crawl through.”
When Sawyer raised the topic again near the end of the interview, Knox revealed her determination: “I can’t be afraid right now. I have to be ready to fight.”