Amanda Knox to return to Italian city where she was imprisoned for murder
Seattle's Amanda Knox says she is preparing to return to Perugia, Italy, the city where she was arrested and wrongfully convicted for the November 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.
In an interview with People magazine, Knox said she wants to go back to the city - which became a place of terror for her - to close the circle on her life-changing experiences there.
“The only way that I’m going to come full circle is by physically, literally, coming full circle,” she told People magazine.
She said the city is "probably the least welcome place for me in the entire world," but added it's important to her "not to be afraid of a place." She told People magazine she also wants to see Perugia through the eyes of her family, who lived there during her trials and four years of incarceration before her acquittal.
Knox initially was convicted of murdering Kercher, along with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. But both of their convictions were reversed on appeal in 2011. And in 2015, they were both exonerated by Italy's highest court.
She told People magazine she hopes that by returning to Perugia, she can expel her horrific memories of the city and replace them with new, more hopeful memories.
Knox's desire to go back to Italy is a reversal from what she has told reporters in the past. She told "Good Morning America" in 2014 that she would never set foot on Italian soil of her own volition.
Meanwhile, the family of Meredith Kercher is not happy about her plans to return to Italy.
Frencesco Maresca, the Kercher family's lawyer, told The Telegraph that her return there would be "totally inopportune" because Kercher's murder was very painful for the city and citizens there believe the Italian justice system never responded satisfactorily to it.