Amanda’s return to Perugia, ‘I have to close the circle'
ROME - ‘I know. Perugia is probably the last place in the world for me to feel welcome: but I must close the circle of my life.’ Nearly ten years after the murder of Meredith Kercher, the British student killed at her home in Perugia on November 1, 2007, Amanda Knox announces she wants to return to Italy. Talking to American weekly People Magazine, she continued: ‘My memory of that place can not just be a courtroom.’
Amanda, who turned 30 last month, together with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Ivorian Rudy Guede, was charged in 2007 for the murder of her roommate and spent four years in jail.
Now, six years after her release, the young woman - who has already featured in a Netflix documentary, tells People that she is finally living a "normal" life in Seattle, with her new love, thirty-five-year-old writer Christopher Robinson. She dedicates herself to what she calls her new "mission": an association that deals precisely with victims of judicial errors. ‘Finally,’ Amanda tells the magazine ‘I feel free to go back to Italy to face the city where the tragedy that made my life worse.’
‘Some time ago I was at the beach, I heard Italianand I was shocked. Then I said; it’s ok.’ That’s why, in short, she decided to go back to Italy. ‘Finding the way to stop being afraid is a very important step for me. I want to see Perugia, which, when I was 20 years old, was the city of my dreams, through the eyes of my parents, who lived there for years to stay close to me. They made important friends there, and I am very attached to the prison chaplain.’
In the interview Amanda does not say when she is going to visit the Umbrian city. Probably after her younger sister's marriage scheduled for November: ‘She now needs all my attention and support after she gave me an important part of her youth,’ says Amanda Knox. ‘But sooner or later I will be back. I just want to be a person who returns to a place from their life, my last memory of cannot be that of me being dragged out of a court between the blinding flashes of the paparazzi. My last memory of Perugia will be, it must be, different.’