It is being reported on January 27, 2018 that former murder convict, Amanda Knox, receives up to $10,000 per speaking engagement about events surrounding the murder of Meredith Kercher. Knox has spoken at various businesses, high schools/colleges and conferences in the U.S. and Canada. Most recently she spoke to students at Roanoke College in Salem, VA.
In her carefully crafted speech, Knox claims to be helping those who have been wrongly convicted while pocketing five to ten thousand dollars per show.
Meredith Kercher was a 21-year-old student who was tortured then stabbed to death on November 1, 2007 in Perugia, Italy. Many believe Knox was directly involved and she was found guilty twice for the murder before a controversial acquittal in 2015.
Over the past decade since the crime, Knox helped script a music video, published a memoir, given countless interviews, written blogs, spoken at various events, and starred in a self-named movie on Netflix. In 2017, shortly before the tenth anniversary of Meredith’s death, Knox announced that she plans to return to Perugia to shoot a reality show. Currently Knox is hosting a Vice video series funded by social media giant Facebook. All of Knox’s endeavors center around Meredith Kercher’s murder case.
The lawyer for the Kercher family, Francesco Maresca spoke out about the news of Amanda’s latest paid performance at Roanoke College:
“I hope you understand how inappropriate this behavior is and how the family of Meredith Kercher can be affected ” said lawyer Francesco Maresca, legal representative of the family members of the young English girl killed in Perugia.
He commented on the paid tour of Amanda Knox to American colleges to talk about the crime. Speaking with ANSA about the “bad taste” of this enterprise.
“Amanda Knox never ceases to surprise us,” said lawyer Maresca. “I keep thinking’ he added, ‘that she should thank the Italian justice system for declaring her acquitted despite two previous heavy convictions. Instead she engages in offensive commercial initiatives [exploiting] the memory of poor Meredith. ‘Certainly,’ concluded the lawyer–‘tacky .’ “
“Amanda Knox should think about her life without continuing to talk about this sad affair from which she is the only one to profit , in terms of both fame and money”.