Amanda Knox has made her Instagram account public, revealing a series of snaps that reflect her personal life and tastes, from an affection for cats to European holidays with her boyfriend Christopher Robinson.
The 29-year-old Seattle native – who describes herself as an “exoneree and writer” – announced the move on her Twitter feed this week.
“What's happening? Well, I made my Instagram public. No more hoarding all my amazing cat videos,” she wrote.
The decision to open up her Instagram account is a bold one; Knox has courted extreme and sometimes misogynistic scrutiny ever since she was first arrested for the murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in November 2007.
Kercher was found stabbed to death in the flat the two students shared in the picturesque Italian town of Perugia.
Knox, along with her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was convicted of Kercher’s murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison. She was later acquitted, in a notorious and often confused eight-year legal process that made headlines around the world.
In the glare of the media spotlight, Knox faced wild allegations about her character and sex life. The tabloids dubbed her ‘Foxy Knoxy’ whilst insisting she had the ‘Face of an Angel’.
She’s been the source of fascination ever since, but is clearly trying to move on with her life.
Knox’s Instagram feed is dominated by cat cuddle photos, the occasional food snaps and images of her and her boyfriend on a recent holiday in Europe, where they made pit stops across France and Germany.
The account also reveals Knox’s theatrical taste. In one image (above, main), she and her boyfriend pose as Red Riding Rood and the wolf in a choreographed shot taken in Germany’s Black Forest.
In another, Knox – who works as a freelance writer and reporter – poses with an owl mask.
A few of the photos take a more serious tone too, in a nod to Knox’s experience behind bars.
In one photo, she’s seen wearing a black T-shirt with a graphic of handcuffs and the caption, “It could happen to you” – a reference to her overturned conviction.
Due to “stunning flaws” in the case for the prosecution, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted of murder a second time over in March 2015. Italy’s highest appeals court ruled that there would be no more appeals or retrials.
Knox has always maintained her innocence. “We [Kercher and Knox] weren’t best friends but I was so shocked by what happened to her,” Knox says in a Netflix documentary last year about the case.
“Suddenly I found myself tossed into this dark place. I was so scared. I don’t know what else to say.”
Rudy Guede, the Ivory Coast drifter whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, was convicted of Kercher’s murder and is currently serving a 16-year sentence.