Amanda Knox accused of mocking dead after posting Meredith Kercher murder meme
Amanda Knox sparked a fierce backlash after sharing a controversial meme about Meredith Kercher on her Twitter page.
The 34-year-old spent four years in prison after wrongly being convicted of the murder of the Brit student in 2007.
She was studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, when she was accused of helping then-boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito kill Meredith, 21, in a supposed sex game gone wrong in 2007.
On Thursday, August 12, Amanda posted a meme about the pandemic ruining her plans – which referenced the killing.
She uploaded an old Instagram post, a selfie taken just before her trip to Italy.
Amanda captioned it "my fall plans".
Next to it, she left a grab from the TV show The Sopranos with the subtitle "inarticulate Italian noises".
Amanda uploaded it with the caption: "The Delta Variant."
The post divided her Twitter followers, with some taking offence.
One user responded: "I'm sure Meredith Kercher's family and friends find this absolutely hilarious."
Another said: "Wow, I hope nobody from Meredith’s family sees this."
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A third added: "Mocking the dead like this is horrendous, have some decency and respect for Meredith Kercher's family."
However, others came to Amanda’s defence.
One said: "This one made my jaw drop, you win."
Another social media user responded: "Only you are allowed to post this!!"
A third added: "Humour is the best healer sometimes – glad you can joke about this."
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Amanda's murder conviction was overturned in 2011, although the court did uphold her slander conviction for wrongly accusing Congolese-born bar owner Diya Lumumba of the murder.
The court reduced the slander sentence to three years, for which Knox received credit for time served.
Rudy Guede was eventually jailed for 30 years for the murder, reduced to 16 on appeal.
Earlier this month, Amanda revealed that she suffered a devastating miscarriage during her first pregnancy.
She got pregnant "very fast" after having an IUD removed, at which point she and her husband Christopher Robinson set up a nursery and mural.
However, doctors were unable to find a heartbeat during an ultrasound appointment.
Amanda said: "We went back in a week later – that week sucked, waiting – and it hadn't grown. It didn't have a heartbeat.
"That was confusing to me, because I thought, 'Why would there be a dead baby just hanging out in there? If it wasn't viable, why wasn't it going away?'
"My body didn't even know, and that felt weird to me. I didn't know that you could have a missed miscarriage."
If you have been affected by this story, advice and support can be found at the Miscarriage Association. You can call them on 01924 200799 or email [email protected]
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