Amanda Knox became an international sensation when she was accused of murder while studying abroad in Italy. Although it has been years since her numerous trials took place, a documentary on the case recently appeared on Netflix and stirred up conversations once again.
Now, just a day after the sentence for Michelle Carter was announced, Knox has written an entire opinion piece on the girl. In it, Knox relates the media’s portrayal of Carter as being similar to her own story.
“When I was on trial for murder in Italy, the media tried to paint me as a “femme fatale.” So it was with a sickening sense of déjà vu that I watched the prosecution attempt the same trick with Carter, whom they said coldly and calculatingly insinuated herself into Roy’s vulnerable consciousness,” wrote Knox.
She also went on to say how she believes that Michelle Carter deserves sympathy and help. She said she thinks the sentence she received was simply too much and that she needs understanding.
“In our zeal to deflect blame, we insist on villainizing Carter because we want easy explanations, black-and-white reasons. We want to assign agency whenever something bad happens. But in so doing, we discredit Roy’s agency, which included his choice to get back inside his truck,” writes Amanda.
Knox also wrote about what truly defines involuntary manslaughter. She believes that what Carter did was not applicable in this case.
“Encouraging your boyfriend to follow through with his own death wish should not qualify,” stated Knox.
What do you think about her words? Let us know your thoughts about Amanda’s comments on this case on our Facebook page. Also, to read more about the Michelle Carter story, read our other article here.