Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson

Amanda Knox is an exoneree, journalist, public speaker, and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting to Be Heard (HarperCollins, April 2013). Between 2007 and 2015, she spent nearly four years in an Italian prison and eight years on trial for a murder she didn’t commit. Amanda hosted of The Scarlet Letter Reports, a VICE/Facebook series about the public vilification of women, and currently hosts The Truth About True Crime, a podcast series for Sundance/AMC that she produces and writes with Christopher. ------------------------------ Christopher Robinson is a Boston University and Hunter College MFA graduate, a MacDowell Colony fellow, Yaddo fellow, and a Yale Younger Poets Prize finalist. He is the co-author, with Gavin Kovite, of War of the Encylopaedists (Scribner, 2015), which the New York Times called "captivating," and Deliver Us (Alephactory, 2018). He currently produces and writes The Truth About True Crime with Amanda.


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Amanda Knox Interview: “This Is Inhumane. It’s Craven. It’s Heartbreaking”

Former federal prosecutor Mark Godsey is a law professor at UC Law and the co-founder and director of the Ohio Innocence Project, which has secured the freedom of 29 people on grounds of innocence who together served more than 525 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. On April 20, Marion Correctional Institution, an Ohio state prison, became the largest known source of COVID-19 infections in the U.S., according to the New York Times, with one in five confirmed COVID-19 cases tracing back to the state's prison system. 

Amanda Knox: “How Could He Be Innocent?”: The Case of Daniel Holtzclaw

In 2016, Daniel Holtzclaw became a poster child for racism, sexism, and abuse of power when he was found guilty of sexually assaulting eight at-risk black women while on duty as an Oklahoma City police officer. Publicly disavowed by the police and protested against by Black Lives Matter, these interest groups which historically butted heads found a common enemy in Holtzclaw, and called for the full crushing force of the government to come down upon him. And it did: Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years in prison. But could these...

Amanda Knox Interview: “Thank Goodness We’re Not Inside Right Now”

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Amanda Knox on Tiger King: The Rush to Judgement of Carole Baskin

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Amanda Knox Interview: “Incarceration as Buried Alive”

You can find more pieces by Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson here. In 1990, 37-year-old nurse Ginny LeFever was convicted of murder after her husband committed suicide on the eve of their divorce. She spent 22 years in prison before her conviction was vacated and she was released. Today, she works as a nurse in an extended care facility in Ohio currently in lockdown due to the pandemic. I reached out to Ginny to learn how her experience of wrongful imprisonment has informed her work caring...

Amanda Knox Interview: Netflix’s “The Innocence Files”: Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld

You can find more pieces by Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson here. On April 15th, Netflix released The Innocence Files, a new docuseries covering eight wrongful convictions overturned by the Innocence Project and other organizations within the Innocence Network. Over the course of nine episodes, the series exposes flaws within our criminal justice system and points viewers towards tried and tested reforms that, if implemented, would make the system more fair and just. I reached out to Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, cofounders of the Innocence...