Amanda Knox says she wrote a letter to murdered Meredith Kercher's family

Knox, who was cleared of the murder in Italy, says she was dissuaded from sending the letter by her defence team

Amanda Knox has revealed that she wrote a letter intended to be sent to the family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher telling them: “I’m not the one who killed your daughter”.

The 25-year-old American, who is facing renewed accusations that she was involved in the killing, reveals in her book, Waiting to be Heard, that she was eventually dissuaded from sending the letter by her legal team.

In extracts from the book, which will be published in the US on Tuesday, Knox wrote that she wrote letters to both the Kerchers and to Patrick Luamba, the Congolese barman she falsely accused of the murder.

In an extract published by The Sun, Knox writes:

“To the Kerchers I wrote: I’m sorry for your loss and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to say so. I’m not the one who killed your daughter and sister. I’m a sister too and I can only attempt to imagine the extent of your grief. In the relatively brief time that Meredith was part of my life, she was always kind to me. I think about her every day.”

She told Luamba that she felt “guilty and sorry” for falsely accusing him.

However, the letters, written in advance of Knox’s appeal hearing, was never sent after her lawyer told her it was “not the right time”.

Last month, Italy’s highest court overturned Knox’s acquittal for the murder of 21-year-old Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in November 2007.

Knox returned to her home in Seattle when her name was cleared in 2011, after spending four years in jail. She now faces a possible extradition request by the Italian government.

In her book, which will not be published in the UK because of libel laws, Knox also writes about her lifestyle while living as a student in Italy, admitting that she spoke to Kercher about her doubts over a recent “one-night stand”.

“I was proud of myself for having a no-strings attached consensual encounter, but I felt awkward and out of place. I didn’t know if I’d regret it. Later I told Meredith about the sex and feeling ‘like an idiot’”

“'Amanda', she said, consolingly, ‘maybe uninvolved sex just isn’t for you’”.

Knox also writes of how she spent “more time with Meredith than anyone else” during her first month in Perugia.

She also writes of how marijuana was her “vice” and that “marijuana was as common as pasta” at the house where she was staying.

Italian prosecutors claimed that Kercher was the victim of a drug-fuelled sex game that went wrong. Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29, denied wrongdoing.

Rudy Guede, from the Ivory Coast, is serving a 16-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting and killing Kercher. 

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones