Thursday several Internet sites reported that Amanda Knox had been arrested on Christmas Day. The reports indicated that she had gone to Calipatria State Prison to visit an inmate, and a required background check revealed she had $30,000 in outstanding warrants that led to her being placed under arrest. Though many Scottsdale fans of Knox were suspicious of these reports from the get-go, a number of sites ran with the information without further verification. Thursday evening Ground Report is setting the record straight.
The original report made it to several websites, including KXO Radio, and seemed to taunt that it was “not a good Christmas” for Amanda. The reports indicated that since Amanda Knox had traveled over 400 miles to see an inmate, she was required to have a background check. The check supposedly revealed active bench warrants out of Los Angeles and Long Beach totalling over $30,000. Knox was then said to be arrested and taken to Imperial County Jail. While it’s not known if the story was completely fabricated, or related to an entirely different female named Amanda Knox, Ground Report shares that it is absolutely not related to the Amanda Knox who is quietly living in Seattle, WA after her murder conviction was overturned last October in Italy.
Ground Report shares that they researched the story and immediately contacted the original publisher of the story, which has printed a clarification since the original report, though the story has spread to other sites. Logic dictates that one must wonder when it would even have been possible for Amanda Knox to have had all of these warrants built up. She was a college student from Washington when the Meredith Kercher murder happened, and she was erroneously put in jail for four years. She was released in October, and has been home with family and her boyfriend James Terrano since then.
Despite the fact it seemed implausible that Amanda Knox would have had the opportunity to accumulate those warrants, AND would have chosen to spend her first Christmas home away from family and her boyfriend, sites posted the story as true without second thought. Luckily others such as Ground Report have looked into the story enough to debunk it, and fans hope that Amanda can continue her quiet life in Seattle.
Those interested in learning more about the Knox case in Italy can purchase several books and DVDs reviewing the details. Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy can be purchased at local Barnes & Noble stores, including the store at Kierland Commons on Greenway Pkwy in Scottsdale.