Amanda Knox: I Considered Suicide

She writes about her desperation in upcoming memoir

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 18, 2013 6:54 PM CDT

(Newser) Amanda Knox continues to raise her profile ahead of the April 30 release of her memoir Waiting to Be Heard. As a teaser to her interview with Diane Sawyer to air that night, ABC News reports that Knox reveals in the book that she considered suicide while in prison in Italy. "I started to understand how you could feel so locked inside your own life that you could be so desperate to escape, even if it meant that you would no longer exist," she writes.

People also got an interview with Knox, conducted over several days at her mother's house in Seattle. A few snippets released ahead of the April 26 edition:

  • "When Meredith (Kercher) was murdered and I was arrested, it was so shocking," she recalls. "It was paralyzing. Everything toppled."
  • She's mostly happy now, she says, but "things creep up on me and all of a sudden I'm overwhelmed by the feeling of helplessness and that desperation and fear to even hope. Just that can make my heart race and makes me paralyzed until I can breathe it away."
The 25-year-old still isn't in the clear legally, of couse. An Italian court has ordered that the murder case be retried.

This photo released by ABC shows Amanda Knox speaking during an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in New York. It airs April 30.
This photo released by ABC shows Amanda Knox speaking during an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in New York. It airs April 30.   (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)
Amanda Knox during the taping of an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in New York. It airs April 30.
Amanda Knox during the taping of an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in New York. It airs April 30.   (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)
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