Amanda Knox, now 34, on Friday informed the world that, months ago, she gave birth to a daughter she calls Eureka Muse Knox-Robinson.
Amanda Knox is well-known as the woman who was imprisoned in Italy for the murder of Meredith Kercher. She and her boyfriend of that time, her alleged accomplice in that murder, Raffaele Sollecito, were both fully exonerated six years ago, in 2015, which was eight years after Kercher’s death.
The other half of the baby’s hyphenated surname comes from Ms. Knox’ husband, Christopher Robinson. The parents and child (and three cats) live on Vashon Island in Washington State.
Amanda Knox has not shared when the baby was born. She and her husband announced the birth on the October 22 episode of their podcast, as an event already months in the past, and they discussed it further with a New York Times reporter that day.
On the podcast, “Labyrinths: Getting Lost with Amanda,” Knox and Robinson took the world through significant moments in the pregnancy.
They shared, for example, an audio recording of the moment when Knox looked at the pregnancy test’s stick and discovered that she was in fact pregnant. “Oh, my God, thank goodness! Yay, we did it!” she says in the recording.
The podcast is named on the premise that “everyone is navigating their own personal maze” complete with dangerous Minotaurs.
Knox and Robinson have kept the pregnancy, the birth, and the baby name all secret until now because they are concerned about their family’s privacy and the danger that this blessed event will be turned into tabloid fodder the way that Knox’s ordeal in Italy was.
On Instagram, Knox has written, “I know that I cannot 100% protect my daughter from the kind of treatment I’ve suffered, but I’m doing the best I can. Which is why this will be the only picture of her I will ever share on social media.”
This was Knox’s second pregnancy, the first ended tragically in miscarriage.
The Kercher Murder
The murder case that made Knox suffer at the hands of ‘tabloid’ news coverage is precisely the sort of murder case that most dependably rivets public attention: violence, sex, and mystery in one package.
Knox was rooming, in Nov. 2007, with Meredith Kercher and Filomena Romanelli. Police were called to their villa on Nov. 2 because the window to Romanelli’s room had been broken, and the room itself ransacked.
Police arrived, and discovered Meredith dead inside her room.
The coroner later estimated the time of death as 11:30 PM Nov. 1.
Amanda Knox and Sollecito were taken into custody on Nov. 6. They said that Sollecito had a pocket knife that could have been used in the killing; also his sneakers were a tentative match to bloody shoe prints found outside the cottage. Also, he and Knox gave conflicting and shifting statements in these early days of the investigation, which focused scrutiny on both of them.
The police also found in this early investigation the handprint of a professional burglar, Rudy Hermann Guede. They developed a theory of the case that implicated Guede, Knox, and Sollecito all acting together to kill Kercher, perhaps as part of a sex game that got out of hand
On Dec. 5, 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the murder.
In the course of years of complicated appeals and legal maneuvering, the prosecution eventually dropped the sex-game-gone-wrong theory, but they never developed another theory of motive to take its place. Knox and Sollecito received a full vindication from Italy’s Supreme Court in March 2015. That court sharply criticized the “sensational failures” in the investigation and the “culpable omissions” of the lower court.
Baby Eureka Muse will eventually learn that she has a complicated legacy. A labyrinth indeed.