Amanda Knox Family Interview: 'Terrifying to Be Alone, And I Wasn't'

Woman once jailed in Italy for the murder of her college roommate joins her family on "GMA."
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Transcript for Amanda Knox Family Interview: 'Terrifying to Be Alone, And I Wasn't'
Now to amanda knox who after nearly six years is telling her side of the story that made her a household name. Back in 2007 while studying in italy amanda was charged and convicted in the 34urd of her roommate meredith kercher. Amanda spent four years behind bars before an appeals court set her free and acquitted her. Her moir, "waiting to be heard," is out in stores now and this morning she joins us with her mother, her father and sister deanna. Good to see the three of you again. Amanda, good to have you in the studio. I remember when I first met you which was just a few months after amanda was arrested. The three of you vowed you would never ever leave her behind, leave her alone. That's right. You kept your word. Yep. Absolutely. Of course. We knew as a family. You never wavered despite all the expense and countless transatlantic trips. No. I mean, you know, as a mom, i think any mom would take care of their kid and do what they needed to do. Absolutely. What was it like, amanda, to hear that? It -- that's my understanding of how family is and I think one of the more incredible aspects of my time in prison was understanding that not everyone has that and I wish it upon anyone because that's -- that's who I am. That's who we are and I don't know how one would get along without it. You really needed that. You're really lucky. Yeah. In that respect. Indeed. Yeah. It is. It's incredible how much it makes a difference. Mean, people -- other prisoners write letters to each other just so that they can receive that and I got visits, like the fact that I got was an incredible thing. Did the fact that you knew that they were in town even when they couldn't see you on the days when they couldn't visit you, did that make a difference knowing there was always somebody there. Absolutely. I mean, I wasn't alone and that -- that -- when everything is this storm around you and you feel like you're just being pinpointed, you're -- it's terrifying to be alone and i wasn't. I'll never forget interviewing you, kurt, and deanna, on the night just three hours after amanda was convicted in perugia in 2009. It was the middle of the night, eta, you had collapsed in anguish because you couldn't even speak. Deanna, you were so distraught you got physically sick to your stomach at the courthouse. This is you and kurt just hours after that verdict was handed down. Let's take a listen. I was stunned. How could you even do this with what was presented in the court of law? We yelled across the courtroom as they were taking her away that we love her because we couldn't see her. You know, you have to put on a face when we go and visit her, we can't cry. Are you going to be able to do that? We hope so. What's it like for you to see that moment in your family's history? It was so difficult for you. It's emotnal. I don't think I've ever seen that just because I couldn't watch. I couldn't be there. I was not functioning that night. It doesn't look real. It doesn't seem like it was real in the moment because I still don't think of it as being real like it all happened. It's interesting to see. I'm glad it's past and we're here now. I didn't see that. I saw them the next day in prison and the thing that i thought -- they were putting on a brave face. Yeah, and that's the insane thing. I didn't know what to expect. I was completely distraught. I hadn't slept all night. They were trying to get me to take antidepressants and it was just like leave me alone please and when I got there and I sat down with them, I didn't know what to say. Like I didn't know what to do and it was actually delaney, delaney of all -- she was -- like my littlest sister, this child who just told me, looked at me with a straight face, it's going to be okay. I was like, oh, my god. You know, you've said, amanda, that you still suffer from panic attacks. What sets them off for you? What makes that happen? I mean, it can be something as simple as a movie that -- i watched a movie recently in which there was an italian dialect and one of the words that I heard -- which means essly come to the window so I can talk to you, it was what prirs would say to each other to come to the bars so that they could talk to each other across the hall. I heard someone saying that and I couldn't breathe. And it's -- okay. It can be anything. If you google the name "amanda knox," you get 7.1 million hits. You all know better than anybody that hundreds of thousands of those are not kind. Some of them viciously unkind. Uh-huh. Doug prespreston wrote it's become a cybermom not unlike the witch hunts of medieval europe." How do you handle the strong emotions people still have about you and your innocence or guilt? You know, I'd say that they obviously don't know all of the factors in the case and all of the p of evidence and the fact that there is a t lack of evidence and it seems that they just have hatred in their bodies. But does it bother you? Absolutely. This is your beloved daughter. Absolutely. Of course, it does. And it bothers me to think that they know me. That's one thing that baffles my mind is that people talk about me as if they know, like they're in the know about who I am when no one's ever been able to speak with me and know -- they know her personality. I tend to stay away from it and I guess someone told me, no matter what, everybody has -- there's, unfortunately, people out there that are kind of filled with hate and they vent that anonymously through the internet. It's an interesting kind of phenomenon that I think there needs to be conversation about. I think there will be. Kurt and eta, deanna, so wonderful to see you under so much happier conditions. Thank you so much. Amanda, nice to finally meet you. Yes. All these years of covering you. All right. Good luck with the book. "Waiting to be heard" is on store shelves now.

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