Over the weekend, Lorena Bobbitt and Amanda Knox have revealed they are apparently friends. Not only that, the two of them are pairing up to share their stories that made them household names…and not in a good way.
Lorena and Amanda just did a live show in D.C. promoting Amanda’s new podcast, and before that, the two sat down with Fox 5 to dish details on how they’re actually pretty similar to each other.
Although, their cases are not similar at all.
Instagram; pictured above Amanda and Lorena smile together
49-year-old Lorena Bobbitt made headlines back in 1993 when she sliced off her husband’s penis and tossed it out of the window of her car.
Lorena went on to say that her husband John had a long history of abusing, beating and raping her, and that is why she did it.
Eventually, John was acquitted of raping her, while Lorena was acquitted for her actions against him due to temporary insanity. Lorena has since changed her name to Lorena Gallo.
32-year-old Amanda made headlines back in 2007 when she was accused of murdering her roommate in Perugia, Italy while she was studying abroad.
Amanda was actually convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher, and she spent 4 whole years in jail over in Italy before her murder conviction was eventually overturned.
“Lorena and I have a lot in common, we are going to be getting into that when we speak,” Amanda said to Fox 5 about their friendship.
“The thing that resonates most with me when we both spoke to each other over the phone was how this is a historic moment in the history of shamed and vilified women.”
“You don’t see shamed and vilified women coming forward and supporting each other,” Amanda went on to say.
“And calling into account all those forces that are turning us into characters that are in morality plays and exploiting our trauma for the sake of profit and entertainment.”
In the interview, Amanda did point out that she never did murder Meredith, while Lorena mentioned that she thinks people will be pretty shocked to hear about her friendship with Amanda and the two of them deciding to discuss their cases in public.
“I think people expect, like, us to crawl under a rock of shame and die,” Amanda spoke candidly. “We are showing that not only are we the characters you thought we were, but we have a right.”
Lorena said she wants people to know this about her: “I am a mother, advocate, activist. It was something tragic coming from domestic abuse and sexual assault. I was acquitted from temporary insanity based on the abuse my husband afflicted on me. I basically want them to know me as who I am. I am Lorena. I help my communities and children and survivors of domestic violence. I have dedicated my life to helping others.”
Amanda pointed out, “I think true crime does have this problem. There is a sense of entitlement to people’s trauma and a kind of gleeful armchair detective work that doesn’t come with the gravitas of the situation. These are experiences from real people’s lives.”