Amanda Knox's Podcast Recounts Harrowing Ordeal of Woman Who Was Stalked, Nearly Kidnapped by Her Boyfriend’s Ex

In the June 12 episode, Janie Avey details how Kallee Knudson — who was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison — stalked her and hired two men to kidnap her

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Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox’s podcast goes inside the shocking story of a Washington State woman who survived being stalked, impersonated and nearly kidnapped by her then-boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.

Labyrinths, by Apple Podcasts, is hosted by Knox — who spent four years incarcerated in Italy after being falsely convicted in the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher — and her partner Christopher Robinson. The pair “delve into stories of getting lost and the resilience and personal growth it takes to find your way again,” the podcast description reads.

In the June 12 episode, Janie Avey (formerly Commeree), says her ordeal all began when she met Kallee Knudson after moving about 100 miles away from the Seattle area, where she grew up, to Ellensburg, Wash., for college in 2013. Avey had been dating a man who took her to a local restaurant known as Wing Central, where Knudson was their server.

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A court of appeals ruling reviewed by PEOPLE states that Knudson and Avey’s then-boyfriend had previously dated, but he had ended the relationship. Shortly after, Knudson offered Avey a job at the restaurant but the relationship between the two women soon soured. Avey had spoken negatively about her friend to Knudson through text messages, and Knudson shared a screenshot of the texts with Avey’s friend, which caused a falling out between the two.

Knudson also often complained about Avey to restaurant staff and told Avey’s then-boyfriend that she was flirting with customers, which Avey denied, per the episode. Avey says Knudson also created a fake name to share a negative Yelp review of her. Avey later ended the relationship with her then-boyfriend and stopped communicating with Knudson.

By 2017, Avey and Knudson had left their jobs at Wing Central, but both continued to live in Ellensburg, where Knudson by that point worked as a clerk at the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. While they shared mutual friends, Avey and Knudson rarely crossed paths due to the hostility between them.

During this period, Avey claims in the episode that Knudson used burner phones to impersonate her and have text conversations with her friends and others close to her.

<p>TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty</p> Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson


Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson

“I was actually really scared at that moment because I was, like, if someone's impersonating me, like, I have a career, I have a boyfriend,” Avey tells Knox and Robinson. “Like, I was very violated and pissed, and I knew it was probably her.”

She says she went to the police, but nothing came of it.

When Avey began seeing a new man, she says in the episode that Knudson went so far as to call her side job at a bar and inquire about her work schedule in order to determine the best time to send flowers. Avey says her boyfriend had sent flowers to her main job previously and found it odd that someone would send her flowers at the “bar scene.”

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“The lengths that she went to to pretend to be other people, making new email accounts, calling on behalf of other, like, actual businesses,” Avey says in the podcast episode. “This is someone who is very specifically, knowingly, and willingly stalking somebody.”

By January 2019, Avey had learned that Knudson hired two men to steal her phone, kidnap and drug her in order to send out discrediting messages. Avey says in the episode that one of the men had knocked on her door and asked to use her phone, claiming that his car broke down. The man then ran off with her phone.

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According to the court of appeals ruling, the two men hired by Knudson came forward to police after Knudson said she “did not care” if Avey “died." Local police then set up a sting operation at Avey’s home. Knudson was arrested in February 2019 after one of the men texted her saying Avey was tied up. When she was taken into custody, Knudson had nine Oxycodone pills in her pocket and an additional 22 pills in her car, per the ruling.

In 2022, Knudson was convicted of twelve crimes, including first-degree attempted assault, first-degree attempted kidnapping, two counts of criminal solicitation to commit assault, and more, per the ruling. However, the court declared a mistrial on the first-degree attempted murder charge due to a hung jury.

According to the Daily Record News, court records show Knudson was subsequently sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Today, Avey says she’s in a good place and works as a victim advocate.

“I am healed,” she tells Knox and Robinson. “ I will never forgive her and I personally don't need to.”

As for Knox, she was in the news on June 4 when she was re-convicted of slander, tied to an accusation she made to investigators following Kercher's murder. Knox was found guilty of slandering her former boss Patrick Lumumba, whom she briefly accused of murder while enduring a coercive interrogation, the Associated Press, the BBC and CNN reported.

She was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, though will not serve any more jail time having been credited with time served, according to the Associated Press. But Knox is required to pay legal fees and compensation.

Knox, along with her boyfriend of one week at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were falsley convicted of killing Kercher. Both were eventually exonerated.

Kercher's killer, Rudy Guede, was convicted of her murder in a separate 2008 trial and was sentenced to a reduced sentence before eventually being released from prison in November 2021, according to The Guardian.

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