Susan Atkins – Manson’s little Miss Murderess

Susan Atkins really stepped in it

Fact based reporting by

Rob Roman

 

This is the first article in our Monkey see – Monkey do series.

Warning – Some pics may be disturbing to some people.

 

Of course Susan Atkins (Sexy Sadie) saw Charles Manson act violently and she did … just like him. Then she monkey stepped into a big, steaming pile of wet Monkey poo – She got what Charlie got. She got Life (almost 40 years) in prison. She would be there today if she didn’t get brain cancer and die.

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Many Manson Aficionados will know this information, but I didn’t know all these details until recently. I thought some people would like to know how it all fits together. That’s what we do at Spotlight On Law. We research things and we bring you all the highlights and put them in one place. We are hoping to shed new light on cases, for people who are not familiar with them. But, even if you know the Manson cases really well, we hope you will still find something interesting in this article.

 

How does a sexy and attractive young lady who sings in the church choir, and had her choir members sing Christmas Carols under her dying mother’s window, turn out to be Charles Manson’s little Miss Murderess? How could she watch with gusto and glee as innocent people were massacred? She was a Mom who would go on to show zero mercy to another young mother, 8 months pregnant, and even tell her so.

 

How can that happen?

 

“Bad chemicals and bad ideas are the Yin and Yang of madness” –  according to the late, great author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

 

Well “Sexy Sadie” (or Sexy Sadist) had a truckload of bad chemicals and bad ideas inside her when she was doing the old Charlie Manson monkey see – monkey doo. So, young Susan Atkins, only 21 years old, went ahead and stepped in a motherload of wet monkey poo. She went to jail and then prison and never ‘saw the light of day’ again.

 

Susan Atkins aka Susan Atkins Whitehouse aka Sadie Mae Glutz aka “Sexy Sadie”

 

“Susan Denise Atkins (May 7, 1948 – Sep 24, 2009) was a convicted American murderer who was a member of the “Manson family”, led by Charles Manson. Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in California, over a period of five weeks in the summer of 1969. Known within the Manson family as Sadie Mae Glutz or Sexy Sadie, Atkins was convicted for her participation in eight of these killings, including the most notorious, the “Tate/LaBianca” murders.

 

She was sentenced to death, which was subsequently commuted to life in prison. Incarcerated from Oct 1, 1969 until her death – a period exactly one week short of 40 years – Atkins was the longest-incarcerated female inmate in the California penal system, having been denied parole 18 times.” – Wikipedia

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She was a middle class girl who sang in her school glee club and in her church choir. Her mother died of cancer when Susan was 13. “Two weeks before her mother was hospitalized for the final time, Susan arranged for members of the church choir to sing Christmas carols under her bedroom window. After Jeanette Atkins’ death, relatives were asked to help look after Susan and her two brothers.” – Wikipedia

 

Susan moved from home to home and was abandoned by her father. In High School, her grades took a nose dive. At the age of 19, she moved in with friends in 1967, but when the house was raided for drugs and shut down, she became homeless once again. Charlie Manson was one of the people who showed up at parties at that house playing guitar, and he told her he was planning a road trip in a school bus and he asked her to join his “Family”. One of Charlie’s people made her a fake ID using the name Sadie Mae Glutz -1.

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Flash forward to October, 1968. Susan is 20 and she gave birth to a boy that Charlie named Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz. The father’s name was Bruce White, and they were all living at Spahn’s movie ranch in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Flash forward to the Summer of ’69. The heat is on, as too many hot vehicles and underage runaways are showing up at Spahn’s Ranch and the police are starting to get all too curious. Then, an accident happens that really was the catalyst for all the murders.

 

I really never knew where Spahn’s Movie Ranch was, either. Here’s where:

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A family member named Charles “Tex” Watson tried to pull a drug scam on a black man named Bernard “Lotsapapa” Crowe. Crowe threatened retaliation and could identify Tex. Manson took that famous long nosed .22 revolver that was used in the Tate killings – the same one that was found by the little boy in the canyon. Manson shot Crowe and thought he killed him, and he thought Crowe was a Black Panther. Crowe was not a Panther and he was still alive.

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Manson had a number of people with money that he, in turn. supplied with drugs, connections, “party people” and women. One of these was the owner of Spahn’s movie ranch – “old man Spahn” (George Spahn). Another of these people was Dennis Wilson, the drummer from the Beach Boys. Dennis picked up a couple of the Manson girls in his Ferrari as they were hitchhiking, and he brought them home. Big mistake there, because the very next day, more Manson women were coming to live there. More and more Manson flunkies showed up at Dennis’ house, bringing drugs and providing sex.

 

Then Charles Manson would demand that the “Tab” be paid.

 

He also showed up at Wilson’s home playing guitar, which is why Dennis and Manson hit it off in the first place. Charles Manson is an accomplished guitar player and musician. Words were said about Dennis maybe helping Manson record a record.

 

Take a look at this:

“”Never Learn Not to Love” is a song recorded by the Beach Boys, credited to co-founder Dennis Wilson. It was released as a B-side to their 1968 single “Bluebirds over the Mountain” and subsequently appeared on their 1969 album 20/20. It is a rewrite of “Cease to Exist”, a song written by murder-conspirator Charles Manson.” – Wikipedia

 

Yes, Charlie – A song called “Cease to Exist” is a little rough for the entertainment biz, no?

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Charlie, Leslie, Patty, and Suzie

 

Flash forward half a year later – Manson invited Dennis and his record producer friends to a party at Spahn’s Movie Ranch. They never showed, and Manson was piping hot about that.

Manson shows up at a Beach Boys recording session. He wants to know when the f*ck he’s going to get his album. Now the record has become an entire album that Manson is demanding. Dennis and the boys try to pacify Charlie.

Recording producer Terry Melcher, son of actress Doris Day, tells Manson to get the f*ck out of his recording studio session. Manson gets super pissed. He had been at Melcher’s home for a few parties with all those rich Hollywood “big wigs” at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, north of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

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from left – Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson

Manson knows that lots of rich “jerks” were hanging out at 10050 Cielo Drive. Manson went there one day to talk to Terry Melcher. Some guy answered the door and told the scraggly bum that knocked on the door to go look elsewhere. Terry Melcher had moved out, and the place was leased to Roman Polanski, a movie producer / director and his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate.

 

All these people were young people, in their twenties or early thirties.

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The home at 10050 Cielo Drive – Scene of the Tate Murders

 

10050 Cielo Drive was bought by the rock group “9 Inch Nails” and used as a recording studio before it was torn down.

 

A PHD and music teacher and friend of Manson family members, who also purportedly manufactured synthetic mescaline was a man by the name of Gary Hinman. This was another of a long list of people Manson thought “owed” him for “services rendered”. Like he did with Dennis Wilson and old man Spahn, Manson supplied Hinman with party friends, drugs, and women. Manson heard rumors that Gary Hinman had just come into a large sum of money. Now, Manson needed money and he demanded that Hinman’s “tab” be paid immediately.

 

At this stage, Manson needed money, since the police were starting to get very curious about what the hell was going on at this Spahn’s Ranch, and Charlie wanted to move the Family “to the desert”. Also, people were starting to leave the family and Charlie needed a new way to make his followers fear and/or respect him, as he was losing confidence in his magnetism and charm and he was also starting to get paranoid.

 

Charlie Manson sent Bobby Beausoleil, Mary Brunner, and Susan Atkins to Hinman’s home on July 25, 1969 to collect his “tab”.

Murderer Bobby Beasoleil

 

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Music teacher Gary Hinman

 

Now Bobby Beausoleil was a very well liked and valuable member of the Manson family. He was high up there in the brains department. He was also a great musician and Leslie Van Houten’s Lover, and they were crazy about each other. Long story short, the Manson crew demanded big money from Hinman– Gary says no, he doesn’t have any. They kind of hold him prisoner in his own home. Manson shows up and nearly cuts Gary’s ear off with a sword and then leaves, giving orders to take care of Hinman. Charlie demands that his “orders” be followed to the letter.

 

Manson’s 3 person crew holds Gary Hinman for two days, forcing him to sign over the titles to his cars. Bobby Beausoleil then stabs Hinman to death. This is where Susan Atkins has big problems with the parole board later on because she would never own up to her part in this killing, saying she wasn’t there, she was there but didn’t participate, she was there but didn’t know what was going on, blah blah blah. Well, after being at least an accessory in at least 8 murders, they were never going to let her out of prison anyways.

 

Bobby put a handprint paw and writings on the wall in Hinman’s blood to try and place blame on the black panthers. They take whatever they can. Off they go.

 

Now, Charlie Manson is upset because of the “messy” killing. He needs his people to now be proficient killers, especially the ladies, because no one will suspect females. Bobby gets caught asleep in one of Hinman’s cars wearing the bloody clothes from the killing. Good thing they didn’t have DNA testing back then.

 

On August 7th 1969, Bobby’s in jail and Manson is worried he might squeal. He also needs Bobby to help run the Family.

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Actress Sharon Tate

 

This all really helps to explain:

 

  • Why the girls participated in the Tate LaBianca murders
  • Why Susan Atkins was a major player
  • Why the “Pig”, “Political Piggy”, “Healter Skelter (sic)” and other writings in blood were left on the walls, the Tate front door, and the LaBianca refrigerator.
  • Why the murders needed to be particularly gruesome.
  • The motive behind the killings – to free Bobby Beausoleil from suspicion in the Hinman murder and to get him released from jail.
  • Why Leslie Van Houten felt so obligated to participate in the murders – Because it was all being done to help free Bobby, and because she felt she owed Charlie.

 

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It was also a way for Manson to exert power over the family. It’s a classic violent criminal organization move. You involve your underlings in felonies such as murder, which binds them to the group, and you have something to pin on them and extort them with, should they leave.

 

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Bobby Beausoleil

 

My personal theory is that Charlie Manson also thought he was such a gifted control freak who could control anyone to do anything – and he wanted to prove it by turning flower children into murderers. He also always wanted revenge against the upper class his entire life for being made a prisoner and an outcast of society.

Therefore, a caper is needed that will look like the Hinman murder. Something big was needed to get the police super involved so they will hopefully drop everything they were looking at related to the Family and go investigate this new frightening series of crimes.

 

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Far Side of the Polanski / Tate Mansion

 

Hopefully, they would let Bobby out of jail and no longer see him as a suspect. Hopefully, the police will stop nosing around the Spahn Ranch and will stop taking a closer look at the Manson Family.

 

Manson demands a spectacular crime – far from the Manson clans normal stomping grounds, and hey, why not some really rich folks, because they deserve it?

 

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So just two days after Bobby Beausoleil’s arrest, another Manson crew sets out to follow his orders to kill. Manson sends them to what he thought was Terry Melcher’s home at 10050 Cielo Drive.

 

Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel were sent to murder whoever was there, make it look horrific, and leave signs on the walls to look like the Hinman murder. They wanted to point the finger at black suspects.

 

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The actual Manson Murder Car
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A replica of the Manson Family’s Ford Fairlane Murder Car

That rope from the crime scene was brought by the Manson Family crew. Their original plan included hanging everyone from the rafters, removing the vicitim’s eyeballs and smashing them on the floor, or hanging and dismembering them on the front porch. The crew was also instructed to go to the surrounding homes and do the same. Fortunately, this crew was too spooked and paranoid to complete their task, or they ran out of time and it was already starting to get light out, or both.

 

Linda Kasabian was new to the clan and not really a fully drug-indoctrinated member yet. Charlie chose Linda, another young mother, to test her, and also because she was one of the few with a real driver’s license. Linda Kasabian looked very straight and innocent, and she was also in the car for the LaBianca Murders. She would later run away from the Manson family, and go home to her family in New England. She later returned to LA to turn state’s evidence against the Family.

 

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The Living room before the Tate murders

 

Linda Kasabian stayed outside the Polanski / Tate Mansion as a “lookout” and did not have the stomach to participate in the murders.

 

Linda Kasabian later ruined things for Susan Atkins.

 

At first, authorities could not find Linda and she did not come forward. The state was forced to rely on the testimony of Susan Atkins against the other family members in order to convict Manson, Tex Watson, Pat Krenwinkel, And Leslie Van Houten.

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The living room after the Tate murders

 

Charlie Manson needed to see Sadie Mae personally in order to try and use his mind control to stop Susan Atkins from testifying against him and the Family. He accomplished this by having his attorney demand that he and his client be allowed to talk to Susan Atkins, since she was a state witness. This was their right.

 

After that meeting, Susan Atkins tried to back out of a deal that could have seen her released from prison decades earlier.

 

Also, Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor, thought Susan Atkins was a risky, unreliable, flake of a witness, with her constantly changing stories and her refusal to take any kind of responsibility for any part in the murders. He started looking for a more reliable witness, which is how Linda Kasabian became the state’s chief witness. When finally contacted, Linda Kasabian agreed to return to Los Angeles to testify.

 

Susan Atkins would get no deal.

 

One more thing:

Months and months prior to the murders, one of the “jobs” of Manson’s Family members, besides panhandling, dumpster diving,  drug dealing, prostitution and stealing cars, was to dress in dark clothes and go at night to homes in the richer areas of LA.

Early in the morning, while the occupants were sleeping inside, these Manson crews, 4 or 5 of them together, would go “creepy crawling” through the homes.

 

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Guess who is who. They shaved their heads in protest and something else, too.

 

This meant they would take off their shoes and go into the house very quietly to sneak around and take whatever they could. They became very adept at this game, even going into the very bedrooms of the homeowners as they slept to steal their stuff. They had weapons on them just in case someone woke up or heard them. So this was the precursor, the skill sets used in the later murders.

You can say that the two crews Manson selected were the All Stars of these “creepy crawler” escapades. If not for this “practice”, they may never have had the nerve to be ‘successful’ at 10050 Cielo Drive. Even so, Tex Watson, shot 18 year-old Steven Parent four times in his car outside the home, but this noise failed to alert the others inside.

 

Like young Ron Goldman (25) in the OJ murders, Steven Parent (18) was in “the wrong place at the wrong time”.

 

Look at this from Wikipedia:

“In July 1969, Parent picked up William Garretson, who was hitchhiking in Beverly Hills. Garretson was a caretaker at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, which, at the time, was being rented to director Roman Polanski, and his wife, actress Sharon Tate. After Parent gave Garretson a ride back to the estate, the young caretaker thanked him and invited Parent to stop by anytime he was in the area.

 

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Victims: Voytec Frykowski, Sharon Tate, Steven Parent, Jay Sebring, and Abigail Folger

 

 

On August 8, 1969, after working at both of his jobs, Parent drove to Benedict Canyon and arrived at 10050 Cielo Drive at about 11:45 p.m. He had hoped to sell a Sony AM-FM Digimatic clock radio to Garretson. He demonstrated the clock radio for Garretson, but the caretaker did not want to buy it. Parent then placed a telephone call to Jerrold Friedman, a friend for whom he was going to build a stereo, and hung around long enough to drink the can of beer Garretson gave him. At around midnight, Steven Parent said goodbye to Garretson and left the guesthouse.

Unbeknown to Parent, Garretson, or any occupants of the main house, members of the Manson family were entering the property at that moment, with the intentions of killing the residents. Parent got into his father’s 1966 white AMC Rambler and backed up into the split rail fence. He drove down the parking area and stopped to push the button that operated the electronic gate. As Parent rolled down his window, he was met by a dark figure who shouted, “Halt!”

The figure was Manson “family” member Charles “Tex” Watson with a 22 revolver in one hand and a buck knife in the other. As Watson leveled a 22-caliber revolver at Parent, the frightened youth begged Watson, “Please don’t hurt me. I won’t say anything.” Parent raised his arm to protect his face as Watson swung the knife at him, giving him a defensive slash wound on the palm of his hand (severing tendons and tearing the boy’s watch off his wrist).

Watson then shot Parent four times in rapid succession, hitting him in the face, chest, and abdomen. Watson then ordered Manson Family associates Linda Kasabian, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel to help push the car further up the driveway. After traversing the front lawn and having Kasabian search for an open window of the main house, Watson cut the screen of a window. Watson told Kasabian to keep watch down by the gate; she walked over to Steven Parent’s Rambler and waited. He then removed the screen, entered through the window, and let Atkins and Krenwinkel in through the front door.

On the morning of August 9, 1969, the bodies of Steven Parent, Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski were discovered by the Polanski housekeeper, Winifred Chapman, when she arrived for work. The only survivor, Garretson, had escaped detection and told authorities he had heard nothing from his cottage. He said otherwise in an interview 30 years later.

As Parent was carrying no identification when his body was found, for a short time he was known to authorities only as “John Doe 85”. The body was identified later that afternoon by the Parent family’s parish priest, who went to the coroner’s office after Parent’s family had informed him that he was missing.” – Wikipedia

“Parent’s father, Wilfred, was highly critical of the way his son’s death was treated. He stated that he was told by telephone of the murder by a Los Angeles Police Department detective. He also criticized the manner in which the media focused on the more famous victims while showing little interest in his son.

In recent years, Janet Parent, Steven’s sister, began attending the killers’ parole hearings. She has also publicly spoken out against Susan Atkins’ and Charles “Tex” Watson’s requests for parole.

William Garretson, the young caretaker at Cielo Drive whom Parent had visited before being murdered, indicated in a television program broadcast in July 1999 on E!, that he had, in fact, seen and heard a portion of the Tate murders from his location in the property’s guest house.

– Wikipedia

 

One thing many people don’t realize is that the “All Stars” or top people in Manson’s Family were not idiotic and robotic “dirtbags” or stooges. Some of these were honor roll students, attractive, and from very good upper-middle class families. Susan Atkins was a glee club and choir member, as I stated earlier.

Leslie Van Houten was beautiful and super-intelligent cheerleader and homecoming queen at her High School.  Bobby Beausoleil was attractive and highly intelligent and an accomplished musician who went on to create critically acclaimed music from behind prison walls.

Charles “Tex” Watson, before he destroyed his mind with drugs, was a star athlete and football player is High School and very popular. He is one of the most unlikely supremely vicious and super violent murderers of all time. Tex is now a charismatic evangelist broadcasting on the web, but from prison.

 

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Tex Watson, then and now

 

Now, remembering that this article is about Susan Atkins, another thing Susan Atkins never got straight at her many parole hearings was the level of her participation in the Tate and LaBianca murders. It really didn’t matter, because she was there and she participated in the felonies, making her guilty of the felony murders regardless of her level of involvement.

Tex Watson and Leslie Van Houten

She was convicted of the Hinman murder, the Tate and Labianca murders just due to her being “on the scene”. The parole board was supposedly looking for the truth from her, however. Susan said yes she was the one who stabbed Sharon Tate, and no, she only stabbed her a few times and Tex did the rest, and no, she wasn’t sure, and no, she only held Sharon Tate but did not stab her. It was never made clear from Susan exactly what actions Susan actually did. Even so, you can bet that she relished and enjoyed the murders and the excitement factor immensely, and she played a big part in the Hinman murder as well. None of that gore stopped her from being in the car for the LaBianca murders the very next night, either.

 

The Tate murders did not go as planned. It became a bit of a cluster f*ck, as they say. Tex broke a knife and Jay Sebring tried to fight back. He started to defend himself from the stabbings, so Tex shot him.

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Wojciech Frykowski Autopsy

 

Wojciech Frykowski started fighting back against Susan Atkins. He was winning. Tex had to come to her aid. Then both Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski took off and ran for their lives out different doors, with Patricia Krenwinkel chasing after Abigail out the back, and Tex chasing after Wojciech out the front door, leaving Susan Atkins guarding Sharon Tate, who was too big with her pregnancy to run.

Susan Atkins said that when they first entered the home, Frykowski was asleep on the couch. Jay Sebring and Sharon were talking in her bedroom and Sebring was possibly smoking pot. Susan passed by an open bedroom and spotted Abigail Folger reading a book. Susan smiled and waved and Abigail waved back. As Susan and Patricia made their way to the back of the home, Sharon and Jay were chatting in the master bedroom.

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“Just prior to leaving the residence, Atkins wrote “PIG” on the front door in Sharon Tate’s blood.” – Wikipedia

The LaBianca Murders were also planned to be even more than it ended up to be. They were supposed to split into two groups and create at least two separate murder scenes. Charlie Manson at first stopped by a Convent. He got out and contemplated killing some nuns inside. Anyways, he mooned the nuns, got back in the car, and they left. Charlie was the one who went alone into the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, supermarket chain and dress boutique owners who had recently returned from an all day boating trip with their daughter and her boyfriend. Charlie wanted to show them how to do the job cleanly, without scaring the victims and without them being able to run away.

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The LaBianca residence was selected because Charlie knew the area. He had partied with their neighbor and the house was sort of isolated and up on a hill.

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Charlie threatened the LaBiancas, but he was very polite about it. He made them sit on the couch as he tied their hands and feet. He took their purse and wallet. Then Charlie left with other Family members, including Susan Atkins and Linda Kasabian. This left Tex, Van Houten, and Krenwinkel to complete the murders, “leave something witchy” on the walls, and find their own way back to Spahn’s Movie ranch.

Charlie Manson was possibly enjoying himself and this second crew went to the ocean rather than committing another set of murders. They left Leno’s wallet in a gas station men’s room in the “black side of town”, hoping it would throw the police onto the trail of the Black Panthers. The wallet was never recovered.

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Leno and Rosemary LaBianca

 

Susan Atkins, aka Sadie Mae Glutz was also the major reason Manson and his Family were finally caught,

because Susan could not keep her big mouth shut. When the family members were arrested for completely other reasons (runaway minors at Spahn ranch and car thefts), they were held for a few weeks.

Susan Atkins, maybe because she was bored and also because she was trying to protect herself in jail, bragged to another inmate that she was one of the murderers at the Polanski / Tate residence. Susan then told this inmate some very horrific details.

 

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The LaBianca devestation

Susan really stepped in a big, steaming pile of wet monkey poo there, because this fellow cell mate now had some important info she could use to help her get out of her own personal jam. Of course, her fellow inmate told the authorities. Now they had confirmation that the Manson clan was indeed behind the Tate LaBianca murders.

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Leslie’s handiwork on Rosemary LaBianca

 

So,

1) Susan Atkins was the one who blew the lid off the whole thing

2) Patricia Krenwinkel and Tex Watson participated in both murder operations. Krenwinkel had no problem murdering two females (Abigail Folger and Rosemary LaBianca). As for parole, neither was ever going to be released – and never should be.

3) Susan Atkins also participated in both murder operations and the Hinman murder. She was never going to leave prison.

4) The only one I believe should have been shown some mercy and given parole long ago was Leslie Van Houten.

She testified that she did stab Rosemary LaBianca, but only superficially in the back of the thighs and her butt. This bears out in the evidence. Leslie said at first she could not participate and tried not to get involved. She was finally forced to participate by Tex Watson, as Manson demanded everyone have a hand in the killings. Van Houten was also doing this for her love, Bobby Beausoleil, and she felt she owed Manson.

5) Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, another Manson Family member felt guilty for not having participated and not being jailed in the murders. She felt compelled to try and assassinate President Gerald Ford in order to “help” the Family. She did her sentence and is now back out in the world.

Bobby Beasoleil had been cheating on Leslie Van Houten all along with a 17 year-old.

After all, it was the “Summer of Love”.

 

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ALL MANSON FAMILY “KILLS

(I’m pretty sure that is NOT Gary Hinman, but is actually Bobby Beausoleil, Gary’s murderer)

 

Susan Atkins was the longest serving female in the California prison system, due to her young age when she began her sentence. She became a born-again Christian and was a model prisoner, but none of that helped her to gain her freedom.

 

All the Manson people, including Manson, were sentenced to Death, but all the sentences were commuted to life due to California overturning its Death Penalty statute in the early 1970’s. Many people felt they should have been lucky just to have life, never mind being freed from prison.

Family members of the victims made sure to be at the parole hearings to see that none of them were ever released. Sharon Tate’s mother was an extreme advocate for no parole. Rosemary LaBianca’s daughter, however, lobbied hard for Tex Watson to be released, maybe because he was “cute”. – Incredible.

 

Tex had also become a born again Christian, and a pastor in prison who wrote Christian books. He has a wife and kids due to conjugal visits.

 

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The cute girl next door? ….. or ….
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“Squeaky” Fromme

 

Of course Tex Watson, regardless of what he has become, relished and enjoyed the brutal killings and most of the deep, penetrating stabs to the victims, done with a bayonet, were Tex’s handiwork.

 

What more to say about Susan Atkins aka Sexy Sadie aka Sadie Mae Glutz? She contracted brain cancer and was denied a humanitarian release so she could die in peace. She died reciting the 23rd Psalm.

 

Many women imprisoned with Susan Atkins were grateful for her selfless giving, her counsel and her prayers. Susan did a lot of good for many inmates. People in their twenties or younger should not have to pay with the rest of their lives for even really awful mistakes, in my opinion.

 

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Sharon Tate

 

Here was the state of California saying that Charlie was responsible for all these heinous murders because of his incredible control over the hearts and minds of these young kids. At the same time, the state also wants to put the full responsibility onto these very same kids Charlie had such power over. I don’t think they can have it both ways, …. but they do. Krenwinkel, Watson, Beausoleil, Manson, Atkins, and Van Houten were certainly made an example of.

 

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Manson and his murdering family probably would have been caught even if Susan Atkins did keep her mouth shut. She did it, she bragged about out and she paid dearly for her actions. She had that queezy feel and the sickly smell of that wet monkey poo stuck between her toes for nearly the next 4 decades.

 

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10050 Cielo Drive today

 

Like Jodi Arias, Susan Atkins didn’t respect human life and they both made a series of bad and fateful decisions. These bad choices caused them both to lose their freedom, earning them both a life sentence in prison.

 

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NEW ARTICLES – Jodi Arias Wannabees (Feb 6, 2016)

Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey step in a big steaming pile of wet Monkey-Poo.

Past and Present Female Murderers

Fact-based reporting by

Rob Roman

 

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Okay, so there is a little more to say about Jodi Arias, and there are 3 more articles on the way. One is an article about Jodi’s Support. Are there any supporters left and if there are, who are they? There will be one article in particular about one ardent supporter named Kareem “Lefty” Williams and his high-jinx and adventures with ‘the Joadster’. There will be one article about a new theory I have come up with called the 6-6-6 theory of Jodi Arias.

There is not going to be much more to say about Jodi Arias for a while, so here at Spotlight On Law, we are going to move onto other things. What we will be moving on to will be called Jodi Arias Wannabees Past and Present.

The sub-title will be “Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey step into a big steaming pile of wet Monkey Poo”.

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All suspects, accused, and defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

Can you identify any of the above by either first or last name (both is even better)?

No cheating, now (No Googling or looking for articles allowed).

The thing about the fairer sex, the life givers and nurturers, being involved in murders is that it’s much more rare and it’s usually very varied as to motive and circumstance. Instead of patterns of criminal activity and violence, there seems to be more of a pattern of relationships and mental illness or mental breakdown.

Are any of these women just plain evil and born as a demon? We will take a deeper look at the facts, the crimes, and the circumstances to find out.

We will look at some older cases, some famous cases, but mostly recent cases either in court or recently committed murders. What are the known facts, what are the disputed facts, what evidence is there, and who will the witnesses be?

Did the defendant have good representation? How were the Prosecutors? Was it a fair trial? Was it a fair sentence or a just outcome? Any chance they are not guilty as charged?

As a warm up, no cheating now, can you name at least six of these accused / suspects / defendants? Can you name at least 6? For bonus points, can you name at least one victim each? Can you name more than 5 off the top of your head?

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Use the comment Section to give your answers.

What happened to each of these women that possibly made them flip their burgers and kill a human being? Do they regret their activities after they realized that they had stepped in a big pile of fresh poo?

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Yeah, that’s not gonna work out too well for this person, will it?

 

Okay, so we’ll be coming back at you with a new article on Jodi Arias, then one of these Jodi Wannabees of the past, and then we will bring you a present day Jodi Wannabee. We’ll take it from there and see what other cases we can find. Hopefully some lesser known cases as well as the more interesting of the well known cases.

Okay, have a happy! But, don’t make a rash decision then step in some Crappy.

Promise?  🙂

 

The Tables Have Turned (part 5 – Scenario plus 30 Things you must believe)

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The SpotlightOnLaw murder scenario

What really happened (In my view)

In Article #5 of the series, we are looking at a scenario based on fact, of what could have happened between Jodi and Travis especially on June 4th, 2008. After that I list 30 things you must believe in order to believe that Jodi Arias is NOT guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder.

What was really going on in the “relationship”

Jodi Arias did in fact try to intimidate and chase away Travis’ girlfriends and she did monitor his activities and keep tabs on what he was doing in any way she could. Her brief romance / relationship with Travis failed and he returned to or continued to, as always, look down other avenues.

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Jodi Arias did in fact catch Travis having intimate communications with other women at the end of June, 2007. Travis would have called it quits there. The relationship having failed, here comes Jodi Arias trying to go ahead with plans for something that had already failed, a key personality feature of Jodi Arias.

Jodi Arias thought the distance would work for her because it would make Travis long for her and he would have to go on trips with her in order to have sex. Travis spent way too much on these out of state trips and he had to chill down. Now, the trips had come to an end. Jodi Arias moves to Mesa, Arizona after she realizes that Travis might be getting sexual with other women. That was always her trump card, as Travis was trying to be a devout Mormon, but now, she wasn’t so sure.

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Jodi Arias can fix things

Remember, Jodi Arias walked out on Darryl and the mortgage payments and bill payments and left him hanging, but even so, he feels very close to her. It seems that one can be up to their chin in muck that Jodi Arias caused and one phone call or one letter sweeps it all away, and the sun shines, the rainbow comes out, and sparkly unicorns appear.

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More about what was really going on

Definitely Alexander and Arias had arguments and fights, definitely it was a tempestuous relationship, definitely it brought out the worst in Travis, and definitely he was violating all his own voluntarily agreed to morals, tenets and precepts of the LDS / Mormon religion. In addition, Travis had emotional problems, anger issues, intimacy issues, stemming from his childhood, and he did act out very inappropriately on plenty of occasions.

Jodi Arias was perfect for him at the time, even after he found out she wasn’t what he thought she was, because she was not demanding of that kind of intimacy and she put up with and even normalized his inappropriateness and his dark side. Jodi Arias turned out to be a wonderful petri dish for Travis Alexander. He could use her as a sounding board and experiment with her in all sorts of ways.

Travis Alexander felt at some point that he had been cured of his intimacy issues enough to continue pursuing a chaste Mormon girl, and he wanted to fall back on that. Jodi Arias was not going to allow that. She was not going to be Travis’ Personal Brigham Young University of kinky sex and secret intimacy only for Travis to use all these new found skills on another woman.

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The religion angle

In spite Of Jodi Arias having read and remembered passages from the Book of Mormon, it is apparent from the trial that Jodi Arias was not interested in seriously pursuing the LDS Mormon religion or developing friendships within the church in any meaningful way.

Travis went to Palm Springs to baptize Jodi
Travis went to Palm Springs to baptize Jodi

Psychological processes

Between July and December of 2007, in this six month period, there were various back and forths, sexual dalliances, while Alexander was dating another woman (Lisa Andrews – Daidone). Intense Psychological Processes are involved here. This is Travis (heavy build, strong personality, dominant) representing Jodi Arias’ father who had abandoned her emotionally, in Jodis’ mind, for a younger girl – her younger sister, Angela.

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Travis’ former girlfriend, Lisa Andrews Daidone, ended up marrying a friend of Travis’ roommate Zach Billings

The other thing in Jodi’s mind is she always feels both big and important, beautiful, powerful and sophisticated and at the same time she also feels, small and insignificant, ugly, powerless, and crude. This is why she has such a difficult time with her mother, as she sees in her mother what she does not want to see in herself. Not to say that Sandy Arias actually encompasses these negative qualities, but she does in Jodi Arias’ mind. This explains the constant berating of the mother and the correcting of everyone’s grammar, etc. The third thing in Jodi’s mind is she had been betrayed / cheated on twice before and she wasn’t going to let that happen again

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Travis’ former date Marie “Mimi” Hall – Boyce

Following through on a plan that had already failed

So there is this going back and forth of Jodi Arias monitoring Travis’ activities, fearing abandonment, trying to get him to turn back towards her, making her feel bad about herself, feeling like she had sacrificed a lot for this relationship, and at the same time trying to put the pieces back together after it had already failed. This is very different than what’s going on in Travis’ mind. He’s is going along with it and taking what Jodi Arias is dishing out, and he’s happy to get the sex, but he’s not thinking too much of it and he’s  still pursuing his other romantic interests.

The trips reveal the relationship

The Havasupai / Grand Canyon Trip shows perfectly the Arias Alexander relationship: insecurity – dissatisfaction – jealousy – anger – misunderstanding – arguing – yelling – drama – the silent treatment – the trip – forbidden and secret sex – closeness and re-establishing of all those peak emotions.  Look at the photo. This was right after the sex after a morning of arguing and then the silence treatment. This trip is the whole relationship in a nutshell.

Here are Jodi and Travis with Dan Freeman at Havasupai Falls. Note Trav's baseball cap and the bathing suit under Jodi's blouse.
Here are Jodi and Travis are photo-bombed by Dan Freeman at Havasupai Falls. Note Trav’s baseball cap and the bathing suit under Jodi’s blouse.
Josi is now in the bathing suit and wearing Travis' hat.  Earlier that day they had a huge argument and fight, a long, stony silence, and then sex outdoors.
Josi is now in the bathing suit and wearing Travis’ hat. Earlier that day they had a huge argument and fight, a long, stony silence, and then sex outdoors.

Jodi Arias stated she was wearing a “tank top” on the day of the killing. I believe the blouse above may be the tank-top she wore, as this seems to have some important meaning for her and is dark in color.

Alyce LaViolette was right about the above cycle in Travis and Jodi’s relationship, but wrong about the cycle being about physical abuse.

Jodi’s destabilization

Prior to 2006, Jodi Arias had a wonderful relationship with Darryl Brewer, seemingly free of problems. I believe this was due to stability. Darryl brought lots of structure and stability to Jodi Arias’ life. A person with her Personality Disorder needs this in order to thrive. When she started her pursuit of Travis and all the things she thought she was missing out on, she began to destabilize. This continue to get worse and worse, until  it hit the breaking point.

In late 2007, after a big blowup with Travis, Jodi cries on the phone to Matt McCartney, and Matt calls Jodi’s Mom, saying she needs help and she may may be BiPolar. He thought that because she was really freaking out uncontrollably.

January 2008 and Travis’ big plan

By January, Dan Freeman is threading the needle between his two friends, Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias. I suspect Arias kind of wheedles out of Freeman what Travis is up to. (Someone should check to see if there are any phone records between Jodi Arias and Dan’s younger brother Josh. Apparently Jodi was getting inside information from somewhere).

Dan and Jodi continued to be friends and Jodi is friends of the Freeman family, while Travis is going to Dan Freeman and confiding in him about Jodi Arias.

Travis has a sort of recipe for success,like a present day Tony Robbins
Travis has a sort of recipe for success, like a present day Tony Robbins

 

Every year, Travis makes a long list of goals and his strategies for achieving those goals. Among his top goals for 2008? End it totally with Jodi Arias.

Travis tells Daniel Freeman he is intending to get rid of Jodi Arias totally by the end of January. He is evidently unsuccessful. No doubt there were large arguments and lots of drama, but whether Travis started getting physically violent with Jodi Arias, we don’t know. There is no evidence whatever of it, however.

The Lisa Andrews and Mimi Hall tug of war

Travis is not successful in getting rid of Jodi Arias, and there are some big tugs of war involving Travis, Jodi, and Lisa Andrews Daidone all the way through February. Maybe Jodi Arias will expose Travis’ escapades to his other women and the LDS church, maybe they can somehow end it amicably. After February, Lisa Andrews has had it with Travis (mostly because of all the problems with Jodi) and she stops seeing him. Jodi Arias has won. But then, Travis moves on to Marie “Mimi” Hall in April, 2008. Hey, that’s the same time frame that Jodi Arias left Mesa, Arizona. Imagine that?

Jodi Arias has to start all over again. No doubt the Mimi thing, coupled with Jodi Arias running out of funds and employment culminated in her breaking down, and asking her mom for help. Travis is pulling away and he’s becoming stubborn and losing patience with the entire Jodi Arias “thing”. A plan is made for Jodi Arias to move back to Yreka to recoup and regroup. All this in the midst of fighting and yelling with Travis, a continuing of the monitoring of his activities and a invasion of privacy, and Travis even flipping Arias the double bird from his front steps as she threatens to leave.

Arias tries to minimize Mimi Hall, but somehow, I get the feeling she knew everything that was going on. How she got the intel (hacking into e-mails and facebook, or from  an informant in Mesa, or both, no one knows).

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Arias tries to keep fires burning with Alexander from a distance 

Jodi Arias’ Mom gets in contact with Jodi and offers to help her move home. Jodi Arias reluctantly agrees. This is when Sandy Arias comes down to Arizona and they get a U-haul. A lot of her stuff is Stored at Travis’ house, so that gives her a reason to try to continue to be close to Travis. She offers to buy his BMW on credit, and this is where she hooks it up wrong and blows the engine. On the way up to Yreka, she visits Gus Searcy, who gives her the Helio phone with the recording function and she visits her half-sister

Maybe Jodi Arias thought the increased distance would bring them back together, maybe she just wanted to end things amicably, maybe she knew this relationship was just too volatile,  who knows?

There seems to be a sort of dueling banjos as Travis starts blogging, and Jodi Arias tries to harmonize with or outdo him. He blogs, then she blogs. Apparently, a few of their phone calls devolve into phone sex. Jodi Arias is constantly trying to arrange a meeting between the two, but Alexander is trying to avoid this.

“May 2, 08- EX 392-Text about Little Red Riding Hood
May 2, 08- EX 391- Long nasty text about photo shoots and sex
May 3, 08- A few texts where Jodi is hooking up with Ryan Burns
May 10, 08- Phone Sex Tape
May 10, 08- EX 495- Jodi admits to JM that she used the term “fuck you” on this day.
May 10, 08- EX 448-The text message about Steve Carrol
May 10, 08- EX 425, 426, 427-Breast pictures. (These were not shown in court) but they are pre surgery breast pictures before Jodi’s surgery in June 06
May 10, 08- Jodi posted the last entry to her blog. It reads, in part: “I cannot ignore that there is an ever-present yearning and desire that pulses within me. It throbs for gratification and fulfillment.”

May 11, 08-EX 499- The text where Travis tells Jodi she looks beautiful in her photos
May 15, 08- EX 452- The picture of Jodi and her sister with the blondish highlights
May 16, 08- EX 406- Long email that Jodi wrote to Travis
May 18, 2008-Travis makes a blog post titled “Why I want to marry a Gold Digger
May 19, 08- EX 399- The poem Jodi wrote to Travis
May 22, 08- Jodi says on the stand that she changed her passwords to all her accounts.

May 25-26, 08- EX 450- The text where Travis calls her a sociopath.
May 25 to 26 Jodi says she remembers that night very well! She called Travis about the pedophile pamphlets she sent him and Travis got upset. They had phone calls and text messages over the fight.
May 28, 08- Jodi’s grandparents home is robbed. A gun is stolen
May 28, 08- Jodi tells JM that this is the date she found out Travis was taking MiMi to Cancun. (She admitted this on Day 3 of JM’s cross of Jodi)

May 31, 08- EX 506 & 507- Jodi’s bloody finger she cut at work, then took pictures with her cell.
May 2008- Jodi answers the jury questions and says this is when Travis “hit her in her car.”

June 2008

June 08- Travis mentions to a friend that Jodi hacked his facebook account

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Jodi Arias is very unhappy that she helped Travis edit his first chapter for his intended book called Raising You. Instead, Travis gave editing credit online to his friend Katie Barnes (possibly his newest love interest), although Jodi claimed that 3 women helped him (Travis’ spelling and some grammar were atrocious).

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Travis with FHE (Family Home Evening) and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) friend Katie Barnes

 

From the sex tape, you can see it is very evident that Travis is being very gracious yet balking at any mention of the two getting together. This is early May. Then we have the giant fight. Travis is unmovable and he wants Jodi Arias to admit she lied to him or to never speak to him again. She will not admit it, and she is now in a quandary. In spite of trying every manipulative trick she knows, Travis wouldn’t budge. Six hours later, it was the end. Travis had achieved his goal of ending it totally with Arias, albeit in a very messy and hurtful way. Jodi Arias was left broke, humiliated insulted, and made a fool of.  It was beginning to burn in.

A plan of revenge

Sometimes I think, as many others do, that Jodi Arias may have commenced stealth hostilities against Travis starting in April 2008, when she was forced to move back to Yreka, or even sooner, in March 2008, after Travis Alexander confessed he had been seeing Lisa Andrews the entire time Jodi was living in Mesa, or even before that, in July 2007, after Jodi believed Travis had cheated on her.

No doubt that there is a direct relationship to the words spoken on that day, and Alexander’s murder. This was the real motive and the reason he died, I believe.

Two days later the gun is stolen from the grandfather’s home where Jodi is staying,  and ASAP, Jodi Arias finds her way to Mesa. It’s difficult to tell whether they had sex or not. Probably. It seems that Jodi Arias threw it at him in every way she could.

Some people think that Jodi stole a chef’s super-sharp butcher’s knife from her work, and I think that’s probably true. She did not take anything out of Travis’ house that was his if she could avoid it, and I think the same goes for the knife and gun. I do not think she would risk leaving the murder knife in Travis’ dishwasher, etc. She brought them to the house and she took them away with her, in my opinion.

“Diversion to Mesa”

Arriving AT 4 am, Jodi Arias either parks the car in the garage and at some point, or backs it into the driveway. The front license plate is already off, and she removes the rear license plate. Now what I’m thinking is that Jodi Arias took off the front plate in Pasadena, like she said. But she wouldn’t risk turning the rear plate upside-down. The knife is in her purse. Before she arrived, Arias probably removes the gun from it’s place taped up under the hood in the rental car, and dumps in two of the cans of gas. The gun goes in her purse as well. She may have bought ammo for the gun and she may have practiced firing it with Matt McCartney, before they went out to Karaoke. Somehow it is very important to Jodi Arias that both former boyfriends participate in this murder in some way, in my opinion.

They go to sleep soon after Arias shows up, and in the morning, Jodi plays with the camera to put Travis at ease.

Understanding Jodi a little better now, it’s entirely possible that she got to Travis’ and he was already asleep. She fooled around on his computer for a while, looking at what he was looking at, or maybe just looking at stuff she found herself., then she just snuck in his bedroom. She did note that Travis was cleaning the floor and had moved chairs on top of the couch, etc.

The camera comes into play

I did note that the case for the camera was near the beanbag chair in the upstairs loft area. I’m thinking she grabbed it out of Travis’ office before he awoke, and she was messing with it (ie Looking through the pictures, etc.)….

Theory: Arias goes downstairs in the afternoon and takes the camera from off Travis desk where the camera box is.
Theory: Arias goes downstairs in the afternoon and takes the camera from off Travis’ desk where the camera box is.
Theory: Arias takes the camera up to the bean bag chair and searched the pics.
Theory: Arias takes the camera up to the bean bag chair and searches through the pics.
The camera case knocked over by the bean bag chair in the hallway
The camera case knocked over by the bean bag chair in the hallway / loft
Theory: Arias then proceeds to the chair next to the bed where she snaps the nude photo of Travis.
Theory: Arias then proceeds to the chair next to and behind the bed
Theory:Arias snaps the nude photo of Travis
Theory: Where she snaps the nude photo of Travis

 

….. at the beanbag chair in the hallway outside his bedroom. Alexander is surprised but playing along. He joins in the fun, but takes photos that are more revealing of his attitude towards Arias.

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I believe Jodi and Travis hung out and ruminated over the good times, while Jodi continued to try to see when they could get together again. I think Travis either balked at this or led her on. Around 5:00 PM, Travis mentioned he had to get back to work and Jodi should get on with her trip. I think she packed up and may have been having cold feet about killing Travis. I think Travis was getting ready to take a shower when Jodi Arias brought up the idea about taking the photos in the shower. Travis reluctantly agreed to it as doing so was the best way to eventually get rid of her. He figures he’ll just delete the photos after she leaves.

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Alternatively, she may have asked Travis to take the photos and he refused. she may have gone out to get in her car to leave as Travis went into the shower. Then in the garage, she hears the hot water heater kick on and she knows he’s in the shower. She turns around and heads up the stairs into Travis’ bedroom and she grabs the camera.

Arias carries out the plan

I think at that point she made the most fateful decision of her life, She grabbed the camera and went into the bathroom. She just started taking photos of Travis, who was oblivious to her being there.  When he finally noticed she forced or charmed him into sitting down in the shower enclosure, They had a very emotional conversation when Jodi Arias became overwhelmed and shot him aiming at his head from behind him. Travis had no idea what had just happened to him. When he came to, he was dizzy, bleeding and in pain and shock. He crawled out of the shower and this is when Jodi Arias flailed back and hit the button on the camera, taking the ceiling shot.

She stepped back, blocking the exit and she may have put the camera down on the floor by the linen closet. Jodi watched Travis writhing around in pain on the floor. With the exit blocked, Travis may have realized it was Jodi who did this and he may have tried to lock himself in the toilet room. Jodi Arias may have kicked Travis at this point.., leaving the blood spatter on the door frame of the toilet room.

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Travis wasn’t dying, he was continuing to move, he is confused about what was happening to him. He was trying to get up on his feet and perhaps get a towel off the rack. There is blood spatter high on the blinds on the window by the bathroom scales. That could be Travis flinging the blood off of his hand or Jodi striking him with something, or it could be from Jodi cleaning up later. The gun isn’t firing again, Travis is not dying, he’s getting to his feet. Jodi needs another weapon. A real sharp knife form the restaurant may have been in her purse. She goes to her purse or to the kitchen to get a knife, leaving the camera on the floor.

This is when Travis is able to get to his feet and get to the sink. At some point he slipped and fell or collapsed and wound up on his back. Here Jodi Arias re-enters the bathroom with a sharp butcher knife and steps in front of Alexander, stepping on or kicking the camera she set down earlier, taking the foot photo, She lunges down and strikes sending the knife deep into his heart. He blocks the next few strikes with his hands, incurring deep wounds.

Travis suffers more stabs including a deep stab to the abdomen. This is when he flips over and tries to protect himself. Arias shifts over him and strikes at his back over and over. Travis gets up all the strength he can muster and manages to slowly scurry away. As he struggles down the hallway, Joid Arias is stabbing at him all the way. He’s trying desperately to get out of the bathroom.

Jodi Arias follows striking him in the back of the head and neck and his upper back. She is still stabbing at him as Alexander tries to get to his feet shouts that he can’t feel his legs and collapses into the wall right near the carpet. Jodi Arias straddles him as he continues to struggle, getting onto the carpet area. Jodi Arias cannot allow him to get out of the bedroom or mess up the carpet and she cuts his throat.

Covering her trail

Alexander is continuing to bleed out, the blood is blocking her escape. In a typical Jodi Arias move, she grabs him by the arms and spins him around pulling him down the hallway and back into the shower, as was the original plan. Doing this, she kicks the camera and it takes the “baseboard photo”. She uses water and a towel to clean the floor of footprints and excess blood, she deletes the photos. Jodi Arias gathers up the gun and knife and some bloody clothes and she finds some plastic bags. She showers over Travis, to remove her blood from his body, and she puts on clean clothes.

The plastic cup was found on top of the body
The plastic cup was found on top of the body

She goes down to the laundry. Earlier in the afternoon, Jodi and/or Travis brought the bed sheets down and threw them in the washer. That cycle had already finished. She throws the sheets in the dryer and throws the bloody clothes and towels in the wash. She grabs the camera, looks at it for a while, then dumps it in the water of the washer.

Knowing that water killed her old cell phone, she expects the water to kill the camera. besides, her prints are all over the camera in blood.

The killer was very concerned about DNA evidence. Note the camera to the left.
The killer was very concerned about DNA evidence. Note the camera to the left.

Jodi Arias loads up the car quickly in the darkness of the garage or in the driveway. She puts the back plate on hurriedly, but puts it on upside-down. She waits for a while, then she’s off on her way. Jodi Arias scoots almost all the way out of Arizona using the remaining gas in the gas cans, and she finally calls Leslie Udy, Ryan Burns, and Gus Searcy to re-establish her alibi. Leslie tells Jodi she called Travis but only got his voice mail. This is when Jodi Arias gets the idea to call Travis and leave a message. The message is so strangely carefree and even done in a joking manner.

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Playing possum

She feigns surprise and sadness when Travis’ body is found, 5 days after she thought it would be discovered. Jodi Arias goes to the memorial service, goes to the Police with friends and voluntarily submits to fingerprinting and DNA swab tests. Then they all go for a ride past Travis’ house. Jodi posts a memorial to Travis on her MySpace.

A funny thing here is that you can tell that Jodi is out of touch with Travis, because Jodi posts Travis’ comedy video of Eddie Snell’s “Possum balm” (instead of “Tiger Balm”), but she lists it as “Eddie Snell’s Paustenbalm”, proving that she has no first hand knowledge from Travis of this event. She is just going by phonetics.

She contacts Detective Flores and assists him in his investigation, calling him daily. After the DNA, the prints and the recovered photos all point to Jodi Arias, she’s indicted by a Grand Jury and Arias is arrested and interrogated, giving the intruder story, after first giving a flat out denial. Detective Flores and Detective Haney both suggest she contact Travis’ family.

The letter Jodi Arias wrote to the family, as her stories in the interrogation, were all about Jodi Arias, and hardly about Travis Alexander at all.

And this brings us to the present day.

Premeditation

The turning off of the cell phone, removal of the front plate and possible flipping of the rear plate, and the filling of the gas cans all at Pasadena makes this much more than a chance or casual connection. Jodi Arias is clearly trying to create the impression she got on the I-15 highway from Pasadena to Las Vegas on her way to Ryan Burn’s home in West Jordan, Utah.  This is why she keeps the Walmart receipt from Salinas, because it helps with her alibi, even as it hurts her with the purchase of the 3rd gas can.

What next for SpotlightOnLaw?

I think I will move on to other cases, old and new. There are many interesting cases out there and so little really written about them. It’s always good to try to bring a lot of different information about a case all together in one place.

What about Jodi’s Supporters?

I hope Jodi Arias will retain her good supporters and gain some new support. I can support her as far as wanting her to be treated humanely and fairly. I will support her efforts to win an appeal, but I don’t see how she could prevail in a new trial and convince all twelve jurors to give here a better outcome. Outside of this speculative scenario, I have tried to stick with the established and provable facts. I have deliberately avoided educated guesses, half-truths, speculations, and theoretical possibilities.

I challenge any reader to name one fact we mentioned in this set of articles (or anywhere on this blog), that is wrong, mistaken, or mere speculation. I have to go with the facts, and this is what the facts say. Jodi Arias is where she belongs and she’s proven it many times over with her behavior since the start of the trial.

What punishment does Jodi Arias deserve?

In spite of what she did, I don’t wish her spending her natural life in prison. This to me was a heat of passion domestic homicide, augmented by a very destabilized state of mind. I hope she gets out some day after getting the healing and therapy she needs. I think I have fought for her in every way I could. I’m not disappointed that I advocated for her. In spite of what she did, there is only one person, male or female, on Death Row, with a fact pattern anywhere near that of the Jodi Arias case. That person is Isiah Patterson, who really shouldn’t be on Death Row either, in my opinion.

This was a man who chased his wife naked out of their apartment building and stabbed her to death in front of eye witnesses, then coldly walked back into the apartment after calling her a whore. That’s not enough for the death penalty, in my book, and neither is this. This is biblical law Arizona style, and it’s disgraceful. This only brings all Arizonians down to the level of an Isiah Patterson or a Jodi Arias.

Reversal of the conviction possible?

I really do hope she gets the reversal, even though I feel there is no way she can get a better outcome, whether it’s 2nd degree murder, manslaughter or a complete acquittal. But an unfair trial is an unfair trial, and I know one when I see one, and this was one. I’m happy for the Alexander family that there was no death sentence. That would have dragged this on for decades, and Jodi Arias would have become the victim and the spotlight would be on her for years and years and years to come. This all would have continued to only about her.

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SJ and JAII’s support of Jodi Arias

I hope Simon Johansson packs up and gets out of the Jodi Arias biz, as he is a very bad representative of Jodi Arias or anyone, for that matter. The hard core “fans” surrounding him need to come to their senses and realize that this case is exactly what it looks like.

Even Supporters will realize the truth

If I do any more Jodi Arias projects, the one at the top of my list is to debunk the articles of the only ones left who have some form rationality. I won’t bother with the rest.

Little by little and more by more, people will see the truth, no matter what side they’re on. Supporters who stand by Jodi Arias should know that she’s gonna have the same address for decades to come. It’s gonna be a long ride, so settle back, people.

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30 things you MUST believe in order to believe Jodi Arias is

NOT GUILTY of

First Degree Premeditated Murder

So let’s evaluate and review: In order to believe that Jodi Arias is not guilty by reason of self-defense, one has to believe all this

1) Two days After Arias has a fight with Travis Alexander on multiple methods of communication lasting over 6 hours, someone else breaks into Arias’ grandfather’s home, where Jodi Arias is staying, and steals a .25 caliber gun, ignoring other things of much greater value.

 

Police photo of bureau in Arias' Grandfather's house
Police photo of bureau in Arias’ Grandfather’s house

2) The Monday after this huge argument, which is the end of the work week for Arias, she just happens to decide to go on a week long vacation, even though she just started the job and has very little money.

3) She just happens to decide to see a number of people who live south enough in California to bring her into close proximity to Arizona.

4) A friend’s baby (Darryl Brewer’s sister Laura) she wants to photograph in the Los Angeles area, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, a place in the “1,000 places to see before you die”, are some of the lame excuses Jodi Arias gives for continuing South another 319 miles (I was waiting for Laura to call me back, etc.), when Arias could have continued from Monterey / Salinas on to Utah via I-80 near Sacramento.

5) One would have to believe that even though Jodi Arias had no plan other than a vague mention of Death Valley, to go into remote desert areas, and even though her whole trip is on the Interstate highway system, that Jodi Arias makes a point of making sure Darryl Brewer had two gas cans for her before she left for the trip, and 30 minutes after securing those gas cans, she decides she needs a third can, but this is all happenstance. Three is better than two. A young woman is afraid for her safety, so she drives in the southwest in the summer with 3 full gas cans in the trunk of her car, because she might ‘go somewhere in the desert’?

6) Even though she claims she was thinking about a trip to Death Valley, one of the “1,000 places to see before you die”, her phone calls to Darryl reveal she needs those gas cans much more than merely just thinking about it.  Pasadena to Death Valley is 259 miles and Death Valley to Las Vegas is 150 miles for a total of 409 miles (1 gas tank full). There are plenty of places to get gas in between.

7) You have to believe that Jodi Arias, who had been calling Travis Alexander throughout her trip, suddenly decided to go see him on a whim, and left her new love interest she planned to see, hanging. If you believe that, please see the next and final article of the series.

 8) You have to believe that Jodi Arias had to fill those cans in Pasadena instead of anywhere else further South or West by happenstance, and not just because Pasadena was right at the beginning of I-15 to Las Vegas, the route Jodi Arias apparently wanted it to look like she took to West Jordan, Utah.

 9) You have to believe that

– at that key point in Pasadena,

– where Jodi Arias is supposed to be traveling north west on I-15

– where she filled the 3 gas cans and filled her tank, giving her an extra 450 miles of range

– and a total range of 855 miles

just then is when either:

a) Jodi Arias’ battery on her phone ran out of juice and she misplaced her charger and she just didn’t have time to find it.

b) Jodi Arias decided to turn off her phone because she didn’t want Ryan Burns calling her and interrupting her or making her feel bad for not getting to West Jordan quicker.

c) Jodi Arias’ phone ran out of juice and she lost her charger and had to buy a new one.

Jodi Arias gave all three answers. “Take your pick”.

Total range Jodi arias needs to sneak in and out of Arizona (701 miles)

Total range Jodi Arias has with 2 gas cans (705 miles)

Total range Jodi Arias has with 3 gas cans (850 miles)

Estimated Distance, in theory, Jodi Arias traveled since filling up 3 cans in Pasadena (15 gallons x 30 mpg = 450 miles) + (11 gallons x 30 mpg = 330 miles) = (780 miles)

Distance Pasadena, CA to Mesa, AZ to Las Vegas, NV (701 miles)

Distance Las Vegas to Mesquite, NV (82 miles)

Total Pasadena to Mesquite, NV (783 miles)

Coincidence?

Earlier, I had thought that Salinas was right next to Pasadena. I did not see the significance of all this until I checked it out carefully on a map. I didn’t realize that all these things Jodi Arias did that look like preparations All happened in Pasadena. I didn’t realize, until Brad Smith of Justda Truth pointed it out, that ok, maybe it’s possible that Jodi Arias can fit 2 more gallons into her car somehow, than everybody else, but in order to do that, the tank has to be completely and totally empty, which was so unlikely as to be pretty much impossible.

Pasadena is also where Jodi Arias’ license plate gets taken off the front of the rental car and magically gets flipped upside down on the rear of the car.

Jodi Arias is leaving from Pasadena at 9:00 PM (just happens to be just after dark) on a 386 mile,  5 and ¾ mile trip to Mesa, Arizona. This should easily get her there by 3 AM. Add the 1 hour time difference, and you get 4:00 AM, just as Jodi Arias stated.

10) You have to believe that Jodi drove all the way from Salinas, CA to the border of Arizona (530 miles 7 hrs 50 min) with no front license plate and an upside-down rear license plate and no one noticed. She drove all the way to Mesa, Arizona (692 miles, 10 hours 11 min) and no one noticed (someone beeping and pointing, the police, etc.)

11) You have to believe that both a 1 1/2 inch butcher knife and a loaded and cocked gun were within easy reach of the master bathroom, just by happenstance, on the one day that Travis Alexander decided to lunge at Jodi Arias and threaten to “kill her life”.

12) You have to believe that Travis Alexander would bend Jodi Arias over his desk and have sex with her when the bedroom is just upstairs and anyone could have come in the house.

13) You have to believe that Travis Alexander would agree to being photographed nude in his shower by Jodi Arias, when he is generally known to be very private about his showers and was not liking the idea in the past. By the way – anyone seeing these photos of a naked Travis in the shower, a supposedly devote Mormon, is going to wonder who was in the bathroom taking these photos of Travis, right? Why would Travis have wanted that? He wasn’t going to show those photos to nobody.

14) Additionally, do any of these photographs, with the possible exception of one, look professional?

shower 4shower 7shower surprise ltshower 6

15) Additionally who really takes a few photos, then discusses which to delete, takes a few more, then decides which to delete? Don’t people usually take a whole slew of photos and then delete the ones that they don’t want afterwards?

16) You have to believe that Jodi and Travis played sex games with a rope that was so long it needed to be cut, with a butcher knife, though the rope length used, the remaining rope, and any packaging the rope might have been in were never found (Brad Smith of Justda Truth came up with that on, too).

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17) You have to believe that Travis Alexander, after all the restraint he showed in the major conundrums with Jodi Arias, flew into a rage and lunged out of the shower, slippery and naked, wet on a tile floor, trying to assault Jodi Arias.

18) You have to believe that Travis Alexander, naked and wet, would chase Jodi Arias around the bedroom instead of just finishing his shower.

19) You have to believe that Jodi Arias stopped running away from Travis long enough to climb up the shelving in the bedroom closet to get the gun, the same caliber as the one stolen from where she was staying just 7 days before, placed in the only area of the closet that was not thoroughly photographed. You have to believe that Jodi Arias, in a panic and emotionally stressed, climbed up on the shelf disturbing absolutely nothing in the closet whatever, including the bench right in the middle .

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20) You have to believe that Jodi Arias, having never fired a gun before or hardly ever, by accident and under duress, aimed and fired at a moving target and hit Travis in the skull above his right eyebrow – by accident.

21) You have to believe that Travis, once shot in the face with a bullet that crashed through his skull into his jaw and caused profuse bleeding, nevertheless, shrugged it off, and continued his deadly attack.

By The Way, Jodi’s story of shooting Travis  (“Oh crap” *)  by accident and then the two of them falling to the floor in the back of the bathroom together, side by side – does that remind you of anything?

  • Jodi Arias used the words “Oh, crap” to describe shooting Travis – a word that Travis specifically told Lisa Andrews that he hated and did not want her to use.

22) You have to believe that even after being stabbed with a deep wound to the heart, a deeper wound to the abdomen, 14 knife wounds to the back, and 12 other knife wounds, with his back and his neck and his head and his hands and his face all bleeding profusely, and after being down and bleeding in 2 other places in the bathroom, and after trying to get out of the bathroom and away from the other person, that Travis was still continuing to attack Jodi Arias and still posed a deadly threat to her.

Yet, Travis, as a Mormon, didn’t do drugs or even drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages.

23) You have to believe that Travis Alexander, with all those wounds and all that damage to his body and blood loss, still needed to have his throat slit to stop him and came after Jodi Arias in attack mode, covered in blood, with his chin tucked into his chest.

24) You have to believe that Jodi Arias remembers none of this after the gunshot until she is out of the state, – but she does, – but she doesn’t.

25) You have to believe that Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander on autopilot, and in that autopilot mode, remembered to delete photos, attempt to destroy evidence, clean the area of some blood and prints, and remove items from the scene, leaving only a few small drops of blood beyond the main crime scene.

Evidence screener hand print

26) You have to forget Jodi Arias’ description, at the interrogation, of Travis shot and bleeding and letting out a high pitched wail as he is crawling around on his hands and knees (“Travis was just ………. there.”), as well as her reporting of Travis remaining stationary on his hands and his knees.

27) You have to forget about Jodi Arias’ description at the interrogation, where she stated twice that after being shot, Travis was left there alone for quite some time.

28) You have to believe that in spite of claiming PTSD from the trauma of being forced to kill in such a gruesome way, that Jodi Arias went to Travis’ memorial service, took a DNA test, and then took a sightseeing ride back to Travis’ house and scene of the crime and also, she qualified for and purchased a 9 mm handgun.

29) You have to believe that the 9 mm handgun, which was hidden so well and so cleverly in her second rental car that is wasn’t found for over a week, was taped to the hood of the car with duct tape and was the first time Arias had ever concealed a handgun in a car in that way.

30) You would have to believe that in January, Arias helped Travis put away Christmas decorations which she said were stored in the attic, when she came back and caught him masturbating to photos / computer images of young children, when the lead detective said the attic was utterly empty.

>>>>>>>> If you are still skeptical, what would you think if you saw a photo from June 10th 2008 of an empty attic? If I saw that, that photo alone would prove to me this was a 1st degree premeditated murder. <<<<<<<<<<

31) You would have to believe that Arias, a person who complained about her hurt toe from June 4th to Travis’ family, sustained a broken finger from Travis kicking her in the ribs, yet she never mentioned it to anyone or took a photo of it or was able to produce any witness to verify it.

32) You would have to believe that Arias unintentionally and meaning well, wrote the letter she wrote to the Alexander family and made her remarks to the judge at her sentencing.

33) You must believe that the strikingly insensitive comments in both instances were just completely misunderstood by nearly everyone.

34) You would have to believe one or more of George Barwood’s theories:

a) The special, extra large gas can that Jodi’s rental car had but no one else in America had.

b) That Jodi was-making-bandages-for-Travis’-head-after-he-got-shot-when- Travis-suddenly-started-attacking-her-again-theory. Even though people in America do not make bandages and no evidence of home-made bandages was ever found.

c) That Travis-slipped-and-fell-in-the-hallway-and-landed-on-the-carpet-and-“bled-a-bit”, -before-getting-up-and-running-back-down-the-hall-into-the-bathroom-to-attack-Jodi theory.  That,-therefore,-Travis-was-down-on-the-floor-bleeding-for-quite-some-time-now-in-three-(not just two)-different-places,-yet-this-was-still-self-defense theory.

Here, Travis
Here, Travis “slipped and fell while chasing Jodi, bled a little bit on the carpet, then got back up and ran back down the hall into the bathroom to continue his attack”.

d) The “4 gas can theory” (The Jodi-borrowed-2-gas-cans-from-Darryl- Brewer,-then-bought-a-3rd-gas can-immediately-returned-it,-then-bought-one (5 gallon)-or-two (2.5 gallon)-more-can(s)-in-a-fog-after-the-killing-theory).

4 can theory

35) You would have to believe that even though Jodi Arias wrote a letter to the Alexander family in July 2008, detailing how Travis Alexander abused and beat her, leaving bruises, that the reason she told the Ninja story to the authorities which completely absolves her of any responsibility for or any participation in the murder, that Jodi did this for the main purpose of protecting Travis Alexander’s reputation.

36) You would have to believe the prosecutor and the prosecution witnesses and the defense attorney and the jury and the media and the social media and judge were all in on the conspiracy to find Jodi Arias guilty of 1st degree murder and to get her the Death Penalty.

37) You would have to believe that Travis begged Jodi Arias to come to Mesa, Arizona and move to Mesa after they had broken up, even though Alexander was hot on the trail of other women.

38) You would have to believe that Deanna Reid and / or Chris and Sky Hughes are devious people and possibly murderers who wanted kill Travis Alexander and frame Jodi Arias.

39a) You would have to believe that this is the Travis we never saw:

Help! Help! He is choking me.
Help! Help! He is choking me.
Oh, you dropped my camera?
Oh, you dropped my camera?
“Effing Kill you, Bitch!!!!”

39b) Fill in your own:

You would have to believe _______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________.

Would you believe ...... ?
Would you believe …… ?
Would you believe ..... ?
Would you believe ….. ?

By the way – In Estrella Jail, Jodi Arias called her first Boyfriend “86”, and he called her “99” (The secret agent numbers of Maxwell Smart and his partner).

40) Finally, you would have to believe that this guy, this guy who would sexually abuse young children as well as Jodi, the guy who choked Jodi to unconsciousness (Even though she said in the 48 hours interview: “I was never in fear of my life”), …

… the guy who kicked her in the ribs to the point of breaking her finger, body slammed her on solid tile, and continued to attack Jodi Arias and threatening to kill her, is the same person in the following video:

Okay, I promised you 30, but you got 10 bonus ‘things you would have to believe’, not including the one you were supposed to come up with. 🙂

Did you catch all that?

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The Tables Have Turned (part 4 – The Crime Scene)

Fact-Based Reporting by

Rob Roman

Warning!! This article DOES NOT contain explicit and graphic autopsy / crime scene photos.

There are two versions of this and every article, this one is a “post“, the other is a “page“. If you wish to view the more explicit and graphic autopsy / crime scene photos, please go to the alternate version here:

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Most people comment on the “page” also.

 

The crime scene:

This camera is a Sony DSC H9 Camera, similar to what Alexander had. Price in 2008 was almost $2,000
This camera is a Sony DSC H9 Camera, similar to what Alexander had. Price in 2008 was almost $450

 

Now we move on to the crime scene. Is there anything here that can support Jodi Arias’ story? Here, we are dealing with real hard physical evidence, we are not relying on Jodi’s word. There are always unknowns, but is there something strong anywhere in the crime scene which would lead a reasonable juror to conclude that Jodi Arias may have been attacked, and Jodi Arias was forced to kill to defend her very life?

This video by Gray Hughes is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the crime scene (Travis Alexander’s Master Bathroom and Bedroom).

So far, with an examination of the body, we have very little supporting a case for self-defense, and examining the crime scene does not help much, in my opinion.

This is one thing I was pinning my hopes on. Defense attorney Jose Baez, pointed early on to the crime scene evidence. He said since Jodi Arias had lied so much prior to the trial, the defense should not call her to the stand at all. Instead, they should look to the crime scene and the forensics to blow holes in the state’s case. Thanks to mostly Jodi supporters, arguing all their bizarre theories, they have proven to me that this is no longer a possibility either.

Jose Baez, lead defense attorney from Florida v. Casey Anthony
Jose Baez, lead defense attorney from Florida v. Casey Anthony

 

Whether you accept the prosecution version, that the attack started in the shower, or the defense version that Travis was shot by Arias by accident and in self-defense, as he rushed at her, we can surmise the movements of the victim. Movements seem to begin along the tub towards the toilet room, to the back of the bathroom by the scales, over to the sink and then down the hallway to the carpet.

A) There is one cast off blood stain just outside the shower enclosure by Travis’ bathrobe.

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There’s a blood pool by the toilet room door, indicating Travis bled there on the floor for quite some time before getting to the sink. Something happens to cause blood spatter very low at the door frame of the toilet room. The blood spatter is such high-impact that it even hits the base of the toilet.

The blood pool by the toilet room door and high impact blood spatter on the door jamb

 

crime scene toilet door frame 2 lt

crime scene toilet lt 2

There is cast-off blood very high on the blinds of the bathroom window by the scales. This could have happened at the time that Travis seemed to be crawling away, or after the killing, because Jodi Arias came back to the back of the bathroom to clean up. There were 2 empty toilet paper rolls in Alexander’s trash bin in the corner. That’s unusual for a single person who has his home cleaned regularly.

There’s a towel rack on the outside wall of the toilet room and there’s more blood around that area.

The towel rack by the scales is missing a towel
The towel rack by the scales is missing a towel

 

Possibly Travis was on his feet at this point, but he doesn’t have to be. He may have gotten the towel off of the towel rack and he was heading to the sink. He may have still been on his knees and only tried to get on his feet at the sink.

crime sceen scales

There’s some blood drops over by the scales at the back of the bathroom. We do know at least one of these scales was knocked out of place, because the clear scale had blood drops directly under it. The next place Travis goes seems to be the sink.

 

Now, here’s a good question: How many people just happen to have a gun and a 1 1/2 “ butcher knife” just lying around in close proximity to the bathroom? Not many of us, that’s how many of us. Most likely, the reason why Travis Alexander can go to the sink and stand there with his back to his attacker was because Jodi wasn’t in the room. In theory, she had left him in the bathroom to go get the knife because the gun had failed to kill him.

As Gray Hughes noted, All the blood spatter in the bathroom up to the sink is consistent with a gunshot wound. All the blood evidenceto the right of the sink is more consistent with stabbing injuries.

A knife first attack is usually going to start and keep on going until it ends, there will be no “time-outs”. No chance to take a break and go to the mirror.  So a knife-first fight with either as aggressor has some problems. When was anyone going to get the chance to go to the sink and mirror?

 

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It seems that after going to the sink, Travis is again on the floor bleeding next to the linen closet. There’s quite a bit of blood there in two large pools. The prosecution theorized that this might be where Travis was dragged to be shot in the head, before being put back in the shower enclosure. If he he was shot first, that would preclude this idea. Then there would need to be another explanation.

 

This is a grizzly scene in the hallway on the way to the carpet. I just see this as a wild stabbing injuries as Travis tries to make it out of the bathroom.

 

Most people agree that Travis collapsed here leaving the large blood smear. Travis ends up with his throat slit at the carpet. This is carpet and padding and there’s a tremendous amount of blood loss at the carpet. You do see a lot of foot activity next to the large puddle of blood. Beyond this point there is virtually no blood besides a small smear at the washing machine, etc.

 

I think this is where most people think Travis ended up and would have remained, if he hadn’t been dragged back into the shower. It appears to me that Travis was almost immediately moved back into the bathroom. This blood trail on the right looks to me like blood dripping from a body as it is moved.

crime scene carpet to floor

 

I think this is showing blood trails and drips from the body as he is being dragged  back to the shower. Notice how the trail stops right before the angled wall leading to the shower enclosure. I think that was a really good theory the prosecution witness came up with, that Arias must have taken a wet towel and ran it straight up the middle of the hallway, or wet the floor and used the towel as a squeegee to remove prints, and to give her a clear path out of the bathroom. People also theorized that excess water got under the carpet, making that messy area you see on the right.

Now, as far as the idea that the body was brought back by the linen closet to be shot, there are two more reasons, besides believing the gunshot was first, why I don’t believe this. First, the body was bleeding out and was an obstacle for Jodi Arias. I think she wanted to get the body back in the shower right away so there wouldn’t be more blood than there already was. I don’t think she would have stopped at the linen closet to shoot him, and in the process cover the floor with more blood.

You can tell the 2 accidental photos were taken upside-down, as testified to, and on a slight angle.
You can tell the 2 accidental photos were taken upside-down, as testified to, and on a slight angle.

 

 

Besides the 15+ reasons I have for believing the gun was first, there are two more reasons why I believe the body was brought immediately to the shower stall. People theorize that Jodi cut her finger and bled on Travis, so she needed to wash the DNA off him in the shower, and that may be so. I think all the blood and Travis’ body were creating an obstruction preventing Arias from leaving the scene without leaving more evidence (footprints, fingerprints, transfers, etc.). So I think she needed to get the body out of the way and let the blood drain into the shower enclosure, instead of pooling up on the floor.

Here’s yet another answer to Heather’s question, why didn’t Jodi Arias shoot Travis Alexander the minute she first saw him? Well, after they had sex, she had to wait for him to take a shower, to wash off her DNA. The idea about Travis needing to be washed off because Arias bled on him makes sense. She would have to be real careful to keep her blood off of everything, including him.

The other thing I see is possibly, Jodi Arias, as is her style, completing a plan after the plan had already failed – i.e. her intention was to kill him in the shower, and she was bringing him back to where he was supposed to be.

Here’s the second reason: I think she dragged him down the right side of the hallway to avoid other blood, then she cut the corner too sharp, leaving these blood transfer stains.

 

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crime scene closet door trim 2

If Arias had stopped at the linen closet to shoot Travis, I don’t think she would have slid him against the baseboard on the way to the shower. This seems to be the path Jodi Arias took.

Still from the Gray Hughes video
Still from the Gray Hughes video

 

Now remember the foot photo? Some believe it was taken close to the carpet. Others believe it was taken more near the area of the linen closet. Most people agree that the “foot photo” was taken with Travis’ feet pointing towards the back windows of the bathroom and Jodi’s foot nearest the hallway. The light is coming from the direction of Travis’ feet and that is attributed to the light from the bathroom windows.

The famous "foot photo"
The famous “foot photo”

 

But, in photo #162, the “foot photo”, you see that Travis is down on the floor, either before or after he goes to the sink. It makes sense that his head was on the floor near the linen closet when the foot photo was taken. So, for me, that accounts for the second blood pool. As for people who believe the “foot photo” was taken closer to the carpet, even if it’s true, that’s yet another place where Travis was immobile. The only time Travis was down by the carpet was the final time, in most people’s opinion.

So we have good evidence that Travis was down and on the floor at least 3 times and in three different places in the bathroom / bedroom in this 3 minutes maximum of a “struggle” on June 4th, 2008. The two inadvertent camera shots are both taken when Travis was on the floor. No, that doesn’t play well towards self-defense, either.

So almost everyone agrees that Travis’ final resting place was at the end of the bathroom hallway where he fell over and his throat was slit. I believe everyone agrees that Travis first crawled towards the back of the bathroom towards the toilet room and the scales.

I think most people agree that Jodi Arias was talking about something that actually happened in her “ninja story”: Travis was on all fours, or on both knees and one hand, while holding his head with his free hand and moaning or screaming. There’s a blood pool there, indicating Travis was motionless by the toilet room door for some time.

Travis may have tried to get into the toilet room, and Jodi might have tried to stop him, causing the low to the floor, high-impact blood spatter on the toilet door frame. People who believe in self-defense need to account for that blood spatter.

Now a major question: Why would Travis take a left out of the shower and go further into the bathroom if he were under attack?

 

 

Still from Gray Hughes Video
Still from Gray Hughes Video

Was this because Jodi Arias was near the linen closet blocking the exit? That’s where it seems she put the camera down, as you will see.

One way to do it is this: Who says Travis took a left out of the shower? He could have gone straight to the sink and from there down the hallway. All of the other blood to the left of the sink could still be Travis’ blood, but it could all have been put there by Jodi Arias. She could have dripped blood from clothes and her own body. She could have put clothes and a towel on the floor creating the blood pool and she could have dropped or thrown something to the floor, creating the spatter. Could that create that much blood? I don’t believe this, but I guess it’s possible.

crime scene toilet door frame

Most of us agree that Travis then went from the scales to the sink, and then down the hallway. It seems like prior to going down the hallway, he was on his back when the foot photo was taken.

I believe that the foot photo was taken after Travis was at the sink. If we are theorizing that Travis was able to go to the sink because Jodi left the room, then the “foot photo” must have been taken when she came back. Travis was on his back, blood running over his right shoulder. I think the closet door was closed at the time.

Just a theory of Travis' location at the time of the "foot photo"
Just a theory of Travis’ location at the time of the “foot photo”

 

Everything also has to fit inside the time line. I think Travis went to the sink, then collapsed or fell, maybe this is when he said “I can’t feel my legs”, which was part of Jodi’s Ninja story, that I think is true. At some point, he crawled or staggered down the hallway where he collapsed. His throat is slit and he is then dragged back into the shower, where he was found 5 days later.

Check out this Gray Hughes video showing the crime scene pics:

 

Following the time line and the sequence of events, we have the four final photos:

5:30:30 “Sitting” pic #160
This is the last pic of Travis alive and well. He’s sitting in the shower

5:31:14 “Ceiling pic” #161
(44 seconds later) The “ceiling photo” where something causes Jodi Arias to point the camera upwards and snap the shutter release.

5:32:16 “Foot” pic #162
(1 min 2 sec later) (1 min 46 sec after “sitting” pic)

5:33:32 “baseboard” pic #163
(1 min 16 sec later) (3 min 3 sec after “sitting” pic) (2 minutes and 18 seconds after the ceiling pic)

State Supporters have more time in their sequence, the entire 3 minutes and 3 seconds. After the sitting photo is snapped, Travis could have been shot right away. Jodi Supporters have to start where Jodi says things started, when she dropped the camera at the ceiling photo. The time line from then until the final “baseboard photo” is 2 minutes and 18 seconds.

As Juan Martinez demonstrated in the court room,  2 minutes is a very long time when it’s life and death. But, Jodi Supporters have a lot more events to fit into a much smaller time line than State Supporters have.

Jodi Supporters have to include the part where Travis leaps out of the shower in a fury, lunges at and body-slams Jodi, she rolls away and runs down the hallway, Travis chases her into the closet, she grabs the gun, runs back into the bathroom and turns around, firing at an attacking Travis.

Jodi Arias demonstrating how Travis Alexander attacked her in a "linebacker" pose
Jodi Arias demonstrating how Travis Alexander attacked her in a “linebacker” pose

 

They both collapse right next to each other at the back of the bathroom. Then, with, whatever time is left, everything else has to be accounted for. Whatever aid Arias may have rendered to Travis, if any, and the rest of the knife attack all has to fit in that 2 minutes and 18 seconds with only 62 seconds until the foot photo.

1 minute and 46 seconds after Travis is sitting down in the shower, the foot photo is taken. That’s 1 minute and 2 seconds after the ceiling pic where most people think something happened and this is where the attack started. So whatever happened between the start of the attack and the foot photo, it had about 1 minute (62 seconds) to happen. Most people agree that by the time of the “baseboard pic”, Travis is already being dragged back to the shower enclosure.

Travis Alexander sitting in the shower
Travis Alexander sitting in the shower

 

Jodi Supporters believe Travis lunged out of the shower (ceiling pic) and attacked and chased Jodi, she came back into the bathroom through the closet with a gun as Travis was chasing her. She turned around and shot him, then they both went down by the bathroom scales. They believe that during this time, Travis left the first blood pool.

The "ceiling photo" You can see the very top of the entrance into the clost
The “ceiling photo” You can see the very top of the shower door and the entrance into the closet

You can theorize, as Judge Sherry Stephens did, that possibly there were more than 2 weapons used. Arias could have struck Alexander with a blunt instrument, or one knife could have broken, and she needed to get another. You can also theorize that Travis was shot last after he was dead or nearly dead. I don’t think that’s likely. It’s much more likely to me that Travis was shot and he didn’t really understand what was happening to him at first, and so he crawled around and then went to the mirror once Jodi Arias exited the bathroom.

Some Jodi Supporters want to believe that once Jodi shot Travis, that the fight continued to the end. There’s a problem with that scenario. How was Travis stationary long enough to leave the first two blood pools if this was self-defense?

Other Jodi Supporters would say that the “foot photo” is Jodi going to Travis’ aid, so that explains the first blood pool and the second blood pool by the linen closet door. The first blood pool is from Travis shortly after he’s shot and he is down by the toilet room door. The second blood pool happens by the sink and the linen closet as Jodi is assisting him. There’s no time to call 911. This is when the “foot photo” is taken, in my opinion.

The famous "foot photo"
The famous “foot photo”

The blood over the shoulder could all be from the gunshot to the head, or Alexander could have suffered stab wounds at the time this photo was snapped.

State Supporters believe that Jodi Arias shot or stabbed Travis Alexander in the shower, possibly causing the ceiling photo, shortly after the beginning of the stabbing or shooting. Alternatively, Travis could have crawled out of the shower as Jodi possibly stepped or jumped back suddenly, which could also have resulted in the taking of the ceiling photo. Travis crawled to the back of the bathroom and you have the first blood pool.

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Yet another theory is that all, or nearly all, of the 28 knife wounds could have been done in the shower, the back and the head wounds could have been done as Alexander moved and bent his head in efforts to protect himself.

The baseboard photo drives me crazy. What exactly are we looking at??? Is this Travis’ back and shoulders or is this some kind of reflection?

 

I think what happened is this: Jodi put the camera down by the linen closet more or less against the wall. The camera was upside-down as described in the trial. Arias either dropped the camera, kicked it, or stepped on it, to snap the photo. The camera may have been oriented like this:

crime scene camera 1

 

Some how the camera got kicked or moved, and it spun 130 degrees or so to give this angle:

crime scene camera 2

 

This takes the next shot, which is the “baseboard photo. The object appears to be closer to the camera and further away from the opposite wall. This coincides with the blood evidence indicating Arias dragged Alexander up the left side of the hallway, then cut over to the right to deposit him in the shower stall.

 

 

The final pic #163 - The "baseboard photo"
The final pic #163 – The “baseboard photo”

 

At trial, Jodi Arias did confirm that this was Travis being dragged back to the shower.Many theories have been put forward as to what we are seeing, and how this photo could be snapped as we are seeing Travis seemingly do a sit-up. His head does not appear to be tilted back, as would be expected.

 

one websleuth's interpretation of what photo #163 could be
one websleuth’s interpretation of what photo #163 could be

 

If this websleuth is correct, there must have been three people present, because who is left to step on or kick the upside-down camera to snap this photo?

Here Travis is about 12 feet tall, though …………. LOL. It’s the best theory I have seen. She could have stopped dragging him and picked him up, as pictured, to adjust him to one side or the other. Well, it only creates more questions. 🙂

This diagram depicts the Defense / Jodi Arias’ version of events. Jodi got the gun from the top shelf in the closet and she runs to the center of the bathroom, turns around and fires at Travis as he emerges from the bathroom. They both collapse together near the scales. This version fails to account for the blood spatter and the blood pool near the toilet room door. Somehow Travis needs to get near the toilet room and leave the blood pool and blood spatter, before he continues on to the sink. It’s a little illogical under the gun first theory, to be in pain and to have an emergency and then to criss cross back and forth in the bathroom.

crime scene bathroom lt jodi version

 

The next diagram shows A) The Prosecution version of Travis’ movements in the bathroom, and B) the Defense’s version of Travis’ movements. The red “X’s” are about where Travis was shot in each version. Here, in the defense version, Travis needs to get over by the toilet room somehow, and then C) the rest of the scenario is the same for both. Travis gets to his feet and goes to the sink. He falls or collapses to the floor by the linen closet, Jodi returns to the room or goes to assist Travis, kicks or steps on the camera,  and the “foot photo” is taken. Then the struggle continues down to the end of the hallway.

crime scene bathroom lt jodi version 3

 

 

 

Travis went to the mirror as Jodi left the room to get a knife. When she returns, Travis is on his back. Maybe this is when the “foot photo” is snapped.

 

crime scene overview 4 lt trail new

 

I suppose the two different accounts converge at the sink, as Jodi Supporters believe that Travis and Jodi then become involved in a deadly life or death struggle all the way down the bathroom hallway until Jodi is forced to cut Travis’ throat open as he was still coming at her. I suppose here Jodi is walking backwards trying to get away from Travis and fend him off with the knife?

Many State Supporters believe that Jodi came back with a knife and started stabbing him. At some point, Travis turned around and started heading down the hallway with Jodi Arias stabbing at him from behind. He collapses at the end of the hallway and she cuts his throat to make sure he’s dead.

crime scene overview 2 lt trail

 

So, as far as self-defense, you could go with the constant attack theory, where Travis never stops attacking once he lunges out of the shower and pounces. There are problems with that as there are two blood pools on the bathroom floor, showing that Travis was stationary for a significant amount of time bleeding. You will also have a tough time explaining how Travis, constantly attacking, stops to get up to the sink and the mirror.

The second alternative is the attack – rescue – attack scenario, where Jodi Arias shoots Travis, then comes to his aid, to account for the 2 blood pools and for Travis being able to get to the sink and mirror. They again become locked in a deadly struggle with Travis coming at Jodi relentlessly as Jodi backs up, I guess, with the butcher knife and she’s forced to keep stabbing him. I suppose at this point, since more than half the knife wounds are to the back, that they are both going backwards towards the bedroom? There are a few problems with this scenario, also, in order for it to work.

Show me exactly how this could work?

Nine of the fifteen back stabs are a pattern or cluster of nine stabs to the upper right back. It is theorized that these wounds had to be made when Travis was stationary. Some Jodi supporters believe Travis and Jodi were face to face either standing or with Travis lying on top of Jodi when Jodi reaches around Travis’ right shoulder to stab him in the back in self-defense nine times. The angle of the stab wounds would still be the same from that direction.

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crime scene knife 2

The stabs to the front of Travis’ body are deliberate and deep as Travis tries to fend Jodi off with his hands. The stabs to the back of Travis’ body, other than the ‘cluster of nine’ seem to be wild and chaotic stabs. This makes me believe that the front stabs came first, the five back stabs were more desperate and in motion.

The cluster of nine remains a mystery. I think either they happened by the linen closet and were an effort to get Travis to turn over on his back after he turned his back to her in self-defense, or they happened at the bedroom end off the hallway, as Travis was lying there, in an effort to determine if he was dead or not. This is just my opinion.

Jodi supporters who want to claim self-defense, first must choose between the constant attack model, or the attack – rescue – attack model. Then, even with the second model, a reasonable version has to fit the time frame (62 seconds until the “foot photo”). It must also fit the crime scene and autopsy evidence in order to be a believable scenario.

Also, why didn’t Jodi call 911 if she shot Travis accidentally? Was it because she had 3 cans of gas in her trunk or was it because she would need to produce the gun? Was it because Travis would tell his story? Maybe it was because her phone was dead?

It soon becomes pretty clear that the murder theory is much easier to explain than the self-defense theory. But even these rather tricky explanations are not so bad, except for the fact of all the other tricky explanations that have to be made to account for all the other improbable things that had to happen even before Jodi Arias gets to Mesa. :-p

So, if Jodi Supporters were going to place their bets on the autopsy and the crime scene forensics, this doesn’t seem to play out too well for them, either. The autopsy shows very forceful stabbings with deep penetration all in a more or less horizontal position to the front of the body, and the cluster of nine stabs (by a left handed person), most at the same angle, and then 5 chaotic knife wounds. Not the best information to derive a self-defense out of.

Then, remember, they also have to make the overall time frame fit. Because there are only 2 minutes and 18 seconds (the time from the ceiling pic to the foot pic) for Travis to throw Jodi to the floor, for Jodi to roll away and run down the hall, for Travis to chase her, for Jodi to get the gun and shoot Travis, for Travis to yell “F*cking kill you, b*tch”, and everything else up until the foot photo.

The crime scene shows that the deceased was stationary and on his back in one photo, was not moving on his own in another photo, and he had to be stationary for a while in at least two different times and places in the bathroom. Further, the deceased was stationary for the cluster of nine stab wounds. The deceased did have the space to get up and go to the sink / mirror. Finally it appears as if Travis was trying to get out of the bathroom when he fell and hit the floor. You could come up with a scenario where Travis is attacking Jodi up until the point where Jodi gains the upper hand and then she just keeps going under the effects of adrenaline until he’s dead, but that’s a tricky scenario.

The time frame for the defense is very tight. The deceased, by necessity and in order to fit the evidence, must criss cross around the bathroom in the defenses’ scenario. It seems as if Jodi Arias had many opportunities to get away from Travis if he was attacking her. Remember, he was naked, so he wasn’t going to go out of the bedroom, or out of the house, at the least. Then, you have to explain why it seems that Travis, rather then Jodi, is the one trying to escape from the bathroom?

 

crime scene hallway rainbow 2

The “rainbow” blood smear at the bedroom end of the hallway

– Travis received the nine stab wounds to the back most likely when he was stationary.
– Travis was stationary in at least two different places at two different times.
– Travis was most likely trying to exit the bathroom
– There are 5 chaotic wounds to Travis’ back
– There are some forceful wounds to Travis’ front as he tries to defend himself
– Travis was on his back and seemingly defenseless when Jodi Arias was standing in front of him with her back towards an exit. Could she have exited the bathroom at that time?

With Jodi Arias’ / Defense version, how does Jodi Arias account for the blood spatter on the toilet room door jamb? That spatter goes all the way back to the base of the toilet. Was Travis Alexander being Assisted by Jodi Arias after she shot him accidentally and he was bleeding profusely, or was he still attacking her? If he was still attacking her, then why is he staying in one place? If she was assisting him, then why didn’t she call 911? It’s a real conundrum.

Now is the time for those who feel this was less than 1st degree premeditated murder to chime in. How will Jodi’s defense answer for these things in a new trial.? Well, Travis was a pedophile? Do you think that argument will carry the day?

All of this information makes a self-defense theory highly problematic unless we are getting into the realm of the Matrix or something of that nature. My recommendation would be to not go with the self-defense theory in a new trial, it’s just not viable. A heat of passion homicide would probably be the best defense, in my opinion, but then you would still have to beat all that circumstantial evidence of premeditation to the satisfaction of all twelve jury members.

That’s a tough row to hoe, as demonstrated by parts one and two of this series.

 

 

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The Tables Have Turned (part 3 – Autopsy)

Fact-Based Reporting by

Rob Roman

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Travis' home on 11428 E. Queensborough Avenue, Mesa, AZ. The yellow arrow is pointing to the master bathroom windows.
Travis’ home on 11428 E. Queensborough Avenue, Mesa, AZ. The yellow arrow is pointing to the master bathroom windows.

In part three of the Table Has Turned Series, we are now going to review Jodi Arias’ attitude and actions as portrayed by the prosecution and the defense, to see which one fits best, according to Jodi’s actions throughout the trial. Then we are going to look at the autopsy (WARNING: Graphic Photos) and the crime scene to see what they can tell us about self-defense vs. murder.

Let’s take what we have learned about the 7 most salient pieces of circumstantial evidence, and add these indisputable facts that we were talking about earlier in (part 1):

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Facts about Jodi Arias

1. Accusations of stalking
2. A seemingly nomadic lifestyle
3. A poor work record / not doing much in PPL
4. Though Baptized into the LDS, little to no involvement in the LDS
5. No solid friends in Arizona save Travis Alexander, Daniel Freeman, her roommate, and a couple of females from her singles ward.
6. Arias had abandoned her responsibilities (Mortgage and Bills) in California with Darryl Brewer.
7. A habit of violating Alexander’s personal space and monitoring his activities.
8. Proof positive that Arias had stolen a diamond engagement ring from Alexander
9. No solid plan for the future
10. A habit of following through on plans even after the plan had already failed
11. Questionable move to Mesa, Arizona in the first place (after she “broke up” with Alexander).

All of this screams obsession with Travis and a single-minded plan to capture him. Notice how I said “accusations of stalking”? This is because I don’t see that any stalking at all was proven in court. I do believe she was following him around, though. That’s not stalking. The stalked person needs to know they are being followed and create a fear in the stalked person for it to be stalking. Travis telling someone he is fearful is not enough for me, because he didn’t take any of the actions a person who was truly fearful, would take, in my opinion. For example, did he call the police? No, he called his sister in California who is a police officer.

Travis and Samantha Alexander
Travis and Samantha Alexander

Now, let’s add Arias’ actions directly after the crime:

* She gives few details about the day of the crime, and is ambivalent about what happened the day before the crime. This is because she wants to give no details that can pin her down, in my opinion.

* When some part of her story is troublesome, then you get Technicolor detail and everything down to the split second.

* She altered the crime scene (Removed the weapons, deleted photos, attempted to clean the floor, straightened out the scales, dragged Travis back to the shower, threw bloody clothes and items in the washer, etc.).

* Jodi Arias immediately tried to cover up her involvement in the crime (text messages and voice messages to Travis).

* Jodi Arias went to Travis Alexander’s memorial service knowing she was involved in his death (there were over 1,000 people at Travis’ memorial service).

* She sent an exceptionally insensitive letter to the family complaining that she hurt her toe and lamenting that Travis’ family would get souvenirs from Travis’ home that she helped pay for. She lied to the family about what happened.

Jodi Arias Letter to Alexander Family (7 28 2008)

* She called Detective Flores and offered to help with the investigation while also trying to throw him off the trail, suggesting possible suspects, and monitoring his progress (what other interactions does this remind you  of?).

* She lied in the interrogation, and when shown proof she was at the scene and some evidence, she used that evidence to fabricate a second set of lies. (The “Calvin Klein photo” – Would Jodi Arias have said this if she never saw that photo? The ninja woman standing over Travis. – Would she have said that if she didn’t see that “foot photo”? (Would Jodi Arias have said there was a woman involved?)

Jodi Arias is a very well-practiced liar. Just look at her two pre-trial interviews. I’m still sold even after I know for sure she’s lying. This is why some Jodi Supporters feel she didn’t kill Travis at all.

Now, let’s add Arias’ character from inside and outside the courtroom into the mix:

1. Jodi Arias did write a manifesto in jail and she went on several interviews before the trial against the advice of her attorney(s)
2. Jodi Arias did manipulate her fellow inmates to have sympathy for her and advocate for her innocence and freedom
3. Even though Arias was facing the death penalty, she still managed to have serious conflicts with the lead attorney on her case, a person she was once very closely allied with, to the point that they no longer communicated with each other. That’s really not too bright.
4. Jodi Arias also had conflicts with at least 10 to 20 of her supporters, including personal friends who wanted nothing from Arias but to help her, because Arias thought she knew better than they did.
5. Jodi Arias has sided with Simon Johansson of JodiAriasIsInnocent .com and has condoned and approved of his actions in attempted jury tampering and intimidation, a violation of our US Constitution, our American values, and our Justice System.

She has condoned and approved of slandering and attacking the victim’s family members (People who have lost both parents and grandparents as well as their brother), posting a photo of Travis Alexander in a body bag, with a message that Justice was “served” and Justice was “in the bag”.

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She has condoned and approved of SJ calling the Alexanders the “Adam’s family” and calling Travis Alexander’s eldest sister, Tanisha Sorenson, “Morticia” and “Skeletor”. To this day, Jodi Arias has failed to repudiate anything SJ has said or done, giving more credence to the idea that SJ’s words and actions are synonymous with Jodi Arias’ words and actions.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?
With friends like these, who needs enemies?

6. On the day of the original trial guilty verdict, Jodi Arias got in a heated argument and screaming match with her attorneys over whether or not she should do an interview with Troy Hayden. What were the attorneys trying to do? They were looking out for Jodi Arias’ best interests. Juan Martinez chose not to use material from the interview, and Arias was lucky he didn’t.

(NOW, what is “Team Jodi” saying about Troy Hayden?

Is there any doubt whatsoever that Jodi Arias would have met her appellate fundraising goal were it not for this bunch of bananas?
Is there any doubt whatsoever that Jodi Arias would have met her appellate fundraising goal were it not for this imbecile and his bunch of bananas?

7. Jodi Arias, during her allocution, told the jury that she was a survivor of domestic violence in spite of their guilty verdict and spoke mostly about herself.

8. Jodi Arias showed no regard for the feelings of others, especially people who cared about her and tried to help her, on several occasions. (Detective Flores, Her attorney Kirk Nurmi, her parents, Donavan, George Barwood, Jason Weber, Elizabeth Schilling, A person named “Coco Elsie”, A person named Edd Stackowitz, numerous supporters who wrote to her and were left feeling she had treated them badly (I have this first hand from far too many supporters), and even Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who treated Jodi Arias well, as much as I hate to admit it.

Donavan was in court every single day, she did interviews, she answered E-mails, she advocated for and supported Jodi Arias. How did Arias treat her? Not too well. And amazingly, like quite a few supporters who were treated badly by Arias, Donavan is still out their pulling for her.

What happened with Donavan? She was smart enough to listen to a lot of Jodi’s supporters who felt her tweeting in between trials might endanger her chances. Donavan stopped doing the proxy tweeting for Jodi Arias. Jodi found someone else to register her tweets, and she took it out on Donavan, refusing to speak to her. Sound familiar?

Jodi Arias Supporter Donavan Bering
Jodi Arias Supporter Donavan Bering

These are just the ones we know of, as Jodi Arias was on trial for her life, people who were supporting her would want to keep quiet about problems like this. Of course, it’s remarkable that in the midst of a death penalty trial, Jodi Arias becomes intensely involved in everything that is going on in her supporter groups and in the social media at large. This is the fault of her super-supporters or “fans”, who got her all involved in the crazy internet goings on when they should have been taking Jodi’s mind off of all these things.

The sheer idiocy of these people has no limits.

The end result was it ended up dividing the supporters as Jodi chastised and humiliated some popular supporters, who had a big following, in favor of other supporters.  (See the Jodiland Wars). This in turn alienated a lot of supporters, including myself, because Jodi Arias attacked the unselfish and kind people who we knew were doing the most for her. 

And in the midst of all of this, Jodi Arias called for unity.

Jodi Arias was undeniably acting the way the Prosecution portrayed her, not the way the defense portrayed her, in my opinion. The same defense attorney who portrayed her that way is also the one who said that 9 days out of 10, he doesn’t like Jodi Arias and did not communicate with her at all for months and months.

After being accused by the prosecution of deceptively taping Travis without his knowledge and using the  phone sex recording for her own gain, and denying this, Jodi Arias went on to duplicate this exact same behavior by deceptively recording a supporter named Elizabeth Schilling, over the phone via a “third party” and then using the recording to try and discredit her. What Jodi Arias did to Elizabeth Schilling, a recent college graduate and well meaning and ardent supporter, was despicable.

9. Jodi Arias broke the rules of video visitation procedures and encouraged others, including minors, to follow suit.

Who was backing up Jodi Arias in ALL of this destructive behavior? Simon Johansson (“SJ”), His website JodiAriasIsInnocent  dot com, and his core handful of  baboons.

10. Jodi Arias treated her mother badly during the course of the trial.

11. Jodi arias lied under oath in her trial.

12. Consider that IF she in fact premeditated the murder of Travis Alexander, that means that during the trial, she told a veritable circus tent full of lies.

13. Jodi Arias has engaged in an almost adolescent “love affair” with a Supporter named Ben Ernst and has gone off the deep end with him, duplicating her capacity to get involved with obsessive relationships characterized by a childish over dependence on the other person.

Benjamin Ernst Arias' current boyfriend - The importance of being Ernst
Benjamin Ernst Arias’ current boyfriend – The importance of being Ernst –

Jodi Arias was 34 years old at the time of the writing of this letter:

Must run xxoo <3 JUDITH A.ITH ARIASITH
End of love letter from Jodi Arias to Ben Ernst, replete with special codes and inside jokes.

“(O.k., I’m in court now so I must cut these silly musings short. Ben, I love you so, so much. I’m a lucky lady. You mean more than the world to me.)”

Must run xxoo ❤ JUDITH A.ITH ARIASITH

P.S. Don’t forget your GRATITUDE! 🙂

4. At her sentencing, after hearing the prosecutor talk about how the family members found what little solace they could in the fact that Travis Alexander was most likely unconscious when his throat was cut, Jodi Arias told the court that no, contrary to what she said on the stand, she now remembers that Travis Alexander was conscious and was still attacking her when she sliced the knife into his throat and slashed his throat open.

In doing this, she completely contradicted the testimony of her Expert Psychologist, who thought it was possible that no memories of the traumatic event had been formed (if she really remembered nothing of the killing). There is no way possible to put Arias’ words to the judge and her actions at sentencing in a light favorable to the defendant, that I can see.

This is a person who seemingly begged for the Death Penalty by refusing to testify unless impossible conditions were met, not bringing in any character witnesses to speak in her favor, and refusing to allocute. She even states at sentencing that she wanted to allocute and “beg for the Death Penalty”, but she did not due to her family. Those words at sentencing seemed to be the words of a person who must have known that her only chance was the trial. Either that or she really just does do what suits her best at the moment with absolutely no regard for future consequences.

Now let’s go back to the beginning and bring down the defense’s portrayal of Jodi Arias and decide whether this portrayal fits her actions:

The Defense Portrayed Jodi Arias a driven and hard-working woman, who got into a toxic relationship. The salesman she fell in love with had a big ego, and he was controlling and abusive. Jodi Arias was a shy, withdrawn, passive bookworm type who was happy to just quietly read books and draw nice pictures. While trying to enter a professional career, she meets and falls for a charismatic leader and successful business man.

She becomes interested in the LDS religion, even becoming a Mormon herself. The relationship degenerates into sex only, as Travis Alexander cannot commit to any one woman. The more she tries to get him to commit to one woman, the more he runs away until one day, Travis Alexander reveals a terrible personal secret to Jodi Arias. Travis is tormented by sexual thoughts involving young children.

Having let that secret slip, Travis now starts to take his anger out on Jodi. He can’t end the relationship because Jodi will spill the beans. Mentally and emotionally abusive behavior on the part of Alexander towards Arias quickly turns into physical abuse as Jodi Arias tries to find ways to exit the relationship. This all culminates in tragedy when the exe’s get together one fateful day, and a simple light-hearted “photography session” turns deadly when Alexander snaps and attacks Jodi Arias. Alexander relentlessly attacks and refuses to back down. The demure and petite women uses everything she can find to stop him and defend herself when adrenaline kicks in, causing a massive overkill.

Do any of these look like professional quality photos from a woman with over 20 years experience taking photos?
Do any of these look like professional quality photos from a woman with over 20 years experience taking photos?

Travis Alexander continues to attack and refuses to back down even after he is shot in the face, stabbed deeply into the abdomen and heart, was lying down on the floor bleeding for a considerable period of time on at least two separate occasions, had his left hand deeply cut multiple times as well as the right, had received 7 additional knife wounds in the front and 14 more in the back.

Does this comport with everything we have learned about Jodi Arias both inside and outside the trial?

Let’s take a look at the prosecution’s portrayal of Jodi Arias:
The Prosecution painted Jodi Arias as a lying, manipulative, scheming stalker who targeted a rich Mormon and pursued him relentlessly. Another key element of Jodi Arias is that she will take an action that benefits her in her mind in the short term without giving any thought to long term consequences. Jodi crossed many personal boundaries and she continuously violated Travis’ privacy, read his private text messages and e-mails, and listened to his voice messages. Even when they were not officially dating, Arias was monitoring all Travis Alexander’s moves and his girlfriends and love interests.

Arias caused Travis to spend lavishly on her as they went on many personal trips together, yet sparks of anger and unhappiness kept flying. Finally Arias was told no and cut off and she flew into a rage, devising a plan to go to Mesa, Arizona fully armed and ready to tear Alexander apart for having the nerve to tell her “No”.

Keep in mind that they only knew each other about 1 year and 8 months and they dated steadily for less than 5 months. Yet she talks as if they had been together for 10 years or more. In that year and 8 months, what did Jodi Arias do to improve her own personal, professional, social, and spiritual situation in life? She did almost nothing at all.

Jodi Arias, says the prosecution, knows best what is right. She will defy anyone who tries to tell her what to do, and she’ll throw anyone under the bus at the drop of a hat. She will turn her back on and devalue anyone who “disses” her.

Does that sound like Arias’ both in and out of the courtroom? A few months ago, I would have said no. Now, I have to admit, it’s the correct judgment. She has duplicated so many of the behaviors that the prosecution suggested.

I can not overemphasize the incredible devastation that has happened among so many Jodi Arias Supporters. Almost everyone I know, either still believes in her but no longer supports her, or no longer believes in her and no longer supports her, or have simply moved on to other things due to The actions of Jodi Arias towards them. I contacted some former ardent Jodi Supporters to give them a “heads up” prior to writing this series of articles. Their reaction? Go right ahead. What changed them?

1. JAII and Simon Johansson

2. Jodi Arias’ own humliations of popular Jodi Supporters.

3.  Jodi Arias’ Statements to Judge Sherry Stephens at her sentencing.

The two sides of the story. Which do YOU believe?

From the 48 Hours interview. Jodi Arias and Samantha Alexander speak.

Now, let’s go to the crime scene and the autopsy.

The autopsy really fails to help Jodi’s case for self-defense, even if you factor in an adrenaline rush, trance, auto-pilot, trauma-induced overkill. Why? Take a look:

The autopsy mentions “blunt force trauma”, stating there are many abrasions and contusions.

The 3 sharp force injuries to the head were probably all done from behind. The one incised wound to the top of the forehead also seems to have come from behind.

Examination of the head reveals the following sharp force injuries:

1-2)    “Two (2) oblique linear full thickness incised wounds of the right and left posterior scalp, each measuring 2 inches in length”. *

*” Incised and roughly triangular cortical defects of the right and left portions of the skull calvarium, corresponding to the incised defects described above”.

crime scene back of head

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3)    “A 1 ¼ inch oblique stab wound of the lower scalp (over the mastoid process), below the earlobe of the right ear, with an apparent blunt 1/32 inch wide end posteriorly, with penetration into scalp and superficial upper right sternocleidomastoid muscle”.

 

There’s one wound to the back of the neck:

4)    “A 1 inch oblique stab wound of the posterior left neck, with penetration of superficial posterior paraspinal neck muscles”.

We have the cluster of nine stab wounds to the back:

5 – 13)    “A cluster of nine (9) stab wound of the upper paramidline right and left sides of the back, ranging in size from ¾ to 1 1/2 inches, within a 6 x 5 ½ inch area; all wounds display blunt and sharply incised ends; all wounds penetrate soft tissue of back and impact upon ribs and lateral aspects of vertebral bone (transverse laminae and vertebral bodies), without penetration of chest cavity”.

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14)    Here’s another wound in the same general area as the cluster of nine:
“A 1 inch oblique stab wound of the right paramidline neck base/upper back, with penetration into trapezius muscle”.

15 – 19)    There are 5 defensive wounds of the hands, one to the right hand and 4 to the left.

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So, out of 29 knife wounds, at least 14, or about half the wounds are coming from behind the target. It’s only logical that these wounds came after the gunshot, the deep penetrating stab wound to the heart (20), the stab wound to the sternum (21), the stab wound into the pectoral muscle (22), the 5 ¾” stab wound to the abdomen (23), the three incised wounds to the front of the neck (24 – 26), and the two shallow and parallel incised wounds to the front of the shoulder (27 – 28).

Then there is number (29)
“A gaping oblique deep incised wound across the anterior upper neck, 6 x 1 1/2″ with a lower right side (within 2 1/2 inches inferior to the right external auditory meatus (ear) and 2 inches inferior to the left external auditory meatus (Not quite ear to ear), and transection / perforation of the entire upper airway, strap muscles of neck, right jugular vein, and right carotid artery.”

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All together there are 13 incised wounds & 15 stab wounds (cluster of 9 back stab wounds) + 6 other stab wounds). If you want to theorize that the cluster of nine stabs to the back were defensive in nature, then you could classify these 9 as “chopping wounds”, giving a total of 6 stab wounds. It’s only a different way of classifying the wounds, it doesn’t make them any less damaging. Also, some of the incised wounds (the wounds to the skull and hand, etc.) are devastating. The incised wound to the throat, was fatal.

The 14 wounds to the back most likely came after Travis turned his back in defense before and during his attempt to get down the hallway culminating with the slashed throat after he fell over and collapsed near the threshold of the carpeted bedroom.

Then there was the gun shot wound to the head and face, which could have come first or last. I think first makes the most sense, and I explain why in the next article. There are so many reasons to believe the gunshot was first. I have come up with 15 to 20 reasons why. It will be extremely difficult to prove that the prosecution purposely changed the order of injuries, although I believe this is true. The prosecution having a wrong or inaccurate theory is not cause to reverse a conviction.

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It’s interesting to note that Travis Alexander himself said that when he was a child, he would instinctively turn his back when his mother was trying to beat him:

“A good woman, with the intent at an early age to be a loving mom. A few poor decisions changed that. As she progressively got more involved in drugs she progressively got less capable of raising children. Most commonly was a beating for waking her up. It hurt but we got used to it. I learned how to turn so that when she hit me she would strike my back and arms, the pain was less there.”

Would Travis Alexander shower with the shower door open? Look what he said in his blog:

“We didn’t have the convenience of bathing every day so we tended to stink. I didn’t mind going with out a bath that much really. I was a boy like most and didn’t have a problem being dirty. But I was scared of bathing because if I once got the bathroom floor wet and my mother accused of me of urinating on the floor and threw me half way through a wall.”

–  Travis Alexander Being Better Blog http://travisalexander.blogspot.com/

This makes it much less likely Alexander would shower with the door open unless someone (such as Jodi Arias) intervened. This implies he knew she was there taking photos.

So, is this self-defense? The defense needs to come up with a scenario for self-defense when the “attacker” seems to be the one trying to defend himself. Now, that doesn’t look very promising for a defense team. How about the crime scene? Can they help a defense team to find self-defense was a possibility? Remember – you only have to show that self-defense was a reasonable possibility.

The crime scene:
In addition to all the wounds to the back of his body, it seems as if Travis Alexander was trying desperately to get out of the bathroom and away from his attacker. I don’t know how many self-defense cases you will have with the attacker engaged in retreat and escape from the victim? Can we theorize that Jodi Arias was being attacked, she went into an adrenaline induced overdrive and just went ballistic? After Jodi Arias had gained the upper hand, Travis would then try to get out of dodge with Jodi Arias, basically on auto-pilot, not being able to stop until Travis stopped moving?

Can a defense team convince all 12 jurors of this possibility? Hmmmmm.

Is this possible in light of the evidence? In light of some of the evidence, yes. But in light of ALL of the evidence, it’s not possible, in my opinion.

Yet, according to Jodi Arias, Travis, with 28 stab wounds, blunt force trauma, and 5 deep incised wounds to his hands, and, oh yeah, the gunshot to the face, and all the resulting blood loss, is Still coming after her when she took the knife and opened up his neck?

Most of the wounds to the front are made in the same direction and more or less horizontal, implying Travis may have been stabbed as he was lying on the floor..

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Travis was stationary at the time, or in a confined area. He could have been on the floor on his back when he received these wounds. I think it’s possible he was standing or sitting up, and stabbing from a further distance than the angled stab wounds in the back, which must have been at close range. I think her theory makes more sense, though.

Make a stabbing motion with your arm. See how it would most likely hit a target on an angle (  \ If you are right handed, / If you are left handed) but then flattens out to horizontal (—) as your arm gets farther and farther away from your body?

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So, we have in the front, wounds mostly made when Travis was not mobile, the cluster of 9 back wounds which seem to be made also when Travis is in one place, then chaotic stab wounds that seem to be when Travis was in motion. We have motion going down the hallway, so which wounds do you theorize came first? I think it’s possibly the motion wounds came first, but I think it’s much more likely it was the stationary wounds to the front, then the stationary cluster of 9 wounds to the back, then the chaotic, in motion wounds to the back.

 

The likely way this throat slash happened is with the victim crawling, or on their stomach and the attacker over the victim’s back. I believe Travis was on his stomach when he got the throat slash, because of a video, I was unfortunate enough to view. A man on his back on the sand had his throat slit by an ISIS fighter. Because of the victim’s neck diverting the blood flow, when the man was removed, there was a distinctive butterfly pattern. For Travis, there is no butterfly pattern. it’s more of a unobstructed blood flow, leading me to believe he was on his stomach.

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The throat wound is unusual in that it is immediately below the jaw line and follows the bones of the lower jaw (see photo above).

I was talking about this wound with a friend, The first thing he asked me was if Travis had any experience with wrestling. I said yes, he had, he was on the wrestling team all four years of high school. I asked him why?

My friend said that it makes sense that when someone was behind Travis and they drew an arm and a knife across his neck, that he would instinctively bring his jaw down to his chest, in a chin tuck, then the knife would naturally follow the line tight against bottom of the jaw. Imagine that: Even Travis’ last move was most likely defensive, as he tried to protect his throat.

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"Chin tuck"
“Chin tuck”

Nope, I don’t see how you can get a slashed throat like that face to face or from the front, or from someone beneath the “attacker” when the receiver of the throat slash has their chin tucked into their chest. You have my ear if you want to try to explain it, though.

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Spotlight On Jodi Arias – The Tables Have Turned (part 1 – Premeditation)

Fact-Based Reporting by

Rob Roman

Jodi Arias is fortunate to have a lot of really good supporters with big hearts who give her unconditional love and support.

These are some really wonderful and kind people, the silent majority of Jodi Arias supporters, who you will probably never hear about. This is because they do not want to interact with you. They stay to themselves in secret groups and quietly go about their business.

I have been proud to be a supporter of Jodi Arias, especially when she faced the Death Penalty, and I would do the same thing again. It’s good to know there are Americans and some foreigners out there who will stand up and fight when they see that a person is being bulldozed by both the media and social media on the outside, as well as the state and the prosecutor on the inside. This was an unfair trial, in my view, and the conviction will be reversed and remanded to court for a new trial some day. I feel that this case has something in common with the Darlie Lynn Routier case. This is another case where there was an unfair trial. There is more than enough evidence that there should be a new trial in that double child murder case from Rowlett, Texas.

Did Devon Routier kick for his life, or did an intruder attack Darlie Lynn Routier?
Did Devon kick for his life, or did an intruder attack Darlie Lynn Routier?

However, winning a new trial, as difficult as that is, is the easy part. Next, you have to convince 12 diverse people unanimously that the defendant is not guilty or guilty of a lesser offense. Jodi Arias would no longer face the Death Penalty, and this means no “death-qualified” jury. Death qualified juries are known to be more likely to side with the prosecution and to convict a defendant. But there will still be a spectrum of jurors sitting there and you will have to convince all twelve. Now, in the case of Darlie Routier, if there is a fingerprint in blood in the home that doesn’t match anyone in the home, then you have a giant problem with finding Darlie guilty of the murder of her child. My understanding is that the fingerprints are unable to be identified. That must be so, since this evidence had been ordered by the court to be tested / re-tested in 2009 and that’s almost 7 years ago. In other words, what is holding things back is probably that Darlie Routier cannot be excluded as a source of the prints to a reasonable degree of certainty.

Barring any conclusive evidence found that someone, anyone, either entered or left the home or was inside the home, there is little hope for Darlie Routier. There are too many problems with her story, and the common sense and the evidence that simply doesn’t match up with that story. This was a very sloppy job on the part of the Rowlett Police department, the court reporter, the prosecution, a lot of people. If there is any doubt about her guilt, Darlie Routier must be freed whether she murdered her two sons or not. If there’s a bloody finger print that absolutely belongs to no one in the home, and was an adult’s print (remember, the two boys were never fingerprinted), then absolutely, Darlie should be freed.

Darlie Lynn Routier
Darlie Lynn Routier

For Jodi Arias, there’s a different set of circumstances. Whereas Darlie Routier has more and more people saying she might be innocent, there are fewer and fewer people who think Jodi Arias is innocent or guilty of a lesser charge. Many people who believe she is innocent or guilty of a lesser charge have stopped supporting her, and many supporters continue to support her, but believe she’s guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder. Now, I will continue to support Jodi Arias in that I want her to be treated humanely and fairly, and she has every right to appeal her conviction. But, I must add my name to the growing list of supporters who believe she’s guilty of premeditated 1st degree murder.

I’m a facts person. I have to go by the facts. The facts as I have assessed them say she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. To be fair to myself and Jodi Arias, I have to accept these facts. For me, this really started in between the main trial and the 2nd penalty phase. Some things I thought were good points for Jodi Arias turned out to not be true and provably false. Some of my arguments that I thought were rock solid fell apart when I learned a little more. I debated with people, talked to people. People reasoned with me, and I gave my counterpoints. The turning point was the gas cans, when someone commented on this blog and we went back and forth about the gas cans. I will show you what I discovered in a series of upcoming articles, as I debated with people on all sides.

I looked up the Ford Focus, the size of the gas tank, and the gas mileage. I sat down with a calculator and some Google maps and all the distances between cities and towns. I checked it once, twice, three times. People on the other side were correct about the gas cans (Brad Justda / Justda Truth. Mike LeBlanc, Cate Ellington, a lot of people). Since this was a Death Penalty case, I decided to back Jodi Arias 100% until the end of the second penalty phase. Now it’s time to emerge out of the closet.

I hope I can still keep the friendships I have made with supporters and non-supporters alike. Of course, I don’t like a person based on whether they support Arias or not. I either like you or I don’t because of who you are, not what you believe. So if I didn’t like you before, non-supporter (or supporter), chances are I’m not going to like you now. If you like me better now, that’s fine. I’m still in Jodi’s corner as far as the dignity and rights she should be entitled to. I believe that Jodi Arias is severely mentally ill. She can never admit fully to what she did, because, she would then literally melt or cease to exist, in my opinion. This is because everything she is comes from her-self image that she has built up over a lifetime. This crime fits nowhere in that self-image. To admit all, in her mind, is to lose everything she has left.

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I explain below my inescapable conclusion that Jodi Arias is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. The people that prevented me from making that conclusion much earlier are Juan Martinez and his emotional, speculative arguments, the state of Arizona, with their history of corruption and their push for the Death Penalty in this case, the media, (especially HLN), for creating a lynch-mob mentality in the public, and Pro-State and Pro-Travis as well as pro-Jodi zealots on social media, for preventing intelligent and factual discussion from taking place with angry dogma, memes and attacks. They all created an atmosphere of coming down on Jodi Arias and her defense (or on Travis Alexander) like a tidal wave, like a Tsunami. So naturally, like some others, I took the side of the underdog.

I saw the possibility of self-defense, and all that is needed is just the possibility, a reasonable possibility. But Jodi Arias has not been reasonable, especially during sentencing when she addressed Judge Sherry Stevens. This was the time for Jodi Arias to show her supporters and all trial watchers she was rational and redeemable. This was the time to step back and let the Alexander’s finally have their say. This was the perfect time for Jodi Arias to show gratitude to her supporters and all people who were in her corner, to show heart and to show grace. Instead, Jodi Arias acted like a 6 year-old spoiled child. She did nothing except prove that the prosecution was right about her all along. She showed the Jodi Arias that not only could have done this, but did do this.

I do not feel that Jodi Arias has any gratitude for her supporters nor do I think she can feel or show gratitude. It’s all part of her sickness. She even went on to double down on her remarks at sentencing and she said she wished she had said more. It was then that I felt that Simon Johansson and Jodi Arias were speaking with one mind. In the following articles, I lay out the reasons why I have come to my conclusions.

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Is Jodi Arias truly guilty of 1st Degree Murder

(beyond a reasonable doubt)?

Keep in mind that I’m a Jodi Supporter and I have been since shortly after the start of the trial in 2013. Unlike many Jodi Supporters, I have kept up with all the relevant facts in the case. These are facts as they stand now, after all the testimony and evidence has been considered, not the facts as they were at the very start of the trial. In groups with both Jodi Supporters and State Supporters, we have gone over it all, over and over, with a fine tooth comb. We have gone over it again and again, backwards and forwards- all of it.

Many Jodi Supporters have remained in their bubbles and talked it out only amongst themselves. They can’t see the flaws in their own ideas. Other supporters who do talk it out with people with opposing views, stubbornly maintain their outmoded ideas and theories, even when evidence and testimony from the trial makes some of their theories and ideas impossible. Like Jodi Arias’ parents, I can explain away and rationalize a lot of things Jodi said and did, but there comes a point when you cannot explain away all of the far too many problems with the defense case. Once you reach a certain point, you’re bordering on absurdity to explain away all these things, and the house of cards collapses.

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When evaluating reasonable doubt, especially when it appears like there is overwhelming evidence, I always want to look at the person who is the defendant. What is her character? What is her believability and reliability? What is her sincerity, and what is her temperament? How does she present herself? Why is this important? Our legal system recognizes that there are two sides to a crime, the criminal act (Actus Rea) and the criminal mind (Mens Rea). Looking at both the act and the mindset of the defendant will help to show if the theory of the crime and the portrayal of the mindset go hand in hand.

Of course we have from before the crime:
– Accusations of stalking
– A seemingly nomadic lifestyle
– A poor work record / not doing much in PPL (Pre-Paid Legal)
– Though Baptized into the LDS, little to no involvement in the LDS
– No solid friends in Arizona save Travis Alexander, The Freemans, Jodi’s room mate, and a couple of females from her LDS singles ward.
– Arias had abandoned her responsibilities (Mortgage and Bills) in California with Darryl Brewer.
– A habit of violating Alexander’s personal space and monitoring his activities.
– Proof positive that Arias had stolen a diamond engagement ring from Alexander
– No solid plans for the future
– A habit of following through on plans even after the plan had failed completely.
– Questionable move to Mesa, Arizona in the first place

Now, you can explain away and rationalize some or most of these issues, but the thing is, you have to explain them all. It all points to a single minded and reckless pursuit of Travis Alexander. Jodi Arias is doing nothing at this time to build her own friendships and to provide for her own security and future. It’s just reckless pursuit. Now, let’s look at what happened as part of the crime, as far as character.

(Manifesto, letter to family, excerpts from interviews)

– She gives few details about the day of the crime, and is ambivalent about what happened the day before the crime.
– Unless it is something that affects her guilt or innocence, then you get massive amounts of information in excruciating, painstaking, split-second detail.
– She altered the crime scene
– Jodi Arias immediately tried to cover up her involvement in the crime (text messages and voice messages to Travis)
– Jodi Arias went to Travis Alexander’s memorial service knowing she was involved in his death

– She sent a letter to the family complaining that she hurt her toe and lamenting that Travis’ family would end up with souvenirs from Travis’ home that Jodi Arias partially paid for.
– She called Detective Flores and offered to help with the investigation while also trying to throw him off the trail, point him in certain directions, suggest possible suspects, and monitor his progress. (sound familiar?)

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Now, everything she did after the crime can be written off as covering up for either a terrible but necessary killing, or a murder. It could be either. All these things after the crime can be attributed to fear and shame and a cover-up due to being forced to kill, but we have to add it in with the other information in order to make that decision.

Next, it’s important to look at how the defendant was painted or portrayed by both sides. How does the way Jodi Arias behaved in the trial and behind the scenes comport with either of these two views? Is Jodi Arias’ true life character, as best as we can tell, more like the prosecution’s portrayal or the defense’s?

The Prosecution painted Jodi Arias as a lying, manipulative, scheming stalker who targeted a rich Mormon in a sort of adolescent adulation and pursued him relentlessly. Another key element of Jodi Arias, according to the defense, is that she will take an action that benefits her in her mind in the short term without giving any thought to long term consequences. Jodi crossed many personal boundaries and she continuously violated Travis’ privacy, read his private text messages and e-mails, and listened to his voice messages.

Even when they were not officially dating, Arias was monitoring all Travis Alexander’s moves and his girlfriends and love interests. Arias caused Travis to spend lavishly on her as they went on many personal trips together, yet sparks of anger and unhappiness continuously flew between them. Finally Arias was told no and cut off and she flew into a rage, devising a plan to go to Mesa Arizona fully armed and ready to tear Alexander apart for having the nerve to tell her “No” and trying to end the relationship completely.

Jodi Arias, says the prosecution, knows best what is right. She will defy anyone who tries to tell her what to do, and she’ll throw anyone under the bus at the drop of a hat. She will turn her back on and devalue anyone who “disses” her.

The Defense Portrayed Jodi Arias as a hard-working woman, who got into a toxic relationship. The salesman she fell in love with had a big ego, and he was controlling and abusive. Jodi Arias was a shy, withdrawn, passive bookworm type who was happy to just quietly read books and draw nice pictures. While trying to enter a professional career, she meets and falls for a charismatic leader and successful business man. She becomes interested in the LDS religion, even becoming a Mormon herself. The relationship degenerates into sex only, as Travis Alexander cannot commit to any one woman. The more she tries to get him to commit to one woman, the more he runs away until one day, Travis Alexander reveals a terrible personal secret to Jodi Arias.

Mentally and emotionally abusive behavior on the part of Alexander towards Arias starts to turn into physical abuse as Jodi Arias tries to find ways to exit the relationship. Alexander will not allow Arias to exit the relationship for fear she will reveal his terrible secret. This all culminates in tragedy when the exes get together one fateful day, and a simple light-hearted “photography session” turns deadly when Alexander snaps and attacks her. Alexander relentlessly attacks and refuses to back down. The demure and petite woman uses everything she can find to stop him and defend herself when adrenaline kicks in, turning this into a massive overkill.

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We will need to look at how Arias’ actions and behaviors both in the courtroom and outside the courtroom match up with these two very different portrayals. Which one is more like the truth? She cannot be as the defense portrayed her AND guilty of 1st degree murder. If she is as portrayed by the prosecution, then she must be guilty of 1st degree murder.

After this, we need to look at the autopsy of the victim and the crime scene. What can the crime scene tell us about the respective theories of self-defense vs. premeditated murder? Speaking of premeditation, whether it is 30 seconds before the killing or 3 months before, the proof of premeditation is essential to find Jodi Arias guilty of 1st degree murder. Felony Murder is out of the question.

No matter what Arias’ defense strategy is, there has to be reasonable doubt about any circumstantial evidence of premeditation. If it was premeditated, then this must be an ambush killing when the victim was the most vulnerable.

The elements of a long premeditation are listed by most trial watchers as:

1) The use of a rental car to prevent detection (White car wanted, not a red car)
2) The upside-down and the missing license plate
3) The coloring of Jodi Arias’ hair one day before the killing
4) The cell phone which was switched off hours prior to the murder and remained off while Jodi Arias was in Arizona.
5) A serious argument and fight between Arias and Alexander just days before the gun was stolen and her trip was planned.
6) The theft of a .25 caliber gun from the home Arias was living in 1 week before the killing.
7) The use of extra gas cans in the trunk of the rental car, possibly enabling Arias to cruise through Arizona without having to stop for anything and leave a trace that she was in Arizona.

The defense needs to explain away, rationalize, minimize and neutralize all these items of circumstantial evidence as well as their cumulative effect.

1) The rental car – Much has been made about the rental car, but the fact is that Arias’ car was not in the best shape and also subject to being repossessed by her lending institution. In addition, Arias’ family members brought Jodi Arias from Yreka to the Redding Airport to rent the car, so how does that stop people from knowing she rented a car? She claims she parked her Infiniti at the airport, but it seems clear a brother or male cousin brought her there or at least was with her. I also would prefer a white car over a red car if I had a choice. The rental agent stated that Arias’ hair was blonde, yet there is a wide variety of “blonde” and Arias’ hair was closer to brown as demonstrated by the photos of Arias taken in May, 2008. Item #1 is effectively neutralized.

 

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(photo of Arias’ hair color)

2) The upside-down and missing license plates. – There is ample evidence demonstrating that both license plates were removed from the rental car, the front plate being placed inside the car, and the rear plate refastened to the car, but upside-down. Arias stated young teen vandals must have messed with her plates as a trick in Pasadena, CA, prior to her trip to Mesa. The prosecutor, Juan Martinez, believes the plates were changed shortly after Arias arrived in Mesa, Arizona to avoid detection of a car with California plates. If this is so, changing the plates after, rather than before the crime helps the Defense, as this could be seen as a cover-up after killing Alexander in self-defense. If Arias actually did change the plates at any time after the killing, then she hurt her own case by saying the plates were moved around prior to the killing.

Changing the plates this way could have prevented cameras from identifying the vehicle from gas station cameras and cameras located at traffic lights. Saying the plates were changed prior to the killing is less believable because who ever had their plates messed with on a personal or rental car, but not stolen? Not very many people, indeed. This means Arias drove 530 miles in California, from Salinas to Ehrenburg, Arizona at the border, and another 470 miles in Arizona, then another 400 miles to Utah, before someone finally noticed the upside-down license plate. She also passed through the very sensitive checkpoint at the Hoover Dam. Here again, you can explain away evidence, but having to explain away 100 different things weakens each of the explanations. The odds this occurrence would happen on the same day her ex boyfriend gets justifiably killed? The odds are loooooong, very long. This is a damning piece of evidence, but not in isolation.

3) The coloring of Jodi Arias’ hair one day before the killing – There is no question that Jodi Arias stopped at a salon in Pasadena and had her hair colored dark brown the day before the killing. This is augmented by the fact that Jodi Arias did not admit to the hair color change until she was forced to by photographic evidence (Selfie taken in the rental car with date / time stamp). However, the fact she took the selfie can be used as evidence that she was not trying to cover up the salon visit and the hair color change was not nefarious. She was visiting one ex and a new love interest that week. One was an ex-boyfriend, and she would want to look her best and the other was a new love interest in West Jordan, Utah she was trying to impress. There was testimony Jodi Arias was short on money until she deposited her latest paychecks, which could explain her going to the beauty salon at the last minute. Item #3 is effectively neutralized.

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4) The cell phone which was switched off hours prior to the murder and remained off while Jodi Arias was in Arizona – This is a damning piece of circumstantial evidence. Anyone on a trip out of state, especially a young woman traveling alone, would make it a high priority to have a cell phone available and charged. The simplest explanation, and we invoke Occam’s razor here, (Occam’s razor in the vernacular is simply saying the most straight-forward, simple, explanation is usually the correct one) is that the phone was turned off the entire time Jodi Arias was in Arizona because Jodi Arias wanted it turned off the entire time she was in Arizona. Phone records even show that Jodi Arias turned her phone back on before she was completely out of Arizona, indicating she switched it back on at the very first opportunity. To complicate matters, Jodi Arias said both that she inadvertently ran at out of charge on her phone while at the same time misplacing her charger, as well as stating she deliberately turned the phone off so that Ryan Burns, etc. would not be bothering her with calls.

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She also stated to Ryan that she lost her charger and had to buy a new one while telling authorities that she misplaced and later found her charger under the seat of the rental car. If in fact she had lost her charger or ran out of charge, one would think Jodi Arias could charge her phone at Alexander’s home in some way, shape, or form. The cell phone being turned off during the late night ride to Mesa is not as damning as Jodi Arias “maintaining radio silence” at the home and then also throughout Arizona. It appears Alexander made no calls and received no calls on June 4th as well.

Having her cell phone switched on from the night of June 3rd through the entire day of June 4th would have definitively placed Arias in Arizona and marked her path. Again, having the phone off prior to getting to Mesa is not so much of a problem to explain in a way favorable to the defense. The phone being turned off after the crime is also not difficult for the defense to explain. Shutting it off prior to leaving California, having it off all the time Arias was in Alexander’s home, and having it off until almost out of Arizona is a large problem. It’s not so easy to explain away especially in combination with the other pieces of circumstantial evidence

5) A serious argument and fight between Arias and Alexander just days before the gun was stolen and her trip was planned – Jodi Arias had a prolonged and high intensity fight / argument with Alexander. This argument showed Alexander as refusing to give in until he got certain truthful answers which Jodi Arias was not willing to give. In the argument, Travis’ language was abusive, mean, and misogynistic. Arias goes to the extremes of apologizing and even blaming herself. She is constantly trying to get Alexander to move past his anger in regards to certain events, but she is unsuccessful. Alexander is unmoved, and the argument continues throughout the day, lasting a reported marathon 6 hours. Nine days later, Travis was dead in his bathroom shower enclosure.

This was no ordinary argument. It seems that even the 1,028 miles that separated Jodi and Travis was not enough to mitigate their troubles. The prosecution maintains that Travis was moving on and trying to break it off completely with Jodi Arias. The defense maintains that Travis asserted more and more control as he felt Arias slipping out of his grip and moving on to other love interests. Listening to the sex tape of May 10th, it seems that Arias repeatedly tries to get Alexander to commit to coming up to visit her, while Alexander repeatedly tries to not answer her or change the subject. This indicates that the prosecution may have been correct, although Arias would say she was just trying to sustain the friendship part of their relationship.

Jodi Arias trying to get Travis to come up her way, Travis balking and not answering

 

May 10th – Sex Tape – Alexander and Arias are getting along well, although Alexander balks at plans / invitations for him to come up to the Yreka / Oregon area.
May 26th – Big, Nasty, major argument between Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander
May 28th – .25 gun stolen from Grandparent’s home where Arias is staying.
June 2nd – Arias hits the road to go to various places in California, Mesa Arizona and West Jordan, Utah on long thought about, but hastily arranged trip.

Is that major argument irrefutable proof that this was a murder? No, because this could have given Jodi Arias the impetus to go to Mesa to murder Alexander, or it could have motivated her to meet him face to face in order to straighten out their differences. Is this a major piece of circumstantial evidence? Not in isolation, but when combined with other pieces, it could have some relevance.

6) The theft of a .25 caliber gun from the home Arias was living in 1 week before the murder – A .small 25 caliber pistol was reported stolen form Arias’ grandparent’s house where she was staying, on the afternoon of May 28th. Five days later, Arias was on her way to Mesa, Arizona where Alexander was shot in the face with a .25 caliber gun. Jodi Arias claims that a thief stole the pistol at her Grandparent’s home and that Alexander had a loaded .25 caliber pistol lying around in the closet which he told no one about. No ammo, no accessories and no cleaning supplies were found for the gun. Could Alexander have had an old, loaded .25 pistol just sitting in his closet? Sure, it’s reasonably possible, however Arias had previously told the lead Detective that Alexander did not have a gun. Also, Arias had previously claimed both that the gun was in a box and / or that the gun had a holster. No gun box or gun holster was found in the home. Why did she testify to the box and the holster? Maybe she was worried that the prosecution would claim that if the gun were merely sitting on the closet shelf, there would be oil or a dust imprint or something of that nature. Why else would Arias claim a box and / or a holster that didn’t exist?

To believe Arias’ story, you will have to believe that a thief really did break into her grandparent’s house and stole a .25 caliber gun, plus a few items from each room in the house, ignoring more valuable items two days after she had a giant fight with Alexander and just 5 days before she went to Mesa where Alexander ended up being shot in the face with a .25 gun. Then you also have to believe that, coincidentally, Alexander also had a .25 caliber gun (a rare pistol that fewer and fewer people own since the 1980’s). He kept the gun close to the bathroom in his closet and never used it, but it was also loaded. There are more unlikely facts you would have to believe in order for Arias’ story concerning the gun to work, which I will get into, in more detail, later.

What about the shell casing (Winchester .25 Auto) found in Travis’ bathroom not being the same ammo the grandfather had on hand and the bullet type (round nose bullet) not being the type the Grandfather reported using in his gun (hollow point)? That’s something in Jodi Arias’ favor, but she could have gotten more ammo from a different source, or the Grandfather could have been mistaken. All in all, the .25 caliber bullet and the .25 caliber gun, stolen shortly before the killing, will remain a tough piece of circumstantial evidence against Jodi Arias. Not so much if it were a .22 caliber, 9 mm, .38 caliber or .44 caliber stolen in Yreka and used at the crime scene in Mesa. These popular calibers are much more in use nowadays.

If Jodi Arias claimed complete innocence (It was someone else who killed Alexander), then the .25 would make more sense, because this is an untraceable weapon often used in crimes, but fewer and fewer people have them for normal, law-abiding usage. They don’t have the knock-down or stopping power, and the rounds are too low of a velocity and often bounce or deflect off a target. Most have switched to the higher caliber weapon. Had it been one of these guns, the coincidence would be much less pronounced. Again, this can be explained away in isolation, but it becomes much more damning when put in combination with the other evidence.

 

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The top 10 guns used in crimes in the United States, according to an
unpublished Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms report:

1. Smith and Wesson .38 revolver
2. Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic
3. Lorcin Engineering .380 semiautomatic
4. Raven Arms .25 semiautomatic
5. Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun
6. Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic
7. Smith and Wesson .357 revolver
8. Bryco Arms 9mm semiautomatic
9. Bryco Arms .380 semiautomatic
10. Davis Industries .380 semiautomatic
Handguns Taken in Evidence in California, 1993

5,222 – .22
4,693 – .25
1,477 – .32
4,842 – .380
4,671 – .38
5,295 – 9mm
2,395 – .357
1,787 – .45
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What is the most common handgun caliber in the US?

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Answer #1 (From 2010)
“As far as the most common handgun caliber, I would say it is a toss up between the 9 mm and the .38 Special. Most police departments don’t use the .38 Special any longer because a semiautomatic has greater firepower and the venerable ‘0l .38 really is a bottom-of-the-line self-defense/combat round. If it were me and I was picking a semiautomatic for self-defense, I would either choose a .40 S & W or a .45 ACP. If I were picking a revolver, I would choose a .357 magnum. They DO and HAVE made revolvers in calibers such as .44 Special and .45 ACP, but they are limited in the number of models and styles from which to choose. Either of those would be more powerful than a 9 mm.”

Answer #2 (from 2010)
“I would say a 9mm. If you have the phobia I wouldn’t recommend a 9mm revolver they are a pain not to mention if it needs parts its not a common gun there for parts would be hard to come by…get a .357 mag plenty of stopping power and can shoot a .38 special round. So it doubles your chances of finding ammo in an anarchy situation. Look into a Ruger SP101 in .357 mag. I have 1 and its a beast it fires everything from .38 special +P to the most powerful .357 mag rounds you can find it will definitely outlast me, I couldn’t break it if I tried. Also look into the Ruger SR9 or SR9C for a 9mm it’s an awesome gun I have 1 of those as well. Ruger knows how to make great guns at even better prices.”

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The .25 caliber pistol, one of the most popular being the Raven Arms .25 pistol, commonly called a “Saturday Night Special”. Very likely to be used by a criminal but not very likely to be on hand in a gun owner’s home.

In addition to all this, Arias also bought a 9mm gun shortly after the killing and she duct taped it under the hood of another rental car so well that it wasn’t found until days later. A piece of duct tape was found on Alexander’s master bedroom floor at the crime scene, and Alexander was a certified neat nick. It could have been for his body bug, it could have been from the gun, or it could have been something unrelated.

Was this the tape Arias used to conceal the gun in her rental car?
Was this the tape Arias used to conceal the gun in her rental car?

Keep in mind that I’m a Jodi Supporter and I am dealing with only the proven facts, no speculation and no denying facts or adding facts that are not proven. I have worked with these facts for a long time now, only seeing them as much as possible in the light most favorable to Arias. New information, such as proof positive Arias stole Alexander’s diamond engagement ring and took his original notes for his book, are facts that came out during the 2nd penalty phase of the trial.

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Perhaps, we could all learn a lesson from sole Life juror #17 and from disgruntled former Jodi supporters.

First, a little about Juror #17.

Before that, I just wanted to note that Christine Beswick and her pal, “Juan’s Tie” just wrote a really reckless and fact-less article about accounts leading from Marie De La Rosa to SJ at JAII. Christine’s articles have improved a lot in the past months, but I’m afraid she’s reverted to making it all up again.

Christine Beswick wants Jodi Arias executed.
Christine Beswick wants Jodi Arias executed.

I should remind her that if there is a secret source, such as Juan’s Tie, there still needs to be details, of which there are almost none. It’s gossip only, and no facts to back it up whatsoever, We will get back to that later. Really a big disappointment. I was also surprised to learn that prosecution supporters in the know do not trust either Christine Beswick or Juan’s Tie, and for good reason.

Now we are a not for profit blog, so we are basically untouchable no matter what we do. Nevertheless, we are careful about the facts and what we say because we have personal ethics. Not true with the Examiner.com. This is a for-profit site and Christine Beswick is responsible for what she reports. She is subject to lawsuits for her journalistic lapses. She better watch out when she makes it all up, or she depends on bad sources. I suggest a retraction and apologies, but that’s just me :).

OK, we’re a little late on this one, but they can investigate the jurors until the end of time, and people can be sore losers all they want, cause they didn’t secure the Death Penalty for little Honey Boo Boo.

Juror #17 deliberated and tried to convince the other jurors to do the right thing, but the 11 hold-outs refused to budge. The 11 hold-outs are now under investigation for possible coercion charges in attempting to secure a misguided Justice4Travis. Juror #17 is also under investigation.

Is this Chris Hughes?
Is this Chris Hughes during deliberations?

None of this will go anywhere, however. We maintain, as we have all along, that Life is a better outcome for everyone involved including the victim’s family. They will come to appreciate this in due time, I do believe.

I was being facetious about the 11 hold-outs, but there has been a lot of flack about Juror #17, and whether she’s a plant, a stealth juror, or had any kind of agenda. Let me make it easy for you – She didn’t. Just because the other 11 jurors and many people who were praying for state sponsored murder didn’t get the result they wanted, this in no way implies that somebody did something wrong.

This was not a guilt verdict, this was a life or death verdict. That’s a different story, a very different story. The jurors were not trying hard to get a unanimous guilt verdict. They were not deciding between the subtleties of 1st degree and 2nd degree murder, or the complicated differences between manslaughter and acquittal. They were deciding between A) Life or B) Death. There are no subtle differences there.

So if juror #17 made up her mind fairly early in the deliberation process, why is that unusual? Juror #17 was free to make her own personal, moral choice and she was free to hold onto that choice without having to explain it to anyone. People who do not understand that have something to learn. Those are the rules in Arizona.

I was under the impression that jurors were supposed to weigh the single aggravator of cruelty against any of the 9 enumerated mitigators plus any other mitigators a juror could come up with. Demonstrators Protest Against AZ Sheriff Arpaio During His Visit To CAI thought the jurors were supposed to simply see if the mitigators outweighed the aggravator. I was mistaken. Apparently the Arizona jury instructions imply that individual jurors are supposed to weigh the single aggravator and all that entails (the details of the crime) against any possible mitigators they found to be more true than not true.

But even that explanation is not really accurate. If you read the Arizona jury instructions very closely, you will see that what the instructions really say is you can choose Life or Death, for any reason or non-reason you want.

So, if you want to blame anyone for there not being a unanimous sentence of Death, feel free to blame the State of Arizona. They wrote the juror instructions which were actually intended to help increase the probability of achieving a arizona maricopaDeath sentence, just as many strange Arizona statutes pertaining to the DP are designed specifically to facilitate death sentences.

I suppose that’s a great thing when the defendant is a serial killer or a serial child rapist/torturer/murderer who was caught red-handed. But, when it’s much more iffy than that, these statutes and instructions become downright frightening.

The juror instructions actually say that you can decide whatever you want for any reason you want, so there is zero legal recourse for juror #17 (or the 11 hold-outs).

Especially if you are a Justice4Travis supporter, please please please listen to this video. hang in there and watch the whole thing. Don’t say “I’m not interested and I don’t want to hear anything that Willmott has to say”. You really need to see this edited video to better understand why there was absolutely nothing wrong with juror #17’s decision.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86GP5mIxE_Q

 

This will also show you why, if Nurmi had Jennifer Willmott do at least one of the closing arguments, that it’s a near certainty there would have been more than one Life juror at the end of deliberations.

Simon Hill or Simon Johansson
Simon Hill or Simon Johansson

Naturally, as soon as news of the single Life juror surfaced, her name and a map to her home were all over Twitter in minutes. Simon Johannson (SJ) at JodiAriasIsInnocent.com released the full names of the 11 Death jurors. The deathies wanted to have a unanimous vote so they could get Justice4Travis. Some people who wanted the jurors to vote for Death for Jodi Arias issued death threats against juror #17.

Tanisha Sorenson, a younger sister of homicide victim Travis Alexander, showed her true feelings outside the court house when she made this quote:

Harold Sorenson escorts his wife, Tanisha out of the courthouse after the penalty mistrial.
Harold Sorenson escorts his wife, Tanisha out of the courthouse after the penalty mistrial.
Arias burns in Hell!" -Tanisha Sorenson March, 5, 2015
“The real justice will be in the afterlife when Jodi Arias burns in hell!” -Tanisha Sorenson March, 5, 2015

 

Someone in social media actually said this:

– “Juror # 17 ‘brought this internet wrath on herself'”.

Are you sure about that?

I found it highly amusing when the 11 jurors were being interviewed on the day of the 2nd penalty phase mistrial, they talked about how juror #17 didn’t deliberate, while at the same time describing exactly how juror #17 DID deliberate. Investigate ’till the cows come home, there’s nothing to be found.

jury 9Life is a wonderful choice. It’s almost always a good choice and rarely a bad choice. If McVeigh were still alive and holed up in a Super-Max somewhere, that would suit me just fine. First of all, most reasonable non-Jodi supporters, who know the facts of the case well, did NOT want a death sentence for Jodi Arias.

Deathies willl find no solace, but they need to hear this important fact:

The defense team doubled down on their strategy of attacking the victim and adding insult to injury. This was cited by jurors as one main reason why they selected the Death Penalty. Jodi Arias did Not complete her testimony. She did not offer up ANY personal mitigation witnesses, She did NOT show remorse (that doesn’t mean she has no remorse, just that she didn’t show it), She refused to allocute.

In short, Jodi Arias remained true to her word that if she ‘hurt Travis, she would beg for the Death penalty’. Jodi Arias offered up the Death penalty on a silver platter to the prosecution and their supporters. Still the jurors could not come back with a unanimous decision for Death. Too late now, friend. Case closed.

So, enough with all the hot air about how she should have gotten the Death penalty. This tells me that Life was the correct sentence for this particular case.

My personal theory, both at the time of the original penalty phase of the trial and at this 2nd penalty retrial, is that Juan Martinez took his foot off the gas in both closings. I believe he did this because he secretly personally didn’t want Jodi Arias to get the death penalty. There’s no question in my mind that a Death Penalty would have been reversed and remanded in this case.

perryville prison 2Hey listen, Perryville Prison is a barren blast furnace with just about zero mercy. It’s a living hell. It’s not like Life in prison is some kind of big break or special treat for Jodi Arias. You’ll see.

 

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Saving Private Ryan – “Earn it!”

So what next in this Jodi Arias case Grand Fiasco?

We have said a lot of things about other people and principles surrounding this case. Now it’s time to say something about Jodi Ann Arias. Jodi Arias’ support doesn’t come from SJ or Jade or Pandora or Ben, no matter how much they may believe that. saving ryan 2They are just bizarre people with no real accountability or values.

Jodi Arias’ support actually comes from and will continue to come from reasonable, fair-minded people who understand the prosecution side of the case and the intense pain of the Alexander family, yet still believe the state and media tried to run Jodi Arias down like a freight train. That simply cannot be allowed to stand. Guilty or Innocent or anywhere in between, it  doesn’t much matter at this point.

These are the people who will rise up to support Jodi in prison and see that she finally gets the fair trial that every citizen is guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

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But they will want something in return, and it’s not a Jodi band, a Jodi chain, a signed painting, a blog byline, a seat on Jason’s Board or a seat in SJ’s secret war room. They will want honesty, facts, and humanity from Jodi Arias. The will want a person who knows how to earn her support. I’m not giving my support for free, and neither should anyone else.

I’m not going to listen to Jodi Arias or do what she says. I’m not going to answer to her pals or follow her commands – ever. Why should I or anyone follow her advice? Look where she has ended up. Life in an Arizona prison? Who in their right mind would follow her advice? LOL.

If Jodi Arias wants any help from me whatever, she had better learn how to EARN it.

Why are you saying this, Rob? (My God, I think I just pulled a Martinez).
In Saving Private Ryan, a small group of soldiers volunteers to go onto the European battlefield to find Private Ryan and return him safely to the USA. Ryan is a Private, the introductory and lowest rank of the U.S. Army.

Ryan is nobody special, but circumsances have made him special. His other 3 brothers have all been killed in combat on various battlefields in WWII. The Army decides it’s a mater of Justice (and PR value), that Ryan is returned home safely.

A group of volunteers under Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) set out from the beaches of Normandy, through France towards Germany to find and save Private James Ryan (Matt Damon). Saving-Private-Ryan-585x366Along the way, many in the group are wounded or killed, trying to save this one soldier of lowest rank.

When the group finally catches up to Ryan, it’s not really about him anymore. The group of volunteer soldiers have formed a common bond. They have fought with and for each other, and they suffered setbacks and losses together. Their mission brought them closely together and bonded them, but it was now way more than Private Ryan or their mission holding them together.

Private Ryan feels the same way about the men he had been fighting with, and rather than escape in security and safety he fights to protect his new war “brothers”, including the team sent to rescue him. Captain Miller is fatally wounded in that final battle just before completing their mission to save Ryan. Captain Miller grabs Private Ryan and with his dying breath tells Ryan to “Earn it!”.

Here in the same way, volunteers supporting and helping Jodi have taken a lot of flack in her name. They’ve been fired at, sniped at, bombed, banished, attacked and pelted relentlessly.

curious georgeGeorge Barwood had his own daughter harassed at her college. He has been insulted, attacked, pilloried and ridiculed mercilessly, all for trying to save a life.

Jason Weber, another “Jodite”, had his Facebook page, like many, shut down due to false claims of “porn”. His Occupy FB site was just attacked non-stop. His mugshot and DUI convictions were posted in an attempt to humiliate him. He was insulted, harassed and bombarded by a succession of crusading “Travesites”.

Lisa Schilling was made out to be some kind of modern day Ma Barker, willing to run roughshod over common decency and break each and every law and defraud everyone because all she cares about is lies and making money.

LIsa Schilling from Kentucky
Lisa Schilling from Kentucky

She was so villified, that people in a FB group yesterday refused to allow her to even comment in her own defense.

Nothing could be further from the truth, but some Facebook and twitter people have been told these lies about Lisa so many times, they refuse to even be in the same group with her. It’s really crazy, trust me.

Pascal Van Daele was accused of being of course, a foreigner, probably up to no good, and a crook only out to get people’s money.

Sandra Webber got attacked, but she would turn around and hit them back twice as hard, making her by far the most hated of the bunch. How dare she not just sit there and take it? How dare she have the nerve to hit back, hard?

Notice how all these people are using their real names and we all know or can easily find out where they live. And Jodi supporters are outnumbered anywhere from 95% to 99%. That means out of every 100 people, there is one Jodi supporter. But somehow, we are the big threat to them? Yeah, right.

Name one prominent Prosecution supporter who uses their real name? Almost none of them. Why would that be when they are supposedly in the right and they outnumber Jodi supporters 100 to 1?

Anyways, of all these Jodi supporters above, the worst attacks didn’t come from a few isolated and crazed prosecution supporters. The worst attacks came from other Jodi supporters, specifically SJ the criminal exiled foreigner and his band of useless idiots at JAII. They attacked the reputations of these people.

prominent Jodi supporters get ridiculed
prominent Jodi supporters get ridiculed

George Barwood is a gentleman from England with a Cambridge education who supports Jodi Arias. Say what you want about George, most people on all sides of this issue like him. I gave him a hard time too, myself. He is a very humane, polite, and responsible person who put a lot of his own time and money into helping Jodi Arias’ case.

George saw very early that SJ was a really bad character reference for Jodi Arias. Here’s an example of just this: What was SJ doing today? Answer: He was commenting on a Facebook page called “F*ck the Travitard Hypocrites”. That will gain lots of new supporters ans help Jodi Arias, right?

George tried early on to get Jodi Arias and her family to disassociate from SJ and JAII. He saw that what SJ was saying and doing was chasing away current and potential supporters for Arias.

It was very easy for SJ and pals to convince Jodi that George and Jason, two people who had never been about the money, were now suddenly all about the money. But people who know, always knew there was never much money to even begin talking about it. SJ, the person convincing Jodi Arias that Jason and George were out to scam for money, was the only one who had ever scammed people. He’s been run out of the UK for scamming people. So what did George get for his trouble? A letter from Jodi Arias basically telling him to f*ck off and basically calling him an asshat. In spite of this, George Barwood is still hard at work in Jodi’s corner.

Jason Weber has a great deal of experience as a Web designer. An Ivy league graduate, Jason helps companies and individuals set up their own web sites. Jason owns his own multiple servers , and runs a number of websites.

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This case just happened to coincide with a major interest of Jason’s, which is wrongful convictions, aggressive and media driven prosecutions, and his abhorrence of the Death Penalty. Jason has plenty of ways of making money without any help from Jodi Arias.

To be fair and to give equal time, I wanted to include this criticism of Jason Weber and Elizabeth Schilling and their website Justice4JodiArias.com. This criticism is from a woman I will call “DC Ritz”.

“I think it’s a sophomoric attempt, at best. The website is super slow and most of the information is bad and/or spun with extra rinse.

Either Elizabeth (Lisa Schilling) has been around JW (Jason Weber) too long, or JW is doing the writing. I think it will fail like most of JW’s other ventures.

His ‘style’ is unprofessional and reeks of bias. IMO”
“And oh, I also find their tweets to be even more damaging to their “cause”. In fact, I believe they sent out the 60K of child porn tweet yet again just last week. (A tweet stating that 60,000 pieces of child porn was found on Travis Alexander’s computer) They will never garner donations with their existing style. Again, IMO.”

– DC Ritz March 19, 2015.

Jason got involved in this case mostly through blogging, and he also spent a lot of his own time and money helping on the case. He wanted to get an American based web site going for Jodi Arias which had a positive support framework, instead of the very negative, and combative platform the fugitive foreigner, SJ from Sweden set up.

Jason and Lisa Schilling wanted a site that was accountable and subject to U.S. laws so people would feel comfortable donating to Jodi’s cause knowing the donations would be properly accounted for and utilized.

Jason Weber of Detroit, MI
Jason Weber of Detroit, MI

What did Jason Weber get for his efforts? Jodi Arias basically told him to f*ck off and she allowed SJ to paint Jason and Lisa as frauds. Little does Arias know that the following for both George and Jason is booming, while following for SJ is in the basement. Most of the people following JAII are just curious non-supporter looky-loos. It’s really the same phenomenon as people who stop to stare at a terrible car crash.

Lisa Schilling, a college student from Kentucky, was a star supporter of Jodi Arias. I can tell you for a fact she has a heart of gold, and she worked tirelessly to support Jodi. She’s very smart and likable, and she wanted nothing for herself. What did she get for her efforts?

In a really sleazy situation, unfortunately highly reminiscent of the taped phone call to Travis Alexander, Lisa Schilling was set up by Jodi Arias and taped by a 3rd party without her knowledge as she answered Jodi Arias questions about Jason and her plans to have a web site and to raise funds in support of Jodi.

That single incident, where people I cared about got hurt by Jodi Arias and the sleazeballs at JAII, opened my eyes and forced me to take a second look at Jodi Arias and her behaviors.

 

Friends of SJ and Ben had tried to plant in Jodi Arias’ mind the idea that Jason and Lisa were out to commit fraud and take money.

Fielding a call from Jodi at JAII
The crack Jodi Arias support squad Fielding a call from Jodi Arias at JAII Headquarters

Actually the only one of the three who ever may have actually scammed and defrauded people was SJ himself. Before this case he ran and still runs a Casey Anthony website CaseyAnthonyIsInnocent.com. What was his purpose for that site? No good deed ever goes unpunished, though, and it didn’t here, either, as Lisa was humiliated and made to look like some kind of criminal, when all she ever did was try to help save a life and secure a fair trial for the defendant.

Jodi Arias should go to her book club and pull out a book on cause and effect. She really needs to learn that her actions have consequences, far reaching consequences. You might think if she didn’t learn that from June 4th, 2008, then she may never learn it, but there you go.

What was done to Lisa made me absolutely livid. Jodi Arias lost my 100% support that day, and it’s been spiraling down ever since. Why is that? Well, I already knew about a guy I’ll call Fredd who was very nice to Jodi, talking on the phone and visiting her often. Then I found out from first hand sources how he was treated by her. Badly, very badly.

Courtesy of Robin Rebecca Motley
Courtesy of Robin Rebecca Motley

This was a guy who spent his own time and money selling Jodi Bands at a loss to help raise money for her families’ trial expenses. Fredd was kind of shoved aside when Ben Ernst came along and Jodi’s new adolescent-style love drama began. But there’s good old Fredd, still in her corner and working hard for Jodi, even after she told him to go take a flying leap…..

Then there is another person named Donovan Bering. Jodi Arias met Donovan Bering at the Estrella jail. Donovan Bering is a really nice person with a heart of gold. She did some arson, but hey. you are no angel, either! Donovan was released from the jail and she helped and supported Jodi Arias anyway she could from the outside. When the original trial started, Donovan spent endless hours supporting Jodi Arias every day in the courtroom. She was also one of the few if not the only person who did interviews in support of Jodi Arias and her defense.

Donovan was mercilessly attacked because of her loyalty and support to a friend.

I know for a fact that Donovan, without knowing anything about me, did a favor for me and delivered an e-mail to the defense team during the original trial even though I donated no money to Jodi Arias. In between the first trial and the penalty retrial, supporters began getting concerned that Jodi’s activities on twitter, done by proxy through Donovan Bering, would be used against her at trial and may help her to get the Death Penalty.

Donovan tried to get Jodi to suspend her tweeting. Jodi refused. Eventually Donovan took it upon herself, due to increasing warnings from her supporters, to suspend tweeting for Jodi Arias.

Donovan was pilloried in a classic cybe- stalking manner
Donovan was pilloried in a classic cyber- stalking manner

These were verbatim tweets directly from Jodi and were mostly positive quotes and status updates. For this, Donovan was put on Jodi’s ever -lengthening “sh*t list”, and she supposedly never spoke to her again. In spite of this even Donovan, who is very ill now, stands ready to help Jodi still to this day.

There’s another supporter I will call “Bosco”. Bosco wrote frequently to Jodi and had many phone calls with her. Bosco gave money to Arias funds, and bought her books and acid-free paper for her artwork. At some, point, reading through her letters, Bosco developed a new unflattering view of jodi Arias. Jodi Arias was acting the way Juan Martinez said she was. She wasn’t acting the way the defense portrayed her. Jodi Arias tried to deal with Bosco, but it wasn’t working.

Jodi supporters tried to silence Bosco.

Bosco released a few excerpts from some of Jodi’s letters where Jodi could be shown to behave exactly in the way Juan Martinez portrayed. Some Jodi Supporters started attacking Bosco.

BvB3ZH4IMAASe_FBosco stold the attacking Jodi supporters, if they do not stop attacking her, she would release more unflattering letters from Jodi’s own hand. After a few more releases, we are at a stalemate now, I suppose.

How many supporters has Jodi Arias lost? Well, I’m literally surrounded by former prominent supporters who aren’t supporting Jodi Arias any longer. They’ve retired now! This includes many of the above and lots, lots more. You ought to go up there and tell her about all this.

Here is a comment from Pascal Van Daele of Belgium, a former prominent supporter of Jodi Arias:

“Well: Justice4Jodi was made back in time when things were still good with us and Jodi. After we got “accused” of stealing money and scamming (like some of you still do here now). we took distance as matter of protection from Jodi Arias. That’s how NCDP (National Center for Due Process) was born and made to help the ones really in need of support and deserving of such.”

“We distanced ourselfs from Jodi, NCDP nor any of us 3 (Pascal, Jason, and Lisa) has anything to do with Jodi. Jodi doesn’t want or need help. She is helping herself along with her “true supporters” who are doing great and who are putting Jodi deeper and deeper in solitary.”

– Pascal Van Daele, former Jodi Supporter.

 

I have another quote from someone I’ll call Beverly Rubock Gray, from New York State:

“I’d write to Charlie (Manson) in a heartbeat. I know from my good friend Nancy that he passes the letters to his friend so it’s not worth it but I grew up in the 60s and remember what happened well. I find him a fascinating person. He had to have had a great deal of charisma to get anyone to do his bidding like he did.

He was a cult leader. I don’t LOVE Charlie but love to figure out how he did what he did.

Somehow, and I don’t say this is right, Jodi is detestable, someone you (or I) dislike immensely. Her narcissism and personality disorder make her someone I wouldn’t want to know. That does not apply to all murderers. It’s just the way it is.

If she shut her mouth about 90% of the time, if she stopped goading her culties to do things, if she stopped f*cking with the rules and trying to run a private little cult from jail and sucking money out of people who don’t have it, maybe I’d feel differently, like I do about Charlie and other killers, but alas, she does all these sh*tty things and she creates extreme dislike from the majority.”

– Beverly Rubock Gray, former Jodi supporter.

But Rob, how are you so sure these are actual facts and not rumors? How do you know Donovan was on Jodi’s sh*t list? These are all rock-solid and incontrovertible facts. We have the proof either from Jodi Arias or 1st hand directly from the person involved with her. Like it or not, it is what it is. The only love anyone should be giving to Jodi Arias anymore is Tough-Love.

 

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While those JAII peeps keep cheering about who is the first one of the day to write a comment, real supporters will be expecting some gratitude for what’s already been done on Jodi’s behalf.

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Real supporters might even be expecting explanations / apologies for all the supporters so far who have been thrown under the bus by Jodi Arias and her mental midget super-fans at JAII.

 

Let’s take a look at verified people burned by Jodi Arias beyond the question of a doubt:

– Bill Arias (physical abuse, emotional abuse, drugs)

– Sandy Arias (physical abuse, neglect, drugs)

– L. Kirk Nurmi (malpractice, refused basic legal services, attitude)

– Maria De La Rosa (Did or did not do something Jodi wanted done)

(Two days after the second mistrial, I have a first hand report Jodi was on the phone saying that she was upset with MDLR over something she did, as if chastising a hand-maiden sold into her majesty’s secret service.)

– Ryan Burns (full of sh*t)

– Dr. Richard Samuels (a disaster)

– Darryl Brewer (alcohol problem)

– Donovan Bering (sh*t list)

– “Fredd” (shoved aside)

– “Bosco” (found JA was not as advertised)

– Lisa Schilling (painted as a crook)

– Jason Weber (painted as a thief)

– George Barwood (basically told to F off)

Is there a probblem with gratitude here? These are just the ones that we are absolutely sure of. There are many other supporters and groups who Jodi may have also done wrong. Let us know, we’ll add you (or them) to the list.

It’s high time to re-align the stars in this case. Jodi has some homework to do if she wants my support:

– Dump JAII, SJ and the charismatic fans because they can’t help you, but they will gladly sink you further than they’ve done already. Dump them, because everyone else in the civilized world has.

-The era of Jodi Arias is Innocent is over. You’ve been proven guilty in a court of law, fair trial or no. You tore a good man up and left a river of his blood all over his own bathroom. You’ve destroyed two families and that’s just for starters.

– It’s time to stop remaining silent while your super-fans malign the victim and his family. They are still doubling down on that course of action as of yesterday. SJ has doubled down on insulting the Alexander family, which he commonly refers to as “the Adams Family”. What kind of strategy to build support is that?

– You know what? It might help your appeal chances if you acted more like the defenses’portrayal of you and less like the prosecution’s portrayal of you.

Just sayin’.

– Jodi Arias, you can’t gain reasonable and sympathetic supporters when you are basically agreeing with the JAII crowd that Travis deserved it and his family are only in it for the publicity and the pay off.

– Earn it.

 

What I found disturbing in this adolescent style note to Arias boy friend Ben Ernst is the secret codes she used.
What I found disturbing in this adolescent style note to Arias boy friend Ben Ernst is the secret codes she used.

 

From here on out, you better realize that you are of the lowest rank (Private) and nobody special. This will help to avoid injuries in your future interactions with other convicts. The supporters who are reasonable people that you haven’t lost (yet) would appreciate that. Normal people who could become your new dedicated supporters might appreciate that, also.

Would you believe I have 1st hand knowledge that Jodi also used special secret codes with "Fredd" from the show Get Smart. Fredd was later pushed aside for Ben Ernst.
Would you believe I have 1st hand knowledge that Jodi also used special secret codes with “Fredd” from the show Get Smart.? Fredd was later pushed aside for Ben Ernst.

 

Since Jodi Arias won’t do the following, I will do it for her:

Thank-You everyone who supported, defended or were otherwise involved in saving Private Jodi in any way, shape, or form. Your efforts did not go unnoticed and were all deeply appreciated 🙂

I will be sure to earn you trust and support going forward as I have such profound gratitude for each and every act of each and every supporter, and all you have endured for my benefit.

Thank-you once more, everyone.

Love, Jodi’s conscience

(come out, come out, wherever you are).

 

So, I’ll say it one more time and then I ain’t saying it anymore. Jodi Arias has an individual moral choice to make. Does she want to stick with SJ, Stankowitz, Fandora, Gem, Crystal, Bobby Juarez III, Krusty Crab, Wavy Gravy and Jaded over at JAII, or does she want to earn real support that can actual help her?

There are plenty of other high profile defendants to support besides Jodi Arias
There are plenty of other high profile defendants to support besides Jodi Arias

If Jodi Arias wants true supporters, then she needs to acknowledge  that she has thrown supporters under the bus. Apologize and try to not do that anymore going forward. She needs to earn trust and show some gratitude. If she wants to maintain the status quo, then good luck playing grab-ass with Ben and phone tag with SJ from Perryville over the next 70 years, cause that’s where it’s gonna end, the way they are doing things over there.

So, Jodi Arias (aka Agent 99) has a moral choice to make, or the people from JAII could do the impossible and straighten up their act. Ultimately, people will need to see some major changes, or else Arias will ultimately lose all legitimate support and end up as just another cult classic followed by just the super-fans and assorted fruits and nuts. Choose wisely. Arias.

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