No matter what side of the Jodi Arias case you’re on, weren’t there quite a few things that made no logical sense? Even if they weren’t vital things that would make or break the case or the difference between guilt and innocence, there still seemed to be a lot of things that just were out of order, perplexing, and not following common sense or a logical order.
For example, If Jodi Arias moved to Mesa from California AFTER she and Travis broke up, and he didn’t like that very much, why is there so little evidence of Travis complaining about that or being angry about it? Another example: Why did Travis keep in phone contact and keep talking about future events together with Jodi Arias, when he was supposed to be so relieved that she was finally gone? Why did it take until the end of April for Travis to get rid of Jodi, when he vowed to be rid of her before the end of January?
If Travis was such a kind and caring man that he would have massive empathy for a man with no arms or legs, and he would frequently stop and deliver meals to the homeless, how could he be a person who would attack Jodi Arias in a deadly rage?
How could Eddie Snell from Alabama by the same person doing the duck dance?
Why was Travis chasing Jodi Arias to truck stops and motels at the half-way point between the two, and meeting her at his friend’s home in California?
Are all of these things really not true at all? Are we mistaken about most of them? Maybe all these things would make a lot more sense if we had a different theory. It could be that all these things are correct, but the lens we are looking at them with is the wrong color, so everything just doesn’t appear to make much sense.
Maybe a lot of Pro-Travis / Prosecution supporters will say ‘why is it taking you so long to see the obvious?’ But it was never so obvious to me. I might just be seeing behaviors I have never seen before, so I just put them under the wrong classification; and then it never made logical sense? I think many prosecution supporters might still find a few surprises in this theory. A number of people were talking about this a while back, and it’s nothing original that I thought of, but I think the 6-6-6 part is original – and I think it fits real well.
So what is the 6-6-6 theory of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander? People a while back were talking about when, exactly, the premeditation started. Did it start the day of the big blow-up fight around May 24th? Did it start in January when Travis made a New Year’s Resolution to get Jodi Arias completely out of his life? Or, was it some time even before that?
Previously and during the trial, I never put much stock into the allegations that Jodi Arias Stalked Travis Alexander. I didn’t see much evidence other than from friends of Travis. I thought it was possible that Travis was two-timing, and he would complain about JA if she happened to show up when he was with someone else. I also determined it was possible that Travis would complain to a friend about Jodi Arias stalking him, then turn around and arrange to see her later on that same day. I thought that – ‘methinks he doth protest too much’.
The defense had a point. Maybe Jodi was the one who was confused, not knowing when to show up to see Travis, and when not to. Travis had bad-mouthed her before to his friends. Really, few friends of Travis really knew what was going on between them, so what would their testimony really count for? Then what about the intrusions into Travis’ phone, his facebook and Myspace, etc? Was that real, or did they actually have a mutual agreement to share passwords as Jodi Arias stated? Since there is no longer a Travis Alexander to defend himself, how would we know?
The key to this for me was the Borderline Personality Disorder. I had the occasion to see an actual case of this, and all the pieces came together. These are NOT evil people, but their behavior can be real evil. My experience is that they actually and truly ‘know not what they do’. Borderlines experience themselves as morally and behaviorally superior to most people. They are incapable of wrongdoing, in their own eyes. Everything bad that happens is someone else’s doing, someone else’s fault. There’s some kind of conspiracy or scheme going on that is causing the problems.
Borderlines are incapable of assessing their own moods and behaviors and have little to no insight. My experience is that Borderlines have a theoretical or intellectual insight that is very complex and complete, but this is insight into other people’s motives and behaviors, not their own. I’m basing this on book knowledge plus one actual case I have seen, so I could easily be wrong, but the behaviors I saw were remarkably like the behaviors of Arias and her behaviors as reported by others.
The Borderline I saw was tempestuous, snitty, and had severe mood swings. One day, this person is the life of the party and has everyone laughing. The next day or so, they’re quiet, surly and paranoid. I witnessed actual rampages and tantrums bordering on physical attack, with lots and lots of venom. I saw a person cuss someone out like something you wouldn’t believe, make threats, and throw objects. The next day or so, they act like nothing ever happened, because for them, nothing ever did happen.
Maybe you will think I refused to see the obvious, but for me, it was a real eye-opener. But now if I revise a few things, it does start to fit in a common sense and logical way I can understand. So now, I do see that Jodi Arias was certainly stalking Travis and just generally trying to interfere with his life, but then I run into a second problem of logic: Why was Jodi Arias stalking, embarrassing, and generally making life miserable for Travis if she wanted to have him back???
This is where the 6-6-6 theory comes in to save the day and make everything understandable for a Jodi-supporter. The answer is disarmingly simple – She wasn’t trying to get him back.This is the first “6”. She was making him pay!
The other confusing aspect for Jodi supporters is the suddenness and massive brutality of the attack on June 4th, 2008. How can Travis be enjoying himself with Jodi on the 10th of May 2008, having phone-sex, and talking about possibly coming up to see her, when just over three weeks later, his bathroom is covered in his own blood?
This is the point that makes people like George Barwood and Justice Forusall see this is a sudden heat of passion or a self-defense. At least half of the anger and passion displayed in the Bloody, gorey scene in the bathroom had to come from Travis Alexander, because how could Jodi Arias alone go from “lovey dovey”, “come up and see me sometime”, to Psycho Style murderer?
She must have been provoked and attacked. Here’s the second “6”.They never went from “lovey dovey” to attack and fight- for-survival mode. There was no “lovey dovey” mode at all in 2008. Jodi Arias was incrementally attacking Travis Alexander long before that, and it finally escalated to the trip and murder on June 4th. The thing throwing some people off is that Travis never really knew it, or he knew … but yet didn’t know it.
For Travis Victor Alexander, shit was about to get all too real.
I now believe that Jodi Arias started coming after Travis Alexander a full year before the actual killing. In the 6 month period form July to December, 2007, I believe Jodi Arias was following and stalking Travis Alexander. The trick is he wasn’t supposed to know it. This is the third “6”. It’s intended not to look like she was out to get him, because that made it easier to get him.
In the old Godfather tradition of “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”, Jodi Arias was constantly keeping Travis off-guard. She would do something to get an angry reaction, then use that confrontation to manipulate him into getting closer to her. It’s just like an angry spouse who is passive aggressively striking out at his or her partner until they get wise to it, then seeming to make up – to make them forget about the whole thing. You want to get them back at ease. Then you resume the series of attacks, and the whole cycle begins anew.
So, yes, Alyce LaViolette’s “cycle of abuse” was actually in use by Jodi Arias, yet it wasn’t an unconscious exercise like it is with most abusive spouses. She was doing it for a specific purpose – she was going to get revenge on Travis. He was the victim going back to the previous Summer, but he just wasn’t supposed to know it. Some of the manipulation is pure manipulation. But much of the manipulation really isn’t manipulation, because Borderlines see everything like a board game. People are either with you or against you, on one side of the board or the other, and every day, you are moving all the pieces around the board.
In my case, the Borderline I had experience with just didn’t know which side of the board to put me on. I was a friend alittle, then an enemy a little, then a friend again, and finally the enemy once more. Then there was a major change. I was yet again friended, except this time I was not really a friend. I was the enemy. But I was NOT supposed to know I was the enemy. Years earlier, I would have been completely fooled by this. I’m positive this is what happened with Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias.
Yet the Borderline honestly does not have this insight into their own motivations and manipulations. They will never fess up to it because for them, none of this ever happened. In this way, it is much like a split personality, and many of us on the Pro-Jodi side were thinking exactly that about her. Did another personality kill Travis without the original personality knowing? All of this and the murder were never committed by Jodi, in her own eyes. It’s not evil, it’s a real sickness.
Even her attorney, L. Kirk Nurmi, helps us understand this when he writes that he had the two-fold task of saving Arias from the State and yet saving her from herself as well. He titled his book “Trapped with Ms. Arias” because that’s exactly the situation he found himself in, as her condition became clearer and clearer to him.
So there’s another aspect of this 6-6-6 theory of mine. Each “6” also stands for a roughly 6 month period. The first 6 month period, I cite, is from January to June, 2007, when Arias is in love and all her hopes and dreams are bound up in this young man named Travis Alexander. In the second 6 month period, from July to December 2007, I cite this as a time when Jodi Arias sees that Travis is interested and involved heavily with other women and had been for months, even when they were “going steady” or having a “committed” relationship.
Now’s a good time to say that I completely rejected Dr. DeMarte’s assessment as Arias as being immature because she smiled in her mug shot, etc. Notice how Jodi Arias also attributed that to or blamed that on Travis, explaining that were he arrested for a murder he hadn’t committed, of course he would smile for his mug shot and “say cheese”. That right there is typical Borderline, and Dr. DeMarte was absolutely right about the immaturity. Look at all the times Arias, almost 30 years old at the time, is talking about Travis Alexander, and the 6 months or so they were deeply involved as some kind of “going steady”, and she almost has stars in her eyes like an eighth grader and at the same time, she’s talking with all the seriousness of someone who has been in love with their spouse for 45 years.
There’s no way you can look at her talk about her “serious” and “deep” relationship with Travis Alexander and then try to persuade me about her maturity. There simply ain’t none. The “baby talk” is another sign of BPD in many, and that’s just yet another thing Arias attributed to Travis. He talked to her this way and he used it to disarm her and he did this to get her to do what he wanted. Wrong! She used that baby talk on him.
In the beginning of the second 6-month period, Jodi Arias is still in Palm Desert, California. Travis is in the shower or whatever, and she goes through his phone, another typical Borderline, secretive “spying behavior”. Jodi Arias finds out Travis is emotionally involved with other women and, trust me, IT is ON. Jodi Arias moves to Mesa. This is the beginning of Operation Revenge on Travis and all men via Travis. He is a victim from this point on, yet he has little or no idea. This is the other reason why he never goes for help in any real way, yet he knows something is up and he knows something not good is happening. From time to time, really obtuse and bizarre things are happening, yet Jodi Arias swoops right in to comfort Travis and re-assure him. Then she goes back on the attack.
Lucy Van Pelt holding the football for Charlie Brown. Oh, you betcha.
This second phase is where all the stalking was going on and the following and the strange things that kept happening to Travis and his dates (mostly Lisa Andrews Daidone). There are alarms going off, strange notes found, Jodi Arias is popping up in places she’s not supposed to be. Tires are being slashed. Yet Travis and Jodi are discussing the slashed tires, and Jodi is ever so sympathetic. Travis suspects Jodi, but he lets it go, because she is being so sweet, so sympathetic and so lovingly attentive. That’s the 6-6-6 theory in action. By the time 2008 rolled around, the third and final 6 month phase, Operation Revenge on Travis was being brought up to an all new level. I believe the murder plan started here.
With this new theory, and new concept, seeing this thing in a whole new way, it suddenly becomes clear. All the pieces now fall into place and now the whole thing makes perfect logical as well as common sense.
Travis Alexander was famous for his 3 x 5 cards where he would write down his goals for the day – the week – the month. Each year, he would have a large list of changes he wanted and needed to make. Old obstacles had to be eliminated and new, even higher goals needed to be chased and met. One stumbling block that needed to be eliminated for 2008: Jodi Arias had to go completely. Dan Freeman testified to this during the guilt phase of the trial.
I believe Jodi Arias knew Travis wanted to totally end it. I believe Dan Freeman let it slip, or Jodi found out in some other way. This is where harassment switched to murder. He wasn’t going to get rid of her, she was going to get rid of him!There’s the motive! It was not really jealousy or ‘I can’t have you so no one else can’, although it kind of really is. Travis was going to pay the price for all of the men who ruined Jodi Arias’ life, from her Dad to Bobby Juarez to Matt McCartney to Darryl Brewer and God knows who else. Travis’ ass was going down, and Arias would come out smelling like a rose saying ‘Oh My God! Travis, What Happened??
(new shower photos courtesy of Gray Hughes)
In this new context – everything fits. All the remaining doubts and seeming contradictions just magically drop away, just by looking at the events in this new way. Things not only fit and make sense, but they actually lock together and result in a perfect logic.
Everything was always going from a very intimate and sexual spotlight, to questionable behaviors again, to Travis almost getting wise, to Jodi Arias swooping in to make things right one more time again. Rinse and repeat. The phone sex conversation was exactly this act of Arias making things right. Yet, at the same time, she is inviting him up to Yreka and Oregon to go “out in the woods” so She and Travis can fulfill one sexual fantasy of tying Jodi to a tree. Of course, here again, these are Travis’ fantasies Jodi is striving very hard to fulfill for him. What Travis doesn’t know is that Jodi Arias is actually attempting to lure Travis to his death. He doesn’t take the bait, and so Jodi Arias will have to make a house call.
I think the recording of the phone sex was for a dual purpose: She could threaten him with it, just for the extra pleasure of making him squirm, and then after he was dead, she could use it to excite herself and remember her exploits.
Now, in the context of this new 6-6-6 theory, everything falls in line, from the savagery of the attack, to the luring on the phone and the picture taking in the bathroom, to the incidents with Lisa Andrews, to the stalking and controlling behaviors, to the seeming innocence, to Jodi Arias’ behaviors during her initial arrest and confinement, and even to her testimony. Now, the stuff with her and her make-up and her ‘who me?’ activities when she’s arrested and interrogated suddenly all make sense. This throws new light for me on her relationship with L. Kirk Nurmi and even her answers during the interviews.
Now, the Manifesto and the letter to Travis’ family make sense, too. Jodi’s presentation to the jury of how she’s the good guy and the victim here all come into focus.
All of it finally makes sense and all of it finally fits logically. There’s not one piece left for me that doesn’t work.
It’s not deliberately evil, though it sure is evil. It’s serious manipulation and it’s certainly goal directed manipulation. But yet it’s not, in the very eyes of the Borderline perpetrating it.
This means she’s not lying and trying to manipulate on the stand and in interviews, etc. Jodi Arias is trying to answer for everything that happened without assigning the vast majority of the blame to herself and taking little to no responsibility for her actions. Doing this, she appears honest and she can lie with alacrity because in her mind, none of this happened or could possibly happen. She has to make the truth do contortions and even stand on its head to get the results she needs to get. It seems like straight manipulation, but it’s done without conscious intent. For her, that’s the way it’s always going to be, and that’s total Borderline Personality Disorder in full bloom.
So, now there’s little more to discuss about the Jodi the Arias, except her periodic antics in the Perryville the Prison. She’s not getting out, but she certainly will find ways to get the media spotlight on her now and again, and she already has. I’m finally satisfied with this case, and I’m able to draw from all this a true peace of mind, because I finally understand the parts of this case that once had me completely perplexed.
And now, it’s Time for me, and I hope everyone else who has not yet done so, to move on to greener pastures!
See ya, Jodi!
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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”.
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?
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?
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.
In part 6, we look at the phenomenon that is Jodi Arias. Whether you want to admit it or not, Jodi Arias does have some amazing capabilities. I mean, could you make a perfectly normal and even bouncy sounding voice mail right after you hacked up your intimate partner? Could you smile for your mugshot, sing and do head stands right after you’ve just been arrested for murder? Could you go head to head with Juan Martinez and even get the better of him every now and then?
The phenomenon that is Jodi Arias
Could you stand in front of the jury that’s deciding whether you live or die and tell them that their verdict was wrong and show them your domestic violence Survivor T-shirt? Could you be profound, warm, and originally entertaining with tweets sent from 23 hour lock-down in jail while you are awaiting the remainder of your death penalty trial? – without even knowing what Twitter is?
Notice how Jodi Arias uses pieces of evidence and intertwines them in her narrative to lend credibility to her story? “He had some blood all over the floor and there was some just coming down on his arms.”
The funny thing about this interview is that Jodi Arias tells the story as if she was not there at all, the emotions aren’t there, the details aren’t there, and this is why some Jodi Supporters continue to claim that she was not involved in the killing.
Could you do a series of interviews taking on every subject under the sun and do a very impressive job of it, right at the end of your capital murder trial and just after almost being sentenced to death?
Would you have the nerve to actually beg the jury to give you the death penalty in your penalty phase re-trial? (No testimony other than testimony given under conditions impossible to be met by the court, no mitigation witnesses presented, no allocution) Jodi Arias is all that and more. Look at how well she handles her first interview with Troy Hayden.
Could you fabricate a story out of whole cloth and tell it to a nationwide audience on TV? Could you win a talent contest among scores of inmates? Could you sing the Star Spangled Banner for a large audience at a County Fair? Could you sell your artwork for thousands of dollars a pop? Jodi Arias can do all this and she does it well. She takes a story that she made up, to explain her presence in Travis Alexander’s home, tells it on National TV, and then she turns it into a sprawling manifesto.
Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Jodi Arias is a phenomenon.
Thoughts on Travis Alexander
Is there some kind of relationship between this story by Travis Alexander about how he was held at gunpoint at a Diner, and what happened on June 4th 2008? In this familiar film clip. Travis is sitting in the hotel lobby with a bunch of PPL friends (Pre-Paid Legal Insurance brokers). The friends are sitting in groups of couches and chairs, there are maybe 30 people, and some are standing. He’s relating a story about a time he was held with others at gunpoint. Jodi Arias seems to be tired and is not listening to the story, and she’s all over Travis in a very inappropriate way, especially for a single Mormon.
“To think this is how you die ….. this is it
and there’s this woman who’s about 10 feet away
and she started like crying uncontrollably.
So I got a gun against my temple and he keeps, like.
doing this with his gun (makes gestures).
and she’s very near,
so, I’m looking in my peripheral
because I don’t want to turn this way and I’m like:
“shut up”, because
he’s like: “SHUT UP! – SHUT UP! – SHUT UP!”
and I got this gun against my head
and all he needs to do is squeeze, you know?
and I’m like
this woman is gonna get me killed
and I’m like looking at her like with
all the despair I can muster up in my retina
you know what I mean and it was…..it was….it sucked.”
It’s a mystery what is going on here, with Travis seated in the shower and seeming to look despairingly at the camera. It’s difficult to know if he’s being threatened with a weapon or just getting exasperated at Jodi Arias’ antics. This is right before what ever happened in the bathroom happened, just a minute before the attack.
So does Travis’ story of a near-death experience play any part in Jodi’s plans? Did she hear that story ‘a million times’? It’s all part of the mystery, the things that only Jodi Arias knows for sure, and probably will never tell. Even if she did tell us, could we believe her? I think Jodi Arias revels and basks in the radiance of this deed. She tells the story her way, knowing that no one can contradict her and she realizes that “no one knows what goes on behind closed doors” except her and Travis.
Here is Travis’ story of his near-death experience, and then another story is told about a confrontation between Jodi and Travis’ good friend, Sky Hughes.
Was the gun first or last?
A reader reminded me that I did not address the gun first or last issue. It’s strange, because, if it could be proven that the gun was not first, then it’s game over for Jodi Arias without having to address anything else.
If the gun was not first, she’s guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder – The End.
Much has been made about the defense not having their own medical examiner to counter the prosecution’s charge that the gunshot was last. Really, if the defense actually had their own Medical Examiner, they could not counter the prosecution theory. The most they could do would be to say that gunshot first was a reasonable possibility. Maybe it just wasn’t worth it to go through all that with another expert just to say it was a reasonable possibility.
Important to remember: Gunshot first does not mean it had to be self-defense. There’s a gunshot first self-defense scenario and a gunshot first murder scenario, in addition to the gunshot last murder scenario.
Dr. Horn, the Medical Examiner who did the autopsy on Travis, stated unequivocally, and at three different times on the stand during the trial, that the gunshot had to be last, and could not have been first. As a juror, that’s all I would have to rely on to find that Jodi Arias is guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder. I need to hear no other evidence at all (other than proof that she was at the scene and she did kill Alexander).
As such, the defense made a huge error in not opposing this idea that it’s impossible for the gunshot to be first. These missteps of the defense are not grounds for appeal. If the prosecution knowingly presented evidence to the jury that they knew was wrong, which I and many others believe they did, then that is grounds for an appeal, if it can be proven.
People like to point to the fact that the bullet casing landed on blood, indicating that the the stabbings came first before the shooting.
This is not a “pool of blood”, but only a spot of blood that’s about 1″ or so long.
No one had proven that that casing was exactly where it first landed on June 4th, 2008.
The casing could have come first and the blood oozed under it.
That blood could have come from the gunshot wound
The casing could have been kicked by Arias, by a roommate, or by the police.
Polished brass is a very slippery substance and blood does not adhere to it. It’s possible the blood fell on top of the casing.
The prosecution argued that a violent confrontation and a hasty clean-up happened in the bathroom, yet they want you to believe that the shell casing was found exactly where it landed.
The prosecution argued that the floor, especially by the linen closet, was flooded with water, yet at the same time, they want to argue the casing never moved.
Video from the firing of a typical .25 caliber “Saturday Night Special” shows that the expired casings are ejected just over the person’s right shoulder. Most left handed people fire a gun with their right hand. Arias could have used either hand. Let’s see if we can trace the casing backwards:
Please bear with this video and watch how close to the end, you will see how the ejected shells fall and that the magazine is often the culprit when these guns jam. The man also notes that it is not best to fully load the magazine with 6 in the mag. and 1 in the chamber, as this can cause problems with the magazine. This is exactly how Jodi’s grandfather kept the gun: fully loaded.
In the gunshot last murder scenario, assuming the body was brought in head first, the placement of the casing would eject over Arias’ shoulder, and this placement makes sense. If the body was dragged back legs first, then this scenario doesn’t work. The shell casing would be somewhere in the middle of the hallway. Here’s yet another reason why the gunshot last theory doesn’t fit the evidence.
In the gunshot first murder scenario, if Arias shot Travis in the shower, the casing could eject over her shoulder, bounce against the shower door, and could roll or bounce to the location the casing was found in.
If, in the gunshot first self-defense scenario, Arias somehow ended up with the pistol facing the back corner of the bathroom when she fired a shot and the casing ejected, the casing could also end up where it was found.
So the placement of the casing could support all three scenarios.
Remember that baseboard with the blood on it?
This evidence implies that the body was dragged down the hallway by the legs, then swung around by the arms to go into the shower, scraping the bloody head or hand against the baseboard. That would go against the bullet casing ending up where it did in a gun last scenario, assuming it never moved once it landed. Another possibility was that the body was brought in by the legs, spun around, and then placed directly into the shower before being shot. In this scenario, Arias would have to have him propped where he was sitting in the shower photo, shoot him in the head, then spin him around 180 degrees to the position he was found in. In that case, the bullet could get there in the same way as it could have in the gunshot first murder scenario.
Besides, the Medical Examiner – Dr. Horn’s, testimony that the gunshot wound had no blood in the wound track and would have been immediately and permanently disabling, rendering a gunshot first scenario impossible in his opinion, there are a few other reasons for believing in such a scenario. one is the bullet casing found in blood, already mentioned. The other is the blood pools by the linen closet door, indicating the body may have been brought to that area to be shot. The body probably was not shot in the shower after being dragged back there, because the right side of the body was towards the rear of the shower.
That’s about all the evidence there is indicating this possibility. However, Dr. Horn’s opinion in past cases pointed to one of two possibilities as being the only possibility. This includes two wrongful convictions / prosecutions where Dr. Horn was found to be in error. One was a Death Penalty case. Why didn’t the defense hire their own medical examiner? No one knows at this point. Is it because no one can dispute the medical examiner? If that’s true, then this case is ‘game over’.
Reasons to believe the gunshot was first, whether self-defense or murder:
Injuries indicated by blood evidence in the bathroom to the left of the sink are consistent with a gunshot wound, while injuries indicated by blood evidence in the bathroom to the right of the sink are consistent with knife wounds.
The defendant claimed from the beginning that the gunshot was first. The defendant described the ringing of the gun and the decedent holding his head and letting out a high pitched wail.
If this was a gunshot first murder, then the defendant stole her grandfather’s gun. Why go through all the trouble to steal the gun if the plan was to use a knife?
A gunshot wound like that is immediately and permanently incapacitating, according to whom?
It didn’t incapacitate Kevin Bright –
Kevin Bright of Kansas survived two gunshots by the BTK killer. He fought off the killer and was shot directly into the brain. He went down, and was shot again. He then came back up and was able to negotiate his way out of the house to safety. Kevin Bright was the only witness to see the BTK killer and survive. The bullet remains in Mr. Bright’s brain today.
Kevin Bright of Kansas survived two gunshots by the BTK killer. He fought off the killer and was shot directly into the brain. He went down, and was shot again. He then came back up and was able to negotiate his way out of the house to safety. Kevin Bright was the only witness to see the BTK killer and survive. The bullet remains in Mr. Bright’s brain today.
Travis’s left hand was severely cut up with 4 incised wounds, the majority were deep. Travis’ left hand would have been pouring blood. The scene at the sink is not consistent with that. It’s more consistent with a gunshot wound and a bloody right hand where he was holding the wound. Injuries to the scalp and forehead are very bloody due to all the small arteries and veins there.
If Travis were motionless, then why is the shot such a badly placed shot?
In order for a shot to be made to Travis lying on the floor at this angle and trajectory, the barrel of the gun needs to be around 8 to 12 inches off the bathroom floor. This is not a reasonable or natural position.
Shooting someone post mortem is the infliction of “gratuitous violence”. This perfectly fits the Arizona requirements for the Heinousness and the Depravity prongs of the “especially heinous, cruel and depraved” aggravator. Incredibly, Arias was only charged with the cruelty prong of the aggravator, demonstrating that the prosecution did not believe Alexander was shot post mortem at the time of the indictment and subsequent pre-trial hearings.
The only way felony murder applies to this case, is if this was gunshot first. This would be attempted murder and the gun failed to kill Alexander, so Arias switched to a knife to finish Alexander off. This indicates that the state believed this was a gunshot first murder, originally. That makes it a felony murder because the gunshot was not fatal and constitutes an assault. At this point Arias is not welcome in the home unless she renders aid / calls for help. Instead of helping Alexander, Arias gets a knife and finishes him off, constituting Felony Murder. If it was knife first, there is no separate assault and therefore it is not felony murder.
A person who is shot in the head is much more likely to go to a mirror to check what is wrong than a person who is stabbed. if you’re stabbed, you do not have to go to a mirror to see your wounds.
There are a bunch more good reasons, including that the trajectory for Travis being shot in the shower in the last position he was photographed in fits perfectly.
If he never saw the gun, from this angle, Travis would never know he’d been shot. There would be pain, blood, and confusion, prompting the trip to the mirror.
Gray Hughes, and a lot of other people who believe this was a 1st degree murder, also believe the gunshot was first, in spite of Kevin Horn, an M.D. and Medical Examiner, saying that this is impossible. Regardless of what Jodi Arias did, it seems that the state led the jury to believe something that the state itself did not believe to be true.
So, just like Forest Gump – “That’s all I have to say about thaaaaaaat.”
“Jodi couldn’t get Travis in life, so she chose to own him in death.”
This is what someone in our facebook group said, and truer words were never spoken, in my opinion. If you really look at Jodi’s actions:
She didn’t ask for an attorney
She didn’t invoke her 5th Amendment rights
She wrote that very strange manifesto and the letter to Travis’ family
Arias’ behavior in court indicates she feels she was justified
Arias’ really begging for the death penalty in the 2nd penalty phase trial
Arias’ really odd interviews before and after the trial
Arias’ asking for make-up and her smiling mugshot
Arias saying in the 48 hours interview “He (God) knows, and I know, and Travis knows“.
….. and her unceasing interest in what people are saying about her all scream
“I own Travis in death”. All these secrets, that only she knows, about what really happened are precious jewels to her, in all probability, because this is how she can own him outright and forever. The manifesto and letter to the family both show a strong will to be the writer of history where Travis is concerned. It’s way overblown, as this was a very brief relationship of only a few months, really. They were “official” for 5 months. They knew each other for a year and a half. – Whoopee!
I believe that, in Jodi’s mind, he is hers and no one elses for eternity.
This is the best way to explain what we saw at trial and in the interviews and in the writings.
Don’t give false hope
I think what I have learned in supporting Jodi Arias and reporting on “the other side of the story”, is that knowing what I know and what I have learned and reading what others have written, I cannot pretend that there is a chance for Jodi Arias to prevail in a new trial although she may be able to win a reversal of her conviction and a retrial. I think really caring for someone is to not give them false hope.
Always I had a belief that there was a reasonable possibility that Jodi was not guilty of the charge of 1st degree murder. There’s no doubt in my mind that the state had a strong will to give Arias the maximum penalty for this horrendous death. They may have gone too far, well, they didgo too far, but that’s not a reflection of this being anything other than what it appears to be.
Now, I have exhausted all possibilities and find that I can see no way forward for her. I wish her luck with her appeal(s) and I really believe, at this point in time, that she deserves a new trial, which is much different than saying she can get a better outcome. I hope she is treated no differently in prison than any other prisoner, and I hope she has some dignity and something to look forward to in life.
People will disagree and say it was a fair trial, and the defense got everything they wanted and Judge Sherry Stephens “bent over backwards” for Arias and the defense, to make certain it was a fair trial, but that is all mythology. Errors happen in trials and one error is all it takes. That doesn’t mean the trial wasn’t as fair as could be. The longer a trial goes on for, the greater the chance of an error. The harder the prosecution is pushing for a certain outcome, the greater the chances for error as well.
I always like to be on the right side of a case. I think the fairest thing I can do for both myself and Jodi Arias, is to say that I did my best to support her and to find every way possible to see that there was a reasonable possibility to her story, but there just isn’t, at long last, in my opinion. I think Jodi Arias has no respect for those she gets over on, and I hope she has respect for people who she can not get over on.
Most people are not blindsided by Arias because of sex appeal or attraction, or her Laws of Attraction. Most are not drawn to her because they were victims of abuse or reformed practitioners of abuse. They are drawn to her and they care about her and they idolize her because this woman is truly a phenomenon. I hope you can keep an open mind and just drop everything you know or believe about Jodi Arias for a moment and listen to this next section.
Watch how this exchange between Jodi Arias and Prosecutor Juan Martinez is eerily reminiscent of Abbot and Costello’s Who’s On First comedy routine.
I was really captivated by Jodi Arias because she can really draw you in and she looks believable and honest whenever she talks. Really, the post-guilty verdict interview is amazing, as are most of her interviews. Watch it and try to listen to it with an open mind. She’s completely believable. The other thing you should look at is her last full day of testimony. Who is in control and who is flustered here?
Anyone who has ever testified in a courtroom before knows how difficult and stressful this situation can be, even for a few hours on the stand. Jodi Arias testified for 18 days on the stand, returning to her cell every night on two meals a day and having to get up as early as 4:00 AM each day. To me it’s startling.
The woman is a phenomenon, as was Travis, but each in a different way. She’s clever and fast on her feet. I think she had him wrapped, I think she knew it, and I believe when she lost that control and Travis pulled out of her orbit, she snapped.
I think the key to the Jodi Arias case and the heart at the middle of the whole thing is this one word: incongruence. Once I understood that, it all became clear. Jodi Arias can make everything look and sound good, but her actions, and the actions of her “fans” (Big difference, now, between “fans” and “supporters”) are incongruent. It’s just another word for inconsistent. When you see Jodi Arias through the lens of incongruence, you can finally see the truth.
Loving an ex lover, a friend, a person you admire and being forced to kill them in a violent and gruesome manner is incongruent with Jodi Arias’ actions and behaviors. Sending that letter to Travis’ family, people who lost a brother in a horrible fashion, is incongruent with someone who really loves this person and by extension, is sensitive to his family’s feelings at one of the worst times in their lives.
But, just look at what Jodi Arias writes to the family:
“Deanna Reid. I had no hostility towards her, from what Travis said, she seemed like a very nice girl. But he made it clear that she could under no circumstances ever know about us because if she found out she would freak out and he was tired of dealing with her every time he tried to date someone.” – Why would the Alexander family give a horse’s patootie about that?
“We often talked about family structure, baby names, how many children we wanted, boys, girls, etc.” – Great thing to tell his relatives who just buried him.
“No matter how painful it is, we must trust that the hand of God is at work in our lives.” – Well, okay, but I would not say that.
She talks about their trip to Daniels Summit, Utah, for which they had an inside joke on the phone sex tape. Remember? And then Travis said that Jodi was “at the top of his list”, and Jodi made a joke out of “in more ways than one!” (Here Jodi is talking about her last name, Arias, which when going by alphabetical order, puts her, and Travis also, near the top of the list. This is when she admits going through Travis’ text messages in his phone.
Jodi Arias also admitted that she was caught going through Travis’ e-mail, because a friend of his noticed that his g-mail log-in said he was on-line at a time she knew for a fact that he was not online. Jodi was caught red handed, although she had all kinds of intricate explanations for her behavior.
Did you see in the trial, the phone expert? Jodi spent 16 minutes on June 4 after 11 PM, going through Travis’ voice mails after he was dead. Now that’s Nosy.
They broke up, but Travis didn’t want to break up. He asked Jodi to marry him. Jodi didn’t want to move to Mesa. Travis insisted that she come. One would have a hard time believing ALL of these statements.
In March 2008, they had a “come clean” conversation where Travis tells Jodi he was dating Lisa Andrews almost the whole time Jodi had been in Mesa. Travis admitted he was interested in Mimi Hall and was gushing about her. “But when it was my turn to come clean, his attitude changed 180 degrees. All hell seemed to break lose. He lost his temper and flew into a rage. He began punching himself in the head so hard that he injured his neck and his back and could barely turn his head from side to side. I was afraid to get near him, but I wanted him to stop.” Well, do you suppose that Jodi might be re-writing history here?
“Travis never hit me in the face, but he bruised me in other parts of my body. It was easy to shrug off a few visible bruises to friends. I could blame it on work or clumsiness.” This shows that Jodi Arias was talking about physical abuse as early as 2 weeks after her arrest. But is that something you want to tell his family?
“I know it is common behavior for women in abusive relationships to protect their partner by covering for him (or her) by making excuses….”
“But even when I moved away, he didn’t let up…..Travis called me in the middle of the night, angry that I’d moved, angry that I’d dated other guys.”
“His cruelty and abuse never made me angry.” – Whoah
“Travis told me that I hurt him more than the death of his father. How is it that he could date and have relationships but if I did so he branded me a whore?
“He would not let me escape his influential grasp. He called me at all hours of the night.” “He would send me sweet text messages in the middle of the night, beckoning me to get up out of bed and sneak over to his house.” – Possibly some re-writing of history going on here, too.
Notice how much Jodi Arias talks about herself and how little she talks about Travis.
“At the time I didn’t notice the pain, maybe it was the adrenaline, but my left foot was later throbbing and bruised so I know she (the female ninja intruder) got me at least once, probably more on that foot, and she had caused two toenails on my other foot to bleed, which I didn’t discover until later as well.” – Oh, really? Why should Travis’ family give a hoot about that?
“I did not harm Travis, I did not take his life. But looking back on the way that I acted, I might as well be held equally responsible for his own death ***” I did not commit a murder that day, nor would I ever harm Travis.”
“I hesitate even mentioning all of the little knick-knacks he’d accumulated that adorned his house as a result of our travels together or the gifts from me that he treasured and proudly displayed for fear it would taint your opinion of those same items, which are no doubt now in your possession.
Jodi Arias explains why she smiled for her mugshot. “I know of my own innocence, and so does our Father in heaven.” “As for the physical way he retaliated during two arguments that we had, my father has done worse to me as a means of discipline.”
“Ultimately, the persons responsible will be held accountable. I however will not serve one day in prison for a heinous crime in which I had no part.”
“Travis lives. He is not far and it won’t be long until you see him again. “…and your sorrow will be turned into joy. – John 16:20”
Saying you don’t want to present Travis Alexander in a bad light at the same time your letter to the decedent’s family does just that, is incongruent. Not getting emotional when viewing Travis’ remains and crime photos is incongruent to Jodi Arias trying to present herself as a person who was forced to kill him. Allowing Simon Johansson and JAII to say horrible things about Travis Alexander’s family is incongruent with supposedly being forced to kill Travis. The same for her mugshot. The same for her writings and the interrogations which were all about Jodi and almost nothing about Travis.
That’s icongruence. Once you realize this, you cannot be fooled by Jodi Arias ever again. Perhaps this is the truth that Travis Alexander was just starting to realize and he realized too late.
In case you are STILL not convinced?
Get on the bus – the Omnibus.
The Omnibus hearing
Remember that Omnibus hearing – Motion to dismiss the Death Penalty, for lots of defendants facing the death penalty, to see if the death penalty should be taken off the table in their cases? Jodi Arias was supposed to be a part of that.
“PHOENIX (KSAZ) –A major issue is taking center stage in superior court on Friday. A judge will hear arguments challenging how the death penalty is applied to cases in Arizona.
More than two dozen Arizona death row inmates have come together hoping that their lawyers can argue to have the death penalty taken off the table in their cases.
Death row inmates say the law is unconstitutionally arbitrary. Their reasoning is that under Arizona law, there are 14 aggravating factors listed giving the justification to apply capital punishment. By and large the most popular aggravating factor is “Especially Cruel”, one prong of the “especially heinous, cruel, or depraved, the F(6) aggravator.
The prosecution only has to allege at least one of those factors to seek the death penalty as a possible punishment.
Opponents say with that many options, nearly all first degree murder cases can be made to fit under at least one of these aggravating factors, leaving more defendants eligible for the death penalty at the whim of prosecutors.
The suit cites a 1972 ruling in which the US Supreme Court said the state’s laws must distinguish between cases for which a death sentence can be sought and ones that can’t. There must be a narrowing factor, that makes a Death Penalty case objectively in a separate category from non-capital cases.
The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m.
It’s not clear what will happen to all the death row cases in Arizona if they judge rules that the law in unconstitutional.”
My understanding is that nothing happened at that hearing in front of Judge Steinle. So, it wouldn’t have helped Jodi Arias had she been sentenced to Death and would not be applicable if it had, since she was handed down a Life sentence.
Will Jodi Arias throw you under the bus? The chances are great. Look at all the supporters she has done this to already. Earlier in the series, I reported all the people Jodi Arias turned on, but if you’re STILL not convinced, think about Darryl Brewer.
This man had to face scrutiny from his community and loved ones in order to defend Arias, a person who had left him hanging with a mortgage and bills he could not pay on his own. STILL, this man comes and does a wonderful job for Jodi Arias as her very best witness and character witness, even though she almost made him an accessory to murder with the gas cans. How does Jodi Arias pay Darryl Brewer back? She tells an embarrassing fact about him that he was trying to keep a secret from his son and lots of other people. Do you recall what that secret was? Nice job, Jodi!
More Evidence of Premeditation
So, if after all that AND the articles on the 6 elements of premeditation, the 7th element – the gas cans, the autopsy, and the crime scene, and not counting the hair color change, which Jodi Arias “forgot” all about until the selfies from June 3rd were introduced, and realizing that I am a Jodi Supporter and I tried in every way to give her every benefit of each and every doubt to make her story work – If after all that you are STILL not convinced, then how about this:
Jodi Arias is off on her way by 9:00 AM at the latest from her visit with ex-boyfriend Darryl in Monterey, CA. That was basically breakfast and it was about the time that Darryl’s son Jack was off to school. Then she drove 20 miles to Salinas, CA, which would take about 30 minutes.
But it isn’t until 3:22 PM that the receipt from the Salinas Walmart shows Arias shopping for a few items including the gas can. It’s around a 5 hour drive to Pasadena from there, which would put Jodi Arias in Pasadena by 8:30 PM or so. That’s what her gas receipts show, that was around 8:45 PM, when she was pumping gas in Pasadena.
Watch when Jodi Arias testifies. If she is giving too much detail, or she is adding things or if she is proactively being defensive, there’s something wrong with that testimony. She kept saying she had her nails done in Salinas and she had to wait a long time. She was very cagey about what she did in Salinas.
She told her own defense attorney that she couldn’t remember what else she did there. What was she doing for Five or six or more hours in Salinas? Her family used to live in Santa Maria, about 2 hours away. She’s familiar with that area.
She’s not just getting her nails done. She also colored her hair. What else was she doing? This was 5 or 6 plus hours of unaccounted for time. The most the nails would have taken is two or three hours, even with the wait. That leaves at least 3 hours.
How about this.? Take a look at this photo:
That is smooth. isn’t it? Smooth as a baby’s bottom. Did Jodi Arias get herself a Brazilian in Salinas? She would not do this for Ryan Burns, she doesn’t know him that well. Did she do this for Travis? That’s premeditation right there. She knew she was going to see him. What else was she doing? She was waiting for it to get dark, I’ll tell you that.
Still not sold? How about this?
Jodi Arias testified that she had no intention whatever to visit Travis until he “guilted” her and convinced her to divert from her plans and come to Mesa, Arizona to see him. Now, remember how many people point to the 2 CD’s Jodi Arias testified to, that she had with her of her and Travis’ travels that she never gave him the photos from?
First of all, that clearly shows you her selfishness and lack of concern for others right there. She took all these photos from these trips, many from over a year before, and she never sent Travis copies of the photos? Selfish.
Second of all, I was quick to dismiss the Cd’s as evidence that she did in fact intend to see Travis, because WHO was she going to show the photos to, Ryan Burns? Hell, no.
So, I made the point that maybe those CD’s went everywhere her laptop went. This is because at that time, I always carried around lots of CD’s with my laptop, so we can dismiss the CD evidence as evidence of proof of intent to see Travis. Really though, I thought that was kind of strange that she did have those CD’s with her on her on a trip to Utah to see a new love interest.
By the way, if Travis’ CD player could not work because it had a virus, why not pop them in Jodi’s laptop? Easy solution, isn’t it?
But then, look at this:
“……Before leaving Pasadena, on an impulse I called Travis back and told him I was coming to Mesa and I’d be there before dawn. He said he’d wait up. I arrived at his house around 4:30 AM on June 4th, 2008. He and naps were in his office waiting for me and watching silly videos on Youtube.com.
Travis was happy to see me. The feeling was mutual. It had been months since I’d seen them and it made me realize how much I missed them both. I was exhausted from driving all night, but Travis insisted on showing me more videos on Youtube.com and on giving me a demo of the correct way to punch his new punching bag.
We finally slept around 5 AM and slept until about 1 PM.
We hung out, among other things. I surprised him with the original, hand written copy of chapter one of his book, which I had in my possession for the purpose of typing and editing it.
Although I e-mailed chapter one to him several weeks earlier so he could post it on his blog, I hadn’t gotten around to dropping the original in the mail yet. We also tried looking at CD’s with pictures from our various Church history trips, but his computer had a virus and we were having a difficult time bringing up the disc drive, After a while, we gave up and went back upstairs. With Travis’ permission, I took pictures of him in the shower…..” – Jodi Arias’ Manifesto 7/29/2008
If that doesn’t show intent, then nothing does. This never made its way into the trial. As many people feel, I’m sure that there are more hidden truths that will come rolling out of the closet. Things precluded from trial as too prejudicial, will come to light.
People will one day be validated for their deeply held suspicions and beliefs about this case, I have no doubt.
Is that enough examples of premeditation for you? How do you explain away the bad facts? Not 1 or 3 or 5 or 9, but literally legions of bad facts and contradictions and things that need to be elaborately explained. It just becomes absurd after a while, and you find yourself detaching from Jodi Arias more and more each day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 08- Travis mentions to a friend that Jodi hacked his facebook account
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).
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.)….
….. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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).
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 .
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.
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.
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).
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:
39b) Fill in your own:
You would have to 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
Some how the camera got kicked or moved, and it spun 130 degrees or so to give this angle:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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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):
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.
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.
* 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”.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Jodi Arias was 34 years old at the time of the writing of this letter:
“(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.
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”.
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”.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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..
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?
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.
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.
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.
Note to JAII inner core of people –
No, it’s not speculation, it’s fact. Maybe you would care to challenge this series of articles with a little more than merely barking at the moon as usual?
What’s YOUR opinion? Have your views evolved? Let me know, please.