Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey step in a big steaming pile of wet Monkey-Poo.
Past and Present Female Murderers
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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.
In the first “Tables Have Turned” article, we looked at six out of seven of the most salient pieces of circumstantial evidence of a long premeditation of murder by Jodi Arias. Keep in mind that even if none of these 7 could be proved, it’s still possible to prove a short premeditation. To do that, we need to show that Jodi Arias was not under duress, she thought about it, had sufficient time to reflect upon her act (even if it was only a minute or less) then she went ahead and killed Travis Alexander. A significant amount of ‘cool reflection’ is all that is needed for premeditation.
This last major piece of circumstantial evidence is the biggest and it ties everything together.
7) The use of three gas cans in the trunk of the rental car, enabling Arias to cruise through Arizona without having to stop for anything and leave a trace.
Many Jodi Supporters as well as Jodi herself try to ignore or minimize or attempt to explain away this evidence, but they are not being honest with themselves. All the other circumstantial evidence can be explained away quite easily compared to this. The gas can evidence is a very serious problem for Arias defenders and any defense team that takes this case on will find the gas can evidence as difficult to surmount as Mount Everest.
When you tie in all the other circumstantial evidence with the gas cans, the defense has a major problem. Jodi Arias claims she borrowed two, 5 gallon gas cans, form her ex- boyfriend, Darryl Brewer. For some reason, Arias buys a third gas can at a Walmart in Salinas, CA. Darryl was in Monterey, CA and after meeting with him, Arias drives directly about 20 miles to Salinas where she buys the third gas can. Yet, Arias and her Supporters claim she immediately turned around, went back into the store, and returned the gas can.
>>>>>>>>>Question: Why does Arias even buy the 3rd gas can in the first place? This is a question Jodi Arias Supporters do not want you to ask, because there is no reasonable, innocent answer. They also want to pretend that a prosecutor in a possible future new trial will not ask the jury that question.<<<<<<<<<<<
Jodi Arias needed to stop for gas by the time she got to Monterey / Salinas. Remember that she drove her 2004 Infiniti G35 to Redding where her brother Karl and his wife lived to pick up the rental car at the Redding Airport. She drove the white Ford Focus rental car to her brother’s place for a rest. Then she got on the road heading to Santa Cruz near where her ex-boyfriend, Matt McCartney, lived. Redding, CA to Monterey, CA is 318 miles and Redding, CA to Salinas, CA is 338 miles. Somewhere in there, probably after visiting Darryl in Monterey, Jodi Arias needed to gas up.
If she was reasonably smart, she could look up the miles from Pasadena through Mesa to Las Vegas on MapQuest, and this is the amount of miles she needs to travel while maintaining her alibi of going directly to Utah. She could have checked her mileage since leaving the Redding Airport rental agency with a full tank, checked her miles, added gas until the gas pump clicked off, then divided the miles by the gallons she just put in the tank to get her actual MPG (Miles Per Gallon).
Jodi Arias even testified that the Ford Focus was not getting the mileage she expected, compared to her Infiniti. But that’s not right, a 2004 Infiniti G35 has a gas tank capacity of 20 gallons, but gets closer to 20 mpg (20 g x 20 mpg = about 400 miles) . The Ford Focus has a gas tank capacity of 13.5 gallons, and gets better than 30 mpg (13.5 g x 30 mpg = about 405 miles. So, they are fairly even in range which goes to show Jodi was well aware of what her gas mileage was. She expected the Ford Focus to go further on a tank of gas than her Infiniti. She knew how far she could go comfortably on so many gallons of gas. Jodi probably did not expect the smaller gas tank.
She needs to fill up every 300 to 350 miles. Again, it’s about 338 miles from Redding to Santa Cruz. She needs to fill up once before she goes on to Pasadena. This has to be where Jodi Arias checked her miles per gallon and realized it was going to be awful close, even with 2 gas cans. She had better get a third can.
It’s a major coincidence that Jodi Arias is needing to fill up right around the time she makes the decision to buy the 3rd gas can. Was Jodi Arias thinking about such things as her mileage and range in her Ford Focus Rental?
The rental car was a 2008 or 2009 Ford Focus with a gas tank capacity of 13.5 gallons. How do we know that it was a 2008 or 2009? The car was brand new and only had about 1,500 miles on it. A low estimate of 30 mpg for the Focus yields a range per tank of gas at 13.5 g x 30 mpg = 405 miles of range. If you estimate that 4.5 gallons goes comfortably in a 5 gallon can, then you have another 4.5 g + 4.5 g = 9 x 30 mpg = 270 miles (or 300 miles if you assume each gas can had closer to a full 5 gallons of gas in it). Add that to the 405 miles of range from the gas tank for a total of 675 to 705 miles of range that Jodi Arias has with the 2 cans she borrowed from Darryl. With the 2 cans she has an extra 270 miles or an extra 4 hours of driving time at 60 mph. wouldn’t that be enough range to find a gas station in that area of the U.S. under almost any circumstance?
2 cans = 270 to 300 miles of Extra range.
2 cans + the tank = 675 to 705 miles of Total range.
Now, let’s take the prosecution’s theory that the gas cans were for the purpose of getting Arias in and out of Arizona without stopping anywhere. This is the path that Arias took to Mesa, AZ and on to West Jordan, Utah.
Since Arias’ staging area seemed to be Pasadena, CA, and since Interstate 15 begins near Pasadena and goes to Las Vegas, we can see that there is a high probability, assuming malfeasance, that Arias wanted to leave a trail suggesting she went from Pasadena directly to Las Vegas, and then from there to West Jordan, Utah. So it is very reasonable to assume that she wanted her trip to appear to look like this:
Jodi Arias claimed she wanted the gas cans for two reasons 1) She was worried about running out of gas and getting stuck in the desert and dying of exposure or being vulnerable to anyone who came by. 2) She planned on filling up in Utah or Nevada on the way home, where gas prices were cheaper than in her home state of California, to save money on the way home. Notice how this only works on the way home. If you fill up the cans in California to drive in Nevada and Utah, you are not saving money, you’re losing money. If you fill up the cans in Nevada and Utah only to do more driving in Nevada and Utah, you save nothing.
Here’s the part of the trip, assuming malfeasance, that’s Jodi Arias is not supposed to be on:
This area where Jodi Arias is not supposed to be has a distance of approximately 700 miles. Her range with the 2 gas cans is 675 to 705 miles. She can just about achieve her alleged goals with 2 gas cans. Jodi Arias really didn’t need the 3rd gas can. She especially didn’t need the 3rd gas can if she filled up at Desert Center. (Some people theorized that she wanted the extra can to take Alexander’s body out into the desert and burn it). Be that as it may, this is too close for comfort. If her calculations are off, Jodi Arias will run out of gas before getting out of Arizona.
Range with the tank and 2 cans = 675 to 705 miles
Distance to cover = 701 miles
It’s too close for comfort with 2 cans. Is this why Jodi Arias stopped at Salinas, only 20 miles after leaving Darryl’s house, and bought the 3rd gas can?
This is most likely her plan, from the prosecution’s perspective, to make it appear as if she went direct from Pasadena to West Jordan, near Salt Lake City, Utah via Las Vegas, Nevada. If so, this is all interstate highway driving and there’s little chance of getting stuck without gas. The only part of her drive that could involve desert driving may be in Utah or Nevada on her way home. Jodi Arias can still say she had other plans involving some desert driving after Pasadena until she decided at the last moment to go visit Alexander. In, fact, she did just that, claiming she intended a trip to Death Valley, CA. Then what she did after the killing, getting OUT of Arizona undetected, can be attributed to fear and shame from being forced to kill Travis Alexander.
But for a trip to Death Valley, is needing the cans reasonable? She didn’t tell Darryl that was her plan and she really just casually mentions it at trial. Here is a question and answer about Death Valley from 2007:
for Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park
1. Re: Gas stations around Death Valley Jul 23, 2007, 3:18 PM “There are stations all along Hwy 395. Lone Pine is the last substantial town before the park. Panamint Springs resort in the western part of the park, about 50 mi/80 km farther past Lone Pine, has gas. But it is incredibly expensive; I’ve seen it up to $.50-.75 more per gallon than other stations in the area. Stove Pipe Wells and Furnace Creek, the main resorts in the park, have gas. Stove Pipe Wells typically has lower prices. It’s another 25 mi/45 km or so to Furnace Creek.
If you want to go to Scotty’s Castle, there is no gas there now but you can make a round trip from either SPW or FC without filling up. There are several routes to Las Vegas from Furnace Creek. Depending on the one you take, you’ll find stations in the towns of Beatty, Amargosa Valley, and Pahrump NV and in Shoshone CA.
On the stand Jodi Arias claims she went from Pasadena, CA to Mesa, AZ, but she stopped for gas at Desert Center, CA and at Buckeye, AZ.
Problem: It’s only 174 miles from Pasadena to Desert Center or 5.8 gallons of gas. Jodi Arias claims to also stop at Buckeye Arizona which is only 170 miles from Desert Center or 5.7 gallons. If she made a mistake, and only stopped at Buckeye, AZ, this is 344 miles or about 11.5 gallons, a little too far to go according to Jodi’s habit of not letting the gas gauge get in the red.”
Jodi Arias didn’t stop at Desert Center, CA or Buckeye, CA this time, though she was familiar with those two stops from previous trips to Arizona.
What is Jodi Arias doing? What she always does:
1) She gives explicit detail when there’s a problem with a part of her story.
2) For the rest, she leaves it as open as possible, so she has some wiggle room later.
3) She throws bright, shiny distractions out there and interesting diversions.
4) She tries to muddy the waters.
Jodi Arias gives some really unbelievable testimony about stopping for gas twice between Pasadena, CA and Mesa, Arizona.
Why did Jodi Arias throw in those extra gas stations during her testimony? She knows it’s too far to get to Mesa, Arizona from Pasadena, CA on a single tank of gas (400 miles or 13.3 gallons). She probably emptied two cans of gas into her tank before getting to Mesa. She knows she dumped two cans of gas in her tank, so she mistakenly adds two gas stops to compensate. But 2 cans, or 10 gallons, would be one gas stop. These two stops are too close together and really make no sense. In short, Jodi Arias lied on the stand, again.
Trial day 24, Jodi Arias testifies about the gas cans.
Other Jodi Supporters will put a lot of emphasis on the amount of gas Jodi Arias put into the cans and the tank prior to going to Mesa, Arizona. What does that prove? Arias filled her tank and filled all three gas cans in the trunk in Pasadena prior to heading off to Mesa, Arizona. Arias did not stop for gas in the State of Arizona or after passing Interstate 15 near Pasadena. Arias filled up her tank from the cans somewhere in Arizona. She testified to this. Three gas cans gives Arias (13.5 gallons x 30mpg) + ((4.5g +4.5g + 4.5g) * 30 mpg) = 405 + 405 = 810 or 405 + ((5g+5g+5g) * 30 mpg) for up to 855 miles of range.
There is no practical reason whatever to need an extra 405 to 450 miles of range for this trip. Two cans give an extra 270 miles or 4.5 hours of extra driving time at 60 mph.
Three cans give her an extra 405 miles of range or an extra 6.7 hours of driving time at 60 mph.
The defense could then say that Jodi Arias is a woman who is not really into cars and maps and math and she’s not really a physics or math expert. She is deathly afraid of getting stuck in the desert sun where she will bake with no AC. So, she overcompensates by getting 3 gas cans. She’s going into Nevada and Utah and she wants to be prepared.
So far, so good, but now we have another problem. Jodi Arias claims she bought the 3rd gas can, but then she turns around and returns it before leaving the store parking lot. Some Jodi Supporters say she definitely returned the gas can, and Walmart just cannot locate the records. But, Jodi Arias had the original receipt for the purchase of the third gas can, which was blue (kerosene) instead of red (gasoline). A Walmart employee found the copy of that original receipt.
Jodi Arias’ original receipt has no markings or signature on it, as would be expected if one item on the receipt is returned. Jodi Arias had no extra receipt, with just the new can return on it, which is also Walmart standard operating procedure. Walmart could not find a copy of this return, or any records of any gas can returned at all in that store, until 2 weeks later.
Also on that receipt was a twin pack of suntan lotion.
Some Jodi Supporters will now start talking about Amanda Webb and how she was mistaken or lying or her search for the records was incomplete. Records were moved because that Walmart later became a Walmart Auto supply and repair store only, while a new Walmart store opened up down the road, taking the old store’s number.
Now they are both Superstores.
This is true but not really relevant. All this speculation that the Walmart employee was incompetent in locating the records is just a load of nonsense. The record of Jodi Arias’ original purchase WAS found. A record of a gas can return 2 weeks after June 3rd WAS found, indicating that there was no “mix up” with records. The idea that some of the records for some of the cash registers are in one location while other records from other cash registers that were moved to the new store are in a different location is just absurd. The records for THAT DAY, June 3, 2008, when there was only ONE store, are all in the same place. The record for that gas can return will never be found by anyone – because it does not exist.
So there is zero evidence (other than Jodi Arias’ word), that the can was returned, and all available evidence indicates that Arias did not return the can (No marked original receipt, no new receipt showing the return, and no record of the return found by Walmart). But then on top of that, we have this:
In West Jordan, Utah, Arias buys:
Tesoro, 1699 W North Temple, SCL, Utah 84116,
10.672 gallons of gas (3:57 AM Mastercard 3.859 per gallon $41.18) 5.091 gallons of gas (4:01 AM Mastercard $19.65) 9.583 gallons of gas (4:05 AM At Register $36.98)
= 25. 36 gallons of gas Total (Total price = $97.81)
13.5 gallons = Capacity of Ford Focus gas tank 4.5 to 5.0 gallons = Capacity of gas can #1 4.5 to 5.0 gallons = Capacity of gas can #2
22.5 to 23.5 gallons = Capacity of the tank and 2 cans
The comfortable capacity of the gas tank and 2 cans is 13.5 + 4.5 + 4.5 = 22.5 gallons. Even if you want, you can assume that 5 gallons will fit in the 5 gallon can, and you can then add it up like this 13.5 + 5 + 5 = 23.5 gallons. This capacity of the tank and 2 cans is assuming the gas tank and the cans are all completely empty.
We still have roughly 1.85 gallons that cannot fit into the tank and 2 cans. Add that to Arias’ statement on the stand that she tries to never let the gas gauge get in the danger zone, as is also the habit of many people.
Jodi Arias testified that
1) She usually doesn’t let the gas gauge get in the danger zone.
2) She ran out of gas in the night to early morning of June 5th, 2008
3) She almost ran out of gas in Nevada.
If she never lets it get below 3/4 ’s of a tank, then she will usually be putting 3/4 * (13.5) = 10.125 gallons plus or minus a gallon in the car. If that’s true, this would mean that she would normally buy 10.125 + 4.5 +4.5) = 19.125 or (10.125 + 5 + 5) = 20.125 gallons of gas (if you believe she filled the cans closer to 5 gallons each instead of a more comfortable 4.5 gallons).
9 gallons to 11 gallons: Total of a normal tank filling for Jodi Arias
15.350 gallons: The smallest amount Jodi Arias had to have put in the 13.5 gallon tank.
Here, even if she filled the 2 cans to capacity, this means she put 15.350 gallons of gas into a tank that only holds 13.5 gallons dry. You are straining a reasonable person’s ability to believe this to the maximum possible extent (Another Jodi Arias trait).
Jodi Arias is about 4 to 5 gallons over her habitual filling pattern. Hmmmmm, what a coincidence.
In West Jordan, near Salt Lake City, Utah, after visiting Ryan Burns, laughing and joking, and even falling asleep in his arms, she buys 25.346 gallons, which is more than 5 gallons over what she can comfortably fit into the tank and two cans.
Now remember what her actual purchase was: 10.672 gallons + 5.091 gallons + 9.583 gallons = 25.346 gallons
She’s about 1/2 a gallon over my rough estimate of 10.125 gallons, if the 10.672 gallons were put in the tank, and about 1/2 gallons below my rough estimate if the 9.583 gallons were put in the tank.
Some Jodi Supporters are suggesting that Arias fit an extra 1 or 2 gallons into the 13.5 gallon capacity tank, which would mean she let it run completely out of gas. Alternatively, they want to tell you that Jodi Arias paid for someone else’s gas or that the store clerk charged some other item off as gas, etc.
If she paid for someone elses’ gas, etc., why didn’t she say so in 18 days of testimony?
The gas pump was calibrated badly? No, i don’t think that’s an explanation that will work.
1) So, there are no markings/ initials on the original Walmart receipt,which is Walmart “standard operating procedure”.
2) There is no additional receipt for the returned fuel can
3) Arias expects the jury to believe that she paid for the can by card but received cash back, that’s not Walmart “standard operating procedure”.
4) A Walmart employee did a search and she found the original purchase receipt, but no record of a return for that can or any other fuel can at that store until 2 weeks later.
5) This means that she WAS looking at the right records, George Barwood.
6) It is impossible, by common sense, by math and by the laws of physics, for Jodi Arias to have fit 25.346 gallons of gas into a tank and two cans which can hold 23.5 gallons.
7) Even if the impossible were possible, Jodi Arias testified that she doesn’t let the gas gauge get in the red AND she testified that she ran out of gas the night before. The odds she would let that happen twice in two days is exceedingly, crushingly, staggeringly high.
Now, in order for Jodi Arias not to be guilty of premeditated 1st degree murder, besides EVERYTHING ELSE we have discussed, you must also believe that Jodi Arias returned that 3rd gas can despite all 7 items above. The odds of that are simply Trillions to one.
Well, a Walmart employee wanted the gas can for himself or herself, so they gave Jodi Arias cash and took the can for their own?
No. Because employees get a discount and they could not walk out of the store with a gas can and no receipt for it. Nice try, though.
Okay, so having 2 or even 3 gas cans shows a plan to do SOMETHING, but does not prove premeditated murder, you say?
Maybe not, but we look at each item in isolation. We can come up with reasonable and alternative explanations for each item. We may even be able to surmount Mt. Everest which is the 3 gas cans and show how that was really something else entirely, even if Jodi Arias never claimed it was, in 18 days of testimony. What you cannot get away from is what happens when you add everything together in totality. Two things immediately happen:
1) You cannot make excuses or reasonable alternative explanations for all these really crushing pieces of circumstantial evidence that a reasonable jury of 12 will reasonably believe, without wallowing out into the land of absurdity.
2) Each one of these pieces of circumstantial evidence reinforces the other and they are entwined together and they fit together in a way that just cannot happen and would not happen in isolation, or by happenstance, or by chance.
As if this were not enough, it’s a proven and indisputable fact that Jodi Arias lied about a good number of things on the stand. There are maybe 10 things Jodi Arias stated that are beyond a doubt not true. There are so many more things we cannot prove, so if she lied about these things for sure, what else did she lie about? Her testimony is useless, and would be useless in any future trial, because she made the fatal mistake of lying on the stand. This is something she absolutely could not afford to do, because of all her lies in the past.
Who, me? Jodi Arias talks about the gun theft as if she heard about it 3rd or 4th hand. According to Jodi, the fight was over the same day it started and She and Travis engaged in phone sex after the big fight. Not likely.
What if there were 3 cans in West Jordan (Salt Lake City), Utah?
10.672 gallons fills up the Ford Focus gas tank,
5.091 gallons fills one gas can, and
9.583 gallons (about 4.8 gallons in each can) is put into the remaining 2 cans.
Or (less probably, in my opinion):
9.583 gallons fills up the Ford Focus gas tank,
5.091 gallons fills one gas can, and
10.672 gallons (about 5.33 gallons in each can) is put into the remaining 2 cans.
Let’s compare that to what Jodi put in the car in Pasadena:
June 3rd 20:46
8.301 gallons of gas (8:42 PM Cash 4.169 per gallon $34.61)
9.590 gallons of gas (8:46 PM Mastercard $39.98)
2.770 gallons of gas (8:53 PM Cash $11.55)
Total = 20.661 gallons. Total = $86.14
Some people claim that Jodi Arias returned the can in Salinas and she had only two cans in Pasadena. She put 8.301 gallons in her car, then filled the two 5 gallon cans, then she topped off her tank with the 2.77 gallons.
If you have 2 gas cans in your garage, like Darryl had, what are the chances they will both be empty? Kind of low, no? It seems that Jodi Arias actually filled the partially full gas can she got from Darryl with the 2.77 gallons.
The distance from Pasadena, California to Mesa, Arizona to Mesquite , Nevada, where Arias filled up next, is 781 miles. In Mesquite, Arias makes a purchase sufficient to buy about 11 gallons of gas.
781 miles = distance from Pasadena to Mesa to Mesquite 675 to 705 miles = Range with the tank and 2 cans 810 to 855 miles = range with the tank and 3 cans
So, Arias cannot make it to Mesquite, Nevada from Pasadena California on a tank and 2 cans of gas. On top of that, Arias testified that she became lost in the desert between Arizona and Nevada, so the distance is even farther (IF she was telling the truth).
You can do any amount of double checking through estimates and nothing adds up to a tank and 2 cans. This is so, no matter how far you are willing to stretch it.
In Mesquite, Nevada, Jodi Arias made a purchase sufficient to buy 11 gallons of gas. This means she used roughly 24.5 to 26 gallons of gas to get there from Pasadena, if she used 3 gas cans, which is a distance of 781 miles.
24.5 gallons x 30 mpg = 735 miles
26.0 gallons x 30 mpg = 780 miles
That would give Arias a range of 735 to 780 miles which fits very well with the distance from Pasadena to Mesquite, NV. Remember that the estimate of 30 mpg is low, especially if you are driving all highway miles. Seems like maybe Jodi Arias didn’t get lost, either. 🙂
In Pasadena, Jodi Arias bought 8.301 gallons to top off the tank + 9.59 gallons in two cans ( look how close that is to the 9.583 gallons she bought in West Jordan) + 2.77 gallons in the third can.
It appears as if Jodi Arias usually fills the car tank first, then fills the gas cans. Why does she say she doesn’t know in what order she filled the gas? She’s muddying the waters.
The tank and two cans would hold 22.5 to 23.5 gallons of gas.
Remember that in Pasadena, Jodi Arias bought 20.661 gallons, meaning if she only had the two cans as supporters want to claim, she bought just 1.84 gallons less than what would be needed if the tank and 2 gas cans were all completely empty, which Jodi Arias testified that she usually does not let happen.
Anyway you want to do the math, it does not work out comfortably with 2 cans and in most cases, it doesn’t work at all.
Inescapable Conclusion: Jodi Arias had 3 gas cans in Pasadena, CA and in West Jordan, UT. She did not return the can to the Walmart in Salinas or anywhere else. Jodi Arias lied on the stand about returning the 3rd gas can. Why would she do that?
Here’s the reason: Why on earth would Jodi Arias buy that 3rd gas can in Salinas, CA in the first place? There is no Innocent reason, justifiable reason or even a mistaken reason for doing so. Whether she did or didn’t return the 3rd gas can, there still is no reason for her filling those gas cans in Pasadena if Pasadena to Las Vegas, via Interstate 15, was her intended route.
Going instead to Mesa, Arizona still gives no reason for filling those cans as that route, also, is all interstate driving. Jodi Arias called Darryl Brewer a number of times about those gas cans. She wanted to be sure she had those cans before she left on her trip, so there must have been a very important reason for needing those gas cans. At no time did she tell Darryl Brewer she was going to Death Valley. At trial, she only states casually she may have gone to Death Valley, but AFTER going to West Jordan.
You can say that Jodi Arias planned on doing something artistic, etc. in the desert before she changed her mind to go to Mesa, yet she never mentioned anything about that, in 18 days on the stand, except for a casual mention of Death Valley.
Jodi Arias lied on the stand about the gas can because that 3rd gas can is such damning evidence, while in her mind, 2 cans could be explained away. Now, we have to wonder what else did she lie about on the stand? Because of Jodi Arias’ previous lies:
– directly after the killing,
– during the investigation,
– in the interrogations,
– in her Manifesto
– to her Attorneys
– in her letter to the Alexander family and
– in her TV interviews,
it was critically important that she did not lie even once on the stand.
Jodi Arias should have told the truth about the gas cans, as since she had 2 cans already, she may as well have 3 cans, but she decided it was a problem for her, and it is, but it was much more of a problem for her to lie about returning the 3rd can and to get caught doing it.
If there is a new trial, Jodi Arias must come clean about the gas cans and admit that she did not return that can. Much has been made of the idea that filling the cans at West Jordan proves that Jodi Arias had an innocent reason for having those gas cans. But actually, if she had a malicious reason for having those gas cans, she would be certain to fill them up again as this would help cover her story and reason for needing those cans.
On top of that, we know Jodi Arias did fill those gas cans in West Jordan, Utah. This means that they were empty and she did use them. Well, you could say she was forced to kill Travis when he attacked her relentlessly in the bathroom, so that’s why she used the gas in the cans. But, then again, you have to ask what is the reason for needing an extra range of 405 miles and an extra 6 ¾ hours driving time, when with 18 days on the stand, we heard all about pop rocks and tootsie pops, but we never heard the big plan needing the gas cans.? That’s because the big plan was murder.
All the other circumstantial evidence that is difficult to explain, is still explainable within reason, but the gas cans tips the scales and makes the pendulum swing in the other direction. Now, with all the other evidence and the gas cans, the combination of all this becomes exponentially more difficult to explain away within reason. It just overwhelms a person who is trying to remain fair, objective, and reasonable. It propels a person into the twilight zone, where magical or other-worldly influence will be needed for a sane person to buy this story.
You must believe that you can walk on water in order to believe Jodi Arias’ story. That’s the truth that Jodi’s “fans” refuse to look at or see. There is no way around it.
Remember: This is a Jodi Arias supporter saying this.
So let’s double-check the method. In Pasadena, If Jodi Arias had 3 cans with 4.5 gallons in each can, she would have 27 gallons of gas or 810 miles of range. If she had 5 gallons in each can, she would have an additional 1.5 gallons or 28.5 gallons which is 855 miles of range. An average of the two would be 27.75 gallons and 832.5 miles of range. By coincidence, and purely by happenstance, the distance between Pasadena and the first recorded place after that, where Jodi Arias stopped for gas, is 795 miles. This is way above the maximum 705 miles of range that Jodi Arias would have with 2 cans of gas in the trunk, although it may have been enough to get to Las Vegas (713 miles).
Well, she bought gas before that and paid cash, so there’s no record? Sorry, but the math for that idea just doesn’t work.
No way did she have only 2 cans in that trunk. It’s impossible.
I challenge and dare anyone to debate the gas cans.
Still not convinced, Jodi Supporter? Now one of Jodi’s plans for the gas cans, we never really heard about, but the other one, we did. Jodi Arias will fill the cans and her tank with cheap Nevada gas to use in California, thus saving money.
Problem: Here’s the map from Reno, Nevada to Yreka, CA.
It’s only 255 miles back to Yreka. You could make that 355 miles, because Jodi Arias went back to Yreka first, then she drove the 100 miles back to the Redding Airport. So, that’s about a tank of gas or about 3 gas cans worth of gas. So, Jodi could use the tank of gas to save money bringing the rental car back, but she still has to fill the tank with California priced gas when she returns the car.
For a tank of gas, here’s how much Jodi would save with her plan:
GAS $3.86 per gallon x 11 gallons = $42.46
Gas $4.17 per gallon x 11 gallons = $45.87
Total savings = $3.41
Even if she fills the tank and the 3 cans and figures out a way to use it all in California, this would still be 13.5 gallons + (3 x 5 gallons) = 13.5 g + 15 g = 28.5 gallons.
Gas $3.86 per gallon x 28.5 gallons = $110.01
Gas $4.17 per gallon x 28.5 gallons =$118.85
Total savings = $8.84
Look at those whopper savings? Who is she trying to kid?
Now, let’s predict how much gas Jodi Arias will need when she gets to West Jordan from Mesquite, Nevada. We know she drove to the PPL meeting and lunch and back to Ryan Burn’s home, so we can make an estimate on that.
The distance from Mesquite, NV to West Jordan, Utah is 331 miles. Jodi arias may have driven an additional 30 miles, so let’s guestimate 361 miles.
That’s about 12 gallons of gas at 30 miles per gallon.
Jodi Arias purchased 10.672 gallons in West Jordan, which is enough to drive 320.16 miles. That’s pretty close considering that 30 mpg is a low estimate and this was all highway miles (Interstate 15).
331 miles = Distance from Mesquite, NV to West Jordan, UT 361 miles = guestimate of Joidi Arias’ gas usage prior to Tesoro fill up. 320.16 miles = range calculated using the gas Jodi put in the main tank at Tesoro x 30 mpg. This would be equal to the amount of gas she used between Mesquite and West Jordan.
That’s awful close, so the math appears to be sound.
So, we are stuck with the 3 gas cans. Jodi Arias bought them and filled them so as not to leave a trail in Arizona, and she used them. And she lied about the number of cans. There is no innocent or alternative explanation for the gas can evidence.
>>>>>If there were such an explanation or argument, trust me, I would be making it.<<<<<<
Anyone making an innocent or reasonable argument for the gas cans is either
– badly mistaken,
– not giving you all the facts
– or deliberately lying.
Then why does Jennifer Willmott say this should have been a 2nd degree murder case? My guess is because she only handled certain parts of the case and she never had the time or the inclination to sit down with all these facts, calculate them out and process them in her mind in totality.
Plus, she’s the defense attorney, what did you expect her to say?
Slick words from Jodi Arias or her Supporters can never make this evidence go away.
Now, with the gas cans, which by the way, conclusively proves premeditation in and of itself, all the other evidence follows this right over the cliff.
1) The rental car – Still, no proof of anything, in my opinion.
2) The License Plates – The odds of having both your license plated messed with, yet not stolen? Long, long, long. No one is going to take your license plate off in the front and turn the back one upside-down. They will either steal the plate or toss them away
So, half way through California, she turns her license upside-down? Isn’t that too risky? Why does Jodi Arias give that answer? Because she knows she didn’t stop anywhere after that, all the way to Mesa. Why did this happen after going into Starbuck’s in Pasadena for a few minutes? It has to be after she filled the tank, or else she probably would have noticed the rear license plate. Jodi Arias is basically admitting she did not buy gas after Pasadena.
All the times she went into the trunk and she never noticed the license plate was upside-down? Come on!
3) Hair colored dark brown on the 3rd – Inconclusive as to premeditation. She could have been just trying to improve her appearance for Travis and/or Ryan Burns. But, do note that Jodi Arias denied dying her hair under direct examination. She got caught in this lie, due to the selfies she took in the rental car.
Jodi Arias forgets all about getting her hair colored, until her memory is jarred by the selfies she took in the Ford Focus on June 3rd, 2008.
Oh, yeah, THAT dye job. Uh……I forgot.
4) The Major Argument – Just 2 days before the theft of the gun. As soon as Arias completes the work week, she’s off to Mesa and one week later Alexander is dead.
5) The phone was turned off before entering Arizona, stayed off at Alexander’s home and continued to be off until Arias is almost out of Arizona – Not reasonably explainable in light of other evidence.
6) The stolen .25 caliber gun – To ignore that the stolen gun was used in the killing, you have to believe Travis also had a .25 caliber gun,
conveniently located right near the bathroom, AND it was loaded and cocked. You have to believe it was sitting there with no extra ammo or accessories of any kind (accept for the holster and/or the box that Arias said was there but wasn’t there). You have to believe that Jodi Arias climbed up on the shelves in the closet in a fight for her life and got hold of the gun without disturbing anything in the closet.
Don’t try to tell me Jodi Arias ever went back into this closet after the killing. White carpet and not a mark? Look at the bench. Do you really think that would have not been disturbed in a life and death struggle and a chase through the closet?
You have to believe that Travis Alexander, naked and wet, ran and chased her around his closet and master bathroom, and that Jodi Arias aimed at and hit a moving target under extreme duress having hardly ever operated a gun before. You have to believe that Jodi took Travis’ gun out of the house even though there was no need for her to take it, if it was his, and even though it seems she took nothing else of Travis’ that she didn’t absolutely have to take, out of the house.
Additionally, Jodi Arias also had to state that her shooting Travis was an accident and the gun just “went off”. If, as she testified, Jodi Arias was thrown down on the tile floor, then chased after by Travis, she had every right to fire that gun. Why didn’t she just say I shot him to stop him after he attacked meand he was still coming at me? She refuses to say it was anything other than an accidental firing. So now, on top of the tiny possibility that Jodi Arias could hit a moving target in a life and death situation , and hit him above the right eyebrow, you also must now believe the gun went off by accident.
The fight, the gun, the gas, the phone and the plates = premeditation beyond a reasonable doubt when you put it all together. It’s way too much of a coincidence for all these things to happen by happenstance and independent of each other…..
….I really think Jodi Arias laughs at the people who actually buy her explanations. I think Juan Martinez might be correct about the plates. I’m not so sure she would risk turning a license plate upside-down and driving like that half way through California and all the way to Mesa (387 miles or over 5.5 hours at 60 mph). Nor do I think a teen vandal flipped her license plate.
On top of that, the hair dye evasion looks very suspicious, so I’m being real charitable in not including it in my analysis.
I think she may have changed that plate inside Alexander’s garage in the dark or in the driveway in a big hurry after the killing, just as Martinez theorized. She may have changed it in Pasadena as she said, but that’s very risky, considering she does not want to be noticed on her way to Mesa. It’s also worse for her case if it happened the way Jodi Arias claims, rather than if she changed the plates at Travis’ home.
‘But even if her story is partially true and Arias did drive from Pasadena to Mesa with the flipped license plate, that’s even worse’? Why do you say that, Rob?
The probable route Jodi Arias wanted people to believe she took.
And the places she was not supposed to be at or leave any trace?
Note the gas stops Jodi Arias mentions at Desert Center, CA and Buckeye, AZ, also Jodi and Travis’ former meeting place at Ehrenberg, AZ on the border.
Pasadena: Jodi Arias buys gas and fills the gas cans starting at 8:42 PM. It’s getting to be 9:00 PM. It just so happens, just by coincidence and happenstance, to be the dark of night at this point.
Watch this video carefully. If there any doubt about Jodi’s Pasadena planning?
Pasadena was the staging ground for premeditated murder.
Do Ewe concur? Are Ewe Kidding me? Let me know in the comments, please.
Jodi Arias is fortunate to have a lot of really good supporters with big hearts who give her unconditional love and support.
These are some really wonderful and kind people, the silent majority of Jodi Arias supporters, who you will probably never hear about. This is because they do not want to interact with you. They stay to themselves in secret groups and quietly go about their business.
I have been proud to be a supporter of Jodi Arias, especially when she faced the Death Penalty, and I would do the same thing again. It’s good to know there are Americans and some foreigners out there who will stand up and fight when they see that a person is being bulldozed by both the media and social media on the outside, as well as the state and the prosecutor on the inside. This was an unfair trial, in my view, and the conviction will be reversed and remanded to court for a new trial some day. I feel that this case has something in common with the Darlie Lynn Routier case. This is another case where there was an unfair trial. There is more than enough evidence that there should be a new trial in that double child murder case from Rowlett, Texas.
However, winning a new trial, as difficult as that is, is the easy part. Next, you have to convince 12 diverse people unanimously that the defendant is not guilty or guilty of a lesser offense. Jodi Arias would no longer face the Death Penalty, and this means no “death-qualified” jury. Death qualified juries are known to be more likely to side with the prosecution and to convict a defendant. But there will still be a spectrum of jurors sitting there and you will have to convince all twelve. Now, in the case of Darlie Routier, if there is a fingerprint in blood in the home that doesn’t match anyone in the home, then you have a giant problem with finding Darlie guilty of the murder of her child. My understanding is that the fingerprints are unable to be identified. That must be so, since this evidence had been ordered by the court to be tested / re-tested in 2009 and that’s almost 7 years ago. In other words, what is holding things back is probably that Darlie Routier cannot be excluded as a source of the prints to a reasonable degree of certainty.
Barring any conclusive evidence found that someone, anyone, either entered or left the home or was inside the home, there is little hope for Darlie Routier. There are too many problems with her story, and the common sense and the evidence that simply doesn’t match up with that story. This was a very sloppy job on the part of the Rowlett Police department, the court reporter, the prosecution, a lot of people. If there is any doubt about her guilt, Darlie Routier must be freed whether she murdered her two sons or not. If there’s a bloody finger print that absolutely belongs to no one in the home, and was an adult’s print (remember, the two boys were never fingerprinted), then absolutely, Darlie should be freed.
For Jodi Arias, there’s a different set of circumstances. Whereas Darlie Routier has more and more people saying she might be innocent, there are fewer and fewer people who think Jodi Arias is innocent or guilty of a lesser charge. Many people who believe she is innocent or guilty of a lesser charge have stopped supporting her, and many supporters continue to support her, but believe she’s guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder. Now, I will continue to support Jodi Arias in that I want her to be treated humanely and fairly, and she has every right to appeal her conviction. But, I must add my name to the growing list of supporters who believe she’s guilty of premeditated 1st degree murder.
I’m a facts person. I have to go by the facts. The facts as I have assessed them say she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. To be fair to myself and Jodi Arias, I have to accept these facts. For me, this really started in between the main trial and the 2nd penalty phase. Some things I thought were good points for Jodi Arias turned out to not be true and provably false. Some of my arguments that I thought were rock solid fell apart when I learned a little more. I debated with people, talked to people. People reasoned with me, and I gave my counterpoints. The turning point was the gas cans, when someone commented on this blog and we went back and forth about the gas cans. I will show you what I discovered in a series of upcoming articles, as I debated with people on all sides.
I looked up the Ford Focus, the size of the gas tank, and the gas mileage. I sat down with a calculator and some Google maps and all the distances between cities and towns. I checked it once, twice, three times. People on the other side were correct about the gas cans (Brad Justda / Justda Truth. Mike LeBlanc, Cate Ellington, a lot of people). Since this was a Death Penalty case, I decided to back Jodi Arias 100% until the end of the second penalty phase. Now it’s time to emerge out of the closet.
I hope I can still keep the friendships I have made with supporters and non-supporters alike. Of course, I don’t like a person based on whether they support Arias or not. I either like you or I don’t because of who you are, not what you believe. So if I didn’t like you before, non-supporter (or supporter), chances are I’m not going to like you now. If you like me better now, that’s fine. I’m still in Jodi’s corner as far as the dignity and rights she should be entitled to. I believe that Jodi Arias is severely mentally ill. She can never admit fully to what she did, because, she would then literally melt or cease to exist, in my opinion. This is because everything she is comes from her-self image that she has built up over a lifetime. This crime fits nowhere in that self-image. To admit all, in her mind, is to lose everything she has left.
I explain below my inescapable conclusion that Jodi Arias is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. The people that prevented me from making that conclusion much earlier are Juan Martinez and his emotional, speculative arguments, the state of Arizona, with their history of corruption and their push for the Death Penalty in this case, the media, (especially HLN), for creating a lynch-mob mentality in the public, and Pro-State and Pro-Travis as well as pro-Jodi zealots on social media, for preventing intelligent and factual discussion from taking place with angry dogma, memes and attacks. They all created an atmosphere of coming down on Jodi Arias and her defense (or on Travis Alexander) like a tidal wave, like a Tsunami. So naturally, like some others, I took the side of the underdog.
I saw the possibility of self-defense, and all that is needed is just the possibility, a reasonable possibility. But Jodi Arias has not been reasonable, especially during sentencing when she addressed Judge Sherry Stevens. This was the time for Jodi Arias to show her supporters and all trial watchers she was rational and redeemable. This was the time to step back and let the Alexander’s finally have their say. This was the perfect time for Jodi Arias to show gratitude to her supporters and all people who were in her corner, to show heart and to show grace. Instead, Jodi Arias acted like a 6 year-old spoiled child. She did nothing except prove that the prosecution was right about her all along. She showed the Jodi Arias that not only could have done this, but did do this.
I do not feel that Jodi Arias has any gratitude for her supporters nor do I think she can feel or show gratitude. It’s all part of her sickness. She even went on to double down on her remarks at sentencing and she said she wished she had said more. It was then that I felt that Simon Johansson and Jodi Arias were speaking with one mind. In the following articles, I lay out the reasons why I have come to my conclusions.
Is Jodi Arias truly guilty of 1st Degree Murder
(beyond a reasonable doubt)?
Keep in mind that I’m a Jodi Supporter and I have been since shortly after the start of the trial in 2013. Unlike many Jodi Supporters, I have kept up with all the relevant facts in the case. These are facts as they stand now, after all the testimony and evidence has been considered, not the facts as they were at the very start of the trial. In groups with both Jodi Supporters and State Supporters, we have gone over it all, over and over, with a fine tooth comb. We have gone over it again and again, backwards and forwards- all of it.
Many Jodi Supporters have remained in their bubbles and talked it out only amongst themselves. They can’t see the flaws in their own ideas. Other supporters who do talk it out with people with opposing views, stubbornly maintain their outmoded ideas and theories, even when evidence and testimony from the trial makes some of their theories and ideas impossible. Like Jodi Arias’ parents, I can explain away and rationalize a lot of things Jodi said and did, but there comes a point when you cannot explain away all of the far too many problems with the defense case. Once you reach a certain point, you’re bordering on absurdity to explain away all these things, and the house of cards collapses.
When evaluating reasonable doubt, especially when it appears like there is overwhelming evidence, I always want to look at the person who is the defendant. What is her character? What is her believability and reliability? What is her sincerity, and what is her temperament? How does she present herself? Why is this important? Our legal system recognizes that there are two sides to a crime, the criminal act (Actus Rea) and the criminal mind (Mens Rea). Looking at both the act and the mindset of the defendant will help to show if the theory of the crime and the portrayal of the mindset go hand in hand.
Of course we have from before the crime:
– Accusations of stalking
– A seemingly nomadic lifestyle
– A poor work record / not doing much in PPL (Pre-Paid Legal)
– Though Baptized into the LDS, little to no involvement in the LDS
– No solid friends in Arizona save Travis Alexander, The Freemans, Jodi’s room mate, and a couple of females from her LDS singles ward.
– Arias had abandoned her responsibilities (Mortgage and Bills) in California with Darryl Brewer.
– A habit of violating Alexander’s personal space and monitoring his activities.
– Proof positive that Arias had stolen a diamond engagement ring from Alexander
– No solid plans for the future
– A habit of following through on plans even after the plan had failed completely.
– Questionable move to Mesa, Arizona in the first place
Now, you can explain away and rationalize some or most of these issues, but the thing is, you have to explain them all. It all points to a single minded and reckless pursuit of Travis Alexander. Jodi Arias is doing nothing at this time to build her own friendships and to provide for her own security and future. It’s just reckless pursuit. Now, let’s look at what happened as part of the crime, as far as character.
(Manifesto, letter to family, excerpts from interviews)
– She gives few details about the day of the crime, and is ambivalent about what happened the day before the crime.
– Unless it is something that affects her guilt or innocence, then you get massive amounts of information in excruciating, painstaking, split-second detail.
– She altered the crime scene
– Jodi Arias immediately tried to cover up her involvement in the crime (text messages and voice messages to Travis)
– Jodi Arias went to Travis Alexander’s memorial service knowing she was involved in his death
– She sent a letter to the family complaining that she hurt her toe and lamenting that Travis’ family would end up with souvenirs from Travis’ home that Jodi Arias partially paid for.
– She called Detective Flores and offered to help with the investigation while also trying to throw him off the trail, point him in certain directions, suggest possible suspects, and monitor his progress. (sound familiar?)
Now, everything she did after the crime can be written off as covering up for either a terrible but necessary killing, or a murder. It could be either. All these things after the crime can be attributed to fear and shame and a cover-up due to being forced to kill, but we have to add it in with the other information in order to make that decision.
Next, it’s important to look at how the defendant was painted or portrayed by both sides. How does the way Jodi Arias behaved in the trial and behind the scenes comport with either of these two views? Is Jodi Arias’ true life character, as best as we can tell, more like the prosecution’s portrayal or the defense’s?
The Prosecution painted Jodi Arias as a lying, manipulative, scheming stalker who targeted a rich Mormon in a sort of adolescent adulation and pursued him relentlessly. Another key element of Jodi Arias, according to the defense, is that she will take an action that benefits her in her mind in the short term without giving any thought to long term consequences. Jodi crossed many personal boundaries and she continuously violated Travis’ privacy, read his private text messages and e-mails, and listened to his voice messages.
Even when they were not officially dating, Arias was monitoring all Travis Alexander’s moves and his girlfriends and love interests. Arias caused Travis to spend lavishly on her as they went on many personal trips together, yet sparks of anger and unhappiness continuously flew between them. Finally Arias was told no and cut off and she flew into a rage, devising a plan to go to Mesa Arizona fully armed and ready to tear Alexander apart for having the nerve to tell her “No” and trying to end the relationship completely.
Jodi Arias, says the prosecution, knows best what is right. She will defy anyone who tries to tell her what to do, and she’ll throw anyone under the bus at the drop of a hat. She will turn her back on and devalue anyone who “disses” her.
The Defense Portrayed Jodi Arias as a hard-working woman, who got into a toxic relationship. The salesman she fell in love with had a big ego, and he was controlling and abusive. Jodi Arias was a shy, withdrawn, passive bookworm type who was happy to just quietly read books and draw nice pictures. While trying to enter a professional career, she meets and falls for a charismatic leader and successful business man. She becomes interested in the LDS religion, even becoming a Mormon herself. The relationship degenerates into sex only, as Travis Alexander cannot commit to any one woman. The more she tries to get him to commit to one woman, the more he runs away until one day, Travis Alexander reveals a terrible personal secret to Jodi Arias.
Mentally and emotionally abusive behavior on the part of Alexander towards Arias starts to turn into physical abuse as Jodi Arias tries to find ways to exit the relationship. Alexander will not allow Arias to exit the relationship for fear she will reveal his terrible secret. This all culminates in tragedy when the exes get together one fateful day, and a simple light-hearted “photography session” turns deadly when Alexander snaps and attacks her. Alexander relentlessly attacks and refuses to back down. The demure and petite woman uses everything she can find to stop him and defend herself when adrenaline kicks in, turning this into a massive overkill.
We will need to look at how Arias’ actions and behaviors both in the courtroom and outside the courtroom match up with these two very different portrayals. Which one is more like the truth? She cannot be as the defense portrayed her AND guilty of 1st degree murder. If she is as portrayed by the prosecution, then she must be guilty of 1st degree murder.
After this, we need to look at the autopsy of the victim and the crime scene. What can the crime scene tell us about the respective theories of self-defense vs. premeditated murder? Speaking of premeditation, whether it is 30 seconds before the killing or 3 months before, the proof of premeditation is essential to find Jodi Arias guilty of 1st degree murder. Felony Murder is out of the question.
No matter what Arias’ defense strategy is, there has to be reasonable doubt about any circumstantial evidence of premeditation. If it was premeditated, then this must be an ambush killing when the victim was the most vulnerable.
The elements of a long premeditation are listed by most trial watchers as:
1) The use of a rental car to prevent detection (White car wanted, not a red car)
2) The upside-down and the missing license plate
3) The coloring of Jodi Arias’ hair one day before the killing
4) The cell phone which was switched off hours prior to the murder and remained off while Jodi Arias was in Arizona.
5) A serious argument and fight between Arias and Alexander just days before the gun was stolen and her trip was planned.
6) The theft of a .25 caliber gun from the home Arias was living in 1 week before the killing.
7) The use of extra gas cans in the trunk of the rental car, possibly enabling Arias to cruise through Arizona without having to stop for anything and leave a trace that she was in Arizona.
The defense needs to explain away, rationalize, minimize and neutralize all these items of circumstantial evidence as well as their cumulative effect.
1) The rental car – Much has been made about the rental car, but the fact is that Arias’ car was not in the best shape and also subject to being repossessed by her lending institution. In addition, Arias’ family members brought Jodi Arias from Yreka to the Redding Airport to rent the car, so how does that stop people from knowing she rented a car? She claims she parked her Infiniti at the airport, but it seems clear a brother or male cousin brought her there or at least was with her. I also would prefer a white car over a red car if I had a choice. The rental agent stated that Arias’ hair was blonde, yet there is a wide variety of “blonde” and Arias’ hair was closer to brown as demonstrated by the photos of Arias taken in May, 2008. Item #1 is effectively neutralized.
(photo of Arias’ hair color)
2) The upside-down and missing license plates. – There is ample evidence demonstrating that both license plates were removed from the rental car, the front plate being placed inside the car, and the rear plate refastened to the car, but upside-down. Arias stated young teen vandals must have messed with her plates as a trick in Pasadena, CA, prior to her trip to Mesa. The prosecutor, Juan Martinez, believes the plates were changed shortly after Arias arrived in Mesa, Arizona to avoid detection of a car with California plates. If this is so, changing the plates after, rather than before the crime helps the Defense, as this could be seen as a cover-up after killing Alexander in self-defense. If Arias actually did change the plates at any time after the killing, then she hurt her own case by saying the plates were moved around prior to the killing.
Changing the plates this way could have prevented cameras from identifying the vehicle from gas station cameras and cameras located at traffic lights. Saying the plates were changed prior to the killing is less believable because who ever had their plates messed with on a personal or rental car, but not stolen? Not very many people, indeed. This means Arias drove 530 miles in California, from Salinas to Ehrenburg, Arizona at the border, and another 470 miles in Arizona, then another 400 miles to Utah, before someone finally noticed the upside-down license plate. She also passed through the very sensitive checkpoint at the Hoover Dam. Here again, you can explain away evidence, but having to explain away 100 different things weakens each of the explanations. The odds this occurrence would happen on the same day her ex boyfriend gets justifiably killed? The odds are loooooong, very long. This is a damning piece of evidence, but not in isolation.
3) The coloring of Jodi Arias’ hair one day before the killing – There is no question that Jodi Arias stopped at a salon in Pasadena and had her hair colored dark brown the day before the killing. This is augmented by the fact that Jodi Arias did not admit to the hair color change until she was forced to by photographic evidence (Selfie taken in the rental car with date / time stamp). However, the fact she took the selfie can be used as evidence that she was not trying to cover up the salon visit and the hair color change was not nefarious. She was visiting one ex and a new love interest that week. One was an ex-boyfriend, and she would want to look her best and the other was a new love interest in West Jordan, Utah she was trying to impress. There was testimony Jodi Arias was short on money until she deposited her latest paychecks, which could explain her going to the beauty salon at the last minute. Item #3 is effectively neutralized.
4) The cell phone which was switched off hours prior to the murder and remained off while Jodi Arias was in Arizona – This is a damning piece of circumstantial evidence. Anyone on a trip out of state, especially a young woman traveling alone, would make it a high priority to have a cell phone available and charged. The simplest explanation, and we invoke Occam’s razor here, (Occam’s razor in the vernacular is simply saying the most straight-forward, simple, explanation is usually the correct one) is that the phone was turned off the entire time Jodi Arias was in Arizona because Jodi Arias wanted it turned off the entire time she was in Arizona. Phone records even show that Jodi Arias turned her phone back on before she was completely out of Arizona, indicating she switched it back on at the very first opportunity. To complicate matters, Jodi Arias said both that she inadvertently ran at out of charge on her phone while at the same time misplacing her charger, as well as stating she deliberately turned the phone off so that Ryan Burns, etc. would not be bothering her with calls.
She also stated to Ryan that she lost her charger and had to buy a new one while telling authorities that she misplaced and later found her charger under the seat of the rental car. If in fact she had lost her charger or ran out of charge, one would think Jodi Arias could charge her phone at Alexander’s home in some way, shape, or form. The cell phone being turned off during the late night ride to Mesa is not as damning as Jodi Arias “maintaining radio silence” at the home and then also throughout Arizona. It appears Alexander made no calls and received no calls on June 4th as well.
Having her cell phone switched on from the night of June 3rd through the entire day of June 4th would have definitively placed Arias in Arizona and marked her path. Again, having the phone off prior to getting to Mesa is not so much of a problem to explain in a way favorable to the defense. The phone being turned off after the crime is also not difficult for the defense to explain. Shutting it off prior to leaving California, having it off all the time Arias was in Alexander’s home, and having it off until almost out of Arizona is a large problem. It’s not so easy to explain away especially in combination with the other pieces of circumstantial evidence
5) A serious argument and fight between Arias and Alexander just days before the gun was stolen and her trip was planned – Jodi Arias had a prolonged and high intensity fight / argument with Alexander. This argument showed Alexander as refusing to give in until he got certain truthful answers which Jodi Arias was not willing to give. In the argument, Travis’ language was abusive, mean, and misogynistic. Arias goes to the extremes of apologizing and even blaming herself. She is constantly trying to get Alexander to move past his anger in regards to certain events, but she is unsuccessful. Alexander is unmoved, and the argument continues throughout the day, lasting a reported marathon 6 hours. Nine days later, Travis was dead in his bathroom shower enclosure.
This was no ordinary argument. It seems that even the 1,028 miles that separated Jodi and Travis was not enough to mitigate their troubles. The prosecution maintains that Travis was moving on and trying to break it off completely with Jodi Arias. The defense maintains that Travis asserted more and more control as he felt Arias slipping out of his grip and moving on to other love interests. Listening to the sex tape of May 10th, it seems that Arias repeatedly tries to get Alexander to commit to coming up to visit her, while Alexander repeatedly tries to not answer her or change the subject. This indicates that the prosecution may have been correct, although Arias would say she was just trying to sustain the friendship part of their relationship.
Jodi Arias trying to get Travis to come up her way, Travis balking and not answering
May 10th – Sex Tape – Alexander and Arias are getting along well, although Alexander balks at plans / invitations for him to come up to the Yreka / Oregon area.
May 26th – Big, Nasty, major argument between Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander
May 28th – .25 gun stolen from Grandparent’s home where Arias is staying.
June 2nd – Arias hits the road to go to various places in California, Mesa Arizona and West Jordan, Utah on long thought about, but hastily arranged trip.
Is that major argument irrefutable proof that this was a murder? No, because this could have given Jodi Arias the impetus to go to Mesa to murder Alexander, or it could have motivated her to meet him face to face in order to straighten out their differences. Is this a major piece of circumstantial evidence? Not in isolation, but when combined with other pieces, it could have some relevance.
6) The theft of a .25 caliber gun from the home Arias was living in 1 week before the murder – A .small 25 caliber pistol was reported stolen form Arias’ grandparent’s house where she was staying, on the afternoon of May 28th. Five days later, Arias was on her way to Mesa, Arizona where Alexander was shot in the face with a .25 caliber gun. Jodi Arias claims that a thief stole the pistol at her Grandparent’s home and that Alexander had a loaded .25 caliber pistol lying around in the closet which he told no one about. No ammo, no accessories and no cleaning supplies were found for the gun. Could Alexander have had an old, loaded .25 pistol just sitting in his closet? Sure, it’s reasonably possible, however Arias had previously told the lead Detective that Alexander did not have a gun. Also, Arias had previously claimed both that the gun was in a box and / or that the gun had a holster. No gun box or gun holster was found in the home. Why did she testify to the box and the holster? Maybe she was worried that the prosecution would claim that if the gun were merely sitting on the closet shelf, there would be oil or a dust imprint or something of that nature. Why else would Arias claim a box and / or a holster that didn’t exist?
To believe Arias’ story, you will have to believe that a thief really did break into her grandparent’s house and stole a .25 caliber gun, plus a few items from each room in the house, ignoring more valuable items two days after she had a giant fight with Alexander and just 5 days before she went to Mesa where Alexander ended up being shot in the face with a .25 gun. Then you also have to believe that, coincidentally, Alexander also had a .25 caliber gun (a rare pistol that fewer and fewer people own since the 1980’s). He kept the gun close to the bathroom in his closet and never used it, but it was also loaded. There are more unlikely facts you would have to believe in order for Arias’ story concerning the gun to work, which I will get into, in more detail, later.
What about the shell casing (Winchester .25 Auto) found in Travis’ bathroom not being the same ammo the grandfather had on hand and the bullet type (round nose bullet) not being the type the Grandfather reported using in his gun (hollow point)? That’s something in Jodi Arias’ favor, but she could have gotten more ammo from a different source, or the Grandfather could have been mistaken. All in all, the .25 caliber bullet and the .25 caliber gun, stolen shortly before the killing, will remain a tough piece of circumstantial evidence against Jodi Arias. Not so much if it were a .22 caliber, 9 mm, .38 caliber or .44 caliber stolen in Yreka and used at the crime scene in Mesa. These popular calibers are much more in use nowadays.
If Jodi Arias claimed complete innocence (It was someone else who killed Alexander), then the .25 would make more sense, because this is an untraceable weapon often used in crimes, but fewer and fewer people have them for normal, law-abiding usage. They don’t have the knock-down or stopping power, and the rounds are too low of a velocity and often bounce or deflect off a target. Most have switched to the higher caliber weapon. Had it been one of these guns, the coincidence would be much less pronounced. Again, this can be explained away in isolation, but it becomes much more damning when put in combination with the other evidence.
The top 10 guns used in crimes in the United States, according to an
unpublished Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms report:
1. Smith and Wesson .38 revolver
2. Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic
3. Lorcin Engineering .380 semiautomatic 4. Raven Arms .25 semiautomatic
5. Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun
6. Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic
7. Smith and Wesson .357 revolver
8. Bryco Arms 9mm semiautomatic
9. Bryco Arms .380 semiautomatic
10. Davis Industries .380 semiautomatic
Handguns Taken in Evidence in California, 1993
What is the most common handgun caliber in the US?
Answer #1 (From 2010)
“As far as the most common handgun caliber, I would say it is a toss up between the 9 mm and the .38 Special. Most police departments don’t use the .38 Special any longer because a semiautomatic has greater firepower and the venerable ‘0l .38 really is a bottom-of-the-line self-defense/combat round. If it were me and I was picking a semiautomatic for self-defense, I would either choose a .40 S & W or a .45 ACP. If I were picking a revolver, I would choose a .357 magnum. They DO and HAVE made revolvers in calibers such as .44 Special and .45 ACP, but they are limited in the number of models and styles from which to choose. Either of those would be more powerful than a 9 mm.”
Answer #2 (from 2010)
“I would say a 9mm. If you have the phobia I wouldn’t recommend a 9mm revolver they are a pain not to mention if it needs parts its not a common gun there for parts would be hard to come by…get a .357 mag plenty of stopping power and can shoot a .38 special round. So it doubles your chances of finding ammo in an anarchy situation. Look into a Ruger SP101 in .357 mag. I have 1 and its a beast it fires everything from .38 special +P to the most powerful .357 mag rounds you can find it will definitely outlast me, I couldn’t break it if I tried. Also look into the Ruger SR9 or SR9C for a 9mm it’s an awesome gun I have 1 of those as well. Ruger knows how to make great guns at even better prices.”
The .25 caliber pistol, one of the most popular being the Raven Arms .25 pistol, commonly called a “Saturday Night Special”. Very likely to be used by a criminal but not very likely to be on hand in a gun owner’s home.
In addition to all this, Arias also bought a 9mm gun shortly after the killing and she duct taped it under the hood of another rental car so well that it wasn’t found until days later. A piece of duct tape was found on Alexander’s master bedroom floor at the crime scene, and Alexander was a certified neat nick. It could have been for his body bug, it could have been from the gun, or it could have been something unrelated.
Keep in mind that I’m a Jodi Supporter and I am dealing with only the proven facts, no speculation and no denying facts or adding facts that are not proven. I have worked with these facts for a long time now, only seeing them as much as possible in the light most favorable to Arias. New information, such as proof positive Arias stole Alexander’s diamond engagement ring and took his original notes for his book, are facts that came out during the 2nd penalty phase of the trial.
Next article: Why the gas can evidence is the most crucial evidence and the crux of the Jodi Arias case.