Murder, Especially the Jodi Arias Case, Can Be Mesmerizing

by Diane Dimond on April 6, 2015

Jodi Arias Before Turning to Murder

Jodi Arias – Seen Before Resorting to Murder

In the summer of 2008, Jodi Arias stabbed her boyfriend nearly thirty times, slashed his throat, shot him in the head and left him in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona home. Eleven days later, the attractive 28-year-old was arrested and the public became transfixed by her case.

Nearly seven years after the vicious murder Arias has yet to be sentenced on the finding that she is guilty of the first-degree premeditated murder of Travis Alexander. Two separate juries have deadlocked on whether she should be executed for the crime.

Now, under Arizona law, the death penalty is off the table and later this month a judge will finally announce her sentence – likely life in prison.

Legions of court watchers remain fascinated by her case. And I want to understand why that murder of all the murders in America has commanded so much public attention.

In Happier Times, Arias and Alexander

In Happier Times, Arias and Alexander

“If she was a homely, overweight Korean man we’d never have heard about her,” Dr. Scott Bonn, a professor of sociology and criminology told me during a conversation from his office at Drew University. He believes Arias was demonized by the media from the beginning.

To put it bluntly, he said, “Pretty young white girls who sing in the choir are just not supposed to hack up their boyfriends.”

But she did. She ultimately admitted to committing the murder, saying it was self-defense. But she first told police she wasn’t at Alexander’s home when he died. She also once claimed masked intruders suddenly broke in, assaulted her and murdered Alexander.

What a liar! Is that why so many people, worldwide, were mesmerized by her case? Was the attraction her ability to tell such bald-faced lies?

Dr. Scott Bonn, Criminologist and Author

Dr. Scott Bonn, Criminologist and Author

Dr. Bonn, who teaches courses on sociology and criminal behaviors, thinks it goes deeper than that. It’s not about Jodi, it’s about us.

Two very different camps of people have persistently followed the case and viscerally either hate or love this convicted killer, their feelings fueled by massive and exploitative TV coverage. HLN’s Nancy Grace led the charge and when her ratings soared other TV outlets jumped on the Arias bandwagon.

Those who see Arias as the Devil incarnate have long demanded her execution and when one juror – juror #17 – deprived them by refusing to vote for the death penalty the 33-year old mother of three had her identity and home address plastered across the internet. She has received death threats and police protection.

Arias Took This Photo of Alexander in Shower Minutes Before Murder

Arias Took This Photo of Alexander in the Shower Minutes Before Murder

But others continue to passionately support Arias. They proclaim her innocence and viciously attack the late Travis Alexander, calling him a domestic abuser and pedophile, repeating Arias’ unsubstantiated claims at trial that she had been victimized by Alexander and had once caught him looking at child porn. They fervently believe the claim of self-defense.

Why do so many of us expend so much psychic energy either loving or hating defendants like Jodi Arias? Why does anyone bother to spend time vilifying witnesses or reporters or threatening jurors? Dr. Bonn says the fixation stems from society’s angry and fearful nature.

“Since 9-11 …. We’re waiting for the next shoe to fall, we don’t know who to trust anymore,” he said.  “So we go around believing the world is full of evil … We’re looking for justice these days and if Jodi is put to death then we feel justice is returning.”

Dr. Randle Studies and Writes About the Arias Case

Dr. Randle Studies and Writes About the Arias Case

Dr. Kristina Randle, a psychotherapist who works with troubled young women, writes that Arias supporters are likely damaged souls who identify with the killer’s claims of abuse by Alexander. Female supporters, she writes, may be, “Hating themselves for not being able to end their abuse and now celebrate the fact that … Jodi’s victory is now their victory.” Male supporters of this convicted killer may be on her side because, “They watched their father abuse their mother, couldn’t stop the abuse and now celebrate Jodi’s achieving what they could not.”

Maybe the mesmerized just lead boring lives and need something to fill the void.

Dr. Bonn, author of a recent book on serial killers, has written to Jodi Arias to ask her to participate in a book about how her legal process has proceeded over the years under the white hot glare of unrelenting media coverage.  If she says yes his readers may get a glimpse of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a justice system that struggles mightily — yet fruitlessly — to stay detached from public opinion.

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Reader Dana Peterson 426 writes:

“Hello Diane:
Quote: “What a liar! Is that why so many people, worldwide, were mesmerized by her case? Was the attraction her ability to tell such bald-faced lies?”
There is a group of people who follow this trial that nobody has talked about. Victims & survivors of the stalked! I am female & a survivor of being stalked in the 1970’s, before cell phones, text messaging & all the modern technology and before the police took it seriously. Jodi’s pattern of her stalking Travis brought back my PTSD from 40 years ago! There was a final attack & attempt of my life by my stalker who was NOT charged & I spent the next 20 years hiding & looking over my shoulder. Then Jodi does 3 major network interviews ….she put herself out there – nobody made her lie like a rug. When the trial began in 2013 & I learned the details of her stalking methods …. I became frozen & couldn’t function. I joined 3 secret facebook groups – each member has their own stalk/survivor story – we watched the trial together & vented. It helped a lot.
Quote: “Scott Bonn, a professor of sociology and criminology told me during a conversation from his office at Drew University. He believes Arias was demonized by the media from the beginning.” I disagree that the media demonized her. They didn’t have to. She put herself out on the limelight because she craves the attention & thinks she is a famous star. She continues to do so & Scott is just feeding her pathological needs.
Scott should interview George Zimmerman! He was demonized, crucified & multiple lies were told by MSM & TV networks!”

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Jackie April 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Dana Peterson, that was an absolutely wonderful comment to the Jodi Arias fascination article. I think too few of us even considered how the details of this crime may effect certain viewers because of their histories. I applaud you for your courage to share your story and I thank you for making me realize that there is far more to the televising of such court cases than simple morbid curiosity. There are lives which have been crippled by crimes perpetrated against them who suffer from the constant news updates in all their gruesome detail, on every network until the cases are over. Best of luck!

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm

ABQ Journal Reader Peter Schweich writes:

Dear Ms. Diamond, (sic)

In your recent article, you write: “If she says yes his readers may get a glimpse of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a justice system that struggles mightily – yet fruitlessly – to stay detached from public opinion.”

I would like to point out that all verdicts in our judicial system are, in fact, based on opinion. Juries are the “finders of fact” and not interpreters of the law. And, as juries are drawn from the public, their verdict is, by definition, “public opinion.”

I don’t agree with Prof. Bonn. Jodi Arias did not fascinate us because she was (to some) a “pretty, young white [girl] who [sang] in the choir [and] not supposed to hack up [her] [boyfriend].” Numerous unattractive men (and women) have also dominated the news during their trials and appeals and the origin of this phenomenon would be difficult to trace. I think it is solely a function of the spin the media puts on crime, the trial and the punishment to turn it into drama, as well as the peculiar interest many have in witnessing, or coming as close as they can to witness, a tragic event: similar to the traffic jam that occurs on the opposite side of a highway because of the “gawkers.”

You are likely too young to remember the media attention surrounding the Nuremberg Trials, the Rosenberg trial and execution, the Alger Hiss trial, etc. None of the defendants in those trials were “pretty young girls.” It is just that now there is social media and a hundred cable stations that all cover the same salacious event and, almost by default, it becomes entertainment. Times haven’t changed much since many would gather around the guillotine on a pleasant Sunday afternoon to watch heads drop into a basket as they knitted or had a picnic.

Warm regards,

Peter

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Noozhawk Reader Lee Silver writes:

“Wait a damn minute, She started it first with committing a
heinous murder, interjected herself into the investigation casting dispersion
on a former roommate to deflect the investigation from herself. Then once arrested she lied through her teeth and tried to pin it on two innocent people, did multiple media interviews spouting lie after lie and tried to play the victim. On one she indignantly challenged the legal system with her now famous proclamation that “no jury will convict me,because I am innocent, mark my words”
(Notice, she was attempting to manipulate the public and future jurors through media.)

She tried to sell a fake pedophile admission letter by Travis to National Enquirer another “news” source. Then in jail, she wrote letters also proclaiming her innocence to the victim’s family, Travis’s employer and the guy she hunched mere hours after slicing and dicing a defenseless man. She set up twitter accounts further trying to influence public opinion for her and against the murdered man. Supporters set up Facebook pages and sites to sell her “art work” and scream it from the rooftop that she was in essence “Mother Theresa” and Travis was the devil.

During trial, she used very trick in the book to cast blame away from her claiming self-defense and the fact that poor Jodi was abused. What a crock and those paying attention to the case didn’t buy it and neither did the jury. They tried repeatedly to slander Travis good name and they failed miserably. However, the jurors did feel some emotional abuse happened and she was mentally ill thus no ruling for death however the evidence was overwhelming for a guilty verdict. Hell, how many defendants admit their guilt and have pictures to prove it!!!!!
Her parents made a disgusting you tube video begging for money for their “wrongfully convicted” daughter and her Aunt tweeted that the Alexander’s “needed to apologize to them for how Travis treated pure virginal Jodi who never in their eyes did anything wrong”. Her sister still has a Facebook Page and Twitter open to the public to further keep the charade going. If you go on her support pages, her minions post disgusting pictures and far fetched conspiracy theories. After conviction, she gave multiple media interviews and still continued to play the victim. All trials especially sensational ones have very strong following and have opinions. Especially if you are like Jodi and recounted every make out session and
f**k fest she had her entire life. However,jurors do a good job separating fact from fiction or not convicting when there is not enough evidence even if they believe in their heart of the defendants guilt. Casey Anthony comes to mind.

Do not give her a forum to continue to bask in the spotlight or again play the victim as if it is the public’s fault she was convicted, not the fact that she stabbed Travis 27 times, literally almost sawed his head off then shot him in the head, dragged his dead body back into the shower where she washed off his blood in the same shower that Travis laid dead. She let him rot for days and went on her merry way, hunching a dude, lunching with his friends and to add insult to injury attended his memorial services acting like the grieving widow.

She has loved every minute of the attention and has created
this media storm all by herself by broadcasting her sexual proclivity for all the world to see, trying to manipulate the media and now even manipulating you to think anything she has to say is significant or worth reporting. The only thing anyone wants to hear from that psycho torture murderer is why and while it will never happen that she is sorry. I am disgusted with the tone of your piece and considering Jodi worthy of your attention to imply that the media had anything to do with her conviction of in case you forget: 1st degree premeditated and felony murder.”
If you do manage an interview, which she will revel in, no need to hurry as she will be rotting in Perryville Prison for her entire sorry life so you have plenty of time.”

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Noozhawk Reader Snowflake writes:

“Excuse me? We heard about the case because Jodi Arias dragged the media into it. She was the one who tried to exploit the press, and it blew up in her face. Most people have immediately seen right through this murderer’s bs, however, I see that there are still a few morons who are buying into it, Scott. Too bad for Jodi, you have no influence in any capacity that could possibly help this vicious, cold-blooded killer get away with her heinous crime.

Oh and by the way, on what exactly are you basing your opinion that she was abused? A few angry text messages that Jodi herself undoubtedly provoked with stalking, abusive behaviour of her own, i.e. sneaking in doggy doors, sleeping under Xmas trees, hacking into e-mail and facebook accounts, slashing tires (if you read the texts where Travis accuses her, she never once denies it), sending insulting and hugely hypocritical text messages to Travis’s new girlfriend, peeking through his window while he’s kissing another girl; and this list goes on. Jeez, who’s the victim here?

And as you may recall, Jodi went to Travis; not the other way around. NEVER the other way around, actually! And, in what universe are 29 stab wounds, a slashed throat, and a bullet to the head ever considered to be self-defense injuries? God, another quack doctor on the Arias team! Yeah, you go ahead and collaborate with this monster who laughed and giggled and rolled her eyes throughout the entire trial, who called the murder victim a pedophile and an abuser without a single shred of proof, who has basically spit in the faces of every one of Travis’s family members and friends, not to mention the fact that MOST victims of domestic violence don’t actually believe that Jodi was abused; because as THEY all know, most victims don’t drive 1,000 miles out of their way to visit their abusers in the middle of the night without even telling anyone where they’re going (just in case something were to happen, you know).

But hey, you’re the big expert right? Yeah, so I’ll just run right out and buy your ridiculous book the minute it comes out. I’ll get right on that!”

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Wow, Snowflake … you are on an unsubstantiated tear here. Dr. Bonn never said he thought Arias was a victim of abuse. Dr. Bonn does not buy Arias’ “self defense” defense….although I don’t mean to speak for him.
His focus is not on whether she is guilty or not (I get the distinct feeling he believes she is 1000% guilty) – his focus as a criminologist and former TV network executive is to understand why such criminals mesmerize so many of us.
I think you are ascribing your problems with other’s attitudes about Arias with Dr. Bonn. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond April 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

Snowflake replies again:

>>> “If she says yes, his readers may get a glimpse of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a justice system that struggles mightily — yet fruitlessly — to stay detached from public opinion.” >>>

If the justice system is struggling so mightily to stay detached from public opinion, maybe don’t let prisoners with cases pending give press conferences and interviews. And now Dr. Bonn wants to interview this convicted murderer for a book? Isn’t that just inviting more public opinion . . . and cashing in on it, no less. This horrible woman needs to be locked away in a cage and forgotten about. Enough publicity and attention for this murderess, already. Every time she opens her mouth, she spreads venomous lies about the victim. She’s had her chance to speak, and then some. She needs her program shut down, once and for all. If he wants to interview somebody for his book so badly, maybe he could interview the Alexander family and ask them how it feels to have a loved one slaughtered and then have his name publicly dragged through the mud with unsubstantiated accusations and claims by the woman who tortured and butchered him. I’d be much more interested in their point of view than the opinion of a lying, cold-blooded killer – whose opinion I’ve already heard ad nauseum, by the way. Another interview . . . Jesus!! I won’t be reading his damn book.”

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Christina Doerner April 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm

I agree with you Snowflake

I would like to hear how the victim’s family went through the court case, and all the further injustices carried out behind closed secret chambers meetings.. Heard enough of JA.. I was interested in this case, because I could hardly believe how the Judge ruled throughout this entire process.. she allowed a complete circus to carry on. Other cases were over and done with in a few weeks. The blundering Judge allowed a ton of bs evidence in from the defense, and yet did not allow the state to present real facts.. it was the gong show..

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Noozhawk reader Arizona Sky writes:

“Her delusional cult are ensuring Jodi will never see the light of day.”

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Noozhawk Reader George Barwood writes:

“Alternatively, supporters may have looked closely and rationally at the State’s “evidence” and found it to be bullshit that makes no sense.”

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Noozhawk Reader Kathy Dreher to George Barwood writes:

“It’s sad how stupid you are.”

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Noozhawk Reader Lee Silver replies to Kathy Dreher:

“Stupid does not even begin to describe this lunatic. He forgot two key facts: A man is dead and Jodi admitted to killing him! One of the most idiotic things he had to say is is that in essence “in all of history, women have not committed this type crime.”

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Diane Dimond April 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Noozhawk Reader Rick Gimbel writes:

“While I agree that the prosecution was more intent on arguing against the defense’s “self defense” claim, rather than argue the truth…Jodi is very much guilty as hell.
She most certainly shot first, and not in self defense.”

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Stacy April 6, 2015 at 8:03 pm

I think there is a fascination with murders of this sort particularly since Arias doesn’t necessarily fit the profile of what many had come to understand. America is celebrity obsessed as well as scandal obsessed. Everyone wanted to know her back story but really the only story is she’s a cold blooded killer and the problem some are having is she’s the proverbial girl next store.

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

Facebook Friend Jackie Morin writes:

“Diane, not every case is fascinating. This one was b/c of the injuries, Dr. MacNeill because of the inhumanity & Casey Anthony b/c there was a child involved. Some cases that are featured on TV are real snoozers. It takes something unique to be fascinating in this age of gratuitous violence. OJ did that for us!”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:32 am

Facebook Friend Jennie Eaton Cheatham writes:

“I saw the trial..travesty. .judge lost control on 3rd day..the words stick with me that a crime scene investigator said..Jody was very calculated. ..she thought about this long and hard…she made a few newbie mistakes…she used the washing machine which had traces of blood. ..but she took her socks off before going down stairs. ..at the end of the kill where Travis lay…the investigator said it looked like a wildebeest migration has trampled around Travis’s body..she drug him back to shower and tried to clean up her work. ..blood is not easy..she got tired…”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:33 am

Facebook Friend Madeline Michele Hovey writes:

“I find all trials fascinating because its someone’s family member. This one because she a cold blooded, heartless killer and admitted it and it was brutal. I hope she gets LWOP since she didn’t get the DP. J4TA…”

DD Note: Translation: Justice For Travis Alexander

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:35 am

Facebook Friend Vicki Ober Messier writes:

“She’s a calculated cold blooded murderer. ..All trials fascinate me. ..murder is murder period…I agree with Madeline ..J4TA LWOP”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:35 am

Facebook Friend Paiger Swift writes:

“I find all trials fascinating because they involve someone & their family & all have some element of evil and surprise & it just amazes me how people can be so heartless and cold blooded and get away with it. JA is a demon in human form. She better get LWOP the scum bag!”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:36 am

Facebook Friend Ronald Jeffries Tallman writes:

“She gets either life with no parole or with the possibility of parole after 25 yrs. This story is scarier than any fiction writer could come up with. Is it the media that creates interest or is the public asking. Like CaseyAnthony we all waited for new stories and drama and watched incredulously ; sometimes frustrated with the juries. There is no common sense sometimes. Trolls will always be under the bridge; some of them went to law school.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:37 am

Facebook Friend Andrea Saint James writes:

“I must be the only person who didn’t know who Arias was/is or the crime she committed. I don’t know how that could happen. But there are just some crimes that get attention because people DO want justice. I was caught by what the police did in NY to Eric Gardner.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:37 am

Facebook Friend John R. Collings writes:

“I am not the least bit interested in her and don’t get it… at all.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

Facebook Friend Becky Wodrich writes:

“For me it’s only because I love anything with/about true crimes, law enforcement, forensics, detective work and so on …”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

Facebook Friend Drew Rutberg writes:

“Honestly I think we just want see her get what she deserves. We always do with these people that are smarter than law and smarter than rest of us or do they think. I think we rejoice in their failure and that failure shows us all the system may be broken at times but is far from dead.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

Facebook Friend Ken Pippin writes:

“The only thing that’s amazing is that she thought she could convince someone to believe her.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:41 am

Facebook Friend Neil Breen writes:

“……..it’s caused by a general decline in the basic intelligence of the human race.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:41 am

Facebook Friend Monty Warner writes:

” Sociopath culture…”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:42 am

Facebook Friend Marilyn Rundle writes:

“I will be shocked if she does not get LWOP. Can’t imagine the judge giving her anything less.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:43 am

Facebook Friend Cheryl MacEntee writes:

“Case of jealousy in the worst, causing horrific loss of life, no matter who or how you try to spin it AGAIN. She took a life in gruesome detail put out there for all to see. Guilty as charged and quit wasting tax payers $ AGAIN for the second time!!! It would have been a done decision for me the first time around.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:44 am

Facebook Friend Karyle Alessi writes:

“There is NOTHING cute about a soulless psycho who over killed a man because he didn’t want to be with her anymore. I used to vomit in my mouth every time Jane Velez and Nancy Grace called her beautiful.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

Facebook Friend Suzan Clark writes:

“It’s watching someone nearly get away with a heinous act, and ‘even’ when they are caught – they squirm out of it. Once finally ‘penned in’ by the irrefutable truth (hopefully)- then they ‘smirk’…not offering an ounce of remorse.
Good people do not like to see predators benefit. People follow the case because they are ‘waiting’ and ‘wanting’ that person to be caught- and have that smirk disappear from their face. Jodi’s type is literally–contempt of the human spirit, with those who value fairness and life.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:56 am

Twitter Pal millen_nicole writes:

“@DiDimond it’s the gruesome nature of the crime. It is also unfathomable that an attractive girl would ruin her life over a guy.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:57 am

Twitter Pal HelenCulver1 writes:

“DiDimond I care because #travisalexander was a remarkable man. I am inspired by his spirit and the love and endurance of his family.#J*4*T*”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

Twitter Pal shoelalalover writes:

“@DiDimond Her lies and behavior are all things that draw people. Much like Bundy, Manson, Zodiac. All people w/ no consience.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

Twitter Pal Mint_mulatto writes:

@DiDimond Attractive + White Woman + Crime = Ratings. #jodiarias #amandaknox #natalieholloway #caseyanthony #elizabethsmart”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

Twitter Pal responds:

“shoelalalover writes to:
@Mint_mulatto @DiDimond
It’s not her looks because she not cute. It’s her smug personality & content of crime.”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Twitter Pal Pife2647 writes:

“@DiDimond I am definitely not mesmerized, I’m appalled!”

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Diane Dimond April 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Twitter Pal juliekiel writes:

“@DiDimond it’s her utter denial at what was obvious.”

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Sandra Webber April 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

“Eleven days later, the attractive 28-year-old was arrested and the public became transfixed by her case.”

This basic fact is wrong. She was not arrested “eleven days later”. I find it interesting that no one has yet pointed this out.

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Diane Dimond April 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Sandra –
Thanks for pointing out my error. The murder occurred June 4, 2008 – Arias was arrested July 15, 2008. It was a MONTH and 11 days later. My apologies.

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LindaNewYork April 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Ms. Webber is yet another Arias FAN that likes to point out very minute errors to deflect from the FACT that Jodi Arias is a convicted murder. Yet always leaves out the glaring evidence that convicted her.

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Sandra Webber April 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

You’re welcome, Diane. I’m not a “fan” of Jodi as one of my shadows felt compelled to say to you below. I’m intrigued and unsatisfied with all of the illogical leaps in Juan’s story, as well as the many lies and gross prosecutorial misconduct that seemed required to convict Jodi. Clues abound that there is a much bigger story here. Would that story hurt or help Jodi? I truly don’t know. But I would think that BOTH sides of this would want to know more. I find it very odd that the “justice for Travis” folks don’t seem to care if there was more involved, including others directly involved in Travis’ death. Jodi seems to be enough for them.

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Cherylann April 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

What are you talking about here? Clearly, you did not follow this trial and the social media frenzy at all. She has a HANDFUL of followers…not anymore than a couple of old bald horny men who listen to her sex tape over and over and fantasize about her. The other couple of gals are her demented family members trying to keep her alive. If you actually go to the JAII site you can see for yourself it is the same 12 people commenting, and JADE who writes articles regarding the murder, is in fact Jody, trying to relieve that moment over and over with her gruesome trophy photos and ridiculous ideas of what ‘actually’ happened. She has played the media, she brought it all on herself and her family and old men and dumb woman supporters will eventually die away. Why you thought to write that her case and our hate is about 911 and our need for justice is just so far way out there I can’t even imagine how anyone came up with that nonsensical bs. She brings up the hate in people because of her bold face lying, and seeming getting away with her lies about travis…shouting to anyone who will listen that his life was worth nothing, therefore she is a victim. She is evil. She is facinating to watch because it is rare to see such psychopathic and pathological liars at work. The more we follow this case, the more lies and stalking and fake emails and text that she conjured up…it has nothing to do with 911. really bad article.

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Diane Dimond April 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Cherylann, This article was focused on why so many members of the public were fascinated by this case. Period. Was it Arias’ odd behavior and manipulations or did it say more about US that we became so engrossed in every little detail of her trial.
BTW, there was no mention made that Jodi Arias had an equal number of those who thought she was guilty and those who supported her. ~ DD

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LindaNewYork April 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm

My fascination with this trial, was that yet another murder, and her defense attorney’s, were allowed to throw out absolute nonsense, and attack the VICTIM with tales of abuse and pedophilia, with ZERO evidence, coupled with this murders myriad of TV interviews that showed her exactly for what she is: a lying, manipulating, callous, narsissistic woman scorned. That is what fascinated me.

And I agree with what someone said above: That due to social media and hundreds of cable channels, there are more places to discuss a trial, instead of around the “water cooler” and only reading the newspaper and watching snippets on the nightly news. If social media was around during, say, the OJ, Pamela Smart, Amy Fisher, Manson trials, hell, even the Lizzie Borden trial, etc.. there would have been just as much “buzz” as there ws for this trial

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George Barwood April 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm

“But others continue to passionately support Arias. They proclaim her innocence and viciously attack the late Travis Alexander, calling him a domestic abuser and pedophile, repeating Arias’ unsubstantiated claims at trial that she had been victimized by Alexander and had once caught him looking at child porn. They fervently believe the claim of self-defense.”

As a supporter, I object to “viciously attack”.

I believe I concentrate on discussing and analysing the evidence, and avoid emotive statements that logically follow from my conclusions.

The key question in this case is whether Jodi returned the gas can to Walmart. That in turn depeneds on whether the records were all transferred in the store move in 2010. Amanda Webb admitted in teh penalty retrial that she did not know if they were transferred intact. This needs to be investigated.

Based on other circumstances, especially a lack of realistic motive, I have concluded Travis attacked Jodi, as she testified.

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