Keeping Stories Straight

Arias in court earlier this week (courtesy of Matt York/AP)

At the top of most newscasts in Arizona is the ongoing trial of Jodi Arias, a 32-year-old woman accused of murdering her lover, 30-year-old Travis Alexander.

Alexander’s body was discovered in his shower in June 2008, five days after he was killed. He had been shot in the head, stabbed more than 25 times and had his throat slit.

At first, Arias claimed that intruders were responsible for the murder. Her story changed once forensic evidence placed her at the scene and a short time later, she finally confessed to the murder.

In terms of motive, Arias claimed that Alexander was abusive and that she only killed him in self-defense. He supposedly freaked out when she dropped his camera while photographing him in the shower.

This is the same camera in which authorities later discovered a number of explicit sex photos of the couple. These were eventually used to pin the murder on Arias.

In her description of their relationship, Arias claimed that Alexander abused her and made her feel “like a prostitute.” Unfortunately, this contradicts a number of early statements she made to friends and even reporters.

In other words, Arias keeps flip-flopping on her story so much that by now, almost everyone believes she murdered Alexander in a jealous rage.

The victim, Travis Alexander (courtesy of ABC News)

One thing that really poked holes in Arias’ story was a sex tape that prosecutors discovered. In it, she mentioned how Alexander made her feel “like a goddess” rather than a prostitute, as she originally claimed. They even presented text message exchanges between Arias and Alexander that contradicted her original claim that their relationship was an abusive one.

Maybe it’s me, but I feel like a shot in the head, 27 stab wounds and a slit throat would be overkill even for someone defending themselves against an abusive lover. The guy was in the shower at the time, so I can only assume he was also naked and unarmed. Even if he was abusive, a gunshot to the head would be enough to end his life and, subsequently, the abuse.

Of course, someone who was abused may also turn to a knife to unleash the fear and frustration they suffered at their abuser‘s hand, so who knows what really happened.

The fortunate thing is that based on her changing stories and obvious lies, Arias is removing all doubt that she is the murderer in question. Unless she can prove this abuse really occurred, which will be tough now that her alleged abuser is dead, it’s likely Arias will face serious consequences. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose.

But for Arias, it’s not looking good.

Posted on March 1, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Her first story was that she wasn’t there, 2nd was the intruders. And she didn’t confess to murder, just confessed to killing him.

    • What a tool. If you’re going to lie, you have to get your shit straight first and stick to it. Not that I’m plotting anything, of course… LOL

      Hope you’re doing well, my brother!

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