Jodi Arias’s mother sits each day in the courtroom with another woman who looks similar to her. The reason they look so similar is that they are twin sisters.
But what these twins are doing in the courtroom is not helping Jodi. They are laughing and chucking with one another as though they are sharing inside jokes. This is very disrespectful and is not helping Jodi in terms of jury perception.
The rest of the time her mother is looking non reactive or hostile as she gazes ahead to look at Jodi. Juries do look at family members. They see how family members react , if they are present , and how they behave.
The mother doesn’t look over at Jodi with any loving look. When there are salacious sexual details out of Jodi’s mouth as the camera pans to her, there is no emotional reaction. It is a though she is watching paint dry on a wall.
The only emotional reaction is when she is laughing with her sister. Does she think this trial is a big jok?. Or is she secretly happy Jodi finally got what she deserved for possibly being such a bad daughter in her view. Ther eis clearly some deep seated hostility between them.
There does not seem to be any love lost between the two of them. Perhaps her mother is angry for Jodi for either revealing the family beating secrets or for lying about being beaten by her mother.
In the courtroom Jodi said how she was severely beaten as a child by both her mother and father as she said “ Life was ideal up until I was aged seven. Parents would spank us and around seven-years old it started getting more intense.”
Just as a note most abusive parents dont start spanking at age 7. They do it way before that time, so this statement seems like a lie to me.
Then Jodi continues, ‘My dad started using a belt.My mom began to carry a wooden spoon on her purse.”It was a wooden kitchen spoon and if we misbehaved she would use it on my brother and I, she would hit us hard with it.’It left welts on my body.“Dad didn’t leave welts as often as my mom – she also used a belt. “
In my view this last statement was way too much information about her dad and the welts which also make me question how truthful she was being. Also belts leave welts so one again she appears to me to be lying.
Then Jodi adds, My dad was quite intimidating so didn’t need to use strength to get his point across. My mother did.’
Now here is where it is very revealing concerning Jodi and her mother’s relationship. Jodi was asked in court if she loved her mother, She took a pause and quietly responded, ‘yes’.
That quiet yes, and the pause says it all. It shows ambivalence. It wasn’t a loud yes or a yes that could be heard but a quiet yes. It spoke loud volumes about their relationship.
Jodi a;sp talked at length about the relationship she had with her parents growing up and claimed she was subjected to beatings.
‘They were intense and increased in frequency as I got older,’ Jodi said. ‘I don’t recall how many times a week but it could be any thing from four times a week to once every two weeks.‘I didn’t like being hit so I would squirm around a little but the more we did the harder we would get hit.
‘My mother broke my brother’s hand once when he tried to block one of her blows. As I got into a teenager, my dad would get rougher and rougher.‘
So here is where she contradicts herself regarding the beatings. First she says her dad was just intimidating anf didn’t need to use strength to get his point across and then she says he got rougher and rougher.
She added: ‘When I was younger I remember feeling betrayed and confused that my mother was beating me.’As I got older it made me mad and I didn’t get why she was punishing me. I was mad at her and it hurt. I loved her but it put a strain on our relationship.”
Her adding I loved her was once again too much information and when she used the word BUT and said it put a strain on their relationship, it clearly shows her ambivalence towards her mother. The she goes on to say
‘My dad never beat me with his fist – he would just shove me into furniture and the piano, tables, desk, chairs, whatever was around. One time I even passed out. This was when I was 16 or 17. Not as often with my dad as with my mom. If I did something to upset them it would happen. Sometimes I got grounded. I loved my father even when he was beating me.’
Again this contracts what she said earlier about her father not using force to make his point. So now we she he used so much force that Jodi passed out. Again it appears to me that she is lying. When she said I loved mu father– it was in the past tense which is significant as well. It also showed her ambivalence that she loved her father even when he was beating me.”
She then told the packed courtroom that the beatings continued throughout high school. She also stated that one night she snuck out at night with friends and when her parents woke up and found out, she said her father hit her across the face, knocking her to the ground.
Once again it shows how she lied earlier about her father not using force. Knocking someone to the ground takes a lot of foce.
Following the end of the relationship with a young man Jodi moved in with, she said that she moved in with her grandparents after she broke up with the boyfriend because she did not want to return to the abusive atmosphere of her parents’ house.
While Jodi is full of lies, this may be something that may ring true. She may have had problems with her parents for whatever reason.
The one thing that we have seen for sure is that there is no loving relationship between Jodi and her mother.
When Jodi’s mother isn’t busy laughing with her sister or having no visible facial reaction to Jodi, she is taking copious notes- maybe she’s keeping a journal as well.
Perhaps the mother is plannig to write a tell all book telling us how awful Jodi was as a daughter, what a liar she wall all her life and how she lied about being hit by her as this mother cashes in on her daughter’s infamy.