When I the saw Jodi Arias interview right after she was found guilty of First Degree Murder requesting death, it was obvious to me that she wasn’t believing a word of what she was saying based on her body language, facial expression and voice quality and measured speech pattern.
In my view, it was a ploy and yet another one of her manipulative mind games to say ” I want you to kill me” in hopes that the jury would do exactly the opposite and not grant her satisfaction of yet one more time in getting what she wanted. It was also her way of taking control, just in case she was given the death penalty by saying that is what SHE wanted all along.
As Jodi spoke to the court to try and plead her case as to why she should be given life, she spoke in a cold nonemotional, non heartfelt tone. her posture was extremely erect with her hed up. There was an air of arrogance surrounding her. Her speech pattern was mechanical and stacatto.
When Jodi gave a slide show of her happy family all together for celebratory events it completely contradicted her testimony of being an abused victim in her home. If she was so abused why would she show up for the photo shoots and be all smiles at family functions? This did not help her credibility with the jurors.
She even spoke about her family being the reason why she should not have the death penalty. When she spoke of her father crying for the first time, this also did not seem to ring true. No doubt her father was crying his entire life over the antics his daughter demonstrated. Maybe his tears were silent but no doubt Jodi’s actions brought him much sadness throughout the years.
When she spoke it was as though she was victim by stating that now she can never be a mother and that her nieces will be as close as she will get to becoming a mother.
She said that up until a few weeks ago she had to give up hope that she would ever become a mother. That statement spoke volumes. It showed how she actually did believe the jury would NEVER convict her.
She also mentioned how she wanted to AVOID trial. This is another lie. if she wanted to avoid trial she needed to plead guilty and take her sentence.
She admitted to the jurors that she preferred death but now she saw there were options like all the charitable work she would do in prison from giving up her hair to “Locks of Love” to teaching illiterate inmates how to read. The first thing many jurors may be thinking is ” who would want hair from a murderer?” As far as teaching inmates how to read, with her arrogant. superior attitude and narcissim, her fellow inmates may not take very well to having her as their teacher or instructor. She mentioned other charitable ventures she wanted to pursue in prison with a leaked out smile as though she was looking forward to these ventures.
The reality may be that she may be spending all her time in prison taking care of herself as in the general population she will no doubt be a target for those who may want to pick a fight with her or damage her in order to make a name for themselves because she is so public. Maybe she will be able to have fellow inmates who will be her protectors. Maybe she will pay for their help with her commissary goods or with her artwork.
The reality is also that Jodi will be giving a lot of interviews behind bars which will keep her busy throughout the years and feeding into her ego. She will also be writing or co-writing books, selling her artwork and spending her time drawing and coloring (which she loves doing). She may even make some prison friends by drawing portraits of them. Jodi will always have cash in her commissary account as she will always make money.
She may even find romance behind bars. She may also have disturbed suitors from all over the world who may want to marry her, like Casey Anthony experienced. And like Susan Atkins, a Charles Manson follower who spent her life in prison, she may even marry behind bars.
In any event, Jodi Arias’ life may be fulfilled if she is granted life behind bars with growing her hair, watching TV, teaching reading and spanish to inmates, drawing, coloring, writing, media interviews, and having some sort of love life.
Travis on the other hand will have none of these things.The photo of him naked and vulnerable in the shower haunts me as I am sure it will haunt many of the jurors. Here is where many believe that an “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ may be the solution as jurors may realize that Travis can’t give to charity, watch TV, or do media interviews, or teach, or have a love life ever again. Whether or not he was an angel, he didn’t deserve to be killed so horrifically.
By Jodi sharing what she CAN do while she is still alive, it magnifies what Travis CAN’T do now that he is dead.Perhaps the jury will see this as they make their final decision as to whether she lives or dies. The fact that she didn’t give a heartfelt apology to what she did to Travis and look directly at his family and apologize to them may have sealed her fate.