The Secret Life of Jodi Arias

eBook - 2013
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"On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: with twenty-nine knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in the case was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, the attractive and soft-spoken Jodi Arias. Though Arias initially said that she was nowhere near the scene of the crime, little about this case was as it seemed, and before long she had been caught lying to police. As the investigation progressed, her lies evolved multiple times before finally resting on an appalling claim: she had killed Travis in self-defense. Along the way, startling details emerged about the Mormon couple's relationship, and soon graphic stories of their lurid sexual encounters and jealousy-driven blowouts revealed a dark side to their life together. These revelations launched a trial filled with sex and deception but also raised substantial questions about Arias's deceit, as people from across the country struggled to understand the bizarre world of Jodi Arias. Now, award-winning broadcast journalist and bestselling author Jane Velez-Mitchell, a veteran of some of the most storied court cases in recent memory, goes behind the scenes of the trial and into the mind of a killer. Using insider accounts from friends who knew Travis and Jodi, Velez-Mitchell turns her sharply-focused lens on Arias and offers her seasoned perspective on the case's most pressing questions. Separating fact from fiction, she reports on the bizarre and explicit stories that have both shocked and fascinated the American public--from Jodi's romantic history before meeting Travis, to their torrid sex life together, to the complicated role their Mormon faith played in the relationship's demise. With unbridled access to the evidence and the case's key players, Velez-Mitchell unearths Jodi's contentious life with those closest to her, examining the paranoid and erratic behavior behind each relationship and illustrating the disturbing pattern of a murderer in the making."-- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062304001
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 338 p., [16] p. of color plates) : ill.
Subjects: Arias, Jodi, 1980-
Alexander, Travis Victor, 1977-2008.
Electronic books.
Trials (Murder) -- Arizona.
Trials (Murder) -- Arizona -- Maricopa County.
True crime stories.


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Dec 10, 2014

I did not have high hopes for this book, thinking of it as just a trashy read, but this book was truly terrible. The writing was full of cliches and thin analogies. What was particularly upsetting was the fact that this book was downright misogynistic at times - trying to use Jodi's appreciation of sex as evidence that she is evil. I have no question in my mind that Jodi committed the murder, but equating her sex life to being a psychopath, while portraying Travis as an innocent who had no part in their sexual activity was just plain wrong. I did not finish this book.

May 30, 2014

I've read and watch everything I can about this case and I want more

Mar 20, 2014

Appallingly biased. I had heard of the trial but not followed it, and was looking for an objective account. This is NOT it. The author has a frothing hate for the accused woman, and unrealistically deifies the victim. She takes everything that Jodi does or doesn't do as somehow evil, to the point of absurdity. As women are violently murdered by their partners every day in North America, it's curious to me that this case of a woman murderer brought so much out of proportion public vitriol.

Feb 13, 2014

Like so many others around the world, I watched quite a bit of this trial (still available on YouTube) and was stunned by the outrage Jodi Arias caused. Jane Velez-Mitchell does a very good job and her prose is easy to read. It became clear that this case was tried in the media and public forums and I was horrified to learn that people who planned on testifying on Arias' behalf received so many death threats that they backed off from peer pressure. Lawyers for Arias presented a plea deal in 2011 and JVM shows you how Juan Martinez refused to even consider it and as a result cost Arizona millions of tax dollars. Does Arias deserve the death penalty? After reading Exposed and reviewing the defense witnesses that did show up, I'm not so sure.


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