Alyce Laviolette is back in the news. Recently she was interviewed by CNN’s Ted Rowlands. She once again took to the public airwaves to have her words presented to the millions of people. She was not forced to give this interview, just as she was not forced to testify on behalf of Jodi Arias.
In her interview, Ms. LaViolette said that she would not be testifying in Jodi’s upcoming trial because of the death threats and negative backlash that she received when first testifying on Jodi’s behalf.
If you remember after her testimony in the first trial she was quite indignant that she was being severely criticized by many people including public spokespeople for domestic violence organizations.
Remember people, when you voluntarily decide to ascend to the national public podium you can no longer hide your words from widespread national scrutiny. Millions of people will listen to you, judge you and form and vocalize an opinion. Alyce thought that she would be well received. She was not. The opinions and ideas that she had formed and worked on over many years were now being placed in front of a very large public audience. Her theories were no longer being presented to small groups of people. Her theories were now placed before the public at large. She quickly found out that most people simply didn’t accept the “wisdom” that she was trying to sell.
Alyce was shocked to see how the public reacted. Before she decided to testify, someone who cared about her well-being should have taken her aside, and told her the following. “Alyce, you’ve been a small fish in a small pond. Your ideas and theories may be right or may be wrong but most people have never come across or been presented with your theories. Millions of people will watch or read your testimony at the Jodi Arias trial. If you’re right in your theories of domestic violence, then most people will agree with you and you will be well received. But if your theories, thoughts and conclusions about Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander are wrong, you will be severely criticized and rejected. Do you want to take that chance at this late stage of your career? I mean, you’re just about to retire and in that small pond in which you’ve swam, nobody’s paid too much attention to you. You pretty much swam where you wanted to and said what you wanted to. Nobody really challenged you. In essence, you’ve published very little and what you have published has been in small pond publications, read by very few people and certainly not read by the public at large. I know that you have not made a lot of money during your career. I know this because you’ve said exactly that. I know that you can make somewhere between $30,000 and $60,000 if you get involved in the Jodi Arias case. But is it worth it? You are putting your reputation, your entire career on the line. Think it over carefully Alyce because once you climb those steps to the public podium you won’t be in Kansas anymore.”
Alyce Laviolette, should never have testified in the Jodi Arias trial. It was a tactical error on her part. In essence she sold her career and good name for approximately $50,000. It wasn’t worth it. Remember, the people viewing the trial were forming their own opinions about Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias and the possibility of domestic violence. Many people were deeply involved in the trial and formed strong opinions. Many victims of domestic violence, completely rejected Alyce’s conclusions that Travis had been guilty of domestic violence. There was absolutely no evidence that Travis had abused Jodi. Now we had the sworn testimony of Jodi Arias herself but Jodi is an internationally renowned liar. In all honesty no one with half a brain would believe anything she had to say. I mean undoubtedly there are times that Jodi tells the truth because it’s too difficult to lie all the time but it’s impossible to determine when she is telling the truth and when she’s lying. Once you know that someone is capable of and willing to lie about virtually anything, you can no longer believe anything they say. You can allow for the fact that what they’re saying may be true. But you simply cannot believe that what they are saying is true because they swear that it is true. You very simply would be a fool to take them at their word for any purpose.
Alyce stated on the stand that she believed the things that Jodi told her. Doesn’t this alone make Alyce a total fool? Well it made her a total fool in the eyes of most Americans familiar with this case.
Now let’s look at the issue of death threats. Did she really have any legitimate death threats? Where is the police involvement? You know that they would have investigated and brought charges if there were legitimate death threats. I can find no evidence of an investigation or charges being brought against any individual. Alyce herself, when discussing death threats, gave the example of someone writing to her and saying “I hope you choke on a chicken bone.”
Does that sound like a death threat to you?
We are a nation of laws. If you break the law you should be punished. If anyone made a death threat, a real death threat, to Alyce LaViolette they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. But the very real question remains, is there any evidence that death threats, legitimate death threats, were made to Alyce LaViolette?
As far as Alyce’s theories and opinions regarding domestic violence, there is certainly no scientific evidence, evidence published in journal articles, to support her theories. I have studied her theories, I have read her book and I can sum up her theories very succinctly. Everyone, every mother, every father, every brother, every sister, every boyfriend, every girlfriend, every husband and every wife, is guilty of domestic violence. Her ideas are so outlandish as to be ridiculous.
Why do you think so many victims of domestic violence publicly reacted with vehement rejection and criticism of her testimony? They said, “hey I’m a real victim of domestic violence. I know what it is. I struggled to live through it. I carry the scars of that violence on my body and in my soul and Jodi Arias is no victim of domestic violence.”
Alyce is back on the airwaves complaining. She thinks people should just accept her as an unchallenged expert. Well she can complain all she wants to but it will do her no good. People just aren’t buying the nonsense that she’s gotten away with selling for all those many years.