News sources are reporting two recent events with regard to Jodi Arias. The first story involves a hearing that was supposed to take place on October 18, 2013 but Judge Sherry Stephens delayed it until November 1, 2013.
A settlement conference is scheduled for October 24, 2013. County officials said that the conference will be held in front of retired Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Keppel.
According to Maricopa County officials, the attorneys are expected to meet to discuss a possible plea deal.
I highly doubt that Jodi Arias would be agreeable to life without parole. Given their public statements, it is also difficult to believe that Travis Alexander’s family would be agreeable to anything other than the death penalty. However, they might be willing to negotiate if it meant they could avoid having to sit through a mini trial.
The second new story about Jodi Arias is her announcement that she is releasing a “limited edition” print of her latest creation called “Sailing At Sunset.”
A spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office says that “she’s able to have access to paper and purchase color pencils, and if she wants to release her property to someone outside, she can.”
There’s nothing illegal about what she’s doing but it has infuriated many people.
The jail spokesman says that “she’s not physically running a business from our jail. I can’t stop her from talking on the phone or releasing property.”
No one knows where the money goes but probably to her commissary fund which allows her to purchase art materials.
Jodi has also announced that she is trying to file for bankruptcy.
The idea that people would want anything created by a murderer is unsettling but there exists a bizarre booming business called “murderabilia.” There’s a definitive market for people who want to personally own gruesome souvenirs.
One of the most popular “true crime collectibles” sites on the Internet is Serial Killers Ink. They guarantee that every item on their website is 100% authentic. They also offer a free certificate of authenticity.
Examples of items they have on their site available for purchase includes a Charles Manson handwritten envelope that was signed “CMANSON.” That item is being sold for $85.
For $400, you can own a small picture by Charles Manson “complete with Swastika.”
Under the category of “satanic killers,” you can purchase a 9″ X 12″ original color drawn/painted artwork on white construction paper signed by Richard Ramirez for $1000.
In addition to artwork, you can purchase original photographs of grisly crime scenes. For instance, for $750 you can purchase 42 images from a John Edward Robinson crime scene. Robinson is a convicted serial killer.
I agree with Caitlin Rother who authored an LA Times article about murderabilia:
“The trade in murderabilia trivializes and even celebrates tragedy, causing further pain to victims’ families. But it will continue as long as a market exists. The public can express its outrage and pressure prisons to be more vigilant about stemming the flow, but the most effective way to stop these sales is even simpler: Just don’t buy the stuff.”