Twenty minutes after receiving a first-degree murder sentence, Jodi Arias gave a 45 minute long interview to a local Arizona TV station. In that television interview she stated that she would prefer to be given the death sentence rather than spend her entire life in one place. She also went on to say that longevity runs in her family and since she isn’t a smoker she would expect to have a very long life. Jodi said that she thought that death was really the ultimate freedom and she wanted to be free sooner than later.
The prison personnel who heard her make these statements, then put her on suicide watch. The trial was then postponed until next Wednesday and the assumption from those supposedly in the know, is that her defense team has asked for a psychological evaluation.
The question that comes to the minds of many individuals, is this. “Is Jodi Arias really suicidal?” Let’s look a little deeper into the psychological history and current makeup of Jodi. That should help us answer the question and also shed light into whether or not Jodi wants life in prison or really does prefer to be executed.
Why would someone say that they would prefer death? There are two answers. The first would be because they really do prefer death and are being honest. The second would be because they do not prefer death and are being dishonest.
Which is it? To answer the question, we’d have to first determine if Jodi Arias is even capable of honesty. I’m sure she could and would honestly answer the question “would you prefer Coke or diet Pepsi with your dinner?” She would answer the question honestly because there would be a benefit to her being honest. She would get the drink of her choice. However, if there was a greater benefit than getting the drink of her choice for instance, impressing her new boyfriend who is a diet Pepsi salesman, she would answer dishonestly to achieve the greater benefit. She has no motivation to be honest and being dishonest is in no way immoral or distasteful to her.
In my many other articles I have talked about her ability to lie, how unique and rare this characteristic is. It is not the quantity of lies that she tells but the quality of her lying behavior. It is a rare quality.
Before I move on I would like to say something to those who believe Jodi Arias has borderline personality disorder. You probably watched her in the courtroom, live, as she waited to hear the jury’s verdict. You saw her, when she heard the jury verdict and you saw her in the minutes that followed having heard that she had just been convicted of first-degree murder and could spend the rest of her life in prison or be executed.
She was amazingly calm in every one of those situations. Twenty minutes after hearing that verdict, she was calm and serene, composed and seemingly unmoved as she gave her 45 minute interview. We would expect emotional extremes of the highest order in the borderline. That calmness and focus is so very characteristic of the antisocial, sociopath and psychopath.
Everything she says is measured and for a purpose. Jodi has threatened suicide since childhood. The suicidal threats are one reason why she was diagnosed as borderline. But borderline people not only threaten suicide but make suicidal gestures. They are supposedly suicide attempts but in reality the attempts are doomed to failure. They don’t really want to kill themselves, though at times they will miscalculate and succeed, they just want to look like they are suicidal.
The antisocial will also, when necessary and appropriate, threaten or stage supposed suicide attempts. They do so for a different reason than that of the borderline. They do so for purposes of control and manipulation.
If Jodi really wanted to die, she would easily achieve that goal on her own. She wouldn’t need the help of the state. If she had wanted to die in the past, I can assure you she would already be dead. Proof? She wanted Travis dead and he is.
So why did she say in that interview that she preferred death? To maintain control. She had mentioned in previous interviews that though she had been “truly” suicidal in the past she was careful not to mention it to prison officials because she did not want the prison limitations that would be imposed on someone who was under a suicide watch. She was very much aware of what she was saying in the post-sentencing interview.
The next phase of the trial was scheduled to begin the very next day. Jodi wasn’t sure what to do or what to think, so she bought time by claiming to be suicidal. Never forget for a moment how amazingly calculating Jodi Arias is. Don’t forget, she fired her first defense team because they disagreed with her and acted as her own attorney for a period of weeks.
Her preference, as stated in the interview, for death would get her a break in the trial, time to rest and time to think.
Before I go on, let me propose a little mental exercise, for you my loyal readers. Let me set up a fantasy scenario or hypothetical scenario. Jodi Arias has escaped from prison. She has had plastic surgery and her facial features are no longer recognizable. It is evening, she is waiting on a dock for a boat that will take her to a new life in South America. For protection, she has a 9 mm pistol, with a 12 shot clip, and a silencer. Shooting the gun will make no noise. Juan Martinez, is having dinner with his wife at a restaurant on that same dock. He excuses himself from the table and makes his way to what he believes to be the restroom door. He quickly opens and steps through the door, it quickly closes behind him and he finds himself in an alleyway behind the restaurant, 25 feet from where Jodi Arias awaits her boat. She sees him and immediately recognizes him. Now here’s the mental exercise for you. What happens? She’s alone with Juan Martinez in a empty dark alleyway. Her pistol is readily at hand and she can shoot Juan Martinez without fear of detection. Does she shoot him and if so how many times? Think about it, take your time and I’ll meet you back here in the next paragraph.
Whether or not she shoots him has a lot to do with the second reason for why I spoke of her preference for death in that post-conviction interview. Does she hate Juan Martinez and if so why?
I would say she does hate Juan Martinez. In fact I would say she despises Juan Martinez. She does so because he threatens her ability to control. When someone is as controlling and manipulating as is Jodi Arias, it tells us about her desire. Her desire to control is immense. She tries to control all those around her. She wants to be in complete control. People who want to be in complete control do not want to be controlled. Juan Martinez is controlling Jodi Arias. This is reprehensible to Jodi Arias.
When Jodi and Travis were united in a relationship of sorts, not when they were an official couple but later, what Travis did had an effect on Jodi. In other words Jodi’s life was not hers anymore to control, at least not completely, because Travis, by controlling his own life and his own destiny, would inadvertently have an impact on Jodi. If Travis was done with her, and it was his right to end it whenever he chose, it would have an impact on Jodi. Thus in a roundabout inadvertent way, Travis would be controlling Jodi. This was totally unacceptable to Jodi and made it necessary to end the life of Travis and thus Jodi would be back in control. Either way, Travis would no longer be in her life but by killing him she would have regained control.
In that same way, Jodi would, in our fantasy scenario, shoot Juan Martinez. How many times, 12 shots in the clip? Twelve times if she had a second clip with her and after murdering Martinez, she could slip in the second clip and still have the gun for her personal protection.
The second reason why Jodi said that she preferred death, was to maintain control. The same type of control that required her shooting Travis in real life and Juan Martinez in our fantasy scenario.
By looking at the camera and proclaiming that she would prefer death to a life sentence, she was in essence saying to the jurors “you can’t hurt me. Yes, you can give me the death sentence but you’re only doing what I want you to. You aren’t controlling me. You can’t choose death for me because I have already chosen death for myself. I made the choice before you could.”
I’m sorry that Travis was killed. If I could have prevented his death, I would have done anything to have saved him. No one can bring him back but his friends and family can take some comfort in the fact that even in death his helping nature continues.
Some good has come from his death, you’re getting to watch the trial. His murder has allowed you to get to know the evil that constitutes Jodi Arias. You have seen her for many hours, looked into her eyes, seen her smile, seen her react, seen her snap at the prosecutor, you know Jodi Arias.
Thanks to what you have learned about the sociopath-psychopath-antisocial, you can no longer fall victim to Jodi Arias. However, she is no longer a danger to you because the state of Arizona will soon enough execute her or lock her away forever.
Your education into the appearance and the mind of the psychopath has not been a waste. There are more out there, many more.