Jodi’s Final Day of Testimony: The Fog Rolls In One Last Time

Yesterday marks the final day of Jodi Arias’ time on the witness stand. It’s not clear if she can be called back to testify. Arizona runs their courts much differently than most states so it’s possible. Many commentators have noted that the length of her testimony may have been a record for criminal defendants.Fog

The length of her testimony may be historic but so are other aspects about this particular criminal defendant. Lying does not bother her. She can do it and not feel bad. Most people would have difficulty lying about something so important; they would feel guilt. Not Jodi. Her ability to lie and be okay with it, is almost mythical.

Could you lie like Jodi? Most people could not and would not.

New Lies

Mr. Martinez asked her about having told the jury that she thought the gun was unloaded on the day of the murder. He then asks the next logical question: If you thought the gun was unloaded, why run for it? She quickly thought of a new lie, on the spot: Travis told me in December (months before the murder) that he had loaded the gun. The prosecutor correctly noted that Jodi never once mentioned that detail in court.

Mr. Martinez also questioned her about the knife and her “fog” and she added yet another new detail: Travis may have been the one with it at some point during the struggle. She was implying that Travis had the knife and was coming after her with it. The prosecutor again noted that she never once mentioned that detail in court. Her response: No one asked me.

Notice that all of these new details support her version of events. She thinks it helps but it makes her story seem less believable.

Why Can’t She Just Answer The Questions?

The reason: that is Jodi. That is who she is. We are seeing her personality on display. She never wants to be wrong. When there is a question she does not want to answer, she responds with a question, or a statement to confuse the answer. She deflects. She rarely actually answers the question. It is her attempt to control and manipulate the situation. She is difficult, uncooperative and evasive. That is the nightmare that is Jodi.

Next on the witness stand are the defense’s psychological experts. It will be interesting to see how they explain Jodi’s memory problems and behavior. Stay tuned.

5 thoughts on “Jodi’s Final Day of Testimony: The Fog Rolls In One Last Time

  1. I have no doubt that Jodi Arias will be an exceptional case in study for years to come.

    It is interesting to view the contrast between J. Martinez questioning and that of the defense, Nurmi and Willmott. J. Martinez is aggressive, with good reason. His approach is to control Arias’ answers, often with what is a simple yes or no response. Arias challenges him, repeatedly. Her glare is telling, she views Martinez with contempt.

    While many of her responses are telling, one in particular stands out to me; “when men like you,” in response to issues with her memory, the fog. Her attempts to appear calm and non-reactive failed then and I’ve often thought Martinez was trying to find her tipping point.

    Nurmi on the other hand, gives Arias the rope to drag her responses out, ultimately to rehabilitate her previous answers to fit the questions Martinez would not permit her to expand on. Too often I see Nurmi leading his own client into the next onslaught of aggressive questioning by Martinez. Willmott is soft spoken, the female gender Arias is all too familiar with. Arias runs Willmott as much as she does Nurmi.

    I firmly believe Arias’ lies are her truth. And in her half lies and half truths, during her initial interviews, glowing remembrances of Travis Alexander and her own near death experience with intruders, Arias was the only one at the scene of the crime who could have given bits and pieces of the crime its self.

    Arias locked the bedroom door after slaughtering Travis Alexander, essentially entombing her victim while closing out the history of her deed and relationship. She had the final word.

  2. Like all practiced liars, she’s relying on bits and pieces of the truth to weave her lies. When she says she was fighting for her life, that is plausible, because once she started stabbing him, he was going to do whatever he could to stop her–and he had to be killed at that point for her to get away with it.

    Similarly, when she says he “knocked her down” (in an earlier version) and later that he “body slammed” her, and said “f*cking kill you, bitch,” he very well may have knocked her down and mumbled that when he came stumbling out of the shower.

    As for Travis loading the gun, he would have had a box of ammunition; none was found. They also have had the technology for testing fingerprints on spent cartridges since ’08; his prints would have been on it if he’d loaded it, though I missed that testimony and presume no tests were done or the findings inconclusive. (And her prints should have been on the top shelf if she had pulled herself up on the shelf as she claimed, though the shelf would have broken had she done so.)

    Finally, when Dr. Samuels was testifying about the fragments of memory that can appear upon entering and exiting “the fog,” she exhaled noticably, as if greatly relieved. If only Paul Ekman would chime in on her micro-expressions!

    • You are right about Paul Ekman!

      She is a good liar, probably the best we’ve seen but she has made errors, as you have noted. Her stories are implausible, especially her testimony about how she allegedly stepped onto a flimsy shelf to reach the gun in Travis’s closet. As far as I know there were no fingerprints taken at the scene with regard to shelf, which seems like an oversight. The shelving unit only holds 40 lbs (she weighted at least 115lbs) and she was running at the time she said she jumped on the shelf which would have increased the weight on the shelf. In some ways, I see the shelving unit as the smoking gun. From a physics perspective, her story is simply not plausible and had they tested for fingerprints they probably would have seen that hers were not there. Her lies are catching up with her and Dr. Samuels is not helping her case.

  3. I am a Communication Consultant and have my BA and MS in Communication. I did my Thesis on the FACS (Paul Eckman’s science) and micro-expressions. I have been really enjoying watching the case and analyzing it from a nonverbal standpoint. Jodi tries very hard to control her expressions but she has lots of leakage (where you can see the hints of her true expression in the false one) and, at times, shows outright contempt and disgust. She is also very impressed with herself. She thinks she is doing a great job. This is like a movie role to her and she’s playing her part as believably as possible. She’s an interesting case for many areas of academia for sure. The blog here is wonderful.

    • Your observations seem “spot on” especially that she is “very impressed with herself. She thinks she is doing a great job.” I could not agree more. Dr. KR

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