Shortly after her conviction, Jodi gave a number of interviews. The details of those interviews have trickled out slowly over time. In one of those interviews, the interviewer asked her how hard it would be for her to deal with the fact that she murdered Travis. She responded that it made her feel ugly inside. She then went on to say “I know that’s just one day but I feel like even though it shouldn’t, it’s going to define the rest of my life.”
So she doesn’t believe that butchering Travis, which only took her one day, should define the rest of her life. Do you believe that’s she’s right? She also went on to say, as an answer to a follow-up question, “I think I was and still am a good person.”
Do you believe that she was and still is a good person? The question that comes up most often when discussing this case and the question that I am most asked in one form or another, is “what’s wrong with her?”
Why is this question paramount in the minds of people who are even somewhat familiar with the case? Should it be the number one question that comes to people’s minds? The answer is a simple yes. People suspect that there has to be something very seriously wrong with any individual that can behave the way Jodi does. People look at her calm, cool, distant, demeanor and say “that’s odd, there has to be something wrong with that girl.” People are shocked at her lies and her ability to lie. Then we come to the murder. This wasn’t a “girlfriend kills boyfriend” murder. She didn’t pick up a gun and shoot him. She didn’t pick up a knife and stab him. She stabbed him 29 times, cut his throat from ear to ear, nicking the backbone, and then shot him in the face.
If you haven’t already tried this, I would like you to roll up a piece of paper into a long cylindrical shape. Just a single piece of 8 x 10 paper. Now I would like you to take a volunteer or lacking a willing volunteer a coat hanging in your closet.
We know a single sheet of 8 x 10 paper, even one rolled into a loose cylinder, is completely harmless. I want you to take this harmless roll of paper, our pretend knife, and stab the coat or your volunteer, 29 times. I want you to count out loud, as you perform each stabbing motion. If you haven’t already tried this, I think you’ll be amazed at how long it takes to stab someone 29 times. It isn’t a momentary flash of anger. It is instead an amazingly conscious, deliberate act. After five or six stabs, you’ll be thinking “wow, 29’s a long time to go.” Even if you’re only stabbing the air in front of you, you will have the same thought “29 is really a lot.”
Let’s not let this just be an intellectual exercise, let’s actually try it. After you’ve done this, it will better help you to get inside the mind of Jodi Arias. Stabbing someone 29 times is an effortful, tiring act.
Jodi says she was a good girl when she stabbed Travis all 29 times. She said she was a good girl when she cut his throat clear to the backbone. Is that possible? Can you do the things that she did to Travis and be a good girl? How can she continue to think that she was and is a good girl?
She thinks it’s unfair that she will be judged based on what she did on “just one day.” I guess in her mind it doesn’t matter what you do and how horrendous it is. What does matter, in her mind, is how many days you do it on. So in her mind butchering a human being on just one day, doesn’t make her a bad person. I wonder, how many days spent butchering human beings, would in her mind, make her a bad person. Is it two? Probably not, because two is just one more than one. She seemed to quickly and firmly dismiss the idea that butchering on one day was bad. So it’s probably safe to assume that two days of butchering is too close to one day of butchering, to make much difference. If you’re good after one day of butchering, you’re probably good after two days of butchering.
She also thinks it’s unfair to be judged by something that only occurred on one day of your life.
Is it safe to say that there’s something wrong with Jodi’s thinking? Yes, it is very safe to come to that conclusion. You need to ask yourself “what kind of person can think like that?”
Not only are her actions outrageous, her thinking, her mindset, her personal psychology, is an outrage to any decent human being. That is why so many people have been closely following this case. That is why so many people are so deeply invested in this case. They care for some reason.
Some of the talking head intellectuals on television and writing blogs on the net, would have you believe that there is something wrong with you because you care about this case. They come right out and say that your interest is “sick.” That your passion makes you a vigilante in a mob. How insulting. How very wrong, they are.
An intelligent caring person, a good person, wants to know how this could happen. They want to know what kind of aberration allows for the existence of people like Jodi Arias. It’s not that they did not know that girlfriends murder boyfriends. It’s that they did not know that people like Jodi Arias exist in the world. Of course they knew there were bad people. They just didn’t know that there were these kind of dangerous people. They want to know, what makes them tick, how they got that way, what they’re really like and most importantly how to identify these seemingly normal behaving and looking people.
They also want to know how someone can think that they are now and always were, a “good person” even after savagely butchering another human being.
They also want to know how someone can possibly think that they should not be judged for the savage murder that they committed, because it was just “one day” in their life.
A mob of vigilantes?
No, just good, decent, caring people.