The Jodi Arias Trial: Is Jodi A Good Girl & Why Do You Care?

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.”

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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.

36 Comments

  1. jen says:

    Well written. You are spot on!

  2. Andy Capp says:

    In Jodis mind she lived her whole life not getting into trouble and she does just one thing wrong and she gets the Death Penalty, how unfair.

  3. Linda Moore says:

    Jodi is supposedly intelligent. But she dropped out of high school to move in with a boyfriend. She went from one male to another including Darryl, a supervisor of hers. She dumped him for Travis. She only held minimum wage unskilled labor jobs. She was obviously capable of a lot more but chose to pin her future on one male at a time, each better in some way than the last. If she would have met someone *better* (richer, better looking, more talented) than TA, then he probably would have been off the hook. But her end goal was TA. I don’t believe she loved him. I think he was property that could not be manipulated.
    Think back on your own life and what you accomplished by the time you were JA’s age when she slaughtered TA. Education, children, careers, volunteerism, etc. Then look at her life of insignificant jobs and relationships. Time was running out on what she wanted out of life and she had invested so much of her time and herself in TA. And what she wanted did not want her. I don’t think that was the only reason she killed him, there was an incident that threatened her future. Whatever happened to precipitate the frantic emails from TA to JA is probably what pushed her over the edge. It was bad enough to threaten her way of life and her future.
    Jodi is not a good girl and never was, even as a child. She got what she wanted. When she didn’t get what she wanted, she flipped out.

    • Andy Capp says:

      Good reply Linda ( and great article Kristin as always ), I would give my eye-teeth ( whatever that means) to know what TA meant by her “betraying” him in the emails that flipped her out enough to kill him.
      Jodi lies so consistently that if you take the exact opposite of whatever she says you can construct the truth, give or take as with any accomplished liar they intersperse some truth in, as Juan said her.. “garden of lies”?

      “Every time she spat something out another lie…another WEED would grow around her…” Juan Martinez

  4. sturgeongirl says:

    Sounds like the opening/closing argument Juan Martinez should make in the retrial of the Penalty Phase.

    As always, the insightful DrR brings it !

  5. Zelda says:

    Have been looking for the ..”that’s just one day”…quote. I know my mouth fell open. That interview is a definning moment regarding Arias. I knew then Arias is truly evil and she became as ugly on the outside as she is on the inside. Thank you for writing about that moment in that interview. Enjoy the information you share and your site. Thanks again.

  6. Ria says:

    She’s a horrible, evil, cold, calculating waste of human flesh IMO. She’s so despised that people actually shuddered at the thought of some poor innocent cancer patient who could possibly be walking around with her hair on their head.

    That one day does not “define” her but what she chose to DO on that day most definitely does! Her constant lying and dragging her victim through the mud defines her. Her complete lack of remorse and peeking through her fingers during the trial to view the photo’s of her handy work does.

    Her name will always be associated with the cold blooded murderess that she is. Nothing she does after this will change that. And it’s what she chose to be defined as.

  7. Tracy says:

    Thank you Dr Randle! I do consider myself a decent, caring person. I follow many trials and this one left me thinking, how could this happen, how could she be so brutal and go on with business as usual, what makes her tick….just as you mention here. Actually from the day the story broke I found myself asking, “what’s wrong with her” and subsequently every time she opened her mouth.

    I have read the blogs and even questioned myself. Every so often I take a peek at what the supporters are saying and yesterday I noticed they are STILL talking ad nauseum about it and engaging in online attacks with anyone who supports the truth. Thankfully I know i can come to your website and read your articles and get answers to my questions. I have always been very interested in law and mental health. Thank you for analyzing this case along the way, it’s been very helpful!

  8. Linda K says:

    Dr KR,

    You raise a lot of interesting questions, many of which I suspect will be answered differently depending on the perspective of the person who replies. I would say perspectives are like opinions: everybody has one. =D

    My Perspective
    I am well into my second half-century of life, now retired. I attended college back in the mid-70s, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Administration of Justice. I completed the required course hours in both studies, and even completed a semester of internship at a mental hospital. Unfortunately, a drastic change in life circumstances prevented me from completing my undergraduate degree within the first ten years from matriculation. I relate all this not to profess any expertise in the area of mental health (I consider myself nothing more than a slightly educated layman in this area) but to provide you with the basis for my perspective and my interest in the Jodi Arias case beyond just being a victim of domestic abuse/violence as I’ve said in previous posts.

    I’ve said on my own blog that I believe BPD does describe some of the symptoms presented by Jodi Arias but that it seems an insufficient label (i.e. incorrect diagnosis) because it does not account for other symptoms which fall outside the BPD criteria. I choose to describe Jodi as having “psychopathy” because that is the label I am familiar with using to describe her particular abnormal behaviors and thought processes. Whether or not that label is synonymous with “sociopathy” is an issue for the professionals to debate. Labels and their definitions change over time and my eduction in the field is remote and limited.

    Is Jodi A Good Girl & Why Do You Care?
    The simple answers are “No” and “I don’t.”

    To me personally, Jodi is simply a Case Study in criminal behavior driven by a disturbed mind. When I first learned of her, I thought the central theme of her trial would be simply a claim of self-defense by an abuse victim. Oops. I was so wrong. Her case turned out to be much more complex and therefore much more interesting to me.

    What kind of person can think like that?
    “Nobody ever does anything they don’t think is a good idea at the time they do it,” a professor of abnormal/deviant psychology once said to my class back in the 70s. If you can accept that premise, it becomes much easier to understand behavior that is otherwise incomprehensible to a healthy mind.

    Jodi exhibits narcissistic behavior. In her mind she was, is and always will be “a good person.”

    Conversely, she also believes Travis was “a bad person.” To Jodi’s pathological way of thinking, killing “a bad person” was/is a good idea. This is why she presents as incapable of remorse and without a conscience (another psychopathic criteria). Jodi sincerely believes Travis abused her because abuse, to a narcissist, need be nothing more than another person’s failure to provide respect and adoration to the degree they believe they deserve. It is abuse because it wounds the self image of a narcissist; abuse because the narcissist believes it is unjustified and undeserved.

    Jodi is incapable of understanding how the “killing” of “a bad person” who “abused” her is such a big deal to the rest of us just as she’s incapable of understanding how any of her other “bad” behaviors can be viewed as bad. She can give you “good” and “pure” reasons for every “bad” thing she ever did. And this is precisely what makes a psychopath (or sociopath, if you prefer) so very very dangerous.

    • Linda K says:

      GAH! I so did not mean for that huge block to be in boldface… Dr KR, if there is any way you can correct that, please please do!!!

    • Jo-Jo says:

      You have expressed exactly what I have thought about this waste of flesh. She needs to be locked away for the rest of her life. There is no doubt, in my mind, that she wouldn’t hesitate to end the life of another ”perceived” abuser.

  9. steph says:

    I love your articles!! Thank you for telling me I am not “sick” or “crazy” for finding this whole case fascinating. Excellent insight!!

  10. Chris Larson says:

    I have wondered about her previous romantic relationships and what was really going on if anything.
    Why didn’t she have any close friends of her own? Where was the one girlfriend that she could confide in?
    Was her mental state really hidden or did her friends and family just chalk it up as she had some problems.
    It blows people minds that someone who “appears” to be a normal person on the outside can butcher someone and then carry on like nothing has happened. We want an explanation that makes sense.
    What made this case even worse was her claiming self defense instead of heat of passion. She wanted to convince the jury ,the public and herself that she was not responsible.Jodi is not a good girl.

  11. Dina says:

    Hello everyone. I’m from Russia and yes even here in the former USSR a lot of people have been following this trial closely. When I told my boyfriend about this trial though, he thought it was unhealthy that I was so interested in it. Thank you for proving him wrong.
    What I think about Jodi is she displays all the signs of psycopathy. In Russia tragedies like this happen quite a lot however, I’ve never heard of a murder this cruel and a murderer more mentally ill than Jodi.
    that’s all I wanted to say for now. Thank you for this brilliant article. Looking forward to more of them!

  12. Lauren Edwardson says:

    When my daughter was young (like up to age 12) she would often worry that having made some sort of mistake, one significant enough to get mom’s attention, the mistake would “follow” her and somehow make her less deserving of trust etc. As her parents we would reassure this very sensitive little girl that she made a mistake, that we didn’t see her AS that mistake, that she was “Susie” to us, the same “Susie” we always loved…..in other words that her mistake certainly did not define her. Point is, those were indeed mistakes, small mistakes, ones typical of a young child rarely in any kind of trouble. Our reassurances were warranted given her age, the mistake, and the fact she was loved unconditionally. As she got older I would occasionally tell her that certain mistakes COULD change the direction of her life forever, like careless driving, unsafe sex etc. Again, those mistakes would not define her, but could have a life altering effect should something terrible happen. However, had she ever speculated that should she murder someone would THAT define her, my answer would have been quite different!!!
    I don’t think there was anyone in JA’s life who held her accountable or any event in JA’s life where she was actually held accountable and “suffer” the consequences of her behaviors. For her to make such a ridiculous statement that this single act of murder is but one day, one event, and not indicative of the person she truly is, is shockingly arrogant. Some mistakes hurt ourselves. Some mistakes hurt others. Some mistakes have justifiably short lived consequences. Murder is not a mistake. Murder is an act of violence, one that has far reaching consequences forever altering the lives of everyone involved. There is no way a “normal” person could reflect that they are essentially a good person, given that they did make a mistake such as MURDER! Her arrogance, her indifference, her self centered and narcissistic view shows zero accountability, zero remorse, zero compassion. Furthermore she expects her “mistake” to be overlooked in light of her other qualities! Ridiculously and sickening behavior and thoughts!

  13. Patty R says:

    Well, I too, am relieved that by following this case and scratching my head to the point of near baldness (maybe that’s what happened to Willmott), I’m a normal, caring person rather than an obsessed nut! This “just one day” cry seems to be the continued minimalization of what occurred on that day. It dovetails perfectly with calling it the “incident” or that Travis “passed away” and so on.

    On the complete other end of the spectrum, how many of those we call – and whom will always be known as – HEROS performed their deeds in just one day?

  14. Anne Wooff says:

    Cannot add one comment to any of these replies EXCEPT to agree that Jodi is NOT a GOOD GIRL.
    Jodi is the girl all our parents never wanted us hanging out with. And I betcha, the reason there are no “friends” of Jodi’s busting their asses to go to court and vouch for her, is that same exact reason. All their parents warned them to stay away from her, and if they didn’t, they soon discovered they should have listened and saved themselves heartache, loss, whatever…I bet Jodi was a thief in school, preyed on the more insecure and defenseless classmates and none of the parents liked her or wanted her around their children. The smarter students steered clear of her bc I bet she was a bully also. If this is the case, which I have no doubt it is….I wish Juan could call some of them to the stand to prove this is her MO, the way she is, that she didn’t just snap, she didn’t face abuse, that she has and always will be the abuser. That she will always have the feeling of self entitlement and that she believes she deserves everything but should not ever have to work for any of it!

    Sorry, I said I couldn’t add anything and then my fingers got moving on the keyboard as my thoughts about this article soaked into my grey matter. Forgive me…I didn’t think I had all that stewing there. <3

  15. JIll says:

    “It’s just one day.”
    I’m not a murderer, I was just trying it.

  16. Uppity says:

    The fact that she calls the slaughter of a man consisting of 29 stab wounds, a shot in the head and a deeply slit throat to near-decapitation, something that happened “just one day” is the perfect summary of the raw evil that resides inside this defective creature. No I don’t think she’s a good person. I don’t even regard her as a person. I wouldn’t spit on Jodi Arias if she were on fire. She possesses no redeeming qualities that I can think of, she is the quintessential pictorial depiction of a “bad seed”. Just seeing her talk gives me chills at the back of my head. When I see her interviews, I feel I am witnessing true raw evil in a human disguise.

    The world is not a better place with Jodi Arias in it, and I don’t give a rat’s butt what anybody else has to say about my “interest” in this case. Any human being with an interest in Humanity should be interested in this case, because the Jodi Arias’ out there are an ongoing THREAT to all that is human. I want her to be sentenced to the DP, but I don’t really want to see her die.That would be too kind. Instead I want to see her rot away in solitary for decades, with nobody for company except her own horrible self.

  17. Maria Cristina Santana, JD says:

    I think there’s very little really wrong with Jodi Arias other than the fact she’s dangerous to the rest of us. Jodi Arias is perfectly sane. And perfectly poised at the pinnacle she aspired to (except for the accountability others have imposed on her.) She chose that “outrageous personal psychology” from many others available to her, not because she’s sick, but because she weighed the benefits of exploiting others versus the costs of being a decent person and chose her narcissism over the rights of others.

    She is truly evil. And her evil came by degrees. Nothing snapped. She built the infrastructure of her mindset day by day, choice by choice. She wants to fool us into believing–by disorienting our moral compasses–that it was just one day, one mistake, unrelated to who she is at the core. At Jodi’s core is a repository of a lifetime of evil choices where decent choices were available to her.

    Ervin Staub, Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, said it best in his book “The Roots of Evil.” “Research indicates that adults are also changed by their own prior actions. People learn by doing. Extreme destructiveness…is usually the last of many steps along a continuum of destruction… Perpetrators make many small and great decisions as they progress along the continuum of destruction. They choose leaders, adopt ideologies, create policies and plans, and engage in harmful and violent acts. Their circumstances and characteristics move them in certain directions. But human experience is always multidimensional and other directions are possible. Other aspects of the self and of experience can be guides to contrary choices. Choice clearly implies responsibility. We must maintain a double vision that both searches for understanding and acknowledges human responsibility.”

    • Anne Wooff says:

      Thank you!

      U said, “She is truly evil. And her evil came by degrees. Nothing snapped. She built the infrastructure of her mindset day by day, choice by choice. She wants to fool us into believing–by disorienting our moral compasses–that it was just one day, one mistake, unrelated to who she is at the core. At Jodi’s core is a repository of a lifetime of evil choices where decent choices were available to her.”

      That exactly what I think about her. Truly evil and nothing really snapped. She was waiting for what she wanted and when it wasn’t going to happen, she unleashed her rage upon him the same way she did about the dog poop in the backyard. Remember her interviews with Flores? I often wonder if she killed the dog and minimized it into “kicked the dog one time”. I really wish Juan would have asked her about the dog. If it died from that kick she claimed she gave it. Didn’t she say she never saw it again?

      • D says:

        Yes, thank you Maria Cristina Santana, JD and Anne Woolf, i agree with you both. And regarding the dog, i also believe she killed “Doggie-boy” – even if he had been abused, he would have kept returning to his human family – domesticated dogs are always seeking to bond with humans. Also, don’t most murderers have a history of having killed animals before they progress to humans?

  18. Spot on! I can see only evil coming from & thru her. The 29 stabs …I did make the paper knife…was scary to imagine how she could have even done it once..let alone the 29 plunges and pull outs she did to Travis. The stories she told got me in the trial. I could see nothing but lies upon lies.How she had such descriptive answers to those lies. The lack of emotions?….a heart?….real tears?….feeling remorse?…speaking the truth? It was following an evil monster…and thinking how an innocent young man was murdered by her own hands. What gave her the right to take his life? I followed the trial..read hundreds of articles…viewed hundreds of videos…with all the media ….I still want her to have the death penalty! This evil monster thinks she’s the Einstein….and death is the only way to end her evil reign.

  19. lizzie says:

    @Maria quoted a book “….Extreme destructiveness…is usually the last of many steps along a continuum of destruction… Perpetrators make many small and great decisions as they progress along the continuum of destruction…”

    We don’t know all the steps Jodi may have taken so we are caught up in trying to understand her. Certainly though, the jury was not allowed to see many of the “steps” we DO know she took. They saw enough steps close in time to the murder to be logically convinced she premeditated the crime (rented car, gun likely from grandparents, gas cans, license plate, cell phone, etc) but not enough to see that from an emotional perspective, murder was not a shocking, completely out-of-character action for this particular defendant to take. Hence, a hung jury re: the penalty.

    For a variety of reasons, those other “steps” were not presented–some likely was not admissible (like tire-slashings, forged letters), some probably didn’t fit with Juan’s trial strategy. I can understand why some of it was not admissible as she was to be tried for the murder, not for bizarre or “evil” behaviors during the course of her life (as that would have been propensity evidence, I believe.) But we do see the jury wondered—-note the jury question about hurting a pet that was not asked at trial. (Killing or torturing animals when young is often a precursor for adult antisocial behavior and that juror may have known that.) Note also a couple of unasked juror questions intended for the mental health witnesses related to whether Jodi was a liar before the crime.

    While Jodi’s psychopathology likely would have been enough to fuel her stated belief she is a good person who made “one mistake,” I do wonder about the effect of reading Samuels “gift” of Dyer’s Your Erroneous Zones (as well as what Samuels and ALV said to her.) As I recall, Dyer’s 1970’s pop psyc book focused on issues like letting go of guilt for past behavior, recognizing the world is full of injustice, not caring about approval from others, letting go of the past and living for today. Good advice perhaps, for garden-variety neurotics/those with anxiety disorders Samuels may have treated in his NJ practice, but not what you’d want to encourage someone with antisocial traits (or even borderline traits) to do or think! So as others have implied, in those interviews, we don’t know if we are getting anything near the ‘real” Jodi or a new face Jodi has assembled from the many contributions of her mental health enablers during the trial and trial prep.

    Just as an aside, in one of the post-trial interviews Jodi was asked about her hair color. She stated it was no longer blonde because “they don’t have Miss Clairol in jail.” But she changed her hair color before she went to AZ (and long before she went to jail.) So post-verdict, she wasn’t even willing to admit to that! (I assume it wsa because she was still claiming no premeditation…)

  20. Beth I. says:

    Great article with 2 very interesting topics; is Jodi a “good girl” and are those of us who pay close attention a “mob of vigilantes”?

    First Jodi; Most important to me, this person never did and never will procreate. Whether by nature or nurture removing cold blooded murderers from the genetic pool BEFORE they create more of themselves is the best (only?) hope for humanity. This is also why she should get the death penalty. The resources she, and those like her, consume one way or another are desperately needed to help future generations counterbalance their negative contributions. This is their debt to society.

    The second topic, the reaction of a society, is just as important. I’ve had a boat-load of emotions and reactions to this trial. The intersection between mental health and law is extremely fascinating and I’ve paid attention much like studying for an exam or reading a book I can’t put down, add on-top this is real life, not some novel. Do I care that people like Jodi walk amongst us? Absolutely, and I want them stopped. Like it or not, fair or not, we ARE defined by the consequences of our actions. Had Jodi stopped at say shoplifting the gas can, turned around and gone home, this one day wouldn’t have huge repercussions. She didn’t and killing another person does.

    Most of the people I know who wonder why I devote so much time to this trial think I need to “get a life”. But this comes from people who spend hours watching Wipe-Out or Law and Order (go figure!) or go for happy hour 3 nights a week etc. etc. etc. As I said this trial has been more akin to reading a piece of non-fiction and now I’m ready for the last chapter. To each her own!
    I must add as far as vigilantes go I distinctly remember one day wondering if this is how it felt to be in the Coliseum in Rome 2,000 years ago while rooting for Martinez against LaViolette. Shocking perhaps, I was when I realized it. I chalk it up to being human with all the flaws quietly working their way to the surface. So be it.

    Have I felt like a person who wants to understand the How and Why someone does this? Yes and also no. For me questions of “good” and “evil” start to get too subjective and the last person’s opinion we should pay attention to Jodi. As someone who’s lived with BPD for 50+ years there has been a couple occasions when I’ve watched Jodi and very clearly recognized some of her thinking in my life. AND at this point it doesn’t matter, just another deeply interesting aspect of this case.

    I can say if Jodi really wanted to be a “good girl” she would accept the consequences of her actions and go quietly to the DP to end up back where I started; that some younger version might be able to get the help she never did and avoid a repeat of history.

  21. A killer I once had dealings with – and who committed an even more atrocious murder than Arias – said about his victim that she ‘could easily have been hit by a bus a week later’, and that his only regret about the killing was that ‘it had stuffed up’ his life. Sound familiar?
    Jodi Arias – through her despicable crime, and its subsequent publicity – has assumed the status of a ‘celebrity’, and as such, it would come as no surprise that she deems her current situation all worthwhile to have achieved such fame. However, you would think that authorities would ‘get over it’, as it was ‘just one day’ and ‘a mistake’, and to return such a figure of fame her freedom in order to use her Einstein-like intelligence to benefit the world.
    She may well believe she was, and still is, a good person. However, in the eyes of the rest of us, she is a thoroughly evil and detestable monster who deserves only one punishment – the highest allowable by law.

  22. Dawn says:

    I first learned of Jodi Arias when I saw the trial was being broadcast on HLN, beginning of January, 2013. This is when I first saw her, heard her. Immediately I shuddered, was repulsed, & I didn’t know WHY. And if I had these very, more than uncomfortable feelings, WHY did I continue to watch, read all I could? As Dr. Randle so expertly stated above, “We want to know what kind of aberration allows for the existence of people like Jodi Arias.” So, to try to understand Jodi Arias, I read much, watched every day, commented… Still I could not understand the “WHYS.” Yes, I know of the psychopathology, the science, abnormal brian, but eventually, I could only come up with one answer: EVIL. I found a quote from a noted researcher who studied psychopaths extensively, Dr. Kent A. Kiel. He described my chill, as well as so many others, most notably, Travis’ friends: “There is something different about their eyes. The gaze of a psychopath is disquieting, even frightening, and has been described as cold or penetrating, empty, reptilian, not quote human.” This last, “…not quite human,” is the key for me. The ALL of Jodi Arias has been more scary than the worst horror film I have seen. Like the demon the “The Exorcist,” her face changed, day-by-day. Spewing malicious, graphic lies. Arrogance with her prosecutor, facing her, to get this demon off the face of this earth. Making a joke of a serious court of law. Outwardly laughing & behind the cover of her palm & Freddie-long- fingers!. Enjoying the bloody photos of her macabre, hideous knifing. Slyly, giving the obscene finger, a slit across her throat. Starring down the victim’s family, individual members of the jury. *No remorse for the “incident.” The “experience.” This article gives a good, although brief, synopsis of the lack of emotion, no connection to cognition, the reality of the lies to a sociopath/psychopath. http://articles.courant.com/2005-12-18/news/0512180075_1_psychopaths-brain-scans-kiehl

  23. Observer says:

    I don’t even think Jodi believes she is a good girl. I think she enjoyed being the bad girl starting when she was six and smacked her brother in the head with a baseball bat. A good girls doesn’t grow pot on her parent’s roof in the eighth grade, have sex with any guy available from the time she was 14, drop out of high school and move in with her boyfriend at 16 when her parents grounded her, stab her lover 29 times, slit his throat nearly decapitating him and shoot him in the head just after having sex with him, talk about every sex act she performed since she was a teenager in front of millions of people watching her trial on camera and lie to a jury and say the man she brutally murdered “broke my finger, kicked me in the ribs, choked me out” and “by the way he was a pedophile” to get even with his family and the state for “not settling” and not letting her walk in a few years.

    Jodi knows she is evil and that is why she was attracted to a religious good man whose goal in life was to help himself and others be a better person. She wanted everything Travis Alexander possessed, a good caring heart, religious and moral values, good looks, charm, comedic talent, public speaking skills, a successful business, a BMW and his own home. After she realized she couldn’t keep him with sex and killed him so no other woman could have him, she thought a jury would let her walk if they thought she was a good girl who got involved with a very bad man.

    She told the media she felt betrayed by the jury when they found her guilty of premeditated first degree murder. She said she deserved a “second chance.” She acted as if stabbing a human being 29 times and nearly decapitating him and shooting him for good measure was like having a “bad hair day.” She simply cannot see what all the fuss is about. She survived and is destined for great things by donating her hair to cancer victims, selling Survivor T shirts to benefit survivors of domestic violence, teaching prisons all about recycling and teaching ignorant ptisoners reading, sign language and Spanish. Why does anybody care what happened to a no good sexual deviant? She is so typical of narcisisistic psychopaths. It is not about the murder or the victim. It is about her. She believes evil triumphs over good. That’s why she thinks she should be free despite the “oops” she committed on June 4, 2008.

  24. Maria Cristina Santana, JD says:

    For those interested, I found a transcript of Jodi’s interrogation. An easier way to study what she said and why. http://www.scribd.com/doc/146335001/Jodi-Arias-Initial-Interrogation-Video-Transcripts-PDF

  25. Dhianna says:

    I have been following this trial and I really do believe that she is evil. She has no remorse for what she done. She blames the victim, instead of herself. I hope she gets the DP!!!!! In my opinion I believe she will murder again and does not need to be let out, she is a danger to everyone, especially those from the trial!!

  26. Kris Franke says:

    Hi Kristina,
    In answer to your question, “Was and is JA a good person?”
    In my best “Church Lady” (Dana Carvey) voice: “No. She is evil and must be destroyed.”
    Regards, “Well, isn’t that SPECIAL!”

  27. Observer says:

    Of all the jurors who have spoken out Alternate Juror Tara Kelley shared the same views as I do about Jodi Arias. Too bad she wasn’t in the deliberations instead of the foreman. There may have been a unanimous vote for the death penalty. Tara was the juror who asked the question: “After all the lies you told, why should we believe you now.” She didn’t believe Jodi was abused by her parents or Travis, thought the sex tape and PTSD was just a diversion, thinks Jodi is pure evil and should have gotten the death penalty because of the way she made Travis suffer when she murdered him.

    I have been impressed with Tara’s honesty and candor on Twitter, HLN and this site: http://www.simplysickofit.com/jodi-arias-trial/interview-with-tara-kelley-jodi-arias-alternate-juror/#comments

  28. juanlove says:

    Late to this party…love your blog Dr.K..

    Does a “good girl” leave her “best friend” or even a stranger decomposing for days? No matter why she slaughtered him?

    Jodi is simply a bad seed. There is no excuse for her behavior. TA is the only BF she never lived with. She was and still is a menace to society. Always will be. Her supporters can’t see her damage until it is too late for them. Considering they were fairly warned, oh dear….

  29. Agreed, Observer – Tara Kelley read the salient points of the trial correctly.

  30. Lisa W says:

    I remember seeing Jodi Arias in the 48hrs interview in 2008/2009 and thinking really,seriously that’s your story? I thought her case would end in a plea. How wrong was I? She is a true sociopath, the evilness of her lies were said to hurt Travis’ family because she knew they never liked her and wanted him away from her. I too would like to know what Travis meant when he talked about her betrayal in that May e-mail. Maybe he found out about her recording the phone sex call and her plans to use it. She used wild sex to get him and was mad when he was conflicted and ended it. He was single and like a lot of men was weak when it came to Jodi and her wild sex. I also believed he did care about her and felt guilt about having sex and didn’t want to hurt her. Unlike Jodi he had a conscious she also threatened suicide and he didn’t want that. Jodi may have been hit with a belt and spoon but that was a different era , it wasn’t abuse. Juan was right Jodi always portrays herself as a victim. I’m betting she was a bully also as a teen. I wish all of her bad behavior was allowed in court. I think Jodi also thought highly of herself when she got both shrinks to believe her even though we all know it was all bull. Her defense also made a big deal about her past lovers still being alive. Jodi was done with them, she found a new victim! She had few female friends because she didn’t like any competition and girls have a better bullcrap meter. Jodi was never and will never be a good girl. I say that not only because of everything that she has done to Travis, his family & all of the people who loved him but because she had in her car when she was arrested a new gun and 2 butcher knives packed to flee. She thought she outsmarted Flores and she was on her way to her next victm! She liked what she did to Travis as only a sociopath could and would kill again! She needs to get the needle or barring that locked away forever! She will never get better and will kill if given the chance!

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