Killer Girlfriend: The Jodi Arias Story
Josh Hoffner, Brian Skoloff
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On January 2, 2013, the murder trial of Jodi Arias began, setting off a national obsession with Jodi's story of sex, lies, and murder. Jodi Arias became a household name overnight when she was charged with the heinous murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Travis was found dead in his shower, with approximately thirty stab wounds, his throat slit, and a bullet hole in his forehead. From nightly news specials covering every moment of the trial to CNN Headline News featuring daily updates on the case, the media circus only fueled the hunger of the public to learn more about this twisted tale. Associated Press reporters Brian Skoloff and Josh Hoffner were there covering every moment of the court case. Killer Girlfriend provides the first comprehensive account of the case, from the moment Jodi and Travis met, through the killing, her arrest, the four-month trial, and ending, finally, with the verdict.
arouse suspicion. Not Jodi. She had to be part of it, still, even after his death, drawn to Travis and everything that involved him. Mesa police Detective Esteban “Steve” Flores got the call just as he had begun analyzing the horrific scene. It was message from a woman named Jodi Arias who wanted to inquire about the killing. Flores went on to pull an all-nighter and got sidetracked with the immediate demands of the scene. He is a soft-spoken veteran police detective, a stout man known for his
case; the foundation was there with Jodi as a possible culprit, but they had to build a house on top of the foundation. Police quickly interviewed Mimi Hall and Travis’ two roommates, Enrique Cortez and Zachary Billings, to make sure none of them had a particular beef with Travis. Investigators thought it was odd that his roommates had no idea Travis’ bloated corpse was stuffed into the shower in the days after Jodi killed him. A stench from the body was present throughout the house, but
LaViolette once gave a seminar called “Was Snow White a Battered Woman?” and Martinez ripped her credibility for it. Martinez questioned her loudly about how she came to the conclusion that Snow White was abused, to which the defense witness replied that he was mischaracterizing her presentation. The questioning and testimony only grew more bizarre as the days went on. Martinez explained how Snow White was banished to the forest to live in horrible conditions. “She lived with the seven
if the jury did convict her of first-degree murder, they would spare her life after coming to know the gentle person she was deep inside. And with that, the case went in slow motion, and continued that way for weeks, one day dragging into another as reporters and spectators grew bored with the seemingly never-ending tale of Jodi’s life. The first defense witness talked mostly about his business mentoring relationship with Jodi through PrePaid Legal, and described her as feminine but
meeting new people, Jodi and her friends had dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. They settled up their check and were waiting outside the restaurant when Jodi saw a man from the corner of her eye. They exchanged looks. His brisk walk and confidence stood out amid the crowds of people, the cacophony of slot machines and the smell of stale cigarette smoke. This guy is going somewhere, literally and figuratively, she thought. She was a little taken aback when he extended his hand to introduce himself.