Think you’ve seen or heard it all when it comes to the behind-bars antics of Ms. Jodi Ann Arias? Think again! The convicted murderer now has her own online book club! Yes, you heard me correctly – another website somehow controlled by a “close custody” inmate! When will it stop, and how is it being allowed to happen? Never in my life have I seen a convicted murderer have so much control of social media from behind bars – while I don’t know if she is breaking any laws by (obviously) having somebody create and maintain these websites displaying and selling her “artwork”, t-shirts and whatever else she’s hawking these days. What’s next, Tupperware? Avon? Amway?
The convicts’ newest online venture is Jodispage.com, and it’s a bright yellow website with a big picture of Arias, in the infamous white hooded parka – holding her beloved camera, atop some snowy mountaintop. The audacity. The nerve. The never-ending self promotion. Please make it stop!
The site currently includes 7 books and includes pictures of the book cover, information on the author and publishing company as well as Jodi’s personal review of the book. Looks like at least one of the books was sent or given to her by somebody on the outside. She names the person, which may be bad news for the sender of said book! There are notations such as “Jodi is currently reading” on the books she has yet to finish reading, and her literary opinions of the ones that she has read. So now she’s an Oprah wanna- be, or a literary critic? Her twisted and fictitious resume continues to astonish me.
How is it that she has managed to accomplish more from behind bars than she did from the free world? On this site, her recent tweets are posted, and she thanks somebody named HeinzFrick for “Jodi’s Page”. An August 6th tweet from Arias mentions Lifetimes movie as “a hatchet job”, and she openly calls for producers “interested in making a film about the truth”. Yes, she is soliciting movie offers on Twitter now. In addition to her recent tweets, the site has a Q & A page, where she instructs people how to fund her commissary account, send her mail – and specific information on sending books, magazine subscriptions, and instructions on how people can visit her in jail! Has your jaw hit the floor yet? She includes links to her artwork that is for sale, and of course that “Survivor” t-shirt. The art website lists what appears to be a phony address of 333 Fun St., San Francisco, CA 12345 under “Contact Us”, and the telephone and fax number listed are both 123-456-7890. Is this her attempt at being humorous?
Does anybody else find this behavior completely outrageous? How can an INMATE operate so many outside websites and continue to sell things? Or is this a ploy in anticipation of her penalty phase retrial, where she can use the promise of book clubs and recycling programs in prison as mitigating factors to keep her off Death Row? You be the judge! I am just at a loss for words. And it takes a lot for that to happen to me. It’s like she’s living in the Twilight Zone, unaware that she’s in jail for MURDERING another human being. Jail and prison are punishment, not a place to launch a reality show. Somebody please make it go away! Sheriff Joe, where are you? Are these shenanigans protected by free speech? Just seems wrong, that’s all – plain and simple. An inmate should not be able to use their incarceration as a launching pad to online infamy.
In other Arias related news, Jane Valez Mitchell’s new book titled “Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias” hits the book stores on August 20, 2013 and has been getting rave reviews. It promises shocking and disturbing new information about the convicted murderer and her revenge plot against Travis Alexander – using sex as a means to get close enough to kill. Included in the book are “Five lessons learned from the Jodi Arias trial”. To summarize:
1) Don’t sleep with the enemy!
2) Pathological liars are very dangerous people
3) Be wary of people with transient lifestyles. Jodi Arias couldn’t hold a job for long, moved from place to place and from man to man. From an early age, Arias moved from Yreka to Santa Maria, to Medford OR, to Big Sur, to Palm Desert, to Mesa and back to Yreka. During this time frame, she held numerous miscellaneous waitressing jobs. JVM says this is a symptom of borderline personality disorder, characterized by her inability to fit in. Jane’s advice: when you begin dating somebody new, it’s important to get a real sense of where they come from, what they do for a living and where they have been in their lives. As an added rule of thumb, she suggests getting an in-depth bio prior to getting too romantically involved with a person.
4) TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCTS! Perhaps the most important of this list, it is so important to trust your own intuition. We heard throughout the trial that 90% of all communication is non-verbal. Many of Travis’ friends reported having bad vibes about his new love interest, some referring to her as “creepy”. They were able to see what he didn’t, couldn’t – or chose to ignore. There were many clues pointing to a mentally and emotionally unstable woman. Travis’ friends tried in vain to convey their feelings that something was off with Arias. They felt she was unbalanced and perhaps even dangerous. Trust your friends opinions. They always have your best interest at heart.
5) WOMEN CAN BE VIOLENT! Towards the end of their relationship, Travis expressed fear of Jodi. Some of his friends believe he may have been lured into a false sense of security by her petite stature. Statistics also show that violent crimes are mostly perpetrated by men, not women. Perhaps that’s why America was so fascinated with women on trial for violent crimes? It’s not the norm, thankfully. However, it’s certainly and sadly not unheard of.
“Exposed” is expected to be one of the most provocative crime books this year, packed with exclusive new information and psychological insight. A portion of the profits are going to charity. Jane Valez Mitchell dedicated this book to victim Travis Alexander and his siblings. Should be an interesting read. Hey, maybe it will earn a mention on Arias’ book club website? Wouldn’t that be ironic…….
Can we please empanel a new jury and get this show on the road? What’s next, a Jodi Arias action figure? Rental-car, .25 caliber gun and camera sold separately. Sorry, I hope that didn’t offend anybody but I couldn’t resist. The last thing I’d ever want to do is to make light of this tragic murder. Those of you who have been following this blog know that.
I personally feel Arias continues to exploit her name recognition – even though for most people in America, her name is more associated with evil than anything else to further her own agenda. She wants the pool of potential jurors to see “all the people she could help” while in prison. The book club was mentioned in her mitigation multi-media slide show/campaign speech. If anybody has any ideas on measures we can take to ensure any/all sales this convicted felon makes make it into the hands of the victim’s family – please speak up. Let’s put our collective minds together and be sure she is not profiting from the murder of another human being.