Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jodi Arias Featured on Oxygen's "Snapped"

I knew it was only a matter of time before Jodi Arias was featured on Oxygen's Snapped, and tonight the first part of a 2-part special on the tragic story airs at 9:00PM ET.  Snapped tells the stories of female killers, and over the years they have featured many high profile cases as well as some not so well known to the public.  They are all chilling, and they do a pretty good job of telling the backstory and facts and circumstances leading up to a murder. Snapped airs in marathon runs on Sundays in my area. 

Snapped has been on air for 13 seasons and has featured Celeste Beard Johnson, Susan Wright, Clara Harris, Pamela Smart, Susan Polk, Mary Winkler, Michelle Michael, Shawna Nelson, Susan Grund, Kelly Ryan, Dalia Dipollito, Rachel Wade and many many more. 

Tonight's show takes a in depth look at the relationship between Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, starting at the beginning of their relationship and through the savage murder, the media circus around the trial and all the way up to the guilty verdict.  They promise first hand accounts and never before seen interviews with friends of Travis Alexander and experts who covered the trial. They interviewed both Jodi and Travis' former co-workers which should be interesting.  We've heard from people who used to work with Jodi how obsessive she was about Travis - at one of the restaurants she used to work at, a former colleague said there were days when Arias would sit out in the parking lot refusing to start work until she got a hold of Travis.  We also learned during the trial coverage that Jodi once drove from the Palm Desert area directly through to Mesa after work one night, just to see Travis.  This sounds like textbook stalking to me.

I don't know if Travis' family was interviewed or appear on this episode of Snapped. They have remained largely out of the media spotlight throughout the horrible 5+ year ordeal, speaking at times through Justice 4 Travis Facebook postings. They are clearly more interested in getting through this trial, and having their brother's murderer sentenced one way or another.  Snapped also will feature an interview with Juror #6, Diane Schwartz - who voted in favor of sending Arias to death row.  This case has been blanketed with media coverage yet it continues to draw in viewers across the country. I have been one of those people who cannot get enough trial coverage. The story caught my attention because of the sheer brutality of the murder, and the woman responsible who lied at every turn while thrusting herself into the media spotlight.  The lies, the photos - how a seemingly average woman could commit such a brutal crime and go on to Utah to see another man?

It's unthinkable.  Normal people don't behave this way, they couldn't continue on to Utah to see another person.  A normal person would be completely devastated and shaken to the core.  Even if you believe Jodi Arias' story of self defense and abuse, why did she go to Mesa that night and disarm her cell phone? If she and Travis really got into a fight that started in the bathroom shower area and he was soaking wet, there's no way he could have body slammed her while wet and slippery.  I'll never believe that she couldn't escape the danger she perceived she was in that night.  She was dressed, he wasn't. She was dry, he was wet.  She could have and should have been out the door and down the stairs before things got out of hand. Her story doesn't make sense. None of them do.  People who act in self defense have no reason to clean up or alter a crime scene, and they have absolutely no reason to not call the police if they have been in a fight for their life.  How could she kill him the way she did and then proceed on like nothing ever happened?

We know from Ryan Burns' testimony that Jodi Arias arrived and acted completely normal.  How can somebody tear into another person's flesh and watch them bleed out and die and then carry out all of the things she did afterwards? The camera, the bedding, dragging the body back to the shower? How could a person do that?  Jodi Arias is a perfect candidate to be featured on Snapped. You can bet I'll be watching tonight, and waiting until Jodi Arias is finally sentenced for murdering Travis Alexander.  My hope is that once she is sentenced, she will fade into the background and be forgotten.



8 comments:

  1. Dang it. I wanted to see this and forgot. Do you know if it will be on again. Or did you get a chance to view the whole thing?

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    1. Melissa,
      Don't worry, the Jodi Arias Snapped episode will be replayed several times in the months to come! They replay episodes a lot, just check on Sundays when they have Snapped marathons!

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  2. I know that part 2 airs tonight (Monday) and that there are "encore" presentations this week. The only problem is that it is difficult to differentiate between parts 1 and 2 because the descriptions (as of today) are identical.

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    1. Andrize,
      I noticed that too! The only way I knew was because I had watched the day before and knew part 2 was going to air the next day. Odd!

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  3. I am sorry this isn't on topic with this post... But people never really discuss that Jodi drove around 1,000 miles! To "visit" Matt for a mere 12 hours ( most sleeping) and Daryl Brewer for breakfast! 30 minutes!!! Who does that?!?? That's driving from NYC to south florida to see people for hours! Then another 1,000 to see Ryan again for less than 15 hours!!!! Never mind going to Mesa!! How did this girl think this trip was believable!! Also I need to know why she called Ryan and said I'm on my way ( bc now he is expecting her" and then jus fall off the grid for another 24 hours! Something interrupted her plan?

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    1. Alicia,
      Thank you for your comments - I agree that Jodi's road trip was highly suspicious from the start. For a woman who was basically broke to rent a car and drive across several states to visit a man she barely knows? That shouts premeditation to me! Poor Ryan was just an alibi, and a very poorly planned out one since she was so delayed at the exact time Travis was murdered. Her explanations to the jury were utterly laughable, but I guess after spending years behind bars she may have convinced herself that it was believable. That's a long distance for such a brief visit. I believe she truly thought she had her tracks covered with that Utah trip! Thank God the jury saw through this.

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  4. I totally agree with everything you've pointed out. However, having grown up in Southern California and living in NYC for a few years, I do think that in California the concept of a long road trip is different. I always thought it was because here you can drive easily for 8 or more hours and never leave the state; on the east coast you could pass through several states in that time. Even taking that into consideration though, I always thought that just about told me all I needed to know about JA's obsessiveness.

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    1. Andrize,
      Good point - CA is a large state! I never thought of it that way, having lived in CA for most of my life with the exception of 2 years spent in Phoenix. Regardless of where you live, I think we can all agree that driving from CA to Utah for a one day visit was just crazy to begin with. Transparent that Utah was the decoy and Mesa was the true destination! Thanks for your comment!

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