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Jodi Arias's Last Blog Entry

(*This is an old post that was in my draft folder...)

Murder defendant Jodi Arias started a blog in April of 2008 and it's still viewable online. Her last (untitled) entry from May 10, 2008 reads:

"I cannot ignore that there is an ever-present yearning and desire that pulses within me. It throbs for gratification and fufillment. It makes me want to wander this entire globe in search of this indefinitive "something", that I might suddenly experience it, discover it, or some other sort of quickening to quench this thirst I've had since childhood. I want to search it out in evergreen forests, fields of tall, golden grass, desert sands, moonlit nights, in the eyes of other children of God, in the eyes of every living creature. It is in all of these things, yet it is fleeting. It has the power and potential to move me to tears in a matter of seconds. It gives life a meaning often realized only in night time dreams; that elusive, intangible fulfillment that permeates the images played out by one's subconscious right before it fades into oblivion, as full consciousness begins to settle in".

Notice the language she uses, "there is an ever-present yearning and desire that pulses within me. It throbs for gratification and fulfillment"? Wonder what or WHO she was thinking of when she wrote that?  The last sentence also got my attention:  "it gives life a meaning often realized only in night time dreams; that elusive, intangible fulfillment that permeates the images played out by one's subconscious right before it fades into oblivion, as full consciousness begins to settle in".

That same day, according to prosecutors, Alexander sent this text to Arias: 

"Why don't you have him come and f**k you in the woods. I can only imagine you are so worried about me reading. You are paranoid because you have no respect for people's privacy and you dare insult me of all people. Someone you should through your actions you hate more than love by denying me a human right of privacy countless times. You have a lot of freaking nerve. We are all not like you in that aspect."

Travis Alexander had an online blog as well, and his last entry before being murdered was titled "Why I Want To Marry A Gold Digger" - this entry was posted on May 18, 2008. Only ten days later on May 28, the Yreka police responded to the "break in" at Arias's grandparents home where the .25 caliber gun was stolen. I wonder if Jodi Arias's planned trip to visit Ryan Burns in Utah, just a week before Travis's Cancun trip was some lame attempt to make him jealous? I was curious about the gas cans and the mileage from Pasadena to Mesa, and from Mesa to West Jordan Utah - trying to figure out Jodi Arias's reasoning for borrowing those gas cans and it doesn't appear the two 5 gallon cans would have been enough to get her from Mesa to Utah, although it may have been enough to get her across the state lines.

According to Rand McNally's online trip calculator, the distances between the cities is:

From Pasadena, CA to Mesa AZ = 387.7 miles, 5 hours 16 minutes
From Mesa, AZ to West Jordan UT = 659.7 miles, 9 hours 38 minutes
From West Jordan UT to Redding CA = 720.3 miles, 10 hours

If Arias left Pasadena with a full tank of gas, she more than likely would have had enough fuel to get to Mesa without refilling the tank. I'm unsure of the make/model of the car she rented, but it seems to me they said it was a Ford Escort. I wasn't able to find the MPG info for a 2007 or 2008 Ford Escort, but the Ford Focus is probably close enough.  A 2 door, 4 cylinder 2008 Ford Focus gets 35 MPG on the highway, 24 with city driving. If you use an average of 30 MPG, it would've taken approximately 12.93 gallons of gas to get from Pasadena to Mesa (388 miles / 30 MPG).

The tank would've been empty or near empty when she arrived in Mesa. If she had two 5 gallon cans full of gas, she would have been able to drive approximately 300 miles away from the crime scene using the gas in the gas cans. The trip from Mesa to Utah was more than 659 miles, so she would have had to stop at some point, but the extra gas she had in those cans probably enabled her to get far enough away to feel safe fueling up the car.

There seems to be no other reason to bring the gas cans with her. She already contradicted herself in saying the reason was to buy cheap "out of state gas", yet she filled them in Pasadena.  She has no receipt from the return of the 3rd gas can from WalMart - she can't get off with the "it's a small store" like she tried to do with the alleged restaurant injury.  Juan Martinez nailed her when he told her that the WalMart she says she returned the gas can to had NO RECORD of ANYBODY returning a 5 gallon gas can on the day in question. Chalk up another lie, proven by the State. 

Driving with cans of gasoline in your trunk can be dangerous, and I don't believe many people do it anymore - unless you are truly going somewhere remote where there may be no gas or services for hundreds of miles. This story is so transparent, and now that Arias has locked herself into the WalMart story, Martinez was able to show the jury that Arias is not telling the truth, and this time she is under oath.  She's going down.  I hear there are more jury questions, so we may see more of Ms. Arias on the stand when testimony resumes on Tuesday.  Enjoy your weekend!



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