The Jodi Arias case has all the makings of a Lifetime movie. A beautiful but rageful young woman who was allegedly obsessed with her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. A Mormon young man who was deeply into his faith while also allegedly hiding a "deviant" sexual life.
But it's not a made-for-TV movie. In fact, this is a true, twisted, and tragic story. Arias admitted to a jury that she did kill her boyfriend. She claims it was in self-defense and also claims when she told an interviewer that a jury would never convict her, what she meant was that she was going to kill herself.
Part of Arias' defense is clearly to paint herself as a victim. She talked about abuse at the hands of her parents and a boyfriend who beat her twice and threatened to kill her family. She is a high school drop-out who worked at Denny's and once wanted to be an artist, but her parents didn't support it. It's all very, very sad. It's also not a real defense. See below:
Just because you had a rotten childhood or a crappy job or made bad choices doesn't mean you get to kill someone.
It's sad, though. To be sure, very few criminals had happy childhoods. That's the damage a bad childhood can do. If you're raised thinking bad things are normal, then you may very well do bad things unless you have some kind of reckoning and take a different path.
It sounds like Arias was the kind of woman who sought abusive men and continued that pattern of abuse in her life. Who wouldn't feel sorry for her? But still. She stabbed her ex nearly 30 times, according to the coroner's report. Could that REALLY be self-defense?
Part of building a defense is painting yourself as a victim. I get that. But only one person was left dead in a shower, bleeding and broken. Arias admitted to a jury she committed that act. Does she deserve death? Probably not. But few people do. Still, that doesn't mean she should ever, ever be back in public.
Life in prison seems pretty appropriate.
Do you feel sorry for Arias?