Saturday, April 20, 2013

Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander: A Mormon Match from Hell (part 1)


The Beginning Part 2


Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander upon meeting in Sept. 2006
On January 2, 2013, at the Maricopa County Superior Court located in Phoenix, Arizona, the trial against 32-year-old Jodi Arias began. Born on July 9, 1980, Arias faced charges of first degree murder for the June 4, 2008, death of Travis Alexander. 

Born in Riverside, California on July 27, 1977, Alexander was 30-years-old at the time of his death. Medical examiners determined Alexander was murdered on June 4, 2008, when he suffered 29 stab wounds including a fatal wound to his heart and a gunshot to his head. Travis Alexander’s throat had been slashed nearly from ear to ear. His body was located in the shower stall of his five-bedroom, luxury Mesa, Arizona home by friends on June 9, 2008.


Jodi Arias immediately became a person of interest in the case, then soon would become the sole suspect.


But how did Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander meet? What were they dynamics of their relationship? Numerous questions surrounded the case, and Arias herself would do little to shed light on the facts surrounding the murder. Arias lied to authorities and denied she had been with Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008. After forensic and time-stamped, photo evidence proved differently, she admitted she had been in the home, but fled when intruders (armed ninjas) broke in and attacked Alexander.


As the state of Arizona prepared their death penalty case against the woman who was born and raised in Yreka, California, Jodi Arias changed her story and stated she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense.


Travis Alexander came from a large family of four sons and four daughters. His parents struggled with drug addiction and after they both passed away, the children’s grandmother, Norma Jean Sarvey took them in. A Mormon, Sarvey instructed the children in the faith and Alexander soon chose the religion for his life path. After serving two years in the Mission in Denver, Colorado, Alexander was drawn to the community in Mesa, Arizona that is known for its strong Mormon presence. Alexander soon became a motivational speaker and worked for Pre Paid Legal Services, Inc., where he quickly made a name for himself. He authored a book Raising You and created an online presence through Twitter, his blog and a website, Travis Alexander.net. It was through Pre Paid Legal Services that Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander met.


Part 2
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