Jodi Arias

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Jodi Arias
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Full Name: Jodi Ann Arias
Alias: "Three-Hole Wonder"
Origin: Salinas, California, United States
Goals: Kill Travis Alexander for breaking up with her (successful)
Crimes: Murder
Mutilation
Stalking
Vandalism
Type of Villain: Envious Stalker

Jodi Ann Arias (born July 9, 1980) is an American woman who is known for murdering her ex boyfriend, salesman Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008. Their relationship was on-off and Jodi had discovered that Travis seeing another woman.

On June 9, a group of his friends had decided to go to his house as they were concerned. A key was found to his master bedroom, where they found large pools of blood in the hallway leading to the master bathroom. He was found deceased in the shower with around 27 to 29 stab wounds, along with a gunshot wound to the head and a slit throat.

There were many indications that Arias was responsible for the killing. His friends had stated that Alexander himself had said that Arias had accessed his Facebook account. In addition to that, she had also slashed his car tires and was stalking him.

Arias initially stated that she had not been in Mesa during the day of the murder. She also stated that she had not seen Alexander since March 2008. She later changed her story and said that two intruders had broken into Alexander's home and had killed him and attacked her. She changed her story again, two years after being arrested. That time, she stated she had killed him in self defense as he had been abusive towards her.

In April 2015, she was sentenced to life without parole for murdering Alexander.

Biography

Jodi Ann Arias was born on July 9, 1980, in Salinas, California, to William and Sandra (née Allen) Arias. Arias and Alexander met in September 2006 at a PPL conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arias converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Alexander was a member, and was baptized by him on November 26, 2006 in a ceremony in Southern California. Alexander and Arias began dating in February 2007. Arias moved to Mesa to live closer to Alexander. In April 2008, she moved to Yreka, California, and lived there with her grandparents.

Alexander and Arias dated intermittently for a year and a half, often in a long-distance relationship, taking turns traveling between their respective Arizona and California homes. Alexander's friends who knew Arias and observed them together tended to have a negative opinion of her, stating that the relationship was unusually tumultuous and that Arias' behavior was worrying.

After five months together, they broke up. Despite their break-up, Arias moved to Mesa, to be closer to Alexander, but friends told ABC they were baffled. They said she’d show up to his house because she knew the code, without him knowing. At one point, Alexander revealed to friends that Arias had snuck into his house through a doggy door, according to Brian Skoloff, co-author of ”Killer Girlfriend: The Jodi Arias Story."  Despite his complaints, one friend said “he would be angry and other times jump into bed with her.”

During the same time this was happening, Alexander began dating another woman. Soon after, Alexander had his car tires slashed and the new women would get random knocks on her door with no one being there. Friends later would learn that while Alexander was dating his new love interest he was allegedly still communicating with Arias and engaging in intimate behavior over texts and phone. And, in one episode they were in the midst of a fight, recalled a friend.

Alexander had plans to attend a company retreat in Mexico with a Mormon woman he was pursuing. Alexander never got to Mexico. Five days later, on June 9, 2008, friends found him in his Mesa, Arizona home. His throat had been cut ear-to-ear and he had been shot and stabbed 27 times, ABC reported.

Arias's accounts of her whereabouts on the day Alexander was killed varied, including that she was not in Mesa the day the murder happened, that she and Alexander were attacked during a home invasion at his home, which led to his murder, and that she had been a victim of domestic violence and killed Alexander in self-defense, The Hollywood Reporter reported. 

In 2013, Arias was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving life in prison without parole in the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.