Jodi Arias: Obsessive Love Turned Fatal
It was difficult not to get sucked into the Jodi Arias trial. Arias is a seemingly wholesome girl who brutally murdered her ex-boyfriend. I mean, we've all felt jealousy. But what kind of jealous rage propels you to stab a guy 27 times, shoot him and slit his throat so severely that it almost decapitates him?
It's beyond comprehension. And it certainly doesn't sound like self defense as Arias claims. (Of course the self defense alibi came after she insisted it was an intruder who killed Alexander.) Yes, she's a murderer and a liar. And a stalker too.
It seems like Travis Alexander missed the signs of just how obsessed his ex-girlfriend was. Maybe a part of him cared about her and wanted to believe the best. I don't know. But when your ex moves to your town after you break up, slashes your tires and hacks your email account, these are not good signs.
I recently watched the riveting Lifetime movie, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret. Jodi is the dirty little secret as Travis pursues a sexual relationship with her, while he keeps up his persona as a devout Mormon. As Jodi's behavior gets more and more creepy and obsessive, I could feel myself pleading with Travis.
"Call the police!!" I kept thinking. But he doesn't. It's his friends, who discover his dead body, that ultimately makes the first 911 call.
Sounds like a Hollywood movie if it weren't all true. In fact, it brought me right back to the 1987 film Fatal Attraction. Glenn Close's shrill line to her married lover Michael Douglas, "I'm not going to be ignored Dan" still haunts me. And who can forget the poor bunny that gets boiled. Fatal Attraction was a big hit with audiences for many of the same reasons that the Jodi Arias trial was so compelling... sex, lies and obsessive attraction.
At the end of Fatal Attraction (spoiler alert if you're still catching up on your 80's movies), Michael Douglas' wife ends up shooting and killing Close's character.
We don't yet know Arias' fate. Although she has been convicted of murdering Alexander, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on whether or not to put her to death. Prosecutors still plan to seek the death penalty and will retry the sentencing phase of the case with a new jury.
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret premieres on Lifetime Saturday, June 22 at 8.7 central.
Get a sneak peek!