After years of searching for your one true love, even when you may feel certain that you’ve found your soulmate, keep in mind that the people closest to us are usually those that are capable of hurting us the most.
When Travis, a young, handsome, and accomplished man, met the girl of his dreams, he thought that life couldn’t possibly get any better. But, soon enough, the girl of his dreams would turn out to be like a poisonous black widow, tangled in a web of lies, deceit, and murder.
Travis was born in Riverside, California to drug addict parents, including a physically abusive mother. Travis and his siblings endured an upbringing plagued with abuse and neglect. Travis and his six siblings went to live with his grandmother when he was 10.
Considering the dire circumstances in his life, Travis worked tirelessly to make a better life for himself and his siblings. His discovery of the Mormon religion exacerbated his efforts to persevere and also, played a significant role in molding Travis into the well rounded person he would become.
Friends and family of Travis, describe him as a handsome, devoutly religious and wholesome man, who had a bright future ahead of him. As a salesman for a company in Arizona, Prepaid Legal Services, Travis earned a six figure salary that also encompassed constant networking and traveling.
In 2006, while at a convention for work in Las Vegas, Travis met a beautiful young woman who would change the course of his life. Travis instantly fell head over heels for Jodi, a sexy, charming waitress from California. They maintained a long distant relationship and would often meet in various cities for sexual encounters.
But, Travis a devout Mormon, who frowned upon premarital sex, felt conflicted with his unholy relationship with Jodi and his commitment to religion. Travis had told numerous friends that Jodi had a voracious sexual appetite and couldn’t seem to get enough.
Marriage and Family
Determined to settle his inner battle with religion and his liking towards Jodi, he spoke to her often about the importance of marriage and family to him. He confided in her his plans on possibly marrying her one day.
Travis Alexander would learn that Jodi Arias would not fit his ideal image of a wife and mother to his children. Travis confided in friends about Jodi’s erratic and crazy behavior, which consisted of slashing his tires and hacking into his facebook account. Discovering her true colors, Travis decided he no longer wanted a serious relationship with Jodi, but kept in casual contact with her.
Dating Someone Else
Travis eventually started dating someone else locally, and when friends of Travis asked him if Jodi might be upset and possibly cause harm, he insisted she was crazy, but harmless. But, Travis, would learn in the worst possible way, the terror and danger Jodi was capable of.
After not returning their phone calls for days, friends of Travis had become worried and decided to check on him at his home in Mesa, Arizona. On June 9, 2008, friends of Travis discovered his battered body in the shower of his home. Travis had been dead for five days.
The friends would discover a gruesome and bloody scene fit for a horror movie. Travis was shot once in the face, so unbelievably grisly, it was difficult to identify him. His throat had been slashed wide open and he had been stabbed all over his body, at least 27 times.
Based on phone records and her name mentioned often by close friends of Travis, Arias became a person of interest. At first, Jodi claimed she wasn’t in Mesa when Travis was murdered. She insisted that she had only spoken to him on the phone, but she had not physically seen him for a few months.
However, a few weeks after finding a waterlogged digital camera in Alexander’s washing machine, investigators recovered sexually explicit photos of the couple time-stamped from the afternoon of June 4 and a photo of Alexander in the shower at 5:29 p.m., possibly the last image of him alive.
Foot in Frame
Then there was another photo that shook the investigators to the core, one of him bleeding on the floor with Jodi’s foot in the frame. Lead detective Esteban Flores, showed Arias the picture, refuting her original story and immediately placed her under arrest for the murder of Travis Alexander.
Arias then admitted she was there, telling police that she and Travis had just had sex when two intruders broke into the apartment, killed him and attacked her, but that she had managed to escape. But there were no signs of forced entry. Nothing had been stolen from the apartment, where Alexander lived with roommates.
He Attacker Her
In her next version of events, she claimed that she was taking his picture in the shower when she dropped his camera, making him angry. He threw her to the floor, she said, and then pulled her up to keep attacking her. So she shot him, Arias admitted, but didn’t remember stabbing him. To the end she insisted the murder wasn’t premeditated.
The trial eventually got underway in January 2013 and was streamed live online, turning the major players in the case into actors in an all-too-real modern-day tragedy. The case was thrown into the national spotlight, with every media outlet attempting to get more coverage.
While family and friends painted Travis Alexander as a golden boy, Arias’ defense team, lead by L. Kirk Nurmi, aimed to tell a very different story. They claimed Travis was a sex and pornography addict, who physically, verbally and emotionally abused Arias. Recordings and photographs would prove he wasn’t an angel, but those who knew him objected vehemently to Arias’ version of events.
The defense argued that Arias suffered from borderline personality disorder and suffering from PTSD because of her traumatic upbringing and then the abuse she suffered at Alexander’s hands.
After weeks of deliberation, when Arias was found guilty, the crowd outside the courthouse erupted in cheers. Arias was officially sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole in April 2015.
While she isn’t allowed contact visits in maximum security, she is allowed phone calls and Skype. In 2016 Arias was reportedly planning on marrying one of her many admirers in what would ultimately have to be a jailhouse wedding.