Jodi & Travis: From Attraction to Assassination

It's the high profile murder trial of the year that could potentially end in the death of a pretty young woman. Jodi Arias, 32, has just been convicted of first degree murder charges as of May 8, 2013, and is now facing the death penalty. She has been on trial since January 2013 for the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander which occurred in June 2008. Alexander, 32 at the time of his death, was a successful motivation speaker with a bright future who had his life savagely cut short. But, why did it have to end like this? What lead Jodi down the path to murder? And what did Travis ever see in her? Let's take a psychological journey through the lives of both Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander to see if some light can be shed on this tragic situation and see how their relationship progressed from a magnetic attraction to a brutal assassination.

Diagnosing Jodi: Profile of a Murderess

Disgust. Intrigue. Rage. Confusion. Fixation. These are just some of the feelings that are elicited across the nation in millions of people who have been steadfastly following the trial of Jodi Arias. Arias, 32, has made herself notorious for the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in June of 2008. Part of the addiction that people have to this trial and Jodi Arias is the inconceivable behaviors that she has displayed.

In our minds, we can't make sense of the dichotomous aspects of Jodi herself. She is calm as a clam as she lies to detectives and media reporters. She is articulate on the stand as she tells her story in front of the world using a broad vocabulary and seemingly flawless memory. She is confident in the face of aggressive prosecutor Juan Martinez during cross-examination. She is an attractive young Mormon woman with a soft voice. Yet, she is also the woman who brutally murdered a man whom she loved and showed no remorse after the fact. "How can this be?" we think to ourselves. It is so very hard for people to wrap their heads around a bright, beautiful young woman committing such a violent and heinous act.

On top of that, we can't piece together how someone can commit such an act and be so insensitive, deceitful, and unremorseful for what they did. It is unfathomable to us normal people how one can appear to just completely lack a conscience, especially a pretty young woman. After all, women are supposed to emotional and nurturing. And that is exactly what has this nation riveted by this whole tragedy, combined that with our tendency to try to solve a murder mystery and our inability to look away from "train-wreck" type situations. How else would the media stay in business?

This article is about piecing together the psychological traits of Jodi Arias that have potentially caused these behaviors. Putting a presumable diagnosis to this will be just part of solving the mystery on how/why this whole horrific thing happened. If we can at least do that, than we can know what to look out for in the future to protect ourselves and others, and we can work harder to get similar people mental help and prevent these tragedies from happening again.

Jodi Arias: Stalker of the Year

Jodi Arias, the young woman on trial for first degree murder, has racked up many titles by the media and public. Murderer, psychopath, cold blooded killer, and stalker are among the most commonly used descriptors of Jodi Arias. But, before we just throw some names and psychiatric diagnoses around, we need to be close to sure that what we are saying is correct. In order to be more definite and precise in our terminology, we must look at the facts. Using Jodi's journal entries, written in 2007-2008, as well as evidence and testimony from her criminal murder case, we can piece together enough information in order to try and put a more accurate label on her mental state and her behaviors that led up to this vicious killing.

These Boots Were Made For Stalking

An Article on the Profile of a Female Stalker

Written by: Jane Doe

We've all been guilty of it...well, most of us have. Taking a sneak into your boyfriend's email or text messages, eavesdropping on a phone call, monitoring their Facebook, or even driving by their street to see what cars are there. I'm sure if you've done any of these things that you probably felt a little guilty or embarrassed afterwards. Maybe you thought to yourself, "am I a stalker?".

Don't worry just yet, because odds are that you aren't a full blown stalker. Female stalkers make up about 15-20% of all stalkers. And while a lot of us may have pulled some psycho moves on some guys, we have also learned from the situation and moved on from whatever guy lead us to act like that. These guys also helped us figure out that you should be with someone who you trust...right ladies!?! I hope so...  But, let's take a look at women who are real stalkers: Who are they? What motivates them? Why do they do what they do? And how do they go about doing it?


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