The Latest Mormon Moment: Travis Alexander Murder Trial

By: Jeff Spector
March 1, 2013

Not sure how many people are really aware of the trial going on in Phoenix Arizona these days. It is now broadcast all day on HLN.  But there is a Mormon connection to the trial and crime.

Jody Arias is accused (and has admitted) killing her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander in Mesa, Arizona, a heavily Mormon enclave.

It is a brutal crime, which I will not go into in any detail, but involved obsession, stalking and sex. A lot of it. Which makes the Mormon connection that much more bizarre.

Travis Alexander grew up in Riverside, California with four sisters and three brothers. They has a very bad childhood.  Their parents were drug addicts and passed away. They went to live with their grandmother in Mesa and she introduced them to the LDS Church.  Travis went on to serve a mission in Denver 1996-1998. From all appearances, he was an observant church member.

He went to work as a salesperson for Preferred Legal Services and as a motivational speaker.  He met Jody Arias at a Prepaid Legal Services conference, located in Las Vegas, Nevada in September of 2006.

In November of 2006, she was baptized into the LDS Church.  She then moved to Mesa and Travis and she were now a couple.  However, unbeknownst to everyone, Travis and Jody initiated a very intense sexual relationship including, as Jody has alleged during her trial, the day of her Baptism.

They broke up in June of 2007, but it appeared to still have had a sexual relationship in spite of the fact that she moved back to Northern California.  Travis was killed on June 4, 2008. He was found a few days later after not be reached. The murder scene was quite gruesome.

Arias gave three very different accounts of her own whereabouts during the period when the murder was committed, but eventually was placed in Mesa at that time. She was arrested and her trial began January 2, 2013.

If you have watched any portion of the trial you would have heard about Family Home Evening, which Arias calls “FHE.” You would have heard about Mormon prohibition against pre-marital sex and you would have discovered that Arias doesn’t even know that much about the Church even though she attend services and Family Home Evening in her Singles Ward quite regularly.

As I stated above, she has admitting killing Travis but is claiming self-defense saying she was a battered woman and he was very violent toward her. It runs contrary to what his friends and family have testified to but, using the premarital sex angle, she claims no one else knew about his violent side but her.

The trial is expected to wrap up in the next two weeks or less.  She is charged with first degree murder and could get the death penalty if convicted.

Have you heard about this Mormon moment?  Not such a good one.

46 Responses to The Latest Mormon Moment: Travis Alexander Murder Trial

  1. mark on March 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Her hair is different, but the face is the same. And I didn’t know there was an LDS connection; I’ve only heard a few moments of discussion on news shows.

    “Motivations of passion or gain. Those are the reasons for murder” (star trek)

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  2. Christopher Bigelow on March 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I heard about it only because HLN has interview me on air twice as a Mormon expert, once on “Nancy Grace” and once on “News Now.” They must have gotten my name in connection with “Mormonism for Dummies,” which I coauthored. Quite a sleazy deal, and I was really sickened by Nancy Grace, especially.

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  3. Douglas on March 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Why is it every time that someone who is even remotely connected with the Church, it’s the “Mormon” this or that….it’s as if in the popular media culture there’s a sort of backhanded compliment going there; that the LDS connection makes any sort of salacious story that much more juicy.
    There would have to be VERY strong evidence that makes this item like what the fictional Roxy Hart brought upon herself, i.e., a “hanging” case (it sounds more ominous than a “gurney” case, now doesn’t it?). And, of course, with a very likely life-long stretch in prison (even if she’s convicted and gets the death sentence, she’ll be graying before AZ puts the chemicals in her veins), she’s got nothing to lose by turning this thing into some form of either justified homicide or diminished capacity with the feminist ‘dernier cri’, domestic violence. From what I’ve seen of it thus far, it seems hokey, but her attorney wouldn’t be worth a pinch of salt if it weren’t being brought up. Literally, allege that your deceased husband/lover was ‘secretly’ a monster and it’s literally a free pass to commit ‘moider’.
    But we’d needed worry about having to answer for it. That one of our own gets himself in trouble ought to be no surprise, and that we baptize an unstable young women who resorts to violence ought not to be surprising either. Sad, yes, but we pick our members from the “hew-mon” race.

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  4. Joy on March 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The Daily Mail runs this story periodically using the headline “Mormon Murder Trial.”. We make good copy and that is okay.

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  5. Geoff - A on March 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    We have had a saga running in Australia where a Tongan family and an aboriginal family have been fueding and bringing their friends in for a riot each evening. It has been on national television every night for a week.

    The tongan family are active memebers of the church but their membership has not been mentioned in the media once.

    We also had a group of Tongan youth, half of them members, murder an aboriginal youth a couple of years ago. The church did not get a mention then either. The tongans can be warlike

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  7. FireTag on March 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    There is a lot of coverage on Fox of the trial for its grisly nature, but there has been NO mention of any connection with Mormonism. The Mormon connection to anything scandalous is an obsession of the media left.

    That’s ok; the Christian right gets the same treatment, and the Tea Party is both responsible for all evil one week, non-existent the next week, and then responsible for all evil again the following week. It all depends on the narrative needed by the Ministry of Propaganda at the moment.

    The events have great significance for the lives and souls of the individuals personally involved, but it has no wider societal implications, IMO.

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  8. Xam on March 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    IMO when people are made to believe that they are better than others, as with mormonism, they feel that certain entitlements are warranted and that they should not be held to the same standard as the rest of society. Mormons strive to seperate themselves from society and its rules, and Travis’s double life was merely an echo of mormonisms way of leading a double life within society. A devil dressed in sheeps clothing. Also, I don’t know when it became acceptable to write your own books of the bible in order to legitimize ones graft but I was never made aware.

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  9. Simone on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    The Mormon church has nothing to do with why this nut job commited murder. She might have been baptized into the Mormon church, but that certainly doesn’t mean she was ever converted to the church’s beliefs. We all know she only joined the church to get to Travis. The media always has to bring to life if a loser of a person is connected to the church or ever was connected to the church. If she had been catholic, methodist, Baptist, etc, would they have mentioned that, NO, probably not.

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  10. Rhonda on March 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Simone I agree with you. It’s not about the religion. It’s about one person who murdered another human being. The Morman religion does not condone murder. If people would read history they would understand that other religions went to war over the theory of their interpretation of religion. It was protestants, catholics and jews. Not the Mormans. I am not of the Morman faith so I have no dog in this fight. However because she was a Morman doesn’t make all Morman’s a killer or a deviant. Morman’s believe in family and honesty. They are devoted. Not jealous or envious.

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  11. MICAHEL on March 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    What a tragic story ! I cannot fathom how Travis Alexander who was taught the basics of chasity in the LDS church could live in a immoral fashsion. I am not a member of the LDS church, but I do commend the LDS for upholding a very high ethical standard for its young men. Perhaps someone in the LDS church carefully and urgently told Travis about forsaking sin in all its forms ? As a Pentecostal minister, I constantly stress about forsaking the world, the flesh and the devil.

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  12. Douglas on March 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    #11 – MICHAEL, we know HOW this young man set aside what he’d been taught in order to get it on with this hottie, who appears to be also a psycopath. He forgot which “head” to think with. The downfall of most men.

    “Now look, I once stood exposed to the Dragon’s Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover. And all for this lunacy called, ‘love’, this mad distemper that strikes down both beggar and king. Never again. Never!”

    I take it as a compliment to the Church that Travis’ forsaking of what he’d been taught led to his doom, and not the typical purile insinuations that this conduct is winked at in the Church or is typical of its members. But in any organization of 14 million plus, there’s bound to be a few loose can(n)ons.

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  13. Toni on March 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    It is my opinion that this was an abusive relationship, and he was the one being abused. He isn’t around to speak for himself, nor to explain how he was seduced, then threatened.

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  14. Jeff Spector on March 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I don’t see the media exploiting the Mormon angle to this trial. But it is a huge factor in the trial itself.

    Since he is not around to tell his side of the story and she is a confessed liar, there is no real explanation for his violation of the Law of Chastity other than the one most men would be somewhat familiar with.

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  15. Emma on March 27, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Brigham Young said that a single man the age of Travis is a “menace to society”.

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  16. CarolO on April 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    If the Mormon church feels it’s so bad for consenting adults to have sex outside of marriage, then why don’t they do something about their flock that has 5 wives and 40 kids that live off the State welfare department? By law, you can only have one wife so that means they are breaking the law and having sex outside of their marriage that is frowned on in all other religions. Travis was a 30 year old NORMAL man with normal sex urges and here come Jodi to fulfill his fantasies. Him being a Mormon hasn’t a thing to do with it. He was a man first.

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  17. Pat on April 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    They were both abusers. He used her and she used him. He loved playing her and making her jealous. It was a big rush and made him feel like he was god’s gift to women. The crazier she became – the more powerful it made him feel. This is so typical of a narcissistic personality. He didn’t care one bit about her and enjoyed tormenting her. He was leaving on vacation with his girlfriend and yet he took time out to screw her and take naked pictures of each other. Seeing him posing in the shower makes me sick. This is a man that supposedly loved another woman – but loved himself so much that he can’t wait to pose for Jodi. We have no idea what kind of things he said to her before she killed him. He probable was very quick to remind her that she meant nothing to him anymore and he was with another woman.

    Obviously Jodi was mentally unstable. Her parents and friends all reported that. Too bad he never cared enough about her and tried to get her mental health treatment. Instead, he made things worse by tormenting her and playing his mind games. LIKE THEY SAY – IT TAKES TWO

    That is no excuse for what she did. But it does show what can happen when you play that kind of game with an unstable person. They both lost.
    The only good thing that came out of this is that his latest girlfriend was saved from making a horrible mistake by dating him.

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  18. CarolO on April 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Actually, his “latest” girlfriend was someone he had gone out with previously but they decided they weren’t meant to be boyfriend and girlfriend but would just stay good friends. That trip to Cancun was not just him and her but a whole group of people from the church. He didn’t play sex games with previous girlfriends but Jodi did with previous boyfriends. She introduced this to Travis and he was having his share of fun with it, as well.

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  19. J. P. fenn on May 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    We all expect, when Mormons do bad and horrible things, that there are those who “come out of the woodwork” to voice their negative opinions. Can’t stop that since our freedom of speech allows our TV news/computers/newspapers to report such occurrences; and we wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

    As a Mormon convert of many years I was saddened by all that has happen to these two people. There is nothing we can do about the bad impression this has made on the church–except be our best, leave the judging to our court system, and have peace that Heavenly Father will judge them righteously.

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  20. Sister Kimbe on May 5, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    He did not deserve to be murdered for any reason. If mormons were murdered for the things they think they are doing in private, there would be about 10 million less of them. Hypocrisy is common in all religions however. The reason mormons are identified specifically when they do wrong is because they actually do believe they are better than any other religion. They love to connect themselves to famous mormons, but they cry about any connecton to in-famous members.

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  22. Blue Eyes on May 19, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Apparently, he did not seem to have known about what it is to respect women and the mormon teaching of no sex before marriage … and he had been a mormon much longer ..

    So why is it you are highlighting her faults and not his …

    No that i condone violence (though in the event of assaults, self defense can be justified), it dont think this guy was a saint either ..

    So what i find horrific is the way that they portray her as a total villain while he himself was far from being the saint or helpless victim some people say he was.

    It only proves my theory that men and religions, especially some, are best stayed away from …..

    That way we are sure to have a quiet safe life devoid of all the misey and double standars both often bring especially to women

    Many women are killed by men in the world whether religiously justified or condoned, or simply because men are just physically more powerful and many men get away with it …

    So this time when the reverse is happening, the perpetrator (if that is truly her) is depicted in the worse way possible ….. whereas when men who do the same (and they are many more) they find justification in religious practices or simply because they are men .. and you know it is ok for men to do certain things while if women do the same they are either sluts or deserve the extreme punishment…….

    Frankly, the whole thing is disgusting …

    And i will certainly never marry or date a religious extremist (actually noone for that matter but the first even lessj)

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  23. Blue Eyes on May 19, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    I fully agree with Pat .. i think just the same.;; exactly the same

    This guy the way he treate that girl (and lied to his other woman) … gosh ….

    I also line Xam comments on March 5 ;;.

    truly

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  24. Blue Eyes on May 19, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    And considering that the mormon religion teaches that men can become gods and that as such they will have their own planet in the afterlife and be God and king of said planet otherwise inhabited by millions of women with whom they will spend their eternity having sexual intercouse with so as to bring as many spirit babies to planet earth as possible – (in the current state of affairs i dont know who really wants to come to planet earth … i would think that considering how women are treated generally and by this kind of religions, women should be the last to want to come down knowing how rotten the deal is for them)… (this docrine i learned from people who once were mormons and left as ..; i suppose they cannot all be lying):

    So you know he was just getting a little training with Jody ..; and perhaps some others too ..

    Lol …. Life is great, love is great and religions are great

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  25. Blue Eyes on May 19, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    i agree with sister Kimbe but then again she did not deserve to be treated by him the way she did … yet she was … like so many women are …

    So it puts things in perspective

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  26. Blue Eyes on May 19, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    I agree with Carol too.

    And the reason why i am passionate about this trial because i know the violence, abuse and double standards women suffer from either from this religion or similar ones.

    I know i have experienced them up close..

    So as someone said earlier it takes two to tango

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  27. Jeff Spector on May 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Strange….

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  28. Stephen R. Marsh on May 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM
  29. Douglas on May 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Blue Eyes – your jaundiced view of religion (eps. LDS) and men in general is evident. It’s well that you avoid us, we’ve no need of someone unbalanced as yourself either.
    Nothing that I’ve learned in 34 years of being LDS would justify how Travis treated Jodi; he left himself vulnerable to this unstable and psychotic young woman by (lack thereof) virtue of indulging his lusts. A common downfall of many of the male of the species, sad to say. Still, his sins warranted at worst excommunication; it did NOT in any merit a death sentence. I suspect that somehow you glee that he was butchered in a vulnerable moment. It would have been one thing for Jodi, faced with the evidence that she was culpable, had admitted that she’d “lost it”. Her persistent lying and manipulation is evidence of pure malevolence and evil on her part, her punishment as the Arizona court will deem will only suffice as far as the laws of (hu)mankind can go. As ends a fave episode of the Twilight Zone (where the ghost of the concentration camp victim addresses his former SS tormentor)..”Your final judgement, Jodi, will come from God” (as it will for us all, for evil or good).

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  30. CarolO on May 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Travis fell into the same pit that many other men have fallen into……an easy woman. Jodi was in a 4 yr relationship with someone else when she saw Travis and set her eyes on him. That was it for her. Heck with the guy that had been supporting her for 4 years and heck with his son. She saw Travis as he was, a nice looking man with a great personality that would be going places, and Jodi wanted him. When she was dating Travis, she had a dinner date with that one guy often on Dr Drew. He was copping free-feelies out in the parking lot and he stated Jodi didn’t seem a bit bothered by passing motorists. She told him (then one month after she had become a Mormon) that she was “dabbling in Mormonism.” If you’re dabbling in the religion, why bother to become baptized? Because she thought that would help her get closer to Travis and Travis would not marry a woman that was NOT a Mormon.

    She did this ungodly murder and then one day later is laying on top of another guy. She is nothing short of a whore looking for a meal ticket. And Travis fell for the pretty face and the easy lay. He also continued looking for the “right” kind of wife for him and that wasn’t Jodi.
    They did not live together, did not have a life together and did not have children together. They “dated” off and on for 5 lousy months. Some of you here feel he deserved a death sentence because he called her names on a tape. Why did she have that tape and what caused him to go off on her like that? She did something that caused him to go off on her like that and from what I heard, something he was going to go to the authorities with. That part is unknown.

    I can understand someone loosing it even and perhaps stabbing someone but go to the phone and call for help. Do not keep on and on until he is dead and then let him rot for 5 days. If a guy did that to a woman, and they do, the women here would be outraged!

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  31. Blue Eyes on May 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Reply to Douglas :

    No i dont glee over his death …

    And before you make any comments of the sort you make ….. may be you should look at your own history and what Joseph Smith did to all these vulnerable women he threatened of eternal damnation if they did not marry him ….. maybe you should also see all the abuses that women undergo in the Zion ranch another branch of mormonism following the teachings of Joseph Smith. The ones who are vulnerable here are not men but women ;….

    The only thing you see is that this man was a victim of this girl who just fell for him, but you never mention that he too used her while he was dating other women and demeanerd her .

    I think the ones malevolent there were truly those who created a religion where they could become gods, marry all the women they wanted t, including forced marriages of under aged girls.

    All of the world know by now what happens in Zion ranch and how much abuse goes onthere;;; and those abuse are not committed by women but by men who use a so called special connection with God to take advantage of women and people ;

    We also know about the blood oaths and other totally immoral things that happen in the temple to force people to give whatever they have to the church;; it is all over the internet now from people denouncing the whole procedure

    So dont you dare portray men and leaders in your church as victims or vulnerable ;; they are not

    We also know about the trafficking of women among mormon polygamist communities and in general in mormonism ;;; forcing women to marry, to bear as many children as they can even at the expense of their health ;;;; being at the beck and call of men ;;;;; truly if you call that christianity ;;;; it is pure evil

    By the way, why are so many people leaving the church and why have i heard that so many people in the LDS church live in fear because men have so much power that they destroy the lives of those who don t abide by their laws …

    In addition, can you explain the depression in Utah which ranks first of all prozac consumption and what about the suicides. We hear about them everyday on TV …. young mormon boys or girls who commit suicide because they cannot take the tyrannical ways of the mormon church any longer

    And don t try to put the blame on Jodi by saying she was unstable … she was not unstable .. she was abused like many women are abused in the hands of religious extreme and male privileged religion.. or just male taking advantage …

    The mormon religion is about men having women under their thumbs and allowing men to do as they please.

    How come is it ok for Joseph Smith and all followers to marry all these women and immoral for Jodi to have loved that guy …. just tell me …

    The LDS is not a religion it is a tyranic, male privilege and double standard system of christianity which enslaves people rather than uplifting them

    I do not glee over Travis Alexander’s death …. but if all the women who have been abused, cheated upon, killed by men in the name of religions (i know about the violence in the mormon church too the like of the Laferty brothers, the Le Baron and the rest) and many others …. were punished the way Jodi is going ;;; women who have been abused and are abused by them will be all the better for it ;…

    Of course, as a man with all the privileges and rights conferred to you by a very tyrannic and male dominated religion who by giving men the status of gods gives them such an ego trip and all the power …. it is not something that you want to renounce …power, privileges and sex for men …. and double standards … and all the excuses for men’s bad behaviour …

    By the way, i know what abuse and violence are on the part of men ;;.. but you know what, just like you just did in claiming that Jodi was unstable or i too might (regular lame excuses used by cowards and criminals who find justification to what they do by putting the blame on the other party), That girl was a woman that was really what her crime was … he was a man so he has the right and the excuses of the males …

    So poor little Travis could not resist this woman and many others it would seem, and it was all the fault of women ..;;

    Come on…. it is crap to find such poor excuses for this guy and the way he treated women

    Joseph Smith has done much harm to christianity and to women too …

    I dont want to be part of your church …. no i dont …. and not many would.

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  32. Blue Eyes on May 20, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    and stop insulting me saying i am unbalanced …

    Because in this case, many of those who commit suicide must have been very unbalanced yes … i wonder why

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  33. Tara D on May 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Stop defending a CONVICTED, vicious murderer! It sickens me when spoke trash Travis Alexander…he is gone and cannot tell what really happened to him. There’s NO evidence that he abused her…none! Her word is all there is, and she is a liar many, many times over. Aside from what church he was a member of….this is about her KILLING him. Wake up here….so what, if he had a kinky sex life no one knew about?? From all I have seen and read, he lived the rest of his life in an exemplary manner. Those who jump on him seem to hate all men, and believe any woman “victim”. SHE was a willing participant in the relationship…she sent texts that were quite graphic, saying what she wanted….far, far from a victim that was used. She was playing the game too. She butchered this good man. He was good to her in many ways, she has said so herself. She tried to blackmail him I suspect, by disgracefully taping an intimate call between two adults. THAT, and all her other obsessive crazy scams and lies, are what made him speak to her the way he did. That was completely out if character for him. It was something very slimy she threatened him with. Read the facts, look at the horrible, brutal pictures, and stop defending a murderer!

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  34. Tara D on May 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Excuse typos.I meant when people trash him. The auto spell got me more than once..

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  35. Mormon Heretic on May 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Please don’t feed the troll.

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  36. Blue Eyes on May 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Tara,

    Look at what mormon men have been doing to women in the name of religions. In particular listen to some of those women who were abused in the name of this religion and those who followed his abusive polygamist teachings .

    Talk to all wome who were abused and raped by men all over the world and see what they have to say.

    The day that happens to you or one of your daughters or sisters or friends, maybe you will realise that if some people defend themselves when they have been through abuse they many have some reasons.

    I am one of those who has been abused …. and i did not kill any one or even defend my self because of it …… but when you have been abused, you are in a better position to understand someone like Jodi.

    Maybe you should open your eyes on the reality of what women go through in this respect all over the world and in some mormon communities or other very sexist and abusive and religions and societies, and you would have a fairer judgment on the situation.

    I am sure you live in a very protected bubble, a daddy girl, who does not have a clue about what rape, sexual abuse, violence is …. The day you do, you will have understood what it is all about and why some women like Jody went to that extreme…

    By the way, if you look at the statistics worldwide, the number of women killed by men every day proves that the violence is far more frequent and even a daily occurence from men rather than the opposite way.

    Just think of how you would feel if you went through all that abuse and violence yourself and maybe you would have some compassion for that girl ….

    That violence i have seen it up close that is why i will never agree to the your view that Travis was an innocent victim as you seem to suggest…. he did play his part too in taking advantage too …..

    The difference between me and Tara is that i would have dropped that guy quickly ..

    But of course someone like you cannot understand why i can understand Jodi.

    You see one of my sisters was the victim of a violent, abusive man and she was found on the lawn of university grounds in a coma that she never recovered from. She was in her earli 20′s.

    I will never change a word of what i say and i dont want to be part of this blog any longer but i suggest you look up on internet about the abuse some women suffer in this world in the hands of religious fanatics or violent men ….maybe that will open your eyes and you will have a better understanding of what it is to be abused by men and how abuse can lead to such extreme reaction ….

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  37. Jeff Spector on May 21, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Blue Eyes,

    I am going to hold you to your word that you will no longer be a part of this blog. There seems to be more going on with you then just commenting on a post. I will be putting your comments in moderation from here on out and evaluate whether or not to post them. the discussion is going nowhere at this point.

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  38. Blue Eyes on May 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    You mean the discussion is not going your way …… because you don t like the truth i am saying …

    Which shows how bias you are ..

    And moderate me all you want …. i am sure plenty of people think the way i do ….

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  39. Jeff Spector on May 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    too easy……

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  40. brjones on May 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Jeff may be bias, but at least he’s not imbalance.

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  41. Jeff Spector on May 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Brjones,

    Thanks for recognizing that! :)

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  42. brjones on May 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    You know I’ve got your back, Jeff.

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  43. Mark on May 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    LDS indoctrination cover ups are the real evil here and its just kinda sad. I mean seriously, Prop8 and gay people are evil???? Come on Mormon Religion!. Let’s just be human here and call a “spade a spade.” People are sinners and grusome crimes against humanity are EVIL; not everyday loving people that want the best for others and themselves?!?!? How unconscoiusable!

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  44. Johanna Ilobeu on June 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Blue Eyes, just know that you are alone. I can believe people still prefer to insult Jodi by calling her a slut instead of calling her a cod blood murderer. I guess for society is worst for a woman to have sex than to take a life.

    Travis was a misogynist who treated women like objects. I don’t blame the church. Actually It was his liberal education that made him so misogynist. The liberal movement is really not helping women by telling society sex is just a sport, it s only making men more detached from women and dehuminizing them.

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  45. Betty on August 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Travis Alexander was human. He was not a god. He was a human. All human’s make mistakes. Did he deserve excommunication from the church? How do we know that he hadn’t spoken to his bishop about what was going on? If he hadn’t already done so, and his life hadn’t been cut short by the devil’s daughter, he may have gone on to tell the bishop and he could have had a chance to change his life and seek forgiveness from our Heavenly Father. He didn’t go out and kill anyone. He didn’t rape anyone. He had sex with a very willing participant. And for this he died. I’m so sick of hearing people talk about Travis like he is a dog. I’m sick of hearing how Jodi was battered and abused. Oh please! You can’t batter or abuse the willing. And if he was so mean and cruel to her, why did she keep coming back? I don’t buy it. The jury didn’t buy it. And to all of you out there that ARE crazy enough to buy her story..maybe you need to be locked up in a sanitarium because your just as crazy as she is! God bless Travis’s family. I know God has already blessed Travis.

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  46. J on November 21, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Honestly ja is evil. And, Travis didn’t deserve to die. I am so glad she was found guilty. The mormon thing would have never come up for the most part if the defense team didn’t try and paint 2 pictures of Travis. But, they couldn’t even find “one” person to say anything bad about him. So they attacked his character. It didn’t work with me.
    ….she wanted the sex. She introduced him to her way. She was looking for faith all over the place. She dabbled many other forms of religion.
    The only thing is that I wish is that he never met this evil dark creature in human form.

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