On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona, home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: With 29 knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in the case was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, the attractive and soft-spoken Jodi Arias.
Though Arias initially said that she was nowhere near the scene of crime, little about this case was as it seemed, and before long she had been caught lying to police. As the investigation progressed, her lies evolved multiple times before finally resting on an appalling claim: She had killed Travis in self-defense.
Along the way, startling details emerged about the Mormon couple's relationship, and soon graphic stories of their lurid sexual encounters and jealousy-driven blowouts revealed a dark side to their life together. These revelations launched a trial filled with sex and deception but also raised substantial questions about Arias' deceit, as people from across the country struggled to understand the bizarre world of Jodi Arias.
Now, award-winning broadcast journalist and best-selling author Jane Velez-Mitchell, a veteran of some of the most storied court cases in recent memory, goes behind the scenes of the trial and into the mind of a killer. Using insider accounts from friends who knew Travis and Jodi, Velez-Mitchell turns her sharply-focused lens on Arias and offers her seasoned perspective on the case's most pressing questions. Separating fact from fiction, she reports on the bizarre and explicit stories that have both shocked and fascinated the American public - from Jodi's romantic history before meeting Travis, to their torrid sex life together, to the complicated role their Mormon faith played in the relationships demise. With unbridled access to the evidence and the case's key players, Velez-Mitchell unearths Jodi's contentious life with those closest to her, examining the paranoid and erratic behavior behind each relationship and illustrating the disturbing pattern of a murderer in the making.
Complete with photos from the case and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s fresh insights on the crime, Exposed takes readers behind closed bedroom doors to uncover the truth behind the secret and sordid life of Jodi Arias.
©2013 Eastwind Enterprises, Inc. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I read/listen to a lot of true crime, or a certain type of it, anyway. I'm drawn to the genre not for the prurient aspects, but because the extremes of human behavior and thought fascinate me. Good true crime manages to retain a certain impartiality while still delving into the personalities, motivations, and flaws of the killer and other characters in a way that feels "inside." I won't say it's sympathetic, exactly, but my favorite true crime writers seem to have a desire to understand, and that brings humanity to the work.
I wanted to find a book about the Arias case, and chose this one over one written by the prosecutor because I thought an outsider perspective would put forth a less biased portrait of the killer than the law enforcement view would.
I was wrong. At first I wondered if the writer might be a relative of the victim, her tone was so bitter right from page one. In pretty much the first paragraph, she says, "She has earned her reputation as a pathological liar." Well, I remember the case, and I remember that Arias made up some whoppers in her attempt to first proclaim her innocence and later explain her actions. But does that make her a pathological liar? Pathological liars lie irrespective of social pressures or avoidance of consequences. Arias lied, like so many criminals do, because she was in trouble, because she was obsessed with the man she ended up killing, etc. etc.. I know she's a hard girl to like, considering her open courting of the media, but here the liar accusation is used simply to throw large, sharp stones at Arias. That tone continues throughout, as the writer follows the familiar path of painting Arias as the manipulative man-eating lioness to Travis' innocent lamb. It's hard for me to put any real trust in a writer who seems to be holding her nose in disgust toward her subject throughout. She doesn't even try to get inside the head of Jodi Arias.
At least, she doesn't try to until she calls in Dr. Drew. When she introduces the celebrity therapist near the end of the book, the writer gushes over him as if he were a venerated psychological authority instead of the ill-informed and ethically challenged internist he actually is. He "diagnoses" Jodi by talking to some of his psychologist friends about her without ever having met her, then goes off on a diatribe that makes it seems like all bipolar sufferers are a breath away from homicide. This is the expert opinion this writer seeks.
I'm not defending Jodi Arias, not at all. But I don't think it's so unreasonable to expect a writer to maintain some writerly distance on the one hand and to explore the flawed human being she's writing about on the other. Without that, there's no reason to read a book about a case as well documented in the press as this one. A good true crime book reveals something that's alternately relatable and deplorable. A bad one - and I'd put this in that category - doesn't reveal anything I didn't already read in the paper.
On a positive note, kudos to the narrator, who made it tolerable.
This is not cool Audible! I could have just used the narration feature on my Kindle and not wasted my money on this! I heard Elizabeth White's narration before and it's fine but this is total bull!
The jury has decided Jodi Arias is guilty of the murder of Travis Alexander. The background of Jodi and Travis's relationship, Jodi's previous relationships and her ever evolving story was interesting. the descriptions of the trial were fascinating.
All this being said, within minutes of starting the book the total bias to one side became evident and carried through to the last. Ms. Velez-Mitchell seemed to spend the entire book telling me why her opinion was the only correct one rather than just conveying what would have otherwise been a compelling story
I wont be reading her other book. On the other hand, Elizabeth Whites performance was very good.
I have over 500 books in my library
This is for surely one of the worst books I have ever bought
Any good who done it book should be neutral on delivery and let the reader decide for themselves. For the intense hatred the author feels for the defendant.. It's amazing as she has doubtless made a fortune by using Jodi's name in her book?!
Also interesting how amazon asks useless questions that doesn't even apply to the book review.
I would hate to see what a 13 hour book looks like physically.WOW must be as big as an encyclopedia. Way too long should have been abridged .... That is if it was actually worth buying and reading which it certainly wasn't!
Again this so called author was way too biased for my taste.. I mean there are only two people that know the true facts of the case.For someone to profit from anothers misery and misfortune is as sick and sad as it gets
only gave it one star because you have to
Picture perfect by Shanna Hogan was much better
Even the youtube clips were better than this book
If you didn't follow the trial, this would be a good read. If you followed the trial, this is just a summary of the murder case and court coverage.
Done some more background research on Jodi Arias. There has to be some "family secrets" out there that formed her twisted personality.
Basically this book was an HLN summary of their trial coverage.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be my pick as a TV journalist, but she writes an amazing nonfiction book. The author represents both parties fairly, new details I had not heard following the trial were very compelling. If you were intrigued by the Jodi Arias trial, you will enjoy this read. Still sends shivers down my spine...
The sordid crime and lurid sexual details described in this work would have been more suitable for a piece in Vanity Fair, where one might distractedly read it while waiting for a dental appointment. At its essence, the book describes the murder of a young man by his habitually distrustful girlfriend, an occurrence barely noticed in our modern world. Excursions into the the family history and psychological profile of Jodi Arias, as well as that of her victim - Travis Alexander - were confusing distractions that further obscured the point of this work.
The author seemed to rely on a rehash of publicly available documents and evidence produced at trial in a beleaguered effort to sensationalize a routine homicide caused by a relationship gone bad. Interestingly, and in the author's preface to the work, Ms. Velez-Mitchel displayed an unseemly personal distaste for Ms. Arias that seemed unprofessional and out-of-place.
This is a very biased portrail of the Jodi Arias case. The author is infatuated by the prosecution and give scant time the to defence. I had not heard of the this case prior to reading this book and I still have not learned a great deal about it other then what people wore in court each day.
I have and would, this is just so well executed that I have listened to it twice all ready
This story is truly unique, there are so many twisted elements throughout. I find the structure of the narrative of this story compelling. Setting up the crime, then diving into the details and the history of Jodie, finishing with the case itself.
Every chapter delivers intrigue and disgust at what happened.
The chapter which talked about the recording that Jodie had taped of her and Travis. Its very sexual and graphic, and I had to see the courtroom tapes on youtube to hear the voices first hand. I was horrified to see the family having to endure this recording and listen to the sex talk of there dead son.
The writer is spot on and in depth and the narration is effortless, very easy to listen too. I like how the author tells it how it is, Jodie is a liar and a fraud, everything she says must be called into question.
Awesome book, but I could not stand listening to the narrator. The narrator would try to do male and female voices of different ages each time they'd read a quote, until finally I just couldn't take having that in my ear anymore. Other than that, the book is great!
If you are interested in the story and no other book is available.
This is my first one. I really expect more unbiased reporting from a so called 'journalist'.
A cynical drawl
It has already. A dreadful, sensational production about enlightening as this book.
A Foreward by 'Nancy Grace' should have told me everything. Her coverage of the trial is appalling. I don't need her opinions on every peice of evidence, very biased opinion, I may add. I am quite capable of coming to my own conclusions. She is constantly pointing out the saintly qualities of the victim and the evilness of the perpetrator, and of the families involved. It is annoying. The interesting parts of such murder cases are the grey areas.To paint everything so black and white is tabloid journalism following a 'perceived' populist
viewpoint, hardly insightful.
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