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MESA, ARIZONA: Everyone is ready for a sequel to Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, one of the most-watched and top-grossing true-crime films about notorious accused murderer Arias as she awaits trial. She had been arrested and jailed for murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Celinda Sinden plays Arias in the new movie Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias. Tricia Black, Lynn Rafferty, Karl Campbell, Adesola Adesina, Michelle Haffey, Christine Noble and Maggie Cassella are the other cast members.
For a crime story that has captivated the world for nearly a decade, we’re about to see a whole new side of Arias. According to Lifetime, when Arias arrived in prison, she made her way through prison and became friends with a couple named Donavan Bering and Tracy Brown. The three inmates became inseparable when Bering and Brown began doing whatever Arias asked – even letting the alleged killer tattoo her name on one of them.
The true story behind the murder of Travis Alexander
Bering was released from prison as Arias’ trial neared, and agreed to be the latter’s mouthpiece, posting on her social pages and defending her friend to the world. However, when the details of the case and Arias’ story no longer fit together and Bering refused to continue to carry out her former friend’s orders, Jodi’s vengeful side was revealed.
On June 4, 2008, 30-year-old statutory insurance salesman Alexander was brutally murdered in the bathroom of his home in Mesa, Arizona. The body found after five days showed a clear case of homicide. It was reported that he was stabbed between 27 and 29 times, had his throat slit almost from ear to ear and suffered a shot in the head, making the scene disturbing and bloody to the point of horror.
The murder and trial drew widespread media attention in the United States, and the following month, after a thorough investigation, his 28-year-old ex-girlfriend, Arias, was arrested for the murder. The trials began and Arias claimed she killed Alexander in self-defense, but she proved far from being a reliable witness. At first, the love story of Arias and Alexander seemed like a fairy tale. After meeting by chance in 2006, they soon began an intense relationship. However, things quickly turned sour. Finally, in 2013, Arias was found guilty of stabbing and shooting Alexander at his Arizona home.
A friend of Alexander’s said that Arias showed “obsessive” signs early on. Alexander broke up with Arias after five months of dating. Despite their separation, Arias moved to Mesa to be closer to Alexander. His friends said she would come to his house without his knowledge because she knew the code. Alexander once told his friends that Arias had snuck into his house through a dog door, according to Brian Skoloff, co-writer of Killer Girlfriend: The Jodi Arias Story. It was also reported, despite complaining about Arias to his friends, “Alexander was angry and sometimes he jumped into bed with her.”
After that, Alexander began dating another woman. Shortly thereafter, his car tires punctured and the new woman began banging on her door randomly without anyone being there. Friends later learned that while he was dating his new love interest, Alexander reportedly still communicated with Arias, engaging in intimate behaviors via texts and phone.
Additionally, Alexander had plans to attend a company retreat in Mexico with a Mormon woman he was pursuing. But his plan never materialized, five days later, on June 9, 2008, friends found him murdered and dead at his home in Mesa, Arizona. “Jodi Arias wanted Travis for himself. He didn’t want to see her anymore. So she decided he couldn’t do that to her,” said Martinez, who wrote a book about the case called Conviction – The Untold Story Of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars.
For an in-depth look at Jodi Arias’ thoughts and behavior, we wait for the true crime thriller, Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias, to stream on Lifetime on Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET.