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MESA, ARIZONA: Jodi Arias, the notorious murderess who captivated the world with her infamously chilling murder case, is in the news again as Lifetime gears up to release Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias. Not that the world has forgotten the shocking gruesome murder of Travis Alexander, but while the world awaits another trial, a lot has happened in the life of Jodi Arias.
Arias, a woman from Palm Desert, California, now resides at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville. She was sentenced on April 13, 2015. She was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 2013. However, there is a story behind it. Arias’ murder trial captivated not only the nation, but the whole world – it revealed its secrets; One thing the trial failed to solve, however, was the mystery of who Arias was behind her veil of lies.
How did your life develop after the trial?
Shockingly, Aria smiled in her mug shot and sang “O Holy Night” while in police custody as she wreaked havoc across the country with her trial. Though she claimed to have killed Alexander in self-defense, she proved far from being a reliable witness. Other witnesses seemed to have a different story. And yet, as much as we know about the unpredictable Arias — who went from blonde to bespectacled brunette seemingly overnight — there’s still so much to unravel behind her facade and careful lies.
A jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder. She faced the death penalty, but after two trials, a judge sentenced Arias to life in prison without the possibility of parole. “To this day I can’t believe I was able to do something so horrific,” Arias said at the time. “I’m really disgusted and disgusted with myself. I’m appalled by what I’ve done and I wish there was a way I could take it back.”
When Arias, a well-known charmer, arrived at the Arizona jail after being arrested for Alexander’s murder, she soon 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. Brown even allowed Jodi to tattoo her six times while they shared cells, and one of the tattoos on Brown’s body even has Jodi’s signature.
After Bering was released from prison, Bering agreed to be Arias’ mouthpiece as the trial date neared. He regularly posted to Arias’ social pages whenever he asked for it and defended her friend to the world. However, when the details of the case and Arias’ story didn’t add up and Bering refused to continue fulfilling her former friend’s orders, Jodi’s vengeful side surfaced and she began throwing words at her former cellmate and alleged friend. Bering later said, “She’s a cold-blooded killer and would do it again.”
In recent years, Arias has made headlines not because of the crime she was convicted of in 2008, but because she found herself in a war of sorts with several of the attorneys involved in her case. This also affected the unofficials she befriended from inside the prison.
In 2016, Radar Online published a recording of Arias describing her daily life in prison. “It’s all good. If it’s like being hated, then keep hating!” Arias says in the recording. “I got so much love coming my way I can’t even act on it now,” Arias added, noting that the food wasn’t great, but she did enjoy a chicken fajitas dinner recently. She says: “We had chicken fajitas here tonight. Really good. A big old bunch of caramelized onions, some peppers, like all works. Arias has also reportedly created and sold prison artwork, and inmates say Arias isn’t very popular because she flirts with the guards to get special treatment. In 2019, it was revealed that Arias was involved in a romantic affair from prison and even considered getting married behind bars, but that never happened. Arias is now 42 years old. At the time she was convicted of Alexander’s murder, she was 26 and Alexander was 29 at the time of his death. The world has so much to unpack behind Jodi Arias that Lifetime is launching a sequel to Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret”, one of the most watched and successful true crime films.
Tune in to Lifetime on Saturday, January 21 at 8:00pm ET to watch the long-awaited Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias movie.