The ID series tries an evenhanded approach, with mixed success

While Jodi Arias waits to face her fate, television series Deadly Sins attempts to recapture the crime and trial of convicted murderess Arias in a recent episode. The show calls Arias a “sex kitten,” and begins with its host discussing how Arias is a household name, but not one that is fully known for the “dangerous flaws” that led to her former boyfriend’s brutal murder.

Jodi Arias, self-proclaimed artist and photographer, was convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander 29 times, shooting him, slitting his throat, then leaving him in his shower stall in June of 2008. Jurors deadlocked on the sentence, however, and now Arizona is preparing to re-enter the penalty phase.

The program as a whole seemed to go back and forth as to whom to blame for the tragic conclusion, starting with a defense of sorts. After a quiet childhood, Arias soon became a problem child, which Deadly Sins backs with accounts from researchers and experts, as well as an expert who described the Borderline Personality Disorder that Arias was soon diagnosed with. Sufferers of the disease are prone to “mood swings”…one which may have resulted in her planning Travis’s murder. The show also focused on Arias’s past loves in order to show her tendency, as one expert claimed, to define herself by her relationships, as well as reinventing herself after each one — an inclination mentioned by her criminal defense. These relationships failed and created a pattern of being betrayed — a pattern Alexander soon pays for.

Then the show introduces Pre-Paid Legal, and with that, interestingly, the same accusations against Travis Alexander that Arias’s defense team used. That it was first Travis who began the interaction that would eventually lead him to lying lifeless in his shower stall; Travis’s troubled past (though that seemed to make him want to be successful, and not necessarily loved liked Arias). After that, the show veers from his using her via phone sex after the relationship, to how she pushed herself on him despite her obvious inability to get him back. “Travis struggled with the drug that was Jodi,” one expert claimed.

The greatest and most interesting moment of the program was an almost premonition-type statement made by a friend of Travis’s; during a conversation about Arias, a friend attempted to tell him she’s going to find him “chopped up” by Arias, before finding Arias herself spying on the conversation with a look on her face the friend still cannot fully describe. Arias was not the victim, but the victimizer; the personal perspective came from Alexander’s friends, who showed that in the end Alexander was the victim, not Arias. The perspective of the experts is more on the issues Arias and Alexander each had, and the nature of the crime.

Sadly, the end is still the same: Travis Alexander was found by friends after he missed a trip with a friend. Throughout the episode, despite initially blaming Travis somewhat for initiating the relationship, and a few comments about Travis’s “addiction to” Arias, Deadly Sins almost immediately reverts to the version most of us believe: Arias did all she could to keep Alexander, and when she couldn’t, anger at him and every man who ever did her wrong overwhelmed them both.

Heather Piedmont, known for her no-nonsense responses to political issues, is now turning her attention to the courts. A former White House intern and New Policy director, currently Piedmont is an adjunct professor for Liberty University and head columnist at BachmanontheBench.com, as well as legal commentator for NewsBlaze.com.

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