That Jodi Arias forgets the atrocity she committed murdering Travis Alexander in cold blood doesn’t surprise me. Neither does it bother me. More importantly, I don’t believe Arias. She may be a pathological liar. Indeed, Arias is doing all she can to preserve her life, but I’m not buying it. Moreover, the jury is not buying it!
Nevertheless, let’s assume Jodi Arias is really unable to remember murdering Travis. Still, that does not surprise me. From my experience working in Level 5 Maximum Security with serious offenders, I have seen a convict with a less than perfect memory.
He worked as a janitor near my office inside “The Walls.” You would know this as Central Unit at the Arizona State Prison Complex–Florence. I saw this man often. Plus, he submitted a Health Needs Request to see me for therapy.
Initially, he claimed that he “only fired the gun once” and was confounded when the prosecuting attorney claimed he fired six times into his girlfriend’s torso. I don’t recall exactly why I saw him. I don’t remember why he sought my help. Perhaps he merely needed help adjusting to confinement in Maximum Security.
Later, much later, when he was being escorted into Cell Block 4 by two security officers, his hands were shackled behind his back as the security officer guided him with one hand up the gray stairs, when he saw me he yelled at me aloud and all could hear. But he didn’t care. He had finally remembered firing the entire cylinder into his girlfriend. He was elated to recall the murder he had committed and he had the officers stop so he could tell me of his recent revelation. He was elated to have recovered his memory.
Nevertheless, I could not ethically desensitize him to his own Post Traumatic Stress Disorder least I risk desensitizing that man to committing murder! It seemed to take a year before his anxiety had subsided and he finally was able to recall the dastardly deed which he had committed.
Most of the inmates I saw suffered from a multitude of maladies. Each represented a rich case that was complex. Almost all of the inmates I saw suffered from PTSD, most of them at the hands of others. However, I found that a person could suffer PTSD at their own hands witnessing the horrible crime they had committed.
Perhaps this is associated with “splitting” or “dissociating.” That is an area rich for research.
Jodi Arias in my humble opinion is and has been “blocking” others. Her presentation is so variable, so self contradicting, that I believe Arias remembers everything. Even if Arias doesn’t remember everything, Jodi Arias will always be a danger to others. She has earned the death penalty.
I hope every jury member agrees with me. I have yet to meet a person in the public at large who does not want to see Arias sentenced to death and executed. Every woman I talk with expresses unequivocally without any reservation that they want to see Arias put to death. I feel for the jury as they have had to demonstrate extreme patience, but I sense they jury is seeing Arias for the monster she is. Jodi Arias must be made an example for any and all who would consider killing in such a terrible combination of lethal methods.
The sociopath believes they are superior to the rest of us. They regard us as fish; food for them. The one adjective the sociopath uses to describe others is “stupid.”