Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias

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On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Arizona home with twenty-nine knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head. The prime suspect was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, who lied for years about her involvement before finally resting on an appalling claim: she had killed Travis in self-defense. Soon, graphic stories about the Mormon couple's relationship and their lurid sexual encounters emerged, launching a trial filled with sex and deception and raising ...

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Overview

On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Arizona home with twenty-nine knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head. The prime suspect was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, who lied for years about her involvement before finally resting on an appalling claim: she had killed Travis in self-defense. Soon, graphic stories about the Mormon couple's relationship and their lurid sexual encounters emerged, launching a trial filled with sex and deception and raising substantial questions about Arias's deceit-filled world.

Now, with unbridled access to the case, award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell unearths Jodi's history to illustrate the disturbing pattern of a murderer in the making. Using insider accounts from those closest to Travis and Jodi, she separates fact from fiction, reporting on the bizarre and explicit stories that have shocked and fascinated the American public. Complete with photos and Velez-Mitchell's fresh insights, Exposed takes readers behind closed bedroom doors to uncover the truth behind the secret life of Jodi Arias.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Drew Pinsky
Jane Velez-Mitchell has been deep inside the Jodi Arias trial, covering it from every angle. Now readers can follow Jane through the sordid, twisted tale as it unfolded and get at the truth of the Arias saga.
Robin Meade
Take [Jane’s] zeal for information and add in her experience reporting on trials and dramas, and what you get is a riveting guide through one of the most salacious and gripping cases in recent history.
Lisa Bloom
Jane Velez-Mitchell has a deeper understanding of this case than anyone. She revealsJodi’s sexual secrets and takes us inside her twisted mind to get to the root cause ofwhy she butchered Travis Alexander. A true-crime must-read!
Jim Moret
Jane Velez-Mitchell cracks the Jodi Arias code-peeling away the lies to revealthe disturbing truth behind this horrific crime of betrayal, deceit, and revenge.
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Jane Velez-Mitchell has been deep inside the Jodi Arias trial, covering it from every angle. Now readers can follow Jane through the sordid, twisted tale as it unfolded and get at the truth of the Arias saga.
Robin Meade
Take [Jane’s] zeal for information and add in her experience reporting on trials and dramas, and what you get is a riveting guide through one of the most salacious and gripping cases in recent history.
Lisa Bloom
Jane Velez-Mitchell has a deeper understanding of this case than anyone. She revealsJodi’s sexual secrets and takes us inside her twisted mind to get to the root cause ofwhy she butchered Travis Alexander. A true-crime must-read!
Jim Moret
Jane Velez-Mitchell cracks the Jodi Arias code-peeling away the lies to revealthe disturbing truth behind this horrific crime of betrayal, deceit, and revenge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062311818
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning television journalist, a bestselling author, and the host of her own show on HLN, Jane Velez-Mitchell, which airs weeknights at 7 P.M. EST. She is frequently in the media as an expert commentator on high-profile court cases, appearing on CNN, HLN, omg! Insider, TRU TV, E!, and other national television programs. She has also served as a guest host for Nancy Grace on her HLN show. In 2010, her HLN show garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States, her third. Velez-Mitchell has won two others for Celebrity Justice, as well as a Los Angeles Emmy Award and a New York Emmy Award.

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Exposed


By Jane Velez-Mitchell

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Jane Velez-Mitchell
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-230399-8


p chAptEr 1
dEAd At hoME
on June 9, 2008, at just before 10:30 p.m., officers for the Mesa
Police Department in Mesa, arizona, responded to a 911 call at
11428 East Queensborough avenue. it came from a five-bedroom,
well- maintained Spanish-style house in a quiet residential area of town
where the homes were variations of each other, based on a handful of
tasteful models. The owner of this particular home had been found
dead in the shower of the master bathroom. The caller stated she had
no idea how long he had been there.
“a friend of ours is dead at his home,” the young female voice
told the dispatcher, her words shaking in her throat. “We hadn't
heard from him in a while and came to check on him. We think he is
dead. His roommate went to check on him and said, 'There is blood
everywhere.' ”
responding officers found the man, later identified as thirty-year-
old Travis alexander, crumpled naked and lifeless on the floor of his
shower stall. His body was well into the decomposition process, and
although it was unclear how long he had been there, there was no
doubt it had been at least a couple of days. officers observed large

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amounts of blood beyond the shower as well, splattered around the
floor, walls, and sink. Police observed a large laceration to the man's
throat, which appeared to cross from one ear to the other.
a fairly hard-edged town with a violent crime rate above the na-
tional average in pretty much every category, the city of Mesa had seen
its share of disturbing deaths. Twenty-five years earlier, in one of Ma-
ricopa County's most heinous crimes ever, a transient by the name of
robert “Gypsy” Comer had murdered a man he had never met before
at a campground near apache lake, then kidnapped a woman one
campsite over and sexually assaulted her for twenty-four hours. He
had been sentenced to death, and he was executed by lethal injection
in May 2007.
Unlike the apache lake crime, this new Mesa murder did not
have the markings of a random crime, though at this early stage, noth-
ing could be ruled out. Travis owned and occupied the house, but
being single, he liked to rent out bedrooms to friends and roommates
for the income. He currently had two boarders, Enrique Cortez and
Zachary Billings, who told police it had been four or five days since
they had last seen and spoken to him. However, they hadn't suspected
anything was wrong, because he had a trip planned to CancÃ?n; they'd
just assumed he had already left.
it was the planned trip to CancÃ?n that had prompted the search
for Travis in the first place. Unable to reach him, Marie “Mimi” Hall,
the friend Travis was supposed to be traveling with, had become in-
creasingly concerned, especially since they were scheduled to leave
in the morning. That evening, she'd gone to his house, knocked, and
waited in vain. When no one came to the door, she went home and
called her friend Michelle lowery and Michelle's boyfriend, Dallin
Forrest. all three entered the house by using the keypad code at the
garage. Mimi immediately detected a foul odor, something she initially
blamed on Travis's dog, Napoleon. inside, they were surprised to find
Zach and his girlfriend, amanda McBrien, in Zach's bedroom. They
had not heard the doorbell. Now that they knew Travis was missing,

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Zach tried to turn the doorknob to his room, discovered it was locked,
and went to retrieve the spare key to the master bedroom suite. as
the door opened, a huge bloodstain could be seen on the carpet at the
entryway to the hall leading to Travis's en suite bathroom. The smell
of death was undeniable. That was when all of them knew the search
was not going to end well.
it was ten minutes to midnight when homicide detective and lead
investigator for the case Esteban Flores arrived at the address. By then
the residence had already been secured with yellow police tape, and
a police guard was in place to monitor the comings and goings in the
house.
The scene in the bathroom was gruesome. By the blood spatter
and smears on the walls, there definitely appeared to have been a
struggle between the victim and the assailant. it was difficult to assess
a cause of death because of the high number of wounds visible across
the victim's upper torso and head. The victim was hunched in a sitting
position on the shower floor. The body looked like it had been rinsed
off in the shower some time after death. a .25-mm bullet casing was
carefully removed from atop caked blood on the floor near the sink,
but the handgun it came from was nowhere to be found. Blood swabs,
fingerprints, and hair samples were collected from the bathroom base-
boards and floor.
Nothing in Travis's bedroom looked particularly out of place.
His well-organized closets and drawers had not been disturbed, and
there was no indication that the room had been entered in any forced
manner. of note, however, sheets and blankets had been stripped
from the bed and removed from the room, although it couldn't be
determined by whom or why. The hallway between the bedroom and
master bathroom had blood smears and one latent bloody palm print,
which would be cut from the wall and analyzed later at the crime lab.
With the preliminary assessment of the crime scene complete,

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Detective Flores turned his attention to the friends or housemates
who had been present when the body was discovered—Mimi Hall,
Michelle lowery, Dallin Forrest, Zachary Billings, amanda McBrien,
Enrique Cortez, and Karl Hiatt. after being ruled out as suspects,
they might be able to provide
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Great read

    Even though I followed the trial of Jodi Arias, this book offered a deeper insight into the lives of Jodi and Travis. Thank you Jane for presenting Travis as a good man, but still a man with sexual desires like most young men. His problem was being deeply involved in a religion forbidding sex before marriage, ( hence, the encouragement of the church to marry young and produce MANY children), and having an attractive woman willing to do anything sexual in order to "win" his devotion. A lot of young men would have considered that a fantasy come true, religious or not.
    I'm quite sure Jodi was the aggressor and more than willing to hook Travis with the sex he couldn't get from Mormon women. And then she couldnt seem to understand that he couldn't and wouldn't marry a "skank."
    My feeling is that she showed up at his house that night, uninvited, and hooked him back in with an offer to let him live his fantasy of taking porn photos of her for one last time together. Even though he was so angry at her for what I believe was her blackmail with the recorded phone call, he could not resist another romp with the skank.
    Travis was a man . He liked sex. He had a willing partner who would do anything. He had no willpower to say "no! Just get out of here!" For that, he was slaughtered. He was just a normal, redblooded man.
    This book flows very smoothly through the beginning of Jodi and Travis, the sex, the trial, and the opinions of experts of Jodi's mental problems. Beware, some of the book is very real and raw, especially the communication between Jodi and Travis
    If you followed the trial, you will find some new insights in this book. If you didn't, and just want a great read, I highly recommend reading this one.


    16 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    REVIEWS?!

    Am I the only one who finds it odd that all of the"editorial reviews" are written by her cohorts at HLN?? Not exactly unbiased insights. I also take isssue with the fact that HLN has basically just become one big commercial for this book (oh, and Robin Meade's CD...). The cedibility of the entire network plummets every day.

    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Was surprised

    I was one who watched the trail from beginning to end . This book is spot on ! Just read a sample and plan on buying the book. Have already highly recommended it to over 10 people!

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Wonderfully Written!!

    This book was wonderfully written, I am a big fan of Jane's show on HLN so of course I had to buy this book. I was pleasently surprised when I read it and realized just how well written it was. I read the book in just over a day, I just couldn't put it down. I would definately reccommend this book, you will not be disappointed! A++

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    It was a good read but there wasn't enough that was new or insig

    It was a good read but there wasn't enough that was new or insightful to make it worth buying the book.  I think it would be more suitable for someone who has not watched much of the HLN coverage and wants to see what the fuss is all about!  It was fun though

    I am really fussy about grammar errors and this did have some proofing problems that say it was thrown together too fast!!!  

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Not much new info in this book.

    I was really disappointed with this book. I love Jane Velez-Mitchell and had high hopes for more information in her book. I, however, watched most of the trial coverage and did not find much new information in the book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Exposed is a stunning look inside the mind of a murderer. The de

    Exposed is a stunning look inside the mind of a murderer. The details of the crime are vivid. The book is very well researched. It is a true page turner.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Written well. But.....

    If you watched the trial this book doesn't add much new info. It is written well but some facts are wrong. Where Arias rented the car is incorrect and it was an important part of the premeditation arguement. Books regarding true events should be " spot on" with writing the facts.


    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    I'm commenting on the comments  .... sounds like it would be mos

    I'm commenting on the comments  .... sounds like it would be most interesting to those who did not follow along with the trial .. for those who did, there may be some  intersting bits.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Good read!

    This book is very well written, much better than I had expected. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Fascinating

    I, like many, am fascinated by the Jodi Arias case and this book is a detailed, engrossing account of the facts of the case. I hope Arias gets the death penalty for the physical and psychological pain she inflicted on Travis Alexander and his family and friends. May he rest in peace...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Very good book!

    I watched this trial from beginning to end and will continue to watch every moment until she gets the death penalty! This book everything including a few new things I learned. Highly recommend it as a very factual account written very well. Now I'm starting Shanna Hogans book. We'll see how that one is....I'll write a review for that one when I'm done.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This book is very thorough and well-written. As someone who did

    This book is very thorough and well-written. As someone who did not see much of HLN's coverage of the trial, I found it very informative. I also liked the photo section, which includes a few photos of Jodi as a young girl.

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

    I am in the minority, considering that I take issue with Jodi Ar

    I am in the minority, considering that I take issue with Jodi Arias being this cold-blooded, evil and heartless creature, as she is portrayed in this book and others. I really feel that Travis Alexander thought he could string her along, use her for sex, and, get this, knowing fully well that she wanted marriage or a serious, committed relationship. What was the honest thing to have done? Travis should have had nothing further to do with Jodi, but instead he encouraged her by making himself accessible whenever she showed up. Come on. We are talking about a grown up man here, not a preteen or adolescent boy. Jodi was manifesting all kinds of aberrant behavior like slashing Travis' tires, showing up at his place unannounced and uninvited, and hacking into his facebook account, but he continued to see and have sex with her. Does this make any sense? Let's face it, he wanted his cake and eat it too. Life don't work this way, Travis.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Evil at its worst -- must-read for true crime fans and all males

    Trying to explain Jodi Arias is almost impossible, but Jane Velez-Mitchell and Nancy Grace do their best to convey the horror that happened when the relationship between victim Travis Alexander and Arias came to a bloody end in his own bathroom. For those unfamiliar with the details, Arias stabbed a naked wet Travis in his shower, followed him as he was bleeding out, continuing to stab at him 28 times,then slit his throat wide open. After that, she dragged him back to the shower, dumped him in it, shot him in the head, tried to clean up the crime scene and drove merrily away. What followed was lie after lie, story after story, topped off by a spectacular trial led by prosecutor Juan Martinez that ended with her conviction but no death penalty, which the state had wanted badly. That may still happen; as yet her sentencing hasn't been decided. If there is anyone who needs to be put to death, it is Jodi Arias. I watched the whole trial, saw all the police tapes and interviews she did with various media -- adding more lies every time she opened her mouth. I have to say that I didn't learn many, if any, new details but the book puts everything together nicely. I would have liked to learn more about her early life and hear more from her parents and siblings, but they are apparently not talking. This is a cautionary tale for all men. Don't play with women sexually or you may end up decomposing for four days in your own shower -- having never seen it coming. Part of every book sale goes to the Travis Alexander Foundation, so don't be stingy. This was a good man slaughtered by an evil woman. Read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Could not put it down!

    I did not follow the trial, but heard bits and pieces about the case. I thought it sounded interesting and decided to buy the book. I am very glad I did, and literally could not put it down. My heart is broken for Travis and his family. He had a tough childhood, but was determined to make something of himself. Yes he had issues, but all in all he was a good person and lead a productive life. I'm sad that he ever laid eyes on Jody;-(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This book was so interesting, I couldn't put it down and was so sorry to get to the end of it. Jane covered the trial as it happened and even added a ittle more information that Juan Martinez wasn't allowed to bring up during his cross examination of Jodi. He is just wonderful and I love watching him in action, such passion and he brought Jodi to her knees (where she belongs). It isn't over yet, we still have the second penalty phase to go thru thanks to the stupid men on the first jury who couldn't send an attractive, sexual woman to death row. What jerks. Let's hope the next jury uses their brains and not their balls.

    I hope Jane writes a second book recounting the follow-up penalty phase for this murderer. Can't wait to read it and can't wait to watch Juan Martinez go after her a** again.

    Love you Jane and love your show except when you put that a**hole Taffy on your show. During the times he opens his mouth, I turn the channel and wait a few minutes hoping he will be thru. I can't stand him or listening to his lies. I don't know why you even allow him on your show. No one on your panel likes him or want anything to do with him. It is a waste of air time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Check It Out!

    Written very well. This is one of the many books written regarding this horrific murder where the writer gets to understand Travis and how he lived his life for others. The world has truly lost a great individual whose life was cut short due to another's obsession. I would definitely recommend this to other readers.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    Great book and I followed the trial for the whole 5 months... Th

    Great book and I followed the trial for the whole 5 months... Thanks Jane...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Riveting!

    Excellent book! Couldn't put it down. This is a must read for anyone following the murder of Travis Alexander by Jody Arias.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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