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Who cares about Jodi Arias?
May 23rd, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Who cares about Jodi Arias?

By Tommy Andres, CNN

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(CNN) - The 12 people who unanimously convicted Jodi Arias of first degree murder earlier this month are having a little more trouble deciding whether she should live or die. They've been mulling it over all week, and if they can't come to an agreement, Arias could get a new trial with a new jury.

Twelve new people who will have to make that life-or-death decision.

As the country awaits an answer to that giant question, we wanted the answer to a different one. Why is this case so dang popular?

CNN's sister network HLN has been leading the coverage of the trial since it began on January 2, and it's been a big ratings boon.

We met up with HLN After Dark Executive Producer Jennifer Bernstein on a television set that may just make television history: a life-sized model of Travis Alexander's apartment where Jodi Arias murdered him.

Bernstein told us about the thought process behind the display's creation:

[0:41] "In recreating this killing scene, which is something unusual for HLN, we hadn't done something to this scale before – we had concerns about going too far and what is that line that you cross. So, to be honest with you, there was a lot more blood in that crime scene. This was a man who was stabbed almost 30 times, his throat was slit. He was shot. So you can imagine there was a lot of blood in that crime scene. And when we first built this we had a lot more red paint marking the blood. After meeting, we decided it was too much so we actually painted back over it to scale it down."

Bernstein says she thinks HLN viewers who have gotten wrapped up in the case are very smart. She describes them as couch jurors and psychiatrists:

[2:26] "Along the way they've emailed very detailed questions and observations, sometimes observations that our own trial experts hadn't picked up on. Everything we've done has been in response to their involvement. So, we've seen a huge interest online and acting as that 13th juror, with people giving their take and, if they were on the jury, what questions they would be asking."

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  1. Shan

    Im so sick about this. Can't they just kill her already, this jury really is stupid. If they don't put a needle in her arm let her rot forever. I still think she won't last a year more in jail.

    May 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hannah

      I think she should be on death row by now. Some would argue that shes too young to die. I'm young and if I were to kill someone, I would deserve to rot on death row for 12 years and then die. I would hope justice would be served. And about her boyfriend, if she wanted to leave him Travis didn't seem like the kind of pyschotic guy who would come after her. In fact, he doesn't seem bad at all. I feel really sorry for the Alexanders.
      And really? Tshirts? Recycling? Donating hair? Because those are SUCH good reasons to keep a murderer alive.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. truebluelady

    Jodi's statement that no jury will convict her – in this case her due punishment – so she is unfortunately due a "hail Mary." Her sickness has not been properly described which is why and how she is getting away with what she is doing. We can see how she wooed Travis because she has wooed the jury by acting (and looking) like an angel in the courtroom while displaying her high intelligence both on the stand and while doing her statement that allowed her to get up close to the jury. She has wooed the news media by giving interviews and playing up to the camera. She is a fairy tail princess manipulating ways to make people especially the jury beleive in her fantasies and that she is too intelligent to be put to death. She is cunning and calculating, and of course uses her smile and angelic face to win people over. Pity they didn't put her in a pscych ward for the rest of her life which is where she really belongs. Just as she methodically prepared and insanely did her presentation during the penalty phase of her trial, she used the same methodical process to plan and insanely kill Travis. Yes she is pretty, intelligent, manipulative, smart and insane.

    May 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gaby

    I would prefer life in prison. Travis did not deserve to die, but he did play with her feelings and was verbally abusive -which may times is far worse than a physical abuse-. Being, as he was, a motivational speaker, he knew what he was doing. If he was scared of her, why did he sleep with her???? Women give sex to get love, and men give love to get sex. Sometimes things just get out of control. Hope this case makes us all aware of the consequences of a bad relationship, and many lives are changed for the better.

    May 24, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Not exactly true. Women equate sex with love, as in he must love me because he's been sleeping with me, while for men sex is just a mechanical release.
      I agree that Travis was somewhat verbally abusive but didn't that abuse come after he was trying to get rid of her, but she kept slashing tires, showing up in his apartment, etc. She could have gone away and found another boyfriend. Also, she probably believes he was abusive towards her, but what she perceives is not the same reality that the rest of us see.

      May 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. patches

    who cares? why is there all this coverage? why not cover EVERY MURDER with 2 thousand hours of tv coverage

    May 24, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I agree. I think 4 shows per night heaping scorn upon the defendant is a bit much. We have Jan Velez-Mitchell's Show looking for an ulterior motive in every nuanced expression or move Jodi makes, then Nancy Grace's Show in which she seems so hateful at times that I suspect she wants everyone on Earth put to death for the smallest of infractions, that's followed with Dr. Drew which also micro-analyzes every molecule of Ms. Arias' life to make her look bad (as if 29 stab wounds, a throat-slashing, and shooting doesn't make her look bad enough), and then they follow that with Vinnie's show, which is more of the same. As if all that isn't enough for the ghouls at HLN, they then have that wimpy, slimey, sneaky looking guy on their vapid Entertainment Tonight Show making his snide comments about Jodi Arias now, and then they start repeating some of the shows later. It's overkill of the highest magnitude. I guess it really is all they have to rest their ratings upon.

      May 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hannah

    (A+B)-C=Sentence
    A= intent
    B= aggravating factor
    C= reasons why Jodi Arias should live/why A or B should be disregarded
    If A+B is greater than C, she should get death, if A+B is less than C she should get life. Honestly she deserves to rot on death row.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kathy

    I only care enough to want this crazy woman removed from society forever. I do not care whether she gets
    death or life in prision but death would be preferrable.

    May 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I can understand how it would be hard on his family to have to keep reliving these events if she were given life with possibility of parole, as they would feel compelled to attend hearings and speak out against her possible parole. Then there is the possibility of her being in prison and continuing to do interviews in which she trashes Travis Alexander, and there is the possibility that she might write a book. The jury seemed morally conflicted, but should have just compromised and sentenced her to life without possibility of parole. She'd be out of sight, out of mind for the family, and eventually they wouldn't care what she does, as long as she's rotting in jail and out of society, while they try to get on with their lives. So-called "closure" is vastly over-rated. Spending millions more on another jury just for the penalty phase is a complete waste. I think the state should just try to compromise and try to get her to accept life with conditions like no appeals, no possibility of probation. Then she can rot in prison pretending to occupy her time with thoughts of recycling, and T-shirt creation, etc.

      May 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |