Jodi Arias heard of my inmate liaison services and contacted me earlier this year. Graciously, she explained she wanted nothing from me. She has many supporters but appreciates what I do for life and death inmates. She offered to help me in any way she could and I found that very inspiring. She is in the worst shape of her life. Innocent or guilty, she is in a world of shit and she's offering to help me and other inmates.
When I wrote about her earlier this year odd balls came out of the woodwork accusing me of all types of shit, assuming I'm a supporter of her crime. Insulting me and the blog and cyber stalking me all over Facebook and Twitter. I'm a sicko because I support prison reform, I'm a sociopath because I communicate with murderers, I'm just a big ol' bitch..... you get the picture.
The funny part is that when she wrote the first time she warned me about using her name in any form on the blog. She said her online haters are the most foul, supposedly because they are cowards who enjoy the anonymity of the Internet and take advantage of saying things without having to look someone in the eye and have others witness their behavior. So we had a good long laugh when I talked to her later about the haters. When I say "haters" I am talking about the people who put sexual and vulgar comments, threaten me because of my personal beliefs and advocate violence. It is possible to discuss these cases without acting like complete assholes.
When I told readers she was willing to answer questions I had literally hundreds of responses but many were illiterate jumbles of words that seemed to be anti-Jodi but it was hard to tell. SO I chose a few I thought we'd get answers to. A lot of people accused me of lying, saying prisons don't allow people to do that. I had to laugh at those. Google is your friend, folks.
So, all that being said, I sent her some of the coherent questions and here are her answers:
- Matthew asks:
Hi Jodi, Just wondering how you keep such a positive attitude. You're awesome like that. You have many people thinking of you. Wishing you the best.
My attitude is not always positive. In fact, after developing PTSD, I experienced increased anger and irritability. Often, my positive exterior was a mask for pain, stress, shame and depression I felt. I think the biggest misconception among those who support me is that I am [insert favorite adjective]. Haters call me "evil" and supporter "angel". I am neither. I dont consider myself a sweet person (anymore) but I do try to be kind. I routinely fail and still catch myself being negative and cynical. I am human.
- Alisa asks:
Your skin always looks flawless. What kind of foundation do you use? Do you have a go-to brand or some secret skin care secret you could share?
I don't presently wear foundation but I used to wear L'Oreal's Infallible... something. Its been so long. I don't remember the name. My skin is FAR from flawless. Many of the pictures you see from before my arrest are photo-shopped. As for skincare, I just follow the wisdom I've always read: drink water, sleep well, use sunscreen. I'm sure a good diet helps too. I don't wear makeup right now, but I also once read that no matter how tired you are don't fall asleep with makeup on.ik
- Patrick asks:
Yes! I receive a ton of mail. Its almost always supportive. I rarely receive hate mail. I think haters must know it only flatters me. I try to answer as much as I can but I can never seem to get to it all.
IMO a fellow supporter has been changing the meaning of some of your testimony. I wanted to ask you directly for clarification. On this guys many websites and forums he claims you purchased a 4th gas can. He believed you returned the 3rd and bought a 4th. Can you clarify?
Also, how does it feel when supports feel they can interpret and know your actions and motives better than you do? I'm trying to be respectful and ask you directly and I wish more bloggers and supporters would go that extra mile too.
There are a lot of conspiracy theorists, Ill say that. I cannot comment on the facts of the case. I can only reiterate that I testified truthfully to the best of my memory.
I'm not online so the haters and different opinions have little to no effect on me at all. I disagree with the analogy that its like an abuser controlling the abused. That feels way worse than people dissecting and interpreting my testimony.