This New True Crime Series Documents The Brutal Case Of Jodi Arias

by Alaina Urquhart-White
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The true crime genre is everywhere lately and it doesn't look like people will be losing interest any time soon. So, it's no surprise that Investigation Discovery is premiering a three-night special on the case of Jodi Arias, who was convicted in 2013 of the 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The special, titled Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery begins airing Sunday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. (with parts two and three on Jan. 15 and 16 at 10 p.m.) and it details all of the twists and turns of the case.

Arias' trial got a lot of national attention at the time, since she was a woman — with some media outlets, like the Huffington Post, even referring to her as a "Femme Fatale." HuffPost reported that Arias and Alexander had been dating, but were broken up at the time of his death — though they continued to see each other off and on. Per USA Today, during one of these meet-ups, Arias allegedly attacked Alexander in the shower and, when he was found, 'He had been shot in the head and stabbed nearly 30 times, and his throat had been slit.' Investigators began to suspect Arias when they found a digital camera with photos of Arias and Alexander in bed moments before he went into the shower. The film also showed graphic images taken during the murder, including one of him bloody on the floor of the shower. The brutal nature of the crime, the sordid details of the relationship, and the rumors that Arias was allegedly concerned with how her makeup looked during the booking/mugshot process made this the case and the trial to watch.

But, that was years ago. Now, Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery is taking a renewed look into the murder, the trial, and what's happened since then. The special features in depth interviews with key players, and, in the below exclusive clip, viewers can even hear Arias' initial phone call to police, where she claimed to be a devastated friend who wanted to help in any way that she could.

Arias' case was of particular public interest because of her gender. According to data released by the Department of Justice, women make up a significantly smaller portion of all killers. As of 2008, female killers, with either male or female victims, made up only 11.2 percent of all murders. Although, as a whole, the stats show that women who have killed tend to kill people close to them or people that they know. In fact, the DoJ reports that, out of the small fraction of female murderers existing, about 41.6 percent of them killed a significant other. In that respect, Arias' behavior is not that unusual, since she knew Alexander and they had dated. As Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery will show viewers, Alexander's friends immediately pointed to Arias when they were asked who they suspected most.

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For her part, the New York Post reports that Arias initially denied all involvement in Alexander's murder — claiming she hadn't been anywhere near his Mesa, Arizona home. Two years after her arrest, Arias claimed self-defense, and, at her conviction hearing, had this to say, per USA Today: "I wish there was something I could do to take it back." She was sentenced to life in prison.

Though some time has passed, public fascination with the Jodi Arias case is unlikely to ever go away completely. There's simply too much there to explore, and Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery will add to that with interviews and footage that tell the complete story. Tune in Jan. 14, 15, and 16 at 10 p.m. to see the Investigation Discovery special for yourself.