Where Is Jodi Arias In 2018? It's Been A Decade Since The Murder Of Her Ex-Boyfriend
There are few things that America seems more fascinated with than true crime, and the Jodi Arias case is certainly no exception. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend, Arizona salesman Travis Alexander. The case and subsequent trial, which often focused heavily on details of the sexual relationship between Arias and Alexander, sparked the fascination and imagination of people all across the country. Arias herself has been covered in countless TV specials and documentaries, the most recent of which is the Investigation Discovery docuseries Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery. But where is Jodi Arias now in 2018?
Arias is currently serving life in prison after being convicted in 2013 of the murder, per USA Today. This sentence came after two separate juries failed to reach a unanimous decision about the death penalty, according to the same report. The New York Daily News reports that Arias is serving her sentence at the maximum security unit of the Perryville prison for women, in Goodyear, Arizona. Before her sentencing, Arias had been housed in the Estrella Jail in Phoenix, where CNN reports that she was kept in her cell for 23 hours of the day.
Arias hasn't necessarily been shy about communicating with the press from prison. The New York Daily News covered a Jan. 10, 2016 phone call Arias shared with rapper Kareem "Lefty" Williams, who made a bizarre music video defending the convicted murderer. During the call, Arias shared details about her life in Perryville with Williams. "It’s all good. If this is what it is like to be hated, then keep hating,” she shared of her mindset. "I’ve had so much love coming in my direction I can’t even respond to it now.”
Arias complained to Williams about the food in prison during the same call. "On the weekends they give us a hot dinner, on the week days it’s, like, sandwiches," she said, according to the same New York Daily News report. "Nothing is very good. I guess you can compare it to hospital food, because it’s not bad, it’s just not great.”
Arias is serving this life sentence after being convicted of murdering ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, who was found in his own home with a slit throat, nearly 30 stab wounds, and a gunshot wound to the head, according to The New York Times. The couple met in September of 2006, at a work conference in Las Vegas, per ABC News. The relationship developed quickly, with Arias even deciding to be baptized in the Mormon faith in order to be closer to Alexander. The couple had split by 2007, but continued to keep in touch.
Arias became the prime suspect after Alexander was found dead in his shower on June 10, 2008. Though she initially denied any involved in the crime, a camera uncovered in Alexander's washing machine revealed photos taken the day of the murder of Arias and Alexander together, Alexander in the shower, and even Alexander's bloody body after the camera had been dropped, per ABC News. A handprint containing both Alexander and Arias' blood was also found at the scene, according to CBS. Arias eventually confessed to the crime, though her defense attorney attempted to argue that the murder had been committed in self-defense, per USA Today. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013.
More recently, People reports that Arias had been considering requesting a supervised leave from prison in September of 2017 to attend the funeral of her father, William A. Arias. However, the stringent rules surrounding escorted leave in Arizona would have made it difficult for Arias to attend the service. The same People report states that:
Arias would very likely be unable to attend her father’s memorial service if it’s held in California. Inmates who are granted an escorted leave visit must remain within Arizona. Funeral visits are not available for closed casket services, or memorials where the body has already been cremated.
At the time of the article, Arias had not requested leave, and it is unclear whether she ever did, or what the results of that request may have been.
Ultimately, Arias is serving life without the possibility of parole, which means the circumstances of her life are not likely to change drastically from year to year. What she's doing in 2018 is not unlike what she was in 2017 or what she will do in 2019 and beyond. She's in prison, and she's never getting out.