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New documentary series: Jodi Arias: From Lust to Murder

Written by Shows Editor from the blog Today's TV Highlights on 10 Apr 2018
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Jodi Arias: From Lust to Murder

Sadomasochistic sex, obsession, and jealousy gone wrong create a deadly combination in the twisted tale of Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery which re-examines one of the most salacious and sensational crimes to rock America.

In the latest instalment of the American Murder Mystery franchise, Investigation Discovery delves into the explosive investigation and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander in a case that was almost too stunning to be believed.

When 30-year-old Alexander is found brutally murdered in his Mesa, Arizona home, police are shocked - who would have wanted to harm the popular salesman with no known enemies?

But soon, investigators receive a bizarre phone call that changes everything. The caller is Alexander's mysterious ex-girlfriend - Jodi Arias. What happens next is too shocking to be real - but, it is.

Jodi Arias: From Lust to Murder is a comprehensive exploration of the death of Travis Alexander and the subsequent legal circus as Jodi Arias was tried for first-degree murder.

Featuring all-new and exclusive interviews with key players in the case, the three-part mini-series showcases a stunning look into Jodi's bizarre, attention-grabbing behaviour that led to her arrest and conviction.

Notable interviews in the series include Kirk Nurmi, Arias' public defender; Juan Martinez, deputy attorney, Maricopa County; and Nathan Mendes, former detective, Siskiyou County, along with legal analysts and reporters who covered the case on the ground.

About the Case

On 4 June, 2008, friends found 30-year-old Travis Alexander dead in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona home. He was stabbed more than 20 times, his throat was slit and he was shot in the head.

Alexander's family and friends are stunned, and phone calls flood the police station with tips and information about the case. Alexander's family and friends point fingers to one key person of interest - Jodi Arias.

Arias and Alexander first met in the fall of 2006 at a work conference in Las Vegas. Their meeting quickly evolved into a whirlwind relationship, and just months later, Arias is baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a faith that Alexander is strongly devoted to.

But when their passionate new relationship becomes contentious the following summer, the two break up officially. Although they are no longer dating, Alexander and Arias maintain a fiery physical relationship and continue to see each other for sex for more than a year, despite Alexander dating other women and Arias moving back to California.

Jealousy begins to seep into their relationship, and when Arias hacks into Alexander's Facebook in June 2008, Alexander ends things for good.

After hearing the news of Alexander's murder just weeks after breaking up, Arias calls police offering assistance in any way possible. Little does she know, they have damning evidence against her; while investigating the crime scene, they discovered a digital camera that was run through the washing machine at Alexander's apartment.

The recovered photos reveal that Arias was with Alexander the day he died, and even shows images of Alexander in a pool of his own blood with Arias' pants visible in the shots.

And when DNA testing links hair strands found at the crime scene to Arias, a grand jury officially indicts her on first-degree murder charges in the death of Alexander.

Over the next five years, Arias was tried in one of the most salacious public trials in recent history. Claims of abuse, home invasions and self-defence riddled the courtroom and her bizarre behaviour provided prime tabloid fodder around the world.

Arias was officially convicted of Alexander's murder in May 2013, and is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in Arizona.
 
CHANNEL IDx (DStv 171)
PREMIERE 10 April 2018
TIMESLOT Tuesdays, 21h00
REPEATS Thursdays, 00h40 / 22h50
Saturdays, 02h30
Sundays, 22h50
Mondays, 21h55
Tuesdays, 02h30

 



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