Conviction

Conviction

The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars

Book - 2016
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"The trials of the notorious murderess Jodi Arias. Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of Murder One for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death in 2008. What emerged was a story wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit that stunned the public at every turn. Arias, always playing the wronged and innocent woman, changed her story continually as her bizarre behavior surrounding the crime and its aftermath came to light. She at first denied killing Alexander at his home outside Phoenix. Then she admitted shooting and stabbing him nearly 30 times, but said it was in self-defense. She was finally found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Prosecutor Juan Martinez reveals details from the investigation and how he felt losing the death penalty sentence he'd fought for. The truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias, how this seemingly normal girl became a deluded, cunning, and unrepentant murderer. This book takes you inside the mind of Jodi Arias."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062444288
006244428X
Branch Call Number: 364.15230979173 Mar
Characteristics: 375 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

If you followed this case in depth, this book with provide you NOTHING new. If you were only somewhat familiar with it, you likely might find some points of interest. It's dry and repetitive and poorly paced. The last 4-ish witnesses of the trial are cramped into just a few pages, and so much time is spent on the prosecution's opening. Lot's of things were left out, there was no discussion of amnesia in the book which was easily discussed for hours during the actual trial. The photo selection was poor, while I didn't expect them to put in photo's of the body, I don't feel those included added much. If you want to hear Juan ramble on for pages and pages about gas cans, this book is for you. But, if you were hoping for insight into the prosecution of this case... well it's not here sadly.

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MplsTA
May 19, 2017

Yes there was plenty of forensic evidence uncovered by the prosecution and it's explained in this book.

What I found riveting was the outlandish behavior (in and out of the courtroom) by Ms Arias. From over the phone interviews with the cops to how she acted in the courtroom shows that she is a real oddball.

I would have liked more of an analysis of Arias' personality and a psychological explanation for her sometimes bizarre behavior. And isn't that why we read these types of books? To understand why criminals do the things they do?

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WHFTalbot
Oct 03, 2016

Great book and well written, found it a bit dry and slow going at times. I think this is attributable to the fact that the author is a lawyer. Provided some interesting insight to the story.

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ELC_0
Jun 28, 2016

Had watched the trial on TV so there was not too much in the book that had not been in the trial, but I did learn a few things about Mr. Martinez that I had not heard or read about before and I thought the book was written very well.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Apr 10, 2016

Very well written. Although most of the material had been covered in another book, and I had watched the trial on tv, there were a few surprises.
I disagree with prior comment re prosecution tactics. Martinez continually kept Arias off guard with his style of questioning to point she was unable to manipulate. A great prosecutor & Arias is where she belongs. Death row would have been better but never getting out of prison is close second.

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trotter73
Mar 26, 2016

A must read for people interested in true crime stories.
It's written by the prosecutor that put Jodi Arias in prison. This case was a huge sensation in the US, I remember it from Dateline NBC.
The mountain of evidence along with the fact she did confess to the killing by the time of the trial (her desperate self-defense plea) there was no way she was walking free, but the writer(lawyer) likes to act like it was his outstanding prosecution style that put her away (typical lawyer).

Having said that, this was a very good read.

One pet peeve, there is an evidence picture included in the book of a SONY camera, but for some odd reason, he keeps referring to it as a SANYO every time.

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

Kristen MERKE thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

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