Life or Death


For the past four months, I have been following the trial of Jodi Ann Arias; a woman that has formally been charged with the brutal murder of her then ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias stabbed him 27 times, slashed his throat from ear to ear and shot him in the head. She gave three vastly different statements regarding his murder. First, she said she was no where near his home in Arizona. However, after being interrogated by investigators that placed her at the crime scene, she admitted that she was there, but that two Ninjas had killed Travis and mysteriously let her go.  A few years before she would stand trial, Arias admitted that she did in fact kill Travis, but that she did so in self-defense.

Watching Arias on trial was very disturbing. She spent 18 days on the stand, testalying about Travis. She said he was abusive, hypocritical and a pedafile. None of those accusations were ever proven. But that did not stop Arias from attempting to assasinate his character even more; all in the name of sparing her life.

But what is life? Life is a precious gift that God gives us to live; something that should be valued and respected. In my opinion, Arias does not value life at all. She does not value her life, nor the lives of others. Even though she spent a lot of time taking pictures that highlighted the beauty in life; she made a horrible decision to take Travis’ life senselessly.

At this phase of the trial, the jury has the responsibility of determining if she lives or dies. Now, I have always been opposed to the death penalty because I feel like whomever takes someone’s life through lethal injection, electric chair, etc. is no different that the murderer being killed. But honestly, Jodi needs some type of justifiable consequence to her horrific actions; and perhaps, death is the way. I still feel uneasy about her life being taken…even though she told a reporter that she prefers death because it is, “the ultimate freedom.”

All in all, I feel that God is the only one who should be responsible for choosing if someone lives or dies; he gave us life, so he should be the only one eligible to take it away.

4 thoughts on “Life or Death

  1. I feel death would be too good for her. She has no remorse for her actions and needs to sit the rest of her life, in confinement and contemplate her actions. No death penalty! No “ultimate freedom”

    • My sentiments exactly. I definitely believe that she likes to be in control and this is one time where others are literally controlling her life. Yes, I think it would be torture for her to be confined; and perhaps, life in prison with no parole would be the most appropriate sentence for her. The only problem though, Jodi loves attention and as long as she is living, I believe she’s going to continue manipulating others. Now don’t get me wrong, manipulating others is not a cause for death, but Jodi has proven that she really does not live by the same guidelines as others and if she is capable of doing what she did to Travis, I certainly believe she could commit something more heinous than that.

  2. I’ve also struggled with my feelings about the death penalty when hearing of cases like this and worse. I have settled on the idea that killing a person for killing a person does not really change anything. It satisfies a carnal part of us for a moment but does not bring back those who were killed and it does not prevent others from doing the same. We are a savage race who do savage things to one another at times. Our lack of love and respect for one another at times is beyond measure. At the same time our love and compassion, desire for good to prevail and respect for each others happiness takes center stage at times as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this….I certainly relate to where you’re coming from.

    • Yea, I’ve never seen the purpose of the death penalty; especially when there have been so many people on death row unjustly. Luckily, some people won their appeals and were able to walk free; but some people have died and were wrongly accused of their crime.