Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars (Anglais) Relié – 16 février 2016
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation.
Through two trials, America watched with baited breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of Murder One for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death. 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. Unwavering, Arias and her defense team continued to play off the salacious details of the case, until she was finally found guilty and—controversially—sentenced to life behind bars.
Now, speaking openly for the first time, prosecutor Juan Martinez will unearth new details from the investigation that were never revealed at trial, exploring key facts from the case and the pieces of evidence he chose to keep close to the vest. Throughout the trials, his bullish and unfaltering prosecution strategy was both commended and criticized, and in his book, Martinez will illuminate the unique tactics he utilized in this case and how they lead to a successful conviction, and-for the first time-discuss how he felt losing the death penalty sentence he’d pursued for years.
Going beyond the news reports, Martinez will explore the truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias. Sparring with her from across the stand, Martinez came to know Arias like no one else could, dissecting what it took for a seemingly normal girl to become a deluded, cunning, and unrepentant murderer.
With new stories from behind the scenes of the trial and Martinez’s own take on his defendant, the book takes you inside the mind of Jodi Arias like never before. Complete with 16 pages of photos from the case and trial, this book is the definitive account of the case that shocked America.
Quatrième de couverture
Prosecutor Juan Martinez takes you inside the case that captivated a nation
Over the course of five years, America watched as Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez relentlessly battled to convict Jodi Arias for the vicious murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The salacious case wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit rocked the nation as the prosecution exposed shocking evidence of how Arias planned and executed the crime, building an irrefutable case that would result in a guilty verdict and a controversial life sentence.
Now, speaking openly for the first time, Martinez shares the inside story of his tireless work to put Jodi Ann Arias behind bars. Beginning in the hours immediately following the discovery of Travis’ body, Conviction examines every aspect of Martinez’ case, showing how over the course of five years his prosecution came together one piece at a time, and revealing how, almost from the very start, it seemed Arias believed she could get away with murder.
Going inside the case files, Martinez chronicles the truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias—a killer who played the victim with incredible skill, but was capable of unspeakable violence. Shedding light on the never-before-told story behind the most damning piece of evidence against Arias—the gas cans—Martinez recounts how he learned of their existence as well as the lengths he went to in order to ensure that they remained a secret from the public until precisely the right time.
Addressing his critics and supporters alike, Martinez also details his approach during the trial, describing how his much-criticized cross-examination of Arias was actually a highly deliberate and carefully crafted strategy designed to keep a deceitful woman from becoming too comfortable on the witness stand.
Complete with never-before-publicized evidence from the case and sixteen pages of photos, Conviction is the definitive account of the case that shocked America.
I couldn’t help but think Travis must have suffered greatly. I’d seen a lot of crime scenes since I’d joined the homicide unit, and this one spoke to an overkill. This murder seemed so methodical that I didn’t think it was a crime of passion. It seemed less angry and more purposeful. Only later would I find out just how goal-oriented the murderer had truly been; as it turned out, Travis had been killed three times over . . .
My eyes moved slowly around the bathroom one more time. I knew that it would be memorialized in photos and diagrams and that the whole room would be cataloged and measured. I would revisit this disturbing locale many times in the future through the photographs taken and the reports yet to be written, but I wanted to preserve as much as I could in my mind, so that wherever the investigation led I wouldn’t forget the bloody scene now in front of me.
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It was amazing to read how Martinez was able to pull off a couple of true "Perry Mason" moments during the trial. He shares how he came across the infamous gas can evidence in the form of a collection of receipts in a shoebox in Arias' room at her grandparent's home in Yreka, California. Arias had made sure she "had the gas receipts" to prove she was “nowhere near” Mesa, Arizona and the murder. However, Martinez famously produced the gas receipts from California and Salt Lake City with the accompanying bank records proving that she had 3 gas cans.. And having 3 gas cans was indicative of premeditation—therefore knocking self-defense off the table.
He sheds light on the so-called “pedophile letters” that were discussed in a hearing but never admitted as evidence in the trial. The utter unprofessionalism and dishonesty that most people observed by the Arias defense team during the trial was proven to be accurate when Martinez discloses that Nurmi , a female defense attorney and an investigator showed up unannounced (and unidentified as Arias’ defense team) to Deanna Reid’s home purporting to be people “involved in the case” who wanted to ask some questions about Travis “off the record.” The female defense attorney tried to be “chummy” with Deanna and produced one of the forged “pedophile letters’ for her to read which also contained unflattering things about Deanna. Deanna immediately saw the letters for what they were: forgeries by Jodi Arias. These letters were described by Nurmi as “100% verified” when he tried this same farce with Chris and Sky Hughes. This information proves without a doubt that Arias’ defense team MOST CERTAINLY DID attempt to argue that Travis was a pedophile—something that both Nurmi and Willmott pathetically and disingenuously tried to deny once the trial was over.
I enjoyed reading the few personal things that Martinez shared about the work he does—the fact that he never eats or drinks in his office so he doesn’t spill anything on court documents; his beginnings in Victorville, California and his immaculate work ethic.
It was fascinating to read the truth behind the circus that was Jodi Arias—all her combativeness, smug condescension, lies, mischaracterizations and absurd attempts at playing the demure victim from the prosecutor’s point of view.
While Martinez relates that he was criticized a great deal by the media and some trial watchers, it has been my experience that he is widely appreciated and admired for having the guts to not allow Arias to get away with her lies and ultimately, first degree, premeditated murder.
My only complaint about the book is that it repeats a LOT of testimony from the trial that is readily available online. For example, the book goes to great lengths documenting the Arias interrogation, all of which has been released. This minimizes the new things that you learn from the prosecutors point of view. For this reason I only give it four stars.
If you followed the Arias trial, though, this is a must read.