I’m watching Dr. Drew’s show from last night and there’s a lot of discussion on which came first, the gunshot wound or the knife wounds. Of course this is a very important point.
But why is no one talking about the question of, if she did use the gun first, why not just keep shooting him? Did the gun only have one bullet in it, and if so, that in itself would be ridiculous (after all, she went to Walmart for crying out loud, and could’ve bought some there if needed). And surely even Jodi isn’t stupid enough to only have one bullet, given all the planning and trouble she went through to get to Mesa and kill Travis. So for the sake of this particular argument, let’s assume there were several bullets in the gun.
(A caller on one of the HLN shows brought up this point about “why-didn’t-she-just-keep-shooting?”, so I’m not taking credit for the question, this is just my theory on the order, and Why.)
The answer is fairly obvious – but despite all of the enormously vile sickery we’ve been exposed to over the course of this trial, maybe we’re just not quite ready yet to go there. But I’m gonna go there.
The reason she didn’t just kill him by shooting him, however many shots that may have taken, was because the knife created more pain, more terror, more grisly wounds, and overall, involved more cruelty, which she delighted in. It took more of her time and energy to kill him with a knife than it would have to kill him with a gun, and it allowed her to revel in, savor, and indulge in the killing. It took a lot of strength and endurance to create that many stab wounds, many of them deep, in such a short period of time. Using the knife was satisfying, and it met her needs to butcher him viciously.
That’s what Jodi Arias wanted – the sweet, sweet pleasure of stabbing him in the heart, literally and figuratively, over and over and over….as many times as she had to, and as many times as she could. Notice most of the stab wounds on his back are centered, as are most on his front torso, aka in the heart area, including the 3-4″ deep stab wound very close to his heart. The photo that shows him holding his hands over his heart was ‘directed’ by Jodi-The-Murdering-Photographer, and was for her sick pleasure. She told him to hold his hands over his heart just before she stuck the knife in.
Desperately trying to escape, by the time Travis made it to the bedroom area Jodi realized she had to end it because he was too close to making it out, so she slit his throat. She let him get that far because she wanted to prolong the agony she was causing him, stabbing him all along the way down the hall, because it was incredibly satisfying for her. This is partly why she appears so happy-go-lucky and unburdened in those crazy TV interviews – committing the murder so viciously was like taking a massive weight off her back.
And then she shot him in the head just for good measure. Once she got all her needs met (i.e., stabstabstabstabslitstabstabslitstabstab, etc.), she simply shot him once to make sure he was dead.
The gunshot wound is non-personal, and was likely emotionally unimportant for her. All of the stab wounds are very, very personal. Some would say “intimate”, even.