Greetings from beautiful Sedona! It’s so incredible waking up here with long expanses of days ahead of me, cool breezes and quiet. I never for one minute forget how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to be here like this.
Today my big goals are: go for a hike by Cathedral rock, make homemade sauce with the ingredients I brought up with me, finish installing the surround sound stereo I brought up, finish the laundry I’ve started and continue tweaking the story I’m entering in a writing contest. It has to be submitted by next Saturday so I hope to have it finished today. The problem is I write so fast and furious and pay no nevermind usually to punctuation and other writerly imperatives that I’m not sure how to polish it up. I may need to find an editor–if anyone out there is game to take a look at my completed story, please write to me!
I’ve also been popping in at Websleuths occasionally lately to see what people are saying about the Arias case which, of no surprise to me, has been delayed again. I think it will be lucky to start anytime this year. And when I say start, I mean get it over with. Although I surely know the ambivalence that goes with a trial like this finally being over (of course with the Death penalty that never really happens should she receive that sentence). That’s when the real hard part starts: when the trial ends. That’s when the family will need the most support and get the least. I’m very aware of that cliff for the Alexanders and where my role may be most important for them.
I wrote something about the legal system and how far it’s gone in protecting/supporting our worst of the worst now and the heinous way it’s turned toward villifying true victims. I remember when I was testifying and one of Cindy’s killers attorneys tried to insinuate some preposterous theory about her being involved in a drug cartel or some such nonsense. Or maybe it’s the way they tried to describe her as a slut therefore deserving to be viciously slaughtered in the desert for money. It was very very subtle in comparison to what we’ve seen with Travis Alexander’s reputation also slaughtered in the courtroom, but it was enough. Enough for me to flash a look at that defense attorney like “oh you will not even go there with me” and he backed off. I think just the question itself disgusted the jury. But times were different then. Now it’s become commonplace to attack the reputation of victims in court fabricated out of thin air by the mind of a sociopath. Entire defenses are spun on these about face assaults to the innocent. “Experts” participate in these lies and are well paid. And we, as a society, seem to think this is ok.
Anyway, I’ll just copy and paste what I wrote on Websleuths this morning so I can be done with this line of thinking and get in to something that would actually match the memories that are true of my sister and Travis (as I understand him to have been)–like cooking,hiking, writing a funny story.
Sometimes you also just have to tell the truth about things and put it out there, so here it is:
I think this illustrates what is so incredibly beyond frustrating and maddening about how our justice system has (d)evolved when it comes to murderers like Arias. The system promotes them continuing to abuse and debase their victims in public, falsifying completely fictional stories that villify their victims out of thin air while staining their memory to anyone who even hears it even if they don’t believe it. This has been accepted as a completely commonplace line of defense now with no one setting boundaries on it’s preposterousness.
“Expert” witnesses come out of the woodwork to support these fictional stories and testify to their “veracity” although their only source is the killer themself. Entire tales are spun creating the completely innocent victim as an unrecognizable character in their own life. Meetings are held to strategize how to spin the Truth in to something that turns the entire sordid event on it’s ear pointing to the vicious killer as “victim”. Intelligent, highly paid, educated professionals conspire in this dark dance.
And the legal system supports and condones it. All the way up to the day the vicious killer likely dies in prison of natural causes as these fights continue for decades selling fiction as fact, tarnishing someone’s innocent child/sibling/friend/parent who never had a chance to fully live their life; all in the name of winning.
Or in some cases, such as Alyce La Violette, in the name of money. Thank God the scales of Karma didn’t support her in that endeavor. But she has taken her tale of victimhood, erasing the man who’s breath was taken in his own home, on to herself now. In the name of murderer Jodi Arias.
It’s a level of insanity I feel sure our forefathers never anticipated. I don’t think they knew this level of sophisticated evil back in those simpler times either. Nature or nurture we have a new breed of venom that walks the Earth now. And we protect them like precious jewels.