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Jodi Arias: Boyfriend Murderer or Helpless Victim?

Jodi Arias’ trial is probably one of the biggest scandals of the 21st century. But who is Jodi Arias, what was her life like before she went to prison, and what is life like for her now? In this timeline of events, we’ll discover what her life was like, how she met Travis Alexander, the details of his murder, and what life has been like for her since she went to prison.

Early Life


Jodi’s early life wasn’t easy. She was born in Salinas, California on July 9, 1980. According to her, starting at the age of 7, her parents used a belt and wooden spoons to beat her. When she was 10, she got interested in photography. This interest led her to strive for a career as a professional photographer. She held several part-time jobs as a professional photographer during her life.

Jodi Meets Darryl Brewer


In the fall of 2001, she applied for a job as a waitress at the Ventana Inn and Spa in California at Ventana Inn and Spa. While working there, she got acquainted with Darryl Brewer, who worked as the food and beverage manager. They dated in 2003 and bought a house together. Each paid $2800 a month on the mortgage.

Her Introduction to the Mormon Church


She also started working at Prepaid Legal Services, now called LegalShield, in February 2006 while she was still working at Ventana Inn. While she worked there, she started getting interested in the Mormon church. As her associations with Prepaid Legal increased, her relationship with Darryl Brewer deteriorated. She defaulted on financial obligations she had agreed upon with him. They separated in 2006 but remained friends.

Jodi Meets Travis Alexander


In September, she went to a conference for Prepaid Legal. It was there that she met Travis Alexander, a salesperson and speaker for the company. He was also a Mormon, and their relationship became sexual a week after they met. They were immediately drawn to one another. They traveled to many different places together. When they were apart, they called and emailed each other daily.

Jodi Becomes a Mormon


On November 26, 2006, in an effort to be closer to Travis, she was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Jodi Moves to Mesa


In February 2007, she left California and moved to Mesa, AZ  to be closer to Travis. Moving to Mesa did not work out well though; Jodi and Travis ended their relationship in June, but still had sex occasionally.

Later, she accused Travis of being physically and sexually abusive to her.


However, he had said she was stalking him. He claimed she even went as far as emailing him and the women he dated. Despite these allegations, they still kept in touch, continued to see each other sexually, and traveled together in March 2008. In April 2008, Jodi moved into her grandparents’ house in Yreka, California.

Travis is Murdered


On June 4, 2008, Travis missed an important meeting about a trip to Cancun, Mexico he and his friends were taking. They became worried about him and decided to visit his house in Mesa on June 9, 2008. They found him there lying dead in his shower. His murdered body had been stabbed 27 to 29 times, he had a gunshot wound to the head, and his throat was cut from one ear to the other.

Investigations revealed that Arias and Alexander’s relationship was strained.


This led investigators to suspect Arias might be involved in the murder. When questioned, she told police two different stories. In one story, she said she was not in Mesa on June 4; she had seen him for the last time in April. The second story she gave was that two intruders had broken into Travis’ house who killed him and attacked her.

The Police Find Convincing Evidence


The police were able to retrieve deleted images from a digital camera. These images, taken on June 4, showed Jodi and Travis in erotic positions. Another photo showed him on the floor bleeding profusely. There was also a bloody handprint in the hallway. Lab tests revealed it contained both Alexander’s and Arias’s DNA.

The prosecution maintained that Arias staged a burglary a week earlier at her grandparents’ home, where a .25 caliber gun went missing.


Police found the shell casing of a used .25 caliber bullet at the scene of Alexander’s murder. Arias was charged with first-degree murder and arrested on July 15. at her grandparents’ home. She was extradited to Arizona on September 5, and pleaded not guilty on September 11.

While she was in jail waiting for her trial,  police investigated further and found she rented a car from Budget Rent a Car on June 2, 2008, and drove south.


She visited with friends on June 3, and then drove to Alexander’s home in Mesa, where they used the digital camera to take pictures while they had sex.

She admitted to killing Alexander only two years after her arrest.


She cited self-defense as the reason and claimed she endured domestic violence while she was with him.

Jodi‘s Trial


Her trial began December 10, 2012, in Maricopa County Superior Court. It lasted four months, and she testified for 18 days. The jury decided she was guilty of first-degree murder on May 8, 2012, but had a hard time unanimously deciding whether she should serve life in prison or receive the death penalty.

She was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole on April 13, 2015.


She’s currently held in maximum security at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville, AZ, where she’s considered a high-risk prisoner.

Jodi Endures Harassment in Prison


Since she went to prison, Arias’ life has changed. She started in maximum custody, but after two years she was transferred to close custody. She now has a cellmate and can spend time with other inmates outside her cell.  Despite these improvements, her life has not been easy. She’s had her life threatened, and discipline problems.

People still continue to communicate with her too.


Corrections officials found one letter that indicated possible trouble. It read there was “No cause for alarm as of yet, but you do need a heads up.”

A year later, Arias told a corrections officer that harassment was getting worse every day, and she asked for her recreation time to be changed to avoid it.


She also has a disciplinary infraction in her file for disrespecting staff. In February 2016, she got upset because a barber declined to give her a haircut. She called the corrections officer who said “no” in an offensive way.

Jodi’s Tweets to the Outside World


Her files also shed light on her communications with the outside world. During one phone call, she asked a friend to put out a tweet saying she had no water for several days at Perryville.

Clearly, life wasn’t great for Jodi before she went to prison, and hasn’t been since she got there either. Will life improve for her? Who knows. All we can do is speculate. Her difficult childhood probably didn’t lead her to make great choices. Though she’s sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, hopefully, she can make her life in prison livable.

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You


These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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