Jodi Arias has no online access while sitting in a Phoenix jail on a high-profile murder case, but that hasn’t prevented her from getting busy on Twitter.
Currently on trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Arias has maintained a Twitter account since mid-February bearing her name and photo. She has close to 1,600 followers and has been tweeting daily in recent weeks.
According to ABC News, Arias is sending the tweets via her friend Donavan Bering, a former cellmate who apparently talks to the accused killer daily. Bering became friends with Arias while incarcerated in 2008 on an accessory to arson charge.
In most cases, Arias is directing her tweets toward Phoenix prosecutor Juan Martinez, who has not held back in describing the petite 32-year-old as a cold-blooded killer.
On April 5, Arias referenced the prosecutor’s bombastic courtroom manner with, “Hmm … Anger Management problems anyone?” Two days later, she said: “He who tries to establish his point by much yelling shows that his reasoning is weak.”
Soon after, Arias became more personal in her tweets by referring to Martinez’s diminutive stature with the tweet: “Those afflicted with Little Man’s Syndrome taint society’s perception of genuinely good men who happen to be vertically challenged.”
Arias is on trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. She claims she killed Alexander in self-defence after he attacked her, thereby forcing her to fight for her life. The forensic details of the trial, which airs live daily on the U.S. cable channel HLN, have revealed that Alexander was stabbed 29 times, had his throat cut and was shot in the head.
In the past week, Arias has also used Twitter to deliver an offhand swipe at HLN, tweeting, “HLN is an acronym for Haters Love Negativity,” and took a more direct shot at HLN anchor Nancy Grace, who accused Arias of giving viewers the middle finger during courtroom coverage.
“Actually, Nancy, that finger was for you. Have a nice day,” read the tweet, which has since been deleted from Arias’ account.
Perhaps even more incredibly, Arias is using her Twitter account to promote a website selling artwork that Arias has done while in jail. The website claims to have sold four pieces so far, including a drawing of Frank Sinatra, for $1,075 (U.S.). Chillingly, the website claims: “All pieces created after January 26, 2013 are authenticated with Jodi Arias’ right thumbprint.”
All due respect to free speech and innovative enterprise, but was social media really created for an accused killer to make personal attacks on the person trying to convict her and to hawk amateur artwork that normally wouldn’t sell for $10 at a garage sale? Are there some people whose actions are so heinous that they should be banned from Twitter or Facebook, at least until they’re cleared or convicted?
What do you think?