Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder yesterday for killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Authorities said she planned the attack in a jealous rage. Obviously something is wrong with her, because when normal people kill in self-defense, as she claims, they aren’t as vicious and gruesome as she was. But what is her diagnosis?
A defense expert diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder. A prosecution expert diagnosed borderline personality disorder. A psychiatrist writing for Psychology Today evaluated whether she is a sociopath, but pointed out that her antisocial behavior seemed focused only on her victim.
I thought she was amazingly calm in her interview after her conviction, when she said she’d rather die than spend her life in prison. That is certainly a sociopathic attitude.
Whatever her disorder, she has certainly kept people glued to their televisions for months.
Jodi Arias convicted of first-degree murder, on LATimes.com.
Is Jodi Arias a sociopath? on PsychologyToday.com.
Does Jodi Arias have borderline personality disorder, on PsychologyToday.com.
Jodi Arias has post-traumatic stress disorder, psychologist says, on ABCNews.go.com.