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Was Jodi Arias a stalker?

This is a PDF titled “Guidance for Professionals on Identifying and Responding to Stalking and Stalking Clinic Protocol” : https://www.gscb.org.uk/media/18456/stalking-guidance-for-professionals-final-2017.pdf
Within it are details of a tool to triage whether there is a serious case of stalking, known as S-DASH. These are the questions:

1. Is the victim very frightened?
2. Is there previous domestic abuse or stalking/harassment history?
3. Has (insert name if known of the stalker) vandalised or destroyed your property?
4. Have they turned up unannounced more than three times a week?
5. Have they followed or loitered near your home or workplace?
6. Have they made threats of a physical or sexual violence nature?
7. Have they harassed or stalked any third party since the harassment began?
8. Have they acted violently towards anyone else during the stalking incident?
9. Have they engaged other people to help with their activities?
10. Have they had problems in the past year with drugs, alcohol or mental health?
11. Have they ever been in trouble with the police or do they have a criminal
history?

Let’s consider whether there was any evidence that Jodi was a stalker, according to these criteria.

Point 1 : Is the victim very frightened?
The answer has to be a resounding “no”. Jodi had spent the night in Travis’ home, there are graphic sexual photos of Jodi in Travis’ bedroom, and moments before the homicide occurred Jodi was taking photos of Travis naked in the shower. Moreover, Jodi’s journal entry on June 1 states that Travis was “guilting” her to come and visit him on her road trip ( see testimony of Alyce LaViolette  41:00).

Point 2 : Is there previous domestic abuse or stalking/harassment history?
No. There is no evidence that Jodi ever abused or harassed Travis. It is the case that Travis told his friends that Jodi was a stalker, but that was clearly a lie designed to conceal the truth – that Jodi was a secret ex-girlfriend with whom Travis continued to have a sexual relationship. The prosecution did bring up various incidents, but none were proven to be stalking or harassment.

Point 3: Has the stalker vandalised or destroyed your property?
Travis did have his tires slashed, but there is no evidence that it was Jodi that did it. The prosecution claimed (contrary to the judge’s ruling) that Jodi stole a ring belonging to Travis, but in fact it became stuck on her finger and she later returned it ( see the appeal brief ).

Point 4 : Have they turned up unannounced more than three times a week?
No, there is no evidence of that. There is no evidence that Travis ever told Jodi not to come round to his home.

Point 5 : Have they followed or loitered near your home or workplace?
There is no evidence of that. Jodi did see Travis with another woman in his home, but Jodi explained it was accidental when she went round to retrieve a social security card from Travis’ garage that she needed.

Point 6 : Have they made threats of a physical or sexual violence nature?
There is no evidence of that. The closest would be this incident ( from the appeal brief): “During an argument, T.A. threatened to reveal Arias’s secrets, and she responded by threatening to reveal his sexual attraction to children. After a calmer discussion of their disagreement, Arias apologised to T.A. for threatening to reveal his shameful secret.”

Point 7 : Have they harassed or stalked any third party since the harassment began?
No. There is no evidence Jodi ever stalked or harassed anyone.

Point 8 : Have they acted violently towards anyone else during the stalking incident?
No. There is no evidence Jodi was ever violent towards anyone else during her relationship with Travis.

Point 9 : Have they engaged other people to help with their activities?
No. ( Presumably “activities” means stalking or harassing activities ).

Point 10. Have they had problems in the past year with drugs, alcohol or mental health?
No problems with drugs or alcohol. Jodi may have had mental health issues, such as mood swings, this would be due to being emotionally abused by Travis.

Point 11. Have they ever been in trouble with the police or do they have a criminal history?
No, Jodi had never been in trouble with police, and has no criminal history. Although when she was a child, her parents reportedly told police she had grown a plant or two of marijuana.

In summary, there is no evidence that Jodi was stalking Travis, and the known circumstances on June 4 show that Travis was not very frightened of Jodi. This was definitely not a stalking relationship. Instead, this was an ongoing relationship with an ex-girlfriend, but there was no stalking element, it was consensual.

[ Sometimes an incident involving Jodi falling asleep at a Christmas party is cited as evidence of stalking, see here for discussion on that ]

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