If Travis Alexander was my son I would want revenge, make no mistake about that.
The Jodi Arias trial came to my attention when I mistakenly turned to HLN looking for the morning news. As the trial turned into the Juan Martinez Show, I stopped watching.
When I did go to HLN, I was appalled by what I saw. HLN has turned this trial into a rally for The Gallows Ghouls. The crowd outside the courthouse last Friday and again today were in a festive mood. Has everyone forgotten this is a murder case? This man was savagely murdered. This is about someone’s life and about justice for the accused and the victim.
Today the Gallows Ghouls were laughing, joking and enjoying the blood chumming by Jane Velez-Mitchell. HLN. The party atmosphere cheapened Travis Alexander’s life.
The Gallows Ghouls are happy to chat with JV-M, each Ghoul hoping for validation of their point of view or opinion on national TV.
This group of Gallows Ghouls has spent months competing for seats and bragging rights to tout their participation at the trial. HLN workers point to Arias’ craving for attention and the spotlight meanwhile encouraging the same behavior in The Gallows Ghouls, they’re hoping for some glory or reflected celebrity.
This article about the hanging of Rainey Bethea sounds uncomfortably close to what is happening in Arizona, “From Chicago — “Death Makes a Holiday: 20,000 Revel Over Hanging.” From Evansville, Ind. — “Ghostly Carnival Precedes Hanging.” From Louisville — “‘Did You Ever See a Hanging?’ ‘I Did,’ Everyone in this Kentucky Throng can now Boast. “Newspapers described vendors selling hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. “Every bar was packed to the doors. Down the main street tipsy merrymakers rollicked all night. ‘Hanging parties’ were held in many a home,” Time magazine reported in an Aug. 24, 1936, article. Pictures taken the morning of the hanging show a large crowd — men and women, some holding children — standing in downtown Owensboro, some on the rooftops of brick buildings. More of this article can be found here.