Investigation Discovery’s franchise ‘American Murder Mystery’ returns to airwaves this Sunday with the three-part special Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery.
In its latest installment, ID re-examines the investigation and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander.
In 2008, 30-year-old Alexander was found murdered in his Arizona home. Arias, his ex-girlfriend, was convicted for his murder and eventually sentenced to life in state prison.
The special examines the attention-grabbing behavior that led to Arias’ arrest and conviction.
It features interviews with key players in the case including Kirk Nurmi, Arias’ public defender; Juan Martinez, deputy attorney, Maricopa County; and Nathan Mendes, former detective, Siskiyou County, along with legal analysts and reporters who covered the case.
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery airs on three consecutive nights starting Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Investigation Discovery.
The special is produced for ID by American Media, Inc. and Jupiter Entertainment with Allison Wallach, Tim McConville, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker, Patrick Reardon and Dylan Howard as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production.
Realscreen spoke to the true crime network’s senior executive producer Pamela Deutsch about the special.
What was the genesis behind Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery?
Jodi Arias is the sixth installment in our ‘American Murder Mystery’ franchise. While we have covered this case for other ID series in the past, this is the ultimate soup-to-nuts telling of the tragic murder of Travis Alexander. Given the extremely salacious nature of the story, the fascinating pathology of the perpetrator, and the explosive televised trial, covering the story seemed an obvious fit.
Why did you choose Jodi Arias as a topic for ‘American Murder Mystery’?
For this series, we focus on the big cases that really consumed people’s imaginations at the time. These are generally the stories that play out day after day in the media over the course of many months or years. We’ve found that when news is parsed out this way, people don’t always have the full picture. What our series does so well is give the audience a bird’s eye view of the case from beginning to end, with all the twists and turns our viewers have come to expect from great ID story-telling.
Why do you think there is an appetite for this special?
This comprehensive look back at this sensational story really appeals to the armchair detectives in our audience and takes viewers on a whole crazy journey, full of great twists and red herrings, revelations, and extreme emotion. It’s quite a ride.
What challenges did you face with production?
The biggest challenge for us with all our series is gaining access to the real people involved in these cases. Friends and family of the perpetrator and victim, law enforcement, and journalists who covered the original story all add a critical level of detail and passion to the story-telling.
What elements do you think will make this series a success?
Jodi Arias is one of the most captivating villains we’ve profiled. She’s a remarkably intelligent, articulate woman, and her ability to lie and manipulate those around her is truly something to behold. At the time of the trial, Jodi could not stay away from the cameras. As a result, we have a treasure trove of archive.
Through this, viewers will get an unprecedented window into the most intimate details of Jodi and Travis’ life together, and Travis’ tragic murder. And for the ultimate fans, we’ve created a digital companion series Jodi Arias: The Missing Pieces that will drop on ID’s digital platform, IDGo concurrent to the premiere. The Missing Pieces will give viewers a glimpse of what the media darling’s life is like behind bars today.
What’s your favorite moment from the series?
Without a doubt, the strangest, most memorable scene is Jodi’s original interrogation by the Mesa, Arizona PD. When she’s left alone in the interrogation room with cameras running, her behavior is unexpected. I’ll leave it at that.
This Q&A has been edited for brevity and clarity