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Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story

A Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder

Shanna Hogan

St. Martin's True Crime

A DEVOTED BACHELOR 

Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when he was found with a bullet wound in the face and his throat slashed, the brutal murder sent shock waves throughout his community. Who could have done something so sinister?

 

A DEADLY OBSESSION

But soon a suspect was singled out—Jodi Arias. A beautiful, aspiring photographer, Jodi had been in a long-distance relationship with Travis the year before. But Travis wasn’t interested in a serious commitment; he was seeing several women during that time. When he broke up with her, that didn’t stop Jodi from leaving California, moving to just a few miles away from Travis’s home, and inserting herself into his daily life. Investigators found one piece of startling evidence in Travis’s home that implicated Jodi. But in a bizarre turn of events, Jodi would claim self-defense. Was she a victim—or a devious femme fatale?   

 

 Shanna Hogan's Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story also includes 8 pages of chilling photos

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CHAPTER 1
 

June 9, 2008
Slivers of light pierced the white wood blinds, illuminating a single window on the second floor. It was the only trace of light in the house—the rest lay shrouded by the night sky.
From where he was parked on the street, Dallin Forrest studied the property. It was an expansive, beige stucco house with a brown tile roof. A stream of river rocks snaked across the gravel, dividing a lawn of sparse trees and desert plants.
Dallin glanced at the clock on his car radio. The numbers glowed 10:05 P.M. In the passenger seat, his girlfriend, Michelle
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Praise for Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story

“It isn't often that a true crime book reads like a Patricia Highsmith novel, with shades of Ruth Rendell passing across the pages as the story of lives converge toward what the reader knows is a horrifying conclusion. . .Hogan has established herself as a skilled writer of suspense, whose future books are likely to just keep getting better.” —Janice Harper, Huffington Post


“A riveting read that paints a vivid picture of this unfortunate couple who illustrate so clearly what happens when an obsessive relationship goes horribly awry.” —Bookreporter.com

“With its detailed research, front row narrative, and no-fluff presentation, Shanna Hogan turned a book into an addiction. . . Picture Perfect is one of the best true crime books of 2013. Don’t be the only one who hasn’t read it!” —True Crime Zone

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Shanna Hogan

  • Shanna Hogan is an acclaimed Arizona journalist and crime writer. An Arizona State University journalism graduate, Shanna has written for numerous publications and is currently the features editor for the Times Publications group, a family of monthly magazines based in Scottsdale, AZ. Her work has garnered numerous writing awards for feature writing, crime reporting, and investigative journalism. In 2010, she was named Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, Matt LaRussa, and their two dogs.

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    Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story

    A Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder

    Shanna Hogan

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