Arizona, USA, Murder trial of Jodi Arias: Defense Claims ‘Dissociative Amnesia’

The Huffington Post reports:

Expert: Arias suffers from dissociative amnesia

      BRIAN SKOLOFF | March 18, 2013 03:45 PM EST | AP

PHOENIX, Arizona, USA — Jodi “Arias suffers from dissociative amnesia which explains why she can’t remember much from the day she says she killed her lover in self-defense, a psychologist testified Monday at her Arizona murder trial.

Arias faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. Authorities say she planned the attack in a jealous rage. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with the killing then blamed it on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense.”

“She says she recalls little from the day of the attack.”

“Amnesia is not necessarily a fake or made up kind of occurrence,” psychologist Richard Samuels told jurors Monday. “It is not as if amnesia can only be made up to cover up something.”

According to Boston.com (BRIAN SKOLOFF), “Arias spent 18 days on the witness stand over nearly six weeks during which she described her abusive childhood, cheating boyfriends, dead-end jobs, a shocking sexual relationship with Alexander, and her contention that he had grown physically abusive in the months leading to his death, once even choking her into unconsciousness.”

“Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the head and had his throat slit before Arias dragged his body into his shower.”

Arias has said she recalls Alexander attacking her in a fury. She says she ran into his closet to retrieve a gun he kept on a shelf and fired in self-defense but has no memory of stabbing him repeatedly.

Psychologist Richard Samuels testified that “when a person finds themselves in a stressful situation, the body releases hormones and adrenaline that block the brain’s ability to retain memory.” This, however, is a point of dispute among researchers.

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  1. Sheri Storm

     /  03/19/2013

    What a farce. No doubt that there will be those who pick and chose what information or opinions they can find to suit their own positions regarding PTSD in efforts to legitimize their arguments. What is important to remember however, is that a scenario must include all facts in order to arrive at logical / realistic and unbiased conclusions. This case is one of most prominent examples of how easily ‘parts’ of a story can be manipulated for ‘evidence’ of alleged victimization / abuse or amnesia.
    As illustrated by Richard Samuel’s problematic cross-examination, case studies and patient studies are routinely manipulated or skewed by numerous errors applied incorectly by “specialists” under the guise of discovery.

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