Dateline | March 01, 2013
>>> june 9, 2008 . travis alexander's bachelor pad was now a crime scene. an autopsy revealed travis had been stabbed 27 times. his throat was slit from ear to ear and he'd been shot in the face. by the state of travis ' body police knew he'd been killed days before. by the cuts on his hands, detectives believe travis had his hands up and was trying to defend himself. stains on the wall and floor led them to believe travis was killed outside the bathroom.
>> whoever killed him brought him back into the shower?
>> it appears like someone flooded the ground and was able to use that water to drag him back, stuff him in the shower and then wash off the floor, threw the towels and dirty things in the washing machine .
>> they took time to clean up afterward.
>> they definitely took time to clean up.
>> the clean up was far from thorough. investigators found blood and hair from someone else and a bloody handprint on the wall and didn't find the gun or knife, but along with all of the towels they found something in the washing machine that would turn out to be very significant. a camera.
>> when police first examined the camera, were there photographs on it?
>> there were normal photographs of travis going about his business, taking photos of himself on the bike.
>> police realized some photos were missing and images had been deleted. had the killer destroyed evidence of travis ' murder or could the water-logged camera somehow unlock that mystery? it would take time to find out. what took somewhat less time was the speed at which travis ' friends arrived at a suspect.
>> and the first thing i did when i got there and police got there was showed them a picture of jodi and i said you need to find out where she's at.
>> she was in yreka, california. detectives went there to interview her.
>> i have to ask you some questions and you can voluntarily answer them if you want.
>> jodi is amazingly calm and poised for a woman with no criminal record who is suddenly facing a homicide detective . watch as the detective hones in on where she was during the time travis alexander was killed when jodi went to see her new beau in salt lake city .
>> jodi told a story of a meandering road trip in which she got lost and slept in her car, what should have taken 11 hours took nearly 48.
>> i looked at a map and i'm pretty sure i know where i went. can i draw it out? 3 f2 hecho otra cosa.
>> jodi doesn't miss a beat in this back and forth. her friend abe says her composure is no coincidence. he says that what jodi is doing is straight from the pre-paid legal handbook where it explains the art of the interview.
>> she got good at communicating. she got good at making her point and, you know, speaking succinctly and she does a lot of nodding like she's trying to close you.
>> maybe jodi arias was trying to close this deal, but she was facing a seasoned homicide detective who knew a few things, too. by now he had the forensic report. the hair, the blood, and even the bloody handprint all came from jodi arias. did that news crack jodi 's composure? it did not.
>> she had spent a lot of time at travis ' house, she explained, leaving hair behind. she'd cut her hand on a broken glass once and that explains the blood, but the detective wasn't finished. this photographer was about to be undone by her own photographs.
>> it turns out the computer forensic team at mesa p.d. was able to restore the deleted images. those pictures would play a critical role in the case. they proved to be revealing in all ways. they showed jodi and travis clearly intimate, naked and each, apparently photographed by the other.
>> april? the photos were date stamped june 4th , the day before jodi showed up in salt lake city . the day travis stopped returning phone calls, and there were more recovered photos. travis in his shower. he seems to be posing for the camera.
>> i know you took pictures of him in the shower just before he died.
>> i don't think he would allow that.
>> and here is where jodi arias first seems a bit rattled because there were still more images recovered from that broken camera. pictures even she couldn't explain. more than a