Travis Alexander home becomes tourist attraction
The family who now lives in the home where Jodi Arias killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander is treated to a constant stream of unwanted visitors who drive past the home because of their morbid fascination about the case.
Travis Alexander’s home was sold in foreclosure in 2009, the year after he was stabbed nearly 30 times and shot by Jodi Arias.
“I was a little nervous about it. My husband, though, it didn’t bother him. He said, <<This is a good deal. It’s a beautiful home. It’s in a great school district>>,” the homeowner told USA Today.
“When we signed the papers, we didn’t realize this was going to be that big of a case.”
The couple and their three sons, who are not releasing their name, have had to adapt to a lurid following of people from mostly outside of Arizona who have become enthralled with the case.
The murder trial, which began on January 2, 2013, is just now beginning to wind down with the closing arguments expected later this week.
That said, the jury could deliberate for weeks, causing the spectacle around the murder- and in turn, this home- to continue for many.
“A lot of people came by the house on their spring break – it was really bad with people showing up around that time,” the homeowner said to USA Today.
“There was a lady who drove up from Casa Grande and said she wanted to talk to me so she could get <<closure>>.”
The family that bought the home did so after seeing more than 150 others in their search, including a number of vandalized abandoned homes.
As such, it came as little surprise when parts of the carpet were missing along with faucets and the shower.
At the time, the family didn’t realized that they had been collected as evidence by investigators trying to piece together who had stabbed Travis Alexander, and left his dead body in his shower for five days before anyone called the police.
That said, the murder kept the price of the home down meaning that the family paid $206,000 for it in 2009, as compared to the $250,000 that Travis Alexander had paid for it in 2004.
The family’s offer on the house was accepted before they learned about the murder, but they still decided to go ahead with the deal once they were informed by the realtor and read up on the circumstances of the 30-year-old’s death.
The family’s three boys- and massive redesign inside the home- now reportedly give it a “cozy” feel, and while the homeowner will not release photos of the new decorating scheme, she says it looks nothing like the crime scene photos presented to the jury (and the public) during the lengthy trial.
The case has reignited interest in the case and now the family has to deal with a steady stream of self-guided tours.
“We’ve had people pull in our driveway and stop and park and get their cell phones out and take pictures of the house,” the homeowner told CNN.
“I am hoping that once this trial is over this can kind of become our home instead of Jodi Arias’ home or Travis Alexander’s old home.”