Jodi Arias' Former Cellmate Reveals Tattoos Given to Her by Arizona Killer
Arias was convicted of murder in the gruesome death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, 10 years ago.
Jodi Arias’ former cellmate is revealing what it was to be confined behind bars with Jodi Arias, the Arizona woman who killed her boyfriend in a bloody rampage 10 years ago, calling her "a sociopath" who gave her several tattoos while they were imprisoned together.
Arias is serving a life sentence in the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, who she stabbed 27 times and then shot back in 2008.
Tracy Brown was Arias’ cellmate for five months but has a permanent reminder of the killer in the form of six tattoos, all personally inked by Arias.
One of the tattoos even has Arias’ name on it. She admitted that having Arias' name scrawled on her ankle is "the biggest mistake I ever made."
She showed Inside Edition how Arias used pencil lead, mascara and a makeshift needle to tattoo other inmates.
Brown said drawing tattoos was how Arias made extra money in jail along with sales of her original artwork. Brown also has several of Arias’ hand-drawn pieces.
The ex-cellmate says Arias flirted with correctional officers, which was how she was able to keep the prohibited equipment she needed to make her tattoos
“There were a couple of officers — she would flirt with or play with her hair with — and they would go in find that tattoo equipment, and they would leave it alone," Brown claimed.
Brown also revealed that Arias explained how she committed the murder.
Tracy Brown says that while she and Arias were cellmates at Estrella Jail in Arizona, she confessed to killing Alexander, but claims he was not the intended target.
"She went there hoping to find this other woman and kill her because she took her place," Brown said.
Before his murder, Alexander had been dating Lisa Daidone, but continued to secretly have sex with Arias.
Brown says Arias confessed during a quiet moment in their cell.
“I was just watching her and she kind of goes down to her knees on the floor and I was looking at her and I said, 'What are you talking about?' And she started crying, just a couple of tears coming out of her eyes, then it was done,” Brown said.
Brown says Arias also admitted to stalking her ex-boyfriend while hiding in his backyard.
“She said she would lie awake in bushes and watch him and if she was caught, she would say she was there looking for her Social Security card,” Brown claimed.
The ex-cellmate also claims that Arias has a troubled relationship with her parents, despite having their support during her trial and appeal.
“She was so mean to her mom coming all the way from California to Arizona,” Brown said. “It's a long trip. There are times she would deny their visits because she [wanted] to visit with a guy that she is manipulating."
The friendship between the two ex-cellmates continued for a time even after Brown’s release, as they would write to each other.
But after she was dealt a life sentence in 2015, Arias was transferred to a state prison and abruptly cut off all communication.
“She will use you to get what she wants, then when she is done with you, she will throw you away," Brown claimed.
Arias is appealing her conviction. Earlier this month, her attorneys asked a judge to keep her opening brief in the appeal under seal.
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