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Who is the real Travis Alexander?

  • Jodi Arias is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in the face, stabbing him and slitting his throat
  • Arias says she killed him in self-defense
  • Alexander, a Mormon, is being painted by the defense as controlling & abusive -- was he?

Travis Alexander's friends and family say he was a fun-loving guy who was always there for the people in his life, but Jodi Arias' attorneys say, behind closed doors, he was controlling and abusive.

So, who was the real Travis Alexander?

Both of Alexander’s parents were drug addicts and neglected him and his siblings. On his blog, he wrote about how his parents would get high and then sleep for days and there would be no food in the house.

Eventually, Alexander and his siblings went to live with their grandmother. She introduced them to the Mormon religion, and it became an important part of Alexander’s life.

On his blog, Alexander wrote about his religious values and what he was looking for in a wife.

"… I have learned a lot about what matters most to me in finding a wife… Spirituality, mutual physical attraction, the ability to communicate effectively, wants children, etc.”

While Travis wrote about striving to live a life of Mormon values, there's evidence that he struggled with that goal.

While the Mormon church teaches that pre-marital sex is a sin, Alexander did have a sexual relationship with Arias.

Despite the revelation of how his actions contradicted his ideals, Alexander’s friends still believe he was a good person.

“This isn’t a trial about how good of a Mormon he was,” Danny Jones, Alexander’s friend, told HLN’s Nancy Grace. “[Alexander is] a human being. He’s not perfect… during this season of his life, temptation got the best of him.”

Watch the video to see In Session host Vinnie Politan take a look at Alexander’s past to get a better understanding of who he was.

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