Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony both captured the attention of the nation when they were each put on trial for murder. They are infamous and will go down in history as villainous and conniving women who committed two unspeakable crimes. There are many similarities between Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony and one extreme difference.

Both women are accused of killing loved ones. In June of 2008 two crimes took place. On June 8, Jodi Arias and her on again off again boyfriend Travis Alexander were having an intimate evening. There was love making and erotic photo taking and then something happened.

Jodi Arias killed her lover Travis Alexander in a brutal way, you usually only hear about on "Law and Order." Travis Alexander was stabbed more than 20-times, his throat was slashed and he was then shot in the head. After denying any involvement in the murder, then lying about masked men killing Alexander, Jodi Arias finally admitted she murdered her boyfriend, claiming self-defense.

The last time anybody saw two-year-old Caylee Anthony was on June 16, 2008. A month later on July 15, Caylee's grandmother Cindy Anthony called 911 saying it had been 30-days since she last saw her grandchild. In an utterance that would immediately point the finger at her daughter Casey, Cindy Anthony told the 911 operator her daughter's car smelled like there had been a dead body inside.

After police came to question both women about their respective cases, Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony began to string together a web of lies that would eventually unravel, branding them killers by the time the investigations were over.

The trials of Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony grabbed the attention of the nation. America not only tuned in but launched Twitter accounts and Facebook pages debating and arguing about the lives of these women as if they were talking about the latest episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."

Why is it that as a nation we collectively kept watching the exploitation of these tragedies? Dr. Carole Lieberman a psychiatrist and author of "Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets," spoke with Latin Times to try and help us understand more about America's fascination with these two women.

Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony have captured our attention because they are both 'bad girls' who crossed the line. They were charged with forbidden crimes: killing one's baby or one's boyfriend. People also tuned in because these stories were like mystery novels and we wanted to find out who-[done it].

During the Casey Anthony trial the accused's lawyer, Jose Baez suggested that Anthony's father, George sexually abused his daughter when she was a child. Many watching the trial dismissed this accusation as a trick schemed up by the defense in order to make Casey Anthony more sympathetic. Dr. Lieberman believes it could be true. If it is true it would answer a lot of questions about Casey Anthony's personality.

Dr. Lieberman's reasoning for believing Anthony's abuse story has to do with Anthony's reactions when the abuse was mentioned.

Casey's body language, including facial expressions and involuntary reddening and crying, when her father's abuse was mentioned, could not have been feigned. I have seen this reaction in patients countless times when sexual abuse is brought up.

George Anthony's body language on the stand when he was asked about the abuse indicated that he was holding back the truth. Casey's psychological make-up is typical of some women who have been sexually abused, including: her promiscuous behavior with men, her pathological lying and
her sense of entitlement to lie which stems from an early history of lying to hide family secrets, and her hostility towards her mother for not protecting her.

A red flag for Dr. Lieberman that also suggested abuse, was the attempted suicide of George Anthony. Dr. Lieberman suggests Casey's father's attempt to take his own life was not over the grief he felt for his granddaughter. Rather the doctor believes it was guilt over his actions and having not been a good father that drove the attempt.

Courtroom watchers had thought they'd seen it all in the Casey Anthony case, until this year when they were introduced to Jodi Arias.

Travis Alexander was brutally murdered in June of 2008. When questioned by police friends and family immediately suggested that investigators speak with his girlfriend Jodi Arias. They all suspected she was somehow connected to Alexander's death.

At first Arias denied having seen Alexander that night. Later as police began to push and evidence began to pile up Jodi Arias admitted to having been with Travis on the night of his death, but said she did not kill him.

Once her story about two masked intruders killing her boyfriend but leaving her alive came apart, Jodi Arias then said she had no choice but to kill Travis Alexander. Arias claimed her relationship with the deceased was violent and that Travis often beat her.

On the night of the murder Arias said she and Alexander made love, and began to take sexy photos of each other. According to Arias she dropped Alexander's new camera, which led to the victim becoming violent and ultimately Jodi Arias says she was forced to kill him.

On May 8, 2013 after months of testimony the jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder. This charge carries with it a possible death sentence. The jury that convicted Arias was not able to come up with a decision about sentencing her to death. As a result a new jury will be sworn in and on July 18 they will try and reach a decision about whether she should live or die.

Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony were both condemned in the public eye. In both cases the court of public opinion had already decided these two women were guilty. While there are similarities between these two young, attractive, women there is an important difference.

Casey Anthony, who also faced a possible death sentence if convicted was found not guilty of killing her daughter Caylee. Many felt that the justice system failed when Anthony was set free.

What were the legal difference in these two cases? Could the prosecution and the defense have done something different in both cases?

To help us better understand the defense and prosecution's tactics in each trial, Steve Raiser the President of the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County spoke with Latin Times about the two defendants and their lawyers.

To begin both Dr. Lieberman and Mr. Raiser agree that one of the reasons these two women captured America's attention is because they are young and attractive.

When asked his opinion about why he believes Casey Anthony was set free and Jodi Arias was convicted Mr. Raiser said,

[The] Casey Anthony case was circumstantial. There were no eyewitnesses that could definitively say that she caused the death of her child. Jodi Arias on the other hand eventually admitted to killing the victim. She then tried to make a self-defense argument which failed due to the brutal nature of the crime.

It seems that in the Anthony case the prosecution tried to do too much. They promised the jury that they could prove how the child was killed. When they failed to do that the jury felt they failed to prove their case. Instead the prosecution should have promised to prove only that she killed her daughter, not how she killed her. The tape across her the child's mouth should have been used to show the death was not accidental instead of trying to show that the tape across the mouth was proof of exactly how the child was killed. They promised too much to the jury and did not deliver.

In contrast Mr. Raiser explained that the defense in the Jodi Arias case could not have done much to help Arias because Alexander's murder was brutal and there was evidence he was alive during and suffered through the attack.

Testimony from the medical examiners [prove] that [Travis Alexander] was still alive and suffering through a lot of the injuries.

Another difference between Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias is that Anthony kept herself away from the media and the cameras as best she could during the trial. After the trial Anthony posted video blogs to YouTube talking about the direction her life was going, never mentioning her daughter. To this day she has never conducted an in person interview with the press.

Jodi Arias on the other hand placed herself in front of the cameras as often as she could.

Jodi Arias relished being in front of the cameras. It seemed as though she was starring in her own TV show. Similar to Casey Anthony a lot of Jodi Arias' actions were called into question. Actions like doing yoga in the interview room and posing with a smile for her mug shot.

After Jodi Arias was found guilty she was back on camera again speaking to a reporter. She shocked trial watchers when she said she wanted the death penalty and hoped her sentence would be carried out sooner rather than later.

Arias later changed her mind about wanting the death penalty. She asked jurors to spare her life in order to save her family from going through any more pain.

The Casey Anthony trial may be over but the public's fascination with her might not end. Recently she was back in court agreeing to pay $25,000 in order to get creditors and a defamation lawsuit settled. While Anthony was lying to police about her daughter being kidnapped she fingered a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez.

Anthony said Gonzalez was Caylee's nanny and that she had taken the child. Gonzalez has said on many occasions she never met Casey or Caylee, but none the less received death threats as a result of the accusation.

The meter reader that found the remains of Caylee Anthony was also suing after he was accused by the defense of having killed Caylee.

Jodi Arias is not likely to leave the public eye any time soon as well. If she gets life in prison there will be protests saying she got off easy. If she is sentenced to death there will no doubt be coverage of the appeals process and once that has been exhausted there will be coverage years down the line awaiting word of her execution.

As a nation we focus on these trials, they capture our attention. We launch debates about the evidence, the character of the accused and the victims and we gab about it at the water cooler the next day. Often times we become so engrossed with these trials they become entertainment and not news. As a result we forget that the drama unfolding on our TV was not thought up by a producer but is the tragic events of people's real lives.