Police: Joran van der Sloot confessed to killing in Peru!

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(AP)

(AP)

The Associated Press is reporting that Joran van der Sloot has confessed to killing the young Puruvian woman in his hotel room. (Apparently Peru is better at interrogations than Aruba!)

From the AP story posted at 9:17 a.m.:

“LIMA, Peru — Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of a U.S. teen in Aruba, has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room, a police spokesman said.

“The broadcaster America Television reported that Van der Sloot killed Flores in a rage after learning she had looked up information about his past on his laptop. It said it had access to details of the confession but did not cite its source.”

“Peru’s chief police spokesman, Col. Abel Gamarra, told The Associated Press that Van der Sloot admitted under police questioning Monday that he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30. …”

“Van der Sloot’s confession came on his third full day in Peruvian police custody, on the eve of a planned trip to the hotel in which he was to participate in a reconstruction of the events leading to Flores’ slaying, Gamarra said.”

“Gamarra said the case would now be turned over to prosecutors to present formal charges and Van der Sloot will be assigned to a prison while he awaits trial. Murder convictions carry a maximum of 35 years in prison in Peru and it was not immediately clear if a confession could lead to a reduced sentence. …”

“Holloway’s father told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that Van der Sloot should tell all he knows about the disappearance of his daughter.”

” ‘He confessed to this one … I would like for him to tell everyone what happened’  in the earlier case, Dave Holloway said. ‘Hopefully this is his last victim.’ ”

“A fixture on true crime shows and in tabloids after Holloway’s disappearance, he gained a reputation for lying — even admitting a penchant for it — and also exhibited a volatile temper. In one Dutch television interview he threw a glass of wine in a reporter’s eyes. In another, he smashed a glass of water against a wall in a fury.”

“The 6-foot-3 (191-centimeter) -tall Van der Sloot had been held at Peruvian criminal police headquarters since arriving Saturday in a police convoy from Chile, where he was captured on Thursday. …”

“Flores, a business student, was found beaten to death, her neck broken, in the 22-year-old Dutchman’s hotel room. Police said the two met playing poker at a casino.”

“Video from hotel security cameras shows the two entering Van der Sloot’s hotel room together at 5 a.m. Saturday and Van der Sloot leaving alone four hours later with his bags. Police say Van der Sloot also left the hotel briefly at 8:10 a.m. and returned with two cups of coffee and bread purchased across the street at a supermarket.”

Pay special attention to this quote. Here’s the difference between five years ago and now:

“The suspect’s father, a former judge and attorney on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, died in February. Van der Sloot has two brothers.”

So what do you think about his confession? Should Natalee Holloway’s parents feel better now?

33 comments Add your comment

Michelle

June 8th, 2010
10:34 am

I don’t think anything will make Natalie’s parents feel better. Theie daughter is likely dead. Will they be glad to see him rot in a jail, probably!

I definitely think the death of his father made it much easier for them to catch, detain and charge him. Perhaps now (without protection and influence from dear old dad) they can find out once and for all what happened to Natalie.

Mags

June 8th, 2010
10:46 am

His confession will not take the loss from Natalie’s parents, however, seeing him behind bars will lessen their angst a notch by knowing he isn’t prowling free. Hopefully, if it is possible for psychopaths to “man up”, he will do this. God Bless Peru!

chris

June 8th, 2010
10:49 am

Why is your article so biased? What about Beth profiting over 100$ million Dollars after Natalee’s disappearance? What do you have to say about that? You’re probably going to say:”oh yes, her daughter is missing so she deserves the money”. Ofcourse not! The money donated to her was to search for Natalee! Not to use it for her beach-house, facelift and cars. Think about how cruel of a person Beth is by making money off the disappearance of Natalee!

Patricia

June 8th, 2010
10:52 am

I have watched him with interest since Natalee went missing.
Prime example of spoiled little rich boy, protected at every turn in his young life.
What the van der Sloots have put the Holloways through, is unforgiveable.

It does make me wonder if there’s not more victims out there.
Girls that came from poor families that simply “disappeared”.

A prison sentence in Peru is certainly worse than the death sentence.
Imagine going from his pampered life to that.

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JJ

June 8th, 2010
10:55 am

He is so creepy looking…..he has NO remorse, no feelings, nothing. He is a sociopath like Ted Bundy……that picture says it all.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 8th, 2010
11:04 am

Is it just me, or does the media only care about nice looking white, blond girls who get killed? Or is it just that the sensationalism is too bright of a light for media moths to not gravitate to?

Here in CO, the Ramsey girl gets killed and it’s national, a couple years later in Denver a black girl the exact age of the Ramsey girl is killed under mysterious circumstances in a lower socio economic circle, and the big story about it is the hypocrisy of why it didn’t go national too, not the tragedy of her death.

Van der Sloot confesses to the murder of a latina, and what the media cares about is how this affects the Holloway family and how they feel. Not even one mention of the grief and sorrow the parents of Stephany Flores must feel right now. In TWG’s solicitation of opinions about this topic there’s not even a gesture of sympathy (sincere or fake) for this latest victim and her family, but rather, should this provide some kind of solace to the Holloways. I guess in some way, they’ve suffered more than the Flores.

I’m not a big “the media is racially motivated” activist…but I swear, sometimes I do see where they’re coming from.

YUKI

June 8th, 2010
11:04 am

What a creep. I’m sure this latest young woman’s family is sick to death knowing if they would have put this basta*& away after the first time this might not have happened to their daughter. He lied from the beginning. Not that lying makes you a murderer but just reading the stories made me suspect he was guilty. Now, we know he is capable of rage and killing. Those poor girls. Makes me sick to my stomach. Yes, they did go with him, BLAH BLAH BLAH but back in my college days I would have been drinking and might have been in the same situation thinking nothing could happen to me. I just got lucky, and these girls did not. I hope he rots in prison or worse.

TechMom

June 8th, 2010
11:36 am

His father being dead is the first thing I thought about too… there’s no one to protect this sleeze ball now and I’ll bet he never hears from his brothers again. They’re probably just as happy to see him get his due justice as the rest of us.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 8th, 2010
11:57 am

Tiger — I am very sympathetic to the current victim. I’m sorry if that wasn’t expressed. As a mother and I’m sure for any fathers, the pain of losing a child would be terrible. I am glad for this family that knowing what happened to their daughter wasn’t dragged out over five years.

I wonder like an earlier poster, how many other possible victims there are out there where the families couldn’t mount a search.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 8th, 2010
11:57 am

Yuki – so true about what if he had been tried (sp) and convicted on Aruba –

DB

June 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

It’s just sad all around. I think that if I was Natalee’s parents, this would just re-open old, painful wounds with fury that another family had to go through losing a child under such tragic circumstances.

Rest in peace, Natalee and Stephany. And Joran, I hope God forgives you — because I know I never could.

Becky

June 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

I fell sorry for both families, I can’t even imagine what they are going thru..Like others, I feel like this man (or whatever)was so used to being protected by his Dad, that he never gave any thought to his ugly ways..

I hope that both families can (maybe) find some peace in him being in jail..Even if he didn’t actually kill (?) Natalee, I think he had something to do with her missing body, therfore, I hope that this is his OJ moment.

Lori

June 8th, 2010
12:13 pm

Very interesting. I didn’t know his father was in that position in Aruba. Makes sense now why everything was so hinky with that case, even with his many conflicting confessions. The whole thing is sick. I think his either killed Holloway or at least got rid of her body. Why else would he have killed the other girl. Sad that the max penalty is 35 years, because he is still young so he’ll eventually get out of prison. He deserves much worse.

srh

June 8th, 2010
12:22 pm

Tiger makes a valid point. Of all the people who get kidnapped and/or murdered, we only hear of the white ones. During the Lacey Peterson case, there were at least 3 other pregnant women in the San Francisco area that vanished. We never heard of any of them, as they were Latina or Black. Same thing with Maddie (the child in Portugal). There have been thousands of child abductions, the media is transfixed on this little girl. While I don’t doubt that Natalie’s mom has mourned the awful loss of her daughter, she and Lacey’s mom have made a tremendous amount of money in books, movies and media events. Why are their lives more important than some of the others? There is also so little talk of why Natalie would have even gone off with a stranger and was drinking at her age. I am not implying that she deserves any this, buts he did behave recklessly. I also agree that Teresa focuses only on Natalie, and not Stephany. I am a white woman, but do feel that there is extreme bias in the media. Had Natalie been Black, the focus, if any were given at all, would certainly have been on her teenage drinking and possible promiscuity.

srh

June 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

she behaved recklessly, not “he”

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 8th, 2010
12:27 pm

@TWG….an apology isn’t necessary. I wasn’t opining on you, per se, but rather you and your journalist ilk. Part of me doesn’t even blame journalists for highlighting the most sensationalistic parts of any story, because I have this feeling that the pushback from the media will be, “well, that’s the part of the story that sells papers, so the consumer basically tells us what to focus on.” And that’s a valid point.

Part of me wishes that there were still journalists who focused on the important issues instead of the sensational ones, and that there was a market of consumers who cared enough to keep those journalists employed. In the age of Fox News vs MSNBC, O’Reilly – Rush – Beck vs. Franken – Oberman, I’m beginning to think there never was a golden age of journalistic virtues.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 8th, 2010
12:31 pm

@TWG…and I do believe you that you feel for the family of Stefany Flores….but I also believe that the STORY here for most of media outlets is Natalee Holloway and Van Der Sloot, not Flores.

Photius

June 8th, 2010
1:02 pm

5 US Soldiers were killed yesterday in Afghanistan effecting parents… Yet the author of this blog is typical of America – let’s focus on the killer of the pretty white girl because its popular. Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow may not come. Ostrich syndrom.

lmno

June 8th, 2010
1:27 pm

Is it really that hard for the parents on this blog to understand that his father probably really believed his son’s innocence?

What if your son is accused of this? We always wonder, what if something terrible happens to my child, but what if your child does something terrible? How do you deal with that?

And Nancy Grace is the worst person ever.

Jeff

June 8th, 2010
1:28 pm

I can’t say I understand what the Holloway’s are going through because that would be unfair to them. But I hope they fry that punk.

Michelle

June 8th, 2010
1:37 pm

lmno-trust me, there are LOTS of parents who know their children are wrong, but still choose to bail them out and cover up for them! They think they are protecting their children…

cld

June 8th, 2010
1:50 pm

I’d forgotten about his father’s position in Aruba, but now I remember how that played a role in everything that happened five years ago . . . I remember believing he was involved, but that his father was standing in the way.

Didn’t he once confess to being involved in Natalee’s disappearance and then retract it? Or am I confusing another story?

I do believe the Peruvian police probably are more harsh in interrogations. I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of an interrogation in any Latin American nation – guilty or innocent! So while I do believe he’s guilty, I also wonder about the methods used by Peruvian police.

I also believe there probably have been other victims. What’s the chance he only did this twice, and both stories made headlines? There probably are other victims.

Becky

June 8th, 2010
2:01 pm

@Imno..Yes, there (probably) are plenty of us on here that always want to believe in our own childs innocence..Some with very good cause, some not..But this young man confessed that he was involved in Natalee’s body missing..BIG difference..Don’t you also think it’s strange that he’s been involved with one young girl that is presumed dead and one that is dead? How often does that happen in one persons life?

mom2alex&max

June 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

To Imno: I wouldn’t want to spit upwards, but I would like to think that I am not raising sociopaths.

HB

June 8th, 2010
5:56 pm

While I agree with Tiger that crimes on middle-class white women tend to get disproportionate attention, the coverage I’ve seen this week, including the full AP article, have given significant attention to Stephany Flores and her family as well. This post has been more Holloway-focused tham most of what I’ve seen (not trying to pile on Theresa, and I know she didn’t mean to focus only on the one family, it’s just what I’ve observed).

I don’t think the death of Judge van der Sloot makes much of a difference here. Flores’ father said earlier this week that Peru won’t let him get away like Aruba did, and he’s right. Peru never would have cared about his father’s position or tiptoed around the family as Aruban officials did. It probably didn’t help either that Natalie Holloway was American and the suspects were Dutch/Aruban. If still alive, his father would have little pull outside of Dutch territories, especially, I believe, because this victim was a citizen of the country where the crime was committed. Peruvian officials would never have had any reason to tread lightly around this guy.

shaggy

June 9th, 2010
7:21 am

One ray of sunshine in this story, is the Peruvian prison system. Jerk’ran has definately hit the big time there. It is one of the nastiest, harshest, toughest, most deadly prison systems on the planet. A gringo placed there for killing a peruvian beauty will surely pay the toughest price going. Pay as you go there, for maggoted meat, moldy bread, and protection from being punked by Juan. Those thugs just don’t care. Have fun you psychopathic loser. Your privileged family that has always protected little Jerk’ran, will pay through the nose. The extortionists in those mean prisons will know that the stupid, euro-trash family will pay for their little innocent Jerk’ran.
When that karma wheel turns, it can be one cold ride.

theresa

June 9th, 2010
8:38 am

my new topic didn’t pop up. I’m at the orthodontist with rose. I will fix asap. Sorry guys.

Lori

June 9th, 2010
8:49 am

Why does everything turn into a racial discussion? And why does it always seem to be the “anti-white” crowd that speaks up first?

JJ

June 9th, 2010
8:59 am

Because they are the ones that keep racism alive.

catlady

June 9th, 2010
9:56 am

Let the Peruvian authorities “question” him about Miss Holloway, and I bet you would get some answers! Or the Israelis!

srh

June 9th, 2010
12:37 pm

@ lori and JJ. Do you really not realize that preferential treatment is given to pretty white children in these cases? Have you even seen that kind of publicity for any other type of child? You are incredibly naive. Other pregnant women have disappeared during the same timeframe as Lavey Peterson, from the same area, and we never heard a peep from the media. Same with Natalie – lots of girls disappear during vacations – it is terrible. Unless you are considered “newsworthy” the media does not care. Period.

Asian Al Gore

June 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

They need to frush Van Der Sroot down the roo or how you say in America, toiret. Van Der Sroot is terribre and a riar.