According to CBS news, Joran van der Sloot has finally admitted that he extorted $25,000 from Natalee Holloway’s family in order to seek revenge on them. Van der Sloot was accused of murdering the American teen in Aruba in 2005. In an interview for the newspaper, De Telegraff, van der Sloot admitted he received money from the Holloways in exchange for the location of Natalee’s body. However, the location turned out to be false. Van der Sloot is currently awaiting trial in Peru on charges of first degree murder and robbery of 21-year old Stephany Flores.
This isn’t the first time that Joran van der Sloot has found himself in trouble, and it is safe to say it won’t be his last. Van der Sloot first came into the media spotlight with the 2005 Natalee Holloway disappearance. This latest admission to lying to the Holloways and the FBI is another lie in a string of them over the years. According to AOL News, van der Sloot has lied at least three different times in connection to the Holloway case. In 2005, he gave the police a statement about the last time he saw Natalee, and then changed that statement five days later. He then was caught on tape by a Dutch television station admitting to Natalee Holloway’s murder in 2006.
Van der Sloot has actually helped himself out by changing his story multiple times. He has lied about this case and is now claiming the confession he gave the Peruvian Police about the death of Stephany Flores is false too. Van Der Sloot, although painting himself as a dangerous and unstable man, has also created the persona that he is not to be believed and is a pathological liar. Therefore, in a court of law, who could believe his confession in the Flores case, just as Aruba police stopped believing his stories in 2005? Even though there is a lot of other evidence in the Stephany Flores case, his confession being thrown out could get his sentence or conviction reduced.
According to CNN, Joran van der Sloot has a history of lying even before the Natalee Holloway case. An ex-girlfriend claims that he told so many lies to her that she broke up with him because of it. All of this documented evidence of Van Der Sloot being a liar is going to work in his favor in the Flores case. The reason being van der Sloot now has many witnesses who have come forward corroborating his history of lies. Mental insanity could be a good defense in the Flores case, as van der Sloot could use his past as a pathological liar to change the time he would have to spend in the Miguel Castro Castro Prison, if convicted of first-degree murder and robbery in the Flores case, to time in a mental institution.
However, if van Der Sloot ever does get out of Peru, his reputation would forever be ruined and no one would ever believe him, nor go near him for fear of his dangerous nature, again.
Kevin Hayes, “Van der Sloot Admits to Natalee Holloway Extortion Scheme, Says Report,” CBS News.
Door John van de Heuvel en Bert Huisjes, “Joran wilde familie Holloway een hak zetten,” De Telegraff.
David Lohr, “Why Does Suspect Keep Talking in Holloway Case?” AOL News.
Rupa Mikkilineni, “Joran van der Sloot and his history of lies” CNN News.