Joran van der Sloot admitted to the Natalee Holloway extortion scheme, and the reason he gives for doing this is unbelievable. He did it to get back at the Holloway family, according to CBS News.
Van der Sloot has tormented the family of Natalee Holloway by telling them he knows where Natalee’s body is buried, and if the Holloway family paid him money, he would disclose the location.
When van der Sloot contacted the Holloway family with this extortion demand, they called the FBI. With the FBI as a witness, the family did wire van der Sloot a down payment of $10,000, with the remaining of the $25,000 asking price wired to his bank account in the Netherlands.
This young man had already caused enough heartache to his family with his on- and off-again confessions about killing Natalee Holloway; apparently this was not enough, and he went on to take them for money. He knew from the beginning he would not tell the family where her body was buried, but he continued on with the plan.
Is this kid the product of an entitled upbringing, always getting his way? We do know that his late father stood by him through his trial in the Holloway case. His own mother made the public declaration that he “was sick in the head,” according to CBS News. How did he become “sick in the head”? He appears to go after what he wants no matter who he takes down while getting there. Van der Sloot gave no thought to the lives he was playing with when he promised to disclose the location of Holloway’s body; he just set his sights on the money.
Van der Sloot used that money to go to Peru and, before the authorities could get the extortion case together and ask the Peruvian authorities for an assist in the arrest and help with an extradite to the US, Van der Sloot was arrested on murder charges in Peru. He is accused of the brutal murder of Stephanie Flores, the 21-year-old girl found dead in his hotel room in Peru.
The tragedy of this case is not only for the Holloway family, but now also for a family in Peru. Van der Sloot told a Dutch Newspaper that he did extort the money from the Holloway family because “her (Natalie) parents have been making my life tough for five years”.
It is sadly ironic that a scheme to set up van der Sloot in an extortion case to find the body of one missing young woman provides the funds for him to get to another location where he allegedly murders another young girl.
There is no one to blame for all of this but van der Sloot himself. He did not provide the location for Holloway’s body as he promised, and he knew this the day he made the promise, according to what he said to the Dutch reporter. Instead he went to Peru with the money, where another young girl allegedly died at this hands, according to CBS News.
Van der Sloot admitting to the extortion scheme is not news; most anyone who knew anything about the case would not have thought any differently about this. It appears this young man does not have the respect for human life and for family love that most human beings possess. He felt that the Holloway family “was making his life tough”?
He appears to not possess the ability to take others’ feelings into consideration. He seems to lack empathy, which is the ability to put yourself in another person’s place to gain an understanding on what they are feeling. Empathy is different than sympathy.
Most serial killers lack empathy, according to the website Trope. This is also known as Antisocial Personality Disorder. An act of hurting another human being, whether it be an emotional hurt, much like promising to let the Holloways collect their daughter’s body to bring her home, or physically, such as murder, would lay heavily on most people’s conscience.
Someone who has an antisocial personality is missing empathy. The hurtful deed does not have a residual effect on someone who lacks this. He is able to carry on with life without being filled with guilt over horrific acts.
It is not known completely how someone becomes this way. It is most likely something a person is born with, evident in the studies of the siblings of serial killers. It is theorized that genetics does play a part, but something happens along the way to bring it to full bloom. Looking back into a serial killer’s childhood, there are usually signs. The signs are blatant, such as animal cruelty and lack of friendships, along with others, that seem to be present in most antisocial personality types, according to Killer Minds and Methods.
It is all about how this ordeal is affecting van der Sloot when he says the “Holloways have made his life tough in the last five years.” There is no thought about how he might have affected their lives in the last five years.
Reference: CBS NewsCBS NewsTropeKiller Minds and Methods