Talk of Joran van der Sloot has been quiet lately, at least until a recent photograph of him became available to the public. Yes, Peruvian prison jailers took a photograph of Joran van der Sloot as he posed with other inmates in Miguel Castro Castro Prison, according to CNN, and Peruvian authorities are taking disciplinary action in the situation because the jailers used administrative equipment for personal use. While this is all good and fine, the whole situation leaves some questions unanswered.
Who wanted the photograph? Did the jailers want a photograph of Joran van der Sloot? Did the other inmates want a photograph of themselves with Joran van der Sloot? Did Joran van der Sloot want such a photograph? An even bigger question would be why would anyone want such a photograph? Do the jailers regard Joran van der Sloot as some kind of celebrity? Do the jailers intend to sell the photograph? Do the other inmates look upon Joran van der Sloot as someone special? Does Joran van der Sloot aim to keep himself in the public spotlight with the photograph?
What do Joran van der Sloot’s gleaming eyes and turned-up mouth say about his current state of mind? Does Joran hope to send out a message to his accusers that he still thrives? Does he want people to think that he’s okay in spite of his dire circumstances? Does he want to portray a tough-guy image? Surely, Joran van der Sloot wants to send some type of message. Why else would he allow the jailers to photograph him? No evidence from the photograph suggests that someone forced him to pose for the picture.
Even so, Joran leans outward in the photograph, away from the other inmates. Could this be due to the camera’s angle, or does Joran’s body position suggest that he regards himself as above the other inmates? Even more, how did the photograph end up released to the public? What is the importance of the photograph becoming available to the public? Isn’t Joran van der Sloot’s incarceration humiliating enough without having to advertise it with a photograph? Does the photograph tout some sort of hidden message? You decide.