Last night Joran Van der Sloot’s mother, Anita, sat down for an interview with Dutch television RTL to tell her experiences.
Joran Van der Sloot
Joran was only two years old when they moved to the tropical island of Aruba because of a job for his father Paulus Van der Sloot. There, he grew up as one of three boys. He loved playing soccer and tennis. Anita Van der Sloot talks about how Joran was very distraught when his first love broke up with him and that he just couldn’t handle it.
Natalee Holloway, the 5 years since
According to Anita Van der Sloot, her husband Paul was an upstanding, honest man. She talks about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway saying “Everybody thought that he had something to do with it but if Joran really were guilty of Natalee’s disappearance, Paul would have turned him in himself. That’s the sort of man my husband was.” Paul Van der Sloot had been accused of helping cover up evidence and/or paying off officials.
She remembers the time after Natalee’s disappearance seeing posters everywhere on the island “…my first thought was that she’d just run away because of family problems. She just wanted to disappear. I thought it was just awful. I tried to speak with her mother. I wanted to put an arm around her and give her a hug but they had already tried and convicted us. They literally said, ‘We’re going to ruin your family’. That was very difficult.”
Anita Van der Sloot still has confidence in Joran’s innocence in the Holloway case despite doubts that sometimes hurt. She said that “the Joran I know would never lift a finger to a woman. A man, yes…The media says he is a murderer, rapist, monster, but that is not the Joran I know. A liar, yes. A gambler who would steal money, yes. But not a murderer or rapist…”
The Holloway case has changed him she claims. Joran blames himself for the early death of his father who died in February, 2010 of a heart attack according to Mrs. Van der Sloot “That’s when his depression started. It was an extremely traumatic experience for him and I think that Joran is actually a psychiatric patient.” After Paul’s death, Joran supposedly saw a psychologist in Aruba who confirmed that he was traumatized. She is now convinced Joran is mentally ill and needs treatment, not only for gambling problems but for a personality disorder.
Anita Van der Sloot had arranged for him to be admitted into a psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands. Joran Van der Sloot had initially agreed to be admitted but two days before he was due to leave for the Netherlands he fled to Peru leaving her only a note.
She was angry after reading the note, ‘Mommy, I love you but I don’t want to go to the Netherlands. I’m invited to gamble in Peru and I can make money there and I want to stay there. Just far away. Nobody knows me there. I want to think what I want to do with my life.” Anita says he may have been lured there. She knew nothing of the alleged extortion case at the time.
“He didn’t want to listen to his parents. He didn’t listen to me, this last time. I tried to do my best. I don’t think I could have done more.” Mrs. Van der Sloot adds that it’s hard to “cut the umbilical cord. It’s hard to let go completely. You always have a spark of hope that things will turn around.”
She stated that she believed in karma and that she always told Joran that he had bad karma and attracted certain problems for himself. Now she is sad about all the pain and trouble Joran has caused the Van der Sloot family.
“He’s considered an adult right now. He has to do whatever he needs to do, and that is to tell the truth about what happened.”
“I think that part of me still wants to think that this is all just a bad movie, but I immediately thought of the girl’s (Stephany Flores) parents.”
“If they prove that he did murder that girl, then they will have to do what they have to do… I won’t visit him in jail. I would have no reason to do so.”
Anita Van der Sloot feels like she, too has lost a child. She worries for Joran’s safety. There’s so much corruption there, Joran is so naive, he might do something stupid like allowing someone to get close to him or trusting the guards. Next thing you know, he’ll be found hanging in his cell and they will claim it was suicide.”
Joran Van der Sloots Girlfriend Talking
Anita Van der Sloot: My son is sick in the head
Joran Van der Sloot: I was framed