Joran Van der Sloot has recanted his confession to killing Stephany Flores in Peru. According to CBS News, Van der Sloot has said he confessed because he was confused and intimidated, and believed he would be returned home to the Netherlands if he talked. In a prison cell interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Van der Sloot stated:
“I was very scared and confused during the interrogations and wanted to get away. In my blind panic, I signed everything, but didn’t even know what it said.” Van der Sloot’s lawyer, Maximo Altez, is insisting the confession is invalid because Van der Sloot had only a state-appointed defense lawyer present.
Van der Sloot Racking Up Crimes
This is not the first time Van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young woman and then recanting. Van der Sloot confessed to involvement in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Holloway was last seen leaving an Aruban bar with Van der Sloot. He also later recanted that confession, and made excuses for that admission by saying he was high on drugs.
FOX News is reporting that he is still the prime suspect in the Holloway case, and has said he is ready to talk to Aruban authorities, but only in Aruba. But, Van der Sloot’s latest ploy has not worked, and he remains in a jail cell in Peru. The president of Peru, Alan Garcia, has vowed that Van der Sloot will stand trial Flores’ death before extradition. If convicted, he could spend 15 to 35 years in prison in Peru. Van der Sloot is also wanted by the FBI for attempting to extort money from the Holloway family.
Stephany Flores Killing Especially Violent
The Associated Press is reporting that Van der Sloot’s confession reveals that the killing of Stephany Flores was brutal. Van der Sloot met Flores on May 30 while playing poker in Lima. According to transcripts released to the press, Van der Sloot admitted he “elbowed the young woman in the nose, strangled her with both hands, threw her to the floor, took off his bloodied shirt and asphyxiated her.” He then went out for coffee, stole Flores’ car and fled Peru. His reason for killing Flores? According to Van der Sloot, she had been looking at his laptop computer. Peruvian authorities have described Van der Sloot’s confession as “remarkably detailed and complete.”
Now, he has recanted that confession, and is refusing to speak to Peruvian Superior Court Judge Carlos Morales. Morales visited Van der Sloot in his cell at a maximum security prison in Lima. Van der Sloot has been held there since being charged with the murder of Flores. There are many who don’t think the Flores killing is a random act, pointing to the fact that she was slain five years to the day that Natalee Holloway disappeared. Is Van der Sloot a serial killer? Was the Flores killing done as a “remembrance” of Holloway? Is Van der Sloot a psychopath? These are the questions that seem to keep surrounding and baffling this case.
No One Left to Protect Van der Sloot
Unfortunately for Van der Sloot, Peru isn’t Aruba, and his family name and late father’s influence won’t help him there. Van der Sloot’s father was an influential judge in Aruba. In the Holloway case, Aruban authorities faced many obstacles because of who Van der Sloot was and the influence his father wielded. This won’t be the case in Peru.
According to Fox News, the case against Van der Sloot is pretty much a done-deal. Video footage from a hotel camera shows Van der Sloot and Flores entering his hotel room together. A few hours later, video shows Van der Sloot leaving the room alone. No one else is seen entering the room. Sometime later, Flores was found murdered.
Van der Sloot’s Mother Says He’s Sick
Even Joran Van der Sloot’s mother has deserted him. MSNBC is reporting that Anita Van der Sloot has not visited her son in prison, nor does she have any plans to do so. She has made several statements to the press that she believes her son is sick and needs help. She would like to see him hospitalized, not imprisoned. That is unlikely, given the gravity of the crime he’s charged with. She believes her son’s mental illness was brought on by the stress of the Holloway case. She blames herself and her late husband for failing to get Van der Sloot help after the Holloway disappearance. Instead of getting their son therapy, the Van der Sloot’s sent him to school in the Netherlands.
Many questions remain surrounding Joran Van der Sloot. While it seems Peruvian authorities have a pretty solid case against him, he has evaded prison before. Will he do it again? What does all this mean for the Holloway case? Will Van der Sloot finally reveal some accurate information regarding Natalee’s whereabouts? Is Van der Sloot a psychopath, or was he driven to kill out of mental illness?
No trial date has been set, but there is a hearing scheduled later this week. Van der Sloot will be required to give a statement at the hearing.