Joran Van Der Sloot’s mother believes he is mentally ill. Anita Van Der Sloot told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in the first interview she has granted since her son’s latest arrest that she thought her so was “sick in his head.” In fact, before he took off for Peru, she maintains that he had been scheduled for psychiatric treatment.
Anita Van Der Sloot told De Telegraaf Sunday, “My son is sick in his head.”
Van Der Sloot’s comments come in the wake of Joran Van Der Sloot’s confession to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez in a Lima, Peru, hotel room on May 30 — five years to the day after Natalee Holloway went missing. Van Der Sloot has also told Peruvian authorities he has information about Holloway’s disappearance. The Dutchman has long been suspected of having something to do with the disappearance and possibly the death of the Alabama teenager. He insisted he would only divulge the information to Aruban authorities.
Anita Van Der Sloot said she did not believe her son killed Natalee Holloway. “But if he killed Stephany, he’ll have to pay the price.” She added, “I won’t visit him in his cell, I cannot embrace him.”
She told the paper that her son’s mental health had deteriorated steadily since Natalee Holloway’s disappearance. She believed it might have been partially due to all the media attention he received. She said Joran Van Der Sloot had been scheduled to return to the Netherlands for treatment in a mental institution. Instead, he had disappeared, leaving a note saying he was going to Peru.
Anita Van Der Sloot said he had called a few days before the murder took place. “He said he was being followed. He had been arrested together with a girl and robbed. He was not making sense.”
The story would be the same one he told Chilean authorities when they picked him up on an international arrest warrant on June 3. He would change that story a few days later, confessing to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez after she had accessed his laptop computer and found a message about Natalee Holloway. He had beaten and strangled her, he told authorities.
“I can’t cry for Joran like I did for Paul.” Paul Van Der Sloot, her husband, died in April. “I hope that he gets psychological help.”
When Joran Van Der Sloot recants his confession (it is not a matter of if, since almost everyone recants a confession), there is little doubt that his defense will be one of insanity. There is even less doubt he and his legal defense will use his mother’s words to establish that he has had a deteriorating mental condition. They may even suggest that Joran Van Der Sloot was so delusional that he had to make his delusions a reality.
It is unclear how well an insanity plea might work in a Peruvian court. Insanity pleas, although a favorite theme in courtroom dramas in the U. S., are rarely attempted and even more rarely won.
The 22-year-old Van Der Sloot was ordered confined to Miguel Castro Castro Prison, one of South America’s most notoriously dangerous facilities, after being charged with the robbery and murder of 21-year-old university student Stephany Flores Ramirez.
De Telegraaf via FoxToledo.com