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Van der Sloot confesses

CNN and other news sources around the world report  that Joran Van der Sloot has confessed to killing Stephany Flores Ramirez. Formal charges are expected to be filed at any time. Van der Sloot will stand before a judge before he is transferred to one of three prisons in the area to await trial. Police will also hold a planned reenactment of the events that led to Flores’ death.  According to Peruvian law, a defense attorney will be present.

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Video from hotel security cameras shows the two entering Van der Sloot’s room together at 5 a.m. Sunday and Van der Sloot leaving alone four hours later with his bags. Police say Van der Sloot also left the hotel briefly at 8:10 a.m. and returned with two cups of coffee and bread purchased across the street at a supermarket. According to the AP, newspaper La Republica reported that Van der Sloot confessed to grabbing Flores by the neck and hitting her after she had looked up details on the Natalee Holloway case on his computer while he was out buying coffee.

There is no death penalty in Peru. Murder convictions carry a maximum of 35 years in prison, and it was not immediately clear if a confession could lead to a reduced sentence.

Van de Sloot was always suspected in the death of 18-year-old Holloway who vanished in 2005 while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case. He was never charged. Natalee Holloway’s father Dave gave an exclusive interview by phone to “Good Morning America” today with reaction to the confession.

We now know that Van der Sloot also tried to extort $250 thousand from Natalee Holloway’s mother in exchange for information on how her daughter died and where her body can be found. He was paid $25,000 but never provided any concrete information on the case.  Dave Holloway said this morning that he had no idea about the extortion attempt.

  • michellefrommadison

    Sounds more like Joran just defended himself from her confirmed attack.

    Is it time to start blaming the victim?

    With the death of STEPHANY FLORES RAMIREZ, perhaps it may be time to begin to hold the victims responsible for their own careless, seemingly idiotic choices, and mistakes. While it is important, imo, to not blame the victim of a crime, it is important to recognize how so many “victims” place themselves through a conscience choice into harm’s way that far too many fall prey, with sometimes devastating consequences to themselves.

    In review of the many aspects Ms. Ramirez chose, it may first begin with her recognizing who she was confronted with, a Joran Vander Sloot. Not only did she fail to exit that confrontation immediately even knowing who Joran is, she walked past the reception desk where she could have alerted staff to her perceived possible problem. Not only that, she accompanies Joran to his own room, and seemingly enters his room willingly with no apparent signs of any struggle on her part. Then, once behind a closed door, she is allegedly caught by Joran with her looking up Joran on the internet searching for information about the Natalee Holloway case.

    Now she’s dead and people wonder why? It’s called “proximity.” When people allow themselves to remain in a potentially dangerous situation when they fail to exercise better options than remaining in that potentially dangerous situation, it then, imo, becomes their own fault for anything negative occurring to them if they willingly chose to remain within that potentially dangerous environment; proximity. Perhaps best exemplified that if a house starts on fire and the person willingly chooses to remain inside, but then dies as a result, the blame is that of the victim, and not the fire itself.

    Now, with Joran’s alleged confession on this crime, the people that want and got a confession are typically the same people that have said in the past on blogs, television, and sites on the internet that Joran is a liar and you can’t believe a word he says. Now, these hypocrites are satisfied with the confession and fail to pursue the issue any further since it has an immediate-redemption quality to those not familiar enough with the higher-level studies of Psychology. Plus, the facts reveal that the girl attacked Joran, now it’s a potentially over-reaction to Joran defending himself. Is that a crime in the United States? Not if it occurred in any of the 50 states right now.

    Worse-case scenario for Joran right now appears to be a possible sentence well under ten years for a confession leading to a conviction, and he’ll be out super-soon given the legal/prison systems in Peru.

    Is that true Justice for Stephany? I think not!

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