Friday, June 11, 2010

Joran van der Sloot Chronicles: Joran Updates

The story of Joran van der Sloot will be endless, I suspect. No telling how many missing women were murdered by Joran. This post will be an ongoing compilation of news about this Dutch man who seems to have no conscience about anything he does - a one-stop documentation of all of his psychotic and/or narcissistic behavior. His quest for money is also endless, and of course, it has been his undoing. See a video below. Latest Update 6-2-10 below.

The short review is (skip to The Rest of the Story below if you know the background), van der Sloot is the only serious suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway on May 30th, 2005 in Aruba, Joran's home. He was the last person known to be in contact with her. He has told many stories, confessed numerous times and in numerous ways to her demise and to selling her. Joran was arrested twice in Aruba and was released each time.

Natalee Holloway - far left in blue/green dress - found on a friend's camera

In May 2010, Joran tried to extort $250,000 from Natalee's family in exchange for the location of her body. The FBI got involved, $15,000 was wired from a Birmingham, Alabama bank (Natalee's hometown), and another $10,000 came from somewhere, apparently an undercover FBI agent. Joran refused to give the information on Natalee's whereabouts until he had the whole $250,000.
Van der Sloot then showed the FBI agent a house where he said the remains were buried under the foundation. However, they then learned that the house was not even built when Natalee’s disappearance occurred. Van der Sloot then admitted he had lied. 
It is important to note that the FBI now denies that they paid any extortion monies to Joran. Wherever the money came from, Joran took it and ran to Peru, arriving there four days after receiving the money. In those four days, authorities are not clear where he was, and Aruba is under much criticism for allowing him to leave the Island. The FBI is excoriated for not putting a tail on him, after videotaping him telling his attorney that he "pushed" Natalee "down, that she hit her head on a rock and died." Then he says he called his father, and Paulus van der Sloot helped him bury the Alabama teen.

In Lima, Joran hit the casinos, as in the case of Natalee Holloway. He met Natalee in the casino in Carlos and Charlie's. In the Lima casino, the Atlantic City Casino, he met 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez. Some reports say they met two to three days earlier. Just hours after entering his hotel room, Flores-Ramirez was dead. About 4 hours after hotel security cameras show Stephany entering Joran's room, the same cameras show Joran leaving with suitcases.

Joran directed hotel staff not to clean the room. He had been the hotel for about two weeks and prepaid. It is not unusual for a hotel guest to forego the service, especially when they are on site for more than one or two nights. That was on Sunday. On Wednesday, the hotel staff found Stephany's body. Joran was no where to be found. It was assume he would make his way to Chile and then to Argentina, where his chances of extradition were lessened.

The story of Stephany's murder broke and two taxi drivers came forward with information. At least one said he drove Joran across the border into Chile.  Within hours the Chile police had Joran in custody in Santiago. A couple of days later he arrived in Lima and was transferred to Peruvian police custody.

Here's the rest of the story:

Then the confessions began again.  Peruvian newspaper La Republica reported that Joran had a court-appointed attorney when he said he returned to his hotel room after going for coffee and bread, and found Stephany on his laptop computer, looking at articles about him and Natalee Holloway:
Van der Sloot tearfully confessed, in the presence of a prosecutor and a state-appointed attorney, to grabbing Flores by the neck and hitting her because she had viewed images about the Aruba case on his computer while he was out buying coffee.
In the video of his interrogation, van der Sloot can be seen calmly explaining where he's been and what he's carrying, including a laptop, cash from different countries and photos. He even seemed friendly with the officers on his long drive back from Chile to Lima.
When investigators asked him where his credit cards were, van der Sloot answered in broken Spanish.
"I have those back in my hotel in Santiago," he said on the video. "I went up to my hotel room and I saw these things on the Internet and I had to leave quickly." 
Stephany's neck was broken. Her father is a former presidential candidate in Peru, and a well-known race car driver.

Stephany Flores-Ramirez

Van der Sloot reportedly told authorities that he "sipped an espresso" after he killed Stephany, and mused over what to do with her body.
The 22-year-old ate several biscuits and reportedly took several amphetamine pills as he considered what to do with his alleged victim.
Fearing he would be caught, the paper reports, Van der Sloot showered, got dressed - leaving his clothes from the night before on the bed - and fled at 8:45 a.m. on May 30, less than three hours after he'd arrived at the hotel with Flores.
Authorities believe Van der Sloot had possibly thought to get rid of the body in the ocean, based on maps charting currents found in his backpack when he was arrested in Chile.

 Stephany Flores

This article says van der Sloot went across the street alone at 8:10 a.m., "bought bread and two cups of coffee...and returned to his hotel room." He left the hotel with suitcases an hour and a half later.

Today, June 11th, Peru charged Joran with first-degree murder and robbery. There are reports that Stephany won several thousand dollars in the casino that night. That van der Sloot knew it and targeted her for the money. This information has not been confirmed, but if he has been charged with robbery, it sounds plausible.

Joran van der Sloot returning to Peru from Chile
Police say Van der Sloot smashed in the face of Lima business student Stephany Flores, whom he met playing poker at a casino, after taking her to his hotel room on May 30. They say he then strangled her, threw her to the floor, emptied her wallet.
At this point, the disappearance of Natalee Holloway comes back into the picture when he told police he knew where Natalee was buried:

Flores was killed three days after meeting Van der Sloot, police say, and five years to the day after Holloway disappeared.
Lima criminal police chief Gen. Cesar Guardia told the AP on Thursday night that when Van der Sloot confessed to killing the Lima business student, investigators asked him about the Holloway case and "he let slip that he knew the place where this person was buried."
Someone, maybe Joran's mother, Anita, hired a new attorney for him, Maximo Altez. Of course, he is asking that Monday's confession be declared void. Altez said Anita will be arriving in Peru next week with the "family's "media advisor."

Guardia said Van der Sloot's confession was legal - that a government-appointed lawyer and an interpreter approved by the Dutch Embassy were present. He also said that Peruvian interrogators had restricted their questioning to the death of Flores, the daughter of a circus promoter and former race car driver.
The general said Van der Sloot took Flores' cash, about $300 worth of Peruvian currency, two credit cards and her national ID card. Police say he also took her car, abandoning it in a lower-class Lima neighborhood before fleeing south to Chile.
It is interesting that some inside the Lima police believe he may have lied about the time of Stephany's death. They think he may have killed her before  going for espresso.

So today, Joran wants to get back to Aruba, don't cha know? Of course he does. This from The Zeitgeisty Report, as well as the telling photo of Joran above.
In a bid to get back to Aruba, Joran Van Der Monster has told authorities that he will reveal where he buried the body of his first victim Natalee Holloway. The caveat is, that he will do so only in home country.
View Greta van Susteren's in depth interview with Joran November 2008 - an intriguing look into his psyche. I believe this is around the same time it became obvious that Greta somewhat believed Joran's lies. In her defense, that didn't last long. The U.S. charges of extortion and wire fraud are not even on the horizon.

Reports say that van der Sloot will be sentenced to Peru's terrifying Lurigancho Prison, one of the worst in the world." The U.S. charges of extortion and wire fraud are not even on the horizon.

Now begins the possibility that Joran is a serial killer. Is he a "homicidal maniac," as private investigator Bo Dietl says?

This post will be continually updated with the latest attempts of Joran van der Sloot to fool all the people all the time. See a Fox News video detailing Joran's latest confession of killing Stephany with a local Peruvian reporter. Stay tuned for ongoing Joran updates as they happen.

Update 6-12-10: I'm hearing that Joran used his own shirt to suffocate Stephany when he realized she was not dead. Didn't he say he did not intend to kill her? Yeah, he did.

This is one of the most interesting things I've heard about Joran and the Natalee Holloway case: Geraldo Rivera's show interviewed a man who saw Joran, soaking wet, with one shoe and hopping along - in the early morning hours of Natalee's disappearance. Details coming.

Joran van der Sloot's Peruvian Confession (video from Lima Peru)

Related and Background:
Joran van der Sloot Witness in Natalee Holloway Case Comes Forward
The Joran Chronicles - continual updates
Joran van der Sloot Arrested
Joran van der Sloot Suspect in Murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez
Joran van der Sloot's Father Dies - more on Joran.

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