New evidence has emerged possibly implicating the prime suspect in American woman Natalee Holloway’s 2005 disappearance.
In an email sent two days after Holloway’s disappearance, suspect Joran van der Sloot told someone named “David G.” that he and his father, Paulus, had rented a boat and “took care of things,” as reported by The Messenger.
“My dad got a boat two days later. We went for a ride and took care of things. That’s all I’m going to say,” the email reads.
This revelation is reportedly not new, though it’s changed since the last time.
“[I]n February 2008, Dutch journalists Peter De Vries and Patrick van der Eem aired a hidden camera interview with van der Sloot. During the conversation — during which he was smoking marijuana — van der Sloot said that Holloway had had a seizure and died as they had sex on the beach,” according to The Messenger.
“Then, van der Sloot claimed, he called a friend named Daury who helped him load her onto a boat. He claimed that he dumped her body at sea.”
The problem is that since 2005, Sloot has shared countless conflicting tales such as these.
For example, in 2015 he claimed his father — who had just-then recently died — had dumped Holloway’s body at a construction site. Yet this has never been proven to be true.
To this day, Holloway’s disappearance remains unsolved, though Sloot no doubt remains the primary suspect, especially given his history of murder.
In June of 2010, he confessed to having murdered Stephany Flores Ramírez in Lima, Peru earlier that year. He was subsequently sentenced to 28 years in Peruvian prison. An additional 18 years were later tagged onto the sentence after he was caught trafficking cocaine while in lock-up.
However, this year he was extradited back to the United States to face charges for having allegedly tried to extort Holloway’s family.
“Prosecutors say he tried to demand a $250,000 payment from Ms. Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway, claiming to have knowledge of the location of the missing girl’s remains. He received $25,000 from Beth Holloway after providing false information,” according to The New York Times.
The Peruvian authorities decided on their part to TEMPORARILY allow the extradition, meaning Sloot’s expected to eventually be taken back to the South American nation to complete his full sentence.
Some critics believe he should have never been extradited, given prison time in Peru is reportedly much tougher than prison time in the United States.
Can’t it be done on zoom like everything else
— nesternow (@nesternow) May 11, 2023
I would think no prison there would be a picnic. Send him back.
— Danie Wilson (@DanieWilson2) May 11, 2023
I would rather see him in Peru. Here he will get cable tv, and get to take college classes.
— Lance Nevelk (@LaneNevelk) May 11, 2023
He should have served the entire 28 years in the awful Peruvian prison before being extradited. He’ll be thrilled with American prisons after what he’s been thru.
— julia dilliard (@JuliaDilliard) May 11, 2023
Hold on…..we pulled him out of a hell hole in Peru, a very nasty prison, where he was serving time for murder and had 18 more yrs to go, to bring him to the states that compared to Peru it’s like summer camp, where he will only be charged with fraud?
Who was the genius?
— Truth be told…. (@ProfGranPops) September 23, 2023
But there is some potential good news.
“If he is found guilty in the extortion case, he will first return to Peru to complete the rest of his 28-year sentence for the murder of Ms. Flores, who was killed by strangulation, before returning to the United States for prison time,” the Times notes.
Plus, he faces an equally long sentence if convicted of extortion. So in case he is convicted, he’ll first serve the full sentence in Peru and then be transferred to the U.S. to serve the extortion sentence. Point being he isn’t getting out of lockup anytime soon.
As for Holloway, her disappearance still remains a mystery. Indeed, even her body hasn’t been found yet decades later.
“Ms. Holloway was 18 when she disappeared after a night out in Aruba on May 30, 2005, during a trip with her Alabama high school class. She has never been found, and a judge declared her legally dead in 2012. The unsolved case has generated years of public interest in the United States, including news coverage as well as true-crime books and feature films,” according to the Times.
Despite some concern about Sloot being extradited to the U.S., the majority of Americans appear to be grateful that Holloway’s family is finally receiving some degree of justice:
It’s about time.
— Michelyn (@michilynn22) May 11, 2023
It’s about time! Her Family has and will continue to suffer greatly, but I hope they will take some solace in justice being served.
— Gino Vito (@GinoVito4) May 11, 2023
JORAN VAN DER SLOOT IS BEING EXTRADITED to USA! Thank you Peru! Joran faces 50 years..extortion and wire fraud. Finally
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) May 10, 2023
Wonderful, and we needed the good news on a day like today. Greta thanks for all your help in making this move forward. I hope Beth find some solace in this.
— Mike Abbott (@rmabbott36) May 10, 2023
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