“I Killed Natalee Holloway, Then Watched Porn”, Joran van der Sloot’s Confession

I Killed Natalee Holloway, Then Watched Porn”, Joran van der Sloot’s Confession

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005 appears to have been resolved after Joran van der Sloot, a 36-year-old Dutch citizen and long-standing prime suspect, confessed to her murder. In federal court, he admitted to being her killer as he pleaded guilty to trying to extort money from Holloway’s mother in exchange for information about her daughter’s death and the location of her remains. He received a 240-month prison sentence for the 2010 extortion scheme.

During the hearing, van der Sloot confessed to Holloway’s parents, expressing remorse and claiming to have undergone a “born-again” transformation. He offered apologies to the Holloway family, as well as to his own, and stated that he hoped his statement would provide closure to all parties involved.

In the course of the court hearing, prosecutors made the revelation that Joran van der Sloot had confessed to Natalee Holloway’s parents, marking a significant moment of remorse in 18 years. Van der Sloot claimed to have undergone a spiritual transformation, declaring himself “born-again.”

He expressed in court, “I would like to take this chance to apologize to the Holloway family, to apologize to my own family, to say I hope the statement I provided brings some kind of closure to everyone involved.” Additionally, he stated that he has “opened his heart” to Jesus Christ and emphasized, “I am no longer that person I was back then.”

Beth Holloway, the mother of the teenager Natalee, confirmed in court that Joran van der Sloot confessed, recounting his chilling words. She revealed that he had admitted to ending her daughter’s dreams, potential, and possibilities by brutally beating her to death in 2005. Shockingly, van der Sloot stated that he returned home and watched pornography after taking her life because she had refused his sexual advances.

Beth Holloway stated, “You didn’t get what you wanted from Natalee, your sexual satisfaction, so you brutally killed her.” She also expressed shock at the fact that she had paid her daughter’s killer money, emphasizing the difficulty of comprehending the implications of such actions in relation to the extortion charges.

Before passing Van der Sloot’s sentence, Judge Anna Manasco disclosed that the Holloway family would not be able to locate the teenager’s remains, providing no further details.

I Killed Natalee Holloway
Aruba Police Department 2005 photograph of Joran van der Sloot by wikipedia

 

Joran van der Sloot had been serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for the 2010 murder of another woman when he was extradited to Alabama in June to face charges related to the extortion case.

The judge, in response to Van der Sloot’s actions, stated, “You have brutally murdered two women who refused your sexual advances,” deeming his crimes as “heinous.”

This guilty plea and confession represent the most dramatic turn in a true-crime story that has remained in the headlines since Natalee Holloway’s disappearance during a high school graduation trip. She was last seen leaving a club in Aruba with Van der Sloot, who was 19 at the time, as well as twin brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe.

When Natalee Holloway did not appear for her flight home, a chaperone reached out to her mother, initiating a quest to uncover the truth of her daughter’s disappearance that has spanned nearly two decades.

Shortly after her disappearance, Joran van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were arrested within days. However, the Dutchman repeatedly altered his account of the events surrounding Holloway’s disappearance. Initially, he claimed that the trio had taken Holloway to the beach and subsequently dropped her off at the hotel. Later, he asserted that one of the twins had raped her at the beach. After three months in custody, all three suspects were released due to a lack of conclusive evidence, and van der Sloot returned to the Netherlands.

Two years later, Aruban prosecutors charged the trio with involvement in the involuntary manslaughter of Natalee Holloway. Yet, once again, they were released, this time due to insufficient direct evidence establishing that Holloway’s death resulted from a violent crime and that they were responsible.

In March 2010, Joran van der Sloot made contact with Beth Holloway’s attorney, claiming that he possessed information regarding the location of her daughter’s remains. He promised to disclose where Natalee’s body was buried in exchange for $250,000. Beth’s attorney traveled to Aruba, where van der Sloot led him to a house, asserting that the remains could be found in the concrete foundation. Subsequently, Van der Sloot received $10,000 in cash and was wired an additional $15,000 from Beth’s account.

Unbeknownst to him at the time, Van der Sloot was being recorded when he met with the Holloway family lawyer, as part of a sting operation. This ultimately led to his indictment in Alabama on charges of extortion with wire fraud.

Nonetheless, several years would pass before he could be extradited. In May 2010, Van der Sloot committed another crime by killing a young woman named Stephany Flores in Peru. He was arrested after fleeing to Chile and subsequently imprisoned in Peru for this offense. An extradition agreement finally brought him back to the United States this summer. It is anticipated that he will return to Peru to serve the remainder of his sentence for murder before facing charges in the U.S. for extortion.