Joran van der Sloot: Wanted Man (Again)

I'll save the post I had scheduled for tomorrow as I wanted to comment on this breaking crime story...
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I am not sure you will find too many Americans who are shocked that Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the Natalee Holloway missing persons case from 2005, is wanted in connection with the murder of a young woman in Peru.

Authorities in Lima stated that 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez was found dead in a hotel room--with visible scratches and having suffered from blunt force trauma.  Peruvian police say that they have evidence linking Dutch citizen van der Sloot to the crime.

I did not read as much about the Holloway case as many others, but from the start of the investigation it seemed that one scenario unfortunately stood out:
I believe that Joran van der Sloot and his posse targeted Holloway at the casino in Aruba, isolated her from her friends, slipped her a date-rape drug like GHB or an equivalent, and then they all left together for another location.  Sadly, one can insert a number of theories as to what happened next--that include Holloway's death and then the furtive disposal of her body.
It is eerie that on May 30, 2010, exactly five years after Holloway vanished, van der Sloot left a casino with a another woman that is now dead.

Peruvian authorities believe that Joran left their country for Chile, and police in Chile are said to be currently searching for the murder suspect.

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I am curious if van der Sloot is not right now Googling to compare Dutch and Peruvian prisons and getting back results like an overview on the segment on Lima's Lurigancho Prison being aired this month on National Geographic Channel's:  Inside the Worlds' Toughest Prisons.

A cell at Lurigancho Prison in Peru

Yikes...

If young Joran does make it back to the Netherlands, I would not be surprised to hear that his first desired topic of conversation will be to be fully cooperative with authorities investigating the Natalee Holloway disappearance--as well as anything else to fight extradition back to Peru.
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The photo was used from National Geographic channel's site here.

24 comments:

Rhiannon Nicole said...

God this breaks my heart. FIGURE IT OUT people! Put these people where they belong. So sad...

J. J. in Phila said...

This is one of the reasons I have not dropped the Gricar case.

Angelia Sims said...

Oh gee, not good, not good at all.

That case always reminds me of all those cruise ship missing cases and guess what? No police on international waters.

I think there is website somewhere. It is CREEPY.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
The anniversary thing is Very eerie. I need to post on date rape, i have learned a few things about how awful and how it extends from a former co-worker.

Your post on the parking lot/possible abduction reminded me of several incidents. The world is just flat dangerous.

As to prisons, shoot. Go to the EU as fast as your crooked legs can carry you.

Ann T.

Audrey Allure said...

That is creepy that it happens on the same date. I hope they deal with him soon.

Javajune said...

If only he was convicted the first time, this young girl would still be alive today, so sad.
xo-jj

Tara said...

I'm hoping they get him (for both!) this time and he is extradited to Peru.

LadyFi said...

So very sad! Not good at all.

Herding Cats said...

It's very much serial killer style - isn't it? Same date, young woman, etc etc. Very awful.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
This is the perfect storm of ineptitude when it comes to the manner in whcih the Aruban officials handled this from the start.
I've been to Aruba (late 70s) when they only had ONE casino...and I found this place great to spend some "away time".

Everyone I spoke to said crime was practically non-existant, because on an island, there is NOWHERE to run to...
(how things have changed in 35+ years)

And considering they have roughly FOUR ("native") nationaities on island (aside from the tourists), you'd have to figure that this place would be more "on the ball" with enforcing laws and investigative pursuits.
Maybe it was when I was there, but now...it's a total clusterf$ck!

So they let this guy go...and behold...we have another (5 yrs to date) situation JUST LIKE Ms. Holloway's.
They need to roust Interpol, and get this killer BEHIND BARS (where he should have been in the first place).

This is too tragic.

Matthew Rush said...

So sad that another murder had to be committed before he could get close to being caught - and still is not convicted of a thing yet.

Elena said...

Thank God they caught the creep!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

I followed the Natalee case that entire summer...maybe the truth will come out now!

A Doc 2 Be said...

He is caught and in Chilean confines. Now if they would just sort of accidentally not-exactly-on purpose forget where they put him.

Oh, I know, I want to be a doc, I should not speak such evil. BUT I firmly believe evil gets what evil deserves.

Rebecca Watson said...

so sad...i still wish they would find what really happened to natalie holloway. she was a beautiful young GIRL!

...your writing always inspires me slam...

Sue said...

Wow.

jodeeluna said...

The Natalie Holloway case riveted me five years ago. Perhaps the reason was partly due to having lived in the Netherlands for 8 years. This is every parent's worse nightmare. I have a beautiful daughter who has traveled and lived overseas extensively and I always battle this nagging fear because of situations like this. Then again, thugs broke into many of the UCLA apartments when she was in school there and college students were even robbed on the street outside of the apartments.

Nishant said...

Your post on the parking lot/possible abduction reminded me of several incidents. The world is just flat dangerous.
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BobKat said...

Glad to see you posting on this topic... I followed the Natalie Holloway case quite closely... yet another example where either there IS little evidence, or authorities mis-judged the scene from the beginning and failed to find the truth.

Once again, at this point Joran is innocent so far... but I think it appears this may be his undoing... and hopefully provide closure to Natalie's disappearance.

It raises a question between understanding those who may be serial killers, and those who have murdered and may or may not have guilt feelings, but hang onto them and don't have that desire to hurt again.

The problem is... if a person gets away with one murder, what's to stop them from another? Maybe abhorrence from their initial crime. This seems often to be the case, yet, unfortuanately, seems statistically any murderer is more capable of committing another.

In case you don't get what i suggesting... what happened to Brianna Maitland and Maura Murray, will most likely repeat itself at some point in the future.

Tragic all the more if the person could just accept responsibilty for the original crime, and stop there - admit to it, and accept the consequences... far better than what Joran may face, should his involvement in this new murder is his doing.

Growing up is the toughest part of life around the ages that all these people here are going though/went through... but it's also a time of life where they're most likely to get a break, and help... albeit, consequences.

Just seems the consequences at this stage are more negotiable... than living with guilt for how many years? Did Joran have a 5 year crisis? Or are we finding out about a potential serial killer, without a conscious?

Entre Nous said...

Me thinks this kid had been in contact with someone who told him to get to Dutch Territories. There was more to his crime being ignored than his father simply being a 'judge in training' in Aruba. Even after the clandestine taped 'confessions' the Aruban Gov. could have charged him, yet they didn't.

Holly said...

I would love to see him in a Peruvian prison with a nice cell mate. He is a prize!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Sad and VERY scary.

Momma Fargo said...

Can you say...beginnings or endings of a serial killer? Yikes. Wonder what else lurks in his past...

Jen said...

sad part is, he won't get to spend his life in prison! what a total piece of crap he is!