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.
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
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.
The photo was used from National Geographic channel's site here.