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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Joran van der Sloot, suspect in Natalee Holloway case, confesses to murdering Stephany Flores


Crime ExaminerCindy Adams

According to Peruvian police, Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, 22, confessed Monday to the murder of Stephany Flores.

Joran van der Sloot, left, and Stephany Flores are seen as  they enter his hotel room May 30, 2010.
Joran van der Sloot, left, and Stephany Flores are seen as they enter his hotel room May 30, 2010.
(AP Photo/Lima Police Department)

Authorities say that he admitted to murdering the Peruvian woman because she saw “something” about Natalee Holloway on his laptop computer.

Van der Sloot met Flores at a Lima casino and the two were captured on surveillance video as they entered the hotel where he was staying.

Stephany, 21, was found on May 30 in his room in pool of blood. She had been stabbed and severely beaten with a baseball bat found in the hotel room.

Van der Sloot reportedly told police “I did not want to do it… The girl saw private things. She had no right. I approached her and she was scared.”

He continued, “We discussed it and she tried to escape, and I took her neck and hit her.”

Stephany’s murder took place five years to the day that Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared in Aruba after leaving a nightclub with van der Sloot. She was on a high school graduation trip with classmates and was never heard from again after her encounter with the Dutchman

Van der Sloot has not been charged in Natalee’s disappearance, however, in 2007, he told a Dutch reporter, who surreptitiously recorded their encounter, that he was with Natalee when she passed out drunk and then asked his two friends dump her into the sea.

The Dutchman has been charged with extortion in the U.S. after allegedly contacting one of Natalee's family members claiming he could provide information regarding her whereabouts for a large some of money.


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