Joran van der Sloot Confesses to Murder in Peru Five Years After Natalee Holloway's Disappearance
Editor's update, June 9: According to CNN, it's possible van der Sloot may have used extortion money to fund his trip to Peru:
The FBI paid Joran van der Sloot $25,000 in an undercover investigation of a plot to extort money from Natalee Holloway's mother, a federal law enforcement official told CNN Wednesday.
The story has a sickening familiarity: in the early hours of the morning of May 30, a young woman left a nightclub in the company of a wealthy Dutch playboy named Joran van der Sloot. She would never make it home.
In 2005, the place was Aruba and the young woman was Alabama high school senior Natalee Holloway. Despite an exhaustive search and the arrest of van der Sloot and two others, her body was never found and no one was ever charged.
Last week, though, the place was Lima, Peru, and the woman was 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores, daughter of a prominent Peruvian family. She had been playing in a poker tournament and when she didn't come home, her family went searching and called police. This time, there was closed circuit video of van der Sloot bringing her to his hotel room and leaving that room four hours later, carrying luggage. He reportedly told hotel staff not to bother "his girl." Her body was found three days later.
This time, after three days in police custody, there are reports of a confession. News reports say Van der Sloot, 22, told police that he beat Flores to death in his hotel room because he was enraged that he looked up information about him on his laptop.
According to MSNBC, if convicted, Joran van der Sloot faces 35 years in prison.