Jan 06, 2012
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Joran Van der Sloot is expected to plead guilty to charges of murder today. He faces as much as 30 years in prison for the death of Stephany Flores.
This means that Van der Sloot, still just 24, will be released before he turns 55. Depending on the leniency of the judge, perhaps long before then. This disturbs me greatly. If the allegations against Van der Sloot are true, he is a cold, calculating monster with no conscience. Even his own mother is distancing herself from him.
Let’s do a run-down. Note that these are all allegations – none of the charges have been proven in a court of law.
- Van der Sloot first popped up on the radar as a 17 year old in 2005 when he was arrested for involvement in the disappearance and presumed murder of American teenager Natalee Holloway. Holloway’s body was never found, and eventually van der Sloot was released from custody. In my opinion, it’s unlikely that Van der Sloot will ever go on trial for Holloway’s murder.
- In 2010, he extorted money from Beth Holloway (Natalee’s mother) in exchange for disclosing the location of Natalee’s body. Beth and her representative participated in a sting operation, and van der Sloot got $25,000. Before charges could be filed, van der Sloot traveled to Peru. The information about the location of Natalee’s body was determined to be false. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.
- While in Peru, he strikes up a relationship with Flores. After spending time in a casino, they go to his hotel room early in the morning of May 30, 2010. Violence ensues – likely due to a discussion of his involvement in Holloway’s murder – and Flores ends on the floor with a broken neck and blunt force trauma to the head. By the time her body is discovered on June 2, van der Sloot has fled to Chile. He was arrested on June 3 and eventually extradited to Peru.
- And the one that nobody talks about much – his involvement in the sex trafficking trade. An investigate report by Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries shows that Van der Sloot, at the time an owner of a restaurant in Thailand, sold Thai girls to groups involved in the sex trafficking trade. Van der Sloot posed as a representative of a modeling agency to lure the girls, who were shipped to the Netherlands to become sex slaves. For his efforts, Van der Sloot received a heathy fee of $13,000 per girl.
That’s a pretty extensive resume for a 24 year old. While Van der Sloot often seems portray a lone wolf psychopath working along, it seems unlikely that this is actually true. It’s fairly obviously that he has cultivated some relationships with other criminals. How else could he have possibly gotten involved in the Thai sex slave enterprise?
I’m hoping the judge decides to impose the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison – and fear the day that Van der Sloot is able to walk out of the doors a free man once again. How many other women will he kill after his release from prison?