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Van der Sloot Disclosure Reverberates, Teen’s Family Hopes for New Leads

The family and friends of an Alabama teenager who vanished in Aruba are hoping for answers after the main suspect in her disappearance confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman.

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, 22, admitted to Peruvian police Monday that he killed Stephany Flores, 21, on May 30, Peru's chief police spokesman, Col. Abel Gamarra, told the Associated Press.

The killing occurred five years to the day that Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared on the Caribbean island of Aruba while celebrating her high school graduation.

Van der Sloot, one of three men who left a bar with Holloway the night she was last seen, was arrested twice in her case. He gave conflicting versions of events, but Aruban authorities freed him for lack of evidence.

Terry Oden, Republican mayor of Mountain Brook, the suburban Birmingham community where Holloway lived, said police and prosecutors in Aruba botched the investigation.

"They were like the Keystone Cops," said Oden, a retired Secret Service agent. The murder in Peru could have been prevented if Aruban authorities had done a better job preserving evidence and questioning suspects and witnesses, Oden said.

Because so much time has passed, the only hope of solving Holloway's disappearance is if van der Sloot confesses, he said.

Aruban authorities did not return calls for comment.

Holloway's parents continue to seek closure. Her father, David Holloway, told Good Morning America on Tuesday that van der Sloot should tell all he knows about the disappearance of his daughter. He said search teams are on the ground in Aruba in case Peruvian police learn anything that could help find her.

"I'd like for him to tell everyone what happened," he said.

Natalee's mother, Beth, opened the Natalee Holloway Resource Center at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington on Tuesday. Beth Holloway said the center will provide services she did not have when her daughter disappeared, such as access to government and news media contacts and help organizing volunteers.

"I feel confident that it will serve as a point of light for all missing," she said while standing before two photos of her daughter. "Let's remind ourselves (to) keep the Flores family in our hearts and in our prayers."

In an e-mail, she added: "If raising awareness to prevent crime saves just one life - it's worth all the hard work."

The FBI asked Holloway not to comment on the murder in Peru, said Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer of the museum.

Vaccarello said Holloway is channeling her grief into the center. "Beth has come to grips that the confession was real," she said of van der Sloot's conflicting versions of his involvement.

Federal prosecutors in Birmingham charged van der Sloot on June 3 with wire fraud and extortion for soliciting $250,000 from Natalee Holloway's family in May in exchange for telling them the location of her body and describing how she died, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said.

Rep. Spencer Bachus, a Republican who represents Mountain Brook, said the teen's disappearance has resonated nationwide.

"It's had an impact on parents in the last five years to caution their children, 'When you are in a strange city or a strange place, you don't take up with strangers,' " he said.

He praised Peruvian police for their quick work. "I think van der Sloot has met his match," he said.

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  1. I think that van der sloot killed Holloway for the same reason he killed th ePeruvian lady. It would seem that his love of women goes only so far. Would he kill simply because the Peruvian girl found information about him on the web using his laptop. I don't think. What she discovered was the motive. She discovered in real time and on the laptop (written by van der sloot) that he was gay. She discovered the reason he killed Holloway. That was the reason for such an emotionally charged reaction. Finding out about him on the web could never bring about such a response from van der sloot because too many already knew and it alone said nothing that had not already been said. He could simply have denied his complicity to the Peruvian girl in the death. What she found was much more upsetting than what was already written about him. If they question him along htese li nes he will tell about Holloway!

  2. Thanks god this time he can’t get off the hook. My sympathy goes to the families of the victims. Joran, the mama boy, was spoiled and transformed in a monster by his family, and Dutch Judiciary system and Government. He thinks that is very smart, and is in full disregard for others. For the disappearances of Natalee, the Dutch government covered up the Joran’s crime, and they are as guilty as him. The Peruvians are Kind and Nice people, but they won’t tolerate this macabre crime. This is something that they can’t swallow. Peruvians are going to spit Joran’s body at least in to PIECES.

  3. Spotting and Dumping the Criminal Mind of the Netherlands.
    The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as Holland, although North and South Holland are actually only two of its twelve provinces. The word Dutch is used to refer to the people, the language, and anything pertaining to the Netherlands. This lexical difference between the noun and the adjective is an attribute of the English language that does not exist in the Dutch language.
    "...Consider Dostoevsky's analysis of the criminal mind in his masterwork `Crime and Punishment': The criminal assumption is that one has the right and authority to take or confiscate values earned by others so long as someone else has a need for those values."
    The Criminal Mind is a mode of thinking that lays the responsibility for taking care of oneself onto others. A person with a criminal mind constantly projects that others owe him something -- be it money, a job, happiness, love, or anything else of value.
    You Dutch, Joran Van der Sloot, and his entire family pretend that didn’t do anything wrong:
    You didn’t humiliated nobody, you didn’t steal nobody, you didn’t tortured nobody, you didn’t raped nobody, you didn’t killed nobody, you didn’t kidnapped nobody, and if all that wasn't enough for more than 5 long years, you cynically sadistically, persistently are playing and torturing the family of your victim, and kidnapping in your soil the remains of Natalee. Aruba is your PROTECTORAT…
    This is the way a Criminal Mind can think. Even the worse criminal tries to justify his self before committing the crime. The same way you are thinking too.
    Joran, the mama boy, was spoiled and transformed in a monster by his family, Dutch Judiciary System and the Government. He thinks that is very smart, and is in full disregard for others. The Dutch Government covered up the Joran’s crime, protected and still is protecting him. They are as guilty as him for the Natalee disappearance in Aruba, and the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru. Netherlands and Dutch people are not able to enforce a SAFE and PREDICTABLE environment in Aruba.
    For me, a US citizen born and Raised in Europe, and for all American People, the Joran Van der Sloot will be the (ICON) THAT WILL REPRESENT NETHERLAND, AND MANY OF THE DUTCH PEOPLE WHO THINK LIKE HIM, for a long time