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Monday 22 December  
Joran van der Sloot
Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru

Van der Sloot detained by Chilean police

Published on : 2 June 2010 - 8:09pm | By Erik Klooster (Photo: Alerta News)
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Joran van der Sloot, the chief suspect in the disappearance of US high school graduate Natalee Holloway, has been detained in Chile on suspicion of murder.

Van der Sloot is suspected of having beaten a Peruvian woman to death in a hotel room in Lima, the capital of neighbouring Peru. The murder of 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez took place on Monday morning, and the room was booked in the name of Joran van der Sloot.

Van der Sloot and Ms Ramírez are reported to have visited a casino before the murder, and security camera images reportedly show the couple leaving it together. Hotel employees have also stated that they saw the two together. Peruvian police are said to have found Joran van der Sloot’s footprints.

The events took place in Miraflores, a rich district of Lima, famed for its many shops, restaurants and clubs and known to be a popular spot for people in their teens and twenties. Ms Ramírez was the daughter of Ricardo Flores, a noted Peruvian businessman and racing driver. He has recounted the story of his daughter’s murder on national television.

Joran van der Sloot fled from Peru to Chile earlier this week. At the time of his arrest, he was travelling by taxi from the coastal town of Viña del Mar to the capital Santiago. He will be transferred to Santiago where he will be required to make a written statement. His identity papers will be confiscated. The international warrant for his arrest is expected to arrive in about three to five days. 

Deputy chief of the Chilean immigration police Fernando Ovalle has told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that Joran says he feels safe and trusts the Chilean police. Mr Ovalle says Joran van der Sloot speaks decent Spanish. He is now waiting for a representative of the Dutch embassy in Santiago. Van der sloot has not been officially arrested because Peru has not yet issued the international warrant for his arrest.


Listen to Peruvian journalist Pamela Montes, speaking to RNW's Willemien Groot:

Joran van der Sloot (now 22) has long been the chief suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who went missing on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005. No trace of her has ever been found and Aruban police and justice officials still have no concrete evidence about what happened to her. On separate occasions since, Joran van der Sloot claimed to have helped dispose of her body and also to have sold her into slavery. He later retracted both statements.

The latest developments in the Joran van der Sloot saga have captured the imagination of many news media around the world.

Peru's daily El Comercio wrote, "Dutchman who presumably killed Stephany Flores also implicated in cases of pimping", devoting considerable space on its website to the recent murder and to Joran's past "as a pimp".

With the main suspect in the Natalee Holloway disappearance case back in the limelight, US media are following suit. CBS for a while opened its website with "Joran van der Sloot Eyed for Murder in Peru; Previously Detained in Natalee Holloway Case", triggering a flood of online reactions. ABC News, too, has been receiving lots of responses to the latest development.

In Peru, RPP Noticias says its reporters spoke to two brothers who took Joran van der Sloot to the Chilean border town of Arica. "We didn't talk, he didn't speak any Spanish. All he did was wake up, smoke and fall asleep again," the brothers say on the Peruvian news site. They described Joran as wearing shorts, white sneakers and carrying two suitcases.

Links to some of the media mentioned:

And in the course of Thursday, both Joran and Sloot became top-10 trending topics at Twitter. This merely means that many people are tweeting about these topics, not necessarily that any new information is emanating from them. 

Read more about Joran van der Sloot

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bamadoctor 11 June 2010 - 7:35pm / us

We have a special cure for this guy here in Alabama....let us have him !

Laurie Mc 10 June 2010 - 12:41am / USA

I cannot believe any Dutch person, and this includes the family, would make statements concerning Joran getting a fair trial. Geez, this spoiled, piece of crap rich kid has killed two women and the family would mind allowing him to keep tallying them up. These people need to either own up to this and start trying to apologize for raising such crap in the first place, and they need to figure out how they can make amends for Joran's crimes. If they aren't able to own up to this and take responsibility, they should really find a place to hide. Like in a cave, or some other hole befitting these lowlife, sorry ass, creepy people. If they are not going to face reality, they should be scared and ashamed to show their faces.

leeziak 4 June 2010 - 4:20pm / canada

why blame the people of aruba, do we blame the u s for bundy and btk?

Anonymous 6 June 2010 - 7:05pm / USA

It isn't the people of Aruba who are being blamed. It is the authorities and media in Aruba who have consistently evaded the truth and refused to protect the public from this monster. Their stance has damaged the credibility and reputation of a fine and beautiful island nation. At the same time, the FBI failed to arrest him in Aruba on May 10th, where they had him in person on the extortion charges. Thank God the South Americans have their act together on this case.

Anonymous 4 June 2010 - 1:45am

I hope some Peru prisoner deals with this piece of crap.

Danielle Christina 3 June 2010 - 9:07pm / USA

As we say in the states, the writing is on the wall. Joran van der Sloot killed Holloway and there shouldn’t even be a debate about it. There is a wide range of evidence indicating his guilt however he got off because of numerous ridiculous technicalities. Oh, the perks of being a spoiled rich kid. It is absolutely appalling people fail to acknowledge Paulus van der Sloot's (his father's) affiliations with the Aruban legal system. No matter where you are - when you are a prominent judge's son you can do everything short of shooting someone in the head in broad daylight - and get away with it. While I do believe The Netherlands and Aruba’s government dropped the ball, they aren’t entirely to blame. Also, it is absolutely absurd to blame the citizens of Aruba.

This murder is a different story. He has access to very little protection from Holland (if any) and as of February, his father is dead so obviously he can’t bail Joran out either. No one has any loyalty to that family now and neither does the location of this crime. He isn’t in a Dutch territory and laws between countries can be very different... and extra punishing. Like OJ - he got away the first time. He screwed up again and will be punished 10-fold. The social hierarchy will work against him and he probably shouldn’t expect to see the light of day any time soon. Fear not, international community – JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED.

Also, here are some characteristics of a “sociopath”: charm, lack of remorse/guilt, criminal versatility, promiscuity, impulsivity, lack of empathy, pathological lying, extreme narcissism, etc. Does this description look familiar? Research a few others; especially Ted Bundy.

Side Note: This article implies the American media completely sensationalized this story as well as everything pertaining to Holloway. I agree this is a very common characteristic however don’t forget – Holloway was an American. Also, many international news outlets rely on the American media.

MapleLeaf 4 June 2010 - 2:52am / Canada

Good job Danielle Christina for posting typical traits of sociopaths. Other things to be mindful of - not all of them have criminal records (they are good at skirting the law), they are socially adept, exhibit shallow affect (no deep emotions unless they're faking it) and low anxiety (most people in Joran's current situation would be stressed out even if they were innocent - he seems unphased).

Anonymous 3 June 2010 - 8:09pm / USA

If Aruba had cooperated when Natalie had first disapeared then a second life would not be lost because of this punk! Aruban officials should be ashamed of themselves. Beth Twitty and the rest of Natalie's family will never "rest" until they know what happened to her. Juran has no one to hide under now. His daddy is gone!. They should rip his finger nails out one by one!!!!!!!!!!

jasmin 3 June 2010 - 3:12pm / India

It is not a coincidence again...He should be behind bars and punished. Shame, that another lovely woman has lost her life, just because he says that he is innocent and is free to commit crime.

Anonymous 3 June 2010 - 12:32pm / Lalaland

Is i not getting time that justice be served? Murder will out.The soul of a murderer is blind.

Anonymous 3 June 2010 - 12:44pm / Lalaland

Is it not time that justice be served? The soul of a murderer is blind. Murder will out!

Anonymous 3 June 2010 - 4:26am

"Who do we think we are?" Well, guess we know who you are. Aruba minions working hard on the blogs tonight. Aruba has blood on it's hands. You own this now and forever.

Judge Roy Bean 2 June 2010 - 9:57pm

Shooting him is too good. This pondscum knows exactly what happened to NH. Some backwater country is the best justice. Throw him in a windowless stone sh ithole of a prison and let him be the BF king for a year while he wastes away.

jvm fan 2 June 2010 - 9:35pm

Give him to Michael Vick!!!!There is a show called "Issues" that will talk about this for most of the show tonight. Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host and she is a bit outspoken about this issue and is definitely on the side of Natalie Holloway.

Anonymous 2 June 2010 - 8:51pm

This piece of "c..p" should never have been allowed to walk the streets to murder someone elses' daughter. Shame on them (the Aruba police) for allowing this to happen!

Anonymous 2 June 2010 - 11:28pm / U.S.A

You have got to be kidding! You cannot blame the people of Aruba!!! Those peopple on that island did everything possible to find evidence. Who do we think we are??? The police of the world??? The person to blame is Joran and his parents. They are the only ones who know what happened to Natalee. I hope to God they nail him and leave the island of Aruba alone.

Anonymous 3 June 2010 - 4:29am

"Who do we think we are???"
Well I guess we know who you are. Aruba's puppets are working hard on all the blogs tonight. This blood is on Aruba's hands. You own this now and forever.

Anonymous 3 June 2010 - 8:04pm

if aruba has blood on their hands, than every country that ever had a serial killer has blood on their hands for not bringing them to justice before they killed again.

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