June 14, 2010 – Friends and others who have chronicled the life of murder suspect Joran van der Sloot say he’s led a life of deception, dissolution, and increasing desperation, ABC News reported.
Van der Sloot, just 22, has been the only suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway May 30, 2005, and was recently arrested in Peru on charges of murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores – five years to the day.
Van der Sloot was living in quiet comfort in Aruba before he took a gambling trip in Peru that would forever alter the course of his life. During that trip, he met up with a young woman and when she saw he was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway on his laptop, he became angry and strangled her to death.
He was escorted quickly past Peruvian crowds screaming “murderer”.
As is common with today’s young people, Van der Sloot posted online information about himself that have not done him any favors.
“If I would have to describe myself as an animal it would be a snake,” he wrote on his YouTube page. Perhaps wistfully wishing the past undone, he continued: “however, I want to be a lion and one day I will be a lion.”
ABC News stated that at age 22, Van der Sloot is now a caged animal. He sits in a bleak third-world prison, where he fears his fellow inmates. After requesting isolation, he shares a cellblock with a reputed Colombian murderer-for-hire.
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Van der Sloot has a reputation of a young privileged Dutchman who loves to travel, a playboy killer. He has visited Cambodia, Hong Kong, Venezuela, and the United States.
Peruvian police officials have called him a “psychopath.”
A New York detective called him a “homicidal maniac”.
There has been no evidence to date that van der Sloot is linked to any other disappearances or murders. He does not fit the label of a loner, he has had plenty of friends, girlfriends, and ardent defenders, ABC News reported.
“Joran isn’t a monster and isn’t a serial killer,” his cousin, Natalia den Boer, told the AP. “I think that Joran needs help. Because something is bad in his head.”
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