Joran Van der Sloot's First Minutes in Castro Castro Prison Cell
This video shows Joran Van der Sloot's booking at the Miguel Castro Castro Jail in Lima, and the cameras follow as he is brought to his cell and given a blood pressure check and answering some questions. Another notorious murderer tries to enter his cell and his whisked away. He's calm and polite throughout. He does tell the medical examiner his head hurts. He tells the reporters he's suspected of murder.
24ora.org has published the ten page police report with the transcript of Joran Van der Sloot's entire confession to Peruvian authorities. It's in Spanish. A clearer copy is here.
At the end, Joran is asked if he wants to add anything. He says he wants Peru to close their case so he can be extradited to Aruba and tell the authorities about Natalee Holloway. (In the statement, he also says he asked the Chilean authorities if he could be extradited to Aruba.)[More...]
The lawyer present on his behalf was Luz M. Romero Chinchay. It's not clear if she's a public defender. His first lawyer had told him not to make any statements until he saw the judge.
Some key points (from my reading and a rough version via Google translator):
He met Elton Garcia two weeks prior at the casino and he first met Stephany Flores at the casino on May 27. They talked by phone the next day and agreed to meet at Atlantic Casino later that night.
The reason they went back to his room was to play internet poker (Question #35.) They were playing when he got a Facebook message from someone saying he was going to kill him (because of the Holloway case) so he told Stephany that he had been a suspect in a girl's disappearance five years earlier. She hit him on the side of his head with her fist. He impulsively struck her with his elbow, above the nose. She fell back and hit her head. She started bleeding a lot and looked very faint. He started to choke her and then realized what he was doing and stopped. She was still breathing and he put his shirt over her face, pressed down and suffocated her. He did not use a racquet or anything to hit her.
He doesn't know what he was thinking when he went to get coffee.
He left Aruba with $25,000. He says he received most of it from Uri Geller for consulting on a television program on internet fraud in the Netherlands. (Added: Uri Geller disputes this, saying he only sent Joran $600 for a ticket from Peru to Aruba.) He says $9,000. was money he received from John Quinsy Kelly (Holloway's lawyer)for information on Natalee Holloway. A week before he left Aruba, he had won $6,000. gambling there.
The interrogator tells him Stephany had amphetamines in her system and asks him if he put them in her drink and he says no.
He described how he came to turn himself in in Chile. At the end, his lawyer asks him a question about whose decision it was to turn himself in, whether it was his or the cab drivers, and he says it was his decision alone. I guess she thought that would earn him a reduced sentence.
According to his statement, he didn't intend to rob Stephany. It happened spontaneously after she struck him (after he opened the Facebook message from the guy who wanted to kill him because of Natalee Holloway.)
As he was leaving the hotel the clerk told him his guest had to move her car. So he went back to the room (maybe to get her car keys?) He only drove the car for five minutes or so because he realized he didn't know his way around Lima and it would be better to take a cab.
It wasn't until after she was dead and he decided to flee that he decided to take her money and credit cards. Maybe that's why he's charged with simple robbery and murder, instead of the aggravated murder through robbery that carries a potential life sentence?
At the end, Joran is asked if he wants to add anything. He says he wants Peru to close their case so he can be extradited to Aruba and tell the authorities about Natalee Holloway.
Aruba probably won't be too interested in giving him another chance at explaining Natalee Holloway's disappearance, but I won't be surprised if her ever-persistent mother asks Aruba to listen to him. Will they send an emissary to Peru? Why can't Joran just write it out and give it to his lawyer, and let his lawyer get something in writing from Aruba promising that if his information pans out, they will ask Peru to return him to Aruba to face the consequences there?
I also won't be surprised if it turns out Natalee's mother has been talking to Stephany's father and convinces him to ask Peru to go along with Aruba getting first dibs so she can get closure. Why would he do it? Because the Holloways have suffered longer and then Stephany's death can result in something positive: Joran finally accepting responsibility for the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Would Joran confess to killing Holloway as a means to get out of Peru, even if he didn't kill her and she died accidentally? Probably. Could he end up confessing to Holloway and end up stuck in Peru? Yes. It's a gamble, but one he may feel he has to take.
Where is Joran's mother? According to Greta, she'll arrive in Peru Wednesday -- a Dutch TV station is paying for her trip. Greta is now in Peru. She had a sit-down with the Flores family and is now headed to the prison. There are also reports Joran has fired his new lawyer. Developing.
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