Joran van der Sloot Admits: “I Always Lied To the Police"
Joran van der Sloot appears to have confessed to the 2005 murder of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway during a hidden-video interview with an undercover reporter working for RadarOnline and the National Enquirer.
Back in May 2005, the world was in arms over the disappearance of the then 18-year-old Holloway while she was on a trip with 124 of her Mountain Brook High School classmates to Aruba to celebrate their graduation. Van der Sloot was an immediate suspect in the disappearance due to Holloway last being seen with him at a casino bar. She was later witnessed leaving with him and two of his friends, Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe.
A high-profile investigation took place involving investigators from Aruba, the United States, and the Netherlands. The trio of suspects were arrested on two separate occasions, however, Aruban prosecutors eventually closed the case without any charges being filed against the suspects.
While Holloway's body was never found, a judge declared Holloway dead in 2012.
Van der Sloot again found himself in hot water on the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Holloway on May 30, 2010, when 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez was murdered in a hotel room registered in his name in Lima, Peru. Van der Sloot reportedly entered Peru via Colombia to participate in the Latin American Poker Tour.
Charges were brought forth and van der Sloot pled guilty to the "qualified murder" and simple robbery of Flores, and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
It appears we can finally have some closure in the murder of Holloway, as van der Sloot admitted in a secretly-filmed interview that he lied to the police and that he is guilty of the crimes.
"I always lied to the police," van der Sloot claimed. "I made up so many stories against the police. Also, when I was younger, I never told everything. The police just never knew what they had to ask me. I think it was one of the worst police investigations that ever took place."
"You are talking about the Holloway case?" the reporter inquired. "Yes, yes... yes. This is also where I am guilty, and I accept everything that I have done."
While van der Sloot is most known for the two murder cases, he was also known throughout the poker world as a player. While he has no recorded live tournament cashes, according to HendonMob, he was a member of the PocketFives online poker community where he recorded $1,949 in online tournament cashes. Additionally, PokerNews Netherlands reported that back in 2009 he competed in the partypoker $300K Guaranteed.
*Image courtesy of People.