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Joran van der Sloot admitted to killing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway

BY Anas Shah Oct 19, 2023. 02:36 am UPDATED: Oct 19, 2023. 02:36 am

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Finally coming clean, Joran van der Sloot killed Natalee Holloway, an Alabama adolescent, eighteen years ago by beating her to death on a dark beach with a cinder block after she rejected his approaches for sex.

Prosecutors made the startling statement on Wednesday in an Alabama courtroom, just before van der Sloot entered a guilty plea to extorting money from the mother of the missing youngster, Beth Holloway.

The 18-year-old’s disappearance has long made the 36-year-old Dutch national the top suspect. The gorgeous blonde went missing while on a trip with her classmates to celebrate their high school graduation. On May 30, 2005, she was last observed leaving a bar with van der Sloot.

His admission has put an end to a case that has gripped the country for almost 20 years, even though he is not prosecuted with Holloway’s death.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s over,” Beth Holloway told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Alabama.

“Joran van der Sloot is no longer the suspect in my daughter’s murder. He is the killer.”

The devastated mother also disclosed that van der Sloot had admitted to her that, following the murder of her daughter, he had gone home and watched porn.

As part of a plea agreement for wire fraud and extortion, van der Sloot admitted to the crime earlier this month after requesting $250,000 from her family in exchange for information on where her body was found.

He was given a 20-year jail sentence on Wednesday, which will serve in addition to the 28-year sentence he is now serving in Peru for the 2010 killing of Stephany Flores.

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“You changed the course of our lives and you turned them upside down,” Beth Holloway said at the sentencing, standing a few feet from her daughter’s killer.

“You are a killer and I want you to remember that every time that jail cell door slams.”

At one point, the brave mom even turned to stare directly at the man who callously stole her daughter’s life.

“You look like hell, Joran,” she said.

In van der Sloot’s confession prior to the sentencing, he detailed how he started kissing Holloway on the beach in Aruba after a date in a local bar, according to court documents obtained by The Post.

“I start feeling her up again and she tells me no. She tells me she doesn’t want me to — to feel her up,” he told his attorney, according to the docs.

“Uh, I insist. I keep feeling her up either way.”

Natalee Holloway

After being detained twice in Aruba on suspicion of killing Holloway, Van der Sloot was eventually freed due to a lack of proof. Although a judge had pronounced her dead, her body was never located.

To get the deal, Judge Anna Manasco made him confess to the teen’s death.

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The judge declared, “You have brutally murdered two young women who have refused your sexual advances in separate instances years apart.”

Widespread attention was generated by Holloway’s disappearance during what was meant to be a joyous trip to Aruba with friends.

Before their fatal stroll down the beach, she was last seen with van der Sloot exiting a bar in Oranjestad.

In the extortion case, prosecutors said that van der Sloot had given Beth Holloway a $25,000 payment in exchange for providing the whereabouts of her body, with a further $225,000 owed upon the remains’ discovery.

The accused killer initially claimed Holloway’s body was buried beneath gravel behind a property close to the Aruba Racquet Club in a 2010 sworn statement to the FBI, but he later acknowledged it was a lie.

Before police could take him into custody in connection with the extortion case, he left Aruba, a Dutch colony, and appeared in Peru.

Van der Sloot was eventually apprehended by Peruvian authorities in connection with the 2010 murder of Flores, who was slain after also turning down his approaches sexually. He was found guilty and given a 28-year prison sentence.

Van der Sloot entered a guilty plea on Wednesday in connection with the extortion accusations after the Peruvian government consented to extradite him to the US.

Van der Sloot

“The wheels of justice have finally begun to turn for our family,” Beth Holloway told reporters when van der Sloot returned to Alabama in June.

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“It has been a very long and painful journey.”

In moving victim statements filed with the court in Alabama, both of the slain teen’s parents lashed out at van der Sloot.

“We are satisfied that our daughter died at his hands, and that he acted alone,” the teen’s father, Dave Holloway, wrote. “Questions will forever remain about the extent to which others participated in depriving us of the opportunity to return Natalee’s remains to Alabama.

“Today marks some legal accountability,” he said. “But we are convinced that a higher power will pronounce the ultimate judgment on this defendant and anyone else who helped him prevent us from bringing Natalee home.”

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