I bet you guys didn’t see this one coming—and yes, that is sarcasm. Joran Van Der Sloot, the 22-year-old Dutch dude who was long thought to be involved in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005, has confessed to killing Stephany Flores Ramirez, the 21-year-old daughter of a prominent Peruvian business man and former presidential candidate. Ramirez’s body was found in a hotel room at the Hotel Tac in Lima on June 2nd, half dressed and covered in a sheet. The room was registered to Van Der Sloot, who had already taken off for Chile when the body was found. Authorities picked him up—he is also wanted for extortion—and brought him back to Peru where he gave a tearful confession last night. “I did not want to do it,” he said. “The girl intruded into my private life.”
So what happened?According to Van Der Sloot’s confession, the two had met at a casino and went back to his room at 5:33 a.m. From the info available, it’s hard to tell if their meeting was by chance, if they’d corresponded before, or if Ramirez had someone plotted to meet the suspected killer. Van Der Sloot says that he went to get coffee. When he returned, he found Ramirez reading his computer. Allegedly, Ramirez told him she’d found information on his computer that linked him to Natalee Holloway’s death. Van Der Sloot says that he became enraged and beat her, breaking her neck. The murder weapon is thought to be a tennis racket.
Van Der Sloot has agreed to do a re-enactment with authorities in the case, but has not said anything further about the still-open Holloway case. Will he confess to that, too, since, uh, why else would he have killed Ramirez if he was innocent?
In Peru, there’s no life sentence or death penalty. They also give lighter sentences to criminals who confess. Given his confession, Van Der Sloot will be looking at 35 years in prison according to experts. Is it enough? [CNN]