Joran Van Der Sloot Retracts His Confession

In a Joran van der Sloot total shocker, the 22-year-old has retracted the confession he gave to police in Peru about killing Stephany Flores. And when I say “shocker,” I mean that it was totally expected as it’s the exact same thing he did in the Holloway case—confess and then deny. A reporter from the Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, interviewed van der Sloot in his prison cell. “I was tricked,” van der Sloot said about the confession he gave. “I was very scared and confused during the interrogations and wanted to get away. In my blind panic, I signed everything, but didn’t even know what it said.” [NY Post] Oookay, dude. Except that in his confession, he said that he elbowed Flores in the face, strangled her and suffocated her with his own shirt. “There was blood everywhere,” van der Sloot said. “What am I going to do now? I had blood on my shirt. There was also blood on the bed, so I took my shirt and put it on her face, pressing hard, until I killed Stephany.”

Which seems a tad more specific than just signing on a dotted line, “I did it,” because he was scared.

Oh, and the same newspaper also interviewed van der Sloot’s mama, Anita van der Sloot. “Joran is sick in the head but he didn’t want any help,” she said. While she believes her son might have killed Flores, she does not believe he is guilty of killing Natalee Holloway and blames herself for not sending him for psychological help after being implicated in that case. “He was traumatized. We made a big mistake then. We sent him to the Netherlands to study. He should have gone to a closed clinic. He needed psychological help even back then. … If he killed Stephany, then he will have to carry the burden of that. I will not visit him in his cell, I will not embrace him. But he should get a fair trial.” [Radar]