Joran Van Der Sloot Is Becoming A Father
Love is a complicated thing. The most complicated thing, even. Montagues fall in love with Capulets. Americans fall in love with Australians. And no matter how morally depraved and heinous his crimes, there always seems to be some woman who will marry a convicted murderer. Take Leydi Figueroa Uceda, a Peruvian woman who has been engaged to Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man who allegedly killed teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, since last year. Not only are these two engaged, but Uceda is now five months’ pregnant with their child.
The two met while Uceda was selling wares inside the Lima, Peru, prison where van der Sloot is being held. (He’s serving a 28-year-sentence for the 2010 murder of a different woman, a 21-year-old Peruvian student named Stephany Flores. He still remains the chief suspect in the unsolved murder of Holloway and faces charges for extorting Holloway’s mother for information about her disappearance.)
Right now, their future wedding date has not been set. But the child they are expecting together in four months will be a boy!
What is it with these women who marry — nay, procreate with — with convicted and accused murderers? Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarneaev is a “teen heartthrob” for some teen girls. Charles Manson has a younger girlfriend who thinks they are getting married. And van der Sloot has actually fielded other marriage proposals from women since he became infamous in 2005. The power of love is an inspiration — I guess? — but more fascinating is what is wrong with these women. Is it deep denial? Is it bottomlessness forgiveness? Or just plain stupidity?