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] Keep reading »
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Wow. The more we hear about Jeremy London’s alleged kidnapping, the stranger and stranger the whole thing seems. Here’s what we’ve learned since the initial report: everything went down when Jeremy and his on-again-off-again wife, Melissa London, decided to go for a (romantic?) dinner at Jack in the Box. When they came out, they had a flat tire. Two dudes helped them change it, and then asked for a ride home. Jeremy obliged, but dropped Melissa off first because she felt uncomfortable. That’s when things supposedly got crazy. After Melissa got out of the car, one of the men allegedly pulled out a gun and held it to Jeremy’s head. They supposedly robbed him of an envelope full of cash, and forced him to drive around for 12 hours, threatening to find his three-year-old son, Lyrik, if he didn’t comply. They made him buy alcohol and drop it off with other friends. At one point, they tried to force Jeremy into the trunk, but he talked them out of it. Jeremy claims they did, however, force him to smoke an unidentified drug, screaming, ““Hit this! Hit this or I’m gonna kill you!” Eventually, the men had him drive to one of their sisters’ houses, who helped Jeremy escape. Near the end of the ordeal, the kidnappers supposedly said, “We were just kidding with you.”
Nearly everyone, including us, thought this story sounded highly suspect at first—like Jeremy’s way of explaining away drug use since he’s required to submit to testing to get back custody of his son. So now Melissa has come forward to back up Jeremy’s story. Keep reading »
“He was amazing. He was romantic. … [Our relationship] was very playful, very honest. We could sit and talk for hours. We liked looking into each other’s eyes. … I told him I liked red Skittles, and what he did was he made this vase at school, went and bought a lot of Skittles packets, he took all the red ones out, and as a present I got a vase full of red Skittles. He did things like that he was real thoughtful. [But] he would lie for no apparent reason at all, and if you caught him at it, he would double down and be even more serious about the story.”
—Melody Granadillo tells “20/20″ about her “Prince Charming,” ex-boyfriend Joran van der Sloot, whom she fell for in 2003. He’s now in prison in Peru after confessing to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez and is still the leading suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway [NY Post] Keep reading »
In April, Jeremy London—who played Griffin on “Party of Five” (not to be mixed up with his twin brother, Jason London of “Dazed and Confused” fame)—sat down with People to talk about his battle with prescription pill addiction. He lost his wife and custody of his son because it got so bad, until he went to rehab last summer. He’s been clean since.
But today comes a bizarre story. Last Thursday night, Jeremy was kidnapped for five hours. Jeremy says that he was changing his tire when he was robbed at gunpoint. Keep reading »
Earlier this week, a photo surfaced of Joran van der Sloot, sans shirt, being examined by a prison doctor. And folks couldn’t help but notice that he had a tattoo across his chest. The tattoo is in Thai and it reads, “No worries.” Oh, the irony—since van der Sloot has confessed to murder, let it slip that he knows where Natalee Holloway’s body is buried, and is being held in a jail in Peru where he is supposedly fearing for his life. Oh, and today his lawyer quit. Maximo Altez said that after receiving death threats, he is done with the case. “I’m an older person. This isn’t for me,” he said. Hopefully, this will make you think before getting any tattoo involving words like “happiness,” “money,” or “love.” You are only tempting fate. [Gawker, NY Post] Keep reading »
At 3 a.m. last night, a security guard at a building in Sherman Oaks, California, heard a crash nearby and called the cops to investigate. Turns out a car had been pushed over the ravine—the keys were in the ignition, and the car was running, but it appeared that no one was in the driver’s seat. The car was Charlie Sheen‘s Mercedes. When the cops called him, he said he had no idea it was missing and that he had parked it in his driveway at 4 p.m. This case is made even stranger by the fact that almost an identical thing happened with this Mercedes on February 5th. Charlie discovered his car was missing, called the police, and they found it shortly after at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff.
So what the heck happened here? After the jump, some theories. Keep reading »
Shawn Johnson is one tough cookie. She impressed us in the 2008 Olympics with her badass gymnastics skills and again when she won “Dancing with the Stars” season 8. But yesterday, we truly had to give it to her for getting up on the witness stand to testify against her stalker, the uber creepy Robert O’Ryan. This engineer believes that Shawn was communicating telepathically with him during the 2008 Olympics. He believed that Shawn loved him and that they would have a child together. When she was on “DWTS,” he drove cross-country from Florida and scaled a fence at CBS studios to try to get to Shawn. When police searched his car, they found a shotgun, a hand gun, a knife, plus zip ties and other cords, which he presumably was planning to tie Shawn up with. He also had love letters he’d written to her, a pile of clippings about her, and a map to her home. Fr. Ea. Ky. Keep reading »
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? Keep reading »
Stephen Clancy Hill, the porn star charged with killing one colleague and injuring two others, committed suicide after an 8-hour police standoff on Saturday. He had been at large since the incident last Tuesday, after fleeing from the scene with the weapon that looked like a samurai sword. This weekend, a SWAT team located Hill and cornered him on the top of a small cliff. The team brought in negotiators in an attempt to coax him away from the edge and into police custody. Officials and onlookers said that the suspect was clutching a sword and continually told police that he was going to kill himself. He eventually scooted off the ledge, falling over 50 feet. News cameras were present and captured the fatal fall. Negotiators said they did what the could to try to take Hill into custody, and that his death was an unfortunate end to the case. Some believe that the fall could have been accidental, but based on Hill’s earlier remarks, police seem to believe that it was suicide. [Newser] Keep reading »
There are only two options in the cases of Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores, who were killed exactly five years apart to the day: either Joran Van Der Sloot killed them, or he is the unluckiest person on the planet and also the stupidest for continually fanning the flames. Remember in 2008, when he was recorded in a conversation with a friend saying that Holloway died when she had a seizure during sex on the beach, and that he’d called a friend to help him dump the body in the ocean? Van Der Sloot later claimed that this wasn’t true, and that he was lying to impress the friend. (Yeah. So impressive.) The tape was eventually deemed insufficient evidence. But, apparently, just a few weeks ago, Van Der Sloot was communicating with an unnamed party in Alabama about Holloway’s disappearance. And he allegedly said that for $250,000, he would reveal the location of her body. The money was supposedly wired to him, but the information he gave was not accurate. He has now been charged by the U.S. with extortion and fraud, in addition to the murder charge in Peru. Like I said, on the small sliver of a chance that this guy is innocent, he seriously has not done himself any favors. [Radar Online] Keep reading »