New revelations have emerged in the unsolved case of Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old American from Alabama who vanished in 2005 during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Dutchman Joran van der Sloot was the last person seen with her before her disappearance. Authorities were unable or unwilling to charge van der Sloot with the crime. But an undercover journalistic investigation may have blown the case wide open again.
Holloway met van der Sloot at an Aruba bar in May 2005. Once the pair left the Carlos ‘n’ Charlie’s bar, she was never seen alive again. Van der Sloot and two friends were arrested on June 9, 2005, but was released that September due to lack of evidence. Holloway’s body was never found.
In a video that was recorded in the Peruvian prison where he is being held for murder, he is heard telling his wife, Leidy, in Dutch “I always lied to the police. I never told the truth.” Van der Sloot is seen holding the hand of his wife and grinning as he talked to a reporter for Radar Online and the National Enquirer.
Apparently unabashed, van der Sloot said “Also, when I was younger, I never told everything. The police just never knew what they had to ask. I think that was one of the worst police investigations that ever took place.” He was asked whether he was referring to the Holloway disappearance: “Yes, yes, yes. Yes, this is also where I am guilty, and I admit everything that I have done.”
Van der Sloot was interviewed at Challapalca Prison in Peru, where he is serving a 28-year sentence for bludgeoning to death of student Stephany Flores in 2010. Her murder, to which he confessed, occurred five years to the day of Holloway’s disappearance. Flores was 22 years old at the time of her death.
He added, “I think that was one of the worst police investigations that ever took place.”
Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, scoffed at the alleged supposed confession by van der Sloot, alleging that the Dutchman is motivated by money and attention. Of the tabloid press. Holloway said "They think they've got something when they really don't. A lot of people don't realize that in Aruba, a verbal or recorded confession is not valid, unless it's a statement signed in writing."
Below is the surveillance video used as evidence in the Stephany Flores murder case:
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