“I always lied to the police.”
It’s been more than 10 years since the murder of Natalee Holloway captivated the nation. The 19-year-old from Alabama was on a high school graduation trip in Aruba with 130 of her classmates when she disappeared after leaving a nightclub. She was never seen again and her body has never been found.
Police focused their investigation on 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot, a resident of Aruba who was seen leaving the club with Holloway. He was arrested twice on suspicion of Holloway’s murder, but never charged. Holloway was legally declared dead in 2012.
Now van der Sloot has reportedly come clean about his part in Holloway’s death in a recently leaked video.
A reporter working undercover for the National Enquirer and RadarOnline went to a jail in Peru in February, where van der Sloot is imprisoned for the murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman. The reporter recorded a discussion in which van der Sloot and his wife Leidy discuss the Holloway case inside Challapalca prison.
“I always lied to the police,” said van der Sloot, speaking in his native Dutch. “I never told the truth. I made up so many stories against the police … Also when I was younger, I never told everything. The police just never knew what they had to ask me.”
He added, “I think that was one of the worst police investigations that ever took place.”
When asked by the reporter if he was referring to the Holloway case he clarified, “Yes, yes, yes, yes this is also where I am guilty and I accept everything that I have done.”
Van der Sloot was the last person seen with Holloway before she disappeared in Aruba. He has been the only suspect thought the entire murder investigation.
Van der Sloot tried to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother, Beth, in exchange for information about the location of the body. However, Mrs. Holloway never received the information and van der Sloot was eventually charged with extortion in the United States.
David Holloway, Natalie’s father, has seen the video confession. “He could sit down there and rot in the prison system he’s in now,” said Mr. Holloway, who also believes van der Sloot had help from at least one other person in disposing of his daughter’s body. “I do know the Peruvian prison system he’s in now is pretty harsh and obviously he’s trying to get to Aruba or somewhere else and I don’t think that’s going to happen. He’s played that game too many times.”
After he is released in 2038, van der Sloot is expected to be extradited to U.S. on the extortion charges.