Natalee Holloway Suspect van der Sloot Arrested

Cynthia Dermody

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Looks like a really bad dude is finally going down for his crimes. Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the still unsolved Natalee Holloway murder case from 2005, was arrested in Chile yesterday for murdering a 21-year-old woman in Peru, according to the Guardian.

Though the latest crime is obviously unrelated, those involved in the Holloway case hope the recent arrest provides new vigor to prosecute van der Sloot for the American girl's disappearance in Aruba five years ago.

Holloway's body was never found, but a number of clues point to the Dutchman as the prime suspect. He was in the right place at the right time, but in addition, two years ago, he was secretly taped admitting that he was with Holloway when she was passed out drunk on a beach, and that he had thought she was dead and asked a friend to dump her body in the sea.

Then the kicker: van der Sloot was also charged separately in the U.S. yesterday with trying to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway's family in exchange for information about their daughter's body's whereabouts. Unbelievable.




Murderer again.


You can add "gambler" to that list above. Van der Sloot, 22, was in Peru for a poker tournament, where he met 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez. She was found with a broken neck in a hotel room registered to him. She died on Sunday but her corpse was only discovered by a cleaner on Tuesday, according to the Guardian story.

The body was found fully clothed and there were no signs that she had been sexually abused, though there is evidence that both were drinking.

Van der Sloot then paid a truck driver to take him across the border to Chile where he was captured yesterday.

Now, let's get the Holloway family some answers and find a way to put him away and not have to hear about him ever again.

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