Every week in cocktail chatter, we tell you what you need to know to sound like an expert at this weekend's play date, dinner party, or post office meeting.
This week's cheat sheet: Joran van der Sloot.
Who He Is:
This Dutch national made American news in 2005 when he became Suspect Number 1 in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an American teen vacationing in Aruba. Five years later, he remains the only prime suspect in that case. But now he's been arrested and allegedly confessed to murdering a Peruvian woman in Peru.
Terms to Know:
Stephany Flores Ramirez: This 21-year-old daughter of Peruvian businessman and race car driver Ricardo Flores was found dead in van der Sloot's hotel room in Lima. Video of the two meeting at a casino, plus video of them walking into his hotel room together are part of the police evidence in the case against him.
Melody Granadillo: Joran's childhood girlfriend (she was 16, he was 17) is milking her 15 minutes of fame to share stories of the serial cheater she still claims was sweet and friendly. Granadillo appeared on ABC's 20/20 Friday night, telling Chris Cuomo she saved everything from their dating days.
Prison conditions: There is no death penalty in Peru, but van der Sloot faces 35 years in prison if he's convicted of murdering Stephany. He's been said to be so afraid of the horrendous conditions in there (where inmates have convicted major crimes -- inside the prison walls) that he's considering admitting to the Holloway murder and disclosing details of the crime so he'll be sent to Aruba.
Phrases to Drop:
"Van der Sloot has confessed multiple times to having been involved with Natalee Holloway's disappearance, but he keeps changing the circumstances. Doesn't make him less guilty."
"My new favorite Facebook group is the one that suggests plugging the BP leak with Joran van der Sloot."
"Joran met Stephany at Atlantic City, but that was just the name of the casino -- it's a far cry from Jersey."
"The details of how he killed her are pretty grisly -- the cause of death was cranial-encephalic and cervical traumatism."
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