Nearly seven years after Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a school trip to Aruba, the man many think was responsible for her disappearance (but who has never been formally charged) -- Joran Van Der Sloot -- may finally face some kind of justice. Peru has recently approved an extradition to the US for Van Der Sloot who is serving a 28-year sentence for murdering a girl there.
Though he isn't charged with murdering Holloway, he has been charged by US federal authorities with trying to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother to give her the location of the teen’s body buried in Aruba.
Though it's a "great" thing to get any sort of justice for Holloway, it's unclear whether it would really be justice if he gets a cushier place to serve his sentence.
Most people are fairly well convinced that Van Der Sloot knows where Holloway is, but the likelihood that he will ever come clean or admit any truth is very low, indeed.
This may be Beth Holloway's (Natalee's mother) only chance for "justice." It's sad and wrong, but at least he will pay for something. It shouldn't have taken him being caught murdering another girl for him to finally be in prison.
Had he been imprisoned originally, he may not have ever killed Stephany Flores, the 21-year-old student he admitted strangling and beating in a Lima hotel room in May 2010.
He also wouldn't have been able to try to extort money. As a mom, I can't imagine how Beth must feel right now. It is something. But it isn't what a mom wants. What a mom wants is justice for her child. But she may never see that in any real way.
And that makes it still a tragedy. Holloway may never get any real sense of closure.
Do you think Van Der Sloot should be extradited?
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