Joran Van Der Sloot Is Guilty of Murder No Matter What He Calls It

joran van der slootOkay, question: Are there any circumstances under which murder is not considered cruel? (Barring, of course, self-defense.) Yeah, I didn't think so. Which is what perplexes me about the request Joran van der Sloot made at the opening of his trial for the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru.

Apparently the Dutch resident asked for more time to "reflect" on his plea. Since he already confessed to killing Flores, he's expected to plead guilty (um, obviously??). But it seems the killer has a bone to pick with the prosecution's "aggravated charges" of "cruelty and ferocity."

So ... what does van der Sloot consider the act of brutally beating and strangling another human being? Warm and fuzzy?

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Of course the real problem van der Sloot has with the cruel/ferocious accusation is the difference it makes in his eventual sentencing: If the judge rules that he killed Flores in a state of "emotional distress," as the defense claims, he'll be convicted of manslaughter (prison sentence of 8 to 20 years); if the judge rules in favor of the prosecution, he'll be convicted of first-degree murder (possible life sentence).

Oh, in case you were wondering what made van der Sloot so "distressed," he says it happened when Flores went on his laptop and discovered his connection to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

I guess it shouldn't come as a shock when a confessed killer acts, you know, INSANE, but for the love of god, is this guy insane or what?? Not only does he try to defend himself with a reference to another girl he is believed to have killed, he has the audacity to imply that what he did to poor Stephany Flores wasn't cruel?

My heart breaks for that poor girl's family (who, unsurprisingly, are not happy about the delayed trial/suggestion of a manslaughter sentence). Joran van der Sloot can call his crime(s) whatever he wants, but it won't bring anybody's daughter back from the grave.

Do you think what Joran van der Sloot did was cruel?


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