Did Anita Van Der Sloot Raise a Serial Killer?

Public outrage over the recent development that Joran Van Der Sloot confessed to killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores isn’t just directed at Van Der Sloot himself — or the Aruban authorities who bungled the Natalee Holloway investigation in which he was a suspect five years ago . Many wonder how Joran’s mother, Anita Van Der Sloot, vehemently proclaimed her son’s innocence when some were convinced she and her now-deceased husband Paul knew Joran was lying about his involvement in Holloway’s disappearance.

Technically, to be a serial murderer, you must kill three different victims over the course of more than 30 days with time in between (in other words, not a mass spree killing). So, at this point, Van Der Sloot is not necessarily a serial killer. But maybe there are more victims yet to be linked to him. If so, there are certain characteristics many serial killers possess — often with warning signs beginning in childhood. Now that his father is dead, perhaps only his mother can attest to whether Joran exhibited the tell-tale signs of a serial murderer in the making.  Those signs are:

  1. They have trouble holding down jobs, and often work menial jobs.
  2. They tend to come from unstable families.
  3. As children, they are typically abandoned by their fathers and raised by domineering mothers. (Which wasn’t the case with Joran; his father didn’t abandon the family.)
  4. Their families often have criminal, psychiatric and alcoholic histories.
  5. They were often abused — emotionally, physically and/or sexually — by a family member.
  6. They have high rates of suicide attempts.
  7. From an early age, many are intensely interested in voyeurism and sadomaschocist pornography.
  8. More than 60 percent wet their beds beyond the age of 12.
  9. Many are fascinated with fire starting.
  10. They are involved in sadistic activity or torturing of small animals.

I think it’s important to note that Joran has two younger brothers — and it doesn’t appear they have been in serious trouble. I believe it’s jumping to conclusions that Anita Van Der Sloot deserves any blame for her son’s actions.  I actually feel sorry for her — as I do all the families involved.  And while Joran is most certainly a pathological liar, it’s yet to be determined if he’s a serial killer.

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