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:
- They have trouble holding down jobs, and often work menial jobs.
- They tend to come from unstable families.
- 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.)
- Their families often have criminal, psychiatric and alcoholic histories.
- They were often abused — emotionally, physically and/or sexually — by a family member.
- They have high rates of suicide attempts.
- From an early age, many are intensely interested in voyeurism and sadomaschocist pornography.
- More than 60 percent wet their beds beyond the age of 12.
- Many are fascinated with fire starting.
- 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.