For five long years Natalee Holloway’s mother Beth Twitty has been waiting to find out what happened to her daughter in Aruba. She has had no answers, no peace, and no sense of closure. Today, she may have come one step closer to achieving those things.
Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national who was last seen with Natalee and suspected of being involved in her disappearance, has confessed to the murder of another young woman, Stepphany Flores, 21, in Peru, reports NBC News. If tried and convicted of murder, Joran faces a potential prison term of 35 years.
Joran’s confession shows that he is capable of feeling guilt and remorse. Having already admitted to one crime, could he soon offer information of what happened to Natalee?
This past Thursday, Joran was charged with trying to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s family in exchange for disclosing the location of her body and describing how she died, proving that he does know what happened. He must be tried in Peru before any extradition request could be considered, which could make Beth’s wait for justice a little longer.
Yet, it is surely on the horizon. Now that Joran has been caught and exposed for the cold-hearted killer that he is, it will be nearly impossible for him to avoid repercussions for what he did to Natalee.
Joran is currently being held in a seventh-floor cell with a bunk bed and blanket and gets three hot meals a day. Today, the police will be taking him back to the crime scene in Peru to reconstruct the events that happened there. Joran’s mother, Anita van der Sloot, who some would consider another victim in this horrifying situation, will be traveling to Lima to be with her son. She is trying to find him “competent counsel,” and has been able to have phone conversations with him.
Hopefully, the trial over Steffany’s death will be swift and harsh, followed by justice for Natalee.