Joran van der Sloot’s mother has come forward to admit that she believes her son is likely guilty, and that, in the wake for Stephany Flores’ murder in Peru, she urged him to turn himself in to the police. She told Holland’s De Telegraaf newspaper, “I now believe that Joran may indeed have done something to Stephany in Peru. Joran is sick in the head but he didn’t want any help.” (Anita is pictured at left with Joran’s father, Paul, who died earlier this year).
Immediately after Stephany Flores’ murder, Joran fled and was being hunted by authorities. During that time, Anita says, she was in contact with Joran. “I said, ‘Joran, you’re being searched internationally. A girl in dead. Where are you?’ I told him he had to turn himself in. If only he had listened to his mother,” she says.
She still believes he’s innocent in the Natalee Holloway case (“I felt he had nothing to do with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005. He had left her on the beach. I still believe that,” she says), but admits, “Stephany, he may have killed.” She adds, “If he killed Stephany, then he will have to carry the burden of that. I will not visit him in his cell, I will not embrace him. But he should get a fair trial.”
The guilt of a mother in this situation would seem unimaginable, but it’s something that celebrity mom Tilda Swinton has been thinking about lately. She stars in the We Need to Talk About Kevin movie, adapted from the powerful, thought-provoking novel by Lionel Shriver. Swinton plays the mother of a teen killer, a boy responsible for a high-school massacre. How does a mother (in the book’s case, a good mother with no responsibility for her son’s inner-evil) live with the guilt?
The movie arrives in theaters next year. The real life Van der Sloot story is sadly playing out right now, in Peru, in Aruba, and in newspapers around the world.