Joran, who confessed to the murder of Peruvian woman Stephany Flores, made his way into the country using cash he extorted from the Holloway family by offering information on Natalee. “Joran reached out and said something like, ‘My dad died, and we need some cash. If you guys give me some money, I’ll come clean, and give you the whole story’” a source tells the New York Post.
Joran had gone to Natalee’s mother Beth Twitty who notified the FBI of the shakedown. Federal agents, in an attempt to catch him for Natalee’s disappearance five years ago, gave Joran $25,000 payoff.
The feds did not promptly file charges and US authorities never asked that he not be allowed to travel, even after they were warned that he was going to be leaving Aruba. Had they stopped him, then Stephany may still be alive, a fact that must be tearing apart everyone involved.
Beth Twitty was horrified when she learned Joran was able to flee to Peru. Joran had showed the FBI agent, who was there under the premise of being an intermediary for Beth, a house where Natalee was supposedly hidden, but the information was false.
Beth had been “told that an arrest was going to happen before he left” Aruba, says a source. It was only after Joran was arrested for Stephany’s murder that federal prosecutors in Alabama decided to charge him with extortion and wire fraud.
Why he wasn’t arrested or charged sooner? US Attorney spokeswoman Peggy Sanford has stated, “We did not obtain an arrest warrant until we had sufficient evidence to support the charges.” The evidence they needed? “I just can’t comment on that.”
And so once again he escaped justice only to take another life. I truly hope that this time the system works and Joran gets what he deserves.