Joran van der Sloot: Crazy Like a Faux

August 3, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Stephany Flores, Crime

It seems that Joran van der Sloot, having claimed, fruitlessly, that his detailed confession to the murder of Stephany Flores was a) coerced, b) improperly translated/misunderstood by his translator, is now going for c) an insanity defense.

It won't work.

Maximo Altez, Joran's lawyer, has stated that Joran is a sick fellow. Well, (more…)

Further Sporadic Ramblings of Joran van der Sloot

June 11, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

News reports out of Peru state that Joran van der Sloot, while confessing to the murder of Stephany Flores, mentioned to his interrogators that he knew the exact location of Natalee Holloway's remains. He was, however, unwilling to share this knowledge with the Lima cops. He DID indicate that he'd be willing to share (more…)

A Preventable Death?

June 10, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

The FBI has been taking some heat for not arresting Joran van der Sloot immediately after they caught him on tape in Aruba extorting $25,000 from John Q. Kelly, Beth Holloway's lawyer, in exchange for information concerning the whereabouts of Natalee Holloway's body.

If Joran HAD been arrested on May 10, Stephany Flores would, in all (more…)

Breakfast of Champions

June 10, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

CBS, Fox, and other news agencies are reporting that while Stephany Flores Ramirez lay dead on Joran van der Sloot's hotel room floor, Joran went out to fetch himself some breakfast. He returned with the take-out to the hotel room, and dined while, apparently, contemplating Ms. Flores's corpse and trying to decide what to (more…)

The Sporadic Ramblings of Joran van der Sloot

June 10, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

It has been reported by the Peruvian press that before Joran van der Sloot gave what appears to be a truthful--or truthful as far as it ever gets with Joran--confession to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, he told the authorities who detained him in Chile a different story. This one involved Stephany and (more…)

Stephany Flores Ramirez

June 8, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

According to Peruvian law enforcement authorities, Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway five years ago, has confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, a student at business college and the daughter of a prominent Peruvian industrialist/impresario, race car driver, and one-time political candidate.

Van der Sloot (more…)

Natalee Holloway, Part Nine (Man No Longer on the Run)

June 3, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

CNN has just announced (1:00 pm EST) that Joran van der Sloot has been arrested in Santiago, Chile.

Later reports indicate that Joran was detained by Chilean authorities in a resort town outside Santiago, then brought under guard to Santiago. As far as I can tell, he'll be escorted to the border and turned over (more…)

Natalee Holloway, Part Eight (Man on the Run)

June 3, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

The most recent reports state that an autopsy has been done on Ms. Flores and that, contrary to earlier reports, she did not die of stabbing injuries but of a broken neck. She was apparently beaten to death. This is a truly terrible way to die. There seems to be no indication that she (more…)

Natalee Holloway, Part Seven (Breaking News)

June 2, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime, Stephany Flores

Various international news agencies are reporting that Joran van der Sloot, the principal suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, is now the prime suspect in the beating and stabbing death of twenty-one-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, the daughter of Peruvian business man and racer Ricardo Flores.

Ms. Flores was last seen alive leaving a (more…)

Selected Works

Nonfiction
“This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism and remarkable writing.”
--Robert B. Parker
"Taut with suspense...crackles like a bestselling novel." -- Barry Reed, author of The Verdict
Fiction
"Susan Kelly's maiden mystery is fresh and free-spirited with lively characters, snappy dialogue...and a suspenseful plot." -- Washington Post
“Spinetingling... noteworthy... brings the horror of being a victim into sharp focus.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking... a gritty, bittersweet story with added depth and dimension.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner with action and suspense." -- SSC Booknews
"A winner for fans of literate, witty mysteries." -- Tony Hillerman
"The Summertime Soldiers has love, sex, and murder and most of all, a heart." -- Boston Herald