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Joran van der Sloot: Crazy Like a Faux

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,  Read More 
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Further Sporadic Ramblings of Joran van der Sloot

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  Read More 
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The Sporadic Ramblings of Joran van der Sloot

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  Read More 
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Breakfast of Champions

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  Read More 
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A Preventable Death?

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  Read More 
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Stephany Flores Ramirez

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.

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Natalee Holloway, Part Ten (Further into the Bizarre)

If you were laboring under the delusion that this case couldn't possibly get stranger, you were wrong.

Today, the same day Joran van der Sloot was detained in Chile as principal suspect in the murder of Stephany Flores, a criminal complaint against him was filed by the United States Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, Natalee Holloway's home state.

I have read the complaint, and it states that  Read More 
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Natalee Holloway, Part Eight (Man on the Run)

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

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  Read More 
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Natalee Holloway, Part Seven (Breaking News)

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  Read More 
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