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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 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 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 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 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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Natalee Holloway, Part Six

May 30 marked the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. It was, I'm sure, an occasion of great sadness for her family and friends. And a source of frustration for those who would like to see some resolution.

The case is at a standstill. Last March, a husband and wife from Pennsylvania went  Read More 
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The Connecticut River Valley Murders, Part Two

Were these murders serial killings? I don't know. There seem to be factors arguing otherwise.

1. The women, though all under forty, were pretty widely separated in age otherwise. Serial killers tend to stick to the same age group when hunting victims. Bernice Courtemanche, at seventeen, could have been the daughter of the oldest victim,  Read More 
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The Connecticut River Valley Murders, Part One

This is one of New England's biggest unsolved mysteries. Between 1981 and 1986, six young women were murdered in the vicinity of Route 91, the area straddling the Vermont-New Hampshire border. The first victim was Mary Elizabeth Critchley. The second was Bernice Courtemanche. The third was Ellen Fried. The fourth was Eva Morse. The fifth was Lynda  Read More 
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The Case of the Missing Mummy, Part Two

Still no news, as far as I know, on what has become of the mummified infant corpse stolen from Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire. One reasonable guess might be that the disinterment was a college student prank, and that Baby Mummy is now a prominent feature of the decor of some fraternity  Read More 
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The Lady in the Dunes, Part Two

According to some news reports, the body--which wasn't discovered for anywhere from several days to a few weeks after the murder--was lying on a blanket in a position that suggested the woman had been sharing it with someone. As far as I know, there were no signs the victim had attempted to fend off  Read More 
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