As long-awaited answers are finally beginning to come to light, Joran van der Sloot admitted Wednesday morning in court to killing Natalee Holloway.
Holloway, who was born in Mississippi before moving to Mountain Brook, Ala., during her adolescent years, was 18 when she disappeared during a senior trip to Aruba in 2005. She was last seen leaving a nightclub on the Caribbean island with van der Sloot.
After years of van der Sloot going back and forth on confessions – including in February 2016 when he was videoed by an undercover reporter while in jail for a separate murder to killing Holloway too – the Dutch citizen came clean once and for all as part of a plea deal.
According to what van der Sloot told authorities, he killed Holloway on the beach in Aruba and that was the last he ever saw of her. He also passed a polygraph test to back up the confession.
“I have considered your confession to the brutal murder of Natalee Holloway,” U.S. Judge Anna Manasco said after reading van der Sloot’s proffer. “You have brutally murdered in separate incidents years apart two beautiful women who refused your sexual advances.”
Van der Sloot was extradited to the U.S. earlier this year on charges of extortion and wire fraud after he was accused of having lied to Holloway’s mother, saying he would reveal where her daughter’s body was for $250,000.
His guilty plea to defrauding and extorting money from Beth Holloway will result in another 20 years behind bars after his current sentence for the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman comes to an end.
“For 19 years, you denied killing Natalee Holloway. Your lies have caused indiscernible pain. You have finally admitted that you murdered her,” Beth said in an emotional victim impact statement. “You are a killer and I want you to remember that.”
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