Joran van der Sloot Biography

Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch convicted murderer, is currently serving a 28-year prison term in Peru for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores Ramírez. He gained notoriety as the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005, although he was never charged with her murder due to lack of evidence. Van der Sloot’s arrest and subsequent cases have garnered significant media attention, with Time magazine even declaring his arrest as the top crime story of 2010.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Joran Andreas Petrus van der Sloot, Murphy Jenkins
  • Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Leydi Figueroa Uceda
    • Father: Paul van der Sloot
    • Mother: Anita van der Sloot-Hugen
    • Children: Dushy van der Sloot
  • Born Country: Netherlands
  • Height: 1.92 m
  • Education: International School Of Aruba
  • Known for: Murderers, Fraudsters

Childhood & Early Life

Joran Andreas Petrus van der Sloot was born on 6 August 1987 in Arnhem, Netherlands, to Paulus and Anita van der Sloot. His father was a lawyer while his mother was an art teacher. He has two brothers. When he was still young, the family moved to Aruba. There he studied at International School of Aruba. He was good at soccer and tennis and played doubles tennis at the Moët et Chandon Anniversary Cup in 2005. His mother later revealed that, as a boy, her son was a sneaky liar and slipped out of the house to visit casinos at night.

Disappearance of Natalee Holloway

On 30 May 2005, an eighteen-year-old American woman Natalee Holloway went missing while on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. Van der Sloot and two of his friends, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe – who were last seen with her – were arrested as suspects. The three had initially stated that Holloway was dropped off alone at the hotel; however, after arrest, the Kalpoe brothers claimed that they had left their friend and Holloway on the beach. Joran Van der Sloot stated that he had left her alone on the beach at her own request. Lack of evidence led to the release of the three; however, they were instructed to stay within the Dutch territory and remain available to the police for further investigation in the case. His lawyer father, Paulus, was also arrested for questioning, but was later released. In September 2005, Joran van der Sloot joined the HAN University of Applied Sciences to pursue international business management studies. The case received widespread media attention. In an interview with Fox News Television, Joran told his version of story and the time spent with Holloway. In 2007, along with reporter Zvezdana Vukojevic, he wrote a Dutch book De zaak Natalee Holloway (The Case of Natalee Holloway). The book mostly received negative reviews. In November 2007, the three suspects were re-arrested on the basis of what was described as new incriminating evidence. However, the evidence once again failed to take the case forward and the three were released again. In February 2008, in an undercover video made by the Dutch investigative journalist and crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, Joran Van der Sloot admitted that he was on the beach with Holloway when she collapsed. When he was not able to revive her, he called his friend Daury who disposed of her body in the ocean.

Murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez

In Peru, he met Stephany Flores Ramirez, a 21 year old college student and the daughter of a well-known Peruvian business personality, Ricardo Flores, at a Lima casino. On 2 June 2010, her body (beaten and with a broken neck) was found in a room – registered in Van der Sloot’s name – in Hotel TAC. In the hotel’s surveillance video, the two were seen entering the room early morning on 30 May 2010. A few hours later, Joran Van der Sloot was seen leaving the room with his bags. He emerged as the lone suspect in the case and was arrested on 3rd June in Chile while travelling in a rented taxi. He was deported to Peru and interrogated. He admitted to killing Flores after he found her using his laptop without his permission (and perhaps found details connecting him to the Holloway case) which led to an argument. He later retracted from his confession stating that he was very scared at the time of giving the statement. Meanwhile, he was formally indicted on counts of extortion and wire fraud by federal prosecutors in the US in Natalee Holloway’s case. In January 2012, he pled guilty to the murder of Flores and a couple of days later was sentenced to 28 years in prison. The Lima court also directed him to pay $75,000 in reparation to the Flores family. A day before the judgement, an Alabama judge officially declared Holloway to be dead. This was done at the request of Holloway’s father. In 2014, the Peruvian government ruled that Joran Van der Sloot will be extradited to the United States in the year 2038 (after completing 28 years of imprisonment) to face charges of extortion and wire fraud in Holloway’s case.

Family & Personal Life

In July 2014, Joran Van der Sloot married Leidy Figueroa, a Peruvian woman who he met while she was visiting another inmate in the prison. She gave birth to his child in September the same year.

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