This is a very well written book.
Often these sorts of books are rather dry, the writing mediocre.
This book's authors, one of whom is named Pulitizer coincidentally, did a great job of telling the simultaneous story of Joran Van Der Sloot and Natalee Holloway and Joran Van Der Sloot and Stepheny Flores.
I read this book with shocked eyes and startled mind.
So very much was revealed about Joran and Natalee, information that would have any American lad who lied so much thrown in jail for the murder of Natalee Holloway.
I can't believe such a miscarriage of justice fell through the gaping holes in the Aruban justice system though I believe there's a more sinister reason why the Aruban prosecutors didn't throw Joran in jail, right where he belonged and where any fool with a prosecuting shingle on his or her door could see through all the lies.
More on my theory of that later. Whatever the case, the minute those Aruban jokes let Joran walk and get away with his crime, Stepheny Flores' days on earth were numbered. I wonder how on earth they can live with themselves.
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Below a list of the many stories on Natalee Holloway on this Blog, from her initial disappearance in 2005 through Joran's alleged confession in 2008.
First post about Natalee's disappearance from an Internet newsgroup
Paulus Vandersloot Arrested
Last three boys seen with Natalee Holloway arrested
Suspect Boys Seen Dumping Large trash bag in landfill
Alabama Governor Calls for Boycott of Aruba
Aruban investigators call Beth Holloway Twitty biggest impediment to investigation
Theory of Aruban authorities on what happened to Natalee
New "arrests" made on Holloway case
Natalee's parents file lawsuit against Vandersloots
John Ramsey and Natalee Holloway's Mom
Three Suspects Re-Arrested -November 07
Joran Released from Jail
AGAIN, Joran allegedly confesses on video
So while I have been following and Blogging about the Natalee Holloway case, I didn't know much about the Stepheny Flores case.
Joran Van Der Sloot murdered Stepheny Flores for her money. It is believed that he might also have tortured Stepheny for the password to her ATM card.
I'd never, before learning that Stepheny Flores was some poor young woman with a gambling problem who died from a Joran Van Der Sloot and his premeditated plan to kill her, considered that Natalee Holloway might also have died by the deliberate hand of Van Der Sloot.
Oh I've always been quite sure that Van Der Sloot killed Natalee, but like many, I thought maybe Natalee was overdosed with some sort of date rape type of drug by Joran and/or some of his pals.
Now I wonder if Joran didn't murder Natalee too for some money she might have had.
Joran was an unabashed gambler, even in 2005 when he was still a teenager and when Natalee went missing. Now, with the benefit of the hindsight of the Flores murder, it's evident Joran still has gambling in his blood and it consumes him.
Since Natalee Holloway went missing, Joran's been all over the world, to include the Netherlands, Thailand, Chile and finally in Peru.
My theory about Natalee's death was that Joran slipped some sort of date rape into her drink. Since Joran's no sort of medical doctor or anything, it would very easy to add a bit too much of this sort of thing.
I think Natalee went into a convulsion and died, something, as I believed, Joran did not intend to happen.
In fact, the above scenario is still the most likely one. The rather cold-blooded killing of Stepheny Flores could have been just a step up for Joran who did get away with his first murder after all.
The book goes into much detail of the many lies told by Joran as regards his last night with Natalee Holloway, lies so variable and different that a Prosecutor 101 should have smelled GUILTY several miles away.
The authors interviewed Joran's mother, Anita, this is obvious by the details they provide that only she could have known. The authors also obviously worked with the Peruvian authorities.
Even after reading this book, with all the known information now documented and unvarnished by the media coverage, I am still not sure what part Joran's friends Deepak and Satish played in the Natalee Holloway murder but if nothing else, they joined Joran in his pack of lies.
The bigger reason all these players were allowed to lie to the point of having innocent black guards arrested for nothing was because of, as is MY theory, Paulus Van Der Sloot.
Paulus Van Der Sloot is now dead.
I think that Paulus was the fellow that Joran hinted at as his friend who brought his boat out to help dispose of Natalee's body. When Joran was caught on tape, smoking weed, high and laughing, he hinted that somebody helped him dispose of Natalee's body.
Paulus Van Der Sloot was very involved in this Natalee Holloway case, to the point where even HE was locked up for a few days as the Aruban authorities tried to separate him from son Joran.
Paulus also warned Joran, Deepak and Satish that without a body nobody could prosecute them.
A really odd thing for the father of a murder suspect to tell potential witnesses. If his son was so innocent, as he and Joran's mother proclaimed, why get into all that with other people with big mouths?
Yes, I think that Paulus Van Der Sloot responded to Joran's plea that fateful night when Natalee Holloway lost her life.
I think Joran told him that Natalee suddenly went into convulsions, he didn't know why though I'm thinking Joran gave Natalee a little date rape medicine in her drink. Paulus might well have seen his son's life being ruined all for one silly American tourist who couldn't hold her liquor and probably had some drugs along with all the booze she consumed.
We can be reasonably sure that Joran did not tell his father the truth or anything.
Paulus was a lawyer on the island of Aruba, a friend of many in Aruban's judicial system. I suspect that many of the Aruban prosecutors figured Natalee died much like my scenario plays out. At the time Joran was a young man with no record, who could have, reasonably, been viewed as a local kid who got into some deep stuff through no fault of his own.
In short, the Aruban authorities might well have thought like Paulus Van Der Sloot….just throw the body in the water. Why ruin a young man's life over the silly behavior or a wild child American tourist who didn't know her limits.?
I believe Joran and Paulus were considered unfortunate victims of circumstance and the Aruban authorities gave the Van Der Sloots wide leeway.
Too bad for Stepheny Flores.
Joran Van Der Sloot is really a monster. Paulus Van Der Sloot might have meant well for his son, but he believed his son's endless lies one time too many.
I don't think Paulus is in heaven. I don't think burying your son's dead bodies makes you a good father.
Just my speculation.
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