Micropenised murder suspect Joran van der Sloot now says he was “tricked” into confessing to the murder of Peruvian lesbian Stephany Flores Ramirez. According to Sloot, he signed everything in a blind panic because Peruvian police told him if he signed the papers they gave him they’d transfer him to the Netherlands. And we might believe Sloot were it not for three suspicious pre-conditions.
1. His own mother thinks he’s mentally unstable: Anita van der Sloot told the Dutch magazine De Telegraaf her son went to Peru to escape having to enter the high security section of a psychiatric hospital. She spoke with her son before and after Ramirez’s murder and says he sounded paranoid both times, adding that someone was following him. She stopped short of claiming her son’s innocence, which confirms she’s at least suspects he’s capable of murder. And while a mother’s opinion and silence don’t prove anything, they certainly raise an eyebrow.
2. He was already arrested twice over the disappearance of Natalee Holloway: You’d think that a guy who’d been twice arrested for the 2005 disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba would know better than to blindly sign documents while being interrogated for murder. Van der Sloot’s attorney Maximo Altez says his client will make a statement in court on how his rights were violated during the investigation, but so far no claims of coercion have been made against the Peruvian police.
3. The transcript of his confession offers specifics of the murder and contradicts his earlier alibi: CNN has a transcript of Van der Sloot’s confession, and while it’s entirely possible crooked Peruvian cops fabricated and leaked it to the press, it’s a stretch, especially since he has yet to refute the grisly details contained in the transcript:
Van der Sloot told authorities he attacked Flores on May 30 after she read an e-mail on his computer connected with the Holloway case. In the transcript, van der Sloot said that after Flores read the e-mail, she punched him in the face.
“At that moment impulsively, with my right elbow I hit her in the face exactly on top of the nose. I think she started to faint. It affected me so that I grabbed her from the neck and strangled her for a minute. There was blood everywhere. [I thought] ‘What am I going to do now?‘ I had blood on my shirt. There was also blood on the bed, so, I took my shirt and put it on her face, pressing hard, until I killed Stephany. After I responded with hitting her, I feared that she would go to the police and they would detain me for what was an impulsive act. I think I wanted to kill her because I wasn’t thinking.”
And then there’s all the security footage of him arriving to and leaving from the hotel.
It’s quite a different story from his initial claim that robbers had killed Ramirez. But if there’s one thing we can be absolutely certain of about this guy, it’s that he’s screwed in the head, and will say anything to escape responsibility.