Van Der Sloot Seeks $1M TV Deal
He'll talk on camera for big bucks
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2010 2:05 AM CDT
This prison cell is similar to one where Dutch murder defendant Joran van der Sloot is being held at the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
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(Newser) – Self-confessed killer Joran Van der Sloot is trying to peddle his first on-camera TV interview for $1 million, according to sources in the Peruvian jail where he's being held. So far, there haven't been any takers. The Dutch killer, 22, has apparently been hard up for cash for some time and was indicted this week on charges that he extorted $25,000 from Natalee Holloway's mom in exchange for promised info on the whereabouts of her daughter's remains. Van der Sloot apparently used some of that money to enter a poker tournament in Peru where he admitted to cops he murdered Stephany Flores, 21.

Van der Sloot's mom said he was supposed to go to the Netherlands, not Peru, to receive treatment in an institution for his mental disorders. A big pay-off interview would instantly garner points in prison, a former FBI agent told ABC News. "It gives him more power in prison, his ability to buy things, his ability to manipulate other inmates to get whatever he wants," he said.