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Van der Sloot Confession Leads to New Search in Aruba

More details emerge in the Flores murder
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2010 1:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot has confessed—to one killing. But as more details in the Stephany Flores Ramirez case leak, new information regarding Natalee Holloway's disappearance may have come to light: Investigators in Aruba are searching near a bird sanctuary. More from the Daily Beast and the Telegraph:

  • Van der Sloot may have bankrolled his trip to Peru using money he extorted from the Holloway family.
  • Van der Sloot said he met Flores at a poker table; she was up, he was down.
  • He discovered her using his computer after going out to get coffee in the early morning; according to a leaked police report, she was looking at a file filled with Holloway-related press clippings and legal documents.

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  • He allegedly threw Flores around a tiled room, bashed her head on a wooden bed frame, and battered her with a tennis racket.
  • He had bloody clothes in his possession when he was arrested in Chile.
  • He faces a maximum sentence of 35 years if convicted of Flores' murder.
  • He will be transferred to Miguel Castro Castro Prison next weekend, and it's not a pretty place. A human-rights investigation 4 years ago found prisoners were tortured, raped, and left for long periods in pitch-black isolation. Read one horrific account here.
(Read more Joran Van der Sloot stories.)

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