Joran van der Sloot is a Dutch national who gained global infamy for his participation in two prominent criminal instances.
In May 2005, Natalee Holloway, a teenage girl from America, disappeared while on a graduation trip to Aruba. The initial instance revolved around the vanishing of Natalee Holloway.
He was initially questioned and arrested in connection with her disappearance, but due to a lack of evidence, he was released. Van der Sloot was one of the last people seen with Holloway, who was living in Aruba at the time.
After killing Holloway and confessing to a friend, he discreetly got rid of her lifeless body. He garnered media attention in 2008 when he was secretly recorded. Despite her vanishing, no legal accusations were ever brought against him.
He was charged and arrested for her murder, and the next day, Flores was found dead in the hotel room of Van der Sloot, whom he had met in a Peruvian casino in Lima. This case is the second one involving the murder of Stephany Flores.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 28 years in prison in January 2012. However, he later recanted his confession, claiming that he had been coerced into making it.
Besides these two cases, Van der Sloot has a criminal record that extends beyond them, as he was formally charged by a federal grand jury in the United States with extortion and wire fraud in 2012, allegedly attempting to obtain $250,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother in exchange for information regarding her daughter’s disappearance.
He admitted his guilt for the accusations and received a 28-year prison sentence.
Joran van der Sloot’s participation in these high-profile instances has rendered him a contentious individual and a subject of global intrigue.