Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national presently serving a 28-year prison sentence for murder in Peru, plans to be married in lockup and is expecting a child. Van der Sloot made international headlines as the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, who vanished in Aruba on May 30, 2005.
Van der Sloot was never formally charged with murdering Holloway, and her disappearance remains unsolved, but the Dutchman was indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States for wire fraud and extortion related to the teen's whereabouts. Van der Sloot killed Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez on May 30, 2010, five years to the day after Holloway vanished, and is now sitting in a Lima prison for the next couple of decades.
According to Maximo Altez, van der Sloot's Peruvian defense attorney, the 26-year-old Dutchman is getting married to Leydi Carol Figueroa Uceda, 23, some time in late May or early June. Altez said, "They met when she was visiting a relative in prison. They became friends and spent a lot of time together in his cell. Unlike The United States, here in Peru loved ones or relatives can see inmates inside their jails."
Uceda is expecting a baby boy fathered by van der Sloot, and is five months' pregnant. Altez added, "He's very happy about getting married. Since his girlfriend is pregnant, he wants his child to be born to a married couple and he's anxiously awaiting the day he can get married." The small, private wedding will be held in a chapel in Piedras Gordas Prison, located in Lima's Ancon district.
Here is a glimpse of Piedras Gordas:
Van der Sloot is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2038, though his prison stint can be reduced considerably for good behavior. Some have speculated that the marriage might be a maneuver to avoid extradition to the United States once his Peruvian sentence ends. Altez commented, "He's getting married because he's in love and is having a child. There are no hidden agendas." Van der Sloot is presently teaching English to other inmates to pass his time.
As for Uceda, her attraction to a convicted killer might be tied to hybristophilia, also known a "Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome," which is a paraphilia of the predatory type in which sexual arousal, facilitation, and attainment of orgasm are responsive to and contingent upon being with a partner known to have committed an outrage, cheating, lying, known infidelities or crime, such as rape, murder, or armed robbery.
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