Natalee Holloway: Father Says Joran van der Sloot's Recent Confession is a Publicity Stunt

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Natalee Holloway's alleged killer, Joran van der Sloot, made an apparent recorded confession in his jail cell in Peru, where he is serving a 28-year sentence for murdering 21-year-old Peruvian Stephany Flores Ramirez. It was in a video shot by someone working for both RadarOnline and The Enquirer that van der Sloot allegedly confessed.

"I always lied to the police. I never told the truth,” van der Sloot said. “Also, when I was younger, I never told everything. The police just never knew what they had to ask me.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Natalee Holloway's father, Dave Holloway, says van der Sloot's so-called confession is nothing but a publicity stunt.

“They think they’ve got something when they really don’t,” he said. “A lot of people don’t realize that in Aruba, a verbal or recorded confession is not valid unless it’s a statement signed in writing.

“Tabloids will pay for [his story] because it sells magazines, but that’s never printed,” Dave Holloway added.

Natalee Holloway was just 18 when she disappeared in Aruba from a high school senior trip in 2005. She was last seen leaving a bar with Joran van der Sloot.

Joran Van der Sloot could be extradited to the U.S. to face charges that allege he extorted and defrauded Natalee Holloway's mother, Beth--but it wouldn't be until 2038, when he completes his sentence in Peru. In 2014 U.S. prosecutors alleged that Van der Sloot accepted $25,000 in cash from Beth Holloway in exchange for a promise to lead a lawyer for the family to Natalee Holloway's body in early 2010, just before he went to Peru.

Incidentally, Joran van der Sloot murdered Stephany Flores Ramirez five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared.

"We've still got a long way to go to get justice," Dave Holloway says.

It would do not only Natalee Holloway's parents good to see Joran van der Sloot jailed for something even remotely pertaining to their case, it would please most Americans, too. It's clear he is a very clever criminal, and will likely never tell the truth about what he allegedly did to Natalee Holloway.

The devastation Dave and Beth Holloway have endured since Natalee's disappearance in the past 11 years is unthinkable. Seeing them get even a tiny shred of justice would please a lot of people.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.