The prime suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway has dramatically broken a four-month silence to talk about her final hours.
Speaking about his involvement in the case that has gripped America, Joran van der Sloot, 18, laughed as he swigged beer, smoked menthol cigarettes, and confessed: “I’m guilty — but only of leaving her on the beach.” In a series of shocking disclosures, van der Sloot:
- RAGED viciously at Natalee’s heartbroken mother, Beth Holloway Twitty
- INSULTED Natalee by claiming she was “twisted” and cruelly blamed her for his arrest.
- BOASTED about having sex on the beach with Natalee
- TALKED of his hatred for Americans and called them “bitches”
- CONFESSED he lied to police
- BRAGGED about how to dispose of a body in Aruba
Joran, still officially under suspicion of rape and murder, went to Holland after he was freed from prison in Aruba on September 2.
The 6ft 5ins honor student quickly enrolled in a business course at a 5,000-student college in Arnhem and, together with his father, Paulus, who was also briefly jailed in the case, moved into a family friend’s home in the nearby town of Duiven.
His account of his involvement with Natalee was given to attractive 28-year-old Kristina Pedersen, who got to know him on the Arnhem Business School campus. Over several days, he drank heavily, encouraged Kristina to watch hard core porn and tried to force himself on her. And it quickly became apparent that even now Joran cannot keep his story straight — his account was peppered with the lies that have marked his From Page 34 part in the investigation since Natalee disappeared on May 30.
Kristina said: “One day we shared a jug of beer. Joran looked me in the eye and said, ‘Here’s to finding Natalee’. “Half an hour later he was trying to kiss me and lure me to a deserted area of a park. Then he suddenly asked me, ‘Do you want me to bite you?'”
When asked why he left Aruba, Joran laughed and said: “I was in jail for three months… for a missing girl.” He insisted on taking Kristina to the college internet station, where he showed her accounts of the case. “There were pictures of him in handcuffs — and he was obviously enjoying showing them to me. He seemed to think that was pretty cool. It made me nervous.” Then, as they drank beer in a pub called De Hangar on September 23, Joran began to give Kristina his version of what happened to Natalee.
“He said that she approached him in Carlos ‘N’ Charlie’s bar and bought a couple of rounds’, ” Kristina said.
Joran revealed that Natalee lay on the bar and invited him to lick a “jelly shot” — vodka frozen in jelly — from her navel.
“He said Natalee then asked him, ‘Do you want to go home with me? and Joran said okay’,” Kristina added.
In a dramatic new twist, Joran then claimed that after leaving the bar, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe drove him and Natalee to his home — not to the beach. Kristina said: “They went to his home for a while and then to the Holiday Inn, where she was staying.
“They decided to go for a walk on the beach, and the Kalpoes left. He told me, ‘Natalee was totally wasted, and I was drunk. We had sex on the beach’.”
Yet in a TV interview recorded just a day later, Joran denied having sex with Natalee and claimed they just “cuddled.”
Said Kristina: “He went on, ‘Afterwards I asked her if she wanted to go home with me because I had to get up early for school. She said she didn’t want to go back there. I told her I had to go, and asked if I could walk her home. She said, ‘No — I want to be on my own. I’m staying here.’ I left her and went home.”
Kristina added: “Joran continued, ‘I felt guilty leaving her on the beach. I probably shouldn’t have done that, but she wouldn’t walk back with me. I had to lie about what happened to the girl because I was the last person to see her. If the lie had been kept up, none of this would have happened’.”
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