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Today, Joran van der Sloot, the 22-year-old suspect in Alabama teen Natalee Holloway’s Aruba 2005 disappearance, is behind bars. CNN reports that he made a tearful confession last night to killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez in a Peru hotel.
I’m sure we’ll hear more details about van der Sloot’s story in the upcoming days -- and it's already sparked a lot of discussion on our boards. "I hope they don't find any other young women who have died at his hands," said one iVillage community member. "It seems he thought he was above the law in Natalee Holloway's murder/disappearance; who knows if there were others he has killed and gotten away with?"
I can’t help but wonder what Beth Twitty, Natalie’s mom, is feeling in light of the news. On June 3, prosecutors in Birmingham, Ala., charged van der Sloot with wire fraud and extortion for soliciting cash from the Holloway family earlier this year in return for information about the disappearance of their daughter. But no arrest was made, allowing the young Dutchman to travel to Peru – with apparently tragic consequences. Maybe his conviction in the Peru case will bring Natalee's family some closure. Then again, maybe it’s hard for Beth Twitty to know that someone else’s daughter had to die to bring him to justice.
To me, it seems that Beth hasn’t quit honoring her daughter’s memory. Most recently, she partnered with the National Crime and Punishment Museum in Washington D.C. to create the Natalie Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), which will provide resources to help families find missing loved ones. Coincidentally, it opens this week.
Do you think van der Sloot is guilty? What are your thoughts on the case? Chime in below!