On July Fourth as Americans celebrated their Independence the suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway was relinquishing his in a wedding ceremony to Leidy Figueroa, his pregnant lover, who dressed for the occasion by wearing white.
According to CNN, Figueroa, an accountant with a male child from another relationship, met the suspect in the Alabama teen disappearance case when she went to the Piedras Gordas penitentiary to visit a relative. That meeting eventually led to conjugal visits in his jail cell, resulting in a pregnancy expected to result in a birth in September.
The International Business Times reported that there were no videos or photos taken of the union due to prison policy, and none of Van der Sloot's relatives were in attendance, but his mother did send him clothing for the occasion. A photo was snapped of the bride as she stood outside the prison, awaiting entry, courtesy of Reuters and pictured on IBT.
The bride was wearing a knee-length white short-sleeved dress, cinched at the waist, with a matching wrap around her shoulders fashioned from the same delicate material and color. Her dark hair was adorned with a white hair accessory.
The unexpected marriage of the convicted murderer has elicited varying comments, including shock that someone convicted of killing one woman (and suspected in the disappearance of another) is able to find a girl and marry her when other males can't even get a date, according to the Wire.
Others are aghast that another young female would enter into a relationship with someone who confessed to killing one girl and who has dodged questions about the disappearance of another, in which he is also expected to face legal consequences in the future for swindling the missing teen's mother in that case.
But despite the fact that Joran Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence in the murder of Stephany Flores, and faces extradition to America at the end of that sentence, his new bride's mother was in attendance at the wedding ceremony, to support her pregnant daughter.