Joran Van der Sloot, who remains a suspect in the murder of Natalee Holloway, will marry his girlfriend in a Peruvian prison today, Friday, July 4, according to CNN News. Van Der Sloot is serving a 28-year prison sentence for the murder of Peruvian Stephany Flores in 2012, according to the New York Daily News.
The United States is attempting to extradite the infamous convicted murderer in connection with an embezzlement case he faces in which he victimized the mother of of American Natalee Holloway who disappeared from the island of Aruba. It may be awhile before U.S. authorities are able to seek justice in connection with the Holloway embezzlement case though, as Peru has refused to extradite the notorious Dutchman until after he completes his prison sentence there.
Van der Sloot was the focus of the international news media in 2005 after Natalee Holloway disappeared during her high school senior trip to Aruba. Last seen at a nightclub in the Caribbean resort the night before her classmates departed on an airplane for the U.S., neither Holloway nor her body have yet been recovered. She was reportedly last seen in the presence of Van der Sloot and two other men.
The fact her school sponsors left the island without the 18-year old Alabama senior is a story for another day.
Greta Van Susteren, of Fox News, spearheaded an attempt to discover the fate of the missing American by making repeated trips to the island which is under the jurisdiction of the Dutch legal system. She interviewed numerous people on the island during her own investigation which to many viewers appeared to be even more thorough than that of the authorities.
Van der Sloot, 24, is today marrying Leidy Figueroa, an accountant, whom he met in prison. She was selling cigarettes and and candles at the time they made their first encounter. Despite his scary biography, Figueroa is not concerned.
The pregnant bride said her new husband has been transformed "into a new person."
Cynics have said Van der Sloot is marrying a Peruvian citizen in the hopes of avoiding extradition to the United States for charges he has awaiting him there.
The Dutchman has confessed to strangling, beating and suffocating 21-year old business student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a casino in 2010. He reportedly became enraged after she saw him listed as the suspect in the disappearance and murder of Natalee Holloway. Her remarks about the Aruba incident reportedly pushed him over the edge and led to her brutal murder in their hotel room.
The Dutch prison is different from the U.S. system in many aspects. Prisoners are allowed conjugal visits which is how Van der Sloot became a father. Figueroa is to give birth in September to the convicted murderer's child.
Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee, traveled to the Peruvian prison and gave the killer money in return for information as to her daughter's fate. When Van der Sloot took the money and gave her incorrect information, he was indicted by an Alabama grand jury for embezzlement.
Van der Sloot reportedly spent the money playing cards.
The burning question in the wake of his marriage to the Peruvian girl is whether this is true love or a ploy to avoid extradition to the U.S. on the embezzlement charges.
Joran van Der Sloot is probably the only person on the face of the earth who knows for sure.
Van der Sloot once gave Greta Van Susteren an interview aired on national television regarding the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. He reportedly told Dutch authorities several different stories while he was incarcerated in Aruba about the American's disappearance.
The wedding is taking place in a chapel in the prison in Lima, Peru in which he is ensconced.
Although he is scheduled to be paroled in 2038 his attorney Maximo Atez said he could be released much sooner for good behavior.
No word on how many people have been invited to the wedding in the Piedras Gordas penitentiary.
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