Joran Van der Sloot, the suspected killer of American Natalee Holloway, was married Friday in Peru, but he will have to delay his honeymoon plans, according to Fox News. The Dutchman will have to complete his prison sentence for murdering a Peruvian girl before he can leave on his honeymoon.
Van der Sloot first became the center of attention from the worldwide news media in 2005 when he was implicated in the tragic disappearance of 18-year old Natalee while she was on the island of Aruba. Although he was twice jailed and questioned by Dutch authorities he was never tried or convicted in connection with her vanishing or likely death. She has been declared legally dead.
Van der Sloot, 26, wed the brave Leidy Figueroa, 24, in a ceremony in the prison chapel. Brave is a good adjective to describe the new bride as the deadly Dutchman is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for murdering a woman he met in a Lima casino.
Van der Sloot confessed to murdering Stephany Flores in a hotel room. It was in 2011 that the Dutchman confessed to killing Stephany Flores, a 21-year old business student. Ironically, it was on the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Holloway that he shed the blood of Stephany.
Authorities believe the convicted woman killer became enraged when Stephany read something about him being a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee from the resort island of Aruba in 2005. Natalee was last seen with Van der Sloot on the night of her disappearance.
Prison officials prohibited video and photos during the wedding ceremony. Reportedly, none of the groom's relatives appeared for the wedding of one of the world's most infamous murderers.
His attorney Maximo Altez said his client is slated to parole from the prison in 2038. But he says good behavior could buy him a ticket out of the Peruvian prison a lot sooner.
For his new bride's sake, one would hope it wouldn't be too much sooner. As long as he is a guest of the Peruvian penitentiary system, she would appear to be safe. Although with Van der Sloot's resume, one can't be too careful.
An accountant, Figueroa reportedly met him while visiting a friend who was also in the prison. Since the Peruvian prisons allow conjugal visits, Van der Sloot impregnated her somewhere along the way. She is due to have his child in September.
His devoted mother sent him a tailored suit and dress shoes so he could be attired in a fashionably acceptable manner during the legal ceremonies. Ancon mayor John Barrera officiated the wedding.
He gave one of the few reports from inside the chapel, saying that Van der Sloot told his bride he wanted to marry her again when he is released from prison. Figueroa was quoted by Barrera as saying the same thing to her new husband.
Natalee Holloway vanished while on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean resort island of Aruba when she was only 18 years of age. Although Van der Sloot remains the only suspect in her disappearance and believed murder, he was never prosecuted for the crime.
Her mother Beth Holloway and Fox's Greta Van Susteren appeared to be the most diligent investigators into the disappearance of Natalee as both made repeated trips to the tropic isle. Van Susteren interviewed several government officials and even attempted to interview Van der Sloot's parents. She may have used a little too much due diligence for the liking of the Dutch legal authorities who threatened her with arrest at one point and advised her to leave the island.
Beth Holloway went so far as to travel and meet with her daughter's suspected murderer in his Peruvian prison in the hopes of finding out what happened to her daughter. Reports indicate she gave him $25,000 in return for information as to where her daughter's remains were located.
Van der Sloot is expected to be extradited to the United States when he is released from prison to face the music for fraud and extortion. That charge is based on him providing bogus information to Beth Holloway in return for her money.
The remains of Natalee have never been located.
A word of advice to the new bride. Don't say anything to make your new hubby mad.
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