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Video: Dutchman van der Sloot confesses to murder in Peru

Peruvian police say the Dutchman Joran van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young woman in his Lima hotel room last week. Van der Sloot confessed during an interrogation. He is also the prime suspect in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 8, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
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How interesting that police in Peru were able to get a confession from this man in just a couple of days. And his rights were protected by the lawyer who was present at his questioning. The Peruvians appear to have a more effective law enforcement system than the Dutch, and the Lima newspapers refer to him as what he is: a "sicópata," that is, a psychopath. I hope that their criminal justice system works as well, as accurately and as swiftly.

Posted by: LaLydia | June 8, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Van der Sloot is beyond redemption. It is too bad that the maximum sentence in Peru is only thirty-five years in prison. This is an extreme case in which a death penalty would be justified. Peru has apparently adopted the disgusting socialist maxim that mocks justice by going easy on violent criminals. One can only hope that he will be charged and extradited in the Holloway case, as well as the pending wire fraud case in Alabama. If he can be convicted on all possible charges, it is unlikely he will ever have the opportunity to murder again. Van der Sloot is obviously a narcissist and a violent criminal psychopath. Justice will only be served if he spends the rest of his natural life in prison. It is really regrettable that he will probably escape the death penalty. Unfortunately, the world is full of potential Van der Sloots. These kinds of people need to be disposed of with the same consideration and sympathy as dangerous animals. They should not be viewed as human beings, because they have none of the feelings for others that define humanity.

Posted by: jerdjon | June 8, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to Peru for their fine law enforcement. Can't say much for Aruba law enforcement which has proven itself to be inept and corrupt. Justice will be served and this sociopath will be incarcerated to protect other human beings in this world. Daddy isn't here now to cover his sons' dirty deeds. Wonder how many other murders he committed that hasn't surfaced that Daddy covered up?

Posted by: no_lawbreakers | June 8, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I am sure that the Peruvian Officials had a little more than a chat with Mr. Van Der Sloot to get the quick admission. I would like to know why the FBI did not jump on him over the extortion scam. Had they done so then maybe the young lady would still be alive. May his stay in a Peruvian Prison be what is due him.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Watching a sociopath continue to torment the family of Natalee Holloway, using the media to keep his satisfaction at its height, and now with a new family on whose misery and grief Joran van der Sloot preys. There is no salvation and no rehabilitation possible here.

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | June 8, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Two beautiful girls are dead because of this psychopath. The families of his victims have been devastated. Van der Sloot is beyond any rehabilitation and deserves a death sentence. Surely, the Peruvian prosecutors will consider the maximum sentence allowable.

Posted by: bjcumley | June 9, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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