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Video: Van der Sloot recants

Joran van der Sloot retracted his confession in the killing of Stephany Flores, claiming he was intimidated during interrogation.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 21, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
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Let's see the videotape of Joran's interrogation and confession and see if he looks 'scared' and 'intimmidated' or 'coerced'. None of the videos or photos thus far show a frightened Joran - in fact he looks kind of smug in most! Funny after he confesses to the murder, Mommy and the lawyer are crying "he's sick in the head" - I see an insanity defense coming. How can any lawyer possibly defend this psychopath? This murderer better not walk this time like he did in Natalee's case. JUSTICE FOR STEFANY AND NATALEE!!

Posted by: joaholla | June 21, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

No matter how many times Joran Van Der Sloot is paraded across our screens, or convicted in the headlines we have no hard evidence as to who killed Natalee Holloway. Her death remains a wrenching and tragic story, but in the end still a mystery. it is as if we have all been recruited for a made for tv drama and are waiting in suspense for the scene in which Natalee's killer is revealed. Stephany Flores doubles down the suspense.

The headlines scream that Joran has confessed. I know. But does the confession make sense ? According to the confession Joran killed because Flores discovered something on the Internet about him. But why would he care ? For all we know what she discovered was simply what everyone in the world knows.” that he was a suspect in a murder.” This was no "A ha ! moment. It was not news.

The problem with the Peruvian confession is that there is no logical motive. The internet “revelation” does not work. Theft would. But had not the FBI just given him a bundle of loot ? The claim that Van der Sloot was coerced actually makes more sense than the official version of a third world police force.

The railroad needs to stop. I have no brief for Joran Van der Sloot. But I believe everyone deserves a fair trial. I know only that we define ourselves by how we treat the most despised, the most hated members of our society.

My suggestion: instead of made for television confessions the police should do something old fashioned: they should investigate the crime.

Posted by: theumprof | June 22, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Joran's mom gave an interview to a Dutch newspaper. If you want to read a scathing, yet funny Joran article, check this one out.

Posted by: eye95 | June 26, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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