Suspect admits he killed Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, pleads guilty to extorting her mother


October 19, 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The chief suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway has admitted he beat the young Alabama woman to death on a beach in Aruba after she refused his advances, then dumped her body into the sea. New details in the killing emerged Wednesday as Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to extorting Holloway's mother, resolving a case that has captivated the public's attention for nearly 20 years.

Although he isn't charged in Holloway's death, van der Sloot's attempt to squeeze a quarter million dollars from the slain teen's mom in exchange for information about where to find Holloway's body gave investigators a crucial link to the 2005 killing. And after finally seeing him in a U.S. courtroom, the family said they're moving on from years of doubt and uncertainty.

''As far as I'm concerned, it's over,'' Beth Holloway, Natalee's mother, told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Alabama. ''Joran van der Sloot is no longer the suspect in my daughter's murder. He is the killer.''


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