Sunday, June 13, 2010
Joran van der Sloot Confesses: "I Feel Sick in the Head"
Probably the truest thing Joran van der Sloot has said so far in the many, many, interviews he has given in the five years since Natalee Holloway's disappearance.
At the video link, Peruvian television covers the first five minutes of van der Sloot's prison experience - getting into his exclusive 6-foot by 8-foot cell, meeting the contract killer who is his new neighbor, and getting a quick medical check. (I'm guessing Joran's blood pressure might be a bit elevated these days.)
Joran speaks Spanish well enough to not need an interpreter, and you can hear him answer some administrative questions. He says that he has studied international business, is single, is a self-employed businessman, and does not live in Peru but is only in transit (a prolonged transit, from the looks of it). When asked if he has any medical problems, Joran says he has a headache, which sounds better in Spanish: "siento mal de la cabeza."
Dutch consular officials in Peru have expressed concern about the treatment of their citizen, and reportedly have offered to provide a defense lawyer. Given the great notoriety in Peru about the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez - check out the howling mob at the beginning of the video clip - I suppose van der Sloot's trial has the potential to turn into an Amanda Knox type of long drawn out international media sensation.