Joran van der Sloot is sly and cunning and has somehow captured yet another woman under his spell. The 26 year old convicted killer is serving a 28 year sentence in the maximum security prison, Piedras Gordes, in Lima, Peru. After his stint in Peru, he will be expected to be extradited to the U.S. on extortion charges. In the meantime, van der Sloot has become an artist, a husband and soon-to-be father. He married his girlfriend, Leidy Figueroa, on July 4, 2014.
The couple met while Figuero, age 24, was visiting a relative in the same prison. The pair started talking and one thing led to another with the allowance of conjugal visits. A baby van der Sloot is due in September. The charming ways of the killer lured his new bride into believing in him and trusting him as her husband. Figueroa, already a mother of a young child from another relationship, is safe from harm for at least another 24 years.
The newly wedded couple celebrated with no photos or videos allowed. With a ring on her finger and a baby in her belly, Figueroa now has a husband, some would kill for. Van der Sloot captured a new woman to add to his archives and his new wife will simply have to wait for the time when he can return.
Van der Sloot has been around the block and around the world since 2005. The then 17 year old was accused in the murder case of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. The young gal from Alabama, on a senior class trip, went missing on May 30, 2005. Van der Sloot was one of the last persons to see her alive. Enjoying the nightlife and dancing, more than a couple of drinks were consumed on that fateful evening.
Van der Sloot offered a ride to Holloway and the duo made their way to a secluded beach. The facts are still not totally verified, but van der Sloot has stated that Holloway had some type of seizure after their love-making. He panicked and called a buddy to row to her body and dump it in the waters out beyond the shore.
Somehow, with maybe the help from his father who was a lawyer in the Aruba town, van der Sloot escaped an arrest and a conviction concerning Holloway’s disappearance. Years later, he tried to offer more information to Beth Holloway, Natalee’s mother, for a tidy sum of $25,000. The con man failed once more with the endeavor, which will eventually bring him to the U.S. after his Peru detainment.
The Dutch immigrant achieved elusiveness with his comings and goings for a long time. He owned a pizza parlor and even had a sex trafficking business in Thailand for a time before heading back to South America. The globe trotting schemer always covered his bases and went full steam ahead. The handsome guy always has easily attracted young women into his lair. Even with the knowledge of past encounters, van der Sloot counts his winnings much like a poker tournament with chips to his advantage.
Sadly another young woman fell into his clutches on the five year anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance. Stephany Flores, age 21, was smitten with van der Sloot after a night of partying at a casino in Lima, Peru. The pair hooked up in fancy hotel room with all of the trimmings. After he went out to fetch breakfast, she logged onto his laptop. Discovering some hidden truths about her man made her ponder and question his intent. He returned to the room, saw the computer display and promptly bludgeoned his new girlfriend to death before stealing her credit cards. He confessed to the murder and went off to jail.
Van der Sloot seems to be safer in a prison cell right now, contained and married. He will likely become a grand-father before his term is up, making his odds at capturing another woman lower on the scale. His adventures, lies and skill at avoiding authorities has finally caught up with him. He is now a married man, a union he chose without consequence or retribution. He has a lot dues to pay to society, but just one year at a time for now.
By: Roanne FitzGibbon