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Joran van der Sloot might be laughing now, but will pay the price later

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Joran van der Sloot,  the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway  and the murder of Stephany Flores, Joran van der Slootreally seems to be enjoying his time in the spotlight. Van der Sloot is no stranger to controversy. His exploits (not including the previously mentioned murder accusations) involving on-line porn sites and self-described contemplation of sex-trafficking, have been well documented by Dutch tabloids.

According to an article on www.citizen-times.com  Van der Sloot has bragged to reporters that he has received marriage offers from women while awaiting trial in Peru. Let's just skip over the part about how vile and disgusting a woman would have to be to profess their love for an accused killer. What is understood needn't be discussed.

No, the problem here is the mockery Van der Sloot is making of his situation because he has never been held accountable for his actions. If convicted, van der Sloot could possibly serve up to 35 years in prison. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that he is a certified nutcase, or a pretty sophisticated, sociopathic 22-year old. He has retracted statements several times regarding the whereabouts of Holloway. He also confessed to Flores' murder, then retracted those statements as well. Either he is a pathological liar, or he thinks this is really funny. Something tells me the families of Holloway and Flores aren't laughing.  And just last week, Van der Sloot was charged $250,000 in the US for trying to extort money from the Holloway family.

Now I'm not Kojak here, but I've seen enough cop shows to understand that bad guys often get off on technicalities (Holloway's body has never been found). However, Van der Sloot discussed (in detail) the murder of Flores in a confession that (coincidentally) cannot be used in court because it was state-appointed. Moreover, Van der Sloot's mother believes that her son's confession was coerced. However, the fact that Van der Sloot was the last person to see Holloway and Flores alive, and it was five years to the day of Holloway's disappearance when Flores was found DEAD in his hotel room tells me that where there is smoke, there's fire. But then again, forgive me if I start making sense here.

Whether Van der Sloot is psychotic or not, his behavior will continue unless there is some form of punishment, and (if he is INDEED the killer of either Holloway and/or Flores) more innocent people will get hurt or even die because of him. Either way, he should be locked up somewhere for a long, long, time. Allegedly, Van der Sloot has been sequestered (at his asking) from the rest of the inmates in the Peru prison where he is currently held. What is even worse was that some knucklehead in the higher ups granted this request. Van der Sloot's father was a prominent judge in Aruba who passed away this year, so it's kind of funny that he would still get preferential treatment despite his passing. I wonder if Jeffrey Dahmer was removed from the rest of the prison population while he was awaiting trial. You know that he wasn't after being convicted.

What will happen to Van der Sloot remains uncertain. One thing is for sure: you can lie and run for as long as you think you can, but karma will eventually catch up with Joran van der Sloot.

And when it does, it's going to be very ugly, yet beautiful at the same time.

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

Photo: Frank Bajak- Associated Press http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/06/13/bracketed_by_crimes_van_der_sloots_last_5_years/