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Beth Holloway believes Joran van der Sloot’s confession to daughter Natalee’s murder has been ‘corroborated’


Beth Holloway believes Joran van der Sloot’s confession to the murder of his daughter Natalee in Aruba is corroborated.

Van der Sloot confessed to the murder of Natalee Holloway as part of an extortion plea deal revealed Wednesday. Natalee Holloway was 18 when she went on a trip to Aruba with Mountain Brook High School. She was last seen leaving a bar with van der Sloot, but was never found.

A transcript of van der Sloot’s confession paints a disturbing account of Natalee Holloway’s death. Van der Sloot admitted crushing the teenager’s head with a breeze block on the beach after she refused sexual advances. He said he then dragged her unconscious or lifeless body into the ocean before leaving the scene.

During an Oct. 3 interview with prosecutors, van der Sloot said he took over the block after becoming angry because Natalee Holloway was not accepting his sexual advances. “I completely smashed his head with it,” he told prosecutors.


Beth Holloway walks out to speak to the media following Joran van den Sloot’s arraignment at the Hugo L. Black federal courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Birmingham, Alabama. Van der Sloot, the main suspect in the 2005 Aruba disappearance of Natalee Holloway, admitted to killing her and disposing of her remains, and agreed to plead guilty to charges that he tried to extort money money to the teenager’s mother years later, a US judge ruled Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dill Butch)

“Her face, you know, falls apart,” he added. “Even though it’s dark, I can see his face is crumpled.”

Van der Sloot said he took her body through the water until it was almost knee-deep before pushing her into the ocean.

After killing Holloway, van der Sloot said he was walking home. Beth Holloway told NBC News he went home and watched porn after the murder.

“How could he kill her, then go home, check the football scores, look at a pornographic site, get up, take a shower and go to school,” Holloway said.

WATCH: Van der Sloot admits to killing Holloway

Holloway told Fox News that she believed van der Sloot’s confession despite his history of lying, saying the claim had been corroborated.


Joran van der Sloot

Photo by Joran van der Sloot (Shelby County Jail)

“We had our Miami FBI team, our Birmingham FBI team, we have the prosecutors. We have a comprehensive approach, it was a comprehensive approach to getting answers,” Holloway said. “And then, on top of that, it was all corroborated and done through extensive analysis…that we brought in a polygraph machine from the Miami division, and I even got to meet with him. So I met with all these people and we feel really good.”

Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot is the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005. He is serving a prison sentence in Peru for the murder of a 21-year-old woman named Stephany Flores in 2010. (Getty Images, AP)

Holloway also said she believed van der Sloot made the confession because he was detained in the United States, which might not have happened otherwise.


A court sketch depicts Beth Hollway in federal court.

A court sketch shows Beth Holloway addressing the court during Joran van der Sloot’s arraignment in federal court in Birmingham, Alabama, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. Van der Sloot admitted to the murder of his daughter, Natalie Holloway, in 2005. (Lucy Luckovich)

Van der Sloot will serve his sentence while in custody in Peru and will be ordered to pay $25,100 in restitution.

The Dutch national pleaded guilty to extortion and wire fraud charges after extorting $250,000 from the Holloway family and collecting $25,000 in advance for purported information about the fate of her remains. The remainder was to be paid once Holloway’s body was positively identified.


The photo illustration shows Natale Holloway and Joran van der Sloot

Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot arrives for a hearing at Lurigancho prison in Lima January 11, 2011. The trial of Van der Sloot, who is accused of murdering a young Peruvian woman in 2010 and who is also suspected of the disappearance of the years earlier of an American in the Caribbean, continues in Lima. (ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP via Getty Images)

But van der Sloot lied to Beth Holloway about the whereabouts of her daughter’s remains, according to U.S. prosecutors. The alleged extortion scheme took place between March 29, 2010 and May 17, 2010. It pleaded not guilty to the charges after a hearing in June during which he was temporarily transferred from Peru to the United States.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Samantha Daigle contributed to this report.



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