You've probably now seen the news that Joran van der Sloot's arrest in Chile yesterday in connection with the murder of a young Peruvian woman in his Lima, Peru hotel room, five years to the day after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.
I've also now started to see it broadly reported that Joran has also now just been charged criminally in Alabama for trying to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway's mother, Beth, in exchange for telling her the details of Natalee's murder. But I haven't heard any news agency, other than Greta Van Susteren on Fox News last night, report the added detail that Beth had actually paid Joran a $15,000 'down payment' in exchange for those details. Here's the transcript of these critical few sentences at the end of her report last night:
"And now the bombshell breaking news, a disturbing twist in this case right here in the United States. Van der Sloot allegedly paid for his trip to South America by extorting money from Natalee Holloway's mother. The U.S. attorney in Alabama says van der Sloot promised to tell Beth Holloway what really happened to her daughter in Aruba in exchange for a big cash payout. Van der Sloot tried to get $250,000 but ended up taking $15,000 as a down payment before fleeing to South America. Van der Sloot today has been charged with extortion.
"And the story does get worse. As early as May 10th, the FBI knew they had a case against van der Sloot, but the FBI failed to arrest him or act until today. In other words, had they arrested van der Sloot on May 10th when they had the case against him, he would not have been able to travel to South America and there would be no murder."
If Natalee were your daughter, would you have paid her (assumed) killer $15,000 for the details of her death if he offered to tell them for a price?