Natalee Holloway, Joran van der Sloot, Stephany Flores

You probably remember around five years ago the media circus that was the Natalee Holloway disappearance. Holloway was on a vacation in Aruba when she went missing. It was suspected that she was murdered by a young Aruban resident, Joran van der Sloot. Well van der Sloot somehow was never charged and convicted, and he continued to enjoy freedom.

That is probably all over now. Van der Sloot was apprehended in Chile, where he fled to avoid arrest. The Dutchman is the primary suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. He was apparently the last person to see her alive. Stephany Flores was considered missing until her body was discovered in a hotel room police in Lima, Peru that was registered to Joran van der Sloot.

Investigators say they discovered her body lying face-down in the hotel room, her neck broken, her body fully-clothed, with no signs of having been sexually abused. Police say witnesses saw the two together in a casino over the weekend, and again, entering his hotel room together around 5 a.m. Sunday. He checked out alone, police say, just a few hours later, before leaving the country.

Adding to van der Sloot’s troubles, police in Chile say he stole $5,000 that Stephany had won in the casino the night they met.

If that wasn’t enough, late Thursday in Alabama, the FBI announced van der Sloot is being charged in the United States for allegedly trying to extort $250,000 from someone related to the Natalee Holloway case, in return for disclosing the location of her body — information that, investigators now say was false.

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