Joran Van der Sloot, one of the suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005, is claiming that inmates in prison are trying to kill him.
Van der Sloot is serving time in a Peruvian prison for murdering 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez in her hotel room in Lima in 2010. While in prison, Joran married Leydi Figueroa, and in a letter to his wife in Spanish, he claims that inmates at the Challapalca maximum-security prison in the Andes are trying to kill him.
Van der Sloot says that there is a bounty of $10,000 for his death — one that he alleges was set by Ramirez’s father, Ricardo, as People reports.
The letter was obtained by Fox News Latino, and in the letter to his wife, Joran says, “I don’t want to die.” In addition, Joran also says in the letter that the other inmates believe that if the inmates murder him, “the maximum security prison will be shut down.”
Ricardo Ramirez, however, is saying that Joran Van der Sloot’s claims are absurd and he is not offering a $10,000 bounty for inmates to kill him.
“Joran is a pathological liar who will say anything to better his condition and get what he wants. Now that he can’t get his way, he will say or do anything to get attention and get transferred to an easier location.”
Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year prison sentence in Challapalca, which is also called “Alcatraz of Altitudes.”
The prison is situated at an altitude of 16,000 feet, and weather conditions can be harsh, with temperatures that range from 46 degrees during the daytime and as cold 4 degrees at night. In a report by the Daily Mail last year, Van der Sloot gave his wife a letter to give to the Dutch embassy, telling them to intervene and get him out of the “inhumane” conditions in the maximum-security prison.
Perhaps the harsh conditions in the prison are finally getting to the Dutchman. He is only one of two foreign inmates in the prison.
Joran Van der Sloot has been a prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who was vacationing in Aruba at the time of her disappearance. He was seen leaving a bar with Holloway. Though Natalee’s remains have yet to be seen, she is declared dead.
Five years after Van der Sloot was seen with Natalee Holloway, he murdered Stephany Flores and was convicted.
Van der Sloot alleges that he almost died back in April when someone put shredded glass in his food. He also says that an inmate known as “Fat Pepe” assaulted him in the courtyard. His claims are unsubstantiated as there are no security cameras in the prison.
Although Joran Van der Sloot has not been charged with Natalee Holloway’s disappearance and murder, Holloway’s mother says that justice has been served with him being behind bars.
“All I wanted was for Joran to be behind bars so he couldn’t do, uh, harm to another loved one. And so, I mean, I feel — I feel good that, um, that justice has been served, at least for Stephany Flores’s death.”
[Image via Holloway Suspect]