"We just got back from a very quick trip to Aruba. We got word late last week (Friday?) that Joran van der Sloot would sit down for an interview with us in Aruba. The one agreement: that we wouldn't edit it. That seemed fair to me. Frankly, I hate to have controversial interviews edited, since despite our best efforts, everyone — viewers and guests — yell "foul." An unedited interview allows me to simply say, "Here it is. You be the judge." Joran also did not want to do the interview in the United States, so we agreed on Aruba..." More at GretaWire
Greta "Inclined To Believe"
In an interview with Hannity & Colmes, Greta Van Sustren said she now feels "inclined to believe" in Joran Van Der Sloot following her exclusive sitdown with him in Aruba. Greta said she has a theory as to what might have happened to Natalee Holloway and believes this case might be solved. Greta's interview with Joran was the most-watched show on all of cable news for three nights in a row.
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Geraldo Rivera provided his analysis of the latest developments in the Natalee Holloway disappearance case. Prime suspect Joran Van Der Sloot has given a series of interviews proclaiming his total innocence. "The lie that he has fastened on," Rivera pronounced, "is that he took her on the beach but didn't have sex because he didn't have a condom, then left her on the there. It's at odds with the story he told earlier, but as he tells this story he becomes more confident and more glib. I believe there is a pathological aspect to this man." The Factor concurred that Van Der Sloot seems psychologically unbalanced. "I can't figure out why he wants do these interviews because he comes off as a sociopath. If he makes one slip-up he's done. It looks to me like he's a danger junkie - he likes this cat-and-mouse game, it's exciting to him."
Meet Joe Tacopina
Criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina will represent Joran Van Der Sloot in his upcoming civil case. Tacopina is the famed attorney who has represented clients like New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, John Gotti associates, Frank Tyson in the Michael Jackson trial and countless more high profile defendants. Click here to watch Joe on Court TV
"Three countries have investigated this disappearance and three countries have not found one shred of evidence that points to Joran. This kid is a victim too. He is an 18-year-old kid and his life has basically been ruined." - Joe Tacopina
Joran On Larry King Live?
Hitting the airwaves once again, Joran Van Der Sloot appeared on an Aruban talk show this morning taking calls and answering burning questions from the people of Aruba. In the interview, Joran denied having a poolside summit with his father to concoct a story and said the infamous quote "No Body, No Case" was never uttered. Joran says he is no longer friends with the Kalpoe brothers. He stands by his claim that Satish picked him up from the beach and said he did not take part in the orchestration that led two minority security guards to be falsely imprisoned.
Joran argued that he himself is a victim in this case and admitted the interrogation tactics were brutal but did not succumb to the pressure. When asked about Natalee's fate, Joran said he believes she is not alive. Joran lashed out at what he thought were biased reporters - Nancy Grace and Greta Van Sustren. He talked about his interview with Greta and said he felt pressured by her to point the finger at the Kalpoe brothers. He also asked her not to edit the interview because he was unhappy with what ABC chose to air. Confirming what The Joran Van Der Sloot Blog had posted earlier, Joran said Larry King has asked him to appear on his show this week. Joran apologized to the people of Aruba for the pain he caused and said he leaves for Netherlands on Friday heading back to School. When asked about the lost shoes? He said whoever finds his Size 14 K-Swiss shoes to contact ALE. (MF)
Update: Following the advice of his legal counsel, Joran Van Der Sloot will not be doing Larry King Live or any other interviews at this time.
"The guy is certainly arrogant. But he appears also to have a drinking issue, a gambling issue. And he's the kind of guy who's stupid enough to slip up in his arrogance. And that's what you hope for. They're slick enough now -- they've lawyered up, they've had months to get their mess together. I think the only thing you can do is hope that they do walk around free, get drunk some day, start confessing, and make the kind of mistakes that stupid criminals make." - Wendy Murphy, Legal Analyst