Monday, February 4, 2008

Joran Van der Sloot

Hidden camera footage broadcast in the Netherlands on Sunday night, February 3rd, 2008 showed Dutch student, Joran Van der Sloot saying he was with Natalee Holloway when she collapsed on an Aruban beach in May, 2005.  He said he believed she was dead and asked a friend to dump her body in the sea.

A series of conversations between Van der Sloot and a man he believed to be his friend were recorded in a Range Rover that had been rigged with three hidden cameras by Peter R. de Vries, a Dutch television crime reporter.  They were shown on Dutch television, drawing a record audience of 7 million viewers.

When Van der Sloot says, “It’s isn’t easy, not even now.” (0:27) he smiles.  Then he raises his upper lip in a sign of disgust as he turns his head away. (0:29)

Combined 0;27 and 0;29

Then, in his only sign of remorse in the tape, Van Der Sloot sucks in his lip, a sign of anxiety. (0:35)

00;35 anxiety

Van der Sloot smiles contemptuously when he says, “She’ll never be found” (0:39) and the corner of his mouth tightens and narrows.

00;39 smile

When asked if Natalee could have been in a coma at the time Van der Sloot had a friend take her body out to sea, he says, “Yeah, I wasn’t so sure about that, but it really startled me to death.”  (2:00) Patrick, the man Van der Sloot believed to be his friend, counters, “But she could’ve been in a coma”.  Van der Sloot then casually tilts his head and smiling slightly says, “Yeah” (2:04) showing a touch of disgust as his upper lip raises.

02;04 disgust

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