Is Joran van der Sloot Mentally Ill?

I guess you’ll just have to ask his mother! She told a Dutch newspaper in an interview that he has “mental issues”.

You think????

Credit: Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

“My son is sick in his head,” De Telegraaf quotes Anita van der Sloot as saying.

She says he traveled to Peru to avoid being committed to a mental institution in Aruba, where the family lives.

De Telegraaf’s interview published Sunday is Anita van der Sloot’s first public comment since her 22-year-old son was arrested on suspicion of killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores.

From ABC News:

Anita van der Sloot was quoted today in a Dutch newspaper saying her 22-year-old son Joran van der Sloot “could have done something” to Stephany Flores, the Peruvian woman he is accused of murdering.

“He lied so much, that we became desperate. He said to me too, ‘Mom, I sometimes don’t know any more if something is a lie or the truth,'” the paper quoted her as saying. “Joran is sick in his head, but he didn’t want any help.”

She indicated that she feared that the pressures created by being the prime suspect in the death of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway five years ago in Aruba may have caused her son to snap.

“I now believe that Joran may indeed have done something to Stephany in Peru. Maybe in a burst of anger? I don’t know,” she said, according to the newspaper. “I think it is intensely sad that that businessman Flores has lost his daughter, and I my son. That’s how it feels.”

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23 Comments on “Is Joran van der Sloot Mentally Ill?”

  1. auntdeedee Says:

    Well, she is further along in admitting her son is a murderer that Cindy Anthony is in admitting her daughter is a murderer. Anita seems to be accepting things now.

  2. vidkid Says:

    Every murderer is “sick in the head”! She knew this but did nothing to stop his killing? I’d put her in jail for a year to think about how her lack of action let to so much tragedy….

  3. Hilde Says:

    Maybe it would be in her Best Interest to be quiet and
    not make any Statements at this time.
    Her Son is in enough trouble, if she thinks by any Chance she is helping him by saying he is sick in the Head I wouldn’t bet on it.
    The Way I feel, if the Mother knew for quite a while her Son is mentally unstable, why in the World hasn’t she intervened before now. Oh, yea, I forgot she said he didn’t want any Help.
    I believe as a Mother she just wants to help her Son
    getting a lighter Sentence when he will be convicted
    of brutally murdering Stephany Flores. JMO

  4. zelda Says:

    joran is STILL jerking everybody’s chain. While I am with vidkid that all murderers are”sick” in some way or another, I think joran planted that idea in his mom’s head to excuse himself in some way .He sets up everyone around him and then watches them dangle from that rope.So I guess sitting here as a “front room quarterback”,I would say that is sociopathic.That by no means says he isn’t aware and clever.
    He is a bastard…..the family is questionable as to how they accepted all of that as he grew up.
    It’s scary how these people can escape detection and invite you for a drink or dinner while the whole time be a joran OR his family for that matter.Yikes!

  5. Honeydog Says:

    Oh there’s DEFINITELY some Truth in what she says. Anybody who Beats someone to a Pulp, to the point where they’re barely Recognizable, CAN’T be Mentally “right”. As for this Story of Joran going to Peru to avoid an Aruban Mental Institution, it wasn’t like Peru was his first Stop on his “Travels Abroad” over the past 5 years— Not long after the Aruba thing, he was even in Thailand getting a Prostitution Ring together. He’s been all over the place, drifting from Country to Country, so, I don’t see the Truth in that particular Statement. I’m hearing more of what his Mother is saying on the News right now as I’m sitting here: She claims that Joran became
    “Traumatized” after the Holloway Case, then further
    “Descended” after his Father’s death, blaming himself for his Father’s Heart Attack, and that she’s been trying to make him get Help, but he always Refused. She’s also saying that Joran has to Pay for what he did to Stephany, and that her Wish is that he is treated “Humanely”, and gets “Psychological Help”. I know what Joran’s “Actions” all along have Spoken, and, all I can say is, his Mother seems to be Sincere about all this, it COULD be possible, she’s not Denying anything, and, on the other Hand, she COULD be Releasing this stuff at the instructions of an Attorney, to gain some Sympathy and Leverage for her Son. Personally, I kind of have a feeling that, while Mr. vanderSloot was alive, Joran’s Mother was “under” him— the doting Wife and Mother, who succumbed to Joran’s Father’s Reign over the Family. He was, after all, a Shifty and Domineering Character (This was obvious in The vanderSloot’s Interview together after Joran’s first Arrest— His Father did all the Talking and Denying, while his Mother simply Cried in the background, begging for Joran’s return Home). Perhaps she kept Quiet, and had to go along with whatever Joran’s Father said or did, for that reason. Now that he’s gone, she may very well be letting her own self out, as well as things she wasn’t allowed to Tell, before. My final Thought… Who the Hell really knows.

  6. zelda Says:

    joran now says he was “tricked” into a confession…..OMG>!
    I think his father taught him how to beat a rap.HE may have been screwed up too.Both control freaks.Ya think?

  7. midget48 Says:

    joran is not sick in the head. he is EVIL! He is a psychopath. simple as that. doesn’t he remind you of someone else who swears they are innocent and yet is still sitting in jail? sadly, these two are not the only ones who are psychopathic. scary.

  8. cali patti Says:

    IMO, A mother saying her son has mental issues is NOT looking for a lighter sentence for her son, she is just admitting she was aware that her son was not stable. A parent can do nothing to force a child to seek mental health unless for some reason the child is before a judge on another matter and the court oders it. Somehow the “child” needs to be in the system before they can be forced to get help.
    Jorans mother sounds very sane and accepting of her sons guilt. She also sounds sad.

  9. OneOp Says:

    I do always allow in my thoughts the possibility that any family can have a child
    who grows up to commit harm. It must be horrible to live with that acceptance
    and it is not just my immediate family of children and grandchildren of which we
    are very blessed not to have endured such devastation but whatever the future
    holds with my family’s future generations I pray there is not a breakdown in one
    to be capable of hurting or murdering another human being. I wish there was
    an answer to find that would stop it all, but guess it will always be. Unfortunately

  10. Honeydog Says:

    It was reported on “Issues with JVM” tonight, that Joran’s Mother is basically “Washing her Hands” of her Son. Apparently, this information came from several individuals who are Friends with and/or close to her in Aruba. Again, who knows what is True, but I still tend to believe that this Woman has been
    “Holding Back” for a long time, and, perhaps she— in spite of her Predominant and Dominate Husband— was the one with the Common Sense, Insight, “Smarts”, and Acceptance of an obvious Problem with their Son long before now… but was required to “stay in the background” and never let anyone know. I think it’s all Exploding out of her now, in the Freedom of simply being able to do so. I think she’s been Frustrated for too long, hiding behind Joran’s Father’s way of doing things, surpressing her own Strengths and Desires, and, although her Hands are no longer Tied, she’s reached the point of Realization that it’s too late now to be able to put them to use.

  11. Hilde Says:

    I also agree Joran’s Mom is trying to accept the Best she can what her Son is accused of, that is a heck of a lot more than what can be said about Cindy Anthony and her Daughter Casey.
    I can’t imagine what Joran’s Mom is going through, I do believe she is at the End of her Rope that is why she wants to wash her Hands concerning her Son.
    I am not here to judge any one, the Situation is bad enough the Way it is, especially for the Mother.
    If Joran van der Sloot will be found guilty and it looks there is a good Chance of it, he will have to pay the Consequences this time.
    How is a mother supposed to deal with knowing her Son is capable of murdering another Person in such a horrific Way? There is no easy Answer!
    Anita van der Sloot will need a lot of Strength and
    People who care about her to make it through All of this. JMO

  12. zelda Says:’s tough for the mother………maybe she and joran’s dad should have clamped down on him years ago?Who knows how controlling the dad was?She may have been equally guilty in jorans take on the world….his feeling of entitlement?
    Not an easy place to be in in any case…….

  13. eastwood34 Says:

    Absolutely not. This guy is very calculating and intelligent. His time has come, may he die a horrible, painful death in general population and be a mere footnote in history.

  14. zelda Says:

    I saw the first part of the interview with joran’s Mom.
    She says that there is no relationship with him now. He has to face whatever he has done by himself and sees no point in going to Peru to visit him.
    She hinted that both she and her husband tried to correct him when he got into trouble as a kid but they did not succeed
    She does not know if he has mental problems………either bi-polar or other phsycological
    conditions.She hopes he can get help if so.
    She seems quite together in her thinking and is holding up the best she can.She seems direct and clear and aware of who her son is to a point.A mother’s heart is like no other let me tell you.
    I personally can relate to her position as I would pretty much feel as she does were it my son.No excuses……..he would have to pay for his deeds.That kind of love is the hardest to give…….it’s like a killing of your soul but it is the only true way to deal with a child that goes bad in my opinion.
    I would do as she is and cut all ties……that doesn’t mean you could ever sleep another full night, it doesn’t mean you can forget, it doesn’t mean your heart is ok, it doesn’t mean you will ever be the same in any respect. And quite truthfully it may mean you will just begin to die.The mind cannot take in such a thing all at once………but there will come a time when the whole of it just explodes and wipes you out.
    I am looking forward to the second half of her interview tonight on ABC news.

  15. Honeydog Says:

    Very Nice, *Zelda*.
    Ya know, after everything I’ve honestly felt and said about Joran’s Mother, Opinions are now surfacing that she is saying what she is in order to help him get an “Insanity” Plea. While I don’t believe for a second that Joran doesn’t know Right from Wrong, or that it’s even going to Wash anyway, I can’t say that I can’t help Wondering. She’s really been puting herself out there, saying alot, and pushing his “Mental Instability”. I’m not going to Dwell on it though (I don’t feel like getting all Mixed-up!). There are now more important Issues happening, if you’ve heard— Joran is claiming that his Rights were Violated, and has Filed a Complaint containing three Accusations against the Chief Prosecutor or something, regarding his Arrest and Interrogation. Although the general Consensus is that this is simply a “Last Ditch Effort” to get himself Freed (Naturally… He’s always gotten-away with EVERYthing in his Life, and he thinks he still can), his Attorney is zealously supporting it. There is even Talk of the VideoTape being “Tampered with”. In spite of the overwhelming clear-cut-and-dried Evidence which will ultimately Win Out in the end, I sure Hope that the Peruvian Authorities did not do anything Wrong to cause even the slightest Slack on his behalf.

  16. zelda Says:

    Yes Honeydog,,,,,,,,we have to root for Peruvian justice and savvy.
    As for his Mom,……….it’s all pretty much speculation at this point.Only she knows her true motivations.We out here can only translate her moves with our own ways of thinking.
    I tell you this whole thing wih joran and casey makes me nuts.I keep looking for logic and justice for their victims.Haleigh Cummings too and a score of other like cases where the perpetrators are the main focus and are always waving the ace up their unscrupulous lawyers sleeve.I personally have no sympathy for a murderer and feel they have no latitude to bargain .They made their decisions to commit heinous crimes of murder now we have to make ours and make them forfeit their lives whether in prisons or the DP>They are garbage IMO.
    I AM SICK TO DEATH OF ALL OF THEM…….sick of the media….lawyers………….and all of the crap that gets snarled up in this process.

  17. zelda Says:

    I just watched the 2nd half of the interview with joran’s mother. Two things jump out for me.
    The first is her conflict within her self. She says he was a loving kid etc. etc.She reaches for something positive in her child to relate to.
    The second is a scary thing. It seems to me that she (and family) never knew their own son at all. He played them all very well.Imagine that realization……yikes!

  18. Honeydog Says:

    Believe me, I am going Nuts right along WITH you! Did you hear the latest?… Joran’s Attorney is requesting that he be allowed to go FREE until his Trial, and there is actually going to be a Hearing on it!! This Lawyer is supporting Joran’s claims that the Police threatened to “Torture” him if he didn’t sign the Confession, that they Promised him he would be Extradited to Aruba if he did, and that they Confiscated his Computer without proper Procedure. I tell you, if this is the beginning of this Case going off Track like Casey’s, I don’t know how I’ll stand it! The only (and biggest) Assurance we can all at least find Relief and Satisfaction in, is knowing that they DO have plenty of Proof that Joran killed Stephany, along with the pressing demand for Justice from her prestigeous and powerful Family. In the meantime, we will go Nuts TOGETHER Zelda…. This ain’t over yet!

  19. zelda Says:

    By brains feel like a plate of scrambled eggs.
    Well…….maybe if he is let out someone will get him. Gawd,I feel ghoulish thinking that way.Maybe he will request body guards?Oh gezus…..
    Isn’t there someone who specializes in “Pathological Liars” that can run him through a test to prove his words are no good and therefor hold no water concerning his statements and credibility? thus trowing out any legal process due him?
    I guess watching the irrational criminal brain duke it out with so called sane laws of the land explains the dizzying effect on us out here clutching at OUR humanity.
    There have been many men executed on far less evidence etc.than these creeps now days.Makes ya kinda want to look up the definition of the maligned word vigilante.Hmmmmmmmmmm.
    Keep us posted Honeydog.Good job.

  20. Honeydog Says:


    * Peru has ordered two more Psychological Evaluations. (Although his Mother is now saying he may be BiPolar, and it seems this overall “Mental Instability” thing could be a possible “Opening” for his Defense, the initial Psychological Report makes no mention of Joran having BiPolar Symptoms, nor that he does not know Right from Wrong— Therefore, this Defense Tactic shouldn’t Fly at all.

    * Aruban Authorites will be going to Peru in either July or August to Interrogate Joran regarding Natalee Holloway.

    * According to Jean Cesares, in Peru, Joran’s Defense Attorney is receiving “Tons of Letters” from Women who want to MARRY Joran, and even have his Baby!!
    (Sorry my friend, I know I’ve made you even Sicker now than you already WERE!) UN..BEE..LEEVABLE!!!!

  21. Peggy Says:

    Yes, no one could have endured the brutalization of the media culminating in the death of his father and not be extremely off kilter. I read that his last polygraph test was all over the page … I believe that is an indication that someone is terrified. I thing he was teetering on the edge just before Peru … I think he was so base in his mind that it seemed right, to him, to kill someone … after all, he didn’t kill Natalee (I don’t believe he killed her) and people want him dead. I believe he needs intensive psychiatric help …

  22. great… well written blog. Ill need to search some stuff though unless you want to answer all my questions here?

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