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Portrait of a monster : Joran van der Sloot, a murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway mystery /

In May 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared from a high school trip to Aruba. Five years to the day later, 21 year old Stephany Flores Ramirez was reported missing in Lima, Peru. Implicated in both crimes was one young man, Joran van der Sloot. A 22 year old Dutchman, van der Sloot has become the... Full description

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Other Authors: Thompson, Cole.
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Language: English
Published: St. Martin's Press, 2011
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From a pair of New York Times bestselling authors with unparalleled access comes an in-depth account of the manhunt for Joran van der Sloot, one of the most reviled accused criminals in the world

In May 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared from a high school trip to Aruba. Five years to the day later, twenty-one-year-old Stephany Flores was reported missing in Lima, Peru. Implicated in both crimes was one young man: Joran van der Sloot.

A twenty-three-year-old Dutchman, Van der Sloot has become the subject of intense scrutiny by the media and the public in the years since 2005. He was arrested and detained by Aruban authorities in connection with the Holloway disappearance, only to be released after questioning. In 2008, during a Dutch sting operation, he admitted to being present for Holloway's death---but later recanted his statement.

In 2010, on the five-year anniversary of her disappearance, a young business student in Peru named Stephany Flores disappeared, only to be found dead three days later in a hotel room---registered to Van der Sloot. He was arrested for the murder and confessed, but he later claimed he was coerced.

This is the first book to offer a probing look at the man tied to two of the most sensational cases of the decade. It draws from:

* Interviews with members of the families of Joran, Stephany, and Natalee

* Never-before-seen photographs of the crime scene in Peru, fingerprint files, hotel records, and more

* Internal communications between Interpol, the FBI, Aruban officials, and officials in Chile and Peru

* Never-before-seen police files from Chile, Peru, and Aruba

Portrait of a Monster offers an unflinching look into the workings of an international manhunt and a chilling portrait of an alleged killer.

Review by Booklist Review

Journalists Pulitzer and Thompson zero in on Joran van der Sloot, a wealthy young man suspected of killing two young women within five years to the day of each other: Natalee Holloway, the high-school student who went on a school trip to Aruba and then vanished in 2005, and Stephany Flores Ramirez, a young business student in Lima, who went to a casino, met van der Sloot, and was found murdered in his hotel room earlier this year. The coauthors divide their time just about equally between the two girls' murders; both victims were close in years and in background coming from sheltered homes. What does not emerge here is what the title offers: . portrai. of van der Sloot. There is a brief biographical profile and a psychological analysis by an expert (the latter is not offered until the final chapter). Still, even without the promise. portrait of a monster. this true-crime account delivers excellent and gripping reporting of the crimes and the manhunt.--Fletcher, Conni. Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Based on interviews, press accounts, and confidential police reports from four continents, New York Times journalist Pulitzer (Stolen Innocence) and Thompson (coauthor of the bestselling A Deadly Game) look at the baffling, erratic young Dutchman at the center of two sensational murders: the puzzling 2005 disappearance in Aruba of Natalee Holloway (he was one of the last people seen with her before her death) and the gruesome slaying of a promising Peruvian business student, Stephany Ramirez, in a Lima hotel. Joran Van der Sloot's chronic lying tripped him up in both crimes. Freed by police due to a lack of evidence in the Holloway case, Van der Sloot is depicted by the authors as arrogant, aggressive, and violent, with a lethal charm and a short fuse which results in Ramirez's death in his hotel room in 2010. This well-detailed book is disturbing and haunting in its revelations of a self-centered cad with a dark side pampered by affluent parents and legal hijinks until his jailingĂ…in Peru awaiting trial on the Ramirez matter. 8 pages of color photos. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

On Sunday, May 30, 2005, high school student Natalee Holloway headed out to party on her last night in Aruba-and disappeared without a trace. Five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance, Stephany Flores went to a casino in Lima, Peru-and was found dead in a cheap motel. Both were last seen in the company of Joran van der Sloot, a young Dutch expatriate with a mean streak. Pulitzer (Fatal Romance: A True Story of Obsession and Murder), a former New York Times correspondent, and Thompson (coauthor, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation) jump back and forth between the two cases, a potentially risky strategy that works well here to highlight the mistakes and bad breaks that prevented van der Sloot's capture. His repeated lies, ever-changing alibis, and fabricated "confessions" kept him one step ahead of the law in Aruba, but he wasn't so lucky the second time around and was caught within days. He is currently awaiting trial in Peru. VERDICT This mesmerizing account of a young sociopath will be devoured by anyone who followed the Holloway case.-Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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LISA PULITZER is a former correspondent for The New York Times. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books, including the bestselling Stolen Innocence. COLE THOMPSON is the co-author with Catherine Crier of A Deadly Game , a #1 New York Times bestseller about Laci and Scott Peterson.