A Killer Among Us

June 14, 2010

Joran van der Sloot, accused murderer of college student from Peru, 21-year-old Stephany Flores and suspected murderer of Natalee Holloway, who went missing in 2005, has further confessed details of the recent murder of Flores. According to his statement, he and Flores were playing online poker when the murder took place.

While playing poker on van der Sloot’s laptop in his hotel room, he claims that an insulting message appeared on the screen regarding Holloway. The message reportedly mentioned the Holloway case and said, “I’m going to kill you, you little Mongoloid.”

Van der Sloot claims that Flores, a fellow poker player whom he met at the Latin American Poker Tour in Lima, Peru, threw the first blow and he then elbowed her in the face, strangled her for an entire minute, and then suffocated her with his shirt.

What makes this really hit home to the poker community is that this killer had played online poker on at least two online poker rooms, UB.com being one of them. He played there using the name “AngryShark68.” Van der Sloot also competed in live poker events such as the Latin American Poker Tour, though he never made any big wins or cashes.

While the graphic and bloody details of Flores’ murder recently released are chilling and gruesome, the fact that this killer sat at the felt, played cards, and swapped chips with respectable members of the poker community and then murdered a fellow poker player in cold blood is just as disturbing. An “Angry Shark” in more than one sense, van der Sloot’s seemingly calm demeanor about everything including past recollections of the Natalee Holloway case five years ago gives a whole new meaning to the term “poker face,” as he apparently has used his to bluff his way out of more than just a bad hand.


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