Joran van der Sloot Admits to Extorting Holloway Family

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Suspected murderer Joran van der Sloot has reportedly confessed to trying to extort money from the family of Natalee Holloway. The motive -- aside from money? -- revenge.

Van der Sloot reportedly told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, "I wanted to get back at Natalee's family -- her parents have been making my life tough for five years. When they offered to pay for the girl's location, I thought: 'Why not'?"

The extortion was part of a sting operation by the FBI, in which van der Sloot would tell the family where Natalee's body was buried in exchange for $250,000. Van der Sloot received $25,000 for his initial information, but that turned out to be false.

That money may have been used to help van der Sloot fund his trip to Peru, where he allegedly killed a young woman in June. Van der Sloot reportedly confessed to the murder, but his lawyers are trying to get that confession thrown out.

Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba in 2005. Her body has never been found. Van der Sloot has been questioned several times, but so far has not been charged.