Wedding bells are going to be ringing for convicted murderer Joran van der Sloot if penal authorities in Peru give him permission to wed his attorney Maxima Altez told The Associated Press on May 31, 2013.
The nupitals would take place in Piedras Gordas prison, where the groom-to-be has a long-term living accommodation for approximately 28 years after he was convicted of the murder of another Peruvian woman years earlier.
Leydi Figueroa Uceda has been named by the press as the bride-to-be; however, van der Sloot’s attorney refused to confirm the name of the future wife of Joran with the AP.
With van der Sloot still the leading suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalie Holloway–an Alabama teen who went missing during a night on the beach with him during a graduation trip to Aruba–and his confession regarding the murder of killing Stephanie Flores Ramirez, the marriage outlook looks anything but promising.
He wants to get married, make a new life, change his life,” according to his attorney, Yahoo! News reported.
Convicted murderers that want to change their lives typically begin with a repentant heart about their crimes, confessing to the location of bodies of victims known or unknown, which brings a measure of closure to the families touched by the terrible events.
Joran van der Sloot has made no overture to bring closure of any sort to Beth Holloway, the mother of the teen last seen alive in his presence. In fact, leading up to his relationship with his future wife, the suspect in the disappearance of Natalie Holloway made every effort to exact more pain from the mother of the missing Alabama teen.
In Brent Turvey’s Criminal Profiling, he states that the motivations of criminal psychopaths are no different than the motivations of ordinary people, so Joran van der Sloot’s desire to “get married, make a new life, and change his life,” would appear on the face of it to be a logical next step.
However, psychopaths and serial offenders tend to have a motive for adopting “normal” behaviors previously not exhibited, and Joran’s motive could be nothing more than the desire to create the illusion of normalcy for an upcoming parole hearing in the future.
In fact, on Wednesday the future bride of the convicted murderer sought a sentence reduction on his behalf, seeking to have him freed in 20 years instead of 28.
Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics.