Joran van der Sloot shows his sober cell in Perus most notorious prison laughing

Joran van der Sloot shows up in a report on the Challapalca prison. An América Televisión reporter speaks to staff and prisoners, including Van der Sloot. He‘s a 28-year sentence for the murder of Peruvian Stephanie Flores.

The Challapalca prison is also called hell on earth. The report by journalist Julio Chuquitaype Ruiz of Peruvian national television shows where this name comes from.

Cold Water

Challapalca Prison ranks as South America’s most notorious punishment and is located in a very inhospitable area. The prison was opened in 1997 to prisoners who were deemed extremely dangerous. It is located at a height of 4600 metres in the Andes in southern Peru and is not accessible by public transport. There is also no mobile reach.

During the day it is between 6 and 10 degrees, at night it can reach -26 degrees. There‘s no heating. The prisoners have to wash with cold water. They are only allowed to see their visit behind bars in front of guards.

Since his conviction in 2012, the 34-year-old Van der Sloot has been trapped in the Piedras Gordas prison in Lima, among other things. In 2021, he was transferred to Challapalca prison due to money laundering and drug smuggling. Van der Sloot would have spent three and a half tonnes of criminal money with his girlfriend Leidy Figueroa. He also allegedly smuggled into a batch of cocaine in prison. Another 18 years in prison was demanded against him in February.

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Armani Shoes

It has always been a big conundrum of what this infamous prison looks like inside, but the reporter gets a special glimpse. He speaks to Van der Sloot, among others. It’s in a separate wing, far away from the other 150 prisoners. Van der Sloot sits there with just one person: a cartel leader wearing Armani shoes.

The reporter asks why Van der Sloot is here. I have not behaved well, he replies with a grin. The camera then captures its cell. It‘s very simple, there’s little stuff in it. Just an iron bed with a thin mattress, a wall shelf with some stuff, a white desk and a trash can. The reporter sees Van der Sloot laughing and says, He can laugh here now, but how would the father of the girl he killed, his victim?

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The 34-year-old Dutchman was convicted in 2010 for the murder of 21-year-old student Stephany Flores. He was already suspected of being involved in the disappearance of 18-year-old American Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, but was never convicted of that.