He previously confessed to murdering Stephany Flores Ramirez, but now Joran van der Sloot has retracted his confession and claims he was tricked into it.
The Dutch murder suspect told Peruvian press that he was unaware of what was going on when he made the formal confession, and that law enforcement officials lied and told him he could return to the Netherlands if he confessed.
Van der Sloot explained, "I was tricked. I'll explain later how it all happened... in my blind panic, I signed everything, but didn't even know what it said. I was very scared and confused during the interrogations and wanted to get away."
His mother added, “He lied so much, that we became desperate... He said to me too, 'Mom, I sometimes don't know any more if something is a lie or the truth.' Joran is sick in his head, but he didn't want any help."