Last night on the Joy Behahr TV show, Joe Tacopina said that Joran van der Sloot was a nice guy five years ago when he was accused of being responsible for the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, but after five years of accusations without any evidence, Joran slowly disintegrated and turned into a completely different person. Joran is being held in Peru for the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, a crime to which he has confessed. Joe Tacopina was formerly a defense attorney for Joran van der Sloot and he still sticks up for him, although he is much too high priced for Joran now. I don’t care much for Joy Behahr’s jokes, but I watch her show every night because she usually has interesting guests. I give her a lot of credit for putting on criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina to take Joran’s side in the discussion. Tacopina was famous long before the Natalee Holloway case; I first heard about him when he defended New York police officers in a losing battle about 15 years ago.
I learned last night that Joran’s mother tried to get Joran committed to a mental facility a year and a half ago. The relentless accusations by Natalee’s family were driving him nuts. Joran was 17 and had just graduated from High School when Natalee went missing and her family was sure that Joran had killed her. Joran’s father was also accused of being involved in Natalee’s alleged murder, but Tacopina said last night that Joran’s father had no power in Aruba at that time and that he did nothing to help Joran in the alleged murder of Natalee.
I believe that Tacopina hit the nail on the head when he said that Joran disintegrated over the last five years of his life. Joran recently confessed that he tried to extort Natalee’s mother to get back at her for all the trouble that she has caused him. Tacopina revealed that Joran’s lies about the Natalee Holloway case were prompted by the money that he was offered over the years to publicly talk about the case.
It is very sad that an innocent 17-year-old boy was driven to madness and the murder of another girl by five years of accusations by the Holloway family. Joran might walk on the murder case in Peru because he was not given his rights after his arrest. He will still be prosecuted in the extortion case because the Holloway family will never give up. I predict that they will finally drive Joran to suicide; his life is over anyway.