Speaking from his cell in Lima, Peru, to a journalist from De Telegraaf, the 22-year-old Dutchman said that Peruvian police "tricked" him into signing papers admitting the murder of Stephany Flores. Van der Sloot claims he was falsely promised that he would be extradited back to the Netherlands if he agreed to the statement.
"I was scared and confused during the interrogation and wanted to leave," van der Sloot told the paper. "In my blind panic, I signed everything but didn't know what it said." The Dutchman also complained about the poor conditions at Lima's infamous Castro Castro prison, saying that a rat had climbed out of a toilet in his cell during the night.
Van der Sloot had previously confessed to the murder of Flores, a 21-year-old student found beaten to death -- her neck snapped and her body wrapped in a bloody blanket -- in his Lima hotel room earlier this month. Authorities allege he flew into a rage after Flores looked at his laptop and discovered he was linked to Holloway's disappearance in 2005. Van der Sloot fled to Chile, where he was caught by police and sent back to Peru.
This isn't the first time the Dutchman has changed his story. Van der Sloot has given, and retracted, several admissions of involvement in the disappearance of Holloway, who vanished while vacationing in Aruba five years ago. The 18-year-old Alabama high school student was last seen alive with van der Sloot, who told investigators that he left her alone on a beach, drunk. However, in 2007, a Dutch television crime reporter secretly recorded him saying that after Holloway passed out, he asked a friend to dump her body in the sea.
On Sunday, De Telegraaf quoted the Dutchman's mother saying that her son had once told her, "Mom, I sometimes don't know any more if something is a lie or the truth." Anita van der Sloot said the family knew he was "sick in his head, but he didn't want any help." She added that he had been due to receive treatment at a mental institution in the Netherlands in mid-May but disappeared two days before his flight home from Aruba, leaving a note saying that he was heading to Peru.
Anita van der Sloot told De Telegraaf that she still didn't believe her son had killed Holloway and that intense media scrutiny had contributed to his declining mental heath. "But if he killed Stephany, he'll have to pay the price," she said. "I won't visit him in his cell, I cannot embrace him."