Video: Anita van der Sloot: I won't visit son in prison

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    NATALIE MORALES, co-host: Accused murderer Joran van der Sloot is scheduled to make his first appearance in a Peruvian court today. This as we hear from his mother for the first time since his latest arrest. NBC 's Michelle Kosinski is in Lima , Peru . Good morning to you, Michelle .

    MICHELLE KOSINSKI reporting: Good morning, Natalie . Joran van der Sloot is now telling a Dutch newspaper he is retracting his confession, claiming police here made false promises to get him to cooperate and his attorney, who at one point quit but then reconsidered, is now playing hardball, advising him to say not a word today until a judge agrees to have him reinterviewed by police with his own attorney present. In the meantime, we're hearing from two parents of Joran and his victim speaking surprisingly candidly. While Joran van der Sloot calmly waits in prison for his case to progress, for his mother to come visit, he may be waiting a long time. His mother, Anita , speaking to the press for the first time in years, tells the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf , "I will not visit him in his cell. I cannot embrace him." Saying he is not a "monster," is "sick in his head, but wanted no help."

    Ms. ANITA VAN DER SLOOT: He's very sad.

    KOSINSKI: She is the one who always stood behind him saying even now, "I believed Joran , despite his many lies. I felt he had nothing to do with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 . He had left her on the beach. I still believe that." Adding though that " Stephany , he may have killed." She tells the paper that after the Holloway case, Joran was traumatized. "We then made a big mistake. We sent him to the Netherlands to study. He should have gone for treatment in a closed clinic, he already needed psychiatric help back then." From there she says her son unraveled. He was lying, addicted to poker, and then severe psychological distress after the death of his father in February from a heart attack for which, she says, Joran blamed himself. According to Anita , he finally agreed to be committed to a Dutch psychiatric hospital last month, but two days before going, instead took off for Peru . The next time she saw him was on television in handcuffs for murder. In Lima , the father of victim Stephany Flores is also speaking out.

    Mr. RICARDO FLORES (Stephany's Father): (Through translator): What has happened to me can help parents so that they don't make the same mistake I did, so that they explain to their children that there are two sides to this world. There are bad people. They shouldn't be so trusting, to show them there is an evil side to this world, the truth.

    KOSINSKI: He says he didn't talk to Stephany about dangers, wanted her to see the best in people. Anita Van der Sloot also says in a sense she has lost her son, that it might be time to let Joran go. "If he has killed Stephany , then he must bear the burden, my wish is that he is treated humanely and that he gets psychological help." If it could be proven that this was a crime that happened during a robbery, which police claim it did, it could carry a potential sentence of life behind bars . Joran van der Sloot 's lawyer, though, wants to try to show that it happened under the influence of extreme emotions which would then lead to a considerably shorter sentence. By the way, insanity is also a defense under

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updated 6/21/2010 6:29:47 AM ET 2010-06-21T10:29:47

A Dutch newspaper that interviewed Joran van der Sloot in his prison cell reported Monday that he has retracted his confession in the killing of a young woman in Peru.

According to De Telegraaf, the 22-year-old Dutchman said he only signed papers admitting killing Stephany Flores because he was intimidated during interrogation and had been promised he would be transferred to the Netherlands. Van der Sloot claimed he had been "tricked" into confessing.

"I was really scared during the interrogations, I was confused and just wanted it to end"  he told the newspaper. "They kept telling me, 'If you sign these papers you'll be extradited to the Netherlands'.

"I was in a blind panic and signed everything they put in front of me, I didn't even know what was in those papers."

Van der Sloot is the main suspect in Flores' May 30 killing in a Lima hotel, exactly 5 years after the still unsolved disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway on Aruba. Both women were last seen alive in his company.

He has several times given and retracted admissions of involvement in Holloway's disappearance.

During the De Telegraaf interview, van der Sloot also claimed that rats entered his cell at night.

He reportedly shares his cell block at the notorious Castro Castro prison with a Colombian assassin and a Peruvian general who has been jailed for corruption.

NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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