Dateline   |  September 10, 2010

Joran van der Sloot Behind Bars, Part 5

The death of his father sent van der Sloot into a downward spiral in search of psychological help which produced an alarming evaluation of his mental state. Joran opens up about his tense relationship to the Holloway family and FBI, following Natalee’s disappearance.

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HANSEN: returned from years of globe-trotting to Aruba . But in his eyes, this island of sun and fun had grown dark. The death of his father sent van der Sloot into a downward spiral.

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: Really felt guilty for everything.

HANSEN: In his prison interview, he says he felt responsible for his family's troubles and for having stalled his father's career.

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I really, yeah, for everything that happened since 2005 , all the things said in the media and everything, I feel guilty for. Yeah. And my family was really bothered a lot because of the -- because of it.

HANSEN: Racked with guilt over his father's death, he says, he sought help.

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I went to go talk to a -- to a psychologist. And gave me dopamine so I would feel -- so I would feel better, and...

HANSEN: Dutch crime reporter John van den Heuvel says he was given a copy of van der Sloot 's psychological evaluation. According to him, the report was alarming.

Mr. VAN DEN HEUVEL: The doctor said he's a "narcist," he's a...

HANSEN: He's a narcissist?

Mr. VAN DEN HEUVEL: Yeah. He's addicted to drugs, to alcohol, to gambling, he's -- he needs to go to a mental hospital because otherwise there will be having accidents.

HANSEN: His mother took the doctor's advice and found van der Sloot a spot at a treatment facility in the Netherlands . But van der Sloot never left Aruba .

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I still kept going to the casinos all the night and, yeah, sleep all the day and not spend my time doing stuff what I should have been doing.

HANSEN: During that time, van der Sloot allegedly came up with a

new scheme to profit off the disappearance of Natalee Holloway: by shaking down her family.

Mr. JOHN Q. KELLY: I got the first e-mail from van der Sloot on March 30th .

HANSEN: John Q. Kelly is Beth Holloway 's attorney and has represented her in matters concerning van der Sloot . He says that van der Sloot told him he wanted to come clean and tell the truth about Natalee Holloway 's disappearance. But the truth came at a price.

Mr. KELLY: For a quarter million dollars...

HANSEN: Quarter million dollars?

Mr. KELLY: 'Quarter million dollars, I will tell you what happened to Natalee , where she is now so you can help Beth bring her home.'

HANSEN: Kelly and Beth Holloway went to the FBI . Agents agreed to work with them on a sting to catch van der Sloot committing extortion and wire fraud. Kelly went to Aruba and gave van der Sloot a down payment of $25,000. Then Kelly says van der Sloot led him to a site, where he claimed Natalee 's body was buried. According to Kelly , van der Sloot even told him the story of how Natalee died, that the two were at the beach, and when van der Sloot wanted to leave Natalee tried to stop him.

Mr. KELLY: He got angry and actually threw her. He actually made the gesture in the car, on video, showing me how he threw her in anger because she wouldn't leave at that point. And according to him, she hit the back of her head, lots of blood, and she was dead.

HANSEN: Whether that story is true, the information van der Sloot gave about the location of Natalee Natalee 's body was all a hoax. Van der Sloot has already been charged by federal officials in Alabama , where Beth Holloway lives, with extortion and wire fraud. Now, in his prison interview, van der Sloot admits he tried to scam the Holloway family, though he claims attorney Kelly contacted him first, something Kelly denies adamantly.

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: It's -- if everybody keeps coming at you, asking you stuff... don't know something, and finally you start to think, OK,'

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: If you -- if you want something, then I'll tell you whatever you want to hear, sure. That's how my state of mind was. And I know it's not -- I know it's not right. I know it's not OK, but that's the way it was.

Yeah, I myself also lied many times and told stories that were not true.

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: And I wish I could take that back. But at those times what I was thinking about was the money. It's not that I told the stories for no reason. It's because, yeah, they were -- people were paying me to -- paying me to, yeah, to make up stories. And I was really good at making up stories.

HANSEN: By last May, flush with cash, Joran van der Sloot went back to his jet-setting ways and traveled to Peru for a poker tournament.

Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I was contacted and asked if I wanted to come play the LAPT in Lima .

HANSEN: That trip, of course, ended in tragedy, and Joran van der Sloot is still in Peru awaiting his fate.