Pathological: The Lies of Joran van der Sloot - Who were Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores Ramírez?

Stephany Flores Ramírez
Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores Ramírez (Image via YouTube/Peacock and Findagrave)

The disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 was an ongoing case when the murder of Stephany Flores Ramírez took place in Lima, Peru. Natalee Holloway had been on a graduation trip to Aruba with her classmates when she was bludgeoned to death and tossed into the ocean by Joran van der Sloot on May 30, 2005.

Exactly five years later, the 21-year-old business student and avid poker player, Stephany Flores Ramírez, had been strangled and suffocated to death as she confronted Joran with Holloway's murder. The Pathological: The Lies of Joran van der Sloot shows the chilling story behind the murders of Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores Ramírez as it airs on May 27, 2024, at 8 p.m. EST on Oxygen exclusively.

The official synopsis reads,

"Delves into Joran van der Sloot's lifelong pattern of violence and pathological lying through rare interviews and new insights years after he brutally murdered American Natalee Holloway and Peruvian Stephany Flores."

Who was Natalee Holloway?

Natalee Ann Holloway was born in Clinton, Mississippi, on October 21, 1986, to parents David Edward Holloway and Elizabeth Ann Holloway. Natalee's parents got a divorce in 1993, after which she and her brother, Matthew, were raised by their mother.

In 2000, Elizabeth remarried the businessman from Alabama, George Twitty, and moved to Mountain Brook. Thereafter, Natalee Holloway graduated from Mountain Brook High School with a straight As in her honors on May 24, 2005.

Holloway was an active student. She was on the school dance team and took Spanish classes. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, the American Field Service, and Natural Helpers.

Holloway intended to attend the University of Alabama on a full scholarship. Natalee's mother, Elizabeth, spoke to Newsmax’s Greta Van Susteren to share,

“I think that she would be a doctor by now. I believe that.”

After her graduation, Holloway and 124 of her fellow Mountain Brook High School graduates left on May 26, 2005, for a five-day vacation to Aruba. The group had been to the local nightclub and bar, Carlos 'n Charlie's, in Oranjestad, where Holloway had met the 17-year-old Dutch national, Joran van der Sloot.

According to NBC News, Joran had reportedly taken Natalee to the California Lighthouse area near the northwest tip of Arashi Beach island to watch sharks. In Joran's confession he made in 2023, he admitted to killing Holloway on the beach and dumping her body in the ocean when she refused his sexual advances.

Joran reportedly kicked her in the face and then bludgeoned her to death using a cinder block, per NBC News.

Who was Stephany Flores Ramírez?

Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez was born on July 22, 1988, in Peru, to parents Ricardo Flores and Marielena Ramirez. She grew up with her elder brother, Enrique Flores. Ramirez was a business administration at the University of Lima who pursued her passion for soccer on the side.

Stephany Flores Ramírez also looked after the merchandising of the family-run entertainment and event promotion business, per CNN. Being the only daughter in the family, she was allegedly treated like royalty. Her father, Ricardo, a Presidential candidate and a former race car driver, had given Stephany a credit card and a Jeep Cherokee upon entering college.

Ramírez was an exceptionally skilled poker player who had been attending the Texas Hold'em tournament held at the Atlanta City Casino in Lima, Peru, on May 30, 2010. She had reportedly won $10,000 a couple of nights before and was testing her luck on the day she was murdered by Joran van der Sloot.

The 21-year-old third-year business student met Joran at the casino and then drove to his hotel in her SUV, where the two played online poker. Joran had received a threat from an unknown sender when he allegedly disclosed that the message was related to Holloway's disappearance.

Per ABC News, Joran's confession transcript mentioned that Stephany Flores Ramírez lashed out and hit him when he retaliated and strangled, suffocated, and beat her to death.

Catch all the details of Stephany Flores Ramírez's murder as Pathological: The Lies of Joran van der Sloot airs on Oxygen on Monday.

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