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FL Radiologist Aids Notorious Murder Suspect

November 7, 2011
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Radiologist Mary Hamer, MD, of Lake City, Florida, apparently reads scans better than she reads people. Numerous reports say she has sent tens of thousands of dollars to Joran van der Sloot, imprisoned in Peru on charges of killing one woman and suspected in the disappearance of another.

Dutch Web sites say she has described van der Sloot as “a beautiful person.” According to WIAT-TV (CBS42) in Birmingham, Alabama, “Hamer told Dutch reporters she’s aware of van der Sloot’s reputation and proven track record of lies and manipulation but she apparently thinks this time it’s different. ‘Joran told me: “Mary, I will never lie to you.”‘”

WIAT reported that a Dutch TV network said Dr. Hamer has written a song for van der Sloot titled “I Will Rescue You.”

van der Sloot, a native of the Netherlands, gained international notoriety in 2005, when he was 17. He was arrested twice but eventually released in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, from the Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook. Holloway, 18, vanished in Aruba, the Caribbean island on which van der Sloot lived, during a trip with recent Mountain Brook High School graduates.

van der Sloot has told varying stories about Holloway and faces U.S. charges of extortion and wire fraud for telling Holloway’s mother in 2010 that he would reveal the truth about her daughter’s disappearance in return for money. He was paid $25,100 for a story that turned out to be a lie.

On May 30, 2010, the body of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, a 21-year-old Peruvian woman, was found in van der Sloot’s hotel room in Lima, Peru. He was arrested four days later in Chile. He has been held most of the time since then at Miguel Castro Castro Prison in Lima. He has confessed on video to killing Flores Ramirez, though he has attempted to retract the confession.

Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson, authors of a book about van der Sloot called Portrait of a Monster, published earlier this year, say Dr. Hamer has given television interviews in Peru alleging that the charges against van der Sloot are false, the product of an FBI conspiracy. She denies a romantic relationship with the prisoner and said in a TV interview:

My relationship with Mr. van der Sloot is summarized in three points. First, I am an advocate for civil rights. Number two, I am his guardian angel. Third, I am proposing a probationary period of 10 years.

She reportedly suggested a “Gandhi program” in which van der Sloot would be taught conflict resolution and anger management and would be counseled to deal with problems relating to domestic violence and any addictions.

Dr. Hamer, who received her medical degree in 1982, five years before van der Sloot was born, said she has visited him twice in prison and:

I see his evolution. He is a human being who is trying to improve.

As Ernest Hemingway once wrote, isn’t it pretty to think so?

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