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Killer Loses His Radiologist ‘Guardian Angel’

January 23, 2012
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The radiologist who has appointed herself the “guardian angel” (her term) of confessed killer Joran van der Sloot has accused his lawyer of misleading her and demanded the return of $75,000 she had sent for bail money.

Mary Hamer, MD, of Lake City, Florida, has been financially supporting van der Sloot, who pleaded guilty on January 11 to killing Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old student he had met in a casino in Lima, Peru. A Peruvian court sentenced him to 28 years in prison.

van der Sloot, 24, has also been suspected in the 2005 death in Aruba of Natalee Holloway of Mountain Brook, Alabama, a Birmingham suburb. On January 12, an Alabama judge officially declared her dead. U.S. authorities are attempting to extradite van der Sloot so he can face fraud and extortion charges associated with the Holloway case.

Dr. Hamer said van der Sloot’s lawyer, Jose Jimenez, deceived her into sending the $75,000 as bail money. Peruvian law does not allow bail in murder cases. Jimenez said it was a miscommunication based on a mistranslation of “parole” as “bail.” He said he has returned the money, minus fees. Dr. Hamer said that she hadn’t received it and that she was near bankruptcy. She told RadarOnline:

I have sent Jimenez about $100,000 in legal fees, bail money, and other expenses. I’ve sent them because he has asked me to pay his legal fees.

van der Sloot is asking for more. The Daily Beast reported that on the day he was sentenced, he wrote Dr. Hamer a series of letters asking her to continue supporting him. He said he needed $69,000, plus $1,000 to buy a new phone.

“You will always be in my heart, but this, what you are doing to me now I do not comprehend,” he wrote. “Why do you want to hurt me?”

Before the sentencing, Dr. Hamer attempted to persuade Peruvian authorities to release van der Sloot to her custody, saying she would rehabilitate him. In an e-mail on January 11, she wrote what she called “My humble request for clemency and mercy for the honest and sincere confession of Joran van der Sloot. In 2022, Mr. van der Sloot will present his thesis of peace to the Peruvian people and the world.”

While she was complaining about Jimenez, he was also complaining about her:

She proclaims his innocence through incoherent arguments and has discredited me in the process.

That seems to sum things up nicely.

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