Accused killer Joran van der Sloot says in a new interview he extorted money from Natalee Holloway's parents for revenge.
"I wanted to get back at Natalee's family — her parents have been making my life tough for five years," the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quoted him as saying from prison in Peru. "When they offered to pay for the girl's location, I thought: 'Why not'?"
In the interview, van der Sloot says he took money from the family of the missing American in return for revealing the location of her body. He never revealed the information and has since been charged with killing another woman at a Peru casino.
Holloway was last seen alive with him on Aruba in 2005. At various times he has confessed to killing the 18-year-old, though he later retracted the confessions.
In an interview in June with the same newspaper, van Der Sloot blamed himself for landing in a rat-filled Peruvian prison cell, but he suggested that the FBI lured him to Peru in a botched sting operation.
Van der Sloot's interview is the latest in a series of startling comments from the Dutch playboy charged with the murder of Stephany Flores, 21, of Peru, and the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Holloway.
He is also charged with extorting $25,000 from Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, promising to show her where Natalee's body was buried in exchange for the money.
After receiving payment, he claimed the body was buried in the foundation of a building that didn't even exist at the time of her disappearance, according to the federal indictment. When confronted with the fact, van der Sloot admitted that he lied, the document states.
The 22-year-old Van der Sloot is now suggesting to the newspaper that he was lured to Peru by the FBI to facilitate extraditing him to the U.S. He claims a man named "Garcia" invited him to a poker tournament in Lima, Peru, where van der Sloot met Flores.
"Garcia arranged and paid for everything for me. Looking back, I can't believe I let myself be lured. I hardly knew that guy. It was just a setup," the paper quoted him as saying.
Van der Sloot met Flores at a gambling table, and he has signed a confession admitting killing her while back at his hotel room in rage after she discovered his connection to the Holloway case and allegedly struck him.
He has since refuted his confession, saying he was tricked into signing it, believing he was just signing an acknowledgement of his legal rights. He is demanding that the confession be thrown out of court.
Nevertheless, he admitted to De Telegraaf that he should have listened to his mother.
"I am surviving," he told the paper. "It's my own fault I am here."
Van der Sloot said he understands why even his mother, Anita van der Sloot, told the paper that she can't visit him in prison and was quoted as saying, "Joran could have killed Stephany."
"I have caused her and many other people too much pain. If only I had listened to her," van der Sloot said.
Former FBI investigator and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett scoffed at the suggestion that the FBI would lure van der Sloot to Peru in order to extradite him on the extortion charge.
"I think the question is, could they have done it? Of course they could have done it," he said. "The real question is would they have done it, and the logical answer is probably, no."