TODAY | September 08, 2010
>> der sloot suspected in the disappearance of american teenager natalee holloway five years ago in o rubra. he is a wading trial for a murder of a woman in peru . he sat down with a journalist and we will talk to the journalist in a moment. michelle has more of the wide-ranging interview.
>> ed if morning. for three months van der sloot has been locked in this peruvian prison kept in isolation out of worry that inmates would kill him. he said it's not so terrible as it is portray and even the food is not bad. he teaches the guards english and wants to be moved into the general population to have more freedom. he said he is no longer afraid. living behind bars , an accused killer, jor an van der sloot said he is doing okay.
>> i'm trying to spend my time reflecting back on everything that has happened.
>> he describes days in a secure wing with two other prisoners. the small private cell with a hole in the floor for a toilet. each morning he does push ups and takes a shower. when the reporter remarks how laid back he seems, he said he trice.
>> i will have enough time to think about the future and what i want to do and all that. that's important also. i need to start thinking more about the future and less about every day.
>> what future that is is far from clear. accused of beating and suffocating stephany floor nes his hotel room in may.
>> very nice girl. she was like a friend.
>> she accused of extortion in connection with the case of natalee holloway . the american high school student last seen alive with him in aruba more than five years ago. he said he took money from her family and lied when he told her where to find the remains.
>> they're kept contacting me and asking for it so i said at one point i thought okay, i took advantage of the situation.
>> on "today," the holloway family attorney said it was the other way around.
>> here contacted me directly, sort of pathetic desperate way he was asking for money and demanding money in exchange for information. the whole premises of giving him the money is understanding he was going to lie.
>> jor an said he has been wronged.
>> people bothering me and lying to me and anything else. i have a lot of anger because that was also.
>> now kept away from the sunshine, he does yoga, meditates and reads. he gets letters, mostly from americans and all he claims supportive. what he enjoys now is teaching. guards come to his cell to learn english. he wants to make the most of time. understanding this is only the beginning.
>> i guess a lot of the time i thought maybe consequences didn't apply to me and now is a good time to see that just like for everything you do, there is a consequence.
>> he said he fully expecting to be behind bars for a year or two awaiting trial and whatever happens in peru , he faces extradition in the u.s. for extortion against him.
>> thank you very much. john is a crime reporter for the dutch newspaper the telegraph. good morning to you. how did this interview come about? did he contact you or did you contact him?
>> i contacted him after he was arrested and i went to aruba and i asked her if she was going to visit jor an and she said i'm never going to visit him there. she was angry to her son and she said i give him phone calls and she had a large bag with clothes for him and asked me to put it to peru . she asked me if i go to peru to bring the bags with him.
>> you took the bag and gained confidence and got the interview?
>> yes. he put me on the security list and i went in june to joran to interview for the telegraph and i cannot come back with cameras to do an interview.
>> two things, any money change hands?
>> any preconditions that you couldn't ask him?
>> everything i could ask him. only one condition. the director of the prison gave permission when joran said negative things about the castro castro prison.
>> cooperate say anything negative about the prison. as you sat down it struck me how relaxed he is.
>> i'm a crime reporter for more than 30 years and i spoke to a lot of prisoners in foreign countries and they are upset and panicked. it's hard to stay there. he is relaxed and calm and he's adapted to the situation. he's dealing with the guards. it's unbelievable.
>> he wants to move into the general population .
>> in a special section for foreigner inmates. there also people from the netherlands over there. now he is 23 hours a day in his cell and wants to go to another section to do some sporting.
>> he seemed to have a smirk on his face from time to time. what did you make that was?
>> it's strange. maybe because he was nervous, but he's shaking his head and i believe one of the parts of the interview he is calm and laughing and when i talked to him about natalee holloway and stephany flores, he had no emotions. that's very strange.
>> and he did say he had no connection with the natalee holloway case.
>> he said it. he did a confession about the black mailing of the family holloway , but he said i have nothing to do with her disappearance.
>> you surprised he admitted to extorting money from the family? that he admitted to that?
>> yeah. he's angry with the family holloway and that's the reason why he took their money. now at this moment in the interview, he said i didn't have to do this, but he made that confession. it's a big danger for him. maybe in peru he stays in prison for five or six years. when manslaughter --
>> why did he make the confession?
>> maybe a slip of the tongue ? maybe he thinks there is enough evidence in the case that it's better for me to tell what happened? i don't know.
>> if you had to summarize his character from that meeting, how would you?
>> a man with two faces. kind at one moment and the other moment i think he can be dangerous.
>> thank you so much.
>> appreciate it. we will have a special report joran van der sloot behind bars here