Joran van der Sloot finally confesses to the 2005 murder  of Natalee Holloway, bringing closure to a long-standing mystery.

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Joran van der Sloot, a long-time suspect in the Natalee Holloway case, has admitted to the crime, according to her mother.

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The admission came as part of a plea deal in which van der Sloot pleaded guilty to extorting money from the Holloway family.

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Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teenager, disappeared in 2005 while on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

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She was last seen leaving a bar with Joran van der Sloot.

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Joran van der Sloot will serve a 20-year sentence in Peru, where he was already imprisoned for another murder.

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In 2010, he demanded $250,000 from Natalee's mother in exchange for information about her disappearance.

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Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway, confronted van der Sloot in court,  stating, "You have finally admitted that, in fact, you murdered her."

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Beth Holloway also mentioned that van der Sloot had "bludgeoned" her daughter.

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The confession was documented in a court filing and outlined by Judge Anna Manasco as she sentenced him.

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Judge Manasco referred to van der Sloot as having "brutally murdered in  separate incidents years apart two beautiful women who refused his  sexual advances."

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In exchange for the 20-year sentence, van der Sloot agreed to provide  accurate information about Natalee Holloway's disappearance.

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The extent to which this information will be shared with the public is unclear.

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Beth Holloway revealed that van der Sloot had killed Natalee on a beach and disposed of her in the water.

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Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, called van der Sloot "evil personified"  and confirmed that he had murdered Natalee and extorted her loved ones.

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Despite international attention, Natalee Holloway's remains were never found, and she was declared dead by a court in 2012.

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