3:00 PM, December 12th, 2011

Meet Dr. Mary Hamer. She’s a one-woman evangelist for Joran Van der Sloot, the 24-year-old Dutchman linked to the disappearance of Alabama high-school senior Natalee Holloway, and arrested for the murder of Peruvian Stephany Flores. 

Already Hamer, a divorced radiologist from Lake City, Fla., is doling out her savings to pay his lawyers. She is buying him clothes. She is sending him care packages. If only he were released into her custody, she would cast out the violence like a gentle exorcist coaxing away the demons. And if he has murdered before, he would murder no more.

Also, there are enough groupies of inmates or killers for a gallery.

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