Joran van der Sloot's mother still believes her son is innocent, insisting in an email obtained exclusively by ABC News that "he is not a murderer."
Melody Granadillo talks about time with accused killer Joran van der Sloot.
More Photos Anita van der Sloot hasn't spoken publicly since her son's arrest in Peru, until now.
"I am not giving interviews to any American media station because I don't trust them. Stay safe and pray for Joran. He is not the monster they like the world to see. he is traumatized, depressed an has an addiction. He is not a murderer. It stinks and feels like a big trap set up for him."
Anita van der Sloot's email, apparently typed out quickly, was sent to close confidant and ex-girlfriend of Joran's, Melody Granadillo.
ABC News' Chris Cuomo sat down exclusively to talk to Granadillo about the man she knew in an interview that airs tonight on 20/20.
Granadillo, 23, met van der Sloot when she was 16 and their teenage love affair blossomed.
"It was real," Granadillo told Cuomo. "We liked looking into each other's eyes."