AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 24 (UPI) -- Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man accused of killing one woman and a suspect in the disappearance of another, was a liar as a child, his mother says.
In an interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America," Anita van der Sloot said her son wasn't difficult as a child, but told lies and suggested he was mentally ill.
She said he tended to sneak out of their home in Aruba at night. While she noted his disappearances, she said she didn't know her son was heading for casinos.
A casino is where van der Sloot met U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba five years ago, and Stephany Flores, the 21-year-old woman he is accused of killing in Lima, Peru.
In both instances, van der Sloot confessed to killing the women, then withdrew his confession. Holloway's body has never been found, and he remains the prime suspect in her disappearance.
Anita van der Sloot said her son at first denied any wrongdoing involving Holloway, but then his story began changing.
She said her husband would question their son, telling the boy, "If you know something, tell us, because you're going to the police, and you tell the truth."
"Maybe he missed a chance to become an actor," his mother said in the interview. "Maybe that should've been a role in his life. I really don't know. I can hardly believe that he can fake this."
She said she hasn't visited her son in prison and has tried to distance herself from him.
"I can cut certain things off; I can push them away. It's hard, but I'm trying to do that," she said. "I just lost my husband (earlier this year) and I could not even take the time to mourn about that."