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November 18, 2005

HarryTho 11/18 Natalee Holloway Update And Commentary

Topics: Natalee Holloway

Today's Natalee-related news consisted mostly of fallout from the Dr. Phil Show. What Dr. Phil appears to have attempted to promote and what he actually accomplished, in my mind may be miles apart. From what I could tell, he presented a travel comedy and some information about a mysterious phone call from Mexico to Beth Twitty. With those two airings, Dr. Phil added a few pictures of Amy Bradley and attempted to persuade his audience that Natalee Holloway was enslaved by sex traders, by way of the inclusion in the evening's charade, of a couple of comedians disguised as slave trade sleuths.

Despite the cast of routine and extraordinary media props, I felt, and I suspect most others did as well, that Dr. Phil did not have anything to sell. He wasted a lot of air time. From a tour of the blogs and some comments, it appears that Dr. Phil gained instant recognition as a candidate for a new comedy hour.

Although our blog has advocated the sex slave angle to the Natalee Holloway case, we would never have debased our opinion to the circus act aired last evening. I fear that Dr. Phil may have done more harm than good to the sex slave possibility. Unfortunately, Dr. Phil may have inadvertently discredited many of the props of the cable news networlks by incorporating them in his show.

I could say more, but in an effort to avoid discrediting the good work which Dr. Phil is known for, I will refrain from any further comments.

Now on to a few other inputs of Natalee-related news:

From Aruba Truth comes "Lessons From The Dr. Phil Show."

On Dr. Phil's syndicated talk show on Thursday, he attempted once again to present a one sided, admittedly biased review of the Natalie Holloway case. There were no opposing opinions, no documentation of conspiracy claims, and no one from Aruba to balance the program.

Ratings Matter More Than Truth

This talk show competes for ratings that dictate how much they can sell advertising for in the hour. In November, ratings are measured and used to sell time. Dr. Phil knows the Holloway story gets an audience, so he used Beth Twitty and Aruba to collect viewers.

No New Information

Beth Twitty had one new angle that revolved around a cellphone call. She said she got a call and heard a girl's voice call for help. Dave Holloway, the night before on Greta, said it was bogus. And even Beth said that as well on Greta Thursday. But Phil's show is taped, and they were too lazy and uncaring to edit it out of the taped program.

Otherwise it was the same unsubstantiated claims. No one is talking to Beth Twitty; the early investigation was botched; there is a cover up; etc.

Safety Matters

Beth Twitty claims Aruba is unsafe for tourists. Dr. Phil agreed. Unfortunatelty, the statistics still show that Aruba is one of the safest destination spots in the world. You can score more drugs and women within five blocks of where Dr. Phil tapes his show than you can ever in Aruba.

Use Another Disappearance To Prove A Bad Point

Dr. Phil also brought out the unsolved case of Amy L. Bradley.

And Then The Boycott

Of course, all of this was an opportunity for the Dr. to offer his plea for a boycott and to take credit for being the first to call for one. Of course, he failed to mention that all Alabama newspapers oppose the boycott. Or that his boycott has had no effect on anything, not even his ratings

And once again, we offer our plea to Dr. Phil and the Governor of Alabama that economic sanctions will hurt the investigation and not help Beth Twitty achieve justice. Why? The pieces needed to solve this jigsaw puzzle are not on the table, and all the guns to the head from all the pundits will not put them there.

In all, another uninformed, bias, and cynical talk show program from a guy who should know better. But ratings end soon and he'll go into reruns. By his new season, perhaps the real investigators will have something to report that Dr. Phil will put on his show.

I can't help but wonder if the fellows over at Aruba Truth read our blog, then tone it down for diplomacy sake! Overall, it's a good summation of what we've been writing here on Hyscience. It's nice to know that someone else sees things the same way.

From the AP we have, "Aruban police confirm questioning of Natalee Holloway's family."

Aruban authorities have investigated relatives of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway to "exclude all possibilities" and still consider three island men to be suspects in her disappearance, a top police official said.

Assistant Aruban Police Chief Gerold G. Dompig also said in an interview that Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, has hurt the investigation by releasing sensitive information during her frequent appearances on U.S. television shows. And Holloway's classmates need to be questioned more because of "disturbing" statements they've made public on TV and the Internet, he said.

"We have expanded the team and set crystal clear investigative goals for the next 60 days," Dompig said.

Holloway's father, Mississippi insurance agent Dave Holloway, said Aruban police should have investigated suspects more rather than asking questions about the family. The probe is stalled and police are trying to keep up the appearance of progress, he said.

Dompig said authorities "had to ask certain questions concerning related issues because in any investigation one should be able to exclude all possibilities."

"This is also standard procedure in (the) U.S. in any investigation," he said. "The family should not have felt this as an insult nor a witch hunt."

Dompig said Holloway's mother "has absolutely hurt the investigation" by revealing too much about the case during TV appearances.

"Information given to her in confidence, being the mother of the missing girl, was repeatedly used/twisted by Mrs. Twitty on TV shows," he said. "This gave away several plans to the suspects' lawyers even before the investigators could act."

But Dave Holloway said police haven't told family members they were saying too much about the case.

"What they're complaining about is that they couldn't sweep it all under the rug and the media got hold of it," he said.

"We still need to question a couple of the schoolmates because some earlier given statements to the FBI do not match and some students also gave disturbing (new) information about the trip on several television shows and on the Internet," Dompig said.

Few of Holloway's former classmates have commented publicly on details about the trip, but some have given seemingly conflicting accounts of when Holloway and other members of the group first encountered van der Sloot.

: From this article, it appears that the family is irate that they and the Mountain Brook teens are being questioned at all. To the best of my knowledge, this is standard police procedure. I believe anyone following this case has witnessed inconsistencies in statements uttered by the Mountain Brook teens and the family. Dave Holloway's recent attempts at entrapment in conspiring to derail the investigation, likewise, seems sufficiently suspect so as to draw the interest of the Aruban authorities.

Tonight's Rita Crosby MSNBC News report consisted of a rehash of the Dr. Phil's Show.

One very important slice of information concerned Ty Ritter's only lead on Amy Bradley. It was a picture that the family received via email. I suspect, other than Dr. Phil's travel comedy, that reader Allan K., the source of information and images that we forwarded to the Bradleys, provided the only real evidence that Dr. Phil had. You'll recall that Dr. Phil mentioned the ears in an image, and the remarkable posts in the image. I think that you'll find that particular image in our Amy Bradley post - we know because we made it, and included it with the images we sent the Bradleys from Allan K (we made the exagerated ear shots from the images sent to us by Allan).

Next, Ty Ritter claimed that there was a 50-50 chance that Natalee Holloway was alive. I suspect that it wasn't necessary for Mr. Ritter to complete a graduate level course in statistics to arrive at that conclusion. Thank you Mr. Ritter for your astute observation (insert LOL face here).

Ty Ritter then narrated a video of an active, barbed-wired-enclosed, 15-acre brothel with some 200 apartments on the island of Curacao. Ty estimated some 100 plus girls (prostitutes) work in the brothel. He didn't elaborate on how he arrived at that number.

With that, we'll call it a night, after all - it is Friday, and we've all had a busy and entertaining week, thanks to the cable shows. I'll see you folks in the comments section later. Aloha.

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Posted by Richard at November 18, 2005 11:22 PM

Dear Harry,

I think I know how Ty arrived to a number of Campo Alegre's contractors - this information is in fact public record. They normally have near 150 workers, but since last year trouble when girls and workers challenged the government in court, and the defendant restricted new arrivals, a number of active contractors was down to 60. The business is recovering now, so that my guestimate would be 100+, but anyone who cares may find an actual number starting e.g. from .

Though, to associate Campo Alegre with slavery is beyond laughable, IMO.

Posted by: George at November 19, 2005 12:27 AM

Dear George:

My compliments! You have, time and again, provided some beneficial insight and thoughtful criticism into the Caribbean sex trade. Bravo!

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at November 19, 2005 12:38 AM


Thanks. Actually, there is Campo-Alegre forum at (warnings apply).

Posted by: George at November 19, 2005 1:06 AM

Harry, I suppose you have read by now, "Arubagetagrip" and the fall out of Dr. Phils insane hour?
Wow! A lawsuit against him! This I love!

Posted by: i.perp at November 20, 2005 5:53 PM

Dear i.perp:

Our next posting will include the lawsuits being organized in Aruba and Curacao against Dr. Phil's comedy hour. These lawsuits are a long time in coming.

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at November 20, 2005 8:57 PM

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