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December 6, 2005

HarryTho 12/06 Natalee Holloway Update And Commentary

Topics: Natalee Holloway

image1099258g.jpegLet's start tonight with some cable chatter and move on to traces of news and tonights commentary.

Starting with the CBS "The Early Show, we see have "Natalee's Mom Fires Back."

The upcoming issue of Vanity Fair magazine examines the high profile case, and is critical of nearly everyone involved, including investigators, the press and Holloway's own family.

Beth Holloway Twitty staunchly denies assertions in the piece that she and husband Jug Twitty were the obstacles to the probe.

She told The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler she and Jug "absolutely" didn't hinder investigators.

Did Jug say or do something that would lead Dompig to conclude Jug wanted a confession beaten out of those boys? "Absolutely not," said Twitty. "Nothing could be farther from the truth, nothing."

Dompig is also quoted as saying van der Sloot, the prime suspect, struck Aruban authorities and the FBI as the type of guy who was a "mother-in-law's God's gift."

"I don't know," Twitty said. "But I remember specifically in a meeting (with authorities that) they were saying this is the most unusual man they had ever dealt with. They had never seen anyone who has just refused to cooperate with the authorities. He really toyed with them during the interrogations, and quite often would place his fingers in his ears and just refuse to speak." Twitty said she got that information from various officials and others close to the probe.

"I think," she said, "that they were all frustrated with Joran's behavior from early on."

Asked about the apparent deterioration of the family's relationships with many on Aruba, Twitty said, "It really just saddens us greatly if someone is suggesting that the family impeded the investigation or damaged the integrity of it. We all know that the officials that are involved ... are the ones who are the professionals and should be making the correct judgments on whether to pursue or not to pursue suspects and not relying on pressure from the family, which they were not doing."

From the article we see that Beth Twitty is now in the backpedaling mode that she goes into whenever the Aruban authorities question her tactics and motives!

Looking at the same story from a slightly different take (a few different words), The New York Daily News has, "Natalee's kin hurt probe - Aruba cop."

They brought out their big guns on the very first day, and they started shooting," Dompig said. "They didn't understand the way things are done in our system. They didn't want to understand. They act like they came from a world where you can just crush people. It was very harmful to our investigation."

Dompig also said the 18-year-old Natalee "drank all day, every day" while in Aruba, starting every morning with cocktails, and may have been involved with several men on the island.

Aruban law enforcement was put under intense pressure by the media scrutiny orchestrated by Twitty, Dompig said, with the White House at one point even calling Aruba's prime minister.

"Basically, Jug wanted us to come over and beat a confession out of these boys," Dompig said. "We couldn't do that. These boys are hardheaded, especially Joran. We couldn't get a confession."

As I mentioned above, this version contains a few more charged words!

Next, let's take a look at a couple of postings from The Bushy Haired Stranger - "Could this be the answer to many questions?" We'll call this, "supporting background" (Not edited for grammer):

Posted by Victorp:

Just looking back at May 30, Beth frantic that morning, knowing her daughter had been kidnapped when Natalee at that point just was late in the lobby.

Natalee's roommate McVay who said "when Natalee wasn't in any of this rooms they we to the chaperone and said: 'There's a problem, she's not here.' ("she", how would he know who "she" was?)
Friend Byrd who said they went to the chaperone:"trying to figure out what was going on".
The alleged phone call, which Croes was called about, and many more unanswered questions:

That night, the night Natalee went missing, a chaperone was (supposed to be) waiting for her in the lobby.

Wasn't the chaperones task just to hand out the roomkeys and keep the passports? Hasn't it been mentioned over and over again how they did not watched over these kids, since that wasn't their job etc. etc. Chaperones only found out Natalee was missing until the next morning?

Apparantly not, a chaperone was (supposed to be) waiting for Natalee in the lobby that night, the following is a part of a transcript of the Abrams show from June 10:

ABRAMS: Yes, and very quickly, the surveillance tape at the hotel apparently does not back up their story that they dropped her off at the hotel that day, right?

SAVIDGE: Correct. But keep in mind, there are only about two surveillance cameras that would have been involved here. One is at the front door and the other is at the elevator. Is it possible there is another way she could have gotten to her room? I don't know.

But that's what they're relying on. The young men say, "Hey, we dropped her off. She walked in the front door. We said good-bye." However, the video apparently doesn't show that. It also doesn't show something else, a chaperone that was supposed to be waiting in the lobby for her.

ABRAMS: Hmm, that's interesting. Wow.

All right. Martin Savidge, thanks for all the good work out there.

So, a chaperone that was supposed to be waiting in the lobby for her?
Now why would that be?

Everybody thought Natalee was in another room, being polite, they were asleep, did not notice her not arriving at the hotel, and did not got alarmed untill the next morning according to all the statements made, so how come this chaperone was supposed to be waiting for Natalee in the lobby (the video did not show him/her waiting), why was he (supposed to be) there?

If a chaperone for some reason (apparantly according to students or the chaperones themselves) was supposed to be waiting for her, doesn't that mean that that same night the students aswell as the chaperones were indeed alarmed about Natalee, or if not, that for some reason a chaperone had a reason that specific night to wait for her?
(maybe she mentioned to someone she did not wanted to go home, and because of this a chaperone decided to go sit in the lobby that night and wait?)

Savige did not mentioned a chaperone that waited for all students, he is specificly talking about a chaperone waiting 'for her' in the lobby. It does not seem he was mistaken a chaperone for one of the suspected guards, since he referred to them just prior as 'suspects' and of course these suspects were not supposed to be 'waiting for her in the lobby'.

This chaperone supposed to be waiting for her, and not shown on the tapes, I don't know what to think about this, but it might answer a lot of questions as will it rise many others.

Link to Abrams transcript (you'll have to scroll a bit):

So, in the context of this background, now for our Tuesday Evening Editorial: Given the recent preview of a Vanity Fair article to appear in this month's issue, an opinion on the revelations is warranted.

We were articulating possible runaway scenarios, and I believe we had explored some interesting innovations. It is unfortunate that a Vanity Fair article appeared to sidetrack our efforts. this article, though seemingly interesting, is merely a rebuttal to the constant demonizing of Aruba by the cable news networks and the Twitty-Holloway camp.

From the article, which by the way comes with accreditation, we learn that evidence quite integral to the case has been suppressed by both the Twitty-Holloway camp and the Aruban law enforcement effort. Specifically, Beth Twitty did receive telephone calls from her daughter in which involved a serious love relationship with a Dutchman. Second, we learn of a complaint against the Twitty-Holloway camp for lying to authorities. Third, we read for the first time of a complaint for physical abuse against an island editor by the Twitty-Holloway camp. Fourth, it now appears that declarations were filed that Natalee Holloway was seen, after she had been supposedly kidnapped and murdered by Joran van der Sloot. Fifth, the reputation of Natalee Holloway transformed from a proper Southern Belle into a lush and woman of easy virtue. Sixth, responsible drinking alleged by the Mountain Brook students was anything but. They were described as wild and totally out of control, resembling more a scene from Sodom and Gomorrah than a civilized Christian society. Quite frankly, the Mountain Brook teens remained silent in order to cover up their wanton and despicable behavior while in Aruba. When innocent Arubans were arrested and incarcerated, the Mountain Brook teens remained silent as a testament to their cowardly upbringing. Interestingly, they will undoubtedly represent the leaders of tomorrow in Alabama.

From the foregoing, we can conclude that a runaway scenario for Natalee Holloway has been the most promising option since the beginning. It has been suppressed by the Twitty-Holloway camp for reasons that are yet to be determined. The demands, reported of Beth Twitty, for a death certificate early on in the case lead us to wonder about the motivation of the Twitty-Holloway camp in general. Was this a mere death-scam all along? If it was, then I can conclude only the worst possible kind of creature would allow innocent people to be incarcerated for such an ignoble cause. Clearly, the Governor of Alabama will never live this disgusting scenario down.

Given the Vanity fair revelations, it would appear that the Governors of Alabama and Arkansas (a candidate for President of the United States) declared a boycott of Aruba over an encampment of lying, wanton, indifferent cowards. One has to question the leadership abilities, if any, of these two gentlemen. And, I have not even addressed the forgery of the infamous Skeeter tapes.

I laud the composure of the Aruban authorities in remaining silent amidst this quagmire of cowardliness and deception. It takes a special kind of people to endure such abuse and injustice. Bravo!

Update: Greta of Fox News interviewed Beth Twitty over the Vanity Fair article. Beth denied ever pressuring the Aruban authorities, then proceeded to list a plethora of demands placed upon the Aruban authorities.

She claimed it was a difficult task to get to the Aruban authorities to do anything. Beth specifically denied asking the Aruban authorities to arrest the three suspects. She denied any involvement in the arrest of the Black security guards. She admitted that the entire family was frustrated with the Aruban police.

On the issue of the blue-eyed Dutchman who Natalee allegedly called Beth about before her disappearance, Beth denies it. She claims it was a misunderstanding with the person who claimed she got the call. Beth also revealed that she gave the police or the FBI Natalee's hard drive and cell phone. Somehow, she employed giving the hard drive and cell phone to the police as confirmation that Natalee never called her.

A new revelation came out that Beth heard about blood in one of Joran's sneakers. Of course, she cannot remember who told her. She claims she read it once in one of her notes. However, the blood in the tennis shoe never came up again in the entire investigations. And, Beth did not bring it up. After all, what could blood in a sneaker possibly mean to the investigation? Sounds like another Beth fable!

Likewise, Beth ranted on about some boat that she has still not confirmed even existed.

When asked specifically about the Vanity fair article, Beth classified it as sad and mostly untrue. Greta commented that she felt that Vanity Fair should have portrayed Natalee in a better light. Beth and Greta agreed that despite its sad tone, the article confirmed that Joran and the Kalpoe brothers were with a drunk teenager on the night that Natalee disappeared. I doubt that the article confirmed that at all.

Tonight's airing was a Beth-Greta photo op to spill out some more nonsense in order to deflect the negative vibes of the Vanity Fair article.

Aloha for tonight - As usual, I'll see some of you in the comments later.

Posted for HarryTho

Posted by Richard at December 6, 2005 7:29 PM

I SAW GREATA ON O'REILLY SHE WAS HIDING SOMETHING??WHY, THINK ABOUT IT ????

Posted by: Ribby at December 6, 2005 9:03 PM

Why would Greta be hiding anything, can you explain further?

Posted by: Donna at December 6, 2005 9:29 PM

Harry, great commentary as usual on the Holloway scene. Well, it's certainly not difficult to figure where this governer of Alabama was raised! And with what kind of values!!
I don't agree with soiling Natalee's name as I believe if she was capable of the things you mentioned there are various reasons for it. First, she was raised in a household where she was "coached" to be proper by her stepfather. Her mother didn't even know how many suitcases she took to Aruba!! For a big holiday celebration for finishing school with high marks, I would have been there for my daughters, seeing them off and making sure their suitcases had everything they needed. I should add here that a holiday that offered free booze all day long and a place like C&C's wouldn't have been a place I would send an 18 year old without DECENT supervision in the first place. My second thought is that Natalee, I would believe, was just looking for some one who would love her for who she was, not for what was expected of her, as must have been the scenario at her home. Her father had two children younger than Natalee, that required much of his time. I really believe, from what I've read on this that Natalee was living in a bit of a make-believe world, looking for the blue eyed love to sail away to happiness with. IMHO.

Posted by: i.perp at December 6, 2005 9:43 PM

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Posted by: GinaGibson at December 6, 2005 9:46 PM

"...I laud the composure of the Aruban authorities in remaining silent amidst this quagmire of cowardliness and deception. It takes a special kind of people to endure such abuse and injustice. Bravo!"

Bravo to you, too, Harry, for stating that, and for also recognizing and writing about the hidden, flip side of the coin: It takes a special type of animal to initiate the abuse and injustice and then to encourage their offspring, the mute and myopic Mountain Brook party animals, to remain silent and thus prove that the kids, too, were litter-mates--bred from the same sub-standard breed.

Posted by: Dayo Gould at December 6, 2005 9:48 PM

Does anyone know the laws, about how long it would take in Aruba, to declare someone deceased? Is it the same as here, 7 yrs? Does someone have to be convicted of her murder also,even w/o a body to request a death certificate be made, earlier than 7 yrs? Hmmmm...NO wonder why they wanted these boys charged, and charged in a hurry.......they needed a conviction of someone, ANYONE!

7 yrs, maybe Jugsy didn't want to wait that long to collect on that life insurance policy! 2 weeks, they were requesting a death certificate be made. No wonder DOMPIG was had questions regarding a scam for insurance, and he heard through proper channels (possibly through the FBI investigations) that Jugsy DOES have a huge amount of insurance on Natalee. Dave said he only has a "small one", a policy he has held on Natalee since she was small.. ...well that was AFTER he stating there was none, and it was absurd to even ask the family that. Beth claims..."I" never purchased a life insurance policy on Natalee..She didn't say "WE" as in her and Jugsy..so that could mean, that Jugsy, purchased one.

When does a mother, state that she already buried her child, within her heart, when that child was ONLY considered missing for 2 weeks? Any parent, would WANT hope, that their child was alive, especially when NO body has been found, and especially ONLY after 2 weeks!

Posted by: Donna at December 6, 2005 10:35 PM

Dear Donna:

One of the Aruban attorneys related that the process of declaring a person dead can be commenced five (5) years from the initial report date of a person missing. So, it is five years.

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at December 6, 2005 10:54 PM

Thanks Harry...

What IF though, say Joran, Deepak, Satish, were convicted of murdering Natalee, even IF her body is never found? Can the Twittys then receive a death certificate BEFORE 5 yrs?

After all,IF the country convicts 3 of them for murder, they are stating it PROVES that she is dead, according to the law.....and possibly that 5 yr waiting law may be waived.....

Maybe this is why they wanted charges, and a conviction..in a hurry.

Posted by: Donna at December 6, 2005 11:08 PM

Dear Donna:

What you ask is very tricky question! First, a person is considered dead medically, and not legally. Without a body, death runs the time gauntlet of a specific number of years. However, there is a caveat that I feel you will find most interesting.

The law does not consider a person dead after the time gauntlet has expired, if that person had a reason not to return. For example: if a husband told his wife that he was leaving her for another woman and then disappeared, the law would presume he has no interest in telling his wife his whereabouts and would refuse to execute a death certificate. Similarly, if a daughter told her parents that she was eloping with a blue-eyed Dutchman and then disappeared, the law would not declare the daughter deceased, even if the time gauntlet expired!

If the suspects were tried for murder, then the law would presume the victim to be dead, if they were convicted. As to whether or not a death certificate would be issued is another matter and may require the time gauntlet to expire. This would be a court decision as to whether or not, based upon the evidence presented at trial, that the person could be presumed to be dead.

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at December 6, 2005 11:44 PM

I am so glad to see the article from Vanity Fair surface, and to let us see the other side of the coin so to speak. I had presumed all along based upon the Twitty/Holloway behavior that I have viewed repeatedly on tv that they were very arrogant and demanding. It has been my thoughts all along that they looked down on the Island of Aruba because of its size and misjudged the intelligence of the good Aruban people. The Arubans have shown an incredible amount of restraint and patience where this family has been concerned,and certainly are to be commended for it. I think it is important to note that other countries have different laws as well as different behavior patterns. I believe it was the personal responsibility of the Twitty/Holloway families to take advantage of the lawyers they hired to explain the judicial system there to them and to learn to work within that system. They simply brought in their own vigilante group of thugs and set out to take over the Island of Aruba and to show them how and what to do. The Twitty/Holloway family have certainly shown the world including people here in the good ole USA just why some Americans are so disliked. Their total disregard and disrespect for another countries laws has indeed painted a very bad picture for what we here in America stand for. It appears to me that Beth Twittys desire to be on stage on the camera constantly and her need to show how tough she is, supercedes her need to find out just what happened to her Missing Daughter. Remember her, Beth. Your daughter is the one missing and she sure isn't on the American TV. My theory all along has been that of a runaway, and that has only been heightened, since I have been subjected to the outrageous behavior of this family. I would have run away from them too. Just taking one issue, and that of the many lies coming from Beth Twittys mouth every night on tv, when she has the nerve to call the boys liars, is enough to tell me something. I won't even touch on all the false evidence, false witnesses, doctored tapes, and questionable people she surrounds herself with. This womans credibility is zero with me.

Posted by: therose at December 7, 2005 1:28 AM

Harry,
This situation is getting more and more complicated and it seems that we know less and less.
Ponder this though,say she is alive, and now she wants to come home. So, how do you come home when your personal business is all over the internet, in Vanity Fair magazine and discussed, every night, on every cable channel? And, you are only 19 years old.
Why is no one thinking about this?

Posted by: Little Bo Peep at December 7, 2005 1:32 AM

Hi Little Bo Beep,

I think you have a valid point there! Emberrasement could prevent or could have prevented Natalee to show herself in public again. But then again she could find herself in a safe environment that she knows will protect her no matter what (the unknown Dutchman?). If this is the case, she might simply wait untill this case dies in the Media.

I think that this has been considered by the ALE (and maybe the FBI). They could have leads as to where she is. They will only reveal that if they are sure about there whereabouts AND Natalee's safety.

I think that - in case she is alive - Natalee's safety is one of the points that has easily been overlooked by the Media, especially Dr. Phil & co.

Also I think its time for someone to get Beth out of the media circus! Blood in a tennisshoe? A boat she is not sure off? I think that these things can be put in the same pile as "the illegatemate half brother of Joran"; the Skeeter tapes etc...

Posted by: Also_Dutch at December 7, 2005 2:50 AM

Another well versed and documented post Harry.

Something I'd like to mention here. Since the Phil tapes have come into light, Beth Twitty used to wear semi provocative clothing ... see thru sweaters and shirts. I've noticed lately her wardrobe has changed drastically. The only thing that seems to be missing in her public appearances is a straightjacket. Do you know how appropriate one would look on her right now? Not to ignore your work on this post Harry baby, Beth knows this case is over. She's ready for a rubber room. If Beth, Jug and Dave would leave this scene right now, forget about a boycott (which by the way won't really hurt the Aruban economy)and let the Aruban police continue their investigation, perhaps they may come up with a new lead. As long as this woman continues to disrupt this investigation, the clock ticks on. Beth knows the Arubans aren't afraid of a southern US boycott. The real US business for Aruba is in the northeastern sector of the US. She knows this is over. Why she doesn't seek help is beyond me.

Whether the FBI corroborates what the DFI has in their posession or not is irrelevant. The DFI has their proof. Beth knows this.

In my estimation, (don't quote me on this, it is simply my opinion) Beth Twitty has crossed the line between reality and mental illness and needs treatment.

This is a sad, sad thing to watch. Her daughter went to Aruba to party and she disappeared. The Arubans investigated the case and didn't have enough evidence to solve it. Since then she has flipped her twig and has done anything in her power to defame the Arubans and spew forth her rage against them as well. 5 months ago I used to feel sorry for Beth Twitty for having a missing daughter. Now I pity her for allowing herself to become mentally unhealthy over this tragedy. She needs to be healed, so she can become a productive human being again.

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 7, 2005 4:53 AM

if julia's story is true, then that other guy would explain why the stories changed about when natalee and joran met. she met another guy earlier, just not joran. jug's story went from friday to sunday night. other kids said thursday, friday, and saturday. but since some point all stories changed to sunday night. maybe she did meet joran on sunday night. everyone, including joran, says that now. so there might have been someone else.

Posted by: lola at December 7, 2005 4:56 AM

Hi there, only in the first weeks after the dissapearance, I stated on PT that a dutch woman, at the same time at the same hotel, allready described the shamefull behaviour of the MB kids. Drinking all day long, harrassing other hotelguests, loud and rude and vomitting because of excessive drinking. So, this is no surprise to me. Greetings, Louiza

Posted by: Louiza at December 7, 2005 6:21 AM

If I live to be a million, I'll never understand how Beth has gotten away with her lies and misdirection in this case. And she still is spewing drivel but no one on the TV shows ever stops her and makes her give the sources. I'm more than tired of seeing Beth telling one lie after another. She's beyond pathetic yet I have to remember just how much money every minute on national TV brings to her disposal!

Posted by: betsy at December 7, 2005 8:02 AM

Harry ....

Mele Kalikimaka ........

To all the Natalee bashers here, you people need your head examined. The Dutch are known perverts for years in the world. Sex traffickers are trained in Holland. Women from 32 countries enter Holland as Sex Slaves, some 700000 per year.
If Natalee is alive she went thru Amsterdam.
This Case investigation is a Mockery to the type of cover-up that is going on here.
If Joran Did'nt Murder Natalee, he sure knows what went on that night.
Paulus was in Holland for a year prior to this happening, maybe he was training in the trafficking school, cause he knew he did'nt have a chance to become a Judge picked by the Queen B.
Why did Paulus fly home to Aruba without Anita in May?
Joran, Paulus & Anita could be your family of Traffickers.
Joran could be your killer.
Harry you should stick to your News of Hawaii & how beautiful your Paradise is.
When you get REAL facts about the case would love to have a beer with you at The Red Lion.

Til then Aloooooooooooooha

Haoli Makahiki Ho

A Bruddah

Posted by: Shazzbot at December 7, 2005 8:49 AM

Beth Twitty NEVER does anything right in the eyes of most of the readers of this sight. When she answers a question, she is "lying." When she doesn't answer with what you want to hear, she is "hiding something." If she has really controlled and manipulated the investigation, then why isn't the case even one step closer to being solved! She vowed in the beginning to keep Natalee's story alive and her presence in the media has done that, whether you like it (or her) or not!

Posted by: jewels flem at December 7, 2005 9:28 AM

@Shazzbot
When you have real facts about Holland, your welcome talk with the Grownups, until then please turn off your PC and start reading books!

@Jewel,
It is obvious that Beth Twitty did a lot that obstructed the ALE in their investigation. Every bit of info she got from the ALE, even if it was sensitive and/or confidential, she gave to the Media without hesitation. She has claimed to have signed confessions which later became documents signed by ALE officials, which later became her "notes".
Her biggest lie and maby slander was that she claimed that the illegitemate half brother of Joran was involved in this case. This half brother doesn't even excists.

There are a lot of people like you who do not have problems with slandering the ALE, Aruba, the Van der Sloots, the Kalpoes and the Dutch. Don't get me wrong mistakes were made and lies have been told by J2K. But when people like me point out lies told by Beth & Co. then suddenly I am slandering and/or bashing them!

The ALE had to be silenty by law and common sense. The media is demanding answers, answers which the wouldn't get from the FBI if this was an US case. Beth giving a list of demands to the ALE and in the same breath saying she is not wanting to control the ALE?

And now someone from the ALE is giving out information. Result: The media and the Twitties are crying Corruption again!


Posted by: Also_Dutch at December 7, 2005 10:39 AM

Just something to ponder....

Julie Renfro, and another witness stated that Beth told them that she received phone calls from Natalee, that Natalee had fallen in love with a blue-eyed dutch man. And that she wasn't going to return home.

Beth, says it was a "miscommunication" and that isn't the truth.

Ok...so I am thinking that Beth DID receive phone calls pertaining to Natalee, being in love with a blue-eyed dutch man, but NATALEE wasn't the one to call her mother. A friend, who Natalee confided in, and in turn, that friend was worried that Natalee was serious, and maybe talking a bit crazy, that she figured her MOTHER should be aware of this. So SHE contacted Beth. Beth, being on her OWN vacation, just put it off as it being silliness, and that maybe this friend was trying to cause mischief, so Beth just put it away, as some whim of Natalee's and that she wouldn't dare mess up her future, by doing something as crazy as this.

Maybe this is WHY the first poster's of Natalee, went up with "Little Hootie, call me. We can work this out". And why going to the VDS home that they all thought that the VDS were hiding/protecting Natalee.

Maybe this is the reason why the friend BYRD stated right at 8 am in the morning, that NATALEE will NOT be flying home. How could she have known that, BEFORE anyone KNEW that Natalee was officially missing? IS she the friend that called Beth, with the news of Natalee being in love?


Posted by: Donna at December 7, 2005 10:44 AM

Dutch, Please don't tell me what I do and don't have prolbems with! I just totally disagree with most all of what you said above and that is my right. FYI, Beth's notes are her journal writings which she has referred to continuosly since her first day on Aruba back in May. She wrote of her daily activities and encounters from day one, I assume to help keep things straight. I am sure she never dreamed she would still be writing 6 months later. You would have known about Beth's journal if you had been following the case from the beginning. Your third paragraph makes no sense at all. I view the Holloway/Twitty family as a family with many, many unanswered questions and you view their questions as demands...we just see things differently!

Posted by: jewels flem at December 7, 2005 11:01 AM

While Scared Monkeys claims to be getting all the translation from GetAGrip Aruba now they seem to have missed this one. I saw this and article is accurate.
Dr. Phil was on Larry King Tuesday night supposedly talked about Holloway tape. Does anyone have any info from that show.

Also per NBC13 Birmingham TV Beth Twitty and relatives of other 40 missing people in Alabama will meet Thursday night at State Capitol with Bob Riley to "pray" etc. If anything happens - like other family asking Riley about action in their case I will let you know.

Holloway-case on Larry King live

ARUBA -- Last night, a lawyer and a former district attorney condemned the media hype on
the Natalee Holloway-case on Larry King on CNN. They talked about the Holloway-case in
anticipation of tonight’s broadcast, when Dr. Phil as well as private detective Jamie Skeeters
is going to give an explanation on the videotape with a recording on Deepak Kalpoe.

Mark Geragos and Mary Fulginiti both agree that if it was their case, as lawyer and district
attorney, they would have kicked Dr Phil off the case. They do not understand Dr PhilÆs
involvement with this case. It is very irresponsible allowing suspects to speak and interfereso intense with a case like this. It is very bad when citizens meddle in an investigation. Very often, this damages the case as well as the evidence. They say that the media-attention has played into the defense of the suspects hands. “Suppose the OM wants to persecute the suspect. It is then very easy for the defense to say that the recordings have been
tampered with. And that makes all the other evidence doubtful.” They emphasize that it is
revolting trying to impose the American system on Aruba.

Amigoe.com 12/6/05

Posted by: paul at December 7, 2005 11:05 AM

THE BACKPEDALING "GRAND TOUR DE FAUX NEWS," and GRETA VAN TWITTEREN’S OBSESSION!

As we all have seen, Beth Holloway Twitty, is backpedaling now, after having so adamantly demanded for months to have the “suspects” in the disappearance of her daughter Natalee in Aruba, incarcerated, and re-incarcerated at every turn in spite of the overwhelming lack of evidence that a crime was even committed, much less to hold anyone responsible for her disappearance, and is once more playing her role of “Po’ Lil’ Ole’ Me,’ frail...it is not my fault....victimized, Southern Belle with the quaint, inflected, Vivien Leigh Southern drawl,” and trying to dismiss all the meddling on her part, that of her “Media Circus” monkeys, and of her “Cronies,” as has impeded the investigation at every turn from the very start, while now Greta Van Twitteren has the “gall,” after having been so instrumental in pressuring Aruba at every turn, in every way imaginable, and after all the extensive Beth-sided coverage she has given this fiasco, to say in feigned surprise “that she finds it even more alarming that Aruban authorities were so weak as to succumb to pressure from Beth and the family, and the media, to prematurely arrest the suspects,” after having so unrelentingly denounced Aruban authorities for their of “inaction” all throughout these months, and butted into every aspect of the investigation!!! And it’s ludicrous! Beth and Greta can’t just simply have it both ways!

Unfortunately it's not only Greta who seems "obsessively" invested in this witch! All the "Talking Heads" seem to be always giving Beth a "pass!" It's uncanny, and almost reminiscent of how in the Odyssey Calypso kept Odysseus and his crew "enthralled" with her magic. It seems Beth is keeping many "enthralled" in a like manner with her "Banshee wails!"

I just hope that at some point people will snap out of her "evil enchantment" and address all the damage this woman has done to so many individuals, to Aruba, and to America, with her "Media Circus," which has for so long diverted the attention of this Nation from more crucial, impacting matters, or that has defamed a Sovereign Nation with intent to ruin its economy for failing to bend to her whims, or which has had such a negative impact on the lives of so many.... Forget "Pandora!" "Beth's Box" has been unleashed upon the world!!!

I can only hope that out of so many people that have been vilified by this mad, narcissistic, vengeful, Banshee in love with the "limelight," someone, wether it be the ALE or other Aruban authorities, or the Van Der Sloots and the Kalpoes, or so many others in Aruba whose names have been dragged through the gutter of public opinion by Beth (along with her "virginal" daughter's reputation), would finally have the "cojones" to sue, or bring this media maven witch, Fox, Dr. Phil, Skeeters, and all her numerous other "Cronies," before some tribunal to answer!!!

I also hope that some aspiring young journalists, not influenced by "internal politics" at the Networks, or bound to the whims of producers to perpetuate this fallacy, as even the otherwise incisive and caustic Bill O'Reilly seems to be at Fox, will keep prying into all the lies, misrepresentations made by Beth, or rather "silenced" by her as in the case of the Mountain Brook kids, and all the pertinent questions left unanswered, many of which have repeadtedly been shouted from the rooftops of blogdom for months, but that in spite of all the inordinate, and excessive times that Beth keeps being interviewed on TV almost every day for six months now, not a single "Talking Head" has had the "courage" to bluntly ask of her, and which as Commisioner Dompig so appropriately points out have done nothing but impede the investigation, along with all her meddling, and her "media agenda"!!!

I hate to be proven right this way, and at the expense of seeming spiteful at saying "I told you so," if you guys look at the earliest dates on my postings here and at other sites, or remember, I have consistently condemned this on-going, sordid, "Jerry Springer-like," "Soap Opera Melodrama," with nothing but fabrications, and innuendos, and basing most of its talking points on innacuracies and outright lies (as Dr.Phil and his diet of manufactured Skeeter tapes have amply proven). It is what I foresaw from the very beginning of this fracas, when I saw in utter disbelief the manner in which the media, and Beth and her "Cronies," with all their antics, were conducting themselves about this case!!!

So, all of you, who setting aside common sense and logic, were “duped” by Beth's performances in your misguided "empathy," what have you to show for it??? You know what??? Only more of the same-old, stale "theatrics," defamations, and misrepresentations we all have been forced to swallow all throughout these last six moths, to a greater or lesser extent, due to the pervasive coverage given this debacle that has so intruded into our lives. And where is Natalee to boot (who???), if to begin with “that” was your concern....as much as it ought to have been her mother's??? Guess what??? Apparently lost somewhere between "On the Record with Greta Van Twitteren," and the whorehouses of the “Dr. Phil Show”......

And the "Media Circus" goes on!!!

It’s just nauseating!


Althor

Posted by: Althor at December 7, 2005 11:08 AM

@Shazzbot, Think Beth wanted ALE to give her info, they are returning the ball. Beth, Jug and Dave got all the answers with public opinion. You can borrow the VF in order to document with the latest and be able to make think about before posting and blame somebody. IMO your comment will be welcome in the Natalee's blogs, in there they write poetry and prays for her,
Here we want to find the underlying cause WITHOUT incriminating anybody. We respect culture, religion, law and the Country that they are.
I suggested before, Dr. Phil is an expert dealing with cases of post stress and personality disorder, He could give a hand to Beth.
have a nice day,
Antoinette

Posted by: antoinette at December 7, 2005 11:13 AM

"Beth Twitty ... If she has really controlled and manipulated the investigation, then why isn't the case even one step closer to being solved!"

Because she doesn't want to?

"She vowed in the beginning to keep Natalee's story alive and her presence in the media has done that, whether you like it (or her) or not!"

So she NEEDS the "mystery" be unsolved.

Posted by: George at December 7, 2005 11:17 AM

Bravo Althor...BRAVO!!

For the last week, I have been watching just how many times Beth actually speaks Natalee's name. 3 times in 7 days. It's all ME, ME ME ME with her...watch and see if you don't see if for yourself. Even on Barbara Walters special..it was ALL about BETH. Even showing her bedroom, she had to be IN the film part of it. Sitting on her bed, etc.

All telling was when Barbara asked Beth if she is continuing the search for her daughter, Beth's reply was...I am going to ALWAYS carry the story of her. HELLO? Why is that? To keep getting on TV?

I bet when this case fades...Beth will be like another Mark Klass/John Walsh, anytime the networks want to bring up on an opinion panel of another missing HIGH profile case, Beth will be RIGHT there giving her opinions....I bet ON the RECORD, will sign her to a contract to appear on such shows.

Posted by: Donna at December 7, 2005 11:29 AM

RATINGS AND MONEY !!!!

Posted by: RIBBY at December 7, 2005 11:34 AM

there were 4 chaperones with 3 of thier spouses.. 144 mbk's....

Posted by: RIBBY at December 7, 2005 11:38 AM

I remember maybe 1 month into the case a family member I have on Aruba saying it was well known Natalee had sex with several men that week, one of them a Dutch marine and there also was a casino dealer. The dealer got so scared by the media attention he fled to Holland, were Aruba police tracked him down and questioned him about the relations he had with her.

I'm surprised the 'blue eyed marine' has come up this late in the media.

So the info floating around on Aruba hardly ever trickles down to American media.

Posted by: Warawara at December 7, 2005 11:39 AM

there were 4 chaperones with 3 of thier spouses.. 144 mbk's....

Posted by: RIBBY at December 7, 2005 11:46 AM

there were 4 chaperones with 3 of thier spouses.. 144 mbk's....

Posted by: RIBBY at December 7, 2005 11:46 AM

Okay...124/125 kids, 7 chaperones?, 4 chaperones? with their spouses. so 125 + 3 + 1 + 6 = 135

So who were 144 - 135 = 9

Who were the ohter 9?

Posted by: Little Bo Peep at December 7, 2005 1:04 PM

Dear Harry,

Your response on Donna's "Tricky question"! Donna Dec 6 11:08pm, Harry Dec 6 11:44pm.

Similarly, if a daughter.....etc..
This is exactly what Dompig is trying to accomplish. Push them(Twittys) over the edge and get some real answers or no money from the insurance for them. A terrible thought for the family!!

That funny tricky Dompie-Dompie!!
Not so stupid after all this ALE.

Posted by: letstalk at December 7, 2005 1:12 PM

Dear letstalk:

I will do something on death scams this evening. Thanks for reminding me of another possible lead in the case.

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at December 7, 2005 1:52 PM

Warawara,

I couldn't get this to you via e-mail, so here it is. I noticed at http://www.boycottdrphil.com/ with confusion that you "support" WebSleuths having banned almost all non-Twitty-parrots back in July and still with same stance. I'd suggest you "The Unusual Suspects" at http://p073.ezboard.com/ftheunusualsuspectsfrm7 consisting of many these refugees instead.

Posted by: George at December 7, 2005 1:58 PM

It has taken me a long time but I finally get it, Beth had Natalee kidnapped so she (Beth) could get on tv and become a star!!

Posted by: jewels at December 7, 2005 2:19 PM

It has taken me a long time but I finally get it, Beth had Natalee kidnapped so she (Beth) could get on tv and become a star!!

Posted by: jewels at December 7, 2005 02:19 PM

Well mothers have murdered their children for less!

However, I do NOT think at all that Beth had anything to do with Natalee's disappearance. IMO, Natalee, has something to do with her OWN disappearance!

Joran left her, at or around 2 am that morning. NO one person was alarmed that Natalee hadn't returned to her hotel, until 8-10 am the next morning. That leaves up to 6-8 hours...for Natalee to escape.

I still want to know is WHO had Natalee's airplane ticket? No one seems to know. I know the chaperone's confiscated the passports, but NOT one mention of the airline tickets! Who says, in those hours, Natalee, couldn't of cashed in her ticket to any other place. (Maybe Costa Rica where she ran away before on a trip there?)Has she kept in contact with people in Costa Rica from her trip there before? People who might take her in? She could of in those hours, cut and dyed her hair, in some restroom..somewhere...disquised herself and went off on a plane/boat/etc..of her own free will! Not EVEN Beth knows how much money (beside the fact of the dollar bills her mother gave her for tips, that WERE actually still accounted for!) that Natalee had on her. Beth doesn't even KNOW what clothes Natalee packed. Heck she didn't even accompany her daughter to the AIRPORT to see her off! how much, if anything did Natalee win at the casino's? Any major amounts? No one knows if this gal, saved and planned this for a year or years....her GREAT escape!

Is her birth certificate missing from home? Has computers been checked at the home to see IF Natalee had been in conversations with others in another country?

Posted by: Donna at December 7, 2005 2:44 PM

@Donna et al:
It does seem to make sense, the rumors about the (other) Dutch man/boy and a phone call to 'warn' Beth T. Beth then took Joran for the original Dutchman, believing he is the reason Natalee wasn't willing to come home. Beth went to the Van der Sloot house to get Natalee back, thinking she's there.
That sure could explain the 'certainty' Beth has about Joran from -and before!- day one.

Posted by: Kienstail at December 7, 2005 2:55 PM

Dear Donna,

There is a proverb in the NL saying: "You ask more questions then an idiot can answer". Meaning: Stop asking! For it is impossible to answer all of them.

Greetings,

Posted by: letstalk at December 7, 2005 2:58 PM

Dear Shazzbot:

I am not a Red Lion kind of guy. Although, I admit the Red Lion has a reputation as a wonderful undergraduate hangout in Waikiki. They made some great pizza and served their draft beer in frosted mugs. Thank you for the invitation.

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at December 7, 2005 3:31 PM

She vowed in the beginning to keep Natalee's story alive and her presence in the media has done that, whether you like it (or her) or not!

Posted by: jewels flem at December 7, 2005 09:28 AM


You are absolutely right Jewels. Beth did say this. Unfortunately, look at the manner in which she's done this so far: Trying to run the Aruban police force, making nasty comments to the US media about Aruba while LIVING on the island of Aruba, claiming to the media that she's seen documents concerning this case (lying about it - the Aruban police don't show Beth Twitty important documents concerning this case .. believe it or not Jewel, Beth Twitty is NOT and never HAS BEEN a part of the investigative team in Aruba) and claims the police don't do anything about about it. She has claims without proof or documentation. She's been caught up in her own media triangle over fraudulently produced evidence to try and snare the three suspects. Her credibility has dropped to zero. In other words Jewel, Beth Twitty has been nothing more that a hinderence to this case and a huge distraction as well and has made an ass of herself in the process.

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 7, 2005 4:07 PM

Harry, actually I try to link to places where people discuss the case in a civilized and logical manner. I'm not necessarily pro Joran or anti-Beth. Just really, REALLY upset with Dr. Phil and the Aruba bashing and hateful posts. Sorry the e-mail link didn't work.

Posted by: Warawara at December 7, 2005 4:14 PM

Jim Hanson, I couldn't DISAGREE with you more! Like I said, Beth has kept the story alive whether you like the way she has done it or not! Actually, I do agree with you on one thing, Beth has never been a part of the investigative team nor has she claimed to have been. However Aruban officials will probably be asking to see journals before too long so they can try to get things straight!

Posted by: jewels at December 7, 2005 4:31 PM

Someone above asked if anyone watched the Larry King interview with Dr Phil. I missed the first 10 minutes of it, but watched the remainder. The show was supposed to be about the controversy of the tapes. They had callers with questions, and not ONE of them asked about the credibility of the tapes. They all asked Dr Phil about bad marriages etc etc. What kind of nonsense is this? The only caller with a question remotely close to the theme of the show was someone who asked what Dr Phil thought about the initial investigation, and he very politely answered that they may not have had the right tools to properly solve this case, and that it was up to the general public to decide for themselves. Quite a switch on things, wouldn't you say? He didn't mention that a boycott was in order etc.

I was personally angered watching this supposed broadcast and interview of a man that has aired fraudulently invented evidence on his show, appeared on this show to answer questions about it, and ended up giving callers advice about their personal problems that your next door neighbour could have provided with ease. You can certainly tell by the way Dr Phil and Larry King looked at each other, made jokes together, that they are very good friends off camera. And of course, the show was taped, all the callers were screened and it's rather obvious that the lack of callers asking Dr Phil about his tapes that were aired on his show was to simply show the US public that Americans either believe in Dr Phil on this one, or that they aren't even interested in the tapes.

This show was a crock of you know what people.

My personal view? The American media STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN!

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 7, 2005 4:58 PM

Posted by: Warawara at December 7, 2005 04:14 PM

Jim Hanson, I couldn't DISAGREE with you more! Like I said, Beth has kept the story alive whether you like the way she has done it or not!

That's right Warawara. She has kept this story alive alright. She's made a total ass of herself. She lies on US television shows. And she's ready for a rubber room. And NO, I don't like the way she's kept this story alive. Thank you for affirming what I said in that post.

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 7, 2005 5:03 PM

Harry...

So what, kind sir, do you have in store for us tonight, in the continuing saga of........As the TWITTY World SPINS????

Posted by: Donna at December 7, 2005 5:45 PM

One of the things that frustrate me as an Aruban, is how Mrs. Twitty has kept the Mountain Brook students out of the investigation.

'Two claim having seen Natalee take a midnight swim.' Has ALE had the chance to open that suitcase and check for a wet bathing suit? No.

Several people have told me that Natalee had a digital camera in her room which Beth found and 'never looked at the images because she couldn't bear it'. Hello? First thing I would want to see investigating! Where is that camera now?

Someone said Natalee's ex-boyfriend also travelled with the group. How come he was never questioned to exclude a jealousy motive?

I've heard from several sources in Aruba that the Mountain group partied, and partied hard the whole trip, including Natalee. I think Mrs. Twitty has asked the students to help her by shutting up. If the students were to speak out, everybody would've known how much risk Natalee has put herself into and Mrs. Twitty wouldn't have been able to paint her daughter a saint (which imo she wasn't).

An innocent saintly girl who vanished in a mysterious way is much more attractive to sell to the media than a partygirl who got herself into big trouble.

Posted by: Warawara at December 7, 2005 5:52 PM

Harry

Lets make it John Dominis instead. I feel like lobster.
Harry go check sex traffickers from holland and see what you get.
All the players in this case except for 2 token Surinameses are Dutch.
Hollands 2 favorite pastimes are Sex & Drugs.
The Government taxes these establishments, sex makes up 8 percent of the Dutch economy.
The Hague runs this case & KJ just a puppet.

To the Dutch dude.
I forgot more than you know !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its a Dutch Cover-Up .........

Aloooooooooooooooooooooha


Posted by: Shazzbot at December 7, 2005 5:59 PM

Jim H, You come across as a very angry person. And again, I couldn't disagree with you more...Beth has in no way made an ass of herself, in my opinion that is! Of course you are entitled to your opinion just as I am!

Posted by: jewwels at December 7, 2005 7:32 PM

@shazzbot. Do you believe that this is the only country that taxes bars and striptease places" Where are you coming from Look at Las Vegas (first and pure example) they live of that and prostitution is legal. I compared one city with a city. Do not try to approach with puritan statistics, we have travel a bit more than you do, I believe. Get real. Beth, thought that ALE was going to kept quiet all the time, me too, I was asking When are they going to react? Beth, Jug, Dave and Robin got all their answers, Hope they are going to have the guts a go back there, Just to see who is messing with who.
antoinette

Posted by: antoinette at December 7, 2005 8:05 PM

Antoinette..

I do NOT believe that Beth will EVER step foot in Aruba again. If somehow, the remains of Natalee are found, I believe that it will be HER father that will return to Aruba, to claim them.

I personally think Beth is afraid of being arrested for obstruction of justice for Natalee, and impeding an ongoing investigation. IMO.

Posted by: Donna at December 7, 2005 9:53 PM

Antoinette .

I still see you are running around with your head cut off.

The Netherlands makes up 50% of the on-line sex with animals videos & live feeds.

The Netherlands trains traffickers, do some research before looking like a fool.

Too bad the Germans did'nt extinguish them.

You can stick a tulip in one of your ears & I bet it comes out the other.

Harry what happened to the pregnant Natalee story? What a joke.


Posted by: Shazzbot at December 8, 2005 12:38 AM

Dear Shazzbot:

In checking your 700,000 illegal sex slaves in the Netherlands, the official sources put the number at some 170, after a thorough sweep of the brothels throughout the country. Don't you think the Netherlands would need to a grow a little in order to hide 700,000 illegal sex slaves?

Though prositution is legal in the Netherlands, it is also legal in many countries, including the USA in parts of Neveda. Prior to the Christians war on sex, the Temples of Baal were filled with women of easy virtue. And, to really get you caught up with recent events, tantric Buddhism, in the ritual of maithuna, enlightenment is achieved through sex. Think of it: sex as a religious ritual!

Enjoy our site, Shazzbot. Just think of the adventure that awaits you.

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at December 8, 2005 1:11 AM

Posted by: Warawara at December 7, 2005 05:52 PM

Harry

Lets make it John Dominis instead. I feel like lobster.
Harry go check sex traffickers from holland and see what you get.
All the players in this case except for 2 token Surinameses are Dutch.
Hollands 2 favorite pastimes are Sex & Drugs.
The Government taxes these establishments, sex makes up 8 percent of the Dutch economy.
The Hague runs this case & KJ just a puppet.

To the Dutch dude.
I forgot more than you know !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its a Dutch Cover-Up .........


Warawara, this post of yours is one of the most inane that I have ever seen. Firstly, google sex trafficking united states and see what you come up with. Secondly, google crime rate holland. Holland has one of the lowest crime rates going. "Sex trafficking" is rampant in the US, and the United States is the most murder prone country in the WORLD! 45 people a day are murdered in the US. Twice as many women are raped per day in the US.

You say that the Dutch hobbies are sex and drugs. What are American hobbies warawara? Going to church 7 days a week and meditating 7 nights a week? Google drug related deaths united states and get a surprise pal. Your country's hobbies are raping and murdering children .. raping and murdering college women ... shooting each other with handguns ... doing drugs ... and telling each other that you live in the greatest country on earth, while you are the most hated country on earth. As far as sex goes pal, well, that's a hobby all over the world. Always has been, always will be.

And of course your post wouldn't be complete without the surprising comment "It's a Dutch cover up". Want some proof about a cover up? Look up watergate cover up on google. I don't have to, I grew up seeing it on the news for weeks and weeks. At least we can all exclaim it WAS a cover up, for there is proof. But for Beth groupies such as yourself, google "natalee holloway cover-up proof" and see what you come up with.

Next time you roll a doob warawara, stay away from your keyboard ...

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 2:11 AM

Posted by: Shazzbot at December 7, 2005 05:59 PM

Jim H, You come across as a very angry person. And again, I couldn't disagree with you more...Beth has in no way made an ass of herself, in my opinion that is! Of course you are entitled to your opinion just as I am!


I'm not an angry person shazzbot. Far from it. Beth HAS made an ass of herself, but certified brainwashed Beth groupies like yourself allow certain facts about this case to bounce off your 6 inch thick skulls instead of letting your senses relay the data to your brains and processing it.

I'm far from angry dear ... I'm a realist.

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 2:19 AM

The Netherlands trains traffickers, do some research before looking like a fool.

Too bad the Germans did'nt extinguish them.

Posted by: Donna at December 7, 2005 09:53 PM


Donna, what you're saying is truly American. Are you also upset that the Nazis only extinguished 7,000,000 Jews during WWII instead of all of them?

"Too bad the Germans didn't extinguish them." What a SICK statement. I'm sorry to say it donna, but you sound like a racist pig.

PS ... google "sex trafficking united states" donna and see how corrupt your own country is.

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 2:31 AM

SNIP: An innocent saintly girl who vanished in a mysterious way is much more attractive to sell to the media than a partygirl who got herself into big trouble.
Posted by: Warawara at December 7, 2005 05:52 PM

You nailed it.

Posted by: Max at December 8, 2005 2:36 AM

I'm very sorry ... my above three posts were directed at shazzbott, jewels and jewels in that order. Sorry donna and warawara.

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 2:44 AM

I'm not an angry person shazzbot. Far from it. Beth HAS made an ass of herself, but certified brainwashed Beth groupies like yourself allow certain facts about this case to bounce off your 6 inch thick skulls instead of letting your senses relay the data to your brains and processing it.

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 02:19 AM

I'm not an angry person shazzbot. Far from it. Beth HAS made an ass of herself, but certified brainwashed Beth groupies like yourself allow certain facts about this case to bounce off your 6 inch thick skulls instead of letting your senses relay the data to your brains and processing it.

I'm far from angry dear ... I'm a realist.


Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 02:19 AM

Good observation, Jim.

Posted by: Max at December 8, 2005 3:35 AM

QUOTE: My personal view? The American media STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN!


Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 7, 2005 04:58 PM


Typical American News Broadcast of the last six months, and the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba:

“Good morning, welcome to the morning news, later we will go to our correspondent in London, where it is reported that a few minutes ago three, perhaps four apparently simultaneous explosions took place in the London Underground, in what appears to be coordinated terrorist attacks. No words on the number of casualties yet, though there are confirmed fatalities. But first to our breaking news of the morning: New rumors in the case of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway...”

“Thank you for being with us for fair, and balanced news. Shortly we will be going to our correspondent in New Orleans to report on the devastation left by Rita in its wake, added to that already inflicted by Hurricane Katrina, but first: In Aruba, Beth Holloway Twitty, the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway...”

“Good afternoon, and thanks for joining us at Channel 8 News. Later in our program: A massive earthquake in the Pakistani administered region of Kashmir kills over 18,000 people and has left countless other thousands homeless. We will be reporting from the Red Cross center shortly, where rescue efforts are being conducted at the site of a school building which collapsed,
crushing, or trapping hundreds of children in the rubble, but first to our Headlines: The mother of Natalee Holloway, Beth Holloway Twitty, was recently interviewed, and ...”
_________________________0__________________________

It’s not about “changing the channel,” as so many followers of all things “Natalee” are prompt to “suggest” when anyone dares to challenge the “media circus” surrounding this case, but about our priorities as a Nation, and the
“questionable integrity” of our means of communication, or “media,” whose role it is, in a Democracy, to keep us well informed of the news, and developments taking place here, and around the world, that may very well impact our future, and all of our lives.

Natalee’s disappearance, however tragic, is not such an event, and does not deserve the exorbitant, and persistent amount of media
“exposure” it has received, journalistically speaking. Nevertheless, it has “hi-jacked” our news coverage for the last six months, specially in the cable networks, and there seems to be no end in sight!

When Natalee Holloway was first reported missing, it was news, and as such it merited to be reported. But the media’s blatant “obsession” with this “non- news” item six months after the fact, and its continuing over the top, excessive, coverage, due not to the “journalistic merits” of the story, but because of no higher altruistic motives than the “ratings ” the coverage has sparked amongst competing cable networks, is not only bad journalism, and unprofessional, but irresponsible, and immoral!

That Beth Holloway Twitty, Natalee’s mom, would avail herself of the “ media’s attention,” and exploit it in the interest of keeping the search for her daughter in the “limelight” is to be expected, but the media’s failure to show better judgement, restraint, and objectivity in the handling of the coverage of this case, is highly reprehensible!

The story has captured the public’s imagination because, in the words of a fellow blogger, it has “...taken the dimensions of a mystery novel, with possible romance, a possible crime, and a cast of characters I don’t think even Faulkner could have invented!”

This coupled to the incessant melodrama surrounding the search teams, and volunteers in Aruba all vying for attention; the constant spin of allegations, rumors, and innuendos of the Cable pundits; Beth’s soap opera performances; and the ubiquitous cameras following her like a TV reality show all over Aruba, and now her incessant appearances on TV doing the TV News Show circuit all over the Country, have turned the tragedy of one family into a Nation’s morbid entertainment! To the “ratings driven” networks, its just “good television!”

Now, are we to infer from this, that the disappearance of this one girl is more important to us as a Nation, than all those who died in the London terrorist bombings, or the half a million victims of Katrina and Rita, the 18,000 killed and countless thousands others left homeless by the massive quake in Pakistan, the millions threatened with nuclear annihilation by the nuclear ambitions of North Korea, and Iran; or for that matter, than the life of all the other thousands of children, and persons, who like her are missing, but that unlike her, the media has chosen to ignore ???

It is understandable, though highly reprehensible, that it may be so to “Beth,” her mother, who on top of it all seems increasingly more “narcissistically” addicted to the “limelight,” and the “celebrity” treatment, and about whom this whole fracas seems to be more about, at this point, than about Natalee, but it ought not to be to us as a Nation. Natalee’s disappearance has to be placed in its proper perspective!!!


As much as we may all empathize with Beth Holloway Twitty and her loss on a personal level, this is a “family” tragedy, and not a “National” or “International” incident, warranting the ignorant “posturing” of Governors, and other political demagogues, nor the imposing of economic sanctions on the innocent inhabitants of a Sovereign Island Nation, all on account of the whims of this woman, and should no longer be at this point, the “all-consuming” focus of our entire Nation, specially facing, as we do, all the challenges here, and abroad, that we face today!

In the words of First Amendment framer James Madison: "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." Knowing all there is to know about Natalee, and Beth’s antics, will hardly contribute to maintaining our freedom, as we sit stupefied, drooling before our television sets, enthralled by the wails of this vengeful Banshee, just like Odysseus sailors’ were kept enthralled by Calypso’s magic in the Lotus Isles, while we fail to address the crucial issues upon which, in these pivotal times we live in, may very well hang not only the future of our Country, but the fate of the world! God save us from this fallacy!!!

Isn’t it about time Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and all of us, put things in their proper perspective? When is enough Natalee Holloway coverage enough?!?!


Althor



Posted by: Althor at December 8, 2005 3:50 AM

It's ok Max, we all make mistakes sometimes when posting...

Posted by: Warawara at December 8, 2005 5:33 AM

Dear Althor:

Let me commend your classical education!

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at December 8, 2005 3:05 PM

Althor, sometimes sarcasm is a beautiful tool in getting a point across. Not only was your post about the American media just that, it was humorous as well. It was actually enjoyable! You made your point in perfect fashion.

I'm still chuckling! ;)

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 3:36 PM

Posted by: Althor at December 8, 2005 03:50 AM

It's ok Max, we all make mistakes sometimes when posting...

Posted by: Warawara at December 8, 2005 05:33 AM

warawara - Touche! ;)

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 8, 2005 3:42 PM

JIM HANSON>>>

I didn't post THIS!!!!!! I would never post something THIS vile!! Shazzbot, has to take responsibility for THESE remarks...please send your MESSAGE to HIM/HER.....


The Netherlands trains traffickers, do some research before looking like a fool.

Too bad the Germans did'nt extinguish them.


YOUR RESPONSE: (it should of been addressed to Shazzbot)
Donna, what you're saying is truly American. Are you also upset that the Nazis only extinguished 7,000,000 Jews during WWII instead of all of them?

"Too bad the Germans didn't extinguish them." What a SICK statement. I'm sorry to say it donna, but you sound like a racist pig.

PS ... google "sex trafficking united states" donna and see how corrupt your own country is.


I'll await your apology..............

Posted by: Donna at December 8, 2005 9:24 PM

Donna, I already said I was sorry about the mistake about 6 posts up from this. It was Jewels that posted that. Once again, I'm sorry. Scroll up a bit, you'll see my red face ;)

Posted by: Jim Hanson at December 9, 2005 2:04 AM

was there any other deaths same time that went missing ifso check where they were buried might be where Natalee body is

Posted by: BOB HAMLIN at December 19, 2005 10:05 AM



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