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January 13, 2006

HarryTho 1/12 Natalee Holloway Commentary

Topics: Natalee Holloway

This evening I will address a few items in the news that seem to be gathering attention. First is the crab-trap issue. Apparently, there is some news that Tim Miller is returning to Aruba in order to explore some deep-dive areas.

EquuSearch Founder Heading Back To Aruba To Search For Holloway

EquuSearch founder Tim Miller and a deepwater search team from Florida will travel back to Aruba to search an area three to five miles off the island's coast that is between 800 to 1,000 feet deep.

Miller told KPRC Local 2 that Aruba's police commissioner told him that he feels Holloway might be inside a fish trap dropped deep into the water.

"The night she disappeared is the same night a fisherman's hut got broken into and a huge fish trap got stolen. Some big knives got stolen, and none of it has been found since," Miller said.

Whether the foregoing has any bearing on a conversation that Tim Miller claims to have had with Police Chief Dompig, I cannot say. However, I can say that Police Chief Dompig denied any report of a missing fishing-trap from the Fishermen's Huts on the night Natalee disappeared.

The only item reported missing was one knife. Police Chief Dompig went on to say that the Fishermen's Huts contain a number of fishing traps. Their accountability has not become a science, as yet. The police chief attributes the rumor of a missing trap to the questionability of the accountability.

Other issues surrounding Tim Miller's statements concern the availability of a boat capable of carrying a body in one of these large fish traps to the location in question and disposing of it in 800-1000 feet of water in international waters (3 miles from land). A fish trap this size would be noticeable, and the skipper of the vessel would certainly take note of a body contorted inside the trap. The fact that humans are not the usual bait for crustaceans may have come up, as well. Needless to say, too many people on Aruba would have been privy to this at-sea disposal or weird crabbing venture.

If Natalee's remains are discovered out there in international waters, I doubt seriously that three teenagers could have orchestrated such a disposal, even with assistance, at 2:00 AM. This would have had to have been accomplished by fishermen knowledgeable of the waters.

This article reads more like a publicity stunt on Tim Miller's part. As for the University of Florida (UF) dive team with their advanced sonar equipment, they may be a tying-up-of-loose-ends procedure in order to wrap up the remaining leads in the case.

Second, the Amigoe Newspaper has reported that the Common Court of the Netherlands Antilles has decreed that the members of the family of Paulus van der Sloot can claim damages due to the arrest of Paulus van der Sloot in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

ARUBA - Paul as well as his family members can claim damages due to the arrest of Van der Sloot in connection with the investigation on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

The Common Court of the Neth.Antilles and Aruba decided this yesterday in the appeal case that was instituted by the family members of Van der Sloot. The actual damage claim case serves this Friday. In November, the judge in the court of first instance ruled that only the damages suffered by Paul van der Sloot himself can be considered for compensation. However, the Court of Appeals ruled in favour of the Van der Sloot family members that also the damages suffered by the family members, including Joran qualify for compensation. The Court decided that not only the suspects, but everybody that suffered a loss can claim compensation, including his family members.

Only damages that the family have suffered due to the arrest of Paul van der Sloot, not the arrest of Joran; that is a different matter. Lawyer Arie Swaen, who will represent Paul van der Sloot this coming Friday, doesn't want to tell how much compensation the family is going to claim. "We have not agreed on that yet."

Third, the Expatica Newspaper has been quite resourceful today, providing us with three articles of concern.

I. Expatica's Dutch news in English: D66 split on Afghanistan threatens coalition

The executive of junior coalition party D66 believes parliament should hold a substantive debate immediately on the pros and cons of sending 1,200 troops to southern Afghanistan.

The government announced an "intention" in December to send the troops rather than a firm decision. The D66 leadership hoped the ball would then be in parliament's court. But MPs of all parties refused to debate the issue until the cabinet takes a decision first.
The cabinet is now faced with a make-or-break meeting on Friday.

Comment: I took the poll: 65% against sending Dutch troops to Afghanistan

II. Expatica's Dutch news in English: Balkenende rallies support for Afghan mission

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende called on parliament on Tuesday evening to end the political deadlock over the controversial military mission to Afghanistan.

Balkenende made clear to a party meeting in Groningen he was determined the Netherlands will send 1,200 soldiers to southern Afghanistan to assist in the US-led campaign against the Taliban.
Daniel Fried, Washington's Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, said on Tuesday the US government was perplexed by the Dutch hesitation.

Fried said the debate about the mission had become "overheated". Whatever the Dutch decided, he said, Nato would make good on its commitment to send 6,000 more troops to southern Afghanistan.

Dutchman and Nato boss, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, also called on The Hague to back the deployment. General Dick Berlijn, commander of the Dutch military, said this week the Netherlands must provide the troops.

D66 is against the mission. Its representatives in government, Brinkhorst and Reform Minister Alexander Pechtold had hoped to avoid a confrontation by leaving it to parliament to back or kill the mission.

Comment: I am getting the impression that if D66 backs out of the coalition over this Afghan mission, the current government will lack the numbers for majority and the government will topple, requiring the formation of a new coalition to rule the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In Parliamentary governments, the majority of the ministers rule. Whenever a majority, by individual party of coalition, ceases to be a majority, a loss of confidence occurs and requires a new leadership to be elected. In a sense, D66 backing out of the ruling coalition could mean a new Prime Minister (PM). So, PM Balkenende is taking a big chance backing the NATO initiative to support the USA.

III. Expatica's Dutch news in English: Kilos of cocaine hidden on Dutch frigate in Caribbean

The Dutch Navy was red-faced on Thursday when it was announced kilos of cocaine were found on one of its vessels late last year.
The drugs were discovered on the multi-purpose frigate, Hr.Ms. Tjerk Hiddes, on 7 December when the ship was berthed in Curacao, the Military Police service (Marechaussee) said.

Comment: If they can smuggle cocaine, then they can traffic women! Here we discover, yet another, avenue via which Natalee Holloway could have left Aruba undetected.

On cable, Rita of MSNBC News hosted Beth Twitty, James Whitaker (underwater expert), Tim Miller and John Q. Kelly.

Tim Miller commenced with his plans for an underwater adventure off Aruba's southwest shore some 3-5 miles out. He goes over the fish trap story and authenticates it by statements from Art Wood (Jossy's boy). He cautioned that he did not want to build anyone's hopes up with this latest trip to Aruba. Of course, he decided to say that on national TV.

James Whitaker explained his equipment as a side-scan sonar that works on sound and is capable of drawing a pattern on the bottom (ocean floor). He states that the equipment will perform in depths anticipated of 800-1000 feet. James has mapped off an area within a deep trench where he believes the fish trap may be located.

Beth Twitty came on next to respond to the latest from the Aruban courts over the Van der Sloots being able to sue for damages tomorrow. Beth claims that she is "shocked again" and soon slips into her chorus of "kidnapped, raped and murdered." She has no explanation how Paulus can receive any damages. She stresses that this is not right.

Rita in an effort to spike the punch, so to speak, airs Jossy's wild report that Joran admitted to one his unnamed reporters that he had consensual sex with Natalee on the night in question.

John Q. Kelly enters with a more proactive mannerism. He refers to Paulus van der Sloot as a shameless individual. He cites some alleged testimony from Deepak Kalpoe claiming that Paulus coached them to get their story straight. John Q. then claims that the three suspects admitted to wrongdoing (that could mean anything). He identifies the Van der Sloots as money hungry. John denies any option available to block damages awarded to the Van der Sloots.

Comment: As for the money hungry comment, I had not realized that the Van der Sloots created a FindNatalee Trust Fund. John Q. Kelly needs to be reminded that he is a licensed attorney. Making statements like the ones he did tonight, he must feel secure that his legal oversight board will not call him in.

With Aloha,

Posted for HarryTho

Posted by Richard at January 13, 2006 12:04 AM


I too found it very funny that John Q would make a statement about someone being money hungry, when his client is the biggest scammer of money we have seen in this case to date. Rita is astounding in that she rushes to ask John Q, if there is anything he can do about this. I didn't think John Q had any legal standing to practice law in Aruba..

And then of course good ole Jossy again, with his meaningless drivel.

Look out Albert, Tim Miller,(TES) has been crying for money, he will be trying to hit Aruba up for some more freebies...

I do believe this is the same ole tip that Tim was yapping about back in November. And now big surprise, Bethie will be back on Greta on Monday night with her Journal of Lies. Enough of this BS already..

Posted by: therose at January 13, 2006 12:46 AM

Tim Miller should not be allowed to disembark in Aruba until he can prove he has sufficient funds to cover his needs, and that would include for the beer and prostitutes he needs. I understand Aruba has had to pay for these in the past as well. If he doesn't have the funds, I don't think Bethie will be running out of funds, unless she's saving for the legal battles she may soon be up against.

Posted by: "laced" at January 13, 2006 1:06 AM

Hi Harry,
Heard that the attorney may be delinqunet with some fees or something in New York. Someone on a blog posted this and they claimed to be an attorney. So maybe he doesn't care what the legal oversight board thinks.

Posted by: Katy at January 13, 2006 2:16 AM

Dear Katy:

It appears that I may need to do an expose editorial on the New York State Bar Association. Thank you for the information.

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 2:35 AM

While smuggling drugs, booze, and/or other contraband aboard a ship of the line might go unnoticed for a time, doing so with a human body, live or otherwise, is a whole different kettle of fish! There'd need to be some very large....belay that - make that HUGE... incentive to take the risk to begin with. The logisitics alone of just getting it on board unseen would prove monumental in my opinion.

Posted by: Barney4 at January 13, 2006 9:01 AM

Question: Has Tim Miller been INVITED back by Dompig to search a particular area that Dompig himself has pinpointed? Just trying to get an understanding on why Miller is going at this time. For those that oppose Miller/Equisearch returning to Aruba, what do you see as the next move in this mystery? How should Aruba proceed?

Posted by: jewels at January 13, 2006 9:46 AM

I'm certainly not against Tim Miller going back to Aruba to search. I just think that when he does go, if he is lacking funds that perhaps Beth can give him these, as he has been supporting Beth wholeheartedly. He's trying to back peddle fiercely now, saying he didn't agree with the boycott! It's just too bad for him that he wanted the limelight so bad, but he's on tape and video, fully supporting the boycott. He's apparently thinking to go back and have Aruba pay all his expenses, and 5 star to boot. No that just won't do! Why did he leave the last time? It wasn't that Dompig asked him to go; it seems Dompig asked him to get in touch with another department for his needs for further equipment. Instead of doing that, he has his hissy fit and leaves to support Beth and group, who are upset at being questioned by ALE. "Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing." He's been treating the natives of Aruba as his personal slaves when he's there."Get me that, give me this, pay for all of it." This case has not attracted any decent people; just the lowlifes it seems. I am ashamed for our western society. The world is watching, but I don't believe they are damning Aruba.
You see what the Deepak tapes are bringing out at Scrux? Non-believers are getting the picture finally, thanks to those who have taken much time to clarify the lies of Skeeters, et al.
No I don't have any solutions. Tim Miller and Co. can go back, funded by Beth and Co.

Posted by: "laced" at January 13, 2006 10:58 AM

I believe Tim Miller stated he was asked to go back, but recently I read that Beth has asked him to go back, when word came out that the case was going to be closed, is what I've been reading. Whether this is true or not, remains to be heard and seen.

Posted by: "laced" at January 13, 2006 11:04 AM

This is from the transcript of Rita's program, very interesting stuff:

OSBY: You know, John Q. Kelly is there anything that you can do to block them from receiving a dime from the Aruban government, you know, for pain and suffering, for Paul Van Der Sloot being arrested?

KELLY: Not at this time, Rita. Paul Van Der Sloot is obviously a shameless individual. When Deepak Kalpoe gave one of his first statements to police, what he said was, “Paul Van Der Sloot advised us to get our stories straight, to not communicate by e-mail, not to use our cell phones, and to get lawyers.” He also made contradictory statements about when he had picked up his son Joran that night.

It‘s very clear that, at the minimum, Mr. Van Der Sloot, in all probability, is, you know, part of at least a cover-up after the fact. And it appears he knows a great deal about what happened to Natalee and the three boys‘ activities that night.

And for him to be going at this point, seeking damages is unbelievable. And I‘ll be very closely watching how the Aruban courts handle his claim as opposed to the way they‘ve treated us, our claims, and the three suspects who clearly admitted to wrongdoing in this case.

COSBY: You know, and, John, as I read it, too, it‘s not just Paul who could actually seek damages. It looks like the whole family could seek damages for Paul‘s arrest. That‘s really surprising, isn‘t it?

KELLY: It‘s very surprising. I mean, it‘s almost shocking what‘s going on over there in the court system. And it‘s unbelievable that this man, his family, are shameless enough and, you know, sort of money-hungry enough to, after what they‘ve put the family through and what they‘ve, you know, made a number of people endure, that they‘re seeking compensation for this now

Posted by: katy at January 13, 2006 11:30 AM

Hi Harry and all,
In reading this it occurred to me that the "you know" virus must be catching.

Posted by: Little Bo Peep at January 13, 2006 11:33 AM

Rita botox lips needs to get another job, perhaps as a waitress.
I wonder exactly how much Kelly was paid to repeat that garbage?
Paul vd Sloot had every right to counsel these boys as to their rights.
The shamelessness lies with Beth, Jug et al.

Posted by: "laced" at January 13, 2006 12:16 PM

Dear Barney4:

I will ask you one question concerning your post that should clear up the issue for you. Have you ever served aboard a military warship that sailed through the Caribbean Sea and/or across an ocean?

(I have.)

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 12:59 PM


Why no word on the letter - either authenticating or debunking it. Do you think they'll inform the public of the outcome either way? There's been so much said since it came out that I've forgotten. Is it a positive that the letter(s)exist?

Posted by: dithers at January 13, 2006 1:12 PM

Oops, that should read letter(s) exist and not letter sexist.

Posted by: dithers at January 13, 2006 1:14 PM

Dear Katy:

Thank you for the link.

As anyone can read, an American attorney John Q. Kelly is attacking the judicial system of one our allies. He employs his slippery language techniques in order to debase and imply that the Dutch Court is playing favoritism. Mr. Kelly even implies that Mr. Van der Sloot is an accomplice after the fact to whatever mirage of wrongdoing may have befallen Natalee Holoway. These implications are in direct contradistinction to the findings of the Dutch Court.

Attorney John Q. Kelly shames his Bar Association (believed to be New York State Bar Association).

Please keep in mind that the author is not Beth Twitty, or an average American, making these statements. Attorneys are held to a higher standard, or they are dismissed from practicing law. Culpable inefficiency seals any retreat from these implications.

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 1:18 PM

Dear dithers:

The Spokesperson for the Aruban Government, Steve Cohen, is the one who announced the letter. So, it is a positive that the letter exists.

From the statements of the Steve Cohen, the letter should have been authenticated by now. The date for authentication was 6 or 10 January 2006. Recall, the Dutch Forensic Institute (DFI) employs a four-check system in authentication. They know the authenticity of the letter, by now.

Why they are not revealing anything may have to do with ongoing investigations. However, reviewing how the Arubans have responded to other leads in the case, if the letter turns out to be bogus, then they would simply not speak of it. Of course, this letter, if bogus, open new avenues of investigation in determining why someone would feel the need to author such a document.

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 1:33 PM

Comment: If they can smuggle cocaine, then they can traffic women! Here we discover, yet another, avenue via which Natalee Holloway could have left Aruba undetected.

You sure know how to over-act/exaggerate!
Please, control yourself.

Dutch Navy Ships do not have to 'traffic women'. Women are full members of the crew.
The picture left. Yes, that is a women on heli-deck.


Posted by: letstalk at January 13, 2006 1:46 PM

Dear letstalk:

My age and specialty shows in my prior comment. Having said that, I suspect that the American and Dutch Navy still refrain from manning (womanning?) certain warships with women. To this date and to the best of my knowledge, the warships that I rode have never had female crewmembers. And, those American warships have had crewmembers caught trafficking in drugs across oceans.

My point was that if crewmembers of a warship were bold enough to traffic in 125 kilos of cocaine, the would be inclined to be ingenious enough in order to traffic in other commodities. Woman are much more lucrative commodity than drugs (for their multiple-resale value).

You make an eloquent and persuasive point, nonetheless.

My apologies for the appearance of an exaggeration.

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 2:03 PM

I suspect that the American and Dutch Navy still refrain from manning (womanning?) certain warships with women.

For the Royal Dutch Navy: Submarines only. But there is a dispute about this matter.


Posted by: letstalk at January 13, 2006 2:14 PM

The Royal Dutch Navy transporting live female slaves for the sex business, please, drugs maybe one thing but live people..........

Posted by: Shivas at January 13, 2006 2:28 PM

I have never seen so many people unhappy that a mother who has lost a child is wanting to know what happened to her and possibly find her. Why would anyone care for a mother grieving and trying to find her child? Do you people not have something else to do other than make fun of a grieving family who is trying to find their child? They may do things that you might not do---but then, again, with all your insensitivity, you probably would not care if your kid was missing. That might be your problem: Based on how you feel about your kids, you cannot understand why anyone would want to look for their missing child.

Posted by: Philip at January 13, 2006 3:18 PM

Dear letstalk:


With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 3:27 PM


There are blogs eager for your input and insights. Why do you waste your time here?


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 3:29 PM

Dear shivas:

Up until yesterday, your comment would have been precisely what I would have said about drug trafficking on Royal Dutch warships.

Today, however, I have to change my opinion, now don't I?

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 3:32 PM


Why cant you just let someone state their opinion?? You just cant WAIT to reply...its quite comical
Unless someones insights match YOURS than you chastise them and tell them not to bother to post. What kind of BS is that?? Apparently you are content with your tiny handful of posters , so more power to you. Chill the hell out . Or dont....

Posted by: Pee Wee Herman at January 13, 2006 3:44 PM

Pee Wee:

Don't let the door hit on the way out. By the way, did I miss your opinion about our discussion?


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 3:51 PM

Shame and scandal in the Dutch Navy! That's want we call it in Aruba. We do not accept this type of news and will never react on any statement against the Dutch Navy. There is absolutly nothing to be proud off. It reminds me of a group of US Marines that smuggled cocaine into the US after Operation "Just Cause" in Panama. They will go to the Military Court in The Netherlands and will have to sit on their blisters. Coming back on the Natalee case, in general we have a lot of reaction against the Prime Minister of Aruba who is giving access to Tim Miller to be back in Aaruba. As you all know Tim stated very clearly on November 2nd 2005 that he support the boycott due to a confrontation with mr. Dompig. Tim Miller is using the search team of Florida as a bridge to get back to Aruba. Regarding the fishtrap. This fishtrap was created by Jossie Mansur. What ammaze me is the fact that the search groups are talking upfront what they are coming to look for. Who in this world will win a war if they warns their enemies the time and location of their invasion? Stupid very stupid. I believe that this will just for the media coverage...this is what I call MARKETING!

Posted by: Albert at January 13, 2006 3:56 PM

Yesterdays article was one of your best, most logical and one that I agree with. Natalee's fate was an accidental drowning cought by the ripetides and taken out to sea.
Female slaves abourd a Navy Vessel, where would who hide them. I need some help in the logic. I can see hiding drugs but not sex slaves on ship.

Posted by: Shivas at January 13, 2006 4:11 PM

Dear Shivas:

Hiding sex slaves aboard a warship would be difficult. Of course, depending on the degree of complicity, maybe you would not need to hide them at all. To me, that would be the best strategy. Remember, on the high seas no one would dare attempt to board a Dutch warship. A Dutch warship would have carte blanche transit from one Dutch port to another.

Keep in mind that 125 kilos of cocaine does not represent a casual dealer. The culprits were entrenched in the drug trade. It took some superior financing to underwrite this shipment. It is conceivable that senior officers were involved. If that was the case, hiding sex slaves would not be required, except when entering port. When entering port, warships elude much of the usual scrutiny from customs and immigration.

Transshipping sex slaves on a warship would only require collusion with the senior officers.

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 4:39 PM

Thanks Harry,

Good point....
I guess I'm to trusting, I wouldn't think senior officers would be involved but if they were, it is possible.

Posted by: Shivas at January 13, 2006 4:46 PM


Great editorials yesterday and today. Lots to think about and chew over. It is such a conundrum, I find myself going 'round and 'round.

I do think as many have said that there are things going on both in Aruba and MB, just being kept quiet so it won't be plastered all over the crazy TV news shows. I was embarrased for Rita Cosby and their whole show last night, it was not what one would call a class act. IMHO Moey

Posted by: MOEY at January 13, 2006 4:46 PM


You got, I have never served aboard a naval vessel. But I have crossed the ocean twice on a liner! (I know...not quite the same as staying at a Holiday Inn Express!)

I have been on them while tied up, however. And as you've been so politely advised, room, space and the crowded conditions just make it hard to get away with. On Canadian ships, females also serve and there are separate messes for the 3 divisions of rank which are well stocked for the drinker and at tax-free prices when at sea; not even counting the daily 'tot' of rum. Thus, drugs seem to be about the only other concern which would be easy enough to conceal I suppose.

On the other hand, the way this Natalee thing has progressed, to be told that she was shanghaied by some sailors wouldn't come as much of a shock.

Posted by: Barney4 at January 13, 2006 4:52 PM

Phillip Jan 13, 2006

I think you missed the point, quite a few in fact.First of all, for many of us, we wouldn't be in that predicament to have a missing child like Beth because we wouldn't have paid for a GIRLS GONE WILD, all the booze, drugs, sex for a grad present. Secondly, we likely wouldn't bring hell to the boys who were the last known to be seen with her, and convict them on the world stage without the evidence. This whole thing was sidetracked, hoodwinked, by Beth et al. What lies in MB, the sin corner of the State, is where the answers are, not with 3 innocent young boys/men.
Oh, what's the use. Some people will never see the light of day.

Posted by: "laced" at January 13, 2006 5:58 PM

Any family that has been through what the VDS have had to put up with would deserve compensation. Everyone on cable knows of false arrest, slander, deformation of character. They have no evidence! What ever I feel about a young girl missing has nothing to do with what I feel about the press here. When I was in Aruba in June a cab driver ( the kind with the T in the plate) told me what O'Reily was saying about Aruba and I was Shocked now I am amazed what is going on ,and none of the news is being fair and balanced the Spin is going on here big time.

Posted by: rib at January 13, 2006 7:26 PM

Any family that has been through what the VDS have had to put up with would deserve compensation. Everyone on cable knows of false arrest, slander, deformation of character. They have no evidence! What ever I feel about a young girl missing has nothing to do with what I feel about the press here. When I was in Aruba in June a cab driver ( the kind with the T in the plate) told me what O'Reily was saying about Aruba and I was Shocked now I am amazed what is going on ,and none of the news is being fair and balanced the Spin is going on here big time.

Posted by: rib at January 13, 2006 7:26 PM

Harry: One of the things that stuck out to me in listening to Tim Miller and then rereading above is that if in fact she was disposed of to be put in this 'huge fish trap' which was stolen out of a fisherman's hut, the crime scene would be horrofic and very very large. He must have some inkling of what it takes to get a human body in parts small enough to fit in any kind of fish/lobster/crab trap. The knives, machete or whatever which allegedly also were stolen would not be big enough to do that particular job. He may have good intentions, but I do not see that scenario as very believable. Thanks. Moey

Posted by: MOEY at January 13, 2006 8:37 PM

Dear Moey:

First, there exists no stolen fish trap. All that was reported stolen was one knife.

Second, I agree that the suspects, teenagers, would have to possess macabre personalities in order to carve up a teenage girl in order to fit her body parts into one of these fish traps then transport her into international waters, at night, and dump her into a deep, underwater trench. There would be traces of blood, flesh and bone everywhere. You would not need the extravagant search parties or pack of cadaver dogs that we observed on the cable news networks. You could just follow the trail created by the discarded entrails and the increased fish activity out to the point of disposal. The crab-feast extravaganza in the trench would likewise be noticeable by sensitive or sea-wise fishermen.

Only Jossy and his agents could concoct such a fantasy. Only in the Kingdom of Mountain Brook or the Alabama legislature could such a feat of shamanistic imagination be plausible. It would rank as the fourth volume of the Lord of the Rings.

With Aloha,


Posted by: harry at January 13, 2006 9:47 PM

Human trafficking - Kidnapping and transport on a Dutch war ship - isn't an option that I would propose as having high probability. Using the ship for drug transport could be hidden from the military personnel on the ship who would be opposed and turn the drug smugglers in. My guess is there were probably plenty of service men on that ship that were unaware that drugs were being transported, and who are now extremely upset to find out this occurred. Also, from a moral standpoint, there are plenty of people who would feel OK with traffickng cocaine who would be extremely morally opposed to human trafficking - two different kind of moral issues. I just cannot see Dutch sailors as being open to taking a live female to sell her, at least not a whole ship of them.

I would be more inclined to support the possibility of transport on another large ship, as discussed in some of your earlier blogs. Also, many psychics within the first few months after Natalee disappeared, claimed to visualize her hidden on a large ship. One or two specifically mentioned oil tankers.

Posted by: shonane at January 13, 2006 11:26 PM

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