Natalee Holloway: REMEMBER WHEN? … IT STILL IS … Let The Spin Begin With the Aruban Boycott


Remember when this used to be about a missing teenager named Natalee Holloway? An Alabama teenager that went to Aruba following her senior graduation with her Mountain Brook friends. A girl that on her last night in Aruba went missing and was last seen with Joran Van der Sloot, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. The same three that would later lie as to what had actually happened that night in dropping Natalee Holloway off at the Holiday Inn. The same three that would not be arrested and only called “witnesses” for ten days. In Joran Van der Sloot’s case never having the entire property searched by investigators even though his father Paulus was actually considered a suspect also.

Since then search teams have gone to Aruba on numerous occasions only to either come up empty or obstructed by Aruban officials. Witnesses that come forward only to have their stories go away with no explanation as to what happened. A family that spent the first 3 or 4 months on Aruba only to be told they had to come back recently to provide new statements. Dave Holloway coming t Aruba and searching in a landfill with his father in law trying to find his daughter only to both wind up sick from the experience. Then Dave coming back only to have the ALE push his patience over the brink.


Enter the spin over an Aruban boycott. This was not a boycott meant to hurt Aruba as Dave Holloway had said to me during a telephone conversation. It was meant to make those in charge of the investigation and prosecution take notice and handle his daughter’s case properly. What else were they supposed to do as the lines of communication became worse, even with Dave Holloway.

It is sad to see that there almost seems to be more energy given to spinning the boycott and talks of preventing one by Aruban authorities than there was in actually investigating and questioning those involved on the Natalee Holloway disappearance. Prime Minister Oduber, this is not a boycott against the rest of the Caribbean islands or even meant to hurt Arubans, as this is not a US Government backed sanctioned boycott against Aruba. It is a plea of a family to cooperate and help them find their daughter as you had previously promised. Don’t ever lose track that a boycott can be called by anyone, including those in the media. Everyone has been watching the events in Aruba transpire over the last 5 months, please do not tell people that all has been done by Aruba. A simple phone call from the prosecutor to a grieving mother to notify her of an investigation is not that much to ask. Investigators being honest and straight forward with Dave Holloway, who had all the patience in the world, is also not asking too much.

Once this used to be about Natalee Holloway and it still should be. An investigation should never be hampered by talks of a boycott. It should be about helping a family find closure and finding Natalee Holloway. PM, if you wanted your island to be looked upon in a good light, everything humanly possible including contact with a family all the time should have been a simple task. How many missing person or potential homicides exist on Aruba? We are told by Aruba nearly none. So what was the priority of a prosecutors office not to be in constant contact?

Aruba, remember when this was about finding Natalee Holloway? It still is.

Diario, November 9, 2005; Aruba sperando awe riba declaracion di State Department

Aruba awaiting declaration from State Department today

Aruba sent a message to the State Department about what took place on Tuesday, and expects to know on Wednesday morning for the State Department to issue a declaration about all the latest happenings. The latter deals with a series of actions Aruba took on Tuesday.

(full translation)

Diario, November 9, 2005; BETH TWITTY HUNTO CU GOBERNADOR DI ALABAMA, TA PIDI UN BOYCOT RIBA ARUBA, e gobernador a pidi e otro estadonan na Merca pa uni cune

Beth Twitty along with the Governor of Alabama
Request for a boycott against ArubaGovernor asks for other states of America to join him

In Aruba, this is seen as something abnormal. The Prime Minister showed that America in general has a boycott against Iraq, Cuba and North Korea. But now for a Governor to decide for a whole country to start something similar with Aruba, because of a missing woman?

(full translation)

Just because of a missing woman? Doesn’t that statement say a lot? Wonder if that was the same attitude that was taken during the investigation and its exactly those types of words that make people wonder.

More spin from Aruba …
A.M. Digital: No support for Alabama Governor Bob Riley

Aruba Prime Minister Oduber is very concerned for the effects of a possible boycott. Aruba is highly dependent on the tourism industry for its revenues. “Aruba is not Cuba, or North Korea, or Iraq. We are allies of the United States and we work together with the United States to fight drug trafficking and money laundering” said Oduber.

The tourism statistics after May, the month in which the student disappeared, show no decline in the number of American tourists. According to Managing Director of the Aruba Tourism Authority, Myrna Jansen, Americans say to be less declined to travel to Aruba but apparently they act otherwise.

(Full article)

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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “Natalee Holloway: REMEMBER WHEN? … IT STILL IS … Let The Spin Begin With the Aruban Boycott”

    1. Frank on November 10th, 2005 3:03 pm

      You’re on fire. I applaud Scared Monkeys for taking a stand, please keep it up.

      Not to mention the money Aruba is spending on PR people who only seem to be digging a deeper hole for themselves.

      Spend the resources on finding Natalee, hiring more investigators, legal help and lastly, ask the FBI for a full and complete partnership!

    2. Sue on November 10th, 2005 3:09 pm

      Find Natalee or give honest answers that is all the family wants

    3. paul on November 10th, 2005 3:09 pm

      Whel I can tell you this a boycott on Aruba won’t help the case one bit if that is what Beth thinks. It will just make it worse. Again you can NOT punnish a whole island for something that is out of their hands and that is what it looks like.

    4. John Staton on November 10th, 2005 4:17 pm

      I guess that under the Dutch System:
      1. You demand a bribe before you begin a police investigation
      2. You destroy evidence (including a body)
      3. You let the Dutch Boy go free for 10 days to destroy evidence and stop girls from charging him with rape. Anyone associated gets same.
      4. You have a system which holds a criminal conspiracy together because there is no gain by breaking it.
      5. You play some kind of game with people using their own money to search. Covering up their efforts, refusing to allow equipment needed into the country.
      6. If a witness comes forward, that witness is gone the next day out of the country.
      7. You never search anywhere that may produce results.
      8. You switch a blood sample from the trunk of a car too something else to be analyzed.
      9. You do not follow up on anything.

      Some kind of system you got there!

    5. Minnesota Dad on November 10th, 2005 4:23 pm

      The Arubans are imploding…..

      Tourism may be the same because they are giving away accomodations to create the appearance of demand for travel to Aruba. As soon as they have to make profits you will see the price of accomodations and other items quickly regulate and people will go away. While its cheap…..people will be there.

      With that said, I will repeat….Aruba doesn’t seem to ‘get it’. This isn’t just about a missing girl. Its about a government cover-up. HELLO ARUBA. They can minimize this case all they want, but from day one it was a cover-up.

      Having personally been involved in a civil cover-up with prominent, well connected people, I have seen all of the telltale signs of ‘spinning evidence’, and blaming the victems.

      My money says that they have all of the evidence they need (including the bloody mattress found by the white house which had ‘dog’s blood’ on it), statements from the perps, etc…..but, that will never make it out as they have been buried (possibly in a landfill!).

      When the USA sanctions a country like Iraq or North Korea…unfortunately it is the people that suffer….until the people can rise. The called Boycott for Aruba serves the same purpose. It puts the people on notice that unless they step up and clean up the corrupt officials, their wallets will get hit and they will suffer. The corrupt officials know this too – and that is why you are seeing an aggressive PR campaign today to attempt to redirect their misdeeds eleswhere (spinning the 132 missing Alabamans is a start….keep in mind that unlike in Aruba, there are no known government cover-ups in those 132).

      Boycott Aruba! md

    6. 10061909 on November 10th, 2005 5:39 pm

      The mission still is find Natalee.
      Get her out of Aruba either dead or alive. This is not going to happen. We are not going to find her by looking only where we have been told to look. By the fact that we have been told to search the waters, some of the officials know Natalee is dead. Again the water is a red herring. She is located outside that circle. She is not going to be found by some chance tourist. Once the government is told, the body will disappear. What is needed is a group of 5 to 7 people searching independently of the Aruban Official to discover and stay with the body until it is returned to Alabama. Natalee needs someone independent with clout to accomplish this task. I feel the officials are confident that they know the body is not easily discovered and will be difficult to retrieve.
      They still look to the sea. Natalee is in the land.

    7. Catharine Musher on November 10th, 2005 5:49 pm

      Please inform the truth what is behind this soap opera
      Your own people say that every 3 minutes someone is missing in the States,
      A decent girl never goes with three strangers

    8. 10061909 on November 10th, 2005 6:05 pm

      Food for thought…………………….
      Closer indicator “Looking up to a circle in the sky”, “surrounded by trees”. Sky as viewed from bottom of an open mine shaft. Trees are the support timbers… Balashi open mine shafts 1.5 km from Montana, & 3.0km from Police Station in Noord. Near the Spanish Lagoon where the tape was found. Find this location and maybe we will find Natalee………….

    9. anne on November 10th, 2005 8:03 pm

      All the family wants is some honest directness from the prosecutor regarding the case. Direct communication would help. The Aruban Government is ALWAYS on the defensive, from the very beginning when it’s representative appeared on the cable news programs until now as they try to paint Beth as “having a crisis of confidence.” If the Aruban government had its own confidence in how they are conducting the investigation, it would not need to be so defensive or disparaging of Natalee Holloway’s family. Also, the government is quoted as comparing its work with its “one” missing person to Alabama’s 132 missing; however, the numbers are not at issue. I am sure the local government in Alabama deals directly with the families of the missing, answering questions or, at the very least, giving progress reports. At issue is the long arm’s length the Aruban government is keeping Natalee’s family. I praise Beth and her husband, Dave and his wife in their unforgiving search for their daughter. I have no understanding for those who cannot understand the relentlessness of their search, and I pray to G-d that Natalee is found.

    10. Gabriel Leo on November 10th, 2005 8:59 pm

      When the boycott is lifted and Beth stops with her back stabbing answers will be givin. Simple as that!

    11. DC on November 12th, 2005 12:56 am

      DougG- Let’s see, one missing person doesn’t mean anything? What happens when it becomes two, three and so forth? Even the our military doesn’t believe in leaving anyone behind. Why don’t we leave you? What if we said you are not important? The whole thing screams cover up! Yet, you pick at Beth. Why don’t you answer the million dollar question “Where is Natalee?” You can’t. They can.
      Was Beth supposed to miss her flight home? Looks more like an intentional move to try to suck more money out of Beth. Planes are expensive. It is not a hop, skip and a jump away. They knew she was coming. Everyone knew she was coming. She tried to talk with them. So, now she has an our elected officials talking. And if the rest of us are behind that family, we have a choice not to go. And we made it.
      Everyone has the freedom to make their own choices – but in the end we accept the ramifications for it. But then again, we have seen lies accepted and a young girl lost because people want to focus on tourist dollar$. So, they are losing money – big deal. You cannot replace a child. If you are so concerned with the tourism – spend YOUR money. I choose to boycott. I am a mother and I’d never send them somewhere where liars are allowed to botch an investigation and walk free. Paulas was right “No body = no crime”. So, if my family, friends and their families don’t go, there are no bodies and no crime.

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