Beth Twitty Reacts to Dompig’s comments, “it has always been in our minds, thinking that it sounded as if Natalee had been drugged.”
Beth Twitty makes the case for the suspects involvement with the following comments,
“… it still shows these suspects are so guilty of involvement into Natalee’s disappearance, you know, fromÃ¢â‚¬”from whether they drugged her and she experienced a drug overdoseÃ¢â‚¬”you know, but then, how they have, you know, covered this up from the beginning and derailed the investigation to where we could never proceed forward (INAUDIBLE) for weeks into it because the suspects just kept lying to the authorities.
And you know, it’s just going to be hard for us to believe this was accidental or anything other than something that was planned. It will be hard forÃ¢â‚¬”I know, for Dave and I to ever think thatÃ¢â‚¬”you know, you don’t cover up something that was accidental.”
We are now to believe that giving someone drugs and shots of 151 is not somehow murder? All of a sudden the three suspects are not responsible for Natalee’s possible murder, but only for the cover up of a crime? Since when do people who did not contribute to a possible crime hide a body? None of the actions of hiding a body are consistent with an accidental overdose. Of course nearly ten months later, what credibility does Dompig have anyhow.
But first, some breaking news in the Natalee Holloway investigation. In a shocking new CBS News report, the chief investigator in the case says Natalee Holloway may not have been murdered, and instead may have died from a drug and alcohol-related overdose. And for the first time, we are seeing this newly released photo of Natalee. It’s the last known image of the Alabama teen from the night that she disappeared.
Natalee Holloway’s mother, Beth, joins us now by phone with her reaction. Beth, what do you think when you hear all of this?
BETH HOLLOWAY TWITTY, NATALEE HOLLOWAY’S MOTHER: Well, Rita, IÃ¢â‚¬”you know, I’m hearing thatÃ¢â‚¬”something just doesn’t seem to fit, if we’re talking about, you know, Natalee haveÃ¢â‚¬”you know, having died from a drug overdose. I mean, you know, I think that the bottom line is, we’re looking at, you know, where is Natalee, you know? We’re looking at a recovery mission. And really, what we wanted to stay focused on, let’s get these searches under way on the sand dunes, and let’s find out ifÃ¢â‚¬”we need to rule this in or out, find out where Natalee is, where they placed her.
COSBY: You know, they’re saying that there’s no proof of her using drugs in this report, Beth, and I’m sure it’s hard to hear, but they also say that she may have been in possession of drugs. And again, maybe somebody pushed it on her, slipped it in her drink. Maybe she had purchased it. It’s unclear.
Have you ever known anything with Natalee with drugs?
TWITTY: Oh, absolutely not, Rita. Absolutely not. And you know, we’ve always gone back to that night and the way Joran has described Natalee as coming in and out of consciousness and talking about a lot of strange things. And it has always been in our minds, thinking that it sounded as if Natalee had been drugged. And NataleeÃ¢â‚¬”it certainly, certainly would have been unknowingly. I mean, there’sÃ¢â‚¬”you know, and we think of the connections that Joran Van Der Sloot has on the island of Aruba. I mean, he’s very well connected to the well-known drug dealer that has the ecstasyÃ¢â‚¬”access to ecstasy. So you know, it’s always been in our mind that they had drugged Natalee, once they took her from Carlos and Charlie’s.
COSBY: And in fact, let me put up the quote. This is from the chief investigative, Chief Gerold Dompig. This is what he’s saying about sort of access to drugs. He says, “We do not have proof that Natalee used drugs but that witnesses saw her with drugs in her possession.”
Do you have any idea, Beth, who those witnesses may have been? Have yourÃ¢â‚¬”has your attorney talked to those witnesses?
TWITTY: No. No, I have no knowledge of that, Rita, absolutely no knowledge of that being true at all.
COSBY: You know, one of the things that they’re suggesting is that it’s at a critical phase in the investigation and that there might even be some closure or something soon, is sort of the suggestion from Gerold Dompig. Are you getting any indications of that, Beth, that maybe there’s some breakthrough?
TWITTY: You know, Rita, we have just ridden this out for so long that it’s just hard for us to bite (ph) into too much as far as any kind of late-breaking news or any, you know, testimony of a new witness coming forward. I mean, we’ve just had to sit back and really filter through the information and not becomeÃ¢â‚¬”you know, not get caught up in this roller-coaster ride.
And you know, of course, we always hope that it is finally happening and they’re really about to conduct this search andÃ¢â‚¬”and get this under way, but I mean, you know, we just have to be (INAUDIBLE) because nothing has ever come to fruition so far.
COSBY: You know, one of the other things, too, is that he’s suggesting that maybe the boys panicked, that maybe something did happen, a combination of alcohol and drugs, and they panicked and tried to cover it up. Has that been something that was always sort of in your gut as to maybe what happened that night?
TWITTY: OhÃ¢â‚¬”oh, absolutely. And I think that when we go back to that night, that, you know, that’s why these suspects continually have lied and thatÃ¢â‚¬”you know, whatever transpired, whether theyÃ¢â‚¬”you know, it stillÃ¢â‚¬”it still shows these suspects are so guilty of involvement into Natalee’s disappearance, you know, fromÃ¢â‚¬”from whether they drugged her and she experienced a drug overdoseÃ¢â‚¬”you know, but then, how they have, you know, covered this up from the beginning and derailed the investigation to where we could never proceed forward (INAUDIBLE) for weeks into it because the suspects just kept lying to the authorities.
And you know, it’s just going to be hard for us to believe this was accidental or anything other than something that was planned. It will be hard forÃ¢â‚¬”I know, for Dave and I to ever think thatÃ¢â‚¬”you know, you don’t cover up something that was accidental.
COSBY: Yes, the right thing to do is you come forward and not try to cover it up. One of the things we’re hearing, Beth, too, is Dompig’s suggestionÃ¢â‚¬”we’ve even talked about this on my show before, the suggestion that maybe she was buried in the sand dunes, buried twice, that they panicked, they moved her. Things keep going back to those sand dunes, Beth.
TWITTY: Well, you know, and that’s information we have known all along. I knew there was some concern early on that there was some activity in the sand dunes, as far as something was being extracted from the sand dunes, whether that was articles of clothing orÃ¢â‚¬”or something of that sort related to Natalee. But you know, Dave and have known about some suspicious activity. And of course, there were witnesses that hadÃ¢â‚¬”that were coming forward to the family about the possibility of Natalee being moved. So this is not new to us. This is something we have been chasing down since the beginning.
COSBY: You know, and Beth, I know that your attorney’s planning on going to Aruba soon. What do you hope happens from this visit, especially in light of this news? What are you going to ask him? Especially, I would hopeÃ¢â‚¬”I’m sure he’s going to try to meet with the chief.
TWITTY: Well, you know, I think the one goal that we have had, and we’ve really tried to stay focused on it, is just, you know, conducting these thorough searches. And I think that that’s all that we are looking for, is just let’s get these searches under way, whoever needs to be brought in. And you know, I think we need toÃ¢â‚¬”we’re in a recovery mode. And you know, as far as anything else goes, you know, I just don’tÃ¢â‚¬”I feel that we have stayed away from that, as far as whether they’re going to trial orÃ¢â‚¬”you know, we just want the search to be conducted so we canÃ¢â‚¬”so we can bring Natalee home, Rita. That’s all that we want.
COSBY: Absolutely. You know, as you look at the picture, this is sort of the last photo of Natalee taken out there, I believe on the dance floor. There she is that night. What goes through your mind when you see that, Beth?
TWITTY: You know, Rita, IÃ¢â‚¬”it’s just too overwhelming to even begin to get into. And you know, when IÃ¢â‚¬”you know, pictures such as that, and the last night that Natalee was seen, she was coming into the Excelsior Casino, and it justÃ¢â‚¬”it’s just so hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 months of a nightmare that we have been waiting and anxiously just seeing if we could get some information, some information out of the island of Aruba.
COSBY: Well, you deserve it more than anybody, Beth. Thank you so much, and our prayers are with you and we’re going to continue to follow this story for you.