It was the case that captured not just America, but the world in 2005. Natalee Holloway goes missing in Aruba and captures the hearts and minds of all and became the new face if missing persons. It was the beginning of Beth Holloway’s crusade to find answers and justice for her missing daughter, Natalee.
On May 31, 2005 Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba as 125 Mountainbrook, AL highschool graduates were on a 5 day trip to Aruba. Natalee Holloway was last seen leaving the bar Carlos n’ Charlies with three boys, Joran Van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe. She would never be seen or heard from again.
White sandy beaches were replaced in May 2005 with the new marketing face for Aruba, Satish Kalpoe, Joran Van der Sloot and Deepak Kalpoe.
Scared Monkeys initial article that covered the disappearance of Natalee Holloway was entitled, “This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway.” From the outset of Natalee’s disappearance, having personal knowledge, of exactly how Aruba operates and how they would at all cost protect their precious commodity of tourism, we doubted whether the family would get any real form of cooperation or whether this crime would be covered up. From the outset and before Beth Holloway ever landed in Aruba to find Natalee, the fix was in.
Four years later and still no “Justice for Natalee” I think we all know the answer,
Crimes like this are not supposed to happen on island paradise’s. Crimes like this are not supposed to happen in places that people call safe. Yet when they do, what will be the reaction of the police, of government officials, tourism boards and a media? The answer … block, obstruct and vilify the family and the victim at all cost.
We do make a couple exceptions to this treatment that Beth and Dave Holloway received in Aruba and that individual is Diario’s Managing Editor Jossy Mansur. From printing the cold hard facts in this case, even if it meant embarrassing Aruba and certain officials, Jossy Mansur went out on a limb and did what a newspaper man was supposed to do, report the story, not be a propaganda machine for the Aruban government. Jossy Mansur even went so far as to aid in the searches for Natalee Holloway by providing valuable resources to Tim Miller and Texas Equusearch. I was there to witness the benevolent work this man did in aiding the efforts to find Natalee.
Make no mistake about it, Vander Sloot and the Kalpoe’s lied and Natalee Holloway died. There was no reason for the three to lie as to where they dropped Natalee that night after leaving Carlos n’ Charlies. Why would they have to lie if nothing happened? The obvious answer is they would not have to. And thus the corrupt investigation and cover up began in Aruba. The other obvious question posed is “Why Do Three Boys Go to Carlos N’ Charlie’s One Half Hour Before Closing when Mountain Brook Teens were there on their last night in Aruba? Gee, I Wonder?”
MCVAY: He came with his friends. He had told us that night that Sunday was not a fun night on the island and that no one goes out. So we found it ironic that he showed up.
Joran Van der Sloot confirms that is exactly what he said that night to the Mountain Brook girls.
VAN DER SLOOT: And I remember afterwards going into — right behind that casino is a little bar, and I remember watching — walking in there. And there was a baseball game on TV, and again, the group of girls was sitting there. And they said, Oh, yes, don’t forget to come out tonight. And I told them that on Sunday, it wasn’t a good night to go out. It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t — and — but they said, You know, if you want to come, come. And I ended up deciding that, yes, I might as well go and have fun. (Fox – ‘On the Record,’ Part 1)
The lie continues … Part II to follow.