Beth Holloway Oxygen Media over a TV Series “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” of Her Daughter’s 2005 Disappearance in Aruba
BETH HOLLOWAY SUES OXYGEN MEDIA FOR 35 MILLION …
As reported at the WAPO, Beth Holloway, he mother of Natalee Holloway, is suing Oxygen media for $35 million of what she contends was a fake television documentary about the case. Natalee Holloway, a Mountainbrook, Alabama teen went missing during her senior trip to Aruba in 2005. Holloway is seeking $10 million in compensation and $25 million in punitive damages against Oxygen Media, an arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and the Los Angeles-based Brian Graden Media. The suit contends that rather than being a documentary or true investigation, the show was a “scripted, pre-planned farce calculated to give the impression of real-time events.
All I can say is I hope Beth is successful. I thought the TV series was pretty much nonsense after the first 15 to 30 minutes. I painfully watched it to keep informed, but much of it became unwatchable. It did seem contrived, like reality TV of a missing persons case, which I find a bit disgusting. Having been involved in this case from the very beginning and having actually searched for Natalee Holloway in Aruba and knowing the family personally, the TV series seemed shameless. In full disclosure, I have to say that I have never really found T.J. Ward’s premises and conclusions credible. We shall see how this law suit develops, I hope she wins. Let’s be serious folks, we know who did it, we know how it most likely happened. Keep in mind, Joran Van der Sloot all but admitted it, the Aruba legal system just decided not to prosecute.
Last August, when Oxygen Media debuted a six-part documentary series on the case, the first episode pulled in a cumulative 1.1 million viewers, reportedly the highest true crime show premiere in the network’s history.
But that series — “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” — is now at the center of a $35 million federal lawsuit filed by Natalee’s mother, Beth Holloway.
According to a legal complaint filed Feb. 2, the show was “not a realtime or legitimate investigation into new leads,” as the program claimed to be, but a “pre-planned farce.” Holloway claims she was duped into providing her DNA to be tested against remains found by producers — without being told that the testing was for a television show. Entertainment and ratings were the priority, not investigation, the lawsuit suggests.
The lawsuit argues that the network and Brian Graden Media, the show’s production company, knew “prior to filming their Series that they would not find Natalee because the Series was pre-conceived and was not a real-time investigation discovering new facts.”
“We were disappointed to learn of the complaint and its inaccurate depiction of how the series was produced, and we want to reiterate our deep compassion and sympathy for all members of the Holloway family,” the statement said.
“The documentary series was developed by a production company in close collaboration with Dave Holloway and his longtime private investigator. The show followed his continued search to find answers about his daughter Natalee from a lead he had received. We had hoped, along with Mr. Holloway, that the information was going to provide closure.”
Brian Graden Media did not immediately return a message for comment.
Did Oxygen media exploit a desperate family looking for answers finally in the case of missing Natalee Holloway? You make the call.Was it really an attempt to find answers or just make money and exploit the case that so many want answers too?
The six-episode Oxygen series was billed as another attempt to find answers. The series followed Natalee’s father — Beth Holloway’s ex-husband Dave Holloway — and private investigator T.J. Ward as they re-tackled the case.
The key moments involved discussions with informants, including one who claimed “to have known Joran van der Sloot, to have exhumed Natalee’s body at van der Sloot’s bidding, to have ‘crushed’ Natalee’s remains into little pieces, and to have burned her skull before disposing of her remains,” the legal complaint stated.
The show’s participants took possession of the bone fragments identified by the suspects. On Aug. 10 2017, Dave Holloway contacted his ex-wife, explaining they needed her DNA to see if the human female remains were Natalee’s. He did not tell her the testing was part of a television production, the lawsuit said. She provided the DNA sample — but then heard nothing, until she learned about Oxygen series. The legal complaint alleges producers already knew the remains would not match the missing girl before making the request.
“Defendants further preyed and capitalized on Beth’s desperate need and desire to find her daughter by claiming directly to Beth that they may have found Natalee’s gravesite and asking for .?.?. Beth’s DNA to test against the remains they claimed to have spontaneously discovered there,” the suit says. “To obtain Beth’s DNA, Defendants misrepresented and omitted facts surrounding their ‘discovery’ of remains.”
Much more to follow …
The Dana Pretzer Show – Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Please Join Dana Pretzer Tonight at 9 PM ET with Special Guests: Michael Bishop, Marcel Danesi & T.J. Ward
THE DANA PRETZER SHOW
- Author Michael Bishop will be discussing his new book, ‘A Murder in Music City’
- Nashville 1964. Eighteen-year-old babysitter Paula Herring is murdered in her home while her six-year-old brother apparently sleeps through the grisly event. A few months later a judge’s son is convicted of the crime. Decades after the slaying, Michael Bishop, a private citizen, stumbles upon a secret file related to the case and with the help of some of the world’s top forensic experts–including forensic psychologist Richard Walter (aka “the living Sherlock Holmes”)–he uncovers the truth. What really happened is completely different from what the public was led to believe.Now, for the very first time, Bishop reveals the true story. In this true-crime page-turner, the author lays out compelling evidence that a circle of powerful citizens were key participants in the crime and the subsequent cover-up. The ne’er-do-well judge’s son, who was falsely accused and sent to prison, proved to be the perfect setup man. The perpetrators used his checkered history to conceal the real facts for over half a century.
- Author Marcel Danesi will be discussing his new book, ‘Murder in Plain English’
- This is the first book to examine murder through the written word–not only the writings of the killers themselves, but also the story of murder as told in literary fiction and the crime dramas that are now a staple of film and television. The authors–a criminologist specializing in cold cases, written evidence, and forensic science, and an anthropologist who has dealt with the signs and ciphers of organized crime and street gangs in his previous work–are widely recognized experts in this emerging specialty field. Based on extensive research and interviews with convicted murderers, the book emphasizes the often-overlooked narrative impulse that drives killers, with the authors explaining how both mass and serial murderers perceive their crimes as stories and why a select few are compelled to commit these stories to writing whether before, during, or after their horrific acts.The book also analyzes the written work of killers, using a combination of machine-based linguistic patterning, predictive modeling, and symbolic interpretation, to make sense of the screeds of everyone from the Son of Sam and the Zodiac Killer to the Columbine attackers, the Unabomber, and the recent spate of mass shooters using social media as their preferred narrative platform.
- T.J. Ward – Private Investigator will be discussing the latest in the Natalee Holloway case and the discoveries in the case of the missing and delared deceased Alabama teen who went missing on Aruba in 2005. The latest discoveries are being documented on Oxygen TV.
AFTER 12 YEARS, HAS NATALEE HOLLOWAY FINALLY BEEN FOUND?
Dave Holloway, the father of missing and deceased Natalee Holloway, is stating along with private investigator T.J. Ward that they may have finally found her remains. According to Dave Holloway and TJ Ward, remains have been discovered in the long-unsolved disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba and they have been determined to be human. Now, DNA tests will have to be conducted. The new lead was a product of the individual known as Gabriel. This new discovery was the result of an 18-month investigation with Ward, a search that was documented for an Oxygen TV show that debuts Saturday, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.” I can only hope for the family’s sake that this is legitimate and will finally bring closure for Beth, Dave and the rest of Natalee’s family. Natalee Holloway went missing on May 30, 2005 in Aruba. But I have my doubts.
Remember the original post from 2005: This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway.
For much more and discussion, go to Scared Monkeys forum: Natalee Holloway.
The father of Natalee Holloway said he and a private investigator found human remains in Aruba and he thinks his daughter’s body may have finally been found.
Holloway was 18 years old when she disappeared in Aruba back in 2005 while on a graduation trip.
Dave Holloway said he was contacted by an informant named Gabriel, who said he had some information that may lead to finding Holloway’s body. With the help of a private investigator, they targeted where the human remains were found. The remains are now being tested for DNA, which could take weeks.
Natalee Holloway’s Father Talks About Possible New Lead In Case
The Story Behind the Story: New Clues in the case of Natalee Holloway
Greta Van Susteren Is Out at Fox News … Saying Goodbye to the Person Who Introduced Me to Beth Holloway
Greta Van Susteren leaves FOX News … Wishing you the best of luck in the future.
After 14 years, Greta Van Susteren is leaving FOX News. I can’t say that I am happy to hear this news. In a Facebook post Greta stated that Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years. Many conservatives can say the same during that period of time as well, yours included. Greta will be replaced by Brit Hume. She will be missed. Greta Van Susteren was not just about politics, she covered true crime, court cases and missing persons. Which brings me to the following. On a personal note, I first met Greta in Aruba while searching for Natalee Holloway in 2005. I can remember meeting her after one of her TV shows in Aruba and waiting in a long line to say hello and introduce myself. As I was the next in line to meet her I walked up to where she was and went to introduce myself. Greta smiled and said, I know who you are, shook my hand and gave me a hug. Imagine that, Greta Van Susteren, who was probably the best at covering the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in the media knew who little old “Red” was. Greta was gracious as we talked and talked and talked. She was amazed at how a website could amass so much news and scoop the MSM. She would then ask me to stay around as she wanted to introduce me to Beth. That is correct, Greta Van Susteren was the first person to actually introduce me to Beth Holloway. And the rest is history in developing one of the greatest relationships in my life. Of course we have been critical of some of the things that Greta did, especially the Joran Van der Sloot interview; but she eventually saw the Monkey light. However no matter what, for that intro to Beth, I will always be thankful to Greta and wish her the best in all her future endeavors.
In a statement on the matter, Fox News used the sort of language that comes with distressing departures. “We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success,” said a statement from co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine. Starting Tuesday, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume will take over Van Susteren’s 7 p.m. nightly slot for the remainder of the 2016 election. Hume is a strong choice for this assignment, having worked key jobs on the Fox News political team stretching back into the ’90s, including managing editor of the Washington bureau, anchor of “Special Report” and host of presidential election coverage
Consistent with that sentiment, Van Susteren today posted this note on Facebook:
Yes, I have left the Fox News Channel. On Thursday night, I made my decision and informed Fox News of my decision that I was leaving Fox News Channel per my contract.
Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait.
I love my staff, I love my colleagues, and I love the crews. That is the hardest part of this decision as they are wonderful people.
And most of all? I love the viewers — even the ones who have gotten mad at me over the years and taken swipes.
I hope to continue my career in broadcasting.
Thank you Greta for always being a good sport. Remembering making Greta Aruba’s Most Wanted. Although, I think it may have really been Scared Monkeys. Also, a blast from the past when our own Klaas got Greta’s attention when she created a JibJab dance video of Greta and her gang.
Some times some humor is needed in order to lighten the news that we follow on a day to day basis to keep us all sane. Our very own Klaasend managed to get the attention of Greta Van Susteren and company the other night on Greta Live Wire.
Hey Greta, don’t ask for things they might come true. Since Greta wanted to see Bernnie Grimm dancing as well, we have decided to let Klaas have free reign with yet another video.
Back by popular demand and requested by Greta and company … here is the rest of the Greta Van Susteren’s “Legal Eagles” along with Scared Monkeys doing the Can Can. Or is it the CAN’T CAN’T?
Thank you Greta!!!
Tell-All Book from Prison, Admission or more BS? … Joran Van Der Sloot Promises New Details Of Natalee Holloway Case In 500-Page Book (VIDEO)
WHO THINKS THIS IS JUST MORE BS FROM A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR?
Its been a while since we heard some lies from Joran Vander Sloot, the pathological liar and suspected killer of Natalee Holloway. This was the headline from this week’s RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer: “World Exclusive! Evil Joran Finally Confesses ‘I murdered Natalee Holloway!’ It is supposed to be a jailhouse admission from the psychopath that has lied more times that Pinocchio. However, the parents of Natalee Holloway say reports of Joran van der Sloot’s latest “videotaped confession” are nothing more than a publicity stunt and “absolutely meaningless.” I could not agree more.
Convicted killer Joran van der Sloot has been locked behind bars for more than five years, but that hasn’t stopped his scheming! RadarOnline.com and The National ENQUIRER have obtained a bombshell new video that reveals his secret plot to escape from Peru and get extradited to Aruba — or even the United States
Van der Sloot, 28, has been serving time in Peru’s Challapalca prison since 2014 for the 2010 murder of local woman Stephany Flores. It was there that a Radar and ENQUIRER operative obtained the chilling hidden camera footage of the killer. As Radar reported, van der Sloot claimed he would reveal more details of his role in the Natalee Holloway murder in a juicy 500-page tell-all book, and the new footage reveals his secret motivation for becoming an author.
“I have no doubt that if the book gets published, they’ll extradite me to Aruba!” he bragged in the video obtained by Radar and The ENQUIRER. But he insisted, “I want to be extradited first before I tell more. If I were to be in Aruba, I wouldn’t mind giving my story first to the authorities there, before releasing it as a book so they can confirm everything.”