You can read a recent news article about the Natalee Holloway case at http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/05/natalee_holloway_10_years_late.html
You can read about Greta van Susteren’s TV show about Natalee Holloway here.
Let me say right off the bat, that I am a great fan of Greta van Susteren; I watch her news show on TV every night. I was looking forward to her show about Natalee Holloway last night, but I was sorely disappointed.
Her show started off by pointing out that in May 2005, Natalee Holloway was 18 years old. Her mother [Beth Holloway] said, on the show, that Natalee was a “good kid.” That depends on your definition of a “good kid.”
Natalee was already enrolled as a student at the University of Alabama — she allegedly wanted to be a doctor. It was pointed out on last night’s show that Natalee was very smart: she had a 4.17 GPA [Grade Point Average]. Natalee had already rented a dorm room and her future roommates were already known.
So it was established very early on the show that Natalee was a serious, studious young woman of 18, who was a virtual saint — not some ditsy young girl who would throw away her life by running away from home on a vacation in Aruba.
One of Natalee’s two classmates, who were allowed to speak on the show, was a girl named Mallie Tucker.
It was pointed out on the show that on May 26, 2005, Natalee and her classmates left on a plane for Aruba, to celebrate their graduation from High School. A lot of footage was shown of Aruba, so that low class people in America would realize that Aruba is a ritzy place for rich young students like Natalee to have fun before starting college in the fall.
It was pointed out that Natalee was staying at the Holiday Inn, right on the beach, with her classmates, two of whom were on Greta’s show last night. [Mallie Tucker was one of these girls] At the time that Natalee disappeared, her mother had prevented her classmates from talking to the police, but now she was allowing two of her classmates to talk.
It was pointed out, on Greta’s show last night, that when Joran first met Natalee in a bar, he told her that he lived in the Netherlands, and that he was in Aruba on vacation. It is true that Joran was a Dutch citizen, and maybe that is what he told her.
It was NOT pointed out on the show that Joran was drinking with some of the other Mountain View female students at a bar when Natalee walked in alone. Why weren’t we told that Natalee was not spending her time in Aruba with the other girls?
A woman named Claire Fairman then said that Joran was 17 years old when he met Natalee, and that “he was showing signs of being a sociopath.” Joran was allegedly “stealing from his parents.” According to Claire, Joran’s family was “afraid of him,” and they “had moved him into their guest house,” after he had attacked family members.
It was then pointed out that Natalee was last seen getting into a car with Joran. Natalee’s mother was in Aruba by 11 p.m. that very night.
On her show last night, Greta said that Joran had told someone that “he had sex with Natalie in the back seat of a car” on the night that she disappeared.
A replay of Greta’s visit to Joran’s home, accompanied by Natalie’s mother, was shown last night. I saw this film footage when it was first shown. Greta and Natalee’s mother showed up at Joran’s home and asked to come in so that they could talk to his parents. Joran’s father graciously allowed them to come in, although he told them to leave all cameras outside.
In spite of the fact that Joran’s father did not want his home and family to be photographed, the film footage was later shown to the world.
Regarding the film footage, taken in Joran’s home, Greta said last night that “there was something seriously wrong with Paulus.” Paulus was Joran’s father, who was hoping to become a Judge; he did not want Natalee’s disappearance to jeopardize his future career. He was obviously upset by Greta and Beth grilling him about Joran.
At this point, I stopped taking notes.