Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Aruba: Not fading away...

The Natalee Holloway story was the most most widely read crime story in 2008. Almost 4 years after Natalee was murdered by Paulus van der sloot, a Dutch Citizen and employee of the Aruban Prosecutor's office.


For islands that compete for tourist attention, you can't buy this kind of coverage. And yet, the new head of AHATA, Alfonso Riveroll, is saying that Aruba has "fared well" in it's handling of the media.

The amazing thing is these people actually believe this. They feel victimized. It's not that absurd when you think of the narcissistic cases of greed all over the place.

But it also says something about Aruba that nobody really wants to stand behind justice or Aruba. Nobody really cares enough despite all the words about the "good people of Aruba." You know, the ones we never see or read about. Where are they and what are they doing?

For more money they would overnight be "good people of Martinque" or the "good people of Anywhere." What's the difference?

Mickey John, the innocent security guard they tried to frame for Natalee's murder said it early and said it best, "it's a Dutch mess."

Now how would he know that? Mr. John no doubt appalled, but not surprised, and his own treatment at the hands of the Dutch, but the treatment of Natalee at the hands of the Dutch.

"You're own father, unbelievable." Deepak Kalpoe to Joran van der sloot.

Paulus van der sloot, Jan van der straaten, Karin janssen, Hans Mos. None of these people has told the truth, none of them.

"Faring well?" Look for this story to remain the most read next year and any year until one of these people is compelled to tell the truth.

When you witnessed a crime like this, and that's what it feels like, you almost cannot stop until the savages receive justice. And Natalee's parents, who have battled so hard, and made us believe we would be that way too, can bury their daughter.

So thank you for everyone who's kept this story in the spotlight. And a special thanks to Paulus van der sloot for "protecting his son."