Monday, December 05, 2005

Is Natalee's mother helping?

Today's post is inspired by a very interesting segment I saw this morning on Today about the now-infamous Natalee Holloway case. I will not bore the reader with the details of the case that is now etched, for better or worse in the national psyche. By now, the vast majority of people in North America who may be reading this are very aware of the details of the missing Alabama teenager who missed her flight out of Aruba.

A Vanity Fair reporter (readers will have to forgive me for not remembering this fellow's name) apparently interviewed the Aruban Chief of Police. According to the Chief, Beth Holloway Twitty has, perhaps unbeknownst to herself, done more harm than good into the investigation of Natalee's disappearance, largely because her constant intrusion on to the scene has forbidden the police from following what for them is normal procedure.

Normally, when a tourist goes missing in Aruba, if police have suspects in mind but can't legally keep holding them under Dutch law, they place them under heavy surveillance, and as is the nature of criminals, they eventually rat on themselves. Aruban authorities say that Beth Holloway Twitty's constant intrusion into their work has made it impossible for them to do their jobs. It is worth noting that many business and community leaders on the island who once were staunch allies of the Twitty family have now turned on them, savagely so in some cases.

In fairness to Mrs. Twitty, I am not sure that I would not be reacting in much the same way if it were my daughter who were missing in the way in which Natalee is. However, if Beth Holloway Twitty is doing more harm than good in helping to find Natalee, shouldn't she at least have given the authorities a chance to do their work in the normal fashion, an opportunity that, sadly, may now be lost?

Photo from CNN



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