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Thursday, February 11, 2010

NO JUSTICE FOR NATALEE

Five years ago Joran van der Sloot and his friends caused the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway. In the days and weeks afterwards, Joran's father Paul acted as accesory to the crime by helping his son cover-up his involvement, and likely was instrumental in fogging-over the haphazard and apathetic investigation by Aruban and Dutch authorities.

Now van der Sloot senior has passed away, and with it any hope of ever finding out what that man did to protect his repulsive and despicable son.

[Repulsive and despicable:
http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/2008/11/joran-van-der-sloot-and-women-flesh.html
'Nuff said.]



HIDING THE TRUTH

Quote: "Peter R. de Vries heeft met gemengde gevoelens gereageerd op het bericht. "Over de doden niets dan goeds, maar ik ontkom er toch niet aan om te zeggen dat ik er van overtuigd ben dat vader Van der Sloot zijn zoon behulpzaam is geweest bij het toedekken van diens geheim", aldus de Vries op zijn website."

[Translation: Peter R. de Vries has reacted with mixed emotions to the news. "Naught but good about the dead, but I cannot avoid stating that I am convinced that father van der Sloot assisted his son in hiding his secret", according to de Vries on his website."]

Source:
http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/article6009537.ece?pageNumber=2
[Peter R. de Vries: Geheim nu mee in graf - 'secret now to the grave']


The van der Sloot family, as well-to-do members of the Dutch uppercrust, lived the good life. Van der Sloot senior died while at play in an exclusive neighborhood: "De 57-jarige jurist werd woensdagavond rond 21.45 uur lokale tijd tijdens het tennissen op villapark 'Tierra del Sol' op Aruba onwel. Een ambulance was snel ter plaatse, maar reanimatiepogingen mochten niet meer baten."

[Translation: 'The 57 year old jurist became ill Wednesday around 9:45 PM local time while playing tennis at villapark 'Tierra del Sol' in Aruba. An ambulance quickly arrived, but reanimation efforts proved fruitless.']

Source:
http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/6007822/___Vader_Joran_van_der_Sloot_overleden___.html?p=19,1
[Vader Joran van der Sloot overleden - 'Father (of) Joran van de Sloot deceased']



GOOD RIDDANCE

This turn of events no doubt pleases many in the Netherlands, as the facts of the case are now even less likely to ever be revealed, and Dutch law-enforcement can happily claim his fortuitous demise as an excuse. Had the murdered girl not been an American with a loud and persistent mother, her death would have excited no interest whatsoever, and the case would have been dropped within hours. After all, well-connected burgers cannot be accused of malfeasance without upsetting the societal apple-cart, especially in a tourist goldmine, where any sex-crimes and violence might frighten away the foundation of the economy.

Most of the comments underneath both articles in the Telegraaf are remarkably cold towards the victim (Natalee Holloway) and criticize Mr. De Vries for his statement. Several express condolence to the van der Sloot family, and regret that Mr. van der Sloot died at so young an age (57).

I cannot help but feel that the Dutch don't give a damn about the girl (who was an American, which is manifestly not a virtue in the Netherlands) and that in many ways they envy the van der Sloot's lifestyle and access to sexual exploitation. Certainly Jordan was a hero to many who in the months after Natalie's disappearance refused to believe that he had anything to do with the case and insisted that the girl deserved what she got.
Peter de Vries by his doggedness in pursuing the case showed that not all Dutchmen are swine, and that, remarkably, there are indeed decent people with a keen regard for justice in the Netherlands.

At least the van der Sloot family can bury their dead; Joran and his dad made sure that the Holloways will never have that priviledge. The truth about what Joran and his drinking buddies did to Natalee, and how the corrupt and incompetent Arubans coddled the van der Sloots and covered the trail, was buried long ago.

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8 Comments:

  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger diamond said…

    WHAT IF THINGS WERE DIFFERENT?
    WHAT IF NATALEE DIED OF AN OVERDOSIS AND THE BAD GUYS DEPOSED OF HER BODY.
    wHY IS EVERONE ON THAT ISLAND AFRAID TO TELL THE TRUTH?? ARE THEY AFRAID OF BEING KILLED???..BY DISSAPEARING WITHOUT A TRACE, BY SO CALLED SUICIDE..OR FORCED OVERDOSIS. IF EVERYONE IS SO AFRAID THAN THOSE BAD GUYS ARE PENETRATING IN ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM.....MAKING EVERYONE ON THAT ISLAND LIVE IN FEAR.

    BUT I'M SURE GOD WILL PUT AN END TO THIS.
    MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE GRIEVING FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF PAULUS VAN DER SLOOT!!

     
  • At 7:00 AM, Anonymous RB said…

    "I cannot help but feel that the Dutch don't give a damn about the girl (who was an American, which is manifestly not a virtue in the Netherlands)"

    I see your point, however I think you are totally wrong on that.
    The way I'm looking at it and do not forget that most Dutch have a warm friendship with Americans not only because New York and WO2 for example but we are also much alike in many ways.

    So I can tell you as a Dutch citizen that we were shocked and angered about this whole situation.

    And I am quite sure if the boy was American and the girl was Dutch that everything would still remain the same... sadly enough
    But I do not think the last word has been spoken in this case.

    We all are hoping the truth will prevail, foremost for Beth and the rest of the family offcourse.
    I'm wishing you strength to deal with everything and Best wishes to all.

    Best Regards, Ralf MCB

    Eindhoven, Netherlands

     
  • At 11:01 AM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    My dear Ralf, having lived there during the Vietnam war period, when being an American in Europe was by no means pleasant, and having been back several times since then, I am somewhat doubtful about the warmth of that friendship. The Dutch blow both hot and cold when it comes to Americans and the US.

    Yes, there are individuals who do indeed regards us well.

    But there are also quite a few who leap at the opportunity to hold everything of which they choose to blame us against us.... often without considering their own country's somewhat blemished history.

    While I enjoy the company of individual Dutchmen, I prefer not to let it be generally known that I am an American while I am over there - bitter experience has shown that doing so is an invitation to excoriation, which eventually devolves into some yobbo questioning whether I and other Americans should even be considered human.
    This, of course, is markedly so when drinking a borreltje at the local kroeg.

    You will understand that in areas like Stratums Eind conversations can easily become violent altercations. How much more so if one is a Moroccan, a Turk, or.... an American.

     
  • At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Nikita said…

    I am quite saddened by reading this blog and 2 of the comments.

    Surely you know that every country has his/hers bad apples.

    Go to France, China, England, South Africa etc and you will find people who respond badly to people being american just the same as they would respond badly to me (a dutch girl) or to any other foreigner.

    I for one was pissed as hell that that thug didn't get his punishment and I believe whole heartedly he is guilty.

    Now I am too much of a human being to say GOOD his father died, that would be rude and distasteful, but thankfully Karma never fails.

    When I learned of the news that once again this sicko had killed a young girl, I was very sad and angry, but then extremely happy with the fact he was caught in Pery, a country we have NO extradictionagreement with.

    WHEN (surely not if) he is convicted he will reside in one of the worsts jails available, nothng like Dutch prisons, corrupted and overcorwded.

    And that my friends is Karma, when she bites, she botes hard.

    The tv show you quoted scored extreme high ratings that shows how many people were touched by the tragedy.

    We do NOT dislike Americans, not the general crowd and sad to say but the crowd you find for instance in Amsterdam is not what you should look at to get the vibe from the entire country.

     
  • At 1:14 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    "We do NOT dislike Americans"

    Tsja....,

    Dat klopt enigzins wel, enigzins niet. Na meer dan tien jaren lang veel hatelijkheden op het internet in de Nederlandsche taal jegens Amerikanen te hebben gelezen moet ik zeggen dat er wel degelijk een immense anti-Jenk stroming daar is.

    Maar tevens zal ik ook toegeven dat redelijke mensen niet vaak dat soort teksten tegenspreekt (dat wil zeggen: tegenschrijft); zo iets heeft weinig nut, daar lui die Amerika vijandelijk zijn zo wie zo niet makkelijk van mening veranderen.

    Elke keer dat ik weer daar ben kom ik mensen tegen die niet haatdragend zijn. Maar ook veel die niet zoveel over Amerika (nou, de V.S. eigenlijk) weten.
    Sommige mensen denken meer te weten dan ze feitelijk kunnen claimen. Anderen weten als 120% waarheid dat alles in de V.S. euvel is. Die lui bouwen een imago van ons gebaseerd op kranten artiekelen en teevee.
    Als de krant het drukt is het toch de zuivere waarheid?

    Maarre..... Het saaie nieuws over doodgewone mensen die oprecht leven, geen capsones hebben, niet tekeer gaan, nimmer een misdaad plegen, en niet ordinair of vulgair zijn - waarom zou een krant, een televisie programma, een feuilleton, of een opiniestuk, daaraan zelfs tijd besteden?

    Een Europeesche zonnebril geeft geen duidelijk beeld van de V.S. Dat er dan TOCH mensen zijn die een goede kijk op de Amerikaansche maatschappij hebben is dienovereenkomstig een mirakel.

     
  • At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Grand Rapids born said…

    Bullshit.

    Deze reacties bewijzen het tegendeel:
    http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/6875975/__Medische_experi-menten_gevangenen__.html?p=38,2

    Medische experimenten Bush jaren

    Die thuisblijvers zeuren zich een frenzy over ons.

     
  • At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Man ben je belazerd, die familie Holloway hebben jaren lang de zaak bedonderd. Hoe stom kun als Amerikaan wel wezen, die lui hebben een grandioze uitbetaling van de Amerikaanse overheid gekregen, en die vlonde slet zit allang ergens in zuid Amerika luxieus to leven.

    Dat moet onderhand toch wel duidelijk zij geworden. Er is niets niemand vermoord.

    Ze ging vrijwillig mee, en kreeg er nog poen voor ook.

    Stelletje inteelt malloten sijn jullie.

     
  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Juist ja. Dat is weer zo'n typisch rot opmerking waar jullie Nederlanders in uitblinken. En tevens ongefundeerd, maar dat scheelt in jullie maatschappij natuurlijk niet.

    Ik ben blij dat ik nauwelijks Nederlanders tegenkom, tegenwoordig. Ik mijd jullie, en alle andere Europeesche toeristen, als de pest.

     

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