The "Natalee Holloway Impact" on Aruba--Four Years Later
Has the injustice of Natalee Holloway wrecked a permanent havoc on Aruba’s tourism, economy and reputation for the last four years?
Google “Aruba Boycott” and get 1,400 hits.
Google, “Boycott and Natalee Holloway” and get 22,700 hits.
Google, “Boycott Aruba” and get 26,000 hits.
Do I need to try other search engines to make my point?
In 2008 alone:
The E! Network put out two “documentaries”. One was “The Final Hours of Natalee Holloway”; and “20 Most Shocking Unsolved Crimes” in which Natalee’s case was listed as the #1 “most shocking” unsolved crime.
This was above Jimmy Hoffa.
Above the Zodiac Killer.
Above Jon Benet Ramsey.
2008 also gave us A&E’s Bill Kurtis and the famous series “American Justice” that produced an hour special on Natalee’s case. Using a different take, the show focused more on the ongoing recovery efforts to find Natalee’s body.
Haunting Evidence did an hour special using a psychic and some “ghost buster” toys in order to find out the truth of what Joran did with Natalee that last night.
…AND DON’T FORGET! The Peter de Vries Special that changed EVERYTHING.
ABC’s 20/20 with Chris Cuomo did an hour long story on Natalee’s case up to date, including the aftermath of the “Peter de Vries Hidden Camera” scandal, and Joran’s “side job” of “alleged” sex trafficking of women between the borders of Thailand and the Netherlands…all conveniently caught on secret videotape.
A “Sex, Lies and Videotape” of the new millennium? Could be…
Last, but never least…Greta van Susteren’s “career changing interview” with Joran after her multi-month man hunt across the globe to obtain interviews with witnesses and Joran himself who told Greta on camera that he did not kill Natalee, but sold her to an unknown man in Aruba for $10,000 after two brief exchanges in the casinos of Aruba.
Hours after the taped “confession”, Joran contacted Greta via email and recanted his entire story.
Only half way through 2009…
The Natalee Holloway Story was produced by the Lifetime Movie Network and was viewed by a record setting 3.2 million people when it aired in April of 2009. It was the highest viewed movie in Lifetime’s 11-year history.
When in history has a “missing person-turned-corruption-case” garnered so much worldwide attention, especially after four years?
It is because of the people. These are the "little people" with a HUGE voice that want to see justice. They want to see the new developments or what Joran’s new lie will be. They want to see punishment for those involved, and they want Natalee’s family to obtain closure.
The media feeds off what the public wants to see and hear. Thanks to the media, Natalee’s case has never “gone cold”. With every movie, documentary and book, Aruba’s massive wound continues to rip open with an increase of pain each time.
I know there are people out there who have no clue of Natalee Holloway. However when I mention to someone that I write a blog about Natalee Holloway, and they say, “Who?” The only words I need to use to jog their memories are “Aruba” and “missing”.
Ah ha! It works every time.
Each time just one person mentions her case to another person, those negative images and stories are stored either in one's immediate conscious or will lie in the subconscious.
Perhaps that particular conversation knowingly or not, will be the cause of one less person visiting Aruba.
OH, and by the way, Carlos-n-Charlies in Aruba closed (due to the poor economy..yuk, yuk...)
-Michelle Says So