By early November 2006, just a couple weeks after Peter announced he was pursuing this case, the Van der Sloot family issued this statement on line, via JR the Dutch Attorney at the Freedom of Blog site.
Posted: Sun Nov 5th, 2006 05:38 pm
Why, some would say would the Van der Sloot's take this approach with Peter and refuse to cooperate with him? After all, if Joran has nothing to hide, then why not just sit down with Peter and tell all he knows?
No one of course can answer this question better than the Van der Sloots themselves, but several reasons come to mind, based on events that were happening at that time.
Needless to say they had had very bad experiences with the media in general since the first days of this ordeal and to them Peter was another big time media person, who it seemed was trying to latch on to this case for ratings and money. His approach with them had been through emails and not especially warm or friendly, but more in a pushy, taking for granted mode that seemed to suggest, that they would cooperate, no matter what.
It was really their strongest feeling at this time to let all media talk die away as Joran was settling into life at college in Holland and doing very well, especially in college. The Van der Sloots really did not see any good from more media attention, certainly not in Holland.
In addition, another alarming event occurred at the end of October 2006 which caused them to be quite upset for Joran's safety in Holland. Joran's apartment was broken into where he lived with some other college students. The break in occurred after they had left for classes and it was only Joran's possessions that were violated. The list of what was taken included files, important documents, DVDs, pictures, his camera cards everything from his computer. This had a tremendous impact on the way the family and Joran were viewing things at the time. And while there was no proof of Peter de Vries involvement in this break in, the fact that at the time he was desperately trying to find out information about Joran would cause them to be suspicious, not necessarily of Peter himself but of someone that might have been trying to gain information for Peter's upcoming TV program.
At the time JR the Dutch Attorney from the Freedom of Blog website, issued the statement -regarding the Van der Sloot's desire to not cooperate with Peter, he was on the island trying very hard to get them to change their mind. Peter did not exactly use the best techniques to change one's mind however. Basically he would go to their home and stand out at their gate wanting an audience with them. When that did not work he would go to Paul van der Sloot's office and try to gain entrance to speak with Paul there. In some ways it was borderline stalking and did nothing to enhance the feelings between these two parties. In addition Peter went to the Kalpoe residence and was met with the same resistance, as they did not want to speak with him either. Thus, Peter's time on the island unfortunately was spent mostly with Jossy Mansur and Diario people, which certainly gave Peter a rather slanted view of the case.
On November 10, 2006 it was announced that Peter de Vries show about the Natalee Holloway case would be shown on November 26, 2006. Originally it was said that Peter was going to spend months investigating this case. So the announcement that the show was to be aired was a bit of a surprise. It meant that Peter really spent less than 2 months from the time he announced on his on line website a wish to gather information and when the show will be aired. For a thorough investigator one has to wonder how thoroughly he did his job and just exactly where his information came from. Those answers would become more apparent as we go closer to the date and leaks about what was on the show were given. And once again the concern the Van der Sloots had about the break in of Joran's apartment, with what was going to be shown on Peter's program would resurface and cause a great deal of feuding on the Holloway message boards.
While in Aruba Peter would try again and again to get the Van der Sloots to speak with him. Poster
K Hemingway/Moonshadows, one who knows the family would have this to say on the Refugees boaard.
Paul didn't say he didn't want to talk about it. de Vries showed up at the house gate ambush style during dinner and placed a call inside. Paul told him on the phone he was having dinner, and suggested de Vries email him all his questions and Paul would respond. Peter chose not to, and instead showed up ambush style at Paul's office during work, and shoved inside with a camera and microphone while Paul was with a client.
I have no clue where you got Hans Mos saying he didn't want to talk about it with the ALE either. Mos said the boys reserved their right to remain silent during the last Nov detention.
I also know Paul's voice is not on any tape, saying he refused to answer all of ALE'S questions.
Peter attempted to talk to Paul on the phone. Twice. Once from in front of Paul's gate, in the middle of dinner, and once from his hotel room to Paul's office while he was with a client. Paul said, 'Email your questions, I will respond.'
That's when Peter went to his office, and barged in, camera and microphone shoved in his face.
He just didn't want to talk AMBUSH STYLE to de Vries, and little Peter got mad. Peter continued shouting questions with his camera and microphone shoved in his face, while in his office with a client, demanding answers, and Paul politely told him he will talk to him when Natalee's disappearance was solved, as that would be the right time.
Peter said, 'That could take a long time.'
Paul then ignored him and he left.
So little Peter got madder and spun and lied on his show.