After 2 1/2 years the Natalee Holloway case would heat up on November 21, 2007 with the arrest once again of the prime suspects Joran van der Sloot and Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. This event would be breaking news on all media outlets and a major news story. The family of Natalee Holloway would appear on television nightly once again feeling hopeful that finally the case would be solved. Joran who had been studying in Holland at the time was returned to Aruba and along with the Kalpoes would be locked up and interrogated. Joran's attorney, Joe Tacopina was shocked at the events but would appear on television stating again that his client was innocent and that no new evidence had been found to change that. The Aruban prosecutor Hans Mos seemed to be stating that there was new evidence and that he hoped it would be enough to bring this case to trial. The media would rush back to Aruba to cover the story of the rearrests. Greta Van Susteren would speak with the Aruban attorneys for the Kalpoe brothers David Kock and Jose Figueroa. They would declare there is no new evidence against their clients. Greta also would go On the Record with Hans Mos, who explains the use of the term, "voluntary manslaughter," with regards to these arrests. Mos feels the new evidence is very strong against all three.
The media circus would continue for almost two weeks. Jossy Mansur and Julia Renfro would report from Aruba almost each night once again on the cable news channels. John Q Kelly the Holloway family attorney would at first appear quite confident that these arrests would reveal some new information. On November 29, 2007 a rather surprising development occurred when Natalee's parents returned to the island of Aruba to meet with the prosecutor. What seemed like a meeting to reveal answers to the family instead turned into the prosecutor having some hard questions for both Beth and Dave Holloway. In fact the very moment that Beth arrived on the island with her attorney John Q Kelly it was announced that the Kalpoe brothers were going to be released. What then happened to this solid new evidence the prosecutor had?
John Q Kelly following his return from Aruba, would agree though that there really was no new evidence. It would seem the defense attorneys were correct all along.
With the release of the Kalpoes it was expected that Joran would follow in a few days. That would happen on December 7, 2007 as his parents Anita and Paul van der Sloot were there to greet him along with his American legal council Joe Tacopina and Rosemarie Arnold. Once again all three of the original suspects, who Beth Holloway still refers to as the "original perpetrators," were free.
What was this Aruban dog and pony show all about? It would seem that it was just the Dutch who are new to the investigation taking a fresh look at old information and perhaps had a potentially new spin or hope that this time something would stick. John Q Kelly would call it a "Hail Mary Pass," prior to the promised closing of the case at the end of 2007.
By December 18, 2007 Aruban prosecutors would say that they would be closing an active investigation of the Holloway case. Not exactly sure what they had expected with all this, a confession? Natalee was still missing and in reality with all this pomp and circumstance they still had "no evidence of a crime."
Just about the time the case seems to fizzle out in 2007 events in January of 2008 would again put this right back in the for front of the media eye. Joran van der Sloot would appear with his parents on a Dutch television program with Peter de Vries. Following the Pauw & Witteman show, with the cameras still running, they would capture Joran tossing wine into the face of Peter de Vries. Again Joran becomes the focal point of another round of media blitz. Natalee's family and others would feel that Joran's rude behavior on the show only proves again what kind of young man he really is. Of course the events of the wine toss would just be the tip of the iceberg for what was shortly to be revealed by Peter de Vries.
Wednesday November 21, 2007 could very well be an historic day in the Natalee Holloway investigation. After 2 1/2 years of really no solid news, the whispers were in late afternoon that indeed all three of the suspects that had been held early on were all again arrested. The word was that the Kalpoe brothers were arrested in Aruba at the same time Joran was arrested in his college home of Arnhem in The Netherlands.
No one was expecting this news. It would seem it would come as a shock to the family of Natalee and even Joran's U. S. attorney Joe Tacopina was caught completely by surprise. What could have happened all of a sudden to cause this very unexpected happening, in this most unusual case?
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