2. by Ted Sherman
YES: The recently revealed secret videotaping of Joran van der Sloot's obscene and brutal bragging about Natalie's death is not only shocking, but should finally solve this case. As incredibly stupid as he was to make such a confession to a reporter, his casual, arrogant words reveal many facts of her death and disappearance that were already known, but were kept hidden by Aruba's authorities and van der Sloot's family until now. The videotape has to convince everyone, including the island's corrupt police and legal system, of his guilt.
Even if Natalee's death was not a deliberately doctored drink murder by van der Sloot and his bar-hopping, predatory friends, if found guilty of lesser crimes, he more than deserves severe punishment for his callous behavior. He is at least responsible for his arrogant refusal to seek help for her when it was obvious she was dying, and afterward when, as he described it, arranging for her body to be dumped in the ocean like "an old rag".
The revealing of the videotape happened in the US at a heavy news time, when public attention was overwhelmingly concentrated on the Super Bowl and Super Tuesday. However, considering the length of time that has elapsed since Natalee's murder and the severity of the crime and official corruption, the new developments deserved better US press attention. The media made much less of a fuss about the high school girl's death than it did concerning the disturbed Britney's police squad escort to the hospital's pyscho ward.
The revealed videotape, which apparently is a virtual confession of the sneering creep's guilt, is all the more damning because it may also prove that Aruba's authorities and van der Sloot's politically-influent ial parents may be criminally complicit in hiding his crime for the past three years. Additionally, their inexcusable actions have caused Natalee Holloway's parents untold days and months of fading hope, confusion and grief because of the island officials' inability, corruption and/or outright cowardice to reveal the truth.
Maybe, just maybe, because of the overwhelming evidence revealed by the videotape confession that Joran van der Sloot is guilty, at the very least, of unbelievable neglect and complicity in the young high school graduate's death and callous disposal of her body. If there can be any punishment added for his disgusting bragging and arrogance, he certainly deserves it.
3. by Bill Whitney
I am not sure that there will ever be a murder conviction in this ridiculous and many times botched case but I do think that Joran Van der Sloot's admission on tape that he had a friend take her body out to sea and dump it well get the creep some form of punishment. This is another case of money and crooked damn lawyers hiding evidence and just not doing what they know to be right
I have thought all along that he was guilty of being involved in the death of poor Natalie. I never did think that it was pre-meditated murder. I think she was drinking and he may have skipped her some kind of drugs and the combination killed her, He says now that she died while they were having sex. Who knows what the truth is. Joran has lived all his life with a lawyer so he probably has no concept of truth. Maybe somehow between a stimulant of some kind that he slipped her and the sex, she had a heart attack. Who knows and with out the body to do an autopsy and toxicology studies on, I doubt that the real cause of her death will ever be known.
His callous attitude about the disposal of her body and the fact that he wasn't even sure if she was dead or not but had her body dumped out to sea where it would never be found deserves some kind of prison time for perjury, hiding facts in a wrongful death or something. I'd like to kick his ass just for being a rotten ass spoiled rich kid. His father has enough money that he will never get a murder charge but at least hopefully Natalie's parents will know the truth about what happened finally and the chapter in their life can be closed and that slime ball Joran Van der Sloot and his corrupt family will pay in some way for the rest of their life. The sad thing is that they could care less about Natalie or her family. All they care about is getting their rotten spoiled brat off from something he did and I am still not convinced that the father was not involved in this whole little conspiracy too.
I don't think the tape will get a murder charge but hopefully it will get him put away for a few years for hiding evidence or something and Natalie's parents will know the truth of what happened to their beautiful daughter.
4. by Rachel Doherty
After viewing the secretly taped footage of Joran van der Sloot telling his "buddy" (an undercover reporter) all about what happened the night of Natalee Holl0way's death, there is no doubt that the killer will be identified. Although he claims he did not mean to kill her, van der Sloot's actions during and since that night show that he bears a great deal of culpability in her death. We first must remember that anytime someone tells a story, they have a tendency to portray their actions in the best possible light. That being said, van der Sloot's own words paint him as an arrogant and selfish individual with little regard for anyone other than himself and no regard for human life.
First, he states that Natalee was clearly very intoxicated when he met her. However, he still thought it appropriate to buy her a shot of strong liquor to add to her inebriation. In describing Natalee, van der Sloot uses the term "whore" and says he only spent time with her because he wanted to have sex with her. In hindsight, he is painting her in that light in his own mind so that he can in some way lessen her humanity, to help him live with what he did. Although he may have had sex with her, I have my doubts as to whether she was conscious for it. If someone is so drunk that they are going into convulsions, they are not in any state to consent to sex. I believe that it was because of this date rape that occurred that he did not seek medical help for Natalee when she did start convulsing. In one of his earlier statements, when bragging about his case being dismissed, he tells his friend that the law cannot touch him now, even if they find her body with his sperm in it. Later, however, he does not seem so sure of himself. He thinks out loud that he will be in a lot of trouble if the body is ever found, but then smiles to himself as he says that will never happen.
The son of a judge, van der Sloot knew his life would be ruined by a rape conviction. So he made the conscious choice to get rid of the problem. I do not believe that Natalee was dead when he chose to call his friend instead of calling for an ambulance. In fact, it is unlikely that she was dead when the friend took her out on the boat and threw her into the ocean. She could have been passed out or in an alcohol-induced coma. Van der Sloot chose to believe she was dead without attempting CPR or even checking for a pulse because that was the easiest way out for him. Get rid of the body and get rid of the problem.
I doubt whether justice will ever truly be served for Natalee Hollaway. There is still no body, no physical evidence to build a case on. What these tapes provide, however, is some idea of what happened to this young lady. Van der Sloot's arrogance in threatening to sue the law enforcement of Aruba and get his "big compensation check" shows that he truly believed that no one would ever find out what really happened. At least now he will be convicted in the court of public opinion. At least now he cannot just forget what he did and go on with his life. For the rest of his life people will remind him of what he did. His actions will haunt him forever. May he never rest in peace. May Natalee rest in peace.
5. by Richard Serra
After all this time, we finally get conclusive proof that Van der sloot was a least a part of Natalee's death regardless whether he did so intentionally or by being reckless. The bottom line is that someone is responsible, and with his confession, there can be no doubt that he was involved in such a way that he must serve time for any charges that can be mustered against him.
His arrogance and cocky attitude speaks volumes for his mistake by confessing to her disappearance to a trusted friend, or so he thought. Kudos to the person who set him up for this, as I am sure his conscience would not allow him to continue to know or suspect that Van der sloot was involved without bringing to the attention of the public and the police.
The roadblock for officials to bring charges clearly stem from his fathers influence in such a way that true justice may be hard to come by. However, the citizens care about the reputation they have gained because of shoddy police work, and politics. This should in the least force the so-called judge who refuses to arrest him to act on this case no matter how much pressure he may be getting to look the other way.
Justice will and should prevail if things are to get back to normal, and it is quite possible that the mystery person who allegedly helped dump the body could be the father himself. For whatever reason they decided to dump her into the ocean like a used rag, there can be no excuse for it, and now that we have this confession, we can be sure that due process will net this lowly coward his time in a place where parties will be just a memory.
God bless the parents who never gave up, and had complete faith that the facts will surface one day, and if it were not for their relentless efforts to bring justice for their daughter's death, poor Natalee would have just been another unsolved murder that would have found itself on the shelf with other unsolved murders.
I sincerely hope that we can bring pressure on these officials to do what is right by Natalie, and her parents as well, for the least of which could bring closure for all concerned.