Holloway Case

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in AppleOutsider edited January 2014
What is going on in Aruba? Holloway has been missing for over a month and is presumed dead, but there is little or no real information about what happened to her. Aruba has put several men in jail without charge, periodically freeing and re-arresting them. There is no body and no one seems to be talking. Strange no one has cracked with a story yet.



Aside: I was really shocked at the lack of outrage from the progressives when two black men were arrested and held with no charge and seemingly no reason. Can you imagine the outcry if that occurred in a highly publicized case in the United States?



Back to topic. What do you guys think happened down there?
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  • Reply 1 of 30
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    I fear the worst.
  • Reply 2 of 30
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,074member
    I bet the last arrested boy left her on the beach, exactly as they said.



    They probably had sex, and she wanted to go swimming. He went home and she got eaten by a shark.



    I don't see any reason to suspect foul play. There is no evidence. The boy made up a story because that is what teenage boys do when they are afraid of getting in trouble.



    The parents of the girl want justice, of course, but with the lack of information that may be impossible. Imagine if she was eaten by a shark, and then the boy went to jail anyway to satisfy public opinion?



    Remeber the runaway bride, and all the people presuming that her feance killed her?
  • Reply 3 of 30
    I suspect about the same e1618978 and it is important that noone get railroaded to satisfy public opinion.
  • Reply 4 of 30
    shawnjshawnj Posts: 6,656member
    Who cares?



    With all due respect to her family, friends, and any family and friends of fellow missing persons, this case does not merit national media coverage. It belongs on the pages of the local newspaper or on the local nightly television news. And the "shock" the thread starter apparently feels is misplaced. Look at it this way: the media is covering yet another story about a pretty white woman. Others include Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, Lori Hacking, Chandra Levy, JonBenet Ramsey, and even Jessica Lynch. Excepting her family and friends once again, there are far more important national issues deserving airtime than this.
  • Reply 5 of 30
    spindlerspindler Posts: 713member
    Absolutely true. No one really cares when the ugly, the old, or the racially challenged people disappear.



    I can see interest in these stories once in a while, but for some of America it's like a hobby. I find it nauseating that people want to know every event in Michale Jackson's or Tom Cruise's life. It's like being a Peeping Tom. I'm not talking about the posters here, just in general.



    NEWS should be defined as the information you need to understand the world around you locally and globally and where it's heading. Based on that, we know there's always been murderers and there's nothing "new" about it we really need to know.
  • Reply 6 of 30
    I have no idea what happened to her and frankly I'm nonplussed either way. But I do think that while it is possible that she was killed by a shark, Occam's Razor still carries the day. It seems a little odd to peg shark attack as the suggested cause of death when it is a zillion times more likely that if she went out into the ocean and something happened that it would be a simply drowning rather than a shark attack. This would be especially true if she were drinking as that obviously increases the risk of drowning.
  • Reply 7 of 30
    Ah, not the time for it.



    Best



    Moe
  • Reply 8 of 30
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,074member
    Quote:

    the media is covering yet another story about a pretty white woman.



    As the parent in charge of 4 beautiful white girls, I am glad for the racist press. 8)
  • Reply 9 of 30
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by e1618978

    As the parent in charge of 4 beautiful white girls, I am glad for the racist press. 8)



    racist press or not may you never have to confront anything as horrible as this. I do agree with the sentiment that we tend to focus too much on a single case that needs to run it's course without the world looking in and dissecting every moment. There are other newsworthy items that shouldn't be overlooked. The Holloway case is unique..I don't think I've ever seen this happen before. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Holloway family.
  • Reply 10 of 30
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,074member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hmurchison

    racist press or not may you never have to confront anything as horrible as this. I do agree with the sentiment that we tend to focus too much on a single case that needs to run it's course without the world looking in and dissecting every moment. There are other newsworthy items that shouldn't be overlooked. The Holloway case is unique..I don't think I've ever seen this happen before. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Holloway family.



    The reason that this is important, is not because of the individuals involved.



    American tourists need to be safe in foreign vacation spots. If the press blows each murder up to a big thing, then the foreign governments that rely on tourist dollars will make damn sure than no American tourist is killed in their country.
  • Reply 11 of 30
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    Yes but Germany didn't hang the US out to blow in the wind when a touring German couple were murdered in Florida. The Holloway case is different in that we simply do not know what happened to Natalee and people are eager to find out.



    I have no problem with that but the US press tends to take things a bit too far. They tend to keep reporting even though they have no new information. Remember Elizabeth Smart? Eventually the answer will come but right now Aruba is under intense pressure and it sounds like potential civil rights violations are happening. America needs to back off and work with the Aruba law enforcement without cutting their balls off publically.
  • Reply 12 of 30
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,074member
    Quote:

    Yes but Germany didn't hang the US out to blow in the wind when a touring German couple were murdered in Florida.



    Two murders in a country of 300 million is a lot less significant than one murder in a country of 100 thousand.
  • Reply 13 of 30
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    Murder is never insignificant. For each one there are dozens of grieving people. Although you highlight exactly why the Holloway case is getting 'round the clock attention. We've always assigned more importance to some, giving them a higher value thus when a high value commodity is taken we lament more openly and vociferously.



    I don't agree but at the least we should be reporting news and not fueling the fire and preventing Aruba from handling the case effectively.
  • Reply 14 of 30
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,074member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hmurchison

    Murder is never insignificant. For each one there are dozens of grieving people. Although you highlight exactly why the Holloway case is getting 'round the clock attention. We've always assigned more importance to some, giving them a higher value thus when a high value commodity is taken we lament more openly and vociferously.



    I don't agree but at the least we should be reporting news and not fueling the fire and preventing Aruba from handling the case effectively.




    Of course - but I said "less significant", not insignificant. Personal tragedy is never insignificant to the people involved, but this whole sub-thread is about weather the aruba alleged-murder should be significant enough for news or not.
  • Reply 15 of 30
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    sorry about that. I hate when people put words in my mouth. Apologies.
  • Reply 16 of 30
    shawnjshawnj Posts: 6,656member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by e1618978

    Of course - but I said "less significant", not insignificant. Personal tragedy is never insignificant to the people involved, but this whole sub-thread is about weather the aruba alleged-murder should be significant enough for news or not.



    Well, people may disagree, but there should be no debate about whether the Holloway case is newsworthy. It clearly isn't. Unlike the cable news narrative, there really is no national epidemic of missing pretty white women. And I don't think our nation needs to worry about the safety of middle class pretty white chicks on vacation in relatively safe countries when perhaps millions live in unsafe abject poverty here in our own country. No comparison.
  • Reply 17 of 30
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,074member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by ShawnJ

    Well, people may disagree, but there should be no debate about whether the Holloway case is newsworthy. It clearly isn't. Unlike the cable news narrative, there really is no national epidemic of missing pretty white women. And I don't think our nation needs to worry about the safety of middle class pretty white chicks on vacation in relatively safe countries when perhaps millions live in unsafe abject poverty here in our own country. No comparison.



    I will give you a personal anicdote to show you why it is important to broadcast this case to the news media.



    I visited my brother in Palau a few years ago. Palau is a small tropical island south of Indonesia in Micronesia.



    A year or so before I was there, a korean man fell off of a waterfall on a tour, and the korean man's son did not know what to do - the tour continued on, and the dead body was left there to rot. The son did not want to leave his dead father, but did not have the resources to get the dead body out. My brother went in with a few others and helped out with the situation.



    Also on the same island - a boat driver chartered his boat out to a pair of divers. The weather got a bit rough, and the boat driver went home without telling anyone that the divers were stranded. The divers died, and no legal action was taken against the boat owner, since he was a native Palauian.



    These kinds of things happen all the time in strange vacation spots. If the flow of tourist money to Palau suffered a huge hit every time some tourist was killed needlessly, they would make things a good deal safer.
  • Reply 18 of 30
    shetlineshetline Posts: 4,695member
    The complete lack of proportion between which stories are covered how much, if at all, and the degree of real importance of those stories, is supposedly related to ratings. "We", the media moguls tell us, apparently want all of this Jackson/Halloway/Runaway Bride shit, and we wouldn't tune in in sufficiently profitable numbers for "serious" news.



    I wonder how true this is. I do realize that the majority low-attention-span TV audience isn't going to sit still for dry PBS-style news shows, but I still have to wonder if someone couldn't put together a slickly-packaged 30-60 minute primetime newscast which would work at making the important stuff interesting rather than treating the merely titillating stuff as if it were important.
  • Reply 19 of 30
    protostarprotostar Posts: 272member
    You know ShawnJ, this is the first time I think I've ever agreed with you. If I see one more kidnapping story on some white girl I think I'm going to toss my TV out the window. Everone is talking about what happened to Natelee Holloway and frankly not only do I not know, I DON'T CARE! The girl should've taken her ass back to the hotel instead of going out with a guy she barely knew. If she would've done that we wouldn't be hearing about her today. I guess if your any other color than white and/or a guy you aren't worthy of media coverage like this.
  • Reply 20 of 30
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,074member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by ShawnJ

    Well, people may disagree, but there should be no debate about whether the Holloway case is newsworthy. It clearly isn't. Unlike the cable news narrative, there really is no national epidemic of missing pretty white women. And I don't think our nation needs to worry about the safety of middle class pretty white chicks on vacation in relatively safe countries when perhaps millions live in unsafe abject poverty here in our own country. No comparison.



    I think that I made a valid argument - but you don't address it, and re-state your position. weak.
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