What Natalee Holloway was doing in the days preceding her death

I never followed the Natalee Holloway story, though I half-noticed Greta van Susteren covering it doggedly for, it seemed, years. Today a friend asked me, what were high school students doing drinking in bars in Aruba? I did some checking, and contrary indications are that the age of drinking in Aruba is 16 or 18, but that it’s not enforced. In any case, Holloway’s parents and high school allowed her and a bunch of high school seniors to go to a tropical island to “party.” That’s bad enough. But then I looked up Holloway at Wikipedia and found this account of her personal background and of her behavior during her four days in Aruba.

Natalee Ann Holloway was born October 21, 1986, in Clinton, Mississippi, the daughter of David Edward Holloway and Elizabeth Ann (“Beth”) Holloway. Her parents divorced in 1993, and she and her younger brother Matthew were raised by their mother. In 2000, Elizabeth Holloway married George “Jug” Twitty, a prominent Alabama businessman, and Natalee moved to Mountain Brook, Alabama. Holloway graduated with honors from Mountain Brook High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, her school dance squad, and was a participant in other extracurricular activities. According to her family, Holloway was to attend the University of Alabama on a full scholarship, where she planned to pursue a pre-med track. At the time of the disappearance, Dave Holloway was an insurance broker in Meridian, Mississippi, while Beth Twitty was employed by the Mountain Brook School System. Jug Twitty began divorce proceedings on December 29, 2006, stating the two have “such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together”.


On Thursday, May 26, 2005, Holloway and 124 fellow graduates of Mountain Brook High School, located in a wealthy suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, arrived in Aruba for a five-day, unofficial graduation trip. The graduates were accompanied by seven chaperones. According to teacher and chaperone Bob Plummer, the chaperones met with the students each day to ensure nothing was wrong. However, Jodi Bearman—the chaperone who organized the trip, stated, “the chaperones were not supposed to keep up with their every move”. Police Commissioner Gerold Dompig, who would head the investigation from mid-2005 until 2006, described the behavior of the Mountain Brook students, stating there was “wild partying, a lot of drinking, lots of room switching every night. We know the Holiday Inn told them they weren’t welcome next year. Natalee, we know, she drank all day every day. We have statements she started every morning with cocktails—so much drinking that Natalee didn’t show up for breakfast two mornings”. Two of Holloway’s classmates, Liz Cain and Claire Fierman, “agreed that the drinking was kind of excessive.”

Holloway was last seen by her classmates leaving the Aruban bar and night club Carlos’n Charlie’s around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30. Holloway left with 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch honors student living in Aruba and attending the Aruba International School, and his two Surinamese friends, 21-year-old Deepak Kalpoe and 18-year-old Satish Kalpoe, in Deepak Kalpoe’s car. Holloway, who had been scheduled to fly home later on May 30, did not appear for her return flight, and her packed luggage and passport were found in her Holiday Inn room. Aruban authorities initiated searches for Holloway throughout the island and surrounding waters but did not find her.

Have you ever heard of an 18 year old girl, apparently intelligent, drinking all day from morning to night? And no one stopped her. But we should not be shocked at that. The shocking thing, the thing that created the conditions that made her death possible, was not that no one stopped her drinking, but that the parents of Birmingham, Alabama organized and paid for a trip for 124 high school seniors to go to a hotel on a tropical island for four days of drinking and sex. Unsupervised, uncontrolled behavior was built into the nature of the trip. For the people of Birmingham to be shocked at Natalee’s depraved drinking which led to her death, would be like putting a girl in a whorehouse, and then being shocked that she’s become a whore.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: liberal society is a factory for the production of dead young white women.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 06, 2010 06:33 PM | Send

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