By SNN.BZ STAFF
Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba on the night of May 30, 2005. She was an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Alabama, and was on a graduation trip in Oranjestad, Aruba with several other class members.
She and all the kids on that trip were to catch flights back home to Alabama “first thing in the morning.” When her girlfriends refused to go off into the night with her to celebrate just “one-more-night out on the town,” she went off by herself to meet-up with a guy she had met earlier in the week. Joran Van Der Sloot was exactly 6’4″ tall. Natalee Holloway was exactly 5’4″ tall.
The young man she was to meet was a Dutch teenager, Joran Van Der Sloot whose father was a lawyer and had served as a judge in the Netherlands. The reason this is important is because of the unique political relationship between Aruba and the Netherlands. Aruba seceded from The Netherlands Antilles in 1986 to become an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This relationship is outlined in the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Charter sets out that Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean and the Netherlands in Europe constitute the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba, Curaçao, and St Maarten are responsible for matters such as good governance, education, and the judicial system in their countries.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has overarching responsibility for foreign relations, defense, and Dutch nationality law. The Dutch government provides financial support to Aruba, but in return, they expect political cooperation from Aruba’s government.
In terms of foreign policy, the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense serve all 4 countries of the Kingdom and Dutch embassies and consulates around the world. The Netherlands makes foreign policy for the entire Kingdom. In doing so, it must take account of the interests of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom (Aruba) as well.
Joran Van Der Sloot, a Dutch national, was a key figure in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005. He later became a suspect in the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru in 2010.
Van Der Sloot initially denied any involvement in Holloway’s disappearance. However, he later attempted to extort money from Natalee’s mother (Beth Holloway) by offering to reveal the location of her daughter’s body for a payment of $250,000. Van Der Sloot received $25,000.00 as an initial payment.
After receiving the cash wire, Van Der Sloot provided Beth Holloway with false information and then fled to Peru.
While in Peru, Van Der Sloot met Stephany Flores at a casino. They were recorded on CCTV cameras returning to his hotel room. The next day, he checked out of the hotel and Flores’ body was later found in his room by maids that detected her body deteriorating under Van Der Sloot’s bed.
By then, he had used the cash in his checking account and fled to Chile where he was eventually apprehended and extradited back to Peru.
He was charged and convicted for the murder of Stephany Flores and is currently serving a 28-year sentence in a Peruvian prison. The murder of Flores occurred on the same date as the disappearance of Natalee Holloway five years earlier. Joran Van Der Sloot just confessed, in October 2023 to killing Natalee Holloway on a beach in Oranjestad, Aruba.