I’ve watched the news coverage on the Natalee Halloway case for the past month. It’s a sad case and I really feel for her folks every time I see them interviewed on TV.
Aruba handles things differently than the US when it comes to their law enforcement. Of course they do, they are a different country after all. It’s interesting to watch the coverage on Greta’s show and the commentary on Bill O’Reilly. Everyone seems to want to impose US law and law enforcement techniques in this case. Leaves me wondering if an Aruban citizen went missing here in the US – would Aruba come up here and try and enforce their laws here . . and then get indignant when we made them stand on the side lines?
Watching Bill O’Reilly last night – I was just left shaking my head. Ol’ Bill was interviewing a gentleman from the Prosecutors office in Aruba and he didn’t give him a break at all. O’Reilly kept pressing and pressing over when the case would be solved and when there would be an official arrest and conviction. O’Reilly made the statement that, for Aruba’s sake, he hoped the law enforcement solved this case soon – or the travel to Aruba would come to a stand still. He talked about the political pressure being placed on the government and Aruba’s relations with the United States and if the gentleman thought that the two countries political relationship would suffer over this until they made a conviction in the case?
The poor gentleman from Aruba just stood there and stoically took the abuse. O’Reilly was flabbergasted that they haven’t officially named the person responsible for the crime!
The gentleman from Aruba quietly replied and reminded O’Reilly that it took the law enforcement in California 6 months to officially arrest Scott Peterson – even though he was a strong suspect, until they found the body of Laci Peterson – they could not arrest him or place him into custody without enough evidence to support it.
On another evening, I watched Mark Furman read the riot act to a woman from Aruba’s Prosecutors office. He was on a rant about the solving of this case – questioning why it had not been solved yet. Why hasn’t the body been found yet? Making strong statements that the tourism to Aruba will suffer – – political relations will suffer! Then the woman from Aruba respectfully asked about the missing person’s cases in the United States – and how many of those cases are currently open without convictions or arrests? How long have those cases been open and remain unsolved?
These things don’t happen overnight, as everyone knows. And without the gathering of sufficient evidence and confessions – the case can’t really go to court with a leg to stand on.
Aruba is a small island – so one would think that a case like this would be easier to solve. There has been much misinformation surrounding this story – and in watching the coverage, I’m unsure if the bad information is coming from the Aruban authorities or from the media that’s turned it into 24/7 infotainment.
The stress is high. Everyone wants this case solved, no doubt. If there is a cover up going on, or if the investigation is being botched big time – – I can see reason for the criticism (as if the US never botches an investigation (See how Florida law enforcement failed to read John Couey his miranda rights in the Jessica Lundsford case, for example).