Thursday, October 13, 2005

A look back at some of Greta Van Susteren's blog entries

Time Flies
Friday, August 26, 2005
By Greta Van Susteren

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Update: Under the category "you can't plan in this business," I had expected to take Friday night off, but now I will be working. We have lots to report and it makes sense for me to come in off vacation since I have been steeped in the Natalee Holloway (search) story since the beginning. Here is what happened this morning:

Early this morning I got a tip: The Kalpoe brothers (search) have been re-arrested and another suspect was also under arrest. The arrest was at 6 a.m. Because rumors run wild in Aruba on this case, we wanted to get another source. We did not dare report it until we were absolutely certain.

Calls went out quickly everywhere for confirmation and our producer in Aruba (George Szucs) got busy... very, very, very busy. Armed with his cell phone, his video camera and the car, he took off to chase down the story.

We also solicited the help of investigative reporter, Tito Lacle. With "all hands on deck," our people were able to get the arrest confirmed. In fact, in short order, we had two confirmations of our original tip.

I was also told by my producer in Aruba that there would be an 11 a.m. court hearing. A very short time later, he was at the courthouse — way ahead of everyone (including the parties to this investigation.) I called him on his cell several times and at one time said, "What's going on?" He said, "I am the only one here."

A short time later — and well before 11 a.m. — he called and told me that the Kalpoe brothers' mother had arrived. Since the producer and I have met many times with her, she was easily recognizable to him. He attempted to talk to her but she did not want to talk. This is understandable.

Needless to say, all morning long, we have all been pounding the phones. We are learning much about the other person arrested — Freddy — and will give you those details at 10 p.m. tonight.
What has caught my attention most is the timeline we have pieced together. From Satish's lawyer the other night on the show, we learned that someone was on the Internet at the Kalpoe residence from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Why did that person get off the Internet at 3 a.m.? Note that 3 a.m. is the exact time that Joran van der Sloot's (search) second call went to Deepak's cell phone (the first was 2:40 a.m.)

Searching for Answers

What does it take? On Tuesday night we did a segment on a stolen $7 million large private jet. The jet was stolen from a Florida airport and taken to a Georgia airport, landed, and abandoned. No one — except those involved — saw the take off or the landing. At best, the authorities only know a jet was stolen and flown. They have no idea who did it or what cargo, if any, was transported.

What I don't understand is how does this happened post 9/11? With all our attention on security at airports and with airplanes, how did this happen? What didn't we learn? This should be a wake up call about security flaws since we know airplanes can be used as bombs.

I am having a hard time thinking what Beth Holloway Twitty (search) can do that she has not already done. Any ideas? At this point she accepts her daughter's death (although I imagine a small part of her still has some hope until she has absolute proof.) She wants to know what happened, why it happened and of course would like to see justice. In the many days I spent with her in Aruba, we often spoke about how every other parents' nightmare was a dream for her. Most — if not all — parents would be heartbroken to find a daughter in a prostitution ring and addicted to crack. But at this point, Beth would be thrilled to find Natalee in that situation. It would mean her child were alive. She would love the chance to "fix" her child. Instead she finds herself in the position of seeking justice for her child and the chances of justice seem slim at this point.


Blogger Jimbeau said...

RE: Underwater searches

The best are by divers, but this technique only works to about 120-150 feet depending on the experience and stamina of the divers. Below decomprssion time makes it much less effective.

Below 150 feet - typically 2-4 miles out, simply get a team of divers and drop them on a float line spaced 30-50 feet apart. Then cover the territory floating with the current. These can be very effective and would turn up crab cages easily, depending on the visibility. My expereince with place like Aruba is the visibility is usuall pretty good-- 20-50 feet common and of course sometimes essentially indefineite. Diving at clear visibility makes for better searches

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