The disappearance of Natalee Holloway continues to fascinate people even though it has been six years since she went missing in Aruba. Lifetime Television now offers a second movie on this case. This one is titled "Justice For Natalee Holloway" and concerns Natalee's mother's continuing search for the truth as to what happened to her daughter.
In 2010 the case was once again in the headlines when it was discovered that Joran van der Sloot was suspected in the murder of a young Peruvian woman. Beth Holloway headed to Peru and talked with van der Sloot. Her journey to find the truth during the years 2005 to 2010 makes up the basic story of this film.
The movie shows how Beth (Tracy Pollan) sacrificed her marriage to Jug Twitty (Grant Show), in some ways her relationship with her son Matt, and endless amounts of money to try to find out what happened to Natalee. She is determined to go to the ends of the earth for some type of resolution and at each turn she is blocked by either the system or the people involved.
In the movie we get a picture of Joran van der Sloot (Stephen Amell) and it is not a pretty one. He comes across as a cold blooded killer and an amoral individual. He plays with Beth every chance he gets, taunting her with promises of new information. It is sad to see Beth's desperation make her so vulnerable to his whims.
The movie doesn't give you much more information than that which you have gotten from newspapers and television reports. Still it is a visual presentation of the horror that has faced Beth Holloway since that phone call she received in 2005 telling her Natalee was missing.
The film also shows you how Beth has evolved from heartbroken mother to an avenging crusader. She has turned into a relentless investigator in much the same way John Walsh has. She has made it her goal in life to help find missing people and bring their cases into the spotlight of the media.
This leads us to "Vanished With Beth Holloway" which airs immediately after the movie. This show, which will be a regular series, retraces the story of Natalee's disappearance and Beth's efforts. Then it moves to a new case involving a family of four living in California who disappeared into thin air.
The show gives information and then asks the public for help in locating this missing family. Hopefully this exposure on Lifetime will give the case a boost.
"Justice For Natalee Holloway" airs on the Lifetime Channel, May 9 at 8PM. "Vanished With Beth Holloway" airs immediately following the movie at 10PM.