The primary suspects in the 2005 disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway were arrested last week in light of new evidence. Brothers Satish and Deepak Kalpoe were arrested in Aruba, while their buddy, Joran van der Sloot, was taken into custody in the Netherlands and brought to Aruba, where he is to appear in a closed-court hearing today. I went to Aruba with my mom and sister about a year after Holloway went missing, and while we were there, we saw Joran van der Sloot several times. He came into the tiny casino of our hotel, acting like he owned the joint. All of the Americans at the resort knew exactly who he was, and everyone was staring at him. But he was eating it up: He seemed to enjoy the attention, like he was a celebrity or something. To complete our Holloway tour, my family went to Carlos 'n Charlie's for Easter dinner. The restaurant/bar — where Natalee was last seen, leaving with van der Sloot — had a "joke-y" menu that was supposed to resemble a newspaper with fake stories. We were seriously shocked at what we read. I'm so glad I saved it. After the jump, folks.
So in keeping with the theme of this fake newspaper, the back of the menu had a weather report, that also included four reasons why you should go to Carlos 'n Charlie's. Check out #4: "You're daughter could be here."
So. Fucked. Up. Particularly because that place is known because of Holloway's disappearance. Also, Carlos 'n Charlie's was one of the main contributors to the reward fund for Holloway's safe return. Was that just another way to get some publicity out of her probable rape and murder? I'm all for off-color jokes, but you know, in private or behind people's backs. This just struck me as totally tasteless. But you know, I was still hungry, and we were there and all, so I ordered the nachos. They were only so-so.
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