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Saturday 20 December  
Still from the forthcoming film "Me & Mr Jones"
Myrtille van Bommel's picture
Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

Film about Natalee Holloway case 'searches for the truth'

Published on : 29 July 2010 - 11:50am | By Myrtille van Bommel (Photo: ANP)
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A Dutch film director is making a film about Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national who was recently arrested and charged with the murder of a young woman in Peru. Mr Van der Sloot was also the prime suspect in the case of US teenager Natalee Holloway who disappeared while on holiday on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005. The film which is due out next year suggests the Holloway case stinks.
According to the film's director Paul Ruven, we still don't know what happened to Ms Holloway because all the parties concerned are putting their own interests first. The film asks why her body still hasn't been found and why Van der Sloot has never been convicted of any crime. It doesn't deal with the murder of the 21-year-old Stephany Flores in Peru on 31 May this year. Van der Sloot is currently in custody in Lima awaiting trial over her murder.

No punches pulled
The film, Me & Mr Jones, doesn't paint a sympathetic picture of any of the characters. For example, Joran van der Sloot, is portrayed as a rich white youth with influential parents, who flouts the law. At the time of Natalee Holloway's disappearance, he was receiving treatment for psychological problems. He is also reported to have been involved in two cases of indecent assault.
"The film pulls no punches in showing that Joran lied. That's why the main character, the investigative journalist, breaks the law to get at the truth. He, just like Joran, doesn't abide by the law."

Mr Ruven doesn't spare the character of Natalee Holloway either. He says the image of her as some kind of holy virgin, an innocent girl, is just the way her mother wants her portrayed.

"The truth is that Natalee had a nose full of cocaine that night, was blind drunk and had been chasing blokes for days."

Extensive research
These are the facts all parties in the case want ignored - Joran van der Sloot's family, Natalee Holloway's family, and also the Aruban authorities. Mr Ruven has done extensive research to get to the bottom of the case. He says that in order to understand why there are still no real answers five years after Ms Holloway's disappearance, you need to understand the psychology and mentality of Aruba. The Caribbean island is an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

"Everybody on the island knows each other. When there are elections, the candidates are often sponsored by US hotel owners. The winning candidate appoints his entire family and distant friends to important governmental positions. These people hang on to the posts for the rest of their lives."

It's this colonial background of favourism and conflict of interests that allows a young rich Dutchman to do what he likes without being brought to justice. Mr Ruven believes nobody on Aruba wants the truth to come out. It was also never the intention that Joran should end up in prison. That would damage tourism and the economy.


Anonymous 29 December 2011 - 4:01am

You're truly delusional if you think that Natalee Holloway was an innocent. She was partying to her hearts content there is no doubt about that. Of course she didn't deserve to be murdered although I think she was accidentally murdered.

Time2boycott 12 October 2011 - 9:17pm / United States

I think it's terrible another dirty opportunist is making money off of Natalee's death and paying the killer even makes it worse. Then he flies out a copy of the movie to Joran as he waits trial for killing another young woman. Aruba covered up the drugging and rapes before Natalee and then covered up her murder allowing this killer to kill again. So making a fictional movie as a love story with lies like Natalee doing cocaine is hardly searching for the truth. Paul Ruven is a total scumbag.

Anonymous 8 July 2011 - 7:22pm / USA

Does the film portray Van der sloot as the murderer? As much as people love to get justice for innocent people you are innocent till proven guilty and it should of course stay that way, from what I remember there was no evidence against VDS.

Acne Vulgaris

JohnP 18 August 2010 - 5:01pm / USA

NH was a straight-A student, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the high school dance team, and the recipient of a full academic scholarship to her home state's flagship school, the University of Alabama.

This movie indicates that she also found plenty of time to be a floozy and a drug addict. How ridiculous and unscrupulous.

AnonymousSherry 22 August 2010 - 1:40am

I think it would be absolutely foolish for any person to believe they know/knew any of the parties involved. Including Natalee. You don't think she liked to party? ESPECIALLY since she didn't get to party that much at home in Alabama, where i'm sure she was watched over a bit more? She went to ARUBA to party with her friends after graduating!!! OF COURSE she was going to get plastered and as she herself said "have the time of her life"! And on video, u can see her in the casinos with a half empty cocktail in her hand in EVERY shot u see her in!

Anonymous 19 August 2010 - 6:16am / USA

And Phillip Markoff was a medical school student, yet he is also the Craigslist Killer. Faulty logic there buddy!

Anonymous 20 August 2010 - 3:07pm / USA

This guy was never convicted. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, it is your logic that is faulty.

Anonymous 21 August 2010 - 9:34am

Guilty or not guilty, a high profile student got arrested and they don't do that if they have good doubts about his behaviour. Yes he suicided thats why he was not conficted. There are so many highly educated people at high places, doing very well, that have done terrible things. People often don't want to hear the truth and often don't know it. And about NH: No family is going to brag that their beautiful daughter has some serious drug issues or other problems. It is sad that whenever the truth comes out people are blinded by picture perfect. This movie is based on FACTS resulting from investigations.

Anonymous 21 August 2010 - 9:30am

Guilty or not guilty, he suicided... but anyhow he could have done it and the police seriously suspected him. There are so many highly educated people at high places, doing very well, that have done terrible things. People often don't want to hear the truth and often don't know it. And about NH: No family is going to brag that their beautiful daughter has some serious drug issues or other problems. It is sad that whenever the truth comes out people are blinded by picture perfect.

stephanie98 17 August 2010 - 6:30pm / US

Even if Natalee was a party girl that night, it could have been the first time she went all out. Most normal people do go off the deep end at some point in their young lives. It doesn't mean they are loose, drug addicts with no self control. Smart young people, as she was, don't always think about what they are doing and what would be best for them. And what about the likes of Joran, taking advantage of her regardless of her condition or state of mind. They are the worst type of person on the planet.

Rose7 17 August 2010 - 3:25pm / USA

Avoid Aruba as if your life depended on it ... as it STILL does. The culture on Aruba and in the Netherlands no longer has a moral compass. Joran is a murderer, (Stephany is a witness to that) yet these people STILL want to drink Natalee's blood. Decency has long left these people; that try and use slander to EXCUSE their crimes. Face it, Aruba is dangerous - they will and have done anything to keep their corrupt way of life. ALL America and Alabama wants is their citizen returned; now, Peru wants justice for their remarkable and beautiful daughter! VIVA PERU! SOOOO... just what do you degenerants object to? Returning Natalee? Justice for Stephany? Well, it would seem so. So continue to wallow in Natalee's blood, Aruba, and and let the evil consume you - because, He surely will!

Anonymous 23 November 2010 - 12:22am

The netherlands no longer has a moral compass? kinda funny coming from an american :P Indians, vietnam, iraq, afghanistan? hahaha sure america is the only country with a moral compass.

Anonymous781 1 June 2012 - 3:06pm / USA

She did not say America is the only country with a moral compass, but rather Aruba doesnt have one! Clearly you are from Aruba and it is my wish that an enormous tidal wave destroys the entire island and everybody on it! I hope Joran gets anally rapped and then sent here to the USA so we can have our turn with him! His brother lives in my city of Boston attending school. Maybe somebody needs to kidnap him and hold him hostage and torture him till we get the answers we want from Joran

Marie 11 August 2010 - 2:15am / USA

We could use a fresh article, RNW!

Miranda & Jeff 9 August 2010 - 9:53pm / Amsterdam

LOL we're famous in Alabama now, thank you CBS 42.

charlierat 8 August 2010 - 1:09pm

Everybody on Aruba knows each other? What a bunch of hogwash! Prosecuting Joran would damage the island's economy? On what planet?! Someone please explain to me how it would be better for the island's tourist based economy to protect Joran van der Sloot than it would be to solve the case once and for all. And while you're at it, please explain to me why the island spent 40% of its annual law enforcement budget on the investigation if they were actually trying to make the sure case remained unsolved. You don't spend that kind of money on a case you're trying not to solve.

Anonymous 12 August 2010 - 4:32am

Aruba didn't spend that kind of money; they just said that they spent that kind of money and you have
repeated it over and over.
You should be ashamed of yourself.

Anonymous 8 August 2010 - 5:51pm

Aruba wanted people to believe it was an insurance scam. When that didn't work, it was blame the victim....she was in rehab, she ran away, she was abused at home....To find Joran guilty would be to admit none of this was Natalee's fault. That would be bad for tourism.
How much of that budget was spent on the Strategic Task Force? How much was spent on hired internet posters to monitor and counter-post anti Aruba sentiment? How big a budget did they have? Maybe they should have turned the case over to the FBI and saved money and face.

bippity 9 August 2010 - 5:56pm

Well said, Anonymous. Charlierat, whether you or I agree that tourism would be harmed by prosecuting Joran is irrelevant, in my opinion. The award winning Mr. Ruven alleges that was the mindset of the authorities at the time. I agree with you that the alleged position is not grounded in logic or facts but that doesn't prove it is untrue. Do you deny that tourism is very important to Aruba? Do you deny the entire culture of the island is at least somewhat centered around tourism? I don't see how such a small island, so dependent on tourism could avoid having tourism affect their culture. I agree with Mr. Ruven that Joran was rich, (at least by island standards), white, Dutch and the son of influential parents. I agree with Mr. Ruven that Joran's standing enabled him to get away with things that perhaps others wouldn't.

Perhaps we should all wait to see the movie before condemning the award winning Mr. Ruven's conclusions. His conclusions are not new or radical -- many have believed the same for many years and there is evidence to support them. Perhaps not enough evidence to convince you, but evidence all the same. When we see the investigation done by Mr. Ruven, how he puts the pieces together, maybe we will all agree with his conclusions about Joran's guilt. Who knows? He may put forth compelling evidence of Aruban authorities being complicit in enabling and covering for their rich, white, Dutch, son of influential parents -- Joran.

The revelations about Natalee, on the other hand, are simply incredible. In five years, there has never been a hint of any evidence of rehab, drug use, or bed-hopping that didn't originate on the island. Is it logical or realistic that during Natalee's long weekend on the island, Aruban residents found out more about Natalee than those she'd known her whole life? A non-English speaking cab driver on Aruba knows about a stint in rehab, but those with whom she went to school, friends and neighbors had no idea? No one from Alabama (or anywhere else in America) has sold the tell-all story to this very day? It doesn't make sense. It's not credible. The fact that the award winning Mr. Ruven believed those slanderous allegations enough to repeat them indicates to me that his sources were reliable; you know, like a police chief or a newspaper editor; someone with "no reason" to lie -- or so he thought. If his sources for the slander were so credible to him that he didn't feel a need to double check their information, then that would, if correct, tend to support the award winning Mr. Ruven's ultimate conclusion that Aruban authorities covered up Joran's guilt as they had in the past with other vicitms because Joran was rich, white, Dutch and the son of influential parents. After all, if such "reliable sources" are still in the business of maliciously making up stories to slander an innocent young girl whose only known offense was to disappear on their island at the hands of Joran van der Sloot . . .

ITSJUSTSHANNON 8 August 2010 - 4:52am / USA

Who cares if Natalee had a nose full of cocaine, a stomach full of alcohol, or a throat full of GHB??? The idiot Joran and his degenerate family rid themselves of Natalee, lied repeatedly about their involvement, and refuse, to this day, to tell the truth about where Natalee is. Bottom line. Her past has nothing to do with it. Her parents' pasts have nothing to do with it. Joran Van der Sloot and Paulus Van der Sloot have everything to do with it. The Aruban officials have dirty hands. Blasphemizing the Hollways, the Twitty's, and especially the VICTIM - Natalee- is a COWARD'S way of redirecting attention away from the root of the evil - VAN der SLOOTS.

bippity 9 August 2010 - 8:08pm

Yes, exactly --- even if the malicous slander against Natalee were true, it doesn't excuse Joran's actions in anyone's eyes but, apparently, Aruban authorities; paid and pro-bono internet posters that want to excuse Joran's actions; and Joran's other supporters.

The "hate" some like to focus on seems to come from those who "hate" Beth and those who "hate" murder. Regardless of what Beth did or did not do, her daughter is gone and according to the award winning Mr. Ruven, the person responsbile was helped to cover up his actions by the Aruban authorities because the perpetrator was rich, white, Dutch and the son of influential parents.

When referring to "hate" I will always be on the side of those who "hate" the murder of an innocent young woman and will always despise those that instead choose to "hate" the victim and her family.

IN GOD OF GOD 8 August 2010 - 6:00am

ITSJUSTSHANNON, definitivaly you are a member of Beth's hateful clan. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
you need a psychiatrist urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Tina 8 August 2010 - 1:01pm / USA

"definitivaly" you are an idiot.

bippity 9 August 2010 - 8:11pm

I agree. A mother wanted her child back; a mother wanted justice for her child. That's normal. To call it "hate" is just obsecene and demonstrates that no depth is too low to excuse the sporter.

Anonymous 7 August 2010 - 11:48pm

Hans Mos, the prosecutor, investigated and stated that the Twitty's arrived at the time they stated. There are flight records. Planes do not land in secret, not even Medjets. If they could we would also have to worry about terrorists on Aruba.

Twittys were informed that tourists are drugged and kept in crackhouses until their credit cards are used up. Where would you search?

Natalee's family was forbidden to hang the kidnapped posters, brought from home. An AHATA paid editor offered to make Hootie posters complete with her local "cel" phone number, to intercept any calls.

The Holloway/Twittys have spent much much money trying to locate Natalee's remains.

The Kalpoes told their mother that Natalee never even spoke to them.

Renee Gielen, out of Curacao, is close to the Aruban ministers, on Anita's facebook and quotes psychics as facts.

She created a crockumentary regarding Natalee, with the lies listed above.

Is it coincidental that Michel Drenthe is credited by both Gielen and Ruven ?

This is just an upgraded Aruban documentary. No one gets through the airport without their equipment listed. To think this was done in secret is a laugh.

Steelerfanusa 7 August 2010 - 10:07pm / USA

Who knows what to believe anymore. the twittys arrive on the island hours before they say they did, a plane for medical assistance is landed privately on the island, Joran is a sociopathic liar, his parents are covering for him, the Twittys have huge connections all the way to DC, NH is never found but the Twittys go to a crack house upon arrival on the island, post call me Hootie posters prior to saying she is missing, the Twitty's disrupt all investigations, the Aruban police may have been paid off, Joran is now accused of and indicted for extortion, Joran is now in prison in Lima,.....what a mess and what to believe. All I know is people made alot of money on both sides of the fence at the demise of NH. Even the Kalpoes state she had a potty mouth and what girl would let a strange young man lick her belly....etc. The truth is never going to come out becasue the people involved have too many connections.

Miranda & Jeff 6 August 2010 - 10:03pm / Amsterdam

Dear Mr. Ruven,

Recently we heard of your film "Me and Mr. Jones " a film about Joran van der Sloot/the Holloway case. Your timing is perfect as Mr. van der Sloot seems to be once again the target of the FBI and Beth's hateful clan.

The reason of this letter is primarily there is something we would like to tell you, but also because we have a question for you.

You were quoted as saying: "Natalee had a nose full of cocaine" also the lead actor told in an interview that the film contains news no one is aware of : Natalee Holloway was heavy on drugs and was in rehab in the States.

Thank you for once again confirming this, a fact HMI tried to obfuscate over and over again, Looky..

FOX News, Natalee died of drug overdose : , 2933,290093,00 . html

CBS 48 hours, Aruban Chief of Police Gerald Dompig : Natalee died of drug overdose :

MSNBC : Natalee likely dies of drug overdose :

Peter R. de Vries show, November 2006 : Natalee asked me if I wanted to sniff cocaine ( screencap )

Discussion and screen caps :

EénVandaag : Natalee was a drug addict and was in rehab :

Times : Natalee drug addict , was in rehab : , 2

Documentary Renée Gielen : Natalee used cocaine , was in rehab (trailer )

It's astonishing how these facts were swept under the carpet by Beth Holloway and her hooligans.

Despite this, Mr. Ruven , please realize Natalee Holloway may be alive and that she has a family, a father, a mother, a brother, two half sisters, aunts, uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers, nieces, nephews etc..., who for some reason choose to paint a totally untruthful picture of her.

You probably have heard of the murder of Milly Boele this year in Holland , the 12 year old girl murdered by a neighbor ( ) Milly was accurately described as the sweet and innocent girl that she was, people felt for her family but it was genuine and not based on the lies of the mother.

It remains a matter of ethics Mr Ruven, to paint an accurate picture of Natalee "do you want to lick my belly" Holloway, an honest story is what we want?

We believe in karma Mr. Ruven , so please go ahead and give us the real Natalee Holloway and not the BS her mother tried to feed us, it will benefit you and your movie.

Thank you for reading this email,

Miranda & Jeff

Anonymous 24 April 2011 - 5:32am

This is sickening. You should be ashamed of yourselfs. Truth is a drug addict and ex brother in law of Police Comm Gerold Dompig stated that and he also set up the two innocent security guards in the beginning. He is currently in prison for a multi million dollar cocaine trafficking op.

The only drugs Natalee was given was the GHB at the bar before they took her back to Jorans house. Where she died.

Anonymous 24 April 2011 - 5:32am

This is sickening. You should be ashamed of yourselfs. Truth is a drug addict and ex brother in law of Police Comm Gerold Dompig stated that and he also set up the two innocent security guards in the beginning. He is currently in prison for a multi million dollar cocaine trafficking op.

The only drugs Natalee was given was the GHB at the bar before they took her back to Jorans house. Where she died.

Susan in Alabama 8 August 2010 - 1:37pm / USA

Miranda & Jeff

WTF??? Are you two on freaking drugs, i.e., COCAINE, hashish, smack, LSD (after all, you live in Amsterdam, the drug capital of the world and the country "where anything goes")? How dare you insult and slander the Holloway family!! Natalee Holloway was NEVER on drugs!! Beth Holloway NEVER swept any facts under the carpet!! You both should be horsewhipped and thrown under the jail for slinging slanderous trash against an INNOCENT victim (Natalee Holloway) and her family, which by the way is HEAR SAY from the lead actor. Get your facts straight, MORONS!!

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