It has been five years since the death of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, who was killed by persons unknown while vacationing in Aruba. She left a nightclub with several young men and was never seen again. Contrary to popular belief, Natalee was not engaging in underage drinking according to Aruban law, although leaving with teenage boys was hardly a smart idea. Then again, how many of us made mistakes like this when we were 18? My hand is raised. Actually, both of them are.
Ultimately, the prime suspect was a young Dutchman named Joran Van Der Sloot who changed his story about that night many times. He claimed he didn’t see her at the end of the night, he then claimed he had sex with her and she had a seizure as he left her and then told an undercover Dutch investigator that he had, in fact, something to do with her death but didn’t "lose a minute’s sleep over it." His powerful family protected him and he remained free for the past five years, traveling the world and reportedly trafficking young, third world women into the sex trade.
Five years to the day of Natalee’s disappearance, Van Der Sloot left his hotel room in Peru, leaving behind the brutalized body of another young woman, Stephany Flores Ramirez. Van Der Sloot was captured in Chile and extradited to Peru where he remains in jail.
During the search of Van Der Sloot’s belongings, "date rape" drugs were found. Some people are not fans of using the expression "date rape" because they feel it somehow softens the crime. Rape is rape no matter the circumstances. Why do we have to pretty it up by reminding everyone that the couple were on a date, they wonder? Does it make it more acceptable? Since most rapes are committed by known persons to the victim, the fact that they may have been on a date is moot.
Speculation is that Van Der Sloot may be a serial rapist (or killer) who uses rape drugs to silence his victims in order to rape them. This may mean that there was a sliver of truth in his assertion that Natalee had a seizure. It may have been brought on by the drug.