Natalee Holloway story inspires Lifetime sequel, reality series
February 24th, 2011
06:02 PM ET

Natalee Holloway story inspires Lifetime sequel, reality series

Natalee Holloway has been missing since 2005, but the fascination with her disappearance remains stronger than ever.

In fact, Lifetime is developing a sequel to its top-rated 2009 telefilm about Holloway, as well as a reality series starring her mom, reports

"Justice for Natalee Holloway" takes place several years after the first TV movie and will follow Beth Holloway (Tracy Pollan) on her search to discover the fate of her teenage daughter, who disappeared on a senior class trip to Aruba.

Beth and her attorney team up with the FBI to build a case against suspected killer Joran van der Sloot (Stephen Amell), who has demanded $250,000 to reveal where Natalee's remains are located. But on the fifth anniversary of Natalee's disappearance, he is arrested in Peru for the murder of another young woman.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports, the 10-part reality series "Vanished With Beth Holloway" will have Beth interviewing families who have been victimized by unspeakable crimes and shedding light onto their real-life mysteries.

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    April 3, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kent

    I believe the parents would much rather have the child back safely at home than a television program. I also do not think this involves any racial issues. However, I do believe that this story (and many others just like it) get the media attention because of the financial and/or political influences that they can muster. I have seen several of these programs and not one of them reveals the trials and tribulations that a family without thousands of dollars to offer as a reward, or spend running around the world in the same desperate search for their missing child. Most of the blame is on the heads of the media. Instead of reporting the news in an unbiased manner, they are looking to increase bottom line.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jan

    I empathize with this woman. She lost her does someone ever get over that??? However, she needs to get a life and get off TV. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Heather

    What I want to know is why everyone is so sure Natalee was murdered? There is no evidence besides some coerced statements that indicates that. She could have as easily gone into the ocean for a swim and drowned. Maybe her parents just need to find someone to blame. But one thing is sure, at some point they are going to have to let Natalee go. She has been missing for over five years and there is no doubt she is dead. It's sad but she is only one of thousands of children who disappear every year.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stormy H

    I hope that some day Beth Halloway will know exactly what happen to her daughter . There is no greater loss than
    that of a child . Yes while I agree you should NEVER EVER leave with someone you dont know or just met . You should
    always go in groups and if one of you leaves you ALL leave !!!!
    When this first happen I immediately thought that it was some of her friends who may have done away with her
    because she apparently was getting all of the attention that night , I still say her friends know more than what
    they told the police or her mother .
    I hope that Joran tells Beth soon what really happen , no cameras no anything . Because the worst thing
    he can do right now is NOT tell her where she is . He is enough trouble already for supposedly killing another young
    woman in much the same way he killed Natalie . Yes I believe she is gone and has been for years but where
    is her body? Did he actually dump her in the ocean ? If so we may never have her body back but what ever
    happens I hope in the end some good comes from this !!!

    April 24, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. HInetninja

    retards and their lists....please keep adding to your list as it is really amusing.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Darrell

    If this Vander sloot kid killed this girl in Peru because she looked on his laptop an saw something about Natalie Holloway it makes me think what else is on the lap top??? have the FBI cyber techs gone down to take a look yet and see whats on it???

    March 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. windy city

    Joranstein is now facing 30 years in Peru. The prosecutor's office has said they will go the extra 10 years on top of a murder conviction(20 years) due to the brutallity of the crime accompanied by theft.
    Adios amigo!

    February 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Debbie

    I still do not understand why we have to be bothered with this crap....No one in 5 years has asked, why did this girl leave her class of 167 people and go off with this guy that she did not know? She was in another country where she did not know anyone, and she left her classmates, friends, and chaperones to go off and do whatever with some guy that she did not know.....Hmmmm

    February 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dennie

      Somebody forcing you to watch?? Lots of people asked why and how she left with them and the answer is she was coerced by a sociopath. A sociopath who said he would take her back to her hotel. A sociopath who said he was a tourist too staying at the same hotel. Only the morons are still trying to blame the victim. Does it make people like you feel all warm and fuzzy inside to attack victims? Maybe your one of the ones sending Joran love letters and gifts in prison.

      February 26, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. boscobear

    Several tough questions remain that need to be asked. They are:

    1. Where were the chaprones?
    2. Where were her friends? Why did they let her go off either by herself or with this creep?
    3. Why did her Mom let her go on this trip? I know she was going to college in the Fall but she and al ot of other kids her age just don't have the life skills to handle a trip like this.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      They're not tough questions they're just diversions. None of those questions matter in the end because everyone already knows how it happened that Natalee became separated from the group that night and everyone already knows where the chaperons were. Blaming the mother for letting her go is rediculous and just blaming the victim.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marco555

    Ok, this is the REAL Marco555, stop stealing my awesome name ok guys. It's really hurting my fealings.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marco555

    Sometimes my boyfriend locks my in the basement and call me The Gimp.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. teepee

    I'm going to go wipe my a$$ now with my teepee.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marco555

    I'm also gay, I forgot to say that earlier.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    and I'm not in my 30's

    February 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Nate

    Marco. I never change my name on here

    February 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  17. chris


    February 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Bob


    February 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Matt


    February 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. nancy

    Pay no attention to the ignorant comments about Beth and Natalee. It's the same couple of people using different alliases that come from a vile website that attacks Beth and Natalee 24/7. They say their sick of the case but they run from site to site bombarding them with disgusting comments anytime the case is back in the news. One of them even went all the way to Aruba after she fell madly in love with Juran and his father Paul.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. shesays

    I bet the spirits of the deceased are thinking to themselves, "would you people PLEASE stop arguing about BS and just find my body PLEASE so I can REST..."

    February 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. dan

    Does anyone but me find it morbid as hell that the holloways are exploiting their own daughter's disappearance for celebrity status and $$$?

    February 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Marco555

    I am going to tell my boyfriend all about you stealing my name. He is gonna open up a can of whupazz on you.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marco555

    Im glad I wasnt their with Natalee rubbing my leg and offering to gorge herself on my manhood. That woulda been scary. Those are things me and my significant other do behind closed doors. His is as big around as a light pole.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. WHO CARES!!

    She got what she deserved! the tr@mp when off with strangers. she should have known better. so now we have to feel sorry for her. who cares!!! And no one cares if a pruple person goes missing bc they are nasty

    February 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Marco555

    Ok guys hardy har har. So original stealing my name. But you punks do bring up some interesting points. My dad did infact allow me to suck his brown eye.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Haf Dolla

    Ngger Pleeeeezzzee. Marco I gotz a char bruhle brakwors u niber on. Ngger Pllleeeezzeeee.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Marco555

    My dad used to make me suck on his pollywog. While mom was out shopping we would go fishing then out came his worm/pollywog. I could barely fit it all in my mouth.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Marco555

    Or maybe a youth pastor at a church. I could get all the teeage boys into the baptismal pool, shave their pubic hair then splash around. All those hard goobers rubbing against me slinging goober juice in my face. Praise be its Beulaland!!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marco555

      Marco555 has been hijacked. this nut job is using Marco555. Be advised.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Marco555

    YES ! It is finally friday ! Me and my life partner have date night tonight ! We missed valentines. He was off working on an oil rig while i was home minding the house. He said we might go to The Lavendar Lounge for a few drinkiepoos ! Oh how lovely !

    February 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Marco555

    I wanna be a boy scout troup leader and access to many little boy snausages. Im a goober gobber!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Marco555

    I sure love to suuk on them weeenies. Them babies are just plum tasty !

    February 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

    Steve we no see this Hot little tramp but when I find her I fuk her.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • md

      Couple of both sound VERY unintelligent. Go crawl back under your rock. Idiots!

      February 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  34. the_dude

    No one cares about blacks. They are a scourge on society so who cares when a black goes missing.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Quinxy von Besiex

    The race issue gets brought up a lot, that the news is following yet another "pretty white girl gone missing" story, but it's not necessarily so. White people make up 80% of the population, so other things being equal that means statistically you would expect to see 5 stories about white girls for every 1 story about non-white girls. Whatever the real racial bias that frequency will create that impression.

    ^ Quinxy

    February 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dude

    I'd do her.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marco555

      First I'd ground-and-pound you into unconsciousness and that's just for calling yourself dude, then we'd get to the sick comments.,

      February 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rammie

      I would definitely do her...oh yea Natalee...nibble on it...mmm...Oh yeah...I wish the Biebster was here with us.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marco555

      And lastly we'd cover the issue of you being such a lonesome loser that you use two different screen names in the CNN blogs.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Wonton Soup

    Natalee is playing meat flutes day and night.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Silicone sister with a manager Mister

    See this what happens when a dumb girl gets drunk, refuses to stay with the group, misses curfew and b hangin with the bruthas at the bar. Its as much Natalees fault as anyones.
    She is probably shackled in the boiler room of some Kenyan owned cargo ship being passed around like a loaded bong.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jon

    Lets face it...she was shark food from the start...

    February 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Kate

    The headline for this article really should be changed. In its current iteration, it trivializes and makes light of the actual nature of the show. C'mon, people. Show some respect.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  41. Marco555

    Why not? Nothing is out of bounds for these bozos.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  42. Come on

    This is about race, but not because it's racist. It's about race because tv ratings are involved. Do you ever see brunettes missing? Red heads? Black, hispanic, Indian/Middle East, etc.... Blonde hair blue eyed (ok...maybe the occasional green eyed) bring in ratings. But the ratings are the only thing that matters to News outlets any more. It's not about what's in the News; it's about what's in the News that will get more people to watch. all the people that say racism is dead, please come out of the box you live in. I am a white male and I'm married to an African American with two kids. My oldest son looks like he is 100% black and my daughter is light skinned. I see some form of racism, small or large, against my family at least 2-3 times a week. Most of the time little things but it's still there. One time we had a server at a restruant refuse to serve us because "Blacks have no business being with Whites" said our white server. The same server I requested because she gave me and my white friends great service the week before. I have 1,000's of stories. We are getting better as a country but we still have a ways to go. But it also goes the other way. My son has kids who pick on him for having "a white daddy" and for being an Uncle Tom (at age 11) or being a "house N****r" for living with his father. Funny thing is my wife did a DNA test to prove to HER (Black) family that he was my son. So we have issues on both sides.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  43. teepee

    I agree. Don't play the race need...all races in this nation are about to get a thorough economic butt kicking...we all will be in the same boat soon...

    February 25, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Haf Dolla

      Canz i b n duh whitefolks bote? ize bet duh blackfolks gun git duh bote wif hole n it. i wana wiv an bwhite.

      February 25, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  44. teepee

    My dog died last year...was with me for 15 years...wonder if I should try to get a show about it...

    February 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  45. Shocked

    Can I just say WOW first of all! Reading posts like some of the ones here just make you realize how many naive and selfish people are in this world and I do not mean Beth Holloway! First, if you are playing the race card then you are the one who has race issues. Secondly, if you think in any way, shape, or form that this happened BECAUSE of what Natalee did or didn't do while she was on her HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR TRIP then you are in denial. No one is perfect and everyone does things that they may regret in life (partying all night, drinking a little too much, etc) but really if you were killed while doing any of these things, would you not want your family searching out the same justice as Beth Holloway is?!?! Nevermind that she is a child and no one deserves to have to deal with their child's death. I am seriously beside myself right now reading these comments and wondering how while I understand everyone has the right to their opinion, more people don't step back and say "what if that were my family?" but instead you have such a "PERFECT" life and have never done anything wrong that you think you have the right to judge someone else. REALLY?!?! I think it is time for some people to get a reality check themselves.

    February 25, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Surprised

      You are so correct. Im stepping back now to give you a reality check. Ready? *POOT* <<--Smell dat one.

      February 25, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  46. Arthur

    It baffles me that the island Aruba was flamed for this yet never the question of the responsability of the accompaning adult chaperonnes arose...

    February 25, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • sindy

      The chaperones committed no crime and, they weren't responsible to Natalee disappearing. All of the kids had graduated and were all on their way to college, kids their age travel all over by themselves on spring breaks. The chaperones have been made scapegoats by people who needed an excuse for what Joran did.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Gary D.

    Natalie Holloway's death is now part of a Reality TV Show? This is just OBSCENE!

    February 25, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JSR

      Agreed. Completely in poor taste and a disgrace to Natalee's memory.

      February 25, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  48. Deegs

    People should not fault this woman for wanting to do a show on these types of tragadies, if we did not have John Walsh do the same type of thing there are many criminals that would not have been caught.

    February 25, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  49. Chrissy in NC

    Going waaay back to TJ, I'm sorry I have to agree with him. There are so many African-American young people who are missing and their stories are never told. Why is it that most Caucasian people get all of the media attention? I don't believe its because the missing's parents choose not to do anything about it, I believe it's due to the society in which we live in. Look at any forms of media, whether it is TV, magazines, etc., Caucasians receive the most attention because the control those avenues.

    February 25, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Banks and Weiner

      Also there are even many more missing african american daddys. Baby daddys if you will whose children grow up with no male figure and wind up in prison. Chrissy, Im thinking of the missing might be in jails or juvee. You should start there.

      February 25, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Octavius Humpfree

      Could it be that the black community receives less attention, as you say, because when some kid disappears the parents dont even know for 5 or 6 days cuz they laying around drunk off malt licka then the want to lie to the Po Po about it. I wish I wasWhite!

      February 25, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      It amazes me how it is only thought that african american daddys are missing from action...There are plenty illegitimate white children out there. And plenty uneducated white kids to boot...why do you think the powers to be are so concerned with our place in the world educationally? because of black kids?...i say no...only white problems make the news on the regular...only white problems...

      February 25, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  50. Haf Dolla

    I swah suh I dint do it. Dats my mama cah, u cawl an as huh. naw I dint i wuh at my cuzin how.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  51. Herman Munster

    Toe bone connected to the foot bone
    Foot bone connected to the leg bone
    Leg bone connected to the knee bone...

    February 25, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  52. The Master Cylinder

    Beth just lookin for a paycheck and her agreeing to this show makes me wonder about her involvement in the disappearance and death of Natalee. I seriously believe she and Joran van der Sloot set this girl up to be sold into wite slavery. Natalee is probably in africa on her knees this very minute while Beth enjoys the limelight...Shameful.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  53. Cindy Jordan

    TJ,I live less than 10 miles from where this young lady lived and went to school(In North Carolina) I can safely say that we are all hurting badly here.This is very real here and we are not thinking about race.We want know what happend to her ,We want to find her.Race has knowthing to do with this so please don't say things like that because it hurts (and yes I am black) . We ask that you pray for Phylisha Barnes and Natalee Holloway and for all us who are trying to hold strong . instead of being negative do something,Write to news papers all over the United States ,Write to the editors,Write to churches.You have the tools in front of you,USE IT ! . You can go any where in the world at the touch of a key.We never know what we can do until we try.Somebody Somewhere knows something and they may not even know it so come on YOU!,ME! and any and everybody lets get busy.United as ONE we can make something happen.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  54. Bob Marley

    Dees gurl 6 feet unda, mahn.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  55. Jackie

    All I can say is Wow, What a way to make money off your kid. This is just sad!

    February 25, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • TRM

      Seriously?! You know she has never received a dime until now, in her daughters name! The funding that paid for everything was from her pocket. Please, be a little more compassionate.

      The money that she's receiving now is probably going to be donated! I dont know for sure, But, so what? She will probably never know what happened to her daughter. Let her have some kind of reward.

      February 25, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  56. Blonde from a bottle

    Beth hair is really gray like her hairpie.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  57. checi

    My daughter went into college that same fall that Natalee was supposed to go. Everyday they were searching for their girl on that disgusting island Aruba, I was sick with sorrow for them. My daughter has now graduated college and is making her way in her adult life. Beth Holloway was robbed of the experience of seeing her girl grow up to be a wonderful adult and her best friend. Beth Holloway can do anything she wants if she thinks she can shine a little more light on the sick culture of men drugging, raping and killing women. I am on her side to the end.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  58. Donald Brown

    Maui Hawaii has a dirty lil dog eater of a police force who can't answer why there is a natalie Holoway every month here....... maui hawaii is in the USA.
    right now there is a missing girl poster at the Paia post office that promises to NOT contact the maui police if you know where her body is.

    what does that say?

    February 25, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  59. Dawn

    You all are sitting here saying she is profiting off these movies, have you ever thought that maybe her mother is having all the money put into a fund so she can continue on her search, or to go to Castro Castro, OR she may even have the money put into Missing and Exploited Children. Have you all ever stopped to consider those possibilities? I will say right now if that was my daughter, I would be in the media every second of everyday. I would not let it go until I knew where and what happened to my daughter. Look at what John Walsh did when his son was kidnapped and killed, he started a show to help others, what is the difference? Beth is trying to help other families as well, but yet you condemn her for it. Seriously people stop and think before you assume that she is making a profit here. I applaud her for keeping this in the media, and keeping her daughters story alive.

    February 25, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  60. Dee

    Are you friggin kidding me – a reality show based on someone's disappearance and apparent murder – REALLY??? This is just so sick AND sad! An episode on cold case files, maybe – but certainly not a reality show! Whose bad idea was this??? Just plain creepy and morbid and sad to say, seems a bit of a money grab.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  61. manny296

    One thing is for sure, Joran Van Der Sloot has made many new friends in Castro Castro. Rumors are swirling that American girls are sending him money so he can spend it in Castro Castro.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |

    I just farted. Shooooo : )

    February 25, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  63. Tarzan

    once upon a time in a land far away lived a warrior that has a big pu*$y cat named Sal. Sal was a different cat not all the rest of the other cats. Sal was a fighting cat that wore blk leather boots, lether jacket and a bad a $$ look hat. He and his master warrior would go out into the woods every day looking for bad people to beat up. one day they came upon a worm and the worm wanted to fight Sal. Sal laugh and said no because you are too smalle and kept on walking but the worm grab Sal's hat and starting running off with it but sal went after him and gave the worm a good a$ $ kicking the next thing Sal knew a duck came sailing thro the sky swing from was alfa duck coming to save the worm. the alfax duck ran away after singing in the woods

    February 25, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  64. Tarzen

    Have you heard that hugh hefner is getting married in june?

    February 25, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama hates black people

      If obama loved black people he would put a lawn jockey out front of the whitehouse.

      February 25, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  65. Killers All Over

    Maybe Natalee had the same faith as the people in the horror movie Hostel. I wonder if ppl really do things like that. I won't want my own enemy get into a situation or die like that.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  66. mad hater

    I love LMN, very good programming.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  67. MJ

    I can't stand it anymore – I want my own show too!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  68. %@^

    who is playing the race card?

    February 25, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  69. Beautiful Vixen

    @Sherri are you talking to me?

    February 25, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  70. Rusty Nail

    @Lisa, yes the truck driver could have been the really bad killer Rusty Nail on the movie Joy Ride. I'm not making fun of you but that was the first thought that came to my head after hearing your story. Too many crazy people out there and your date was and idiot for doing that. You should rent the movie. It's Joy Ride and there is Joy Ride 2. Jeezes that wouldn't have been good for you getting a ride from a killer trucker like him.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  71. Pres OOHbahma

    We have crediable reports that Ms Holloways body was eaten by baby dolphins in the gulf coast.:(

    February 25, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  72. Beautiful Vixen

    I feel bad for the family but they need to let it rest. I saw the movie on LIFE but I won't be watching this.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  73. Yallaredumb

    By the way, that was only directed to the people who are saying it was hers Np her mother's fault. I hope this show does what natalie didn't have the chance to: help people. All the best luck and wishes for peace go to the family of holloway. Thank you for not letting people forget.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  74. Yallaredumb

    Who cares if she was a cheerleader? The fact is that she was killed. This is someone who could have invented a cure for cancer (she was going to college to be a doctor) but now she can't. Yall are missing the big picture. Who cares who's fault it is? The fact is that she was going to make something of her life. I am suprised Yall call yourself Americans.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  75. The Obvious

    This show already exists: its called Unsolved Mysteries. Ask WIlliam Shatner.

    How is this still a news story?

    February 25, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  76. Yallaredumb

    Why are you guys pulling the race card? Good god. What has the world come to? If your child was gone, wouldn't you do anything to stop it? And enough with blaming the parents. It is that sick, demented freak's fault.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  77. just lil ole me again

    Does this woman know the definition of SHAME? Still trying to squeeze out a few bucks from her daughter of questionable integrity.
    Hey people! This was no innocent little girl like the press (nancy grace et al) make her out to be. She was an airheaded high school cheerleader! Think about it, cheerleaders aren't exactly known to be the greatest minds of our day. She was simply one of the dumbed down masses who seem to believe that just because they are American, they can do and say anything they want anywhere in the world, and if they get into trouble the Navy Seals will be there to come to the rescue.
    Her mother just compounds the problem by trying to make her daughter look like an innocent Disney character.
    Let's call a spade a spade!!

    February 25, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • SRaShel

      She wasn't a cheerleader, and if she were, it doesn't get someone the right to murder her. Geeze !

      February 25, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Seriously.... thats what you have to say...

      February 25, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Top O' The Morning

      What the hell are you ranting about? You insult the mother, you blame the victim for being dumb, and then you throw in some nonsense about the Navy Seals. Let's call an idiot an idiot!

      February 25, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  78. Ichi

    Cashing in on her daughter's disappearance?

    February 25, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  79. NolaChick

    John Walsh used the disappearance of his son, Adam, to generate publicity for other missing persons. He even stars in a well known tv show called America's Most Wanted. Maybe this is the path that Natalee Holloway's mother has chosen as well.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  80. jasmine

    i cant believe some of the things i've read on here. if my son/daughter went missing and i had the opportunity to let the world know through a movie, i would do so. im not beth, but im pretty sure she's not thinking about the money or fame. she misses her daughter and wants the would to know her story. i found everything that happened interesting. a few tears even came to my eyes. this is REAL! not just some old made up story! it even got some teens to think. im only 16 and the movie changed my mind about some things. i think verything that beth is doing is GREAT! she's hurt ! i mean anyone who truely loved their child would be. i have a friend who just got shot the last week and no one knows how it happened. he didnt really have a "mother figure". and of course she's hurt but i didnt really see any compassion in her about the situation. some people would die for a mother like beth. someone who actually cares. come on people! get it together!

    February 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Terrell

    She should do a show and interview all parents that have missing children.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  82. matthew

    This story makes me sick. There's no low "reality" shows won't stoop to. Yuck.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  83. tcaros

    The moral of the story is don't endorse binge drinking on spring break.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  84. winnie

    Some people are so cruel. Its not always a black and white thing. Some people just give up and say I'm just going to let the police do everything. Natalies mom did the opposite. She refuses to just sit back and wait for something to be done. If it was my child I would prob do the same thing. As for the reality show why would her daughter be hurt? She is trying to help other families find there missing children. Children that some people may have forgotten about because it wasn't on the news that much. Unlike Natalies mom she isn't going to let anybody forget about her lost daughter.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  85. This reality shows sounds real dumb!

    I hope it's on free t.v. ! I'm not paying to see this! They should bring back UNSOLVED Mysteries instead

    February 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  86. @ Netninja

    Let's add a few:
    10. If you break the law in another country you are subject to prosecution under their laws, not USA laws.
    11. Rights of US citizenship stop at the US border.
    12. Do a little research on the culture.
    13. Certain hand jesters are considered disrespectful outside US.
    14. If the US government advises not to travel to specific area DO NOT GO THERE and then expect special ops to come to your rescue because you are a US citizen. 15. Treat the ppl in the host country with dignity and respect, they are not there for your amusement. They live there.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Lisa

    I noticed I spelled Joran's name wrong. I suspected I was as I was typing but didn't want to scroll up to the article for fear of losing my train of thought and/or everything I'd typed (which happens frustratingly too often!). I don't have time to mess around re-typing my thoughts. Can barely get them down the first time. 🙂

    February 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lobbyistgrl

      Lisa – I agree with you on most of your comment, but please tell me that you tracked your date down and broke his nose for dropping you off in the middle of nowhere!

      February 25, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  88. Lisa

    If Natalie Holloway was kidnapped and is under the control of a white slavery ring, which is still possible, or being held in some other kind of long term hostage situation, she is going to be incredibly hurt should she ever see this television show in which her mother is participating.

    I have to tell you that once I dated a guy briefly who was lying about being in a relationship with another woman. We were driving at night in the Colorado countryside. I confronted him and he slammed on the brakes, and dumped me out in the middle of the night on a desolate country road. He left me there, similar to what Jorgen did to Natalie, I walked in pitch darkness, stumbling my way along trying to figure out the right direction to get home. I waved a truck (driver) down that came by (eventually (which is dangerous for a woman to do, in and of itself). He gave me a ride into town, safely but, had he been a rapist or murderer, he could have gotten away with my death, and the authorities could have pinned it on my date. No one would have been witness to the truck driver inserting himself into the equation. The last person known to have seen me would have been my date. That is why it is important that logic and factual basis, and reasonable doubt be the mainstay of an investigation and subsequent trial. It is reasonable to doubt Jorgen's guilt in her death because, he left her there and someone else could have inserted themselves into the equation without being seen, someone who had some criminal use for her.

    So, Natalie could still be alive. She was drunk, passed out, perhaps, and could have woken up somewhere else in someone else's custody. Just because Jorgen killed someone else later on still doesn't prove he killed Natalie. I do think the media and the world hounding him so intensely at such a young age, his father's death, his core selfishness and possible abusive personality (like my former date), all led to anger ready to explode which then led to his attack on the other woman at a later date. Just because you are a major jerk, however, doesn't prove you killed someone (and I am referring to Natalie Holloway).

    Anyway, I am getting caught up in proving other points brought up by a similar experience with unconscionable behavior on the part of a man toward a woman, such as Jorgen's. What really struck me about this television show is how hurt I would be if I were Natalie, and i found my way back to find out that all my "loved ones" were having a great time profiting from my ordeal. I could just picture it, mouth hanging open, saying, "What??!!!"

    February 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  89. anaeliss

    Someone need to stop telling these young people they're grown and know what life about and what to do. Natalee left her hotel room without informing anyone to meet that idiot. The black teen here in Baltimore went to her half sister house whom she didn't really know. I'm almost 60 and still leery of certain people and situation. Young people don't listen to their gut instincts. I blames Natalee for her outcome, she behaves as she was home, instead of in a foreign place. No one that grown till they don't need to ask for advice.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  90. netninja

    How about a reality series that gives life lessons to ignorant ugly Americans who travel abroad?

    1. Never raise your voice, because raising your voice never makes them understand you better it just angers them
    2. Learn to be respectful of their laws
    3. Never talk politics or religion
    4. Learn a few words in their language, Thank you, hello, goodbye. A few words goes a long way.
    5. never speak negatively about your host countries peoples. The world speaks English only Americans can barely speak their native language.
    6. The world hates rich arrogant Americans, yes we are considered rich.
    7. The world hates loud mouth drunk Americans
    8. always be friendly and nice.
    9. Never go off alone with strangers you just met from your host country.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcaros

      You're right, but she didn't ask for what happened. It was a deranged young man who preyed on those "silly drunk girls on spring break." And her parents let her go. That's the sad part. Most parents want there kids to be popular so they let them take risks... in this case it costed her life.

      February 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nojoke

      The host country folks are not stupid- tip accordingly.
      Go easy on too colorful a Hawaiian Shirt-it hurts the eyes or others.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  91. JD

    This reality series is about other families that have been victimized. I'm not a reality show fan but this one interests me and I will take a look. Americas Most Wanted was developed around the father of a murdered child and has been instrumental in tracking down criminals. Beth's show may follow suit and solve a crime mystery.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sure

      interviewing families who have been victimized by unspeakable crimes – In other words, more of the same. Maybe every other parent of an unsolved murder victim should also get a show. How about lifeguard Molly Bish? A teenage girl, we still hear about her 11 years later. Where's the show for her mother?

      February 25, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  92. NoName

    This family lost a young girl because of some monster. Her death is not her mother's fault for letting her daughter go on a trip with friends. It is Joran's fault and no one else's. And perhaps her mother feels that she can really help another family. I am not saying she is perfect, but cut this family some slack. Don't you think she would give up everything she is "gaining" out of this tragedy just to have her daughter back?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  93. ninamencha

    No surprise here. this lady was after a reality show the entire time. her credibility goes down the tube! her meeting with her daughter's killer was quite disturbing, but now everything makes sense.... It is quite embarrassing that she is exploiting the death of her daughter. shame!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • KWS1

      Are you serious? Do you know how much money this poor woman has spent traveling back and forth to Aruba to try and figure out what happened to her daughter. I applaud her for keeping this case in the spotlight so that her testimate may be able to prevent the sensless loss of another child. It is obvious you are not a parent, ninamencha, or you would understand why this mother wants to know what happened to her only child, so that she may be able to give her a proper burial in her hometown, where she belongs. NOT IN THE OCEAN, as another idiot posted above. It is obvious that Joran Van der sloot is responsible for her disappearance, since he is now a convicted murderer of another young woman and is serving time in Peru.There is also a tape that was released by an alleged "friend" of Joran's in which he admits how he disposed of her body. The Aruban government/police force dropped the ball in this situation and I pray Natalie's mother and father get the answers they deserve. If this reality show will help the family continue this investigation financially, who are you to judge them? Get real!!!

      February 25, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Eve

      I am guessing that Mrs. Holloway would rather have her daughter alive and back then a reality show. Just a guess though....

      February 25, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  94. Jesus

    Somehow the fact that this mother allowed her daughter to go on senior (high school) trip to Aruba has been lost. She should be held responsible for her daughter's disappearance. So poor judgement gets you a reality show! I for one will not be watching.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Happy

      What?! She went with her school. What is wrong with you?

      February 25, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • JeDe

      Mr. Happy, these types of trips are not usually school related or approved other than it being a bunch of kids who are graduating together going on a trip. My HS discouraged us from going on ours. A bunch of kids went to Cancun my Senior year. Thankfully they all returned but Jesus does have a point. It is very unfortunate that she disappeared but as a mother (of a girl) I would never let her or my son go on a trip like this unless I was one of the parents going along to chaperone. Children and yes, a HS Senior is still a child, should have been watched and a chaperone on this trip should have noticed her leaving without the group and stopped her.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Joiwe

    man let this chick rest in peace ! her parents are the weirdest I have ever heard of profiting off this chicks death.let her rest in the ocean where she belongs !

    February 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Athena

      WOW! She belongs in the ocean?

      February 25, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Maebytcat

      Whats the matter with you?! WHat if your child had been missing for 5 years? Would you want to give up? This family doesn't have closure yet, why would they want to give up? You make me sick.

      February 25, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  96. Froggy

    I have lots of compassion - but still see this as a blatant abuse of horrible crime. No one - including the family - should earn a profit from it. JMHO

    February 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      If she's making money that allows her to pursue the whereabouts of her daughter, then I am all for it.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • mobrule

      sorry, but it's been how many years? she is not going to find her daughter, more than a bone fragment anyway. accept that she's gone, try to make sure her killer is in jail, and move on. do you think natalie would want her mother to obsess over it?

      February 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Bill

    Beth Holloway is addicted to publicity. First, she marries the Father of another missing child and now this,,,She just needs to go away.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Audrey

      Get your facts straight. She's not married to anyone. She – possibly – dated John Ramsey in, like, 2007. That's been over for ages.

      February 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      Oh, please. Get over yourself.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  98. josie

    I wonder why Tracy Pollan would waste her time with this kind of role.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Are you kidding? Tracy Pollan was TERRIBLE in the role! She had about the worst fake Southern accent going...she was lucky to get the role.

      February 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  99. rhonda

    where is the compassion. my heart goes out to all that are missing & there families. To the Holloway family, keep searching & to the the others keep digging. to those who are concerned about getting a movie deal I am sure the Holloway family would much rather have there loved one home than to have all this publicity.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Lois

    there are a lot of stories out there...Her mother really kept it front burner, i can't imagine how you cope with a story like that, but this family did it and is still doing it with grace, and love.. ...We all know the story...I hope they finally find something, somewhere, to give that family closure, giving all families hope as well...

    February 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Superhiro

    Who is this person? Also, what's Lifetime?

    February 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      I guess you live under a rock.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JB91

      If you're a male, Lifetime is something that will probably never interest you and you don't need to know about it. I did watch Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack on there when I was a kid, but then he passed away and Lifetime had nothing good left.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • kake79

      I'm a female and Lifetime has nothing that interests me. It's a horrible network. Ok, ok... I admit, I still watch Project Runway on there since it moved from Bravo but that's it! *LOL*

      February 25, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  102. Sandra

    We all got problems, doesnt mean we get our own show or movie.

    February 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      There is a race issue. You dont think that just about ever parent pushes for attention? But the reality is the news stations cover what will sell and what mainstream America can relate to. And a pretty blond girl is goign to pull at heartt strings more than any thing else. Just think back at cases you recall coveres, is Peterson, Halloway..etc. How many of the ones that got alot of attention do not fall into the mode? Can you name a single one that does not fit the racial archtype?

      February 25, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      @anon – you are a disgusting and foul human being for playing the weight scale of value on human life. You are really just foul, and what a statement on your character that you have to use an online handle of ANON. You, are a coward and a race card player who can;t even state his or her own cowardly name. Mine is Ryan. What's yours?

      February 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  103. TJ

    There is a Maryland black teen, Ms. Phylicia Barnes, still missing since December 28th. She was an attractive honor student. Where is her Lifetime Story?? More importantly, how come her story is not in the news everyday. One of the law enforcement officials in MD described the Barnes case as their "Natalee Holloway" story. If only she would get the same attention.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • marion

      TJ because the parents are not keeping it in the news. you gotta be persistent and a big pain in the butt to get attention.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Desi B

      There are, sadly, a million stories like this that involve white, brown, black, and just so happens that this one stands out more because of the nature of the suspect and all the damage he continues to has nothing to do with black or white...but it never fails that someone has to say "IT'S CUZ SHE'S WHITE"...really, REALLY...its getting old now!

      February 25, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • reallytheracecard

      it makes me so mad when ppl pull the race card. really come on! the girls mom has kept the story going! she pushed for tv interviews and hasnt given up! give the women credit. u will never forget if u live with regret. she is trying everything as a parent. maybe the other girl missing parent(s) havent

      February 25, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • VB

      Don't play the race's ridiculous in this day and age.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Athena

      TJ, what does race have to do with this? NOTHING. The Holloway case was very unique. I'm sure ANY race put in Natalie's situation would have gotten nation wide attention as well. So, I think you need to get off your race pedestal and understand the situation with Natalie's murder.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • John Watson

      Of course, TJ is absolutely correct about the race issue. As to whether Natalee's mother is chasing fame on TV, maybe she is, or maybe it's just a way to keep the case of her missing daughter before the public. The fact that she seems to like the spotlight and media attention should not be held against her.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • kwyjibo

      yore a racest against white peopel.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • acw

      I live in Charlotte and it IS in the news everyday ...

      February 25, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • bird

      because she hasn't been gone for 5 years?

      February 25, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bella

      Why does it matter if shes black? I mean, there are bazillions of beautiful people, white, asian.....
      Natalees random vanishing was different because she was on a school trip on an island! It wasnt becasue she was white...Jesus people, stop the maddness with color drama.

      No disrespect intended to the Maryland teen, I do hope she is found alive and well.

      February 25, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • oc

      sadly, there probably will be a tv movie (or episode of L&O: SVU) about Phylicia Barnes when the police find her body or some evidence. That whole story stinks to high heavens and I'm willing to bet it emanates from her half-sister with whom she was staying.

      I feel very sorry for the Holloway family's loss and suffering but Beth has turned her daughter's disappearance into an industry and a reality show about this is downright morbid.

      February 25, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Race Card

      It's 2011 and we are still throwing out the "race card". Yawn, that's so 1990. The family of the victim has to keep the story in the news by pushing out media press releases. It's up to the family to keep the story fresh and on people's minds.

      February 25, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • MominTampa

      Actually...(to those that think TJ is playing the race card)...I have friends that worked for a few media outlets in NY, NJ and in Tampa. I have asked them about the way certain news stations choose "missing persons" stories to highlight. They were a little shy about telling me the answer but I reassured them that I'm simply just curious. They did mention that the way the person is abducted has something to do with it but that usually young white females (infant to adult) are a better draw in ratings. All stories of abduction/missing persons are tragic, but ultimately....let's be real...major news outlets like CNN, etc....are more concerned with ratings than anything else. It's the bottom line. Granted...I'm not saying it's okay...but from what I've been's a reality. As a person of African-American heritage....I think that's pretty sad, but when you look at the mentality of our world today....companies are all about the dollar (or whatever currency they worship) a painful reality for those with missing family members of any race...but a reality nevertheless.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • m

      you're right! I couldn't get a parking spot this morning and it's because I'm black!!!! what do you racists have to say to that!

      February 25, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      there's a young mom (white) missing from Charl. WV for at least 5 years, no press on her either. Another one in Ironton OH, pregnant, white, no press, her remains were found, I could go on and on

      February 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dorian

      With all due respect you and Ms. Barnes, There are no international elements of intrigue involved in Ms. Barnes case. The Holloway case involved several international governments, a lying trust fund baby, an All American Girl, It was a lurid crime novel come to life and still is. Not every crime story is a racial slight to others Sadly, there is too much crime to cover equally.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • shanasia

      i think BET should do a story on it

      February 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common sense

      Instead of spending your time writing a comment playing the race card, why don't you call your tv stations, mayors office, governor, FBI, newspaper, CNN, and every other place you can like Natalie's mother!
      If you think more black kids disappear without news coverage than white kids, then you are just writing some garbage to stir the racism pot, and that is something that is so stupid these days it makes no sense and you should grow up and spend the time looking for the kid, get off the couch already!!

      February 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • njPat

      The family should contact Beth Holliday and ask her to work with them to find their daughter

      February 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I agree with you TJ. I live in VA. Just recently the week of Valentine's Day there was a shooting at a Chick Fil A here in a suburb of DC. A man shot a woman in the drive thru. He turned himself in but it was domestic case. Both the victim and the murderer are/were African American. I would think that this story would have made national headlines alas it did not. It was horrendous to me. He killed the mother of his 3 daughters because she had the gall to leave him after years of abuse. I just don't understand this!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |

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