Dutch TV reporter Peter de Vries
claims to have cracked the Natalee Holloway
case wide open. The case had been officially closed a short while back, when Aruban authorities released Joran Van der Sloot
, Deepak Kalpoe
and his brother Satish Kalpoe
, after acknowledging that there was no new evidence in which to make a case against the trio.
It looked as if justice would not be served in the disappearance of the high school student. The reporter, de Vries, was compelled to do a little undercover work and spent the last few months with a hidden video camera, patiently working to get a confession from Joran Van der Sloot.
Apparently he has got the goods and has contacted Aruban authorities. They have reopened the case in light of this new development. The reporter had planned to go public with the video on Sunday night but was beaten to the punch by Velcomen Kut website. They were able to tap into de Vries' personal website and get a transcript of the tape's contents. He lost out on his own exclusive story, which will still air. A transcript of his conversation with Aruban officials is available here.
Natalie Holloway's parents are aware of this latest development, and Beth Twitty is reportedly traveling to Holland to meet with De Vries and view the tape. She remarked afterward, "How could they have done that to Natalee?"
Joran Van der Sloot's American lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, expressed skepticism about the existence of a secret tape and faulted the Aruban authorities for 'acting like clowns' with their cryptic information and leaking of details.
We have the Joran Van der Sloot confession video on another post.