Natalee Holloway's Dad Recalls Tense Confrontation with the Father of Joran Van Der Sloot
Ten years after Natalee Holloway's disappearance, her family still searches for answers
In the 10 years since Natalee Holloway vanished while on a senior trip in Aruba, her father has never stopped searching for answers – and still believes that Joran Van der Sloot knows what happened to the 18-year-old.
In a new interview, Dave Holloway opens up about the search for his daughter – and recalls a tense meeting with Joran Van der Sloot’s father, Paulus.
Holloway appears on this week’s episode of Murder Made Me Famous, a true crime docuseries airing on the Reelz Channel. On the show, he recalls approaching Paulus Van der Sloot outside a courthouse in Aruba. He walked over and introduced himself. The two men shook hands.
“I squeezed his hand as hard as I could, to the point where his arm was shaking and mine was shaking,” Holloway tells the show.
But Paulus Van der Sloot was ultimately unhelpful, “I have to do everything I can to help my son,” he responded. “And that’s what I’m going to do.”
“I knew then that he had something to do with Natalee’s disappearance,” says Holloway.
It’s likely that no one will ever know what – if anything – Paulus Van der Sloot was hiding. He died in 2010.
Joran Van der Sloot is now in a Peruvian jail for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores Ram rez. He has been sentenced to 28 years.
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