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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Suspect confesses to murder

Dead white girl

Aruba police official: Suspect confesses to killing missing teen

Saturday, June 11, 2005 Posted: 12:26 AM EDT (0426 GMT)

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) -- One of three young suspects arrested Thursday in the investigation into the disappearance of an Alabama teenager has confessed to her murder, a senior police official said late Friday.

The suspect has agreed to lead police to the body of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, the police official said.

Police did not say which of the three confessed.

The three have been identified as brothers Satish Kalpoe, 18, and Depak Kalpoe, 21, and their friend, 17-year-old Joran Van Der Sloot, the son of a judge.

The three, taken into custody early Thursday, were the last people to have reported seeing the missing woman.

Police said Van Der Sloot met Holloway May 29 at the casino in the Holiday Inn where she was staying. The Mountain Brook, Alabama, resident was in Aruba with classmates celebrating their high school graduation.

Later that night, Holloway went to a popular nightclub, Carlos 'N Charlie's, with about 40 of her classmates. She left around 1:30 a.m. on May 30 with the Kalpoes and Van Der Sloot, authorities said.

The men claimed they visited a lighthouse on the northwestern tip of the island, which is only 19 miles long and 6 miles wide.

According to police statements, the Kalpoe brothers described her as stumbling on the way into the hotel, possibly as a result of alcohol, and that a "dark-colored" man in a black T-shirt with a radio helped her.

That testimony led to Sunday's arrest of Abraham Jones, 28, and Mickey John, 30, two security guards at a hotel near where Holloway was staying.

But a Holiday Inn employee who has reviewed surveillance tapes from that morning said the tapes do not show any sign of Holloway. Authorities had no explanation and were looking at whether the five men have any connections to each other.

The guards' attorneys maintain the two are innocent.

Looks like a total fucking frame up. The not-black suspects, like so many Americans, blamed mysterious black men for a heinous crime. Thus these two innocent men were placed in jail. In the past, lynchings, especially when a pretty, blonde white girl was involved, was de rigeur. Emmitt Till was killed for whistling at a white woman.

So it seems that that the Aruba police were embarassed into doing their jobs. What black security guard would risk being blackballed from a decent job for messing with a tourist, especially a white teenage tourist. From the beginning, the black suspects were treated like suspects and these non-black suspects were treated with kid gloves. It was pretty obvious that it was far more likely that she would go off with a white teenaged jock than a 28 year old security guard. The unspoken intimation being that they saw her, went crazy, raped her and tossed the body into the sea. Or even better, delivered her to a white slavery ring and shipped her to be a whore for Colombian drug dealers.

My bet is that the phone lines from DC to the Hague were burning up after seeing the case on CNN and how the story line was shifting to a frame up. The Dutch legal officer in the embassy told his bosses this and suddenly, the Aruba police changed the "focus" of their investigation. Basically, the black men had been arrested on the word of these not-black kids, basically their word and little else. They seized cars, leaving their families unable to go to work, didn't seem to check alibis or any of that police work we take for common. This wasn't Indonesia or Malaysia or even Mexico. But a place with Western European laws and it seems that colonial rules still apply. When in doubt, jail blacks.

posted by Steve @ 2:06:00 AM

2:06:00 AM

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