Natalee Ann Holloway disappears on May 30, 2005, while she was in Aruba on a senior class trip. Holloway traveled with Mountain Brook, Alabama High School seniors, and chaperones to Aruba on May 26, 2005. Reportedly, on the evening of May 29, 2005, Holloway and a large group of students went to Carlos 'N Charlie's Nightclub in Oranjestad, Aruba. Holloway was last seen around 1:30 a.m. leaving the area in a silver Honda with three young males, Joran van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe, and Satish Kalpoe. Holloway did not return to her hotel room. On the morning of May 30, 2005, when the Mountain Brook group was scheduled to meet in the lobby of the hotel in preparation for their departure from Aruba, Holloway never joined them. The Mountain Brook group returned to the United States, however, Holloway's whereabouts remain unknown.
In this episode of Zone 7, Crime Scene Investigator, Sheryl McCollum, talks with the esteemed prosecutor and TV personality, Nancy Grace. They delve into the complex world of true crime, focusing on the unsolved case of Natalee Holloway. As both women share personal anecdotes and experiences, they emphasize the power of resilience, care, and justice. This episode offers a poignant exploration of the trials and tribulations faced in the pursuit of justice, making it an absolute must-listen for true crime enthusiasts.
[0:00] Welcome back to Zone 7 with Crime Scene Investigator, Sheryl McCollum. For those of you just joining and are new to Zone 7, it’s not a place, but a way of life.
[0:40] Sheryl shares why she felt compelled to start Zone 7.
[1:35] Sharing fond memories of watching Miss America pageants
[4:00] Background details of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance at age 18 in Aruba
[7:06] “This is a classic example of a case that is not necessarily unsolved, but unproven.”
[7:39] Sherly introduces esteemed prosecutor and TV personality, Nancy Grace to the listeners.
[9:56] Sheryl provides an update on her sister's resilience despite health challenges
[11:54] The Eleventh Victim
[16:38] Nancy describes an emotional moment in Aruba during the Holloway investigation
[19:20] Encounter with Aruban police and Nancy's fearless confrontation
[23:10] Nancy defends her statement on the Holloway case
[25:03] Speculations on what happened to Natalee Holloway
[26:10] Updates on suspect, Joran van der Sloot getting extradided to the US
[31:39] “I simply wanted to tell you That there are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us and your father's one of them.” - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
[32:31] Call to action for Natalee’s unsolved case
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Sheryl “Mac” McCollum is an Emmy Award winning CSI, a writer for CrimeOnLine, Forensic and Crime Scene Expert for Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, and a CSI for a metro Atlanta Police Department. She is the co-author of the textbook., Cold Case: Pathways to Justice. Sheryl is also the founder and director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, a collaboration between universities and colleges that brings researchers, practitioners, students and the criminal justice community together to advance techniques in solving cold cases and assist families and law enforcement with solvability factors for unsolved homicides, missing persons, and kidnapping cases.
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