By now, people interested in such things are aware a Dutch crime reporter is saying he has "solved" the mystery of the Natalee Holloway disappearance. Peter R. de Vries will air his show Sunday night.
To me, "solved" would mean finding a body, living or dead, and, if dead, evidence demonstrating how she died.
Or, as I posted earlier, a credible confession as to how she died.
Dutch websites are buzzing with rumors that what PRDV has is some kind of confession. It's unclear whether it's of any value in a court case.
I won't repeat the libel that's on that website, but there it is.
On Dutch television show "Pauw & Witteman," Friday, Joran van der Sloot said he was innocent, but admitted confessing to a friend that she died while they were having sex and that he and a friend dumped her body in the ocean afterward. But he said this, too, was a lie.
I will observe several things about Peter R. De Vries, known here as a real-life "Tintin."
1) Judging by his TV appearances, he's very confident he has something big.
2) He has broken major stories in the past ("Mabelgate"), and solved cold cases, including murders.
3) Like Tintin, PRDV has his own moral code. In the U.S., it's a crime to videotape somebody in a private place without their knowledge and permission. However, he said on TV yesterday his evidence is admissible in court. (How would he know?)
4) PRDV is fallible. Not only in the way that everybody is fallible, but as in, he has wrongly accused people of crimes in the past. To his credit, he's admitted it when he's wrong.
More on Sunday
Friday, February 1, 2008