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Remembering Natalee Holloway: Van Der Sloot's First Victim

Joran Van Der Sloot has been in the news for the past couple of days after admitting to trying to extort money from Natalee Holloway’s family. He is also insisting that he is sorry and remorseful for everything he’s done, but there’s no way that anyone with half a brain is buying his lies.

I’d rather not give this monster any more attention than he deserves, and instead, I think it is best to remember Natalee Holloway, the beautiful blond teenager from Alabama who has been missing since May, 2005, after a tragic run in with Van Der Sloot on a school trip to Aruba.

Natalee was born in 1986 in Clinton, Mississippi. She and her younger brother were raised by her mother, Beth, after her parents split in 1993. When her mother remarried, the family packed up and moved to Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Natalee attended Mountain Brook High School, where she graduated as an honors student. She was a popular, well-loved student who was planning on attending the University of Alabama and majoring in pre-med. Because of Van Der Sloot, she never got the chance to go to college, become a doctor, and achieve her dreams.

We may never know what really happened to Natalee on her graduation trip to Aruba, but she will never be forgotten.

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