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    Natalee Holloway, the TV movie based on the story of a teen who disappeared on May 30, 2005, in Aruba, became the highest-rated movie in the eleven-year history of the Lifetime Movie Network when it was telecast in April 2009, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie was based on Beth Holloway and Sunny Tillman's book, Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith.

    In 2005, Natalee Holloway vanished while on a trip to Aruba as a part of her senior class outing. Beth Holloway, Natalee's mother, captured the nation's attention by working tirelessly to solve the mystery that shattered her family's life. Today, Beth speaks publicly trying to make people aware of potential dangers in international travel.

    Greta Van Susteren, the host of On the Record, covered the story almost daily and interviewed a total of fifty-six different people from June 2005 to July 2006. Beth was interviewed forty-one times, and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was interviewed seven times, although no body was ever recovered.

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    •Analyze whether the Natalee Holloway case validates the "missing white woman syndrome" theory.
    •Examine whether Beth Holloway use Natalee's disappearance as an opportunity to become a celebrity.
    •Analyze and explain whether it is ethical for the family to profit from a book and movie regarding the disappearance of their child.
    •Natalee was drinking excessively (the legal drinking age is eighteen in Aruba) according to witnesses and showed impaired judgment by getting into a car with three strangers, yet her mother continues to lecture nationwide on the dangers of international travel. Analyze and explain whether the media made a note of this inconsistency or not.
    •Provide an example of a missing person's case that did not receive nationwide attention and compare the case with Natalee's case. Describe the similarities and the differences of the two cases. Support your answer by using facts and statistics from other missing person's cases.
    •Provide a critique on the websites filled with Holloway family photos and photos of the real story. Did you find the information to be bias or slanted?

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    •Analyze whether the Natalee Holloway case validates the "missing white woman syndrome" theory.

    Yes, the Natalee Holloway case was the quintessential format for the MWWS scenario. The case involved a young, relatively attractive white woman, who went missing while on a senior high school trip in another country. This part of the story is extremely important because of the fact that while virtually (all) media attention was being appropriated toward a case involving a missing white woman overseas, many Black, Latino, Asian, and other ethnic women were missing (inside) of the United States who didn't receive (any) media attention. Therefore, the media decided that providing nonstop coverage of the search for a missing white woman in a foreign country was more important than providing coverage for many other missing women who were missing inside of the U.S. In reference to whether the media is used to assist in finding women who are missing, this is also important because no person in America could have provided leads to police, information, and other vital clues about Natalee Holloway as she was missing overseas. In contrast, had the media focused their attention on the many other cases of missing ethnic women, people in the United States could have potentially provided information and leads as they were missing inside of the U.S.

    •Examine whether Beth Holloway use Natalee's disappearance as an opportunity to become a celebrity.

    No, any reasonable person would (never) believe that a grieving mother who has lost a child to violence, is willing to use this tragedy to become ...

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    The Case of Natalee Holloway is examined.