Beth Holloway has lived the torment of a lifetime. Now, she’s aiming to help others on Lifetime.
The mother of Natalee Holloway — the Alabama teen who disappeared in 2005 during a class trip to Aruba — takes up the cause of other families with missing members in the reality series “Vanished With Beth Holloway.” Lifetime debuts the show Monday, May 9, immediately after Tracy Pollan portrays Beth again in the new sequel movie “Justice for Natalee Holloway.”
Lifetime also has dramatized, and earned big ratings from, the Italian murder trial of Amanda Knox and the case of the so-called Craigslist Killer lately. As another real-life subject, Beth Holloway says she is comfortable with her relationship with the cable network.
“I have always made myself available,” she tells Zap2it, “and have accepted every invitation I’ve received to re-highlight Natalee’s case. I think you just have to understand the nature of the beast. When you’re searching for your loved one, you will take every opportunity that is given to you. It’s just so important. The media’s tentacles are so far-reaching, it’s incomprehensible.”
Holloway has tried to stay out of the public eye for a while, having been in it so intensely for so long. As for going back before cameras now, she reasons, “I feel I’m at a really good place in my journey and my quest for answers as to what happened to Natalee, because the perpetrator is in prison.”
Indicted for the attempted extortion of Beth Holloway for bargaining to reveal the whereabouts of Natalee’s body for pay — a major plot point of the “Justice for Natalee Holloway” movie — chief suspect Joran Van der Sloot is incarcerated in Peru, charged with the murder of another young woman.
“Now I can take it up to the level where it needs to be,” Holloway adds, “where I can help these other families and hopefully inspire them with hope. They inspire me with hope as well.”