Natalee Holloway Case Gets Possible Big Break As TV Miniseries Makes Early Debut Online

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True crime is a genre of television that fascinates many viewers everywhere, and there have been certain cases over the years that have captured the public's attention. One such case emerged in 2005, when recent high school graduate Natalee Holloway disappeared on a trip in Aruba. It was a case that got an immense amount of coverage in the media, but the mystery of her disappearance was never solved. A TV miniseries about Natalee Holloway has been produced for Oxygen that will bring renewed attention to her disappearance, and the first episode is already available online. As it turns out, the investigation may have gotten a big breakthrough in the course of filming.

The miniseries is called The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, and it takes Natalee's father Dave back to Aruba to investigate a new report of the location of her remains. Dave Holloway appeared on Today to promote the new miniseries, and he revealed that a source reached out with what may have been the resting place of Natalee's remains in Aruba. According to Holloway, the investigation turned up a set of remains that have been confirmed as human. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the remains are those of Natalee Hollway, but tests are apparently being conducted that will provide the DNA answers within the next several weeks.

Given that Dave Holloway and investigator T.J. Ward have already revealed that they don't know if the remains they discovered were those of Natalee, viewers shouldn't expect to get the final answer in The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway. That said, the look back into the case unfolded over 18 months, and the series will provide a look at what happened in the course of the investigation that could be interesting. Oxygen will debut the series on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. ET, and then re-air the premiere at 9 p.m. ET. If you're interested in seeing the first episode early, you can check out the show's website. The full premiere is available for early viewing.

Not everybody is happy that The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway is slated for release this weekend, as the miniseries is currently the subject of a lawsuit. A man by the name of Edward Kramer has filed a lawsuit against production companies Brian Graden Media and Lipstick, claiming that the idea for a miniseries about Natalee Holloway came from him. Additionally, he alleges that he worked on the series for more than a year, but never received compensation for his time. TMZ reports that Kramer has asked a judge to block the airing of The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

The lawsuit does not seem to have impacted Oxygen's plans to premiere the series this weekend, nor did it prevent the network from releasing the first episode online. We'll have to wait and see if anything comes of Edward Kramer's allegations. If Dave Holloway's investigation ultimately proves to have discovered Natalee's remains, we can bet that the case will remain in the news for quite some time to come.

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Laura Hurley
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).