Suspects re-arrested in Holloway's disappearance
Three men initially arrested after American high school student Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba in May 2005 have been taken into custody again by Aruban authorities. Now, officials say there is enough evidence to prove Holloway is no longer alive, and that these men are responsible. The case was heavily followed by the media, and has remained a top headline-maker since Holloway disappeared. Again, the arrests have become a top story, and the public is anxious to see what the new evidence is. In a piece from NBC's Today, the story was reported largely from the angle of Joran van der Sloot's attorney. Van der Sloot is the main suspect in Holloway's alleged death, and is charged with involuntary manslaughter -- consistent with accidental, unintentional death -- a point which his legal counsel emphasized. Uniquely, this piece described in greater detail the legal processes and standards of Aruba, where any criminal proceedings would take place, providing a valuable context for the reader now and as the case progresses. In a CNN piece, reporters focused more heavily on case background and the arrest developments. Instead of focusing on the typical "he-said, she-said" nature of cases like this, the story's central aim is to eduate readers about what type of evidence the new arrest-spurring material is likely comprised of. Each story took a twist on the traditional newsy-type angle of this often-sensationalized story, which helped lend credence to its importance in being covered, as opposed to overdoing it, as has been done with this case and others similar to it in the past.