I’ve been searching for blogging direction and I came across a great article in our local paper that listed some of the most significant events of 2011. It made me think. Why don’t I do the same with things I find interesting and significant enough to discuss. My list begins today.
January 12, 2012: Natalie Holloway Declared Dead
After more than six years after Alabama High School student Natalie Holloway went missing on a senior class trip to Aruba, she was declared legally dead. The petition was pursued by her father who wanted to stop paying her medical bills and use her collage fund for her brother.
Dutchman Joran van der Sloot was the prime suspect by never tied to the case with enough evidence. He later went on to murder Stephany Flores, five years to the date of Natalie’s disappearance in Peru. He pleaded guilty on January 12, 2012 in exchange for a sentence of 28 years. He can be paroled in 9 years.
January 14, 2012: Cruise ship sinks off the coast of Italy with 4,200 passengers aboard. The captain is under arrest and being questioned as to why the ship ran into a sandbar causing a ginormous tear in the hull. The survivors say that is all started while they were eating dinner and the ship sank within one hour. 14 people are still missing and 3 are dead.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardons over 200 convicts on last day in office.