By Noel 'Razor' Smith
It was once the lengthy scorching summer time of 1976, and a 15-year-old Noel Smith, testosterone jangling, was once between many south London youngsters prepared to stamp their mark at the global and locate an identification and a feeling of belonging. Rock ’n’ roll tune of the ’50s had gripped his mind's eye and, adopting the costume, coiffure and dance strikes, a Teddy boy used to be born. lots of his friends swimsuit and shortly the Balham Wildkatz have been born - mob-handed, boastful and spoiling for a ruck at each chance. lifestyles was once all approximately flying your shades, cultivating either a private and gang recognition, claiming new turf and maintaining your personal patch opposed to the enemy: the opposite youngster subcultures established round the song scene - mods, rockers, soul boys, punks, skinheads, smoothies, rockabillies - that shaped a unstable melting pot of sweet sixteen angst ready to blow up. Clubbing, consuming, thieving and struggling with grew to become the norm and a wave of more and more reckless and violent habit ensued, ensuing finally in internecine war. Razor’ Smith, as a veteran of that scene and previous gang chief of the Wildkatz, seems to be again with honesty, humor and shiny readability at the days of his formative years.
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He was said to have free run of the island, going where he wanted, drinking, gambling, and telling girls a variety of stories about who he was and where he lived. Apparently, he had even been seen around the casinos gambling right next to his father, Paulus van der Sloot, an attorney rumored to be a judge-in-training on the island. Joran’s behavior may not have seemed so unusual except for the fact that he was only seventeen years old, too young to legally be in the casinos or the bars. So far, all we were fairly certain of was that the Kalpoe brothers and Joran were the last ones to be with Natalee, yet they were walking around free.
And, while all of this was going on, the Aruban government continued to maintain that their island was safe, but safe for whom? It was obviously not safe for Natalee. There were now five men in custody and absolutely no news about Natalee. Rumors were flying about a reported confession and blood being found in the back of a car. We also heard that one of the boys said that something bad had happened to Natalee and that she had been killed. But none of the stories could be confirmed. Then a radio reporter gave the police information that led them to search the beach near Natalee’s hotel.
Joran van der Sloot was to remain behind bars until September 4. Under Dutch law, a suspect can be held on suspicion for 116 days, possibly as long as 146 days, but the judge must grant permission at certain intervals in order for prosecutors to keep someone in custody. There must be a detention hearing after the first 2 days and again at 8-day periods three times. After that, another hearing is held after 60 days and then after the next 30, and again after another 30, if necessary. When Joran was detained for the sixty-day period, there was also a ruling that he could have daily visits from his family and anyone else, including his father.