Casey Anthony, Robyn Gardner and Amanda Knox dominated the 2011 media coverage. Was this the year of the femme fatale? Dr. Drew and his guests discuss their stories.
Gary Giordano, the man suspected in the disappearance of his travel companion, Robyn Gardner, is now a free man and back in the United States.
He had been in custody in Aruba for nearly four months, but prosecutors apparently did not have enough evidence to hold him any longer.
On Wednesday night, Dr. Drew asked Reece Armstrong, a friend of Gardener, for her initial reaction to Giordano`s release.
“It angered all of us," she said. “We definitely know that [Giordano's] guilty, so, you know, it`s pretty disappointing ... with Gary, his stories don`t add up at all. So I feel that there could have been more done."
Armstrong noted that Robyn was going through a hard time, having just lost her job. “Gary, a trusted friend of hers, not a boyfriend, a friend, had offered her that 'I have this trip,' you know .. and so she went to clear her mind, I guess,” Armstrong explained.
Richard Forester, Gardner`s boyfriend, acknowledged that there were several rumors floating around about the case, including Gardener’s character.
“There`s all this BS drama that`s going on, and it`s exactly that,” he said. “It`s BS. It has nothing to do with anything ... there`s rumors about Robyn that, you know, she was, taking these pictures. Well, she would never stand for that, OK. There`s rumors about me – that I`m an accomplice. I mean, come on, really?“
Dr, Drew added that there were even rumors that Gardner was an escort and that Armstrong was not aware of it.
Forester responded: “I`ve heard that and I laugh at that. That`s ridiculous. Dr. Drew, when she wasn`t at work, [she spent] 95-percent of her time with me. She and I drove to work together. She worked. She and I met each other after work. We went home together ... honestly, Dr. Drew, look at the situation. She traveled to Aruba with Gary. There`s video footage of him going to his car, getting cups of what he claims are orange juice, and all of a sudden she`s gone ... it`s pretty obvious to me that he had some kind of drugs involved. So I can`t imagine what else he has on her, or what he did to her."
Dr. Drew also made mention of that fact that Giordano took out a $1.5 million accidental death insurance policy on himself and Gardner.
“I can`t imagine why someone would do that,” defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh said. "I think that that`s a clear motive. I think you rarely have that kind of motive. We didn`t have it in the Casey Anthony case. We were speculating. Here, there`s 1.5 million reasons why he wanted her off – why he wanted to allege that it was an accident."
Forester still says that he wants the investigation to continue.
“I hope they concentrate more on finding her and track her down somewhere,” he said. “First of all, remember, she`s missing, and, second of all, we don`t know if she`s dead or not. We can hope and pray, but we don`t know.”
If you have information on the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, call the tip line at 407-237-2295.
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Aruban authorities call Gary Giordano the main suspect in the disappearance of an american woman there.
Could he be a free man by this time tomorrow?
Guest host Chris Jacobs and his guests take a closer look.
*Update: Giordano will be held for 60 more days.
On Friday, special guest host Lisa Bloom discussed the case of the missing American tourist Robyn Gardner, who vanished in Aruba two weeks ago.
The main suspect, Gary Giordano, took out a travel insurance policy on Gardner. He's still being held in Aruba.
Why was he the beneficiary ... and did he try to cash in on it? And did Giordano always get travel insurance when he went on trips?
Gary Giordano apparently took out a travel insurance policy on Robyn Gardner according to authorities in Aruba.
Some reports say it was worth $1.5 million. Could this be a motive for murder?
Dr. Drew and his guests take a closer look.
What really happened to an American beauty in Aruba?
Robyn Gardner, 35, simply vanished, disappearing almost two weeks ago while on the tropical island. She was staying in the very same resort town where teenager Natalee Holloway was last seen in 2005.
Authorities in Aruba believe that Gardner is dead … and the focus is on her travel companion, Gary Giordano, who allegedly has a history of violent behavior towards women.
Dr. Drew and his guests discuss the issue in-depth.
The FBI joined the search for a missing American woman in Aruba this week.
Robyn Gardner's travel companion says she drowned while swimming in rough water, but there are some major problems with his story.
First, Baby Beach, where they were supposedly snorkeling, is extremely calm ... hence the name.
Second, Robyn's boyfriend says there's no way she would get into that water. She was a hair and makeup, cocktail by the pool kind of girl.
There's also the fact that Robyn may have been having a secret online affair. Her boyfriend, Robert Forester, tells us, she said she was going to Aruba on a family vacation.
But Robyn's real travel buddy was Gary Giordano. She met him on an online dating site. Now, he is the prime suspect in this case and remains behind bars in the Caribbean.
How can we understand why this young woman would go to Aruba with a possible dangerous stranger?
Aruban authorities have called off the search for a missing Maryland woman, whose alleged secret lover says she vanished while they were snorkeling in Aruba's Baby Beach.
She was staying in the very same resort town where teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005.
The man who was vacationing with Roybn is now behind bars on the Caribbean island.
Was Robyn Gardner having an online affair?
Dr. Drew and his guests take a closer look.