IMO most, if not all, of her decisions were based purely on a high level of emotion. In the absence of calmness and rationale certainly many decision might appear foolish to an outsider. She's not unlike a junkie who will do anything to get a fix. Her likely ultimate fix is to bury her only daughter with a little dignity so she can move to the next step of the grieving process. BTW, this is a process she will endure for a life time not just when and if Natalee is ever recovered.
It's easy to pass to judgment from the outside but just imagine for 5 minutes what it would be like to have your child missing under similar or even the same circumstances. I'm sure I'd probably make a foolish decision or two myself under such duress.
My hinky meter went off from the very first time that Beth Twitty appeared on TV. I have never made any bones about the fact that I do not like Beth (whatever she calls herself on this day).
That being said, as a mother I have empathy for her, however that only goes so far. All her shenanigans that I have watched have really disgusted me. She had money at her disposal to do whatever necessary to help her find her daughter, but she always used the sleazy resources...JQK, Dietl, Mammano, Peter.
This last escapade of hers with the extortion ploy and her subsequent trip to Castro Castro was used to further her career as a TV person. Beth has always seemed more to care more about the media attention on herself than actually finding the real
truth about what happened to Natalee.
Beth has from the very beginning made it more about Beth than her "US citizen", "full ride scholarship", "kidnapped, raped, and murdered" daughter whose name was Natalee...