I promised myself I'd do this one day.
So...if I disappear off the face of the earth in the next 24 hours, at least you'll know why.
we start, I'd better direct you to some important sources of
information on what I'm about to talk about, to 1) demonstrate I've
researched this extensively and 2) invite every last one of you to make
up your own minds.
First, a website, the Complete Mystery, which examines some of the unanswered questions that come out of this case.
Then, a banned documentary
presented by Goncalo Amaral, the police chief initially responsible for
investigating the case. Was he removed for gross incompetence as
claimed, or because he was getting too close to the truth? Your call.
The thoughts of expert criminal profiler Pat Brown
on the case. She's straight as a die, doesn't pull any punches and
doesn't seem to have an agenda either way. She also ran into
'difficulties' getting a book published with her analysis of the
And...in the interests of balance, the McCanns' own website.
good mate of mine does a lot of business with a Portugese company. As a
consequence, trips out there are not an infrequent occurrence and,
well, nice work if you can get it. I was not shocked a few years ago
when he told me that the perception many Portguese have of the McCann
case is very, very different from that of most people here in the Uk.
There's a degree of angst in some quarters from people who are pissed
off about the xenophobia of the British mainstream media, suggesting
that their investigation into the case was riddled with dishonesty,
comical ineptitude, or a mix of both. This is what has driven the casual
acceptance of millions that the Met are best-equipped to find out what actually happened here and, well, take a step back and straight away it stinks to high heaven. Let me explain why.
few short years ago, Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazillian migrant who
(yes, before you shout out) had overstayed his visa was blasted by
plain clothed police officers at a London tube station. Now, the
conclusion to this case, that no cop had done anything wrong, smells a
tad fishy from where I'm stood anyway. It was acknowledged by no fewer than six eyewitnesses that nobody
shouted 'POLICE - STOP' or anything similar. As far as de Menezes was
concerned, he was being confronted by civilians who happened to be waving
firearms around. Tragically, the
poor fella lost his life and, let's be honest, it was wholly
unnecessary. Surely the officer who fired at him (seven times, no less) should have been facing
jail? But there's a bigger point that that in the context of what we're
Imagine if the Brazilian police had
taken it upon themselves to 'investigate' what had occurred, and stomped
around London like thugs in uniform as if they owned the place. There
would (quite rightly) have been outrage about them interfering in a case
under somebody else's jurisdiction. Now, last time I checked, Portugal
was 1) a democracy 2) worked on the basis of the rule of law 3) engaged
in some sort of due process with anyone suspected of a crime and 4) had
signed up to conventions on human rights, against torture and what have
you. This is not Iran or North Korea we're dealing with and, unless
someone would like to tell me something very, very important that we
have all missed, Madeleine McCann was last seen IN PORTUGAL, right?
Ergo, it is a PORTUGESE case. What the hell are OUR police doing out
there, or having anything to do with it?
Imperial British arrogance, or something more sinister? Your call.
very quickly go over just a few of the multitude of alarm bells, many
of which you'll be able to see more of through the sources identified
above. There's the 'flunked' polygraph test, in which Kate refuses to
answer 48 out of 49 questions. Eddie and Keela, a blood and cadaver dog
who between them have 'solved' (i.e. have a track record of NEVER giving a false positive) more than 200 cases. You have the spectre
(as seen in the Amral film) of a cadaver dog going batshit insane at a
spot behind the sofa of the McCanns' apartment. For the removal of doubt
THERE HAD RECENTLY BEEN A CORPSE IN THAT APARTMENT as discovered by
part of a dog team with a ridiculous strike rate in this sort of
situation. Then we have the blood in the hire car. Go on then, why are
traces of Madeleine's blood IN THE BOOT of a car searched several days
AFTER she disappeared?
After being named as arguidos,
as is required by Portugese law, do Gerry and Kate stick around in an
attempt to clear their name? No, they hot foot it back to the Uk, which
in case you were unsure, they really weren't supposed to do. No
evidence of a forced entry was found, despite it being stated over and
over that the apartment was locked. We have the 'sightings' of the Tapas
group the McCanns were with, which seem conveniently spread away from
each other to act as a 'false lead' to anyone investigating. There
are the frosty, often hostile media interviews defined principally by
any lack of feeling and emotion and taking the form of a pre-written
press release. In one (at 2:35 here) Gerry states that he and Kate "know that we are not responsible for Madeleine's death".
Sorry - her death?
I thought we were looking for a missing person, or at the very least, you don't know she's dead for certain, do you?
that said, there are two really troubling aspects to the McCann
situation which eclipse anything else I might have mentioned. One is the
way in which they have essentially become immensely wealthy B-list
celebrities as a result of their own admitted act of gross child
neglect, thanks to a mass media circus and the 'McCann Fighting Fund',
It's worth pointing out that this 'fund' IS NOT ACTUALLY A CHARITY. I'll
repeat that, IT IS A PRIVATE COMPANY, NOT A CHARITY. You are not
'making a donation' but instead playing the role of paying customer
signing a blank cheque in terms of what you will get for your cash, even
if the McCanns still kindly allow you to choose the amount. Perhaps
you should ask where the money spent by other 'paying customers' has
gone towards the end of 'customer satisfaction' since there is no
requirement on the McCanns to explain EXACTLY where all this money goes -
because IT IS NOT A CHARITY.
gives you so many advantages over a mere 'private company' so why would
you pass it up were that opportunity readily available?
we do know is that some of the money was spent on hiring a god awful and
highly dodgy 'private investigation' company who proved to be every bit
as useless as the guy hired to persuade Sideshow Bob to leave Springfield.
You won't be surprised to hear this company came up with the square root of
zip...and were later done for an unrelated fraud. A sum in the millions has also been
spent silencing hacks (perhaps I'm about to join them) who raise issues
such as the ones being mentioned here - as well as the assortment of journalists who break ranks from the mainstream media line, there are the delayed or confiscated books of Amaral and Pat Brown, neither of whom, it should be said, directly accuse them of murder or covering up an accident. They merely have the temerity to question the 'official' version of events and present the spin-off questions in published form.
I look forward to the writ in the post.
One of the other stated aims of the fund's existence was "to support the family".
Er...why? We are talking about two people employed as medical
professionals - not exactly hard up, and contrast that with (for
example) the families of Hillsborough victims, who made the best effort
they could to get on with life, get back to work and do what they could
in their own time.
Giving up their job and galavanting around the world was never an option for them.
I almost alone in finding the celebrity status of these people to be in
extremely bad taste? If you believe their story then fine, but even
then you have to accept that they are wholly responsible for whatever
happened to their own daughter. Certainly not worthy of B-list status or
millions of pounds from people almost certainly more in need of the
money than they are. Being kind-hearted, they hear a sob story and get
their credit cards out without engaging their brains - I don't mean that
in a cruel or underhand way and appreciate it's just a part of the
inbuilt good nature most people have. But there's something sick and
twisted about the taking advantage of that naivety on an industrial
scale, as if we're all the subjects of a nasty experiment, regardless of
what you believe actually happened. They are 100% to blame here, can
anybody take a step back and seriously dispute that?
tragic, but every year thousands upon thousands of kids go missing worldwide. My
heart goes out to anyone whose child was, the last anyone knew, walking
home from school or getting up to mischief with their friends and just
vanished into thin air. Perhaps Mum or Dad took their eye off him or her
for a few seconds while out shopping or whatever, and the child they
loved was cruelly snatched from them. They didn't abandon three kids of
single digit years in an apartment in a foreign country so they could
get smashed out of their heads and live it large. NO responsible parent
would do that, not ever - and I suspect were the McCanns a working class
family from a council estate then the perception of them from a great many would be very, very different.
Where are the 'Fighting Funds' for these people?
Where's the media circus and the posters that were up within hours?
And...where are the actual photographs of this holiday prior to the disappearance?
most chillingly, we have senior politicians getting personally involved
and giving speeches on this, as opposed to any of the other many, many
missing child cases where the parents could really do with that sort of
exposure. I'm sorry, but what makes them so bloody special? Why is
Gordon Brown getting personally involved in 'raising awareness' of a
case like this? What the hell is Clarence Mitchell, a former spin doctor
for Tony Blair, doing 'working' for the McCanns within days of her
disappearance? Apparently, it was to "control what comes out in the media".
And...exactly why would you feel the need to do that, Clarence? Surely
if any media outlet has information which might jog someone's memory, or
link a couple of the pieces of this jigsaw together, they should just
print or broadcast it?
"Controlling what comes out in the media" is what the 'Minister of Information' in a dictatorship would do.
Your daughter goes missing and your immediate thought is...."let's hire a guy who used to work in the media department of the government". Yeah, that makes a load of sense...
What exactly is the thought process here? And why on earth is it necessary?
And...what about the effect of this circus on their other kids? Do they ever stop to consider how debilitating it is for them?
not in the business of accusing people of a serious crime without
evidence. I have none other than what most of you will have access to if
you take the time. There just appear to be too many issues here for the
official story to pass 'the smell test' without leaving more quesitons
than answers. The sabotage of the initial investigation and the
persecution of Amaral, the dodgy 'non-charity fundraising', the
unedifying elevation of self-confessed negligent parents to the status
of celebrities, the involvement of high-profile people who would not
usually have got involved, and had no need to anyway. I hadn't even
mentioned the 'Twitter troll' who mysteriously 'committed suicide' a
matter of hours later. The first two words that came into my head when I
heard about that were Danny Casolaro, who was quite obviously murdered.
darkest fear is that one day, they'll stick this on some poor innocent
who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, that the media
will whip up a frenzy and a jury of sheep will give 'the right answer'. I
hope I'm wrong.
Was Madeliene abducted? Has there been
an accident followed by a cover-up? Are we all the victims of a sick
hoax? I don't know, but make up your own minds.
Take care and thanks for reading - catch you soon.