Saturday, 23 October 2010

The Great Hampering Debate... Who's Hampering Who??.

After the startling news (not for UK readers) regarding the overturning of the ban on Goncalo Amaral's book, Maddie - The Truth of the Lie, great claims have resurfaced here, there and everywhere that the said book could actually be hampering the search for a live child.  

To quote Kate McCann from yesteryear...
"Our main worry was people believing that Madeleine was dead and then stopping looking for her."

Rather worryingly, these claims prompted a terrible, annoying ringing in my ears.  I felt compelled to type three little words into my search engine - Dave Edgar McCann. Try it, you'll come across a myriad of reports, all indicating that the search is actually going rather well despite the book being in publication... despite the dvd being viewed, and despite Snr Amaral occasionally giving his personal opinion in public.  The search seems to be going well,  although the sad fact is that none of the many leads investigated have actually led anywhere remotely close to finding Madeleine.

Here are a few snippets, although there are many more reports.  Unfortunately I don't have my waders handy...

The family of missing youngster Madeleine McCann have been given new hope after more than 50 people have come forward with information about her disappearance.
"It gives the family hope that we have had more than 50 calls following Thursday night's programme.  "This is in addition to hundreds of calls we received following the McCanns' appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show in the United States."

Renowned for leaving no stone unturned in his UK murder investigations, Dave now spends his days with a four-strong team probing every lead that comes in to his office.  His partner Arthur Cowley has more than 30 years' policing experience in north-west England and the pair are backed up by a translator and an ex-police administrator.  They have sifted through thousands of emails, answerphone messages and letters to get that one breakthrough lead.

"Our investigators received approximately 1,000 e-mails and phone calls following this appeal and have been busy working through this information. Thank you to everybody who passed information on."

"There has been a good response in the wake of the video. Kate and Gerry are very pleased."

So it appears that in one hand, the private eyes are being inundated with phone calls, emails and other titbits of information to keep them and the four-man team busy, busy, busy.  Yet on the other hand they're redundant, nothing to do... no phones ringing... no leads... yawn.  That damn book?  Hmm, maybe not or simply justification for the cost of employment and fruitless investigations?

I'll leave you with Mr Edgar for the final word...
"We could still be sitting here in 10 years."
The real truth of the lie?
For the sake of truth and justice for Madeleine McCann, I hope not.


  1. Since there is no evidence to say Madeleine is either dead of alive, it's a non-starter.
    The basic fact is she is missing and no one knows for sure exactly what happened that evening 3rd May.

    In fact if it were to be possible to ask the question to people what do you believe, alive or dead. You probably would find the 'dead' voters were more proactive about finding what happened to her than the 'alive' voters.

    Chance, good luck and break-through is what solves this type of mystery.

    And hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later, else I'll join the ''alive'' team and give up ;) !!


  2. MMM

    I hope you don't mind me shortening your name - it's quicker to type:

    This is a stupid submission on the part of TM - Gerry and Kate insist that this Book will stop the search for Madeleine. What he really means is that the Fund cannot go on. If Madeleine was really abducted it would not matter an iota what people say or write about it - nothing would stop them - they would keep looking. So what if some people didn't believe the abduction. It should not stop them as parents of a missing child to keep looking. In fact so would the majority of people and they would keep donating. The only thing they are worried about is the money.


  3. They've put themselves in the public eye and know that every word they speak is recorded.
    Yet they don't have the sense they were born with and continue to shoot themselves in the foot .Well done Mccanns !
    I have a feeling after recent events that they will keep a low profile and develop laryngitis. Pity !
    Nonetheless ,I feel they have made enough mistakes so far to enable a very secure future for themselves ,very secure !

  4. Thank you for your comments, all of which I agree with. The only thing I would say is that I've never once said the child is dead, nor do I wish her to be dead. As you say Meadow, it's a non-starter because we don't know what really happened on May 3rd. The cadaver dog is my one and only hiccup.

  5. MMM, is the cadaver dog your only hiccup ? One of mine is the fast spread forced shutters myth. Minutes after the disappearance discovery at that! Too close to collective unconsciousness representations to be swallowed.
    The difference is that this myth doesn't "kill" Madeleine, as the dog does, it leaves a chance of living happy ever after.
    Angelique is very right. Complaining that GA's death theory jeopardizes the search for Madeleine is grounded. But the McCanns should honestly explain why : money's flow will decrease if people start thinking Madeleine could be dead. Who will give money to search a body ?

  6. Anne, the dogs are my only hiccup where 'dead or alive' is concerned. I have many, many niggles and suspicions about the rest of the case, including the damaged shutters.

  7. Ah ! Ok, if the "dead or alive" topic implies "from the G5A".


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