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Madeleine McCann: Mrs Amaral, Kate McCann And Baby Jesus

by | 27th, September 2009

goncolo-amaralMADDIE WATCH: Special Fury Edition. – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann – Today the Sunday Express has chatting thigns over with Goncalo Amaral’s wife, Sophia.

Daily Express: “WE FEEL THE MCCANN’S PAIN AS WELL.”

James Murray speaks not for a nation but for a woman:

THE wife of Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral has denied they are locked in a personal battle with Kate and Gerry McCann and has spoken of their pity for the distraught couple.

Pity? But surely the McCanns want only their daughter. And for Mrs Amaral’s husband not to write any more books that speculate on what could have happened to their daughter..?

“Everyone thinks we are fighting the McCanns but this is not true. I tell people all the time that they are having to endure the hardest pain in the world, which is losing a child.”

A pain she is well-placed to empathise with because…

As a mother I cannot imagine what kind of pain that is.

“As a mother…” Because if you’re not a parent you have even less chance of imaging what it must be like to lose a child. Being a parent is tabloid shorthand for caring. You can buy “Josef Fritzl – As A father…” at all good bookshops; “Ed Balls – As A father” was released as a press release; and “Karen Matthews – As A Mother” will soon appear.

As A Parent…” is offered with “As a Catholic…” – an empathy double-header:

“Like Kate McCann, I am a ­Catholic. The image of pain in the Catholic church is not Christ on the Cross but Mary holding her child in her arms. It is the pain of the loss of a child and there is no worse pain in the world. We are sorry for that.”

Mary looks pretty chuffed with Baby Jesus in those iconic images, after all, he was an adult when the Romans killed him. And he was the Son of God, right? Madeleine McCann was a four-year-old child. Kate McCann is a GP from Leicester who journey by easyJet camel to Portugal on holiday. Make the link:

That pain was etched on the face of Kate McCann when she made a fleeting visit to Lisbon last week to meet her lawyers and to appeal for help in finding her daughter… Close to tears, Kate said: ‘‘She’s six now but we’ve just got to keep going. It has been very harrowing and draining. But there is no choice, she needs us to find her and bring her home.”

Kate McCanns went to Portugal to meet her lawyers and to appeal for help and…

The McCanns are suing him for £1million they believe he has made with his book about the case, The Truth Of The Lie, and a documentary.

They are particularly angered over his claims that Madeleine is not alive. Civil servant Sofia says her 49-year-old husband suffered post traumatic stress after he was removed as head of the Madeleine investigation in September 2007. He took early retirement the following month, even though he lost two-thirds of his pension.

As a mother… As a wife… As a Catholic… This article seems to be an open letter to Kate McCanns that readers of the Sunday tabloid are invited to study. Read the piece. Pick your sides. Later we read this:

His 25-year-old daughter from his first marriage, also called Sofia, has just passed a law degree. His wife has a daughter Rita, 11, from her first ­marriage and she has a daughter, Agnes, with Goncalo who will soon be six.

Six. That’s how old Madeleine McCann would be, or is.

“We will see all our family and friends and enjoy ourselves,” she said. “We are so lucky to have three beautiful girls in the family… “He never yells at them but he can also be a little overprotective. He is always worrying about them having accidents in the playground or ­wherever. I could not wish for a better father.”

Anyone else feeling queasy?

“It was a bad time for Goncalo,” said Sofia. Even in his sleep he was going over in his mind what had happened to him and how his career was brought to a premature end. I heard him talking in the night ­ because of nightmares. Everything he did, every action he took was going through his head.”

And some of it making its way into a book. She then adds, damningly, perhaps:

“We know how Goncalo is portrayed in Britain, the caricature of a foreign detective missing the clues, but the reality is that you will not find a better detective in Portugal.”

Nor ex-detective. And you know where Maddie is… Look to the skies:

“…There are satellites which probably have close-up pictures of what was happening on the ground that day. He tried to get the images but he couldn’t. The US said the satellites were trained on Morocco at the time and that was it. That is what annoys him because he says the inquiry was not completed to his satisfaction. Goncalo loves me and our three girls very much but he lives for his job. For him an investigation is like a mathematical equation. One and one has to make two. Until the answer is found he will not give up.”

The Sunday Express delivers the facts:

From the proceeds of the book her husband has bought a Jaguar car but she insists he has not made a lot of money and that he will defend the legal action.

The hunt / case for Madeleine McCann goes on…



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