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Madeleine: First Extracts Of Kate McCann’s Book

by | 7th, May 2011

MADELEINE McCann Book: Day 1 of the Sun’s serialisation of Kate McCann’s book Madeleine .


You want to feel pain and heartbreak? You want to watch another woman’s suffering and feel it in your own heart? Here goes:


It was always Maddie, the media’s pet name for their lightning rod of emotion:



“Madeleine McCann’s mother Kate reveals paedophile fears in new book in The Sun”

Pages 2 and 3: “I’m consumed  by my worst fear…that a pervert took our daughter.”

The Sun now owns Our Maddie, or at least it is trying to. Now, it gets down to spreading the fear. Rather than beginning the Kate McCann interview with news of the private investigation the one the book’s revenues will pay for what we get is:

MADELEINE McCann’s mother has told for the first time of terrible visions that her kidnapped daughter is being abused by a pervert.

This is titillation. How much info do want about these dreams?

In a heart-rending book serialised from today in The Sun, Kate, 43, writes how she is haunted by “flashes” of Madeleine “screaming” for her and husband Gerry.

If you read the book at night, you might be haunted to. But the fact remains: we do not know if a paedophile is involved in the disappearance of the innocent child. This is speculation a fitting way to begin the story of Our Maddie:

The couple also tell The Sun exclusively about being at the centre of one of the most harrowing stories of modern times.

What more harrowing than 9/11? Less harrowing than the war in Afghanistan or mass murder in Rwanda? More harrowing than the tale of John Sweeney ? The news media is full of nightmares.

Says Kate McCann:

“The idea that my Madeleine was taken by a paedophile is my worst fear. I became consumed with it. It was torture for me. It was horrible, so vivid.

It’s worse when I go to bed and think about that first awful night again, when Madeleine went missing. That sense of dark and fear, of being desperate to sleep but not being able to. I just end up plummeting down again.”

Why are we being told this? Is talking about it form of therapy for the distraught mother? Fair enough. But why is it front-page news? Why do we need to see a woman’s pain and look at the images insider her head?

The emotion-charged book by ex-GP Kate is titled simply Madeleine.

You are being told to feel emotion. But you might not. You might just read it and stare. You might not empathise? You might just watch the parents and flick the pages on.

As for the key facts:

She and consultant cardiologist Gerry, 42…

The parents’ jobs were always important to the media narrative. Were they street cleaners, unemployed or gulp! black, Our Maddie would have gone the way of other missing children.

…admit they are plagued by guilt over the night Madeleine vanished from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz while they enjoyed a meal with friends at a tapas bar.

This much we know. We have heard it before:

Kate says: “If your child is killed in a traffic accident, or died of cancer, parents are at peace.”

Are they? Well, you do get closure. This story and the parents could do with that:

“But Madeleine is still missing and she needs us to do something.”

Says Gerry McCann of his brave wife ”:

“There were times when I thought she would never get back to being the woman I love. I could understand why something like this destroys relationships. It’s been so hard to keep your own head above water at times.”

He adds:

“Who’s thinking about child abductions in a little sleepy out-of-season tourist resort? It never entered our minds. We felt very safe – it was a family resort.”

Well, thanks to Our Maddie, pretty much every parent was thinking about abduction and paedos. The story became every parent’s worst nightmare ”. A rare event came an it-could-be-you story.

He stresses ”:

“Blaming us for not being there takes it away from the abductor. Someone went into an apartment and stole a child. Of course we feel guilt. But it doesn’t bring the child back.”

It is not to a delve into a conspiracy theory to ask

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