Madeleine McCann: Extracting The Extracts
THE Sun has extracted so much from Kate McCann’sMadeleine for its massive serialisation it’s a wonder there’s anything left worth reading. However, I do applaud the paper’s championing of the book – I guess they must have parted with more than £500k for the rights, perhaps more given the advertising campaignbehind it.
The case of missing Maddie has, like many other crime mysteries, drawn out the conspiracy theory trolls and armchair Rumpoles who imagine a question amounts to evidence. They were at it on Twitter last night, repeating baseless claims against the McCanns. Fantasists of this sort are not interested in forensic investigation or even the truth: they have a variety of agendas, and clinical personal issues, none of them much to do with Madeleine.
As for the book, out May 12, it is a highly emotional chronicle which I don’t think breaks any major new ground. It is amazing to read nonetheless that the incompetent Portuguese cops imputed guilt to Kate because she’d consulted a priest just after her daughter went missing. A sign of guilt, apparently. So what’s a practising Catholic supposed to do? She seems to have attracted vitriol over her failure to run around screaming and wailing like some soap opera banshee, disappointing the thirsty, tit-hardened sadists who live to slurp up other people’s tears.
The Sun is advertising the book at a ‘special’ price of £18 from its RRP of £20. Yet on Amazon you can get it for £9. The book’s earnings will be poured into the McCanns’ not-for-profit Fund – details here on their Find Madeleine site.