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Madeleine McCann: Has The Tide Changed Against Kate And Gerry McCann?

by | 11th, May 2011

MADELEINE McCann: Every now and then as a journalist you spot a tide change; a dramatic turnaround in the nature and character of a familiar story.

Last night those in the know saw a very hard-hitting piece by Chris Freind (who writes the Freindly Fire column/blog) pulled by the Philly Post in as yet unexplained circumstances.

It was a piece re the McCanns and mentioned a link t o one of the world’s richest people Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

The one thing J.K. Rowling is said to treasure above all else is her personal space and she DOES have the money and clout to have publishers reminded of their obligations.

It would be a great shame if one the world’s greatest ever fictional story-writers had waved a black arts cloak of invisibility to suppress a story already out in the public domain. I very much doubt it was the case and I await with interest for any explanation from the publishers.

As one of many who had the pleasure of reading the piece in the Philly Post before it was pulled I regarded it as an interesting, speculative, viewpoint and not actionable in any legal sense. Particularly as it was hosted on an American site. It made no allegations but expressed disbelief in one version of the reported events. That is, the McCann version.

Chris has never been a friend or bosom pal of the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann and along with many has always disputed the doctors’ version of events which took place on May 3, 2007 in their holiday village, the Praia da Luz complex in Portugal… four long word-filled and court-case strewn years ago.

Freind has always regarded the abduction hypothesis put forward by the Doctors Kate and Gerry McCann as not a reasonable one.

In that time the McCanns seem to have lost more friends than gained and have single-mindedly raised a fortune from public subscription, private donation (and compensatory payments from newspapers who may have o ver extended the available facts) for the Madeleine War Chest (funding various investigations which have, so far, led nowhere ).

There comes a time when neutrality become a cloak of thorns and wherever you position yourself there is a constant and irritating stab in body parts you just can’t reach safely without hurting yourself even more. There is a time scratch the odd itch.

That’s the truth of it with the strangely enigmatic tale of the missing child of the good doctors Gerry McCann and Kate McCann (nee Healy) both now approaching 44-years-old.

Despite the ranting against negative publicity, the meeting with the Pope, the celebrity status (gone now, for ever, since the pair can only ever be single subject guests does no other celebrity of whatever type wants to share their platform?) there is a sea change.

All through this

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