Anorak | Madeleine McCann: Kate’s ‘suicide’, an ‘evil’ plot to kidnap a twin and another libel trial

Madeleine McCann: Kate’s ‘suicide’, an ‘evil’ plot to kidnap a twin and another libel trial

by | 21st, September 2013

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MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news: the Goncalo Amaral libel trial is underway in Portugal.

The Daily Mail reports:

‘Anti-McCann’ websites plotted to kidnap one of Madeleine’s siblings ‘to find out what they knew about her disappearance’, court hears – Friend of the McCanns found examples of forum members encouraging kidnap so one of the twins could ‘throw some light on the matter’

Gerard Couzens writes:

Internet trolls fuelled by an ex police chief’s claims about the McCanns incited conspiracy-theorists to plot to kidnap the couple’s twins Sean and Amelie, a court heard today.

The Mail provides no web links and names no forums where the alleged plot was hatched.

Goncalo Amaral’s claims they faked daughter Madeleine’s abduction to cover up her death in their Algarve holiday apartment was to blame for the threats, close family friend Michael Wright said. Gerry and Kate McCann, 45, from Rothley, Leics, are suing the former Portuguese detective over his bombshell July 2008 book ‘The Truth of the Lie.’ 


Mr Wright, husband of Kate McCann’s cousin Anne-Marie, told the court the theories in Mr Amaral’s book gave conspiracy theorists on anti-Mccann Internet forums ‘focus’ because he had been in charge of the botched investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.

He said: ‘There were several examples of them inciting forum members to abduct one of the twins as they felt they would be able to throw some light on what may have happened. On one of the Internet forums, called The 3 Arguidos, there was an Internet conversation in great length where a member was suggesting that someone should abduct Sean or Amelie because they may be able to get information out of them that would confirm Mr Amaral’s theories.’

Was that a serious threat? Can anyone identify who made it and when? It’s all every unpleasant. To even joke about abducting a child to prove your theory that their young sibling child was not kidnapped reveals a deep level of stupidity.

The claim is picked up other news organs:

Daily Star: “Internet trolls threaten to snatch one of Madeleine McCann’s siblings”

Daily Express: “Evil internet plot to kidnap Madeleine McCann’s brother or sister”

Evil? No-one was arrested. No-one tried to snatch one of the twins. Might this alleged plot have been idiotic, vicious or cynical than evil?


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