Using Blonde Maria To Bash The Gypsies And Feed Off Madeleine McCann
WHEN the tabloids looked at the blond child found in the Greek gypsy camp they thought of Madeleine McCann. The Daily Star went as far as declaring “Maddie Found In Greece“:
But it wasn’t her. And today the Sunday Times leads with news that it could be any number of children:
We don’t know how the child came to be living in the camp with adults not blood related to her.
Known only as Maria, she is in the care of the charity Smile of the Child, which says it has been flooded by calls from anguished parents searching for their lost children.
A photograph of the girl, who is believed to be about four years old, has been released to help find her real parents.
Police suspect that she may have been abducted or sold as a baby: DNA tests confirmed that the Roma couple she was found with were not her biological parents.
“We’ve had thousands of phone calls from all over the world,” said the charity in Athens. “Most are parents who have lost a child or been the victims of abduction. Some were told their baby had died at birth but did not believe it.”
We don’t know much at all. Here’s the Daily Mail:
Revealed: The rundown home where the four-year-old ‘Greek Maddie’ lived with her gypsy ‘abductors’
No judge. No jury. The man and woman are kidnappers. The 39-year-old man and a woman, 40, have been charged with abducting a minor.
And the child whose identity we do not know is dubbed “Greek Maddie”.
Unidentified girl can only speak obscure Roma language
So. She might be Roma.
Much more interesting than that is the Mirror’s news:
Ben Needham: Claims missing boy is in SAME gipsy camp where stolen girl Maria was found
His mother Kerry Needham, 41, said: “The authorities in Greece always told us, ‘Gipsies don’t steal babies’. Now we know they do. We are very optimistic this new information may help us find Ben.”
We don’t know that they do.
The astonishing claims come from Andonis Bedzios who had gone to the remote camp in Larissa, central Greece, to search for his own son when he saw a child matching Ben’s description.
He gave a statement to cops – but Ben’s family say it was never properly followed up by officers. The account is one of a string of links between the Greek travelling community and the disappearance of the 21-month-old toddler from Greek island Kos in 1991.
Such are the facts.