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Madeleine McCann: Blame The Algarve For Your Latest Holiday Read

by | 13th, September 2014

THE Telegraph has been serialising Looking For Madeleine by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. The book is available to order from Telegraph Books at £16.99 + £1.95 p&p.

In the abscne of any facts whatsover to augment the one irrefutable truth – the innocent child is missing – thr story rumbles on and on.

One Telegraph extract is entitled:

Madeleine: if only the McCanns had known about the Algarve

The place is to blame? The article concludes:

It is fair to say that if Gerry and Kate McCann had known of the history of sexual assaults on tourists’ children in Praia da Luz and the surrounding area, they would never have left their patio door unlocked to make dinner-time checks easier. Indeed, had they known about the sex assaults in advance of the holiday, they might not have travelled to the Algarve at all.

But many others do travel to the Algarve; many since the child vanished.  Are these parents negligent, un caring or stupid?

Another extract is headlined:

Madeleine McCann: ‘I listened for 15 seconds and knew they were innocent’

We meet the wealthy donor:

Brian Kennedy, a wealthy British businessman, had been following events as they unwound in Portugal and wanted to help. “I was incredulous,” he told us. “I’d been losing all hope and faith in human nature. I had been asking myself, ‘How is this possible?’ [Kate] is grieving. My instincts were telling me there was a great injustice being done. I called my lawyer and said, ‘I want you to reach out to these poor folks and see if we can help them’.”

His lawyer made contact with the McCanns and they met Kennedy in London. “Within 15 seconds of listening to Kate,” he said, “I made a decision, using all the emotional intelligence one builds up over many years. I was 100 per cent convinced of their total innocence. I told them that, one, we would find a top Portuguese lawyer to defend them, and get them off as arguidos [the McCanns had been designated “named suspects” by the Portuguese authorities days before they returned to England]. Two, we’d do everything in our power to influence the public’s perspective and views. And, three, we’d support them in setting up some private investigators … The Portuguese police had stopped investigating. It was urgent to get some other guys on to it.”

The investigators hired by the McCanns found nothing.

The book might be well written and research, but the story can be summed up in another Telegraph headline, this one not linked to the book:

Madeleine McCann: are we any closer to knowing the truth?

No. But the best chance of finding out what happened in May 2007 is to let the Met get on with their investigation.

But if you want entertainment, ‘Our Maddie’ has spawned a row at the bookshop:

Vanished: The Truth About the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann Paperback, by Danny Collins

Looking For Madeleine Hardcover, by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

The Truth of the Lie by Gonçalo Amaral

Madeleine: Our daughter’s disappearance and the continuing search for her by Kate McCann

And surely lots more to follow…



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