Madeleine McCann | Anorak - Part 12

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News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.

Lord Justice Stevenson’s Media Trial Will Produce Heat WIth No Light

MADELEINE McCann: Kate and Gerry McCann, Labour MPs Chris Bryant, Tessa Jowell and Denis MacShane, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, Chris Shipman, the son of Harold Shipman, Max Mosley, Chris Jefferies want to be represented at an official inquiry into phone hacking. They want the opportunity to question witnesses. They want to know how the media operates.

They want to know how off-the-record briefings work. They want to know why only police sources and official lines are not enough. Mistakes are made. People have been libelled hideously.

Does it not come down to trust. Do you trust the paper or broadcaster making the report?

Lord Justice Levesons’ inquiry will allow “core participants” to be legally represented, cross-examine witnesses and make opening and closing statements.

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Posted: 7th, September 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment (1)

Madeleine McCann Is Not An App

KENT News manages to weave Madeleine McCann into a story on a Channel 4 show in which Stephen Fry counted down the greatest gadgets of all time. It’s the usual mindless filler in which Fry’s advertorial is punctuated by nodding heads arriving on screen to get nostalgic about a device they appear to have only just learnt about.

The paper’s Chris Britcher opines:

After all, rather than Mr Fry plumping for the somewhat predictable Holy (Apple) Trinity of iPod, iPhone and iPad in the top three positions, the humble lighter emerged on top of the list followed by the wrist watch. And when you think about it, very sensible choices they are too.

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Posted: 2nd, September 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (3)

Sceptic Offers Psychics $1million To Find Madeleine McCann

CAN psychics find Madeleine McCann? The James Randi Educational Foundation has issued a challenge: anyone who can prove their skills in a controlled experiment will get $1million.
James Randi, founder of the JREF, says:

“James Van Praagh and Allison DuBois have turned the huckster art of ‘cold reading’ into a multi-million-dollar industry, preying on families’ deepest fears and regrets.”

A mentalist named Banachek adds:

“We’re issuing a challenge: If one of you can demonstrate your ‘psychic’ abilities on randomly chosen strangers — not celebrities — under mutually-agreed conditions, without relying on known cold-reading techniques such as fishing around with vague questions, and without just using Google — we will donate our million dollars to you or to the charity of your choice.”

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Posted: 23rd, August 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (3)

Kate And Gerry McCann’s Lawyer Sues Madeleine Foundation Secretary Tony Bennett

MADELEINE McCann: Yet another court case of the McCanns as they sue Tony Bennett:


Article filed 16 August 2011

On 9 August 2011, Mr Edward Smethurst, the Co-ordinating Solicitor for Drs Gerald and Kate McCann, issued a libel summons against Madeleine Foundation Secretary Tony Bennett, a fact he found out on returning yesterday from a 10-day holiday. The claim is limited by Mr Smethurst to ‘a sum not exceeding £100,000’.

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Posted: 16th, August 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Family Holiday At Ruth McCann’s Pria Da Luz Flat

MADELEINE McCann: News is that a family of holidaymakers are right now staying in the “the holiday apartment where Madeleine McCann was kidnapped“. So reports the Sun in news based on a Press Association story.

A British tourist at the Ocean Complex resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, said: “I saw a young family staying in the apartment, enjoying their holiday. They didn’t seem to have a care in the world, and if I hadn’t known of the flat’s history, I wouldn’t have given it a second look.”

This seems encouraging news for Ruth McCann (no relation) who owns the flat. She’s been trying to sell it with no success.

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Posted: 16th, August 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (9)

Madeleine McCann: 200 ‘Maddies’ Abducted Every Year – Says Daily Star

THIS year alone – just in 2011 – the have been 200 “Maddie-style abductions“.

So says the Daily Star on its front page.

The hard facts of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are that:

She went missing in Portugal.

And that’s it.

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Posted: 7th, August 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Madeleine McCann Spotted In India: French And Belgian Couple Help Police

MADELEINE McCann has been spotted in…India. She was with a Belgian and French couple.

To date, Our Maddie has been spotted in:

Canada,ItalySwedenPortugalSpainMoroccoMajorca,BelgiumBosniaFranceAustraliaBrazil,Wales, MaltaItalyGermanyAustrialia, France, DubaiDorset, USA and New Zealand (by boat).

The Tribune India says the ‘sighting’ was on the 22nd July

Says Anorak reader Karen:

It’s now being reported as breaking news today on ITV Central and it’s also in the Mail:

At one point an American man is said to have tried to take the girl from the couple. However the French woman and her Belgian husband insist that they are the parents of the girl.

Police in the city have taken swabs so that DNA tests can be carried out on the youngster.

As she says:

Is it her or are all girls who resemble her going to be treated like this at some stage?

It would be nice if it’s her but what about those poor, innocent parents if it isn’t?

How long does it take to get the results of DNA tests?

The report says:

High drama prevailed in the busy Fort Road market of the city last night when three persons identified a six-year-old girl as Madeleine McCann, a British girl who went missing while on a holiday in Portugal in 2007.

Madeleine McCann would not be six. As reader June says:

Where are the parents? But its probably just another ‘sighting’ no names of the people involved at all.

But attempting to remove the child??? very bad form – not everyone will be that ‘sympathetic’ that its ok to do that.

The eye defect is miniscule anyway and you would have to get very close indeed to see it, and isn’t MM 8 now and not 6 as reported

Karen adds:

SkyPhilippa Philippa Hall (Sky News presenter)
Our producer in Delhi as spoken to police, who say they’ve not heard about the DNA test or sighting of Madeleine #mccann.

ITVCentral Leh police tell ITV News there is no child resembling #Madeleine #McCann in their custody and they are not aware of any such incident.

So where did the news come from then?

We do not know. We guess the local Leh police, who, reportedly, told the Chandigarh Tribune in India that they had taken copies of the girl’s “parents'” passports – and:

“‘It all depends upon the evidence like DNA for which help from Madeleine’s parents and the British police was required.’

Over in the Mail we learn from the McCanns’ PR Clarence Mitchell:

“Kate and Gerry do not believe the child seen in India was Madeleine. They have seen photographic evidence and concluded that it was not her.

“We remain grateful for people’s vigilance around the world. Madeleine is still out there and the search for her very much continues.”

The Express seizes on the sighting of an unnamed six-year-old girl who is not Madeleine McCann to yell:
Such are the facts…

Posted: 28th, July 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (16)

Madeleine McCann And The Brazilian Code Gangs

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance news of the missing child in the media: the Brazilian kidnappers.

The Daily Star’s Jonathan Corke has news:

MADELEINE McCann’s abductors may have daubed coded messages on the outside walls of the family’s holiday apartment to indicate when she was alone.

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Posted: 17th, July 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4)

‘MADDIE FOUND ALIVE AND SAFE’: Madeleine McCann Wins Tabloid Award


The Liverpool Echo ran a contest inviting readers to come up with their dream headline. What would be the best headline they could ever read? Ever. In the whole world. In the entire history of humankind. What would be the No.1 headline?

The headline was picked as the winner because it was “a headline that everyone would want to see”. It is “succinct but emotive”.

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Posted: 5th, July 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (5)

Laughing Kate McCann: The Truth About A Daily Express Conspiracy And Wed Trolls

WHY has the Daily Express “removed” this image of Kate and Gerry McCann smiling from its website? Last week, Anorak bought you news of Kate and Gerry McCann in Holland. They were promoting Kate McCann’ book, Madeleine.

The Express shaped the story of the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann’s funds and awareness raising trip around their smiles.

The paper’s headline stated:

“At last Kate McCann can smile again”

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Posted: 29th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (20)

Madeleine McCann: A European Tour, A Birdseye View And A Little Girl’s Nightmare

MADELEINE McCann is missing. But people are doing their bit to raise funds to help her parent’s, Kate and Gerry McCann, pay for private detectives and a media handler to look for her and keep her name in the news.

The Garratts Are Going On Tour:

A family is gearing up for a trip around Europe to remind people that Madeleine McCann is still missing.

Simon and Michelle Garratt, of Coalville, will be handing out leaflets and posters during their journey, which will see them average 200 miles a day and spend four weeks in a camper van. Starting in France, they are taking their four children, Jake, 10, Niamh, eight, Freya, six, and Eden, three, on the trip.

Simon revealed son Jake was the inspiration behind the idea.

He said: “It’s a mammoth task but we want to spread the word in the hope Madeleine is still out there.

“My son told me he wouldn’t like to go missing and then be forgotten, and he asked, ‘why can’t we do anything to help Madeleine?’ which got me thinking. We decided do something a bit challenging and different, and if people listen to us then we will have done a little bit.”

The determined family are planning to stop off at several holy places on the way and will light candles for Madeleine, who disappeared from her family’s holiday flat in the Algarve in May, 2007.

During their summer trip, they will be visiting France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Belgium.

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Posted: 27th, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2)

Madeleine McCann: On Tour In Amsterdam

IN “At last Kate McCann can smile again“, the Daily Express tells readers:

For once, grieving Kate McCann can find something to smile about. So often pictured as a sad, withdrawn figure, she and husband Gerry burst into laughter as they promoted her book about their lost daughter Madeleine.

But they weren’t laughing all day. The camera captures a moment in time. The news is thin and loaded. We are not told why they “burst into laughter”, only that they did. The photos of a sad withdrawn figure are also snap shots in time. We do not see the woman all the time. We see the photos the media thinks tells a story. We are just being invited to stare at the parents.

The couple were in Amsterdam to launch the Dutch edition of the book which they hope will help to boost the search for Madeleine across Europe.

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Posted: 24th, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (16)

Madeleine McCann: BBC, Mirror And Sun Lied Over Goncalo Amaral And Still Fail To Apologise

MADELEINE McCann: Do you remember whan Goncalo Amaral told the Mcanns “Fuck The McCanns“? Yeah, you do.  We were sceptical. Tony Parsons told Mirror readers:

Maddy McCann cop adds insults to injury by Tony Parsons:

If, as has been suggested in Portugal, there was a “media circus” around the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, then it is the Portuguese police who are the clowns. Cruel, stupid, spiteful clowns. The Portuguese police were shown up as a bunch of clueless amateurs by the Madeleine case, and – shamed, embarrassed, infuriated – they turned their rage on the McCanns.

Even now, the Portuguese cops treat Kate and Gerry McCann with a grotesque lack of respect. Asked if he cared that he had hurt the McCanns, Goncalo Amaral told a BBC reporter: “No, f*** the McCanns.” A class act, that fat copper, who has sought to make money out of a stolen child – and the endless grief of her parents…

But it is also genuinely tragic that the Portuguese police did not seriously look for the bastard who stole her.And that’s because they have always been far too busy slandering that little girl’s parents.

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Posted: 18th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (5)

Madeleine McCann: McCanns Sue Three Arguidos: Manuel Luis Goucha, Paulo Sargento And Hernâni Carvalho

MADELEINE McCann: More courtroom action from Kate and Gerry McCann, who are reported to be suing Manuel Luis Goucha, Paulo Sargento and Hernâni Carvalho for libel. Duerte Levy reports from Portugal:

The criminal complaint, initiated by the couple’s lawyer in Portugal, also affects the TVI administration. It was during a talk show broadcasted by TVI that the alleged crime has occurred.

The psychologist Paulo Sargento – arguido since yesterday – confirmed the information and stated “that he did not speak yesterday but that he intends to do so during the proceedings because he has knowledge of elements which may lead to the reopening of the inquiry related to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.”

An interesting detail is that the process is not under the law of secrecy of justice.

A source close to Maddie’s parents has confirmed the complaint and added that “other complaints may still occur”.

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Posted: 16th, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (8)

Another Madeleine McCann Spreads Fear In The Algarve: Daily Star Spreads Fear

MADELEINE McCann: The Daily Star’s Jonathan Corke says the Algarve is just waiting for another Maddie to happen. And only CCTV can prevent it:

BRITISH children on holiday in Portugal’s Algarve are still “wide open” to another Madeleine McCann-style abduction because authorities refuse to install CCTV.

She vanished in 2007. There have been no similar vanishing since. Why the fear now? And why only British kids?

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry have long believed a camera network in the region may have helped prevent her disappearance or helped in the search.

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Posted: 14th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (6)

The Family Murdered Rose Ron – Israel’s Madeleine McCann

BACK when every country had an Our Maddie, we brought you news of Rose Ron, the Israeli girl who had vanished. Who dunnit? Well, it was her grandpa, Ronny Ron. He was shagging his daughter-in-law, Marie-Charlotte Renault-Pizem.

Ronny Ron killed Rose Ron. He stuffed her body into a suitcase and tossed the lot into Tel Aviv’s Yarkon river. That was 2008.

Renault-Pizem, 26, has been convicted of plotting her daughter’s murder. In 2005, she divorced Benjamin Ron, when he found out she was shagging his dad.

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Posted: 14th, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann Is Media’s Spokesperson For All Missing Children At Commons Inquiry

MADELEINE McCANN: To the Parliamentary inquiry into missing persons at the House of Commons in London, where Kate McCann is  in attendee. So too are Nicki Durban, mother of missing Luke Durbin, and Sarah Godwin, mother of missing Quentin Godwin.

The news media reports. Can the media make mention of any other missing children, other than Our Maddie? OIr will it focus on the benchmark of all missing children? “Kate McCann: Families with missing children are left in dark”

“If your house is burgled you are automatically offered victim support with emotional, practical and legal assistance. If your child goes missing you may get nothing.”


London Evening Standard: “Kate McCann tells ministers: we must do more to help families of missing people”

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Posted: 13th, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann Appeals To Creepy MPs

MADELEINE McCann: Kate McCann addresses the MPs.

The Belfast Telegraph says: “McCann plea for more family support”.

“Kate McCann will tell MPs about the heartache that families of missing children have to endure”

Are MPs that insensitive they cannot empathise? These are the MPs who wore yellow ribbons in the House of Commons in a mawkish display of pap emotion when the Our Maddie story was at its apogee and the politicians were tapping into the emotions of the mob.

Families of missing people are left with “unimaginable, unending heartbreak, confusion, guilt, and worry” when their loved ones go missing and need more support, Kate McCann will tell MPs.

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Posted: 13th, June 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (3)

Madeleine McCann And The Psychic Mass Murderer Of Liberty Texas

LEO Hickman wants to know the answer to this question: “Do the police use psychics to help them?”

He asks in light of a psychic who told police in Liberty, Texas, that 30 bodies – men, woman and – oh, dear god – children – were buried in a pit.

The media went nuts. The AFP even spotted the actual blood and guts:

Texas police, acting on a tip-off, Tuesday found a mass grave containing “a lot of bodies,” including the corpses of children, US media reported.

The Liberty County sheriff’s office was combing the area after being told 25 to 30 dismembered bodies, many of them possibly children, were buried outside a house at the intersection of two roads, the Houston Chronicle said. “A lot of bodies” had been found on a property in Hardin, Texas about 50 miles (31 kilometers) northeast of Houston, a law enforcement source told CBS television.

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Posted: 9th, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment (1)

Madeleine McCann: Julie Myerson And Me

WHO better than Julie Myerson to review Kate McCann’s book Madeleine book in the New Statesman? Myerson is the ambitious and talented author who turned living with her three children into a Guardian column called Living with Teenagers and then wrote a book called The Lost Child: a True Story, in which she wrote about kicking her weed-smoking 17-year-old son out of the family home.

Under the headline “A very public agony”, Myerson – who turned her own agonises into an orchestrated spectacle with a cover price – writes:

One May afternoon in 2007 in Praia da Luz, Portugal, barely 48 hours before their daughter Madeleine disappeared, Kate and Gerry McCann took their three young children down to the beach. It began to rain, and the children were grumpy, but the promise of an ice cream worked its magic.

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Posted: 3rd, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4)

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann’s Book Still Number 1

MADELEINE, Kate McCann’s book on her missing daughter, is selling well.

For the third consecutive week, Kate McCann’s Madeleine (Bantam Press) was the bestselling book in the UK… The book sold 30,895… at UK booksellers.

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Posted: 1st, June 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Madeleine McCann Is Wanted – Will David Cameron Now Find Michael Dixon?

MADELEINE McCANN: Michael Dixon is missing. His brother David has written to David Cameron. The letter is open for all to read. But it did not make it to the front page of the Sun. David Cameron has yet to use that paper or any to write an open reply.

Says David Dixon:

“It’s great news for all families of Britons missing abroad that David Cameron and the Met are helping the McCanns. Now we’re asking them to do the same for us.”

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Posted: 30th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4)

Madeleine McCann: Police Bills And Kids With Yellow Balloons

MADELEINE McCann: Is it unfair that British police are now investigating the disappearance of the innocent child?

The Lancashire Telegraph reports:

Britain’s top policeman, Lancashire-born Paul Stephenson, has faced accusations that the Madeleine McCann case was getting “unfair” and “special” attention at Scotland Yard.

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Posted: 26th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (78)

Madeleine McCann: Star Spots ‘150 Maddies’ – And Only One Kate McCann

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Our Maddie in the news: hundreds of Maddies and only one Kate McCann:

Daily Star (front page): “SCANDAL OF 150 MADDIES

Jonathan Corke has news:

AN estimated 150 children a year are victims of Madeleine McCann-style abductions in Britain.

Having established by media opinion and best-guesswork that the innocent child was abducted, the paper continues to look at the facts:

But campaigners say missing pets are more closely monitored than missing youngsters. If the Government launched an in-depth probe into each case, as they have done for Madeleine, it would cost nearly a billion pounds.

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Posted: 22nd, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4)

Madeleine McCann: As A Ward Of Court Will Our Maddie Reappear Only To Vanish Again?

MADELEIENE McCann: How would the Metropolitan Police deal with Dr. Gerry and Dr. Kate McCann if they again demand answers and ask to see the evidence?

Almost three years ago and after the Portuguese Police had removed the Arguido (suspect) stigma from them, the couple tried to force Leicestershire police to hand over files which the police team, then co-operating with Portuguese police, was suspected to have amassed.

The action was brought by the parents acting in the name of missing daughter Madeleine. It was said to be so they could then hand the files to their private detectives – a company called Metodo 3.

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Posted: 17th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (12)