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.
In “Maddie, the heartrending dilemma”, Samuel, one of Anorak’s favourite writers, says:
There are, it is roughly estimated, as many as 180,000 missing children in the United Kingdom. According to the home Office, the number of full-time police in England and Wales is 142,000.
They are not all missing, presumed stolen. Many have gone off with parents.
You see the problem, yes? Even if we took one officer and told him his only job was to find Madeleine McCann, he would still have to take alternate Thursdays off to help investigate some other disappearance.
Well, if every missing child was thought to have been the subject of a crime, then yes. But they are not. Samuel is using the big numbers to prove a point but missing the facts.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: Kate and Gerry McCann are on GMTV with Lorraine Kelly. The McCanns are talking. Their children Sean and Amelie are talking, too:
Page 11: “McCanns beg police to start again in the search for Madeleine”
Did they ever look to begin with – really look?
Leicestershire Police has carried out its own inquiries as has the taxpayer-funded Child Exploitation and On-Line Protection Centre. But neither is actively seeking the little girl.
But she has been looked for:
The three-year saga has already cost UK taxpayers nearly £500,000.
More can be done. Always more can be done because Our Maddie has not been found.What of the facts?
The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, told GMTV’s Lorraine Kelly it was ‘incredibly frustrating’ that police in Portugal and the UK are not doing more to find Maddie…
The Sun (front page): “We’ve finally told twins that Maddie was stolen”
Pages 14-15: It’s an exclusive with Lorraine Kelly.
“Mummy was a doctor but now her job is to find Madeleine – WHAT TWIN TOLD SCHOOLGIRL PAL”
Lorraine Kelly has already scored an interview with the McCanns on the GMTV sofa. Now she writes of that meeting.
KATE and Gerry McCann are making plans for their daughter’s seventh birthday – but the little girl will not be opening her presents or blowing out the candles on her cake.
They light the candles? Not that much light is shone on what happened to Our Maddie. On a brighter note, at least each birthday is marked in the national press. The missing child continues to feature. But what is the purpose of the article?
Kate told me: “Her birthday is actually much more difficult than May 3rd. It is a day when we should be celebrating Madeleine – and celebrating WITH Madeleine.”
This is pain exposed. But how does this help find the missing girl? We are staring at the parents. They are inviting us to stare. But we must be careful what we say. Kate and Gerry McCann are innocent. And they are also litigious. Still, Lorraine Kelly isn’t looking at the facts nor for the child – she too is watching the parents:
Kate is bone thin and looks very fragile and, while Gerry might appear to be coping well on the outside, you can clearly see the pain in his eyes.
They both have a haunted, strained look but somehow they manage to get through the day.
Well, they don’t always look like that. And while the stress has been manifest, Gerry McCann has always looked remarkably together and composed in front of the media. And Kate McCann look pretty good.
Time, now, for an anecdote:
Kate, a GP, said that one of Sean’s playmates had asked her “Are you a doctor?” She recalled: “Sean just came in and said, ‘Mummy was a doctor but her job now is to find Madeleine’. He was straight in there. So they understand that we have got a lot of support.”
The kids are now talking:
Kate said: “I think it was last year Amelie said to me, ‘Has Madeleine run away?’
“And she kept asking me in a public place so it was a bit tricky at first, and she said, ‘Because it’s not nice to run away’.
“That really upset me because I thought I don’t want her to think that Madeleine is at fault. So, probably about the third time she asked when we were at home we just explained that someone had taken Madeleine.”
“But we tried to make them understand in as gentle a way as possible. It’s a bit like stealing, you know. That’s how they understand it. So they know someone has taken her and they know it is wrong.”
Try not to spread the fear in kids’ minds. You know, like thsoe adverts for Our Maddie beforeShrek the Third. Whodunnit?
Gerry said: “They believe it was a man that took her. It was a naughty man and we need to try and find them. So part of what they say is that mummy is working to try and help find Madeleine.”
Such are the facts. Kelly says that the story of Our Maddie has “a dark side”. Yep, darker than a child going missing.
Kate and Gerry found themselves accused of being neglectful parents and even complicit in Madeleine’s disappearance.
Is that dark? But the story is not about the parents. It’s about finding the missing child, isn’t it? Can we speculate? Gerry McCann says we can:
“What I would say is people have got to put themselves in our position and ask what would you do if it was your daughter?”
Well… What would you do? Imagine if your child went missing. There for the grace of god, and all that. A child goes missing and we all get to play along. And the Government can join in, too:
In their ongoing campaign, Kate and Gerry would dearly love to see a full government review of the case.
Gerry said: “It is not right that an innocent, vulnerable British citizen is, essentially, given up on. We don’t think it is right that, as parents, we have to drive the search. Of course, we will but not everyone has the same resources that we have had.”
No word on Our Maddie in the Daily Star, Daily Express and Daily Mirror (which long ago dispensed with its yellow ribbon).
“The benefits of biometric systems… In the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (2007), the UK police asked visitors at the Resort in Portugal in the two weeks prior to child’s disappearance to provide any photographs of passers-by for use in a biometric facial recognition system….”
THE Third anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance approaches. May 3 2010 will mark the day. And Madeleine McCann’s parents are to be interviewed by Lorraine Kelly on the GMTV sofa. It is billed as their only TV interview to mark the day.
“Lorraine’s been very supportive of the family,” said a source. “This is a thank you and a reminder that she’s still missing.”
A thank you to Lorraine Kelly by appearing on her show? This is how top celebrities and minor royals behave. And this is the same understanding Kelly who opeined on the matter of Josef Fritzl:
“The Austrian police should have a massive recruitment drive and set up a special unit to search every single cellar in their entire country. Who knows what more vile horrors would be revealed.” The cops should “start arming themselves with pickaxes, torches and strong stomachs and start searching those cellars”.
MADELEINE McCANN went missing on Thursday May 3, 2007. An innocent, blonde, photogenic girl disappeared and a voracious media went to work. It was a feeding frenzy. We were introduced the names that have become mainstays of the news media. The middle-class, educated parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were libelled. Robert Murat had his life almost destroyed. The Tapas 7 were examined. Goncalo Amaral was accused. Clarence Mitchell spoke. And for all the heat and noise there was no light. Madeleine McCann went missing. She is still missing. There are no suspects. There is no evidence of what happened to her. This is the story in pictures:
MADELEINE McCann: BEFRIEND a paedophile. And not just a paedo but other sex offenders. The BBC’s Bob Howard wonder if “’befriending’ them be the best way to stop them committing more crimes?” Well, yes. If you give them what they want.
In a trail for the Donal MacIntyre shop BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday 11 April at 1930, the BBC meets Sarah, who “regularly meets a man convicted of serious sex offences against children”. He nows live in the “community”. Not the paedo community, but a more general community called London.
Sarah says she was partly inspired to volunteer by the press coverage surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
You know, the child you inspired MacIntyre to journey to Praia a Luz and solve the case for the media.
“It would not have been possible, contrary to the select committee’s assertions, for the commission to have come to an independent view in May 2007 on questions of accuracy or impropriety in the reporting of the McCann case.
SANDRA Bullock’s Tiger Woods’ cub went missing. Or is missing?
“Q. I have noticed the use of “went missing” in newspapers recently. “The money went missing,” “he or she went missing,” etc. When did “went” get interjected into sentences? What is wrong with “the money is (or was) missing” or “he or she is (or was) missing? I think “went missing” sounds stupid.
A. You’re not alone. On her blog, the Grammar Girl received so many complaints from her literate followers that she called it her pet peeve of 2008. In 2005, noted wordsmith James J. Kilpatrick wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, “‘Went missing’ should go missing.”
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: MILLY Dowler, nee Amanda Dowler, went missing on March 21, 2002 in Walton-upon-Thames. On 18 September 2002, Milly Dowler’s remains were found by mushroom pickers on Yateley Heath in Hampshire.
Levi Bellfield will face trial over Milly’s murder. But what’s this. In the midst of a story on Milly Dowler, Madeleine McCann’s name appears. Crime reporter Richard Edwards tells Telegraph readers:
Officers initially treated it as a missing persons inquiry rather than a possible abduction – a dilemma highlighted again years later by the slow Portuguese response to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which was also assumed to be innocent at first.
Er, no it wasn’t From the off the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was a voracious media feeding frenzy, which attacked the parents first and then went for Robert Murat and pretty much anyone else it painted a bity iffy.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3 May 2007. On the morning of the 4th, the Daily Mail wrote:
The disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann has echoes of the tragic case of Ben Needham, who went missing in Greece in 1991.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - THE death of five-year-old Isabella Nardoni is evoking the name of Madeleine McCann in Brazil. Nadoni’s body was found on March 29, 2008.
Her parents, Alexandre Nardoni and stepmother Anna Carolina Jatobe, said the girl had been killed by an intruder at their apartment clock.
But they were lying. Both are guilty of killing the girl and throwing her from the window of their sixth-floor apartment.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - IN today’s second case of Our Maddie in the news, we journey to Dordrecht, Holland, where Milly Boele has been killed.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - The Daily Star reports that the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiries Team (HEMET) aka HELMET, will investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
You might have heard of them before. As the Star notes, these are the “Shannon cops”. This is the police team who found Shannon Matthews.
Only, it wasn’t them that found Shannon Matthews. The 300 local police looking for the missing child found Shannon Matthews because a neighbour Michael Donovan aka Paul Drake, heard child footsteps in his flat in Lidgate Gardens and knew he had no children.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann -More news on how Madeleine McCann is being used for our entertainment as reader Bat E Bird points us in the direction of Carla Baron – “internationally known psychic/ medium, and psychic profiler”.
Want to know why she is really internationally famous?
Baron was catapulted into the limelight as a psychic profiler on the successful TruTV (formally Court TV) reality series, “Haunting Evidence,” where she assisted police departments in identifying perpetrators of unsolved crimes, homicides, and abductions.
She’s clearyg successful at what she does. Any luck in cracking those cases, Carla?
Several of the cases that have been profiled on the show include some of the nation’s more notorious murders such as JonBenet Ramsey, Natalee Holloway, Madeleine McCann, and the Zodiac Killer.
She might have solved other cases. But anyone wants to guess what those four cases of missing person have in common?
IT’S Mothers’ Day, a mawkish time of year made no less so by the news that “Kate McCann prays for the people who took her daughter Madeleine”.
Only a nutcase cannot feel sympathy for innocent Kate McCann. But the media-fed care is superficial. We pretend to empathise. We just stare and gossip. It’s entertainment. And we can form our views about Kate McCann. Do you like her? Does she irritate you? Do you dislike her? And you can have an opinion because the McCanns have invited us in. She is an emotional exhibit.
Do you link Mothers’ Day, a thing created by companies to flog stuff in between seasons of giving, with the creation of Brand McCann, with their advisors, wristbands, slogans, PR man and ear to power?
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - KATE and Gerry McCann are now bona fide celebrities.
We attended a photocall to see them launch ‘Miles For Missing People‘, a new charity 10k run in Hyde Park, London. The parents of Madeleine McCann joined 450 runners including other families whose loved ones vanished.
The McCanns wore matching white T-shirts bearing a picture of their daughter and the words “Don’t give up on me“.
Said Mrs McCann earlier:
“Gerry and I know the pain that having Madeleine missing has caused us, but sadly we are not alone. There are thousands of families across the UK waiting for news.”
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - WITH the media’s Our Maddie now firmly back in the news, can the story be kept going by inviting us to gawp at the parents?
KATE McCann has revealed she seeks strength by visiting missing daughter Madeleine’s bedroom twice a day.
Good that she gets comfort. But why do we need to know this? Why only twice?
During a visit to Lisbon yesterday with husband Gerry to meet their Portuguese lawyer, she said: “We haven’t changed anything. There’s still a lot of pink. I continue to go to Madeleine’s room twice a day. It’s a comforting feeling.”
It’s grim, emotive, repetitive personal stuff made public. It’s voyeurism. We are being invited to stare at the parents. Are you getting off on it. Do you feel? Why is it news?
On Mothering Sunday, Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday to Kate McCann, mother of missing child Madeleine McCann, who has found comfort from her Roman Catholic faith since her daughter’s disappearance.
Becky Silver also discusses the news of the week from a faith perspective, and gives the Moment Of Reflection.
Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Hilary Robinson
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Mothers’ Day is coming – who wins Jade Goody or Our Maddie? There’s only one way to decide…
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - Our Maddie is an election issue, the McCanns appeal for calm, the Portuguese police get blamed, and Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira, Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins And Yvone Albino remain “suspects“.
The source said: “The latest we have heard from the Home Office is officials are undertaking a ‘scoping exercise’ to look into the possibility of a review of the case.
They are looking at all the options. It is basically a feasibility study. Kate and Gerry met with Alan Johnson to request a review is done. Hopefully any political intervention can unlock obstructions that might be in the way.”
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – Having yesterday told us that all avenues need to be checked and of those “reams of promising leads“, the Daily Star now tells us that a lot of those leads are dead ends, non starters and plain useless.
As we were told:
IT’S clearer by the day that the Madeleine McCann investigation was a massive botch job. Portuguese police failed to follow up reams of promising leads. Witnesses across the globe were so convinced they’d seen the missing tot that they reported their sightings.
But no-one in charge of the case has ever seriously probed their concerns.
Surely you can only solve a case by exhausting all avenues. This has not been done.
Those in charge of the police investigation should hang their heads in shame. They have failed Maddie.
Now, the Daily Star tells its readers all about that new Madeleine McCann case files:
The case files reveal how police have been blitzed with bizarre, sick, and twisted information about Madeleine’s fate from across the globe.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – gypsy snatchers, Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira, Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins and Yvone Albino, Maddie in Canada, Maddie in Austria and Our Maddie is a press release for Hanover Commincations…
Daily Star (front page): “MADDIE IS SEEN ALIVE ON THE TELLY”
This is “shock new evidence”.
Has Our Maddie got a TV show in some remote corner of the world, like Dunedin?
VIEWERS wept when footage of a girl who looks just like Madeleine McCann singing in a school choir flashed up during a TV news bulletin.
You’d cry too. At least they weren’t playing the recorder.
Canadian broadcasters were stunned when distressed callers phoned in claiming they had accidentally filmed the youngster the world had been searching for.
Our Maddie was “one of thousands of schoolkids taking part in Canada’s nationwide synchronised singathon. Immediately after the event was broadcast a woman from Toronto, convinced it was Maddie, phoned in “very upset and crying’’.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – The Our Maddie news is coming thick and thicker. The Sun introdudes “suspects” Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira, Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins and Yvone Albino.
THIS little girl’s rag doll could have been given to Madeleine McCann by those who snatched her, investigators believe.
Could. Believe. Now we’re getting somewhere… This is the doll that the “gypsy” had when she was out with “Maddie” – the gypsy cleaner with the school teacher who lives in an orange grove…
The cuddly plaything was among evidence suggesting Maddie was held at a remote house – but Portuguese cops abandoned the line of inquiry. Private detectives hired by the missing tot’s parents Kate and Gerry found the white bungalow in an orange orchard outside Silves, Portugal, after trailing a woman seen earlier with a Maddie lookalike.