Madeleine McCann Category
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.
The case in Portugal and the UK has been shelved. The police are, of course, willing and ready to take any call should evidence emerge. But the only people really looking for Madeleine McCann are the family’s private detectives.
Sky News reports:
Mrs May’s interest in the case follows an internal review of evidence ordered by former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson last year. Mr Johnson wanted an outline of how a new investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance might work.
He wanted to outline for an investigation into a child who went missing three years ago, and on whom there is a welter of speculative pros, libel litigation but so evidence – might work?
The report is understood to be almost complete and there is speculation that a fresh probe into the case could be ordered. However, the Metropolitan Police have said there are no plans to reopen the investigation.
So. What will Theresa May do with the case of a missing child who has become the benchmark for all missing children?
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: CAN Madeleine McCann somehow be linked to the World Cup and, specifically, England’s failure to win it?
Tom de Castella tells BBC online readers that she can. Roy Greenslade provides the answer:
“Make no mistake the papers set the agenda. And today we have feeding frenzies. Savage as it sounds the Madeleine McCann story sold papers and previously there was Princess Diana. The World Cup is another first class example of a feeding frenzy that electrifies the newspapers.”
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: MICHAEL Nolan has been jailed for possessing 17 photographs of naked children at a printing shop in Grafton Street, Dublin.
Images were found on a memory stick Nolan was using to print images from. He said he had “found it in a library“.
But what has this to do with the media’s Our Maddie?
The headline screams:
30 Scots sex beasts on the run abroad
At the end of the article we hear a spokesman for Scotland’s police chiefs say:
“Offenders who have left the country continue to be monitored.”
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: RAYMOND Hewlett is dead. The “Maddie paedo” – as the tabloids called him – is dead. None of these men have been found. Introducing Charles O’Neill.
A SERIAL paedophile linked to the Madeleine McCann case was yesterday jailed for life for murder.
Charles O’Neill has repeatedly refused to be quizzed by detectives working for Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry.
Is he a suspect because he does not want to meet with private detectives? And if he is, have the Portuguese police spoken with him? Is he now media “Maddie paedo”?
O’Neill, 47, is believed to have been in Portugal when Maddie, then three, vanished…
Kate McCann, mom of Maddy McCann, original art for PACT
PACT: Not Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television. Our Maddie is not a form of entertainment. No, really.
ELIZABETH Renzetti is the Globe & Mail’s woman in London. She’s talking about childhood freedoms with hard drinking mums and dads. Thoughts turn to Our Maddie:
Reader, I gave up. There was an unbridgeable chasm between the nostalgia we all felt for our helmet-free childhoods, with their parent-shaped holes and wonderful freedoms, and the chances we are willing to take with our own children. No one wanted to admit that childhood is safer now, by every empirical measure, than it was when we were young. Instead, they have the ubiquitous picture of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in 2007 from the hotel in Portugal where she was staying with her parents, stamped on their brains.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: The Sun brings news that Our Maddie has been spotted, and a new child alert scheme is launched, and Coronation Street is on hold…
A DRAMATIC sighting of missing Madeleine McCann the day after she vanished is being urgently followed up by private investigators.
…spotted three years ago. We are not told whan the sighting was reported to police.
A man has reported seeing a girl he is now sure was Maddie lying in the back of a van. She was wearing pyjamas identical to the pair Maddie had on when she was abducted.
And there is a question:
“Did this man take Maddie?”
The image is like something you get looking through frosted glass.
The man has dark hair and is not black.
Other than that, it’s hard to see any more.
So. Now you have the evidence. Did he take Our Maddie?
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: Jimmy Mizen was killed. He was 16.
Jimmy Mizen was at the Three Cook’s Bakery in Lee, London, with his older brother Harry. Jake Fahri entered. There was a scuffle. Fahri tossed a glass dish at Jimmy Mirzen. It hit his neck. The glass severed his jugular vein. Jimmy Mizen died.
Madeleine McCann went missing from her family holiday flat. We do not know what happened to her.
So, then, to a service held in memory of young victims of knife and gun crime. And there is Kate McCann sharing a “sympathetic hug with Barry and Margaret Mizen on the steps of Westminster Cathedral”.
It’s all heart-breaking stuff. The Mail says Kate McCann was there having been personally invited by Mrs Mizen because “they were both mothers who had lost their children”.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – the ‘suspect’ photo, the new Our Maddie and Scotland Yard investigates…
Daily Express: “MADELEINE SUSPECT ‘ON BEACH SNAP’”
Gail Cooper is in Praia da Luz, at the Express’s expense. She says she saw the man who might have kidnapped Madeleine McCann. He’s the suspect who looks like the late George Harrison (see images below).
There is news of a man in a photo:
DETECTIVES have been handed a photograph showing a man behaving oddly in the days before Madeleine McCann was kidnapped.
Today we reveal that one of Mrs Cooper’s friends, Leanda Hodson-Mackey, took a snap of her husband Stephen, 34, and son, then aged two, and the man appeared in the background, walking along the beach during a downpour.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – Can Madeleine McCann feature in the election and advertise the Emirates?
Matthew Flinders: Yorkshire Evening Post:
Can Madeleine McCann be part of the election?
Let us not pretend that the Telegraph’s coverage of the MPs’ expenses scandal was concerned with public propriety, just as the tabloids’ focus on Madeleine McCann is not driven by concern for the child. The word “Madeleine” sells: the word “sleaze” sells. My message to politicians is simple: “Stand up, dust yourself down and begin to fight back”
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – THE third anniversary of Our Maddie approaches. The PR offensive is in full swing. The McCanns are doing what they hope will keep their child in the public eye and bring her back alive and well to them. And the media is lapping it up:
The Independent: “Terence Blacker: Depressing clichés sadly perpetuated”
The decision to release images of Madeleine McCann wearing make-up seems misguided.
Can the McCanns be thinking straight?
We are invited to wonder about the McCanns’ mental state? We have been watching the McCanns – and now we are analysing them. Blacker see the altered image of Our Maddie, the one in which she is wearing blue eye-shadow.
It seems a bizarre and unsettling development. Clearly, Kate and Gerry McCann have been living through a nightmare of unimaginable horror and perhaps, even after three years, they are not thinking straight.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – Madeleine McCann’s latest video has been released. The innocent child who became the media’s “Maddie” approaches the third anniversary of her disappearance.
Our Maddie is seen playing dress ups. She is wearing pink hair ribbon and a gold necklace. She wears blue eye-shadow. A round-up o the news can be read here – please do so.
A child is missing. Can she be found alive and well? Anyone sane would hope so. But in the meanwhile, let’s just stare at the parents.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – The Daily Express leads with news of a new suspect. And they have been caught on “film”.
As we approach the third anniversary of Our Maddie, a new suspect is introduced. Before that a prayer:
Daily Mirror: “HOPE FOR A MIRACLE”
Parents Kate and Gerry have worked tirelessly to find out what happened to her. So it’s poignant when their five-year-old son Sean tells them not to give up hope – as they never will. Neither should we.
Mawlish. Exploitative nonsense. These are easy, lazy words trotted out by a paper keen to foment emotion in its readers. Do all Mirror readers pray for Our Maddy? No. The child has become an emotional totem. We do not care all that much for the parents. We just stare at them. They entertain the masses. The McCanns distract us from our own problems. And the ‘what ifs’ entertain the ghouls. Amazing if the child were found alive and well – a happy ending to the story. But it would not be a mircale. It would not be a sign of God’s love.
It’s front-page news:
NO1 SUSPECT IS ON VIDEO
“Key witness reveals existence of important new evidence”
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – Kate McCann’s death, suicide, three years of looking – three years of watching the parents – Facbook trolls and pain…
SKY News: “Kate McCann: I Thought Of Dying To End Pain”
Kate McCann is on BBC World Service. The world listens as she says:
“I used to have thoughts like we’ll get wiped out in the car on the motorway. So it would just happen, we’d all be gone, and the pain would be away… But what I do know now for sure is that I don’t want that.”
Kate McCann will not commit suicide – read all about it! The story of a missing child is the story of a family’s survival. Once it was the story of Robert Murat’s survival.
Daily Mail: “Gerry McCann breaks down as he tells how hunt for Madeleine ‘is shaking his Catholic faith’”
Choking back tears, she told for the first time how she had wanted her life to end but insisted she had never contemplated suicide.
MADDIE WATCH - Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – FOR three years Anorak has covered the case of Madeleine McCann. In that time, we have discovered that the media is viscious and voracious. And we have learnt nothing more. There are no suspects. There is no sign of the missing child.
Today, Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann want to show you pictures of them in Leicester as they mark the third anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance while on holiday in Portugal.
After three years we are still watching the parents in a mawkish, unending spectacle of grief. In three years, Madeleine McCann has become the benchmark of missing children and her parents have turned into emotional exhibits.
Madeleine McCann is missing – still missing. No suspects. Everyone is innocent. No clues. But lots of press…