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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.

Madeleine McCann: The Making Of Our Maddie – A Media Commodity

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Our Maddie – the innocent child who became a media commodity.

The Sunday Times (front page): “KATE McCANN: ‘I REELED. THEY THOUGHT I HAD KILLED MADELEINE’”

The child’s face peers out from the cover of the paper’s News Review – section 4 of the swollen paper.

“THEY SAID I KILLED HER”

In the weeks after Madeleine McCann was abducted, her parents were beset by vicious rumour and bizarre offers of help. Worse was to come.

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Posted: 15th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Who Pays The Met?

MADELEINE McCann is no longer on the cover of the Sun. Kate McCann’s book is out and Our Maddie is off the front page.

But the London Evening Standard persists. The Met is to investigate the disappearance of the innocent child. Good. The Met can be horrible sods but they possess the nous and means to go back to the beginning and review the facts.

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Posted: 14th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (9) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Kate And Gerry Seduce Vain David Cameron To The Sun’s Self-Serving Campaign

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Our Maddie in the news: Missing for 1,471 days, the innocent child is back in the news:

Daily Mail (front page): “CAN THE YARD FIND MADDIE?”

Hope so.

The Sun (front page): “EXCLUSIVE: CAMERON ORDERS NEW MET POLICE PROBE INTO MADELEINE CASE”

“PM: I’VE REOPENED MADDIE FILES”

David Cameron has taken the bait. “As a dad”, he had no choice. The Sun places their man at the centre of the story. This is personal. This is in the first person.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, explains all in an open letter to the paper that backed the Tories at the last election:

FOUR years after she went missing, Madeleine McCann is still always in our thoughts. So I welcome The Sun’s role in making sure that her case is not forgotten. None of us can know what Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, have been going through. We can scarcely imagine the pain they have had to suffer or the pressure they have been under. We all want to see this beautiful little girl returned to her parents. That is why we have been doing everything we can behind the scenes in the search for Madeleine. Although it might not always be in the public eye, the British authorities have never given up on their work to find Madeleine.

Today I am pleased to announce that the Prime Minister and I have agreed with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that the Met will now be using its particular expertise to review the case. The Met have skills, techniques and know-how which we hope can bring a new perspective to the case.

The Home Office will be providing the necessary financial support. Of course, the Metropolitan Police cannot promise that this work will lead to Madeleine being found. But it is right that we should do everything we can to help. It is my sincere hope that this new police involvement will bring closer the day that Madeleine comes home.

This is politics in the modern era: mawkish, opportunistic, emotive and ultimately self-serving.

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Posted: 13th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (39) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Kate And Gerry McCann Launch A Book Called Madeleine: Photos

MADELEINE MCCANN: To the launch of Kate McCann’s book called Madeleine. Here are the photos…

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Kate and Gerry McCann give a press conference in central London on their newly published book 'Madeleine' about their daughter's disappearance in 2007.

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McCanns On Jeremy Vine: BBC Spreads The Fear Over Madeleine McCann

IN 2007, Anorak went on Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 show to talk about Madeleine McCann. Four years on, Kate and Gerry McCann are on the same programme.

Anorak on BBC Radio 4

Has anything changed in that time. Yes. The media has been fined for libeling the parents, Robert Murat’s life was damaged and, as we prdicted, the parents have become a perennial feature on the media circuit.

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Posted: 12th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Piers Morgan Interviews The McCanns

KATE and Gerry McCann are on Piers Morgan’s CNN show talking about their missing daughter Madeleine. As ever, we are watching the parents:

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Madeleine McCann: ‘As A Dad’ David Cameron Has To Find Our Maddie

MADELEINE McCann: Day 5 of the Sun’s serialisation of the Kate McCann book Madeleine. Today the book is overtaken by an appeal to David Cameron.

Sun (front page): “OPEN UP THE MADDIE FILES”

This is this “McCanns’ open letter to Cameron”

Having tried to gain mileage and reader interest in the book – including a delve into Kate and Gerry McCann’s sex life – the Sun leads not with the book but with an appeal:

Dear Prime Minister

As a devoted father and family man, you know the importance of children. Our beloved eldest child, Madeleine, was abducted from Praia da Luz, Portugal, four years ago. Since then, we have devoted all our energies to ensuring her safe return.

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Posted: 12th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (9) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Day 4 In The Sun And The Psychic Hears Maddie Say A Name

MADELEINE McCann: Day four of the Sun’s serialisation of the Kate McCann book: a spirit, a well, a name, Gap top and questioning motives:

Sun (front page): “I fear this outfit may led to Madeleine kidnap”

We see the child dressed in a sun hat and sun dress.

MADELEINE McCann poses for her last photo in a pretty peach top her mum fears may have made her a kidnap target.

The kidnapper wanted the outfit?

Kate McCann, 43, recalls in her new book: “She looked lovely. I was following her with my eyes admiring her. I wonder now if someone else was doing the same.”

So. Not the outfit, then. That’s the Sun’s bonkers headline, blaming an outfit for the alleged kidnap.

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Posted: 11th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (17) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Has The Tide Changed Against Kate And Gerry McCann?

MADELEINE McCann: Every now and then as a journalist you spot a tide change; a dramatic turnaround in the nature and character of a familiar story.

Last night those in the know saw a very hard-hitting piece by Chris Freind (who writes the Freindly Fire column/blog) pulled by the Philly Post in as yet unexplained circumstances.

It was a piece re the McCanns and mentioned a link to one of the world’s richest people Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

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Posted: 11th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (25) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Casandra Jardine, Chris Freind And Spinning In Circles

MADELEINE McCann: Cassandra Jardine and Chris Freind (whose article has now been removed) debate the rights and wrongs of Kate McCann’s book. Odd that a single thread story – the vanishing of an innocent child – should be debated. But such is the way of a story that has been spun:

First up Jadirne, who asks Telegraph readers:

Kate McCann: why didn’t they believe her?

Who are they?

So far there has been only one public recantation. A tabloid journalist wrote yesterday that he “rues the day” he rubbished the McCanns’ version of the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, four years ago.

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Posted: 10th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Extracting The Extracts

THE Sun has extracted so much from Kate McCann’sMadeleine for its massive serialisation it’s a wonder there’s anything left worth reading. However, I do applaud the paper’s championing of the book – I guess they must have parted with more than £500k for the rights, perhaps more given the advertising campaignbehind it.

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Posted: 10th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann’s Sex Drive And Osama bin Laden’s Death

MADELEINE McCann: Day Three of The Sun’s serialisation of Kate McCann’s Madeleine book. And today we learn of Kate and Gerry’s sex life.

The front-page headline informs us:

“I COULDN’T MAKE LOVE TO GERRY”

But now she can? We presume so, although, as yet, details are thin.

KATE McCann today reveals her struggle to have sex and enjoy life again after daughter Madeleine was abducted on a family holiday in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

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Posted: 10th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Keela The Sniffer Dog Earns More Than Chief Constable of South Yorkshire

DID you know that police sniffer dog Keela is earning more money then that Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, Med Hughes, from being hired out to other forces?

Some coincidence that this news should appear on the very day the media  is full of Madeleine McCann and how sniffer dogs are fallible (more)…

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Posted: 9th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Telegraph Says Madeleine McCann Is Dead

MADELEINE McCann is back in the news. And the Daily Telegraph is telling its readers:

“Kate McCann ‘felt like committing suicide after Madeleine’s death'”

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Madeleine: Second Extracts Of Kate McCann’s Book

MADELEINE McCann: Day 2 of the Sun’s serialisation of Kate McCann’s book Madeleine. (Day 1 here.).

The Sun (front page): “I SMASHED BED IN RAGE AT COPS

Today we learn that after just one day working with the “shambolic” Portuguese police she “wrecked a bed as she kicked out in rage”.

The story of the Portuguese police’s investigation has been a spin-off thread in the story of the child’s disappearance. The tabloid media swiftly decided they were “bungling”.

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Posted: 9th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (35) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Introducing German Child Killer Martin N

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at–a-glance look at the missing child in the news: Introducing a new suspect to, coincidentally, coincide with the release of Kate McCann’s new book called Madeleine. Meet Martin N.

Daily Express front page: “MADDIE LINK TO GERMAN CHILD KILLER”

A news suspect is delivered to the masses:

THIS is the man who has confessed to one child murder and is now facing questioning over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The 40-year-old German youth worker, who we can name only as Martin N, is being questioned over at least three child murders and 40 suspected attacks on children across Europe.

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Posted: 8th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine: First Extracts Of Kate McCann’s Book

MADELEINE McCann Book: Day 1 of the Sun’s serialisation of Kate McCann’s book Madeleine.

Front page: “WORLD EXCLUSIVE – KATE MCCANN’S BOOK WILL BREAK YOUR HEART”

You want to feel pain and heartbreak? You want to watch another woman’s suffering and feel it in your own heart? Here goes:

MADDIE

It was always Maddie, the media’s pet name for their lightning rod of emotion:

“I SEE HER ALONE…AND SCREAMING

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Posted: 7th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (27) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Book Extracts: The Loving Mum And Pain Guaranteed

MADELEINE McCann The Book: Madeleine. Extract 1: the “Loving Mum”.

The Sun begins its serialisation of the official Our Maddie reader with the headline:

Madeleine: By Her Mum

The sub-editors have decided to restore the innocent child’s name to its full. Out goes the media’s Maddie. In comes Madeleine, in keeping with the book’s title.

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Posted: 6th, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (87) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The Children’s Book

MADELEINE McCann: The build up to the release of the official Madeleine book continues as Kate and Gerry are booked to appear on Irish TV’s Late Late Show.

The Irish Herald tells us that host Ryan Tubridy “will be talking to the McCanns on Friday week as they continue their efforts to locate their missing daughter”.

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Madeleine McCann: A Private Mass Appeal At Four Years Missing

IT’S four years since Madeleine McCann disappeared. For those of you who have followed the story on Anorak, the story began here.

So. What news today of the single-thread story that was contained by libel laws?

LEICESTERSHIRE: Kate and Gerry McCann will today mark the fourth anniversary of their daughter Madeleine’s disappearance privately with family and friends. The couple are keeping a low profile as Mrs McCann, 43, prepares to publish her account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007. – The Scotsman

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “The anniversary is normally a very low-key occasion at home for them.” – The Daily Record

It will be a private day marked with family and friends” – Clarence Mitchell, AFP

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Posted: 3rd, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why Gossiping About Big Crime Stories Matters

DOES talking about Madeleine McCann and other popular crime stories matter? Josh Rothman takes a look at a new book by Bill James called Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence:

Popular Crime is full of stories like Mary Phagan’s — stories in which sensational crimes are the catalysts of historical change. Popular crime stories (think, in our modern era, of O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, or JonBenet Ramsey) are often, James laments, beneath the notice of “the best people” (“if you go to a party populated by the NPR crowd and you start talking about JonBenet Ramsey, people will look at you as if you’ve forgotten your pants”). But in fact, James argues, popular crimes matter, even if discussing them seems “vulgar.” They crystallize national issues, reveal structural facts about society, and often lead, very directly, to changes in laws and institutions. America’s lawbooks are overflowing with laws passed in direct response to popular and sensational crimes, from Megan’s Law to the Lindbergh Laws; sensational crime stories have changed the ways in which police departments are organized and newspapers are run.

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Posted: 1st, May 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Leaflet ‘Bans’, The Queen Mother And Thinking Yourself Thin

MADELEINE McCann: Jerry Sadowitz (again), the Queen Mother, Kate’s McCann’s weight and Portugal:

Jerry Sadowitz has been knocking them bandy with jokes about Madeleine McCann at St David’s Hall in Wales.

Anorak has been to see Jerry Sadowitz. His Our Maddie gag is an adaptation of his joke on the Queen Mother. A handkerchief is placed over his outstretched hand. The magician teases the hanky back to reveal a raised middle finger. The Queen Mother and Our Maddie have become two sides of the same coin: we waited years for the Queen’s mum to die; and we’ve waited years for the end of the McCann story. Both are presented by an emotive press as objects of national unity. Press f9 for empathy. But rather than being icons of orchestrated care, the missing child and the old woman are beige news, mere filler that appeals only to the die-hards, while  makes everyone else hanker for an ending.

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Madeleine McCann: Fourth Anniversary Tour, With Robert Murat

MADELEINE McCANN: Olga Craig visits Praia Da Luz four years after Our Maddie vanished: She kicks off the tour in the 17th-century church of Our Lady of Light, “overlooking the sea in Praia da Luz on the Algarve, where the couple feel closest to Madeleine”.

The local priest is Haynes Hubbard, her Portuguese “pastor and confidant”.

Craig is optimistic about the child still being alive:

Here that they still hope one day to return to give thanks and salvation for the safe return of their child, who will turn eight next month.

Fact.

Yet today, as another agonising anniversary looms for the McCanns, there is, surely, something missing?

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Posted: 24th, April 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The Most Disgusting Our Maddy Story Ever

MADELEINE McCANN: An innocent child is missing and a rabid news media is happy to keep her name to the fore so long as her mum and dad create news.

The Express says “CHAT show host Piers Morgan is favourite to clinch the first major TV interview with Kate McCann to kick start a new global campaign to find her daughter”.

“First major TV interview”? What of all the other major interviews? Are we now at Day Zero in the hunt for Our Maddy?

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Posted: 20th, April 2011 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: JK Rowling Denies The Mirror’s Advertorial

MADELEINE McCann: You know yesterday’s Daily Mirror front-page news of the “JK ROWLING MADDY BOOK“? Greig Box-Turnbull told Mirror readers:

JK Rowling helped Kate McCann to write her book on missing daughter Madeleine.

We were not told how the journalist came about this information. But having a top-selling author linked to your book can’t harm sales, can it?

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Posted: 12th, April 2011 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0