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.
We are indebted to Anorak reader and branding guru Percy for brainstorming this idea – in light of the Conservative’s adoption of the media’s Our Maddie and her PR Clarence Mitchell as the party’s media watcher. He suggests it is time to
…introduce an “I am Not Maddie” i.d. card for all blonde girls WorldWide?…..sounds silly I know…but it could help clear up any confusion.
In light of developments in these countries -
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.
What – Our Maddie hade made from Portugal to Canada and was now giving full throat to Silent night on the telly? So far, Madeleine has also been seen in: New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Majorca, Belgium, Bosnia, France, Australia, Brazil, Wales, Malta, Italy and Dorset.
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: Introducing ‘Suspects’ Maria Alice dos Santos Silveira, Jorge Vitorino Cabral Martins And Yvone Albino
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.
The Sun has a picture of a dolly and asks:
THIS little girl’s rag doll could have been given to Madeleine McCann by those who snatched her, investigators believe.
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.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – HAVING exploded back on the front pages with a “secret file” and a 2008 sighting in New Zealand, we can now reveal that the girl spotted with the fat gypsy paedo in an Dunedin shop is NOT Madeleine McCann.
Shop assistant Taryn Dryfhout – you will recall her being identified by British papers a “security guard”; today the Mirror has demoted to “a checkout girl” – “told reporters that she raised the alarm when she saw the girl with a man in a white shirt and shorts walking out of The Warehouse variety store in the South Island city of Dunedin on December 5, 2007”.
She stared at the man and the child.
She said she was so convinced the girl was Madeleine that she asked her name. The girl stumbled nervously and eventually replied, “Hayley,” Dryfhout said.
Or “Hailey“, as the Star told us. And let us review the scene: a stranger has approached your child and asked her name. Do you report them to the cops? And note that this is at the height of the Our Maddie story…
The man and a woman with them acted strangely so police were notified, she said.
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann –Our Maddie is back on the front pages. She’s in New Zealand. Shells in France. She’s in America. Possibly…
The Star (front page): “Maddie: Pics the cops kept secret”
MADELEINE McCann could be 12,000 miles away in New Zealand, it was revealed last night.
She got there on a boat?
A security guard at the store in Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island was convinced the child was Madeleine. She asked the girl her name and she replied in a British accent: “Hailey.” Then she was led away by a portly man in shorts who grabbed her hand.
In. New. Zealand. Aisling Symes?
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – with more jokes from Joe Lycett and Jerry Sadowitz:
Roz Laws talks to up and coming comedian Joe Lycett about cheese and middle-class whimsey…
Already named Student Comedian of the Year, 21-year-old Joe is now in the running for Best Newcomer in the 2010 Chortle Awards. Previous nominees include the likes of Rhod Gilbert, Jack Whitehall and Sarah Millican.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s report on Press standards, privacy and libel has bad news for the PCC and the McCanns:
FOR three summers Anorak has brought you the media’s take on the Madeleine McCann disappearance.
Baroness Buscombe would like you to know that while the McCanns, the Tapas 7 and Robert Murat were being abused in print, the Press Complaints Commission was conducting “numerous discussions internally” about the matter.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann David Cameron investigates, Clarence Mitchell Tory MP and Amaral’s tabloid tales…
Daily Express: “MCCANNS BEG CAMERON TO HELP THEM FIND MADELEINE”
Well, Gordon Brown failed. Dave… Can you help?
KATE and Gerry McCann have asked David Cameron to help find their daughter Madeleine after a private emotional meeting with the Tory leader.
Does Dave have form? He’s a busy caseload right now, what with looking for Tory policies and cycle route from No.10 to Westminster.
James Murray reports:
KATE and Gerry McCann have asked David Cameron to help find their daughter Madeleine after a private emotional meeting with the Tory leader. They spent half an hour at his Westminster office explaining their frustration and disappointment with the investigations.
If Mr Cameron wins the election – expected on May 6 – the McCanns hope he would give the case a new priority and order a review of all the evidence.
And then this:
Andy Coulson, the Tory director of communications, and Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman who hopes to stand as a Conservative in the forthcoming election, were also present.
What facts to we have so far?
Last week it was disclosed that Kate and Gerry, 41-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leics, have had a private meeting with Home Secretary Alan Johnson to request a review of the evidence.
Doctors. 41. Now we’re getting somewhere…
After the mawkish display of yellow ribbons in the chamber – do Our Boys in Iraq have ribbons? – can the politicians deny the McCanns whop have lost their daughter, been libelled and wronged yet again? Says the Mirror:
Kate and Gerry McCann accuse British Government of hampering search for Madeleine
Kate and Gerry McCann yesterday accused the British Government of hampering the search for their missing daughter. They claim Portuguese cops have leads to Madeleine’s disappearance but they have been unable to access them.
The couple say despite meetings with Gordon Brown and top UK officials, the three-year investigation has stalled.
Time to vote in a new PM – Prime Maddie…
News of The World: “Right to ban Madeleine McCann lies – PORTUGUESE JUDGE GETS IT SPOT ON WITH BOOK BAN”
GOOD on the Portuguese judge who refused to lift the injunction banning the vile book on missing Madeleine McCann, written by ex-cop Goncalo Amaral.
Yes, we must defend freedom of speech.
But Amaral’s book, which claims Maddie is dead and the McCanns faked her abduction, wasn’t about freedom of speech. It was about making money out of the misery of a devastated couple.
It was based on no facts, forensic or otherwise. And more than anything, it was damaging to the search for Maddie, who we all hope may still be out there.
Amaral’s book is tabloid fiction. It’s the story of Madeleine McCann, as told by the British media…
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - Having defeated Goncalo Amaral in court, and with Robert Murat taking four of the so-called Tapas 7 to court – Kate and Gerry McCann are holding a press conference.
Mr McCann says:
“You would hope that the parents of a missing child shouldn’t have to be here begging for such assistance and that the authorities would actually do everything in their power in the first place…
“There are certainly instances where information which we think is very credible and worthy of further investigation has not been actioned…
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - Congratulations to Kate and Gerry McCann on winning their case against Goncalo Amaral. Commiserations to Mr Amaral.
Kate and Gerry McCann say that Mr Amaral libelled them in his book – Maddie: The Truth of The Lie. He suggested that Madeleine McCann is dead and that the parents faked her abduction. The McCanns reject the claim.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - GERRY and Kate McCann have been in Lisbon. As one trial ends – the one against Goncalo Amaral – another begins: the McCanns are launching criminal proceedings against a Portuguese TV channel TVI. And Robert Murat is reported to be suing Jane Tanner.
As Sky’s Hannah Thomas-Peter in Lisbon reports:
Gerry and Kate McCann say TV1 was in “material breach” of a court injunction issued to prevent allegations made in a book by former lead investigator Goncalo Amaral being repeated.
The McCanns deny that their daughter died in their holiday apartment. There is no proof that she did. But there is a book. In Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie, Amaral takes the media conceit that saw Madeleine McCann – renamed Maddie in the media to make snappier headlines – alleges the innocent child died and the couple faked her abduction. The parents are innocent.
In other Our Maddie news, shiny-faced telly newsboy Keir Simmons, Tweets:
Lawyer confirms: Robert Murat, wrongly accused in #McCann case, has made legal complaint against friend of McCann’s Jane Tanner
That’s Robert Murat, tried by the tabloids, linked to Soham killer Ian Huntley by a voracious media high on specualtion, fingered in the crowd by a “creepy” tabloid hack, a whisper of “paedo“, a scent of death, who met some of the so-called Tapas 7 (they sued and they won) at a police station – “You’re a liar. I saw you peek in apartment,” went the Mirror’s headline. The Mirror that told us on September 2007:
DAILY MIRROR front page: “MADELEINE: DNA is found. Arrest expected ‘in 48 hours’.”
No yellow ribbon on the Mirror’s front page. But news of that blood found on the McCann’s apartment walls. We learn: “The DNA of a potential suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has been found by British scientists.”
Poor, Robert Murat, the one-eyed, innocent man – the innocent police -approved translator- portrayed in the tabloid press as an “oddball” with a bouncy castle festish, an “alibi blown“, the false celebrity father who sued the press and won and WON. His name is forever sullied - a benchmark for the abused. The double, And now he is seeking recompense – for what is unclear.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - Interviewing the McCanns’ children, a play and EastEnders’ best bits…
The Sunday Express has news of a lead in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann:
‘MCCANN TWINS MAY HOLD CLUES’ SAYS CRIMINAL PROFILER
THE country’s most senior criminal profiler suggested Madeleine McCann’s brother and sister should have been interviewed about her disappearance.
Does this top ‘tec not think the parents Gerry and Kate McCanns have asked their children what they saw that fateful night? Since we are being invited to imagine, can we imagine that? It tusn out the story is based on documents presented to court in the matter of McCanns v Goncalo Amaral.
Twins Sean and Amelie were aged just two years and three months when Madeleine was snatched from a holiday apartment on the Algarve in Portugal in May 2007 shortly before her fourth birthday.
A month later, Lee Rainbow, senior behavioural investigation consultant at the National Policing Improvement Agency, wrote a report for Portuguese detectives which may have altered the course of the inquiry.
Mr Rainbow urged them to “consider the possibility of exploring the potential of interviewing Sean and Amelie McCann”.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - The media awaits the vedict of McCanns Versus Goncalo Amaral. Much depends on it. The McCanns have taken a risk in going against the former police officer in a foreign country. While it can be aruged – as they have done – that any publicity for their missing daughter is good because it keeps her name alive in the voracious media.
But it does not keep us looking for the child. It just allows us to gawp at them, the distraught parents of a missing innocent.
In the Anorak Forums, AGW takes up the matter:
YOU know when an accident is going to happen. They even have corporate speak phrases for it these days: “Risk Assessment” is one.
You know when a playing kitten is going to fall from the arm of the chair, you know when the child is going trip and fall, no matter how quick you are to try and get there.
Sometimes you see disasters being created and thundering, in silent-movie slowed down train-wreck style, toward you or others and there’s little you can do other than stand and watch horror-struck by the enormity of it all.
You know the accident’s about to happen and there is nothing you can do but perhaps wonder why you knew?
It has nothing to do with sixth senses, it is because the most powerful computer known to man, your brain, has gathered in all the previous experiences you have weighed in the balance and made a predictive analysis.
That is what is so strange about the current and past behaviour of the parents of the missing child Madeleine McCann.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - Waiting for the Amaral verdict, we learn of why the police investigated the McCanns and how hundreds of Maddies were spotted…
Daily Record: “Revealed: Portuguese police have ignored possible sightings of missing Madeleine McCann”
PORTUGUESE police have ignored dramatic new possible sightings of Madeleine McCann, it emerged yesterday.
Why are the possible sightings dramatic?
Details of them are included in a dossier, which includes photos of girls “shockingly similar” to the missing youngster.
In the Mirror, a sighting of a child becomes:
Maddy cops missed vital hunt clues
The most significant lead involved a series of reported sightings within a week in the same area of northern Italy.
Why are they the most significant? The Mirror does not say. The McCanns’ lawyer Isabel Duarte brings these pictures to the world’s attention. And adds:
“I’m angry because it is the police who should be doing this.”
Gerry McCann was made a suspect in his daughter Madeleine’s disappearance after a British expert said he should be investigated for ‘homicide’, a Portuguese court heard yesterday.
What British expert? And what were they expert in?
Criminal profiler Lee Rainbow recommended that police on the Algarve investigate the doctor and his wife Kate because of ‘contradictions’ in his statement. The report by Mr Rainbow, of the National Policing Improvement Agency, was sent to Portugal in June 2007, a month after the three-year-old disappeared.
We are not told what these apparent contradictions are, just that one man says they existed. Such are the facts. Here are more:
It was dramatically produced yesterday by lawyers for a disgraced Portuguese detective whose campaign of vilification the McCanns are trying to stop. The couple want Gonzolo Amaral to be legally barred from accusing them of being involved in Madeleine’s disappearance.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - FROM the world of fiction to the world of faction and The McCanns’ case against Goncalo Amaral, and his book The Truth Of The Lie. (Eat yer heart out, Agatha Christie.)
As we know, the book claims Madeleine McCann is dead – that she died in the McCann family’s holiday apartment. The book claims the couple faked her abduction. Such are the facts in a case now over 1000 days old.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann - GREAT news is that a top detective who always gets his man is on the case and is right now involved in the hunt for the media’s Our Maddie – as ‘TVLand’ writer Tim Oglethorpe (how dy’er get the job?) tells Mirror readers:
“Poirot plot risks wrath”
First it was Coronation Street, now it’s Poirot heading for trouble over a storyline.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – Can Madeleine McCann be linked to the latest big news story – John Terry’s alleged shags – and can we find more reason to gawp at Kate and Gerry McCann?
First up the news that John Terry has lost a lawyer to Wayne Bridge. And the Mail wants us to know:
* Angus McBride is a partner of London law firm Kingsley Napley representing Manchester City’s Bridge in the negotiations over his separation from former partner Vanessa Perroncel, whose affair with Terry is now causing so much controversy.
Does he have form?
McBride, whose clients include Madeleine McCann’s parents, is trumpeted as ‘managing and protecting the reputation of individuals subject to either media or criminal investigation’.
Lawyers. Vain and cowardly footballers. Missing innocent children. Make the link.
In other news, The People tells of “agony” for the McCanns:
It’s: “McCanns’ new agony.”
Kate and Gerry McCann face fresh heartache after discovering two books about their daughter Maddie’s disappearance may be published.
May be. Want more facts?
* Tony Bennett, barred by injunction from making allegations in the matter, plans to release The Madeleine Case Files Vol 1. And Stephen Marsden will publish Madeleine McCann: Faked Abduction.
May be published…
Clarence Mitchell, acting for doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, both 41, said: “We will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who defames them.”
Well, yes. The law is the law.
* A man accused of conning £300,000 from the Madeleine McCann fund will fight extradition in a separate fraud case. Kevin Halligen, 48, is wanted in the United States after allegedly ripping off an oil company in a £1.2million scam.
His lawyer Mark Summers told City of Westminster magistrates yesterday: “The extradition is contested.” Halligen, who appeared by videolink from prison, was remanded in custody for a further three weeks.
Madeleine McCann is missing…
Madeleine McCann: Jack Dee, Harry Potter, Fiona Phillips And Danie Krugel’s Matter Orientation System
News in the Express is that “COMEDIAN Jack Dee has helped to raise £45,000 to keep up the search for Madeleine McCann.” What did the “COMEDIAN” do to raise the money – a sponsored laugh?
He played auctioneer at an event to mark the 1,000 days since she disappeared in May 2007. Among the prizes were flights donated by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and signed Harry Potter books.
Sounds good. Any other money raised?
Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry welcomed 180 celebrities and supporters to the £150-a-head gala dinner in Kensington, west London, last week.
MADDIE WATCH - Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann: The Northern Times reports that Chinese lanterns set off in north west Sutherland in memory of Madeleine McCann being missing for 1000 days triggered a scary incident.
No, not the Our Maddie nightlight.
A woman reported seeing three bright orange lights in the sky at around 9pm in the Scourie area. She feared they were flares which had been set off by someone in distress.
Well, in a way, they were… Police are called. The coast guard is called. But the real emergency is at the Northern Times, where the reporter tells readers:
Lanterns have been released across the UK in support of Jerry and Kate McCann’s search for their missing daughter.
MADDIE WATCH - Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann:Kate McCann and Gerry McCann said they were “trying to move forward” as they hosted a £150-a-head fundraising dinner to mark 1000 days since their daughter went missing. There was a raffle and auction at Kensington Roof Gardens in west London. Says Kate McCann:
“It’s obviously difficult but we are trying to move forward to help Madeleine and all missing children.”
Madeleine McCann became the media’s Our Maddie and then the benchmark for all missing children. Celebs at the do included Jack Dee, Fiona Phillips, Gloria Hunniford and Peter Bowles. No suspects. No sign of the missing child.
MADDIE WATCH - Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann: It’s been 1000 days since Madeleine McCann went missing and became the media’s Our Maddie, the benchmark for missing children. In that time we have learnt…NOTHING.
What we have done is look and be entertained by the single thread story of girl who went missing.
Tonight a roof-top, showbiz spiced dinner to commemorate the milestone. And there’s to be an auction. Bring your wallet. One lot is a poem by Simon Armitage, called The Beacon. Armitage wrote a poem for the fifth anniversary of 9/11, the 60th anniversary of VE-Day and Killing Time, a poem celebrating the millennium. Perspective in the matter of Our Maddie is all.
Dusk, doubt, the growing depth of an evening sky,
dark setting in as it did that night,
the forever vastness of outer space
reflecting the emptiness here inside,
shadowing, colouring, clouding the mind.
But somewhere out there there has to be life,
the distance only a matter of time,
a world like our own, its markings and shades
as uniquely formed as a daughter’s eye,
distinctly flecked, undeniably hers,
looking back this way through the miles and years
to a lantern cupping a golden blaze,
its candle alive with a fierce blonde flame
for the thousandth time, for as long as it takes.
MADDIE WATCH - Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann: On Wednesday January 27 2010, Madeleine McCann will have been missing for 1,000 days – unless she is found before that.
This seems unlikely, given that so sign of the missing innocent has been seen in that time. We have had sightings, speculation, accusation, hype, fury, hoopla, pain, libel and above all sensation and entertainment – but we have not a single clue as to what happened to Madeleine McCann.
She remains missing. There are no suspects. No crime had been proven to have befallen her. But we can watch the parents on the telly. We can watch their suffering. Look. Look. Look.
BACK when Our Maddie was the cause celebre and the great and good were queuing up to donate to the reward fund and wear the T-shirt, a dinner would have been the event not to be missed event. Which jobbing celeb would dare to turn an invite down?
But now, who would go? The Express delivers:
MCCANNS’ STAR-FILLED PARTY TO BOOST FUND
And we learn:
DEFIANT Kate and Gerry McCann will mark the 1,000th day since their daughter disappeared with a celebrity packed £150-a-head fundraising dinner and auction at a top London venue.
Can anyone stand to eat? Does the food stick on the way down?
Tycoon Sir Richard Branson and their businessman backer Brian Kennedy will join stars at Kensington Roof Gardens in west London on January 27.
Any bands or cabaret?
Radio Five’s Nicky Campbell and children’s author JK Rowling have also been invited.
And they’re coming, right? Hey, it’s for Our Maddie. Do they dare refuse?
Says Kate, 41: “We will raise money for Madeleine’s Fund and the ongoing search for her. If our circumstances remain unchanged, this day will sadly mark 1,000 days since Madeleine was taken from us.”