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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: 1,000 New Leads To The Australian Beckham

homwMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: The Third Summer of Maddie, waylaid by Michael Jackson death and Katie Price and Peter Andre’s Tit ‘n’ Tat divorce, has moved into Maddie’s Autumn, as the media brings us threads of news.

Madeleine McCann remains in the news. The parents remain innocent. There are no suspects. There is no evidence of a crime. Now read on:

Daily Express: POSH SPICE’ APPEAL RAISES 1,000 LEADS IN MADDIE HUNT

THE parents of Madeleine McCann have launched a fresh bid to trace a Victoria Beckham lookalike after an appeal sparked 1,000 new leads.

This is the Vicky Beckham lookalike – the witness also described her as “a bit of a Victoria Beckham lookalike” seen pacing about Barcelona looking for a child, or not. And we know Madeleine was in Barcelona because the McCann’s private detective Dave Edgar put down the picture of fat Victoria Beckham to tell us:

“All we can do is try and keep public awareness high – and try and reach as much of that mountainous region outside the resort as we can.”

But Barcelona it is. As Edgar had told us earlier:

Mr Edgar added: “It’s a strong lead. Madeleine could have been in Barcelona by this point. The fact that the conversation took place near the marina could be significant. It is something we are looking at.”

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Posted: 22nd, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (16) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: New Prime Suspect As Child Snatched On Beach

benneedham1MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: A child is stolen on a Cyrus beach, Ben Needham is missing. Madeleine McCann is a keyword and Donal MacIntyre identifies the prime suspect…

The Sun: “Stranger snatched Brit tot, 2, off holiday isle beach”

A MUM told yesterday how a stranger snatched her two-year-old son off a beach on a sunshine island – as she watched in horror. The man grabbed little Presley Cassell and fled.

Horror:

The toddler’s dad Nicholas gave chase and grabbed Presley back 30 yards down the beach in Cyprus before the kidnapper could reach a car. Presley’s mum Keeley, 33, said: “He just picked up Presley and ran off down the beach. It happened right in front of our eyes. It was every parent’s nightmare.”

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Posted: 21st, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Case Solved: What Happened To Her

MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: Donal MacIntyre knows what happened to Our Maddie. It’s front-page news in the Sunday Express:

MADELEINE: WORLD EXCLUSIVE – I KNOW HOW SHE WAS TAKEN. By… Donal MacIntyre.

Yeah, the guy from the telly who investigated football hooligans and ended up being beaten up by friends of the acting hooligan his work helped send down. He knows. Want to know what he knows? The Sunday Express has front-page news:

MADELEINE McCann was abducted by at least two kidnappers who must have carried out several dry runs in the days leading up to her disappearance.

Facts.

After spending a week on the ground investigating the case and the methods used by the kidnappers, I can only conclude that they must have entered the apartment to carry out a rehearsal, because they were working to an incredibly tight schedule.

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Posted: 20th, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (40) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Is Playing In London’s Negative Space

maddie-playMADELEINE McCann has been entertaining media ghouls for three summers. But she’s not been a play. Until now.

As the poster shows, the play should be best watched through a piece of smoked glass and with a Simon Says machine pumping out the notes to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Hey, any reaction to the play is better than none, right?

And after the films and the telly shows and the omnibus and the books and the jokes and the PR and the armchair detection you can watch the play.

It’s called Negative Space, and it’s playing at London’s New End theatre. Writing in The Stage, Jonathan Lovett has more:

A missing child is one of the most devastating events in the history of a family. Not knowing if they’re dead or alive induces a form of paralysis that corrodes its sanity as they wait forever for some kind of closure.

As do we all. Grab an ice-cream and bag of Revels – save the orange ones for good causes. Are missing kids your bag? Go on:

Set in the same year as the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Sternberg and Wayne’s bold attempt to portray the grief of another distraught family is thoughtful and provocative, even if it ultimately fails to mine too deeply the pits of emotion such a tragedy provokes.

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Posted: 18th, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Journalist Names Child After Madeleine McCann

mccann17MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: Colin Brazier brings Sky News readers news of his children, in “Choosing A Name Which Holds Its Value”.

Old Mr Anorak’s nephews and nieces Holly, Jessica and little Baby Peter, are visiting Anorak Towers with their mum Myra. Kids, listen up:

“Katharine, Constance, Gwendolyn, Edith and Agnes. Other than Katharine, what horrid names were chosen for the girls.” So wrote a reader in response to a recent story I wrote on having a boy after five girls. I am frequently rendered speechless with mirth or dumbstruck with despair at how utterly vicious my fellow human beings have been made by faceless electronic communication. Some of the emails sent to the Sky News inbox while I, and other presenters, are on-air – for instance – can only be described as actionable.

This news brings us neatly to Madeleine McCann, pet subject for web trolls.

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Posted: 18th, September 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Amaral Speaks At Madeleine McCann Conference

torchesMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: NEWS reaches us that faction author, husband and former policeman Goncalo Amaral is to speak at a Madeleine McCann conference.

Madeleine McCann is no longer a child who went missing. Madeleine McCann is a topic of study and heated debate.

As reported in the Sunday Mercury:

Despite the actions taken against him, Amaral is speaking out at a conference organized by the Madeleine McCann Foundation for those who believe the little girl was not actually abducted, but was killed and a cover up ensued.

To the horses! With leaflets!!

The conference is expected to draw about 150 people in Castle Donington, only 16 miles from the McCann family home. The exact location is not being given out until three days prior to the event because “We dare not give out the venue publicly because of threats of disruption we have had from supporters of the McCann family,” said Anthony Bennett, secretary of the Madeleine McCann Foundation.

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Posted: 16th, September 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Day In the Life Of Madeleine McCann’s Private Detectives

ANORAK reader Bat E. Bird spots this news of Madeleine McCann in the Belfast Telegraph, as we spend a day with the private detectives:

Madeleine McCann ‘is in a secret lair’

Leading to…

Ulster detective leading the hunt on why he thinks she’s being held captive just like Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard and Madeleine McCann. Compare and contrast. With free Google keywords points for linking either girl to Victoria Beckham:

The Ulster detective leading the search for Madeleine McCann today reveals his most chilling theories yet, exclusively to Sunday Life. Hardened ex-RUC cop Dave Edgar told us he is convinced that little Maddie is imprisoned in a hellish lair – just like kidnapped sex slave Jaycee Lee Dugard.

This is Dave Edgar who wanted to talks with Raymond Hewlett and of whom the Mail said in light of the Victoria Beckham look-alike:

Private detectives leading the hunt for Madeleine McCann faced questions last night after a Mail on Sunday investigation revealed apparent shortcomings in chasing a ‘strong lead’. The detectives failed to make even rudimentary inquiries before announcing a ‘significant’ development in the worldwide search for the six-year-old.

Now here’s Dave Edgar to tell us:

He insisted the “back from the dead” reappearance of Jaycee – and the cases of Austrian cellar girls Elisabeth Fritzl and Natascha Kampusch – confirmed his suspicion.

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Posted: 13th, September 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Ruined My Life

maddie7MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: THE Sunday Express brings news that “MADELEINE SEARCH ‘WRECKED OUR LIFE’.”

Let’s not forget who the real victim is. No, not innocent Madeleine McCann. Well, not only her.  It’s Goncalo Amaral and his wife Sofia:

THE WIFE of a disgraced Portuguese police chief wrote a “poisonous” letter to Kate McCann in an attempt to defend his handling of the botched Madeleine investigation, the Sunday Express can reveal today.

Wife sticks up for beleaguered husband. Read all about it. And how do we learn of this letter? And what point is there in us knowing?

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Posted: 13th, September 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Linked To Claudia Lawrence Case

7104001MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: Because all missing persons must be put in the context of Madeleine McCann, that benchmark for the vanished, the mother of missing Malton chef Claudia Lawrence is ready to talk to the McCanns.

Frustrated by the lack of progress in the police investigation, Joan Lawrence said she was thinking of going on the speaking circuit to spread the word about Claudia’s mysterious disappearance.

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Posted: 11th, September 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (85) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Amaral’s Book Banned

amaral-book4GONCALO Amaral’s book on the Madeleine McCann case, The Truth Of The Lie, has been banned.

The McCanns’ Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple were “absolutely delighted“.

A judge at Lisbon’s main civil court outlawed any further sales or publications of the book.

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Posted: 9th, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (90) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Seeking Madeleine McCann In Jaycee Dugard’s Horror Story

4774481MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: With Jaycee Dugard, Phillip Garrido and the detectives in Portugal…

THE Daily Express tells us that the McCanns’ detectives are in Portugal. With facts:

Detectives looking for have returned to Portugal to pursue new leads which could provide a breakthrough in the case.

They could. But what of these new leads?

Ex-policemen Arthur Cowley and Dave Edgar spent several days speaking to “persons of interest” to the inquiry.

Like who? Raymond Hewlett? Victoria Beckham? Or someone new?

“The investigation has real momentum with definite goals. A vast amount of work has already been done and every new lead is being checked,” a source said.

“Definite goals?” Surely there is only one goal – to find Madeleine McCann.

Maybe the detectives should be in California, speaking to Phillip Garrido? Once again, the Jaycee Dugard case is being linked to Our Maddie:

Irish Times: What do they need to know?

PARENTING: RECENT MEDIA coverage of abducted children has prompted debate among both children’s groups and parents about the most appropriate ways to speak to children on the dangers of abduction and inappropriate contact from adults, writes BRIAN O’CONNELL.

Is talking about kidnapping and paedos a form of child abuse? Hey, kids, still got those balloons?

Both the Madeleine McCann case and, in recent weeks, that of Jaycee Dugard, who was found alive 18 years after being abducted from her home, have raised parents’ sensitivities in this area.

It’s every parents’ worst nightmare – and every media’s fallback story.

Now for the experts’ advice:

* Never leave children unsupervised. If you have to pop out to the shop even for five minutes, ask a neighbour to keep a watchful eye…

• Be mindful that the majority of abduction cases involve someone familiar to the person abducted.

Now, read on….

Posted: 8th, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Spotted In Devon, Man Questioned By Police

mccann14MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – THE Media’s third summer of Madeleine McCann was stymied by Michael Jackson’s death, bad weather and Katie Price. Even Victoria Beckham could not reignite the craze. But then Jaycee Lee Dugard was found and, well, the papers made the link and this happened…

STUNNED Jon Hazlehurst and his eight-year-old stepdaughter were quizzed by cops after she was mistaken for Madeleine McCann. A member of the public raised the alarm when she spotted them at a petrol station and thought blonde Lauren was missing Maddie.

And… Is it here? The Sun says…

She jotted down Jon’s car details and dialled 999 and officers went straight to his home nearby in Kingsbridge, Devon. There they found his stepson Jack, 15, who gave them Jon’s mobile number and police told him to immediately report to the local nick.

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Posted: 4th, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Watching Amelie And Sean Start School

find-maddyMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – We’re watching Our Maddie’s twin siblings Amelie and Sean go to school with Jaycee Dugard.

Sky News tells us: “Parents’ Pain As Twins Join Madeleine School”

All the media talks is of the McCanns’ pain: Pain. Pain. Pain.

We are not looking for the missing child, we are watching the parents, as ever. And we are watching the children. Nothing creepy about watching someone else’s children, a stranger’s children start school. This is just good wholesome gawping.

After “pain” the other word is “proud”. As all news sources tell us, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann are proud. This from Sky:

It will be a proud moment for her parents when they drop off twins Sean and Amelie for their first day in primary class in Thurmaston, Leics. But the occasion will be tinged with overwhelming sadness for the couple.

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Posted: 3rd, September 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jaycee Dugard Rapist Phillip Garrido Linked To Madeleine McCann Abduction

jaycee-garridoMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Jaycee Dugard And Our Maddie. Phillip Craig Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido took Jaycee Dugard.

WHEN Jaycee Lee Dugard went missing she was her own person. Now she has returned to a post-Madeleine McCann world and the media is able to make sense of her abduction, rape and impregnation by known paedophile Phillip Garrido (he fathered two children with Jaycee Dugard) and his wife Nancy. Such is the impoverished state of journalism that the story of Jaycee Lee Dugard needs context:

Chris Ayres beat the world to the punch by linking Jaycee Dugard to Madeleine McCann and now his words appear in the Irish Independent, albeit under the title:

US ‘Maddy’ turns up 18 years after her abduction

The blonde, blue-eyed girl was 11 years old when she was abducted from outside her home near Lake Tahoe, California.

Blonde hair and blue eyes keeps the media interested.

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Posted: 28th, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Spotted In Gaza, Lost Again In Las Vegas

gazaMADELEINE McCann has been linked to the War on Terror, but can she now be linked to Islamicists trying to create an Islamic emirate in Gaza? And she’s found in Las Vegas…

To ASSEMBLY @ ASSEMBLY HALL, VENUE 35 of the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

He has just survived – for now – the shelling of his home city of Gaza by Israeli forces. Suddenly, an older man erupts from one of the heaps of wreckage around him, coughing and spluttering into the light. This is Abu Mohammed, a ‘tunnel trader’, or one of those merchants who smuggles goods into Gaza through a secret subterranean supply network; food, matches and even livestock.

Or guns and bullets, Iranian soldiers and jihadis… But the best bit is yet to come:

As with the sequence that attempts to westernise the loss of children by bringing out an unnecessary Madeleine McCann analogy, the play isn’t perfect; but, in witnessing the raw power of a man recounting the death of his own daughters in crudely translated Arabic, its demand for answers about an atrocious time in a man-made hell carries huge moral and emotional impact.

Time, then, to blame the Jews for Our Maddie, finally. How can it have taken so long? But where is she? One woman knows:

Onstage in a spacious Las Vegas banquet hall sits a nervous-looking, dark-haired Danish woman named Connie Sonne. The 46-year-old retired police officer made a name for herself as a psychic in Europe by claiming she knows the whereabouts of famous missing British toddler Madeleine McCann. Sonne also says she can read playing cards through sealed envelopes using only a crystal. If she can successfully demonstrate her skills in this controlled experiment at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, she’ll receive $1 million.

Does she do it?

No.

And Madeleine McCann is still missing…

Posted: 27th, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Stars In US Crime Show

maddie-mccann-tvMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news –

How entertaining have you found the disappearance of Madeleine McCann? Is it better of worse than Lost, the show with no end? For some people the tale of a child vanished could to with more plot structure and a decent pay off at the finale, maybe a high-speed car chase or a fistfight in the courtroom.

Playing armchair detective is great fun but the story of Our Maddie has always been a single-thread narrative, lacking the multi-layering that TV executives enjoy. So here’s an episode of Law & Order to shows all parties how it should be done:

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Posted: 23rd, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (25) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Getting The Joke

maddie6MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – when a missing child can make us laugh…

THIS is Nottingham: “Couple defend Madeleine leaflet”

A NOTTS couple who delivered leaflets in Clifton about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have defended their actions.

A local issues for Our Maddie…

Grenville Green and his wife, Helene Davies-Green, have been campaigning on behalf of the Madeleine Foundation.

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Posted: 22nd, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (20) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: McCanns Drop Portuguese Libel Action

mccann_oprahMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Kate and Gerry McCann drop libel case against Portuguese tabloid Tal & Qual…

The Irish Examiner reports that innocent Gerry and Kate McCann have “dropped a libel case against the Portuguese newspaper which first linked them to the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

The couple were suing weekly tabloid Tal & Qual over an August 2007 article headlined “Police believe the parents killed Maddie“.

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Posted: 20th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (18) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Investigating The Detectives’ Failings

7677076MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Private detectives fail, Private detectives do PI and PR and the Madeleine McCann Foundation is famous…

Daily Mail: “So why did Madeleine McCann detectives ask so few questions after major breakthrough?”

Dunno. Why?

Private detectives leading the hunt for Madeleine McCann faced questions last night after a Mail on Sunday investigation revealed apparent shortcomings in chasing a ‘strong lead’. The detectives failed to make even rudimentary inquiries before announcing a ‘significant’ development in the worldwide search for the six-year-old.

Watching the detectives… Following the news that “Victoria Beckham” possibly abducted Madeleine McCann, it occurs to the Mail that the private investigators may be clutching at dried grasses:

The Mail on Sunday, however, has established that members of Mr Edgar’s team who had visited Barcelona:

Failed to speak to anyone working at the seafood restaurant near where the agitated woman was seen at 2am.
Failed to ask the port authority about movement of boats around the time Madeleine disappeared.
Failed to ask if the mystery woman had been filmed on CCTV.
Knew nothing about the arrival of an Australian luxury yacht just after Madeleine vanished until told by British journalists, who gave them the captain’s mobile phone number.
Failed to interview anyone at a nearby dockside bar where, according to Mr Edgar, the mystery woman was later seen drinking.
Failed to ask British diplomats in Spain for advice before or during the visit.

* Succeeded in getting the missing child back in the news and kickstarting the belated Third Summer of Our Maddie. They say PI. Some say PR.

Last night Mr Edgar said: ‘We are not above criticism and I take responsibility for any shortcomings. If somebody has not done what they should have done, that’s my job to deal with that.’

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Posted: 16th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (34) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


McCanns To ‘Sue’ The Madeleine Foundation

logoMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – “McCanns to sue”  The Madeleine Foundation “over leaflet distributed in their OWN VILLAGE blaming them for Madeleine’s disappearance”…

A source told MailOnline the couple intend to pursue legal action and may even bring in the police.

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Posted: 15th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (87) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Is Hijacked

5911113MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – The ‘Madeleine Foundation’ leaflet Kate And Gerry McCanns’ home town. It’s the Third Summer of Maddie and the ghouls are conducting a witch hunt…

The Sun: “Maddie villagers get ‘McCanns did it’ letter”

THE parents of Madeleine McCann were angry and upset yesterday after neighbours were sent leaflets claiming they were to blame for her death. Vile campaigners put copies of the four-page publication through every door in their home village of Rothley, Leics.

Produced by the “Madeleine Foundation”, it included “Ten Reasons Why Madeleine McCann was Not Abducted”. ..

There is no evidence that she was. And – get this – no evidence that she wasn’t. There is no proof of any crime. Madeleine McCann is missing.

The group, which claims wildly that Kate killed Maddie and Gerry helped hide the body, added “Reasons Why Her Parents Should Be Prosecuted.”

Kate and Gerry McCann are innocent. This claim is disgusting and unwarranted – unless it is fame you seek?

Its secretary is disgraced solicitor Anthony Bennett whose bid to bring a private prosecution against the McCanns last year was thrown out of court.

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Posted: 15th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (36) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Missing In Cyprus

maddie4MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Maddie Fever reaches Cyprus…

It’s the media’s Third Summer of Our Maddie, and the tale of the missing child are spreading the fear… It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and Maddie is the benchmark for missing children the world over:

In the Cyrus Mail, Jacqueline Agathocleous spots Our Maddie:

A GERMAN couple was in absolute panic on Wednesday morning, when they awoke to find their 10-year-old son had disappeared from their hotel room in Paralimni.

Says Paralimni police officer Yiannos Kapnoulas:

“The mum was out of her mind crying. Everything was going through her mind; she is in a foreign country and was terrified about what might have happened. You know, the case of Madeleine [McCann] who went missing while on holiday with her parents in the Algarve and hasn’t been found since was going through everybody’s minds.”

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Posted: 14th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Spotted On Camber Sands And The Funniest Our Maddie Joke Ever

mccann-red-eyesMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Maddie spotted on Camber Sands, the funniest Our Maddie joke ever, Tracey Connelly and Rhonda Wyllie explains…

It’s the Third Summer of Our Maddie and Mary Gold relives the apogee of the Our Maddie frenzy. Experience the horror that is Mary Gold’s Maddie & Me:

Daily Mail: “I looked away for a moment and my daughter had vanished: A mother reveals the terrifying 25 minutes she lost her child at the beach”

Mary Gold fears the worst – with a story to write she had best act fast…

She’d gone in the blink of an eye. One moment my three-year-old daughter was playing beside me in the sand on a Sussex beach. The next she was gone. I was distracted for something like ten seconds by an angry wasp, and when I looked up Katya had disappeared…

Paedo wasp!

I thought of Madeleine McCann, of vile and loathsome paedophiles and of Lord knows what else.

What else is there?

It is every parent’s nightmare…

It is. It is. Oh, god it is. We fear it is. And if it isn’t, it bloody well should be! Tony Parsons knows.

As journalists, Harry and I both know what a horrible world we live in. I thought of poor Sarah Payne, snatched in Sussex by a paedophile in 2000 – a story my husband had covered as a crime reporter.

Sarah Pain & Me.

And, of course, poor Maddie McCann, who was abducted in the Algarve the day after we brought Katya home from Russia in May 2007… At that moment, I felt like the world’s worst mother and I must admit I thought about Kate McCann…

Is that libel? Surely the world’s worst mother is Tracey Connelly? And he can be dad.

Ten agonising minutes later came the flood of relief. It turned out that Katya had wandered for half-a-mile – half-a-mile and she only weighs 2st.

Will she be ready for the Olympics?

She had been missing for 25 minutes, but it felt like a lifetime. Harry called me and said: ‘We’ve got her, darling, we’ve got her.’

And mummy got her story. Our Katya…

The Skinny: “Richard Herring: Hitler Moustache”

We have to dare him to go there when he asks who wants to hear his Madeleine McCann joke, which is so evil he swears he wouldn’t tell it were it not for us sickos. The audience roars its approval.

Funier than Mary Gold. Give it up, Herring…

WA Today: Wyllies say they have nothing to offer Maddie investigators

Private detectives searching for Madeleine on Sunday said they wanted to interview Perth socialite Rhonda Wyllie, the widow of Australian property tycoon Bill Wyllie, and their daughter Melissa Karlson.

Why?

A multi-million dollar luxury yacht owned by Mrs Wyllie was moored in Barcelona, Spain, three days after Madeleine disappeared from a Portugal holiday report in May 2007.

Fact! Other boats in the area include the yacht Dr Crippen once sailed on, vessels soon-to-be belonging to Somalia’s pirate navy and a rowing boat manned by a odd bearded fellow call Silus.

On Thursday, the Wyllie Group issued a statement:

“British media reports on Sunday … raised suggestions that Wyllie family members may be able to assist investigations in relation to an incident at Port Olympia, Barcelona, on the night of May 6, 2007.

The Wyllie family is perplexed with these media reports. In fact, members of the Wyllie family were in Antibes, France, that evening, not in Barcelona.”

Maddie in Antibes!

Madeleine McCann – It’s the media’s Third Summer of Our Maddie (delayed for Michael Jackson) – you seen her?

Madeleine McCann Spotted In Sweden

Spotted in Byron Bay.

Those Madeleine McCann Jokes

Posted: 13th, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Spotted In Sweden

4649677MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Maddie spotted in Sweden!

The Local Reports: “Swedish police search for kidnapped Madeleine”

In Australia?

Stockholm police were called out to a local beach on Monday after a tip off that the kidnapped British girl Madeleine McCann had been spotted there.

How did she get there from Australia? Earlier in the week, Our Maddie was spotted in Byron Bay

The tip off was by a father who believed that he had seen the missing Madeleine McCann at Flatenbadet in the southern Stockholm suburb of Bagarmossen, according to the Expressen newspaper.

A father.

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Posted: 12th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Spotted In Australia, Rhonda Wyllie And Another Child Stolen

4697789MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Madeleine spotted in Byron Bay, Rhonda Wyllie named and another child is taken…

Daily Mirror: “Maddy hunt sleuths off to Australia”

Investigators searching for Madeleine McCann are flying to Australia to follow up “viable leads“.

The viable leads the McCann’s PR Clarence Mitchell called “vague” or other viable leads that could be handled by the Australian police at less of a cost to the Madeleine McCann Fund?

Boats are involved and, perhaps, the wise thing would be for private detectives to charter a yacht and retrace the route possible taken by fat Victoria Beckham’s vessel as it sailed from the Algarve to Barcelona, then onto Australia, perhaps taking in Venezuela and the Caribbean?

Judith Aron and Melissa Karlson both say they did not take Our Maddie. There is not a shred of evidence linking them to the child. They are both innocent. So what leads are the private detectives investigating?

Daily Mail: “Millionaire socialite ‘devastated’ as her £3m superyacht is linked to hunt for Madeleine McCann”

Her brother Wayne McGrath told the People newspaper: ‘I have spoken to my sister and she is absolutely devastated. She doesn’t know anything about this.’

Names named. Damaged lives. Innocent people dragged into a terrible story of a missing child. Move on…

3Nws (NZ): “Perth socialite claims yacht not involved in McCann mystery”

A Perth socialite has scoffed at suggestions her yacht may have been involved in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The yacht, belonging to Rhonda Wiley, was docked at the same port where a woman was seen asking about the delivery of her new daughter – just days after Madeline went missing.

Yesterday, “Rhonda Wiley” was the Mirror’s Rhonda Whilley (which is correct).

Daily Star: “AGONY FOR MCCANNS AS 2 NEW LEADS FLOP”

An Australian woman who matched the “Posh Spice lookalike” e-fit appeared to be entirely innocent of any involvement. Judith Aron, 53, of Melbourne, said: “I have no connection to the little girl. I haven’t left Australia since 2000, so there’s no way I could have been in Portugal or Spain around the time she went missing.”

“Appeared to be innocent.” Do we now presume guilt when a name is mentioned in the same breath as the media’s Our Maddie? Any other evidence?

In another disappointment to the McCanns, a £6million superyacht was also ruled out. Detectives hired by doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, both 41, had been hunting for the vessel… The Sunseeker Yacht 105, called Will Power, flies an Australian flag.

But last night the Brit skipper insisted it was a “coincidence’’. Its owner, £250m socialite Rhonda Wyllie, 52, was not on board at the time.

The skipper said he had dropped off her and her guests in Monaco. There were no Australians on board in Barcelona and he had never taken it to Portugal.

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Posted: 10th, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (9) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0