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.
MADELEINE MCCANN – ever since Madeleine McCann went missing and the single thread story began to be spun by a voracious media, taken up by a mawkish commentariat and vain MPs, enjoyed by armchair detectives and turned into a public spectacle, Anorak has followed the story of the girl who became the media’s Our Maddie.
We now bring you the Madeleine McCann story in pictures:
Brisbane Times: “’Keep searching’ Morcombes tell McCanns”
The disappearances of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe and British toddler Madeleine McCann, who vanished in completely different circumstances and different time zones, have drawn together families both desperate for closure…
MADELEINE McCann Watch: In which Kate McCann cries for Oprah’s fans…
TWO years of Madeleine McCann news and the Daily Mirror delivers this front-page headline:
“I wish I was in a coma”
This is “Sobbing Kate” McCann. This is “Haunted Kate McCann”.
Daily Mirror: “KATE AND GERRY: IT’S A LIFE SENTENCE – Hunt for Madeleine will never end”
Well, surely it will end when she is found?
Rod Chaytor has the front-page “exclusive”.
Kate and Gerry McCann are doomed to spend a lifetime hunting for their missing daughter Madeleine, a friend revealed yesterday.
The friend is…
Film director Emma Loach, who spent eight weeks with the couple for a new TV documentary, says they will never give up.
Emma Loach whose work will be broadcast on Channel 4. Does the subject matter influence the PR?
“This is a life sentence for them. They will never be able to move on and the deep scar will not heal until they have an answer… either Maddy comes home or they know what happened to her.”
So not what the Mirror’s headline said. The hunt will end when the child is found. And as for that “exclusive”? Well, Anorak readers read that yesterday…
Such are the facts.
In other facts, the Mail and Sun hear from Professor David Canter:
The Mail delivers:
Madeleine McCann may have forgotten who she was, claims top criminal expert – Madeleine McCann may not remember who she is two years on from vanishing during a family holiday to Portugal, a British crime expert believes.
The British girl, just three when she disappeared, could have a new identity and speak a different language, according to the top criminologist…
‘You could call out Madeleine to her and she wouldn’t respond. She doesn’t remember being that child,’ he said.
Professor Canter said Maddie could be anywhere in the world, speaking a different language and looking completely different to how we know her.
We’ve heard from Professor Canter before:
DAILY MAIL front page: “Five top British crime experts went to Portugal to examine the Maddie case. What is their verdict…?”
A verdict? No body. No arrest made. No court case. Just a verdict. And from “crime experts”…
Pages 18 and 19: “THE MADDIE FILES – Five of Britain’s top crime experts were sent to Portugal to give their verdicts on the McCann case. Here they reveal their deeply disturbing conclusions…”
Who sent these sleuths? The British police? Richard Branson? The Pope? No – Channel 4’s Dispatches. The Madeleine McCann mystery is a media circus, so what more fitting than the TV as a courtroom and arbiter of justice?
The Mail’s Roger Graef presides. He says that under Portuguese law, the age of consent is 13 (“between couples of the same age”). It’s not, yer honour. It is 14. “Portugal has many more paedophiles than it cares to admit.” How many? We do not know. It pains Graef to divulge the hideous details. But there have been two cases of child abduction in the past 15 years over there
The crackers are THE CRIMINAL PROFILER (David Canter), THE SEARCH EXPERT (Gary Lig), THE FORENSIC ANALYST (David Barclay), THE SOHAM DETECTIVE (Chris Stevenson) and THE MEDIA HANDLER (Matt Tapp).
They unearth no new clues, no new evidence, no new ideas. But they get to be on the telly and in the papers. And then they return to the UK to crack other cases, like the murder of Rhys Jones, the whereabouts of Suzy Lamplugh, the capture of Osama bin Laden, the wheabout of the UK’s most wanted Paul Bures “wanted in relation to multiple charges of Rape and Sexual assault on male children aged 13-16 years. He currently resides in Spain”) and…
Madeleine McCann is missing – but if you wait long enough the story will roll around again…
Two years of news here.
MADELEINE McCann: Hidden in tunnels, alive in America and a new theory…
Daily Express (front page): “MADDIE: DID SHE VANISH IN MAZE OF TUNNELS?”
Dunno? Did she?
“TUNNELS BENEATH RESORT MAY BE CLUE TO MYSTERY”
James Murray investigates a phone call:
Secret tunnels beneath the Portuguese seaside town where Madeleine McCann vanished two years ago today may hold the key to her disappearance.
The tunnels, dating back to Roman times, have never been thoroughly searched, despite repeated requests.
Documents in Portuguese police files, published today for the first time, suggest a vital line of inquiry was ignored and have led to fresh calls for a proper investigation into the tunnels…
MADELEINE McCann’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann have been on the Oprah Winfrey show. Here’s the video:
This is an artist’s impression of how Our Maddie might look aged 6.
The same picture is on the covers of the Daily Star, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror – “image of how she looks now” – and the Sun.
FOR two years Anorak has brought you news of Madeleine McCann.
Or, rather, we have brought you no news other than one single thread: she is missing.
Well, no. After much chatter, lives ruined and censure in the courtroom the single-thread story that spun out of control is once more invites us to watch the parents and speculate.
Sky News: “Madeleine: ‘Major Flaws In Police Probe’”
Madeleine McCann may never be found due to major flaws in the police investigation into her disappearance, according to a leading child protection expert.
Oprah is global
* Kate and Gerry McCann’s interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is to be screened in the UK, a day after airing in America, NBC Universal Global Networks announced today.
Diva TV, which transmits “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the UK, will broadcast the McCann’s first US interview on Tuesday 5th May at 8pm. Viewers will see a digitally created photo that shows how Madeleine might look today, aged six.
“Kate: I still talk to Maddie.”
The media reacts to the news surge in the hunt for Our Maddie:
The Sun: “Kate McCann breaks down on Oprah”
KATE McCann wept last night as she told TV’s Oprah Winfrey she did not recognise photos of how missing daughter Maddie would look now.
Pictures of Our Maddie as she looks, er, now here...
Madeleine McCann – two years of views…
On Monday, May 4, Oprah will talk to Kate and Gerry McCann in their first interview in America since the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
Since May 3, 2007, when then-4-year-old Madeleine disappeared from the family’s vacation apartment in Portugal, there have been alleged sightings of the missing child, but none have been confirmed. For the first time, Oprah Show viewers will see a remarkable age progression that reveals what Madeleine might look like today.
THE search for Madeleine McCann:
In “KATE McCANN’S AGONY AT LEAVING TWINS FOR OPRAH”
The People’s Tracey Kandohla tells readers:
Kate McCann is in torment as she prepares to fly to America for a TV show – without her twins.
In a story that has hinged on “there but for the grace of god” and “every parent’s worst nightmare”, with readers and hacks empathising with the stricken McCanns, what do we make of this latest “torment”?
ReadMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of missing Madeleine McCann…
The image appears on the front page of the Daily Express. Yeah, Our Maddie’s back selling “The World’s Greatest Newspaper”.
More FBI pictures of what Madeleine McCann might look like:
Madeleine McCann is to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show, that tribute to being average. The Irish Independent reports:
A small banner has appeared on the homepage of the official Madeleine McCann website. It reads: Coming soon, new ‘Never Give Up‘ t-shirts. Two years on from the disappearance of the three-year-old girl from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal, it has become her parents’ mantra.
AS predicted a summer of Madeleine McCann news awaits. Can the desired result be achieved? Will Madeleine McCann be found?
The Daily Record has more news: “McCANNS TO SHOW ‘AGED’ MADDIE PICS ON OPRAH SHOW.”
Pictures of what Madeleine McCann looks like now are to be revealed on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show.
DAILY EXPRESS: “MADELEINE: £1M WAR FOR MCCANN INTERVIEW”
“AMERICA’S top chat show hosts are locked in a bidding war for an exclusive interview with the parents of Madeleine McCann. Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters have each pledged £1million in an attempt to get them in front of the TV cameras, it emerged yesterday”
DAILY MAIL: “Kate and Gerry McCann in £1million deal to tell all to Oprah Winfrey”
Her parents Kate and Gerry will appear on the US programme, which will be broadcast on the weekend of the second anniversary of her disappearance on May 3.
MORE on Madeleine McCann now. And we seem to be brewing up for a summer of Maddie.
Summer is a slow and lazy time for news hacks – it’s why no wars are declared in the summer and our boys in Iraq and Afghanistan spend the balmy season playing cricket and singing Agadoo.
The Irish Independent yells: “Sacked police chief points finger at McCanns”
THE former police officer thrown off the Madeleine McCann case is set to attack her parents again in a TV documentary.
The Archbishop writes his sermons with Google key words in mind:
“Football has come a long way since members of the Aston Villa Church Bible Class formed a football team in 1874 and the members of St Domingo’s Bible Class started playing football at Stanley Park in 1884.
“But when Villa take on Everton this afternoon for the riches of European glory, they would do well to recall the faith of their founders and to abandon the amnesia of their heritage.”
Only a loon would not think it good news that missing persons were found, preferably alive and well. But why these two? Does the Bishop write his sermon on Google News in mind?
Sky: Dr John Sentamu said he could not imagine the pain and suffering endured by the families of the missing. But he said the Easter celebration of the triumph of life over death should inspire people never to give up hoping they will be found.
The Daily Star bring the world the news : “THE TWINS NOW KNOW MADDIE WAS TAKEN.”
THE twin brother and sister of Madeleine McCann now know that she was taken away from them. And they still talk about her every day, says their dad Gerry.
THE news of Madeleine McCann is – as ever – not about the missing child: it’s about her parents. Gerry and Kate McCann are innocent but still we stare.
The latest flurry of news is that posters of the missing child have been ripped down in Praia da Luz.
Irish Herald: Letters.
I find it astonishing that posters of missing child Madeleine McCann have been torn down in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. All he’s doing is trying to keep the memory of his daughter alive, in the hope that one day she will be found.
ANGRY locals barracked Gerry McCann as he filmed a reconstruction in the resort where daughter Maddeleine vanished. One sacked worker raged at Gerry: “Go home, leave us alone” while others ripped down posters put up for a fresh appeal…
The competition is – as ever – Tabloid Bingo – the writer’s challenge to link Madeleine McCann with any major news event. Your caller toay is MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN, of the Irish Times.
Irish Times: “An ogre of the Apennines called on L’Aquila”
Midst the ochre, azure, terracotta and mimosa, there are jagged black holes from which men, women and children are being pulled: barely alive, barely dead.