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 Liverpool Echo brings news of Our Maddie – Madeleine McCann:
LIVERPOOL schoolchildren have been caught leaving obscene messages about Madeleine McCann on a social networking site. It has led to one pupil, who clearly stated his link to a leading city school, being investigated by horrified staff.
What was said?
Facebook group Let’s Not Give Up On Madeleine McCann has more than 13,000 international members keen to show their support for the missing child.
Over the newswires, a statement by Kate and Gerry McCann:
“We – together with our three children Madeleine, Sean and Amelie – are taking this legal action against Goncalo Amaral over his entirely unfounded and grossly defamatory claims -made in all types of media, both within Portugal and beyond – that Madeleine is not only dead, but that we, her parents, were somehow involved in concealing her body.”
It had to happen. The McCanns are innocent. Amaral is acting on a hunch. If he had proof that Madeleine McCann is dead – let alone that she died in the family holidy flat; let alone that crime has been committed – he would have presented a case against them.
Instead he has become a celebrity. He wrote a book – The Truth of the Lie – and featured in a television documentary.
The statement continues:
“The primary reason for our legal action is simple: to stop any negative effect that these absurd and deeply hurtful claims may be having on the ongoing search for Madeleine.
“We can no longer stand back and watch as Mr Amaral tries to convince the entire world that Madeleine is dead.
“Nor can we allow this blatant injustice to Madeleine, with its obvious risk of hindering our attempts to find her, to continue.
“Mr Amaral’s entirely unjustified claims have not only brought indescribable devastation and suffering to our lives, they have hugely compounded the already immense pain and anxiety we have endured since Madeleine’s abduction.”
We have been here before. And the McCanns have won before.
Madeleine McCann is missing – and we are still watching the parents…
Madeleine McCann: The Story In Pictures
Madeleine McCann: More on Amaral’s Book And Tabloid Bingo With Prince Harry
New TV Documentary Accuses Kate And Gerry McCann
Madeleine McCann: Amaral Accuses Kate McCann
Madeleine McCann: Goncalo Amaral’s Film, Selling Maddie And In Uganda
Madeleine McCann: Police Errors, Kate And Gerry McCann Speak, And Amaral’s Book
Madeleine McCann: Selling Amaral’s Opinion As Faction
Madeleine McCann: The Maddie Crunch, Goncarlo Amaral’s Interview And Lawyers
Madeleine McCann: The Truth Of The Lie, The Missing Pages And Blonde Lawyers
2008: 481 new cases reported. At end of year, a running total of 145 cases remained open
2007: 401 new cases reported. At end of year, a running total of 41 cases remained open
Daily Star: “MADDIE COPS SNUBBED ME OVER SPOTTY”
THE key witness who saw the spotty man suspected of snatching Madeleine McCann says she was ignored by bungling police.
Of him – WTF! Face, the latest and ugliest suspect do far. So who is the women who saw the unforgettable face of the man?
The creepy character was seen watching the McCanns’ holiday apartment three days before the youngster was abducted. The British tourist witness, 36, was so spooked by the sinister stranger she pulled her three-year-old daughter away from him.
Because he was trying to get her?
Daily Star: “HELP US TRACE MADDIE SUSPECT, SAY MCCANNS”
THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann are praying that a suspect dubbed “Scarface” will be found within days.
Given the look of contestants on Britain’s Got Talent, they could do worse then stay in and wait.
Investigators working for doctors Kate and Gerry are believed to have been offered names for the pock-marked man.
Beam Me Up Spotty
A source close to the McCanns said: “We need the people of Portugal to help. Someone in the country knows who this man is and where he might be found.”
Madeleine McCann: The McCann’s Documentary Video:
What is the point of showing Kate McCann and her twins? Does that bring her missing daughter back?
Let’s have a heated debate…
MADELEINE McCann Watch: In which Anorak looks at the efits and suspects so far…
The Spotty Weirdo
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.