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.
FERGUS Shanahan (The Sun): “McCanns must move on.”
So says the deputy editor of the Sun one day after the paper’s Morn Porn headline and story:
Maddie’s Xmas gifts are lying under the tree – THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann wrestled with their anguish to buy her gifts — on their second Christmas without her. Kate and Gerry McCann took the heart-wrenching decision as they released a fresh video appeal to find her.
MADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.
THE MAIL: “Maddie, the last happy Christmas”
Indeed. Now instead of stories of Santa, readers get stories of missing children. It’s what they enjoy.
THE SUN: “Maddie’s Xmas gifts are lying under the tree”
THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann wrestled with their anguish to buy her gifts — on their second Christmas without her.
Kate and Gerry McCann took the heart-wrenching decision as they released a fresh video appeal to find her.
They have wrapped the presents and put them under their tree almost 19 months after Maddie, then three, vanished from their holiday apartment in Portugal.
Last night Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s official spokesman, said there had already been a “very good” response to the new appeal.
IRISH INDEPENDENT (front page): “Please bring Maddy home – Parent’s plea at Christmas”
Still the papers are undecided: Maddy or Maddie? Of course both versions are the tabloids’ pet names and command the sobriquet “our”. The missing child is called Madeleine.
Another day and another anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. No proof of what happened to her has come to light; no proof of any crime behind her vanishing. The parents keep their daughter’s name in the news. And the media…
GLASGOW SUNDAY MAIL: “Xmas Plea For Maddie”
MISSING Madeleine McCann’s voice has been heard in public for the first time in a Christmas home video…Maddie, then three, is heard telling her siblings, twins Sean and Amelie: “Clap your hands together and one, two, three.”
Madeleine McCann with
Twins Sean and Amelie
Clap your hands together
And one two three
LIVERPOOL DAILY POST: “McCanns make Christmas video plea”
Madeleine then holds up her new pair of shoes and says: “These are my shoes.” Behind the camera Mr McCann asks her what colour they are, and she answers: “Pink.”
THE GUARDIAN: Pressure on police to find Wimbledon killer put the wrong man in the frame
Robert Napper killed Rachel Nickell. Colin Stagg did not kill Rachel Nickell. Napper murdered Nickell, stabbing her to death in front of her son on Wimbledon Common in July 1992.
The story is now added to that game we all love so much: Tabloid Bingo:
“…it had all the ingredients of the classic media murder story: the beautiful blonde victim, the lyrical summer setting, the child witness, the murderous stranger at large – and all taking place in Greater London. Inevitably, the police were under enormous and immediate pressure to capture the killer of someone whose face smiled out of the front pages of every newspaper.
SKY NEWS: “Ex-Cop Plans ‘Maddie’ Translation”
You say suspect, they say arguido. You say sardine muncher. They say hard-working cop…
Even though he’s on trial in Portugal over another missing child case, former police chief Goncalo Amaral is finding time to promote his book Maddie – the Truth of the Lie.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann
THE PEOPLE: “Maddie not kidnapped, says lawyer”
Which lawyer, says that, then?
Madeleine McCann’s parents faced fresh heartache yesterday over a book claiming their daughter was NOT abducted.
Was there a crime?
The book, by retired lawyer Anthony Bennett, comes as Kate and Gerry prepare to launch a second Christmas appeal for help in finding Madeleine.
It’s Antony Bennett. More on him here.
DAILY MIRROR: “NO CHEERS FOR TEARS”
It’s sardine munching Tony Parsons. He’s got mourning sickness.
If Eoghan Quigg wins The X Factor tonight, it will be because he tugged the nation’s heartstrings by sobbing like a big softy on last week’s show…Even boyband JLS would be preferable to cry-baby Quigg and his croaking, fist-punching High School Musical routines…
But cry-baby Quigg could nick it after blubbing his heart out when Diana got the boot. Personally, I thought I was going to vomit.
Sod Cowell and Tweedy’s Cry In - who’s for a game of Tabloid Bingo?
I remember when we said goodbye to another Diana, and William and Harry walked behind their mother’s coffin, their hearts breaking but their eyes dry.
Tick. Tick. Tick. (It’s a quick game.)
WHAT’S ON STAGE: “New Spring Seasons Announced – Finborough Theatre and Southwark Playhouse”
South London venue the Sothwark Playhouse have announced their new spring season line-up which will follow on from a successful autumn season which saw the venue play host to a diverse range of shows including Moll Flanders, Unstated and Shakespeare’s R & J.
The new season will include the return of new writing theatre company Nabokov with further instalments of their Present Tense series in February and April. The series unites top talent from across the theatre industry to create a response to a particular topic in current affairs in just seven days. In previous years artists have tackled a wide range of news stories including the Brixton McDonalds shootings; the schism in the Anglican church over homosexuality, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and the Baby P case.
Now that’s entertainment.
GET SURREY: “Fresh appeal to find missing Ruth”
THE Dianification of Britain has passed what historians will come to call the X(Factor) Point, the day when the pro-John Sergeant focus group met the lachrymose X Factor warblers in an all-singing, all- dancing tribute to Baby P.
Hey. It’s what Madeleine McCann would have wanted, so too out Princess of Hearts, say the jobbing mourners as the DVD, CD and ribbon hit the shops and broadcasters feel impelled to play it lest they lag behind in the celebrity caring stakes.
There is no escape. There is escapism, because while you watch to see the rubbish singers and the rubbish dancers fail, you are not allowed to point and laugh. That could be you. There for the grace of God…
And having exhausted themselves cheerleading and ululating with mourning sickness, the hacks have noticed.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: “APOCALYPSE? WOW!”
EXCLUSIVE TV’s Survivors star Julie tells why she shuns Botox and surgery at the age of 43
But Julie said: “I’m happy the way I am. OK, there are days when I wake up and think, ‘Who’s that old bag looking back at me in the mirror?’ “And I see pictures of myself five years ago and think, ‘Why can’t I look like that any more?’ But I’m happy the way I am. What is wrong with a woman looking her actual age?”
What’s good for Julie is good for Kate McCann. Really:
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann and Shannon Matthews.
Karen Matthews has been found guilty of kidnapping her child Shannon Matthews and perverting the course of justice. Karen Matthews is “PURE EVIL”. As Evil as Baby P’s killers?
Lest readers not understand that Karen Matthews is “PURE EVIL”, the papers remind them of the fact on their front pages:
THE SUN: “PURE EVIL – Family even tied to scam Maddie fund”
DAILY STAR: “PURE EVIL” – Shannon’s mum had sex and food orgies as kids starved”
DAILY MIRROR: “MOTHER OF PURE EVIL” – In the rush to damn, the Mirror seems to be calling Shannon Matthews “PURE EVIL”. And that’s harsh.
THE SUN: “Xmas TV appeal in hunt for Maddie”
Will Kate McCann be asked to deliver the alternative Queen’s Speech on Channel 4?
A WORLDWIDE television appeal will be launched at Christmas to appeal for help in finding missing toddler Madeleine McCann. The plea is set to be fronted by a celebrity and will feature previously unseen footage of Maddie.
Have you been good little boys and girls?
Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, said: “It is likely there will be a Christmas message – with the focus on Madeleine.”
Silent night. Holy night…
BOURNEMOUTH DAILY ECHO: “Toddler escaped from Poole play centre”
Claire Mason thought her son Jack was safe at Monkey Bizness at Tower Park, Poole, but the toddler managed to leave the play area, pass reception, go down a flight of stairs and get out of the building.
The little Monkey. Maybe he’s in Lapland, also in Dorset?
THE PEOPLE: “KATE: I KNOW OUR MADDIE IS ALIVE -EXCLUSIVE New worldwide appeal as McCanns face second heartbreak Xmas Star gives TV backing
Little news of Our Maddie, the missing child who is still missing. But Christmas is approaching, another landmark.
Writes Tracey Kandohla:
Missing Madeleine McCann’s mum Kate remains certain she is still alive – and plans a worldwide appeal at Christmas for help in finding the tot.
Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s panto season:
Follow the link to Anorak’s look at Madeleine McCann in the news – HERE.
The mawkish reaction to Baby P’s horrific life and death has turned into an ‘I was there moment’.
Up and down the land young faces are turning to parents and guardians and asking: “What did you do for Baby, P?”
IN The New Year, a House of Commons inquiry will investigate press standards, privacy and libel laws.
The cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee is now looking for views on a wide range of key topics affecting the press from newspaper publishers and any other interested parties.
The case of missing Madeleine McCann will be high on the agenda.
IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Live dangerously: it’s so much safer”
We should stop fretting over potential disasters that are unlikely to happen, says a new book. Lisa Jewell reports
A new book:
Author Warwick Cairns enjoys an element of risk in his life and likes to skateboard and mountain bike. So you might expect that his book called How to Live Dangerously advocates taking up sky diving or swimming in shark cages.
Warwick Cairns dictates his book while parasailing outside his local hospital.
THE INDEPENDENT: “Detective set to publish McCann book in Britain”
Portuguese officer who led the search for Madeleine says his account defends the honour of his team
It’s Goncalo Amaral…
Speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, Goncalo Amaral denied cashing in on the tragic disappearance of the three-year-old but said he was determined to restore his reputation, which “had been torn to shreds” by unfair and inaccurate media reports.
Not cashing in by writing a book that is then placed on sale for a fee. Why not just publish his thought on a website, and distribute it for free?
The book, Maddie: The Truth about the Lie, has already sold an estimated 180,000 copies in Europe, and Mr Amaral’s representatives are trying find a British publisher.
Anyone brave enough to publish it?
A reader in Portugal writes to Anorak of the Madeleine McCann case. There are no suspects. We do not know what crime, if any, has been committed. The parents are innocent. Robert Murat is innocent.
Now read on…
“Maddie: private detectives received aid from a “mole” inside the PJ – SOS Maddie.”
Spanish private detective reveals how the McCanns gained access to confidential police information within the Maddie case
Can this be true? Duarte Levy writes:
According to one of the private detectives that were hired by Metodo 3 within their contract with Kate and Gerry McCann, an inspector from the Polícia Judiciária transmitted confidential information regarding the movements of the Portuguese investigators and of their British colleagues within the inquiry into Maddie’s disappearance to the Spanish agency.
So leaks from the Portuguese police might not have been all bad?
The information that was thus obtained has allowed for the private detectives to inform the McCann couple and their entourage about the diligences that were prepared by the Portuguese investigators:
“Several initiatives by Amaral’s men failed due to the information that was given away by their colleague… but there was also information coming from informants that were connected to the British embassy”, the detective states.
“That was information that allowed us to know in advance what inspector Amaral and his colleagues intended to do”, the private detective further states during an interview that was recently recorded in Spain, stressing that “the inquiry would probably have had a different outcome without the intervention of the private detectives, but equally without that of certain British professionals.”
THE GUARDIAN: “Shannon Matthews drugged and tied up in mother’s fake kidnap plot, court told”
She was another Our Maddie, albeit from a lower social caste…
At a time when the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann was still making headlines, West Yorkshire police mobilised 200 officers, searched 1,800 properties, checked every park in Dewsbury, stopped up to 1,760 cars and passers-by a night, and drafted in three quarters of all the country’s police dogs.
So had Madeleine McCann not been missing, British police would not have reacted with such a show of force..?
RADIO NETHERLANDS: “Dutch introduce nationwide missing child alert”
Had an Amber Alert system been up and running in the whole of Europe, the disappearance of British three-year old Madeleine McCann in Portugal in May 2007 might have been avoided.
Yeah, might. Such are the facts…
DAILY MAIL: “A mother leaves her child while she goes out – and returns to an empty house. No, not the McCann case but the true story behind a gripping new film”
Fact. Fiction. Can you spot the difference?
She was a devoted mother, hard-working, determined and tough. Then, one spring morning, Christine Collins kissed her little child goodbye (leaving him under the eye of neighbours), before returning in the evening to an empty house. Her beloved son had vanished without a trace.
The price cut follows a string of high profile problems for Express Newspapers, owner of the Daily Star, which was forced last month to apologise and pay £375,000 in libel damages to the so-called ‘tapas seven’, the group Kate and Gerry McCann dined with on the night their daughter Madeleine disappeared, after the publisher ran a series of defamatory stories about the group.
Get that? The Star and Express are now cheaper because of the McCanns? Will the Sun and Mail be cheaper? What about subscriptions to Sky TV?
From the Sun:
Please be aware that users will no longer be able to post to the ‘Missing Madeleine’ discussion thread after 3pm on Friday, 7th November 2008. At this time, the thread will be changed to ‘read only’ and removed on Friday, 14th November 2008.
THE PRESS (York): “Review: Frankie Boyle, Grand Opera House, York”
Gavin Aitchison scores a ticket to see watered down Gerry Sadowitz impersonator Frankie Boyle on stage
After a week in which he was condemned for a joke he made two years ago about the Queen, Boyle marched on to the stage and let rip at anything and everything that moved.
And something that didn’t…
FIREFOX NEWS: “Review — Without a Trace : Rise And Fall”
But no sooner have the team started looking for her than a little girl disappears from a shopping mall in New York. Her name is Maddie and right away, I thought “they’re not comparing this to the Madeline McCann kidnapping case in Portugal are they?”
Maybe. Or maybe it’s really her?