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.
GLASGOW MAIL: “Madeleine McCann cop makes attempt to flog book in UK”
A PORTUGUESE detective’s book claiming Madeleine McCann died while in her parents’ care could go on sale in the UK.
Goncalo Amaral’s The Truth About A Lie claims parents Gerry and Kate then disposed of their three-year-old daughter’s body in the Algarve. This was dismissed by Portuguese authorities and Amaral, 49, was kicked off the case after five months in charge.
Gerry MCann returned to Portugal. Kate Mcann did not go with him. Here’s the story of the story that keeps on going:
DAILY MIRROR: “Madeleine mum can’t face return”
Heartbroken Kate McCann was too upset to go back to Portugal where her beloved Madeleine was snatched.
A breakthrough. She didn’t wander off. Cancel the Channel 4 investigation! Madeleine McCann is another Diana to milk like a surrogate cow.
The Mirror has proof?
THE SUN: “Maddie hunt trip gives Gerry hope”
GERRY McCann returned home yesterday after “positive” talks in Portugal on the hunt for missing daughter Madeleine.
Mr McCann is”40”.
EVENING STANDARD: “Kate and Gerry McCann”
As readers will recall, since Madeleine McCann’s abduction in May 2007, The Evening Standard has covered the story extensively and reported developments in the police investigation and search for Madeleine.
Well, yes, the Standard and every other news organ…
During the last few months of 2007 we, along with much of the media, published a number of articles which may have been understood to suggest that Kate and Gerry McCann may have been involved in Madeleine’s disappearance.
May have been understood? Could the paper be less specific?
We regret this and wish to make clear, for the avoidance of any doubt, that we fully accept that there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Kate and Gerry were involved in the disappearance of their daughter.
Good that the Standard accepts that with no proof and no evidence of any crime having been committed, the missing girl’s parents are not guilty of hamring their own daughter. How’s that for, er, standards?
We continue to support Kate and Gerry in their search for Madeleine. There is no evidence that Madeleine has come to any harm and clearly there are people out there who know where she is.
“Continue to support”? But didn’t the Standard write things that “may have been understood” to be less than supporting?
Therefore we are today calling on Evening Standard readers to redouble their efforts to find Madeleine. We have now made a very substantial donation to assist with the search and are continuing to run adverts in the foreign editions of our sister paper, the Daily Mail, asking for information which might lead to Madeleine being found.
A donation. And an apology. What happened, then, to bring about such largesse?
We wish Kate and Gerry all the best and will continue to work with them to help find their daughter.
Just yesterday the Mail, the Standard’s sister organ, told readers:
Mr McCann said he was unaware of how much money remained in the Find Madeleine Fund but admitted his family had “scarce resources and did not want to waste them”.
Waste them on… lawyers?
Media lawyer Paul Gilbert, from the firm Finers Stephens Innocent, said: “Clearly the Express’s lawyers felt this was a case they should settle without a high-profile trial and as a result have saved considerable costs.
“It certainly is a warning sign to newspapers in the future – if they’re going to speculate, they’ve got to be very careful about what they speculate about.”
THE SCOTSMAN: “Madeleine expert joins Uist search”
AN EXPERT who reviewed the hunt for Madeleine McCann has been called in to try to help solve the mystery of the Merchant Navy cadet who disappeared on South Uist early on Boxing Day.
The failed search for Madeleine McCann is now a career defining moment for many, and no barrier to future employment.
As the search for Simon MacMillan, 21, goes on, a new team of police dogs from the mainland was sent to the Hebridean island yesterday. Police have also drafted in Mark Harrison, the national search adviser to the National Policing Improvement Agency, who was brought in to the search for Madeleine after police drew a blank.
And after Mr Harrison drew a blank…
Madeleine McCann is missing, and after months of speculation and innuendo, she remains missing…
DAILY MIRROR: “MADDY’S DAD IN ALGARVE TO PUSH FOR NEW HUNT”
Gerry McCann flew back to Portugal yesterday in the hope of reviving the hunt for missing daughter Madeleine.
DAILY HERALD: “We can’t gloss over the brutal abuse of children”
Colette Douglas Home has been to the cinema to see Slumdog Millionaire with her daughter.
Her daughter turns to her:
“Weren’t you upset by the child abuse,” she asked. That’s when I remembered the child abuse; and that’s why I’m feeling uneasy about my initial reaction to the film as well as its Golden Globe success.
A TORY dresses as Our Maddy and converses with…
Anyone think the media has been had?
Thanks Penster, aka Annette Curtain
Matthew Lewis, a Young Tory, has dressed up as Madeleine McCann for a fancy dress do. No, not a Tory Party party, a private party.
Our Maddie is back in the papers. But the story is not about the child, rather it is about who can be the most offended and if political gain can be made from a puerile act.
THE SUN: “SICK TORIES AXED”
So much for the purge on knife crime.
DAILY MIRROR: “SICK TORY: I’M DRESSING UP AS MISSING MADDY”
Last night, Lewis made a grovelling apology. He said: “I completely regret my behaviour and cannot express how sorry I am for the incredible hurt I have caused.”
Grovelling to whom – the nation?
UPDATE – here.
Matthew Lewis, a member of Conservative Future (CF), writes on his Facebook page that his New Year’s Ever costume for a fancy dress would feature a blonde wig, “pink pyjamas, a teddy bear and a vial of fake blood”.
Yeah, he’s coming round the corner when he comes, dressed as Madeleine McCann. Here he comes. And there he goes – and with it his political career.
BROADCAST NOW: “Faye Barker has been appointed as the new presenter of ITV’s morning news bulletin.”
She’s got form:
As well as interviewing celebrities Hillary Swank, Russell Crowe and Robin Willliams, she has covered major international events including the search for Madeleine McCann and the Boxing Day Tsunami.
Celebrity and disaster, all rolling news-ed into one.
PRESS GAZETTE: “Faye Barker to front ITV’s morning news bulletin”
MUSIC OMH: an interview with FrYrs, king of “electronic-tinged chamber pop”
“I feel like I’ve been doing this for ages but really I’ve only played two gigs and put out a four-track CD which isn’t a lot,” he chuckles. “There hasn’t been any Ã¼ber-hype yet thankfully… just a few strange pieces here and there.” Are there any in particular that spring to mind?
How the old media works. A song for the missing:
The Irish grandmother of missing girl Madeleine McCann had a Christmas present ready for the five-year-old this year.
Don’t spoil the surprise…
For the second Christmas in a row, Eileen McCann left a large pink teddy bear on Madeleine’s bed, as she clings to hope that she will return home.
Oh, no! Not another pink teddy. Who buys two pink teddies for a little girl? They want nail polish and a Bratz styling head and Aquabeads…
THE SUN: “Fury at Maddie ‘ghost chat’”
No, not a ghost chat show – it’s not a publicity stunt. It;s not even a follow up to the Daily Star’s front page screamer: “MADDIE GHOST VISITS MUM”. It’s:
A SICK comedy writer has sparked outrage by publishing a spoof interview with Madeleine McCann’s “ghost”. Jose Perez, 28, who writes for Spanish TV, reports in his online blog that Maddie — who vanished in May 2007 aged three — visited his house.
THE SUN: “Bishop raps ‘ruthless’ bankers”
THE Archbishop of York slammed bankers in his Christmas Day sermon for pursuing “ruthless gain”.
Dr John Sentamu warned banks against “exploitative lending” and urged them not to “enrich themselves at poor neighbours’ expense”.
The Church has no investments, no property portfolio and has not made one single penny in the financial boom years. Read about their poverty here.
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?