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.
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?
Madeleine McCann Seen With Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Simon Cowell, Princess Diana, Winston Churchill And Gordon Brown
THIS IS TAMWORTH: “Chase artist’s postage stamp portraits in museum display”
AN EXHIBITION of postage stamp portraits, created by renowned Hednesford artist Pete Mason, is on display at the Museum of Cannock Chase.
A wrote a letter to the papers, they printed it on Anorak…
The painter and illustrator is displaying his works, including pictures containing 2500 stamps up to 20,000 stamps, until November 14.
At 32p a stamp, it’s an expensive hobby…
HALIFAX EVENING COURIER: “Child-tracking device gives parents holiday peace of mind”
(Image: Beau Bo D’Or Website)
AN enterprising duo are to rent out child tracking devices and satellite navigation systems to holidaymakers at an airport. Friends David Molloy and Tony Waite, both born and raised in Halifax, have set up Stressless Journeys Ltd.
Stress free… Where do we sign for our bottle of Calpol/gin/valium?
DAILY TELEGRAPH: “The public is sick of this heartless comedy”
Dominic Cavendish wonders how he can tie in Russell Brand, and Jonathan Ross with Our Maddie.
Our Maddie appears in most stories, having been linked to films, books, TV, murdered holidaymakers, Shameless families and games…
SUNDAY HERALD: “KATE AND GERRY McCANN, BY IAN BELL”
OF ALL the questions asked of Kate and Gerry McCann, official and unofficial, wise or wantonly cruel, since the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter, one is never likely to be answered.
Is it, what happened to Madeleine McCann?
It is not one of the obvious questions.
So not one of the 100 Questions… Is it, what didn’t happen to Madeleine McCann?
IRISH TIMES: “Spanish courts paralysed by industrial action.”
Today’s challenge: Can Madeleine McCann appear in a story on a story about how “legal secretaries and other members of the profession switched off their computers and laid down their pens in protest at their working conditions”.
That was Tuesday, and the Irish Times’s Jane Walker has been toiling to locate Our Maddy in the story. She tells of delays and lost files. And then she calls exhibit C…
SUNDAY PEOPLE: “McCanns fury over ‘neglect’”
Missing Maddie McCann’s furious parents have vowed to sue a lawyer who suggests they are guilty of child neglect. Anthony Bennett, 61, is urging the Government to bring in a “Madeleine’s Law” making it a criminal offence to leave children under 12 on their own.
Anthony Bennett has written to Anorak numerous times. Surely, if the McCanns sue him, they will give him the day in court he craves?
NEW STATESMAN: “The Real McCann Scandal”
What scandal? A child went missing. She is still missing. And that’s it. Although after a year and a half of breathless reporting not all newspapers can agree on where she went missing from.
Brian Catchcart details how the British press set out to systematically destroy the parents of Madeleine McCann.
All the press? Surely not…
THE SUN: “Maddie’s leech cop”
It’s Goncalo Amaral. There’s a picture of the copper and the caption: “Coining it … disgraced ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral on location.”
The shamed cop who led the Madeleine McCann probe is cashing in AGAIN — with a TV film.
THE SUN: “Kate’s Maddie holiday premonition”
Kate McCann had a haunting premonition about the holiday on which daughter Madeleine went missing. She told a close pal before the trip had been booked: “I don’t know why, I’ve just got an uneasy feeling about it.”
Maybe it was the plane?
“This always haunts me. Kate … what she said … she was unsure. Gerry was quite keen but Kate said, ‘I don’t know why, I’ve just got an uneasy feeling about it.’ And I don’t know why she said that. I don’t think even she knows.”
Unsure if she knows what he might not know to be unsure about. Now we’re getting somewhere. Go on…
SUNDAY EXPRESS (front page): “FBI psychics turn up new Maddie suspect”
The Express is censured, twice. And thus it become the official Our Maddie paper… Is this front page part of the libel settlement? Is the Express now in the McCann camp? It;s tried beating them, so why not join them?
Before the sensation, the apology for the sensation…
THE TIMES: “Brian Kennedy’s quest to find Madeleine”
Madeleine has turned up in the rugby pages. Mark Souster investigates…
There is no doubt that Brian Kennedy is a driven man. He has built a business empire with a turnover of more than £400million, as owner he has transformed Sale Sharks into one of the leading rugby clubs in Britain, who face Munster tomorrow in the second round of the Heineken Cup, and fathered five children.
But what’s he really famous for?
He is ultra-competitive. Only last weekend he raced Kingsley Jones, the club’s coach and former Wales captain, uphill and beat him even though there is more than ten years between them.
Eat yer heart out, Sisyphus. But what is Brian Kennedy all about..?
This week, we are watching the media. The Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star have been brought to book for shoddy reporting, libelling the so-called Tapas 7.
GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “£375k Win For Maddie Case Pals”
Kate and Gerry McCann’s holiday friends – known as the Tapas Seven – have accepted £375,000 libel damages from a newspaper group.
They were all known as the Tapas Nine, but then became the 7 when we began to gawp at the McCanns. But let’s stick to the facts:
The friends were having dinner in a tapas restaurant in Praia da Rocha in the Algarve with Madeleine’s parents on the night she went missing.
So not in Praia da Luz. Is this a scoop? Is this Mirror’s investigation making progress?
In articles published in September and November last year we suggested that the holiday companions of Kate and Gerry McCann might have covered up the true facts concerning Madeleine McCann’s disappearance and/or misled the authorities investigating her disappearance.
THE AGE (Aus): “If the cap fits, journeyman Rogers will wear it”
An interview with cricketer Chris Rogers.
Away from cricket, Rogers likes sudoku, music, writing and reading. Currently, it is Vanished, exploring the Madeleine McCann case, which was topical in England when he was there mid-year.
More on how that affects his cricket next season…
The Guardian would like to garner your thoughts on the BNP.
“Does the BNP speak for you?”
You put down your white (guilt) coffee and look at the canvasser’s laptop. You click through to politic-poll.com. and see a picture of BNP leader Nick Griffin.
INTERNATIONAL HERLAD TRIUBIUNE (France): “Billionaire retailer Green shops for a bargain”
Mark Pootter says Philip Green is on the hunt for a knock-down-once-in-a-lifetime- I’m-cuttin’-me-own-throat-guv’nor-honest-to-goodness bargain.
And who is Philip Green? Why…:
DAILY MAIL: “£50,000 monthly expenses bill for McCann’s private eyes”
A scoop. It’s months old. But it’s still a scoop, right? Metodo 3 are on the job…
The private investigators hired to find Madeleine McCann were embroiled in fresh controversy last night as it was revealed they claimed nearly £50,000 in expenses for one month’s work.
In the beginning was the word. And the word was “Maddie”…
THE INDEPENDENT: “Religion vs science: can the divide between God and rationality be reconciled?”
And on the eighth day the media was created and Our Maddie did come to the fore…
‘A clergyman in charge of education for the country’s leading scientific organisation – it’s a Monty Python sketch,” pronounced Britain’s top atheist, Richard Dawkins, recently. The problem was that Reiss, as well as being an evolutionary biologist and population geneticist, is a non-stipendiary priest in the Church of England.