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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: With Columnist Peter McKay

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

THE COLUMNISTS

PETER McKAY (Mail):

MOST sightings of missing Madeleine McCann seem to involve Belgium and a paedophile ‘ring’ which might have kidnapped the child ‘to order’. Belgian police received more than 100 sightings, 30 of which required checking.

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Posted: 11th, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (637) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Bank On Brussels, Dossier Facts And Metodo 3 Investigate

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE: “’I heard her beg to go home’”

CCTV images of the blonde blue-eyed youngster, seen just seven days ago at a Brussels bank, are now being studied. Last night Belgian police said the case had been given top priority and was being passed to a magistrate who would launch a full inquiry.

That’s right – the Express has reverted to calling the missing child Madeleine. It flirted with Maddie, but Madeleine it is, and ever will be…

The little girl, who looked “much like” Madeleine, was spotted by a security guard at the Havenlaan branch of the KBC Bank in the district of Molenbeek St Jean.

It’s Madeleine. It has to be:

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Posted: 11th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (116) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: With Columnists Carole Malone And Barbara Ellen

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

THE COLUMNISTS

CAROLE MALONE (NOTW)

It’s the Big Brother reject and toothsome talker:

“The truth won’t mend the pain”

I SOMETIMES wonder if The Truth is all it’s cracked up to be. I wonder if there are times when NOT knowing is better than knowing.

Well, as Donald Rumsfeld once said, from whom Malone seems to be quoting…

Because now we think we know Madeleine McCann didn’t die, as police suspected, in her holiday apartment. Neither was she taken by an opportunist killer. Nor did she wander off into the sea.

Sure of that? Yeah, Sure of it. Positive. Sure of it? Facts are facts. Right? Facts…

However, what we now think may have happened is worse than all of those scenarios because it looks certain this angel-faced little girl was snatched to order by a vile paedophile ring and delivered to people who hunt down pretty children to degrade. Maybe even kill.

And we know this because..? Well, someone said something…it got in an email to someone else…Carole read it or heard it and it became news… and fact…and we read about it… and we told someone… and they told Carole…who knows all about it…

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Posted: 10th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (258) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: They Call Me Maddie, In Venezuela And African Bingo

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

THE SUNDAY EXPRESS (front page): “IS THIS WHO TOOK MADDIE?”

A change in the quotidian Express story. No longer is Madeleine, “MADELEINE”. Madeleine McCann is now “MADDIE”. It’s the name the media, mostly, have dubbed her.

Maddie is what the missing child has taken to calling herself when she visits party shops in Amsterdam

So who took her. The Express has a photfit.

NEWS OF THE WORLD (front page): “I spotted Maddie’s tell-tale eye”

This is the least savoury headline Anorak has read on the matter for some time…

“I WAS AFRAID TO GRAB HER – Witness was sure restaurant girl was Maddie but feared causing a scene”

A VITAL new witness in the hunt for Madeleine McCann has told cops: “I saw Maddie. I know it was her—I saw the unique blemish in her eye.”

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Posted: 10th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (39) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann Cliffhanger: Cliff Richard Signs Up

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

TIME for a Madeleine McCann tabloid story:

Cliff Richard has owned a vineyard just outside Praia da Luz?

Cliff has been signing copies of his book not 100 metres away from the McCann apartment. Anorak’s woman on the scene notices that Cliff was at Baptista – just behind the infamous Tapas Bar. He is signing bottles of his plonk.

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Posted: 9th, August 2008 | In: Celebrities, Madeleine McCann | Comments (343) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: With Columnists Lorraine Kelly And Deborah Orr

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

THE COLUMNISTS

LORRAINE KELLY (The Sun): “Watch your kids for Maddie’s sake”

It’s cellar-busting, tabloid bingo stalwart Lorraine Kelly:

OF all the many cruelties inflicted on Madeleine McCann’s parents, the possibility that their little girl begged an Amsterdam shop assistant for help shortly after she went missing is surely the deepest cut of all.

Begged? But it was Madeleine, right? Or Maddie as she  – and the press – now know her by.

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Posted: 9th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (169) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Greedy Newspapers Banking On Maddy In Brussels, And Naming Rights

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE: I SAW HER ON MONDAY”

“Guard tells police she was in a Brussels bank”

Can Madeleine McCann be the new Patti Hearst? What of the theory that she was kidnapped by freedom fighters, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and is being trained in covert operations and crime?

A bank worker in Brussels reported seeing Madeleine accompanied by a woman of North African appearance on Monday morning.

To Belgium, one of the low countries.

THE SUN (front page): “MADDIE: SEEN FIVE SAYS AGO.”

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Posted: 9th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Money, Tabloids | Comments (69) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The Belgium Connection

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

By Duarte Levy

The information contained in the email written by the Metropolitan police officer, John Shord, to the Leicestershire police and sent to the Portuguese authorities, a few weeks later, stating that Madeleine McCann may have been kidnapped to order by a Belgian paedophile network is based on information circulated by Antonio Toscano, a so-called Spanish journalist who claimed to be an expert in abduction cases.

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Posted: 8th, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (270) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Paedophiles, Belgium And Anna Stam Is Famous

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE: I SAW HER ON A TRAM.”

All aboard. Here’s some the hacks…

“New sighting is linked to paedophile network.”

Linked by “Scotland Yard”. That’s enough evidence for the Express.

The Sun has more:

An email from John Shord of Scotland Yard’s elite clubs and vice intelligence unit reveals that a ring of child abusers made an order for a young girl just THREE days before Maddie was snatched. Her photo was passed to the gang and the chilling deal concluded.

Grim stuff. But no link to Madeleine McCann.

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Posted: 8th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (406) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Daily Mirror Flies Anna Stam To London

MADELEINE McCann: An Anorak reader sends news of tomorrow’s tabloid sensation, translated from the Dutch.

What good can come of Anna Stam – Maddie spotter; one of many – meeting with Kate McCann, a meeting arranged by a tabloid paper?

The story:

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Posted: 7th, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (418) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Spotting In Amsterdam, Kate McCann’s Letter And Walking Off Set

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE: SHE COULD BE ALIVE”

Madeleine McCann has resumed her pitch on the Express’ front page. And the news is positive. But let’s not carried away on a wave of hope, Anorak has seen a peek at tomorrow’s front-page exclusive –“MADELEINE: SHE COULD BE DEAD”.

To Amsterdam, where one Anna Stam says “she is haunted by the face ‘of the angelic child with the big sad eyes’ who came into her shop near Amsterdam’s red light district.”

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Posted: 7th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (347) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: McCanns Outrage Or Fury

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

Hacks are sifting through the Portuguese police’s files.

And reporters are divided: are the McCanns outraged or furious?

McCanns outraged over files

McCanns outraged over unseen e-fits

Outrage. Outrage. Outrage. Outrage.

Fury over book on the McCanns by disgraced police detective

Kate’s Fury

OUR DESPAIR OUR FURY OUR FUTURE

McCann’s fury at the Portuguese as they are finally cleared

Madeleine McCann: Kate and Gerry’s’ fury at ‘club’ devoted to

Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury. Fury.

Disgrace in Holland:

The couple’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “If it was Madeleine, it was a disgrace that it was not passed on. We need to know what happened with this.

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Posted: 6th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (877) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A New Madeleine McCann eFit

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

Trawling through the McCanns files, the press is looking for clues that the Potuges police are useless and for 15 months missed something a tabloid hack will now spot :

The 17th and final volume of the McCann files contains the final 58-page report written by public prosecutors Jose de Magalhaes e Menezes and Joao Melchior Gomes.

“They could not predict that in the resort they chose to spend their holidays they could place the life of any of their children in danger,” they wrote.

It went on:

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Posted: 5th, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (364) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Frozen Terror, This Is A Bedroom, Lying Police And A Song

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

THE SUN (front page) “MADDIE’S BED”

“First photo of room…”

But we’ve seen the room before, last November.

“…hours after abduction”.

Oh.

Pages 4-5: “TERROR FROZEN IN PICS”

Terror turns out to look like an empty bedroom.

Know that “by grim coincidence” “Maddies’s passport “expired yesterday”

Such are the facts.

INSIDE FLAT WHERE MADDIE VANISHED

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Posted: 5th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (215) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Bedroom Pictures, DNA And Kate McCann Questions

THE hacks are going over the police reports on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Are we looking for clues? Or are we just looking? Come one voyeur, come all:

PRESS ASSOCIATION:

A British scientist warned DNA tests on a sample from Kate and Gerry McCanns’ hire car were inconclusive just days before the couple were made suspects, official police files have revealed.

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Posted: 4th, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (284) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann At the Edinburgh Festival And In The Airport Carpark

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

THE GUARDIAN: “: Has the Fringe lost its sense of fun?”

“With shows about the Holocaust, military abuse and repressive societies, theatre in Edinburgh is trying to be more serious than ever. Is that a good thing?”

Mark Fisher is that big performing artzzzz show. He sees entertainment in suffering. He sees Madeleine McCann:

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Posted: 4th, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (198) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Eamoon Holmes Empathises, Police Files Go Public And Maddie Wristbands On eBay

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

BRACE yourselves for lots of Madeleine McCann shocker headlines. Portuguese police might have shelved the case, but the thousands of pages of evidence assembled in the official search for the missing child are expected to be made public at 2pm today.

Hacks will today be able to look through thousands of pages of witness statements, transcripts of interviews with the McCanns, tip offs and details of the lines of inquiry detectives pursued.

Kate McCann and her husband Gerry have been officially cleared of any involvement in their daughter’s disappearance.

BELFAST TELEGRAPH: “Holmes ‘robbed of £10,000’ while on Algarve holiday”

Those dirty foreign basta…

Ulster-born telly star Eamonn Holmes has had thousands of pounds stolen in a burglary in Portugal — and he has slammed the local police investigation.

Eamonn was playing golf at the time. Chilling, indeed. Is he ok, or has he taken a knock to the head? Says Eamonn:

Like Kate and Gerry McCann, I’ve had dealings with the Portuguese police. But unlike Kate and Gerry, I was only trying to report a burglary — not the theft of my child.

“One of the things obvious to anyone dealing with the police on the Algarve is the sorry fact that no matter what you have lost, there simply isn’t enough of them to begin tracking it down.

“That may be one of the worst twists of fate in what happened to Madeleine — that tragically, she went missing in the wrong place.”

If only they’d been playing golf…

THE SUN: “Kate ‘fell silent’ in police quiz”

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Posted: 4th, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (187) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Reading Amaral’s Book, Free Speech And Elvis

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

THE GUARDIAN: “On the front line in the search for Maddie – Gonçalo Amaral’s intriguing memoir of the Madeleine McCann case offers no solution but reveals a man obsessed by the investigation”

Ned Temko is reading Amaral’s book:

It is a shame that this revealing memoir from Gonçalo Amaral, the police chief who ran the Madeleine McCann investigation until he was unceremoniously fired last year, has not been published in English…

Indeed it is. And a disappointment that no British paper has sought to serialise the work. Aren’t we interested in what the copper thinks? Or are we too scared to publish it? What of free speech, then?
Wouldn’t any reader of sound mind dismiss slights against the McCanns’ involvement?

Within minutes of its appearance in Portuguese bookshops, the McCanns’ spokesman let it be known their lawyers would be giving it a thorough read, with an eye to the kind of libel action that ended up costing the Express group £500,000 earlier this year. And that was before the Portuguese authorities finally cleared the couple last month of any suspicion.

We’ve been scared off. But:

Surely it won’t be long before enterprising translators feed the juicier bits to an online conspiracy community that, in the 15 months since the cherubic three-year-old went missing from Praia da Luz, has elevated Madeleine into something close to a new Elvis.

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Posted: 3rd, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (284) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Moderating The Madeleine McCann Story On The Web

HOW does an organisation report and moderate the Madeleine McCann story? Many get sued for stuffing it up. How does it moderate any story on the web?
Writes AGW:

This. Yes this medium, can be highly dangerous. Every day we are bombarded by porn, medical, cigarette and penis extension offers.

We suffer from them individually via our e-mails and this site and Forum have the same threats and risks which the Editor, technical whizzes and Moderators do their level best to protect you from.

Over the past year another threat has developed and is growing. To my cynical mind it may even be a threat nurtured by the glistering, tempting and shimmering, mirage of big out-of-court settlements and agreements.

It’s the McCann thing again. The biggest potential danger area now appears to be coming from subscribers and contributors themselves.

We have long been aware of an orchestrated campaign from both pro and antis camps in the McCann case. I must repeat we find such descriptions absolute nonsense. How can anyone be pro or anti a missing beautiful little girl child?

As the story has developed it has become a a pro and anti parents or police positional issue and a clash of cultures (which it may have been from the beginning).

It is more prominent in the Comment/Opinion side of the Anorak site and posters with well-entrenched positions are attempting to slip one in. Get the latest publication and rumour from the Portuguese press into the public domain via Anorak.

Anorak is a UK-based site which comments on those commentating and reporting the news. It is extremely well-read and even respected in the media world and readership alike. The Moderators attempt to keep it a safe place to be.

Once again the McCann story has become not the story of the missing child but the way it can be reported. British media have a governance system, enforced in law, that of libel and tort. The basic principal is simple if you can not prove it do not write it. The law is different in other European countries but the British media have always had the opportunity to cover crime stories freely, until charges have been made. Then during court cases all is revealed and reportable. There are other privileged areas where the laws of libel do not apply. Parliament has absolute privilege and if it said there it can be reported. Public meetings such as Council Chambers also have a limited privilege.

Alleged leaked foreign police reports and journals do not have the protections necessary for the UK media nor do internet sites. There have been some truly disgraceful comments in other sites and there is talk of action.
To give you an idea of how Anorak deals with it all,
I repeat an exchange from the Opinion side of this site which took place through the night

The contributor(s?) Gandolf had attempted to publish a report from a Portuguese media outlet which speculated on alleged difference between a book and supposedly leaked police reports.
Despite the fact the risks were self-evident there was a suspicious insistence to refer to the articles.
On many separate occasions he/she/they challenged the Moderators and eventually me after I had given a ruling. He then attempted to publish this.
Fair enough. If you wish to take on me then the gloves are off and my view is below.
The Moderators remain the Guardians of the site and their decisions are final. Only a cretin would challenge them, the editor or me. We are passionate about free speech. That viewpoint neither gives you the right to abuse it nor will we allow you the opportunity to demonstrate your discourtesy by insult or abuse to us. The others here do not deserve it and I don’t give a a gnat’s life expectancy in an insect killer for your opinion of me.

Gandolf’s
latest (and now released) was:
Garbage or not agw, it is as requested from a legitimate news source, if we are only to post officially verified statements that is a different matter and somewhat narrows the target area. The obvious question is …..was the report leaked or was it made available to certain parties, you may have noticed that the Portuguese authorities have made no comment on the alleged leak, call me cynical, but I am willing to bet a Ruby to a grain of sand that no one will be looked for or charged over this media claimed leak.

M&A
Artemis
Unless and until the reports are officially released you are relying on conjecture and that is not acceptable given the nature of the material.

Administrator: Two things. Anorak may very well be looked at and charged because of your recklessness and stupidity…because that’s what your attitude is. A news source not bound by the constraints of British laws can do as it pleases. You, and we, may not.
Secondly: I keep repeating I have no opinion in this case. That is not exactly true. If we are to presume an innocence for the parents of the missing child then at least get off your moral high horse and give the policeman Amaral the same presumption. Whatever the charges he now faces and their outcome, he has the same right to be presumed innocent, until proved otherwise…and he was the investigating officer-in-charge of a case which still has no answers and no recovered child.
The child remains missing and I regret to point out only a grieving parent or a crystal ball gazer can truly believe the child is still alive. No policeman in the world would tell you otherwise. Private investigation companies are a different matter and will possibly give a different opinion. Well they would wouldn’t they?
I would suggest you stop idle and nonsensical speculation and concentrate on the failures evident in this case. Those failures have nothing to do with guilt or innocence but I will say this: the first and primary cause of this was the parents’ urge to spend time with adult friends and not in the guardianship role of mother or father. The original opportunity to commit a crime (if there was one) a fault and/or sin was not created by the obvious original police errors and or failures. As always, the investigating teams come in to try and sort out the truths. They have no reason or justification to do any other.

Ask yourself this: If there is ANY guilt here, where does it lie? Police, alleged abductor(s), fiends or friends, media, the Pope, the British government and its consular service or parents?
There can be no crime without motive and opportunity.

We have no answers for you. No facts. I have strong beliefs but will keep my opinions to myself…other than one I expressed months ago. Whatever else we are looking at, it is a family utterly destroyed and in shards. It will never recover from this. The tragedy will never go away. The fingers will never stop pointing and I can not imagine the horrors and chance accusative confrontations which still lie ahead for Kate Healy and Gerald McCann. Together or apart.-agw

Finally:
The media and the law are incestuous creatures. They play and breed together. They feed each other. Both sometimes take themselves far too seriously and lose sight of the true story. We should not.

Posted: 2nd, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (75) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Tabloid Bingo With Tony Parsons And Catherine And Ben Mullany

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

TONY Parsons has written about Madeleine McCann before. He has empathised with the parents. He has criticised the sardine-munching Portuguese. He has seen Jesus. Parsons gets it. Even his child gets it.

Catherine and Ben Mullany are on honeymoon in Antigua. They are shot. She is dead. He is braindead. Is there a link between them and Madeleine McCann.? Eyes down for Tabloid Bingo. Parsons knows:

Casual security, bungling cops and paradise suddenly turning into hell – the horrific murder of the Antigua honeymoon bride has echoes of the Madeleine McCann case.

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Posted: 2nd, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (69) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jill Dando, Madeleine McCann, Barry George, Princess Diana And Tabloid Bingo

BARRY George, the oddball, has been cleared of murdering BBC presenter Jill Dando. The papers react:

DAILY EXPRESS: “£1M PAYOUT FOR MAN CLEARED OF KILLING JILL DANDO”

The 48-year-old convicted sex offender spent eight years behind bars and is likely to receive at least £500,000 compensation, plus a similar amount from a media bidding war for his story.

BBC: It’s £250,000.

DAILY MIRROR: Barry George in bid for £1million compensation after being cleared of Jill Dando’s murder

The money’s better in the Mirror:

George, 48, a loner with mental problems whose conviction for shooting dead Crimewatch presenter Jill was based on unreliable forensic evidence, was yesterday found not guilty after an Old Bailey retrial.

GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “So Who Did Kill Jill?”

This from the Mirror in Scotland:

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Posted: 2nd, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (51) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The Maddie Crunch, Goncarlo Amaral’s Interview And Lawyers

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

THE PORTUGAL NEWS ONLINE: “Minster praises GNR performance during Maddie case”

Portugal’s Home Affairs Minster, Rui Pereira, told the country this week he believed the GNR police had acted in an “exemplary” fashion during the Madeleine McCann investigation, and in “close collaboration” with the PJ police.

Exclusive in English: Former ‘Maddie Cop’ interview

It’s detective, cake eater and author Goncarlo Amaral:

TPN: The report leaked last week says that Gerry and Kate were made arguidos on the “merest possibility” that they were involved in the disappearance of their child. Is that accurate?

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Posted: 1st, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (474) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The McCanns’ Ireland State Visit And Coronation Street Plots

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

BELFAST TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann parents set for Irish visit”

Has the missing child been spotted in Ireland?

The couple and their young twins are expected to make the journey this autumn and plan to make a television appearance while they’re in the country. The couple’s visit will be their first time to arrive in Ireland since their four-year-old daughter Madeleine went missing last year.

This reads like a visit from a head of state:

Kate and Gerry are expected to take up on an open invitation to appear on RTE’s The Late Late Show to address the nation and thank the Irish for their “incredible support”.

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Posted: 31st, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comments (569) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Cluedo, Kate Summerscale Wins And Head Shaving The Tesco’s Girl

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

NEW ZEALAND HERALD: “Real murder mystery takes top prize”

What’s a work of fiction got to do with Madeleine McCann, the disappearance of a real child?

Almost 150 years later, the murder at Road Hill House looks set to regain a firm grip on the national imagination after a modern account of the Cluedo-style killing won the £30,000 ($78,000) Samuel Johnson prize.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Or The Murder at Road Hill House, by Kate Summerscale, had been deemed as the most commercial book on the six-strong shortlist.

Cluedo? But the McCann case has no suspects, let alone a weapon?

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Posted: 30th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (334) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Colette Douglas Home Spreads The Fear And Inside Irvine Welsh

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

THE HERALD: “Do you want to see every parent in the dock?”

It’s Colette Douglas Home, professional Maddie opinion giver. And to answer her question: yes. Fingerprint them, photograph them and question them for 42 days. Only the guilty have anything to fear.

Fear:

You’ve got to admit, they shouldn’t have left the children unattended and gone out to dinner.” It was a colleague talking to me about Kate and Gerry McCann. He went on: “We go on holiday with a big group of friends but we’d never do that. We put the wee ones to bed and eat downstairs.”

“And do you check on them every half hour?”

“Yes. Well, we send the teenagers to do the checking.”

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Posted: 29th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (494) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0