Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: Grief, Hundreds Of Witnesses And Hope

Madeleine McCann: Grief, Hundreds Of Witnesses And Hope

by | 26th, December 2007

kate-and-gerry-mccann-christmas.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – Saddest day ever as grief experts help her desperate parents”


DAILY MIRROR front page: “347 NEW MADDY CLUES – Hundreds call hotline after McCanns’ TV appeal”

The paper says each caller is a potential new witness. Each witness waiting to tell their story to the papers

“Private detectives who are hunting the missing four-year-old say the calls have thrown up a number of ‘significant’ new leads” – The same private detectives who said they would find Madeline by Christmas in Morocco, by a road in Portugal…

A friend of the McCanns says: “There has been a flood of calls which may contain crucial clues. Kate and Gerry are very encouraged”

Or may not

THE SUN: “Xmas prayers for Maddie”

“ANGUISHED Kate and Gerry McCann hid their torment yesterday as they took their twins to Christmas Mass”

We are invited to watch. Gerry McCann has dolls in his pockets. He swings his children along

An onlooker says: “They were doing their best to put on a united display, but not having Madeleine by their side must have been tearing them apart. The look in Kate’s eyes said it all – she was a mother who just wanted to be reunited with her daughter for Christmas. The twins must so miss their big sister. It was such an ordinary scene, but behind the smiles there was so much pain. They put such a brave face on for their twins. Everyone’s heart goes out to them”

So say the onlooker. Such are the facts

Says Gerry McCann: “Madeleine should not be spending Christmas away from her loving family. The person who took her has it in their power to end our suffering and will be able to appease their conscience – especially at this time of year. Christmas will be a very quiet affair for our family without Madeleine present.”

“Maddie TV plea: 347 calls taken”. The McCanns are “anguished”. They are “doctors”. Facts.

DAILY MAIL: “Parents’ outrage as son walks half a mile home from nursery alone”

“Finley Cracknell pushed open a fire exit, clambered over a 2ft fence, walked through the front gate of the nursery and then toddled on to the pavement.” He walked homw.

Says his mum Sarah: “I went through half an hour of what Madeleine McCann’s parents must be going through 24 hours a day”

Sarah has not been named as a suspect in her child’s disappearance

“’We’ll NEVER give up looking for Maddie,’ say McCanns after saying Christmas Day prayers for her” – Gerry and Kate McCann are on their way to church

Robert Murat “spent Christmas in Praia da Luz with his elderly mother Jennifer”. No church. No cameras. No blog…

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “McCanns ‘will never give up on Madeleine’”

Janet Kennedy, Mrs McCann’s aunt, says: “The [family] motto has changed. Rather than not leaving any stone unturned, it is that we never, never give up hope”
She adds: “People have been so supportive and that support has not waned. People still come up to us, particularly at this time of year, and say their thoughts are with us. It’s quite amazing. Eight months is a long time and it has been constant”

THE TIMES: “We still have hope, say the McCanns”

Madeleine McCann – a year of specualtion

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