Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: The Stuart Lubbock, Michael Barrymore Connection

Madeleine McCann: The Stuart Lubbock, Michael Barrymore Connection

by | 25th, February 2009

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

Stuart Lubbock died at TV entertainer Michael Barrymore’s house. He was found dead in a swimming pool. Drowned, apparently. An inquest featured the opinions of four pathologists that he was found with serious internal anal injuries.

Daily Mail: “Police apologise for flawed investigation into death at Michael Barrymore’s house”

Essex police apologised last night to the father of Stuart Lubbock who died at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore in 2001 in mysterious circumstances.

Who says the police don’t freely admit when they’re wrong?

The move came on the eve of the publication of a damning independent report which concludes that the police investigation into the death was flawed from the start.

Police apologise when made to. A clip round the ear and home with you, laddie. Michael Barrymore has been arrested twice over the death but not charged. He denies involvement.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Bliss personally voiced his regret to Mr Lubbock’s father Terry who has fought a long campaign for justice for his son.

How good of him to “personally” say sorry. You know, like a mum would make their child do.

According to reports, potentially key pieces of evidence disappeared from the scene of Mr Barrymore’s £2m home in Roydon, Essex.

Such as?

It is claimed that items which were featured in police photographs were not recovered however this could not be confirmed last night.

Claimed and not confirmed. Such are the facts.


There were also suggestions that a close aide of Mr Barrymore was allowed to wander around the scene of the death before all the potential evidence had been secured.


Terry Lubbock believes his son was murdered.

And now for the coup de grace:

Comparisons are now being made between Essex Police’s handling of the Lubbock case with the Portuguese police’s handling of the Madeleine McCann investigation.

By whom? The Mail? We are not told.

Says Mr Lubbock:

“I’m happy in a way. But it’s a hollow apology because the perpetrators of my son’s murder are still out there. If the police had done their job properly in the first place I believe people would be in the dock charged with his murder. To that end it’s a hollow apology but I will accept it for what it’s worth.”

No-one has been charged in connection with the death of Stuart Lubbock. (US): “Credible media is failing, sensationalized stories hurting journalism”

Terri Schiavo; Natalie Halloway; Madeleine McCann; Caylee Anthony. Each of these stories is undeniably tragic. Each of these women, no doubt, deserves our empathy and attention as a national community.

Women? Children. That is why they made the news. The mainstream news does not report on missing women, unless they go missing in a series of events.

However, each of these stories represents something even more sinister plaguing our modern news media, and more importantly, our society as a whole — the American public’s love affair with reality television and “infotainment.” Increased attention towards frivolous, unimportant news excerpts has systematically disillusioned our society from the realities of the world.

The narrative in the Jade Goody story says otherwise. Reality TV has, say the nodding heads, opened our eyes to the reality of death.

“It is simply no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse,” Al Gore wrote of our increasingly sensationalized media in The Assault on Reason, as “when polls showed that three-quarters of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for attacking us on Sept. 11 … I had hoped it was an aberration.”

Al Gore? Nothing sensationalised about the truther who says man-made global warming is going to kill us all. Or was in global cooling? Whatever. We’re all dooooooomed says Al of the Al Goreans…

Madeleine McCann is missing – still missing.

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