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.

Madeleine McCann And The Polish Connection

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The New (Poland): “Polish link in missing Madeleine McCann case”

Poland should not miss out…

Police in Poland have investigated whether a Polish couple from Warsaw were involved in the kidnapping of the four-year old British girl Madeleine McCann in May 2007.

Poland…

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Posted: 1st, October 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (110)


New York Times Links Madeleine McCann To Murder Of Meredith Kercher

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NEW YORK TIMES: “Details Only Add to Puzzle in Umbrian Murder Case”

In the coming weeks, a judge will decide whether to indict Amanda Knox, of Seattle, and her onetime Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the killing of Ms. Knox’s 21-year-old housemate, Meredith Kercher, last November.

It’s the law at work. It’s Tabloid Bingo!

A third suspect, Rudy Hermann Guede, who was born in Ivory Coast and grew up in Italy, is undergoing a separate fast-track, closed-door trial for murder and sexual assault; a verdict in his case is expected by the end of October.

It’s Italian law at work.

And Madeleine McCann… How does she feature in this story?

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Posted: 30th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (63)


Madeleine McCann: Our Danny Baldwin And Using Maddie For PR

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NEW ZEALAND HERALD: “TV Review: Out of the treacle comes trouble for everyone”

If anyone has wondered whatever happened to Coro’s cheeky cockney Danny Baldwin (Bradley Walsh), who went missing from the soap not long ago, here he is…

Where’s Our Danny?

“…playing a cheeky cockney in the missing-child drama Torn, which started on TV One last night.”

Any good?

When Torn screened in Britain a year ago, there was some debate over its merits because of the Madeleine McCann case.

With or without Our Maddie, it was dire… “it was like wading through treacle… Or like running up and down a beach in thick sand.”

PC WORLD (online): “Bungie accused of using Madeleine McCann case to promote Halo – ‘Maddie, where are you?’”

PC World… Isn’t that where Gary Glitter took his hard drive to?

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Posted: 29th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (112)


Madeleine McCann: In Majorca Like What She Not Oughta

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DAILY MAIL: “Police search for Madeleine McCann in Majorca after British couple report ‘sighting’ on beach”

Not in Malta? Not in Morocco. Sticking with the “Ms”, we journey to Majorca…

Police in Spain were tonight searching the holiday island of Majorca for Madeleine McCann after a British couple claimed to have seen her on a beach.

But they said nothing?

Detectives were scouring hotels and holiday apartments for two dark-haired women seen with a young blonde girl matching Madeleine’s description.

Darkies? Darkies! Curses!

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Posted: 26th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (245)


Eye-Eye: Madeleine McCann, Robert Murat And Gordon Brown In The Frames

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INVERNESS COURIER: “Media is write stuff for latest Burn tale”

Caroline Flynn is at the Inverness Book Festival. And “Gordon Burn has assembled a cast of familiar faces for his latest — and perhaps final — novel.”

His last novel. Well, it will be hard to top…

Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Madeline McCann [sic] and John Smeaton all feature in a book set in the busy summer of 2007. But it is not the characters or the plot which form the core of “Born Yesterday”.

Sounds great. God. Politics. Maddie. Terror. Go on:

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Posted: 26th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (45)


Madeleine McCann’s Halo 3: Selling Video Games And Making Jokes

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DAILY TELEGRAPH: “The News Quiz”

As The News Quiz returns, host Sandi Toksvig tells James Walton why it’s lasted so long – despite the ‘galling’ low pay she and her guests receive

Is Our Maddie fair game for comedy?

Needless to say, some news stories are funnier than others. (The show, for example, steered well clear of Madeleine McCann.) Fortunately, even in the darkest times, “politicians have the most staggering skill at producing material for us”. With that 66th series about to begin, Toksvig now finds herself “terribly grateful to Sarah Palin. For comedy writers, she’s just heaven.”

EUROGAMER: “Maddie reference spotted in Bungie trailer”

Speculation is mounting that the new trailer for Bungie’s next Halo project features a reference to missing five year-old Madeleine McCann.

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Posted: 26th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (83)


Madeleine McCann Not A Victim Of The Credit Crunch

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STOCKPORT EXPRESS: “WHAT Credit crunch”

Can the credit crunch be linked to Madeleine McCann? It’s been tried before.

DESPITE the credit crunch, one or two businessmen and woman are doing well enough to make it onto Stockport’s rich list, according to a recent publication.

Stockport’s rich list is required reading in the area’s golf clubs and jails…

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Posted: 25th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (242)


How Madeleine McCann And Pricness Diana Made Us Fear

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DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Baroness Neuberger: Children will grow up not trusting anyone in Britain’s risk-averse society”

Paedo!

Recent figures show there are no men under 25 working in England’s state-run nurseries, such is the fear of being branded a paedophile…

But no figures are given. How many men used to work in state-run nurseries? The Telegraph does not say; but it does find time to tell readers that:

“Her comments come amid increasing concerns that Government policies are poisoning relationships between people.”

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Posted: 24th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (190)


The Madeleine McCann Christian Prayer Circle Says God Took Her

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CHRISTIANITY TODAY: “Christians pray for missing Madeleine”

Christians around the world joined in prayer on Friday for the safe return of missing Madeleine McCann and the release of all children held by criminal networks.

Do the Christians know what happened to Madeleine, then?

The worldwide day of prayer was organised by the Madeleine Prayer Circle.

Join hands…

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Posted: 23rd, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (225)


Madeleine McCann: The News Of The World’s Sorry Apology For Tabloid Reporting

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HAVING read “the heartbreaking TRUTH that destroys the lies of Portuguese police”, the oh-so-caring News of The World tells its readers:

“We today offer Kate our immediate and sincere apologies.”

No need, surely..?

The News of the World only published extracts from Kate McCann’s private diary because it cares. It wants to help. It has investigated the case of her daughter’s vanishing and found that the Portuguese police are bungling and to blame.

Yeah, those sicko coppers like Goncalo Amaral who seek to profit from the McCanns agony by publishing books. Not sure how much Amaral’s book costs, but the NOTW is under a pound.

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Posted: 22nd, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (353)


Madeleine McCann: More Kate Fury, Juliet Stevenson Feels And Ben Affleck Returns

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DAILY MIRROR: “Kate’s fury at leaked diary story”

Such is Kate McCann’s weekly tabloid fury, it’s a wonder she has any time to do anything other then be furious.

Kate McCann was last night said to be devastated by the unauthorised publication of her diary. You mean those extracts that appeared in the News of the World, sister paper to the Sun, the Mirror’s main rival..?

Lawyers for the McCanns are thought to be demanding an apology and payout for the Find Madeleine fund. The McCanns did not comment.

A payout? Well, if her words sell newspapers, it seems fair.. Unless they are in the public interest?

DAILY MAIL: “Truly, madly, deeply disturbing: A missing child leads Juliet Stevenson to some grisly secrets in a dark new drama”

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Posted: 19th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (573)


Madeleine McCann: Amaral Accuses Kate McCann

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SKY NEWS: “Cop’s Wife Attacks Kate McCann”

Physically?

The wife of the Portuguese detective, sacked from the Madeleine McCann investigation, has launched an emotional attack on the missing girl’s mother.

It’s Mrs Goncalo Amaral, also known as Sofia Amaral, wife of the author. Kate McCann has been in conversation with Portuguese organ Expresso. She used the opportunity to build bridges by calling Mr Amaral “a disgrace”.

Now Sophia Amaral appears in Portuguese newspaper Correio to offer her reply.

“My dear, Kate McCann…”

Sarcasm?

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Posted: 18th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (378)


Madeleine McCann: The Al Qaeda Connection, British Police Tell All And Alone In Portugal

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DAILY MAIL: “Mother accused of neglecting 8-year-old daughter in Portugal admits she hit the bottle but denies leaving girl alone”

There were two of her, occifer. No., wait three… four…

Stephanie Bysh stood accused of the most stupid of mistakes. After the disappearance of Madeline McCann the idea of leaving a child alone for even a moment was unthinkable to any mother in the country.

No mother should leave a child alone in Portugal for a second. No, make that a split second… Hell, you might end up selling your story to a magazine:

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Posted: 17th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (514)


Madeleine McCann: How To Spot Paedos With Sarah’s Law

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DAILY MAIL: “Jackboot Jacqui brings back the ducking stool”

Richard Littlejohn continues his Nazi fetish.

Anti-paedo laws are coming into force:

Parents will be able to ask if someone close to their family is a sex offender under new pilot schemes in England. Under the measures, police will be able to tell families if someone with access to a child has convictions or has been previously suspected of abuse.

Yes, suspected

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Posted: 16th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (364)


Madeleine McCann: Let’s Investigate Kate McCann’s Pain

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Kate McCann’s Diary extracts are published. Now read on…

DAILY EXPRESS: “HEARTBREAK DIARY REVEALS KATE’S ANGER AND DESPAIR”

In one heartbreaking entry Kate writes: “Can’t stop thinking about Madeleine, about her fear and pain. How can I go on knowing that her life could have ended like this? This week I have been quite overtaken by black thoughts. Please God, bring her back.”

Can’t stop writing about Madeleine… What says the “WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER”?

Last night experts said Kate’s emotions read like those of a bereaved mother.

Can’t pull the wool over the Express’ experts…

Chartered psychologist Dr Rick Norris said: “The diary shows she is an intelligent woman who is able to articulate her feelings on paper.”

Get a load of that spelling…

“This is a horrible situation – every parent’s worst nightmare.”

So says the expert reading from the big tabloid book of expert quotes.

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Posted: 15th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (174)


Madeleine McCann: Inside Kate McCann’s Diary, The Care Blairs And Algarve Paedos

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NEWS OF THE WORLD (front page): “Kate’s Diary”

Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for. Here are selected extracts from Kate McCanns’ diary that was leaked on July 28, 2008. It is now September and the NOTW has the, er, scoop.

“For the first time the heartbreaking TRUTH that destroys the lies of Portuguese police.”

Maddie… Maddie who? We’re watching the parents. If only the Cuddle Cat could talk – perhaps a tabloid writer could get inside the mind of the Cuddle Cat and tell us what really happened? It could be worth millions– like those diaries.

“PLEASE GOD IS SHE DEAD? – Read Kate McCann’s diary”

Isn’t it rude to read someone else’s diary? We don’t wish to pry…

Kate wrote: “I can’t bear being without Madeleine. It’s like torture— a slow painful death.”

Hearing the parents…

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Posted: 14th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (224)


Madeline McCann: Seeking Andrew Gosden, Not Denise Pipitone And Demonising Gypsies

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THE TIMES: “One year on, missing Andrew Gosden is still a blank space in family’s heart”

Andrew Godsen is missing. He ran away form home one year ago. He was 14. Watch the parents…

As with the parents of Madeleine McCann, the Gosdens are leading a life suspended. Unlike the McCanns, they have not done so in a blaze of global publicity and suspicion. Mr Gosden said that he and his wife felt “deeply, deeply sorry” for Gerry and Kate McCann and suspected that the two families “have an awful lot in common”, in all but one respect.

Andrew Godsen ran away. Did Madeleine McCann?

“You get a lot of press if your child is little, blonde and female, but it hurts just as much when you’re missing a teenage son.”

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Posted: 13th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (306)


International Madeleine McCann: And Eye For Denise Pipitone And Finding Rose Pizem

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DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Italy’s Madeleine McCann ‘found safe and well after four years’”

Italy has it’s own Maddie. Like Isreal? Are we working throught alphabet? If so, look out Jamaica…

Urgent DNA tests are being carried out on the eight year old girl found in Greece to see if she is Denise Pipitone, who vanished in 2004. She missing from outside her grandmother’s house while playing.

And?

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Posted: 12th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (474)


Madeleine McCann: The Fear Of Maddie

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WESTON & SOMERSET MERCURY: “Four-year-old snatched from outside home”

In Portugal?

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD Weston girl was told all her family members were dead by a group of boys who snatched her from outside her home. Now her mum, Tracey, has told of her horror after realising her daughter had gone missing.

Says Tracey, who has walked home ahead of her children (Jess and her six-year-old sister), who are following behind:

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Posted: 11th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (423)


Madeleine McCann: Seeking Britain’s Armchair Detectives

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DAILY MIRROR: “McCANNS HEADHUNT COPS FOR NEW MADDY SEARCH”

As Anorak told you yesterday, the Our Maddie hunt could, maybe, might, you never know, see ex-British police involved. Everyone’s an armchair detective… Or Cluedo.

The Find Madeleine Fund has asked for lists of retired or about-to-retire officers from forces across the country.

Beats playing golf… What do we know so far?

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Posted: 10th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (472)


Madeleine McCann: British Police, Madeline And The Maddie Weather Warning

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: “Top cops to join Maddie hunt?”

TOP former detectives from Greater Manchester Police could be recruited by the team trying to finding missing Madeleine McCann.

A question. And a “could”. Facts. Who he:

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Posted: 9th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (389)


Madeleine McCann: Buried On The Beach And The Our Maddie Metaphor

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DAILY MIRROR: “New slur on Madeline McCann’s father Gerry by shamed cop”

A new slur by Goncarlo Amaral? Remember that quoting his book could see the McCann’s lawyers called in. Can the Mirror repeat the slur and still look oh-so caring?

Shamed Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral stooped to a new low last night – disgracefully claiming Gerry McCann buried daughter Madeleine on a beach the night she went missing.

Disgraceful. The scum. What did he say, just for interest’s sake..?

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Posted: 8th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (462)


Madeleine McCann: UK Cops Get Their Man, Morocco And Anorak PI

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SUNDAY PEOPLE: “McCanns: UK cops would have found our Maddie”

The British cops always their man, or a man. It might not be the right man, but they always get a man – well, nearly always.

Madeleine McCann might have been found by now if she had vanished in Britain, her parents insist. Kate and Gerry said cops here have more experience of tracing kidnap victims than Portuguese police.

Here’s what “heart expert” Gerry said:

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Posted: 7th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (543)


Madeleine McCann: Looking For 1 Million, Raonaid Murray And Amaral’s Book

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DAILY MIRROR (front page): “WE’VE SPENT £1M HUNTING FOR MADDIE.”

Kate and Gerry McCann Exclusive: We’ve spent £1m hunting Maddy – EXCLUSIVE McCanns vow to keep searching

THE SUN: “McCanns spend £1m on Maddie search” – Not exclusive.

THE MIRROR: “The couple have shielded the twins from what few facts are known about Madeleine’s disappearance in May last year.”

A few facts? There is only one fact: a child disappeared.

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Posted: 6th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (253)


Madeleine McCann: When The Sniffer Dogs Barked And Casey Anthony

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

THE SUN (front page): “BARKING – The moment Maddie cops say dog made McCanns ‘suspects’

No, not the tabloid dog pack. There’s a picture of a spaniel crawling on a sofa. To its rear is a man. There is a pair of blue drapes, open.

And another picture of a dog, which may be same dog. The caption:

Howl … pooch alerts handler to ‘evidence’ found in the parents’ rented motor

Pages 4 and 5: “HOUNDING OF THE McCANNS”

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Posted: 5th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (691)


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