Written By: Socialpaws
There isn’t a soul around today who hasn’t heard of the mysterious disappearance of Madeline McCann. If they haven’t heard of it, they have surely spotted a poster of the adorable little girl’s familiar and innocent face in their local supermarket noticeboard; or perhaps watched news footage of the McCann’s slow and terrifying descent into despair, as their vulnerable three year old apparently simply vanished into thin air.
We all held our breath for weeks and months, and alternatively sympathised and felt anger for this elusive couple, who by all accounts appear as the victims in the matter. Well, perhaps they are to some extent, but surely the one and only victim here is Madeleine herself? The mute little angel who has obviously suffered at the hands of some grave injustice.
Kate and Gerry McCann have been the focus of much public vitriol in the last four years. We can recall Kate’s gaunt and withdrawn stature on that fateful night on May 3rd 2007. The stark image of a mother ravaged with pain as she silently stood amongst the throng of cameras and police officials, all at a loss as to what happened to the little girl. We all felt her desperation, her sense of incomprehension, and more importantly, we wanted the little girl to be found as soon as possible and the evil-doers brought to justice.
So what went wrong? Because approximately four years after this event, Madeleine is still missing, and yet incredibly her name continues to be whispered with sorrow worldwide.
So we are still asking the same questions, and still faced with the same desperate sense of wonder. Where is Madeleine MCann and what really happened to her?
To mark the anniversary of the tragic event, Kate McCann has suddenly released her thoughts in her forthcoming book simply entitled ‘Madeleine.’
The reasons for the publication are given as follows:
“There are several different reasons as to why I finally came to the decision with my husband Gerry to write and publish this book,” said Kate McCann. “This decision has not been an easy one. Many factors needed to be given thorough and careful consideration, not least the impact of such a book on the lives of our three children. My reason for writing is simple; to give an account of the truth.”
Some of the revelatory ‘facts’ which Kate spills in the book have already caused some controversial debate, such as her confession at having argued with her husband and slept with Madeleine in her room the night before the alleged abduction. So what if she argued with her husband? Don’t we argue with our partners all the time, that doesn’t mean our kids just up and disappear right? Is Kate expecting us to make some connection? And what has this little snippet of information have to do with her disappearance, or indeed have to do with finding her?
Kate also tells us that she thinks Madeleine may have tried to let her know that someone had attempted to enter the Portuguese apartment the previous night! Really? Did it take Kate four years to remember this (actually quite important) fact as I do not recall it ever being mentioned before.
So whatever Kate tells us we must take on face value; and we all know that Kate will endeavour to elicit compassion. To put right the many ‘wrong’s about the British public’s emphatic weariness and disgust at her and her husband’s most bizarre and puzzling story. But let’s not be too harsh here. After all, this couple rightly or wrongly have been through a lot. This includes not just the pain of a child lost, but the media scrum which accompanied the disappearance.
Whether you agree that Mr and Mrs McCann are to blame for their daughter’s disappearance, or the explosive media coverage straight after, the truth all boils down to the fact that a little girl has been let down so tremendously that even so called ‘officials’ are cashing in nicely on the Madeleine ‘spectacle.’
My questions are; what of the 10,000 children that go missing each year in the UK? And if you were to include the USA in your numbers you’ll hit the one million mark. Wait a minute! This really is an astonishing amount of children. But who are they? Where are their own parent’s stories of bereavement, investigation and so on? In the UK a child is said to go missing every five minutes. A small percentage are found murdered, abducted by custodial-fighting relatives or paedophile gangs. Most simply slip the net and are never found.
So why is it these children aren’t given even a tiny percentage of the overall media coverage the McCann’s have afforded for Madeleine? Why has the McCanns case become so virally exposed? Surely it can’t be just because it happened on foreign soil?
Doesn’t it all seem a little odd?
Perhaps some of these answers are in Kate’s book itself. We know the McCanns have generally amalgamated somewhat famous identities in the wake of their daughter’s demise, which does beg the question are they using the media frenzy to their own advantage?
If you think about it, we have all the so-called facts already. Kate and Gerry left their sleeping children alone in a Portuguese apartment. (Bad start!) The children were checked on, apparently, every twenty minutes whilst the couple and their holiday chums were quaffing champagne and eating dinner close by at a ‘nearby’ bar. During one of the adult ‘checks’ they find the little girl ‘gone.’
Now it appears that Kate intends to fill in the blanks, to unveil some more little truths about what they were all up to that very night. But will it be enough to cure the British public’s thirst? Will the couple then continue with their lives and stop the continuous public assault? Has Kate written this book just to expose the ‘truth’ or merely to capitalise on her name?
It appears that even in a 385 page non-fiction publication, we will turn the last page and still have countless questions thereafter.
But still, the truth is out there, and only the little angel with the innocent face really knows it.
‘Madeleine’ by Kate McCann is available as of 12th May. You can pre-order your copy now from Amazon
Published by Bantam Press (12th May 2011)