Kate and Gerry McCann seen leaving church on Madeleine’s 4th birthday. No balloons, no smiles in this picture.
Before being hospitalised last week, I made a promise to various people to look into what they say is false ‘evidence’ against Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of Madeleine who disappeared nearly nine years ago from the family’s holiday apartment in Portugal.
Little did I realise at the time that I would be rushed to hospital and that my promise would be delayed until after Katie Hopkins column, in the UK’s Daily Mail, headed We’ll never know what really happened to Maddy
The promise I made followed my blog post on February 16 entitled Madeleine McCann mystery – we may never know truth (similar heading, huh?) For some reason that I still don’t fully understand, my independent and unbiased post was seen by some pro-McCann people as being ‘anti’ and one person even said I had my own agenda.
I was criticised for spreading misinformation – which I didn’t. But don’t take my word for it; read the original blog post by following this link http://50shadesofsun.com/?p=1601 and then, please, come back here.
Ok, points to clear up first: My working life has been as a journalist. I always make it clear when expressing my opinion as opposed to just reporting a story. In my original post I did not indicate support for or condemnation of Madeleine’s parents – except that they had to take part of the blame for leaving the three children unsupervised and unprotected while at dinner in a nearby tapas bar. On this point, which is my opinion, I don’t actually see much disagreement from even the most ‘pro’ of the pro-parent side of the McCann debate.
Another of my opinions concerns tampering with records of what happened to make something else appear true. This is about the same as giving different accounts of events when asked at different times; otherwise known as changing your story.
The two pictures I used in the last post, of the parents leaving church on Madeleine’s 4th birthday, showed them smiling but at that time I knew nothing of the video. Having now watched it, I can tell you that someone went to the trouble of isolating the smiles, caused by an incident with birthday balloons, to completely misrepresent the situation. The parents were not smiling the entire time, just briefly because of the balloons. Other pictures from the same video would tell a completely different story.
Similarly, there is a picture purporting to show Kate and Gerry counting money. Apart from this being highly unlikely in the circumstances, to me it at first appeared unimportant. But then another picture appeared. In every detail the pictures are identical complete with the same bodies and hands but, this time, with different heads.
There can be no doubt that trickery has been used here to create an image that never took place.
Hmm, trickery by the anti-parents campaigners? Looks like the pro-parent ones may be right. Or does it?
This is where so many questions need to be asked.
Police asked how did they leave their apartment to go to dinner? Both said: Through the front, which they locked. Later, both changed to through the patio door, left unlocked as it did not lock from outside. The front door may not have been locked either, they admitted.
Initial reports of the ‘abduction’ were about the window’s shutters being ‘jemmied open’ but there was no evidence of that. Statements about the window being opened by the abductor for escape with the child were nonsense as two easier routes were available – ie both unlocked doors.
I am not attempting to reach a conclusion here, except to say that that there is far too much to uncover, so much to delve through that I doubt the true facts about that night will ever be known. After nearly nine years, I believe the trail has gone cold.
On the one point on which I am positive, charges should be brought against both Kate and Gerry McCann for child neglect because even a half-hourly check-up does not mean that the kids were not left alone. Further, for leaving doors unlocked, I would add charges of placing children in danger.
They may not be complicit in crimes of abduction or murder but they are certainly guilty of being irresponsible parents.
And if it can be proved who faked the pictures, I’d charge them too.