Would You Hire The
McCanns As Babysitters?
(What really happened to Madeleine McCann?)
The mystery continues to fascinate the world. Watching the
McCann industry at work is like watching a slow motion train wreck.
Friends, relatives, neighbours - everyone now seems to be in on the act.
Despite asking for privacy the McCanns seem keen to keep supplying the media
with quotes and self-serving information.
But what did happen to the
unfortunate three-year-old at the centre of this tragedy?
summary of the possibilities:
1. A gang sussed out the territory and,
knowing that the McCanns were out having dinner, wandered in and `abducted' her.
This would probably not have happened, of course, if an adult had been present.
Many commentators have played down the responsibility of the parents (`they only
did what thousands of other parents do' seemed a popular argument, and one can
only assume that a good many people in the media are accustomed to leaving their
kids alone and felt guilty about it). But it seems to me that if this is what
happened then the parents must bear much of the responsibility. An unemployed
16-year-old mother who left her child alone while she went out for chips would
have social workers on her doorstep within minutes. Two doctors ought to know
2. A lone paedophile, wandering past, spotted Madeleine, was
tempted, snuck in and took her away. This would probably not have happened, of
course, if an adult had been present. Once again, the parents must bear much of
the responsibility if this is what happened. If they hadn't been out having
dinner with friends, Madeleine would now be at home in Leicestershire.
Madeleine got up by herself, wandered out of the apartment and somehow
disappeared into a hole in the road or the sea. Once again, the parents must
bear the responsibility if this is what happened.
4. A parent, hurrying
to get ready to go out to dinner, became cross with Madeleine and hit her (or
went to hit her). The blow (or intended blow) resulted in Madeleine falling and
hitting her head. She died. To avoid trouble with the authorities the accident
was covered up. The body was hidden and subsequently buried privately.
Madeleine had been playing up. One or both parents decided to give her something
to quieten her. A sleeping medicine, perhaps. Madeleine reacted badly and died.
To avoid trouble with the authorities (and, possibly, serious trouble with the
General Medical Council) the death was covered up. The body was buried
There are several other bizarre possibilities.
these five are, presumably, the most likely.
Though there must be a real
chance that we will never know exactly what happened.
There seems to be
some surprise, and dismay, among some sections of the population that the
McCanns are being considered as suspects.
Back in May 2007,
when I first wrote about this tragic affair, I pointed out that in most cases
where a member of a family disappears the first suspects usually include the
I asked then if the McCanns had ever even been
considered as possible suspects in the disappearance of their child. And if not,
Although I am not, of course, for a moment suggesting that they
are in any way guilty, I am surprised by the fact that for a long while no one
seemed to have regarded the couple as potential suspects. When anyone is
murdered the first people usually considered as possible suspects are other
members of the family. Exclude those closest first usually seems to be the
standard police policy.
But the public and the media seem to be in love
with the McCanns. (And they seem to me to have taken to the cameras with some
Meanwhile, the number of things that confuse me continue to
Why don't the McCanns go back to work? They wouldn't be the first
parents to have to return to work after a tragedy.
Work would provide
some distraction from the tragedy (a good thing) and it would enable them to
earn some money for their legal fees (another good thing). It would also
encourage the media to back off a little. (And it would give the McCanns a good
reason to demand that the media do back off.)
The longer the circus
continues the more difficult it will be for the family ever to have a normal
life again. In my view it won't be long before their fame will make the McCanns
unemployable as doctors.
Some of the other media stunts seemed to me to
be intended to attract publicity to the parents rather than to the
Did Gerry really have to whizz off to America?
How and why
did Gordon Brown get involved?
How was the Pope ever going to help find
To be frank, some of the stuff I've read sound more like
political spin than the heartfelt cries of grieving parents.
don't the family and friends all shut up?
They may think they are helping
but I can't see that they are. Many of the comments seem to me to just stir
things up - and attract attention to the McCanns.
If the McCanns really
want to be private then they should keep their heads down - and tell their
relatives to go back to their own lives.
The media (and a large section
of the public) seem to regard the McCanns as victims - and deserving of our
sympathy and support.
I wonder if I'm the only person to have found the
McCanns to be a rather unappealing pair?
And the strange thing is that
the more I see of them the more I dislike and distrust them.
that's just me...but here's a question for you: Would you hire the McCanns as
Copyright Vernon Coleman September 2007
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