Thursday, 19 July 2012
MADELEINE MCCANN - a Rational Discourse
I see that a couple of people have picked up on my reference to the parents and friends having to prove their innocence. I preceded that statement with the word 'unfortunately', for good reason. It is clear to the whole world and its dog, that Kate and Gerry are desperate to find both Madeleine and Peace of Mind. Apart from coping with the loss of their beloved daughter (and yes, I think she was much loved), they also have to cope with questions about that night for ever more.
The publicity has been phenomenal, but its success was bound to attract armchair sleuths worldwide, as well as a few obsessive, crusader types who will never give up until they find their holy grail. People climb Mount Everest, just because its there. I am sure along with the 'Stephen Birchs' there are independents out there financing their own search for a 'live' Maddie.
We all want to know what happened to Madeleine. We want an ending to the story, closure. Preferably a happy ending. I would love nothing more than for her to be found safe and well, but my rational side tells me that the chances are unlikely, and it should be ok to say that.
Innocent until proven guilty may be written into the statutes, but human nature is too inquisitive for that, and often works the opposite way. It bypasses sympathy too, if it didn't cops would not be able to do their job. A woman could be found standing over the body of her husband with a smoking gun in her hand, and say 'it wasn't me, I'm the grieving widow', and the cop would say, 'oh, right you are then, I'll move on'.
This is a unique case - the files and investigation have been made public and we geeks have access to it. The parents have courted publicity which fuels the gossip further. Unless they retire into obscurity, the questions will never go away. It must be a nightmare situation.