Bravo to Richard D. Hall and Richplanet for exposing the truth behind the McCanns' media circus, I hope the videos are spread far and wide. For the first time, we have a professionally produced factual account of what was really going on behind the scenes in the 'search' for Madeleine.
However, for me Part IV was spoilt by the assumption that the Smith family were lying about their sighting of a man carrying a child. It seemed to me that Richard Hall made a huge leap from factual information to speculation, and in doing so he is insinuating that a family of 6 have conspired to lie for 7 years, perverting the course of justice in a major crime. One of the family members was only 12 at the time, yet we are to believe she too lied to the police to protect a casual friend of her father's.
I wonder sometimes if those accusing this family of lying have any idea of what they are accusing them of? This case involves a heinous crime, the death of a 3 year old child. Their 'lies' have misled the police forces of two countries for 7 years and they will likely face prison sentences and will almost certainly end up with criminal records. Yes, including the 12 year old, thanks Dad. Not forgetting of course, how they will be pilloried by the press and public for obstructing the police in missing child investigation.
I'm not buying it. Lets unravel this Smith family and Robert Murat mystery, Those who disbelieve the Smith family, believe that Robert Murat, the first Arguido, is somehow involved in Madeleine's disappearance. I was disappointed to see that Richard Hall has c/p most of the arguments put forward by Tony Bennett on Jill Havern's forum*, without challenge. It seems to me that both men are trying to ram the wrong piece of the jigsaw into place to complete the picture, and in doing so they are building the case for the McCanns' defence!
Lets imagine for one moment, the grieving family and friends in the aftermath of Madeleine's 'disappearance'. As Richard Hall pointed out, the dash to PDL of numerous high powered government figures, legal eagles, and control risk specialists was unprecedented (Part I is superb), every expert in crisis management in fact. Then you have, err, Robert Murat. Where exactly does he fit in amongst this establishment elite?
But lets get back to the grieving family. In those early days they needed a patsy PDQ in order to take suspicion away from themselves. A profile of an abductor is drawn up and would you believe it there's a guy next door who fits it exactly! What are the chances? An anonymous phone call is put through to the PJ accusing Robert Murat of being peculiar and watching child porn, but he's not picked up immediately. Time to up the ante. A quick word from Lori Campbell, Sun Reporter, 'he reminded me of Ian Huntley'. Then we have a covert operation led by British police, where Jane Tanner, friend of the McCanns positively identifies the man she saw as Robert Murat. Just to make sure there is no doubt about it, two more members of the tapas group come forward to say they saw him on the night.
Just to establish the facts, Team McCann and all their little helpers were putting Robert Murat firmly in the frame. Now they are being assisted by Tony Bennett and Richard Hall!
I could give an in depth psychological profile of Robert Murat that would explain why I do not believe he is involved, but I wouldn't put him through it, the Murats have suffered enough. Suffice to say he is basically a nice helpful guy, but like everyone else his eyes lit up at the pound signs. It really doesn't matter if the Smiths knew him, or he knew Gerry, its all moot. How well do you have to know someone to ask them to help you cover up the death of a child?
I'm appalled at the way the Smith family are being treated by those investigating this case. They are the only independent, credible witnesses to what may have happened that night, yet some of the antis are publicly calling them liars. Its hardly surprising that people are so reluctant to come forward as witnesses, in some cases, this one especially, it can be life changing. By putting their names out there, they become vulnerable to all sorts of intrusion into their private lives, particularly now, with so much information being available on the internet. However, in my opinion it is wrong to make assumptions about this family on the very limited information we have. They have behaved impeccably, they have stayed well away from the media circus surrounding the McCanns and they have never sought to cash in on anything. Yes, lets get to the truth, but lets not persecute innocent people!
Before Jayelles et al give themselves wedgies with this one, the McCanns have been lying and cashing in on their daughter's disappearance for 7 years, if they lie to the public they must expect the public to challenge them. The Smith family haven't been making statements to the press or asking for donations. See the difference?