Tony believes he has the right to question and interfere with anyone he chooses. The means are available, through his computer he has access to as much private information about his victims as he likes and the will to seek and destroy them. He is driven by hatred, probably wakes up each morning and thinks what poor fucker can I set about today, misery is my gospel, repent and ye shall be saved.
He is bored with Kate and Gerry, and he's never had much interest in the Tapas friends, or indeed any of the central characters involved in this case. He is in the midst of a two pronged attack - destroy the witnesses for the prosecution and 2, destroy the enemies of himself. He has worked way too hard to have his limelight stolen by manicured and coiffered bimbos. I can imagine him weeping to 'It should have been me', when the very attractive DCI Wall took over the Madeleine investigation. He uses her picture as an avatar to keep his bile bubbling away and if Verdi is his sock, he is revealing a dark, twisted sexuality that he is blissfully unaware of.
Bennett seems to have spent the last two years (at least) attacking the enemies of the McCanns, his eye is definitely not on the ball, the ball being the questionable abduction, to focus on the only credible witnesses for the potential prosecution in case members of CMoMM forgot.
Most of the people Tony now attacks weren't even in PDL at the relevant time, but it matters not to TB. His enemies now are those who would relieve him of his imaginary crown. Every theory, other than his own must be stamped out, his opposition to Sonia Poulton's documentary has reached epic, paranoid, proportions. He must convince the world, that those striving to expose the truth are the bad guys. He forgets, there is only ONE truth, and it doesn't matter one iota how anyone gets to it. Richard Hall gave it a good shot, but he should have done his homework. Unfortunately, TB pitches volumes of dross, and people prefer to take his word, rather than trawl through it themselves, on the assumption that he has done so much research, he can't possibly be wrong. A shame really, because it doesn't stand up to even the flimsiest reading, it is biased with a foregone conclusion, ergo it is worthless.
Tony, for whatever reason, is desperate to prove that the most important witnesses in this case are liars. He has been smearing this innocent family for over 2 years and becomes apoplectic if anyone opines that the Smith family saw Gerry on that fateful night. We all have the power and/or ability to stalk our enemies, the internet, our lives are more public than they have ever been. But just because we can, doesn't mean we should and happily most of us respect each other's privacy. For Bennett, there are no moral or social boundaries, he is without conscious or empathy, one of the witnesses he is smearing was 12 years old at the time of the incident! Why he has never faced criminal charges for interfering in a live police investigation, I will never know. A cynic might say, any potential trial is fucked before it begins.
Some very nasty characters have attached themselves to this case, not least Mr. Bennett, who has done as much, if not more, to keep the case of missing Madeleine on the front page of the tabloid newspapers. This angry preacher of mob justice, has for too long been seen as the face of those who do not believe the abduction story. His angry diatribes and physical presence in the parents home town sealed the myth that doubters were 'haters' and 'pitchforkers' - even though the majority of us were as shocked and appalled by his actions as everyone else.
I don't think he is acting with or for the McCanns, though he may have 'threats' hanging over him for other matters. He is disingenuous, and more than willing to lie to smear his opponents or defend himself, that he may well be putty in the hands of someone who has something on him.
People like Tony are very easy to manipulate. He is an easy target, ergo he is corruptible. Why is he corruptible? Simple, he has set himself up on a pedestal, he declares himself to be a man of faith with high moral values, he doesn't drink, smoke, party or do drugs. He is a middle class professional in a suit, there is no white cider in his fridge or tracky bottoms in his wardrobe. He sees himself as several notches above the rest of us on the evolutionary ladder and sadly, he has been able to convince several others beneath him, to look up to and admire the bleeding heart, religious zealot he has created. Those a few rungs up however, merely see him as the twat he is.
Tony is playing the game of the many weeping television evangelists who have gone before him, though far less successfully it must be said. Sadly for him, he has the face, if not the voice, for radio and he lacks a shapely, multi-(eye)lashed Babe and of course, Charisma. Tony wants to lead an army of the people in a quest for justice, he wants to create a legacy. Any 'cause' will do - from road signs to celebrities caught in sex scandals to a little girl who disappeared on her holiday - the causes Tony attaches himself to, come with newspaper headlines and precious television airtime for his loony beliefs - he wants to spread the word, the word of course, being his own.
The best that can be said of Tony, is that no-one doubts his sincerity. Anyone who can argue creationism with a straight face, takes seriously deluded off the scale. This is a man with beliefs carved in stone, there is no room for discussion or debate, he is right. End of. You can kind of see, why he has never achieved his goals, unwieldy people in any sphere whatsoever, workplace, domestic, etc, are impossible to work with, unless of course, they achieve the tyrannical status they desire, in which case, no-one has a choice. Tony pretends to be open minded while taking notes to use against his correspondent later - to him, everyone is a potential enemy - it is why he has to keep such close tracks on anyone who joins his forum. He lives in permanent fear of being 'found out' - most weeping evangelists do. We can only guess at what it is he fears, but he sure as hell fears something. The disingenuous always do.
I am not knocking him entirely, anyone who wants to leave a legacy (if they are honest) will do the same, from Joan of Arc leading an army to Jim Gamble cleaning up Sin City to the humble writer trying to get a break. I used my time in the convent to get a book deal with a major publisher, but it was too honest, it didn't contain any graphic sexual violence because I didn't see any. I saw only the cruelty and the physical violence, I found out about the sexual abuse of others after I left. Honesty has always been my downfall and my opinions on the McCann case was the kiss of death to my writing career. Seriously, what (sane) writer would comment negatively about the McCanns knowing that they had a book being released by a major publisher? In 2011 (having been delayed a year), when my book came out, Kate and Gerry were virtual Saints, no-one dared to criticise them at that time and trust me, being at the top of their dossier/blacklist did me no favours whatsoever.
By 2010 (when I got my book deal), I had been commenting on the McCanns for nearly 3 years, and yes, I'm sure they have all the screenshots, lol. Had they left me alone, I may have dropped out and moved onto other projects but they have pursued me relentlessly. To be honest, I don't know whether to thank them for their tenacity or curse them for distracting me from other things, but without doubt, they have driven me to pursue this case to the end. When I get my (at the moment very sore*) teeth into a subject, I am a finisher.
But back to Mr. Bennett. Clean living, quasi intellectuals and zealots can and do inspire followers - people who admire devotion, sacrifice, high moral values and quasi egalitarianism - qualities essential for all leaders and wannabe despots (on the surface at least) - they must be better than us, in order to lead us. Our leaders must not be tempted by frivolity and sins of the flesh and we prefer that they not get high during world peace summits - though some might argue, that they should :)
Unfortunately for the clean living (I've never attempted it myself, lol), they must keep up the façade for evermore. No-one can ever smell liquor on their breath or discover a bong in their filing cabinet. As for off limits hanky panky, forget it. For the holier than thou, it is one partner for life and sex is for procreation only. The truly zealous want bibles and cameras in the nation's bedrooms to ensure everyone adheres to the missionary position.
This case has unfortunately, attracted more than its fair share of the morally righteous, from those who would never have left their babies on their own, myself included, to those want blood. Quite literally. They are eschewing the natural order and the law of the land by acting as investigators, judge and jury, themselves and Bennett is chief rabble rouser. Tony will not be the hero who solves this crime, though he believes he is, and he will not be the one issuing the punishment (his orgasmic moment), the fate of the child's aggressors, is, thank God, in the hands of a democratic, cilivised society - we hope.
I can't normally be arsed to comment on Bennett anymore, but his latest rantings against the unfortunate Smith family, dragged into this circus through no fault of their own, happens to coincide with my recovery from major dental surgery (*I had a tooth out :() and I am a bear(ess) with a bit of a sore head.