[in response to Nuala from The Case Against Robert Murat]
THE SWINGING THEORY
The discussion seems to have veered off in the direction of the 'swinging theory' and in response to Nuala, you are right, we may not agree but the matter is open to debate.
It may be that I have led a particularly sheltered life, but I have never in all my years, known any swingers or attended any swinging parties. I have attended many parties where people have got drunk, taken drugs and ended up under the host, but they don't generally start out with those intentions. Well not if the fights, rows and divorces that follow are anything to go by.
My knowledge of swinging parties comes mainly from the old News of the World, and from sneeky peeps at my friend's Dad's collection of Forum magazines. Fantasy stuff that didn't go on in the 'real' world. Similarly, I have never known anyone who has had an intimate relationship with their twin tub or who regularly attends fetish parties. I'm not saying these murky worlds do not exist, the NOTW regularly featured stories of politicians caught with their trousers down, and Madams Whiplash spilling the beans. I don't however, ever remember entire holiday resorts devoted to middle class swingers. And what a story it would have been?
Whilst I hate to put it too strongly, the swinging theory is insane. Have these theorists even had a cursory glance at the main characters? Do they honestly believe that the clingy Kate, who nearly went into meltdown when Gerry flirted with the quiz mistress, would say 'your turn with my husband Fiona'?
You say that it was extraordinary for there to be 300 tourists in PDL?, do you have stats for the previous years or for similar resorts for the same week? You say that it was well known that Warners held swinging events. 'Well known' where? Do they advertise? The Lancet perhaps?
I don't know if Textusa or other believers in the swinging theory are parents themselves. I tend to think not, because if they are, they will remember the baby and toddler years as the most stressful and argument filled years of their marriages. Those who believe babies mend relationships are completely deluded. Babies and toddlers bring chaos, they take over everything, they never give you a minute's peace and they win every argument. Most couples return from family vacations swearing never to do it again, and talking divorce. Until the following year. Time is kind like that, it keeps smoothing the rough edges off so eventually all you can see is the laughter.
You also say Nuala, that PDL was filled with VIPs, high fliers and professionals. Where is the evidence for this? In the summer of 2007, it was also filled with every enthusiastic crime journalist in the world, how come none of them picked up on that? I don't find anything particularly strange about 300 tourists being in PDL. It is a pleasant resort, family friendly, and the weather conditions were perfect for young children and sports enthusiasts. It may be that this resort had a good reputation via a grapevine, and of course, most of the tapas group had enjoyed Warners' resorts before.
I fear Textusa and the swinging theorists have tied themselves up in a similar knotted yarn ball as Tony Bennett. That is, they came to one definitive conclusion several years ago, and have no way in which to wriggle out of it without admitting they were/are wrong.
I am intrigued by your final sentence Nuala. You say if the swinging theory is wrong, there must be something else 'that fits the bill'. Why? As I often say, I am a follower of the school of thought that is KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid), the first and most simple explanation is usually the right one. Even Team McCann knew that, 'It was an abduction. End of'.
Though the idea of a family resort for swingers is novel, even the NOTW would never have run with that one. Whilst some might say swinging is not seedy, taking your kids along, is. And accusing 300 people of abandoning their kids to go have sex with strangers should keep the libel courts tied up for years.
I tend to think that those who come up with these fantastic sex stories, have read way too much fire, brimstone and Black Lace. They come from the imaginations of those a little bit detached from the 'normal' world. I am guessing they have very little sexual experience and any information they do have, comes from bible based resources that warn them about the evils that lie at the heart of our society. In this instance, Mark Warners resorts.
Textusa may well be an enjoyable read for crime enthusiasts who like cryptic clues and long winded plotlines, but she strayed from reality a long time ago. The idea that some major world player was whooping it up in PDL with Kate and Gerry in a popular and very public, holiday resort is absurd. All the couples had very young children with them and they were up early every morning to sort the kids out and play tennis. How could they manage all of this if they had spent their nights running in and out of each other's chalets Carry On style?
There was/is a cover up, but that cover up relates to the blunders made by the incumbent government and the police agencies who rushed to assist the parents. When the truth does come out there will be a lot of red faces - among them politicians, top police officers and television crime reporters. Meanwhile, the known facts of this case are intriguing enough, why the need to embellish them?