I don't know if Gerry and Kate McCann are still paying to keep themselves on the front pages of the UK tabloids, but if they are, this week has been a bonanza, though maybe not quite as they would have liked. The newspapers have picked up on the one year old story, that young Birmingham student Leanne Baulch raised over £52,000 for Goncalo Amaral's legal costs. Leanne was appalled at the injustice being dished out to the former lead detective of the Madeleine investigation in Portugal. Goncalo was being forced to hand over all his worldly goods to the two former suspects prime suspects in that investigation. And here is why she did it, and why the public responded so generously.
In their spiteful six year legal pursuit of Goncalo Amaral, (and they are the pursuers, not the pursued), they have destroyed his long time police career, had his book banned, and protected their forthcoming booty, by freezing all his assets. Not only did they prevent him from earning any money with which to support himself, they wanted to ensure that he did not have the funds to appeal to a higher Court.
Such is the nature of litigation and libel actions in particular, those with the bottomless purses often win. The McCanns were armed with a large (not a Charity) Fund to search for Madeleine and 'support the family'. The ratio between searching and supporting is blurred, but after 9 years, I think 'support' has got the edge.
For many years this has been a 'David v Goliath' battle. For whatever reason, the British establishment were taken in by the comically bad acting of Gerry and Kate McCann to such an extent that they offered their undying support for the abduction fairy story. As an aside, I think everyone attaining high office (especially within the police) should be forced to attend a 'Spot the Loon' course run by mentalists, savvy wideboys or just your average bog standard housewife. Your average bog standard housewife for example, would have said, 'you're having me on' within 5 minutes of this particular tall tale.
Goncalo Amaral has been demonised by the British press, portrayed as an incompetent, barbaric cop, too lazy to search for Madeleine, and what hurt him most, 'a bad dresser'. Not true, he is actually quite elegant. Those spinning the dirty cop ideology were gunning for him, he was to become the patsy. Within reading 1 to 2 pages of Goncalo's book The Truth of the Lie, however, it is quickly apparent that Goncalo is the opposite of the villain that has been portrayed.
One of life's gentlemen, he speaks his truth quietly and clearly. There is no sensationalism, the truth doesn't need it. Nor is there any spite, somehow he has managed (I couldn't have) to keep his opinions professional and objective, he even shows sympathy towards the parents, despite everything they have done to him. With all his years on the frontline, his wisdom and understanding shine through. He is not about vengeance, he is about justice for the victim. His agenda remains the same as it did, when he was first handed that poisoned chalice. Find the child. He is the stuff good cops are made of. When he is given a job, he completes it.
But let's get back to those 'trolls'. Although this week's headlines are still calling disbelievers 'trolls', the accompanying pictures show attractive, bright and vibrant women who look nothing like the demons described by the McCanns, Jim Gamble and their unfortunate stooges, Martin Brunt and Summers and Swan. The 'evil troll' and 'hater' stuff is finally being exposed as the 'McCann Myth' it is. It is not unreasonable or hateful to disbelieve obvious lies. It is however, unreasonable to demand the public overlook the 5 nights of unbelievable child neglect by SIX DOCTORS and the sycophantic way in which the Establishment have looked after them ever since.
For more years than I care to remember, we non believers of the McCanns have been almost criminalised by the UK MSM. To such an extent that many people dared not reveal their names on social media. What happened to Brenda Leyland was a long standing threat to all of us. Especially to those of us who's named were contained in the notorious Death Dossier. Being negative about the McCanns could seriously damage your career and indeed, life - friends, neighbours and family were also to be informed about your online activity.
Obviously, the McCanns have never been able to find a real person to fit the image of their mythological troll, I'm thinking small plastic endomorph with a shock of neon hair, sinister thug, wielding nunchuckers or a tediously boring ex lawyer with binoculars. For almost 9 years the only villain they have had, has been the self publicist, and off his trolley Tony Bennett. And he has played his part admirably, creating news stories and photo opportunities at every opportunity. Tony Bennett was the example the MSM used whenever they wanted to portray 'antis' in a bad light.
Gerry McCann wanted an example made of the 'trolls' (formerly haters and pitchforkers) who hounded him and his family online. Gerry cannot be blamed entirely for thinking of himself as a Supreme Being, because it seems whatever Gerry wants, Gerry gets. An ordinary person was chosen. They wanted to convey the message 'it could be you', to anyone even thinking about questioning their abduction story. Brenda was not only shamed, exposed and driven out of her home (surely what they were aiming for?), she took the tragic decision to end her own life. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, 'what a way to go Brenda!'. Because in ending her life, she blew the McCann 'evil troll' myth wide apart, and she forced Sky News to hang its' head in shame.
In 9 years, the McCanns have not been able to find anyone (other than Bennett) loathsome enough to support the claim that they are being victimised and hounded, or that there is an organised campaign working on behalf of their nemesis Goncalo Amaral. Whilst those of us intrigued by this mystery continue to follow this ongoing saga, we have no desire to take over the investigation or dish out the punishments ourselves. The majority of the vigilantes have long since moved on, and the few that remain are getting the message that no-one wants their kind of justice.
Meanwhile, well done Leanne, your initiative may well have changed the entire direction of this case! (who do ya want to play ya in the movie? I'm thinking Scarlett J ? :) ) And well done Ann-Kristine and Karen - you look absolutely fab!