Times must be very tough indeed for Gerry and Kate if they have owned up to using Madeleine's Fund for their legal battles with Goncalo Amaral. It flies in the face of everything they have said and everything they have promised. Complete transparency they said, every penny raised would be used to find Madeleine. In years gone by, if anyone had said (out loud) that they were using their daughter's search fund to
They also told us they had rich benefactors paying for their legal fees and PR. Where are they now? Unfortunately for them, the super rich have more sense than to fund Vexatious Litigants. Of all the addictions, libel addicts probably top cocaine and gambling as the most costly. VLs will not stop until they have lost every last penny, and other people's pennies too.
I am not quite sure what the spin message is in this latest McCann press release. Is it that they are having to use the last £750k in Madeleine's Fund on legal fees because of that horrible Goncalo Amaral? Unbelievably, Kate and Gerry continue to see other people as responsible for their ongoing misery. They refuse to accept responsibility for any of their decisions or choices, if anything goes wrong, it is always someone else's fault. It is as though they have never been to taught to accept personal responsibility.
They chose to pursue Goncalo Amaral, it was never the other way round. They wanted his book banned and they wanted his home and all his assets. They are driven by a personal hatred of him that has long since crossed the sanity line, it has eaten them alive for the past 9 years. In the summer of 2007, it was all going so well, Kate and Gerry were the photogenic victims of a sensational crime and the celebrity lifestyle was calling. In their minds, it is Goncalo's fault, that it all went so horribly wrong.
Of course, any policeman or detective the world over could have been handed that poisoned chalice and the evidence would have led to exactly the same place. Kate and Gerry needed a visible enemy, the abductor was never going to be found. Unfortunately for Kate and Gerry, their hate campaign against Goncalo Amaral has never taken off, and that's despite all the assistance they have had from the British media. Anyone who picks up The Truth of the Lie can see in an instant, that Goncalo is a gentleman, a scholar and a dedicated detective.
But back to that latest story. It is always fascinating trying to figure out all the scheming and machinations that go on in the heads of Clarence and Gerry. It is of course presented as a further instalment of the sufferings of Gerry and Kate and the injustices they have to put up with, but along with the whiff of burning martyr, it also has an air of resignation about it. There are no appeals for cash, no appeals for Madeleine, and sadly for them, no passion. If they themselves can't be arsed to express their outrage at the last appeal or seek support for what they believe to be a just cause, then why should anyone else? They are going to have to state their case in the Appeal they have just lodged, so why not present their argument and rally support now?
I think they have accepted that they cannot win in the Supreme Court, or even in the ECHR. If they were serious about fighting the next Civil trial, Gerry would have his whiteboard out. They barely had the stomach for the last round of trials, and it was obvious they were scraping the barrel for witnesses.
At the moment they owe shedloads, the legal costs accumulated over the past 4 years, of not only themselves, but of Goncalo Amaral and the two other Defendants. Even at a very conservative estimate, they must come to over £1m. Lodging an appeal puts off their need to pay all those costs at this present time. They are not even pretending that they want to win, or that they deserve to win - I think it is a delaying tactic. I think it may also be an acceptance that other events may overtake their civil actions with GA, perhaps they want to screw him one last time, by getting arrested and having all THEIR assets seized!