Of the many conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, one of the most enduring seems to be the suggestion that Madeleine died much earlier in the week, there is no proof that she was alive after Sunday, the theorists claim.
Goncalo Amaral and indeed his entire team of detectives who were there on the ground interviewing the actual witnesses, got it wrong apparently. From the comfort of their armchairs, these deluded 'researchers' believe they have solved this case because they have read the files. Even putting aside that the PJ files were incomplete (much was held back), the files are nigh on 10 years old! No-one can prove anything from these files, let alone a small group of group of deluded sleuths who think they have the genius to spot signs all the hundreds of REAL detectives who have worked on this case may have missed.
Each works from the perspective of 'I'm a right, dead right', especially when flogging their delusional theories to the gullible. They don't have the guts, humility, honesty and integrity to admit that the conclusions they reached 9+ years ago might be wrong. They cannot accept that their square pegs just will not fit in round holes. Two year olds learn this immediately and move on until they find a hole that fits. Ten years on, this lot are still hammering away.
I'm not sure if the Madeleine died on the Sunday idea sprung from Petermac and his interminable drivel about the last photo? I actually stopped reading him many years ago, I have no time for the blinkered. I know some, spend hours, days, weeks, etc pouring over photographs and the pyjamas, but to be honest, in a case littered with thousands of far more interesting 'tells', why focus on the trivia? The Nightwear Job does a little too much surmising for my liking. Martin Roberts is filling the gaps on pyjama buying with what is going on in his own head. He is projecting - a no no, in a scientific study, not something you would expect from someone with a doctorate. Some 'experts' play fast and lose with 6 degrees of separation in this case, eg. Bennett: Martin Smith is Irish and Catholic, so must be part of the McCann plot.
Those pushing the theory that Madeleine died on the Sunday, or earlier in the week, expect us to believe that the child's body lay in the wardrobe for 5 days, while the parents and the rest of the group continued their holiday as if nothing had happened? This is where reality leaves the building. I apologise for being insensitive, but leaving a body in a wardrobe in a warm, humid climate, in an apartment where maids have access is beyond absurd. Clearly, no specialist cadaver dogs would have been needed. What kind of people would do that? And what kind of people would continue their holiday if a child from their party had died? And for what reason? They wanted their money's worth? The very idea takes us to areas of macabre that would make even horror writers flinch. I know some will say they put on quite a performance on the Thursday, but that was a 'one night' only. It wasn't every night and matinees.
But let's indulge them for one moment. If Madeleine died on the Sunday, the entire holiday party, including the kids and Fiona Payne's mother, must have been complicit. This would have involved continuing with the tennis lessons, riding, days on the beach and high tea for 5 days after experiencing the worst tragedy of any of their lives. Effectively, they would continue leaving the children alone each night, allegedly drugged, while they dined at the tapas bar? That is the very behaviour that led to the tragedy. Many people, including the parents, suspected the McCann twins were drugged on the night Madeleine disappeared. Now this is where I am asking the Sunday claimers to use a bit of logic and common sense. Why on earth would the parents drug the twins (again)? And why on earth would they lay themselves open to charges of neglect (their biggest fear) for 5 nights in a row following a disaster?
I agree they all put on a performance that night. But it was like a hastily written Whitehall Farce, with more than a sniff of a 'make it up as you along' narrative. Complete with clumsy memory recalls to fill in the gaps. Gerry: 'Oh, that's right, I forgot, I didn't use my keys at all. I went in the back doors which we always left open'. It's a bit cringey to be honest and full of holes in the plotline. How come 6 doctors and 3 administrators (constant notetakers) did not think to buy a notepad for their hastily prepared alibis on the night for example?
According to the Sunday claimers, the tapas group had 5 days lazing round the pool, eating tapas each night with apartments next to each other. Why then did they make such a pigs ear of the Thursday night debacle? They were all contradicting each other, Tannerman didn't appear until after the rush, and the mother didn't know about til the next morning! How come Jane Tanner didn't say to the crowds of searchers 'a man carrying a child went that way'?
This was a group of educated, 'elite' people who only appeared to mix with their own kind. Whilst they may appear to have drawn up a master plan to take over the Missing People industry, almost everything that happened to them, was the fickle finger of fate taking over. They could not possibly have known for example, that their plight would cause such a global sensation. That's the thing with a hot news story, just as you are assured of front page coverage, an earthquate or a tsunami will strike on the other side of the world. It really is down to the roll of the dice.
I truly believe the God complex took over this little group of elites. They believed as British doctors, their word be taken immediately, and they would be above suspicion. Instead of physically searching for their child, they were stirring up hostility against the local police and the PJ. 'No-one is helping us' they cried in phone calls back to the UK. They were I believe pleading for diplomatic immunity of some sort, who knows why, but Gerry's megalomania probably played a big part.
In 10 years it appears as though nothing has happened in the Madeleine McCann case. Some of us have been driven insane trying to work out the complexities, as if we were playing a particularly intense game of Cluedo. In the early days I studied the evidence just as much as every enthusiastic newbie, it was a case of well, I've started a 10,000 piece puzzle, now I will have to finish it, doh! I once spent 3 weeks of my very busy (at the time) life, finishing an oil painting by numbers copy of Van Gogh's Sunflowers. I cannot begin to tell you how many hours I spent on it each day, it got to the point where I hated the bleddy thing! These kits should have warning signs :( Abandoning it was never an option, it would have been failure. I have to admit, finally completing it was a night of much celebration, but I have never attempted such a feat again! Oops, that was a bit 'Freudian', here I am still commenting on McCann! Doh!
Those who claim Madeleine died earlier in the week, are discarding the evidence of Goncalo Amaral, the lead detective, and Madeleine's Avenger, who has spent the last 10 years defending his findings and those of the original investigation. At no time has he thanked Bennett, Petermac , Hall, HideHo or Textusa for enlightening him. Nor indeed, have they received any thanks from Operation Grange, Government departments or anyone sane. They are distorting the evidence to the extent that they making up diabolical back stories for the independent witnesses who's statements contradict their theories. As the divine Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park '......never questioning whether they should'.
There is nothing wrong with anyone reconsidering their original stance, I consider it an admirable trait. Each of us learn new facts and new perspectives every day. Considering other options opens the doors to enlightenment. Intellectuals take the time to listen to and ponder new ideas, it is how they acquire more knowledge! Those who insist they are right, dead right, are wearing blinkers, they have put up barriers to new information. I don't mean on whether the parents were involved, I think 95% of the public now think that, but I mean on the more outlandish claims of swinging, child abuse and the ridiculous idea that Madeleine died on the Sunday.
Mostly through pride, they can't admit when they are wrong, or maybe because they are so bloody minded, if they are wrong the whole world makes no sense. I must admit over the years, I have watched with amusement as these diehards nailed their masts to the flagpoles. Their downfall is inevitable. It may take years, or even decades, but it's inevitable.
Those studying the last photograph with a microscope and a computer might like to consider for one moment the reasons why the parents may have released that particular photograph. Could it be that at the time they were hard selling their image of a happy family on their hols? If they want to dig deeper, why has Gerry got a face like a smacked arse? Whilst those putting molecules under the microscope may be studying minutia that is only of interest to themselves and their niche audience, they are missing the bigger picture entirely. It's the equivalent of someone on Chilcott's team producing a report on the misuse of office stationary. And besides, if someone produces video evidence of Madeleine being abducted by aliens, all their theories are tomorrow's recycled toilet paper. Figuratively speaking, of course.