Much has been made of the libelling of former Arguidoes 2 and 3 in this case, but little of the heinous accusations that were aimed at helpful bystander Robert Murat. Probably because he received a big libel payout (quite rightly, and I hope some of it came from Lori Campbell personally), and partly because he has had the good sense to get on with his life.
Robert Murat was named as the first Arguido on 14th May 2007. I have no doubt this was because of the enormous pressure being placed on the Portuguese to 'find the abductor'. In those early days, Gerry and Kate were practically Saints, and the world was waiting with baited breath. The 'evidence' against him was pathetic and appears to have been based on a criminal profile drawn up by fans of the US TV drama. Single man, local, lives with his mum, likes a bit of online porn, pin on map closest to Apartment 5A. Guilty, obviously. The rest of the 'evidence' came from an anonymous call to the Portuguese Police alleging RM was a freaky kid who had a thing for animals. The icing on the cake came from prissy tabloid journalist Lori Campbell, who claimed he had a dodgy eye and made her feel uncomfortable, and it was on this basis that she was quite happy to throw the poor man to the hounds.
Does, the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that makes public the fact that the McCanns were never cleared even mention the final status of Robert Murat? I confess I have only read the highlights, but it would certainly make Gerry and Kate feel better if he wasn't cleared either. I'm guessing the silence on this matter is because RM was (un)officially relieved of arguido status long ago. Was he even asked to return for the proposed reconstruction?
Sadly, despite the fact that Robert Murat hasn't been arrested (for anything) in 10 years either, and there being absolutely nothing to connect him to Madeleine's disappearance, there are still headcases out there intent on including him in their
Robert Murat has my sympathy. As soon as he realised English compatriots needed assistance, he stepped forward. He was the good Samaritan. The words of Lori Campbell actually made me cringe. It is that kind of attitude that prevents people from showing kindness to others. Why assume the very worst in someone then splatter it all over the tabloids?
RM may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like him. I think it was very kind of him and his mother to rush to the McCanns aid, and what a horrible twist of fate, that they somehow became the villains. The fact that Robert is such a sociable, affable guy, should have negated the rest of his 'profile'. Psychopaths are not usually popular with their neighbours.
Bizarrely, some researches (head cases), have gone to extraordinary lengths to implicate Robert Murat in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The mention of porn on RM's computer has led to them to create an imaginary paedophile network that runs from RM's laptop to number 10. For their information (because I know they look in), RM's misfortune was the tin tac on the map that made him the nearest single man.
Detailed account of how Robert Murat came to be named Arguido. Chapter 7, The Truth of the Lie. Goncalo Amaral