Apologies, I don't know how to link a video, but the above is from YouTube and it's title is Guilt of the McCanns: lie spotting.
Having realised almost from the off that the parents of missing Madeleine were deceiving us, I have spent almost a decade on the outskirts of society, labelled a 'Hater' and confined to the murky corner of the internet that is the McCann Hashtag. My crime? I do not believe the abduction story. It is a crime shared by thousands, if not millions of others, and all the civil law suits and threats of the 'dock' won't change that. It feels like my convent childhood all over again. You will believe, or you will be punished.
I don't believe Gerry and Kate McCann because like thousands (if not millions) of others, I trust my own eyes, my own instincts and my own Judgment. No Sun headline in the world is going to persuade me there is no giant predator while T-Rex is standing in front of me. Being able to spot lies, without lengthy arguments from the Prosecution and Tony Bennett, is all part of our genetic make up and ability to survive.
We can all spot lies. That is why in the early days of Madeleine's disappearance there was an almighty backlash against the 'abduction story'. It didn't make any sense and the behaviour of the parents was downright peculiar. And this was long before anyone even heard of the name Goncalo Amaral. In 2007 and 2008, the internet was awash with McCann websites, forums and popular tabloid opinion pages. Kate's statements that doubters were confined to a tiny handful was all part of 'The Lie'.
There was a full scale social media war going on. Thousands were flocking to forums and website to discuss this case, and Team McCann were fighting them off with armies of shills and threats of legal action. The media monitoring was threatening and ruthless, it gave anonymous trolls good reason to remain anonymous and it spawned the myth that the McCanns were victims of a sinister underbelly of trolls on the internet tormenting victims of crime.
Most of us are not aware of how and why we can detect lies, whilst others can't, or won't. The short video above is one of the 'gems' that has sunk beneath the radar among the glut of videos on YouTube, which is unfortunate, because it explains in a nutshell, why so many of us have always had a feeling of dissonance towards the parents.
I can't remember when I first saw this video, but it was prior to March 2015 when I wrote 'Duping Delight'. The above video was destined to go viral, but the maker got cold feet and there were copyright issues with Dr. Meyers words and the Ted Lectures. It is important to point out that Dr. Meyers is not referring to the McCanns nor was she involved in it's making. The video has been cut and edited, using the McCanns interviews to illustrate points made by Dr. Meyers in a Ted Lecture.
What struck me more than anything in the above video, was the heart rendering plea of the genuinely grieving mother. I, like almost every mother on the planet can feel that poor woman's pain, it moves us because we know that is exactly how we would feel. Whilst we can't claim to know how the parents of a missing child would react, we have seen, too often, the very real agony of mothers like Coral Jones and Sara Payne. We can identify with them. We want to comfort them. Kate McCann does not arouse those emotions in us, not because she is slim and successful, but because she is so darn cold. I doubt the mother in the above video feels any kind of forgiveness for the monster who killed her child.
The abduction story has not aged well, but not half as badly as all those interviews filled with 'tells'. I was toying with the idea of deconstructing any one of their interviews, and perhaps I will, but in the meanwhile, if you can't put your finger on what that nagging doubt is, watch the above!