I am flattered to see that Verdi refers to my blog as the major league - I'm going to go ahead and take that as a compliment, because it means that I, John Blacksmith, JJ and so many of my valued readers have been able to take discussion in this case back into the realms of sanity.
The crazies and the extremists created such a malevolent and hostile environment on social media, that regular people and those with just a passing interest were quickly scared away. Gang mentality has ruled the roost for way too long in this case. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. How can you have a debate when only one side of the argument is heard?
The ridiculous myths created by the internet sleuths are still around because no-one has been allowed to disagree with them! Try it on the forums and the facebook groups and you are quickly banned. OK, it may be a bit much for me to claim credit for changing public opinion - the dissent I suspect was always there, but I do at least provide a platform for ALL views. I, and my readers, are just as interested in the pro side of the argument as we are in everything else. Most posters are treated with civility and respect, especially if they are civil and respectful themselves.
As for my rebutting HideHo's and Petermac's 'analysis' and 'research' Verdi - to do that I would have to read it, and life's too short. Analysis and research only becomes interesting if a ground breaking result is achieved by an acknowledged genius. As fascinating as their analysis and research may be to them, it is of little or no interest to anyone else. That's why I rarely, if ever, mention mine HideHo. And let's stop being pompous here, research = reading. None of you are actually in a laboratory boiling up acid over a Bunsen burner, you are just clicking on google.
All HideHo and Petermac have demonstrated, is just how far a person is willing to go with a delusion. Yes folks, obsession can tip you over the edge. And they are trapped by what I refer to as 'I'm right, dead right' syndrome, which never ends well. They haven't given themselves any leeway, their theories are carved in stone. If the case is blown wide open and their theories revealed as the nonsense they are, they will carry on with them anyway, and claim a conspiracy.
The problem the internet sleuths have with their batshit crazy theories, is their failure to apply logic, reason and common sense. Whilst they have spent limitless hours scrutinising photographs under a microscope and going through crèche records with a fine toothed comb, they haven't spent one second's thought on the macabre reality of what they are alleging.
And what they are alleging is that Madeleine died earlier in the week, and the parents and their companions continued with their holiday until the penultimate night - presumably to get their money's worth. Never mind all the intricate details of the shadows in the last picture, and the blossoming of the shrubbery, what about the gravity of what these 'sleuths' are alleging?
They are saying ignore the findings of Goncalo Amaral and the team of detectives who were there on the ground, because they have proved Madeleine wasn't there after Sunday 29th April and they'll fight anyone who disagrees with them. Now this is where they trip up. They began their 'research' with confirmation bias. That is they had already decided Madeleine wasn't seen after the Sunday, and have searched for anything they can find to support it. They are not reading objectively, their minds are already made up. Which is why they haven't asked such basic questions as:
1) Just how sick/monstrous, do you think these people were, that they could carry on with their holiday, dropping off the kids (including a fake Madeleine) at the kids clubs, playing tennis, and dining nightly at the Tapas bar, with the body of a child stashed in the wardrobe?
2) Have they ever, in the whole history of the world, heard of a group of doctors (or indeed any professionals) getting together to sexually abuse and sexually exploit their own toddler children? Even the darkest of horror films wouldn't come up with a sick plot like that.
3) How do they sleep at night?
I don't for one second think that Gerry, Kate and those around them are having an easy time, they have a huge dark cloud over them and now a huge debt to pay to Goncalo Amaral. That they are the authors of their own misfortune, matters not, they are human beings under an enormous amount of stress and they have kids to look after.
Unfortunately, these dark, disturbing myths have drawn many in. When you fixate on one small detail you can often lose track of the bigger picture and in this case, the sleuths have opted for the least likely scenarios because they have totally ignored the characters and lifestyles of the main players. They have literally created an alternate reality, a murky, sleazy reality that isn't recognisable to anyone but themselves. I'm no fan of Gerry and Kate, but it is quite obvious, they don't spend their nights having drunken orgies with the neighbours, nor do they abuse their kids. That is just pure fantasy on the part of those with microscopes in their hands. And a pretty sick fantasy I might add.