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I think we are finally moving towards the 'end game' or perhaps I should rephrase that to 'game up'. Those who think the police are several notches below them on the intellectual scale, may find it's something the police don't take too kindly to. That is probably the reason why there are still two live investigations, millions being spent and no sign whatsoever that the police are going to give up.
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Once again, the comments section runneth over, so time to open a Part II.
VT/Ziggy gives much away in his posts, particularly when you sort the wheat from the chaff. I have actually whittled him down to two McCann main players, one more than the other.
But before I move onto those leaking bits of information that he seems to be unaware of, in one of his last posts he made a good point. Why aren't there more posts in support of the parents? As long as they are civil, or make attempt at being civil, I am happy to publish them. As a humanitarian I would like to see more posts supporting them, I am saddened that only one person speaks on their behalf. This blog has a large audience of reasonable and compassionate people, it is as good a platform as any, to clear up the myths that surround this case.
Back to those leaks. For some time now, VT/Ziggy, has been building a case against the British police. He has gone from their interference in the original investigation to the chavvy 'they are having jollies on the Algarve at taxpayers' expense'. Why? His posts recently, are showing more and more frustration and hostility towards the British police. And he is hinting that British police, very early on, are behind any cover up that took place. The architects and instigators perhaps? But the fuzzy allegations are not just aimed at the police who flew out to PDL, but also at their bosses.
Shots too seem to have been fired at Clarence Mitchell, and today the Tapas group. ZT helpfully pointed out just how much the 'tapas' have to lose should they break the pact of silence. Beginning with paying back the damages given to them by Express newspapers, (odd priority), but if the answer to every question is 'money', about right. Followed by careers, lives being ruined etc.
All very good reasons I'm sure, but they make no allowance for conscience and the guilt of having to lie to people. including those you love, for the rest of your life. It would drive most people insane. On the freedom front, they have lost the freedom to be themselves, and I can't think of a worse prison than that.
Whilst I don't think the infighting has quite reached the 'every man for himself' stage, there is clearly disharmony between the factions. I didn't think this would come until much later, that is, the pretence that there is a good relationship between the McCanns and Operation Grange, would end in the same way as the good relationship between the McCanns and the PJ ended 9 years ago.
Now it seems they are no longer keeping up the pretence of being happy with Operation Grange. And to be fair, no-one could blame them for being angry and frustrated (on this occasion). They still don't know what happened to their daughter and the search for her is coming to an end.
But worse, they still have that same cloud of suspicion hanging over them, Operation Grange has done nothing to establish their innocence. There are no signs of an abductor, either from the original evidence collected from Apartment 5A or from the thousands of statements the police have taken over the years. The sighting of Jane Tanner was discounted by OG, and Smithman who looks exactly like Gerry, remains the main suspect.
I know that people closely involved with this case read and post here, it's the last social media battleground they use regularly. And the reason is, because the discussion here is far removed from the playground mentality of the cesspit and the 'myths'. I can't say it bothers me that they post anonymously, but I always think if you are going to defend someone, doing it in your own name, adds weight to your argument.
But I understand. Opening your life up to the scrutiny of social media carries everything you feared and then some. But once, you have picked yourself, and distinguished the psychopaths and trolls from the genuine, you are full steam ahead. And I speak as someone who has had many stalkers over the years.
On my blog happily, I don't have a troll problem, because I don't acknowledge trolls as a problem. They have no impact whatsoever on my life, or my writing. I couldn't care less who they are, and I have no desire to track them down and put them in the dock. I'm a big girl, I can handle name calling and snide remarks online in the same way as I have in the real world since the age of 5. Whilst I could happily discuss the history of the old oak tree in the local park for hours on end, I have zero time, or patience, for those eaten up with negativity. If I took it on too deeply, I would become their 'free therapist', because I still kind of pity them. But I don't want to digress.
I'll end with three questions:
1. Are Operation Grange closing in?
2. Is the Madeleine Fund going to prove problematic?
3. Are ZT's veiled threats a sign that there is infighting between members
of 'The Pact'?