LOL Ziggy (spokesman for the McCanns)* you want me to compile a believable narrative to the McCanns and Tapas statements. I'm flattered that you would turn to me for such a plotline (and yeah, it would be a piece of cake), but I'm not doing it. As a writer, plotlines are kinda my thing, I once spent an entire weekend figuring out how to get a character off the Titanic as it went down, my ‘new’ storyline was seamless and quite brilliant, lol.
But back to the topic. You want me, a mere blogger, to provide an answer to all those anomalies in the tapas group story and succeed, where all those dozens of police detective who have access to all the information, have failed. And indeed all the McCanns’ own writers (Summers and Swan, Tigerloaf, Ziggy Sawdust etc) and batshit crazy online supporters have also failed. Quite spectacularly I might add.
So everyone’s failed Ziggy, on that we probably mutually agree. No-one, thus far, has come up with a definitive storyline that clears the parents and their friends and lifts all clouds of suspicion away from them. They haven’t passed lie detector tests, they haven’t been ruled out by reason of rock solid alibis, they are each others’ alibis. Their alibi is collective, if anyone deviates from the script, they will all have a lot of explaining to do. Ergo, none of them have been able to speak about the events on that holiday for 11+ years.
Given that suspects, witnesses, etc, once lawyered up, cannot legally be coerced or forced into giving additional statements, there is nothing the collective Law (no pun intended) can do about it. That’s why so many suspects seem to walk away, even if they do live forever with that cloud of suspicion over them knowing they are on borrowed time. Advances in technology are seeing cold cases, some decades old, being brought to justice.
It is clear I think, that the police, both British and Portuguese are not looking for a live Madeleine, or indeed an abductor. It is unlikely all those leads they have mentioned are ongoing. No police force would leave an active paedophile, predator, child trafficking gang to carry on with their crimes all these years without arrest. It would in fact be criminally negligent of them, if they did. What if another child were stolen?
So given that the police are no longer looking for an abductor, from all appearances, and no longer looking for a live child, why is Operation Grange still live? Why do Scotland Yard still have such a strong influence on the the investigation of what is, essentially, a Portugese case, falling under Portuguese jurisdiction. Logically it is down to the Portuguese to issue arrest warrants and pursue a prosecution.
It could of course be that the British police and the Portuguese police have reached different conclusions, though that, I think, is the least likely scenario. Two police forces are not going to be funded by two countries, to act in opposition to each other. Good diplomatic relations between the UK and Portugal supersede the plight of two British doctors. At least in David Cameron’s book, who not only took a family holiday in Portugal, but gave the go ahead for the opening up of a Scotland Yard investigation. Knowing, I am sure, the full story, that is, the Portuguese interrupted investigation and the full findings of the British secret services. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said as much when Operation Grange opened in a fanfare of publicity all those years ago. From what I remember it sounded as though those 130+ suspects they had in their sights, were British. Which of course would make sense, British detectives do not have the language skills, the local knowledge, or the resources to carry out any meaningful investigation in Portugal. Imagine Portuguese police, trying to carry out a similar investigation in Leicester and you get the picture.
Regardless the case is still open Ziggy, albeit with a much reduced skeleton staff to keep it going. Why? In 2008, the Portuguese Police were not prepared to continue with an investigation that was going nowhere. And it was going nowhere because the parents and their friends would not return to PDL to a reconstruction, or answer further questions. They hit that wall that I am sure is all too familiar to many detectives. They did not have enough evidence to bring a prosecution.
In 2011, the Portuguese police and the British police had enough evidence to re-open the shelved filed and for the British, to start a whole new investigation from scratch. Those of us who have been around a while remember how adamant the Portuguese were about not re-opening their files. Their attitude ‘we have been led on a song and dance, enough!’, perhaps even, ‘the parents of this child is your [British politicians and police] problem, we wash our hands of it’. That would be the logical, rational conclusion. The PJ, had via the Team McCann global campaign, been led off on a multitude of wild goose chases courtesy of the proactive family, and, quite understandably, had had enough. But in 2011 when Operation Grange got the go ahead, something changed for the Portuguese too.
It is bizarre, that it was Gerry and Kate picking away at the scab as it was healing, or at least fading from public memory, but as usual, their appearance in any headlines can usually be traced back to their now enfeebled media monitoring machine. Their determination to stay on the front pages is difficult to understand, given the amount of risk it involved. Every time they spoke, all those 'nasty internet trolls and forums' were revitalised. The control they had over the MSM never extended to the internet, where freedom of speech still prevails.
Despite all the efforts of Team McCann, many of which were sordid and abhorrent, they have never been able to silence those of us on the internet who simply do not believe them. True, they succeeded in convincing the world that their critics were haters, pitchforkers and minions of Satan, but their twisted ideology began to wear thin. When I gave an interview to the Sun newspaper, under the headline of being a troll, lol, I didn't receive any criticism from the public whatsoever. All of the hate mail, and suggestions to kill myself, came from the hardcore 'antis'.
The tactics of the Team McCann Media Monitoring Machine, will, I am sure, be discussed at great length in the future. Social media is now the battlefield of choice, for just about every situation, and the missing Madeleine case could be said to have laid the groundwork and not in a good way. That is, step one, demonise your enemy, claim not believing the god fearing, church going McCanns is a sign of inherent evil and mental deficiency. Step two, name, shame and inform neighbours, friends, employers, customers, book publishers, of their target's 'online behaviour'. All standard practice for the anonymous group of concerned citizens who selected Brenda Leyland for full public retribution. Retribution that never came, because the public were appalled not with Brenda, but with the cruelty of all those who took part in such an outrageous publicity stunt. Tragic that Brenda did not live long enough to have realised that.
But I have digressed Ziggy, you want me to give you a blow by blow account of how the parents of Madeleine were involved in her disappearance, you are saying to me, what you have been saying to Goncalo Amaral, and every detective who has investigated this case. Prove it. If not shut up. End of. Period. Lol. For a blow by blow account, I would refer you to GA's Truth of the Lie, and of course the interrupted original investigation. The theory of GA, and the interrupted investigation, is the only one that fits the facts and circumstances.
I'm not a detective Ziggy, more an amateur psychologist, or people watcher. Gerry and Kate's reaction to their newly found fame intrigued me. So too the idea that this couple, who so loved the limelight, could in fact be hiding a terrible secret. Gerry’s need to ‘seize the day’, was in itself gripping to watch. My thoughts at the time, this is a man who never lets an opportunity pass him by. That of course is the secret behind every successful person, but bizarre that the day in question is the one on which your daughter disappeared.
*in reply to a post on last blog.