So much effort to destroy the name of Goncalo Amaral, even now 12 years on. So much rage and hatred, especially when I state, for the record, that Goncalo Amaral is a hero. Well tough, he is a hero, to those of us who could see what was going on, he was the one man to stand up and tell the truth. I can see why the McCanns could never forgive him for that, they were doing so well at the time. He shattered their dreams of turning Madeleine's Fund into a large corporation (with a TV channel) and holding a global Madeleine Day every year. No wonder they were pissed.
But here's a thing. It was Gerry and Kate being made arguidos that ended their dreams of world domination and stopped the flow of donations to their Fund. They continue to blame GA, but they are ignoring all the other circumstances that existed at the time.
Focusing all their anger and hatred towards GA has been Kate and Gerry's downfall. As Confucius said, 'when you go on a journey of revenge, dig two graves'. In their efforts to destroy GA, they have destroyed themselves. They have blown all the millions that were so generously given to them to find Madeleine, on pursuing Goncalo Amaral in every civil court in Portugal.
They destroyed their reputations, such as they were with the arguido status, by suing, for cash, the detective who searched for their daughter. Even they know how unpopular that decision was because the public have never rushed to refill their coffers.
Goncalo Amaral had no option but to write his book. The very efficient Team McCann were trashing his name all over British media. They thought his status as a former detective would prevent him from telling his side of the story. They were wrong. They thought the medical code of ethics that apply to them as doctors, should apply to detectives and journalists also. If they have professional rules to abide by, so should they.
Unfortunately for them, Goncalo Amaral turned out to be not only a gifted writer but his book was corroborated by the official police files that had been released a month earlier. His account of the summer of 2007 was verified by the police investigation.
As a wannabe best seller myself, I know how hard it is to grab the public’s attention. Kate and Gerry are probably kicking themselves now, because it was they who put GA’s book into the spotlight and onto the best seller list. They have obviously never heard of The Streisand Effect, or they wanted his book to do well. They held off for a year for the Royalties to come in, before they sued them.
My current rush of correspondents are demonising Goncalo Amaral to such an extent, I feel I should explain how I see him, and probably how most see him, as Kate and Gerry have elevated him so much, he has remained a central character in this drama. Had they not interfered in fate, his character would have been a bit part at best, now he is the hero.
Most popular fictional cops have flaws, but we are OK with that, we like to see these seasoned old thief takers as human, just like us. Some drink too much, some have relationship problems, some are terrible dads, the list goes on. These men (and they are mostly men) are so caught up in their work, that their private lives are neglected.
Team McCann and their affiliates in the media industry, went straight for Goncalo Amaral's private life to attack him. His marriage, his kids. GA and the Portuguese police were tailed by paparazzi trying to get unflattering pictures of them to put alongside headlines like lazy sardine munchers. They ignored the fact that these officers were working night and day, and literally sleeping at their desks. This perfect couple were attacking the imperfections of GA and others to make themselves look better. It's an oldy but goody, and used by every playground bully.
Goncalo Amaral had no option but to write a book. He had every right to defend himself and the Portuguese Supreme Court agreed. Unfortunately it is still not available in the UK, which is yet another huge injustice against GA and those who want to buy it.
Unfortunately, no matter how much we have accumulated in life, when we leave this world, the only thing we leave behind is our name and reputation. Our legacy. Goncalo Amaral wrote a book, I write a blog. Like GA, I have confidence in my own words. Despite what others say about me, I say read my blogs, judge for yourselves.
Gerry and Kate set out to destroy not only GA's name, but his life. They wanted and going by their plans to appeal to the ECHRs, they still want revenge. On my last blog they have gone into nuclear mode over their false allegations that just won't stick. Many thanks Carolina. GA is not perfect, we accept that, GA accepts that, but he is not a brutal, third world cop, and Gerry and Kate are not victims.