I have lost interest in the Madeleine case, it would be true to say, but it is not a forbidden topic. I happen to think most people would understand the 'McCann Syndrome' reference quite easily. Gerry and Kate have not quite got off scot free, they have become almost an urban legend for child neglect, and offloading responsibility. In many people's eyes they will never be cleared, and I guess they will just have to live with it.
I think all hope I had that Operation Grange would clear this matter up once and for all, is gone. Not that I particularly wanted to see retribution against the McCanns, but I did want all those who interfered with the course of justice brought to account. Unfortunately, as Goncalo Amaral once said, it will only be solved when the political will is there. I am not so bothered that the parents will never be charged, in all sorts of ways, they have suffered so much more than if they had, for example, just 'fessed up' to an accident. I doubt any one of us would want to be in their shoes. I personally, could not live one day without the freedom to be myself. That is the freedom to say, do and write whatever I want. If you are trying to deceive people, you do not have that freedom. For my sins, I spent my formative years in a convent where lying was essential in order to survive, not just to protect yourself, but to protect your friends. I remember lying in my bed at night trembling in fear that my 'lies' would be found out. It scarred me mentally, I never wanted to feel like that again.
My honesty has got me into trouble my entire life, see my McCann blogs, lol, but of course, it far precedes the Madeleine case. Not that I am ever blunt or coarse, heaven forbid, but I would rather be alone and ostracised than join a herd. But forgive me, I have gone back to my favourite subject, me, ha ha, but only to accentuate how imprisoning it can be having skeletons in the cupboard. I am of course speaking metaphorically and generically here should Carter Ruck still be looking in.
I did however take a quick peek at 'latest Madeleine news' as I saw the subject revived in a few posts, and there isn't any. It would seem all those I spent so many years arguing with, were right, Doh! That is, this case will never be solved. Irks a bit, as it means handing victory to those ghouls in the cesspit, but ce la vie, I'll get over it.
My interest in the Madeleine case, stemmed from my interest in human behaviour, and with Gerry and Kate McCann, and several characters within their inner circle, there are endless resources. It almost never happens that you have a subject who has given so many videoed interviews plus a blog and a book!. Like many students of psychology, I am interested in spotting deception. I speak as one who often has been, and occasionally still is, deceived. Again doh! Probably because I prefer to look for the good in people, even if they are lying to me. I feel pity for them if they have to lie, and I take no pleasure in seeing them squirm. That's what I mean about freedom, it means you never have to squirm.
When people lie on a national and global scale however, the sympathy comes to an abrupt end. It is one thing to save your own skin, another thing altogether to make a profit out of your own irresponsibility. Every parent who loses a child blames his or herself, even when it is obvious they are completely blameless. The McCanns have always done the opposite, they blamed everyone else from start, beginning with the Portuguese police. I don't know what alerted everyone else, but for me it was the uncomfortable feeling of being manipulated, not only by the parents, but by every 'get rich quick conman', and indeed, news agency, out there.
My eyes were opened by going into higher education, but my mind was blown when I started to look deeper into this case. That quaint English sense of justice and fair play was, to my disgust, long gone, that lovely 1960's world of the Carry Ons, was some kind of mythology that I was carrying around in my head. 'I say old chap that's just not cricket' no longer applied. The Madeleine case was as a much a learning curve and water shed, as my quest for a degree. It gave me deep, deep, insight, not into into psychopathy, narcissism, forensic linguistics, but also micro-expressions and of course duping delight! But more, it also led me delve much deeper into the dark side of corruption within our so called respected public agencies, institutions and charities. All a tad too dark for me, but plenty there for the young and enthusiastic journalists and psychologists who still want to put the world rights.
Sadly though, all blockbuster, film or book, potential in the Madeleine case is now gone - the interest simply isn't there, the world has moved on. Students of psychopathy, narcissism, sociopathy, media manipulation, conspiracies, etc, etc, have the far more entertaining (and terrifying) antics of the US President and the UK Prime Minister. Madeleine would literally have to turn up 'Anastasia' style and be recognised and blood tested to grab the front pages. Sightings and ex detectives opinions just aint gonna cut it.
For now, in the spirit of Maya Angelou, when someone tells you how this will end, believe them. Ok, not verbatim, but when a police commissioner and an ex police commissioner suggest the case may never be solved, that's the option they want to stick. Maybe too many reputations are on the line, on both sides of the aisle, too many big names who would be humiliated if the parents turned out to be involved. VIPs who pulled strings here and there to help the parents and their friends avoid justice?
It is not a proud moment for the UK, but in an era where we have a corrupt far right government leading us all towards the cliff at Beachy Head, it is the least of our worries.