I loved CMoMM for the same reasons as yourself Lucy, and learned much from the great posters they once had. People who had obviously taken a lot of time and trouble to research and ponder the intricacies of this puzzling case. My own theories changed continually as I 'followed' those who were several steps ahead of myself and better equipped for analytical thinking. Petermac was great, but I am saddened to see he has joined in with the 'analysing Cristobell's mental health' shite, which is a shame.
As for trying to get the release of those statements, I fear its going to have to be one of those 'wait and see' irritants'. We were v.fortunate indeed to see the police files released at all, it was a unique situation that caught everyone (especially the McCanns and those involved in the cover up) by surprise.
Literally everything will depend on the outcome of the investigation. Scotland Yard will have to wrap it up one day, one way or another. It will be at that time that we will discover how thorough and transparent the investigation has been. And that will be the time to say, 'hang on, we know there were other statements', if we have to.
I very much stick to the findings of Goncalo Amaral and his book - he was there on the scene, he was the co-ordinator of the investigation and HE was the one who brought The Truth of the Lie' to the public's attention. They were out to destroy him for very good reason. Unfortunately, Goncalo was removed from the case when he began to investigate the Smithman sighting. That is significant on every level, it tells us what the McCanns and those involved in the cover up, feared the most. Once arrangements were made to fly the Smiths back to Portugal, there was an immediate shut down. And it was at the time, the PJ were closing in.
The only way a cover up could be effective imo, is if they find a reason to file it away under the Official Secrets Act, but having wracked my brains, I cannot think of anything that would warrant this. A lot of public money has been spent on Operation Grange and public bodies such as the police are accountable to the voters.
Those withheld statements may form part of the case for the prosecution (if there is one) already and it is understandable if the police do not want to reveal what, if anything, they have. The McCanns have been busting a gut to get hold of the FULL police files for 7 years, they even took Leicester Police to Court over the issue. Interesting, Bennett has been doing the same by bombarding the whole world and its dog with Freedom of Information requests.
I am not altogether sure the time is right for Petitions etc. At the moment we do not know what the police have or what they are up to. The very public activities, the dig etc, lead me to believe its real, if it isn't the entire production is going to cost more than Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra, and end with the world's most pathetic cop out and a lot of explaining to do.
I have never doubted the Smith family, and my heart goes out to them. Once this does reach a conclusion, questions should be asked about the harassment of witnesses in high profile cases. The press have respected their wishes to be left alone, but they have been left vulnerable to lone vigilantes, with God know's what agenda. It was fortunate for the Smiths, that the self appointed Witchfinder General was so inept with his research that he was persecuting the wrong family - but perhaps not quite so fortunate for them.
The truth is, none of us know what is going on. We may have access to masses of McCann material online, but we know naff all about Operation Grange, and they ain't gonna tell us! An armchair detective is not going to 'solve' this mystery, there will be no knighthoods, accolades or trips on the Orient Express.
The reason I do not present facts or theories and final solutions, is because I don't know! I find it somewhat ridiculous that people get all het up about' their theories' and fall out over last photos and shutters as if it the outcome of the case depended on it.
I am here several years later because of the endless twists, turns and revelations. I won't lie, I find it gripping, but the only thing I can say with any certainty, is the parents of Madeleine are involved in her disappearance and there has been a cover up. I believe I now know why, and that is discussed on other pages of this blog.
However, for me there is a line I will not cross. I don't want to meddle or interfere in what the investigation is doing. Although I am a rebel, lol, I lean towards law and order and believe there are a lot of good guys, like Goncalo Amaral, in the police who will be looking for justice for the victim. My own quest, as it were, was to understand the REASONS for the cover up and to study two of this centuries' most fascinating and infamous characters display behavioural patterns that will no doubt form the basis of psychological textbooks for years to come. For those who study human nature, Gerry and Kate are the gift that keeps on giving.
The tragedy of course lies in the loss of a child's life, but the investigation, judgement and retribution are, thankfully, out of my hands, for that I must put my faith in the professionals in the hope that the monstrosities we have seen of late, are the exception rather than the rule.
Ps. Quote from Plebgate (mouthpiece for TB on CMoMM) on Katie Hopkins:
'Twitter is not the platform for uncensored private opinions'.
Yes it is!!!!!! Gawd 'elp us all with people like defending our Freedom of Speech!