I have been checking out the latest news on Madeleine this morning and it's hard to tell what is going on. This case, as always, is a barrel of red herrings. Eg. It has been shelved indefinitely by Scotland Yard, more money has been requested, no it hasn’t, the parents still remain hopeful of finding Madeleine alive, etc, etc. The contents of the annual flurry of speculation and quotes from ‘sources’ are much the same every year, and all covered by the heading ‘nothing to see here’.
Out of this year’s nothingness however, it is significant that Officers from OG have been visiting Portugal. This, from a Freedom of Information request, though I don’t know who from (please don’t let it be Bennett, lol). That to me suggests they are liaising closely with the PJ, which of course is essential if they are working together to bring a prosecution. One trip would suggest, 'yeah it was nice working with you, ta ta and all the best'. Several trips suggests conferences with Counsel, prosecutors, etc, all the steps necessary to tie the two investigations together.
And significant, yet again, is the silence from the McCann camp. Significant because they went to so much effort to have an independent Review. They launched a Petition and fundraiser amid a blaze of publicity and appeared on a multitude of news programs to plead directly to the government and the public to support them. At the time, they didn’t get what they wanted, I’m not sure they even got the 100,000k signatures they were aiming for. Their wish wasn’t granted until 7 months later via the front pages of the Sun.
Why then are they so accepting of Operation Grange dragging on for so long without any results? Most parents in such a position would be literally going insane with their need to know what happened to their child. Either OG are being horribly cruel, or the parents do not accept their findings. I suspect the latter, which is why the McCanns are not knocking on the doors of Scotland Yard demanding results.
Unfortunately, for the McCanns, neither the Review or the Investigation have given them the innocent stamp they so desperately need. That validation of 'no involvement'' to wave in the face of the Goncalo Amaral, or the green light to re-launch the Madeleine Fund. But worse, how can they continue a search for a living child that the police believe to be dead? And these are not just Portuguese police, these are British police. It is ironic that two tabloids reporting this week are using videos of Gerry and Kate speaking about hope, Kate reassuring the interviewer and audience that ‘real progress’ is being made in the investigation. If she believed that, not sure if the interview was this year or last year, then why is she so accepting of it’s pending closure?
As many of my regular readers know I watch (too many) real crime documentaries, and it is heartbreaking to see the pain of those who have lost loved ones. They never give up and they never stop chasing the police for results. Their need to know overwhelms them, which is why the public were so generous to Kate and Gerry. In many cases, it completely takes over their lives. Winnie Johnson is the first mother who comes to mind. Other than Kate and Gerry, I have never seen a single case where the parents, loved ones, of the missing refuse to accept the missing person is dead. They need to know one way or the other. Winnie Johnson for example, insisted on being present when the police dug up The Moors in their search for her son’s body.
But returning to the continuation of Operation Grange. If their agenda was to lull those watching the case into apathy and disinterest, they have achieved a great result. Even if Gerry and Kate were partying with Sir Cliff, Clement Freud and Ray Wyre on the evenings of 1st and 2nd May, it wouldn't knock Trump off the front pages. Although, fly in a top tory politician and you might have a case.
The massive gag 'order' or whatever it is that has protected the McCann camp from the mainstream media thus far, cannot last forever. Something's got to give. The parents' loss of their libel actions against Goncalo Amaral has disarmed them in the Civil Law arena. They have, metaphorically, had their designer (Carter Ruck) legal claws removed. We haven't quite reached the stage where British publishers are clamouring for GA's book (we will), but at some point the tabloids, or a hungry journalist (moi, lol) will dip a toe. Should the proverbial sh*t hit the fan, always a possibility, any tabloid carrying serialisation of Truth of the Lie will have a scoop. Just saying.
The public's level of apathy is probably as great as it will ever be, the world has moved on. The Madeleine case is not the talking point it once was. Announcements of more funding for Operation Grange mean little to most of us, but I would imagine, are excruciatingly painful for those responsible for Madeleine's disappearance. Their best result would be no more funding and the files archived, they cannot relax all the while the investigation(s) are live.
Meanwhile I toy with the idea of the opportune moment for Operation Grange to announce their results. At the end of their investigation, one would assume, but given all the VIPs involved, that day could be a)when Trump is marched out of the WH in handcuffs, b)when Theresa May twerks during PM's Questions, c)Boris breaks down and admits he's a racist and also he sold the UK to Vladimir (who can resist those eyes?) Putin.
I lean towards a)that visual strikes a note, and has for some reason become lodged in my memory bank, when it happens it will feel like deja vu. But I digress, for those still fighting for justice for Madeleine, that the police won't give up is a positive sign. For the parents too, it should be a positive sign, but they're not saying. Is it possible 11+ years on the police are looking at new leads? And that these leads evaded the Portuguese police and 8 (yeh, I know, but what I read somewhere this morning) firms of private detectives? Is it possible British detectives based in London, are regularly flying to Portugal to tell their Portuguese counterparts about leads they missed? Seriously?
How do the number of flights of officers from OG to Portugal compare to the number of flights from previous years? Are they more frequent? or less? More, suggests something's brewing. How many conflabs do you need before you both accept it's finally over? Filing a case away with no further action, is a one meeting scenario, keeping in touch only prolongs the agony.
If the objective of Operation Grange was to clear the parents of any involvement in their daughter's disappearance, then they have failed. If anything they raised more suspicions. First with their Crimewatch documentary that saw membership of online anti groups, triple, if not quadruple. Largely in part, because the main suspect looked exactly like Gerry. Perhaps Gerry should have changed the colour of his hair for that appearance, or at least grown a moustache. The Crimewatch telephones were of course inundated with callers shouting 'behind you' to DCI Redwood and the presenters.
Operation Grange then upped the ante by digging in PDL, err, within the vicinity of the McCanns' apartment. This was explained by Martin Brunt suggesting the abductor stopped to bury the body immediately after leaving the apartment? As whoppers go, or shall we call it farce, MB was going out of his way to create a scenario that did not involve the parents. Impossible under the circumstances, and shame on him for trying. 'It's possible the (downgraded) burglar/abductor brought a shovel with him. Really Martin? To top it all, man of few words, DCI Redwood stated Madeleine may not have been alive when she was taken. Headline stuff for the online forums, but brushed under the carpet by the MSM.
As far as I remember the McCanns didn't comment at all on the digs, even though they were in Lisbon fighting a libel case against Goncalo Amaral at the time. When asked, Gerry fielded a question with 'all areas are being investigated'. He didn't express any fears nor did he offer or ask for any prayers during what must have been a very difficult time. The digs, not the libel actions. Now, that's cold. Again, I remember Winnie Johnson, and all those mothers and fathers pleading with murderers for the return of their child's remains. Gerry and Kate were a few miles up the road, not in a Church, but in a Court room.
If the suspects in this case are the McCanns, then police and those in the know, are keeping it very close to their chests. Both investigations appear to be ruled by Portuguese Judicial Secrecy laws, they have rarely spoken and when they have it has been ambiguous. DCI Redwood's statement that 'neither the McCanns or their friends are suspects', reminds me of Bill Clinton waving a finger and stating 'I did not have sex with that woman'. Intended to put the armchair detectives off the scent, but effectively just adding to the speculation and research of odd bods who haven't stopped talking about the Madeleine case for 11 years.
If I had a gift (like Sally Morgan, lol), I would foresee a truck load of grief landing on many doorsteps (simultaneously) in the very near future. True Operation Grange are not being pressurised by, well, anyone, not by politicians, the parents, not by the media, not even by the gobby Carole Malone, to carry on, or give up and archive what they have. No-one is pressing them for answers. Again, not even the parents, politicians etc or the usually inquisitive media.
Those insisting that Operation Grange is a cover up have the lack of anything happening as further proof that no-one will ever be charged and the findings of OG and the PJ will never be revealed to the public. That is a myth among the more loony side of several forums and facebook pages, but it doesn't stand up to any reality checks. Like how do you get 30+ homicide detective to swear allegiance to the abduction story? Each officer knowing the jeopardy they would be placing on the future careers. Imagine a future interviewer; 'so you spent almost a decade working on the Madeleine McCann case - how did that go?
We can for now only guess at what the two police forces have in mind. They have given nothing, well almost nothing, away. The digging in PDL is a visual that cannot be spun as a crime committed random abductor. Those familiar with the facts of this case, will find it unbelievable that a burglar broke into Apartment 5A, immediately killed a child whilst two others slept, cleaned up and escaped with the child's body. Only to remain in the vicinity, holding the child, and digging a hole while a massive search was underway.
It is possible this case will end with the blame being placed on a hapless burglar, who may well now be deceased. And the chances are that no-one (other than Tony Bennet) will make a fuss. But I don't think that will happen. An £11m or is it £12m? police investigation cannot be swept under the carpet. Operation Grange was launched in a blaze of publicity, and a statement from DCI (ManOfFewWords) Redwood 'Madeleine is either alive, or she is dead', go eat your heart out Shrodinger. One day he, or rather his successors, will have to open that box. I suspect they already have, and the cat was dead.