Any misery Gerry and Kate feel now is as a result of the former detective refusing to hand everything he owned over to them. They were the protagonists, the instigators of the Court proceedings, the Claimants. Goncalo Amaral was the Defendant who refused to hand over the £1.25m the Claimants demanded. They chose to purse their cases to higher and higher Courts even though they knew there was slim chance of success. Having lost their daughter, a claim for pain and suffering caused by a book is ridiculous. They didn't have the witnesses and they didn't have the experts to vouch for the damage they claim was done to them. So much so that they attempted to settle two trials ago, offering terms that GA would not agree to. They should have abandoned their claims then, but either they were poorly advised or simply intent on going down the path of destruction. For the psychopath spotters here, psychopathy would explain a lot.
The parents legal actions against the former detective are malicious, probably why they can't appeal for donations. What would the strapline be 'please give generously so we can destroy this man's life'. It would not be a popular cause and it would set a terrible precedent. Do we really want to see detectives sued by former suspects? Do we want detectives forbidden by law to talk about cases they have worked on? How about, do we want to see Gerry and Kate rewarded financially for not co-operating with the police? But finally why are the tabloids still presenting the parents outlandish financial demands as a just and sympathetic cause?