This time a guy wearing a surgical mask who climbed in the windows and beds of young British girls. Surgical mask man sounds much like Smelly Man, the ‘new lead’ 5 years or so back, who had the exact same modus operandi, but was noticeable by his stench. Surgical mask man by contrast, sounds like a germophobe. Two opposite ends of the hygiene scale, both with a penchant for small British girls on holiday in the Algarve.
At the time of that new lead, the smelly pervert who climbed in windows, Operation Grange called for restraint by the press, to protect the young British girls affected. I remember being a little cynical at the time, for example, I wondered how the world’s press, camped out in PDL and scratching around for stories in the summer of 2007, heard nothing whatsoever about Smelly Man or Surgical Mask Man? And nothing whatsoever about the 40 plus break ins that are being reported today, 12 years on.
The source for the latest story in the tabloids appears to be the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, who claim the PJ have received more money to follow this new lead. I have no doubt the PJ have been given more money, but a new lead after all this time? It begs the question what have the PJ and OG being doing this past 7 years, just sitting around waiting for a new lead to come in? And given Portugal's very strict Judicial Secrecy laws, is it likely the PJ gave this tip off to the press? If the PJ were leaking, wouldn't they be leaking against the McCanns rather than for them?
Gerry and Kate would like to skip through the first two weeks of May, and who could blame them? Every 3rd May, they come under the spotlight of the world’s media, this year especially due to the Netflix documentary. And each year there is no sign of an abductor or an abduction, nothing to take the heat off them. It is becoming more and more difficult to prove that Madeleine was abducted.
The word 'abduction' these days is notable by it's absence, that is, it has been replaced by 'disappeared', it is no longer central to the Madeleine narrative. It is not difficult to understand that the parents, and indeed many others, want to keep the abduction scenario very much alive. Remove the abductor and what are you left with? So who has a vested interest in planting 'new leads' and new suspects in the media?
The police? On this occasion the PJ? Unlikely, unless they are trying to mislead the suspects. The abduction story was good for many, not just those who hotfooted it out to PDL, but for police agencies and national charities. the cherubic face of little Madeleine was much more sympathetic than the pimply faces of the surly teens they usually have to look for. And it was good for the tabloids, on a sales chart, threats to cherubic children outsell every other heinous crime. How about the politicians who backed Gerry and Kate unreservedly, Blair, Brown, Johnson, not to mention Harriet Harman, shamefully sitting alongside a hacked off Gerry. Yeah, let's change Freedom of Speech laws to protect this pair even further.
Meanwhile the tabloids and their feeders, continue to persuade the public that an abductor was responsible for Madeleine's disappearance and that the police are in no shape or form looking at her parents or their friends. In fact shape was a good word there, lol, the police are in fact looking for an elusive shapeshifter. Either that, or there were an inordinate number of weird predators wandering the streets of PDL that night looking for a child to steal.