Today , while it is true ,every newspaper has mentioned the parents and their book, without a thought for Dr.Amarals (the parents do not want that out there). The McCanns no longer make headline news, they are way down the tabloids, tucked almost out of sight, an embarrassement. Two weeks ago it was their new German website, the petition and the begging bowl, from the now, (if reading the comments sections are anything to go by) not so gullible public, seem to have wisened up and lets face it ,the McCanns are not liked, they have always had an air of snootiness about them, cold and hard. Kate, even when she tried , could not give out any vibes she had a clue what it meant to be a mother, not her fault, she is like her own mother. Susan Healy, also comes across as cold and distant, neither seem to have a maternal bone between them. Gerry likes to think of himself as a politician, he loves to hear the sound of his own voice and is unaware everyone is so very,very bored with him, yet on and on he drones in complete oblivion.
Here is an article from 2007, when Kate McCann was finger pointing along with her friends to put Robert Murat in the frame. May 2007 when the McCanns could do no wrong but inside they were as rotten as a decaying cabbage, we were just too blind to see it, or at least I was.
Trial by innuendo of the worst kind
The media are not helping the McCanns
My friend Lil is about to take her children on holiday to Madeira. “But I won’t be able to stop thinking about . . . you know” she says sheepishly. “I should think we’ll be eating with them in the restaurant every night”. I’m sure that many parents are feeling the same. The long, dread wait for news of Madeleine McCann has gripped us for almost two weeks. But that has become a problem.
This girl’s looks, her middle-class origins, her parents’ fear and frustration, having to deal with authorities in another language, make so many people feel that “it could have been us”. But our very concern, our desire to know every detail, risks ruining yet more lives. For the press pack in Praia da Luz has turned the story all too rapidly into “it must be him”. Robert Murat’s face has featured in almost every news bulletin and paper for the past 48 hours. But it is not remotely clear that he had anything to do with it.
The earliest TV broadcasts claimed that Mr Murat had been “arrested”. Had this been true, some coverage was inevitable. The British press long ago ceased to have any respect for the Contempt of Court Act, which instructs journalists not to prejudice a fair trial. (It is astonishing that we have been allowed to get away with this.) But it soon turned out that Mr Murat had not been arrested. He was a “suspect”, but had not been charged. As the hours wore on, it became glaringly apparent that there was precious little evidence against him.
That did not stop the bandwagon rolling. Not at all. We learnt yesterday that Mr Murat “was always on the bouncy castle” at work events. Must be a monster, then. Picture editors picked the oddest shots they could find, and proceeded to pronounce solemnly on how weird he looked – although he didn’t look weird to me, just harassed.
You can see how it has happened.
The public fascination is overwhelming. Madeleine has featured on the Today programme as often as in the redtop press. Her parents have asked for media coverage to keep up pressure on the authorities. And the Soham murders are still horribly fresh in journalists’ minds. Ian Huntley was a loner who hung around at the scene offering help to the press. So hardly anyone seems prepared to entertain the possibility that Mr Murat, as a bilingual neighbour, might have been sincere.
Wow, they must be guilty!
What matters is to find this poor girl, not to indulge in sensationalist speculation that could do untold harm