Last Friday, Kate and Gerry McCann were named as suspects in their daughter, Madeline’s, disappearance.
The news called it a shocking twist.
Really? The only thing I found shocking was that the police to that long to look at the parents. The story never really made sense to me. Yes, children ARE kidnapped out of their beds. It does happen, but just not usually while the parents are supposedly one hundred yards away eating dinner and occasionally checking on the kids.
The story didn’t add up to me. Maybe the parents aren’t involved, I really don’t know. Weird, tragic things do happen, and as parents, we sometimes make very poor judgment calls.
But this case bugged me. A lot. The first I heard of it was when JK Rowlings and David Beckham made public appeals to help the family raise money to find their daughter. I immediately wondered why? Why are the stars coming out to find THIS child?
Then I saw the picture of the child, a beautiful blue-eye blonde, and pictures of the grieving successful, attractive parents. Maybe the parents were quick thinking and media savvy enough to figure out how to get Madeline in the news where she had the best chance of being found. And who doesn’t want to help find an abducted child?
Right from the first time I heard this story, I had a bad feeling. A feeling that people, people that are probably good, caring people who wanted to find this child and bring her safely home, were being duped.
And I’m just going to say it–the media went for showing the picture of the beautiful, blonde blue-eyed girl tragically missing. They seem to believe that “look” will play on more emotions that all those other missing children out there. I hope to God that’s not true, but I fear it is.
Here’s what I think happened—when the police got the call of a missing child, no one wanted to believe that these nice looking doctors could lose it and hurt their own child, or accidently harm their child the cover it up. It’s much easier to believe an intruder got into the room and took the child. Someone who looks like a monster—maybe a known child predator.
But it can’t be the two nice looking, successful parents. That hits too close to home for all of us. We just want to believe we can spot a monster. We don’t want to believe that the very people who are supposed to protect a child with their lives could be the ones to take that child’s life.
I don’t know what happened to Madeline McCann. I hope they will find her alive and well, but the reality is probably much grimmer than that. If the parents did have something to do with it, the police botched the investigation. Interrogating them FOUR MONTHS LATER is too late. They’ve had time to cement their stories, and maybe even believe it themselves. If the parents had nothing to do with Madeline’s disappearance, then all this is now a horrible, painful torture for two grieving people. Something that should have been done right away and gotten over with. In the first hours of their daughter’s disappearance, I’m sure they would have done anythng to help find her including asnwer any and all questions (assuming they had nothing to do with it). The best chance that child had was in the first hours of discovering her missing and no stone should have been left unturned.
But a huge massive bolder was—the parents.
No I’m not surprised they’ve been named as suspects. I’m just surprised it took so long. What do you all think?
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