Life Of Crime
When The Spotlight Fades...
May 31, 2007

Mccann_2

By Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt

Can't help thinking how the McCanns are turning - being turned? - into celebrities.

Meeting the Pope, offers of help from billionaires and pop stars, and ordinary people scrambling to kiss and touch them.

It's all getting the publicity they want and need to keep Madeleine's image in newspapers and on TV, but where will it end and how will they cope with the let-down after being swamped with so much attention?

They hope it will end in the return of Madeleine. But what if it doesn't? How long can they maintain their efforts to keep the media spotlight on the search for their daughter?

Our own crew are leaving Praia da Luz, along with other TV teams, though newspaper reporters will stay a bit longer. Soon the McCanns will walk out of their apartment and no-one will be there to take their photograph or film their stroll through the resort. And they will feel so deflated.

The publicity is being generated in the hope that all who are aware of the family's plight will look for Madeleine and report any potential sighting. But it's not easy.

On my last night in Praia da Luz I sat in a restaurant and saw two English girls who looked like Madeleine. Because they were playing happily as part of a family group I thought little of it and certainly didn't inquire more or report it. Nor did anyone else in the restaurant. What if I had? How quickly would the police have responded?

I remember, a few years ago, leaving a press conference in Sussex after police had appealed for help in finding missing Sarah Payne's blue dress.

A mile down the road I spotted some blue material caught in a hedgerow. I called the police, stationed my camera crew close by and waited for what could have been a great scoop. After several hours we gave up and I still don't know if the police ever responded to my call.

The publicity and £2.5 million reward must be prompting thousand of calls like that to the Portuguese police. They've told us about only one of them - and that was after pressure from the McCann family.

Remember to call police on 0800 0961233 if you have any information about Madeleine.

If you have holiday snaps taken at the Ocean Club resort in the two weeks up to May 3rd, the day she disappeared, you should upload them to www.madeleine.ceopupload.com.

Written by Martin, May 31, 2007

Comments

hello very body! ive read a few of the comments at the top and the Portuguese police are not very good because as soon as the english police went over to portugal they found blood on the wall finger prints and lots of other things, so people who say that the portuguese police are as good as any other police officers they are not really. Its really bad about what happened to madaline it makes ME cry when i see her and her family on the news so imagen what it is doing to her parents and the rest of her family. The twins proberly dont understand so i soposse thats a good thing because then they wont be asking questions all the time. I hope maddie gets found soon its breaking my heart even tho i didnt know her but im a proper child lover and im only 13. I wish i could do somthing to help like go and see kate and gerry see how they are getting on i dont live very far from them! And i think its rong all the people that blame them for it! all the people that say they drugged the kids to get them to sleep!!
well i dont beleve any of that its all lies. If you all look at kate and gerry you can see they are not the kind of people to do things like that. and i think you lot have only got that empresstion because they are doctors!! i dont think it is fair on them they have enough to rorri about without all you lot writing nastey comment about hyow they must have drugged up there kids and lies like that So i think you all wanna leave them alone for a bit!!

Love you xxx


I don't understando how Sky News acts the way they do with this case. It's a really mistery and I as a Portuguese don't like to listen to the way you talk about us. It's like if you were superior and we the 3 world. Here we don't leave children alone and if someone does will be charged. Are the doctors different from all the other people? What about the other children missing in UK? I'm not saying if th Mcs are guilty or innocent but I do hope to know the truth soon. Portuguese police is as good as any other and I'm sure they are doing their best which is difficult with all this media telling all this stories. Why did the doctors leave?Why aren't them here to answewr the questions. Why do they act like they do? For me Sky News are the example of bad journalism. By the way I am an University journalist teacher and I don't recommend you to my students.


Dear Mr. Brunt,
I have just finished watching your report on Maddie McCann.
I was sorry to see that it was all onesided, the McCanns side that is. There were many things omited, it seems, as not to offend the McCanns. Was this report paid from their campgain fond? We are not talking about great parents, the McCanns left 3 small children alone in an apt while they went out eating and drinking with their friends, if you think this is the correct thing do, perhaps you'd do the same to your own children, if you have any. Whether they are guilty of murdering their daughter or not, they are certainly guilty of negligence which brought about her disappearance. Had this happened in England with a Portuguese couple, I will bet that they would be in jail by now, never mind leaving the country as the McCanns did.
Mr. Mike Hames should explain how body fluids from Maddie appeared in the spare tire compartment of the McCanns rented vehicle, he knows so much, it's a shame he doesn't just solve this case as well as other missing children cases never solved in England.


martin please have a look at brians dreams missing people page 2 madeleines page look at page 11 ul c a photo of a bald man next 2 gerry and 3 kids if u look closer ull c a man bending down behind the slide please take a look


i think the progual police are trying to cover them self up,because there have no idea how to do solve this case then they blame on their parents who are already suffering form this loss.


Much thing already said and wrote, and seems that although to continue to exist new information, certifications and declaration, the certainty is that apparently it is not known of the missing girl, and if is alive or deceased.
A thing is certain, the parents have one guilty, of the NEGLECTS, because for its proper comfort they had not thought twice about leaving three small children alone, in a tourist hotel in a strange country. Are these parents, cultured people?
As for me, it was not the university formation or its social status, that brought them common-sense and abilities to be good parents.
They had failed in one of its obligations while parents, the PROTECTION of its children.
I wait that this story has an outcome and that the truth is discovered.

Daniela Rodrigues, Portugal


In all honesty there just seems to be too many unconfirmed reports and what ifs and buts etc. I do believe the McCanns had something to do with the disappearance of thier daughter, especially Kate. I felt this since day one but unfortunately Portuguese police failed to act fast enough so all the clues/evidence are well and truly gone. If you ask me, this case will never be resolved unless Maddie's body is found


i first felt so sorrry for them even tho what happened was their own fault but now they have turned the whole sorry episode into a circus,god help that little girl..


The fathers (Kate and Gary) are the first and maybe the direct responsible for Maddie disaparement. No questions about that.
They are probably manipulation everyone else with their story. One not answer question : Who has the last to see Maddie alive ?

I pray for Maddie, she would not deserve to have such parents.

Rui Ferreira


I pray for this darling child each day and think ofher often through the day - I can only ask my Jesus to look after Madeleinne so she isn't suffering in any way - please pray for her - try not to point a finger at the parents - I am sure they are suffering tremendously and their guilt must know no end. Please - if everyone can say a small prayer. A Prayer for Madeleinne McCann.


Well done Van, Spain. I totally agree. How can people post such negative comments about the McCanns. My heart breaks when I think about what they must be going through. I keep praying Madeleine will be found soon, and be well. Please stop judging and put your efforts into something positive - like finding a way to permanently eliminate the paedophiles who seem to increasing so rapidly in numbers.


I can't believe what I'm reading. There are more blames against the family than against the kidnappers. I live in Spain. Here children are free to go aut playing under the vigilant eyes of neighbours and parents. And it was that way that Jeremy Vargas was abducted some months ago. Here a teenager was kidnnapped while footing in the saftest residential area of Madrid (where the Beckams have lived). I lived in Ireland for months when I was ten and all children walked alone to school. All these circumstances could have led to an abduction. Hopefully most of them haven't. But it is not thanks to our worring and protective parents, but to the lack of disgusting child abusers in the surrounding areas. They are the ones to blame. I am daughter of a divorced woman who had to work until 8 in the evening to feed us. She left me alone with my sister, not even a teenager. She had no option, no choose, no money. And we could be in the skin of Maddie if someone had entered in our house. But we were lucky. Maddie's parents weren't. Someone brok ethir hearts for ever. Not them.


I don't think the McCanns are becoming "celebrities" at all on the basis of any rational definition of that term.
They are simply being as pro-active as possible in the most appallingly difficult circumstances.
Surely few can fail to have been moved by the grace of Kate McCann thoughout her ordeal.


Although I believe that the parents of Madeleine should be held accountable for negligent behavior once this abduction is resolved, I really hope that the child is found alive, well, and in one piece, I hate to think of the alternative. There is a huge difference in leaving a child alone while you go to the restroom and leaving them alone with the doors unlocked in a foreign place for up to 30 minutes at a time. Simply put, there is no excuse for it, especially in the age that we live in, the world isn't safe like it was when we could go and play in the fields or woods unsupervised. It was selfish and may have cost an innocent child so much more than the price of a nosh up and a bit of freedom.


I hope Madeleine is found, and given to foster parents who will love her, not leave her alone whilst they go eating out with friends, like these two insensitive, uncaring megalomaniac parents.


anything could have happened to them even if they were not kiddnapped. one of the twins could have choked or stopped breathing but no one would be there to help them.


TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL POSTING NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THE McCANNS. HOW MANY OF US REMEMBER SITTING IN THE CAR OUTSIDE A COUNTRY PUB WITH A BOTTLE OF COKE AND A PACKET OF CRISPS, WHILE OUR LOVING PARENTS WERE INSIDE HAVING A DRINK. WE WEREN'T NEGLECTED. IN THE PAST WE WOULD LEAVE THE HOUSE IN THE MORNING AND GO OFF PLAYING IN FIELDS, IN THE PARK, IN THE WOOD. WE THOUGHT WE WERE SAFE. HOW MANY OF US HAVE GONE INTO THE SHOP AND LEFT THE BABY SLEEPING IN THE CAR. WE WEREN'T NEGLECTING THEM. BUTLINS - WE BOOKED THERE SO WE COULD LEAVE THE CHILDREN AND GO TO THE CLUB AND THE CHALET PATROL WOULD ALERT US IF THE CHILDREN CRIED. LIKE THE McCANNS - WE BELIEVED THEY WERE SAFE. OUR PARENTS BELIEVED WE WERE SAFE.
SOCIETY NEEDS TO DEAL WITH THE EVIL WHICH IS SPREADING THROUGH IT. LACK OF ORGAN DONATIONS? WHEN THESE EVIL PEODOPHILES ARE CAUGHT - USE THEIR ORGANS.


The fact is, these people made a mistake with their children.

Abduction should have been the least of their worries when leaving three young kids alone and only checking on them every 30 minutes. The other far more likely possibilities of choking to death, being electrocuted, being trapped in a fire, etc. should have been on their minds, first and foremost. Surely these sorts of things would stop most responsible parents from leaving their children out of sight/earshot?

Their own guilt and suffering will be punishment enough, however - to think of what that poor young soul has probably gone through, and how easily it could have been prevented.

I sincerely hope they find Madeleine, but I don't think they will.


I just want to say...that all the negative comments below really don't help anyone. We should all be looking positively and praying for little Madeline's safe return.

My best wishes go to Madeline, Kate and Gerry and their family and friends.

Let's pray that a positive outcome comes from this tragedy.


I log onto Sky News daily for any new information on finding Madeleine. It is very sad and all anybody wants is to find her alive and well and returned to her family. This case does need to remain high profile and as a mother of five children myself would do anything possible to find my child.

Thinking of the McCann family, keep strong and positive.


This whole situation is turning into another hysterical Princess Di scenario! Already people are looking for theories against the work the police are doing.
My heart genuinely goes out to the family and I hope that the little girl is found safe.
However, I do not wish to open my sunday paper and read a diary of the McCann's day ... please tell me how THAT is of use in finding their daughter?? Sadly this is another case of a child snatched to be used by adults for their own gain. It is a shame that those thousands of children in Asia and Africa that experience the same do not get similar publicity. Who's there to save them ?


*****WHOEVER HAS MADELEINE READ THIS PLEASE AND THINK HARD ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING*****

GIVE THIS LITTLE GIRL BACK... SHE IS NOT YOURS AND NEVER EVER WILL BE SO PLEASE. FOR THE SACK OF THAT LITTLE GIRL AND HER PARENTS GIVE HER BACK. SHE HAS A BROTHER AND SISTER WHO MISS HER. YOU ARE BREAKING THAT LITTLE GIRLS HEART, HER BROTHER AND SISTER MISS HER AND OVERALL LOOK WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO HER POOR POOR MOTHER AND FATHER. THEY DO NOT DESERVE THIS AND DEEP DOWN IN YOUR HEART SOMEWHERE YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO GIVE HER BACK. SO DROP HER AT A HOSPITAL OR CHURCH OR SOMEWHERE SAFE AND LEG IT.... NOONE WILL KNOW. PLEASE FOR THE SACK OF ALL CONCERNED. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF SOMEONE DONE THE SAME TO YOU? YOU KNOW YOU WILL NEVER BEABLE TO LIVE A NORMAL LIVE. YOU HAVE NO ORIGINAL PASSPORT, BIRTH CERTI HOW WILL SHE GO TO SCHOOL? HOW WILL YOU BEABLE TO TAKE HER TO THE DOCTORS OR HOSPITAL WHEN SHE NEEDS TO GO? PLEASE PLEASE GIVE HER BACK FIND IT IN YOUR HEART. IF PEOPLE ARE TELLING YOU TO KEEP HER THINK... YOU WILL BE A BETTER PERSON IF YOU GIVE HER BACK...PUT HER IN A CAR AND DROP HER SOMEWHERE SAFE.
PLEASE AND THANK YOU FOR READING THIS !


I just can't help thinking that this little girl has been taken further than people think. If her kidnapper drove to spain or france, they could have got the boat anywhere,or do they look for a passport on the boat? All our thoughts are with the mccann family from everybody in dublin.


If MMcC found some way of writing into this website, quickly tipping off her whereabouts, her comments would most probably be moderated out.

Still, release more balloons !!!


I concur that this is a botched kidnapping like that of Shergar.

They took her hoping for a quiet payoff. When it became obvious this wasn't going to be a low-key event, they took the logical action and then escaped.


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