It appears that authorities are closer to bringing charges against Drs. Kate and Gerry McCann in the disappearance of their 4-year-old daughter, Madeleine. Madeleine disappeared without a trace from a resort apartment in Portugal the night of May 3rd.
The alleged new evidence pointing to the parents as suspects in the child’s disappearance and probable murder consists of blood traces found in the room and hair and body fluids discovered in a car rented by the McCanns. At first, it was reported that Madeleine’s blood had been found in the car. Now it’s being described as bodily fluids, not blood.
Apparently, the Portugese police believe the McCanns killed their child, whether accidentally or deliberately, stashed the body somewhere, and then rented a car nearly a month later to dispose of the body. I am certainly no scientist, but I see a number of red flags with that hypothesis. First, the car in question was rented 25 days after the little girl’s disappearance. Surely an intensive search for the missing child got underway immediately after she was reported missing. One would assume that every inch of the resort grounds and surrounding neighborhood was searched. No sign of Madeleine was found. I find it highly suspect that four months later, DNA in the form of hair and fluids would be found in a car rented after the fact. Where would British tourists, presumably strangers to Portugal, stash a body for 25 days during an exhaustive search? Remember, the McCanns had no transportation until they rented the car 25 days later. Presupposing they did somehow hide the body, how on earth, aside from freezing, would they have camouflaged the obvious effects of decomposition? What fluids would remain in a 25-day-old body? The hair in the trunk said to be Madeleine’s – exactly how much is a “surprising amount?” Is it enough that they're absolutely certain it's not just transfer? For the sake of argument, suppose the McCanns did use the rental car to dispose of the body. How, then, are the police circumventing the question of where the body was in the interim? It certainly wasn’t in the apartment, or on the resort grounds, presumably nowhere in the entire vicinity since it was thoroughly searched for any sign of the child. Where was it? Do they suppose the McCanns were really so crafty and cunning as to secrete the body for 25 days, right under the nose of an international investigation, and then move it to yet another hiding place where it still has never been found?
Unless and until I see much more compelling evidence than this, I’m just not buying it. Obviously, the Portugese police want to solve the case. We all do. This, however (targeting the parents as suspects), seems like an alarming rush to judgment. It doesn't help their case that officials have admitted that the integrity of the crime scene was compromised and that some evidence has actually been lost.
I've read of one police theory that Madeleine died after being given too much sedative. Suppose that were true. Why, then, would there have been the purported blood stains in the room? Over-sedation doesn't cause bleeding. And I find the fact that the blood was discovered so long after the fact, after so many people had trekked through the room, disturbing.
At last report, the case and accompanying police file of evidence (1000+ pages) which supposedly proves that Kate McCann killed her daughter was expected to be turned over to the prosecutor in support of the police push for a manslaughter charge against Kate McCann. Reportedly, detectives believe that they have collected enough evidence for Kate McCann to be charged with the homicide of Madeleine "by failing to prevent her death." Such a charge is equivalent to manslaughter in British law. In addition, she would also face a charge of concealing Madeleine's body. Officers were reportedly furious when a plan for Dr. McCann to be charged on Thursday last week was halted after her lawyer met with Portugal's Attorney General.
The file of evidence turned over reportedly includes lengthy interviews with both Kate and Gerry McCann, after they were made official suspects last week. It also includes details of forensic evidence collected in the McCann's apartment and rented car and the results of surveillance by Portuguese and British police. I would hope that the McCanns are retaining attorneys to plumb that evidence file with a fine-toothed comb.
I believe in justice and I believe that innocent victims deserve justice, but not fake, manufactured justice.
Here are some Words Gone Wild that TWISTED LINGUISTICS dredged up today.
manican - Sex toy for ladies.
halarious - The effects on said ladies of said manicans.
i almosed cryed - What happened to me when the mailman didn't bring my manican.
sabor rattling - Acrobatic circus snakes.
diet regime - A government that controls the masses by doling out treats.
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You're intelligent and witty, yet surprisingly low maintenance.
You charm people easily, and they usually love you a lot more than you love them.
You resent anyone who tries to own or control you. You refuse to be fenced in.
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