Saturday, 8 September 2007

Madeleine McCann Suspects

I haven't really been all that interested in the Madeleine McCann case, not least because I quickly got bored of the attendant media circus. Also, as a result of observing that media circus, I've wondered whether the parents may have had something to do with the child's disappearance from the start. Something about their actions just didn't ring true.

So the announcement that they are both now formal suspects doesn't surprise me in the least. Rather, it's a question of "about time." But life's an ironic business; while I was nodding in semi-smug satisfaction, I started to wonder.

It seems, as far as I can gather from this BBC report, that the police are basing their suspicions on blood stains found in a car hired by the McCanns some 25 days after the child vanished. It has apparently been suggested that they used the car to dispose of Madeleine's body, having first concealed it somewhere in the meantime.

At first glance that seems reasonable, and it may even BE reasonable. But it does, at the very least, raise some questions. Could they really have lugged a body around in the full glare of the media publicity that was ongoing at the time? Maybe, but if they were cool enough to do that, wouldn't they also be cool enough to make sure they didn't leave any traces in the car?

Isn't it at least possible that someone else got those traces into the car? If so, who? An accomplice, perhaps. But also, perhaps, someone else entirely. Maybe the real killer, if, in fact, the poor kid is dead? Or maybe someone connected with the investigation (who might also be the real killer?), taking the opportunity hurry the "investigation" along?

I don't know, but, even from the perspective of someone who's had doubts about the McCanns from the start, this "evidence" doesn't seem to be nearly as clear cut as it first appears. It raises far more questions than it answers, some of which suggest that the McCanns might be in the clear.

Personally, I'll take some convincing, but the possibility exists and cannot be discounted. Those blood stains did not get there on their own. If the McCann's didn't put them there, someone else did.

Billy Seggars.

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