Five years ago, I conducted a running battle on this site with people who wished to smear the good name of Madeleine McCann’s grieving parents, and in the end they had to concede that they had absolutely no basis for suggesting that Kate and Gerry McCann had anything to do with the disappearance of their daughter.
The slurs on the good name of the McCanns emanated largely from the unbelievably incompetent Portuguese police who wished to deflect attention from their bumbling ham-fisted management of the case, until finally they were forced by facts to admit that the McCanns were not suspects. They tried to frame an innocent man, Robert Murat, and when all else failed, they launched a smear campaign.
Today, as British police announce that they want to interview certain suspects, a new crop of trolls appear on social media, spreading all sorts of defamatory lies about the McCanns, such as the claim that they waited 72 hours before reporting the disappearance.
This is an utter fabrication, but it prompts the question: who benefits from such lies? There can only be two beneficiaries. The perpetrators of the crime, and the Portuguese police. Since it’s unlikely that the kidnappers have any interest in going public, the field narrows down to one suspect — the incredibly incompetent police who handled this case.
I sincerely hope that Kate and Gerry McCann pursue the authors of these lies through the courts for defamation. It’s perfectly possible to do so these days, and they’ve suffered enough without being subjected to such a nasty, evil agenda.
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