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Shannon Matthews Abduction


7th APRIL 2008

Karen Matthews, Shannon’s mother, has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Michael Donovan (aka Paul Drake), the man charged with abducting Shannon, has slashed his wrists in an apparent suicide attempt.

Craig Meehan’s mother and sister were arrested on Friday, also on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

What the hell are we dealing with here?   My initial instinct was that the whole thing was a scam — copying the Madeleine McCann appeal — intended to make money out of the papers.  Then, after the police arrested Craig Meehan, I thought perhaps Donovan might have taken the child for protection from her crazy family.  Now, I’m back where I started, thinking that this retarded bunch of numpties have been using the kid to make a few shillings.



2nd April 2008

Disturbing developments.  Shannon’s stepfather, Craig Meehan, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children on his computer.

This just keeps getting weirder.  I’m starting to think my initial instinct was correct and that there’s more to this supposed abduction than we were given to understand, if it was an abduction at all.

I’m starting to wonder if this fellow who took the child thought he was in some way protecting her.  After all, it does seem that Shannon seemed to be cooperating with him.  Was it an abduction or a rescue?


Original article

Shannon Matthews is being kept in care and won’t be allowed to go home for several days

I can’t help feeling there’s something very fishy about this whole thing. Is it normal that an abducted child wouldn’t be allowed to go home? I know, as a parent, that I can’t imagine tolerating such a situation. If a child of mine had been found after an abduction, I most certainly would not be passively accepting that the child might be kept in care until the authorities were ready, yet these people are accepting that Shannon won’t be coming home for days and perhaps even weeks.


This is very strange and it leads me to ask questions about the whole thing.

Did a crime take place at all? Was there any abduction? Why are the police being so tight-lipped? Does the police silence say more than a lengthy statement would?

I’m inclined to think it does.

Here are the neighbours, by the way, on hearing of the child’s liberation.  What wonderful people.