I have always declined to write about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. This is for a specific reason. I had the early notion that this case would follow a specific pattern, and this pattern has now presented itself.
Unless poor Madeleine is found, suspicion will always fall upon Kate and Gerry McCann, whether deserved or not. This is because forces still exist in society that have always been around.
This is the force of gossip and condemnation which used to plague communities, the practitioners known as the ‘village gossips’. Today, we live in a more global world, and the gossips have become the media.
The high media profile the McCann’s sought will, I’m afraid, become a double-edged sword.
© Anthony North, September 2007
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