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The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: What really happened? Kindle Edition
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What are the qualities necessary for a successful non-fiction work? Well I would suggest that the main ones (in no particular order) are grammatical English, well researched and referenced subject matter, correctly described and verifiable data, and conclusions/arguments that are supported within the text and references.
1. Grammatical English - this work lacks logical structure and poor attention to rules of grammar. For example, there is an annoying tendency to print phrases as if they were all one word. This happens throughout the book .... 'neardecade', 'pointsofview', 'masscirculation', 'welltodo', 'fouryearsold', 'searchandrescue' are examples. Annoying but I agree not fatal! More worrying by far was any sign of logical structure and progression in the underlying story.
2. Well researched/structured subject matter - sad to say that I could find very little evidence of a well searched subject. In fact quite the opposite.
Example 1: Very annoyingly the author repeatedly refers to it being "nearly 10 years' since Madeleine was declared missing ..... it is actually barely 9 years and 3 months!
Example 2: The author claims that the Tapas group travelled together to Praia da Luz .... whereas in fact they travelled in two separate groups, each group from two different airports. This information easily found in the Police Files.
Example 3: "Each of the families had their own Rental Villa" .... in fact the accommodation was in 4 separate apartments within one building.
3. Similarly one expects correctly described and verifiable data
Example 1: According to the author the group ate at the Tapas Bar which had a ''courtyard'' between their table and their apartments. This "Courtyard" is mentioned several times. There was no courtyard ... but there was a large SWIMMING POOL, gardens plus a walled walkway between the restaurant and where the group were sitting! One would expect that the layout of the apartments, the Tapas bar and all things in between would be known to the author.
Example 2: The author talks about the McCanns first public statement being made on 5th May with Gerry McCann beginning "We cannot describe .....". This is WRONG on TWO counts ... the statement was read out on 4th May and began "Words cannot describe ...." It is not unreasonable to expect the author to be able to quote something so important correctly, especially when it is easily accessed on video online.
Example 3: The author suggests that on hearing Kate report that Madeleine had disappeared Jane Tanner IMMEDIATELY made the remark ''Oh my God, I saw a man carrying a girl". When exactly Jane revealed to anyone that she had seen 'a man carrying a girl' , or 'a man carrying a child' or 'a bundle which might have been a child', is open to argument as it is variously reported in the statements in the PJ Files. But it is certainly not a matter of certainty or record that she revealed this immediately Madeleine's disappearance was discovered.
Example 4: The author states unequivocally that Kate McCann was offered a DEAL by the PJ. This is not a matter of fact or of official record and is not reported in the PJ Files or their Final Report.
But it has to be said that by far the worst and most irresponsible claims made in this book are with regard to the dogs and the DNA results. It is obvious from the writing about Eddie and Keela that the author is not aware of the method by which these dogs were deployed in their searches, i.e. Eddie deployed first and if he alerted to the presence of cadaver odour then Keela would be deployed afterwards to search for blood. She writes as if the dogs were used in tandem.
The author states that "samples collected from areas detected by Grime's sniffer dogs all tested closely familiar to Madeleine McCann". Not true. The author also states that "What's most disturbing is the fact the DNA found in the rental car trunk was found to be a positive match to Madeleine McCann." Then a bit later she says "Furthermore, DNA samples taken from points in the rental apartment were also found to be positively matched to Madeleine McCann. Kate and Gerry have famously claimed that the twin siblings of their missing child could have attributed (sic) to the DNA match. Furthermore, samples taken from the trunk of human cadaverine and blood could have only come from a body being transported the body of Madeleine McCann." REALLY? THIS IS FACT? No it isn't, - the Forensic Science Service (FSS) was unable to report ANY definite matches to Madeleine's DNA because it was stated that the samples were variously incomplete, mixed or too complex for analysis.
Let's move on briefly ... the author suggests that Kate's "diary" MAY have been created AFTER Madeleine disappeared. Well I am sorry but the most basic research would have told her that Kate McCann did indeed start writing her diary retrospectively as a form of therapy. No mystery ... that is what happened. There is also a strange passage about the behaviour McCann's friend David Payne which is difficult to match up to any bona fide reports. One can only assume that she confuses David Payne with Robert Murat's behaviour early on in the investigation.
The author also suggests that tracker dogs should have been used early on ...... For the record, tracker dogs were used for the first time during the early hours of the morning on 4th May and again later on that same day (i.e. within 12 hours of the child being declared missing).
Skipping over the remainder of the book, including her ramblings about Tweeter Brenda Leyland, Internet trolls, and an interview with Stephen Birch where he claims that the Portuguese Police " planted DNA in the hire car" (and with which she seems to concur), our author concludes that Scotland Yard have ignored the forensic evidence! While it is true that the cadaver dog, Eddie, and the blood dog, Keela, alerted to places and items connected only to the McCanns, it is also the case that such alerts are not admissible as evidence without the addition of positive forensic results. As explained previously none of the samples taken produced definite DNA matches.
My conclusions: As a serious commentary on Madeleine's disappearance and its investigation the book falls far short of a well-researched piece of writing. It has been argued that flagging up the isues surrounding this case to those who know nothing of it is a good thing. I would argue that this would be true if this book was a serious attempt to describe and explain such anomalies ..... sadly it it not.
There are so many other books about this case, so i highly suggest people buy another book.