Nige at mccannfiles has a couple of juicy snippets…
Street of Shame Private Eye (this article appears in paper version only)
Issue No. 1214 11 July – 24 July 2008
Published: 09 July 2008
“If the Portuguese police had a shred of decency they would now make a public apology to Kate and Gerry,” Allison Pearson thundered in the Daily Mail last week as she recalled the appalling smear campaign to which the McCanns had been subjected by Inspector Knackeros.
“Remember the fluid from a dead body, matching Maddy’s DNA, that was supposedly found in the boot of her parents’ hire car? Remember the (false) rumour that Kate had previously suffered with depression? Remember the well-thumbed page of the Bible, with a text about a dead child, which was taken as evidence that Kate had a guilty conscience?”
Yup, Pearson’s readers probably do remember headlines such as “DNA ‘does prove Madeleine’s body was in hire car'” (3/11/07), and reports suggesting that Kate McCann had “sleeping pills or medication for depression” which could have been accidentally taken by her daughter (14/9/07), and other stories wondering “Why did Kate McCann, who is Catholic, mark a passage in the Bible which talks about the death of a child?” (25/10/07) – not least because they all appeared in the Daily Mail.
MADELEINE McCann’s parents have urged people not to give money to a group called the Madeleine Foundation.
The Foundation, which has a £10 annual membership fee, is led by Anthony Bennett, 60, who failed with a private prosecution against Kate and Gerry McCann for child neglect.
He is telling people he intends to bring another private prosecution.
But the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry would warn people not to give any money to this foundation. It is mis-using Madeleine’s name.”
Maddie vanished in Portugal in May 2007.
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