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I remember feeling sick at the thought of this little girl being kidnapped by some dirty nasty pedophile, and TTG and I, along with the rest of the world, have been hoping and praying, that the authorities would find her soon.

I was pretty mad at the parents for leaving her alone in the apartment in the first place, but I figured they were suffering enough, and probably felt enough remorse at leaving their children unattended.

Anyway, it seems that the Portuguese police have found DNA samples that are a perfect match for Maddie, in the boot of a car that her parents hired 5 weeks after she went missing.

WTF?

Now this could be complete coincidence, but it doesn’t look good does it? It makes me sick to think that maybe somehow, they killed Maddie themselves, and this whole time they’ve been covering it up.

They went to see The Pope for God’s sake, and never mind the millions raised from people who wanted to help them find Maddie. (Please note, there’s music on the findmaddie.com site)

There are rumours abound that they accidently killed Maddie, and instead of just owning up, tried to cover it up by claiming that she’d been abducted.

I can’t even imagine getting caught up in such a huge frickin lie. If they killed her, I sure hope they confess soon, so that they can stop wasting valuable police time. Time that could be spent trying to find other missing children.

And if they didn’t kill her? Man, I can’t even begin to imagine the anguish that this is causing them.

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  • Jorrie Spencer
    September 11
    6:35 pm

    It’s an awful situation either way. I have to admit I’m having trouble believing, with the intense media attention, that they managed to sneak her body away 25 days after she disappeared. Also I didn’t think the DNA was a complete match because it had deteriorated, whatever that means. The police don’t appear to have handled this case very well.

    (I’ve actually tried to stay away from this disturbing story, but obviously I didn’t succeed.)

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  • December/Stacia
    September 11
    7:33 pm

    Ugh, this story has made me just sick ever since it happened. I admit I’ve tried to ignore it, because I find it too upsetting, but I also admit I’ve thought something was up with the parents from the beginning. Especially when I found out they were leaving their other kids in a creche every day while they did other things. If something happened to one of my irls I can’t imagine letting the other out of my sight unless it was with a trusted relative.

    The whole thing is so awful. I feel terrible for almost wishing this was true, because at least then I wouldn’t have to keep imagining other scenarios in my head.

    Funny…if the McCann’s had been, say, a couple of chavs, or a single mother who was fat and sloppy, or black…think they would have gotten the same stalwart support the McCanns themselves got? Think they’d have been able to keep their children after leaving them alone at night while they buggered off to get drunk with some friends?

    Sigh.

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  • kis
    September 11
    8:39 pm

    Christ, I used to get nervous leaving my kids inside while taking out the garbage because the bins were about 80 yards from my door. What kind of parents do that to go get hosed?

    And yeah, I guarantee you, someone black, brown, low-income or unmarried would have been freaking crucified.

    The whole thing is just so sad, and it makes me sick to think that it was probably (as it usually is) the parents. Sick, but at the same time more comfortable letting my own kids out of my sight.

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  • wendy
    September 11
    9:03 pm

    How many times have we seen the killers beg for information leading to the capture of their *loved one’s* killer?

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  • shiloh walker
    September 11
    11:51 pm

    The whole thing is just plain disturbing, no matter if you believe they are innocent, or guilty.

    If they are innocent, can you imagine what this is doing to them? How can they live with the guilt over leaving her alone?

    And if they did kill her… equally disturbing on a different level

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  • Eve Vaughn
    September 12
    3:09 am

    I hope to God they aren’t responsible for killing their own daughter. That would be pretty sick if they did especially with all the media attention its garnered. It’s almost like Jon Benet all over again. No one ever found out who killed her, but some people still believe her parents did it. That’s a mystery which may never be solved. I hope there will at least be some resolution to poor Madeline’s case.

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  • madukwriter
    September 12
    7:31 am

    I agree with December. The Press have been fawning over them for the longest while – they wouldn’t have done this for someone from a council estate or a black person. If anyone of those groups had dared to leave their children in an unlocked appartment this distance from where they were going to get drunk. Well you can just imagine the reaction, but the McCanns being professional doctors seem to have escaped all that. Now the media seems to be turning. I’m not sure there will be any real resolution. There is enough evidence to charge the parents with neglect at the very least.

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  • Anon 76
    September 12
    5:58 pm

    I’m sorry.

    At this moment I cannot even force myself to have any sympathy for the parents. That poor baby, yes, them no.

    And it has absolutely nothing to do with whether they were involved in the abduction and murder or not.

    It has to do with two self-centered individuals who should never had children in the first place.

    You spend the money for vacation, you spend the money for an apartment, you spend the money for a night out with all your friends for dinner and drinks. HOWEVER, you will not cough up money for a babysitter for your two-year-old twins and three-year-old daughter.

    If you wanted time alone, why didn’t you just leave the kids at home with relatives instead of putting them in this kind of danger?

    And, after all that, if you couldn’t spring for a babysitter, tough! Either stay with your kids or take them to dinner with you.

    Ah, yes, then your buds wouldn’t want to hang with you if you had the kids around.

    With or without them being involved in the abduction, they need to be brought up on charges of child abuse and child endangerment.

    Sympathy for the pair, nope, not from me. If they were my kids, as a grandparent I’d be fighting to take their remaining two children.

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  • bettye griffin
    September 12
    6:13 pm

    Well said, Karen. I’m still unclear on the details of the circumstances under which Maddie disappeared. I’ll withhold stating an opinion until then. But there’s no denying that it’s a sad situation, no matter what happened.

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  • Anonymous
    September 12
    8:18 pm

    Anon 76…I couldn’t agree with you more. From the very beginning, I thought to myself, “Wow, they just freakin’ left those babies by themselves so they could go party it up with their buds.” It’s disgusting. Had they been low-income, minority parents, it would’ve been a witch hunt indeed. But since they are professional, educated, upper class white folk, that little precursor was just glossed over. Pathetic and shameful.

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  • Anonymous
    September 12
    11:36 pm

    Can you imagine not seeing clumps of hair in your car boot?
    Leaving your children at risk by themselves? there could have been a fire? they could have overdosed on the sedatives that where left next to the bed?
    Would any parent in the right state of mind leave their children while you go out for a drink and something to eat at a bar alone in a different country on their own?
    would you scream ‘they’ve taken her’? or ‘she’s gone’?
    would you have a missing half hour?
    surely it didn’t take them half an hour to walk from their apartment to the tapas bar?
    If they were ‘framed’ where did the police get her hair? They must have her, I think not.
    And the birmingham forensics science service not have been working with portugugese police since the start and only carried out the first test for DNA on the samples from the hire car but they also back up the police in their reports and support the police with regards to making them ‘suspects’.
    Innocent until proven guilty? I hope they have a good lawyer.

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  • Anonymous
    September 13
    1:36 am

    References in the article are to blood that could not have been a transfer. That would suggest the blood was liquid when the transfer occurred. Fairly short period of time that it could have been left.

    Heat in the trunk of the car would have caused the DNA to deteriorate but there are better methods of getting a usable result. Also bleach will destroy DNA.

    It would be interesting to know if the dog was a cadaver dog or a search dog.

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  • Anonymous
    September 13
    1:39 am

    Sorry, sleepy. First transfer referred to transfer from toys or clothes belonging to the little girl. Second transfer reference was specifically blood from object to object. Also meant there are now in existence better methods of obtaining usable DNA code now in existence.

    I think I should write for Trisky Loin, I make about as much sense.

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  • December/Stacia
    September 13
    5:46 am

    Last anon, they were specifically reporting cadaver dogs a couple of days ago and saying they “chose” one of Kate’s outfits and that stuffed animal.

    And I totally agree, Anon76. My heart breaks for that little child, but the parents…I feel bad if they are innocent of accidentally killing their child and are being accused, but they don’t deserve to be allowed to keep their other children and I get furious as I watch the British media and other parents who should know better try to justify what they did. All other issues aside, what if one of those children had awakened from a nightmare? How long would they have cried?

    Just awful. That poor little girl.

    And the way people here have leapt on the “incompetent” PJ! When because of laws in Portugal, they have no idea what the police there actually do and do not know, have and have not done.

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  • Anonymous
    September 13
    11:40 pm

    I’ve always thought there was something odd about this case, but from the beginning I thought the parents did it. I don’t think they killed her intentionally, I think it was probably an accident that they covered up. The police often encourage people who they think are 99% guilty to give public appeals because they often break down beforehand and confess all.

    I think in this case it got out of hand and the public response was so unprecedented they had no choice but to go along with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the police planted the evidence in the trunk – the press have been following the parents since it happened so how would they have been able to move the body? – because they didn’t know how else to get them.

    Personally, if I thought my child had gone missing because I’d gone out for the night, I would have gone insane, I wouldn’t have been as composed as those two. We all react differently in these circumstances, but how haven’t they overtly been driving themselves insane over leaving their children? Because they did it. Awful, but that’s what I think. Poor, poor girl.

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  • Dawn
    September 14
    10:23 am

    With regard to the dogs discovering the smell of death on Kate McCann’s clothes: When the Portugese (sp?) police asked her if she’d dealt with any dead bodies recently, she said she had. OK, in her job as a GP, she may deal with one or two deaths – but, who doesn’t wash the clothes that they wore while dealing with dead bodies before they take them on holiday? That’s just disgusting!

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  • Anonymous
    September 14
    4:31 pm

    Definately disturbing.

    My motto…never trust skinny women.

    -dl

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