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From Tragedy To Farce




It really is hard to know what to think about the continuing saga of the disappearance of poor little Madeleine McCann. However it is also hard to see who, if anyone, comes out of the investigation which has followed with any credit. The picture on the left was quite seriously shown (as a sketch of the suspect) around the holiday resort where Madeleine disappeared from by the police in the early days of the enquiry.







Now almost six months (that's right six months) since the disappearance, one of the McCanns' friends with the aid of an FBI trained artist has come up with this picture of a man she says she saw carrying a child away. Presumably the man (it is a man isn't it?) has a mouth, nose and eyes but they're not pictured. He was apparently wearing Chinos and a purple top which may have been burgundy. It could be Michael Jackson. It could be the newsagent who served me this morning (or indeed his son).

What on earth is an experienced media man like Clarence Mitchell doing lending creedence to this picture which can surely do nothing at this stage to assist the enquiry?


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  1. I agree – I have recently tried to stay away from commenting on this case because it is a tragedy for that child whichever way you look at it – but, really, is this 'identikit' 'photofit' 'artists impression' going to assist in the recovery of the girl? – I think not.
    One thing that occurred to me is that although this picture narrows the field down to about 600 million suspects worldwide, one person that it seems to put in the clear is the original Portuguese police arguido, Robert Murat.
    On a lighter note, see this entry on my blog in relation to 2 genuine photofits issued by the Norfolk police last year in relation to local crimes

  2. A tragedy indeed Alastair and I'm not going to add to the thousands of theories on what might have happened. I think its fair to comment on the ludicrous twists and turns the enquiry and campaign has taken though. One can't help but feel that the release of the photo-fit has more to do with directing the public perception back to that of an abduction than anything else.
    I like the two photos the first of which looks like a ventriloquist's dummy!

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