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11 Sep 2007

Maddeleine McCann
I would like to know what does CS think of latest developments in the missing girls case?There is a lot of speculation.Is it possible that the parents could be guilty after the campaign they launch.They even let the pope pray for her and the appeals they made to the abductors.I know CS don't know the answers but it will be interesting to know what you think.I followed the case from the beginning and was always wondering how did the abductor/s know the children was alone.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Beyond any possible doubt it is POSSIBLE that the parents could be guilty of something, AND possible that they could be innocent. I wrote a piece about this earlier on, about how NOT to find an abducted child, noting that their reations have been highly excessive and almost compulsive, and far in excess of what is usually seen in parents facing such a tragic situation.
The parents should not be considered guilty OR innocent, except in relation to a proper investigation and a consideration of real evidence.
Can you imagine the range of reactions should they be tried and found guilty ? All the people they drew in to feeling bad about their loss ( a real loss, beyond doubt, but one that is shared by tragically many parents ) and all the millions in money they were said to have collected to cover their high expenses, travelling round Europe.
I am completely unconvinced by the family and friends who are angrily insisting that they couldn't possibly have done anything to harm the child --- many parents, intentionally or unintentionally, can do such things, and the family and friends of countless murderes and killers have made similar statements. Such comments seeem to be about the case, but they are actually about the relationship between the accused or suspects and the person speaking. They don't advance the case in weither direction.
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