My Facebook feed was littered with people saying stuff like ‘whatever happened you don’t leave a child on their own’ and ‘those sniffer dogs!’ Ultimately, nobody really knows what happened which is why the investigation is still ongoing and we’re all so fascinated by it.
The documentary proved highly controversial upon release, especially given the fact that Maddie’s parents, Gerry and Kate, refused to be involved in it.
In a joint statement they said:
“We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance.
“The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate.
“We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it.
“Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme.
“We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.
In one of the episodes, the documentary delves into the 48 questions Kate refused to answer when she was interrogated by Portuguese police, including ‘Why did you say Madeleine had been abducted?’
Officials quizzed Kate about her relationships between her children, work life and any ill-feelings before coming on holiday, but police have always maintained they are not suspects.
At the time, Portuguese police files revealed how Gerry and Kate McCann were forced to face a gruelling 11-hour interrogation, with Kate using her right to remain silent and only speaking once.
Here’s what police asked her:
1. On May 3, 2007, around 22:00, when you entered the apartment, what did you see? What did you do? Where did you look? What did you touch?
2. Did you search inside the master bedroom wardrobe? – what were your exact words?
3. (Shown two photographs of her bedroom wardrobe) Can you describe its contents?
4. Why was the curtain by the sofa near the side window tampered with? Did someone go behind the sofa?
5. How long did your search of the apartment take after you detected Madeleine’s disappearance?
6. Why did you say Madeleine had been abducted?
7. Assuming Madeleine was abducted, why did you leave the twins to go to the ‘Tapas’ and raise the alarm? The supposed abductor could still be in the apartment.
8. Why didn’t you ask the twins then what happened to their sister or why didn’t you ask them later on?
9. When you raised the alarm at the ‘Tapas’ what exactly did you say – what were your exact words?
10. What happened after you raised the alarm there?
11. Why did you go and warn your friends instead of shouting from the verandah?
12. Who contacted the authorities?
13. Who took part in the searches?
14. Did anyone outside the group learn of her disappearance in those following minutes?
15. Did any neighbour offer you help?
16. What does ‘we let her down’ mean?
17. Did Jane Tanner tell you that night she’d seen a man with a child?
18. How were the authorities contacted and which police force was alerted?
19.During the searches, with the police there, where did you search for Maddie, how and in what way?
20. Why did the twins not wake up during that search or when they were taken upstairs?
21. Who did you phone after the occurrence?
22. Did you call Sky News?
23. Did you know the danger of calling the media, because it could influence the abductor?
24. Did you ask for a priest?
25. By what means did you divulge Madeleine’s features, by photographs or by any other means?
26. Is it true that during the searches you remained seated on Maddie’s bed without moving?
27. What was your behaviour that night?
28. Did you manage to sleep?
29. Before travelling to Portugal, did you make any comment about a foreboding or a bad feeling?
30. What was Madeleine’s behaviour like?
31. Did Maddie suffer from any illness or take any medication?
32. What was Madeleine’s relationship like with her brother and sister?
33. What was Madeleine’s relationship like with her brother and sister, friends and school mates?
34. As for your professional life, in how many and which hospitals have you worked?
35. What is your medical speciality?
36. Have you ever done shift work in any emergency services or other services?
37. Did you work every day?
38. At a certain point you stopped working. Why?
39. Are the twins difficult to get to sleep? Are they restless and does that cause you uneasiness?
40. Is it true sometimes you despaired at your children’s behaviour and it left you feeling very uneasy?
41. Is it true that in England you even considered handing over Madeleine’s custody to a relative?
42. In England, did you medicate your children? What type of medication?
43. In the case files, you were shown canine forensic testing films. After watching them, did you say you couldn’t explain any more than you already had?
44. When the sniffer dog also marked human blood behind the sofa, did you say you couldn’t explain any more than you already had?
45. When the sniffer dog marked the scent of corpse coming from the vehicle you hired a month after the disappearance, did you say you couldn’t explain any more than you already had?
46. When human blood was marked in the boot of the vehicle, did you say you couldn’t explain any more than you already had?
47. When confronted with the results of Maddie’s DNA, carried out in a British lab, collected from behind the sofa and the boot of the vehicle, did you say you couldn’t explain any more than you already had?
48. Did you have any responsibility or intervention in your daughter’s disappearance?
Of course, Netflix’s eight-part docu-series throws up a whole load of interesting theories surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance, one of which is that she was taken from her bed.
While this has never been proven, the documentary explored this possibility by reconstructing a very unsettling scene showing a man entering the hotel room wearing a surgical mask, which absolutely freaked everyone out.
In all honesty I really think the McCanns should have taken part in the documentary.
It’d have been a great opportunity to get their point of view across and help clear their name as they protest their innocence.
Not only that but it would have raised the profile of the case once again.
Surely it’s a no brainer?
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