One Scene In Netflix’s Madeleine McCann Documentary Scared Viewers More Than Anything

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 19.03.19
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I had high hopes for the Madeleine McCann documentary but ultimately it didn’t really add anything new to the investigation that we didn’t already know.

Yeah the parents were negligent in leaving her while they were out, but the truth is there really isn’t much evidence to suggest they were actually involved in her disappearance.

Everyone points to the cadaver dogs but that wasn’t exactly conclusive, so my gut feeling is that she was taken by someone during a very small window of opportunity.

It’s absolutely heartbreaking and we’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed that they’ll get to the bottom of it and hopefully find her.

Of course, Netflix’s eight-part special throws up a whole load of interesting theories surrounding her disappearance, one of which is that she was taken from her bed by an ‘international paedophile ring’.

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.

The scene in question happened in episode 8, and needless to say it let people pretty terrified. Seriously, it was really disturbing, and people flocked to Twitter to say how scary it was:

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.”

I mean, it’s completely their prerogative but I just don’t understand how it would hinder the investigation.

Surely if they are innocent, them taking part in the documentary would only increase the media spotlight on the case and potentially result in new leads.

They don’t help themselves.

Anyway, if you haven’t already checked it out, The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann is streaming on Netflix right now.

Although I’ve basically just spoiled it all for you.

Images via Getty/Twitter/Netflix

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