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In the current issue of Vanity Fair, Gerry McCann discussed the accusations regarding possible involvement with their daughters disappearance.

“Yes, yes, I know,” Gerry says bitterly. “Kate killed her in a frenzy, Madeleine was sedated by us, she fell down the stairs—in which case you would have thought they’d have found her body. I’ve heard all that! There have been a huge number of theories in the media. But what I want to know is—who told them all that?”

While Fox News and others continue to fuel the flames of speculation concerning the disappearance of missing Madeleine, they maintain their innocence.

Portuguese newspapers have already published what they claim are extracts from Kate’s journal and say the diary is fundamental to the belief that the 39-year-old GP and mother-of-three was involved in the death of her daughter.Passages are said to reveal a mother at her wits’ end coping with three hysterical kids. Her twins, Sean and Amelie, were aged 2 when their sister vanished. Cardiologist Gerry, 39, is said to be portrayed as an absent dad happy to leave his wife to shoulder the burden while he relaxed on holiday.

They also emphatically deny any plans to make a movie. Does Gerry McCann’s blog post leave the door open for a documentary?

Gerry’s Blog/Diary
Day 250 – 08/01/2008

We are one week in to the New Year and we can definitely say the holiday period is well and truly over. Some of the media coverage today has been at its worst since Kate and I were declared arguidos.

We can categorically deny that we are considering a movie about Madeleine’s disappearance. This is simply untrue. We are approached by a huge number of media outlets regarding a myriad of projects, only a tiny proportion of which we agree to. Each proposal is considered on whether it is likely to have a positive effect, either directly or indirectly on the search for Madeleine. As stated today by Clarence, there was a preliminary discussion between a production agency and a representative of Kate and I to discuss the possibility of a documentary about the issues we have faced since Madeleine was abducted. Clearly Europe is a long way behind the USA in terms of its response when a child goes missing.

Kate and I have opened all of the Christmas cards and many mass cards which have been for Madeleine. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us over the last eight months. We could not have got through this ordeal on our own and without doubt, Madeleine needs all our help

Their spokesperson Clarence Mitchell hasn’t ruled out the possibilty according to media reports.

Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said he and another family representative met with IMG Media last month. Mitchell said a film would be considered only if it helped raise awareness of the case, emphasizing that nothing had been agreed.

According to the Telegraph:

At a meeting on Thursday, the Fund agreed to raise money for the fund, which currently sits at £600,000 but which faces running dry by late summer unless it receives a cash injection, by exploiting more media opportunities.

It has drafted in Jon Corner, a film producer and friend of the McCann’s, to help Mr Mitchell look at offers they have received, such as making a docudrama or writing a book.

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In 1986 two writers for the Denver Post, Diana Griego and Louis Kilzer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Their series of articles published in May 1985, “The Truth about Missing Children” provided an in-depth study of “missing children.” The articles revealed that most were involved in custody disputes or runaways. At the time it helped to mitigate national fears stirred by exaggerated statistics.

Those fears were resurrected a dozen years later for readers of Dennis Lehane’s book “Gone Baby Gone“.  His story involved the victim of a stereotypical abduction. Though he references about 300 cases per year where children are never found or returned, there are roughly 115 such cases today. These crimes involve someone the child does not know or a slight acquaintance who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.

The movie version of his 1998 crime thriller hits theatres on Friday October 19th. There are some comparisons between, Madeline O’Brien, the actor portraying the missing child in the movie based on age and physical similarities to real life missing child Madeleine McCann however they stop there. 

Real life videos of missing children  YouTube and Missing Children

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