Monday, August 4, 2008

Madeleine McCann Case File Now Public

Monday, Portuguese authorities have made the 17 volume, 30,000 page case file available to journalists who submit a written request, in person. Journalists would need to provide police officials with DVD's on which they with transfer the extensive file. The police were ordered to end their investigation just last month by the Attorney General because they failed to uncover evidence of a crime. If new evidence surfaces then the case will be reopened. Now that the file has been made public, the McCann family has said they are hopeful that the information will help private investigators pursue leads.

Three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished over a year ago on May 3rd, while her family was vacationing with several friends in Praia da Luz. The little girls disappearance drew world wide attention and individuals on blog and message boards lined up on both sides of the fence as to whether or not her parents were involved in Madeleine's disappearance. A common opinion is that the McCann's were grossly negligent in leaving their children unattended in an unlocked, ground floor apartment. From my understanding, the McCann's stated the reason they left the sliding doors unlocked was because they were afraid of fire. My first question would be, You were afraid of fire but not of kidnapping or the children waking up and wandering off? And last, Would these children know how to get out of a burning apartment by themselves? If anything, I think the McCann's are guilty of neglect of their children.

Human lie detector "Eyes For Lies" weighed in on the Madeleine case, here.

I don't know if the McCann's were involved in Madeleine's disappearance, but the case sparked a huge public interest that could easily be compared to the JonBenet Ramsey case.