7 May 2009

The Abductor, as seen by a 6-year-old child

By Maria H.

Today I made an interesting exercise: I took the new abductor portrait that was presented by the McCanns and I showed it to my 6-year-old son, on this white page without giving him any information. Then I asked: What do you think of this figure, and who do you think that is?

His answer was surprising, for the quickness of thought and for the implicit logical reasoning: - He is so ugly that he must be one of those who took Madeleine. Then he added: I don’t know why her parents always think that it was a man and that he must be such an ugly man. If I saw a man like this, in the daytime, I would run, if at night, I would scream so loud and I would bite him so hard that everyone in the streets would hear me and see us. This man didn’t take Madeleine. He is very ugly and too skinny. He doesn’t appear to be strong.

Using the analysis done by my son, with Madeleine’s age, I forward one question to Kate McCann: Until when are you going to insist in the story of an ugly and evil kidnapper, that, like a bogeyman, appears in the night for, without a trace, to vanish into thin air carrying a child with him? It’s not only the adults questioning the veracity of these kidnappers. In this true tale of monsters and princesses, these extra-casts also do not fit in the fertile and cruel imagination of children, as young as they might be. Are we all wrong?

You make a mistake, insisting in this association: Man-Ugly-Bad. Perversity also lives in the brains of women and men who are both beautiful and good. These kidnappers who appear out of the media’s conveniences hold in themselves a discrimination which is not only and anymore against the Portuguese, but as well against all the men and mainly against those which didn’t benefit from nature or genetics.

I go with my son’s logic. The abduction, if it happened, would have a higher rate of success, with an athletic and attractive abductor, a kind of James Bond, or with a kind and sensitive woman. No child allows herself to be taken by bogeymen, if she has her full faculties. Unless she is dead or sedated. And we end up in the same place. The story may turn numerous times, the years may go on, but we always end up with the same question and the same starting point: why did Madeleine let herself be carried, without any fighting back? Is there a psychologist who can answer with clarity, fitting in the answer the figure of this new kidnapper? I can’t establish the connection.

As a mother and as a spectator, there is another question which I would like to direct to the McCann couple: Whenever you send the media the images of these abductors, have you ever placed yourselves in the shoes of the public to analyse them with some coherence? You should do it, for your own good and mainly out of respect of your daughter, who I believe was an intelligent, bright and vivacious child, like my son. This man could have never crossed Madeleine’s life path in that night, and I, if I were in your place, would be quite angry if the result of people’s statements ended in such a bizarre image.

You are both educated people and Madeleine’s parents, but there are those who, subtly, mock your suffering when they describe abductors like this or when they transform the abductor’s description into such an image. This image is not to be published in newspapers or to be divulged in TV Shows. It can be, at least, used to sue whoever did it, since it wasn’t done freely. With images such as this one, the abduction message will never get across; it doesn’t have space in the adults’ conscience nor in the children’s imagination.

From this I gather, that in the eventuality of the upcoming abductors, its better that a sticker card book is marketed, at least, for the children to be able to collect the cards and to discuss between them who has the most probable look.


Original in Portuguese

O RAPTOR, AOS OLHOS DE UMA CRIANCA DE 6 ANOS

por Maria H.

Hoje fiz um exercício interessante: Peguei no novo retrato do raptor apresentado pelos McCann e mostrei-o ao meu filho de 6 anos, nesta página em branco, sem lhe dar qualquer outra informação. Depois perguntei: O que é que achas desta figura, quem pensas que é?

A resposta dele foi surpreendente, pela rapidez e pelo raciocínio lógico nela implícito: - É tão feio que só pode ser um dos que levou a Madeleine. A seguir acrescentou: Só não sei porque é que os pais dela acham sempre que era um homem e que ele tinha que ser muito feio. Se eu visse um homem assim, de dia, fugia, e de noite, gritava tanto e mordia-o tanto que toda a gente na rua ia ouvir-me e ver-nos. Este homem não levou a Madeleine. É muito feio e muito fininho. Ele parece não ter força.

Pegando na análise feita pelo meu filho, com a idade da Madeleine, endosso uma pergunta a Kate McCann, ate quando vão persistir na historia de um raptor feio e mau que, qual papão, surgiu de noite para sem rasto, se fazer evaporar levando com ele uma criança? É que já não são só os adultos a questionarem a veracidade destes raptores. Nesta verdadeira história de monstros e princesas, estes figurantes também não encaixam na imaginação fértil e cruel das crianças por mais jovens que elas sejam. Estaremos todos enganados?

Cometem um erro, ao insistir nesta associação: Homem-Feio-Mau. A perversidade também mora no cérebro das mulheres e dos homens bonitos e bons. Estes raptores que saem da cadência das conveniências mediáticas encerram uma descriminação que já não e só contra os portugueses, mas e contra todos os homens e sobretudo contra aqueles a quem a natureza ou a genética não beneficiou.

Eu vou pela lógica do meu filho. O rapto a ter acontecido tinha mais hipóteses de sucesso, com um raptor atlético e bonito, uma espécie de James Bond, ou com uma mulher afável e sensível. Criança nenhuma se deixa levar por papões, se estiver nas suas faculdades plenas. A não ser que esteja morta ou sedada. E voltamos ao mesmo. Dê a história, as voltas que der, passem os anos que passarem, volta sempre á mesma pergunta e voltamos sempre ao mesmo ponto: porque se deixou levar Madeleine, sem qualquer oposição? Haja um psicólogo que me responda com clareza, encaixando na resposta a figura deste novo raptor. Eu não consigo estabelecer a ligação.

Como mãe e como espectadora, há uma outra pergunta que gostava de dirigir ao casal McCann: Quando lançam para a comunicação social as imagens destes raptores, já alguma vez se puseram no lugar do público para as analisarem com coerência? É bom que o façam, para vosso bem e sobretudo por respeito a vossa filha que acredito tenha sido uma criança inteligente, perspicaz e vivaça, tal como o meu filho e. Este homem não pode ter cruzado a vida de Madeleine naquela noite, e eu no vosso lugar ficaria bem zangada se o resultado dos testemunhos das pessoas redundasse nesta imagem tão caricata. Vós sois pessoas instruídas e sois os pais de Madeleine, mas há alguém que, discretamente, goza com o vosso sofrimento quando descreve raptores assim ou quando transforma as descrições numa imagem destas. Esta imagem não e para publicar em jornais ou divulgar em programas de TV. É quando muito, para processar quem a fez, porque não a fez gratuitamente. Com imagens destas, a mensagem do rapto jamais passará, ela não cabe na consciência dos adultos nem na imaginação das crianças.

Daqui deduzo, que a terem de sair mais raptores, é bom que saia a caderneta para que ao menos as crianças possam começar a coleccionar cromos e a discutir entre si qual tem o aspecto mais provável.



14 comments:

  1. Muito bom e bem interessante.Rapaz esperto,simples,tão lógico como se espera nestas idades.

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    É tipo a história do capuchinho vermelho,que tem 1 cariz sexual e o lobo mau.

    Se não me enganar o livro " Psicanálise dos contos de fadas" de Bruno Betlheim(espero mais ou menos estar certa)é de ler.
    mcr

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  2. "Psicanálise dos Contos de Fadas" por Bruno Bettelheim Bertrand Editora

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    Bem me parecia que tinha encurtado o apelido ao SENHOR!

    mcr

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  3. Wonderfull post, thank you Maria for sharing it with us.

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  4. Se calhar ainda tem mau hálito.
    Tem muito jeito.

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  5. Gracias Astro, Joana & Kazlux.

    Y gracias a Maria H, autora de este muy perspicaz y muy agudo artículo. Estoy recomendando su lectura en todos los "sitios" que frecuento.

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  6. How do the Mccanns explain the fact that the child wasn't struggling while she was being carried by this abductor ?

    Did she know him, was she drugged or was she already dead ?

    Hasn't any newspaper bothered to ask or wont Clarence allow it.

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  7. Caros companheiros,

    Digam-me para onde vai este caso?
    Em que paradeiros terminará a tenra história de Madeleine Mccann?
    quantas discussoes, protestos, as verdade claras de Gonçalo Amaral, e isto nao leva a nada?
    Nao há um pponto final baseado na verdade?

    Por quanto tempo ainda ficaremos sentados diante de nossos computadores dissecando este tema e nao chegamos a lugar nenhum?
    Frustrante nao`?
    Gerry continua sua campanha com sucesso e nós aqui batalhando pela Justiça sem nada de concreto.
    Minha esperança é que Kate antes de "entrar em coma"(como foi uma expressao usada por ela mesmo no show de Oprah) abra a boca e descarregue sua culpa contando a verdade.
    Voces tem uma outra forma de esperança pois dividam comigo.

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  8. thanks Maria...

    in a way I'm sorry that your son has heard of Madeleine. I've managed to keep my 6 year old daughter away from any news reports about her.

    Parents and children have now an unfounded fear, perpetuated by the McCann's, that there are child thieves everywhere.

    McCann's your time is almost up

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  9. http://www.anorak.co.uk/madeleine-mccann/209746.html

    I like the gallery on Anorak
    Click on read more to see them all!

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  10. I've just seen footage of the Mockumentary in SIC, they showed the abductor, in the Tanner sighting and the Smith family sighting, showing both as the same guy, dressed exactly the same and carrying the child across the arms. Tanner saw the man at the top of the road of 5A, walking towards Murat's house, the Smiths saw tha man in another part of town, walking in the direction of the beach...either the abductor couldn't find is way out of town or was challenging his luck and begging to get caught; the parents could find the girl missing at any moment and raise the alarm and he risked being spotted.
    Also, according to Mr. Smith, the man he saw carried the child upwards, the head resting on his shoulder, just exactly how G.McCann carried Shaun down the plane, what later made him realize that the man he had seen resembled Mr. McCann!
    They are using the Smith sighting(among other 4, so it seems) to add credibility to the abductor existance and the abduction theory, but I bet they won't be mentioning that later, Mr. Smith said that the man could very well be G.McCann! At least they still haven't come up with a Gerry McCann lookalike suspect...

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  11. Ai,então não acabei de ver o "último suspeito,o da popa,mas com barbas e ,felizmente mais gordo numa TVPertoDeSI-
    Falou,falou,só falou e disse coisas do arco da velha. Coitado.

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  12. Oh tareco: o menino tem a quem sair mas não abuse. Não se ponha a dizer mal dos outros já que se atira ao ar quando ALGUÉM arranhado por si,SE DEFENDE e o menino ruge e ruge e ruge.Oh,lindo arranje mel.oh tareco,fique mais calmo,mais doce-bem sei que é difícil mas faça um esforço,tareco.

    qquerem ver que o anónimo das 19:16 também é tareco....que raio de observação foi aquela.Está ressabiado com o quê? deram-lhe para trás? Foi rejeitado,tareco 2º do mau hálito.Estranho.

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  13. Unfortunately Maria, not all people are as intelligent as your son. This character does look familiar, he looks like one of those bad guys out of a comic strip. I remember reading an article in this blog in which all the nannies described Madeleine as a quiet child that despite being pretty didn't draw much attention. The McCanns described her as an extrovert and the leader in the nursery, a girl who draws everybody's attention. The nannies also said the child presented herself as Maddy while the McCanns described that name as a media creation and did not like that name to be used. I think the reason for all this is marketing. In their minds the public would be more interested in an extroverted child and the name Madeleine was already a trademark. Also, this sketch plays to the bias of people's emotions. It's easier to elicit anger towards a seedy menacing foreigner.

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  14. In the McCann "mockdoc.", they placed Gerry and Jez wilkins talking to eachother on the opposite side of the street, across the road from the McCann apartm.,(Gerry's version, he crossed to the other side to meet Jez, that was walking on that side), BUT, Jane Tanner said she walked up the street on the apartm. side of the road(left-hand side) and saw them on the same sidewalk, near the gate that leads to 5A's back doors, and so said Jeremy W.( he said he was the one who crossed the road from right to left to speak to Gerry)!
    Now, I wonder why they went along with Gerry's version? Just one reason , in my opinion...Tanner said she saw them both, but neither Gerry nor Jez saw Tanner! How could this be possible if she passed by them on the same sidewalk, a narrow one too, almost brushing shoulders with eachother, and not be seen by any of them? I bet they had to film it that way, because take, after take, after take, no mater how much and how hard they rehearsed it, now matter how much the director tried to find the right angle to film the scene, they realized there was not any possibility for doing it in a plausible way, that would convince the viewers that it was possible for Tanner to go unnoticed!
    It seems that making contradictions and inconsistencies has become second-nature to them, they simply cannot make it right, not even with all that intense 3 hour a day of trawling through the files...they obviously did not read their own statments to the PJ properly...

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