by Criminologist Francisco Moita Flores
The Scotland Yard has made another two million pounds available to search for Maddie McCann, the daughter of the famous McCann couple. I think it is right. When it’s about searching for answers for a situation with such a tragic dimension, the authorities should invest whatever is necessary to solve mysteries and find the answers that haven’t been found until now.
Maybe now, at a time when memory is more awake to the mistakes and the horrors that human nature is able to carry out, one can start without preconception and without fear. At the time when the child disappeared, a powerful propaganda machine constrained the investigation from the outset. The parents, the famous McCann, who left three children alone at home while dining out with friends, managed to mobilize, within hours, press advisors and television channels in order to tell the world that the child had been abducted. And the investigation, as much as the credulous people, believed in this unfortunate destiny.
Maddie was searched for all over the world, she was allegedly found in several countries, prayers and blessings were launched, even a papal blessing, so the tortured parents could find their daughter again. At the time, there was a lack of judgment to question, in a critical way, what had happened in that apartment, for no trace, nor residue, of anyone outside the family and the circle of friends to be found. When this safe, and elementary, approach was made to the crime scene, it was already too late, and nonetheless, the information that was collected did heavily contradict the fireworks that had spread Maddie’s trail all over the world. Criminal investigation demands, based on the great classics that built it, that the solution for a crime is sought by asking for the most simple answers.
Only once this possibility is exhausted, one should move on to more complex hypotheses. In this story, both the family and those who visited that apartment reacted with rage and protest once they were scrutinized. Their availability was always short and accompanied by indignant outcries. In any case, the secret lies within those walls. Whatever the crime. Whatever the mystery. May the police forces unravel it from there, once and for all. We will all be more at peace if we find out where Maddie is. Dead or alive.
in: Correio da Manhã, 11.03.2012