Maddie and the Farce
All of this is a ridiculous farce. The search for guilt is a smokescreen that eludes the excuse.
by Francisco Moita Flores
What we have witnessed in the Algarve, concerning the disappearance of a English child seven years ago, is a spectacle that should embarrass the English police. They are not looking for the remains of the girl, nor for culprits. Thy are just trying to find an excuse. All of this is a ridiculous farce. The search for guilt is a smokescreen that eludes the excuse.
A few months ago, the British detectives that lend themselves to this circus were a success in a television program titled 'Crimewatch'. With record-breaking ratings. They put millions of people looking for similar individuals to e-fits that Portuguese PJ had already created, pedantically announcing with the arrogance of advertising agents that they had attained hundreds of clues and that, unofficially, the abduction of Maddie was on the verge of being solved. From English paedophiles, one arrested in Manchester and initially divulged as the author of the kidnapping, which was soon disproved, to paedophiles from anywhere in the world.
Seven years later, the story changes dramatically. There is no abduction. It was all an invention and misinterpretation of the evidence. What really happened was a burglary of the apartment, done by three sophisticated Portuguese house burglars who were caught in the act by the girl who slept in the bedroom with her two siblings. Maddie would have screamed and those sophisticated thieves rather than silencing her with a punch or with a bullet, no sir. They did not steal anything. But they were suddenly overcame with the desire to take revenge on the girl. So, they carried her through the window and then decided to kill her in a nearby field. They buried her and went on with their lives, happy and content, but with empty hands. Oh, and it is known that they were Portuguese. And they are three. Even though the English police suspect of eight people.
All of this, it's a ridiculous farce.
The truth is that the search for guilt is a smokescreen that eludes the excuse.
The criminal investigation is not an act of witchcraft, astrological prediction or demented hypotheses. It is a logical, rigorous method. Those who follow this case seriously know where the key to the mystery lies. Within the group that came to spend holidays with Maddie's parents. Part of this group lied to the police. Part of this group eluded the truth. This whole group is not willing to do the reconstruction of the facts. And to ignore this group signifies not searching for the guilt. It's making up excuses to leave these people alone.
in Correio da Manhã, June 8 2014