Ben on: The Madeliene McCann case


Can you believe that it has been almost 10 years since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann? On the 3rd of May, the young girl who disappeared on holiday from her parent’s Portugal villa will have been missing for 10 years. I still remember when it happened.

It was a big story in the UK in 2007, and it was understandably in all the newspapers, and on all the news channels at the time. It holds particular resonance in this corner of the United Kingdom, as Kate McCann was from near where I am from. ¬†She was a Huyton girl. Her daughter was an Everton fan, possibly due to her mother going to Notre Dame Catholic School (A school which I have actually been inside, and that’s a separate story).

Because it has been so long, I imagine people have forgotten the case, and some foreign readers (and I know you’re here) won’t know what happened, so I’ll give you an overview:

The parents of Madeleine and their two other children put them to bed at 7pm, and then went out for dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant with their friends. They went back to check on the children around 9:30 in the evening, noting that the door was wide open in the children’s room when they left it partially shut. The parents closed the door, and when they returned, Madeleine was no longer in the room, or the house. She was missing.

And that’s how it started, and the big media circus ensued. The Portuguese police made a massive search effort over many years, alongside the Metropolitan police in the UK, but there were no signs of the little girl. 10 years on, and there are still no signs of the little girl. Before I share my opinions on the matter, I would like to say that from this point on, this is all my opinion, and is not objectively true, and I do not want people to think that this is true, I am writing this blog post to share my thoughts on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

This disappearance has been in the public conciousness for 10 years now. Madeleine McCann would be a teenager, if she is still alive, but there has always been one thing that has bothered me. The parents. The McCann’s left their 3 children alone in their villa, without a childminder, or babysitter. They left their sleeping children, children who are basically toddlers, alone in a house, in a foreign country no less. It wasn’t until I was a teenager in secondary school that I was left unattended for extended hours. Why would you leave these kids alone? Is that not child neglect? Admittedly, there are much worse parents out there, but they left their kids alone in a house unattended. That is a kidnapping opportunity waiting to happen.

I don’t believe that the McCanns get enough blame for their reckless endangerment of their children. Some people believe that Maddy was killed by her parents, I personally don’t. Whatever happened was their fault though, and why they have not been punished confuses me. It really confuses me. I don’t blame the people who believe that the McCanns did do something. The McCanns deserve punishment for their neglect. That’s my personal opinion.


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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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