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Friday, September 07, 2007

From The I-Could-Have-Told-You-This-Before-But-Noooooo File: Missing Cute Kid Section

From this morning's news stack:

Kate McCann accused of
killing Madeleine

By Caroline Gammell in Portimao
and Gordon Rayner

Last Updated: 11:06pm BST 07/09/2007

..> Kate McCann has been warned she could be charged with the
"accidental" killing of her daughter Madeleine after Portuguese police directly
asked her whether she was behind the toddler's disappearance.

In an
extraordinary twist, Mrs McCann's family said detectives now believed she caused
the four-year-old's death in their holiday apartment, then hid the body before
returning a month later to dispose of it.

Full story:

Pardon me whilst I LMAO.

For the last year and a half, it seemed, I have been faced with a world-wide plea to find missing Maddy McCann. That blond hair, wide smile, and sweet face becoming the theme for many a MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, and Yahoo 360 page. A channel on YouTube was created to find her. Laura Bush and David & Victoria Beckham have joined in the plea. Millions of people around the world have fallen in love with this little moppet and thier clean-cut parents.

I could have saved them the trouble.

Remember Susan Smith? Or the lady in Texas who drowned her kids because she thought Jesus told her to do it? How about Paula Sims, who reported one daughter missing in 1986 and another missing three years later? Or Diane Downs, who claimed that a stranger waved her car down on a deserted road, then killed her daughter?

And it goes on and on and on. We have gone through this all before. Clean-cut young mothers and dads, the Perfect Parents from Red hetrosexual America, wind up killing thier kids, dumping them, then finding a way to go on the Todaygoodmorningamericaearly Shows, weeping in front of sympathetic hostesses, pleading with the "guilty parties" to bring thier little baby home.


Having almost become one of those darling little kids achiveing room temperature the hard way myself, my level of skepticism rises every time something like this happens. Yes, I really do want to believe that this time, the parents really are sincere, really are the victims in all this, and that the perp in question truly is some broken-nosed Tom Sizemore clone with a deeze-dems-dose vocabulary.

And what pains is seeing people fall for it over and over and over again. To say something would be like blasphemy. Kinda like saying that OJ didn't do it or something. We truly want this nice people to be the innocent party.

Maybe one day, they will be.

Or worse than that is the scenerio: a family craving money and attention creates a situation in which one member of the family "dissapears," the parents go on the usual talk shows, various book and film deals signed. All created on purpose, either with the "missing" kid in the safe hands of friends, or people who have agreed to take the rap.......or in the worst case, the "missing kid" is dead, but the family cashes in, as that would be the motive.

Yes, that scenario is as sick as you can get. But how do we know if it has not happened before. Maybe even in this case?

We don't, and we must keep in mind that (A) Mrs. McCann is only a suspect and (B) little Maddie is still missing.

And (C) this will happen again. And (D) we will fall for it......again.

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