Comment un événement singulier, une disparition, un fait-divers simple mais poignant car enfance et innocence en formaient le cœur, devint, porté par une houle médiatique déferlante, une effervescence nourrie comme un grand fauve, une ténébreuse affaire. Comment la liberté d'expression s'y trouva en danger. Et ce qu'on peut en apprendre sur la nature humaine.
Grâce à la liberté dans les communications, des groupes d’hommes de même nature pourront se réunir et fonder des communautés. Les nations seront dépassées. Friedrich Nietzsche (Fragments posthumes XIII-883)
According to the
newly-released accounts for Madeleine's Fund for year ending March
2014, the Fund received another £400,000, 'donated' in connection
with Kate McCann's book. The accounts do not give any information
regarding the source of this 'donation', but it is accounted for
under Restricted Funds, in a similar manner to the £550,000
'donated' by News International in 2011 for newspaper serialisation
rights of the book. The 'donor' has placed restrictions on how the
money may be spent.
Who knows, perhaps the
book is destined for the silver screen.
working for Kate and Gerry McCann reported that the front door of the
holiday apartment where Madeleine disappeared was left unlocked and
the key had been left in the apartment. The claim was made in a
report prepared in May 2007 by Ken Farrow, then Director of
Investigation Services at security company Control Risks. Farrow,
along with Joint Director Michael Keenan, was sent to Praia da Luz on
13th May 2007 to conduct comprehensive interviews with Mr and Mrs
McCann and members of their holiday group.
The report describes the
two entry points to holiday apartment G5a at the Ocean Club. At the
back, facing the pool, were double-glazed sliding windows, with one
central locking point, an ‘Open’ or ‘Closed’ button on the
handle. According to the investigators, the McCanns had left this
terrace door unlocked when they left for dinner at the tapas bar
around 8.30pm in order to provide easy access when they periodically
checked on their three children. At the front of the apartment,
Farrow states that there was a heavy wooden door fitted with a
double-locking mortise lock.
He goes on to report
that, on the night of May 3, the front door was not locked and the
key was left on the shelf dividing the kitchen and living room of the
apartment. The investigators admitted that they had no access to the
crime scene or to any other information collected by the Portuguese
authorities or by Leicestershire Police. Farrow’s report was not
included within the Portuguese police case files released to the
public in August 2008.
Taxpayers’ money spent to date on Operation Grange, the Met Police
investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from
Apartment 5a at Ocean Club, Praia da Luz on the night of May 3rd
£4,290,112 - Total
income to Madeleine’s Fund, the McCanns’ limited company, to 31
£3,511,375 - Total
expenditure by Madeleine’s Fund to 31 March 2014.
£1,138,487 – Raised
for Madeleine’s Fund by sales and serialization of Kate McCann’s
book madeleine , billed by Mrs McCann as “an account of the truth”.
£765,363 – Cash at
bank, Madeleine’s Fund, 31 March 2014 .
£750,000 – Amount of
taxpayers’ money spent on Operation Task, the Leicestershire Police
operation to support the Portuguese investigation in 2007/8.
£500,000 – Amount Lord
Bell claimed the McCanns paid his PR firm, Bell Pottinger, to keep
them on the front page of every single newspaper for a year.
€500,000 – Amount
Portuguese judge has ordered Gonçalo Amaral pay Kate and Gerry
McCann for their devastation, desperation, anxiety and pain.
£288,503 – Costs
claimed by libel firm Carter-Ruck to have been incurred by January
2013 in the libel action McCanns v Bennett.
£21,257 – Money
donated by News of the World readers to a Reward Fund for information
leading to the safe return of Madeleine, which, if unpaid, should
have been donated to three children’s charities but instead was
paid out secretly to Madeleine’s Fund in April 2011. The McCanns
continue to refuse to acknowledge the payout.
£10,000 – Amount of
money Kate McCann would like other people to donate to Missing People
while she rides 500 miles on a bicycle.
€242 – Extras run up
by McCann, Gerald Patrick at Ocean Club in the days before the
disappearance of his daughter.
£10 – Cost per hour of
a babysitter at Ocean Club in May 2007, which the McCanns preferred
not to spend.