It's now been 4 years since little Maddy McCann was taken from her hotel room in Portugal while on holiday with her parents. Everyone and their dog - including the parents - have at some time been accused, by the media and the Portuguese Police, of everything from kidnapping to murder.
Millions have been donated to help track her down and it's all been spent in the sad and heart-rendering hunt. No child in the world has had more publicity in similar circumstances since a Dingo supposedly snatched Azaria Chamberlain from a tent near Ayers Rock, in Central Australia in 1980.
Although the parents of Maddy McCann have been to hell and back in their attempts to find their missing child, many who have followed the case had almost given up hope of Maddy ever being found, alive or dead. However, this last week Scotland Yard detectives disclosed they, like Clouseau, were still hard on the case and had flown to Spain on several recent occasions to follow up on leads.
While the Portuguese Police who were handling the case from the beginning acted in a very similar manner to Blake Edwards fictitious and bungling sleuth, Inspector Clouseau, Scotland Yard's best 'Investigative Peelers' are known for their thoroughness in such matters, which means,
they were not chasing shadows.
We all know that old saying 'Hope springs eternal' is part of the human psyche and one cannot help wondering how those poor and often accused - and even abused - parents have endured these occasional moments of 'hope,' and I am sure there are millions around the world who, like the McCanns, pray that a miracle may just happen.
There's no doubting for a moment that if the poor child does emerge from the darkness and gloom of this horrible afair and prove to still be alive and well, that the tabloids yet again will have a field day. They thrive on personal tragedy.
Personally, I can only hope that if such a miracle was to occur, that one of those highly sensitive High Court Judges we often see putting gagging orders on rumour, scandal and innuendo has the intestinial fortitude to shut
up those heinous and hyena-like tabloids, just for once,
from causing the traumatized McCann family
any more grief and agony.