There are some mysteries that will always be riddles for the ages; baffling experts and amateur investigators alike. Often the central question is seemingly-simple, yet the answer seems to elude us forever. The evidence and the facts of the case become more and more obscure as the years wear on. Just think of all the criminal mysteries that continue to plague us long after the fact, like the identity of the plane hijacker D.B. Cooper, or the true culprit behind of the serial killings of the Zodiac Killer, or even Jack the Ripper back in 1888.
But in the modern age there is one crime, one compelling disappearance, that has captivated the public and traumatised a family for almost a decade. That mystery is the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
On the evening on the 3rd of May, 2007, three-year-old girl Madeleine McCann vanished from the apartment her family were holidaying in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal. The McCann family was on vacation with another, and Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry left her asleep along with two other children in their apartment while they date dinner less than 55 meters away, with a group of friends the media later dubbed “The Tapas Five.”
Madeleine’s parents left her at 8pm, and checked on her frequently throughout the night, yet when Kate returned to the apartment at 10pm, the toddler was missing. Since then her whereabouts have never been comprehensively established, despite a collaborative investigation conducted by British and Portuguese police as well as a slew of private investigators. It was looking like the case was going to remain permanently unsolved, and yet now an Australian television documentary claims to be in possession of game-changing information which could explain what happened in Portugal nearly ten years ago.
An Australian TV show, running on Channel 7 this weekend, has alleged that the documentary-makers have made a “major breakthrough” in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, but have stated that they are unwilling to release the vital information until after the documentary has aired. The program, which is simply called “Sunday Night”, will feature appearances from top criminologist Pat Brown, a US-based criminal profiler and television commentator who has written a book on the case, a forensic scientist and the former lead Portuguese investigator Goncarlo Amaral.
However the McCann family have not been supportive of the programme. Clarence Mitchell, official spokesperson for the McCann family, stated: “If the Australian TV show contains any credible, fresh lines of inquiry they should, of course, have been given immediately to the police.”
Only time will tell whether or not the TV show does reveal any new information. But this isn’t the first time we’ve had new revelations about the case from unfamiliar sources. Check out what the nanny who once looked after Maddie thinks about her whereabouts after a 10 year silence.