McCann and Fritzl linked in media

Posted on March 19, 2009 in Media

Pity the poor Austrians who are trying to come to terms with incestuous rapist and murderer Joseph Fritzl.

They also have Her Majesty’s Media trampling all over the Sachertorte, telling readers, viewers and listeners that these Austrians always have been a pretty rum lot, that Adolf Hitler was an Austrian wasn’t he?

As indeed was Sigmund Freud, so it gets curiouser and curioser.

Half the hacks out there seem to be writing books on the appalling case so you can understand why the Austrians feel both baffled and alarmed.

It’s all a bit like the McCann case, which the media seems to have more or less forgotten except recently when Gerry McCann complained about their behaviour.

Well at least we lead the world in something.

Fritzl case proves long-term missing can re-emerge, say McCanns

* Haroon Siddique and Sadie Gray
*, Thursday 1 May 2008 16.44 BST

The parents of Madeleine McCann today insisted they still believe their daughter is alive, and said the case of Josef Fritzl had shown them that even people missing for decades could re-emerge.

Kate and Gerry McCann were speaking as they began a new media campaign in the run-up to the first anniversary of their daughter's disappearance.

The couple had taken hope from the case of Elisabeth Fritzl, the Austrian woman whose father locked her in a cellar beneath his house for 24 years, and fathered seven children with her, said Gerry McCann.

McCann referred to Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian teenager found alive eight years after she was kidnapped by paedophile Wolfgang Priklopil.

"The last thing we would possibly ever want is for Madeleine to become a statistic, a missing child who because of her young age may grow up in another environment and never be recovered," he told Sky News.

He also attacked the "industry" which has sprung up around their plight since Madeleine disappeared from their apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3.

"What happened over the last year was never sustainable and it led to a lot of rumour, myth, innuendo," he said. "There is too much of an industry surrounding it and not enough facts to sustain it."

Earlier the couple said during an interview with GMTV that it was possible only one piece of information might be all it takes to help find the missing four-year-old.

Gerry McCann said their ordeal since May 3 had been "almost unbearable", but that they had been helped through by their young twins, Sean and Amelie.

The McCanns said any parent would understand what they were going through and that they would "go to the ends of the earth" to find Madeleine.

"We're Madeleine's parents — if we're not there for her, who is?" Kate McCann told GMTV.

Her husband said there were nights when he thought "I don't want to wake up tomorrow", but added that they believed a lot could still be done.

"That person [the abductor] is still out there and will probably do this again," he said.

The McCanns responded to criticism that they should not have left Madeleine and her siblings alone while they dined with friends in a nearby tapas bar.

"Everybody parents in a different way … there's no right or wrong, it's just different," Kate McCann said.

"There's been an evil crime committed here, a hideous crime ... it's just so important to concentrate on that. We've got to live with ourselves for that misjudgment, but really the focus should be on that person who's out there."

She said she and her husband, who have not yet decided what to do to mark Saturday's anniversary, would never give up in the search for their daughter.

Source: Guardian
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