The world was rocked when news broke that Madeleine McCann had been abducted from a hotel room in Algarve, Portugal. The nearly four-year-old had been asleep in the room with her younger siblings, twins Sean and Amelie, while their parents dined with friends at a nearby restaurant. Their room was left unlocked, so Mum and Dad could sneak back to check on their children occasionally. Mum Kate checked on the children at 10pm, and found her eldest daughter gone, and the room window open. Despite International police hunts and a huge publicity campaign, Madeleine was never found, and on May 12th 2011, Madeleine will turn 8.
To mark the occasion, Kate McCann has written a 384 page book, the funds from which will be used to continue the search for the youngster. It describes the moment the parents found their daughter missing, their immediate concern that she had been stolen by a peadophile, and how they coped with the aftermath…a media frenzy, becoming suspects, and going home without Madeleine.
Kate reveals how her daughter ‘haunts’ her, explaining feeling a “macabre slideshow of vivid pictures in my brain that taunted me relentlessly. I was crying out that I could see Madeleine lying cold and mottled, on a big grey stone slab. The pictures I saw of Madeleine no sane human being would want in her head, but they were in mine. I simply couldn’t rid myself of these evil scenes in the early days and weeks.”
As well as raising more funds, the McCanns hope the books release will prompt people with information into coming forward.
On the day of the books release, Madeleine’s parents have called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to order a full review of the case so far. Madeleine’s parents held a press conference in central London, on the day their missing daughter would have turned 8 years old.
“We want to see action from the Government, not rhetoric. That’s why we are asking the public to help us. We’re not harking back to mistakes. We’re looking forward to things that can still be done.”
“I think when you are in a position of responsibility such as the Prime Minister, you have a responsibility – if you’re not willing to work for a child, you have to ask who you are working for, really. So I really hope he’ll take our request seriously and come up trumps.”
Mr Cameron’s spokeswoman responded by releasing a statement saying; “The Prime Minister met Kate and Gerry McCann while he was leader of the opposition and he has followed their plight very closely. He and the Home Secretary want to make sure the Government does all it can to help them.”