Netflix’s latest true-crime series, ‘The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’, takes the viewers back into the fray of the yet unsolved case of Kate and Gerry McCann’s daughter. It all started about twelve years ago. On the night of May 3rd, 2007, 3-year-old Madeleine McCann was found missing from her bed in the ground floor apartment of Praia da Luz, a resort in Algarve, Portugal, where the family had been vacationing at. Since then, the case has been through a great number of upheavals and the whole world has been kept informed of them by massive media coverage, something that no other child abduction case has found on this scale. Though there have been suspects and even sightings of little Madeleine, the case seems far from coming to a conclusive end, much to the distress of her parents. In this docu-series, Netflix hasn’t tried to take a stand for or against someone, and to some disappointment, the documentary makers haven’t tried to solve the case either. Instead, what they have presented in this eight-part series is a case-file that demands your scrutiny.
Where and How Did Madeleine McCann Disappear?
The McCann’s and their group of friends had been on a week-long holiday to the luxurious resort in Algarve. A small distance, about 180 feet, from their apartment was the Tapas restaurant where the adults went to dine while leaving the children sleeping in their beds. There was a precarious situation with the entry and exits of the apartment, which is what became a crucial factor for the woes of the McCanns. To enter through the main gate, one would need to cover a little more distance from the restaurant, while from a back entrance, it would become much easier for them to quickly check on their children and return to the restaurant. Locking the main gate, Kate and Gerry left the back entrance open and decided to check on Madeleine and their twins in an interval of every 20-30 minutes. The other couples had made a similar arrangement and were constantly keeping a watch on the kids.
At 22:00, Kate went on a round, and it was then that she realised that Madeleine was not in her bed. After searching everywhere in the apartment, she ran to the restaurant to notify everyone that her daughter had been taken, and everyone sprung into action. The police were notified and other tourists volunteered to help in the search, but no one could find the girl. By the next day, the media had received the whiff of a developing story and were already outside the resort to cover the event. The parents pleaded in front of the cameras for the return of her daughter, the Portuguese police tried to solve the case by keeping things under a cover, and when they couldn’t crack it, the British police was involved in the case.
The media coverage received by the case brought everyone’s sympathy to the family, and from celebrities to high-ranking politicians showed their support for the family, by either donating for the fund founded for backing the investigation or by providing some strong moral support.