The disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann in 2007 is probably the highest profile missing child case in the world at the moment.
Criminal profiler Pat Brown has written a profile of the disappearance of the then-three -year-old while she was on a family holiday in Portugal. This 76-page e-book hit the headlines recently when the McCann family’s lawyers allegedly had the book banned from sale on Amazon.
I read this profile with great interest as to me it seemed unfathomable that you would leave your infant children alone in a holiday apartment (in a foreign country no less) and check on them every 15 minutes (these checks form a large segment analysis in Brown’s profile into the alleged abduction of Madeleine).
This is a controversial profile. While Brown points out continually that the “profile is one theory and does not prove guilt or innocence of anyone…”, the overall tone is one of disbelief in he McCann’s story, as well as those of their friends who were also on holiday in Portugal. Brown dissects the the party’s times and seeming conflicting accounts of what they saw on the night.
Ultimately, Brown puts forward a theory that Madeleine had an accident while alone in the apartment and was found dead by her father Gerry, who then took her body to an unknown location. She even proposes that the friends (or at least some of them) knew Madeleine had died in the apartment and helped the McCanns cover it up. Brown says in the profile that in her opinion it was unlikely that Madeleine was abducted but if she was, she was not alive.
It’s pretty confronting reading. I felt slightly ghoulish reading it though it was very interesting to see the structure of a criminal profile.
For me, the theory that Madeleine was abducted is entirely believable, as is the one that Brown suggests in this profile.
I purchased the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann by Pat Brown from iTunes for AUD $2.99.