Deconstructing the Madeleine McCann Story


This is the first in a planned series of articles that will deconstruct the Madeleine McCann story. The study of this story has traditionally been undertaken by those trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Madeleine?  I am offering something different, a textual study that will reveal the story of Madeleine McCann to be a construction of allusion and intertext.

“Intertext – a text that is related to one or more other texts through the use of allusions to these texts.”

Too often individual allusions within the Madeleine McCann story have been considered in isolation and regularly dismissed as coincidence, but to understand the work correctly we must consider the bigger picture. Once exposed to the extravagance of these allusions, the reader is drawn away from the original story and towards the creativity of the writer.

Due to the sheer volume of these literary inventions one can only conclude that invention itself is central to the project / the story of Madeline McCann. The discovery of these inventions, I believe, is the primary purpose for which the work was created, to be admired by a small knowing audience yet remain unseen by everyone else.

I will offer many examples of creative play that will serve as background to the arguments put forward.  The writer of ‘Madeleine’ was not the victim of circumstance challenged with the manipulation of reality, he is the willing and able manipulator of source material.  This is why he is able to create names, places and situations that perfectly match his creative intentions.

To understand the story of ‘Madeleine’ we must not ignore these allusions as unwelcome intrusions into a factual story, but foreground them as central to the project of author and audience.

I will now reveal the literary texts / source materials that the author draws upon to construct the Madeleine McCann story and demonstrate the ingenious allusions he has devised.

Please read to the end.

Thank you.

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    October 7, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Very interesting website, well done! I see you are being attacked on Twitter by workshy layabout Ben Thompson. Don’t worry too much about that idiot. Many people can now see straight through him and his real agenda.

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      October 7, 2018, 9:53 pm

      Agreed. Thompson’s sidekick Sade is also him. It’s the identity of a real person who has nothing to do with the case. He has many other usernames too both pro and anti.

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        October 8, 2018, 5:17 am

        It’s quite well known that Thompson is a clever McCann plant who has been filtering personal information about antis back to them for years. His remit is to descredit antis while posing as one himself and this has never been more obvious than it is today.

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          October 8, 2018, 10:27 pm

          Ben Thompson has created more myths in the Madeleine McCann case than anyone. There must be a reason for it. Please investigate him Peter.

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      October 9, 2018, 10:32 pm

      Thanks for letting me know. And for your support. It was an interesting attack that really just made them look bad, I thought. If other people fall for that kind of behaviour then they’ll fall for anything.

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    Richard WW
    July 26, 2019, 9:27 am

    I’m not sure if I’m getting a bit rabbit-holed here, but one thing’s been bugging me for a while now: the phrase ‘Sliding Doors’ which only seemed to come to light after the Pamela Fenn episode.
    Is this an intertextual ref to the film of that name, with Gwynneth Paltrow on it ?

    As you’re probably aware, that film runs two timelines simultaneously without any real indication as to which one is ‘real’, with the same players often playing different timelines of the same character as the camera pans within one scene. Sound familiar ?

    The two timelines are separated by a small girl stumbling down some UndergrounD steps (or ‘up aircraft steps’ perhaps)

    SD was written by one Peter Howitt, who played one of the Boswell brothers in ‘Bread’, giving a Liverpool and Catholic connexion.

    Oh, and look when Howitt’s birthday is. Specifically the last day of his forties.

    Is this a coincidence, or am I seeing ghosts ?

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