May 2018 was the 11th anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. In truth, very little of significance happened on the case around this time.
On 3rd May 2018, Kate and Gerry McCann attended a remembrance service at Rothley war memorial, and Kate read a poem. Meanwhile in Portugal, Correio da Manhã ran with a report that Luz residents were weary of the situation.
Then Dr Julian Totman and his wife Rachel became news, in the Tannerman sighting. They claimed that they had thought Dr Totman was Tannerman for years, but despite talking to police early on, they had no idea if their evidence was treated seriously.
Some background chatter went quiet. Netflix several months back was supposed to be doing an 8 part documentary on Madeleine McCann, but that has seemingly melted faster than hailstones in the Algarve. Another such idea was a long-heralded video by Sonia Poulton. This was ‘The McCanns and The Police’. This came out late in April 2018 on YouTube, supposedly part 1 of 10. I have not watched the video, so I cannot comment on its contents. However, this too seems to have created few ripples on the pond.
The one idea to emerge that interested me was by Professor Thomas Horan. He posted on CMoMM in May that he wanted to do a podcast, mainly for American viewers, on the disappearance of Madeleine. The concept was the first 24 hours after the alarm was raised, and whether the police response was proportionate.
CMoMM appeared not to grasp these two points. Forum members went off into everything except the first 24 hours, and the adequacy of the police response.
I have no idea whether Professor Horan has made or is making his podcast, but the idea of the police response in the first 24 hours intrigues me. I may return to that diligence at a later date.
In the month of May 2018, the 11th anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the story was notable for its remarkable quietness. Whilst the 10th anniversary brought a clutch of specials, the 9th anniversary had made little impact, and the 11th anniversary even less. There is a pattern here.
It may be that the residents of Luz get their wish for normality as the tale of Madeleine McCann fades into obscurity.