“Disappearance of Madeleine McCann,” bored, misleading

Katya Tarabrina, Staff Writer

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While it’s been the parental instinct to repeat this to kids, recent events have caused a greater understanding towards the fact that the world is not safe for children anymore. The recently-released Netflix documentary “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” reinforces that point.

“Madeleine is absolutely amazing,” said her father Gerry McCann in a video describing his daughter. “She’s incredibly bright, funny, very energetic and incredibly loving.”

Madeleine was enjoying her vacation at Praia da Luz when she went missing at just three years old.

The disappearance occurred at strange circumstances. Her mother Kate McCann came to check up on her and her twin siblings Sean and Amelie McCann, two years old at the time. Kate found her oldest child gone from her bed with the bedroom window wide open.

As the documentary unfolds it states that Kate had no doubts that Madeleine was taken, even though certain evidence said otherwise. The show also made it seem like she was abducted. I feel as if this show was made with some type of bias in mind, rather than neutral.

I do also feel as if the producers of the show were scared of pointing the finger at the parents, so they left out certain parts of the investigation.

Spread out over eight hour-long episodes, the show is stretched out too long, with information that was not necessary and irrelevant to the investigation. It was actually so painful to watch this documentary that I barely finished, because of how uninteresting it was. The evidence was low, and the interviews ranging from people accused of the crime to people who were staying at the resort at the same time as the McCanns did not leave me wanting to watch more. It was almost dreadful to watch.

However, I do sympathise with the story of Madeleine McCann, as there is literally no idea what happened to her. I feel sad for this child and I hope that they bring justice to her soon.

Other than that, this show confuses me because I am honestly not sure what the point of it was.

The information was very repetitive and the parents were not interviewed for this documentary. Considering other true crime documentaries that Netflix has come out with such as “Abducted in Plain Sight,” it dulls in comparison.

“The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” left me disappointed and the main thing I think it did for me was it pulled on some heartstrings.

I was originally excited to watch this show as these stories fascinate me — it’s horrible how many children go missing — but it made me feel sad at best. The story of Madeleine McCann is very touching, and I pray for peace for her family. However, the documentary, wasn’t put together well and even though stretched out, didn’t mention some of the very important facts in this investigation.

Overall, I feel as if this documentary’s main purpose for existence is to make people who don’t know about what happened to Madeleine aware. Even then, it’s just one of those shows you might want to pass.

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