Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Murky Money Of Madeleine McCann 2023 – Yet More Funds Donated By Public Disgracefully Wasted By Madeleine’s Fund

In the wake of yet more murky money being disgracefully wasted on the murky matter of ‘missing’ Madeleine McCann, Matthew Steeples reminds that over £14 million has been spent over 16 years to find NOWT, NADA, NOTHING

Thousands of people go missing every year and thousands of them are never found. It is truly tragic and though the relatives and friends of such people I speak to remain, forever, completely understandably, heartbroken, they never give up. It is tragic and terrible and those such as Martin Allen’s brother, Kevin, and Ben Needham’s mother, Kerry, are to be saluted for continually keeping the stories of the missing alive.


As I have said again and again and will no doubt have to keep saying again and again however, there is one ‘missing person’ case that gets treated very differently to that of all others; that of Madeleine McCann – a child who ‘disappeared’ after her middle class doctor parents shockingly left her and her twin siblings completely unattended whilst they lived-it-up at a tapas bar in Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3rd May 2007.


In the sixteen years since, Gerry and Kate McCann have garnered at least £14 million ($17 million, €15.9 million or درهم62.5 million) in public resources – which has mostly been spent by the Metropolitan Police – and sit on a fund of money donated by the kind-hearted public that still amounts to £970,767 ($1.2 million, €1.1 million or درهم4.3 million) in cash and assets. Latest accounts show just £3,498 ($4,254, €3,962 or درهم15,624) in income from sales of the bargain basement bag-of-bilge book Madeleine in the previous year. Talk about paltry, but equally, in the context of what has been achieved, talk about pathetic and a pointless waste of the public’s donations.


Now, with news this morning in the MailOnline this morning that Madeleine’s Fund has paid out £6,995 ($8,506, €7,922 or درهم31,242) in murky money towards legal costs relating to the McCanns failed libel action against the Portuguese detective Gonçalo Amaral, isn’t it jolly well time that this ridiculous charade seeking a child who’ll likely never be found was just finally brought to a close? This wasteful misallocation of resources must end and it must end now.


Editor’s Note – Unlike as is the case in many publications, this article was NOT sponsored or supported by a third-party. Follow Matthew Steeples on Twitter at @M_Steeples.


Pictured Top – The eternally angry Gerald McCann (left) and his ‘missing’ daughter, Madeleine. Isn’t it time other missing people got the help of the Metropolitan Police and others? Is it fair, that such a disproportionate allocation of resources goes to the search for Mr and Mrs McCann’s ‘missing’ for sixteen years child?


Missing Madeleine – Questions STILL without Answers in A Truly Murky Case

Many questions about what happened on the evening of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann remain. Some that have been highlighted by the press and discussed online include:


  • Why did Kate McCann refuse to answer 48 questions put to her by the Portuguese police?


  • Why were certain records of phone calls on the evening of the disappearance “whoosh-clunked” from the memories of the phones of Mr and Mrs McCann and the ‘Tapas 7’?


  • Why were relevant mobile phone records never handed over to the authorities in spite of them potentially being useful to the search?


  • Why did the couple not use the babysitting service on offer in the holiday resort on the evening of 3rd May 2007 when they went out on the razzle dazzle with friends?


  • Why was the door to the apartment – which opened directly onto a public highway – left unlocked with three children aged under three years old alone inside?


  • Why did a British sniffer dog sense the smell of a corpse in a cupboard in the apartment from which Madeleine McCann disappeared?


  • Why did a sniffer dog also supposedly sense the smell of a corpse in a vehicle hired by the couple a month after the disappearance of their daughter?


  • Why did the McCanns repeatedly try to discredit the work of the sniffer dogs and their handlers?




  • Why have the McCanns attempted to ‘gag’ anyone who disputes their version of events – most especially Gonçalo Amaral?


  • Why given over £14 million has been spent on this search to date has nobody come forward with any sighting of ‘missing’ Madeleine McCann given the rewards on offer?


Missing still yet little to no police resources for their cases… Ben Needham disappeared in Kos, Greece on the 24th July 1991 aged 1 and his mother gets little help for her search; Martin Allen disappeared in London on 5th November 1979 aged 15 and though his brother, Kevin, keeps the case in the public eye as much as he can, he gets little to no help from the Metropolitan Police.
A sense of priorities… Madeleine McCann on a tennis court prior to her ‘disappearance’ in May 2007 and her parents out running near the resort she ‘disappeared’ in the days after her ‘disappearance.’
Living-it-up… Gerry McCann enjoying a round of golf (left); Kate McCann at Downing Street, London hobnobbing with Missing People CEO Martin Houghton-Brown, the Duchess of Gloucester and the then Home Secretary Theresa May on 23rd May 2012 (right).
Brown nosing… Amongst those to have supported the McCanns have been especially gobby attention seekers including job wrecker Sir Richard Branson, “Chanel-clad” charity begins at home tin banger Baroness (Catherine) Meyer and her pompous arsehole late ex-husband Sir Christopher and job wrecking grabber Sir Philip Green.
In December 2017, when £11 million of British taxpayers’ money had been spent towards the search for ‘missing’ Madeleine McCann, 86% of viewers of ITV1’s ‘Loose Women’ said the public purse should cease to fund the investigation. Now, in January 2023, with that sum now well in excess of £14 million (aside from the millions in private money also), it is time to allocate resources to the search for missing people who actually can be found, we would suggest. Shouldn’t 2023, when many suffer because of the cost-of-living crisis, be the time that this pointless waste of funds finally ends?
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. All questions can be answered but OG refused to investigate the only possibility (scenario) that reveals what really happened based on a total different timeline which contains a lot of circumstantial evidence en key witnesses during the sailing incident who only were informally interviewed by the Portuguese police. No statements in the PJfiles.

    Is OG closing a ‘scapegoat’ deal in Wiesbaden during a meeting with the PJ and the BKA this month.
    In November 2017 the 3 nations made their first deal also during a meeting in Germany. They start a hunt for pedophiles who were living or staying in the Algarve in May 3 2007.

    Was this sailing incident covered up by Mark Warner’s OC in Praia da Luz ?
    The key witness Catriona ‘Baker’, the crèche nanny, was moved to a Greeks resort of Mark Warner shortly after her disappearance.

    An earlier respons from me in the Steeple Times in this missing person case, or no body no case, or abduction or murder case.

    [EDITED FOR LEGAL REASONS – Please refer to Arnold’s Twitter account]

    This secondary drowning scenario has never been investigated but it explains why this simple missing person case is still unsolved.

    It’s time for those involved in this investigation to change their mindsets. £14 million used to create a tunnel vision is a horrifying thought.

    on Twitter @Arnold56024791

  2. Maddie went missing on the thursday. On the Sunday after my medium friend was washing up when a small girl appeared by her side. She asked for her teddy, and the medium recognised it was Maddie when the medium asked her where are you she replied that she was with her aunty Mary. This medium like so many gave a description of the man who took her and where she is buried. The parents had a thick folder from mediums all over the world, and not one lead was followed up because they said it was against their Catholic religion!! If it was my daughter I would have had an open mind and acted upon all of the information at hand. So here is the million dollar question: If you knew where Maddie was buried would you go there and tell the authorities? Would they accuse you of murdering the young girl? That is the big question.


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