Was ‘The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’ Doc Worth the Wait?

The Madeleine McCann documentary was released on Netflix on March 15th and it gave people the chance to see the events of how Madeline was abducted and the aftermath of it.

Before this documentary was released many people didn’t know if the McCanns were going to feature in it but on the 6th of March Kate and Gerry McCann released a statement on their site called ‘’.

They said in their statement that, “We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance. We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it.”

It is understandable why they would not want to participate in the documentary given that the police investigation is ongoing but this also gave people more of a reason to suspect them.

The documentary has a range of officials like police officers, private detectives, investigative journalists and other sources discussing the case.

One of the main people talking in the documentary was Goncalo Amaral who was a Portuguese detective at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance who would then go on to lead the hunt for the missing child.

This investigation turned sour as Amaral went on to name Kate and Gerry McCann “arguidos” which means main suspects in the abduction of Madeleine. According to the documentary, he alledges that the parents killed Madeleine and disposed of her body.

In the lead up to his assumptions of Gerry and Kate McCann it showed in some episodes two sides. There would be people saying that Gerry and Kate would never harm their child yet there were others questioning everything the McCanns told the police and they believed that something wasn’t right.

One of the main scenes in the documentary that would lead people to believe the McCanns may have had something to do with it was when two sniffer dogs came in. One dog could detect the smell of a dead body in the McCann apartment while the other dog could detect the smell of blood in the apartment and in the McCann’s rental car. From this point on in the documentary it is all speculation and people pointing the finger at the McCanns.

Gerry and Kate then decided to return home and fight back where they were then stripped of being “arguidos” and Goncalo Amaral was fired from his job. People to this day still believe the McCanns were involved some way and there will always be speculation around the couple based on things they did and didn’t do regarding the night Madeleine disappeared.

The second half

The second half of the documentary takes a turn and goes in to the idea of who else could have taken Madeline and they tell the viewers of all the theories that have been suspect throughout the years.

It ends on a sad yet hopeful note when Kate McCann’s friend Susan Hubbard reads out a note from Kate to everyone who came to the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia de Luz where she still talks of hope and gratefulness for the people helping them along through such a painful journey.

As it is coming up to the 12th year of Madeleine’s disappearance it is hard to grapple with a documentary that might not have been needed as it only brought up more attention that ultimatley wasn’t good attention.

It may have given people some perspective on what might have happened but it went over everything again and in times of moving forward it may have brought Gerry and Kate back a step. It’s all theories and unanswered questions in which many people hope will come to light one day and Madeleine will be found.