Francisco Moita Flores,
The Maddie soap opera continues with the greatest minds of global
wisdom dictating judgements. The week started with
declarations from a former homicides detective, an
Englishman, who took the opportunity to show his rare
professional résumé, and from there conclude that the
British girl who disappeared in the Algarve was alive,
though, he stressed, had not been captured by any
The news caused a stir in several countries, and the man failed to
explain himself properly, or on what grounds he
supported the lengthy tirade that is nothing more than a
replica of other similar tirades that reach the
The news was still hot when suddenly a South African businessman, I
imagine with the help of a device of his creation,
searched the terrain of the only suspect that the PJ had
an eye on and assured that the girl was buried there, in
that very specific spot, inasmuch as his machine is so
perfectly rigorous. So much so, that it does not even
warrant animal bones or another human being. It must be
Maddie. The device says everything. And then it came,
the version of the death, amongst the screams of
indignant outrage of the suspect and the child's parents
demanding for more excavations in the garden.
It is known, no one could have failed noticing as the
investigations were accompanied by a massive world-wide
media circus, that the garden was thoroughly scrutinized
for several days by Portuguese forensic scientists, who
In any case, so that these doubts are wiped out, I see no harm in
excavating again at the location where the 'georadiologist'/businessman
claims the girl was buried. Digging is good. At least,
it opens the appetite.
By the way, I have received various letters, coming from the whole
country, of witches, psychics, sorcerers or merely
suspecting characters that have provided multiple
destinations for child. If the English Spin Doctor on
this case needs further publicity of the bad work of the
Portuguese police, I can look them up and send them.
The Portuguese psychics would then get guaranteed global
advertising, tosh or twaddle, at least it would be our 'witchcraftery'
to get the laurels of the headlines.
in Correio da Manhã, July 8, 2012, online edition