The Madeleine Foundation website would appear to have shut up shop - and not before time. The McCanns had made legal moves to remove it from the internet over various alleged libels. My posting of July 2008 on this odious organisation has recently drawn a lot of hostility from the various cranks, sofa detectives and persecutors who have made the McCanns' life a misery: it's interesting to watch an old dormant post erupt like a volcano because of all the Google searches for Madeleine stories.
Many of the letters to me - some highly defamatory and therefore unpublishable - reveal a visceral loathing of the McCanns based on a variety of personal agendas which have little or nothing to do with the missing girl or her parents. To many, they have become representative of anything from class privilege (because they're doctors) to child neglect, a sort of totem for irrational abuse. Some MF-ers, led by retired solictor Tony Bennett, have even dreamt up British government conspiracy theories.
Who needs crop circle tales when there's yet another Maddie fantasy to pore over?