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Parents of Madeleine
McCann document toddler's disappearance
By the CNN
May 12, 2011
-- Updated 1105 GMT (1905 HKT)
of Madeleine McCann's disappearance in 2007 grabbed
headlines around the world
Watch the full interview
with Madeleine McCann's parents, four years after her disappearance, on
Piers Morgan Tonight, 9 p.m. ET.
The parents of Madeleine McCann have written a book
about their ordeal
Kate McCann says any earnings in book sales will pay for
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished in Portugal
-- Four years after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a British
toddler who went missing in Portugal, her parents have written a book
detailing their account of that horrible night.
"I suppose there's always
been the urge to -- to get the truth out there," Kate McCann, the
missing girl's mother, told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview.
"Obviously, when there's been so many stories written. But we've always
had things to weigh up. And ultimately, Madeleine's fund was running
out, and I knew that we'd need to raise money, really, to continue to
She says profits from the
book sales will be directed toward furthering the investigation into the
disappearance of their daughter in Portugal's Algarve region in 2007.
"There's just always
something inside, and the pain is never too far away from the surface,"
said Gerry McCann, the girl's father.
News of the missing
wide-eyed girl grabbed headlines across the globe and moved celebrities
such as soccer star David Beckham to make public pleas for her safe
"I don't think it consumes
every minute as it did before," Kate McCann explained. "But certainly,
you know, Madeleine's absence is there constantly."
She added that she's "now
reached that point where I will allow myself to take time out, and just
relax a little, enjoy something." But the absence of her daughter is
The pair says they are
hopeful that the book, titled "Madeleine," will prompt others to come
forward with information about the girl's disappearance.
"There is a chance she may
not be alive," said Kate McCann. "But what we do know is there's a very
good chance that she is alive."
Madeleine was nearly 4
years old when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia
da Luz as her parents dined in a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.
Despite a huge police
investigation and massive coverage in the Portuguese and British media,
she has not been found.
At one point, authorities
in Portugal had named the girl's parents as suspects, as well as a
British man living in Portugal, Robert Murat.
But a spokesman for the
Portuguese prosecutor's office said in July 2008 that authorities found
no evidence of involvement by any of the three and they were no longer
Kate McCann said earlier
that she thought being named as a suspect had a devastating effect on
closed the case in July 2008.
Morgan Tonight weeknights 9 p.m. ET. For the latest from Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan (PM) - Gerry, I mean, a difficult question, but
obviously the resort you were in, had lots of nanny facilities,
and they weren't that expensive to use, and you are both
professionals earning money. Another criticism that is put to
you is: why didn't you just pay to have a nanny if you wanted to
go out for dinner?
Gerry McCann (GM) - Yeah, I mean, it's not a question of money.
We did what we thought was best with the kids routines, and... I
think as parents, ahm, we were, we had a very good routine in
terms of the whole bar, bed story, type of thing. And, and, I
take your point but for me, you know, if your children are
asleep upstairs in a bedroom and you're dining in the garden,
you're out of sight and can't hear them. Ahm, and that's the
similar thing to me, we were...
PM - Except, I guess, that most peoples homes are secure, you
GM - Sure.
PM - This was not a secure property, people could come in and
off the street if they wanted to, that, that's were the
criticism, I guess, comes at its most fierce towards you. You're
intelligent people and you're certainly good parents, no one is
questioning that, from all the accounts that we've all heard.
It's just, when you're having people coming in and off a street
like that, and it's not your home, and it's not really secure.
GM - Again, that it's back to the safety issue, we did not
perceive an element of threat, and... Child abductions is so
rare, why would you have ever have thought that someone was
going to get in the apartment and steal your child? (clip cut)
It just didn't enter our head, if it had, it wouldn't have
Kate McCann - You're right. We've been trough all of this
questions, day in day out, why, how, why... And I can only, you
know, say to myself: Well, Kate you felt really safe and I know
how much I love my children, and there's no way I'd taken a
GM - I think the worst thing about the focus on our behaviour
is, and you know, if we could change it, we would, we can't
change it but it takes the focus away from the abductor [notice
the smirk whilst Gerry mentions the word abductor], and that
becomes quite frustrating for us because, Madeleine is still
missing, and those, that person, or those responsible for taking
her, are still at large.