A mum's pain: Gerry and Kate McCann pose with
boards of their missing daughter Madeleine reading "don't
give me up" as they leave the Tribunal Civil de Lisboa last
year. Picture: Francisco Leon
THE mum of missing girl Madeleine McCann has spoken of her terrible
visions about her kidnapped daughter.
In a book serialised in a British newspaper, Kate McCann, 43, writes how
she is haunted by "flashes" of Madeleine "screaming" for her and
husband, Gerry McCann.
McCann said four years after her three year old was snatched on a family
holiday in Portugal, "The idea that my Madeleine was taken by a
paedophile is my worst fear. I became consumed with it. It was torture
for me. It was horrible, so vivid. It's worse when I go to bed and think
about that first awful night again, when Madeleine went missing."
emotionally-charged book by the former family doctor was titled simply
"Madeleine." She and consultant cardiologist husband Gerry McCann, 42,
admitted they were plagued by guilt over the night Madeleine vanished
from their vacation apartment in Praia da Luz while they enjoyed a meal
with friends at a tapas bar.
McCann said, "If your child is killed in a traffic accident, or died of
cancer, parents are at peace. But Madeleine is still missing and she
needs us to do something."
384-page book, which features previously unseen pictures of Madeleine,
was to be published on her daughter's eighth birthday.
McCann said, "Who's thinking about child abductions in a little sleepy
out-of-season tourist resort' It never entered our minds. We felt very
safe - it was a family resort."
making no excuses, he told how their thoughts were, "What could happen'
The kids are in bed asleep."