Since a few weeks, McCann relatives changed their strategy. Kate’s mother even has made pubic that she thought strange her daughter left the children alone to go out for dinner, in a clear indication that the McCann clan is no more united around Gerry and Kate as before.
Questions have been asked and tension is growing, as Gerry and Kate are more and more aggressive, whenever there is any question they understood as an indication of mistrust about their version of events.
Clarence Mitchell pushed hard to organize a Christmas related event where a large number of close relatives and all of Tapas friends would make a wonderful opportunity for the Media to show a family in grief, victim of those drunken, uncivilized and sub-human Portuguese policemen.
A decision to change plans was taken and a warning made to all family members. But it was too late to avoid word spreading that Madeleine’s family would buy presents for her, in the hope she could be back before Christmas. It seems that somebody wiser than Clarence Mitchell had the capacity to understand that using Christmas to boost the image of relaxed, confident and good-looking parents, eight months after her daughter disappeared, was not a good PR manoeuvre.