Shocking Revelations, Trolls & Madeleine McCann

 The past couple of weeks have been crazy, with the Michael Jackson 'hit piece' - Leaving Neverland 'documentary' causing a lot of drama and discussion, the revelations about Amber Heard's ill treatment of Johhny Depp and yesterday we heard the shocking news that someone killed 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand.

I was also really sad to read about Louis Tomlinson's sister dying suddenly at the age of 18, what a terrible shock and another traumatic situation for that family after they lost their mother not that long ago. I'm not a One Direction fan or know that much about Louis but he always comes across as quite a nice guy and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. 

In my own life I've found out the truth about someone who I had known and considered a dear friend from childhood (he recently passed away due to illness). This was someone that I kinda grew up with in my hometown in Scotland, we went to school together and his family knew my family. He would always come up to my Dad's house and his elder brother was best friends with my brother.

He was always such a nice, good natured person and when I moved back down to England at 18, we lost touch. I was shocked to hear that he had suddenly died but always knew that he had a problem with his lungs since childhood. I never thought it would kill him, I never knew the exact name of the illness that he suffered from but as a kid he was running about like the rest of us so I didn't think it was a serious thing. 

I was really upset when I found out that he died. I'd heard that he'd gotten married and had a son and I thought that was lovely. 

Over the past couple of weeks I have been in touch with another childhood friend from my hometown and she had sent me some newspaper articles along with some revelations about my friend. If you follow me on social media you'll know that I love animals, I'm vegetarian and I cannot stand to see or hear of an animal being harmed and I'm 100% against hunting, fishing, horse riding. I'm really serious when it comes to animal cruelty.

You may want to skip the next few paragraphs as the details are quite upsetting!

So, she tells me that my friend had a thing for hurting animals, torturing them, killing them. She'd only just found out this herself and she sent me the newspaper articles to prove it (he had been fined various times). He had a thing for shooting birds, rabbits and he and his friends would go up to the hills in the countryside, dig holes in the ground and send their dogs in to kill foxes, rabbits, badgers....all for a bit of fun! (their sick idea of fun).

I couldn't believe it but it was right there in black and white, he had been fined for hunting and was well known for this. he considered it a hobby. He would take pictures of the animals that he killed and kept a note of how many he killed. 

So I was left in utter shock and disgust, how could this person who seemed like such a nice and kind person, do these horrific things to defenceless animals. 

I think that anyone who can harm an animal is seriously screwed up and capable of harming a human. It may sound strange but this has completely changed my view of him, I know he's no longer with us but someone like that, who kills animals for fun is not a good person in my view.

I no longer consider him a friend and it just goes to show, yet again how you never really know a person and you don't know what goes on in someones mind. 

I don't know why I've decided to include this in this post but I just wanted to vent about it, get it out of my system. I can't believe I actually cried over this person when I heard that he had died.

Did you watch 'The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann' on Netflix UK? (I'm not sure if they have the series on Netflix elsewhere), what did you think?. In my opinion they didn't show us anything that we didn't already know about the case but I suppose the focus on the results from the sniffer dogs was important as this was something that stayed in a lot of people's minds. I think it was good that they talked a lot about the lab results and pointed out that the rental car was hired days after Madeleine had gone missing. 

This case has been heavily debated for years and a lot of people think that the parents were somehow involved. I did have the idea at one point that they had accidentally sedated Madeleine and she'd had a bad reaction and died, that they had panicked and didn't want to lose their careers as medical professionals or lose their other children. This was based on my lack of knowledge and hearing that the dogs had found blood in the room that Madeleine went missing and the boot of their rental car.

Now that these pieces of evidence have been proven false and I have seen the whole series, I do not think the McCanns were involved, I think they were guilty of negligence for leaving their kids alone and I don't like the idea of sedating kids but I don't know the full details of that. It's one of those cases where you can spend all night racking your brain and still fail to come up with an answer.

I hope that they find Madeleine, it would be amazing if she returned home safe and sound. It can happen, we've seen cases where people have been abducted and held captive for years and then return to their families. It's important to never give up hope. 

If you don't know much about the case, I highly recommend that you check out 'The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann on Netflix. There are some 'documentaries' on youtube but some of them you may want to take with a pinch of salt as there are a lot of conspiracy theorists out there. 

There's a LOT of people (and a lot of them are trolls) who seem to be heavily invested in this case. I don't know if you remember the woman (some details about it here) who had a twitter account a few years ago which was solely for tweeting vile things about the McCanns, she did this for years. She would get up at 6/7 am in the morning and tweet about the McCanns right up to 3am. She was obsessed and believed that the McCann's were responsible for Madeleine's disappearance.

This woman was exposed on Sky News in front of the whole nation. She was about to get into her car and a reporter pounced on her with a camera crew and started asking her why she was posting messages about the McCanns online (you can view the footage of this here

Sky News were heavily criticised for this because some people viewed this as an invasion of privacy, that the woman had a right to an opinion and that so many others were criticising the McCanns, why just pick on her?

The situation went from bad to worse as the woman was found a few days later in a hotel room, she had taken her own life. 

As I said before, this case has been a heavy talking point for so many people and in my opinion, in regards to this woman, I'm not a fan of trolls but it did seem a bit unfair that they targeted her out of so many others. Nobody knows what was going on in that lady's personal life for her to be so obsessed with the case.

Well, that's my take on it. I don't have any answers. What are your thoughts? Maybe you know more about the case than I do and have a good theory?

On a totally different subject, I've given up Cheese for Lent. There was no way I would be able to give up Chocolate lol (that's a must have, especially at a certain time of the month). Do you consider yourself a christian? what are you giving up for Lent?

Thank you for taking the time to read this strange post, I've kinda went off on a few things that have been on my mind recently but hope you enjoyed reading. Let me know your thoughts if you have any on anything I've mentioned in this post, leave them below or tweet me.

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