Netflix’s The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Has our growing obsession with true crime gone too far?

In the first episode of the documentary series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which arrived on Netflix this morning, Portuguese reporter Sandra Felgueiras recalls having an epiphany. It was 2007, a three-year-old girl had just gone missing during a family holiday to the Algarve, and Felgueiras had been sent to cover the case. She watched Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate, make their first public statement to the press. As Gerry spoke, voice breaking, of his “anguish and despair”, his wife stared at the ground, clutching her daughter’s pink cuddly toy. “This is not news,” Felgueiras remembers thinking. “This not a story. This is their life.”

The same argument could be made against this eight-part documentary’s very existence. In the tradition of other recent true crime phenomena – Serial, Making a Murderer, The Jinx – the series pores over the details of Madeleine’s disappearance, taking its viewers through every

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