What the Madeleine McCann documentary didn't include.

Since The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’ aired on Netflix a week ago, the eight-part series has reignited discussion and theories about what happened to the three-year-old girl on the evening of May 3, 2007.

Photos of the wide-eyed little girl have circulated for years, making her one of the most recognisable missing children in the world. Everyone wants to know: What happened to Maddie?

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The Netflix documentary takes an in-depth look at many of the possible suspects and theories, but has also received criticism for bringing nothing new to the investigation as well as leaving out some key conjecture about what happened.

A twitter thread by user @joshrfrd has gone viral after he condemned the series before presenting some of the theories that the documentary left out.


However, some of the speculation put forward has been debunked by official investigators, whilst others remain still possible.

The Podestas brothers


This coding conjecture was part of a conspiracy called “Pizzagate” which has been largely debunked and discredited.


There is no confirmation by any credible sources that the Podestas brothers were in “Praia da Luz at the same time Maddie went missing”.

As for the suspect images, this was part of the Pizzagate conspiracy and has also been proved as false. According to Snopes, these pictures circulated by police in 2013 in relation to the Madeleine McCann disappearance were actually only of one man wanted for the alleged kidnapping, not two as suggested.

Kate and Gerry McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann refused to take part in the documentary, stating that it could impede the ongoing police investigation. Hence the documentary, although it contains voiceovers of the parents speaking in some places, does not have any exclusive interviews with Maddie’s parents.

A statement on their website reads: “We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it.”

The twitter user talks about the theory that Kate and Gerry McCann could know more about the abduction of their daughter than they’re revealing.




Kate and Gerry have vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the disappearance of their daughter and say they have never given up hope of finding Madeleine. They continue in their fight for information that might lead them to her.

Although the theory is very interesting, its also contains multiple factual errors, which is the most likely reason as to why the theories were not included in the Netflix documentary.

However in relation to their refusal to take part in the documentary, some have argued, that the McCanns would surely welcome any resurgence in interest in their daughter’s case, given she is still missing.

A list of questions that Kate McCann refused to answer during police questions has recently reemerged, published first by The Independent. Kate used her right to silence in 2007.

The Twitter user did emphasise that he is not an expert and the thread is purely to open up discussion on areas that the documentary left out.

“Please do your own research and come to your own conclusions,” @joshrfrd said. “I have no idea what actually went on this thread is purely speculation and I’m just pointing out information I haven’t seen be discussed that much.”