The world has been obsessed with Madeleine McCann ever since the three-year-old vanished on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007.
Twelve years later, in the year that little Maddie would have turned fifteen, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann documentary series has dropped on Netflix.
Brimming with detail, the documentary is an emotional rollercoaster for any viewer. But there’s a small detail that’s revealed so quietly, almost at the end of the documentary, that you may have missed it.
But according to Robbyn Swan, who co-wrote Looking for Madeleine in 2014 and is featured throughout the show, when Madeleine’s mum Kate McCann discovered this particular piece of information, she could never get it out of her mind. In fact, it was “the stuff of nightmares” for Kate and Gerry McCann, Swan said in the documentary.
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In her own 2011 book about the case, Madeleine: Our daughter’s disappearance and the continuing search for her, Kate reveals that because the group’s children would be asleep in their hotel apartments at dinner time, they requested that they dine at the same table every night – the one with the best view of the apartments.
It was only after Madeleine disappeared without a trace, Kate discovered that the person who took the booking wrote that information in the reservation book – meaning it became clear to anyone working at the restaurant, or any prying member of the public, that the children would be unsupervised in their rooms.