Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Delusions of Grandeur and Paranoia


I’d like to explore the section of Amaral’s book, ‘An Investigation Destined for the Archives’.

In this chapter Goncalo talks about the investigation deliberately being steered for closure after he left the police force. He claims that the British police shared the view that his hypothesis of Madeleine having died in the apartment should be considered. Then he remarks that the British police suddenly stepped back from that hypothesis and gave up on following that line of investigation without any practical justification.

Goncalo, to me, seems to be burying his head in the sand about the factual, material reasons why the British police backed off from the thesis of Madeleine dying in apartment 5A. He avoids the common sense explanaition why they stopped following the direction that Goncalo has hung his hat on. That explanaition being that the forensic results undermined the thesis of a death and concealment, therefore undermining Gancalo's theory.

Remarkably, Goncalo goes on to justify their reasons for pulling back as part of a bigger, conspired, picture. He states that he wondered how the McCann’s had access to information that had not been made public, he suggests that he believes there had been inside investigative information being passed on to the McCann’s, a conspiracy?  This is after all what his book is about. The lie he refers to clearly interpreted as sourced from the institution, involving the McCann’s and the British police. Blaming his forces own Director of Police for the final death of the case.

“The closing of the case certainly serves someone’s interest”
 
Says Goncalo. Those who believe in the abduction thesis, he wonders?, those who perpetuate the lie to move away from material truth?, he ponders. The truth he refers to being his own thesis which was undermined, not by conspiracy, but by material facts.

Not only does it seem that Goncalo is in denial about the simple truth of that matter, he has convinced himself that Madeleine is dead. That she died in the apartment and was concealed by her parents.

“I think of that little girl who was not yet four years old and who was denied the right to live”

What in God’s name makes an inspector believe his own thesis as fact when the evidence was in front of him to guide his opinion towards the truth?

What would make that inspector assume anyone who did not agree with him was part of some conspiracy to cover up his own truth?

The final paragraph in this chapter gives an indication.

“It is time for the story to be told by the one who was responsible for its operational coordination and who lived it intensely in the company of men and women who constitute the elite of the police judiciara”.

Does the belief that one is elite, invite delusions of grandeur and paranoia, to turn opinion into fact? And turn denial into conspiracy?

Useful link: Conspiracy Theorists.