Naturally the arrest of Karen Matthews has come to my attention today what with the ladies in work almost forming a giant lynch mob which nearly turned on me when I admittedly half-heartedly muttered something about innocent until proven guilty. I say half heartedly not because I don't believe she is entitled to a fair trial but because I wanted to lamp her long before arrest. It's strange I love cows but the slightest trace of bovine in a person sends me insane.
However I am refusing to believe and will maintain this position in the face of any evidence up to and including a confession signed in blood that the idea for the alleged fake kidnap came from an episode of Shameless. My mind simply cannot accept that level of idiocy. No adult human being could be that suggestible could they? I do realise we aren't talking about a likely contender for Mastermind here but even so. If I allowed myself to think it was true I would be cast into a black despair so awful I may never emerge.
As such I prefer the possibility that she was planning to leave her partner, bottled it then reported her daughter missing in a panic. It seems more plausible and is slightly less evil than a cash scam. As for reports that the McCann's were approached for donations it's entirely possible that this was done by chancers with nothing to do the the Matthews family hoping to scam a few quid on the back of a missing child.
It's just all so depressing I can imagine how upset and cheated everyone who helped out with the search must be feeling. Not to mention the Matthews children involved who at least might get the decent upbringing they are entitled to now that their family such as it was has fallen to bits. I just hope that next time a child goes missing and sadly it will happen again that people don't immediately suspect a scam and do nothing to help the family out.
There is also the small matter of the £5million spent searching for Shannon diverting valuable resources away from investigation of crimes against children and other vulnerable people. If the kidnap does turn out to have been a scam I'd make the fuckers pay back every last penny and if they died before they'd paid it back I'd send the bailiffs into Hades after them.