Netflix’s newest entry to the true crime documentary genre is making its debut on Friday, and it’s one of the most controversial to date. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is an eight-part series that looks into the decade-old case of a three year old British girl who went missing at a resort with her parents. While the documentary promises big revelations, the McCann family wants no part of it.
The case was one of the most heavily covered in the world, with sprawling theories and tabloid-style coverage that was only exacerbated by the rise of social media. On the day of the disappearance, McCann’s parents were having dinner away from the room where McCann and her twin brothers were sleeping. Upon returning, she was gone. Several suspects and leads were identified throughout the case, including the girl’s parents who were the subjects of a controversial interrogation. Twelve years later, McCann has still not been found. According to Variety, the documentary will feature interviews from 40 contributors—none of which are McCann’s parents, who opted out of the filming process. The McCann family has pushed back, stating that the film could do more harm than good for the still-open case—an appropriate concern considering that the case has become as known for its investigative missteps as it has its victim. The McCann family has also written a book about Madeleine’s disappearance titled Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her. Watch the trailer for the documentary below:
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which debuts on Netflix this Friday, is allegedly filled with new revelations, but one thing remains clear for now: no one has come forward with an answer to what really happened to Madeleine McCann.