On the Day of Nora’s Funeral in Belfast – two distasteful stories

On the same day as Nora Quoirin’s funeral at St Brigid’s Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, two news items caught my attention. The first was another fundraiser, ostensibly by the Lucie Blackman Trust to help fund the launch of their services for other Irish families in similar circumstances, in Nóra’s memory.

In other words, donate to “help fund the launch of the Lucie Blackman Trust…” We don’t even know the exact circumstances of what happened to Nora, but the Trust are confidently asking for donations to help other families in similar circumstances.

Did the Lucie Blackman Trust do anything to actually help find Nora, or assist in the investigation whatsoever? What they did do was act as spokesman; they were responsible for spreading the dubious abductor story, which put the Quoirin family at cross purposes with the police who were trying to look for their daughter.

A strong argument can be made that if it wasn’t for the interference and pressure of foreign media and bogus McCann-inspired abductor yarn, the searches would have remained nearer the resort where Nora was ultimately found. If that happened Nora may have been found sooner, and found alive. Nora didn’t die the day she went missing, she starved to death over a period of a week, more than enough time for the people on the ground searching for her to find her.

By splitting up the search resources into those searching for a Wandering Nora and those searching for an Abducted Nora, this may be why Nora wasn’t found until it was too late.

Alternatively, one may say there are still unanswered questions, say as whether Nora was moved to where she was found by some invisible entity or phantasm. But if there are lingering questions, no one seems interested in answering them any longer. The family have moved on, the media have moved on [except to criticize this site for daring to investigate beyond the media narrative], and apparently even the Trust have moved on in terms of fundraising for other families in so-called similar circumstances.

At the official Nora Quoirin memorial page, one has to pay £14 in order to leave a “note of sympathy”.

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The other story that caught my attention was one conflating the discovery of of a missing Russian child with her parents, after a 20 year disappearance. Written by the McCann-scribe and arch apologist 

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“Yulia was almost the same age as little Maddie when she mysteriously vanished from a train travelling from the Belarus capital of Minsk 20 years ago as her dad slept. She somehow ended up more than 550 miles away in Ryazan, in neighbouring Russia, three weeks later, where cops were unable to trace her parents and gave her up for adoption.”

Yulia didn’t “somehow end up 550 miles away”. She was on a train. That’s how she got to where she was found. While her father slept during the 60-mile train journey from Minsk to Asipovichy, Yulia wandered off [probably elsewhere in the train]. What’s so mysterious about that?

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According to the media “it remains unclear how Yulia got from Asipovichy to Ryazan”.

It’s not unclear at all. Ryazan is a few miles east of Moscow, the Russian capital. Trains tend to radiate outward from large urban centres, and after terminating at smaller cities and towns, they invariably return to these same centres. That’s what happened to Yulia.

Yulia was found on a railway siding, and ended up growing up there. She still lives there today. The media use the words “lost” to describe her, not kidnapped, or abducted. And where was Yulia reconciled with her family? At a police station, the one place where the McCanns didn’t want to be in Portugal. And when they were summoned, they refused to answer questions put to them.

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Given the innocent circumstances of  Yulia Gorina, her parents had every reason to hope that she was alive. There was no reason to think she’d been taken, and rather than that being their first thought, it was more likely their last.

Interestingly, though the parents searched frantically for their child, the parents were widely believed to have killed their little girl, although charges were never filed against them. Naturally

Ultimately Yulia wasn’t taken by a sinister pedophile ring or predator abductor. She was found – a little girl lost – by local police. When no parents could be found in the area, she was given up for adoption.  Guess how she was reunited with her family? Her boyfriend did a simple internet search.

The McCann case is very different, and any sensible person [and sensible media] would know there is more evidence suggesting Madeleine is dead, and died in apartment 5A more than 12 years ago, than that she’s alive. If she is alive, and safe, she could do an internet search too, assuming she somehow missed the world’s largest manhunt for a person, and associated media coverage. So why doesn’t she?

One of the reasons I wanted to write about the Quoirin case was to debunk the lunacy of the McCann saga infecting this case. One could see a mile off that sticky taping abductor over this case was going to all end in tears, and that’s what happened – the disastrous results of this case were predictable and preventable.

The McCann case isn’t the proper or professional way to investigate a missing persons case, it’s not a blueprint how to deal with a missing child situation, it’s precisely how not to report on or investigate one.

Overall the media coverage of the Quoirin case was biased, misinformed and flat-out barking up the wrong tree. In this sense, the media are somewhat culpable for where Nora and her family find themselves on the tragic day her remains are finally laid to rest. Will any lessons be learned from this? And, at the end of the day, who is responsible for infecting the narrative the way this one was?

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16 thoughts on “On the Day of Nora’s Funeral in Belfast – two distasteful stories

  1. Spokesman for lbt was In a Facebook group I was in. He even spoke to me he said the investigation s were still on going . I had to leave there s some crazy trolls in the uncovering the truth nora group and admin won’t allow any posts from you which I think is pathetic. Good reads😀

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  2. I think, as I believe many people think, that an abduction narrative shifts responsibility from parents to a phantom kidnapper or abductor. The Ramsey’s surely knew that by writing their note they could control the investigation – at least initially, and buy themselves a bit of time to move things around and confuse. In that case we also see an open window. In the murder mystery the abductor always comes in through a window, doesn’t he, even though there are plenty of other ways to come in if one is ambitious and dedicated enough to take someone from their house. John Ramsey was asked initially if JonBenet could have wandered off on her own at which he bristled and said she’s 6 years old! Yet the Quoirin’s wouldn’t consider whether Nora wandered off on her own and the McCann’s were adamant Madeleine had been taken. If Madeleine had wandered, then that would come back around on the McCann’s since they weren’t supervising their children. To this day Burke says JonBenet was killed by a pedophile from the pageant circuit, the McCann’s say Madeleine was abducted by a pedophile and perhaps sold. The press for some reason feels more comfortable with a false narrative than trying to do their work and report on what really happened, or at least consider that the responsibility for a missing or murdered or dead child lies a little closer to home.

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    • Can I ask you a question Sylvester. I thought I was very clear in the book about Nora’s cause of death, but a reader seems to be confused about it. From what you read, what do understand was the cause of death?

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  3. Cause of death was bleeding internally from a ruptured ulcer, aggravated or brought on by starvation and stress. She also could have ingested some sort of bacteria from drinking the water from a stream.

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      • I think I cited 7 sources, all of whom said “Nora died of starvation”, and I tried to very strongly emphasize the point of how badly this reflected on everyone. I also tried to show how nonsensical it is to say she died of internal bleeding, hunger and stress. It’s like saying Watts strangled, poisoned and smothered Shan’ann. Well, which is it?

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  4. Cause of death was as stated from the autopsy – toxicology results still unknown. However how did she come to be separated from her family, how did she come to have wandered off, what time did she leave, why didn’t anyone notice, why wasn’t she being paid attention to, what were the sleeping arrangements, why did it take so long to find her, and then find her dead, and an abduction narrative which played a part in the police “bungling the search” as stated by the Sun – all of that contributed to her death.

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  5. Starvation is an agonizing horrible death. Years ago my co-workers and I decided to support a foundation called The Hunger Project by fasting from the time we got up until midnight. We were allowed to drink water, but no caffeine or sugar. No fruit juice. We had lunch up on the rooftop of work – someone brought a hot water soup, we had a watery tea, no caffeine, and of course water. At some point during the day your thoughts go from wouldn’t a nice stew be great to wanting to eat anything – a flower, a leaf. For those of us who held out until after midnight none of us ate after midnight. We slept. The point was there are real people in the world who are really starving. Most of us won’t ever know what that feels like, and this was one way to really feel what it could be like and to not intellectualize it but feel it.

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  6. Yes, it was unnecessary. It didn’t have to happen. I do believe that with all of my being. That’s what makes her story so very sad. Precious moments were lost right from the start.

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  7. I just remembered another abduction story – Baby Lisa Irwin. Like Madeleine McCann, someone saw a man carrying a baby down the road during the night and provided a sketch to the police, but the man looked a lot like Mr. Irwin. A few years later there was a possible sighting of Baby Lisa in another country, published in the media, with her new family (a Slavic couple). Turned out it was their child, not Baby Lisa. Lisa’s mother had gotten drunk the night or early morning when Lisa went missing. The best thing the couple could have done, and did, was hire a media-savvy attorney who advised them to clam up, and wouldn’t allow the two other children sleeping in the house to be questioned.

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