Here we are, then. I wrote back in May of Maddie 'suspect' Raymond Hewlett:
This second element to the story is important - the dead can't sue; and "Did he take Maddie secrets to the grave?" stories are probably already being prepared for if and when he does succumb to his cancer. Sorry if this sounds brutal, by the way, but it's a brutal business.
'McCanns fear he will take his secrets to the grave' - strange, then, that when Hewlett offered to speak to their representatives, spokesman Clarence Mitchell said:
Mr Mitchell told Sky News: "He should have indicated yesterday that he was happy to talk to us."
Well no, it makes perfect sense. It's important not to talk to a dying man because he didn't speak to you on the particular day you wanted to, and therefore never find out what he wants to say, but then go on to worry that he might take his secrets to the grave. There's nothing contradictory in there, is there?
So, here we have it. Hewlett is forever going to be smeared with this crime. He probably didn't do it, and there's no evidence he did, but he's a paedo, he was in the same country, and so that'll just about do. He fits the bill, and the total and utter lack of evidence can be brushed under the carpet. And besides, he can't sue, so he's doomed.