Anyone watch it tonight? 1st of a 2 part drama series about Karen Matthews and how she faked the disappearance of her daughter, Shannon in a grand scheme to later find her and claim the reward money (from what I gather, she had seen how much the McCanns reward was and that inspired her idea). Brilliant drama and the casting was excellent, the lassie playing Karen in particular was spot on not only in the way she looked but the way she spoke and acted.
I remember it all unfolding when it happened in 2008. Just totally shocking that someone could put their own child through all that just to get money. Some folk are just overcome with selfishness and greed. Despicable woman and her boyfriend at the time was a weaselly looking creep as well who if i remember correctly was later found with child porn on his computer. How the pair of them thought they could pull something like that off and get away with it is beyond me, there isn't a brain cell between them! The programme showed how she often let her guard slip and let her distraught mother act slip sometimes which raised a few eyebrows. Even when they found Shannon and asked Karen to identify if it was her, she said yes then "can I go home now?". Unbelievable, gutted her daughter was safe and well because her little plan was about to be exposed.
Feel so sorry for her children who had to be put through the horrific ordeal of believing their sister was missing/hurt and for the community who spent days and weeks tirelessly searching and campaigning to help find the wee girl. Sometimes where you find the worst of human nature, you can also find the best and that community showed that when the chips are down everyone can rally together and help. Karen Matthews should be utterly ashamed, although she seems that thick that I doubt the full extent of what she did has registered with her.
God bless that little girl, that terror she must have gone through and having the misfortune to have such a callous, selfish and utterly repulasive mother. I only hope tonights documentary hasn't dragged her back to a place of dark memories and that she is living a far happier life with a new family who will give her the love she was once deprived of.