Meehan's mum was overheard on the phone telling someone, thought to be Matthews, to keep quiet. The missing schoolgirl - the focus of a massive police search and media campaign - had in fact been drugged and tethered to a bed Karen Matthews in the hope of pocketing a £50,000 reward for finding her. Despite the freezing room, she crawled out and sleepily climbed down the ladder to get ready. Nine-year-old Shannon Matthews disappeared after a swimming trip with her school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, on 19 February 2008. It was the biggest police inquiry in the area since the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper and is thought to have cost £3.
Why did Karen plan to have Michael Donovan drug and hold her daughter hostage for so long? Police examined computers at the house and found images of child porn on his. Shannons family resemble the features of a working class re-constituted family, and the way in which they speak and their manners suggest that they are of a low status too. However the child cannot be kept in police protection for more than 72 hours. Getty Images Three days after her disappearance, police detectives revealed that Shannon had expressed a wish to leave home, and had scribbled a note on her bedroom wall which said she wanted to see her biological father more frequently. The benefit system highlights the perks of not working, recipients not only receive free money from the state but can also be entitled to free health care, interest free loans and free or discounted accommodation and council tax. Cruel Matthews seen out shopping sporting a new hairstyle and makeover When was Karen Matthews released? The father of her eldest child is unknown.
The police operation focuses on areas close to her family home and groups of officers are seen conducting house-to-house inquiries in the vicinity. After that, Karen started a relationship with Paul Hooker, father of one of her sons — and he says that she has had little contact with the child since he was a few months old. The mathews family can be seen as the proletariat who own nothing but thier own labour. The said that Karen Matthews and Kate McCann represented two sides of the social class coin in Britain. A source close to the family said at the time that they were the 'most wonderful people'. But, devastatingly, she has also not seen her grandparents - and possibly never will again. Sociologists would say this is due to the upper-middle class background of the mccann's, and the stereotypes of the working class in reference to Shannon Matthews.
Matthews, who has reportedly changed her name to that of her favourite Hollywood actress, is said to have turned to the Bible group after being cut off from family and friends. Detectives reveal Shannon had expressed a desire to leave home and had scribbled a note on her bedroom wall saying she wished to see more of her natural father. But whereas the families of Karen's parents and sister were underpinned by marriage and at least one parent in work, Karen's life has been conspicuous by serial relationships and benefits dependency. After she was arrested, the children were initially cared for by The children were later taken into care and were all given new identities for protection. I feel that Karen Matthews may have been from a single-parent family or maybe a reconstituted family which may have lead to the misunderstanding of how families work. Tracey, however, had her suspicions.
Hours after appearing in court, workmen board up her council house in Moorside Road. Natalie Brown lived next door to Karen Matthews, considered herself a close friend and was first to offer support after Shannon went missing. That morning would be the last time Shannon Mathews would ever walk out of her home on the Moorside Estate. West Yorkshire Police questioned 1,500 motorists and searched 3,000 addresses. According to , where he is believed to still be living close to the home he shared with Matthews. Karen Matthews was given a new name for use in public, although authorities did not consider her mentally capable of maintaining a completely new identity and she will retain her real name for engagement with officials.
What was once a working class is now, in some places, an underclass. The family liaison officer assigned to the case, Detective Constable Christine Freeman, was one of those people. I will be up there in heaven, looking down on her. The fact that Karen also spoke to the press against police advice also bugged Natalie. A court can make an order protecting the child's identity. The emerged on February 5.
I'm sure Marxists would, instead of blaming her, would blame capitalism and the bourgeoisie perhaps even pitying her. Andy Brennan, of West Yorkshire Police, claimed that Matthews and Donovan were motivated primarily by money. Her mother has been charged with child neglect and perverting the course of justice. She pulled on her favourite rain boots, they were bright pink with grey fur around the edges. In 2012, Matthews was pictured shortly after leaving prison, with a new, shorter haircut.
Specially-trained officers questioned her to establish what had happened. The Sun increases its reward to £50,000. It was overheard by a police support officer in the car with them. Cole Moreton said the fact that a celebrity-backed appeal to find Madeleine raised £2. She may have £400 a week on benefits but her home life suggests anything but affluence.
Reward money was offered as part of the appeal to find the youngster until she was found alive on March 14. We felt we were in a horrible dream. Marxists could say that because she is proletariat living in a bourgeoisie ruled time the attraction to £50,000 reward money was too attractive to leave, even to the extent allowing the drugging and kidnapping her daughter. Amanda Hyett, Meehan's sister, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on 4 April 2008. On 8 April, the police announced they were investigating approaches to the for money to assist the search for Shannon. In January 2009, Matthews, along with Donovan, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Share After Karen was released from prison all contact with Julie stopped as the terms of her release did not allow it.