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McCanns v. Gonçalo Amaral: Libel Trial
12 September 2013
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Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira
Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira Guerra & Paz
Author: Amaral, Gonçalo
Issue year: 2008
No. of Pages:
Price: € 9.90
thanks to Astro for translation
«[...] This book has a higher purpose. That of contributing to the discovery of the
material truth and the achievement of justice in the investigation that is known as the "Maddie Case". These are
fundamental values that I have committed myself to, by duty of conscience, conviction and discipline towards the institution
that I was proud to be a part of. These same values were not extinguished with my retirement and they will always be present
in my life. Under no circumstance whatsoever does the book call the work of my colleagues at the Judiciary Police into question,
nor does it compromise the ongoing investigation. It is my deep understanding that revealing all of the facts in a work of
this kind might jeopardize future actions that are decisive for the discovery of the truth. Nonetheless, the reader will find
data that is previously unknown, interpretations of the facts – always under the light of law – and, of course,
relevant questions. A criminal investigation is only committed to searching for the material truth. It must not worry about
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Message from Gonçalo Amaral,
26 September 2013
Thursday, 26 September 2013,
At this point, it is worth recalling the decision of the Court of Appeal of Lisbon, which upheld
the appeal made in 2010, revoking the decision of the Court of 1st instance, considering unfounded, and not proven, the injunction
filed by the McCanns against the sale of my book "Maddie – The Truth of the Lie":
"The book "Maddie – The Truth of the Lie" which was
written by the defendant Dr. Gonçalo Amaral, has the main motivation of defending his personal and professional honour..."
"The contents of the book does not offend any of the fundamental rights of the applicants [the McCanns]
"The exercise of its writing and publication is included in the constitutional rights that are assured to everyone
by the European Convention for Human Rights and by the Portuguese Republic's Constitution..."
"Despite everything, until a certain moment
in the investigation, the [McCann] family sustained and fed the abduction thesis. Nevertheless, at an uncertain date, the
family suggested to consult a person that might, eventually, indicate the probable location of little Madeleine's cadaver.
This fact became inexplicable to the members of the investigation, given the fact that it was the family members themselves
who raised the possibility of little Maddie's death."
in Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII,
"A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain
as the nose on your face." - The Blue Fairy, Pinocchio
The sighting by the Smith family
Praia da Luz, 03 May 2007, just before 10:00pm
The Smith family, from Ireland
are returning to their apartment after a night out. As they walk, they pass a man carrying a child in his arms. The man
averts his eyes from them to signal that he does not wish to speak.
Four months later, back in Ireland, the Smith
family are watching TV. They see the McCanns return to the UK and observe Gerry McCann alight the aeroplane and walk across
the tarmac with a sleeping Sean in his arms.
The father, Martin Smith, is shocked. He recognises the walking style
and the way the child is being held against the shoulder.
It is exactly like the man he saw on the streets of Praia
da Luz, four months earlier.
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When Drama Turns to Farce, 04 December
When Drama Turns to Farce The Blacksmith Bureau
Posted by John Blacksmith
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 at 15:51
When do we know that public perceptions of people have changed and support is bleeding away? When the evidence is known?
When someone is obviously a monster? When they are tracked down by dedicated investigators?
No, no and no. When,
mysteriously, they and belief in them start to become ridiculous.
Media gave it...
The evidence, for example, that Robert Maxwell, a favourite of these pages, was
a thief had been on record twenty years before he got hold of the Mirror and its pensioners' savings. You look
at that bloated toad's interviews now – the hypnotically grotesque waist and crutchline, acres of it, so appropriate
for someone who simply wanted to roll over and squash anyone he couldn't buy off, the lizard eyes and the Broadmoor smile
–– how come people didn't, no couldn't, see it then? How come they didn't laugh at such an absurd,
pantomime villain but fell for him, starry-eyed, like supposedly hard-bitten Alastair Campbell, a pretty typical mainstream
journalist, who sobbed at the news of his hero's last swim?
For obvious monsters we need look no further than
the BBC, not for Jimmy Savile but someone who made that typical showbiz operator look like a model of sexual restraint: the
sculptor Eric Gill, whose paedophilia was so extreme that it not only regularly encompassed his infant daughter's birthday
party friends but the infant daughter herself, a habit which his arty middle-class friends – and mums – observed
but accepted without much comment. Eccentric, you know. What on earth did the church-going governors of the BBC have
to say when little Eric turned up in his "easy-access for the young" skirt every day to create, on the
front of Broadcasting House, the largest tribute to child abuse ever sculpted and one which still, ahem, stands? What can
you do but laugh grimly?
Eric Gill Expressing
enough: the examples of those who mysteriously manage to get taken at their own valuation long after the facts are screaming
for Christ's sake get real are countless and, we guess, always will be.
What do people say, long after
they've bought Waterloo Bridge for £250 from a couple in frayed suits with charming smiles? "I don't know
what came over me." Because in the end, granted when it's often too late, the spell is broken and people
look back in wonder at their own credulity.
… and You Tube Takes
Kate and Gerry McCann are right there, right now. The mainstream media, as always these
days, lags behind while the public finds the truth for itself elsewhere, in this instance often on You Tube. The
Mirror, with its unfathomable death-wish, prefers, publicly at least, to wait a little longer for the arches and
piers to arrive from Waterloo; the BBC simply keeps its head very much down about the couple these days, just as its directors
do every morning as they hurry under Gill's mocking erection into Broadcasting House's welcoming embrace. But the
spell is broken and eventually they, and all the others in Keir-Simmons land who gave the pair a stage, will have to acknowledge
Not that the couple are thieves on the Maxwell scale, of course, no, not at all, just as they definitely aren't
suspects in the relocation of their daughter, as the police have told us so often, no not at all. But their behaviour, no
longer seen through the sharp prism of shock and sympathy of six years ago, now looks quite different: their interviews, every
one of them, look like crushingly poor performances.
Readers will surely have noted the significant comments
by those on Twitter and elsewhere whose curiosity about the couple was stimulated by Crimewatch and who turned to
You Tube to find out more, only to be struck by the extraordinary, even absurd, nature of this long-running
double act. Many of these converts had watched the interviews in the past, perhaps with only half an eye, without noting anything
odd about the couple. And in a sense that's quite natural and a tribute to the decency, rather than credulity, of ordinary
people – if they see a person lying unconscious in the middle of a road they don't ask themselves is this person
worth helping? They just help.
The McCanns, in one way, are like that unconscious victim in the road: the
overwhelming "prism of shock and sympathy", that gave them their chance no longer exists to protect or empower them
and without it their performances look cheap and shoddy, above all quite unbelievable. "I don't know what
came over me," says the bridge buyer, whose own prism was constructed of normal human greed rather than sympathy,
"I just don't know why I believed such a ridiculous story but I did."
Once people start saying that
there's no way back.
The 'Get Out' Clause, 04 December
The 'Get Out' Clause
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
Dr Martin Roberts
04 December 2013
THE 'GET OUT'
Excerpt from Fiona Payne's Rogatory Interview (10.4.08)
1485 - "What were the circumstances regarding her telling you that?"
Reply - "She did,
she brought it up and that she, I mean, this is awful in retrospect as well, she asked what my opinion was on, erm, tut, on
whether they were okay leaving the, the doors unlocked, because she was saying 'Is it better that if Madeleine wakes
up she can get out and find us or', erm, 'or locking it and, you know, finding that we're not there and the door's
locked if she woke up', because Madeleine had woken up, what I thought was the night before. Erm, tut, and it was
in that context really, just asking, you know, what I thought. So it was obviously something that was on her mind a
1485 - "So she asked you what your thoughts were regarding locking?"
Reply - "Yeah".
1485 - "Did she say whether she had locked or?"
Reply - "No, that was the point, I think they said they'd
left it, well she'd said she'd left it unlocked".
The key question paraphrased
What was better for Madeleine if she woke up: That she could get out or, finding the door locked, she could not?
They left through the balcony door, which they left closed but not
locked. (KM witness statement 6.9.2007)
'...a sliding glass door at the side of the building, which was
always unlocked'. (GM witness statement 4.5.2007)
The resultant status
door left unlocked, therefore Madeleine could get out if she woke up.
If the sliding glass door was 'always unlocked', then why should the question as to what was best
for Madeleine have arisen that Thursday evening? Supposing 'always' to have applied from the outset of the holiday,
the decision had long since been made. Wasn't day six leaving it rather late to openly ponder the option of locking the
Given the resultant status of the apartment (unlocked patio
door so that Madeleine could get out if she wanted), why have you since insisted that there was 'no way'
Madeleine could get out of the apartment unaided?
Exactly why could Madeleine
McCann not have walked from her bed to the patio door, left unlocked for her benefit?
Just Listen (5.2.11) and Still Listening? (7.2.11) for suggestions.]
Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo
Amaral - Day 10, 27 November 2013
With thanks to
Anne Guedes for report
Libel Trial > McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 10
Dra Isabel Duarte, the McCanns' lawyer, is today substituted by her assistant, Dr Ricardo
The Judge seeks further confirmation from Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer that they no longer wish to
call Dr Paulo Sargento to the stand.
Defence lawyers who were previously ordered to provide financial documents
to the Court seek, and receive, a 10 day extension.
Witness Luis Froes is recalled today to give
further evidence. He previously testified on the 5th November having been called by lawyer Dr. Henrique Costa Pinto acting
on behalf of Valentim de CarvalhoFilmes and VC Multimedia. His return to Court today was ordered by the Judge following his
failure to provide qualified responses to certain questions on the previous occasion.
Dr. Henrique Costa Pinto,
is the only lawyer to question the witness.
VC - refers to some invoices which the Clerk to the Court presents
to LF, and asks to what they refer.
LF - reads and says he is aware of these documents.
- What is the first document about?
LF - presumes that it is about the cost of the seals.
- Is it an invoice?
LF - says the amount is €75,000. He adds that the seals guarantee the authenticity
of the product.
VC - Is the function of the seals to authenticate the DVDs?
LF - It is. The
witness thinks that the contract indicated that VC Multimedia were responsible for the cost of the seals.
adds that VC Multimedia had to prove that it had the rights.
LF reads the second document.
- Getting back on the first document.
LF - VC Multimedia charged Presslivre - Imprensa Livre, S.A. (owner
of the newspaper Correio da Manhã) with the cost of the seals.
VC - About the second document?
- says it is an invoice for €xxxxxx to Presslivre.
VC - And about the third document?
- It concerns the distributed copies.
VC - Do you remember having given authorisation to destroy the unsold copies?
LF - says he does vaguely remember they were destroyed.
VC - Is it usual practice when products
cease to be bought?
LF - says it is.
VC - There is a number that doesn't correspond to
the number of surplus copies. It seems the invoice concerns fewer copies than there actually were. Subtracting to the number
of distributed copies for sale the number of unsold (destroyed) copies gives a slight difference in relation to the invoice.
LF - doesn't explain this difference.
VC - Apart from this edition, was there a second edition
in Portugal or in other foreign countries?
LF - says that in this case he would have had to authorise
it, which he never did.
VC - You don't remember.
LF - says he doesn't.
After a break, the Plaintiffs lawyer Dr Ricardo Afonso plays a recording of the original TV broadcast
of the documentary (with publicity etc.) to the Court on a small screen. After a few technical problems, he decides to substitute
the original broadcast with the DVD.
The Judge takes some notes.
It is scheduled that two video presentations
are also played to the Court, but Dr Ricardo Afonso desists of one (an interview made on 16th May 2009) and plays the second
one, dated 27th May 2009 (SIC, Querida Julia program).
The Judge takes some notes of Querida Julia's round
Taking part are Gonçalo Amaral, Paulo Sargento and, on the phone from Brussels, Duarte Levy.
The video starts with mention of GA's condemnation related to his involvement in the Joana Cipriano case. GA states
that the new suspect [Raymond Hewlett] is a British man (whose name is never disclosed, but everybody will understand who
he is, a dying man) accused of assaulting teenagers and with convictions in the UK. GA criticises the PJ for having let the
private detective group Metodo 3 undertake the investigation of this man and his possible involvement in the disappearance
of Madeleine McCann. Duarte Levy states that the suspect is in Germany and that he was informed that this man (married to
a German woman) wasn't properly investigated in Germany and that detectives weren't even allowed into his hospital
room. The discussion expands to cover the moral aspect of taking advantage of someone who is seriously ill. Duarte Levy says
that the documentary, with English subtitles, made it possible for those with little or no understanding of the Maddie case
to appreciate in less than an hour what was at stake. Paulo Sargento underlines that little is known about what really happened
between 5.30pm and 8.30pm and adds that the British investigators' paedophile hypothesis is geographically implausible.
Gonçalo Amaral concludes saying that trusting in justice is a must (referring to his condemnation in the Joana Case).
The gathering of evidence has concluded.
The Judge proposes that the last session with the allegations
[final arguments] and statements from the parties be fixed for the 18 December but changes this to 7 January 2014 which is
the first date when all parties will be available.
End of session.
Free e-book detailing the facts of the Madeleine
McCann case by Michael McLean, 18 May 2013
Free e-book detailing the facts of the Madeleine McCann case
by Michael McLean What happened to Madeleine McCann?
Saturday, 18 May 2013
What really happened to Madeleine McCann?
Put yourself in the mind of a detective and work it out for yourself
Or put yourself in the place of a
parent, and ask "If you had let your child go on holiday with the McCanns and they lost her, would you accept their version?"
These articles contain factual evidence and statements from the official files. It is quite possible that this 'public
but hidden' evidential material will amaze and worry you.
This e-book is a compilation of some documents relating
to specific parts of the continuing saga of the quest for the truth about the reported disappearance of Madeleine Beth McCann.
It is doubtful whether anyone in the literate civilised world does not know that Madeleine was reported missing by
her mother about 10 pm on 3rd May 2007, from an apartment in Praia de Luz, on the Algarve in Portugal.
both doctors, immediately claimed that their daughter was abducted from her bed in the apartment in a block outside the holiday
complex, whilst the parents dined at a Tapas bar on the other side of the pool within the complex. They use an alleged sighting
of a man carrying a child along the road adjacent to the apartment within minutes of Gerry McCann's last check as evidence
of this abduction. They have refused to consider any other possibility, and have sued for libel people who have put forward
They further insist that Madeleine was taken by a predatory paedophile, but then curiously
insist that there is no evidence that she has come to harm.
The local and then the national police attended, statements
were taken and the matter was investigated by a dedicated team. The police found themselves somewhat hampered by significant
changes and major inconsistencies in the stories given by the parents and the main witnesses, and the Senior Investigating
Officer began to suspect that they had not been told the whole truth for a particular reason.
British police officers
assisted, and on the advice of one co-ordinator two highly specialised search dogs were taken from the the UK to Portugal.
These dogs alerted to blood and human cadaverine in the apartment and on clothing and other items associated with Madeleine,
but to no other locations or items.
The McCanns sought legal assistance from one firm of lawyers who specialise
in defamation, and from another who specialise in extradition. Those choices in themselves have raised eyebrows.
They also very quickly set up a Limited Company and people were invited to make contributions to "Help the Search"
for Madeleine. As part of this purported search they spent a large amount of money on a firm of private detectives in Barcelona,
which has since closed with the arrest of the principal; a further large amount on a man who was subsequently extradited to
the USA where he was wanted for fraud; and finally on two retired police officers who set up a small company in a cottage
in Wales, some time after it had been announced that the firm had been contracted.
None has produced anything of
Almost all the facts have been the subject of claim and counterclaim, of conflict of evidence, and above
all of the crushing financial and legal might of the best libel lawyers in the world bearing down on anyone who dares to express
a view different from the official one put out by the McCanns and their spokesperson. The amount attributable to legal fees
already substantially outweighs the amount paid to the various firms of private detectives.
It is important to
note however, that nothing which has been said or written has ever been proved to be libellous in a Court of Law, after proper
examination. Everything has been settled out of court, or by undertakings.
Readers may decide for themselves if
the official story is physically possible, or bears a proper relation to the observable facts.
One other test which
may be applied when examining the evidence it to look at any incongruence between what was said, and what was observed.
For example, this is what was said - about the 8th day of the "search"; the 8th day of the investigation
into the disappearance; 12th May 2007, Madeleine’s 4th birthday.
"We ate mostly in silence, concentrating
on the kids. I couldn't eat much, and alcohol was completely off my agenda. Fiona recalls that Gerry and I were completely
shut down that day, barely able to talk, and although our friends tried to remain cheerful and behave normally to get us through
it, they all felt awkward about being at this lovely villa, in the sunshine, in these circumstances. There was no cake. Gerry
did attempt a toast but he was visibly upset and couldn't manage much more than 'I can't even say happy birthday
to my daughter...' before choking up. The physical loss was more intense than ever. I ached for Madeleine." from
the book "madeleine", by Kate McCann - p. 128
This is what was observed as they emerged from a solemn
church service that morning.
In preparing the various chapters I have tried to rely on what witnesses
and the parents themselves said in their statements.
The statements have not been interpreted, but the obvious
inconsistencies and frequent changes of story have been left in and highlighted for readers to make up their own minds.
The structure of the e-book is that each chapter is in the form of a self contained monograph, with its own list of
references. For ease of research the original source material has also been appended in full where possible.
that makes it slightly cumbersome it gives the reader instant access to the source material, so that any mistake or wrong
interpretation can be immediately identified.
If there are mistakes they are entirely mine. If anything has been
taken out of context this is my misunderstanding If I have quoted anything without giving a reference or acknowledgement,
There is much more to be said about this case, about the Limited Company, about the Private detectives,
and the way in which the media have been manipulated, but this is just a brief dip into the evidence for people who thought
they knew the story.
There are those who argue that this matter is one which should now be laid to rest, or that
the McCann’s version, or versions, should be accepted in its entirety.
To them I would say we should always
bear in mind the following:
Madeleine Beth McCann is missing. It is not know what happened to her. Her whereabouts
The search for her, or for her mortal remains must continue. The search for the truth about what happened
No one should seek to prevent or to hinder either of those.
And in support of those ends
- No one with a valid theory or hypothesis should be crushed before the theory or hypotheses can be tested.
one with a differing point of view should be silenced, except by defeat in logical debate, or by production of evidence.
Bullying, victimisation, name-calling, "trolling" and other techniques have no place in the search for the
Nor in the search for a missing child.
It is not known why the McCanns do not publicly distance
themselves from the foul language and vile insults, threats and abuse directed by several blog sites against people who are
seeking the truth. Nor why they allowed evidence obtained by criminal activity to be adduced in support of their case.
Chapter 1 Changes in Story Changing the initial version of events is a classic 'red flag' warning to police.
Read more on the link above or download your copy of Michael McLeans' e-book here:
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Germans give hope of clue in search for Madeleine
McCann, 01 December 2013
Germans give hope of clue in search for Madeleine McCann
DETECTIVES hunting for Madeleine McCann have been given information about two German or Dutch-speaking men seen
acting suspiciously before she was kidnapped in Portugal.
Murray and Allan Hall
Published: Sun, December 1, 2013
The potentially strong leads came after Kate and Gerry McCann made
a direct appeal on a German crime show, called Case Files XY...Unsolved, in October.
They were joined by Scotland
Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who asked German viewers for help.
Calls came in from people
who had been at the Ocean Club resort at Praia da Luz on the Algarve at the same time as the McCann family, on May 3, 2007.
The callers had information about the German or Dutch speaking men, but it is not known if they were able to provide names.
During the programme, 500 calls flooded in to a special team with a further 350 coming in during the following weeks.
The bitter emotions of a seventh Christmas without her beloved Madeleine
were evident on Kate's face as she forced herself into the yuletide spirit for the sake of twins, Sean and Amelie.
She joined thousands for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights in her home village, of Rothley, Leicestershire,
on Thursday evening.
She smiled as children played on a bouncy castle and went on rides, but there were other moments
when the pain of not having Madeleine there to share the early Christmas joy was clear to see.
With a protective
arm around the eight-year-old twins, Kate was cheered by warm words from friends and acquaintances who quietly support her.
I Say, I Say, I Say, 30 November 2013
I Say, I Say, I Say
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
Dr Martin Roberts
30 November 2013
I SAY, I SAY, I SAY
Kate McCann (re-enacting her frightening discovery for the benefit of Crimewatch
"...the curtains - that I say, were closed - just kind of 'whoooosh!'"
Funny. That's not what either of you told police on May 4, 2007.
"At 10pm, his wife Kate went to check
on the children. She went into the apartment through the door using her key and saw right away that the children's bedroom
door was completely open, the window was also open, the shutters raised and the curtains drawn open.
The side door that opens into the living room, which as said earlier, was never locked, was closed." (Gerry McCann).
"At around 10pm, the witness came to check on the children. She went into the apartment by the side door, which
was closed, but unlocked, as already said, and immediately noticed that the door to her children's bedroom was completely
open, the window was also open, the shutters raised and the curtains open, while she was certain of
having closed them all as she always did." (Kate McCann).
"And then I could see that the window
had been pushed right over and the shutters were up."
Barely half-an-hour earlier and fellow diner
Matthew Oldfield witnessed a similar scene, or so he claims; one which he also reported to police, on May 10, 2007.
'That he did not enter the bedroom where Madeleine and the twins were sleeping. He recalls that the bedroom
door was half open, making an angle of 50 degrees. He does not know how far away he was from the bedroom door. He
recalls having the perception that the window curtains – green in colour – were drawn closed
but could not determine if the window was closed or open. Concerning the external blinds he clarifies that he did not see
if it was closed or open...'
Oldfield could not have seen the bedroom window at all from where he repeatedly
claims to have been standing, given that the door was only 'half-open'. That is why he saw green curtains instead
of the blue gingham that were actually in place, and why he would not have known if the window was open or closed.
(He claimed in an earlier statement that there were in fact two windows). Nor would he have been able to see the
status of the shutters or, for that matter, the infant occupying the nearer of two cots. He would have to have been in the
room in order to do so. In which case he would have had sight of Madeleine's bed also.
So what else are you
all lying about? Oh don't bother. We know.
Trauma Time – Again? Part II,
29 November 2013
Posted by John Blacksmith
Friday, 29 November 2013 at 13:34
...this is Now
And so to the Mirror article here
– In Keir Simmons Land
It's something of a period piece: just as the parents, like all celebrities, are insulated from the real world
by fandom and don't know how absurdly they come across on the box these days, so Mitchell seems to have no idea of how
old-fashioned his "news management" on behalf of the couple looks in 2013. And note particularly how the off-the-record
sourcing – as dated as a Monty Python sketch – makes a mockery of ancient Keir Simmons-land claims that, unlike
the wicked and anonymous Net, the mainstream puts a name to its reports thus guaranteeing the reliability of its stories.
So the piece is a two-headed "pal and spokesman" Mitchell feed – somewhat vitiated
by the fact that the McCanns can't afford a spokesman anymore and never had a pal – using the now-debased
mainstream press to help the McCanns achieve something. The risks to themselves that we highlighted yesterday, magnified in
this instance since it is their first public intervention in the Review/Investigation process, exclude the possibility of
simple media meddling, so the question is what are they trying to achieve? Or put it another way –
Do the Portuguese and the PJ?
"Not pulling their weight …frustration…PJ
are back to their old game..." Obviously not; far from helping them the piece is a straight attack on the Portuguese
police, end of story.
So does it help the Yard?
It suggest it's trying to, doesn't it? All that
concern [coughs] from the caring parents and their pal [retches violently] to get help for Hulk Hogan in
his lonely attempt to "find Madeleine" [dons airline sickbag to continue] without obstruction from the
dagoes who, try as they might, just don't understand modern grown-up teamwork.
But linking Hogan to this little
bit of poison in the McCanns' only remaining house journal, the Mirror, is hardly going to increase co-operation
is it? On the contrary it's pretty much guaranteed to scratch at the tender sores of Portuguese resentment at any
attempt by the Yard to "nudge" or manoeuvre them from long range. No, the article is clearly not helping the Yard
either. In fact it could hardly be more inflammatory if it was deliberately designed to put the two organizations against
each other, what with its alarmist talk of "mounting tension".
And that's our answer, the only one
that makes sense: it's a deliberate, poorly disguised and poorly executed attempt to increase friction between
the two forces and weaken the likelihood of a JIT by three people whose time is gone. Only the McCanns, and
perhaps the unblinking Mr Redwood, know why they fear co-operation so much that they risked it.
Too late. And too
BBC Crimewatch: Madeleine McCann update,
28 November 2013
BBC Crimewatch: Madeleine McCann update YouTube
Kirsty Young: Last month we had the latest on Madeleine McCann investigation
- the 3-year-old vanished, of course, from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, in May of 2007.
from Crimewatch reconstruction, Kate describes entering the apartment]
As I opened it a bit, I... I kind of looked into the room. I guess I was looking at Madeleine's bed and I couldn't...
couldn't make her out and it was literally at that point the curtains - that I say, were closed - just kind of 'whoooosh!'
And then I could see that the window had been pushed right over and the shutters were up. So, I... I kind of knew straight
away, then, that Madeleine had been taken.
Kirsty Young: Well, following our reconstruction, we
had an unprecedented response with the highest number of calls ever to our studio. The next day, the Met police detectives
leading the case travelled to the Netherlands, to appeal on the Dutch version of Crimewatch, before moving on to Germany,
where they were joined by Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, to appeal on the German equivalent of our show. Our cameras
were there and we spoke to them about how they felt it was all going.
Gerry McCann: From our point
of view, and I'm sure for, errr... Metropolitan Police, it's been a fantastic response.
I mean, one... once again, you know, the general public have shown how supportive they are and how keen they are for us to
find Madeleine as well and that gives us great encouragement and hope.
Kirsty Young: Well, I should
tell you that a little later on this evening I'm going to be speaking live to the lead detective on the case for the very
BBC Crimewatch: Madeleine McCann update (Andy Redwood) YouTube
Kirsty Young: ...special Madeleine McCann appeal. Well, we can now speak live
to DCI Andy Redwood, of course, he's the lead detective on the case. He joins us from the actual incident room itself
in Belgravia, in London. Thanks for joining me and taking the time. Errm... Can you tell me a little bit about the response
and how its, errr... impacting on the investigation.
Andy Redwood: Well, it's been an absolutely
fantastic response, Kirsty. Over 3 and a half thousand calls, texts and emails, some really interesting new information -
people in Praia da Luz or in the area at the time.
Kirsty Young: Errm... Since, errr... the programme
last month, the Portuguese police have announced that they are reopening their investigation and as recently as yesterday,
errm... the head of the Met Police said that he thinks there should be a joint investigation. Do you think that's important?
Andy Redwood: Well, it's very important to us that the case has been reopened and over the coming
weeks and months we are looking to develop further our relationship with the Portuguese police and authorities and hoping
jointly to work together in a focused and determined way to find what has happened Mad... to Madeleine McCann.
Young: Andy, can I just ask you briefly, there was coverage of somebody who was described in the press as a 'prime
suspect' who had since died. What can... can you tell us anything about that?
Well, there are a number of really important lines of inquiry that we are following up at the moment, errm... lots to do.
But this evening, Kirsty, what I'd really like to do is to thank the public for the huge and continuing, errr... help
that they provided us.
Kirsty Young: Okay, I'm sure you'll update us as the investigation
progresses and we thank you for taking the time, Andy, to talk to us, errr... tonight.
BBC Crimewatch: Madeleine McCann update (screenshots),
28 November 2013
|Kate McCann: "...the curtains - that I say, were closed - just kind of 'whoooosh!'"
|Kate McCann: "So, I... I kind of knew straight away, then, that Madeleine had been taken."
|Gerry McCann: "...it's been a fantastic response."
Madeleine McCann: Detective's thanks
after 5,000 viewers contact police after TV appeals across Europe, 28 November 2013
Madeleine McCann: Detective's thanks after 5,000
viewers contact police after TV appeals across Europe Daily Mirror
By Paul Cockerton | 28 Nov 2013 22:25
Several holidaymakers who were in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007 when the little girl vanished have made contact
with his team
A senior detective investigating the disappearance of Madeleine
McCann has thanked the public for thousands of messages received in the wake of recent television appeals.
Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said several holidaymakers who were in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007 when the little girl vanished
had made contact with his team.
British police launched their own investigation into Madeleine's disappearance
earlier this year, called Operation Grange, and recently made renewed appeals for information on television in the UK, Holland
Appearing on the BBC's Crimewatch programme tonight, Mr Redwood said : "The media appeals
produced a fantastic response from the public in all three countries with a total of 3,500 calls and messages in the UK, 850
to Germany, and 650 in Holland.
"Lots of people have called to say they were in Praia da Luz at the time.
"All of this information has obviously produced a very large volume of work for the Operation Grange team to
"I have been in Faro this week working with police colleagues, and I know the appeal generated
a large number of calls to the Portuguese police also.
"I'd like to thank the media and the public for
their continued assistance in this challenging enquiry."
Yesterday Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
said British and Portuguese police should join together as one team in their investigations into what happened to Madeleine.
The little girl, then aged three, went missing from a holiday apartment where she was sleeping with her two younger
siblings as her parents dined nearby with friends.
The Portuguese shelved their inquiry into her disappearance
in 2008, but last month said that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening the case.
Commissioner said: ''One thing we'd like to see in the future is a joint investigation team which comes under
the European community.
"It is a possibility legally, and we're working together at a political level,
and at a police and judicial level, to see how we can construct that.
''If you're not careful, you
end up doing things on an ad-hoc basis, and for us it would be better to have that type of arrangement.
that's what we're trying to get agreement between the two governments and the two police services."
Madeleine McCann appeal: Police hail thousands
of calls, 28 November 2013
Madeleine McCann appeal: Police hail thousands of calls BBC News
28 November 2013 Last updated at 22:17
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
say they have received 5,000 calls since a fresh appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch.
Members of the public
from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands contacted officers with information following the programme in October.
Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood described the response as "fantastic".
Many of the calls came from people
who were in Praia da Luz, Portugal, when Madeleine disappeared in 2007, he said.
Det Ch Insp Redwood said he had
been in Portugal this week as part of the Metropolitan Police's investigation, codenamed Operation Grange.
media appeals produced a fantastic response from the public in all three countries with a total of 3,500 calls and messages
in the UK, 850 to Germany, and 650 in Holland," he told BBC One's Crimewatch.
"Lots of people have
called to say they were in Praia da Luz at the time. All of this information has obviously produced a very large volume of
work for the Operation Grange team to work through.
He added that there had also been "large number"
of calls to Portuguese police.
Announcing their new investigation last month, police in the country said a review
team had been working since March 2011 to look back through information from the original investigation.
said this had uncovered potential new lines of inquiry, which were separate from those being followed by the Met.
On Wednesday, the Met said it wanted to set up a "joint investigation team" with the Portuguese authorities.
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the force was seeking agreement from the UK and Portuguese governments.
He said it would be more effective than the current "ad-hoc" approach to working together.
from Rothley, Leicestershire, was three when she disappeared. Police have said her abduction could have been pre-planned.
The appeal update comes after detectives released two e-fits of a man seen carrying a child in Praia da Luz at 22:00
on the night Madeleine went missing.
Police have said they now suspect she could have been taken later than previously
thought - just before her mother returned to the apartment to check on her.
The original Crimewatch appeal was
repeated in the Netherlands and Germany.
Trauma Time – Again? Part I, 28
Trauma Time – Again? Part I The Blacksmith Bureau
Posted by John Blacksmith
Thursday, 28 November 2013 at 16:21
That Was Then
Back in 2011 or so the Bureau came out with
a piece on the Yard review, basically saying that the public would have no idea which way the tide was running until pretty
near the end, since the Yard was never going to leak about its true knowledge and intentions and the words of the parents,
then as now, are too provenly dishonest to be trusted about anything.
So how did we suggest that, despite these
problems, we might get late clues to the eventual result? Regular readers won't be surprised to know that a discovery
of a living child, or a dying hunch-backed paedophile's confession, didn't feature as one of our markers, but we'll
leave that aside. No, we suggested that the McCanns were going to maintain near-silence or claim they were "pleased"
with the review, whether through gritted teeth or not; if they stuck with this line until completion was imminent then we
could infer that their future would be looking bright. If, however, the information they were gaining suggested looming trouble
then – and only then – they would start leaking. And give the game away.
We won't give you a full
account of that post for the same reason we won't give you a link: blogs – with the important exception of The
Cracked Mirror, http://madeleinemccannaffair.blogspot.co.uk/ which isn't really a blog and was built to last – are, like the opinions of the people who write them, pretty worthless
after a week or two and so we regularly delete them.
But not only did we delete the thing but we also forgot our
own warnings in it that the Yard's words would never give us a clue about what they were actually up to, just as Leicester
Police's words, after nearly seven years, never have. Once the CPS was involved we reckoned the End Game was approaching
and were suitably contradicted, and chastened, by the Yard itself, with their explicit "not suspects" statement.
How Does it Work?
Why, though, would
it be such a significant marker if the leaking/spinning started? Because, as the Bureau has hammered home since 2007
the McCanns' statements, however concealed by cut-outs like the Maggot or others, are an integral part of the case
Without their consistent pattern of proven lying and evasion and without their colossal appetite
for the pleasures of the media game which they attempt to conceal and dignify with talk of the, ahem, "search",
few would agree with ex-head of the Yard John Stalker's claim that the couple hold "a big secret"; there wouldn't
really be a case of any sort against them and not much appetite for pursuing one either, whether for neglect or more serious
matters, such as those suggested in the Lisbon libel trial evidence.
Quite the reverse: dignified silence and humility
[one sighs at the sheer absurdity of the prospect] from the couple since May 2007 would have done more than anything
to guarantee increasing sympathy for them and an untroubled future for their surviving children. It was, after all, a Portuguese
policeman who, in answering the charge that they could have been more sceptical of the couple in 2007, recently said that
cops, too, have a heart and are exceptionally reluctant to press home accusations against relatives of a missing child.
Kate McCann's Normality
Policemen can be stupid as well
as sympathetic but they know their Standard Operating Procedures well enough to keep an eye on – and sometimes deliberately
provoke – comment and reaction by relatives of a missing person, "suspects" or no. So, for instance, Kate
McCann's admission of successful deception in Madeleine page 206 would hardly be ignored by any cop not actually
senseless from too much scrumpy, since it immediately destroyed the "nobody could have behaved normally in the Tapas
restaurant knowing her own child had suffered..." argument, best expressed in the Archiving Summary:
behaviour until the moment of the disappearance was perfectly normal, not manifesting any kind of preoccupation or any other
similar feeling, contrary to what happened after that moment when panic was manifest".For Kate McCann
avoided "manifesting any kind of preoccupation or any other similar feeling" to journalists as she acted
out her role on August 2 2007, even though she bore the burden of knowledge as she lied that the police were coming to "do
some forensic work" regarding the investigation, news that she believed would be absolute dynamite if it got out.
The Balance of Risks
So why damage herself with those dangerous
words in the book four years later? Well, she writes on the same page about the decision to deceive that they "just didn't
seem to have a choice", an interesting cop-out and an interesting insight into the lying mind. The truth was that she
was choosing between risky, or dangerous, alternatives and the same words can be used about her decision to write about the
event four years later in Madeleine. Stripped of the deception and self-deception on both occasions she
had only a choice of risks: ignore the lie in the book and wait for the PJ to read it and betray her by giving the
world and the Yard the real reason for the "upset stomach"; or kill that certain result by admitting the lie and
accepting the accompanying risk to her "normality".
And, such is the nature of the path they have chosen,
exactly the same has applied ever since: with the Review/ Reinvestigation the choice of risks is between speaking
to try and influence, somehow, the direction of the inquiry or maintaining silence and an impression of guiltless,
unflappable confidence in the result, difficult though that is these days when one wears the uneasy, hunted look of a bird
watching out for the guns. The risk of the former is that even the most doltish cop is capable of asking "just why are
they worried?" and of the latter that silence leaves them unable to try and influence their fate.
Living with Paranoia
The parents, of course, have no more knowledge of whether the police of either country are speaking the truth about the
case than the rest of us and, accordingly, no knowledge of how their risk calculations have worked out. How could they know?
There are no sources of such certainty for us or them, just as the honeyed words and first-name greetings of Leicester police's
Stuart Prior to all the Nine back in 2008 meant nothing compared with that force's tigerish response to the pair's
attempts to find out what their files held. The difference is that for the rest of us the question of police sincerity in
this case is largely academic whereas for the couple it is shatteringly important, hence, perhaps, their present appearance
– a stark contrast to all those photographs showing them well-fed, comfortable and often laughing once they had adjusted
to the disappearance of their daughter some years ago or, as "psychologist" Alan Pike put it in Lisbon, once they
"had recovered from their initial trauma."
So is it Trauma Time again? Might the parents fear that yet
another police attempt to stitch them up lies behind nice Mr Redwood's comforting burr? Are we near the point forecast,
rightly or wrongly, by the little Bureau two years back? Let's have a look and see whether Mr Mitchell's
words give us a hint. In Part II, later today.
Bexley mum helps Madeleine McCann case after
daughter nearly snatched, 28 November 2013
Bexley mum helps Madeleine McCann case after daughter nearly
snatched News Shopper
By Tim MacFarlan, Bexley and north Kent reporter
28th November 2013
Jessica today holding a photo of her and brother Gary on the holiday
where she was nearly snatched.
A MUM from Bexley has told detectives working on the Madeleine McCann case of the
chilling moment her daughter was nearly abducted in Gran Canaria.
Mother Lisa Allen, 38, was on holiday in the
resort of Puerto Rico with daughter Jessica, then aged six, and son Gary, who was four at the time, when the incident occurred.
Too nervous to report the incident to the Spanish authorities as a young mum on her first trip abroad, it was not
until Ms Allen saw a recent BBC Crimewatch programme on Madeleine McCann that she came forward to tell her story.
The links between Jessica's near abduction and the case of Jeremy Vargas, who vanished from his home in Gran Canaria
aged seven on March 10 last year, also brought back horrible memories for Ms Allen of when her daughter was nearly snatched
in October 2000.
On a visit to a market during the holiday, the mother-of-five was pushing Gary in his buggy and
talking to her brother Daniel, 34, while Jessica was walking a few yards ahead.
Gary, Lisa and Jessica Allen in Gran Canaria in 2000.
Suddenly, Ms Allen looked up and saw a man grabbing her daughter by the top of her arm and marching her quickly
away between two stalls.
The full-time mum told News Shopper: "I let go of the buggy, ran over and grabbed
his opposite arm.
"He didn't say anything – he just looked at me with a big smirk on his face and
a big grin like he knew he had been caught.
"He was quite big, stocky and tanned and he just turned around
and walked away at a really quick pace.
"If I had looked up a few seconds later Jessica would 100 per cent
have been gone."
Ms Allen has since spoken twice to Metropolitan Police detectives investigating three-year-old
Madeleine McCann's disappearance from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.
The Puerto Rico resort (pic by Dan Kamminga).
And Ms Allen, who lives with Jessica in Mount Pleasant Walk, Bexley, said the near miss made her much more worried for her
Jessica Allen, now 19, works at a call centre in Dartford and has vivid memories of the terrifying moment
in 2000 when she was nearly wrenched from her family by a complete stranger.
The former Cleeve Park School pupil
said: "I remember pinching him and scratching him and trying to get him off me.
"I didn't scream
because I just didn't think about it. The guy just basically laughed in mum's face.
"I do sit and
actually think if it weren't for my mum seeing me in those last couple of seconds I might have been gone.
this day, I will be out on the street and I will still worry about it and I am very conscious of people around me."
Madeleine McCann: Portuguese police in Algarve
'no help to hunt', 28 November 2013
Madeleine McCann: Portuguese police in Algarve 'no
help to hunt' Daily Mirror
By Tom Pettifor | 28 Nov 2013 01:20
friend of Kate and Gerry McCann said: "The Policia Judiciara are not pulling their weight and are almost working against
Portuguese police hunting for Madeleine McCann's kidnapper
are not "pulling their weight," a source close her parents said yesterday.
Fears that tension between
the country's Policia Judiciara and Scotland Yard is mounting comes as Britain's top cop called on the two forces
to unite in a joint investigation.
The Met Police's Bernard Hogan-Howe's plea is "a polite but public
expression of frustration", Kate and Gerry McCann's close pal believes.
The source added: "They can't
see this ever happening else it would have happened six and a half years ago!
"It seems the PJ are not pulling
their weight and are almost working against the Met!
"If Mr Hogan-Howe is at pains to stress that both investigations
should run jointly, and not in parallel, it shows his frustration that the present system to find Madeleine and whoever took
her is not working."
The source added: "There are two separate agendas here. The Met recently showed
on Crimewatch images of a white suspect they are looking for.
"Just two or three days later the PJ say they
are hunting for a black tractor driver! It is completely contradictory to what the Met are saying!
obvious to us that the PJ are back to their old game, which is not helping the search for Madeleine."
specialist Gerry and former GP wife Kate, both 45, of Rothley, Leics, declined to comment while the police inquiry is ingoing.
Their spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said: "How the investigations are run is entirely a matter for both police
forces to agree themselves."
Maddie was aged nearly four when she vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal's
Praia da Luz in May 2007.
Maddie police in Algarve 'no help to hunt' Daily Mirror (paper edition, page 19)
BY TOM PETTIFOR
- Crime Correspondent
Thursday November 28, 2013
PORTUGUESE police are not "pulling their weight"
in the search for the kidnapper of Madeleine McCann, a source close to her parents said yesterday.
Met Police chief
Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for a joint investigation between his force and the Policia Judiciaria to help avoid an "ad
A close friend of Kate and Gerry McCann believes his plea is a "polite but public expression
The source said: "The Met had images on Crimewatch of a white suspect. Days later the
PJ say they are hunting for a black tractor driver."
The McCanns declined to comment. Madeleine was aged nearly
four when she vanished in Praia da Luz in May 2007. An update will be shown on Crimewatch BBC1 tonight at 9pm.
Scotland Yard want a Portuguese-British investigation
into the Madeleine case, 27 November 2013
Scotland Yard want a Portuguese-British investigation into
the Madeleine case La Informacion
Wednesday, 27/11/13 - 19:49
London, Nov. 27 (Reuters) -. The
London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard or MET) has asked the British and Portuguese governments to authorize a joint police
investigation between the two countries over the 2007 disappearance in Portugal of British girl Madeleine McCann, the BBC
|Scotland Yard want a Portuguese-British investigation into the Madeleine case
According to the UK public broadcaster, the MET Commissioner Bernard
Hogan-Lowe [sic] has called for the formation of a "joint investigation team" considering that it would be more
effective than the current situation, in which both police forces collaborate in parallel investigations.
October, the Portuguese police reopened - to find new evidence - the case of Madeleine, who disappeared on May 3, 2007, when
she was 3 years old, from the Portuguese Algarve apartment where she slept with her twin siblings, while their parents dined
at a restaurant in the same complex.
The Portuguese officers, who came to regard the parents of the child, Gerry
and Kate McCann, as suspicious, had previously filed the case in 2008 for lack of evidence.
The Portuguese investigation
runs parallel to that initiated in 2012 by Scotland Yard, with the express support of British Prime Minister David Cameron,
who is committed to the parents of the girl.
Last month, in a new impetus to investigation, the MET released two
electronic images of a man allegedly linked to the incident.
In addition, the BBC television show Crimewatch dedicated
a show - broadcast also in Germany and the Netherlands - to the disappearance of the girl, prompting thousands of calls from
The programme will provide an update on Thursday, although it is not expected that there will
be any significant news.
Closing arguments not until 2014, 27
Closing arguments not until 2014 Nova Gente
27 November 2013, 18h08m
The closing arguments in the case that the parents of Maddie
McCann have brought against Gonçalo Amaral will not be heard until the month of January next year.
was held, in the 1st Civil Court of Lisbon, the hearing of the defamation lawsuit that Kate and Gerry McCann have brought
against the former judicial police inspector Gonçalo Amaral.
The video reconstruction of the disappearance
of Madeleine McCann - based on the first six months of the investigation - and an interview with Gonçalo Amaral by
Julia Pinheiro, from the morning programme on SIC, were screened by the court.
At the next hearing, scheduled for
January 7, 2014, and in accordance with the judge, any statements of the parties will be heard - McCann and Amaral - should
they be allowed, and closing arguments.
Due to the impossibility of fixing a suitable time between the defense
and the prosecution it was not possible to schedule the arguments, and the final trial session for the parties, to an
Portugal court sets 2014 hearing in Maddie
libel case, 27 November 2013
|Portugal court sets 2014 hearing in Maddie libel case Global Post
Agence France-Presse | November 27, 2013 12:47
A Portuguese judge
on Wednesday delayed until early 2014 the final hearing in a libel case brought by the parents of missing Madeleine McCann.
Kate and Gerry McCann are suing Goncalo Amaral, the former lead detective in the hunt for Madeleine, after she vanished
from their Portugal holiday apartment in May 2007.
The couple were staying in the southern Algarve resort of Praia
da Luz when their daughter, just days shy of her fourth birthday, went missing from her bedroom as they dined at a nearby
Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro set January 7 as the date for final hearings or possible testimony
by Madeleine's parents and Amaral. The court will rule on whether it will hear testimony by the two parties before that
date, she said.
Amaral, who led the Portuguese police investigation, wrote a book advancing the theory that Madeleine
died accidentally and that her parents were implicated in her death.
The family is seeking the equivalent of £1
million (1.2 million euros, $1.6 million) in damages.
Kate and Gerry McCann have argued that the book impeded the
search for their daughter.
On Wednesday morning, the court heard the final witness in the case and watched a documentary
adapted from Amaral's book.
Portuguese authorities said last month they were reopening their probe into the
disappearance of Madeleine.
Portuguese authorities closed their investigation into her disappearance in 2008, but
Scotland Yard spent two years reviewing it at the British government's request and opened their own probe in July this
The McCanns have led a six-year campaign to find Madeleine, who they believe was kidnapped and is still alive.
Judge postpones decision on Plaintiff
statements until 7 January 2014, 27 November 2013
[text version of above]
17:05 AM - 27 Nov 2013
Day 10 of the #McCann
Family v Gonçalo #Amaral & Others
libel trial. Witness Paulo Sargento dismissed by court and will no longer testify.
UK Justice Forum @Justice_forum
17:07 AM - 27 Nov 2013
Day 10 of the #McCann Family
v Gonçalo #Amaral & Others libel
trial. Judge postpones decision on Plaintiff statements until 7 January 2014.
White British; The Madeleine McCann story,
27 November 2013
White British; The Madeleine McCann story The London Economic
POSTED BY THELONDONECONOMIC ON NOVEMBER 27, 2013
By Jack Peat, Editor
of The London Economic
The Madeleine McCann story offers the most potent example of what
makes British media tick and what British people want to read.
Although crimes and atrocities occur every day,
there are criteria which land them on page nine and conditions which qualify it for extraordinary media coverage, bordering
on the obsessive. For the missing girls of India or teenagers in London enslaved by gangs it’s the former, in Madeleine
McCann's case it was very much the latter.
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann is both a press phenomenon and an accurate portrayal of how the media functions. The
ordinary middle class McCann family is what made their case perversely extraordinary. It's relatable and thus the more
shocking, despite being commonplace in the context of wider global affairs.
An intriguing question posted on thestudentroom.co.uk
is "Would Madeleine McCann get as much attention if she was Black?" The prevailing opinion was, unsurprisingly,
no. She is one girl out of hundreds that go missing every year, one student argued, adding that if the rest were given the
same amount of exposure, more missing kids would be found.
This is an interesting hypothesis. Media coverage of
McCann has undoubtedly fuelled police spending both at home and abroad, suggesting there is a link between what the public
reads and what Scotland Yard investigates. It also raises the question of whether the McCann's should be grateful of the
media coverage, despite being publically resentful of it.
After Portuguese police inquiries were shelved in 2008
there was a Home Office-funded review in 2011 following the intervention of David Cameron. Why the Prime Minister intervened
in a police case isn't a mystery; the red top readers are waiting for a response.
The McCann case has been so extensively profiled that new angles and fresh stories can fill our papers for many years
to come. On a slow news day it's these kind of hooks which are regurgitated; an editorial strategy which means we never
really hear the full story.
High profile cases linger in the public’s memory, and the fact there's been
no conclusion to this tale has fuelled media churning to some extent. But even the hacks facing 'slow days' in the
newsroom will tell you no such case has managed to hit the headlines so relentlessly, with so few new developments.
I often compare the Madeleine McCann story to press coverage of war zones. A British soldier will make the news even if
he died killing 1,000 Iraqis, which will go unreported. For the British public, it’s not the scale of the atrocity but
whether they can relate to it, whether they can identify an 'enemy' and whether they can comprehend the incomprehensible.
Is it deserving?
The McCann case is deserving of British press coverage because it satisfies
the essential criteria of coverage, which are largely determined by us. It is undoubtedly unique in the amount of press attention
it received, but it is regardless a potent example of what drives British media.
For those disgusted by a Madeleine
McCann front page while tales of bigger atrocities lie scattered and sparse throughout the rest of the publication I would
advise avoiding the periodical all together and reconsidering the news you digest. I still maintain that The Economist, for
example, contains more 'newsworthy' content in the first two pages than a red top does in a week's worth of print.
The question posed at the start of this feature is "what fuels media obsession with one middle class white girl
and its ignorance of so many other similar cases?" The answer, I believe, is us.
Madeleine McCann inquiries: Met wants 'joint
investigation team', 27 November 2013
Madeleine McCann inquiries: Met wants 'joint investigation
team' BBC News
27 November 2013 Last updated at 15:14
The Metropolitan Police want to set up a "joint
investigation team" with the Portuguese authorities into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the force was seeking agreement for the team from the UK and Portuguese and
He said it would be more effective than the current "ad-hoc" approach to working together.
Madeleine disappeared from Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in May 2007.
Last month, Portuguese police reopened
their inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine, who was three when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment
as her parents dined at a nearby tapas bar.
Portugal's attorney general said "new elements of evidence"
justified the "continuation of the investigation", which was shelved in 2008.
That came a week after
an appeal by British police, launched on BBC One's Crimewatch programme.
The BBC said the programme, shown
on 14 October, had prompted 3,500 calls, texts and emails from members of the public.
Sir Bernard said he would
like to see a joint investigation team, "which comes under the European community".
"It is a possibility
legally and we're working together at a political level, and at a police and judicial level, to see how we can construct
that," he said.
"There are two separate inquiries with a different focus - we've got one particular
set of lines of inquiry and they have a different one.
"But it's important that we work together on what
is clearly a common problem."
He said a new "formal arrangement" would allow "officers from
each country to work in the other country - it gives them powers associated with that and it's an efficient way of doing
The senior investigating officer of the British inquiry,
Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, is due to provide an update on the Crimewatch appeal on the programme on Thursday night.
But BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said Det Ch Insp Redwood was not expected to release any major new information.
In the appeal, detectives released two e-fits of a man seen carrying a child in Praia da Luz at 22:00 on the night
Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, went missing.
Thursday 3 May 2007: Timeline
20:30 Kate and Gerry McCann leave their apartment
to have dinner at a Tapas bar 21:05 Gerry McCann checks on Madeleine and her siblings22:00
A man is seen carrying a child wearing pyjamas heading towards the ocean22:00 Kate McCann
raises the alarm that Madeleine has gone missing
The programme, which was later repeated in the Netherlands
and Germany, also revealed police now suspected she could have been taken later than previously thought - just before her
mother returned to the apartment to check on her.
Announcing their new investigation last month, Portuguese police
said a review team had been working since March 2011 to look back through information from the original investigation.
They said this had uncovered potential new lines of inquiry, which were separate from those being followed by the
Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, said they hoped the new Portuguese inquiry would "finally
lead to her being found and to the discovery of whoever is responsible for this crime".
Crimewatch will be
shown on BBC One at 21:00 GMT on Thursday.
Call for Madeleine police teams to work together,
27 November 2013
Call for Madeleine police teams to work together ITV News
2:51pm, Wed 27 Nov 2013
Madeleine McCann vanished while
holidaying with her parents in Praia da Luz in 2007. Credit: PA
British and Portuguese police should
join together as one team in their investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Currently Scotland Yard is running its own inquiry into what happened to the little girl, who vanished
while holidaying with her parents in Praia da Luz in 2007, while the Portuguese authorities have their own investigation.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "One thing we'd like to see in the future is a joint investigation team which
comes under the European community. It is a possibility legally, and we're working together at a political level, and
at a police and judicial level, to see how we can construct that.
"There are two separate inquiries with a
different focus - we've got one particular set of lines of inquiry and they have a different one. But it's important
that we work together on what is clearly a common problem.
"It's a formal arrangement, it allows officers
from each country to work in the other country, it gives them powers associated with that, and it's an efficient way of
"If you're not careful, you end up doing things on an ad-hoc basis, and for us it would be better
to have that type of arrangement. So that's what we're trying to get agreement between the two governments and the
two police services."
Madeleine McCann inquiries: Met wants 'joint
investigation team', 27 November 2013
Madeleine McCann inquiries: Met wants 'joint investigation
team' BBC News
27 November 2013 Last updated at 13:32
The Metropolitan Police want to set up a "joint investigation
team" with the Portuguese authorities into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Met Police Commissioner
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the force was seeking agreement for the team from the UK and Portuguese and UK governments.
He said it would be more effective than the current "ad-hoc" approach to working together.
disappeared from Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in May 2007.
Last month, Portuguese police reopened their inquiry
into the disappearance of Madeleine, who was three when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment as her
parents dined at a nearby tapas bar.
Portugal's attorney general said "new elements of evidence"
justified the "continuation of the investigation", which was shelved in 2008.
That came a week after
an appeal by British police - launched on BBC One's Crimewatch programme - prompted 2,400 responses.
Met trying to get agreement for joint
Madeleine team from Portuguese & UK govts and police forces, 27 November 2013
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Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says Met trying to get agreement for joint #madeleine team from Portuguese & UK govts and police forces
1:14 PM - 27 Nov 2013
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Hogan-Howe: formal working arrangement between Portuguese/UK would be more efficient and effective than current
"ad hoc" approach #madeleine
1:24 PM - 27 Nov 2013
UK and Portuguese governments trying to set
up joint police investigation, 27 November 2013
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UK and Portuguese governments trying to set up joint police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, says Scot Yard.
12:14 PM - 27 Nov 2013
Madeleine McCann: Crimewatch appeal
update (to be broadcast on 28/11/13), 25 November 2013
Madeleine McCann: Crimewatch appeal update BBC One
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The team are live with Britain's biggest unsolved cases including, following a special appeal, the latest developments
in the Madeleine McCann investigation.
Also featuring crimes caught on camera in Martin Bayfield's CCTV round
up and a new collection of wanted faces.
Detectives from across the UK are in the studio ready to take your calls
and there are updates on the latest cases to have been cracked thanks to Crimewatch viewers.
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On the Crimewatch programme, 14 October 2013, DCI Andy
Redwood dismissed Jane Tanner's sighting of a man carrying a child as having any significance to the search for Madeleine.
He stated that the man had now been positively identified by the Met as a British holidaymaker innocently carrying
Yet, well over a month later, the McCanns are still promoting this sighting on their official website.
It can only lead people to the conclusion that the McCanns are more concerned with updating their online shop - for
donations and selling merchandise - than they are with providing accurate and up to date information that will help the search
for their daughter. Why?
Have you seen these men? Do you know who they might be?
These two pictures show a man carrying a child away from the
family's apartment. This sighting was seen by a witness at 21:15 on the evening of Thursday, May 3rd, 2007.
A Bedtime Story, 22 November 2013
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
Dr Martin Roberts
22 November 2013
A BEDTIME STORY
Olga Craig (Sunday Telegraph, 27.5.2007), wrote that when the McCanns moved to an apartment
near to the one from which Madeleine was taken they "unpacked their missing daughter's clothes...laying out her
pyjamas on what would have been her bed."
The Daily Mirror (19.9.2007): 'It is believed the entire
Portuguese case rests on DNA evidence from body fluids which allegedly suggests that Madeleine's corpse was carried in
the boot of the McCanns' hired Renault Scenic.
'But the McCanns say the fluids
probably came from Madeleine's unwashed pyjamas and sandals which were carried in the boot when
the family was moving apartments.'
[Kate McCann (under oath,
to Lord Justice Leveson): "These were desperate times. You know, we were, having to try and find our daughter ourselves
and needed all the help we could get and we were facing (we'll come onto the headlines) 'Corpse in the car.' How
many times I read 'body fluids in the car,' and it gets repeated so often that it becomes fact. There were
no body fluids."]
Kate McCann (Statement to police, 6 September, 2007):
a stain, supposedly of tea, on Madeleine's pyjama top, which she washed a little later that same morning. She hung it
out to dry on a small stand, and it was dry by the afternoon. Madeleine sometimes drank tea; nevertheless the stain did not
appear during breakfast, maybe it happened another day, as Madeleine did not have tea the previous night and the stain was
Inventory of pyjamas owned and/or worn by Madeleine McCann between April 29 and May 3, 2007 therefore:
Three pairs - one unpacked (presumed clean), one soiled, one abducted after washing.
Three pairs of pyjamas
for a week’s holiday? It won’t wash. Nor could Kate get the machine in 5A to do so.
1 May, after my tennis lesson, two maintenance workers came to have a look at our washing machine, which I couldn't get
Gerry appears to have been on crèche duty that morning. He signed in both Madeleine (9.30)
and Amelie (9.20), although Sean's whereabouts are unconfirmed. Kate's tennis lesson was scheduled for 9.15 a.m. The
maintenance workers arrived at 10.00. So either Kate McCann had attempted to operate the washing machine before, during or
immediately after breakfast that Tuesday morning or she did so the day/evening before. In any event she had some washing in
hand and knew better how to deal with it by the time she left to join Gerry at the tennis courts. Having attempted to deploy
the washing machine on or before Tuesday morning, is she likely then to have deferred doing so for a week or more?
Returning now to Kate's statement regarding the tea stain, 'the stain did not appear during breakfast (Thursday),
maybe it happened another day, as Madeleine did not have tea the previous night and the stain was dry.'
stain on these pyjamas was unlikely to have arisen the previous night, as Madeleine did not drink tea that night.
Nevertheless, she must have been wearing these pyjamas on the Wednesday night, and Tuesday
night as well if 'maybe it happened another day', even Monday night if Tuesday morning/evening are considered to have
presented opportunities for tea drinking and/or pyjama staining. We may gloss over the question of how Kate managed to not
see the stain before Thursday morning in that case, in favour of one the McCanns clearly did not anticipate when they
put their September 2007 proposal to the Daily Mirror, that 'Madeleine's unwashed pyjamas ...
were carried in the boot when the family was moving apartments.'
What unwashed pyjamas?
The only pyjamas that can have been worn by Madeleine between the Tuesday and Thursday nights were the pink
'Eeyore' set that was washed, for the purpose of stain removal, before disappearing along with the child. It would
of course be entirely reasonable to suggest that she wore a different pair for the first three nights of her stay in Praia
da Luz, i.e., Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and that these may well have been soiled by then. But we know, because she has already
told us, albeit indirectly, that Kate was keen to do some washing as early as Tuesday morning.
Are we therefore
to suppose that, after so short a period, and with concomitantly so little soiled clothing as a result, Kate would not have
washed whatever other pair(s) of pyjamas Madeleine might have been wearing during those first three days? And since
Madeleine was not present to wear pyjamas of any description after May 3, there can have been no soiled, i.e., unwashed pyjamas
of hers in evidence from that date onwards, whether in the Ocean Club apartment or the boot of the Renault Scenic.
Hence the notorious 'body fluids', perjured into nothingness during the 2011 Leveson Inquiry, were probably
not introduced by Madeleine's soiled pyjamas after all, as her various pyjamas (assuming she had more than one set),
should either have been washed earlier or else unused. However, we must not overlook the fact that Kate
was able to suggest at least one other potential source for those absent body fluids.
'But the McCanns say
the fluids probably came from Madeleine's unwashed pyjamas and sandals which were carried
in the boot when the family was moving apartments.'
These sandals, perchance?
looked so gorgeous in her little T-shirt and shorts, pink hat, ankle socks and new holiday sandals
that I ran back to our apartment for my camera to record the occasion. One of my photographs is known around the world now:
a smiling Madeleine clutching armfuls of tennis balls." (Kate McCann, in 'Madeleine')
with socks covering the feet?
Silly me. That photograph was taken on Tuesday, before the afternoon beach trip,
when Madeleine may have taken her shoes and socks off, although she didn't enjoy the wet sand. Maybe mum and dad didn't
bother to put the socks back on her feet before returning her to that already empty crèche for the last hour and a
At least we know how Madeleine dressed for tennis that Tuesday morning. We have Kate's photograph to
prove it. We do not of course have Jane Tanner's photograph from either the Wednesday or the Thursday, since Kate had
already taken it. But we do have both her own and Rachael Oldfield's description of Madeleine's involvement in tennis
after Tuesday. And how was Madeleine typically dressed for tennis? In 'ankle socks and new holiday sandals'
And from this combination of clothing we are invited to infer that 'body fluids' were deposited,
first onto the inner sole of a pair of sandals, then transferred, via the under sole
no doubt, onto a solid surface in the back of a car.
It would appear, on reflection, that Kate McCann was correct
when she declared, while under oath, 'There were no body fluids', at least none that might have originated with recently
washed pyjamas, or sandals worn over ankle socks. However, the behaviour of a blood detecting sniffer dog suggests, and the
FSS examination of cellular material confirms, that there was body fluid in the wheel space of the McCann rental
vehicle, albeit in miniscule amounts. So where did it come from?
options were also put to the Daily Mirror all those years ago (19.9.2007), in the form of 'dirty nappies belonging to
twins Sean and Amelie, who have similar DNA to their four-year-old sister' while 'at least 30 people connected to
the family, including close relatives, used the Renault before police searched it.'
What manner of desultory
people would toss unwrapped, or worse yet unfolded nappies, lining downwards, into the rear of a rented vehicle, alongside
the spare wheel? The stench alone would have put any one of the car's thirty plus (!) users off of changing the tyre!
On a less flippant note, the Portuguese police were minded to 'lift' biological debris from the Renault Scenic
at the suggestion, so to speak, of a sniffer dog, whose forte was the detection of blood residues – human blood residues,
which in itself puts paid to the fall back positions of either 'weepy nappies' or careless passengers. Unless the
McCann twins suffered from internal bleeding or haemorrhoids, and/or an overly inquisitive passenger or two cut themselves
whilst trifling unnecessarily with the car jack, there seems to be no reasonable explanation for the presence in the vehicle
of the body fluids examined by the FSS, especially that detected by the dog.
No soiled pyjamas. No skin cells on
sandals. No bloody stools. No bleeding passengers. Hence 'no body fluids', according to Kate McCann. The same Kate
McCann who knew immediately her daughter had been, er, 'taken'. Perhaps Gerry McCann, when loading the car with leaflets
for the highly publicised journey to Huelva, accidentally cut himself on Occam's razor.
Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo
Amaral - Day 9, 19 November 2013
Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 9
UK Justice Forum
With thanks to Anne Guedes
Libel Trial > McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 9
Lisbon - Tuesday
19 Nov 2013
All lawyers are present. VCFilmes/Multimedia's lawyer is substituted by a lawyer who states that
she took part in the Providência Cautelar (Injunction hearing). Witnesses due to testify today are dismissed by
defendants TVI, VC and Gonçalo Amaral and will no longer be required to give evidence.
The Judge starts
the session by raising the issue of documents requested by the plaintiffs evidencing the value of royalties paid to Gonçalo
Amaral. She reminds the Court that G&P's position is that the request is extemporaneous and illegal and that no other
payment was received beyond that previously declared to the Court. One such document relates to a request to Gonçalo
Amaral to provide receipts X and Y specific to the period from 17 - 30 October 2008 and from 6 - 30 November 2009. The Judge
adds that any others are of no consequence since G&P has proven that no other royalties were paid to Gonçalo Amaral.
The Judge reminds the Court of the principle that when a Party declares to another Party that a requested document
does not exist or is not in their possession, the legal remedy is not for the pursuer to make a further request but to prove
through whatever means that the respondent is being untruthful. The Judge therefore grants a request by the plaintiffs
that receipts be provided as previously requested since the defender has failed to produce the information sought.
TVI must provide an extract of accounts for the fiscal years 2008, 2009 and 2010 related to VCFilmes and VCMultimédia.
They are given 10 days to produce the relevant documents.
The Judge omits partially a request concerning the accounts
of VCFilmes, which are limited to the period from the 7 February 2012 onwards. VCFilmes is also given 10 days to produce the
The Judge reminds the Court that the request by the plaintiffs is related to the search of material
facts in order that justice is done. However, she adds that the lawyer representing G&P should consider that if any of
the documents requested in the process contain information unrelated to Gonçalo Amaral then that should be maintained
apart for commercial and/or fiscal reasons. The defence is therefore authorised to present said documents in the judicial
section in order to protect any commercially sensitive information, making only available that which relates to the process
concerning the relationship between G&P and Gonçalo Amaral. G&P is given 10 days to respond to the request.
The Judge adds that G&P has already provided indications about the financial aspect of the publication of the
book and about the number of books that have been sold.
The Judge finally confirms that the date of the next hearing
will be on Wednesday 27 November 2013. The date for the final allegations will then be fixed.
End of session.
'CM newspaper' programme: Maddie
Case, 19 November 2013
'CM newspaper' programme: Maddie Case CMTV
The following video clip is a collection of highlights from
two programmes produced by CMTV* about a reconstruction of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The first programme
was a 'Maddie Case Special' that aired on the evening of the 16th of November, 2013, and had Gonçalo Amaral
and Francisco Moita Flores in the studio.
The second programme is called 'Rua Segura' and was broadcast
on the evening of the 18th of November, 2013. It featured Rui Pereira, Gonçalo Amaral, Carlos Anjos and Eduardo Dâmaso.
* CMTV is the television channel that belongs to the Correio da Manhã newspaper.
19 November 2013 19:44
After CMTV screened a reconstruction about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, only in Portugal, there were many
reactions that multiplied themselves
With thanks to Astro for transcript/translation
Anchor: After CMTV screened a reconstruction
about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, there were many reactions, that multiplied themselves, mainly because of the
various contradictions in the witnesses' statements.
Voiceover: The case dates back to the
3rd of May of 2007. Six years later, several inconsistencies and contradictions are counted, which contribute to the mystery
surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine. After the screening of CMTV's reconstruction relating to the little girl's
disappearance, there were many reactions that multiplied themselves, mainly about the various contradictions that were raised.
One of the inconsistencies has to do with the time of the visit that was done by a friend to the McCann couple. David
Payne would have met Gerry at 6.30 p.m., and only afterwards went to see Kate. Until today, it is not known how long the visit
took: According to Gerry, Payne was at the location for over half an hour; according to Kate, the visit lasted little over
Gonçalo Amaral: This is a figure [person] that, I used to say, that is enigmatic,
and who was not well investigated. Not a lot is known about this person.
Voiceover: A mysterious
man with a profile that is linked to indications of inadequate behaviours towards children. He even used to bathe the daughters
of the friends that he spent holidays with.
To CMTV, Gonçalo Amaral and Francisco Moita Flores, former Judiciary
Police inspectors, state that this is one of the gaps in the process.
Moita Flores: It is strange,
in a group of friends, that one friend bathes the other friends' children. And that all of this is natural, and nobody
questions this from the investigation's point of view.
Gonçalo Amaral: What weight
did it have in the disappearance, if it had any weight at all, and what was going on there with that individual. One, is this
one; the 30 minutes or the 30 seconds, what he went there to do. The other one, is the fact that he always cared to bathe
the other people's daughters.
Voiceover: There is even a concrete episode, which took place
on the island of Mallorca, in 2005. David Payne, in the company of Gerry McCann, would have been seen making obscene gestures,
while referring to Maddie.
Gonçalo Amaral: Then there is the other moment, that of the
obscene gestures he made, in Spain, in Mallorca, where there is a denunciation in May 2007, ten days after the disappearance,
by another doctor, who was also on holidays, who knows him and tells the English police about said obscene gestures
in the presence of the father.
Voiceover: For Eduardo Dâmaso, joint editor at Correio da
Manhã, these indications should have been explored.
Eduardo Dâmaso: All of those
indications are much stronger to explore, that enigma that is installed within that group, than the thesis of the abductor.
The feeling that I have is...
Voiceover: Some statements by Gerry McCann are also contradictory.
To the police, Maddie's father told different versions about the way that he entered the Ocean Club apartment at 9 p.m.
In a first statement, Gerry said he had entered through the front door; later, he changed the statement and said he had entered
through the back window. Despite everything, the key was inside the apartment.
For the former Judiciary Police
inspector Carlos Anjos, the change in the depositions is an attempt by Gerry to adjust to the facts.
Anjos: I think he has no certainty whatsoever. That is the big problem. And hence the difficulty, the contradictions
they had, all of the contradictions they had, which were verbalized when they gave statements, even the changing of depositions...
We at the police used to say that when the depositions start to be changed, it's an attempt by the witness to adjust the
deposition to the fact.
Voiceover: Another inconsistency has to do with the visit of another friend
of the couple to the Ocean Club apartment. Matthew Oldfield entered the room, looked to where Maddie and her siblings were.
Later on, he said he wasn't sure whether or not the little girl was in the apartment.
We return to another aspect which, from my point of view, proves that all the indications that exist, which point towards
an enigma that is installed within that group, is much stronger than what exists about the possibility of an abduction.
Voiceover: Another question that remains unanswered is the place where Gerry was at 10 p.m. Two Tapas
Bar employees said that Gerry was not at the restaurant. According to Gonçalo Amaral, there are only three moments
that the authorities are able to locate in time. This is not one of them.
As far as accurate times are concerned, there are only three: The time at which they pick up Maddie from the crèche,
which is at 5.30 p.m., the time of the payment at the restaurant by the Irish family, which is at 9.22 or 9.27 p.m., and the
time of the phone call to GNR, which is at 10.47 p.m. From there on, nothing is certain.
Contributing to the mystery of Gerry's location at 10 p.m., a statement by a family of Irish tourists, four adults and
five children, appears. According to the Smiths, that evening, the family left Kelly's Bar and headed home at around 10
p.m. Five minutes later, Kate raises the alarm to the disappearance. At the same time, the family crosses ways with a man
that carried a blonde child, aged approximately four, wearing pink pyjamas.
Martin Smith, one of the group's
members, gives the police a detailed description. Four months later, already in the United Kingdom, the Smith family sees
images of Gerry McCann carrying one of his children. When he sees the image on television, Martin remembers the same man that
he had seen in Praia da Luz.
The denunciation was made to the Judiciary Police and the PJ decides to bring him
to Portugal. At that time, Gonçalo Amaral, the coordinator, is removed from the investigation, and the new coordinator,
Paulo Rebelo, considers that the trip of the Irishman to Portugal is useless.
Six years later, Gonçalo Amaral
remains certain that it is important to listen to the witnesses' statement.
It makes all kind of sense to even bring him, and the family, it's 3 or 4 people more, to Portugal, even to understand
how long they took after leaving the Dolphins restaurant, how long they remained in Kelly's bar, because there is no payment,
the payment was not made with a card, we found out the exact time of the payment, not the exit from the restaurant, through
the payment, because the payment was made with a bank card. At the bar, it was made in cash, so we don't know. We don't
know how long they took having their drinks. We don't know at what time the sighting takes place. It would have been around
ten, a bit earlier, a bit later, at around that time, we don't know exactly at what time it was.
For the former Judiciary Police inspector, the question of the e-fit that appeared at the time ended up taking importance
away from the deposition.
Gonçalo Amaral: This family, which is not only one person, says
that the person that they saw that night is a certain person. They say it is. Then they say it's 80%. And then the e-fit
– someone appears that looks like a certain person. While they never said it was a person that looked like Gerald McCann.
The e-fit has that effect, the effect of devaluating the statement itself.
Voiceover: These are
contradictions and inconsistencies that remain unanswered to this day. And adding to all of these questions, a new issue appears:
That of the crime of exposure or abandonment [child endangerment], that would have been committed by Kate and Gerry McCann
when they left Maddie alone during the night.
Moita Flores: You can be absolutely certain that
if this couple was Portuguese, the Public Ministry would have immediately triggered the child protection measures against
them. Have no doubts about that. Because in our culture, this is not reasonable nor explainable. And I don't know if it
can even be explained under the light of the Anglo-Saxon culture.
Rui Pereira: At the beginning,
the McCanns were obviously suspected of a crime of exposure of abandonment. Obviously. It is evident that it was not easy
to make them arguidos right away. Why? Because investigators are also human. And the most immediate sentiment that was experienced
was that of a certain compassion towards the parents.
Moita Flores: I understand, with some effort,
but I understand that it's a cultural trait that is different from ours, to leave children far away from the place where
we are, and to enjoy ourselves until midnight, from 8.30, 9 p.m. until midnight. I find this hard to believe, for our Latin
culture, in which the children are very directly controlled, I find this very difficult.
For Carlos Anjos, all the participants in the case tried to find a way not to be implicated in this crime.
Anjos: They all knew that they were at stake because of exposure and abandonment, and all of them somehow tried to
find a story that would not harm them much, that would not mistreat them much in that situation.
These are reactions that are raised after the exhibition of CMTV's reconstruction about the disappearance of Maddie. A
job that was never done by the Portuguese police.
Gonçalo Amaral: The reconstruction was
never done because one awaited the best moment. At the time when everything happened, one thought about the reconstruction,
which is normal in such a situation. There were many journalists in Praia da Luz, it was not convenient to do it at that time,
due to the apparatus and the spectacle that would be given, it was almost as someone said, necessary to close the air space
to make a reconstruction.
Moita Flores: This was decisive. And I don't know how the police
could do it, I understand the difficulties of this media circus that was built there, but it would have been necessary and
decisive. Because as can be seen from this reconstruction, and one understands that it follows the statements from the participants
in the process, one realises that it is full of contradictions.
Voiceover: For Francisco Moita
Flores, the reconstruction by CMTV is more accurate than the one that was shown by the English Crimewatch programme.
Moita Flores: What CMTV just did, I saw the reconstruction that was made by Crimewatch and this one, and
one understands that it is like day and night, in terms of accuracy.
Gonçalo Amaral: One
has more red wine and the other one shows empty glasses.
Moita Flores: This one has the wine,
it has the party, it has the disposition of the people, it has the relationship with the physical space, which is important.
Voiceover: These are reactions that appear after the exhibition of the reconstruction of the moments
before and after the disappearance of Madeleine, a case that still prompts much discussion.
This is the most verified case that I can recall in the history of criminal investigation. Countless CDs were made, they were
distributed to all of the newspapers, to all of the detective agencies, to all of the policemen. And one thing is objective
at this moment in time, just like Gonçalo said: Today we are exactly the same as when the case was closed. That is
to say that we are, today, just like we were in 2007. The entire investigative community, that read the process from beginning
to end, possibly all of us read it already, there was nobody who said – some have said that this or that could be done,
but those are diligences that could hardly have any other result than the one that is there [in the case files].
Voiceover: The doubts remain. The uncertainties about what really happened to Madeleine McCann remain.
José Carlos Castro,
the anchor, read a communiqué at the end of the CMTV newscast:
"A Direção do Correio
da Manhã reitera o compromisso público junto dos leitores e dos espectadores que vai continuar a investigar
o desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann recorrendo a todos os meios legítimos e necessários.
CMTV/Correio da Manhã não descansará enquanto não for descoberta toda a verdade sobre o desaparecimento
da menina de 3 anos da Praia da Luz no dia 3 de Maio de 2007."
Management of Correio da Manhã reaffirms its public commitment with its readers and viewers that it will continue to
investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann making use of all legitimate and necessary means.
da Manhã team will not rest until the whole truth about the disappearance of the little three-year-old girl from Praia
da Luz on the 3rd of May of 2007 is discovered."
Court Orders Madeleine McCann Detective Concalo
Amaral to Reveal Earnings from Conspiracy Book, 20 November 2013
Court Orders Madeleine McCann Detective Concalo Amaral to
Reveal Earnings from Conspiracy Book International Business Times
By DOMINIC GOVER | November 20, 2013 11:05 AM GMT
A judge in Lisbon has ordered Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral
to reveal how much he earned from a book he wrote, claiming Madeleine McCann was dead and her parents were to blame.
Concalo Amaral must hand over receipts showing how much he raked in from sales of his 2008 book The Truth of the Lie.
The order was made during Amaral's trial for libel. Kate and Jerry McCann are suing him for £1m over defamatory
claims against them.
The producers of a TV documentary must also reveal how much Amaral, 56, was paid to take part
in it, the court ruled.
The Truth of the Lie remains unpublished in Britain because of its explosive allegations,
which led to Amaral being discredited as a reliable source of insight about events surrounding McCann's disappearance.
It was released only three days after Kate and Jerry were dropped as suspects in the disappearence of Madeleine, one
year after Madeleine vanished in 2007.
Former police chief Amaral claimed in his book that that Madeleine died
in the apartment block in Praia da Luz and that her parents constructed the disappearance narrative to cover it up.
He denies defamation.
Disgraced Madeleine McCann detective must
reveal how much money he made from book about bungled Maddie probe, 20 November 2013
Disgraced Madeleine McCann detective must reveal how much
money he made from book about bungled Maddie probe Daily Mirror
By Andy Lines | 20 Nov 2013 00:00
judge ordered Goncalo Amaral to hand over receipts - Gerry and KateMcCann are suing him for £1million over his book
The Truth of the Lie
Disgraced former detective Goncalo Amaral was yesterday ordered
by a judge in Lisbon to reveal how much cash he made from a book about the bungled Madeleine McCann probe.
56, has 10 days to hand over receipts.
The book's publishers and the producers of a TV documentary were also
instructed to reveal how much they paid him in royalties.
Gerry and Kate, both 45, are suing him for £1million
over his book The Truth of the Lie, in which he claimed they covered up their girl's death in the Algarve in 2007.
He denies defamation.
Maddie cop order Daily
Mirror (paper edition, page 19)
[text as per online article]
The "Creepy Man" that time
forgot... but never The Sun, 18 November 2013
The "Creepy Man" that time forgot...
but never The Sun McCann Files
|"Creepy Man" by Melissa Little
Guy, Guy, Guy,
Stick him up on high.
on a lamp post
And leave him there to die.
By Nigel Moore
The Sun newspaper, never ones to let sleeping corpses lie, especially when there's a subscription
bob in it, turned their spades once again at the weekend to an old favourite in the Madeleine McCann case: "Creepy Man".
Last week it was reported that a Brit woman, who doesn't wish to be named, was harassed by a 'drugged
up Portuguese man' in Vilamoura - 30 miles from Praia da Luz - a month before Madeleine disappeared. The man was described
as being 'scruffy and long-haired'.
Cue an accompanying sketch of scruffy, long-haired "Creepy Man"
and it's off to print we go.
Yesterday, it was the turn of 'Irish ma', Shauna Duncan, to describe how
a man on a motorbike tried to snatch her daughter in Praia da Luz weeks before Madeleine disappeared. He looked like the suspect
who The Sun 'revealed' last week.
Cue the same accompanying sketch of scruffy, long-haired "Creepy
Man" and it's off to print we go.
Is there anymore to say?
Well, actually, there is, because
the story of "Creepy Man" needs to be told in its entirety. For those unfamiliar with the background, it's a
story that may surprise and even shock you.
|News of the World, 20 January 2008
Known more affectionately in some quarters as the "George Harrison
lookalike" - but more profitably by the Wapping ghouls as 'Maddie's Kidnapper - Beast who took McCanns'
little girl' - "Creepy Man" first shot to fame on 20 January 2008, when he was honoured with his very own
At a London hotel, the McCanns' spokesperson Clarence Mitchell took to the lectern to
deliver his infamous 'more like the police than the police' appeal for information to the gathered members of the
"Who is he? Where is he? What, if any, is his connection to Madeleine's disappearance?" Mr
Mitchell solemnly intoned.
"If he is innocent, we want him to come forward for his own sake so he can be ruled
out. We believe this man could be linked to Madeleine's disappearance."
This at a time, remember, when
the Portuguese investigation was still active and the McCanns were yet to be released from their arguido (suspects) status.
|Clarence Mitchell: 'more like the police than the police'
During the press conference, two artists impressions of the
man seen by Mrs Gail Cooper, a grandmother from Nottinghamshire, were released. These were not produced by the police, as
stated in The Sun, but were created in conjunction with Mrs Cooper by an artist hired by the McCanns themselves.
The accompanying PowerPoint presentation claimed Jane Tanner had viewed the sketches and was so taken with them that she
believed there was 'an 80% likelihood' that this was the same man she saw 'carrying away the child, believed to
This was an extraordinary claim, given Ms Tanner took part in a covert police operation, shortly
after Madeleine's disappearance, and positively identified the man she claimed to have seen as Robert Murat - the first
arguido in the case.
"She identified him through his way of walking, and she was peremptory about it being
Robert Murat," said Gonçalo Amaral, the former Portuguese Judiciary Police co-ordinator, speaking to the website
www.mccannfiles.com in May 2011.
And there was something strangely familiar about the full length sketch of "Creepy
Man". Something about his gait that was very reminiscent of "Bundle Man", the man sketched from the description
of Ms Tanner herself. But, of course, that was hardly surprising given that both sketches had been produced by the same artist,
In fact, for three days, the official Find Madeleine website ran the two sketches of "Creepy
Man" with the annotation: 'Drawings of the man described by Jane Tanner'. Not so much a subliminal association,
more surgically joined at the dislocated hips.
Furthermore, during their traditional round of 'Missing
Maddie' anniversary interviews, in 2008, the McCanns produced a flyer which placed the face of "Creepy
Man" beside the full body sketch of "Bundle Man". The same image appeared in the Portuguese press.
Although the difference between the two was explained during an interview with RTP, there remained no reason why the
two sketches should appear side-by-side, and the McCanns assertion that there were similarities between the two could
do nothing but muddy the waters further.
|The McCanns with "Creepy Man"/"Bundle Man" flyer, 02 May 2008
RTP interview, 02 May 2008
Sandra Felgueiras: And you say that you regularly was checking her... were checking
on the children every 15 minutes. So do you still maintain that, errr... this is the person that you believe has abducted
Madeleine. [SF holds up a newspaper, with the 'Creepy Man' sketch beside the 'Bundle Man' sketch]
Do you still believe that this is the man?
Gerry McCann: We... we have never said that
that is the man who abducted Madeleine. We said that it's someone, who multiple witnesses... had a description similar
to this man. [GM holds up a flyer showing the same two sketches]
Kate McCann: [points
to 'Jane Tanner' sketch, on right] We believe this is the man...
The man that Jane Tanner saw?
Kate McCann: Yeah.
Gerry McCann: Yeah.
Kate McCann: [points to 'Creepy Man' sketch, on left] Now, this is the man who has...
who has obviously been flagged up by certain people acting strangely and he's not that dissimilar to this man but we don't
know. Basically, it'll... we almost wanted to eliminate him.
But why did "Creepy Man" warrant his very own press
conference in the first place? And why did the McCanns consign him to the compost heap after their round of interviews in
The charity collector always knocks twice (at least)
Gail Cooper made her
first statement to Leicestershire police on 21 May 2007. In it, she described how, on the afternoon of April 20th, a man knocked
on the door of her villa claiming that he was collecting donations for a local orphanage in Espiche.
said the man was quite insistent and she described him as 'intimidating' but 'not threatening'. After 10-15
minutes he left empty handed as Mrs Cooper had no money in the villa.
On Monday 7th January 2008, the Daily Mirror
ran a report that British holidaymaker Paul Gordon had also seen a 'stranger (who) claimed he was collecting donations
for an orphanage'. Mr Gordon and his family had stayed in Apartment 5A the week immediately prior to the McCanns.
As a result of that article, Mrs Cooper's daughter contacted the Daily Mirror.
Like looking in a
|E-fit of man seen by Paul Gordon
Later that day the Mirror contacted Mrs Cooper and this led
to an article, published the following day, in which she said: "He was a horrible-looking man, really creepy, unkempt
"He definitely wasn't Portuguese. He scared me."
Mrs Cooper further described
the man as 6ft 0in to 6ft 2in tall, with a distinctive 'Mexican looking moustache', who 'definitely wasn't
Portuguese' and 'smelt of onions or garlic which appeared to be on his clothing'.
Mr Gordon however,
described the man as 5ft 7in to 5ft 10in tall, with 'no facial hair', 'Portuguese looking' and was 'quite
So, about as similar as Tweety Pie and Yosemite Sam.
At the same time as the Mirror contacted Mrs Cooper, her mother reminded her of 'two further potential sightings'
of the same man. This prompted Mrs Cooper to make a second police statement on 16th January 2008.
In this further
statement, details are given of those two other sightings: One on 22nd April, in which a man was walking on the beach 'not
really doing anything' and previously on 20th April, 'just before the man came to the villa later on that day',
when a man was observed walking alone on the beach in the rain – which Mrs Cooper observed was 'strange because
of the weather'.
Following Mrs Cooper's further statement to the police, and the press conference four
days later, a further sighting was reported by a Donegal woman, who did not wish to be named.
She said she saw
a man fitting the description given by Mrs Cooper, around the end of July 2007, who claimed to be collecting for an Aids orphanage
in Portugal. "I e-mailed the Madeleine family helpline," she said.
"I just wanted to give whatever
information I had relating to what I had seen. I am not sure if it will be relevant or not but I suppose every bit helps."
A shock breakthrough in the hunt, errr… 'two years ago'
the shock breakthrough in the hunt was to come in May 2010 when the Sunday Express exclusively revealed that "Creepy
Man" had been covertly filmed by an investigator working for Kate and Gerry McCann 'two years ago'.
i.e. in 2008.
Mrs Cooper told the Sunday Express that the man, who was captured on film unloading goods from a
white van, was the same person she saw three times in Praia da Luz in the days before Madeleine disappeared.
believe the man I saw was the same person who abducted Madeleine McCann," stated Mrs Cooper unequivocally. "I was
shown the footage by a person working for the McCanns' investigators who took notes of everything I said and then left
but I haven't heard anything since."
She called on the McCanns to put the 'sensational footage'
on their website findmadeleine.com so that he could be traced by detectives. "More people need to see this footage to
discover where he is," she said.
The following week, the Sunday Express further revealed that at the time
the holidaying group were on the beach, on 22nd April 2007, one of Mrs Cooper's friends, Leanda Hodson-Mackey, had taken
a photograph of her husband.
Remarkably she had captured "Creepy Man" in the background as he walked
alone on the beach during a downpour. The image was said to have been passed to Leicestershire police.
week the Express published the image of the man.
|"Bundle Man" and "Creepy Man" together again - Express image (l) and straightened version (r)
Mrs Cooper, said: "I am 98 per cent certain the man in
the photo was the same man who made the strange visit to our holiday villa. His hair looks neater in the photo, but he
is quite far in the background."
The picture was given to detectives in Leicestershire who were reported to
have liaised with detectives in Portugal, but Mrs Cooper said she was never told whether the man had been identified.
The Silence of the McCanns
So, as far back as 2008, the McCanns, through their private
detectives, were in receipt of video footage showing the man - who had been positively identified by Mrs Cooper.
Yet no effort was made then, or since, to place the footage, or stills from it, on their official website - the sole purpose
of which is to 'Find Madeleine'.
Again, in May 2010, the McCanns were urged by Mrs Cooper to place the
video footage on their website in order that detectives trace the man. The plea fell on deaf ears.
If there had
been an initial reluctance, in 2008, to jeopardise a possible investigation, that must have evaporated by 2010.
Man" does not appear in the list of suspects that appendix Kate McCann's book madeleine, nor does he appear
as a person of interest on the official website.
So, we are left with two conclusions:
1) The man
was identified and eliminated from the inquiry in 2008, after the public appeal - either by the McCanns private detectives
or by those from Leicestershire Police or the PJ.
In which case, why were the press never informed and why
has the information never been made public on the McCanns' £37,000pa 'Find Madeleine' website (figure as
at 2008)? Not to mention informing Mrs Cooper, both out of common courtesy and to prevent the release of further misleading
articles which can only damage the search for Madeleine.
2) The man has never been identified
and, for reasons we can only guess at, the McCanns have no interest in pursuing identification of him.
after Madeleine's disappearance Gerry McCann pleaded that "we will leave no stone unturned in the search for
our daughter, Madeleine". When taken in conjunction with the behaviour of the McCanns over the Smith family e-fits, which
were suppressed for five years, neutral observers may conclude that the stones of which Gerry spoke were multi-purpose - equally
adept at concealing as they ever were at revealing.
And so, "Creepy Man" continues to get wheeled out,
like some sad and dishevelled Guy Fawkes dummy.
If you spend £1 you can get access to all The Sun online
reports but, personally, I wouldn't give you a penny for this guy.
Nor, it would seem, would the McCanns.
Maddie beast tried to snatch my girl,
17 November 2013
Maddie beast tried to snatch my girl,
17 November 2013
EXCLUSIVE By JASON JOHNSON, RYAN PARRY
& GARY O'SHEA Published: 17 November 2013
A MAN on a motorbike tried to snatch a tot yards from where Madeleine McCann vanished only weeks later,
The Irish Sun on Sunday can reveal.
article by subscription]
in The Sun on Sunday as:
Beast on a bike targeted girl, 4, weeks before Maddie was
snatched The Sun on Sunday
McCann suspect's kidnap bid
EXCLUSIVE By JASON JOHNSON,
RYAN PARRY & GARY O'SHEA Published: 17 November 2013
A MAN on a motorbike tried to snatch a tot yards from where Madeleine McCann vanished only weeks later, The
Sun on Sunday can reveal.
The goatee-bearded scruff drove up to four-year-old Tirna
Duncan on a
[full article by subscription]
Beast on a bike, 17 November 2013
on a bike The Sun on Sunday (paper edition, page 23)
Girl, 4, targeted
EXCLUSIVE by JASON JOHNSON, RYAN
PARRY & GARY O'SHEA
Sunday, November 17, 2013
A MAN on a motorbike tried to
snatch a tot yards from where Madeleine McCann vanished only weeks later, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.
The goatee-bearded scruff drove up to four-year-old Tirna Duncan on a moped and reached out as if to grab her.
Tirna said he looked like the suspect who The Sun revealed was preying on kids in Portugal before Madeleine vanished in
When he tried to grab Tirna, her parents spotted the beast and yelled at him as they gave chase. He sped
off, pulled over, shoved the moped in the back of a white van and drove off.
The Duncans gave details of the kidnap
bid to the British Embassy and Irish police after they heard about three-year-old Madeleine.
Yet they have NEVER
been quizzed by Portuguese or British detectives.
Mother Shauna, 42, from Londonderry, Northern Ireland said: "Maddie
would still be here if he had got Tirna. If we hadn't shouted, he would have lifted her."
saw the man lurking by their flat every day during their March 2007 stay in Praia de Luz and "up to 30 times" in
Mum-of-five Shauna said: "No matter what time I looked, he'd be there. He was watching our children."
The family's two teenage daughters ran when they spotted him following them.
A private detective did
visit the Duncans and showed Tirna the sketch of the suspect. Shauna recalls her saying: "That's the man who tried
to get me."
The Sun revealed on Monday that a man matching the suspect's description tried to lure a five-year-old
in Portugal weeks before Madeleine was kidnapped.
Paedos linked to Brit boy, 17 November
linked to Brit boy The Sun on Sunday (paper edition, page 23)
Sunday, November 17, 2013
TWO caged killers probed
over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann could face new charges of sex assault on a British schoolboy.
Charles O'Neill, 50, and William Lauchlan, 36, are accused of attacking a youth in 2007, while living in Gran Canaria,
Spain. The latest claim is said to be a "new allegation that hadn't been made before."
of Largs near Glasgow, are also suspects in the case of Spanish lad Yeremi Vargas, who went missing in 2007.
killers are serving life sentences in Scotland for the murder of Allison McGarrigle, 29, in 1997. She had threatened to expose
The Sun on Sunday, paper edition, page
23: 'BEAST ON A BIKE', 17 November 2013
Amaral in Madeleine McCann TV debate,
17 November 2013
Amaral in Madeleine McCann TV debate Algarve Daily News
Created: 17 November 2013
The Portuguese public now has the opportunity to watch a programme
about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, broadcast in an attempt to jog people's memories.
The CMTV (channel
8 on Meo) will broadcast on Sunday night at 22.55 the special programme which aims to reconstruct events on the night of May
3rd 2007, the last time Madeleine was known to be alive in Praia da Luz, Lagos.
The programme was shot at the Ocean
Club resort in Luz where the McCann family was staying on holiday, and lasts eight minutes during which time viewers can follow
what may have happened on the night when the girl, then aged three, disappeared from the room where she slept with two twin
The reconstruction involved 10 actors and was made in three locations. It is the result of two weeks
work and includes unseen footage taken inside the Ocean Club apartment. It is the first time that the scene of the crime has
been seen on Portuguese TV.
The 'Especial Maddie' programme brings together key moments of the original
investigation which recently has been reopened due to alleged new evidence supplied to the Portuguese judiciary.
A later debate, with professionals who have followed the case closely, includes the highly controversial figure of Gonçalo
Amaral, the PJ inspector responsible for the early investigation, and Rui Pereira who then was Minister of the Interior. The
debate will include input from criminal psychologist Maria Sameiro, and professor Moita Flores a former PJ inspector.
CMTV reconstitutes the Maddie case, 15 November
CMTV reconstitutes the Maddie case Correio da Manhã
Unedited images of what happened on the fateful night of the 3rd of May of 2007, at the Ocean Club resort.
by: Paulo João Santos
15 November 2013 14h54
With thanks to
Astro for translation
CMTV (channel 8 on MEO) presents tomorrow, between 21h15 and 22h15,
an unpublished programme dedicated to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann: the reconstitution of the evening of the 3rd
of May of 2007, the last time the British child was seen alive in Praia da Luz, in Lagos.
The trip to the Ocean
Club, the resort where the McCann family was staying, lasts eight minutes, during which viewers will have the opportunity
to follow, with rigour, what happened that evening when the little girl, then aged three, disappeared from the room where
she was sleeping with her twin siblings.
The reconstitution of the fateful evening of the disappearance involved
10 actors and was carried out at three different locations. It is the result of two weeks of work, with four days and two
nights of recording. It involves unpublished images that were taken inside the apartment at the Ocean Club. It's the first
time a television will show the scene of the crime that took place in the Algarve.
The 'Maddie Special'
also gathers four reports about the most striking moments of the investigation - which recently suffered a new impulse - and
a debate with the personalities that followed all the incidents of the case step by step: Gonçalo Amaral, the inspector
who was responsible for the investigation; and Rui Pereira, then the minister of Internal Affairs. The conversation will also
have the participation of criminal psychologist Maria do Sameiro and Moita Flores, a university professor and former PJ inspector.
Helena Monteiro: She leads the
'Pestaninhas' that are reviewing the Maddie case, 14 November 2013
Helena Monteiro: She leads the 'Pestaninhas' that
are reviewing the Maddie case O Crime (Facebook)
The National Director of the Judiciary Police assigned to a
PJ brigade in Porto known as the 'Pestaninhas' has the task of reviewing the Maddie case, and looking for new clues.
Understand all the details surrounding the work of this group of investigators, in 'O Crime' this week.
Scottish men targeted in hunt for 'Spain's
Maddy', 14 November 2013
Scottish men targeted in hunt for 'Spain's Maddy'
The Local (Spanish news in English)
George Mills | 14 Nov 2013,
Spanish police are investigating three Scottish men as part of their six-year hunt for a missing
boy from the Canary Islands who disappeared in mysterious circumstances just eight weeks before English girl Madeleine McCann.
Spain's Civil Guard police force are targeting the three men as part of their investigations into the
disappearance of Yéremi Vargas, who went missing on the island of Gran Canaria in March 2007 when just seven-years-old.
Two of those men are now behind bars — one for murdering a woman and sexually molesting her daughter, and the
other for child abuse.
Those men refused to speak to Spanish police during a recent visit by officers to the country, sources
close to the investigation told Spanish news agency Efe.
A third man, who has been previously being questionned
over similar sex crimes without being found guilty, is also of interest to Spanish police.
The three Scottish men
lived in the same Los Llanos neighbourhood as Vargas when the boy disappeared.
The two men currently serving prison
sentences also ran a cleaning business, Rainbow Cleaning Services, on the island.
Spanish police believe Charles O'Neill (left)
and William Lauchlan, both currently in prison, may be linked to Yéremi's disappearance. Photo: Scottish Police
Now Spain's Civil Guard hope that publishing photos of the men in Scotland will help them find Yéremi.
They say the criminal profile of the three men, and the fact they lived on the island at the time when the boy disappeared
make them possible suspects.
They are also hoping that one of the UK residents of Gran Canaria who used the cleaning
service may be able to shed light on the matter.
At present, there is no evidence that the three men were in the
Los Llanos neighbourhood when Yéremi Vargas disappeared.
In 2012, however, an Englishwoman told investigators
she had seen the pedophiles in the town of Vecindario on Gran Canaria.
The disappearance of Yéremi Vargas
continues to receive a great deal of attention in Spain.
In 2008, the boy's mother told the UK's Daily
Mirror that she believe his disappearance and that of English girl Madeleine McCann were linked.
went missing in May 2007 from Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region. Despite numerous reported sightings, she
has never been found.
Scottish paedophiles under scrutiny over
missing schoolboy Yéremi Vargas, 13 November 2013
Scottish paedophiles under scrutiny over missing schoolboy
Yéremi Vargas thinkSpain
By: thinkSPAIN , Wednesday, November 13, 2013
THREE Scottish men are being investigated over the disappearance
of schoolboy Yéremi Vargas, who went missing in March 2007 when he was just seven years old.
whereabouts have been the subject of ongoing, but as yet fruitless investigations for six-and-a-half years, but after two
dangerous paedophiles known as Charles and William were arrested in Gran Canaria and deported, inquiries have led towards
their possibly having played a part in his disappearance.
The child's mother and grandparents are convinced
Yéremi was murdered by the Scottish men.
They are believed to have lived in Albir (Alicante) where they
worked as kitchen assistants before moving to the Canary Islands when they were recognised, after having abused two teenage
Both were aged 15, and one was said to be living in the converted bus the two men used as their home from
summer 2003 until they were drummed out of town, and another was drugged, kidnapped and raped.
Back in 1997, a
woman living near the men in Scotland threatened to 'out' them publicly for having abused young boys, and in response,
one of the accuseds murdered her, put her body in a dustbin and threw it in the sea.
It was not until spring 2010,
when they were spotted in Blackpool, UK, that they were finally arrested and brought to justice.
They are both
in jail in Scotland, but the third remains at large.
The Scottish prisoners owned a company called Rainbow Cleaning
Services, S.L., in the town of Vecindario, where Yéremi was last seen playing with his cousins on a field.
Both were said to have had friends in the Los Llanos district, where
Yéremi and his family lived, and all three of the men under suspicion rented a house in the area.
from Spain have travelled to Scotland to question the two men in custody there and have distributed their photo in the hope
that one of the British expatriates in Gran Canaria who contracted their cleaning services may be able to offer further information.
In fact, one British woman already told police in 2012 that she had seen all three of the men in Vecindario.
The Guardia Civil considers it 'significant' that the two men in jail had no qualms about speaking to Scotland Yard
police over the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann on May 3, 2007 from Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, when
she was three.
But they refused to testify when quizzed over Yéremi Vargas, who had gone missing two months
Charles O'Neill and William Lauchlan
previous reports click here
Prison officer sacked and five
others warned for sick Madeleine McCann joke on drunken weekend, 12 November 2013
Prison officer sacked and five others warned for sick Madeleine
McCann joke on drunken weekend Daily Mirror
By Tom Pettifor | 12 Nov 2013 00:00
was pictured on Facebook with "We have Madeleine McCann scrawled in pen on his prison issue shirt - but it was two months
before his boss found out
A prison officer has been sacked after he was snapped on Facebook
with "We have Madeleine McCann" scrawled on his shirt.
The photo, taken on a drunken weekend with colleagues,
was on the social network site for two months before the jail found out.
A sickened staff member eventually
alerted governor Kenny Brown who disciplined six guards over the incident.
The sacked officer, who has not been
named, was photographed in a prison issue shirt with the sick claim written in pen on his back.
with him escaped with a slap on the wrist while two more were given written warnings.
A source at Wandsworth jail
in South West London said yesterday: "If I was Madeleine's father I would want to know about this disgusting act."
A prison service spokesman said: "Disciplinary action has been taken."
Jail officer's sick Maddie snap 'joke' Daily Mirror (paper edition)
[text of article as per online version]
Prison officer sacked and four others disciplined
after Madeleine McCann T-shirt stunt, 11 November 2013
Prison officer sacked and four others disciplined after
Madeleine McCann T-shirt stunt Metro
By Tariq Tahir
Metro News Reporter
Nov 2013 9:52 pm
A prison officer was sacked and
three others were fired for wearing 'We Have Madeleine McCann' T-shirts (Picture: PA)
prison officer has been sacked and four others disciplined after photos of them wearing T-shirts saying 'We Have Madeleine
McCann' during a drunken night out were posted on Facebook.
They were among at least seven staff on
a 'boys' weekend' when the images were taken.
The pictures were on Facebook for two months before being
brought to the attention of their bosses at Wandsworth Prison, London.
But a colleague told Metro it was 'despicable'
that some involved in the incident were still working at the jail. He said: 'It makes me sick to think just because they
work for the prison service that they should get away with this disrespectful behaviour.
'If I was the mother
or father of Madeleine McCann I would want to know about this.'
One officer was dismissed from
their job at Wandsworth Prison over the T-shirts (Picture: PA)
The incident happened when the officers were
'very drunk' on a weekend away, he claimed.
The officer said printing slogans on Prison Service T-shirts
about Madeleine, who went missing in Portugal in 2007, was a 'disgusting act'. One senior officer has been dismissed,
another remains suspended and three others received final written warnings.
Their code of conduct makes it a disciplinary
offence to bring the prison service into disrepute through social media.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said:
'Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken following an incident concerning a number of prison officers outside of
working hours and away from the prison.'
Update (with quote from The Prison
Madeleine McCann T-shirt stunt: Wandsworth Prison officer sacked and four others disciplined
By Tariq Tahir
Metro News Reporter
Tuesday 12 Nov 2013 10:24
A prison officer at Wandsworth Prison has been
sacked and four others disciplined after photos of them wearing T-shirts saying ‘We Have Madeleine McCann’ during
a drunken night out were posted on Facebook.
They were among at least seven staff on a 'boys' weekend'
when the images were taken.
The pictures were on Facebook for two months before being brought to the attention
of their bosses at Wandsworth Prison, London.
But a colleague told Metro it was 'despicable' that some
involved in the incident were still working at the jail. He said: 'It makes me sick to think just because they work for
the prison service that they should get away with this disrespectful behaviour.
'If I was the mother or father of Madeleine McCann I would want to know about this.'
happened when the officers were 'very drunk' on a weekend away, he claimed.
The officer said printing slogans
on Prison Service T-shirts about Madeleine, who went missing in Portugal in 2007, was a 'disgusting act'. One senior
officer has been dismissed, another remains suspended and three others received final written warnings.
of conduct makes it a disciplinary offence to bring the prison service into disrepute through social media.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: 'Appropriate disciplinary action
has been taken following an incident concerning a number of prison officers outside of working hours and away from the prison.'
The Prison Service also declared: 'An investigation has taken place at HMP Wandsworth and appropriate disciplinary
action has been taken following an incident concerning a number of prison officers outside of working hours and away from
'Until the disciplinary process is completed we are unable to comment further.'
'Maddie' weirdo targeted our
kids, 11 November 2013
'Maddie' weirdo targeted our kids The Sun
Scruff spotted by second Brit
|Wanted ... cops' sketch of oddball
EXCLUSIVE By RYAN PARRY, GARY
O'SHEA & JAMES BEAL Published: 11 November 2013
A SCRUFFY long-haired man tried to lure away a small child in Portugal just WEEKS before Madeleine McCann was kidnapped,
a witness claims.
Join Sun+ to read more about the man cops believe may be key
to the investigation...
'Maddie' weirdo targeted our
kids - The Sun, paper edition, 11 November 2013
'Maddie' weirdo targeted our kids The Sun (paper edition)
spotted by second Brit
EXCLUSIVE by RYAN PARRY, GARY
O'SHEA & JAMES BEAL
Monday, November 11, 2013
A SCRUFFY long-haired man tried
to lure away a small child in Portugal just WEEKS before Madeleine McCann was kidnapped, a witness claims.
He approached a British holidaymaker saying he was a charity collector — while a sinister accomplice watched from
a short distance away.
Cops probing Madeleine's 2007 disappearance now believe the man — also described
by TWO other witnesses and similar to police images issued in 2008 — may be key to their investigation.
The Brit holidaymaker, who asked not to be named, said the drugged-up Portuguese man approached her and her five-year-old
daughter in Vilamoura — 30 miles from where Madeleine was taken.
She said: "I knew there was something
wrong with him, I just wanted to get away from him.
"I felt he was trying to usher us down a cobbled street.
"I could see his accomplice sitting a way away watching us. He was pretending that he wasn't with the other
guy, I could tell."
The woman, from the North of England, later reported the incident to private detectives
hired by Madeleine's family.
They revealed a villa owner had reported the same men trying to lure
away his daughter in Vilamoura.
His sighting came a month before Madeleine was snatched from her Praia da Luz holiday
apartment on May 3, 2007. And The Sun has learned a THIRD witness has been quizzed three times by British
detectives over her account of seeing a similar man.
Gran Gail Cooper saw a weirdo on the beach in Praia da Luz
staring at a blond boy two days before Madeleine vanished.
The same man later knocked on her door collecting money
for charity "for an orphanage".
Gail, 56, of Newark, Notts, saw the oddball a third time lurking behind
kids from a holiday complex.
She said: "He was very intimidating at my door. He kept waving his hands and
staring. My grandchildren were in the pool. I just wanted him to go.
"It wasn't until later that I made
the connection to Maddie."
Last month cops made a Crimewatch appeal to trace bogus charity workers seen around
Praia da Luz.
One theory is that Madeleine was taken by an organised crime gang who "cased" her apartment
in the days before.
The Sun, paper edition, page 17: ''MADDIE'
WEIRDO TARGETTED OUR KIDS', 11 November 2013
Ben Needham Search Not Getting Same Resources
As Madeleine McCann, Says MP Angela Smith, 06 November 2013
Ben Needham Search Not Getting Same Resources As Madeleine
McCann, Says MP Angela Smith Huffington Post UK
Posted: 06/11/2013 16:26 GMT | Updated: 06/11/2013 16:39 GMT
The search for missing Ben Needham is not being treated as seriously as that for Madeleine McCann, an MP has suggested.
Labour's Angela Smith challenged David Cameron over why the Maddie search had been given extra cash - when a similar
request from the Needhams had been turned down.
|Still missing: Madeleine McCann and Ben Needham
Ben's mother Kerry Neeham lives in Smith's Penistone and
Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, she said: "Two years ago, the Prime
Minister rightly agreed that extra resources should be made available to assist in the search for Madeleine McCann and yet,
only months later, he turned down a similar request from Kerry Needham, my constituent, whose son Ben is still missing after
"Will the Prime Minister please think again and respond positively to my recent letter to him by
making extra resources available to help a desperate mother to search for her son?"
Replying, Cameron said:
"This is an absolutely heartbreaking case - the whole country has followed it over the years."
to look carefully at Smith's letter, adding: "Obviously, it is important that the police make such decisions themselves.
Governments should always stand by to help, which is what happened in the Madeleine McCann case, but I will look at what the
Hon. Lady says and see what I can do."
Last month, DNA tests on a man living in Cyprus, thought to bear resemblance
to missing Ben, proved negative.
Euclides Monteiro - The Dead Suspect
30 October 2013 Correio da Manhã
report that the PJ has strong evidence to believe that Madeleine's abductor was a former
employee of the Ocean Club who died in 2009 in a tractor accident.
this was the strongest new lead presented to state prosecutors - by the PJ team working
in Porto - which led to the investigation being reopened.
A media frenzy ensues...
To read reports/videos
McCanns could face court over report, 29
McCanns could face court over report Irish Daily Mail (paper edition, page 8)
By Gerard Couzens
29 October 2013
THE parents of Madeleine McCann faced further pressure
yesterday after ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral hinted he may fight them in court over a key report they allegedly held back.
Gerry and Kate McCann were accused at the weekend of sidelining the 2008 report by former MI5 investigators they hired
after it pinpointed 'anomalies' in statements they and their friends made.
The result was that e-fits of
the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's abduction – hidden for five years in the unpublished report – were
only made public this month during a new Met Police appeal.
The report said Irish holidaymaker Martin Smith's
sighting of a man carrying a girl in pyjamas near the McCann's Algarve holiday apartment was 'credible evidence'
which had been 'neglected for too long.'
Mr Amaral's lawyer said last night he was considering raising
the issue in the couple's ongoing libel trial against the former police chief.
The McCanns are seeking one
million pounds in damages over the ex-detective's claims in his July 2008 book The Truth of the Lie that they faked their
daughter's abduction to cover up her death in their holiday flat.
Vitor Santos de Oliveira, who is representing
Mr Amaral, said: 'We are aware of the revelations concerning this report by the McCanns' former investigators and
believe they are very important.
'It is possible I may try to submit it as evidence to defend my client but
I haven't decided yet.
'Nothing's been ruled out. We are analysing the relevance of the report and
considering our position. We have no intention of introducing irrelevant material into this case because we respect the McCanns
as people and have no intention of harming them for sake of it,' he said.
'But I can tell you that if we
feel something is relevant in disproving the McCanns' claims about my client then we will have no hesitation in using
'I think the revelations about the suppression of this report are very important with regards to the ongoing
'It's a report written by McCann-hired investigators who make strong criticisms of the couple.
'As far as the civil libel case is going we are very calm,' Mr de Oliveira continued.
arguments in his book have been backed up in court by his former police colleagues who say it was the police position in 2008
when the book was published.'
The ongoing libel case launched by the McCanns against Mr Amaral is due to restart
Gonçalo Amaral speaks about
how the 'Maddie' case has affected his family life, 29 October 2013
Gonçalo Amaral speaks about how the 'Maddie'
case has affected his family life Nova Gente (paper edition)
"I've been worried about my youngest daughter"
The former inspector says that he is tranquil with the ongoing trial and that there is too much "publicity
and misinformation" to keep a case in the media limelight that has caused severe moral damages to his life.
Article by Alexandra Ferreira
Week from 21 to 27 of October 2013, edition 1936,
pages 42 to 46
Translation base/Scans by Rolanda Miguens Reid | Corrections/extras by Joana Morais
How did you react to the news that the English Police are investigating new leads?
With calm and tranquillity. I know what this is about, what the authors intend with such news, but anyone
who has been following the case throughout the years, will be able to discern among the trashy publicity what is really at
stake, and that is an intolerable pressure over a Portuguese court.
Are there changes in the case?
There is no change, there is nothing really new, we continue as it was in 2008 when the process was archived. The
authors of the civil action seem to be very creative, so we need to wait for a bolt of their creativity and imagination.
In the ongoing trial which opposes you against the McCanns, they are asking you for 1.2 million euro for defamation.
What is a stake is a trial for the crime of having an opinion, something which is unthinkable in the free and democratic
Portugal post-25th of April [Carnation Revolution that freed Portugal from 48 years of dictatorship]. Actually, there are
no facts to sustain that demand for indemnification. (...) The authors of the action want others to believe that my
opinion as well as of those who worked with me, Portuguese and English police, which was expressed in the book and in the
documentary, has harmed their efforts to find the child and has caused them moral damages. However this premise lacks precise
Are you satisfied with the way the trial is going?
Common sense tells me not
to jump to conclusions, and to await with calm and serenity for the final decision. However, the publicity and the campaign
of misinformation and intoxication that is taking place, by the authors of the civil action, seems to indicate that they are
not very happy with the progress of the trial and feel the need to influence the outcome.
It was conspicuous
that the friends who dined with the McCanns on the night that Maddie disappeared were absent in court...
Perhaps it is just a strategy of the prosecution, but their absence was noted. The bottom line is, who better than those
who usually accompanied the authors on their holidays, a few years ago, and who visited their houses previous to the events
of May 3, 2007, to go to court and speak about the "before and after" of the couple's lives. The prosecution
preferred to call witnesses that only became friends and visitors of the couple after that event.
any testimony important for your defence?
It was important to unmask in a court hearing the psychologist
who had only a degree in Social Sciences, in the scope of which he did one psychology subject, that is, he wasn't a psychologist,
and he wasn't certified to make psychological assessments. Equally important were the testimonies of colleagues who worked
with me during the investigation into the disappearance, as well as the recalling an interview the authors gave to a weekly
newspaper [Expresso] in September 2008, a month after my book was published, where they devalued its contents and actually
said that they would not sue me... Well, such is life.
Was there a request for the case to be heard behind
It is true, we wanted to prevent what is taking place now: judgements in the public arena
and campaigns of misinformation and intoxication which contribute nothing for a good judicial decision, which needs to be
free, objective and founded in Law.
While you were leading the investigation did you feel any pressures?
During that time our work was called into question and we were the target of insults, professionally
and personally, the campaign against us was despicable and shameful. The book Maddie - The Truth of the Lie
reports on the first six months of the criminal investigation. Then the process was archived in 2008. It is normal for an
investigation to go forward and backward, having a beginning, middle and an end. Therefore, it cannot be said that the case
was concluded or that the evidence that existed by the end of September  was set aside or that it led to a different
What was your impression of the McCann couple after you met them?
the expectation of the child's mother that tea should be served to her and the father acting totally disinterested at
the time of an extortion attempt, I recall the fact of - and this is stated in the process - the father's first phone
calls to the UK where he referred to the disappearance as a kidnap by a paedophile ring. At the time, it could be understood
as a mere idea, but now it sounds more like an obsession.
Any reason as to why Kate didn't answer to more
than 40 questions?
With the status of arguida she had that right and used it. However, answering them
would be understood as the duty of a mother, as the obligation of a mother who was concerned about the disappearance of her
daughter, that wasn't afraid of answering questions no matter how sensitive those questions were.
type of feelings do the McCanns hold against you?
In my opinion, they hold a grudge and have a desire
for revenge, not only about me but also about all others who have their own opinion which differs to theirs, towards those
who won't allow themselves be influenced by their toxic media campaign.
Would you have liked to have
found their daughter?
We did everything to solve the case, however the authors of the civil action cooperated
very little or nothing, they have always appeared more worried about themselves, with their own image, something that still
happens today. I recall the words of the mother of the child when she was notified of her hearing as an arguida: "What
will the press say? What will my parents think?" We never heard a word of appreciation, from the mouth of the authors
of the civil action, for all the police officers working on the investigation, men and women who neglected their own families,
their own children and where far from their homes, while searching for their daughter. We only heard them saying, as soon
as the process was archived, that they were pondering suing the police. From all the investigators, they only sued one, the
one who has publicly, in the exercise of his right to defence and of freedom of expression, made known what had happened during
the first months of the criminal investigation.
"Surviving for six
[Text to photo: VERY THIN With family issues, plus
the problems that he still has over the Maddie case and his worries about his daughter Inês, Gonçalo Amaral has
lost a considerable amount of weight.]
Since the Madeleine McCann case began, you saw your life turned
upside down. You were forced to retire early from the police, you got divorced, you moved to Lisbon away from your daughter
Inês, you lost your father with whom you were sharing a house, you fell ill and lost weight... those were very harsh
The question already describes everything that has happened, except for my mother's death
in 2009, after a prolonged illness. At the time, on the sites that support the authors of the civil action, I was cowardly
and abusively accused of having murdered my mother, they even described how I would have done it. There are people who cannot
maintain objectivity, who cannot analyse the case without thinking of the names of those involved, if they could make that
kind of analysis, just considering the child who disappeared and the circumstances that surround that disappearance perhaps
they wouldn't feel the necessity of reviling and of breaching the privacy of someone who was merely trying to do their
job. As to my private life, the last six years were years of struggle, for the physical, mental and emotional survival, trying
to establish a new life, with projects and ideas as to the future, separating the situations.
felt defeated or depressed?
Luckily, I don't know what it is like to feel depressed, the feeling of
defeat or of relinquishment are not part of my nature.
You won in the Appeals Court against the injunction
that forbade the publication of The Truth of the Lie, in which you made the investigation known. Have they returned
The books have been returned to the editor [Guerra & Paz], but I haven't been reimbursed
yet. There are still precautionary seizure of assets lodged by the authors of the civil action.
or books in the offing?
I have a book written entitled Madeleine: Unfinished Investigation [Madeleine:
Investigação Inacabada], for which I have not yet sought a publisher. I am writing another book related to my
experience as an investigator of organized and violent crimes, sort of a reflection about the way and methods used to investigate.
And after the trial?
My expectations for after the trial are to carry on with my life,
accompanying and helping those who are close to me, and if circumstances offer that possibility, to intervene with solidarity
in the Portuguese society. As my daughter Inês says, there are plenty of other children and young people who are in
need of healthy life projects, of being the actors and authors of their own lives, of being happy.
Amaral considers suing the McCanns for damages to his daughter
Have you considered suing the McCanns for damages concerning your family?
I have pondered
about that possibility, however it is still far to early to account for all the damages and make a decision. I have to think
about my daughter Inês and on the effects that such a situation would encompass.
How have you been
able to keep in touch with her?
It has been hard, distance doesn't help, but I try to be part of
Inês' life. Amidst all this, I have been seriously worried about my child, who, not so long ago asked what could
happen with this trial, if I could be arrested, etc. Inês is the same age that the child who disappeared would have
been if she was alive and reacts negatively to all the news that refers to this case, when the name of the child is spoken
she says she has had enough of hearing about the name. To her there are other children in the world who need the attention,
love and care and Inês is one of them. Her world was rocked when she saw her father being attacked and insulted, even
before the book was published, and that world of hers collapsed due to the subsequent circumstances, she had to abandon the
house where she was born, the school where she went and live far away from her father. Inês is a victim of the arrogance
and lack of common sense of the authors of the civil action, who claim to be Catholics, but as Christians appear to have little
Key witness identified Maddie's
father, 21 October 2013
Key witness identified Maddie's father Correio da Manhã
Former PJ coordinator says Irish family saw man with child
Gonçalo Amaral reveals that
key deposition was devalued at the time of disappearance
By Sara G. Carrilho
21 October 2013 01h00
With thanks to Astro for translation
"The testimony of one of the members of the Smith family that
identified Gerry McCann as being the man he saw on the night that Maddie disappeared, carrying a child in his arms as he walked
towards the beach was devalued after I left the case. It is a lie that the e-fit that the British police now made public is
based on the Smith family's witness statement."
The statements are from Gonçalo Amaral, the former
PJ coordinator who investigated the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, to Correio da Manhã. They appear following the
publication of e-fits by the Scotland Yard that point one of the drawings out as being that of the main suspect over the presumed
abduction of the English child, on the 3rd of May of 2007 - which they say was based on the testimony of an Irish family that
was on holiday in Praia da Luz when Maddie disappeared.
"The Smith family told us what they saw that night.
A man, a foreigner, of athletic build, a sunburned face, like those of tourists, who was hiding his face in order not to be
seen, carrying a blonde child in his arms," Gonçalo Amaral said. "A short time later, when the McCann family
'fled' to the United Kingdom, and were welcomed by the television at the airport, a member of the Smith family called
us, very upset. Gerry [Maddie's father], who was leaving the plane, was the man that Mr Smith had seen carrying a child
that night," the former coordinator explained.
For Gonçalo Amaral, "there was a positive identification,
which was set aside". "The McCann's hired detectives who made a portrait, a man that resembled Gerry, in order
to devalue the deposition," he concluded.
Madeleine McCann, Crimewatch Appeal
- UK, Germany, The Netherlands
BBC Crimewatch - Broadcast 14 October 2013
BBC Crimewatch (update)
- Broadcast 14 October 2013
Opsporing Verzocht (Netherlands version) - Broadcast 15 October 2013
Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst (German version) - Broadcast 16 October 2013
For videos: Click here
Is The Sun right to use Madeleine McCann
to promote its website?, 18 October 2013
Is The Sun right to use Madeleine McCann to promote its website?
By Roy Greenslade
Friday 18 October 2013 11.15 BST
Maybe I'm being unusually sensitive, but I find The Sun's latest
promotion for its website unbearably tasteless:
"It's the terrible mystery that has gripped us all –
what really happened to Madeleine McCann? In tomorrow's 12-page special pullout, The Maddie Files, we reveal:Am I alone in thinking that this lure to
attract subscribers amounts to an intrusion into grief for commercial ends?
The bungled investigation into her abduction... how Maddie's twin siblings are getting on… how Kate and Gerry
manage to keep strong.
PLUS the full Maddie story in an exclusive ebook ONLY
for Sun+ members. If you're not already a member, join now."
The Maddie Files, 18 October 2013
The Maddie Files The Sun
|Special report ... what happened to Madeleine McCann?
Published: 18 October 2013
IT'S the terrible mystery that has gripped us all – what really happened to Madeleine McCann?
In tomorrow's 12-page special pullout, The Maddie Files, we reveal:
- The bungled investigation
into her abduction
- How Maddie's twin siblings are getting on
- How Kate and Gerry manage to keep
PLUS – the full Maddie story in an exclusive ebook ONLY for Sun+
If you're not already a member, join now.
Scotland Yard Release E-fit Image
15 October 2013
Reaction to the Crimewatch appeal in the media
For reports (currently being updated)
14 October 2013
Scotland Yard release two computer-generated
e-fits of a suspect they wish to track down.
For reports click here
SY Mobile Phone Traffic
Scotland Yard reveal they are trawling through a vast log of mobile phone traffic identified
in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance. click here
Scotland Yard New E-fit Announcement
Sky News announce that detectives are to issue
an e-fit image of a man seen near the holiday apartment from which Madeleine vanished in 2007. click here
Scotland Yard Release E-fit Image
Two e-fit pictures of the same man with are released in
what is seen as a major development in the case. click here
The António Castela (taxi driver) sighting
Scotland Yard announcement, 04 July 2013
For previous reports/video click here
Urs Hans Von Aesch, 07 July 2013
A 'suspect'/'person of interest' - according
to the UK press - is dismissed by Swiss police as having no connection to the disappearance of Madeleine.
all relevant reports click here
The review continues... 08 July 2013 onwards
The McCanns v. Tony Bennett
Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2012,
16 January 2013
Madeleine's Fund Accounts
to 31 March 2012
PDF and JPEG versions
Jenny Murat: Kate McCann printed such
awful things about my Robert in her Madeleine book, 02 December 2012
Jenny Murat: Kate McCann printed such awful things about
my Robert in her Madeleine book Sunday Express
By James Murray
A MOTHER whose son was wrongly linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has hit out
at the way he is portrayed in a best-selling book about the mystery.
Briton Robert Murat was cleared of
any involvement in the case four years ago but Kate McCann's book Madelaine, about her missing daughter, has brought back
painful memories for Jenny Murat, 76.
Having seen the McCanns' suffering at the hands of the British press
highlighted in last week's Leveson report, she is anxious to stress her son's total innocence.
Robert had hoped their nightmare would end in 2008 when he won £600,000 damages from British newspapers, but last night
at her home on the Algarve, Mrs Murat spoke of how still the "tragedy consumes us, day in, day out".
widow and former nurse said: "Kate of all people should know what it is like to be wrongly accused, so how can she be
comfortable repeating wrong allegations about my son in her book?"
In the book published last summer, Kate
wrote: "Two officers talked openly about Robert Murat, who remained an arguido [suspect] and drip-fed us snippets of
'evidence' linking him to Madeleine."
However, later in the book she writes: "Nothing we were
told by the police indicated Murat took Madeleine or was in any way involved in her abduction." Mrs Murat argues: "Surely
it would have been wiser not to mention the allegations from the outset if there was 'nothing relevant'."
The police spotlight fell on Robert 11 days after Madeleine vanished from the McCanns' holiday apartment in Praia
de Luz, Portugal in May 2007.
Mrs Murat said: "Robert was at my home throughout that night and thankfully
that is now fully accepted as fact. He did not leave once."
She feels Robert, too, should have been called
to give evidence to the Leveson inquiry.
She explained: "Again we were denied an opportunity to put our side
of the story. Robert was the subject of a most disgraceful character assassination, yet was not even invited to contribute
to the debate. His life has been hugely damaged. This tragedy consumes us, day in, day out."
She added: "Kate's
book and the resulting publicity did not help. I do feel sympathetic towards the McCanns and obviously wish they could find
their daughter. We can't fathom the hell they must go through but they seem oblivious to the impact all this has had on
our lives and the lives of others.
"We tried our best to help, but have ended being pilloried and abused and
still it goes on."
Mrs Murat, now working on her own book about the case, added: "I am sick of all the
half-truths and innuendos, so I do want a full and accurate record of the truth. It is important that our story is told."
A footnote, provided by Kate McCann,
15 May 2011
A footnote, provided by Kate McCann The Blacksmith Bureau
Posted by John Blacksmith at 20:25
Sunday, 15 May 2011
On July 7 2008 Mrs Justice Hogg gave judgement in the Family Division of the High Court regarding the attempt
by Kate & Gerry McCann to gain access to all the Leicester Police documents regarding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The judgement was by agreement between the parties and was made in open court.
M/S Kate McCann in her book
Madeleine has now provided an excerpt from the official submission of Leicester Police to the court regarding the
matter and outlining the reasons why they could not agree to provide the documents. Signed by the assistant chief constable
of Leicestershire it runs:
"While one or both of them may be innocent, there is no clear evidence
that eliminates them from involvement in Madeleine's disappearance."