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Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira
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«[...] 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
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relevant questions. A criminal investigation is only committed to searching for the material truth. It must not worry about
Something for the Weekend, 24 April
Something for the Weekend
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
24 April 2015
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND
For a close shave,
Occam's Razor is to be recommended. Sweeney Todd too probably had something of a reputation for barberous efficiency.
Until, that is, he was discovered to have contributed one too many fingers to Mrs Lovett's pies. (Other people's fingers,
that is). Back in May 2007, someone cooked up a proposal and sold it to Dr Gerry McCann, who was busy not enjoying himself
on holiday. His response too was, 'Love it!' And so the story of Madeleine McCann's abduction was born.
People seldom do things without a reason, however fanciful. If Madeleine McCann was to be reported missing it was because
she was, indeed, 'missing', in a generalised sense at least, prior to the announcement of her absence. Our good friend
Occam has recently been recruited to support the idea that these eventualities were closely concatenated in time, the one
following the other in an inevitable 'stimulus - response' fashion. It is not at all an unreasonable supposition,
for even if we stub a toe we don't usually wait thirty seconds before saying, 'Ouch!'
Not all actions
provoke an immediate consequence however. Even in the realm of animal learning, subjects (rats) have been deliberately rendered
ill as an experimental outcome, inflicted as a direct result of some prior behaviour. Clearly there was an interval of time
However good or impoverished a theory might appear at first blush, its ultimate power is governed by
the extent to which it accommodates all of the known data, not merely the greater part. If there is some observation
or other for which one's theory offers no satisfactory explanation, then that theory must be open to question, unless
or until the awkward observation(s) should be proven false.
In the case of Madeleine McCann and her disappearance
from Praia da Luz, it is the McCanns who first tempted us with an appeal to Occam: Madeleine was missing. She was there a
moment ago. Now she's gone. She must therefore have been abducted. As Gerry McCann huffed and puffed in front of the Lisbon
court house fully five years ago now, 'Where...where...where is the child? What other explanation can explain how she's
Many of us I'm sure could offer just such an explanation, which means that abduction per
se, although a claim of the McCanns, is by no means 'cut and dried' as the root cause of Madeleine's disappearance.
Similarly, opinions as to the 'spur of the moment' nature, or not, of Madeleine's removal from apartment 5A, must
deal adequately with all those contextual features of the incident which are known to have arisen. The attribution of mere
coincidence is insufficient when there are so many such 'coincidences' to be taken into account.
has been asked here before (The X Factor, 28.2.2013): Which of two opposing views (Madeleine's abduction/removal on the
Thursday night vs. an earlier departure) better accommodates the strange goings on that week? Another discussion (the Cerberus
Problem, 13.8.11) examined the possibility that Thursday 3 May was, in very many respects, an addition to the narrative of
the holiday, and logically quite unconnected to prior events.
To give but one example, previously mentioned (although
not discussed) in the article 'Schadenfraud' (30.4.2014), Gerry McCann's receipt of regular text messages, and
his predictable recourse to voicemail thereafter was a daily routine associated with the aftermath of Madeleine's disappearance.
It was also a behaviour he first exhibited on May 2nd – over twenty four hours before Madeleine was found to
It would be facile to dismiss these mysterious communications as having no relevance whatsoever to
each other since, on closer examination, the schedule of those messages, which Gerry received on May 2, strongly suggests
a connection both within and between the different groups of messages (see also 'Chapter and Verse', 14.10.2009).
And this quite apart from McCann's perceived need to delete them in the first instance, followed by his embarrassed public
denial of their very existence.
Ah yes, but how is that related to events afterwards? Gerry's feverish texting
is only to be expected in the light of events.
That's as may be. What is not to be expected however is the
daily regularity of incoming text messages in discrete groups, followed almost immediately each time by Gerry McCann's
'cross checking' of his own voice mail. If this standardized behaviour is a reflection of Madeleine McCann's abduction,
then she must have been 'abducted' (I use the word loosely) over 24 hours earlier than announced, as that is when
this style of interchange first arose.
If the McCann telecommunications from May 4 onward were a reaction to abduction
then, similarly, those of May 2 would have been a reaction to something occurring previously. Ipso facto the 'discovery'
of the night of May 3 becomes a planned event.
As Clarence Mitchell made clear (for the benefit of Peter Levy's
"That is the working hypothesis on which the private investigation is also based. That there is
somebody, perhaps one, or just two or three people out there who know what happened and that there was an element of pre-meditation,
pre-planning went into it."
The Acid Tears of Time, 23 April 2015
Thursday, 23 April 2015 at 18:13
"...then you noticed how the columns flaked sulphurously against the sky and witnessed what the acid
tears of time had done to the pink stone..." – Above the Waves (2005) by AJS.
Another May 3
So another May 3 approaches and with it the need for new,
useable headlines. And there aren't any left.
Time – not grief, not loss – has done terrible
things to the McCanns, as a glance at the image pages demonstrates. But not just to them. For time, which eats away at everything
we love, also, and wonderfully, acts to bleach or dissolve away falsehood. Even the greatest, most elaborate, attempts to
cover the truth always fail in the end for time washes away the lies and reveals the bones of the truth untouched. The Ottoman
Turks drove the Armenians into the empty desert to die, unseen and, they thought, forgotten in 1915, yet a hundred years later
their crime is as visible as Istanbul itself; the Germans, sworn to secrecy, burnt the very fat and bones of their victims,
razed the buildings and harrowed their ashes into the soil before killing every survivor they could lay hands on, yet it was
all in vain: the Shoa is the most well-attested crime in history, for while the lies die with the liars the truth lies waiting
to be revealed.
How Dare You?
Nor is there any inappropriateness
in mentioning these vast crimes in the context of one missing child – for the horror which greets the death of just
one child is so intense and overwhelming precisely because it is an involuntary, other-worldly cry against the death of all
innocents throughout all times. The McCanns, their advisors and their media friends were mad enough to amplify
these mysterious and devastating emotional forces into a world-wide wave of hysteria for their own ends and they are, rightly,
paying the price.
Emotion, as we all know, is eaten away by time: we look back and talk of having been "blinded"
by love or hate to what was actually going on. So it is with the McCann affair: looking back, 2007, almost world-wide, seems
weird and dream-like, a planet in which ordinary human beings like John Hill or Goncalo Amaral struggle just to keep their
heads above some enveloping alien treacle. What could have possessed someone like harmless little Tony Parsons, for example,
to aim foaming attacks at the Portuguese in a way that would have seen him arrested if his targets had been black Americans?
How could anyone have ever taken such a manifest carpetbagger as Clarence Mitchell at face value? And those two extraordinary
eye-flickering, lip-licking Bladerunner replicants – Scouseborgs – sitting bolt upright as though
in the electric chair, fe-replicant hand clutching he-replicant groin like a hidden power-pack, telling their tale in voices
apparently processed by Stephen Hawking's laptop – did billions of people actually watch that without bursting into
laughter or fleeing for their lives? Yes, we did: like Parsons, like Gordon Brown, like the Pope, we were gripped.
Whatever it was, exactly, that gripped us it is gone and we look around through different eyes. And the atrocious
truth for the McCanns is that, without the hysteria which enveloped us, there is absolutely nothing there to see and sustain
The Planet of the Gapes Scouseborgs have quite vanished,
replaced by a shrunken, tetchy couple of whiners with bad complexions and a sense of entitlement; the fat arses of their clan
no longer fill twin Rynanair seats all over Europe, their faces no longer lord it with their televised "judgements"
on the wicked PJ and the press no longer print their typically petty-criminal claims of police "fit-ups". They are
silent or bewildered or fearful, like Patricia Cameron clearly was in Lisbon, of what the future holds. Or, like Michael Wright
in the same venue, they are ridiculous.
All those incredible suspects – windows into the mind of
Gerry McCann – which look like they were created in Gotham City by a Viz illustrator on a bad Brecon mushroom
trip don’t belong in real life at all, do they? They survived until the acid tears not only dissolved the flesh off
bundleman but slowly revealed the datedness of the others, a particular datedness that only afflicts fictional film
characters, not real people. Which is the only one that hasn't dated? That's right, Smithman, which just
happens to be the only one that didn't spring from the minds of Team McCann. And only the passing of time, of course,
could eventually kill off the farcical "sightings" – long, rather than short-range, projections of Gerry McCann's
imagination – which provided sustenance and cover for the couple for so long, by making a "living" Madeleine
McCann, thank God, now unrecognizable.
The only partial compensation for the wickedly unjust role of time in the
Portuguese justice system is that in the libel trial the years alone, without need for examination in court, gradually revealed
the emptiness of the McCanns' 2009 claims as they failed to provide any of the evidence they promised. The one finding
in their favour that matters, Count 14, hedged about as it is with reservations, was made by the judge despite the
McCann claims, not because of them, as the court record and judgement shows: The judge, finding in their favour, adds "that
the claimants failed to prove shame, with Kate McCann stating it was not shame that she felt".
With all the
McCann junk and the false evidence acid-dissolved away, what is left? Everything that matters: the bones of the truth gradually
but inexorably coming to the surface.
The Other Side of the Mirror
Exactly the same process is at work on the counter-fantasies to the McCann stories. The bold claims of conspiracies
– so easy to make, so hard to back-up, so impossible to rebut – are dying before our eyes, not through refutation
but, like the dated pictures of "suspects", through the gradual exposure of their purely imaginary nature. It needs
repeating: if no facts exist to confirm – not suggest – a theory then the theory, like Gerry McCann's "paedophile
bastards" is, literally, an imaginary claim by definition and is therefore beyond the reach of factual argument
or debate. So how do such claims eventually fall away? They die with their proponents, as has already happened in the McCann
case, or they fade away as the people who made them slowly fall silent since they have nothing to add. Nobody, not even Pat
Brown, can go on repeating the same stuff for ever without the lifeblood of demonstrable fact to sustain it: people simply
stop responding or disappear, or die. Why, in the end you get bored with repeating it yourself, as M/S Brown now has.
The fate of Mr Bennett's site is an exemplary one. Without the years having provided a gram of evidence to convert any
of the various imaginary claims to real ones, let alone to counter the accusations that it is a "cess pit" –
an unsavoury libel machine led by a vicious old man with a loud blue pencil and a desire to cause pain – people with
any sense, or any sense of shame, have voted quietly with their feet, leaving a small rump of casualties/believers behind.
Like Goncalo Amaral Mr Bennett got the chance to have his claims tested in court. Unlike Goncalo his imaginary claims
were dismissed with derision and he pays a monthly stipend to remind us of it. Of course if you're a casualty you get
around this embarrassing fact by claiming that the courts were wrong and ignored the truth – which makes the whole game
of "justice-seeking" a bit futile, doesn't it? After all, a state with a justice system dedicated to your destruction
and a Metropolitan police force able to whitewash justice-seekers away and a media that is permanently gagged by hidden hands
doesn't give you or your children much of a f****** future, does it? We'd be joining the boat people in Libya to get
away from that but, curiously, this nightmare vision of a Kriminalstaat doesn't stop the posters sleeping
happily in their beds at night or chirping their libels in the morning and no MI5 exclusion zone yet surrounds 66 Chipperfield.
Which suggests that, deep down, the posters don't really believe a word of what they're saying or, alternatively,
are quite incapable of understanding the obvious implications of their own claims. Bennett excepted, of course: he believes
Made for Each Other:
"did Occam do that to your head, dear?"
Anyway, the rump, which by no accident now numbers about the same headcount of regular posters as the
equally dissolved-by-time Locked Ward site, has been rewarded for its loyalty with an exposition of the intellectual underpinning,
as it were, of the Blue Pencil Claims. Pat Brown, who has never recovered from the polite but devastating mauling she, her
intellectual pretensions and her treatment of evidence received at the hands of the admirable blogger Johanna, is looking
for a different song to sing and posted the other day something about Occam and that razor as a start. Oh, and she
mentioned the Smiths without libelling them! Rump Uproar.
Amid the squeals, as another of Johanna's
hapless victims, David James Smith, might say, Mr Bennett stepped in with his matchless gravitas and provided this summation
of eight years study and investigation.
Q: "Why would the police reopen a case that was already
shelved just to spend over £10 million to cover it up?"Got that, have you, gentle
reader? Spare a thought for poor old Judge Tugendhat listening to eight hours of that stuff in the High Court. Bennett's
lucky the judge didn't plead provocation, snatch the black cap and sentence him to death. Anyway -
Bennett: [suppresses ban
reflex; clutches jerkily at own Dr Strangelove hand as it reaches, trembling, for the Blue Pencil] "Because they
were told to by Britain's most powerful woman, Rebekah Brooks...who told David Cameron, who told Theresa May, who told
Sir Paul Stephenson. And who did they put in charge
Det Chief Supt Hamish Campbell, a bloke who spent another
£10 million fitting up the wrong bloke in the Jill Dando case."
[slashes Occam's tool across giant bald head] "So why would Rebekah Brookes want the case reopened so that
£10 million could be spent on covering it up?" [sharp intake of breath at all three screens following the exchange.
How dare he?]Frankly, it's too cruel
to go on. Just writing down that exchange has made us feel a wave – promptly suppressed – of sympathy for the
McCanns. Anyone who can write that is genuinely insane, and we use the word carefully. Just imagine being stalked for eight
years by that, not only a nutter but a nutter who likes to have a little team that he can aim at people who displease
him. Sleep well with that, Kate?
Bennett: [raves] 1. Sales for News International and stories for SKY
2. She knows something about the case that would severely embarrass the government.
Perhaps it's a kind of karma: it took a very special personality – Gerry
McCann – to turn an unpleasant crank nonentity into a genuinely nasty madman who has lost touch with reality.
Gerry, and more particularly, Kate McCann must think themselves lucky that it was only an angrily bulging and swollen leaflet
that was thrust so provocatively and repeatedly into their letterbox and not...something...no, no, we can't go there.
That's what you get when you try and f*** about with people's heads via the media, Gerry. You end up triggering
things you can't control.
Meanwhile, time continues its work.
The Madeleine McCann Case and Occam's
Razor, 22 April 2015
Criminal Profiler Pat Brown
April 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM
This post isn't really a commentary on the Madeleine McCann case but this
case does so well represent Occam's Razor in crime analysis that I feel a need to use it as an example. In my blog yesterday,
"It Just Doesn't Work that Way in Real Life," I discussed how shows like Death in Paradise
have very complicated scenarios of how a murder was committed, the perpetrator being practically a genius of planning and
misdirection. I pointed out how rarely is this the case in real life; almost always, homicides are usually acts of desperation
born of loss of power and control. Crimes of passion (quite mislabeled as passion being the motive), also known as "out-of-character"
crimes (which is also a mislabel as the crime is quite within the character of the person committing it) are relatively impulsive,
so planning is quite minimal. Serial killers are mostly of the anger-retaliatory type and rarely plan the crime much in advance;
usually they are opportunistic and strike when they have a victim that wanders into their territory alone or, while doing
their usually trolling of an area, finally get lucky when a target appears with no witnesses in the area. The reason they
get away with their crimes is simply the fact that most of the time there are no witnesses and they are strangers to the victim
and there is no obvious link for the police to follow. As long as they don't leave DNA that can be matched to a DNA bank,
they have a good shot of getting away with their homicides.
Much rarer is someone who plans a homicide: a black
widow poisoning her husbands, a man getting rid of his wife so he can have his freedom, a boyfriend eliminating a pregnant
girlfriend. Usually the crime is not all that clever, it is just often hard to prove in a court of law that the killer is
guilty. Much of the time, the body is well-hidden so that the "no-body, no proof of a crime" rule applies. At other
times, the crime is staged as a stranger homicide and it works but not because it is so intricately planned. It simply works
because evidence is limited to prove otherwise.
Killers are generally of normal intelligence who commit their crimes
without great forethought and they also tend to cover their tracks in a hurried manner. Murderers don't think to the depth
of perpetrators on television or in the movies; they just rush to take care of the problem and, in doing so, act in a manner
that many others in their shoes have acted before. In real life, crimes are often committed and covered up in similar ways,
the way humans act when under pressure and with the limited knowledge most have at the time of the crime and while under stress.
I am repeatedly encouraged in the McCann case to do further research on a number of issues that some believe proves
Madeleine McCann died earlier in the week and that on May 3rd, the McCanns and their friends had a preplanned course of action
to stage an abduction. They believe there is lots of evidence proving that Madeleine was dead for days by then: incorrect
creche records, a manipulated photo, no sightings of Madeleine, odd behaviors, and no neglect of the children. I am not going
to argue all of this: I am going to point out Occam's Razor and why have always thought that May 3rd was the key to what
happened to Madeleine and when.
If something had happened to Madeleine days before, we simply would have seen her
"abduction" staged earlier in the week. In real life, planning to stage an abduction for days and having to manipulate
evidence of Madeleine being alive for days when she was not, is simply too bloody difficult to manage. Then, on May 3rd, after
all that planning, the whole evening was an ungodly mess full of inconsistencies and errors, which would be odd for a so carefully
If the McCanns are guilty, what May 3rd represents is a disaster, as Gerry pointed out,
and a quick attempt to over up that disaster. The simplest answer, Occam's Razor, is that May 3rd was a confusion because
very little was planned and when it was (interviews with the police), it was still a confused mess because there was little
time to think anything through and everyone's brains were a muddle.
The key to this crime is very simple: the
Smith sighting. The Smith sighting has always been my Number One reason for doubting the McCanns' innocence in the disappearance
of Madeleine. The most consistent behavior of parents of missing children is to want EVERY lead followed, even ridiculous
ones. On the evening of May 3rd, the Smith family saw a child who could have been Madeleine being carried off towards the
sea, yet the McCanns expressed little interest in this sighting and even tried to suppress it. If the McCanns were innocent
and Gerry was not Smithman, and even if they thought Jane was telling the truth, that Tannerman existed and might have been
the kidnapper, it is hard to believe they would not have been gung-ho to follow-up that Smith sighting in every way possible,
the way they did with Tannerman.
Applying Occam's Razor, why would they ignore and suppress the Smith sighting?
What is the simplest of explanations? Because it was Gerry and he was in the act of covering up a crime that had just occurred.
The reason Gonçalo Amaral believed this to be so is because he is a real-world detective and knows that Occam's
Razor applies in crime investigation and the fanciful stuff you see on television is concocted by writers who need to come
up with a show that is exciting to the viewers.
Detectives and profilers often are driven nuts by family members
and citizens who, when a case goes unsolved, start going bonkers with unlikely theories, full of very intricate plots. They
figure, if no one has been arrested and convicted, it must be because the crime is so complicated and clever.
real life, it is often so much simpler; the crime is straightforward but it is hard to prove in court.
Profiler Pat Brown
April 21, 2015
Lottery winner and jailbird Lee Ryan
to make bizarre documentary about Madeleine McCann, 19 April 2015
Lottery winner and jailbird Lee Ryan to make bizarre
documentary about Madeleine McCann Daily Star
LOTTO jailbird Lee Ryan is helping to make a bizarre TV documentary about missing Madeleine McCann.
By Tracey Kandohla / Published 19th April
Nicknamed the Lotto Lag, he was one of the first big winners
in 1995 – pocketing a £6.5million jackpot weeks before he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing cars.
Lee, 54, who dubbed his win "a curse" and has blown the lot, yesterday told how he has become obsessed with
the Maddie mystery.
While down on his luck he studied the disappearance of the girl from his home county, Leicestershire.
He said: "I started looking into it, it's a fascinating case and I read everything about it. I even read
the Portuguese police files and started thinking about all the theories.
"I'm keeping an open mind."
Divorced dad Lee, who now lives in a tiny flat in south London, has teamed up with journalist and broadcaster Sonia Poulton,
inset, who is making a 90-minute film, The Untold Story Of Madeleine McCann.
Maddie was days away from her fourth
birthday when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
parents, heart doctor Gerry, 46, and former GP Kate, 47, from Rothley, Leics, believe she could still be alive.
insisted: "I am not proactive against the McCanns, I am just on a quest for the truth. It is a global story."
Sonia, a regular guest on ITV's This Morning show, said: "We are making an evidence-based documentary about
the disappearance of Madeleine.
"It will be shown soon on mainstream TV and will first appear in America.
I've had trolls online trying to sabotage and smear me over this but we will not be silenced."
said, does "ad hoc filming whenever needed".
When the former used car trader won the lottery 20 years
ago, he was awaiting trial for handling stolen cars. He later served nine months of his sentence.
He spent a decade
living the high life, blowing his cash on a fleet of super-cars and bikes, a helicopter and a country mansion.
he moved to Kyrgyzstan in central Asia with his second wife but returned with nothing in 2010, leaving behind a series of
misfortunes and failed business ventures.
After spending two years sleeping rough in London he picked himself up
And he vowed: "I'm doing OK now – and one day I'll be wealthy again."
family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said he had not been informed about the new Maddie TV documentary Lee Ryan was working
He said: "I am aware of Sonia Poulton and all her conspiracy theories. These film makers always claim
they have a commission.
"But we are not going to fuel whatever they are doing in any shape or form by making
Damning new Madeleine documentary promised
for 2015, 26 December 2014
Damning new Madeleine documentary promised for 2015
Posted by JOMAD on December 26, 2014
A damning new "evidence-based" documentary is being
prepared for screening in 2015 and promises to tell the "Untold Story of Madeleine McCann" - alleging that "no
abduction took place at all".
Orchestrated by independent journalist and social activist Sonia Poulton, the
project got underway following the death of 63-year-old grandmother Brenda Leyland - the so-called internet "troll"
"outed" over tweets that questioned the official version of events "as put forward by mainstream media".
According to Poulton, Leyland wrote in a tweet last year that "should she die in odd circumstances" she
hoped "people would question, and not just accept the first version of events".
This is what Poulton
claims has spurred her on. In a Christmas message posted on Youtube, the former broadcaster with Internet TV station The People's
Voice reveals her documentary should be ready by the end of March.
Poulton claims her investigation has already
flagged up "plenty of evidence to suggest there was not an abduction". Her focus, she explains, has been on "interviews
with "central characters" in the disappearance.
"As you can imagine, these have not exactly been
forthcoming", she adds.
Thus, the decision to "door-step" those she believes have "questions
This far Poulton claims to have door-stepped four key characters in the mystery, and she says
her investigation has also "traced someone involved in the campaign" to maintain the official version of events,
whose identity will "shock people".
Poulton's Christmas message to all those "fighting for justice"
who have become "online detectives" over the last seven years is simply that they remain strong.
all need to be heard now", she concludes. "The fact is that the media is systematically failing to represent what
is being said online with regard to Madeleine McCann".
As the Metropolitan Police investigation moves into
2015 - having already cost the British taxpayer over £10 million - and a Portuguese inquiry is also ongoing, Poulton
reveals that she has been in touch with Scotland Yard to say she would be "more than happy" to be interviewed over
her contention that many aspects of the abduction theory "do not add up".
She claims "even a cursory
glance" at the factual information available would show this, but that "heavy censorship" means that very few
people are aware unless they delve into the police files.
"We will not be silenced any more", Poulton
said in an earlier clip, also posted on Youtube, shortly after Brenda Leyland's death in October.
are no longer prepared to be ignored, or silenced or demonised just because we say that that official version of events needs
to be questioned".
As Poulton's investigation continues, it is uncertain where the final documentary will
be broadcast. Her move from The People's Voice in January was not without controversy, and she has since been described
on the alternative online blog The Needle as not so much a journalist but "just a woman with an opinion on everything".
Trickling into the Sand, 16 April 2015
Thursday, 16 April 2015 at 17:28
After almost two years of active investigation the March 15 conference marks a watershed in Scotland Yard's Grange
operation. Five international letters of request and the resultant interviews in Portugal must have more or less cleared the
famous 38 name list that they claim to have begun with in the summer of 2013; a rumoured sixth letter, which the Portuguese
were said to be expecting in autumn 2014, has disappeared into the information void, together with any news whatever of the
climactic Lisbon Christmas interviews.
What a contrast with the announcement of the investigation phase! Then the
pages and screens had been filled with hysterical tales about Scotland Yard finally meeting the couple's wishes and quasi-royal
expressions of "encouragement" from the dodgy couple themselves, all mixed in with a rich Mitchell Fantasy selection
...new witnesses...new key witnesses...He had a really fat face and had two-tone sunglasses on...Serial paedophile's
deathbed confession...Gypsy stole Maddie to order...Twisted trolls have sent death threats to Kate McCann over the disappearance
of her daughter...weird stranger at apartment...and on and on and on...
That was the beginning. The end is
being played out almost unannounced, dribbling quietly away like a stream into the sands.
Much of this is due to
the Yard itself. When, after careful planning, the active investigation phase was formally launched, a Yard priority was to
ensure that the 2007 circus-cum-car crash of media coverage was not repeated, particularly since the news of the CPS visits
to Portugal in April had filtered out. The key July 4 media conference at which this was accomplished began unpromisingly
for neutrals with a journalist's opening question prompting a collectors' item Redwood Waffle Torrent:
What has changed, have you had new information, new evidence? What has changed to lead you to open this investigation?When the audience had recovered from this
onslaught Redwood moved swiftly to his main point.
Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood: Well, as we have worked carefully over the last sort of two years, through
that review process, we have now processed some 30,000 documents and some of those documents could have, say, one page, some
have got hundreds of pages. From that, you will recall last year that I said we had 195 investigative opportunities. We have
now generated over 3,800 actions and it is from a careful analysis of that work that we have been able to establish new thinking
and we have spoken to witnesses that have provided new evidence for us.
Journalist: Some people... some people suggested,
quite cruelly at the time, [isn't he lovely?] that the McCann parents might be [go on, go on, go on]
in some way involved with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. What can you say about the involvement of Madeleine McCann's
parents in anything to do with her disappearance?In those few dozen pre-planned words (which he just happened
to repeat elsewhere that day) Redwood ensured that not a single UK MSM outlet would speculate unfavourably about the McCanns
before the investigation was complete: the lawyers would never allow them to since the statement at once removed any defence
to being injuncted at the first hint that they might, indeed, be "of interest" to the Yard. Having no wish to make
an involuntary donation to the Save the Tot, Finance the Family fund the cowardly but fleet-footed Bureau
was also quick to withdrew its claim that the CPS visits pointed in one direction.
Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood: Neither her parents
or any of the members of the group that were with her are either persons of interest or suspects.
Because, obviously, there were some rumours [Nobel Prize for delicate understatement on its way] at the
time, but you are quite categorical in that?
Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood: They are not persons
of interest or suspects, they are parents who have lost their daughter and we are doing all that we can to bring resolution
for them to find out what has happened to Madeleine.
So the MSM couldn't be blamed
too much for the spectacular McCann arse-lick-fest that ensued – for the gap between Redwood's warning assertions
and his Monster Waffle Assault versions of what his squad was actually up to, was narrow indeed, so narrow that they had nothing
to write about except fantasy or what Mitchell gave them. After all, this being the MSM, Telegraph readers were unlikely
to find a lengthy centre-page piece on the Yard’s Don't Panic message with its interesting implication
that over-the-top, fair-trial-wrecking, media madness would only occur if the McCanns, rather than the Prince of
Wales or the Pope, were somehow at the centre of it. Now why would the Yard assume that?
The brutal fact is that
nobody in this extraordinary case gives a tuppenny f*** about anyone's involvement other than the McCanns'. They couldn't
care less. The relentless parade of rumoured suspects isn't just banal and uninteresting – petty thieves, burglars,
dead paedophiles, white van cleaners – but, despite the best efforts of the Team – all of them resolutely refuse
to take off into public space. Not one has tempted journalists or anyone else to go and research their possible background
and origins, even though some of their names are supposedly known. Within days of being splashed all over the MSM they are
There is, in fact, a creepy similarity between the Yard's supposed suspects that the MSM –
not the Yard itself – has brought us and the purely imaginary Rorschach blots that the McCanns and their doltish
accomplices showered us with for years, from Bundleman to Baby-Buyer. The only difference lies in their origins, the different
motives for their invention. The McCanns had their agenda. The Yard has its own.
The couple, fronted by Mitchell,
may have had a clear media run since the day of the Redwood veto but one by one the sources that have sustained their
initiatives have been turned off: there are no more suspects, no new witnesses with a likely tale to tell, no visible new
lines of inquiry, no leaks from Portugal, no conflicts between the forces of the two countries, no hint of a report from the
latest interviews. Above all, two years investigation hasn't produced a single tit-bit, not a crumb, that the
couple can point to, wave at Leicester's assistant chief constable and say there, vindication! But nor can they
now run to their media lawyers and editors screaming there, police persecution!
So the stream trickles
into the sand amid an overground public silence more profound than any since 2007. With it trickles also the last possibility
of the MSM influencing or damaging the investigation on the 2007 model: the latter's destructive powers have been completely
tamed, indeed emasculated. If arrests come in the UK then the contempt of court rules immediately take over to maintain the
For all the internet rage and paranoia about the MSM bias its effect has been zero, and now, rather
deliciously, all of us on the net find ourselves free to speak – as long as we stick to the truth – while our
steam-age opponents above ground are impotent! Isn't that great?
Who should we thank for that? Operation Grange,
for putting us all on an equal footing. All of us, the MSM, Kate and Gerry McCann, and the Brighton conservative candidate
included, know exactly as much about the operations and activities of Grange as we did in spring 2011: absolutely nothing.
All any of us, readers or writers, have had is the power of inference. Whatever the final result, and whatever our intermittent
frustrations at not knowing what to believe of the squad's honeyed words, it has kept its operations triumphantly secret
– and therefore free from interference by anyone.
And so it continued: the chasm between what the the Yard has
actually done – work secretly with the Porto squad, appraise the evidence, involve the CPS and gradually dismantle the
abduction claim they began with – and what the MSM, and chunks of the net, says they've done is grotesque
and, literally, unbelievable. Nobody could possibly be as childishly stupid as the MSM of both countries has made the Yard
out to be, nor as transparently corrupt and power-crazed as net "profilers" like Pat Brown and others claim: this
is story book stuff. The paradox is that the UK MSM, unlike in 2007, shows not the slightest sign of believing in the rubbish
they've been printing since early 2013 while people like M/S Brown and others seem to have fallen for all this play-acting
and believe that what they're writing – gained from the MSM naturally – is true!
described at length recently something very serious brought the spinning to an an abrupt, indeed stomach-churning, halt in
December 2014. The appointment of a new head of Grange alone cannot be the reason: silencing the McCanns has not been within
her control and the couple have always been adroit at using the opportunities that changes in command or direction can bring,
as Goncalo Amaral and others know very well. Nor could Wall have ruptured the long-term alliance between the Mirror
and the McCanns. No, everything – the silence of the couple, the subtle distancing of the MSM from them, the absence
of any succour for the pair from the entire Grange operation, the hint of bated breath in overseas media – suggests
that we have reached some sort of inflexion point in the investigation.
The only thing that now seems certain is
that the Yard have, against all the odds, protected the integrity and operations of their review and investigation with 100%
success. One by one the possible threats to their inquiry have fallen silent, first in Portugal, now in the UK. Not one of
us – and that clearly includes the McCanns – has any confirmed knowledge of their thinking or their intentions.
All we have is inference. They've been willing to look stupid, comical, dishonest and ineffectual by turns in defying
every single attempt to breach their secrecy.
It's quite an accomplishment.
Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
(MOPAC) is asked to investigate Operation Grange, 16 April 2015
Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is asked
to investigate Operation Grange CMOMM
Posted by Tony Bennett
16/04/2015 at 12:02 am
McCartney AM, Chair of the Police and Crime Committee
London Assembly City Hall
The Queen's Walk
13 April 2015
Dear Mr Bennett,
Thank you for your letter of 10 March 2015
regarding Operation Grange. In your letter you ask the Police and Crime Committee to support the request for an independent
investigation into the Metropolitan Police's conduct of Operation Grange, and for the Committee to hold a meeting to discuss
the detail of the investigation.
The Committee is responsible for examining the work of the Mayor's Office
for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which is the body responsible for overseeing the Metropolitan Police Service, to ensure that
it is efficient, effective and fair. The Committee can also investigate issues that it considers to be of importance to policing
and crime reduction in Greater London and make recommendations for improvements. The Committee has no statutory power to review
major investigations or investigate individual cases.
I have forwarded your letter to the Mayor's Office for
Policing and Crime (MOPAC), as the body responsible for overseeing the Metropolitan Police Service, who aim to reply to correspondence
within 20 days and will inform you if it is not possible to respond within this period.
Joanne McCartney AM
Chair of the Police and Crime Committee
Ex-detective adds his voice to the legions
backing disgraced Maddie cop, 02 April 2015
Ex-detective adds his voice to the legions backing disgraced
Maddie cop Portugal Resident
[Headline later amended to: Ex-detective adds his voice to the legions backing
beleagured [sic] Maddie cop Portugal Resident]
Posted by PORTUGALPRESS on April 02, 2015
A former German detective with years of experience working on murder
investigations has added his voice to the legions of people backing disgraced Madeleine cop Gonçalo Amaral.
Ulrich Merz, 60, was in Praia da Luz on the day Madeleine went missing in 2007. He has been following the various investigations
ever since with the eye of a trained professional.
His "exasperation" at the way things have been handled
down the years is one of the reasons for his decision to put pen to paper.
He writes to Amaral as the latter waits
on tenterhooks to hear the judge's final decision over whether or not he is liable for the €1.2 million defamation
claim taken out against him by Madeleine's parents five years ago.
Merz does not mince his words. Amaral's
theory, given the details available at the time, was "completely valid", he tells the policeman.
theory that burglars could have abducted Madeleine simply "does not fit the profile", he claims - and indeed, in
his opinion as a criminal investigator, Merz does "not believe in an abduction" at all.
support for Amaral since he was "disgraced" - particularly by the British media - and removed from the original
Portuguese investigation has been resounding, but this is perhaps the first time a trained police investigator has come out
on record in this way.
Non-English speaking, Merz is unconcerned.
He claims the case is unique in that
the Portuguese government "has allowed itself to be pushed around" by Britain, currently conducting the "Operation
Grange" investigation into Madeleine's almost eight-year-old disappearance.
"The way this case has
been handled is particularly unique because your conclusions differed from those of the British government," he told
Amaral, stressing his "exasperation" at seeing a fellow policeman's work "denigrated".
Resident learnt of Merz' letter as it was handed to us to pass on to Amaral. We cannot go into the details of Merz'
theory as a criminal investigator with specific experience in murder cases as it would undoubtedly see us in legal hot-water.
As Portuguese news media has long pointed out, Amaral's theory, expounded in his book "The Truth of the Lie",
has seen him financially-strapped since its publication.
Bank accounts have been frozen, the book 'seized'
and withdrawn from sale for months, and his "civil position", as the former detective refers to it, made untenable.
In an open letter to his supporters as the long-running trial for defamation came to a close, Amaral reiterated his
belief that the parents of the missing child have "sought to 'asphyxiate' him financially and push him to a civil
death" - a position from which he would be "unable to react judicially".
"After five years,
the parents of the child that mysteriously disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007 in the Algarve were not able to fully achieve
what they intended. I am alive, I'm able to financially sustain the civil suit, although not much more than that..."
Since that message, Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral has issued a new bulletin saying the judge's
decision on the McCann parents' suit should come after the judicial holidays which close on April 6.
trust in justice and serenely await the judge's decision," the message came to its close.
windmills move slowly," Merz concluded in his letter to Amaral. "You are in a trap made by bad people, but I know
that when someone shares the knowledge of the deed, the conscience always come out - even if it is unintentional.
"I have strong hope in your complete recovery and rehabilitation," he tells the Portuguese "colleague"
whom he has never met.
Endless column inches have been devoted to this eternal mystery but the truth is that Gonçalo
Amaral has been fighting for his professional credibility in an arena bereft of mainstream support.
It is this
reality that prompted Ulrich Merz' hand-written letter which comes in the wake of rumblings from the UK that the Metropolitan
Police may at last be considering a renewed scale back of the multi-million pound investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.
By NATASHA DONN email@example.com
Fraud, and how to support it, 31 March
Fraud, and how to support it
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
31 March 2015
FRAUD, AND HOW TO SUPPORT IT
If, when doing the weekly shop, we are tempted by a BOGOF
offer to pick up an extra packet of biscuits, we should hardly expect to be charged for both packets at the supermarket checkout.
That would be a deception on the part of the vendor, who will have contravened an inducement to purchase, i.e. the terms of
an advertisement which, according to the IPA code, should be legal, decent honest and truthful. It's no different to selling
a car with 'no known faults' when it hasn't actually got an engine.
The following is owing
to Mike Hamilton, writing exclusively for The Sun:
"The parents or Madeleine McCann plan to plough their
own money into the search for their missing daughter if police halt their investigation. Kate and Gerry McCann both
47, of Rothley Leics., fear public donations have dried up as the search approaches its eighth anniversary. So they have pumped
almost £1 million into a fund for Madeleine that would be running at a loss without their cash. The money came
from Kate's book about Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal in May 2007 and the search for her."
It is made absolutely clear here that "their (the McCanns') own money...came from Kate's book about Madeleine's
disappearance in Portugal in May 2007 and the search for her."
Kate McCann has only written one book so far,
the various editions of which have incorporated a conspicuous advertising 'flash' on its front cover. This reads:
"All royalties donated to Madeleine's Fund."
All royalties, as announced by Transworld
publishing, since the flash was an intrinsic feature of the publication, and not a superimposed sticker.
to Mike Hamilton however, some of these very royalties must have been directed to the author personally, in order for it to
be considered her money, and deriving, as it did, from her book.
It follows, inevitably, that Transworld publishers
were responsible for incorporating a misleading inducement to purchase with their product offering.
the royalties were paid into the fund in the first instance, then they could not subsequently be placed there as 'top
up' funding by Kate McCann, coming from her own pocket so to speak. If, on the other hand, the McCanns are boasting of
personal income from book sales, as Mike Hamilton informs his readers, then Transworld are clearly at fault.
a 'class action' appropriate here, I wonder?
The Abducted Abduction, 30 March 2015
The Abducted Abduction The Blacksmith Bureau
Monday, 30 March 2015 at 13:03
Mar 25, "Hunt Should Go On", sob, sob: "...money which has been spent on investigating the
abduction of disappearance of Madeleine McCann...the trouble is that the abduction
unexplained disappearance of a child is never a cold, unemotional event..."
Post, March 29, Lorraine Kelly, "This utterly heartbreaking case," honk, honk, "...
was abducted disappeared on May 4, [sic] 2007...exactly how all the parents of abducted disappeared sons and daughters feel."
Mail, March 19, Ian Drury, "Time We Ended.", bleat, bleat, "...investigating the
abduction disappearance...Since the girl, who would now be 11, was
abducted vanished, every possible theory has been explored, including that she was kidnapped by a paedophile..."
The Sun, March 29, Mike Hamilton, "...the parents of Madeleine McCann plan
to plough their own money into the search for their
abducted missing daughter
if police halt their investigation..."
Sunday Express, March 22, James
Murray, "...time is running out for Scotland Yard to question three Portuguese suspects in connection with the
abduction disappearance of Madeleine McCann."
Telegraph, March 17, Gordon Rayner, "Madeleine McCann Latest", "...hours and days after
abduction disappearance...on the day she was
abducted vanished...area on the night of the abduction disappearance..."
"I think this is unfair to Kate and Gerry. All of them
suddenly saying it's a disappearance is like calling them liars and that's not right. After all they were there, weren't
they? What would Maddie think? This is so wrong." Justice for_ Maddie (from Norbury)
Madeleine's disappearance and the continuing
search for what happened to the money, 30 March 2015
Madeleine's disappearance and the continuing search for
what happened to the money mccannfiles.com
By Nigel Moore
Readers who purchased madeleine by KATE McCANN may have done so in part because of the
'flash' sticker (actually part of the cover graphic) which promised: 'All royalties donated to Madeleine's
Those same readers may now be somewhat surprised to read a report in the Sun on Sunday
that 'The parents of Madeleine McCann plan to plough their own money into the search for their missing
daughter ... The money came from Kate's book about Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal in May 2007'.
Has money from sales of the book gone straight into the McCanns' private bank account(s),
from where they have donated it to the fund - in which case how is that accountable and how do we know all
the money has been donated?
Or is this simply another piece of emotive and creative writing from The
Sun, on behalf of the parents, to counter recent reports that the Met investigation should be wound down?
Kate and Gerry could enlighten us all.
McCanns to fund hunt for Maddie, 29
McCanns to fund hunt for Maddie The Sun on Sunday
EXCLUSIVE: Parents pump almost £1million into search fund
THE parents of Madeleine McCann plan to plough their own money into the search for their missing daughter
if police halt their investigation.
EXCLUSIVE by MIKE
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Kate and Gerry McCann both 47, of Rothley Leics, fear public
donations have dried up as the search approaches its eighth anniversary.
So they have pumped almost £1 million
into a fund for Madeleine that would be running at a loss without their cash.
The money came from Kate's book
about Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal in May 2007 and the search for her.
A top cop suggested this week
the £10 million police probe into the case should be wound up.
Met Police Federation chairman John Tully
said "We no longer have the resources to conduct specialist inquiries all over the world"
We should never give up hope on Madeleine,
29 March 2015
We should never give up hope on Madeleine Sunday Post
BY LORRAINE KELLY, 29 MARCH 2015 7.00AM
If you look at it in terms of cold hard cash then I suppose you can
understand why a police chief is saying it is time to stop looking for Madeleine McCann.
The chairman of the Metropolitan
Police Federation, John Tully, believes it is time to wind down the investigation.
The best efforts of the Met
Police since they began their own inquiry in 2011 haven't really turned up anything new and the cost had been at least
And yet, how can you put a financial figure on the life of a little girl, and how can you walk
away from this utterly heartbreaking case when her fate remains unknown.
As we are all aware, three year old Madeleine
disappeared on May 4, 2007, while her mum and dad were out having a meal with their friends during their holiday in Praia
da Luz, Portugal.
Since then Kate and Gerry McCann have worked tirelessly to find their daughter.
have interviewed them many times I am always struck by their determination and optimism.
Even now after almost
nine years they refuse to give up hope. And who can blame them. No parent can ever give up on their child.
Kerry Needham has never wavered in her determination to find her son Ben, who disappeared on the island of Kos in Greece 23
years ago. She has campaigned to have money made available to try to find Ben and there's a hard-working movement on social
media to keep the hunt alive. She will never stop searching and hoping and neither will Kate and Gerry.
are plenty of stories to keep that hope alive.
A woman in South Africa was recently reunited with her daughter
after she had been missing for 17 years. Celeste Nurse was still in hospital after having given birth to her baby when the
child was snatched from the ward at just three days old. The kidnapper was finally discovered all of those years later.
Celeste said not a day went by when she didn’t think about her missing child and she wrote to Kate and Gerry
McCann telling them that miracles can happen.
So while there are calls to stop the search for Madeleine on the
grounds of cost and manpower concerns, should we really be giving up on this poor child and others like her?
now you would feel if it was your son or daughter who was missing. You would do anything in your power to find them and that's
exactly how all the parents of disappeared sons and daughters feel.
There are some things that just shouldn't
have a price tag.
Licence To Troll, 27 March 2015
Licence To Troll The Blacksmith Bureau
Friday, 27 March 2015 at 14:57
When is a "troll" not
a troll? Why, when it's a licensed troll.
The beyond-parody "journalist" Grace Dent wrote
an opinion piece in the Independent after the Brenda Leyland ambush last year. It was a good reminder that, though
the battle to break up the MSM racket isn't won, there's been plenty of progress. In 2007 it was vapid feature writers
like her who earned colossal salaries while filling the centre pages with defences of the McCanns, thus creating the justice-destroying
– MSM remnant – in Power Pose
The great news is that those same columnists
have been culled relentlessly ever since. Their leader, Parsons, announced with a gratifying swish in 2013 that he was leaving
, not because it was a criminal conspiracy but because it was "dying". And then he moved on to
writing novels, because (fiction) writing for the MSM didn't pay any more. M/S Dent writes for a fraction of the salaries
that her spoilt forebears raked in when the paper wasn't owned by the son of a Russian oligarch who can’t even give
the rag away. Long may that continue.
Chunks of M/S Dent's piece were quoted in the Huffington Post,
itself another, minor, symbol of the old media's continuing collapse. Dent dismissed clams that Mr Brunt was "responsible
for Brenda Leyland's death".
"While @sweepyface may have been in her element flinging around accusations,
gossip and provoking ill-will, the real life Ms Leyland met Mr Brunt's request for a comment with a firm No and an attempt
to disappear into her car.
"Mr Brunt is now being accused by some sections of "hounding" Ms Leyland
to her death. This seems extreme. Reporters have been doorstepping people and requesting answers on British television for
the past 50 years.
"Are we now saying that in this new internet age, any person who draws attention to themselves
vehemently but anonymously online is out of bounds for reporters?"
Isn't that wonderful? It's a time
capsule, like a browned copy of a 2007 Mail
coming to light when you take up an old carpet.
you just love the logic and the language? Because reporters have been harassing people for 50 years it's OK; as in "Jimmy
Savile was abusing kids and corpses for forty years (while we ignored him) so it's OK." Oh, and do you like her "requesting
answers"? Just like asking strangers the time, really.
Anyone who hasn't seen the media pack in full-on
action, as we have, should have a glimpse sometime at journalist Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities
mob can be seen in its full glory, best represented by the cameramen and photographers who scream out "HEY CUNT"
at their victims so they can catch the look of outraged horror on their faces as they spin round to see who shouted it.
The same Huffington Post
quoted a tweet saying Brenda's targeting had been
"a perfectly legitimate report with tragic, though unforeseeable consequences." It was from Neville Thurlbeck, a
typical representative of the MSM in its days of pomp – award winner for his "scoops", news editor, admired
by his peers, a secret police grass in return for information from the Police Database about people he wanted to target. Nice,
eh? And a criminal who was deservedly sent to prison. This residue of the old MSM isn't owned by a Russian émigré
though - his last journalist role, according to Wikipedia, was as a theatre critic for the world-famous Surrey Comet.
Look in Google and you'll see that our MSM, far from being
unsavoury crooks and bullies, are constantly at work protecting potential victims, with page after heartbroken page
about people who've been bullied to death by Facebook posters. What sweet concern.
They do it for one reason:
with so much crumbling around them they want to retain their greatest remaining – just –privilege: The monopoly
right, authorised by precedent and codes of practice, to decide who is targeted, the exclusive right to decide who should
suffer pain and shame.
Most people know that traditionally the "punishment" in court for a minor crime
has been nothing compared with the real sentence – exposure of your acts in the local or national rags, your public
Remember national treasure Rebekah Brooks, to take just one example, who led the "name and shame
a paedophile" campaign prompting ignorant mobs to march on supposed offenders, including the paediatrician whose
house was vandalised?
That sort of stuff has a solid, unbroken, history in the MSM. Way back in the 1950s when
it was the paper press that had the monopoly, the targets were not paedophiles but ordinary gay people. The Mirror group
– nothing changes except decline – ran lurid stories about the "homosexual problem" that had to be "stamped
out". The "evil men" had to suffer the MSM treatment.
If, like Tom Driberg, you were a journalist
yourself, as well as a Labour MP, you could screw Guardsmen in London's Hyde Park on a nightly basis and regale your fellow
journalists at the Express with the details the next morning. If you were just an ordinary gay it was a different
matter. The Express objected violently to the suggestion that the media should "show restraint" when reporting
on the trial of such unfortunates. "The whole purpose of sentences," it wrote, "is to deter others by making
an example of the criminals. How can you make an example without full publicity?". So the fifties were dotted with the
suicides of gay men who got their MSM-awarded additional sentences of "full publicity." It's what they do.
If Facebook had been around in the fifties at least Driberg would have joined the "full publicity"
list. And that's what the MSM hate. All the MSM posturing about Facebook and Twitter bullying is in
defence of that privileged and immoral position: we decide the targets.
With its corollary: and we
decide who to remain silent about. It wasn't the government that protected the sinister Driberg, whose gayness positively
glowed with innocence compared with his other attributes. It was the MSM, which now tries to protect its position by trying
to whip up pressure for legislation to control internet comment.
It’s doomed of course: legislating the internet
is like trying to legislate against what people are saying to each other as they walk along Oxford Street. It can't be
done, for the internet is just the voices and the pictures of the public itself, with all the public's great strengths
and horrible weaknesses. The MSM is no such thing – it's the voices of a small number of people who pretend
to be the public. Licensed trolls.
It wasn't him, 26 March 2015
Clarence Mitchell provoking uncomfortable thoughts
No, neither Clarence nor the couple had anything
to do with the STOPITNOW! movement and story. Nor did they know it was coming or why. It's back to paranoia time folks.
Claudia Lawrence arrest proves that
the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann should continue, 25 March 2015
Claudia Lawrence arrest proves that the hunt for missing
Madeleine McCann should continue Daily Express
AS A police boss says it's time to shelve the inquiry, surely this week's arrest over missing chef Claudia
Lawrence proves there's still hope of a breakthrough.
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Wed, Mar 25, 2015
The numbers are undeniably compelling.
31 officers of the Metropolitan Police; 33 trips to Portugal; £10million.
There, in cold, unemotional figures,
is the cost of the British inquiry in terms of the time, manpower, travel and money which has been spent on investigating
the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Expressed in this manner, it is not difficult to understand why some are
saying that it is time to scale back the search for the little girl.
After all, it has produced no fruitful new
leads or lines of inquiry.
At the same time, the Met is stretched as never before with quashing terrorist plots
while also having to cope with ever diminishing finances.
A hard-nosed accountant or a time-and-motion inspector
would no doubt use those numbers to swing the argument for calling a halt to Operation Grange, the name given by the Met to
the inquiry into Maddie.
The trouble is that the unexplained disappearance of a child is never a cold, unemotional
The thought of a child in danger touches us in the most visceral way.
That is why many tens of
thousands of people who have no connection to the McCanns became gripped by the tragedy of their predicament.
people were not just from the McCanns' home community in Leicestershire or even from this, their home country but people
from all over the world.
Nearly eight years on, they remain engaged with the case.
That is why all parents – and even many who are not – will feel only dismay at the idea that it is time for
the police to throw in the towel now.
What is even more distressing is the implied suggestion that a price can
be put on a child's life.
Some ask why it is the already over-burdened London force which is looking for Maddie
when the McCanns are not residents of the capital.
But it is an irrelevant question.
As British citizens,
Kate and Gerry McCann are entitled to all the help the British Government can provide.
In this instance, the Government,
via the Home Office, simply decided to give them some of the best crime investigators that this country (some might say the
world) can offer: a team from Scotland Yard.
Others take issue with the £10million cost so far of searching
for Madeleine when the average police "spend" per missing child is between £1,300 and £2,400.
But that is because nine out of 10 cases are solved within 48 hours.
To continue looking for Maddie is to acknowledge that hope doesn't
die – and with good reason.
In this very week, police arrested a man in connection with the disappearance
of chef Claudia Lawrence, who went missing from York six years ago.
As with the Maddie case, the place where Claudia
was last seen has been searched time and again and still, it seems that it had not yet yielded up all its secrets.
Before Maddie, Britain's best-known missing child was Ben Needham, who was a little blonde toddler when he vanished
in 1991 while on holiday with his mother and grandparents on the Greek island of Kos.
While the search led by South
Yorkshire Police (the Needhams are from Sheffield) has inevitably ebbed and flowed, it has never ground to a halt.
Further excavations on Kos were carried out as recently as 2012 and in January, Ben's mother Kerry handed police a file
listing eight separate sightings of Ben throughout the Nineties.
The Home Office has set aside a £700,000
fund to keep the search going.
Maddie is out there somewhere.
The only reason to cease looking for her
is because her parents wish it and not because her fate has gone over budget.
Keeping Up With The Jones's, 24
Keeping Up With The Jones's
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
24 March 2015
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES'S
Not to be outdone
by the Desmond team (Express Group Newspapers), the Daily Mail have now produced their own extensive, eulogistic comment on
the Metropolitan Police Federation suggestion that Operation Grange be brought to a halt. There are no prizes for guessing
the direction of the eulogies.
David Jones, who claims familiarity with the McCann case ab initio, somehow
fails to bring his extensive knowledge to bear in a balanced account, but instead puts his name to a contrived exercise in
dis-information. It has reached the point, surely, when observers of this protracted affair can only conclude that, as regards
Madeleine McCann specifically, this is all the popular press are good for.
Where does one start...? Well why not
at the very beginning?
"I returned to Praia da Luz, the conspiratorial little resort"
This is the very same resort about which the author later states:
"From the moment Madeleine
was taken, they have behaved with commendable dignity and shown enormous compassion towards her family".
but...as he goes on to explain:
"The reputation of their once-blameless resort has been irreparably sullied".
So it must have been the entire population of Praia da Luz wot dun it. A modern interpretation of 'Murder on the
Orient Express', no doubt.
We continue with:
"...revisiting some of its now-fabled landmarks
— apartment 5A at the Ocean Club holiday resort, the white-washed chapel where Kate and Gerry would pray for deliverance
— it struck me how precious little we have learned about her fate".
Whose fate? Madeleine's we may
presume. But why then should the parents be praying for deliverance? Deliverance from what exactly? Evil? Then whose? Praying
for their daughter's delivery would make rather more sense, at least in principle.
all concerned, "We have no more idea what became of Madeleine now than we did then (May 4, 2007). It is almost as if
time has stood still".
Yes, David. Eight years without, it would appear, any significant advancement in our
(public) knowledge of what became of Madeleine McCann. Does that not strike you as odd, given the seeming investment of time
and resources, and by so many separate agencies, into finding the child? Only a fool would make the same mistake repeatedly
and expect a different outcome each time. Have we or the McCanns been making torch-bearers of fools therefore?
the enduring global obsession with the case, we might think this quite extraordinary".
for some jingoism then.
"First we had a series of Portuguese police investigations, the ineptitude of which
is well documented.
"Next came a procession of private detectives (including a self-proclaimed Spanish super-sleuth,
expensively hired by the McCanns in December 2007, who blithely promised to have Madeleine home for Christmas).
in 2011, at the behest of David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May, Scotland Yard's finest were called in to clear
up the mess".
It is to be hoped that in a follow-up article one might be offered some examples of the documentation
that attests to the 'ineptitude' of the investigation conducted by the Portuguese. Hope springs eternal. And that's
probably about the length of time we'll have to wait for such evidence to be brought forth here.
the 'Met's finest' were on hand to 'clear up the mess'. What would we do without them?
least, that was the Prime Minister's hope, and perhaps his expectation, when — apparently moved by a personal appeal
from the McCanns — he ordered a team of Met detectives to be removed from their other duties and assigned to the case,
codenamed Operation Grange".
Well now. The Prime Minister (and the Home Office) had hopes and expectations
did they? It's rather doubtful that these pertained to clearing up any mess, since, as far as police work was concerned,
there absolutely wasn't one. David Cameron suggested the Home Office discuss the possibility of a review with Scotland
Yard. He might contend that he did not 'order' anything however, especially since, in our so-called democracy, such
an order would be unconstitutional.
"But almost four years and an eye-watering £10million of taxpayers'
money later — an amount that would pay the annual wages of countless PCs — it is patently obvious his intervention
is not producing results. (italics mine)
"Though a huge number of man-hours have been spent re-examining
the 5,000-page Portuguese judicial dossier in the hope that it might contain a vital missed clue, though great swathes of
wasteland in Praia da Luz were explored with sophisticated gadgetry last year, and a plethora of suspects re-interviewed,
there has been no sign of a breakthrough".
Well I'm glad, David, you recognize, like the rest of us, that
Operation Grange has produced no results. Could that be because they based their investigation on 5000 pages attributable
to the Portuguese, and the balance of 25,000 pages deriving from an assortment of impostors and mountebanks?
Met's 'Madeleine Squad' have spent four years painstakingly re-examining the botched Portuguese investigation.
"You cannot fault their thoroughness".
Oh yes we can! And in whose estimation was the Portuguese
investigation 'botched'? That of David Jones, obviously, and who else of any significance?
every witness statement and tip-off is being re-checked, every theory considered, no matter how unlikely."
The first nail to go cleanly home strikes the back board.
Does any police investigation, anywhere in the world,
proceed by working inwards via the more 'unlikely' theories? If the accepted answer should be 'no', then why
have we to sit back and watch as 'the Met's finest' blow millions on unnecessarily exploring the unlikely? Is
it possible they have borrowed from the philosophy of Captain R.F. Scott, who dabbled with untried technology and came second
as a result, whereas his rival Amundsen simply 'cut to the chase'.
"Each (such) development raises
fresh hopes and excites the media, but so far they have all come to nothing. And one had to ask whether DCI Andy Redwood,
who had set up the inquiry and had overseen it enthusiastically for four years, would have recently stood down had he
been on the brink of solving the biggest case of his career." (italics mine)
Yes, one did ask as it happens
(See: The Ruby Hat of Old Ma McCann – McCannfiles, 19.3.15)
Were David Jones to act as the voice of the McCanns
in support of Operation Grange, he would be sure, he tells us, to remind authorities of several other cases of abduction rather
more successfully resolved, e.g., Jaycee Lee Dugard and Zephany Nurse. But then, as he admits:
"The sad truth
is, however, that when we examine such exceptional cases, they do little to support the argument for a hugely expensive and
protracted police investigation."
So why go to the trouble of introducing them into the argument?
A more sensible comparison to be made, we are advised, is with protocols and expenditure in connection with children who
go missing in the UK.
"So how much time and money might you expect the police to invest in searching for one
'medium risk' child? According to a recent study by Portsmouth University's Centre For Missing Persons, the amount
is astonishingly low: between £1,325 and £2,415.
"Compared with the millions poured into the search
for Madeleine, this figure — which covers such basic procedures as taking an initial call, risk assessment, obtaining
a photograph of the child, undertaking a house search, and a police national computer check — is derisory indeed."
Or put another way, the 'figure' involved in the case of Madeleine McCann is inexplicably high – and
"It goes without saying that none of this is any fault of the McCanns."
David, you have just said so. Whose fault is it then? If the McCanns are not calling the shots, who is? And why are
they aiming in entirely the wrong direction?
(There now follows the eulogy to the parents who "always speak
about Madeleine — whose 12th birthday falls this May — in the present tense". No doubt having been advised
that previous references to their daughter in the past tense were highly suggestive of exactly that!)
we get to the 'bottom line', in support of the proposal recently voiced by John Tully of the Metropolitan Police Federation:
"I simply believe, with the best of intentions, that it is time to put sentiment aside, face up to the harsh
financial realities of modern policing, and regard Madeleine McCann in the same manner as all those other missing children."
Basically, the Operation Grange budget should be cut from several millions to a couple of thousand. Small wonder DCI
Redwood opted for early retirement.
Death Sentence Pronounced on the Abduction,
24 March 2015
Death Sentence Pronounced on the Abduction The Blacksmith Bureau
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 16:45
Turning away with relief from
that raincoat and its increasingly shrivelled contents we are back among the smoke and shadows and the closing down
The message has changed…
thing to note is that Redwood and the Yard's disastrous media policy, about which we've moaned so loudly, has ended.
The Yard has refused to surface and give a single "steer" to the MSM crime reporters and editors about the Tully
closing down canard.
The initial Operation Grange scheme of total silence ended in spring 2012. Its replacement
was a dishonest dogs' dinner of a policy, with the Yard unable to choose between the clear future – updating the
public via Twitter and social media – and the eternal temptation of using – in all senses – the MSM.
The Yard/crime correspondent fix, which Kelvin McKenzie thought the Portuguese should adopt in 2007, was mocked
to death in the parliamentary and Leveson hearings of 2012. It hasn’t been rebuilt, leaving ad hoc arrangements to stagger
Media Liaison the old Yard way – Open Handed Andy Hayman
Redwood, having gone for shock and awe with the
media like the Panorama and Crimewatch operations destroyed his own squads credibility, apparently single
handed. It was the confidential media briefing sessions for crime correspondents that did it and when the Yard attempted to
use those briefings to attain semi-political objectives disaster followed.
What a clumsy, size thirteen boot failure!
The hacks felt the game that the Yeates murder and the inquiries had called time on might be back; trust between the U.K and
Portugal ruptured; it stimulated "whitewash" nonsense among the credulous; and the off the record media briefings
provided deep cover for people like the odious Clarence Mitchell to join in the leaking. Since the Yard were covertly spreading
rumours themselves (Portuguese feet-dragging etc.) nobody knew which rumours were authorised and which weren't. It was
a lamentable performance.
…but not the reality
who may yet turn out to have won the operational, if not the information, battle has gone and for three months now there hasn't
been a single instance of the gimmicks that devalued his tenure. The question is, what now lies under the silence blanket?
Enter the Widow
These latest stories demonstrate that the
damage may be less than we thought and that off-stage the situation might be better than it seems. What, in particular, does
the latest Mail story, written by that Widow Twankey of the case,the always tearful David Jones, tell us?
The Widow, older now, stouter and, judging by the factual gaffes – window ajar indeed! – losing mental concentration,
is a reliable weathervane. She wept gallons, tot-wise, for the parents in early 2007 but, perhaps because Gerry McCann wouldn't
speak to her, after the initial quivering she began covering her arse against "unhelpful" outcomes by using very
Mail-ish sneaky asides about the couple from July onwards.
"Settling into his sleeper bed in Virgin
Upper Class (mindful of the sniping about the £946,000 fund for Madeleine, of which £67,000 has been spent, he
bought an economy ticket, but was given a complimentary upgrade), the 39-year-old heart consultant was exhausted."
The MSM's Widow Twankey Jones Pointing Both Ways
The on-demand tears disguised the sneers but by
September the Widow could, like Evelyn Waugh's hapless prison chaplain Prendergast, confess to being afflicted by Terrible,
Terrible Doubts about the pair. Prendergast subsequently had his head sawn off by a madman in the prison workshop
but the Widow merely suffered a sharp rebuke from Gerry in his All Hail The King phase at Leveson –
But then the couple slipped the Portuguese noose! What would the
Widow do? Well, first stay out of the way of a vengeful couple, naturally. Then, after a decent interval she surfaced with
another flip-flop, one which the King maliciously highlighted for his subjects in the same court.
Now, like the pantomime Dame she has always been, Jones rotates
helplessly upside-down on stage, dangling from the rope tied to her feet, her red-frilly skirts fallen over her face to reveal
capacious Victorian brown bloomers. Don’t these MSM journalists give good value!
She is now,apparently, trembling
in the it-will-never-be solved direction. But is that just a way station?
Right, now the serious stuff. The Mail is no longer in direct communication
with the parents. Mitchell's comment was a pool one – given to a number of outlets, not the Mail: the sweetheart
relationship has gone missing. In the other papers too the McCann's frozen, apparently paralysed, months-long near-silence
continues: even the threat of winding up the project they fought for, the end of The Search that, like some Spielberg
knightly grail, they passed on into the sacred hands of the Met, hasn't flushed them out into the light. Oh, and the Mirror,
currently with a few police problems of its own, hasn't said a word for them in three months.
Next. The MSM
via a long, flagship Mail story is formally announcing that they genuinely don't have a f*****g idea about what
happened to Madeleine McCann, not even an abduction idea. The Mail, unlike the miserable loser Mirror,
always moves with the times and, finally, the door to the "Empty Cupboard" with which we've mocked the supporters
– the absence of anything to back the McCanns' version of events after eight years – is clearly open
in the MSM newsrooms. And the parents haven't got a single shred of Yard evidence, not a mouldy packet of Grange biscuits
or Redwood syrup, to top it up. Everything comes to an end sometime.
But what comes next without an abduction,
eh? Gosh. Oh well, they'll have to get someone, somewhere, perhaps some washed up journalist and a young female aide,
to start all over with some revelations to bring the media back onside. Oh...
Yes, it's time we stopped looking for
Maddie: As a police boss says the £10m hunt must end, DAVID JONES, who's reported on the case for eight years, explains
with a heavy heart why he agrees, 23 March 2015
Yes, it's time we stopped looking for Maddie: As a police
boss says the £10m hunt must end, DAVID JONES, who's reported on the case for eight years, explains with a heavy
heart why he agrees Daily Mail
DAVID JONES FOR THE DAILY MAIL
- Police chiefs have been urged to wind up the hunt for Madeleine McCann
Police Federation chairman John Tulley called for a 're-focus'
- He said: 'It's time to re-focus on
what we need to do to keep London safe'
- Maddie vanished from apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal eight years
- Met Police has spent £10m in hunt for her but no arrests have been made
PUBLISHED: 23:31, 23 March 2015 | UPDATED:
08:49, 24 March 2015
Not long ago, seized by the compulsion to follow up yet another
supposedly promising new lead in the Madeleine McCann case, I returned to Praia da Luz, the conspiratorial little resort
that will be forever associated with her name.
Having reported on her story from the earliest days after her disappearance,
investigating innumerable twists and turns, I have beaten the tortuous path to that craggy tip of the Algarve more times
than I care to remember.
Yet revisiting some of its now-fabled landmarks — apartment 5A at the Ocean Club
holiday resort, the white-washed chapel where Kate and Gerry would pray for deliverance — it struck me how precious
little we have learned about her fate.
Look back at the newspapers of May 4, 2007, the day after Madeleine vanished,
and you will read of a 'gorgeous, active, chatty and intelligent' little girl, a few days shy of her fourth birthday,
who appeared to have been snatched from her bed while her parents dined with friends at a tapas bar a few dozen yards away.
You will read how the child's abduction was discovered by her mother when she went to check on her at around
10pm; how she found a window was ajar, and ran back to the restaurant in hysterics to raise the alarm; and how witnesses
later saw a child being carried off through the darkened streets.
Fast forward eight years, and that, with the
addition of a few marginally relevant details, remains the full extent of our knowledge.
We have no more idea
what became of Madeleine now than we did then. It is almost as if time has stood still.
Given the enduring global
obsession with the case, we might think this quite extraordinary. As of today, the Daily Mail's archive contains 11,450
stories about Madeleine. Googling her name, I found no less than 1,290,000 references — five times more than you get
by tapping in 'Madonna' — and the number soars higher with each passing day. The public's fascination has
been matched by the exorbitant amount of time and money spent on trying to solve the mystery.
First we had a series
of Portuguese police investigations, the ineptitude of which is well documented.
Next came a procession of private
detectives (including a self-proclaimed Spanish super-sleuth, expensively hired by the McCanns in December 2007, who blithely
promised to have Madeleine home for Christmas).
Then, in 2011, at the behest of David Cameron and Home Secretary
Theresa May, Scotland Yard’s finest were called in to clear up the mess.
At least, that was the Prime Minister's
hope, and perhaps his expectation, when — apparently moved by a personal appeal from the McCanns — he ordered
a team of Met detectives to be removed from their other duties and assigned to the case, codenamed Operation Grange.
But almost four years and an eye-watering £10million of taxpayers' money later — an amount that
would pay the annual wages of countless PCs — it is patently obvious his intervention is not producing results.
The Metropolitan Police
launched an investigation into Maddie's disappearance after her parents (pictured above) made a personal plea to Prime
Minister David Cameron in 2011. It has so far cost a total of £10million
Though a huge number
of man-hours have been spent re-examining the 5,000-page Portuguese judicial dossier in the hope that it might contain a
vital missed clue, though great swathes of wasteland in Praia da Luz were explored with sophisticated gadgetry last year,
and a plethora of suspects re-interviewed, there has been no sign of a breakthrough.
Despite the lack of progress,
31 Met police staff — detectives and civilians — were still working solely on the investigation this week, at
a time when the Yard's budget is being slashed by £600million over four years, with further cuts to come, and the
threat of Islamic terrorism is stretching its resources to breaking point.
Occupying a large office at New Scotland
Yard, the Met's 'Madeleine Squad' have spent four years painstakingly re-examining the botched Portuguese investigation.
They have been to Portugal no fewer than 33 times — yet still apparently drawn a blank.
You cannot fault
their thoroughness. Portuguese officers found hundreds of hair strands in the McCanns' holiday apartment. Some were
never tested for DNA; others were checked but the results were patchy. The Operation Grange team want permission to carry
out fresh DNA tests on them, together with the curtains that were hanging in the apartment.
witness statement and tip-off is being re-checked, every theory considered, no matter how unlikely.
late last year in Portugal, to the questioning of 11 possibly key witnesses, among them Robert Murat, the British expat
who won a huge sum in libel damages after wrongly being named as a suspect by the Portuguese police in the early stages of
the hunt for Madeleine.
And only a few days ago, Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall — the newly installed
head of Operation Grange — flew to Lisbon with a small team of officers for a private meeting with the authorities.
Each such development raises fresh hopes and excites the media, but so far they have all come to nothing. And one
had to ask whether DCI Andy Redwood, who had set up the inquiry and had overseen it enthusiastically for four years, would
have recently stood down had he been on the brink of solving the biggest case of his career.
All of which goes
to explain why the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has now suggested that it might be time to pull the plug
on Operation Grange.
Expressing the private concerns of many of the union's 30,000 member officers, John
Tully said: 'It's time to re-focus on what we need to do to keep London safe. We no longer have the resources
to conduct specialist inquiries all over the world which have nothing to do with London.
Met Police officers questioned
11 possibly key witnesses in Portugal last year but no arrests have been made
Met Police Federation
chairman John Tully said earlier this week that 'it's time to re-focus on what we need to do to keep London safe'
as he called for senior officials to close the operation into Maddie's disappearance
Met has long been seen as the last resort for investigations others have struggled with elsewhere. It is surprising to see
an inquiry like the McCann investigation ring-fenced. I've heard a few rumblings of discontent about it from lots of
He added: 'When the force is facing a spike in murder investigations, it's not surprising
there is resentment of significant resources diverted to a case that has no apparent connection to London.'
Mr Tully's remarks have inevitably sparked heated debate. One side insists that the investigation must continue at
any cost, while friends of the McCanns have reportedly accused him of speaking out of turn and citing the case to peddle
the Federation's agenda.
But many have praised him for having the courage to voice the unsayable truth. With
a very heavy heart, I must say I agree with them.
As the grandfather of three children who are roughly the same
age as Madeleine when she was taken, and similarly cherubic, I dread to imagine how it must feel to be living in purgatory
like the McCanns.
If, God forbid, I was in their shoes, I would want, demand and plead that everything humanly
possible must be done to find a member of my family; or, at the very least, to discover what became of them.
would gladly swing for any policeman or Home Office mandarin who presumed to evaluate the chances of finding them in the cold
terms of cost-effectiveness. I would insist that the search must go on: indefinitely, and whatever the price.
Kate and Gerry McCann, perhaps I would cling to miracles, too.
I would remind people how a woman called Jaycee
Lee Dugard was found safe in California, fully 18 years after being abducted by a sex offender and given up for dead.
And how, only last month in South Africa, a girl called Zephany Nurse was reunited with her overjoyed parents 17 years
after being plucked from her sleeping mother's arms in a maternity hospital, when she was three days old.
Met Police officers have been re-examining
the 5,000-page Portuguese judicial dossier in the hope that it might contain a vital missed clue. However, many officers are
now calling for Operation Grange to come to an end
This week, 31 Met police
staff — detectives and civilians — were still working solely on the Maddie McCann investigation. It comes at a
time when Scotland Yard's budget is being slashed by £600million over four years
sad truth is, however, that when we examine such exceptional cases, they do little to support the argument for a hugely expensive
and protracted police investigation.
Jaycee's deranged kidnapper, Phillip Craig Garrido, virtually shopped
himself to the FBI by presenting them with a rambling essay purporting to offer a cure for sexual predators, and later parading
her and another of his victims at a university campus lecture.
The salvation of Zephany, whose mother Celeste has
urged the McCanns to continue praying as she did, and 'never give up', owed still more to happenstance. Her identity
was discovered after she was unwittingly enrolled at the same school as her sister, and fellow pupils noticed their extraordinarily
But leaving aside, for a moment, the remote likelihood that the Operation Grange team might unearth
some crucial piece of evidence at this late stage, it seems only fair to compare the 'no stone unturned' investigation
into Madeleine's disappearance with that of the many other British children who go missing.
Children who, it
must be said, vanish without a publicity blitz to draw attention to their plight, without their parents being received by
statesmen and religious leaders including the Pope, and without celebrities offering enticing rewards for their return.
Recent figures show that a staggering 160,000 such children are reported missing in the UK each year — one
every three minutes. In the vast majority of cases they are quickly reunited with their parents. Nine out of ten cases are
closed within 48 hours, and 99 per cent are solved in under a year.
Under protocol set down by the Association
of Chief Police Officers, those who are not found promptly are categorised according to the degree of jeopardy their disappearance
is perceived to place them in.
Those deemed to be 'high risk' are judged either to be vulnerable,
in danger of harming themselves or others, or falling victim to serious crime. Those at medium risk are thought 'likely'
to be in danger, and those at low risk are judged to be safe.
So how much time and money might you expect the
police to invest in searching for one 'medium risk' child? According to a recent study by Portsmouth University's
Centre For Missing Persons, the amount is astonishingly low: between £1,325 and £2,415.
the millions poured into the search for Madeleine, this figure — which covers such basic procedures as taking an initial
call, risk assessment, obtaining a photograph of the child, undertaking a house search, and a police national computer check
— is derisory indeed.
Mercifully, as matters stand, just 131 unsolved missing children cases (including
Madeleine's) are listed on the website Missing Kids UK, which is run by the Child Exploitation And Online Protection
Centre — the national law enforcement agency which protects Britain's minors.
On the website, one finds
many forgotten children whose anguished parents would doubtless walk barefoot across hot coals if it meant their disappearance
would receive the same microscopic attention as Madeleine's.
It goes without saying that none of this is
any fault of the McCanns.
To the contrary, via Kate's best-selling book and the couple's countless public
appearances, during which they are always eager to look beyond their own loss, and by promoting innovative methods of prevention
and detection, no one has done more to raise public awareness of missing children. They have become unofficial global ambassadors
for the cause.
It is to their eternal credit that they have remained so resolutely optimistic, re-stating at
every opportunity their unswerving belief that somehow, one day, their daughter will come back to them.
speak about Madeleine — whose 12th birthday falls this May — in the present tense, and in their Leicestershire
home they continue to maintain her pink bedroom, crammed with teddy bears, rosary beads and other gifts from wellwishers.
There is also a special keepsake box into which her siblings, twins Sean and Amelie, now ten, put mementoes for her for when
Last week, reportedly responding to Mr Tully's remarks through friends, they remained typically
upbeat, expressing their gratitude to the Operation Grange team and insisting there was 'still a job of work to be done'.
If I were them, I would say exactly the same.
Regrettably, however, after eight years of false dawns, wrongly
accused suspects, and epic wild-goose chases (one of which saw me spend days on the trail of a blonde-haired girl sighted
with an Arab woman in northern Morocco), I have come to the same conclusion as John Tully: enough is enough. A great many
people in Praia da Luz, as I have discovered, feel the same way.
Kate and Gerry McCann
(pictured) have always remained optimistic about finding their daughter Maddie
From the moment
Madeleine was taken, they have behaved with commendable dignity and shown enormous compassion towards her family, even though
the reputation of their once-blameless resort has been irreparably sullied and the tourism industry that supported their
livelihood has suffered a mortal blow. (The Mark Warner holiday firm through which they booked their ill-fated trip has dropped
the town from its destinations.)
Surely now it is time to spare a thought for their wishes? Surely it is time
to stop treating their town as one big crime scene, to be forensically re-examined and excavated, and allow them to try
to get back to some semblance of normality?
Surely, too, it is time to call a halt on the to-ing and fro-ing of
British detectives to this agreeable part of the continent — trips that somehow require them to stay in four and even
five-star hotels with spas and golf concessions? Yesterday, invited to compare its scale and cost with that of other missing
person inquiries, the Met said this was not possible because each case was individual, and Madeleine's disappearance
was 'clearly a unique and complex case'.
In response to Mr Tully's remarks, the Met said the investigation
had commenced at the request of the Home Office, which fully funds it, adding that it 'does not impact on our other
operations in London'.
They admitted that no arrests had been made since the operation began, but declined
to describe any progress they may have made.
It should be stressed that I am not arguing for a minute that we
ought to forget about Madeleine, or cease to be vigilant. And, of course, the police must investigate any genuinely promising
new leads, should they emerge.
I simply believe, with the best of intentions, that it is time to put sentiment
aside, face up to the harsh financial realities of modern policing, and regard Madeleine McCann in the same manner as all
those other missing children.
Suicide threats are always serious, 23 March
Suicide threats are always serious The Independent
Monday 23 March 2015
A coroner ruled on Friday
that Brenda Leyland, who was confronted last year by a Sky News TV crew and who killed herself some days later, had intended
to take her own life. Her son said that being challenged by a reporter was the "final straw" for a woman who had
long struggled with depression.
Ms Leyland had for two years been posting anonymous and hateful messages about
the parents of Madeleine McCann. She was a legitimate subject of journalistic inquiry. What came next could not have been
Sadly, the threat of suicide is occasionally raised by people who find themselves the subject of media
interest and want to keep something out of the public glare. There are few more troubling situations for journalists to find
themselves in and, despite the perception that hacks are uncaring fly-by-nights, no such threat is ever dismissed lightly.
Will Gore is Deputy Managing Editor of The Independent, i, Independent on Sunday and the Evening Standard
Roadkill The Blacksmith Bureau
Monday, 23 March 2015 at 13:25
Hello to all our readers and particular
greetings to those who've been as shocked as we are by the death of an innocent woman, a death made so much more appalling
by the contempt and callousness of the media reports that followed it – led by our National Treasure the BBC –
in which the poor woman was referred to as though she was a piece of flattened roadkill.
Only Some Deaths Matter
Now is not the time to linger and compare the glutinous, ear-wax sentimentality
of the reports from Praia da Luz about a missing child at the beginning of May 2007 with the frighteningly cold October 2014
reports on the "thing", the "troll", Brenda Leyland, in which any vestige of regret, sympathy, any trace
of human feeling at all, was absent. We still find it almost impossible to believe that people could have written such stuff
and yet there it remains, on file.
What has happened to media people since their industry started to collapse?
What sort of creatures have joined it? Just what do they want? We followed Leveson closely throughout and in the end, holding
our noses, we wrote that having the lawyers decide what can be written was worse than leaving the MSM to carry on unregulated
for the few brief years which, as Rupert Murdoch reminded the tribunal, remain of their dwindling monopoly.
MSM: We Decide the Emotions
But the gradual uncovering of the incredible
criminal conspiracy which was the Mirror, the McCanns' greatest supporter, and the moral vacuum in the MSM which
the treatment of Goncalo Amaral and Brenda Leyland has revealed, has made us wonder if we were wrong. How can the controversial
parents of a missing "tot" be canonized for the public and yet an ordinary person, one of us, be treated
as roadkill? What forces are driving this weirdness?
A Miraculous Second Chance
Now, briefly, the latest Brunt instalment. And here a caveat: like everybody else we haven't seen a transcript
of the inquest proceedings and the Bureau never uses media stories as evidence. But in this one, very special, instance
we will provisionally accept "reports" of what a witness is supposed to have said.
"Asked by the
coroner if there was anything in Leyland's voice which caused "real and immediate" concern for her life, Brunt
replied: "No, but when I asked her how she was, she said 'Oh I have thought about ending it all but I am feeling
better - I have had a drink and spoken to my son.'"Now think about this. What was done by Brunt –
the stalking, the surveillance, the ambush of a single woman – was done. We have the photographs showing him doing it.
He had already served up the first helping, already caused her, in Kate McCann's immortal caring words, "to
be miserable and feel fear".
He Knew. She Told Him
And yet, unlike, for example, that Spanish train driver who
ran his HST into a wall and killed so many of his passengers a few years ago, unlike a reckless hit and run driver, Martin
Brunt was given a miraculous chance to turn the clock back, re-run the reality and prevent a tragedy. Just like in
a heart-warming MSM drama on Sky TV. The stuff hadn't yet been broadcast, Brenda Leyland was not yet clamped into the
television stocks to be mobbed and jeered at, not yet exposed to the psychopaths who pursue Kate McCann's enemies.
He rang her up to find out how his actions so far had impacted on her. And she told him.
he had done so he could never claim in the future that he was ignorant of the effect of his actions on his victim. To use
a phrase of Goncalo Amaral's "that would be impossible". He had gone back and asked, just like a hit
and run driver going back to a child at the roadside to see the damage and consider helping save its life.
even by his own, untrustworthy – like all journalists – account she told him. She told him that since the ambush
she had been thinking about killing herself.
That is what he had already done to her. That is what she told him.
All this moral cripple had to do was to consider her words: no ifs, no buts, no possible "consequences": she told
him that since his assault on her she was thinking of killing herself.
And what did he do? Did he break down in
tears – "devastated" at what he had done? Did he beg her forgiveness? Did he ring Sky within five minutes
and say, "listen, there's some unpredictable shit happening here. I've spoken to the woman and she's talking
suicide, for Christ's sake. Bluffing? How do I know? Look, we've got to have a meeting about this before anything
goes out. I'm worried. Please put a hold on it."
He Knew. And Did Nothing
Not a bit of it. Brunt ignored or dismissed everything that
she told him in extremis that day. He did nothing – except tell her that the die was cast and
the broadcasts were going ahead. No "I'll think about it Brenda,", no "I'm so sorry to hear
that, I had no idea". Even in his own version – can you imagine what the reality must have been like? – he
told her, implacably, that the broadcast was going ahead. It's almost impossible to believe, isn't it? She told
And just like a driver who, after a sickening thud, goes back to the still-breathing child in the deserted
road, looks, listens, makes a decision and then drives away, Brunt heard her out and left her to her fate. Just roadkill.
Some Refutation, 23 March 2015
Some Refutation The Blacksmith Bureau
The Big Guns
March 2015 at 01:38
It was an unwise move and they'd have done better to remain silent: for the first
time the locked ward inmates have decided to attempt a factual refutation of a Blacksmith Bureau post. They've
wheeled out what is apparently Stop The Myths resident "intellectual" to do it.
of our very carefully considered charge against Martin Brunt has to be searched for like a tattered Tesco bag under a farm
cart full of manure. The little carrier bag is the tigerloaf argument; the covering manure is tigerloaf's elegant prose:
Having burrowed down through that lot and removed the clothes peg from the nose let’s open the carrier bag:
Leyland herself pulled the trigger that Blacksmith alludes to when she started to post her abuse. If Brenda Leyland had not
decided to open fire at the McCanns then Brunt would not have been involved.There is no point this moron or any other hater
trying to start the story at a secondary or tertiary stage. Unlike them the Coroner went back to the start and realised that
the trigger was the mental problems which led to Leyland becoming abusive and vicious (her son testified to these traits)."Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear
Now people can believe what they like about "when"
a person started to die or when a moron is a numpty. What they can't do, unless they are so deficient in reasoning powers
that they end up talking only to themselves, is pluck titbits of hearsay, state them as facts and then pretend that their
inventions are the result of a coroner's finding.
Tigerloaf – is that your real name? – we aren't
going to embarrass you by quoting you at length, you poor woman,so let's get this over with quickly to avoid prolonged
and unnecessary suffering. Tigerloaf, he repeated as if to an errant child, tigerloaf, what may have been said in legal proceedings
forms no part of a legal finding. You really didn't know that, did you? You really didn't. So even if you search for
juicy bits in an official transcript of legal proceedings to support an inadequate argument they form no part of a finding
of fact. But you haven't seen a transcript, have you? You've been believing what you read in the newspapers again.
The inquest is over. We didn't derive our accusation that Brunt killed Brenda Leyland from the inquest
verdict, let alone from titbits of selected statements in court. At the end of the article we pointed out, forcefully, that
the verdict was completely in tune with what we had written.
"Brenda Leyland was found deceased in a hotel
room at the Marriot Hotel, Leicester on the 4th October 2014. She had recently been upset by public exposure in the media
and had been researching ways to end her life".
Those are the inquest findings of the circumstances,
followed by the inquest conclusion: suicide. It is those which will form the basis of such things as insurance claims or legal
disputes. There are no other findings, no hidden files, no riders, nothing. Now, would you like to tell everybody where the
findings mention "mental problems"?
They aren't in the findings. You've invented your own
And you can't even see it.
Martin Brunt killed Brenda Leyland. He drove her to her death.
Sunday, 22 March 2015 at
Saying that Martin Brunt killed Brenda Leyland is a justifiable statement of fact.
as the law is concerned the relevant offence is involuntary manslaughter, that is a death occurring after a chain of events
triggered or caused by actions or inactions of another. It is notoriously difficult to gain a conviction for such an offence
and it is vanishingly unlikely that Brunt will ever be prosecuted.
Nevertheless there has been a widening of the
net for manslaughter prosecutions in recent years, both by statute (passing new laws) and via existing law. Critical in this
development is the expanding consideration of negligence and recklessness – death resulting from neglecting to consider
the possible results of one's actions sufficiently and death resulting from wilfully ignoring or not caring a damn about
the possible consequences of one's own actions.
There are highly aggravating circumstances in the Brunt case, notably his absolute refusal to give details about why
he acted as he did, whether he had accomplices and his dishonest claim to the victim that the shadow of police inquiry
and prosecution lay over her.
Brunt Was Negligent
is also the manifest but unspoken connection to the Madeleine McCann case. Brenda Leyland, as a student of it, knew that Sky
News was contacted with an "abduction" story by the holiday group on May 4 and that Sky and its employees had been
intimately connected with the McCanns at intervals ever since. She knew from the public record that critics of the McCanns
since 2008 could expect no mercy in the media once their identity was known.
Brunt knew that she knew that.
Brenda Leyland also knew that, nobody, not a single person, would stand up for her in the media once she was identified
as an "enemy" of the McCann pair. Nobody had done so for the others.
Brunt knew that she knew that.
Brunt Was Reckless
'I've always been considered quite a gentle person but
these attacks stirred up terrible emotions in me. It was as if my whole body was trying to scream but a tightly screwed-on
lid was preventing the scream from escaping.'
There are those of a nervous disposition who really are scared,
rightly or wrongly, that being identified as an enemy by the McCanns can lead to harm. The McCanns have never made the slightest
attempt to reassure people that this is not the case. The reverse is true. In Madeleine, which Brunt must have read,
Kate McCann's extraordinary sense of violence and vengeance towards those she labels as enemies is on manifest display
throughout. And her husband, as Brenda knew, had recently called for "action" against those who made accusations
against them. Always in the background to those who knew the case like Brenda Leyland did was the ruin of Goncalo Amaral.
Brunt, intimately tied up with the McCann Affair, knew all of this.
In other words he knew of
the fact that being publicly nailed as an enemy of the McCanns was something on a different and potentially more
dangerous scale than being "exposed" in some other trivial or minor context.
Brunt Killed Her
The dry words of the coroner's verdict "She had recently been upset
by public exposure in the media and had been researching ways to end her life" are the official imprimatur of what
happened: they point directly to Brunt's public exposure and the actions
which she took following Brunt's public exposure and the death which resulted
from those actions triggered by Brunt's public exposure.
what happened. The MSM – Keir Simmons's MSM (net critics "represent the worst of the human psyche electronically
unleashed"), David James Smith's MSM ("the media's role is to examine, challenge and sometimes
investigate too"), the BBC's MSM ("troll dead"), Brunt's MSM (which will cover his raincoated arse),
will muffle and then bury mention of her death. Just watch.
That doesn't mean that we have to.
Martin Brunt killed Brenda Leyland. He drove her to her death.
Is the Madeleine case to be shelved?, 22
Is the Madeleine case to be shelved? Portugal Newswatch
Posted by Len Port at 7:25 AM
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, John Tully, is concerned about the Operation Grange investigation
into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann but, contrary to press reports, he has not called for the investigation to be closed.
What is in question is the scale of the operation in the light of severe budget cuts and other demands on the Met.
But there is no indication that the investigation is to be terminated.
The Daily Star sparked confusion
and a flurry of speculation with an "exclusive" under the headline: "Police urged to shelve Maddie hunt as
cops needed in UK to battle terrorism."
The headline inferred it, but the story did not quote Tully or anyone
else as saying the investigation should be shelved.
Following up on the Star story the next day, the Daily
Mail Online reported that Tully had called for the probe to be axed.
The Leicester Mercury, the regional
paper where Kate and Gerry McCann live, did not mince its words either: "A police union boss has called for London officers
to give up the search for Madeleine McCann."
Other papers, both in the UK and Portugal, churned out the latest
fabrication in a mystery that has become a deep-rooted international obsession.
Asked by Portugal Newswatch
about what he actually said to the press, the federation chairman was adamant:
"At no time did I suggest
that operation Grange should be closed."
What Tully was getting at when speaking with the Daily Star
was the wisdom of devoting a team of detectives exclusively to the investigation of a crime that had nothing to do with London.
He said he made his comments "in the light of the force having to save £1.4 billion from the budget."
He added: "The pressure of work and expectation placed on officers, including the unacceptable situation where
other officers are carrying in excess of 30 live investigations, is also an important consideration in these circumstances."
The Metropolitan Police press bureau confirmed there are currently 31 officers working on Operation Grange and that
"their sole investigation is the disappearance of Madeleine McCann."
For now at least, the search for
any scrap of solid evidence goes on. DCI Nicola Wall, who took over as head of Operation Grange at the end of last year, was
reported in the UK and Portugal media as visiting Lisbon last week to "strengthen links" and for "detailed
discussions" with Portuguese prosecutors.
The Week magazine described the talks as "crucial"
and said they were designed to "work out next steps" in the investigation. The magazine went on to quote a statement
from Kate and Jerry McCann: "It's very apparent that the determination of the Metropolitan Police remains steadfast."
Originally requested by Home Secretary Theresa May with the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron, the Met investigation
has been ongoing for almost four years at the reported cost to British taxpayers of £10 million.
no indications that the Met are any nearer to solving the mystery. It is not at all clear where the operation is at, or where
it is going. All the Met's press office will say is that "we are not prepared to give a running commentary on this
Frustration over the lack of progress is palpable.
The Daily Star accurately
quoted Tully as saying it was time to re-focus on what was needed to keep London safe. The Met no longer have the resources
to conduct specialist inquiries all over the world, which have nothing to do with London.
"The Met has long
been seen as the last resort for investigations others have struggled with elsewhere. But we have made £600m of cuts.
We have closed 63 police stations across London. Another £800m of cutbacks are anticipated over the next four years."
Tully went on to say: "It is surprising to see an inquiry like the McCann investigation ring-fenced. I have heard
a few rumblings of discontent about it from lots of sources. When the force is facing a spike in murder investigations it
is not surprising there is resentment of significant resources diverted to a case that has no apparent connection with London."
Officers in London are said to be "bemused" about why they are working round-the-clock solving murders and
fighting the threat from Islamic State-inspired jihadists while the Operation Grange detectives are barred from helping.
Meanwhile, almost eight years after Madeleine went missing, a great many people in Portugal as well as the UK and
elsewhere are bemused about why the mystery remains unresolved.
Knowns & Unknowns, 22 March 2015
Knowns & Unknowns The Blacksmith Bureau
Sunday, 22 March 2015 at 03:11
"We know there are known
unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. And there are known knowns, things we know we know."
And when it comes to catching bad people you start with the known
ones, not the unknown ones
Yes, in the death of Brenda
Leyland, as in the fate of Madeleine McCann, there are known unknowns. We don't know who may have encouraged Sky news
to go after McCann critics on Twitter rather than the thousands who regularly accuse the Tory government of killing disabled
people in the comments pages of the Guardian.
We don't know whether Martin Brunt had people behind
him before he got involved with the story. We don't know for sure whether Martin Brunt is even human, come to that. And
we certainly don't know what the man in the dirty raincoat really said to to Brenda Leyland when they were alone, do we?
And no, sigh, we don't know for absolute certain that Brunt isn't a "puppet", whatever that means.
The only reason we don't know these things, of course, is because Brunt doesn't want to tell us and the MSM,
strong in their concern for the "devastated" raincoat, are never going to ask him. So, unless you're a lover
of unknown unknowns, there's no point in wondering about them because you aren't going to get an answer. Because Brunt
and his MSM fellows are too ashamed or too dishonest or too compromised to say.
On the other hand, having waited
patiently for a legal process to give us a picture of what went on, we now have known knowns.
could have been at that crime scene - Martin Brunt was there. He did it.
else might have wanted to hurt Brenda Leyland – Martin Brunt did it
else is reckless of who gets hurt or damaged in the campaign against McCann critics – Brunt was that day.
Whoever may have produced a dossier about Brenda Leyland and other McCann critics - Brunt used it against
her as a weapon.
Whoever else may have wanted to terrify Brenda Leyland with lies about
police and CPS – Brunt did it
Whoever might have asked his bosses to kill
the non-existent story – Brunt didn't do it but pursued her without mercy
Martin Brunt killed Brenda Leyland. He
drove her to her death.
Madeleine police face April deadline
over questioning Portuguese suspects, 22 March 2015
Madeleine police face April deadline over questioning
Portuguese suspects Sunday Express
TIME is running out for Scotland Yard to question three Portuguese suspects in connection with the disappearance
of Madeleine McCann.
By JAMES MURRAY
00:01, Sun, Mar 22, 2015
The trio were given "arguido" or suspect status in
July last year which allowed Portuguese detectives to question them intensively about their movements around the time that
Madeleine vanished in May 2007.
Details of those interviews have now been analysed by Scotland Yard officers.
Under Portuguese law the arguido status lasts for only eight months but can be extended, although that is not common.
If no formal accusations can be made, investigations are shelved, which automatically removes the arguido status.
With an April deadline approaching, the Yard is carefully considering its next move. Senior Portuguese police officers
recently met British officials in Portugal for an update on what the Yard team seeks to do and how long it will take.
Although there are no plans to drop the four-year £10million Operation Grange investigation, led by Detective Chief
Inspector Nicola Wall, the meeting focused on what new information has come to light and what more needs to be done.
It is understood that part of the discussion was about DNA samples taken from the Ocean Club holiday apartment in Praia
da Luz on the Algarve where Madeleine was staying with her family.
The trio waiting to have their arguido status
lifted are former Ocean Club driver Jose Carlos da Silva, jobless schizophrenic Paulo Jorge Ribeiro and Ricardo Jorge, who
was just 16 at the time Madeleine vanished.
They have all strenuously denied knowing anything about her disappearance.
Seeing What's In Front of Our Eyes,
21 March 2015
Saturday, 21 March 2015 at 17:42
People are reluctant to accept the evidence of their own eyes that the MSM – journalists, cameramen, news editors
and opionionistas like Tony Parsons and the rest, not their owners and not the "people who secretly threaten and control
them" – co-created and prolong the Madeleine McCann Affair. It doesn't fit in with what our imaginations crave:
it lacks the dramatic elements we all need.
A single hidden hand, just like MSM stories, offers the chance of unmasking
and resolution. Real life, in contrast, offers nothing but more real life. That’s why we watch and read the media.
Yes, the couple of people directly involved with the disappearance of the child on May 3, will probably end up in
court and it will be a world-wide defining story.
But the numbers of Hidden Hand candidates alone mean that all
the imagination-derived expectations can never be met. A weirdo Bladerunner UK under the dictatorship of
politicians whose reach extends to the Algarve overnight might satisfy Goncalo Amaral or other Portuguese people. But how
can this vision be reconciled with the power of a couple using nothing but non-government Portuguese citizens and Portuguese
law to fetter him for six years?
A police force so brilliant that it can execute whitewashes for different governments
on demand might satisfy M/S Pat Brown even though Londoners' everyday experience of a force that has been bumbling
its way through while losing cases, notebooks, witnesses and suspects since the 1850s makes a nonsense of it. How does it
fit in with a force that has foiled all attempts by politicians to stop it taking graft from London villains for over a century?
Why hasn't one of those coppers told one of his villain contacts about the "whitewash" when he meets him in
a Bromley pub to collect his little hundred quid sweetener? What stops him? Ah, we know. Because he's scared that the
secret services will kill them both the next day if he does.
And then there are the paedophiles. Oh, those paedophiles.
Cyril Smith certainly fits the bill for Mr Big in one sense but how does a cover-up for him and his colleagues fit in with
UK bullying of Portuguese prime minister Socrates regarding EU treaties? Where does the highly non-paedophile Rupert
Murdoch fit in? Theresa May? And Margaret Hodge?
The last acts of the 2007 PJ, by the way, were not to "abandon"
their own investigation but to give up the search for a unifying guilt factor – swinging, paedophilia, drugs and sedation,
anything – that bound the nine together and concentrate on what an explosively violent, stressed out and isolated
woman might have done to her daughter between 5.30 and 7PM on May 3. Judging from the anguished reception from Team McCanns
of the leaks about it in November 2007 they might well have been near to the mark. We shall see.
it will be catharsis and happy endings denied. Instead the guilt beyond the one or two individual perpetrators at the scene
will be found dispersed among a host of deeply ordinary people, none of them individually key, all with conflicting motivation
and with huge helpings of luck, good and bad, determining the way the Affair went. Leaving us, in other words, not with the
ease of an audience walking out of a cinema but with the furrowed brow with which we greet events in our own daily lives.
The flood of imagination surrounding the sordid banality of much of the case can be seen flowing even today. Already
people are talking childishly about hidden hands having murdered Brenda Leyland – so much more glamorous than the reality
that a rat-faced little man in a spunk-stained raincoat was the agent of her death through his crassness, moral weakness,
lack of empathy and the callousness and cynicism that accumulates in all media people like knots on trees.
some are already forgiving him because he's just one of the "little men", doncha know: a poor little puppet.
Puppet? The McCanns didn't kill Brenda Leyland; Rupert Murdoch didn't kill Brenda Leyland. Martin Brunt is no puppet:
he killed Brenda Leyland.
How much they hate us, 21 March 2015
How much they hate us The Blacksmith Bureau
Saturday, 21 March 2015 at 02:21
The supposedly radical Independent
and the scourge of bent politicians Telegraph both covered the suicide of an innocent woman who freaked out after
a journalist ambushed her with the same set of priorities and the same headline.
Sky News reporter 'devastated' at death of McCann
Martin Brunt says Brenda Leyland had appeared 'very relaxed' about his report
Sky News man 'devastated'
by suicide of Twitter troll
The Coroner said Mrs Leyland had been 'recently upset by public
exposure in the media' but there had been a number of issues surrounding her death
they turned the story into one in which Martin Brunt was the victim and a thing, a "troll" had devastated
Nobody made them do it; the editors, the sub-editors and the journalists handled it that way naturally and
voluntarily. That's what they do with their readers.
And that's what we are up against. The biggest "haters"
are not the McCann supporters – they are the MSM's long-term victims – but the same MSM which co-invented
the Madeleine McCann abduction story, which sustains it and which has conducted a hate campaign for six years against the
police officer who investigated the couple.
Brunt killed Brenda Leyland.
McCann troll suicide after TV news shame,
21 March 2015
McCann troll suicide after TV news shame The
Sun (paper edition)
By ANDREW PARKER
Saturday, March 21. 2015
AN internet troll who targeted the family of missing Madeleine
McCann killed herself after being exposed on TV news.
Brenda Leyland, 63, called Kate and Gerry McCann
"the worst of humankind" and said they should "suffer for the rest of their miserable lives".
Her body was found in a hotel four days after she was unmasked by Sky News, an inquest heard yesterday. Mrs Leyland had
a history of mental illness, but her family said the TV report was the "last straw".
Brunt told how he confronted the divorced mum at her home in Burton Overy, Leics, over her 424 abusive tweets sent under the
name @sweepyface. She told him he had "ruined her life".
Mr Brunt later rang to tell her how Sky would
run the story. He told the inquest in Leicester: "When I asked how she was, she said, 'I have thought about ending
it all but I am feeling better now'.
"I felt it was a throwaway remark. I was devastated when I found
out she had died. The enormity of what happened will always stay with me."
Coroner Catherine Mason said Mr
Brunt did not breach Ofcom broadcast guidelines, but Mrs Leyland was upset by her media exposure. She died from asphyxia.
The coroner said: "She researched ways to take her own life, then purchased the items required. She was found
in a scene that mirrored the research." Verdict: Suicide.
McCann Twitter troll killed herself
after being exposed on TV, 20 March 2015
McCann Twitter troll killed herself after being exposed
on TV Daily Star
AN INTERNET troll who posted hundreds of abusive tweets attacking Madeleine McCann's parents killed herself
after she was exposed on national TV.
By Jerry Lawton / Published 20th March 2015
Mum-of-two Brenda Leyland, 63, spent 10 months firing off messages
about former GP Kate McCann, 47, and her heart specialist husband Gerry, 46, using the Twitter account @Sweepyface.
She was unmasked after Sky News was handed a dossier of offensive social media posts about the McCanns – including
her's - which were under investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
Journalist Martin Brunt confronted Mrs Leyland
on camera outside her home and asked why she was tweeting about the couple whose then-three-year-old daughter vanished while
on holiday in Portugal in 2007.
She told him: "I'm entitled to."
After inviting him in
she explained she was 'particularly concerned' the McCanns had left their daughter in their apartment the night she
disappeared and had 'concerns about fund-raising' for the Find Madeleine campaign.
She told him she had
'questions' for the McCanns, thought Twitter was a 'means to express opinions' and 'hoped she had not
done anything unlawful'.
The TV news channel broadcast its investigation unmasking her as a troll 48 hours
Two days later she was found dead in her room at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester, with two canisters of helium
gas – used to blow up party balloons – at her side.
An iPad nearby showed a website describing how
to commit suicide using the gas, which can prove fatal in large quantities.
Police said she had used the tablet
and her laptop to research how to kill herself.
Yesterday an inquest in Leicester heard she died from an overdose
of helium and anti-depressants.
Her son Ben told police his mum, from Burton Overy, Leics, had a history of mental
illness, had spent a long period in a psychiatric hospital and previously attempted suicide.
When he viewed her
Twitter account he was shocked to see her profile picture was of his dog and she stated she lived in Los Angeles.
He said she was 'proud but stubborn', was worried about how she was viewed by others in her 'social circle’,
and her exposure as a troll was the 'final straw'.
"She was a broken wreck and completely destroyed
by what had happened," he added.
Mr Brunt told the inquest he had no knowledge of nor saw any sign of her
mental health issues and was 'devastated' by her death.
"The enormity of what happened will always
be with me," he said.
Sky News man 'devastated' by
suicide of Twitter troll, 20 March 2015
The Coroner said Mrs Leyland had been
'recently upset by public exposure in the media' but there had been a number of issues surrounding her death
MILMO - Friday 20 March 2015
For the Sky News television crew it was the "fronting-up"
necessary to conclude a journalistic investigation. For Brenda Leyland, it was the beginning of a public exposure for distasteful
conduct which she could not endure.
The mother-of-two had for at least four years been posting anonymous tweets
about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and for much of that time that the messages had included abuse targeted at the
missing child's parents.
On 30 September last year, Mrs Leyland’s behaviour, which had seen her sending
up to 50 "trolling" Twitter messages a day, caught up with her when she was confronted by Sky News' crime correspondent
Martin Brunt at her Leicestershire home.
Mrs Leyland, 63, a divorcee with a history of mental illness, initially
appeared defiant, telling Mr Brunt she was "entitled" to use her Twitter account to attack Gerry and Kate McCann.
She later told Mr Brunt she had thought of "ending it all" as a result of her exposure.
The precise role
of the mother-of-two's public outing as a Twitter troll in a subsequent Sky News report in what happened next cannot be
known. But four days after she was doorstepped by the camera crew her body was found in a room in a nearby Marriott Hotel.
In a statement read to the inquest, her younger son Ben said: "My mother had always struggled with depression
and was prone to anxiety and physical health issues she had been told were effectively untreatable. There is no doubt in my
mind that the Sky News interview was the final straw that pushed her do what she died."
A coroner today ruled
that Mrs Leyland had taken her own life by taking an overdose.
Catherine Mason, the Coroner for South Leicestershire,
said Mrs Leyland had been "recently upset by public exposure in the media" but there had been a number of issues
surrounding her death. The coroner added: "I am satisfied that no-one could have known what she was going to do and how
she was going to do it."
Mr Brunt, a respected veteran broadcaster, spoke of his personal trauma at the suicide
of the subject of one of his reports and said he had considered the comment from Ms Leyland she had considered "ending
it all" a throwaway remark.
The journalist told the inquest: "I was devastated, I still am and the enormity
of what's happened will always be with me."
The hearing was told that the Sky News team had approached
Mrs Leyland twice on 30 September last year after Mr Brunt was passed a dossier containing evidence that she was one of a
number of trolls targeting the McCanns with unpleasant messages arising from the disappearance of Madeleine in 2007.
In the ten months leading up to her death, Mrs Leyland, from Burton Overy, Leicestershire, sent 400 tweets relating to the
couple. One message attributed to her @Sweepyface account read: "Q 'how long must the Mccanns suffer' answer
'for the rest of their miserable lives'."
Mr Brunt approached her after she emerged from her house
to get into a waiting car. The journalist said: "I was rather surprised that she did speak to me and did engage with
me. The first question was 'Why are you using your Twitter account to attack the McCanns?' She didn't say much
but she did say 'I am entitled to'."
The inquest heard that Ms Leyland declined the offer a more considered
interview later that day, insisting that her actions were not unlawful. She then contacted Mr Brunt the following day after
he had given her his number and asked her to call if she had any concerns.
The journalist said he had explained
his plans for his report to her, which showed her face but did not name her or identify her village.
Asked if there
was anything in Ms Leyland's voice which gave rise to "real and immediate" concern for her life, he replied:
"No, but when I asked her how she was, she said 'Oh I have thought about ending it all but I am feeling better -
I have had a drink and spoken to my son'."
Mr Brunt said he had not considered the remark to be serious
and had had no idea of Ms Leyland's history, which included a previous suicide attempt.
Sky News said it had
pursued the story which it considered to be in the public interest in a "responsible manner". A spokesman for the
channel said: "Brenda Leyland's tragic death highlights the unforeseeable human impact that the stories we pursue
can have, and Sky News would like to extend its sincere condolences to her family."
Ofcom, the broadcasting
watchdog, said it had received 171 complaints concerning the original report. It is understood it will now consider those
complaints in the light of the coroner's verdict.
That was a hoax!, 20 March 2015
That was a hoax!
Martin Brunt @skymartinbrunt
5:42 PM - 20 Mar 2015
is the only tweet on Martin Brunt's account since 17 March 2015 and there is no obvious indication, elsewhere on Twitter,
to indicate what Mr Brunt is specifically referring to here as being a 'hoax'.]
McCann 'Twitter troll' Brenda
Leyland 'killed herself', 20 March 2015
McCann 'Twitter troll' Brenda Leyland 'killed
herself' BBC News
20 March 2015 Last updated at 17:34
Brenda Leyland was said to use the
handle @sweepyface on Twitter
A woman who "trolled" Madeleine McCann's family on
Twitter killed herself days after she was challenged by reporters, an inquest concluded.
63, from Leicestershire, was found dead after she was confronted by Martin Brunt from Sky News over the abuse.
Brunt told the inquest in Leicester he had been "devastated" by her death.
Coroner Catherine Mason concluded
she had killed herself and called for sales of helium to be regulated.
Confronted at home
The inquest heard that divorcee Mrs Leyland, of Burton Overy, posted 400 tweets about the McCann family between November
2013 and September 2014.
Madeleine went missing while on a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.
told the inquest he and a cameraman confronted Mrs Leyland after Sky News obtained a dossier of alleged Twitter "trolls"
handed to police.
She initially told him she was "entitled" to send the messages, later inviting him
into her home for an interview.
Gerry McCann, with his wife Kate,
previously told the BBC more needed to be done about online abuse
He told the hearing he kept her informed
of his plans - which included picturing but not naming her - because he was aware it could have an impact.
by the coroner if there was anything which indicated a concern for her life, Mr Brunt said: "No, but when I asked her
how she was, she said 'oh I have thought about ending it all but I am feeling better - I have had a drink and spoken
to my son'".
He said he thought her comments were a throwaway remark and had no idea about her history
of depression or a previous attempt at suicide.
She was found dead in a Leicester hotel after an overdose on 4
"I was devastated, I still am and the enormity of what's happened will always be with me,"
Mr Brunt added.
'Panic and fear'
The court also heard evidence from her son
Ben, who said he believed the confrontation had been the final straw.
In a statement, he said he believed she
was "completely destroyed" by what had occurred.
He said he heard "panic and fear" in her
voice when he spoke to her after the Sky interview.
A Sky News spokesman said the news team had followed its editorial
guidelines "in a responsible manner", adding the story was "firmly in the public interest".
"Brenda Leyland's tragic death highlights the unforeseeable human impact that the stories we pursue can have,
and Sky News would like to extend its sincere condolences to her family," the Sky statement said.
the messages sent by Mrs Leyland were directed personally at the McCanns, who have "no significant presence" on
The Ruby Hat of Old Ma McCann, 19 March
The Ruby Hat of Old Ma McCann
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
19 March 2015
THE RUBY HAT OF OLD MA MCCANN
Awake! For morning in the bowl of night
Has flung the stone that puts The Stars to flight
The hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan's turret in a noose of light.
(Translation: A well-known
'Red Top' has just increased its circulation by running a certain story. On behalf of its proprietor, it has drawn
attention to the chief of police, illuminating his squad's activities on behalf of Dr and Mrs McCann).
the power of the metaphor! But is this one not just a little too grandiose? Perhaps. Nevertheless, a similar view was once
taken of Mendeleev's Table of the Elements – until further discoveries filled in the gaps, exactly as he had predicted.
The Daily Star article, which questions the wisdom of continuing with Operation Grange, is of interest for a variety
of reasons, not the least of which being that the present misgivings with regard to expenditure, on this project exclusively,
have not been widely echoed across the mainstream media as one might have expected.
The story has been picked up
by at least one other UK publication though – the Daily Express. And who owns both titles? Richard Desmond. The same
Richard Desmond who, several years ago, found himself finessed out of half-a-million by the very beneficiaries of this additional
government largesse, and whose demeanour before the Leveson inquiry suggested he had not forgotten.
to suppose that this man would be content to 'grin and bear it' should note that, in 1987, The Daily Star was obliged
to pay exactly this sum of money to Jeffrey Archer, by way of libel damages. In 2002 the publication, now under Express Group
ownership, recouped around £1.8 million (the original sum plus interest!) when Archer was found to have earlier lied
Why should RD's publications appear to support such criticism of Operation Grange,
so obviously stirred up by McCann spin doctors? Well really. Is it that obvious?
Regardless of the authoring journalist's
credentials, the foundation for the story in question rests with the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, John
Tully, whose several quoted opinions reflect those of fellow members at various levels of seniority. It is unlikely
that they would be influenced in their thinking by a prospective Conservative candidate for Brighton Pavilion, or a former
colleague who now finds himself very much on the outside looking in. No, this vaguely belligerent attitude owes its origins
to authority, although whose authority exactly is another question altogether.
Those with blind faith would suppose
the McCanns fear that 'knock on the door' resulting from Operation Grange and its due diligence - hence their desire
to rein back what they themselves moved heaven and earth (Brooks & Cameron at least) to unleash. The wind has changed
and the gas is now blowing in their direction sort of thing. Meanwhile, back in Bayswater...
One should not overlook
the fact that the McCanns are not the only agency with a vested interest in the functionality of Operation Grange, an undertaking
which has so far served one of two purposes: Either it is a genuine effort after the truth, the cost of which is a reflection
of its complexity, or it is a protracted attempt to obfuscate the original conclusions of the Portuguese investigation into
the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. What it cannot be is a good cause gone bad, or the changeling progeny of a Commissioner
playing the role of poacher-turned-gamekeeper.
As if we haven't been given a sufficient inkling as to its purpose
these last four years, recent indicators are clear enough. Having followed his remit to the letter, DCI Redwood resigned in
December from his 'privileged' position as officer-in-charge (and after all that hard work as well). It seemed as
unthinkable as Ronnnie O'Sullivan conceding a frame from a winning position. Unless of course he was already a 'ton'
behind with no reds left on the table (for 'reds' here read 'suspects' and/or 'investigative opportunities').
As he once said himself, DCI Redwood's 'mission impossible' was not to solve the case.
Ah, but that
recent 'summit meeting' featuring Redwood's replacement, DCI Wall...
Also featuring, we are given to
understand, a representative of the Diplomatic Corps, with no more claim to a seat at the table than the usher; unless representing
British interests abroad that is. Not quite the contextual ambience appropriate to pursuance of central European homicidal
burglars through the Portuguese courts, as would needs be the case.
Exactly. That's what the McCanns are afraid
of alright – a prosecution of British suspects, in Britain.
Really? After 4 Years and £10+ million?
So why did DCI Redwood choose not to see it through?
If the Portuguese had insufficient evidence to bring charges
in 2007, what makes anyone believe Operation Grange has 'upped the ante'? "They've got nothing", as
Dr G. McCann once infamously announced. Had there been any kind of seismic shift in the Yard's investigation, the Metropolitan
Police Federation would not now be criticizing its own members' endeavours. Nor would James Murray (Associate Editor of
the Sunday Express), participate in a 'phone-in to discuss the matter in terms of the entire operation's being a damp
If anyone had a keen interest in Grange coming to a just conclusion it would be Murray's boss, who,
as like as not, would be equally keen to see this same smokescreen blown away. He would also derive some satisfaction, no
doubt, from drawing his own cloak away from any puddle the present government may be about to step in, having not long ago
donated £300k to UKIP (How's that for press control, Dave?).
It seems Home Secretary Theresa May is also
concerned with the dispersal of camouflage, as reported by the Daily Mirror (17 March):
'The Home Secretary
told the Home Affairs Committee: "There needs to be no suggestion of any further cover-up in the work of an investigation
of what seems to have been a cover-up."'
With the troops at Scotland Yard themselves
becoming restive, it seems pretty clear that what is gradually being recognized officially is that which has long been recognized
elsewhere: Operation Grange is not kosher.
Even the guilt-riven of Rothley, instead of breathing a sigh of relief
at the suggestion the Grange dogs be called off (no doubt for being unreliable) have since dispatched 'a friend' to
convey the message, again via the Daily Star (for balance?), that they'd quite like to see the investigation continue,
as it's not up to the Metropolitan Police Federation to decide these things, only the Prime Minister, the Home Office,
and, of course the Metropolitan Police.
If we cancel the Met. from the equation therefore, what
does that leave us? A police investigation initiated, sustained (and eventually to be terminated) by government is what.
The sequence of hall-marks here reads as follows: Establishment faith in their own protégées, followed
by a populist commitment to placing blame for a tragedy of nationally adopted proportions somewhere other than with UK culprits
– a job for the Met.'s finest. And if Portugal can be persuaded to join in the chorus then everyone can go home
But the Portuguese can hold their ale and won't start singing just like that. It’s also their
bar, so they get to call 'time', not the lager louts who come in after the football's finished. Best call in a
diplomat to arbitrate, especially now the Home Secretary has since had time to catch up on her reading and realizes the extent
to which everyone's been had!
The Attorney General's representative, if they were indeed there, will have
returned empty handed, just as the CPS delegate before them. The Portuguese investigation, having been re-opened as a pre-emptive
measure, will have adjusted its focus to that of a murder inquiry, a move offered some support (but no evidential corroboration)
by the last known 'feelings' of Operation Grange. A hunch is not enough however, so nothing can happen there.
Nor will anything happen here, especially once the Grange shop is shut on account of a cash-flow failure.
Despite not securing their official certificate of exoneration after all, they'll probably still send
Sir Bernard a regular Christmas card – from Canada.
It's time we ended the search for
Maddie so officers can focus on threats to the public, says police union chief, 19 March 2015
It's time we ended the search for Maddie so officers
can focus on threats to the public, says police union chief Daily Mail
By IAN DRURY, HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
- A team of 31 British detectives working to find Madeleine McCann
- Maddie vanished
from Portugal holiday apartment eight years ago
- Metropolitan Police tasked with investigating by David Cameron
Grange has cost the taxpayer £10million since 2011
- Not led to a single arrest and now facing calls for it to
PUBLISHED: 00:03, 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:53, 19 March 2015
Police chiefs have been urged to wind up the hunt for Madeleine
McCann as detectives battle the terror threat and a spate of murders.
A team of 31 British detectives are working
exclusively to find the girl, who vanished from her parents' holiday apartment in Portugal eight years ago.
Metropolitan Police was tasked with investigating the disappearance after her family made a personal plea to David Cameron
Yet despite costing the taxpayer £10million and dozens of trips by officers to the Algarve, the
inquiry – codenamed Operation Grange – has not led to a single arrest.
Now a senior police union leader
has called for the probe to be axed and the detectives reassigned to other investigations in the UK.
He says officers
in London are bemused why they are working round-the-clock fighting the threat from Islamic State-inspired jihadists and solve
at least 14 murders since Christmas while the Operation Grange detectives are barred from helping.
Police Federation chairman John Tully said: 'It is time to re-focus on what we need to do to keep London safe. We no longer
have the resources to conduct specialist inquiries all over the world which have nothing to do with London.
Met has long been seen as the last resort for investigations others have struggled with elsewhere.
'It is surprising
to see an inquiry like the McCann investigation ring-fenced. I have heard a few rumblings of discontent about it from lots
'When the force is facing a spike in murder investigations it is not surprising there is resentment
of significant resources diverted to a case that has no apparent connection with London.'
Even though Madeleine's
parents Kate, 47, and Gerry, 46, live in Rothley, Leicestershire, Scotland Yard was handed the investigation because of its
expertise in investigating complex murder case.
Police chiefs 'ring-fenced' the inquiry to prevent officers
working on other case, even though the force has been forced to make £600million in cuts over four years.
Grange was set up to review the original Portuguese police probe into the disappearance of Madeleine, then three, from the
family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
The Metropolitan Police
launched an investigation into Maddie's disappearance after her parents, pictured above, made a personal plea to PM David
Cameron in 2011
After the Portuguese inquiry was shelved as 'unsolved', the McCanns, who
remain convinced their daughter is alive, appealed to Mr Cameron for assistance.
Since the girl, who would now
be 11, vanished, every possible theory has been explored, including that she was kidnapped by a paedophile, killed during
a botched burglary and her body dumped, snatched by traffickers and sold to a childless couple and that she wandered out of
the apartment and died in a tragic accident.
However, not one shred of proof of what happened to Madeleine has
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, who took over Operation Grange in December, and her team
ravelled to Portugal to interview seven suspects and four witnesses, but have not released any information about what they
A Met Police spokesman said: 'There are 31 officers working on Operation Grange. Their sole investigation
is the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.'
Madeleine McCann's parents urge
police chief not give up hunt for missing daughter, 19 March 2015
Madeleine McCann's parents urge police chief not
give up hunt for missing daughter Daily Star
MADELEINE McCann's parents last night urged police chiefs to ignore calls from within the force to shelve
By Jerry Lawton
/ Published 19th March 2015
Kate and Gerry McCann said they are incredibly grateful to every
officer working to find Madeleine.
They insisted there is "still a job of work to be done" by the 31-strong
Operation Grange team assigned solely to the case.
They spoke out after the London Metropolitan branch of the officers'
union the Police Federation called for the inquiry, which has already cost £10million, to be shelved.
Chairman John Tully said the Met, which has made £600m cuts and faces another £800m by 2020, could no longer afford
to take on "last resort" specialist cases others could not crack.
He said the 31 Operation Grange detectives
could ease the workloads of colleagues investigating 14 unconnected murders in the capital since Christmas and battling the
threat posed by Islamic State terrorists.
A friend of Kate, 47, and Gerry, 46, said: "It is up to the Met,
the Prime Minister and the Home Office to decide the longevity of the investigation – not the Police Federation which
has its own agenda."
Madeleine, of Rothley, Leics, was three when she disappeared from a holiday flat in Praia
da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
British police ready to drop Maddie
probe as London faces increasing terrorist threat, 18 March 2015
British police ready to drop Maddie probe as London
faces increasing terrorist threat Portugal Resident
Posted by PORTUGALPRESS on March 18, 2015
An exclusive news story in the UK today claims British police are
"baffled" as to why they are being kept on the seemingly endless Maddie probe, and want 'out' so that they
can concentrate on the increasing threat from terrorism 'at home'. "It is time to re-focus on what we need to
do to keep London safe," the Met's federation chairman John Tully told the Daily Star. Newspapers have spared no
space in criticising the "Operation Grange" inquiry set up in 2011, which has so far cost British taxpayers in excess
of €12 million.
Not only have no solid leads transpired, officers working on the case have been barred from
doing anything else.
Here, criticism has also centred on the fact that the Met "always turns up when the sun
starts to shine".
Thus today's news will bring sighs of relief from holiday businesses that saw their
start to last year's season marred by battalions of police "digging for clues" at various sites around the Ocean
Club in Praia da Luz, from which Madeleine McCann went missing almost eight years ago.
Elaborating on police discomfort
over the 'exclusivity' forced upon them by the Madeleine inquiry, John Tully told the Daily Star: "The Met has
long been seen as the last resort for investigations others have struggled with elsewhere." But it has been hit by "£600
million of cuts", he added. "We have closed 63 police stations across London. Another £800 million of cutbacks
are anticipated over the next four years" - and meantime the Met is having to cope with "14 unconnected killings
across the capital since Christmas while fighting the war on terror".
It is therefore "surprising to
see an inquiry like the McCann investigation ringfenced", he said. Ringfenced here refers to the 31 officers assigned
to it being prohibited from working on any other cases.
"I have heard a few rumblings of discontent about
it from lots of sources," he told the paper.
"When the force is facing a spike in murder investigations
it is not surprising there is resentment of significant resources diverted to a case that has no apparent connection with
How much truth is behind this latest "exclusive" about the long-running mystery remains
to be seen.
Portuguese media reported last week that the new head of Operation Grange, DCI Nicola Wall, visited
Portuguese counterparts in Lisbon last week to "strengthen links" between the two forces.
was made of any plans to shelve the British side of the investigation.
Is the hunt for Madeleine McCann over?
Police urged to return and 're-focus' on UK safety, 18 March 2015
Is the hunt for Madeleine McCann over? Police urged to return
and 're-focus' on UK safety Daily Express
POLICE should shelve the hunt for Madeline McCann and "re-focus" their attention on keeping London safe,
according to the chief of a top policing union.
By LEVI WINCHESTER
PUBLISHED: 10:12, Wed, Mar 18, 2015
As 31 detectives continue to work exclusively on the disappearance
of Madeleine - who vanished eight years ago in Portugal - officers in the capital are battling terrorism and a wave of murders.
They have also been left facing £600 million worth of cuts, as well as the closure of 63 police stations in
The Metropolitan Police were assigned to investigate the case of Madeleine four years ago after her parents
- Kate, 47, and Gerry, 46 - appealed to Prime Minister David Cameron.
The mystery has since remained unsolved with
zero arrests - despite dozens of police trips from the UK to Portugal - and the original probe officer Detective Chief Inspector
Andy Redwood having retired.
But the inquiry - which has so far cost around £10 million - is continuing and
other officers are now baffled as to why the 31 Operation Grange detectives are barred from helping to ease their workload.
This is reportedly because the Madeleine McCann inquiry has been "ring-fenced" to prevent officers involved
working on other cases.
Police union chiefs have now called for the probe to be shelved,
as well as for Operation Grange detectives to be deployed on other cases in the capital.
Metropolitan Police Federation
chairman John Tully told the Daily Star: "It is time to re-focus on what we need to do to keep London safe.
"We no longer have the resources to conduct specialist inquiries all over the world which have nothing to do with London.
"The Met has long been seen as the last resort for investigations others have struggled with elsewhere.
"But we have made £600m of cuts. We have closed 63 police stations across London. Another £800m of cutbacks
are anticipated over the next four years.
"It is surprising to see an inquiry like the McCann investigation
ring-fenced. I have heard a few rumblings of discontent about it from lots of sources.
"When the force is
facing a spike in murder investigations it is not surprising there is resentment of significant resources diverted to a case
that has no apparent connection with London."
Madeleine was just three years old when she vanished from her
family's holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
The McCanns, from Rothley,
Leicester, appealed to Mr Cameron to get Scotland Yard to re-examine the disappearance of their daughter after the Portuguese
inquiry was labelled "unsolved".
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the 31 officers assigned to
Operation Grange work solely on that investigation and are not involved with other inquiries, according to the Daily Star.
EXCLUSIVE: Police urged to shelve Maddie
hunt as cops needed in UK to battle terrorism, 18 March 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Police urged to shelve Maddie hunt as cops
needed in UK to battle terrorism Daily Star
POLICE were last night urged to shelve the hunt for Madeleine McCann as detectives battle terrorism and a wave
By Jerry Lawton
/ Published 18th March 2015
Officers reeling from £600million of police cuts are struggling
to probe 14 unconnected killings across the capital since Christmas while fighting a war on terror.
a specialist team of 31 detectives continues to work exclusively on the hunt for Madeleine, who vanished eight years ago from
her parents' holiday flat in Portugal.
Though the mystery has no connection with London, the Metropolitan Police
was assigned to investigate four years ago after Madeleine’s parents Kate, 47, and Gerry, 46, made a personal plea to
Despite dozens of trips by officers from the UK to Portugal, no one has been arrested and the original
probe officer Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood has retired.
But the Operation Grange inquiry, which has so far cost
around £10m, is continuing.
Now officers are baffled why they are working round the clock investigating a
spate of murders and combating the threat posed by Islamic State while 31 Grange detectives who could ease their workloads
are barred from helping them.
Spike That is because police chiefs have "ring-fenced" the Madeleine inquiry
to prevent the officers involved working on other cases.
Last night police union chiefs called for the probe to
be shelved, with detectives assigned to it deployed on other inquiries. Metropolitan Police Federation chairman John Tully
told the Daily Star: "It is time to re-focus on what we need to do to keep London safe.
"We no longer
have the resources to conduct specialist inquiries all over the world which have nothing to do with London.
Met has long been seen as the last resort for investigations others have struggled with elsewhere.
have made £600m of cuts. We have closed 63 police stations across London. Another £800m of cutbacks are anticipated
over the next four years.
"It is surprising to see an inquiry like the McCann investigation ringfenced. I
have heard a few rumblings of discontent about it from lots of sources.
"When the force is facing a spike
in murder investigations it is not surprising there is resentment of significant resources diverted to a case that has no
apparent connection with London."
Operation Grange was set up to review the original Portuguese police probe
into Madeleine's disappearance aged three from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz
on May 3, 2007.
After the Portuguese inquiry was shelved as "unsolved" the McCanns, from Rothley, Leics,
successfully appealed to the PM to get the Met to re-examine the case.
Last night a Met Police spokesman confirmed
the 31 officers assigned to Operation Grange work solely on that investigation and are not involved with other inquiries.
Madeleine McCann inquiry: Police make
progress at crucial summit meeting with Portuguese, 15 March 2015
Madeleine McCann inquiry: Police make progress at crucial
summit meeting with Portuguese Daily Express
BRITISH police have met with Portuguese prosecutors for a crucial summit meeting over the Madeleine McCann inquiry.
By JOHN TWOMEY
PUBLISHED: 12:33, Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Scotland Yard detectives had detailed discussions with the Portuguese
over the vital next steps in the multi-million pound probe.
It is understood to be the first time officers from
Operation Grange have met officials in Lisbon since 11 key witnesses were re-interviewed in December.
are planned for the near future as the eighth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance approaches.
Police declined to comment on the latest summit. A spokesman said: "We are not providing a running commentary."
Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry are given regular updates on progress of the investigation.
last public message, the couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, said: "It's very apparent that the determination of
the Metropolitan Police remains steadfast."
Operation Grange was set up in 2011 after the McCanns appealed
directly to Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May.
So far, it was cost around £10 million.
Madeleine was three when she vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in
Former GP Mrs McCann and her heart doctor husband, both 46, have never given up hope that their daughter
is still alive.
PGR (Attorney General) receives the English,
14 March 2015
PGR (Attorney General) receives the English Correio
da Manhã (paper edition)
Case: The child is missing since May 2007
A work meeting with the Portuguese authorities to
strengthen collaboration in the searches
By Tânia Laranjo
With thanks to Montclair for translation
A meeting of one and a half hours. The stage was the offices of the
PGR: the protagonists, the English and Portuguese authorities. The goal was the same as that of other meetings of the same
type. To strengthen the relations between the authorities of the two countries, to consolidate ties which will permit a common
investigation in order to clarify the Maddie case.
The leader of the English police team, Nicola Wall, was one
of those present at the meeting. The PJ was represented by the magistrate Pedro Carmo, deputy national director. Also present
were the district attorney general and the head of the inquiry opened in the jurisdiction of Faro. Also called to participate
was a representative of the British Home Secretary as well as the British Ambassador.
This was Nicola Wall's
second meeting with the highest representatives of the case. The English inspector took over after Andy Redwood retired from
the Metropolitan Police Services.
Nicola Wall moved over from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command
to Operation Grange, which is investigating the disappearance of the English child on May 3, 2007, from the room where she
slept with her younger twin siblings, in an apartment in a tourist complex in Praia da Luz, Algarve.
The case was
shelved and reopened, but nothing new has been found. All of the scenarios remain open.
Scotland Yard has already sent a new rogatory letter in which they request the carrying out of
new DNA tests on evidence already analysed in 2007.
FIRST APPEARANCE IN DECEMBER
Nicola Wall came to Portugal
for the first time, as head of the English investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, in December, when she met with
the PJ, in Faro.
The English investigation of the case has already cost € 10 million from
the British coffers and has, so far, not produced any advances, that we know of, into the search for Maddie.
Nicola Wall heads the English investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann since December.
Paint Your Bandwagon, 23 February 2015
Paint Your Bandwagon
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
23 February 2015
PAINT YOUR BANDWAGON
I confess. I have in the past appealed
to the saga of Richard III's 'rediscovery' as a metaphor. In so doing I made no attempt whatsoever to inject myself
into a process I consider exemplary. A truly wonderful instance of truth being stranger than fiction, the location/examination
of the last Plantagenet's remains made heroes and heroines of the otherwise anonymous professionals who undertook the
task, and contributed their respective expertise to a team performance of which the British Lions would have been proud. It
virtually launched the career of one young lady in particular (osteologist, Dr Jo Appleby). Nevertheless, applause was, and
is, due to all in equal measure.
So why now discuss these events once more?
After a court battle to
secure the right to re-inter the much abused monarch, the City of Leicester is shortly to witness a ceremony accomplishing
exactly that, after a procession no less; a procession which will pass the nearby Bosworth Academy, where pupils have for
some time been busy constructing a substantial piece of artwork by all accounts, describing, in plastic, over 5000 white roses.
(No, they have not been goaded into provoking the residents of that other northerly county).
As a charming, articulate
young member of the school has explained on TV, the 'roses' represent those who go missing in the county of Leicestershire.
The innocent young thing generously explained that people have been looking for King Richard for over 500 years without giving
up, so that looking for the missing currently may just as likely yield a result or two.
How very thoughtful. And
exactly whose idea was that? It will come as no surprise, perhaps, that the charity MISSING PEOPLE is supporting the project.
Indeed a page of the Academy's website is given over to promoting the object symbiosis between the search for the deceased
regent’s remains and more contemporary acts of compassion.
Well call me a cynic, but...
I would not criticize the young girl for repeating information given her by adults. Nevertheless, 'out of the mouths of
King Richard III was never missing, either in life or death. Those who killed him knew exactly
where he was buried, as did those who came afterwards. The location of his last resting place only became 'lost'
on account of an impatient historian of yore, who, having identified the wrong priory, subsequently gave up looking
for it, leaving a muddled legacy for later generations.
Well, as instructive as were the (very)
distant relatives and other interest groups that all of a sudden came out of the woodwork laying claim to the relics others
had laboured for years to rediscover, we now have the charity MISSING PEOPLE piggy-backing their propaganda on the back of
an international success story that has nothing whatsoever to do with missing people.
A question to those, such
as the Diocese of York, who all shouted 'mine' once the 'donkey work' had been done: Who paid for the excavations
leading to discovery of the king's remains?
Leicester City Council may have sacrificed one of their car parks,
whilst the University allocated its analytic resources, in the form of staff and technical facilities, but the lion's
share of the funding effort required to get the project off the ground in the first place fell to the Richard III Society,
who, extraordinarily, raised the tens of thousands of pounds necessary to make it all happen. It is to this dogged, if esoteric,
group that we should all say 'thank you'. They paid, to find their talisman.
exactly are MISSING PEOPLE doing lining the route to the cemetery (the Cathedral as it happens)?
By analogy, if
there is any justification at all for this organisation's pouncing on another's project, one that does not even entail
a missing person, then their ambassador elsewhere should put her hand into her own pocket and underwrite the search for her
own missing daughter, not sit back and watch as the UK government invests £10m plus in doing so. (£400k transferred
to her limited company does not qualify. We're talking looking for people here, not looking for a tax break).
I have absolutely no argument with the Bosworth pupil's contention that locating missing people is a matter of some
importance. Of course it is. But then so are a great many other concerns. £10m distributed across all of them would
still represent a useful sum of money, but this (and more), is what the UK government is prepared to spend looking for a solitary
missing person. Supporting the charity in these terms for any length of time would bankrupt the nation. Should the
object of the McCanns' desires in this instance likewise remain 'missing' for 500 or so years, what then?
The core of the Missing People appeal via the Bosworth Academy, for that is in essence what it is, reads as follows:
"...each rose representing one of the 5929 instances of a citizens (sic) of Leicestershire who go missing every
year, the vast majority are young people. Each instance of a missing person is caused by a failure to protect often the most
vulnerable in our society. As with the passion to seek, find and make safe King Richard, we pledge to seek, find and make
safe those young people who for whatever reason go missing each year in Leicestershire.
to find, to make safe
"Our aim is to raise awareness of this silent tragedy affecting our community,
and for the efforts of the search for Richard III to bear additional fruits in helping our community seek, find and make safe
those missing today. Leicestershire had 5929 reported incidents regarding missing people, with by far the largest group being
those aged 12-18.*"
* Home Office Statistic 2012/2013
Readers are later invited to donate to the
charity and told where to send their cheque(s). As to 'make safe King Richard'... You must be joking. To
do that you'd have needed a quiet word in the ear of Henry Tudor, and he's been dead for almost as long!
Rather than become enmeshed in discussion as to what, exactly, constitutes a 'missing person incident' (of which
there were, nationwide apparently, 273,319 recorded for the year 2012-13, as surveyed – fewer than 4.8 per thousand
of the total population), a more pertinent question might be the following:
Since Leicestershire Police claim to
have spent £13m two years ago looking for missing people (according to The Leicester Mercury, 4 January 2015), how much
might the charity Missing People have contributed to their noble effort?
My guess would be, 'nada,
nothing, zero, zip, zilch', the reasons for their collaborative abstemiousness being two-fold:
of the cases did not require police involvement" and "roughly one third of (those) cases – approximately 1,800
alerts – were generated by 73 teenagers, most of them living in city or county council children's homes. Mental
health units also generated an average of 15 cases a month." (Source: Leicester Mercury) Second, according to their resume
(to be found at the foot of their 'advertorial', as hosted by Bosworth Academy):
"Missing People is
a UK charity that provides a lifeline when someone disappears. We offer dedicated support to missing people
and their families through our 24/7 helpline. We listen in confidence, support people who
are missing and their families and, where possible, we help families and their missing loved ones to reconnect.
We provide our services through working in partnership with the police, social services, other charities and professionals.
We work with many media outlets to create publicity for cases upon request of families. We also undertake research
and policy work to understand the experiences of missing people and families. We couldn’t achieve this without
the great support of fundraisers and communities."
Essentially, they claim to duplicate the work of the police,
and perhaps publicise individual cases – but only if the family in question remembers to ask them. Otherwise they work
'to understand others experiences'.
And if the circumstances confronted by Leicestershire Police are anything
to go by, then the 4.8 per thousand figure mentioned earlier would, in reality, be considerably smaller still, suggesting
that police forces nationwide should be far better able to cope, provided other responsible institutions have a greater regard
for their own residents' security, and without assistance from charity-led answerphone services.
Richard III has not been 'found'. He was never reported missing. It is his last resting place that was finally located
and his bones that will henceforth be safeguarded.
At least his grave was identifiable as such.
The Corpse Ride, 13 February 2015
The Corpse Ride
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
13 February 2015
THE CORPSE RIDE
The magnificent seven
In the early summer of 2007, a Renault Scenic (registration number 59-DA-27) was used to transport some decaying matter
(garden waste) somewhere in the Portuguese Algarve. Ironically, it afterwards smelt of human death and decay. One
of its several registered drivers thought the pungent, unfamiliar, odour was the consequence of leaking shopping bags, full
of red meat and fish, but the behaviour of a specialised dog with a keener sense of smell later suggested otherwise. Of course
the dog was not to know that another of the vehicle's registered drivers (a Leicester-based GP), was wearing the same
clothes on holiday that she had previously worn while sitting with deceased former patients at home in the UK, and holding
a child's toy for comfort.
One of the dead fish carried back from the market in July 2007 must have been called
Wanda, so nearly incredible is it that this vehicle, hired by the McCann family on 27 May (to facilitate their move to alternative
accommodation, some 1.5 km distant from the holiday apartment they had previously rented), should itself become a suspect
in the disappearance of the family's three-year old daughter Madeleine.
Investigation into the circumstances
of the child Madeleine's disappearance led to the unsavoury conclusion that she had been transported in this voiture
sometime after her absence was first noted (a suspicious possibility indeed); furthermore, that she might not have been entirely
healthy at the time. Given this train of thought on the part of investigators, it is not at all difficult to appreciate how
the sniffer dog's reaction might have come to be interpreted as having something to do with the child's fate. But
as we know, or have at least been told, this coalescence of events was nothing more than a remarkable coincidence, leading
to a complete misunderstanding.
Madeleine's perplexed parents have asked, rhetorically for the most part, exactly
when this extraordinary act of transportation could possibly have occurred, in a car they hired 'weeks later'. A good
question, to which there may yet be an answer.
Delivered and signed for on 27 May, the 'his and hearse'
MPV was used to transport the goods and chattels of the McCanns to a villa on the outskirts of Praia da Luz on 2 July ("We
completed our move to the new accommodation today" – Gerry McCann). The 'fresh food' shopping (and subsequent
cleaning), by odour-sensitive, driver for all seasons, Sandy Cameron, must have taken place before he and his wife departed
Portugal for the UK, on the 29th. In the meantime they too resided at the McCanns' new, albeit temporary, villa home.
Sandy Cameron was not merely a named driver in this instance. According to a much later interview with UK Police (15.4.08)
he was the 'habitual driver' and used the car daily, acting largely as chauffeur to the McCanns' two younger children.
No one, not even Sandy Cameron, makes any mention of nasal discomfort during trips made in the car early that month (July).
In fact, when describing the perceived need for a 'valet', he explains that it arose later on ("After this shopping
trip and still in the month of July 2007, I began to notice a strange odour in the car."), indicating that some time
had elapsed between his conveyance of fresh fish (and/or garden waste) and his noticing the noxious smell, 'still in the
month of July', and obviously before he left for the UK.
'A stitch in time saves nine', so they say.
Preventive measures are therefore the order of the day. It would have been a bit too late to start worrying about the removal
of garden waste etc., once Sandy C. had gone and the police sniffer dogs had arrived, which they did on 30 July. Thankfully,
the McCanns were being kept abreast of developments ("We were well aware that these developments were going to happen.
We were informed in advance" – Gerry McCann). Although they had a 'routine meeting' with Police in Portugal
on the very same day the dogs turned up, that could scarcely be interpreted as making them 'well aware', since it
would have left them no time in which to attend to all that garbage. However, a longer than expected meeting with Police had
already taken place, on Wednesday the 18th.
Kate McCann has more recently returned to her own rhetorical question
as regards misadventure involving the hire car, which, like their daughter, was scarcely left unattended, offering little
if any scope for abuse. It came during an exchange with a judge in Lisbon:
Judge – "Do
you recall an interview that Mr. Amaral gave to Correio da Manhã?"
Kate Healy –
"He gave several interviews but I do recall one in particular which was exaggerated. Where he said that Madeleine's
body had been kept frozen and then taken inside the boot of the car we had rented seven weeks later."
is indeed an interesting observation. Whatever support the Portuguese police may have believed they had for their theory that
Madeleine's frozen body was eventually relocated, there is nothing to suggest they were ever in a position to specify
exactly when such a deed might have been accomplished, i.e., 'seven weeks later', some unspecified time after
May 3, when Madeleine is said to have disappeared, and whilst the McCanns were still resident within the Ocean Club complex.
Perhaps Kate McCann was talking about the car having been rented 'seven weeks later'. But that doesn't
work either, as the car was delivered to them on 27 May – barely three weeks later. What on earth is she talking
about here? Well, what happens if we consider seven weeks post-delivery of the car?
Seven weeks on from 27 May takes us into July, by a fortnight at least, Monday 16th marking commencement
of the seventh week. On the 18th the McCanns had their unusually lengthy meeting with police, and on Saturday 21st, the last
working day of their seventh week of car usage, they did what?
"Spent the day with the kids and visited the
Algarve Zoo Marine" is what, Gerry McCann clearly tiring of writing 'Kate & I' all the while, as he had done
in his blog on so many previous occasions, even as recently as the day before.
So there they all were, presumably,
Kate, Gerry, and the twins, not forgetting of course their chauffeur, Sandy Cameron, who "drove the children to the zoo
and the beaches in the area" - an entirely reasonable assumption, although those with a professional interest in statement
analysis would recognise the potential significance attaching to the complete absence of any subject pronoun from Gerry McCann's
statement. 'Spent the day with the kids', etc., does not tell us who did so exactly.
they all ambled around the zoo within conversing distance of each other - hailing distance at worst. Except that being separated,
even by the sort of space that exists between a ground-floor apartment and a Tapas restaurant, does nothing to explain why
Kate and Gerry McCann should have felt the need to speak to each other by 'phone!
Gerry McCann was demonstrably
in the vicinity of Guia Zoomarine when he telephoned Kate shortly after 1.00 p.m., but where was she when twice returning
his calls forty-five minutes later? They must still have been some distance apart when Gerry called back again just after
Kate's handset activated the Luz antenna, not the same one as intercepted Gerry's calls at all, and
each of these radio masts has an operational radius of several kilometres at least. Whilst Kate McCann may not have
been 'phoning her husband from the infamous 'triangle' therefore, it is by no means the case that she was necessarily
standing in the middle of the town square either. Intriguingly Kate's diary entry for 21 July, unlike Gerry's blog,
makes no reference whatsoever to visiting the zoo, despite her daily record being otherwise littered with such trivia.
Only 24 hours earlier, Kate McCann had taken the afternoon off (to deal with a backlog of e-mails apparently), while
Gerry accompanied 'the kids' to the beach. She would not have needed to skip off home from the zoo for that same purpose
therefore. Gerry McCann made his personal contribution to communications management six days later, on 27 July, spending most
of that day "dealing with e-mails and making calls planning future events", until 5.00 p.m., when he left Praia
da Luz and, shortly after 6.45 p.m., checked his voicemail messages whilst in the vicinity of Sagres, no doubt grateful to
Sandy Cameron for having cleaned the car in the meantime.
What further stimulates interest in Kate McCann's
whereabouts that Saturday afternoon (21 July) are the entries in her own diary for the 18th and 23rd, dates on either side:
"WEDNESDAY, JULY 18: It was suggested that Madeleine is dead and buried in an area close to the beach, behind
"MONDAY 23 JULY: I got up at 7.00 and went running. I was surrounded by a pack of dogs (more
or less 12) – it really wasn't a nice experience. I went to the flat, high part of the cliff as I felt really alone
and a little frightened. Please God, don't let Madeleine be buried here."
Reference here is to 'dead
and buried' on the 18th, 'buried' on the 23rd. Chronologically, she did not put the cart before the horse at least.
In-between there was the 21 July trip to the zoo, concluding that seventh week (from May 27).
In her diary,
covering the period 4 May until 31 July, Kate McCann mentions 'death' on only three occasions. The first is on 4 May,
when she asks, rhetorically, "Is she dead?" The other two references are as just described.
the week commencing Monday 16 July was also that when South African Danie Krugel, and his 'invention' (a missing people
locator), joined the search for Madeleine. Since his field-work in this case was monitored by the police, one has to consider
the possibility that it is this exercise which spawned Kate's observation of the 18th, as above. Her diary entry for that
"What can I say? I feel my body's on the verge of collapse. How much pain and emotion
can one body take? I had a bad afternoon. I was very worried, desperate, extremely on edge. I don't think I can take any
more of this, I really can't. How much longer will this suffering go on? I need Madeleine ALIVE."
One could be forgiven for supposing Kate McCann was 'on edge' for
reasons other than anxiety over the welfare of her missing daughter. Nevertheless, Krugel's work extended over four days,
sixteen hours a day, according to his own account (later offered to both the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mail of 7 October).
Additionally, he was at the same time quoted by the News of The World as saying, "I spent four nights in July
carrying out my searches."
How then was Kate McCann seemingly able to recount a suggestion of death and burial
on Danie Krugel's part after only 24 hours, before Krugel's work was even finished, never mind documented? NPIA man
Mark Harrison, who did not arrive in PdL until his services were formally requested by the PJ on 20 July, wrote his
report and conclusions concerning Krugel's investigative methods on the 23rd.
This question is further aggravated
by Kate McCann's subsequent book ('madeleine'), in which she describes how their meeting with the PJ on 18 July
"ended with a final body blow. Danie Krugel...had produced a report for the PJ based on his findings." (p. 199)
'Had produced'? Prior to this meeting even? Krugel had only just arrived in Praia da Luz, from Portimao
(on the afternoon of 16 July, at the earliest, according to Goncalo Amaral, the 17th according to those duplicate accounts
in the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mail, of 7 October). He would of course proceed to invest four days (and nights?) in his
How can he possibly have prepared a set of conclusions for the PJ before their meeting
with the McCanns on the 18th therefore? Once again, 'it was suggested' offers no clue as to who in fact made the suggestion,
or when. Nor does Kate's diary entry attribute the suggestion to anyone in particular. It is in her book
that she renders it just possible, describing the couple's return to Portugal from the UK as being synchronous with Krugel's
arrival in Praia da Luz ("We flew back to Portugal early on the morning of Sunday 15 July – the day Danie Krugel,
his team and his 'matter orientation system' arrived in Praia da Luz." p. 197-8).
then proceeds to compromise her own story.
"In spite of the cynical tone of my diary entry,
we were actually both quite excited about the prospect of Danie's work, though I think this was probably
due more to the fact that something was happening which might take the investigation forward than to absolute faith
in his methods. It might come to nothing, we knew that, but anything was better than the sense of stagnation
we felt was beginning to seep in." (p. 198)
What diary entry? Kate made none for the period 13 -16 July, nor
did she make any mention of a meeting with Danie Krugel on the 17th. The book reference is clearly to a conversation prior
to, and in anticipation of, Krugel's 'search'. Even the opening remarks of Kate's 18 July entry can
scarcely be described as 'cynical'.
If a meeting between Krugel and the McCanns took place between
15 and 17 July, as Kate implies, then why did she make no reference to it whatsoever in her 'diary'? Krugel himself
alluded to it that autumn at least, which appears to confirm that it happened. Crucially however, he did not reveal where
or when. As far as Gerry McCann's blogs for the relevant period are concerned, Danie Krugel is conspicuous only by his
absence, as is any mention of an alarming report emanating from his 'search'; a report that Gerry would surely have
found no less troubling than did his wife. Clearly the incident was of less significance for Kate McCann than the twins'
riding in 'Noddy's car' and 'Popeye's boat' (7 July).
Kate's diary would go on to underpin
her later book. On her own admission therein, she did not commence making diary entries as such until 23 May:
aside some blank pages in the notebook I'd been given for the days that had already passed, I wrote a few paragraphs on
a couple of occasions the following week, though I didn't begin in earnest until 23 May, twenty days
after Madeleine was taken. From then on, I kept my journal consistently, and when I had a spare moment I
went back and filled in the blank pages with notes of our activities and my recollections of every day since 3 May 2007."
('madeleine' p. 126-7 )
It is apparent from this, Kate McCann's personal account, that her daily commentary
for the period 18 – 23 July should have been contemporaneous, i.e., not overly retrospective and concomitantly subject
to errors of recall. That in itself is sufficient to cast serious doubt upon the veracity of her entries concerning this potentially
crucial weekend, although Kate's memory for activities on any given day may well have been suspect (e.g., "SATURDAY,
JUNE 2: I can't remember today.").
On the face of it the McCanns cannot have learned of
Danie Krugel's reported conclusions at the close of their meeting with the PJ on 18 July, as, with a four-day
search in prospect, he would not yet have arrived at them. In which case, any reference by Kate McCann to death and/or burial
around this time is just as likely to have originated with Kate herself, not with a third-party who, coincidentally, would
go on to confirm her suspicions.
Kate McCann has apparently attempted, in her book, to shift Krugel's
activities back in time, just as she has eased others forwards. If so, she is at least a day late, and a dollar short.
Even if he got started on 16 July, by his own reckoning Danie Krugel will have just finished his 'work' on the 19th
– a day after the McCanns meeting with the PJ.
It is always possible however that Krugel
exaggerated, or was misquoted in the press that autumn. As far as he was concerned his four working days may
have included the Sunday of his arrival, if Sunday was indeed when he landed, after which any one 24-hour period might have
involved sixteen hours of toil, though not all four days necessarily.
As to his meeting with the McCanns, perhaps
that was not so much a meeting with them exclusively as one at which they happened also to be present. And yet the 18th would
have been too late to announce his intentions, which were by then already accomplished. For his and Kate McCanns' recollections
to coincide, they would have to have met beforehand. (The McCanns seem to have had rather more meetings with the PJ than those
they have deliberately brought to the attention of their readers in any event).
Kate McCann's 'account
of the truth' though is open to question. So too is the diary. Her entry for 17 July opens with: "Finding it very
difficult to talk to people from home, unless they are directly involved. It is difficult to show an interest in other people's
lives and children at the moment." The pair had just returned from a christening, in Yorkshire, of the Wrights' two
Gerry, at least, visited the zoo on July 21st. On the 22nd, the eighth week after the car was delivered
to them, he left for America. In his wake, on the 23rd, Kate exclaimed, "Please God, don't let Madeleine be buried
here". It seems, on this one occasion at least, as if God may have been listening.
Back to the future
Credibility in this instance appears to hinge upon exactly when Danie Krugel touched down in Portugal from
South Africa, as that would determine the time of his eventual arrival in Praia da Luz to begin his 'search'
( i.e., 16 or 17 July). He did not appear in PdL that very Sunday, as Kate McCann would have us believe. That said,
Krugel's follow-up report to the police was so trivial, by all accounts, he probably could have handed it in
after a day or so. Surprisingly perhaps (because it again receives no mention whatsoever in 'the diary') the Krugel
expedition had in fact got under way several weeks earlier:
"So, in the second week of June, we had confided
in Auntie Janet and our friend Amanda back in Leicestershire and got them to go round to our house looking for hairs that
could only be Madeleine's. They came up with five head hairs from the inside of a coat hood and a couple of eyelashes
from her pillow and couriered the lot off to Danie in South Africa. They didn't question what we were doing: they, too,
were just desperate for Madeleine to be home.
"A week or so afterwards, Danie informed us that he had obtained
'signals' relating to Praia da Luz, but that he would need to come over in July and operate the machine in the Algarve
to produce more accurate results and pinpoint Madeleine's location." ('madeleine', p. 187)
the McCanns' activity in late July appears suspicious, the same could be said of their previous movements that month.
Let's just recap that Lisbon courtroom interaction:
Judge – "Do you recall
an interview that Mr. Amaral gave to Correio da Manhã?"
Kate Healy – "He
gave several interviews but I do recall one in particular which was exaggerated. Where he said that Madeleine's body had
been kept frozen and then taken inside the boot of the car we had rented seven weeks later."
The PJ may well
have been lacking the specifics, but if there is one thing about which we can be absolutely certain it is Kate McCann's
adroit use of syntax.
Throughout her book there are instances of her misleading the reader via their own spontaneous,
yet false, interpretations. Take the above for instance, where the phrase 'seven weeks later' is positioned so as
to qualify the preceding 'car we had rented'. If, as we have already seen, one applies this concatenation to events
as they occurred, it makes no sense at all; unless, that is, one treats reference to car rental as commencing with its delivery.
There is another possibility however - that with or without the PJ holding evidence at the time, the word order of
Kate's courtroom response ought to have been:
"Where he said that Madeleine's body had been kept frozen and then taken, seven weeks
later, inside the boot of the car we had rented."
Seven weeks beyond 3 May takes us to the week 21 –
28 June. Although Kate describes in her diary matters of domestic importance arising on Sunday 24th and Tuesday 26th, Monday
25th apparently failed to materialise. It didn't happen. Nor did the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (for Kate at any rate),
or indeed the entire first week in July! We have to resort to page 186 of the book for any mention of the McCanns' suggesting
to the PJ, on 28 June, that Danie Krugel be invited to officiate in Praia da Luz. Although the phrase 'dead and buried'
is not used explicitly, Krugel's area of expertise, so called, makes the inference perfectly obvious.
picks up the story again on 7 July, which Gerry describes in his blog as a 'quiet family day', saying nothing further.
The more fulsome Kate however concludes with: "(I can hardly wait to say "See you tomorrow.")" Mmm.
Faites vos jeux
There appear therefore to be two candidate periods in relation to Goncalo
Amaral's seemingly 'ludicrous' suggestion. Unfortunately, Sandy Cameron's cover story, as told in his Rogatory
interview of 15.4.2008, does not allow us to choose between them:
"On one occasion, I believe it was in July
of 2007, I took Patricia to the supermarket. We carried bags in the boot (trunk) of the Renault Scenic; bought various items
including fresh fish, shrimp and beef. When we unloaded the shopping bags, we noticed that blood has run out of the bottom
of the plastic bag. After this shopping trip and still in the month of July 2007, I began to notice a strange odour in the
Perhaps the casting vote should go to the concerned resident of Praia da Luz who, had she bothered to
approach the vehicle, might also have noticed a strange odour, but who at least noticed the car boot open, day or night, from
the time it arrived with the McCanns at their new villa address. Translated, her statement toward the end of the documentary,
The Truth of the Lie is given as:
"I drive down this street every day to turn my car around at that end, and
every time that I passed the house I looked at the car, and the car always had an open boot door, day or night."
The McCanns completed their move to this accommodation, we are told, on 2 July. It wouldn't be very long before Sandy
set off to fetch the shrimp.
British police take 67 return flights to
Portugal as cost of Madeleine McCann search nears £9million, 11 February 2015
British police take 67 return flights to Portugal as
cost of Madeleine McCann search nears £9million Daily Mail
By STEPH COCKROFT FOR MAILONLINE
- EXCLUSIVE: Trips last year cost nearly £16,000, around £1,300 a month
- Came as police carried
out largest ever search by British police overseas
- Eight-day search in Algarve in June ended with nothing of interest
- David Cameron set a provisional budget for £5million for the investigation
- Operation Grange has
cost around £2.5million every year for three years
- Home Office said this year's spend likely to be 'broadly
in line' with past
16:57, 11 February 2015 | Updated: 01:42, 12 February 2015
British police searching for
missing Madeleine McCann spent £16,000 on 67 return flights to Portugal last year, helping the cost of the investigation
to soar to nearly £9million.
The trips, which cost more than £1,300 per month, came as the Met Police
carried out the biggest ever search undertaken by a team of British police overseas, in a bid to find clues about the young
In June, police flew to the Algarve to carry out forensic searches around Praia da Luz,
focusing on scrubland a few hundred metres from the apartment block where Madeleine was last seen alive.
The search for Madeleine McCann
(pictured) has is nearing £9million with £16,000 spent on flights in the past year, new figures show
But, despite an intensive eight-day search operation involving scores of officers carrying out ground excavations,
police failed to find any clues.
According to figures released under a Freedom of Information act request, officers
and staff made 48 return flights in the nine months between January and October. A further 19 were made to the end of December.
The cost for the flights was £15,945, an average of £238 per return flight.
As well as flights
for the search, the trips involved several journeys made by officers to liaise with the Portuguese authorities prior to the
And in December, detectives DCI Nicola Wall and DCI Andy Redwood also travelled to Faro Police Station
to question 'key witnesses' in the case. The three days involved overseeing the questioning of four British people
and seven Portuguese citizens.
During the search, which was said to have been carried out to the ‘highest
possible standards’, police combed an area of scrubland equal in size to around nine football pitches.
included checking water pipes, drainage channels and derelict buildings around the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz on
Police also searched a horseshoe-shaped piece of waste ground that was specifically identified as
an area of interest by the latest inquiry.
In June, DCI Andy Redwood and
other officers flew to the Algarve to oversee excavations of ground around Praia da Luz (pictured)
The Home Office said it expected the
spend on the investigation between 2014 and 2015, which is currently at £1.2m, to be 'broadly in line with previous
In total, a Met spokesman said 41 'ground anomalies' –
areas where the earth had been disturbed – were discovered by aerial surveys and ground-penetrating radar equipment.
These sites, which included three outside the original area, were then painstakingly checked by search teams. But
they said no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann had been identified.
Scotland Yard abandoned their search
of land close to where Madeleine vanished in 2007, but said the multi-million-pound inquiry would continue.
Home Office, which has spent around £2m per year on the investigation since 2011, said this year's spend was likely
to be 'broadly in line' with previous years. It means the bill is likely to top £9m.
the increased police activity in Portugal, other figures show the number of detectives on the investigation has reduced.
At one point there were 29 detectives among 37 staff trying to solve Madeleine's disappearance in Praia da Luz
The young girl's parents Kate
and Gerry McCann, both 46, from Rothley, Leicester, have fought a tireless campaign to find their missing daughter, regularly
appealing to police to keep the investigation active
Now, according to the figures, the number
of detectives stands at 21, including 15 constables, three sergeants and two inspectors.
There are also nine police
support staff and four agency staff - all ex police officers - on the 34-strong team, which is led by Detective Chief Inspector
Madeleine was just three when she went missing from her family's rented holiday apartment in
the resort in May 2007, while her parents ate dinner nearby. There have been no positive sightings.
Grange, the special investigation unit into the young girl's disappearance, was set up in 2011 by David Cameron. He set
a provisional budget for £5million for the investigation
In its first year, the unit cost close to £2million,
with the vast majority of expenses attributed to police officer and staff pay.
Between 2012 and 2013, the most
expensive leg of the investigation to date, £2.8million was spent on transport, salaries, overtime and premises cost.
The following year, through to 2014, the Home Office spent £2.6m.
Kate and Gerry McCann, both 46, from Rothley,
Leicester, have fought a tireless campaign to find their missing daughter since, regularly appealing to police to keep the
investigation into her disappearance active.
Portuguese police closed their investigation into her disappearance
in 2008 and it took a further three years of campaigning by the McCanns to force the Scotland Yard investigation.
Months after the three-year-old vanished, Leicestershire Constabulary was awarded two grants by the Home Office to help
fund their efforts.
In 2008 they received £525,000 and were awarded a further £221,000 the following
year before the case was handed over to Metropolitan Police.
In a statement, the Met said any reduction in overall
numbers of staff - from 37 to 34 according to the figures - on the investigation was temporary.
It said: 'There
has been no change to the level of resources allocated to the investigation and any reduction will be the result of natural
wastage. Those individuals will be replaced in the near future.'
A Message From Gonçalo Amaral,
02 February 2015
A Message From Gonçalo Amaral PJGA
2 February 2015
The civil suit that was filed against me by the McCann couple is in its final stages, and the decision
concerning material facts, which to me seems rather favourable, is already known. A period for legal allegations ensues, after
which we will await the verdict, which I envision will translate into my longed for acquittal and the consequent lifting of
the attachments that have caused me such extensive financial difficulties over the past five years. This means that it has
been only due to your help that I have been able to financially sustain the ongoing lawsuit, which nonetheless cannot be said
about my increasingly strangled personal life.
I say strangled because in reality I am experiencing a very serious
crisis on an emotional as well as a financial level. This is due to those who have tried to asphyxiate me financially, wishing
for my civil death and wanting to place me in a position where I would be unable to react judicially. After five years (counted
since the civil suit was filed) the parents of the child that mysteriously disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007 in the Algarve
were not able to fully achieve what they intended. I am alive, I'm able to financially sustain the civil suit, although
not much more than that...
Concerning my emotional crisis, I ask you to understand that for me, this whole struggle
is not only about the fundamental discovery of the truth, because no matter how optimistic I may be, I can never forget the
demand for damages amounting to 1.200.000 Euro that was filed by the couple, which, if absurdly it would be granted, will
completely destroy me on all levels.
To all of you, thank you very much.
Lisboa, February 2, 2015
Gone With The Wind, 02 February 2015
With The Wind
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
02 February 2015
GONE WITH THE WIND
Once upon a time there was a little
girl who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Portugal. Thanks to the reach of the mainstream media and, above all,
the internet, the case was discussed worldwide. People were concerned that an infant could be abducted from child-friendly
holiday accommodation overseas. Others were concerned as to whether they were actually being told the truth.
concerns, for child welfare, truth, and justice, have spanned nearly eight years. But, as the earth has rotated and the sun
illuminated other areas of the forest, vines have gained a foot-hold and now bedeck the canopy. Scarcely visible as such,
it is little more than a mass of aerial weeds scrambling for support, the more significant foliage all but forgotten. And
beneath, in the darkness, who knows what remains hidden? Peer Gynt? Trolls?
Indeed we are all now witnesses to
a squalid evolution. Whereas the focus was once upon the identification of whoever might have removed the little girl from
her locked/unlocked apartment, attention has now drifted to the identification of outsiders, members of the wider public (opinion
holders, not formers), as subscribers to one or another camp, resident in one or another patch of darkness, deep in a forest
of ignorance. In the Hall of the Mountain King it's considered important to recognise the trolls, although the Mountain
King himself is occupied elsewhere.
And once the ravages of this civil war have ceased, what will have been established?
Certain reputations may have been laid waste, others buried even deeper in the slime from which they strove to emerge. And
those who merely wanted to see the wood for the trees, but were denied a clear view by the rampant undergrowth; what will
they have to say? In the immortal words of Rhett Butler, echoed in song by Billy Joel: 'Frankly my dear, I don't give
There's a Sasquatch in that forest somewhere. Its name begins with 'M'. And we WILL find
it, without either help or interference from trolls, of any complexion.
Guardians of free speech or twisted losers?,
31 January 2015
Guardians of free speech or twisted losers? The Sun (paper edition)
Saturday, January 31, 2015
- Extract -
'I can be quite a bitch. I gave as good as I got. I enjoyed the wars and
WARZONE ... Rosalinda Hutton
ONE of the
most bitter areas of conflict on social media is between the "pros" and "antis" who obsessively follow
the case of missing Madeleine McCann.
The dispute resulted in tragedy in October last year when Brenda Leyland,
63, was found dead after being publicly exposed for trolling Maddy's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.
believed she received death threats from Twitter users who aggressively defended the McCanns.
57, was a supporter of Leyland and proudly declares: "I'd like to pick up where Brenda left off.
been totally gripped by the McCann case for the last seven years. It was an addiction.
"When the story broke
in May 2007, I was suffering from the most terrible depression. I'd lost my mother, my best friend and my Dad.
"I was very isolated and became engrossed in a forum on the McCann case. It was a way to switch off the pain of the
real world. I'd gone from the lonely, isolated existence to suddenly having this huge arena of friends from all around
"We had this hardcore group, all women much like myself - similar age, backgrounds. We formed a
"I wasn't one of the evil ones - and there were a few of those around. I was attacking the
McCanns and suddenly I became this object of attack by absolutely crazy people."
Author Hutton, from Dartford,
Kent, says she was bombarded with abuse and offensive pictures.
She adds: "They said, 'Your mother was
a tramp'. Really nasty stuff. On the first anniversary of my Mum's death, I got a 'phone call in the wee small
hours saying, 'Mummy's here...' It was really menacing.
"One night, they all descended on me and
I said, 'Leave me alone, I'm going to kill myself', and one of them said, 'Good idea. Put yourself out of
"Eventually I went off to bed about 3am. One of my friends who'd seen it phoned me to
make sure I hadn't killed myself, she was that concerned."
Her friend wanted to involve the police. Hutton
says: "It became like a pack of wolves attacking somebody in the middle. One of them said to me, 'You've made
up your mother's death to get attention'.
"It was so distressing. It was as if they had a system and
they'd suddenly all dive in."
But Hutton says the anger she felt towards the mob egged her on to fight
She says: "I felt absolutely outraged that they were ripping into my parents.
involved in these vile wars yet I couldn't wait to get back. They were dreadful to me but I couldn't stay away. I
couldn't resist it."
In revenge, Hutton dished out some serious abuse.
She says: "I am
a bit of a show-off and I had an audience. It was a warzone. To the trolls, I gave as good as I got. I can be quite a bitch.
I enjoyed the wars and the spats. It saved kicking the dog, really.
"A lot of people kept records of all the
comments and would wave them at lawyers and police. People were issuing writs. It got really down and dirty.
do get a buzz when you squish somebody. I felt high. The more outrageous you are, the bigger the reaction.
is a form of attention-seeking really. It's a real buzz that keeps drawing you back. Perhaps I should be ashamed of that
but it is so easy to become hooked."
Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2014,
25 January 2015
Madeleine's Fund Accounts
to 31 March 2014
PDF and JPEG versions
Analysis of the accounts of Madeleine's
Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned (Reg.No.6248215) for the year ended 31 March 2014, 25 January 2015
Analysis of the accounts of Madeleine's
Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned (Reg.No.6248215) for the year ended 31 March 2014
By Enid O'Dowd FCA
'From the outset everyone agreed that despite the costs
involved, it (the Fund) must be run to the highest standards of transparency whatever it cost.'
given by Dr Kate McCann in her book madeleine (p. 138 Irish paperback edition)
This analysis of the 2014 accounts should be read in conjunction
with my earlier reports 'A review of the background to setting up the limited company Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No
Stone Unturned and a forensic examination of the company accounts' published in February 2012 and the 'Analysis of
the accounts of Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned (Reg.No.6248215) for the years ended 31 March 2012
and 31 March 2013' all available at http://www.mccannfiles.com
The 2014 accounts were received in Companies House on 31 December 2014, the last possible filing date to avoid
a fine. The 2013 accounts were also filed on the last legal date. Neither the audited accounts nor any other financial information
is on the official website http://www.findmadeline.com/
The accounts for the year ended 31 March 2014 and 31 March 2013 were signed off by the Board on 16 December 2014
and 20 December 2013 respectively.
The Directors' Report
is similar to last year's.
The Report states that the Board meets 'on a regular basis, approximately every
month. During the year there were 4 meetings.' Surely that is quarterly not monthly meetings? Last year the Report also
referred to monthly meetings but then stated there were 5 held.
The narrative under the section 'scope and audit of the financial statements' has changed. In the
March 2013 accounts the narrative gave a detailed description of the scope of the audit. The 2014 Auditors' report merely
refers the reader to the Financial Reporting Council's website for a description of what is entailed. What significance,
if any, this change has is unclear.
Income & Expenditure Account
Extract from the audited accounts –
Income and Expenditure Account for the year
ended 31st March 2014
Merchandise and Campaign Costs
Profit/(Loss) on ordinary activities before taxation
Tax on surplus on ordinary activities
Surplus/(Deficit) for the year
Note the change in terminology. The terms 'surplus'
and 'deficit' are normally used for charity and 'not for profit' accounts. The accounts use these terms for
two sub totals, change to Profit/ (Loss) and then revert to 'surplus' and 'deficit' again. This inconsistency
was also seen in the accounts for the previous two years. The accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 used the term 'loss'
consistently and did not use the word 'deficit.'
Income is significantly up over the previous year because
Dr Kate McCann has donated a further £400,000 'for the direct costs of the search for and the investigation into
the disappearance of Madeleine'. This appears under the heading Restricted Funds. She made a donation of £738,487
in the year ended 31 March 2012, £550,000 of which was allocated to Restricted Funds and the balance £188,487
was included in the total of £306,393 under Unrestricted Funds. The total donated by her to the Fund is now £1,138,487:
£950,000 under Restricted Funds and £188,487 under Unrestricted Funds.
It is not obvious why Dr McCann
donated this additional substantial sum at this time. At the end of the previous accounting year there was £441,169
in the bank according to the Balance Sheet and creditors at that date were only £29,515.
The only other income
apart from Dr McCann's donation was £2,744 from sales of the book madeleine and £18,520 from other
donations none of which came via the website.
The accounts contain a breakdown
of expenditure with the comparative figures for 2013 which is interesting because following unfavourable internet comment
about the expenditure in the first set of audited accounts (May 2007- March 2008) such information was excluded from subsequent
Total expenditure was £84,643 (merchandise and campaign costs £63,638 + administrative expenses
£21,005) which was well down on the 2013 total of £139,019. Given this lower level of expenditure it is strange
that such a sizeable donation was made by Dr McCann.
The Directors' Report states:
Fund has scaled back independent investigative efforts to avoid duplication and to curb unnecessary expenditure. The Directors
still feel it is important however that the Fund maintains sizeable reserves so that the search for Madeleine can be resumed
quickly if/when the need arises.'
That statement doesn't adequately explain the donation to me.
Surely it makes more sense for Dr McCann to put her surplus funds in the best interest bearing account she can find,
and donate to the Fund if the need arises?
The breakdown gives the auditors fee as £8,280 while note 2 on
p.8 states that the fee is £5,900! I suspect the £5,900 is correct as the 2013 figure was £6,300 and it
is unlikely that the fee would increase so much for a company whose activities appear to be considerably less than in the
The spending of £37,000 in year 1 on the official website attracted unfavourable comment.
In 2013 £5,700 was spent on it but this sum obviously did not include putting up the audited accounts or any other financial
information! Only £224 was spent on the website in 2014.
The Directors' Report says, as before, that
the Fund has paid for part-time administrative support yet note 2 on p.8 states the company had no employees. There are no
salary costs in the breakdown. There is a cost 'Fund Professional Fees' £7,398. Perhaps this is the part-time
support but if it is, why not use more appropriate terminology?
Legal fees and expenses £8,402 have been
paid under the 'Unrestricted' heading; presumably relating to the libel case in Portugal. These legal fees appear
low. Hotel travel and subsistence were £13,256 again presumably referring to the libel case.
record interest receivable of £258. Given that cash at bank was £765,363 at 31 March 2014 and allowing for actual
expenditure paid in the year of £72,336 (£84,643 per Income and Expenditure Account less expenses not paid at
the year end £12,307 recorded as creditors on the Balance Sheet) surely more interest should have been generated even
allowing for the possibility that the £400,000 donation only came in at the end of the financial year.
Balance Sheet only refers to cash at bank so we don't know how much was on current account and how much was on deposit.
If the bulk of the money was in a current account this would explain the £258 interest received but it's hardly
likely that a company with an accountant, a lawyer and a self employed business person on the board would countenance such
sloppy cash management.
It is interesting to look at total Income and Expenditure since the company was incorporated
over seven years ago.
Madeleine's Fund: Review of audited
accounts from commencement
Income is close to £4.3 million and expenditure £3.5
million. Over £50,000 has been paid in audit fees and over £25,000 for corporation tax relating to the profit
of the sale of merchandise. A detailed 7 year analysis of income is impossible as only in years 1and 7 was a breakdown provided.
All that money spent and we still have no idea what happened to Madeleine. Clearly there are many stones left to be
The biggest mystery for me is still why this limited company was set up only days after Madeleine disappeared.
(c) Enid O'Dowd 18 January
Amaral supporters optimistic about
judge's rulings in McCanns' libel case, 21 January 2015
Amaral supporters optimistic about judge's rulings
in McCanns' libel case Portugal Newswatch
Posted by Len Port at 8:35 PM
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Kate and Gerry McCann seemed to suffer a setback on Wednesday in suing former detective Gonçalo Amaral
over his controversial book about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
In Lisbon’s Palace of Justice,
Judge Maria Emília Melo e Castro handed lawyers in the civil action a written statement evaluating as proven or not
a list of 37 points on which she intends to base her verdict. Neither the McCanns nor Amaral were present.
supporters said afterwards that the statement made them feel cautiously optimistic.
The McCanns are seeking €1.2
million in damages for the severe distress they say has been caused to them by the book, A Verdade da Mentira ('The
Truth of the Lie'), and a subsequent documentary.
The judge ruled that while statements in the book may have
psychologically affected the McCanns, the anguish suffered by the couple over their missing daughter preceded the book's
publication rather than being a consequence of it.
She pointed out that the book was very largely based on facts
in police files. While Amaral put forward the theory that the McCanns had hidden Madeleine's body and fabricated a story
about her abduction, he did not say they had killed their daughter, the judge said.
In personal statements to the
court last July, both Kate and Gerry McCann spoke not only of the great harm they believed had been caused to their family
by allegations in the book, but that the allegations had hampered the search for Madeleine.
The judge said Wednesday
it had not been proved that the Polícia Judiciária stopped collecting information and investigating the disappearance
because of the book's contents.
Amaral insisted last year that the lawfulness of his book was "indisputable"
because of a decision of the Appellate Court in Lisbon that overturned an earlier ruling banning it.
now have time to seek and present authorisation from the British High Court to formally represent their daughter in this
case. Madeleine was made a ward of court at the instigation of her parents in April 2008. This could have a bearing on the
amount of any compensation eventually awarded.
This long-running case in Lisbon has been suspended several times
over the past five years, including in January 2013 when the court allowed the two sides to try to reach a private settlement.
No agreement was reached.
No date has been set for a verdict but it is thought to be more than two months away.
Even when it comes, the verdict will probably not be the end of the matter. An appeal is likely.
Also, Amaral has
let it be known that he is considering instigating a counter defamation lawsuit against the McCanns to seek compensation for
the enormous damages on different levels he claims they have caused him.
Madeleine McCann troll Deborah Butler of
Allington, jailed for stealing from parents, 21 January 2015
Madeleine McCann troll Deborah Butler of Allington, jailed
for stealing from parents Kent Online
by Mary Graham | 21 January 2015
A woman who became known for
publicly calling for "justice" over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been handed a jail sentence after
defrauding £18,000 from her vulnerable parents for a spending spree.
Deborah Butler hit the headlines in
2009 by distributing leaflets giving "10 key reasons which suggest Madeleine was not abducted".
were delivered to the Leicestershire street where Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry live.
Deborah Butler shortly before she set
off on a charity walk across Spain and Portugal
The 51-year-old denied she was targeting the family, whose
daughter has not been found after disappearing from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007, but simply wanted the then-closed
investigation to be re-opened.
Away from the media spotlight, Butler, of Grace Avenue, Allington, set herself up
as official carer to her parents, Alan and Dorothy Johnson, who suffered from dementia.
In 2011 she took control
of their bank cards, which they did not know how to use, and went on a spree buying items for herself including a TV, laptop,
designer clothes, a Spanish holiday, plus more mundane essentials such as petrol and food.
Madeleine McCann, who went missing in
Portugal in 2007. Photo courtesy of PA/PA Wire.
The 51-year-old also arranged for carers and attendance
allowances, plus the Johnsons’ state pension to go to her bank account.
In October 2011 her mother died and
other family members found conditions at her parents seaside flat in Eastbourne had deteriorated as the pensioners struggled
to cope. Conditions were described as 'squalid.'
The family also discovered a large chunk of the Johnsons'
savings missing and Butler was arrested.
Monarch House in Eastbourne's Royal
Parade where Deborah Butler's parents lived.
She always insisted her purchases were for her parents.
But investigators were adamant everything bought was being used at her Kent home.
Butler denied four charges of
fraud totalling £18,411 at a trial in December but was convicted.
At Lewes Crown Court on Friday she was
sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.
Deborah Butler with a leaflet headed 'What
really happened to Madeleine McCann'
DC Julie Nightingale, of Sussex Police, said: "The victims
were treated as a stream of income.
"They were very vulnerable but Butler left them to live in squalor while
she enjoyed life at their expense."
She must complete 200 hours of unpaid work and will be supervised by the
Met chief vows no let-up in search for Madeleine,
15 August 2014
Met chief vows no let-up in search for Madeleine Daily Express
BRITAIN'S top policeman vowed to keep going in the hunt to discover what happened to Madeleine McCann after
Scotland Yard's major operations this summer.
Published: Fri, August 15, 2014
The little girl was three when she vanished from a holiday apartment
in Praia da Luz in May 2007.
In June and July, suspects were questioned and huge areas in the Algarve were searched
by specialist police squads and dogs – with Yard detectives in attendance.
Operation Grange was launched
in May 2011 after Madeleine's parents Gerry, 45, and Kate, 46, of Rothley, Leics, appealed to David Cameron.
Around 40 detectives and civilian staff are dedicated to the inquiry, which has so far cost an estimated £6million.
Yesterday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "The investigation is still ongoing
and we will not be reducing the team."
He praised Portuguese authorities for allowing Yard detectives to take
part in the summer search.
"A reasonable amount of progress has been made," he added.
no trace of Madeleine has been found and police have no idea what happened to her.
Sir Bernard believes the ideal way to tackle the case is with a joint
squad of British and Portuguese police.
That would speed up many aspects of the inquiry, but authorities in Lisbon
are against the move.
Suspicion has focused on drug addict Euclides Monteiro.
Monteiro, who served a jail term for burglary, died in a tractor
accident, aged 40, in 2009.
His widow says he had nothing to do with the disappearance.
year's searches, Gerry and Kate McCann said they were encouraged by the lack of evidence to suggest Madeleine was murdered.
They are convinced their daughter could still be alive and will one day be returned to them.
is offering £20,000 as a reward for information.
McCanns file a case against The Times in
the High Court, 01 August 2014
McCanns file a case against The Times in the High Court Daniel Douglas - Twitter
Reporter for @InsideHousing. Recent work: Guardian, BBC, Private Eye, Birmingham Mail @cityjournalism alumnus
11:57 AM - 1 Aug 2014
Kate and Gerry McCann have filed a case against The
Times in the High Court. Interesting. No details made public yet.
3:06 PM - 1 Aug 2014
Lots of interest in earlier tweet on Kate, Gerry McCann v @thetimes in High Court. Filed recently. Ref: HQ14D02886. No details
• It would seem likely the
McCanns' action against The Times relates to the following report published in The Sunday Times on 27 October 2013. The
report was also picked up by the Daily Star, on its front page, and the Daily Mail. The Sunday Times subsequently published
an apology, of sorts, on 28 December 2013 (also below).
Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years, 27 October
Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years The
Sunday Times (paper edition)
THE critical new evidence at the centre of Scotland Yard's
search for Madeleine McCann was kept secret for five years after it was presented to her parents by ex-MI5 investigators.
The evidence was in fact taken from an intelligence report produced for Gerry and Kate McCann by a firm of former
spies in 2008.
It contained crucial E-Fits of a man seen carrying a child on the night of Madeleine's disappearance,
which have only this month become public after he was identified as the prime suspect by Scotland Yard.
trail was left to go cold for five years because the McCanns and their advisers sidelined the report and threatened to sue
its authors if they divulged the contents.
The report, seen by the Sunday Times, called for the E-Fits to be released
immediately and said "anomalies" in statements by the McCanns and their friends must be resolved.
source close to the McCanns said the report was considered "hypercritical of the people involved" and "would
have been completely distracting" if made public.
Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years The Sunday Times
The new prime suspect was first singled out by detectives in 2008. Their findings were suppressed. Insight reports
The Sunday Times Insight team Published: 27 October 2013
|Madeleine disappeared from the Praia da Luz resort in May 2007 (Adrian Sheratt)
THE critical new evidence at the centre of Scotland Yard's search
for Madeleine McCann was kept secret for five years after it was presented to her parents by ex-MI5 investigators.
The evidence was in fact taken from an intelligence report produced for Gerry and Kate McCann by a firm of former spies
It contained crucial E-Fits of a man seen carrying a child on the night of Madeleine's disappearance,
which have only this month become public after he was identified as the prime suspect by Scotland Yard.
of hand-picked former MI5 agents had been hired by the McCanns to chase a much-needed breakthrough in the search for their
missing daughter Madeleine.
But within months the relationship had soured. A report produced by the investigators
was deemed "hypercritical" of the McCanns and their friends, and the authors were threatened with legal action if
it was made public. Its contents remained secret until Scotland Yard detectives conducting a fresh review of the case contacted
the authors and asked for a copy.
They found that it contained new evidence about a key suspect seen carrying a
child away from the McCanns' holiday apartment on the night Madeleine disappeared.
This sighting is now considered
the main lead in the investigation and E-Fits of the suspect, taken from the report, were the centrepiece of a Crimewatch
appeal that attracted more than 2,400 calls from the public this month.
One of the investigators whose work was
sidelined said last week he was "utterly stunned" when he watched the programme and saw the evidence his team had
passed to the McCanns five years ago presented as a breakthrough.
The team of investigators from the security firm
Oakley International were hired by the McCanns' Find Madeleine fund, which bankrolled private investigations into the
girl's disappearance. They were led by Henri Exton, MI5's former undercover operations chief.
seen by The Sunday Times, focused on a sighting by an Irish family of a man carrying a child at about 10pm on May 3, 2007,
when Madeleine went missing.
An earlier sighting by one of the McCanns' friends was dismissed as less credible
after "serious inconsistencies" were found in her evidence. The report also raised questions about "anomalies"
in the statements given by the McCanns and their friends.
Exton confirmed last week that the fund had silenced
his investigators for years after they handed over their controversial findings. He said: "A letter came from their lawyers
binding us to the confidentiality of the report."
He claimed the legal threat had prevented him from handing
over the report to Scotland Yard's fresh investigation, until detectives had obtained written permission from the fund.
A source close to the fund said the report was considered "hypercritical of the people involved" and "would
have been completely distracting" if it became public.
Oakley's six-month investigation included placing
undercover agents inside the Ocean Club where the family stayed, lie detector tests, covert surveillance and a forensic re-examination
of all existing evidence.
It was immediately clear that two sightings of vital importance had been reported to
the police. Two men were seen carrying children near the apartments between 9pm, when Madeleine was last seen by Gerry, and
10pm, when Kate discovered her missing.
The first man was seen at 9.15pm by Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCanns,
who had been dining with them at the tapas bar in the resort. She saw a man carrying a girl just yards from the apartment
as she went to check on her children.
The second sighting was by Martin Smith and his family from Ireland, who
saw a man carrying a child near the apartment just before 10pm.
The earlier Tanner sighting had always been treated
as the most significant, but the Oakley team controversially poured cold water on her account.
Instead, they focused
on the Smith sighting, travelling to Ireland to interview the family and produce E-Fits of the man they saw. Their report
said the Smiths were "helpful and sincere" and concluded: "The Smith sighting is credible evidence of a sighting
of Maddie and more credible than Jane Tanner's sighting". The evidence had been "neglected for too long"
and an "overemphasis placed on Tanner".
The new focus shifted the believed timeline of the abduction
back by 45 minutes.
The report, delivered to the McCanns in November 2008, recommended that the revised timeline
should be the basis for future investigations and that the Smith E-Fits should be released without delay.
abductor seen by the Smiths is now the prime suspect in Scotland Yard's investigation, after detectives established that
the man seen earlier by Tanner was almost certainly a father carrying his child home from a nearby night creche. The Smith
E-Fits were the centrepiece of the Crimewatch appeal.
One of the Oakley investigators said last week: "I was
absolutely stunned when I watched the programme . . . It most certainly wasn't a new timeline and it certainly isn't
a new revelation. It is absolute nonsense to suggest either of those things . . . And those E-Fits you saw on Crimewatch are
ours," he said.
The detailed images of the face of the man seen by the Smith family were never released by
the McCanns. But an artist's impression of the man seen earlier by Tanner was widely promoted, even though the face had
to be left blank because she had only seen him fleetingly and from a distance.
Various others images of lone men
spotted hanging around the resort at other times were also released.
Nor were the Smith E-Fits included in Kate
McCann's 2011 book, Madeleine, which contained a whole section on eight "key sightings" and identified those
of the Smiths and Tanner as most "crucial". Descriptions of all seven other sightings were accompanied by an E-Fit
or artist's impression. The Smiths' were the only exception. So why was such a "crucial" piece of evidence
kept under lock and key?
The relationship between the fund and Oakley was already souring by the time the report
was submitted — and its findings could only have made matters worse.
As well as questioning parts of the
McCanns' evidence, it contained sensitive information about Madeleine's sleeping patterns and raised the highly sensitive
possibility that she could have died in an accident after leaving the apartment herself from one of two unsecured doors.
There was also an uncomfortable complication with Smith's account. He had originally told the police that he had
"recognised something" about the way Gerry McCann carried one of his children which reminded him of the man he had
seen in Praia da Luz.
Smith has since stressed that he does not believe the man he saw was Gerry, and Scotland
Yard do not consider this a possibility. Last week the McCanns were told officially by the Portuguese authorities that they
are not suspects.
The McCanns were also understandably wary of Oakley after allegations that the chairman, Kevin
Halligen, failed to pass on money paid by the fund to Exton's team. Halligen denies this. He was later convicted of fraud
in an unrelated case in the US.
The McCann fund source said the Oakley report was passed on to new private investigators
after the contract ended, but that the firm's work was considered "contaminated" by the financial dispute.
He said the fund wanted to continue to pursue information about the man seen by Tanner, and it would have been too
expensive to investigate both sightings in full — so the Smith E-Fits were not publicised. It was also considered necessary
to threaten legal action against the authors.
"[The report] was hypercritical of the people involved . . .
It just wouldn't be conducive to the investigation to have that report publicly declared because . . . the newspapers
would have been all over it. And it would have been completely distracting," said the source.
released by the Find Madeleine fund said that "all information privately gathered during the search for Madeleine has
been fully acted upon where necessary" and had been passed to Scotland Yard.
It continued: "Throughout
the investigation, the Find Madeleine fund's sole priority has been, and remains, to find Madeleine and bring her home
as swiftly as possible."
Insight: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
Kate and Gerry McCann and Madeleine's
Fund, 28 December 2013
Kate and Gerry McCann and Madeleine's Fund The Sunday Times
Published: 28 December 2013
In articles dated October 27 ("Madeleine
clues hidden for 5 years" and "Investigators had E-Fits five years ago", News) we referred to efits which
were included in a report prepared by private investigators for the McCanns and the Fund in 2008. We accept that the articles
may have been understood to suggest that the McCanns had withheld information from the authorities. This was not the case.
We now understand and accept that the efits had been provided to the Portuguese and Leicestershire police by October 2009.
We also understand that a copy of the final report including the efits was passed to the Metropolitan police in August 2011,
shortly after it commenced its review. We apologise for the distress caused."
The McCanns enjoying a family day out at
the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 29 July 2014
Scotland Yard detectives return to Portugal
British detectives return to Portugal to observe a number of
'suspect' and 'witness' interviews, carried out by Portuguese officers.
For earlier reports
Sick and bankrupt, 22 June 2014
Sick and bankrupt VIP magazine
Maddie case has left him in misery
Date: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 09h36m
Gonçalo Amaral, the former leader of the investigation
into the disappearance of Maddie, doesn't want to hear talk about the case that has put him on the brink of poverty. He
is sick and barely has money to eat.
Sick and bankrupt VIP magazine
Gonçalo Amaral, the former inspector responsible
for the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, doesn't want to hear talk about the case that has put him on the
brink of poverty. He is sick and barely has money to eat.
June 22, 2014 at 17:30
"At this point, I do not want to even hear about the case." This was the
reaction of Gonçalo Amaral, former Inspector of the Judicial Police (PJ) and SIC commentator, when contacted by VIP
to comment on the searches being done in the Algarve. And the reason is simple: the former investigating officer is facing
serious financial difficulties, allegedly because of the Madeleine McCann case. Moreover, he suffers from a serious illness
(diabetes to the ultimate degree) that has weakened him a lot.
The Truth of the Lie, the work that Gonçalo
Amaral wrote recounting his version of the Maddie case, after he was removed from investigation, is allegedly the source of
the difficult financial situation in which the former inspector currently finds himself.
In the book, Gonçalo
Amaral argues that "the child Madeleine McCann died in the apartment in the Ocean Club, in Vila da Luz, on the night
of May 3, 2007; there was a simulation of an abduction; Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspected of involvement in the concealment
of the corpse of the daughter; death may have occurred as a result of a tragic accident; there is evidence of negligence in
the custody and safety of the children. We are conscious of having given our best to solve the case. Our beliefs are based
on professional experience, on facts and evidence collected and their interpretation in the light of the law."
These were statements that led the child's parents to sue the former inspector, freezing all his assets [as security
against possible future payment of costs] and pushing him into the financial situation he has nowadays. The book was withdrawn
from the market in 2009, in compliance with a court order, resulting from a proceeding brought by Madeleine McCann's parents.
The British couple froze all his bank accounts, as well as both the movable and immovable property of the investigator, who
was living on only his pension salary - which was also later frozen in part by the couple.
With the cut in his
salary, and the expenses which result from the treatments his failing health requires him to take, Gonçalo Amaral,
assured sources from the PJ, is broke: "He only survives thanks to the solidarity of colleagues and family."
Sick and Bankrupt VIP
magazine (Nº 883, weekly edition from 17 to 23.06.2014, pages 74 to 76)
Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator responsible
for the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, does not want to hear about the case that has left him on the verge
of poverty. He is ill and barely has any money to eat.
With thanks to Joana Morais for translation
Eight days of searches, 60 thousand square metres of scrubland investigated
to analyse fully the 41 soil anomalies and over half a million euros spent in the search operations that brought to Portugal
a team of British officers and forensic investigators.
This was the balance of the searches carried out in the
Algarve, in the Praia da Luz area, in Lagos. Under the guidance of Scotland Yard and with the assistance of the Portuguese
Judiciary Police (PJ), in this way it was concluded the first stage of the rogatory steps requested in the scope of Operation
Grange, the name of the British investigation initiated in 2011 to review the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the little
British girl who, on May 3, 2007, disappeared from the apartment rented by her parents in the Algarve.
police released a communiqué stating that this is part of ensuring that all lines of enquiry are "progressed in
a systematic manner" and covers just the one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally. Nevertheless, at the
end of the searches, no traces of Madeleine were found. "At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been
identified", clarifies the press statement, admitting that the searches that took place in several sites in Praia da
Luz, which included drainage channels, sewage systems and derelict buildings using sniffer dogs and georadar were fruitless.
"Maddie case ruined his life"
"At this point in time I don't even want
to hear about the case". This was the reaction of Gonçalo Amaral, the former inspector of the Judiciary Police
(PJ) and SIC TV channel commentator, when he was contacted by VIP magazine to give his opinion about the searches
that took place in the Algarve. And his motives are simple: the former inspector faces serious financial difficulties allegedly
due to the Madeleine McCann case. Besides that he suffers from a critical illness (diabetes in the last degree) which has
weakened him immensely.
"He is very ill. He lost over 50 kilos [110 lbs] and he has locked himself in his
father's house. He doesn't even go to Júlia Pinheiro's talk show on SIC any longer. The Maddie case has
ruined his life, personally and professionally. Now with the searches that are being carried out in the Algarve, it seems
that he was right after all. Even the British authorities now believe the girl may be dead. Otherwise these searches would
make no sense whatsoever. It's funny how the McCanns are so silent", said a Judiciary Police officer from the Algarve,
who accompanied the searches made by the British on the field. "Up to now, and even though there's plenty of material
to analyse, only bones of cats and dogs were found. Of the child, not a single trace", he added.
the McCann's lawyer for the civil lawsuits, confirms that statement. "As far as I know, no trace of the child was
found. In fact, the McCanns themselves have been kept aside of these police investigations. We have no control about whatever
is taking place". On his turn, Rogério Alves, the McCann's lawyer for the criminal processes, revealed that
he also knows nothing about the investigations. "At this moment, there's nothing. But there are more steps requested
by Scotland Yard, namely the questioning of several persons who used to go ['attend' is the literal translation]
to the Ocean Club. Let's wait serenely for the results of investigations", he stated to VIP.
should be recalled that Gonçalo Amaral was the first Portuguese inspector responsible for the Maddie case and that
five months after the disappearance of the English girl, he was removed from the investigation following the harsh criticism
of his British colleagues, that he voiced publicly in an interview that he granted to a daily newspaper at the time.
The "Damned" book
The Truth of the Lie, the book Gonçalo Amaral wrote reporting
his version of the Maddie case, after he was removed from the investigation is allegedly at the basis of the former inspector
serious financial hardships. In the book, Gonçalo Amaral defends that "the minor, Madeleine McCann died in the
Ocean Club apartment, in the Luz village; a child abduction was staged; Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspects of being
involved in the concealment of their daughter's cadaver; the death might have occurred following a tragic accident; there
are evidence of negligence in the safekeeping and supervision of their children. We are conscient that we have given our best
to solve this case. Our beliefs are based on professional experience, on facts and indicia collected and in their interpretation
according to the law".
Statements which led the parents of the child to sue the former inspector, seizing
all his assets and pushing him to the financial situation where he finds himself in today. The book was taken off the markets
in 2009, in the fulfilment of a judicial decision following an injunction made by Madeleine McCann's parents. The British
couple froze all his bank accounts, seized his movable and immovable assets, and the inspector was left only with his retirement
wage, which was eventually also seized by the couple.
"He only survives thanks to the solidarity of
friends and family"
With the cuts in his wage and with expenses and the increased costs of the medical
treatments of his failing health, Gonçalo Amaral, assure the PJ sources, is destitute: "He only survives thanks
to the solidarity of friends and family". This, even though in 2012 the copies of book the inspector wrote were returned
to the book publishers Guerra e Paz Editores. However, the sales were never the same again and Gonçalo Amaral remains
with all of his assets frozen, since the couple has made another appeal and other lawsuits.
It should be noted
that, as to what VIP was able to establish, Maddie's parents no longer have the legitimacy to take legal proceedings
related to the case, since they have already lost, by order of the English High Court, the tutelage of the missing child.
In fact, according to the English law, after seven years if the body of a missing person isn't found, the person can be
officially declared dead. Maddie's parents, however, have not yet applied for a death certificate.
England, the British police revealed that "further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course".
And they state that they will return to Portugal to question eight persons of interest, whom they affirm, may help clarify
The Madeleine Mystery
The Madeleine Mystery (extract from 'People in a Place
By Len Port
The following chapter is from Len Port's book
"People in a Place Apart" - a book about the Algarve - and is reproduced here with kind permission of the author
THE MADELEINE MYSTERY
The peaceful seaside village of Praia da Luz was the unlikely setting for
what turned out to be the most reported and discussed missing person case in human history. The disappearance has also been
one of the most mystifying, controversial and bitter cases of its kind in modern times. For me as a reporter it all started
On arrival in the village before 8.30am on Friday 4th May 2007, I expected to see some urgent activity.
A young British girl, Madeleine McCann, had gone missing the previous night. At first I saw no movement at all. The village
was silent and still. While driving around, I came across a single police vehicle parked on the roadside at a junction of
minor roads towards the back of the village. I parked directly behind it. A few uniformed police officers were standing outside
a block of holiday apartments. The only other people in sight were two women in conversation close to a corner ground floor
apartment, 5A. As I approached, I noticed that one of them was clearly distressed, so much so I guessed she must be the missing
girl's mother, Kate McCann. Later I learned that the other woman was a senior social worker on holiday from England. I
overheard Mrs McCann tell her the police were "doing nothing" to find her daughter. She complained that they had
not even questioned people staying in the same block of apartments. I understood the social worker to suggest that a description
of the missing child should be circulated more widely. That prompted me to introduce myself as an Algarve-based reporter and
say that I could use contacts to arrange alerts to be broadcast on an Algarve bilingual radio station. It had flashed through
my mind that such alerts had been broadcast when Rachel Charles was reported missing in the Algarve 17 years earlier. The
social worker then mentioned the British Consulate. I said I could help there too as I knew the staff at the Consulate and
had just spoken to one of them on the phone. Perhaps my offer sounded disingenuous coming from a total stranger and a reporter
to boot. Anyway, it was ignored.
As I moved around the village on foot there was at least one obvious manifestation
of police activity. Police officers with search dogs on leads were vigorously combing the vicinity of the apartments, the
area around the village church, on down towards the seashore and along the full length of the long curving beach. It was all
being done in silence.
The tranquillity outside apartment 5A gradually changed. As the morning and afternoon wore
on, the number of people arriving on the scene steadily increased. Curious passers-by mingled with reporters, photographers,
TV cameramen and staff manning outside broadcast vans. A mixture of Portuguese, British and other nationalities, we all stood
around asking each other questions and wondering what had happened to the little girl. All these years later, we are none
the wiser. In the days, weeks, months and years following Madeleine's disappearance, the few known facts have been drowned
in an ocean of public confusion created by a combination of conjecture, conspiracy theories, distortions, misinformation and
Madeleine's parents have always been adamant she was abducted from the apartment. Others think she may
have left the apartment of her own accord in search of her parents and was later abducted or met with harm in some other way.
Some are convinced her body was secretly disposed of after she died inadvertently in the apartment. The trouble with all these
theories is that while each can be shown to be a possible explanation, none is yet backed by solid evidence that elevates
it to one of certainty. Upon publication of the latest edition of this book, police in both Portugal and Britain are re-investigating
the case, giving fresh hope that the mystery may finally be solved and that Madeleine, if still alive, will be returned to
her parents. A breakthrough could come at any moment. On the other hand it may always remain a mystery. Meanwhile, let us
reflect in a little more detail on this complex saga so far.
For the McCann family from Rothley in Leicestershire
the trauma began on the sixth day of a weeklong holiday. They were staying in a modest, ground-floor apartment in a tourist
complex. During initial police questioning the day after the disappearance, Kate and Gerry McCann said they had settled Madeleine,
aged three, and her younger twin siblings into their shared bedroom at 7.30pm. An hour later, with the children asleep and
leaving the back patio door of apartment 5A closed but not locked, they joined seven holidaying friends for dinner. As on
previous evenings, they dined in a poolside restaurant situated at the back of the apartment. It was a minute or two's
walking distance, about 120 metres, away.
Like Kate and Gerry McCann, four of their seven friends were medical
doctors and some had children of their own. In the course of a few parental checks, Gerry McCann said he went back to apartment
5A between 9.05pm and 9.10pm and saw all three of his children sound asleep. Kate McCann went to the apartment at 10pm. Madeleine
was not there. Within half an hour of Kate McCann rushing back to the restaurant to raise the alarm, members of staff at the
tourist complex where the McCanns and their friends were staying initiated a search of the neighbourhood. Holidaymakers and
village residents joined in. The Guarda Nacional República (GNR) was alerted and soon had officers on the scene. Two
police search dogs arrived. Police at first thought Madeleine may have wandered off, but Portugal's criminal investigation
service, the Polícia Judiciáia, was informed after midnight. The neighbourhood search involved about 60 people
on a calm and cloudless night with a full moon. It went on until about 4.30am.
Jane Tanner, a member of the group
of friends, told police she saw a man with a child in his arms crossing the road in front of the McCanns' apartment at
about 9.15pm, soon after Gerry McCann's check. For more than six years this sighting remained central to the McCanns'
insistence that their daughter had been abducted. A family on holiday from Ireland also saw a man carrying a young child.
This was much further away, closer to the centre of the village, at 10pm.
From the earliest days of the Portuguese
investigation, the McCanns received a great deal of moral and financial support. The British Foreign Office showed remarkable
interest. A wealthy Scottish businessman, Stephen Winyard, offered a £1 million reward for information leading to Madeleine's
return. English tycoon Richard Branson was among those who donated to the Find Madeleine fund that quickly reached more than
£2.5 million. Football star David Beckham, then playing for Real Madrid, held up a Madeleine poster in a televised appeal
in Spain. In seeking publicity on a grand scale, the McCanns met with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome at the end of May and had
a photograph of their missing daughter blessed by him. Gerry travelled to Washington courtesy of Branson's Virgin Atlantic
airline and visited the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the Justice Department, Capitol Hill and the White
By then, police had questioned and declared Robert Murat an arguido (suspect). Jane Tanner had claimed she
was almost certain Murat was the man she saw carrying a child. Although insisting he had spent the evening with his mother
in her house a short distance from apartment 5A, Murat became the subject of wild rumours and false newspaper speculation.
International media coverage reached new heights four months later, in September, when Kate and Gerry McCann were also declared
arguidos. Clarence Mitchell, who had earlier spent a month with the McCanns as a representative of the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office, relinquished his position as director of the media monitoring unit at the British government's Central Office
of Information to become the McCanns' official spokesperson.
Among the obstacles confronting the Portuguese
police was the ever-pressing presence of the media. Their constant demand for news was complicated by a Portuguese law that
forbids the police from openly discussing or divulging any aspects of a criminal investigation. Article 86 of the penal code
amounts to a gagging order on releasing anything that might prejudice a case. As the investigation wore on, this lack of information
frustrated reporters faced with editors' demands for sensational stories. In the absence of official statements and verifiable
advice, certain newspapers indulged in an orgy of innuendo, speculation, grossly inaccurate and even fictitious reporting.
'Leaks' from the Portuguese police to the Portuguese press were repeated and sometimes embellished in mass-circulating
British tabloids. Some of the papers were eventually taken to task for defamation and obliged to pay large sums in damages.
The lead detective in the investigation, Gonçalo Amaral, looked into the likelihood of abduction but found
no evidence to substantiate the McCanns' insistence that their daughter had been kidnapped. He came to suspect that Kate
McCann had lied in claiming that an intruder had opened the front window and jemmied the shutter in the children's bedroom.
He thought the parents might have invented the abduction story as a cover-up after Madeleine died inadvertently in the apartment,
perhaps from an overdose of a sedative or a fall. This theory seemed to be supported by traces of blood and cadaver odours
found by two specialist dogs brought out from the UK. The traces were found in the apartment and in the boot of a car hired
by the McCanns.
Five months into the investigation, Gonçalo Amaral's involvement suddenly ended when
he was dismissed from the case for imprudently alleging that police in Britain were biased towards the McCanns. Then, in July
2008 after 14 months of probing with no conclusive breakthrough, the Polícia Judiciária wrapped up their final
report. Portugal's attorney general lifted the arguido status on all three suspects and formally archived the case.
In 2011 at the behest of the McCanns, Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May asked the Metropolitan
Police Service to review the vast amount of documentation from the original Portuguese investigation, as well as the results
of inquiries made by a succession of private investigators hired by the McCanns. After two years, the Met upgraded its review
to a full-scale investigation. Five months later, in October 2013, the Portuguese authorities ordered a re-opening of their
own investigation and went to work on new evidence they had uncovered. This occurred while a civil libel action was in progress
in Lisbon in which the McCanns were suing Gonçalo Amaral over a book he had written, A Verdade de Mentira (The Truth
of the Lie).
The McCanns had accepted £550,000 in 2008 from Express Newspapers in compensation for scores
of defamatory articles in the Daily Express, Daily Star and their Sunday sister titles. Robert Murat was awarded £600,000
in libel damages from Express Newspapers, Associated Newspapers, the Mirror Group and News Group Newspapers. In compensation
for Amaral’s book and a TV documentary based on it, the McCanns demanded €1.2 million.
The McCanns said
the Portuguese police had been "very open" with them at the beginning of the original investigation. Three months
down the line they still had "a very good working relationship." Things hit rock bottom in September 2007 on being
declared official suspects. Faced not only with deep parental anguish over the loss of their daughter, Kate and Gerry McCann
now had to cope with the humility of being publicly suspected of being the cause of her disappearance. Kate's mother Susan
Healy was widely quoted as saying that the pressure on her daughter was so great, "I don't know how long she will
hold on for... I don't know if any human can take such pressure." She added: "Kate is an only child. If it was
me, I'd die. But she can't let herself get so low. She has to think of her family, of Gerry and the twins."
Amaral sank to a low ebb as well. With pent up frustrations over what he regarded as bias by the UK authorities and
non-cooperation by the McCanns, he resigned from the police service and became the target of insults in the British press.
His marriage broke down, he moved away from his daughter in Lisbon, grieved over the death of both his mother and father,
and lost weight through illness. Soon after the 2013 start of the Scotland Yard investigation, the Jane Tanner sighting of
a man carrying a child outside the McCanns' apartment became irrelevant when the man was publicly identified as an innocent
father carrying his own child home from a crèche on the complex. The other sighting by an Irish family took on much
greater significance with the simultaneous publication of two e-fit images produced by a team of ex-MI5 private investigators
employed by the McCann's Find Madeleine fund after the Portuguese authorities had shelved their investigation five years
earlier. Publication of the e-fit images along with televised appeals for information resulted in thousands of phone calls
and emails. With international public interest in the case elevated to its 2007 heights, the Portuguese police re-opened their
investigation to run both alongside and in conjunction with the British police.
Gerry McCann - The Travellin' Man,
20 June 2014
Gerry McCann - The Travellin' Man mccannfiles
|The woman on the right, photo-bombing Gerry's 'Travellin' Man' shoot, is his sister, Trish Cameron
By Nigel Moore
20 June 2014
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, as another Scot with a penchant for poetic licence, Robert Louis
Stevenson, once wrote. It's a well worn saying, and you'd be hard pressed to have sat through any TV talent show and
not heard a stream of 'Truman effect' wannabees blathering on about 'the journey' - usually just prior to
the public ordering them a taxi home. But for the McCanns it's different. For them, the journey is a torturous, soul destroying
and time consuming ordeal of booking the flight, arranging the hotel (the usual?), getting time off work (Kate?) and arranging
childcare. Why, that's a whole 45 minutes hard work down the pan straight off the bat.
It seems the McCanns
are cursed 'above all cattle, and above every beast of the field' to enjoy fruitless journeys. Aside from being physically
and emotionally worn down by the libel trial, who can forget their abortive poster-jolly (look at the pictures) to Huelva
- where they arrived only to find most of the shops closed due to a public holiday. That particular journey must have slipped
the McCanns mind outside the Palace of Justice, otherwise they would surely have raged about the 'FIVE times' Gonçalo
Amaral had thwarted their plans. Forget pantomime villain, Dr Amaral is now taking on Svengali-like status with his supreme
power to exercise control over the health and well-being of anyone that steps into his path. All he's missing now is a
flowing black cape, a fiendishly coiffured moustache and a clap of thunder every time he appears.
get all this travelling business out into the open, where we can see it, once and for all, and clear up any misunderstandings
about Gerry McCann's two trips to Lisbon. As the good doctor himself has frequently said, speculation does nobody
any good. So let's burrow down and get to the truth. And that's 'the truth', by the way, not an 'account'
The first time Gerry packed his toothbrush and flannel was for the hearing on 27 September 2013. As we now
know, the hearing that day was adjourned due to an illness affecting Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer's son, which required
hospital treatment. As Vitor Santos de Oliveira said at the time: "My son is having an operation. I hope that because
of this you won't be making a hullabaloo saying that Gonçalo Amaral is holding things up." The 'you'
here presumably being directed at the press, although it could equally be applied to the McCanns, seeing as the two have been
in a mutually beneficial and 'consciously coupled' relationship for 7 years now.
That same press had led
us to believe that Gerry McCann was coming to town for a showdown with his arch nemesis, Gonçalo Amaral, in a thrilling
court room battle. He would appear in the witness box to give compelling evidence that would have the former police coordinator
crying into his sardine lunch and muttering: "It's a fair cop, doc, you got me done up like a kipper."
As Clarence of the Yard said, in an official McCann press announcement: "I can confirm Gerry McCann is hoping to give
evidence." Must be true then.
And, amidst all this, what did the slippery fish that is Gerry McCann have to
say as he arrived?
"I am here for Madeleine, for justice, for the twins and ourselves," opined the heart
specialist, neatly avoiding the issue of actually giving evidence. When he was pressed as to whether he would be making a
statement in court, he replied unhelpfully: "I am not sure."
Following the adjournment, Gerry was asked
whether he knew what had just happened, and said: "I think, errr... Isabel will be able to explain that
better." Smart move. It's always best to defer tricky questions to a lawyer... or just don't answer them at all.
And in response to another question, he added: "Well, the law's changed and I think, errr... I think
Kate and I know better than anyone else, errr... what we've experienced and what we've gone through and the facts
of the file and, errm... the damage that's been caused to the search for Madeleine."
Within a week, Gerry
was back at the Palace of Justice, in Lisbon, for the Second Act. Mirroring his previous performance, he was not sure what
would happen. "We are here to listen to the judge and hopefully be heard," he told reporters.
As we all
know, there is a perilous canyon between the towns of Hope and Reality. Twice every week people 'hope' they will win
the EuroMillions lottery, even though there is only a 1 in 76,275,360 chance of doing so. Nevertheless, still better odds
than there were that Gerry would get his 'day in court' that day.
As we have already seen, Gerry possessed
clear knowledge that the law had changed and so it makes sense to take a closer look at what the new law actually says (courtesy
The Civil Process Code allows the parties in a civil case to make a 'declaration' to the
court. This declaration has a purpose: the parties, not being witnesses and therefore not being able to add anything to the
trial in terms of evidence, are given the opportunity to offer the court additional evidence and/or to make a confession.So, the truth is that Gerry McCann
would have known exactly what would happen at the hearings he attended and what the judge would say - that she would
be unable to rule on whether he could give evidence until after all the witnesses had been heard. Yet he was happy
for the lie - that he was 'hoping' to give evidence in court but was then heartbreakingly thwarted - to perpetuate,
and he was happy to use the press, and Clarence Mitchell, in the dissemination of this lie.
This declaration can ONLY be made AFTER all the evidence (witnesses and material evidence) has been presented, precisely
because it is supposed to ADD to the evidence that the court has seen and/or heard. And because it is supposed to ADD to the
evidence, it is up to the judge to decide whether or not he/she has been presented with enough evidence and whether or not
he/she believes that the party or parties can add anything of use to the evidence that has been presented.
former civil process code, there was no opportunity for any of the parties to confess. This is the main purpose of the new
None of the parties - Kate and Gerry McCann or Gonçalo Amaral - could ever speak in court before
the witnesses had all been heard. That is how the process is designed, no exceptions. And because the judge's permission
depended upon her assessment of the evidence that would be presented by the witnesses, she would never have been able to approve
or refuse their request for a declaration BEFORE the last witness was heard.
Any other interpretation
of events would suggest the McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte, was incompetent in her duties and had failed to advise her
clients correctly. She should therefore have had her mandate revoked immediately, having wasted Gerry McCanns precious time
TWICE. A crime that would put her one rung above Maleficent, the self proclaimed Mistress of All Evil, according to the McCann
Whether Gerry travelled in full knowledge of the facts (and remember he told us himself that the law had
changed thus demonstrating prior knowledge) or in complete ignorance, one fact appears clear: Isabel Duarte was either compliant
to her clients charade outside the court (on two occasions) or she was complicit in a blatant and cynical piece of Lisbon
So, having no reason to be there, why was it so important for Gerry McCann to fly to Lisbon, on
two futile journeys, and drain the diminishing coffers of Madeleine's Fund yet further - having already raided the Fund
to pay expenses to all their witnesses?
Maybe he thought his presence needed to be imposed on the proceedings,
following the disastrous anecdotal musings, served up as 'evidence', by the witnesses he and Kate had cobbled together.
Maybe he wanted to ensure Trish Cameron wasn't approached by the press for an unscripted quote. Maybe he felt the McCanns'
reputation is so fragile and powerless he needed to divert attention away from impending bad news - since he chose to travel
on the first day that Gonçalo Amaral's witnesses were due to be heard, and then came back again the following week
to make sure the job was done. Pure coincidence, I'm sure. And, of course, the press lapped it all up like the thirsty
little kittens they are. Clean plates all round.
Never mind. We move on. Street theatre only has a limited shelf
life. Justice lasts a lifetime.
And the good news, for justice, is that Gonçalo Amaral is in good spirits
and has already appointed a new lawyer, whose name is currently being placed with the court.
The trial will
soon be concluded and then it will over to the judge, Maria Emília de Melo e Castro, to make her decision.
What view she takes of all this sideshow nonsense will only be known by her but I am confident her decision will be
grounded in the evidence presented before her in the court room, and not in the flights of fancy that have taken place outside
What is it that the church has?, 13 June
What is it that the church has? TVMais
magazine (paper edition Nº1117, 13 to 19 June 2014, pages 98 & 99)
Announced visits and another in secret, keys provided
against the wishes of the Bishop, the priest's wife agitated, finished constructions and searches never made.
What is it that the church of Praia da Luz has?
With thanks to Joana Morais for translation and Maria for images
• On the night
of their daughter's disappearance, the McCann couple asked for a priest. The priest of the Luz church, José Pacheco,
did not respond. The couple knew, even before they had gone to Praia da Luz, that the Anglican priest Haynes Hubbard celebrated
masses there and lived with his wife. He had a friendship with McCann's family members. It was with him whom they spoke
with. Some days later, Gerry and Kate received the church keys, and since then they were able to enter and leave at any time.
A situation that was criticized by the Bishop of the Algarve at the time. When questioned on this discretionary act, the priest
José Pacheco said: "Do I decide that?!"
McCanns visited the church in secret
"Although our pain feels much rawer here, it is comforting
at the same time since we feel closer to Madeleine", we can read in a press statement sent to Lusa
news agency in 12th December 2009, by the McCann's Portuguese PR, in connection to the couple's visit to the church.
During the day, the visits were announced and followed by the media. The exception was made in the early hours of January
14, 2010. At 5am they were seen and photographed leaving the church from a side door. In the afternoon they gave a press conference.
of Priest worried
The forensic psychologist
Paulo Sargento asked the bishop of the Algarve Dom Manuel Quintas, if any catholic can go to the church at
Hernâni Carvalho - How did you get to talk with the bishop?
Sargento - I sent a registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt early on, in January 2010. Since I got no reply,
about a month later, I sent an e-mail with the questions that I had. Four days later, it was the Bishop himself who replied,
also by e-mail, apologizing for the delay in the answer. A hearing was scheduled for two or three days later.
Hernâni Carvalho - And you felt clarified?
Paulo Sargento - The hearing took
place in February, at the episcopal see of Faro. The Bishop received me kindly. We talked about an hour. I had already been
informed about a McCann visit to the church in the early hours and wondered if the Bishop was aware of that and I also wished
to understand if any other catholic could do the same. Dom Manuel Quintas confirmed the McCanns had indeed been in the church
on that day at 5am, that the person who had given them the key that night was Susan Hubbard, the wife of the Anglican priest,
who had a key to the church at all times since her husband celebrated the Anglican mass there. Susan assured the Bishop the
McCanns wanted to pray without being harassed by the media. However, the Bishop told me: "I don't understand, that
day at 17h00 there was a mass where they went, surrounded by the media". Dom Manuel Quintas also added that when Susan
Hubbard found out about my hearing request, she got scared and inclusively, sought him, very worried. The Bishop told me that
he answered her queries saying that she should not be so worried if nothing unusual or wrong had happened.
Hernâni Carvalho - Did the Bishop avoid discussing any issues?
Paulo Sargento -
No. I'm not going to give you details, but the Bishop was very open and did not flinch at anything I asked to him. He
was willing, even, to resume contact for further questions or more information I needed. Interestingly, in that summer (2010),
Kate spent a week vacation in Canada, in the house of a family member of Susan Hubbard, the wife of the priest.
2007, the public area of the Village of Luz had been for months undergoing sanitation improvements and road works. Behind
the church there were ongoing construction works. Being a place of worship, various legal issues hampered a search there.
At the time, PJ sources admitted to the possibility that the girl's body could have passed through that location, or even,
to have been buried in the deactivated cemetery.
The Big Bluff
police came to Portugal to investigate the Maddie case. They dug and went into the sewers looking for a dead girl or clues
that could lead to her whereabouts. The PJ had said the very same and had done those searches seven years ago.
• "A movie for the English to see," said an
elderly lady, mockingly, to CMTV recently. One and a half year ago the English police announced that they would find the girl
in a few days. So far nothing. Scotland Yard's work in Portugal is discussed by all in a very critical way. "They
haven't done anything that our PJ hasn't done years ago," stated a Portuguese in the same area. The searches
are causing discontent among tourists and locals as they consider them detrimental to tourism, now that the peak season begins.
British police wanted the searches to be accompanied by the media but the PJ refused. Since the 2nd of June, Praia da Luz
in Lagos has a large team of policemen, geologists, archaeologists, cutting edge technology and also sniffer dogs. They all
come from England "under the supervision of PJ and the Public Prosecutor Office". In addition there are PJ inspectors,
GNR military officers on foot and horseback and Portuguese forest sappers. A setting worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster movie.
Stones, socks and bottles
The searches and excavations of the English police in Luz highlights the acknowledgement that they are looking for
a body. The PJ had reached that same conclusion seven years ago. The English police began by excavating a field near Rua 25
de Abril, 600 metres away from the apartment from where the girl disappeared. An area equal to three football fields, a slope
hill, which belongs to the Belmiro de Azevedo Group [SONAE] and is frequented by locals and tourists for leisurely walks. They collected animal bones, two cannabis plants, stones,
soil samples, a sock and bottles and kept everything in boxes.
There are no findings to sustain the theory of the British authorities.
They argue that Maddie's body is in that place or that there are clues that may lead to her whereabouts. They also claim
that they have a group of eight suspects(?). Explaining that they have extended the searches because they have concluded (only
now?) that the terrain is more difficult to analyse than predicted. These places had already been thoroughly searched by the
Portuguese police immediately after the disappearance of the girl. In fact, until September 11, 2007, the PJ had investigated
over 2500 false leads.
Millions of Euros
The 37 officers of the London Metropolitan Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine have cost the British
Crown about 6 million pounds (7.4 million euros). Besides the first investigation, Portugal has had a team of six inspectors
of the PJ in Faro, for months, just to carry out the steps requested by the British and another team of inspectors from the
Northern Directorate of PJ, doing a review of the first investigation for the last two years. No one has, so far, established
the total cost to our country. The McCanns moved in early July 2007 to the Villa Vista Mar. At the average values of the property
market at the time, the total rent was calculated to have surpassed 6000 euros. The Renault Scénic where biological
traces were found, allegedly belonging to Maddie, was rented for 113 days, at the list price it cost 7990 euros.
3 May 2007
In Praia da Luz in the Algarve, the parents of
Madeleine, who would be four years old just a few days later, cried "abduction" when they noticed Maddie had disappeared
from the apartment where they had left her alone with her younger twin siblings. "Homicide", said
the PJ a few days later. After a lot of press, suspects, searches, investigations to everyone's taste and seven years
later, there is nothing.
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 in Praia da Luz.
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.
For reports/maps/statements click here
Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry
[update], 21 January 2014
|Image detail from 'Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry' page
21 January 2014
Text version of relevant section above:
Have you seen these men? Do you know who they might
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.
Based or more recent information, the
Metropolitan Police now believe this man may represent a guest at the Ocean Club who was carrying his daughter back to their
apartment. However as it is not possible to be certain that these two men are actually the same person, if you have seen this
man in the pictures or suspect who it may be, please contact the Metropolitan Police's OPERATION GRANGE on 0207 321 9251
(0044 207 321 9251 from outside the UK) or Operation.Grange@met.pnn.police.uk
and/or the Find Madeleine team on +44 845 838 4699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man now identified by Operation Grange Met Police
Update on previous appeal
we have identified the man who was seen by Jane Tanner carrying a child at about 21.15 near the apartment G5A. These images
are the original sketch of that person made at the time together with a Met Police photo of the British holidaymaker who we
have spoken to and is seen here wearing the clothes he believes he may have been wearing that evening. The images are: man
holding child & man without child.
Michael Schneider: Searching For Madeleine
Michael Schneider, a self-proclaimed "clairvoyant"
from Siegburg, Germany, travels to Albufeira in Portugal