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Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

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Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by Tony Bennett on 16.06.10 20:44

The retired police officer who initiated this correspondence and copied it to us has allowed us to be rperoduced, albeit redacted to take out his name. We have not asked Ms Lazzeri for permisison to reproduce it:

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From: [withheld]
Sent: 25 May 2010 17:37
To: Antonella Lazzeri
Subject: Article today, Tues 25 May


Dear Ms Lazzeri,

Do you get paid to write this sort of thing?

Quite apart from the overall nonsense value of it, you have included in it at least three pairs of contradictory statements.

And you are also clearly not familiar with the course of the investigation over the last few years.

It is very sad to see professional journalists trotting out this nonsense and making easier for the McCanns, who clearly DO know what happened to Madeleine that night, to get away with what they have done. You are diverting the attention of the public from the facts in the case.

Unless you are paid a lot of money, you should feel ashamed.

Yours sincerely

[withheld]

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Subject: RE: Article today, Tues 25 May
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:18:46 +0100
From: antonella.lazzeri@the-sun.co.uk
To: [withheld]


Considering your previous profession I find your comments very strange. The McCanns had NOTHING to do with their daughter's abduction. For God's sake leave them alone and no I don't get paid extra for writing about them.

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From: [withheld]
Sent: 15 June 2010 12:01
To: Lazzeri, Antonella
Subject: RE: Article today, Tues 25 May


Dear Antonella,

Thank you for your reply.

The issue is whether Madeleine was abducted at all.

There is simply NO evidence of abduction. Merely for Mrs McCann to say she "knew at once" is not sufficient.

They lied about the broken shutters and the open window.

They lied about cuddle-cat being on a high shelf, they lied about the half hourly checks, they have lied repeatedly and continuously, but no journalist has ever seen fit to tackle them or the rest of the Tapas7 about the obvious contradictions in their stories.

Obviously journalists now dare not seek the truth, for fear of a writ from Carter-Ruck. Which for the freedom of the British press is even more sad than the accidental death of a small girl in her parent's apartment in Portugal.

The GMC left Dr Harold Shipman alone for a long time.

The police left the Wests alone for many years.

The Catholic Church left paedophile priests alone for generations.

I am afraid I do not find that remark reassuring from someone in your profession.

Yours sincerely

[withheld]

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Subject: RE: Article today, Tues 25 May
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:09:35 +0100
From: antonella.lazzeri@the-sun.co.uk
To: [withheld]


They never said cuddle cat was on a high shelf, they always said it was on the bed where it had been when Madeleine was there, it is not said in any of their interviews that the cat had been moved. That was a mistake made by a journalist which was then picked up and copied - this is my point a lot of misinformation has been put around through mistakes.

I don't know what you mean about the shutters and lying - the shutter was broken, two men from the resort came and fixed them the day before Madeleine went, if you look at the police files you will see their names and a copy of the maintenance report. As for the open window, Kate said it was open I don't know why you think she was lying. As for the half hourly visits, they have been verified by the police through witnesses at the Tapas Bar. As for the Tapas 7 - there may be slight differences between them, that would be expected, I would find it more suspicious if they all tallied completely.

I don't know if you recently saw a TV series in which eye witness reports were tested, the differences between what people saw and then recalled was amazing.

There is absolutely no evidence that Madeleine came to any harm in the flat, Britain's foremost criminologist who I interviewed said it was completely impossible for so many people to have covered up Madeleine's death and lied about the abduction and to have kept it up for so long.

I feel very sorry for the McCanns to have lost a child is terrible, to then have such horrible, vile things put about them on the internet is just not human. As for myself, I am not paid by them, or Clarence Mitchell or anyone else apart from my newspaper.

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Dear Antonella,

Thank you for your reply. I do not wish to divert you from your next assignment, and you may wish to let this drop. However,

Even if the shutters were repaired the previous day, as you insist, it follows that they were clearly NOT ‘jemmied open’ on the night in question, as the McCanns originally reported.

Please remember that it was only when the falsehood of that claim was laid bare the following morning, by the police and the forensic scientists, that they came up with the story of having left the patio doors unlocked. A story which for most people is actually even less convincing.

Do you routinely, on holiday, leave your room or apartment unlocked with your passports, money, credit cards, mobile phone, jewellery, lap top computers, camera, video, plane tickets or check in details, sports equipment, and assorted extremely young children inside ?

I know the answer. You do not.

And nor did they. Even though they now have to insist that they did exactly that for six nights in a row.

And if the patio doors had been left unlocked, why do the McCanns and their Tapas friends also get confused as to whether they entered by the front door or the patio doors when they did the alleged 30 minute checks. It is not difficult to remember which door you went in. To get in by the front door they would have needed a key, which would have had to be have been handed over to the person making the next alleged check.

You say there is no evidence that Madeleine came to harm in the flat. The dogs marked for both blood and cadaverine, not only there, but in other places suggestive of concealment and subsequent disposal of a body. The McCann's, and Clarence Mitchell’s, excuses for the findings of the dogs are just risible.

Sorry, but speaking as an ex-cop it just doesn’t hang together. Which is why I retain an interest. The reports from the private detectives 'convinced ' that she is being held in a "hellish lair" within 10 miles, and / or that she was spirited away to Australia in a luxury yacht by a Victoria Beckham lookalike in Barcelona are sadly beyond comedy and only serve to emphasise how desperate they have become to prevent people asking the simple questions.

I have no idea what the truth is.

All I know is that it is evident that they have not told the whole truth about what happened.

I know you have other assignments, and will not be offended if you wish to bring this correspondence to an end.

Yours sincerely

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Lazzeri - for public consumption

Post by Tony Bennett on 16.06.10 21:04

jkh wrote:Can I put this on my blog please?
Yes, it is for public consumption.

We are also planning to place this on our website, but because of the libel laws and the particular risk we are under in this connection, we propose to add this headline to the article:

"We reproduce this exchange of correspondence by permission of the ex-police officer who wrote to Ms Lazzeri of 'The Sun', as it sheds light on the ignorance of some leading journalists in the McCann case, notably, in this instance, her obvious blunder about the shutters. The Madeleine Foundation does not accuse the McCanns of lying".

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Re: Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by littlepixie on 16.06.10 22:40

Thats the second person Ms Lazzeri has replied to this week. She replied to someone on the MM although her response was not as polite as the one to this ex-cop. I see she repeats the "no evidence of harm" mantra that (in my opinion) Gerry has brainwashed everybody to repeat. That, apart from anything else makes me very suspicious of her motives and I don't believe she is sincere in the slightest in her defence of the McCanns.

I was looking at this site today as this firm has been in the news recently in my area.

http://www.wagtailuk.com/

These guys go all over the world with their dogs and have government contracts.

Wonder why they bother

No evidence of harm - my eye!!

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Re: Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by Ruby on 16.06.10 23:52

Thanks for bringing that here - the guy's letters are really good.

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Re: Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by WOODWARD on 17.06.10 17:48

ms lazzeris ignorance is indeed alarming. The broken shutter which was repaired wasnt even in the childrens bedroom.

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Re: Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by Laffin Assasin on 18.06.10 14:11

Has she read "all " the translated files ?

If so, did she read them on the forums, or have the "Sun" paid for a private translation ?

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Re: Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by MR.D on 18.06.10 17:49

@Laffin Assasin wrote:Has she read "all " the translated files ?

If so, did she read them on the forums, or have the "Sun" paid for a private translation ?

I would imagine she will have a document with "lines to take". It will have "lines to take" for all anticipated questions and challenges. This ensures that the "official" version of events is always used in order to answer questions. I am afraid this robotic way of dealing with questions from members of the public and media is how government departments deal with many issues, particularly controversial issues.

I expect Clarence Mitchell and Ed Smethurst have supplied all media outlets with the Official Version of Events and lines to take.

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Re: Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by Laffin Assasin on 20.06.10 23:29

@MR.D wrote:
@Laffin Assasin wrote:Has she read "all " the translated files ?

If so, did she read them on the forums, or have the "Sun" paid for a private translation ?

I would imagine she will have a document with "lines to take". It will have "lines to take" for all anticipated questions and challenges. This ensures that the "official" version of events is always used in order to answer questions. I am afraid this robotic way of dealing with questions from members of the public and media is how government departments deal with many issues, particularly controversial issues.

I expect Clarence Mitchell and Ed Smethurst have supplied all media outlets with the Official Version of Events and lines to take.

Like a "crib sheet" you mean ?

Would "Martin Brunt " have the same one, do you think ?

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Re: Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' makes a blunder about the shutters

Post by kary on 21.06.10 7:38

@Laffin Assasin wrote:
@MR.D wrote:
@Laffin Assasin wrote:Has she read "all " the translated files ?

If so, did she read them on the forums, or have the "Sun" paid for a private translation ?

I would imagine she will have a document with "lines to take". It will have "lines to take" for all anticipated questions and challenges. This ensures that the "official" version of events is always used in order to answer questions. I am afraid this robotic way of dealing with questions from members of the public and media is how government departments deal with many issues, particularly controversial issues.

I expect Clarence Mitchell and Ed Smethurst have supplied all media outlets with the Official Version of Events and lines to take.

Like a "crib sheet" you mean ?

Would "Martin Brunt " have the same one, do you think ?

Possibly more like a script to a play than a crib sheet?? I always think of a crib sheet as something that prompts you to remember facts?? I think everyone involved in the production would have had a copy of the same script - from the Director down to the set-makers, wardrobe and make up, prompters and goffer

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Antonella Lazzeri writes 'shamelesly biased drivel'

Post by Tony Bennett on 21.06.10 22:43

Antonella Lazzeri of 'The Sun' writes 'shamelesly biased drivel', according to:

http://goodqualitywristbands.blogspot.com/2010/06/oh-that-antonella-lazzeri.html

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