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Madeleine McCann got into the back of my cab the night after she vanished

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Post by Guest on 02.05.12 19:42

From the Potting Shedder



Wednesday, 2 May 2012





The Spinning Memory of Clarence Mitchell...







TAXI-DRIVER IS SURE THAT HE TOOK MADDIE IN HIS CAR

A taxi-driver from Vila Real de Santo Antonio, in the Algarve, believes he transported Maddie, Kate McCann and three men on the night of the disappearance of the English girl, in the 3rd of May of last year. António Castela Cardoso, 67 years, does not forget the hour or the details of the passengers.

Having been a taxi-driver for 17 years, António Castela has the habit of memorizing the face of his clients. That one particularly, “She was a girl with very pretty eyes and she called my attention because of the mark that she had in one eye and the twitch that she was doing with the chin”, he remembered.

The clients approached and asked him to transport them to the Hotel Apolo, in Vila Real de Santo Antonio. On his side a man seated who was wearing “fine glasses”. “He was similar with the one that appears on television, like the third suspect”, says António, concerning Robert Murat – who is arguido in the case. In the seat behind, a woman “like Kate” sat down, between two men. The girl that the taxi-driver says was Maddie sat on the lap of one of them.

“She was wearing pink pyjamas. The mother had the hair tied and a yellow coat”, he remembers, with exactness. It was a silent journey. The passengers did not exchange one word; they did not show any emotions. On the arrival to the journey destiny, António pulled out the baby's chair (pram) of the luggage car. “It was the same as what the couple usually uses”, he affirms. The customers asked him, in English, how much the cab journey was. “I said that there were 3, 25 euros and they gave me five and then I thanked them”, he says.

The taxi-driver saw three men, the woman and the child move towards a metallic-blue, top-of-the-line Jeep “ I do not know if it would be a BMW, but I remember that the license plate was yellow and therefore was not a Portuguese one ”, he affirms. The vehicle was parked in the Hotel Apolo parking.

2008


Four years later, the sighting is again making current headline news in the British media. The McCanns lawyer in Portugal, Isabel Duarte, said Mr Castela's account is one of several important leads that the Portuguese police have failed to follow up.


However, way back in 2008, a source connected with the investigation guaranteed to Correio de Manha that the information given by António Castela were "investigated" and the “lead was proven false”.


At that time, Clarence Mitchell responded publicly on behalf of the McCanns to this particular sighting...

Clarence Mitchell, reacted yesterday with amazement at the declarations of the taxi-driver. “The declarations of Mr. Castela are false. They are a perfect nonsense. He can only be mistaken when he says that at that time he transported Kate and Madeleine with three men”, he said. Clarence doubts of the intentions of the taxi-driver. “It astonishes me that only now, ten months later, he talks about this. These are declarations that only cause pain to Kate and Gerry", he said, advancing that that the McCann's daughter has no facial twitches. “The only sign to report is the one she has in the eye.”

2008


Today, Clarence Mitchell seems to have wholly changed his mind about the doubtful intentions of Mr Castela, saying it was "deeply shocking" that detectives never interviewed Antonio Castela about his possible sighting of the missing child.


"Mr Castela did absolutely the right thing at the time by reporting his sighting to the PJ. It is clearly deeply shocking that he now tells us he has not been interviewed once by a detective in five years. This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be looked at in the investigative review now being carried out by the Metropolitan Police."

2012

Spot the difference? I reckon there's about two million quids worth there... and a lorra lorra spin.





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They must think we are totally stupid!!

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Post by monkey mind on 02.05.12 21:18

candyfloss wrote:They must think we are totally stupid!!

On the contrary, they certainly know otherwise. This isn't directed toward us, rather the vast majority and of course those that maybe begining to raise an eyebrow - that hang in the balance. That's the group they have no wish to see grow.

But it is growing. I've been keeping an eye on the site counter. On average it is up this last week. In trying to stop the drip, they are inadvertantly turning the tap the wrong way. And there is nothing they can do about that......

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Post by Guest on 02.05.12 21:22

@monkey mind wrote:
candyfloss wrote:They must think we are totally stupid!!

On the contrary, they certainly know otherwise. This isn't directed toward us, rather the vast majority and of course those that maybe begining to raise an eyebrow - that hang in the balance. That's the group they have no wish to see grow.

But it is growing. I've been keeping an eye on the site counter. On average it is up this last week. In trying to stop the drip, they are inadvertantly turning the tap the wrong way. And there is nothing they can do about that......

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Post by maebee on 02.05.12 22:50

"Mr Castela did absolutely the right thing at the time by reporting his sighting to the PJ. It is clearly deeply shocking that he now tells us he has not been interviewed once by a detective in five years. This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be looked at in the investigative review now being carried out by the Metropolitan Police."

"This is the sort of thing that needs to be looked at". Clarrie is some slime ball. He dissed this in '07 when the taxi driver implicated KM and RM/DP in this sighting but conveniently brings it up today as another missed opportunity by the PJ. Unfortunately 99 % of the great British public will not remember this and will buy into the "incompetent Portuguese Police" theory. I just cannot believe that SY cannot see what we can see. The optimist in me believes that we're in endgame.

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Post by pauline on 03.05.12 0:18

Just wondering why these 'guilty' people would use a public taxi to transport themselves and the kidnapped child (who was not struggling and screaming) to their own car. Why not have their car convenient to the scene of the crime...?!!!

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Post by jd on 03.05.12 0:22

Clarrie is some slime ball

This is the understatement of the century!!!

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Post by nomendelta on 03.05.12 0:31

@pauline wrote:Just wondering why these 'guilty' people would use a public taxi to transport themselves and the kidnapped child (who was not struggling and screaming) to their own car. Why not have their car convenient to the scene of the crime...?!!!

You make a valid point but I think TM are inferring, from comments that the child sat silently staring into space, that she might have been drugged.

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Post by Guest on 03.05.12 0:38

3rd May 2012


By Tom Hutchison

I DROVE MADDIE IN CAB

A TAXI driver last night claimed he had Maddie McCann in his car the day after she went missing but has been ignored by Portuguese police for five years.


Antonio Castela wants answers after officers failed to follow up his sighting.

He took a fare from three men and a women who sat silently during the journey along the Portuguese border with Spain.

A girl, who he is convinced was Madeleine, sat on one man’s lap without speaking.

Maddie's mum Kate last night urged police to get in touch to see if his information could help find her missing daughter.

She said: “If there is any kind of lead that hasn’t been investigated properly, we want police looking into it.”

Mr Castela said the child he drove back in 2007 appeared “doped” and was “staring ahead” blankly.

She wore pink pyjamas and was fully awake but no-one in the group spoke to her as they travelled from Monte Gordo, an hour’s drive from where Madeleine missing in Praia da Luz the previous night.

Mr Castela, 72, a cabbie for 23 years, said: “The little girl who looked like Madeleine was sitting on the lap of a man at the back of the cab.

“I remember thinking it was odd because they did not speak during the entire journey, apart from at the end when the man sat in the passenger seat and said to me: ‘How much?’”


He added “Only when I heard about Madeleine going missing and seeing her picture on the TV did I contact the police.


“The little girl in the back of my taxi had the same distinct mark in her eye as Madeleine.

“After I went to the police I never heard anything from them again.

“They did not seem to take me seriously and never questioned me.

“They simply took down the details and that was it.

“I am amazed it has been five years and nobody has ever asked me what I saw that night. I am absolutely certain it was her.”


Kate and husband Gerry’s lawyer in Portugal, Isabel Duarte, said the sighting is crucial to the hunt for Maddie ahead of today’s fifth anniversary of her disappearance.

British police were last night poised to follow it up alongside other missed leads from the original investigation.

Metropolitan Police officers have already found 195 “investigative opportunities” after examining just 25% of the 40,000 items of evidence from the original probe.

Kate and Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, last night said they felt the most hopeful in four years of finding their girl alive.

And they have “no doubt” the Portuguese authorities will eventually reopen the case.


Police in Portugal said last week they have found “no new elements” to justify re-launching their inquiry into how the little girl vanished.

But the McCanns added their voice to calls by Scotland Yard to reopen the case.

Gerry, 43, said: “I think the most important thing is that a lot of the investigation opportunities are in Portugal.

“It’s fairly clear the case will have to be reopened for those to be pursued adequately.

“We weren’t expecting immediate reaction by any means.

“This is an ongoing dialogue and I am sure the investigation will get opened again in due course.”

Kate, 44, added: “It’s certainly the best way we’re going to find Madeleine and who took her. If people want to find Madeleine, and want to find the person who took her, then we need the case to be reopened.”

The officer leading Scotland Yard’s review told last week there was evidence she could still be alive.

Det Chf Insp Andy Redwood wants the case reopened but stressed the decision was out of his hands and was one for the Portuguese judiciary.

Gerry McCann added: “The only way everyone will be able to move on is for the case to be solved and that is for Madeleine to be found and the perpetrators brought to justice.

“Until then it’s not going to go away, it can’t go away.”


The couple also revealed last night that Kate’s book about the disappearance has sold nearly 400,000 copies.

It has raised up to £1million for the fund to find Maddie


http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/249209/I-DROVE-MADDIE-IN-CAB/


Strange how he has suddenly forgotten what these people looked like, unlike the old articles duh

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Post by jd on 03.05.12 0:40

Its all lies.......2012 and in 2008...Just lies lies lies

The British police, British media and the ones that believe the scam are in truth the laughing stock of the world

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Post by jd on 03.05.12 0:51

Maddie's mum Kate last night urged police to get in touch to see if his information could help find her missing daughter.

She said: “If there is any kind of lead that hasn’t been investigated properly, we want police looking into it.”

Dearest kate.....the mother of Madeleine....Please let me just remind you of what your spokesman who acts for you said back in 2008 when this happened

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, reacted yesterday with amazement at the declarations of the taxi-driver. “The declarations of Mr. Castela are false. They are a perfect nonsense. He can only be mistaken when he says that at that time he transported Kate and Madeleine with three men”, he said, underlining the fact of being several independent witnesses who place Madeleine's parents in a completely different place. “How is that possible, if at 20h35 several witnesses say that Kate and Gerry were sitting down on a table of the Tapas restaurant”, he questioned. Clarence doubts of the intentions of the taxi-driver. “It astonishes me that only now, ten months later, he talks about this. These are declarations that only cause pain to Kate and Gerry", he said, advancing that that the McCann's daughter has no facial twitches. “The only sign to report is the one she has in the eye.”

and.....

Spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the newspaper: "We are dismissing this primarily because the timings are entirely wrong."

and.....

The PJ confirmed having been contacted by the taxi driver and his witness statement taken at the time. But these claims had been rejected after verification.

This country is already a laughing stock because of you, but at least have some respect for your daughter...You are her mother!



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Post by saltnpepper on 03.05.12 0:56

@jd wrote:
Clarrie is some slime ball

This is the understatement of the century!!!


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Post by aiyoyo on 03.05.12 2:18

@jd wrote:
Maddie's mum Kate last night urged police to get in touch to see if his information could help find her missing daughter.

She said: “If there is any kind of lead that hasn’t been investigated properly, we want police looking into it.”

Dearest kate.....the mother of Madeleine....Please let me just remind you of what your spokesman who acts for you said back in 2008 when this happened

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, reacted yesterday with amazement at the declarations of the taxi-driver. “The declarations of Mr. Castela are false. They are a perfect nonsense. He can only be mistaken when he says that at that time he transported Kate and Madeleine with three men”, he said, underlining the fact of being several independent witnesses who place Madeleine's parents in a completely different place. “How is that possible, if at 20h35 several witnesses say that Kate and Gerry were sitting down on a table of the Tapas restaurant”, he questioned. Clarence doubts of the intentions of the taxi-driver. “It astonishes me that only now, ten months later, he talks about this. These are declarations that only cause pain to Kate and Gerry", he said, advancing that that the McCann's daughter has no facial twitches. “The only sign to report is the one she has in the eye.”

and.....

Spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the newspaper: "We are dismissing this primarily because the timings are entirely wrong."

and.....

The PJ confirmed having been contacted by the taxi driver and his witness statement taken at the time. But these claims had been rejected after verification.

This country is already a laughing stock because of you, but at least have some respect for your daughter...You are her mother!



The point is:
did this cab driver say the woman was the "drugged" child was kate? If not, why did CM feel the need to refute his sighting?

Far as I read, the cab driver said 3 men and 1 woman, and a child (possibly Maddie). No mention that that group of adults was kate and Tapas mates.

Come on the mccanns faces are plastered all over the front pages, surely if the cab driver can recognise Maddie he should be able to recognise Kate, right? Since he did not mention it was kate, where did CM get that idea?


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Post by Ribisl on 03.05.12 5:55

@aiyoyo wrote:

The point is:
did this cab driver say the woman was the "drugged" child was kate? If not, why did CM feel the need to refute his sighting?

Far as I read, the cab driver said 3 men and 1 woman, and a child (possibly Maddie). No mention that that group of adults was kate and Tapas mates.

Come on the mccanns faces are plastered all over the front pages, surely if the cab driver can recognise Maddie he should be able to recognise Kate, right? Since he did not mention it was kate, where did CM get that idea?


Aiyoyo - apparently he did claim in February 2008 to have recognised not only Madeleine by her coloboma but also Kate and Murat.

On his side a man seated who was using “fine glasses”. “He was similar with the one that appears in the television like the third suspect”, says António, concerning Robert Murat – who is arguido in the case. In the seat behind, a woman “like Kate” sat down, between two men. The girl that the taxi-driver says to be Maddie sat down to the lap of one of them.
“She was wearing pink pyjamas. The mother had the hair tied and a yellow coat”, he remembers, with exactness.
http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2008/02/taxi-driver-story-and-rogatory-letter.html
I suspect he was dismissed by the PJ as an unreliable witness, at the same by CM as an inconvenient one.
For some reason, it appears he is now saying he only recognised Madeleine. TM is getting their way again! tongue

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Post by tigger on 03.05.12 6:33

Looks like a case of constructive memory again. The report of the PJ is dated the 9th. The incident was on the 4th - then moved to the 3rd.
He may well have driven these people. But they would have been other tourists.
But by 8.30 pm. it would have been dark.
a) He can never have seen the coloboma because:it didn't exist
b) the girl was sitting on a lap - in the back of the cab it would be dark and he'd have to see that in the mirror. When they got into the car, the only way he could look into her eyes was by bending down or getting fairly close to the person carrying her.
c) He mentions Kate' tied back hair. Which had already been seen in the public domain - on TV .
d) He may already have seen shots of e.g. DP et al. Perhaps he knew Murat.
e) Not speaking during a short ride is nothing special for tourists - probably not normal for the Portuguese.

This is beginning to look desperate. Nothing better in the tombola?


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OMG a repeat

Post by MrsDoubtful on 03.05.12 7:13

Not this old chestnut again.

The taxi driver was on the telly way back in 2007, and stated he was convinced it was McCann and Murat lol in the back of his taxi with Maddy.

Then zap nothing.

Now its been dragged up again but the time and date and what he said has been edited out. Thank god we are not all stupid. I sent a good link to Daybreak on their Facebook page about what he REALLY SAID lol.

All this crap is not going to find this child, if the police have only this rubbish to work with there is never going to be hope for MADDY.

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Post by PeterMac on 03.05.12 7:56

Can Carter-Ruck please take note of this.
Carter-Ruck
Please read and understand this thread.
LIES are being, and have been told.
LIES.
Do you understand ?
(just so your search finds it I shall include the magic words
Tony Bennett )

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Post by Guest on 03.05.12 9:26

This from the Express this morning.................

MADELEINE MCCANN WAS IN MY TAXI BUT POLICE IGNORED ME


Thursday May 3,2012


By John Twomey

Yesterday, the McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Mr Castela did absolutely the right thing at the time by reporting his sighting to the PJ.

“It is clearly deeply shocking that he now tells us he has not been ­interviewed once by a detective in five years. This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be looked at in the ­investigative review now being carried out by the Metropolitan Police.” Mr Castela, a cab driver for 23 years, said he picked up the girl on the evening of May 4, 2007, in Monte Gordo in the Algarve. The spot was about an hour’s drive from Praia da Luz where Madeleine vanished the night before
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http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/317837/Madeleine-McCann-was-in-my-taxi-but-police-ignored-me




So the McCanns knew about this way back, as we know because articles were written years ago, with comments from CM, yet their Private Investigators have never investigated it. Why did they not speak to this man. They knew his name etc. If it was so important he should have been first on the list.


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Post by mrscee on 03.05.12 9:45

I think it is a very risky strategy by Tm to draw attention to this sighting again. Or are they so complacent that they believe they can whoosh our memories as well and rewrite history!

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Post by Guest on 03.05.12 10:17

From Pamalam the old story putting it here for posterity........

TELEGRAPH: FRIDAY 29 FEBRUARY 2007

Madeleine McCann was in my taxi, man claims

By Natalie Paris
Last Updated: 2:29AM GMT 29 Feb 2008


Claims Madeleine was quiet and dressed in her pyjamas

Antonio Castela

A taxi driver has reportedly claimed to have taken Madeleine McCann and Robert Murat for a ride in his cab on the night the toddler vanished.
Antonio Cardoso, 67, alleges that Madeleine was with three men and a woman who were waiting at a taxi rank in Monte Gordo near the Spanish border.

The Sun newspaper reports that he took them on a short journey to a hotel where the group transferred to a jeep with foreign number plates.
Mr Cardoso claimed the girl in the back of his taxi at 8.10pm on May 3 was wearing pink pyjamas and had a distinctive mark in her eye.

He said he later recognised one of the men as Robert Murat after watching a television programme.

The claims have shocked Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who have rejected them for being incompatible with the known chain of events that night.

Murat was made an official suspect, or arguido, two weeks after the little girl disappeared but has always denied any involvement in the case.

Mr Cardoso said he drove the group in silence for about two miles from the Hotel Apolo in Vila Real de Santo Antonio near Faro, with the man who he believed to be Murat sat beside him in the front passenger seat.

He claimed the girl he thought was Madeleine was awake but said nothing during the trip and stared straight ahead.

He told the Sun: "I noticed her eye because my son was born with a defect much the same. I saw her kind of twist her chin a few times in my rear-view mirror.

"I remember she was in pink pyjamas and wondered why they hadn't dressed her."

He described the adults as casually dressed and the woman as a slim blonde.

Mr Cardoso said he had informed the police of the apparent encounter but as well as Metodo 3, the private detective agency hired by the McCanns.
But the McCanns spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the newspaper: "We are dismissing this primarily because the timings are entirely wrong."


http://www.gerrymccannsblogs.co.uk/press/11feb8/TELEGRAPH_29_02_08.htm

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Post by sweetex on 03.05.12 10:36

http://www.anorak.co.uk/321455/madeleine-mccann/madeleine-mccann-a-pr-mistake-with-antonio-castela.html/

"How can what was entirely wrong in 2008 now be credible and offering hope?

The Daily Mirror leads with “OUR NEW HOPE FOR MADDY – Kate: Lots of fresh leads…”

We get it that the McCanns want their child to be kept in the news, but should any PR become transparent, their quest risks being diminshed.

Madeleine McCann is misisng. There are no suspects".

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Post by Guest on 03.05.12 10:44

Thanks sweetex Posting up the whole thing before it gets whooshed........

Madeleine McCann: A PR mistake with Antonio Castela















MADELEINE McCann: Five years ago today the child who became the media’s Our Maddie disappeared. The papers react to the sensational news that the Maddie Story is not dead yet.

The Sun (front page): “MUMMY, WE’ll HELP YOU FIND MADELEINE:

We see a photo of the family McCann, with the missing child and her younger twin siblings.

Page 4 and 5: “As the twins get older their desire to help the search for their sister will be even greater.”

One day they might ever read the details on the internet and join the ranks of armchair detectives. Right now twins Sean and Amelie are seven. Introducing them to the story in this way helps how?

Five years ago we told you that this story would run and run. Kate McCann agrees:


Kate, 44, said Sean had told her: “You know, Mummy, if you haven’t found Madeleine by the time we get older me and Amelie will find her.”
Says Kate McCann:


“…as they get older their understanding gets greater and their desire to find their sister becomes even greater. I have no doubt that if there comes a time when Madeleine has not been found and Sean and Amelie are of an age, maybe teenagers, they will want to help us and carry on the search.”
Page 5: “Plea for girl with no name”


KATE and Gerry revealed a new poster of Madeleine yesterday bearing her age progression image at nine and the words “Have You Seen Me?” The mum said the girl’s name had NOT been used on the poster as she may no longer respond to it.
Says Kate McCann:


“I want people to look at this picture and think, ‘Have I seen this girl?’ I don’t want them to think of Madeleine — she might not be called Madeleine.”
Has the story just moved on? Madeleine McCann is no longer the child we are looking for? Mrs McCann adds:


“We want to direct people to this image, not the little girl in the red dress. If you have seen a little girl who looks like this please contact the police immediately, or us through our website.”
A flutter of sightings must be expected. She adds:


“And if you were in Praia da Luz between April 28 and May 3 2007, and have not been spoken to by the police, please come forward. It’s not too late.”
Indeed. It would be good if everyone who was there came forward and went on the police’s record.

But what about a man who says he saw the child? What about Antonio Castela, a taxi driver on the Algarve?

Daily Star (front page): “I drove in Maddie cab”

She took a taxi?


“FOUR ADULTS WITH HER NIGHT AFTER SHE VANISHED”
Hold the phone! The London Evening Standard reported in 2008 that Castela picked up a blonde child with an unusual eye and wearing pink pyjamas. The paper reported his claim that he took her on a ride on the very night she vanished. Castela said she looked “doped”. The name Robert Murat, an innocent man libelled and defamed by pretty much everyone, was mentioned as being one of the men who might have been with her. Castela said he had the child in his car a few hours before she vanished. Then, yesterday, we heard that Castela did not give the child a lift on the very night of her vanishing. He says it was one day later. Both versions are still on the paper’s website.

2008:







2012:



Tom Hutchison reports on what Kate McCann said when she heard this old news served up as new news:


Maddie’s mum Kate last night urged police to get in touch to see if his information could help find her missing daughter. She said: “If there is any kind of lead that hasn’t been investigated properly, we want police looking into it.”
Kate McCann did not make specific reference to Castela’s sighting. That was left to another on their team. The Express reports:


Isabel Duarte, the McCann family lawyer in Portugal, said the driver’s ­information is one of several leads which police there have not followed up. The McCanns are familiar with the cabbie’s claims but it is not clear if his testimony is among the 195 “investigative opportunities” ­identified by the Scotland Yard review team.
The Star makes it seem even more important:


Kate and husband Gerry’s lawyer in Portugal, Isabel Duarte, said the sighting is crucial to the hunt for Maddie ahead of today’s fifth anniversary of her disappearance.
But the reports on what the taxi driver might have seen are conflicting. Robert Murat was not with the child in the taxi. Kate McCann was not in the taxi. Robert Murat and Kate McCann were not together.Would any policeman follow that up? Says Castela:


“The little girl in the back of my taxi had the same distinct mark in her eye as Madeleine. After I went to the police I never heard anything from them again. They did not seem to take me seriously and never questioned me. They simply took down the details and that was it. I am amazed it has been five years and nobody has ever asked me what I saw that night. I am absolutely certain it was her.”
Daily Express (front page): “TAXI DRIVER INSISTS HE PICKED UP MADELEINE HOURS AFTER SHE VANISHED”

After.

John Twomey reports:


A TAXI driver who claims he picked up Madeleine McCann the night after she vanished has accused Portuguese police of dismissing his evidence.
Those Portuguese police are yet again proved to be ruddy useless. Right?

The McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell takes a view:


“Mr Castela did absolutely the right thing at the time by reporting his sighting to the PJ [Policia Judiciaria]. It is clearly deeply shocking that he now tells us he has not been ­interviewed once by a detective in five years. This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be looked at in the ­investigative review now being carried out by the Metropolitan Police.”
Sure. Only, back in 2008, the Telegraph made a report about “Antonio Cardoso”, the taxi driver in Monte Gordo near the Spanish border. It must be assumed that Cardoso is Castela.


Mr Cardoso claimed the girl in the back of his taxi at 8.10pm on May 3 was wearing pink pyjamas and had a distinctive mark in her eye.
The Standard tells us on May 2, 2012:


The 72-year-old said he picked up three men, a woman and a child at 7:50pm on the May 4 2007, from Monte Gordo, about an hour’s drive from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine vanished the night before.
Back in the Telegraph, we were told:


The claims have shocked Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who have rejected them for being incompatible with the known chain of events that night…But the McCanns spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the newspaper: “We are dismissing this primarily because the timings are entirely wrong.”
How can what was entirely wrong in 2008 now be credible and offering hope?

The Daily Mirror leads with “OUR NEW HOPE FOR MADDY – Kate: Lots of fresh leads…”

We get it that the McCanns want their child to be kept in the news, but should any PR become transparent, their quest risks being diminshed.

Madeleine McCann is misisng. There are no suspects.



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Re: Madeleine McCann got into the back of my cab the night after she vanished

Post by friedtomatoes on 06.05.12 16:46

Just to recap here. The original story was that Maddie was seen by this cab driver pm 3rd May and when it made the news Mitchell discredited it. It now appears again four years later with a new date for the sighting and Mitchell is shocked it wasnt followed up. He gets or used to get paid 75k a year as their media man, shouldnt he remember the story? and what he said at the time? And shouldnt he make reference to the differing dates? And the mccanns citing this as a NEW lead!
lol!

eta: is it just me or is typing on this forum painfully slow comlared to other forums? is it something to do with the forum settings or are our posts being monitored as we type!
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Re: Madeleine McCann got into the back of my cab the night after she vanished

Post by tuom on 06.05.12 16:56

@friedtomatoes wrote:Just to recap here. The original story was that Maddie was seen by this cab driver pm 3rd May and when it made the news Mitchell discredited it. It now appears again four years later with a new date for the sighting and Mitchell is shocked it wasnt followed up. He gets or used to get paid 75k a year as their media man, shouldnt he remember the story? and what he said at the time? And shouldnt he make reference to the differing dates? And the mccanns citing this as a NEW lead!
lol!

eta: is it just me or is typing on this forum painfully slow comlared to other forums? is it something to do with the forum settings or are our posts being monitored as we type!


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Post by joyce1938 on 06.05.12 18:22

at this moment ,this forum is fast for me ,i visit another one that keeps slowing to stop almost ,cant make any sense on this problem ,is it the site or is it gremlins i have heard,dont ask me what they are ,but sounds pretty annoying to me and it is .i just turn off sometimes it can drive me mad,no one can ever explain it joyce1938

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Post by friedtomatoes on 06.05.12 18:28

pmsl joyce no idea what you mean ut t i do have a problem with this forum its not allowing me to type fast enough

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