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The Only Way Is Up ....

Verdi | Published on the 07.05.19 16:22 | 1081 Views

Anyone with any knowledge of the case of missing Madeleine McCann, which has dominated the British press for twelve years unlike any other case in history, will understand how badly she has been let down, abandoned, by her parents her family and the British establishment. 

Good hearted people, even with only scant knowledge of the case, will recognize the apparent injustice, the lack of commitment by those in a position of authority to solving the mystery of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, even though opinion on the finer detail might widely differ.  That is not important, what is important is that a united force of dedicated people offer their time, their expertise, sometimes their money  and above else their commitment to helping solve a crime of the century.

Nine years ago, Jill Havern, a warm hearted soul, created a forum known as the Complete Mystery of Madeleine McCann as she saw the injustices relative to a little lost child.  As the old saying goes .... from little acorns do mighty oak trees grow and this can be aptly said of the forum CMOMM.  From just a few members at the beginning, the forum has grown and gone from strength to strength to what can be seen this very day.  On it's journey, the forum has attracted many characters, specialists, professionals and ordinary folk with a valued voice - all have helped build the forum's success and popularity.  Just look at the statistics!

Over the years Jill Havern has worked tirelessly on the forum's presentation, focus, purpose and future, the forum is proof in itself.  It is professional, informative and above all else a magnet to anyone interested in the case of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.  Even if the case, or public interest in the case dwindles, CMOMM will be here for eternity as a leading reference source for now and the future.

To this end and another move forward for now and the future, the forum owner has generated a new category within CMOMM titled the MMRG Forum.  The formatting mirrors the professional approach adopted by Jill Havern for the CMOMM and although still in the construction process, it contains archived reference material old and new to showcase the hard work and success of CMOMM and associates.  So much has been forgotten by so many over the years and of course there are always new recruits, membership of CMOMM increases every day, who are unfamiliar with the past, the more recent and the present day progress made.  As the forum will continue to attract guest readers.

Enough of the preliminaries - an overview of the new MMRG Forum..

Madeleine McCann Research Group (MMRG) Mission Statement

In this section of CMOMM, we present the research work of the Madeleine McCann Research group (MMRG) launched today on, what many of us believe is, the real 12th anniversary of Madeleine's 'disappearance'.

MMRG was set up several years ago to bring together the best of original research on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The group includes many CMOMM members.

MMRG supports the overall conclusion of the Portuguese Police (PJ) and Gonçalo Amaral, namely that Madeleine died in her parents’ apartment, and that there has been a cover-up of the true facts of her death by the McCanns, their Tapas 7 friends, and by government security services. However, through patient research by the group, and using the best research by others, MMRG respectfully disagrees with the PJ’s conclusion that Madeleine died from an accident after 5.30pm on Thursday 3 May 2007, the day Madeleine was reported missing. MMRG’s belief is that Madeleine died much earlier that week. Many facts have emerged during the past 12 years that MMRG now believes are wholly inconsistent with her death on 3 May.

In this section we will also bring back to CMOMM the best of the original research carried out by the Madeleine Foundation before 2013 by revisiting - updating and re-working - many of the detailed research articles published by the Madeleine Foundation between 2008 and 2012. Many of these had to be withdrawn because of libel action by the McCanns, using top libel lawyers Carter-Ruck, who describe themselves as 'Britain's most feared libel lawyers'. Please bookmark this section and return here as the section fills with detailed articles on subjects rarely tackled elsewhere.

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Please note that this new forum is a read-only Reference Forum - comments are not allowed - but should anyone wish to discuss anything, or bring to our attention any discrepancies, that is posted in this section then you can do so by following the link to the original thread, where appropriate, that will be posted at the end of the articles.

Please also bear in mind that this new forum is under construction and will be continually developed and updated. It is my wish, as forum owner, that this new section will be the most important for CMOMM as we showcase just how pro-active we've been over the years in our desire to seek justice for Madeleine McCann.

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To give you an idea of what I'm aiming to achieve with this new forum it might be an idea for me to explain its purpose.

First of all CMOMM is the main forum, but this new forum is designed completely differently and it is a Forum within a Forum and it is about the MMRG so it has an initial Category named ''CMOMM & MMRG 10 Years On' and then it has Forums and Sub-forums (MMRG). For established members you will be aware of CMOMM's work, but new members will not be aware of how CMOMM came to be, what we have done so far, and what we aim to achieve with our sub-research group (MMRG).

Its layout is this - and as you can see from the Table of Contents, its potential is just as vast as CMOMM itself:

Table of Contents (links are clickable):
A work in progress

CMOMM 10 Years On

Forum: Our Mission
About our researchers, campaigners, authors etc.

How it all began

Forum: The accomplishments of CMOMM and its members
Public awareness
Campaigns for justice

Forum: Publications
PeterMac's FREE eBook
Gonçalo Amaral: The Truth of the Lie (English version)

Forum: Leaflets
Madeleine McCann Research Group (MMRG) - 50 Facts Leaflets
Madeleine Foundation Leaflets

Forum: Articles
The Madeleine McCann Research Group (MMRG) - Articles
Anthony Bennett
Portuguese journalist Paul Reis
Ex-pat journalist Natasha Donn, editor Portugal Resident


CMOMM on Google+

Forum: Videos, Films and Documentaries
Richard D. Hall (Buried by Mainstream Media)
Joana Morais (xklamation)
Podcasts featuring MMRG members
CMOMM members videos

Forum: Research
Official documents

FOI Requests and Responses

Forum: Evidence obtained
The weather in Praia da Luz
The creche records
The phone records
Catriona Baker
Mrs Pamela Fenn and Carole Tranmer
Robert Murat
The Smith sighting that never was
No evidence that Madeleine was seen after Sunday 29th April 2007
The unusual behaviour of the the McCanns
Rebuttal of The McCanns (and T7s) attempts to claim Madeleine was alive on Thursday 3rd May 2007

Forum: Our evidence submitted to the Portuguese Attorney-General

Forum: The conclusions of CMOMM researchers and associates

Forum: Going forward


From its beginning on 25 November 2009, with only eight members, to this very day where CMOMM has nearly 10,000 members, the forum has gone from strength to strength, as years come and go, a great many people have joined and made valuable contributions to the debate.  Every month the forum attracts a steady flow of new members, thanks to it's professional presentation and extensive content packed with fact, evidence, reference material, research, analysis, points of discussion and more.

Early on, it became clear that CMOMM was not merely just another Madeleine discussion forum or blog. It rapidly attracted serious researchers. Unsurprisingly, within just 18 months, it replaced another Madeleine forum, The 3 Arguidos, as the most popular in terms of membership and number of views per day. Since then it has maintained and extended its dominance of the internet world of Madeleine McCann discussions.


But not only that, it very soon morphed from a discussion forum into an investigative  forum - one where serious, collaborative research was done into the many things which have been hidden by what CMOMM members and guests firmly believe is an almighty cover-up of what really happened to Madeleine McCann.

But not only did it become an investigative forum, it also became a campaigning forum. Elsewhere on the forum you will find a long list of campaign activity - petitions, leafleting, letters to top politicians right up to the Prime Minister, letters to the police in England and in Portugal, and much else besides.

Many of those who have contributed to CMOMM have, in common with the usual practice elsewhere on the internet, decided to remain anonymous for personal reasons.  More importantly,  there is a particular reason for this here on CMOMM, namely that the McCanns are extremely litigious and will stop at nothing to silence their critics.  The anonymity has no impact on member contribution, all are equally valued by CMOMM.


As is well-known, in June 2009 the McCanns sued the original investigation co-ordinator, Gonçalo Amaral, for libel damages, claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds. Their claim failed after a bewildering succession of court actions, lasting eight years, in which their case went all the way up to the Supreme Court, back down to the lowest court, then up again to the Supreme Court a second time. But though the McCanns lost, the succession of court actions placed a severe strain on Gonçalo Amaral, who had to incur huge costs defending himself.

The McCanns also targeted CMOMM member Tony Bennett, a founder member of CMOMM.  Sse our article “How it all began” here:

Despite undertakings he was forced to give to the McCanns at a High Court hearing on 25 November 2009, Tony continued to write and campaign about the case. On 1 December 2011 the McCanns lost patience with him and brought a case in the High Court alleging that he had broken the terms of his undertakings. Tony defended the case, but lost. On 25 February 2013, Mr Justice Tugendhat held that Tony had breached a number of his undertakings and sentenced him to three months in prison, suspended for one year. As a result, CMOMM was required to remove some of Tony’s articles from the forum. Tony still contributes to the forum, but is limited as to what he can say.

CMOMM continues to be carefully watched by the McCann legal force which enforces certain restrictions on what's written.  This minor irritation doesn't prevent the forum from pursuing it's objective, it just makes us more diligent about commentary.  So, in a manner of speaking, it's to our advantage that we strive to only present fact, evidence and informed commentary.


Hundreds of members, past and present, have made significant contributions to the research and analysis carried out on the forum. It would be great to pay personal tribute to all of them by name, but, as explained above, the vast majority prefer to retain their anonymity.

Over the years, three CMOMM members who have been prepared to be named, and have made giant contributions to the research work here, are Peter MacLeod, Lizzy Taylor and Richard D. Hall.

Peter MacLeod is a retired Police Superintendent from Nottinghamshire Police, now living in Spain. He joined CMOMM early on, where he is better known as ‘PeterMac’. His greatest contribution to understanding what really happened to Madeleine McCann is his outstanding e-book, chronicling key evidential issues in the case. CMOMM is proud to host all chapters of his e-book at this link:   

The e-book is also available FREE on  the internet, here: 

Frankly, everyone who really wants to understand the Madeleine McCann case should make sure s/he reads every chapter.

Perhaps the  single most important piece of work that Peter thoroughly investigated was the McCanns’ claim that the so-called ‘Last Photo’ of Madeleine, by the Ocean Club swimming pool, was taken at 2.29pm on the last day of their holiday, Thursday 3 May 2007.  In more detail, he has shown that the only day of the week that this photo could possibly have been taken was Sunday, 29th April, the only warm and sunny day that week.

Lizzy 'HiDeHo' Taylor is a British-born businesswoman now living in Canada. Right from the start, she was convinced that the McCanns’ account of events on their holiday in Praia da Luz was not true, and began to make a major contribution to public understanding of the case in a prolific series of YouTube vidoes. She also joined CMOMM in the early days and her research is well worth studying in depth.

Perhaps the single most important piece of work that Lizzy thoroughly researched was her patient, detailed analysis of all the statements made by witnesses who claimed that Madeleine was alive after Sunday 29 April, which she published here on CMOMM.  She recognised that some key witnesses were clearly not independent, such as the McCanns and their close-knit group of friends, who have been called the Tapas 7. She paid special attention to a claim by the McCanns & Madeleine’s crèche supervisor, Catriona Baker, that they were with Madeleine at a ‘high tea’ between about 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 3 May, the night Madeleine was reported missing. This alleged event was important because the Portuguese Police believed that Catriona Baker was being truthful. Lizzy’s exhaustive analysis of the multiple contradictions between the McCanns and Catriona Baker’s account of events cast severe doubt on the claim that Madeleine was still alive at 6pm that evening, and led to CMOMM members questioning when she was last seen by anyone independent that week. Her analysis can be viewed on the forum and we have links to many of her best videos.     

Richard D Hall has made five documentary films about Madeleine McCann, which have been viewed tens of millions of times on YouTube. He joined CMOMM in 2014, the year when his first Madeleine documentary, ‘The True Story of Madeleine McCann’, was suddenly released and was immediately watched by millions. There was an amazing response to his 4-hour presentation of mountains of disturbing facts hitherto withheld by the mainstream media. Literally dozens of people have uploaded his Madeleine documentaries onto their own YouTube channels.  At the end of his first film he publicly acknowledged the help of articles on CMOMM in the preparation of his film. Richard’s investigative skills have been revealed in a series of true crime investigations, including ‘The Didcot Murders’, ‘Kill Jill’ (on the killing of Jill Dando) and ‘Exit from Brexit’ (on the murder of Jo Cox).


Who are our other members?

Broadly speaking they are a group of good hearted people from all walks of life, who have joined together with a common goal, to see justice for little Madeleine McCann, a lost soul who has been so severely let down by those who should really care.  Her family and the British establishment.

Many members have specialist knowledge or expertise. We would love to give you some of their names but we have to respect our members right to anonymity.

Among our other resident experts are academics, health and social service professionals, those with legal knowledge and police experience , experts in photography - including digital photography - forensics experts including those familiar with DNA analysis, and people from many walks of life whose experience and views help to make up the rich tapestry of this forum.

Sharon 'sharonl' Lawrence is an accountant who amongst other work has carried out analyses of the controversial and very sparse accounts  the McCanns have to provide to Companies House for their company ‘Find Madeleine’ – often falsely described as a charity.

Tania 'Hobs' Cadogan is a statement analyst, an expert at analysing written statements, who has worked in conjunction with Peter Hyatt, the well-known U.S. statement analyst, who  was interviewed at length by Richard Hall for his fourth Madeleine documentary film, ‘Embedded Confessions’.           


On the forum, you’ll find many analytical articles by members of the ‘Madeleine McCann Research Group’ (MMRG). Some of these were former members of the Madeleine Foundation (see our article ‘How it all Began’). Other members here contribute to their work. MMRG also makes use of other excellent research published by those who are not CMOMM members, notably the work of Dr Martin Roberts, most of which is also are published on CMOMM, see this link:

We decided to open up this special section of the forum to promote MMRG’s work. The group intend to republish some of the excellent Madeleine Foundation articles (albeit edited to avoid any libel) which were previously removed from the forum in 2012 because of fears of possible libel action by the McCanns. We’ll put the articles here as we get them.


Right from the start, nearly all members here accept that there is more than enough circumstantial and forensic evidence to believe that Madeleine died in the McCanns’ holiday apartment some time that week.

Three issues have made us all look deeper at when on that holiday Madeleine may have died.

The first was the extraordinary BBC Crimewatch McCann Special shown on 14 October 2013. This hour-long ‘Special’, watched by 7 million viewers, i.e. about one in six of all British adults, put an alleged sighting of a man - carrying a young blond child towards the beach at the very time the McCanns were raising the alarm - as the ‘center of the focus’ of the work being done by the Metropolitan Police into Madeleine’s disappearance. The sighting has divided opinion on the forum ,as cam be seen by searching the word ‘Smithman’ on the forum.

The second was the issue of when the so-called ‘Last Photograph’ of Madeleine McCann was taken.

The McCanns said that this photo of her by the swimming pool was taken at 2.29pm on the last day of her holiday, i.e. Thursday. But expert evidence collated by PeterMac and analysed on the forum left little room for doubt that it must have been taken on the only sunny day that week - Sunday. And there are no other photos of Madeleine that week that we can be certain were taken after Sunday.

We have already mentioned the third issue, namely the work pioneered by Lizzy Taylor in which she cast doubt on whether there was any credible, independent witness evidence of Madeleine being seen alive after Sunday.

For all these reasons, it is the collective view of the CMOMM Admin team that Madeleine must have experienced  a sudden and serious event, probably on Sunday or Monday, which led to her death. 

None of us know how she might have died. That is a subject which his discussed from time to time on the forum.


CMOMM is an open forum that anyone can join. It is primarily an investigative forum. Robust, though polite, disagreement and debate is fine, and welcomed, but be prepared to have your theories challenged if they lack support. Whether you have relevant experience and qualifications or not, do join in where you can, and help us edge ever nearer the truth about what really happened to Madeleine.

The CMOMM Admin Team, April 2019

Moving Onwards and Upwards

There is no knowing what the future holds, from one day to the next it is hoped that some miracle might occur by way of someone in an official capacity speaking out in support of little Madeleine McCann.  Not just a voice but someone who can make a difference, someone who can lead a new initiative in defiance of the common place narrative we've grown to know and despise.

As years go by, the likelihood of this ever happening appears remote in the extreme.  This unfortunate reality will only make CMOMM and the MMRG more determined to continue it's voyage of discovery and it's endeavours to get closer to the truth.  Members come and members go, some faithful members have weathered the storm of the twelve year journey, some have lost interest and returned when something piques interest.  Whatever, members old and new, we are a united force with a single objective - justice in the name of Madeleine McCann.  That we never forget.

So what can we do? 

We can relentlessly continue to explore every avenue, leaving no stone unturned, keep going back to the beginning, keep looking for that missing piece of the jigsaw that might just prove to be the key.  We can keep pushing the authorities for answers, keep badgering them with requests for information, keep reminding them that there is a little three year old girl abandoned by those who should really care - her family, the police and the British establishment.  We can continue to be the irritating thorn in their side that won't go away.  We can continue with an awareness campaign, pass on every new discovery or piece of evidence, to the Portuguese police.

So many good people who have campaigned for justice in the name of Madeleine McCann, have fallen by the wayside for whatever reason.  Good caring folk like Joana Morais and lazzeri-lies-in-the-sun who have given so much to the cause.  Thankfully, the strength of CMOMM has never died, nor ever will until this intriguing case is finally resolved satisfactorily.

Then there is the honourable Snr Gonçalo Amaral, a man whose life has been destroyed by the evil team McCann defence campaign.  He cannot be nor ever will be forgotten, we owe it to him to keep moving forward and keeping his name at the forefront in recognition of his dedication to the case of missing Madeleine McCann.

This case will not go away, not all the time good caring people are involved.  That is why we are here, why CMOMM and the MMRG carry on regardless.  United we stand divided we fall, we are a powerful united force, defeat does not enter into our vocabulary - we are here until the bitter end.

Perhaps all our endeavours will lead nowhere but you don't know unless you try.  If nothing else, we can keep the name of Madeleine McCann alive in her memory.

You are invited to visit the new forum here..

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