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Post by Tony Bennett on 10.09.14 11:18

Brian Kennedy on the McCanns: 'I listened for 15 seconds and knew they were innocent’

A wealthy British businessman was moved to help search for Madeleine McCann after her parents Kate and Gerry became suspects



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Gerry and Kate McCann speaking at the Ocean Club resort on the Algarve the night after Madeleine went missing Photo: Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph


By Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
7:05AM BST 10 Sep 2014



Gerry and Kate McCann never ceased doing what they could to move forward the investigation – which they saw as stalled – into Madeleine’s disappearance. They held, always, to the belief that their daughter could still be alive.

When they returned to the UK from Portugal in September 2007, Gerry insisted it did not mean they were giving up their search for her. ''As parents we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened.”

Three days later, someone who was to be of great and lasting assistance to them got in touch. Brian Kennedy, a wealthy British businessman, had been following events as they unwound in Portugal and wanted to help.

“I was incredulous,” he told us. “I’d been losing all hope and faith in human nature. I had been asking myself, 'How is this possible?’ [Kate] is grieving. My instincts were telling me there was a great injustice being done. I called my lawyer [Top Freemason Edward Smethurst - TB] and said, 'I want you to reach out to these poor folks and see if we can help them’.”

Kennedy, the Scottish-born, Cheshire-based son of a window cleaner, then aged 47, had leapfrogged from trainee accountant to a management role in a kitchen-equipment company, then to the mobile-phone business, double-glazing and plastics. By 2007 his net worth as head of his company, Latium Enterprises, was said to be £250 million.

An experiment with retirement had driven him “nuts” and he was back in the business fray. When he began talking about trying to help the McCanns, friends and colleagues told him not to get involved, that his intervention would end in tears. “What,” he recalled someone saying, “if the parents turn out to be guilty?”

“I remember replying, 'What happens if they’re innocent?’ Can you imagine the horror of losing your daughter… and then the world turning against you and accusing you of being responsible for her murder? Is it not bad enough, the terror, the agony they are going through? I could understand it – I’ve got five kids. I told my lawyer, 'If you feel they’re innocent, then we’ll get behind them and help them’.”

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Kate McCann in Portugal moments after she had been named an official suspect

His lawyer made contact with the McCanns and they met Kennedy in London. “Within 15 seconds of listening to Kate,” he said, “I made a decision, using all the emotional intelligence one builds up over many years. I was 100 per cent convinced of their total innocence. I told them that, one, we would find a top Portuguese lawyer to defend them, and get them off as arguidos [the McCanns had been designated “named suspects” by the Portuguese authorities days before they returned to England]. Two, we’d do everything in our power to influence the public’s perspective and views. And, three, we’d support them in setting up some private investigators … The Portuguese police had stopped investigating. It was urgent to get some other guys on to it.”

Top-level legal help was found in Portugal. At Kennedy’s bidding and at his expense, Clarence Mitchell – a government adviser who had previously acted as the McCanns’ spokesman in Praia da Luz, the holiday resort from where Madeleine had disappeared – quit his Whitehall job and came back on-board.

Kennedy prefers not to reveal how much he spent on helping the McCanns, beyond saying that there were “substantial” outgoings – principally legal and media-related costs. Stephen Winyard, the owner of Stobo Castle Spa, in Peebleshire, and Sir Richard Branson also contributed. However, it was Madeleine’s Fund – the not-for-profit company established to find her in 2007, the board of which Kennedy’s then lawyer joined – that would, in time, deal with the cost of private investigators, once that effort went into high gear.

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Brian Kennedy, the wealthy British businessman who was moved by the McCanns' plight

Present at Kennedy’s first meeting with the McCanns in London were representatives of Control Risks, a firm specialising in security and crisis management. It had already sent detectives to Portugal to see the couple right after Madeleine’s disappearance, at the expense of an anonymous donor whose identity has never been revealed.

Kate McCann had not enjoyed that first encounter. One of the Control Risk operatives was a mysterious figure who introduced himself only as “Hugh”. He was one of the many former intelligence officers the company employed, and a main part of his role now was as a potential kidnap negotiator. Kate, already distraught, had not liked the James Bond atmosphere he brought with him. Besides, there would never be anybody other than hoaxers with whom to negotiate.

As the McCanns’ renewed use of Control Risks began to be mentioned in the press, noises of disapproval came from Portugal. “You cannot have private detectives intervening in criminal cases,” sniffed Carlos Anjos, head of the Polícia Judiciária’s union. The McCanns resolved to go ahead, motivated by advice Gerry had noted during a research trip to the US earlier that summer.

A document issued by the US Justice Department for use by parents of missing children, The Family Survival Guide, recommended considering using private detectives if they could “do something better or different than what is being done by law enforcement”. Given what they saw as the fiasco of the Portuguese police probe, the McCanns nurtured that hope.

“I had no experience at all with private detectives,” Kennedy remembered. “But the way you run a business is all about surrounding yourself with people who understand industries that you don’t understand.” He initially hired two former Metropolitan Police detectives, and in late September decided to follow up a rumour that Madeleine might have been sighted in Morocco. Kennedy and the detectives, who flew out aboard his private jet, hired a Moroccan tourist guide to accompany them to the mountain village where it was reported the missing girl might be. She was not there, but the guide – promised a reward – subsequently spoke of having travelled vast distances circulating Madeleine’s picture. “If I find her,” he said, “I will be rich. I have been promised I will never have to work again – maybe a million pounds.”

“I suppose,” Kennedy said later “we had been looking for low-hanging fruit. After a few weeks, though, we decided we needed to go about it in a very professional way.”

Brian Kennedy had set a potentially useful process in motion. Months earlier, the Portuguese police had produced a poor drawing of the man the McCanns’ friend, Jane Tanner, had seen carrying a child near the holiday apartment in which the McCanns had been staying on the night Madeleine vanished. Now, in England, a British forensic sketch artist took on the job of extracting more and relevant information from Tanner. This fresh image got major media coverage – raising the possibility of new leads.

Kennedy then cast around for suitable private investigators to hire, and picked Método 3, [Gary Hagland, money landering expert hired by Brian Kennedy in September 2007, has been air-brushed out of this improbbale narrative - TB] a Spanish company. The agency’s claims included having located 23 missing children and teenagers. Given that it was not legitimate for investigators to work for the McCanns in Portugal while the police probe was still under way, it was hoped that Método 3 – with its knowledge of the region and its connections in Spain – might prove effective.

It seemed, briefly, that the private detectives could also rebuild bridges with the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária. At the request of the head of Spain’s anti-kidnapping unit, two PJ officers met Método 3 operatives. But the points the private detectives raised did not interest the Portuguese.

Método 3 followed up on a vast number of potential openings in the hunt for Madeleine. Nothing tangible resulted, but they made some startling statements that kept the case in the public eye. “We are 100 per cent sure,” their boss, Francisco Marco, told the American network CBS, “that she is alive. We know the kidnapper. We know who he is and how he has done it.” On the BBC’s Panorama programme, he said: “We are very close to finding the kidnappers.” Then, in early December, he announced: “We believe she is in an area not very far from the Iberian peninsula and North Africa. And we have a fairly certain idea who she is with.”

No facts emerged, however, to back up these claims. According to The Daily Telegraph, a source close to the McCanns said the couple had begun to think “they might have been sold a pup”. A veteran Spanish police detective was derisive. Método 3 would solve the case, he said, “cuando las ranas crecen los pelos” – “when frogs grow hair”.

As the months slipped by, the McCanns made a move they were to regret. A contract was agreed with Oakley International, a US-based company described by a source close to the couple as being apparently “absolutely the best, but extremely secretive”. Oakley was said to employ former FBI, CIA and US Special Forces personnel. It was reportedly agreed that Madeleine’s Fund would pay the company £500,000 under a three-stage contract – with more to come should Madeleine be found alive.

The McCanns and Kennedy at first got the impression that Oakley was doing its job. Its investigators appeared to be collating and following up information that came in as a response to the parents’ appeals, and were conducting covert interviews in Portugal.

But it later emerged that hundreds of calls to a dedicated hotline were never checked by Oakley. [Now formally admitted! - at last - TB] Tapes of interviews conducted in Portugal were said to be useless, involving people irrelevant to the case. Specialists used by Oakley began to find that their bills went unpaid. An undertaking to deliver satellite images of Praia da Luz on the night of May 3, 2007, when Madeleine had disappeared, resulted only in pictures grabbed from Google Earth. With little or no real progress, and as funds continued to haemorrhage, Brian Kennedy called time.

Oakley’s boss Kevin Halligen, it turned out, was a fraud. After his involvement in the Madeleine case, Halligen was arrested in the UK in connection with charges relating to a trading company fraud, and extradited to the United States. He was convicted there on the fraud matter, then deported to Europe.
“The Oakley episode went sort of sweet and sour,” Kennedy told us. “There were genuine guys breaking their back, trying to make a breakthrough. The lion’s share was spent on the investigation, despite what the newspapers say… [But] it all ended in tears.”

It was a major setback, but Kennedy and the McCanns did not give up. On the recommendation of the head of Manchester’s Serious Crime Squad, they went on to hire an experienced former senior police officer, David Edgar. [the man who said Jane Tanner might have seen a woman - TB]  He put in much arduous, systematic work – and held the fort until 2011, when, following an appeal to David Cameron, Scotland Yard began investigating. The dossier the McCanns’ private detectives had gathered was passed to the Yard, and its probe continues today – as Operation Grange.

[No mention of Kennedy and the McCann Team employing Marcos Aragao Correia. No mention of Correia meeting two Metodo 3 men at the Arade Dam in December 2007. No mention of the 4-years in jail for Kevin Halligen and Antonio Giminez Raso. No mention of Kennedy's investigation HQ in Knutsford. No mention of Gary Hagland's key role in the first 6 months. And this is Britain's best-selling quality newspaper? - TB] 
 

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Amelie Mcann (aged 2): "Maddie's jammies!".  

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Post by HelenMeg on 10.09.14 11:25

Did Kennedy really help out of the kindness of his heart? Touched by their plight?
Does anyone believe this? spin
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Post by jeanmonroe on 10.09.14 12:03

@HelenMeg wrote:Did Kennedy really help out of the kindness of his heart? Touched by their plight?
Does anyone believe this? spin

NOT only THAT!

He said he'd pledge and would SPEND his ENTIRE FORTUNE 'backing' the McCanns, if need be! (at that 'time' thought to be 'worth' £435 MILLION)

Hope he told his missus and kids, that in his 'view' the McCanns came first, second and third in his 'priorities', even to the detriment, of his 'family'

McCanns, BK's 'priority' FIRST, SECOND, THIRD..............ONE HUNDRED,....his 'own' family 'responsibilities'..............er, SOMEWHERE ELSE!

Do i 'believe' ANY of THAT?

Hell......................NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Post by Woofer on 10.09.14 14:32

Biased against the PJ from the start :-


“You cannot have private detectives intervening in criminal cases,” sniffed Carlos Anjos, head of the Polícia Judiciária’s union. The McCanns resolved to go ahead, motivated by advice Gerry had noted during a research trip to the US earlier that summer.

A document issued by the US Justice Department for use by parents of missing children, The Family Survival Guide, recommended considering using private detectives if they could “do something better or different than what is being done by law enforcement”. Given what they saw as the fiasco of the Portuguese police probe, the McCanns nurtured that hope. "
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Post by canada12 on 10.09.14 14:46

One is tempted to ask whether Brian Kennedy had anything to do with Madeleine or her parents prior to Madeleine's disappearance.
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Post by SixMillionQuid on 10.09.14 15:21

“I was incredulous,” he told us. “I’d been losing all hope and faith in human nature. I had been asking myself, 'How is this possible?’ [Kate] is grieving. My instincts were telling me there was a great injustice being done. I called my lawyer and said, 'I want you to reach out to these poor folks and see if we can help them’.”


At this stage of the 'disappearance' what the hell is lawyer going to do exactly? Man the phone lines? Get sniffer dogs? What did BK REALLY think a lawyer could do at this stage?


“I remember replying, 'What happens if they’re innocent?’ Can you imagine the horror of losing your daughter… and then the world turning against you and accusing you of being responsible for her murder? Is it not bad enough, the terror, the agony they are going through? I could understand it – I’ve got five kids. I told my lawyer, 'If you feel they’re innocent, then we’ll get behind them and help them’.”


I dont recall them being charged with a criminal offence when BK called his lawyer. Unless BK knew something before everyone else.

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Post by jeanmonroe on 10.09.14 15:57

VERY ODD!

BK: "I told my lawyer, 'If you feel they’re innocent, then we’ll get behind them and help them’.”
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What IF the 'lawyer' had said he did NOT 'feel' they were 'innocent'?

Presumeably there'd be NO 'backing' or help from 'non' BK.
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“I was incredulous,” he told us. “I’d been losing all hope and faith in human nature. I had been asking myself, 'How is this possible?’

WHY was 'non' BK 'incredulous'?

"How is this possible, he asks?"

What? ANOTHER mother possibly 'killing her kid'?

Non BK wants to get out more, imo.

Mothers kill their kids quite often.

(Mikaeel Kular, Rebecca and Daniel Smith, Harry and Elise Donnison and scores more)

Did non BK 'offer' his entire fortune to support Karen Matthews..........FOREVER?

Was non BK 'incredulous' about those 'cases'?

IF he was he certainly hasn't ever been 'quoted' as saying he was.

His 'support' for two highly paid 'doctors' seems to me 'incredulous'

WHY them and not 'others'?

ALL VERY 'ODD' to me.

Perhaps he's never heard of 'DOCTOR' HAROLD SHIPMAN, that lovely village GP!
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Post by aiyoyo on 10.09.14 16:07

Alright, count to 15........then hold your breath guys....


OK, they are innocent......" My instincts were telling me there was a great injustice being done."

Great injustice?

And, I thought an abduction is a great calamity. What invokes the great injustice feeling?

Priceless.
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Post by biggles on 10.09.14 16:45

Was BK there during the holiday? Maybe himself, or friends of his, which resulted in him having to back the mccann's? Clearly he's been paying all the cheques to Farter Cluck. I'm on the fence about the 'swinging theory'.. but maybe this is one small (visible to us) part of the 'establishment' figures that are being protected?
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Post by PeterMac on 10.09.14 16:48

The PJ,  LeicPol, the NPIA, Grime, Eddie and Keela, The Ambassador and his staff, John Stalker, Dr Amaral, his successor, the rest of entire team, the prosecution authorities of Portugal, and many many more all come to one conclusion, which they are prepared to commit to paper.
But a double glazing salesman, having listened to the two principal suspects for 15 SECONDS, having studied no documents, listened to no other witnesses, viewed no videos,
is able to come to the opposite conclusion
and his view is respected - because he has lots of money ?

Pray God he is never called for jury service.

How many words can you fit into 15 seconds.
In Kate's case, not many
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YWCVSjIJk8
0:25 - 0:40
Kate: “(Pause) I mean, I did. Errm... (Long Pause) Errm, we'd been
working really hard really. Apart... I mean, the first 48 hours, as Gerry said, are
incredibly difficult and we were almost non-functioning, I'd say, errm, but after that
you get strength from
15 second.  

somewhere. We've certainly had loads of support and that's
given us strength and its been able to make us focus really so we have actually, in
our own way, it might not be physically searching but we've been working really
hard and doing absolutely everything we can, really, to get Madeleine back."

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Post by canada12 on 10.09.14 16:51

@biggles wrote:Was BK there during the holiday? Maybe himself, or friends of his, which resulted in him having to back the mccann's? Clearly he's been paying all the cheques to Farter Cluck. I'm on the fence about the 'swinging theory'.. but maybe this is one small (visible to us) part of the 'establishment' figures that are being protected?

I could be very very persuaded by this argument.
If not BK, then friends of BK.
And if not there in person, then perhaps familiar with some peripheral aspect of the case which may or may not have involved Madeleine...and which may have been under investigation at the time, and which continues to be under investigation....

"Follow the money".
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Post by cockerspaniel on 10.09.14 17:01

@Tony Bennett wrote:Brian Kennedy on the McCanns: 'I listened for 15 seconds and knew they were innocent’

A wealthy British businessman was moved to help search for Madeleine McCann after her parents Kate and Gerry became suspects





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Gerry and Kate McCann speaking at the Ocean Club resort on the Algarve the night after Madeleine went missing Photo: Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph


By Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
7:05AM BST 10 Sep 2014



Gerry and Kate McCann never ceased doing what they could to move forward the investigation – which they saw as stalled – into Madeleine’s disappearance. They held, always, to the belief that their daughter could still be alive.

When they returned to the UK from Portugal in September 2007, Gerry insisted it did not mean they were giving up their search for her. ''As parents we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened.”

Three days later, someone who was to be of great and lasting assistance to them got in touch. Brian Kennedy, a wealthy British businessman, had been following events as they unwound in Portugal and wanted to help.

“I was incredulous,” he told us. “I’d been losing all hope and faith in human nature. I had been asking myself, 'How is this possible?’ [Kate] is grieving. My instincts were telling me there was a great injustice being done. I called my lawyer [Top Freemason Edward Smethurst - TB] and said, 'I want you to reach out to these poor folks and see if we can help them’.”

Kennedy, the Scottish-born, Cheshire-based son of a window cleaner, then aged 47, had leapfrogged from trainee accountant to a management role in a kitchen-equipment company, then to the mobile-phone business, double-glazing and plastics. By 2007 his net worth as head of his company, Latium Enterprises, was said to be £250 million.

An experiment with retirement had driven him “nuts” and he was back in the business fray. When he began talking about trying to help the McCanns, friends and colleagues told him not to get involved, that his intervention would end in tears. “What,” he recalled someone saying, “if the parents turn out to be guilty?”

“I remember replying, 'What happens if they’re innocent?’ Can you imagine the horror of losing your daughter… and then the world turning against you and accusing you of being responsible for her murder? Is it not bad enough, the terror, the agony they are going through? I could understand it – I’ve got five kids. I told my lawyer, 'If you feel they’re innocent, then we’ll get behind them and help them’.”

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Kate McCann in Portugal moments after she had been named an official suspect

His lawyer made contact with the McCanns and they met Kennedy in London. “Within 15 seconds of listening to Kate,” he said, “I made a decision, using all the emotional intelligence one builds up over many years. I was 100 per cent convinced of their total innocence. I told them that, one, we would find a top Portuguese lawyer to defend them, and get them off as arguidos [the McCanns had been designated “named suspects” by the Portuguese authorities days before they returned to England]. Two, we’d do everything in our power to influence the public’s perspective and views. And, three, we’d support them in setting up some private investigators … The Portuguese police had stopped investigating. It was urgent to get some other guys on to it.”

Top-level legal help was found in Portugal. At Kennedy’s bidding and at his expense, Clarence Mitchell – a government adviser who had previously acted as the McCanns’ spokesman in Praia da Luz, the holiday resort from where Madeleine had disappeared – quit his Whitehall job and came back on-board.

Kennedy prefers not to reveal how much he spent on helping the McCanns, beyond saying that there were “substantial” outgoings – principally legal and media-related costs. Stephen Winyard, the owner of Stobo Castle Spa, in Peebleshire, and Sir Richard Branson also contributed. However, it was Madeleine’s Fund – the not-for-profit company established to find her in 2007, the board of which Kennedy’s then lawyer joined – that would, in time, deal with the cost of private investigators, once that effort went into high gear.

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Brian Kennedy, the wealthy British businessman who was moved by the McCanns' plight

Present at Kennedy’s first meeting with the McCanns in London were representatives of Control Risks, a firm specialising in security and crisis management. It had already sent detectives to Portugal to see the couple right after Madeleine’s disappearance, at the expense of an anonymous donor whose identity has never been revealed.

Kate McCann had not enjoyed that first encounter. One of the Control Risk operatives was a mysterious figure who introduced himself only as “Hugh”. He was one of the many former intelligence officers the company employed, and a main part of his role now was as a potential kidnap negotiator. Kate, already distraught, had not liked the James Bond atmosphere he brought with him. Besides, there would never be anybody other than hoaxers with whom to negotiate.

As the McCanns’ renewed use of Control Risks began to be mentioned in the press, noises of disapproval came from Portugal. “You cannot have private detectives intervening in criminal cases,” sniffed Carlos Anjos, head of the Polícia Judiciária’s union. The McCanns resolved to go ahead, motivated by advice Gerry had noted during a research trip to the US earlier that summer.

A document issued by the US Justice Department for use by parents of missing children, The Family Survival Guide, recommended considering using private detectives if they could “do something better or different than what is being done by law enforcement”. Given what they saw as the fiasco of the Portuguese police probe, the McCanns nurtured that hope.

“I had no experience at all with private detectives,” Kennedy remembered. “But the way you run a business is all about surrounding yourself with people who understand industries that you don’t understand.” He initially hired two former Metropolitan Police detectives, and in late September decided to follow up a rumour that Madeleine might have been sighted in Morocco. Kennedy and the detectives, who flew out aboard his private jet, hired a Moroccan tourist guide to accompany them to the mountain village where it was reported the missing girl might be. She was not there, but the guide – promised a reward – subsequently spoke of having travelled vast distances circulating Madeleine’s picture. “If I find her,” he said, “I will be rich. I have been promised I will never have to work again – maybe a million pounds.”

“I suppose,” Kennedy said later “we had been looking for low-hanging fruit. After a few weeks, though, we decided we needed to go about it in a very professional way.”

Brian Kennedy had set a potentially useful process in motion. Months earlier, the Portuguese police had produced a poor drawing of the man the McCanns’ friend, Jane Tanner, had seen carrying a child near the holiday apartment in which the McCanns had been staying on the night Madeleine vanished. Now, in England, a British forensic sketch artist took on the job of extracting more and relevant information from Tanner. This fresh image got major media coverage – raising the possibility of new leads.

Kennedy then cast around for suitable private investigators to hire, and picked Método 3, [Gary Hagland, money landering expert hired by Brian Kennedy in September 2007, has been air-brushed out of this improbbale narrative - TB] a Spanish company. The agency’s claims included having located 23 missing children and teenagers. Given that it was not legitimate for investigators to work for the McCanns in Portugal while the police probe was still under way, it was hoped that Método 3 – with its knowledge of the region and its connections in Spain – might prove effective.

It seemed, briefly, that the private detectives could also rebuild bridges with the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária. At the request of the head of Spain’s anti-kidnapping unit, two PJ officers met Método 3 operatives. But the points the private detectives raised did not interest the Portuguese.

Método 3 followed up on a vast number of potential openings in the hunt for Madeleine. Nothing tangible resulted, but they made some startling statements that kept the case in the public eye. “We are 100 per cent sure,” their boss, Francisco Marco, told the American network CBS, “that she is alive. We know the kidnapper. We know who he is and how he has done it.” On the BBC’s Panorama programme, he said: “We are very close to finding the kidnappers.” Then, in early December, he announced: “We believe she is in an area not very far from the Iberian peninsula and North Africa. And we have a fairly certain idea who she is with.”

No facts emerged, however, to back up these claims. According to The Daily Telegraph, a source close to the McCanns said the couple had begun to think “they might have been sold a pup”. A veteran Spanish police detective was derisive. Método 3 would solve the case, he said, “cuando las ranas crecen los pelos” – “when frogs grow hair”.

As the months slipped by, the McCanns made a move they were to regret. A contract was agreed with Oakley International, a US-based company described by a source close to the couple as being apparently “absolutely the best, but extremely secretive”. Oakley was said to employ former FBI, CIA and US Special Forces personnel. It was reportedly agreed that Madeleine’s Fund would pay the company £500,000 under a three-stage contract – with more to come should Madeleine be found alive.

The McCanns and Kennedy at first got the impression that Oakley was doing its job. Its investigators appeared to be collating and following up information that came in as a response to the parents’ appeals, and were conducting covert interviews in Portugal.

But it later emerged that hundreds of calls to a dedicated hotline were never checked by Oakley. [Now formally admitted! - at last - TB] Tapes of interviews conducted in Portugal were said to be useless, involving people irrelevant to the case. Specialists used by Oakley began to find that their bills went unpaid. An undertaking to deliver satellite images of Praia da Luz on the night of May 3, 2007, when Madeleine had disappeared, resulted only in pictures grabbed from Google Earth. With little or no real progress, and as funds continued to haemorrhage, Brian Kennedy called time.

Oakley’s boss Kevin Halligen, it turned out, was a fraud. After his involvement in the Madeleine case, Halligen was arrested in the UK in connection with charges relating to a trading company fraud, and extradited to the United States. He was convicted there on the fraud matter, then deported to Europe.
“The Oakley episode went sort of sweet and sour,” Kennedy told us. “There were genuine guys breaking their back, trying to make a breakthrough. The lion’s share was spent on the investigation, despite what the newspapers say… [But] it all ended in tears.”

It was a major setback, but Kennedy and the McCanns did not give up. On the recommendation of the head of Manchester’s Serious Crime Squad, they went on to hire an experienced former senior police officer, David Edgar. [the man who said Jane Tanner might have seen a woman - TB]  He put in much arduous, systematic work – and held the fort until 2011, when, following an appeal to David Cameron, Scotland Yard began investigating. The dossier the McCanns’ private detectives had gathered was passed to the Yard, and its probe continues today – as Operation Grange.

[No mention of Kennedy and the McCann Team employing Marcos Aragao Correia. No mention of Correia meeting two Metodo 3 men at the Arade Dam in December 2007. No mention of the 4-years in jail for Kevin Halligen and Antonio Giminez Raso. No mention of Kennedy's investigation HQ in Knutsford. No mention of Gary Hagland's key role in the first 6 months. And this is Britain's best-selling quality newspaper? - TB] 
 

'Looking For Madeleine’ by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (Headline, £18.99) is available from Telegraph Books for £16.99 + £1.95 p&p (0844 871 1514 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     0844 871 1514  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or [url=http://visit books.telegraph.co.uk/]visit books.telegraph.co.uk[/url])

© Anthony Summers and
HMMMM, I find the following passage very interesting..

Kate McCann had not enjoyed that first encounter. One of the Control Risk operatives was a mysterious figure who introduced himself only as “Hugh”. He was one of the many former intelligence officers the company employed, and a main part of his role now was as a potential kidnap negotiator. Kate, already distraught, had not liked the James Bond atmosphere he brought with him. Besides, there would never be anybody other than hoaxers with whom to negotiate.

Is Kate Mccann telling us here that she knew there would be no point in hiring someone who dealt with kidnapping negotiations, as they would all just be hoaxers anyway?? How does she know they would all be hoaxes...unless...of course...she KNEW that MBM was not kidnapped/abducted. Surely, if you just KNEW that your child had been kidnapped/abducted then having an experienced person on hand who knew what to do in this type of situation would be a good thing..no?

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Post by margaret on 10.09.14 17:18

@Tony Bennett wrote:

Kate McCann had not enjoyed that first encounter. One of the Control Risk operatives was a mysterious figure who introduced himself only as “Hugh”. He was one of the many former intelligence officers the company employed, and a main part of his role now was as a potential kidnap negotiator. Kate, already distraught, had not liked the James Bond atmosphere he brought with him. Besides, there would never be anybody other than hoaxers with whom to negotiate.


This sentence needs expanding on, in what context was it made?

If it was when Hugh appeared how did they know they would only get hoaxers to negotiate with?

If it's past tense who were the hoaxers , I can only remember one incident when a ransom was made so why the plural?

What's in the files about hoaxers?

It may be apparent now who arranged/commissioned this book. Kennedy.

ETA, I see cocker spaniel beat me to it!
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Post by jeanmonroe on 10.09.14 18:22

Two, we’d do everything in our power to influence the public’s perspective and views.
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WHY would the 'public' perception NEED 'influencing'?

Did the 'public' have doubts about the 'story' they'd been TOLD?

Here were two doctors who's kid had been 'abducted' from the apartment, so ONLY THEY SAY, where they had left their THREE kids, all alone, ALL under 4 years of age, and didn't even bother to lock the doors, whilst they went for dinner, out of sight and earshot.

They sat at their table with their BACKS towards their apartment.

People were 'sympathetic' UNTIL the first LIES about the 'smashed, jemmied, broken' shutter, and forced window, as the means of how the burglator, forced his way into the apartment, to 'abduct' Madeleine, were PROVEN to be just that..............A BIG FAT TISSUE OF LIES!

So people started asking themselves IF they have LIED about THAT, pretty important 'fact', what else have they LIED about?

The people's perception CHANGED from that moment on.

Then came the discrepancies and downright contradictory 'witness' statements from themselves and their 'friends' the T7.

Tampering with the 'crime' scene by Gerry McCann and 'others'

The non exsistant 'searching' after the first night 'searching' for an hour, and by ANY of the McCann family 'members' when they rushed to PDL, the non 'searching' by any of their  'friends'.

WHY wouldn't you join the 'search' in desperation for your friend's 'missing' child?

The McCanns and their friends 'condemned' themselves to ridicule by THEIR OWN ACTIONS, or probably, more accurately, THEIR INACTIONS to help find a 'missing' child!

The 'missing' child's own mother saying it 'didn't matter if the case, about finding out what happened to her child, was re-opened' and the 'missing' child's own parents saying 'we were glad the investigation, into our 'missing' daughter was CLOSED' didn't help INFLUENCE public 'perception' towards them, one little bit, did it, Mr BK?

That's WHY the public HAD to have their perception 'influenced'

IT DIDN'T WORK Mr BK!

The cat was out of the bag, the genie out of the bottle!

ASK yourself this Mr BK:

WHY would the parents of a 'missing' child consciously JEOPARDISE an investigation and NOT collaborate, to the nth degree, with the police investigation into the 'disappearance' of their OWN daughter?
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Post by Montclair on 10.09.14 18:59

If Mr.. Summers wished to be an objective author why didn't he offer to have a chapter on someone who, after listening to the McCanns for 15 seconds, decided that they were hiding something and could be involved in Madeleine's disappearance.
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Jason Statham rehearsing the part of Brian Kennedy in the upcoming movie : McCanns, Money, & Me.
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Post by jeanmonroe on 10.09.14 19:23

@Montclair wrote:If Mr.. Summers wished to be an objective author why didn't he offer to have a chapter on someone who, after listening to the McCanns for 15 seconds, decided that they were hiding something and could be involved in Madeleine's disappearance.

Like this chap, maybe?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-490254/McCanns-hiding-big-secret-police-chief-claims.html

McCanns 'are hiding a big secret', former police chief claims

Last updated at 14:34 28 October 2007

Kate and Gerry McCann are hiding a "big secret" about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, according a former police chief claims.

John Stalker, who headed a famous inquiry into whether suspected IRA men were killed by RUC officers, is suspicious of their silence.

The former Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police told the Sunday Express: “My gut instinct is that some big secret is probably being covered up"

Just noticed  beware

"MANCHESTER"

BK:
On the recommendation of the head of Manchester’s Serious Crime Squad, they went on to hire an experienced former senior police officer, David Edgar.

SO

Manchester's Serious Crime Squad, 'recommending' they 'hire' a private investigator!

Who still believes, because i haven't heard  to the contrary, that Madeleine is STILL in a secret lair, in the lawless hinterlands, less than 10 kms from PDL, giving her 'captor' her 'tuppenceworth'!

Yet Mr Stalker, of Greater Manchester Police is 'suspicious' of the McCanns, and believes a BIG secret is being COVERED UP!
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Post by Okeydokey on 10.09.14 19:58

"But the way you run a business..."

Indeed...and what was this business.

Summers and Swan are trying to make out the McCanns had no resources to do things like producing a fresh image of the "abductor" seen by JT, before the arrival of a Fairy Godmother in the shape of Brian Kennedy. How much would it have cost for them to hire a competent forensic artist to produce an image? Probably £2000 max, out of a fund already zooming past the £1million mark.

Really we are just back in the familiar territory of perception control through misuse of facts, distortion of the truth, and avoidance of key evidence.
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Post by ProfessorPPlum on 10.09.14 23:17

@PeterMac wrote:The PJ,  LeicPol, the NPIA, Grime, Eddie and Keela, The Ambassador and his staff, John Stalker, Dr Amaral, his successor, the rest of entire team, the prosecution authorities of Portugal, and many many more all come to one conclusion, which they are prepared to commit to paper.
But a double glazing salesman, having listened to the two principal suspects for 15 SECONDS, having studied no documents, listened to no other witnesses, viewed no videos,
is able to come to the opposite conclusion
and his view is respected - because he has lots of money ?

Perfectly put PM

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Post by plebgate on 10.09.14 23:29

It's all sounding so repetitive and tedious (to me anyway).   Is there anything new being divulged by these authors other than some mystery man in a surgical mask and laundry wrapped around his feet?

Edited to add - yes I agree, perfectly put PM.
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Post by waiting for justice on 10.09.14 23:48

Oh yes, Gerry and his "research trip" earlier in the summer. 

I wonder who funded that. 

BK just sounds like someone with so much money that he knows what to do with. 

I take great offence at his comment about influencing public perception. This 
implies to me, shiftyness and lies. This is a prime example of why I no longer buy 
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they clearly categorise me as.
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Post by T4two on 11.09.14 0:02

@Tony Bennett wrote:.....And this is Britain's best-selling quality newspaper? - TB]

And the reason this "quality" newspaper is running this story on their website complete with heart-wrenching pic of a 4-year old is... 16 clicks and you're faced with a paywall.
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Post by BlueBag on 11.09.14 7:56

@PeterMac wrote:The PJ,  LeicPol, the NPIA, Grime, Eddie and Keela, The Ambassador and his staff, John Stalker, Dr Amaral, his successor, the rest of entire team, the prosecution authorities of Portugal, and many many more all come to one conclusion, which they are prepared to commit to paper.
But a double glazing salesman, having listened to the two principal suspects for 15 SECONDS, having studied no documents, listened to no other witnesses, viewed no videos,
is able to come to the opposite conclusion
and his view is respected - because he has lots of money ?
As you are well aware Peter, that is the way our free and "democratic" system works.
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Post by jozi on 11.09.14 8:43

@BlueBag wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:The PJ,  LeicPol, the NPIA, Grime, Eddie and Keela, The Ambassador and his staff, John Stalker, Dr Amaral, his successor, the rest of entire team, the prosecution authorities of Portugal, and many many more all come to one conclusion, which they are prepared to commit to paper.
But a double glazing salesman, having listened to the two principal suspects for 15 SECONDS, having studied no documents, listened to no other witnesses, viewed no videos,
is able to come to the opposite conclusion
and his view is respected - because he has lots of money ?
As you are well aware Peter, that is the way our free and "democratic" system works.
Also he is a business man who is good at making money....is there anything here where there is money to be made ?
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Post by aiyoyo on 11.09.14 9:50

@jozi wrote:
@BlueBag wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:The PJ,  LeicPol, the NPIA, Grime, Eddie and Keela, The Ambassador and his staff, John Stalker, Dr Amaral, his successor, the rest of entire team, the prosecution authorities of Portugal, and many many more all come to one conclusion, which they are prepared to commit to paper.
But a double glazing salesman, having listened to the two principal suspects for 15 SECONDS, having studied no documents, listened to no other witnesses, viewed no videos,
is able to come to the opposite conclusion
and his view is respected - because he has lots of money ?
As you are well aware Peter, that is the way our free and "democratic" system works.
Also he is a business man who is good at making money....is there anything here where there is money to be made ?

Yeap, he does not get to where he is without being shrewd, as all businessmen are.
Rich people feeling generous or that way inclined would, in general, support a charity organization.  If they jump to support a cause while it is still hot in the news it would be in name only, or a one-off donation, to get their names in the press for image reason.

What BK did for the Mcs, strangers to him, was exceptional, that there has got to be more than meet the eyes.   The pertinent question is: what prompted him to contact the Mcs to offer  his help?  Why did he single out this particular case to help?

Do I buy it that it is just down to his big capacity for compassion, surpassing that of Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa combined? Hell .........NO!
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