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9th October 2007

McCann children 'were not alone in apartment'


Significant new evidence about the night Madeleine McCann disappeared has been uncovered, it was claimed, as one of Portugal’s most senior detectives took charge of the investigation.

Paulo Rebelo, an assistant national director of the PJ, took over responsibility for the case last night. He made his name in the investigation into Portugal’s most notorious paedophile ring.

His appointment was made amid reports in Portugal that detectives have evidence contradicting Kate and Gerry McCann's version of the events of the night that they reported their daughter missing.

Police believe that Madeleine and her twin brother and sister may not have been alone in the McCann holiday apartment, but that the children of seven British friends who were on holiday with the McCanns were also present when Madeleine disappeared on May 3, the 24 Horas newspaper claimed.

The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have insisted that Madeleine was with only her two-year-old twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, while they dined with their friends at a tapas restaurant at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz. The group has claimed that their children were in their own apartments and that they made checks on their own children and those of their friends during the evening.

However, a source within the investigation was quoted by 24 Horas as saying: “It’s not only the collected evidence that points to the fact that there were more children inside that [the McCanns'] apartment.

“Evidence also exists, following the interrogations to the other people who that were at the Ocean Club, that only the McCanns’ apartment was visited by the people who attended the dinner.”

The children had visited each other’s apartments regularly in the six days that they had been at the Ocean Club. The newspaper does not explain how any forensic evidence could be pinpointed to the evening of Madeleine’s disappearance.

The newspaper also casts doubt on claims by one of the McCanns’ friends that he was looking after his unwell daughter when he was away from the restaurant on the evening Madeleine disappeared.

It says that Russell O’Brien, a hospital consultant from Exeter, left the restaurant at 9.35pm and returned at 10pm, just minutes before Mrs McCann discovered that Madeleine was missing. Mr O’Brien has strenuously denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance and has never been a formal suspect in the investigation.

24 Horas reported: “The British man guaranteed he took that long because he visited his sick daughter, and she vomited. He says he asked for the sheets to be changed, but the staff at the Ocean Club assured the investigators that nobody asked for any bedsheets to be changed that evening.”

Mr O’Brien’s partner, Jane Tanner, told police that she had seen a man carrying a girl away from the McCanns’ apartment at 9.15pm. However, another witness has insisted that she was not in the area at that time.

A source within the PJ is quoted by 24 Horas as saying: “In face of so many contradictions and in face of the forensics results that we already hold, we have very few doubts that the girl died inside that apartment, and we only have doubts about who concealed the corpse.”

The report follows claims in the British media that although tests on samples discovered in the McCanns’ apartment and hire car do not prove that Madeleine is dead, they have strengthened the theory that her parents were involved in her disappearance.

A source at the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham, which carried out the tests on behalf of the Portuguese authorities, is reported to have said that the results showed police were right to make the couple arguidos, or official suspects.

However, the McCanns’ British law firm, Kingsley Napley, has brought in its own forensic team to explain why the samples may be totally unconnected to Madeleine’s disappearance.

The couple insist that any DNA found in the Renault Scenic hired 25 days after Madeleine’s disappearance could have been transferred innocently from their daughter’s clothing when they moved to a new apartment.

Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, said today: “Kate and Gerry have nothing to hide at all. They are perfectly happy to answer any of this, if it comes to it. There are wholly innocent explanations for anything the police may or may not have found."

Mr Mitchell said the couple were unable to grieve for Madeleine because they did not know yet what had happened to their daughter. “They need that knowledge whether Madeleine is alive or dead - let’s face it, she might be,” he said. “They need to know, before they can move on, before they can deal with that.

“In the absence of that hard information, they are doing what they can to, one, clear their names of these dreadful smears and, two, to actually get on with the job of finding her. That is the message we want to go to police in Portugal - ‘find Madeleine’.”
The couple hope that the appointment of a new head of the investigation will refocus the inquiry on finding their daughter. Mr Rebelo was appointed last night after the demotion of the previous lead investigator, Gonçalo Amaral, who had claimed that British police were being manipulated by Madeleine’s parents.

Mr Rebelo made his career at the Central Directory for the Investigation of Drug Trafficking before being appointed one of four associate directors of the PJ. He was head of the Criminal Investigation department in Lisbon when it uncovered a notorious paedophile ring. The “Casa Pia” ring had been abusing boys at state-run children’s homes for decades before being uncovered in 2002. Those alleged to have been involved included senior politicians, a former ambassador, celebrities and wealthy businessmen.

Mr Rebelo was described by colleagues as “highly regarded internally, he has done some excellent work for the PJ, he is nice and a good communicator”. He is close to the PJ’s national director, Alipio Ribeiro.



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"However, the McCanns’ British law firm, Kingsley Napley, has brought in its own forensic team to explain why the samples may be totally unconnected to Madeleine’s disappearance.

The couple insist that any DNA found in the Renault Scenic hired 25 days after Madeleine’s disappearance could have been transferred innocently from their daughter’s clothing when they moved to a new apartment."



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Post by Verdi on 08.11.18 23:37

Madeleine

Headlines, hate mail and Kate McCann.


2nd June 2011

One May afternoon in 2007 in Praia da Luz, Portugal, barely 48 hours before their daughter Madeleine disappeared, Kate and Gerry McCann took their three young children down to the beach. It began to rain, and the children were grumpy, but the promise of an ice cream worked its magic.
Kate and the kids sat on a bench as Gerry went over to the shop, about 25 feet away. When he called to Kate to come and give him a hand with the five ice creams, she was "momentarily torn. Would the children be OK on the bench while I nipped over? I hurried across, watching them all the time."

Life as a parent, as anyone with children knows, is crammed with such split-second judgements and (sometimes) misjudgements, so when the McCanns' story hit the press just a couple of days after that afternoon ice cream, parents all over the world caught their breath, recognising the situation. Would we have chosen to eat dinner while our children slept, unguarded, a matter of yards away? Some of us would, some of us wouldn't, but I doubt there is a parent on this earth who hasn't negotiated with their child's safety in similar ways at one time or another.

Kate McCann says her main motive in writing Madeleine was to "give an account of the truth". Given how much false information has been circulated about the family, this impulse to exert a little control excites my full sympathy. One night, exhausted and sad, she switched
on the TV for light relief, only to see a picture of her daughter with the headline "She's dead" as the following day's newspapers were previewed. The McCanns often felt that they were kept in the dark by the police, so, for all she knew, a body could have been found - but time and again, she and Gerry were forced to pick their battles, to shrug off the lorryloads of critical comment, because anything that impeded the search for their daughter had to be ignored.

Much of the comment certainly has been negative. Even now, I am not sure I understand how the McCanns came to be considered as arguidos (named suspects). Although I imagine that the Portuguese police would offer a different version of some of the events described here, no UK official believed that the McCanns were in any way responsible for their daughter's disappearance. That didn't stop the headlines and the hate mail, however, so it seems both understandable that Kate should want to take this opportunity to set the record straight and fair that she should do so.

Yet the book clearly has another reason for existing: Kate wrote it because she knew that there was a market for it. The search for Mad­eleine can continue only if there is money, and all royalties go to the fund set up in her name. With no evidence that their daughter is dead, the McCanns are determined to go on looking. Meanwhile, it's a particularly gruesome limbo they are condemned to inhabit. Kate depicts it here with chilling precision.

Before tragedy struck, this was an ordinary family. Kate tells of her happy Catholic childhood in Liverpool, where her grandad had been "chief clerk for a firm importing nuts and dried fruits". She recalls midnight feasts of pickled onion crisps and dancing to Seventies disco hits. Then came Gerry, youngest in a "boisterous" family of five, growing up in a one-bedroom tenement in Govan. Both he and Kate did well at school and went on to study medicine, she at Dundee and he at Glasgow - which is where, as junior doctors, they met.

These were clearly hard-working and driven young people. Even so, their early married years were tough. There was the hard graft of moving between jobs as he trained in cardiology. She specialised as an anaesthetist, but, wanting more sociable hours, eventually opted to be a GP. Then there was the trying - and failing - to conceive a child. I was startled to read that all three McCann children were IVF babies. Mad­eleine, their first, arrived after many attempts. "Suddenly," Kate writes, "your world revolves around this little bundle, and you don't mind in the slightest."

Madeleine is crammed with clichés of this kind, but I confess that, far from bothering me, they drew me in. Kate McCann is not a writer and makes no claims to be one - the power of her book lies in its straightforward, chatty ordinariness. It is hard, too, not to admire its complete lack of self-pity, bolstered by the McCanns' uncomplicated though sorely tested religious faith. The agony lies in the small, casual detail.

Take how, when friends first suggested a spring holiday in the Algarve, Kate wasn't keen. It seemed like a lot of effort, with three children who were so small - all that equipment to lug around. But, not wanting to spoil things, she came round to the idea. "It was the first in a series of apparently minor decisions I'd give anything to change now."

Another factor was how and where they put their children down to sleep at the resort. The McCanns' apartment was on a corner with easy access from the street. It is now considered likely that someone was keeping an eye on their comings and goings. And it wasn't until a whole year later, when finally they were given access to the police files, that Kate discovered that anyone checking the book at reception would have seen a note stating that the McCann party wished to eat in the tapas restaurant every night because they were leaving young children alone in the apartments and needed to be able to check on them easily.

The story of how Madeleine went missing need not be repeated here, but the book gives us what the press never could: a sense of the misery of that first night and those that followed. The slow breaking of dawn, followed by the sickening job of telling the news to relatives in the UK. Kate's inability to stop banging and bruising her fists on the metal railings of the veranda, "trying to expel the intolerable pain inside me". Gerry breaking down and "roaring like a bull".

The McCanns were soon, and wisely, given access to a trauma specialist, who immediately reassured the couple that they seemed like model parents. "I cannot overstate how much such kind reassurance meant to us at that moment," Kate writes. He explained to them the importance of taking control little by little, "starting with tiny actions as simple as making ourselves a cup of tea".

In fact, kindness and forgiveness - being gentle with yourself in the face of unrelenting shock - is the core, though perhaps unwitting, theme of Kate McCann's book. Her husband was able to shut off his pain for hours at a time in order to deal with the world - something that she admits she occasionally resented. With touching self-awareness, she describes how she could not do the same. She was unable to settle to anything that did not relate directly to finding Madeleine: "I could not even sit down unless it was for a purpose, to eat or to work at the computer."

She conjures a heartbreaking image of the bereft mother, condemned to pace up and down eternally, sniffing for her young. It was two years before she could listen to music or watch television, or allow herself to take pleasure in anything at all without feeling that she was letting her daughter down.

Hugging friends whom she hadn't seen since before Madeleine disappeared, she would find she could "hardly bear to let go", because she knew that the moment she stepped back and saw their faces, she would be reminded of "days spent together with Madeleine". She also says candidly that her sex life with Gerry suffered and that she finally took "a cognitive approach" to getting it back on track.

Years later, even beginning to feel more normal brings its own problems. She worries about what people will think if they see her speaking crossly to her other children in public. Or that, if "people saw me smile or laugh, they'd think it inappropriate". She has a fear that if anyone spots her shopping in Marks & Spencer, they will frown on her "for not going somewhere cheaper like Aldi and putting the pennies saved into Madeleine's fund".

If Kate McCann doesn't feel she deserves to be forgiven, it is striking nevertheless that this is a boldly empathetic and forgiving book. She writes without bitterness about the people whose correspondence goes straight into the "nutty box".

As doctors, she and Gerry have some professional experience of dealing with mental illness, and are not surprised that their tragedy attracts such attention - "within days of Madeleine's disappearance, several people with major psychiatric problems made their way over to Praia da Luz". And although the trauma specialist had warned them that they would lose some good friends (and they did), she is grateful for the "quiet majority". Astonishingly, perhaps, she still believes that "most human beings are inherently good".

Even though I am sure there is a readership for Madeleine, many others will feel free to discuss and comment on the book without having read it. I would urge them to be as kind and non-judgemental as Kate McCann has been. Although she and Gerry come across as remarkably strong - clearly their love for their two remaining children, together with the search for Madeleine, has kept them going - I don't think anyone should underestimate how vulnerable they are.

To endure tragedy of this sort, followed by relentless press attention, leaves you raw, your skin feeling stripped right off. One night almost a year after they lost Madeleine, the couple woke in the night in Leicester to find the whole room shaking. "With the occasional death threat turning up in our morning mail, it is perhaps not surprising that our first instinct was to think we were being attacked."

Thankfully the "attack" turned out to be an earth tremor. You hope for the McCanns' sake that, whether or not they ever discover what happened to their daughter, the agonising rawness - like the tremor - will eventually subside to nothing.

https://www.newstatesman.com/books/2011/05/kate-mccann-madeleine-children

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‘It’s likely to be painful’: Madeleine McCann’s 10th anniversary
A decade of reporting without ‘conscience’ has persecuted the missing child’s parents


29th April 2017

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Wednesday, May 3rd , marks 10 years since three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from a Portuguese holiday apartment while her parents dined with friends in a tapas bar about 50m away.

Ten years of a relentless search for a child by her parents, by three police forces, by a slew of private investigators. Ten years of tabloid splashes and libel suits, of suspects fingered, cleared or never traced; of books, documentaries and pet theories. Ten years of blame games.

Few issues flush out more self-righteous bile than other people’s parenting. From the earliest days, one thing has remained constant: the public vilification and online persecution of the missing child’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

Ten years on, tweets critical of the couple continue to roll in at a furious rate. According to a recent pilot study of online trolling, tweets with the hashtag #McCann were averaging 100 an hour.

“It doesn’t ever stop. Somewhere in the world, someone is doing this. . .and you’re either with them or against them,” says Dr John Synnott, a Dubliner and senior lecturer in investigative psychology who led the study at the University of Huddersfield.

The anti-McCanns are bound by a common goal: to prove Kate and Gerry McCann guilty of their daughter’s disappearance.

A distinguishing feature of the so-called anti-McCanns is their organisation and in-group bonding. Operating in what the academic calls an “anti-social network”, the group has a strong female presence and many have made this part of their identity, the first thing they do when they wake up and to which they devote inordinate time.

As such, they do not regard themselves as “trolls”, he says, rather “as campaigners, as seekers of justice, as proprietors of morality”.

The bigger picture of the study is that Twitter – unlike Facebook – facilitates anonymity. Posters can hide their true identities for the most part, and as such may engage with impunity in casual savagery of word and tone.

The anti-McCanns are bound by a common goal: to prove Kate and Gerry McCann guilty of their daughter’s disappearance. In this hostile online environment, anyone who argues otherwise is a “shill”, in the paid employ of the McCanns and/or is engaged in a criminal cover-up with a sinister media, government and justice complex to protect paedophiles.

The anti-McCanns’ pin-up is Gonçalo Amaral, the 57-year-old Portuguese lead investigator who was taken off the case in 2007 after giving an interview criticising the British police. Amaral’s 2008 book, which earned him £344,000 (€407,000) according to the British Sun, drew a civil lawsuit for damages from the McCanns who were awarded £430,000 plus interest in damages. This was overturned on appeal, and the Portuguese Supreme Court went on to uphold Amaral’s right to freedom of expression.

Almost forgotten in this social-media free-for-all is the child who would turn 14 on Friday week, whose strikingly pretty, blonde and blue-eyed image is still given the splash treatment over and over to illustrate the latest crackpot theory .
Class conquers everything

Why, of all the missing person cases reported each year, Madeleine McCann’s exploded into the public consciousness and remained there, is no mystery.

Social class overarches everything, says Prof Roy Greenslade, of City University London, a Guardian media commentator and a former editor of the Daily Mirror.

“It played a part in two ways. Initially, the idea of a middle-class professional couple with a lost child probably got more publicity than a working-class child would have. But then it turned in a classist way – ‘okay, can we believe everything they say?’

“It became a contest, putting the couple almost on trial, asking various questions which would be legitimate for a policeman to ask in the privacy of an interview room, but tough to be asked continually, in public, with every bizarre theory explored.”

The suggestion that the McCanns were complicit in their daughter’s disappearance was bounced around with impunity until the couple sued the Daily Express for libel and won £550,000 (plus £375, 000 for the so-called Tapas Seven, their holiday companions).

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Greenslade believes they could have sued virtually all the tabloids. “It was no surprise to me that they were key witnesses in the Leveson [hacking] inquiry. They really had a point.”

The McCanns were not alone in getting damages from a story-hungry media. The first arguido or official suspect was a Portuguese property consultant called Robert Murat, whose home was searched 12 days after Madeleine’s disappearance. After being formally cleared in 2008 , he won £600,000 in libel damages from 11 British papers.

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Yet, editors “really never appreciated how badly they acted”, says Greenslade. They had paid their fines, they argued, and everyone else was doing it. Peter Hill, the then Daily Express editor, told Greenslade after the libel case: “It was a huge story, and every adult in the country had an opinion on it. I admit it helped to sell the paper.
Vile theories

“There were many factors involved, such as the way Maddy’s parents sought publicity in an unprecedented way. All the way through, our principal focus was on ‘what’s happened to Maddy?’ The Portuguese police and British legal sources were leaking stories that implied the McCanns were guilty in some way. We were not to know that the Portuguese police were ineffectual.”

“It was disgraceful”, says Greenslade, “thinking they were engaged in legitimate journalism, when most of the stories emanated from dodgy Portuguese sources and were then repeated by papers that hadn’t checked them out.”

It was this behaviour, Greenslade contends, that “supported the level of vilification that hit the McCanns from the public, that gave licence to people to air their vile theories”.

A few months after Madeleine’s disappearance and before social media had taken a foothold, Greenslade attended a seminar at the London School of Economics, chaired by the BBC’s Steve Hewlett. He was astonished at the “vile” nature of the questions and the way they were put by some audience members.

“It was as if human trolls had turned up, suggesting the parents were guilty either of murdering the child or of abandoning the child. It was like being in front of a mob – and you realised there is no wisdom in the mob. Ever. And it’s been terrible since.

“[Journalists’] job is to keep these things in the front of the public eye, absolutely. But it’s the way it’s done in this case that is beyond the pale”.

Since Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, there have been 8,685 reported sightings of her across 101 countries, including Belgium, New Zealand, Brazil, Bosnia, Sweden, Holland, India and Malta and many more.

Theories propounded by contributors to a documentary aired by Australia’s Channel 7 this week suggest that Madeleine was kidnapped by a human-trafficking gang “working to order”, that she was stolen by a paedophile gang and could still be alive, that she had been roaming around looking for her parents on the street and was run over by a drunk driver who hid her body in one of 600 wells.

Much of the programme reflects the theory-heavy nature of coverage of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

Prof Dave Barclay, a senior lecturer in forensic science at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, also appeared on the documentary. “I’m sure the reason this case has run as long as it has and still arouses fantastic interest even now is because every single one of the explanations, the possible explanations, is implausible, and yet we know one of them must be correct,” he said.

“It might be solved if Madeleine’s body is found and there is evidence either on the body or in the location where the body is found that would point to somebody but otherwise, I don’t think it will ever be solved.

“There is just no physical evidence whatsoever that we can use at this time, even to eliminate some of the theories.”

The early stages of the search for Madeleine McCann ensured there would be no physical evidence.

Early suspects

It took hours for border guards to be alerted and for roadblocks to be put in place, and several days for a global missing person alert to be issued by Interpol.

As well as that, vital evidence was probably destroyed that night by the failure to close off the crime scene, allowing some 20 people to roam through the rooms and the yard.

Kate and Gerry McCann became early suspects. The police theory was that they accidentally killed Madeline sometime after the last independent sighting of her at 6pm, possibly by a sedative overdose. According to this theory, they concealed the body, faked the abduction and, nearly a month later, transported her body in a hire car to dispose of it.

This avenue of investigation had the effect of taking the heat off the police but also meant vital early evidence was ignored.

A hint of the prejudice and hypocrisy inflicted on Kate and Gerry McCann from both police and media is contained in the Daily Express editor’s part-explanation of his actions, that “Maddy’s parents sought publicity in an unprecedented way”.

The police, accustomed to absolute secrecy, were outraged at the couple’s use of the media to raise awareness.

Kate McCann’s stoicism, her grimly maintained jogging routine, and refusal to claw the earth in remorse for her admitted parenting mistakes were deemed proof that she was not a natural mother.

‘Cold and manipulative’

Leaks from within the investigation claimed that her controlled public appearance, even her carefully applied make-up, indicated a “cold and manipulative” personality. Portuguese police suspected her from the very beginning because they could not believe parents would leave their children unattended.

Gerry McCann explained that he and his wife had been advised that self-control might have most impact on a putative kidnapper tuning into their many television appeals. She continued to give tearless, self-flagellating interviews, admitting their mistakes and revealing that their three, much-wanted babies were the result of IVF treatment.

Their choice was stark: give up the search and with it the foul rumours, suspicion, malice and abuse; or continue to ride the media tiger in the hope it would flush out information about Madeleine.

In July, the pressure was piled on when two British sniffer dogs – Eddy and Keela – were brought in. One was trained to sniff out traces of human blood, the other to scent corpses. The dogs raised alerts in the McCanns’ apartment and their hire car.

Though Portuguese police told journalists the DNA tests were a “100 per cent match” for Madeleine, they were in fact, inconclusive. In September 2007, the McCanns were named arguidos. It was almost a year before they were declared no longer suspect by the Portuguese attorney general, and the investigation was archived due to a lack of evidence. It was reopened in 2013, led by a team of officers in Porto.

At that stage, any sensible pair of killers would have breathed a sigh of relief and let the story die. Instead the McCanns pursued a loud, relentless, multimillion-euro global campaign to keep the investigation alive. They set up the Leaving No Stone Unturned campaign, distinguished by its quasi-corporate professionalism, with media professionals, full-time private investigators, travel packs for people going on holidays, 24-hour multilingual call centre and ubiquitous posters.

Their efforts ensured that Madeleine’s case remained live to the point that in 2011, the then British home secretary, Theresa May, announced a review of the evidence by Scotland Yard. After revelations that possible key sightings and artists’ impressions of suspects had been kept from the public for years, that became a full, £10 million criminal inquiry in 2013, to concentrate, said the police pointedly, on a “criminal act by a stranger”.

Chief among those unpublicised sightings was one by an Irish couple, who saw a man 500 yards from the McCann apartment at about 10pm, awkwardly carrying a child matching Madeleine’s description towards the beach. E-fits of him were released in 2013 to coincide with a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction, and he remains a suspect.

Just as usefully, police were able to eliminate a well-publicised prime suspect, a man seen by one of the “Tapas Seven” close to 10pm, carrying a small child in pink pyjamas. Only in 2013 was he revealed to be a British holidaymaker taking his daughter back from the Ocean Club’s evening creche.
Abduction or burglary

Among those being tracked by police at that stage were bogus charity collectors seen knocking on doors in the area and who may have been doing reconnaissance for either an abduction or a burglary, plus a number of fair-haired men, seen loitering suspiciously close to the McCann’s apartment all that day.

Separately, four suspects were questioned on suspicion of being part of a burglary gang that possibly panicked after accidentally killing Madeleine – a prime theory – but they were released.

Mobile phone tracking showed that Euclides Monteiro, a convicted burglar with a drug habit, who had been sacked from the Ocean Club the year before, was also in the area that night. Though he died in a tractor accident in 2009, Portuguese police reopened the investigation later when he was identified as a suspect.

And apparently, leads remain. London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said this week that police had no definitive evidence as to whether Madeleine was alive or dead.

“Where we are today is with a much smaller team focused on a small number of remaining critical lines of inquiry that we think are significant. If we didn’t think they were significant, we wouldn’t be carrying on.”
Crime in the Algarve

One of the most startling aspects of the case is the crime context in the Algarve. Between 2004 and 2010, there had been 12 crimes where an intruder broke into the properties of UK families, within a 60km radius of the McCanns’ resort, including two in Praia da Luz itself.

In six of those, the intruder either got into bed with or sexually assaulted a young female child. At one point, British police were researching the backgrounds of 530 known sex offenders, including 59 regarded as high interest.

There had also been a fourfold increase in the number of robberies in the area. Only weeks before the McCanns’ arrival, there had been two unsolved burglaries in the Ocean Club holiday apartment block. A childminder at the creche has reportedly claimed that the resort was considered so unsafe that nannies were given rape alarms and told not to go outside alone.

Prof David Barclay did not mince his words about the absence of this important context from the reporting frenzy back in 2007: “The Portuguese police and the Portuguese tourist board would have been quite keen not to feature the number of burglaries that were going on in Praia da Luz and other towns on the Algarve.

“And the fact there were random paedophiles going around taking children out of holiday apartments would have probably been quite a disincentive to families turning up for their holidays. So they wouldn’t want to feature that.

“I think that’s possibly an explanation why the Met, recently, were able to find more examples of indecent assaults on children than we’d been told about previously.”

“I truly hope that those reporting on the ‘story’ over the next couple of weeks will have a conscience.”

They referred to the 10-year anniversary as “a horrible marker of time, stolen time”.

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Post by Verdi on 10.11.18 20:13

I guess this gossip magazine can loosely be included under the global media umbrella..

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Gerry McCann shares heartbreaking description of night Madeleine went missing

He's opened up in his first in-depth interview

September 29, 2018 - 17:49 BST Hollie Richardson

Madeleine McCann's father Gerry has opened up about life at home with his daughter before she went missing, in a candid and heartbreaking interview about grief and loss. He described his relationship with Maddie as "incredibly special" on Radio 4, and said: "I formed a very strong bond with her from a young age," before adding: "One of the TV shows we watched together was Dr Who, which people might think, 'You can't have a three-year-old watching Dr Who,' but she loved it [ skull ]I would often do the bedtime story with Madeleine too, she had stars above her bed and that was our time." He also fondly remembered: "I'd take her to the local swimming pool and she would march around the pool and go up to her instructor with her cap and goggles on, smiling - no anxiety about it, she just went in there!"

Talking about the devastating night Maddie went missing during a family holiday to the Algarve in 2007, Gerry fought back the tears as he recalled: "It was disbelief, then panic and terror [ onphone ]. I could only think of one scenario at that time. I remember just being in the bedroom [with wife Kate], distraught - the two of us just completely distraught. The pain, feeling helpless and alone together. It was the most painful realisation and we couldn't get the darkest thoughts out of our minds."

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Highlighting the importance of seeking help for mental health during loss or grief, Gerry shared his own experiences of a counsellor, saying: "We went back to the apartment and the counsellor arrived, Alan, and at the time I just didn't think I was the kind of person who would need counselling or respond to it. But he was great and he said, 'I'm here, you can call me any time.' We were getting more and more distraught, until one of us said, 'Lets phone Alan,' and he came round to the apartment and he started talking to us, just asking about our normal life at home. After listening to us, Alan said, 'You sound like model parents,' [ whisper]  and I suppose at the time, that's something we probably really needed to hear. [ dance ]"

Gerry continued to explain that the help of family, friends and the community are what gave the couple strength, adding: "Getting through the nights was the hardest [ onphone ], the thing that kept us afloat was the twins - having two other children - trying to make sure they had enough love and the attention they deserved was incredibly important." Explaining what life is like eleven years since Maddie's disappearance, he revealed: "Madeleine's room is pretty much as it was, there's a wardrobe full of presents from birthdays and Christmases. I think
the stars are even still up there."

https://www.hellomagazine.com/news/2018092962902/gerry-mccann-maddie-interview/

"I think" says he - those two words change what was intended to be a heart wrenching account of the mental torture experienced at the loss of a child, into a fabricated mawkish public appeal.

No wonder it was a radio broadcast and not televised - how would Professor McCann cope with showing the emotion he pretends to feel  tissues  ?

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Post by Hobs on 10.11.18 22:23

Surely he should know if the stars are still up there.
When they put all the presents from birthdays and Christmas into the wardrobe he would look around the room however briefly, how big is this wardrobe to hold 11 years of presents, are we talking Narnia size?
It would fit in with the fantasy story being spread around.
I wonder what her room looks like today if it is still even her room.
Could one of the twins now be in it?
Could it be storage?
Could it be locked and only kate sticks her head in occasionally to load up the wardrobe with more presents?
Could it even be a private shrine with only kate and gerry having access?

The latter would fit, if locked then there is a key and who knows where that key is kept?
If there is a locked room i can guarantee the twins would be interested, what is behind the locked door?
Have they looked and are keeping silent?
The twins know a damn sight more than they are letting on, when will they decide to start talking i wonder?

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Post by Verdi on 11.11.18 0:27

@Hobs wrote:Have they looked and are keeping silent?
The twins know a damn sight more than they are letting on, when will they decide to start talking i wonder?

A very good point indeed!  

Two schools of thought in my view, bearing in mind I don't believe a word  the parents say (I'm not a statement analyst  titter ) as regards the twins then now or in the future.  Either the twins have been brainwashed from an early age which could quite easily influence their progress through the years or .... they are wise enough to know they've been hoodwinked and will be looking for answers as they get older.  

I'll go with the latter.  Whichever one things for sure - they will never lead normal lives, they will be messed up forever.  That in itself is reason enough for resentment.

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Post by Jill Havern on 11.11.18 9:46

@Hobs wrote:Surely he should know if the stars are still up there.
When they put all the presents from birthdays and Christmas into the wardrobe he would look around the room however briefly, how big is this wardrobe to hold 11 years of presents, are we talking Narnia size?
It would fit in with the fantasy story being spread around.
I wonder what her room looks like today if it is still even her room.
Could one of the twins now be in it?
Could it be storage?
Could it be locked and only kate sticks her head in occasionally to load up the wardrobe with more presents?
Could it even be a private shrine with only kate and gerry having access?

The latter would fit, if locked then there is a key and who knows where that key is kept?
If there is a locked room i can guarantee the twins would be interested, what is behind the locked door?
Have they looked and are keeping silent?
The twins know a damn sight more than they are letting on, when will they decide to start talking i wonder?
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Post by sar on 11.11.18 20:23

"Yard Call in Tapas 7"...for cheese and wine and a friendly chat.  Vomit inducing nonsense.
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MADDIE BLAST

Madeleine McCann’s parents tell ex-cop who has cashed in £350k by accusing them of covering up her death to ‘shut up’

OK have it your way.   Which would you prefer, shutter up or shutter down - the ball is in your court..

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Kate McCann: why didn’t they believe her?

The disappearance of her daughter drove the doctor and mother-of-three to the brink of suicide, she says. Cassandra Jardine reports.



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8:12PM BST 09 May 2011

So far there has been only one public recantation. A tabloid journalist wrote yesterday that he “rues the day” he rubbished the McCanns’ version of the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, four years ago. Many others might follow suit having read Kate McCann’s account of events, which will be published this Thursday, to mark Madeleine’s eighth birthday.

From advance extracts of her book, Madeleine, she emerges not as the hatchet-faced blonde who generated so many vicious blogs, comments and column-inches, but as an ordinary woman who reacted to catastrophe by appearing tight-lipped and dry-eyed. That didn’t mean she wasn’t feeling everything any woman would feel after she checked the holiday apartment in Praia de Luz, in Portugal, at 10pm on Friday, May 3, 2007. In her children’s room, she found the two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, sleeping soundly but in three year-old Madeleine’s bed, only Cuddle Cat was to be found. Seeing the patio windows open, a succession of emotions raced through her brain: “Nausea, terror, disbelief, fear. Icy fear. Dear God, no! Please, no!”

In the days, weeks and years that followed, she tells us that she was prey to such despair that, at times, she contemplated suicide by swimming out to sea. Oblivion would have been preferable to imagining what a paedophile might be doing to her daughter, the guilt that tormented her and those terrible mornings when, having dreamt of being reunited with Madeleine, she awoke to harsh reality.

Many of us would prefer not to revisit this painful story again, especially since there is no resolution to one of the great mysteries of our time. Four years ago, we gorged on every detail of the Tapas Seven, the man seen carrying a child in a blanket, and the DNA testing of the car that the McCanns hired for their Algarve holiday. It was a latter-day Grimms’ fairy story, one that stirred up every parent’s fears because we have all taken tiny risks, whether it be leaving children in the car while dashing to the cashpoint or nipping to the loo when they are playing in water.

Accidents are always foreseeable, but only with hindsight, and most don’t happen. As I wrote then, having visited the crime scene in Praia de Luz, I too would have left my children asleep in the McCanns’ apartment, which was visible (though not entirely) from the resort restaurant. I might not even have checked them as often as the diligent tapas diners, who returned to the rooms every 15 minutes.

Others disagreed vociferously. Men and women have accused Kate, a part-time GP, of being a bad mother and worse, while Gerry, her cardiologist husband, has had a relatively easy ride. Her critics may chiefly wish to reassure themselves that such bad luck could never befall them, but their venom suggests a lingering prejudice against working mothers, especially those who dress neatly, express themselves crisply, go to church and jog in order to keep up some semblance of normality amid emotional chaos.

Had Kate not been pretty, middle-class and educated, she might have received more sympathy – like, say, Karen Matthews, mother of Shannon, who wept fetchingly for the cameras the following year, although her daughter had not in fact been abducted, only hidden for mercenary reasons. Loaded magazine was one of her few supporters when, crassly, it put the bereft mother on a most-fanciable list. That angel face encouraged the fanciful to think that she must be a devil in disguise, guilty if not of murder then of negligence, just like Lindy Chamberlain, whose child disappeared in the Australian outback 27 years previously. Chamberlain served four years in prison before the child’s clothes were found in a dingo’s lair.

Kate was made an arguida – chief suspect – by the Portuguese police, who could not amass enough evidence for a charge. But her book doesn’t have the plaintive tone of a woman seeking to exonerate herself. She chose to write, it seems, not so much to silence those who still call her a wicked woman, but to raise money for the campaign to find Madeleine. With no police force actively pursuing the case, the McCanns want to continue to employ private investigators.

The book should add considerably to the £130,000 left in the kitty. Despite the fine-tooth comb applied to the evidence four years ago by the press, if not the police, fascinating new details emerge from her account. One that made me shudder was that the nine adults in the McCanns’ party block-booked the restaurant near their apartments because it was so close to their sleeping children. Very sensible. But anyone looking for an unattended child could have known this, because a thoughtless member of staff wrote down both the booking, and the reason for it, on a desk at the pool reception, where it could have been easily observed by a paedophile on the lookout for unattended children.

“Who’s thinking about child abductions in a sleepy, out-of-town tourist resort?” asked Gerry McCann, expressing the common view among parents that places stuffed full of other parents with small children are supremely secure. Chillingly, the McCanns learnt after the abduction that not only are such resorts an obvious target for paedophiles, but also that parents should have been warned to be vigilant. In 2008, when the Portuguese police officially stopped pursuing the case, their files revealed that in the three years preceding Madeleine’s disappearance, three intruders had been disturbed in children’s bedrooms within an hour’s drive of Praia de Luz and five children had been abused in their beds while on holiday in the Algarve. Evidence had not been collected, let alone collated or publicised.

Among the known paedophiles who could have been in the area are a British couple, Charles O’Neill, 48, and William Lauchlan, 34, both of whom are now in prison for murder in Britain. In May 2007, they were living in Spain, and possibly Portugal, on false passports. The previous year, they were posing as cleaners in a holiday villa complex in Gran Canaria when a child, Yeremi Vargas, went missing. Another possible suspect is Martin Ney, 40, who last month was arrested for the murder of Dennis Klein, a nine-year-old who vanished on a school trip in Germany in 2001. Ney resembles the photofit of the man seen carrying a child by one of the Tapas Seven, shortly before Madeleine’s bed was found empty.

One day, perhaps, the McCanns will have their answer. They are determined not to give up. Carrying on the fight may be a key reason why they have remained together when differing approaches to shock and grief often drive a wedge between parents. James Bulger’s parents parted soon after he was murdered by children in 1993. So too did those of Sarah Payne, who was abducted by Roy Whiting in Sussex in 2000. Kate is not the first woman to have found her husband’s preference for working all hours to shut out the pain “almost offensive”.

The McCanns have two other children, who have been both a solace and a binding influence. But the thought that saved them from despair was that if Madeleine were found, she would wish to come back to a happy home, not one fractured by grief. It is possible that, like Jaycee Dugard or Natascha Kampusch, the girl in the red dress with the unusual eye will one day reappear.
If so, she will find that her mother and father have behaved in a dignified manner – which is more than can be said of some of their critics.

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Post by Jonal on 12.11.18 19:15

@Verdi wrote:
So far there has been only one public recantation. A tabloid journalist wrote yesterday that he “rues the day” he rubbished the McCanns’ version of the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, four years ago.

Any idea who she is talking about here? I'd like to read his 'recantation' (lol). Whatever can have changed his mind?
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Post by Verdi on 12.11.18 20:53

@Jonal wrote:
@Verdi wrote:
So far there has been only one public recantation. A tabloid journalist wrote yesterday that he “rues the day” he rubbished the McCanns’ version of the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, four years ago.

Any idea who she is talking about here? I'd like to read his 'recantation' (lol). Whatever can have changed his mind?
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Kate McCann's haunting account makes me rue the day I doubted them Daily Mail

David Jones - 9th May 2011

Tiptoeing into her holiday apartment to check on her three sleeping children, a young mother immediately senses something isn't quite right. Strangely, the bedroom door, which she had left only slightly ajar after reading them stories and kissing them goodnight, is now wide open.

And when she tries to return it to its original position it suddenly slams shut — seemingly blown by a draught from the window, whose wooden shutters, she knew, had been tightly closed.

With a mother's thoughtfulness, she resists the urge to turn on the light for fear of waking her children: two-year-old twins and a beautiful pixie of a daughter who will celebrate her fourth birthday in nine days' time. Instead she peers through the darkness, trying to discern them slumbering beneath the covers.

For a few seconds time seems to freeze. And then, realising the oldest girl's bed is empty, her heart lurches, and she dashes frantically around the apartment, checking every cupboard and wardrobe.

Told for the first time in harrowing, moment-by-moment detail, this is Kate McCann's first-hand account of how she discovered that her daughter, Madeleine, had been snatched away from her.

In her 384-page memoir, serialised in The Sunday Times, which is sure to top the best-sellers list when it is published this Thursday – Madeleine's eighth birthday – Kate describes the maelstrom of emotions that overcame her ('nausea, terror, disbelief, fear, icy fear, dear God, no') as she was confronted with every parent's ultimate nightmare.

The personally-penned book, which took her nine months to complete, and was written both as a catharsis and to fund the campaign to find Madeleine, answers many of the questions which have helped make this the most perplexing and darkly compelling missing child case of modern times.

Former GP Kate, now 43, reveals how losing their daughter drove her to the brink of suicide and came close to breaking up her marriage to cardiologist Gerry McCann.

Distressed by the vicious and highly personal vendetta against them – which continues to poison the internet – she also explains why the couple have sometimes tested public sympathy with their apparently aloof and unemotional demeanour.

It wasn't indifference, as some cruelly interpreted, but shock, she said. 'It's quite frightening when I see myself in those early days. To me I look incredibly fragile and confused and lost.

'When I look back at the appeal I did to the abductor, I look as though I'm not connecting. That day, I remember we were concerned we weren't crying. We felt detached from it all and because of that we were worried; would the appeal be so effective?’

Privately, she says, she was – and sometimes still is – 'consumed' by overwhelming guilt and anguish.

By day, she would replay hideous images of Madeleine's broken body 'lying cold and mottled on a big, grey stone slab'; or in the hands of some twisted sex fiend.

'The idea of some monster like this, touching my daughter, stroking her, defiling her perfect little body, just killed me over and over again,' she writes.

'It didn't make any difference that this might not be the explanation for Madeleine's abduction (and please God it isn't). The fact that it was a possibility was enough to prevent me from shutting it out.'

An entry from her diary during those early days reads: 'Crying in bed again. The thought of Madeleine's fear and pain tears me apart. The thought of paedophiles makes me want to rip my skin off.'

At night, her torment comes by way of vividly lifelike recurring dreams. Kate has three, and they are broadly the same. Madeleine is still alive, and so tangible her mother can 'smell her, feel her snuggling into me, like she always did'.

Then she wakes up, and the daughter she and Gerry strove so hard to conceive after months of IVF treatment is no longer in her arms. It is as if she has been ripped away from her all over again.

Though her 42-year-old husband was able to resume a semblance of normality much sooner than his wife, his outwardly tough exterior is deceptive, she suggests.

One day, watching his daughter's favourite Dr Who episode with the twins, she found him silently dissolving into tears.

Reading Kate's haunting account, it is impossible to feel anything but the deepest empathy. In all but the sickest of minds, it will dispel any scintilla of doubt about their involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.

Having started investigating the case soon after she vanished from that ground-floor flat in Praia da Luz, on May 3, 2007, and – to my lasting regret – voicing early suspicions that they might be somehow implicated, I just wish the McCanns had felt able to show this very human face much sooner.

Drawn from Kate's diaries, it is the little details and 'what if's that make it so heart-rendingly human; and so authentic that even the most cynical Portuguese detective will surely no longer doubt its veracity.

Fate began to take its course on New Year's Day, 2007, when their friends Fiona and David Payne said they were planning a week's break at a resort on the Algarve, with two other families, and invited them along.

Four months later, on Saturday, April 28, the McCanns boarded a Portugal-bound plane, and despite tripping on the aircraft steps and cutting her shin, Madeleine was filled with excitement.

Arriving in the chilly, half-deserted out-of-season resort, she pleaded with her mother to join her in the freezing pool, and Kate, who dislikes the cold, simply couldn't refuse.

With a veranda overlooking the resort's garden and tennis courts, the apartment was not only 'lovely' but seemed perfectly secure.

British police later told the couple that its location, on the ground-floor corner of a five-storey block accessible from both the front and side, and partly hidden by trees, made it an ideal target for a child abductor.

However, it was only 18 months later, when the Portuguese authorities formally shelved the inquiry and opened the case file, that Kate and Gerry discovered the chilling gamble they had unwittingly taken by holidaying in such a vulnerable location on the Algarve.

Logged in the papers were five reports where British parents had complained that their children had been sexually molested in their beds as they slept and three more where the intruder had been disturbed before he could assault his would-be victims – again, young Britons on holiday.

Not one of these cases had been mentioned to the McCanns, and Kate says there was 'a familiar thread' – that none appeared to have been taken seriously, either by the Portuguese police or the tour operators concerned.

Of course, this raises extremely serious questions. Was a serial child predator on the loose at the time, and was this covered up for fear of damaging the tourist industry?

If so, this makes the police's determination to focus their inquiries on the McCanns, and make them official suspects, even more inexcusable. The pattern for the holiday was set on their first day. Most mornings and afternoons, the children joined in activities at the toddler and mini clubs whilst the adults sunbathed or played tennis.

But they were all together for a couple of hours at lunch and tea-time, and Kate and Gerry would have fun with Madeleine and the twins in the play area before putting them to bed.

As the resort complex's main restaurant was located about half a mile away, the nine adults in the group decided to dine together every night at the poolside tapas bar, just 30 to 45 seconds' walk from the apartments.

It meant they could easily take turns to nip back to check on the children every half an hour, and wouldn't need to disturb their sleep patterns by taking them out late, or rely on strangers to babysit them.

It was only later, again whilst combing through the police files, that Kate discovered an unintended, though glaring flaw, that could have left the children exposed.

Since the tapas bar had only 15 places, the group had block-booked their reservation for the week. But this request was written in a staff message book left on the reception desk beside the pool.

'This book was by definition accessible to staff, and albeit unintentionally, probably to guests and visitors, too. To my horror I saw that, no doubt in all innocence, the receptionist had added that we wanted to be close to our apartments as we were leaving our children alone there and checking on them intermittently.'

Her final few minutes with Madeleine are forever etched in her memory.

Madeleine, in her Marks & Spencer Eeyore pyjamas, nuzzling her toy Cuddle Cat beneath a 'princess' blanket ... Madeleine asking, and being permitted, to wear her mother's engagement ring for a few moments before she settled down to sleep.

Was the kidnapper already hiding in the apartment when, having ordered dinner, Gerry returned to make the first check, at 9.05pm? It now seems appallingly possible, for the door to the children’s bedroom was open much wider than they had left it.

Glancing into the room, however, their father was reassured. Madeleine was lying on her side, exactly as they had left her.

'He paused for a couple of seconds to look at her and thought to himself, she's so beautiful,' recalls Kate.

Then he pulled the door back to its original position and, after using the bathroom, he returned to the dinner party.If only his suspicions had been aroused by the open door and he had scoured the apartment. If only they had followed their hearts and stayed in that night.

If only ... if only. Doubtless this poor, wretched couple will forever torture themselves with the what-might-have-been.

One only hopes the many questions raised in Kate's book will prick the conscience of the Portuguese authorities and prompt them to review the woeful police investigation.

I hope that the royalties from it will keep the McCanns' private investigators in business long enough to turn up a crucial lead.

And I hope, though not with too much expectation, that it will finally silence those internet ghouls who seek to exacerbate their agony by casting blame and making vicious attacks on their character.

The McCanns were just two decent, loving parents enjoying a family holiday – and, after reading Kate in her own, excruciatingly raw words, I am certainly sorry that I ever thought otherwise.

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Madeleine McCann's Parents: The Real Royal Couple?

Four years after a British girl disappeared, there are more questions than answers

Chris Freind - 10 May 2011

April was a busy time for the Royal Couple.

Preparations had been underway for months to deal with all the publicity that was sure to come. Facebook pages were established, marketing pieces created, a book written and carefully scripted interviews arranged, as publicists and advisors worked round-the-clock for the famous British duo. No detail was too small when planning such a momentous event, as the global media once again turned its focus on two of Great Britain's most...interesting people.

Most amazing, all of this was accomplished despite the distractions caused by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

May 3rd marked the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of then-3-year-old Madeleine McCann, who disappeared from a resort in southern Portugal because her parents chose to leave her — and her two younger twin siblings — alone in an unlocked room while they ate and drank the night away with friends.

But when you're Gerry and Kate McCann, you take a backseat to no one, and certainly no wedding is going to upstage your "anniversary." And so, in typical McCann fashion, they put on another strong display of offense in the ongoing "search" — not so much for their missing daughter, but for self-promoting headlines.

Who can blame them? Playing defense is no fun, doesn't raise money nor generate publicity. And best of all, blaming everyone but themselves for an eminently preventable tragedy allows the McCanns to ignore reality about a poor little girl's horrible fate.

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For the folks needing a refresher, you read it right. The McCanns, both physicians from Rothley, Leicestershire, in England, left their three children — with a COMBINED age of seven — alone, night after night, in their ground-floor resort apartment. Despite ample financial resources, they chose not to bring a nanny and refused to utilize the resort's babysitting services.

Instead, they deemed it safer for the children to go it on their own, entrusting Madeleine to get her siblings and herself to safety in the event of a fire — hence the alleged reason for the unlocked door. Hey, I'm all for self-reliance, but, she was 3!

The story perpetuated by the McCanns is that Madeleine was kidnapped, despite virtually no evidence to support that claim. But the tragic nature of a girl gone missing gained international attention, and the search was on. Well, at least by the people who were actually out there looking for Madeleine.

Gerry and Kate took a different approach. Rather than get bogged down in the grunt work of looking for their daughter in places she might actually be, the parents decided that becoming international globetrotting celebrities was a lot more fun. Putting blood, sweat and tears into finding a missing child is tough, but hanging out with celebs and dignitaries is, well, cool!

So they arranged a private audience with the Pope, traveled to the United States to meet with America's top leaders, kept web diaries about Gerry's daily jogs, and threw lavish affairs. Of course, if Madeleine really had been kidnapped, she wouldn't be in America, at black-tie events or in the Vatican.

If only they had thought to turn the "Find Madeleine" campaign into a money-maker! Oh wait, they did. To the tune of millions. And the result? To this day, many more questions than answers.

Despite being named suspects by the Portuguese police based on evidence that raised eyebrows — inconsistencies in G and K's stories; elite dogs, trained to identify death, providing positive responses in Madeleine's room; reports of Madeleine's blood found in the trunk of a car the McCanns' rented 25 days AFTER she disappeared; more blood discovered behind a sofa in the apartment, to name just a few — the case was eventually suspended without any arrest. And for that, we can thank the British government that exerted enormous pressure on the Portuguese.

With the complicity of the British media, everyone but the parents was blamed for Madeleine's disappearance. The Portuguese detectives bumbled the investigation, the resort's security was too lax, leads weren't followed up in a timely fashion. And as numerous publications discovered, anyone who dared question the McCanns' role were slapped with libel lawsuits by England's most powerful barristers. And don't forget the lead Portuguese investigator who was legally banned from giving interviews and publishing his book courtesy of Team McCann (those rulings were subsequently overturned) and was sued for millions in "damages."

Kate's book on the affair, (in which rumors spread that she was assisted by world-famous Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling) will be released this week. In it, she blamed the resort restaurant for making a note in their reservation book that the McCanns wanted a table within sight of the room, since the children would be alone.

"[The reservation] book was by definition accessible to all staff and, albeit unintentionally, probably to guests and visitors, too...To my horror, I saw that, no doubt in all innocence, the receptionist had added that we wanted to eat close to our apartments as we were leaving our young children alone there and checking on them intermittently."

Nice try, Kate. But somehow, you forgot to mention the "horror" your daughter must have felt after being abandoned by her parents night after night, left alone in an unfamiliar environment in a foreign nation. And you also conveniently left out the fact that you couldn't see the apartment from your table anyway, due to the six-foot wall obstructing the view. Translation: the tapas were more important than your three children, two of whom, interestingly enough, weren't "kidnapped."

So we're supposed to believe that a child kidnapper just happened to be dining at the resort's restaurant that night, on the off-chance some British couple's child-care arrangements (or lack thereof) would be recorded in the restaurant's reservation book? Which, by the way, is usually kept behind a desk, not in public view.

Either that, or someone on the kitchen staff, waiting in the wings for one of the McCanns to return from allegedly "checking" on the children. Maybe that's why the tapas were so late in being served!

Frankly, I'm surprised that Osama bin Laden snatching Madeleine wasn't in the book as a potential theory. Or that evil Voldemort from Harry Potter wasn't somehow responsible.

Which brings us back to Rowling.

After hundreds of articles stating that Rowling was helping Kate write the book, the family spokesman finally got around to stating that Rowling did not, in fact, have ANY role in the book.

As with most things McCann, the facts here are loose and the truth sketchy. But as they say, "Any publicity is good publicity!" And Team McCann rolls on, garnering headlines and raking in the dough.

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Perhaps most ironic is Kate's stated reason for the book:

"My reason...is simple, to give an account of the truth."

Rowling's help or not, discovering the real story behind the disappearance of little Madeleine McCann will take more than wizards and magic. Too bad we don't have one of Harry Potter's Remembralls, though, which fans will recall is the clear orb containing smoke that turns red when detecting that the user has forgotten something.

In Gerry and Kate McCann's case, I'm betting the Remembrall would be glowing red-hot, since it seems they have forgotten the only thing that can help Maddie.

The real truth.

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Next Chapter in the Search for Madeleine

The Irish Times - 7th May 2011

Profile:  Kate and Gerry McCann

 For four years the deeply private parents of Madeleine McCann have exposed themselves to the media to keep the search for their daughter in the public eye, writes KATHY SHERIDAN . Now they're publishing a book about it.

Few issues flush out more self-righteous bile than other people's parenting. For critics of Kate and Gerry McCann the loss of a daughter was never sufficient punishment for a bad parenting decision. They have had to shoulder accusations of neglect and murder, in screaming headlines, across several countries. Message boards call for them to be lynched.

"If the McCanns were from Norris Green [a troubled Liverpool housing estate] and their child had gone missing while they were playing bingo, they would be national hate figures," commented one poster this week on a report of a Mass in the city to mark the fourth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.

The McCanns' error was to leave their small children sleeping in an unlocked ground-floor apartment while they dined with seven friends at a tapas bar about 120m away, in the Portuguese resort town of Praia da Luz. They left the apartments unlocked for fear of fire, they later explained; they chose not to use the babysitting service because they didn't want to leave their children with strangers. Members of the party were to take turns checking on all the children at 30-minute intervals. The catastrophic outcome was the disappearance of Madeleine from her bed. She was a few days short of her fourth birthday.

For the traditional media "Maddy" was circulation gold. For the pseudonymous bloggers and message-board posters, her parents became a magnet for poisonous, malicious speculation. The case became "a sort of blogging Viagra", as one journalist put it in a remark related by Roy Greenslade of the Guardian. Every new reference to the McCanns triggered a surge of casual savagery online, fuelled by the traditional media’s gleeful splashes of unsubstantiated leaks.

The least of the accusations was that the McCanns had escaped censure for child neglect because they were white, middle-class and attractive.

The worst, wildest accusation was that Kate had killed her daughter and Gerry had helped to cover it up. Always entangled among them were baseless allegations that he was not the natural father, that she was on medication, that the children had been sedated, that the couple's relentless campaigning was all about the money.

Kate McCann's problem from the start was that she failed to fit the role of grieving mother. Too controlled, too fit, too good looking, too middle-class, too attached to "parading herself before the world", clutching her missing daughter's favourite toy.

The online supersleuths believed they had her measure early on: "It was Kate McCann NEVER appearing in any pictures for weeks after Madeleine went missing without Cuddle Cat being superglued to her hand that made me start to suspect that everything they did was totally false and stage managed. One face for the cameras and another one behind closed doors," commented one of the most printable posters.

McCann's stoicism, natural reserve and grimly maintained jogging routine merely inflamed delicate tabloid sensibilities. Her unwillingness to break into choking sobs for the cameras or to claw the earth in remorse for her admitted parenting mistakes supposedly proved she wasn't a natural mother. Leaks from inside the investigation claimed that her controlled public appearance, and even her carefully applied make-up, indicated a "cold and manipulative" personality. Right from the beginning, it was said, the Portuguese police suspected her because their wives were telling them she looked too controlled, didn't weep enough.

She told her mother, Susan Healy, "If I weighed another two stone, had a bigger bosom and looked more maternal, people would be more sympathetic."

There are sound precedents for her theory. In the so-called dingo baby case in Australia, in 1980, Lindy Chamberlain was adjudged too "cold" by jury and media and convicted of murdering her baby, serving many years in prison before fresh evidence led to her vindication.

Gerry McCann explained that he and his wife had been advised that self-control might have most effect on a putative kidnapper tuning in to their many television pleas. His wife gave self-flagellating interviews, admitting their mistakes and revealing that their three much-loved babies were the result of IVF treatment. The British and Portuguese news media had found their own circulation Viagra, the gift that kept on giving: photogenic, affluent, professional folk; strikingly pretty, blond missing child; controversial parenting decisions; sunny foreign resort; suggestion of lurking paedophiles; questionable police investigation; deepening hostility between the two sides; and a resultant poisonous trickle of leaks.

PETER HILL, THE now retired Daily Express editor, presided over stories that suggested the couple were complicit in their daughter's disappearance. For those libels and defamatory reports in the group’s other titles, Express Newspapers had to pay the McCanns £550,000 (plus £375,000 to the Tapas Seven, who announced they would be giving the money to the Find Madeleine fund). He now regrets it, "of course", he told Greenslade.

So why did it happen? "It was a huge story, and every adult in the country had an opinion on it. I admit it helped to sell the paper. There were many factors involved, such as the way Maddy's parents sought publicity in an unprecedented way. All the way through our principal focus was on 'what's happened to Maddy?' The Portuguese police and British legal sources were leaking stories that implied the McCanns were guilty in some way. We were not to know that the Portuguese police were ineffectual and, in some cases, corrupt."

They (and their lawyers) deemed these stories fit to print anyway, inflicting collateral damage on innocent lives, but paid a price for it. The bloggers and posters pursue their agenda with impunity, never pausing to wonder why, if they had killed their child, the McCanns worked tirelessly to keep the case alive.

In an interview to mark the first anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance Gerry McCann felt obliged to remind people that they were real people: "We are not characters in a soap opera or a fiction."

He returned to work as a consultant cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester about six months after the tragedy, often cycling the eight kilometres to work. His wife, who never returned to her position as a GP, jogs around the country lanes of Rothley, the Leicestershire village where they live, after getting the children off to school; then she returns to their new-build house, in a quiet cul de sac, to work on the campaign to find their daughter. Though not a shrine, Madeleine's bedroom remains largely untouched, awaiting her return, according to the Daily Telegraph.

THE COUPLE ARE caught in a desperate dilemma: give up the search, and spare themselves the torture of the alleged sightings, the con men, the rumours, the malice and the abuse, or continue to ride the media tiger in the hope that it will flush out Madeleine's whereabouts.

Their relentless, costly Leaving No Stone Unturned campaign, ensuring that the public continues to be alert for the little girl, has been distinguished by its quasi-corporate professionalism. Staffing has included a campaign manager and a media manager, plus teams of full-time private investigators (currently led by two British former policemen). Services include a 24-hour multilingual call centre, travel packs for people going away on holiday, posters and multilingual prayer cards with photographs and contact details.

Clarence Mitchell, a former BBC journalist, resigned from his job with the British government's media-monitoring unit to become spokesman, his salary paid by a Cheshire businessman, Brian Kennedy. High-profile names such as Richard Branson have also donated generously; Branson gave £100,000 towards their legal costs.

Another fund supporter, JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, is believed to have introduced Kate McCann to her agent, Christopher Little, when Kate McCann's forthcoming book was proposed. The account of their ordeal, which Kate wrote herself, and is to be published next Thursday, Madeleine's eighth birthday, is expected to be hard-hitting, particularly about the Portuguese police.

In it she will also relive the first days after Madeleine's disappearance and chart the media storms in the following months, when the couple became suspects. The legal firm Carter-Ruck has combed through the manuscript for possible libels.

Kate McCann, a deeply private woman, undertook to write the book with a heavy heart, and only because the campaign fund needs the £1 million she hopes it will raise. Although she has become notably more confident in her dealings with the press, marketing plans do not include public book signings, for fear of verbal or even physical abuse.

IN MANY WAYS, however, the tide is against them. Although Kate McCann is reported to have made several secret trips back to Praia da Luz, where she stays with an Anglican priest and his wife, and finds strength there, local businesspeople are desperate to shake off the dark legacy. Unsurprisingly, there is a marked reluctance in the town to discuss the story, reports the Daily Telegraph. The once ubiquitous photographs of the little girl around the little church of Our Lady of Light are gone.

Apartment 5a of the Ocean Club complex, from which Madeleine disappeared, has remained unoccupied and was put on the market two years ago at £50,000 below the market price, but it hasn’t received a single inquiry. Instead it has become a ghoulish attraction for tourists who want their photographs taken outside. The infamous tapas bar is now a pizzeria and no longer opens in the evenings.

Four years on Kate McCann is sustained by her devout Catholic faith: "I know the truth and God knows the truth and nothing else matters." Gerry McCann has said that his own faith has deepened since Madeleine's disappearance, and the family attend Sunday Mass together. In an interview on BBC Radio Kate said that she includes in her prayers the police and investigators and other children who are missing or have been exploited, but also "the people who have taken Madeleine, the people who know what's happened to Madeleine and the people around and related to the person who’s taken Madeleine".

Curriculum vitae

Who are they? A Leicestershire cardiologist and GP whose daughter Madeleine vanished in Portugal while they ate in a nearby tapas bar in 2007.

Why are they in the news? Kate McCann's book, Madeleine , will be published on Thursday, the child's eighth birthday.

What makes them so different? White, good looking professionals; controversial parenting decisions.

Hmm. Anything else? A relentless, multimillion euro global campaign to keep the investigation alive.
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Post by Jonal on 13.11.18 20:24

@Verdi wrote:
@Jonal wrote:
Any idea who she is talking about here?
Et voila..

Merci beaucoup.

It's what I thought, not a 'recantation' but the same old rehash: family holiday, model parents, fear of fire, that bizarre note in reception (does it even exist?), abductor in the apartment, shock of discovery, stoic holding back of emotion, hopes and fears.

I hoped the contrite journo might have given the reasons for doubt and why this was overturned. Turns out he'd seen extracts from the book (I've not read Harry Potter so I can't judge on style) and the carefully contrived diary. Wool, eyes, etc. Aren't journalists told to check their sources?

That piece from Chris Freind is like a breeze whooshing away a bad smell.

Please keep up the good work posting articles. I think there could be a Masters degree for someone doing media studies looking back on it all. Unbelievable.
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Post by Verdi on 14.11.18 1:32

@Jonal wrote:
@Verdi wrote:
@Jonal wrote:
Any idea who she is talking about here?
Et voila..

Merci beaucoup.

It's what I thought, not a 'recantation' but the same old rehash: family holiday, model parents, fear of fire, that bizarre note in reception (does it even exist?), abductor in the apartment, shock of discovery, stoic holding back of emotion, hopes and fears.

I hoped the contrite journo might have given the reasons for doubt and why this was overturned. Turns out he'd seen extracts from the book (I've not read Harry Potter so I can't judge on style) and the carefully contrived diary. Wool, eyes, etc. Aren't journalists told to check their sources?

That piece from Chris Freind is like a breeze whooshing away a bad smell.

Please keep up the good work posting articles. I think there could be a Masters degree for someone doing media studies looking back on it all. Unbelievable.
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There's no shortage of material - Clarence Mitchell will go down in the annuls of history as the master media manipulator of all time.

Personally I prefer the videos.  There can be no misquoting nor misunderstanding and the body language is oh so revealing   winkwink

If only Gerald would drop the snotty supercilious smug attitude and the missus would drop the victim look of poor little me.

They are as bad as each other, it's a double act, a drama, acted out to fool the world - me Tarzan you Jane or King Kong swinging from the summit of the Empire State building !!!   Even the Scottish play knew when to avoid tempting providence.

Mac ... err ... err ... err ...

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@Verdi wrote:
@Jonal wrote:
@Verdi wrote:
@Jonal wrote:
Any idea who she is talking about here?
Et voila..

Merci beaucoup.

It's what I thought, not a 'recantation' but the same old rehash: family holiday, model parents, fear of fire, that bizarre note in reception (does it even exist?), abductor in the apartment, shock of discovery, stoic holding back of emotion, hopes and fears.

I hoped the contrite journo might have given the reasons for doubt and why this was overturned. Turns out he'd seen extracts from the book (I've not read Harry Potter so I can't judge on style) and the carefully contrived diary. Wool, eyes, etc. Aren't journalists told to check their sources?

That piece from Chris Freind is like a breeze whooshing away a bad smell.

Please keep up the good work posting articles. I think there could be a Masters degree for someone doing media studies looking back on it all. Unbelievable.
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There's no shortage of material - Clarence Mitchell will go down in the annuls of history as the master media manipulator of all time.

Personally I prefer the videos.  There can be no misquoting nor misunderstanding and the body language is oh so revealing   winkwink

If only Gerald would drop the snotty supercilious smug attitude and the missus would drop the victim look of poor little me.

They are as bad as each other, it's a double act, a drama, acted out to fool the world - me Tarzan you Jane or King Kong swinging from the summit of the Empire State building !!!   Even the Scottish play knew when to avoid tempting providence.

Mac ... err ... err ... err ...
The eponymous hero of the Scottish play said he had a ‘charmed life’....just before his demise ! 
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Post by Verdi on 15.11.18 23:31

This press report is no longer available online but thanks to Nigel Moore of the defunct mccannfiles.com and pamalam of gerrymccannsblog, it's been preserved for posterity..

 Madeleine Suspect Police Interview Claim Sky News

 17th December  2007
 
Portuguese police allowed Madeleine McCann suspect Robert Murat to sit in on interviews with members of the so-called Tapas Seven, it has been claimed.
 
Newspaper reports suggest detectives let Mr Murat act as a translator during interviews with friends of Kate and Gerry McCann who were dining with the couple on the night their daughter disappeared.
 
Days later the 33-year-old was named as an "arguido", or official suspect.
 
The Daily Mirror said Mr Murat was allegedly present during the interviews of Rachael Oldfield and Dianne Webster.
 
However, a source close to the McCanns said it was understood that although Mr Murat did attend Ms Webster's questioning, he was not present when Mrs Oldfield was with police.
 
The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "We can't comment on anything that's contained within the police file and clearly records of interviews and who attended them make up part of that file.
 
"Any serious questions to be answered about the way the original interviews were conducted or who attended them will be central to our own private investigation, and the detectives who have been employed on our behalf will be looking into that.

....................

Now, of all the UK based news outlets, I consider Sky News to possibly be the most reliably informed.  Not necessarily because it is part of the Murdoch empire but more because of Martin Brunt's direct involvement, both as a journalist and also having some close connection with the Murat faction.

Clarence Mitchell's alleged comment is very odd considering the date of this report - over six months before release of the PJ files into the public arena?

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Post by willowthewisp on 16.11.18 15:41

Hi Verdi,don't forget the Martin Brunt/Sky News Corporation contract with Mr Murat,not to mention the Job offer from Mr Double Glazing salesman,accessed by legal representatives from "Both" parties!

It's amazing what is hidden in the small print isn't it?

But you understand no persons are culpable of committing "Perjury"as non of them has appeared before a Court room yet,which seems the main objective?
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Post by Verdi on 19.11.18 1:01

This has got to rank above the most ridiculous of all media reports relative to the case of missing Madeleine McCann.  I challenge anyone to surpass it..

Witness who saw 'Madeleine' in Morocco receives Mafia death threats

5th November 2007

Naoual Malhi says men claiming to work for the Morocco's crime barons have warned her to keep her mouth shut
Naoual Malhi, 24, says men claiming to work for the country's crime barons have warned her to keep her mouth shut about what she saw - and ditch plans to probe the sighting herself.

The mum-of-one, whose daughter Ines is Madeleine's age, has told how one growled: "Let this lie if you know what's good for you, your daughter and the rest of your family, otherwise you're a dead woman next time you're in Morocco."

But brave Naoual is pressing ahead with plans to defy the threats and return to her homeland to look for the girl she saw.

She is also getting the calls - which come from withheld numbers - taped so she can hand them over to police helping in the hunt for the missing four-year-old.

Naoual, who lives near Marbella, Spain, said: "I'm not frightened by the mafia.

"It's obvious I'm on to something otherwise they wouldn't be calling.

"They've warned me I'm going to be killed next time I step on Moroccan soil unless I shut my mouth about Madeleine.
"But I know the girl I saw getting into that taxi was her and I'm not going to stop until I find her.

"We're taping all the phone calls and I'm going to give them to police to investigate.

"It could provide them with another good clue to her whereabouts."

Naoual claims to have seen a blonde girl with Madeleine's distinctive right iris in the arms of a middle-aged woman in Fnideq, northern Morocco, at the end of September.

She lost them after they headed to the former Spanish garrison town of Al Hoceima, further east along the Mediterranean coast.

Last month she travelled to north Africa with private investigators working for the McCanns - and says she received hundreds of phone calls from people who had seen the pair in various locations in Morocco's Rif Mountains.

They were last spotted in the remote town of Karia Ba Mohamed near Fez - but the trail is now thought to have gone cold.

Naoual says she and her family have been receiving death threats on a Moroccan mobile she put on a picture poster of Madeleine distributed throughout the area.

Her Fez-based family have been answering the phone and taking information down from callers since she returned to Spain on October 16.

Kate and Gerry McCann believe Morocco is the place their daughter is most likely to be - and consider Naoual's information to be "highly credible".

They insist Portuguese police are wrong in believing Madeleine died by accident in their apartment on May 3 when she was last seen - and they disposed of her body.

Naoual, who describes herself as a qualified doctor, said: "All I want to do is reunite the McCanns with their daughter.

"I have a young girl the same age so I know how they must feel.

"There is no doubt in my mind Madeleine is in Morocco. Blonde girls are highly sought after there. I suspect the woman she is with is looking after for someone until she is old enough to be forced into child prostitution.

"After the death threats I've received, I'm more certain than ever that that someone is the Moroccan mafia.

"It's not nice to get these calls. But they just make me more determined to get to the bottom of this. I'm preparing to return to Morocco as soon as I can."

Metodo 3, the private investigators working for the McCanns, has said it also believes Madeleine is alive and being held against her will in Morocco.

They are currently trawling lists of Portuguese paedophiles in the belief a local man stole her to order fro m her Algarve apartment and took her to Morocco after crossing the border with Spain hours after the snatch.

A Norwegian tourist and two Spanish tourists have also reported sightings in the north African country.

A newspaper reported at the weekend that criminal Godfathers in Morocco have been told police will scale back drug busts against them if they agree to help the Madeleine probe.

Police chiefs in Morocco have angrily denied their country is a child sex haven and say their searches for Madeleine have produced no evidence she is there.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/witness-who-saw-madeleine-in-morocco-receives-mafia-death-threats-6686202.html

aaagh

May I remind people out there that when Operation Grange undertook the infamous review into the case of missing Madeleine McCann, they included detail of the 'investigations' undertaken the the private detectives hired by the Find Madeleine Fund Co. Ltd.  In this particular instance ^^^ Metodo3.

Unbelievable!

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Naoual Malhi says men claiming to work for the Morocco's crime barons have warned her to keep her mouth shut
Naoual Malhi, 24, says men claiming to work for the country's crime barons have warned her to keep her mouth shut about what she saw - and ditch plans to probe the sighting herself.
The mum-of-one, whose daughter Ines is Madeleine's age, has told how one growled: "Let this lie if you know what's good for you, your daughter and the rest of your family, otherwise you're a dead woman next time you're in Morocco."


I call bull on this one, a whole herd of bulls even.

If this was a warning from a mafia crime baron making threats about Maddie and threatening to kill her next time she visits Morocco why wait till she is in Morocco?
If she is such a danger why wait till she visits there, why not do it where she currently is?
She won't have the chance to do any investigating at all.
Her point of arrival could point to a specific area so why wait?
They know where she is, they know what she wants to do and where she wants to go and probably also people she wants to speak to, why wait given her plans?
Common sense would be to stop her in her tracks and also use it as a warning to others that they are not safe wherever they are.
Their reach goes far beyond Morocco.

Naoual, who describes herself as a qualified doctor, said: "All I want to do is reunite the McCanns with their daughter.
Interesting that they tell us what she describes herself as rather than what she really is.
Presuming that she is not a certified doctor such as a GP or working in a hospital i would be asking what she does, probably holistic?
Perhaps a doctor of something rather than an actual medical doctor.

Which private investigators would that be then?

Just another nonsense story.

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Post by Verdi on 19.11.18 15:08

The Madeleine McCann industry: How a three-year-old’s disappearance became a troubling national obsession

More than 11 years on, the story of the girl who went missing from her holiday apartment continues to generate a lot of heat - but not necessarily much light



You can read it on the official Find Madeleine website: the statement of Kate and Gerry McCann from last year’s tenth anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance. 
Madeleine, our Madeleine,” write the parents of the missing girl. “Ten years… a horrible marker of time, stolen time.”
You can watch their “heartbreaking ” interview with the BBC’s Fiona Bruce, marking the tenth anniversary of three-year-old Madeleine’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on 3 May 2007.
Or you can consider the words of Kate and Gerry’s web statement: “We are bracing ourselves for… the rehashing of old ‘stories’, misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and ‘special edition’ TV programmes.

“[We] truly hope that those reporting on the ‘story’ over the next couple of weeks will have a conscience.”
Then you can read the newspapers: “Maddie ‘cremated’ – heartbreaking new slur by Portugese ex-cop”; “Maddie body hidden in coffin” [the same ex-cop, who is involved in a long-running legal battle with the McCanns]; and “World exclusive: prime suspect is a woman” (as followed by this website and many, many others.)
Then, if you want, you can read the online discussion forums, still going strong after all these years, where every story is dissected, and where some feel able to assert, with the unshakeable confidence of those convinced they know the truth – (though they might not know, or have met, the McCanns) – that “revolting” exploitation and deceit are involved.

And if you fear you might have missed something, your friendly newsagent may still be able to supply you with one of the pull-out supplements that some newspapers have produced for the most recent anniversary of little Maddie’s disappearance.
How you view it all probably depends on your hunch – (and who doesn’t have one?) – about what happened to Madeleine.
Some will praise fearless public interest investigation, possibly emphasising that most of it has been done by those outside the mainstream media (MSM).
Others will suggest the story has only been kept alive by slick PR beyond the resources of less savvy, less middle class parents with less photogenic children. Sometimes this is swiftly followed by the accusation that the parents, both of them highly intelligent doctors, have “something to hide”.
Still others will despair that Madeleine McCann has become an industry, making money for journalists, commentators and lawyers – while doing precious little for the missing girl herself.
Those seeing it as an industry may – fairly or unfairly – seek to examine one of those “special edition documentaries” broadcast last month by Australia’s Sunday Night programme.
First there was the headline-generating build-up: a cinematic trailer promising major new developments and a “groundbreaking TV event”.
Then came the show itself, mentioning theories that Madeleine had been killed by a drunk driver, or snatched by human traffickers, and saying that detectives wanted to talk to a Praia da Luz resort worker who may know more than they have so far divulged.

The show also discussed a claim that MI5 might have helped hide Madeleine – it came from Goncalo Amaral, the talkative Portugese ex-cop behind the ‘Maddie cremated’ line, who was sacked as lead investigator in the case in October 2007 after accusing British detectives of only chasing leads the McCanns wanted following.
Then came the programme’s aftermath: no arrests, so far, but a statement from the lawyer of one of the experts featured in the show.
US-based criminal profiler Pat Brown has said she was misrepresented, and has, according to her attorney, identified “multiple claims” against the programme makers – who may well be instructing their own lawyers to challenge the allegations.
This comes six years after other lawyers got involved over Ms Brown’s self-published book casting doubt on the McCanns’ account of how their daughter disappeared. After Amazon heard from libel law firm Carter-Ruck, acting for the McCanns, the book was withdrawn from the online bookseller.
In a lengthy blog post, Ms Brown has now explained how she became a television commentator and why she participated in the Australian documentary.
“I never expected to be on television,” she wrote. “But, after I started working in criminal profiling, I got a call from one of the big cable networks. They were in a panic because the guest they had invited couldn’t make it at the last moment.
“I did the interview. I started getting calls for more interviews.”

Fifteen years later, she said, she has made more than 3,000 media appearances – far from all of them about Madeleine McCann. As well as current investigations, she has been a “valued expert” in the documentaries The Unsolved Death of Cleopatra and Mystery Files: Jack the Ripper.
“What I wanted to do,” she explained, “Was change methods of crime analysis so we would not have so many cold cases languishing in every state in the country.”
Her participation in the Australian show, she stressed, was not about the money.
“I doubt any participants were paid,” she said, “And, if they were, believe me, these kind of shows are cheap”.
She acknowledged there would be two schools of thought: “Pat Brown is not a real profiler. She is a McCann hater and published her book because she wants to make money off the pain of the parents and an innocent missing child.”
And among her supporters: “Pat Brown is the one professional outside of Goncalo Amaral who has not backed down from speaking the truth.”
“I did the show,” she said, “Because I wanted the truth out there in the MSM. It was an opportunity to speak out on the Madeleine McCann case, something that had been off limits for over seven years in the MSM.”
The idea that the case is off limits to the mainstream media might amaze some, including the McCanns. 
In November 2011 they told the Leveson Inquiry that British newspapers had declared “open season” on them.
At least in the early days, some reports seemed to do little more than repeat speculation in the Portuguese and Spanish press, with the addition of quotation marks and words like “allegedly” to give a little bit of legal distance from the initial allegation.
Some editors, it seemed, had noticed how a McCann splash could generate the kind of interest hitherto reserved for the latest “sensational twist” in the Diana, Princess of Wales story.

“We had anecdotal evidence from the British journalists in Praia da Luz that the story of Madeleine’s disappearance had caught the imagination of the British public and was driving sales in the UK,” Gerry McCann told the Leveson Inquiry. “As a result those journalists were under intense pressure from their newsdesks to file more copy.”
It is possible, however, that the involvement of the lawyers has taken at least some of the edge off the media frenzy.
In March 2008 the Daily Express and the Daily Star had to make front page apologies after the McCanns started libel proceedings in relation to more than 100 articles published by the two daily newspapers and their Sunday sister editions. The High Court heard the false claims included allegations that the McCanns killed their daughter, sold her to pay off debts, or were involved in “wife-swapping”.
Then in July 2008 the McCanns started proceedings against Mr Amaral after he published his book The Truth of the Lie, in which he claimed the McCanns faked the abduction of their daughter after she died because of an accident in the family’s holiday apartment.

The McCanns won an initial libel case against Mr Amaral in 2015, but this was overturned on appeal and in a judgement in Portugal’s Supreme Court. The McCanns told Fiona Bruce they will now be appealing to the European courts because the rulings against them were “terrible”.
The ongoing legal disputes, then, may have persuaded journalists to tread carefully – but it seems there is no shortage of material allowing them to plod on.
The known, indisputable facts may be few: Madeleine was reported missing at 10.14pm on the evening of 3 May 2007; her parents said they had left her sleeping in the apartment and gone to dinner with friends at a tapas bar 50 yards away, with one of the group checking on the toddler every half hour.
But out of that has grown a near infinity of leads or blind alleys – as well as incessant questioning from critics armed with hindsight and demanding to know why the McCanns didn’t play safe and get a baby sitter (especially after it emerged there had been burglaries in a resort described in the first, sympathetic reports as a secure middle-class haven).
On 25 April, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the man in charge of Operation Grange, Scotland Yard’s six-year, £11m review of the case, wrote of his team having examined over 40,000 documents, out of which thousands of enquiries were generated. 
“We continue to receive information on a daily basis,” he said. “The team has looked at in excess of 600 individuals who were identified as being potentially significant to the disappearance.”
There was, he added, to a television interviewer, “a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing.”
“Ourselves and the Portuguese are doing a critical piece of work and we don’t want to spoil it by putting titbits of information out publicly.”
Of course, such a tantalising hint became a headline.

Look hard enough, and you will find stories about how lessons have not been learnt about the failure to find Madeleine, and about how all the speculation has drowned out debate about how to respond to a similar child disappearance in the future. 
But such stories seem to gain far less traction than the latest “hugely significant new clue” or “sensational new development” or even – “What was Madeleine’s cuddle cat and how important was it to the police investigation”?
And Madeleine is still missing.

This article was first published on 1 May 2017


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