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Post by Verdi on 29.09.20 22:15

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Cops probing the chilling abduction of the missing tot make one last ditch attempt at finding the sicko what done it

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Bungling and disgraced cops across Europe fight to be the first to find the sicko who abducted the toddler back in May 2007.

Fresh evidence has emerged and cops are now in a headlock scrum to be the first to find the latest prime suspect said to have been lurking around the Ocean Club Praia da Luz, this time last week, or last month, or last year according to new witnesses.  New reports say the suspect is a super-spreader and likely to attack any unsuspecting by-stander.  The public are advised not to stand around but to go straight home and self isolate.  Anyone caught violating police recommendations will be ordered to take the knee (where to will be shortly publicized), shot or heavily fined.

The public are warned, if you recognize this man do not approach him - he can be very impulsive and dangerous.  If you think you have seen him or know where he might be, immediately call your mum or failing that phone a friend.  You know, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Don't wait for the curfew to be lifted .... call now!

Remember - keep your distance, go home and self isolate and make sure you wash your hands afterwards.

A source close to the family said Gerry and Kate are buoyed-up by this latest development and they thank the police and Clarence Mitchell for not forgetting the little girl.

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Post by Verdi on 30.09.20 0:55

Why Madeleine McCann was never just another 'lost child' story

Giles Tremlett - Fri 5 Jun 2020 17.15 BST

A new suspect has reignited interest in her case, but the British media was hooked from the day she went missing

It is the story that never goes away. And why should it? The three-year-old girl with the smudge in her right eye would now be a British teenager, looking forward to another family holiday on a Mediterranean or Atlantic beach. Next year she would go to university, perhaps following her high-achieving parents to medical school. Instead, Madeleine McCann is frozen in time – the little girl who disappeared from the family’s Portuguese holiday apartment on 3 May 2007.

Madeleine’s disappearance is an almost unbearable tragedy. Those of us who watched Kate and Gerry McCann step out each morning from their Praia da Luz apartment to drop off the younger twins – Sean and Amelie – so they could continue the campaign to find their daughter, always saw that. Never in British journalism, indeed, have so many hardened hacks so desperately hoped to stumble upon a little girl – perhaps just dropped off alive by her kidnapper on a cobbled Portuguese pavement.

Otherwise, this is a tale uniquely shaped by British media culture. It is so British that the Portuguese media at first paid scant attention to the newest suspect, revealed this week. Motive, means and behaviour all meet in convicted German paedophile Christian Brückner – who, nevertheless, remains innocent until proven guilty. We know opportunity was also present.

When the Brückner news broke, the Portuguese press did not immediately show huge interest. On Thursday Público newspaper spoke of “the latest suspect” (from an already exhaustingly long list). On Friday it reported on how Praia da Luz just “wants the case to close”. People were obviously tired of an old story that still haunts the tourist resort, but which is continually given fresh life by British tabloids that jump on any new clue.

The Portuguese media are not callous. But they had moved on, partly in response to the heavy-footed British press and its mostly condescending attitude to the Portuguese people and police.

The McCann story, indeed, is also a snapshot of Britain and its poisonous media culture. By May 2007, at least 10 million Britons spent their summer holidays in Spain and Portugal. Almost 1 million lived there. Many showed little or no interest in their host countries. They brought, too, a degree of chaos. British tourists kept local police and emergency services busy by needing rescue from drunken late-night swims, overdosing, choking on their own vomit, fighting outside clubs, and jumping, falling or being pushed off balconies. Occasionally they stabbed or shot one another. In the worst tragedies, toddlers drowned in villa swimming pools.

A few years before Madeleine disappeared, a three-month-old British boy was found in a pushchair on a pavement in the Algarve’s main city of Faro. He had been dumped there just before his parents flew home to Gatwick. The Portuguese were shocked. British tourists were good for the economy; but they also did the strangest, most inhuman things.

UK tabloids lapped up these stories. Part of their readership was sitting on the beach, reading summer editions printed on Spanish presses.

The McCanns were not that kind of tourist. Kate and Gerry were both doctors. In fact they were the perfect victims: the blonde white girl with the professional parents. These, after all, were the people the media thought they were speaking to – white, middle-class families. But British children go missing more frequently than we would like. They rarely, if ever, get this much attention.

It is always, too, somehow more fascinating if the disappearance happens abroad. That taps into a very British fear of the foreign – and enables us to blame another culture. This was only too visible in the warfare waged between the British media and their Portuguese counterparts, and by sections of the police in both countries. Within days, Kate and Gerry had built a tight relationship with Sky News – Rupert Murdoch’s 24-hour service.

Sky catapulted the McCanns to the top of every news list. Teams of reporters appeared from the Daily Mail and elsewhere, as broadsheets played catch-up. I missed the first days, having written this off as yet another “child lost on beach” story, but eventually spent more than a month in Praia da Luz. That period ended when Gerry McCann drove his family to the airport early one morning, while half a dozen cars swarmed around him, bristling with camera lenses.

In between, as real stories ran dry, tabloid culture took over. A Daily Express reporter wearily explained to me that his editor expected a front page splash every two days. Negative stories grew, targeting the McCanns and the Portuguese police. The following year Express newspapers paid £550,000 in damages to the family. “The general theme of the articles was to suggest that Mr and Mrs McCann were responsible for the death of Madeleine … and that they had then disposed of her body,” the couple’s lawyers stated. The McCanns later became key witnesses to the Leveson inquiry on press misconduct.

The thuggery of mid-2000s tabloids has since emigrated (without journalists) to Facebook and social media. Conspiracy theories abound, fuelled by poisonous commentary and mad theories about “white slavery”.

Yet the tone was set long ago. It turned the Portuguese against this story, and exhausted the patience of people in Praia da Luz. When I called several of them on Thursday evening, they spoke of a tragic moment from a different era – and this new appeal relies on people recalling events, places, vehicles and phone numbers from 2007. So despite this being such a high-profile British story, it will probably be the Portuguese who, eventually, solve the crime.

• Giles Tremlett is a correspondent based in Spain. He is the author of Ghosts of Spain, and biographies of Catherine of Aragon and Isabella of Castile

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/madeleine-mccann-lost-child-new-suspect-british-media


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Post by Verdi on 02.10.20 1:13

'MY STRESS AND PAIN' Former Portuguese cop Goncalo Amaral whinges the McCanns have ruined HIS life on 10th anniversary of Maddie disappearance

The ex detective says his career and marriage broke down in the aftermath of the Maddie inquiry
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28 Apr 2017, 12:29

A FORMER Portuguese cop who the McCann’s failed to silence over claims they covered up their daughter’s accidental death now blames THEM for wrecking his career.

Goncalo Amaral also blasts Kate and Gerry for slandering him, undermining his work and disrupting his home life.
Goncalo Amaral claims the high-profile case also ruined his marriage.

As the couple face the heartbreak 10th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance in six days the ex detective has today spoken to a respected Portuguese magazine.

In further rants he accuses the British Government and Scotland Yard of interfering in the case, protecting Maddie’s parents and causing the Portuguese authorities to bow to pressure.

Mr Amaral talks about his own decade of “stress and pain” while the McCanns brace themselves for the milestone “horrible marker of time, stolen time.”

The former Policia Judiciaria inspector was booted off the bungled Maddie inquiry after criticising Met and Leicestershire police and later retired.

Now he's said: “A senior police officer’s career should not have been thrown away to defend a couple suspected at least of the child’s negligence that led to the disappearance.”

He said had every right to be critical of the Kate and Gerry and the system and insisted: “I should not have retired from the PJ. I should not have been allowed to have been put under so much pressure.

"The police did not defend me or my colleagues from the injury and insults targeted at us.”

Mr Amaral, whose marriage also broke down in the aftermath of the Maddie inquiry, accused his bosses of being pressurised and intimidated by British authorities who he believes were intent on “protecting” two wealthy middle class doctors.

Three-year-old Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007. She had been left alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining nearby with pals.

Former GP Kate, 49, and renowned heart consultant Gerry, 48, from Rothley, Leics, believe their daughter was kidnapped during a burglary gone wrong or by child traffickers.

Mr Amaral, whose team investigated the missing girl’s case, claims she died in an accident in the rented flat by falling or by being given an overdose of sedatives and her parents later disposed of her body. He said there was never any proof she was snatched by intruders.

The divorcee, 57, told weekly news magazine Sabado: “It was almost a lack of respect to make the decision that she was abducted and make it public.”

He added: “It was not objectively looking at the process. If the investigation ever comes to an end and if it proves that the parents have nothing to do with the case that's fine.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3436545/former-portuguese-cop-goncalo-amaral-whinges-the-mccanns-have-ruined-his-life-on-10th-anniversary-of-maddie-disappearance/

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Post by Verdi on 03.10.20 0:49

NOTHING TO HIDE Maddie McCann private investigator Dave Edgar insists all his findings were handed over to cops – and says her mystery disappearance WILL eventually be solved

The ex cop stopped working for the McCanns when the Met came on board in 2011
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2 May 2017, 23:09Updated: 4 May 2017, 0:20

A FORMER top cop who spent three years searching for Madeleine McCann as a private investigator tonight insisted he handed over all his findings to police.

Retired Detective Dave Edgar also believes her mystery disappearance will eventually be solved.

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Retired Dave Edgar insists he handed over all his findings to policeCredit: PA:Press Association Archive

He said the leaked Home Office report claiming Maddie’s parents withheld vital information “may have been referring to previous investigators,” adding: “It wasn’t me.”

Mr Edgar, 60, told The Sun Online: “I gave Scotland Yard and Leicestershire Police everything I got, all my material, there would be no reason not to.”

The ex cop, who stopped working for the McCanns when the Met Police came on board in May 2011, said he always had a “good relationship” with the Yard and the family’s home force.

It comes after details of a Home Office report were aired on Sky1's Searching for Madeleine documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.

The report said: "It is clear that the McCanns and the private investigators working on their behalf have gathered a large amount of information during the course of their enquiries.

"This information does not appear to have been shared fully with the Leicestershire constabulary or the Portuguese authorities.

"It is imperative that they are encouraged and persuaded to share this information."

Mr Edgar said that although he shared his info he couldn’t glean any inside knowledge from cops.

He said: “I was working as an investigator and did the job as it was.

"I could only do so much. I had no access to their information but I knew that was the case.

“Under the Official Secrets Act police are not allowed to share anything with private investigators.

"They would lose their jobs and I’d be prosecuted.”

Three-year-old Madeleine vanished from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

It sparked one of the biggest missing persons investigations in history.

Ten years later, and the search for Maddie still continues.

The ex detective, who has had more than 30 years experience with Cheshire Police and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, added: “I firmly believe this case will be solved eventually - it is not beyond the realms of possibility.”

The Home Office report also revealed Kate and Gerry McCann felt they were "treated badly" by Portuguese cops from the beginning of the investigation.

They felt their treatment at the hands of Portuguese investigators was “inhumane” and created a “distinct lack of trust”.

The report said: "It is clear that from the beginning the McCanns felt there was a lack of clarity and communication on the part of the Portuguese police.

"Despite the involvement of British consular staff, they were, by their own accounts, left for long periods without any updates or communication with the investigators.

"They state they were taken to the police station on more than one occasion and then left for hours waiting to speak to someone who never materialised.

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The ex cop stopped working for the McCanns when the Met Police came on board in May 2011Credit: PA:Press Association Archive

"They describe this situation as inhumane, with no real consideration for their emotional and physical wellbeing."

The report, written by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, also said too many UK authorities had rushed to help.

This led to criticism of the Portuguese cops and accusations the UK acted like a "colonial power".

The McCanns’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “This is a historic report and much has moved on since then.

"All material private investigators gathered was passed onto the relevant authorities in its entirety.”

He added: “Kate and Gerry have a good working relationship with the police.

"They are very happy with Scotland Yard and the current Portuguese team.”

A close pal of Maddie’s parents said: “Of course there were tensions at the start and annoyance that things weren’t being done quickly enough."

Gerry and Kate were dining with friends nearby when Maddie vanished.

Last week top Brit detective Mark Rowley revealed he is following up "critical" leads on the tot's disappearance.

On Monday The Sun Online revealed how a suspect may have been a woman dressed as a nurse.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3465683/maddie-mccann-private-investigator-dave-edgar-denies-withheld-evidence/

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Post by Verdi on 04.10.20 21:40

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Is this the final twist of the mystery I've investigated for 13 years? For the sake of Madeleine McCann's parents, we must hope that the truth is about to emerge at long last, writes DAVID JONES

By David Jones for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:15, 3 June 2020 | Updated: 09:48, 4 June 2020

During my 40 years as a reporter I have covered countless epoch-defining events. Yet the question that most people ask me is invariably the same: ‘What really happened to Madeleine McCann?’

For 13 of those years I have striven vainly, like many others — Portuguese and British policemen, privately hired detectives, investigative journalists — to provide the answer.

The trail has taken me from Praia da Luz — that far-flung Algarve holiday resort whose name will be forever associated with the most disquieting and astonishing child abduction case in history — all across Europe, and even to North Africa.

It has led me, sometimes literally, down countless blind alleys, and thrown up more red-herrings than a capsized trawler.

But perhaps significantly, given last night’s dramatic Scotland Yard briefing, one of the myriad oddballs whose name came up repeatedly during my inquiries lived in a battered camper-van, and had a young German girlfriend with whom he shambled around southern Portugal.

I will return to him later.

If, by some miracle, Madeleine is still alive, she will now be 17 years old.

From those early photographs, and computer-enhanced images that have since been created, we can envision a strikingly beautiful girl, slender and blonde.

Given that her parents are both physicians, we can suppose she would be taking her A-levels and applying for a place at a good university.

However, the Madeleine whose disappearance has given rise to countless films, books and articles, and continues to capture international headlines, has been frozen in time.

Certainly, I still think of her the way she looked when I was first dispatched to Portugal, a few days after she was apparently plucked from her bed in Apartment 5A at the Ocean Club resort, as her parents ate a tapas supper in the nearby restaurant: a very pretty girl, nine days away from her fourth birthday, with apple cheeks and an unusual brown ‘flash’ over the iris in her right eye.

Arriving in the resort, dubbed ‘Little Britain’ by locals because so many expats kept apartments and villas there, speculation was rife, and it seemed that everybody had a theory.

The most obvious was that she had been abducted, perhaps by a child sex-fiend or someone who intended to sell her into paedophilia — for the westernmost tip of Europe was well known as a magnet for such unsavoury types.

Since the McCanns and their holiday friends — who quickly became known as the Tapas Seven — were dining at a restaurant which, though only 80 yards from the apartment, was hidden behind a high wall, this seemed a very real possibility.

As there was a large rubbish skip beside the apartment block, which was emptied into a nearby landfill site, some suggested that the kidnapper might have been disturbed by Kate, when she returned to make a half-hourly check on Madeleine and her twin siblings, then killed her in panic and dumped her body.

Then again, perhaps the little girl had been bundled into a car and driven across the border to Spain, less than an hour away, before the unforgivably slow and inept Portuguese police had started to make frontier checks.

Either that, or she had been carried down to the beach and ferried across the Mediterranean to Morocco (a theory that saw me following the same path several months later, when it was claimed that a small, fair-haired girl had been seen being marched along by a middle-aged woman of Arab appearance).

Others offered less macabre explanations for Madeleine’s disappearance in those early days.

At the time major roadworks were underway in Praia da Luz, and a deep trench ran along the road close to Apartment 5A.

Suppose that Madeleine — who had been heard to complain, the previous day, that her parents had failed to heed her night-time cries — had woken up frightened and alone, and wandered into the street to look for her mummy and daddy.

Could she have fallen down the manhole and been rendered unconscious?

The theory might sound outlandish, yet it was taken seriously enough for heat-seeking equipment to be used to explore the by-then Tarmacked road several years later.

Some observers — journalists and residents — rushed to judge Robert Murat, an innocent British-Portuguese man, then in his early 30s, who lived with his elderly mother in a house just a couple of minutes’ walk from the apartment.

Mr Murat, the first person to be named as an ‘arguido’, or suspect, by the Portuguese police.

Soon after Kate McCann alerted the Tapas Seven that her daughter was missing, he had joined some 60 locals in a street search.

Then, when the investigation began, he offered to interpret for the McCanns.

All this aroused the suspicion of a female British tabloid reporter, and when she went to the police he was duly arrested.

I was the first reporter to interview Mr Murat after his release.

After 90 minutes in his admittedly unusual company I was convinced of his innocence and reported my fears that he had become ‘a scapegoat’.

In time, he successfully sued a plethora of other journalists for libel, winning a very substantial pay-out.

As the months rolled by, and clue after potential clue was explored, the McCanns dealt with their unimaginable torment in very different ways.

Gerry, then a spry 39-year-old Leicester heart specialist, seemed to adopt a clinical and business-like approach to the search.

He spent his time travelling the world to meet missing person experts and lobby statesmen for their assistance — he even secured an audience with the Pope.

He also wrote a blog, which many thought unduly chipper.

When First Lady Laura Bush’s Scottish terrier slobbered over him, he joked that the pooch must have known he was a fellow Scot.

Meanwhile, Kate remained in Praia da Luz, staying in a friend’s villa and cared for by family members.

Already pencil slim when the holiday began, she cut a skeletal figure as she jogged over the cliffs above the resort, knelt in prayer at the Roman Catholic church, or spent hours simply gazing out at the Atlantic.

Always she clutched on to Madeleine’s favourite soft toy, a pink animal called Cuddle Cat, which had been beside her in bed on the night she was taken.

On one occasion, I met her as she sat on the rocks and wished her well. Her mouth opened but it took a titanic effort for her to utter a few words of thanks.

Perhaps partly because of Gerry’s refusal, or inability, to show his emotions, it wasn’t long before some people’s suspicions began to turn on the couple themselves.

Public criticism of their parenting standards had started within hours of the abduction.

On radio phone-ins and the nascent social media platforms, many had berated them for leaving their children unattended, and as the months wore on a cruelly orchestrated vendetta was waged against them by internet trolls.

The McCanns, it must be said, didn’t help themselves by courting publicity for their cause at every opportunity, setting up a charity that raised funds by offering £2-a-time bracelets, and had as its signature tune Bryan Adams’ slushy rock anthem Everything I Do, I Do It For You.

They also hired a string of questionable media representatives, including an aspiring Lib Dem politician who thought it would be a good photo-op if the couple visited an orphanage.

Thankfully, the couple were not persuaded.

Behind the scenes, however, the Portuguese police — led by an out-of-his-depth and misguidedly ambitious inspector named Goncalo Amaral — were also coming to the opinion that Kate and Gerry were probably implicated in Madeleine’s disappearance.

So, as the summer season drew to a close, Madeleine’s parents were shockingly arrested and accused of being suspects.

To my lasting shame, having listened to what Amaral and his cronies had to say — about traces of Madeleine’s blood supposedly being found in the couple’s hire car, and other fallacies — I briefly shared their doubts, and wrote as much.

It was only later, when the full extent of their bungling ‘detective work’ was exposed that I penned a humble mea culpa.

And so, as the years passed by and little girls resembling Madeleine were reportedly sighted on every continent, this seemingly unsolvable saga rolled on.

In the light of last night's news, the most intriguing breakthrough may have come in 2009, when sources told me how, when staying in a flyblown town near Praia da Luz, they had met father-of-four Raymond Hewlett, then 64.

A thrice-jailed child sex attacker, the scraggy-haired and unshaven Hewlett travelled around Portugal and Spain in an old blue Dodge, converted into a camper, van with his German girlfriend, then in her 30s, and, according to the source, he had been staying near the resort when Madeleine was taken.

When this tip-off was relayed to two former British police officers hired by the McCanns to probe the case, they duly sought him out in a German hospital, where he was being treated for cancer of the oesophagus, and described him as their most promising suspect.

However, the wheelchair-bound Hewlett screamed obscenities at the private investigators, and declined to answer any questions. The following year he died.

Given that the new suspect lived a transient lifestyle in the seedy camper-van community that treks around Europe, however, and given that he is in prison in Germany, we must wonder whether he and Hewlett were somehow connected.

For the sake of two much-maligned and forever tormented parents, we must hope that the truth is about to emerge at long last.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8385869/Is-final-twist-Madeleine-McCann-mystery-Ive-investigated-13-years.html

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Post by Silentscope on 04.10.20 21:57

Given that the new suspect lived a transient lifestyle in the seedy camper-van community that treks around Europe, however, and given that he is in prison in Germany, we must wonder whether he and Hewlett were somehow connected.


Silentscope- We must? Or you want us to? 


I wonder if your “Psychological transference” theory applies to the above Reporter Verdi?
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Post by Verdi on 05.10.20 2:33

For 13 of those years I have striven vainly, like many others — Portuguese and British policemen, privately hired detectives, investigative journalists — to provide the answer.

Answer:  http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/

The trail has taken me from Praia da Luz — that far-flung Algarve holiday resort whose name will be forever associated with the most disquieting and astonishing child abduction case in history — all across Europe, and even to North Africa.

Answer:  Madeleine McCann was not abducted in the true sense of the word.

It has led me, sometimes literally, down countless blind alleys, and thrown up more red-herrings than a capsized trawler.

Answer:  Wrong catch - it was sea bass.

If, by some miracle, Madeleine is still alive, she will now be 17 years old.

Answer:  Miracles do not happen, it's a myth.

From those early photographs, and computer-enhanced images that have since been created, we can envision a strikingly beautiful girl, slender and blonde.

Answer:  How disrespectful.  Decent people do not envision a child by the description you choose.

Given that her parents are both physicians, we can suppose she would be taking her A-levels and applying for a place at a good university.

Answer:  Nonsense

However, the Madeleine whose disappearance has given rise to countless films, books and articles, and continues to capture international headlines, has been frozen in time.

Answer:  No it hasn't, at least not for the more observant.

Certainly, I still think of her the way she looked when I was first dispatched to Portugal, a few days after she was apparently plucked from her bed in Apartment 5A at the Ocean Club resort

Answer: How inappropriate to think of a three year old child in that way.  Madeleine McCann was not plucked from her bed.

The most obvious was that she had been abducted, perhaps by a child sex-fiend or someone who intended to sell her into paedophilia — for the westernmost tip of Europe was well known as a magnet for such unsavoury types.

Answer:  It was not the most obvious.  It was the theory propagated by the parents - Gerry and Kate McCann.

At the time major roadworks were underway in Praia da Luz, and a deep trench ran along the road close to Apartment 5A.

Answer:  Was there?

The theory might sound outlandish, yet it was taken seriously enough for heat-seeking equipment to be used to explore the by-then Tarmacked road several years later.

Answer:  Quack!  Quack!

Soon after Kate McCann alerted the Tapas Seven that her daughter was missing, he had joined some 60 locals in a street search.

Answer:  No he didn't.

He spent his time travelling the world to meet missing person experts and lobby statesmen for their assistance — he even secured an audience with the Pope.

Answer:  No he didn't.

When First Lady Laura Bush’s Scottish terrier slobbered over him, he joked that the pooch must have known he was a fellow Scot.

Answer:  No he didn't

Behind the scenes, however, the Portuguese police — led by an out-of-his-depth and misguidedly ambitious inspector named Goncalo Amaral — were also coming to the opinion that Kate and Gerry were probably implicated in Madeleine’s disappearance.

Answer:  It was not behind the scenes, it was the official investigation into the disappearance of a three year old child.  Gonçalo Amaral was not out of his depth or misguided or ambitious.  The Portuguese police did not come to the opinion - they investigated and evaluated the evidence that led them to believe the parents of Madeleine McCann were involved in their daughter disappearance.

So, as the summer season drew to a close, Madeleine’s parents were shockingly arrested and accused of being suspects.

Answer:  The McCanns were not arrested nor shockingly accused of being suspects.  They 'were' suspects taken in for questioning.

To my lasting shame, having listened to what Amaral and his cronies had to say — about traces of Madeleine’s blood supposedly being found in the couple’s hire car, and other fallacies — I briefly shared their doubts, and wrote as much.

Answer:  To your lasting shame you dared to report on a subject you clearly know nothing about.  The scent of blood and death detected by the specialist trained dogs was not a fallacy.  The forensic evidence was in the hands of the British Forensic Science Service to analyse - if you want to point fingers, that's the direction you should look

It was only later, when the full extent of their bungling ‘detective work’ was exposed that I penned a humble mea culpa.

I can only suggest you be very cautious about where you stick your pen and humble mea culpa - it could be painful in the wrong hands.

Back to junior school for you Mister Jon Clarke David Jones!

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Post by PeterMac on 05.10.20 8:26

At the time major roadworks were underway in Praia da Luz, and a deep trench ran along the road close to Apartment 5A.
Answer:  Was there?


Ah Yes, Jon Clarke's unfathomable trench
Yet another of his lies planted in the public domain, repeated by the Gutter press, and now apparently believed by some of the more gullible.

for the facts look no further than Chapter 33 Jon Clarke - Entrenched Lies

http://whatreallyhappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.com/2016/07/chapter-33-jon-clarke-entrenched-lies.html
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Post by Blackpied on 08.10.20 0:36

I think we have to face it folks we are not going to get justice for 
Madeleine they have too many people protecting them they are also
 devoid of a conscience,I see one person only that looks ashamed
of what’s happened and that is the lady who I am sure went there
as a baby minder,she looks like she wants to tell all but she doesn’t 
wants her daughter to get into a jam.All of them never intended to
leave the children alone but once Madeleine died and how she died
they spun their evil plan so madeleine could not be examined for
sexual abuse thats my opinion and I think that’s what happened.
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Post by Verdi on 08.10.20 1:13

@Blackpied wrote:I think we have to face it folks we are not going to get justice for 
Madeleine they have too many people protecting them they are also
 devoid of a conscience,I see one person only that looks ashamed
of what’s happened and that is the lady who I am sure went there
as a baby minder,she looks like she wants to tell all but she doesn’t 
wants her daughter to get into a jam.All of them never intended to
leave the children alone but once Madeleine died and how she died
they spun their evil plan so madeleine could not be examined for
sexual abuse thats my opinion and I think that’s what happened.
I'm very much inclined to agree with you Blackpied.

I too don't believe Madeleine McCann will ever get the true justice she so richly deserves.  Of course the stigma will never go away, decent folk like here on CMOMM won't allow that to happen but as regards a satisfactory conclusion, bringing the prime suspects before a court of law to stand trial will sadly never happen.

I've always maintained, from the very beginning, team McCann made damn sure the case would never be brought before a court of law.  They sold their story to the world, how would it possible for a fair trial when the case had already been pre-judged.  That was the true 'wider agenda', the 'long term campaign' so glibly pronounced.

Never put team McCann down as super intelligent for they are not - more dastardly cunning in my view.

It's also been my prevailing view that the primary evidence, the body, was removed and disposed of without possible trace because of likely repercussions if, as you say, found and examined.

I'm following the trail of evidence planted by the McCanns themselves on the night of 3rd/4th May 2007 .... abduction by paedophile. 

There has to be a reason why they planted the idea in the minds of the world before the police were called to the scene.  There is no such thing as the perfect crime - do as you like, you can never guarantee that damning evidence won't rear it's ugly head sometime in the future. So the plot was hatched.

There lies the clue ....

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Post by pauloalexandre on 08.10.20 1:33

As long as people are honest and speak the truth, that's enough in my book.

Criminal cases are never perfect, and sometimes they don't end the way we wanted, particularly this one (given the high level cover-up).

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Post by Verdi on 08.10.20 1:59

Invariably the simplest answer is the way forward. 

Looking for complicated theory with little or no evidence, or just pure speculation, is akin to building castles on shifting sands.

There is, and always will be, a tendency for conspiracy theorizing, it's good thought fodder and opens the field to alternative thinking but it has to be kept in it's place, in proportion.

Always back to basics, look at the evidence and see where it leads.  Don't try to build a massive construction without a solid foundation.

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Post by Verdi on 08.10.20 16:28

The parallels are manifold..

Madeleine detectives to DNA test paedophile suspect Raymond Hewlett

By Sam Greenhill for the Daily Mail and Daily Mail Reporter
Created: 17:53, 24 May 2009

Detectives hunting the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann will use DNA testing to determine whether paedophile Raymond Hewlett was involved in the little girl's disappearance.

Officers involved in the case are flying to Germany today, in an effort to question Hewlett, 64, who is recovering from throat surgery in hospital in Aachen.

A spokesman for Aachen police confirmed the public prosecutor will decide whether to give Hewlett the test in the next few days.

The convicted child rapist was living near the Algarve resort  at the time when Madeleine disappeared while on holiday with her parents in May 2007.

Police will use the results of the test to determine whether they match samples taken from the McCann's holiday apartment, which so far have not been linked to anyone.

The family's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said he hoped Hewlett would comply with the tests.

'Mr Hewlett has denied any involvement in Madeleine's abduction,' he said.

'Our investigators hope he will co-operate by giving them whatever information is needed so they can eliminate him from the investigation.'

News of the DNA test comes as the wife of Hewlett declared him ' innocent' after it emerged that he was well acquainted with the resort where the McCanns were staying.

Marianna Schmuker said her husband had nothing to do with the little girl's disappearance, despite reports he was seen outside the apartment in Praia da Luz 'many times'.

His family live in an apartment in the city.

Yesterday a man who knew Hewlett came forward to reveal he had talked non-stop about the Madeleine case in the weeks after she vanished in May 2007.

Hewlett boasted of knowing Praia da Luz 'very well' and being familiar with the Ocean Club complex where Kate and Gerry McCann were staying with their children and friends.

Hewlett was living in the Algarve at the time, but packed up and left for Morocco shortly afterwards, according to Peter Verran, who shared a Morocco campsite with Hewlett and his family for three months.

Mr Verran, 46, a former Scots Guardsman who runs an antiques business from his home in Fowey, Cornwall, said: 'We got talking at the toilet block.

'He brought Madeleine up straight away. He said his three-year-old daughter looked like her.

'He was worried that because there had been reports that Madeleine may have been spirited away to Morocco, people might think his child was her.

'Then he suddenly said: "Madeleine's not in Morocco". I asked him what he meant and he said he knew Praia da Luz really well.

'He knew the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns had been staying. He said he'd been there many times and often parked his van close to the apartment.

'He said he knew the layout of the place, the flat and the restaurant where the McCanns and their friends had been eating.'

Mr Verran claimed Hewlett had made wild and unfounded claims about the McCanns - both doctors, from Rothley, Leicestershire, adding: 'He said it was common knowledge among locals that Praia da Luz in general and the Ocean Club in particular was a magnet for Romanian gipsies who abduct and then traffic children.

'I asked him why he'd left and come to Morocco. He told me he'd had to leave Portugal in a hurry.

'He said he'd packed his family up in half an hour and just driven out of the area. That was just after Maddie was taken.'

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Investigation: Convicted paedophile Raymond Hewlett (left) and a sketch of a man allegedly seen close to the resort when Madeleine was abducted (right)

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Unfounded: Hewlett was said to have made 'unfounded' claims about Kate and Gerry McCann who are still searching for their missing daughter

A sketch drawn by a police artist of Madeleine's possible abductor, depicting a straggly-haired man, bears some similarities to pictures of Hewlett, who is wanted for questioning by West Yorkshire police in relation to an alleged sex attack on an eight-year-old in 1975.

Although he is 'a person of interest' to the McCanns' investigation, their spokesman has stressed he is only one lead among many.

Hewlett has strenuously denied having anything to do with Madeleine's disappearance.

Speaking from his hospital bed last week he insisted: 'I've done nothing wrong - nothing, nothing.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1187064/Madeleine-detectives-DNA-test-paedophile-suspect-Raymond-Hewlett.html

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Post by pauloalexandre on 08.10.20 16:38

@Verdi wrote:
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Unfounded: Hewlett was said to have made 'unfounded' claims about Kate and Gerry McCann who are still searching for their missing daughter
Very interesting choice of photograph.

Propaganda at its finest.

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Post by Verdi on 08.10.20 16:55

Looking quickly, I first thought is said .... Dumbfounded - reference to the image.

More apt I would suggest big grin .

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