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Post by Verdi 19.11.20 0:54

This is news to me..

'If only we had never come here': my return to Praia Da Luz with Gerry McCann


Documentary maker Steven Anderson has seen at first hand how the McCanns coped with the agony of losing their daughter
By Steven Anderson 6 June 2020 • 6:00pm

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Gerry and Kate McCann in Praia Da Luz Credit: Luis Forra/Shutterstock



A few years after Madeleine McCann went missing, I returned to Praia da Luz with her father, Gerry. I was an independent television producer who had come to the Algarve to film reconstructions of what might have happened – the McCanns’ private detectives hoped broadcasting the footage might jog someone’s memory and lead to the crucial breakthrough.

Word quickly spread through the small village, and a crowd gathered as we followed Gerry to room 5A of the Ocean Club resort – the first time he’d been back. We filmed as he revisited the bedroom where he’d last seen Madeleine asleep in bed, her younger twin brother and sister in nearby cots. He surveyed the sliding patio doors, which had been left unlocked that night so they could avoid waking the children when they returned from dinner in the Tapas Bar, 70 metres away.

Gerry handled the moment and his emotions calmly. But while filming in the nearby restaurant where he and Kate had eaten with their group of friends – the so-called Tapas Seven – he suddenly needed a minute to himself. Walking away from our crew, he was out of my earshot, but heard to say, “If only we hadn’t come here.” His momentary self-chastisement was met by one of my colleagues, who tried to plead with him that it wasn’t his fault. “It’s the abductor who’s to blame,” I heard her say.

It was a striking moment as both Gerry and Kate tried hard to keep their composure in public. In the intense days immediately after Madeleine’s disappearance, they had received counselling advice to try to stay controlled in front of the media. Many kidnappers, they were told, “get off” on the grief that traumatised parents show on television, “so stay calm and don’t play into their hands.”

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Gerry and Kate McCann leaving church in Praia Da Luz Credit: John Taylor



Gerry is a consultant cardiologist and during the time we spent together I noticed a certain professional detachment take over. Like Kate, he was criticised in some quarters for not showing enough emotion, but to me, this looked like a coping mechanism. Madeleine had gone missing when she was in their care and both felt a crushing sense of responsibility. The only way ahead now was bringing all of his discipline and focus to the task of finding her – or, at least, finding out what had happened to her.

Like almost everyone, I was fascinated by the story from the start. On a personal level, I had been on Mark Warner holidays, similar to the resort where Madeleine went missing, with my own family. And on a journalistic level, it was the biggest, most powerful human-interest story I’d ever known.

At the end of the summer in 2007, I was asked to be the executive producer of a BBC Panorama programme due to air that November, marking 200 days since Madeleine went missing. Richard Bilton was the reporter and, as well as showing behind-the-scenes footage of Kate and Gerry, filmed by a friend of theirs in Praia da Luz that summer, we also secured an exclusive interview with one of the Tapas Seven, Jane Tanner, who spoke for the first time about what she had witnessed – a man walking away from the holiday apartments with a child in his arms, on the night Madeleine went missing.

After that, I made a programme for ITV marking the first anniversary of her disappearance, and spent time filming Kate and Gerry at their home in Rothley, Leicestershire. Our team also accompanied them to the European Commission, where they were campaigning for a child abduction alert system to be introduced across the continent.

What struck me was how incongruous it all was. An ordinary young family living in an anonymous cul de sac just outside Leicester, at the centre of this extraordinary story resonating across the world. Not only had their life changed forever, in the most appalling way, but they were now characters who millions believed they knew well enough to judge. I recall Kate’s exasperation at one sensationalist story that bore little relation to reality: “This isn’t a soap opera,” she said. “It’s real life, and it’s our life.”

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'This isn't a soap opera,' said Kate. 'It's real life, and it's our life.' Credit: Eddie Mulholland



I was with them when news broke that the owners of Express newspapers were ordered to pay them £550,000 for libel after publishing defamatory stories about their case. I was also filming with them when the Portuguese police announced the McCanns were no longer being considered “arguidos” (persons of interest) – a moment that should have been one of relief, but was tempered by the reality that the police were simultaneously “shelving” the case. The hunt for their missing daughter had effectively come to an end after just 14 months, and with no result. Living with this devastating new reality was clearly debilitating and I felt a certain empathy.

Like Kate, I’m from Liverpool, and like Gerry, I have a big, loud, working-class family, and did well enough to go on holiday to middle-class resorts. Gerry once spoke about briefly having the perfect nuclear family – before the unimaginable happened.

Over subsequent documentaries, my colleagues and I interviewed others involved in the case: various members of the Tapas Seven; Robert Murat, the first suspect who was subsequently cleared; and the Portuguese police detective, Goncalo Amaral, whose legal battles with the McCanns have kept the courts busy for more than a decade.

When some of the early weaknesses in the investigation began to become clear – failure to secure the crime scene and preserve potential forensic evidence – the British media turned its fire on the Portuguese police. The McCanns were wrongly suspected by many in the force of somehow orchestrating those attacks. The relationship poisoned quickly and to a significant extent, never recovered.

Various suspects were mentioned to us over the years, but never Christian Brückner – the 43-year-old German rapist and child sex offender, now the prime suspect – whose name I first heard only last week. It seems that Brückner wasn’t on Scotland Yard’s radar until 2017, after being turned in by his drinking friend in Germany, though Mr Amaral is said to have considered and discounted him back in 2007.

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The McCanns hold a photograph of how Madeleine might have looked as she got older Credit: John Stillwell/PA

As speculation mounts, I imagine that Kate and Gerry will be trying hard not to get ahead of the situation. I was with them on several occasions when new sightings of Madeleine were reported from all over the world, only to be met by a muted reaction from her parents. This seemed like self-defence: steeling themselves against building up hopes most likely to be cruelly dashed. Also, they had their own parents and relatives to consider. All were anxious for good news; the McCanns didn’t want to crush their dreams over and over again.

Both highly-educated doctors, they would have known that it was highly unlikely Madeleine had survived after vanishing that night. But as parents, they said they would never give up on her, they owed it to her, particularly as there was no evidence that she had come to any harm. They also had two more children and had to do all they could to give them the love and care they deserved.

After Kate published her book in 2011, and they succeeded in persuading the government to launch a Scotland Yard inquiry, the filming stopped. The McCanns felt they’d said all they had to say, and that the police should get on with the job, unhindered by the media circus their intervention would guarantee. But my time with them gave me an insight into one of the most remarkable stories of our times; how life can be transformed in an instant, no matter how much we like to think we’re in control.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/had-never-come-return-praia-da-luz-gerry-mccann/

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Shame on you Mr Telegraph, shame on you!

What is it with these journalists, home and abroad, that can so casually sell their souls to the devil devi1 for want of a farthing?

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Post by Verdi 21.11.20 23:54

Since those halcyon days on location in Praia da Luz, seconded to cover the case of missing Madeleine McCann, journalist Gordon Raynor has risen to the dizzy heights of Political Editor for the Telegraph.

The sad case appears to have been a career advancement for many across the broad spectrum of the establishment.   If there's a buck to be made, just mention the name Madeleine McCann and the world is your oyster.

Madeleine McCann's family accuse police

By Caroline Gammell, Gordon Rayner and Nick Britten 10 September 2007

The family of Gerry and Kate McCann have attacked the Portuguese police for framing the couple over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, as it emerged that it may be another year before they find out whether they will face charges.

Philomena McCann, Madeleine's aunt, accused the police of "clutching at straws" in order to get the case cleared up.

"Kate and Gerry have been a thorn in their sides for a long time. What better than to cast them as the villains?" she told GMTV this morning.

"It is unbelievable they have been named as suspects - no-one believes the Portuguese police.

"To think they are so callous and psychopathic that they could have done that... two more loving parents you could not hope to meet."

The family wanted the police to refocus the investigation on finding Madeleine alive, and drop the assumption that she is now dead, she added.

As the McCanns made an emotional return to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, 130 days after the four-year-old went missing, Portuguese police made it clear the investigation was not over "by any means".

The couple now fear the "cloud of suspicion" which hangs over their heads after they were named as formal suspects in the case will divert attention away from the search for Madeleine and leave them increasingly isolated in their attempts to find her.

They are also said to be "terrified" that their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, could be taken into care if they are charged with any crime.

The McCanns had always clung to the belief that they would eventually return home with Madeleine, but instead Mr McCann faced the cameras at East Midlands airport as part of a family of four, forced to deny he and his wife were to blame for their daughter's disappearance.

Struggling to maintain his composure, Mr McCann, 39, said: "Portuguese law prohibits us from commenting on the police investigation. Despite there being so much we wish to say we are unable to do so except to say this: we have played no part in the disappearance of our lovely daughter Madeleine."

The McCanns were both named as "arguidos", or formal suspects, on Friday after two days of police interviews during which Mrs McCann was offered a "deal" of a suspended prison sentence if she admitted to "accidentally" killing her daughter and told police where the body was.

The move is reported to have followed the discovery of traces of blood in a hire car used by the McCanns, but serious doubts have been raised about the value of the evidence, leading to speculation that Portuguese police are unlikely to bring charges unless more evidence comes to light.

In an interview which Mrs McCann gave hours before being declared a suspect, which was published on Sunday, she said: "They want me to lie - I'm being framed.

"They are basically saying, if I confess Madeleine had an accident, and that I panicked and hid the body in a bag for a month then got rid of it in a hire car, I'd get a two or three years' suspended sentence.

"I was even told: 'Think about it - Gerry would even be able to work again.' It is ridiculous."

A spokesman for the couple said they were willing to return to Portugal to answer further questions "at any time" and that they had "nothing to hide".

Explaining the decision to return home, Mr McCann said: "After very careful thought, we want the twins to live an ordinary life in their home country.

"While it is heartbreaking to return to the UK without Madeleine, it does not mean we are giving up our search for her. As parents, we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened."

The couple had decided late on Saturday night to book themselves on to an EasyJet flight from Faro to East Midlands airport, which landed shortly after noon.

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They drove home to Rothley, where Madeleine's bedroom remains exactly as it was the day she excitedly left for the family holiday on April 28.

Although Mr McCann made a brief return to the house weeks after Madeleine's disappearance, it was the first time his 39-year-old wife had gone home.

A family friend said they had been reluctant to return home, as they are increasingly concerned that the investigation will grind to a halt without their continued presence in Portugal.

"The worst thing would be for the case to run down while this horrendous cloud of suspicion hangs over their heads," the friend said.

"There is a real concern that the Portuguese police now put this investigation in a dusty filing cabinet, never to be opened again."

Chief Insp Olegario Sousa, the police spokesman for the McCann case, insisted the investigation was "not over by any means".

He added: "The investigation will only end when we think the case file is complete and we hand our findings to the public prosecutor who then decides whether to drop the case or bring charges."

Sources close to the case said the process could take up to a year.

The McCanns had more bad news when they were told a request for the case to be reviewed by British police had been turned down.

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said she was satisfied with the way Portuguese police have conducted the investigation.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1562721/Madeleine-McCanns-family-accuse-police.html

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Promoted out of the sphere for some reason or beyond the sphere for services rendered?  What do you think Mister Mitchell?  You have the credentials to pass judgement!

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The family of Gerry and Kate McCann have attacked the Portuguese police for framing the couple over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, as it emerged that it may be another year before they find out whether they will face charges.

Framing them eh - how so?  The evidence led the Portuguese police to develop their investigation - the evidence led directly to Gerry and Kate McCann.

Philomena McCann, Madeleine's aunt, accused the police of "clutching at straws" in order to get the case cleared up.

Why would the Portuguese police want to clutch straws to get the case cleared up?  The truth is their investigation was seriously hampered by interference by the UK authorities.  Had the Portuguese police been allowed to continue their investigation we would not be here now discussing the Complete Mystery of Madeleine McCann.

"Kate and Gerry have been a thorn in their sides for a long time. What better than to cast them as the villains?" she told GMTV this morning.

Kate and Gerry a thorn 'in their sides'?  I think you'll find it was the Portuguese police that was a thorn in the sides of Kate and Gerry! What better than attack in order to defend.

"It is unbelievable they have been named as suspects - no-one believes the Portuguese police.

Oh no it's not!  Oh yes they do!

"To think they are so callous and psychopathic that they could have done that... two more loving parents you could not hope to meet."

Done what?

The family wanted the police to refocus the investigation on finding Madeleine alive, and drop the assumption that she is now dead, she added.

Refocus?  Do you mean the Portuguese police should consider only the McCann version of the truth and ignore the evidence that leads to another consideration?

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Post by Verdi 22.11.20 0:27

A spokesman for the couple said they were willing to return to Portugal to answer further questions "at any time" and that they had "nothing to hide".

But they didn't return to Portugal to answer further questions did they. They didn't even truthfully answer questions before leaving Portugal did they.

The only reason the McCanns returned to Portugal, after they fled the country early September 2007, was to crucify the name of Gonçalo Amaral through the courts and trial by media.

That doesn't appear to be the actions of innocent parents of a missing three year old child. You'd think they would move heaven and earth to assist the investigation - even if they were suspected at any stage.

The loss of a child is the loss of life, there can be no turning back. The last thing you'd think of is yourself - only your lost child, no matter what was thrown at you personally. Could it be any worse that self loathing, self recriminations - eternal suffering at the hand of fate?

They could throw the book at you, it wouldn't compare to the heartache of losing your child.

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That's just put me right off my tea  sick

Though for once I'm in complete agreement with Kate !

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@Verdi wrote:Media Mayhem - MCCANN MEDIA NONSENSE OF THE DAY - Page 40 The_su10

That's just put me right off my tea  sick

Though for once I'm in complete agreement with Kate !

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Post by Verdi 25.11.20 14:50

Lest they forget..

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Dear Prime Minister,

As a devoted father and family man, you know the importance of children. Our beloved eldest child, Madeleine, was abducted from Praia da Luz, Portugal, four years ago. Since then, we have devoted all our energies to ensuring her safe return.

Today we are asking you - and the British and Portuguese governments - to help find Madeleine and bring her back to her loving family.

We live in hope that Madeleine will be found alive and returned to us. One call might be all that is needed to lead to Madeleine and her abductor.

To this end, we are seeking a joint INDEPENDENT, TRANSPARENT and COMPREHENSIVE review of ALL information held in relation to Madeleine's disappearance. Thus far, there has been NO formal review of the material held by the police authorities - which is routine practice in most major unsolved crimes.

It is not right that a young vulnerable British citizen has essentially been given up on. This remains an unsolved case of a missing child. Children are our most precious gift.

Please don't give up on Madeleine.

Kate & Gerry McCann

They did open-up the files, the PJ files in July/August 2008.

Why didn't team McCann like that particular exposé? Why did they insist, cajole, another exposé that was destined to include their own dubious private detective investigations, using public donations to the quasi-legal Find Madeleine Co. Ltd - literally money for nothing. Then the dubious intelligence (not the tabloid on this occasion) documented by various UK police forces, government departments, NHS sources, the media and the intimate friendship that quickly developed between government media manipulators, public relations consultants and one very enigmatic personage in the name of Jim I will if you will' Gamble, at the time chief executive of the CEOP - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command.

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MADDIE SPY PLOT Madeleine McCann investigators plotted to spy on family of dead paedophile suspected in disappearance

Scotland Yard planned surveillance of Raymond Hewlett's ex-wife and children to try and track missing girl
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   10 Dec 2016, 23:05Updated: 12 Dec 2016, 4:13

POLICE hunting Madeleine McCann wanted to spy on the family of a dead suspect, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.

The Scotland Yard detectives planned covert surveillance on the ex-wife and children of paedophile Raymond Hewlett.

The pervert — who died of cancer aged 64 in 2010 — lived an hour from the holiday complex where Madeleine disappeared.

He denied involvement but in a deathbed letter to son Wayne said she had been “stolen to order” by a Belgium-based gang.

Detectives wanted to see if they could establish a link between Hewlett’s family and the gang. Two of his six children live in Portugal and ex-wife Mariana lives in Germany. There is no suggestion they were involved with Madeleine’s disappearance.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: "The surveillance was to gather information on Hewlett’s family and their connections.

"They were not suspected — it was more of a fishing expedition to see who they associated with and if any of the ring were in contact.

"The operation needed the involvement of the Portuguese police and this had to be smoothed over as you couldn’t have a covert surveillance team working there without them being informed.

"Hewlett had claimed traffickers took Maddie and the surveillance operation was to see if any of the ring were in contact with members of his family. If she was taken then there is always the possibility she could still be alive."

Sex pest Hewlett was jailed three times for crimes against young children in the 70s and 80s.

In 1972 he received a 12-month term after raping a 12-year-old girl he had lured to his car and knocked out with paint stripper. Six years after that he was jailed for four years after attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl. He later received six years for abducting a 14-year-old paper girl at knifepoint.

Last night Raymond Hewlett's son Wayne, a builder, told The Sun on Sunday he suspected in summer 2015 that he was under surveillance at home in Telford, Shropshire.

He said: "My partner and I thought someone might be watching the house. We would notice a car with somebody in it parked so they could see in.

"If it’s connected to Madeleine it’s the biggest waste of money I’ve heard of. What did they hope to find? I told detectives all I knew years ago."

Last week we revealed police working on the "Operation Grange" investigation into Maddie's disappearance had been given an extra £95,000 to look for a new lead involving a Europe-based child trafficking gang.

Kate and Gerry McCann have always clung to the hope that Madeleine — who would now be 13 — was taken by traffickers from Praia da Luz, Algarve, in 2007 and may still be alive.

The theory she may have ended up in the hands of a child sex ring with connections in Morocco or Belgium has always rated highly with investigators.

Last night a Scotland Yard spokesman said:"Operation Grange are not prepared to discuss any lines of inquiry while the investigation is ongoing."

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2373266/madeleine-mccann-investigators-plotted-to-spy-on-family-of-dead-paedophile-suspected-in-disappearance/
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Déjà vu  Meester Pisa?

What's to be expected now - a deathbed confession?

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Post by Milo 13.12.20 4:45

Verdi, How do you cope with all this garbage after all your work and that of others? Why do journalists run the world (well at least the Anglosphere? Are people who watch and regurgitate the content of documentaries (sic) on TV stupid or are they so innocent that they cannot see depravity and lies that are obvious to the rest of us? 

Every time there is a new torrent of words about, or spoken by, the perfect parents, you can find one something ridiculous that makes you wonder -- something as simple as leaving the patio doors open so they didn't wake the children on their return. Try saying that to your friends over dinner and watch their faces. Noisy entrance and sleeping children versus the chance chidden would get out or there people could get in. I am not discussing the doors open/doors closed argument (or changing story about what was opened and closed and by whom. I am merely illustrating how the most innocuous comment from Dr Perfect Parent can signal their seeding of untruths.
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Post by Verdi 13.12.20 13:09

Oh, any excuse to expose the wretched media for what they are, no matter where, I'm there like a rat up your left trouser leg.

In the light of the current daily/weekly nonsense churned out between Germany and the UK - with poor old Portugal playing piggy in the middle - I see the Raymond Hewlett saga to be curiously similar. Borderline identical, with a few minor adjustments to separate the two.

I also despair that people believe everything propagated by world media, although in the case of missing Madeleine McCann the UK media are accountable for most of the inaccurate (read lies) reports.

They tell you what someone wants you to believe. That applies to every aspect of world affairs - generally known as propaganda!

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Post by Verdi 15.12.20 20:38

Madeleine McCann investigator didn't listen to ANY tip-offs given to hotline - and squandered £500,000

By DANIEL BOFFEY IN WASHINGTON
UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 29 August 2010

A private eye whose company was paid £500,000 from a public fund to find Madeleine McCann squandered the money on a series of bizarre schemes that had no chance of locating the missing child.

Kevin Halligen, who claimed to have experience in the British secret services, was arrested last week in an Oxford hotel after an FBI manhunt over an unrelated £1.3million fraud case in America.

His investigations company, Oakley International, was taken on in March last year by the Find Madeleine Fund and her parents Kate and Gerry McCann.

But The Mail on Sunday can reveal today that despite setting up a hotline for potential informants and witnesses, none of the hundreds of calls received by a call centre hired by Halligen, 48, was listened to by Oakley investigators - and Halligen also bragged to his colleagues that he had executed a series of peculiar tactics to find Madeleine.

He claimed to have hired an actor to pretend to be a 'drunken priest' who would seek confessions as he toured the bars of Praia da Luz, the resort where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007.

And he told colleagues that a family with a Madeleine lookalike daughter had been paid to set up home in a nearby resort in order to tempt out a potential kidnapper.

Meanwhile, a paper trail obtained by The Mail on Sunday shows that Halligen, a former director of a catering firm, launched an extraordinary spending spree on hotels, cigar bars, restaurants and luxury goods while he was in the pay of the Find Madeleine Fund, and in the period shortly after he was fired last summer.

Documents show that in his first two months as lead investigator in the search for Madeleine, Halligen spent £7,000 on a personal chauffeur.

A few months later, on a short trip to New York with a girlfriend, he lavished £1,600 on Salvatore Ferragamo leather goods, £5,500 on handbags, £500 on an Italian meal, £150 on a pair of designer glasses and £900 on a three-night stay at the five-star Renaissance Hotel.

And in a one-month visit to Washington, where he owned a £1.5million mansion, he spent more than £3,000 on dining out and £6,000 on a room at the US capital's Intercontinental Hotel.

He also paid out more than £50,000 on plumbing and mosaic tiling for his house in Great Falls, Virginia - a property in which he has never spent a night because of constant home-improvement work.

The revelations will dismay everyone who donated to the Find Madeleine Fund. But perhaps of most concern is the lack of attention paid to the hundreds of phone calls received by the Madeleine hotline.

Halligen and Oakley International, based in Washington, failed to listen to a single call received on the hotline set up for potential informants by Kate and Gerry McCann last year.

Johan Selle, the director of operations at iJet, the US firm that managed the Find Madeleine phone line, revealed that for a year nobody even asked his company if they could listen to any of the calls received.

Mr Selle said his operators, in Annapolis, Virginia, had answered 'hundreds of calls', but the information seemed wasted - possibly squandering valuable leads.

He said: 'We delivered Oakley a report with a summary of the calls and said if they wanted to come back they could listen to the recording, but nobody did.

'For someone with an understanding of the case it would be very easy for some to say that maybe 80 or 90 per cent of the calls were hogwash, but there may be a percentage where one would say maybe we should listen to this one or listen to that one. But our understanding is that this never took place.

'We are not sure whether Halligen provided our report to the family or to the trust or to those working with them or to the teams working after him, because no one came back to us.

'We sent the report to Oakley group and our assumption was that they were using it as a piece in the puzzle. But it appears that wasn't the case.'

The firm says it was not paid for it services by Halligen or Oakley International.

Two of Halligen's former colleagues in the investigation, John Taylor and Dr Richard Parton, said they became concerned early on in their working relationship with the self- styled 'super-spy'.

Dr Parton, whose company Psyintel was employed for its expertise on interview techniques, said he and his partner had been encouraged by Halligen to get involved with the high-profile case.

Halligen had also mentioned other future projects that could net them millions of pounds, although these schemes never came to fruition.

But Dr Parton said fears over Halligen's suitability for the job first arose when the private detective suddenly asked him to stop calling him Richard, the name by which they had known him for several years. He then also raised details of Halligen's extraordinary tactics to find Madeleine.

Dr Parton, who claims he was later left with an unpaid invoice for £50,000, said: 'It was very strange. I had met him years earlier and it had been Richard. Then before a meeting with some people who wanted a presentation on my techniques, I was asked to call him Kevin from then on. I thought it was odd but he was so secretive and that was just the way he was.

'Whenever we had a meeting he would also always immediately say that he needed to leave for a flight. Every time. He would always also try to get the conversation around to talking about the psychological characteristics of a sociopath.'

Dr Parton added: 'I repeatedly told him his investigators on the ground in Portugal were not doing a proper job but he insisted lots of things were going on I didn't know about.

'That is when he told me about some of his schemes, such as the drunken priest seeking confessions from people drinking in the bars of Praia da Luz and the family with a girl who looked similar to Madeleine. This family were set up, apparently, in a resort near to Praia da Luz just to sit and wait and see what happened.

'It was all such a waste of money and time.'

However, it was only later, when tape recordings of interviews undertaken in Praia da Luz were sent to Dr Parton and Mr Taylor, in Washington, that they started to fear the worst for the investigation.

Mr Taylor said: 'The quality of the interviews was terrible, very amateurish. The noise in the background was bad, the interview questions were useless and the subjects were irrelevant. I told them to stop wasting time and money on such low-key figures - homeless people and receptionists who knew nothing.'

Things came to a head after Halligen reneged on repeated promises to pay their invoice. Dr Parton said: 'I took him to one side and asked when I was due to be paid. Three days later he disappeared. He had fled to Rome with his girlfriend.'

It was then that Dr Parton and Mr Taylor started to contact others who had been hired by Oakley International. Mr Taylor added: 'He would hire lots of people to do work but only pay a few of them. Meanwhile, he was spending lots of money on his own lifestyle. It only gave the appearance that work was being done.'

They also contacted Maria Dybczak, a trade lawyer for the US Commerce Department, whom they understood to be Halligen's wife. It emerged she had agreed to go along with a fake wedding service to keep up appearances for Halligen.

Dr Parton said: 'She admitted she wasn't proud of it but she had been tricked, too. He claimed that a job he was doing with the CIA meant that he couldn't have his name on a marriage certificate.

'She was manipulated into going along with a fake wedding with an actor posing as a priest. He said they would get properly married a few weeks later, but that never happened.'

Shortly afterwards Halligen fled to Rome with a girlfriend, named in a writ filed by another former colleague as Shirin Trachiotis, a glamorous doctor based in Washington.

Almost immediately after arriving in Rome on their first-class Lufthansa tickets, Halligen withdrew hundreds of thousands of pounds more from Oakley International's bank accounts and spent £8,000 on a luxury hotel before slinking back to the UK a few months later.

Dr Parton said: 'He has left a trail of debts across America and the UK. But the horrible truth is that he stole from the McCanns what they really couldn't afford - time.'

Following a short hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court last week, Halligen was refused bail and was remanded in custody until December 2, when the next stage of his case for extradition will be heard.

The US Department of Justice issued an indictment for Halligen, from Surrey, earlier this month alleging that he tried to defraud a London law firm.

They claim he took £1.3million as part of a deal to secure the release of Dutch business executives arrested in the Ivory Coast. Instead, it is claimed, he spent it on a mansion, a gift to his girlfriend, cash machine withdrawals and debit-card transactions.

Kate and Gerry McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell refused to be drawn on the details of Oakley's investigation, much of which, it is understood, the McCanns were unaware of. He said: 'The first phase of the contract was satisfactorily seen through, such as the setting up of the hotline. Towards the end of it there were question marks about delivery and the relationship was terminated.

'Given Mr Halligen is in custody it is inappropriate to comment further.'

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Russia reopens Madeleine McCann-style probe into the mysterious disappearance of two girls aged three in 2013

   Ayana Vinokurova and Alina Ivanova vanished from Sinsk in Yakutia, Russia
   Top criminal investigator, Alexander Bastrykin, has sent detectives from Moscow
   Move comes after pressure from girls' two families who have not given up hope

By Nicole Conner For Mailonline

Published: 12:15 GMT, 31 December 2020 | Updated: 12:15 GMT, 31 December 2020

Russia has reopened a Madeleine McCann-style probe into the mysterious disappearance of two girls aged three in June 2013.

Ayana Vinokurova and Alina Ivanova were last seen playing in the yard of a house in the remote village of Sinsk in the region of Yakutia, Russia, before they vanished.    

The girls were last seen outside Alina's grandfather Gavrila Ivanov's house on June 24, 2013.

Following their disappearance, an extensive search and criminal investigation failed to locate the children or find what happened to them.

Now top detectives have been sent 5,150 miles east from Moscow in a fresh attempt to solve the crime, ordered by Russia's top criminal investigator, Alexander Bastrykin.

Mr Bastrykin is a former university classmate of Vladimir Putin who heads the Russian Investigative Committee, which has been compared to the FBI.

The move comes after pressure from the girls' two families who say they have not given up hope of finding the children alive.  

Alina's father Alexei Ivanov said: 'There is not a single clue so far, no witnesses, no traces.'

He welcomed the decision to send detectives from Moscow who have begun quizzing villagers, and have been ordered by Mr Bastrykin to come up with new leads.

The girls had been sent for the summer from regional capital Yakutsk to stay with grandparents in the cut-off village, which is only accessible by boat.

The original investigation examined whether they had been snatched by a paedophile or murderer among the 850 population.

It also considered whether they might have been eaten by a wild bear from the nearby forest, or swept away any the Lena River, the 11th longest in the world, which flows nearby.

Helicopters, drones, dogs, boats, divers and thermal imaging devices were involved in the search for the girls, who were both the only children in their families.

There were also 1,800 people interrogated, including 62 teenagers and 41 people with a criminal or psychiatric history.  

At 7:45pm on the day the girls disappeared, Alina's grandfather Mr Ivanov called his wife Olga to say he was leaving for work.

When she returned 15 minutes later she could not find her granddaughter or her friend. She started looking, and was joined by police and 350 volunteers.

There was also forensic checks on all vehicles, motorbikes and boats.

One of the suspects - the grandfather who last saw the girls' alive - twice confessed to accidentally running them over, and burying their bodies.

Twice he withdrew his confessions, and local prosecutors evidently do not believe he killed them.

A 32-year-old neighbour, boat-owning Vasily Latyshev, was also under suspicion. He was described as 'vulnerable and impressionable' with an 'unstable psyche'.

Almost a year after the children vanished, he committed suicide.

The dead man's relatives say that he was confronted by locals who demanded he admitted killing the girls.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9101855/Russia-reopens-Madeleine-McCann-style-probe-disappearance-two-girls-aged-three-2013.html
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You can always rely on the Waily Snail to come up with a Christmas cracker!

What is a Madeleine McCann style probe?  Ignore all the compelling evidence and adhere to the prime suspects story line with super glue?

Why bring Madeleine McCann's name into it anyway, it's a downright insult to her memory.

Besides, the circumstances reported here are more akin to the disappearance of Ben Needham.

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'EXASPERATED' Madeleine McCann’s parents fear Brexit uncertainty is delaying Euro court battle to silence shamed conspiracy cop

Tracey Kandohla

17 Sep 2019, 0:33Updated: 17 Sep 2019, 0:43

MADELEINE McCann’s parents fear their quest to silence the former Portuguese police chief who accused the couple of being involved in their daughter's disappearance will be hindered by Brexit delays.

Kate and Gerry appealed to the European Court of Human Rights more than two years ago, but now believe their case will drag on "indefinitely".

The couple's last ditch appeal is still "under consideration" and "no timeframe has yet been fixed for its examination" an official has said.

Their battle against Goncalo Amaral, 59, who originally led the probe into their daughter’s disappearance, has raged for more than a decade.

The former cop has spouted multiple theories about what happened to Madeleine, including implicating her parents in her death and accusing the pair of faking her abduction.
'EXASPERATED'

Family spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said last night: "They are exasperated by this and want to draw a line under it all."

A close pal of the couple added: "It just drags on and on and causes them even more anguish.

"It could be several years or more before they get an outcome. It’s indefinite.

"It’s never been about seeking damages but simply trying to stop lies and malicious accusations being spouted.

"It doesn’t help that Brexit is still hanging in the balance and could be having a negative effect on European judicial as well as business affairs."

Maddie’s parents' civil fight against shamed ex Portuguese officer Goncalo Amaral has been going on for ten years.

After winning, then losing on appeal, they lodged an application with the ECHR in Strasbourg, France, in July 2017.
BREXIT FURORE

The court declined to say if the Brexit furore has had any impact on the delay in British applications being heard.

Of Maddie’s parents appeal a spokesperson said: "It is impossible to speculate on how long it will take the court to examine this application.

"It varies depending on many factors and the court takes into account the importance and urgency of the issues.

"But for now it’s just one of almost 57,000 applications pending - more than a fifth of them from Russians.

"The case is under consideration and no timeframe has been fixed as to the examination of its admissibility."

In March it was revealed that Kate and Gerry had already forked out £24,000 in legal fees to the ‘tormentor' ex cop with a further £5,500 still due.

But so far no damages for hurt feelings have been settled by either side.

Under Portuguese libel law, compensation is only paid at the very end of court proceedings - although a successful party can demand costs before.

The latest setback for the couple from Rothley, Leics, comes after British police were given an extra £300,000 to keep the search for their daughter going.

The welcome Government boost for the couple means the investigation, which has cost taxpayers a massive £11.75 million, will last until the end of March next year.
BATTLE AGAINST AMARAL

Kate and Gerry first issued a writ against Mr Amaral for libel in June 2009 after he claimed in his best seller 2008 book 'The Truth of the Lie’ that Maddie had died accidentally and they had faked her abduction.

He suggested that the youngster’s body may have been hidden in a Brit woman’s coffin as she was cremated in the Luz church the McCann’s had been given keys for to pray in private at any hour.

In 2015 Mr Amaral, who led the initial bungled hunt for Maddie before being thrown off the case, was ordered by a Lisbon court to pay the couple £360,000 in damages with interest of at least £76,000 for his alleged slurs which the McCann’s described as "false, malicious, defamatory and hurtful".

They also said his accusations could hamper the worldwide hunt for Maddie because if people believed she was dead they would stop searching.

Their Portuguese lawyer Isabel Duarte said at the time: “This is the news we have been waiting for after six long years.

"We were always confident of a victory but in recent months had a few doubts. But the fact that Mr Amaral has now been silenced is very good news.

"It was never about the money. It was about stopping awful lies, which hindered the search for Madeleine, being printed. I now hope and pray that they can find their daughter."

But retired detective Mr Amaral, 59, successfully appealed the decision before any money exchanged hands.

The country’s Supreme Court found against the McCann’s in January 2017, stating in their 76-page ruling that they had not ‘successfully proved their innocence’ and with compensation due to Mr Amaral.

After careful consideration the devastated couple lodged an appeal six months later with the ECHR in the final round of their battle.

More than two years on, the application by eminent heart doctor Gerry and former GP turned medical worker Kate, both 51 - simply titled 'Appeal McCann & Healy v Portugal' under Maddie’s dad's name and mum’s maiden name - remains in the huge pending pile.

The ECHR spokesperson said that if an application is not declared inadmissible the court, on further examination, would make a judgment that either "there has been no violation of the Convention or a person’s rights have been violated".

She added: "If it does find a violation it may award that person compensation."

If the McCann’s eventually win their appeal and are awarded damages any payout would go into the public Find Maddie Fund - which now stands at about £750,000 - to continue the search for their daughter when the controversial police inquiry Operation Grange is shelved.

However, if they lose and damages with increasing interest and potential further costs are given to Mr Amaral it could wipe out the entire fund.

A pal said: "If this happened it would be a bitter blow but Kate and Gerry would keep their heads up and carry on searching. There can be no more appeals by either side. This one is the final challenge but they have no idea when it will be heard."

It would be a bitter blow but Kate and Gerry would keep their heads up and carry on searching ... This one is the final challenge but they have no idea when it will be heard.
Friend close to the McCann's

During a TV interview to mark the milestone 10th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance in May 2017 BBC presenter Fiona Bruce asked the McCanns: "One of the police officers in Portugal has been a thorn in your side for many years, he was thrown off the investigation but then he wrote a book and you fought it through the courts.

"At the moment you've lost and he's won. Is this the end for you now, are you going to continue to fight him?"

Gerry replied: "I think the short answer is we have to because the last judgment I think is terrible.

"I think it's also important to say that when we lodged the action it was eight years ago, and the circumstances were very different, where we felt there was real damage being done to the search for Madeleine at that time, particularly in Portugal."

Agreeing that Mr Amaral's claims needed to be challenged, Kate said: "I find it all incomprehensible to be honest.

"It has been very upsetting, and it has caused a lot of frustration and anger which is a real negative emotion."

Three-year-old Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007 while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant with pals.

They cling onto a glimmer of hope she could still be alive. She would now be aged 16.#

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Rebekah Vardy ‘faced abuse and ridicule’ including Madeleine McCann claims

by Press Association
19/11/2020, 2:53 pm

Rebekah Vardy was subjected to false allegations that she was involved in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann after Coleen Rooney’s social media claims, court documents have said.

Mrs Rooney, 34, was dubbed “Wagatha Christie” on social media for her apparent sleuthing work after she claimed to have posted false stories on her Instagram and narrowed the audience to just Mrs Vardy’s profile to see if they were leaked to The Sun.

The wife of former England star Wayne Rooney said she planted three stories about her travelling to Mexico to “see what this gender selection is all about”, returning to TV, and the basement flooding in her new house.

The message posted on Twitter last October detailed her alleged findings, concluding: “It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.”

Fellow footballer’s wife Mrs Vardy, 38, denied the accusations and launched a libel claim in response.

The claimant never knows when or where she might be faced with the allegation or reference to the post which causes her great anxiety and upset

Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing Mrs Vardy

Mrs Vardy’s written claim, filed in June, detailed the “very high levels of public abuse and ridicule” against her and its impact.

Her barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC wrote that she felt suicidal, took three trips to hospital due to her anxiety, and worried about either going into early labour or losing her baby due to the stress.

Mr Tomlinson said: “The claimant has suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the post and the events which followed.

“The abuse that followed the post made the claimant feel suicidal. She suffered from severe panic attacks and anxiety which manifested in being scared to leave her house.”

The filing detailed some of the ways Mrs Rooney’s post was reported and repeated on social media.

Following a tweet from Donald Trump, some users joked that Mrs Vardy was the new leader of the so-called Islamic State terror group, while others later said she was involved in the disappearance of Madeline McCann.

Mr Tomlinson added: “Following the police announcing that a new suspect had been identified in the disappearance of Madeline McCann, the claimant (Mrs Vardy) was the subject of a number of highly distressing publications on Twitter alleging she was the suspect.”

Social media users also posted that Mrs Vardy was involved in a potential hack of the mobile video-conferencing app Houseparty in March this year.

The dramatic ending to Mrs Rooney’s post was also parodied on social media, including on the account of Jeremy Corbyn, then-leader of the Labour Party.

“Now I know for certain which individual is selling off our NHS. It’s …………. Boris Johnson,” Mr Corbyn wrote on the day of last year’s general election.

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Mrs Vardy’s husband Jamie, a Leicester City striker, was also targeted.

Mr Tomlinson wrote: “Opposition supporters chanted taunts directed at him in the weeks following the publication of the post, including ‘your wife is a grass’ and ‘Becky Vardy’s a grass’.

“Many of the chants continued for up to five minutes and were repeated several times throughout the 90-minute match.”

Mrs Vardy’s lawyers argue that Mrs Rooney’s post created a “highly damaging, false and permanent ‘digital footprint’” about her that has since become embedded in public discourse and continues to affect her.

Mr Tomlinson added: “The claimant never knows when or where she might be faced with the allegation or reference to the post which causes her great anxiety and upset.”

Mrs Rooney has denied any wrongdoing.

In her written defence filed in October, Mrs Rooney’s lawyers argued her post was “entirely legitimate and justified” and said the stories had been derived from Mrs Vardy’s account, rather than her directly.

David Sherborne, representing Mrs Rooney, said she denied liability for the abuse Mrs Vardy received from third parties, writing: “Such abuse was not foreseeable and is not the responsibility of the defendant.”

According to the document, Mrs Rooney became suspicious after details of a car crash were shared with The Sun in early 2019, using details taken from a post on her private Instagram account.

Mrs Rooney’s lawyers also said Mrs Vardy had had an “exceptionally close relationship” with The Sun and some of its journalists for the purposes of promoting herself or making money from her public profile.

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/rebekah-vardy-faced-abuse-and-ridicule-including-madeleine-mccann-claims/

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Such are the vagaries of social media almost, if not more, dangerous than mainstream media.

Wayne Rooney has played for Everton and was born in Liverpool and The Sun features again affraid !


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Post by Silentscope 21.01.21 19:47

Practise makes perfect? 
24hamburg reports:
Kate and Gary McCann behaved differently in front of the camera than one would expect. 
Markus Lanz  would also have noticed this: "These parents seemed serene and incredibly strong from the start." 
Fuchs can only agree and adds: “Incredibly composed, composed acting. You have to know that sometimes they practiced these gigs for two days. The psychologists said they shouldn't show their  feelings ”.
But that's not all. “Then Kate McCann sat down with helpers and her husband and saw whether she could manage two or three sentences. It was a kind of perfectionism, ”says the editor. As a result, there has been a lot of wild abuse
Even threatening letters were not uncommon. The focus of the criticism would have been that the parents left their children alone. However, Fuchs also notes that it should not be forgotten that the restaurant where Madeleine McCann's parents stayed was on the hotel's premises.
Source:
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NEW MADDIE BOMBSHELL Top Madeleine McCann cop reveals chief suspect is mystery paedo in German prison NOT notorious child killer Martin Ney

Gerard Couzens

30 Nov 2019, 12:14Updated: 30 Nov 2019, 12:15

FORMER Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral has revealed a German paedophile suspected over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is not Martin Ney.

The ex-cop sparked speculation Ney was the prime suspect after saying in an interview earlier this year investigators were focusing on a German paedophile in prison.

Madeleine disappeared days before her fourth birthday in May 2007 after parents Kate and Gerry left their children in their apartment in Praia da Luz.

Amaral was the officer initially in charge of the investigation and made the McCann's "arguidos" - or official suspects - before he was sacked from the case.

In his interview with an Australian podcast, he mentioned the possibility of a German paedophile being responsible - but he didn’t mention 49-year-old Hamburg-born child strangler Ney by name.

Instead he described the suspect only as someone who had been ruled out of the investigation into the missing British youngster in 2008 but later jailed in his home country.

Now Amaral, the original lead investigator in the case, has now said the suspect isn’t Ney, who was jailed for life in 2012 for abducting and murdering three children, and sexually abusing dozens more.

When he was shown a photo of him on Spanish TV, Amaral responded: “It can’t be him.”
GERMAN PAEDO SUSPECT

“A paedophile who is German and serving life for killing children has been spoken about,” he told a show about missing adults and children.

“What I know is that the suspect is not him, it’s another man. He’s also in prison in Germany. He’s also a paedophile.”

In a bizarre twist, Amaral said the suspect looks similar to Madeleine’s dad Gerry before saying that Ney bears no resemblance to him.

The slur comes after years of legal wrangling between the former police chief and the missing youngster’s parents over his book ‘The Truth of the Lie.’

He claims in the controversial 2008 book that Gerry and Kate McCann had covered up their daughter’s accidental death in their holiday apartment.

The McCanns have made a last-ditch attempt to the European Court of Human Rights after losing a libel fight against Mr Amaral in Portugal.

Last year Amaral claimed MI5 spies had helped to cover up Madeleine’s death and disappearance.

He said British secret agents “for sure had an involvement” in an Australian documentary which aired in April 2018.

The McCanns have repeatedly said the fake accusations against them have harmed the search for Madeleine.

Scotland Yard launched its Operation Grange investigation in 2013 and still has a team working on the youngster’s disappearance.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10455887/madeleine-mccann-chief-suspect-not-martin-ney/

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Madeleine: Who could have taken her?

Four years on from Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, a chilling picture of police incompetence and paedophile activity in the Algarve emerges in a new book by her mother.

May 10th 2011, 12:55 PM

THIS THURSDAY will mark the eighth birthday of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared from her bed in her holiday apartment at Praia da Luz four years ago.

Her mother, Kate McCann, is to mark the occasion by publishing a new book, in which she insists that she has not given up hope of finding out what happened to her daughter. But the books also reveals the shortcomings in the bungled investigation by police in Portugal.

In it, McCann recounts frightening new information that was released to the family only after the police file on Madeleine was closed in 2008. It suggests that Madeleine’s disappearance was not the first indication of danger to children holidaying on the Algarve:

Three intruders had been disturbed in children’s bedrooms within an hour’s drive of Praia da Luz in the three years before Madeleine was taken;
Five children had been abused in their beds while on holiday in the Algarve, as their parents slept in another room. Evidence of these incidents had never been collected or collated by Portuguese police.

McCann writes that she believes these crimes were “brushed under the carpet”.

It broke my heart to read the terrible accounts of these devastated parents and the experiences of their poor children … What these cases do demonstrate, however, is that British tourists in holiday accommodation were being targeted… It is so hard not to scream from the rooftops about how these crimes appear to have been brushed under the carpet.

Meanwhile, some chilling new information has emerged in connection with the investigation:

A paedophile British couple, Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan, have reportedly been interviewed by British police about Madeleine’s disappearance after it emerged that they were travelling in Spain, the Canaries and possibly Portugal in May 2007, on false passports. They had previously been arrested by Spanish police in 2004 after abducting a 14-year-old boy. And in March 2007, they were posing as cleaners in a holiday villa apartment in Gran Canaria when a child, Yeremi Vargas, went missing as he played with his cousins on the street – just weeks before Madeleine’s disappearance. The Daily Mail reports that the pair are currently serving a total of 56 years in prison for sex attacks on children and the murder of the mother who threatened to expose them.

One of the two, Charles O’Neill (left below), bears a resemblance to the photofit of a man seen hanging around Praia da Luz in the days before Madeleine’s disappearance.

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Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan

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The picture shows a man that was seen several times by different witnesses during the days leading up to Madeleine’s abduction on May 3rd 2007. www.findmadeleine.com

Another known paedophile, ‘Martin N[ey],’ was arrested last month for the murder of Dennis Klein, a 9-year-old boy who vanished on a school trip in Germany in 2001, and is wanted in questioning with a number of other child disappearances.

https://www.thejournal.ie/madeleine-who-could-have-taken-her-134143-May2011/

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MADDIE MUM: MY TORTURE

Madeleine McCann's mother Kate reveals paedophile fears in new book in The Sun

By ANTONELLA LAZZERI and OLIVER HARVEY
7th May 2011, 8:39 pm
Updated: 4th April 2016, 11:58 pm

MADELEINE McCann’s mother has told for the first time of terrible visions that
her kidnapped daughter is being abused by a pervert.

In a heart-rending book serialised from today in The Sun, Kate, 43, writes how
she is haunted by “flashes” of Madeleine “screaming” for her and husband
Gerry.

The couple also tell The Sun exclusively about being at the centre of one of
the most harrowing stories of modern times.

Kate says four years after her three-year-old was snatched on a family holiday
in Portugal: “The idea that my Madeleine was taken by a paedophile is my
worst fear.

“I became consumed with it. It was torture for me. It was horrible, so vivid.

“It’s worse when I go to bed and think about that first awful night again,
when Madeleine went missing.

“That sense of dark and fear, of being desperate to sleep but not being able
to. I just end up plummeting down again.”

The emotion-charged book by ex-GP Kate is titled simply Madeleine.

She and consultant cardiologist Gerry, 42, admit they are plagued by guilt
over the night Madeleine vanished from their holiday apartment in Praia da
Luz while they enjoyed a meal with friends at a tapas bar.

Kate says: “If your child is killed in a traffic accident, or died of cancer,
parents are at peace. But Madeleine is still missing and she needs us to do
something.”

The 384-page book, which features previously unseen pictures of Madeleine, is
to be published on her daughter’s eighth birthday on Thursday.

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Gerry put a comforting arm around Kate as he said of his brave wife: “There
were times when I thought she would never get back to being the woman I
love.

“I could understand why something like this destroys relationships. It’s been
so hard to keep your own head above water at times.”

Fighting back tears he tells of the guilt that “consumed” the couple after
their lives changed forever that fateful night. Their tiny twins were also
asleep in the apartment.

Gerry says: “Who’s thinking about child abductions in a little sleepy
out-of-season tourist resort? It never entered our minds. We felt very safe
— it was a family resort.”

While making no excuses, he tells how their thoughts were: “What could happen?
The kids are in bed asleep.”

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Gerry says: “If we could turn back the clock we would. Of course we wouldn’t
do something like leave the twins alone like that now.”

But he stresses: “Blaming us for not being there takes it away from the
abductor. Someone went into an apartment and stole a child.

“Of course we feel guilt. But it doesn’t bring the child back.”

Kate tells of the first night she peeped into her daughter’s pink bedroom
after the family got home to Rothley, Leics — breaking down as she recalls
imagining Madeleine saying: “Lie with me, Mummy. Lie with me.”

She confesses it shocks her to think her daughter would now be almost eight.
The mum says: “How has that time flown by?

“I see girls of eight and I try to imagine Madeleine like that. And I just
can’t.”

Their twins Amelie and Sean, now six, are a source of constant comfort. Sean
has promised his mum: “When you’re old, me and Amelie will look for
Madeleine.”

Kate says: “They know that Madeleine was stolen. They call the person who took
her ‘the naughty man’.

“They know it happened in Portugal. Amelie said, ‘We went to Portugal and then
we woke up and Madeleine was gone’.”

Kate says of the abductor: “I think it was someone who knew our movements. I
don’t think someone was passing by chance and took a child.”

Since Portuguese police called off their investigation in 2008, the search for
Madeleine has been carried on by private investigators.

The bill for that is met out of a campaign fund set up by Kate and Gerry.
Donations flooded in, building a total of nearly £2million.

Kate says her book is “to give an account of the truth” following vile slurs
that the couple themselves were involved. She surrounded herself with photos
of Madeleine as she wrote it — based on diaries she has kept.

YOU can read a fuller version of Kate’s shattering story in the printed
edition of The Sun today and all next week. In the following extract she
describes every mother’s worst nightmare. It is the night that is seared
into her memory — when she left Gerry and their friends at the restaurant
and returned to the apartment:

All was silent. Then I noticed that the door to the children’s bedroom was
open quite wide, not how we had left it.

I walked over and gently began to pull it to. Suddenly it slammed shut, as
if caught by a draught.

A little surprised, I turned to see if I’d left the patio doors open and
let in the breeze. Retracing my steps, I confirmed that I hadn’t.

Returning to the children’s room, I opened the door a little, and as I did
so glanced at Madeleine’s bed.

I couldn’t quite make her out in the dark. I remember looking at it and
looking at it for what was probably only a few seconds, though it felt like much longer.

It seems so daft now, but I didn’t switch on the light straight away. Force
of habit, I suppose: taking care to avoid waking the children at all costs.

When I realised Madeleine wasn’t actually there, I went through to our
bedroom to see if she’d got into our bed. That would explain the open door.

On the discovery of another empty bed, the first wave of panic hit me. As I
ran back into the children’s room the closed curtains flew up in a gust of
wind.

My heart lurched as I saw now that, behind them, the window was wide open
and the shutters on the outside raised all the way up. Nausea, terror,
disbelief, fear. Icy fear. Dear God, no! Please, no!

On Madeleine’s bed, the top right-hand corners of the covers were still
turned over forming a neat triangle. Cuddle cat and her pink princess
blanket were lying where they’d been when we kissed her goodnight

I dashed over to the second bed, on the other side of the travel cots,
where the twins slept on, oblivious, and looked out through the window. I’ve
no idea what I expected to see there. Refusing to acknowledge what I already
knew, and perhaps automatically going into a well-practised medical
emergency mode, I quickly scoured the apartment to exclude all other
possibilities, mentally ticking boxes I knew, deep down, were already
ticked.

I checked the wardrobe in the children’s room. I ran into the kitchen,
throwing open all the cupboard doors, into our bedroom, searching the
wardrobes, in and out of the bathroom, all in about 15 seconds, before
hurtling out through the patio doors and down towards Gerry and our friends.

As soon as our table was in sight I started screaming. “Madeleine’s gone!
Someone’s taken her!”

© Kate McCann 2011. Extracted from MADELEINE by Kate McCann, to be
published by Bantam Press on May 12, priced £20.

Readers can buy the book for the special price of £18 including free UK and
Ireland p&p. To order please call 01206 255 800 and quote the reference
MMC.

www.findmadeleine.com

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/529505/maddie-mum-my-torture/




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This is a bit of a humdinger from The Olive Press worthy of a place in the anals of history. Not the man himself but one of the outfit - same meat different gravy..

MCCANNS CONDEMNED BY SEEING A PRIEST

By Wendy Williams - 23rd May [that month again] 2011

Kate McCann's request to see a priest on the night of her daughter Madeleine's disappearance, was used against her it has been revealed.

The devout Roman Catholic claims she came under suspicion because of the belief that people in Portugal 'only called a priest when they wanted their sins to be forgiven.

The flimsy dossier against the McCann's also included included sniffer dog evidence indicating the presence of blood and human remains in the apartment, later dismissed following forensic tests.

The revelation comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the reopening of files relating to the McCann case following a direct appeal from her parents.

The Met Police have been ordered to conduct a full review of all evidence in a bid to shed new light on the case.

Meanwhile, an image of the girl's abductor could finally be revealed thanks to high-tech profiling computers.

A Met Police case review team will run descriptions of potential suspects through facial identification software in a bid to produce the most accurate new e-fit.

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2011/05/23/madeleine-mccann-case-reopened/


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What a wonderful place CMOMM is for reference purposes, take a good eyes around, no knowing what you might find.  I've just come across this Mirror article from wayback when - 6th May (that month again) 2007 over on a Netflix thread.  Note. just three days after Madeleine McCann was reported missing.

It appears the McCann support network was already on the case, even before the Portuguese police could find their feet - well almost..

The net's closing in Sunday Mirror

Search for missing Maddy

• Police in hunt for a man acting strangely at complex
• Dad: I'm sure she'll be at 4th birthday next week

Lori Campbell Kate Mansey and Jon Clarke in the Algarve Portugal

6 May 2007

Detectives were last night closing in on a man they suspect of snatching little Maddy McCann from her holiday apartment.


They said they believed she was being held within three miles of the complex where she had been staying at Praia da Luz on Portugal's Algarve.

Guilhermino Encarnacao, chief of police in the region, said he had an artist's impression of the abductor but he feared that releasing it may put the three-year-old's life in danger.

He said he believed that Maddy had been taken by a sex offender, but there was also a possibility she had been kidnapped for a ransom
- Maddy's parents are both doctors, her father a highly-paid heart specialist.

Mr Encarnacao said: "We have a prime suspect. A man has been seen acting strangely and we have a sketch, but we are not releasing it yet. We do not want to put the girl at risk.

"We believe the girl is still in Portugal, and probably nearby. I cannot rule out it was a paedophile who took her."


Police raised the hope that Maddy could be found as her anguished parents spent a second night waiting for news of their daughter.

Gerry and Kate McCann, both 38, of Rothley, Leics, are staying two doors down from the apartment that Maddy was taken from between 9pm and 10pm on Thursday.

Yesterday Gerry went into the apartment and emerged carrying a suitcase and a bucket and spade for younger twins Amelie and Sean, two.

The couple were later seen walking between apartment blocks in the resort with the twins, accompanied by friends.

They are being comforted by family and specially-trained officers from Leicestershire who have flown to Portugal.

One senior Portuguese detective told the Sunday Mirror yesterday: "We know of two or three local paedophiles living between Lagos and Praia da Luz. We have their names and addresses. We also have a list of English and German sex offenders living in the area from Interpol. We are following up every lead."

Yesterday Maddy's heartbroken grandmother told how the family were clinging to the hope she will be able to attend her fourth birthday party on Saturday.

Susan Healy told the Sunday Mirror: "We were looking forward to seeing her next weekend and giving her her presents, but this is just so awful.

"Her father is adamant that she will be found."

Relatives have made her a special Dr Who cake in honour of her favourite programme. Maddy had been asleep on a bed next to her brother Sean when she was snatched.

Her parents had been eating dinner at a restaurant in the Ocean Club resort 100 yards from the apartment.

They had been taking turns to check on the children every half hour as they slept. But a frantic search was launched when Kate went back to the apartment at 9.45pm and found Maddy gone.

More than 100 locals and holiday makers took part in the hunt.

Hotel workers from the Mark Warner Holiday complex held hands in a line and combed the beach while others scoured the resort and nearby roads.

A police source said they had been studying CCTV footage in petrol stations and on motorways near the resort.

There were also reports from expats that a young girl was seen walking down a road with a couple.

Last night 150 extra officers were drafted in to help with the search, as well as people from the Red Cross, Maritime Police and firemen.

It is thought someone had been spying on the apartment and broken in by forcing the shutters on the patio doors and entering the apartment when he knew the adults had gone.

The ground-floor apartment was on the edge of a public road so Maddy's abductor would have been able to make a quick getaway.

Yesterday family and friends flew in to the popular holiday resort from Liverpool, Glasgow and Canada to comfort Maddy's parents.

Looking tired and distraught, her mum Kate clasped her husband's hand as they walked out of the apartment with their twins between them to collect their belongings.

Last night the little girl's great uncle, Brian Kennedy, said: "We fear the worst, but we are hoping for the best."

Mr Kennedy insisted that the couple had acted responsibly when they left the children in the room while they had dinner at the restaurant. He said: "The children were left only in the sense that when you put your children to bed, you don't stay in the room all night.

"Madeleine is a lovely little girl, an intelligent, bright child. As parents, they are absolutely devoted to their children. You won't find more caring parents anywhere."

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The seven other adults, who had been on holiday with the McCann family, left yesterday as planned, leaving the parents free to spend time with worried relatives.

Meanwhile, questions were being raised on how secure the apartments were. There was also criticism of how quickly the police reacted to Maddy's disappearance.

Paula Jones, 34, who manages the apartments where the McCann family were staying said the properties were a hot spot for burglaries. She said: "We have a real problem with break-ins at the apartments because lots of holiday makers don't double lock the patio doors.

"Burglars wait and watch the apartments so they know who is coming and going and they strike when tourists are out at the beach or in the restaurants."

[Acknowledgement pamalam of gerrymcannsblog]
....................

Journalist Lori Campbell was the person who aroused suspicion about Robert Murat.

Journalist Jon 'ragtime Jo' Clarke of the Spanish Olive Press, is surrounded with a litany of negativity of his own making.  He played quite a prominent role in the Netflix Madeleine McCann documentary, rubbing shoulders with some other dubious characters enroled for the production.  

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Portuguese police did not release e-fits of suspects in Madeleine McCann case

Two computer images created just three days after the girl vanished were not made public, files released today reveal

5th August 2008

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Portuguese police drew up e-fits of possible suspects in Madeleine McCann's abduction but failed to make them public, files released today revealed.

Two computer images were created based on witness accounts on May 6 last year, just three days after the little girl vanished.

However, authorities took the decision not to circulate the pictures, although doing so might have assisted their search.

Instead, the images have been made public for the first time today as part of a detailed dossier into the failed investigation.

The latest revelation into police efforts to find Madeleine comes as documents also showed Portuguese prosecutors believed "very little" conclusive evidence about the fate of the three-year-old had been uncovered.

In their final report, officials noted that detectives working on the case had even failed to prove whether the missing three-year-old was dead or alive.

The document — dated July 21, the day the investigation was officially shelved — was made public as part of the massive dossier of evidence assembled over the 14-month investigation.

Portuguese authorities released the police files yesterday after lifting the period of judicial secrecy in the case.

The final volume of the files contained a 58-page report written by public prosecutors Jose de Magalhaes e Menezes and Joao Melchior Gomes. In it they said Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, did not "act with intent" in leaving their children alone in their holiday apartment on the night the child went missing.

"They could not predict that in the resort they chose they could place the life of any of their children in danger," the prosecutors wrote.

They noted the McCanns were "already serving a heavy sentence" — Madeleine's disappearance — for going out to dinner without their children.

Portuguese detectives were unable to provide evidence that would allow the "formulation of any lucid, sensible, serious and honest conclusion" about the circumstances of the child going missing, the report said.

It continued: "This includes the most dramatic thing — ascertaining whether she is still alive or dead, which seems the most probable.

"The investigators are fully conscious their work is not exempt from imperfections. They worked with an enormous margin of error and achieved very little in terms of conclusive results, especially about the fate of the unfortunate child.

"This is not, unfortunately, a detective novel, a crime scenario fit for the investigative efforts of a Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, guided by the illusion that the forces of law and justice can always re-establish order."

The police files include details of the lines of inquiry, forensic reports, pictures of the bedroom where Madeleine was sleeping before she disappeared, and transcripts of interviews with the McCanns.

Documents from the dossier — amounting to more than 11,000 pages — have already revealed that detectives claimed the young girl's DNA had been found in her parents' hire car despite a British scientist's warning days earlier that tests were inconclusive.

Today, a family friend of the McCanns accused Portuguese officers of trying to extract a confession from Madeleine's father by lying about the results of forensic analysis.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the 40-year-olds from Rothley, Leicestershire, said: "You have to ask what the police were trying to achieve by over-presenting evidence that they did not have, and clearly could not claim to have."

Lawyers for the McCanns were given access to the files last week. They are studying them for fresh leads that the couple's private detectives can follow up in their own search for their daughter.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/aug/05/madeleinemccann.internationalcrime

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'TOO MANY SIMILARITIES' Dad of boy, 6, who vanished in Portugal 11 years before Madeleine McCann has ‘no doubt cases are linked

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Nick Pisa

9 Jun 2020, 11:20Updated: 9 Jun 2020, 12:36

A DEVASTATED dad whose son vanished in Portugal eleven years before Madeleine McCann believes the two cases were connected.

Rene Hasee, six, went missing from a beach while he was on holiday in Aljezur just 25 miles from Praia da Luz where Madeleine disappeared in 2007.

Last night heartbroken Andreas Hasee told The Sun: "I have no doubt Madeleine and Rene's cases are linked.

"The evidence is just too much and the police are looking again at my son's disappearance.

"He was a lovely boy, my first child and I will never get over what happened.

"I think of him every day and imagine what sort of man he would have been and what we would have done together.

"Just look at both of the children, you can see how handsome Renee is and how beautiful Madeleine looks and they were almost the same age.

"I strongly believe both children were taken there is no doubt of it."

Initially when Rene vanished in 1996 Portuguese police said he had drowned and failed to carry out any proper searches of the sea for two days.

He ran ahead during a family walk on the beach to go in the sea.

After losing sight of him they never saw him again and were left with just his clothes lying on the beach.

Andreas said: "They were convinced he went into the water but I know in my heart he didn't. He was taken. I know it and I can feel it.

"I have no doubt Madeleine and Rene's cases are linked."
Andreas Hasee

"An expert showed that even if he has drowned the waves would have brought his body back but they never found him.

"But he would not have gone into the sea on his own and his footprints just stopped in the sand. The police investigation in Portugal was not thorough enough and I see the similarities with what happened to Madeleine."

Madeleine's prime suspect Christian B moved to the Algarve in 1995 shortly after being convicted of molesting a six-year-old girl in his native Germany.

The court heard he only stopped when she started screaming and he said he had "felt nothing" during the attack.

Andreas added: "The Portuguese police kept saying we don't get kidnappings here, it's not a big city it's a holiday destination but they were wrong.

"Two children were taken from there and who knows how many others.

"When I saw the picture of the man in prison all I could see was evil and then when his record came out and the fact he was living nearby just made me convinced he must be connected.

"When I think that Rene and Madeleine may have ended up in the hands of that paedophile it makes me sick. He is a convicted paedophile and always will be. Those tendencies never leave.

"It has brought everything flooding back for us and my poor father in law travelled back and forth to Portugal from Germany so many times to look for Rene and in the end it made him sick.

"We all offered to help the Portuguese police to look for Rene but all they did was shrug their shoulders and say 'what can you do?'".

It comes as the German prosecutor investigating Madeleine's disappearance fears Christian B may have committed more crimes against British victims.

Hans Christian Wolters said he has "evidence" Madeleine is dead but not enough to charge Christian B.

He told Sky News: “We think our suspect has done more crimes possibly against British, Irish or American people.

“All these people are asked to call us so we can solve these cases.”

He added: "All indications we have got that I can't tell you points in the direction that Madeleine is dead.

"The hard evidence we don’t have, we don’t have the crucial evidence of Madeleine McCann’s body.

"We expect that she is dead, but we don’t have enough evidence that we can get a warrant for our suspect in Germany for the murder of Madeleine McCann."

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/uknews/11817206/boy-vanished-portugal-before-madeleine/


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