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The McCann - Totman - Weinberger Nexus

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The McCann - Totman - Weinberger Nexus

Post by Tony Bennett on 15.05.18 23:18

After the 'revelation' last week that Tannerman/Murat/Monsterman/Crecheman was now no less a personage than GP Dr Julian Totman, I remembered some notes I made about Drs Weinberger and Totman that I wrote privately and never published.

I thought I would publish them now because the story of how Dr Totman was Tannerman all along had some parallels with Dr Paul Weinberger's wife Jeni helping the abduction narrative along with sighting of a suspicious red-haired cleaning lady, Yvonne Albino.

If you look at my notes, it seems that Kate McCann contacted Jeni Weinberger a few weeks ahead of the May 2009 Mentorn Media/Channel4 'Mockumentary', in order to get her to repeat her 'sighting' and do an efit for the programme. Totman's claims of having been ignored by the Portuguese and Leicestershire Police rather echoed what Weinberger also said.

And I wondered if there was, and is, some kind of hidden nexus between the McCanns and the Totmans and the Weinbergers.

For example:

1  The Totmans and Weinbergers stayed in an apartment close to the McCanns when they were in Praia da Luz

2  The Totmans and the McCanns and their friends seem to have played tennis together

3  Gerry McCann's research interests have a connection with the research interests of Dr Paul Weinberger

4  It seems slightly eerie that Dr Julian Totman should identify himself as Tannerman, a very unlikely tale, and that Jeni Weinberger should also be keen to help our Kate McCann by re-submitting her 'sighting' to Mentorn Media/Channel 4 for their documentary.

About my notes below.  1. They were made in collaboration with one of CMOMM's fairly regular posters and 2. They were made about FOUR years ago and so are NOT up-to-date....


Dr Paul Weinberger

Dr Paul Jerome Weinberger is now aged 46, and was just 37 when he was on holiday with the McCanns in 2007.   

He was there that week with his wife Jeni Catriona Weinberger, who is a big noise in the art world, being - amongst other things - the Founder and Director of The Get Mucky Art School. 

They had a child aged the same age as Madeleine in 2007.

Paul Weinberger is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Diasolve Ltd, which makes a variety of medical devices. Both he and his wife are its sole Directors:

[ LINK: ]

Even more significant, he is a standing member of NICE - the National Institute for  Clinical Excellence  - and sits on their Diagnostics Advisory Committee. And he was former Chairman of BIVDA - the ‘British In Vitro Diagnostics Association’, and is still on its committee.

Now that is of some interest to us because all of the McCanns’ three children were born by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF treatment, as it is generally known. The McCanns have given few details about the IVF treatment they had and do not say at which hospital they received help with this for Madeleine. They do however say that they moved to Amsterdam in January 2004, when Madeleine was 7 months old, and there received the successful IVF treatment which resulted in their twins, Amelia and Sean, being born the following February.

The subject of Madeleine’s DNA has cropped up frequently. When the Portuguese Police asked the McCanns for items on which Madeleine’s DNA could be found, there was nothing. Not on the pillow Madeleine slept on, not in her bedclothes, not on her clothes, not on her toothbrush - nothing. It was only when Gerry McCann made a visit to England three weeks after Madeleine’s reported disappearance that he was able to produce a sample of Madeleine’s DNA from a pillow in his home in Rothley.

Then there was an allegation that there was a 100% match between Madeleine’s DNA and samples of blood and body fluids found at sites connected  to the McCanns  where  a cadaver dog had alerted to the past presence of a corpse in the McCanns’ apartment and in their hired car.  

The government-controlled Forensic Science Service later re-tested these DNA samples, pronounced that they were now ‘contaminated’, and that therefore although it was certainly very possible  that these blood and body fluid samples were from Madeleine, that could not be proved with any degree of certainty.   

One story that rumbled on in the summer of 2007 was that Gerry McCann was not Madeleine’s father, a leak that emanated from the Portuguese Police. A Portuguese newspaper, 24 Horas, and a magazine, Tal e Qual, published these sensational allegations, claiming that “detectives were intending to use DNA samples to confirm their suspicions he was not the sperm donor behind the successful IVF treatment that led to her birth”.

The Daily Mail ran a headline: ‘Gerry is not Madeleine’s real father’, referring to what they said was ‘the latest attack by the Portuguese media on the McCanns’,

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and the McCanns immediately threatened  to sue. They were set to issue libel proceedings against the Portuguese magazine, but that became unnecessary when  it folded a few months later.  The McCanns never sued the newspapers, however.

Genetic questions also arose about the Oldfields’ child, because, highly unusually, two birth certificates are in existence for her. A genealogy researcher wrote:

“With the Oldfield’s daughter Grace, there are two separate entries, one for Grace Ruth M E Oldfield, and the other for Grace Ruth M E Mampilly. The parents were married in Caerphilly in 1999 and their daughter was born in 2004. The only explanation I can think of for this is in the case of surrogate births, where the surrogate mother who has actually given birth has the right to be the first to register the birth, with the parents being able to follow that by registering the birth in their own name subsequently”.

But there may well be some other explanation for this unusual occurrence of two different birth certificates.

Paul Weinberger’s career history before becoming the CEO at Diasolve included two years at Lumora Ltd as its Chief Marketing Officer, and before that he was the Director of Clinical Development at Enigma Diagnostics, the post he held when he holidayed at Praia da Luz when the McCanns were there.

[LINK to Dr Paul Weinberger on ‘LinkedIn’ here: ]

His specialism whilst there was to promote the company’s role in IVF techniques and diagnostics - in partnership with major pharmaceutical company GKN. He was with Roche Diagnostics for nine years previous to that - the world’s largest diagnostic company. He and his wife appear to have a second home in Newton Stewart in southern Scotland. 

His line of work had parallels with Gerry McCann’s career path, which included 

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Gerry McCann’s Research Interests

“I am particularly interested in LV remodelling and the use of comprehensive cardiac MRI to better manage patients with known or suspected cardiac disease. In addition, I have run a number of trials using cardiac MRI as end point in clinical trials (eg STEMI) and in early phase II studies, assessing the efficacy of novel interventions in cardiovascular disease in partnership with various pharmaceutical companies”.

One curiosity about the couple was that Mrs Jeni Weinberger was one of a number of people at the Ocean Club that week who reported possible suspect abductors. Both her and a Mrs Godwin reported suspicions about an overweight red-haired woman, a cleaner, Yvonne Albino, allegedly seen outside the McCanns’ apartment in May 2007. The Daily Mail reported on 4 March 2010:

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“The McCanns’ investigators believe the red-haired woman was Yvonne Albino, a cleaner from Silves. Another witness, Jeni Weinberger, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, said she saw a woman resembling Mrs Albino outside the McCanns’ apartment in May 2007”.

One of the McCann Team’s investigators, Dave Edgar, described the cleaner’s movements as ‘suspicious’, but the Portuguese Policer had checked her out early on in their investigation and found nothing suspicious.  .
More details about Jeni Weinberger’s actions emerged in another report, which claimed that

 “…on returning from Portugal in May 2007, she had informed her local police force - Wiltshire - about a possible ‘sighting’ of an abductor. She went on to claim that Wilshire Police contacted Leicestershire police who failed to follow up her lead. It was only when she received an emotional phone call from Maddie’s mum Kate, nearly two years later that a photofit based on her description was put together”.

She is also quoted as saying: “When Kate asked me to help, I agreed immediately. But the police should have asked two years ago. It was only after Kate got in touch that the woman learnt two other witnesses saw an identical man… I can’t believe our three sightings weren’t linked earlier”.

So I raise these points about Jeni Weinberger. The ’phone call from Kate McCann to Jeni Weinberger was nearly two years after May 2007 when Madeleine was reported missing. Could this ‘phone call have been made to try and ‘spice up’ the forthcoming  Chanel 4 documentary, shown in May 2009?

Did the Weinbergers and the McCanns know each other prior to 2007? - this seems possible on this evidence. Did Jeni Weinberger really believe that two years after the event, her recollection of the suspicious woman she said she had seen two years earlier could really help to solve the crime? Could she honestly help to compose a ‘photo-fit’ of her, a whole two years after having seen the woman?

In this case of so many fabrications, we must ask: did Jeni Weinberger really have genuine suspicions about this woman - a sighting the Portuguese Police had long ago dismissed as irrelevant?        

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Paul Weinberger is that the company he worked for in 2007, when Madeleine was reported missing - Enigma Diagnostics - is a private company, but was explicitly founded in 2004 as a joint venture between the UK Government and venture capitalists Porton Capital Technology Fund. It now based in the top secret Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire, a government research establishment with a controversial history of involvement in biological research and germ warfare, plus chemical, radiological and nuclear  weapons research.

Dr Julian Totman 

And this brings us on directly to another significant doctor, as the Weinbergers made joint dinner bookings at the Tapas restaurant with another doctor, Dr Julian Edward Bartram Totman, and his wife. They seem to have booked their holiday together as they and the Weinbergers were in nearby apartments at the Ocean Club resort.

Dr Totman is a General Practitioner from Salisbury, Wiltshire, only a few miles from the Porton Down establishment. It is fairly clear that these were two people - Weinberger and Totman - who knew each other professionally and were friends, and presumably decided to go on holiday together.  Dr Totman actually had a second surgery actually within the Porton Down M o D research establishment, whilst his wife Rachel, known professionally by her maiden name as Dr Rachel Clapton, was also a General Practitioner in Salisbury.

The Totman extended family is also replete with significant figures in the medical field. For example, Dr Julian Totman has a sister called Marissa, who is a General Practitioner in Surrey). She is married to a Vivek Muthu, who is the Chief Executive and Founder member of a company called Bazian, which analyses medical research, and was previously Clinical Editor of the British Medical Journal. Muthu had been heavily involved in the controversial debate about whether the MMR jab causes autism.

One of their ongoing projects from 2007 was with the East Midlands Specialist Commissioning Group in the trials of aortic valve replacement, which of course would coincide with Gerry McCann’s interests as a heart specialist. Another member of Bazian is a Dr Rob Cook, specialist in managing cardiovascular guidelines, who was working in Auckland, New Zealand, at the same time as the McCanns were both living there.

I should say at this point that the McCanns specifically denied having known either the Weinbergers or the Totmans prior to their holiday in 2007 - and of course there is nothing wrong in itself for a group of professionals with similar interests to get together  for a few days’ relaxation.   

The Totmans, with their two children aged 3 and 2, arrived in Praia da Luz on the 28th April and stayed in Apartment G4M, apparently just for their second week. There is this strange reference at the foot of their booking sheet, which says;

“Please note that activity list will only be showing 2nd week, but guest requires 2 weeks childcare from 28th April”.

Why would the so-called ‘activity list’ only show ‘the second week’? Did they possibly rent a private apartment elsewhere for the first week? 



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