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Chapter 10 – The inconveniences of logics Mm11

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Chapter 10 – The inconveniences of logics

The two policemen leave the car and look around them. It’s sunny, although it’s October already. There are few people at the Ocean Club, and it looks like nothing had ever happened there. They walk the road that connects Murat’s house to the corner of the apartment block where the McCann family had been staying.

They try to imagine the scenario of that evening, with the children asleep in the apartments while the adults enjoy themselves in the restaurant.

They decide that one of them will defend the abduction theory, while the other one will defend the possibility that something happened within that group of people, more specifically inside the McCanns’ apartment. Francisco gets to defend the abduction thesis, while the chief gets the other theory.

Francisco tries to recollect everything that he has learned over these past months.

- Well… We’re a happy family. Our lives are good. We have no major financial difficulties. We are instructed people. We’re doctors, as a matter of fact. We have three beautiful children. We don’t have enemies. We arrived here a week ago, with our friends who are also enjoying a good life. Some of our friends are also doctors, and they are equally happy. We all like to put the children to bed early, and to go out to have a few drinks. We’re staying at a resort in the Algarve, where we enjoy the day with the children, and in the evening, the kids go to bed, as it is time for mommy and daddy to have some fun.

Francisco continues:

- We went to dinner that evening, leaving our children who had been asleep since 7.30. An hour later, we were sitting at the table, with our friends who had equally left their children asleep in their bedrooms. We left the door unlocked, in case there might be an emergency. At some point, shortly after 9 p.m., the father went to the apartment and did not see his daughter where she had been sleeping, but he thought that she might be in the parents’ bedroom. He did not check if that was the case. Their friend Russell also went to check on his children, but he returned only an hour later, at the time when Kate, the mother, went into apartment 5A and did not find her daughter. Hence the despair… The child had been abducted by some stranger who had entered the bedroom and had taken her. This is it, chief!

João Tavares replies:

- Let’s see: according to the neighbour upstairs, mother and daughter had been yelling at each other. It seems that the child was hyperactive. The parents, despite the fact that they are doctors with three small children, did not bring any medication, not even a single tablet for a headache… or at least we didn’t see any. There were babysitters on offer for free, but they were dismissed that evening, for whatever reason. Among the group of friends, there are checks to suit every taste, according to their statements: every 15 minutes, every half hour, etc. Some only check on their own, others check on all the children, others only listen at the door… In the case of the twins, they didn’t even need to bother, they simply could not wake up, even in the midst of the turmoil that was generated that night. The caring mother told the neighbour upstairs that the police had been called when the alarm was raised, but she was lying. The first people that called the GNR were the employees of the Ocean Club. The same neighbour said she never saw the mother in a panic, which would be normal for a mother under the circumstances… As far as I know, nobody ever said that the lady was lying! The father, who was a lot more worried about gathering support in England, made one phone call after another, which were more political than anything else. And why was the child’s father wandering around, in the early hours of the morning, asking for the way to the church, when he had passed it so many times, on the way to the beach? And why did the English friends immediately send out the marketing and public relations heavyweight experts? Hum? And… if there were that many checks, when was the break that allowed the abductor to enter the apartment? And then there is the mother, saying that someone entered through the children’s bedroom windows, but the GNR people said that the shutters had never been forced… And then there are the doggies, that never missed a case over 200 times, and now supposedly have got it all wrong?

Francisco replies that his chief’s reasoning is correct, but nobody can be condemned over lying, or for failing to present coherent explanations for events. João Tavares smiles at the young colleague and replies that it is not always that way. In fact, he can remember a few cases.

Francisco asks him to present his version, then.

- Let’s see, Francisco. You marry a woman from a social standing that is above you. You had to work very hard to deserve her, both socially and financially. The family didn’t like you very much, but they eventually accepted you, being a Catholic and all. You have three children. You’re the perfect family. You have worked yourself so far up, you’re even about to enter the government! Life is running smoothly and the path seems to lead all the way up. But then something happens, a domestic accident… we’re in a third world country – someone will think: this bunch of barbarians will never believe how it happened. What do we do now? A father taking care of his two children, while the wife spends time in jail here? This cannot be. Whom do we call? The emergency services? No! The police? No way! The best thing to do is to call England, as help is there, not here. We just went out to dinner, and when we looked again, she wasn’t there… Now you go looking for our daughter’s abductor because our only crime was to go for dinner at a location where we could not see our apartment, believing that, in spite of the fact that the apartment is on the ground floor next to a public road, we were not at risk, or rather our children were not at any risk.

João Tavares continues:

- Half the world thinks like this, Francisco, and the other half thinks a predator was watching them, and chose the right time to take little Madeleine out of her bed. The fact is that it was precisely them who made us consider the possibility that this story was badly told. The worried about their image far too soon. At no time did they consider the possibility that the child could have left the apartment on her own, got lost and fell into a ditch or something. Abduction, only abduction, and “They’ve taken her!”. This leads me to another possibility, which is that the parents know that this is an abduction that was carried out by someone, and that for a reason, they cannot say more than what they have already said. In reality, when we reach this point, it seems like nothing has been decided yet in this game. Don’t you agree?

Francisco does agree, but he also thinks that the parents are guilty of the crime of exposure or abandonment, according to the Portuguese Penal Code, article 138.

João Tavares nods. He was one of those that defended that the parents should have been made arguidos from the beginning, but superior orders were that the parents were to be kept in a situation where they would cooperate with the police. Only results would later confirm whether this had been the right choice, or not.

He is well aware of the responsibility that he and his colleagues carry. The whole world is looking at them, waiting to hear what happened to Madeleine. Tavares knows that if only logics were to be applied to this case, it would have been solved on the night of May 3.

The child had been abducted while she was asleep in the apartment, and that was it. The next step was to find the abductor, and after his identity had been clarified, he would be traced, and so would Madeleine. This was logics.

But the secret was in the investigator’s mental exercise, in his capacity to abstain from preconceived notions, and to look solely at the matter that had been determined. It’s not easy, as it is about human beings trying to discover in other human beings something that they are trying to hide at all costs. Here, the weapons are equal and the rest does not matter.

The two policemen walk up the street from the supermarket, back to apartment 5A. They try to imagine Gerry talking to his friend, and they also try to imagine a person walking across the top of the street, towards a car or a house.

They try to imagine the couple’s friend, passing the same spot, watching the abductor calmly committing the crime and walking away from the apartment. Gerry should have seen the man. More so, Gerry should have seen his friend. It did not seem to be the case.

They both speak about a situation when they are both on the same location, with no pedestrian movement around them, at a time when most people are having dinner, and each of them seems to observe a different scenario. How can the human mind be interpreted under such circumstances?

One fights for yes. The other fights for no. One of them is definitely lying. They may both be lying, even with the best of intentions. Or both may be telling their truth. The one that is real to each of them. Even when one lies, it is not always with intention.

We are only human and these things do happen.

The compassion that the parents provoked on public opinion, deviated the attentions from the fact that the least that they did, was to leave three small children on their own, in an apartment that was easily accessible from the outside. That same compassion was the ultimate enemy of those who should have looked at the case without any emotions.

These policemen are well aware that the path that led them to the possibility of the group of people knowing more than they were saying, was the most difficult one. They had restlessly pursued every single lead, every small clue, until the limits of reason, drying them all out until only one possibility was left standing.

Truth was that, although the investigation did not take the direction that so many people wanted it to take, it had gained its own life and taken a specific route, with the input from Krugel, from the dogs, from the analysis of the witness statements, from the lab test results.

It was not the policemen, through their own will or because they wanted to hatch a conspiracy plan against the McCanns, but rather specific data that had pointed the investigation into a certain direction.

This was now the drama of these policemen. What should they do? Give up and archive the case? That was not even a possibility, as the values at stake were even higher than the personal and professional pride, or the reputation of the Policia Judiciaria.

What had been the destiny of a child that had been taken out of her normal life with her siblings? These policemen know that, no matter how long it takes, the answer will appear.

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