(The "Eggman," courtesy of Himself at Good Quality Wristbands)
According to yesterday's Sunday Express:
"This is the sensational picture of a suspicious man on the beach which could lead to a breakthrough in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann."
Mrs Gail Cooper of Newark, Nottinghamshire, who was on holiday in Praia da Luz the week before the McCanns, remembered this strange man when she had returned home and heard about Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Her first sighting of this very odd character, was when she saw him walking along the beach on his own (definitely suspicious) in the rain (Oh no! He's got to be a nutter!)
Gail Cooper is convinced that it was the same man who turned up at her £2m (Oh me oh my! She must be a classy lady!) rented villa, claiming to be collecting for a local orphanage. Obviously a cover story as there were children playing in the pool at the £2m villa, when this clearly unworthy person had the cheek to knock on the door of that luxurious abode.
The hazy image of "Fuzzyman," was found in the background of a holiday snap taken by one of Mrs Cooper's holiday companions. Mrs Cooper and her companions had obviously done their civic duty by painstakingly pouring over all their holiday photos with a magnifying glass and thanks to their efforts, we now have this crucial image of the man who must have taken Madeleine since he is clearly a very odd and suspicious character.
The Express also gives us this vital piece of information which confirms "Fuzzyman," as the number 1 suspect:
"However, he does appear to bear a resemblance to a man the McCanns’ friend, Jane Tanner, saw walking with a child in his arms at about the time Madeleine disappeared."
"Ms Tanner saw him crossing a road yards from the McCanns’ apartment and it is widely believed that he was the man who abducted Madeleine. She also worked with an artist to create a drawing of the man she saw. It did not include facial features as she did not see his face.
The man Ms Tanner saw, walking in the glare of an orange street light, was wearing light coloured trousers and a dark top and appears to have slightly hunched shoulders.
The man in the photo was also wearing light coloured trousers, a dark top and appears to have slightly rounded shoulders."
Well, there you go! Rounded shoulders, dark top, light-coloured trousers. That's yer man!
What, I hear you say, of all the other suspects? So, here is a roundup of the previous Hall of Infamy. I can't remember who these people were seen by, and frankly I can't be bothered to go trawling the internet to find out. I do recall that "Eggman," was the first in the line-up, his image based on Jane Tanner's original description, before her memory improved and improved and improved. The others are in no particular order.
So, come on, folks, join in this wonderfully entertaining game that Mr Pinocchio of the McCann traveling circus invites us to play, "Pick a suspect, any suspect." Or you could always come up with one of your own if you happened to be on any one of the five continents in the three years since Madeleine disappeared into thin air!