Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Maddie: English Tabloid Talks About Police Operation In Morocco.

SOS Madeleine McCann 26/10/09

By Duarte Levy

The theory isn't new, but according to yesterday's edition of the British daily, the
Daily Star Maddie's kidnap is allegedly a crime under police investigation, perpetrated by a dangerous Algerian criminal who, in exchange for one hundred thousand Euros, is claimed to have taken the child to Morocco.

According to this same information, Maddie was transported to North Africa aboard a ferry that links the south of Spain with Morocco.

The British daily, which states having received the information from, "the criminal underworld," puts forward that the information became known when the Algerian criminal boasted about the kidnap to two English drug traffickers, Paul Bennett and James Neil.

The Algerian, who goes by the name Younis or Tariq, is described as having dark skin, curly hair and a pock-marked face, resembling one of the robot-portraits already produced in the case. According to the source quoted by the English daily, the man is allegedly, "known to the Portuguese police."

24 Horas (Portuguese daily newspaper) is meanwhile able to report that the information cited by the Daily Star, and so-called coming from, "the criminal underworld," had already been sent to Portugal by a lawyer linked to the case, based on a report from the Spanish detectives Metodo 3, who were hired by Kate and Gerry McCann.

The Spanish agency produced various reports on the subject of Maddie's disappearance, but also on the subject of the private lives of the PJ inspectors in charge of the investigation, notably on Gonçalo Amaral - reports which the detectives placed at the disposal of this lawyer, who used them publicly.
"No ongoing investigation exists into this or any other lead, and the case continues to be the responsibility of the Portuguese authorities," stated a source from Leicestershire police contacted by 24 Horas.

Police officers with a British sense of humour.

It's not the first time that, "supposed information," and "speculations," about the Maddie case have hit the headlines in the English newspapers. Just last week the British government officially denied that the Prime Minister would be contacting the American authorities, from whom, according to the Sunday Express - a newspaper in the same group as the Daily Star - Gordon Brown allegedly wanted to request images from a satellite which supposedly monitored the Portuguese coast.
Information put forward yesterday by the Daily Star: "for the price of its Sunday promotion for 40 pence the reader gets two newspapers," a Home Office source said sarcastically in response to 24 Horas.

Monday, 26 October 2009

"Faked Abduction," A New Book Coming Soon From The USA

By Brian Johnson.

The Conclusion Of The Portuguese Police Investigating The Madeleine McCann Disappearance.


From the above web site:

"Faked Abduction will soon be available to purchase from this website.

Containing many details from the comprehensive police files, the book highlights the inconsistencies in the various alibis, the ever-changing witness accounts and the lack of police cooperation from the McCanns and their friends, the so-called Tapas 7.

The McCanns have tried to gag people from publishing the truth about the case. In 2007, despite making several public assurances to donors to their “Madeleine Fund” that they would not spend any money on lawyers, they have employed some of the most expensive law firms in Britain to intimidate and suppress those who publicly doubt their abduction story.

While researching the book, the McCanns have declined to answer important questions relating to the disappearance of their daughter.

After reading the book, decide for yourself if this was a Faked Abduction."

Jack Straw To Consult Newspapers On Super-Injunctions.

By Oliver Luft Press Gazette

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has launched a consultation with lawyers from major newspapers following the row over "super-injunctions" following the Trafigura row.

Junior justice minister Bridget Prentice told MPs last week that a number of senior judges would also be involved in a consultation over court orders which ban publication of certain information and also ban reporting about the order being made.

Prentice told MPs: "We are very concerned that super-injunctions are being used more commonly, particularly in the area of libel and privacy.

"The Secretary of State for Justice [Straw] has already asked senior officials in the department to discuss the matter with lawyers from the major newspapers. We are also involving the judiciary in a consultation.

"We are looking specifically at how the use of super-injunctions has had an effect and what we therefore need to do on that."

"We are looking specifically at how the use of super-injunctions has had an effect and what we therefore need to do on that."

Prentice told MPs during a debate on 21 October she would relay MPs message that further guidelines might be needed for judiciary to the Justice Secretary and the Lord Chief Justice.

The Prime Minister told MPs earlier this month Straw would examine the use of so-called "super injunctions" after the Guardian reported that it had been prevented from reporting a Parliamentary question tabled by Newcastle-under-Lyme MP Paul Farrelly, a former journalist, relating to oil company Trafigura because of an injunction obtained by the firm's lawyers, Carter Ruck.

Prentice told MPs the advice given to the Guardian by Carter-Ruck that the newspaper would be in contempt for reporting Farrelly's question, was incorrect.

She added: "I am happy to ensure that we send them a copy of Article 9 [of the Bill of Rights 1689], so that they can read and peruse it at their leisure."

So, let's have a wee look at this mega expensive company Carter Ruck. It amazes me that a couple of doctors like Kate and Gerry McCann can associate themselves with a company like Carter Ruck, that tries to use such tactics against a national newspaper, with legal advice that is incorrect. And a firm of solicitors that would seek to prohibit the publication of information about a company like Trafigura polluting the environment at serious risk to health and the environment?

Have the McCanns no shame? Or do they just not care as long as they have, "..the most feared libel lawyers," and they can shut people up, whatever the tactics or the cost to their wealthy backers? Let's face it, the McCanns must have some seriously heavy-duty backing to be able to afford to use five hundred quid an hour Carter Ruck to put the thumbscrews on ordinary people like those who set up The Madeleine Foundation.

The police files from the Maddie investigation in Portugal are in the public domain: they were released when the case was archived. The Madeleine Foundation simply presents information that is already in the public domain, but possibly few members of the general public have read it. The McCanns by way of Carter Ruck would seek to make sure that ordinary Joe Public does not have this information presented to him in a user-friendly way.

Conclusion: the McCanns have no shame, either about leaving three small children on their own, night after night in an unlocked apartment in a foreign country, or in using a bunch of heavy-handed legal representatives like Carter Ruck.

Jack Straw please do your job and get this properly investigated. Carter Ruck must be stopped from silencing people with their mighty fist of super-injunctions and efforts to intimidate people who do not have the financial resources to defend themselves.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

SOS Madeleine McCann: Gonçalo Amaral's planned TV appearance annoys the McCann couple.


By Duarte Levy 21/10/09 (Comments in gray are mine and not those of Duarte Levy.)

"Gonçalo Amaral is the only citizen who persists in not respecting the court's injunction."

Note: at the last moment, the showing of the W9 programme on the Maddie case was canceled and replaced for legal reasons, following the intervention of lawyers acting for the McCann couple.

The participation of Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator of the Judiciary Police, who led the investigation into Maddie's disappearance, in a television programme, in this case in France, got the little English girl's parents so worked up that, according to a representative of the couple's campaign, they are now accusing the ex-inspector of "not respecting the court's decision," threatening that this fact, "will not go unanswered."

In spite of an injunction by Lisbon's Civil Court, which bans him from speaking about several aspects of the Maddie case, Gonçalo Amaral is (should have been!) the special guest on the, "Criminal Investigations," programme, which the W9 channel will show today at 8.35pm and which will also be available on the internet. (I guess that's what got the McCanns rather worked up! Fancy all those internet users in the UK being able to hear what Gonçalo Amaral has to say!)

"No matter where in the world, Gonçalo Amaral is banned from speaking about the theory he presents in his book...Whether it's in Portugal or Burundi," Isabel Duarte, the lawyer representing the McCann couple, who obtained the injunction that also bans the sale of the book, "Maddie: A Verdade da Mentira," told 24 horas. (in France: Maddie: L'Enquête Interdite) as well as the distribution of the documentary based on it.

The decision by the judge of Lisbon's Civil court rules Gonçalo Amaral, as well as the publishers Guerra e Paz and Valentim de Carvalho, are banned from speaking publicly about the theory presented by the former PJ inspector on the Maddie case - reading the decision, the former PJ inspector and his publishers are prohibited from reproducing, talking about, or giving an opinion or interview that might support that theory.

230942007.jpgThe French television programme, to which 24 Horas has had access, is presented by journalists Sidonie Bonnec and Paul Lefèbre, "and claims to present the French viewers with a real idea of what happened to Maddie," a representative said, adding that, "the channel also presents Amaral's unpublished (in France) documentary, which supports the parents' guilt." The ex-inspector is then called upon to comment on a different version of the events which is supported in a report produced in England.

Called on to comment, the lawyer Isabel Duarte told 24 Horas that, "the citizen Gonçalo Amaral persists in not respecting the court's injunction," admitting that this subject is going to be presented before the court, but that, "the date for the hearing is not yet known."
"No definitive decision is going to be known this year," the lawyer said.

The McCanns want to ban Amaral's book abroad.

Amaral, who had already told 24 Horas that nobody was going to silence him, "if the McCanns want to prevent the book from being translated into English, they are seriously fooling themselves," now runs the risk of seeing, "A Verdade da Mentira," banned abroad. At least that is the intention of the McCanns' lawyers.

Isabel Duarte, who is only dealing with this case in Portugal, confirmed for 24 Horas that, "the couple's lawyers in England are dealing with this question."
The first countries targeted will be Spain, France and The Netherlands.

Ed Smethurst, the McCanns' English lawyer, has already acknowledged that the Lisbon Civil Court's ban on the sale of the book, "A Verdade da Mentira," deals with the first phase of the legal action and that other legal actions were planned in further phases.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Madeleine McCann: Wednesday 21/10/09 on French TV W9, Sidonie Bonnec reviews the investigation.

TVMag.com 19/10/09

"It's our job to address all points of view, such as in "The Maddie case," our broadcast on October 21st," the journalist Sidonie Bonnec explains, about "Criminal Investigations," on W9.

"Two years after the little girl's disappearance, there are many differences of opinion. With us in the studio will be Gonçalo Amaral, former Portuguese police officer. This is special, because he doesn't have the right to talk about the case in his own country. We will show his original documentary asserting the parents' guilt. With Paul Lefèvre, we will then confront him with the other theory by means of a news report."

Viewers in the UK and elsewhere can watch the live broadcast on the web at 8.35pm, on TVChannelsFree W9 Stream Station, Wednesday 21st October.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Madeleine McCann: information requested by the Portuguese police and how the FOI Act was used to deny it.


Sunday Express October 18th 2009

By James Murray

"HOME Secretary Alan Johnson is prepared to ask US spy chiefs for satellite images which may show the face of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper, following intervention by the Sunday Express."

"Hope of new progress came after it emerged Leicestershire Police never made a formal request to the Home Office for views of Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve at the time the little girl vanished in May 2007."

Yet, further on in the Express article, we are told that the Portuguese police had actually asked Leicestershire police to make a formal request for this information. A senior Portuguese police source said:

"We hoped spy images may have captured the kidnapper watching the apartment prior to the event or even on the day itself. Obviously, having a picture would have speeded up the apprehension of the offender.”

"Yet more than two years after Madeleine was snatched no help has been forthcoming, despite early requests from senior Portuguese detectives."

"The Portuguese source explained: “This was fully discussed with Leicestershire Police and officials with the British Government.

“We were confident of getting progress because of Gordon Brown’s interest in the case and this apparent special relationship between Britain and the United States.

“Your ambassador to Portugal even visited our officers soon after the kidnap.

“The bad news for us is that we got nowhere with this avenue of inquiry, which was both frustrating and infuriating.”

For, despite all the talk, nothing appears to have been done officially with the British government and the formal requests were never made."
It seems that if Leicestershire police received the request, they did not pass it on and we need to ask why.


Early on in the investigation, the Portuguese police asked the British authorities for information about the McCanns and their friends with whom they went on holiday to Praia da Luz. That information never came. Specifically information about bank accounts was requested. This was part of the reply:

""No record of a current bank account is held," said the English about Madeleine's father, adding that "there is no record of credit cards or loans."

The request for this information was repeated in the rogatory letter sent in November 2007 to England. The British authorities refused the request and simply said, as a justification, that they would not provide financial information on the couple. And the information never arrived.

In January this year, when British journalists tried to clarify the situation, this was the response from the Home Office:

"The Home Office (British Ministry of Foreign Affairs) cannot confirm or deny" that the McCanns have had bank accounts between the 25 of April 2007 and 12 September 2008."

The complete Home Office response can be read on the McCann Files web site. This is an extract from that response:

"Your request for information has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) and we are now able to provide you with a substantive response to your request.
Section 1 of the Act places two duties on public authorities when handling requests. The first of these duties, provided at s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information requested is actually held by that authority. The second duty is for that information to be disclosed where it has been confirmed that it exists. This is provided under s1(1)(b).
The Home Office can neither confirm nor deny that we hold information relevant to your request as our duty under s1(1)(a) does not apply by virtue of the following provisions of the Act:
* Section 27(4) – prejudice to International Relations;
* Section 31(3) – prejudice to Law Enforcement activities; and
* Section 38(2) – endangering Health & Safety.
This letter therefore also serves as a refusal notice under s17(1) of the Act.

(The above information was published by Correio da Manha in February 2009 and translated by Joana Morais.)


"A Magical Mystery Tour," the McCann Files, October 17th 2009.

"On March 19 this year the FOI News reported thus:

'Sensitive e-mails concerning the hunt for missing child Madeleine McCann will remain secret for fear of offending the Portuguese authorities who were tasked with finding her.

'A request for the disclosure of 13 e-mails and one letter, which were written in the two months after Madeleine went missing, was refused by the Information Commissioner.'...........

............"'He went on to say: "...even now, to disclose full information about the then ambassador's communications with the Portuguese authorities then, on a balance of probabilities, substantial damage to the international relationship would result."

Read the full text of the article here: The McCann Files

So, there appears to be quite a lot of evidence here that the British authorities did not wish to assist the police of another EU sovereign state in their investigation into the disappearance of a British child.

* Information on bank accounts - not forthcoming.
* Request for communication between the British ambassador and the Portuguese authorities under the FOI Act, refused.
* Request for satellite imaging information: never formally passed on by the Leicestershire police.

Further, an early request to the British authorities for Madeleine McCann's medical records was refused. Why?

Putting all these requests together with these facts: that there were 48 questions Kate McCann refused to answer when questioned by the Portuguese police; the McCanns did a quick flit from Portugal immediately after being made arguidos and later refused to return to participate in a reconstruction of the events; the many inconsistencies and contradictions in the witness statements from the "Tapas Nine," it is no wonder the Portuguese police decided to archive this case. When banging one's head against a brick wall, it must be wonderful when you stop!

The Sunday Express has made significant moves towards the re-opening of the Madeleine McCann case. Perhaps it's time for other UK newspapers to take up the baton.

After the Carter Ruck/Trafigura fiasco, perhaps a few journalists need to be asking why Madeleine's parents needed to use Carter Ruck to attempt to silence the Madeleine Foundation, who were publishing information already in the public domain. Letters from Carter Ruck to the Madeleine Foundation can be viewed here.
The Madeleine Foundation: the site the McCanns want to ban. (With the heavyweight help of Messrs Carter Ruck.)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sunday Express: "Madeleine Exclusive: All Three Children Drugged."

Sunday Express 11/10/09

Now, reading that headline, you'd think that some kind of official report had reached this conclusion. Not so. This is the latest theory put forward by the McCanns' private investigators, Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley. Last I heard the intrepid two were investigating the "lawless villages," around Praia da Luz where the "lone prowler," was reckoned to be hanging out with Madeleine in a, "secret lair."

According to today's Sunday Express, the tireless twosome, who didn't actually check out the Barcelona sighting of the Victoria Beckham looky-likey before they announced their breakthrough to the world, are working on a new theory. I guess they could eventually come up with some kind of contorted version that might explain the evidence or lack of evidence of an abduction.

By James Murray

The kidnapper of Madeleine McCann drugged her and her twin brother and sister so they would all be quiet while she was snatched.
A duplicate key may also have been used to gain entrance to the holiday apartment where the children were sleeping, say investigators."

Yes, this looks like some kind of official report and some people are going to think that investigators means police rather than a couple of PIs sitting in a house in Knutsford, Cheshire.

How to make the theory fit the established facts. There was no evidence of a break-in. So, a duplicate key must have been used.

"It means the monster is still a threat to children living or holidaying on Portugal’s Algarve and must be caught urgently as he is highly likely to reoffend."

Urgently? It's been two years and five months already!

"They are convinced the ­abductor went to the family’s apartment on May 3 2007 fully prepared with sufficient drugs, probably ­chloroform, to knock out all three children.

The fact that Sean and Amelie, then just 18 months old, failed to wake when the alarm was raised, nor even as they were taken to another apartment in the cold night air, has persuaded the detectives that they, too, must have been drugged."

Probably chloroform? Style gurus Trinny and Susannah were drugged with chloroform in their apartment in Cannes while on an assignment. As reported by the Daily Mail

"Another friend of Miss Constantine, who is married to Danish businessman Sten Bertelsen, said of the attack: 'They woke up one morning and their hands felt sticky, there was a funny smell in the room and they both felt hungover."

The following morning in that case, there was a funny smell and the women felt hungover, yet just immediately after Madeleine's disappearance, neither the police nor any witness who entered the McCanns' holiday apartment, mentioned a funny smell. Also, the twins were fit to be placed in the creche the following day as usual.

We do have what might be an indication of the twins having been drugged in Fiona Payne's statement to the police about the evening of May 3rd:

"Asked if the twins had not woken up at all, Fiona said no, adding that Kate kept on going to the twins, placing her hands on them to check if they were still breathing, because she seemed to be much more interested in making sure they were alright."

So, why would Kate be so concerned about whether the twins were still breathing? Looks like even then she was worried about the effect of something, perhaps drugs. However, if someone, especially a qualified doctor were to suspect that a stranger might have drugged her children, wouldn't she be likely to keep those children under surveillance for a while and to request testing? Kate McCann did neither.

"Had the twins been tested for drugs immediately, any ­medication used could have been established, making it easier to identify the kidnapper, but vital time was lost

Dave, I think you'll find that the McCanns refused to have the twins tested. So, vital time was lost by whom? You make it sound like the police were responsible for this lost time by making this vague statement. And if the twins had been tested and the presence of drugs to make them sleep had been found, how useful would that have been? There would still be no witnesses other than Jane Tanner. There would still be no vehicle sighting. So, what might it have revealed? For me, all it would have revealed would have been the nature of the drug, which may, yes, have led to some serious questions being asked at the time.

"Even now, however, experts say there may be forensic clues on clothing or bedding which could yield a breakthrough."

Experts? Another vague statement. What experts? And if those forensic clues are still there on clothing and bedding two years and five months later, wouldn't there have been a significant smell of chloroform at the time? Yet, no one mentioned it.

"The Sunday Express can further reveal that the McCanns’ private detectives are working on a solid theory about exactly how Madeleine was abducted."

Wowee! The Sunday Express can reveal!! What the pretendy cops are thinking now is a revelation? They think that the abductor had done a "dummy run," the night before, and decided to come back with suitable drugs because Sean woke up and woke Madeleine. Well, that's another part of the story explained. I think we're heading for something like the elusive "Theory of everything," in physics.

"Mr Edgar and Mr Cowley do not believe Madeleine was taken through an open window as it would have been awkward, time consuming and there were no forensic clues left behind."

Right! So, why did this abductor open the window? He tried the window, even though he had a duplicate key, but found it too awkward? And why did Kate and Gerry tell all the friends and relies that the shutters had been jemmied and the window left open? What about that cold draft Kate felt as she opened the door and observed those fluttering curtains? I guess you'll come up with an additional element to your theory to cover that! Just to pre-empt the obvious one, Dave, if the window had been opened to disperse the smell of chloroform, then since the breeze was blowing into the apartment, and was strong enough to blow the door closed, it would have been dispersing the smell through the rest of the apartment and surely Kate would have detected it as she approached the bedroom door? Did she mention this? Nope!

OK, Dave, does the Smith sighting of a man who looked like Gerry McCann come into your, "solid theory"? No one seems to have come forward to say it was him carrying a child. So, will your theory of everything include an explanation? I can hardly wait.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Gerry McCann - Whistling Dixie.

Why does Gerry McCann so often look like he's whistling or eating spaghetti?

So, we have learned that Gerry McCann appeared at the conference in Madrid of the International Bar Association and talked about the media and privacy.

Gerry also mentioned the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the young American woman, who suddenly reappeared 18 years after she had been abducted.

"Mr McCann was speaking to reporters at the International Bar Association's annual conference in Madrid, where he gave a speech on his family's relationship with the media.

After the speech he said he and wife Kate had been moved by the Channel 4 documentary on the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping, Captured for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story, screened last week.

Mr McCann said watching the programme 'had brought back some awful memories.'

But he added: 'Kate and I have never lost hope and the Jaycee Lee Dugard story was important for us.

'It was an incredibly tragic case, but it gave us hope."

Daily Mail October 7th

It gave hope to Gerry and Kate? That their daughter might be alive somewhere in the hands of a paedophile, being raped and living in a shed? Right!

I really don't see why Gerry should compare the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard to Madeleine. What are the similarities? Well, both were children. Both disappeared. I think that's it. No! Both female. And that is definitely where the similarities end as far as I am concerned.

Jaycee Lee Dugard was 11 years old and she was abducted from a bus stop on a public road. Her stepfather witnessed the abduction and he was able to describe a vehicle and an occupant of that vehicle. From his description, an E-fit was drawn, which can now be seen as having been an incredible likeness of Nancy Garrido.


Madeleine McCann was said to have been asleep in a holiday apartment, sharing a bedroom with her twin siblings. Her parents and their friends were making regular checks and the window of opportunity for an abductor was said to have been 3 minutes. No trace of the abductor was found in the apartment and there was no sign of a break-in. The only witness who thinks she saw the abductor, the stranger whom she described to the police initially as "carrying a bundle that could have been a child," who eventually became a man definitely carrying Madeleine, was Jane Tanner. After the McCanns insisted that the police issue a description, based on Jane's sighting, the police issued an E-fit based on that description, which they took round the local area and showed to residents. This is the E-fit based on Jane Tanner's original description:


One local resident described the character portrayed as, "An egg with a side parting," but I kid you not, folks: this was the E-fit based on Jane Tanner's description. There was no vehicle to be described and the direction the alleged abductor was walking in was changed at least once: the direction of the beach; the direction of Robert Murat's house.

So, if the Amber Alert system had been operational at the time of Jaycee Lee's abduction, in my opinion, there would have been a good chance of Jaycee Lee's having been found: there was a good description of a person in the vehicle; there was a good description of the vehicle itself.

For Madeleine, the police would have had nothing to work with. No accurate description of an abductor or of a vehicle and really no absolute proof that an abduction had taken place.

Gerry McCann continually repeats that there is no evidence that any real harm has come to his daughter. Well, he has to, doesn't he? Under the Children and Young Persons Act of 1932, there is no age limit set for leaving children alone. However, if significant harm should come to a child, the parents can be prosecuted. So, that's why Gerry keeps repeating this mantra, though the very fact that Madeleine is missing and not where she should be is harm in itself.

So, Gerry, I see no real similarities between the Jaycee Lee Dugard case and the sad case of your daughter Madeleine and the very fact of her disappearance at age nearly four years is harm in itself. I sometimes think you actually believe what is coming out of your mouth. But Gerry, you're whistling Dixie!!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Madeleine McCann: Gerry and Kate May Return To Praia da Luz Before The End Of The Year.

Gerry McCann has just put in an appearance at the International Lawyers Conference in Madrid, talking about the media and the right to privacy and to reputation. Now, who was it who not only welcomed the media attention, but courted it just after Madeleine disappeared? The media scrum in Praia da Luz was so bad, the police had to hide out in a secret apartment and sneak around avoiding the journalists. And then, immediately following arguido status, when Kate and Gerry did a quick flit out of the country, it was Gerry who contacted Sky News with details of the flight they would be on. See Vanity Fair article

"It is Gerry who is behind what he tells me is “the marketing … a high public awareness” of Madeleine. At his side while we talk is Clarence Mitchell, a voluble former government media analyst and BBC reporter, handpicked by Gerry to be the latest in a line of spokesmen. On October 17, Mitchell spoke at Coventry University. His topic: “Missing Madeleine McCann: The Perfect PR Campaign.”

All sorts of people were drawn into the "marketing," of the Madeleine McCann story.

"Thus the Madeleine frenzy, which began as a story about bad judgment and irretrievable loss, has spun out of control, each day bringing fresh allegations, outrage, celebrity alliances—the Pope! J. K. Rowling! David Beckham!—and sensational links to power. At the E.U. summit in mid-October, for instance, British prime minister Gordon Brown, who had regularly been in touch with the McCanns, raised the Madeleine issue with Portuguese prime minister José Sócrates, urging “proper cooperation between the British and Portuguese police.”

Joana Morais carries the story about Kate and Gerry's possible return to Praia da Luz.

"Kate would like to return to Praia da Luz when things are less intense, but we'd like it to be a private visit, probably before the end of the year," said Gerry McCann."

Right Gerry! So, a private visit that only you, I and the world and his dog (but not Eddie, the Enhanced Victim Recovery Dog!) now know about? No press, then, Gerry? You going to tell them all to keep away? Oh no! I vont to be alone!

This coming weekend, I will be looking after my little grandson because my daughter will be attending a conference abroad. She is not telling the little laddie that she is going on a plane because he is somewhat obsessed with planes and would desperately want to go with her. So, with the media and the Madeleine McCann case. Now that Gerry has let the world know that he and Kate may return to Praia da Luz before the end of the year, does anyone believe the journalists are going to stay at home? Just like my little grandson is obsessed with planes and would want to go, the thought of the McCanns' returning to the place where their daughter disappeared into thin air, will be driving those journalists wild. Stay home? No! I am quite sure they will be informed well in advance by the McCanns media machine about the date and flight details.

In Madrid, Gerry said that as parents, they have to, "...continue searching for her." Well, when did they start? On the night Madeleine disappeared, Kate McCann stayed in the apartment. For a week, local people took time off work to search the surrounding area, while Kate and Gerry went jogging, picked friends up from the airport, and popped into the church for 10 minutes here and there to pray for Madeleine. Then, as we all know, they went on their jaunt round Europe, stopping off to see the Pope on the way.

Gerry McCann also said that a lot of information had come in following the "Barcelona sighting." That makes it sound like Madeleine was sighted in Barcelona, whereas two years down the line a man who had been at a party in a restaurant in Barcelona in May 2007, suddenly came forward with a story about a "Victoria Beckham look-a-like," who asked him if he was there to "deliver my daughter." Let's bear in mind that "daughter," is also street slang used to describe the weight of a drug purchase: daughter-quarter (of an ounce).

Kate and Gerry are going to make a private visit to Praia da Luz! Yea right! All pigs fed and ready to fly out there with them!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Madeleine McCann: Gobbling Up The Past

I have recently read a story by Stephen King, called, "The Langoliers." In this story, a plane full of people slips through a rip in the space-time continuum and travels into the past. There are some strange phenomena in the story in the shape of coloured balls that bounce around, gobbling up everything in their path. We are told that these are facets of time, erasing the past into blackness. One of the characters in the story believes that these are, "The Langoliers," the bogeymen from his childhood, who were constantly seeking him. His father told him they would get him and get him they did in the story, as the strange coloured balls gobbled up everything as they wove their seemingly random lines of erasure through the landscape of the past.

In the Stephen King story, the random lines woven by The Langoliers merge into a solid blackness. The past, according to the story, is a place where nothing exists anymore. In this strange land of the past, there are no people. People have moved on, the story says, and so the past is uninhabited.

The McCanns and their sycophantic friends in the media are doing just that: trying to gobble up the past, make it disappear into blackness, like it never existed. They have tried to gag Dr Amaral and then Tony and Debbie of the Madeleine Foundation. They now turn their attention to the dogs, a very significant aspect of the past history of the investigation. We know that Eddie, the Enhanced Victim Recovery Dog, is trained to alert to where a human body has been. Eddie can detect the odour of death years after a human body has been removed from a place where it rested, even for a short while. Any surface or material capable of absorbing dispersed particles, will retain the odour of death, and Eddie will find it.

David Rose, in today's Sunday Mail does his best to discredit Eddie and his handler Martin Grime, in an article about the, "bungled," investigation at the Haut de la Garenne former children's home in Jersey. By discrediting the work in Jersey, David Rose feels he can then negate the indications offered by Eddie in the Madeleine McCann case.

"Eddie the sniffer dog - the animal that had supposedly found the 'scent of death' in the Portuguese flat where Madeleine McCann disappeared."

So, Mr David Rose, does Eddie's success in over 200 previous cases cease to exist? Have the Langloliers swallowed up the landscape where Eddie detected the odour of death in a burnt-out vehicle that led to the arrest of the person who murdered Attracta Harron in Ireland? Amongst others was the case of Amanda Edwards, who was reported missing. Eddie was brought in and he alerted to cadaver odour on tools stored in the boot of Amanda's partner's car. The police then went to the building site where the partner had worked, and discovered the body.

Like The Langoliers, the writer has made Eddie's past success disappear into blackness.

Eddie is trained to detect human cadaver odour. In Jersey, he alerted to the odour he is trained to find and humans found a piece of coconut shell. This does not indicate failure on Eddie's part.

Martin Grime is quoted in today's Mail On Sunday article:

"Asked about the 'human remains' found by Eddie that turned out to be coconut, Grime said bizarrely: 'People aren't right 100 per cent of the time. Otherwise they wouldn't be human.'

The fact is that Eddie is not trained to find "human remains," but to find the odour that emanates from a human corpse. There may still be a body in situ, but as in many of Eddie's previous successful missions, there was no body in Jersey and no body in the McCanns' holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. Eddie finds the odour he is trained to detect. It is then up to the humans to find any corroborating evidence there is to be found.

The McCanns would love the evidence of a past that pointed to their involvement in their daughter's disappearance to slip quietly into blackness, gobbled up by their gagging and misinformation. However, that past has not disappeared into blackness. It exists in the memories of the police officers, English and Portuguese, who investigated Madeleine's disappearance. It also exists in the police files, which the McCanns have had access to and in which they claim there is nothing that gives the impression that serious harm has come to Madeleine. (See footnote)

That past, where a little girl called Madeleine Beth McCann existed and had a whole life ahead of her, where she disappeared into thin air on the night of May 3rd 2007, will not disappear into blackness while there are dedicated people like Dr Gonçalo Amaral and Tony and Debbie of the Madeleine Foundation. This past is inhabited by people and memories and Eddie the cadaver dog and one day the truth will be known, "The Truth Of The Lie."

Footnote: From the official police files of the investigation, this is an extract from the report presented by Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida, a friend and colleague of Gonçalo Amaral, who worked on the case with Dr Amaral:

From everything that is exposed, the process files result in the following:

A: the minor Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, on the night of the 3rd of May 2007;

B: a simulation of an abduction took place;

C: in order to render the child’s death impossible before 22H00, a situation of checking of the McCann couple’s children while they slept was made up;

D: Kate McCann and Gerald McCann are involved in the concealment of the cadaver of their daughter, Madeleine McCann;

E: at this moment, there seem to be no strong indications that the child’s death was not the result of a tragic accident, yet;

F: from what has been established up to now, everything indicates that the McCann couple, in self-defence, doesn’t want to deliver the cadaver immediately and voluntarily, and there is a strong possibility that it was moved from the initial place of deposition. This situation may raise questions concerning the circumstances in which the death of the child took place.”