Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Pre-publication of Amaral's book on Correio da Manhã (II)
“Madeleine died in the apartment”
Correio da Manhã starts today the pre-publication of excerpts from the book of Gonçalo Amaral (“The truth of the lie”) and publishes also an interview with the author (not yet on-line, at this moment). Those excerpts refer to a statement from a witness – identified as K.G., married with S.G, who contacted British police, on May 16, 2007, thirteen days after Madeleine's disappearance, to report what is described in the book as incidents that raised “serious doubts about the behaviour of David Payne concerning children.”
Mr. Amaral says that until he was in charge of the investigation, British police didn't send the report of that witness to Polícia Judiciária. The PJ Criminal Coordinator was removed from the investigation on October 2, 20007. Mr. Amaral believes that the report only reached Portuguese police “at the end of October” last year.
Other situation explained in detail, in the excerpts published by Correio da Manhã, is the confusion around the results of the analysis to the blood samples collected at the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared and in the boot of the car the McCann rented, more than 20 days after their daughter went missing. According to Mr. Amaral, a specially trained dog (from the South Yorkshire Police force, Keela) has detected traces of blood in the floor of the apartment, behind a sofa, and also in the car's boot. The former PJ investigator mentions a report by British police officers Mark Harrison and Martin Grime, which was one of the reports used to support PJ's decisions in the investigation, that stated clearly the dog only reacted to the presence of samples of human blood.
Posted by Paulo Reis
Pre-publication of Amaral's book on Correio da Manhã (III)
DNA profiles, Forensic Science Service and inconclusive results
In the first days of September, Superintendent Stuart Prior, from Leicestershire Constabulary, went to Portimão, taking with him “a first preliminary report” from the results of the analysis of the samples collected at Praia da Luz, including those obtained with the help of South Yorkshire Police dogs Eddie and Keela, to discuss with PJ investigators how the investigation was developing. During the meeting, Stuart Prior “revealed that he was disappointed with the results of the analysis”, made at Forensic Science Service, in Birmingham, writes Mr. Amaral, according to Correio da Manhã. The Portuguese team of investigators also read the report and they didn't agree with the conclusions of Stuart Prior.
Concerning the first sample, found in the apartment's floor, the report showed “an incomplete DNA profile” with “low quality DNA traces from more than one person. But all DNA components identified coincided with the corresponding components from Madeleine's DNA profile.” The two above mentioned samples, analysed at FSS, were “blood traces”, according to Mr. Amaral, “because the CSI dog is trained to detect only that body fluid”, a fact that he says is confirmed on a report prepared by “experts Mark Harrison and Martin Grime”, both British police officers assigned to go to Praia da Luz with Eddie and Keela.
After an explanation about the components from Madeleine's DNA profile, the conclusion was that 15 of the19 alleles of Madeleine's DNA profile were found in the analysis to the second sample of blood, took from the boot of the McCann rented car. “According to FSS experts, those 15 (alleles) were not enough to come to the conclusion, with a high degree of reliability, that it was Madeleine's DNA profile, even because the Low Copy Number (technique) found 37 components in that sample.”
Mr. Amaral refers also that the existence of 37 components was justified, in the FSS report, with the fact that, at least, DNA from three different persons “had contributed to that result” and emphasizes what he considers a “bizarre precaution” from the scientist that prepared the report: he explained that “in most DNA profiles of the laboratory experts, the components of Madeleine's DNA profile are also found.” He regrets that “in spite of having found 15 components of Madeleine's DNA profile” in the sample taken from the rented car, “results (of the analysis) were considered not conclusive.”
Posted by Paulo Reis
"The Truth of the Lie" Book of Gonçalo Amaral on the case with Maddie revelations controversy
The book "The truth of the Lie," which promises revelations about the controversial case Maddie, is launched tomorrow. SIC revealed today the first excerpts. The work has the signature of the man who led much of the investigation but was eventually dismissed.
SIC Special Maddie, a year later The British girl disappeared in Praia da Luz, in Lagos, the night of May 3
Gonçalo Amaral says he wants to "restore the good name that was trashed in the public square" without the Judiciary Police allowed it to the defense. In the first pages of the book, the author stresses early treatment unusual because the couple McCann, who in the words of the inspector was treated with "gloves". It also talkes about the attitudes of Gerry and Kate McCann and Gonçalo Amaral reported several situations where he observed the coldness of the couple to the tension of the investigations. In situations of the inspector speaks in the child's mother, Kate, who face the possibility of finding the child appears annoyed with the speed reached by car from the police. In another case was the father who awakened the attention of inspectors: in the middle of a negotiation, with a possible raptor, the doctor "was calmly enjoying a lollipop as he read trivialities on the Internet sites and discussed rugby and soccer with one of the British police. " Gonçalo Amaral believes that "Madeleine died in apartment 5-A of the Ocean Club, on the May 3, 2007, but not discard the possibility that it was accidental."
July 23, 2008 - 00:30 am
"Madeleine died in apartment''
The 'CM' begins to be published today, exclusively excerpts from the book of Gonçalo Amaral, who believes that Madeleine McCann died in apartment in Praia da Luz The episode of holidays of 2005, in Majorca - they are raised suspicions about a friend the couple - and the results of DNA are the first excerpt.
Madeleine Beth McCann, with 2 ½ years, and their twin brothers at the time with few months old, departing on vacation in the company of parents to the island of Majorca. Together with three other couples they go to doctors with their children. [...] SG had attended the University of Dundee, between 1987 and 1992, there has known the future mother of Madeleine. KG only came to know Gerry McCann in this marriage with Kate Healy, around 1998, in Liverpool. After that event, the couple SG KG and become close friends of the parents of Madeleine and is a regular, passing week-end together, maintaining contact by phone.
In the third or fourth night in Majorca, after dinner, eating and drinking, when they were seated around a table in a courtyard outside the house, KG attends a scene that has caused fear for the welfare of her daughter and other children. She was seated between Gerry McCann and David Payne, when he heard the latter ask if she, perhaps referring to Madelein, would do 'this', starting in the act following a suck their fingers, which hinders the mouth and rising, suggesting a phallic subject, while with the fingers of the other hand, formed circles around the nipple, as a provocative and sexual gesture. At a time when KG looked with amazement to Gerry McCann and David Payne, it was made a nervous silence. After all the talk continued as if nothing had happened. This episode caused KG in a serious doubt about the relationship of David Payne with children. In yet another occasion, KG would see David Payne to make the same gestures, this time speaking of their daughter. In that period of leave were the parents who gave bath for children, but from there KG never left the David Payne closer to their daughter. After these holiday in Majorca, KG only found the couple David and Fiona Payne on one occasion, not talking to them since then.
What is written above was reported on May 16, 2007, only thirteen days after the disappearance of Madeleine English to the police, the couple SG and KG It was an important and relevant information for research. However, nothing was sent to the Portuguese police.
I believe that only after my departure of research, perhaps in late October 2007, is that the testimony of KG has been referred to the Portuguese police. With legitimacy question is: which is why the British police Tuesday, apparently, hidden evidence that during six months? When they heard that David Payne, organizer of the trip to Majorca, and who were reported abnormal behaviour in dealing with children, was the same which organised the trip to Portugal, which was part of the group of the holiday village of Luz where Madeleine was part, that was the first friend of the family to be seen next to Kate McCann after the disappearance of the child (as we shall see below) and that the date of the testimony was still in Portugal and may be confronted with these statements?
In the first days of September, just days before the constitution and accused the couple McCann, the Superintendent Stuart Prior, goes to the Portimão. It brings with it a preliminary report [of the forensic laboratory in Birmingham], coming discuss the status of the investigation with us. In a meeting with the investigating team Portuguese and English, in our office, Stuart shows up disappointed with the results of the examinations. It starts here the saga of the reports of the FSS. We read the report and we do not agree with the disappointment of Stuart. They are concerned the traces collected blood on the floor, behind the couch of the apartment 5A, as well as traces of blood recovered boot of the car used by McCann. We talk about blood traces (blood) because the dog is trained CSI only to detect that body fluid. The reports to support decision-making, prepared by specialists Mark Harrison and Martin Grime, are clear: the dog CSI was used to locate human blood. The Low Copy Number, technique used to determine the DNA of those samples, does not determine that body fluid comes from the DNA. In the first case, you can read that which obtained a result of incomplete DNA, for little information in the sample, giving indications of low-level DNA from more than one person . But all components of DNA confirmed coincide with the corresponding components of the DNA profile of Madeleine!
The second case, after an explanation of the components of the DNA profile of Madeleine, concluding that it is represented by 19 alleles, it appears that 15 are present in the sample examined. In other words, there are 4 components to have a 100% conclusive result. According to the experts that laboratory, those 15 have not arrived to finish with a great degree of certainty, that this was the DNA profile of Madeleine, because the Low Copy Number 37 components found in the sample. There 37 components because at least three individuals contributed to this result. Despite having been found 15 components of the DNA profile of Madeleine, the result was considered complex.
But it turned around here this first preliminary report. In it, the scientist has been strangely careful to explain that in many of the profiles of the experts of the laboratory are present elements of the DNA profile of Madeleine. In other words, much of the DNA profile of any one person can be constructed by three donors. It is understandable. The first two issues have arisen. The first: to that served in terms of criminal evidence, a profile of DNA, if it can be a combination of three or more donors.
Another question was simple: why is that the DNA profile of those three donors contributed to 15 components of the DNA profile of Madeleine and not by any other person, for example, of the scientist who carried out the examination? But the surprises of the preliminary reports would not be here. [...] [...]
Gonçalo Amaral decided to write the book to recover its freedom of expression. Away from research by Alípio Ribeiro, the former coordinator of PJ of Portimão believes Madeleine McCann died in the apartment of the Ocean Club on the night of May 3, 2007. And also believes that parents simulated the abduction and hid the corpse of her daughter, after a tragic accident inside the apartment.
Tomorrow: Get to know some more hot spots of the book which tells another version of the investigation and that MCCann did not want to see published. Read the interview with the author.
The little tsunami has arrived. Bring it on.
Posted by Cláudia at 7/23/2008 10:53:00 AM