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Kate’s notebooks – Madeleine’s mother did not like to be questioned
Reports of the first day without Maddie tell of discomfort when faced with the investigators who searched for her daughter
Kate McCann did not like the Polícia Judiciária. On the first day without Maddie, a few hours after she had seen her daughter for the last time, in the apartment that they all occupied in Praia da Luz, the child’s mother didn’t hide the discomfort in face of the investigators.
In her writings, which were apprehended months later by the same PJ, Kate complained about the treatment that she had been given during her first questioning: “Nobody offered us a drink or food. All the policemen were informally dressed and smoking. No sympathy was shown. […] The police officer who drove us to the PJ was asking me questions and then he typed them down. Slow”, says Kate, who also didn’t like the fact that she had to return to the Judiciária a short while later.
“We got a phone call from the PJ saying that we had to return. We turned around and returned at 200 kilometres per hour. Scary once again”, Kate continues, sparing the rest of the police forces no criticism. “The GNR appeared without being certain of their role – they seemed to be doing nothing”, she underlined.
Kate equally didn’t like to speak to Yvone, the English social security employee who worked at the department of child protection and who later told the Leicester police that she had found the behaviour of the parents and of one of the friends to be strange. “Also Yvone. A bit boring, worrying, because I didn’t know who it was”, Kate reported.
In the same writings, and still remembering the 4th of May (the notes started to be written at a later date, allegedly upon medical advice), Kate McCann recollects that the British ambassador offered her help. And that there were also technicians from the consulate on location, and Madeleine’s mother remembered a conversation with Robert Murat, during which he told her about his daughter and her similarities with Maddie.
British woman wanted to help the couple
Yvone was on holidays in the Algarve when she heard that Maddie had disappeared. The technician, who is an expert in cases of endangered children, rushed to offer her help, but later guaranteed to the police that she had not been well accepted. Yvone also said that David Payne, one of the friends, had advised the McCanns not to speak to her. She found the parents’ behaviour strange.
Kate admits her daughter’s death
Despite having only admitted it publicly in August, Kate assumed the possibility that her daughter was dead on the day after the disappearance. “Is she dead?” she questions herself in her notebooks, in a register of the 4th of May, after she was heard at the PJ in Portimão. The hypothesis that her daughter’s disappearance is connected with paedophilia also haunted her: “Thinking about paedophiles makes me want to pull the skin off.”
Police in force in the Algarve
During the first days after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the Polícia Judiciária only admitted the theory of abduction of the little girl in public, and mobilized extraordinary means into the Algarve. The directory of Faro, which is directed by Guilhermino Encarnação, was joined by brigades from Lisbon and elements of the Central Directory of Banditism Combat (DCCB), including its director, Luís Neves.
With the investigations centered on the abduction theory and with extraordinary means mobilized, alerts were sent to the borders, to the airports and to the Spanish authorities.
The PJ even asked for the population’s cooperation to find Maddie, and one day later, Guilhermino Encarnação guaranteed that he already had a photofit of the child’s [abductor], which would not be publicized.
Praia da Luz and its surroundings were patrolled by GNR men, car stop operations were set up on the roads that exit the Algarve, and the garbage collection was also followed.
A total of approximately one hundred men from the Polícia Judiciária were moved into the Algarve as early as in the first few hours after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which happened on the evening of the 3rd of May.
Tomorrow: The McCanns’ relationship with the suspects
source: Correio da Manhã, 28.07.2008 – paper edition
So, according to today's article in Correio da Manhã:
- Kate did not like Portuguese Polícia Judiciária: well, Kate, this may come as a shock to you but guess what, it seems at least 10 million Portuguese people aren't exactly in love with you either.
- Kate was annoyed that during questioning no food or drink was offered. Well, Kate, don't you think that you got yourselves in enough trouble because of food and drink? Let's not forget that it was because of some food and drinks that you and your husband decided to leave your 3 under four year old children, alone in an holiday apartment in a foreign country.
- Kate was annoyed because they had to turn around and go back to Policía Judiciária at high speed. Well, Kate, I, a Portuguese citizen, ask you for forgiveness. I'm sorry our Polícia Judiciária was in a hurry to find your missing daughter, once again, the missing daughter who was left by you and your husbad to babysit your 2 year old twins. From the bottom of my heart, forgive us all for the hurry.
- The GNR appeared without being certain of their role. You mean, Kate, like you and your husband who definately aren't certain of your roles as mother and father?
- Yvonne, I'm waiting for you to ask for forgiveness to Kate for annoying her with that irritating habit of yours to try and help people in need. Shame on you, woman.
- I'm glad the Ambassador found the time to stop by, offer you help and support and in a way protect you from all those incompetent, stupid Portuguese people whose mission was to find your daughter and, of course, annoy you.
- You know, Kate, the idea of your daughter being taken by paedophiles makes me want to pull my skin off too. That is why I never understood why you and your husband always stated so categorically that Madeleine will be found alive and unharmed.
- Kate, has it crossed your mind to thank the hundreds if not thousands of people who looked for your daughter, including the PJ police officers who cancelled their holidays to find Madeleine, who risked their lives driving at a high speed because they wanted to find your daughter and who were portrayed in a disgusting manner in your more than biased press? I didn't think so.