Sunday, August 31, 2008

Not ready to forget

George Moréas is an acclaimed book author and former French Judiciary Police Inspector

Translated to English by AnnaEsse from News From My Big Desk
Spanish Translation by Mercedes from Hasta que se Sepa La Verdad

The mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann, called Maddie, was nearly four years old. On the evening of May 3rd 2007, she disappeared from her bedroom in a luxury tourist complex, the Ocean Club, in the south of Portugal, where she was supposed to have been sleeping.

No one knows what has become of her since. Recently, the press echoed a statement from the Portuguese prosecutor: case closed. This news is probably unfounded. How can a magistrate, a police officer, allow the closing of a case without thinking of the victim, a child, almost a baby. And if she were alive!...The confusion comes, no doubt, from the order that there were no grounds to prosecute the three suspects.

THE FACTS: The Ocean Club tourist complex is a collection of buildings comprising a residential block, two restaurants, the Tapas and the Millennium, tennis courts, beach, etc.

On this evening, the McCanns are dining with their friends at the Tapas restaurant. At around 10pm, Kate McCann gets up from the table to go and see her children, as she usually does, to reassure herself that everything is fine. Her two little ones, the twins, are sound asleep, in their cots, in the living room*. Her daughter's bedroom door is not closed, which surprises her. She goes in: the window is open, the shutters are raised, Maddie has disappeared. (*It does say, "salon, and appears to be saying that Madeleine is in a different room from the twins. I have translated as it stands. )

She rushes back to the restaurant to alert her husband. Together they go back to the apartment, accompanied by their friends, and they only arrive at the obvious. So, they set out to explore the surrounding area.

This is the situation discovered by the first police officers on the spot. Everything leads them to believe that the child has run off. She may not be far away. Searches are organised.

Shortly afterward, the PJ director for Lisbon, receives a call on his mobile phone from the British ambassador. His caller asks him if he is aware that a British child has disappeared.....He goes into action. You can imagine the torrent of phone calls that follows this intervention.

THE INITIAL FINDINGS: There is no disorder in the bedroom where the child was sleeping. The bed is not disturbed. There is no evidence of a break-in, neither on the window, nor on the shutters, nor on the door. A local enquiry turns up witnesses, Irish holiday-makers, who say that shortly after 10 o'clock, they saw a man carrying a child, whose description corresponds perfectly to Madeleine's: face, hair, clothes. Now there is hardly any doubt: this is an abduction. The alert is put out.

THE PJ'S INVESTIGATION: The PJ officers collect witness statements from hundreds of people, and as a priority, from the parents and their friends. Very quickly, they come across certain contradictions between them. For example, a woman states that she went past the apartment earlier in the evening and noticed that the bedroom shutters were closed. But, Kate McCann states the window was open and the shutters pushed up. And the investigators find no evidence of tampering.

Furthermore, the shutters can only be opened from the inside. Can you imagine an individual entering by the door, using a pick lock, and going out through through the window, with his victim, after having opened the shutters? And also, the child's bed is not disturbed, as though no one has slept in it. Intrigued, the police officers examine the mobile phones of each of the McCanns: the call history has been erased. Astonishing to think of emptying the memory of your mobile phone when your child has just been kidnapped! But the PJ officers are struggling to do their job. The pressure quickly becomes unbearable.

Little Maddie disappeared on the Thursday evening. On the Friday, the British ambassador, John Buck, is on the spot, accompanied by big-shot police officers and lawyers. And on the Saturday, three British police officers arrive in their turn, in theory to assist their Portuguese colleagues. The contact is not good. The local police officers feel belittled. However, having been involved with the training of Portuguese police officers, I can guarantee that they have no reason to envy either the French or the British - except perhaps certain technical resources.

The working conditions are as follows: 150 Portuguese police officers, three British police officers, authorities, diplomats, and journalists...everywhere. Not the ideal for an investigation. On the Saturday, the PJ director from Faro, tells the press: "It is an abduction." At the same time the McCann couple launch their desperate appeal before the television cameras. It is even said that the police are holding a sketch of the kidnapper, but it will not be published to avoid putting the child's life at risk. A little late, no, to think of the young victim!

During this political, media-staged bustling, the head of the investigation, Commissioner Gonçalo Amaral begins to entertain another possibility. He thinks the McCanns' behaviour is not, "natural." Otherwise, why refuse to participate in a reconstruction of the evening? He finds that certain witness statements do not correspond and that it is becoming impossible to determine where anyone was at any time. Thus, an implausible detail emerges when the Irish witness indicates that after seeing Gerry McCann on television, he positively identified him: this was the man he saw with Maddie in his arms, on the Thursday, at around 10pm. Yes, but at that time, the child's father was in the restaurant with his friends...

Amaral is skeptical. He feels that there is a certain degree of connivance amongst this group of friends. Would they be lying? He goes back to the initial findings and he examines the places from a different angle - as he would do it for a crime scene. The little girl's death becomes the working hypothesis for the investigators.

EVIDENCE OR PRESUMPTIONS: A suspect is arrested. He is a British national living a hundred metres from the leisure centre. I will not give his name as he has taken action against newspapers which said, "certain things," about him, and the press barons backed down. It is said that he banked 750,000€.

Meanwhile, dogs trained to detect certain odours, notably those of blood or cadavers, are brought in. They detect traces inside the apartment, in the couple's bedroom and in the dining room; as well as outside the building. More disquieting, the dogs alert on the child's soft toy and on clothes belonging to her mother. The dogs are placed near a car rented by theMcCanns , and they sniff suspicious odours there too. But this vehicle was actually hired after the little girl's disappearance! On the other hand, the dogs detect nothing, either in the car of the British man under investigation, or at his home.

The vice tightens on the McCanns.

In the places marked by the dogs, minute organic fragments are gathered for DNA comparison with Madeleine's (from samples of saliva on her bed covers). The analyses are done in Great Britain. When the results come out, there is no longer any doubt: There are 15 identical markers in the two DNAs. It is the little girl.

At the beginning of September, the McCann couple are placed under investigation, but left at liberty. The press reports that they are suspected of having concealed their daughter's body after an accidental death - there is talk of the administration of a sedative that was too powerful (the parents are both doctors) - and that they would have got rid of it afterward by transporting it in a vehicle rented for that purpose.

Meanwhile, this case has taken on an international dimension. The McCanns have called the English Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the investigation is followed more closely by the governments of both countries. The press is unleashed. The parents set themselves up as the victims of a bigoted, even backward, police force. The British newspapers really lay into the investigators, who are looking at the parents instead of searching for the missing child. The English police officers, who are involved with the investigation (and who, in theory, have no power to intervene) do nothing to put things right. The public is gripped by this mysterious story - charged with emotion. A support fund is set up. Brian Kennedy, an American Millionaire offers his services.

He takes on the costs of the lawyers and the private investigators. It's even said that he goes to meet some of the witnesses. Does that have anything to do with the fact that afterwards most of them refused to go back and participate in a reconstruction? The atypical Virgin boss also puts his hand in his pocket. It is interesting to note that all this energy, all this money, is essentially used to defend the suspects.

New DNA research is carried out by the forensic laboratories in Birmingham, taking the opposite view to the first evaluation. It is said that the samples harvested (by the Portuguese police) were allegedly mixed...

Commissioner Gonçalo Amaral requests another other evaluation. Impossible, the English tell him, the samples have been destroyed, or lost, we don't exactly know, by the laboratory. Amaral can't take any more. All this hooha , this persistent pressure from the bosses, political authorities, the media, is preventing him from working properly. He is taken to task, criticised, watched closely...Even his British colleagues are causing trouble for him. Exasperated, he lets go in the press. It is a mistake, because his bosses jump at the chance. He is transferred.

Gonçalo Amaral has written a book, "The Truth of the Lie," which is out now in Portugal. Bet there will be some interesting details in it. At least if it is translated into French. Will the press, already scalded by this case, pick up on it? Not certain! The McCanns have clearly implied that their lawyers were ready to take action.

To go back to the DNA, in France, unless I am mistaken, 13 identical markers between two DNA profiles, is sufficient in law. So, if the events had taken place here, first of all the evaluation would not have been done in Great Britain, but in a French laboratory, and then the McCanns would have been placed under investigation and most certainly placed in preventive detention - and only the judge would have been able to decided on a second evaluation.

Which goes to show that scientific evidence, even the most sophisticated, doesn't depend on a mathematical formula, but on human judgement.

THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE PARENTS: I must say that the behaviour of the McCanns compared to that of other parents placed in such a painful situation is....different. From the start, they looked down on the Portuguese police officers. They lied on certain points and right away, they looked for support from their country's authorities. As if they felt threatened! Were they caught up in the media machine? The support fund which they set up (and which can be found on Google's business pages) collected around 1.5 million euros. However, one of the first expenses incurred by that fund was to make two monthly payments concerning the purchase of their house. It is said that 600,000 euros was paid out to settle the fees of private detectives, who turned out to be crooks. One of them even stated that he had infiltrated a Belgian paedophile network... In their defence, they have guaranteed that they have not used that money to pay the fees of the lawyers who are covering their defence.

These folks have mobilised around themselves so many people, so many of the smart set we might say, from politics and business.....that we can only wonder. Are they part of a network? Of a lodge? Of a sect? Of a clan?....

THE STATE OF THE INVESTIGATION: The McCann couple not having requested the continuation of the investigation, it is officially over. As things stand, there is a 4 year-old kid, probably dead; and three suspects who have been let off. One, the neighbour, suspected because of his past, but against whom there seems to be no evidence; and the parents...

There is evidence that they lied in their first statements to the police, notably about how they spent their time, apparently in connivance with their friends. They couldn't explain the presence of traces of blood or cadaver odour, particularly in the vehicle they had hired, three weeks after the events. Even if in law the second DNA evaluation negates the first, it is not entirely convincing. The experts are happy to conclude that they cannot use the gathered samples they were sent, because they were contaminated. And even if we consider that the two evaluations were contradictory, which one should we believe? The destruction of the samples makes any confirmation impossible.

And after this hullabaloo, Maddie joins the long list of missing children.

CONCLUSION: Everyone can think what they like, but Portuguese law considers that there is no charge against anyone, not any proof, not any evidence. They have, "archived," the case, as they say there.

It is astonishing. But I believe it's a good way to start over in a more calm way. In fact, nothing is stopping the investigators from, "discreetly," continuing their investigations. Portuguese procedure allows the reopening of the case at any moment, if someone brings a new element to it.

What is striking in this case, is that there is a lot of talk about money and very little about the young victim. Finally, one of the suspects pocketed 750,000 € handed over by certain newspapers to avoid action for defamation, and the other two, the parents, have collected 1.5 million euros in a support fund. Not to mention the money spent by wealthy patrons. As for the Portuguese police officers, they were ridiculed.

It must stick in their throats... I'll bet they are not ready to forget it.

by Joana Morais

Very interesting read, in my opinion. Especially because it comes from a man who knows how things are done.

Just wanted to let you know that from now on I won't be around as much because I'll be back to work. I'll try to moderate the comments as often as I can, but sometimes I'll only be able to do it at lunchtime (if I'm lucky) and in the evening. Sorry.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Well within the bounds of responsible parenting

To the family in row 3: you left your daughter behind at the airport

A four-year-old Israeli girl was left behind at the airport as her mother, father and four siblings rushed to catch a flight to Paris.

The ultra-Orthodox family of seven, who between them had 18 suitcases, were in a hurry not to miss their flight from Ben Gurion international airport at Tel Aviv, and in their haste failed to notice that only six of them had actually boarded the plane.

The girl was found crying and wandering around the departures hall, a massive circular area with dozens of stores and eateries.

Sagit Ben-Eden, a policewoman, noticed the girl and stopped to interview her. After obtaining her surname and checking flight records they ascertained that the parents had boarded a San Dor flight to Paris an hour earlier.

“I saw a little girl in tears. She was looking for her parents,” Ms Ben-Eden said.

“Luckily she was able to give me her name. I grabbed her and ran to the gates but it was too late (because the plane had just taken off)."

As the aircraft gained height, the girl’s parents suffered the crushing embarrassment of being tannoyed by the pilot of the plane to inform them that their family was one short. They had apparently still not realised.

Superintendent Amnon Shmueli, commander of the airport's Passport Control said:
"I've been on this job for many years, but I've never seen someone forget their child at the airport. I've seen people return to collect forgotten equipment, but such an incident never happened before."

The incident was a reminder of the 1990 US box office hit Home Alone, in which a little boy is accidentally left alone as his family rush to the airport and fly to Paris for a Christmas holiday.

Unlike the movie, there was a happy ending for the little girl who was able to join her parents. She was flown to Paris on the next flight out, accompanied by a flight attendant.

The forgetful parents will be questioned by the authorities upon their return home and may be charged with negligence, police said.

The girl's grandmother, who took the family to the airport from their home in the northern town of Afula, said:
"I simply don't know how this happened to them. We're in shock. They're very responsible and organised, top-notch people. Apparently each one relied on the other and this is what happened."

The incident comes a few days after an eight-year-old boy traveling alone from Ben Gurion got on an El Al flight to Brussels instead of Munich, where his grandparents were waiting for him. Two weeks before that, a 10-year-old boy was left at Ben-Gurion airport while the rest of his group got on a Turkish Airline flight to Copenhagen.

I'll refrain from commenting this because my language would make a truckman blush like a schoolgirl.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Magic: how to make money fly

A team of private investigators working behind the scenes to find Madeleine McCann has been axed after being paid £500,000 from publicly donated funds.

The Find Madeleine Fund quietly engaged the services of a US-based company which was awarded the lucrative six-month contract earlier this year.

The company, Oakley International, which boasts former British security service and FBI contacts, was hired to monitor the Madeleine Hotline, carry out detective work and review CCTV footage of possible sightings of the missing girl around the world.

A source revealed that the company had also spent resources in an attempt to infiltrate a paedophile ring in Belgium.

However, the company’s contract will now not be renewed. The Mail on Sunday has learned that double-glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, who has been underwriting the fund’s search for Madeleine, has conducted a review of the agency’s work and has become unhappy with the progress it was making.

The deal was abruptly ended following a meeting last week after the fund brought in independent monitors to assess how the money was spent.

The cost of employing the agency - run by a Briton, Kevin Halligen - has drained the Madeleine fund and there is now less than £500,000 left.

The development is likely to dismay the thousands who gave to the appeal, and raise questions about how the fund has been administered.

Mr Kennedy, who owns Sale Sharks rugby club, was said to be ‘angry’ because he believed Oakley’s bills, estimated to be more than £80,000 a month, were too much for the results they achieved.

A source said: ‘There is a sense that they were meaning well but hadn’t got as far as they should for the money involved.

'Brian Kennedy thought their work was far too pricey and wanted to know where the money was being spent. He wasn’t satisfied with their answers and the contract was not renewed.

‘Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate, have been kept informed all along and agree with the decision. A lot of people were asking questions about where the money was being spent.’

Oakley International won the contract after an introduction by another company, Red Defence International (RDI), based in Jermyn Street, Central London.

Listed as being involved with both companies was Mr Halligen, 47, a communications expert. He is given as the ‘contact name’ for Oakley International Group, a company registered in Washington DC as the manufacturer of search and navigation equipment.

The company says it has annual sales of £33,000 and only one employee, who appears to be Mr Halligen.

The address given for the company is 2550 M Street NW Washington, which is the downtown office of Patton Boggs, one of the largest and most powerful law companies in America.

A source at the law firm said last night that the lawyer who represented Mr Halligen was unavailable for comment.

RDI, formed in 2005, bills itself as ‘an experienced provider of crisis prevention, management and expertise’. It claims to have a presence in Washington DC and Virginia and representation in the Middle East, Africa and Central America.

However, its latest set of accounts is two months overdue and it faces being fined by HM Revenue & Customs.

Among the main players working on the McCann contract were Mr Halligen and Henri Exton, 57, who headed the Greater Manchester Police undercover unit until 1993. He then worked for the Government before moving into the private sector.

One day after a crisis meeting last week with the Madeleine fund administrators, Mr Halligen resigned as a director of RDI.

Mr Exton, of Bury, Lancashire, has the Queen’s Police Medal and an OBE. During the Seventies and Eighties his work included uncovering organised crime rings and recruiting supergrasses.

He also infiltrated football gangs, at one stage becoming a leader of the Young Guvnors, who followed Manchester City, and was forced to take part in organised incidents to preserve his cover.

Previously, the McCann fund had employed a Spanish detective agency called Metodo 3. However, the fund lost confidence in them, especially after they announced they would find Madeleine by last Christmas.

She had disappeared from the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, nine days short of her fourth birthday.

A spokesman for the McCanns said yesterday: ‘Kate and Gerry, the fund and their backers have always sought to employ the very best people and resources in the ongoing search for Madeleine'.

‘Kate and Gerry, via the fund and the backers, continue to employ many such resources and it is true that Red Defence and Oakley were part of those resources.

‘I simply will not comment on any personnel, financial or operational details whatsoever.’

No one could be reached for comment at Oakley International or Red Defence International.

Mr Kennedy, estimated to be worth about £250million, became involved after being moved by the plight of the McCanns during the period they were made formal suspects – arguidos – in Madeleine’s disappearance. Portuguese prosecutors dropped the couple’s arguido status last month.

The 47-year-old made his money in double-glazing and home improvement ventures with companies including Everest windows. His Latium Group business empire has an annual turnover of about £400million.

‘I simply will not comment on any personnel, financial or operational details whatsoever.’

Getting shy lately?

Kate and Gerry, the fund and their backers have always sought to employ the very best people and resources in the ongoing search for Madeleine'.

Oh really? You mean the wonderful Metodo 3 that knew who had taken Madeleine, where she was hidden and that would return her home for Christmas? Or this recently axed company, the 'big boys'? Wasn't this company involved with ex FBI and CIA detectives? Apparently, the FBI and the CIA are not good enough. I understand. After seeing Mr Gonçalo Amaral work, it's certainly not easy to find better. :-)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

So we never forget...

why we are here.

Tears in Heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don't belong
Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I'll find my way, through night and day
Cause I know I just can't stay
Here in heaven

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knee
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please

Beyond the door
There's peace I'm sure.
And I know there'll be no more...
Tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don't belong
Here in heaven

Cause I know I don't belong
Here in heaven

Eric Clapton (1992)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thank you, Nelson Évora

Obrigada, Nelson. És o nosso orgulho!

Thank you, Nelson Évora. We could not be more proud of you.

Also a word for the victims of the train crash in Carrazeda de Ansiães and their families.

Que Deus esteja convosco.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The never ending hysteria

Maddie Madness: Son of Croatian Football Player almost Kidnapped by English Tourists

Son of Croatian football player was confounded with Maddie

The madness about Madeleine McCann this time involved Dino Drpic, defense football player of the Dynamo of Zagreb

The son of the defender of the Dynamo of Zagreb, Dino Drpic, was confused with the British girl Madeleine (Maddie) McCann by a few English tourists, who wanted to take him from his mother.

The madness about Maddie, kidnapped on May 3, 2007, continued this weekend in Croatia, when a few English tourists thought that they had sighted her in the island of Krk.

Only that the "girl" was a boy, concretely the two-year-old son of Dino and Nives Drpic, informed today the Crotian Press.

A British girl, after seeing the fair-haired Leone Drpic, thought that it was Maddie and told her parents who also believed it was her. After taking some photos at a distance, they approached the child and tried to take Leone with them.

Nives was close, but she did not realize the problem until the English woman put her arms around her son and tried to snatch him.
Nives is used that the people in Croatia look at her and at her son and take photos wherever they go.

"I became suspicious when the English woman approached Leone and started chatting with him", told Nives.

"In a moment she caught him by the arm, seemingly believing that nobody was watching him. Nevertheless, when I came running to the scene she realized her mistake and apologized."

Maddie disappeared one year and a half ago in the locality of Praia da Luz, in the Portuguese Algarve, and since then a series of reports spread about her sighting in several places around the world, but it was always a false alarm.

If this lunatic tourist had touched a single hair of any child close to me, she would have a very hard time forgetting who I was because she would probably be eating through a straw for a couple of weeks until she was well enough to pay for her teeth implants.

This hysteria needs to stop. How long until abusers, paedophiles and all sorts of perverts start taking photos and approaching children and using the 'sorry, just checking if it was Madeleine McCann' excuse? If and when that happens, who will be held responsible? Maybe it really is time for parents of blonde children (one of these days dark haired children will also be watched because the big, bad abductor who parades with the most wanted child in the world would certainly dye her hair) to buy the famous 'I'm not Madeleine McCann' t-shirt. Before something really, really serious happens.

P.S: Any thinking, decent citizen who though he/she just spotted Madeleine McCann should alert other people who may be around and call the authorities. Secretely taking photos and grabbing an unknown child's arm is the sort of behaviour a pervert would display.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Certainly worthy of reflection

I bumped into these and even tough they are not new , it all still amazes me.

GM, "We have been advised our behaviour was legally well within the bounds of responsible parenting and have been assured no action will be taken." Really? And who told you that? Britney?

CM, "Kate and Gerry are realistic enough to know that Madeleine may be dead and it would be a tragedy that she is found as such, because it rules out the hope that she is alive... But any widening of the search area is encouraging and we would welcome that. If she is dead then she is dead, but not by their hand." Ok, then. Phew, what a relief.

CM, "There are wholly innocent explanations for any material that the police may or may not have found." Good to know. But nobody would ever think otherwise.

KM "believes she is being persecuted because of her appearance," her mother revealed today. In an extraordinary interview, Susan Healy described how her distraught daughter claimed "if she was heavier” and had bigger breasts”people would be more sympathetic." Yep, that's it. It has got nothing to do with the parenting choices done that week. It's the tits.

The McCanns were said to be "emotionally torn" to learn that Portugal's biggest ever anti-paedophile operation has failed to turn up a single lead in the hunt for their four-year-old daughter, who went missing during a family holiday on May 3. What?

GM just days after Madeleine's disappearance, "Kate and I have to concentrate on our own well being." I never doubted you would.

KM, "I know that what happened is not due to the fact of us leaving the children asleep. I know it happened under other circumstances." Of course not. There is absolulety no connection at all between Madeline being left alone and being missing. Was there any moron who would think such a thing?

KM, "It cannot be considered a crime. Someone committed one, but not us." Of course not. If it is well within the bounds of responsible parenting how can it be a crime. In fact, I think it is one of the most popular and well accepted suggestions on all parenting books: "Do not spend too much time with your toddlers. You need your 'me' time and they need theirs. Meals, especially, should be made separetely. You don't want to raise co-dependent children, do you?".

GM, "I know 100 per cent Kate could NOT have done anything. I know that's true from what I did that night...and in terms of what Kate knows about me, I was away from her for just ten minutes." That's very important. relationships without trust do not work.

GM, "Sometimes people do things for reasons that even they cannot understand. An act of madness, an accident or sudden impulse can lead to consequences that people may never have imagined or intended." Couldn't agree more.

GM, "It seems like a disaster that we've got this huge donated fund and now we're not allowed to use it for legal costs because we're under suspicion." Oh God, how can this possible? Oh cruel, ungrateful world. It's disaster after disaster. My heart weeps.

KM, "It was our holiday too, you know." Yeah, we know. We all know. Sadly.

KM, "We were just so into each other." Good to know. Friends are very important.

GM, "The situation that Madeleine finds herself in" Kids... Always messing up.

GM, "We want a big event to raise awareness that she is still missing... It wouldn't be a one-year anniversary, it will be sooner than that." Big plans, uh?

KM, "Yyyeeah, yeah you're right! (voice reaches a crescendo) It was a very small window of opportunity but they saw it and then "whoosh clunk. Whoosh clunk????

GM, in Vanity Fair, The iris is "Madeleine's only true distinctive feature. Certainly we thought it was possible that this could potentially hurt her or" - he grimaces - "her abductor might do something to her eye... but in terms of marketing, it was a good ploy." And that's what really matters, isn't it? Ok, she could be hurt... But let's not be pessimistic. Such a good marketing ploy can't be ignored just like that.

CM, "We have not cooperated in any shape or form." We all know that.

CM, "An outcome similar to Holly and Jessica is possible. I don't want to, and I can't, talk about Robert Murat but some journalists who worked with me in Soham, and that were now in Portugal, saw resemblances between that case and Robert Murat. And I won't say more." Oh, you naughty boy. I wonder if Mr Murat has spoken to his lawyer.

CM, "I was the head of the government's Media Monitoring Unit. Forty people work there and their function is to control what comes out in the media." Yes, we all know that...

Gonçalo Amaral "This is very weird for an abduction". Upon hearing Gonçalo Amaral, a young inspector asked him, "Chief, do you believe Kate is responsible for the death of her daughter?"The answer couldn't be more direct, "I'm still not sure, but I wouldn't like her to be my mother." Me neither. Yikes!

GM, "we are hoping for the best possible outcome for us.... and Madeleine." Madeleine? That name sounds familiar. Who is she anyway?

KM, "At worst we were naive." Fan of euphemisms, uh?

John McCann, "Even if she has been damaged, I believe she is still recoverable." Good to know. Sounds quite simple.

GM, If the worst least she will be in a better place." I agree.

KM: " Our life is not as happy without Madeleine." I'm so sad to hear that. My heart weeps once again.

"Kate feels after all she's been through she feels she has a lot to offer child organisations." Kids, runnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

Mrs Healy of KM: "One of her main goals in life is to work with children and assist with child safety." Don't stop. Keep runninggggggg!

DP: "We have a pact. This is our matter only. It is nobody else's business." Ok, sorry. We'll stop being nosey. You don't have to be rude.

JT: "I saw a man carrying a child in their pyjamas and I thought to myself - well he's not a very good parent - as it was a cold night." I certainly agree. What an irresponsible bastard. Bundleman should have his kid taken away by the Social Services. We all know that if the night is cold the responsible thing to do is go out and leave the kids at home. Alone. In an insecure apartment. In a foreign country. Babysitting for the 2 year old twins. Bundleman, hang your head in shame, you creep.

KM, "It was really just like being in your back garden." We know, hun. We all do it. No need to recriminate yourself more. Nothing more, nothing less than well withing the bounds of responsible parenting.

GM, "It could have been worse, we could have lost the twins too. There were three children in the room. That's the worst nightmare." I agree. You were very lucky. Margaret, of course, wan't. But you were. It's not Margaret, is it? I'm pretty sure it's an M name.

CM " is true that we have requested a meeting with the prime minister to show him the strength of our case, to explain Kate and Gerry's innocence and yet all we've been offered is a medium-level-consular meeting, which we rejected." Way to go, CM. Show that idiotic, arrogant prime minister his place. Who the hell does he think he is? Does he know who he's talking to? You're in big trouble, mister.

CM, "They don't want to do anything about 'woe is us a year on'. That is what the tabloids would like but we are not following their agenda, we are following our own agenda." Yep, we all know that either.

Susan Healy, "Well I have to say that I'm surprised that Kate and Gerry left their children at all and I've thought about it a lot because they're such caring parents and I think - why?" We all still do, Mrs Healy. We all still do.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008


I would like to ask all of you for your help. Each and every one of us, posting or only reading can make the difference for Amy. Let's copy paste the letter below and send it to all newspapers and magazines we can remember of. I include many e-mail addresses below. Madeleine is not the only child who is missing. Amy is also a British child missing from a foreign country. Amy's family don't know people in high places, don't have millionaire backers, don't have a team, a spokesperson and no fund. But they also have a daughter missing and have been incredibly dignified in their batlle. Help find Amy Fitzpatrick. Copy paste the letter below and send it to newspapers, magazines, fora, blogs, friends, family, everyone.


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To the Editor of (put newspaper name in here)

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring to your attention, or at least, refresh your memory, about a young girl by the name of Amy Fitzpatrick.

Amy Fitzpatrick, 16 year-old Irish girl, went missing from her home town of Mijas, Malaga, in Spain on the 1st of January 2008.

Now, there was media attention given to Amy but in truth, only slight.

It seems all attention was focused on Madeleine McCann. Let´s not forget, another girl (albeit, older) is also missing on foreign soil, too. Surely Amy is worth the same as Madeleine? Surely no child should be more important than any other child? No child should be favoured. All children are equal so Amy surely deserves equal media exposure? How else can we help to find her? How else can we get the message across to as much of the population as possible?

Normal citizens have laid the groundwork by offering services, raising awareness, focusing on as much exposure as possible to get the message out there to Amy wherever she is and with whomever she may be with. Local people, friends, family and many strangers have dropped everything in their lives to build as much of a profile for Amy as possible. We´ve exhausted all areas almost in terms of video sharing networks like You Tube and Bebo. Online forums, sites and blog networks. Effectively, it is we who are doing the information work. We are using instinct, as little tools and skills as we have and piggy bank scratching resources.

Dear Editor, we urge you, as a possible parent yourself, to help elevate this cause in finding Amy Fitzpatrick. Your newspaper is the hub for information that is easily relayed to the masses. You have the power; more power than what we have; more energy than Amy´s family because no doubt they will be emotionally drained, so we ask you, we urge you, we beg you to give this young girl a chance and highlight her circumstances.

We ask kindly, as avid readers of your newspaper, if you could be so kind to oblige not us, but Amy and her parents. Let them tell you how it is to have their child missing. Let them tell you how difficult it is to get their message across. At least give them that chance. They don´t have friends and contacts in high places to help them with their plight; they only have themselves and a small informed army of little helpers.

The parents of Amy don´t demand anything, of that we are certain – they only ask for the basics. A bit of exposure. Some highlighting; anything that may trigger someone´s memory or help to embed an image of Amy, a time and a place or any little clue that can help to locate her whereabouts. We don´t have journalist skills, we rely on what we have but we need professional help. This is why we contact you.

We, the people are the head of the population but you, dear editor, must surely be our shoulders. The shoulders that can prop us up – we´ll continue to do the rest. We ask of nothing more than for you to help us to help find Amy.

Thank you very much for reading our request and we sign off with our very kindest regards.;
Hertfordshire Mercury

The turn of the tide

Updated with more comments

The following are comments to an article on Sky News (whose link I also post below) where Gerry McCann states that according to him there is absolutely no evidence is the files that Madeleine has been hurt in any way. For those of you who are not aware, up until very recently it would be virtually impossible for a so called 'anti' comment to be posted on Sky News. When I first read the comments I had to check twice because at first I could not believe they were published on Sky. What changed? Is someone really distracted or has the release of the files given the media a freedom they were prevented from allowing before?

I too wonder why the Police have not arrested the McCanns for leaving their children on there own, lets see the twinns taken in to care for their own safty, we will never see that poor child again, she deserved better.
Posted By :David Curry

McSky, do you ever read the comments? Public opinion is not the same that you publish.
Posted By :Helena

So being "abducted" apparently does not contitute "serious harm"? Well, I suppose that depends on one's perspective. I feel desperately sad for the situation in which Madeleine now finds herself, but I am sure her parents have found enormous comfort in the piles of money donated by members of the public to the PLC they set up within days of the "abduction". It's a pity that many of the donors believed they were donating to a bona fide charity to help find a genuinely abducted little girl.\n\nSo everyone's happy then! I wonder when we will be permitted to hear any of the truth, rather than the palpable nonsense spouted from the McCann mouthpiece?\n\n
Posted By :Lorlaw

Its simple.\n\nThe dogs dont LIE. Only humans do that.\n\nAlso IF for one minute i thought my daughter was with a pedophile I swear to god i would wish her dead. How can anyone a parent especially think that being with a pedophile is a holiday.\n\nI believe because of the dogs that Maddie is with the Angels.
Posted By :Aleisia

I can not believe after all this time, the media are still defending the parents.\nIf those parents didnt have high profile jobs and just for example were either on the dole or were cleaners they would have been arrested both in the uk and in portugal for neglect.\nNegligance of a child is illegal and what those parents did, leaving their 3 year old alone with one year old twins whilst going to a resturant that was AROUND A CORNER is both highly negliable and just plain wrong.\nAny one that has looked into childcare knows that warners is the leading holiday park that highers QUALIFIED trained and crb checked child care staff, warners is designed so that parents can go out for a meal and leave their children in safe hands.\nI say again why does the worlds media never question why a supposdly loving mother and father leave thier children unattended!!!
Posted By :Nicola

Gerry McCann is deluded if he believes his daughter has been taken by a professional gang of paedophiles and at the same time has come to no harm. Just why would he think that - very strange reasoning! It's a strange father and mother who wouldn't be tearing their hair out thinking their beloved daughter was with a paedophile gang. We've all seen photos of you and Kate laughing as if you haven't a care in the world! Why not tell the truth of what really happened that week in PdeLuz Gerry and stop using your daugter's name to climb the ladder of fame and fortune!\n\nThe media has to get over it's fear of the McCanns and their spokesman Clarence Mitchell - and just why do they need him now they are no longer arguidos - and start printing what they really believe instead of what they are told to print.
Posted By :wendy

If Maddie was the most precious thing in the world to Kate and Gerry (as they have said) why did they leave her. After all this was supposed to be a ''family holiday'' and who goes on holiday with 3 children and does not take a stroller for their children (as they said in a previous skynews interview) this is why they left them because they were to tiered to walk to the restaurant round the corner - weird behavior. \n\nI would never leave my child alone on her own. My child comes first and if she was tired I would put her to bed and then stay in and eat! I agree with Kevin - when are these parents going to be faced with charges for leaving their children.
Posted By: Sonia

Well, Ian, I am a blond living in Portugal with blond children, parents and siblings and we walk around freely without any fear. Always have. I have NEVER heard anything about blond children being kidnapped in the Algarve. In fact, if you look at the very few children that disappeared in Portugal, most aren't blond. Since there use to be less blonds, they were perhaps more "appreaciated" as pretty, that is one thing, but what you are suggesting is just plain wrong. That is what a certain group of people want to convey to try to explain this very odd disappearance. Until 3 May, Portugal was a safe place. After 9 September, I believe it was safe once again. It's about time someone tells the truth. For Madeleine.\nAnd its about time that this insistence in portraying Northern Africans as blond-child-snatchers ends.
Posted By: Alexa

At the begining when maddie first disapeared why did the mccanns not search for their daughter if they really thought she had been abducted,not normal behavior for parents of a missing child,why did Kate not answer the 48 questions?,not normal again,they should go back to portugal and answer the questions and whilst their at it arrange a date for a reconstruction,but will they,i doubt it,something to hide i think. Posted By: lea

I dont believe Madeleine can still be found - I think this is a plea for more money for the fund so they can continue looking and raise their profile for their own ends. I believe Mr Amaral got it right - "Madeleine died in that apartment"\nNow, it may have been accidental - only the McCann's know this and it is time they told the truth!
Posted By :RealityCheck

"Gerry McCann has said he believes that Portuguese police files showed there was "absolutely no evidence" his missing daughter Madeleine had been seriously harmed" And same time Gerry Mccann thinks that she is abducted by a pedophile ring. Where is the logic in that? Or is he mad? Does he think that she is treated like a princess? (as he once said) And I really would like to hear from Kate ( not from mitchell) why she was so sure that Madeleine was abducted ! \nBut anyway, what ever they say, we should remember the cadaver smell in apartement 5A.\n\n
Posted By :Helena

peoples gullability never seizes to amaze me.there have been numerous children over the years that have gone missing , none have had the unconditional support of so many high profile people.why? there is something else that obviously ties these people together and favours are being called. find out what they all fear the public finding out and perhaps we shall find out what happened to a small neglected 3 year old and it will also stop these goody goody parents from making a fortune on the demise of maddie.
Posted By :s allen

Kate, they said no such thing! They believe she died in the apartment and dear eddie and keela confirmed their suspicions! There is no evidence whatsoever of an abductor.\n\nTime for our journalists to stop taking press releases from Mitchell and started to do their job, surely even sky can see that the public dont believe them anymore? How come the public are doing all the questioning? Can we please have one journalist and editor who will do their job? You know , investigating the story and bringing us the truth!!!
Posted By :kitty

I thought Sky were "News Channel Of The Year"? Well for goodness' sake start acting like it, get out there and do some PROPER INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM. All that this article is, is a critique of Gerry McCann's latest blog, and if I wanted to read his rubbish I would go to his site! Don't you have 20,000 files on a DVD to start you off???
Posted By :Caretta Report This
There is no real "news" in this article at all. It is just a rehash of Gerry's blog, which we can all read for ourselves anyway. I thought you were supposed to be "News Channel Of The Year"??? Well for goodness' sake, get out and PROVE it by doing some proper investigating!!!
Posted By :Caretta

I worked in Portugal for two years with my family. I was warned on more than one occassion by portuguese people I worked with to take great care of my young son who was blonde and about 2 yrs old not to let him out of our sight. It seems that there is a feeling that children like this are targets. I believe that Madeliene was stolen to order which is why the other children were left, because they were not paid for. She was then probably taken by boat straight to North Africa and shipped onwards overland to the Middle East as a child slave. Probably alive and well in some palace somewhere being brainwashed easy at that age. I do not have proof of this sadly but strongly believe it based on what I was told only a few years ago by people in the know.
Posted By :Ian

Hi to you all. I would say this, you are all clutching at straws. Maddies parents are not part of this abduction. You are distracting the search by blaming them. You was not there, and you are making your comments based on bits and pieces of media information. It will not help find the girl. It will divert attention away from looking for her. This is not a Kangeroo Court!
Posted By :bill

But gerry, police files show cadaver dogs finding the scent of death and blood in the apartment where the child was last, wouldn't he be beside himself with anxiety about possible harm having come to the child IMO. Why would a father deny that harm had come to the child unless he knew something? IMO\n\n
Posted By: Jeremy

No evidence that Madeleine had been seriously harmed? Well, Gerry, where is the evidence that she was abducted? And what was it that made you so sure as soon as you saw the way the bedroom had been left? You can tell us now that you are not arguidos. So, why are you waiting?
Posted By: Muzzy

When are the public going to wake up and smell the proverbial coffeeon this one?.\nI cannot understand how the mccanns continue to mislead the public.\nFor that childs sake, tell the truth!!
Posted By: James potts

The only thing i have to say about this is the McCanns should be arrested and charged with neglect or does this not apply if your an NHS employee. I am damn sure if it was anyone else the social services would be on the parents like a ton of bricks just for leaving children that age alone.Mr & Mrs McCann shuold just come clean and pay back all the money they have conned out of the british public
Posted By: Ian

The maccanns are in denial there is no evidence of anything in this case except they left 3 children alone while they wined and dined what are they still trying to prove. we all know what suffering they have inflicted on themselves. Why is their public Image so important to them.
Posted By: rachel

Considering their catchphrase is 'no stone unturned' they leave one heck of a lot of stones unturned dont they!\n\n48 questions unanswered - why believe abducted rather than heard crying again and taken by Jane?\n\nTime to address the questions left unanswered due to 'secrecy laws'? No secrecy now McCanns...tell us how you knew 100% and why you didnt call the police straightaway!
Posted By: Ian Larman

To quote the Belgian police officer, "paedophiles keep their victims locked up in cellars. They don't take them riding in trams". They don't treat them like princesses and leave them unharmed, either. How the McCanns can be happy that she may have been snatched by a paedophile ring, I will never know! Poor wee soul would be better off dead.
Posted By: Caretta

Good luck to Gerry and Kate on their quest to find Madeleine, any parents nightmare is theirs. Will say a prayer daily for Madeleine and her parents. Portuguese authorities have a lot to answer for and I'm sure because of all of this the McCanns will make sure it's easier for any other parents who find themselves in a similar situation to have closure.
Posted By: anne feggans

I want to say to the McCann's, McCann team, Family, friends, neighbours, people of Rothley, NHS,Leciester Police,UK Goverment, Anyone that has evidence into Madeleines demise to come forward. As a Mother and Grandmother I could not sleep at night if this had happened to me.\nI can close my eyes and sleep at night, I ask any of you above can you?, do you live a normal life with your family and children by yourside?. How can you go along with this abduction when it a lie. whom are you protecting, and from what? How can you carry on with this charade knowing that she either been thrown in the sea, buried or burnt, she was just 3 years old, and her father says 'find the body and charge us'. have you not got a space in your hearts for justice, so that maybe she can be layed to rest. her resting place is in your hands please ALLOW HER THIS MUCH FIOR THE GRACE OF GOD.
Posted By: cas

I don't believe one word of the parents story, I do believe the cadaver dogs though.
Posted By: Gill

Be careful with all your comments. If they are getting short of cash they will start taking us all to court to continue financing their "team". Still not been prosecuted for abandoning their children, then?
Posted By: Mel

Poor innocent Madeleine age 3.\n\nParents friends & family please someone speak up do it for Madeleine & yourself as someone knows, \nSick fed up hearing about the mcs they need to answer questions & look as if they are looking for their daughter( they left alone last may,)\nthey have plenty time for hairdo's & tv but not to return to portugal!\nWHY NOT? it dont look good!\n
Posted By: chris

I find this quite ludicrous - They never looked for their daughter instead they were out jogging and swanning about. Well we just dont believe that Madeleine was abducted as there is absolutely no evidence to support this. On the other hand highly trained dogs are unlikely to be wrong and the DNA findings changed from one day to the next. It is a travesty of justice IMHO
Posted By: felix

Gerry, why do you not comment on the serious allegations made about you and your friend on a previous holiday? I believe this is very relevant to this case
Posted By :Georgiecat

Angela, so please explain the cadaver odour in the McCanns' apartment, on Kate McCann's clothes, on Cuddlecat, and in the car. The DNA is "inconclusive", that doesn't mean it is "no match". As far as I'm informed, 15 out of 19 markers match Maddie's DNA. \nWhere was Kate McCann's "natural instinct" when she left her two smallest alone when supposedly she was sure an abductor had just taken Maddie? Nonsense, all of it.
Posted By :Wolfgangus Amadeus

And they showed "absolutely no evidence" his missing daughter Madeleine had been abducted either. Quite the opposite in fact e.g. no jemmied windows like Gerry said.\n
Posted By :Sara

no angela a mothers natrual instinct is to look after her child which kate mcann did not
Posted By :michelle

I really don't like the McCanns----i try to be sympathetic [there is a little missing girl at the heart of this] but something just seems so iffy about the two of them---I can't help but feel completely disinterested in their plight.
Posted By :CrossFire

"Absolutely no evidence" that Maddie came to serious harm, obviously Dr McCann cannot read. The best cadaver dogs detected cadaver odour in several places in the McCanns' apartment, on Kate McCann's clothes and in the car boot. So you have 1) Maddie missing, 2) the investigation showed that no-one had ever died in the apartment before the McCanns were in it, now what does that tell you!!! Tell us Gerry, why did the boot of the hire car smell that bad that Sandy Cameron cleaned it? How many mortgages have you paid out of the fund "for the search for Maddie" while you've been playing golf?
Posted By :Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

when are these people going to face charges for the crime they commited in leaving thier children alone?
Posted By: kevin

i would not wish this to happen to anyone, only the people involved know what happened that night! if the mccanns where involved it will haunt them for the rest of their lives! but if they have nothing to do with it, they cant ever give up hope on their daughter being found and it must kill them every day, knowing that they left their children alone in the apartment, and it could quite easily be 3 children missing... god love poor maddie
Posted By: caroline

If Gerry 'strongly' believes Madeleine is out there and can be found why doesnt he appeal to the person who has her and mention the reward?\nWhy dont he and Kate provide a proper comprehensive timeline for May 3rd so that we the public can help?\nWhy doesnt Kate tell us how she 'knew' Madeleine had been abducted from the state of the bedroom?\nCome on Kate and Gerry - you keep asking the public for help and yet you give us no information to go on - it seems all you want is more money.\n
Posted By: Jane

gerry dogs and children tell the truth they never lie remeber when maddie asked you why you were not there dont you feel ashamed?
Posted By: michelle

I beggars belief that they are still continuing to say that there is no evidence that Madeleine has came to any harm when the evidence is there for all to see in the police files. British dogs detected cadaver odour in the apartment AND the villa where the McCanns where staying, on some of Kate's clothes, the soft toy and in the boot of the car. Can the McCanns tell us how many people died around them if it wasn't Madeleine. Something stinks and it isn't just the cadaver odour in my opinion.
Posted By: MargaretMacDonald

What amazes me is that the press are willing to report the constant drivel that comes from your mouth. Everyone knows Madeleine died in the apartment on the 2/3rd of May. The scam is ceasing to work Gerry and the gullible are seeing sense because we all know that DOGS DO NOT LIE!
Posted By: sharon

Do the McCanns truly believe that Madeleine is being loved and cared for by her abductor. That is not what abductors do.
Posted By: Martine

Gerry McCann is seriously deluded
Posted By: Georgiecat

15 out of 19 markers were identified as belonging to Madeleine McCann in the car, a brand new car with only a few rentals. The FSS later said that they could not be certain this was not a chance match i.e belonging to someone else who might have been secreting bodily fluid in the boot? Give us some credit, what are the odds that of the few people who rented the car one of them had 15 DNA markers identical to Madeleine McCann? And before it is suggested, the twins DNA was ruled out, it did not belong to them or the parents either, so already they have ruled out 3 other occupants of the car further reducing the odds. The evidence backs up the dogs, the McCann's tried to discredit the dogs by intending to site the "Eugene Zapata" case in America, even consulting with his lawyers, only for the dogs in that case to be exonorated when Zapata confessed proving the dogs were right all along. She is not in Belgium or Morocco she is in PDL but they will not look there. Stop this now.
Posted By: Mrs M

It's way past the time for the McCanns to come out and tell the truth. Their "abduction" story is filled with holes. Why doesn't Kate tell us exactly how she knew by the state of the room that there had been an abduction? She said she couldn't talk about it because of the secrecy laws attached to being an arguido. Well Kate, you are no longer an arguido. Why are you not answering the quesions, including the 48 you refused to answer to the police?
Posted By: maebee

But gerry, police files show cadaver dogs finding the scent of death and blood in the apartment where the child was last, wouldn't he be beside himself with anxiety about possible harm having come to the child IMO. Why would a father deny that harm had come to the child unless he knew something? IMO\n\n
Posted By: Jeremy

C'mon people you know why Gerry is insisting she is still alive - didn't they say they would give the remaining fund money to childrens charities when they were given proof Madeleine was dead.\nThats their money they wont part with it.........\n
Posted By: Mags

I can't believe that Gerry is stupid enough to believe that his daughter 'missing' for 15 months has come to no harm. What abot the dogs Gerry? Why wouldnt Kate answer the questions? How did the 'abducter' get out of the appartment? Through a window with leaving no DNA? The windows were not broken or jemmied as you said? I doubt Madeliene has been harmed since leaving the appartment. ... But what happened while she was still inside ???
Posted By: Chrristine

Why is the media conspiring in this fantasy that Maddie is unharmed?It's sadly just so implausible.Highly-trained British sniffer dogs indicate otherwise and,even if she was abducted,does anyone seriously believe she is unharmed?
Posted By: Rachel

If you could just show the police WHERE Madeleine is then that would be really helpful Gerry! Kate has a point about people on BLOGS some can be nasty can't they Gerry? ...Kate really needs to LOOK closer to home for the finale to all this. Tish tish my ole fruit-case! What are you thinking of inviting people to contact you that made statements to the PJ? That really is not on is it! By the way still want to know why is sun cream an offensive smell after only a few days?
Posted By: Amber

Very sad that it has come to this.\n\n'Absolutely no evidence his missing daughter Madeleine had been seriously harmed.' \nReally !!\n
Posted By: Debbie

How thick does Gerry think the British public are???\nDoes he not realise that as every day passes by less and less people believe the drivel that comes out his mouth.\nIf Madeleine is found alive - I will eat my hat !
Posted By: jack

The McCanns need to tell the truth about what happened to Madeleine.\n\nThe behaviour, blogs PR etc has made a mockery of justice and is an insult to those who follow the media.\n\nIt should not be encouraged.\n\nThere may not have been sufficient evidence to go to trial but there was more than enough to convince me that a miscarriage of justice is happening.\n\nIt is beyond cruelty. I am disgusted.
Posted By: duncan

Keep bleating your mantra Gerry "No evidence of harm" Could you please also add NO EVIDENCE OF ABDUCTION as per the Police files?.\nThe only finger-prints found were KATES. The shutters WERE NOT BROKEN OR JEMMIED like you told everyone to say.\nPlease blog about the dogs findings - Who do you think died in your apartment and left 15 out of 19 markers for your daughter?
Posted By: Julie

"there was "absolutely no evidence" his missing daughter Madeleine had been seriously harmed. What about the dogs findings? Why dismiss them out of hand? The media seem to dismiss these out of hand and never hardly mention them. THey are UK dogs so not as easily ridiculed as the "foreigners wot messed it all up".
Posted By: Fiona McNamara

I thought the Police files contain evidence of a dead body having been in aprtment 5A? How cna Mr McCann say there is no evidence that Madeleine came to any harm? The doges Eddie and Keela have excellent track records in this regard. The question is if it wasn't Madeleine that died in 5A then who did? SOmeone certainly did.
Posted By: John

I would very much like Madeleine to be found, unfortunately I believe she died in Apartment 5A - dogs dont lie.
Posted By: June

Give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves!
Posted By: Janet

If the evidence of the dogs does not pertain to Madeleine, then I think the police should try to find out who DID come to harm in Apartment 5A. Whoever it was left their blood and cadaverine behind and it was picked up by both blood and cadaver dogs who have never made one mistake in 200 cases. The dogs do not lie.
Posted By: Margaret

This world is a crazy place. These things can happen, i don't at all blame the parents for neglect, I feel sorry that they need to experience this cruel reality in their lifetime\nI think about that little girl everyday and i really believe she's ok\nI am sure maddie is alive and I know they will find her soon, it's just matter of time. I think the more the media shows stories on her sitings, the more she will be hidden. They need to be more smart and if they know things , just get on with following them..
Posted By: Anna

The Portuguese Public Prosecutor has made 11,000 out of 30,000 pages of the case file available to the press and I suppose to the McCanns. The other 19,000 pages remain under the secrecy of justice. On page 191, apparently, of the dossier, which the McCanns have a copy of, is the report that the couple seen in the party shop with a young child were identified and ruled out of the investigation. So, it seems rather odd that Ms Stam was invited to meet with team McCann to talk about the child who allegedly told her she had been, "...taken from my holiday." \n
Posted By: Muzzy