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. :-)


Anonymous said...

Tenho de escrever em pt.,Cláudia.
Já estive a escrever uma "composição em portinglês no Blogue da J.M, mas devo ter nega.

1ª Nos jornais,eles foram despedidos;
2º mas se foram eles a despedir-se porque nada havia?E não vem nos jornais;
3º se chegaram a infiltrar 1 na rede pedófila be. será que vieram com pistas mais que suficientes para salvarem todas as crianças nelas envolvidas?

4º O Brian K. é completamente podre de fundo talvez não goste de desperdiçar dinheiro.
Mas,pode muito bem ser uma notícia para Mundo ver...e virarem-se agora para alguma partida perniciosa,como diz D.L.


Zodiac said...

Hi Claudia,


'after the fund brought in independent monitors to assess how the money was spent.'


'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.'


'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.’


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


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


Cláudia said...

Olá, SHU.
Tudo isto não passa de uma palhaçada, na minha opinião, que não fosse tratar-se de um caso de uma criança desaparecida, seria hilariante. Aquela gente quer lá saber das crianças nas mãos de pedófilos. Nem dos próprios filhos quiseram saber quando os deixaram sozinhos para ir jantar com amigos.
Mas gostava muito de saber o que leva o senhor dinheirinho a tanta proximidade com o caso.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Zodiac. Couldn't agree more. Well said!

Anonymous said...

Cláudia krida,
O puro bom senso, o conhecimento e a frequentação do mundo do dinheiro no quotidiano, confortaram-me no maior cinismo ao longo dos anos: não há empresário que invista largas somas de dinheiro sem retorno.
Este sujeito não foge à regra. Ninguém me faz acreditar em actos de filantropia direccionados para casos particulares sem contra-partidas. Se o sujeito paga é porque o sujeito recebe algo em troca.
Os grandes gestos filantropos de quem verdadeiramente se preocupa com crianças ou com qualquer outra causa humanitária, são quase sempre discretos ou silenciosos e dirigidos ao conjunto dos necessitados.
Quem paga manda. Compra, aluga, cala...etc.
Boa noite Menina do Norte!
beijos da lili

Cláudia said...

Olá, minha querida menina do Algarve. Concordo em abslluto. E mesmo que acreditasse que as intenções inicias do senhor pudessem ser boas, dados os desenvolvimentos que se seguiram, o sensato seria ter-se afastado. Para além disso, não é este senhor que paga ao 'manda recados'? O que tem ele a ver com o fundo? Porque raio é que é ele a tomar decisões relativamente à continuidade ou não dos 'detectives privados'? Se o dinheiro para pagar a investigação privada sai do fundo, como sempre foi dito e ele não está ligado ao mesmo, como se explica tudo isto? É a embrulhada do costume.
Beijinhos, minha linda.

Anonymous said...

Outro ponto essencial: só imbecis podem acreditar que um detective infiltra uma rede de pedofilia ( na Bélgica ou na Conchinchina...) e não remete para a Polícia/Justiça toda a informação recolhida para ajudar na luta contra esses excrementos que são os pedófilos.
Há quase um ano e meio que todos os dias insultam a nossa inteligência, medindo-na pelos padrões de um público britânico altamente inculto e arrogante. Os que compram os tais jornais da treta, esses que acreditam na teoria da abdução.
Os erros acumulam-se e como sempre, quanto mais se mexe em porcaria, mais mal ela cheira.
Um destes dias alguém comete o erro fatal.
Esperemos que seja em breve.Lili

Cláudia said...

Lili, às tantas era uma rede de pedófilos mas dos bonzinhos, sabes, daquelas que os McCann acreditam existir (pois conciliam a ideia de rapto por uma rede do género e a segurança e boa saúde da pequena)e por isso não foram denunciados.
Tens toda a razão. Só gente sem um único neurónio acredita nesta bosta que, como dizes, cada vez cheira pior.
Espero que tenhas razão.
Mil beijos!

Anonymous said...


Parece que é mais uma das muitas tretas a "infiltração na rede".Há comentários de um Oficial de Justiça Be. no site de D.L.

O que tivesse entrado,teria de cometer todos os actos macabros ou ser mesmo "paidosfilo" (grego);

Quanto muito encostou-se a um balcão de bar qq. bebendo cerveja e shots com algum perverso ou de um que pretendesse dinheiro.

Sim,Cláudia,o poder do dinheiro dá para tudo que nem sequer conseguimos atingir o significado.

Qto. aos beneméritos: acho que não têm surgido mais corações doentes pela dor.
Os big beneméritos....pois o BK saltou ou fingiu que o fez?

Mas deve ter saltado.Ou vai abonar mais alguém...vejamos!
Os bigs fizeram o seu papel na altura e pronto.

E osmcs acharem que redes pedófilas são kid clubs...mas nem dá para falar de coisas tão sérias à conta dos mcs.

Anonymous said...

As always, the latest media spin doesn't ring true, does it ?

McCanns have the benefit of wealthy financial backers and access to best available lawyers alongside Mitchell.
Team McCann have full and open access to evidenced facts on police files.

A lawyer acting in the McCanns best interests would not, therefore, enter into a vastly expensive contract for no 'good' purpose.

The overwhelming evidence pertaining to Madeleine's death confirmed to British & Portuguese police last August that Madeleine will not be found alive.

The unrelenting spin does confirm Team McCanns contempt for the public as well as the police.

Cláudia said...

SHU, bom dia!
Tem toda a razão. Tretas. Só tretas!

Cláudia said...

Anon, no, it doesn't ring true at all.

Anonymous said...

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Cláudia said...

SHU, obrigada. É só uma forma de lembrar às pessoas o 'trabalho' dos detectivos privados que, afinal, não fazem melhor do que a PJ. Aliás, na minha opinião, não poderão nunca fazer melhor.

Niza said...

Claudia, you hear of little 8 years old british girl come with depressive and alcoholic mother on holiday and then mother run out of money and little girl wandering streets of Algarve?
She taken in by children's institution.
Mother 44 years old English woman. What wrong with these adults? Come on holiday with little money and then child live on streets?

Cláudia said...

Hi, Niza. Yes, I saw it on TVI. I'm glad the other British citizen was shocked by the situation, took the child and called the authorities. That is a responsible citizen. But I'm sure that soon the mother will be saying her actions were well within the bounds of responsible parenting and that she is being framed by the other British citizen, the police, the social services and probably the Portuguese people.
She should be deprived of any alcohol and spend some weeks behind bars to reflect. The child should be returned to a responsible family member.

Anonymous said...

Olá Claudia

Olha o que encontrei:
takenfrom the findmadeleine site.

Date Released: 26/08/2008

In the light of articles in some UK Sunday newspapers this weekend, we feel it is appropriate to comment briefly on our relationship with the investigation company Oakley International.

We appointed them several months ago to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. We continue to work with them to this end. The working relationship is managed by Brian Kennedy, who also confirms the relationship with Oakley International continues to be good and that it remains entirely focused on the search for Madeleine.

What the hell is going on?



Cláudia said...

Olá, Paula! :-)
Interesting that the 'spokesperson' did not wish to comment but they felt the need to do it 'briefly'. More bull, probably.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately all the money in the world is not yet capable of bringing back anyone from the dead...or, as far as I know, cloning anyone.

Anonymous said...

Yes,more bull.Yes they do´nt work;no,they work to us;yes,they do´nt;no,they work....

And,one more star in the Sky:Rose.

Helmy said...

Hello Cláudia,

I smell a rat. The spokes person only wishes to comment briefly. He/she also choses not to be named. All very strange to my way of thinking. Oh well I guess it is just more smoke and mirrors! I thought that with the release of the files it was supposed to all come clear. It seems to be more confused than ever.

Cláudia said...

Anon, sadly you're right. Money does not own life.

Cláudia said...

Helme, maybe this 'spokesperson' is shy. To be honest, I never expected it to be any clearer.

Cláudia said...

SHU, something in between.
Gob bless Rose. She is safe from harm, now.

Anonymous said...

Cláudia: a ligação que vou colocar não é de todo desconhecida mas,esta parte diz respeito ao mundo(minúscula,sim):

Nem consigo dizer nada.Os horrores estão lá,para que nunca esqueçamos as perversões.E a perversão até chega ao facto de 1 seita ter atribuido 1 nome....
que os católicos também usam( ex. Mª de L.Pintassilgo,R.I.P.).

Perversidade domina.


Cláudia said...

SHU, demasiado horrível. Nem tenho palavras.

Niza said...

Claudia, I see this:

Madeleine's paternity is questioned again SOL

27 August 2008
Thanks to 'astro' for translation

The lab tests do not guarantee that Gerry McCann is Madeleine's biological father, according to what a senior official from the National Institute of Forensics Medicine told newspaper 24horas

Gerry McCann may not be Madeleine's father, despite the fact that the couple have always denied this possibility, assuming only that the little girl was conceived through artificial insemination.

At the time when Madeleine McCann disappeared, on the 3rd of May 2007 from the apartment in Praia da Luz, the Polícia Judiciária had serious doubts concerning the little girl's paternity, but the McCann couple always stated that she was a biological daughter.

The doubt about her paternity, according to 24horas, ended up never being explored or taken as relevant for the investigation into the case of the girl's disappearance.

A senior official at the National Institute for Forensic Medicine who was contacted by 24horas confirms that "concerning the twins there is an absolute certainty that they are from Gerry. The same cannot be said of Madeleine McCann, because the alleles that were found do not allow for a precise determination of who the real biological father is".

So maybe 24 horas right when state they have sources confirm Gerry not father and not scared go to court if necessary? I not understand why this not 100% verified because may explain much much things.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Niza.
I have to confess that it never crossed my mind that Gerry wasn't Madeleine's father and that I never really believed that story by 24 Horas. But I also never understood why they never sued. Obviously, we are not a happy sue country. Far from it. But even so, that case (assuming the story by 24 Horas is false) would be easy to win, in my opinion. Stories which originate from the files are not. Or the threat to Tal & Qual for publishing that the Police suspected them. Since they were later made arguidos, they could never successfully sue Tal & Qual. What made them not sue 24 Horas, I don't know. But I do remember one journalist from 24 Horas, on TVI, saying that they would be happy to go to court.

Zodiac said...

Hi Claudia,

I cannot understand them not sueing regarding the paternity allegation. How long now have we heard it is not about the money. It does make the bizarre comment he was supposed to have said something like we have our own family now, understandable.

Cláudia said...

Hi, Zodiac!
I have to say that I'm not exactly convinced that the story published by 24 Horas is true. Assuming it is false, if they decided to sue, I'm sure their Portuguese lawyers would tell them it was an easy case to win.

Nana said...

Good morning everyone!
Cláudia, what happened to the Tal & Qual director and reporter since they were made arguidos?
I've never really understood this affair.
Niza, "the spokesman" anda quieto por estes dias, não?

Niza said...

Claudia, I find some strange things. DNA, they say maybe not Madeleine because only 15 alleles but is child Kate. They have twin babies DNA. If not twin babies DNA, and if not sure Madeleine DNA but know it Kate child, is that meaning that Kate has other child? I not understand.

Cláudia said...

Hello, Nana.
I'm not sure if the guys from Tal & Qual have been made arguidos. I haven't read anything about that. There was a threat to sue when they publsihed that the Police suspected the parents. But since they were later made arguidos and were considered suspects by the police, I can't see how they could sue. Anyway, Tal & Qual does not exist anymore. The newspapers was in deep financial difficulties and it closed down. As for 24 Horas, it is a different matter. They questioned Gerry's paternity. If the information they publlished is false (and although nothing surprises me anymore, I never really questioned that gerry was Madeleine's father) it would be, in my opinion, quite an easy case to win.
As for the spokesperson, you're absolutely right. Caladinho, caladinho.
Um abraço!

Cláudia said...

Niza, I have no idea. I have to say that I never thought that paternity thing was relevant, but this case is so complicated that everything is possible.

Niza said...

Nana, the spokesman quiet now because he is a strategist. Maquiavelli teach us that there is time to withdraw to wait for a next good time to attack. Now with Police files out, is necessary to keep low profile. Too much talk may cause too much trouble. If pictures of tourist real, even more important to be quiet. I think Spokesman want to try to get us bored and forget Madeleine story so parents can come back and ask for more money for "searches".

Claudia, paternity may be important because may explain detachment and lack of patience that newspapers say mother have. Also if Gerry not father (I not know, but find strange that this not able to be determined 100% in today's times with so much technology. They not have Madeleine's hair from hairbrush or dna from toothbrush? From clothes or pillow? Very strange to me)then it interesting to try to see who is, what link if any to McCanns (or lab make mess? Is possible?). All things that may explain detach attitude (or not) but I not understand and in that I sad with PJ if this true, for not going to bottom story and find out EXACTLY if Gerry is father or not.

ICantThinkOfAName said...

Hi Claudia

An active thread on the 3 Arguidos web sit at the moment:

Daily Star 28/08: Maddie - Outrage At Book

by Roger the Dodger on Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:18 pm
(Sorry if already posted, had a quick check and couldn't see it)


Cop accuses McCanns

By Jerry Lawton, 28 August 2008

Madeleine McCann's parents faced fresh heartache last night as a best-seller on the case hit Britain.

Kate and Gerry are already planning to sue retired Portuguese cop Goncalo Amaral, 48, over allegations in his book.

They have launched a bid to stop it being published in the UK. But the first copies have arrived here via Portuguese booksellers.

Chunks of the 221 pages have been translated into English and posted onto the internet. The book, seen by the Daily Star, includes photos from police files.

One shows Kate and Gerry, both 40, and their holiday pals giving information about Madeleine at the scene just hours after she vanished.

The police chief criticises the McCanns, their friends, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Leicestershire Police.

Last night the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "This account has gross inaccuracies and is grossly defamatory.

"The conclusions are entirely false. They suggest Kate and Gerry were involved in the death, accidental or otherwise, of Madeleine and covered it up."

He added: "Mr Amaral and his publishers should not mistake a lack of action yet for any lack of long-term action.

"He is presented as a world-class Madeleine expert but what does he know?

"Do you know how many times he interviewed Kate and Gerry when he was on the case - not once!"

Madeleine, now five, vanished from the family holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, a year ago last May.

Cláudia said...

Niza, I agree with everything you just said.
It's just that unlike some people I never really took that article from 24 Horas really seriously. But I agree. It should be investigated.

Cláudia said...

Thank you, ICTOAN.
Very, very interesting.
Publishers in the UK may be bullied. Publishers in the rest of the world, certainly won't.

Save the Children said...

McCanns relied heavily on others to care for their children Portugal Resident

Updated: 28 August, 2008

CHILD CARERS working at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz noticed that the McCann children spent the maximum time available in the care of the resort's kids club according to police files released to the media surrounding the case.

The usual routine of Gerry and Kate McCann was to put the children in the nursery facility at about 9am and then pick them up between midday and 12.30pm to give the children lunch before bringing them back at 3pm and returning at the end of the day between 5pm and 5.30pm.

Other children in the tapas nine party would not spend as much time away from their parents. The other parents in the group, the files reveal, would normally leave their children with the babysitting service only in the morning sessions.

The police files also gives details about Madeleine's personality as described by her father, Gerry and those that spent time with Madeleine while they were on holiday in the Algarve.

Madeleine was described by Gerry as being an extrovert, very active and having happy relationships with other children. She would never go with a stranger and he states clearly that she was not taking any medication.

In a statement made by one of the nannies working at the Ocean Club, Madeleine was described as being a calm, beautiful and happy child.

However, she was portrayed as being more shy than the other children at the kids club.


Meanwhile, reports in the British media have claimed that there is now less than 500,000 pounds sterling in the Find Madeleine fund.

The private investigation agency Oakley International has reportedly cost the fund half a million pounds sterling, despite not yielding any concrete results.

This had led to Brian Kennedy, the British double glazing tycoon who has donated large sums of money to the Find Madeleine campaign, voicing his dissatisfaction in the investigators.

A statement was issued on behalf of the McCanns on Tuesday countering the claims in the press concerning the status of the private investigators via the website

"We appointed them (Oakley International) several months ago to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. We continue to work with them to this end. The working relationship is managed by Brian Kennedy, who also confirms the relationship with Oakley International continues to be good and that it remains entirely focused on the search for Madeleine."

Niza said...

Not surprise book in UK. Where Portuguese people, Portuguese books sold. Many Portuguese in UK.

1 + 1 = 2

Claudia, you know if book translation to English ready?

Cláudia said...

Modern parenting, some call it, Save the children.

Cláudia said...

Niza, you're right. :-)
A little bird told me it will be soon. Not sure how soon, though.;-)

Anonymous said...

Olá,Minha Linda Cláudia:
1º quanto ao link do nada há que possa ser dito,realmente.As denúncias já são por si excelentes.
to Mc Canns:

a)Did you know what is true perversety?

b)go fight and help all the childrens from all the World.
Like that, you can really do a special work.
Go, go to
see(and translate to english)
Os olhos da Pequenina Rose, na foto,estão húmidos.Talvez por ter chorado pouco antes da foto.

Foram os próprios jornais israelitas que chamaram a Rose a Maddie de Israel.
Visto que o caso de Maddie chegou ao Mundo inteiro.
Claro que os "ukistas" aproveitaram logo a deixa.


Cláudia said...

SHU, may God bless all the mnistreated, abused and neglected children in the whole world. And may God give strength to those who expose the atrocities against children.

Anonymous said...

About Rose,will see.

...."Rose Pizem's father still has hope that his girl is alive.

In an interview to the Associated Press on Thursday, Benjamin Pizem said his father, Ronnie Ron, who is suspected of murdering Benjamin's daughter, could be manipulating police.

"I don't know what he's capable of...I know he's capable of stealing the wife of his son, so I think he's capable of many things. When I see him in videos, I see in his face, even if it's quite a neutral one, he has an expression that says 'you don't know everything, and I'm manipulating all of you.' That's the reason why we think there's some hope Rose is still alive," Pizem said.

He had harsh words for his ex-wife Marie, charging that she abandoned her daughter. "I think that if a mother is capable of abandoning her daughter, she's capable of many things," he said.

He added that Marie's charge that he abused his daughter is "absurd" and that he had stated the child needed treatment since she wasn't speaking nor was she toilet trained."


Anonymous said...

Search for missing child Rose stopped

Published: 08.28.08, 12:42 / Israel News

Police divers have stopped the search for missing four-year-old Rose Pizem in the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv. Police are looking into the possibility of draining a section of the river.

Meanwhile, the search for the missing child continues in the Sharon region. (Avi Cohen)

Anonymous said...

Search for missing child Rose stopped

Published: 08.28.08, 12:42 / Israel News

Police divers have stopped the search for missing four-year-old Rose Pizem in the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv. Police are looking into the possibility of draining a section of the river.

Meanwhile, the search for the missing child continues in the Sharon region. (Avi Cohen)

Cláudia said...

Thank you for the links, SHU.

Nana said...

Good evening everybody!
I read about them being arguidos on J's blog. I don't know if I can post the link. I don't understand that story and neither the one about Maddie's paternity. As Niza says, it should have been checked by now.

Niza said...

I not have words Claudia, I not have words...

"Girl, 4, forgotten at airport as family moves to Paris

By Zohar Blumenkrantz and Roni Singer-Heruti

A 4-year-old girl from Afula was left alone at Ben-Gurion International Airport yesterday while her parents and five siblings moved to Paris without her.

Her family did not realize she was missing until the captain of Sun D'Or flight U52872 informed them 45 minutes after takeoff that she had been found. They were the last passengers to board the plane, and it appears that in their haste, they forgot the girl - and the stewards did not check that the number of tickets matched up with the number of children. Advertisement

"I simply don't know how this happened to them," said the girl's grandmother, who took the family to the airport. "We're in shock. They're very responsible and organized, top-notch people. Apparently each one relied on the other and this is what happened."

An airport police officer found the girl - alone, in tears and searching for her parents. She was put on the next El Al flight to Paris about two hours later, accompanied by a stewardess.

"The incident is being examined, and it's still not clear to us either," said Sun D'Or CEO Bezalel Karvat. The airline is an El Al subsidiary.

The incident comes a few days after an 8-year-old boy traveling alone 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.

The policeman who found the girl brought her to the office of Sarit Ben-Eden, the police official in charge of the departure hall.

"The policeman saw the girl wandering around near one of the counters, crying," said Ben-Eden. "In my office too, she was upset, crying, and asked over and over again for daddy and mommy."

After about 10 minutes, the girl calmed down enough to tell Ben-Eden her parents' names. Ben-Eden had them called over the loudspeaker, but they didn't show up. Then she realized the flight had already issued its final boarding call, and she ran with the girl toward the gate. But by they time they arrived, the plane had already taken off without her.

Ben-Eden bought the girl some ice cream, by which time she was calm enough to let her know that she only eats food with a Badatz kashrut certification."

Cláudia said...

Nana, of course you can post the link. Nothing about this case is simple.

Cláudia said...

Niza, words fail me too. :-(
How is it possible? How? I can even understand a child being lost in the middle of the mess of an airport. What I can never, never understand is how parents get on a plane, forget their daughter and don't notice it until someone reminds them of the existance of their daughter. I won't call them what I feel like calling them now.Ppoor child.
I know some pros who would find this story funny, though. The same ones who forgot their own children outside stores and who laugh about it. Some people have very generous senses of humour.

Cláudia said...

P.S: it would be funny if it was the movie, Home Alone. However, the fact that it wasn't fiction but reality makes it revolting.

Nana said...

Here are the links, Cláudia:

and here:

What happened to the responsible parenting in this world? How can a parent left a child behind like that? Surely these parents give more value to "things" than to their children, for their luggage were not lost.
Sad world indeed.

Anonymous said...

They employ many such resources to send rubbish to world´s eyes and also,like is at GazetaDigital,from Paulo R.
"“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” (June 3, 2007)
- "I have no doubt we will be able to sustain a high profile for Madeleines disappearance in the long term." (June 28, 2007)


Thank You,Paulo.

Cláudia said...

Thanks, Nana.
Now I remember I had already read that. To be honest, I would love for them to sue over this. And go all the way to court, of course. In Portugal, these cases are rarely settled out of court. And I really don't know how you can sue because of something that was later a reality: they did become official suspects. It's true that we haven't heard anymore about this. But it would be interesting to see.
Have a great day, Nana.
Um abraço bem Português.

Cláudia said...

SHU, I agree.

Cláudia said...

P.S: Nana, it seems some children are paid less attention than luggage. Sad world indeed.

Nana said...

Good morning everybody!
I don't know how this issue ended up, but I feel sick by the way they use the word SUE so many times! Thanks for your input, Cláudia.

Cláudia said...

Hello, Nana.
Nothing to thank me for. :-)
The sue fever is intended to scare people, to intimidate them, to shut them up, to make them go away. Their public image is very important for them.
Hope I'll read you soon again. :-)

Anonymous said...

The FBI & CIA know the score and the statistics in cases where parents report their children 'missing'.

In America 92% are found to be a 'care giver', fathers, step fathers top of the list. More fathers than step fathers/uncles kill their children.

The Director of Forensic Science for PJ quoted same statistics in Portugal.

Cláudia said...

Anon, it is widely know that those who are closest to the child who was victim of a crime should always be regarded as potential suspects.

Cláudia said...

I'm sorry, anonymous. Fertility is a very sensitive issue, which affects millions of people worldwide, for many different reasons. I will not publish your comments regarding that subject because they could hurt other people with fertility problems. Hope you understand.

Anonymous said...

Cláudia: não me agradeça os links,pois eu vasculho e,principalmente vou à Joana que costuma ter vários artigos para leitura no sítio original.Depois disso é que vasculho. Os méritos serão para a Joana.

And,like You said:..."And may God give strength to those who expose the atrocities against children...".

Quanto a eles "suarem"(sue?),eu daria outro nome começado ou por ext........,ou ch....
Então se dizem ao povo que o fundo está muito a descoberto,é porque querem mais e mais,e mais....
Of course always they have a lot of afraid and the better defense is attack.
How will be talked this case in the future?(isto deve ser portinglês).The personal image is probably important to them.
I remembered now: if she do not work because someone or entidade do not wish...her services.
Será que o local de trabalho começava a não ter ninguém?
I have read how is her life now:she wake up 04AM and go to the laptop;etc,etc,etc.É para inglês ver.

We talk so much about them....but when I can remember all the news about Maddie,since first day,my HOPE was so big....or found her alive or,at least her body.
I think to us,who suffer,was better.We could do the funeral,psicológicamente falando.Fazer o luto!mourning?
Since the first day,I have always a sadness so,so big.She was a "baby"......She or any child deserve the worst.

Anonymous said...

Do not "close" Your mouth!
You answer and You analyses very well.And,more important,You are a very polite person,Cláudia.

Cláudia said...

SHU, for quite some time I was hopeful that Madeleine could be found alive. Unfortunately, I'm not hopeful anymore.
I won't shut up. But some people would disagree with you regarding me being polite. :-) And to be honest, sometimes I don't feel like being polite. Some people deserve only my contempt.
Hope I'll read you tomorrow.

Anonymous said...


and,because of her,another place:


Yes,You can read me today.Have a nice day!
And "jum,jump,jump";deixe saltar a tampa pois eles bem o merecem.Merecem ouvir o que deve ser ouvido.

Também eu,muito no início,ansiava que a Pequenina Maddie aparecesse e viva!Mas,sabemos que ao passar as 48h ou pouco mais....
Que raio! Isto só pode ser um crime perfeito.É que pensaram em tudo: a contaminação total do apartamento; o tempo que demoraram com as combinações; o tempo que levaram(rápido)a apelar às altas instâncias de uk; o tempo que demoraram a "chamar" as autoridades locais; o TEMPO QUE NÃO DEMORARAM NA BUSCA DA FILHA NO LOCAL! Tanta e tanta gente, que não dormiu naquela noite porque queriam salvar a Pequenina,encontrá-la!

E se os brits quiserem saber o que aqui escrevi na minha língua materna,que usem tradutores,pois a "minha performance" em inglês é o que se sabe.

Cláudia said...

SHU, eu não acredito em crimes perfeitos.
Se quiserem saber o que escreveu, há muitos sites de tradução rasca na net! :-)

thewayaheadm said...

about the fraud... ups, pardon me... fund!

Cláudia said...

thewayaheadm, thank you. It's a great video. Hope I'll read you again.

thewayaheadm said...

Eu ando silenciosa mas ando sempre por cá ;)

se a justiça não se faz de uma forma (também, com os cabrões que temos à frente disso - como aquele nojento do António Pinto Marinho...que por ele tava tudo fora das prisões - pode ser que um dia ainda tenha azar com os seus criminosos inocentes), temos prazer de fazer o que podemos para que se faça de alguma maneira de outra, e que se saiba a verdade que alguns tanto tentam abafar...

tenho outros videos sobre o caso, tenho um sobre as 48 perguntas..

Cláudia said...

Oh thewayahed, e não me queres dar uma pista? Não tens outro nick? Não é fácil, felizmente, com tanta gente neste barco. Desculpa lá.

thewayaheadm said...

não há outro nick, (quer dizer, nos 3arguidos sou Cati), eu estou sempre cá a ler, até me divirto muito a ler os comentários.. hehe
mas não tenho escrito :) porque vocês já dizem basicamente o que eu tb penso...

Cláudia said...

Oh thewayahead, rapariga (acho que acertei!), mas isso é que não. Já devias ter dito qualquer coisa mais cedo! É sempre bom trocar umas palavras com malta da mesma onda! :-) Não vou muito aos 3 Arguidos simplesmente por um motivo: aquilo é um mundo tão grande, que a malta perde-se. É tanta informação que é de loucos. Vou sempre que alguém me indica um link em especial.
Muda-te para o meu último post que dá mais jeito. :-)

Anonymous said...

I suggest one looks at Mr Halligen a lot closer........