Sunday, 15 December 2013


So now the American Air Force has been brought into the act.

An old aerial spy plane photograph already having been passed to the enquiry team some years ago, is now the secret weapon to finding the alleged abductor.   Apparently it can show facial detail of some events of that fateful evening, perhaps even the alleged abductor!  We wonder if it may show any detail of the actual happenings during those hours, or any likenesses of anyone we could recognise?

Add this latest line of enquiry to all the other ones over past months, and as we can see the solution of the case is still no nearer.  

Friday, 29 November 2013


Reposted from 2010


We watched the Crimewatch program on BBC TV last night (28/11/13) and were quite surprised at an obvious faux pas by the Police Representative on the Madeleine McCann case!

When talking about the future collaboration between the Met and the Portuguese Police he commented that it would be a great help to solving the Madeleine case in the WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME!  What a fantastic (not) display of confidence, and no doubt a real boost for the McCann parents, knowing that they are unlikely to see closure for some time to come.

Unlike Queen Victoria, we are sure that many people are "Not amused!", particularly at the enormous expense the investigation is racking up.  Our guess is that the weekly cost must be between 50 and £100,000, if not more, and looks like continuing for ever if recent and current progress is an indication of the efforts so far.

If everyone were honest with their opinion, we don't think anyone (apart from the McCanns) are expecting to find Madeleine either dead or alive.

The parents are at fault - the end!

Thursday, 28 November 2013


Whatever the outcome of this enormously expensive exercise, let us not forget,




It is also fairly obvious from the lack of results from two National Police Forces that the chance of finding the alleged abductor is now less than minus 100% !   Any one connected with the child's disappearance will now be long gone and made plenty of plans as to how evade the long arm of the law.  It is also very unlikely that the child would have been retained, and will have been passed on or otherwise secreted. 

Where are the Tapas group in all of this?    We have not heard a peep out of them since that May day in 2007.   Are they immune to what is going on?   Or do they just prefer to keep stum?

We continue to observe and wait. . . . . . 

Monday, 11 November 2013


Isn't it amazing?  2 weeks ago the media was absolutely full of stories (for stories they must be) of the progress that was being made in the search for Madeleine McCann's alleged abductor(s).  
The Police (UK) were boasting about the number and quality of leads they had and the vast number of individuals who they wished to interview.   Then came the revelation that their number one suspect, an ex employee of the Holiday Complex, had been killed in a "freak" accident some time ago.   That would have been very convenient had the Police had sufficient proof to establish that he was, in fact, the abductor.  It would have been "case closed" and lets get back to Blighty.

It seems that such was not the case and the "search" goes on for "them".   We can never forget those words uttered by Kate McCann on that evening; "THEY have taken her!"  Who?  Did Kate or Gerry actually KNOW who THEY were?  Had something been arranged that the others of the Tapas group were unaware?   Was the cry the opening line of some pre-arranged enactment?  As things stand we will never know, but certainly amongst those following the events as they unfold, many still have very strong suspicions about what happened; and they are prepared to vociferously discuss and voice their feelings and ideas.

We do not think there have been many occasions in past years where the public have been so interested about an event, and have put themselves so solidly on one side or other of the theorists.  There must be an end somewhere, but it would seem from the activity so far, that the end is far from being just round the corner.

p.s.  Be prepared for the publicity machine being fired up just around the lead up to Christmas!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


With thanks to those in Portugal who also follow the Madeleine Case.

Investigation. In view of the existence of new evidence, within days it will be decided who will investigate the disappearance of the English child. Portuguese police deny pressures and say, that despite the “close relationship”, they will run a parallel investigation to the Scotland Yard

by Alfredo Teixeira

The Judiciary Police (PJ) reopened the investigation concerning the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and they warrant that this time the parents of the girl who disappeared in Praia da Luz, Algarve, days before her fourth birthday, on May 3, 2007, are not suspects. To the DN the Portuguese police disclosed that there are “new evidence” about what has happened to the child while she slept together with her two twin siblings, in the apartment at the tourist resort. They do not disclose the existence of suspects and only reveal that internally, in the coming days, a team will be created to resume the investigation.

When, last week, on the 17th, the PJ hierarchy met with the Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Mark Rowley and DCI Andy Redwood, who heads the approximately 37 agents working in the British investigation, the decision to request the reopening of the investigation to the Public Ministry (MP) was communicated.

The Portuguese police denies any pressure from the English, stressing that they did not cooperate directly with the Scotland Yard investigation. However, information gathered by the English police, mainly related to the past of some people that were referenced in the case files, would have complemented the analysis by the investigation team in Portugal.

“There were elements gathered that have to do with events before the disappearance of the child and others after. Relating them with those contained in the process already archived have raised a more than reasonable doubt about what happened to the child,” said a source close to the investigation to the DN, adding that a in meeting with Gerry and Kate McCann, and the lawyers of the couple, the PJ asked “absolute silence” about the investigation.

At the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police who have been working on the case for over a year [sic, for over two years], Scotland Yard said to have found new relevant information, based on the forty thousand documents and clues collected by the police forces from Portugal, UK and eight different companies of private detective and just a few days ago they showed e-fits of a suspect.

A source of the PJ that hasn't, however, worked for this process, does not set aside the divulgation of images of the same kind if appropriate. It acknowledges, however, the important of the work done by the Regional Section of Criminal Investigation and Prevention of the PJ from Porto, led by the coordinator Helena Monteiro. Notwithstanding the formal archival of the investigation, that team was on the field since March last year, searching for leads to follow and in order to fill any eventual gaps in the initial investigations.

That reanalysis task has “helped identify new evidence, which by imposing further investigation, meet the requirements set by article 279º no 1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for the reopening of the investigation.” said the PJ in a statement. “Similarly to what happens in all the cases of missing children, notwithstanding the formal archival of the investigation concerning her disappearance, and as was always publicly stated, the Judiciary Police continued to be attentive to any and all information likely to enable the understanding of the whereabouts of the minor Madeleine McCann, the circumstances in which her disappearance occurred and the identity of its author(s),” the PJ clarified. 

Also yesterday, a note from the Attorney General's Office (PGR) said that the Public Ministry (MP) decided to reopen the investigation. It was on July 21, 2008 that the PGR announced the archival of the process concerning the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and removed the status of arguidos from the parents of the English minor and Robert Murat, with the proviso that they could reopen the process at any time if “new elements of evidence” surfaced, evidence which they now claim to exist as the result of the identification of witnesses who were never heard.

Experience in missing people cases

With the investigation archived since July 2008, it was the National Direction of the PJ who, in March 2011 [sic, 2012], assigned to a team of investigators from the North Directorship the task to re-analyse the whole wide range of information in the process, with the objective of identifying information whose further understanding could be revealed useful and possible. Leading the group of four inspectors was the coordinator Helena Monteiro, with experience in missing people cases, namely the young lady from Lamego, Carina Ferreira, whose body was found after a month of searches at the bottom of a ravine near a motorway. Helena Monteiro has worked, among other areas of investigation, in the fight against violent criminality.

Diário de Notícias, October 25, 2013, paper edition


By Rui Calafete

It is a process that has dragged on for too long, it is a good tool for "spin" to stifle other topics from the media agenda and is one of the greatest hoaxes of which we hear for a long time.

There are so many missing children in the world, so many children who are trafficked and enslaved, but it seems that only this child, specifically, mobilizes the attention of some powers.

I consider a shame these advances and retreats - now the Public Ministry will reopen this process - some e-fits are released for the front pages of sensationalist tabloids and those parents who strike me as extremely cold persons return to the limelight.

Everyone saw that this spectacle has become a circus, everyone has in their opinion a view about the case and all also have a suspicion of what happened. Mine is identical to the majority of the Portuguese, but I do not want to share it.

The British government and the Scotland Yard became heavily involved, perhaps, as never before with any other child, because the press assessor of the parents was part of the communications team of Downing Street.

This case is tiring, has beards, it just fools those who wish to be fooled, but remains afloat. It is in all respects disgraceful the time that the media loses with it, but it sells. That is the secret of the renewed interest. 

Saturday, 26 October 2013


Well, well, well! This is getting more like a Pantomime every day.   Today we read in the popular Press that the McCanns are to be kept abreast of all the information obtained by the Portuguese Police in their continuing enquiries into the alleged abduction of Madeleine.

How on Earth can those, who have themselves in the past  been suspects, now get the privilege of  being allowed to receive such important details that could well influence any trial or criminal proceedings in the future?    It is a bit like Jack the Ripper helping the Police to find himself!

We must return once again to the fact that had the parents not left the children unattended, no abduction or other crime would have occurred.

In fact, had the parents been Portuguese Nationals they would probably have been arrested, charged with neglect and their other two children taken into care.   Maybe this was something they were concerned about!

Let the Met and Portuguese get on with the job and keep the Parents away from the independent investigations that are being carried out.  Their own publicity, the use of private investigators and the like have achieved nothing, so why don't they keep a low profile and let the experts get on with the job.

We have spoken to many people including the Portuguese, and even a Portuguese Lawyer, but feel it would be improper to publish most of the comments we received.

Thursday, 24 October 2013


We see that due to substantial new evidence the Portuguese Police have decided to reopen the Madeleine McCann enquiry.  

This has apparently been welcomed by Kate and Gerry McCann.   Perhaps they will therefore desire to give the Police their utmost help and assistance to find their Daughter.  In which case there are many people who hope that Kate will now be willing to answer the questions she refused to answer during the previous enquiries of the Portuguese Police!   Or is that just a little too much to expect?

Perhaps the Portuguese will also wish to re-examine all the evidence, including the statements given by the rest of the McCann's party.

Thousands, perhaps millions of folk, await the next episode of this continuing drama.

Saturday, 19 October 2013


Other than The Truth of the Lie by Goncarlo Amaral, other books have been penned regarding the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann.  Here are three.

Thursday, 17 October 2013


The Met Police in the recent Crimewatch Program, ruled out the person apparently seen by Jane Tanner, from their enquiries.

No other person, male or female, was seen in the area of the McCann's apartment carrying a child.   However there was a report of a tennis holdall missing that may have belonged to Gerry McCann.  What if the alleged abductor used such a bag to take a sleeping or drugged child from the property?  Who would know, or even suspect, what the bag contained?   The bag could also be used to hide an unconscious infant for a short time until it was convenient to remove it to a different place.

Such an item could be hidden in a cupboard, even whilst a search was going on in the vicinity, and later easily transported in the boot of a car.  Mere speculation?  Or yet another possible scenario?


This is a comment made by a reader and we consider it worthy of being a stand alone posting.

The folks who continue to refute the evidence and make excuses in any way possible for the "poor parents" are disturbing. It's almost as if they don't want to know the truth. They support "poor Kate and poor Gerry" to the point of near insanity. Any comments on blogs that rightly question the parents motivations, behaviour, parenting etc. are shot at as if they were being spoken about sacred cows! Kate has not answered many questions--how can an investigation be effective while she sits closed mouthed, about circumstances surrounding the "disappearance" of her own child. I really think that it is time for her to be arrested, perhaps then she would co-operate? Or does she, by virtue of her profession, her husbands profession, and their respective associates or contacts in 'high places" get a free pass on this? If she is not willing to answer the questions then how can she keep this vigilant "plea for help" in finding the child? Is there something wrong with her that we are not aware of? 

Another Reader commented
Watching the program "Aktenzeichen XY" in Germany (the equivalent of "Crimewatch") something struck me: Gerry McCann says if they could deliver a message to Madeleine, he'd say: "We would tell her how much we LOVED her". Why does not say "We would tell her how much we love her"??

What do you think?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013


We make no comment apart from saying, here is Amaral's version and an English Translation of his book.

Whether it is legal to download it or not we shall leave it to you!


The BBC Crimewatch program last night left much to be desired.

It seems as if the UK Police are investigating a new Crime.  They are concentrating purely on the time lime and bringing into the equation suspects that have never been considered before.  The only good thing they have done is disproved the evidence of Jane Tanner and cleared the man she saw of any suspicion.

During the whole program ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION was made of the previous evidence and investigation carried out by the Portuguese Police.

What happened to the Tennis Bag?
What about the blood on the Apartment floor?
What about the signs of death discovered by the Uk Police Dogs in the apartment and the car.
What about some of the suspicious and unexplained car trips?
What about the twins managing to sleep through all the turmoil?
Why did the McCanns call the Press immediately?
Why are the rest of the Tapas group not featuring in any part of the program or investigation?

There are still so many questions to answer, not least of which is the casual attitude of the Parents.  The constant chasing for money and suing people left right and centre.

Why are they suing Detective Amaral who carried out the investigation to try and find their child, until he was thrown off the case.  Is the £2M they are claiming a real value for his publishing a book about the case?  Kate must have had equal upset whilst penning her own narrative.

Something is wrong, and something in the cupboard smells.  No doubt in time, with good and sensible Police work, the truth will out.   We look forward to that day!

Monday, 14 October 2013


Today's Media is awash with photofit pictures from the UK Police prior to the showing on TV of the reconstruction of the incidents of 3 May 2007 when Madeleine McCann was allegedly abducted.
The photofits show two different individuals each described as aged 20 - 40, average, height, average build, brown short(ish) hair, white skin.   Of course someone must presume that the offender, himself probably aware of the manhunt, has not attempted to change his looks for seven years!  How naieve can one be?  At least the description rules out half the World's male population!
Surely that same evening the streets were only walked by men, or that is so according to the media.  Could the crime not have been committed by a woman, who are experts at dealing with young children, and could make the perfect nap without arousing suspicion?
It is also noticed that the time line is now extended to 90 minutes, when previous statements suggested that the children were checked every half hour?
The story seems to have taken another twist and the past portuguese investigation has been swept to one side, as has the evidence gleaned from the UK police dogs which suggested that death had been present in the McCann's apartment and hire car.

Whilst the plot continues to thicken, let us continue to remember the two professional people who left three very young choldren, unattended, unsupervised and unprotected whilst they went out wining and dining with friends.

Friday, 11 October 2013

NO MATTER WHAT............. Just IF

IF the McCanns receive any damages from their claim against Goncalo Amaral
IF the McCanns receive any damages from their claim against His Publishers
IF the McCanns receive any damages from their claim against Other Media
IF the McCanns get Madeleine back alive or dead
IF the British Police do not achieve a positive result
IF it is proved there WAS an abduction
IF it is proved there was NO abduction
IF the Tapas group suddenly decide to break their silence
IF the missing tennis holdall is found

And IF Madeleine is never found..........

The only people one can blame , by their own admission, is the McCann Parents who left their three year old child, in the company of her two younger siblings, unprotected, unmanaged and unsupervised, whilst they went off wining and dining.

They should be the ones in the dock, not Amaral or any others.

Not only should Justice be done, it should be seen to be done!

Monday, 7 October 2013


A few years ago a small child was allegedly abducted in Portugal and even after much investigation by the Portuguese Police, the theory they put forward was not agreed by the child's family or the British Government.   The case went on with the employment, by the parents, of Private Investigators from European Agencies, who all failed to find the perpetrator(s) of the crime.    Following appeals to the Uk Government the "crack" squad of the Metropolitan Police were put on the job.   As previously stated they have also been unable to solve the crime.

Now we hear that a reconstruction of the day of the incident and later days, all filmed in Spain(?) is to be shown on British Television.   It will also be shown in France, Germany and other European Countries, but NOT, REPEAT NOT in Portugal where it happened.   We would have thought that this would be the premier place to air the program!

Surely this is where the child was allegedly abducted, this was where the Tapas crowd left the children unattended. This was the place where cadaver was found in the apartment and in the hire car.  This where a tennis bag disappeared, this is where Kate McCann feels closest to her Daughter.  This is the place that Jane Tanner allegedly saw a man carrying a child like Maddie.  This is the place where the Tapas Crowd witnessed the happenings that evening.  This is the place where the Church became a place of solace for the Parents.  This is the place where the reconstruction would be best filmed and aired.

We also note that in the Lisbon case where ex Detective Amaral is being sued for £2million, the tapas Crowd are not in attendance and giving their support to the McCanns.  Surely they must have some opinion on the matter.  Or are they keeping, or being kept, quiet for other reasons?   Time will tell.

In the meantime do not criticise the Portuguese people without giving them the opportunity to see what the rest of us will be able to see.   The reconstruction needs to be seen by all, in every little detail, including the blood, the cadaver dogs and the body language which says so much.

Saturday, 5 October 2013


Whilst the loss of a child is a very unpleasant experience for anyone, the case of Madeleine McCann seems to be turning into a merry go round.

Perfectly capable Portuguese Police Detectives were close to solving the case despite all the aggravation on the side being created by the Parents.  Then in step the UK Government who immediately start spending millions of pounds on their investigation and who, so far, have not come up with anything more than 40 "suspects" who for weeks now have still not been interviewed or dealt with.

When this is all over questions need to be asked as to why so much effort and financial and other resources have been put into this one case.   Will every alleged child abduction case in the future receive this treatment?  We doubt it!

Saturday, 21 September 2013


IF ONLY Dr Gerry McCann and Dr Kate McCann had NOT left their THREE young children, unattended, unsupervised, unwatched and on their own, whilst they went out with their friends on that evening in May, little Madeleine McCann could still be enjoying life in the company of her Parents and her Siblings.

Maybe, people should remember this!

IF ONLY, IF ONLY Kate McCann would give evidence under Oath in the trial of Ex-Detective Amaral.   Is there some special reason for everyone giving evidence on her behalf when she claims to be the agrieved?

Thursday, 12 September 2013


The trial in Portugal in which the McCanns are claiming damages against Ex-detective Amaral has now started.  The claim, reported to be for £1m, has been brought against Mr Amaral for his alleged libellous comments in his book "The Truth of the Lie".
It is interesting that Kate McCann, who considers herself the most aggrieved by Amaral's comments, will not be giving evidence herself.  By keeping herself out of the witness box she will also save having to answer any questions.  As the case revolves around the disappearance of Maddie and her possible fate some questions could have been very searching.  It makes one wonder if this is why Kate McCann has decided not to testify!
We think she would have gained more support from the public had she faced Mr Amaral across the Court and given him the opportunity of defending himself against his accuser.
Like many others we are looking forward to the outcome of the hearing.

Added at later date
We are watching the accounts of the trial, and the various comments being made on the McCanns behalf in evidence. We have now read that Kate had suicidal thoughts in the past due to Maddies disappearance, but rather surprised that this has not been reported before during all the interviews and publicity there has been. Surely such evidence would be better, and carry more weight, if she took to the witness box herself? Is there possibly some reason that the McCanns do not want their evidence challenged in cross examination? WHERE DOES THE TRUTH LIE, with Amaral and the Portuguese Police or with the McCanns and the alleged abductot? We hope the waiting will be soon over, and the truth of little Maddies fate will be known. 

Thursday, 1 August 2013


Some weeks ago it was widely reported that the British Police on the case had 38 suspects that they wished to interview.  Since then time has passed, the publicity has been repeated and we now learn that Officers from the UK will soon be travelling to Portugal to continue the investigations.

In the meantime, we wonder what those 38 people have been doing, in the light of the fact that they may be taken into custody sometime in the future.   Presuming that of the 38, only one or two would be connected with the alleged Maddie abduction, those one or two would be making themselves pretty scarce.   Maybe they have been given too much warning and the chance of the Police finding them may well lead to a wild goose chase to the nether parts of the World.

We wonder what "evidence", if any, the Police hope to find, or will it just be some "opportunistic", "circumstantial", "you were there at the time" evidence that any decent defence lawyer will be able to drive a tank through?  The evidence was in and around the flat at the time of Maddies disappearance.    The Portuguese Police were presented with forensic evidence, witness statements, and enough circumstantial evidence and other facts to conclude everything there and then.   The main man, Detective Amaral was discharged from the case!     The full reason for his removal has never been explained, although pressure from "high places" has been mooted.   It makes one wonder, if the British Police get close to a solution, will they suffer the same ignominy?   Let's wait and see!

Saturday, 27 July 2013


Ever since the Madeleine saga began on that evening in May 2007, on the sidelines and in the background have been a number of people in the upper echelons of UK politics.

It had to happen!

Clarence Mitchell, an ex BBC Reporter, who has acted as the McCann's spokesperson for the past 6 years has now chosen to get involved in "real" politics.  He has been selected as the Conservative (no surprise there) Candidate for the constituency of Brighton and Hove.   Of course, he does assert that whilst he is seeking his political fortunes, he will still continue his work for the McCann's, "when required".   Does he maybe hope that there is a chance of his being released from his promotional duties with them?  A Blessed relief possibly?

The McCanns are still managing to maintain a presence in the UK Press, but with such uninteresting headlines as the news of Clarence's future, maybe people will become less interested in the continuing story of Maddie and her parents.

All the rather "non-news" of late makes one wonder if it is the lull before the storm and that we are shortly to get something really positive regarding the on-going investigation.  An arrest maybe?  Or possibly some tragic and worse news?   We wait . . . . . . . . . whilst the clock ticks on.

Monday, 22 July 2013


This from the Delaware Times USA (July 9th 2013):

Times Columnist

In past columns, I have championed Don Imus keeping his job, defended Barry Bonds’ achievements and stood up for the falsely accused Duke lacrosse players long before it was “fashionable” for the media to do so. I even opined that Paris Hilton was wrongly jailed, receiving unfair treatment because she was a celebrity.

But no matter how much I try, I simply cannot find anything worth defending about British couple Gerry and Kate McCann.

The McCanns, for a reason that wholly escapes me, have been worldwide media darlings since their then-3-year-old daughter, Madeleine, disappeared from a Portuguese resort in 2007. A disappearance, mind you, that was 100 percent preventable had Maddy’s parents — both well-to-do physicians — not left her alone, along with her twin 2-year-old siblings, in a ground-floor unlocked apartment not once, but repeatedly, while they sampled the local paella far from their children.

Such gross negligence should have made them pariahs, but instead, their vaunted PR machine fashioned them into something akin to “heroic victims.”

Over the years, they have raised millions, engendered the support of (misguided) icons such David Beckham and J.K. Rowling, had a private audience with the Pope, met with high-ranking staff of then-First Lady Laura Bush, wrote a book, and otherwise lavished in the limelight as globetrotting celebrities.

Along the way, lawsuits have been threatened against anyone who dared question the McCanns’ complicity in their daughter’s fate, despite significant inconsistencies in their stories. Quite sickeningly, their actual search for Maddy all too often seemed like an afterthought, as it was much cooler to hang with stars and dignitaries than do the grunt work.

Yet for all the baggage that should accompany them, their star power still shines bright, as the Scotland Yard, upon the direction of Prime Minister David Cameron himself, just re-opened the investigation, citing new leads and “persons of interest.”

Really? After six years and millions of British taxpayers’ money later, they finally have persons of interest?

Aren’t there laws on the books in Britain against child endangerment? Reckless behavior? Negligence? And to those who say Britain can’t prosecute for a crime committed overseas, you can’t have it both ways, as British investigators are reaching out across Europe in a (likely ill-fated) attempt to interrogate and possibly have suspects arrested in other countries.

It seems increasingly clear that McCann case is no longer about what happened to a little girl, but an attempt — some say cover-up — to absolve “upstanding Brits” of any responsibility, conveniently blaming Portugal, the poor man of Europe, for a botched investigation and overall ineptness.

Looking past the gushing pro-McCann headlines, many the world over believe the parents, accidentally or otherwise, were directly responsible for Maddy’s fate. I certainly cannot make that claim, though Gerry and Kate would seem to be guilty of child endangerment. That said, there remain inconsistencies which, to this day, remain unanswered.

Therefore, if Scotland Yard wishes to retain its legendary reputation, it needs to investigate the case from Square One, objectively, free from outside influence. No sacred cows, and no one off the table. And the only way to do that is to start with Gerry and Kate, (and their friends who accompanied them that fateful night), forcing the parents to answer tough questions. The taxpayers, and those who have so faithfully followed this saga for so long, deserve no less.

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to ask the following:

1.) Will the McCanns and their friends take lie-detectors tests? While not guaranteed, they’re a good barometer. If there is nothing to hide, releasing the results would be a public relations boon, and the investigation could center on Madeleine — for a change.

2.) What time was Madeleine discovered missing? Was it 9 o’clock, as Kate states, or 10 o’clock as others report, and why the discrepancy? How long did it take for anyone to initially call the police, as there are reports of a significant delay. Kate stated that the shutters were forced open, but the police and hotel staff said there was no evidence of tampering. And Kate, why, upon discovering that your daughter was missing, did you return to the restaurant, leaving the 2-year-old twins alone (again!), while a predator could still have been lurking nearby?

3.) Kate yelled, “They’ve taken her”, but how did she know Madeleine was abducted? After all, the doors were unlocked, and Madeleine was known to sleepwalk.

Or perhaps this little girl just happened to awaken, scared,in a dark, unfamiliar place, and looked for the comfort of her parents. Not seeing them, might she have walked out the unlocked door to find them? And when Kate initially yelled “they” took her, to whom was she referring?

4.) The resort was extremely child-friendly. Why not use its inexpensive baby-sitting services? Some reports state that the McCanns did not want the children to be around people with whom they were unfamiliar. Yet, the same people who ran the day camp the children attended were also the baby sitters. And how could “strangers” be any worse than leaving three young children (with a combined age of 7) alone in an unlocked apartment?

5.) How often did the parents check the children before Madeleine went missing? Every hour, half-hour, or not at all? (The statements of the resort staff differ markedly from the McCanns). Since the room was a considerable distance away from the restaurant, and its view blocked, how could the McCanns compare that “secure arrangement” to eating in their backyard garden?

6.) During a BBC interview, Kate was adamant that the children would not awaken while she and Gerry were dining. Yet, since Madeleine reportedly had a history of sleepwalking, how could Kate be so sure of this?

7.) How many nights did the McCanns dine out while leaving the children alone? What were the distances of those restaurants from their room? Were any away from the hotel?

8.) How much money raised has actually has been allocated to the physical search for Madeleine? A thorough and independent forensic audit should be conducted.

9.) In an earlier interview, the McCanns stated, “Looking at it from where we are now, I don’t feel we were irresponsible, I feel we are very responsible parents.” Do they still feel that way?

10.) Assume that the police dog was accurate in its detection of death in the room, and the death was that of Madeleine. Why then would the perpetrator take away a dead child?

At a minimum, these questions are a logical starting point to get to the bottom of Madeleine’s disappearance.

As a wise man once said, lies reveal more than they conceal. If Scotland Yard does its job, perhaps we shall put that saying to the test.

Chris Freind is an independent commentator who operates He can be reached at His column appears every Wednesday."

Sunday, 7 July 2013


The latest news to hit the Maddie Headlines is that the Police are now theorising that there is a large gang at work in the business of child stealing.   It has only taken 6 years to propose this theory, which was probably considered at the time of the incident, and discarded!

Is this a case of  "let's confuse the public as to exactly what we are doing"?     Or  maybe to put one or two individuals off their guard, thinking that they are now in the clear?

Well, having now made this dramatic statement, we should see action, arrests and prosecutions in the very near future, shouldn't we?

Friday, 5 July 2013


The latest reports from the British Police investigating the Maddie disappearance tell us that they have now have "positive" information and wish to interview 38 "possible suspects".  That is one for each of the Officers on the case plus one spare!  Apparently the McCanns and their friends are not included in the list and are presumably being considered as innocent bystanders.

From all the information we have read in the Press, on the Internet or have gained from conversations with other interested people, we all have our own theories as to what happened on that day in May, six years ago.

We have the blood on the wall and floor, the cadaver in the wardrobe, the missing tennis holdall, the cadaver in the hire car, the statements of various people around at the time, the body language of people interviewed on TV and the dramatic action and appeals started within almost minutes of the event.  We have read Amaral's book and a few others from different journalists, we have watched the McCanns constant fund raising and efforts at creating World-wide publicity.  The result so far - zilch - apart from another long list of "people who could be involved".

As the Police are aware the vast majority of abductions are carried out by relatives or acquaintances of the family.  A few for monetary gain and a few to satisfy a couples want for a child.  To keep a child, such as Maddie, out of the public arena for such a long period of time is quite unusual.   With all the publicity an abductor seeking monetary gain would realise that the chances of succeeding now would be nigh impossible.  There is therefore only one conclusion to draw.

We think that the Police may put a little bit of a twist in the tail of their investigations.

This case meeds to be brought to a conclusion without further delay.

Friday, 21 June 2013


Further reports in the Press since the last post have not shown any positive change in the situation and the Police are still considering the 20 people they, reportedly, want to "speak to".  

We are surprised that since that fateful day in May, the rest of the McCann's holiday party, known as the Tapas Seven, have been remarkably quiet.   They were there at the time of the alleged abduction and one would have thought that they would be high on the list of people to interview, in order to bring forward any little point or matter they had previously missed, that could throw additional light on the happenings.  Apparently the Police think otherwise.

We are also surprised that the Seven have not been sought out by the Press!   Surely there is a story there somewhere that would be of interest to anyone following this high profile case?  Again, apparently not so!

Sunday, 19 May 2013


Sunday Express, 19 May 2013, reveals that a "key" witness states that a middle aged couple entered the McCann flat to comfort Maddie when she was crying, on the evening before her abduction.  Apparently this is "new" and "significant" evidence, even many years after the event, and probably yet another clutch at straws!   It seems the McCanns were, as usual, wining and dining after having left the children alone and unsupervised.   The resident upstairs stated that Maddie's crying could be heard on most evenings when the parents were out.  The lady has since  unfortunately died, but she did make a statement at the time. 

It is amazing - how did the "middle aged couple" who have now entered the scene,  get into the flat to comfort the child?  Or is that a bit of mis-reporting, or was the apartment actually left insecure?

The Police now have 20 people they wish to "interview", so what have they been doing so far in the months they have had available?  37 times NO-A-LOT it seems.

It is a well know fact that the vast majority of crime against children, including abduction, is perpetrated by family, close friends or people known to the family.   As unbelievable as it may seem, the crime of child abduction is rarely carried out by strangers.

In our opinion a re-enactment of the crime, the return of detective Amaral and his team, and a re- assessment of the forensic and other evidence obtained at the time, is the only way forward.

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Today's Daily Express headlines the Madeleine disappearance yet again, with what appears to be an exclusive break-through in the investigation.

After having read the whole article we find that it is just a lot of hot (or more like tepid) air with no positive news regarding any developments in the case.  Rather it seems to be trying to justify the efforts of the 37 Police Officers employed on the job and saying that the person or persons responsible must be out there somewhere, and they will be searching through their files to eliminate suspects from their investigations.   Putting it bluntly the message seems to be, "We are no further on than we were 12 months ago, but will continue!"  

Their hope appears to centre on the recent discovery of the three women in America who were abducted and found alive after almost 10 years of imprisonment in their abductor's house.  

Or is there some hidden message in this latest report,  especially as they now appear to be trying to move the case back to its origin in Portugal?

Sunday, 5 May 2013


We have no excuse for echoing the front page headline from today's Sunday Express where the former suspect Robert Murat suggests that the episode surrounding Maddie's alleged abduction should be replayed on the original stage, in and around the apartment of the Holiday Complex from where she disappeared.
The Portuguese Police also need to become involved in any reconstruction with Detective Amaral being recalled to lead the investigation team.
ALL the evidence including that provided by the British dogs and the Forensic team needs re-examining, as does that of all the witnesses to any pertinent event.
The rest of those on Holiday with the McCanns, who have all been remarkably quiet since that fateful day, need to play their part and speak out giving every detail they are able without fear of recrimination should they add further to their original statements.

The case must be resolved and those responsible brought to book if found.  It cannot be allowed to continue ad infinitum.

Friday, 3 May 2013


Six years ago today, in Praia da Luz, in The Algarve of Portugal,  an exclamation by Kate McCann from the balcony of a rented holiday apartment, sparked off one of the biggest and most expensive man hunts ever.
Many of us have read, in detail, the various accounts and theories as to Madeleine McCann's disappearance and the alleged abduction by a person or persons, as yet unknown.  We have seen the attempts made by various agencies, the Portuguese Police, a Spanish Detective Agency, Ex UK Police Detectives, Leicestershire Police and now the resources of Scotland Yard, to find a solution to the mystery.  Achievement so far - NOTHING POSITIVE.
Due to interference by UK Government the Portuguese Detective who was making progress with the case was removed from his task.   Perhaps this was the biggest mistake that was made.   Many are convinced that had Detective Amaral remained on the case it would now just be part of history.

Many people also regard the Parents of Madeleine as being responsible for their child's disappearance by leaving them totally unattended and without supervision when they went off with their friends to eat, drink and be merry.  

Everyone feels sorry for Madeleine and, naturally, hope she will be found one day.  
Very little sympathy is felt for the McCann parents who many consider were, by their actions, a contributing factor to their own loss.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

£4.5 million and RISING

It is reported today that bill for the Scotland Yard Police put on the Maddie case in May, 2011 has now risen to £4.5 million, and with more to come.   There has been no positive result so far, as the sixth anniversary of the crime looms on 3rd May.
How much more will be spent on what appears to be a fruitless exercise?  
If Maddie is in the hands of abductors it is unlikely they would allow her anywhere that she could be recognised, and would also take every step to disguise her.   By now Maddie herself would probably have been conditioned to the life style of her abductors and could well have forgotten her previous existence prior to 3 May 2007.  A positive DNA test would be the only evidence of her identity, and it would certainly be very difficult for her to integrate back into her own family.
Assuming that she is still alive, there is an argument for her to be left with her abductors and hope that she has  a good and fruitful life in her new environment.

Saturday, 20 April 2013


Kate McCann is apparently participating in the London Marathon.  On the Daybreak Program she did mention a number of recent injuries that she said may affect her performance.

Kate managed the 26 miles and a few yards in around 4 hours, so a reasonable performance for a 45 year old!  In doing so she raised over £20,000 for lost persons charity.  

100 REASONS WHY . . . . . . .

Maybe it is time to go back a couple of years, closer to the time that Madeleine was allegedly abducted, and have a new look at some of the "evidence" of the time.   A good place to start would be the article "100 REASONS WHY MADELEINE McCANN WAS NOT ABDUCTED"  .  Check it out and see what you decide.

All credits for reproduction to the Author.

Thursday, 18 April 2013


According to the aforementioned member of the Tabloid Press, there are still 30+ Scotland Yard  Police Officers working on the Madeleine McCann case.  The cost to the taxpayer must now run into MILLIONS and for what?  There has not been ONE POSITIVE REPORT of any findings leading to the arrest or prosecution of any known or unknown suspect.   In fact the only person they seem to want to blame the abduction on is a poor old man who died some time ago in a German hospital.  

Why must we go on paying for all this?  The McCann's have had the Portuguese Police on the case, but got rid of the main Investigator; maybe because he was a getting little too close to the truth.  Then it was the un-brilliant services of Metodo 3, from Spain who took the money everyone had donated but achieved absolutely nothing.  Then a couple of ex cops from the UK who were paid handsomely but got nowhere with their investigations.   The UK Police, now on the case, are doing little no better, so one must ask whether it is still worth throwing more money after what seems to be a lost cause?

One idea could be to get 500 or 1,000 people to go to Luz armed with shovels and start digging, on the beach or wherever the inclination takes them.

I always recall the words, "I feel closest to M..... when I am by the rocks on the beach."

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Front Page articles from Daily Express, Wednesday, 17th. April 2013, being the day of the Ceremonial Funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

Apart from the Maddie picture on the cover, Kate McCann is now the "Page Three Girl" as the whole page is taken up with an article. . . . . . 

One would have thought that even Madeleine's parents would have given the funeral the respect it deserved without, once again, reminding us of Madeleine's demise.    

As usual the McCann's are "cashing" in on someone else's event - and the day of a Funeral for an ex Prime Minister  should have been kept sacrosanct, no matter what one thought about her.

We think it is time for the McCanns to get on with life. 

What do you think? 

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Detective Amaral's Book has never been published in English, however much of the evidence and much information about the alleged abduction is available here:

Many people feel that the case should be completely reopened and to this effect there is a Petition for just such action.  Its objects can be seen here, and you may sign the Petition should you desire:

Thursday, 21 March 2013


I am a regular visitor to Portugal and have been holidaying in The Algarve for 40 years.  When I am there, around the towns and villages, in the cafes, on the beach, in the swimming pools and in the hotels, one sees hundreds, if not thousands, of small blonde girls, any of whom could be mistaken for Madeleine.
With this in mind, it makes me wonder why someone went to such measures to abduct a small child like Maddie, when there must have been easier opportunities to do so anywhere on the Algarve.   And why in such a small place where their possibilities for escape by road was rather limited.   Maybe Maddie never left Praia da Luz at the hands of an abductor?

Sunday, 3 March 2013


I haven't posted on the Blog for some time as very little seems to be happening and there is just no POSITIVE news about the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance.   However, there has been reports of "sightings" in various parts of the World, the latest being a "positive" sighting in Cyprus of a family with a child that resembled Maddie, even down to the eye defect.


I am sure that any innocent adult, or family, would only be too keen to co-operate!   So far no one seems to have bothered to take action until it is much too late and another sighting of Maddie just finishes up as a piece of non news.

Which leads me to believe that all the publicity being bandied about is nothing more than total