Sunday, 30 December 2007
Saturday, 29 December 2007
Mr Wilkins said he saw no man carrying a child or Jane Tanner herself. "It was a very narrow path and I think it would have been almost impossible for anyone to walk by without me noticing," he said, months ago.Jes Wilkins disappeared and never talked to the Media, again. No journalist tried to find him. Recently, his wife came forward, following indications from Clarence Mitchell, and wrote a column in the Guardian, defending the McCann: "I have always believed that Kate and Gerry McCann are innocent," Miss O'Donnell wrote in the article.
Jo Wheeler lives in Portugal with her husband and five children, and commutes to the UK-based Sky News Centre in Isleworth on a weekly basis to present the weather. Because of this, she acted as a live reporter in Praia da Luz during the initial coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann before journalists arrived from London. Jo Wheeler said the search for the missing girl has been "absolutely astounding".
Now, I will quote Mr. Martin Brunt, from his blog “A Life of Crime”:
“I've tried so hard to avoid it, but I think I'm getting drawn into the McCann conspiracy theories industry. Weeks ago I asked their man Clarence Mitchell why the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared was registered to an owner called McCann. I had to pester him for an answer, which only added to my suspicion that it was Gerry and Kate's second home and for some reason they had pretended it was a holiday rental. We finally nailed it. The place belongs to a Ruth McCann, a teacher in Liverpool (where Kate is from), who inherited it from her late husband. She told us she was no relation to Madeleine's family and hoped she wouldn't be pestered after my inquiry (...) The chance of the McCanns renting a holiday home from someone of the same name is 7,500-to-one. That also means that there were probably three people called McCann at the Bruce Springsteen concert at the 23,000-seat O2 arena in Greenwich last night.”
What would be the chances of so many people connected to TV and Media being present at Ocean Club, on May 3, the night Madeleine Beth disappeared?
Thursday, 27 December 2007
Monday, 24 December 2007
EDITORIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MADELEINE MCCANN:
WHERE TRUTH LIES - A CASH FOR COMMENTS SCANDAL
A number of weeks ago BBC News 24 announced that the 'Head of Media Monitoring and Analysis' was to review that day's papers. Her name was Julia Hobsbawm. Now we know that the 'Head of Media Monitoring and Analysis' at that time was Clarence Mitchell - but the BBC misled the British Public by suggesting a government official was to review that day's papers. Naturally Julia Hobsbawm embarked on a not so loquacious rant saying that the very idea of the McCanns being involved in Madeleine’s disappearance was plainly ridiculous. "It is time this country asked questions of the Portuguese police and Portugal itself, else we won’t go on there on holiday any more", she said. But Julia Hobsbawm is not a government official. Julia Hobsbawm is an independent PR consultant with deep New Labour Links. She was also a partner in Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications with Sarah Macaulay, now known as Sarah Brown, the wife of British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown (continue)
A STORY FOR CHRISTMAS
The summer of 1990 was a particularly hot one, even by Algarve standards. I had sold a lot of the household possessions emanating from a broken relationship, in order to finance the kindling for a NEW one, by accompanying a young lady to Albufeira for a weeks sojourn. Cold ‘Sagres‘, Frango and huge surfer waves rolling in on ‘Fisherman’s Beach’ are just a few of the most enduring memories I have of that holiday. Alas, on a personal level, true love spectacularly failed to blossom on that occasion. However, what DID bloom was a deep and rewarding love affair with the country of Portugal and its people, some of whom I deem very close and consider as my family, that not only lasts to this day but is an important part of my life. Of course, I am not unique in falling for its charms; several million of my fellow countrymen visit Portugal every year, especially the Algarve. Since that hot summer I have returned to Portugal many times and visited many places there, and have always been struck by the genuine warmth, integrity, courtesy and generosity of the Portuguese, qualities that I consider to be generic to the race as a whole. (continue)
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Monday, 17 December 2007
Thursday, 13 December 2007
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Friday, 7 December 2007
British Government wants a quick end
The British Government may deny authorization for further questioning of the McCann couple, and suggest instead that formal charges are brought against them, as a way to force a quick end for the case. This possibility was considered as “strong”, yesterday, by sources close to the legal advisers of the McCann, while UK Media referred the British Government involvement in the investigation as a reason for Portuguese police to fear further political interference. Clarence Mitchell, then adviser in the Prime-Minister's Office, revealed on June that Gerry McCann and Gordon Brown had regular phone contacts and it was the British Prime-Minister pressure, allegedly, that took Portuguese police to issue a description of a suspect seen carrying a child, on the night Madeleine vanished. Request for these kind of interviews would be granted almost immediately but, as the Daily Express put it, “everyone is aware this is a very special case for many reasons” and Portuguese police “have been aware of a political shadow hanging over it.”
After PJ and Leicester Police met, last week, the McCann legal team requested access to the files of this case in the possession of British police, in order to be allowed to refute the evidence contained in the files given to British police and the results of the specific investigations that took place in UK. The lawyers advised the McCann not to came back to Portugal, as formal suspects, and they are planning to argue that, with the new Portuguese Penal Code, it would not be possible to name the McCann as formal suspects, with the existing evidence.
The work of the British Police special team that was at Praia da Luz, in August, was videotaped from beginning to the end, and copies of those videos were sent to Forensic Science Service. PJ detectives that followed those searches, with Keela and Eddie, the two specially trained dogs from South Yorkshire Police, had “every single detail of those operations recorded on video, including the collection of the samples sent to FSS”, according to a source from the Public Prosecutor's Office. “News from British Media about cigarette ashes found in those samples are just fabrication”, a source from FSS confirmed: “The samples we received were very small and with a high degree of contamination by house cleaning products, but we were able to get a good amount of results.”
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Clarence Mitchell told British Media that McCann lawyers were now examining carefully the content of the book. In the book, Manuel Catarino wrote that Madeleine's case is a story that begins in London, where “the official truth was conspired and established: an English girl was kidnapped in the Algarve.” The Sun classified the book as “another sensational attack from the Portuguese media.”
Thursday, 6 December 2007
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007 : “Moroccan man threats” (Secondary headline from a main story about the McCann first TV interview)
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “THE parents of a Madeleine McCann lookalike who was the victim of a kidnap bid are to be quizzed by private detectives”
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007: “A 30 years old man, from Morocco, threatened to kidnap the three year old daughter of a woman who rents a coffee-shop at Fonte de Luzeiros, between Silves and São Bartolomeu de Messines.”
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “Blue-eyed blonde Carolina Santos, three, was snatched by a Moroccan-looking man four months before Maddie vanished (...) Carolina 's parents Abel and Lina (...) were working in their cafe at Fonte Louzeiros when Carolina vanished last Christmas Day. They spotted her with the stranger 300 yards away. When they caught up he fled. Lina said: "If we hadn't come out at that moment I don't know what would have happened."
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “Carolina 's parents Abel and Lina offered to help cops two weeks after Maddie, four, disappeared but were never questioned.”
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007 : “Lina Carreira filed a complaint with GNR from Silves, the next day, and was contacted yesterday by investigators from Polícia Judiciária, to whom she told what happened.”
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “It is feared Maddie may have been snatched to order and taken to Morocco. Metodo 3 said: 'This could be relevant."
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007 : “Talking with local residents, DN found that the man in question is a street seller and a well known trouble maker.”
Now, a simple question to NEIL SYSON and VERONICA LORRAINE, from The Sun: How much are you being paid to do this?
A phone call between Gerry McCann and Russel O'Brien, on June 10, in Portugal, got a special attention from PJ. Gerry has told Police, before, that both of them where close to Praia da Luz but technical data from the mobile antennas indicated that there was a distance of 25 km between the two callers. Searches in abandoned buildings in the area produced a towel with blood stains and fibres that were found also in the boot of the Renault Scenic rented by the McCann family.
The existence of contacts between Robert Murat and the so called Tapas Group was another conclusion of the meeting. Investigations in UK unveiled solid evidence that Gerry McCann and Robert Murat paths have crossed even before the family from Rothley came to Portugal. Questioned by journalists, in May, Gerry McCann refuse to confirm if he knew Murat.
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Monday, 3 December 2007
A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up (...)
Thursday, 29 November 2007
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Wednesday, 28 November 2007
– ThisIsLondon, November 26, 2007.
"Maddy's in perfect hiding place..alive"
– Daily Mirror, November 26, 2007.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned
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“We have been preoccupied with preparation for our audience with the Pope tomoorow morning. This morning was spent acquiring some appropriate dress for the meeting since we had only holiday clothes with us in Portugal. Clarence has been inundated with calls regarding the visit to Rome and done most of the organisation behind the scenes."
What Mr. Edward Smethurst forget to mention is the fact that the twins had the hair cut on May 25, less than a month after Madeleine vanished. Gerry McCann wrote it, in his blog. There is no limit to the lack of inteligence of people supporting the McCann. And Kate's hair is the same size as it was, on May...
Friday, 23 November 2007
“Today, the McCanns were in Amsterdam for the first time since 2004, when they lived in the city for a year. Holding a poster of their daughter at a packed press conference, Mr McCann said: "It is particularly sad for Kate and I to come back for the first time and not to come back with Madeleine who spent a year here with us.”
"It is very emotional, we have fond memories of our year in Amsterdam. We have a lot of good friends here who have been working behind the scenes to help us. We have come to the Netherlands today with a very specific objective.”
"After British and German tourists, the largest group of nationals who make up the tourists in the Algarve are the Dutch. Mr McCann insisted there was a logic behind the trips they have made in the last week.”
"We are not going to go to every country in Europe. We are not selling a book, we are not pop stars, we have come here for a very specific reason. Mrs McCann said: "We are amateurs in this. There are very few people who will have to go through anything as painful as this."
Daily Mail, 12th September 2007
“The McCanns have issued a challenge to Portuguese police investigating Madeleine's disappearance saying:
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Thursday, 22 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCann family, made an appeal to anyone who thinks he saw Madeleine to call only Metodo 3 hotline. A new witness called Metodo 3, a few days ago and said he saw Madeleine on May 5, in a small city 100 miles from Algarve. Some British newspapers identified the person who allegedly took Madeleine to Silves as Murat's girlfriend.
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Metodo 3, a Spanish private detectives company, was hired by the McCann to found evidence that Madeleine was kidnapped. The director of Metodo 3, Francisco Marco, told BBC that he knows who kidnapped Madeleine and also where she is, now. Francisco Marco also told British Media he is “100 % sure” Madeleine is alive.
Monday, 19 November 2007
The decision to name the McCann as “arguidos” - formal suspects - was taken by the Public Prosecutor's Office magistrate, Mr. Magalhães e Menezes, following a suggestion from Polícia Judiciária and based on evidence collected by that police force. The McCann were named formal suspects on September 7 and went back to UK the next day.
"I don't think it was the McCanns' fault. I was left with the impression the whole thing was a PR exercise to get sympathy at a time when Kate was under increasing scrutiny."
“Everyone I know who had been to Portugal with their children said it was very family friendly, and it did feel like that,” says Kate. “If I’d had to think for one second about it, it wouldn’t have happened. I never even had to think like that, to make the decision. It felt so safe that I didn’t even have to – I mean, I don’t think we took a risk. If I put the children in the car the chances of having an accident would be greater than somebody coming in, breaking into your apartment and lifting a child out of her bed. But you never think, I shouldn’t put the children in the car.”
Ian Woods: Looking back, I mean, did you see anything suspicious in the days leading up to her abduction? Did you notice anything? Have you been racking your brains to try and think whether people might have been watching?
Kate McCann: We didn’t
Gerry McCann: If we did we wouldn’t tell you [laughs] because it may be important information but we didn’t. You know, it was such a relaxing holiday. In fact as a family unit, up until that night, I know for friends who were here and certainly for us, it was as good a holiday as we have had with the children – up until that point.
“Mr McCann said that, before Madeleine went missing, he and his wife had been concerned by the security at the back of their Praia da Luz apartment when "maybe the weak spots were at the front".
"It's a corner flat with trees overlooking it - somebody could be hiding there or watching out of view," he said. He added: "I've no doubt that Madeleine was targeted and that makes us sick to the core to think that someone was watching us and our daughter and then targeted her - I think the true word is a predator. But you just don't think there's any trouble and it's certainly the furthest thing from our mind."
Sunday, 18 November 2007
- Madeleine McCann spotted in Portugal
- Bosnian police confirms – Blond girl from Medjugorje is not Madeleine
- Philomena McCann: Madeleine could have been snatched by a Saudi paedophile
- Madeleine McCann spotted in Bosnia
- Metodo 3 confirms: Madeline is alive and in Morocco
- Spanish detectives: A Portuguese paedophile kidnapped Maddie
- Seventh witness claims she saw Madeleine in Morocco
- McCanns: 'Important clues suggest Madeleine will be found in Spain'
- Police asked Interpol to investigate witnesses that claim they saw Madeleine
- Madeleine: New hope for McCanns as kidnapped American girl 'is found safe in Morocco'
- Investigators scour Morocco after 10 'sightings' of Madeleine with 60-year-old woman
- Clara Torres: If it's nor Madeleine, it's her twin sister”...
- Fourth witness says she saw Madeleine in Morocco
- Possible sighting of Madeleine McCann in Tongres (*), Belgium
- Alípio Ribeiro, head of Portuguese CID: Antonio Toscano's informations “don't deserve particular credibility” to Police
- False alarm on flight from Switzerland
- 11 'sightings' of Madeleine in Malta - but police investigations draw a blank
- Ray Roberts, who says he saw Madeleine in Malta, never contacted local police
- Portuguese police received the "Dutch Maps"
- Report sent to British Police by Mrs. Mari Olli about Madeleine's sighting in Morocco
Francisco Franco, the director of Metodo, 3 told Daily Mail their investigators are “very, very close to finding her kidnappers”. The witness, who called Metodo 3 hotline, said she saw a man similar to the description made by Jane Tanner in a city 100 miles from Algarve, with Madeleine McCann inside a white van.
"Mr and Mrs McCann have also revealed that they are considering releasing a cover version of Bryan Adams' hit song Everything I Do, I Do It For You to raise money for their campaign. Mr McCann said: "That song, at the minute, best reflects how Kate and I feel emotionally and how determined we are to continue searching for Madeleine."
"A bit like the balloons, it's to remind everyone 50 days on that Madeleine is still missing. In three months' time, if she is still missing, we'll still be there and we'll still be looking for her." The McCanns, who are both doctors, said they had no intention of giving up the search and currently had no plans to return to work in the UK."
Mail on Sunday, June 22, 2007
Saturday, 17 November 2007
“Moura discovered that the routine of the McCanns and their friends was always the same. “They all had dinner at the same time every night,” Moura said. “They all left their children in apartments - unsupervised and alone. This was a pattern that went on for five days.”
“The McCanns also claimed that they could see the corner apartment where they were staying from the restaurant, but Moura said a large wall covered with a hedge blocks the view. The parents claim they checked on their children every half-hour - the girl was discovered missing at 10 p.m. - but Moura said witnesses told him only one person - the tallest man of the group and not her parents - got up from the table.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Daily Mail, November 14, 2007
“The McCanns are also considering using the fund to hire a team of investigators in France and Spain (...) ‘Previously there were sightings all over the world, which gave Gerry and Kate hope of finding their daughter. Recently, since the police focused on Gerry and Kate, these have stopped. We want the new campaign to encourage people to keep looking.”
John Corner, Amelie’s godfather and PR consultant (Times Online, September 16, 2007)
Daily Mail, September 16, 2007
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
“The accusations against the Portuguese judicial system and Polícia Judiciária are totally groundless and even contradictory to what the English Government and Police have been saying”, Mr. Pinto Monteiro, the head of Portuguese Public Prosecutor's Office, told Gazeta Digital, when asked to comment about the content of a letter sent on behalf of Mr. Roger Knapman, an English member of European Parliament, about Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
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All the threads discussing the letter sent on behalf of Roger Knapman, a British member of European Parliament, to a constituent that raised several questions concerning Madeleine's case, in the Mirror's Forum, have been deleted "by Admin at the highest level and we have been asked to remove any threads that re-post copies of the Emails or discuss them in any detail", according to a post from the moderators of Mirror's Forum: "Moderators can't give you any more information about why this action was taken as we don't know at this stage."
Mr. Roger Knapman aknowledged, in a letter sent on his behalf, that “British police and intelligence services have long had a better grip on the facts” concerning Madeleine McCann disappearance “than the Portuguese police”. Asked to comment the content of the letter, send on his behalf by his assistant, Piers Merchant, Mr. Roger Kapman told Sky News: "It sounds fair enough. Piers has very carefully investigated this matter and responded on my behalf."
“In any event I think you can rest assured that the British police and intelligence services have long had a better grip on the facts of this case than the Portuguese police”, says a letter sent on behalf of Roger Knapman, a British member of European Parliament, to a constituent that raised several questions concerning the case.
Monday, 12 November 2007
Lawyer from “Tapas 1”: “The lobby surrounding the McCann is frightening” (Full story from "El Mundo", November 11, 2007)
“My client must keep secret what he can do help the search for the truth and this is not due to the law secrecy in Portugal. That is is quite revealing of the strange circumstances around this case”, says the lawyer of one of the two McCann friends that were at Tapas Bar, on the night of May 3, and decided to have a close cooperation with Police, as “El Mundo” published, last Tuesday. “He is not afraid of the McCann but the economic and political lobby that exists, around that couple, frightens any person.”
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