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  1. Textusa I replied to your comment but don't think it got through which you said the DM was implying that if GA sued the McCanns he would win. GA has always demonstrated a personality that suggests that while his preference is for a quiet life if you poke the bear you get a response. He continued diligently investigating the case dispite the great pressures he was under but when he saw the British police blatantly prevert the course of justice he gave an interview highlighting this. When he was removed from the case he went back to other duties and made a decision to put it behind him but the vile comments made about him and his team he wrote the truth of the lie to defend him and his teams reputation. When he overturned the book ban and the McCanns took the ridiculous damages action he refused to settle out of court again I think to defend his reputation and the reputation of the investigation. Currently he is keeping a low profile but it seems the British press want to poke the bear once more and force a reaction by suggesting he now sue the McCanns. Wouldn't another court case just serve to reinforce the impression among the public that this is just between GA and the McCanns and them alone

    1. Anonymous 19 Apr 2017, 22:12:00,

      You raise a very interesting point and we thank you.

      Yes, it could be to dismiss the affair as a personal feud between Mr Amaral and the McCanns and so taking attention away from everyone else.

      However, firstly we hope you agree with us that those who really seek a grain of truth in this sort of article are morons, stupid, idiots, blockheads, dimwits, dingbats, dolts, dopes, dorks, dumbbells, dummies, dunces, fools, ignoramuses, imbeciles, loonies, simpletons, addlepates, halfwits, lamebrains and mental defective people (yes, we googled). We hope you also agree that reason or logic cause severe rashes in these people and when put together can be fatal to them.

      There’s so many eggs one has to use in a pudding and never rotten ones.

      Just look at the eggs they’ve been using.

      Has anyone, except the above mentioned, believed Edgar?

      Is anyone, except the above mentioned, minimally convinced that rape was widespread in Luz, and even if that was so, which wasn’t as no nanny referred to it in 2007, where does the taking of a 4 yr old fit with that?

      We will throw in another food for thought, without invalidating yours: could this be a retaliation against the Portuguese, the Algarve and Praia da Luz in particular for what may be coming?

    2. Agree entirely with your description of those who seek a grain of truth in the rubbish we have been fed. I did think that the rapes allegation was a terrible slure against the portugueses and could have been interpreted a threat about what they would do to their tourist industry should they insist in forcing SY to reveal the whole truth. However I think that anybody who would be put off visiting Portugal based on the ridiculous story of rape attacks on nannies in PDL fits into that description also

    To be shown April 23
    Pat Brown is interviewed
    Also says lead investigator with photo of GA
    Maybe it features old interviews with GA, not live interview.
    Who knows what it's going to conclude!

  3. Regarding the cancellation of the Madeleine trademark in the it possible that the intention is to open the possibility of a Madeleine movie...when all is done and dusted?

  4. Your blog is the only blog that gives me any hope that there will be justice eventually. I imagine the silence from OG and PJ is because any leak could corrupt a future court case, the following is an interesting little Portuguese news clip from 2016 with English subtitles which states all lines of enquiry are open.

  5. OG's silence is easily explained by the embarrassing confirmation of what they've suspected for years, they were chasing ghosts but had no evidence nor authority to say "let's start at the very beginning or at least where the protagonists' reluctance forced the Portuguese to stop".
    Every month that passes turns the reddition harder, to say nothing of the increasing and infamous bill. Isn't that grotesque, considering the little fait-divers that originated all that fuss ?
    I don't see how they'll get out of that trap without mimicking the Portuguese : "the crime couldn't be determined, hence move one, there's nothing to watch, ferry well etc."
    Globally the Portuguese made mistakes, but at least, globally, they demonstrated discernment. OG was induced to follow the mainstream, could the best police on the planet be abused ? Not protesting they've at least proven that it's not true (any more).

  6. Cher TEXTUSA, 1000 MERCIS. For all : your tireless free work.
    10 ans . In the year 2007, my friends and me ssked ourself here in Belgium : " Is there anyone who can do something against the MSM ? What is this all that literature ? , against a corrupted governement, against the mentalities, against simpletons, weakminded". Well, fortunately you were there and still are.
    Textusa, Your work is unbelievable. I hope you and your team are well. I hope one day, and for me it can be today, you or somebody else will be able to say how much money you spent for us, for the truth, for justice. I know you ask nothing for yourself, your collaborateurs, your family. So for the moment, the only thing I can do for you is to thank you. I always keep some money in my portefeuille for you and Senior Amaral and thanks to you a greater open mind. Merci, TEXTUSA.

    1. Textusa,hope you and all your team will except my sincere thanks for all the much awaited and much appreciated "posts" I ,maybe your oldest avid reader (/now 77!!!) but with luck ,someone will "break" and in my lifetime I will see JUSTICE for little Madeleine xxx Thank you xxxx Lynn

    2. When it breaks there will be a lot of people......I want to say who will have egg on their faces but I know that's not the right word......people who have devoted so much time who truthfully and honestly believed their abduction story. My mum died a few years ago and had supported by others in the family donated a large sum of money to the fund, it caused such a rift in the family which even now is not fully healed. For years the frustration of it eat me up, I knew things weren't right but couldn't amply argue my case until I found your wonderful wonderful blog. Thank you Textusa for all your wonderful work. I sense the end is not far off and I hope you will be tempted to write a book when we are all freed from the shackles that this case has placed us in


    Headline.....Maddie shock new evidence revealed!



      Shock new Maddie evidence REVEALED: TV show claims it’s solved McCann mystery

      MADELEINE McCann’s parents last night urged investigators in Australia to hand over “new evidence”.

      By Ed Riley / Published 21st April 2017

      They want the clues to be given to police amid claims of a “major” breakthrough in the search for the missing child.

      A documentary crew Down Under say they have unearthed a fresh lead into the youngster’s disappearance and will reveal all on telly this weekend.

      Current affairs show Sunday Night, to be broadcast on Channel 7 in Australia, have released a teaser clip promising a “landmark television event”.

      Details of exactly what the new lead involves is unclear, but the 40-second show trailer involves new chats with a top criminologist and the former lead investigator in the Portuguese case.

      A spokesman for the family last night called on the Aussie telly channel to call police now and hand over their information.

      He said: “If the Australian TV show contains any credible, fresh lines of inquiry they should, of course, have been given immediately to the police.”

      It features an interview with original lead investigator Goncalo Amaral, the Portuguese policeman later taken off the case.

      There is also a chat with US criminal profiler Pat Brown.

      The expert has recently insisted that Maddie is “dead” and that her body has been moved to a “desolate location” and will never be found.

      Forensic scientist Dave Barclay will also appear, calling the case “the most baffling” he’s ever looked at.

      The McCanns are preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance.

      Their daughter would now be 13.


    New Madeleine McCann TV documentary 'has found new lead in search for missing girl'

    A teaser video for Australia's Channel 7's Sunday Night programme suggests a significant new lead in the case has been unearthed

    BySophie Evans
    08:34, 21 APR 2017

    A new Madeleine McCann TV documentary has unearthed a new lead in the search for the missing girl, it has been reported.

    A teaser video for Australia's Channel 7's Sunday Night programme suggests a significant new lead in the case has been unearthed.

    Featuring a top criminologist, a forensic scientist and the former lead Portuguese investigator, it claims to deliver a “landmark TV event”.

    The show, due to air on Sunday, claims it has discovered a fresh lead in the high-profile case.

    And it says the lead could bring the search for the missing youngster - who vanished in Portugal in May 2007 - closer to an end.

    It comes as the parents, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are bracing themselves for the 10th anniversary of Maddie's disappearance.

    They cling onto a glimmer of hope that the little girl could still be alive.

    Maddie, then just three years old, vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

    She would now be aged 13, nearly 14. At the time of her disappearance, her parents were dining nearby with friends.

    Earlier this week, a nanny who looked after Maddie told the Daily Mirror how Kate and Gerry were plunged into despair and panic when the ¬horrifying truth she had vanished sank in .

    The former child minder said she is still haunted by the image of Gerry desperately trying to find their missing daughter while she tried to comfort weeping Kate who cried: “They’ve taken her.”


    Its getting ridiculous.....


    1. Not ridiculous Bampots.

      This is to discredit Pat Brown and the Mark Saunokonoko’s articles.

      We had already seen this starting on April 16 with this article by Ellen Whinnett:

      Bringing the Daily Mail article over:

      Australian TV company claim to have 'major breakthrough' in Madeleine McCann case but WON'T hand evidence to police until the show has aired

      - Australian TV show says it's made 'major breakthrough' in Maddie McCann case
      - Details are scarce but the show has been billed as a 'landmark television event'
      - Maddie's parents are preparing to mark 10th anniversary of her disappearance
      - McCanns urged film-makers to hand over their evidence to police 'immediately'

      By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline
      Published: 08:19 BST, 21 April 2017 | Updated: 09:04 BST, 21 April 2017

      An Australian TV show claims to have made a 'major breakthrough' in the Madeleine McCann case - but won't hand its evidence to police until the programme has aired.

      Details about the revelation are scarce but the show has been billed as a 'landmark television event' to be broadcast on Channel 7 in Australia this weekend.

      It comes as Maddie's parents prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of their daughter's disappearance. She would now be 13.

      Kate and Gerry McCann have urged the documentary-makers to hand over their evidence to police 'immediately', according to the Daily Star.

      A spokesman for the family said last night: 'If the Australian TV show contains any credible, fresh lines of inquiry they should, of course, have been given immediately to the police.'

      It was issued in response to a 40-second teaser video released yesterday which claims that a new line of inquiry could help finally solve the case.

      The new evidence will be revealed on current affairs show Sunday Night, featuring an interview with original lead investigator Goncalo Amaral.

      The Portuguese policeman was later taken off the case. US criminal profiler Pat Brown is also set to appear on the programme.

      She claimed recently that Maddie is 'dead' and her body was moved to a 'desolate location' where it will never be found.

      It comes after the new Metropolitan police boss Cressida Dick said she is very interested in the ongoing investigation, adding: 'I don’t know when it will finish.'

      In an interview on LBC, she defended her investigators who are being paid by the taxpayer to work on the case almost ten years on, saying: 'They are busy, they are active, they’ve been doing a huge number of things.'

      MailOnline has contacted Channel 7 for comment.

  10. Pat Brown seems worried:

    The Suppressionals‏ @1matthewwright1
    they're showing you say they are liars and concealing guilt #mccann
    PAT BROWN‏ @ProfilerPatB
    Replying to @AlladinNoons and @melania9021
    I have no idea myself, but I spent an hour answering questions. If I am edited badly, everything I said may be misrepresented. #mccann

    PAT BROWN‏ @ProfilerPatB
    Replying to @1matthewwright1
    That was an edit that misrepresents what I said. #mccann
    5:13 AM · 21 Apr 2017


    This is the journo - a word that is near boarding an insult these days - presenting the Mc show.
    It seems she'll do anything for a good story.

  12. Pat is saying she's made a mistake in agreeing to interview with TV and that she fears already she's been misrepresented
    She gave an hour interview on a different understanding to how it would be presented
    She's used to interviews so how could she be so naive?
    She also fears her edited comments could leave her open to litigation as it doesn't make clear she's expressing qualified opinions.

    1. Anonymous 21 Apr 2017, 10:24:00,

      Everyone is entitled to make mistakes, and we are dealing with people who know how to mislead people.

      In the old days - not so long ago - journos used reporting to let public know information. Today they use information to let people know what they want to report.

      Pat Brown should write a post as soon as possible. As she is afraid she may be misrepresented, she should report exactly what she said before programme is aired and then blog again afterwards to compare.

  13. Just saw the teaser on yahoo. Does anyone know who the forensic scientist is? The man who says this is the most baffling case he has seen in his life (LOL).

    1. About David Barclay, have a look here


    Madeleine McCann lead ‘discovered by Aussie film crew who will reveal new evidence this weekend’

    Documentary-makers down under have said they will reveal new evidence in the 'landmark television event' this weekend

    By Ellie Flynn
    21st April 2017, 12:44 am
    Updated: 21st April 2017, 8:32 am

    AN Australian TV show claims to have discovered a “major” breakthrough in the Madeleine McCann case.

    Documentary-makers down under have said they will reveal new evidence in the “landmark television event” this weekend.

    In a teaser video released on Thursday, Channel 7’s Sunday Night claims a new line of inquiry could bring the case closer to being solved.

    Forensic scientist Dave Barclay will feature on the programme, calling the case “the most baffling” he’s ever looked at.

    Journalist Rahni Sadler will also speak to the case’s lead investigator and criminal profiler.

    Maddie’s parents Gerry and Kate have urged the filmmakers to hand over any leads to police, the Daily Star reports.

    US criminal profiler Pat Brown, who recently insisted that Maddie is “dead” and that her body has been moved to a “desolate location”, will also reportedly discuss elements of the case.

    Exact details about the evidence and the upcoming TV show, due to be aired on Channel 7 in Australia, are scarce.

    A 40-second teaser video released yesterday claims a new line of inquiry could bring the case closer than ever to being solved.

    Interviewers also speak to the former lead investigator Goncalo Amaral.


    ‘Major breakthrough’ in Madeleine McCann case discovered by film crew

    Georgia Diebelius for 21 Apr 2017 8:52 am

    The creators behind a new documentary claim to have discovered a ‘major’ breakthrough in the Madeleine McCann case.

    Channel 7’s Sunday Night in Australia said that they have new evidence in the case – and it will be revealed in their programme, which will air this weekend.

    The documentary-makers down under believe that the new line of inquiry could be set to bring the case even closer to being solved.

    In a short trailer released this week, it is revealed that the likes of journalist Rahni Sadler and US criminal profiler Pat Brown are set to appear in the film.

    Channel 7 said the documentary will be a ‘landmark television event’.

    Appearing in the film, forensic scientist Dave Barclay said the case is ‘the most baffling’ he’s ever seen.

    And criminal profiler Pat Brown reveals she believes Kate and Gerry McCann are ‘lying and concealing guilt’ about the disappearance.

    She recently also insisted that Maddie is ‘dead’, and that she believes her body was ‘move to a desolate location’.

    Madeleine disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007 aged three.

    Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, vowed to ‘never give up’ hope of finding their daughter

    The exact details about the latest ‘major breakthrough’ will not be revealed until the TV show airs on Sunday evening in Australia.

    As well as Barclay, Brown and Sadler, the teaser shows that the creators of the show also spoke with Goncalo Amaral – a former police officer who led the initial hunt for Maddie.

    Since 2011, the Metropolitan Police have been assisting with the search for clues about what happened to the youngster, with officers visiting the holiday resort in 2014.

    Speaking to the Sun, a spokesman for the McCanns asked the documentary-makers to hand over any ‘credible’ evidence to police.

    They said: ‘If the Australian TV show contains any credible, fresh lines of inquiry they should, of course, have been given immediately to the police.’

    The programme is set to air just weeks ahead of the tenth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    1. I wonder which police was meant. The UK one or the legitimate PT one ?
      Either the TV staff unlawfully keeps clues away from an investigation or it's just a marketing ploy, as the date chosen. I bet the latter is likely.

  16. The fact that the McCanns are asking for the "new evidence" to be handed over to the police means they are very comfortable in doing so. It does not speak favourably of the program.

    And... no Edgar???

  17. Just read Pat Browns concerns.....

    Here are my thoughts about the upcoming Sunday Night show

    I was contacted by Rahni Sadler to do an hour long interview with her on the case. Coming on the heels of the recent spate of good Australian media coverage of the case, I consented to do the interview. I was led to believe this was a one-on-one interview, an in-depth interview that would not be edited to any extent. I had no idea that I was going to be but a piece of some "explosive" documentary which was only going to include bits and pieces of what I said.

    Had I know this, I would have refused the interview. I rarely do media interviews anymore that are not live interviews unless I am fairly sure that my views are going to accurately represented. This is especially true with the McCanns as we all know how litigious they are.

    Also, I don't normally do documentaries without a contract and pay. However, since I thought this was a sit-down in-depth interview about the McCann case and because it seemed we were finally getting the truth out to the UK and the world, I consented to do the show and to do it for no remuneration.

    I am not sure this was a wise move. I have already seen that clip in the promo and I did NOT say the McCanns were lying and that they were concealing guilt. I would NEVER make such a blatant statement. First of all, as a profiler, what I say is "evidence supports" or "my theory is " or "my best analysis is", etc.

    So, Sunday Night has already, by editing out what I said prior to that statement, set me up for accusations of slander by the McCanns (I am not sure why their legal team has allowed this). This leads me to be concerned about the entire intent of the program. I was expecting the show to be a very measured discussion of the case, but I fear we may simply be looking at a ratings grab of a show. I know of NO new evidence or that anyone from the Australian show has "solved the case." While it appears that this show may be allowing us to speak up about the McCanns (which is fabulous) and allowing us to finally publicly air what evidence there is (and in a major media production), I am not sure what else this show is going to be about. My greatest fear is that they are going to use us naysayers as dramatic bait and end the show with some "evidence" that Madeleine is alive and still has hope of being found.

    I am crossing my fingers and hoping the show won't only be about getting great ratings, appeasing the McCanns, and setting a bunch of us up to be sued. I am hoping someone who put this show together actually cares about truth and justice. But, nothing would surprise me.....


  18. Dave Barclay, the forensic scientist, seems to have a McCann-skeptical history.


    A suggestion on twitter of a war between News Corp (Murdoch) and Seven Group Australia being played out in Mc saga TV programme.


    Posted by portugalpress on April 21, 2017
    McCann source calls on “exclusive information on Madeleine mystery” to be handed over to police, immediately

    A new furore has invaded the current atmosphere of thinly-disguised rehash Madeleine stories in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the British toddler’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

    It comes from Australia’s Channel 7 television network that has made the “bombastic announcement” (according to Portuguese media) that it has “exclusive information of proof in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann”.

    Noticiassominuto website adds that the station’s Down Under team has “no intention of revealing” its information “even to police until the weekend” - when it will be transmitting its documentary in what it has itself described as a “landmark television event”.

    UK tabloids add that Channel 7’s Sunday Night has already released a 40-second teaser to crank up interest in the show.

    A source for the McCann’s meantime has been described as calling on the station to hand over its information immediately.

    The source - which may well have been family spokesman Clarence Mitchell - has been quoted as saying that “if the Australian TV show contains any credible fresh lines of inquiry they should, of course, have been given immediately to the police”.

    Credible, in this sense, may depend on the police ‘brief’ - which in the case of Operation Grange, mounted by Scotland Yard’s Metropolitan Police in 2011, has always appeared focused on an abduction scenario.

    Channel 7’s documentary however purports to feature interviews with “former lead investigator Gonçalo Amaral” - the McCann’s ‘bête noir’ who has successfully dodged a million euro lawsuit over his theory that Madeleine died in the family’s holiday apartment - and criminal profiler Pat Brown, an American television personality herself who has always trashed the abduction theory.

    Thus, first impressions suggest Channel 7’s show could be ready to challenge the abduction theory - although online blogs are already warning that it could be just the opposite: another bit of theatre, in other words, taking advantage of the pique in global interest.

    Pat Brown has seen the teaser and written as a result:

    “I fear we may simply be looking at a ratings grab of a show. I know of NO new evidence or that anyone from the Australian show has "solved the case." While it appears that this show may be allowing us to speak up about the McCanns (which is fabulous) and allowing us to finally publicly air what evidence there is (and in a major media production), I am not sure what else this show is going to be about.

    "My greatest fear is that they are going to use us naysayers as dramatic bait and end the show with some "evidence" that Madeleine is alive and still has hope of being found.

    “I am crossing my fingers and hoping the show won't only be about getting great ratings, appeasing the McCanns, and setting a bunch of us up to be sued. I am hoping someone who put this show together actually cares about truth and justice. But, nothing would surprise me.....”

    Former PJ coordinator Gonçalo Amaral tells us that as far as he is concerned there are no new leads.

    “My private life is being invaded and I don’t like it”, he added, alluding to mainstream British media stories that have been released ahead of the 10 year anniversary which falls on May 3.

    The Resident too has been receiving requests for information from British tabloids, many of them apparently unaware of the Portuguese media’s longstanding ‘doubts’ in this case (click here).

    To view Channel 7’s 40-second teaser: click here

    1. The 2 links referred to in the article above:

    2. Hi,Textusa,if Rupert Murdoch,newscorp,foxtel and Seven group Australia are involved with a battle on the Madeleine McCann disappearance,then you can bet it will be to discredit persons who do not meet in the same mindset as Clarence Mitchell,Martin Brunt for the parents version to events from 3 May 2007?
      Mr Murdoch has reportedly paid One Million pounds to serialise Books on behalf of the parents,Sun News Paper?
      His NoTw had a One million pound payment for the,"Safe Return" of Madeleine McCann?
      Rupert had Rebekah Brooks"Persuade"David Cameron(Leveson)to launch Operation Grange to assist the parents of Madeleine?
      Rupert Murdoch will do whatever he can to "Protect"his own interests and if that is once again to come out in support of the parents,then "Ruperts Dogs of War"will be ready to do battle,but then ask why,do they have Msonic connections?


    The Mcs are upset by a show which Clarence Mitchell gave an interview for months ago?

  22. - nearly 15 min about the show on Sunday (i.e. badmouthing cadaver dogs ...)


    PAT BROWN‏ @ProfilerPatB
    Rahni Sadler hasn't answered my email about the libelous edited clip used in the #SundayNight #McCann promo. Considering a defamation suit.
    6:40 pm · 21 Apr 2017

  24. I would be interested to see the content of this Austrialian show but I wouldn't get to hiped up about it. The only way that it will cause any explosive reaction is if it airs the opinions of people opposed to the McCanns like Pat Brown or GA. For them to . come out with the same old Edgar nonsense or evidence of her being alive will be met with the same damp squid the rest of the rubbish they have tried to feed us was met with. Keep calm and trust in the common sense of people to prevale



    Another top man tells us how it is??




  28. Headlining on


  29. Ex detective Colin Sutton actively contributing to discussion on CMMM website.
    Seems his contribution to news may have been 'edited'

    New Madeleine McCann TV documentary 'has found new lead in search for missing girl'
    BySophie Evans
    13:21, 21 APR 2017, Updated 13:22, 21 APR 2017
    Madeleine McCann parents 'angered and upset' over TV show which asked "Did you kill your daughter?"
    By Tracey KandohlaTracey KandohlaDanya Bazaraa
    15:55, 21 APR 2017, Updated21:09, 21 APR 2017
    The 6 errors Madeleine McCann detectives made in the search for the missing youngster
    By Paul Jollands,
    23:00, 21 APR 2017, Updated11:08, 22 APR 2017
    Top detective says it's 'extremely unlikely' Madeleine McCann is still alive - but we mustn't give up hope
    By Paul Jollands
    23:00, 21 APR 2017, Updated 10:58, 22 APR 2017
    What actually happened on the days leading up to Madeleine McCann's disappearance revealed
    By Paul Jollands
    23:00, 21 APR 2017, Updated 23:14, 21 APR 2017
    Madeleine McCann's parents Kate and Gerry met as junior doctors and had perfect life until their daughter vanished
    By Paul Jollands
    23:00, 21 APR 2017, Updated 23:36, 21 APR 2017
    Madeleine McCann cop utterly unrepentant after damning book blaming Kate and Gerry
    By Martin Fricker
    23:00, 21 APR 2017, Updated 23:03, 21 APR 2017
    Was Madeleine McCann stolen to order, taken by lone paedo or did she just wander off? The scenarios that could explain her disappearance
    ByPaul Jollands
    23:00, 21 APR 2017, Updated 23:03, 21 APR 2017
    The 5 main suspects in Madeleine McCann's disappearance examined as 10th anniversary approaches
    By Paul Jollands
    23:00, 21 APR 2017, Updated 23:29, 21 APR 2017

    1. This must be a world record. 9 articles on the same subject in a day.

      Congratulations to Mr Paul Jollands who was able to publish 6 articles at exactly 23:00. Nothing short of amazing.


    Gonçalo Amaral nega participação em programa polémico sobre Maddie

    Canal australiano Channel 7 anuncia participação de ex-inspetor da PJ.


    Natália Ferraz/Correio da Manhã

    A teleivão australiana Channel 7, que vai transmitir um programa especial sobre o caso Maddie, está a anunciar a participação de Gonçalo Amaral, mas o ex-inspetor da Polícia Judiciária nega ter prestado declarações ao canal.

    Os pais de Maddie, Kate e Gerry McCann, um amigo que estava com o casal na altura do desaparecimento da menina, uma criminologista, um repórter inglês e um cientista forense também estão a ser anunciados como intervenientes no programa.

    Este documentário surge depois da ama que cuidou de Madeleine McCann quebrar o silêncio, 10 anos depois, e revelar pormenores da noite do desaparecimento da menina inglesa. O canal de televisão australiano diz estar a preparar uma programação especial sobre o caso e promete revelar "provas inéditas", num documentário em que será mostrada a nova pista seguida pelos investigadores.

    O documentário, que será emitido no domingo, diz que vai transmitir "informações e provas chocantes" relacionadas com o desaparecimento da menina inglesa de três anos que "chocou o mundo".

    Prestes a assinalar-se o 10.º aniversário do desaparecimento de Maddie, ocorrido em maio, tudo indica que a investigação do caso poderá estar a achegar ao fim. A Operação Grange, que investiga o desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann, recebeu recentemente mais de 100 mil euros de fundos para continuar a seguir novas pistas e a interrogar mais testemunhas.

    1. Our translation:

      Gonçalo Amaral denies participation in controversial program about Maddie

      Australian channel Channel 7 announces participation of former PJ inspector.


      Natália Ferraz/Correio da Manhã

      The Australian TV Channel 7, which will broadcast a special program about the Maddie case, is announcing the participation of Gonçalo Amaral, but the former inspector of the PJ denies having made statements to the channel.

      Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, a friend who was with the couple at the time of the girl's disappearance, a criminologist, an English reporter and a forensic scientist are also being announced as intervening in the show.

      This documentary comes after the nanny who cared for Madeleine McCann broke the silence after 10 years, and revealed details of the night of the disappearance of the English girl. The Australian television channel says it is preparing a special program on the case and promises to reveal "unpublished evidence" in a documentary showing the new lead tracked by the investigators.

      The documentary, which will be aired on Sunday, says it will broadcast "shocking information and evidence" related to the disappearance of the three-year-old English girl who "shocked the world."

      Almost about to be celebrated the 10th anniversary of Maddie's disappearance, which happened in May, all seems to indicate that the investigation of the case may be coming to an end. Operation Grange, which investigates the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, recently received more than 100,000 euros of funds to continue to follow new leads and to interrogate more witnesses.

  32. One thing to bear in mind ladies and gentlemen is that the anniversary shenanigan's will come and go but officers from the PJ and OG remain resolutely silent and it shows,justice works in silence.

    Don't know if you've noticed but I found this. Could mean anything, could mean nothing...
    According to a later police statement in 2008, he was “60-80%
certain” the man was Gerry McCann.
    As you can see the box says September. A pointer that the McCanns were made arguidos then or a sign that they're archiving then? As I said, could be something or nothing.

    1. The prolific Paul Jollands just made a lot of mistakes (in itself not a rare phenomenon in the UK press), among which the date of the 60/80 % certain (September 2007) and the time at which the GNR was alerted (22h41).



    Anyone foolish enough to order it should get their money back
    Same old rubbish as last book now available at cost of 1p online and even that's expensive considering content.
    Does he explain why quiz mistress was present on night of May 3 in his first book?
    Does he explain what happened to B. O'Donnell's statement with Murat as interpreter?
    The only thing that's has Vanished is his honesty and integrity.


      Shocking new abduction theory claims Madeleine McCann left Portuguese apartment looking for her parents before being taken

      Theory claims the three-year-old could not have been snatched from the apartment as the window shutters could only be opened from the inside

      By Doug White
      22nd April 2017, 8:20 pm
      Updated: 22nd April 2017, 9:42 pm

      IT was a case that shocked the nation and sparked a global manhunt on a scale never seen before.

      But nearly ten years on, veteran investigative journalist Danny Collins believes he may have uncovered the truth behind the disappearance of little Madeleine McCann.

      Having returned to examine the evidence in Portugal’s Algarve, from where three-year-old Madeleine vanished on the evening of May 3, 2007, Collins insists she could NOT have been abducted from her bed.

      The writer, who covered the case at the time, is convinced she left the apartment in Praia da Luz looking for her parents before being snatched and possibly sold to gypsies.

      His theory is backed up by evidence that discounts claims someone broke into apartment 5A via the ¬bedroom window shutters — because they could ONLY be opened from the inside.

      Collins says: “I came across no clear indication that a planned abduction took place that night.

      Madeleine awoke and took the opportunity offered by the open patio doors to leave the apartment.”

      He believes Madeleine was found and then carried off — in the way described by witnesses Jane Tanner, a friend of parents Gerry and Kate McCann, and holidaymaker Martin Smith and his family.

      In the initial panic after returning to their apartment to find Madeleine missing, Gerry and Kate said they believed someone had “jemmied open” the shutters to get into her bedroom.

      This led suspicion to wrongly fall on Madeleine’s parents, wasting precious time.

      Collins says: “The McCanns overlooked the simplest of truths that would later be seized on by the Portuguese investigators and see them considered prime suspects.

      “The metal shutters were impossible to lever upwards more than 1-2cm. Nor did the shutters or the sills on which they rested in the closed position show any marks of an attempt at forced entry.”

      Collins returned to Praia da Luz and the Ocean Club holiday complex for an updated edition of his 2008 book Vanished.

      While there, he studied video footage and more than 1,000 pages of eyewitness reports.

      He also spoke to local and British journalists and listened first-hand to some of the police detectives.

      Collins believes that crucial to the investigation was what happened with the shutters over the window to Madeleine’s room.

      He says: “The window and patio shutters are made from slats linked together to form a continuous sheet housed on a roller in a box set inside and above the window.

      “The roller is controlled by a vertical strap that is set on a ratchet, again contained in the room.

      The security feature of the shutter blind is that it is gravity-fed.


    2. (Cont.)

      Once down, the slats lock into each other and become impossible to break through.”

      Portuguese police started to view the McCanns, now both 49, as suspects responsible for Madeleine’s death who were now covering it up.

      Collins believes a fear of the damage a child abduction case would do to the country’s tourist trade also led the authorities to be sceptical of the British family’s claims.

      He says officers were under pressure to prove it was not an abduction case as, at the time Madeleine went missing, a major trial of paedophile predators was due to take place. This scepticism severely ¬hampered the investigation.

      It took police 24 HOURS to notify border guards that a child was ¬missing, losing vital hours in the investigation.

      No forensic evidence was sought, fingerprints were not taken correctly and no cordon was set up around the apartment.

      British police said it was the “worst preserved” crime scene ever.

      A CCTV camera in the complex was not working. Another camera covering the road from the resort was never examined.

      Collins says the police appeared interested only in getting the McCanns to admit their own guilt.

      According to him, UK police believed Madeleine was most likely the victim of a “crime of -opportunity by a hovering paedophile” and they do not discount her wandering out and being carried off, as the author suggests.

      During his investigations, Collins was told by Iberian travellers that if Madeleine had been found on the street it was likely she would have been taken and a plan hatched to extract a ransom or reward.

      But then, given the immediate high-profile nature of the case, they might have sold her to Romany gypsies.

      Collins thinks this is the “most logical conclusion”.

      He says: “Three people swore in statements that they had seen a man walking down the street carrying a small child dressed in pink pyjamas, similar to those worn by Madeleine.”

      Holidaymaker Gail Cooper also reported seeing a seedy-looking stranger who also fitted Smith’s description during her stay in Praia da Luz days earlier.

      Collins says: “Her statement, one of many alleged to have been ignored by DCI Goncalo Amaral (who led the initial hunt) because it didn’t fit in with his own suspicions, would later spark a huge but unsuccessful manhunt across Europe and Morocco.”

      Police claim to have tracked down and ruled out these suspects.

      But Collins says: “Why would an intruder, who had taken the trouble to stalk the family of a three-year-old, make an entry into the child’s bedroom by stealth then carry her along a street in full view?

      “Surely such a careful planner would have had a vehicle waiting in the front car park where he was guaranteed to make his exit?”

      His conclusion then is: “Madeleine left apartment 5A of her own free will at around 10pm, passing through the open patio doors.

      “Forensics, if they had looked, might have found the imprint of small fingers as the little girl pushed the doors open wider.

      “She then exited from the bottom of the steps through the wrought-iron gate into the street, where she was approached and picked up by the man seen by the eyewitnesses.”


    3. (Cont.)

      Gypsies were suspected of two attempts to snatch kids from apartments in Spain the next year.

      In each case, a car waiting outside sped off when the alarm was raised.

      Collins says: “Whoever carried off Madeleine that night was a passing itinerant, who saw her as a small child who would bring a handsome profit if sold on in the travelling market of gypsies.”

      But Madeleine’s parents insist she would NOT have wandered out, saying she would have had to open a patio door and two gates, one with a child safety lock, and close them afterwards.

      Collins went on: “The McCanns were an intelligent couple. He was a consultant cardiologist and she worked as a GP. Both knew nothing about the art of housebreaking.

      “They overlooked the simplest of truths that would later be seized on by the Portuguese investigators and see them considered prime suspects.

      “The shutters installed on the windows of the apartment blocks were impossible to lever upwards.”

      Whatever occurred that night, Collins adds: “I hope, somewhere, a beautiful young teenager is alive.

      “For Madeleine will always live on in the memories of those who knew her or followed her story.”

      Madeleine McCann: Ten Years On (John Blake Publishing) is out on May 4, priced £7.99.

      Inserted in this article:


      A MYSTERY call reporting a burglary minutes after Madeleine went missing could hold the key to finding her abductor.

      Portuguese cops were called to a break-in nine miles from where the tot was snatched as the frantic search began.

      The new lead was buried in Portuguese police files.

      A detailed analysis of police phone records for the first time reveals how the National Republican Guard police station in nearby Lagos received a call 16 minutes after Madeleine was reported missing – diverting them in the other direction.

      One of the only patrol cars on duty was sent to respond to an incident in the town of Odiaxere, northeast of Praia da Luz.

      The vital lost hour is now being probed as investigators focus on the theory that the triggering of a burglar alarm could have been used as a ploy to cover the abductor’s escape.

      The burglary call was made from a building in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon owned by Securitas Direct Portugal – a firm contracted to oversee alarm systems.

      It can also be revealed that traces of Madeleine’s scent from her clothes were not picked up on the night she vanished because local sniffer dogs were attending a police function hundreds of miles away.

      Two untrained dogs failed to pick up any clues in the crucial first minutes.

      But the day after, trained dogs followed a trail to apartment 5C, two doors from where the McCanns were staying, that was reportedly unoccupied.

      Scotland Yard are eager to trace two blond-haired men seen on the balcony of that apartment at 2.30pm on the day of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    4. To new readers, we recommend the reading of our post "Vanished":

    5. Are they aware they're selling invented inanities just because examining the facts either exceeds their mental capacities or is figured out as an exhausting task ? Or are they convinced that alternative facts will do ?
      Just reminding :
      "Portuguese police said today that they believe missing three-year-old Madeleine McCann has been abducted. Guilhermino Encarnacao, director of the judicial police in the Faro region, said detectives have a suspect in mind, but they refused to reveal any details for fear of endangering Madeleine's life. He said police were hopeful she was still alive and believe she is still in Portugal." (Leicester Mercury, May 05 2017

    6. Please check year, presumably you mean 2007 ? "....still in Portugal." (Leicester Mercury, May 05 2017"


  37. "It's bizarre that they haven't been able to pin anyone down at that point and the reason for that again we're going into on Sunday".
    Bizarre ? It's not at all bizarre ! A reconstitution was planned and presentend as an opportunity to understand what happened, but the protagonists sidestepped to avoid it although they knew that their refusal would put an end to the investigation. Is it bizarre that the persons more interested in finding that child, her parents, rejected the last chance to find her ? Sure it is, unless the parents in fact didn't need to discover the truth because they knew all about it.

  38. I find the above article by Doug White interesting, what I like is several times the article is trying to reinforce in people's minds that it was impossible to break in through the shutters from the outside, everyone has seen the whooshing carefully explained by Kate, so for the believers still out there it's trying to get them to go out and recheck the facts, also it states Madeleine could not have been abducted.

    Also sneakily through in is the fact the paper are using the words "were now" in the following context.

    "responsible for Madeleine’s death who were now covering it up."

    1. For sure, without opened window and shutter, no whooshing ! One thing is in the panic opening about shutter and window to have a look on the carpark, another is hallucinating on the coolness of the wind and the flying of curtains in the air, curtains that proved not to have whooshed since they were in their room, behind the bed and the armchair. This was unamazingly one of the points mentioned in the MP's request for a reconstitution.
      KMC could have admitted that perhaps she herself opened the shutter and the window to have a lot on the car park, but after the whooshing episode told and told and told again, any chance of that narrative to be plausible was lost.

  39. With regards to telephone box nonsense :

    service Information

    Date: 2008-06-05

    To: The Coordinator of the Criminal Investigation, Paolo Rebelo

    From: Inspector Paolo Ferreira

    Within the scope of the process referred to above, namely with regard information concerning an unknown individual who had a suspicious attitude during the days before the disappearance of Madeleine McCann next to a telephone booth installed near to the Golfinho restaurant, rua Calhete no. 14 A in Praia da Luz, with the aim of trying to identify this person a list of calls made from that booth was requested, which has already been included in the files.

    Upon analysing this list compared with information already received from witnesses it was found that the person in question could only be the person who made calls to the number 214*****.

    Subsequent inquiries found that this telephone number is installed in Rua de Sao Reno, lot 3 - 6 drt, Monte Estoril and is used by Sr P*** R****** M**** d L*******, a retired TAP employee who lives at that address with his wife. During an informal conversation with this man it was established that he has relatives in the Algarve, namely a brother in P da L. Sometimes the brother's employee goes to the telephone booth to pay and give him some indications as was the case in May.

    No relation was found between the numbers from the list of calls made from the booth and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.


    Paolo Ferreira


      Phone box link in hunt for missing Madeleine McCann

      DETECTIVES are investigating phone calls made from a telephone box in Praia da Luz in a bid to trace a man acting suspiciously shortly before Madeleine McCann disappeared.

      By James Murray, Exclusive
      PUBLISHED: 00:00, Sun, Apr 23, 2017 | UPDATED: 09:58, Sun, Apr 23, 2017

      A couple working at the Dolphin restaurant opposite the phone box contacted Portuguese detectives just after Madeleine went missing and made formal police statements.

      The woman said the “strange” man looked similar to a photofit of a suspect.

      That led Portugal’s public prosecutor to order all phone records for the call box to be checked in an effort to find the man, who has never been traced.

      The prosecutor made the order on the grounds that the man may have abducted or murdered the lost three-year-old.

      Madeleine disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in May 2007.

      Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed never to give up hope of finding her.

      Portuguese detectives, working closely with Scotland Yard, have prioritised fresh inquiries to identify the mystery caller and have been checking all calls made to and from the box in the days leading up to Madeleine’s abduction 10 years ago next month.

      Although they have identified many people who made calls to the public phone they have still not been able to find the man.

      The call box is 50 yards from the spot where a man carrying a child similar to Madeleine was seen by Irishman Martin Smith and his family, who had been dining at the Dolphin at around 9pm on the night she disappeared.

      On the night of her disappearance South Africans Adrian and Lizelle Marais were working at the Dolphin.

      Policia Judiciaria files on the case outline what Lizelle told officers the day after Madeleine vanished.

      The report states: “The person used the public telephone for long periods of time, always more than 10 minutes.

      “To her, the person did not appear to be either a tourist or a resident. One time she had passed close to him and had felt ‘strange’ but did not know why.”

      After reading the statements Public Prosecutor Jose Menezes took the rare step of signing a legal document allowing police to check the records of the public call box.

      Work on identifying callers was undertaken before the Portuguese inquiry was shelved in 2008.

      Despite fresh inquiries, the Sunday Express understands they have still not been able to identify the man.


    2. (Cont.)

      South African Wim Bosman, 46, has owned the Dolphin restaurant for 20 years and joined in the searches after Madeleine vanished.

      He said: “Some people said a child had gone missing and me and Adrian immediately joined the hunt to try to find her. We went down to the Ocean Club. There were a lot of people there, maybe over 50 people but the numbers grew to well over 100 people.

      “I saw Kate and Gerry outside the apartment but I didn’t speak to them.

      “I half expected to see a little girl crying on a bench asking for her mummy and daddy.

      “Like many people then, I thought it was just a case of a child getting lost and that she would turn up.

      “By midnight there must have been more than 100 people looking everywhere, in gardens, under vehicles, down on the beach, in alleyways. Some people were calling out her name.

      “Later Lizelle and Adrian mentioned seeing a strange man and said they wanted to speak to the police.

      “They have split up and gone back to South Africa but I am sure they are still interested in developments.

      “Ten years is a long time. I just hope police can discover what happened.”

    3. "A couple working at the Dolphin restaurant opposite the phone box contacted Portuguese detectives just after Madeleine went missing and made formal police statements."

      Wim Bosman speaks of strange man using phone box, but Ben Salmon's records show him as one of users.
      Why would local restaurant owner use a phone box?


    What happened to Madeleine McCann, what are the latest theories on her disappearance and what age would she be now?

    Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 while on holiday with her family in Portugal

    By Neal Baker, Jon Lockett and Gemma Mullin
    22nd April 2017, 9:26 pm
    Updated: 22nd April 2017, 10:45 pm

    THE case of missing Madeleine McCann remains a mystery but new theories continue to emerge as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance approaches.

    Three-year-old Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in 2007 while her parents Kate and Gerry were dining nearby with friends.

    A nanny who was there the night Madeleine went missing has recalled her parents anguish and insisted there is “no way they did it”.

    Interest in Maddie’s case has also increased in the past couple of months as the agonising 10-year mark of her disappearance nears.

    An Australian TV show has also claimed to have discovered a “major” breakthrough.

    When did Madeleine McCann disappear?
    Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in the Algarve, Portugal.

    Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a nearby tapas bar.

    In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, who are both doctors, were sensationally named as ‘arguidos’ by Portuguese police.

    While arguido is often translated as ‘suspect’, it actually means a person being questioned under caution.

    The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.

    In 2010, Maddie’s distraught parents met with then-home secretary Theresa May to talk about the hunt for their daughter.

    The following year, Scotland Yard launched its own review, named Operation Grange, into the case at the behest of the future PM.

    Two years later Scotland Yard said it had uncovered new leads while Portuguese police reopened their case.

    In October 2015, Operation Grange was scaled down from 29 detectives to just four.

    Last December, the Tory government injected extra funding into the operation as cops investigated a new theory that Maddie was snatched by a human trafficking ring.


  41. (Cont.)

    How old would Madeleine McCann be now?

    Maddie would have turned 14 on May 12 this year.

    In April 2012, UK cops released a computer generated image of Maddie showing what she would look like aged nine.

    A number of potential leads have emerged since the little girl vanished, but none amounted to anything and no arrests have ever been made.

    What are the latest developments in the case?

    An Austrian TV show has said it will will reveal new evidence in a “landmark television event”.

    In a teaser video released on Thursday, Channel 7’s Sunday Night claims a new line of inquiry could bring the case closer to being solved.

    Forensic scientist Dave Barclay will feature on the programme, calling the case “the most baffling” he’s ever looked at.

    Journalist Rahni Sadler will also speak to the case’s lead investigator and criminal profiler.

    Ex-detective Dave Edgar who spent three years looking for Maddie believes the three-year-old was snatched by a child-sex gang and could still be alive.

    He has offered to to “come back on board” the hunt if needed by her parents.

    But this comes after two criminal profiling experts have said they believe Maddie died in the apartment, piling further misery on the McCanns.

    American profiler Pat Brown brutally insisted “Madeleine is dead” and said there was no evidence she had been abducted, although admitted it could not be ruled out.

    It came days after Portuguese expert Moita Flores made a similar unfounded claim, saying she had “no doubt” Maddie died in the apartment.

    Portuguese judges have also said the McCanns have not been cleared over the disappearance of daughter Madeleine.

    The Supreme Court has revealed the removal of their ‘arguido’ status nine years ago should not be “equated to proof of innocence”.

    Portugal’s most senior judges claimed the investigation into the McCanns was only shelved in 2008 because of a lack of evidence.

    Judges added there were “serious concerns” over the theory that Madeleine had been abducted.

    They added their job was not to decide whether the McCanns bore any criminal responsibility over their daughter’s disappearance.

    They said it would be wrong for anyone to draw any inferences about the couple’s guilt or innocence from their ruling.

    What theories are there about Maddie’s disappearance?

    Mark Williams-Thomas, an investigative journalist and ex-police officer, revealed his theory about what happened the night Maddie went missing when he appeared on ITV’s This Morning on February 21.

    According to the TV detective, Maddie left the apartment in search of her parents.

    “I think Maddie was aware they were in the tapas bar in the resort. In order to get to the bar you have to come out of the premises, walk on a public road and go back in again.

    “The concern I have, I believe she woke up and went looking for them, she left the apartment and came out, we already know the patio door was insecure.”


  42. (Cont.)

    Parents Gerry and Kate have since been forced to confront rumours around their daughter’s disappearance, with the couple vowing to fight “tooth and nail” if they are ever prosecuted over leaving their children alone.

    Another veteran investigative journalist Danny Collins believes the toddler could not have been snatched from the room.

    He is convinced she left the apartment in Praia da Luz looking for her parents before being abducted and possibly sold to gypsies.

    Former Scotland Yard detective Colin Sutton says the most “most likely and credible scenario” for Maddie’s disappearance is a targeted kidnap – possibly to replace some grieving parents’ own dead child.

    How many alleged sightings of Maddie have there been?

    Potential sightings of the British three-year old followed up by British cops total 8,685 across 101 countries and territories, a Freedom of Information request by The Sun showed in October.

    And there have been countless supposed sightings of Maddie if speculation such as that surrounding ‘Maria’ is included.

    Most serious were the alleged sightings in the hours and days following Madeleine’s disappearance.

    On the night she was taken police received two separate potential sightings from members of the public — however one was fully ruled out as being a holidaymaker with his daughter.

    There were six reported sightings between May 4-17 in Portugal, including CCTV footage that showed a girl matching Maddie’s description with two men and a woman at a petrol station in the town of Nelas.

    Over the border in Spain there have been three reported sightings — the latest being in April 2012 — but all have been ruled out.

    There have been roughly eight major alleged sightings in Morocco, two of which were in the immediate few days after her disappearance, leading to an Interpol investigation which was quickly closed.

    British police have also been in the country chasing leads in the investigation.

    Beyond these three counties there have been numerous alleged sightings across the world, including two in Belgium and New Zealand, six in Brazil, one in Bosnia, Sweden and India and many more.

    There were as many as 29 in Malta in the month after the disappearance which led to the capital Valletta being briefly locked down.

    One of the most serious potential sightings in Amsterdam was revealed when Portuguese police released their case files in August 2008.

    It showed a girl of blonde girl of Madeleine’s age and description told a shopkeeper her name was “Maddie” and she had been “taken from mummy”.

    The McCann’s were not made aware of this alleged sighting at the time it was reported to police and it is not clear how if at all investigators followed it up.

    The Portuguese case files contained a 14-page section listing potential sightings across the world in only the year since she disappeared.

    Leicestershire Police released their tip-off files to the McCann’s in July 2008 containing 81 reported sightings in the first year of the investigation.

    A list of sightings from each of the 101 countries – nearly all of which have been labelled NFA or No Further Action – was compiled by The Sun.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Maddie was not in her bed and was missing.


    Maddie's disappearance Investigation "still open" in the Judiciary Police

    Investigation with a Team of PJPorto

    The Judiciary Police continues to investigate Madeleine McCann's disappearance in 2007 in the Algarve, admitting that it is "a unique case in the history of the PJ and the country."

    The case is still open, yes," and the investigation was handed over to a team from PJ do Porto, revealed the deputy director of the Judicial Police, Pedro do Carmo, in an interview with the Lusa agency, about the ten years of the disappearance of the Child , Then three years old, from the tourist resort Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, Lagos.

    For PJ number two, the outlines of Maddie's disappearance are "a unique case in the history of the country and the PJ."

    "We had never had a similar case, nor did we have it afterwards" said Pedro do Carmo, admitting that the police "have every interest in knowing what happened, because that is how the lessons can be drawn for future situations.".

    Asked if the long time elapsed is the enemy of the investigation, the official admitted that the "PJ is aware that, as time passes, it will become more difficult to reach answers or results."

    Anyway we have this hope and we have reason to have this hope," he said.

    The work of the PJ "continued and continues at this moment", there being "the hope to find answers to the case, and to achieve results" until it is time to say "there is nothing more to do."

    Pedro do Carmo acknowledges that the Maddie case is a rock in the shoe of the PJ and considered that it is still premature to make an analysis on the whole process of investigation .

    "We do not know yet what happened, what was the reason for Madeleine's disappearance, which means that we are not yet in a position to say what was done poorly, done right or should have been done," he said.

    The critical assessment of the case can only be made when the investigation is closed, "either because we have found the answers we wanted or because we have reached the point where there is nothing else to do," he said.

    The British girl disappeared on May 3, 2007, when she slept, together with the twin brothers (younger), in the room of a holiday apartment in the Algarve.

    At the outset of the investigation, the PJ constituted as an arguido a British man who lived near the Ocean Club - Robert Murat - who had participated in the searches and was an interpreter of GNR and PJ.

    At the beginning of August 2007, after many incidents that would have dispersed the investigators' attention, British police, with the help of cadaver and sniffer dogs, came into action at the scene of the disappearance, looking for blood and odors from the girl's corpse.

    In September, Maddie's parents, both doctors, were questioned in the PJ of Portimão and constituted Arguidos.

    On July 21, 2008, the Public Prosecutor's Office decided to close the investigation and lifted the arguido status from the McCanns and Robert Murat, noting that the case could be reopened if "new evidence" arose.

    Ten years later, the investigation is still ongoing in Portugal and England, although the new clues that have emerged have proven fruitless.

    1. Collins(and Mark WT)who say woke and wandered don't explain how M opened and closed child gate on stairs.
      Collins insists shutter can't be opened from outside - correct - but that proves K's whooshed curtains drama was a fake.
      Interesting that all these so-called experts can't even agree on basic facts.
      Some of them were obviously over-promoted in their police careers.

  44. Still the red tops( despite SCJ clearly stating otherwise) continue to quote that the McCs were cleared of any involvement.....How to get that hugely important fact spelt out clearly to the UK general public is imo of the utmost importance


    Cristovao and the neglect/abduction thesis : a vengeance against the PJ ?

  47. Just posting a copy of a text message from my daughter in Austrialia. Who doesn't have much interest in the case but knows I follow it. This was after watching the channel 7 show

    They were completely for the McCanns. Just kept repeating how ridiculous the claims that they could have been involved were. That the Portuguese police tried to cover up how dangerous the place was in case it would stop people travelling to it. Even the interviews with the detective and your woman Pat Browm seemed really strange. It almost looked like they had edited the presenter into the interview with the faces that she was pulling when they were talking trying to make out they were both crazy

    1. That's what they did. The worst victim of this dishonest procedure is Pat Brown.

    2. Not only Pat but also Gonçalo Amaral. He denied and DENIES ever giving an interview to this programme . They maliciously edited old interviews.

    3. I said "worst", referring to the editing of Pat Brown's speech.
      BTW, Anonymous 16:25, as you know that GA denied giving an interview to MS Sadler, do you know why GA doesn't answer posts on PJGA?

    4. No idea Anne. Why ? His denial is reported in Correio da Manhã, yesterday's edition , if that's your question .

    5. Have to disagree with you Anne Guedes.

      The biggest victim is Mr Amaral.

      They have used Pat Brown, have distorted her participation to the point she feels compelled to take legal action and we agree and support her, as we believe what they did to her is unacceptable.

      But the point of the entire exercise was to discredit Mr Amaral.

      They tried to discredit Pat Brown because she supports Mr Amaral. By making the effort of discrediting her, they are in fact trying to discredit him.

    6. I don't think that GA or PB are really that dangerous, because in fact both of them think that neglect is at the core of the case (and both of them believe that Eddie was capable after 3 months, 4 families and lots of draughts to pick up a scent of 90' PMI, an exceptional score in a closed and not inhabited space. Neither GA nor PB seem to have studied the cadaver dog handbook nor examined quite a few articles very interesting on that topic. Remember how, as soon as he was in front G5A's main door, Eddie changed his behaviour. MG had absolutely no doubt about it.

    PAT BROWN @ProfilerPatB
    Yes, I AM suing @rahnisadler and #SevenWestMedia media for intentional misrepresentation, false light, and defamation. #mccann
    1:39 pm · 23 Apr 2017

    1. Hi Textusa,network seven owned by Sky News corporation,foxnews etc,one Rupert Murdoch,now you know what the people are up against?

    2. It seems that the force of Murdoch has always been backing the 'cover up'. Why? Is it because of his daughter's marriage to Matthew Freud (they divorced in 2014), but have two kids? We know Clement had his place in PdL and may have had involvement in what was happening that week in PdL. is he just protecting family interests? It seems he is taking it deadly seriously..

  49. The MSM are keeping you busy Textusa and if they are keeping you busy then the press must be keeping the mccanns PR busy as well, as some of those articles have a slant on them not favourable to the McCanns. If I was a believer in the McCanns I would be asking myself what is going on, why so many stories, yes it's the 10 year anniversary but there must be another reason why the press are putting out several articles a day with lots of contradictions, are they trying to overload the few left who do believe the McCanns, get them interested enough to go and browse other truthseeker blogs, I suppose time will tell what the MSM are up to.

    I watched crime watch again this morning and the home videos made me tearful, Kate holding Madeleine looking so happy and Gerry holding Madeleine on his shoulders, both of them so full of joy, its so so sad, I prefer to believe whatever has happened was an accident but that is just my opinion.

    I do hope that PJ and OG reach a conclusion soon as this must be affecting all the Tapas children.

    Edgar !!!, EDGAR ???? OUh, OUHH, Edgar ??? Where are you ?
    A source proche to me says :" He has been taken by someone who wanted an investigator ( a real, not AMARAL, please !)to take care of." That is MY theory because it is supported by obvious facts. If you have any information please contact immediately the police wherever you are in the British Empire = The World. Or Teresa May, 10, Downing street. Or David Cameron (new adress ???) or Gordon Brown ??? Or Mccanns Leicester.Or simply me. But, NO, I will not give you my adress. First I have to creat a FUND. Then you have to pay, for free, you know : cadaver dogs, GRANGE, MI5, MI6, CIA, FBI,my mortgage etc... it costs a lot. Thank you for understanding.
    Edgar, please come home, We love you, without you and your magnificent board, our life is terribly annoying. Come back, Edgar. Whoever have taken/kidnapped/eat/stolen Edgar : Give us back our Edgar. He and only him knows the truth about his kidnapping/dead. Alive in Switserland ? Edgar please say us if you are dead. Please.
    Textusa, I have no doubt we will be able to sustain a high profile for Edgar's disappearance in long term. I want a big event to raise awareness he, Edgar, is still missing. It will be a one-month anniversary....No, sorry ! it will be sooner than that. Hope you agree with me and I ask you to dedicate now your time, your blog.... for Edgar.
    Thank you very mutch.

  51. So much noise and clutter! Cannot see the wood for the trees this weekend.

  52. The dogs sniffed and barked the truth: poor little Madeleine isn't among us anymore, for almost 10 years now. Dear Gerry and Kate, you know. Are you guilty of murder? Not necessarily. Are you guilty of not telling the truth? Of course. I can't imagine the life you've chosen to lead since that awful day on. It must be hell.

    1. Hear hear, Sloganman. But by now, they have begun to believe their own version of events. It is so well en-grained. Anyway, it is not necessarily them fighting this battle, they are just pawns in the foreground..

  53. Dont know if any one has posted this it is if not!

    Madeleine McCann is the world's most famous missing person. Her disappearance ten years ago has been investigated by police forces in two different countries, but they came up with contradictory conclusions. So what really happened to Madeleine in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz?

    Reporter Richard Bilton, who has covered the story for the BBC since the first days, examines the evidence and tracks down the men British police have questioned about the case.



    PAT BROWN‏ @ProfilerPatB
    Please copy & paste the following statement on every McCann discussion site and media site you can think of. I would appreciate it. #mccann

    “Pat Brown’s legal counsel, Attorney Brian Close has identified multiple claims against Rahni Sadler and Seven West Media – including intentional misrepresentation, false light and defamation – based on the portrayals that took place in the Sunday Night promotional video and in the piece itself. He states: “The misleading edits portray Pat Brown in a false light by contorting her statements and changing their substance, and the broadcasts and publications have done and continue to do damage to Ms. Brown’s professional reputation wherever they are viewed around the world”

    3:02 PM · Apr 23, 2017

  55. Madeleine McCann is the world's most famous missing person. Her disappearance ten years ago has been investigated by police forces in two different countries, but they came up with contradictory conclusions. So what really happened to Madeleine in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz?
    Reporter Richard Bilton, who has covered the story

    Mo pointed out on Madeleinemccannmystery that how do Panorama know there are contradictory conclusions???


  56. Another bombardment of news relating to the mystery of Madeleine Mc Cann. A crescendo that may or may not be building to the final movement? I am hoping Textusa, for a post that enlightens what is going on. Has the other side planned this orchestrated attack on all fronts? To what end? The general public have probably by now started to ignore anything related to Maddie as it is all so confusing. Their heads are being dazzled with too much information. Is that deliberate - so that noone can believe anything..
    For me, I am interested in the Panorama programme for this is the BBC. The BBC that produced Crimewatch back in October 2013. It will be interesting to see what they want us to think....

    1. Anonymous 24 Apr 2017, 09:57:00,

      Please understand that these are critical times and that our silence is worth more than anything we could possibly write.

      We hope to put up something simple on the anniversary and might - repeat might - write up something about a person who is completely unrelated to the case but has very, very big implications to it: Bill O'Reilly.

      We repeat, he has nothing to do with it or is even indirectly related to it but, suddenly, has become a very important character in the Maddie case.

      About the game, it is going well.

      Three coats of paint on a woman's face can hardly be called make-up to highlight her beauty and then when we have painters who cannot decide between themselves which colour they are to use, the 3 coats become 5, and then 7, and then 9...

    2. Thanks for your reply and completely understand that timing is of utmost importance as to when and if you comment.

    3. You have intrigued me regarding Bill -
      dont mind if you dont wish to publish but I was looking into why he may be of importance.
      Earlier this year, when Rupert Murdoch and senior executives at Fox News’s parent company signed Bill O’Reilly to a new multiyear contract, they knew something the rest of the world didn’t: The star host had been accused of sexual and verbal harassment by women at Fox five times over the preceding 15 years.

      They knew it because the company, 21st Century Fox, had paid money to settle two of the complaints. They also knew that the public was unlikely to find out because attorneys for O’Reilly and the company had signed his accusers to agreements binding them to confidentiality. In exchange for their silence and a promise not to sue, the women received payments totaling $3 million from 21st Century Fox.


      Washington Post
      'How the Murdochs took a multimillion-dollar gamble on Bill O’Reilly — and lost'

  57. Reading the comments under the MAIL ONLINE ARTICLE

    This has all been a set up to shift public opinion against Amaral - and it does seem to be working. A clever move? Will Panorama redress the balance or not?

  58. I see that Panorama is scheduled for
    Wed 3 May 2017 21:00
    BBC One
    So poignant timing! Designed to make maximum impact.

  59. Interesting article:

    Media coverage of Madeleine McCann disappearance was a "spin cycle of lunacy"

    By DavidWOwen | Posted: April 23, 2017
    By Ahmer Khokhar In Australia

    Clarence Mitchell, who has represented the McCanns for 10 years, told Australia's Sunday Night documentary, which aired Down Under today, that media coverage in the wake of Madeline's disappearance was a "spin cycle of lunacy".

    He said: "If we denied anything it gave the media a story because we denied it so half the time we ignored stuff and didn't give it credibility by commenting on it.

    "So that appears in a paper on Monday in Portugal and it's wrong (factually incorrect), and then it reappears in the Daily Mail on the Tuesday, and then on the Wednesday the mainstream Portuguese papers would rerun the story from the established, illustrious Daily Mail.

    "It was a spin cycle of lunacy. "Even now people come up to me and say things that are completely untrue, but they've read it on Facebook and seen it on Twitter so it must be true."

    He said that for many members of the public, "the situation just didn't fit the stereotypical ideal that many people have, wrongly, that something like this can't happen to a family like them".

    "Once it was reported that the family weren't with the children when Madeleine went missing, then the judgment squad kicked in and they were 'guilty of neglect' at the very least.

    Mr Mitchell said the British police told the couple to try to not show much emotion when doing media coverage.

    This was because abductors of children "watch the media coverage to get a sexual kick out of the parents' distress and tears they have caused", said Mr Mitchell.

    "They were warned about this and were told by the British authorities 'If you can try not to show overt emotion'."

    In response to the interviewer saying people had described the couple as looking "cold and poker faced", Kate said: "I don't think I had a day for 18 months that didn't have a long period crying.

    "Now I've learned that people judge very readily and what you see on camera isn't the full story."

    Gerry said that Kate was "howling like wild animal with grief and despair" for days.

    Kate said that after the couple became suspects in the case, "suddenly doors began to close", hampering the search for their girl.

    "The UK Government and authorities withdrew and there were doubts amongst sectors of the general public so we felt hampered then and the hardest thing and the most distressing thing is that that impacts on the search for Madeleine. We need people to help us by looking for her, so at that point we felt very alone and that we were fighting a million battles to be honest. It was very difficult to counter any negativity that appeared in the media in Portugal."

    Under Portuguese law, the couple were forbidden from speaking out in their own defence, viewers were told.

    Gerry said: "It was incredibly hard, because we were having a trial by media and there was misinformation and smears against us and the threat of breaking judicial secrecy if we talked about details of the investigation."

    1. A repeat of what was said in the channel 7 program

  60. And here's The Sydney Morning Herald. Not a subtle message IMO:

  61. I have actually lost count of the MSM articles recently. Some ridiculous, some utterly ridiculous. The only thing I've noted throughout them is that Kate and Gerry have said nothing. Absolutely nothing . And the fact that the Australian network show yesterday, (with Mitchell's grubby hands all over it), ran a 6 year old interview throughout it shows the McCanns ain't gonna be popping onto anyone's sofa come the 3rd. Their silence is deafening.

    1. The MC have a serious motive to keep quiet, as mentioned briefly in the post on the official site.
      RS didn't only cut, copy and paste her old interview into this supposed to be revelation (repeating the same errors like the police called after 15 minutes and on the ground after 2 hours), she used bits that were left aside in 2011. The most interesting part is the reaction of the MCs to the question "did you kill your daughter ?" (not a surprise question of course). Now we have much more of what was said by GMC (funnily rolling eyes in an attempt to be more convincing).

  62. "so please don't publish this !!" Anonymous at 24 Apr 2017, 15:41:00,

    Please allow us to publish your comment, as it does contain food for thought. :)

    1. Hi Textusa - if it was my comment regarding Rupert you are referring to please feel free to publish if you wish. I didn't think you'd want to...

    2. Anonymous 24 Apr 2017, 18:44:00,

      Thank you.

      Here is your comment, then:

      "Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "New post":

      The common denominator between Maddie case and Bill O'Reilly is Rupert Murdoch...I remember back to previous posts of yours where you almost manipulated Murdoch by your blog. I hope that you can do it again... so please dont publish this !!
      Thankfully you are here to play a part in this

      Posted by Anonymous to Textusa at 24 Apr 2017, 15:41:00"

    3. The common denominator between Bill O'Reilly and the Maddie case is the reason why he was fired.


    Posted by portugalpress on April 24, 2017
    Madeleine McCann: “Landmark television event” prompts new defamation action

    The “landmark television event” promised by Australia’s Channel 7 network yesterday (click here) went down like a lead balloon: hardly anyone ‘involved’ (whether wittingly, or otherwise) has a good word to say about it, with criminal profiler Pat Brown being one of the least enamoured with the bizarre editing style.

    Indeed, Brown - who visited the Algarve five years ago in a bid to ‘try and find some answers’ in the long-running mystery - has instructed lawyers who, she says, have “identified multiple legal claims” against presenter Rahni Sadler and the show’s producers, Seven Media West.

    “The most egregious part of this whole thing is that they used the bit with me saying: "They are lying and concealing guilt" three times - once in the promo and twice in the show”, said Brown.

    “They really wanted the viewers to believe I made that statement when what I actually said was edited out.

    “They wanted the viewers to believe I said the McCanns were guilty of a crime.

    “Then they did not use any of the important evidence I put forward.

    “They also misled me as to what kind of show it was by claiming it was a "public affairs show" which is a very straight forward news show, not some pro-McCann tabloid using me as the representation of conspiracy theorists.

    “Of course, they also made it seem in the promo that Gonçalo Amaral had given them an interview and that there would be a groundbreaking lead which could solve the crime (what was it?)”

    Brown’s attorney Brian Close is understood to be looking at an action for “intentional misrepresentation, false light and defamation”.

    He said in a statement that the broadcast damaged Brown’s professional reputation, and will continue to do so as it is viewed around the world.

    In the Algarve, locals have taken to Facebook to vent their outrage, with comments boiling down to the perennial frustration that Praia da Luz has been presented as a form of village of the damned.

    Said long term resident and businesswoman Nicky Weijdom: “Channel 7 asked us again and again for interviews so they could portray Luz as a thriving and uplifting village. They said it was all about Luz and would hardly mention the McCanns. Well, the media have proved again what utter scum they are. Feeling disgusted!”

    Amaral too is certain to have a reaction to the fact that the remarks used by the station were not even made to Channel 7.

    But as the spin-cycle circus revolves ever more manically towards May 3 - when Madeleine’s tragic disappearance will finally reach its 10th year moment - observers put the hysteria into some kind of perspective.

    Said former British police superintendent Peter McLeod, whose ebook “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann” is freely available online, after 10 years and two police investigations - one of which has spent upwards of €15 million: “we have NOTHING”.

    “No point of entry, no method of entry, no time window, no search, no items taken, no marks of any sort, inside or outside, no trademark, no witnesses”.

    With the Met’s Operation Grange only sure of funding to next September, Portuguese PJ deputy director Pedro do Carmo has nonetheless insisted that the case remains open.

    “We have never had a case like it, nor have we since”, he told Lusa - admitting that police have every interest in knowing what happened, “as this way, we will be able to make deductions in future situations”.

    1. It pleased us lot to see used in this article the expression to describe Praia da Luz used by one of our anonymous commentators: "Village of the Damned"

      Thank you Natasha Donn :)))

  64. I truly don't understand why I have not seen more comments on how seriously malicious it was from Channel 7 to actually do a montage forging Gonçalo Amaral 's participation in this programme . It's so serious , so malevolent it has no description , Yet , one one discusses the usual Instead . this TV show forged an interview , it went to the point of altering and manipulating footage to give us the false impression that Gonçalo Amaral was there . It has ruined his credibility in one day . You only have to look at comment boxes of newspapers . Yet most are still discussing fait divers .

    1. Anonymous 24 Apr 2017, 17:29:00,

      Fully agree with you.

      Pat Brown agreed to do the interview. Her words were taken out of context, and she was made to be libellous, and now she feels she should take legal action. But the bottom line is that her participation was DISTORTED.

      With Mr Amaral. All is pure INVENTION. He has denied any participation and yet the Sun says the following:

      "The programme also aired claims from ex-top cop Goncalo Amaral, the original lead investigator into Madeleine’s disappearance.

      He alleged that MI5, Gordon Brown and the British Government could have helped the McCanns cover up Maddie's death."

      He has NEVER alleged anything similar. PURE and MALICIOUS invention.

      To be noted that the papers are backpedalling on Pat Brown but refuse to correct the wrongdoing that has been done to Mr Amaral

    2. Agree with comment about GA interview.
      Those of us familiar with GAs previous interviews knew immediately that Rahni was not interviewing him, but only pretending to do so by splicing in an interview given elsewhere, some time ago. Not only fraudulent but distorting what was said in the process. Any viewers new to the case have been seriously deceived.
      There must be a media code that has been breached in the most gross manner? Not just by the interviewer but by the producers of the "show"

    3. Mr. Amaral is a clever man. IMO he will not react. This is just another storm. Nothing to worry about. You have to live through it. He knows. The supreme court of Portugal has spoken. That's it. With this sort of tele-stories (how despicable they may be) TM just tries to resuscitate the fear 'he must feel'. He doesn't. Never did. Within two weeks the storm will lay down. And the dogs still will be sniffing and barking. Just like before. Amen to that. From Belgium with the utmost confidence.

    4. Agree . The damage made was considerable . It breaches not only publishing codes but also it breaks the law on many fronts . Australian Law is alien to me but I doubt this would be in conformity with the law there . Both the fake footage and the statements they falsely gave to GA on their script are the work of a fearless criminal . I doubt this programme is the sole initiative of Channel 7. Let's focus on making the channel accountable for this and maybe will get to those behind this initiative . Thank you both for your comments .

    5. Agree it's been spliced together & Rhani spends most of the programme talking to herself, pretending to interview someone across from her. But how did they get the footage of her & Goncalo walking past the apartment? When was that from?

    6. I don't think that's her . Some of That footage is from 2014 I believe and I think it's the presenter of ITV that interviewed him who looks like her from a distance . Check this footage .

    7. The bit you mean , walking past the house is what I believe to be a blonde lady but certainly not her . The footage where he is wearing a suit and a red tie , towards the end , is from around 2008 when booked was launched . The footage of him smoking and walking is from the ITV interview . The work of the devil it is .


    1. Bringing this over to the blog:

      Madeleine McCann crime expert who told doc her parents Gerry and Kate may have hidden body plans to sue show for twisting her comments

      Criminal profiler says her views on Maddie's disappearance were misrepresented

      By Neal Baker and Tui Benjamin
      24th April 2017, 3:35 pm
      Updated: 24th April 2017, 5:40 pm

      A CRIME expert who told an explosive documentary that Kate and Gerry McCann could have hidden their daughter Madeleine’s body plans to SUE the Aussie TV channel which ran the show.

      US criminal profiler Pat Brown featured on Channel 7’s Sunday Night show claiming the McCanns could have put Maddie’s body in a bag, hid it at the beach and moved it weeks later.

      But the expert – who told the show there was a possibility Madeleine had been killed as the result of an accident, neglect or abuse – now plans to sue for defamation as although she said it was possible, she never said the McCanns did it.

      Pat claims in her original hour-long Skype interview with journalist Rahni Sadler that she made it clear this was only a theory based on her view of the evidence available.

      Pat, who said she has received hate mail since the show aired, revealed: “I thought whether people agreed with the evidence or not, I would be able to present this as a professional.

      “I never stated the McCanns were guilty of anything other than neglecting their children, and I will stand by that.

      “I never said the McCanns are guilty of covering up the death of their child or moving their child’s body.

      “The show purposefully set out to destroy my reputation. The only reason I was featured was to annihilate me by making me look foolish.”

      Pat’s lawyer Brian Close said he had identified multiple misrepresentation, false light and defamation claims against Seven West Media and Rahni Sadler.

      He said: “The misleading edits portray Pat Brown in a false light by contorting her statements and changing their substance, and the broadcasts and publications have done and continue to do damage to Ms Brown’s professional reputation wherever they are viewed around the world."

      Seven News Media, which runs the channel, has been approached for comment.

      On the programme, Pat said: “There are other cases where a child has come to some kind of harm by way of a parent either by neglect or abuse and the parents have indeed covered that crime up by trying to move the child’s body and claim that the child has gone missing and has been abducted.”

      And in a trailer for the show, she was quoted as saying: "They are lying and they are concealing guilt".

      The programme also aired claims from ex-top cop Goncalo Amaral, the original lead investigator into Madeleine’s disappearance.

      He alleged that MI5, Gordon Brown and the British Government could have helped the McCanns cover up Maddie's death.

      Other theories discussed by experts included that Madeleine could have been run over by a drink-driver who left her body in one of the area’s 600 secluded wells or that she had been stolen by a human trafficking gang "working to order".

      The show also claimed Scotland Yard were chasing a new lead on an employee working within the holiday complex at the time of Maddie’s disappearance.

      In response to some of Sunday Night’s allegations, Gerry McCann told the programme: “How could we have disposed of or hidden her body? It’s just nonsense.

      "If she fell in the apartment and died why would we cover that up?”

      There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the McCanns.

    2. "There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the McCanns."

      I always read that as 'wrongdoing'. And I'm certainly not the only one.



    US crime expert who told a TV documentary Madeleine McCann's parents may have hidden her body plans to sue the program for 'purposely destroying her reputation'

    - Pat Brown was seen saying Kate and Gerry may have buried body on a beach
    - She said that Maddie could have been killed in an accident, neglect or abuse
    - Now suing Channel 7 for making it seem as though she stated claim as a fact
    - Lead investigator Goncalo Amaral also said MI5 spies covered up her death

    By James Dunn For Mailonline
    Published: 18:20 BST, 24 April 2017 | Updated: 19:42 BST, 24 April 2017

    A crime expert who told documentary-makers Madeline McCann's parents could have hidden her body is suing the producers for misrepresenting her comments.

    Criminal profiler Pat Brown told Australian Channel 7 that Kate and Gerry McCann could have put the body in a bag, buried it on a beach and moved it weeks later.

    But she is now suing the channel for defamation, claiming that they made it look as though she said the McCann's did bury the body, when she only said it was possible.

    Mrs Brown was seen on camera during an explosive documentary saying that Maddie could have died as a result of an accident, abuse or neglect.

    In the dramatic trailer for the show, she was seen saying: 'They are lying and they are concealing guilt,' speaking of the 2007 disappearance, when Maddie was three.

    During the show, she said: 'There are other cases where a child has come to some kind of harm by way of a parent either by neglect or abuse and the parents have indeed covered that crime up by trying to move the child's body and claim that the child has gone missing and has been abducted.'

    But Miss Brown has since received hate mail over the comments, and launched a legal claim against the Seven West Media and Rahni Sadler, who interviewed her.

    She claims that during the hour-long Skype interview with Sadler, she made it abundantly clear that the claim was merely a theory, based on her view of evidence.

    Miss Brown told The Sun: 'I thought whether people agreed with the evidence or not, I would be able to present this as a professional.'

    She added: 'The show purposefully set out to destroy my reputation. The only reason I was featured was to annihilate me by making me look foolish.'

    In the same documentary, a former police chief has sensationally claimed that MI5 helped to cover up the death and disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

    Goncalo Amaral, who was the original lead investigator in the case, made the astonishing claim that British secret agents 'for sure had an involvement'.

    He claimed MI5 helped to hide the body of the youngster and that even former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was involved in the cover up.

    The documentary also suggested that a new key witness - who worked at the Praia da Luz resort at the time of Maddie's disappearance - was being sought.

    One theory put forward by a professor is that the youngster was run over by a motorist, who then hid her body in one of the resort's 600 wells.

    Mr Amaral worked on the case when Maddie went missing from the apartment the McCanns were staying in in Praia da Luz as Kate and Gerry ate dinner with friends.

    He was moved off the case and resigned six months later but wrote his book using police files as he put forward a theory she had died in the apartment.


  68. (Cont.)

    The McCanns took legal action, saying there was no evidence and his work was defamatory.

    The appeal hearing in Lisbon which ruled against the McCanns was held in private.

    After the show was aired, Kate and Gerry McCann urged the producers to hand over any credible evidence to police

    Though Miss Brown insists that she only ever discussed wrongdoing by her parents as a possibility, she has previously suggested that they have something to hide.

    In a blog two weeks ago, Miss Brown claimed that the McCanns would not have ignored The Smith Sighting, 'If they are innocent'.

    She was referring to an alleged sighting of a man carrying a young girl through the resort in his arms, reported by an Irish family, the Smiths.

    Four months after her disappearance, they saw the McCanns appeal on television and claimed that the man they saw was Gerry McCann.

    Miss Brown wrote: 'Even if I could explain away every other behavior of the McCanns and every other piece of evidence in this case, the one thing I cannot possibly come up with is an alternative explanation for is the McCanns ignoring of the Smith sighting.

    'If they are innocent of any connection to Maddie going missing, they would have jumped on the Smith sighting as a huge lead as to who might have taken their daughter.

    'And if they are guilty of involvement in the disappearance of Maddie, their ignoring of the Smith sighting is the strongest piece of evidence we have of Maddie's death and subsequent cover-up being an inside job and not a stranger abduction.'

    Inserted in article:


    An expert in lying and deception has claimed Gerry McCann's brother-in-law's statement is 'an area of concern'.

    Mark McClish, a former US Marshall and Secret Service agent, said the statement on blood and a strange odour in a rental car needs further investigation.

    After the disappearance, Alexander 'Sandy' Cameron flew into Portugal from England with his wife Trish and spent months with Kate and Gerry.

    Mr Cameron was listed as a registered driver of a Renault Scenic that the McCann's had rented 25 days after the disappearance.

    British police dogs detected blood and tissue in the apartment they had rented, and in the boot of the Renault.

    Mr Cameron then explained that he used the car to transport rubbish and blood had leaked out of a broken bag, and he later noticed a foul smell.

    Mr McClish said he believed the overall statement was truthful, he believed that the section in question needed further investgation because of the language used.

    Speaking to Australia's 9news, he said: 'Deceptive people will sometimes use synonyms because they are making up a portion of their story they cannot relate to and consequently do not always follow their personal dictionary.'

    1. Please note, it's no longer 'alleges' but now is that he has said it:

      "- Lead investigator Goncalo Amaral also said MI5 spies covered up her death "

    2. I don't believe that for a single second.

    3. Anonymous 24 Apr 2017, 22:18:00,

      The point we are trying to make is even about the content but about the fact that it is being conveyed that what was shown Pat Brown saying was distorted, while passing the message that what was shown Mr Amaral having said being true that he said it.

  69. Interesting times ahead. TM/British MSM tickles Mr. Amaral to react. And he won't. Damn.

  70. I can see where you are coming from with the watching angle ladies....its getting very interesting indeed watching this game unfold!

    The way it twists and turns of its own seeming volition only highlights what you have been saying of the differing factions involved!


  71. Interesting article:

    Programa sobre Maddie McCann foi arrasado

    Os próprios pais da criança, Kate e Gerry, também mostraram descontentamento

    Foi este domingo que foi emitido o documentário australiano sobre a menina inglesa que desapareceu da Praia da Luz, no Algarve, em maio de 2007, todavia o mesmo acabou por ser arrasado pela sociedade.

    De acordo com uma fonte próxima dos McCann, citada pela imprensa britânica, foram utilizadas imagens de uma entrevista feita há seis anos como se fossem atuais, o que gerou alguma indignação por parte da sociedade por ser favorável aos pais de Maddie.

    Os próprios pais da criança, Kate e Gerry, também mostraram descontentamento em relação ao documentário que prometia revelações inéditas e chocantes sobre o desaparecimento da menina.

    Um funcionário do Ocean Club poderá saber o que aconteceu na noite do desaparecimento, sendo esta a única pista mencionada por um polícia no programa ‘Sunday Night’, do canal 7 da Austrália.


    Our translation:

    Maddie McCann program was destroyed

    The child's own parents, Kate and Gerry, also expressed discontentment

    It was this Sunday that the Australian documentary about the English girl who disappeared from Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May 2007 was aired, however the same ended up being destroyed by the society.

    According to a source close to the McCanns, quoted in the British press, images of an interview made six years ago were used as if they were current, which generated some outrage on the part of the society for being favorable to Maddie's parents.

    The child's own parents, Kate and Gerry, also expressed discontentment over the documentary that promised unprecedented and shocking revelations about the girl's disappearance.

    An Ocean Club workerl may know what happened on the night of the disappearance, being this the only lead mentioned by a police officer on Australia's Channel 7 ‘Sunday Night’.


    We found this article interesting for 2 reasons. The first is that this newspaper, Sol, is usually pro-Mc.

    But more important is the second reason, which are these words: “however the same ended up being destroyed by the society”


    This isn't true
    GA wanted to get Smiths back as he mentions this in his book but it didn't happen before he was removed.
    Rebelo didn't follow this up because he was concentrating on trying to get T9 back for a reconstruction and making requests for DNA analysis.

    1. Anonymous 24 Apr 2017, 22:17:00,

      The tweet:
      "AnneGuedes‏ @aacg
      Replying to @ProfilerPatB e @rahnisadler
      Good. But the MCs aren't the only ones to have ignored the S sighting. GA did also, after MS said that Smithman wasn't RM.7:06 PM · 24 Apr 2017"

      Perhaps Anne - only she can clarify - has overlooked what Mr Amaral wrote in his book about the Smith family.

      It wasn't his decision not to pursue this sighting.

    2. I didn't overlook, no, I was just alluding to the period between May 26 when three S came back to PDL and September 9 when Mary and Martin S thought they were watching a déjà vu scene on TV. It is as if Smithman wasn't a person of interest since he was not RM.
      Nevertheless that sighting was superior to the Tanner one as the child was a girl, about 3/4 size, with medium blond shoulder length hair, all features matching perfectly MMC. Apart from that her clothes were not appropriate to the coolness.
      But, more interestingly Martin S noted that Smithman, who was rather solidly built, seemed to have some difficulty to carry this light little girl, he didn't do it comfortably but clumsily. Wasn't that an intriguing remark ?
      Had this episode be re-enacted with a dummy, GA would have understood why MS had this weird feeling about the way Smithman was carrying the child.

  73. Dont have a link but ITN News at ten say Operation Grange are making an update statement tomorrow!!

  74. 24 April, 2017 - Ten Years
    Ten years- there's no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it. I remember when Madeleine first disappeared I couldn’t even begin to consider anything in terms of years. Shawn Hornbeck abducted and kept hidden for over four years, Natascha Kampusch for over eight years. I couldn't go there. And now here we are...Madeleine, our Madeleine- ten years.
    Most days are similar to the rest - another day. May 3rd 2017 - another day. But ten years - a horrible marker of time, stolen time.
    We are bracing ourselves for the next couple of weeks. It's likely to be stressful and painful and more so given the rehashing of old 'stories', misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and 'special edition' TV programmes.
    Media appearances are draining and on occasion, unhelpful to the only thing we want, finding Madeleine. They need to have a purpose. We could spend all our time and energy trying to defend ourselves by correcting inaccuracies and lies, but then we would have no strength left to look for Madeleine, look after our other children and to live our life.
    I truly hope that those reporting on the 'story' over the next couple of weeks will have a conscience. Even if little consideration for Gerry and me is shown, they will at least bear in mind the effect such unfounded and unwarranted negativity could have on our other children - and of course Madeleine.
    Thankfully, there is an active police investigation to try and find Madeleine and bring her abductor to justice. There are no new appeals that the police wish to make at this moment in time and so we are keeping any media involvement marking this unwanted milestone to a minimum.
    The two themes that seem most appropriate to me as we reach this ten year mark are perseverance and gratitude: We will go on, try our hardest, never give up and make the best of the life we have.
    We consider ourselves immensely fortunate to have received the love, solidarity and support from so many kind and decent people over the last decade. There have been many challenges and low points along the way but the warmth, encouragement and positivity we have experienced from the ‘quiet majority’ has undoubtedly sustained us and maintained our faith in human goodness. And while that is there, there will always be hope.
    Thank you so much from all of our family.
    Kate and Gerry

  75. Their 10 year anniversary statement has come a week early on their website too ... something's going to blow this week. One way or another.



  76. Do not publish at 24 Apr 2017, 23:57:00,

    Thank you! Much appreciated!

  77. I have read Kate and Gerrys statement several times now, people have pointed out the unusual fact that it is before the 10th anniversary and also before the Scotland yard update that we are all waiting for, the way I interpret the McCanns statement is they are fighting for their life and their children, I agree the children must be protected. I feel so sorry for the children but the truth whatever that truth is would have protected the other children, themselves and everyone around them.

    Let's see what today brings


    Madeleine McCann hunt police ‘pursuing significant line of inquiry’ ten years on
    09:54Tuesday 25 April 2017

    British detectives working on the Madeleine McCann case are still pursuing “critical” leads as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance approaches, a Scotland Yard chief has revealed.

    Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there are “significant investigative avenues” that are of “great interest” to both the UK and Portuguese teams.

    Officers have sifted through some 40,000 documents and looked at more than 600 individuals since 2011.

    In an interview nearly a decade on from the youngster’s disappearance, Mr Rowley also confirmed that four people considered as possible suspects in 2013 have been ruled out.

    Madeleine vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3 2007 when she was three years old.

    Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed to “never give up” hope of finding their daughter.

    Asked if police were any closer to solving the case than they were six years ago when the UK investigation was launched, Mr Rowley said: “I know we have a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing, and because it’s worth pursuing it could provide an answer, but until we’ve gone through it I won’t know whether we are going to get there or not.

    “Ourselves and the Portuguese are doing a critical piece of work and we don’t want to spoil it by putting titbits of information out publicly.”

    He declined to expand on the nature of the working theories or reveal whether any suspects were currently being considered, saying that disclosing further detail would not help the investigation.

    Mr Rowley said: “We’ve got some critical lines of inquiry, those link to particular hypotheses, but I’m not going to discuss those because those are very much live investigation.

    “We’ve got some thoughts on what we think the most likely explanations might be and we are pursuing those.”

    He described the possibility of a “burglary gone wrong” as a “sensible hypothesis” which has not been “entirely ruled out”.

    The senior officer was asked about the theory of a sex predator being responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance.

    Mr Rowley said: “That’s been one key line of inquiry. The reality is in the modern world in any urban area if you cast your net widely you will find a whole pattern of offences.

    “You will find sex offenders who live nearby. And those coincidences need to be sifted out, what’s a coincidence and what may be linked to the investigation that you are currently doing.

    “Offences which may be linked have to be looked at and either ruled in or ruled out.”

    Mr Rowley said there was still a “lot unknown” in the case, adding: “All the different hypotheses have to remain open.”

    Police have looked at more than 600 individuals who were identified as being potentially significant to Madeleine’s disappearance.

    In 2013 the team identified four people as suspects in the case. Interviews and searches were carried out but no evidence was found to implicate the four in the disappearance.

    Mr Rowley said they are no longer the subject of further investigation and have been ruled out of the inquiry.

    Meanwhile, police working on the case continue to receive information on a daily basis.

    Mr Rowley said: “Thousands of pieces of information have come forward, some useful, some not, but amongst that have been some nuggets that have thrown some extra light on the original material that came from the time.

    “That’s one of the things that’s helped us make progress and have some critical lines of inquiry we want to pursue today.”

    Mr Rowley said there was no “definitive evidence” as to whether Madeleine is alive or dead.

  79. Contd.....
    He added: “That’s why we describe it as a missing person inquiry. We understand why, after this many years, people will be pessimistic, but it’s important we keep an open mind.”

    The officer added that however Madeleine left the apartment, she was abducted.

    “She wasn’t old enough to make a decision to set off and start her own life,” he said.

    The assistant commissioner pledged that the investigation team will do all they can to provide an answer for Madeleine’s parents.

    He said: “I so wish I could say we will definitely solve it but a small number of cases sadly don’t get solved.

    “What I’ve always said on this case, and I’ve said it to Kate and Gerry as well, we will do everything reasonably possible to try and find an answer.

    “I just can’t quite guarantee it. It always hurts that you can’t guarantee success but we will do everything we reasonably can do to try and get there.”

    Around 30 detectives were working on the UK probe, Operation Grange, when it was established in 2011. The team has now been scaled back to four detectives.

    Last month the Home Office confirmed £85,000 was being given to the inquiry to cover operational costs from April to September. More than £11 million has been spent on the inquiry so far.

    Mr Rowley insisted the investigation has achieved “an awful lot”.

    He said: “I think people get seduced perhaps by what they see in TV dramas where the most complex cases are solved in 30 minutes or 60 minutes. What we started with here was something extraordinary.

    “We’ve achieved a complete understanding of it all. We’ve sifted out many of the potential suspects, many of the people of interest and where we are today is with a much smaller team focused on a small number of remaining critical lines of inquiry that we think are significant.”

    Asked about the cost of the investigation, he said: “Big cases can take a lot of resources and a lot of time.

    “We’ve tried to be careful about public money and as we’ve started with that massive sifting we’ve reduced the number of resources and the funding’s reduced accordingly.

    “But we will stick with it as long as the funding’s available and as long as there are sensible lines of inquiry to pursue.”

  80. Anonymous 25 Apr 2017, 10:27:00 / Anonymous 25 Apr 2017, 10:29:00

    Thank you!!

  81. Is this set for a Ben Needham finish...

    The assistant commissioner pledged that the investigation team will do all they can to provide an answer for Madeleine’s parents.

    He said: “I so wish I could say we will definitely solve it but a small number of cases sadly don’t get solved.



  82. Bampots,

    It's is neither here nor there.

    It first shows that BHH is a liar as he said very clearly that there was only one final line of enquiry, and now they're saying there are still many, including the bungled burglary.

    Out the window (for now, because in this case what is said today may not be what will be said tomorrow even by official sources) the Danny Collins and Mark Williams-Thomas theories of Maddie wandering off - bad news for Collins as he either has come up with a total different theory or he has only a few days to change the plot.

    No mention of the key-suspect nor of the important evidence which convinced Whitehall and Home Office to cough up £185,000.

    They only exempt of interest the 4 July arguidos and no mention of those that were heard in December.

    Of the 4 July arguidos only Malinka would be of interest and he could be involved in the case just because of the phone call Robert Murat made to him.

    Displeased us the fact the McCanns are still being treated as cleared. The sentence "The assistant commissioner pledged that the investigation team will do all they can to provide an answer for Madeleine’s parents." does not state they are cleared but it certainly implies it.

    In that case, we would be witnessing an UK entity, the Met, ignoring completely what was clearly stated, twice, by the entity of another country Portugal, their Supreme Justice Court.

    On the upside there's this:

    Asked if police were any closer to solving the case than they were six years ago when the UK investigation was launched, Mr Rowley said: “I know we have a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing, and because it’s worth pursuing it could provide an answer, but until we’ve gone through it I won’t know whether we are going to get there or not.

    “Ourselves and the Portuguese are doing a critical piece of work and we don’t want to spoil it by putting titbits of information out publicly.”

    Are they going to try a Ben Needham?

    They can, but hopefully the reaction to the Oz TV Shambles has given them a taste of what to expect if they do.

  83. Fakenews Daily
    Operation Grange spokesperson to the team
    "Of course we know what happened but unfortunately we aren't going to be allowed to say anything.
    Yes, it's embarrassing and makes us look ridiculous, spending all the money on helicopter searches, but we have to consider our careers, so DC Ethical, stfu.
    I'll just get out there and say something worthy and waffly, as I'm quite good at that. We don't spend money on PR training for nothing."

  84. So the government or TM still has not decided how to 'end' this case..
    It seems they, as usual, are keeping all options open. Why? If they are looking for the truth then are they lulling Mc Canns into false sense of security for some reason.. What is stopping them from putting an end to the farce? It all makes me and probably many many more extremely frustrated and helpless. If there was something I could do, then I would do it.

  85. and what about the Mc Canns latest statement on their website? It looked like they were anticipating much negativity ... instead they get this reassurance that the police will do all they can to give them answers.

  86. Textusa,
    I'm of the opinion that, unless this is turning out to be a whitewash exercise, somewhere in that statement, there was some significant message to someone... something designed to worry the perpetrators.

  87. From the Met Statement ...

    "The officer added that however Madeleine left the apartment, she was abducted. “She wasn’t old enough to make a decision to set off and start her own life,” he said."

    1. Ah, finally we know that they understand / believe / know / are sure / can prove that she was abducted. What a relief for the parents. So, close the case. And find an abductor. Eddie! Sit! Keela! Down, I say! Down!

    2. and that was that, move along, Sir!

    3. I think that's an interesting line also "however Madeleine left the apartment....., " using the word however tells you that there are there are more than one possibility for the "how", therefore the mcs version of "how" is being called into question. Stating after the however "she was abducted" means that stranger abduction (the mccanns version) is not the only type of abduction

  88. I found Rowley's comment about M not being able to make decisions about her own life offensive. Of course an almost 4 year old couldn't do so. It seemed a flippant and completely unnecessary remark.
    They are still sticking to abduction remit, it seems.


    Madeleine McCann: Are the police any closer to knowing the truth?

    Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter
    25 April 2017 • 10:10am

    In the 10 years since Madeleine McCann went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal, myriad theories about what happened to her have taken root, but only one fact remains uncontested: that she was reported missing at 10.14pm on the evening of Thursday, May 3, 2007.

    It was at that point, when police were called, that the clock started ticking on the biggest missing persons investigation for decades, a search which remains very much active to this day.

    Facts, the hard currency of any police investigation, have proved almost uniquely elusive; every sighting, every timing and every witness statement has been disputed in the years that have elapsed since.

    Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann quickly came under suspicion by Portuguese police, a development that the couple are certain meant vital clues were missed in the first hours and days after Madeleine’s disappearance.

    Every possible theory has been explored since then: that Madeleine was abducted by a paedophile; that she was killed during a bungled burglary and her body dumped; that she was abducted by traffickers and sold to a childless couple; that she wandered out of the apartment and died in a tragic accident, and many more besides.

    To date, however, not one shred of proof of what happened to Madeleine has been unearthed. The question of what happened to Madeleine would become not only a personal tragedy for the McCann family, but a national obsession in the UK and in Portugal.

    Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was on the penultimate day of her family holiday on the day she vanished. She had spent part of the day playing by the swimming pool in the Ocean Club resort, where the last known picture of her was taken at 2.29pm.

    Reports of when she was last seen alive by independent witnesses vary, but she was still alive at around 6pm, when she and her parents went into their apartment at 5A Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva, where Madeleine and her two-year-old twin brother and sister were readied for bed.

    The McCanns told police they put the children to bed at around 7pm, and that all three were asleep by 8.30pm, when they went for dinner at a tapas bar 50 yards across the pool from their apartment. There they met seven friends with whom they were on holiday.

    The McCanns say checks were made on their children every half-hour, sometimes by other members of the party, comprising Dr Russell O'Brien and Jane Tanner, from Exeter, Dr Matthew and Rachael Oldfield, from London, and David and Fiona Payne, from Leicester, together with Mrs Payne's mother Dianne Webster. Mrs Webster, however, reportedly told police that each couple was responsible for checking their own children.

    Gerry McCann went to the apartment at 9.05pm, when all the children were sleeping soundly and Madeleine was still in her bed, he says.

    The police in Portugal, however, have never accepted the McCanns’ evidence as undisputed. They initially regarded the McCanns as suspects, and believed the McCanns could have killed Madeleine any time after the last independent sighting of her at 6pm.

    A timeline of that evening shows that Dr Matthew Oldfield went into apartment 5A at 9.30pm, and noticed that Madeleine’s room seemed lighter than the others, as if the shutters had been partially opened. He could not be certain whether Madeleine was there.

    Kate McCann was next to check on the children, at 10pm. She ran back to the restaurant moments later, saying Madeleine was missing. The McCanns and their friends made a quick search of the resort, but after finding no sign of Madeleine the police were called at 10.14pm.

    The McCanns told police they had put Madeleine to bed with her pink comfort blanket and favourite soft toy, Cuddle Cat, and was wearing short-sleeved Marks & Spencer Eeyore pyjamas.


  90. (Cont.)

    Crucially, however, the apartment was not initially treated as a crime scene, meaning around 20 people went in and out before it was sealed off, contaminating potential evidence. Roadblocks were not put in place until 10am the next day, border guards were not informed for hours and Interpol did not put out a global missing persons alert for five days.

    It meant that the most crucial time of any missing persons investigation – the first 24 hours – was largely squandered, and police have been trying to catch up ever since. Yet potentially key sightings and artists’ impressions of suspects were kept from the public for years.

    Mary and Martin Smith, from Ireland, told police they saw a man carrying a child matching Madeleine’s description at around 10pm on Rua da Escola Primaria, 500 yards from the McCanns’ apartment. He was heading towards the beach, did not look like a tourist and did not seem comfortable carrying the child, they said.

    Their evidence was compelling, but it was only in October 2013 that two e-fit images of the man, compiled by police from descriptions given by Mr and Mrs Smith, were released by Scotland Yard to coincide with a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction of Madeleine’s disappearance. He remains a suspect.

    There were also blind alleys. Jane Tanner, one of the tapas diners, told police that when she left the restaurant at 9.15pm to check on her own daughter, she saw a man carrying a small child, wearing pink pyjamas, in his arms.

    For years afterwards, the mystery man would be a key suspect, if not the prime suspect, but in October 2013 the Metropolitan Police announced that a British holidaymaker who had been taking his daughter back to his apartment after picking her up from an evening crèche, had been identified as the man Miss Tanner had seen and ruled out of the inquiry.

    The first person to become an “arguido”, or official suspect, was Robert Murat, a local property consultant, whose home was searched 12 days after the disappearance. He was formally cleared of suspicion in 2008 and won £600,000 in libel damages from 11 British newspapers.

    The Portuguese Police, however, were suspicious of the McCanns from the beginning, partly due to a clash of cultures. They could not believe that parents would leave their children unattended, and did not approve of the McCanns’ use of the media to raise the profile of the case, in a country where secrecy is the hallmark of all police investigations.

    The arrival of two British sniffer dogs in Portugal in July 2007 only hardened that belief. One dog was trained to sniff out traces of human blood, the other was trained to sniff out the scent of dead bodies. Both dogs were taken to several locations connected to the investigation, and gave alerts only in apartment 5A. Later, the cadaver dog gave an alert inside a Renault car, hired by the McCanns 24 days after Madeleine went missing.

    DNA tests on samples taken from the car proved inconclusive, but the Portuguese police wrongly told journalists they were a “100 per cent match” for Madeleine.

    The Portuguese police came up with the theory that Madeleine had been killed by her parents by accident, possibly by being given an overdose of a sedative to make her sleep, that they had hidden the body, faked her abduction and then used the hire car weeks later to move her body to a burial location.

    In early September 2007, according to Kate McCann, she was told by the Portuguese police that if she admitted that Madeleine had died in the apartment and she had hidden her body she might only serve a two-year sentence and Gerry McCann would not be charged at all. On September 7 the couple were both made arguidos.

    Goncalo Amaral, the chief inspector who had been in charge of the case, resigned in 2008 to write a book alleging that Madeleine had died in an accident in the apartment and the McCanns had faked the abduction. The McCanns sued him for libel, and won: Amaral was ordered to pay them £394,000 in damages, but in April 2016 that decision was overturned by an appeal court.


  91. (Cont.)

    In July 2008 the Portuguese attorney general announced that the McCanns were no longer suspects and the investigation was closed. The McCanns hired private investigators to carry on the search, but it was not until May 2011 that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, announced that Scotland Yard would review the evidence in the case, which had until then been the responsibility of Leicestershire Police, working with the Portuguese authorities.

    In July 2013 Operation Grange, the review of the available evidence, became a full-blown criminal inquiry, and Scotland Yard said it was concentrating on a “criminal act by a stranger”.

    The Yard announced it was looking into possible links between Madeleine’s disappearance and bogus charity collectors who were knocking on doors in Praia da Luz at the time. Between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on the day in question there were four separate sightings of men who said they were collecting money for an orphanage. British detectives believe men whose photofits they released in 2013 may have been engaged in reconnaissance for a pre-planned abduction or for burglaries, in keeping with the theory that Madeleine may have been killed by a burglar she disturbed.

    Scotland Yard also said in 2013 it was eager to trace a blond-haired man who had been seen loitering in the area on April 30 and May 2, looking at apartment 1A. He was described as “ugly” with a spotty complexion and a large nose. Two blond-haired men were seen on the balcony of the empty apartment 5C, two doors from 5A, at 2.30pm on the day of the disappearance. Blond men were seen again near 5A at 4pm and 6pm that day, and at 11pm that night. Following the appeal on Crimewatch, the Portuguese police re-opened their own investigation.

    Scotland Yard officers travelled to Portugal in 2014 to interview four suspects and carried out searches of the area around the apartment using ground-penetrating radar. One of the men who was interview has since been eliminated from the inquiry, but the other three men remain arguidos.

    The British officers questioned them on suspicion of being part of a burglary gang that panicked after killing Madeleine during a bungled break-in. They all protested their innocence and were released without charge.

    Another suspect was Euclides Monteiro, a convicted burglar with a drug habit, who had been sacked from the Ocean Club in 2006. Mobile phone tracking showed he had been in the area on the night of the disappearance, and police believe he may have been burgling apartments there to fund his drug addiction. He died in a tractor accident in 2009.


  92. (Cont.)

    In March 2014 Scotland Yard announced that a lone intruder sexually assaulted five girls aged between seven and 10 in the Algarve between 2004 and 2006. The man, who has never been caught, was said to have a “very, very unhealthy interest” in young white girls.

    The four incidents, one of which involved two girls, were among 12 in which men had entered holiday accommodation in the area, including two incidents in Praia da Luz. The force also said it was looking at 38 “people of interest” and were researching the backgrounds of 530 known sex offenders, including 59 regarded as high interest.

    In December 2014 Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, the man who had led Operation Grange, retired and was replaced on Dec 22 by DCI Nicola Wall, who travelled to Portugal the same month to conduct further inquiries.

    DCI Wall and her team interviewed seven suspects and four witnesses, but have not released any information about what they discovered, insisting they will not provide a "running commentary" on the case.

    In September 2015 the Met announced that it was scaling back the Operation Grange investigation team from 29 officers to four. With the cost of the inquiry topping £10 million, the force said it was following "a small number of focused lines of inquiry".

    It added that the "vast majority" of the work of Operation Grange had been completed. In total officers had reviewed more than 40,000 documents, took 1,338 statements and collected 1,027 exhibits.

    The Met said 60 "persons of interest" had been investigated, 650 sex offenders considered and 8,685 potential sightings investigated.

    Then, in April 2016, came an announcement by the Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe that his officers had boiled down the evidence to "one final lead".

    Having failed to substantiate other theories, police are reportedly left with one of the original theories - that Madeleine was killed during a botched burglary.

    The Met wants to re-interview three suspects who were placed at the scene through analysis of their mobile phones: Jose Carlos da Silva, 30, who used to drive guests to their apartments at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, Ricardo Rodrigues, 24, and Paulo Ribeiro, 53.

    They have previously admitted petty theft from apartments at the complex but denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.

    Kate and Gerry McCann remain convinced their daughter is alive and that they will one day be reunited. The hunt to find her continues.

    1. Hi Textusa,I have seen a video made by the BBC/DCS Andy Redwood 15 October 2013,alluding to the burglar/Paedophile within the preceding 12 months(2006) of Madeleine McCann's reported disappearance 3 May 2007,Madeleine-The Truth blog?
      Now DCS Ady Redwood has already moved a "Ticking clock Forward" in a Crime Watch Programme October 2013,Creche Dad/Tannerman?
      So we are supposed to believe that"Burglars Abducted Madeleine"alive or dead,similar to their Modus Operandi nearly a year to the day Madeleine was reported as missing by her parents on the above date?
      Surly the Metroplitan Police Service must be taking the proverbial,to dismiss sworn statements of timed events of where people where within Portugal,when they were not present at all,after having time served Police Officers trawl the information and still have No answers,must either be incompetence or Assistance to a Cover Up,judging by DCS Andy Redwoods thesis(Move the Time to the crime Theory),Yes to Both.

  93. Mr. Amaral on portuguese tv next monday?

    1. Where did you see it announced ? Thank you .

    2. Which one please? RTP1, RTP2, RTP3, TVI, SIC, CMTV

    3. Next Monday cmtv (Portuguese TV channel) will show a reconstitution of the disappearance of the madeleine mccann with the presence of gonçalo amaral.

    4. Thank you . The reconstitution is old but I'd say GA could be in studio . Let's wait and see . Thank you again .

  94. It seems the article from the Yorkshire Evening Post has been pulled.

    "We are sorry to say that you have found our 'sorry' page while visiting

    You may be attempting to get to a page that doesn't exist or our web gurus are currently trying to fix the issue.
    Click here to try again

    Alternatively if that fails and you return to this error page, please click here to try the homepage,

    news or sport section."

    1. I was just looking for that on twitter to show my other half! I tweeted a link to it. Good job you've got it in full here! Good 'ol Textusa! I think it's to do with the Martin Brunt I interview tonight being "embargoed".

  95. i haven't seen anything in the Mail online today. Strange how that article cropped up in The Yorkshire Evening Post of all papers.... and then pulled... was that a move by 'The Other Side'?

  96. It seems article is back online.

  97. One i found is not the same!!!


  98. Bampots,

    Something strange is happening. Was warned that the link had been pulled off. Tried on my laptop and the message that appeared is the one it was put on comment.

    Then warned that article was back on. On mobile, the link works and article is there, reason why we said it was back.

    Trying now on laptop it says it's not.

    People at Yorkshire Post, please get your act together.

  99. Bampots, took the liberty to "censor" your comment. As you have up to now always posted as Anonymous, we thought best to censor your Google ID:

    "(censored) has left a new comment on your post "New post":

    Perhaps their act is totally together! And not being there is what they wanted us to find....the whole tragic affair is an utter headf&ck at times! Excuse my language we had an out there piece quoting O.G........and we are left with a flowery bit of fluff.....

    What's new? Bampots


    Posted by (censored) to Textusa at 25 Apr 2017, 20:17:00

  100. I can't keep up with all of this !

  101. With thanks to Ben Thompson:

    Tuesday, 25 April 2017
    The Metropolitan Police gave a press release earlier today in relation to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Tonight at 9pm, this blog will be releasing the transcript of the press release an hour before the media


    Madeleine McCann mystery may NEVER be solved, admit Portuguese cops who blast case as a ‘thorn in their side’

    Top cop Pedro do Carmo of the Policia Judiciaria admitted the more time passes the harder the case gets for them to crack

    24th April 2017, 9:54 am
    Updated: 24th April 2017, 11:45 am

    PORTUGUESE cops have admitted the longer their Madeleine McCann investigation goes on, the less chance they have of solving her 10-year-old mystery disappearance.

    Police based in the northern Portuguese city of Porto are conducting a parallel probe to the one led by Scotland Yard.

    Pedro do Carmo, national assistant director of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ), admitted today the case was unique.

    In an interview in which he described the Maddie case as a “thorn in [the police’s] side”, Mr do Carmo said: “We’d never had a case like it and we’ve never had one since.”

    Stressing Portuguese cops wanted to solve the mystery so they “could learn lessons for future situations”, he added: “The PJ knows that as time goes on, it will become more difficult to obtain answers and results.

    “In any case we have hope and we have reasons for that hope.”

    Saying the Portuguese police’s work would be finished when they reached a stage where “there was no more to be done”, he added: “We still don’t know what happened and why Madeleine disappeared.

    “That means that we’re still not in a position to say what was done wrong, what was done right and what should have been done.”

    The Portuguese probe into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance was archived in July 2008.

    But it was reopened in May 2014 after convicted burglar Euclides Monteiro, a former employee at the Ocean club holiday resort where the youngster vanished from, was identified as a suspect.

    Monteiro’s widow Luisa Rodrigues has always insisted the Cape Verdian immigrant, who died in a tractor accident in 2009, is an innocent man – but he has never been officially ruled out of the inquiry.

    When it emerged a team of police officers from Porto had been instructed to review the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance – but before the Portuguese probe was officially reopened – Pedro do Carmo said: “Despite having been formally archived, we continue to have an unexplained disappearance.

    “The archiving does not mean that the PJ has less interest in establishing what happened or looking for answers.

    "The British authorities have set up a team to review the investigation. They have been to Portugal and agreed to collaborate with the PJ.

    "We are doing the same. The Porto team is experienced in these cases."

    Mr do Carmo is understood to have met several times with DCI Nicola Wall who is in charge of Scotland Yard’s probe into Madeleine’s disappearance, as well as her predecessor Andy Redwood.

    He appeared to give no clues in his interview about what he thought might have happened to Madeleine.

    At the weekend ex-PJ officer Paulo Pereira Cristovao, who became the boss of Portugal’s missing children agency the same year Madeleine disappeared, said he thought she may have been snatched and taken to caves nearby.

    Former Scotland Yard detective Colin Sutton has claimed she may have been abducted by slave traders and sold to a rich family after being smuggled by ferry into Africa

    1. Brought this from yesterday because just now on Sky News Pedro do Carmo told Martin Brunt very clearly that if the British close their investigation, that doesn't mean the Portuguese will close theirs.

    2. Ok so why did he feel the need to say this? Is it a warning to UK that even if they 'archive' the Portuguese wont let this go? If so, it does imply that the two forces are not mutually trusting of each other, surely..?

  103. In Sky News uk - their bulletin ends:
    Portugal's deputy national director of the Policia Judiciaria, Pedro do Carmo, told Sky News that he was under no financial or political pressure to wind up his re-opened investigation.

    He said: "If the Metropolitan Police decides to close its investigation that doesn't mean we are going to close ours.

    "Our two investigations are not dependent on one another."

    1. That is the one and only reason the MET continue,they know not what the PJ are up to,the sound bite from Rowley is an upgrade from Hogan Howe words from last April,is this to be an annual statement? What is clear from the recent shambles is that Justice for Madeleine isn't coming any time soon.


    AC Mark Rowley reflects on the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Blog post • Apr 25, 2017 21:00 BST

    As an investigation team we are only too aware of the significance of dates and anniversaries. Whatever the inquiry, we want to get answers for everyone involved.

    The disappearance of Madeleine McCann is no different in that respect but of course the circumstances and the huge public interest, make this a unique case for us as police officers to deal with. In a missing child inquiry every day is agony and an anniversary brings this into sharp focus. Our thoughts are with Madeleine's family at this time - as it is with any family in a missing person’s inquiry - and that drives our commitment to do everything we can for her.

    On 3rd May 2017, it will be 10 years since Madeleine vanished from her apartment in Praia Da Luz, a small town on the Algarve. In the immediate hours following her disappearance, an extensive search commenced involving the local police, community and tourists. This led to an investigation that has involved police services across Europe and beyond, experts in many fields, the world’s media and the public, which continues to this day. The image of Madeleine remains instantly recognisable in many countries across the world.

    The Met’s dedicated team of four detectives, continues to work closely on the outstanding enquiries along with colleagues of the Portuguese Policia Judiciária. Our relationship with the Policia Judiciária is good. We continue to work together and this is helping us to move forward the investigation.

    We don't have evidence telling us if Madeleine is alive or dead. It is a missing person’s inquiry but as a team we are realistic about what we might be dealing with - especially as months turn to years.

    Now is a time we can reflect on an investigation which captured an unprecedented amount of media coverage and interest. The enormity of scale and the complexity of such a case brings along its own challenges, not least learning to work with colleagues who operate under a very different legal system. The inquiry has been, and continues to be helped and supported by many organisations and individuals. We acknowledge the difference these contributions have made to the investigation and would like it known that we appreciate all the support we have and continue to receive.


  105. (Cont.)

    Since the Met was instructed by the Home Office to review the case in 2011, we have reviewed all the material gathered from multiple sources since 2007. This amounted to over 40,000 documents out of which thousands of enquiries were generated. We continue to receive information on a daily basis, all of which is assessed and actioned for enquiries to be conducted.

    We have appealed on four BBC Crimewatch programmes since April 2012. This included an age progression image which resulted in hundreds of calls about alleged sightings of Madeleine; an appeal for the identity of possibly relevant individuals through description or Efit; and information sought relating to suspicious behaviour or offences of burglary. These programmes collectively produced a fantastic response from the public. The thousands of calls and information enabled detectives to progress a number of enquiries. This was in addition to over 3,000 holiday photographs from the public in response to an earlier appeal.

    The team has looked at in excess of 600 individuals who were identified as being potentially significant to the disappearance. In 2013 the team identified four individuals they declared to be suspects in the case. This led to interviews at a police station in Faro facilitated by the local Policia Judiciária and the search of a large area of wasteland which is close to Madeleine's apartment in Praia Da Luz. The enquiries did not find any evidence to further implicate the individuals in the disappearance and so they are no longer subject of further investigation.

    We will not comment on other parts of our investigation - it does not help the teams investigating to give a commentary on those aspects. I am pleased to say that our relationship with the Portuguese investigators is better than ever and this is paying dividends in the progress all of us are making.

    We are often asked about funding and you can see that we are now a much smaller team. We know we have the funding to look at the focused enquiry we are pursuing.

    Of course we always want information and we can't rule out making new appeals if that is required. However, right now, new appeals or prompts to the public are not in the interest of what we are trying to achieve.

    As detectives, we will always be extremely disappointed when we are unable to provide an explanation of what happened. However the work carried out by Portuguese and Met officers in reviewing material and reopening the investigation has been successful in taking a number of lines of interest to their conclusion. That work has provided important answers.

    Right now we are committed to taking the current inquiry as far as we possibly can and we are confident that will happen. Ultimately this, and the previous work, gives all of us the very best chance of getting the answers – although we must, of course, remember that no investigation can guarantee to provide a definitive conclusion.

    However the Met, jointly with colleagues from the Policia Judiciária continue the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann with focus and determination.

    1. Very interesting comment: "However, right now, new appeals or prompts to the public are not in the interest of what we are trying to achieve."

      Together with: "Right now we are committed to taking the current inquiry as far as we possibly can and we are confident that will happen"

    2. However, there is this:

    3. He comes across as a complete idiot!
      The only explanation is they are keeping a lid on things until they can act but I can't believe that.
      He didn't want to spend any time on why parents not involved, ignoring the conclusions of Archiving report.
      Why don't they just stop now?

  106. My i pad went funny...thanks for holding back personal details:-)....BBC take on things here....Rowley says....

    But he added that "there was no reason whatsoever" to suspect Madeleine's parents were involved in her disappearance.



    mark Rowley speaking in interview, saying the parents are not involved that was all dealt with in Portugal!

    1. I take that back, he doesn't say they are not involved. What he does say is very interesting.

  108. Rowley still doesn't address why a couple of two bit doctors have been given the VIP treatment


    If you listen to this video at about 1.20 he days "first of all,theparents,their involvement;that was dealt with by the Portugese at the time...and no reason to go back over it(!)" exclamation.

    Its not exactly a let off.....given the Porugese have recently said that the parents are still under suspicion?


    1. That's what I hear Bampots! Don't really understand why everyone expects him to say "Yup, it's the parents, that's our last line of inquiry". He says "dealt with by the Portuguese, BY THE ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION" (my caps)

      The original investigation was by GA and we all know what his theory was/is

      "we're happy that's completely dealt with and there's no reason whatsoever to reopen that"

      They got it right, we're happy with the conclusion, the documentation is all there, they did their job.

      "or to start rumours that that's a line of investigation."

      The vigilante mob would have a field day, not just on social media, McCanns have 2 other children who have to be protected at all costs, and rightly so.

      He goes on to say about the bungling burglars, paedophiles in the area, strange people hanging around, etc. That's just bluff.

      When he talks about Madeleine being a 3 year old child who wasn't old enough to make a decision about leaving, look at his face. To me, he's saying she was so young, the people who should have been looking after her, let her down.

      Incidentally, there's a transcript of the full interview, (this Daily Mail one has cut the questions out). The full transcript is on OFM but I don't know how to bring it over here. The questions are not soft and he confirms the parents have not been reinterviewed under caution.


    The Guardian telling us to prepare for archival.

  111. Textusa,
    I listened and watched Rowley on BBC news last night and felt extremely disheartened. Whilst I agree there was some stuff in there that was encouraging and positive for 'truth seekers', I came away thinking 'there is no way that the truth is ever going to emerge - no way!'. I have thought previously that the truth of the case is known by both forces and that all they are waiting for is a 'nod' to go ahead in one way or another. However now, I am thinking that either.
    1. It is all tied up really but they are just having to stall all the time waiting for a decision from the powers that be
    2. It is not all tied up - they are still trying to get to the bottom of things and get sufficient evidence and work out the details
    3. It is a whitewash and they haven't yet found a suitable, credible ending

    I am just so very confused and wish that they had not commented at all!
    I am so looking forward to hearing your interpretation on this and I am guessing you will probably see recent events with optimism... it gives me a massive headache

  112. DCI Nicola Wall is never let out to give an update -maybe they are saving her for the best bit

  113. Mr. Rowley emphasized that Madeleine did not wander off by stating: "However Madeleine left the apartment, she has been abducted." Right. She has been abducted, but not by strangers, because the burglars who were interviewed in Portugal are no longer subjects to the inquiry.
    IMO, we should change the rifle from shoulder and from now on strongly emphasize and repeat that 'Madeleine McCann has been abducted'. Another word for 'taken away'. The question is: who took her / carried her? Any suggestions?

    1. Agree. And didn't the original Portuguese investigation archiving despatch also use the word "abduction"? We only need to insert the word "simulated" before it.

  114. My own thoughts about AC Rowleys interview was that he was trying hard not to give anything away, you could see him stumbling on how to answer "are you any closer to solving this mystery" then after stumbling he confidently said "we know we have a significant line of enquiry".

    I believe the MET were forced into making that broadcast last night because MSM have been bombarding us with several articles a day, similar situation to when Rebekah Brooks said she would put out an article every day on Theresa May until there was a review, perhaps MSMs logic was if MET will not update the media then we'll force out an update, perhaps there was a planned update but it was put out sooner because of the MSM putting out some ridiculous articles.

    After watching that interview I still believe there will be a resolution on this case with Portuguel making the point of saying their investigation is not dependant on the UK investigation, Portuguel must of reopened the case because of new evidence found because everyone knows the parents could have reopened it at any time by co-operating and doing a reconstruction.

  115. It seems to me that " Clarrie" has been replaced as Mc Cann spokesman by Martin Brunt. Talk about control of the MSM!

    1. How did Martin Brunt "full DNA match to Madeleine in the boot of the car" "Kate McCann is expected to be charged with Madeleine's accidental death" manage to be THE person that gets to interview the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley???

    2. Perhaps Assistant Commander of Metropolitan Police Service Mark Rowley,could have reminded Mac Brunt of his hounding of Mrs Brenda Leyland, outside of her home Broadcast on Sky News every Fifteen minutes,"Well Sweepf@ce,your Identity is not a secret anymore"Dossier handed to Sir Bernard Hogan Howe by the McCann Family?

  116. Last night's news clip as follows at 1.22 in it shows Portuguese police looking for a dead body, possibly a subliminal message to the public without stating the fact of the cadaver dogs.

  117. Is anyone able to provide a link to the Martin Brunt interview?

    Thanks in advance.

  118. The transcript of AC Rowley interview:


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