(May 18th, 2010)
We can clearly divide the “Sewer Video” into two sets: - from Picture 1 to 23, going from Apartment 5A to PdL’s "Kelly’s Triangle":
- from Picture 24 to 44, from this Triangle to the sewer:
Picture 45, doesn't fit in either, as is just a nice view of the rocky seaside West of PdL.
I like to call the first set as the “Gerry’s Pictures”, and the other as… well, as the “Sewer Pictures”.
“Gerry’s Pictures” are, I’m certain o that, engraved in the Doctor’s brain, and he’s remembering what he thought and what he felt in each one as he’s reading this.
However, he hasn’t, in my opinion, ever seen whatever is depicted in the “Sewer Pictures”.
I’m of course ONLY talking about from Picture 25 onwards, because, as I’ve said before, one day the credit card statements will prove that the McCanns knew quite well Kelly’s Bar, and respective Triangle, as per picture 24, and at least from there all the way down to Chaplin’s.
I’m totally conscientious that what I’ve just said and the way I’ve just classified the video is rather controversial amongst the White Hats.
But that is what I think, and hopefully will justify why.
But first, based on the pictures taken from the video I do have to correct some previous statements. One is that that entrance (B) is clearly NOT a private one, and anyone can access the beach from there:
The other is that, as per Picture 45, the rock surface is relatively flat so it doesn’t present the risk of falling that I thought it did.
In the dark, and in normal circumstances, I would avoid it, but having to, it wouldn’t stop me, it would just slow me down.
On the other hand, the same picture indicates that there aren’t any crevices to hide a body, at least anywhere near PdL.
Also, not linked to “body hiding”, but rather confirming what I've already stated more than once, but worth repeating as many times as possible, Picture 16 shows that “The Stroller” had yet another opportunity to avoid the Smiths.
There are stairs to his left, which lead to a parking area, which he could have used:
If at the distance shown he claims that he didn’t see AND hear the Smiths, one can only assume that he, not only was dumb as a doornail, as he is completely vision and hearing impaired.
But on this post I wish to concentrate just on the “Sewer Pictures”.
As can be seen below by the representation of where the Pictures 21 to 43 were taken, that particular area was passed with a very fine tooth comb by the photographer:
The picture with a “?”, is Picture 44, that shows the sewer itself. It’s not clear its exact location, nor can we determine from where it was taken.
But both these details, at this point, are not important
The first impression one gets, is that this is a biased photographic documentary.
The pictures were taken and compiled in a sequence with the very clear objective to prove that the body was taken to, and hidden in, the sewer.
For example, only the second entrance, or entrance (A) of my previous post on this subject, is taken into account on this video.
It would be interesting to see what could be seen from (X) or found in the nearby area, or not seen nor found, if one heads for the beach by first entrance, or entrance (B):
I would like to clarify that I use the term “biased” not in a critical way but just stating it as fact.
We’re all biased; one way or another, and I think to be completely legitimate that whoever sincerely thought that the body was hidden in the sewer, should take these pictures the way he/she did to clearly prove his point of view.
No criticism on my part about that.
It’s up to the rest of us to have a sufficiently open and critical mind about the subject. We should challenge its assumptions, confirm its possibilities and verify if all limitations were taken, proportionally, into account. In other words, have the theory submitted to the test of honest confrontation.
That is what I expect from you with each and every article that I write. If it passes the test, we then should consider its content as FACT. But, if not, discard it, as painful as that might be to do.
The human being is evaluated not by the number of falls but by the speed by which he gets up from each one of them.
Coming back to the pictures, I tried to number them but ended up with incomprehensible garble of lines, numbers and triangles. So to understand the sequence by which the pictures were taken, I coloured the triangles according to the scale shown:
As one reader quite correctly stated, to hide the body in THAT sewer, you had to know the area. Very, very well, as said.
Personally I agree. Not only the high grass in front of the second entrance (A), but that whole street, the Rua da Calheta.
Only after a thorough and adequate reconnaissance could any of the Tapas have minimum knowledge of THIS sewer and its location. As it is hidden by shrub and high grass, finding it could only have resulted from a milimetric search of that particular area.
This immediately raises the question of who did that exploring, and when.
The Tapas were filmed at Paraíso Bar at 18:15, with the exception of the Kate and Gerry McCann.
The couple could have could have been searching while this filming took place, but that would mean that Gerry and Kate were the SOLE responsibles for the death of Maddie.
That, or that their friends, knowing about the unfortunate event, had decided NOT to help, demonstrating an alienation from the couple that contradicts the solidarity shown in the following hours, days, months and years.
Also, if Gerry and Kate searched alone, did they search with the twins or did they leave them in the Apartment 5A with Maddie’s body?
The possibility of Gerry doing it alone, would, as I’ve shown, prove that he simply didn’t do it, as he’d be the ONLY one to know where the body would be, and would be the ONLY one to know where to pick it up again, and most importantly, uncertain if he could.
It simply wouldn’t be enough telling any other Tapas that “you just go by Kellys’s, turn right, at the end of the road turn on the second on your left, and then somewhere in the middle of the high grass in front of you, there’s an open sewer, and there, you’ll find Maddie.”
IF there was a search for a hiding place for the body, then it’s more than probable that the Tapas participated.
They had to, otherwise the whole thing is totally absurd.
So our search story has a beginning: 18:15 at Paraíso’s Bar. From there, arrive at Apartment 5A, around 18:25/18:30. Hear the news, accept the news, and hear the strategy. That would make the break up into “search parties”, to be around 18:50, and I’m really taking these people to be cynical and heartless to the point of being used to watch one of their kids die, with no emotional waste of time, just cold-hearted reasoning.
The parties then spread out all over PdL. One heads for the rocky beach, and arrives around 19:05, at the “Kelly’s Triangle” area. The search for a hiding spot then begins. This is what they faced, knowing only that behind the houses on the left, is a beach:
Just as a sidenote, wouldn’t you, if you're looking for a hiding place for a dead child, just see how busy the place where you stood was, and just look somewhere else? I mean, as far away as you could from the busiest part of town? But let's disregard logic once more.
They would have gone on to the first entrance (Pictures 25 to 30), look around, go along the path to the beach and back (no pictures). Then move on to the second entrance (Pictures 31 to 44), where they looked around once again, in every possible nook and cranny, and then, in a stroke of luck, find the sewer.
Let’s discard the possible suspicions raised by the fact that a pair (could be more than two) of foreigners were looking around for, say, a pair of glasses, when none had EVER been seen in the place before, as if you notice, between Pictures 31 and 32, there’s car that is in one and not in the other, so there seems to some human activity around that area, so IS NOT isolated at all…
I’m feeling really benign, so and I’ll say that whoever did all the above described didn’t take more than 30 minutes.
And let’s ALSO suppose that one of the members of THIS particular group, the one that found the sewer, was Gerry.
Otherwise we’d also have to take into account the time needed to call him there and see for himself where he was to hide the body that night. What time is it, then? 19:35.
Call off all other search parties, and back to the Ocean Club.
Arrive there at 19:50/19:55. Hopefully no other party was further out than the one that found the sewer... for example, if another had gone as far as the “Millenium Restaurant”, then we would have to add an extra half-hour just to wait for them to arrive… 19:55 it is then.
That leaves one hour get ready for dinner, agree on all the schematic of time checks, and dinner arrivals, at 21:00, and have good old jolly Gerry taking Maddie to the sewer at 22:00.
In between, bathe the kids and put them to bed. Also, by some accounts, have a bottle of New Zealand wine…
Plausible? I would say no, but won’t be a spoil sport.
Possible? Will just smile for now.
One thing we can agree on is that ONLY through an adequate and thorough reconnaissance of the PdL beach area West of the “Kelly’s Triangle”, would it be possible for the body to be placed in the sewer.
This is a VERY IMPORTANT assumption. I’m not questioning its feasibility, just agreeing and stating its necessity.
Let’s move on then. To take us to the sewer, we only have the sequence of Pictures 41, 42 and 43:
From these, we can deduce that the sewer is located somewhere in the red area below:
The concentric circles of 10 metres show that this whole area is located 30/40 metres from nearby houses. At least it’s nearer to them than the fishing boats.
This means that the sewer is KNOWN the local residents, and it has certainly been used for many a game by the local kids.
To attempt to deny this fact is to completely ignore life in small villages. Many a “treasure” has been hidden in that sewer. Many a pirate has fought, there, the battle of his life for many a day in a row…
So, once it was known that a little English girl was lost somewhere in the town, I’m quite certain that those that live in those nearby houses, looked FIRST in THAT sewer.
And then they looked under each one of those boats. And checked if the sheds weren't broken into.
No question in my mind about that.
But we have no way of knowing if those people even knew that Maddie was gone that night. We don’t know who exactly is referred by “locals participated in the search”. We know that employees of the Ocean Club did, we know some others did also, but we don’t know if the Rua da Calheta’s residents did.
After all, Robert Murat and his Mother, living much closer to the Ocean Club didn’t, so I’ll concede that these residents, slept soundly, albeit somewhat extra movement in their neighborhood, and even if woken up by someone shouting Maddie’s name, just turned to the other side and returned to sleep.
So I will say that it is possible that those who searched for an ALIVE Maddie in the Rua da Calheta were strange to it, and had no clue about the sewer. But let’s go back a little in time.
The Smith Sighting took place around 22:00. Let’s benefit "The Stroller", and say it was 21:50. From there to the sewer area , shall we say it would take him 10/15 minutes. After all, it’s dark, and he’s only been there ONCE before. That makes it around 22:00/22:05.
This is how entrance (A) would look like, as well as the high grass in front of it:
Imagine yourself trying to find a sewer in these conditions, one that you’ve seen for the FIRST and ONLY time late that same afternoon.
Pretty hard task, wouldn’t you say? But possible, and when you want to hide a body… well all sacrifices MUST be made.
Then the mobile rings (if it rang before, then one wonders what would he do... Drop the body? Continue to look for the sewer? Return with it?)…
Kate has given the alarm.
Gerry has to hurry back. HURRY BACK.
But it’s a minimum 20 minute walk from where he is…
What? You say it wasn’t dark at all? Well, we’ve been told that there could have been a full moon, but that wouldn’t…
No, it’s not the moon? Then what? I see that YOU are an attentive reader.
Picture 35 clearly shows two very important things: a canine problem… and a lamppost:
That would mean that that area would be illuminated:
Or if even ill-illuminated:
Won’t even go into the possibility young couples being there using those benches for some romantic fun, because that would just hamper this whole theory needlessly, so let’s leave them out of this, shall we? If one wants to do those kinds of secret things, one doesn’t choose an illuminated spot, does one?!?
So now we have Gerry, placing a body, at around about 22:00, in an illuminated area, where dogs seem to exist, and be a nuisance, 500/600 metres from where he was staying, not having the faintest idea when or if he could come back to pick it up.
Apparently, and according to his friend David Payne, it seems that he got a window of opportunity around 04:00 a.m. That’s only six hours for a lump of freshly dead meat (that is, in reality, what a human dead body becomes) release its smell right up some canine noses…
But, why not? If “coincidence” is the McCanns middle name, “inexplicable” must be their family motto, so we’ll assume that ALL PdL stray dogs could have had their noses blocked by some mysterious disease, so we shall proceed.
So what PROVES that there was no body placement in the sewer (as if any more argumentation was needed…)?
The assumption on what ALL this is based on: RECONNAISSANCE.
That means that whoever determined that the sewer to be the ideal spot for a temporary body hideout would have realized that the “Kelly’s Triangle” area was one that HAD to be avoided.
And for someone that was heading from Apartment 5A to the sewer, the “Kelly’s Triangle” was easily avoidable:
Either they explored the area, or they didn’t.
No two ways about it.
Simply NO EXPLANATION for going down the Rua da Escola Primária.
Oh, you now say that they only concentrated their search on the beach area, and didn’t have the time to certify themselves about the various accesses there.
Well, another unreasonable, lame, explanation.
For the Tapas, from the Ocean Club to the "Kelly’s Triangle" area, and sewer, there is only ONE logical path, that can originate from the either points that we know that the Tapas are familiar with: the Ocean Club entrance (1) and the crèche (2)
As you can see, nowhere near the Rua da Escola Primária, where the Smith Sighting took place.
Any which way you look at it, the place of the Smith Sighting is a completely “UNNATURAL” location to be seen if one is hiding a body, at 22:00, on the night of May 3rd, be the destination the Church, Beach A or Beach B.
No, the Smiths did see a man carrying a child, but that man was not hiding or disposing any body.
The ONLY justification for a man to be seen by the Smiths carrying a child dressed like Maddie, is that the Rua da Escola Primária is the ONLY route that one can take if one wishes to pass by “Kelly’s Triangle”, the busiest spot in town, and give the impression that one’s heading out towards the beach.
There is simply NO OTHER explanation.
I did say that this video was enlightening.
But NOT because of all I’ve stated above. That, I already have one way or another stated in previous posts.
No. It’s because the moment I saw it, I thought to myself “HERE IS THE SMITH SIGHTING COMPLETELY EXPLAINED”.
By the pictures it contains? No, those are only helpful to justify this and that detail, and in that, have been, and will continue to be very useful. So what is common between the “Smith Sighting Stroll” and the “Sewer Video”?
Both prove the EXACT OPPOSITE of what they were intended to prove.
The "Sewer Video" intended to prove that the body had been disposed of at the sewer, but ended up proving exactly that of all possible places, it wasn’t the sewer.
The "Smith Sighting Stroll" intended to prove that there was abduction, but ended up proving that there wasn’t one.
And the stroll, in proving that there was no abduction, leaves as the only other possible explanations for Maddie to be missing to this day, to be manslaughter or murder.
Both the stroll and the video are completely backfired messages.
Fortunately for the truth.