Anorak | Madeleine McCann: Torture, A Witness, Robert Murat’s Innocence And Richard Branson Investigates

Madeleine McCann: Torture, A Witness, Robert Murat’s Innocence And Richard Branson Investigates

by | 16th, September 2007

mccannfamily.jpg MADDYWATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.


As reported by Anorak on June 11 (see Madeleine McCann And Amaral Policing ): “Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral has been accused of concealing evidence that the mother of eight-year-old Joana Cipriano, who disappeared in the Algarve three years ago, was tortured by police into confessing she had killed her daughter, whose body was never found.”

Is this the British Press discrediting the Portuguese police? Should they leave our Kate and Gerry alone? (Do the Portuguese police have a PR?)

“Lies, beatings, secret trials: the dark side of police handling Madeleine case” If the Portuguese police do have a PR, they should get a new one.

“Madeleine: Hair in McCann Renault: ‘It could be anyone’s’” British forensic experts have concluded the fragments said to be Madeleine’s could belong to any number of people who had come into contact with the silver Renault Scenic.

THE OBSERVER : “Maddy police: we blundered.” Remember Robert Murat?

Says a source said to be from within the Portuguese police force: “British police and crime experts also suggested that Murat fitted the profile to have been behind a kidnapping. But the Lisbon investigators were from the start unsettled about the lack of any motive. Months later, there is nothing to suggest he was involved.”

But, er, Robert Murat remains a suspect .

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH : “Hope for McCanns as law on secrecy is eased.”

Plans are afoot to change the rules in Portugal. The “new law means that all suspects and third parties, including the media, will have access to police documents in any investigation unless the public prosecutor decides that secrecy will benefit the inquiry or protect the rights of the accused.”

And the police can make their views known to the public, too.

And: the McCanns have announced an £80,000 advertising campaign to help find Madeleine.


No longer a criminal case. It is now a tragedy. The Encyclopaedia Britannica says a tragedy is a “branch of drama that treats in a serious and dignified style the sorrowful or terrible events encountered or caused by a heroic individual.”

Yes, dignified. Who knew?

DAILY STAR ON SUNDAY front page: “MADDIE. The missing journey.”
Where did she go?

SUNDAY TIMES front page: “Branson gives cash to defend McCanns.”
Sir Richard Branson is giving £100,000 to create a “fighting fund” to help the parents of Madeleine McCann to clear their names.

A source close to Branson says: “Sir Richard wants to ensure the McCanns get access to the best legal advice. He has a good instinct on these things.”

The Virgin Sniffer will crack the case. Or will his PR and marketing departments get there first.

But is Branson right? Let’s take a look at the survey…

“According to a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times, only 20% of respondents believe that the McCanns are completely innocent. Nearly half (48%) believe that they could have been

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