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Madeleine McCann: Francisco Moita Flores’ 3 Minutes, Gran’s Plate And The Paedo Doctor

by | 20th, October 2007

MADDY WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE 3 MINUTES TO DUMP HER BODY. Amazing new theory of crime specialists”

The police? Sort of… Former police inspector Francisco Moita Flores is the star of a Portuguese TV show about the case. It’s not just the British that can turn the case into a form of entertainment

(Says The Guardian: “Channel 4’s Searching for Madeleine: A Dispatches Special about the police hunt for Madeleine McCann got 3.1 million viewers at 14% over the 9pm hour. At the same time Channel Five’s The Hotel Inspector got 1.5 million viewers, a share of 7%, making it the network’s best performing show of the day)

Says Flores: “There are so many contradictory theories, but she was taken, dead or alive, according to the dogs, down to the church.” Oh?

“This would have to have been done by car. There is a piece of land behind the church and behind that is the sea. A car could take you from the apartment to the sea in 30 seconds, whichever route was used. Let’s say something went wrong, we have about 40 seconds. If you add two minutes to dispose of the body by sea that’s little more than two and a half minutes at the most. It would take just another 30 seconds to return to the resort”

This is based on hard speculation and raw opinion

Mr Flores adds of the ‘Tapas 9’: “That is more than enough time for any member of the group that left the table during that meal to be considered a suspect. Many of the group, according to what we’re told, was absent from that table every one of them for more than three minutes”

And then a flash of genius: “The little girl was removed and taken elsewhere whether alive by an abductor or dead after an accident.

Another “crimebuster”, Professor Paulo Sargento, of Lusofana University in Lisbon, says: “I am convinced that whatever happened happened within the McCanns and their group of friends. The reconstruction shows how unlikely it is that any other explanation could be possible”

But not impossible

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: 3 MINUTES TO HIDE BODY”

DAILY MIRROR : “8 minutes to snatch Madeleine EXCLUSIVE: 3D MODEL TIME CLUES”

Prof Sargento, of Lusofana University, Lisbon, says: “We have used the precise timings to recreate on screen what happened that night. From 8pm when the group sat down for dinner, seven people got up and walked around 14 times. That means on average there was somebody with a view of the McCanns’ apartment every eight minutes during that period”

And:

“Meanwhile, the McCanns yesterday said they could prove they have never sedated their children,” says the Mirror. “A source said toxicology tests on hair from two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie showed they had never been given sedatives, demolishing police claims all three children were drugged when Madeleine vanished. A friend of the couple said: ‘It backs up Kate and Gerry’s claims’”

Was Madeleine sedated?

THE SUN : “Maddie’s final gift for gran”

A picture of a plate “the poignant last gift from Madeleine McCann to her gran given just days before she vanished”

“The heartshaped plate bears Maddie’s little handprints and the touching message, ‘I love you Grandma and Grandad, From Madeleine 2007’”

“Maddie’s devastated gran Susan Healy showed off the plate yesterday and said: ‘This is so special I feel like locking it in a safe. I couldn’t bear anything to happen to it the handprints are the closest thing we have to a physical reminder of her’”

What of the missing girl’s hair?

DAILY MAIL : “Why Portugal is a haven for paedophiles the disturbing backcloth to the Madeleine case”

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