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Madeleine McCann: Investigating The Detectives’ Failings

by | 16th, August 2009

7677076MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Private detectives fail, Private detectives do PI and PR and the Madeleine McCann Foundation is famous…

Daily Mail: “So why did Madeleine McCann detectives ask so few questions after major breakthrough?”

Dunno. Why?

Private detectives leading the hunt for Madeleine McCann faced questions last night after a Mail on Sunday investigation revealed apparent shortcomings in chasing a ‘strong lead’. The detectives failed to make even rudimentary inquiries before announcing a ‘significant’ development in the worldwide search for the six-year-old.

Watching the detectives… Following the news that “Victoria Beckham” possibly abducted Madeleine McCann, it occurs to the Mail that the private investigators may be clutching at dried grasses:

The Mail on Sunday, however, has established that members of Mr Edgar’s team who had visited Barcelona:

Failed to speak to anyone working at the seafood restaurant near where the agitated woman was seen at 2am.
Failed to ask the port authority about movement of boats around the time Madeleine disappeared.
Failed to ask if the mystery woman had been filmed on CCTV.
Knew nothing about the arrival of an Australian luxury yacht just after Madeleine vanished until told by British journalists, who gave them the captain’s mobile phone number.
Failed to interview anyone at a nearby dockside bar where, according to Mr Edgar, the mystery woman was later seen drinking.
Failed to ask British diplomats in Spain for advice before or during the visit.

* Succeeded in getting the missing child back in the news and kickstarting the belated Third Summer of Our Maddie. They say PI. Some say PR.

Last night Mr Edgar said: ‘We are not above criticism and I take responsibility for any shortcomings. If somebody has not done what they should have done, that’s my job to deal with that.’

Hurrah for the Mail.

7677130And it goes on:

Beneath the picture of a blonde woman runs the caption:

“Identified: The Mail on Sunday discovered Rhonda Wyllie’s yacht Willpower was in the marina at the vital time in 2007″

And why is she relvant to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann? Well, Australians are now spotting Our Maddie, and:

There is no suggestion that Mrs Wyllie, widow of property tycoon Bill Wyllie, is connected in any way with Madeleine’s disappearance.

So why tell us about her? Who needs detectives when you have the Mail? This is the Mail group that reviewed the total lack of evidence against the hideously libelled Robert Murat and opined:

The Mail’s Neil Sears told us: “There was something more to the friendly expat who called himself ‘Rob’ than met the eye.” Murat made Sears “feel slightly uncomfortable”.

It has since apologised. But while detectives and tabloid media pose, stare and yell, Our Maddie is still missing.

Sunday People: “£3M MADDIE FUND EMPTY IN MONTHS”

The £3million fund to find missing Madeleine McCann will run out out of money by the end of the year.

To Australia – with haste!

Daily Express: “THE MCCANNS’ STALKER”

Is… Debbie Butler, allegedly.

“Angry and upset” Kate and Gerry McCann are consulting their lawyers about how to react to last week’s extraordinary late-night leaflet drop which involved 10 people. As well as discussing an action for libel, the McCanns want to know if there are grounds to pursue a harassment action and are considering calling in police.”

So the McCanns might not sue The Madeleine Foundation?

Although single mother-of-two Ms Butler, 45, decided not to post the leaflet through the couple’s letterbox, a copy was sent to Kate’s aunt and uncle, Brian and Janet Kennedy, who live just a mile away in the same village.

However, Ms Butler, who admits involvement in the leaflet drop, said last night: “We just want the case reopened. We are not out to persecute the McCanns.

We haven’t harassed them at all, we have leafleted. We are not harassing the McCanns in any way whatsoever. We are not stalking them. We are getting facts out in the public domain.

“If anything, we are helping them by putting the facts out there and attempting to get the case back off the shelf. We are assisting the McCanns.”

In the Daily Star:

Clarence ¬Mitchell said: “Libel ¬lawyers acting for Kate and Gerry are very well aware of the Madeleine ¬Foundation and all its ¬activities and continue to monitor everything they do and say.”

Fame at last!

The McCanns are innocent. That there is any need to say they are innocent is an absurdity…



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