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Madeleine: Second Extracts Of Kate McCann’s Book

by | 9th, May 2011

MADELEINE McCann : Day 2 of the Sun’s serialisation of Kate McCann’s book Madeleine. (Day 1 here .).

The Sun (front page): I SMASHED BED IN RAGE AT COPS

Today we learn that after just one day working with the shambolic Portuguese police she wrecked a bed as she kicked out in rage ”.

The story of the Portuguese police’s investigation has been a spin-off thread in the story of the child’s disappearance. The tabloid media swiftly decided they were “bungling ”.

Goncalo Amaral, the policeman initially placed in charge of the investigation and then removed from his post, has written two books about his time looking for the child. His version of the case can be read in Portugal.

Kate McCann’s version of events can be read here:

“The frustration and anger were reaching boiling point. I felt like a caged, demented animal. This was torture of the cruellest kind, Finally, I erupted. I began to scream, swear and lash out. I kicked an extra bed that had been brought into the apartment and smashed the end right off.”

What of the Jane Tanner sighting?

“Althoogh Jane had never seen  or known about Madeline’s Eeyore pyjamas, her description of  this child’s clothes  matched Madeleine’s exactly.”

Before that, we go back to the beginning :

As soon as it was light Gerry and I resumed our search. We jumped over walls and raked through undergrowth. We looked in ditches and holes.

The most striking thing was we were completely alone. Nobody else, it seemed, was out looking for Madeleine. There didn’t seem to be much sense of urgency.

We then get a timeline:

May 3, 2007, 11pm :

“According to the Polícia Judiciária files, two patrol dogs were brought to Praia da Luz at 2am on May 4 and four search-and-rescue dogs at 8am. The tracker dogs did not go out until 11pm. There had been no house-to-house inquiries.”

May 4, 2007 :

10am: PJ officers take the McCanns and their friends soon be called the Tapas 9 in print to a police station in Portimão.

“I was appalled by the treatment we received. Officers walked past us as if we weren’t there. Nobody asked whether we were OK. Our child had been stolen and I felt as if I didn’t exist.”

2pm: Kate McCann is interviewed.

“As João Carlos, a Portuguese detective, led me up the stairs, I inquired whether he had any children. He told me he hadn’t. ‘But don’t worry. We will find your daughter.’ It was exactly what I was yearning to hear.”

7.30pm: Polícia Judiciária officers drive the McCanns back to Praia da Luz.

“Ten or 15 minutes into our journey, the police officer had a call from his station. He suddenly swung the car into a U-turn and drove us at 120mph back to Portimão.”

Kate McCann tells us her thoughts:

2Had Madeleine been found? Was she alive? Was she dead? I was crying hysterically and praying for all I was worth.”

Had those bumbling cops got a lead?

“Back at the police station somebody showed us a photograph from CCTV of a blonde child with a woman in a petrol station shop. We were asked whether the little girl was Madeleine. She wasn’t. We were sent on our way, devastated.”

Before long the McCanns were not alone. The media had descended on Praia da Luz. The story of Madeleine McCann’s vanishing a single thread story was being spun. And before long the parents the people we had been watching for weeks were hauled in.

August 2, 2007 :

“I had a call from Gerry. The police wanted to come over at 10am. Something to do with forensics.

“It was 5pm when they eventually showed up. They told us they wanted to shoot some video footage of our clothes and possessions… I was devastated. They had taken my Bible, Cuddle Cat (Madeleine’s favourite toy) and my diaries.”

Part of the investigation, right?

August 4, 2007 : Investigators Luís Neves and Guilhermino Encarnação, director of the Algarve Polícia Judiciária, are talking with the McCanns:

“Neves stated bluntly they didn’t believe my version of events. It “didn’t fit” with what they knew.

“Didn’t fit? What did they know? They proposed that when I’d put Madeleine to bed that night, it wasn’t actually the last time I’d seen her. But it was. It was! I was being bullied. I assume these tactics were deliberate – knock her off balance by telling her that her daughter is dead and get her to confess.

“On and on it went. Then it was Gerry’s turn. Through his tears he pleaded with the two men: ‘Do you have evidence that Madeleine is dead? We’re her parents. You have to tell us.’

“It’s coming,” Neves told him.

“Our liaison officer Ricardo Paiva arrived. He told us about two springer spaniels brought out to Portugal by the British police to assist in the search.

“Keela, who could alert her handler to the tiniest trace of blood, had done so in apartment 5A. Eddie, a dog trained to detect human remains, had indicated somebody had died there.

“The police appeared to be telling us, on the say-so of a dog, that someone had definitely died in apartment 5A and it must have been Madeleine.”

September 6, 2011 : Kate and Gerry McCann are named as arguidos (suspects).

“I was totally perplexed. If, as the PJ alleged, Madeleine’s blood was in the boot of our car, which we had not rented until May 27, how on earth had it got there? Did this mean someone had planted it? I could see no other explanation.

“The police theory, it seemed, was that we had hidden Madeleine’s body, then moved it later and buried it elsewhere.”

September 7, 2011 : Questions:

“Carlos [her lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu] had advised me not to answer any of the questions put to me. He explained that this was my right as an arguida and the safest option. Any responses I gave might unintentionally implicate me in some way.”

Investigator Ricardo Paiva plays the McCanns a video:

“I saw the dogs going into apartment 5A, one at a time, with the handler. Each dog ran around the apartment, jumping over beds, into the wardrobe, generally having a good sniff. At one point, the handler directed the dogs to a spot behind the couch in the sitting room, close to the curtains. He called the dogs over to him to investigate this site. This was not what I’d call an exact science.”

The dog barks by the couple’s rented Renault

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