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Madeleine McCann: Day 4 In The Sun And The Psychic Hears Maddie Say A Name

by | 11th, May 2011

MADELEINE McCann: Day four of the Sun’s serialisation of the Kate McCann book: a spirit, a well, a name, Gap top and questioning motives:

Sun (front page): “I fear this outfit may led to Madeleine kidnap”

We see the child dressed in a sun hat and sun dress.

MADELEINE McCann poses for her last photo in a pretty peach top her mum fears may have made her a kidnap target.

The kidnapper wanted the outfit?

Kate McCann, 43, recalls in her new book: “She looked lovely. I was following her with my eyes admiring her. I wonder now if someone else was doing the same.”

So. Not the outfit, then. That’s the Sun’s bonkers headline, blaming an outfit for the alleged kidnap.

What Kate McCann actually writes is:

She was wearing an outfit I’d bought especially for her holiday: a peach-coloured smock top from Gap and some white broderie anglaise shorts from Monsoon.

A small extravagance, perhaps, but I’d pictured how lovely she would look in them and I’d been right. She was striding ahead of me, swinging her bare arms to and fro. I remember thinking I should have brought a cardigan for her, although she seemed oblivious of the temperature, just happy and carefree.

I was following her with my eyes admiring her. I wonder now, the nausea rising in my throat, if someone else was doing the same.

You can read what all this detail adds up to here . For now, read on:

Page 4 and 5:

She was so happy and obviously enjoying herself. Standing there listening intently to instructions, she looked so gorgeous in her little T-shirt and shorts, pink hat, ankle socks and new holiday sandals that I ran back to our apartment for my camera to record the occasion.

This is illustrated with a photo of the child holding tennis balls and smiling.

At breakfast time on the Thursday, Madeleine had a question for us. “Why didn’t you come when Sean and I cried last night?”


We were puzzled. Did she mean when they were having their bath? we asked her. Or just after they’d gone to bed?


Madeleine didn’t answer or elaborate. Instead she moved on to some other subject that had popped into her head, apparently unconcerned. If something had happened to make her cry, it was pretty unlikely that she wouldn’t tell us about it.

Gerry and I were disconcerted. Could Madeleine and Sean have woken up while we were at dinner?

They could have.

…Within hours, the explanation for this would seem hugely important, and so haunted have I been since by Madeleine’s words that morning that I’ve continued to blame myself for not sitting down and making completely certain there was no more information that I could draw out of her.

…This could have been my one chance to prevent what was about to happen, and I blew it…

Any evidence?

But it is my belief there was somebody either in, or trying to get in, the children’s bedroom that night, and that is what disturbed them. The only other unexplained detail I remember from that morning was a large, brown stain I noticed on Madeleine’s pink Eeyore pyjama top. It looked like a tea stain.


At the time I just assumed it was a drink spillage that had escaped our attention, and that might well be all it was.

Such are the facts.

Kate McCann then gives a timeline of events leading up them tucking the children in to bed. At 8:30, the parents go out for dinner.

Just after 9pm Gerry McCann went to look at this children:

“He paused to look at Madeleine and thought to himself ‘She’s so beautiful’”

Pages 6 and 7: “In my heart I believe my Madeleine is still alive”

Says Kate McCann:

“There is no evidence that Madeleine has come to any harm. There is also no evidence that she is not out there alive. In four years there never has been.”

There is also, apparently, no evidence of any crime having befallen the child.

Kate does not believe evidence from the night of the kidnap points to Madeleine having come to harm when she was snatched.”

Says Gerry McCann:

“I think the motives of anyone who wants to convince people that Madeleine is dead without evidence to support it have to be questioned.”

Indeed. One must stick to the facts. One should not be convinced the child is alive. One should not be convinced she is dead. Stick to the facts.

One facts seems to be that those words attributed to Gerry McCann were spoken not to the Sun in an interview. But they sound a lot

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