Madeleine McCann: Pat Brown. Amazon and Carter Ruck
MADELEINE McCANN: Pat Brown, a “criminal profiler” in America, has issued a press release stating that she has sent a Cease-and-Desist Letter to Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of the missing child. The letter ends:
We request that the claim of libel be retracted for the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the book permitted to be returned for sale at Amazon.
Any press release is, as it says, intended for the press. It is PR. It is designed to draw attention to the subject, in this case Pat Brown.
She wrote a book called “Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann”.
It’s appears to be for sale on the Barnes & Noble website. But you cannot read it on Amazon. Pat Brown tweeted:
“I have indeed been Carter-Rucked. Amazon has pulled my book because the McCanns claim it is defamatory.”
Her press release notes:
Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of the missing Madeleine McCann, find themselves for the first time at the other end of a potential legal action. Top defense attorney, Anne Bremner, counsel to the Friends of Amanda Knox and the families of Rebecca Zahau and Susan Cox Powell, has issued a cease-and-desist letter (content posted below) on behalf of American criminal profiler Pat Brown whose book, Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, was removed from sale by Amazon following a claim by the McCanns that the book was defamatory…
The book is not available on Amazon. But anyone who wants to read seems to be able to do so on other sites.
A letter is republished:
Dear Pat,We have received a notice of defamation from Carter-Ruck Solicitors that says the content of Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (UPDATED) B0055WYVCQ, contains defamatory statements regarding their clients, Gerry and Kat (sic) McCann.Because we have no method of determining whether the content supplied to us is defamatory, we have removed the title from sale and will not reinstate it unless we receive confirmation from both parties that this matter has been resolved.Carter-Ruck can be reached at:6 St Andrew StreetLondon EC4A 3AET 020 **** ****Best regards,Robert F.
The Women On Crime blog writer notes:
Next week, on February 8th, retired solicitor Tony Bennett faces English prison as the McCanns’ fight to shut down his efforts to bring focus to aspects of the missing child case that point to the parents’ possible involvement. Also, the McCanns have sued the detective on their daughter’s case, Dr. Goncalo Amaral, for libel and have had his book, Truth of the Lie, pulled off the worldwide market. The trial is scheduled in Portugal for April. Now, Pat Brown has fought back for the cause of freedom of speech and justice, alleging that the McCanns have interfered with her right to conduct business and have damaged her professional reputation with their successful removal of her book from sale. On Monday, Pat will leave for Portugal to continue her quest for truth and justice in the case of Madeleine McCann.
The writer asks:
What, then, does American criminal profiler Pat Brown hope to accomplish with her two week trip to Portugal, beginning next week on February 6, with her small band of assistants and a few hundred euros of her own money?
She could find the truth. She could find Madeleine. She could find nothing but at least she won’t be costing the taxpayers millions or draining the pocketbooks of kindhearted donators chasing useless leads.
People donated money of their own free will, albeit whipped along by a ferocious media feeding frenzy. The taxpayers’ money is being used to investigate a missing child. Surely the only regret and cause for consternation is that not all missing persons are so helped. The Metropolitan Police are more then up to the task in hand.
Pat Brown will be following up on the theory she purported in her Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, her eBook which was pulled by Amazon at the request of the British solicitors Carter-Ruck on behalf of Gerry and Kate McCann. Amazon was told the book was defamatory in spite of the fact Ms. Brown clearly stated facts in the case, developed a theory based on those facts…
A theory based on facts… Got that? There is only one fact. A child went missing. There are no suspects to any crime. Indeed, no crime has been proven to have befallen Madeleine McCann. In the course of the media story, the parents were libelled, so too was Robert Murat. They wer libelled because the media could not stick to the most basic fact.
…During her trip to Portugal, Pat Brown will study the town of Praia da Luz and environs, reconstruct the crime, and examine possible locations as to where Madeleine might have been taken, dead or alive.
Let’s hope she finds Madeleine McCann. And if she finds anything, the Met are there to help her…