Madeleine McCann: Did Raymond Hewlett ‘take Maddy’?
THE Daily Mirror asks on its front page: “DID He Take Maddy?” It’s Raymond Hewlett, the convicted and dead paedophile. The Mirror says “Cold case cops to quiz Bris about child rapist.”
Hewlett is the man who died. He’s the man who never did make a death bed confession (the Sun said he did – he didn’t) but maintained he’d never met the missing child. Despite no evidence linking the child rapist to Madeleine McCann’s vanishing, Hewlett was labelled the “Maddie paedo”, a “person of interest“, the “Maddie paedophile” and “Maddie Pervert”.
We do not know what happened to Madeleine McCann. We do not know for certain what, if any, crime befell her. There are not police suspects. All we know is that she disappeared. It is the single-thread story that had run and run, feasted on by a voracious media. The medica coverage has led to cruel libels and damaged lives. But it has done nothing to find out what happened to the innocent child.
The Mirror reports:
Alan and Cindy Thompson met pervert Hewlett, his German wife Mariana Schmucker and their kids.
It was only after they returned to Britain they learned from a fellow holidaymaker that the seemingly harmless drifter had been jailed three times for vile attacks on young girls.
The couple raised the alarm after realising he and his family had been staying in their converted truck at a camping site near Praia da Luz at the time three-year-old Madeleine disappeared as her parents Kate and Gerry dined out with friends nearby.
Speaking after making the link Alan, 59, said: “Hewlett befriended us but kept quiet about his terrible past.”
Nothing new here. In May 2009, the Mirror told readers:
The couple who raised the alarm about paedophile Ray Hewlett told yesterday how detectives who interviewed them asked: “Do you still have his mobile number.” Alan and Cindy Thompson were questioned for three hours at the weekend by officers from Leicestershire Police’s Madeleine McCann task force.
As more people called Alan and Cindy Thompson talk to the press, we round up the usual suspects:
US-born artist Leonardo Leopoldo, 79, said: “No one spoke to the gypsies apart from Ray. “He was always talking to them. There was talk in the area they sold children to paedophiles. By the time, Madeleine was snatched, he was very friendly with them.”
Such are the facts…