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Madeleine McCann: On the road to Brazil with dead Raymond Hewlett

by | 20th, January 2013

THE Sunday Express has shocking news. The front-page headline screams: “MADDIE KIDNAP PHOTO SHOCK.

Can it be true? Is it possible that missing Madeleine McCann still sells newspapers? (Surely, ‘been found alive and well’ ed.) The sub-headline is no less informative:

“Scotland Yard has new pictures that seem to show Madeleine in Brazil.”

Seem? We’ve been to Brazil a few times before

James Murray has more facts:

DETECTIVES have been given a photo which appears to show Madeleine McCann with an abductor.


The Sunday Express was passed the picture independently but Scotland Yard appealed to us not to publish it while it continues sensitive global investigations into the missing girl.

Got that? The girl with the massive reward on her head. The world’s most famous missing child. The innocent child we are all supposed to be looking for “no stone unturned” has been seen with a person who stole her. But in the global appeal for news, the Sunday Express will not broadcast the face of the kidnapper.

Officers were happy for us to describe the potentially key evidence which shows a healthy fair-haired girl aged three or four in pink trousers, a green top and a blue hat.

So. This is an old photo. And from it James Murray can diagnose the child’s health. That must be one clear photo.

The child is walking along a road, possibly near a port or airport as there are many people with suitcases in the area. It is sunny with a palm tree in the background.

Oh, goodie, a game. James Murray spies with his little eye, something beginning with MM (Maybe Maddie). Maybe…

The photograph was allegedly taken in Brazil in June 2007, a month after Madeleine, three, was snatched from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve coast. The girl is holding the hand of a swarthy foreign-looking man aged about 50 with long dark hair and a beard. He is wearing cut-off jeans and a green T-shirt.

Older man swarthy, you says with a blonde child. Those of raised on tabloid scaremongering would think of him an everyday paedo. But it seems that the man with a child is most likely a child catcher.

Nearby, another man in checked shorts and a black T-shirt is pulling a red suitcase. There is no sign of a woman and the child looks out of place with the older men.

If you see a man with a child in public, you just know they are up to no good. Trust no-one. All men are potential child abusers. And then the clincher:

If the picture is genuine, it would be the biggest breakthrough in the case to date.

No. It would be the ONLY breakthrough. So. Any more facts?

A Portuguese speaking man living in Brazil forwarded the photo to a detective on Operation Grange, the Yard squad trying to find Madeleine by reviewing thousands of documents. The man suggests paedophile Raymond Hewlett, who died of throat cancer, aged 64, in Germany in 2010, was involved with others in the abduction.

Hewlett never did make a death-bed confession .

Hewlett was staying on a Portuguese camp site when Madeleine was taken. In a deathbed letter to his estranged son Wayne he claimed to know what happened to her.

Did he? What did the son know of his dead father, a man who had a record for child rape? Said Wayne in the Sun on October, 2010

Wayne, of Telford, Shropshire, said: “It was a bolt from the blue and I shook when I read it. He stated he didn’t want to go to his grave with us thinking he had done such a horrible thing. He said he had had nothing to do with taking Maddie but did know who had. He said a very good gipsy friend he knew in Portugal had got drunk and ‘let it out’ that he had stolen Maddie to order as part of a gang. My dad said this gang had been operating for a long time and had snatched children before for couples who couldn’t have children of their own. Maddie had been targeted. They took photos of children and sent them to the people they were acting for. And they said Yes or No. Dad said the man told him it was nothing to do with snatching children for a paedophile gang or for a sexual reason. He said there were huge sums of money involved. And he totally believed what this man was saying.”

What happened to the letter?

“I actually burned it because it unnerved me so much.”

The Sun adds:

Wayne did not contact The Sun about the message. We learned of its existence through a friend.

Whose friend? We were never told. Hewlett’s

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