Madeleine McCann: Blackpool’s Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan Look Like One, Two Three E-Fits
MADLEI McCAnn: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Sun summons the name of convicted child abusers and killers Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan.
The headline states and asks:
MADDIE SUSPECTS 2007 SPAIN TRIP
McCann cops probe 2 Brit paedo killers
RIGHT TIME…RIGHT FACE?
We can deal with each point in turn.
1. They are not suspects.
Charles O’Neill, 50, and William Lauchlan, 36 — serving life for murder — also resemble e-fit images released by Scotland Yard last week. The paedophiles flashed up on the radar of McCann cops after they quizzed the monsters’ do-gooder pal. After serving time for abusing boys, lovers O’Neill and Lauchlan were given a home by prison visitor Ewan Wilson. Detectives now hope Mr Wilson, 62, can tell them the pair’s exact whereabouts when three-year-old Madeleine vanished in Portugal on May 3, 2007.
The evil pair — jailed for life in 2010 for murdering a mum and abducting a 15-year-old British boy in Spain — are suspected of preying on kids while touring Europe with their cleaning business at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
The pair abused boys. They murdered ”mum-of-three Allison McGarrigle who threatened to reveal he and gay lover William Lauchlan were abusing a child”.
The Sun might just as easily ask if Martin N is the man in the latest police e-fit.
2. The police have questioned them before and come up with nothing linking them to the vanished child. In 2011, the Mail reported:
Two convicted paedophiles have been questioned by British police over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Charles O’Neill, 48, and William Lauchlan, 34, were jailed last year over sex attacks on children and the murder of a mother who had threatened to expose them.
The Mail on Sunday has learned they were interviewed in prison by detectives after inquiries revealed they were touring Spain, and possibly Portugal, on false passports when Madeleine vanished in May 2007.
Police interest in O’Neill, in particular, was heightened because of his resemblance to a thin, spotty suspect seen hanging around the holiday complex in Praia da Luz on the Algarve shortly before three-year-old Madeleine vanished.
He looks like two e-fits, one with chronic acne one without?
The Sun then adds:
Lauchlan also bears an uncanny resemblance to a new e-fit of a man seen carrying a child towards the beach in Praia da Luz.
They were thought to be living in Gran Canaria in March 2007 when seven-year-old Yeremi Vargas vanished while playing near his home. He has never been found.
Two months later Madeleine vanished from her parents’ villa.
In November 2007 the pair returned to the UK and started living in Blackpool, where as convicted sex offenders they had to report to police.
When they failed to declare buying a van, cops put them on full-time surveillance. In March 2008 they were arrested in Blackpool for grooming a six-year-old boy back in Falkirk. Later that year they were charged with the 1997 murder of ex-housemate Allison McGarrigle.
Weeks earlier the mum of three, 39, had moved in with the pair but when she threatened to expose them for abusing boys, they silenced her for good. She was strangled, her body stuffed in a wheelie bin then dumped at sea. The pair were first charged with Allison’s murder in 2005 but were not indicted. But in 2010 they were convicted of her murder at the High Court in Glasgow.
They might not have turned to murder had they been a BBC DJ or Rochdale MP.
So. What say the police?
A Metropolitan Police spokesman refused to comment about any investigation into O’Neill and Lauchlan last night, saying: “We won’t be giving a running commentary.”
3. No idea if they were in Portugal.
Such are the facts.