Madeleine McCann: Kidnapper Dead, No Burglars And Amaral’s New Book
MADELEINE MCANN: Did you know that the man who kidnapped the child is dead? Well, so they say in one Portuguese tabloid. What says the British Press?
Maddie suspect ‘died in crash four years ago'”
Top use of inverted commas, there. He was a suspect. Fact. But he only might have died.
Facts galore. The man was “Maddie’s Snatcher”. And he is dead. He was killed b y a tractor.
The news “twist” is that the Portuguese police – the ones the Sun has repeatedly called bungling and idiotic – say a dead man might have kidnapped the child to exact a terrible revenge for having been sacked.
The new line of inquiry focuses on a former employee of the Ocean Club, the complex in the Algarve where the child’s family were staying when she disappeared more than six years ago. The unnamed man, who died aged 40 in a tractor accident in 2009, may have been motivated by revenge after being sacked by the hotel resort, Portugal’s ‘Correio da Manha’ newspaper said, citing police sources.
What says the trusty organ?
Correio da Manha’ said. “This was the strongest new lead presented to state prosecutors which led to the investigation being reopened.” The report continued: “The motives that could have caused the ex-employee to kidnap the youngster are still being investigated. The suspect could have taken the child to commit a sex crime before killing her. But he could also have committed the kidnap as a form of retaliation against the Ocean Club.”
The Belfast Telegraph adds:
Clarence Mitchell, who represents Kate and Gerry McCann, said: “We are aware of reports in the Portuguese press. “They are pure speculation and the McCanns are not going to give a running commentary on every new report.”
Isn’t that your job, Clarence?
In other news, Goncalo Amaral tells Nova Gente magazine he’s written a new book.
I have a book written entitled Madeleine: Unfinished Investigation [Madeleine: Investigação Inacabada], for which I have not yet sought for a publisher.
On KSy News, Eamonn Holmes interviewed The Portugal News editor Paul Luckman. About that spate of burglaries: