Madeleine McCann: All Eyes On The Dead Black Man
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. The Daily Star leads with the news “MADDIE COPS AT WAR”. Has the UK finally fallen out with Portugal, her oldest ally?
News is: “Porto police bungling hunt, say Brit tecs”.
Really? The sober and expert British police on Operation Grange say the Portuguese, with whom they are working closely, are fools?
Jerry Lawton never does mention who these tecs are:
Top brass are desperate to liaise with their foreign colleagues after it emerged they are chasing different suspects. UK detectives are worried an “us against them” scenario is developing, and it could hinder attempts to find the missing girl.
British investigators believe the three-year-old was snatched after disturbing burglars who broke into her parents’ holiday apartment.
Do they? No. It’s just one line of enquiry. It’s a theory.
And their chief suspects are a three-strong gang who made a high number of mobile calls nearby on the night Maddie vanished.
Any other evidence of them being child snatchers? None we’ve seen.
But Portuguese detectives are concentrating their efforts on a theory that a now-dead heroin addict abducted Madeleine.
Anyone out there ever seen a smack addict? Ever looked at one and thought: ‘Yeah, he looks like the kind of swine who would walk into a flat, overlook the valuables he could sell for a quick hit and take a child, keep it quiet and not claim the £2.5m rewards money’? Well, it’s a theory.
They believe Euclides Monteiro snatched her in a twisted act of revenge against the Ocean Club holiday resort after he had been sacked from a job there the year before. They have questioned his widow Luisa after mobile phone analysis placed his handset near the McCanns’ apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz that night in May, 2007. Monteiro, 40, was killed in a tractor accident four years ago.
Stop press: Police hunt dead black man. They were hunting him back in November 2013. And since then we’ve not seen a shred of evidence that he stole blonde children.
The Star then nails the tin lid on its scoop by reporting on an unnamed source:
A source close to the UK inquiry said: “If we don’t form a joint investigation task force, any advantages in terms of pooling resources and information may be lost. We can’t have an ‘us against them’ scenario developing. This is not a game. A little girl’s life may be at stake.’’
One day earlier, the Mirror had led with those “Maddie Cops”:
The Mirror was looking at Euclides Monteiro ‘s corpse:
The 40-year-old ex-jailbird and heroin junkie remains a key part of the inquiry, even though he died in a tractor accident in 2009 – two years after the abduction. And yesterday it emerged that British cold-case detectives are anxious to trace three of his known associates who are believed to have carried out burglaries in the Praia da Luz area around the time of the youngster’s disappearance on May 3, 2007.
So. A link if formed between the dead black man and the three crooks. We then hear from the dead black man’s wife, Luisa, 40. She says:
“Two officers phoned me out of the blue and said they were in town and wanted to see me. They wouldn’t tell me what it was over the phone but when I reached the cafe where we’d arranged to meet, they told me they were investigating Euclides over Madeleine McCann. They said they suspected him because he used to work at the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns were staying and because they had tracked the signal from his mobile phone to the area where Madeleine disappeared the night she vanished. I was speechless. I kept repeating Euclides was innocent but they said it was not for me to say.
“They asked me many questions, including where we had lived as a couple, where Euclides had worked over the years, what he was like as a person and if he had problems with drink and drugs. They also asked where he was the night Madeleine disappeared and if I had noticed any changes in him afterwards. It’s a long time ago, but I’m sure he would have been at home watching TV. That’s what he always did after work.
“They questioned me for about an hour. The next day I took them the work contracts I found for Euclides at home and details of our joint bank account which they also asked for. They never explained why they had come to question me more than six years after Madeleine disappeared.”
“When he was younger he broke into houses and served five years in prison. So I can understand why he’s become a suspect, even if I don’t believe he could have had anything to do with it… I know Euclides didn’t take Madeleine. He came out of prison a changed man. He had made an honest life for himself and was a good and caring father and companion. If I thought he had anything to do with Madeleine’s disappearance I would have been the first to turn him in. I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself for keeping something like that secret. I know he is innocent.”
And then the clincher:
“It’s very easy to blame someone who can’t defend themselves any more.”
Such are the facts….