Madeleine McCann Category
News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.
MADELEINE McCann: The Star has news of another Maddie:
The Star’s sister paper, the Express, also had the story of the “Maddie lookalike taken from her bed”:
What news, then? The Star reports:
Maddie lookalike taken from family home in copycat snatch
POLICE were last night searching for a three-year-old girl snatched from her family home in a remote outback town.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Daily Mirror has a front-page scoop:
“BRIT PAEDO WAS LIVING NEXT DOOR TO MADDIE RESORT”
Go on, Tom Pettifor:
Mirror investigation reveals that sicko David Reid was hiding in the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was taken from Praia da Luz
MADELEINE MCCANN: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news…
The Sunday Express is the only appear to lead with the missing child. And its news is chilling:
POLICE AT WAR OVER MADDIE
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look the missing child in the news. In 2009, Cape Verdean national Euclides Monteiro, 40, died in a tractor accident. His name has been linked the missing child. There is no evidence in the media that he stole the child.
The Guardian notes:
A suspect in the Madeleine McCann case who may have sexually assaulted five British girls in the Algarve up to 10 years ago died in 2009…
We’re noted that the dead black immigrant cannot be easily questioned.
The source also said there had been another so far unpublicised incident in which another British girl on holiday with her parents was sexually abused, although he did not go into when this came to light nor where or when it took place.
Any more facts?
The revelations came the day after the Metropolitan police in Britain appealed for information on a total of 12 incidents in which an intruder entered holiday accommodation in three resort areas including one where Madeleine, then three, went missing in May 2007. Four of these cases, between 2004 and 2006, involved assaults on girls aged seven to 10 and one involved two children, according to Scotland Yard, although police in both countries have looked at incidents up to 2010, three years after Madeleine vanished.
The Guardian’s source was careful to say the police had come to “no definitive conclusions” about Euclides Monteiro
Madeleine McCann: Attention Turns To The Foreign Sex Attacker Wearing What Could Be An Arsenal Shirt
THE sun is out, spring is here and thoughts turn to holidays overseas. And with it all comes more news of Madeleine McCann. The BBC reports:
Madeleine McCann: Police hunt sex attacker
Who is this criminal?
UK police probing the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are seeking an intruder who sexually abused five girls in Portugal between 2004 and 2006. Detectives say the attacks happened in holiday villas occupied by UK families in the Algarve. The man, described as tanned with dark hair, is suspected of breaking in to 12 properties from 2004 to 2010.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news.
The Daily Mail: “Madeleine police shown secret Portuguese dossier on spate of burglaries in the area where she went missing”
British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been handed a confidential dossier on burglars in the Algarve by Portuguese officers. They kept the secret file because of a rash of burglaries in and near Praia da Luz, the resort where Madeleine went missing in May 2007 when she was three.
Is that clear? They kept the file secret because of a spate of burglaries? Wouldn’t these crimes have been logged?
Some children were abused during the burglaries.
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.
PIERS Eady has a Madeleine McCann scoop in the Daily Mirror:
Madeleine McCann: Cops probing claims a kidnapper tried to snatch another British tot from holiday flat in Portugal
A British tot! Like the missing child… Go on…
A mum has told Scotland Yard how she chased an intruder away from her Algarve apartment after she found him heading towards her child’s cot
MADELEINE McCann: A look at the missing child in the news.
The Sun: “Maddie hunt at 2 gypsy camps - Link to burglary theory”
This news of a link to a theory is an “EXCLUSIVE From DANIEL SANDERSON”, who in in Praia da Luz.
DETECTIVES searching for Madeleine McCann are probing a traveller site just a 15-minute drive from where she was snatched.
Scotland Yard cops are examining a theory she was taken to the rundown compound.
They are also looking at another site 30 miles west.
MADELEINE McCANN: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news:
Two paper lead with news of ‘Our Maddie’.
The Daily Mirror says”Prime Suspects’ worked at the Praia a Luz resort. These prime suspects are prime suspects in burglaries. There is no evidence that they ever met with the child.
Davis Collins writes:
Three workers at the holiday complex where Madeleine McCann was last seen made an abnormally high number of calls “outside the resort” on the night she went missing. A police source said: “Unlike their colleagues who called each other as the search proceeded, the three made domestic calls to areas of no geographic interest to the search.”
And, er, that’s it. On the night of an abnormal event, people made a lot of calls to somewhere that this police source says was irrelevant to the search.You need more facts?
Then turn to the Express:
Gerard Couzens and David Pilditchreport:
BRITISH detectives hunting Madeleine McCann’s abductor want to trawl through the bank records of three new suspects, it was claimed yesterday.
Claims by whom? The reporters says this was reported in the Correio da Manha.
The move raises fears Madeleine may have been snatched to order and sold by her kidnapper. It is alleged the suspects worked at the Ocean Club complex in the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz where Madeleine’s family were staying. The three are thought to be behind a string of burglaries at the holiday complex before Madeleine went missing.
In other words: there is nothing new to report.
ITN expands the search
Nelson Rodrigues, a barman at the Ocean Club at the time the McCanns were staying there, told the Daily Mirror that there had been “quite a few” members of staff with keys to the rooms. “Reception staff, the cleaners, and the maintenance men could all get into rooms… I remember at the time things belonging to guests went missing now and then. Mobile phones, cash, anything valuable lying around.”
Phones. Cash. A four-year-old child. Make the link.
“Waiters and barmen did not have access to keys.”
Former Ocean Club worker Nelson Rodrigues, told Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt that employees at the complex would have had the perfect opportunity to snatch a child.
He said: “Yes, you could suspect (them). The workers there know the shifts and the hours when people are at home or not at home. It’s waiters, barmen, people from maintenance, reception, the cleaners – it’s a lot of staff.”
So. Waiters and barmen do have keys or don’t have keys? And do burglars always use a key? Weren’t the shutters on the apartment from where Madeleine went missing moved? The Daily Telegraph continues to state:
On the night of Madeleine’s disappearance Mrs McCann, 39, a GP, made regular half-hourly checks on her children in their room. But when she returned to the ground floor apartment at 10pm, the door was open, the window had been forced and Madeleine was gone.
And the Times:
Mrs McCann was sure Madeleine had been abducted because the bedroom window was open and the security shutter was forced open…
And again the Times:
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have claimed that the bedroom’s security shutter had been forced up and the window opened by the abductor almost six months ago.
And again the Times:
The window had been forced open and the door left ajar.
And the BBC still claims:
Her aunt Trish Cameron, who lives in Glasgow, said she felt certain her niece had been abducted. ”They last checked at half past nine and they were all sound asleep, sleeping, windows shut, shutters shut. Kate went back at 10 o’clock to check. The front door was lying open, the window had been tampered with, the shutters had been jemmied open or whatever you call it and Madeleine was missing…”
And Kate McCann told Crimewatch last year – as reported in the Mirror:
“It was all quiet but it caught my eye that the children’s door was quite far open. As I was just drawing it over, it was like it had been caught by a draught and it just slammed shut. I opened it a bit, I kind of looked into the room and I guess I was looking at Madeleine’s bed and I couldn’t make her out… At that point the curtains, which were closed, kind of whooshed and I could see that the window had been pushed right open and the shutters were up.”
Such are the facts.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today ‘Maddie’ is on the front page of the Daily Mirror:
The pictures and the news illustrates a “secret kidnap summit”. Yeah. Define “secret”. It’s as - as if – the Mirror is presenting this as a scoop. The Mirror has more:
Madeleine McCann’s parents ‘on tenterhooks’ as Scotland Yard detectives fly to Portugal to arrest three suspects
We know this because a “source” – whose anonymity is pretty much the only secret thing about the story – says Gerry and Kate McCann are “anxious”. This “source” then explains the law and what is going on:
“It is necessary for British police to request the Portuguese authorities allow them to operate on their turf. It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z.
So. News of the arrests is based on the opinion of an unnamed “source”, not the police? What about the front-page headline of cops “flying in to arrest three suspects”?
After arriving in the Algarve yesterday the Yard team held a secret four-hour meeting with senior Portuguese officers and prosecutors. The discussions are believed to have centred on getting local officials to sanction the arrests and subsequent questioning.
Any more facts?
It has pin-pointed three men who are said to have been very close to the scene when three-year-old Maddie was snatched from her family’s holiday apartment at the resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007. The records also indicate the suspects, believed to be a burglary gang, made a high number of calls to each other in the hours following her abduction.
But what links this trio to the child? The Mirror turns to another unnamed source – because when a child is missing maintaing secrecy is of vital importance, right?
An insider said of yesterday’s talks: “It’s the first time the UK and Portuguese police have met since the request was made…The investigation is at a sensitive stage and it remains to be seen what action will be taken by the Portuguese police.”
The rest of the newspapers catch up:
Daily Mail: “Are Maddie police about to make three arrests?”
The Mail says the meeting was “important” and lasted “three hours“, not four. They then went for lunch.
The Irish Indy answers the Mail’s question: “UK police set to make arrests in McCann disappearance”
The Telegraph is more circumspect: “Madeleine McCann detectives arrive in Portugal to discuss possible arrests”
Such are the facts….
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. These are the first front-pages of 2014 to feature the tabloids’ ‘Our Maddie’.
Both the Express and Mirror lea with news of impending arrests.
Madeleine McCann cops to make first arrests: Three burglars who ‘made many phone calls’ after her disappearance wanted
What will they be arrested for?
The Crown Prosecution Service has sent an International Letter of Request to Portuguese police seeking permission to arrest the trio
The Met want to quiz three burglars who carried out raids in the Portuguese resort when the three-year-old vanished…They hope to speak to the thieves after mobile phone records showed the men made numerous calls to each other in the hours after she disappeared.
Have these men be id-ed?
A spokesman for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry said: “The letter is a significant development. It is necessary for British police to request the Portuguese authorities allow them to operate on their turf. It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z. We don’t know who they have their sights on but it’s likely it is the burglars. Whether the Portuguese will co-operate remains to be seen. It is a very sensitive issue with differences they have had. Police want to be given a chance to arrest key suspects. It doesn’t prove they have Madeleine but it will rule them in or out of the investigation and that is important. Kate and Gerry don’t want to build up their hopes too high but they realise it could be a significant new lead.”
Or as the Express puts it:
Madeleine: Police identify burglars as prime suspects after phone calls clue
THREE alleged burglars have been identified by Scotland Yard as potential major suspects in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.
There is no news.
MADELEINE McCANN: a look at the missing child in the news. The papers have news:
The Sun: “Gerry and Kate ban in ‘lie cop’ libel case”
This is the libel case against Goncalo Amaral, and his book The Truth of The Lie.
PARENTS Kate and Gerry McCann have been banned from giving evidence in their libel case against an ex-police chief who led the search for daughter Madeleine. The couple wanted to confront Goncalo Amaral when the case resumes in Portugal on Tuesday — and brand him a liar.
THE Daily Mirror interrupts your holiday season to bring news of ‘Our Maddie’:
EXCLUSIVE – Madeleine McCann cops’ prime suspect blunder
MADELEINE McCann: With no weather to report on, the Express returns to Our Maddie. Today’s front-page news is: “Spy Plane Clue to Maddy Mystery.” Spy planes over the Algarve? Looking for what?
The headline tells readers: “EXCLUSIVE: Nato spy plane ‘may have photographed Madeleine McCann abduction’”
A SPY plane on a Nato exercise may have captured an aerial image of the person who abducted Madeleine McCann, it was claimed last night.
James Murray has more:
A Portuguese military aircraft took photos of the Algarve coastline on the day the three-year-old disappeared, says British military expert Philip Burden.
MADELEINE McCann: Not much news on the missing child. But what there is, is here:
Daily Express, December 1: ”Germans give hope of clue in search for Madeleine McCann”
Detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann have been given information about two German or Dutch-speaking men seen acting suspiciously before she was kidnapped in Portugal.
The paper tells of “potentially strong leads”, which are much better than potentially weak leads.
The potentially strong leads came after Kate and Gerry McCann made a direct appeal on a German crime show, called Case Files XY…Unsolved, in October.
Good. All information can only help. Plenty of Dutch and German holidaymakers must have been in Portugal at the time.
In German, the show is called Aktenzeichen XY…Ungelöst. The show was trailed thus (translation via Google):
Maddie – the name went once in 2007 around the world. Here is one of the most puzzling crimes of modern times. Madeleine McCann was just three years old when she suddenly disappeared during a vacation. Her fate is unknown to this day. The desperate parents turn today along with Scotland Yard to the XY audience and ask: Who can help in the search for our daughter?
So. Scotland Yard organised the show.
The hope that her little daughter Madeleine but is not alive somewhere. Six years ago, the little night disappeared from a holiday resort in Portugal. To date, she is swallowed by the earth. The tireless parents ask today the XY audience for help. They are accompanied by Scotland Yard, which has re-opened the case and actually came to a new approach. gets the case Madeleine McCann after all these years still a positive spin?
And after that, we get, as ever, to watch the parents:
The bitter emotions of a seventh Christmas without her beloved Madeleine were evident on Kate’s face as she forced herself into the yuletide spirit for the sake of twins, Sean and Amelie. She joined thousands for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights in her home village, of Rothley, Leicestershire, on Thursday evening.
She smiled as children played on a bouncy castle and went on rides, but there were other moments when the pain of not having Madeleine there to share the early Christmas joy was clear to see. With a protective arm around the eight-year-old twins, Kate was cheered by warm words from friends and acquaintances who quietly support her.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has suggested British and Portuguese police should join together as a team, in order to establish exactly what happened to missing Madeleine McCann.
After Portuguese authorities admitted last month there was enough new information to justify reopening the case, after shelving their own inquiry back in 2008, Commissioner Hogan-Howe said:
One thing we’d like to see in the future is a joint investigation team which comes under the European community. It is a possibility legally and we’re working together at a political level, at a police and judicial level, to see how we can construct that…
…So that’s what we’re trying to get; an agreement between the two governments and the two police services.
Such are the facts.
MADELEINE McCann: A look at the missing child in the news:
IBTimes: “Madeleine McCann Hunt: Witness ‘Disturbed’ by Encounter with Praia da Luz Suspect”
Police officers trying to discover what happened to Madeleine McCann have strengthened a lead thanks to a new report by a British holidaymaker.
The woman, who does not want to be named, told how she and her daughter were approached by a man near to where Madeleine vanished in the weeks before the little girl’s disappearance in 2007.
The woman’s description of the stranger matches that given by two other witnesses in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz.
“NEW EVIDENCE PUTS SUSPECT AT SCENE OF CRIME”
Phone records show suspect was nearby when Madeleine McCann vanished
Well, yes. All we know for certain is that she vanished. The single thread to the story remains unchanged.
Detectives in Portugal say the data shows that Euclides Monteiro, a convicted thief and heroin user, was close to or at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on the night Madeleine was snatched in May 2007.
Smacked-out black man steals child whilst looking for iPod and cash in Portugal? He couldn’t have blended in more had he been wearing a burqa.
Officers are probing whether Monteiro may have taken her out of revenge after being sacked for stealing by the Algarve holiday club.
Was he sacked for stealing? A source says he was accused of stealing and then never turned up for work the next day. Was he sacked, or did he just move on?
The 6ft 2in father-of-two died aged 40 in a tractor accident in 2009. Relatives insist he was innocent and say they will work with police to clear his name.
That he should have to prove his innocence is a failure. But what about that headline placing him at the “scene of crime”?
Records of mobile phone signals obtained by Portuguese police are understood to show that he was in the vicinity of the Ocean Club on the night the three-year-old went missing.
Officers are trying to determine why this might be, as it was a year since he had been sacked and at that time he was living 15 minutes away.
Fetch the ouija board.
But Monteiro’s sister Paula last night claimed he may have sold the phone before Madeleine disappeared. Speaking from her home in Argozelo, northern Portugal, she said: “He was always swapping or selling his phones around that time. I consider myself lucky not to have been arrested because at the time I lent him a mobile which was still in my name. The phone isn’t proof that he was near Madeleine McCann’s apartment. I know he was not there.”
So. There is it: mobile phone of drug-taking black man who worked at Ocean Club was in Praia da Luz on the night the child vanished. Let’s dig him up and beat him with sticks.
Portuguese police continue to examine Monteiro, who emigrated to Portugal as a child from Cape Verde, off west Africa. They are investigating whether he may have been stealing from guests’ rooms at the Ocean Club to feed a heroin habit. Monteiro was convicted of theft in 1996 and served a jail sentence.
Send the man down (six feet)…
MADELEINE McCann: Having rounded up and let the gypsies go (for now) the Daily Mirror tells readers that the latest “suspect” is an African-born black man.
The headline yells: “Madeleine McCann prime suspect pictured: Heroin addict who worked at hotel club”
The prime suspect” is Portuguese immigrant Euclides Monteiro. David Collins writes:
A key suspect in the abduction of Madeleine McCann was fired from the holiday complex where she vanished after police warned staff: “You can’t trust this man.”
A key suspect? But he was the “prime suspect” just one line earlier? And weren’t gypsy abductors giving us hope?
Says the Mirror:
Junkie and ex-jailbird Euclides Monteiro was sacked by the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Portugal, the year before the blonde three-year-old disappeared on May 3, 2007.
Because her hair colour is of vital importance.
Yesterday, as the first picture of the 6ft 2in ex-waiter emerged, detectives were investigating the possibility that he kidnapped Madeleine after being disturbed as he broke into her family’s apartment.
Menteiro, known as Toni, died aged 40 in a tractor accident four years ago.
He’s dead. He died in 2009. Let’s dig him up and beat him with sticks. And then arrest him:
But phone records have placed him near the flats at the time she vanished. It is believed he may have been raiding guests’ rooms to feed his heroin habit.
Yeah. Or maybe he wasn’t.
His picture looks nothing like two e-fit images issued by Scotland Yard – but police stress they are still exploring every line of inquiry.
No sh*t. You remember those e-fits? The Mirror shows us them and declared that the man in the picture was “vital” to solving the case.
Is there a witness?
Nelson Rodrigues, 32, a barman and waiter at the Ocean Club for two years, worked alongside Monteiro in 2006. He said yesterday: “On the surface he was a nice guy but there was something not right with him. He would turn up to work with bleary eyes, sometimes he didn’t seem like he was all there. And things were going missing about that time – laptops, jewellery, mobile phones, anything that was lying around.”
A suspected thief in life becomes a child kidnapper in death.
Mr Rodrigues said police were called after Monteiro was accused of stealing tips. He was searched, but nothing was found and he protested his innocence.
Later an officer for Portugal’s national guard took the staff to one side and warned them about Monteiro. Mr Rodrigues recalled: “The officer told us, ‘We know him, you can’t trust that man’. They said he’d been in trouble in the past for drug offences. “That’s the last time he worked at the Ocean Club. I never saw him again.”
What other evidence?
He was living in Lagos, a 15-minute drive from Praia da Luz, when Madeleine disappeared. British expat, George Burke, from Liverpool, reported a possible sighting in Lagos.
He said he saw a girl “remarkably like Madeleine” being dragged along a road to Lagos marina at 6am the day after she went missing.
But Monteiro’s relatives claim police are just looking for a “scapegoat”.
His sister Paula said: “It’s ridiculous – the e-fit they released is a white man and my brother was black. He loved kids. He had a son and daughter and would never have harmed a young girl.”
Such are the facts…
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.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news.
Madeleine McCann ‘kidnapper’ was ‘hotel worker who snatched her after being sacked then DIED in tractor accident’
Why is kidnapper in inverted commas?
Portuguese police are believed to have identified the 40-year-old former Ocean Club employee following tests on his mobile phone, local media reported
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at ‘Our Maddie’ in the news.
Witnesses to what?
Police set to interview former handy men who worked at Madeleine holiday club
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the story in the news.
Image above: Undated image issued by the Metropolitan Police, as part of the investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, the original sketch (left) that a person made at the time together with a Met Police photo of the British holidaymaker (right) who they have spoken to and is seen here wearing the clothes he believes he may have been wearing that evening, This is the person police believe they have identified as the man who was seen by Jane Tanner carrying a child at about 21.15 near the apartment G5A.
The Sunday Times has a scoop:
Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years
The new prime suspect was first singled out by detectives in 2008. Their findings were suppressed. Insight reports
MARIA, the gypsy girl found living on a Greek Roma camp, was not abducted. Sasha Ruseva, 38, and Atlan Rusev, 37, are her parents. Sasha is a Roma gypsy. The police have arrested her and Atlan, just as they arrested her adopted parents Hristos Salis, 39, and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40. Sasha and Atlan were pinched in the Bulgarian town of Nikolaevo.
Ms Ruseva says she fell pregnant in Greece. She had no money:
“I intended to go back and take my child home, but meanwhile I gave birth to two more kids so I was not able to go back.”
See her other children beklow.
So. The gypsies never did steal Maria, the blonde whose face was flashed around the world. The gypsies never did steal that child in Dublin, either. And there is not a shred of evidence that gypsies kidnapped Ben Needham or Madeleine McCann.
Time, then, to have a look at what the British Press said about blonde Maria:
Revealed: The rundown home where the four-year-old ‘Greek Maddie’ lived with her gypsy ‘abductors’
Daily Star: Maria was Our Maddie:
His mother Kerry Needham, 41, said: “The authorities in Greece always told us, ‘Gipsies don’t steal babies’. Now we know they do. We are very optimistic this new information may help us find Ben.”
The Times told its readers:
The possibility of Gypsy involvement has been investigated in the abduction of two blonde-haired British children — Madeleine McCann in Portugal and Ben Needham in Greece.
Maria was seen dancing in a video. She was like a dancing bear, they said. She was the blonde angel, they said. The caring Mirror topped the chilling video with an advert for Gummy Bears:
Ian Murphy told Sun readers:
THE little girl rescued from a gypsy camp dances for her captors in this disturbing video handed to cops.
Lest you think the video of a blonde kid dancing was very ordinary, Murphy told us that what we were seeing was awful:
In the 29-second clip she twirls in circles in the middle of a sunny yard as a dark-haired woman watches. When the tot falters and stops the woman pushes her back into the centre of the screen and she starts again.
Those dark-haired demons. Never did trust them. Stick with Aryans, we say.
The Daily Mail had inverted commas:
First pictures of gypsy couple ‘who snatched Maria’ as they appear in court accused of abduction and facing up to 20 years in prison
Maria had “secrets“:
The Sun had more on that rescue:
THE mystery blonde girl rescued from a gypsy camp sits with the couple who posed as her parents for years.
Fair-haired Madeleine, then nearly four, went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007. Paedophile Raymond Helwett — who lived in the area at the time but died in 2010 — insisted she had been “stolen to order” by gypsies.
Blond Ben vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991, aged just 21 months. Five years later a local convict claimed he saw a child matching his description in the Farsala camp where Maria was found — and said gypsies told him the boy came from Kos.
That would be Helwett who never did confess to anything.
The Express then spotted Our Maddie with the gypsies:
Should they now give up hope?
Hell, no. The Star said there were 10 More Maddies:
A child living with Roma gypsies in Ireland is seized.
The Star saw – yep – you know who:
This Irish child underwent DNA tests to establish her identity and links to her family. After a few chemical experiments and State-sanctioned kidnapping, the child was in the care of the Irish state. What could go wrong? (She is now back home with her parents.)
Then the Express spotted Maddie:
The Mirror went further. It talked of an “ABDUCTION PANIC”.
The Sun had news on Maria:
Is this Maria? Missing US toddler link to ‘blonde angel’
Ws asked: These not-all-that-wealthy people nick your kids and then at no expense spared ship them to camps in Europe.
And know we know.
Still, no harm done. It was only the gypsies who got accused of running a global child-stealing racket – and no-one likes them, anyhow…
THE Daily Star was right,, Portuguese police have reopened the Madeleine McCann case. They shelved the file in 2008.
Madeleine, from Leicestershire, vanished on May 7 2007.