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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: What 72-year-old Antonio Castela saw

MADELEINE McCann: Gerry and Kate McCann have been on ITN News, Sky News and what 72-year-old Antonio Castela saw…

Says Mr McCann:

“We believe there is new information, but there is also a need to identify links between some of the old information. The investigation needs to be reopened.”

The Metropolitan Police have access to all the files on the case so far. Isn’t it up to them and the Portuguese to re-open the case based on facts? Also, what good does re-opening the case do if there are no new facts? The British police are not even half-way through their review.What instruction would the Portuguese investigators be given? Where would they start?

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Posted: 2nd, May 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: In Brazil with a boy named Maddie

MADELEINE McCann: On Sunday the Sunday Express bellowed from its front page: “MADDIE: THE LOST CLUES.”

It’s a “WORLD EXCLUSIVE”.

James Murray writes:

CRUCIAL leads that could solve the mystery of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance are revealed today by the Sunday Express.

Great. But what about those front-page “clues”?

These vital clues were never followed up by the ­Portuguese police, according to Isabel Duarte, the ­Lisbon lawyer acting for Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

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Posted: 30th, April 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann and ME: The media experts muse on the missing child

MADELEINE McCann: A daily round-up of media mentions of the missing child, featuring Tony Parsons and Lorraine Kelly…

Tony Parsons (Daily Mirror): “Madeleine McCann and her parent’s love that will never die”

Seeing the picture of how Madeleine might look today brought home again the suffering of the McCanns, a mountain of ­unimaginable pain

Tony Parsons has written about Madeleine McCann before.

The human megaphone has wondered about where his child has gotten to; he has invited the Portuguese ambassador to “shut your stupid sardine-munching mouth”; he has seen Jesus; and he has seen a link between the missing child and the murders of Catherine and Ben Mullany on honeymoon in Antigua.

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Posted: 28th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Stupid Portuguese police ignore ‘evidence’ and hurt Kate and Gerry (say tabloids)

MADELEINE McCann: Almost five years on and Our Maddie is still on the front pages. As ever, there is no news. There are no new facts. We are just watching the missing child’s parents and attacking funny foreigners, in this instance the Portuguese police.

The Sun (front page): “MADDIE COOP SNUB”

The missing child leads the Sun’s editorial of the world’s most important news moments. (What – no Rupert Murdoch, Leveson and all that hacking?)

Maddie insult

ARROGANCE is piled on incompetence as Portuguese police snub pleas to reopen the Madeleine McCann inquiry. They say they will act only on “credible and relevant” new facts.

But the Met Police haven’t found any new facts. So how is it a snub?

Scotland Yard officers have established no fewer than 195 fresh lines of inquiry and say Madeleine may still be alive.

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Posted: 27th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: distorting the facts with Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood

MADELEINE McCANN: She is alive. Fact. Well sort of. The Metropolitan Police have issued a photo of Madeleine McCann at age 9. Only, it’s not an actual photo. It’s a guesstimate likeness created by an artist. The Met either have no idea what happen to Madeleine McCann, or have an idea but want to use the upcoming fifth anniversary of her disappearance to support their endeavours at solving the mystery.

Also, tonight BBC  will broadcast Panorama – Madeleine: The Last Hope?. Catch it tonight at t 7.30pm on BBC One.

The tabloid press all lead with this picture of Our Maddie:

The Sun (front page): “Maddie age 9 – Image show her now”

Fact!. This is her now.

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Posted: 26th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: evidence she’s alive and a new photo

MADELEINE McCann: As the fifth anniversary of an innocent child’s disappearance in Portugal approaches, the media is talking about ‘Our Maddie’. On social media, Martin Brunt, of Sky News, tweets:

#McCann It’s thought Scot Yard has unearthed potential evidence to support idea Madeleine is still alive

Tantalising stuff. Only a lunatic would not want the child to be safe and well. But, as ever, facts are thin. The Met is investigating. But still reports exist in the mainstream media that allege the child is dead. Until we know for sure, it’s all guesswork and potential libel.

Claire Phipps, editor of the Guardian’s news desk, tweets: “Met DCI in charge of #McCann investigation says Madeleine’s disappearance was the result of ‘a criminal act by a stranger’.”

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Posted: 25th, April 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (9) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The Etan Patz connection

MADELEINE  McCann: Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood is talking to the BBC’s Panorama. The child is on the BBC’s News at 10.

The Irish Independent: “Madeleine McCann detective positive case will be solved.”

THE ongoing review of the Madeleine McCann case offers the “best opportunity” to solve the mystery because it is the first time information from all sources has been pooled, a detective has claimed…Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood said…: “Anything is possible, and clearly, within that material, the answer could lie.”

The Guardian then delivers the epic headline: “McCann officer hopes to solve case”

Unlike all other police in all other cases.

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Posted: 24th, April 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann at 8 – photos and Sunday Express experts

MADELEINE McCann: To those of you who want to know what the missing child looks like at age 8, the Sunday Express has front-page help. No, not the sensitive headline Our Maddie’s head – the bit about a “HOLIDAY BARGAIN BONANZA” (Portugal can be nice). The paper’s good news is that the innocent child who vanished in Portugal almost five years ago looks bright-eyed and very much alive. The headline says:

MADELEINE MCCANN AGED EIGHT, AS US EXPERTS SEE HER

Mike Parker and Gerard Couzen tells readers:

This is an age-progression picture of Madeleine McCann as she would be now, aged eight.

Says who?

US experts, who work with police forces tracing missing people, created the image for the Sunday Express using FBI forensic computer techniques.

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Posted: 22nd, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Five years on the BBC Panorama sells the Our Maddie Mystery

MADELEINE McCann: The Radio Times is trailing its show “MADELEINE: THE LAST HOPE? – PANORAMA”. It’s broadcast on May 3 on BBC1.

The blurb states:

Five years ago this week, Madeleine McCann disappeared from a family holiday apartment in the Algarve, Portugal, and has never been found. Her parents, Kate and Gerry, are adamant that their daughter was abducted by a predator and persuaded Prime Minister David Cameron to order a review of the case by the Metropolitan Police. Here, the senior UK investigator talks to Richard Bilton about how he is working collaboratively with Portuguese police and explains why he believes he has the best opportunity yet to establish the facts.

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Posted: 20th, April 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann is spotted in Spain

MADELEINE McCann has bene spotted in…Spain.

Perth Now reports:

Spanish police are investigating a fresh sighting of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, nearly five years after she disappeared. A tip-off to Portuguese police earlier this month talked about a little girl with a “strong physical resemblance” to Madeleine in the resort town of Nerja, southern Spain, Diario Sur reported.

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Posted: 17th, April 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: 1,300 deaths, Julian Assange and the Met’s new chapter

MADELDEINE McCann: Kate McCann’s new Maddie chapter and Julian Assange likens himself to Kate and Gerry McCann:

The Sunday Express leads with news. That news is surmised in a front-page headline:

YARD: WE CAN SOLVE MADDIE MYSTERY

Can. Not will?

SCOTLAND Yard detectives are confident they can solve the mystery of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

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Posted: 8th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Matthew Baggott, Leveson and doing the police’s dirty work

AT the Leveson inquiry former chief constable of Leicestershire police, Matthew Baggott, now head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, says he’s happy that he did not “put the record straight” over the media’s false and libellous reports about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

As This Is Leicester notes:

The inquiry has previously heard from Jerry Lawton, a Daily Star reporter, that Portuguese police were leaking DNA results wrongly implicating her parents with a hire car.

Lord Justice Leveson yesterday said Mr Lawton criticised the force, which he said knew the leaks were wrong, for not telling reporters off the record “don’t go there” with the hire car details.

The judge said he was concerned the force did not have the chance to respond and asked Mr Baggott if he would like to.

Matthew Baggott says he hands were tied and was unable to tell the media about “inconclusive” DNA tests conducted in Birmingham. You will recalls that Portuguese police had made false noises than the McCanns had hidden Madeleine in the boot of their hire car. Baggott says he was bound by law and a need to remain on good terms with the Portuguese.

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Posted: 29th, March 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: The Smith family and media distortion

MADELEINE McCann: The Drogheda Independent looks at the The Smith family who saw a man carrying a child:

Below the headline “Local family may be key to new Maddie probe”, we are told:

A POSSIBLE sighting of Madeleine Mccann by a Drogheda family on the night she disappeared could be crucial in a new probe into her disappearence.

Go on:

Their statement is still regarded as being ‘ totally credible’ by sources.

And:

Their evidence has always been regarded as significant, although they couldn’t definitively identify the individual concerned.

Back in May 2007, the same paper wrote:

A DROGHEDA family who may hold vital clues as to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have hit out at media distortion of evidence that they have given to Portuguese police.

Such are the facts…

Spotters: Karen and Robert Carter

 

Posted: 15th, March 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Martin Smith, Jane Tanner and a computer reconstruction

MADELEINE McCann is back in the news. In recent days the missing child has made it back to the top of tabloid news cycle. There is talk of a reconstruction of the night the child went missing.

The Express announces:

NEW PHOTO CLUE TO MADELEINE MCCANN CASE

We are told:

Detectives are still trying to work out who was involved in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

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Posted: 11th, March 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper spotted in South Turramurra

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news: Madeleine McCann’s kidnapper spotted in South Turramurra:

Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports:

Echoes of Maddie in abduction attempt of six-year-old girl at South Turramurra – Audrey has spoken out about the attempted abduction of her daughter, 6, at a park in South Turramurra last month.

And…

A DISTRAUGHT mother whose child was nearly abducted from a north shore park says she is haunted by the ordeal, likening it to the infamous Madeleine McCann case.

And that’s how she gets her child media coverage. Of course, we do not know what happened to Madeleine McCann. But she is the media’s benchmark for missing children.

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Posted: 11th, March 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Helena Monteiro, Rogerio Alves and tabloid excitement

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at Our Maddie in the news…

Daily Mirror (front page): “At last! Maddy Police launch new probe”

“Lawyer: Cops investigate ‘fresh, specific information”

No. They don’t.

Daily Express (front page): “MADELEINE – Parents joys as Portuguese police start fresh hunt”

Daily Star (front page): “MADDIE – Shock as cops reopen case”

A shock because it is not true.

Only, the Portuguese police have not re-opened the case. As we reported yesterday,

It is understood that the team from Portugal’s investigative Policia Judiciaria (PJ), headed by senior officer Helena Monteiro, has been looking at the Madeleine case for some weeks now.

A team of detectives based in Oporto in northern Portugal has been appointed to re-examine the original investigation into the little girl’s disappearance from the Algarve in 2007, the Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias reported.

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Posted: 10th, March 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (18) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Portuguese police ‘reopen’ the case

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at missing child in the news… The case is being reopened in Portugal?

Over the newswires, and picked up by the Independent:

Portuguese police have launched a review of the Madeleine McCann case.

Why?

A team of detectives based in Oporto in northern Portugal has been appointed to re-examine the original investigation into the little girl’s disappearance from the Algarve in 2007, the Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias reported.

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Posted: 9th, March 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Another book comparrisson

MADELEINE McCann – the greatest story ever told? The New York Times reviews Gods Without Men,’ a Novel by Hari Kunzru:

The central plotline in “Gods Without Men” — and the motor of the novel — is reminiscent in some respects of the real-life story of Madeleine McCann: the little British girl who disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal in 2007.

Fact and fiction.

Potter: Karen

Posted: 7th, March 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: a Paedophile and a song

BARRY James Shaw has appeared at Belfast Crown Court, charged with downloading and swapping images of children being sexually assaulted. He also fantasised about kidnapping Madeleine McCann. Shaw has been jailed for two years.

Judge Patrick Lynch QC tells Shaw:

 “You may have felt at the time — in your room downloading these materials — that you caused no hurt to anyone, but for each of these appalling images there are victims, and if it were not for people like yourself there would be no demand for them, and the abuse that is inherent in the production of these materials would not occur.”

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Posted: 5th, March 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Katrice Lee and Martin Ney

MADELEINE McCann: Katrice Lee is missing and Martin Ney is in the frame:

Sunday Sun:

“We were laughed at when we said there was a market for children in Europe – that Katrice could have been abducted and now no one would think twice that wasn’t a possibility when you think of cases like Madeleine McCann,” said Richard, who is now separated from Katrice’s mum.

Katrice Lee went missing from a NAAFI supermarket in Paderborn in Germany on November 28, 1981, on her second birthday.

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Posted: 27th, February 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann spotted in Alhaurin el Grande – get the gypsy

MADELEINE MCANN: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Our Maddie in the news: she’s been spotted in a Mercadona shop…

The Oliver Press (story now gone) told its readers:

Yvonne Tunnicliffe, who has lived in Spain for six years, made the sighting while shopping at a Mercadona store in Alhaurin el Grande in 2009….”She had mousy blonde hair in scruffy plaits, very fair skin and looked about seven or eight, which is how old she would have been now”…

As reader Karen says:

She wouldn’t have been that old in 2009.

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Posted: 24th, February 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A new film about paedophiles and Madeleine McCann

READY for a new film about Madeleine McCann? The List has an interview with Markus Schleinzer – writer and director of Michael:

His debut film is “based on Madeleine McCann and Josef Fritzl cases”.

Madeleine McCann went misisng. We do not know what happened to her. Josef Fritzl imprisoned and raped his children.

Schleinzer has spent 17 years in the Austrian film industry as a casting director, working for filmmakers such as Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, The White Ribbon), Jessica Hausner (Lovely Rita, Lourdes) and Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days). His debut feature, Michael, which he wrote and directed, was the only German-language film in competition at Cannes in 2011. Inspired by the Natascha Kampusch and Josef Fritzl cases, and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it observes the last five months in the relationship between a 35-year-old paedophile (Michael Fuith) and a 10-year-old boy (David Rauchenberger) whom he keeps in his locked basement.

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Posted: 19th, February 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Express re-introduces the Tapas 7

MADELEINE McCann: The Metropolitan Police is talking with the ‘Tapas 7’…

Express: “MADELEINE MCCANN DETECTIVES TO CALL IN TAPAS 7”

Fact! Lee Rainbow is on the case.

Jame Murray reports:

SCOTLAND YARD detectives are poised to interview the so-called Tapas Seven as their inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann steps up a gear. The friends of Kate and Gerry McCann, who accompanied them on their holiday to Portugal almost five years ago, are expecting interview requests as soon as officers feel they could assist the investigation.

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Posted: 5th, February 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Pat Brown. Amazon and Carter Ruck

MADELEINE McCANN: Pat Brown, a “criminal profiler” in America, has issued a press release stating that she has sent a Cease-and-Desist Letter to Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of the missing child. The letter ends:

 We request that the claim of libel be retracted for the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the book permitted to be returned for sale at Amazon.

Any press release is, as it says, intended for the press. It is PR. It is designed to draw attention to the subject, in this case Pat Brown.

She wrote a book called “Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann”.

It’s appears to be for sale on the Barnes & Noble website. But you cannot read it on Amazon. Pat Brown tweeted:

 “I have indeed been Carter-Rucked. Amazon has pulled my book because the McCanns claim it is defamatory.”

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Posted: 2nd, February 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Is Tony Bennett going to jail?

MADELEINE McCann: Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter of the Daily Telegraph, has news on Kate McCann, Gerry McCann, Tony Bennett and the Madeleine Foundation:

For almost five years, Kate and Gerry McCann have suffered the anguish of not knowing what happened to their daughter Madeleine. Through it all, they have also had to contend with a sustained campaign of harassment conducted by a small band of fanatics convinced they had a hand in their daughter’s disappearance.

Now, one of their main tormentors is facing jail for refusing to leave the McCanns’ alone.

Tony Bennett has waged a campaign since 2007 against the couple – repeatedly accusing them of covering up the girl’s death in leaflets, books and on internet postings. On one occasion, the Madeleine Foundation, which he runs, handed out 1,500 pamphlets in Rothley, the couple’s home village in Leicestershire, entitled “10 key reasons which suggest she was not abducted.”

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Posted: 30th, January 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0