Madeleine McCann | Anorak - Part 40

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.

Is It Too Soon For A Madeleine McCann Movie?

IN today’s Madeldeine McCann Watch, Peter Bradshaw asks: “How soon is too soon for a movie based on a news story?”

Anorak takes a look: 

Raid On Entebbe (1976) – Victory at Entebbe, Raid On Entebbe & Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt (all 1978)

Gianni Versace killed (1997) – The Versace Murder (1998)

9/11 (2001) – United 93 & World Trade Center (both 2006)

Charge Of The Light Brigade (1854) – The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Mass suicide by Jim Jones’ Peoples’ Temple cult (1978) – Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1980)

Bloody Sunday (1972) – Bloody Sunday (2002)

Deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls (1997) – Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Veronica Guerin murdered in Dublin (1996) – Veronica Guerin (2006)

Azaria Chamberlain is killed at Ayures Rock (1980) – A Cry in the Dark (1988)

John Reginald Christie, mass murderer (1940 to 1953) – 10 Rillington Palce (1971)

Great Train Robbery (1963) – The Great St. Trinian’s Train Robbery (1966)

Madeleine McCann…

Posted: 31st, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (66)

Madeleine McCann: The McCanns, The Media, Bile And The Enigmatic Deadpan Film

madeleine_mccann2.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


A letter of appeal from the Portuguese police requesting Kate McCann’s diary, Gerry McCann’s laptop, Madeleine McCann’s Cudle Cat and featuring a list of 100 questions for the “Tapas Seven” has not been sent. The paper says the police forgot to

The official are “bungling”. A “friend” says: “It’s a fiasco”

In Madrid “hundreds” of balloons were released “in honour of Madeleine”. And: “Children also held up pictures of the four-year-old”

Parents look on. Hands are held tighter. It could have been you. What is the purpose of this event? Is this spreading the fear and the anxiety?

THE GUARDIAN: “Before the dust settles – Movie-makers used to wait until news stories were over before moving in. Not any more, writes Peter Bradshaw

The Madeleine McCann Movie

“Gerry McCann has confirmed that he took a preliminary meeting with a representative from IMG, an entertainment agency associated with the company who made Touching the Void – although these particular film-makers have themselves denied any interest”

Will the film be made?

Asks Bradshaw: “How soon is too soon for a movie based on a news story? Two real events are threatening to transform themselves into celluloid with dizzying speed: the 2006 Securitas robbery in Tonbridge, over which a five-man gang was recently convicted of stealing £53m, and the kidnap of Madeleine McCann in 2007 – for which, of course, no one has been convicted at all”

What kind of film with the McCann movie be?

“If the Securitas film becomes a mockney geezer film, then the McCann film would almost certainly play in another mode entirely: the Enigmatic Deadpan genre. Family dysfunction documentaries such as Capturing the Friedmans and My Kid Could Do That are all the rage, and I wonder if the McCanns quite realise the manner of mysterious neutrality in which they would inevitably be represented? If the film is made now, the McCanns cannot expect any film-maker simply to state that they are innocent. The film would show their day-to-day campaign, and there would be plenty of interviews with them looking uncomfortable, lots of odd silences. There would, I suspect, be no voiceover, just plenty of unanswered questions hanging in the air. And this would not necessarily be in bad faith: without the case being cleared up, no other approach is possible”

ROY GREENSLADE: “The McCanns’ debate: from banality to an outpouring of bile”

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Posted: 31st, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (729)

Clarence Mitchell And A Debate On The McCanns And The Media

clarence-mitchell-mccann.jpgOVER the news wires: “Madeleine’s parents ‘not suspects'”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “I have never once seen or heard anything from either of them to give me any cause for suspicion in any shape or form.

“I have also had briefings privately from the police and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre that also gave me complete reassurance that the authorities, in this country certainly, are treating this as a case of rare stranger abduction, as they call it.”

Mr Mitchell says he feels “shamed” as a former reporter by the “sloppiness” and “laziness” of certain journalists in covering the story of the missing child.

Anorak has been commenting on just this for months…

Mr Mitchell was speaking at a debate on The McCanns and the Media at the London School of Economics.

He adds: “What we have taken issue with, and our lawyers continue to review, is the aspect of coverage that is not only distorted but wilfully misrepresentative at times of the facts as we know them or the lack of facts. In that vacuum I’m afraid some very sloppy standards have crept in.”

He singled out “the sloppiness and laziness of some of the journalists, and the lack of independence of thought and checking of facts”.

Mr Mitchell said he understood putting a story about Madeleine’s disappearance on the front page could add 70,000 sales to some newspapers, meaning there was “definitely a commercial imperative” to reporting on the case. He assured the audience they could be certain that “every single one” of the negative stories they read or heard about the McCanns was untrue.

But wasn’t it the Independent on Sunday that reported: “Maddy’s off the front page”:

“Followers of the Madeleine McCann story have been able to depend on the ‘Evening Standard’ to clear the front page for any development. So how come a potential breakthrough, with police looking into the disappearance of another little girl near Praia da Luz, was buried on page 17? The answer is: sales fell by 10,000 the last two times Maddy made the cover, so the news desk have been told to curb their Maddy enthusiasm. If only they’d tell the ‘Express’ to do likewise.”

As for the McCanns being innocent, all we know is that they deny harming their daughter but remain on the Portuguese police’s list of suspects, along with Robert Murat….

Posted: 30th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (168)

Madeleine McCann: Jacqui Smith, Global Warming And Legal Action

gerrykatemccann.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


“The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is being stalled by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, it was claimed last night. Police chiefs in Portugal are said to be frustrated at Home Office delays over a formal request to question Kate and Gerry McCann”

Now the Portuguese police are ganging up on The Home Secretary

A Portuguese police source tells us: “It is very strange that we have heard nothing. There seems to be no sense of urgency. We cannot proceed until these interrogations have been carried out”

Says a Home Office spokesman: “We have not received a formal request concerning the investigation. It is not appropriate to comment further”

DAILY MIRROR: “Madeleine McCann: Police quiz delay”

“Portuguese police have still not asked permission to quiz Gerry and Kate McCann about Maddy again – four months after saying they would.
Bungling detectives claim a request was sent to Britain more than three weeks ago but last night the Home Office confirmed nothing had arrived”

So it’s not Jacqui Smith’s fault? You can come out now, Jacqui…

Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “Any inconsistencies the police believe exist in their evidence can be cleared up very quickly and then we hope Kate and Gerry’s names will be cleared. This cannot happen soon enough”

MAKING CRIME PAY, by Sue Carroll

“Metodo 3 (which last year claimed it knew where Madeleine was and said she would be home by Christmas) has 40 investigators working on the case. It’s been reported that each has a replica of Cuddle Cat, Madeleine’s favourite toy, which they are encouraged to squeeze when they feel ‘demotivated’ by the size of their task. If that doesn’t work, perhaps a glance at their weekly pay cheques might help”

THE TIMES: “Green issues matter for holidaymakers – Before booking breaks, Britons are demanding that holiday companies take a responsible approach to the environment”

Madeleine McCann and global warming?

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Posted: 30th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (755)

Madeleine McCann: Four, Three Men, DNAboost And Risk

maddiestory.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY STAR: “Cops slam pics of Maddie suspects – Innocent people are put at ‘risk’”

“Four” people who look like the drawings inspired by holidaymaker Gail Cooper have now been questioned by police

So says the Star. Although on closer inspection Jose Marques plus Joaquim Agostinho plus a Portuguese builder in Gibraltar makes three, not four

Celebrity criminologist Francisco Moita Flores says: “It is manipulation and propaganda.” No, not the Star’s reporting, rather the sketches

DAILY MAIL: “Fourth man questioned in Maddie e-fit probe”

When is an e-fit a drawing? Compare and contrast

The Mail sees the Portuguese builder questioned and then freed. “At least” three other men have been questioned

THE SUN: “SUPER DNA ‘WILL CLEAR McCANNS – They welcome new-style forensic tests”

A tiny sample is, reportedly, found in the McCanns’ Renault Scenic hire car. How did it get there? From her clothes, say the McCanns. “Another theory was that Maddie’s younger brother and sister may have similar DNA,” says the Sun

And there’s a new test. It’s called DNAboost. DNAboost “can separate or ‘clarify’ profiles and unravel tiny samples”

With DNAboost what you thought had gone comes back with a bang!

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Posted: 29th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (930)

Another Madeleine McCann Joke

gordon-brown.jpgWHEN is it too early to make a joke of a tragedy?

Rory Bremner’s Channel 4 show has a sketch:

Two men in a pub: “One of the characters says: ‘I don’t trust Gordon Brown… I wouldn’t be surprised if the night before the election he went on television and said ‘look what I found’ and held up little Maddie McCann.”

Says Ofcom, thre broadcasting watchdog: “The idea that politicians might be insensitive enough to attempt to exploit the tragedy surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to their advantage was consistent with the general purpose of the sketch

“Whilst perhaps painful for some viewers to have been reminded of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, we concluded the suggestion that politicians might consider cynically using such an event to their advantage justified the inclusion of such a reference in this satirical sketch”

That’s the official ruling on a TV joke, folks. There’s another McCann joke here. And here.

You’ll be told when to laugh…

Posted: 29th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (118)

Madeleine McCann: Tabloid Snap, Metodo 3 PD and McCanns Innocent

agostinho-mccann.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


“A loner who looks like a drawing of a ‘creepy’ Madeleine McCann suspect has denied any links to her disappearance”

Joaquim Agostinho says: “It’s not me in the picture. I accept that the drawing looks like me”

The Mirror reports: “The former cockle picker, who lives in Altura, 90 miles from Praia da Luz, added: ‘I did not kill Madeleine and I’ve never been to Praia da Luz. I cannot even drive’”

But still his picture is in the paper in connection with a story about a missing child. Fingers are pointed

MADELEINE in Chile. What news of that? “Yesterday, police ruled out a “Madeleine” sighting in Chile after the girl was identified as American Haylee Dreyer, six”

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – Amazing lookalike: ‘I did not kidnap and kill her’”

Mr Agostinho looks like an artist’s impression of man whom British tourist Gail Cooper says she saw acting hanging around Praia da Luz. He is the “oddball


Matches. Like in a game of snap? Snap! Snap! Snap!

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Posted: 28th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,332)

How Anorak Handles The Madeleine McCann Story

IN Battered an Bewildered, Anorak moderators look at how to handle the Madeleine McCann story and the reactions to it…

Read it here

Posted: 28th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (17)

Madeleine McCann: Joaquim Agostinho Gives His Friends A Laugh

agostinho-mccann.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MAIL: “A Portuguese drifter who strongly resembles Madeleine McCann’s suspected kidnapper has been spotted at an Algarve resort”


“Joaquim Agostinho was seen in Altura last week after two British tourists complained they had been followed by a prowler who looked ‘identical’ to a sketch of the alleged kidnapper.

Says Mr Agostinho, who denies any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance: “I did not kill Madeleine and I’ve never been to Praia da Luz.”

Says Gail Cooper: ” He’s the spitting image of the man I saw three times at the resort where Madeleine vanished.”

News Of The World: Says Mr Agostino:  “I cannot even drive. I accept that the drawing looks like me. All my friends have been laughing about it”

Fingers are pointing…  

Posted: 27th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (81)

Madeleine McCann: Duarte Levy, Clarence Mitchell And The Daily Mirror

mccanns-clarence-mitchell.jpgDUARTE Levy writes on the case of Madeleine McCann. He alleges that that Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ PR adviser, is “using the Government’s services to keep watch on journalists and forum participants.” Says Mr Levy:

Clarence Mitchell, the McCann’s PR adviser and spokesman, continues to make use of the British government’s services despite having officially resigned from his position as director of the Media Monitoring Unit*. The accusation comes from a Home Office source who has stated that the outgoing director had called upon his former service to keep a watch not only on several journalists but also on the behaviour of participants in a list of forums and blogs considered to be “highly detrimental to the image of the McCanns and that of the British government”.

Can what Mr Levy alleges be true? And if it is, why would it be a big deal for the McCanns’ spokesman to keep an eye on the web, and get what help he can? Mr Levy continues:

Clarence Mitchell, a former journalist for the Daily Express and the BBC, was seconded by the Foreign Office to act as a liaison officer between the media and Madeleine’s parents. Through the intermediary of the respective British embassies, it was he who organised the McCann’s visits to the Vatican, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Rabat.

Since the very early days, media monitoring has been an important part of Clarence Mitchell’s work. While the McCann’s were in Praia da Luz, it was he who decided to separate journalists according to nationality: the British first, and the Portuguese last.

Today, the McCann’s PR campaign relies more than ever on monitoring public opinion: over the past few days several UK forums and blogs have been shut down due to “anti-McCann” comments. Amongst them is the Mirror newspaper’s forum, which erased all comments about the case without warning when the participants started to debate Home Office interference.

No response from Mr Mitchell is quoted in Mr Levy’s email to us. But why did the Daily Mirror close its forum? Anyone from those forums care to tell us what they know?

Anorak’s monitoring team try to read all reader comments – of which there are thousands.

Posted: 27th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (741)

Madeleine McCann In Chile, Maybe

MADELEINE McCann may be in Chile.

Police chief Segundo Leyton, head of the police unit specialised in the search of missing people, said the investigation was ordered after a man, who was not identified by name, reported seeing “a couple of foreigners” with a girl who looked like Madeleine in the city of Vicuna, 500 kilometres, (350 miles) north of Santiago.

Is this the first sighting in South America?

Leyton said, the unidentified man, a refrigeration technician, told police that the man he saw looked very much like a suspected kidnapper of Madeleine whose artist’s sketch was released recently by the girl’s parents.

Leyton told AP Television there is “similarity of 90-percent” between the man spotted in Vicuna and the artist’s sketch of the suspected kidnapper. “The physical signs of the child are coincident with the minor in question,” he said.

This is an update on Anorak’s Maddy round-up – HERE

Posted: 26th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (76)

Madeleine McCann: Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters And Rape

pope-oprah.pngMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


“AMERICA’S top chat show hosts are locked in a bidding war for an exclusive interview with the parents of Madeleine McCann. Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters have each pledged £1million in an attempt to get them in front of the TV cameras, it emerged yesterday”

Winfrey and Walters – the Pope and Queen Mother of Ameican TV chatter…

Do those shows take advertising? They do. What will the ad-breaks induce viewers to buy? What is the point of the interview? The McCanns cannot discuss the case.

Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “We are not in the market for selling Kate and Gerry’s story to the highest bidder. And we are not impressed by big names. We talk to media from all over the world”

But money is important. The fighting fun is running low

DAILY MAIL: “Kate and Gerry McCann in £1million deal to tell all to Oprah Winfrey”

“Kate and Gerry McCann are at the centre of a bidding war between Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters.

“Both celebrities are desperate to land an exclusive deal for the couple to talk about their missing daughter. If it goes ahead, it will be the largest publicly-known amount ever paid for a broadcast interview”

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Posted: 26th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (730)

Madeline McCann: Joaquim Jose Marques, Pigs And The Man In The Sketch

marques-mccann.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN: “COPS QUIZ PIG FARMER – Is this man in Maddie sketch?”

Joaquim Jose Marques is pictured holding a gun. He is smoking a cigarette. The Sun wonders if he is the man in recently released “kidnapper” sketch?

He lives in a house eight miles from Praia da Luz. Portuguese police have spoken with him twice

He sees the Sun’s man coming. He asks: “Look at this face. Is this the face in the picture?”
Says Gail Coooper, whose statement to private detectives led to the sketch: “The hair is different and the skin tone is darker”

So Marques is not the man… Next!

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: WE FIND WEIRDO SUSPECT – He comes out packing a gun”

A Daily Star reporter is on your doorstep; so too a hack from the Sun. Do you grab a gun?
“EXCLUSIVE,” says the Star. “The weirdo whose image is on a million posters in the Madeleine McCann hunt was traced by the Daily Star – and threatened to shoot our man with his rifle”

The Star is certain

“The ‘creepy’ prowler fingered in the hunt for Madeleine McCann was last night revealed as a penniless pig farmer … with a gun”

The Star is very certain. And the police?

“Police are certain Joaquim Jose Marques is the suspicious stranger spotted lurking in Praia da Luz a fortnight before Madeleine vanished”

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Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,108)

Madeleine McCann: Another Robert Murat, Maddy At The Oscars And Posters

murat.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


Meet Praia da Luz estate agent Angus Symington (pictured). Look like anyone? Robert Murat, perhaps?

“Their resemblance shows that witnesses who claim they saw Mr Murat outside the McCanns’ apartment on the night Madeleine vanished may have named the wrong man. Expatriate Mr Murat has always insisted he was with his mother”

Doesn’t Robert Murat also look like David Payne?

Says Robert Murat of Symington: “I’m amazed by the likeness, The hairline and the nose, it could be me. Just the chin is different. This guy has every reason to be at the Ocean Club. Remember – people work. I wouldn’t want what happened to me to happen to anyone else”

Says Mr Murat’s uncle Ralph Eveleigh: “Bloody hell – it’s Robert. They are very similar”

The WORLD’S BEST NEWSPAPER says “The lookalikes could force police into a total rethink of their eight-month investigation”

Or the police could just speak with Mr Symington. Says he: “I had been away in England for 10 days and came back the day before Madeleine went missing. I was here on the day, and for a few days following, but then I left again for a week. I categorically wasn’t around on the night she vanished. I left Praia da Luz at close of business at 6pm to go home. It couldn’t have been me. The first I was aware of the story was when I arrived at work the next day”

So how will this lookalike put Mr Murat in the clear?

A MILLION posters go up” – Posters of Madeleine in French, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish. But not in English? The poster will feature the likeness of the man Gail Cooper says she saw


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Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,509)

Madeleine McCann: Gail Cooper Says And Amy Fitzpatrick

amyfitzpatrickfamily_1.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN: “Potential Maddie witness snub”

“The British woman who may have seen Maddie McCann’s kidnapper has NOT been quizzed by Portuguese cops”

Gail Cooper says she saw a man. An artist’s impression of the man has been released
Gail, of Newark, Notts, says: “They never contacted me. He must be found, even if it is to rule him out”

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Mum vows to continue search for missing teen Amy”

“Mari Luz Cortes vanished on January 13, as she went to buy sweets from a local kiosk in the Spanish town of Huelva, near the border with Portugal. A massive search for the five-year-old is ongoing.

“The disappearance has been linked to that of Madeleine McCann from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, although police said they did not think the two cases were connected.
Ms Fitzpatrick yesterday said that her only daughter is “still just a kid”.

“She is only 15 and she has disappeared without trace.”

Amy Fitpatrick was 15 when she vanished after leaving her friend’s house near Feungirola, in Spain, at 10pm on New Year’s Day. She set out on the 20-minute walk to her own house, but has not been seen since.

The news and the views

Posted: 23rd, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,434)

Madeleine McCann: The Witnesses See, A Sketch And Killer Bob

killerbob_mccann.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MAIL: “Madeleine: Four witnesses say they saw suspect pictured in new poster campaign”

“Four key witnesses in the Madeleine McCann investigation could have seen the man shown in a new sketch of a potential suspect, it emerged yesterday”

But there were no witnesses? And “could” and “potential” in one line…

“But four witnesses may have seen the unidentified man – first on the night the three-year-old went missing, then later with named suspect Robert Murat, and finally in Morocco

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Posted: 22nd, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,210)

Madeleine McCann: Gail Cooper Feels, Clarence Mitchell PR PI And Armchair Detectives

mccann-man.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “Find This Man New Suspect Sketch Prompts Family Plea”

“THE family of Madeleine McCann yesterday issued a desperate message to the world saying: ‘Find this man’. Gerry and Kate McCann have called for an international search after an artist’s impression of a man they believe may have been involved in their daughter’s disappearance was released”
McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell says: “Who is he? Where is he? What, if any, is his connection to Madeleine’s disappearance?… If he is innocent, we want him to come forward for his own sake so he can be ruled out”

Would you go forward and enter the circus?

DAILY MIRROR front page: “New hope for Kate – NEW CLUE IN HUNT FOR MADDY”

Each new clue gives a new headline and story. Play along at home. You the sleuth

“WHO IS HE.. WHERE IS HE? THE SEARCH FOR MADELEINE Sinister stranger in paedo gang fear”

“Kate and Gerry McCann yesterday issued a desperate plea for information about a bogus charity collector whose gang are feared to have snatched Madeleine”

Gail Cooper says she saw him. So did Paul Gordon

Says Gerry McCann: “We appeal to anyone who knows him or may have seen him to contact our investigators” – Not the police?

A McCann family source says: “It’s significant. This is the first time we have been able to produce a detailed picture of someone who could have taken Madeleine. Our agents have been speaking to a witness who has told us about another man seen around the area. We’re doing all we can to get a similar image of him”

THE SUN: “FIND THE WEIRDO – Hunt for scruff feared to have taken Maddie”
A picture of Clarence Mitchell holding up the sketches of the “oddball”. No, not Robert Murat, another “oddball”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry are quite buoyant. Every time we do something like this it gives them strength”

As for the man: “The McCanns’ investigators Metodo 3 followed up the April sightings. Gail said the suspect was aged 38-45, long-haired with a handlebar moustache and big teeth. He may have been North African”

Gail Cooper says she saw him. She tells us: “He was very unpleasant and creepy. I felt vulnerable in his presence. He made my blood run cold”


Says Clarence Mitchell: “Calls are coming in. One man rang to says he distinctly remembers seeing this man during a visit to Portugal two years ago. Others are being co-ordinated by the investigation team in Spain”

The Express says this image “bears a close resemblance to an earlier drawing of a man seen carrying a child on the night Madeleine disappeared. That would be the picture rooted in Jane Tanner’s sighting. The picture of the man with no face

“WORLDWIDE hunt for suspect”

Says Gail Cooper: “In my job I have to assess people and make a judgment. My judgment is that this man could have been the kidnapper. I would recognise him immediately if I saw him again. His appearance has really stuck in my mind. What happened is still very vivid to me”

Everyone’s a sleuth looking for Madeleine McCann

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Posted: 21st, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,286)

Team McCann: A Video

DO we post this video based on the Madeleine McCann case? And if so, what does it say? Is is cruel and unjust? Satirical? Does it say something about how the disappearance of a little girl has been treated in the media? Someone made this video…

Posted: 20th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (18)

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann’s Hairdresser, A Suspect Look And Amaral

madeleine-mccann-suspect.jpg MADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

NEWS OF THE WORLD front page: “MADDY’S KIDNAPPER – Beast who took McCann’s little girl”


The paper says the witness, Gail Cooper, was staying with her family 600 yards from the McCann’s apartment in Praia da Luz.

She told the police of a “creepy man” in the area. A picture of the man has been produced

Gary Thompson, an associate editor at the News of the World, tells the BBC the picture was being taken seriously. Well, it on the front page. “The picture has been passed to Interpol, police in Portugal and also in Leicestershire, so the important thing is – who is he? Where is he now?” he asks.

“We’ll be urging all our readers in the morning to get in touch with the authorities if they’ve got any information at all about this man”

Is he the man who abducted Madeleine McCann? Or was Mrs Cooper listening to The Beatles at the time?


EXCLUSIVE Hunt for Madeleine: Day 262 First image of suspect”

Or the second image…

“This is the face of a stalker now believed to have snatched Madeleine McCann. The image is a former FBI artist’s impression based on a detailed description given by a key British witness. It clearly reveals the features of a moustachioed man – who was carrying a little girl in pink pyjamas, believed to be four-year-old Maddie”
It’s a photofit, an artist’s impression. Like this FBI picture of Madeleine

The original photofit issued by Portuguese police showed only a round egg-shaped head and blank face and was widely criticised as being useless. The Sun had an eFit. Jane Tanner’s efit had hair and a jacket

The man is “thought to be aged between 38 and 45. He has sallow skin, lank dark hair, large teeth and a distinctive droopy moustache. The suspect, who is said to have spoken in broken English, knocked on the door of Mrs [Sarah] Cooper’s apartment claiming to be collecting for charity. Mrs Cooper says: ‘He made my blood run cold – he gave me the creeps. My judgment is that this man was very suspicious and could have been the kidnapper’”

EXCLUSIVE – Picture of man who gave woman the CREEPS!

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Posted: 20th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,095)

Madeleine McCann: Mari Cortes’s Mum Says, Princess Diana And Torture

mccanns.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN: “Mari’s mum backs Kate”

“Distraught Irene Suarez, 30, insisted Kate did not kill Maddie, as suspected by Portuguese cops”

Irene is mother to missing Spanish girl Mari Luis Cortes. What does she know of the Madeleine case? Is she a witness?

Mum-of-three Irene says: “With all the speculation that Mrs McCann could be guilty of killing her child, I said that’s all lies. A daughter is very special. For a mother to do anything like that is unthinkable”

The McCanns might well be innocent. They maintain that they are the victims of a heinous crime. But are they innocent because they are parents?

She adds: “I believe Madeleine will be found”

The Sun asks a woman whose child is missing if the parents of another missing child should give up? Is the paper using using her?

McCANNS guilty.. only of caring” – Lorrane Kelly writes: “I BELIEVE Kate and Gerry McCann are GUILTY…


… Guilty of leaving their kids alone while they enjoyed a meal with friends, and they are most certainly guilty of moving heaven and earth in order to try to find their beloved Madeleine.

But that is all”

DAILY MAIL: “If McCanns were Portuguese ‘they would already be in jail’ says ‘wrongly convicted’ killer”

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Posted: 19th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (642)

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann’s Message And McCann Posters For Mari Cortes Luz

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DAILY EXPRESS: “I feel your pain – Kate’s note to kidnap parents”

Kate McCann has delivered a “heartfelt message of support” to the parents of missing girl Mari Luz Cortes

Writes Kate, a “GP”: “I feel your pain, as parents we know what you’re going through…I am praying that Mari Luz is found quickly, safe and well”

Not that it’s all about the McCanns, a Maddy 2. Although: Says Juan Jose Cortes, Mari’s father: “Only now I understand what Madeleine McCann’s parents are suffering”

Neither Mr Cortes nor his wife are named suspects in their child’s disappearance

The McCanns have offered to equip posters of Madeleine with a shot of Mari – 12,000 of them are to be put up in Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands

Mr Cortes says thank you but “We don’t feels strong enough to make a decision”

Says Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman: “The posters could lead to vital clues in both cases. Mari Luz’s face would sit along Madeleine’s… We just want to help”

Help who?


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Posted: 18th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,107)

Madeleine McCann: Mari Luz Cortes, Maddy 2 And Gerry McCann Writes

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Mari Luz Cortes is missing. “Mari Luz’s heartbroken parents yesterday launched a Madeleine-style publicity campaign to help the search for their daughter. They released a video of Mari Luz dancing and opening her Christmas presents”

What has the disappearance of Mari Luz Cortes to do with Madeleine McCann?

“The McCanns and their investigators, two of whom spent the evening with the Cortes family, believe Huelva is on the route Madeleine’s abductor took to spirit the four-year-old away to North Africa”

Maybe Metodo 3 can get a new client?

Says Gerry McCann: “Hearing of the probable abduction of Mari Luz Cortes has brought many awful emotions flooding back. We hope and pray she is quickly found and returned safely…Huelva is approximately a two-hour drive from Praia da Luz and we went there in early August to publicise Madeleine’s disappearance”


“Police in Portugal were last night investigating whether the fiend who snatched a five-year-old girl in Spain also took Madeleine McCann. Guilhermino Encarnacao, a key member of the Maddie squad, was drafted in to join the hunt for little Mari Lui Cortes” – Not to be confused with Mari Luz Cortes

Look out Spain, the Portuguese police are on the case. But help is on its way: “Last night private eyes hired by the McCanns were in the port, believing the hunt for Mari could also lead them to Madeleine”

Says a police source: “Officers are certain they know what happened to Madeleine. And, despite the situation in Huelva, they don’t believe she was abducted. They are in the loop regarding events in Spain, but mainly to offer assistance in case the culprits escaped to Portugal. Officers are certain they know what happened to Madeleine. There are key differences. Mari disappeared as she walked alone along a public street in daylight. Madeleine vanished from an apartment at night, where she slept with other children. It would have been a far more difficult and daring abduction. There is other evidence, too’’

So who has linked the cases?

There are pictures in the Star of children holding images of Mari

THE SUN: “2,000 MARCH FOR ‘MADDIE 2’ – Awful emotions flood back for Gerry”

Maddy 2? Another film. A sequel?

“Fears were growing last night that the cases were linked and serial kidnapper is on the loose in the region”. Is there any evidence for this? Can the Sun provide details of other missing children that might be linked? Or is fear all?

Says Gerry McCann: “We hope and pray that Mari is quickly found and retuned safely”

Mari has “echoes” of the case of Madeleine McCann: “NO clues, NO confirmed sightings, and NO witnesses”

Apart from those witnesses who have speaking to the press for the past eight months, DNA samples and people pointing fingers

DAILY MAIL: “McCanns’ pain over Spanish abduction”

Is the disappearance of Mari Luz Cortes really about the McCanns?

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Posted: 17th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,081)

Madeleine McCann: Links To Mari Luz Cortes And Benazir Bhutto

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DAILY MIRROR front page: “HAS MADDY MANIAC STRUCK AGAIN? Mari, 5, missing on route ‘used by paedophile gang’”

Mari Luz Cortes “may” have been snatched by paedophiles. She may have been kidnapped from Huelva on the Spanish frontier with Portugal, which is “a short drive from Praia da Luz”


“Significantly” Helva is on the route that the McCanns “fear” Madeleine’s kidnappers took “as thy headed for a ferry in North Africa”


“Tearful Juan Jose” (readers see a picure of him crying) says: “It’s possible that the disappearance of my daughter is linked to the Madeleine case. But it is not something we want to contemplate right now”

But the Mirror does. And it wants its readers to. Madeleine’s dad Gerry McCann says: “We are extremely concerned another young girl has gone missing in the region. We hope Mari is found quickly, safe and is returned to her family as soon as possible. Our thoughts are with her family as the search continues”

Are the McCanns now the first people to call when a child goes missing? How long before they are billed as “experts in child tragedy” and appearing on news bulletins and regional magazine shows?

The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell says: “Gerry and Kate of all people know the agony that Mari’s family are going through”

Helva is “120 miles” from Praia da Luz

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: SECOND GIRL TAKEN. Girl, 5, in copycat snatch”

“The five-year-old disappeared after walking alone to her local shop to buy a packet of crisps. Mari Luz Cortes’s family are convinced she has been abducted. More than 100 police and 500 locals are mounting a massive search”

Page 5: “MADDIE: GIRL, 5, IN COPYCAT SNATCH” – A child has gone missing. But why should it have anything to do with Madeleine McCann?

“A source close to the McCanns’ Barcelona-based private detectives said: ‘There is every chance these cases are linked. We have said all along Madeleine was abducted. Now it appears whoever did it may have struck again’”

Clarence Mitchell says the McCanns are “extremely concerned” about the possible abduction in Huelva


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Posted: 16th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,237)

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann’s A Sex Symbol, Spanish Paedos And Belgian Pervs

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DAILY MIRROR: “Maddie: Spain link is probed”

“Private detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann believe she was snatched on the orders of a paedophile ring in Spain, it emerged yesterday”

It’s what Antonio Toscano told us about his “Frenchman”. Now Metodo 3 are journeying to Valencia and Alicante. No, not Morocco

The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell, says: “A potential paedophile gang connection has been there since May 3. M3 are active in this area”

So nothing definite. Just potential


Metodo 3 “are focusing on child sex rings in Valencia and Alicante, homes to thousands of foreign residents and destinations for millions of tourists every year”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Any paedophilia connection in the region has been thoroughly examined and they are continuing to look at potential leads in those areas”

Live 1-2-1 BLACK FILTH,” says the Star’s advert. “FILTH 4 FREE

DAILY EXPRESS: “Madeleine: Family anger at plans for 26-part TV series”

The TV series and then the film (The Brady Bunch, Dallas, Miami Vice), or the film and then the TV series (Ghost Busters, Planet of the Apes, My Big Fat Greek Life)?

Portuguese policeman turned criminologist Francisco Moita Flores has written the script

“The series, based on the official investigation, will start filming in Portugal shortly. Producers are hoping it will be shown across Europe – raising the prospect of it being broadcast in Britain”

Why bother when we have Crimewatch, Panorama, CSI Praia da Luz…

“Detectives trawl child sex gangs” – In Spain. Although Metodo 3 say the paedos there have links with paedos in Belgium and Morocco

THE SUN: “COSTA LINK TO MADDIE – Hunt switches to Spanish sickos”

Not all Spanish are sickos. Although this is the Sun, so maybe they are…

“Investigators from Metodo 3 are speaking with Spanish police about child sex networks in the area and any known offenders’ links to the Algarve in Portugal, where Maddie, four, disappeared last May. They believe a gang took her to Spain before smuggling her to Morocco or Belgium”. Or Malta?

Says an investigator: “We cannot discount anything”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “It is a primary area of our investigation”

It is the Sun’s – oh dear – “child sex hunt”

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Posted: 15th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,352)

Madeleine McCann: The FBI, Maddy’s New Look And The Maddie Movie

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DAILY MAIL: “Madeleine eight months on: FBI expert shows how missing 4-year-old may look now”

No, it is not that ghoulish. This is how she would look were she alive…

“A haunting picture of Madeleine McCann as she might look today should be used in the hunt to find the four-year-old, a former police chief said yesterday.” It’s celebrity copper John Stalker, who now advertises burglar alarms on the telly, when he’s not talking to the papers

“State-of-the-art ‘age advancement’ digital techniques were used by an FBI expert to create the image, which shows how Madeleine might have changed over the eight months since she disappeared”

You can create the same computer wizardry on your home PC by taking a picture of Madeleine and using “guesswork” and “speculation” look at her haircut, build and clothes. Squinting at it the image will help…

Says Stalker: “My first thought when I saw the image was ‘Who is this little stranger?’ It was only after looking closer that I realised it was her – and that is why this image is needed so badly because many people could have walked straight past her”

Madeleine McCann is no stranger. That’s her with the auburn hair and red sweater; the black hair and blue top; the blonde hair and swimsuit; the Moroccan family

“New York Police Department forensic artist Stephen Mancusi”, who produced the picture, says: “This tragic ordeal would have taken her brightness away”

Well, maybe…

Says Stalker: “What makes it so realistic and tragic is that you can almost see the sorrow in the face – the pain of being away from her Mum and Dad for over eight months. We are looking for a new Madeleine”

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Posted: 14th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,207)