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.
Let’s Get The Gypsies: The Big Fat Darkies Are Stealing Blonde Children In America, Greece, Ireland And Your Town
ANY gypsy woman who has cheated on her husband with a blonde man had best watch out. And blonde gypsies should just run. The powers that be are eyeing non-Aryans with a suspicious eye. The Mirror and Express lead with news of another blonde child seized from a Roma gypsy camp, this one in Dublin, Ireland.
The child has blonde hair and blue eyes. This not that she not only makes the front pages but has been removed from her darker haired and skinned ‘parents’. This echoes the news of Maria, the blonde removed by Greek police from gypsies.
This Irish child will have DNA tests to establish her identity and links to her family. No arrests have been made. But the child is in the care of the Irish state. What could go wrong?
The Times adds:
The couple she was living with told police their “daughter” was born at Dublin’s Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in April 2006, the Sunday World newspaper reported. However, the hospital had no record of the birth and the name and date of birth given by the parents is different to records with the register office.
A birth certificate was deemed to be inconclusive and a passport bore a picture of a baby and could not be matched to the seven-year-old. A consultant at another hospital told detectives it would be unusual for Roma parents to have a blonde-haired child.
THE blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl found living with swarthy Hristos Salis, 39, and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, is ok. She’s in the care of the Greek State. The couple have been charged with abduction. They say the girl’s biological mother gave the child.
One of their lawyers, Constantinos Katsavos, told reporters outside court: “It was an adoption that was not exactly legal, but took place with the mother’s consent.”
But who is she? The Metro wants to know:
MADLEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Sun summons the name of convicted child abusers and killers Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan.
The headline states and asks:
MADDIE SUSPECTS 2007 SPAIN TRIP
McCann cops probe 2 Brit paedo killers
RIGHT TIME…RIGHT FACE?
We can deal with each point in turn.
WHEN the tabloids looked at the blond child found in the Greek gypsy camp they thought of Madeleine McCann. The Daily Star went as far as declaring “Maddie Found In Greece“:
MADELEINE McCANN: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the missing child in the news:
The Daily Mail has a question:
Is this some other poor parent’s Maddie? Police appeal for help identifying blonde girl, 4, found living on gypsy camp in Greece after charging couple with abduction
Greek authorities have requested international help to identify a four-year-old girl found living in appalling conditions in a gypsy camp with a couple whom they have arrested and charged with abducting her. The child was found on Wednesday near Farsala in central Greece during a routine search of the camp by police looking for drugs and weapons.
The Daily Star reports:
Kerry has spent 13 years looking for her child with no help. Meanwhile millions have been spent probing Madeleine McCann’s abduction from the family’s Portuguese holiday apartment in May 2007.
Why must these two events be elated? Good that the British police think finding out what happened to Madeleine McCann worth the effort. And Kerry Needham has had help. The tragedy is that we are no closer to knowing what happened to her son.
MADELEINE McCann: a look at the missing child in the news.
MADELEINE McCann: Last night BBC’s Crimewatch staged a reconstruction of the night the innocent child vanished. It was odd. The reconstruction was very thin. We saw a happy family. Happy friends. And then an empty bed.The media reacts:
Sky News: “Kate McCann may have been just moments away from catching Madeleine’s abductor, according to new details released by officers.”
Is a thing that “may” have happened worthy of being Sky’s lead news story? Yes. Because for six years Our Maddie has been entertaining the armchair detectives. Sky wants you to watch its show:
Sky News will show a special investigation tonight at 8.30pm on Sky Channel 501, Virgin Media 602 and Freeview 82
It needs a fact, a hook to seduce the viewers by:
Ian Woods writes:
A man thought to be a key suspect in the abduction of three-year-old Madeleine McCann has been identified – and ruled out of the inquiry. For six years, detectives believed that a sighting of a man carrying a child close to her apartment was one of their best leads. But a review of the evidence has concluded that it was an innocent British holidaymaker carrying his daughter home from a creche.
And it was was a good one. The man Jane Tanner saw was not an abductor.
Police said they were “very pleased” with a response that has seen nearly 500 people contacted them with fresh information since last night’s show. Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate McCann appeared live in the studio and said they were “feeling hopeful and optimistic”.
“These cases can get solved and that’s what the public need to think about tonight,” said Mr McCann. “We don’t know what’s happened to Madeleine, we don’t know who’s taken her. The best chance of finding her is by identifying (the person who took her).”
But we don’t know she was taken. All this time and we still do not know what or if any crime befell her. It’s just probable or less probable.
Mrs McCann said: “It doesn’t matter how much heartache we put ourselves through as long as we get the result that we need.” She appealed to viewers to have “the courage and confidence to come forward”, adding they could hold the key to “unlock” the case.
And then this:
And police have refocused their attention on a second witness statement which had been considered of less importance. An Irish family on holiday in Praia da Luz had told investigators that they saw a man carrying a child at around 10pm.
But is it relevant?
DCI Redwood said:
“If this is you, and you are nothing to do with Madeleine’s disappearance, then we really need to speak to you. It’s so important for us to eliminate innocent sightings. But equally if anybody is looking at those e-fits and recognises the person, for whatever reason, then please have the courage to call in and tell us.”
But what about that headline that Kate McCann nearly caught the crook?
The Express also leads with this fact:
Moments has become minutes.
The potential prime suspect is described as white, in his 30s, of medium build and height, clean shaven with short brown hair. He was carrying a child aged three or four who had blonde hair and was wearing pyjamas similar to Madeleine’s.
Any more facts?
He was heading for the beach but detectives say suggestions that Madeleine may have been taken from Praia da Luz by boat are speculation.
Indeed. Get a load of that headline.
Can anyone get a new scoop? Over to the Sun, we go:L
Two name suspect – Dramatic twists in hunt for missing Maddie
TWO Crimewatch viewers last night sensationally named the SAME man from two police e-fits of the prime suspect in the hunt for Madeleine.
But what about the Irish Family who might have spotted something of interest?
The Irish Times: “Drogheda family’s evidence key to new Madeleine McCann appeal”
Drogheda couple Martin and Mary Smith were holidaying on the Algarve at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance with their daughter Aoife, son Peter and other family members. The man police now want to contact was spotted by the Smiths at about 10pm walking down the hill from the Ocean Club complex towards either the beach or the town centre, carrying a blond child aged about three or four, who was most probably wearing pyjamas.
The Smith family gave a statement to police soon after their holiday. The efits were compiled by private detectives in September 2008. However, Det Chief Insp Redwood said that for years the sighting was seen as “wrong place, wrong time” and thus unimportant.
Officers do not consider the McCanns as suspects.
Martin Smith and his family left Portugal the day after the disappearance and only later realised the significance of the man walking towards the ocean with the young girl wearing pyjamas in his arms.
In 2009, the Belfast Telegraph noted:
Mr Smith, from Drogheda , was also on holiday in Praia da Luz at the time.
At about 9.50pm on May 3 he and his family were walking up a road less than half a mile from the McCanns’ apartment when he saw a man carrying a blonde girl of about four.
Mr Smith said in his police statement: “I thought they were father and daughter so I wasn’t so suspicious… The man didn’t look like a tourist. I can’t explain why — it was probably from his clothes.”
Such are the facts…
MADELEINE McCann: the news of the missing child is high on the cycle. One thing has changed which she went missing in 2007. Social media means people can talk more freely than they can in the UK. But Twitter would not make pleasant reading for the child’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann. The armchair detectives are having a field day. What was once “every parents worst nightmare” has become everyone’s game of Cluedo.
One thing unchanged is that the story has a single fact: the innocent child vanished.
Fleet Street Fox gets it:
Six years ago a little girl disappeared. And that’s it – that’s pretty much all we know for sure.
MADELEINE McCann: as yet the celebrities have been low on the ground in the hunt for the missing child. Operation Yewtree is not involved. But, then, the Guardian spotted Madonna:
Spotter: Pies, via @ChrisPolick
MADELEINE McCann: the latest “suspect” is front-page news:
Is he “vital“? Is he a “suspect“? Or is he just a “stranger“, called so because the Met have yet to identify him?
MADELEINE McCANN: the timeline questions.
Today’s front pages:
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the missing child in the news: the timeline questions.
Today’s front pages:
MADELEINE McCann: a look at today’s media coverage of the missing child.
The Star (front page): “MADDIE: Mums begs court: Let me clear my name.”
“Mum” is, of course, Kate McCann. That she should have to prove her innocence is absurd.
EVER since innocent child Madeleine McCann went missing, we’ve been kept up to date with the story’s key points:
The investigation: the police have not proven what crime befell her, if any. But kidnap is the favourite theory.
The facts: she went missing
The revelations: she is still missing
The court cases: Robert Murat and the parents were libelled in a torrent of media speculation.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. As the McCanns pursue Goncalo Amaral for libel damages in Portugal, the British press publishes a welter of new Maddie news. Yesterday, the police told us that the child could have been stolen by a burglar. The Met offered no proof to support its theory. No evidence. She she could have been stolen by a burglar who seems to have taken nothing else from that holiday apartment, right?
New Madeleine McCann sensation: Witness tells barrister he saw girl ALIVE just weeks ago
And he waited this long to tell us? Maybe this man of law was studying the evidence?
A shaken barrister has told police how a man boasted to him that he had seen missing Madeleine McCann just weeks ago.
The Daily Mail has a question:
Was Maddie abducted by burglars she disturbed at holiday flat? Scotland Yard probes new theory as McCanns prepare to make ‘significant’ TV appeal
On 10th, May 2007, the Daily Mirror produced six theories:
“PAEDOPHILE GANG”, the “LONE PAEDOPHILE”, the “JEALOUS MOTHER”, Madeleine wandering off and “DROWNED”, the “OPPORTUNIST PAEDOPHILE”, the “CHILDLESS COUPLE”.
None of those theories have been ruled out. Still, time for another one. This will show that sCotland Yard are making progress in their multi-million pound investigation. So. The burglar:
Madeleine McCann may have been abducted after disturbing burglars in her family’s holiday apartment, Scotland Yard believes.
You want more facts?
Detectives think her disappearance could be linked to a series of break-ins at the Portuguese resort from which she vanished, the Daily Mail can reveal.
On 7th, January 2008, an intruder was spotted. Was that person the burglar?
The burglaries – thought to be the work of a ‘team’ of thieves – happened in the months leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz in May 2007. One theory – now being taken seriously by British police – is that burglars panicked after Madeleine awoke from her sleep.
So. The panicked burglars stole the child. What else did they steal?
Sources in the Algarve – where the authorities are working closely with Scotland Yard – confirmed yesterday that detectives are investigating a series of thefts from the Ocean Club and elsewhere in Praia da Luz.
Only one child went missing. And the burglars never stole anything from the McCanns’ apartment except for the child.
Well, at least all the peedos are in the clear…
Daily Mirror: “Police investigating theory that Madeleine McCann was taken by paedophile ring”
Portugese detectives are now working on the theory that British paedophiles active in the resorts of the Algarve were responsible
So. The Portuguese think its British paedos and the Portuguese think its Portuguese burglars.
Such are the facts…
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the missing child in the news:
Front page of the Daily Express: “Police close to breakthrough.”
There are “3 news suspects”.
The Yard yesterday revealed new evidence has been uncovered about the fate of the youngster and announced that three more suspects or “persons of interest” have been identified.
They are not suspects, then. They are people the police want to talk with.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news: the Goncalo Amaral libel trial is underway in Portugal.
The Daily Mail reports:
‘Anti-McCann’ websites plotted to kidnap one of Madeleine’s siblings ‘to find out what they knew about her disappearance’, court hears – Friend of the McCanns found examples of forum members encouraging kidnap so one of the twins could ‘throw some light on the matter’
Gerard Couzens writes:
Internet trolls fuelled by an ex police chief’s claims about the McCanns incited conspiracy-theorists to plot to kidnap the couple’s twins Sean and Amelie, a court heard today.
The Daily Express lead with news:
“BRAVE MUM KATE FACES NEW ORDEAL IN PORTUGUESE COURT ROOM”
Lest “Brave” and “mum” not place the Express squarely on Kate McCann’s side in a legal spat, the paper adds:
Madeleine’s mother will face her police tormentor in court
This tormentor is called Goncalo Amaral, the Portuguese copper who investigated the child’s vanishing and then wrote a book about it.
The brave mother will face fresh agony in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, where she is launching a court bid to silence her tormentor Goncalo Amaral over allegations he made about the fate of the youngster. Former GP Kate and husband Gerry, both 45, are seeking £1million in damages from the former detective they say made their lives hell.
Amaral, 56, claims the couple lied about the events surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance.
He went on to write a book in which he alleged Madeleine died in the family’s holiday apartment and her parents covered up the tragedy.
Kate McCann and her husband Gerry deny that accusation. So. They want to silence Mr Amaral. One problem is that in Portugal freedom of speech is taken very seriously. It was not so very far back ion history that Portugal was a dictatorship. Freedom to way the unsayable has been had won.
As ever the Express reminds us that Mr McCann is a “heart consultant Gerry”, who will “remain at the couple’s home in Rothley, Leicestershire, to look after their eight-year-old twins Sean and Amelie”.
Michael Wright, the husband of Kate’s cousin Anne-Marie, will tell the Lisbon hearing that Amaral’s “poisonous lies” nearly destroyed the family. Kate agreed to attend court at the last moment on the advice of her Portuguese lawyer Isabel Duarte.
A source close to the McCanns said yesterday: “Kate’s lawyers felt that one of Madeleine’s parents should be there in person. Kate agreed to go while Gerry looks after the twins. “She is not expected to give evidence but will be sitting in the courtroom.”
The paper than quotes a “McCann source”, who cannot be named for reasons we are not told:
“They have been told that every word they have said against Mr Amaral, in response to his ludicrous claims, will be challenged. Lawyers on both sides tried to settle out of court but it was not to be.”
One person is named, however:
The McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night: “Kate and Gerry remain confident they will win. They have a very strong case.”
The Irish Independent leads with very different headline:
Maddie’s mum to face top detective in trial
Amaral is a top detective? Well, he was.
Kate McCann will come face to face with the former police chief she and her husband Gerry accuse of hampering the search for their missing daughter Madeleine when their libel case against him starts in Lisbon today.
Mrs McCann’s attendance in court is understood to be against the advice of Scotland Yard detectives who are attempting to begin their own investigation in the Algarve to solve the six-year mystery.
The couple are suing detective Goncalo Amaral for £1m (€750,000) over allegations he made about the fate of Madeleine, who disappeared from an apartment in Praia da Luz shortly before her fourth birthday in May 2007.
The Indy might want to look again at that exchange rate.
It is feared Mrs McCann’s presence in Portugal will provoke a media circus and further aggravate Portuguese authorities as the Scotland Yard team seeks co-operation to carry out their inquiries on Portuguese soil.
A source said: “Met police are worried it will create a bigger platform for Mr Amaral and his supporters to spout more bile and could damage their own inquiries in the country.”
This could go badly for the McCanns.
The Star says of Amaral:
KATE McCann will today come face-to-face with the disgraced police detective who accused her of covering up daughter Madeleine’s death.
The BBC sums up best:
Amaral, the detective who initially led the inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance, is expected to argue that under Portuguese law he is entitled to make the claims published in The Truth Of The Lie. The former officer was removed from the Portuguese investigation in October 2007 after criticising British police.
READ: It’s a high-risk strategy in Portugal…
MADELEINE McCann: what news? Time for a brief catch-up on the missing child who became the biggest story of the past years:
The Daily Star leads:
The front-page headline runs:
“We can still find missing Maddie”
MADELEINE McCann is on the cover of the Daily Express. There is news. Maybe. The front-page headline announces:
“MADELEINE: POLICE HUNT GIVES McCANNS FRESH HOPE”
As ever there is no news. This is media management. The media continues to feature the missing child. Her parents continue their policy of keeping their daughter’s name in the public eye.
* By the way, who at the Express thought it a good idea to position the child who went missing on a family summer holiday overseas alongside a chance to win a family holiday overseas? Not good.
Anyhow, this latest news follows the Express‘ story on July 8th:
Yard face a network of evil: Maddie police ‘seeking people smuggling ring’
A FORMER top Scotland Yard detective last night suggested the new investigation into the Madeleine McCann mystery is focused on a network of suspects involved in people-trafficking.
The Daily Express leads with its customary picture of ‘Our Maddy’ and the headline: “Maddy Arrests Within Weeks.”
“Cameron backing new investigation”
Inside the paper, we learn:
Mr Cameron said the case of the then three-year-old who went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Algarve in May 2007 was one that continued to shock the nation.
What did he say of the Met’s investigation?
“It is welcome because they say that there is new evidence, new leads to follow, new things to be done. It was a case that did shock and still shocks the nation and if an answer can be found we should try and find it.”
MADELEINE McCANN: Anorak’s look at the missing child dubbed ‘Our Maddie’ in the news:
BBC: “Madeleine McCann: New leads spark Met formal inquiry”
Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, who is heading what has been called Operation Grange, said: “The review has given us new thinking, new theories, new evidence and new witnesses.”
What new theories? That she wandered off? It’s taken as fact that she was abducted.
Sky News: “Madeleine McCann’s parents have welcomed the launch of a new UK police investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.”
A Met Police review has identified 38 “persons of interest” who detectives want to speak to in relation to the suspected abduction in 2007 – almost twice as many as previously thought.
Officers say they are moving from the case review to an “investigative stage of the inquiry” and now intend to pursue more information about those individuals – 12 of whom are UK nationals