Madeleine McCann | Anorak - Part 44

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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: Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro Says, Clarence Mitchell Responds And Michaela Walczuch

mccanns-gerry-kate-video.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE: More agony for parents as police chief insists she must be dead”

Page 9: “Why Madeleine is probably dead by top law officer” –

Kate and Gerry McCann “suffered fresh heartache” when Portugal’s Attorney General, Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro, said it would have been “natural” for any kidnapper to kill her. It is a “brutal assessment of the missing four-year-old’s chances of survival”

The Attorney General says: “There’s a greater possibility of the girl being dead than alive. If it is an abduction it would be normal for the abductor to have killed her. Would an abductor with all this publicity and with the whole world having Maddie’s photo still demand a ransom?”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “We still firmly believe that Madeleine is alive. Making these comments is entirely unhelpful. From our point of view, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, the possibility that Madeleine is alive and being held somewhere is still valid. Our investigators are working on that basis. They, too, have stated that they are confident they will find her alive soon”

“’Murat lover was eyeing my niece’” – Tourist Graham Desuys says he saw Michaela Walczuch “staring” at “blonde-haired Zoe” and her younger brother Conner in Praia da Luz. It is one month before Madeleine vanished

Says the Briton: “She was just looking at my niece and nephew, it was very off-putting. When my partner and I walked past the woman in the street she seemed to get a bit scared and turned away as if to hide” – Were they staring at her to see if she was “staring” at them?

He goes on: “I have no doubt it as her [Walczuch] and it unnerving to think she could have been checking out my family”

If you see anyone looking/glancing/staring/peeping/smiling at your children, tell the police, and the Express…

DAILY MIRROR front page: “SHE’S DEAD. Shock Maddy claim by Portugal’s top law chief. Devastated McCanns insist search must go on”

A shock? To think Madeleine might be dead..?


Says Mr Monteiro: “All lines of inquiry are being pursued. There’s not one that excludes the others. At this moment in time, if you asked if we were going to discover anything I would have to say ‘I don’t know’”

Look out for other Mirror front-page headlines: “SHE’S ALIVE”, “SHE’S MISSING,” “SHE’S SOMEWHERE” etc.

DAILY STAR page 21: “’SHE’S DEAD’”

Mr Monteiro is talking with Portuguese magazine Visao

THE SUN page 23: “’MADDIE IS DEAD’ – Portugal’s top law chief delivers grim verdict”
Not a verdict – more of an opinion

This is “a blow to Kate and Gerry”

DAILY MAIL page 5: “Madeleine is dead’ – Abductor would have killed her because of publicity, says Portugal’s attorney-general”

Says Mr Monteiro on the Portuguese effort: “We have done everything. We have spent in resources, on the Madeleine case, what we have spent on others. In 40 years as a magistrate, I have never seen such a high-profile case as this one”
DAILY TELEGRAPH page 17: “Publicity made Madeleine McCann ‘a liability’”

“Portugal’s most senior law officer has said that the huge publicity surrounding the case of Madeleine McCann meant it was more likely she was dead than alive”


The news so far

Posted: 23rd, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (653)

Madeleine McCann: Michaela Walczuch’s Alibi, Metodo 3 Warned And Three-Year-Old Carolina Santos

madeleine-mccann-photo.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN page 21: “CASE CLOSED – Portuguese cops to quit on Maddie as suspect’s girlfriend linked to case”

“BAFFLED Portuguese police [surely, “bungling”] are set to CLOSE the Madeleine McCann investigation – despite startling new evidence emerging”

A police source tells Portuguese newspaper 24 Hors: “We are practically back where we started. The parents are still the prime suspects in hiding their daughter’s body – not of her death, which was probably accidental. But there is no firm proof”

And of the McCanns – the “Leicestershire doctors Kate and Gerry, both 39” – and Robert Murat? Suspects forever…

But never fear “the private detectives hired by her frustrated parents Kate and Gerry are working on sensational new leads that suggest she could be alive”

DAILY MIRROR page 15: “I HAVE AN ALIBI – Murat’s girl ‘in church’ when Maddy abducted”

Madeleine McCann goes missing and at the same moment Michaela Walczuch “was four miles from the family villa with Jehovah’s Witnesses”

Says a friend of hers: “She was at a church meeting in Lagos on the night. She told police this when questioned and they confirmed her story”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Everything Metodo 3 does is within the law” – and on the meter?

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – McCANNS ATE STILL THE MAIN SUSPECTS – Police ‘have closed case’”

Says a source to 24 Horas: ““Detectives are getting ready to pack their bags. Given the current state of the investigation, police chiefs are considering demobilising the team sent specifically to investigate the case and are even planning on moving Paulo Rebelo, the head of the investigation, onto tasks of greater responsibility”

A family friend of the McCanns says: “The worst thing that could happen is for the case to close and Gerry and Kate to remain official suspects” – That’s the worst thing?

Page 9: “Alibi will prove me innocent” – Ms Walczuch said she had an alibi that proves she is “absolutely not involved” in Madeleine’s disappearance

Says the Express: “Walczuch lives five miles from Praia da Luz in Lagos with her estranged husband Portuguese husband pool-cleaner Luis Antonio, 47, and their eight year-old daughter. She set up a property business called Romigen with Murat. In a bizarre living arrangement Murat lived at the flat for six months to conduct an affair with Walczuch while Antonio was still there”

So was she in Silves, where the Portuguese truck driver says he saw her hand over a child?

The “WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER” reports: “Silves was the scene of the attempted child abduction last year. Three-year-old Carolina Santos, who is blonde with blue eyes, was found being led away from the family cafe near the town of Silves by a man last year… Father Abel Santos, 40, said: ‘We were busy working in the kitchen and came out to find out she wasn’t there. ‘I searched around for her and saw her some way away on the road with a man I took to be Moroccan. We started towards them shouting and Carolina stopped and turned towards us. He disappeared around the bend.’ His wife Lina, 28, added: ‘It was very strange because Carolina is very shy and doesn’t go with strangers. When I asked her what happened she said he told her that he had another little girl for her to play with’” – Was Madeleine McCann kidnapped in Portugal before she went missing?

murat.jpgDAILY STAR page 11: “Parents still in police sights”

“A probe by new police chief Paulo Rebelo has concluded the four-year-old’s mum Kate and dad Gerry were rightly named suspects. But there is not enough evidence to charge them, according to police sources”

“MADDIE: COPS TELL PRIVATE EYES TO BACK OFF” – “THE £2,000-a-day private eyes hired by Madeleine McCann’s parents to find her were dismissed by police last night as ‘irrelevant small fry’”

How much do the Portuguese police cost to run?

Says a police source: “The McCanns’ investigators are small fry. The information they have gathered lacks credibility. They are only in places that have already been talked about. They are going over old ground. Miss Walczuch is not a suspect. She was at a prayer meeting. This was established months ago. There are no new leads. We know when the private detectives come and what they are doing here”

A source close to the prosecutor handling the case says: “If they speak to any witness who has been named in the case, or have access to a procedural piece of evidence or a case document, they are committing a crime which could be obstruction of justice”

So the Private detectives can’t even speak with Michaela Walczuch…

DAILY MAIL page 11: “Murat lover ‘was at Jehovah’s meeting as Maddie vanished’”

“German-born Miss Walczuch” was in church when Madeleine went missing

But: “She has failed to reveal, however, where she was on May 5 and June 15, when two separate witnesses claim to have seen her with Madeleine. Mr Murat’s lawyer, Francisco Pagarete, claimed yesterday this was because her diary had been seized by the police some months ago and has not been returned”

Her estranged husband, Luis Antonio, is “a pool cleaner and gardener”

“McCANN DETECTIVES ATTACKED” – “Police launched a contemptuous attack yesterday on the private detectives working for Kate and Gerry McCann”
Police call the PIs “small fry”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 11:” Portuguese detectives ‘ready to abandon Madeleine inquiry’”

The team of detectives led by Paulo Rebelo are “on the brink of shelving the investigation”


Posted: 22nd, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,011)

Madeleine McCann: We Love To Watch, A Link To Hillary Clinton And A New Witness

kate_gerry_mccann.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR front page: “SIGHTING SENSATION – I saw Maddy & Murat girl”

Page 9: “’I saw Maddy and Murat’s girl in Morocco’”

Isabel Gonzalez is back. It was Isabel Gonzalez who told the world she had seen Madeleine McCann in Morocco. Now she says: “I’ve always been sure the girl I saw was Madeleine and now I’m sure the blonde woman I saw was Murat’s girlfriend” – Michaela Walczuch

She told the police. And now she has told the McCanns’ private detectives

Says Clarence Mitchell: “We’re keeping an open mind”

Says Michaela Walczuch: “These claims are so bizarre I have no comment”

THE SUN front page: “Maddie ‘seen in gang’s clutches’”

A trucker says he saw a blonde woman handing a child wrapped in a blanket to a man in Silves, 25 miles from Praia da Luz

He has told the McCanns’ private detectives of what he saw back on May 5

Page 9: “Is this where Maddie was handed to paedos?”

Says a source: “The detectives are working on the theory Madeleine was identified as an easy target, stolen to order and then handed over to a paedophile gang. Because of all the publicity she became too dangerous to keep – and was passed on or sold. The detectives believe she was taken to North Africa, either on a boat from Portugal or via Spain on a ferry to Tangier. They believe they can find the vehicle seen in Silves. It’s an unusual make and colour in Portugal”

And news from “Isabel” Gonzalez

“TAPAS 7 TO BE QUIZZED SOON” – “COPS plan to re-question the Tapas Seven within days in a bid to break their “pact of silence”, reports Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – I SAW HER WITH MURAT’S GIRL IN MOROCCO. Witness’s sensational claim”

Isabel Gonzalez is 60. She is a Spanish mother of six”.

They see Madeleine in the Moroccan town of Zaio. They return to look for her. Says Senora Gonzalez: “It was then that I saw the European-looking couple. It was a blonde woman and a very pale-skinned man with dark hair. They seemed completely out of place as the town is very remote and everyone else there was Moroccan.”

She adds: “After seeing the news reports I am convinced the woman was Murat’s girlfriend. I never saw the blonde woman with Madeleine but I have always connected the two events”

Such is the Express’ front-page news

Page 7: “Gang smuggled Madeleine” – A truck driver sees child in a blanket. A source at the McCanns’ detective agency says: “The witness later identified the woman as Michaela Walczuch after he was shown some pictures. He phoned us with his report about two to three weeks ago…We think it could have been the moment Madeleine was handed over by the original kidnappers”

“Child neglect prosecution fails” – Anthony Bennett’s request that the McCanns’ be sued for child neglect has failed

DAILY MAIL front page: “MADELEINE – the suspect, his girlfriend and an intriguing new sighting in Morocco”

Pages 10-11: “Maddie and the suspects’ lover – ‘I saw Murat’s girl in same place as child says witness”

Isabel Gonzalez says she is “sure” a blonde woman she saw on June 15 was 34-year-old Michaela Walczuch

Gonzalez “described how she saw a little blonde girl being dragged across a street and thought immediately: ‘That’s Madeleine.’ The child was with an older woman in a Muslim headscarf, who was walking fast and trying to hide her face from passing cars. Mrs Gonzalez said the girl’s floppy hat was blown back by a gust of wind to reveal her face, She looked ‘very sad and scared’”

A dark-skinned Muslim woman with a blonde child? Like this one?

“Tawdry tangle of Brit and blonde who preached Jehovah” – Miss Walczuch “reportedly spent some weekends knocking on doors in search of potential Jehovah’s Witness converts, while Murat said he was studying to join the movement”

“LAWYER’S NEGLECT CASE IS THROWN OUT” – Anorak reader Anthony Bennett’s petition to have the McCanns’ charged with child neglect is thrown out after a district judge court ruled that a British court could not have jurisdiction over something that happened in Portugal

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: CHARGE THE PARENTS – Brits want McCanns in the dock”

In a Daily Star phone poll yesterday, 86% said Kate and her husband Gerry, both 39, should be charged with child neglect

What good can be gained from charging the McCanns?

Page 11: “Big to crack 7 pals ‘secret’” – The Tapas 7 might be interviewed by police

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann ‘given to child trafficker’”

Speaking about the claims that a woman had been seen with Madeleine, Clarence Mitchell says: “This is only one line of investigation that is being explored. The witness who claims to have seen Madeleine being transferred (on May 5) was thoroughly interviewed face to face by an investigator from Metodo 3 and was deemed to be a credible witness”

THE TIMES: “Coming soon: fab females in distress – Whether it’s Hillary, Meredith, Madeleine or Paula, we love to watch women suffer. They do it so beautifully”

We love to watch Madeleine McCann suffer?

Says Helen Rumbelow, watching Hillary Clinton: “Violence against women, although in this case entirely conducted through political metaphor, has the thrill of any great taboo, where our conscious disapproval vies with our unconscious fascination”

Hillary Clinton linked to Madeleine McCann…

“Madeleine and Meredith [Kercher – murdered in Italy] make for a dolorous pair: an abducted girl, and an attractive, murdered young woman. In the McCann case the theme of benighted femininity is only amplified by the public anguish of Kate McCann, who, for the past half year has served as our beautiful, empty-handed pieta”

Is the Times featuring A-level essays on feminism and the media?

THE GUARDIAN: “McCann special boosts Panorama ratings”

The McCanns are entertainment

“The public’s enduring fascination with the Madeleine McCann case boosted BBC1’s flagship current affairs programme Panorama last night by 3 million viewers…The show narrowed the gap with ITV1’s reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!”

THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine news

The story so far…

Posted: 21st, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,331)

Madeleine McCann: ‘Tapas’ Jane Tanner Says, The Pool Man And Two Father Pachecos

jane-tanner-3.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR front page: “MADDY: THREE ACCUSED – Investigators think friends may have plotted kidnap”

“Private detectives fear Robert Murat, girlfriend Michaela Walczuch and her estranged husband Luis Antonio were part of an organised ring that snatched the four-year-old”

Oh. Any evidence?

“Pool cleaner Antonio worked at the resort where Maddy vanished and had full access to the complex. He could have spied on her before the plot was hatched”

Murat’s lawyer Francisco Pagarete says: “These allegations are ridiculous”

Page 5: Jane Tanner sees man with a child in his arms.

“He had his face turned away from me, sort of sideways, and it was very dark. I just didn’t see it properly. I wish to God I had. I wake up to that image every day. [Daily Mirror readers empathise.] Every day I seem striding away, carrying Madeleine away. I try desperately to remember more detail, what his face was like. I think about it over and over. It’s horrible,” says Jane Tanner

And Robert Murat… Is it him?

Says Jane Tanner: “I’ve never pointed the finger at Robert Murat. I don’t know if it was him. I would say the man I saw that night was more Mediterranean looking”

It was Lori Campbell, the Mirror’s hack, who pointed the finger at “creepy” Murat

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – POLICE QUIZ PRIEST AGAIN, Church searched and he is questioned over close links to McCanns”

Portuguese police carried out a detailed search at Our Lady Of Light church in Praia da Luz, including the old cemetery.

jane-tanner-2.jpgThe operation was carried out “informally and with maximum discretion” by agents from the Policia Judiciaria. Officers “spent the day” with Father Jose Manuel Pacheco, visiting his home

This is the same Father Pacheco who went missing, who felt “deceived”

Says a friend: “Whenever anybody talks about Madeleine he steers the talk on to other subjects. He has stopped going to all the places he used to go, especially the coffee shops. There are two completely different Pachecos, the one before the McCanns and the one after”

Pages 4 and 5: “Jane Tanner: “I’m haunted by her kidnapper.” Says Jane Tanner: “I DID see a man that night carrying away Madeleine,” says Jane Tanner. “She WAS abducted”

“No DNA on the holiday hire car” – Test on the McCanns’ Renault Scenic find no evidence of the missing girl. These are tests funded by “home improvements tycoon” Brian Kennedy. He supports the McCanns

DAILY STAR front page: “Maddie cops dig up graves – Horror scenes you didn’t see on last night Panorama”

“Police hunting Maddie McCann have secretly searched the church and its graveyard where her parents prayed for her safe return”

Police “think her GP mum Kate and heart consultant dad Gerry disposed of her body to mask their negligence after leaving her while they dined with pals in a nearby tapas bar”

All lines of investigation remain open

Says Clarence Mitchell: “We continue to work very closely with the private investigators. We are encouraged by any developments they feel are significant”

Pages 8 and 9: The Star’s phone poll asks readers to answer “YES” or “NO” to the poser: “SHOULD THE McCANNS BE CHARGED WITH NEGLECT?”

Anorak reader Anthony Bennett says they should be

Jane Tanner: “Snatching haunts me every day.” Says she: “I think we were lulled into a false sense of security by the fact it was very much a family resort and quite quiet at that time”

THE SUN pages 12 and 13: “McCANNS’ PAL TALKS TO THE SUN”

It’s Jane Tanner. It’s an “EXCLUSIVE”. It’s her “first interview with any newspaper”. It most likely took place just before her interviews in the Mirror, Express, Star, after she had spoken to the BBC…

Says “Tapas Jane”: “The man was about ten to fifteen feet in front of me and was walking quite quickly and I can remember thinking, ‘That’s odd’”

DAILY MAIL page 13: “It was dark. I just can’t say for sure who took Madeleine”

Jane Tanner needs some help. So the Mail puts a picture of the “figure” Tanner says she saw carrying Madeleine alongside a shot of Michaela Walczuch walking. Similar?

jane-tanner.jpgNote that Wallczuzh is a woman, blonde and not “more Mediterranean looking” than Robert Murat

“WHY WERE THE CHILDREN LEFT?” – “Says Kate McCann’s mother Susan Healy: “I have to say that I’m surprised that Kate and Gerry left their children at all”

THE SCOTSMAN: “Girlfriend of suspect denies Madeleine link”

“Tuck Price, family friend, said that any suggestion Ms Walczuch was involved in the case was ‘ridiculous’, adding: ‘She would deny that 100 per cent’”

Says Mr Price, who has spoken on Mr Murat’s behalf: “Michaela has a daughter, she is a decent woman. The police have known Michaela’s story from day one”

THE TIMES page 33: “McCanns’ friend haunted by glimpse of mystery man”

“Ms Tanner, 34, has told police previously that she did not believe the man was Robert Murat, the first official suspect in the case. But yesterday she claimed that she did not get a good enough look at the abductor’s face to rule him out”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 13: “Madeleine: McCanns’ friend ‘haunted’ by night”

Jane Tanner: “The woman who says she saw Madeleine McCann being carried away by her abductor has said she is haunted by the images of the man she knows she will never be able to identify”

THE GUARDIAN: “Madeleine witness speaks of ‘guilt’”

Says Jane Tanner: “I would say the man I saw was more local, or Mediterranean-looking, rather than British, or a tourist. He had dark, almost black, long hair and had swarthy skin. He was dressed in that sort of smart casual way European people dress, not the way Brits on holiday dress normally”

THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine news today

Posted: 20th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,375)

Madeleine McCann: Michaela Walczuch ‘Seen’, Jenny Murat Says And Kate McCann Screams

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – WHY WE KNOW SHE IS ALIVE. Investigators say she was abducted”

Aren’t the Portuguese police working on the theory that Madeleine McCann is dead..?

Maybe. But detectives at the Metodo 3 agency hear a woman tell of a blonde girl in a van with a woman 90 miles from Praia da Luz

Says Francisco Marco, who heads the team of Spanish private detectives: “We’re 100 per cent sure she is alive. We are very close to finding the kidnapper”

Hurry! This is only a six-month contract. More progress reports to follow…

Page 7: “Madeleine hope – We’re convinced she was snatched say investigators.” Although the evidence to support their convictions appears uncertain

“Murat’s mum insists: “He was with me” – Jenny Murat says of the McCanns’ three friends who claim to have seen her son Robert Murat loitering close to the couples’ apartment – Russell O’Brien, Rachel Oldfield and Fiona Payne: “I just don’t know why they are lying…We were sitting in the kitchen talking the whole evening”

DAILY MIRROR front page: “MURAT’S GIRL ‘HAD MADDY – Witness: I saw her bundle child into car”

A witness tells detectives (private ones) she “saw Michaela Walczuch hand a youngster to a man 90 miles from Praia da Luz”

Is she certain? Maybe blonde women all look similar to Spanish eyes, just like blonde Moroccan children can look like Madeleine McCann?

The PIs show the witness a series of photos. One picture is of Michaela Walczuch

Pages 4 and 5: “Murat’s girl and the child in a blanket – TEC’S ‘100% SURE TO FIND HER’”

The witness says they saw Ms Walczuch pass the child from one car to another on May 5. Her memory is vivid…

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry are extremely encouraged by this latest sighting

On tonight’s Panorama TV show, viewers hear that “GP” Kate was offered a deal to confess – she would get just two years choky for manslaughter. Replied Kate, as overheard by her sister-in-law Philomena: “No, no.”

Says Philomena: “The emotion…her disgust, everything was being conveyed, the anger was palpable, you could feel it.”

Philomena was not there. She was on the phone to the McCanns’ holiday apartment

“’McCanns not killers…child was abducted’” – So says the Mirror’s Anton Antonowisz, the man they named twice, from the city of New York, New York

He has seen the CBS show 48Hours. Joseph Moura is a Boston-based PI. And he says Madeleine was abducted


Michaela Walczuch is a “German divorcee”

Page 7: “WITNESS SAW HER HAND OVER CHILD – Suspect Murat’s girlfriend accused on Maddie”

We know the name Michaela Walczuch. But we don’t know who the witness is…

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE PARENTS ‘WE LIED’ – Amazing new revelation

Pages 8 and 9: They lied? So says Joseph Moura for CBS entertainment, USA: “They would have had absolutely no possibility of seeing someone going in or out of that apartment from where they were that evening. They may have lied about being able to see it because they feel guilty about leaving the kids. But these white lies would not have helped the police investigation”

“Kate insists she is a caring mum” – Says Kate McCann in a video diary being made by a friend, John Corner: “There’s not a day goes by that I’m not thinking ‘Why did I think that was OK?’ I have to keep telling myself I am a responsible parent. We were dining very close to the children and we were checking on them very, very regularly. We are very responsible parents and we love our children so much”

“MURAT ‘LOVER’ RIDDLE” – Says Michaela Wulczuch: “I am not answering your questions”

DAILY MAIL page 5: “Murat’s lover ‘was seen with girl who looked like Maddie’”

A column-high picture of Michaela Walczuch

“KATE’S FURY AT POLICE OFFER OF A DEAL” – Gerry McCann’s older sister Philomena McCann says she heard the “39-year-old GP’s anguished response during a phone call from the couple’s apartment in Praia da Luz”

Says she: “My sister Patricia phoned me and, while we were talking, I could hear this screaming – shouting and screaming. It as 3am and Trish ran out with the mobile and I could hear her say to me, ‘Hold on, it’s Kate’. There I am listening to Kate screaming at the lawyer “No. No”

Is Kate McCann on a mobile phone to Patricia while Patricia is talking on another phone with Philomena?

“LIE DETECTOR TEST SNUBBED” – Dan Cargill has offered to test Kate McCann. Mr Cargill is the chairman of the British and European Polygraph Association. You might know him as the lying expert on TV’s Trisha. The McCanns declined his selfless offer

Says Mr Cargill: “I don’t think it was the McCanns’ fault. I was left with the impression the while thing was a PR exercise”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Of course they are not going to take the test. It is inadmissible in Portugal and there are doubts about the accuracy”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 15: “Madeleine police ‘have not ruled out abduction’”

Says Alipio Ribeiro, had of the Policia Judiciaria: “We are assessing all possibilities. New information reaches us every week. Doors are never closed in these cases because there’s always the surprise element”

THE TIMES page 21: “Madeleine was seized by predator who watched me leave flat, says father”

Says Gerry McCann: “I’ve no doubt that Madeleine was targeted and that makes us sick to the core to think that someone was watching us and our daughter and then targeted her. I think the true word is a predator

“They’ve watched me go in, come back out and then they’ve thought: ‘That’s the window of opportunity to get in and get back out’”

Says Alipio Ribeiro: “We have stronger assurances on certain aspects of the investigation, but it is also true . . . that we still do not have the solution.”

THE INDEPENDENT, THE GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news today

Posted: 19th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,289)

Madeleine McCann: Gerry And Kate McCann’s Video Diary, Francisco Marco Says And Snake Oil

mccanns-gerry-kate-video.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


“EXCLUSIVE SEARCH FOR MADELEINE DAY 199 Detectives reveal that they are closing in on Maddy kidnapper And new witness tells of seeing her with TWO suspects in van”

Detectives. The Portuguese police?

“Francisco Marco, head of private detective agency Metodo 3 – hired to track the missing four-year-old by the McCanns – said: “We’re 100 per cent sure she is alive. We are sure she was abducted. We are very, very close to finding the kidnapper”

Keep the expense account open. As the famous Lori Campbell reports, the net is closing in…

Says a source inside Metodo 3: “We believe the sighting is the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for. The witness was able to give a detailed description of the man and woman to investigators”

A witness…

“They showed her photographs, and she was able to pick out the woman with no hesitation. Detectives believe the kidnapper was helped by a third person who watched the apartment for days”

Says Gerry McCann in a fly-in-the-wall documentary shot by his friend John Corner: “I’ve no doubt Madeleine was targeted and that makes us sick to the core to think someone was watching us and our daughter, then targeted her. I think the true word is a predator”


Mr Don Cargill chairman of the British And European Polygraph Association. He is also “official lie detector expert on TV’s Trisha Goddard TV show”. Says he: “I spoke to the McCanns’ people and they came back with a list of conditions that would have been impossible to satisfy”

No word from Trisha

“PRIVATE EYE CLOSES IN ON MADELEINE” – “In a fresh development in the search for the Leicestershire youngster, Gerry and Kate McCann have been informed of a reported sighting of their daughter in a car with a woman”


mm.jpg“It came ahead of an interview broadcast on US television network CBS, in which Fransisco Marco, head of the Spanish private detective agency hired by the McCanns, said he was certain the four-year-old was alive and that the agency was closing in on the abductor”

The world is watching. Has Sen. Marco made progress? If you have a case you need to be solved, contact him on…


“EXCLUSIVE McCann detectives hunt for mystery man and woman as Maddie is spotted two days after she was snatched MADELEINE: NEW CLUES AS TV INTERVIEW ENRAGES PORTUGUESE COPS”

A “dramatic new lead” by “sleuths” hired by the McCanns

“Detectives battling to unravel the baffling case are said to be ‘unimpressed and exasperated’ that Jane [Tanner] has talked about the case on TV – in open violation of Portuguese laws”

Says Kate McCann, “GP”: “We are doing everything we can do to find Madeleine “And the last thing we want is to look back and think we could have done more. There’s not a textbook about it, is there? Like what to do when your daughter gets abducted. It’s awful and horrible for anyone to have to go through this and we are doing what we think is best. People say, ‘How can you stand there and do that when your daughter’s been taken?’ “I’ve been like that myself”

NEWS OF THE WORLD: “’We know who’s got Maddie’”

Says Gerry McCann: “We were looking at the back of the apartment and maybe the weak spots were at the front. It’s a corner flat with trees overlooking it. Somebody could be hiding there watching out of view

“I’ve absolutely no doubt they’ve watched me go in, come back out and then they’ve thought, ‘That’s the window of opportunity to get in and get back out'”

Says the Sun: “Gerry’s theory backs our front page story last month that Metodo 3 believed Maddie was snatched to order in a paedophile plot”

A theory backs the story? And the facts are..?




“SENSATIONAL new evidence that ‘proves’ Madeleine McCann was abducted and is still alive is to be presented to the world tomorrow night”

The BBC’s Panorama show is on tomorrow night…

“Several other ‘positive’ sightings in the months since will also be revealed – blowing holes in police theories that the McCanns accidentally killed their daughter then disposed of her body”

Only, none of them have proved to be Madeline – not in Belgium, Morocco, Bosnia

DAILY MAIL: “’Madeleine’s alive and we are very, very close to finding her kidnappers’ say McCanns’ private detectives”

A new witness? “The witness claims she saw a woman pass on the child to a man in central Portugal, about 100 miles from the resort of Praia da Luz, where the McCanns were staying. The man and woman then left in different vehicles and in different directions”

Where are they now?

A police source says: “Portuguese officers are investigating a possible Madeleine sighting in central Portugal two days after she disappeared. The witness rang the Metodo 3 hotline

THE TIMES: “Madeleine kidnapper arrest ‘soon’”

Francisco Marco, who is paid by Gerry and Kate McCann’s wealthy backer, Brian Kennedy, said: “We are 100% sure that she is alive. We are sure she was abducted. We are very, very close to finding the kidnapper”

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Kate McCann: I was a responsible parent”

“In a moving and intimate video made by a close family friend, Mrs McCann says: ‘There’s not a day goes by that I’m not thinking ‘Why did I think that was OK? Why did I think that was OK?’ I have to keep telling myself I am a responsible parent”

A video diary?

“We were dining very close to the children and we were checking on them very, very regularly. We are very responsible parents and we love our children so much”

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Fresh hope in search for Maddie”

Says Clarence Mitchell of private detective Francisco Marco: “He’s very confident. He’s 100 per cent certain that she’s alive and believes that they are ‘very, very close’ to finding the kidnapper”

WIRED NEWS: “10 Great Snake-Oil Gadgets – Danie Krugel’s DNA search device”

Posted: 18th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (769)

Madeleine McCann: ‘Tapas Jane’ Tanner, Vicky Hamilton And America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back

madeleine-mccann-photo.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


“McCann witness speaks out” – an “exclusive”.

Last night the Mirror saw preview tapes of the BBC TV Panorama show, featuring an interview with Jane Tanner – “The family friend who thinks she saw Madeleine McCann carried away in her pyjamas”

Ms Tanner is “tortured by an awful belief – that she should have saved the little girl”. She tells of her “absolute horror” at living with the “terrible” thought. She helped produce an eFit picture of the man she saw

Says Jane Tanner: “Never in a million years did I think it could have been Madeleine. I just saw a person walk along the top of the road with what could have been a child in his arms”

Ms Tanner is a “marketing executive”. She is talking. So too is a “friend”: This unnamed friend says: “It’s true to say she is haunted by that thought and goes over and over it every day. She thinks to herself, ‘If only I had stopped him’ and ‘If only I had seen his face'”

A friend talks. But Tanner can talk for herself…

Says Jane’s friend: “Basically her heart went through her boots, because she instantly thought of the man carrying a child which she had seen about an hour earlier. When the Portuguese police turned up she told them about it at once. She later became convinced the child was Madeleine”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “All the friends have become frustrated at the secrecy under the Portuguese legal system. Jane felt now was the time to put the record straight”

THE SUN front page: “Tapas Jane tells all”

“In an emotional interview Jane Tanner, a close friend of Kate and Gerry and one of the Tapas Nine, spoke of her ‘horrible realisation I had seen the abductor and done nothing’”

It is a “riveting TV special”

Says Tapas Jane: “I’m talking now because I’m being called a liar and a fantasist. I know what I saw, I know the truth… All of us have told the truth. There is no cover up, or lying”

DAILY MAIL: “Madeleine: Suspect Robert Murat hires publicist Max Clifford ‘to clear his name’” (As reported on Anorak back in May)

“Mr Clifford has said he would be willing to represent Mr Murat, a father of one, but only once he is no longer a formal suspect in the case”

Look out for Robert Murat on OK! (My Villa Make Over), Hello! (My Diana Hell) and the Daily Express (Expat Horror)

“Mr Murat’s mother is interviewed in the Panorama programme to be shown on Monday. She discusses her son’s whereabouts on the night Madeleine disappeared”

“Madeleine investigation ‘to finish at Christmas’” – Portuguese daily Correio da Manha has reported that the Policia Judiciara is increasingly concerned at the lack of concrete evidence in the case – in particular, evidence proving that Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry were involved in her disappearance”

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – I SAW MAN CARRYING HER AWAY. Tapas 9 woman tells her story for the first time”

“I SAW MAN CARRYING HER AWAY” – Says a “friend of Jane”: “She goes over it and over it in her mind. She suffers huge remorse because she did not and could not have realised its significance immediately”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “We believe the Panorama programme will go a long way to show as wide a public as possible the truth about Madeleine’s abduction”


News of “HAUNTED Jane Tanner”

THE SCOTSMAN: “McCann friend insists she saw Madeleine’s abduction”

Says Ms Tanner: “I have not spoken because the Portuguese police told us not to talk about these things at all”

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Missing children: The torment and hope”. Missing here

“There are many ghosts among us: all of those, usually young, who go missing each year, to haunt and torment the people who love them”

Like Madeleine McCann…

“Until a few days ago, Vicky Hamilton was one of these ghosts – a 15-year-old schoolgirl from West Lothian who disappeared 16 years ago, on February 10, 1991, after spending the weekend with her sister”

Vicky’s remains were discovered in a sandpit in the garden of a house in Margate, Kent – “by police searching for another missing teenager, Dinah McNicol, who also disappeared 16 years ago”

Know: “Looking for one dead girl, they found another”. And Madeleine?

“There are many different kinds of missing. There is the missing of a child such as Madeleine McCann, tiny, helpless, blonde, adorable…She had disappeared for all of us”

THE GUARDIAN: “McCanns’ friend says she saw Madeleine being abducted”
Rachael Oldfield, broke the news. Says Ms Tanner: “I went out to the front door of our apartment. Rachael came and said: ‘Oh, Madeleine’s gone’. That was the first I heard about it. Then I saw Kate and Fiona [Payne, another of the party] shouting: ‘Madeleine!’ And then Kate said to me: ‘Jane, Madeleine’s gone, Madeleine’s gone’. That was the first I’d heard”

THE TIMES: “Kate and Gerry McCann’s friend goes on television to insist: I saw abduction of Madeleine”

Says Jane Tanner: “From day one we have done everything we could to help them with the investigation”

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Maddy witness breaks silence”
“I know what I saw and I think it’s important that people know what I saw because I believe Madeleine was abducted,” Says Jane Tanner

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Saturday’s “highlights” – “Think globally: ‘America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back’ (9 p.m. Fox) travels to London to investigate the case of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who disappeared in May”

BOSTON HERALD: “A Stoughton private investigator hired by the CBS show “48 Hours” to probe the mysterious disappearance of a little British girl believes her parents are innocent but found holes in their story. Joe Moura, who speaks fluent Portuguese, spent 15 days last month posing undercover as a vacationing businessman at the Ocean Club in Portugal’s resort town of Praia da Luz – where little Madeleine McCann vanished in May in a story that has made international headlines”

FINANCIAL TIMES: Frankfurt is set to open a “Museum for the Comic Arts” to honour the publishers of Titanic magazine, the magazine that brought us adverts of Madeleine McCann chocolate and floor cleaner

Posted: 17th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (393)

Madeleine McCann: Anthony Bennett Sues, CBS And Fox Entertain, And Robert Murat

bennett.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – McCANNS TO FACE NEGLECT CHARGES – Lawyer’s private prosecution”

Page 7: “Parents face private prosecution” – Meet retired solicitor Anthony Bennett, 60. He’s a former prospective parliamentary candidate for the UK Independence Party. He says “Kate and Gerry had admitted leaving their three children unattended in Portugal”. He has sent his application for a summons to magistrates near the couple’s home in Leicestershire

Says the justice seeking Mr Bennett: “I think the case is very simple. By the McCanns’ own admission they have left their children unattended for a significant period of time. What troubles me is that there has been no prosecution by the relevant authorities, namely Leicestershire police and social services”

He’s making a point?

“I think this matter should be put before the court. Do we want a society in which it is acceptable to leave children alone? If my application concentrates people’s minds on whether it should ever be acceptable then I will have achieved what I set out to achieve”

Because having your child kidnapped isn’t enough?

“Police left crucial clues from Madeleine kidnap room be washed away” – “Bungling” Portuguese police failed to send Madeleine McCann’s bed linen to forensics. After “several days2 in situ, the bed was stripped by cleaning staff


“Vital evidence” never went to forensics. Sheets, pillow, duvet. Says an insider: “Half the evidence disappeared.” But how would you know what you had lost if you never had it?

THE SUN page 15: “MADDIE COPS DIDN’T EVEN CHEcK HER BED – Bunglers failed to do a DNA test”

Says the source: “It is obvious it would have been good if they had sent sheets, blankets, pillows and even the mattress. Some important clue could have been found”

Anthony Bennett is on the case. This is the same Mr Bennett who “once failed to bring a private case against entertainer Michael Barrymore over alleged drug offences”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry committed no offence”

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE ‘HELD’ BY MURAT – Amazing NEW sighting is revealed”

Friends of the McCanns claim they saw Robert Murat “running from the seaside apartment”. Says Robert Murat’s lawyer: “Rubbish”


Two of the Tapas Seven say they saw Murat flee the holiday complex. Portuguese paper 24 Horas, quoting a judicial source, says Jane Tanner and her partner Russell O’Brien “fingered British expat Robert Murat during a face-to-face meeting in May”

The insider tells the paper: “They said Murat was the person they saw next to the apartment where Madeleine was sleeping when the alarm was raised”

Says the Portuguese tabloid: “This is the same couple said to have indicated to Portuguese public prosecutors they intend altering their statements after it was made public that they could become official suspects”

DAILY MAIL page 39: “Madeleine police didn’t even check her bed for DNA”

The abductors cold have left evidence on the missing child’s bedding. Hairs found were sent to the forensics lab

Says “forensics expert” Allan Scott: “It is very difficult to be in contact with another surface and not leave a trace of yourself behind”

Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner and the McCanns have read the report that they saw Murat running away from the apartment complex. They call the report “laughable”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 13: “McCanns friends pointed Murat out to police”

“Two of the so-called Tapas Nine – the name given to Mr and Mrs McCann and the seven friends who dined with them on May 3 at their Algarve holiday complex – allegedly pointed out Mr Murat to police, a Portuguese newspaper claimed”

Says the source: “They were all placed in the same room and two people that had left the restaurant pointed to Robert Murat. They said he was the person they saw next to the apartment where Madeleine was sleeping around the time the alarm was raised”

Read more about that here

A friend of the McCanns says: “They have no recollection of ever meeting Mr Murat and the idea that they were asked to sit around a table while their friends pointed him out is ludicrous”

“Madeleine’s parents face fresh legal action” – Anthony Bennett is in the papers

FOX TV: America’s Most Wanted is coming to London to look for new evidence in the Madeleine McCann disappearance case. World’s Most Wanted will be broadcast from London on November 17 and will include a report from correspondent John Turchin in Praia da Luz. Says Fox: “Turchin analyses the crime scene and breaks down possible scenarios of what may have happened to Madeleine in an investigation that brings him face-to-face with the first official suspect in the case”

CBS: “The events surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance remain a mystery that has captured the world’s attention. 48 Hours Mystery goes undercover in an international investigation of the missing child and has obtained exclusive never-before-seen home movies of the family taken in the wake of the tragedy and uncovering new details in the case”

“Shot by a family friend, the intimate footage tracks the McCann family following Maddie’s disappearance from their rented apartment in the Algarve region of Portugal”


Posted: 16th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (284)

Madeleine McCann: Tea With Sympathy, Bosnia And ‘A Sinister Higher Force’

tea.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS page 7: “Little Bosnian girl they thought was Madeleine”

They? It was one man from Ireland, on a visit to a Catholic shrine in Bosnia, who saw Madeleine in a car crying for her daddy

A police spokesman says: “The car and occupants were just as described by the Irish pilgrim, except the little girl was not Madeleine McCann.”

But she was crying for her daddy. Not her mummy. Sure it’s not Madeleine?

Police go on: “The owner confirmed the car we lent to his son, who was with his daughter, who is very much like Madeleine”

Says Alan Dedic of his daughter Tea (blonde): “My daughter Tea was a bit out of control and I had to push her into the car… I wouldn’t dream I would create such a fuss”

“McCanns: New police snub” – The Portuguese public prosecutor will not let the McCanns see the files on them. Senior judges pay heed to the “special complexity” of this case. Robert Murat is not allowed to see his police files either

Says Clarence Mitchell: “All they have seen is so-called evidence that has been leaked to the Portuguese press and they don’t know what, if any, of that is true”


Come, come. Don’t worry about how it is received. Tragic or magic, let’s have it…

A solicitor, London-based and reportedly working for one of the McCanns’ “holiday pals”, tells El Mundo newspaper, Spain: “I’m afraid these interventions have been prejudicial not only to my client, but also for determining the truth”

The Star says Gerry McCann is a “key Government medical advisor”. The Star’s theory is that “a sinister higher force” has stopped the truth from coming out

“Alert was sparked by ‘hyper’ lookaliake” – “It’s “hyerpactive lookalike” Tea Dedic

THE SUN page 7: “Balkans girl is not Maddie”

Says Mr Dedic of Tea: “She is hyperactive and I had to push her into the car” – Do social services know?

DAILY MIRROR page 9: “Despair at Maddy file secret”

Kate McCann is in “despair”. She cannot see the police files on her. “It has dashed their hopes,” says Clarence Mitchell. And the little girl on Bosnia? Not Madeleine…

DAILY MAIL page 49: “Yet another little girl who turned out not to be Maddie”

How many more? Can there be any more?

Slavko Dedic, Tea’s father – not be confused with the Express’ Alan Dedic – says his daughter was throwing a tantrum. And that his daughter cannot speak English

And for finding Tea we have the Daily Mail to thank. Says a police source: “After being given the car registration plate by the Daily Mail, Bosnian police went within the hour to an address in Ljubuski – and found the VW Golf”

But not Madeleine…

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 17: “Girl in Bosnia is no Madeleine”

“Strikingly similar,” says the caption beneath a shot of Tea Dedic, who is blonde and aged four

THE INDEPEDNT, THE GUARDIAN and THE TIMES: “No Madeleine news today

Posted: 15th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (402)

Madeleine McCann: 100 Questions And José Cunha de Magalhães e Meneses Says

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Paulo Rebelo, new head of the “hunt for missing Madeleine”, has drawn up a list of 100 questions. Whether this list is fixed or likely to grow to, says, 105 or 106 questions is unspeculated upon

“The 100 questions are believed to cover in minute detail how the events of May 3 unfolded from early that day until the McCanns reported Madeleine missing around 10.40pm”

100 questions…

Page 10: “Witness confirms Madeleine ‘seen in Bosnia village’” – an Irish pilgrim says he saw Madeleine. And now “local shop assistant Marina Dugandzic, 39, backs up the story

She saw Madeleine?

Says Marina: “He did not mention the name of Maddie McCann or tell us his name. However, he said that he had seen someone pushing a little girl into a black VW Golf with Bosnian number plates. Our colleague Monika Pandza, an English language professor, translated his words”

Nothing lost in translation, we hope

THE SUN page 25: “100 QUESTIONS – Maddie cops’ bid to grill McCanns again”

It’s part of a ‘letter of appeal’ that police want to send to the British Authorities. “Under Portuguese law, such a plea is a formal request asking for interviews, and accompanies details of the evidence”

A source tells a Portuguese newspaper: “If a body doesn’t turn up, or somebody comes forward with a credible lead, we continue without any chance of closing the investigation”

Such is the news

DAILY MAIL page 27: “Maddie’s parents ‘have 100 questions to answer’”

The questions are being blocked by Portimao District Attorney José Cunha de Magalhães e Meneses, who is less than certain there is good case against the McCanns

And the police in Portugal are awaiting the results of substances sent to the Forensics Science Service in Birmingham


Police also want to “seize” the couple’s laptop and Bible

DAILY MIRROR page 20: “McCann officers hit a wall”

No, not more awful Portuguese police driving. Just a source saying police have no new leads

THE TIMES: “Meredith or Madeleine: it’s trial by media”

Magnus Linklater manages to link the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy

“Neither case, however, has demonstrated the two prerequisites of a just legal process: an unbiased police inquiry and the presentation of untainted evidence in court,” says he

Those Italians… Those Portuguese…. And:

“In Portugal, the so-called code of secrecy has resulted in the deliberate manipulation of evidence. Sheltering behind the law, officials have briefed favoured journalists, allowing a barrage of damning allegations to be unleashed against Madeleine’s parents. With little or no hard proof to sustain the charges, they have nevertheless turned a supposedly objective criminal investigation into an exercise in character assassination. The Portuguese authorities may argue that they are simply responding to accusations from the British media that they have botched the inquiry, but that is hardly justification for distorting the evidence”

Anyone seen the boy who killed Rhys Jones? Those British…

“Madeleine McCann detectives barred from reinterviewing parents” – José Cunha de Magalhães e Meneses, he says ‘No”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 11: “Police draw up list of questions for McCanns”

Detectives have asked to re-interview the so-called Tapas Nine

“New analysis of the evidence has only confirmed suspicions that exist but nothing more,” a police source tells Portuguese daily newspaper 24 Horas. “There is no new data despite new operations being carried out in field”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry have nothing to hide and we hope they will be cleared as soon as possible”

JAVNO, Croatia: “Media Circus and Murder of Madeleine McCann – In the past six months the media have thrown Maddie McCann down stairs, drowned her in the sea, killed and resurrected her in Medjugorje”

THE GUARDIAN and THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine new today

Posted: 14th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,133)

Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat Translates, Miracle In Medjugorje And The McCann’s Political Lobby

pope-mccann.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Madeleine: Police used chief suspect to translate key witness statements”

Page 5: “Suspect Murat translated statement of the ‘Tapas 9’” – Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas says detectives are worried Murat worked on police statements

Francisco Pagarete, Murat’s lawyer, says: “The reports he translated are being considered by the court and were done under oath… He is sorry the authorities have changed their opinion about him overnight”

Why was Murat named a suspect? Read about that here

Page 5: “McCann deny pressuring friends” – An unnamed lawyer, who claims to be representing one of the Tapas Nine, tells Spain’s El Mundo newspaper: “My client feels obliged to keep silent about what he can do to help the investigation but not because of Portuguese secrecy laws. It’s not that he is scared of the McCanns, but the economic and political lobby surrounding the couple is truly frightening to anybody”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “All of Kate and Gerry’s friends speak as one. They have one lawyer and he has certainly not put out any statements on their behalf”

Page 5: “Big Hunt In Bosnia Delayed” – A man has seen ‘Madeleine’ in Bosnia. Says the Express: “Vital hours were lost in the hunt for Madeleine last night when bureaucratic Bosnian police refused to follow up a possible sighting in the country, claiming it had not been reported properly”

Tsk! Foreign police playing by the rules. What madness…

Mario Bosnjak, a regional police spokesman, says: “Every single policeman in Medjugorje has denied receiving any kind of a report regarding the missing British girl. We are ready to take an active role in the case if we received a proper report. It could be possible the Irish pilgrim did not talk to a policeman but to a customs official or a security guard from some private company. They have similar uniforms.”


A “dramatic new twist.” Says a police source: “It is a mystery within a mystery. Maybe it as a vision”

Page 9: “MADDIE SIGHTING WAS ‘CRUEL HOAX’ – Police rule out claim by pilgrim”

DAILY MAIL page 23: “Friend of McCanns ‘scared to tell truth’”

The unnamed London-based lawyer is speaking with Le Mundo of his client: “The only thing he wants is to help the police discover the truth about what happened before, during and after that dinner on May 3”

Says Clarence Mitchell, it is “utter rubbish”

THE SUN page 20: “Maddie translate mistake’”

No mention made of Robert Murat. The alleged “translation errors” are the work of the Portuguese police.

Says Clarence Mitchell: “They have always there are innocent explanations for alleged inconsistencies”


Those “bungling” Portuguese police are not checking “faulty translations” for new clues

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 5: “McCann officers to review statements translated by Murat”

“In the early days of the investigation there were dozens of statements being given at what was a very confusing time,” a police source says.

“Obviously the police acted in good faith in their selection of translators but given all that has been said about the various contradictions in the versions of events, detectives are now re-examining the possibility that there may have been some problems”


The story so far

Posted: 13th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,086)

Madeleine McCann: A Bedroom, A bed And A Blanket

mcann-flat.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


A picture of the holiday bedroom from where Madeleine McCann vanished. Useful. Perhaps seeing it will jog your memory…

The Mirror highlights three areas of the room:

DOOR: “LAST LOOK. Dad Gerry last saw his daughter form this door”
BED: “HER BED – “Rumpled covers and pillow on mattress”
WALLS: “UNTOUCHED – Room is as it was after police forensic team finished work”

We commend to your attention the shards of sardine roll, cigarette ash dropping and big footprints

The picture is an “EXCLUSIVE”

MADDY COPS WANTS McCANNS SILENCED” – A plan to do harm to Kate and Gerry McCann?

Almost as bad: “Portuguese police may gag Madeleine McCann’s parents by keeping them suspects for the next 15 years.” So too Robert Murat. This one has along way to run


Page 9: “Tourist spotted Madeleine – I heard her yell: ‘I want my daddy’”

The Express hears news from Medugorje, Bosnia, the site of a Catholic shrine. As reported on Anorak, the man sees a girl who looks like Madeleine. He reports it to local police. Police shrug. He tells the McCanns’ private detective firm. They check the expense account. They respond

The “father of six”, from County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, who asked not to be named, says: “From the minute I saw them, there seemed to be something odd going on. They both had a very swarthy complexion and the toddler with them was a blonde, fair child.” Dark, you say?

“She was wearing a little pink coat and was very agitated and sobbing. The instant I saw her my heart skipped a beat because it struck me that she looked like Madeleine McCann. I felt sure there was something wrong and started to move towards them. As they saw me coming, they started walking faster away from me. I was sure the child they had was not theirs. I got right up beside them, and was about to speak to the child when the man put his hand over her mouth and shoved her into the car. He was pushing her into the back seat and was yelling in a language I didn’t understand.”

“First look at bedroom” – Unless you have already seen the Mirror that is

“New nightmare as McCanns could be suspects for 15 years” – Says Francisco Pagarete, Robert Murat’s lawyer: “The problem is that in Portugal a suspect can remain an arguido for 15 years without any need for police to reapply or extend the status”

No problem for the press

THE SUN page 11: “MADDIE;S BEDROOM.” This is the “FIRST PICTURE” of “Inside the McCann holiday flat”

For those readers unfamiliar with the contents of a “bedroom”, the Sun uses an arrow pointing towards a box-shaped presence and tells us: “Bed she was in before she went missing.” A second arrow points to a “Blanket”

Clarence Mitchell hears of the sighting in Bosnia. Says he:”We are not dismissing it. The witness was 99.9 per cent certain the child was not with her natural parents”

DAILY MAIL page 19: “First photo of Maddie flat as hunt switches to Bosnia”

“Its narrow beds have been stripped of their sheets so they can be analysed for evidence”

And in Bosnia, the “very swarthy” people are with Madeleine. Like the man in Belgian, perhaps…


Hernani Carvalho and Luis Maia have written Maddie 129. the Star says the book claims some of the Tapas Seven “had already given up searching for Madeleine and were in their own flats 90 minutes after the alarm was raised because ‘they already knew where she was’”

An American artist has been employed by the Star to make Madeleine’s hair from blonde to dark. (Non-experts can use a felt tip or boot polish)


Page 7: Says Clarence Mitchell: “But as with all these reports, the McCanns refuse to raise their hopes until it has been investigated fully”

NEW YORK TIMES: “European Tabloids Still Agog Months After Child Vanishes”
“Six months after Madeleine McCann, then 3 years old, disappeared from her family’s vacation apartment in Portugal, no development in the case seems too small to merit a banner headline — even the news that her father had returned to his job as a doctor. Similarly, no story is too speculative”


Posted: 12th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (950)

Madeleine McCann: In Medjugorje ‘Miracle Town’, Trust And The Credit Crunch

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY STAR ON SUNDAY front page: “IS THIS MADDIE? Bosnia sighting gives fresh hope”

“An Irish pilgrim visiting the Catholic shrine town of Medjugorje has told the McCanns’ investigators he saw a child fitting her description being bundled into a car, shouting, ‘I want my daddy’. The witness, from Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, said: ‘When I approached the couple who had her, the man put a hand over her mouth and bundled her into a car. I’m sure this child was not theirs and I am convinced it could have been Maddie”

It could have been. Sure. Is Bosnia near Morocco?

“Meanwhile, reports from Portugal say police are no longer considering the possibility Madeleine, who was three when she vanished, is still alive. A judicial source told a Portuguese newspaper: ‘The evidence we have doesn’t leave us in much doubt’”

MAIL ON SUNDAY: “An Irishman on a pilgrimage to the ‘miracle’ town of Medjugorje in Bosnia has been in contact with Kate and Gerry McCann’s detectives Metodo 3 to tell them he heard a little girl cry, ‘I want my daddy’ as she was driven away by a man and a woman”

The spotter tells the McCanns’ private detectives… Not call the local police? He says he told the police. He had written down the car’s number plate. But the police did not speak English. He had his words translated by a shopkeeper. But the police just shrugged

Says the witness, a “father of six”: “The instant I saw her my heart skipped a beat because it immediately struck me that she looked like Madeleine McCann. I was filled with panic. I knew I had to do something”

Writes Gerry McCann on his blog: “The hospital trust has been very supportive throughout and it has been good, although difficult, to see so many friends and colleagues again”

NEWS OF THE WORLD: “Maddie DNA clue – Evidence found on clothes may be profile of abductor”

Remember that bag of clothes and a pencil case found in lay-by in Faro? “Police believe they may have found vital DNA left by the abductor of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann”

Because – get his: A Portuguese police source says: “DNA was found on the clothes that didn’t match Madeleine’s. This is a big step forward. The bag could have huge significance because it could finally give us a trail that could lead us to her”

No DNA is a clue?

THE TIMES: Beneath the headline “Regulatory system must be changed” and the teaser “Responsibility for supervising banks should be given back to the Bank of England”, the Times’ Michael Fallon writes:

“This was the first run on a British bank since City of Glasgow Bank in 1878. In the world’s fourth-biggest economy we saw queues more familiar to Zimbabwe or Germany in the 1920s. It took the authorities four days to bring the situation under control.
“Like the Portuguese police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, we seemed to be faced with several suspects. But now we have got closer to finding out who failed to stop the run on Northern Rock in September”

No easy thing to link Madeleine McCann with the credit crunch. Well done, Fallon for pulling it off. Few would even attempt it…

“Madeleine McCann friends face questioning as official suspects – “Their lawyers have now warned them that they may be ‘arguidos’, or suspects. ‘It would be a procedural matter, so that they could ask them more probing questions,’ said a source close to the legal team. ‘But they need to be prepared because people in the UK might not see it like that’”


THE OBSERVER: “Trust me: I’m the head of MI5”

Writes Peter Preston, former Guardian editor:

“Do you trust every Daily Express story about Diana, every Daily Mail horror story about Brussels, almost any story anywhere about Madeleine McCann? That doesn’t stop them drawing huge audiences – and maybe, on occasion, being possibly true. Do you trust Polly Toynbee or Melanie Phillips? Piers Morgan or Alastair Campbell? Trust isn’t a smorgasbord of news and views; it’s particular, and often individual. It’s absolutely not uniform in its various demands, for otherwise a kind of sombre boredom, full of rules, regulations and mission statements, ensues”

Madeleine McCann – the news so far

Posted: 11th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (424)

Madeleine McCann: Three Windows, Anatomy Of A Mystery And A New Witness

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Madeleine – The three crucial moment revealed”

“MADELEINE: THE THREE ‘WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY’ FOR AN INTRUDER – MADELEINE McCann died during one of three narrow time slots on the evening of May 3, police now believe”

The Express has been watching the TV in Portugal, a documentary produced by the broadcaster RTP. The show “endeavoured to ignore the vast amount of speculation surrounding the events of May 3 and concentrate only on established facts.” It is not know if the show featured front pages from the Daily Express, but it is unlikely

THE SUN: “Maddie: Three crucial moments”

The Sun is also watching TV in Portugal. The show is called Anatomy Of A Mystery

The three “crucial moments, as told by an entertainment show on the telly. (The disappearance of Madeleine McCann is not a work of fiction for our entertainment; it is real)

“The FIRST period is between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, during which Kate put the children to bed and Gerry returned from playing tennis… Journalist Sandra Felgueiras, who researched the timeline for a Portuguese TV documentary, said: “Police assume the child could have died before dinner”

“The SECOND period is when Gerry checked on the children at 9pm. He says he saw Maddie alive and spent 15 minutes on his way back chatting to TV producer Jeremy Wilkins

“The THIRD period is when Kate went to the apartment around 10pm and then said Maddie had disappeared…

Says McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “We are not going to comment on another speculative Portuguese report. Kate and Gerry know they had nothing to do with Madeleine’s disappearance”

DAILY MAIL: “Kate McCann screamed from the BALCONY ‘they’ve taken her’, claims new witness”

But didn’t “the 39-year-old GP raise the alarm by shouting: “Madeleine’s gone, Madeleine’s gone”?

Now a waiter at the Ocean Club says he heard otherwise. He hears Kate McCann says: “They’ve taken her, they’ve taken her, they’ve taken our little girl”

DAILY MIRROR: “McCanns put on trial by TV”

Not trial by newspaper…

“Detectives remain convinced the McCanns were involved in Madeleine’s disappearance, a Portuguese TV documentary has claimed”

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “’Three key moments’ for Madeleine McCann”

On with the show: “Investigative reporter Sandra Felgueiras, who presents the programme, said: ‘We spoke to many people involved in the investigation and we are certain that the timeline is the best ever produced. Our police sources confirmed that this is the most accurate version of events produced to date”

Yes, that Sandra Felguerias

Gerry and Kate McCann are both “doctors”

VANCOUVER SUN:  JOHN Austin MP says the British media, the public and police have largely ignored the recent story of 48 trafficked children who went missing while in the protective custody of social service agencies in England.

As reported on “The children, aged 10 to 17 and mostly girls from Africa and China, are believed to be back in the hands of organized crime figures who originally smuggled them into England to work as child prostitutes.

Meanwhile, the British media, the public and authorities obsess every day about the whereabouts of a pretty blond four-year-old, Madeleine McCann, who went missing over the summer in Portugal.

“I find the dramatic contrast between (public attention to) the worldwide search for Madeleine, and the plight of 48 missing children in Britain, extraordinary,” says Austin.

Updates to follow…

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Madeleine McCann: Dr Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner And Suing The Portuguese Police

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


Kate and Gerry McCanns are “considering legal action over a string of blunders which they claim, hampered the search for Madeleine”, it is “claimed”

Will suing the Policia Judicaria help them Find Madeleine?

Page 5: “Parents to sue over police blunders that jeopardised inquiry.” Says McCanns’ lawyer Rogerio Alves: “Because we don’t even yet know what this case’s development will be, never mind making predictions for the future, nothing has been arranged in that sense”

So the McCanns aren’t suing the police? It sounds as if Sen. Alves is answering a question rather than making a point

Another McCann legal aide, Carlos Pinto Abreu, says: “You would have to prove that it was intentional – only if you had information that someone had said they knew where the child was and the police had taken no action. It would not be easy but it would be possible”

No mention is made of that headline-making £1million bounty. You can imagine the Express’s hack asking: “So how much could they get, say they did sue? Is £1million fair?”

DAILY MIRROR page 9: “Maddy switch: Tapas 2 named”

Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas says Dr Russell O’Brien and Jane Tanner have contacted police to “correct” their statements

Says Ms Tanner: “I don’t want to say anything”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “They are categorically not the couple. There is no couple”

DAILY MAIL page 23: “McCann friends ‘could transform case’”

Says a police source: “The investigation could be changed dramatically if the two witnesses decide to clarify what really happened that night”

The Mail says four of the McCann’s friends could be named as official suspects, including Ms Tanner and Dr O’Brien


Carlos Pinto de Abreu says it would be “technically” possible to sue the Portuguese police

Says a source close to the McCanns: “This is not about the money.” Readers are not told how the headline figure of £1milliion was reached

DAILY STAR page 8: “MADDIE PARENTS TO SUE ‘BUNGLING’ COPS – £1m claim over blunders”

Says Rogerio Alves: “What has to be one will be done in time”



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Madeleine McCann: Tapas Nine ‘Clarify’ Stories, Clarence Mitchell Says And Anne Enright In New York

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR front page: “McCANN FRIENDS ‘CHANGE THEIR STORY’ – Shock Claim over Madeleine police statements”

A reports in Spain’s El Mundo newspaper says two of the ‘Tapas Nine’ have altered their stories

“Simply untrue,” says Clarence Mitchell

Page 9: “WHAT’S THE STORY? McCann friends ‘to clarify evidence they gave to cops’”

Says Ms Jane Tanner, who told police she saw a man hurrying from the McCanns’ apartment with a bundle under his arm: “It is absolute rubbish. We’ve had no contact with the police”

But would she know for certain?

“GERRY TXTS MYSTERY” – Claims are that Gerry sent 14 text messages on the night Madeleine vanished


Page 9: “Why are McCann friends changing their statements?” – It is alleged two of the ‘Tapas Nine’ diners have contacted police in order to “correct” their statements

The Express says four members of the group are about to be named as official suspects: Dr Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner, Matthew Oldfield and Dr David Payne

Says Clarence Mitchell: “All friends have consistently told the truth. They have no need to change their statements as they have nothing to hide… To suggest they are changing their story is an utter misrepresentation of their willingness to help the police”

Says Jane Tanner: “We’ve had no contact with the police. I won’t say anything else because it would be twisted.” Anyone know what he means by that?

“Gerry 14 texts mystery” – Gerry McCann is said to have sent the messages from this phone as he was dining with his friends

THE SUN page 20: “TAPAS 7 FURY. McCanns’ dinner pals WON’T be changing statements to police”

The Sun hears Clarence Mitchell speak. And from Jane Tanner. And says: “But several contradictions have emerged since Madeleine went missing”

Robert Murat’s lawyer says: “He is very frustrated because he is still an aguido more than six months after the child’s disappearance and they have still made no concrete accusations against him”

DAILY MAIL page 7: “Tapas Two ‘want to change their story about Madeleine’”

“If true,” says the Mail,” the decision by the unnamed pair is the first rift in the group, who have been accused of operating under a ‘pact of silence’”

Gerry McCann is a “consultant cardiologist”

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE – McCann friends change story”


DAILY TELEGRAPH page 7: “McCann friends want to change their stories”

NEW YORK TIMES: “Congratulations on the Book Award, and Welcome to the Scrutiny”

In the Book section is Booker Prize winner Anne Enright:

“The essay was about Madeleine McCann, who was 3 years old when she disappeared this spring in Portugal. In the essay Ms. Enright tried to work through a cacophony of complicated emotions toward the girl’s parents, including reluctant voyeurism, distaste and pity. But newspapers here and in Britain picked out a sentence in which Ms. Enright said that she “disliked the McCanns earlier than most people” and ignored what she wrote afterward: that she was ashamed of the impulse and, in the end, rejected it.

“Her publishers should have put a large brown bag over her head immediately,” Janet Street-Porter wrote in The Independent on Sunday, in a typical comment. “I urge you not to buy Enright’s book until she apologizes for this slur”


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Madeleine McCann: Find Madeleine, Kate Must Not Cry And No Evidence

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


Page 7: “Police: We have no evidence she did in apartment” – Portugal’s “top forensic laboratory” cannot find evidence that Madeleine died on the night she went missing

A “senior police source” says the Find Madeleine campaign has hampered the investigation. Says he: “People used to look at her picture and well up with tears… Now they see her picture and it gets no reaction”

Does this say more about human nature than the campaign?

“Mountain folk who love their children so keen to find her” – Villagers in Morocco are looking for Madeleine. “We very happy to help,” says one local


It is “astonishing” it is a “cruel attack”. The police source says: “They’ve overdone it and it’s time to stop.” Can the McCanns introduce another child, a new face we can see? Problem is, the McCanns have only one daughter to focus on. And it she they want found
Says a friend of the McCanns: “Madeleine is currently the most famous missing child in the world and we don’t think that is a bad thing” – such is the way of Brand McCann

DAILY MAIL page 5: “Madeleine campaign ‘could have put her in danger’”

Carlos Anjos, chairman of the Portuguese Union of Police Detectives, says: “The parents and their publicity campaign have turned her into a symbol of something ugly and wrong. People are sick of having it rammed down their throats”
Says a police source: “I know a woman who was out before sunrise every day, searching all day. She couldn’t eat or sleep. It was like she (Madeleine) was her baby. Now she pulls a face when she sees pictures”

Says Clarence Mitchell PR: “Everything we have done from the word go has been very carefully considered and thought through”

And some people would say that is the problem – too careful, too thought through


Naoual Malhi sees Madeleine in Morocco. The McCanns private detectives head to Morocco. But local police find the child first. It’s a Moroccan child with blonde-ish hair. It’s not Madeleine

“Expert insists friends are key” – David Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham University, says his “educated guess” is that Madeleine is not alive.

THE SUN page 9: “Cop rap for’ Find Maddie’”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “We have done our absolute best to make people aware Madeleine is out there”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 2: “No more TV tears for Madeleine, Kate told”

“Kate McCann has been told by British police not to cry in public for fear it could play into the hands of Madeleine’s abductor”

Clarence Mitchell tells a Spanish TV station that British police experts are worried a kidnapper would “get off” on any show of emotion by her and husband Gerry.

THE TIMES: “Kate and Gerry McCann ‘created information monster’ that hindered search for Madeleine McCann”

Says Carlos Anjos: “There is no criminal investigation which can feed a news frenzy for six months, so what we have seen are both English and Portuguese journalists behaving in a scandalous and unprofessional way. Writing terrible stories in the papers, some of which have clearly affected the McCanns… now we have to say that the McCanns are partly to blame for this. Because it was something they created”


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Madeleine McCann: Portuguese Police Confess, ‘Madeleine’ Found And Baby Grace

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


Page5: “WE MUCKED UP – Cops reveals shambles of Maddy crime scene.” Two uniformed Guarda Nacional officers claim their superiors “mucked up big”.

One tells the Mirror: “When we arrived it was chaos. Everyone had walked through that place. I lifted my arms, rolled my eyes and put my head down and just got on with it… To find a circus walking in and out of a possible crime scene – well, it was ridiculous…We mucked up big time”

Says another officer: “This case has no end. It’ll get field away with an open verdict. The parents will be suspects for ever. That’s justice for you”

The Mirror does not name either officer. This is due to “Portugal’s strict secrecy laws” – the same laws the prevent police leaks to the media

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Why we suspected McCanns and their friends from the start by Portuguese police”

Page 9: “McCanns and friends ‘jumpy and nervous’” – Two men from the Guarda Nacional are speaking to the press. Says Officer A: “Something wasn’t right. They were upset, panicking, wide-eyed – all the usual responses. But there was something else”

What? The worry that the possible crime scene had been disturbed and not sealed off properly?

“They were scared, and not just the usual scared. They were jumpy and nervous. I don’t know, it wasn’t normal”

Well, it’s not very normal situation, even in Portugal

Says Officer B: “They were hard to get any sense out of. A good scare sobers anyone up.” And the McCanns had been drinking

And of the crime scene? Say Officer A: “They’d paraded half of Luz through there even before they’d called us” – a call the officers say came 40 minutes after the McCanns discovered Madeleine gone

“Mafia threats for woman who ‘spotted’ Madeleine” – Naoual Malhi says she saw Madeleine. She claims a man told her: “Let this lie if you know what’s good for you, your daughter and the rest of your family.” Says she: “I’m not frightened by the Mafia”

DAILY MAIL page 19: “Police ‘looked on a Madeleine crime scene was trampled’”

The two officers have 35 years experience between them
“’DEATH THREATS’ FOR WITNESS” – Naoual Malhi says: “I know the girl I saw getting into that taxi was her and I’m not going to stop until I find her”

Says Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco’s interior minister: “We have no new evidence suggesting such a presence in Morocco”

A reward remains on the table

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE DEATH THREAT TERROR – “Shock new development in hunt”


Says Officer A: “The mother say she knew straight away the girl had been taken, so why wait 40 minutes to call us”

“Witness death threat” – Naoual Malhi is in the papers. Says she: “They warned me I’m going to be killed next time I step on Moroccan soil unless I shut up about Madeleine”


Say the two policemen of the crime scene: “Civilians – family, friends, neighbours, staff, people off the street – everyone was in and out of the bedroom to check under the bed. The damage had been done”

THE TIMES page 4: “Girls seen in Morocco is not Madeleine”

Abdelmajid Chadili, the head of Morocco’s judicial police, says: “In the case of Fnideq, we did find a small blonde girl. We found she was among her true parents and I can tell you she only speaks Arabic”

Naoual Malhi saw ‘Madeleine in this town

Mr Chadili goes on: “In a far away country, some people think it’s not possible that a small blonde girl can be Moroccan. But it’s true, we have children with blonde hair”

IN AMERICA (The Daily News, Texas): “Investigators haven’t formally ruled out the possibility that Baby Grace is Madeline McCann, the 4-year-old British girl who went missing from her parent’s Portuguese hotel room in May”


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Madeleine McCann: A Shower Curtain, Kate’s Church Whispers And The Blonde Of Karia Ba Mohamed

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR front page: “MADELEINE DNA IN BAG OF CLOTHES. Roadside find fuels hops she’s still alive”

Plastic bag near Faro airport. The “adult fleece” therein is “smeared with body fluids”. Which may explain why it was thrown away. Perhaps it was used to wipe something in an emergency? The residue is a “moderate” link to the missing child.

Says a friend of the McCanns: “This seems extremely significant. The fact they were found so recently does suggest Madeleine is still alive”

Pages 6 and 7: “IN THE BAG.” Yes, what’s in the bag. For those of you who didn’t read Anorak yesterday: “Shower curtain, white flannel, green elastic band, green child’s T-shirt, Pencil case”.

And “crucially” a pair of “adult jeans”. Although the Mirror does not put that in the list, nor the fleece. Why not?

The stuff is at the Forensic Science Service lab in Birmingham. It is being checked against “a list of known sex offenders”.

“SILENT SOBS AND PRAYERS” – “Outside, the chill autumn night was filled with the sounds of happy families celebrating Guy Fawkes” – Burn the Catholic!

“Inside the brightly lit parish church of St John, Kate McCann [Catholic![ silently sobbed as she relived a warm spring Portuguese evening”


A farm in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. The town of Karia Ba Mohamed is close by. A “little blonde girl” has been seen. Says “teacher” Majiod Jazouli: “The little blonde girl was seen about a month ago at a farm on the outskirts of Karia. I sent a boy inside the compound to verify it, and he said there was a blonde girl there. I could not go in there myself because I am a stranger and that would be against our culture”


Pages 4 and 5: “Says local police commander Commandant Abdul Khalik: “She is not there. We have checked for her”

Says the Express: “Karia Ba Mohamed is a farming town where blonde hair and Western faces are rarely seen” – Unless the Berbers are in town

“Chase for £1million Madeleine bounty” – Millionaire Brian Kennedy has put up a reward. “Unofficial tourist guides, off-duty policemen and drug dealers” are looking for Madeleine. All other Moroccans are nervous

Says local guide Ali El Bouazaout “exclusively” to the Express: “I have been all over Morocco looking for Madeleine…and if I find her I will be rich”

A blonde child with hair of spun gold

THE SUN page 6: “I JUST WANT HER BACK..Kate sobs in church”

“Tormented” Kate McCann is in church. She is in “floods of tears”. Kate “buried her head into a females friend’s shoulder whispering through the tears: I just want her back. I just want her back”

The Sun listens in. Closely. It hears all

“POLICE IN TAPAS PALS BOOZE QUIZ” – Portuguese police are questioning witnesses on how much booze the McCanns and their dining companions drank that night. A source says after martinis, daiquiris and beer, they quaffed up to 14 bottles of wine. Is that all these middle-class Britishers on holiday in the sun could manage?


Pages 4 and 5: “COPS PROBE SEX SMEARS – Couple in fury over ‘swinging’ rumours”

Former police inspector Jose Barra da Costa wants police to investigate allegations of wife-swapping

Says Clarence Mitchell: “It is obviously defamatory and he – and all those who spread rumours like this – had better be aware that our lawyers are watching”

A newspaper has sent “undercover investigators” to a swinging club to ask in anyone knows the McCanns, or any part of them (squint)

DAILY MAIL front page: “POLICE HOLD DNA OF 4.5M BRITONS” – Did you drop a bag of old clothes in Faro?

Page 19: “Madeleine case police ask: Were parents drunk?”

The curse of the middle-class drinkers?

Kate and Gerry McCann claim they and their friends ordered six bottles of wine with their meal and liqueur after. Waiter Jose Baptista says it was eight to ten bottles.

THE TIMES page 25: “McCanns give police list of names to interrogate”

The McCanns, through their lawyers, have given police a list of people they want questioned, including their seven dining companions. They suspect them of doing wrong?

No. A source says: “These people can prove that Madeleine’s parents would not have been involved in her abduction and could provide evidence about who took their daughter”

ABC News: “Who Is ‘Baby Grace’? Tips Pour In”


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Madeleine McCann: Mafia, A Bag Of Clothes And Missing Children

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

NEWS OF THE WORLD: “Maddie DNA clue in airport bag”

A bag of clothes containing “DNA linked to Madeleine McCann” has been found dumped by a road in Portugal.” It is a white carrier bag. It was in a layby two weeks ago near Faro airport.

“The bag contained a blue fleece jacket and a pair of adult jeans with traces of DNA that contained ‘moderate’ links to Madeleine”. And: “There was also a SHOWER CURTAIN inside.” And a white flannel, a green elastic band, a light green child’s T-shirt with a green flower on the front and a pink and blue pencil case with a pink heart motif

“Godfather in Madeleine hunt… Crime godfathers in Morocco—where there have been several alleged sightings of Maddie – have been told cops will scale back drug busts if they do”

SUNDAY MIRROR front page: “MY LITTLE MADDY” – a picture of Madeleine McCann on a pony with Kate McCann by her side

• “McCanns heartache as Cops say: “Case closes in 7 weeks
• Police to leave cloud of suspicion over Kate and Gerry”


“Dr Russell O’Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, Matthew Oldfield and Dr David Payne were last night forced to bring in their own lawyers after increasing fears that Portuguese police were preparing to implicate them in the case of the vanished four-year-old girl”

So will they be named as suspects or not? The Express say yes and then prevaricates


That picture of Madeleine McCann on a horse. A clue?

SUNDAY PEOPLE: “ANSWER OUR PRAYERS – ON THE SIX-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF LOSING MADDIE Kate weeps at church service for Maddie as parents suffer crushing blow”

“The devout couple first took two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie for ‘a few moments of solitude’ at their village church to remember missing Maddie”

A solitude watched by person who told the press? No need with Clarence Mitchell to fill in the gaps, Says he: “Kate and Gerry wanted a few moments of solitude praying for Madeleine with the twins”

Inside the church: “A collage of pictures of a happy Maddie – including the one…of her sitting on a black Shetland pony – took pride of place near the altar. Six snaps of the youngster next to smiling faces of other missing children were pinned onto a green notice board. Supporters were encouraged to look at the pictures before praying”

And they pray for…

The People looks at “respected” Portuguese daily Publico, which tells: “Six months on from Madeleine’s disappearance, the police theory remains the same. That the child died by accident in her room – and her parents committed the crime of hiding her body”

DAILY MAIL: “Madeleine’s parents hold prayer vigil six months to the minute after she disappeared”

There are about 200 people at the “700-year-old church” near Rothley, Leicestershire

The McCanns are suspects

“Other missing children – including British toddler Ben Needham, who disappeared while on holiday in Greece in 1991, were also remembered at the service”

Did Ben Needham’s family ask for this? Want it?

Says the Rev Rob Gladstone: “Comfort and liberate all those, especially young children who have been taken from their families against their will, give courage to their grieving families”

A board says “Pray for all missing children.” How were the faces on the board selected? Many children are missing

THE INDEPENDENT: “Six months after Madeleine, another 600 are still missing”

Missing persons charities yesterday released figures “showing that more than 600 children have been missing in the UK for as long as Madeleine McCann, and are still unaccounted for”

Many are foreign. Many are teenagers. Not all are blonde

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Prayers for Madeleine McCann, six months on”

“The 3,500-strong population of Rothley – its trees decked in yellow ribbons and messages of support – came to a near standstill as Kate and Gerry arrived from their nearby home”

Locals can’t move for the press?

Rothley is an “affluent Midlands enclave”. This is McCann Land – the enclave – a small territory culturally and ethnically different form the surrounding lands
Says Gerry in his blog: “We have no idea whether she is suffering, but we have to hope and pray that she is being treated like a princess, as she deserves”

THE GUARDIAN: “Madeleine book notes the ‘contradictions’”

More on Maddie 129, a book by Hernani Carvalho and Luis Maia

“The message is that the case just doesn’t add up,” says a representative of the book’s publishers

THE SCOTSMAN: “Six months on, McCanns in new Maddie plea”
The picture of Madeleine on a Shetland pony was taken on a day out at the Hatton Country World park in Warwickshire on April 13 – “less than three weeks before she went missing”

THE TIMES: “Gerry McCann: ‘our princess prayer for Madeleine’”

Gerry McCann’s blog: “It is so painful for us simply being separated, but all the more distressing when we have to speculate about the situation Madeleine finds herself [in]. We have no idea whether she is suffering but we have to hope and pray that she is being treated like a princess, as she deserves”

Posted: 4th, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,129)

Madeleine McCann: Fnideq Arabs, Naoual Malhi And The Eternal Blonde

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MAIL front page: “MADDIE ‘I know where to find her’”

“As the McCanns mark six months without Madeleine, the Mail visits the remote Moroccan village that may hold the key”

Know: “A grim, soulless place where a dusty sea-wind whistles constantly through the narrow streets and the darkened bazaars seeth [sic] with intrigue, the Moroccan town of Fnideq is Africa’s last settlement”

Is Madeleine here, in this outpost of Hell?

“Tragically, the sight of a cute-looking child clinging forlornly to some strange adult hand is no great rarity here”

Like in the Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent, on a Saturday afternoon? Or still worse?

“Last month, however, by grace of her blonde hair, apple cheeks and a milky complexion, one little girl looked so strikingly different as she was swept along Fnideq’s teeming streets in the clutches of a middle-aged Arab woman that someone finally took notice”

Oh for the grace of being blonde among so much seething darkness….

The woman? Why, it’s 24-year-old Moroccan Naoual Malhi. She’s pictured wearing an animal-print raincoat. She stares into the camera. Look into her eyes. She saw Madeleine. And now she is in the papers. And that reward remains on offer…

A man has also seen Madeleine, a blonde child with milky whiteness and apple cheeks. “Listening to the man, Naoual’s pulse quickened. Everything seemed to tally”

Madeleine: DNA ‘does prove her body was in McCanns’ hire car’ (Link)


“Maddy mum on 6-month anniversary”

A new photograph of Madeleine has been released (see picture)
Says Kate McCann: “Madeleine is a beautiful little person and the best place for her to be is with her family”

Page 5: “Please keep looking, please keep praying”


Not her own words in an exclusive interview, rather a selection of quotes from Gerry and Kate McCann dating back to May 3, when Madeleine went missing

Read them all here

And a new quote from Kate McCann:

“Six months is such a long time for a little girl to be separated from her family. We believe that our Madeleine is out there somewhere and retain hope that we can be reunited. Madeleine is a beautiful little person who deserves a loving and happy life. To ensure this there is no doubt that the best place for her to be is with her family.

“We know that somebody somewhere can make this happen.That somebody has the ability and power to bring back us back so much joy as well as bring peace to themselves. If you have any information relating to Madeleine’s disappearance or whereabouts please pass it on to 00 34 902 300 213”

Or call the press

THE SUN front page: “MY BABY – Kate please after new DNA blow”


“The anguished couple were last night rocked by leaked DNA results from a UK forensics lab, which were said to show: Four-year-old Madeleine’s body WAS in a car they hired 25 days after she vanished in Portugal

“Bodily fluids from the Renault Scenic appeared to have come from the youngster’s CORPSE

“BLOOD found in the family’s rented Algarve holiday apartment was also hers”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “This is yet another unsourced, unsubstantiated report and we simply won’t comment on it. Suffice to say that Kate and Gerry have absolutely nothing to hide”

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: ‘SHE WAS KILLED IN FLAT – Parents’ new DNA shocker”


Here’s hoping the kidnappers don’t read the WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER” and move locations

Moroccan Majid Jazoili says:

“Two people I know saw a picture I carry with me of Madeleine McCann. They told me they had seen her with a family who live in a tiny village in the Rif Mountains. There are three women with daughters who each have a family of their own. There is also a grandfather who lives with them in the same house and lots of children. I don’t know what the blonde girl is doing with them. I called the number I had seen on the poster”

It’s a big reward. Expect more sightings…

THE TIMES: “Friends fear for Kate McCann’s fragile health

“Tonight the couple will come under the most intense public scrutiny since they arrived back in Britain when they attend a special service at the Church of St Mary and St John in Rothley, Leicestershire. They are expected to arrive just before 9.30pm, about the time they say their daughter was taken from their bed at the Ocean Club complex a few days before her fourth birthday”

A minute’s silence?

“They will hear special prayers being said for Madeleine and other missing children between 9.30pm and 9.45pm. By 10pm, the time Mrs McCann reported Madeleine missing, the couple are expected to be back home”

And Kate? Says a source: “Some days are absolutely fine, but on others there is a lot of crying. It is not just the loss of her daughter, it is everything that has happened since”

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Detectives probe Madeleine McCann sighting”

Naoual Malhi, a Spanish woman of Moroccan origin, is in a taxi

And a new picture of Madeleine: “Wearing a pink and white striped T-shirt, her blonde hair is blowing across her face as she gives a cheeky grin to the camera”

Madeleine McCann is blonde. And missing

THE GUARDIAN: “Madeleine plea marks six months”

Francisco Marco, of detective firm Metodo 3, says: “We have a six-month agreement with the McCanns. We have already spent a month and a half working. I will find her before that period is up”


“A study in its own right, the coverage of the McCann case says much about the hysterical, media-fixated country Britain has become. The couple’s professional status and telegenic qualities practically guaranteed that they would become objects of keen media interest. It was, though, remarkable with what zeal the McCanns positively embraced their sudden celebrity and poured their energies into keeping themselves and their story in the headlines”

More to follow… 

Posted: 3rd, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (835)

Kate And Gerry McCann ‘Back In The Frame’

AS the Mail’s Madeleine’s McCann headline runs: “Madeleine DNA bombshell: ‘New results put Gerry and Kate back in the frame’

And: “New forensic tests appear to support the theory that Kate and Gerry McCann could have been involved in Madeleine’s disappearance, it has emerged.

“Sources say the results from a second batch of testing, conducted at a laboratory in Birmingham, have been passed to Portuguese detectives via Leicestershire police.

“These findings are alleged to include the discovery of the girl’s DNA – believed to have been obtained from Madeleine’s bodily fluids and hair – in the McCanns’ hire car which was rented 25 days after the girl went missing.”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry are entirely innocent and have nothing to hide. We have always maintained whatever material or evidence the police may have can be wholly and innocently explained.”

More to follow…

Posted: 2nd, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (204)

Madeleine McCann: Malhi Sees, Francisco Marco’s Maddy Dolls And Gerry McCann Returns

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


• Her face was bruised
• She had the eye mark
• Driven 180 miles”

Naoul Malhi is in Morocco. She is 30. She sees a child. She looks into the child’s eyes. Says she: “It was Madeleine. There’s no mistaking that mark”

Pages 4 and 5: More from Malhi: “Her blonde hair was cut shorter and she had a big bruise on her forehead and looked very unhappy [like the girl in Belgium]. The woman was about 40 or 50… As soon as she realised I had looked closely into the girl’s eyes she started dragging Madeleine away and flagged down a taxi”

Malhi calls the taxi company. The cab took ‘Madeleine’ to the port of Housimi, on the Mediterranean. Malhi told the police. She had her photograph taken by the press. The McCanns’ private detectives journey to the town

“BACK TO WORK – Dr Gerry returns six months after daughter vanishes.” Gerry McCann is on his way into Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. “My colleagues have been absolutely fantastic in their support,” says he. “I am very pleased to be rejoining them and to get back to a degree of normality”

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “’I saw blonde child with Madeleine eye blemish in Morocco’”. So say the “WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER” in an “exclusive report”

Page 5: “I looked her in the eyes” – More form “Spanish tourist Naouval Malhi”, not to be confused with the Mirror’s Naoul Malhi. She is 24. The story is indeed exclusive
A Spaniard – like the one who saw Madeleine here and here

“Nurse jailed for hoax calls” – Nurse Anne-Marie Kelly made 28 calls to the emergency services in one evening. She claimed to know what had happened to Madeleine. She also said she was a serial killer and had details of a terrorist attack

THE SUN front page: “’I will find Maddie’”

Francisco Marco PI says: “I’ll find her in five months”. Or your money back? Marco says he has bought dolls to give to Madeleine when he rescues her. “I will take them out of the suitcase the day I find Madeleine,” say he.

“We have a six months agreement with the McCanns. I will find her before that period is up”. Indeed, as he says, he will find her in five months. And if only his contact were shorter, he would surely find her quicker

But this time it’s personal: “For me this is a special case. I have two children. They please with me, ‘Daddy, find Madeleine.” Like he found that American child in the mountains of Morocco – any more news of that amazing discovery?

Page 15: “GIRL WITH MADDIE EYE ‘IN MOROCCO’” – Naoual Malhi, aged 24 is speaking – not to be confused with the Express’ Naouval Malhi, 24, nor the Mirror’s’s Naoul Malhi, 30

DAILY MAIL page 23: “Woman spots child with the ‘mark of Madeleine’ on the Moroccan coast”

Naoual Malhi, 24, is with her four-year-old daughter. She sees a woman she identifies as a Berber with a child. A Berber – like the parents of Bouchra Benaissa

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE FILES. Truth on crime that shocked the world. 4 PAGE DOSSIER INSIDE TODAY”

Page 7: “I SPOTTED WITH MADDIE ‘EYE’ GET IN A TAXI WITH RICH ARAB” – A new development. Who is the rich Arab? The woman? The taxi driver? Naoual Malhi tells all

“Gerry’s £75k wage storm” – Gerry McCann is earning £75,000 a year for “working one-and-a-half days a week”


“MADDIE – The biggest mystery of our times”

THE TIMES front page: “McCann back to work”

Page 21: “Gerry McCann return to work as private detectives investigate new sightings” – More on Naoual Malhi, 30. Mr McCann will have direct contact with patients after a month as a backroom staffer

THE INDEPENDENT page 13: “Madeleine father goes back to work on part-time basis”

Says “Dr McCann”: “We have always said that at six months we didn’t want to look back and say ‘I wish we had done that’. But now we have done everything we can do to establish the search for Madeleine on an ongoing basis”

THE GUARDIAN page 9: “Gerry McCann goes back to work at hospital”

Says Gerry McCann: “Unless Madeleine is found, we are not expecting any significant developments in the near future”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 15: “Six months on, Gerry CMcann retusn to work”
Says Sybil Berry, visiting a sick patient: “I think I would find it a bit embarrassing if I met up with him. For a start, I wouldn’t know whether I should bring up Madeleine or not”

Posted: 2nd, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,322)

Madeleine McCann: A Titanic Struggle With The Germans And Slavery In Morocco

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann


“Madeleine McCann may have been condemned to a life of slavery working as a ‘little maid’ for a rich Arab family…” Or not

Page 5: “’Madeleine will be used as a little maid’” – so suggests Inspector Hicham Alaoui of the Moroccan Police in El Hajeb near Fez

Little maids, notes the paper, are “collected by rich families as ‘curiosities’ as well as servants. A woman from a group called Ecpatuk says such children are “vulnerable to abuse”. The Express sys the girls are abused “physically, emotionally and sexually”. Can Madeleine McCann be among them? Maybe…

“Sacked detective called in to help with the probe” – Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral is talking with new chief Paulo Rebelo

“Fury over magazine ‘sick’ ads” – German magazine titanic has lampooned the case, using Madeleine’s image in spoof supermarket adverts. Gerry and Kate McCann call it “sick” and “very hurtful”. The magazine says Madeleine McCann is “getting a bit much for many people”

DAILY MIRROR front page: “Clear us… you have no case”

Says a friend of Kate and Gerry McCann: “They are adamant they should now be cleared”, as are many suspects in ongoing investigations

Page 7: “McCann ‘clear us’ demand’” – Says Clarence Mitchell: “If the reports are true clearly it would indicate the police absolutely, and quite rightly, have no case against Kate and Gerry”

DAILY MAIL front page: “Oh. Come off it, Heather, how dare you compare your ordeal to Kate McCann’s?” Heather Mills is on the telly

Page 7: “Police pursuit of McCanns ‘is running out of steam’” – The public prosecutor in Portugal says Kate and Gerry McCann will not face further police interviews “unless detectives can produce stronger evidence against them”

Mark Williams-Thomas, a former detective with Surrey Police, says the McCann’s private detectives could be on the wrong trail in Morocco. Or not

THE SUN page 24: “GERMAN MAG’S SICK JOKES ABOUT MADDIE – McCanns’ horror as spoof ad pokes fun at lost girl”

Ad advert in satirical Titantic magazine promises the kitchen cleaner will “remove all traces at the home” even DNA traces. The adverts warn that just because Madeleine’s face is on the product it does not mean they can be taken for free. The Sun is disgusted. It reproduces the images and the words to allow its readers to share in its disgust

A march on the German embassy is not yet in the planning

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE SICK NEW TWIST – Horror at German abuse of missing tot”

The Germans have her. A German paedo!

Page 7: “TOTALLY SICK – A full reproduction of the spoof adverts. “McCann’s agony as rag mocks hunt for Maddie.” Thanks to the Star and Sun, the McCanns now know that an obscure German magazines has made jokes about their case

Says Clarence Mitchell: “It shows Madeleine herself no respect… The magazine did not seek permission to use Madeleine’s image to be used on this so-called joke. It they had it would almost certainly not have been given”

So much for doing anything to keep Madeleine in the news

THE INDEPENDENT page 5: “Mills: I am treated as badly as Kate McCann and Diana.” More on Lady Mucca

THE TELEGRAPH page 9: “Madeleine police ‘consult sacked head of inquiry’” – chief inspector Goncalo Amaral is on the case. Sort of

The paper says detectives are “no closer to solving the case”. And the campaign to find Madeleine goes on…

THE TIMES and THE GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news today

Heather Mills’ Pain

Posted: 1st, November 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,518)

Heather Mills Is Princess Diana Is Kate McCann: Is Blonde

HEATHER Mills is on GMTV. Anorak is tuned in, as ever. Heather is not extolling the virtues of baby oil and organic breast milk but lamenting.

“I live in a prison,” says Heather. Not really. Heather is guilty of nothing but love. But there has been a miscarriage of justice that keeps Heather locked behind gates at her mansion.

What is more, Heather is blonde. Like Kate McCann. Like Princess Diana. “It’s like what they are doing to the McCanns,” says Mills. “What are they doing persecuting that woman? Look what they did to Diana.”

Indeed. “The police have said I’ve had death threats from a certain underground group.” The Establishment? Earthworms Against Heather? Al Qaeda? “I live in fear for my life,” says Heather.

But she is prepared. “I have a box of evidence which is going to a certain person if something happens to me,” says Heather, who is not believed to be dating the son of an Egyptian corner shop owner.

As Paul Burrell checks his post, the rest of us wonder about the lot of a blonde in today’s Britain.

There is a media conspiracy against her kind. “What are we doing as a nation buying these newspapers?” she asks. “We need to force a change as a responsible nation.”

“They make up such lies. They’ve called me a whore, a golddigger, a fantasist, a liar, the most unbelievably hurtful things – and I’ve stayed quiet for my daughter…

“I’ve had worse press than a paedophile or a murderer, and I’ve done nothing but charity for 20 years.”

Indeed, what else but charity caused Heather to campaign against landmines, date and then marry the older Paul, with his bobbling head, and beseech him to give, give, give until it hurts..?

Pic: The Spine “I’ve had worse press than a paedophile”

Posted: 31st, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann, Royal Family | Comments (48)