Madeleine McCann | Anorak - Part 46

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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: When Waiters Attack, Kate McCann Childcare Inc. And Feudal Powers

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – ‘McCANNS OR A FRIEND MUST BE TO BLAME’. Tapas bar waiter’s astonishing attack
Jose Batista served the McCanns and party on that night Madeleine disappeared. “I did not think she had been taken by an abductor,” says he. “I told them [the police] it had to be one of the family or a friend. It had to be someone close”
Mr Batista is a “crucial eyewitness”

Page 4: “Nanny would have cost just £10” – Batista is standing with his “partner” Maria Fernandes, who also works at the Ocean Club complex. She does not speak. She smiles for the camera. Why is she there? They are holding hands. He says the Tapas 9 did check on their children regularly: “I know that because I often took food to the table and found one of them not there. I would take it back to the table to heat it up. But it was always the men who went to check never the women.” Apart from the time Kate McCann went to check. So not always the men. Jose thought that strange. Why?

Says he: “They left heir children alone. If I had been in that position I certainly wouldn’t have done that.” Maria smiles

“Kate may be a child carer after ruling out GP work” – But would she make living at it?
THE SUN front page: “MADDIE EXCLUSIVE: WHAT WAITERS SAW. Kate left kids alone 3 hours a night”

It’s Jose Baptista, not to be confused with the Express’s Jose Batista, even if this waiter does look very similar and is seen holding hands with his “wife”, also called Maria

Pages 4 and 5: “The men normally checked on kids..Kate only went that one night”

Kate and Gerry are “doctors”. Says Jose: “They left their children alone for up to three hours every night.” Apart from when they all went out as family, with the “cranky” children

Maria speaks: “I definitely remember Madeleine. She was like a little angel, very quiet and good as gold. Just a lovely little blonde girl.” Blonde, you say?


DAILY STAR page 7: “holiday waiter describes horror night girl vanished – MADDIE: ‘ONLY PARENTS OR PALS COULD HAVE DONE IT’” – Jose Batista says…

“Kate wants job in child care”

DAILY MAIL front page: “I want to work in child care says Maddie’s mother”
Page 7: “Kate McCann ‘wants a job in child welfare’” – So it is “claimed”. So she ahs “told friends”

“FRIENDS ‘SHARED EIGHT BOTTLES OF WINE A NIGHT’” – Says Jose Baptista. Yes, eight bottles between nine Britons. On holiday. In the sun. Indeed, is that all?

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 9: “Madeleine’s mother ‘to as GP for a child welfare job’”
“One possibility is that she will set up a charity to raise awareness of the extent of child abductions across Europe, and help parents and children who suffer such an ordeal”

Fernando Jose Pinto Montiero, Portugal’s attorney general, says the country’s Ministerio Publico, likened to the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, is a “feudal power”


Posted: 23rd, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,637)

Madeleine McCann: Smoke, Ribeiro Hopes And Ash

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – McCANN FRIENDS FACE NEW PROBE. Portuguese police chief wants holiday couples interrogated”

Investigators “believe” members of the so-dubbed Tapas Nine “may” have helped the McCanns dispose of Madeleine’s body. They “could” be named as official suspects”

Page 5: “’I’m convinced Madeleine inquiry will be resolved’” – Alipio Ribeiro, Portugal’s most senior police officer, says he is “optimistic” the case will be solved
Says he: “We have an idea of what happened…In every interview there is a key moment, a click that clarifies everything and help you to reach the end”

“Kate and the ‘lost 5 minutes’” – A source says: “During the 40 minutes in which Kate left the Ocean Club restaurant and alerted the authorities about Madeleine, many things could have happened”. The possibilities, as we have read for some weeks, are endless

Says Alipio Ribeiro: “Many similar cases have lasted longer and were resolved in the end” – Such as?
“Gerry ‘to go back’” – To Portugal? No, to work. Maybe one day

DAILY MAIL page 35: “The McCann ‘witchhunt’ – Ex yard boss condemns police pursuit of parents”

Lord Stevens is brought into the media for questioning

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE I KNOW THE KILLER – Top cop vows to prove his case”

Alipio Ribeiro is “convinced he knows who killed Madeleine McCann – and has vowed to prove it”. All he needs is some evidence

Page 15: “Portugal’s police chief pledges…I WILL CRACK MADDIE CASE”

THE SUN page 11: “HOW COULD POLICE DROP ASH ON CLUES? Maddie parents’ fury at evidence contamination

Kate and Gerry McCann are “horrified” that cigarette ash “could” have contaminated evidence. Says a close friend of the couple: “It is outrageous to think that messy cops could have ruined vital evidence about Maddie’s abductor”

But did they?

Suzanne McGee, a holidaymaker, says: “I saw one lady forensic person remove her mask and light a cigarette. It just looked all wrong”
Like you, we are at loss for works over this story

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 7: “McCanns’ friends to be re-interviewed by police”
Says Mr Ribeiro: What is clear is that we have the calmness to separate the story, the fantasy, from what is the police side of things”

THE TIMES page 11: “Police speak to McCann friends”
Says Mr Ribeiro: “There is a scenario that has gained strength and has a greater degree of certainty”

Gerry McCann is a “consultant cardiologist”. Kate McCann is a “part-time GP”

THE GUARDIAN and THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine news today

Pic: The Spine 

Posted: 23rd, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (58)

Madeleine McCann: Enright In Hiding, Lord Stevens Deduces And Antonio Teixeira On Homicide

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


No small development. Gerry McCanns returns to work…

Or not. “Police are poised to protect heart surgeon Gerry McCann when he makes an emotional return to work.” That’s right – Gerry McCann is a “consultant cardiologist”

“However Kate, 39, who worked part-time as a locum GP, has said in the past that she is unable to contemplate working again while her daughter remains missing”. Indeed. Kate is a “GP”

MAIL ON SUNDAY: “Madeleine: New police chief’s anger at mess he inherited”

Paulo Rebelo is the new broom. A police source quoted in a Portuguese newspaper says: “There was important material lying all over the place that hadn’t been considered by investigators. A lot of key information was discarded. The whole process is being reviewed. Putting all the papers in order has been a massive task”

Rebelo, “previously involved in investigating a Lisbon paedophile ring”, has taken on Antonio Teixeira, a 59-year-old murder squad detective

Teixeira once said: “Homicide is a crime we’re all capable of committing.” A colleague says:  “By bringing him onto the case, the police are sending out a clear sign that the main lead as far as they concerned is homicide”

“’NO chance the McCanns would be charged with murder in the UK,’ writes Britain’s former top cop” – Former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens is raising his media profile

Says he: “I’ve been a detective at the most senior level for 30 years and have never seen such a witch-hunt, or one based on such flimsy evidence”

Has he seen all the evidence?

NEWS OF THE WORLD: “Maddie’s parents are INNOCENT. I do not think they did it. It doesn’t make sense”

It’s Stevens formerly of the Met once again. He tells us: “There’s absolutely no chance that the parents of Madeleine McCann would be charged with her murder in this country.

“It would be an outrageous miscarriage of justice if they were. I don’t say that from any feelings of sympathy for Kate and Gerry McCann, but from examining the facts of the case — or rather, the total LACK of them.

“I’ve been a detective at the most senior level for 30 years and have never seen such a witch-hunt, or one based on such flimsy evidence”

Stevens looks only at the facts: “They’re both highly professional medics, one a surgeon the other a GP.” These are the facts. And that Madeleine is missing. Stevens, now retired and known as Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington is 6ft 3in


“Horrified Kate and Gerry McCann were incandescent with rage last night after cops were accused of a catalogue of incompetence in the hunt for their missing daughter Madeleine”

Anger issues?

“Insiders claim vital evidence was ditched by boozy officers and crucial documents were ignored”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “We’d be very concerned to hear all the information in the police’s hands has not been properly or effectively co-ordinated or collated. If Mr Rebelo is strengthening their system that’s all to the good”

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Booker winner who misread the McCanns”

Anne Enright, Booker prize winner, has made comment son Gerry and Kate McCanns. Liz hutn has read them: “Kate McCann’s face and figure have always been a factor in this story. Indeed, the only obstacle to a new picture of Kate making the front pages is a new CCTV grab of another tortured blonde in another ongoing soap opera, The Diana Inquest. The camera loves them both”

So too the press…

Hunt reads Enright’s words and concludes: “For Kate to be derided for her composure, and Gerry for his courage in public, or to suggest, as Enright does, that it masks guilt and denial, is despicable. And it won’t do much for the sales of her prize-winning novel, either”

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Booker winner ‘lost for words’ – Anne Enright remains silent in controversy over McCanns article”

“By Thursday, Ms Enright appeared to have gone into hiding. She was not to be found at her home in Bray, Co Wicklow, and several agreed media engagements were cancelled”

Where is she? Why, on a reading tour in the US

THE TIMES: “Too serence for sympathy”

“After an astonishing attack on the family by the winner of the Booker prize and Kate’s suggestion that people don’t sympathise with her because she doesn’t look maternal enough, our correpsondent asks why some people find it so easy to dislike the McCanns”

The Times is on the case

Margarette Driscoll looks at the evidence and tells us: “But if she thinks people don’t like her because she does not appear sufficiently maternal, she’s way off beam. This is the age of the yummy mummy and in those stakes McCann, who looks as though she could be Sienna Miller’s older sister, is queen. It is her coolness of her manner that repels, not her skinniness, nor her careful choice of jewellery”

And her shoes?

THE GUARDIAN: “McCanns ‘victims of a witch-hunt’” – More opinion from the ex-copper’s copper Stevens

Posted: 21st, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (554)

Madeleine McCann: Francisco Moita Flores’ 3 Minutes, Gran’s Plate And The Paedo Doctor

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – 3 MINUTES TO DUMP HER BODY. Amazing new theory of crime specialists”

The police? Sort of… Former police inspector Francisco Moita Flores is the star of a Portuguese TV show about the case. It’s not just the British that can turn the case into a form of entertainment

(Says The Guardian: “Channel 4’s Searching for Madeleine: A Dispatches Special about the police hunt for Madeleine McCann got 3.1 million viewers at 14% over the 9pm hour. At the same time Channel Five’s The Hotel Inspector got 1.5 million viewers, a share of 7%, making it the network’s best performing show of the day)

Says Flores: “There are so many contradictory theories, but she was taken, dead or alive, according to the dogs, down to the church.” Oh?

“This would have to have been done by car. There is a piece of land behind the church and behind that is the sea. A car could take you from the apartment to the sea in 30 seconds, whichever route was used. Let’s say something went wrong, we have about 40 seconds. If you add two minutes to dispose of the body by sea – that’s little more than two and a half minutes at the most. It would take just another 30 seconds to return to the resort”

This is based on hard speculation and raw opinion

Mr Flores adds of the ‘Tapas 9’: “That is more than enough time for any member of the group that left the table during that meal to be considered a suspect. Many of the group, according to what we’re told, was absent from that table – every one of them for more than three minutes”

And then a flash of genius: “The little girl was removed and taken elsewhere – whether alive by an abductor or dead after an accident.

Another “crimebuster”, Professor Paulo Sargento, of Lusofana University in Lisbon, says: “I am convinced that whatever happened happened within the McCanns and their group of friends. The reconstruction shows how unlikely it is that any other explanation could be possible”

But not impossible


DAILY MIRROR: “8 minutes to snatch Madeleine – EXCLUSIVE: 3D MODEL TIME CLUES”

Prof Sargento, of Lusofana University, Lisbon, says: “We have used the precise timings to recreate on screen what happened that night. From 8pm when the group sat down for dinner, seven people got up and walked around 14 times. That means on average there was somebody with a view of the McCanns’ apartment every eight minutes during that period”


“Meanwhile, the McCanns yesterday said they could prove they have never sedated their children,” says the Mirror. “A source said toxicology tests on hair from two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie showed they had never been given sedatives, demolishing police claims all three children were drugged when Madeleine vanished. A friend of the couple said: ‘It backs up Kate and Gerry’s claims’”

Was Madeleine sedated?

THE SUN: “Maddie’s final gift for gran”

A picture of a plate – “the poignant last gift from Madeleine McCann to her gran – given just days before she vanished”

“The heartshaped plate bears Maddie’s little handprints and the touching message, ‘I love you Grandma and Grandad, From Madeleine 2007’”

“Maddie’s devastated gran Susan Healy showed off the plate yesterday and said: ‘This is so special I feel like locking it in a safe. I couldn’t bear anything to happen to it – the handprints are the closest thing we have to a physical reminder of her’”

What of the missing girl’s hair?

DAILY MAIL: “Why Portugal is a haven for paedophiles – the disturbing backcloth to the Madeleine case”

“A Ferrari engine makes a deep, distinctive sound. When the children at Portugal’s most famous orphanage heard the sports car roaring down the driveway, fear swept through the dormitories. The noise could mean only one thing: the man known as The Doctor was coming to call”

No, not Gerry McCann, nor Kate McCann. They had a Renault Scenic.

“Yet this medical practitioner had no intention of adhering to the ancient Hippocratic Oath”

There follows a lengthy story of alleged organised sexual abuse at Casa Pia (House of the Pious), a 17th century Lisbon orphanage where more than 4,000 children are cared for each year behind “high stone walls” – “the doctor would summon selected boys and girls from their beds for examinations one night each week”

The children are taken to “some of the leading members of Lisbon society – ranging from Portuguese government ministers and high-ranking diplomats, to famous television stars and members of the judiciary”. It is “likened to an earthquake waiting to shake Portugal to its foundations”

Says the Mail: “But what relevance does this have to the disappearance 170 days ago of four-year-old Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, about 280km from Lisbon?”

Good question…

“And what does it mean for Kate and Gerry McCann, who have not only had to cope with losing their child, but have also been subjects of a vicious campaign in the Portuguese press to smear them?”

Another good question…

“It is crucial for two reasons; first because it proves what international crime agencies have long suspected: that Portugal has become a magnet for predatory paedophiles from around the world, using the country’s lax laws and preying on the high numbers of poor, abandoned children.

“And second, because Paulo Rebelo, an urbane, methodical detective who led the Casa Pia paedophile inquiry, was last night finishing his first week as the new chief of the investigation into the disappearance of the British child”

That’s a link?

Says the Mail: “Of course, the Casa Pia case may have no direct link to the disappearance of Madeleine, but the culture in which such a serious child abuse network was allowed to operate is the same culture that pervades the whole of Portugal. Was it this attitude that led to the bungled initial investigation in the McCann case?”

The Mail has no idea. But get a load of those alleged paedos…

THE TIMES: “‘Tests show Madeleine McCann’s brother and sister were not drugged’”

The police tests are in. No. These are tests the McCanns carried out themselves. On Madeleine? No. On the twins Sean and Amelie.

A source close to the couple says: “Any legal team worth their salt would have these kinds of tests done. No evidence of sedatives were found in the twins’ systems”

The twins are not missing


Posted: 20th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,086)

Madeleine McCann: Gordon Brown Investigates, Gerry McCann’s ‘Fears’ And A Ghost

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


“Heart consultant” Gerry McCann was “allegedly concerned about his wife Kate’s state of mind” on the night Madeleine vanished. Gerry is said to have spoken about “part-time GP” Kate with “fellow medic” David Payne as Gerry was having a tennis lesson

Page 7: A source says: “David Payne saw Madeleine at around 6:30pm. He popped in because Gerry wanted to make sure Kate was OK”. Says Mr Payne, who has known the McCanns for five years: “I have never witnessed anything untoward in all that time”

“Madeleine visits me at night says ‘hysterical’ Kate” – Susan Healy, Kate’s mother, says probably once or twice a day her daughter is “absolutely devastated, hysterical, bereft”. “I asked her, did the twins come and wake you up? Sometimes they get into bed with Kate. ‘No,’ she said. ‘Madeleine came’”

“Brown’s plea to Portugal” – Gordon Brown is in Lisbon and due to meet Portuguese Prime minister Jose Socrates. He says: “I will discuss the issue”. Gordon Brown PI


Page 10: “Mum’s Maddie ghost anguish” – Kate McCann is an “anguished GP”. Readers are assured by a family “pal” that Kate is suffering

“SUSPECTS FOR REST OF LIVES” – The Star has seen the Channel 4 Dispatches programme on their daughter’s case. The five media-friendly sleuths failed to crack the case. Next week the Coronation Street writers have a go

THE SUN page 27: “CLEAR US, MADDIE PARENTS TELL COPS” – Kate and Gerry are “angry”. A “high-raking source” in the Portuguese police says: “Nothing which allows us to make a definite accusation against them has emerged.” Some news. Might this be why they have not been arrested?

DAILY MAIL page 32: “Brown quizzes Portuguese PM over Madeleine” – Is Mr Socrates a suspect? Gordon Brown is Columbo. Just one more thing, sir…

DAILY MIRROR page 11: “GERRY ASKED PAL TOP CHECK ON KATE – Police probe mental state”

Says Mr Payne: “Kate is a fantastic mum. She can cope. She is a very able person”. Such is the news

“COP: NO PROOF ON McCANNS” – The McCanns have not been arrested. Says Clarence Mitchell: “If this is true, Kate and Gerry should be eliminated from the inquiry”. But the police are still looking. All avenues of inquiry remain open. No evidence. Or no evidence yet?

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 9: “Madeleine’s mother ‘breaks down in hysterics every day’”


Posted: 19th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,296)

Madeleine McCann: Pacheco Deceived, Anne Enright Accuses And The Mail’s Underage Sex

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


Police are exerting “pressure” on Kate McCann. Portuguese police are to reconstruct the night of Madeleine’s disappearance in the style of TV’s Crimewatch, with the focus on the mother

Page 5: “Priest: I was deceived” – Father Jose Manuel Pacheco says “I was deceived”. He “finally broke his silence”. Says he: “I was deceived. I was just doing my job supporting lost souls. I would do that again with any family who were in their situation. I didn’t do anything wrong”

But deceived? In what way? Readers learn his mistake had been in forming a “close bond with the couple”

“Booker author’s dislike’” – Booker prize winner Anne Enright says she disliked Kate and Gerry McCanns “earlier than most people”. Writing in the London Review of Books, Enright notes: “I thought I was angry with them for leaving their children alone.”

Enright is a “mother of two small children”. She can empathise less as a writer than as a parent. But: “In fact I was angry at their failure to accept that their daughter was probably dead.” Look out for Enright’s next work: Me & Maddie

DAILY MAIL front page: “Five top British crime experts went to Portugal to examine the Maddie case. What is their verdict…?”

A verdict? No body. No arrest made. No court case. Just a verdict. And from “crime experts”…

Pages 18 and 19: “THE MADDIE FILES – Five of Britain’s top crime experts were sent to Portugal to give their verdicts on the McCann case. Here they reveal their deeply disturbing conclusions…”

Who sent these sleuths? The British police? Richard Branson? The Pope? No – Channel 4’s Dispatches. The Madeleine McCann mystery is a media circus, so what more fitting than the TV as a courtroom and arbiter of justice?

The Mail’s Roger Graef presides. He says that under Portuguese law, the age of consent is 13 (“between couples of the same age”). It’s not, yer honour. It is 14. “Portugal has many more paedophiles than it cares to admit.” How many? We do not know. It pains Graef to divulge the hideous details. But there have been two cases of child abduction in the past 15 years over there

The crackers are THE CRIMINAL PROFILER (David Canter), THE SEARCH EXPERT (Gary Lig), THE FORENSIC ANALYST (David Barclay), THE SOHAM DETECTIVE (Chris Stevenson) and THE MEDIA HANDLER (Matt Tapp).

They unearth no new clues, no new evidence, no new ideas. But they get to be on the telly and in the papers. And then they return to the UK to crack other cases, like the murder of Rhys Jones, the whereabouts of Suzy Lamplugh, the capture of Osama bin Laden, the wheabout of the UK’s most wanted Paul Bures “wanted in relation to multiple charges of Rape and Sexual assault on male children aged 13-16 years. He currently resides in Spain”) and…

THE MIRROR front page: “Maddy case is probed by Soham cop” – Former Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson, “the man who caught Soham killer Ian Huntely”, is advancing his media career

THE SUN front page: “Soham chief in Maddie cop rap” – Stevenson of the Media says the Portuguese police were “totally ill equipped” to handle the case

Page 8: “MADDIE PROBE IS TOO BIG FOR PORTUGAL COPS – Soham chief blasts ‘too slow’ force”. Is this why the British police sent dogs and helped with forensic tests?

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE PARENTS HID TRUTH – Priest reveals McCanns’ deceit”

Pages 6 and 7: “McCANNS DECEIVED ME – I wish I’d never given them key to the church.” Father Pacheco has been told of by his bishop for getting too close to the McCanns

DAILY TELEGRAPH front page: Pictures of Kate McCann and Booker prize winner – and mother – Anne Enright. A caption: “Kate McCann avoids the worst of Anne Enright’s criticism although the author says ‘disliking the McCanns is an international sport’”

Page 3: In her essay Disliking The McCanns, Enright notes: “I find Gerry’s need to ‘influence the investigation’ more provoking than her [Kate’s] flat sadness, or the very occasional glimpse of wounded narcissism that flecks her public appearance… The language he uses is more appropriate to a corporate executive than to a desperate father…But we are all used to the idea of corporations lying to us…”

Mrs Enright has not been to Portugal to work on the case. Not yet

THE TIMES pages 6 and 7: “‘It is time to discard the myths and half-truths. She was taken.'” So says David Canter.
THE GUARDIAN and THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine news today

Fat Portuguese women to blame for Kate’s pain

Posted: 18th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,432)

Madeleine McCann: Fat Portuguese Wives To Blame For Kate McCann

PAULO Reis writes on Madeleine McCann:

According to Bel Mooney, from the Daily Mail, “Portuguese police suspected” of Kate McCann, since the beginning, because “their wives were telling them she looked too controlled, did not weep enough.”

The “cultural difference” between Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, where “young mothers quickly come to look like overblown roses, their child-bearing settling comfortably around their hips” explains why “it’s hard not to imagine Portuguese women murmuring to their husbands that this British woman is – yes – much too skinny.”

So, the wives of Portuguese detectives “would be instinctively prejudiced against Kate for not looking like them, as well as because her self-control was alien to a culture which traditionally hangs its emotions out like washing on lines”, writes Bel Mooney.

And a question that makes sense, for the Daily Mail columnist, is if the “Portuguese attitude insidiously affect the views of the wider world, tapping into innate expectation of how mothers are ‘supposed’ to be…”

Source: Paulo

Posted: 18th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (75)

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann Not Busted, Gerry’s Computer And Dead DNA

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

THE SUN front page: “MADDIE SENSATION – COPS SEIZE GERRY’S COMPUTER. Swoop as he says: “She may be dead”

Not Gerry McCann’s home computer, rather one he used while in Portugal

Page 5: “PROBE ON PC” – The computer is said to have been “hired” (the Sun’s quotation marks) by “cardiologist” Gerry. Thrillingly, the computer “could contain correspondence with high-profile supporters such as David Beckham, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling”

“Kate’s mum: She’s being persecuted for looking like a waif” – “Waif-like” Kate McCann’s mother Susan Healy hears her daughter tell her: “If I weighed another 2st, had a bigger bosom and looked more maternal people would be more sympathetic”

Can she try?

Says Susan: “She has always had that kind of build and has never carried any weight”

Skinny-mum syndrome (look out for it in the Express)


Page 6: “PERSECUTION OF MY KATE” – “Pencil-thin” Kate is fells persecuted.

Says Susan: “Kate and Gerry are as innocent as you or I”

Well, not you, obviously

Says Susan’s husband Brian: “I have heard nothing yet to convince me that Madeleine is not still alive”

“’MADDY PROBABLY DEAD’” – Says Clarence Mitchell: “Gerry and Kate are realistic enough to know there’s a probability she is dead”

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – PARENTS CAR HID A CORPSE. It was under carpet in boot say police”

“Bodily fluids” have been found in the Renault Scenic used by the McCanns in Portugal. Says a source: “These are bodily fluids that could only come from a corpse. Police are waiting for the results to confirm the identity of the DNA

More DNA. More tests. More talk about DNA tests

Pages 2 and 3: Says a source, they are “innocent. And: “If evidence like this had been found the implications would be serious. Let’s just say they would not be sitting at their home in Leicestershire”

Comments Clarence Mitchell: “We simply cannot comment on unsubstantiated reports”

“She probably IS dead, say parents”. Kate and Gerry are “anguished”. Clarence Mitchell says Kate and Gerry believe Madeleine is “out there and may still be alive”. Or dead

“New hunt for body of Madeleine in massive Wilderness Reservoir” – Police at the Barragem da Bravura

Page 4: “Madeleine mother: People would show more sympathy if I had a bigger bosom”


Page 9: “CORPSE ‘WAS HIDDEN IN McCANN HIRE CAR – ‘Body is boot’ DNA shocker”

“Poster bid for clues” – The McCanns have launched a new drive to find their daughter. Posters. The letter Os have been turned into Madeleine’s distinctive eye. Brand McCann. Have you see her?

“Sick Maddie gag” – Channel 4’s Bremner, Bird and Fortune made a joke, saying Gordon Brown would find Madeleine on the eve of a general election

DAILY MAIL front page: “KATE McCANN – I’m persecuted for not looking like a mother”

Page 5: “Kate ‘is persecuted for not looking like a typical mother’” – She is not in a typical situation

Says Susan Healy: “she is a very sensitive, caring person and one of the most maternal people I know – she puts me to shame”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 13: “Parents were naïve to leave Madeleine alone”

Says Susan Healy: Her daughter and son-in-law had acting “out of naivety” in leaving their children alone while they went to dinner

THE TIMES page 13: “Why I’m being persecuted, by Kate McCann”

Not quite the interview the headline alludes to. Just more words on Kate McCann’s slimness
THE INDEPENDENT and THE GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news today

Picture: T-shirt available in sizes 3-4 (scaring the children)

Posted: 17th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,177)

Madeleine McCann: Russian Mafia, Paedo Pics, Richard Branson PI

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Madeleine: Kidnap link to Russian mafia gang”

Page 7: “Madeleine may have been kidnapped by an international paedophile network
Linked to Russia and lawless former Soviet states”

Any evidence?

Says an “expert”: “They especially target blonde children and there are strong grounds to believe that Madeleine might well be a victim” – She blonde; she’s a child; she’s a blonde child; etc.

Says a source: “Madeleine is a pretty blonde child who unfortunately fits the profile of these evil perverts”

As the Express notes: “The Algarve has a growing Russian community” – Such is the evidence


Page 9: “NO SIGN OF MADDIE IN PAEDO PICS” – Portuguese police have looked through the pictures seized in Operation Predator and fond no shots of Madeleine

Says a source close to the McCanns: “They’re town between relief that she’s not in the clutches of a paedophile ring and dismay thaty the investigation has hit another brickcwall”

“Blonde in coat hunted by cops” – A blonde women in a coat was seen “lurking” outside the McCanns holiday appartment. Who is she? There i talk of a “child sex gang”

DAILY MAIL page 19: “Child porn police draw a blank in hunt for Maddie”

The McCanns are “both doctors”

Comments Clarence Mitchell: “We are unable to comment on anything that goes to the heart of this investigation.” But: “However it does sound as if one avenue of investigation has been closed”


DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Richard Branson defends Madeleine’s parents”

Branson has already donated £100,000 to help fund Gerry and Kate McCann’s legal team.

Says he on NBC’s Today Show: “Imagine your child gets stolen from you, you go through all the hell that comes with that, then when the Portuguese police cannot find the person who has stolen it they (sources) start placing stories in the press, each one of which is shown to be unfounded a week or two later but by then they have spread around the world”


“They had no proper legal representation and so I felt it was important they got the top Portuguese and British lawyer on board so that they could get the truth out

“I think over the last month since that has happened the tide has turned and people generally accept around the world that the Portuguese police and press overstepped their mark”

A child is missing…

THE GUARDIAN, THE INDEPENDENT, THE TIMES and DAILY MIRROR (a first): No Madeleine news today

Posted: 16th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,268)

Madeleine McCann: Reservoir Of Wilderness, Altar Images And Bravura

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


It is no longer the “HUNT FOR MADELEINE”

“MADDIE COPS DRAG LAKE” – Portuguese police are looking over a lake dubbed the “Reservoir of Wilderness”

Page 6: “Maddie hunt switches to Reservoir of Wilderness – PARENT’S DISMAY AS DIVERS CALLED IN”

The lake is Barragem da Bravura. It is 15 miles from Praia da Luz. It is “desolate”. It is a “beauty spot”. Says the Sun: “It is not thought the cops are acting on any specific intelligence”

Says a source: “It would be tragedy for Kate and Gerry…They want the cloud is suspicion lifted form them.”

The McCanns are in church. Pictures on their missing daughter are in “pride of place” on the altar. The McCann children see them and point, saying: “There’s Madeleine, there’s Madeleine”


Page 5: “Teams trawl lake and beaches in Madeleine search”

“Her parents are innocent, insists nanny” – Nanny Catriona Baker is a “key witness”. She worked at the Ocean Club when the McCanns were there. She saw a man acting “suspiciously”. But she was not with the McCanns when the McCanns raised the alarm

“Murat suspect status ‘will be lifted’” – Says the suspect Robert Murat’s lawyer: “It’s possible that in the next four weeks his status will be cleared because we will have reached six months since he has been a suspect in the case…In some complex cases it can be up to year before suspects are cleared”. It’s up to the District Attorney

DAILY MIRROR page 7: “IS MADELEINE HIDDEN HERE? Cops to search isolated reservoir for body”

The water is called Reservoir da Brevura, and should not be confused with the Sun’s Reservoir da Bravura. These are the tabloid facts

Clarence Mitchell says: “They are realistic enough to know Madeleine may dead”

DAILY MAIL page 5: “Starting from scratch. Madeleine police go back to basics and begin searching forests and reservoir”

The Sun says, according to Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias, the search is “linked to mobile phone calls made by the McCanns and their friends” (see the Sun’s “no specific evidence”)

Portuguese police have drafted in two analysts known as ‘The Cleaner’. They can help ‘The Locator’, ‘The Equaliser’ and ‘The Supercop’


Although not the rocks they already searched under – it is all rocks within a 10-mile radius of the Ocean Club

THE TIMES page 13: “Madeleine investigators launch new search in vicinity of resort” – within a nine-mile radius of the Ocean Club, including the Bravura dam

Kate McCann is pictured on her way to church

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 13: “Police plan reservoir trawl for Madeleine as hunt team triples”

THE GUARDIAN and THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine news today

Posted: 15th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (962)

Madeleine McCann: The Observer, The Locator And Bloody Footprints

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

MAIL ON SUNDAY: “Madeleine: Bloody footprint found in McCanns’ apartment”

“A bloody footprint was found in Kate and Gerry McCann’s apartment, matching a print on their hire car, according to a forensic report” shown to the paper
“The existence of the two marks, which has never been revealed until today, is apparently at the heart of renewed suspicion that the couple were involved in their daughter’s disappearance”

So it’s her blood. This is rightly headline news…

“New tests carried out at the Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham show there is a ‘moderate’ chance that the blood belonged to Madeleine. But the results are inconclusive”

So it might not be Madeleine’s blood. It could belong to anyone. Hold the front page. Too late…

Clarence Mitchell comments: “We simply cannot comment on unsubstantiated reports that touch on any evidence at the centre of this inquiry”

SUNDAY EXPRESS front page: “Bloody footprint clue to mystery of Madeline”


“Police have been told Kate KNEW instantly little Madeleine had been snatched because there was still a clear imprint of the youngster left in the unruffled bed sheets”

Says a..?

A source tells us: “People keep asking how did Kate know so quickly that Madeleine had been taken and not just walked out. But it’s obvious. When she put Maddie to bed the child was all tucked up around the shoulders, and when Kate realised she was gone all the sheets were still neatly in place.

“A child of that age wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed without moving a thing. Someone had clearly been in and carefully lifted her out. Kate realised that right away.

“This evidence must now refocus the police attention. Kate and Gerry should be released from their suspect status”

Because a “source” close to the suspect says so…


“Portuguese police are becoming increasingly convinced Madeleine McCann’s body was dumped at sea”

But the bloody footprint..?

“Last night nanny Charlotte Pennington told how she saw a sailor kicking at something in the hull of his vessel in Praia da Luz” two days after Madeleine went missing”

Says Charlotte: “I’m really pleased they are taking this seriously because it means they aren’t just looking at the McCanns as suspects”

A “source” says: “Whoever had the expertise to make Madeleine disappear from the flat also had the expertise to throw her into the sea”

Or take her to Morocco, Belgium, Spain etc…


It is an “EXCLUSIVE” (see Sunday Mirror above) Charlotte Pennington speaks out

“Little Madeleine McCann was dumped at sea hours after she was snatched from her family’s Portuguese holiday apartment, police believe”

“Cardiologist Gerry and GP Kate vigorously deny the police allegations against them” – the facts!

TAKING HEART: “Gerry and Kate McCann put on brave faces yesterday as they took their little twins to a special children’s service at their village church. They then returned to their £600,000 home nearby” – More facts!

THE TIMES: “McCann case detective faces ‘torture’ trial”

Tavares Almeida, who interviewed Kate McCann, is “one of three officers accused of beating Virgolino Borges, a railway worker, during nearly eight hours of interrogation”. Read more here

But he is only accused, and not proven guilty. He is a suspect

THE OBSERVER: “The readers’ editor on… DNA and the hunt for Madeleine”

The Guardian reports on Danie Krugel: The Locator –“It’s also disappointing that this appeared in the newspaper that was first to discount the wilder DNA theories that swirled around the Madeleine inquiry last month, theories that are now largely discredited”

McCANN Watch: In an article about, er, Gordon Brown, Mariella Fostrup works in The McCanns: “Does anyone remember St Diana, currently back in the headlines, being vilified as a loose cannon by all and sundry just weeks before her death led to her canonisation? How many times have Kate and Gerry McCann found themselves riding the metronome of public opinion back and forth between monsters and maligned victims?”

Enlightening stuff


Posted: 14th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (686)

Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat Speaks, Bin Laden Sought And The Grassy Knoll

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


“The new head of the Madeleine McCann investigation is bringing in a team of CSI-style murder specialists to crack the case”

It’s time to let the actors lose on the case. CSI Praia da Luz

Clarence Mitchell says: “These are fresh eyes, for which they are grateful. The development is welcomed by the family. If the new team are experts in homicide then hopefully Mr Rebelo can eliminate Kate and Gerry as suspects”

How? Kate and Gerry McCann are suspects in the disappearance of their daughter who, according to speculation, has been abducted/killed/drowned/the victim of an accident and much more

DAILY MAIL: “Madeleine: ‘Arguido’ Murat begs police to clear him of suspicion”

Robert Murat tells BBC News: “It’s five months, my savings have gone, Mum is doing what she can, it is just very, very difficult”

His cousin Sally Eveleigh, who runs a guesthouse in Portugal, says:
“Five months down the line, he hasn’t heard from the police for three months, and there’s no evidence against him. He hasn’t seen his daughter for over five months. He has no finances now, all his savings are gone and he needs to rebuild his life, I mean, his life is on hold”

Can we have a whip round? Can the McCanns help?

DAILY MIRROR: “Leave me alone to find my daughter”

“Tormented Kate McCann” demands “Leave me alone to find my Madeleine”

“Desperate Kate” says: “Haven’t I suffered enough without all these new lies coming out?”

Well, not exactly the words of Kate McCann, rather her Kate’s mother-in-law Eileen McCann’s take on things.

Eileen says: “They are destroying Kate and they are destroying us. They are destroying Kate and they are destroying us. All Kate is asking for is to be left alone to continue searching for her daughter. We have seen her cry every night and every day for Madeleine. All she wants is to have her back. She still has hope. A piece of Kate’s heart has been torn away. It is very, very hard for her and we worry about how she is bearing up.

“It is a living nightmare…It is the ultimate nightmare. She looks so frail and so desperate and at times seems like a broken women. Behind closed doors she cries and cries”

Desperate stuff. But how does this insight advance the search for Madeleine?


“The body of missing Madeleine McCann could lie by the church where her parents prayed for her safe return”

We are back to Our Lady of Light chapel in Praia da Luz

And – get this: Police “spent part of yesterday examining a grassy knoll on the hillside site that was the resort’s cemetery before a new one was opened nearby”

Any who sees a battered white Fiat Uno should tell the authorities

THE SUN: CSI: “Portugal for Maddie cops”

“The appointments of four of the country’s most elite investigators – experts in murder, manslaughter and data cross-referencing – more than doubles the manpower on the team”

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “New Madeleine McCann chief steps up hunt”

“There has also been a renewed police presence in Praia da Luz, with officers spotted on the beach, in the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared and around the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns and their friends stayed”

The police are stepping up their efforts?

Mark Williams-Thomas, a former Surrey Police child protection officer who worked on the Sarah Payne murder inquiry, says the new approach was ‘textbook’. Says he: “For a long time now the investigation has lacked direction and impetus and [Paulo] Rebelo has brought that back. You wonder why they didn’t bring him in earlier”

Mr Williams-Thomas is not working on the McCann case, just talking about it

Clarence Michelle says: “In a normal world, the results [of DNA test] would go back to police who would assess them and that would be it. In this twilight zone we are operating in, whatever comes back will be leaked and exaggerated and the McCanns are fearful about that.”

And: “They want developments like everyone else and if they are required to go back to assist with the inquiry then of course they will”

Well, they are named suspects

THE GUARDIAN: “After Madeleine, why not Bin Laden?”

“Danie Krugel is an ex-policeman in South Africa who believes he can pinpoint the location of missing people anywhere on the map. He does this by using his special magic box, which works through something to do with ‘quantum physics’, but you aren’t allowed to know any more than that: these are ‘complex and secret science techniques’, driven by a ‘secret energy source’ driving a ‘matter orientation system machine’. By simply popping a strand of the missing person’s hair – or some other source of DNA – into his box of tricks, Krugel can pinpoint that person’s location, anywhere”

Madeleine McCann: Danie Krugel Is The Locator

Krugel volunteered to help the McCanns. The McCanns sent him a strand of Madeleine’s hair. He knows where she is. Ben Goldacre wonders:

“It’s amazing, of course, and the military applications alone are incredible. Why not find Bin Laden, every house burglar in Britain, and Lord Lucan too? In fact, if it works, this machine is a guaranteed Nobel prize winner, and in the meantime, psychic debunker James Randi has a million dollar prize for anyone who can demonstrate paranormal powers like these. Krugel’s claims fit the bill perfectly. Why not use the device to locate Randi, and claim his million?”

So it works?

“Meanwhile here is Krugel in a South African documentary on his work finding missing children. ‘If you get a signature sample of something … let’s call it organic or non-organic … a very small sample. I have developed a method to use that small sample and to create data that I use to search for its origin. So you transmit and you receive.’
“Is there anything metaphysical involved? Are you psychic?” Krugel: “I’m a Christian and I put it clearly … this is science, science, science!”

And we await those DNA results

THE TIMES and THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine news today

Posted: 13th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,026)

Madeleine McCann Watch: Ben Affleck Releases

MADELEINE McCann watch: Ben Affleck, star of Gigi, Jersey Girl, one half of the straight-to-video relationship called Beniffer,  the man who uttered the line “Not anxious to die sir, just anxious to matter” as Pearl Harbor exploded, is directing his first film. It’s called gone Baby Gone.

Says Ben in the Telegraph: “Disney UK made the decision to postpone the movie but I absolutely support it and I’m pleased by what I think is erring on the side of good taste.

“There’s no rush. It’s obviously a sensitive time and if there are any similarities we can wait to distribute the movie in the UK.

“I was only vaguely aware of the Madeleine case because it wasn’t a big thing here in the United States. Maybe I’m out of it because I don’t read many newspapers, but I didn’t really know much about it until somebody said, ‘Hey, there may be some similarities’.”

That’s right. Affleck is making a film – a work of fiction – that may be a bit like the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Ben is nothing if not sensitive.

Anyone traumatised by Afflecks’s performance in car accident movie Changing Lanes, who is a devout Christian and found Dogma offensive or who fears impending Armageddon can applaud Ben’s actions…

Posted: 12th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (34)

Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCann Protests, DNA And Slurs

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

THE SUN front page: “COPS’ SHOCK NEW CLAIMS – Gerry is NOT Maddie’s dad”

Page 7: “ANGRY GERRY SLAMS COP RUMOURS – I’m Maddie’s fathr..100%”

Kate and Gerry are “horrified and distressed” at the suggestion. The Sun says that both Kate and Gerry are “GPs”.

The allegations are “outrageous” and were made in Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas. The paper says: “The English found the biological father and concluded he had nothing to do with Madeleine’s disappearance.”

And this means: “There is absolutely no chance her paternal profile could be confused with her twin siblings”

Says Clarence Mitchell (not Madeleine’s father): “Due to further unwarranted, unsubstantiated and totally inaccurate speculation in the Portuguese press” Gerry and Kate have authorised me to make the following statement”

A confession? A denial?

“For the record Gerry McCann is the biological father of his daughter Madeleine, a reports suggesting otherwise is nothing short of lies. It is indeed an absolutely untrue fabrication”

Not a true fabrication, eh? And not one the British press would mention, unless it was to show readers how bad those Portuguese are


Says who? “Says Portugal’s top policeman”

Police chief Alipio Riberio (Zooks!) says: “The investigation will continue to proceed along the lines it has proceeded until now” – He is following procedure

Page 9: “’New DNA test result will show us the truth’” – Julie Evans, who works for “one of Britain’s leading hair analysis providers, says “It is very difficult to detect the presence of sedatives in recovered hair strands”. Like the hair strands found in the McCanns’ car? Yes. And no, Julie is not working on the McCann case

DAILY MIRROR page 7: “McCanns ‘still chief suspects”

Alipio Ribeiro says: “All lines of investigation are open and will continue to be open until we have more clarity on the case”

DAILY MAIL page 5: “I am Maddie’s dad!”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “We have up to a year to sue and we will do…But they plan to sue 24 horas and any other media outlets that prints these claims as soon as the official s8epcts status is lifted.”

Any other media out that prints the claims will be sued? For what? Presenting the claims as fact or presenting them as news as reported in the Portuguese press, and allowing Gerry McCann space to issue his denial? And first they have to sue Sandra Felgueiras


Page 7: “GERRY: I AM MADDIE’S DADDY – Family fury over IVF ‘lies’”

Gerry is a “heart surgeon”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 13: “Paternity ‘slur’ angers McCanns”


Posted: 12th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,628)

Madeleine McCann: Ben Needham Is Missing, Operation Predator And Maddie’s Cops

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “McCanns warn: We’ll sue over claims we drugged our children”

Page 7: “Madeleine parents: We have never sedated our children” – The “slurs” are “outrageous” and “hurtful”.

The theory that they sedated all of their children is a “wild theory”. It appears in Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas, a source for “some of the more outlandish reporting”. The Express reproduces the outlandish reporting for its readers to digest and marvel at

“Grim hunt for images as child-porn ring is smashed” – Operation Predator is a clamp down on child porn in Portugal. A friend of the McCanns says: “This shows the scale of the problem in Portugal and appears to show that the Portuguese police seem to be looking in the right direction. It may provide vital leads”

But the raids were not directly connected with the Madeleine case. Operation Predator was six months in the planning

THE SUN front page: “Maddie: cop raid on pervs”

Page 7: “McCANNS’ DELIGHT AT PAEDO SWOOP” – Kate and Gerry McCann are “encouraged” that 300 Portuguese police “smashed” a 80-strong paedophile ring

“’FIND OUR KIDS TV’” – Kate and Gerry have backed a TV channel that features the 150,000 UK children that go missing each year. Pictures of missing children will be shown at GP surgeries, shopping malls and hospitals

Page 37: “MISSING BEN AGONY – We were too working class to get help like Maddie’s family” – The mother of Ben Needham, who disappeared 16 years ago on the Greek island of Kos – sees haves and have nots

“I was 19,” says Kerry Grist. “Just an ordinary girl from a council estate and people thought, ‘She will just go away in a few months, have another child and forget about it…I don’t think people thought Ben was important enough.” Or the media didn’t…

Kate McCann is a doctor. Gerry McCann is a heart specialist. Both Madeleine and Ben are blonde

DAILY MAIL page 5: “Huge porn swoop offers hope of a Maddie clue”

“Could Ben still be alive?” – Ben Needham disappeared from near his grandparents’ farm house

Says Mrs Grist, Ben’s mum: “Madeleine’s parents are middle class people with important jobs and seemed to have had a publicity machine behind them straight away”


A pal of Kate McCann says: “She could not tear herself away [from Portugal]. What mother could leave the place where her daughter vanished? …If she had something to hide why would she hang around in Praia da Luz waiting for the police to come knocking on the door?”

We don’t know. Why?


Madeleine McCann does not have her own police force – not yet. But the police working on one case are Portuguese, like the police in her case. It’s an “EXCLUSIVE”

Page 7: “MADDIE COPS RAID PAEDOS” – The Star sees Gerry McCann leaving his home in a car. “STRAIN” reads the caption

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 17: “Madeleine police turn spotlight back on paedophiles”

“Missing children TV hopes to jog patients’ memories” – Ben Needham is missing. Xiao Xiao is missing. Lee Thomas Wedge is missing. Leanna Petrenko is missing. Abigaile Sommerville is missing. Andrew Paul Gosden is missing

THE INDEPENDENT page 24: “Mother in plea to missing son” – Ben Needham is missing

THE TIMES page 11: “Madeleine police return to kidnap theory”

German and Dutch police are believed to have been asked to trace and interview guests staying at the Ocean Club when Madeleine went missing

THE GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news today

Posted: 11th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,683)

Madeleine McCann: Paulo Rebelo, Six More Kids And Clarence Mitchell Says

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


Three Portuguese police are looking over the McCanns’ holiday apartment

Page 11: “FINALLY..THEY GET IN THEIR TOP MAN” – Paulo Rebelo is on the case.

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry hope Mr Rebelo will now work to eliminate them from the inquiry as suspects and will then be in a position to refocus his team in the search for Madeleine”

First things first. Prioritise

Mitchell goes on: “Clearly we hope that a new head of the inquiry will work to ensure the unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations surrounding the case will now end”

The Mirror says it is “claimed four more children were in the McCanns’ holiday flat on the night Madeleine vanished”

THE SUN front page: “6 kids in flat with Maddie says ‘tec”

Page 6: “MADDIE TEC’S BIZARRE NEW CLAIM – 7 kids left in McCann flat as doc pals dined”

Paul Rebelo is Portugal’s “number 2 cop”. He is not Portugal’s “top man” (Mirror), but at least whoever that is can help with the case should Rebelo fails to produce a body

Jane Moore: “Keep Diana oddballs away from Diana” – one mysterious blonde looks very much like another

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Madeleine: Seven children were sleeping in McCann apartment, claim police”

Page 9: “Another amazing claim by the police: Other couples’ children were in Madeleine’s apartment”

It is a “bombshell”. It could “destroy the credibility of the group – now dubbed the Tapas Nine” – who say their own children were in their own family apartments

Clarence Mitchell says: “If you put seven children together, you’re going to have a far harder time getting them to sleep then three”

We await a re-enactment

Says a “high-ranking Policia Judicaria officer: “Unless we are dealing with a sexual predator who had been following this little girl for quite some time, which is not probable because they had only been in the Algarve for six days, it would be highly unlikely she [Madeleine] would be chosen. In crimes of this nature, the criminals always look for younger children because they are easier to sell”

And easier to get off to sleep, right?

DAILY MAIL page 25: “Madeleine ‘was left in room with six other youngsters’”

“It’s utter rubbish,” says Clarence Mitchell

Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas tells of “significant evidence” that seven of the Tapas Nine’s eight children had been in the McCanns’ apartment on May 3

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE – COME BACK AND FIND BODY – new cop tells parents ‘return to Portugal’”

The McCanns have been “ordered back to Portugal”

Page 7: “Parents and pals face quiz on damning evidence – NEW MADDIE COP: BRING THEM BACK TO PORTUGAL NOW”

Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson, who “snared Soham killer Ian Huntley”, is in Portugal. He’s making a show for Channel 4. It’s on the telly tonight. Will he crack the case in time for a live! sensation?

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 11: “Police in fresh search for McCanns’ apartment”

Seven Portuguese officers are in the flat – or three, as the Mirror reports

The McCanns have hired their own forensic experts to challenge any DNA evidence linking them to their daughter’s disappearance

THE TIMES front page: “Madeleine: DNA tests for British tourists”

Detectives in Praia da Luz want all British tourists who were there when Madeleine McCann disappeared to provide DNA samples and fingerprints

Page 3: “Madeleine detectives ask for British tourists’ DNA” – this “suggests that detectives cannot rule out the possibility that a stranger might have stolen the child from her bed”

Robert Murat is not mentioned

THE GUARDIAN and THE INDEPENDENT: No Madeleine news today

Posted: 10th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,463)

Madeleine McCann: DNA Jigsaw, Torture And The Twilight Zone

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE DNA PUTS PARENTS IN FRAME. British experts insist their tests are valid”

Page 7: “DNA tests ‘fill in more pictures of jigsaw’” – A source close to the investigation provides the headline quote. But what has been found is unsaid, and how it involves Kate and Gerry McCann

“New police chief is accused of torture” – Chief inspector Tavares Almeida is to face charges of “beating up a robbery suspect in custody”. The Express says this is a “torture scandal”. The alleged victim – who was accused of being part of a gang that sexually abused children and coerced them into violent muggings – was acquitted

Mr Almeida was dubbed “Kate’s Tormenter”, possibly by the Express today

DAILY MAIL page 8: “New DNA tests ‘put the McCanns back under suspicion’”

The McCanns, both “doctors” are said to be “extremely distressed by the claims”


“Investigation in tatters as second detective accused of violence”


British forensic scientists “are said to believe tests on fresh clues support earlier findings that led to the McCanns being declared suspects”


Clarence Michelle says: “We had reports that DNA had proved ‘inconclusive’ and even it had put the McCanns in the clear.”

Reports from whom is not reported

“Now there are reports that the DNA is making them look suspect. There are wholly innocent explanations for any material police may or may not have found. This just goes to show what a twilight zone we are operating in”

The Twilight Zone – wasn’t that the name of the TV show with the sting in the tail?

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: NW DNA DAMNS PARENTS. Brit police find shock evidence”

But they have not been arrested. The McCanns are just suspects. How is this damning?

Pages 8 and 9: “MADDIE: SHOCK NEW DNA CLUE TO PARENTS – Boffins say cops on the right trail”

“Torture rap cop” – Tavares Almeida is 48

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 9: “Portuguese police ‘right to focus on McCanns’”

A British source says “Everything that has emerged indicates that the investigation is focusing where it should”

A British detective says the case is being “done back to front” – the parents should have been looked at first. The mantra is: “Clear the ground from under your feet”


See The Tapas 9 Video here

Posted: 9th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,027)

Madeleine McCann: The Tapas Group’s Movements On Tape

PAULO Reis in Portugal writes on Madeleine McCann:

A team headed by two university professors has created a computer-animated video with the movements of the Tapas group, during the crucial hours, on May 3, before Kate McCann found Madeleine was missing. The two experts, Paulo Sargento and Paulo Gamito, based their study on time lines and statements from witnesses published by The Times, BBC and the Portuguese newspapers Público and Sol.

Paulo Sargento told TV channel SIC that after the McCann arrived at the restaurant, almost every 5 minutes there was somebody leaving the table…going out to the apartments or coming from that direction – 7 persons went out 14 times in a period of two hours.The criminal expert considered the possibility of a kidnap as “not consistent” with so many regular checkings. “It will be very difficult, there was a very short period of time” available for a kidnapper to act, without being spotted, he said. The team is now working on another virtual scenario: a walk from Ocean Club to the church.

Spotter: Paulo Reis

Posted: 9th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (140)

Madeleine McCann: Clouds, Krugels Matter Orientation System And In Morocco

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

THE SUN front page: “We’ll be Maddie suspects forever”

Friends says Kate and Gerry McCanns are under a “cloud of suspicion” that will never blow over

Page 11: “McCANNS: WE’LL BE SUSPECTS FOREVER” – Father Jose Pacheco – remember when he was missing? And was found? – says: “Police will find Maddie in the end”

Kate and Gerry McCann are “distraught”

Pages 4 and 5: “As DNA expert claims his device has pinpointed missing tot’s grave one mum warns the McCanns..DON’T TRUST THE BODYFINDER” – Danie Krugel knows where Madeleine’s body is buried

His knowledge, heralded as a sensational breakthrough over the weekend, now relies on a “bizarre DNA-tracking machine”. All hail the Matter Orientation System

Verenda Gouws says: “Don’t trust him.” Her son went missing. She gave Krugel a hair from her son’s razor. Says she: “I can’t say this machine doesn’t work – but I know for a fact it didn’t work for us”

DAILY MAIL front page:” MADELEINE – Kate fears mystery will never be solved”
Page 13: “Maddie’s mother fears mystery will never be solved” – If Madeleine is not found it would be a “nightmare”

A woman has spotted Madeleine in Morocco. A Spanish woman – again a Spanish woman; do all blonde children look alike to them? – says she saw Madeleine in a village
DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE PARENTS IN THE CLEAR – as new shock on DNA evidence”

So the nightmare is over. The cloud has passed

Says a source: “The tests which have taken place so far have proved inconclusive”
So they are in the clear. Or might not be. it is inconclusive

Page 9: “Fears for Kate’s health” – Kate McCanns looks “drained”. She is taking “vitamins”. She is being cooked her “favourite meals”. Kate has “not been seen to smile in public for several weeks”. Unless you look at the Mail and past pictures of Kate in happier times

DAILY STAR page 7: “MADDIE COPS GET HI-TECH ‘CRACKER’” – Portuguese police are using a computer programme. The software crunches the facts and pumps out an explanation

Portuguese criminologist Fancisco Moita Flores says the programme highlighted “inconsistencies” in statements received. “The essential fact is that the parents and the friends all lied in relation to the timings,” she says

Lied or were mistaken? The computer knows all. You cannot trick the computer. And if it works in this case it will work anywhere. Get it at police station near you and make the inventors from Lisbon University rich

THE TELEGRAPH page 11: “McCanns fear they will always remain under suspicion” – Danie Kruge says: “Dig here”


The Full Speculation

Posted: 8th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (948)

Portuguese Police Union Sues British Media Over Madeleine McCann

PAULO Reis in Portugal on Madeleine McCann:

The head of PJ detective’s union confirmed that a libel suit was filed against “two British Media organizations”, because of stories published that were considered defamatory of Poliícia Judiciária. “After we filled it, the British Media moved from attacks against the Portuguese Police to personal attacks against Criminal Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral”, said Carlos Anjos. “They are trying to undermine his credibility, either as a professional or as a individual, insulting him without even respecting his privacy and his family.” The PJ detective’s union president said they were in touch with Gonçalo Amaral and, if he wants to file also a libel suit, he will have the “full support of ASFIC.”

Carlos Anjos rejected accusations from British Media about the alleged incompetence of Portuguese Police, in Madeleine’s investigation, and referred the case of Rhys Jones, a 11-years-old boy who was shot on August 22: “After more than one month, British Police wasn’t able to arrest his killer. In this case, they have more than a dozen witnesses, but until now they have arrested 17 suspects and they sent them free, didn’t charged nobody”

Good to hear the investigation is getting somewhere.

Source: Gazeta Digital

Posted: 7th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (168)

Madeleine McCann: Danie Krugel Is The Locator, Gerry McCanns The Roof And Paedo Alert

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

NEWS OF THE WORLD front page: “Maddie was alive on beach”

“A renowned international manhunt expert, dubbed The Locator, sensationally revealed he has uncovered a telltale DNA trail left by snatched toddler Maddie McCann”

THE LOCATOR – in the papers and all over Praia da Luz from Sunday (see press for details). Anyone else see a made-for-TV series or a fly-on-the-wall documentary?

Ex-cop Danie Krugel has tracked the “forensic route” he believed her kidnapper took from her Madeleine’s Portuguese holiday apartment. It ends on the beach

Says Krugel: I spent four nights in July carrying out my searches. I’ve been able to trace where Madeleine was in the resort and have drawn a map which has been given to the police.

“I can’t reveal details as I don’t want to alert anyone who might try to disturb the scene. But I believe I’ve traced where she was taken that night and now it’s down to police to use their search experts to do the rest. The area to which my investigation led me is a difficult one to search”

Disturb the scene? The beach at a popular tourist destination made famous by the disappearance of a little girl? Yes, best not disturb that. And tell the wind and the tide to stop, too

A source “close” to the McCanns says: “The work of Mr Krugel should not be underestimated and gives great hope to Gerry and Kate. Many people have contacted the couple to try to help but while their hearts may be in the right place they just don’t have the expertise to be of assistance. But Mr Krugel has a proven record of finding people and his methods are extremely credible”

Like this credible helper. And this one. And this one. And this one…

And him. And him


• McCanns hire leading DNA expert
• He pinpoints area on local beach
• New cops urged to start digging

And fishing…

“Desperate Kate and Gerry McCann” sent a strand of Madeleine’s hair to South African police colonel Danie Krugel. The Locator has located the spot where Madeleine’s body is buried


“Anguished Gerry McCann sensationally split from the expert masterminding the worldwide hunt for his missing daughter Madeleine after she put in a whopping £20,000 overtime and expenses bill”

PR Justine McGuinness charged Gerry and wife Kate £51,000 for 89 days’ work. “Her basic fee was £350 a day, making a total of £31,000. And the rest was made up in overtime payments and expenses – including bar and restaurant bills”

A source says Gerry saw the bill and “hit the roof”. He was “livid”

So she went. And was replaced by Clarence Mitchell

“Gerry was the only one who wanted Clarence,” readers learn. “He was determined to get him after building a strong relationship with him in Portugal. But nobody else wanted him because he had given Kate and Gerry – what some of the family thought of as – questionable advice”

Can the McCanns’ PRs get a PR before their names and sullied?

SUNDAY EXPRESS front page: “New police chief turns screw on McCanns”

MAIL ON SUNDAY: “MPs demand record of child-tracking devices over paedophile fears”


“New laws to regulate the use of high-tech child-tracking devices are being called for by MPs amid fears they could be used by paedophiles and stalkers. The technology is aimed at parents wanting to keep tabs on their children after a series of high-profile child murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann”

Maybe all adults should be chipped instead? Or children paedo-proofed – why let it ruin your holiday?

THE TIMES: “Detective who suspected Kate and Gerry McCann may lead hunt”

Luis Neves, 41, is seen as a forerunner to replace Goncarlo Amaral as lead detective. He was seen by the McCanns as a “breath of fresh air” when he joined the inquiry team.

“But he later became convinced she had died in an accident in the McCanns’ apartment”

Or will it be Carlos do Carmo? He has no previous connection with the case, and was Amaral’s predecessor as director of the police in Portimao. The Times says he earned the respect of colleagues after bringing the killer of a police officer to justice

Who will it be: Carmo or Neves? Press your keypads now!

Or C: The British Supercop?

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: “Police have open minds, insists Kate McCann”

“Kate and Gerry McCann are ‘furious’ at Portuguese police claims that British detectives believe their missing daughter Madeleine is dead”

Says Kate McCann to friends: “The police have told us they have an open mind. Of course we accept it’s possible Madeleine may no longer be alive but we don’t know and nor do the police, so we have to do everything we can to find her”

Clarence Mitchell refuses to comment on “the latest unfounded, unsubstantiated rumours”

A source says: “”Quite how any child would die falling off a sofa is beyond me”
She fell off the sofa? Really…

THE OBSERVER: “Forensic DNA tests ‘reveal traces of Madeleine’s body on resort beach’”

“Retired” South African police superintendent Daniel Krugel is on the beach

Are you?

The Locations So Far

Posted: 7th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (716)

Madeleine McCann: Mum’s The Word, War Of Words And Woolfall PR

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE – Police wanted to lock up mum.”

(As noted yesterday, Kate McCann I snow billed as ‘mum’.)

“Kate McCann was just hours away from being locked up in a police cell, it emerged yesterday,” readers learn

“Detectives who interrogated the mother of missing Madeleine for more than 11 hours wanted her put behind bars after she refused to answer key questions.”

The police want to put the suspects behind bars, eh? Maybe they want to put all suspects behind bars, just to be safe? And swab them all, like they do in the UK, just to be safe?

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE IS DEAD: No doubts say British cops”
No doubts? Unless she is found alive, of course…

British police also believe it was right for the McCanns to be named as suspects by their Portuguese counterparts

A “senior British detective” says: “It was not a decision that would have been taken at all lightly. The English officers would have been fully aware of the implications of taking such a step and would have agonised over it. They knew they would effectively be casting a shadow of suspicion over a couple who have lost their daughter and who maintain they are entirely innocent victims of a heinous crime.

“The case is in the media spotlight. A wrong call would be exposed to worldwide condemnation. There is no way any officer would make that decision unless they believed it was wholly necessary as a crucial part of the investigation.’’

Good to know the British and Portuguese police are working together…

DAILY MAIL: “British police attack Portuguese ‘dirty tricks’ over Madeleine”


“British police entered the war of words over Madeleine McCann to deny Portuguese detectives’ claims that she was killed in her family’s holiday apartment. The Leicestershire force said it did not back the theory put forward by Portuguese detectives that the four-year-old died in the care of her parents, Gerry and Kate, which was leaked to a Portuguese newspaper this week.

“The daily Correio da Manha quoted unnamed sources as saying British officers believed the missing four-year-old’s corpse was hidden in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz”

A police source adds: “Leicestershire Constabulary have been careful not to offer an opinion as to what has happened to Madeleine as it is not party to all the evidence as it is not our investigation.”

Quite so. What is there to add? No new facts. No arrests. No body.

Says the Mail: “The move also highlighted the deep divisions between detectives in the McCanns’ home county and those in Portugal.”

A British source “linked to the inquiry” says: “It appears that Portuguese police are resorting to dirty tricks to divert attention from their troubled investigation

At last the papers are focusing on finding the missing girl…

DAILY MIRROR: “McCanns plea to talk as cop case collapses”

“The shambolic Portuguese investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has ground to a halt”

A source says: “There is little expectation of dramatic developments in the near future…There is no body and the chances of finding evidence to suggest that Madeleine’s corpse could have been stored then put in the boot of the McCanns’ car are fading fast. It means the police will have serious difficulties in convincing prosecutors of their theory – let alone a jury.

“Unless the Portuguese police have kept something pretty amazing up their sleeve they need a new witness or a major new discovery. Basically they’ve run out of evidence”

But what is this case about if not drama and sensation? Nothing should be ruled out.
Alipio Ribeiro, head of the Policia Judiciaria, reportedly told aides: “There is a crisis every day. This one is resolved, let’s see what tomorrow’s is”

He gets it

THE TIMES: “I saw Kate and Gerry McCanns’ despair and if they were acting they deserved an Oscar – The PR expert who advised Madeleine’s parents in the first weeks of her disappearance offers a new insight into their state of mind”

Alex Woolfall is a public relations consultant for the Ocean Club, Praia da Luz. He met the McCanns. He is an expert in “crisis PR” – just what the case needs. And who can trust if not a PR?

“I was struck at the perception of people who had watched Kate and Gerry: that they were very controlled and perhaps were not responding in a way people thought would be more natural. They were not at all controlled. When I was with them, they were between being completely distraught and trying to do what they felt was the right thing”

PR crisis averted. Now to find Madeleine…


Posted: 6th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (656)

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann Becomes Mum

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


“For the first time she reveals her torment” – Kate gives the papers what they want: tears

Pages 6 and 7: “Madleine’s mum: I can’t stop crying” – Kate McCann is no longer Kate McCann; she is above all things Madeleine’s mum

“Obviously nothing can compare with the night Madeleine went missing,” says mum. And Gerry – dad’s – worst moment? “I think when we were made suspects in our own daughter’s disappearance – when the inference was that Madeleine was dead and that, somehow, we were involved…”


“But, no it can’t get any worse than that first night…”

DAILY MAIL page 7: “Some days I just can’t stop the tears, says Maddie’s mother”

“Second police chief quits the case” – Tavares Almeida has followed his boss Goncarlo Amaral and left the business of Madeleine McCann to another lucky Portuguese cop

DAILY MIRROR front page: “KATE McCANN SPEAKS AS NEVER BEFORE..Every day felt like a week”

Page 5: “Being named suspects, the idea that we were involved, was terrible. But NOTHING can compare to the trauma of the first night our Madeleine went missing”

Kate is a “locum GP”. Gerry is a “heart specialist”. These are the facts. And they remain unaltered

The couple give an interview as they visit the offices of the Leicester Mercury newspaper, where they are presented with a cheque for £57,000 from the sales of the Madeleine wristbands

THE SUN front page: “KATE’S MADDIE ORDEAL – NOTHING’S AS BAD AS THAT NIGHT. Mum tells of torment”

Page 6: “I weep for Maddie…but we still have hope”

Says Kate McCann: “I’ve had days when if I wasn’t crying for Madeleine, I was crying from the messages people have sent us”

The McCanns “say their lowest point…was when Portuguese police declared them ‘arguidos’ – formal suspects over their daughter’s disappearance”. So not the night Madeleine disappeared, as the Express says?

Gerry is a “cardiologist”

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE – Kate: I cry for my daughter every day”

Page 8 and 9: “Finding Maddie had gone was far worse than being named suspect in killing”

THE TIMES page 14: “The twins are the only part of our lives that are normal”

Kate McCann says: “There is a semblance of normality returning. It’s more normal than it was three weeks ago, Amelie and Sean can see that. But really how can it be normal without Madeleine?”

THE INDEPENDENT page 8: “Second officer steps own from Madeleine inquiry” – Tavares Almeida. Bad Times, as Tavares were wont to say

THE GUARDIAN page 15: “Sacked Madeleine detective’s deputy seeks leave” – Senor Tavares. (Heaven Must be Missing An Angel)


Page 3: “The McCanns have kept Madeleine’s room the same as it was. The twins are allowed in for a few minutes – “Otherwise, the door remains closed most of the time”

Detectives make notes.

Posted: 5th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (855)

Madeleine McCann: Back To Portugal, A Scapegoat And Super Cop

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Madeleine: McCanns vow ‘We’ll go back to Portugal’”

Page 9: “Kate and Gerry: We’ll fly back to Portugal”

A source says the McCanns would like to meet Goncarlo Amaral’s successor leading the investigation. And: “We would not presume to tell the Portuguese police how to do their jobs”. So what will they talk about?

On Mr Amaral, a source tells Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, the man was “a scapegoat for the English”.

The Express says Gerry is a “consultant cardiologist”. Kate is a “part-time GP”. Such are the facts



A source says: “We do hope that the change will re-energise and refocus the hunt for Madeleine”

THE SUN pages 14 and 15: “He was boozy, incompetent and convinced the McCanns killed we say to sacked police chief Amaral: “GOOD RIDDANCE”

Readers see the “Cop’s café…restaurant where Amaral spouted his nonsense.” He is a “hapless plod”. He has thick forearms. “It seems he spent most of that time conjuring up countless malicious explanations for Madeleine’s disappearance”. You spend too long with tabloid hacks, you run the risk of going native


Page 11: “Snub Portugal till brains are put on Maddie case”

Kelvin Mackenzie wants Britishers to boycott Portugal

DAILY MAIL page 30: “Now focus on finding Maddie, her parents tell police” – The McCanns have “welcomed the sacking” of Mr Amaral. But they will not comment on the, er, case

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE – Sarah Payne cop to join in hunt”

Page 9: “GET SARAH COP TO FIND MADDIE – ‘Ace British detective will crack the case’”

Dept Supt Alan Ladley is a “super cop”. He nailed Roy Whiting for the murder of seven-year-old Sarah Payne. A source says: “They want a successful copper and he could be just the man”

A British wooden top could head the Portuguese investigating team. He will show them how to clear crime up and make Portugal a crime-free idyll, like the UK

DAILY EXPRESS page 15: “Madeleine case in disarray after sacking” – Says Clarence Mitchell: “There have been so many distractions, so many unsubstantiated allegations swirling around all of this out there and repeated here in Britain”


All the news, all the views

Posted: 4th, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,156)

Madeleine McCann: Amaral Policing, Secrets Out And EastEnders

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


Page 9: “Madeleine detective kicked off case after blasting British police” – Chief inspector Goncalo Amaral says: “The British police have only been working on what the McCann couple want them to and what suits them.”

Says Amaral: “The Ocean Club is in Praia da Luz, not in London…It won’t be an email, and an anonymous one at that, which will distract our line of investigation.”

Mr Amaral is making reference to the email sent to the official website of the Prince of Wales last week claming a vengeful nanny had abducted Madeleine.

Pages 30 and 31: “HAIR-RAISING TRUTH ABOUT THE PSYCHIC BARBER – During the day Gordon Smith cuts hair, at night he claims he communes with the spirits. So does he really think he can help the McCanns find Madeleine?”

THE WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER confirms that former EastEnders actress Michelle Collins is a “BELIEVER”.

DAILY MAIL page 7: “Off the case. Madeleine police chief demoted after amazing rant against McCanns and British detectives”

Say Amaral: “They [the English] have been investigating tip-offs and information created and worked upon by the McCanns”



Page 11: “If Maddie IS dead she will tell me where he body is” – Says Gordon Smith

DAILY MIRROR front page: “Maddy copper is axed”

Page 7: “OFF THE CASE – Boozy cop is demoted after furious outburst against the McCanns”

THE SUN page 7: “MADDIE COP FIRED FOR McCANNS RANT – storm as bungler says family duped Brit police”

Comments Clarence Mitchell: “I can confirm that Kate and Gerry are aware of this development but we cannot comment”

THE GUARDIAN page 7: “Detective leading hunt for Madeleine sacked after blast at UK police” – Mr Amaral is 47. He has been demoted. He is 48 in the Sun. Such are the facts

Carols Pinto de Abreu, the McCanns’ Portuguese lawyer, says: “The McCanns cannot confess to something they did not do and cannot and should not lie to please the police”

THE INDEPENDENT page 8: “Detective leading Madeleine hunt dropped from case after outburst” – Amaral is being investigated over an alleged attack on the mother of a different missing girl. Read about that here

THE TIMES front page: “Detective in charge of McCann case sacked”
Page 9: “Madeleine detective sacked after outburst”

Alipio Ribeiro, Amaral’s boss, says: “The police should be discreet and keep quiet, but there is always someone who talks” – So much for those secrecy laws

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 15: “Madeleine inquiry chief sacked after attack on British police”

A “family friend” of the McCanns says: “What he [Mr Amaral] is saying is just plain wrong. Leicestershire Police are not doing anything on Kate and Gerry’s behalf. They are simply there for liaison. There is certainly no strategy to distract form the Portuguese investigation”

What investigation?

The Chatter So Far

Posted: 3rd, October 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,208)