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: 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

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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

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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…


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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.

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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

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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

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Madeleine McCann: ‘Bad Dad’ Gerry McCann, The Psychic Barber And Drugs

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Madeleine was drugged but it was by kidnapper says her grandmother.”

Page 9: “Madeleine’s family: She was drugged…but not by parents.”

Eileen McCann, Gerry’s mother – says: “I really believe they [whoever took her] gave her a drug. There is no way they carried her out of there without her waking. If she was taken when she was sleeping by somebody she did not know, she would have screamed the place down.”

Alternatively, she was taken by someone she did know? Or Mrs McCann is just speculating.

“’BAD DAD’ GERRY” – Carlos Anjos, head of the Portuguese Police Federation, says Gerry, “a heart consultant”, is a “negligent father”. This is his “astonishing rant”.

THE SUN front page: “Mystics hunt for Maddie.”

Around 150 leads provided by mystics have been followed up.

Page 6: “ASK PSYCHIC BARBER TO HELP FIND MADDIE” – Clairvoyant Gordon Smith has been contacted by the family. Smith hosts TV’s Most Haunted show. He says he can tell if Madeleine is alive or dead. Mick is nicknamed “THE PSYCHIC BARBER”.

Page 5: “‘Madeleine must have been drugged..she would have screamed place down’” – GRANDMOTHER EILEEN McCANN YESTERDAY.”

“Couple call on psychic to help” – Ex-hairdresser Smith is a “wacky medium”.
Says he: “In order for it to work I need to sit with the closest relatives who would be the parents. Then I’d tune in and see what I can pick up. But I would always warn them that there’s a possibility nothing might happen.”

Best to warn them of that first…

DAILY MAIL page 5: “Now police leader mocks ‘negligent’ Gerry McCann over his fears that an abductor was in Maddie’s room.”

“Call for the ‘psychic barber’” – “Despite both being strict Roman Catholics, the couple have already made contact” with Gordon Smith.

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE I’LL FIND BODY IN DAYS. Parents call in psychic.”

Page 7: “MADDIE’S PARENTS CALL FOR PSYCHIC BARBER” – “I have offered my help for free,” says Smith. “I never charge for private readings. I have already assured them I will say nothing to the press.” Indeed, not. Best save it for the book.

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 15: “Police chief accuses McCanns of hindering inquiry” – Carlos Anjos accuses McCanns of using “diversion tactics”.

THE TIMES page 27: “McCanns ‘considering psychic help’”

THE GUARDIAN no Maddie new today.

Madeleine McCann: A Life In Headlines

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Madeleine McCann: In Morocco, Killed By Steps And The 6ixth Sense

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE: SHE IS IN MOROCCO. I saw her, says reliable new witness…but police says she fell down steps.”

A non sequitur to get the Madeleine McCann week underway.

THE WORLD’S BEST NEWSPAPER hears Samantha Peart say that she saw a girl who looked like Madeleine in Morocco on June 10. She reported it to police, who did “nothing”.

Mrs Peart’s husband is a “stockbroker”. Gerry McCann is a “consultant cardiologist”. Daily Express readers should insert there profession [here].

And the latest theory is that Madeleine died in an accident – she fell down some steps.

Can Madeleine cement her place as the Express’ new Princess Diana, who also died in an accident (?), the paper finds it hard to believe happened?

Page 4 and 5: “Now police say she fell down the steps.”

Page 5 is split in two: “SHE’S DEAD…” and “SHE’S ALIVE”.

DAILY MIRROR pages 4 and 5: Kate and Gerry McCann are “linked in anguish”.


Kate and Gerry McCann are in church. They go to church a lot. We always see them go. Father Keith Tomlinson asks: “I think I’m right it saying it’s been 150 days, 150 nights, since that terrible day…We pray for Madeleine and her family.”

“STEPS PLUNGE SLUR” – Portuguese police think Madeleine fell down a flight of stairs at their holiday flat. A “senior police source” says they are “100 per cent certain” the girl stumbled down ten steps head first. He adds: “The only thing to investigate is how the body disappeared.”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “It’s ludicrous. Leaks appear on a daily basis. It’s hurtful.” Mr Mitchell likes the word “ludicrous”.

DAILY STAR page 7: “KILLER STEPS – British cops claim Maddie fell to her death.”
“TV psychic offers help” – Colin Fry, star of TV show 6ixth Sense, says he can use his powers to track down Madeleine.

THE TIMES page 21: “A sacked maid seeking revenge is latest suspect over missing Madeleine.”

Sunday’s news hits the Times. The tip-off emailed to the official website of:

a) The McCanns
b) Prince Charles
c) Girls Aloud?

The answer is… (b).

Clarence House informed Scotland Yard, who informed Leicestershire police, who informed a journalist, who informed the world.

“Mother who buried child in garden to be deported to UK” – The Times sees fit to underscore the McCann story with the tale of Tracy McHugh, who secretly buried her newborn baby in her Florida garden.

DAILY MAIL page 6: “Now the Portuguese say Madeleine died in fall on a staircase” – but the Star says the cop making this slur is British?

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 11: “Madeleine died after fall down steps, say detectives” – Say Portuguese police.

The McCanns are in discussion to appear on US talk shows. To keep Madeleine in the news. Madeleine has not been spotted in the US. Not yet.


The Sightings So Far

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Madeleine McCann: The Nanny Suspect, Amaral Policing And Jail

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


The Sunday Express is not the Express, which has form some weeks led with the front-page banner “MADELEINE”. The Sundays Express goes its own way.

“McCanns remain defiant as they face 40 questions from UK police this week”

“Kate and Gerry’s fury as new sighting in Morocco by businessman is ignored”


The truth… At last…


A picture of Madeleine McCann (on the right). A picture of Portuguese copper Goncarlo Amaral (left).

“Police have ignored 250 sightings of her” – and have investigated how many?

“Cop leading police probe works four hours a day” – Amaral’s not overworked and fresh.

“He has three-hour boozy lunches with pals” – Amaral holds lengthy meetings to discuss and masticate over the case with team.

“Puffing on a cigarette and knocking back beers, the man leading the world’s biggest missing child inquiry enjoys yet another long, boozy lunch.”

Good to know that the Mirror is not wasting its time and watching him.


“Friends say the couple are ‘extremely concerned’ by the nature of the threats and are considering hiring extra security.

Last night a spokeswoman for the McCanns, both 39, confirmed that they had been sent what she described as ‘negative letters and fear mail’.”

INDEPENDENT: “Maddie ‘kidnapped by maid’, says email.”

“The McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said they were ‘encouraged’ by the development.”

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Kate McCann will risk jail to find Madeleine

Kate McCann has been told by her legal team that she faces jail sentence if she flouts Portuguese law to discuss details of the four-year-old’s disappearance in a high-profile television interview.
She tells a “close friend”: “I will do what I must. What does any of it matter if it helps find Madeleine?”

“It is what Kate thinks will help,” a close friend tells the paper. “What choice does she have? Unless Kate and Gerry ignore the law and speak out, their chances of finding Madeleine will dwindle further. Better to risk prison if it helps find her.

“Will the Portuguese police really prosecute a mother whose sole aim is to find her daughter or at least, God forbid, discover the whereabouts of her body? Kate, most of all, believes risking a jail sentence is nothing compared to finding Madeleine.”

Who needs an interview with Kate with friends like that?

THE OBSERVER: “This limbo that lasts a lifetime,” writes Carol Sarler.

“The McCanns are said to be devastated by dashed hopes; if so, they must get used to it, for there will be more sightings, more dashing and, to add to their misery, more harassment of more innocent families. I know this because, having investigated the disappearance of Ben Needham on Kos in 1991, the unfolding of the McCann case has felt like one long, wretched, groundhog summer.

“Ben, recapped in a nutshell: his grandparents, Eddie and Chris Needham, moved from Sheffield to Kos with their teenage son Stephen, daughter Kerry and her boyfriend and their son, Ben…

“…The singular difference between the Needhams and the McCanns is, crudely, class. Eddie has homemade tattoos on his knuckles, Chris was a grandmother at 38, Kerry and her boyfriend – a man known, as they say, to the police – lived in a council block. Perhaps this explains why, throughout their ordeal, nobody from the British consulate in Athens once got off their butt or went to Kos to help or support; surgeon Gerry McCann, by contrast, mobilised the world.”

“Arabic adverts aid Madeleine hunt”… “Despite the disappointment of last week’s misleading sighting of a blonde girl in the Moroccan town of Zaio, the McCanns believe that their daughter might be somewhere in the country.”

TIMES: No Madeleine news today.

The Suspects So Far

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Madeleine McCann: People Smugglers, A Small Fridge And Child Alerts

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“Missing Madeleine McCann may be in the hands of North African people smugglers. Police in Morocco, investigating a reported sighting, believe they have identified a link with a ruthless gang of traffickers.”

Remember when Madeleine was in “the clutches” of Moroccans, and how the gang turned out to be a couple of farmers and their daughter?

Now: “The breakthrough came a few weeks after Madeleine went missing when a Spanish tourist reported seeing a blonde girl matching her description being dragged along by a scruffy, Arab-looking woman in the town of Zaio.”

Spanish tourist Isabel Gonzalez has told the world how she saw a blonde toddler in Morocco. Not Bouchra Benaissa. Another blonde Moroccan.

“The alarm was raised in May by 60-year-old Spanish tourist Isabel Gonzalez who said: ‘The girl I saw was blonde, with pale skin, whereas everyone else in the area is dark-skinned and dark-haired.”

Well, not everyone. Remember Bouchra Benaissa..?




“Maddie parents mark 150 days”

“McCann’s gagged by cops” – “A friend of the McCanns said: ‘It is madness. We are being forced to inhabit a fantasy world in which we can increase public awareness of Madeleine’s disappearance and urge the public’s help through a poster campaign, but her own parents cannot help in this because of the legal status attached to them. It is so frustrating – Madeleine’s own mum and dad are not allowed to speak about her.’”
So they have anything to say that is not said through their spokesman, Gerry’s blog and friends, and to the police?


“A British tourist seen ‘hiding’ in a stairwell outside Madeleine McCann’s apartment on the night she disappeared was being investigated last night.

“The new suspect, stocky and wearing two-tone glasses, was spotted by an Ocean Club worker just 12 metres from the flat. The employee, who did not want to be named, exclusively told the Mirror: ‘I’ll never forget him.’”

DAILY MAIL: “McCanns gagged from answering claims they dumped Madeleine’s body in Spain.”

•Portuguese papers claim Kate McCann killed Madeleine while Gerry played tennis
•Couple ‘then hid the child’s body in a fridge and later disposed of it in Spain’
•McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the reports were ‘utterly ludicrous’
These are the “latest lurid allegations”.

“A family friend ridiculed the suggestion that Madeleine’s body could have been stored in a fridge, saying: ‘Have you seen the size of the fridges in those apartments? Of course they did not stuff her in a fridge.’”

THE TIMES: “Kate and Gerry McCann’s friends refute ‘missing hours’ claim as smears continue.”

“The parents of Madeleine McCann have pleaded for an end to the distressing smear campaign that has suggested that they may have killed their missing daughter…

“It was claimed yesterday that police in Portugal believe that Kate McCann killed Madeleine while putting her to bed at their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz between 7pm and 8.30pm on May 3 and then hid her corpse in a fridge, with the help of friends.

“The respected Diario de Noticias newspaper said that officers believed that Mrs McCann accidentally killed Madeleine while her husband was playing tennis.”

Stop the smears. But read all about them first.

THE GUARDIAN: “EU plan for missing child alerts.”


“Portugal will next week call for the creation of an EU-wide alert system for missing children, five months after Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday resort in the south of the country. The move has been welcomed by the McCann family.”

So she was taken across boarders?

“In a statement released through Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, Madeleine’s father, Gerry, said: ‘If this is true, we would very much welcome it as it would be a major step in the right direction. We feel it would be vital in protecting other children and their families. Kate and I have consistently campaigned to effect change throughout the EU to help protect children.’”

But Madeleine McCann might not have been stolen. Is this just another instance of people jumping on story to promote their pet cause?

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann’s parents may face jail.”

No, not for child neglect.

“Kate and Gerry McCann could face 12 months in prison if they speak out to defend themselves against a slur campaign in Portugal because of the country’s strict secrecy laws, it is claimed.”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Each and every one of these nonsensical allegations causes real pain and hurt for both Gerry and Kate.

“We just hope that everyone can see these ridiculous rumours for what they are.”

The Rumours So Far

Posted: 29th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (573)

Madeleine McCann: Spies, Richard Branson PI And Maddy TV

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


So she was kidnapped. Wasn’t she?

“Satellite and aerial footage as well as internet traffic should be used to help the hunt,” say “intelligence experts”, including Professor Anthony Glees, Director of Brunel University’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies. Security is his thing.

Pages 4 and 5: “Riddle of the McCanns’ day out” – Why did the McCanns go to Spain on August 3 and what did they do there? Clarence Mitchell says the TV cameras and journalists tracked their every move.

“Branson: They are innocent” – Richard Branson PI calls it a “grotesque nightmare”. He has donated £100,000 to help the McCanns clear their name. He says the McCanns have “the weight and support of Britain behind them”.


Pages 6 and 7: “POLICE PROBE LOST 2 HOURS” – Police Claim the McCanns buried Madeleine during a “missing two hours” in Spain.

Kate and Gerry are “shattered”.

Says the Sun:

SUSPICIOUS the trip was postponed from the day before – because Gerry had intestinal problems.
“’STRANGE’” that the couple from Rothley, Leics, chose to visit Spain on a national holiday, when the shops were shut.
MYSTERIOUS that the McCanns racked up ‘unjustified mileage’ in their Renault Scenic – hired 25 days after Maddie disappeared.”

A source says a new ad campaign to find Madeleine will start in two weeks.

DAILY MAIL page 3: “Police use CCTV to map McCanns trips.”

As newspaper Correio de Manha reports, Spanish police have given their Portuguese counterparts CCTV footage “showing the Renault Scenic in places in Spain where there was ‘no reason’ for the couple to be.”

A TV series based on Madeleine McCann is being produced in Chile. Says Chilean newspaper El Mercurio: “The case is becoming a soap opera.”

DAILY MIRROR front page: “KATE IS SO FRAGILE. Fears for mum after latest blow.”

Kate McCann’s face is all over the front page. “The anguish is plain to see.” A friend hears that Madeleine had not been found in Morocco: “Kate is so fragile. She’s suffering a devastating disappointment.”

Page 5: “They suffered a devastating blow with the false alarm in Morocco. Kate has crashed.”


DAILY STAR pages 6 and 7: “MADDIE DUMPED IN SPAIN.” An “exclusive”.

THE TIMES page 16: Mick Hume says: “The line between investigation and emotive entertainment has disappeared.”

THE TELEGRAPH page 6: “Portuguese focus on McCanns’ Spain trip” – Clarence Mitchell says the McCanns are innocent.

THE GUARDIAN and THE INDEPENDENT: no Madeleine news today.

Posted: 28th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,087)

Not Another Madeleine McCann

madeleine-mccann-daily-express.jpg“MANY of us had begun to fear the worst, especially in the light of Madeleine McCann.”

The words of “butcher” Shaun who had been looking for his five-year-old son Alex.

The Express helps in the Hunt for Shaun and finds him hiding beneath his bed. Incredibly, the Express find time to take a picture of Shaun in hiding mode and delivers it to its readers by way of a guide: “If you child goes missing, look here.”

Readers learn that 11 people have searched Alex’s bedroom, making us wonder how large the room is. Teenagers were looking for him by the waterfront. Neighbours were frantic.

A police helicopter flew around Saltash for an hour. Twelve officers are on the look out for Alex.

And then, with the help of a police dog team, he is found.

Says Ms Olver: “I’m so grateful for everyone who helped us. Their support was overwhelming and we will never forget it.”

That’s one child saved. But the work is never done…

Posted: 27th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (16)

Madeleine McCann: Bushra Binhisa, Bouchra Benaissa And The Irishman

bouchra2.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.


• Girls in Morocco is NOT Madeleine
• Police insists: We know she’s dead

It’s heartbreak, but for whom? The McCanns, who remain suspects, or Daily Express readers who want our Maddy found?

The Madeleine lookalike seen in Morocco – we’ll she’s blonde-ish – is Bushra Binhisa. She bears a “striking resemblance to Madeleine”. As we say, she’s sort of blonde.

Pages 8 and 9: “It’s terrible this is not Madeleine.”

“I saw that little face. It was her,” says Spanish tourist Isabel Gonzalez. She saw a blonde toddler in Morocco. “I screamed at my husband for him to stop the car…but by the time we had stopped and jumped out, the woman and the girl had disappeared…I was in tears, distraught, and I felt totally powerless. I am a mother so I can imagine what Madeleine’s parents must be going through.”

“Police take a swipe at parents” – a Police Judiceria source says the McCanns are trying to deflect attention away from themselves.

A senior police source says the McCanns are using “diversionary tactics”.

DAILY MIRROR front page: “I am Not Maddy.”

No, the little girl remains Bouchra Benaissa. Or she might be Bushra Binhisa (see Express).

Pages 4 and 5: the Benaissa family have six cows, several goats, a small olive grove and vegetable patch. Their home has three bedrooms and a wood-burning stove. Neither parent is a doctor.

THE SUN front page: “ANGUISH FOR KATE. Morocco photo was local girl Bouchra.” She is aged 3. In the Express she is aged 5.

Page 7: Ahmed poses with his wife and daughter Bouchra. Says he: “I am very sorry the little English girl is still missing and hope she is found safe and sound.”

Two more women say they have seen Madeleine in Morocco.

Fatima Marzouki, of Birmingham, says she saw Madeleine in Agadir. There are rumours she is being held in a caravan there by an Irish traveller called John. Her friend Helen McPherson thinks she saw Madeleine in Marrakech.

DAILY MAIL front page: “The truth about that Maddie photo.”

Pages 10 and 11: “No, she isn’t Madeleine.”

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE STILL IN HOLIDAY RESORT. Morocco pic NOT her..cops says she NEVER left Portugal.”

Pages 4 and 5: “LITTLE GIRL THE WORLD PRAYED WOULD BE MADELEINE.” It’s Bushra Binhisa again. Where’s Bouchra? What have they down with Bouchra?

Page 6: “Forget sightings…Maddie was killed in room say police.”

THE TIMES page 3: “Found – but it’s not Madeleine.”

Clarence Mitchell says: “This Spanish couple did the right thing and we urge others to do the same.” So if you see ‘Madeleine McCann’ you too should go to the papers and appear on the radio.

THE GUARDIAN page 15: “Spanish tourist’s claims of Madeline sighting in Morocco proves false.” Carla Torres, the Spanish tourist, says “It either is her, or she’s got a twin sister.” Do all blonde children look the same to Spaniards? The plot thickens.

THE INDEPENDENT page 6: “McCanns despair as picture of girl in Morocco is child of local farmer.”

DAILY TELEGRAPH front page: “Child pictured in Morocco is not Madeleine.” It’s Bouchra Ben Aisa. She looks a lot like Bushra Binhisa and even more like Bouchra Benaissa.

But she is not Madeleine McCann.

Posted: 27th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (768)

Madeleine McCann: Blonde Child Seen In Morocco

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

DAILY MAIL front page: “Could this be Maddie?”

Readers see a picture of a child being carried on a woman’s back – “The intriguing picture being probed by Interpol.”

Pages 10 and 11: “Could this really be Maddie?”

This is the picture of a girl “in the clutches of a group of Moroccans”. The picture was taken four weeks ago near Tangiers by Spaniard Clara Torres.


Readers see the same picture. The Full “astonishing story” is on pages 4 and 5.

Pages 4 and 5: “COULD IT BE?” Less the full story than another question.

“GERRY: I KNOW WE WILL BE CLEARED” – Gerry McCann says he and his wife “wanted to be eliminated from the enquiry as quickly as possible”. Some news.


The picture is “sensational”. It has been described as “convincing”, but by whom is not said.


Clara Torres is talking on Spanish radio. She looks at the photo. Says she: “It sent shivers down my spine.”


‘Photo’ is placed in quotes lest readers mistake the picture for a ‘SNAP’ or a ‘SHOT’.

Spanish Government official Jose Herrero Arcas says: “The National Police received a photograph by email taken by a young Spanish couple who believe it shows Madeleine McCann. The quality of the photograph is not very clear and it was taken from around 200 metres away. However, the National Police are taking the claim seriously enough to have sent it on to their colleagues at Interpol. I cannot give any more information than that.”


Pages 4 and 5: “MADDIE SEEN IN MOROCCO – Bombshell new photo is probed by Interpol.”

THE TIMES front page: “Police start investigation into ‘picture in Morocco of Madeleine McCann’.”

Page 5: “New photograph shows child like Madeleine on African woman’s back.”

A source close to the McCanns tells one and all: “The McCanns are not going to get their hopes up until the photograph has been sent for forensic examination.” And, dare it be said, a DNA test.

DAILY TELEGRAPH front page: “Is this Madeleine in Morocco?” The search for the missing child has taken a “dramatic turn”.

Page 9: “Gerry McCann is “confident” he and his wife will be cleared. A source tells us: “It is very unlikely that British police would question the McCanns on behalf of the Portuguese now.”

Robert Murat responds to claims by nanny Charlotte Pennington that on the night of Madeleine’s disappearance he was by the McCann family apartment: “I certainly was not there that night. At no point was I there.”


In Mororcco?

The Sightings So Far

Posted: 26th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,153)

Madeleine McCann: A House Of Love, Find the Body & What Kate McCann Screamed

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

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE. ‘FIND BODY OR McCANNS WILL ESCAPE’ – Prosecutors ultimatum to Portuguese police.”

The case against Kate and Gerry McCanns is “hanging by a thread”.

A police sources says: “There is a determination within the force to bring this investigation to a satisfactory conclusion but there is a growing fear that without a body, that goal will be impossible.”

Pages 4 and 5: “Our reputation is tarnished forever” – Each day the McCanns prepare themselves for the “worst case scenario”. No, not that they will be wrongly convicted, rather they will learn of Madeleine’s death.

Clarence Mitchell says: “In the middle of this people forget this is still a family who are potentially facing bereavement but are still in that awful limbo position of not knowing what has happened to their daughter.” Thankfully Mr Mitchell is on hand to remind people of this every day.

“Doubts on the McCanns by a lie detector expert” – THE WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER asks John Ryan, of International Truth Verification Technologies Institute, to listen to Kate McCann’s voice. Says she: “However I think there is some sort of deception when I hear the lady speaking, either over the event or in avoiding showing her true feelings”.

DAILY MIRROR front page: “MADELEINE – find a body or there is no case.”

Page 5: “Gerry and Kate have often talked about the possibility of Madeleine being found dead. That would be the worst news but it would at least give them some..CLOSURE”. So says a “source close to the legal team”.

Antonio Cluny, President of the Public Prosecution Service, says: “Without the little girl’s body, everything is complicated… In the Maddy case, there is no confession and, according to what has been made public, the evidence gathered up until now keeps all leads open – from abduction to homicide or at least to a simple accident”.

DAILY MAIL front page: “EXCLUSIVE: Eyewitness reveals Maddie’s mother DID shout: ‘They’ve taken her’ after four-year-old vanished. WHAT KATE DID SCREAM.”

Nanny Charlotte Pennington is in Praia da Luz. She hears Kate McCann scream: “They’ve taken her, they’ve taken her!” The McCanns say Kate screamed “Madeleine’s gone”.

Sensation. Front-page news.

Page 4: “Nanny Pennington, who worked at the Ocean Club, is pictured. She’s wearing a brown beret and a pink coat. Her tights are black. Her legs are crossed.

“I was in the apartment less than five minutes after they found that Madeleine had gone. When we were coming out we saw Kate and she was screaming: ‘They’ve taken her, they’ve taken her’… It might not have been the first thing she said. But she definitely said it.”


“She also repeated Madeleine’s name and said: ‘She’s gone, she’s gone.’”

Anyone hear anything else?

THE SUN page 24: “MADDIE LAW CHIEF: NO BODY, NO CASE.” Antonio Clunes says: “There have been cases in which it was possible to obtain a conviction without a victim – but there were confessions.”

But the McCanns are innocent, says a source. And they are not confessing. They are talking through their spokesperson.

DAILY STAR front page: “COPS CLOSE IN ON MADDIE. Final pieces of tragic jigsaw falling into place.”

Pages 4 and 5: “FIND THE BODY OR THEY WALK. Law bosses tell Portuguese cops to step up hunt.”

“TWINS’ HOUSE OF LOVE” – Clarence Mitchell says the McCanns have built a “house of love” for their family. Mr Mitchell says the McCanns are living “every parent’s worst nightmare times ten”. Mr Mitchell used to work for the tabloid press.

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 13: “Case against McCanns ‘rests on finding body’.”

Clarence Mitchell says: “They did not harm, let alone kill her.”

THE TIMES page 11: “No body, no conviction says McCann police.”


The Sensation So Far 

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Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat Innocent, Private Detectives & Kate McCann’s Hot Lips

kate-mccann-cuddle-cat.jpg MADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.

DAILY MIRROR front page: “WE’LL FIND HER OURSELVES. Maddy parents bring in SAS private detectives”.

Kate and Gerry McCann have hired Control Risk Group, billed as a “crack security firm”, to find their daughter.

Page 5: “THE PROFESSIONALS” – There’s TV show in this. The Portuguese police could be the Keystone Cops, at least that’s what the tabloid press portrays them as.

“Millionaire ex-double glazing boss” is the mystery benefactor paying McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell’s wages. The former window cleaner owns Sale Sharks ruby union club. Look out for their new sponsor.

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE. ‘McCanns ARE LYING’ – Portuguese police says friends are in cover-up.”

Robert Murat is to be told he will not face charges. Kate and Gerry McCann will be the only named suspects.

“SMILING” – The WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPERS leads with a picture of Kate McCann grinning.

Pages 4 and 5: “Kidnap? We just don’t; believe it.” It is reported in Portugal that an unnamed Irishman has come forward to say he was in the same place as the McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner. She told police she had seen a man carrying child dashing from the Ocean Club resort in the direction of Robert Murat’s home. The new witness says he saw no-one.

“’GUILT’ OF PARENTS – More than 60 per cent think the couple know what has happened to Madeleine.”

“WHEN KATE WAS HOT LIPS HEALEY” – 15 YEARS AGO Kate was nicknamed hot lips for her resemblance to Loretta Swit in TV comedy M*A*S*H. The Express has seen her Dundee University year book and the comments – “Kate was great fun”; “renowned for alcoholic binges and some ‘dance till you drop’ nocturnal activities”; “she was certainly more interested in going to the pub than she was in her studies” etc.

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE: PARENTS ARE LYING. Cops say McCanns & friends tried to frame suspect Murat.”

Pages 4 and 5: “McCANNS ‘ARE LYING’.”

A phone poll: “DO YOU BELIEVE THE McCANNS ARE LYING?” Let’s see if we can top that 60 per cent in the Star’s sister paper the Daily Express. Vote now and vote often.

THE SUN pages 12 and 13: “TWIN’S LIFT FOR MUM AND DAD.”

Kate and Gerry McCann are with son Sean. They have been to Mass. Kate sobs when Ave Maria is sung. Daughter Amelie is in nursery school. She is plying with the Cuddle Cat. She bursts into laughter, “her giggles rang around the building”.

DAILY MAIL front page: “Madeleine:

• Ex-SAS team joins hunt
• New sighting in Morocco
• Kate breaks down in church
• Police accused over forensics”

Page 8: “McCanns hire an ex-SAS team to hunt for Maddie.”

“Second witness supports sighting in Morocco” – Remember when Marl Pollard said she saw Madeleine in Morocco? Now we lean that a man also saw Madeleine in Morocco.

THE INDEPENDENT PAGE 17: “Murat no longer suspect.”

DAILY TELEGRAPH page 10: “McCanns hired detective firm with ex-SAS men”. Under Portuguese law, the McCanns are not permitted to carry out their own investigation in Portugal. But they can investigate in other countries.

THE TIMES front page: “McCann investigators” – McCanns hire private security firm.

Pages 12 and 13: “How they managed to turn campaign around.” The McCanns are “winning the propaganda war”. They have gone on the “offensive”.

A family source says: “It is for the police to prove they are guilty.”

GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news today.

The Speculation So Far…

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Madeleine McCann: Missing Hours, Found Again And A PR Disaster

mccannsdm2109_468×312.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.

THE SUN front page: “MADDIE DAD AGONY. Fiend hid from Gerry. He was already in room he tells cops.”

A source close to the family says: “When Gerry went to check on Madeleine at 9.05pm he realised the bedroom door was open. Gerry is firmly of the view the abductor was already in the apartment.”

It’s another theory.

“When he went in he saw Madeleine was asleep but the bedroom door was slightly open. He thought, ‘That’s odd’ because he had left it firmly closed. But all the children were asleep. So he just went in and closed the door again and came out about 9.10pm.”

Good to hear Gerry McCann joining in the mood of speculation?

“Gerry is convinced the man must have been hiding, and once Gerry went through the patio doors the only way out was through the window. The front door was locked so the kidnapper took Madeleine and climbed out the window.”

DAILY MIRROR front page: “HOW SHE WAS TAKEN. The McCanns’ story.”

“Stolen to order after being spied on for days
Abductor hid in flat as Gerry looked in on kids
He got in through patio doors and out by window”

Gerry is a “heart specialist”.

Says a source: “When Gerry leaves, the man realises he has only a few minutes. He thinks the only way to get out without being seen is through the window.”

And: “Initially he thought Madeleine might have got up and gone to the toilet, or to get a drink or something.”

So what has changed? Why a new theory now, with a new spokesman on hand and the McCanns named as suspects?

DAILY STAR front page: “SEVEN HOURS TO KLILL MADDIE. Police probe her ‘lost’ final afternoon”


Police sources reveal that “despite exhaustive inquiries they cannot confirm the whereabouts of part-time GP Kate, 39, and her daughter after 1.29pm on May 3”. A source said Kate’s movements were “unaccounted for until she sat down to have dinner with friends at a tapas restaurant within their holiday complex at around 8.40pm”.

The last photograph of Madeleine was said to have been taken by Kate at 2.29pm on May 3.

DAILY MAIL: “McCanns: What we really did in the missing six hours.”

“Madeleine had high tea at 5.30pm with staff at the Kids Club. She was picked up shortly before 6pm by Kate and Gerry.”

The friend insisted: “Kate was never alone with Madeleine that afternoon. There were always other witnesses present. These details were all given to detectives during police interviews, so they know what Kate and Gerry said happened that day.”

So no missing hours, then?

THE TIMES front page: “MADELEINE McCANN: Matthew Parris laments a PR disaster.

“The fatal flaw of David Cameron and Kate and Gerry McCann” – Our correspondent looks at the baleful influence of the marketing men.

“Look what they’ve done to Kate and Gerry McCann. Here were two people deserving of the most intense public sympathy. On a superficial level they got it – by the media bucketload. Yet did you not sense from an early stage an undertone of irritation at the couple? I’ve sensed it everywhere I go: not a sign of doubt about their innocence, which most of us take for granted, but a feeling, nevertheless, that they in some way invited trouble – though we banish the thought as brutal and wrong.

“Which it is. So why the ungenerosity? I believe it is because Kate and Gerry McCann have allowed an impression to arise that they and their advisers are marketing their own tragedy. Where we would have expected to see parents distracted and disorganised by grief, we have seen a professionally run campaign to find out what the media want, and give it to them.

“This has been done for a most defensible reason: to enlist the entire European public as amateur detectives in the search for Madeleine. But now her parents have ended up looking like film stars in a Hollywood weepy.”

“Put up or shut up, Madeleine McCann police told” – Friend of McCanns counters claims of ‘lost’ six hours before girl vanished

DAILY TELEGRPAH: “Madeleine McCann: Gerry certain he was in bedroom with kidnapper”

THE GUARDIAN: “From prime suspects to hounded victims – how parents turned the media tide”

The Story So Far

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Madeleine McCann: Lie Test, The Final Word And A Pet Crematorium

kate-and-gerry-mccann-2.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.


A source tells the paper: “They’re happy to do anything that will clear them. If they were asked to take a lie detector test by police, they’d agree.”

To borrow the brand slogan, look into their eyes.

Given the McCanns media savvy, why not take one on Trisha, the daytime TV show. Those results after the break…

Pages 4 and 5: “MADELEINE’S GONE..MADELEINE’S GONE..What mum REALLY sobbed night she vanished.”

A witness tells all. The paper says Kate McCann did not discover Madeleine vanished and say “They’ve taken her, they’ve taken her”.

“’BODY WAS BURIED IN DAD DOG’” – The Mirror sees the latest “crackpot theory” explored by Portuguese police, who questions the owner of a “pet incinerator”.

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE BODY BURNED. Cops search remains at pet crematorium”


Ready? Here goes. And feel free to join in and add your own ideas:

“An intruder climbed through the window after forcing open the shutters…
“The culprit would have sneaked past the sleeping twins…
“The McCanns could not see the patio doors from their restaurant…”

Page 8: “Father Jose Pacheco is alive and in good health. He went missing, as you recall. And whatever Kate and Gerry McCann told him, if anything, he will not say. As the headline thunders: “I’LL TAKE SECRETS TO THE GRAVE.”

DAILY MAIL pages 12 and 13: “She’s gone, she’s gone: what Kate really cried.”

“THE KEY SIGHTING” – Friends of the McCanns claim the stranger seen walking away from the holiday complex “apparently with a child in his arms, was heading towards former chief suspect Robert Murat’s home”.

THE SUN front page: “Maddie parents: We’ll do lie test.”

Pages 14 and 15: “NEW WITNESS BLOWS HOLE IN COPS’ CASE. Madeleine has gone.”

Mark Warner holidays are treating 30 travel agents to an all-expenses paid trip to their compound from where Madeleine went missing.


JOHN ‘GAUNTY’ GAUNT says: “McCanns left 3 children alone…they’re bad parents, Get them in court.”

LORRAINE ‘KELZA’ KELLY says: “They made a mistake, lost a daughter..and have nothing to do with it.”

THE TIMES page 5: “Bomb man questioned in Madeleine hunt.”

Eef Hoos, who owns the pet incinerator, is a convicted terrorist. He was jailed for seven years for a “series of bomb attacks” in the Netherlands.


“Was she burnt at pet crematorium?” That question to you, Lorraine Kelly.

Pages 4 and 5: “The Express has a picture of “convicted bomber” Eef Hoos. The furnaces are in two converted freight containers. He says he has never spoken with the McCanns.

The Express see seals on the doors of the incinerators and deduces that that they have not been used since March when condemned by police.

THE INDEPENDENT page 31: “McCanns shock at finding daughter missing was genuine, says witness.”

THE GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news.

The Story So Far

Posted: 21st, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (883)

Madeleine McCann: Team McCann The Armada, Bugging Calls And ‘Inhuman’ Kate

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

THE SUN front page: “Cops to Maddie parents: We have nothing.”

Pages 4 and 5: Portuguese police are “understood” to have bugged the McCanns’ mobile phones, placed a tracking device on their car and checked their emails.

Con by lawyer: “Master swindler” Paul Bint, dubbed “King Con”, pretended to be a lawyer representing the McCanns to cheat money from a businesswoman. To date, Bint has posed as a ballet dancer, a policeman and a duke.

DAILY MIRROR front page: “WE ARE BEING BUGGED – Phone eavesdrop fear of Madeleine parents.”

A friend of the McCanns says that Gerry McCann will “often refuse” to talk on mobiles because he considers Landlines “safer”.

Kate and Gerry feel they are “being watched all the time”. (See Mirror’s front-page and BBC news.)

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE. NOW THE MYSTERY DEEPENS. Case is wide open again as judge say parents will NOT face more questions.”

Page 2: “It’s back to nursery for the twins as life goes on.” Madeleine’s twin siblings Sean and Amelie are back in class. “They enjoyed it,” says Clarence Mitchell, giving up-to-the-minute briefings from the sandpit.

Page 3: “New slur: ‘Kate is inhuman, even animals will look after their young’.”

The WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER is shocked and deeply saddened by goings on in the Portuguese press. A Filomena Teixeira, whose son was abducted nine years ago, tells magazine TV 7 Dais the McCanns are “human beings at their worst”. The magazine notes: “Instead of calling Sky News she contacted the boy’s friends, the fireman and the police. At the same time she never dreamed of contacting the press or a PR.”

A newspaper labels the McCanns and their PR team the “British Armada”.

Pages 4 and 5: “Now police bug parents and track every move they make.”

DAILY MAIL front page: “MADDIE CASE IN MELTDOWN. Police told: There’s not enough evidence to quiz McCanns again.”

Pages 6 and 7: “British police bugging calls.”

THE TIMES front page: “Police ‘have found no new evidence against the McCanns’.”

Pages 10 and 11: “Who is who in Team McCann.”

Clarence Mitchell: Kate and Gerry’s official spokesman
Michael Caplan, QC: Lawyer who prevented extradition to Spain of former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet
Angus McBride: Criminal solicitor
Carolos Pinto de Abreu: Portuguese lawyer
Esther McVey: Former GMTV presenter and Tory parliamentary candidate. Spokeswoman for Madeleine Fund. Has known Kate McCann since A-levels
Father Haynes Hubbard: Anglican priest at church of Nossa Senhora da Luz.
Calum MacRae:2 18-year-old producer of Find Madeleine website
Philomena McCann: Gerry McCann’s sister. A head teacher.
Trish and Sandy Cameron: Gerry McCann’s sister and brother-in-law

No mention of Robert Murat, the other named suspect.

DAILY STAR front page: “POLICE SET TO DIG FOR MADDIE.” Police have tracked the phone records of Kate and Gerry McCann. They have studied their movements. And now they are ready to send in infra-red equipments and sniffer dogs.

Pages 4 and 5: “DIG FOR MADDIE BEGINS.”

THE GUARDIAN front page: “McCanns: further questions ruled out.”

The Portuguese attorney general says there is not enough evidence to justify questioning Kate and Kerry McCann.

Luis Bilro Verao tells one and all: “No new evidence justifying further questioning has emerged since September 7.” So that’s it? Er, no. The McCanns will remain suspects until “not line of investigation” has been excluded.

DAILY TELEGRAPH front page: “McCanns will not be re-interrogated.”

Page 9: “Madeleine’s last dance with father.” Restaurant owner Miguel Matias says he saw Madeleine eating ice-cream and fruit juice before dancing with Gerry. It was May 3, the day she vanished. Says he:” We didn’t see anyone suspicious looking at the girl.”

THE INDEPENDENT page 19: “Pressure on McCanns eases as police back off.” Clarence Mitchell says: “On the face of it, it does appear to be encouraging.”

The Story So Far

Posted: 20th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,295)

Madeleine McCann: Justine McGuinness Speaks

2baby0001.jpgWHAT happens to an ex McCann family spokesperson?

If she’s Justine McGuinness she doesn’t write a book, rather she launches a political campaign.

Now billed in the Mirror as a “family friend” of the McCanns, McGuinness uses her knowledge to call for stricter controls on Europe’s borders.

McGuinness is a member of the Liberal Democrats, currently in conference in Brighton.

She tells the Mirror: “If we want to protect our youngsters we have to make sure that children cannot be moved out of Europe, as well as in.”

This will strike a chord with parents who are forced by law to equip under16s – including babies – with a passport. It cost £45. The baby must not be smiling.

But – get his – a picture of a baby might not be enough.

Says McGuinness: “I think you need border controls when people come into Europe and when people go out. We have to know when people leave our boundaries and we’ve got to know whether they are leaving with children.”

She says this “would have helped” in the case of Madeleine McCann. Only how it would have helped has yet to be established…

Posted: 19th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann, Politicians | Comments (18)

Madeleine McCann: Entertaining The Viewers At Home

claire-peacock.jpgSEPARATING fact from fiction in the Madeleine McCann case is hard for some. It is what Anorak calls Faction.

As the Telegraph reports, ITV has sought to distance itself from allegations that it is cashing in on the Madeleine McCann story by broadcasting Torn, a drama about a missing girl.

A spokesman says the show was written two years ago. Readers learn that ITV offered the McCanns a chance to preview the show. Such is their celebrity.

And the show will go on.

And Anorak readers will realise that this is not the first time fiction has impacted upon fact.

Back in May, EastEnders shelved one of it plots. In the show, Dawn Swann was to have had her newborn baby taken by the wife of the baby’s father. Wife had paid mother to have the child and than found to her great horror that surrogate and husband had been having an illicit affair in hotel rooms after mother had been hired to pretend to be another man’s wife.

The BBC decided this fictional story was too close to the very real drama of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. It would be too painful for viewers to watch.

As developments have shown, the similarities between the EastEnders plot and the McCanns ordeal cannot be overstated. Well done the BBC.

In the same month, Coronation Street cancelled a plot which saw a child taken.

Coronation Street’s producers had filmed “identical scenes” to those being played out in Portugal.

Claire and husband Ashley Peacock were appealing for help. Just like Madeleine’s parents. Claire was holding her child’s security blanket. Just like Madeleine’s mother holds the Maddy Catty. Claire was handing out pictures of her child. Just like Madeleine’s mum.

The story was cancelled. And those unable to split fact from fiction won the day. And the broadcasters got to show how much they cared and were in tune with the public’s mood.

(In Corrie, Claire was seen pushing her baby into traffic. Given the allegations now levelled against Kate McCann, would ITV now broadcast that scene?)

But now the show will go on. And will go on because we have no idea what happened to Madeleine McCann. All the hype, the marketing and the paedo-panic have failed in their stated objective: to find Madeleine.

The show goes on. So too the case…

Posted: 19th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (23)

Madeleine McCann: A Wild Theory, Clarence Mitchell Says And Father Pacheco Vanishes

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

DAILY MIRROR front page: “First she loses a child. Then she is suspected of killing her. Now she fights back. WHY I AM INNOCENT. BY KATE McCANN.”

Pages 4 and 5: Kate says her Portuguese lawyer believes in her and Gerry McCann’s innocence: “She’s also of the view that everyone she has spoken to in Praia da Luz also believe we didn’t do it.”

The Mirror says Portuguese police are working on the “wild theory”, Kate accidentally killed her daughter.

The Mirror has in the past voiced the theory that Madeleine McCann was abducted by an international gang of paedophiles and has been spotted in Morocco, Malta and Belgium. The Mirror produced six theories after Madeleine vanished. Read them here. And, no, Kate and Gerry were not mentioned as suspects.

The paper’s Brian Reade says: “I can’t see how any sane person could have convinced themselves the McCanns were capable of doing this and covering it up.”

Pages 6 and 7: The Mirror says the McCanns’ new media operator, Clarence Mitchell, cut his teeth at the BBC where the Soham murders.

THE TIMES front page: “Portuguese officers fly in to question McCanns.”

Page 3: “We can explain Madeleine’s DNA in our car, say parents.”
A family “source” looks at the McCanns’ hired people mover and says: “Who is to say what happened when they moved to the new villa? The seats were ripped out and everything including Madeleine’s sandals and the twins’ nappies were dumped in the car – which would have included traces of skin, sweat and bodily fluids.”

THE SUN front page: “MADDIE SENSATION. CAR DNA WAS TWINS’. Nappies in boot cold clear parents.”

Pages 4 and 5: “We talk about Maddie to the kids every day.” Given how children talks and how prevalent Madeleine’s face is on the newspapers, in the bank and how she talked about by mums on the school run, the McCanns twins might hear of little else.

Page 6: “We must have faith Maddie will be found,” says the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Says he: “Speculation will not help. Evidence and witnesses will.” As God is my witness.

THE INDEPENDENT page 6: “McCanns launch fightback over ‘nonsensical’ murder claims.”

Clarence Mitchell says the claim the McCanns harmed their child are “as ludicrous as it is nonsensical”.

DAILY STAR front page: “McCANNS: WE’LL FACE TRIAL. Parents admit there is enough evidence to charge them.”


Katie Andre, aka Jordan says: “Whether they are guilty or not, I think they are in some way to blame for whatever happened to that poor girl by leaving her alone in a room with two babies…you just don’t do it.”

Page 6: “MADDIE PRIEST HAS VANISHED.” The “tormented priest who detectives think Kate McCann may have confessed to” is missing. Father Jose Pacheco has “disappeared”. Is he a suspect?

DAILY MAIL front page: “MADELEINE: DNA evidence branded ‘pathetic’ as fightback begins. “McCANNS: DOSSIER FOR THE DEFENCE.”

Pages 4 and 5: “The smears that started on Day 1.” The Mail says the McCanns’ lawyers are “going back through the newspapers to look for evidence of black propaganda planted by police.”

The McCanns have a new spokesman. Clarence Mitchell is a married father of two.

“While the police were secretly spinning their doubts about the McCanns to the media, the couple were faithfully obeying Portugal’s strict laws preventing them from speaking about the investigations.”

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE. HER MOTHER IS INNOCENT. We can prove it says family as Portuguese police fly to Britain.”

Pages 2 and 3: “Mother in jail over secret.” Kate McCanns could be jailed for telling journalists that police had seized her Bible. (See Mail story above.)

Page 4: “Madeleine: Police will question two priests on Algarve.” Jose Manuel Pacheco will be questioned. If police can find him. As will his Anglican colleague Haynes Hubbard.

DAILY TELEGRAPH front page: “McCanns challenge police evidence.”

Page 6: “’An innocent explanation for everything’.”

“Celebrities anger police.” A senior Portuguese police officer says: “It is amazing to me that people in high positions are getting involved…doesn’t Gordon Brown have a job to do?”

THE GUARDIAN: “McCANNS ‘innocent victims of heinous crime’.” Clarence Mitchell is with the McCanns.

Posted: 19th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,073)

Madeleine McCann: Call Off The Dogs, Kate McCann’s Tears And Fatima

mccanns1.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.

THE TIMES page 9: “McCanns send to US for help against evidence of sniffer dogs.”

Gerry and Kate McCann have consulted lawyers working on behalf of Eugene Zapata in Madison, Wisconsin.

In October 1976, Zapata’s wife, Jeanette, went missing. Her body has never been found. Last year sniffer dogs were brought in and Zapata was charged with her murder. The case went before Judge Patrick Fielder who said the evidence – dogs had picked up the scent of a corpse in Zapata’s basement – was inadmissible. He said the dogs were unreliable.

The dogs have yet to make a comment.


Pedro Daniel dos Anjos Frias wants to “speak freely” about the case.

Pages 6 and 7: “Mum’s tears at 11am Mass.” Once again the Mirror is all eyes for Kate McCann’s eyes. She is crying.

In church, Father Keith Tomlinson narrates the parable of the Prodigal Son. An eight-year-old child called Molly Earp reads “Jesus please continue to love and protect us, until she is found.”

And then Jesus can have a rest and the police can resume normal duties…

Pages 8 and 9: “On the beach Gerry gave Maddy loads of hugs and kisses, he was a perfect dad..The next time I saw him was about midnight..I saw a man alone, desperate. He was crying and screaming her name over and over and over again.” Words from a “WAITER AT MADDIE’S LAST MEAL” before she vanished.

THE SUN front page: “Maddie ‘gag’ lift.” Friends of Kate and Gerry McCann are hopeful of being allowed to speak out and defend themselves. A judge has asked for a lifting of Portugal’s secrecy laws.

Pages 6 and 7: “AGONY TO COME.” The Sun produces a picture of Kate and Gerry McCann’s wedding day. They are holding Kate’s goddaughter Ellie. There is also a new picture of Madeleine McCann “looking angelic”. Have you seen her? Or are you watching the parents?

THE EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE. POLICE TO SEARCH SHRINE FOR BODY.” The McCanns went to Fatima. The McCanns car clocked up 1,709 miles in the fives weeks after their daughter went missing.

THE WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER Pages 2 and 3: “Hand in hand, McCanns go to family church.” The “devoutly Catholic couple” are leaving for church from their “£600,000 home”. Kate McCann is carrying Cuddle Cat.

Pages 4 and 5: “1,000 letters each day in support of the McCanns. Between 500 and 1,000 letters a day arrive at the McCanns’ home. “There are some crank letters,” says a spokesman for the family, “but that’s inevitable.”

None of these letters are believed to point to the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann.

Alex Cayles, a former neighbour of the McCanns, says “I never heard Kate or Gerry raise their voices to their children or anyone else.” Can the same be said of any parents of three very young children?

DAILY MAIL front page: a picture of Kate McCann smiling.

• Doubt cast on sniffer dogs
• Police frontman quits investigation
• Branson funds the McCanns’ defence
• Witness’s vital new evidence”

Pages 10 and 11:2 “Maddie: Is the case crumbling?”

Chief inspector Olegario Sousa has resigned “in disgust” at the way in which fellow Portuguese officers have been briefing the media behind his back.

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE MUM ON MURDER RAP. Now cops claim to have found ‘a motive’.”

The Star says police have read Kate McCann’s diary and “claim it reveals she had a motive to kill”.

Pages 4 and 5: “DID KATE HAVE A MOTIVE?”

Well, we haven’t read the diary, but…

“The idea that Portuguese detectives are looking at my daughter’s most personal thoughts and taking them out of context is terrible,” says Kate McCann’s father Brian Healy.

Pages 6 and 7: “HUNT AT HOLY SHRINE.” Is Madeleine McCann’s body buried at Fatima, one of the Catholic Church’s holiest sites? The Star says the couple went there three weeks after their daughter went missing.

We wonder. Is she? Or is she buried in Germany, America, London or Morocco, places also visited by the McCanns?

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “New allegations against McCanns – As the McCanns begin a new campaign to clear their names, further allegations emerged over the weekend.”


“The hire car: The Renault Scenic hired by the McCanns 25 days after Madeleine went missing. New claims centre on its high mileage. Between May 27 and July 3, it was driven 1,700 miles, with police looking into the possibility that it may have been used to dispose of a body…There were also reports that detectives were waiting for permission from a judge to seize and dismantle the car to search for ‘traces of skin’.”

THE GUARDIAN: No Maddy news today.

Madeleine McCann The Public Spectacle

Posted: 17th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (1,074)

Madeleine McCann: Torture, A Witness, Robert Murat’s Innocence And Richard Branson Investigates

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


As reported by Anorak on June 11 (see Madeleine McCann And Amaral Policing): “Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral has been accused of concealing evidence that the mother of eight-year-old Joana Cipriano, who disappeared in the Algarve three years ago, was tortured by police into confessing she had killed her daughter, whose body was never found.”

Is this the British Press discrediting the Portuguese police? Should they leave our Kate and Gerry alone? (Do the Portuguese police have a PR?)

“Lies, beatings, secret trials: the dark side of police handling Madeleine case” – If the Portuguese police do have a PR, they should get a new one.

“Madeleine: Hair in McCann Renault: ‘It could be anyone’s’” – British forensic experts have concluded the fragments said to be Madeleine’s could belong to any number of people who had come into contact with the silver Renault Scenic.

THE OBSERVER: “Maddy police: we blundered.” Remember Robert Murat?

Says a source said to be from within the Portuguese police force: “British police and crime experts also suggested that Murat fitted the profile to have been behind a kidnapping. But the Lisbon investigators were from the start unsettled about the lack of any motive. Months later, there is nothing to suggest he was involved.”

But, er, Robert Murat remains a suspect.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: “Hope for McCanns as law on secrecy is eased.”

Plans are afoot to change the rules in Portugal. The “new law means that all suspects and third parties, including the media, will have access to police documents in any investigation – unless the public prosecutor decides that secrecy will benefit the inquiry or protect the rights of the accused.”

And the police can make their views known to the public, too.

And: the McCanns have announced an £80,000 advertising campaign to help find Madeleine.


No longer a criminal case. It is now a tragedy. The Encyclopaedia Britannica says a tragedy is a “branch of drama that treats in a serious and dignified style the sorrowful or terrible events encountered or caused by a heroic individual.”

Yes, dignified. Who knew?

DAILY STAR ON SUNDAY front page: “MADDIE. The missing journey.”
Where did she go?

SUNDAY TIMES front page: “Branson gives cash to defend McCanns.”
Sir Richard Branson is giving £100,000 to create a “fighting fund” to help the parents of Madeleine McCann to clear their names.

A source close to Branson says: “Sir Richard wants to ensure the McCanns get access to the best legal advice. He has a good instinct on these things.”

The Virgin Sniffer will crack the case. Or will his PR and marketing departments get there first.

But is Branson right? Let’s take a look at the survey…

“According to a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times, only 20% of respondents believe that the McCanns are completely innocent. Nearly half (48%) believe that they could have been responsible for their daughter’s death, even if it was an accident; 32% were unsure. A total of 40% said that the McCanns’ high-profile campaign had made them suspicious, but 50% said that it had not.”

Tasteful stuff. But we need another poll to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann.

Times Columnist India Knight is a McCann junkie. “I want to stop reading, listening, watching, Googling, amateur sleuthing; I nauseate myself with my own prurience. My appetite for commentary – which is all that’s left, in the absence of hard facts – has been sated many times over. But I can’t stop.”

She craves information. But there isn’t any. Unless you listen to sources”…

“Police leaks, gossip and a clash of cultures close in on McCanns” – Yesterday the police spokesman Olegario de Sousa quit “in dismay” at the daily leaks to the press.

Those Portuguese police leaks only add to the speculation and the pain. Thanks goodness for the clarity and sensitivity provided by the Times.

As the Times notes: “Maria do Sameiro Oliveira, a psychologist who does criminal profiling for the police, said she found it strange ‘how they function so much as a unit, always holding hands rigidly’ and pointed out that normally in cases of child disappearances, ‘the mother and father start to diverge, one wants to continue the search, the other not’. She added: “They show little evidence of suffering. They are very formal.”

You should not be influence by Ms Oliveria’s words. When responding to the Times’ survey, make your judgement. Make up your own survey.

THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: “The McCanns: Unbelievable truth or unimaginable nightmare?”

The human interest angle and a time to look back over week of speculation.

NEWS OF THE WORLD: “MADDIE: THE SECRET WITNESS – TV boss holds vital clue to mystery.”

Jeremy Wilkins is the man whose “bombshell testimony could clear the McCanns”.
And: “Jeremy Wilkins’ evidence blows holes in the police theory that Gerry and Kate killed four-year-old Madeleine.”

Wilkins is said to be the man who spoke to Gerry McCann for up to 15 minutes outside the holiday apartments — “moments after checking on his children for the last time.”
A pal says: “He is entirely convinced of Kate and Gerry’s innocence. He believes they are a decent family caught up in an unimaginable nightmare.”

With Wilkin’s certainly and Richard Branson’s sense of smell, the McCanns may be placed once more above suspicion.

All the Madeleine McCann Faction Here…

Posted: 16th, September 2007 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (655)