3 Jan 2010

Kate McCann: My struggle to control 'very difficult' Madeleine

This unchallenged report in the Daily Mail is incredibly damaging to the McCanns, most particularly given Mr Zapata admitted to murdering his wife. Not really any different to what Goncalo Amaral is saying...do they think he is a softer target ?

Kate McCann: My struggle to control 'very difficult' Madeleine

Last updated at 19:06 17 September 2007

Kate McCann has revealed that she struggled to control Madeleine McCann after the birth of her and Gerry's twins, it was revealed today.

Missing Madeleine would run around 'screaming...shouting for my attention', the mother-of-three said.

In an interview given to a Portuguese magazine before she was named as a suspect in the case of the four-year-old's disappearance, Kate also said the first six months of Madeleine's life were "very difficult" and that the girl had suffered from colic.

Gerry and Kate McCann in sombre mood today

The revelations come as police said they were trawling through Kate's medical records amid suspicions in Portugal that she may have had a history of depression.

The detailed analysis of her medical notes could provide them with significant evidence against the GP, who is a suspect in the case of Madeleine's disappearance.

Speaking about Madeleine's upbringing, Kate, a 39-year-old GP, told Portugal's Flash! magazine: "She cried practically for 18 hours a day. I had to permanently carry her around."


Kate McCann with twins Sean and Amelie

This period explained "the strong bond between mother and daughter", she said.

Although the arrival of the twins Sean and Amelie shook up Madeleine's life, she accepted them very well, said Kate.

"She managed to deal perfectly with this new reality, although she herself at the time was still a baby.

"The worst thing is that she started to demand lots of attention, especially when I was breast-feeding them.


Madeleine McCann: Would run around screaming and demanding attention after her twin brother and sister were born

"She would run up and down screaming in the background, shouting for my attention."

Mrs McCann also insisted that she and her husband were "truly responsible parents" and had committed no crime.

Speaking of the night Madeleine disappeared, she said: "I was sure immediately that she didn't walk out of that room. I never doubted that she had been taken by someone.

"I went through a phase of guilt for not knowing what happened to her. I blamed myself for thinking that the place was safe.

"But the certainty that we are truly responsible parents has helped me carry on.

"I know that what happened is not due to the fact of us leaving the children asleep. I know it happened under other circumstances."

Asked about whether she and her husband were responsible for their daughter's disappearance, she said: "It cannot be considered a crime. Someone committed one, but not us."

Portuguese newspapers continued to report today that Mrs McCann will be re-interviewed in the UK this week by British police on behalf of the Algarve authorities.

But a spokeswoman for the McCanns said the couple had to date received no request for new interrogation.

The judge in the case, Pedro Daniel dos Anjos Frias, rejected prosecutors' request to have the McCanns brought back to Portugal for further questioning, the Correio da Manha said.

He insisted that the fresh interviews should be carried out by British police in the UK, according to the paper.

The re-interviewing will only take place when further DNA testing in Birmingham is completed, either tomorrow or Wednesday.

A letter of appeal will be sent to Britain, setting out all the questions Portuguese detectives want to ask the couple, along with the evidence supporting their hypothesis, the Correio da Manha reported.

A source told the paper there was only a "very low" probability that Portuguese officers would be allowed to sit in on the interviews.

A McCann family spokeswoman said today: "We have been in touch with the lawyers to try and get a steer on what is in the Portuguese papers.

"They assure us we have had no request to date for any further questioning, either from the Portuguese police or in the UK."

She could not say whether the McCanns' legal team was expecting the couple to be re-interviewed.

Since Kate and Gerry McCann were named as official suspects last week, there have been suggestions in Portugal that Madeleine was given drugs on the night of her disappearance.

The accusations have been strenuously denied by the couple but have not been ruled out by police. Although the order to seize medical files came from the Portuguese authorities, the background searches are being carried out by Leicestershire police.

A copy of Mrs McCann's diary has also been seized by police, who are now waiting for permission from the judge to seize and dismantle the McCanns' hire car so they can search for "traces of skin".

It has been reported that DNA evidence with a match to Madeleine was found in the Renault Scenic 25 days after their daughter vanished.

Yesterday it emerged the McCanns are trying to knock down potential evidence retrieved after two British sniffer dogs, capable of detecting blood and human remains, were used in the investigation in August.

One of the dogs picked up a "scent of deathî on items ranging from Mrs McCann's clothes to Madeleine's favourite soft toy Cuddle Cat.

Leaked reports from the investigation have suggested that Madeleine's parents could have accidentally killed her and then disposed of her body using the car. Although they do not know the full details of the Portuguese prosecutors' case against them, the McCanns are concerned that it may rest on the dog's reaction.

The couple's legal team has now consulted the lawyers of an American man accused of murdering his estranged wife in a case where "cadaver dog" evidence was central. They want to highlight the judge's dismissal of such evidence in the high-profile Eugene Zapata murder trial in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mr Zapata's estranged wife, flight instructor Jeanette Zapata, was 37 when she vanished in October 1976 after seeing her three children off to school.

Her body has never been found. Detectives suspected Mr Zapata of involvement in her disappearance but did not charge him because of a lack of evidence.

Police decided to conduct new searches using cadaver dogs and Mr Zapata, 68, was charged with firstdegree murder last year after the dogs indicated that they had scented human remains in an underfloor crawl space at the former family home and other properties linked to him.

But the judge ruled that the dogs' ability to detect remains was too unreliable, noting that no remains had actually been found.

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viv said...

This post by Ines on MM really gives me the creeps, the PJ were collecting these items in December 2007? The blanket sounds like Madeleine's ...a piece of child's clothing, only one shoe, one sock..torn bin bags what?

Does anyone know where these items were recovered from?

Outros Apensos IV; vol 2.

Pages 285 - 287


Complainant : PJ

Arguido: Robert Murat and others

NUIPC: 201/07.0 Galgs, Section: 4th Brigade. Inspector Joao Carlos

The undersigned officer remits the following articles to the PJ:

Portimao 14 December 2007

To be Deposited:

1. An envelope containing one elastic band made of synthetic material, used to tie hair.

2. An envelope containing one plastic bag from C.M in Lagos and one woven bag containing a stone.

3. An envelope containing a green children’s jacket with the label “Saccor”, size 4 and a child’s vest, with the label Palomino, size 98 with a floral pattern.

4. An envelope containing a pink and orangey brown blanket.

5. An envelope containing a pair of “Chico” children’s sports shoes.

6. A plastic bag from the “Alisuper” supermarket containing various items of clothing, namely a checked shirt, two pairs of trousers and three empty and torn bin bags.

7. An envelope containing one pair of blue and grey children’s socks.

8. A plastic bag containing baby toys.

9. An envelope containing six buccal swabs with samples, supposedly blood (Rua 25 de Abril nº 14, P da L).

10. An envelope containing one blue and red Clarkes sports shoe.

11. An envelope containing a pink child’s sock.

12. An envelope containing a cotton “corpete”, edged with a floral border.

13. An envelope containing a red and white piece of child’s clothing.

Handwritten note referring to item 1

On 9th May 2007 at 06.00 a police officer from Aljezur found (at the back of Maddie’s parents bedroom) an elastic hair band abandoned/dropped on the floor.

(Can’t make out the sentence that follows)..

Number of posts: 6

Points: 138
Registration date: 2009-08-28

viv said...

18m to 3 years - 86 to 98cm high - 51 to 55cm chest - 51 to 53cm waist

2 to 3 years - 92 to 98cm high - 53 to 55cm chest - 51 to 53cm waist

3 to 5 years - 98 to 110cm high - 54 to 62cm chest - 53 to 56cm waist

Wizard said...

Morning Viv,

The Mail article clearly indicates that KM had difficulty with her eldest daughter. It’s surprising if KM found Madeleine so difficulty why she didn’t wait a few years longer before IVF treatment for more. I suppose she was forced into making a decision due to her age.

KM was spotted during the holiday in Portugal hitting Madeleine in an attempt to control her. (This article has subsequently been whooshed clunked)

The question here is was Madeleine really difficult or was Kate just finding her difficult. Madeleine’s behaviour would fit high performing autism but other things said by the family suggest this not to be the case. It’s just open to speculation.

What I think is clear is if KM was having difficulty in coping at home - on holiday out of her normal routine, with friends and increased social demands and perhaps a husband who was not pulling his weight - all add up to a heady mixture for frustration and irritability. It would not be unusual for losses of temper to occur under the extra stress.

If what we are told is to be believed the difficult one in the McCann family goes missing.

I believe KM never allowed her medical records to be given to the PJ – perhaps this does mean she suffered from depression or mood swings which could have been perceived as incriminating. I think all we can deduce from this is if the medical records were not given to the PJ there was something in them suggesting instability otherwise why deny access.

hope4truth said...

It would be tragic if Kate McCann had been found guilty of harming Madeleine if she suffered from depression.

I thought it was sad when Gerry anounced that Kate had undergone tests and she was not on any anti depresents there is no shame in being depressed and seeking help for it... PND is awful at the time in your life when you should be happy and enjoying your Baby to suffer from PND is awful....

Children can be demanding and from the vacant look in some of the pictres of Maddie she was either deeply unhappy or she had a problem...

Kates line..... Mrs McCann also insisted that she and her husband were "truly responsible parents" and had committed no crime.

well what a load of rubbish responsible parents dont sod off and leave young children home alone apart from the small risk of abduction there are many things that can harm a child when adults are not around to care for them...

These comments are just the McCann's spin machine telling the world what they want the world to belive sorry what the world MUST belive as they have said it and they will sue anyone who thinks they are wrong to have said it....

Kate needs help she is so far gone now she cant even understand why people would doubt what she says or find her actions heartless, cruel and strange....

Team McCann have labled me an evil blogger hired chimps to try and bully and intimidate (or used their friends and family) well screw the lot of them this is about a 3 year old child if they could not cope they should have got help to cope and if they had not turned themselves into victims and lied then maybe they too would have my sympathy...

God forbid they are telling the truth and she is out there somewhere in a peadophile den their spin, misdirection and lies have held her there far longer than she should have been if she is really findable....

Karen Mathews inspired by the McCann's hurt her daughter in the same way (but to be honest did have the inteligence to actually try and look distaught) Kate and Gerry have smugly laughed it up and looked "Lovely" from day 3 if Karen had acted in the same way Shannon would have been found the day she went missing instead of weeks later so why the hell are these two Child Neglctors (and if she is really missing Abusers) still treated by some as the victims...

After all what normal parent would refuse to answer questions not beg for the case to be reopened and still trust scummy friends who would not help out in a reconstruction....

justice for Madeleine

Joe said...

IMO the children were trophy children and neither of the McCanns were prepared to deal with all the normal antics,tantrums and demands that chilren have and make. Since they had the children later in life compared to most these days they were too long in the tooth and set in their ways and used to only thinking of themselves. They clearly were not prepared or willing either individually or together to give up their singular lifestyle for the sake of their children. Both are very immature IMO. This is evident by their dining arrangements, dumping their children in the creche, socialising instead of minding their children and his lack of help to help her look after the children. So the constant demands of child rearing came as a shock to the party people.

hope4truth said...

Think you may have hit the nail on the head there Joe...

I just wonder why the 9 of them have to hide that stops any of them breaking ranks??? Who would be proud of neglecting their children night after night yet they are???

viv said...

Wow, this is good news!

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Senior Leicestershire Police officers have remained tight-lipped about their role co-ordinating the search for the toddler since she vanished from a Portuguese holiday resort in May 2007.

But analysts at the force have drawn up a list detailing the mass of information they have gathered and considered whether they would ever release any of it to the general public.

The paperwork includes everything from correspondence with Government ministers, minutes of police meetings, details of leads and sightings to copies of letters from the McCann family.

Leicestershire Police said they will not release any information while the inquiry is ongoing and will never reveal the tactics of their investigation. But internal documents suggest some papers may eventually be published.

They stated: "Anything in relation to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will not be released whilst it remains ongoing.

"Consideration may be given to releasing certain material, ie, that which would not reveal police tactics, when the circumstances surrounding Madeleine's disappearance are fully known and the person/people involved have been brought to justice and a suitable period for any appeal has elapsed."

Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared on May 3 2007 from Praia da Luz, nine days before her fourth birthday.

An investigation into her disappearance was carried out by the Portuguese police, supported by Leicestershire Police.

The force is responsible for co-ordinating British inquiries under the codename Operation Task.