26 Mar 2011


Maybe it is about time, people refrained from trotting out that tired old cliche, expert "cadaver dog" proves Maddie died in the apartment... there is no other evidence of a cadaver in there ergo  !!!  That demonstrates about as much intelligence and logical reasoning power as my (admittedly rather clever) Parrot called Nanday, bless him, he says thank you and hangs invitingly off his cage when there is food in the offing and can say hello using the accents of myself and two of my sons.  Particularly in
the early morning he rings the phone and answers it "helloooo" then he will chant hello good boy.  I hope any Bennettite readers get the overall picture and learn to grow up.  Evidence the McCanns were involved in her disappearance but no precise evidence of just how they made her disappear.  She may be still alive, and that is a fact.  Maybe Kate does know that, if so high time she talked to Leicester Police.  But there again, that would be demonstrating concern for Madeleine, something she has always been decidedly lacking in.  

Sniffer Dogs 'Can Hinder Police Work'

8:57am UK, Thursday March 24, 2011

Gerard Tubb, Sky News correspondent
Police sniffer dogs used to find missing people and dead bodies "urgently" need better training and monitoring, according to an official report.

Sniffer dog Eddie was relieved of his police duties

The Government's National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) said specialist victim recovery dogs are not trained to approved standards, with no way of gauging their competence.

The NPIA reviewed the use of the specialist sniffer dogs two years ago, but its report has only now surfaced following a request bySky News.

"There is no consistency in what the dogs can do and how it is done," the report states.

"Furthermore, there is no national standard for accrediting dogs and handlers or record keeping of the success rate they achieve."

The report added the dogs, which are trained to detect the smell of dead bodies, have "the potential to cause complications in an inquiry".

"There is an urgent need to have national policy on their training, accreditation and deployment," it concluded.


"There is an urgent need to have national policy on (police sniffer dogs') training, accreditation and deployment."

National Policing Improvement Agency report


The review uses a kidnap investigation to highlight how dogs have tied up valuable police time.

The animals detected human remains in old furniture that had been bought from houses where the owner had died.

The use of victim recovery, or cadaver dogs, has proved to be controversial in a number of high-profile cases in recent years.

A South Yorkshire Police spaniel called Eddie was said to have sniffed out the "scent of death" at the Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey and the apartment from which Madeleine McCann disappeared in Portugal.

But in both cases nothing more was found and South Yorkshire Police say Eddie is no longer working with them.

Sniffer dogs hindered the police probe into Shannon Matthew's disappearance

Victim recovery dogs from four different police forces were used during searches for kidnapped schoolgirl Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury in West Yorkshire in 2008.

The dogs found evidence of dead bodies, but officers later discovered the corpses were nothing to do with her disappearance.

"The properties searched contained a high level of second-hand furniture bought from dwellings where someone had died," according to the NPIA report.

"This resulted in numerous indications that required further investigation to confirm whether they were connected to the investigation, or to previous owners of the furniture."

The Association of Chief Police Officers told Sky News it was consulting individual police forces and hoped to have national training standards for the dogs later this year.

21 Mar 2011


Just like she did to them

Now who said there was no such thing as justice....
I especially like the comment from Goncalo's wife,
 we have no intention of cashing in on the fourth
 anniversary.  What she is implying there is clear 


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Kate McCann publishes her fundraising book called Madeleine later this year
Sunday March 20,2011

By James Murray

FORMER Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral is set for a new legal battle with Kate and Gerry McCann after writing a second book about their missing daughter Madeleine.
Mr Amaral’s book will be published in Portugal next month shortly before Kate McCann publishes her fundraising book called Madeleine.
It could not come at a worse time for Kate, 42. She is hoping someone who reads her book will come forward with information about the person who took her daughter on May 3, 2007.
The McCanns’ private investigator David Edgar is also preparing to beef up his team in Portugal to react swiftly to any new leads produced by Kate’s book. It goes on sale in Britain on May 12 and a week later in Portugal.
The McCanns have already fought a costly legal battle over Mr Amaral’s first book on the case. Called Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie, it was taken off the shelves for several months before being allowed back on sale.
On Friday the McCanns lost an appeal in Portugal’s Supreme Court to stop his first book from going back on the shelves there.

The timing of this new book is just coincidental, nothing was planned
Goncalo Amaral’s wife Sofia said
In the book Mr Amaral put forward the theory that Madeleine had died in apartment 5a of the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz on the Algarve. His conclusion angered the McCanns, who insist there is no evidence to suggest Madeleine died there and they still hope she is alive.
Now the stage is set for a fresh legal battle. Mr Amaral’s wife Sofia said: “Goncalo has been working on his book for about six months, spending days and nights assessing all the evidence. He has put in an enormous amount of work. The title has not been decided and a publication date will be sorted out this week.
“At this stage he doesn’t want to say too much, but he will say his investigation was cut short and he will explain what he would have done if he had been allowed to continue. The book is not just about Madeleine. He gives the background to other big cases he was involved with.

“The timing of this new book is just coincidental, nothing was planned. We are not trying to cash in on the fourth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance and we do not want a fight over Kate’s book.”
Mr Amaral was a senior investigation officer in the case but was taken off it after criticising British police for an alleged lack of co-operation.
After resigning from the Policia Judiciaria, he has become a successful author in Portugal and regularly appears on television news. He has tried to publish The Truth Of The Lie in Britain but no publisher has accepted it for fear of being sued for libel.
Kate McCann is said to have been warned by her publisher to be careful of what she says about Mr Amaral. However, she does chronicle her frustration with him and her anger over the way he looked at the case.
The Sunday Express can also reveal that Mr Edgar has been making regular trips to Portugal to check out leads in recent months.
A source said: “The investigation is very active. There is a hope that Kate’s book will lead to someone coming forward with the key piece of the jigsaw.”

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/235580/War-of-words-looms-over-Madeleine-McCann-booksWar-of-words-looms-over-Madeleine-McCann-books#ixzz1HC6IGX2r

16 Mar 2011


Global paedophile network smashed

More than 180 people arrested worldwide after online ring uncovered
Press conference on paedophile network
Peter Davies (second from right), of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, at a press conference about the uncovering of a global paedophile ring. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP
A global online paedophile network has been smashed in a worldwide police operation that has led to hundreds of arrests and many convictions.
The investigation exposed more than 50,000 members in the UK, US, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand, where some of the first arrests were made.
A total of 230 children are said to have been taken out of danger, 60 of them in the UK. Worldwide, 184 suspects have been arrested, 121 of them in Britain.
Details were revealed at a press conference in The Hague, the Netherlands, where the website's server was based.
The network hid behind a legal online forum, boylover.net, which operated from a server based in the Netherlands but had members from around the world. The site operated as a discussion-only forum where members could share their sexual interest in young boys without committing specific offences. Having made contact, members would move to more private channels such as email to exchange and share illegal images of children being abused.
The investigation, Operation Rescue, was led by the UK's national centre for child protection and joined by the Australian federal police, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, New Zealand police, Europol, the Zaanstreek-Waterland police in the Netherlands and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It targeted 670 offenders.
Peter Davies, who leads the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), said: "The scale and success of Operation Rescue has broken new ground. Not only is it one of the largest operation of its kind to date – and the biggest operation we have led – it also demonstrates the impact of international law enforcement agencies working together with one single objective: to safeguard children and bring offenders to justice. That drive has been the hallmark of all the forces and teams involved.
"What we show today is that while these offenders felt anonymous in some way because they were using the internet to communicate, the technology was actually being used against them. Everything they did online, everyone they talked to or anything they shared could and was tracked by following the digital footprint.
"We are grateful to the support of our law enforcement colleagues both nationally and internationally who have supported Ceop in this operation."
Operation Rescue began in 2007, after Ceop and Australian police independently discovered the site. They were already working together as part of the Virtual Global Taskforce to target online child sexual abuse and joined forces. Covert investigators infliltrated the site to identify members who posed the biggest risk to children

11 Mar 2011


Sadly, perhaps, it would seem the baby's body has now been found by fishermen.  Meanwhile the father continues to reside in a German jail.

One thing seems very odd to me, if Portuguese and other posters can accept that this German man will be tried in Germany for murders he committed in Portugal, with the Portuguese and German police working in harmony for justice,  why is it they cannot accept the same logic in the case of McCann? Now that is a question I would really like an answer to.  ....... Why is there a perceived need to even refer to Rebelo (who cracked the Casa Pia case) as the Shelver.  I will continue to believe that it was Portugal's duty to thoroughly investigate whether Maddie had indeed been abducted by a stranger and to that end, Rebelo stayed in UK to listen intently to the account of Jane Tanner and her supposed abductor sighting, having heard it he had no reason to further stay in UK.  He, along with Leicester Police were satisfied this was not the work of any strangers to Madeleine - she did not unprotestingly get removed from her bed that night, she was never in it!   The rest is down to Leicester Police - to deal with Leicester criminals including one David Payne who likes to arrange holidays where he can have access to lots of tiny little girls.   Portugal only need to assume jurisdiction in this case if what the McCanns say is true and they have repeatedly challenged the McCanns, bring us your evidence and we will re-commence the search.  They are not holding their breath waiting for any response from them.  Maybe they can only wait for the fishermen..

There is of course something terribly sad about this lovely picture of a glowing mom and beautiful baby, they were murdered by the same man who fathered that lovely little girl.  He took them to Portugal to do it, did Gerry inspire him?  What an appalling legacy that man leaves.  I continue to hope that some day the police will get the breakthrough they need to put him right where he belongs, and the rest of them.


10 March 2011 | Posted by astro Leave a Comment

by Paulo Marcelino

The PJ believes that the bonés that were discovered at
 a cliff near Beliche beach, in Sagres, belong to Alexandra,
 the 18-month-old baby that was taken by her father after
 he murdered the child’s mother at Canavial beach, in Lagos,
 on the 10th of July last year.

The skull and a femur were located on a cliff ledge,
 15 metres away from the water and at a distance of 
20 metres from the rock’s top. They were discovered 
on Tuesday evening, at around 11 p.m., by two 
fishermen who were descending a narrow path. 
Yesterday morning, vertebrae, ribs, a part of another 
femur and the lower jawbone were found, approximately
 10 metres away from the path.

The dimension of the bones and the residues of 
black, curly hair point towards the baby’s mortal
 remains. The bones have been taken to the
 Forensic Medicine Cabinet of Portimão, where
 the body of Georgina Zito remains unclaimed. 
An autopsy and a DNA test will be performed 
in order to confirm the identity.

Gunnar murdered Georgina four days after the 
couple arrived in Lagos. He simulated a drowning 
at Canavial beach and fled with the little girl. 
The baby’s remains were now found 35 kilometres
 away, in Sagres. The man returned to Munich on
 the 15th of July and was detained, after which he
 opposed extradition to Portugal.

in: Correio da Manhã, 10.03.2011