24 Jun 2011


I was reading some posts on Missing Madeleine today, someone quipped, well every time they got the story wrong they change and that is true.  It was also commented how selfish were the McCanns?  Instead of being out looking for Madeleine that night, they were phoning friends and relatives in the early hours of the morning to get their story out for the morning press.  Gerry was overheard by one witness around 11 that same night, yes, within an hour, apparently, of little Maddie going missing, "she has been taken by a gang of Portuguese paedophiles".  

I have to agree the McCanns, from the very first moments, were just intensely scheming and not the least concerned to go out and look for Madeleine, they knew exactly where she had gone.  

In their frantic rush to get their story out there, lines inevitably got "fluffed".  See how their close friend Jill Renwick tells of them going out at 8, then checking the children at 9 and then at 10.  In short hourly checks.  Now she could not have got those calls wrong could she, how would you report such an important detail to the press if it was wrong.  Likewise the jemmied shutters and damaged windows, no less than five friends and relatives reported this in the media.  Of late Kate wants to tell us that was a "red herring" by the abductor, oh really Madam?  

I think those red herrings belong all to you and your husband and just how bad do they smell now.  

Like others I also think it was great Kate wrote her book.  People finally begin to believe what I have always said, the British Police are not for them but against them.  Kate even confirmed in her book, Leicester Police opposed their application to Mrs Justice Hogg to get the police files on the basis "there is no evidence the McCanns are not involved".  Well that is true Kate, but there is one heck of a lot of evidence you were!   

May 5, 2007

Parents checked sleeping child every half-hour - but still she was abducted

A desperate search for a three-year-old British girl continued last night after she disappeared from an upmarket beach resort in Portugal while her parents dined near by.
Despite their half-hourly checks on her as she slept, Madeleine McCann went missing from her parents’ rented holiday apartment in the Algarve on Thursday night as they ate tapas only 50 yards away.
Relatives claimed that she had been abducted from the Ocean Club resort, run by the holiday company Mark Warner, in the seaside village of Praia da Luz.
Her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, both 38-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, were being comforted last night by friends and consular officials.
Madeleine, known as Maddy, vanished after being left to sleep between her brother and sister, two-year-old twins.
Mr McCann and his wife, who was clutching Madeleine’s pink teddy bear to her chest, made a public appeal last night for the return of their daughter.
Mr McCann said: “Words cannot describe the anguish and concern we are feeling at the loss of our daughter Madeleine. We now request that if you have any information about Madeleine’s disappearance, no matter how trivial, contact the Portuguese police so we can have her back. Please, if you have Madeleine, let her come back to mummy, daddy and her brother and sister.”
The family have moved to another apartment 150 yards from the one from where their daughter is said to have been taken.
The McCanns went to Portugal last Saturday with a group of eight couples, friends said. Mr McCann, a cardiologist, and his wife, a GP, went out for a meal at a tapas bar within the complex at 8.30pm on Thursday, leaving Madeleine sleeping between Sean and Amelie, the twins. The couple checked on their children every half an hour and ensured that the doors were locked, it was said.
The resort offered a crãche service but the McCanns chose to leave the children sleeping at the apartment, taking turns to check on them. Between their checks at 9.30pm and 10pm, the apartment was broken into through a window and Madeleine was taken, according to her aunt. Trish Cameron, Mr McCann’s sister, from Dum-barton, near Glasgow, said it appeared that someone had been spying on Madeleine and had targeted her for abduction.
“The front door was open, the window had been tampered with, the shutters had been jemmied open and Madeleine was missing,” she said. “Nothing had been touched in the apartment, no valuables taken, no passports. They think someone must have come in the window and gone out the door with her.”
Police were called at 10.20pm as Madeleine’s parents became increasingly anxious. Soon, fellow guests were notified. About 60 staff and holidaymakers searched until 4.30am, while police notified border police, Spanish police and airports.
Three police vans and three police cars were at the scene as officers searched the family’s apartment. Others searched the beach 200 yards away.
Specialists fingerprinted the windowsill of the apartment. Sniffer dogs were brought in by Portuguese detectives and unconfirmed reports indicated that Madeleine’s scent had been picked up.
The resort caters for 1,000 holidaymakers and is set in lush subtropical gardens. It is made up of self-catering villas and apartment blocks and has several bars and restaurants.
John Hill, the manager at Ocean Club, said that reports that the flat had been broken into had yet to be confirmed.
But Jill Renwick, a family friend, told GMTV that the McCanns were certain that Madeleine had been abducted.
“They were just watching the hotel room and going back every half-hour and the shutters had been broken open and they had gone into the room and taken Madeleine,” she said. “They went out about 8, went back in at 9, they were fine, went back in at 10 and she was gone.
Ms Renwick said that it was the McCanns’ first holiday of this sort. “They are very, very anxious parents and very careful, and they chose Mark Warner because it is a family-friendly resort.”
A spokesman for Mark Warner, which has run the resort for two years, said that looking after the McCanns was their priority. “If necessary, the company will fly other family members out to the Ocean Club. We are all hoping that she is asleep under a bush somewhere and we will find her soon,” he said.
Guests are being asked if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, he said, adding that Mark Warner had never had cases of missing or abducted children before.
He said that Mark Warner offered a baby-sitting service. “Those facilities were available but, for whatever reason, they were not being used,” he said. Another spokeswoman for Mark Warner said that in the Algarve, unlike most of their resorts, the company did not supply a “room listening” service, where nannies regularly listen at the door of sleeping children.
John Stephen Buck, the British Ambassador to Portugal, travelled to the Algarve yesterday, as did Craig Mayhew, Mark Warner UK operations director, and a counsellor. The McCanns remain at the police station in Portimão, helping police to piece together what has happened.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said that the Serious Organised Crime Agency was liaising with British and Portuguese police. He added that two officials from the British Consulate in Portimão were with the family.


viv said...

Would you spend all night on the phone to friends and relatives, even ringing them at 3 and 4 am or would you be out looking for your little girl?

Would you be demanding a priest that same night? No wonder so many people believe Maddie had died, maybe they are right. I think Kate was thinking of herself as ever though here, her spiritual needs in light of "we have let her down", "they have taken her".

If I could ask Kate just one question (that she refused to answer to the Portuguese Police) it would be why were you thinking of handing over custody of Madeleine to a relative Kate?

I am sure the answer to that one simple question would solve this case, but she did not want to answer. Neither did Gerry, he did not want to say why his wife gave up work either and denied she was suffering from depression.

If Portuguese Police formed the view that Kate does indeed suffer and could not cope with three kids and lost it with Maddie, that would have been a reasonable view to form in the circumstances of a couple who just refuse to explain. But could it be they will not explain because the answer is even worse than that? I think Goncalo Amaral knows that it is.

Di said...

Hi Viv

Couldn't agree more. Do you remember a poster, on 3As I think, who said her daughter worked at Madeleine's nursery in UK. I remember her saying one of Madeleine's parents had a terrible temper, it was decided at the time it could be Kate.

We also have a PJ statement, saying they witnessed Kate being annoyed with Madeleine, wish I could find the statement.

viv said...

Hiya Di

I know from my former (extreme) problems with my ex employers that being extremely stressed by such conduct can make an otherwise mild person crabby, angry, even aggressive and unable to cope in a rational and calm way.

I do think she certainly comes across as "passive aggressive", by that I mean she is a controlling person herself but goes about controlling people in a more subtle way. I think this is why, when you read the statements people tend to like Kate. Gerry on the other hand, is just bombastic in your face extroverted and aggressive.

IN a way they could both be described as narcissists but different types of that species, I think.

Luke nagging to go and eat, BBL xxx