Tuesday, 6 September 2016


We have seen how the results of the CSI dogs’searches  filtered through fairly early: by the middle of August the  press reported on blood found in the apartment.  Timesonline 16/8/2007 informs the readers: ‘..the blood probably comes from a white man from the “northeast European subgroup”. However, this conclusion is only 72 per cent accurate owing to the poor condition of the sample because of its age and also that the bedroom wall had been cleaned with a detergent. [..]Detectives had already suspected that the blood came from a man who had injured himself while staying at the two-bedroom apartment after Madeleine disappeared. ‘

But the article also stated: ‘Mr Sousa confirmed that one of the dogs had found a scent indicating that a corpse had been in the apartment.’ And: ‘Mrs McCann contemplated for the first time yesterday returning to Britain to live without Madeleine..’

But in June 2007 we have Gerry McCann telling a journalist when asked how long they might stay there : ‘Well, our kids don't start school for three years.’ - Daily Mirror, 07 June 2007.

And: Sunday June 3,2007    Daily Express "LATER THIS YEAR  LET'S HOLD A MADELEINE DAY FOR THE WHOLE WORLD” -  Jason Groves
'ROCK legend Sir Elton John is being lined up to front a global pop concert, to carry the message of missing Madeleine McCann’s plight to every corner of the earth.
It is hoped the singer will headline
a huge series of worldwide events to mark a special Madeleine Day
that her distraught parents are planning in the effort to find the vanished four-year-old. Sir Elton’s popular appeal is guaranteed to attract a swarm of other film and music superstars keen to offer support to parents Gerry and Kate McCann. The couple, having promised not to return home until they are reunited with Madeleine, are now planning a series of visits to European and North African cities, to distribute posters and widen the appeal for information.  

[..]Gerry McCann, 38, said: “One of the ideas is maybe getting all the people who have publicly supported us to come together. I don’t just mean from the UK but from different parts of the world. We want a big event to raise awareness that she is still missing. “We would look at high-profile people who have already pledged support. It will be some sort of focus around an anniversary, to tell people that Madeleine’s still missing. I think it would be later this year, once media attention has dropped, to bring it back up, hopefully, for a short period.

It wouldn’t be a one-year anniversary; it will be sooner than that. What we’re doing at the minute has its role but doing that down the line in a few months won’t have anything like the same impact. We might have a sporting event, something arts, something music’ unquote

Daily Mail 27th July 2007: By David Jones : ' It's three months since Maddy vanished and her parents are grieving in very different ways. He's thinking about moving back to Britain and starting to rebuild their lives. She's still lost in despair and cannot bear to leave Portugal.'


So by mid-August the storm clouds are gathering and there is no more talk of staying in Portugal at all, leave alone for another three years.

Early June Sir Elton John is being lined up, in much the same way that J.K. Rowling was probably notified in July (via the press) that she was willing to have millions of  Madeleine bookmarks inserted in her latest Harry Potter book. Sir Elton’s ability of attracting a ‘swarm’  of international superstars, which might include Beckham and Ronaldo, is not in doubt, what is in doubt is whether he was aware of this global pop concert anniversary at all.  So in June the McCanns are in for the long haul, but by late July, the Daily Mail article tells us that Gerry  wants to go home, but Kate doesn’t. By the 16th of August they both want to go home.

All through August,  through the blog and later the diary, we are kept up to date with their fitness regime, their visits to the church. Much has been written about the key to the church, Gerry apparently visits the church most mornings. Many reasons have been suggested for these frequent visits, in my opinion it would be a perfect dead letter box,  phone calls and email traffic were probably monitored as this is standard procedure in abduction cases where ransom demands may be sent to the parents.  The key to the church appears to be a sensitive topic for anyone connected with it.  (see 1)


The CSI and EVRD dogs:  summary:

The dogs  are deployed on July 31st, starting at 8.00 pm:

Participants: PJ: Tavares A. & Ricardo P. Inspectors
UK: Mark Harrison, Martin Grime (UK Forensic Canine P SM Expert),
Eddie & Keela (English Springers)
Silvia B. Manager of the Ocean Club complex.
On that date, inspections were conducted in the apartments occupied by members of the McCann family as well as the group who were with them at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance

From ‘The truth of the Lie’ by Goncalo Amaral: ‘At around 10pm, police officers see Gerry McCann, going past the apartment at the wheel of his hire car, a Renault Mégane Scenic, an impenetrable look on his face. ‘

So the officers saw Gerry McCann driving past that evening,  on the 1st of August, he had a virus and had to cancel a trip to Huelva, said virus had disappeared the following day and staying home for a whole day one might have time to tidy up just in case? For it is clear that the search of the Villa was at very short notice and – like the search of the car – possibly not expected at all.
PJfiles  - Analysis of the cadaver & blood dog searches in 5A and in the vehicles   09-Processos Vol  IX Pages 2462 to 2465. (Martin Grime)
I have trained and handled two operational specialist search dogs: Eddie is a 7- year old English Springer spaniel dog who is trained as an Enhanced Victim Recovery Dog (EVRD).  Keela is a three-year old English Springer spaniel bitch who is trained as a Human blood search dog (CSI dog).
[..] My observation of the dog’s behaviour in this instance was that the dog’s behaviour changed immediately upon opening the front door to the apartment. He will normally remain in the sit position untio released and tasked to search. On this occasion he broke the stay and entered the apartment with an above average interest. His behaviour  was such that I believed him to be ín scent’ and I therefore allowed him to free search without direction to allow him to identify the source of his interest. He did so alerting in the rear bedroom.
For the dog searches  including the videos which were presumably those  shown to both Kate and Gerry McCann see:  http://www.mccannfiles.com/id161.html
Rather than go through the list of sites marked by the dogs, let’s look at the blue bag problem.
Eddie alerted at or in the wardrobe in the parent’s bedroom. This room has patio doors opening on to the balcony. Eddie also alerted to the flowerbed below the balcony. The flowerbed can be reached by way of the balcony stairs.
There are two points about this alert: There was no alert by the CSI (blood) dog Keela, so only cadaver alert. A large blue bag can be seen in the wardrobe in photographs taken on the night of the 3rd..  The following day other photographs were taken and the bag is no longer there. (The pink blanket on the bed is also missing, never to be seen again). These items were missing after the apartment was declared a crime scene by the PJ.  The McCanns  stayed in the Payne’s apartment as from 04.00 on 4/5/07.

The blue bag problem:
23/12/07( mccannfiles.com) It is revealed that police want to trace a blue tennis bag allegedly taken from Kate and Gerry McCann's apartment on the night Madeleine went missing. Detectives think the hold-all could have been used to carry Madeleine as she was taken away, or even to transport the three-year-old's body. It belonged to the girl's father but has not been seen since the night of May 3, according to a Sky News documentary due to be broadcast on Christmas Eve.
Expert Tony Rogers, who reviews unsolved cases for British police and worked on the Soham investigation, said: "If it's a bag of a size that could be used to take a child away from the flat, that would be of great interest to the investigating officer."
But McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell flatly denied that Mr McCann had lost a bag during the family's holiday. He said: "As far as Kate and Gerry are concerned, there is no missing tennis bag. They came back from holiday with everything except of course, tragically, Madeleine." Mr McCann told friends yesterday that he did not take any tennis equipment to Praia da Luz, and did not own a blue tennis bag. But Sky News stood by its story, which it said came from sources who had travelled to the resort after Madeleine's disappearance.
Portuguese newspaper Diaria de Noticas reports that the Policiaria Judiciaria have been searching for months for a blue tennis bag, with sufficient size to carry a small child, which belonged to Gerry McCann. The story, advanced by Sky News, adds that
Gerry McCann assured PJ investigators at the time that the bag had been "stolen". 
And  in the rogatory interview with Dr. David Payne: 
From the rogatory interview with David Payne re the missing tennis bag: 1485 "What about a kit bag? Would they have a kit bag with them?”
Reply "Err he certainly didn’t have a great big tennis bag or a, you know, err I mean I used to be a squash, a semi-professional squash player and you know they certainly didn’t have anything that I would call a kit bag from days when I played…”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "You know, a lot of sport, err if they had a rucksack with some water in that would be, you know, about as big as it got, you know a small rucksack. But it certainly wasn’t a big tennis, you know, things that you could put a tennis racquet in.”
1485 "Yeah.”
Reply "
There was nothing of that size that you could hide a, a tennis racquet in or anything like that, it would have been just purely, if they had anything…”

For a start, the officer hasn’t mentioned a tennis bag at all and there is no reason why Dr. Payne should now give an answer pertaining to a ‘big tennis bag’ when he has been prompted with a ‘kit bag’. Adding a little later that Gerry McCann had nothing with him big enough to hide a tennis racket in only makes it worse. Together with Clarence Mitchell helpfully denying the existence of a bag which Gerry apparently told the PJ had been stolen it only serves to focus attention on this bag which must have existed to be stolen in the first place.

Take note that the front door is not on a main road but opens onto a car park. 
The parent's bedroom also has patio doors and the garden area is below the balcony. These are basic sketch plans, not at all accurate save for the location of the rooms.  The cot would most likely have been situated between the bed and the wardrobe, although the cleaner's statement does not spedify the exact placement. However, the EVRD dog alerted in that area.  see for more details: http://whatreallyhappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.nl/2016/08/chapter-4-window-of-opportunity.html

From the witness statement of Kate Marie Healy, on the 6th of September 2007, at 3.00 p.m.
Wednesday:  Regarding this night she said that none of the children cried, which she would have noticed as she was in the room. Regarding the fact that on the next morning, Thursday, during breakfast, Madeleine said to both of them that she had been crying and that nobody had come to her room, she presumes that this crying must have been before she and Gerry returned to the apartment. When she asked Madeleine about this however, the child gave no importance to the matter.
[..]When questioned about the apartment’s layout, she said that on the first day the moved the furniture: they moved the two cots out of their bedroom and put them in the other one, where the children were to sleep, after they pushed the two single beds in that bedroom apart. They also pushed the two single beds in their bedroom together. She presumes that the cots, when in their bedroom, were at the beds’ bottom. She mentions that when she arrived there not two, but three cots, in the same spot, and she believes that one was lent to the Payne family.
When asked, she said that the cleaning, which was provided by the resort, took place on Monday and Wednesday. Thus she mentions once more that she never altered the above described disposition, which means it is not true that at any one moment in time a cot was in the deponent’s bedroom and the other one in MADELEINE’S bedroom.
When asked about the sleeping schedule for her children, she says that in England Madeleine slept in a room by herself and the twins slept in another room.
Arguido questioning of Kate Marie Healy, on the 7th of September 2007, at 11 a.m.
Processos Vol X, pages 2557-2561 Location: CID Portimão
When asked whether or not it is true that in England she considered the possibility of handing over Madeleine’s guardianship to a relative, she did not reply. Unquote( the Foreign Office might know something about this.) See 2)
Otherwise, the book ‘madeleine’ tells us:  ‘Each time a dog gave a signal, Ricardo would pause the video and inform me that  blood had been found in this site and that the DNA from the sample matched Madeleine's. [..] I remember feeling such disdain for Ricardo at this point. [..]Under my breath, I found myself whispering, ‘Fucking tosser, fucking tosser’. This quiet chant somehow kept me strong, kept me in control. This man did not deserve my respect. ‘Fucking tosser…’  unquote
One might have expected silent prayers rather than this repetitive insult but Kate McCan appeared to be rather proud of this episode and some of the press ran it as a header, but modestly printed f……g  t……r.
From the arguido statement Gerald Patrick McCann, on the 7th September 2007.
When questioned, he said that on the day they arrived, April 28t, they removed two cribs that were in their room and placed them in Madeleine’s room. He is unable to confirm, but it could be possible, that there were 3 cribs, and they asked them to remove one.
It is not true that on a certain day they placed one crib in their room, leaving the other in Madeleine’s room.
He did not remember what days were scheduled for cleaning the apartment.
When questioned, he says that Madeleine usually sleeps well at night. [..] After  moving to their house in Rothley in April 2006, twice a week Madeleine wakened, left her bed and went into their room;  this sometimes happened between 23.00 – 24.00 for no apparent reason, maybe because she was used to sleeping with (***blank****)
[..]  After viewing the films and after the signaling of Cadaver odour in their room next to the wardrobe and behind the sofa against the window in the living room, he says that he has no comments, neither has he any explanation for this fact.
Also, the dog that detects human blood signaled human blood behind the sofa mentioned above, he says that he cannot explain this fact.
Kate McCann’s  statements:
On the 4th of May when Gerry was allowed to stay with her during the interview.
On the 6th of September  and the Arguida statement on the 7th of September 2007 when she refused to answer 48 questions put to her.
Gerry McCann’s statements:
On the 4th of May 2007, on the 10th of May when he was able to explain why the GNR dogs took such a strange route (no doubt having observed them on the preceding days) and his Arguido statement on the 7th of September when he couldn’t explain anything about the dogs at all.
It is striking how similar their responses are to the question concerning the cots. Although Gerry says nothing about three cots and giving one to the Paynes, both  state that it is not true that they had one cot in their bedroom at any one time. Here however, is what the cleaning lady says:
Processos Volume II Pages 392 - 394
Maria Julia Serafim da Silva
5As cleaner
Date/Time: 2007/05/07 16H45 Cleaner Portuguese
She remembers that when she entered Apartment A on the Wednesday, the parents were inside. After being duly authorized, she entered and carried out her work, because they were already on their way out. While she was in the apartment, there were no children there, and she supposed that they were in the creche. While performing her work, she remembers having noticed that the couple was sleeping in the room located opposite the entrance, where she confirmed the presence of a child's bed (crib). Unquote.
Of further interest is the fact that Kate McCann states that Madeleine slept in a room by herself and Gerry McCann says something very strange. He says that Madeleine would wake up twice a a week ( not: about twice a week)between 11.00 and 12.00 pm and that this was because she might be used to sleeping with ‘blank’ - a redacted name. Surely not Cuddlecat or any other toy. Twice a week would make sense if Madeleine was only in Rothley twice a week, possibly at weekends and she would wake because she was used to sleep with ‘blank’ elsewhere?
Back to the wardrobe and the plan of the apartment it seems most likely that the cot would have been placed between the wardrobe and the bed.  It is very likely that the twins slept in a bed (very soon after 3/5 the blog mentions that the twins are now sleeping in a bed for the first time), there are several other indications which support the view that they slept in a bed and not in cots, which would explain why on the night of the 3rd they lay in cots without sheets. They did not wake up the entire night and were possibly sedated. see: http://whatreallyhappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.nl/2016/08/chapter-5-sedation.html.
Also note that Madeleine has now been crying by herself. (see Obvious neglect post)
From ‘madeleine’ by Kate McCann:
(6th September 2007) Carlos (Pinto de Abreu – their Portuguese lawyer)informed me, as Ferreira had indicated, that he needed to speak to Gerry and me in private. [..] Even our own lawyer appeared to think, based on what he’d been told, that the police had a good case against us. [..] Gerry was distraught now. He was on his knees, sobbing, his head hung low. ‘We’re finished. Our life is over,’he kept saying.[..] My anger and ferocious maternal instinct began to permeate Gerry’s despair. He was regaining his composure, his powers of reason and his fighting spirit. ‘They got nothing!’ he fired at Carlos.[..] Gerry was  seriously considering sneaking us into a car and driving us all across the border to Spain. It would have been crazy.’
Saturday 8 September. We were on tenterhooks all day, waiting to hear whether we would be allowed to go home. Rachael had found a couple of criminal lawyers in London she was sure could help us. Michael Caplan and Angus McBride of Kingsley Napley had worked on several high-profiled cases, including the Pinochet extradition proceedings.[..] On the advice of the lawyers, we decided to get out as soon as possible.’ Unquote
The press was commendably  quick of the mark especially the Timesonline:
Victims of the rumour mill? Timesonline:   David James Smith, Steven Swinford and Richard Woods
September 9, 2007
After a dramatic twist, are the Portuguese police close to solving the most extraordinary disappearance of recent years? As Gerry McCann emerged from Porti-mao police station at midnight on Friday, he stared unblinkingly into the distance while his lawyer read out a statement. The consultant cardiologist, said the lawyer, had just joined his wife as a prime suspect in the death of his daughter, Madeleine, who went missing four months ago.
Beneath his unflinching exterior, Gerry was in a state of turmoil and fury. "We are being absolutely stitched up by the Portuguese police," he had told a friend after his wife Kate had earlier been named a suspect after hours of interrogation. "We are completely f*****, we should have seen this coming weeks ago and gone back to Britain.”  Barely six days earlier the McCanns had been preparing to do just that: to end their vigil in Portugal and return home to Rothley in Leicestershire. They had informed the police who had reacted calmly enough. (Unfortunately Kate appears to contradict this in her book:  '..waiting to hear whether we would be allowed to go home.'  There is no mention in the book of informing the police of their imminent departure six days before 9/9/07).
Detectives had warned their lawyer that the McCanns might be made arguidos - suspects - in the investigation, but had emphasised that it would be a purely "technical" move. The status would give the McCanns greater rights in interviews. unquote
If one puts these these remarks  from the McCanns remarks together the reactions appear rather unusual for two educated middle-class and allegedly innocent people:
Fucking Tosser. (repeated ad infinitum)
We’re finished. Our life is over!
They’ve got nothing!  "We are being absolutely stitched up" and  most revealing of all: . "We are completely f*****, we should have seen this coming weeks ago and gone back to Britain.”  
But apparently they did see it coming weeks ago. As early as the 16th of August. 
The February 2008 issue of Vanity Fair featured a long interview with Gerry McCann and Clarence Mitchell:  ’ It was time to go home, Gerry decided by September 9. But not alone. When Gerry and Kate were about to go home to Britain, Gerry phoned Sky News and said, ‘We’re going home on EasyJet, be on it!’
It must have been a bit of a scramble for the Sky journalists to get on the same flight as instructed but no doubt they managed. Unfortunately, the footage of  Gerry coming down the steps of the Easyjet flight to Midlands Airport, carrying Sean, was watched by  Mr. M. Smith in Drogheda, Ireland, who had seen a man carrying a child in just that unusual manner a few months earlier in Praia da Luz and soon it would seem that the McCann's troubles were only just beginning.

1) thetruthisoutthereblog.com -has a recent post on the key to the church. An interesting  comment on facebook from someone who is well acquainted with Mr. J Geraghty might be worth a look. (not on facebook myself so cannot copy here) 14/9: the comment has been removed from facebook, probably by the person who posted it. I understand the comment stated that the issue of the key is to do with the fact that the building was used by both the resident catholic priest and the Anglican community. That the person posting the comment was the wife of a good friend of  'G'. One might infer that 'G' therefore had the key in his possession and may have given it to the McCanns without obtaining permission from either the bishop or the resident priest. It would certainly explain the discrepancies in the various statements

2)  'MAD COW' LEGISLATION'  02 November 2009   -  by Dr Martin Roberts

 Finding of Fact

•  14. FCO told the Commissioner that a family member had made clear to FCO staff that all comments made by that individual to FCO had been made in strict confidence and were not intended for disclosure to third parties. FCO did not approach the family member again during the Commissioner's investigation but told the Commissioner that they were confident the individual would not appreciate being contacted regarding disclosure of the relevant personal information, a position the Commissioner accepted.
Unquote (source: mccannfiles.com)

  Leaving Praia da Luz on the 9th of September 2007. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016


This may all seem a bit boring, but there is an underlying pattern...

Thursday July 12th: Gerry flies to London to meet with the British police. At night he attends the National Police Federation Annual Bravery awards and receives a standing ovation.
(for what exactly isn't clear - the event was organized by The Sun newspaper.)

Friday 13th July: Gerry spends a large part of the day at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) to learn more about their role. (Possibly this was the occasion when he obtained  the books and manuals intended exclusively for police services and government agencies.)  see 1)

Saturday 14th July: Gerry, Kate and the twins as well as assorted family attend a baptism (see The third trip home post).

Monday 16th July: J.K. Rowling follows up her offer of a large reward by asking all retailers of her new book to display a new poster of Madeleine. (However: the Daily Telegraph on the 4th June reported: 'JK Rowling is considering putting bookmarks bearing the face of Madeleine McCann in copies of her final installment [..] Rowling has already publicly supported the campaign by contributing to a multi-million pound reward [..] Mr. McCann said: 'There has been some indirect contact with her. We are thinking about getting bookmarks with Madeleine's photographs and getting the author's agreement.'  (It's clear from the article that  there was no direct contact between the writer and the McCanns and that it is possible that J.K. Rowling  - six weeks later - asked for posters to be exhibited by the outlets - a step or two down from the millions of bookmarks envisaged and indeed promoted without apparently having consulted the author - a recurring theme in the tactics of Team McCann, but it is interesting that most celebrities only performed once. J.K. Rowling publicly denied her involvement in the writing of Kate's book. )

22nd to the 26th July: Gerry is in the USA, Kate does/doesn't have her dream and Gerry gets lost on the way home. (see: The Triangle and Kate's dream post)

Monday 30th July: Kate and Gerry have a 'routine meeting' with Portugese police.

Tuesday 31st July: The dogs arrive: http://mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/DOGS INSPECTION.HTM

Wednesday 1st August: Gerry makes a trip to the airport to pick up their Campaign Manager. (The rarely mentioned Justine McGuinness) Family friend and film producer, Jon Corner arrives to film promotional material for the official website.

Thursday 2nd August: Gerry is laid low with a viral illness forcing them to cancel a planned trip to Huelva in Spain. 2) (After a swift recovery, they make an early start on the 3rd of August - see link).

Tuesday 7th August: Samples of trace evidence are sent to Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham for analysis.  

Thursday 16th August:  Timesonline reports : Traces of blood discovered in the bedroom [..] do not come from the missing girl, the Times has learnt.  The conclusion that the blood came from a man follows two weeks of reports that the traces proved that Madeleine had been killed  [..] Mr. Sousa confirmed that one of the dogs had found a scent indicating that a corpse had been in the apartment. '
(it's clear that there must have been leaks from various sources and  - always bearing in mind the relationship between the press and the McCanns (see other posts here) - not exactly correct in their assumptions.)

Monday 27th August:  Kate and Gerry manage an early evening run before spending some 10 minutes in the church to pray for Madeleine.

Tuesday 28th August: Kate and Gerry await the results of the forensics from the recent searches. (As there clearly were leaks previous to this date, it is likely that they already had some idea of what was found.)

Friday 31st August:  The McCanns launch a libel action against Porguguese newspaper Tal & Qual which claimed that the police believe they killed their daughter.  Gerry states in his blog that the legal expenses for the proceedings will not be paid for from the Madeleine Fund.

Saturday 1st September: Portuguese police receive 'significant'results from forensic tests carried out in Britain. Sources say a key piece of DNA was found in 'an area where it should not have been'.

Monday 3rd September:  Gerry is contacted by Portuguese police and told that both he and Kate will be required for further questioning.

Wednesday 5th September: Gerry writes in his blog that he is 'surprised to find increased media presence in Praia da Luz again today..' At lunchtime Kate and Gerry go for a run along the coast.

Thursday 6th September:Sunday Mirror - Madeleine: DNA is found .........

(More to follow after September 6th 2016  - and many thanks to mccannfiles.com for all the information so easily available there. )


1) Books found in the villa during the search by PJ:
'The Interpretation of Murder' On Amazon one reviewer 'writes:  the unnecessarily detailed descriptions of the sadistic sexual assaults, described in prolonged lip-smacking detail. (interesting that the book deals with a visit of Freud and Jung to New York and it is possible in my opinion  that the book was a gift from Clement Freud, who may have been in PdL at the time. It is a highly unlikely choice of reading for someone who has told the world his four-year old daughter has been abducted by a paedophile or paedophile gang.
- and from: The Truth of the Lie by Goncalo Amaral - Chapter 17:   In the McCanns Bedroom..

In contrast, in the part of the room occupied by Gerald, the walls are bare, cold, no photos of his daughter. It’s here that he administers the Madeleine Fund, organises his very busy agenda and writes his blog. His current reading material – The Interpretation of Murder, by Jed Rubenfeld, Spirit Messenger, by Gordon Smith, It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back To Life, by Lance Armstrong, – leaves nothing at all to the imagination about the drama the family is living through. With amazement the police officers discover a series of books and manuals exclusively intended for police services and government agencies.

Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Training Courses, (CEOP Serious Organised Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

Making Every Child Matter…Everywhere, CEOP (Serious Organised Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Mark Harrison himself wonders how Gerald McCann could have obtained these books.

2)  See:  http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t3326-trip-to-huelva

Monday, 1 August 2016


Millions of words have been written about photoshopped imaged of Madeleine McCann, but here we leave photoshopping aside. This post will be about simple questions arising from the photographs released.  The description given to the police is of interest here for purposes of comparing appearances against information given to the Police.  1)

The ‘First’ photo:


How could a photo of a child around 2 to 2.5 years old help find the girl represented in the tennis photo or the iconic  ‘Red dress’ photo? They appear to be two totally different children, neither of them recent when there should have been dozens of photos just from the holiday. 
This photo was allegedly on the Canon A620 camera the evening of the 3rd of May 2007. However, this camera was not released  until October 2005, the first review of the new camera appeared in November 2005 and most reviews were in early 2006. By October 2005 Madeleine was very nearly 2.5 years old. Therefore – if the first photo was ever taken with the Canon A620, it should have been pretty well the first one on it, many other snaps, including the ‘tennis’ photo would have come first when going through the memory card.

Parents tend to carry favourite photos of their children in their wallets (and indeed Gerry McCann was most upset at losing some special photographs of Madeleine when his wallet was ‘stolen’).  Saving favourite photos on phones is even more common now, but leaving one on the memory card of one’s camera is not helpful if you want to have a look at the image from time to time.

Notes: Madeleine aged at most two years and six months. Hair colour: light brown.

The ‘tennis photo’ :

Pat Perkins, a friend of Kate McCann’s mother,  was responsible for instigating the first chain e-mail that asked for help to find Madeleine. The e-mail, which clearly stated that Madeleine had been abducted, was first sent out on Monday 07 May 2007.

For some reason the photograph was released after it was ‘flipped’.  That is:  the description given to the police mentions ‘a small brown mark on Left Leg Calf’.  When Madeleine faces towards the left,  the mark is on the left leg.

However, this ‘important’ photo  was taken on the 1st of May according to Kate McCann, Rachael Mampilly states it was taken on the 3rd of May and not by Kate but by Jane Tanner. This is from the book ‘madeleine’by Kate McCann:

 ‘She looked so gorgeous in her little T-shirt and shorts, pink hat, ankle socks and new holiday sandals that I ran back to our apartment for my camera. ‘  [..] I went to meet Gerry, whose lesson had started at ten-fifteen ‘ [.]  ‘During Gerry’s tennis lesson, Madeleine and Ella came to the adjoining court with their Mini Club for a mini-tennis session [..] One of my photographs is known around the world now: a smiling Madeleine clutching armfuls of tennis balls. ‘


The Lobster schedule of events for that morning was: Happy handprint stars (none of the artwork produced in the crèche was ever exhibited by the McCanns), Pool, Salt dough rockets.  Mini tennis was between 10 – 11 on Monday the 30th of April.

The tennis court booking sheet for Tuesday the 1st gives us some information but Gerry McCann does not appear on the list until 3.30 to 4.30 for Court 2.  So as for Gerry’s tennis lesson starting at ten, or indeed once again that very precise time: 10.15, there is no corroboration.

The girl in the tennis photo is most definitely not a mere 90 cm in height. Allowing for the angle and taking into account that the diameter of a tennis ball is about 6.35 cm, her height can be calculated as the tennis balls are in the same plane as her body. She would then be a normal height for a 4 year old, 110 cm to 114 cm.

As for the detailed description of her clothes, these are hardly of the quality and ‘newness’ of the ‘last photo’ outfit and the sandals certainly don’t look new, apart from being entirely the wrong shoes for tennis. One would expect  her to have worn trainers such as can be seen in the photograph below.

Another guest, Bridget O’Donnell wrote: It was Thursday, May 3.Earlier that day there had been tennis lessons for the children, with some of the parents watching proudly as their girls ran across the court chasing tennis balls. They took photos. Madeleine must have been there, but I couldn't distinguish her from the others. They all looked the same - all blonde, all pink and pretty. 2)

Notes: Madeleine’s uneven teeth are clear to see, the photo has been flipped, was used in chain mail letter and date and time of taking the photo is unclear. Hair is longer than in either the first photo and the red dress photo, colour light brown.

The playground photo:

If any photograph should have been favourite, I would have expected it  to be the happy and relaxed little girl  in the playground. This is one of the photos from the CD compiled by Gerry McCann and David Payne and handed to the PJ on the 9th of May 2007.
Here she is wearing an outfit similar to that seen in the video taken in the airport bus. She is also wearing very nice little trainers, which were described by the cleaner who thinks she saw the twins and Madeleine on Sunday morning. All were wearing trainers with little lights on the side. In the many photographs of the twins in the early days, no such trainers can be seen, indeed, have never been seen. Sean does wear trainers in some photos, but not the ones described by the clear. Neither is Madeleine wearing them on the tennis court. 

Notes: This girl is approximately  100 cm in length and could be anything from 3 to 4 years old, although on the short side for  4 years. Her height was estimated by the known height of the plastic playhouse door in other photos taken at the time. 
Her teeth do not appear to have any gaps and  her hair deserves some attention as she is clearly growing out last summer’s lightened hair,  but the last five/six month’s growth is darker, which makes it about right for the time of year. No doubt this would lighten in the sun during the coming summer.

But the description as given to the PJ at the time of disappearance states: ‘Blond hair with chestnut tips touching the shoulders.’

The  football shirt photos:

These are very strange.  One of these girls is definitely Madeleine,  the other girl has quite a different smile, a broader face and her hair is very blond. It is almost inevitable that one is reminded of the iconic and tragic last photo of the two Soham girls of 2002. Just five years before Madeleine disappeared. Was it the intention to have one photograph of two girls in Everton shirts together?  Could it possibly be the case that it was thought too obvious?  It could explain why both photos were released, it makes no sense however to release both and may well have been an accident.

The blonde girl seems very confident and relaxed,  Madeleine doesn’t look at all confident. An unnatural smile not showing her teeth. ( Compare to pool photo, tennis photo). The adult gesture of touching her hair, mainly seen in women aware of their appearance, but not a natural gesture for a child. Both faces could be pasted on bodies of teenagers and it would not make them look strange. Neither of the two look like four year olds in my opinion, but this is due to the impression of make-up on one child - the blonde girl looks like she's wearing eye make-up and lipstick and the one (in my opinion definitely photo-shopped, blurring on left cheek, head positioned slightly too far to the left)  image of Maddie has the adult gesture and somewhat sad smile.

Notes:  It may not be relevant, but Clarence Mitchell had reported on the Soham murders and told the press at one stage that he’d thought at the start that  the Madeleine case would be much the same as the Soham tragedy.  It would be relevant if the Everton photos emerged after Mitchell became their spokesman. 

Photo’s taken in a playground: 3)

These were released by the family and are somewhat of a puzzle. I seems to me:

  1. That Madeleine is about three years old there.
  2. That she is or has been ill.

Notes: There is something wrong with her hair, both photographs can only be explained  if she was wearing a wig at the time. These are my observations only, but I wanted to add my opinion here. In the close up, tufts of hair and a bald area can clearly be seen. In the black and white photo a badly fitting wig would explain the strange shape of the head.

The following clips illustrate the difference of the teeth: 

 This photograph is one of several listed as being of Madeleine. This girl's teeth have no gaps and are very different from those seen in e.g. the last photo.

Following on from the Everton/Soham photo 'link', it is of interest to note that the first website was called: ‘bringmadeleinehome.com’.  Very reminiscent of the well-known song from ‘Les Miserables’ of which the lyrics ran:

He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home.

Leaving no stone unturned: from mccannfiles.com 3)

11th May 2007: Extract from Diario de Noticias:
Gerry McCann reads a short prepared statement to the waiting press [..] He specifically emphasises that they will 'leave no stone unturned' in the seaarch for Madeleine. [..] It would appear from this statement that the name of the company had already been decided and that this was a form of public preparation for the launch of Madeleine's Fund. 

The lawyers who arrived on the 11th of May issued the following media release: 
13th May 2007 : Last week, Gerry and Kate McCann instructed The International Family Law Group, London specialist lawyers in child abduction and international family law, together with Michael Nicholls QC of 1 Hare Court, to help them in the search for Madeleine. They have been visiting the family in Portugal.
Gerry and Kate are very grateful for all the support and generous offers of help that they are receiving. Details of how contributions can be made to help get Madeleine back to the safety of her own family will be made available in the next couple of days. unquote
For further information on IFLG: see 5)

Soon after this announcement, the Fund was launched, four websites (two for Cuddlecat) 
The Madeleine Fund - Leaving no stone unturned - www. findmadeleine.com

New website enables donations to be made online

The newly named website is officially announced, when visitors to the site are met by the following message:

'From this morning, Thursday 17 May 2007:
Members of the public will be able to make donations to 'Madeleine's Fund : Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited' over the counter in any branch of NatWest and The Royal Bank of Scotland'.

McCann family friend, Michael Wright, reads a prepared statement outside the couple's apartment on the 18th of May 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyZMF7RFScs

So we have: 
First photo of a toddler which will not help identification at all. 
Tennis photo  taken on the 1st or the 3rd,- published wrong way round. 
In the playhouse photo taken on the 29th April, the girl is wearing the trainers which Maddie should have been wearing on the 1st or the 3rd to play tennis. 

The description of her hair as blond having chestnut tips down to the shoulder is  more of less the case with the red dress photo, but not the tennis photo or the pool photo (which I have studiously avoided in this post..) .However, hair tends to colour naturally the other way round, Bleached in summer, darker in winter, this rarely results in chestnut tips. 
The point is that this description was given on the night to the GNR officer and none of the photos, the tennis, pool or playground photo show anything like this hair colouring. 
What is also strange that only the small mark on her leg is mentioned as an individual marking.
The colour of the eyes and the brown spot (there is indeed a tiny brown spot in the iris, as can been seen in photographs published here in 'The logic gates') but no mention of a veritable thunderbolt in her eye which was THE identifiable feature of her face.
What's more, her different colour eyes are all but undetectable. 

It would have been helpful to find exactly what the description in the passport is, but this is not at all clear from the files. As the GNR had Maddie's passport however, any description given by the parents would have to be close to that given in the passport. Therefore we have the small spot in the eye, the different coloured eyes and the mark on the leg. But to give her height on the night s as 90 cm, is off the chart for a four-year old and  she is clearly much taller in the tennis photo. Obviously the 90cm cannot have come from the passport as that was issued a mere three months after Maddie was born. 

As Bridget O'Donnell wrote: Madeleine must have been there, but I couldn't distinguish her from the others,  they looked all the same....'.

1)Processos Vol 1 Pages 27 to 28. GNR Brigade n 3 Portimao

NUIPC 201/07 galgs report of disappearance

Responsible officer: Jos.Mar.Batista Roque

Disappeared person: Name: Madeleine Beth McCann

Feminine sex, white. Date of birth: 12-0502003

Height about 0.90 mt.

Colour of eyes, blue left eye, greenish right eye with brown spot.

Blond hair with chestnut tips touching the shoulders

Individual markings: small chestnut birthmark on left leg.

2) https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/dec/14/ukcrime.madeleinemccann (also mentioned in the article:  In the evenings, babysitting at the resort was a dilemma. "Sit-in" babysitters were available but were expensive and in demand, and Mark Warner blurb advised us to book well in advance. The other option was the babysitting service at the kiddie club, which was a 10-minute walk from the apartment.’

4) mccannfiles.com

5) http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t2969-iflg-and-pact?highlight=IFLG