Monday, 1 August 2016

PHOTOGRAPHS IN PERSPECTIVE


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:

Questions:

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. ‘

Questions:

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.
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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






















Wednesday, 15 June 2016

FREUD, MURDOCH AND THE MCCANNS

Just a collection of facts regarding paedophilia, curious photos, Freud, Murdoch and the McCanns ' apparent belief in kind and caring, although practising, paedophiles.

3rd May 2007:

23.00 hrs, OC guest G. McK. approached the McCann’s apartment from the bushes at the rear of the apartment Mr McCann was looking our over the swimming pool and did not see Mr McKenzie. Mr McCann was absolutely distraught telling the person receiving the call that he feared “she had been taken by paedophiles” . He said something along the lines of there being Paedophile gangs in Portugal and that they had abducted Madeleine. I was so shocked by this, having originally thought that she had just wandered off.” unquote

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12th May 2007 -Madeleine's fourth birthday.

Her parents mark the day by calling for people to redouble their efforts to find her. After spending most of the day away from Praia da Luz, the couple attend a special birthday mass in the village where Mr McCann speaks about the impact of the abduction on the family. He also says for the first time that the couple are convinced Madeleine is alive.
The total reward being offered by business figures, celebrities and a national newspaper for information leading to Madeleine's safe return reaches £2.5 million.

May 14th May 2007
Mr McCann says that "until there is concrete evidence to the contrary, we believe Madeleine is safe and is being looked after".  (mccannfiles.com)
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In view of the the fact that Gerry McCann said within an hour of the  disappearance that this was the work of a gang of paedophiles, and has since frequently stated that there is no evidence that she been harmed  it is surprising that the images posted below were ever  published.
The make-up photo was taken only  weeks before their holiday according to reports.
From the snippets collected here we have:
1. Taken by paedophiles  - this is one hour after she is found missing and this is a child who often wakes up during the night and walks around the house - so how did  GM know?  
2. Convinced she is alive - as from the 12th of May.
3. 2.5 million pledged  if she is found safe - money coming in for the search- 12th of May onwards
4.  Following on from this: Maddie almost definitely alive since evidence to the contrary (a body) not found.
5. Not only alive but being 'looked after'  - this started new theories of  bereft parents kidnapping a child for themselves - Maddie's 'aliveness' is then rather more credible, in addition her findability has now rocketed to near 100%.
6. And by the 17th/18th May the Fund - the Fighting Fund  is operational for a living and findable child even if she has been abducted by a gang of paedophiles. In which case survival would be close to zero.

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Oprah Interview : 4/5/2009 (from Dr. Roberts, McCannfiles.com)
The 'Oprah' dialogue, for example, exposes an alarming self-contradiction by Kate McCann:
 KM: "...there's no evidence at all to suggest that Madeleine's come to any harm."
Yet later we hear:
 KM: "I mean the last thing I want obviously is to cause any extra further harm to Madeleine..." unquote

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Irish Independent:  McCann family reverse story over break-in 'evidence'
By Shane Hickey   - Thursday October 25 2007
The spokesman for the family of Madeleine McCann has reversed a statement made in the early days of the search for the missing child.
Speaking to RTE's 'Prime Time', Clarence Mitchell said she could "easily" have been kidnapped by an abductor who did not leave the trail of a break-in. [..] "There was no evidence of a break-in," said Mr Mitchell. unquote
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns spokesman was interviewed by RTE in early October 2007  In the interview Clarence Mitchell was challenged by the reporter about the McCann's version of events with regards the window being used as an entry or escape route at apartment G5A.

The question was provoked as it was now apparent to all through photographic evidence the blinds to the window of the McCanns apartment had not 'smashed' 'jemmied' or 'broken into' in any way as had earlier been described. Jill Renwick, a family friend along with Philomena McCann and Jon Corner and Norah Paul had all publicly insisted that the blinds had been forced and used as an entry point to the McCanns apartment.


Mitchell's response to the question was: "There was no evidence of a break-in... but I am not going to go into the detail. I can tell you off camera, but I am not going to go into the detail on camera."

unquote

Daily Mail: Maddie plays dressing-up, weeks before she vanished: McCanns fly back to Portugal in bid to reopen case - and release new picture  10:12 PM on 1st May 2010
Kate and Gerry McCann have released a new picture of their daughter Madeleine as they prepare to commemorate tomorrow’s third anniversary of her disappearance.
The photo shows her when she was three after a raid on the dressing-up box – she has a pink bow in her hair and a gold bead necklace and is wearing blue eyeshadow.
It was taken weeks before the fateful family holiday to the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz when Madeleine vanished. She had been left sleeping with her younger twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, on May 3, 2007.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/madeleine-mccann-a-new-film-to-remind-us-of-her-disappearance-1960386.html

[..] She is a little girl once more, her eyelids glistening with blue eyeshadow, a pink ribbon holding her blonde bob in place and a gold necklace hanging from her neck. Or at least that is how Madeleine McCann appears in a new video released today to mark a bitter anniversary, as her desperate parents attempt to refocus the world's attention on their missing daughter.

The still pictures of Madeleine messing around with her mother's make-up and jewelry at her home punctuate a poignant video, shot by a family friend to commemorate the 1,000th day since her disappearance, and which is being made available for all to watch and remember the anguish of those first few painful days. unquote (see photographs below)


Freudian connections:


The Guardian Tuesday 2 September 2008 09.35 BST

McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell joins Freud Communications
Clarence Mitchell, Kate and Gerry McCann's spokesman, has joined PR and marketing agency Freud Communications


shortlist 2011, popular non-fiction category
A History of the World in 100 Objects Neil MacGregor Allen Lane
How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran Ebury Press
Madeleine Kate McCann Bantam Press
Map of a Nation Rachel Hewitt Granta Books
The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex Mark Kermode Random House Books
Wonders of the Universe Brian Cox Collins


Galaxy book awards connection with Freud Communications.


[..] , Galaxy, which together with Freud Communications, are creating and backing a major campaign, Aramide Aina's Experience Intern on Consumer Team
Freud Communications
Privately Held; Public Relations and Communications industry
November 2010 – November 2010 (1 month) London, United Kingdom
Position: Intern on Consumer team
Accounts: Galaxy (Galaxy National Book Awards), Nike, Ellie Goulding.
Highlight: Joined Freud at the height of the preparations for the Galaxy National Book Awards.
Summaries of Responsibilities: Liaising with journalists, Creating and updating media lists,
Social media work (liaising with bloggers, using Twitter and Facebook.)


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The Independent Monday 6th October 2014:
Elizabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud reportedly set to end 13 year marriage with £250m divorce

Elizabeth, 46, TV CEO and the daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and PR guru Matthew, 50, first met in 1997 when they were already married

Elizabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud are reportedly separating in a divorce worth £250million

One of Britain's most high-profile media couples are reportedly set to be granted a decree nisi later this week to the tune of £250million.

Elizabeth Murdoch, 46, TV CEO and the daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and PR guru Matthew Freud, 50, first met in 1997 when they were already married and had children with other people.[..]

They separated briefly in 2000 following the birth of their daughter Charlotte, but went on to marry late in 2001 after reconciling earlier that year.

Since then, Freud has built up a multi-million PR empire by turning the publicity wheels for everyone from pop stars to the Department of Health. In the meantime, Elizabeth Murdoch founded production company Shine Limited, the famous TV titles of which include MasterChef.

Quite what caused the breakdown of their marriage is uncertain.The break-up could see the formation of a rift between the Chipping Norton set, which includes David and Samantha Cameron, former The Sun editor Rebekah Brooks and Jeremy Clarkson. Freud and Murdoch's 22-bedroom Oxfordshire home Burford Priory was once seen as the unofficial social headquarters for the prestigious social group. unquote



Photograph published in: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ghIWyEdEB00 (at 1 minute).



Suggestive photo-shopped image - arm is disconnected, there is no way the elbow can connect upper and lower arm. Maddie is  apparently having an icecream (melting)  and an ice lolly at the same time. The make-up photo has been extensively discussed on forums.


The point of this collection of facts is mainly to draw attention to the Freud/Murdoch  link. Elizabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud link to Rebekah Brooks and politicians - all of these have close connections to the McCann case.
The photographs above are merely question marks - how on earth could parents publish these images when they themselves have frequently stated that this 4 - year old was abducted by paedophiles?
As for Freud, he died in 2009, by that time, if not before, it would certainly be known in certain quarters that his sexual preferences weren't exactly legal. Why did it take another 7 years before this came out?




Saturday, 4 June 2016

WHAT THE DOGS SAID.....


THE GNR DOG SEARCHES: 

Using Tracker Dogs and Search and Rescue Dogs is to follow and reconstruct a route that a person may have taken. This is done by using ‘target scents’, items used by the person which provide the dogs with that person’s scent.  A blanket, a  towel and clothing believed to have been used by Madeleine were provided by the family for this purpose. 

Human beings lose approximately 4000 plus skin cells a minute and each cell is unique to that person, these dogs are capable of locating just one single cell. 

The  Search and Rescue Dog teams are specifically trained to find human scent and have to regularly meet certain standards and tests to prove their competence. 

The scent trail the dogs detected and followed just happens to be one that does not appear to correspond with a route which would be considered a normal route taken by Madeleine during their stay in PdL – this in itself is an important factor to consider given that at least four dogs all independently followed the same scent trail at different times and on different days.

The Search and Rescue dogs are trained to locate a scent no matter how much it is intermingled with other odours and dependent on environmental conditions, can detect that scent when it is days old. There will always be a question as to  whether the scent was new and could it have dispersed, however this does not answer how or why days apart the dogs followed the same scent trail, clearly whatever the scent trail was, it didn’t appear to disperse. 

The odds of all the dogs following the same trail by chance are too great given the number of variants in this case (by variants I mean the number of places where Madeleine should have left a scent trail prior to her going missing). This in itself could be an indication that all the dogs picked up what looks like the ‘freshest’ trail and even located it days apart. . 

The strange route the dogs took consistently.
The night of the 3rd:  a phone call to Trish Cameron at 23.40 by Gerry McCann: (CARTAS ROGATORIAS (FILE 5) Pages 64 to 65—Witness statement of Alexander James Cameron 2008.04.15)

‘On the night of Thursday, May 3, 2007, Patricia received a telephone call from Gerry informing us of the disappearance of Madeleine. Gerry [..] seemed frustrated with the slowness of the searches in Portugal, with the fact that the borders had not been closed, and with the fact that sniffer dogs were not being used. ‘ 

This alleged phonecall (John McCann stated that he was on the phone with Gerry at the same time) was less than an hour after the GNR had finally been called, the alarm having been raised just after 22.00.  As will be shown dogs did turn up and in my view had interesting things to say. 

From mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/Time-line-information.htm: 

Silvia Batista: ‘The deponent remained in the living room for a while, with the GNR officers, Gerry and the other group members that were there in a frenzy, going in and out and speaking on their mobile phones. She noticed that none of the group members, including the child’s mother and father, were busy looking for her.  [..] other group members walked in and out and spoke on the phone, apparently concerned about informing the press about the event.  [..] the father showed his concern and also asked both for the press to be alerted and for dogs to be brought in for the search.’ Unquote


Processos Vol XIII – Pages 3491 – 3505 :

[..] At 00.40 [..] the GNR post commander requested reinforcements from two sniffer dog teams from the Portimao territorial group [..].
At 01.00 [..] telephone contact was made with an official from the Queluz GNR schook, with the aim of their releasing search and rescue dog teams, seeing as these are specially trained to find missing persons, which is not the case with the Portimao sniffer dogs, which are essentially patrol dogs. 

II Development of Action:
On 4th May [..] the Lagos Post Commander ordered searches for the child to take place and contacted officers who were at home, forming a force of nine officers who searched during the night and the early morning. 

At 02.00 they arrived at P da L and began searching with the Portimao sniffer dog teams,  the terrain searches were extended until the morning with the dogs and officers on the scene as well as the night guard and local people who volunteered to help in the searches that took place throughout the night. [..] searches took place along the entire perimeter of the OC [..]
At 08.00 three officers with 4 search and rescue dogs from Queluz arrived at the scene, these dogs immediately began to operate. 
[..] it was agreed to reinforce and extend the foot searches and reinforcement from the search and rescue dog team was requested, which arrived at P da L at 23.00 with 3 more sniffer teams for a total of six officers and eight specialized dogs.  Unquote

Processos Volume V – Pages 1335 – 1337  Witness Statement 16/5/2007. Carlos Manuel Carvalho Lacäo:
[..] On 4th May he was called at about 01.15 when he was asleep at home, requesting him to appear at the Lagos GNR post as a small girl had disappeared. After arriving at the GNR post with his colleagues Morais and two dogs (Numi and Kit), German Shepherd dogs, which made up the search team, they immediately left for P da L. They arrived at about 02.30. 

When they arrived at the scene, they entered the McCanns’ apartment by the front door, and entered the living room where there were some PJ officers as well as the McCann couple. They just talked to some colleagues from the PJ and asked for a piece of clothing that Madeleine had worn or used recently. They were given a pink/orange blanket that the child had been covered with in her bed. 
They began searching with the dogs from the main entrance to the apartment, having given the blanket to his dog Numi to smell and begin to search. The route initially taken was from the front entrance door to the passageway between Blocks 4 and 5, along the corridor and then along the passage that leads past the entrance to the small reception to the resort’s swimming pool. [..]  his dog’s  speciality is patrolling although the dog also has some training in ‘tracking’. [..] between 0400 and 0700 basically the only people searching were the witness, his colleague and another GNR officer. Unquote

Processos Vol V Pages 1333-1334  Armando Augusto Morais
On 4th May he was called at about 01.15, he arrived at the OC at about 1.55, accompanied by the officer Laçao.They presented themselves to Sergeant Duarte from the GNR Lagos post and were informed by him of the disappearance of a small girl from the resort. There were other GNR officers present at the scene, but he does not remember their names. There were also PJ officers present.
After having established exactly where the girl had disappeared from, he was given a piece of her clothing by one of his colleagues, whose name he does not remember. Unquote

03-Processos, volume III Pages 785 to 788 Witness Statement of Pedro Miguel Esteves Fernandes
Date: 2007.05.09
Occupation: GNR Officer (Dogs: Rex and Zarus)

[..]His role was to use the dogs' skills by allowing them to sniff a towel which had supposedly been used by the minor in question.
- That after the dogs were given this scent from the towel and near apartment 5A of block 5, the first sniffer dog headed to the door of that apartment. Immediately afterward, he turned to block 5, using a circumvented route to block 5, and came to the road between this block and the leisure area of the resort (pools, restaurant, etc), and turned to the left, or around the referred to apartment and headed to the main road. 

 Having reached there, (the dog) crossed the street (Francisco Gentil Martins) and, next to the wall of block 6, once the street was crossed, turned right and headed towards the area of the contiguous car park. More specifically (the dog) went next to a lamp post, smelling the ground there.]
After searching that zone, he again crossed the road and headed toward the entrance to the pool and restaurant area, and smelled the door which was closed at that hour. He turned again to the parking zone and stopped or lost the scent at this point. 
- When he effected the same operation with the second dog, in general, this dog took the same route and headed to the light post and showed interest there and ended by losing the scent at this point. It should be stated that the one difference is that this second dog did not head toward the entrance to the restaurant and pool zone. But he does state that the dogs followed a 'scent trail', a signal for the animal who was working. He is certain that they were not conditioned in any direction None of the dogs used in this search action, after having smelled the towel, went into block 5 but headed to the zone which gives access to the road between the apartment and the leisure area. He states it should be noted that the second dog may have been conditioned by the original path taken by the first sniffer dog as he may have smelled the first dog's path taken.[..]- Yesterday (08/05/07) around 23H45, this search action was repeated but was centred on the dogs inside blocks 5 and 4 of the resort. He adds that in this type of operation, given the time that had lapsed, and with the heat that could already be felt, the results obtained may be highly relative given that the dog will confirm all the scents it comes across. It is certain the dog will react to more active scents, namely because the apartment is occupied. Also, any noise perceived by the dog in the apartment may make the dog loose interest.
- Initiating the diligence, the first sniffer dog, after having smelled the towel used in the previous operation, began searching, it being certain that next to the doors of some apartment he demonstrated major interest whilst he did not even approach others. In none of these actions did the dog give him a signal that he had caught the scent of the missing child. It is certain however, that near apartment 5J, 5H and 4G, that the dog showed major interest in smelling the doors and the immediate areas. He states that next to 5H, there were two bags of rubbish which may condition the dog. Just outside apartment 4G was a tray with plates, cutlery and cloth napkins, apparently used. It is certain that this apartment is the one where the missing child's parents were lodged (at the time). In relation to the dog's interest at doorway 5J, the same may have been conditioned by the presence of people inside the apartment.
- After completing the search in the interior of block 5, verandas and apartment access, and whilst in the exterior, the sniffer dog took the same route he had taken on 04/05/07, being the road between that apartment and the leisure area-pool sand restaurant, and headed toward the same parking area. There he lost the scent of the search. 

The second dog was submitted to the same operation. He too showed interest in the door of apartment 5J. Here he got up on his hind paws to the parapet of the veranda and raised his head in such a way as to catch the odour. As mentioned previously, this interest may be due to various factors but it is certain that at this location the dog scented an intense odour. In the exterior, the sniffer-dog immediately took the first road, heading toward the parking area next to block 6, and there lost the scent.
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03 Processos, volume III Pages 762 to 765 Witness Statement of Antonio Freitas Silva
Date: 2007.05.09  Occupation: 1st Sergeant GNR   Location: GNR-Queluz
The deponent states that:
[..]- He remembers that on the 4th of May of the current year, around 23H00, they attempted to tentatively identify and thus reconstruct the path taken by the missing minor. They gave the dogs a Turkish bath towel which was supposedly used by the child in question. This operation was realised by two different dogs.
- That after having given the sniffer dog the towel and next to the residence of the missing girl, more specifically, next to apartment block 5A and 5, the first sniffer dog headed toward the door of that apartment. Immediately afterward, he headed in the direction of block 4, returned around block 5, and came down a road that exists between this block and the leisure area (pools, restaurants, etc). He turned right; in the direction of the aforementioned apartment and headed toward the main road. There, he crossed the street and next to the wall of block 6, turned right, and headed toward the contiguous parking area. More concretely, he headed next to a light post and sniffed the ground around that post. After this, he crossed the street again and headed toward the access zone to the restaurants and pool area, sniffing the door which was closed at that time. He again went to the parking zone, and at that point, lost the scent.
- When carrying out this operation with the second dog, he followed the same route, took the same direction and headed toward the light post in the parking lot mentioned above. He sniffed the area and at that point appeared to have lost the scent. The only difference was that this dog did not head toward the entrance of the restaurant or the pool area.
- None of the dogs used in this search, after having been given the towel supposedly used by the child, entered into block 5 but went immediately to the street between the apartment and the leisure area. It should be taken into account that the second sniffer dog may have been conditioned by the first sniffer dog. That is to say that in the case of doubt, the second dog may have followed the second of the first.
[..]- The initial diligence carried out with first sniffer dog, after having sniffed the towel used in the previous operation, began searching and showing interest in some doors leading to other apartments. He did not show any interest or even approach other apartments. In none of these actions did the dog give the signal to his trainer, Soldado Fernandes. It is certain however, that the dog signalled next to apartments 5J, 5H, and 4G. He showed great interest in sniffing these doors and the immediate areas. Next to door 5H there were two bags of rubbish and the odour may have distracted the dog. Outside 4G was a tray of plates, cutlery and cloth napkins that had apparently been used. This apartment is where the parents of the missing child were staying (at the time). Concerning apartment 5J, the same may have been conditioned by the presence of people in the interior or he could have sniffed an odour that needed to be confirmed.
- He states that after the search inside block 5, and whilst in the exterior, the sniffer dog took the same route on 04.05.07, being the existent road of that apartment and the leisure area (pools and restaurant) and then went to the same parking area. At that point, the scent was lost. This situation may be related to the fact that the biggest concentration of odours are in that area and due to the fact that odours are better preserved near walls and away from major winds. It is certain that upon reaching the main road and turning right is where the biggest concentration of odours exist. This is where the dog lost interest.
- The second dog was taken through the same operation and also showed interest at the door of apartment 5J. This same dog jumped on his hind paws to the parapet of the veranda and raised his head as though in search of an odour. As related above, this interest could have been the result of various factors but it is certain that in this area the scent was intense. In the exterior, the sniffer dog immediately headed to the parking area next to block 6 and there apparently lost the scent.
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13- Processos Vol XIIIa page 3517.  Annex B. Report on the Sniffer Dog search and Rescue Team. 

The sniffer dog search and rescue team of the GNR was sent to Vila da Luz [..] the team was composed as follows: 

Sergeant Silva – Dog: Timmy 

Officer Cortez – Dog: Sacha 

Officer Sousa – Dog: Kolly/Cookie 

Officer Rosa – Dog: Oscar  (Lisbon)

Officer Martins- Dog: Fusco (Lisbon)

Officer Fernandes- Dog: Rex/Zarus. 

[..] After arriving at the scene, the first three members of the team, the officers gathered some information from the girl’s parents about the places they tended to frequent with the children during their stay in P da L up until now, the parents replied that the only areas that their daughter would frequent since their arrival, was Praia da Luz beach, always accompanied by babysitters and resort pool area, where there was also a playground.  Unquote

(According to the book, Maddie went to the beach once, it rained, they stayed for about 15 minutes having ice cream, near but not on the beach. The other occasion might have been the boat trip on Thursday, although  there is no definite proof of this. The place where Maddie would have been most of the time was the crèche and the dogs never went anywhere  near the crèche. But to continue..)

At about 23.00 the extra teams that had been requested for reinforcement arrived (Officer Rosa with Oscar and Officer Martins with Fusco, both from the search and rescue unit and Officer Fernandes with Rex and Zarus from the tracking team). 

Beginning to follow the track using Rex, from the door of apartment 5A, he would always head in the direction of Block 4, leaving block 5 the dog would turn to the left, pass by a metal access door to a path existing between the apartments blocks to the leisure area [..] using the dog Zarus, who in general terms ended up following the same route as Rex and having the same behaviour. 

[..] (on the 5th, 6th and 7th May searches were widened to surrounding areas and wells, rocks verges of EN125 and land up to 2 km distant from P da L).

7th May: At about 23.00 searches were begun. After Rex was given the girl’s clothing to sniff, he began to search on the ground floor of block 5 and when he passed the door of apartment 5A [..] the dog altered its behaviour, sniffing with greater intensity than he had done before. Apartment  5J was also checked as the dog had been more agitated than before [..] the same kind of search was carried out using the dog Zarus which in general terms showed the same behaviour in the same places as Rex had done. [..]

On 10th May at about 20.10 [..] searches were carried out in all of the apartments belonging to blocks 4 and 5 of the OC, two tracker dogs and two search and rescue dogs being used for this operation,  adopting the same methods as those used on 7th May, just that this time the apartments were all open  [..] when they arrived at apartment 5J they began to sniff with intensity at the entrance door. [..] after entering the apartment it was observed that the odour came from close to the fridge, which was open and contained some rotting meat and vegetables. unquote

With reference to the fridge: ‘errm the, I know that again, you know Kate and Gerry had had problems err with I think it was the blinds in their flat and the fridge ..’ (Rogatory interview Dr. David Payne April 2008). 

It was cold, several days needed to have passed before the food began to rot and presumably the shutters were down.  It was allegedly a washing machine that needed attention in 5A,  a fridge is hardly so complicated as to need instructions for use, which apparently was all that was needed for the washing machine.  

Why was the food ‘near’ the fridge and not in it? The fridge was open, which is sensible, so why was there rotting food in the apartment?  This story simply makes no sense. All it tells us is that a/the fridge was ‘sensitive’, hence Dr. Payne’s leaking brain. The GNR dogs found it interesting, however, Eddie the cadaver dog had no interest in 5J at all. 

With reference to the clothes:  children’s clothes were washed in the OC laundry on Saturday the 5th of May. They were of different sizes so may have included those belonging to Maddie. The day after she disappeared,  the  British Ambassador  was  instrumental in denying the PJ access to clothing belonging to Madeleine.

From ‘madeleine’ – page 86 
'At about nine o’clock we all went out on to Rua Dr. Agostinho da Silva to find out what was going on and to look out for the PJ.  [..] According to the PJ files, to which we did not have access until August 2008, two patrol dogs were brought to Praia da Luz at 2 am on 4 May and four search-and-rescue dogs at 8am. I don’t remember seeing any police dogs until the morning and if there were any specific police searches overnight, they were not apparent. The only searches I was aware of were those carried out by ourselves, fellow guests and the Mark Warner staff. 
According to the files, the tracker dogs did not go out until 11pm on 4 May. At some point in the first twenty-four hours (I could not say when exactly, but probably that morning) I recall oe of the GNR patrol officers asking us for of Madeleine’s clothing or belongings to enable these dogs to identify her scent. I fetched the pink princess blanket she took to bed with her every night, which they took, and some of her clothes, which they didn’t .‘ unquote

This is very neat. Kate ‘forgets’ that she handed over the blanket around 2.30 to Sergeant Silva.  She never saw the 8.00 am dogs either, although she handed over the blanket then according to her, despite her offering far more useful clothing – clearly another sensitive point here as the officer states clearly that they asked for recently worn clothing and got a blanket. No fools the GNR,  both Officer Fernandez and Officer Silva note specifically that they were later using a towel said to have been used by the minor. 

Main question is: why was Gerry McCann so keen to have tracker dogs? Dog didn’t go anywhere near  the point where the Smith family met the e-fit man. So the chances of a recently carried Madeleine there are near zero. A recently carried non-Madeleine is perfectly possible and therefore the evidence of the Smiths is valid. However, the most interesting route was that taken independently by four dogs. Considering the  private and sheltered paths that run along and round the back of the apartments, one might take another look at the testimony of Derek Flack. (see below)
Another question: why did the dogs have no interest in Block 5? But made a strange detour round it ending up in a small parking area of block 6?  Four times? 

Facts: 4th May 2007

Two patrol dogs at 02.30 am 
Officers Lacäo and Morais with dogs Numi and Kit. Patrol dogs.
Four search and rescue dogs at 8.00 am (from Queluz) these are presumably Timmy, Sacha, Kolly and Cookie,  Numi and Kit do not appear to have been used again. 

At about 23.00 the extra teams that had been requested for reinforcement arrived (Officer Rosa with Oscar and Officer Martins with Fusco, both from the search and rescue unit  (Lisbon) and Officer Fernandes with Rex and Zarus from the tracking team). 

 01 Volume 1a page 200 to 205  Witness Testimony Derek Flack 06/05/2007:
[.] a witness following the events on the morning or early afternoon of 2nd or 3rd May [..] on the late morning or early afternoon of either 2nd or 3rd May, not being certain which, the deponent and his partner were out walking in the vicinity of their home. [..] they went up the from their home to Rua Dr. Agostinho da Silva then down Rua Dr. Francisco Gentil Martins where the ‘Ocean Club Gardens’is situated. 
  • At that time as he passed the residential block he noticed a light commercial vehicle (in all respects the same as an Opel Corsa Van) white in colour [..]
  • When going down the (Rua Martins) he passed an individual standing on his left at the beginning of a path and at the entrance of a small car park opposite the reception of the resort. 
  • At the point they passed the individual the deponent had seen him face-on because he (the man) was facing the opposite direction to which he was walking and appearing to be watching attentively movements (occurring) adjacent to the parked vehicle. 
  • - Asked, the deponent said that he noticed the above because he had a high instinct for vigilance due to his participation where he lived in England in a neighbourhood-watch in which suspicious persons or movements were watched  for  [..] 
  • The deponent wished to clarify that he was convinced that the man was not one of the many tourists who frequented that area, considering his features and physical appearance. 
  • Asked to elaborate further he said that the van was situated close to the gateway on the side of the building (which gateway led to the veranda of the apartment in question  (5A). 
  • For the rest, he adds that after having reflected specifically on the incidents he concluded that it was the man’s deliberate focus (fixation) on the area in which the events that gave rise to the investigation occurred. 
  • Urged to reveal details about the area around the van, the deponent could not be certain itf the vehicle was directly next to, slightly above or slightly below the gateway. 
  • However, he was sure that it was a very short distance from, and directly in the path of the gate. unquote

Sketch plan of the locations where Derek Flack saw the van and the man watching 5A. 




Joao Carvalho, who reported this sighting to Dr. Goncalo |Amaral on the 5th of May, notes in his report: ‘he adds that near to where the individual was watching, on the other side of the road, was a parked vehicle, van type, white, with a person (he does not remember whether the person was inside or outside the vehicle). He cannot describe that person. ‘
The e-fit made by Derek Flack of the man he saw full-face.

The fact is that this sighting matches up extremely well with the curious movements of the dogs.  The fact that Derek Flack does not remember which day it was could be contributed to a desire to match the sighting to the official day Madeleine disappeared.  But on the second of May we have those 12 voicemails and on the previous evening there is more unusual activity on the phone of Kate McCann. (see footnote 1)


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THE DOGS TOLD US: 


nothing in the creche where Madeleine went every day 

nothing in any of the apartments of block 5 (except 5J where the CSI  dogs later found nothing of interest)
nothing along the route to the Rua de Escola Primeria
nothing on the beach (where she’d allegedly been that day)
nothing near the tennis courts where she’d been active
nothing at the Tapas where she  had tea  around 5.00PM  on 3/5
nothing at the poolside where she’d been sitting in the sun having the ‘last photo’ taken just hours earlier
nothing resembling the route taken by Tanner man
But: 
Four dogs reacted consistently and separately, on different days, to a route between the front door of 5A and a small car park in front of Block 6 across the road. 
The PJ were only interested in the sighting by Derek Flack in terms of suspect persons watching 5A prior to the disappearance.  This was on the assumption that Madeleine was alive and well on the 3rd, which is not likely considering the fact the dogs consistently ignored the locations where she would have been most of the time. 
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Footnote 1:
KM 01-May phone activity
10.16
11.56

12.17

19.45

20.31
20.33
20.35
20.37

22.16
22.23
22.23
22.24
22.25
22.27

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GM 2/5 phone activity -On 2nd May 2007 GM received 12 voicemails Did not  respond to any, absorbing information. The 12 voicemails fell into 4 groups. Between each group, others texted/called. (source: kikoratton tweets)
8.07
8.07

9.10
9.13
9.18

10.35
10.47

12.35

13.46
13.48
13.59

15.49
15.50

17.41

19.49
20.14


a telephone number that has not yet been identified, on 2nd May 2007 sent 14 written SMS messages to Gerald McCann and another 4 on the day following Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
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Footnote 2: 



These are extracts from two posts by Dr. Martin Roberts and can be found on: 
By Dr Martin Roberts
30 May 2009

ANALYSIS OF McCANN MEDIA INTERVIEWS



A lengthy statement by GM to ITV on 25th May, 2007 opens the door somewhat.
GM: "We truly believe that a member of the public holds the information to unlock where Madeleine is being kept.
[..]
( from another interview)the McCanns answer a question concerning their faith in their friends.
 Q: "...do you have full confidence in them?"
 KM: "One hundred percent. One hundred percent."
 (voice off camera – 'of everyone?')
 KM: "Of our friends, yes."

This tells us that there is at least one person (not a holidaying friend) in whom KM does not have full confidence. Recollecting the discussion of Madeleine having been 'taken away from us permanently', this is a further indication of third party involvement.

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Wednesday 2nd May 2007

By Dr Martin Roberts

05 August 2011 THIRTY DAYS

"He cannot say exactly, but he thinks that on Monday or Tuesday MADELEINE had slept for some time in his bedroom, with KATE, as she had told him that one or both twins were crying, making much noise.
"Back to Thursday..."

Back to Thursday. Without ever having visited Wednesday, either on the 10th or the week previously (the 4th), although Kate manages to mention it, just, during her earliest interview:

"Apart from that, on Wednesday or Thursday, Madeleine and the other children went sailing at the beach...
Unquote (the 4th and 10th refer to the two statements made to the PJ by GM)
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