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Meddling with McCann

Latest Madeleine McCann stories leave more questions than answers


As Gerry and Kate McCann sue a former Portuguese police officer over his book about the 2007 disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, the Daily Express have revealed that a barrister has evidence that the child is still alive. As has become the norm with this saga, both the revelations in court and the Express story actually just leave more questions than answers.


Gerry and Kate McCann
Gerry and Kate McCann
Goncalo Amaral
Goncalo Amaral


The libel action brought against Goncalo Amaral is in our view ludicrous. In it, thus far, those around Gerry and Kate McCann have claimed that Amaral’s book “demonised and dehumanised” them and that his allegations against the duo “had a worse effect” than when they were made suspects in the case. Testimony for the plaintiffs can simply be summed up as overly emotional and that this will not help solve the questions surrounding what actually happened on the 3rd May 2007 is what readers should keep in mind. A win for the McCanns, however, would rake in around £1 million in damages.


Separately, revelations that an unnamed barrister broke down “in tears” and made a “shock confession” of having spoken with a man who “met [Madeleine McCann] on a [unnamed] Mediterranean island” are equally pointless. The barrister is quoted as saying:


“I can’t tell you exactly why I believe what I was being told. It was just a gut feeling. I knew that by reporting it, it would compromise me in all sorts of ways. But it was something that I couldn’t ignore. If I hadn’t said anything, I couldn’t have lived with myself. I have told police everything that I was told about her”.


One of thousands of alleged sightings of the child since she disappeared, this is yet again simply yet another story published without any evidence. The fact that this barrister hasn’t put his name to it and that the island isn’t even named about says it all. The press should cease to print such nonsense.


Madeleine McCann may be dead or alive but what we see as wrong here is how her parents and their press machine continue to act. Continually making wild allegations about what happened to the child and bringing libel cases will not solve this strange puzzle. Cooperating with the Portuguese police just might.



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6 comments on “Meddling with McCann”


    1. Did they use the babysitting service provided? NO
    2. Did they use any listening devices? NO
    3. Did they leave three children under 4 alone while going out drinking? YES
    4. Did they do this every night? YES
    5. Did they,under British law,endanger Maddie? YES
    6. In the UK is significant harm a form of child abuse? YES
    7. Is significant harm used by the UK courts in child abuse cases? YES
    8. Does leaving the children as they did qualify under these rules ? YES
    9. Did Kate sit writing timelines instead of searching for Maddie? YES
    10. Are the frequent checks by the Tapas group challenged by other witnesses? YES
    11. Was the bedroom withing sight of where they sat? NO
    12, Were they within earshot? NO
    13. Did anyone other than Tanner see any abductor? NO
    14. Has anyone come up with a credible abductor? NO
    15. Is there any evidence of an abduction? NO
    16. Were the shutters in the room tampered with? NO
    17. Did Kate say the shutters were tampered with? YES
    18. Did Kate change her story to saying the door was unlocked? YES
    19. Was the door unlocked on any other night? NO
    20. Is there any physical evidence at all of a break in? NO
    21. Is there any physical evidence of another party being in the room? NO
    23. Were the McCann’s told not to inform the media? YES
    24. Were they told it might harm the chances of finding Maddie alive? YES
    25. Were the media informed by a McCann family member? YES
    26. Were specially trained British dogs brought in to search the apartment ? YES
    27. Did they find anything? YES
    28. Have these dogs been successful in over 200 cases? YES
    29. Do sniffer dogs lie? NO
    30. Do the specially trained dogs get confused by other smells? NO
    31. Did they find cadaver(dead body) scent in the apartment? YES
    32. Did they find blood? YES
    33. Did they find cadaver scent behind the sofa? YES
    34. On the child’s toy? YES
    35. In a cupboard in the room? YES
    36. Did they find cadaver scent on Kate’s clothes? YES
    37. Did Kate explain this by saying she had examined dead bodies before holiday? YES
    38. Is there any record of her doing so? NO
    39. Has anyone come forward to say they saw her doing so? NO
    40. Was the hire car rented after Maddie disappeared ? YES
    41. Were tests done on DNA found in the car? YES
    42. Did the dogs alert to the hire car? YES
    43. Is a billion to one odds that it may be someone else’s DNA? YES
    44. Were the doors and boot left open to get rid of the smell in the car? YES
    45. Did the parents explain it away as rotting meat? YES
    46. Smelling due to taking rubbish to the tip in the hire car? YES
    47. Smelling due to dirty nappies in the hire car? YES
    48. Smell due to sea bass in the hire car? YES
    49. Did the parents say the dogs were wrong? YES
    50. Do you need tons of excuses if the dogs are just plain wrong? NO
    51. Have the dogs ever been wrong? NO
    52. Did Kate & Gerry flee Portugal? YES
    53. Did they hire extradition lawyers? YES
    54. Did the McCann’s hire libel lawyers to gag anyone with a different view? YES
    55. Did the government lend spin doctor Clarence Mitchell to the parents? YES
    56. Dio spin doctors twist the truth for a favourable outcome? YES
    57. Are they paid to do this? YES
    58. Did the McCann’s set up a fund in order to search for Maddie? YES
    59. Did they use the money donated for anything other than searching? YES
    60. Do the parents have a media monitoring unit? YES
    61. Are there internet trolls helping the parents to quash getting at the truth? YES
    62. Have the Portuguese police been portrayed as incompetent? YES
    63. Did they look at all aspects of the case? YES
    64. Did they conclude any abduction took place? NO
    65. Did they conclude that Maddie was dead and the parents responsible? YES
    66. Are there two British investigations into Maddie being missing? YES
    67. Are they investigating ALL aspects of the case? NO
    68. Have they been told by the government to focus on abduction only? YES
    69. Have they come up with any evidence of an abduction? NO
    70. Have they come up with any credible suspects? NO
    71. Have they questioned the tapas group or parents over the case? NO
    72. Have the parents made millions from Maddie being missing? YES
    73. Did Kate write a book mentioning torn genitalia that the twins might read? YES
    74. Did Gerry have his wallet stolen at Waterloo station as he claimed? NO
    75. Does the CCTV footage from that day bear out his claims? NO
    76. Did the Portuguese police ask British government for medical records? YES
    77. Were they handed over? NO
    78. Did they ask for bank statements? YES
    79. Were they handed over ? NO
    80. Did they ask for mobile phone records? YES
    81. Were they handed over? NO
    82. Have the media printed the McCann version of events? YES
    83. Are the media intimidated by threats of libel? YES
    84. Have the parents admitted they are responsible for Maddie’s disappearance? NO
    85. Have the parents faced any criminal charges to date? NO
    86. No charges for manslaughter? NO
    87. For neglect? NO
    88. Did the McCann’s say they would take a polygraph(lie detector test) ? YES
    89. Did the McCann “people” contact Don Cargill head of polygraph studies?YES
    90. Did the McCann’s tell the world they would take one to prove innocence? YES
    91. Have they taken one in the 2’000+ days since saying they would? NO
    92. Did the parents impose a list of conditions for taking one? YES
    93. Did Don Cargill say the list was “impossible to satisfy”? YES
    94. Did Don Cargill state “They had no intention of taking one”? YES
    95. Did Clarence Mitchell say they were innocent and did not need to do one? YES
    96. IS Amaral on trial because he wrote a book stating the facts of the case? YES
    97. Is it a proper account of the police investigation ? YES
    98. Have the McCann’s fought desperately to have this book banned? YES
    99. Is it banned? NO
    100. Is maddie missing because of the actions of the parents? YES

    1. Virtually all of this is trash. Not just a bit wrong, but 100% factually incorrect. The official police files are available for everyone to read – I suggest you avail yourself of them.
      Just one example – phone records. The police have them all, have had them for 7 years. They were exhaustively investigated. The Portuguese AG agreed with his own experts’ opinion that they showed no evidence, or even suggestion, of wrongdoing or cover up.

  2. As Sherlock Holmes said, “Eliminate the impossible and whatever remains must be the truth”. By limiting the investigation solely to the abduction theory other hypotheses are blocked. This is bad science & bad criminology. What is required is an open- minded scientific approach, ideally using offender & geographical profiling methods.

  3. Everything doesn’t add up and surely somewhere somebody saw what happened that night to little Maddie as for (Kate, Gerry) There guilty for so many reasons and one day they’ll be found out! Hope Maddie gets the justice she deserves after what her parents have done.

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