Donnerstag, 29. Mai 2014

Maddie's Jammies

No I am not going to do another research on the infamous pyjamas. Maren from the Netherlands had done an absolutely amazing piece of research that leaves nothing to add:

I am just trying to make sense of the current, rather confusing situation we find ourselves in.

The digging that is soon to commence...

If they are serious about digging in the heart of Praia da Luz and if it is not purely a distraction exercise for the media, I wonder what they will be looking for.

The evidence in the hired car, the George Brooks sighting and common sense tells us that it can't be a body they are looking for, but it must be some item/s that had to be disposed of separate from the body. IMO there is only one thing that the Gerry-lookalike abductor took with him on his way to the beach and that were Madeleine's pyjamas. Those pyjamas we had endless discussions about and whole newspaper articles written about trying to confuse us whether they were Eeyore or Barbie, white or pink, long-sleeved or short-sleeved...

The reason for the change of the description of the pyjamas which the BBC proudly claimed to have initiated, might have been the description of the pyjamas the Smiths saw on the girl that had been taken towards the beach by a man resembling Gerry McCann. It might have been of utter importance to cover-up the Smith sighting and any resemblance with Maddie.

After the Eeyore pyjamas had been presented to the whole world it then would of course have been equally important that her body should never be found in her real pyjamas because that would expose a lie of enormous proportions. So body and pyjama would most likey have been separated at some stage.

Could this be the reason for the digs soon to commence? Not for a body but for the pyjamas? Their colour, make and sleeves would tell their own story.

I do remember Andy Redwood issuing the words: “We know the pyjamas their child was wearing…"

While we are speaking a BRIGHTON film company have offered a programme to Channel 5 to be aired next Wednesday about the "McCanns and the Conman". Unfortunately the conman is not coming from Brighton.

Freitag, 23. Mai 2014

I beg to differ...

For the moment, they may be solving cases right and left, but something is seriously wrong with the Madeleine McCann case and here are ten reasons why I think this is not business as usual and there is a political coverup going on of some sort.
1) The amount of funds being allotted to Scotland Yard to investigate one missing person's case - a case which is not even  within their own jurisdiction, a case in which the parents' own neglect of their children and refusal to cooperate with the authorities is shameful - is unprecedented and outrageous.

2) Scotland Yard began their "review" by publicly stating that the parents were not suspects instead of simply saying no one  can be excluded from suspicion who does not have a solid alibi as is the usual statement made by police right out of the gate.

3) Scotland Yard constantly says they are updating the parents of the missing child, something that is only done if the parents are absolutely not suspects.

4) Scotland Yard did not do a reconstruction of the crime; they only did a reenactment of the McCann version of the crime for television.

5) Scotland Yard validated Jane Tanner's version of what she saw on a narrow street where she was not seen by two people as she supposedly passed by them.

6) Scotland Yard verified that Tannerman existed with a claim that was not credible.

7) Scotland Yard relatively large "Operation Grange" team has spent three years reviewing files that should have taken no more than a few weeks or months.

8) After reviewing all the evidence and leads in the files, Scotland Yard is investigating suspects that have no connection to the case.

9) Scotland Yard wants to search for Maddies's body (and, yes, they would be searching for a body as all other evidence would be long gone after seven years) in the most unlikely place to find her, right near the apartment in a very open-to-the-view-of-the-public location with hard-as-rock ground where no shallow grave could have been missed by the PJ or anyone walking by.

10) In spite of the fact the PJ has asked for there to be no press about the case, Scotland Yard has its own people still giving interviews.

A flaw in reason and logic: This reason given is in no way supporting the claim. It is on the contrary supporting the opposite. If there was to be a cover-up why start a review, turn it into a full-fledged investigation, get the country that was treated so badly into their boat and press on for 5 years? I am sure Hewlett would have been able to be made into the perfect scapegoat - and I do believe that this was contemplated by some forces at the time - if that would be the current purpose.

The examples for the exact same conduct in other cases are too numerous to be listed. There is no reason why Scotland Yard should adjust to the purported need of interested parties on the internet against common practice. Especially in the stages of an review.

Of course a police force HAS to inform the parents of a missing child until these parents are charged and a suspicion is drafted. As to extent of the information given we only have Clarence Mitchell's word to judge by.

It was the request of the Policia Judiciaria for a reconstruction. It was requested to verify or discard the witness statements regarding the timeline of events, mainly to prove that Jane Tanner would have been unable to be where she claimed to have been and to see what she had claimed to have seen. No other statements could have been verified by a reconstruction since no third party witnesses were present. Not the time of the alarm, not the alleged checks. Since Scotland Yard had already smashed the Gordian Knot that Jane Tanner's statement presented to the case there is no need for a reconstruction, something police forces (UK, Germany) very rarely use anyway.

This is debatable but in my opinion a genius move. We know she lied, she knows she lied, the police know she lied, but the petty reward for outing her lie through a reconstruction was discarded for the destruction of Gerry McCann's alibi at the "moment of her abduction". And the way for the Smith sighting was opened. And an offer was made to Jane...

The claim that Tanner saw the abductor was refuted which is so much more important than to prove Jane was lying (which would have proved rather difficult anyway). The ultimate truth is more important than petty revenge on Jane.

The bulk of the review was most certainly done on those parts of the files that have not been published: the reports about (mainly british) paedophiles or alleged paedophiles or rumours of paedophiles in the area. Taken together with the innumerous sightings that have been discarded by those following the case with a now preset mind this amounts to a huge workload that would have to be done BEFORE any conclusions could have been reached. A quick skim through the 10000 pages of the files can form an opinion but leads to a position that can be attacked in so many ways. (q.e.d.)

All the leads Scotland Yard are following and of course have to follow are part of the case. As mentioned above there are the sightings and reports about paedophiles in the area and of course those alleged incidents that only recently and miraculously turned up have to be verified and investigated even though some might turn out to be mere creations of distraction no unlike some of the sightings we had to put up with the previous years. But by investigating them, evidence might even come from these. In the prospect of the world's biggest court case ever, they better make sure that every other possibility is properly investigated and excluded or I would be very unhappy.

IMO there has yet an exact location to be named where they might be looking for evidence. The location in the center of Praia da Luz would be ideal to distract the world's media from the real procedings. Should they be close to finding her body they would never let the media partake in any unearthings. This open space in PdL is just sweetly perfect for the staging of excavations, with ample parking at hand...

The PJ and Scotland Yard have asked the media to behave and lately Clarence has received the firm instruction to finally stfu.


I am sure that at some stage in the past seven years there were efforts being made to cover-up the case and the hype around Hewlett was the closest we got to the presentation of a patsy. He was perfect, DNA evidence could have been provided and the public would have bought it.

But luckily there was never a general consent for a cover-up between all involved parties.

In the past year we had the alibi of Gerry destroyed, Smithman brought to the public's attention, the cover-up of the photofits exposed, Madeleine's death accepted and even the dog's mentioned in connection with a fresh search for her body. I have no idea WHAT would convince the sceptics, but it can hardly have been better than that.

Dienstag, 13. Mai 2014

A memorable fortnight

April 24

Maddie anniversary brings shock new revelations  - Portugal Resident 24-04-14
""Meantime, British police, journalists, Madeleine McCann’s parents, and even the former parish priest Haynes Hubbard - who befriended the couple when their little girl went missing - are all understood to be on their way back to Luz to focus attention once again on the world’s most famous missing person.""
After an unusually quiet advent to the 7 year festivities, there are indications that the parents will go to Praia da Luz to attend the service in the local church. The fact that their friend Father Haynes Hubbard will arrive from Canada would be an additional incentive to them. And all with the prospect of arrests within weeks... 

April 25
Maddie McCann's parents: ''We won't apply for death certificate and still hold out hope 7 years on - Daily Mirror 25-04-14
But suddenly - after 7 years of disputing vehemently every possibility that Maddie might have come to any harm - Death is being contemplated. 

May 1 

Maddie’s mother comes to Portugal “looking for answers” - TVI 01-05-14

""The mother of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in May 2007, states that she continues to return to Portugal “once or twice” a year to “look for answers”.
The previous alleged plan that the parents would come to Praia da Luz seems to have been dropped. Instead this piece of non-news is published to be able to claim a misunderstanding, should someone ask. The venue is changed to Rothley's war memorial.

May 5


""A source close to the McCann’s said: “Kate and Gerry have been told police will be conducting the searches in and around Praia da Luz as soon as they get the green light from Portuguese authorities.

“There will be earth diggers everywhere and it will look very dramatic and it will be a heartbreaking and hugely emotional time for Madeleine’s poor parents.

“They don’t believe police are acting on any new tip off. They just need to carry out their own digs, looking for any possible clues that Portuguese authorities may have missed on their previous searches.

“It will not be a mere fingertip search of certain areas, it will be full ground searches, using radar and other equipment. It is such a sensitive part of their investigation but it has to be done.""
In a World Exclusive to Rothley citizen Tracey Kandoohla, the PARENTS through their mouthpiece Clarence Mitchell reveal Scotland Yards plans to start the search for Madeleine's grave. In order to get their spin in first they spill the beans to the world's media. 

May 7

07 May 2014
New Scotland Yard 

Letter from Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley to news editors re Op Grange, the Madeleine McCann investigation.

""It is important you understand this and appreciate the position in which I find myself. We will not be able to provide any information concerning the activity because ultimately it could mean the work stops. We respect the Portuguese position as we would expect them to respect our position if we were carrying out work on their behalf in the UK.""

""7th of May 2014 - Media Interference

We are dismayed with the way the media has behaved over the last couple of days in relation to our daughter’s case. There is an on-going, already challenging, police investigation taking place and media interference in this way not only makes the work of the police more difficult, it can potentially damage and destroy the investigation altogether – and hence the chances of us finding Madeleine and discovering what has happened to her. As Madeleine’s parents, this just compounds our distress. We urge the media to let the police get on with their work and please show some respect and consideration to Madeleine and all our family.

Thank you.

Gerry and Kate""

Scotland Yard sees the need to issue a statement to the press to ask for restraint and the McCanns - who revealed all to the media themselves - follow with "dismay".


So to sum this memorable fortnight up, it seems obvious, that the parents were informed about the upcoming searches for a body shortly before April 24th. The plan to come to Praia da Luz for the anniversary was dropped. Was the risk too high with the upcoming arrests that Clarence Mitchell had been advocating now for ages?

Instead the media had to be prepared which resulted in the death contemplations. In their exclusive to the Mirror the dig had to be spun. The danger to tourism was addressed as well as the mantra about the "useless, bungling, portuguese police" renewed. And the blasphemous idea of SY acting because of a tip-off (where did this come from?) was rejected.

The main objective though was to throw a spanner into the cooperation between the PJ and SY. Both forces must have been furious. What was most probably meant to be done under the radar provoked a show for the masses. A helicopter flight over Praia da Luz for the assembled media and hints at various locations, preferably open, easy to reach areas where lots of reporters could watch and do what reporter usually do. No matter how ridiculous these areas look to the neutral eye.

So when the show will start and the digs will bind the world's media to specified areas with ample parking we can not be sure about what is going on elsewhere but we can be sure three parties in the game know that the others know. The fourth party will watch and take pictures.

Samstag, 10. Mai 2014

CMTV Interview with Goncalo Amaral

 A huge thank you to Astro from for the transcript and translation into English

CMTV “Maddie Special”, May 3rd, 2014

(Gonçalo Amaral is asked for his opinion about the Euclides Monteiro and sexual predator leads)

GA - It’s been a long time, and a long time during which a story was built. A story was created from the principle that an abduction took place while no abduction was proved, nobody has proved that it was an abduction yet.

So these news come out, these and other news, and this is worth zero.

Is [abduction] a possibility that you are not convinced of?

GA - It’s been seven years, nobody can prove that there is an abduction, why there is an abduction. There are important things in the investigation. When it was reopened, they should have been taken into account. If what is being done [in the current investigation] is serious, and I think it is, there are people who – the Portuguese police at least has many people who are interested in solving the case, or concerned with it.

They will have to take into account, namely that group of people, namely – we’re talking about a paedophile here, a serial predator, all over the Algarve, or from Vilamoura up to that area [of Luz]. Now they talk about 18 cases, cases that have not been registered with the police, cases that –

I remember, at that time, in 2002 there was already great sensitivity towards this kind of paedophilia situations, even because of the Casa Pia case, in that area the Joana case, so to state that the police forces seem to have stifled it and now suddenly these stories appear…

This makes us think, it makes us think and let’s stop for a moment and let’s look, objectively, at what is there. And what is there, objectively, is a complaint with the English police of a British couple that says: there is a gentleman there, who two years ago committed paedophile acts towards that little girl that disappeared.

I heard that that gentleman broke into a few houses and that he lied down besides [the little girls]. And that this is paedophilia. I ask: those gestures that were made relating to Madeleine, two years earlier, during the holiday in Mallorca, that are described in the process and they are, there is a complaint from a couple of doctors that were friends with this couple, at the British police, what happened to that?

Deep down, what are we looking for? First, we investigate what is there in the process.

And in fact, that never happened.

Not even in the first letter rogatory, the only letter rogatory that we went to England to carry out – no diligences were performed concerning that situation.


GA - The conclusions that we reached did not point to an abduction, they pointed at other things, but not to an abduction. An accidental death followed by the concealment of a cadaver. But the investigation was still at a point, it hadn’t reached the end yet. Therefore only by continuing the investigation, doing a reconstruction, carrying out more diligences, namely the questioning of that couple of doctors that complained about that gentleman, doctor David Payne.

So there’s a series of things that at the moment we seem to be forgetting, a deal seems to have been made, it gives the idea that there is a deal out there, we forget about this, now let’s think about that…

And then it’s all inconsistencies, you’ll notice: there was the witness statement of a lady, Jane Tanner, who is a friend of the couple, she was there on holiday, that said “I saw the abductor carrying the child walking into that direction. He was dressed like this, and this and that”. And this put at stake – the way she said it and the location where she said she saw it, where she walked – it put the very testimony of the child’s father at stake.

What happened?

A few years later, based on an e-fit that was made upon request from the couple, by their private detectives, someone is found who says “I still have the clothes from that time, this is my daughter that I was carrying, and I even still have – notice this! – I even still have the little girl’s pyjama, almost four years later. Here’s the little girl’s pyjama. And I went to pick her up from the Crèche”.

And it’s said that the crèche was open at half past nine in the evening. It would just take someone who picks up a phone and calls the crèche and asks at what time the crèche closed. And why this gentleman appears after all of this time.

Then it is said: “Now we are going to make a reconstitution”. The English police makes a reconstitution, with some actors, and then reaches the conclusion that the important man was the one that carried at half past nine, who was walking down the street and was seen by the Smith family. And yes, that one is the important one.
This was said by the Scotland Yard.

But that man doesn’t have a belly. He is not dark, he is not an African.

Why were you removed from the process?

GA – That is a good question. I know that before I left the investigation, someone suggested to me that I should let the case go into archiving, that I shouldn’t worry about the outcome of the investigation.

Who suggested that to you?

GA - It was suggested to me.

In the Judiciary Police?

GA - Yes, in the Judiciary Police. Then there were statements from me on the night of the first of October – I remember that on the 2nd, at the time, the British prime minister, Gordon brown, was in Portugal, it was the Lisbon Treaty, therefore I remember that day well, even because it was my birthday.

And I unburdened with a journalist who called me asking about a sighting in Morocco, and what I said to her is what I reiterate now: the British police, at that time, was so worried with us to know, in fact, what the involvement was, if there was involvement from the parents at all, what was the parents’ responsibility in the child’s disappearance.

We are not speaking about homicide, we are not speaking of any of that.

In fact, what had happened there, that night? Specifically with that group, and with the parents as main suspects.

And then when that news appeared that the little girl had been sighted in Morocco, because there, it was said, there could not be any blonde girls, but it turned there could, I think she was the daughter of a Belgian lady. So the English are not that much smarter than we are, or the Moroccans (…)

GA – What is happening here is as simple as this. Removing me from the investigation is the first step towards archiving of the process. And then the process is archived. And then it was reopened, with what looks like a deal.

I’ve already seen it written in the papers: “The parents were cleared”. I don’t know, was there a trial? Why were they cleared? Were the Gaspars investigated, was everything that is there [in the process] investigated?

Isn’t it at least strange that 7 years later these parents, if they had anything to do with the case, continue to search for their daughter will all means?

GA - Who says that they are searching for their daughter? What I have analysed, because I have the right to look at the situation, is that they have always carried out a campaign to defend themselves, a campaign to sell an image of themselves.

A campaign to collect donations, a campaign that has already allowed them to pay the house that they live in.

A campaign in which they destroy the lives of a series of people, a campaign that put employment at the Ocean Club at risk, it led to unemployment.

A campaign where they don’t care about others.

Deep down, it’s their image. Only that. This is my analysis of the situation and I am entitled to it.

Do you think that Scotland Yard is accessary to that campaign?

GA – Until Scotland Yard clarifies the mystery within this mystery that is Mr David Payne, and that situation of the paedophilia complaint – it’s not someone who goes to burglarise a home and lies down next to – we are talking about obscene gestures and saying, with words, asking if Madeleine did certain things, to the father of that child, Mr Gerald McCann.

Other people saw it, witnesses, who on the 12th of May denounced it to the English police, who in turn never informed us about that situation, only in October did a fax arrive concerning that, but the story has been told.

So, let’s understand what this is about.

If it’s only the fear that all of them have, that pact may exist, all of them having abandoned their children, because they did abandon them, during that week they always left them alone, at their own risk, nothing more – or if there is more to it.

That is what needs to be understood, and how far that can cause, within the British society, hat damages it may cause. I don’t know.

But what motives could Scotland Yard have to go along with that?

GA – Let’s find out why. Let Scotland Yard come and say why they don’t investigate. Let them deny that the complaint existed, or let them confirm that it did exist and why they don’t investigate it.

It’s seven years later. Seven years later, it’s said that Scotland Yard is making an appeal, some big appeals, and that people call SY and a call centre.

We already did that. The Judiciary Police and the English police, at that time, seven years ago, launched that questionnaire. They launched a questionnaire, in England a call centre was installed, people who spent their holiday at the Ocean Club, who spent their holiday in the Algarve, had the opportunity, seven years ago, to say all that they could say, to contribute, and nothing was said about it.

Now seven years later these things start appearing.

So that is the mystery. First the statement of Mrs Jane Tanner was cleaned, then they tried to clean the Smith family’s statement. That backfired because on the internet, everywhere, people started saying, no, but this gentleman here is Gerald McCann, the one in the e-fit that had been made by those detectives that had left the MI5.

So this is where we are. When you say to me that they are searching for their daughter, I doubt it.

You were removed from the case just as you were about to collect the testimony of this man [Martin Smith].

GA – It’s true. We had already asked the Police’s National Directory for permission to bring him to Portugal, so we were taking care of the traveling, the accommodation. When I return to Faro [after being removed from the case], my colleague that came afterwards considers that deposition not to be relevant.

But he still made diligences, I think there is contact with an Irish liaison officer in Madrid, he is the one who then brings his statement from England, therefore…

But after the deposition that this man gave to the English authorities, he contradicts himself, he is no longer absolutely sure that this man was Gerry.

GA – That is no contradiction. When he speaks to us, he says it is that person. When the statements to the British police appear, 85 or 90% is mentioned, so it’s a probability percentage. The way that he identifies him is not due to the physiognomy, it’s the way he walks, the way he holds the child. So in terms of evidence, let’s put it this way, it would never have great value as evidence.

But in terms of the police work, in the investigation, it’s an argument that is important to understand and to clarify.

Until someone appears – maybe someday someone appears, someone who says that he was also fetching his child at that time from the crèche that hands out the little girls at half past nine or ten in the evening, someone who also kept the clothes and the similar pyjamas. Maybe there were children of that age, all wearing the same pyjamas.

Even we had one of those pyjamas, it was bought from the same store, in England, for future comparison.

Is this one of the key moments in the investigation, for you?
GA – It is important. It’s one of those points that until it is clarified, we can’t move forward with the abduction theory, because the description matches the description of Gerald McCann and it matches the description that Jane Tanner made of the other individual, the one who allegedly appeared in the meantime.

Nothing was confirmed in Portugal.

Here in Portugal something interesting is happening, here in Portugal and in England. Scotland Yard has information from the Portuguese police and breaks the judicial secrecy, and says a few things there. And everyone takes it for granted. They take it for granted, it’s the police saying it, therefore it’s an almost absolute truth. But the question is why.

I’m a policeman.

And I know that some journalists investigate.

And sometimes I ask myself why nobody asks, why there isn’t one journalist that says “But is this even possible?”. Why don’t I go and knock on the crèche’s door, for example, and find out if it is possible, at that time.

Why don’t I go to the GNR and the PSP and say, my friends, in 2002 child abuse was already under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Police. There had already been the Casa Pia case, you were alert to the situation, so there was a serial predator on the loose and only SY knows about it?

And so on.

There are questions that we have to find out why. And why, for example, Mr David Payne, why it doesn’t move forward.

Were mistakes made in the investigation?

GA - Certainly so. There are mistakes made in all investigations. The first mistake that was made in this one, and I tell you this easily, was that we didn’t place this couple under surveillance from the first moment onward, under phone tapping and so on. The McCann couple.

Because in such a situation, with children of this age in their care – it was their duty to guard them, to care for them – they are the first suspects. This happens anywhere in the world, doesn’t it?

Is this a never ending story?

GA – It will have an end. I don’t know. Madeleine disappeared, in the meantime some witnesses are already deceased, others will be deceased in the future, I don’t know my future, either. This will have an end. We shall see what happens.

But before the end, and before this program ends, I want to alert to a situation that is important. The English like this very much, it’s important. It’s not only indications, it’s not only the inconsistencies, it’s what they call the scientific part of the question.

And the scientific part is the hair that was found in that car. Hair without roots, that the English laboratory says that from its coloration, it belongs to Madeleine McCann. And that nothing except for transference between objects could justify [hair] inside that car trunk where cadaver odour was found.

The Judiciary Police that has them, they should send them to a laboratory to be analysed for a DNA profile without the need for hair roots. People say that there are labs of that kind, so do that now.

We have been at this for such a long time. Maybe they can spare some money and we can move forward in the investigation, surely. To the Netherlands or to Germany, I think there are laboratories there.

CMTV invited the McCann family’s legal representatives and its spokesman to make a statement. The invitations were not accepted.

Mittwoch, 7. Mai 2014

Nothing new here

Basically nothing new for those that have followed the case with an open mind and the PJ files at
their disposal. Only logical consequences resulting from the review of those files by Scotland Yard.

In the same way nothing much had been added to the files after Goncalo Amaral had been forced out of the investigation until Paulo Rebelo had moved the case to it's shameful closure, nothing much has been added in the seven years since then. Ok some offices had been raided and boxes of hopefully incriminating material had been seized, possibly one or the other prime witness had come forward with info that warranted a reward in October, but otherwise...? Nope...

The PJ files are still the basis and the key to the case. The course of events, the timeline of both evenings, the removal with all it's mishaps can be construed with the help of these documents compiled by earnest and honest cops that performed a monumental task in an invironment poisoned by the biggest scum of this sad tale, the British meeedja, puppets on a string of their masters, Team McCann.

And since there is nothing new to report at the moment I would like to DIG out some long forgotten posts...

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