Sonntag, 19. Juni 2016

Dating Clement Freud

Let us bring some order in the process of the developing friendship between the McCanns and Clement Freud.

From Kate's official "Diary" aka madeleine we have these memories

At the beginning of July we received the following letter:

Dear McCanns, I have a house in P da L, been ashamed of the intrusion to your lives by our media . . . and if you would care to come to lunch/dinner at any time before Wednesday next, do ring and let me know. I cook decent meals.
Sincerely, Clement Freud
Gerry responded with a phone call and Sir Clement invited the seven of us there at that time – Gerry and myself with Sean and Amelie, plus Trisha, Sandy and Justine – to lunch the following day. He would be heading back to the UK a few hours later.

In the telephone files we have two corresponding phone calls from Gerry to the Villa on 3rd and 4th of July. The next mention in the bewk:

Clement Freud returned to Praia da Luz on 31 August and called Gerry that day. ‘Is it true, Gerry?’ he said, without preamble. ‘What’s that, Clement?’ ‘That you’re close to a breakdown and needing medication?’ Very funny. ‘I have a lot of empathy with the Express though, you know,’ he went on. For a split second Gerry thought he was serious. ‘Why’s that?’ ‘Well, you see, we both suffer from poor circulation.’ Thank God for people like Clement who kept us smiling.
This had been the Express healine from August 30th:

There were no phone calls received from Casa Colina but there is one 10 minute phone call Gerry received from a number that is not named at 18:22 and another one lasting 1:29 at 20:36.

Now we come to the 3rd of September, the day Ricardo Paiva came to the McCanns at 16:30 to tell them that they were going to be made arguido:

At 4.30pm Ricardo arrived with a female colleague and the forms Gerry needed to complete. After his colleague left with the paperwork, Ricardo asked if we had any queries he could answer. ‘Do you have any information for us?’ I inquired. He clarified with us the date of our planned departure back to the UK and told us that the PJ wanted to ‘interrogate’ me on Wednesday and Gerry on Thursday
Our plans for the evening went out of the window. We cancelled an interview we were scheduled to give Paris Match and dinner with Clement Freud.
At 9.50pm, I rang Clement. ‘Come on round,’ he said. ‘It’ll be nice to see you. But you’ll have to forgive my night-time attire.’ ...............
A couple of hours later, fortified by our brandies (it was my first-ever taste of the stuff), some useful snippets of advice and several amusing anecdotes, we left our friend feeling quite a bit better than we had when we’d arrived. The shock of that day, and of what we were now facing, on top of the trauma of Madeleine’s absence, never left us for a second, but it was interludes like this that gave us just enough strength to carry on.
This was their most desastrous day. Gerry had phoned him the day before at 15:42, and now he rang him again at 16:51 right after Ricardo told them at 16:30 they were going to be made arguido.

Then Kate rang him at 21:50 again and they went to his house at that time of the night to stay a couple of HOURS. On the day they thought they would be doomed...

I am sure this is all perfectly acceptable and normal...

Mittwoch, 15. Juni 2016

Paedophile Haven

Nothing seems to surprise us anymore when it comes to the naming and shaming of members of the British Elite as alleged paedophiles. To realise that a large majority only seems to get found out after their death might be a coincidence but could also speak of cover-up in very high circles.It does not surprise me that one of the accused has now been connected prominently with the McCann case.

In 2009 I went on my first trip to visit Praia da Luz and to my husbands amusement photographed large parts of the phone book in that region. Back at home I used those photographs to help establish the owners of phones that turn up in the Vodafone files regarding the case. At that time I came across the calls to the Casa Colina and established a link to Clement Freud without having any proof if the parents had ever met or even spoken to him, since the villa was listed under the name of a friend of his. The connections to Murdoch and Mitchell just made me sit up, and the location of the Villa at their jogging path intrigued me.

Two years later Kate in her book confirmed that they indeed had met and thus confirmed my investigations from that time. This was the blog I wrote after her book was published


It might have been all above board and their meeting a social event deemed to comfort the parents of a missing child thrown among the wolves represented by the British media.

Would there not be that nagging question in the back regions of my brain that has always mystified me. Why was there a need to erase the phone history on both their phones prior to May 3rd? Even if they were guilty of covering-up an accident on the 3rd, why risk having to explain the deletion? If they had acted in a panic there would be no incriminating phone calls that needed deletion.

What happened prior to May 3rd that they did not want the Portuguese police to know?

also revisit:
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