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Postby KazLux » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:18 am

ABOVE: Strain shows on Kate McCann15th December 2007 By JERRY LAWTON

A TV BOSS who made friends with the McCanns days before Madeleine vanished is convinced the couple are innocent.

Crimewatch producer Bridget O'Donnell said Kate and Gerry had simply made a "disastrous decision" to leave their daughter unattended.

She added the tragedy could have happened to "any of us".

Bridget and her TV producer husband Jeremy Wilkins befriended the McCanns as they holidayed at the same resort of Praia da Luz in May. Madeleine vanished from the McCanns' apartment a few days later as her parents, both 39, dined in a tapas bar.

Police believe she died in an accident and Kate and Gerry moved her body – but Bridget is adamant the couple had nothing to do with their daughter's disappearance.

"Throughout all this I have believed that Gerry and Kate are innocent," she said. "None of us imagined we were being watched. One group made a disastrous decision – Madeleine was vulnerable and was chosen.

But in the face of such desperate audacity, it could have been any of us.''

Bridget said she never contemplated leaving her young children and the McCanns' apartment was "more exposed'' than hers.

"Privately, I was glad we did not get their apartment," she said. "It was on a corner by the road and people could see in.''

Bridget, who has directed reconstructions for BBC1's real life crime show, said Gerry confessed to her that they had left their children sleeping in the ground floor flat while they dined with pals. Bridget revealed Jeremy played tennis with Gerry and bumped into him outside the apartment at the time the couple say an abductor struck.

Her revelations came as Portugal's top TV crime reporter Harnani Carvalho – who wrote a book on the case – said if the McCanns had been Portuguese "they would be in jail by now''.

Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, deny any involvement in the four-year-old's disappearance.
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Re: Daily Star Articles

Postby KazLux » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:27 am

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We must know if you've found Maddie's blood
Wednesday 15th August 2007 12:00am
MISSING Madeleine McCann's parents have demanded to know if blood found in their apartment is hers. They fear that Portuguese police will withhold the res...
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Re: Daily Star Articles

Postby KazLux » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:37 am

ABOVE: Kate and Gerry McCann rejected claims made in Portuguese newspapers
10th October 2007

The parents of Madeleine McCann are considering legal action against "hurtful" claims that they gave their four-year-old daughter - and her younger brother and sister - sedatives on the night she disappeared.

Gerry and Kate McCann's lawyers are studying speculation in the Portuguese press that tests on evidence carried out in the UK suggest their elder daughter and twins Sean and Amelie were given the drugs on May 3.

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Contrary to renewed speculation in the Portuguese press, Gerry and Kate McCann wish to make it categorically clear that they have never, ever used sedatives on their children. To suggest otherwise is as outrageous as it is hurtful."

He continued: "Lawyers for the McCanns will be monitoring British coverage of the latest Portuguese claims very closely and will take action if it's felt necessary."

According to Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas, a Policia Judiciaria (PJ) source said the conclusion came from preliminary results from tests conducted at the Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham last month. The Forensic Science Service would not comment on the reports.

Spokeswoman Laura Mackin said: "We don't comment on any tests from the lab. The inquiry is ongoing and we just can't comment. We are just working closely with the police."

The speculation came as it emerged that the team of detectives investigating Madeleine's disappearance is now down to six from the 100 police assigned to the case when she first went missing.

The team now comprises five detectives and a chief inspector, said Carlos Anjos, president of the Association of Criminal Investigation Staff. The resizing was "normal", he said, in investigations where the missing person was not found quickly.

Paulo Rebelo, a senior criminal investigation co-ordinator at national police headquarters in Lisbon, will now lead the inquiry. Mr Rebelo was expected to move to southern Portugal, where Madeleine vanished, a Portuguese police spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The detective, who will start work later this week, has investigated several high-profile cases including claims of a child sex ring at a state-run children's home.
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Re: Daily Star Articles

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ABOVE: Gerry McCann walked out of a Spanish TV interview
29th August 2007

The father of missing Madeleine McCann has issued an extraordinary plea to her abductor to end the family's 118-day nightmare - if only to assuage "torment" in his or her own soul.

Gerry McCann, 39, said Madeleine's captor may have taken her because of a sudden impulse or "act of madness" which they might not understand themselves.

Writing in his daily internet blog, Mr McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, urged the abductor: "It is not too late to do the right thing."

Madeleine, who should be having her first day at school on Thursday, was snatched from her bed in her family's rented holiday apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, on May 3.

Mr McCann and his wife, Kate, have stayed on in the Algarve village ever since, desperate for news of the four-year-old's whereabouts.

In a direct plea, he said: "If you have done something you regret, if you find yourself in a situation you never intended, it is not too late to do the right thing.

"Please come forward, return Madeleine, leave her in a place of safety."

Mr McCann, who has repeatedly said that he and his wife believe Madeleine is still alive, added: "At the very least, help us by letting us know what has happened to our beautiful little girl."

He said the family continued to await news on the investigation.

Detectives are still awaiting the results of a series of forensic tests on samples taken from the apartment where Madeleine was abducted.
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Re: Daily Star Articles

Postby KazLux » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:46 am

14th June 2007

POLICE were last night desperately searching scrubland after a psycho sent them a map showing where Madeleine McCann lies buried. They fear the sender is the same person who last year led detectives to the graves of two murdered Belgian children. Detectives are worried they could be trapped in a game of cat-and-mouse with an inter-national paedophile serial killer.

The map, sent to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, claims four-year-old Madeleine is buried near a dirt track in Odiaxere, a village nine miles north-east of Praia da Luz.

Marked with crosses, the map was accompanied by a letter, claiming Madeleine was buried "north of the road under branches and rocks, around six to seven metres off the road".

The news has left Madeleine's parents Gerry, 39, and Kate, 38, fearing the worst just a day after a child sex investigator claimed he knew the paedophile dubbed The Frenchman who had taken her and that she was still alive.

Last June two almost identical maps and a letter were sent to the Dutch paper, showing where missing Belgian stepsisters Nathalie Mahy, 10, and Stacy Lemmens, seven, were buried. Their bodies were found the next day in a drain 400 metres from the Liege bar where they had been snatched as their parents drank inside 18 days earlier.

They were strangled shortly after they had been snatched.

Convicted child rapist Abdallah Ait-Oud, 39, who was in the bar that night, was named the prime suspect by detectives.

He handed himself in three days after the girls vanished but he has always protested his innocence and could not have sent the map because he was in jail. Police also found the DNA of an unidentified person on the girls' bodies.

Madeleine vanished from her family's holiday apartment on May 3 as Kate and Gerry dined in a tapas bar 40 yards away.

Police found an unidentified person's DNA in the apartment.

A Dutch police source said: "There are a number of striking similarities in the two cases.

"The manner of the abductions – taking advantage of distracted parents – is similar. In both cases the letter writer then sat back and did nothing for many days, allowing the finger of suspicion to fall on others.

"Other than the geography the letters are identical. Most alarmingly the maps both come from exactly the same source."

He said they hoped the latest letter was "a sick hoax".

Portugese Chief Insp Olegario Sousa said the information was being taken "very seriously".

A spokesman for the McCanns said they were "troubled" by the development and awaiting news.
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Re: Daily Star Articles

Postby xxdelly » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:49 am

Daily Star : 16th August 2007

Cops set to name new suspects as test results are revealed.


Police hunting Madeleine McCann say they know the identity of her killer.

They expect to swoop within days after British detectives unearthed new clues.

Last night a Portuguese police source said: "We now have a lot of crucial evidence and we believe and know who is behind the death of Madeleine."

Police chiefs said the fresh clues had led them to pursue a major new line of inquiry and they are about to name new suspects.

The breakthrough comes as senior investigators will today get the results of forensic tests carried out by scientists in the UK.

Portuguese detectives insist they now believe Madeleine was killed inside her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.

The Portuguese police source said the results from forensic tests were "the final piece of the jigsaw".

Brit sniffer dogs found specks of blood in the McCanns' apartment.

But Portuguese police insisted the new line of inquiry did not hinge on the outcome of the tests.

The police source said: "We have been following a new line of inquiry which has proved significant. It may well be that the blood found in the apartment matches Madeleine's but that is not the most important part of the investigation.

"Even if the blood is not the young girl's it will not alter the outcome. It is just the last piece we are waiting for before we can act. It is expected we will soon be in a position to name the new suspects."

The development is the clearest indication yet that British ex-pat Robert Murat, 33, is set to be dropped as the only official suspect in the case.

It is expected Murat will be told within days police have failed to find sufficient evidence to charge him.

Portuguese police have now gone on the record saying they believe Madeleine was not kidnapped.

In an official statement, police spokesman Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa described the inquiry as a "complex one" which had been "extremely difficult to investigate".

He added, "Never has there been collected so much evidence in a crime scene by specialised teams in this situation."

Madeleine disappeared in May while her parents were dining with seven holiday pals in a tapas bar 40 yards away from their apartment.

Last night the McCanns admitted for the first time they may have to leave Portugal without their daughter.

Kate, 38 and Gerry, 39, have always insisted that they would remain in the resort of Praia da Luz for as long as it took to discover what had happened to their little girl.

But with the welfare of their two-year old twins, Sean and Amelie, becoming an increasing concern, they are contemplating returning to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.

The couple are both doctors and have been granted leave by their NHS employers to remain in Portugal. They recently moved into a rented villa not far from where Madeleine disappeared.

But yesterday Kate finally admitted the time would come when they would have to return to the UK with or without their missing daughter.

She said: " We know we will be going back and I guess one day we will wake up and it will be right. We never thought we would go before she came back. Now we just don't know - but we have the twins to consider. I can't imagine how we came out as a family of five and are going back as a four."

Gerry added they had to consider the twins. He said: "They are happy".

"There was a period, a few days last week, when it was very, very difficult to function.

"It was not right. We almost felt we had to be cooped up somewhere.

"The decision to go home will come at some point when we are ready and it will be for the right reasons - our welfare, our family's welfare."


Police are baffled why Maddie's brother and sister never stirred while she was probably being killed.

They now believe she died inside the apartment where she had been put to bed alongside twins Sean and Amelie. The pair slept throught the whole incident even when Maddy was discovered missing.

Officers were so stunned they asked the McCanns if they had given the children sedatives to help them sleep. The couple denied that and said they must have been exhausted after a long day in the sun.

A police source said: " They were just a few feet away. Yet they never woke up."

A family source said: "They didn't give the children anything."
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Re: Daily Star Articles

Postby KazLux » Sat May 03, 2008 7:44 am


19th September 2007

By Jerry Lawton

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/15 ... -vanished/

THE "tormented" priest who detectives think Kate McCann may have confessed to was missing last night.
Father Jose Pacheco, 46, has not been seen since it was revealed police plan to put pressure on him to break his Catholic vow of silence.

Worried members of his flock in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz said they have not seen him at his tiny hillside chapel for four days.

Father Pacheco gave the McCanns spiritual and emotional support in the days after their daughter vanished.
Detectives plan to question him in a bid to force him to reveal if staunch Catholic Kate, 39, confessed to him she had killed Madeleine.

Locals fear their priest may have fled to avoid the dilemma.
Before he disappeared Father Pacheco told a Portuguese newspaper: "I could never stop supporting a family who are living a tragedy."

Last night one regular worshipper said: "He has not been seen for days. It is very worrying. He has appeared troubled.
"He told us he'd talked to police informally but was expecting to be seen again.

"It seems he finds himself tormented – in a very difficult position." Susan Hubbard, wife of Father Pacheco's Anglican colleague Fr Haynes Hubbard, said: "We have not seen him for a few days. We don't know where he has gone."
Father Pacheco met the McCanns the day after Madeleine vanished on May 3.
GP Kate and her heart surgeon husband Gerry, both, 39, asked to see a priest that night as pals, fellow holidaymakers and resort staff launched a desperate hunt for the four-year-old.

But the meeting did not take place until the next day. The couple were so devastated Father Pacheco took
the unusual step of giving them the keys to the chapel so they could pray at any hour.

But since the finger of suspicion was pointed at the McCanns their relationship with the priest changed, according to locals.

They said he had appeared "anguished". A church source said: "He is a marvellous man who has devoted his life to God. But everything that has happened has shaken him."
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