hree year-old Madeleine McCann and her two year-old twin
siblings, were left alone in a ground floor holiday
apartment at the Ocean Club in the Algarve, every night,
while their parents, Kate and Gerry dined at a Tapas Bar
with seven friends, all medical practitioners. The McCann’s
believe this was responsible parenting and the Social
Services and media agree that at worst they were naive. On
Thursday May 3rd Madeleine vanished from her bed
without trace and her parents raised the alarm, claiming she
had been kidnapped, or “taken” as they prefer to say. The
twins sleeping nearby did not wake during the ensuing
However, I have suspected the parents involvement from the
outset, for the simple reason that on the day following
Madeleine’s disappearance, when they should have been back
at the hotel, in pieces, being comforted by friends and
waiting for the phone to ring, (like normal folk) Gerry
chose to act as media spokesman, dispensing with
intermediaries, such as a liaison officer or lawyer. Instead
of speaking from the heart, he read from a script and didn’t
choke-up or break down; actually, I have yet to see this
“devoted father” shed a real tear.
His wife said nothing, no appeal, no begging or pleading for
the kidnapper to return her daughter, not a word. From then
on, I began scrutinising their behaviour and demeanour and I
bet the Polícia Judiciária
did too. Chief inspector Oligeario Sousa went along with
the abduction theory to exhaust this possibility, but also
to avoid alerting the McCann’s to the fact they were under
surveillance. The PJ are not as incompetent as ‘Team McCann’
would have us believe, they were quietly gathering evidence
and building their case.
With enough rope to hang themselves, the McCann’s embarked
on a tour in Sir Philip Green’s private jet, meeting
everyone from Alberto Gonzales to the Pope. What a rare
privilege! But not once in their many interviews did they
speak loving or comforting words directly to their daughter
through the media, regardless of whether she may hear it...
Why, because they knew she never would? Apparently the FBI
regards this as an indication of guilt. They both discussed
the situation in a nonchalant and matter-of-fact manner.
At one point Gerry stated, “We have grieved” which struck me
as odd, since you usually grieve for the dead, whereas for a
missing child, you continue to worry yourself sick...
Nonetheless, they retained their composure and appeared
relaxed, blogging about jogging and enjoying “mince and
tatties” with the family, nothing about Madeleine though!
The British media fawned over the couple, portraying them as
saints who couldn’t possibly be guilty, but nobody really
knows their true character or what goes on behind closed
One week after the disappearance, they launched a ‘fighting
fund’ to find Madeleine, which has accrued a total of
£1,091,108.67 donated by genuine well-wishers and rich
celebrities. They began a series of tacky publicity stunts,
selling ribbons, wrist bands and T-shirts from the online
and planned a balloon launch, two weeks in advance, to mark
the 50th day of her abduction. How did they know
she would still be missing?
Gerry & Kate McCann
There were discrepancies in their version of events. They
claimed the shutter was forced, but when that was disputed,
they said the door was not locked.
Dr. O’Brien left the Tapas Bar
for half an hour, supposedly to attend to his own daughter
who was vomiting. He then left the sick infant to return to
the restaurant. Another negligent parent, or was he
attending to something else? The McCann’s friends implicated
Robert Murat, by placing him at the scene and Jane Tanner
was the only one to see a man carrying a child in a blanket
towards the beach. However, the Tapas 9 drank about eight
bottles of red and four bottles of white wine. I’m surprised
they could see anything! Tanner changed her story four
months later, claiming the child was wearing pink pyjamas
and the man was heading towards Murat’s house.
When asked about the first thing that crossed their minds
when they came back to the room from dinner and realized
that Madeleine wasn't there, Kate replied, “I knew straight
away she'd been taken” she continued, “well, put it this
way: I mean, she hadn't walked out of the apartment.” Gerry
said, “When I got there and Kate told me, and when I looked
at the scene as well, I had absolutely no doubt.” But Alex
from the Bell Pottinger PR group
said, “They gave no indication that they thought she had
been snatched, let alone by a paedophile. Their early
assumption was that she had wandered off and had an accident
or been taken in by a well-meaning stranger.” So, which was
It is alleged that Gerry and a friend were spotted near the
Nossa Senhora da Luz chapel on
the evening Maddy disappeared. This is the last place police
would look for a body and Father Jose Manuel Pacheco,
who gave the parents keys to this
church was reprimanded and replaced, two days after the
“abduction.” I don’t suppose there is much use taking the
cadaver dogs to the cemetery, they would go berserk! When it
was revealed these dogs had detected the scent of a corpse
on Kate’s Bible, clothes and hire car, Philomena McCann
exclaimed sarcastically, “What, dogs can talk now?” Er...yes!
Not in so many words but by reacting, like Keela the world
renowned Springer Spaniel was trained to do.
Only when they became Arguidos, did they begin to describe
their predicament with expressions like, “unbearable
anguish, extreme distress, pain and turmoil and an unending
nightmare...” It’s a pity they didn’t demonstrate these
emotions after their daughter vanished. The McCann’s said
they were “happy” to assist police if it brought progress to
the investigation, yet they refused to answer forty
questions. So much for their catch phrase: ‘Leaving No Stone
Unturned.’ Then, despite vowing to stay in Portugal, they
scurried back home in the VIP lounge of Easyjet!
The McCann’s behaved like the Ramsey’s after Jon Benet’s
murder, hogging the limelight, hiding in plain sight.... and
like the Ramsey’s, they may well get off Scot free! They
have friends in very high places, not least Gordon Brown and
his wife Sarah Macaulay whose colleague
Julia Hobsbawm is the founder and chief executive of
which is spinning the ‘Immaculate McCann’ fairy stories, she
is also an associate of Sir Philip Green.
Clarence Mitchell, director of the Government's Media
Monitoring Unit, became their spokesman, paid for by an
anonymous billionaire benefactor. Hans Christian Anderson
was not available!
Gerry hoped to use the fighting fund for their defence
against killing her, saying, “It’s a huge disaster, we have
this enormous fund and can’t use it for legal fees because
we are suspects.”
Wouldn’t they rather it was used for its purpose, to find
But Sir Richard Branson and Everest Magnate, Brian Kennedy
stepped in to cover the exorbitant cost of
extradition lawyer Michael Caplan QC who charges £700 per
day and successfully defended mass-murderer General
With so many Knights of the Empire pulling strings for them,
I can’t see a trial materialising, far less a conviction,
but “Bring it on!” says Gerry, with four top lawyers waiting
in the wings.
Team McCann will claim they cannot receive a fair trial due
to the intense publicity, (which they generated) and when
that won’t wash, unlike Maddy’s toy ‘Cuddle-Cat’ which Kate
uses as a prop, they will insist they are being framed. When
forensics refutes that, their defence will depend on the
forensic evidence being made inadmissible, due to a bungled
preliminary investigation. Sir
Alec Jeffreys, the father of DNA fingerprinting from
the University of Leicester is prepared to testify in court
that his discovery is not worth a jot. In which case
everyone who has been acquitted or convicted on DNA evidence
should have their cases reopened.
If evidence was planted by the perpetrator, as Kate implies,
then we must assume he/she was still lurking around Praia da
Luz when their car was hired, but Philomena said on May 12th,
"We don't believe that she is in Portugal anymore and need
to get her picture and the story across Europe as quickly as
possible." They believed Madeleine could be as far away as
Argentina! Once again, which is it? If police planted
cadaver secretions, then they must have had access to the
body, but toxicology tests on hair or fluids would determine
if the child was drugged, which could be the most damning
evidence of all.
When asked during an
if they medicated their daughter, they both smiled. Gerry
laughed nervously, averted his gaze, looking downwards and
rubbed his ear. This is text book body language of a liar.
Kate blinks excessively; often closing her eyes completely
and keeps an object between herself and the questioner, the
ever present pink ‘Cuddle-Cat.’ When asked awkward questions
in a Spanish interview, Gerry stormed out! It doesn’t get
more evasive than that.
Caring for three toddlers, all less than three years of age
is incredibly stressful. Before she became a suspect Kate
admitted that after the twins were born Madeleine “would run
up and down screaming in the background, shouting for my
attention.” I could
almost sympathise with Kate (an anaesthetist) if she
sedated them, but what is unforgivable is if they disposed
of the body (to avoid an autopsy) without a Christian
burial while professing to be devout Catholics. Maybe that’s
why they got Ratzinger to personally bless Maddy’s picture.
Gerry has suggested the child was snatched to order by a
paedophile ring, yet Kate said, "Madeleine is such a
sociable child, so funny and engaging. She has a lot of
personality. I bet she's giving whoever she's with her
tuppence worth.” Of the many crass statements this couple
have made, this is the most shocking and needs no further
comment from me. Their recent outburst, “Find the body and
prove we killed her” sounds like a taunt! I believe they
concocted the abduction scenario because there was too much
at stake, namely their careers, which would have brought an
end to their affluent lifestyle.
This has not been proven, but if
the McCann’s are guilty the implications are monumental.
If they killed their child by accident or otherwise, they
covered up a serious crime and unlawfully disposed of the
body. They deliberately tried to frame an innocent man,
Robert Murat who said, “This has ruined my life and made
life very difficult for my family here and in Britain.”
Murat insisted, “I've been made a scapegoat for something I
did not do.” He is now broke! A Russian who was also
wronged, Sergey Malinka said,
“I've invested seven years of my life in this country trying
to succeed, and suddenly in one hour it's all fallen apart.”
The McCann’s extorted vast sums of money which they knew
would never be used to find Madeleine, but was intended for
their own expenses.
They roped young children into raising cash and collecting
donations. Football, rugby and cricket teams assisted in
their fraudulent publicity campaign. They knowingly duped
millions of concerned people. This deceitful couple betrayed
their extended family and their daughter’s twin siblings.
Their actions are cowardly and contemptible.
insulted the integrity of Portuguese authorities and wasted
valuable police time and resources. They allowed a
bewildered Berber family to be harassed by the press because
their daughter resembled Madeleine, and smeared Moroccan
Muslims. They tried to engender sympathy for themselves,
when it was their own daughter who was the victim. They used
and abused her name to evade the law and escape justice.
They and their friends have shamed their profession. Who
will trust doctors again?
Madeleine may yet turn up in the home of some crazy
kidnapper, I doubt it, but here’s hoping...