Sunday

Revealed: Mystery benefactor funding Madeleine's parents is a millionaire double-glazing magnate

The mystery benefactor behind Kate and Gerry McCann's fight back is a double-glazing magnate with a £250million fortune.

Brian Kennedy, who made his money from Everest windows, has pledged to meet all the growing costs of 'Team McCann', the nickname given to the array of legal and media advisers supporting the family.

A senior source close to Mr and Mrs McCann said Mr Kennedy, 47, decided to act after being moved by the plight of the missing girl's parents when they were made formal suspects in her disappearance.

Mr Kennedy is believed to have had no previous contact with the McCanns.

He made his offer shortly after it was made clear the McCanns would not be drawing on the £1million donated to the Find Madeleine Fund to pay for legal fees and media advice.

Read article here

The 3 Arguido's discussion "Double Glazing to Double Dealing" here

Monday

Vernon Coleman: Are Madeleine McCann's Parents Guilty Of Neglect? (And Is This Really The Biggest News Story In Britain?)

Thousands of people go missing every year but the media doesn't usually bother.

However, the disappearance of a three-year-old British girl from her parents' holiday accommodation in Portugal has become a massive news story.

I suspect that the media has persuaded us that the Drs McCanns deserve our sympathy because they are nice middle class parents and Madeleine is a pretty photogenic child. The fact that there are lots of pictures available helps.

Family and friends have used a compliant media to build the story into a variety of mass hysteria matching that which followed Diana's death.

The disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been considered such a good story that British television has consistently led with it as the main news item for weeks. Most newspapers have kept the story on their front page.

But has this really been the most important news story? For example, on May 17th, one of days that the two week old story of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was considered the most important news item in Britain, here are some of the news stories that were considered less important:

* Gordon Brown was officially announced as Britain's next Prime Minister

* The World Bank met to consider whether or not to get rid of its President Paul Wolfowitz

* The Government announced that it would close a fifth of all Post Offices in the country. (A total of 2,500 villages and communities deprived of their link with the outside world.)

* The Israelis launched air strikes on Palestinians in Gaza

* The British Army and the Government decided that Prince Harry would not serve in Iraq because it was too dangerous for a member of the Royal Family to fight there. (Despite this, Harry decided that he would stay in the army though it was not made clear precisely what he would do.)

* War criminals Tony Blair and George Bush met in the USA to defend their war record. Blair described Bush as a great leader.

* British soldiers continued to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (though without members of the Royal family).


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When three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared she was alone with her younger siblings in a ground floor holiday apartment rented by her parents. They had gone out to dinner.

Let's get this straight.

The Drs McCann didn't have to rush out in an emergency. They could, presumably, have hired a baby sitter. They chose not to. They chose to leave their three very small children in a flat in a foreign country while they went out to have a good time in a restaurant.

What is going on here?

Why haven't the parents been interviewed by social workers?

Is it now legal for British parents to leave their tiny children alone while they go out for fun?

The McCanns left three children alone. The oldest was three-years-old.

The last time I looked, teenage mothers got into trouble if they popped out to the shops to get a pint of milk and a loaf of bread and left their children alone.

Under British law parents can be charged with neglect or abandonment if they leave their children alone if it is unsafe to do so.

It clearly was unsafe to leave these three small children alone. One of them is now missing.

The McCanns chose to go out to have a good time leaving three small children alone in a flat in a foreign country.

These were not impoverished teenagers who didn't know any better. They are thirty-eight-year-old doctors.

What sort of example were they setting?

What sort of example are media commentators who excuse them setting?

Where are the interfering, busy body social workers when they're really needed?

Most media commentators seem to think that the McCanns did nothing wrong. The arguments seem to be that parents must be able to leave their small children alone in the world and that parents are entitled to lead lives without having their children around them all the time.

Huh?

People who become parents take on enormous responsibilities.

Small children are vulnerable. They fall over. They wake up frightened. They see ghosts in shadows. They fall out of bed. They are vulnerable.

Small children are vulnerable.

But society rewards parents in many ways for their decision. And having children is a choice.

If the Drs McCann wanted to have romantic holidays in the Algarve without having their fun evenings spoilt by children they shouldn't have had any children.

(And they could, remember, have hired a baby sitter.)

They chose to have children. And they chose to take them away to Portugal. And they chose to leave them alone while they went out to dinner.

Personally, I'd arrest the pair of them for child neglect.

Whatever happened to Madeleine they must take a huge amount of responsibility.

Personally, I don't think either of them are responsible enough to work as doctors.

Responsible parents don't leave their children alone in a foreign country.

Being a parent is a 24 hour responsibility.




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The media and the public seem to regard this pair as victims.

But in my view there is only one victim.

Madeleine is the victim.

Whatever has happened to her is clearly awful.

I feel so, so sorry for her.

But the parents?

Sorry, but I just don't think they deserve our sympathy.

The parents have now taken indefinite leave from their jobs.

(I wonder if they're still getting paid for any NHS work they aren't doing? Just a thought.)

They and their family and friends seem to have become media celebrities. Other celebrities are falling over themselves to get involved.

The parents are alleged to be hiring a professional public relations adviser and two London lawyers. A trust is allegedly being set up to handle the money being raised. Why? What the hell is going on?

Why do they need lawyers and a publicity adviser?

And why do they need a trust?

These aren't impoverished people. They are both doctors.

Their combined annual income is probably the best part of £200,000. Personally, I would not be surprised to see the Drs McCann on Celebrity Big Brother next year.

A cynic might say that at least they won't need to bother getting babysitters for whatever children they might have got left by then.

They could just leave 'em at home alone.

link to article

2nd article by Vernon Coleman "Would you hire the McCann's as babysitters?"

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2007

Madeleine McCann's parents look to US sniffer dog case

By Caroline Gammell in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 3:02AM BST 17 Sep 2007

[Picture: Gerry and Kate McCann on their way to Sunday Mass for the first time since returning from Portugal]

Kate and Gerry McCann's legal team has contacted American lawyers over a case where key sniffer dog evidence was thrown out of court in the hope that it may help them fight any charges that they were involved in the killing of their daughter.

The couple fear that Portuguese police will rely on the behaviour of cadaver dogs who allegedly detected "the smell of death" on Mrs McCann's clothes.

Detectives in the Algarve are understood to be working on the theory that Mrs McCann accidentally killed four-year-old Madeleine and her husband helped her get rid of the body. The couple have dismissed this as "ludicrous".

The "smell of death" was not only allegedly detected on Mrs McCann's clothes but in the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz and the Renault Scenic car hired 25 days after Madeleine disappeared, Portuguese sources claimed. A source close to the McCanns' solicitors said the smell on Mrs McCann could be explained by being in contact with corpses while working as a GP.

The couple, from Rothley, Leics, are already preparing their defence in case they are charged with their daughter's death.

Their UK lawyers consulted the legal team of Eugene Zapata, 68, who is accused of murdering his estranged wife Jeanette in 1976.

He was charged with murder last year after dogs indicated that they sniffed human remains in the basement of the former family home in Madison, Wisconsin.

But a judge ruled last month that the evidence was no more reliable than "the flip of a coin" and could not be put before a jury.

"The court papers, giving the legal submissions, are on their way to the McCann team for consideration," said the source close to the McCanns' solicitors.

"At the moment there is no formal allegation against which the McCann team can work.

"But given that we understand the central plank of what the police are alleging involves sniffer dogs, this is important and relevant, and will be raised with the police and brought to the judge's attention."

Senior Portuguese police sources admitted at the weekend that there was "nothing concrete" with which to charge the couple.

article here

Wednesday

Gone Baby Gone delayed due to Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Ben Affleck is apparently considering whether or not to release his film Gone Baby Gone in the UK because of the real life case of the missing, presumed kidnapped, child Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine McCann's parents claim that she was kidnapped from their holiday home while they were having dinner with friends just moments away. Between checks of the house where she was sleeping they claim that she was kidnapped and has never been seen since.

This is similar to the main plot in Ben Affleck's film Gone Baby Gone which he co-adapted and directed, and is why he is considering the delay. Yet should it be held back from UK cinemas because of the real life case?

The story is adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel which tells of the kidnapping of a little girl from her home and how two local private investigators are pulled into the case, turning them against the police and each other and risking their lives for the answers they may not want.

So the core of the story focuses on a kidnapped girl and according to Digital Spy Affleck is considering delaying the film in the UK:

"I'm not up to date on the details and it is not something that has taken off in the United States in the way it has in the UK. It is only when someone said there was this case that was very similar to my film that we looked it up.
We don't want to release the movie if it is going to touch a nerve or inflame anybody's sensitivities."

While I think that the individual case of Madeleine McCann is terrible and very sad, I do find myself wondering about all the other children, and adults, that are kidnapped, beaten, raped, and murdered around the world. Surely every film release hits on someone's sensitivities at any given time.

Should each studio delay the release of each film for each of these cases? I don't think so.

The film is a dramatic work that can be played in cinemas and if people find offence with the subject matter then they can chose not to watch it. It isn't a direct connection or attack on these particular people and this particular case.

In fact, I think that this actually is a commercial matter on the part of the distributors. They can see the potential for either a lack of an audience or an outcry against the film, and either way that hurts ticket sales.

Now I'm not saying that they are blatantly cold hearted, but this is obviously a major factor in deciding to release the film or not.

To the matter in hand of the similarity to this single, well reported case of the kidnapped child, I'm sure we could look at every country of release during the first weekend/week of the film and find similar cases that could upset people's sensitivities - maybe not kidnapping, but cases which could evoke similar feelings - except none are so well reported, if at all.

Now I'm not being cold hearted, I'm looking at the bigger picture, the overall view, and looking past the media headlines. This subject is going to touch a lot of people for reasons perhaps the filmmakers don't want, and not necessarily about the kidnapping of a child, but that's the collision between real life and film sometimes. Especially when film mirrors real life.

There also has to be a consideration of commercial issues behind the film's release because there are people's jobs behind the film, and I don't mean the big players receiving huge returns.

So should they release the film or not? Should films be held back because of one widely reported case of kidnapping and wait until the media turns quiet and perhaps doesn't report another?

Filmstalker
Movie delay supported by Affleck

Sunday

Gerry McCann remains confident there is no evidence to link him and Kate with Madeleine's murder. Murder? I thought you said she'd been abducted?

Madeleine's father Gerry McCann has spoken of his, and his wife Kate's, desperation to get back to the UK for the sake of their twins, Sean and Amelie.

He said: "It's not that we're running away. If there are two people in the world that can't run away it's us.

"The trouble is I don't know how long all this is going to take. It's four months already. Everything is slow. It's just the culture. Kate's not too bad, though. In fact, she's pretty resilient.

"But when we were trying to decide whether to return to Britain that's when this smearing started in the papers. And Kate just thought, 'They want us out!'

Gerry McCann gets into the hire car before setting off for the airport to leave Portugal

"I said, 'Kate, there's no point in staying if it's counter-productive.'

"She realised that was right but the thought of returning home brought back all the emotions of pain almost as bad as the first few days after Maddie vanished.

"That sense of loss and the thought of never seeing her again.

"Kate gets that more than I do. It's still intermittent grief and pain."

Gerry that what they had thought was their "worst nightmare" is now just getting "worse and worse." "It's such a vulnerable position. It's appalling. We've never had to say it until now...but we did not kill our daughter. I never believed it would come to this.

The McCanns deny being involved in their daughter Madeleine's disappearance

"But when the paranoia sinks in, you're under severe pressure and things are going down a certain line, then it does look bad.

"In a system that you don't know and you don't really trust it's incredibly frightening."

Although Gerry remains confident there is no evidence to link him and Kate with Madeleine's "murder", he admitted the latest twist of events had left him with "anxieties".

"I don't need to tell you how things don't stack up," he said.

"I know 100 per cent Kate could NOT have done anything. I know that's true from what I did that night.

"And in terms of what Kate knows about me, I was away from her for just ten minutes."

"As I said, I was away from the table for ten minutes," he said.

"Six minutes of that was spent speaking to another guest I met as I came out from checking on Madeleine.

"All of this can come out. And it doesn't stack up."

Speaking in an interview with the News of the World, Gerry also confessed he is frustrated they are not allowed to use any of the £800,000 Madeleine Fund to pay their mounting legal bills.

"It seems like a disaster that we've got this huge donated fund and now we're not allowed to use it for legal costs because we're under suspicion," said Gerry.

"We'd have to be patient but ultimately we'll have the opportunity to have all of the evidence examined and discover the whole picture about what happened.

"And that's what's sustaining me. At least now we've got a clearer view of what we're up against whereas what we had before was smear and innuendo.

"We know what we have to fight now. The problem is we DO have a fight, but before I wasn't quite sure. "You get paranoid when there's a political shift.

"Because of the amount of pressure there's been on the Policia Judiciaria, and all the criticism, you always wonder how far they'll go.

"Now I've seen what they've got I'm actually clearer in my mind why they've shifted and treated us so differently.

"I'm still concerned with their perception of the evidence, but that's for us to sort out with legal support."

Discussion at The 3 Arguido's here
article here

Saturday

"I have a terrible nagging doubt the McCanns might be involved"




Almost four months have passed since I first began to investigate the harrowing case of a beautiful little girl who appeared to have vanished into thin air, shortly after being tucked up in bed by her parents on holiday in Portugal.

Like a great many people in Britain, and millions more around the world, I have since become fascinated, almost to the point of obsession, with the Madeleine McCann mystery.

I have travelled repeatedly to the Algarve to interview potential witnesses and suspects; retraced the abductor's possible escape routes and explored all manner of theories.

And I end most days by reading the strangely breezy and matter-of-fact web-log kept by Madeleine's surgeon father, Gerry.

My curiosity has been heightened at least partly because those haunting last photographs of a beautiful, carefree child playing in the sunshine resemble so many treasured pictures in my own family album.

As a father of four, I can also identify with the dilemma that apparently confronted Gerry and Kate McCann on that fateful May evening in Praia da Luz. How do you enjoy an evening out with friends on holiday, and keep your toddler safe?

Yet something else has kept me utterly absorbed in Madeleine's case, and it is certainly not the McCanns' moth-to-a-flame courtship of the media (their latest interview, with Paris Match, is due to be published imminently).

Read the article here

Thursday

Tapas 9

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Sunday

Kate McCann may quit as GP to fight child trafficking


THE MOTHER of Madeleine McCann may give up her job as a doctor to campaign against child trafficking and raise awareness about missing children.

Kate and Gerry McCann, whose four-year-old daughter vanished in Portugal 45 days ago, are alarmed that child trafficking is not taken seriously enough.

Kate, 38, is now considering leaving her job as a GP to campaign full-time.

A family friend said: “They have come to realise that this is a major issue. If they can act as figureheads then that’s all well and good.

Kate said last week, ‘This is my job now. I can see this becoming my full-time career, with this whole issue of child welfare and opposing paedophiles’.”

article here

Tuesday

Madeleine McCann held on private orders of José Manuel Durão Barroso

Madeleine McCann is being held captive on the personal and private orders of José Manuel Durão Barroso.

A decisive breakthrough in the case of Madeleine McCann has been made with new revelations published by the English investigative reporter, Christopher Story.

Following the receipt of several death-threats, the latest at lunchtime on Thursday 18th September 2008, Story has released details and named names.

Behind the abduction of four-year-old Madeleine McCann from the Ocean Club Resort, Praia da Luz, Portugal, on Thursday 3rd May 2007, was a shadowy German organisation called the Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst (DVD) and the Portuguese politician José Manuel Durão Barroso, the 12th President of the European Commission.

According to Christopher Story, the DVD, based at Dachau, near Munich, has been extensively involved in paedophile child abduction operations for many years, both in Europe and abroad. Selected children are kidnapped, degraded for perverse purposes, filmed and murdered in the production of snuff movies for the international child pornography trade. Senior politicians in several countries are clients and agents of the DVD.

It was reported on Thursday 7th August 2008 that the Metropolitan Police (London) confirmed in an email that Madeleine McCann was abducted on the orders of a paedophile organisation based in Belgium and controlled by the DVD for the European Commission. The DVD's procedure is that an adult client is sent three photographs of children and chooses one of them. The selected victim is then abducted to meet the client's sexual requirements. After a photographer had taken pictures of various children at the Ocean Club Resort, Praia da Luz, three pictures were given to José Manuel Durão Barroso.

He chose Madeleine McCann, an English girl from Rothley in Leicestershire.

José Manuel Durao Barroso (52) was born in Lisbon on the 23rd March 1956. He is married to Margarida Sousa Uva. The couple have three children: Luís, Guilherme and Francisco. Barroso was in office as the 117th Prime Minister of Portugal from the 6th April 2002 to the 17th July 2004. He actively supported the war in Iraq and provided the venue for talks between US President George Bush Jnr and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the Portuguese Azores on the eve of the conflict.

The current position is that the DVD is refusing to release Madeleine McCann in order to protect Barroso and certain others among its well-known agents and clients.

Complete article here
Discussion at the 3 Arguidos here

Saturday

Madeleine's Birthday

Taken a week after Maddie went missing....

Friday

NHS & The McCanns: Abuse of Power

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King.

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

This blog came about because of my experience with Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital. Briefly, my husband was diagnosed with an
inoperable and terminal condition in 2003, by Sir Professor Peter Bell. He was given 1-2 years to live. To cut a long story short, I researched the internet and corresponded with surgeons around the world and discovered that my husband wasn't actually inoperable at all. My 18 month battle with the NHS to secure a life-saving operation, against a ticking clock, is here on my NHS Death Row blog.

Anyway, the reason I became interested in the Madeleine McCann case - well, apart from the obvious reason that she was a young child who disappeared under mysterious circumstances (due to negligence from 2 NHS doctors) - was because Gerry McCann works for Glenfield Hospital (same department) and my battle with the NHS was between Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital. I can reluctantly kind of understand negligence towards my husband, for the sake of saving money - but negligence towards your own child and then the obvious circus that ensued to make money from her? Madeleine's plight has kept many thousands of people gripped and shocked, including me.

It is clear that there is a 'Pact of Silence' from the British media and government regarding this case and this blog is my attempt to 'do my bit' to help ensure the truth comes out about what happened to little Maddie and that justice is rightly served upon her.

I also experienced a 'Pact of Silence' from the NHS and government - and I wrote a book about the ordeal called "The Silent Treatment" (with the help of a ghostwriter in the USA). I am of the opinion that Sir Professor Peter Bell abused his position of power to play God - he certainly went to extraordinary lengths to keep vital information from me. I also believe the McCann's are abusing their position of power by trying to ensure their daughter does not receive justice whilst they, themselves, escape it.

Some people may 'accidentally' arrive on this blog having only searched for information about the NHS,
Postcode Lottery, Glenfield Hospital or Leicester Royal Infirmary, etc, possibly having heard of Maddie's plight but believing what is published in British newspapers, and not realising just how many bloggers are actively seeking justice for an innocent 3 year old girl. I like to think of this blog as a filing cabinet of various information - a reference library for those who arrive here unsuspecting! They may well leave here with a different point of view. I hope so, if it helps to raise awareness.

Madeleine no longer has a voice. She is now reliant upon people like Gonçalo Amaral, Duarte levy, Tony Bennett, Paulo Reis, Joana Morais and the many forums and bloggers, who are in pursuit of the truth for her.

As Martin Luther King said "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Thank you for stopping by - and if you have any information that you think could be posted on this blog, please use the comments box.

Tuesday

Drs Gerry and Kate McCann: Maddie died in apartment, there was no abduction says Portuguese Public Ministry

Possibly the worst scandal to derive from Glenfield Hospital is that of Dr Gerry McCann, a cardiologist, and his NHS GP wife Kate who, with the help of their friends (some of whom are also NHS doctors), staged an abduction of their three year old daughter, Madeleine McCann, then concealed her body and set about to frame Robert Murat (who has since received compensation).

The Portuguese police believe Madeleine died in their holiday apartment in Praia de Luz, Portugal, based on the findings of two British sniffer dogs Eddie and Keela - who detected cadaver odour and blood spray on the walls, on the floor, behind the sofa, in her parent's bedroom, on Kate's clothes and bible, on an item of Maddie's clothing and her Cuddle Cat toy, and on the key fob and in the boot of their rented Renault Scenic that they hired twenty five days after Maddie was allegedly abducted. The investigation concluded there was NO evidence of an abduction, that it had been staged - which makes their Find Madeleine Fund fraudulent.

Kate and Gerry McCann, despite having left a three year old to babysit her two year old twin siblings, every night of their holiday, while they wined and dined some 100 yards away, insist they checked on their children every thirty minutes. However, for a cadaver (death scent) odour to develop, Maddie would have to be dead for around two hours.



The McCann's set up a "Leave No Stone Unturned" campaign, based on the name of a police forensic manual they had in their possession, to collect money in order to search for their daughter - their mortgage has been paid with money from this Fund.




Dr Gerry McCann and his wife, Kate, were made 'arguido's' (formal suspects) in the disappearance of their own child and Gerry McCann returned to work within the NHS.

During the interview in which Kate McCann was made arguido, she refused to answer 48 questions that would have helped the investigators find Madeleine. One of the questions was "Is it true that in England you considered the possibility of handing over Madeleine's guardianship to a relative?"

After an extensive investigation the Public Ministry concluded that Maddie died, that there was no abduction, and that Kate and Gerry were negligent. They submitted their findings to the public prosecutor who concluded that, despite much evidence, there was not enough proof to bring charges and, for the time being, until more evidence, or Madeleine's body, is found then the case will be archived.

It has become known that the Chief Investigator, Gonçalo Amaral, was removed from the investigation after pressure by Gordon Brown was applied to the Portuguese government.

Gonçalo Amaral has published a book called "Maddie: The Truth of the Lie", in which he describes his own findings on the investigation.



PJ Final Report (english)







Why Madeleine is dead













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Youtube video DNA evidence/Forensic Science Service (length 5 mins 29)

Youtube video Maddie: An unhelpful timeline (length 5 mins 30)

Portuguese Police: Final Report
Gonçalo Amaral - The Interviews
Official Blog of Gonçalo Amaral's book

Eddie and Keela, the British sniffer dogs who detected blood and the scent of death have never been wrong. Watch them alerting dog handler Martin Grimes to their findings in McCanns apartment and car on this video or click picture to watch youtube video.


So if Keela detected blood and Eddie detected the scent of a dead body in apartment 5A, and the McCanns insist Maddie has been abducted and is still alive, then whose corpse was found in the apartment and their car - and why did the McCanns get rid of this 'unknown corpse' in the Renault Scenic? Did the abductor do a swap in his small, five minute window of opportunity? A dead body for a live child?


Discussion at the 3 Arguido's here

Statements so far for May 3rd Evening - plus new video of Cadaver/Blood dogs

Gonçalo Amaral - The Interviews

Clarence Mitchell - An Ongoing Profile

New 19 min video of Eddie and Keela detecting blood and cadaver here, English translation here

Discussion at the 3 Arguido's here