'Expert' opinions from the UK versus an Expert opinion from Portugal
"Yesterday we had an "expert" telling us that she woke and wandered and was snatched by a passing paedophile, and today we have another "expert" who believes that a child trafficker who was watching the family, broke in and took her." abuela
"The girl is now probably dead"
Mr Williams-Thomas published his report yesterday after studying more than 10,000 documents including statements and photographs.
Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas said it was unlikely an abductor entered apartment 5a at the Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz, Portugal.
The former detective said Madeleine was probably snatched by an opportunistic paedophile as she looked for her parents as they ate with friends at a nearby tapas bar.
He said publicly-available evidence leads him to believe the three-year-old arranged her toys on her bed and left through the unlocked patio door.
Mr Williams-Thomas said: "Based on the evidence provided from within the case files it is more likely that she was abducted after she had left the apartment. A number of factors suggest that this is the likely scenario."
He said he believed Madeleine woke up and was abducted after walking out of the apartment to look for her parents. His report concludes that the girl is probably now dead.
But last night sources close to the family said the evidence showed she was taken from inside the apartment.
Source: Paulo Reis: PR expert or crime expert?
Mark Williams-Thomas MA
"There is a good chance Maddie is alive.”
After studying the case closely, Prof Canter, director of The Centre for Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool, concluded Maddie was taken by a gang of traffickers.
She had been left in the family holiday apartment with her twin brother and sister Sean and Amelie while her parents went to dinner with friends.
The professor said: “Child traffickers are very quick at hiding a child’s identity. In one case they managed to drug a girl, dye her hair and dress her as a boy within an hour of taking her.
“I believe Maddie was skilfully targeted. It is very unlikely that someone would break into the apartment on the off-chance.
“I don’t believe it was a lone paedophile. They’re very unlikely to carry out a crime like this.
“Child trafficking is a growing, very profitable industry. There is a good chance Maddie is alive.”
Source: If Maddie is alive - The Sun 4/5
CdM 6/8/2008 Prosecutor admits Maddie was killed
Professor Canter was wrong before
About Professor Canter
And once I became involved in studying architecture in a school of architecture, I began to realise that there were many more day to day practical problems about buildings and about the environment in general that psychologists could contribute to and that's how I drifted off into the studies that eventually became called environmental psychology. end quote.
Paid to lie
Meanwhile, former detective inspector Dave Edgar, who leads the family's investigation team, said inquiries continued to focus on Praia da Luz.
Mr Edgar, who is being paid out of money donated to the McCanns, said: 'I don't think it was someone random. In my experience, random just doesn't happen. Someone just doesn't go in and pick up a child and take it. These things are planned.'