Madeleine McCann case: Must read letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown from the Madeleine Foundation

The Madeleine Foundation
Combating child neglect
66 Chippingfield
CM17 0DJ

Monday 13 July 2009

Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street

Dear Prime Minister

re: Response to Petition of Elizabeth Woolnough on the 10 Downing Street website, calling on you to order a review into the role of the British police in relation to the Portuguese inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

We write to support the above petition of Elizabeth Woolnough, which a few days ago received the required 500 votes - meaning that you are committed to making a written reply to the petition demand in public and publishing it on your website. We write to support this petition and give reasons why such a review should be held.

We would, however, go further than the petitioner. We suggest that there needs to be a full and open public enquiry not only into the role of Leicestershire Police and other members of the British police forces but also in relation to the extent of government involvement in this case, not least of course your own personal involvement in the case. This included a great deal of activity in May 2007, shortly after Madeleine McCann ‘disappeared’, leading up to your reported intervention in mid-to-late May 2007 in apparently persuading the Portuguese police to allow Dr Gerald McCann to release a description of a possible suspect to the world’s media. We say more about this below.

The conduct of British police forces is frequently investigated by a body set up to investigate misconduct, namely the Independent Police Complaints Commission. We do not think that the IPCC is the appropriate body to investigate the serious allegations against Leicestershire Police, and also against members of the British government, in relation to the conduct of the criminal investigation into Madeleine’s ‘disappearance’. We suggest it must be a full, independent and open public enquiry.

The Madeleine Foundation is a membership organisation founded to pursue some of the child care issues that arose from the Madeleine McCann case, not least of course whether it could ever be justified to leave three young children alone in a dark, foreign apartment for periods of half-an-hour or longer whilst one is wining and dining with friends out of sight of the room where the children are sleeping and well over a minute’s walk away.

It is also right to put on record at this stage that members of The Madeleine Foundation do not believe the claim of the McCanns that Madeleine was abducted. Indeed, we share the views on what really happened to Madeleine McCann of Goncalo Amaral, the original senior investigating detective in the case. He has published a book, ‘A Verdada de Mentira’, which translates as ‘The Truth About A Lie’, in which he explains the evidential reasons for believing that Madeleine McCann died in her parents’ apartment in Praia da Luz and that her body was subsequently hidden or disposed of by or with the approval of her parents, Doctors Gerald and Kate McCann.

One of the key lines of evidence he refers to in his book is the work of two internationally-acclaimed British police sniffer dogs, namely the two springer spaniels, Eddie and Keela, who have been trained and used by British dog handler Martin Grime. These dogs, who hitherto had a 100% track record in 200 or more cases of successfully locating where corpses had lain (Eddie) or of detecting human blood (Keela), found the scent of a human corpse in the following locations:

1. The living room of the McCanns’ apartment (5A) in Praia da Luz, on the floor next to the outside wall, behind the sofa
2. In or near the wardrobe in the McCanns’ apartment bedroom
3. On the veranda of the McCanns’ apartment veranda
4. Amongst the flowerbeds outside the apartment
5. On two of Dr Kate McCann’s clothes
6. On a red T-shirt belonging either to Madeleine or to her younger brother Sean
7. On the pink soft toy often produced by Dr Kate McCann for media photographs, ‘Cuddle Cat’
8. On the floor of the Renault Scenic, the hired car used by the McCanns, near the driver’s seat
9. On the car keys of the Renault Scenic

The presence of human cadaverine in these locations or on these items indicates that a corpse which has been dead for at least 90 minutes, usually at least two hours, has been in direct contact with these locations/items. The dogs did not find the scent of a human corpse anywhere else in Praia da Luz. Eddie was reported never to have given a ‘false positive’, i.e. a false alert, to the scent of a human corpse. His reactions to the above ten locations (he alerted to two separate items of Dr Kate McCann’s clothing) can therefore be trusted. The only corpse that could have been in contact with those 10 locations - though it is sad to spell this out in black and white - is that of Madeleine McCann.

The full letter can be read here: Letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Discussion at the 3 arguidos: Letter to Prime Minister re Leics Police and other issues
'The truth about a lie'