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Kate McCann: A breath of fresh air


A Breath Of Fresh Air

Kate reconstructs her check for 'Madeleine Was Here' documentary
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com

By Dr Martin Roberts
12 October 2009

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

That's what the 'Maddie' case needs! "New Scotland Yard must step in" comments the Sunday Express of October 11. "Home Secretary Alan Johnson should now ask Scotland Yard to set up a cold case review team..." A pity really that the McCanns opted for Leicestershire constabulary in the first instance. The 'Yard' would have had it sewn up by now. Well, let's face it, given what we know (as opposed to what the McCanns' various spokespersons keep telling us), Inspector Clouseau couldn't fail to close the case. Whoever comes on board, they should be grateful to Express Group newspapers, and Donal MacIntyre, for anticipating the necessary 'cold case review' with - a 'cold case review.'

The 'cold' factor having already been discussed not long ago (McCann files, 29 Sept.) we now have further theoretical paradigms to assess (isn't it exciting? Every few weeks a new theory!). But let's begin by re-establishing the thrust and significance of MacIntyre's contribution. According to the Daily Star of 21 September "The McCanns' investigators say they are already probing MacIntyre's findings and agree with most of his theories." Most, I take it, being 51% plus. Unfortunately we don’t know exactly with which points they are in agreement. With the benefit of hindsight we might suppose the following to belong to the 49% minority - except, that is, for the parenthetic introduction into the argument of an anaesthetic compound.

1(a) Donal MacIntyre (In the Sunday Express): "So we must assume that a few minutes before Gerry arrived, the abductor walked along the public road beside the apartment, opened the gate, walked up 10 steps to the patio and entered through the open patio doors."

(b) Sunday Express Oct. 11: "A theory emerging is that the kidnapper had a duplicate key to apartment 5a, which could have been used on the night to enter by the front door."

2(a) DM: "The abductor inside the apartment passes Madeleine – probably put to sleep with chloroform – through the open window into the accomplice's arms."

(b) SE Oct. 11: "Mr Edgar and Mr Cowley do not believe Madeleine was taken through an open window."

3(a) DM: "The accomplice makes his way out of the window and into the darkness."

(b) SE Oct. 11: see preceding.

And yet, from the ashes of contradiction, arises the phoenix of chloroform!

"The kidnapper of Madeleine McCann drugged her and her twin brother and sister so they would all be quiet while she was snatched."

Eureka! Now we know why the window was opened. It wasn't to let people out, but fresh air in, an important consideration when the nature of chloroform is taken into account. Chloroform is a colourless, sweet smelling liquid, which easily forms a vapour. Its sweetness is estimated to be 40 times that of table sugar. It's obvious now though why Kate didn't smell anything untoward, as the window had been open for some 45 minutes before she returned to the children's bedroom. Plenty of time for any alien odour to dissipate. But hang on a minute! The window was closed when Gerry made his rounds at 9.05 p.m. and the abductor was still inside. So was the smell of chloroform if he'd only just administered it to all three children.

In the context of its historical application as an anaesthetic, the effects of chloroform inhalation may be categorised into five stages:

1. The patient became insensible but retained consciousness.
2. The patient entered a lethargic state in which some pain could be felt.
3. The patient was physically incapable and could feel no pain.
4. The patient exhibited strenuous breathing and complete muscle relaxation.
5. The patient suffered an (often fatal) paralysis of the chest muscles.

Stage 3 was recommended for most surgical procedures. Contrary to popular belief, it was very difficult to chloroform a patient to that extent. A skilled anaesthetist could take 5 minutes to render a patient suitable for surgery.*

Now, even though his targets were very young children, the abductor still had three of them to deal with, so the air in their bedroom should have been pungent when Gerry stood in the doorway thinking how 'lucky' he was. The wine must have really dulled his senses however. Not only did he fail to spot another adult in the room, with nowhere to conceal himself, but the sickly smell of chloroform, recently administered within a metre or so of where Gerry was standing, escaped detection also. You'd think someone with serious medical training would notice that.

At this point the apologists leap to their feet in unison. 'Gerry didn't smell chloroform or anything because it was administered to the children as soon as he'd left.' Oh, really? I beg to reiterate:

"The kidnapper of Madeleine McCann drugged her and her twin brother and sister so they would all be quiet while she was snatched."

Our murky marauder is considered to have drugged all three children on account of his experience the previous evening, when checking out the layout of the apartment (which can only be accomplished from the inside of course, so he must have exercised his duplicate key on the Wednesday night as well). Simply by moving about (perhaps he flushed the toilet) he disturbed Sean who, in turn, disturbed Madeleine. "Drat!" he thought to himself. "I must come back tomorrow night and make sure they're all asleep." This begs the obvious question of why he didn't simply abscond with Madeleine there and then, having already gained access undetected. What more did he need?

I digress. Wednesday night being the dress rehearsal, we must focus on the act of sedation perpetrated on the Thursday, after Gerry had turned and left. And why was it done? To prevent the children from waking each other. The anaesthetist has three children to deal with simultaneously. On a previous visit his very presence set them a-crying. So how does he know which one to sedate first? Maybe he just got lucky, after Gerry had turned and left don't forget. But by that time he had already been in the bedroom (playing peek-a-boo behind a wardrobe door not wide enough to hide him, adopting the foetal position behind the cribs, or possibly hanging from the ceiling like Spiderman, who knows?). There he was, waiting like a coiled spring to leap into action and flourish the chloroform, whilst from the children, who the night before had cried at his very presence, was heard - nothing at all. Maybe they'd simply arrived at their own consensus of unconcern ('nothing to worry about, it's only the abductor') and couldn't be bothered to wake up a second time.

And after this heartless character has aggressively put the children to sleep, what does he do? Why, he very considerately opens the window, before leaving through the front door with Madeleine in his arms. That's why neither Matthew Oldfield nor Kate McCann noticed the aroma.

I don't think so somehow.

The bottom line is that this new theory, expounded by McCann detectives and authorised by McCann media liaison, has unwittingly resurrected the earliest conundrum of all, that of who opened the window? There being no forensic trace of any kind to indicate that anyone was daft enough to try and climb through it, there has to be a justification for the 'whooshing' curtains. But no chloroform-wielding abductor is going to stop to open a window just to let the smell out! So the window was closed and the vapour detectable when Gerry stood in the doorway. Or the window was closed, and the sleeping draught yet to be administered, when Gerry stood in the doorway without noticing the abductor, who, in turn, had failed to wake the children, so the chloroform was in fact surplus to requirements. Or the window was closed, Gerry had just left, and the abductor chloroformed the kids for good measure, leaving behind an odd smell. Oldfield was too timorous even to enter the bedroom, so he presumably thought one of the twins had filled their nappies and left it to Kate to aerate the dormitory. And whose fingerprints were found to be on the window, opened from the inside?

Kate McCann has, for more than two years now, been peddling the story that the window was open when she 'did her check.' Since her own detectives have circuitously arrived at the same conclusion as the PJ in that respect, an unravelling appears to be in prospect. And not before time.

*Thanks to Stephen Belding, University of Oxford, for this information.



1) Highly organised.

2) There were at least 2 perpetrators.

3) The kidnappers had prior access to the layout of the flat here in 5a before the kidnap.

4) These were men who were well versed in the art of house breaking and these men also had an ability to clean a crime scene.


Critical to this investigation is the timing. There was 3-5 minutes for the kidnappers to perpetrate this crime. Consider the pressure the kidnappers were under.

They had to stay hidden in the apartment in the company of Gerry McCann for up to 10 minutes.

2) They had to subdue Madeleine McCann, a notorious bad sleeper and bring her out of the apartment.

3) They had to bring her out of a small window for which they required at least 2 perpetrators.

4) They had to escape the vicinity of the complex and the entire area without suspicion.

In addition, highly likely they cleaned the crime scene and this required great planning and precision and could not have been the work of an opportunist drifter.
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