What happened to Madeleine McCann? 50 facts about the case that the British media are not telling you

What happened to Madeleine McCann?

50 facts about the case that the British media are not telling you

Among other things you’ll find in the new leaflet that is to be printed and distributed in the New Year:

The major contradictions in the statements of the McCanns and friends
The highly trained British police dogs who detected the scent of a corpse
Strange things the McCanns have said and done
How the McCanns wasted public money on useless private detectives

Can we be sure that Madeleine McCann really was abducted by a stranger? Please take a careful look at these facts about the case, which you won’t find in any of our mainstream media. And if you are concerned about the contents of this leaflet, please copy and pass on to your friends and contacts.

SECTION A. What happened before and after Madeleine was reported missing?

1. The McCanns originally claimed they found the shutters and window of the children’s room open. They ’phoned relatives that night saying: ‘An abductor broke in and took Madeleine’. But when police and the managers of the complex declared there was no sign of forced entry, they changed their story, saying they must have left the patio doors open. The window had been cleaned the day before. Only Kate McCann’s fingerprints were found on the window.

2. The McCanns gave different accounts of whether they were both with Madeleine at tea-time on the day Madeleine was reported missing - and gave three different versions of who read the children bedtime stories the night Madeleine was reported missing: (a) Kate (b) Gerry or (c) they both did.

3. Kate McCann said that their friend Dr David Payne knocked on the front door of their apartment at about 6.30pm on 3 May, but was immediately sent away without ever entering. Dr Payne, however, said he came in, saw all three children dressed ready for bed, and stayed for at least several minutes.

4. The McCanns said the children were in their pyjamas by 6.30pm the night Madeleine disappeared, were bathed at 7.00pm and asleep by 7.30pm. But just a few weeks later, in his blog, Gerry McCann wrote: “The twins must like their new cots as they were asleep by 7.30pm which was most unusual”.

5. Dr Matthew Oldfield claimed he and his wife arrived at the Tapas bar at 8.55pm, but then went back to the Paynes’ apartment to chase them up as they were late. Dr Russell O’Brien confirmed that: “Matt, around 9pm, got up and said ‘I’ll go and drag them out’.” The Paynes flatly contradicted this.

6. Dr Matthew Oldfield changed his story several times. He said he did one ‘check’ on the children, then said he’d done two. He changed his story about the 2nd check, first saying that he walked by the McCanns’ apartment, later saying he’d entered it. Dr Kate McCann claimed Dr Oldfield said, at 9.30pm: “I’ll check on Maddie for you”. Why didn’t he say: “I’ll check on the children?”

7. The McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner insisted she’d seen someone carrying a child close to the McCanns’ apartment at 9.15pm the evening she was reported missing. But she changed her description of this person several times. Later, one of the McCanns’ detectives said she might have seen a woman, not a man. She claimed that when she saw this man, she walked past Gerry McCann and a friend, Jez Wilkins. But neither of them could remember seeing her.

8. Instead of looking for Madeleine, two friends of the McCanns tore off the cover of Madeleine’s Activity Sticker Book, writing down what they claimed was a record of the night’s events. They then wrote out a second timeline of what they said happened. In both versions, they said Jane Tanner had seen an abductor around 9.15pm. But she did not tell the McCanns what she had seen for 24 hours.

9. The McCanns claimed they were dining yards from their children, said they could see their room, and said it was ‘just like being in your back garden’. In truth, the children’s room was 120 yards away and the children’s room was on the far side of the apartment block and they couldn’t see their room.
10. Gerry McCann on 4 May (the day after Madeleine went missing) said: “Yesterday, Madeleine and and the twins were put to bed in their respective beds at 7.30pm”. Yet when the police arrived at about 11.00pm, they found a bed where Madeleine was supposed to have slept and two cots. Moreover, in a magazine interview in January 2008, Gerry McCann said: “On one bed the twins lay sleeping.

11. The McCanns said Madeleine and younger brother Sean were crying on their own the night before she was reported missing. Yet they left all three children on their own again the very next night.

12. Gerry McCann claimed that a senior Social Services official had told him: “Your child care was well within the bounds of responsible parenting”. He has never said who that was.

13. The McCanns, when asked a simple question as to whether they had given the children Calpol or other sedatives the night Madeleine was reported missing, denied on TV ever giving their children Calpol or other sedatives. But Kate McCann’s father confirmed that they did give the children Calpol.

14. The McCanns said: “Madeleine does not like to be called Maddie and does not answer to Maddie”. But Gerry McCann called her ‘Maddie’ on Friends Reunited, the twins called her ‘Maddie’, and their relatives and friends called her ‘Maddie’. A long list of examples is at www.mcannfiles.com

15. Kate McCann said that when she went to their apartment at 10.00pm on 3 May, she was 100% sure that Madeleine had been ‘taken’. But the McCanns allowed their 7 friends, several staff from the Ocean Club, and others, to traipse all round their apartment, thus contaminating a crime scene where vital forensic evidence could have been found. The police found no forensic trace of any abductor.

16. On the night Madeleine was reported missing, two sets of police arrived, the local GNR, and then the national force, the PJ. On the first occasion, Gerry McCann fell down on his knees, spreading out his arms on the ground, rather like a Muslim at prayer. On the second occasion, both Gerry and Kate McCann repeated that same strange gesture, on the double bed in their apartment, in front of the PJ.

17. On 4 May, the day after Madeleine went missing, the McCanns were returning to Praia da Luz. The police seized CCTV film at a petrol station, showing a girl similar to Madeleine with two adults. The police asked the McCanns to return to Portimão, but Kate McCann became irritated at being asked to visit the police station again. The police said she showed no hope Madeleine could be found.

18. In a BBC TV interview, Kate McCann admitted that she had never spent any time at all physically looking for Madeleine.

19. The Portuguese police were told by British police: “The McCanns have no credit or ATM cards”. But their flights to Portugal and hire of a Renault Scenic in Portugal were paid with credit cards. Then Gerry McCann admitted having credit cards, saying they went missing after his wallet was stolen. He gave two different places where his wallet was stolen: Waterloo Station - or ‘near Downing Street’.

20. After she was taken in for questioning on 7 September, Kate McCann was asked 48 questions by the Portuguese police. She refused to answer any of them. She was asked if she realised that she was hindering the investigation by refusing to answer questions. She said: “Yes, if that’s what the investigation thinks”. Their official spokesman, former head of Labour’s Media Unit, Clarence Mitchell, stated: “The McCanns were fully within their rights not to co-operate”.

21. Mitchell was appointed the McCanns’ spokesman by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mitchell once boasted that as the £75,000-a-year Head of Unit, his job was ‘to control what comes out in the media’. When Mitchell’s post with the McCanns became part-time, he immediately landed a job with Freud Communications, owned and managed by Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law, Matthew Freud.

22. The McCanns said publicly in August 2007: “We will take a lie detector test at any time”. Then a newspaper offered to pay for one. They then changed their mind and said they wouldn’t.

23. Some months after they returned to England, the McCanns and their friends were asked by Portuguese police to take part in a reconstruction of the events of 3 May 2007. They all refused.

24. When asked by a Portuguese journalist from Sol to give some details about Madeleine’s abduction, the McCanns’ friend Dr David Payne said: “This is our matter only. We have a pact of silence. All comments must go through Gerry McCann”.
25. The McCanns’ friends gave three different versions of how often they were supposedly checking the children - hourly, half-hourly and ‘every 15 minutes’.

26. The Portuguese police did not believe that the McCanns’ friend Jane Tanner was telling the truth about the abductor she claimed to have seen. Following a series of mobile ’phone conversations between Gerry McCann and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Brown pressurised the Portuguese authorities to allow Gerry McCann himself to release a description based on Tanner’s dubious claims.

27. The Home Office refused the Portuguese police permission to examine the McCanns’ credit card and bank statements, mobile ’phone records and Madeleine’s medical records.

28. Gordon Brown was told that Portuguese detective Mr Amaral, who took the McCanns in for questioning, would be removed from his post before he himself was informed.

SECTION B. The evidence of the cadaver dogs

29. On British police advice, the Portuguese asked top dog handler Martin Grime to bring his springer spaniels, Eddie and Keela, to Praia da Luz. Eddie is trained to detect the scent of human corpses; Keela is a bloodhound. Eddie had never given a false alert in over 200 previous outings. He alerted to the odour of a human corpse in these locations: four different places in the McCanns’ apartment, two of Dr Kate McCann’s clothes, one of the children’s T-shirts, on the pink soft toy, ‘Cuddle Cat’, and in two places in the car the McCanns hired. Eddie did not alert to a corpse scent anywhere else in Praia da Luz. Keela detected blood, which may have been Madeleine’s blood, at some of these places.

30. When they heard about the dogs’ findings, the McCanns reacted strangely, claiming that…
The ‘smell of death’ may have been found on Kate’s clothes because she was said to have been close to six corpses in her last two weeks at work, on the pink soft toy ‘Cuddle Cat’ because she ‘sometimes took Cuddle Cat to work’, or that the ‘smell of death’ could have come from rotting meat that Gerry McCann was taking to the local rubbish dump from time to time
If Madeleine’s DNA, were to be found in the boot of their car, it may have come from the children’s dirty nappies they claimed they were carrying in the boot
Any blood found in the flat might have come from Madeleine ‘grazing her leg’ or suffering a nosebleed. In fact, with the help of Martin Grime’s bloodhound, the police found blood underneath the tiles below a window in the living room of the McCanns’ apartment.

31. The McCanns also claimed that sniffer dogs were ‘notoriously unreliable’. They quoted a U.S. case where a cadaver dog’s alert was said to be wrong. Months later, the dog’s alert was proved right.

32. In 2008, a Portuguese TV interviewer asked: “How can you explain the scent of cadaver found by the British dogs?” Kate McCann replied: “Maybe you should ask the judiciary. They have examined all evidence”. When the interviewer pressed Kate McCann for an explanation, Gerry McCann intervened, smirking, and replied: “Ask the dogs, Sandra”.

33. When the McCanns moved from their apartment to a villa in Praia da Luz, a neighbour saw their car boot left open all night long. A relative of the McCanns, Michael Wright, admitted to police that this was because of a horrible smell in the car. This was the same car where Eddie, the cadaver dog, alerted to the smell of a corpse.

34. Kate McCann clutched ‘Cuddle Cat’ in front of TV cameras, claiming it reminded her of Madeleine, and was ‘comforting’. Yet shortly before the sniffer dogs arrived, she washed Cuddle Cat, claiming it ‘smelled of sun tan lotion’. This would make forensic analysis of it much harder.

SECTION C. Strange things the McCanns have said and done

35. The McCanns ignored police advice not to publicise Madeleine’s distinctive mark in her right eye, a ‘coloboma’. They said that if she was with an abductor, it could place her life in danger. On 15 July 2009, Gerry McCann said: “We thought it was possible that publicising her coloboma could harm Madeleine. Her abductor might do something to her eye. But in marketing terms it was a good ploy”.

36. Kate McCann, in 2007, said: “I know that what happened is not due to the fact of us leaving the children asleep. I know it happened under other circumstances”.
37. On 3 June 2007, Gerry McCann said: “We want a big event to raise awareness she is still missing…It won’t be a one-year anniversary, it will be sooner than that”. On 28 June, he said: “I have no doubt we will be able to sustain a high profile for Madeleine’s disappearance in the long-term”.

38. On 11 December 2009, Gerry McCann said: “There is no evidence that we were involved in Madeleine’s death”. The previous year, the McCanns’ spokesman said: “Can I suggest you actually quote me accurately. I said: ‘I believe Kate and Gerry are not responsible for Madeleine’s death’.”

39. On 24 August 2007, Gerry McCann, in a Scottish TV interview, said: “In fact, one of the slight positives in all of this is that there is so much rumour about what did and didn't happen, it's actually very difficult, if you're reading the newspapers, watching TV, to know what is true and what's not”.

40. Asked to comment on his reaction at learning that Madeleine had been abducted, Dr Gerald McCann said: ‘It was like being told you were overdrawn on your student loan”.

41. Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, said in September 2007: “There is a wholly innocent explanation for any material the police may or may not have found”.

42. Unlike most couples who lose a dear child, they did not cling to their other two children. Others cared for them while they flew round the world to meet the Pope, visit the U.S. and do TV interviews.

43. As with all of us, the McCanns’ body language may yield valuable clues. During TV interviews, the following conduct has been observed: avoiding eye contact, nervous twitching, tense facial expressions, shaking their heads while making various assertions, and touching or scratching their faces at difficult moments. They were seen smiling and laughing on what would have been Madeleine’s 4th birthday, just 10 days after she went missing. Many people say they have not seen evidence of the grief that couples would normally express if they had lost a much-loved daughter.

SECTION D. The Fund and the McCanns’ private detectives

44. Only 13% of the McCanns’ Find Madeleine Fund has been spent on searching for Madeleine. The Fund is a private company, not a charity. Much of it has been used on the McCanns’ legal expenses.

45. The first detectives the McCanns employed were the highly controversial Spanish group Metodo 3. Just before Christmas 2007, their boss, Francisco Marco, boasted his men were ‘closing in on Madeleine’s kidnappers’, promising ‘Madeleine will be home by Christmas’. These were lies.

46. Next, the McCanns turned to a private investigator called Kevin Halligen, who has various aliases. He set up a one-man company called Oakley International, formed after Madeleine disappeared. Yet the McCanns’ spokesman claimed Oakley were ‘the big boys’ in international private detection. The McCanns are said to have paid Halligen £500,000, which he squandered on high living and hard drinking, achieving nothing. At present (January 2011), he has been in Belmarsh High Security Prison over a year, awaiting extradition to the U.S., where he is required to answer $2 million fraud charges.

47. All the main ‘private investigation’ agencies used by the McCanns had expertise in such areas as money-laundering, fraud, state security and intelligence - not in finding missing children.

48. The McCanns have produced 16 different artists’ impressions of suspects, ‘persons of interest’ and ‘persons we wish to eliminate from our enquiries’. Yet despite their spending millions of pounds, we, the public, know nothing whatsoever about who is supposed to have abducted Madeleine.

49. The McCanns took legal action to ban Mr Amaral’s book on the case: ‘The Truth About A Lie’. They succeeded in September 2009. But in October 2010 the Portuguese Appeal Court lifted that ban. The McCanns are carrying on with their libel action against Mr Amaral, using their Fund to do so.

50. The McCanns said late last year that their Fund was running low and that the Fund ‘might run out of money soon’. Yet at the very same time, they were negotiating a multi-million pound book deal.

Published by ‘The Madeleine McCann Research Group’
Further reading: http://www.gerrymccannsblogs.co.uk/

And watch the Portuguese detective’s documentary: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxGhlYTNisw

30 key reasons which suggest Maddie was not abducted


Anonymous said...

31. The McCanns also claimed that sniffer dogs were ‘notoriously unreliable’. They quoted a U.S. case where a cadaver dog’s alert was said to be wrong. Months later, the dog’s alert was proved right.

But then they neither mentioned it nor changed her mind about the dogs.

Anonymous said...

The McCanns have more recently claimed that Madeleine did not have a coloboma, and that they "haven't put too much emphasis on her eye".

Anonymous said...

On about the third or fourth day of Madeleine going missing, Gerry McCann was seen on TV being interviewed by the press & media.

The next day a close up shot of his wrist and an extravagant watch he was wearing turned out to be a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, something according to the media, he had not been seen wearing prior to that day of media attention!

Anonymous said...

Did anybody search the empty apartment next door to the mccanns it is never mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Why would you wash cuddle cat? You just wouldn't do it. I have never been comfortable about Madeline's disappearance The Gerry and Kate have not behaved like parents who's child is missing. To hard faced for me. Why tour around the world and leave you other children behind? They are in an untouchable position because they are Dr's, they have mixed with prime ministers. But something isn't right.

Anonymous said...

Is it me or does the new E.FIT look like Gerry Mcann , It always upsets me when I heard the kids were crying for them the night before But still went out Again, also putting kids in kids club most of the day, and partying at night with friends, One thing this wasn't was a FAMILY Holiday

Anonymous said...

It just doesnt sit right with me,,,all you get is "we didnt do anything wrong",well excuse me but you sure as hell did you left your 3 children all under 4 alone in a strange Country even though you knew they would be upset,if that had been anyone else and not
2 Doctors they would have been charged straight away,,,im not saying what happened isnt awful for them but they need to except responsability for the choices they made on more than one occasion....

Anonymous said...

I believe that the disappearance (not the abduction) of madeline has 100% got something to do with the parents. I have recently come back of a FAMILY holiday and me and my partner wouldn't take our eyes of our children because you are in a different country and anything could happen let alone leave them in the room in their own. None of their stories fit in. There is definitely something missing!

Anonymous said...

They know exactly what happened to their daughter. They are being far too defensive (I didnt, we didn't) y would an abductor take one child and not the other two. Unless being told to do so. Knowing that they are doctors and will get away with it. So I agree with your comment

Anonymous said...

I agree with all of the above comments... something just isn't ringing true with the whole McCann case, Someone will mess up and it will all come out eventually but poor Madeleine will never ever be forgotten x

Anonymous said...

I allways believed it to be a tragic accident in that Madeliene was crying because she didn't wanr her parents to leave them and she was pushed out of the way and fell banging her head! or perhaps they had sedated the children whilst they went out but perhaps accidently overdosed her.

Anonymous said...

...Really? A lot of the points have been made without source to prove that they are correct. If you are so intent on questioning the McCann's credibility, you would have made every effort to provide your sources and prove that your claims are fact.

A nasty smear attempt. The McCann's have bankrupted themselves in search of Madeline, and they have to put up with allegations like this. The grief of these poor people is none of your business, you are not providing some sort of public service with this blog. This is not your job, leave it to the real investigators. I hope you are quick to hold your hands up when you are proved wrong.

Anonymous said...

Actually, far from bankrupting themselves they have accepted millions of pounds of public donations, some of which they've used to pay their mortgage. They have millionnaire financial backers and they sue people. They haven't needed to spend one penny of their own money.

And while I'm here why do you suppose Kate McCann's clothes had death scent on it, as did Maddie's cuddlecat toy, as did the area behind the sofa in their holiday apartment, as did the shelf in their wardrobe...as did the car they hired 25 days after Maddie disappeared.

And you still think this is a nasty smear attempt?

Anonymous said...

RE: 'On about the third or fourth day of Madeleine going missing, Gerry McCann was seen on TV being interviewed by the press & media.

The next day a close up shot of his wrist and an extravagant watch he was wearing turned out to be a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, something according to the media, he had not been seen wearing prior to that day of media attention!'

...What? What does this have to do with anything?! The fact that you are implying that this is 'suspicious' is laughable. Don't give up you day job, eh 'PI'....

Anonymous said...

RE: Comment made at 16 October 2013 16:30

Since you are placing a lot of emphasis on 'the scent of death' present in the McCann's apartment, I refer you to the link below from a very quick google search, and remind that both of the McCann's were doctors.


Secondly, quoted from the link below; 'Millions read the articles in question; plenty, too (though considerably fewer) will have seen grovelling apologies by some of the papers that published them, admitting that there was and remains absolutely no evidence that the child's disappearance was anything other than a terrible crime, the kidnap by a stranger.'


Anonymous said...

Kidnap by stranger? You mean the one identified by Mr Smith who he said he was 80% sure it was Gerald McCann?

Anonymous said...

These so called parents should be ashamed of themselves. I have a 16 month old, my world. Id never leave her alone, for my own selfish needs. They blame every1 else except themselves for their own actions. So many things about this case just don't add up, one. As a mother id never wash my little girls fav toy as it would have her smell on it !! Two. As a mother wanted her child found. You would answer any questions put to you. Three, you would be knocking on doors, running around looking for her asking anyone you see if they have seen your little girl. Her actions are not normal, its as tho she didn't want to find her and was taking any opportunity to delay any chance of this happening. They created so much media attention as soon as they could.... This again isn't normal as this could of put their child at risk even more so but they needed the attention focused else where (other than themselves) what's really frustrated me is they still have 2 other children in their care. If this was any ordinary Joe blogs they would have been branded worse parents ever, leaving your kids alone and not showing any remorse for your actions as they are responsible, if they had been any sort of parents theyd have never left them alone, therefore this would not have happened. Yet they walk around free..... ?? They also take media from other loving families who have lost a child through no fault of their own. Its the kids i feel sorry for. Parents should be punished, you was meant to protect them, mccanns you should be ashamed and amit your the reason your poor little girl isn't coming home. You owe her that !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Www.mccannfiles.com all sources are in there. These are the official portugese police files and everything this article says is true

Anonymous said...

a simple observation - the mccans claim maddie and the twins were ready for bed at 7pm and asleep by 7.30pm - but, as all parents know, children don't know about time difference. They were still on UK time. So from a tiredness point of view their time was 6pm and 6.30pm asleep since time in summer in Portugal [after march] is one hour ahead of UK time. Do we really believe that the three of them fell into natural sleep all together one hour earlier than normal? or is it likely that anaesthetist mum gave them a drug orally while they were awake and able to swallow. And doing this so she could again go off and socialise leaving them alone in a dark, strange room without the risk of the guilt she suffered the previous night after two of the children awoke up in the dark and then cried themselves to sleep with neither parents responding. When the truth comes out it will be obscene...

Anonymous said...

The Mccann's have bankrupted themselves,what a load of nonsense,thay used the fund to pay their mortage,fly all over the world,living in top class hotels,with money donated from the public,Yet have never looked for their daughter.

Anonymous said...

Come from rothley by any chance?! The information is all there in the files, im sure you are quite aware of that. The mcanns are vile human beings making money off of what happened to that poor little girl. "Ask the dogs sandra", yeah thats the response of two devoted parents !

Anonymous said...

No responsible parent would leave any child that young on their own at such a young age and to know they gave they sedatives to make them sleep rings alarm bells with me. I truly believe the McCanns at innocent in all this and wasting tax payers money in the search. Just wish they would own up even if it was an accident then that poor young innocent girl could get some peace

Anonymous said...

Their reactions are not normal for people who's child has been abducted. To calm, I think it was accidental but it was them. Enough is enough. Even the other day on the tv Kate McCann was moaning about how she feels about comments made about how irresponsible they were. Who leaves 3 under 5's in a room alone and they just go to sleep are they robots? Something stinks. Poor girl should have a proper resting place and they should be locked up!!!!

Anonymous said...

@ Ive often wonderd what a smear is or being nastie?
That seems to be a poor defence for the most selfish behaviors by two doctors?
How ignorant their supporters are, and just as selfish, horrific case of serious child neglect, they should be charged with manslaughter, knowing them photos would lead to that childs death?
Denials and lies, that sums them up.

Anonymous said...

Portugal is the same timezone as the UK