Desperate measures: Kate and Gerry McCann issue fake Madeleine Foundation press release via imposter

( February 26, 2011 --
Today the Madeleine Foundation will be publishing a document proving that Dr Gerald McCann killed his daughter Madeleine McCann on 3rd May 2007.
This of course contradicts what has been said previously by the McCanns spin doctors themselves. The Press release in full will be here on 27th February 2011.

The Madeleine Foundation wishes to point out that they hold no fear of legal action from the McCanns Solicitors Carter Ruck. they do in fact want Carter Ruck to challenge the McCanns in a court of law, where the evidence that will be shown will stand up in court
Related link: Our Forum where research is being done to try to get Madeleine's case re-opened.

Kate and Gerry McCann's supporters blogs which uses Tony Bennett and the Madeleine Foundation's name to attack the Foundation:

Muratfan (who is the imposter) gloats about free press release on the forum where Daily Express photojournalist, Mike Gunnill, is also a member. Mike Gunnill is an agent for the McCanns and Carter Ruck and used various fake identities to entrap Tony Bennett... more here


Statement by Tony Bennett of the Madeleine Foundation:

Just for the record, this press release (link below) which purports to say that The Madeleine Foundation has evidence that Dr Gerald McCann killed his daughter Madeleine McCann, is a deliberate and vile hoax:

Again for the record, neither the Madeleine Foundation nor any of its members have ever stated that we believe that Madeleine McCann was killed by either of her parents.

Once again for the record, we have raised questions about the validity of the McCanns' claim that Madeleine was abducted. Even the McCanns' own spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, told listeners to a Radio Humberside interview with Peter Levy on 6 January that the McCanns' claim that Madeleine was abducted was 'only an assumption' and no more than 'a working hypothesis'.

Indeed, last year, on 19 March, in an interview for Channel 4, the same Mr Mitchell, who has been employed in senior positions in the past four years by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch's son-on-law Matthew Freud, frankly admitted that Madeleine's disappearance was a 'complete mystery'.

The question arises: who would want to pretend to the world that the Madeleine Foundation believes that Dr Gerald McCann killed Madeleine?

The answer lies in a group of hard-line believers in and supporters of the McCanns.

One in particular has conducted a two-year campaign against The Madeleine Foundation and in particular its Secretary and Founder, Tony Bennett. His name is Ian West of Norwich, and he is generally known on the internet by the username 'muratfan', though he uses many other names, among them 'John Smith', 'Peter Kovac', 'Nora Batty' and many others, too many to enumerate.

During the past two years, his activities have included:

* Setting up hate blogs against The Madeleine Foundation and Tony Bennett, using their names in domain names he has created

* Using those blogs to spew a continuous stream of falsehoods against The Madeleine Foundation and Tony Bennett, including many vile and obscene lies

* Originating a Twitter account in the name 'AJSBENNETT', purporting to be Tony Bennett

* Opening an account on Yahoo Answers!, which he then used

* Publicising the availability of our book: '"What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann: 60 Reasons which suggest that Madeleine was not abducted", which is available to read on various 'torrent' sites and other forums and blogs. Tony Bennett undertook to the High Court on 25 November 2009 not to sell or distribute or publicise our book and he has abided by that undertaking, save on one occasion when photojournalist Mike Gunnill of Maidstone, Kent, pretended to be Michael Sangerte of Berkshire, and wanted a copy of '60 Reasons' for a historical project he was engaged in. In fact, he was acting on behalf of Carter-Ruck and as soon as he received a copy of '60 Reasons', he passed it to Carter-Ruck.

Whilst on the subject of Mike Gunnill, he is also someone who uses many aliases, among them Jason Peters and Peter Tarwin. It is also of note that Gunnill appears to have a strange fascination with children's home Haut de la Garenne in Jersey, where serious child abuse and possibly also child murders occurred over three decades. He proved his deep interest in this subject by reproducing literally scores of photos from this notorious institution on his website.

It is only Ian West who constantly publicises the continuing availability of '60 Reasons' on his various blogs, which is wholly counter-productive, as Carter-Ruck can do nothing about it and it only draws still more internet users to read our explanation as to why the McCanns' claim that Madeleine was abducted has such little evidence to support it.

For the record once again, wherever it is brought to our notice that our book '60 Reasons' is reproduced without our consent on the internet, we take that up with the site owners or hosters concerned. For example, we were successful last year in requiring Scribd to remove '60 Reasons' from their wesbite.

We wish to make one further observation on this hoax press release on the 'Free Press Release' website. We believe this to be the work of Ian West/'muratfan'. In correspondence with Carter-Ruck, we have made them (and in turn the McCanns themselves) aware of Ian West's activities and especially his strange promotion of our book on the internet. It is clear that the McCanns are both aware of Ian West and indeed approve of his actions.

We say this because the McCanns have a Facebook account, which is used by Dr Gerald and Dr Kate McCann to communicate with their supporters. The McCanns have used their Facebook account to support a blog created late last year by friends of theirs, called 'Writing the Wrongs'. That blog in turn links to many forums and blogs created by or contributed to by Ian West/'muratfan', and indeed links to other forums and blogs which engage in hate campaigns against The Madeleine Foundation and Tony Bennett.

By their enthusiastic and public support for the 'Writing the Wrongs' blog, and no doubt being fully aware of exactly which websites, forums and blogs 'Writing the Wrongs' links to, the McCanns, it would appear, give tacit approval and encouragement to people like Ian West/'muratfan' and others who have engaged in the vilification of The Madeleine Foundation and Tony Bennett. Or at least, that is our assumption and working hypothesis

Thus the McCanns, by supporting such hate blogs and forums and not condemning them, have contributed to the bizarre situation where one of their strongest suppoerters and most ardent admirers sees fit to spend his time creating a hoax press release trying to make out that The Madeleine Foundation believes that Dr Gerald McCann killed Madeleine.

We have said it before and we say it again: we know of no evidence that Dr Gerald McCann killed Madeleine and we have never said this.

For any members of the public who read this statement of ours today, you may have cause to wonder as to what kind of mind, and for what ultimate purpose, someone would perpetrate such a hoax.

For our analysis of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, please visit the 'Articles' section on our website,

For a deeper understanding of the case, you can also purchase via our website our latest book: 'The Madeleine McCann Case Files: Volume 1' (108pp, ISBN 978-0-9563351-1-1).

For a greater understanding of why there are so many questions about the McCanns' account of Madeleine's abduction, please see our '163 Questions' article on our website. This is a copy of a letter we sent earlier in February to Transworld, publishers of the McCanns' forthcoming book on Madeleine. The McCanns have issued statements saying both that their book will be 'our version of the truth' and at the same time 'very truthful'. Our letter to Transworld, sent also direct to the McCanns, raised 163 unanswered questions about the case which we suggest should be answered by the McCanns in their book.

Statement issued by the Committee of The Madeleine Foundation

9.30am, Sunday 27 February 2011
Statement amended 10.15am 27 February 2011