Madeleine McCann case: Thousands more people get to know the facts about her disappearance thanks to Daily Mail

by The Madeleine Foundation, 15 April 2011

Today was the 1,442nd day since Madeleine McCann was reported missing by her parents. That’s 206 weeks, nearly 4 years.

Today was also a day when many members of the British public managed to find out a whole lot more facts about the case.

We have the Daily Mail to thank for that. For within a two-page feature article about Madeleine and the McCanns in today’s ediiton, the Mail informed its readers:

* about our organisation, and
* about our website, and
* about our letter to Transworld which suggested 163 questions that Dr Kate McCann should answer in her forthcoming book about the case, and
* about the leaflet we are distributing, known as ’50 FACTS’, which on four pages of A4 summarises some of the disturbing facts about the case.

The Mail, additionally, gave its readers the title of the leaflet: ‘What happened to Madeleine McCann? 50 facts about the case that the British media are not telling you’.

It even informed readers of the four main sections of the leaflet:

1) Major contradictions in the statements of the McCanns and their friends
2) The highly trained police dogs who detected the scent of a corpse
3) Strange things the McCanns have said and done, and
4) How the McCanns wasted public money on useless private detectives.

It also mentioned our first book on the case: “What Really Happened To Madeleine McCann? 60 Reasons To Suggest She Was Not Abducted”, now effectivley a banned book in view of the McCanns’ threat to sue for libel over its contents.

What has been the outcome of the Daily Mail’s article so far?

There were thousands of extra hits on our website; the final figures for the day are not in yet, at the time of writing this article
News of the publication and availability of the leaflet was circulated on Facebook, tweeted, and re-tweeted many times
A new blog about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, “What happened to Madeleine McCann”, has received 4,200 new visits today so far
The leaflet was placed on the popular forum: ‘Complete Mystery of Madeleine McCann’. By this evening, over 1,500 had seen it there
The petition for a full public enquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance, sponsored by Madeleine Foundation member Alan-Marc Logoa, gained another 16 signatures, bringing the total to 584
The Mail article has been read by millions, many of whom sent comments to its online comments page. Many of these comments were critical of the McCanns, and these McCann-sceptic comments were voted up in their hundreds, using green arrows, by readers
Several people asked for supplies of the leaflet to distribute in their home areas
We received new orders for our latest book on the case: ‘The Madeleine McCann Case Files: Volume 1’, and
We received new enquiries about membership.

This response has echoes of a previous occasion when the media slated The Madeleine Foundation, following distribution of another leaflet about the case, ’10 Reasons’. The distribution of the leaflet to 150 houses in the McCanns’ home village, Rothley, led to adverse press headlines. But the Madeleine Foundation was named, and in the weeks that followed, tens of thousands visited our website, hundreds of our ‘60 Reasons’ book were sold, many more offered to distribute leaflets, and we gained 20 new members.

While the media may portray us as unjustified hounders of the McCanns, the fact is that many of the British public want to know more about the facts in this case, and are hungry for further information.

The reaction to today’s Mail article proves that once again.

More lies from Dr Kate McCann: JK Rowling did not help her write her "account of the truth"

FFS, Kate, how many more lies are you going to tell?

The Mirror: Madeleine McCann search: JK Rowling helps Maddy's mum Kate write book

The Independent: Rowling denies helping Kate to write book

Yesterday it emerged that the author had given a helping hand to Kate McCann, the mother of the missing eight-year-old, Madeleine, with her account of the disappearance in Portugal four years ago. But Rowling denied reports that she had written the book which is due to be published next month.

In a statement a spokesman for the author said: "While JK Rowling has been a long-term family supporter, her only part in bringing the book to publication has been in supporting the fact that her literary agent was also representing Kate. Beyond this, she has not been involved in any aspect of the writing, editing or publication of the book."

Posted on the Madeleine McCann research forum here and with more comments here

Comment by Tony Bennett of the Madeleine Foundation:

So in the lead-up to the publication of this 'very truthful' book about Madeleine, which will contain Dr McCanns' 'version of the truth', it looks like Dr Kate McCann (ahd her advisers and public relations officers) have been very untruthful.

The Daily Mail account yesterday had this:

"Rowling also helped Kate and husband Gerry by putting them in touch with her agent Christopher Little who arranged a book deal with publishers Transworld".

I think we can believe J K Rowling in this instance. I suspect the sequence of events was this:

1. McCanns to J K Rowling - 'We need a publisher for our very truthful account of what happened to Madeleine, can you advise?'

2. J K Rowling to McCanns - 'Try Bill Scott-Kerr at my publishers, Transworld'

3. McCanns to J K Rowling - 'We need a bit of help writing the book'

4. J K Rowling to McCanns - 'Sorry, too busy'

5. Meeting of McCanns and their publishes, advisers and public relations team - 'Bring J K Rowling into it to boost sales, advance orders are well below our predictions'

6. Clarence Mitchell briefs press: 'J K Rowling helped Kate write her book'.

7. Mirror headline: J K ROWLING'S MADDY BOOK

8. J K Rowling and her advisers: 'WT!?*!!??**?!*?!*' Put out a statement denying this immediately!!


But here's another lie.

In Sunday's Express, Dr Kate McCann said it was the 'fear of attacks by groups like The Madeleine Foundation' which had decided her against doing book-signings.

But in the Daily Mail the following day, we read this:

"Heartbroken mother will not take part in celebrity-style signings because it would be 'in bad taste'".

OK, 'very truthful' Kate, which is it?

Too frightened of attacks?

Or 'book signings would be in bad taste'?

Or is it even a third, unmentionable reason? That is - Because so few people would want to buy a book by people who deliberately left their three children in a dark room, 120 yards' walk away, whilst wining and dining wth their mates, yet produced an unnamed Social Services official who allegedly said: 'This is well within the bounds of responsible parenting?

All of this after TWO of the their three children, only the previous night, had said: "Why weren't you here when we were crying last night?"

Great Ormond Street cardiologist is suspended over allegations of child abuse

A surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital is being investigated over claims of child abuse.
The allegations against Philipp Bonhoeffer, a world-renowned cardiologist, relate to his time working for a charity in Africa.
He was suspended two years ago but the case has only just come to light. The hospital has set up a helpline for parents of children he has treated.
Four families had contacted the helpline by last night.
The 49-year-old, who was born in Germany, began working at the famous London children’s hospital in 2001 and has treated hundreds of young patients as head of cardiology.
He had been due before a General Medical Council tribunal in October but the case was halted after his lawyers submitted that there was not enough evidence.
This objection will be heard at the High Court today – but the GMC insists its investigation will go ahead regardless.
Although details of the case have not been made public, it is believed to concern a man who alleges he was sexually abused by the doctor when he was a child.
Dr Bonhoeffer is also alleged to have tried to bribe the man to make him retract his accusations.
The doctor, who lives in Camden, North London, strongly denies all charges made against him.

Read more:

Spot the difference:

Glenfield Hospital cardiologist, Gerry McCann, on the other hand, was NOT suspended from his job for repeated negligence of his three young children which led to one of them being believed to have met her death in the apartment whilst left alone. Dr McCann is also suspected of having concealed the body of his daughter to allow him to set up a Fund which has attracted millions of pounds, some of which was used to pay his mortgage.

Instead of being suspended, Dr Gerry McCann was permitted to make use of Glenfield Hospital to take part in a documentary for Channel 4 (Cutting Edge Madeleine was here).

Further, a letter was sent to the General Medical Council by Tony Bennett of the Madeleine Foundation:

The Madeleine Foundation

Combating child neglect


Monday 13 July 2009

Fitness to Practise Committee,
General Medical Council,
St. James’s Buildings
79 Oxford Street
M1 6FQ.

Dear Sir/Madam

re: Fitness to Practise: Dr Gerald McCann and Dr Kate McCann (formerly Dr Kate Healy)

I write to bring to your attention a report about the above couple, both doctors, published in the Sunday People yesterday.

Dr Gerald McCann and Dr Kate McCann are the parents of Madeleine McCann, who was reported missing by her mother at around 10.00pm on Thursday 3 May 2007. The circumstances of her disappearance remain mysterious and as yet unsolved. They were made official suspects of involvement in their daughter’s disappearance in September 2007, a status that lasted until July 2008 when the Portuguese judicial authorities concluded that at that time there was insufficient evidence to charge them or anyone else with a crime against Madeleine.

Yesterday, the Sunday People published an article based on what they said was a 34-page libel writ served in Portugal against Goncalo Amaral. The McCanns and their advisers have already announced in the press that they intended to sue Mr Amaral for libel. Mr Amaral was the senior investigating officer in the case until he was removed from the investigation in controversial circumstances in October 2007. A month earlier, he was the man responsible for declaring the McCanns to be official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance.

The Sunday People says it has translated the libel writ from the Portuguese. The McCanns are claiming damages of £1 million from Mr Amaral. I wish to bring to your attention the medical and psychological condition of these two doctors, one of whom continues to practise, and both of whom we understand to be on the GMC Register.

The writ says of Dr Kate McCann that she is ‘deeply and seriously depressed”. The writ goes on to describe both of the McCanns as suffering from:

· permanent anxiety,
· insomnia,
· lack of appetite,
· irritability,
· indefinable fear.

In the writ, according to the Sunday People, the McCanns further describe both of themselves as:

· “totally destroyed”,
· “irreparably damaged”, and
· “totally destroyed from a moral, social, ethical, emotional and family point of view”.

The question that arises is whether either of these doctors is fit to practise or indeed to remain on the GMC Register, at least until these serious psychological problems, suggestive of mental illness, subside. We suggest that the appropriate committee of the GMC should consider (a) suspending them from the GMC until a psychiatrist deems that they have recovered from the above symptoms and (b) providing them with the expert psychiatric help and counselling that anyone exhibiting such severe symptoms should receive from the N.H.S. Presumably if the McCanns are exhibiting these symptoms there are reports available from their G.P. or a psychiatric specialist confirming those symptoms.

The other possibility of course, is that the McCanns are grossly exaggerating the extent of their depression or even lying about it, in order to make as much money as possible from Mr Amaral. If that were the case, there would definitely be a whole series of other questions about their fitness to remain in practice and remain on the GMC Register. Many videos and still images exist of the McCanns laughing and joking and appearing to be anything but severely depressed. That would suggest at least the possibility that they have deliberately exaggerated their sadness at and reaction to the loss of Madeleine in order to make as much money as possible from their proposed libel action...

Posted on our forum here

Other child neglecting doctors were paid thousands of pounds

MADELEINE McCann’s parents are set to be quizzed in court

McCann's were made arguido's in the disappearance of their daughter

MADELEINE McCann’s parents are set to be quizzed in court later this year in connection with their daughter’s disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leics, will face lawyers acting on behalf of the Portuguese detective who led the hunt for Madeleine.

They are suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for more than £1million damages over claims he made about them.

Amaral, who believes Madeleine is dead, is due to call the McCanns in his bid to defend himself.

Last night the couple’s lawyer Isabel Duarte said she expects the libel trial to take place this year.

She said: “It could be June or July but most likely September. He can call them if there are things they can contribute (to his case).”

Madeleine went missing during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

Article in Daily Star - Comments, of course, are not allowed because they tend to get whooshed, just like the 103 questions put to the McCanns that were whooshed from the Daily Express which is always worth another look. here

Madeleine McCann case: New articles from The Madeleine Foundation

New articles from The Madeleine Foundation:

Letter to Cheshire and Leicestershire Police explaining why Brian Kennedy should be investigated for perverting the course of justice - and the replies we got from the police forces concerned

More about the man to prosecute Goncalo Amaral: 1. His weird book 2. His mediumistic powers 3. His horrible vision of Madeleine being strangled 4. His dealings with Metodo 3 5. M Gautier's story 6. Correia's psychic abilities pass Metodo 3's test

How the lies of a convicted murdersss of her own child helped a court to convict Goncalo Amaral of filing a false report

How the McCanns and PR guru Clarence Mitchell collaborated with Stuart Prior of Leics Police and the Portuguese Police, helped by Brian Kennedy paying Melissa Little to do another artist's sketch based on a muddled account by Gail Cooper

The sensational report compiled and published by the Portuguese police as their official report on why they had made the McCanns suspects (also to be found in The Madeleine Foundation's book: 'The Madeleine McCann Case Files: Volume 1")

Sections 15 and 16 from The Madeleine Foundation's essay on Marcos Aragao Correia

Marcos Aragao Correia is the lawyer who pursued Goncalo Amaral and successfully obtained a criminal conviction of him in the Portuguese courts for allegedly filing a false report. These extracts from our essay cast doubt on his state of mind

Extracts from Chapters J and K of The Madeleine Foundation's article on Robert Murat: 'The Mystery of Robert Murat: From Arguido to Applause'

A key chapter of Goncalo Amaral's book 'The Truth About A Lie' explains the remarkable saga of how Jane Tanner came to identify Murat, leading to his being taken in for questioning. Jane Tanner later changed her mind about Murat being the abductor.

Why did Ray Wyre write an article about Madeleine's disappearance within days of Madeleine disappearing. And why did the McCanns meet the Wyres. And what sort of charcater was ray Wyre anyway?

Kate McCann: "If your child goes missing or a family member goes missing sometimes you might not get anything."

But we got it all and we're still bitching

An article posted on The Potting Shedder

Jog on...

In a recent charity run for Missing Persons, Mrs McCann said burglaryvictims might get help from the state, but added: "If your child goes missing or a family member goes missing sometimes you might not get anything."

Well done on completing the run, but I beg to differ.

From the residents and holidaymakers on the ground in Portugal to the translators and posters online, here are a few of the agencies and people who have contributed to help in the search to find Madeleine...

... Mark Warner ... Interpol ... World Embassies ...
... Translators ... CEOP ... Liaison Officers ... SOCA ... NPIA ...
... Scotland Yard ... Portuguese Tourist Board ... FSS ... FBI ...
... Criminologists ... Social Services ... Sniffer Dogs ...

Police forces from around the world including Poland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Malta, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Guardia and many more. Police forces within the UK including Exeter, Glasgow, Leicester West Yorkshire. Not to mention all of the Portuguese government/non governmental agencies and facilities at first hand. All areas were searched extensively, involving all squads of police, the army, Marine authorities in what was "the greatest search Portugal had ever seen".

There really are too many to mention. I like to be accurate, but it would take forever to compile the full list.

Add to that the huge amount of airtime and media coverage devoted to reporting, interviews and dedicated appeals. Jetsetting the world for free has allowed visits to places such as Washington, Morocco, Fatima and blessings from the Pope. Private ministerial meetings and advice from the best consultants. Police escorts and preferential first class treatment.

A private company created under the guise of a fund, has allowed a comprehensive team of lawyers to be hired and a mortgage to be paid. Well meaning people, including pensioners and children have donated to this fund. They wanted help find the child, unaware their money would be used in such a ill mannered fashion. To this day, the 'fund' is still misreported and believed by the more naive amongst us as a... charity. A charity it most certainly is not.

So, all in all, a very fair amount of worldwide help for infamous parents who apparently neglected their children and put their daughter in the position she now finds herself. Certainly can't be attributed to not getting anything.

All Kate McCann had to do was answer 48 questions to aid the investigation. She refused to answer all but one..

Q - Are you aware that the fact of your not answering the questions put to you jeopardise the investigation that was aimed at finding out what happened to your daughter.

She answered: "Yes, if the investigation thinks that."

Why? Her husband co-operated with the police. The age old excuse of 'incriminating oneself' just doesn't wash - what parent would refuse?

Comparing the help you may receive from the state when a person goes missing to a burglary really comes as no surprise. Did you know it can also be put on a par with your student overdraft?

Perhaps Mrs McCann should count her lucky stars that her family has received unprecedented support thus far. She should perhaps check her own insurance policy - leaving your valuables on show with unlocked doors really does entitle you to nothing.

** The 48 questions Kate McCann refused to answer, can be viewed on the BBC News website by clicking here.

Related links with comments:

If the McCann's keep telling us Maddie is still alive, why is there no evidence of abduction but much evidence of death in their holiday apartment and the car they hired more than 20 days after she disappeared?

PeterMac's Free e-book: What really happened to Madeleine McCann?

Gonçalo Amaral's 'Maddie: Truth of the Lie

Richard D. Hall: 'When Madeleine Died?'

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