The “Last Photo”
1 The McCanns had a Canon PowerShot A620.
In her book Kate only refers to a camera in the singular. My camera, our camera. She clearly states that ‘our camera’ was taken away by RO’B so that photos could be printed in the form of a poster. Later that night, when everyone had been asked to leave the apartment, the official scenes of crime photos were taken by the PJ. On the dining table the Canon PowerShot can clearly be seen. The photo session and forensic examination by the PJ took place between 0030 and 0400, 4/5/2007.
The EXIF metadata for the “Last Photo” clearly shows that it was taken on the Canon.
2 The Canon was retained by the McCanns, and neither it, nor the memory stick were apparently surrendered for examination. This camera was in Kate’s possession early on 10th May. It is not known whether the PJ were fully aware of its existence.
3 On 20th May Gerry McCann flew to England, and returned home.
4 He returned to Portugal on 22nd May, with Clarence Mitchell.
5 Gerry McCann’s sister, Philomena, also flew out to Portugal on 22nd May.
6 The “Last Photo” was released through the AFP agency on 24th May.
9 The “Last Photo” was taken with the Canon PowerShot A620 camera.
10 It is relatively simple to alter some of the EXIF metadata, including the date and time, using software freely available on the internet.
11 The EXIF metadata have clearly been accessed and amended by the AFP agency to include the description of the photo.
12 Gerry’s brother in law - Philomena’s husband - Tony Rickwood, is a photographer who is highly skilled at altering images. It is inconceivable that he does not also know how to alter the date and time in the EXIF and to erase aspects of it.
13 Tony Rickwood owns several cameras, including a Canon PowerShot A480 - a model previous to the A620.
14 The McCanns lay heavy emphasis on the importance on the “Last Photo”.
15 Through their spokesman Mitchell, they go to great lengths to explain that the EXIF time might be incorrect by exactly an hour. They make no such claims for any other photo. No other photos from the Canon have been put in the public domain. In each story the words “her own camera” are used.
16 The “Last Photo” is tendered as independent evidence that Madeleine was alive and well during the early afternoon of 3rd May
17 The time given in the EXIF data for the photo is exactly Solar zenith (noon) at Faro, Portugal on 3/5/2007
19 Rickwood is a keen astronomer, and is a member of the British Astronomical Society.
20 There is a strong suspicion that the time and date on the “Last Photo” are, at the very least, unreliable. It is not thought that the image itself has been altered.
21 Almost all other such evidence is specifically stated to be uncorroborated by others in the group, and detailed explanations are given as to why this is so. This leaves the “Last Photo” as the only independent evidence of Madeleine’s being alive and well on 3rd May.
22 The visit by David Payne, and the check by Oldfield do not alter this position. There is considerable doubt as to the veracity of the crèche sheets, which contradict directly Kate’s alternative version in the book.
23 Rachel Oldfield’s statement that she saw Madeleine on the tennis court on 3rd is directly contradicted, in detail and with some force, by O’Brien. In her Rogatory Tanner speaks of Gerry having a lesson and has thus clearly confused this with the Wednesday. O’Brien contradicts this and corrects this with some force and determination, making it clear that Madeleine was NOT there on Thursday 3rd May.
Rachel Oldfield confuses the two days, putting the taking of the “tennis balls” photo on Thursday 3rd.
Kate, and O’Brien are absolutely clear that this was not 3rd.
Kate insists that she herself took the tennis balls photo on Tuesday 1st
Russell O’Brien insists it was taken on Wednesday 2nd
Rachel Oldfield states that it was taken by Jane Tanner on the Thursday 3rd.
When the witnesses talk about Madeleine’s NOT having been present, the style of the language used is very different from the rest of the Rogatory interviews. The witnesses become fluent and coherent, and we see very little of the hesitation, the linguistic fillers of “err”, ummm”; repetitions of part sentences and so on, which characterise the rest of those interviews when other aspects of their recollections are being discussed.
Read more here: http://whatreallyhappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/chapter-14-last-photo-pool-photo.html
Chapter copied from retired Police Superintendent PeterMac's FREE e-book 'What really happened to Madeleine McCann?', which has now been updated: http://whatreallyhappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.co.uk/