The Daily Mail published a New Year article about the McCanns, written by the McCanns village friend Tracey Kandohla, on 2 January.
It contained these two sentences about the ‘last photo’ of Madeleine ever taken:
But in a fresh start to 2017 the page is open to promote the hunt for the missing girl and shows a montage of poignant photos of Maddie simply entitled “Have you seen me?” Pictures include the iconic last known image of Maddie in pink sunhat and clutching tennis balls while on holiday and an age progression snap of how she may look aged nine.
You would think that by now the McCanns and all members of their team would have worked out which was the true ‘last photo’ of Madeleine.
If they say it was the ‘Tennis Balls Photo’, that gives them a problem. Quite apart from the convoluted tale given by Kate McCann in her book about how the Tennis Balls Photo came to be taken, two different people claim to have taken the Tennis Balls Photo and on two different dates, as HideHo explains in this short video:
…which has had very nearly 100,000 views to date
Just a reminder, then:
Kate McCann, Tuesday 1 May (‘madeleine’, p. 57):
“…I ran back to our apartment for my camera to record the occasion. One of
my photographs is known around the world now: a smiling Madeleine clutching
armfuls of tennis balls”
Rachael Oldfield, Rogatory Interview, says Jane Tanner took the photo on 3 May:
1578 - "The third of May, are you able to summarise the day’s activities"?
Reply "Yeah…Madeleine and Ella and their sort of group came to have a
tennis lesson as part of their crèche activities, erm and Kate didn't have her
camera and Jane was there then as well and Jane took some photos of both
Madeleine and Ella, that's one, that poster of Madeleine with the tennis balls, that
sort of picture".
This is what Kate McCann says about the pool photo on page 66 of her autobiography, Prosecution Exhibit 1: ‘madeleine’:
'We then sat round the toddler pool a while, dipping our feet, and I took what has turned out to be my last photograph to date of Madeleine".
Even more relevant, on page 123 she describes sitting in Portimao Police Station while husband Gerry was being interrogated a second time by the PJ:
"I made use of the long wait I anticipated by sitting down with a notebook, pen and my camera, containing dated photographs of the holiday, and trying to write a detailed account of everything that had happened the week before".
It’s surely something you’d think Tracey Kandohla would have known by now, what with her weekly cup of tea and cakes with Clarence Mitchell in the early days, and trading on recycling Clarence’s notes into the press for the past 10 years?
Acknowledgment: This was first spotted by the eagle-eyed PeterMac who regularly submits evidence to Operation Grange: http://whatreallyhappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.co.uk/