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By Brian Shale Madeleine McCann Disappearance – Could the abduction of Madeleine McCann be an elaborate hoax perpetrated by her parents Gerry and Kate …
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By Jim Brogan Madeleine McCann Mystery – Yesterday the Post Chronicle published an opinion piece by Brian Shale uncovering speculation about the abduction …
On a weekend when there was plenty of news in the United Kingdom concerning alleged terrorist activity this “news” about Madeleine McCann was interesting, but not for the glaring headlines. It was because traditionally a legitimate news story is followed by comments and opinions. In this instance it starts with a commentary citing various blog theories concerning a possible hoax and then is followed the next day by a news story as if it was some form of breaking news.
Admittedly, my site is not a news agency or media outlet but simply a personal blog about missing children and some of the issues surrounding them. It is linked to some crime blogs often cited by mainstream media for the insight they provide such as Crimeblog.Us, True Crime Blog UK or any of the “True Crime Blogs” listed in the sidebar to the right, who actually in some cases do break news or advance a criminal investigation.
It’s quite another matter when a news source seems to “manufacture” the news, by posting a surefire controversial comment backed by other opinions, and then proceeds to report on it as if it were truly headline making.
Note: The conspiracy theories continue. Some British papers are suggesting the friends of Gerry and Kate McCann had met with Robert Murat prior to her disappearance in some clandestine form of coverup.Why haven’t they attacked the Bryan Adam’s song (Everything I do) I do it for you, at the Bring Madeleine Home site. Is the song from Madeleines point of view or her parents?
Is it possible for them to just report actual facts and concede enough is enough?
Update 08-07-08 A Reuters news story is reporting the Diario de Noticias daily has cited sources close to the investigation as saying Madeleine may have been murdered. It is important to note the results are not back from blood being analyzed from the apartment she was believed to have been abducted from on May 3rd.
Not only will recent reports spur more possible theories about her disappearance, U.S. media outlets are now re-interested in providing the details as they are released.
“Portuguese police have known for a month that Madeleine McCann was killed that night (May 3) at the apartment in the Praia da Luz resort, having definitely rejected the chance that she may have been kidnapped,” the newspaper said.
The Times Online
A paedophile who was on holiday in the Algarve at the time that Madeleine McCann was taken from her bed has been found dead after abducting a 5-year-old girl.
Urs Hans Von Aesch killed himself in a Swiss forest close to the belongings of Ylenia Lenhard, who is still missing a week after she disappeared
Update 08-12-07 Quoting what some might descibed as the equivalent of a U.S. tabloid, the TimesOnline reported this story but didn’t provide a link to the article.
As a result the Portuguese press have speculated wildly. Yesterday Sol, a weekly newspaper, claimed the McCanns’ Renault Scénic may have been used to transport Madeleine’s body after she died in the apartment.
A spokesman for the couple pointed out that the car was rented five weeks after Madeleine disappeared and has already been searched by police.
Read some interesting comments from the BBC blog “Reporting Madeleine Rumours“.
Note: In this TimesOnline article, would it be helpful to understand what an Amber Alert is, the U.S. criteria by State for issuing one and how they are actually broadcast before condemning them as a PR exercise? There are abuses and false alarms but when properly executed they have proven to save children. You can be assured the streets of America are not lined with parents wanting their children photographed nor fingerprinted.
US officials claim loudly that 800,000 kids go missing a year. In fact almost all are runaways or result from custody disputes. Yet the official Amber Alert mentality has impressed mistrust of strangers upon the public psyche, as parents queue to have police photograph and fingerprint their children in readiness for when they, too, are abducted.
Update 08-15-07 Is this a breaking headline or an effort to drive traffic to a site or sell newspapers? If the blood hasn’t even been identified as hers, is it responsible to attempt to persuade anyone to jump to conclusions? Why would it take almost 100 days for Investigators to have dogs attempt to find a scent?
Madeleine sniffer dogs detect scent of body
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom - 1 hour ago
By Richard Edwards in Praia da Luz A British sniffer dog detected the scent of a body inside the apartment of Madeleine McCann, Portuguese police said today
Update 08-16-07 According to SKY News the blood analysis results are still unknown.
The results of tests on blood traces found in the apartment from which Madeleine McCann disappeared are not yet known, contrary to some newspaper reports.
However the Times Online states differently
The Times revealed today that Portuguese detectives have been told that traces of blood found in the bedroom where Madeleine was abducted are not from her. A Portuguese police source confirmed today: “We have been told that the blood was from a man.”
Update 08-19-07 TimesOnline
The Times revealed on Thursday that the preliminary notes from the headquarters of the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham showed that traces of blood in the apartment had come from a man.
However, the findings received by the Laboratório de Polícia Científica in Lisbon on Wednesday indicated that the blood samples were too damaged to be checked against the DNA database of British sex offenders. Scientists have been attempting to recover a better profile.
Update 08-20-07 If these reports are true, were the McCann’s aware of the break ins prior to leaving the kids unattended?
What role if any did Robert Murat have in her disappearance? In this article, “MADDIE COPS TOTALLY CLUELESS” it could make you wonder.
…Robert Murat’s home was raided by police who seized his computers.
When they found names and four-digit numbers on a spreadsheet they were convinced they had unearthed “encrypted codes for a paedophile ring.”
But the list was simply a family tree giving the names and birth dates of the estate agent’s relatives…
Update 08-21-07 On his blog Gerry McCann made this reference to LUSA. Ironically, there is no other mention on the site of them in all the news articles. If they are an official source, why not refer to them to avoid all the rumors and innuendos printed these past few months?
… We were also asked about what is being written about the investigation and pointed out how much of this is pure speculation. We directed them to the official Portuguese police statements that are very sober in comparison. A statement was released this evening through the Portuguese news agency LUSA. This is the translation of what was reported on Portuguese TV station SIC:The news that points to the existence of an English suspect, close to the couple, connected to the disappearance of Madeleine on the 3rd May in the Algarve, “does not come” from the PJ and has no “logic whatsoever”, according to what the inspector Olegário Sousa told Lusa…
Update 08-22-07 Interesting request from June 3rd on Gerry’s blog for Day 111.
Kate is keen to get in touch with a very nice mum, who she spoke with at the toddler pool in the Ocean Club on Sunday 3rd June. She is sure you will remember the conversation and Kate would be grateful if you could get in touch at with her at email@example.com
Update 08-24-07: The Scotsman offers this list of 12 theories of what may have happened to Madeleine (with explanations)
- ABDUCTED AND ALIVE IN SPAIN
- BOTCHED BURGLARY
- DIED IN AN ACCIDENT IN THE ROOM
- KILLED BY FAMILY FRIEND
- KILLED BY PARENTS
- RANSOM PLOT
- ROBERT MURAT
- ABDUCTED ‘TO ORDER’
- ABDUCTED BY STRANGER
- WANDERED OFF
- ABDUCTED AND ALIVE ELSEWHERE
Update 09-01-07 On his blog Gerry McCann briefly discusses why they are suing the Portuguese paper.
Day 120 – 31/08/2007
Those of who you that read the blog regularly know how difficult it has been for us not to respond to many of the slurs against our behaviour leading up to Madeleines disappearance. We have consistently stated that we will not put new information into the public domain that might jeopardise the investigation and in fact, we are constrained by Portuguese Law as witnesses from doing so. There has been some wild speculation reported in the press about what may have happened to Madeleine. Most of the innuendo regarding Kate and me has died down in light of the statements from the official Portuguese Police spokesperson. However last Friday, a Portuguese newspaper published a front-page headline ‘PJ believes that the parents killed Maddie’. We firmly believe that the report was speculative, defamatory and published despite official statements to the contrary.
As well as damaging our personal and professional reputations, such allegations smear the investigation, the campaign to find Madeleine and cause great offence and anxiety to all our family. This is why, after careful consideration, we have issued a writ against the newspaper for defamation. Our focus has, and always will be, on doing our best to help find Madeleine. This lurid allegation is so serious and wide of the mark that we feel it cannot go unchallenged.
The legal expenses for the proceedings will not be paid from Madeleines fund.
Update: 09-07-07 Kate McCann is expected to be named a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance. It is possible Gerry could be named as well later today. Initial reports indicate it does not mean Portuguese Police are any closer to solving the case.
The status of suspect or arguido/arguida confers certain legal protections under Portuguese law, including the right to remain silent in interviews and to have a lawyer present. It is not uncommon for people caught up in criminal investigations in Portugal to declare themselves arguidos in order to receive this protection.
Fox News Channel is reporting this from Sky News. She has allegedly turned down the offer.
Missing Madeleine McCann’s mother Kate, named as an official suspect in the police investigation into the disappearance of the four-year-old, was offered a deal if she confessed to accidentally killing her, family members have said.Gerry McCann’s sister Philomena told Sky News that Kate McCann was told she would serve two years or less if she confessed.
Update 09-07-07 Fox News Channel is reporting both parents have officially been named suspects.
Any further updates will be posted at Conspiracy theories II
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