Friday, 21 September 2007

Daily Mail spining completely out of control...

Daily Mail
Madeleine: Friend says 'mystery man carrying child' was heading towards Murat's home
Last updated at 00:59am on 21st September 2007

Previous versions of the May 3 sighting have always suggested that the mystery figure turned right out of the complex and walked urgently downhill in the direction of the beach, away from the villa where the 33-year-old former UK car salesman lives with his mother.

Daily Mail
Madeleine's father: 'Abductor was hiding in apartment while I checked on her'
Last updated at 13:52pm on 21st September 2007

Gerry McCann is convinced his daughter's abductor hid in their apartment as he checked on his children, it has been revealed today. A source close to the family today told the Standard (...)The McCanns (...) now believe the kidnapper got in through unlocked patio doors and left carrying Madeleine through a bedroom window at the front of the ground-floor apartment (...)"

"When Gerry leaves, the man realises he only has a few minutes. He thinks the only way to get out without being seen is through the window. When he (Gerry McCann) went in he saw Madeleine was asleep but the bedroom door was slightly open. He thought, 'That is odd' because he had left it firmly closed. But all the children were asleep. So he just went in and closed the door again and came out at about 9.10pm (according to the same family source)”

Daily Mail
Madeleine: The vital witness who could help clear the McCann's name
Last updated at 12:14pm on 17th September 2007

A witness who could blow the police case apart was identified for the first time. TV producer Jeremy Wilkins, on holiday in Praia da Luz with his partner and baby son, spoke to Gerry McCann during the hour when Madeleine went missing. The cardiologist was on his way back to the resort's tapas restaurant after checking on his three children. Mr Wilkins said he found Mr McCann calm and unflustered during a 15-minute conversation - which would be remarkable for a man supposedly involved in the death of his daughter.

Daily Mail
Madeleine and the missing hour: how often did the McCanns check on their children?
As the hunt for Madeleine hits 100 days, emotions run high
By SUE REID - More by this author »
Last updated at 16:31pm on 11th August 2007

Mr McCann said he checked on his three children at 9.05pm. He noticed that a door in the apartment which had been left shut was ajar. He thought nothing of it but it may have indicated that a kidnapper was already there. But his daughter was fast asleep so he went back to the tapas bar. Another of the group, Jane Tanner, says she took her turn 10 minutes later. She claimed later to police that she saw a dark-haired man of about 35 carrying a child as she walked back to the bar afterwards but thought nothing of it.

There is another conundrum too. It concerns the sighting by Jane Tanner of the man carrying a child. He was wearing beige trousers and smart black shoes. Her report is taken seriously by police. Yet a British holidaymaker, Jeremy Wilkins, has given a deposition that does not support her evidence. He knew Mr McCann because he played tennis with him, and was walking his eight-month-old son in the night air when the drama unfolded.

He says that he met Mr McCann, who had come out of his apartment at 9.05pm, and had a word with him. Soon after that Jane Tanner would have crossed paths with Mr Wilkins and his baby. Mr Wilkins says he saw no man carrying a child or Jane Tanner herself. "It was a very narrow path and I think it would have been almost impossible for anyone to walk by without me noticing," he said. So today the questions remain. Was Madeleine kidnapped or killed? Or unwatched, did she simply walk out and get lost? How could there be a break in with a jemmy through metal shutters without waking the twins or alerting a passerby?

Daily Mail
Madeleine and the missing hour: how often did the McCanns check on their children?
As the hunt for Madeleine hits 100 days, emotions run high
By SUE REID - More by this author »
Last updated at 16:31pm on 11th August 2007

But what is now perturbing Portuguese police is how could she be abducted when the McCann group were checking so often? Or have reports inadvertently exaggerated how vigilant the parents really were? A worker at the tapas bar says that only a tall man, believed to be Russell O'Brien, got up from the table during the entire evening.

Of course, this witness might be wrong. A busy barman could not have eyes on the McCann party for two and a half hours. And what of Najova Chekaya, the aerobics teacher running the quiz? She was invited over to the McCann table by Mr McCann himself when the game ended at 9.30. She stayed for half an hour. She later claimed to friends that nobody left the table.


Daily Mail
Madeleine: The missing six hours that baffle police
Where was Kate between last photo and arrival at tapas bar?
Last updated at 15:11pm on 21st September 2007

Previous reports have suggested that the McCanns and their children were with the rest of the party at the Paradiso restaurant at 6pm close to the beach at Praia da Luz. But friends say the family had not joined them that day.

Daily Mail
Madeleine: The vital witness who could help clear the McCann's name
Last updated at 12:14pm on 17th September 2007

Waiters at the Paraiso beach restaurant who saw Madeleine just hours before she vanished, told the Daily Mirror Mr McCann was a "devoted" father as he bounced the youngster up and down on his shoulders. After giving evidence to the police, another witness at the restaurant said "he seemed like the perfect dad, always giving her hugs and lots of attention."Gerry spent 80 per cent of his time with the little girl, playing on the beach while the mum spent a long time trying to feed the twins who were in high chairs either side of her in the restaurant. It is so upsetting to know a few hours after that she had gone." A waiter who served the children their meals of spaghetti bolognese and fillet of fish recalled,

"They made you smile, full of fun and very happy holiday moods." According to staff, the family and three couples arrived around 5 pm. "They were at the restaurant for over an hour and most of the time Gerry was playing with Maddy on the beach in front."He took her down to the beach on his shoulders time and again. Each time she was giggling and bouncing up and down. On the beach he pushed her on the swings and gave her loads of hugs and kisses - all you could hear was Daddy, daddy, daddy."

He really did seem a perfect dad. I can't see how he had anything to do with her disappearance. He'd have to be a superb actor." Most of the adults were on the beach with the other children but kept coming and going. Kate was at the restaurant table feeding the twins in baby chairs. It took a while. I felt a bit sorry for her."