Thursday, 31 December 2009

A wish for 2010


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“Every five minutes a child goes missing in the UK”, according to PACT (Parents and Abducted Children Together) a UK based organization. “Every Five Minutes” is a report from PACT, published in October 2005. It examined available sources to establish how many children go missing in the UK every year. “The report concludes that it is currently impossible to obtain an accurate and comprehensive picture of the nature or scale of the problem (estimates range between 100,000 and 180,000)” according to the organization’s Internet home page.
But a look at the PACT home page shows only one name and one children’s face: Madeleine McCann.
Have you ever heard or read about 3-year-old Penelope Orfanos? Or 5-year-old Andrew John Thompson? How many events were organized and/or supported by millionaires like Richard Branson, Brian Kennedy and J.K.Rowling to raise awareness about the fact that they are missing since 2007, 2008 and 2000? How many pounds have those three wealthy persons spend to help find 4-year-old Nicole Satariano, missing since 2004? Did BBC, Sky News and ITV send journalists to follow the plight of young Telvin Timba, missing from Essex since July 2007 and believed to have been taken to Zimbabwe? Was Martin Brunt assigned to Waltham Forest area, the place were Ocean Ebba, now 8-yeard-old, was seen last time, on July 2008?
I’m afraid the answer to all of those questions is “No”, “Never”, “None”, “Not even one”. A quick search with Google shows 361 references to missing 3-year-old Penelope Orfanos, 31,700 references to missing 15-year-old Andrew Gosden, 186,000 references to 5-year-old Andrew John Thompson and 994,000 references to missing 7-year-old (now…) Madeleine McCann.
All children are equal and have the same rights. But some of them, it seems, are more equal than others. And have more millionaires willing to spend thousands of pounds on lawyer’s fees, public relations experts, media campaigns and other useful tools to find missing children.
I wish that 2010 may bring good news to the anguished fathers and mothers of all of those missing children that can’t pay for expensive and efficient media campaigns to tell the all world that their beloved children are still missing.


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Sunday, 27 December 2009

The One Million Dollars Question

Which Crime Specialist Director in London did David Payne phoned on 4th May 2007 at 23:13? (Thank you, UnterdenTeppich, from Twitter)
By the way, don't forget this brilliant analysis published by “www.mccannfiles.com”:
  
David Payne describes Madeleine

Extract from David Payne's statement to Leicestershire police on 10 April 2008

"Mmm..., errr... Madeleine's, errr... a very striking, errr... beautiful child, I'd almost - if I want a better phrase - call her doll-like, you know. She was very, you know, I think, you know, very unique looking child, errr... she'd got very pretty, you know, blonde hair, errr... in a bob, she was quite a petite, errr... child and, you know, she was very bubbly, very, errr... you know, she was a very good child to, to interact with. She was very bright, you could have a lot of fun with Madeleine, errr... and, you know, she, she was, you know, Kate and Gerry's, you know, pride and joy. They'd had a lot of trouble conceiving, you know, with IVF and everything and, you know, Madeleine was their miracle. She was obviously very unique with the fact that she'd got the, you know, the iris defect, errr... but, you know, she was certainly a happy go lucky child, you know, she was, she would interact with the other children very well, as I said on the other, earlier recording, you know, she played very happily with L*** and, you know, indeed the other children. She was, you know, very... she is a very beautiful child and good fun." 

(..)"You know, I, you know, a fact I've come across already you know, she was a... she's a very bright child, you know, she wouldn't be the kind of mischievous child who, you know, and just try and get out of the flat and, you know, get up to mischief and that, you know, there's fun in all children but she certainly wasn't that kind of child. She was very bright."

Now the same statement, with the past tense highlighted:

"Mmm..., errr... Madeleine's, errr... a very striking, errr... beautiful child, I'd almost - if I want a better phrase - call her doll-like, you know. She was very, you know, I think, you know, very unique looking child, errr... she'd got very pretty, you know, blonde hair, errr... in a bob, she was quite a petite, errr... child and, you know, she was very bubbly, very, errr... you know, she was a very good child to, to interact with. She was very bright, you could have a lot of fun with Madeleine, errr... and, you know, she... she was, you know, Kate and Gerry's, you know, pride and joy. They'd had a lot of trouble conceiving, you know, with IVF and everything and, you know, Madeleine was their miracle. She was obviously very unique with the fact that she'd got the, you know, the iris defect, errr... but, you know, she was certainly a happy go lucky child, you know, she was... she would interact with the other children very well, as I said on the other, earlier recording, you know, she played very happily with L*** and, you know, indeed the other children. She was, you know, very... she is a very beautiful child and good fun." 
 
(..)"You know, I, you know, a fact I've come across already you know she was a... she's a very bright child. you know, she wouldn't be the kind of mischievous child who, you know, and just try and get out of the flat and, you know, get up to mischief and that, you know, there's fun in all children but she certainly wasn't that kind of child. She was very bright."

- Not only is it disturbing that David Payne consistently talks of Madeleine in the past tense but also that he feels the need, on two occasions, to quickly correct himself into the present tense.

With 'you know' highlighted:

"Mmm..., errr... Madeleine's, errr... a very striking, errr... beautiful child, I'd almost - if I want a better phrase - call her doll-like, you know. She was very, you know, I think, you know, very unique looking child, errr... she'd got very pretty, you know, blonde hair, errr... in a bob, she was quite a petite, errr... child and, you know, she was very bubbly, very, errr... you know, she was a very good child to, to interact with. She was very bright, you could have a lot of fun with Madeleine, errr... and, you know, she, she was, you know, Kate and Gerry's, you know, pride and joy. They'd had a lot of trouble conceiving, you know, with IVF and everything and, you know, Madeleine was their miracle. She was obviously very unique with the fact that she'd got the, you know, the iris defect, errr... but, you know, she was certainly a happy go lucky child, you know, she was, she would interact with the other children very well, as I said on the other, earlier recording, you know, she played very happily with L*** and, you know, indeed the other children. She was, you know, very... she is a very beautiful child and good fun." 

 
(..)"You know, I, you know, a fact I've come across already, you know, she was a... she's a very bright child, you know, she wouldn't be the kind of mischievous child who, you know, and just try and get out of the flat and, you know, get up to mischief and that, you know, there's fun in all children but she certainly wasn't that kind of child. She was very bright."


- The use of 'you know' 23 times by David Payne, could suggest three things:
1) He is not comfortable with silence or pauses in the conversation. But that would seem unusual for someone who held a position as Senior Research Fellow in cardiovascular sciences at Leicester University.
2) He is using the words 'you know' as a stalling device to give himself more time to think about what he is saying. But, given that he is simply describing Madeleine's character, why should he need to employ such a technique?
3) He is using the words 'you know' in an attempt, consciously or subconsciously, to convince the listener that he is telling the truth. But why this desire?

A most interesting invitation

Gerry McCann was invited to be a guest speaker at a conference hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Centre) (CEOP) on the subject of sexually-motivated child abductions. I wonder what is Gerry McCann experience and/or knowledge in this subject. But other questions are raised by "The McCann Gallery", in this post: "Jim Gamble CEOP - A question if I May". Don't miss it...

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Mark Williams-Thomas, another key figure in the McCann Case (*)

One of the most well known faces for the viewers of Sky News, the former Hampshire CID officer Mark Williams-Thomas, is also managing director of WT Associates, a company that offers, among many other services, media handling and advice for high profile cases and “design or review organisations media crisis policy”. Mr. Mark Williams-Thomas has been one of the most violent critics of the Portuguese Police investigation of Madeleine McCann's case.

We emailed WT Associates and asked if the company “has or had any contract with Mr.Gerry McCann, or with a relative of Mr. Gerry McCann, or with any Public Relations or Media company that has any relation with Mr. Gerry McCann or any relative of Mr. Gerry McCann.” The first answer was short and clear: “Yes we have. What is it you are after?”, was the reply, from a company's email, with no name or identification of the author, but sent from a Blueberry.

When we asked to confirm two details we already had – the contract was to provide media handling and advice for high profile cases, since the middle of May – the following answer was the opposite of the first: ““We are not providing any media support to the mc cann familly. But I have been in contact with the press officers for the family. I am unclear what you are after?”

A third attempt to clarify things got a reply that seemed more an order: “Call me. 07734 4XXXXX”, always whitout identifyng the person that was sending the emails or “asking” to be called on the phone. We send a text message, with our contacts and we are waiting for whoever sent the emails, from WT Associates, to call. We emailed also Sky News, asking it they were aware of the business quality of Mr Mark Williams-Thomas, whyle they invited him in to give opinion about Madeleine McCan's case, presenting him as a "child protection expert" or a "crime expert".

Mark Williams-ThomasProfile
His expertise includes in particular risk management and assessment of offenders - he has most recently been seen providing expert commentary on Sky News from Portugal about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann - and he now owns his own Child Protection and Risk Management Consultancy - WT Associates Ltd. Prior to setting up WT Associates in 2005, Mark was a police Detective specialising in major crime. He worked on or was in charge of some of the largest paedophile and murder investigations in the country, as well as being one of only 10 specialist Family Liaison officers during his time in the police. Mark is also completing a Masters in Criminology at the University of Central England.

UPDATE: On September 18, at 13h13, Mr. Mark Williams-Thomas sent me an email, with the following statement:

"There are no conflicts of interest. WT Associates has no business connections with the Mc Cann family and Mark Williams-Thomas provides his comments completely as an individual with no bias."

(*) Published on Saturday, 15 September 2007

Do you know these people?


in "Find Madeleine", the official site to find Madeleine McCann...

A fake incident

On June 2007, relatives of Madeleine McCann were “manhandled by armed officers”, when they were putting “missing posters” of Madeleine McCann at Lisbon Airport. This was one of the first “events” prepared by the “McCann Team”, as part of a violent campaign against the credibility of the Portuguese authorities. As in several other events, Philomena McCann, Madeleine’s aunt, played an important role.

Members of McCann family “manhandled” and “escorted by gun-toting officers”

“We have been running an internal inquiry, since a few days, and until now there is no report of any incident involving members of McCann family, at all the three major airports in Portugal – Lisbon, Oporto and Faro”, Mr. Hipólito Cunha, Head of PSP (*) Press Office told today to Gazeta Digital. “We will finish that internal inquiry soon.”

Daily Express quoted McCann family members who accused Portuguese Police “gun-toting” officers of stopping them, when they were putting “missing posters” of Madeleine McCann at Lisbon Airport. The newspaper refers that “members of kidnap victim Madeleine McCann family were manhandled by armed officers” and quotes Madeleine’s aunt, Philomena McCann, who said she and a cousin “were escorted from Lisbon airport by gun-toting police.”

Clarence Michell, spokeswoman for McCann family confirmed the incident and told Lusa, Portuguese News Agency, that Madeleine parents were “hurt” by this decision and appealed to Portuguese authorities to put aside unnecessary bureaucratic steps, in situations like this.

Lusa also quotes Madeleine aunt, as saying that she and the other relative asked for permission to put the “missing posters” at the information desk but later were interrupted by “two private security men” and told they should ask first for permission to do that with ANA (Aeroportos de Portugal) the company in charge of Lisbon Airport management. Gazeta Digital asked several questions about the incident, yesterday, to the Public Relations Office of ANA, but we had no reply, until now.

(*) PSP - "Polícia de Segurança Pública", Portuguese urban police.

Daily Express
MADDY: NOW PORTUGUESE POLICE OBJECT TO 'MISSING' POSTERS ~
Saturday June 9,2007
The National Ledger
Madeleine McCann Family Harassed by Portuguese Police
June 9, 2007
Público
Família McCann magoada com retirada de cartazes de Madeleine do Aeroporto de Lisboa
("McCann family hurt by decison to take out Madeleine's 'missing posters' from Lisbon Airport")
09.06.2007 - 18h17 Lusa
Madeleine: Família magoada com retirada de cartazes do Aeroporto
("Madeleine: Family hurt with decision to take out 'missing posters' from Lisbon Airport")
9 Jun 07

Lopes da Mota resigned from Eurojust

A Portuguese judge from the EU anti-crime coordination agency Eurojust resigned yesterday, following a 30 days disciplinary suspension, after the Public Prosecutor's Supreme Council found evidence about wrongful behavior from Mr. Lopes da Mota. Two magistrates conducting the so-called Freeport investigation accused Mr. Lopes da Mota of invoking the name of the Portuguese Prime Minister, José Sócrates, in order to apply pressure over them.
Lopes da Mota was assistant general prosecutor and was president and national member for Portugal at Eurojust -- the European Union body designed to improve coordination in implementing international laws and extraditions. The Freeport case involves allegations that government officials took bribes to approve environmental permits for construction of the Freeport Outlet shopping mall near the Tagus River estuary in 2002, according to Reuters. Prime Minister Jose Socrates was then environment minister. Socrates has repeatedly denied media reports he misused his position in any way then and accused the media of a smear campaign in an election year.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Gerry McCann, speaking on June 3rd, 2007: "Later this year (...)"

LET'S HOLD A MADELEINE DAY FOR THE WHOLE WORLD

Sunday June 3,2007
By Jason Groves
Daily Express


ROCK legend Sir Elton John is being lined up to front a global pop concert, to carry the message of missing Madeleine McCann’s plight to every corner of the earth.
It is hoped the singer will headline a huge series of worldwide events to mark a special Madeleine Day that her distraught parents are planning in the effort to find the vanished four-year-old. Sir Elton’s popular appeal is guaranteed to attract a swarm of other film and music superstars keen to offer support to parents Gerry and Kate McCann.
The couple, having promised not to return home until they are reunited with Madeleine, are now planning a series of visits to European and North African cities, to distribute posters and widen the appeal for information.

Sir Elton has played an emotional DVD of Madeline at his concerts, but now believes a larger effort would do more to raise awareness of her predicament.
Gerry McCann, 38, said: “One of the ideas is maybe getting all the people who have publicly supported us to come together. I don’t just mean from the UK but from different parts of the world. We want a big event to raise awareness that she is still missing.

“We would look at high-profile people who have already pledged support. It will be some sort of focus around an anniversary, to tell people thatMadeleine ’s still missing. I think it would be later this year, once media attention has dropped, to bring it back up, hopefully, for a short period.
It wouldn’t be a one-year anniversary, it will be sooner than that. What we’re doing at the minute has its role but doing that down the line in a few months won’t have anything like the same impact. We might have a sporting event, something arts, something music.

"We’ve had backing from sporting people up to now. We have had backing from certain musical celebrities as well. We’ve got some other musical contacts that we are exploring, who are happy to offer support.
“We’re not saying it would necessarily be one big concert, it might be that on a certain day they are playing her DVD.
“What we want at the current time is maximum message out there now, about her disappearance but then just events to bring it back up occasionally just to remind people, if she’s not found.”
A month after the sleeping Madeleine was snatched from her bed, Gerry and Kate McCann have betrayed the first signs that their hopes of finding her alive are starting to fade.
The couple confessed that they are haunted by the harrowing thought of her being held captive by a pervert. Still desperately clinging toMadeleine ’s pink Cuddle Cat, 38-year-old Kate said: “We don’t know where she is. We’d like to think she’s still in Portugal, she might still be in Portugal.
“But we know there’s a possibility she’s gone over the border – or several borders. We know there are bad people out there, but we know there are also a lot of sad people. We hope it’s the latter.”
Gerry added: “Of course we believe Madeleine is still alive but you would be incredible if you hadn’t considered the worst scenario, that she’s dead.
Kate and I discuss it – not a lot, but we talk about hope, and that while there’s some we will not give up. At the minute, there’s loads of hope.”

PS - Don't look for this story, on the Daily Express site. It was deleted, long ago...

The broken shutters: a persistent campaign of manipulation

"Trish Cameron and Philomena McCann, Gerry’s sisters, Jill Renwick, a family friend and Jon Corner, Madeleine’s godparent were important key players in the McCann’s campaign of manipulation and distortion, since the early hours. Despite the clear and blunt denials of John Hill, the Ocean resort manager, Portuguese police and witnesses, they insisted that the shutters of apartment 5A were “jemmied” or “broken” and – small but interesting detail – the door, which had been locked, was open.”

Trish Cameron, Mr. McCann’s sister, from Dumbarton, near Glasgow, said it appeared that someone had been spying on Madeleine and had targeted her for abduction. The front door was open, the window had been tampered with, the shutters had been jimmied open and Madeleine was missing,” she said. “Nothing had been touched in the apartment, no valuables taken, no passports. They think someone must have come in the window and gone out the door with her.”

“(…) the manager at the Ocean Club (…) [John] Hill said that despite the report by a family friend that the shutters to the couple's apartment were broken, there was no sign that anyone had forced their way in while the McCanns ate at the tapas restaurant 200 yards away.”


“But family friend Jill Renwick told GMTV the McCanns were certain that Madeleine has been abducted. "They were just watching the hotel room and going back every half-hour and the shutters had been broken open and they had gone into the room and taken Madeleine," she said.”

Trish Cameron, Mr. McCann’s sister, said she received a telephone call from her 39-year-old brother, a consultant cardiologist, who was "hysterical and crying his eyes out". She said: "They had put the kids to bed at 7pm and checked on them every half an hour as they had dinner nearby with the rest of the party. Gerry said the window was open, the shutters broken and the door, which had been locked, hanging open.”

Philomena McCann said: "(..) We think they were being watched and this was premeditated. Gerry is worried that may have happened. Some people may ask why they left the children alone in the apartment but it was locked.”

Jon Corner, a close friend of Mrs. McCann and godparent of the twins, said she telephoned him in the middle of the night distraught. He said: "She just blurted out that Madeleine had been abducted. She told me, 'They have broken the shutter on the window and taken my little girl.' "They had left the apartment locked while they were having their meal, but when they went back the last time they saw the damage."First they saw one of the window shutters had been forced, and then they saw the door was open and the bed was empty - and Madeleine was gone.”

“(…) Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, spokesman for the investigation, has confided in British former Chief Inspector Albert Kirby that neither the windows nor their shutters had been tampered with. Gerry and Kate McCann would have used the patio doors as they checked on their daughter and her twin siblings during their meal near the Mark Warner holiday complex swimming pool and it is these doors that were left unsecured. The McCanns and all their friends on the holiday left their patio doors open throughout the evenings for fear of fire. Mr. Kirby told The Mail on Sunday: (...) The window shutters are not an issue. Their mechanism makes them almost impossible to open. The door was left unlocked. They did that every night."

"Prof David Barclay, one of Britain's top forensic consultants speaking on Martin Brunt's documentary 'The Mystery of Madeleine McCann’, aired on 24 December 2007: "I think it's impossible for somebody to get in and out, through that window without leaving a forensic trace. Apart from anything else, the window sills in that area are covered in green lichen. The minute you try and scrape over the window sills you would have left marks and we know that the scenes of crime lady, the next morning, was looking for exactly that."


“Interestingly, Clarence Mitchell's statement about the McCanns reversal of their 'break in' story, came one week after Dispatches aired the documentary 'Searching For Madeleine' on 18 October 2007. In that documentary, it was effectively proved that there was no way anybody could break into the apartment and leave no forensic trace or damage to the lightweight aluminium shutters, which are covered with a fine coating of polyurethane paint which marks extremely easily.”

“They also tested the thumb prints, that showed up under the red dust of the forensic fingerprint powder, and proved the prints came from somebody moving the shutter from inside the apartment.”


“Again, Prof Dave Barclay said: "We must be very careful that we're not saying this is actually staging but it's difficult to see how anybody could have interfered with those shutters, from outside, without leaving some trace. In fact, having looked at them, I think it's almost impossible."

Gerry McCann denies using sedatives

Monday, 14 December 2009

A picture worth a thousand words...

(Image from the "News of World")

Salvador da Cunha, the new Portuguese PR working for the McCann

Salvador da Cunha, from Lift Consulting, is a strong supporter of the McCann. I wonder if he will accept any money for his services...

McCann back to the church at Praia da Luz

Two years ago, the McCann couple pictured going out from the church at Praia da Luz. Now, according to Matthew Drake, from the News of the World, Kate McCann "seemed a 'broken woman' as she prepared to face a third Christmas without her eldest child."

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Madeleine Mccann is using Twitter ?!?!??!????

Not a single hair?

Is it possible that in the Ocean Club apartment where the Mccann family spend several days, not a single hair from Madeleine Mccann was found, among the almost 200 hundred samples collected?



"An English Gagging" - "A Mordaça Inglesa"

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

"The English Gag" on sale this Fryday


"The English Gag" will be realesed this Friday, 11 December, at "Livraria Ler Devagar", in Lisbon.

Monday, 7 December 2009

"The Mccann Gallery - Jane Tanner Liar"

“Prior to the PJ arriving at 12:40/12:50 Russell O'Brien has written the timeline for them all, including, ‘Jane tanner sees stranger walking carrying child.’ He does this while Gerry McCann sits at the same table. At three o' clock in the morning Jane Tanner informs Gerry McCann for the first time, about the existence of a possible abductor.”

Really interesting. You can read it here.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Not with my money


"I remain unwavering in my personal conviction that little Maddie is no longer alive. How she died and at whose hands I cannot say; no theory, however outlandish, can be entirely discounted (...) So, assuming that Gerry and Kate aren’t stupid, what’s the point of the photographic update? I see two possibilities. Either the McCanns have an inkling that Maddie is indeed dead but, for their own reasons, want to keep the campaign going (you can get used to receiving big cheques in the post) or they believe that she may have been stolen to order, possibly for resale to a well-to-do childless couple (...) Maddie McCann is dead. But until her remains are found and identified, the circus will continue. Not with my money, though."

Green's Insite

Miracles


"Whether the parents actually played a role in the disappearance of Maddie I’ve no idea, but the fact that their behaviour doesn’t follow the expected pattern of panic, grief and eventual resignation to the inevitable (i.e. Maddie’s not coming back) is a cause for worry. "

Green's Insite

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


"While leaving a toddler alone in a cot with a bottle of milk wouldn't go down well with the authorities, for obvious reasons, on the other hand Madeleine McCann's parents were forgiven by some for leaving a three-year-old and two-year-old twins alone in a Portuguese resort room."

The Guardian, Shannon Kyle, Friday 13 November


Monday, 9 November 2009

Cadaver dogs: The Sun is "incredibily unreliable" (III)



The Sun
UK's No1 Sherlock Bones

By ALASTAIR TAYLOR
Published: 30 Dec 2005

BRITAIN’S most amazing police dog can earn more than her chief constable. Springer spaniel Keela is so smart she is hired by other forces for £530 a day plus expenses. That is a rate of £200,000 a year, compared to the £129,963 paid to South Yorkshire’s top cop Med Hughes. Keela, 16 months, has helped detectives around the country with high profile cases, including the stabbing of Abigail Witchalls, 26, in Surrey.
Now she is going to the United States to show off her skills to the FBI. Her sense of smell is so keen she can sniff out blood on clothes after they have been washed repeatedly in biological powder. She can pick out microscopic amounts of blood even on weapons that have been scrubbed clean. And she is able to lead detectives to minuscule pieces of other evidence. Handlers PC Martin Grimes and PC John Ellis devised a special training regime to focus Keela’s remarkable sense of smell.
John said: “Criminals will attempt to clean up a crime scene and that is when Keela comes into her own. “We’ve had Keela since she was a pup. She was the perfect dog and she has done amazingly well. “Obviously, when she’s called in by other forces they are charged a fee. “It’s funny to think that she can earn more than the chief constable. “The FBI are interested in how we work because they are looking at setting up their own unit.” Mr Hughes said: “We know other forces, here and abroad, are interested and we must see what opportunities we can develop.”



The Sun
'It's crazy to rely on animals'

Published: 05 Sep 2008
EXPERTS say sniffer dogs can play a vital role in fighting crime - but warn it is "madness" to rely on their findings. The animals are used to lead police to evidence, but do not provide evidence themselves. One expert told The Sun: "The dogs can identify traces of blood, but it's crazy to draw major conclusions just from what they find. "Any evidence they find should be used as a starting point. It's madness just to rely on the findings of the sniffer dogs."
Handler Martin Grimes, who worked with his dogs on the Maddie case, admitted the animals offered no more than "a guide". He said: "They can identify traces of blood and detect the smell of a decomposing body, but that is as far as they go."Martin said his dogs Keela and Eddie would only give him an indication when they find what they are trained to detect. He said: "Blood could be invisible to the naked eye, but Keela will detect it. It doesn't matter if it's hundreds of years old. "Eddie smells for the scent of a decomposing human body. He can detect any part of a human body that is decomposing - hair, bones, flesh, anything. "
The smell of a decomposing body is very difficult to get rid of. It can easily be transferred to clothing and on to a person." A spokesman for the McCanns said: "Dog alerts can be unreliable. The handler himself makes it clear in the police report that such alerts are meaningless without corroborative evidence. There was no such evidence. "Gerry and Kate are not interested in dwelling on mistakes that were made. They and their investigation team wish to focus entirely on finding Maddie."

Cadaver dogs: Gerry Mccann is "incredibily unreliable" (II)

On scent of success: sniffer dog Keela earns more than her Chief Constable

The English sniffer dogs that are helping in the hunt for Madeleine

The CSI death dogs: Sniffing out the truth behind the crime-scene canines

Baby Bodies: Sniffer Dogs Search Third House

Cadaver Dogs Hit on Scent in Kidnap Suspect Yard

Reiser's desperate bid for a reduced sentence

Body count rises to TEN as suspected serial killer appears in court

Super sleuth dogs

Terriers recruited for hi-tech rescue role

Send In The Dogs

Specialized K-9 to Aid in Ga. Search

The English sniffer dogs that are helping in the hunt for Madeleine

Four-legged sniffers of the truth

Top sniffer dog to join Maddy search

Maddie hunt: Send in dogs

South Yorkshire police "killed" Eddie and Keela

Long ago, I mentioned a story, published in the South Yorkshire Police site, about Eddie and Keela, the two “incredibly unreliable” sniffer dogs that were so praised by British media, before they found something that was not exactly good for Gerry and Kate Mccann.

But it seems South Yorkshire Police agrees with Gerry Mccann, as the above mentioned page vanished. Just in case, I kept a copy.

“Top Dog”


Keela could be described as ‘top dog’ in her field of expertise. The trained Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) dog has skills like no other and it has left forces worldwide hankering after an insight into her special training.
At the tender age of 16 months, the spaniel has already travelled to Ireland, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Surrey and Thames Valley to assist with enquires and has made quite an impression.

Keela’s trusty handler Martin Grime is responsible for all training that she has received, together with the National Search Adviser, Mark Harrison.

At present the Force has two victim recovery dogs, Frankie and Eddie. Martin also handles Eddie and has been working with him since he joined up around four years ago.

Keela is trained to locate minute samples of blood and can assist not only in murder investigation but also with scenes of crime teams to identify and recover evidence more efficiently.

Martin explained the reasons for training a CSI dog: “Although South Yorkshire Police have two victim recovery dogs that can detect blood and human remains we felt the need to separate the two

search areas. We wanted to create a more specific working dog that could accurately detect very small samples of human blood.

“We had to change the way the dog is trained to alert its handler about a ‘find’. Normal recovery dogs will bark to signal this. In this case it is not appropriate, as the dog would be trained to sniff out blood that is often too small for the human eye to see. Instead, the dog will locate the contaminated area by pointing its nose at the spot where the blood is situated. This is much more accurate.”

This idea has been put forward to senior crime managers and forensic scientists and the response has been very enthusiastic.

In June 2004 Keela was assigned to Martin. The eight-week-old puppy, bred by West Midlands Police, then became the centre of an experiment evaluated by Mark to see whether a dog could be trained to work as part of the team.

Unlike other dogs in the department Keela never participated in the usual six-week course. Martin trained her bit by bit everyday.

Keela followed a programme training her to ignore decomposing body materials other than human blood. She is also trained to have a ‘passive’ alert- where she freezes with her nose as near to the subject matter as possible without touching, to enable scientists to recover the sample quickly and efficiently.

The springer spaniel has now been fully trained and licensed. She works nationally and is deployed by the National Crime and Operations Faculty (NCOF) to high profile murders, missing persons and abductions. She is deployed within South Yorkshire on the directions of Detective Superint

endent Kevin Morton to murders and serious assaults etc.

Martin is continuing to develop Keela but his methods are being kept a closely guarded secret until the experiment has been given approval of the ACPO committee.

Keela can search any area including houses, cars, boats, both indoors and outdoors. On duty she will lead Martin to spots of blood so small that humans can’t see them.

She screens textiles and can pick out clothing with blood on even after it has been washed many times in biological washing powder. Offenders can’t even trick her by trying to clean their weapons, as Keela would still smell blood after attempts have been made to wash away the evidence.

Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable said: ” Keela’s training gives the force an edge when it comes to forensic investigation, which we should recognise and use more often. Martin has developed this capability through innovation and experience, and we are now considering how best to develop the training further. We know other forces are interested, both here and abroad, and we must see what opportunities we can develop. We know we have an operationally excellent dog section, and our specialist dogs are being developed in a unique way.”

Even in the early stages of her career Keela has been more successful than her trainers hoped. She has had a number of operational finds recovering murder weapons, identifying the blood of a victim in a suspect’s car and screening numerous amounts of clothing belonging to suspects.

Keela has made huge efficiency savings for the force in just eight months of work. Nationally since 1 April 2005 she has made savings of approximately £200,000.

A particular example where Keela has proven her efficiency was during a job in Wiltshire. Martin explained: “As a result of this incident 350 items of clothing had been recovered which all needed testing for evidence. To have the items examined at the forensic lab would have cost £200 for each item.

Keela managed to help in just one day which resulted in eight pieces of clothing being detected with blood stains on them.”

The future definitely looks bright for the fun-loving dog wanted to work with the FBI in America. Luckily she has a full pet passport to enable her to jet off to the States where she will assist with two murder enquires at the beginning of next year.”