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