Monday, 9 July 2007

The truth about Leonor Cipriano (mother of "another missing girl"…) "beaten" and "tortured" by Chief-Inspector Gonçalo Amaral

There’s a killer on the road (*), and his name is "Amaral Lector". This is what most readers of British Media should think, after what was published by tabloids like Daily Express and Daily Mail, about Portuguese CID Chief-Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, the man in charge of the investigation of Madeleine disappearance. That "killer", Gonçalo Amaral, has tortured a poor mother of "another missing girl", (a girl that vanished like Madeleine McCann, right?) as Daily Express wrote. Several emails and comments posted at my page reflected the conclusion their authors arrived, after being so accurately and precisely informed by British journalist about what happened to Joana, an eight years old girl, daughter of Leonor Cipriano, the poor mother tortured by "Amaral Lector".

What most British journalists forget to mention – never allow truth or reality to kill a good story, of course … - was a couple of "small" details that, if mentioned, would transform those good headlines in nothing. So, let’s take a look at some facts about that "another missing girl":

1 – Joana Cipriano vanished from a small place 10 km in the outskirts of Portimão. Last time somebody saw her, she was on her way to a local groceries shop;
2 - Her mother, Leonor Cipriano, only reported to Police her daughter has disappeared two days after;
3 – After a long and difficult investigation, headed by Chief-Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, Leonor Cipriano and her brother were accused of murdering the eight years old child;
4 – The body of Joana Cipriano was never found, but samples of her blood were found in her mother refrigerator;
5 – Her mother justified those samples of blood admitting she had beaten Joana, for some reason, she was hurt and she blooded from her nose;
6 – Leonor Cipriano and her brother, who had a incestuous relationship, were sentenced to 16 years in jail, for the murder of her daughter and nice;
7 – Before the trial, Leonor Cipriano accused five CID officers of beating her, trying to extract a confession. She named the five CID officers, and included Chief-Inspector Gonçalo ("Amaral Lector", according to British tabloids…);
8 – The Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal investigation and ordered a police line-up, with the CID officers named and accused by Leonor Cipriano of beating her;
9 – The line-up took place with Leonor Cipriano behind a two-way mirror and she couldn’t recognize any of the aggressors;
10 – The Public Prosecutor’s Office magistrate that was in charge of the criminal investigation decided to accuse the five CID officers, but didn’t mentioned, in the accusation sent to the Court, that Leonor Cipriano couldn’t identify any of the aggressors, in the police line-up;
11 – Leonor Cipriano never confessed the murder of her own daughter. Her brother, in a letter written from jail, accused Leonor Cipriano of selling her daughter;
12 – Police is convinced (and the jurors at the trial found enough evidence to pass a verdict of guilty) that Leonor Cipriano and her brother were found, by Joana, having sexual relations, when she came home, back from the groceries shop. As Leonor Cipriano had a lover, at the time, they were afraid she would tell him what she saw;
13 – So, they beat her, in order to frighten her and keep her mouth shut up;
14 – Perhaps accidentally, they beat her so violently that they killed her. So, they decided to get rid of he body and cut it in pieces, keeping some of them in the freezer, while they gave the other pieces to be eaten by pigs (this is what police believes is the strongest possibility, because there was no other trace of Joana Cipriano, unless the blood samples in her mother freezer…)
15 – The body of Joana Cipriano was never found.

And so, here we have a terrible story of a dysfunctional family, a child murdered and a very difficult police investigation. The only thing – in my humble opinion - that has some similarity with Madeleine McCann disappearance is the fact that the person in charge of Madeleine’s case is the same that successfully headed Joana Cipriano investigation: CID Chief-Inspector Gonçalo Amaral. And success, in Joana’s case, is clear: the murderers were found, accused, went to court, they were sentenced, they appealed the sentence and the Portuguese Supreme Court reduced it to 16 years of jail to both of them – the mother, Leonor Cipriano and her brother, for the murder her daughter and nice, eight year old Joana Cipriano.

If many "consumers" of British Media have another idea, that’s because most British journalists covering Madeleine McCann abduction strongly believe that truth never should be allowed to "kill" a good story. Even if I means destroying the reputation of an experienced CID Chief-Inspector. "And what’s the problem?" – I imagine my British colleagues asking themselves this question, with a pint of Guinness in the hand, enjoying the sunshine at Praia da Luz. "The guy isn’t even British, he’s just a Portuguese…"

(*) "Riders on The Storm" - Jim Morrison & The Doors

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

A factual breakdown of the case was reported before, I'm not sure where I read it but I did, somewhere. Thanks for this report also.

I appreciate your points and agree with you in principle but I am curious about this - do the tabloid, red tops, gutter press not exist in Portugal too?

Paulo Reis said...

Dear anonymous:

Yes, in Portugal there are tabloids, red tops and gutter press. Take a look at the "front page" of my blogs (www.gazetadigital.blogspot.com) and you will see a link ready to get a text with the "Top Ten Portuguese Gutter News and Journalists". I am writing it, but my access to a computer has been reduced and is strictly controled now (I am on holidays, in Italy, at a camping park near Venice and my wife only allows me one hour a day of work...)
I can tell you who are the top contenders for 1st place in this "Top Ten": "Correio da Manha" and "24 Horas", two Portuguese daily newspapers.
"Correio da Manha" made three headlines, in the front page, after they found "the key to solve" the mistery of Madeleine's abduction. The problem is that they found three diferent keys and none of them was truth or real...
"24 Horas" made a front page headline saying that Gerry and Kate knew already what to do with the money they were receiving, for the Madeleine fund: they were going on a trip around the world. Than, in small letters, they explained that the trip was to appeal for people all over the world, to help finding Madeleiene..
So, there is gutter press and journalists, in Portugal. I just need some time to finish this "Top Ten". Some people may ask why I wrote first about British Press Gutter News. Well, I had couldn't write both at the same time. I threw a coin and choosed the first one...
And now I have to go, my wife is at the door of the Internet room and the look in her eyes means I am in deep trouble!!! (I have been here for almost two hours, wish me luck!!!)

Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

Please can you comment on the reports today that the blood found in the freezer was never positively identified as Joana's?

And also the pictures of Leonor's bruised face published in British papers today. I read (but I don't know if the source is trustworthy) that the police say she got the bruising by throwing herself downstairs.

Anonymous said...

Uma simples pergunta: se de facto Leonor Cipriano não reconheceu os seus agressores por não ter havido tortura nem confissão forçada, como se explicam os sinais físicos de agressão que exibe? Veja aqui, por exemplo:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=473964&in_page_id=1811&ct=5

Qual é o ponto de vista oficial da polícia? Que as equimoses foram auto-infligidas? Nesse caso existiu ou existe algum processo contra Leonor Cipriano por "falsificação de equimoses"?...

Anonymous said...

This is just a proof that british are racist people that sill believes that they rule an Empire.

Not a single word about the thousands of missing children in the UK, of which more than 25% are never found.

British journalist are disgusting, they are even worse than Portuguese ones.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, yes you go ahead and tar each and every British person with the same brush! 'british are racist people' has to be one of the most generalistic, ignorant comments I have ever read. I am Irish, a race that is historically 'anti-British', and I find your comment laughable. Now get over yourself and get back on topic...!!!!!

David said...

Very interesting. I've been writing a fair bit about Madeleine McCann myself too recently at http://www.myspace.com/codemagician.

I wondered, the Sol (sorry, don't know the full name of the newspaper) in Portugal that reported about the "Pact Of Silence" and other damning stories about the McCanns, what type of press is that? Is it a tabloid newspaper or a more respected newspaper? Would you compare it to The Sun or The Times here in the UK? I'm curious because I am busy writing an article examining whether the McCanns were set up and I can't find any information on what sort of a reputation that newspaper has.

Cheers

Dave

Miguel said...

Hope I am wrong, but I do not buy the story that the police here in Portugal told about Leonor's bruises.
Joana's body was never found. Leonor's bruises and the possibility that her brother was also tortured, indicate the possibility of a false confession.
Convictions by the police and by the jury are called speculations. Based on this were Joana's mother and uncle declared guilty.
If the appeal to the supreme court did not work, I hope that they can appeal and win in the European Court of Human Rights.

Yes, negligence and corruption in the Portuguese police has happened, and not only here in Portugal of course.
There must be a way to combine the justice secrecy law with more accountability of the police, and all the Portuguese public administration.

Apart from this, Paulo Reis is absolutely right in being so outraged with the racist British media.

Yes, way too many British are in fact, racists and we are beginning to dislike them seriously here in Portugal.

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like police manipulation of a case. What do you people think it looks like when the police railroad innocent people? They beat confessions out of people. They plant evidence. Why would you trust the police or the evidence in this case? Do you all have Stockholm syndrome? She couldn't pick them out of a lineup? Eyewitness identification isn't even used in American courts because it is so unreliable. They found blood in her freezer? At what point in the case did this piece of evidence arrive? When they had already failed? I wouldn't be surprised if the police are not in on these abductions. They need an independent investigation of these policemen. Something smells like a rat here.

Teefee61 said...

A few points to bear in mind: Leonor Cipriano was beaten up in prison by other prisoners.
Yes, the blood in the freezer was positively identified as that of Joana. There was a lot of other forensic evidence too, all presented in court; police know where Joana's body was taken and how.
There is very little doubt in the Joana case, and it bears very little resemblance to the case of Maddie, about which there are few certainties.
As for the British, no, we're not all racist, but there has been a culturally biased campaign against the Portuguese in the British media.

Anonymous said...

HOW DARE YOU CALL THE BRITISH RACISTS...I AM SO FED UP WITH THE CONTINUAL INCONSISTANCES OF THE PORTUGESE POLICE WHO ARE INVESTIGATING THE MADELINE MCCANN CASE. THEY HAVE MORE SUSPECTS THAN EVIDENCE THEY REALLY ARE CLUTCHING AT STRAWS AND TRYING TO POINT THE BLAME AT ANYBODY TO COVER UP THEIR INCOMPATENCE. I WILL NEVER EVER VISIT PORTUGAL AFTER THIS.NEVER.

Sarah said...

Yes there are SOME racists in Britain just like there will be SOME racists in Portugal. Unfortunately there are racists everwhere.
But at the end of the day are people not being racist to Britain by calling us all racists?
Everyone is entitled to their opinions as long as they have fact to back it up -
You may not be aware of this but generally the British people have no say whatsoever with what goes into the papers so stop and think for a minute before you feel the urge to offend people wanting to find out more about little Maddy.....

Teefee61 said...

Dear Anonymous,
How do you know the police are clutching at straws? How do you know there are inconsistencies? Do you know what evidence they have? Do you have information on the investigation that no one else has? How can you judge their incompetence?
If your information comes from the press (British or Portuguese), you have no basis on which to make a judgement.
On the other hand, if you had been able to watch a very interesting debate last night called "pros and contras", with a number of experts from Spain, Portugual and the UK, including forensic psychiatrists, criminlogists, the chief of police, etc. you might have realised that the whole process of gathering evidence has been carried out meticulously and painstakingly, despite being in the glare of the media.
Did you know that the McCanns called the press before they called the police? Did you realise that by the time the police got there, more than 9 adults had been throught their apartment? Do you know that this is a poor country, but despite that, Portugal has poured resources into the case?
Do you know what judiciary secrecy means here? Do you know that an "arguido" is a legal term giving protection to those being questioned, and doesn't mean that they will be charged?
I thought not.

If you get your information from the uninformed press, you have no information at all. If you have no information, it is better that you don't comment.

If a little Portuguese girl had gone missing in England, would you even hear about it? Why are there so many missing children in England? There are several black children who have gone missing in London recently, aren't they cute enought to care about?
One more thing; to know Portugal is to love it. But gaining knowledge means you must have an open and inquiring mind, not closed and bigotted.
By the way, "incompatence" doesn't exist. It's spelt incompetence by the competent.
love,
True Brit.

bbuz said...

I am portuguese, and i read all about joana´s murder. Theres a book about this case, written by the inspector Paulo Pereira Cristóvão.. the confession of João Cipriano is very interesting. He said that joana´s joints and knees were very hard for his shears so he used a little axe..

Anonymous said...

I've got a question; IF Leonor and her brother CUT the girl into pieces (and gave some to the pigs? This sounds REALLY ridiculous!!!)how i it possible to have found blood ONLY in the freezer??? There would be plenty of blood anywhere, not? Remember the special dogs in maddie's case found blood from another dead? person in the walls!!?? I think the couple is innocent and believe more in a suspicious web from the police... Ah, and I'm not english!

Anonymous said...

Some of the british are getting really desperate. They go on about this case like there isn't enough crime in their own country. How many people killed only this year in the UK?? How many people stabbed to death this year? How many people go missing every year in the UK? Do the british police find them all?
Do the british forget that 2 of the head policemen investigating the SOHAM killings were later found to be paedophiles??? Guess it's not only the portuguese police who can be corrupt eh? Are we then to believe that all missing kids in the Uk are missing because their paedophile police maybe sold them to paedophile rings? The british media is a disgrace, being so nasty about my country only because we dare to be suspicious of 2 rich brit doctors. Any other case and the parents would be suspects from day 1!
Hey brits, if this was done by a single mum or a poorer couple would you all feel so sorry for them? No you wouldn't! You would be the firt ones pointing your finger at them. I guess rich people really have it easier!
Oh and by the way, most of what you birts read in your BIASED media is all lies. The Portuguese Police hardly comments about this case so why do you all accuse them of incompetence, being useless and always contracting themselfs? How is it their fault that your media reports rumours as FACTS?
Also, Phil Mccann is responsible for a lot of these lies. This woman has been all over the british news channels spreading lies and the gullible british public are falling for it.
Don't bother finding out the truth, nooo, it's always easier to just bad mouth the portuguese isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Some of the british are getting really desperate. They go on about this case like there isn't enough crime in their own country. How many people killed only this year?? How many people stabbed to death this year? How many people go missing every year in the UK? Do the british police find them all?
Do the british forget that 2 of the head policemen investigating the SOHAM killings were later found to be paedophiles??? Guess it's not only the portuguese police who can be corrupt eh? Are we then to believe that all missing kids in the Uk are missing because their paedophile police maybe sold them to paedophile rings? The british media is a disgrace, being so nasty about my country only because we dare to be suspicious of 2 rich brit doctors. Any other case and the parents would be suspects from day 1!
Hey brits, if this was done by a single mum or a poorer couple would you all feel so sorry for them? No you wouldn't! You would be the firt ones pointing your finger at them. I guess rich people really have it easier!
Oh and by the way, most of what you birts read in your BIASED media is all lies. The Portuguese Police hardly comments about this case so why do you all accuse them of incompetence, being useless and always contracting themselfs? How is it their fault that your media reports rumours as FACTS?
Also, Phil Mccann is responsible for a lot of these lies. This woman has been all over the british news channels spreading lies and the gullible british public are falling for it.
Don't bother finding out the truth, nooo, it's always easier to just bad mouth the portuguese isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I agree the police are clutching at straws, they stuffed this case up right from the start.
They failed to seal the place off and allowed people to walk into the crime scene, it took them weeks to release a discription of what maddie was wearing on the night.
and now because they have no evidence they are trying to pin it on the parents, i mean do you really believe they killed maddie, hid her body for 25 days in the heat, then dumped her body somewhere, all this with the eyes of the world watching as well as being surrounded 24/7 by friends and family not to mention the press and police. and as for the DNA the police have stated it is not enough to prove anything.
I aslo agree that there is more to the Joana case than meets the eye and the fact that these are so similar and the same chief of police is working on them spells "Currupt" to me, if the PJ have nothing to hide then why turn down the help of Scotland Yard?

Anonymous said...

I AM HORRIFIED AT THE LATEST COMMENTS, WHEN DID THIS BECOME A WAR OF BRITISH AGAINST PORTUGUESE. A CHILD IS MISSING WHO CARES WHAT COUNTRY SHE IS FROM, LETS JUST BLOODY FIND HER. WE ARE ONE WORLD NOT ONE COUNTRY, LETS STICK TOGETHER ON THIS AND MAYBE MORE CAN BE DONE TO FINE ALL MISSING CHILDREN

Lua said...

How can anyone defend Leonor Cipriano and her brother João! They killed the poor Joana! Joana was sexually abbused, she used to walk a long way at 4 a.m. to buy cookies for here mother! Come one what are you defending? I don´t believe Leonor was tortured, but to be honest I would have no problem in torturing her myself! I´m a mother, I care and protect my child. Leonor Cipriano isn't a mother. She isn't a human being, she is a monster and her brother is also a monster. They deserve more than prison!
The parents of Maddie are being investigated. It's a completely diferent case. The police is doing their job, let them work. They have to work every possibility, even the false ones or they can never know if it's false! I trust Policia Judiciária.

Anonymous said...

I blame the police in Portgal and their incompetence for the way this case has turned out. Rui Pedro a boy missing in Portugal since 1998 his family informed the police after he didnt return home and his bike had been found hidden in bushes only to be told they would have to ask the judicial district judge to get in touch with the local authorities so we could find out what type of crime this was and only the judge could consider this a kidnapping and only in this case they could interfere. What a load of rubbish by the time that was done the lad would have been miles away.
Would it have been to much like hard work for the ports/airports to havebeen alerted asap when Maddie first went missing, by the time they did do she was possibly already out of the country. Oh yes then not to forget the English man who lives in Portugal who was taking his son to the airport that night. The following morning when he first heard of Maddie he telephoned the police staright away as he has spotted a man that night with a small child, the police certainly took thier time in getting back to him.
So may be the police in Portugal should actually sit up and learn and start working for thier wages and learn from the british police

Anonymous said...

May I just say Teefee61 - I watched a very informative documentary on British television this evening about the McCann case - this presented the pros AND Cons of the case - it argued for the Portuguese police - showing examples of how a sniffer dog works, presented evidence about the blood found in the two apartments, and also presented the case about little Joana in full. It left the British public to make up their own minds about what has happened.
However, may I just point out that contrary to what the Portuguese Police and Media have said - the McCanns did NOT contact the media first - the police claimed this was Sky news - but Sky news issued an outright denial of this. In fact, the media found out THROUGH THE PORTUGUESE POLICE. In addition, shouldn't some of the Portuguese police be facing prosecution for breaking the key judicial secrecy laws? It is well reported and known that the police have been leaking the case to the media - in fact didn't their spokesman resign this week because of it?!
and racist?! this disgusts me! Just because we are quick to point out your flaws doesn't mean we are racist! Do you even know the meaning of the word???
By the way - we get our information directly from the portuguse press - who get it from the police! So what does that say?!
And of course we would report it if a Portuguese child went missing - we still talk about a little girl who came over from Africa to see her family for a holiday and was murdered by them nearly ten years ago!
We even had a day of mourning for a young black boy who was killed by his school bully.
Obviously you've never heard of the missing person's helpline? The Big Issue - a magazine sold by the homeless to enable them to make a living - has pages of adverts about missing people going back decades. The majority of those missing are children. We even have a monthly programme called 'Crimewatch' which issues appeals for missing people - ESPECIALLY children every month! So don't you dare condemn us - yes we make mistakes but don't condemn a whole country just because we question the actions of a handful of people! By doing that you make yourself look ignorant, and sorry to say it, racist.
Have a nice day now!

Anonymous said...

I so wish people would leave their prejudices out of controversial cases like these.It really doesn't help matters.
Personally I am only interested in the facts of both the Maddie and Cipriano cases.
Both are characterized by the fact that all we have is circumstantial evidence, there is no body abd there are no witnesses.
Secondly both cases have attracted far too much media coverage,making dispassionate investigation more rather less difficult.
Thirdly both crimes happened in the same geographical location which at least suggests that it is not impossible that these cases are linked.
Fourthly there is the report that one of the Cipriano family received 50,000 euros shortly after the Joanna abduction. Has this been proven?

Anonymous said...

There are glaring inconsistencies on both sides. By far the most serious inconsistencies lie with the PJ.
An extremely high profile international case and they put an officer in charge who is currently being investigated himself. Another now retired chief inspector also being investigated is writing for the press. A third sacked/quit? because of what is going on with his oficers leaking undermining stories to the press.
And as for the investigation "botched" or just "conveniently borched".
Where the hell does judicial secrecy come in to "a little girl is missing and we dont know where she is" It is a self serving cloak.
Preserve the scene, seal the apartment, take fingerprints, get the SOCI team in pronto, Naah thats for you fancy CSI watchers, we will just let the cleaners in with mop and bucket so that Miguel can relet the apartment.
Interview witnesses, inform border police, airports, seaports....Manana.
Unfortunately the Portuguese for "let us handle it our way, we've done this before" doesnt translate very favourably.

Very plausible story about Leonor Cipriano except for one glaring issue, assuming the photos to be genuine. How did she get 2 black eyes but nothing on nose or forehead if she threw herself down stairs. Do stairs have fists in Portugal? Are stairs careful not to crack skulls, break necks, or do they use rubber stone?
This case also seemed to have the same glaring lack of routine investigation procedures. Did it require some time to come up with a plausible story? Not even a bone found, gosh those pigs were thorough. But she was a nobody, the inconvenient child of nobody, easy prey for whoever.
Wouldnt be the first time the media and public opinion were involved to secure the convictions of innocent people (look up Jaclyn Dowaliby in the USA)
There is a lot of very nasty people dicommoded by the Casa Pia scandal and are not behind bars. How many frequent the Algarve?
2 little girls misssing from the same place in a few years, mothers implicated, unlikely. Nasty people dont tend to stay inactive for long. Add a three year old crying in a lonely apartment for less than cauteous parents. Yes the McCanns let Madeleine down just by not being there, more than that we may never know.
By their actions or inactions, the PJ have allowed whatever evidence was gathered to become tainted and inconsequential. Whether the McCanns are guilty of anything other than neglect and naievity remains to be seen, perhaps forever. But there is one little girl who the PJ have a lot to answer to. And she is still missing...

Anonymous said...

According to the Portuguese police, Ms. Cipriano "tried to kill herself" by "throwing herself down the police station steps." Thus explaining the extensive bruising to her face and body, though not explaining her sudden, later retracted, confession.

Have you seen the pictures of her after she came out of police questioning? It looks like she must have hit every single step pretty hard. The images of her are horrible, and clearly show the signs of systematic beating, not a fall. The reason she could not identify her attackers is because even Portugal's finest aren't stupid enough to do their own dirty work, but got someone else to do it for them.

Quite interesting, then, that the latest theory to come from the investigators in the McCann case is that Madeleine died from "falling down some steps." Seems to be their answer to everything.

This is especially interesting as there was a child gate on the only steps near the McCann's apartment. Despite this, these super sleuths are working on the assumption that she fell down some steps and was then kept in a small fridge for 25 days, with no-one noticing.

Come on, when are you going to wake up and smell the coffee? The Portuguese police are either corrupt, incompetent or, most likely, both. Why don't you try to do something about it, instead of making excuses for them?

victor rosa de freitas said...

As I can see, there are some portuguese commenting this case.

I don't believe in the portguese "version".

Take a look at www.vickbest.blogspot.com

I'm a magistrate and an Inspector used false documents to incriminate me.

Portuguese police is not credible.