Sunday, 23 September 2007

British Police liaison officer surprised with the story of a 'hidden kidnapper'

“Never heard the McCann talk about it with my Portuguese colleagues”

Gerry McCann “has told friends” he “may have disturbed Maddie's abductor in holiday flat”, when he went there to check the children, around 9.10 pm. “Madeleine McCann's father believes he may have come within a few yards of his daughter's abductor when he saw her for the last time, a friend of the cardiologist said last night”, according to The Scotsman. Many other British newspapers followed the same line, usually referring friends of Gerry McCann as source, like the Sunday Express: “Gerry McCann has told friends he thinks Madeleine's kidnapper was already hiding in their rented villa when he looked-in on Madeleine and his two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.

ThisIsLondon, a publication from the Evening Standard group, has a similar description of events: “Gerry McCann is convinced his daughter's abductor hid in their apartment as he checked on his children, it has been revealed today. Mr McCann has told friends he believes the kidnapper was already there when he looked in on Madeleine and their two-year-old twins.” The Telegraph wrote that Gerry McCann is now “haunted” by the idea that he has been so close to the abductor: “Agonisingly, he is now sure that standing behind this door was his four-year-old daughter's abductor, waiting to steal her from her bed in the Praia da Luz.”

But a British Police officer that is part of the liaison team based in Algarve, who works closelly with Portuguese detectives in charge of Madeleine McCan's disappearance, told us: “I never heard the McCann talking about it with my Portuguese colleagues”. Other police source was also “surprised” with this new revelation, as Gerry McCann never mentioned nothing about the possibility of a kidnapper hidden in the apartment, when he checked his three children, on the night of May 3: “Gerry McCann never told Police that he suspected there was a kidnapper hidden at his room, or in the other room.”

Another police source was puzzled with the fact that “only after four months Gerry McCann decided to speak about this, and used the British newspapers to do that: “Mr. Gerry McCann talked with Police detectives for so many hours, as a witness and as a formal suspect, and never mentioned a word about the possibility of a hidden kidnapper in the apartment.”

Version Française

Duarte Levy (Espagne) & Paulo Reis (Algarve)

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gerry's claim is not new info. "The abductor behind the door" theory has been written about.

Anonymous said...

Gerry
never ceases to amaze, 140 days and he recalls this, pity he couldn't have answered the questions the PJ were asking, surely if he answered all the questions the PJ could have continued their various lines of enquiry, by refusing to answer questions are the McCanns not giving the investigation the opportunity to search all available leads to this girls mysterious disapearance?

Anonymous said...

The "abductor behind the door" has been written about...

URL Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html? in_article_id=474656&in_page_id=1770&c
Published: Aug 12, 2007
Author: Sue Reid

Paulo Reis said...

Your link goes to a page that has this message:

"Article: Not Found"...

Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

Search Gerry McCann door ajar... several articles should come up.

Paulo Reis said...

Dear anonymous,

You are right !! There a lot of stories in British newspapers with references to Gerry McCann finding “a door ajar” !!


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/21/nmaddy521.xml

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,91210-1285288,00.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2007/09/22/mccanns-how-madeleine-was-taken-89520-19829472/

http://www.anorak.co.uk/twitterings/176505.html

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1517162007

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,91210-1285288,00.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=480632&in_page_id=1770

http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.1708449.0.opinion_turns_full_circle_as_hard_evidence_for_parents_guilt_fails_to_materialise.php

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/19828/Kidnapper-was-hiding-in-apartment-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/21/nmaddy521.xml

Regards,

Paulo Reis

Ps – The only problem is that these stories HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 8 AND SEPTEMBER 23...

Candid said...

Dear Mr Reis
Your seem to be convinced Mr McCann has invented ex post this "new" story.
In front of a shock (and this is one, as any father of little ones may know…), it is not uncommon to come back relentelessly to thet fact, and to see repressed or "new" hypothesis come to light.
When Dr. Freud worked with such people victims of traumas, at first, his colleagues said it was all invention from "mythomaniac".
But it was a century ago, and I'm convinced we did some progress since then in judging other's emotions, do we ?
Best regards
Candid

Paulo Reis said...

Dear Candid,

Working extra hours? Thought your shift had already finished! Give my regards to Mr. "Black & White Cat". a.k.a as Clarence Mitchell. And be more carefull, next time. Learn some tricks, before creating a profile in Blogspot or call the experts to explain to you how you should do it, for not being possible to find exactly from where are you blogging (legally, of course...)

Paulo Reis

Paulo Reis said...

PS - I'm not convinced of nothing. Facts are fatcs. You are not convinced of noting also. It's just your job, I know...

Paulo Reis

Candid said...

Dear Mr Reis,
I'm perfectly aware the origin of my messages could be found.
Why should I hide myself ? Why sould I learn "some tricks" ?
I'm not doing any "job", I'm just a private observer, emotionally quite schocked.
Am I offending any law ?
I hope not.
I feel yo do a useful job,
and I thought you were glad to accept criticism for it.
If you're not, I could also stop this dialog.

Paulo Reis said...

Dear Candid,

I'm sorry. If you are not working for Mr. Clarence Mitchell, my apologies. Please, continue this interesting dialogue. I'm always open to critics.

Paulo Reis

Candid said...

Dear Mr Reis,
I know many hundred of kids disappear every year, and it may seem unfair that just one of them, from an upper middle-class family, should be singled out, when so many other disappearances remain unsolved, anonymous.

You say I'm convinced of nothing. I am.

I am convinced these parents are innocent. Responsible, maybe, of a lack of care at a certain moment. Which parent did not ? I will confess something to you. We, as parents, are extra careful, but one day, it happened my son of 5 just slipped out of my attention. We found him again, 200 yards from there, 15 minutes later, after a tip by the local police, who received an instant phone call. Luck. Am I guilty of neglect ? I don't think so. It was an accident in life. It just happens.
Here, we have a little girl who disappeared.
I feel your original impression with Mrs McCann, in june, remains the right one.
I do not think they fake it all. It's just simply humanly impossible. These are not machiavelian people. That shows.

Child trafficking does exist. In Portugal and elsewhere. Police incompetence (or simple unprofessionalism) exists, in Portugal and elsewhere. Frivolous and greedy journalists exist anywhere. As do exceptionally clever and courageous policemen (in Portugal and elsewhere), and witty, conscious, respectful journalists, in Portugal and elsewhere.
You cited sir Winston Churchill, in another message, and I shared it gladly.

Let's hope another kind of "iron curtain" won't fall on possible police failures and possible child trafficking.
Police failures are human failures. Child trafficking is really the most "heinous crime", isn't it ?

Well, I hope I did not offend you or Portugal.
Apart that, you're right, I don't know nothing.
Kind regards
Candid
_____________
As She Passes

When I am sitting at the window,
Through the panes, which the snow blurs,
I see the lovely images, hers, as
She passes ... passes ... passes by ...

Over me grief has thrown its veil:-
Less a creature in this world
And one more angel in the sky.

When I am sitting at the window,
Through the panes, which the snow blurs,
I think I see the image, hers,
That's not now passing ... not passing by ...

Fernando Pessoa, 05.05.1902
(05.05.1902)

MCarmoReis said...

Que jamais esqueçamos Maddies; Ruis e todos os meninos e meninas ,em 1º lugar de Portugal, e de todo o Mundo que são raptadas;mal tratadas;escravas;assassinadas por questões de feitiçaria; para venda de orgãos; todas as mal amadas.
Ver a página da nossa P.J.; ver neste blog o encaminhamento para a página em francês sobre as crianças raptadas. Que os Meninos e Meninas dos quais aqui não ponho o nome,me desculpem. Muitos seres (humanos?) foram terríveis para Vós,meus lindos meninos!

Anonymous said...

Mr.Reis,
I understand... the McCanns did not relay "the door ajar" theory until later in the investigation. Excellent Point! Lis

Anonymous said...

Mr. Reiss, I am sorry to say this to anyone. I dont like to be insulting but I have read quite a number of your so called reportings on this case and frankly I see them not only as poorly researched but biased and speculative to say the least. While I may be uncertain of my opinions about many issues of this case I am sure of my opinions on your journalistic talents or lack there of.

Lolita said...

Im convinced Mitchell is actually not doing the McCanns a favour. He is doing it to Gordon Brown and to keep the public eye away from Iraq.

Paulo, I find your blog great.

Anonymous said...

Paulo - I remember hearing about Gerry's 'stranger in the room theory' ages ago. The Daily Mail reported it August 9th as part of an interview with PJ which was leaked to Sol - see link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=473408&in_page_id=1811&ct=5

Your blog was great some weeks back & appreciated your pieces in the Times. What's happened? You don't seem to be applying the same standards of journalism any more.