A matter of credibility


Correlo da Manha /The Daily Mail.


The first of the following two articles was published today in Portugal’s best selling newspaper and is to do with Scotland Yards announcement that they have drawn up a new list of suspects in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

You will have to forgive the poor Google translation although you will still be able to get the gist of what the article is saying.

Now the thing is, unlike the second article which is taken from the Daily Mail, you will notice that the Portuguese press have given Businessman turned investigator Stephen Birch his say on the matter.

Those of you who have read my article ‘Digging for Madeleine’ will instantly recognise the name.

For those of you who haven’t read it; why the fuck haven’t you? You can find the article HERE.

I do in fact find it most strange that unlike the press in the country where Madeleine went missing, the press in the country that is  leading the investigation into her disappearance – namely the British press –  refuse to even acknowledge Stephen Birch’s findings.

Yet, 6 years after Madeleine went missing, this improbable police list of new suspects is front page news… Smells like the usual Bullshit to me.

I will remind you that the findings of Stephens 14 month long investigation, at huge personal cost to himself, have been verified by 6 independent experts, all of whom agree that there appears to be something buried in Robert Murat’s rear driveway in the spot identified by Stephen.

It is also blatantly obvious that Stephen is a huge thorn in Kate McCann’s side and as such you have to wonder, just why the fuck she is so opposed to the simple task of excavating the area where Stephen claims her daughter is buried.

I find the fact that she uses the excuse of ‘letting herself be guided by the police” as rather pathetic under the circumstances and makes somewhat of a mockery of  her and her husband’s much trotted out mantra about “leaving no stone unturned in their quest to find Madeleine”.

Surely, it is in everyone’s best interest to put an end to the speculation by digging up the Murat driveway. If nothing else, it will get Stephen off the McCann’s back, vindicate them, and prove that they have nothing to hide.

In the meantime, I’m afraid that until the dig is done, the police investigation continues to lose credibility and the McCann’s continue to look more suspect by the day.


Identified several suspects in the disappearance of Maddie

May 18th 2013


English authorities reveal new developments few days after having done six years girl disappeared. Stephen Birch, South African private investigator, says that “it’s all just an act.”

The ‘Scotland Yard’, British police identified a number of potential suspects related to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, after Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review of the case, reports the British press.

The details of the potential suspects were not disclosed, although its identification has led a team of nearly 40 members of the security forces British to travel to Portugal several times.

“Our goals are to investigate the case and assist the Portuguese police,” said Detective Chief Andy Redwood to British newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

The little ‘Maddie’ disappeared May 3, 2007, in Praia da Luz, in Portugal. The case was filed by the national authorities in 2008, a decision strongly criticized at the time.


“Not everything happens for a staging of the British government,” says Stephen Birch, South African businessman who held one of the largest private investigations on Madeleine McCann case. “It’s a way to keep the bilateral agreement between the two countries, which translates to about eight billion in trade.”

Birch says he is creating a page of research on the Internet, since they do not believe in the capabilities of the British authorities: “The site is in Portuguese and people will have the opportunity to send or post information they consider relevant to the case,” said the businessman to the CM.

Since last year that Stephen Birch argues that “the girl is dead and buried on land belonging to the home of Robert Murat,” although it safeguards the owner “can not know”. The truth is that Birch, despite being in the backyard of Murat with a sonar and say that you located the remains of the girl, never got the authorities believe in their thesis and were digging the site.

‘There is a possibility she is still alive’: Scotland Yard identify 20 new suspects in hunt for Madeleine McCann – but Portuguese will not re-open inquiry

  • Met police have named ‘a good number’ of potential suspects to speak to
  • DCS Hamish Campbell says his officers have done ‘fantastic’ case review
  • He urged his Portuguese counterparts to investigate their fresh leads
  • Kate and Gerry McCann are ‘very, very pleased’ about the new list of names
  • Madeleine went missing in May 2007 during a family holiday in Praia da Luz


PUBLISHED: 14:31, 17 May 2013 | UPDATED: 00:13, 18 May 2013

Detectives working to find missing Madeleine McCann have given their counterparts in Portugal a new list of potential suspects and have urged them to investigate themDetectives working to find missing Madeleine McCann have given their counterparts in Portugal a new list of potential suspects and have urged them to investigate them

More than 20 new  suspects in the Madeleine McCann investigation have been identified  by British police.

A Scotland Yard review of the bungled Portuguese inquiry into the three-year-old’s  disappearance in 2007 has uncovered dozens of fresh leads, it emerged yesterday.

They include ‘forensic opportunities’ and several ‘people of interest’, including Britons, who have not been eliminated from the case.

Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, are said to be ‘greatly encouraged’ by the developments.

But the Mail has learned that behind the scenes, a major diplomatic row is brewing because the Portuguese authorities are adamant they will not reopen the inquiry.

Officials in Lisbon have told their British counterparts that under Portuguese laws, they can reopen the case only if there is new evidence.

But Yard chiefs – who want the Portuguese to agree to a joint investigation – say their new leads could, if properly explored, result in new evidence and possibly the Maddie mystery being solved.

One well-placed source described the deadlock as ‘a Mexican stand-off’.

‘It’s a chicken-and-egg situation. Significant new evidence can be found if the leads uncovered by the Yard are investigated. There are two major obstacles to a joint investigation: the money to fund it in Portugal and the loss of face they would suffer from having to agree to such an inquiry.’


It is understood high-level discussions have taken place in the UK about the possibility of Scotland Yard launching its own investigation. British police do not have jurisdiction in Portugal, but they have the right to investigate and prosecute any British suspects linked to Madeleine’s disappearance.

Kate McCann
Kate McCann and her mother

Still hopeful: Mrs McCann returned to Portugal this month with her mother, Susan Healy, six years on

Last week Kate and Gerry McCann marked the sixth anniversary of their daughter's disappearance with prayersThis picture shows Kate and Gerry McCann marking the fifth anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance with an ‘aged’ photo of how she might look – on the sixth anniversary this year they said they’d not given up

Should the Met decide to launch its own investigation, it is likely to send a formal letter of request to the Portuguese authorities – seeking its assistance in its inquiries.

Last night a Yard spokesman confirmed a high-level delegation of officers travelled to Portugal in March, but he refused to comment on what discussions took place.

The senior detective who has overseen the Met’s two-year review of the case yesterday confirmed his officers had drawn up a list of people who they say are ‘of interest’. Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, the head of Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said there were a ‘good number’ of individuals who should be questioned.

blunders in portugal

He would not disclose the precise number but sources told the Mail that at least 20 potential suspects – including a number of Britons who were in the Algarve at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance six years ago – had not been properly eliminated.

Mr Campbell urged the Portuguese authorities to investigate the new leads.

He said: ‘There are a lot of people of interest. There are people who could be properly explored further, if only to be eliminated.’

Madeleine went missing from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in 2007 as her parents dined with friends nearby. The shambolic Portuguese inquiry was shelved in 2008 but Scotland Yard launched a Home Office-funded review of the case in 2011 following the intervention of David Cameron.

Last year the officer in day-to-day charge of the review, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, said his team had identified 195 potential leads after examining a huge bundle of material.

Mr Campbell said it was ‘perfectly probable’ that information which could identify the suspect responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance was already in the Portuguese files.

He reiterated a claim that Madeleine could still be alive. He said: ‘You only have to look at the case in Cleveland, Ohio, and the European cases. Of course there is a possibility she is alive.

‘But the key is to investigate the case and, alive or dead, we should be able to try and discern what happened.’ The McCanns, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have been kept closely informed of Scotland Yard’s review – codenamed Operation Grange – over the past two years.

A spokesman for the couple said: ‘They have been encouraged from the moment the review started and are now greatly encouraged that police have drawn up a short list of people who they believe are of interest to the inquiry.’

A source close to the couple said: ‘While they don’t want to raise their hopes too much, they are buoyed up by these revelations.’

A Home Office source said: ‘Clearly not all the 20 potential suspects identified by the Met could be responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance. But the Yard are adamant that if they were running the inquiry here, these people would have been properly eliminated.’

The Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz in the Algarve from where Madeleine McCann was abducted in May 2007The Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz in the Algarve from where Madeleine McCann was abducted in May 2007
Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann aged 9

Madeleine McCann as she looked when she went missing, left, and how she would look now, right

DCS Campbell, who retired today as head of the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, urged Portuguese police to act on the new list of potential suspects DCS Campbell, who retired today as head of the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, urged Portuguese police to act on the new list of potential suspects in the Madeleine McCann case

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