May 9 2013
Robert Murat, originally a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, yesterday (5/5/13) made an appeal in the Daily Express for Scotland Yard to stage a filmed reconstruction of all the events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Source
The fact that Robert has made this appeal comes as somewhat of a strange coincidence to me.
You see, after I published an article on Madeleine McCann last week, I received an email from a fella named Stephen Birch. This led to an extremely long phone call and a positive flurry of emails sent back and forth between the two of us.
Course, those of you who have followed the Madeleine McCann disappearance closely will already know who Stephen Birch is.
Never the less, for those of you who don’t, Stephen is a South African property developer who made world headlines after launching his own investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.
“Why would that make world headlines Spiv?”
Stephen made world headlines because he believes that he has found the location where Madeleine is buried.
“So why don’t they dig where Stephen says she’s buried then? Is the spot under a block of flats or something?”
Now that is the thirty million dollar question.
You see, the spot where Stephen claims Madeleine is buried is extremely easy to dig up and extremely easy to put back as it was found. So why indeed?
The simple answer to that is that no one is willing to allow it. You can make your own mind up as to why that is in due course.
However, the first thing that you should know is that Stephen Birch is not a conspiracy theorist. At least not in the generally perceived description of the word.
Secondly, and as Stephen quite rightly points out, it isn’t for him to say how and why Madeleine came to be buried where he believes she is, although digging up that spot would certainly put an end to an awful lot of speculation and rumour.
And this is why I said at the beginning of this article that Robert Murat’s appeal is somewhat of a strange coincidence. You see, Stephen Birch believes that Madeleine’s body is buried in the grounds of Murat’s villa approximately 174 meters from the McCann’s holiday apartment.
“So what makes Stephen think this?”
Well, under cover of darkness and using the latest, most sophisticated, up to date ground radar technology available, Stephen discovered disturbed ground under a gravel driveway laid in early 2008 at the rear of the Murat property.
The following is taken from a transcript of Stephens video:
Entering the property and using a ground-penetrating MALÅ machine, I established that the infant was buried approximately 500mm below the surface of the newly-constructed driveway and next to a row of uneven trees.
You can watch Stephens video by clicking HERE
Now, what you have to understand is that Stephens’s findings have been checked and double checked by experts and all are in agreement that there is a body of some sort buried there. Had that not been the case, then Stephen would have just been dismissed as another crank.
The following is what the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã had to say on the matter:
Stephen Birch is defined as a person who is a perfectionist, who does not give up, even when everything is complicated. “I learned this from my father,” he said to CM, explaining the fact of wanting to bring the investigation to an end. “I think the child died accidentally and was buried the same evening as was advocated by Gonçalo Amaral,” said the manager, explaining, however, that he is motivated by the discovery of the body and not by the contours of the disappearance. “I am convinced that the body is buried there (…), it is essential that the police watch this place, because someone can go there at night to remove the body,” advanced Stephen Birch.
After an exhaustive study of the whole Maddie McCann process, the Cape Town manager believes that the case does not involve just one person. “The man who buried Maddie there had help from another person, who was familiar with the house, who knew that the dogs were restrained.” Still, Birch is convinced that neither Murat nor his family members are involved in the disappearance. “It was the only house there unprotected, that anyone could access,” he explained.
Now, so as there can be absolutely no misunderstanding here, I feel that it is important to repeat that: Despite the body being buried on the Murat property and Robert Murat having been at one point, suspect number 1, Stephen does not believe that Murat had anything whatsoever to do with either Madeline’s abduction, death or burial.
Never the less, Murat refuses permission to let anyone dig where Stephen claims the body to be.
“Surely then, that fact points towards Murat having something to hide?”
Well yes, you might think so.
However, things are never that straight forward.
You see, what you have to understand is that Robert Murat’s life was turned upside down having originally fallen under the police spotlight as the prime suspect in the abduction of a 3 year old little girl.
Now, according to Stephen Birch, it isn’t in everyone’s best interest if Madeleine’s body is found. I will clarify what he means by that in due course.
And, with this being the case, Stephen Birch is of the opinion that Murat may have had pressure put on him by certain powerful people not to allow the dig to go ahead.
Think about it?
If Murat knows for a fact that Madeline is not buried there, why not just let Birch’s team or whoever have a dig… Remember, Stephen’s claim has been verified by independent experts and has also made international news headlines around the world.
In fact, many of these newspapers have even called on the Portuguese government to excavate the Murat drive. All to no avail.
The following is taken from the Huffington Post:
Stephen Birch, a South African real estate developer and self-styled investigator, says he has found what could be a burial site below the surface using ground-penetrating radar.
Birch, who has invested $50,000 of his own money investigating the case, has asked Portuguese authorities to excavate the area, and three experts contacted by HuffPost Crime agreed that this would be the appropriate action.
Nevertheless, Portuguese authorities refuse to act on the information.
Most surprisingly of all – or not as the case may be – the McCann’s are not pushing for the dig to go ahead either. The following is also taken from that Huffington Post article:
The Huffington Post notified the Office of the Prime Minister and Portugal’s judicial police about the experts’ opinions. Neither agency responded to a request for comment.
Carter-Ruck, the law firm representing Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, said they stand behind the decision of the authorities not to dig. Read More
I personally find both the Portuguese government’s stance and the McCann’s inertia on this matter both incredible and inexplicable given the evidence and location.
In fact, quite bizarrely, on the day that the story broke, Kate McCann chose to fly off to India following a reported sighting of Madeline rather than fly to Portugal.
Moreover, having spent nearly 20 years earlier on in my life as a builder, I can confirm that the task of excavating the site would be quick and easy to repair.
After all, whatever is buried there is less than two foot down. The drive itself is constructed of a thin layer of tarmac topped with pebbles. That fact alone is somewhat suspect, in so much as a pebbled driveway is not usually laid over tarmac.
In fact, Stephen believes that the reason for the tarmac underlay was because Murat’s dogs kept trying to dig up the body, what with it being buried so shallow.
Course, it may not even be necessary to dig up the drive!
You see, the decision to dig or not could surely be settled easily by inserting a probe into the alleged burial site. Yet neither the Portuguese government nor Robert Murat will even agree to the ground being probed… Why not?
The only reasonable answer can be that; if the dig did go ahead and Madeleine’s body was found, then a whole manner of complex issues would be opened up. Especially, if as Stephen says; Murat had nothing to do with Madeleine’s death or burial.
With that in mind, if the Portuguese and British authorities didn’t want Madeleine’s body found, how easy would it be to put the frighteners on Murat – what with him being named by the Tapas 9 as being responsible – if she is buried on his property?
Now, as I said in the article that I published last week (http://www.chrisspivey.co.uk/?p=11400): I don’t believe for a second that the McCann’s are telling the truth, especially when it comes down to the abduction itself.
Never the less, the McCann case is like no other that I know of in terms of the calibre of those leaping to defend the McCann’s.
That is to say that the McCann’s are not only being publically defended by those at the very highest echelons of the British Government and the Royal Family, they are also receiving financial backing from some of England’s richest people and receiving legal advice from some of the country’s finest legal minds.
After all, once you read the evidence against the McCann’s, you could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that it is all pretty damming. So damming in fact, that you would have thought that those rushing to the McCann’s defence would have instead been running the other way.
“So why aren’t they?”
Again, good question.
I will leave you to decide the answer to that, but according to Stephen Birch, it’s all about money.
Stephen maintains that Robert Murat is a very worried man who is caught up “between the UK and Portugal, protecting the McCann’s to save £7000 000 000 pounds worth of bi-lateral trade after Portuguese Police planted DNA in the McCann’s hire car and the UK Police lied about the DNA results”. I shall elaborate on this in due course but you can read more about that trade agreement HERE
Course, the why’s and wherefores as to how Madeline came to be buried in Robert Murat’s driveway are relatively unimportant to Stephens claim. I say that because, it is not his job to say how Madeleine died or who – if anyone – killed her.
Having said that, Stephen has furnished me with answers to certain questions that I asked him. After all, in order for his claim to have any credibility, the possibility of his claim being true has to have feasibility.
Certainly, one thing that we are both agreed on is that Gerry and Kate McCann’s story does not hold water.
The official version of events for those unfamiliar with the case are as follows:
According to GERALD PATRICK McCANN & KATE MARIE McCANN nee HEALY, sometime between the hours of 8.30 and 10 PM on May the 3rd 2007 their 3 year old daughter MADELEINE BETH MCCANN was abducted by person or persons unknown from their Portuguese holiday apartment at the ‘Ocean Club’ tourist resort, Vila da Luz.
The McCann’s had arrived in Portugal with Madeleine and their two other children, 2yr old twins SEAN and AMELIE McCANN on the 28th of April for a week’s stay with 7 friends and their respective children.
Collectively these 9 adults have been dubbed by the media as ‘The Tapas 9’ being as they were all dinning together at a Tapas restaurant located in the Ocean Club resort, on the night Madeleine ‘disappeared’. The Tapas 9 are named as being:
- Dr. Gerry McCann (Click here)
- Dr. Kate McCann (Click here)
- Dr. David Payne (Click here)
- Dr. Fiona Payne (Click here)
- Dianne Webster (Click here)
- Dr. Russell O’Brien (Click here)
- Jane Tanner (Click here)
- Dr. Matthew Oldfield (Click here)
- Rachael Oldfield (Click here)
Now, apart from David Payne & his wife, all of the above had apartments on the ground floor at the resort. The party maintain that one of their number left the restaurant to check on all of their children at least once every half hour.
The Payne’s however, had a ‘baby monitor’ with them and as such only the party’s children asleep in apartments located on the ground floor were checked on.
Gerry McCann describes the distance between their apartment and the restaurant as being likened to “eating in your back garden”. However, it should be noted that the restaurant is outside of the specific area of the apartments and does not afford a complete view of them.
Now, bearing in mind that both Gerry & Kate McCann are doctors and therefore supposedly well read, I feel sure that they must have known about Portugal’s reputation as the paedophile capital of Europe. If on the slight chance that they didn’t then surely someone else within their party must have been aware of the fact.
Moreover, as doctors, they must have known that it is a no, no to leave children on their own, regardless of their relatively close proximity to their apartment. It is in fact a criminal offence to do so in Portugal and as such, the McCann’s were lucky not to have been charged with the crime.
Furthermore, at least in my opinion, leaving a 3yr old and two 2 yr olds alone in the apartment given its vulnerable position to the main street (see picture) can only be classed a gross negligence.
Mind you, judging by the official police report, it would appear that the holiday was more for the McCann’s own benefit with their children’s enjoyment coming secondary. The itinerary for the McCann children on May 3rd 2007 (the day Madeleine disappeared) according to what Gerry McCann told the Portuguese police was as follows:
– They woke up around 07:30 AM, had breakfast in the apartment, going out at around 09:00AM.
– Soon after, they left their children at the nursery, until 12:30PM.
– Around 2:30PM, after lunch, they put their children back at the nursery, this time until 5:00PM.
– At 5:30PM, they did the children’s hygiene, and had them settled in their respective beds by 7:30PM, all in the same bedroom.
– At 8:30PM, the couple went out to the restaurant.
Now, maybe it’s just me, but going on that schedule, which from what I have read was par for the course where the McCann children were concerned, it’s hardly what I would describe as being a family holiday. However, as I say; maybe that is just me.
The McCann’s apartment consisted of two bedrooms (Madeleine & the twins slept in one, Kate & Gerry in the other), a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom with easy access to the street from both the front and the back – where there is a small balcony and a sliding door.
According to the official police report, Gerry McCann, in his witness statement said that at approximately 9.05 – 9.15PM, he went to check on the children, noticing that all was normal and that the window and the blinds were closed. However, he noted that the door to the room seemed more opened than when he had left. In a later statement, McCann said that he had sensed that there was someone in the room.
Furthermore, Jane Tanner says in her statement that while heading for her apartment at around 9.20PM she walked passed Gerry who was chatting to Jez Wilkins a man he had met earlier in the day. She also states that she noticed an individual walking down the road, carrying a child in his arms. She described him as being aged around 30 to 40, with dark hair and wearing light coloured trousers.
At 9.30 PM Matthew Oldfield went to the McCann’s apartment to check on the children, but he only saw the twins, given the fact that he did not enter the room. In order to see MADELEINE’S bed, he would have had to step inside the room. Never the less, he says that he did not detect anything out of the ordinary.
At around 10PM, when Kate went to the apartment she found that MADELEINE had disappeared, and that the window and shutters of the bedroom were open.
After 10 minutes of frantic searching inside the apartment and the immediate external area, one of their friends who had also alerted the resort manager called the Portuguese Police, according to Gerry McCann.
Those then are the true facts according to the so called Tapas 9 which were given in witness statements taken by the police on March 4th 2007.
However, exactly how true those facts are remains a matter of speculation. It certainly is not true that the police were called after 10 minutes of frantic searching.
In fact, according to Police Lieutenant-Colonel, Costa Cabral, the first call to the GNR (National Republican Guard) wasn’t received until 22.40 hours and a call was not put through to the actual PJ (Polícia Judiciária) until nearly 2 hours after Madeleine’s disappearance.
The police stated that officers arrived within 10 minutes of being alerted, and an investigation unit began work within 30 minutes. Staff and guests at the complex searched until 04:30 while at the same time, police on the Spanish border and all airports in Portugal and Spain were notified.
It is also a well-established fact that the McCann’s themselves did not search outside of the holiday complex after discovering that Madeleine was missing. I suppose it could be said that with a small army of people already actively looking, that there wasn’t a need for them to join in.
However, I have to say that I personally find this fact quite implausible considering there was nearly a 2 hour window of opportunity to do so prior to the PJ being called.
Kate McCann obviously agrees that by not searching for her missing daughter immediately following her disappearance could be seen by some as being inappropriate. At least this would appear to be the case going on what she wrote in her book ‘Madeleine’.
On page 83 of that book, she writes, “As soon as it was light Gerry and I resumed our search”. Since they did not search for Madeleine on the previous night, how did they ‘resume’ a search?
Moreover, when Oprah Winfrey asked Kate McCann – point blank – why she didn’t go out to search that night, McCann positively squirmed.
The following is what she said in response to Oprah’s question:
Kate: It was so dark…
Oprah: uh huh…
Kate: it was dark, erm I’ve never had such a long night it was dark and you’re just praying for the light you know to come up to get out there it’s just…
There are a lot more discrepancies in the McCann’s account of March 3rd 2007. So many in fact that many people now believe that the McCann’s know exactly what happened to Madeleine and that the seven other members of the so called Tapas 9 are covering up for them.
The Portuguese police authorities certainly believed this to be the case. After re-interviewing Kate McCann on the 6th & 7th of September 2007 and Gerry McCann on the 7th of September 2007, both had their status as witnesses changed to that of suspects.
By that time, the McCann’s were already being booed everywhere they went by the increasingly hostile Portuguese public who were convinced Gerry & Kate had something to hide.
On the 9th of September 2007, the McCann’s who had vowed not to return to England until they knew what had happened to Madeleine caught a plane home. From that point onwards, the McCann’s and their wealthy supporters began laying the blame for their daughter not being found, firmly on the incompetence of the Portuguese police –Something the British media were only too happy to also capitalise on.
But were the Portuguese Police incompetent? From what I have read, they were not. Certainly no more incompetent than our own Police force anyway.
If you think about it logically, the Portuguese authorities had the eyes of the world on their handling of this high profile disappearance. They were also mindful to their countries notorious reputation as a paedophiles paradise and the damage this tag could do to their much needed tourist industry.
Therefore, the Portuguese police, if anything would have been under instructions to be thorough in the investigation. The British criticism of the PJ did not begin in earnest until after the McCann’s were made formal suspects. In fact, it is fair to say that up until that point the British authorities were full of praise at the way the investigation was being handled.
The McCann’s are as much to blame as anyone else for hindering the investigation. In the two hours in between Madeleine disappearing and the PJ arriving, their apartment was practically turned upside down in the search for the missing girl thus possibly cross contaminating vital evidence and destroying possible clues.
As Doctors, the McCann’s must have known the need to preserve a crime scene and the need to get the Police involved as quickly as possible. Neither Gerry nor Kate can fall back on the excuse of ‘not thinking straight’ due to their haste in trying to find their daughter. Once again, as Doctors, if anything, they should have thrived under the pressure.
The investigation was further hampered by the… Shall we say, ‘inconsistencies’, in regards to the witness statements taken from the Tapas 9 in comparison to those taken from people unconnected with the group.
Further hindrances were brought about by the number of ‘Red Herrings’ and reported ‘sightings’ of Madeleine in the days, weeks and months following her disappearance. All of these dead ends and sightings had to be rigorously investigated.
However, by September 07, the PJ were so certain that the McCann’s were involved in their own daughter’s disappearance that they became the focus of the investigation.
Now, I have to be very careful how I word this for obvious reasons, but: In view of what I now know, I truly believe that Madeleine died in the McCann holiday apartment.
I must stress however, that by saying that, I am not accusing the McCann’s or anyone else mentioned in this article of killing her. Never the less, once you have read the following, I am sure you will agree that the PJ’s suspicions about the McCann’s are not without foundation
You first have to question why the McCann’s chose to leave three children, all under the age of four, alone, in an unlocked apartment on an easily accessible holiday resort, when the holiday complex offered a babysitting service.
After all, this ‘Home Alone’ thing wasn’t a one off. The McCann’s had been leaving their three children alone at night from the word go.
This was verified by the Sunday Mirror on August 5th 2007 after they had asked Kate McCann whether leaving the kids on their own was the right thing to do. This is how the newspaper described her response:
She says they felt so safe at the “family-friendly” resort they didn’t think twice about leaving Madeleine and the twins – and she reveals how they’d left them alone every evening as they ate dinner in the week until Madeleine was taken on a Thursday night.
I find it strange that Kate felt that way about the holiday complex since she appears to describe it in the exact opposite way as her holiday companion Rachel Oldfield describes it. When asked about the checks being made on the children, she said this:
“I didn’t really like going up there by myself, it was, like going through that car park was quite dark and there was never anyone around, it was a bit, you know made me feel a bit uneasy”.
It has also been established, that Madeleine herself was overheard telling her mother off a few days before she disappeared for leaving her and the twins alone whist she went out… All to no avail, I am afraid to say.
Moreover, Pamela Fenn who on the night in question was occupying the apartment directly above the McCann’s, contradicts their claim that they checked on their children every half hour.
In her statement to the PJ, Pamela says that on the 1st of May 2007 (2 nights before Madeleine went missing) she heard a child whom she took to be Madeleine, crying continually for 1hr 15mins.
Pamela further maintains that the crying only stopped when Gerry & Kate arrived home (Mrs Fenn heard the door open and close and puts the time at around 11:45PM).
That Mrs Fenn had the audacity to contradict the McCann’s claim of half-hourly checks certainly got up Kate McCann’s nose. In her book ‘Madeleine’, Kate does not even offer Pamela the curtsy of using her name and is altogether quite disparaging towards Mrs Fenn.
Instead, Kate describes Pamela as being “the elderly tenant of the flat above apartment 5A” and as the woman with a “plummy voice“.
Kate also admitted that she and Fiona Payne verbally abused Mrs Fenn because of her reaction to the commotion in Apartment 5A on the night of the 3rd of May.
The McCann’s also shot their selves in the foot with how they entered the apartment. The following in regards to this matter is taken from the website, http://truthformadeleine.com/2011/05/the-facts-versus-the-fiction/
“Early stories from the McCann’s claimed that they entered the apartment through the front door adjacent to the car park and opposite the poolside tapas bar.
This alibi subsequently changed when observers noticed that this would have meant the McCann children were all locked inside apartment 5A and therefore would be at risk if a fire broke out inside the apartment.
The change in alibi was that the McCann’s switched to claiming that they entered the apartment through the patio doors.
This aspect is not without problems and it doesn’t seem to be logical. The patio doors only lock from inside the apartment. On page 45 of Madeleine, Kate claims “after the first couple of days we barely used the front door, coming and going through the patio doors and up and down the steps.”
Is Kate really suggesting that each time the family left the apartment they left it unlocked with all their possessions inside? Who goes on a holiday and leaves their room or apartment unlocked like that? It makes no sense and this change in the alibi seems to be another part of Kate’s revisionist history”.
It is in fact; fair to say that there has been a lot of criticism at the way both Gerry and Kate McCann have behaved since Madeleine has disappeared. Indeed, many professional people have been openly critical about the couple. And rightly so in my mind.
One of those openly critical of the McCann’s is the forensic psychologist Dr. Christian Lüdke who leads a company in Essen, supporting the victims of robberies, kidnappings, accidents or disasters.
Dr Lüdke spoke with WELT ONLINE about the McCann’s. The following is a transcript of that conversation:
WELT ONLINE: You have warned, since early on, that the behaviour of Gerry and Kate McCann indicates their involvement in the crime. What has made you feel that way?
Christian Lüdke: I have, in recent years, cared for many parents who lost their children due to acts of violence. Most of them were under severe shock, feeling helpless, desperate and withdrawn. Many also quarralled. They blamed themselves hugely for not having looked after their child adequately.
WELT ONLINE: It was different with the McCanns?
Lüdke: They live very differently. In public, they are harmonious. Already, after only a few days they went jogging, as if that was a normal thing to do, always appearing together. These parents took matters into their own hands instead of leaving matters in the hands of the police. They distanced themselves from their two other children by going on a European tour, that to me is very strange.
WELT ONLINE: Maybe it was an accident?
Lüdke: No. In such a case, after the first shock, they would have trusted the police. Both parents are doctors, in case of an accident they would have tried to get help. It is even more unrealistic that of all people two doctors would leave 3 children alone in a strange environment, even more at night. I have many doctors as patients. As professionals they know all that can happen to children, and as parents they are overly protective.
WELT ONLINE: What could have been the motive to cause their own daughter’s disappearance?
Lüdke: There are parents who have little or no emotional bond with a child. Often such a child is considered a burden that must be dealt with in a brutal or perverted way. The best known is Münchhausen Syndrome by Proxy: The mother tortures the child until it is almost dead and then calls for the police because she herself has a great desire to receive attention.
WELT ONLINE: Do you think it is possible that Madeleine’s parents have killed Madeleine and together hidden her?
Lüdke: I believe both parents know what happened.
Based upon what I have seen, heard, and read, I have to agree with Dr Ludke’s claim that; “I believe both parents know what happened [to Madeleine]”.
Now, by all accounts, Madeleine was an extremely bright, perceptive, and lively child and since her disappearance, it has become a matter of public record that Kate McCann found Madeleine very difficult to control.
She allegedly admitted to The Portuguese magazine ‘ Flash’ that she found the first 6months of Madeleine life “very difficult” and that the little girl would run around “screaming and shouting for my attention”.
Pamela Fenn, who was in an apartment above the family on May 3 – the night Madeleine disappeared – is also allegedly quoted as saying that she believed Mrs McCann sometimes became violent and “out of control” in the room below. She further claimed, “The little girl’s screams calling for her daddy were very audible”.
The Portuguese newspapers also quoted another witness as saying that Mrs McCann “seemed to have moments of aggressiveness towards her children” and that her husband, “though more absent, had more emotional control”.
Not that Gerry McCann appeared to be a very ‘hands on Dad’. Sources claim that Kate would be left to look after the three children (when they were in the couples care) while Gerry “played tennis or laid by the pool”.
You can get a glimpse of what Gerry McCann can be like on a video that has appeared on YouTube, which was shot by one of the Tapas 9 while they were actually embarking on the holiday.
In the video, which you can watch by clicking on the link HERE Gerry, in front of his and the others children sullenly tells the camera operator to “Fuck Off” after he tells McCann to “cheer up… You’re supposed to be on holiday”.
There is also a dispute over the time that Gerry alleges that he and his wife joined the other 7 at the Tapas restaurant. Gerry told the Police that they got to the restaurant at 8.30PM. However, this contradicts the time given in many witness statements, which puts the McCann’s arrival for their evening meal at nearly 9PM.
If this is true, you have to question why Gerry would go back to check on his children at 9:05 PM, which is also what he claims in his witness statement. This is just one of many glaring errors in the McCann’s testimony that led them to becoming the main suspects in the case.
However, Stephen Birch is of the opinion that the McCanns got to the restaurant at around 8.15-8.20 PM and that Gerry and Jane Tanner returned to apartment 5A at around 8.40PM.
The Portuguese police revealed that the last time Madeleine was seen alive was at 6PM on the 3rd of May. The lead investigator Goncalo Amaral believes that Gerry & Kate did not arrive at the Tapas Restaurant until 9PM. It is in this 3-hour window of opportunity that Amaral believes – or allegedly believes – that Kate McCann killed her daughter.
Goncalo says that Kate’s version of events did not add up from the start. He says that at 22.00 Hours Kate took the shortest route from the Tapas Restaurant back to the apartment. On discovering that the window was open and Madeleine was missing, Kate then left the apartment again (Leaving the twins in the apartment with the window open and the door unlocked) and took the longer route back to the Tapas bar in order to raise the alarm.
Goncalo questions why Kate did this when she could have stood on the veranda and simply shouted out to her husband that Madeleine was missing. Instead, Kate is alleged to have told her husband and the others; “We let her down”.
Those words – “We let her down” – at first glance would appear to be nonsensical. However, you have to remember that the Tapas 9 are almost exclusively in the medical profession and as Amaral points out, “we let her/him down” is a common term used in medical practice meaning that ‘he/she is dead’.
All of the Tapas 9 except Kate McCann state that they used the McCann apartment’s front door to check on the Children. This is where the second anomaly kicks in. In order to get to the apartments front door coming from the direction of the Tapas Restaurant, you have to walk passed the apartment’s patio doors, which we now know were unlocked.
Gerry McCann says that he entered the apartment via the front door on the occasion where he ‘sensed’ an intruder. This was despite the fact that he was “Busting for the loo”. If he did sense that there was someone behind the door, you have to question why he didn’t check. This was his children’s bedroom after all.
However, Amaral dismisses Gerry’s claim that he even stood at the bedroom door to check on the children. Certainly, it would be impossible for an intruder to be behind the door with it opened enough for McCann to see in since the said door opens flat against a cupboard.
Course, they could have just been saying that they entered via the front door as damage limitation. Never the less, with a 3-year-old child missing, it was not the time to muddy the waters.
Those sequences of events just do not add up being as there are far too many inconsistencies in their story.
Moreover, Stephen and I are far from the only ones who think so.
The following is an article written by Lucy Panton for the now defunct News of the World:
PORTUGUESE police are concentrating on what they claim is a missing half hour in accounts of the night Madeleine disappeared.
The McCanns told detectives they believed they arrived at the Tapas restaurant at 8.30pm.
But months into the investigation, Portuguese detectives now allege they did not turn up until almost 30 minutes later.
Friends’ statements show there may be differences of opinion over what time Kate and Gerry arrived with some of the pals stating it was just before 9pm.
Police want to quiz the couple again over what they call the “missing half hour”.
A police source said: “We believe the timetable of events that evening is crucial to the inquiry. We want to know how they could make such a mistake over the time they arrived.”
Early on in the investigation, the McCann’s said they got to the restaurant at 8.30pm.
Based on arrival timings given by their dining companions, that would mean the tragic couple arrived first before their friends.
But police sources say statements given by those pals show the McCanns arrived just before 9pm—and that by then all of their friends were already there.
The statements claim that Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner, Matthew and Rachel Oldfield were first to arrive at around 8.45pm.
At 8.55 David and Fiona Payne were said to have turned up with Fiona’s mum, Diane Webster.
Some statements indicate that the McCann’s turned up two or three minutes after the Paynes.
If these new timings are accurate police are questioning why Gerry would go back and check the children just 5 minutes later.
He is reported as saying he checked the apartment and all three children were sleeping at 9.05pm.
This was confirmed when on his way back he stopped to speak to Jeremy Wilkins, another guest at the resort he had met playing tennis earlier in the week.
At 9.10pm Jane Tanner said she crossed Gerry’s path on her way to check her own children.
Around that time she says she saw a man carrying away a child she now believes was Madeleine.
She describes the man as aged 35, dark-haired. wearing beige trousers and black shoes. She said the girl, who appeared to be sleeping, was toddler age, bare-footed and wearing pink pyjamas like Madeleine’s.
No one else out that night reported seeing this man.
Portuguese cops have piled on the agony for the McCanns by retracing their steps and naming them both as official suspects. They believe the couple may have been involved in the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine. And they think one may be covering up for the other.
Officers are probing a “three-hour window of opportunity” on the theory that during this time Madeleine was killed in the apartment and her body hidden somewhere nearby.
It starts the last time the children were seen alive by anyone but their parents and ends when Kate and Gerry were seen in public.
The last time Madeleine was seen alive was by staff at the Ocean Club creche at 6pm.
The McCann’s were then alone with their children for almost three hours at the most if they did arrive at the Tapas restaurant at 9pm.A police source said: “The couple are being monitored to see how they react to every new piece of information they receive.
“The pressure has slowly been mounting on the McCanns over the last month as new information has been fed into the inquiry.” Sources say the couple have been kept under surveillance following the discovery by a dog of the smell of death in their apartment on August 1.
Police now claim they have detected blood in a Renault Scenic car hired by the McCanns 24 days after Maddie’s disappearance.
During questioning, GP Kate was asked why she had washed Madeleine’s favourite toy “Cuddle Cat”. Cops believe she was trying to hide forensic evidence of her daughter’s death.
The police claim the smell of a corpse was found on Kate’s T-shirt, jeans and on Cuddle Cat.
Kate says she washed the toy on August 5—four days after police dogs picked up “the scent of death”.
She insists she washed the toy simply because it was covered in dirt and sun tan lotion.
Portuguese police are relying heavily on a Cracker-style profiler who has been studying the McCanns’ behaviour. The profiler has reportedly claimed that he suspects that the couple, from Rothley, Leics, could be “distracting” themselves from the horror of what they might have done by getting involved in the massive media campaign.
Doubts have also been cast over the lack of emotion and the controlled composure of the couple since their daughter disappeared.
The profiler has told cops that this matches that of a couple who are united and focused in a bid to cover up a tragedy.
But former Chief Inspector Albert Kirby, who led the hunt to trap the killers of toddler James Bulger, said: “There is very little time for the McCanns to have murdered their daughter and disposed of her body.
“And they would have had to carry her body a short distance away and concealed it without anyone spotting them. The body would have also had to remain concealed and unfound for a long time despite the police search.
“The Portuguese police must believe that one of them managed to conceal the body in a flat or a bush.”
Course, woe betides anyone who voices concern at the McCann’s strange behaviour. Yet surely, all anyone wants is to find out what has happened to Madeline and bring closure to this tragic case?
Instead, the McCann’s retain Carter-Ruck, possibly the most powerful, feared and expensive litigation Law firm in England to act as Rottweiler’s, ready to pounce on anyone who dare challenge the anomalies in their clients version of events… So, it’s a dam good job that I don’t scare easy then isn’t it, because challenge, I do.
For a start, I find things like Kate McCann’s facial contraction when ITV’s Philip Schofield mentions Stephen Birch’s name extremely strange. You can see that reaction of Kate’s for yourselves at about 8 seconds into a YouTube video clip which can be found HERE.
So why did Kate’s face contract?
I mean, it isn’t as if Stephen Birch has been making a nuisance of himself by constantly badgering the McCanns.
I will also remind you that on the 11th of May 2007 Gerry McCann said; “we will leave no stone unturned in the search for our daughter, Madeleine.”
Gerry’s vow was backed up on the 20th June 2008 by the McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell, who said: “Kate and Gerry have always said that they will do whatever is necessary to find Madeleine and that they will leave no stone unturned in their search for their daughter.
“They will take whatever legal steps are necessary if there is information out there that can assist their private investigation into finding Madeleine. Beyond that I cannot make any comment.”
Yet four years later on July the 10th 2012, when asked on live TV about Stephen Birch’s evidence, Kate McCann’s face contracted, she became very uncomfortable and said “…I mean, who is this person at the end of the day, you know, so…”.
Her reaction makes no sense does it?
The man is trying to help her find her missing daughters body for crying out loud… At vast cost to himself I hasten to add.
He hasn’t been hostile to her and he hasn’t accused her of murdering Madeleine.
If anyone should have the hump, it is Robert Murat since Stephen had to sneak onto the property in order to get the crucial evidence.
Certainly, David Lohr, the senior crime reporter with the Huffington Post was as perplexed as I am. In fact, Lohr took things a step further and wrote to the McCann’s solicitors Carter Ruck:
My Name is David Lohr. I am a journalist with The Huffington Post (AOL News) in the United States.
It is my understanding that you represent the McCann’s.
On July 6, 2012, Mr. Stephen Birch announced he had used ground penetrating radar to possibly find the remains of Madeleine McCann buried beneath the rear gravel driveway of the property known as Casa Liliana and owned by the mother of Robert Murat.
Mr. Birch presented Portugal’s attorney with his findings and petitioned the office of the Prime Minister to excavate the driveway. However, Portuguese police have refused to excavate a 6m x 6m gravel driveway, to determine if the infant is in fact buried there.
I have received scans from Mr. Birch’s analysis of the driveway with ground penetrating radar. I have shown the images to three independent experts in the U.S. who are trained in locating human remains in the ground. All three agree there is an anomaly in the ground and that it should be excavated to rule it out.
Do you have any comment for the article? Do your clients support excavating the ground? If not, could you explain why they would not at least want to rule it out?
Please respond ASAP.
Senior Crime Reporter
AOL Huffington Post Media Group
In reply, Carter Ruck stated:
Dear Mr Lohr
I refer to your enquiry below.
Mr and Mrs McCann are guided by the expertise of the British and Portuguese Police, both of which have studied the information provided by Mr Birch and both of which have concluded it is not credible.
Now, it has to be said that Carter Ruck’s response made little sense when you take into consideration the following:
- Robert Murat had already been cleared as a suspect/ arguido for more than 6 months, when Kate McCann wrote in her diary for world publication; “I still think Robert is involved with the abduction of Madeleine”.
- Three of the Tapas 9 have accused Robert Murat of being present on the night Madeleine disappeared.
- That Gerry McCann had been seen less than 20 meters from Robert Murat’s backyard at 10.15 pm on the night in question by Neil Berry and Rajh Balu who were sat on the balcony of their holiday apartment.
- That Robert Murat, in a telephone conversation with Martin Brunt from Sky News (available in the Portuguese Police records at McCann PJ Files), desperately pleaded for help and said that he was being framed by the Tapas 9.
- That the Metropolitan Police informed the McCann’s of Stephen’s findings the day before they were released to the press, yet the McCann’s elected to ignore them and chose to investigate an unlikely sighting in India instead.
- That the McCann’s had repeatedly called the Portuguese Police incompetent, yet in this case, elected to go with the Police view that Madeleine was not buried in the Murat yard, despite at that time no official police verification having been done to establish the credibility of Stephen’s findings – which still remains the case to date.
- That a known benefactor of the McCann’s, who paid for several detective agencies to search for Madeleine, allegedly flew down to Praia da Luz with his attorney, at great legal cost to himself, and met with Robert Murat and his attorney Francisco Pagarette behind closed doors, after Murat had been cleared.
- That two key witness statements have still not been made public. These unreleased statements pertain to the one given to police by Michael James Sperrey and the second statement given to police by Stephen Carpenter. At the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, Carpenter was staying at Fugi Palms flat FP02, a ground floor apartment and Sperrey was staying at flat FP05 on the first floor. Both flats look straight into Robert Murat’s back garden and are less than 8 meters from Robert’s rear wire fence line.
Now, with regard to the “expertise of the British and Portuguese Police” by whom Carter Ruck state that the McCann’s are now happy to be guided; I certainly find this a strange state of affairs.
You see, according to Stephen Birch, having submitted a report of his findings to the Portuguese Attorney General stating that he believed Madeleine was buried under the Murat’s rear gravel driveway, The Portuguese Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho replied stating that; the University of Averio had searched the Murat rear yard using ground penetrating radar machinery.
However, Stephen claims that this would have been impossible given the fact that the University of Averio would have conducted this search sometime between May and October 2007.
Stephen further claims and backs with photographic evidence, that throughout the given time period there was building rubble piled up over where he alleges Madeleine is buried, with the drive not being laid until sometime in early 2008.
Now, since ground penetrating radar is mounted on a base similar in style to say a lawnmower, in order to scan that area where the rubble pile was at that time, two wheels would need to be lifted off the ground, tilting the machine thus making scanning downwards impossible.
Scanning of ground with any radar machine, needs to be done over a relatively flat surface of which The Mala ground penetrating radar machine – the type Stephen used – is the best in the world.
So what is going on?
Stephen Birch certainly has no doubt in his mind what is going on. Moreover, having set out his findings in writing, originally intended for my eyes only, I have to agree that they are wholly credible.
So, after further consultation with Stephen – and boy can Stephen talk – I have persuaded him to let me republish these findings in part.
Unfortunately, I cannot publish Stephens findings pertaining to how Madeline died and who buried her, for obvious reasons. Had they been my findings, who knows – apart from me of course.
I have also had to do some censoring and minor editing on what I am able to publish, albeit there is still plenty of food for thought.
However, it is extremely important to remember that Stephen’s hypothesis is based in part, on speculation and was only submitted to me by way of explanation as to how Madeleine came to be buried in the Murat drive. I will also, once again remind you that it is not for Stephen to prove how and why Madeleine died
I will also reiterate what I said earlier that neither me or Stephen are accusing anyone mentioned in this article of murdering Madeleine. Having said that; not everyone is as innocent as they would have you believe. With that in mind, here is what Stephen told me:
The body of Madeleine McCann lies buried approximately 600mm below the Murat rear gravel driveway.
In June 2012 I flew into Lisbon, Portugal with a surveillance team and conducted surveillance of the property known as Casa Liliana, owned by Jenny Murat. Jenny Murat is the mother of Robert Murat a previous suspect in the matter.
From my initial investigation that lasted fourteen months, I determined that the case was a simple localized crime and not an international case.
The members of the Tapas 9 had never been to Praia da Luz before, and had no mode of transport.
All my investigations led me to believe that the motivation for the holidaymakers choosing Praia da Luz as a destination, originated from a relationship that existed between *Name removed*and Robert Murat, who resided in Praia da Luz.
Daily activities by the members of the Tapas 9 group exploring the area were usually done on foot. The McCann’s confirm this fact, having left the twins pram back in England. The fact that they had, resulted in movement on foot being curtailed even further by having to carry their small children – with great difficulty – over long distances to places such as the Millennium restaurant.
I first suspected that Madeleine could be buried in the Murat property when I studied the witness statement of Jane Tanner- a member of the Tapas 9. Tanner had initially described the abductor as an unshaven “Rasta”man, with scraggly looking surfer type hair.
However, several days later Tanner identified the man as being Robert Murat, a totally different looking, clean shaven man in stark contrast to the original description she had described to the police as being the possible abductor. This puzzled me.
On the night of Madeleine’s disappearance, Michael James Sperrey – later identified as the “Rasta man” described by Tanner – was walking towards the Tapas restaurant in the window period that I personally believe Madeleine was discovered dead – namely between 8.40pm.and 8.55pm.
However, no mention is made of whether Mr Sperrey and his wife Claire actually had dinner in the restaurant that night, despite having a 9 PM reservation.
Moreover, Mr Sperrey – for reasons unknown – spent a considerable amount of time cleaning himself up in the Tapas bar’s outside toilet, prior to his dinner reservation.
Given that his flat is less than 100meters from the Tapas restaurant, the need to spend a considerable amount of time in the toilet after walking from the apartment is, I believe, very suspicious.
From Stephen Carpenters first witness statement and for various other reasons, it became evident to me that Mr Sperrey is in fact a surfing friend of Mr Gerald McCann.
Michael Sperry owns an advertising company in Solihull, 56km from the McCann’s home in Rotheley, Leic.
Michael’s personality, and general interests, together with his interests in sports and the fact that to a large extent, he is driven by adrenalin type activities, leads me to believe that he and Gerry McCann are good friends.
At the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, Michael Sperrey was staying in a holiday apartment in the Ocean Club called Fugi Palms. The Sperry’s stayed in unit number FP05, a unit on the first floor that looks straight into the back of Mr Murat’s property.
Michael Sperrey’s witness statement and Stephen Carpenters second witness statements have never been released to the public. Both men stayed in the Fugi Palms block looking into the back of the Murat property. Stephen stayed in FP02 on the ground floor.
It is my belief that when Jane Tanner gave her first statement to the Portuguese Police describing a version of Michael James Sperrey, she did so because his face was fresh in her mind, and she had no idea what Robert Murat looked like at the time.
I believe that It was only several hours later, that she was briefed by *Name removed*, as to what Robert looked like.
Tanner then proceeded to identify Robert Murat as the abductor while sitting in a police car. And again, I found myself asking why?
Why accuse a total stranger of a horrendous crime?
Surely, the implications would be devastating if she was wrong.
Unless of course, it had always been the intention of the group to direct the Portuguese Police in the direction of the Murat property where they would find the buried child.
More significantly still, Jane Tanners second statement specifically refers to *Name removed* having hurt their wrist while sailing, yet the person in question makes no mention whatsoever of a sore wrist in their own witness statements.
Therefore, one of the first things that I did when I got to Praia da Luz was to go sailing on my own. I sailed a catamaran more than 2km out to sea, and over the horizon. I am sure that the life-guard on the beach thought I had stolen his catamaran, and was on my way back to South Africa.
However, three hours later I returned without the slightest injury to my wrist. The sailing trip was important to me, as it highlighted that the possibility of one injuring your wrist while sailing off the mild waters of the Algarve was minimal.
Back home in South Africa we had simulated a grave digging exercise in similar type soil conditions as that found in Praia da Luz.
Soil samples had been sent to us from Praia da Luz, and we established that the soil make-up was a hard layered shale.
We then filmed an individual digging a hole within a 15 minute window period. A life size plastic doll representing Madeleine, and measuring 90cm in height, was later buried in the pre-dug hole. The entire exercise was filmed and later viewed over and over to extract and learn key elements from the exercise.
The exercise proved helpful, in that we were able to establish four important things, namely:
- It was possible to dig a grave within a 15 minute window period.
- The grave would be shallow, and would be no deeper than between 450mm to 650mm, depending on the amount of soft top soil present.
- The disposing of Madeleine’s corpse had to have occurred in two phases, namely first the digging of the hole between 9pm to 9.15pm and later the burial of the child between 10.05 and 10.15pm.
- That slamming a spade into hard ground took its toll on a wrist, unfamiliar with hard manual labour.
The burying of the plastic doll, together with backfilling and compacting the loose sand took 6 minutes.
Another 2 minutes could be allowed for putting loose stones and building rubble on top of the fresh grave.
However, let’s for one minute talk about the ground conditions in the Murat yard. An initial photo dated the 15th of May 2007 and taken of the Murat rear yard by a reporter, proved extremely helpful in that it showed the Murat yard and the direction in which the Portuguese Police were working away from the grave.
It also showed a pile of building rubble lying on top of the grave site. Also of significance in the photo is a banana tree growing in the backyard. For the tree to flourish, a significant amount of loose topsoil would need to be present. We took this into account when establishing our initial estimates that Madeleine was buried 600mm below ground level.
The hypothesis that Madeleine was buried in the Murat backyard in two operations involving*Name removed* and *Name removed* digging the hole and later *Name removed*burying Madeleine in the pre-dug hole, is substantiated by triangulating the 5A Ocean club with the location of the Smith sighting, and *Name removed* being seen outside Raj Balu & Neil Berry’s flat, less than 10 meters from the rear boundary fence of the Murat yard.
The sightings all comfortably take place between 9.55pm and 10.20pm and substantiate our hypothesis that the hole was pre-dug and the burial took place later.
British detective Gary Redmond confirmed to me in a telephone discussion that the British Police had never entered the Murat property.
To set the tone for the next chapter, there is little doubt in my mind that the Portuguese Police found Madeleine’s remains in the property.
However, I believe that the decision to fully exhume and excavate her body was delayed.
At the time of the discovery the Portuguese Police were faced with the problem that if they did elect to exhume the body, there was little or no doubt that Robert Murat – a police translator and friend to some of the policemen on the case – would have been held accountable for a crime he did not commit.
Since three of the Tapas 9 had identified him as being present on the evening Madeleine went missing, Robert Murat was without doubt being framed for a crime he had not committed, and he knew it.
In fact, during a telephone call with Sky news reporter Martin Brunt, Robert was desperately begging for help. His life was literally crumbling before him.
There was one man however, who knew Murat was innocent.
Heading up the investigation, Goncarlo Amaral had established that the events surrounding the open window and shutters in Madeleine’s bedroom and the witness statements given by Kate McCann, Jane Tanner and Dr Russell O’Brien did not tally or add up.
The window and shutters had to have been open at 9.15pm. Yet, according to Russell O’Brien, they were still closed at 9.30pm.
Amaral knew that Murat was innocent and being framed. Therefore, exhuming Madeleine’s body would be tantamount to putting an innocent man in jail.
Twenty five days after Madeleine went missing, hair and body fluid removed off Madeleine’s corpse was planted in the Renault hired by the McCann’s. This was later confirmed by Brian Healey, Kate McCann’s father. The planting of this DNA by Portuguese Police is the single most important reason the case was closed 15 months after it was opened.
It is important to note that both Portugal and the UK have a history going back to 1377 and the treaty of Windsor. The bi-lateral trade between the two countries is estimated to be 7 billion pounds, of which 75% of Portugal is derived from tourism on the Algarve. With 1.1 billion people -one seventh of the world’s population- following the case, Portugal could ill afford having its Police force seen as being corrupt and intentionally planting DNA.
There are various reasons as to why the DNA was planted in the McCann hire car. They include the enormous political pressure being imposed on Goncarlo Amaral, the British government interfering and hampering the investigation, the initial crime scene having been prejudiced, and the fact that the Portuguese Police needed to solicit confessions from the McCanns.
There can be no doubt in my opinion that given the enormous manpower, rewards and international media coverage, the fact that Madeleine McCann’s body has not been found points to a major cover up.
That cover up needs to be investigated by various NGO’S and the perpetrators of this crime held accountable at the international criminal court in The Hague.
A task team needs to be established to investigate the actions of the Portuguese Police and Ministry of Justice.
Amnesty needs to be given to perpetrators who are willing to come forward and divulge which high ranking individuals authorized the DNA planting.
The Madeleine McCann case represents two Sovereign first world countries, that have conspired to cover up the illegal actions of the Portuguese law enforcement agencies, and in so doing, they have breached the very foundation on which EU law is based. The action in covering up a crime and potentially leaving a three year old girl buried under a driveway, represents a gross injustice and deprives the individual of human dignity.
It is my opinion that given the bi-lateral trade at risk, Madeleine McCann will never be allowed to return to her parents – dead or alive.
If she were returned alive, it would open a Pandora’s Box for the Portuguese government and their previous findings and surely jeopardize trade relations between Portugal and the UK.
The reaction of Goncarlo Amaral to my findings is also puzzling and needs taking into account. One would think that being sued by the McCann’s for 1.2 million pounds and given the fact that he is now divorced, destitute and living from handouts from his friends, he would jump at the opportunity to discover Madeleine’s body in the Murat garden.
Not so. The discovery of Madeleine’s body in the Murat garden poses a tremendous problem for Portuguese Police. You see the Renault Scenic could not have transported Madeleine’s body to the Murat garden because at the time, international press trucks were parked in the lane bordering the Murat property.
I also suspect, that the publication of my findings around the world in 255 mainstream newspapers from Australia to Brazil and Europe to South Africa created a major dilemma for both the McCann’s and Mr Amaral.
I anticipate that both Amaral and the McCann’s will settle the litigation matter out of court to avoid the possibility of drawing more attention to my findings.
Then there’s Kate McCann’s reaction to my findings. By her own acknowledgement, she states that the Metropolitan Police advised her of my findings a day before they went worldwide. Never the less, the day my findings went worldwide the McCann’s elected to investigate an unlikely sighting of Madeleine in India, and ignored the possibility that Madeleine lay buried 140 meters in a straight line from apartment 5A.
It must also be remembered that five years after publicly accusing Robert Murat in print – despite him being cleared of having anything to do with the abduction of her daughter – Kate chose to challenge my credibility on UK national television, rather than back the press calls for the site to be excavated.
I can therefore only think- should my theory be correct – that the UK government have threatened to lay criminal charges against the McCann’s and further threatened to remove Sean and Amelie from their care, should they spill the beans on Madeleine’s whereabouts.
I strongly believe, based on my investigation and what I have been told in confidence, that the facts surrounding the DNA planting lies in 3 top secret files in the care of UK home office secretary Theresa May.
In evaluating and understanding the extent of the cover up, an individual needs to consider all the facts in their entirety and not on an individual basis.
As a South African and having been exposed to the harsh realities of a country that has the highest crime rate and corruption in the world, we are taught from an early age to take a holistic view.
There are some facts that you need to know Chris
- The attorney General took months to respond to a report I couriered to him.
- Portuguese Police were instructed not to speak to me.
- The extent of Scotland Yard’s interest in my findings was a 1 line email enquiring how I removed the scans off the machine, despite communicating with me for months prior to my findings being revealed.
- Six international ground penetrating radar experts all stated that something lay buried beneath the Murat driveway – Four from the USA, One from South Africa and One from the UK.
- Portugal’s largest newspaper Correio da Manha, which sells 1 out of every 2 newspapers in Portugal and has carried major articles about my findings including photo evidence has challenged Portugal’s Prime Minister no less than 6 times to dig up the Murat driveall to no avail.
- Robert Murat has refused to let me excavate his rear driveway.
- Dr Russell O’Brien’s son Rob, is friends on facebook with all of the Murats, including those who live in France.
Finally, you have to ask yourself the question; what happens if another British child goes missing in Portugal?
Okay, in regard to Stephen’s allegation aimed at the UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May, it is worth noting that on the 1st of July 2012 the Daily Star newspaper printed an article that contained the following information:
CRUCIAL files relating to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance are being kept secret by the Government to avoid a diplomatic war with Portugal.
They contain discussions between Home Office officials and the Met over vital information on the case.
But Home Secretary Theresa May and her staff have spent the past nine months preventing the Daily Star Sunday from obtaining the papers.
They said there would be “specific detriment to the UK’s relationship with Portugal” if the four files were released.
Ms May also claimed disclosure of three of the documents would “stifle discussion” between officials.
But we understand the papers may show a difference of opinion between the Home Office and Met officers, who are reviewing the files on Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance in Praia da Luz. Read more
Hmmm. I wonder if Theresa May has released those files to Operation Grange?
You see, according to Wikipedia Operation Grange:
Was launched in May 2011 following a request to Scotland Yard from Home Secretary Theresa May, with the support of the Prime Minister David Cameron. The issue of whether this request was the result of “threats” or “persuasion” from Rebekah Brooks was one of the issues raised at the Leveson Inquiry.
Now, I have to admit that when Stephen first contacted me, I was somewhat sceptical about a lot of his conclusions although I did agree that it could be very likely that Madeleine is buried in the Murat’s back yard.
Therefore, I had decided to run the story anyway, since regardless of the whys and wherefores I also agreed with Stephens view that it is absolutely essential that Robert Murat’s drive is at the very least probed.
Moreover, probed sooner, rather than later too, because the longer the dithering goes on, the more chance there is of those involved getting in to move Madeleine’s body.
However, as I began to write the story up, I could not come up with any explanation as to why the British and Portuguese authorities, the McCanns and Robert Murat were so dead set against investigating Stephens findings… It made no sense whatsoever. After all, it is a simple, cheap and easy task to undertake.
I could however, come up with good reasons for all of the afore mentioned not wanting Madeline’s body found.
There then followed another series of phone calls between myself and Stephen – Boy can that fella talk – and, I have to say that logically speaking, his explanations to solving this case actually make perfect sense.
Certainly a lot more sense than some random paedophile walking into Apartment 5A, picking a 3 year old child up and then walking away with her, never to be seen or heard from again.
So, until someone acts on Stephens information and proves him wrong, or someone can come up with a more plausible explanation for what took place on the 3rd of May 2007, I’m putting my money on Madeleine being under Robert Murats rear driveway.
Coincidentally enough, I wrote in the foreword to the McCann article that I published on this site just nine days ago: “My gut feeling is that the truth will come out about Madeleine in the none too distant future ”.
In the space of that 9 days, Stephen Birch has been in contact, Robert Murat has made the news headlines by calling for a reconstruction of events and most interestingly of all, the Daily Mirror has reported that following Kate McCann collapsing a few days ago, she flew out, unaccompanied to Praia da Luz yesterday, because as a friend revealed: ‘She feels close to Madeleine there.’ Read more
I believe that Stephen Birch is set to make the news headlines in Portugal and South Africa again this weekend.
So, who knows? A simple, inexpensive ground probe, and my gut feeling could very well, be proved right.
Oh, and by the way. To all those people who doubted that I could write an article without swearing; fuck you.
Until the next time, be lucky.