Christian Ludke - Criminal Psychologist
You have since early on warned that behaviour of
is pointing towards them being involved, what
had made you feel that way?
Ludke: In the
latest years I have often been in contact with parents who
had lost their child due to a crime. They are under massive
shock, were helpless, were insecure, withdrawing themselves.
They have an inner struggle, blaming themselves for possibly
not have looked enough after their child.
Was it different with the McCanns?
live completely different, often harmonic. Already after a
few days they went jogging, as if that was a normal thing to
do, they always came 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
Maybe it was an accident?
Ludke: No. In
such a case, after the first shock they would have trusted
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
What could have been the motive, to disappear their own
are parents who have little to no emotional binding with a
child. Often such a child is considered a burden, that is
treated in a brutal or perverse way. The most known is the
Munchhausen-by proxy-Syndrome: The mother hurts the child
until it is almost not alive anymore and then calls for the
police because she herself has a huge wish for attention.
Do you think it is possible that Madeleineís parents have
Madeleine together and hidden her?
believe both have perpetrator knowledge.
You mean, the McCanns have planned the death of their
Ludke: Yes, it
is possible that they have planned the act for a long time,
at least in must have been in their minds often and they
must have spoken about it together. Otherwise they would now
be contradicting each others.
When parents are guilty of killing their child, do they
block that out of their minds?
likely. Both are very much conscious, give interviews,
travel. It is for them easier to lie than to tell the truth.
rule out a psychoses. Many things are pointing towards
mentally disturbed. The children of the McCanns were
conceived artificially, that can lead to problems in
parenthood. Maybe a lack of self esteem that is not often
talked about. Maybe the child had to die for a problem that
had been going on for many years.
But the McCanns seem perfect and loving parents.
image to the outside world can be due to a guilt mechanism
when on a media campaign, and to distract from the real
Why do they not go back to Great Britain?
also speaks against them, when someone looses a child they
want to be with loved ones in a trusted surrounding. When
they continue to stay on that resort, there were something
terrible happened the worse that can happen to a parent,
being loosing a child, that points towards a permanent
survival instinct, images of what happened must pop up when
being there. That the McCanns do not return home, where they
also can have memories of happy times with their children
can be a way out, to not be de-connected with what they have
The world thinks it is impossible that these parents can be
are probably been taken on by the McCanns. Very soon
they have been thinking of themselves instead of of the
child. De parents were treated like the Beckhams. In his
the father writes almost daily about that and
irrelevant/banal things, which shirt he was wearing, what
the weather is like. That isnít a father that is worried.
Statistically 70 percent of all the violence against
children is caused by the parents, family members or
friends. That has unfortunately not been looked into. The
Portuguese police was treated very unfairly when pointing
Criminal Psychologist Dr. Christian Ludke:
Staatsexamen (Sek. II) in Erziehungswissenschaft, kath.
Theologie und Sport Promotion zum Doktor der Philosophie in
der Facherkombination Erziehungswissenschaft, Soziologie und
York / USA, Arbeit mit schwer erziehbaren Kindern- und
1991-1999: Psychologische Ausbildung von Spezialeinheiten (SEK,
MEK und VG) bei der Fortbildungsstelle Spezialeinheiten der
Polizei in NRW
1999-2001: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Universit ln /
Lehrstuhl Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Geschhrer der HumanProtect Consulting GmbH
Psychologische Akutintervention und Rehabilitation nach
(Bank-)√llen, Geiselnahmen, Unfllen, Katastrophen und
anderen belastenden Ereignissen