Further newspaper reports
McCanns bring in cold-case detectives to investigate Madeleine's disappearance, 03 January 2008
The McCanns bring in cold-case detectives to investigate
Madeleine's disappearance Daily Mail
By DAN NEWLING and VANESSA ALLEN
Last updated at 00:48 03 January 2008
Kate and Gerry McCann have hired a former Met Police officer to carry out a "cold
case" review into Madeleine's disappearance.
Noel Hogan, a former CID detective, has spent hundreds of hours interviewing British witnesses in the
He has also gone through each witness's existing statements line by line. Among those he has interviewed
include the socalled "Tapas seven" who were on holiday with the McCanns in Praia da Luz last May.
He is also thought to have taken Kate and Gerry McCann through their own statements in minute detail.
Mr Hogan spent eight years in the Met where he reached the rank of detective superintendent.
Since 1986 he has run his own detective agency in Surrey, Hogan International, which claims to have extensive
experience dealing with missing-person cases.
Mr Hogan had been investigating one of the 7/7 suicide bombers before the terror attacks in 2005 after
the man's bank became suspicious of his spending patterns.
When contacted by the Daily Mail, Mr Hogan confirmed that he had spoken to many of the holidaymakers now
back in Britain.
He said: "I have been reinterviewing a number of the witnesses that were out in Portugal at the time."
He added that his investigation would tie in with the enquiry being conducted by the Spanish detective
agency Metodo 3 in Barcelona.
Since four-year- old Madeleine's disappearance, well-wishers have contributed over £1million to the fund
to help find her.
The McCanns have spent much of this money on Metodo 3, which is being paid £50,000 a month to lead the
search for their daughter.
However, the couple are understood to have become increasingly disillusioned with the firm, after its
head detective Francisco Marco made a series of wild public statements.
Mr Marco claimed to know for a fact that the missing toddler was being kept in North Africa and would
be home by Christmas.
But yesterday a source close to the family said that Kate and Gerry were keeping faith with Metodo 3 in
spite of their concerns.
But the source confirmed that they have also authorised the employment of Mr Hogan to coordinate the UK
end of the investigation.
The McCanns' official spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, declined to comment.
Metodo 3 are currently trying to re-interview an Irish family who said they saw a man carrying away a
child on the night Madeleine disappeared.
Martin Smith and his family-from Drogheda in Co. Louth, told police about the sighting - which is strikingly
similar to one by a friend of the McCanns, Jane Tanner.
They described a barefoot child and a man wearing beige trousers walking towards the beach in Praia da
Luz, about 400yards from the McCanns' holiday apartment.
However, they said that the man was definitely not official suspect Robert Murat, whom they had met before
and would have recognised.
Mr Smith even flew back to Portugal to give evidence but said he had not been contacted by police since
making a statement in May.
Hogan International: an apology Sunday Express (No online link)
On January 13 we published an article headed "Fears that new Maddie detective is
'not up to task'" in which we wrongly claimed that Noel Hogan’s investigation agency had taken over the private investigation
into Maddie’s disappearance and accused it of being "not up to the task."
We wish to withdraw unequivocally the
suggestion that either Mr Hogan or his agency are incompetent or had misled the McCanns about their capabilities. We are happy
to clarify that Mr Hogan’s company has been retained by Metodo 3, the Spanish agency who work for the McCanns, to carry
out work in the UK.
This is part of a long-standing arrangement between the two agencies to instruct each other for
work in their respective countries. The impression we gave that there is animosity between them and that Mr Hogan breached
professional confidences was also wrong.
We apologise to Mr Hogan for the embarrassment and distress caused by our
article and have agreed to pay him and his agency compensation and legal costs."
The mystery begins
at 18:30h, 01 May 2008
01 May 2008 00:30h
(Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos for translation)
It was shortly after 22:00 when Kate went to the room and shouted from the balcony: "They took Maddie, they've
taken her". This happened almost a year ago but it is still very vivid in the memory of some of the employees of the Ocean
Club, in Praia da Luz.
No one is able to remember how many minutes before Maddie's mother left the table. They only
know that when help was asked, Kate was already near the flat with one of the women of the group. "She seemed hysterical and
the only thing she was saying was that someone had taken the kid. Everybody left the table and the confusion was established",
reminds one of the employees.
But the mystery of the British kid began at 18:30. What happened till 20:00 in the flat
where the McCanns spent holidays with the three kids continues to be the doubt of the investigators of the PJ, one year later.
20:00 the couple entered the Tapas restaurant where they dined with the friends. "Everyday they dined at the same table.It
was not strange to us", reminded to CM the same source of Ocean Club.
Kate, Gerry and the friends were in an oval table.
Before dinner they asked for "strawberry daiquiris and martinis" and only after 21:00 the meal began to be served. The group
was cheerful. Around 21:00 dinner is served. One of the employees remember that one of the elements of the group was not in
the table. The physical description coincides with Russel O'Brien, "I remember because someone asked us to keep the meal".
gave the alert at 22:00 but the GNR was only called at 22:40. "I only realised that was Kate's daughter when she gave the
documents to the GNR. Till then I didn't realise that she was the mother", reminds the witness. Around 02:00 the PJ began
to inspect the place, collecting vestiges and following the hypothesis of a kidnapping.
PJ MADE A RECONSTRUCTION IN OCTOBER
The team that investigates the case have already made a reconstruction
of what happened on the night of 3rd of May but during the day.
The CM found that the reconstruction was made in the
end of October in the days that the team directed by the new coordinator Paulo Rebelo returned to the flat and to the Tapas
Some actions were made like passing objects from the inside to the outside of the flat or simply measuring
distances. Also in the Tapas restaurant at that time the employees were asked to put the table and simulate the dinner
that took place the night that Maddie disappeared.
"It is a step that is done to gather clues that were collected,
cross information and depositions or to confirm a confession" explained to the CM a judicial source.
The second step
of this kind that the PJ wants to make "will be to reunite the participants in order to see all possible details about what
happened that night", explained the same source.
A reconstruction can be asked by the PJ or by the Public Prosecutor
that is in charge of the case.
As the CM reported it was asked to the group of nine persons that spent holidays in
the Ocean Club their collaboration to make this reconstruction but there are no answers yet if they are going to be present
"I NEVER SAW THEM WITH THE KIDS"
Some of the employees that
worked in the Ocean Club did not know that the group had children. One of them referred to the CM that he was "astonished"
when the alert was given. "I never saw them with children. The parents came always alone and only after that we began to think
that the children always stay in the rooms sleeping alone", said one of the employees that had the night shift and is no longer
working in the resort. The group of adults took the kids to the crèche of the Ocean Club where they had several activities.
Only in some situations they were together, adults and children, in the pool.
ABOUT THE WINDOWS
The first indications that the McCanns gave to the police after the disappearance
of their daughter was that the living room door in the back of the flat where Maddie slept with the twins was opened. "It
was through that door that they checked the kids. The blind was open and it was just needed to open the windows to enter the
flat. If someone had done that they would not be able to see it from the restaurant", said to the CM a source of the Ocean
The other references were about the window of the room where the kids sleep, that the parents commented that
night that "could have been opened".
Maddie's parents told the PJ that they checked the children every 15 minutes but
a source of the Ocean Club reaffirmed to the CM that "it was not with that regularity".
The upstairs neighbour Pamela
Fenn that heard Maddie crying the night before wanted to help but Kate did not accept the suggestion.
When around 23:00
hours the GNR arrived some of the employees of the Ocean Club made the translations of what the couple and friends said. Only
after that the PJ was called.
The area was searched during the night by Gerry, friends and several citizens. In the
morning the authorities launched the biggest search operation ever made in Algarve.
The first thesis is of abduction
the second day of the search the PJ admits that it could be an abduction with sexual intentions.
The development of the investigation ended with the suspicion of homicide.
Guardian bought Madeleine McCann link by mistake, says marketing director, 08 August 2008
Guardian bought Madeleine McCann link by mistake, says
marketing director Journalism.co.uk
By Laura Oliver
Guardian has admitted it mistakenly bought the keywords Madeleine McCann from Google.
By wrongly purchasing the keywords a link to the paper's coverage of Madeleine's disappearance appeared
in a column of sponsored results when a search for her name was made on Google.
The newspaper has now taken down the link and has reviewed the list of keywords it owns, Marc Sands, marketing
director for the Guardian, told Journalism.co.uk.
The paper's purchase of the words Madeleine McCann was criticised by Justin Williams, assistnat editor
at Telegraph Media Group, on his personal blog, who said the practice showed the paper was 'desperate' to hold onto its position
as the UK's most popular newspaper website according to the most recent Audit Bureau of Circulations Electronic (ABCe) traffic
"The purchase of terms is a way of getting your stories, at a cost, in front of people. It's absolutely what
everyone does all the time," said Sands.
A search for the terms shows the Mirror currently owns the keywords McCanns cleared,
while a Google search for other keywords, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, show the the Sun and Times have also purchased phrases
"It is a way of getting it [news] distributed to people who have expressed an interest
in that subject," he added.
"The issue with the Madeleine McCann keywords is an interesting one. It's like advertising, but not really:
the only reason you and I search for a term is because we are interested in that term."
The practice had been criticised in the blog post, he said, because of the Guardian's
previous stance on the coverage of the McCann story.
"The Guardian in the past has been very critical of the coverage of Madeleine McCann, saying it has been salacious
and misleading. What the person in the blog post is saying is that Madeleine McCann is not to be treated in this way, so what
on earth are they doing buying keywords?"
The issue led the paper to review its list of current keywords to assess 'what news is okay to do it with and what isn't',
The Guardian buys thousands of Google keywords relating to current news stories every week, he added. It currently owns
the keywords 'stamp duty', 'university league tables' and 'post office closures'.
"Madeleine McCann slipped through the net. You don't approve all these [keyword purchases] every day. We would have had
to say to the company that buys the keywords for us: never buy the keywords for Madeleine McCann," he said.
Search engine marketing and search engine optimisation of newspaper websites is a 'new area' for publishers, added Sands.
"Everyone is working their way through and trying to remain true exactly to the principles of what they're doing, but
also to ensure that they're getting read."
By Justin Williams, Assistant Editor at the Telegraph Media Group
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at 8:35
As I commented last month, the digital team at Guardian News and Media seems to be desperate to hold on to its recently
regained crown as the No 1 newspaper website in the UK. There is no phrase too sensitive, no taste that is too poor …
apparently. Now GMG has bought the keywords "Madeleine McCann" from Google.
|The Guardian has bought the key phrase "Madeleine McCann"
Even though it repeatedly denounced the Telegraph's perfectly legitimate search engine optimisation strategy back in
May after telegraph.co.uk had risen to No.1, that distaste for what is not decent journalism doesn’t extend …
apparently … to its marketing department. Or perhaps search engine marketing at GNM isn't just the domain of the marketing
department - last month GNM's digital head, Emily Bell, was quoted on her own website explaining how the newsdesk has involvement
'Also in the past two months, we have started to combine search engine optimisation - talking
to the news desk on the paper about SEO-friendly headlines and underlining SEO with our subs desk [on the website] - with
our marketing and pay-per-click activity'
That pay-per-click activity now
extends to buying the phrase "Madeleine McCann", something that even The Sun has stopped doing after being roundly condemned
for poor taste in its dash for unique users.
Rich abusers escape justice, 13
|Monsignor Luciano Guerra
Pilgrimage - Fatima rector is
revolted with abuse against children
13 August 2008 - 00h30
Thanks to 'viv' for translation
Achieving justice in child abuse cases is difficult when the suspects have greater economic power, believes the
Shrine Rector of the Fatima Sanctuary, using the Casa Pia scandal as an example.
Monsignor Luciano Guerra writes in
today's edition of the 'Voz de Fátima' (Voice of Fatima) - on the same day that the Immigrant Pilgrimage ends - an article
regarding "the abusers of the innocents", and refers to Esmeralda, Maddie, and Casa Pia, considering the last one to be "revolting."
"The worst of these isolated miseries is the Casa Pia case, which has been in the courts now for four years, with
thousands of hearings" and so many pages that "no-one, no judge, could possibly read it all", states the rector.
Luciano Guerra – the last time in front of the Sanctuary during a large pilgrimage - these processes "reveal to
us a chronic reality, which cannot be solved with two or three hearings, as in other cases, because the "truth of the lies" are
so much more difficult to prove the wealthier those who practice them are". After criticising the "apologies of paedophile
relations", and the attempts to legalise them, the priest considers violations that happen within "the sanctuary of the family,
which convert the cradle and the incubator into killers of innocents" to be "much worse, because they are more serious
and drawn out".
Luciano Guerra is aware that in this respect, "the Church is finally beginning to accept a negligence
that could have lasted for centuries", stressing that "the three child-seers of Fatima also suffered offence committed
by adults, when they gave their testimony regarding the truth of the apparitions at Fatima."
Finally, the Shrine
Rector believes that, even after Justice is achieved in the courts, "the open wounds in the children's hearts will continue,
so long as they and we fail to understand the tragedy of the abuse" as "only forgiveness can heal our hearts."
Pope smiles about coming to Portugal
During a 15 minute meeting during which he was asked
by the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima whether he intended to visit Portugal, the Pope smiled. This revelation was made yesterday
by D. Antonio Marto, when questioned, on whether the trip could occur after the visit of the Holy Father to the shrine of
Lourdes (France) in September.
"The Pope laughed and said not a word. I do not know what this means", said the Bishop
of Leiria-Fátima, adding that the presence of Bento XVI in Fátima "would not be soon…" (…)
|Monsignor Luciano Guerra with the McCanns at Fatima on 23 May 2007
GRUESOME TWOSOME, 17 August 2008
THE PEOPLE UNMASKS GHOULS CASHING IN ON MADDIE EXCLUSIVE
Vile fantasist ties to sell 'dynamite' Madeleine McCann pics The People
We snare this vile fantasist trying to sell 'dynamite' McCann pics for £50k
Exclusive by James Millbank
17 August 2008
Maddie McCann's parents are "devastated and furious" over
a cruel bid to cash in on their anguish.
Grasping Duarte Levy demanded £50,000 for photographs he claims implicate Kate and Gerry
in their daughter's disappearance.
The 23-stone Frenchman said the "dynamite" pictures showed Kate had changed clothes
suspiciously the night Maddie vanished.
Despicable Levy also made the ludicrous claim that the 24 photos he was peddling cast
doubt on what Gerry and one of the couple's Tapas 7 pals told Portuguese police.
Levy, who said he had close links to the cops, bragged outrageously: "These photos are
a bombshell and will force the Maddie case to be re-opened."
The People refused his offers to sell the pictures - and told the McCanns' spokesman
Clarence Mitchell of Levy's preposterous claims.
Mr Mitchell branded Levy "a con man and fantastist".
He said: "Kate and Gerry are angry and upset that he is seeking to make money out of
Madeleine - it is a disgrace.
"They are no longer suspects and he should not be trying to tarnish their reputation.
We thank The People for exposing this man."
A People investigator met Levy in a Brussels hotel last week. Levy said: "I will sell
the photos to the highest bidder. I got hold of them through my contacts."
Levy - who is in his 40s and claims to have homes in Spain, Belgium and London - said
he had sold pictures and stories about Maddie for tens of thousands of pounds.
He said his new photos showed doctors Kate and Gerry, both 40, dining with their friends
in Praia da Luz the night Maddie, then three, disappeared 15 months ago.
Levy claimed that Kate and one of the Tapas 7 changed their clothes.
He also alleged: "The photos were taken between about 8.10pm and 10.15pm and they show
that the time lines made by Gerry McCann and another Tapas 7 friend are wrong.
They are dynamite." Levy cruelly scorned Kate and Gerry's belief that Maddie is still
alive. He said: "I believe she died in that room during an accident and then her body was moved to a flat in the town where
it was kept in a freezer."
The claim is categorically denied by the McCanns and police produced no evidence to
support the theory. Levy said the pictures were taken by a Spanish tourist whose camera was later stolen.
He claimed a police source tipped him off after officers found the camera, which he
then bought legally.
Levy also tried to convince The People that a well-known British legal firm offered
him 600,000 euros (£512,800) for the photographs.
Bizarrely, he said he refused because the lawyers would not agree to his demand that
the police should have copies of the pictures.
He also offered The People recordings he claimed to have of the McCanns' financial backer,
double-glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, in a private meeting with Portuguese police.
Mr Mitchell last night said he did not know if Kate changed her clothes and added: "If
she did, so what?" He said: "It is no big deal that Mr Kennedy met the police.
"He is interested in all - aspects of the investigation. He is a very hands-on person."
A friend of the McCanns, of Rothley, Leics, said last night: "They have nothing to hide.
It appears the Portuguese police are using Levy to leak negative material."
'Photos of couple are a bombshell...I will sell for highest offer'
as Madeleine McCann cop brings sick book to UK,
17 August 2008
Fury as Madeleine McCann
cop brings sick book to UK The People
Bungling cop is bringing his sick book to UK in bid to make
Exclusive by Joshua Layton
17 August 2008
Bungling Maddie cop Goncalo Amaral will rake in a MILLION
pounds by flogging his book worldwide.
The Truth Of The Lie has topped Portugal's bestseller lists after selling more than
140,000 copies in its first two weeks.
And his publisher plans to release it in the UK, despite our stricter libel laws which
would make it easier for the McCanns to sue.
Jorge Silva, of Portuguese firm Guerrae Paz, said: "We are convinced it doesn't go against
any law. It is an important contribution to the discovery of the material truth and the fulfilment of justice."
But the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell fired a warning to Mr Amaral last night,
saying: "If he seeks to publish in Britain, he and his publisher will face legal action without a shadow of a doubt.
"There is nothing to stop us from suing him in Portugal. Our lawyers are looking at
the exact content of what he said in Portuguese and have plenty of time in which to act.
"But if he publishes in Britain it will make legal action even easier."
The tubby ex-chief inspector was obsessed with the theory that parents Kate and Gerry
disposed of Madeleine's bod (sic) - despite all their denails.
Mr Amaral was overheard telling Portuguese F1 driver Pedro Lamy: "We suspect the parents
Even without a UK book deal, he is set to make a fortune.
A Spanish publisher has just bought the so-called inside story and Mr Silva said he
was in talks with publishers from countries like the USA, the Netherlands, Brazil and Germany, as well as Britain.
Uk book expert Suzanne Collier said: "I could see it being a bestseller and even one
of the biggest British books of the year."
She likened the book to Spycatcher, the controversial memoirs of former MI5 officer
Peter Wright. She added: "It doesn't matter if it's true or not, people would want to read it. The author could well make
up to a million. I reserve judgment on whether it should be published."
Mr Amaral, 48, is on a full police pension after being sacked five months into the shambolic
Maddie hunt for saying Brit cops were shielding the McCanns.
He shamelessly launched his 214-page book by flogging hundreds of signed copies for
£10 each in a Lisbon department store.
The father of three's account says cops suspected Kate and Gerry almost as soon as Maddie
vanished in Praia da Luz. He blames British police, the Diplomatic Service, M15 and even the NHS for conspiring against him.
His publishers claimed he was motivated by "duty", not money. Incredibly, Mr Silva hit
out at the McCanns over the book. He added: "We're aware that some UK publishers - given the atmosphere created by the McCanns
and more specifically their spokesman - may fear to take it on. We hope that an audacious publisher understands its relevancy
and will publish soon."
Mr Amaral said he would RELISH a court battle with the couple to clear HIS name.
Documents released this month showed the Portuguese CID had no evidence against the
The couple's spokesman Mr Mitchell said of the ex-detective's book: "Any publisher should
think very long and hard about what they are potentially opening themselves up to.
"He's been trying to make money out of his book since the day he started writing."
'This is an important contribution to discovery of truth'
The People: Duarte Levy's response, 17 August 2008
Clarification about the article in the newspaper The People, of August 17, 2008 SOSMaddie
17 August 2008
The People: Duarte Levy's response
the article in the Sunday newspaper, The People, August 17th 2008.
concerning me, published today in The People newspaper, is false. Between August 9th and August 15th, I was contacted by and
met with several British journalists (*) at their request, about a witness who claimed to have seen Madeleine McCann in Brussels,
and about the article published by me and Paulo Reis about the existence of 24 photos, taken on the the night of May 3rd by
tourists who were at the Tapas Bar.
These colleagues asked me for help, because, besides
the fact that they don't speak French, they didn't know Brussels, didn't know where or to whom to direct themselves to investigate
the case of the witness claiming to have seen Madeleine.
As is the rule between professional colleagues, I
met with these journalists and I helped them as much as I could. As is obvious, we spoke about the Madeleine McCann case,
on the information published recently on my blog and on my colleague Paulo Reis' blog. We exchanged impressions and comments.
I will not repeat the comments from my English colleagues, because private conversations are private conversations - at least
for principled people.
So that it is clear,
I do not have in my possession, anything which is of interest to the authorities or
which might concern the investigation of a crime.
17 August 2008
(*) – Nick Fagge & Jonathan Buckmaster - Daily Express / Lucy
Hagan - The Sun / Julie (?) Daily Mail / Emily Miller - The Mirror / James Millbank - The People (14 and 15 August)
The entry on Paulo Reis's blog which is referenced in this statement:
McCann case: 24 pictures that may help to re-open the case Gazeta Digital13 August 2008
A tourist that was at the Tapas Bar, on the night of May 3, took several pictures where the table with the McCann and
their friends is visible. The tourist was with his wife and another couple and they took pictures from each other, with the
McCann table on the background.
The owner of the pictures is negotiating with several British newspapers to sell the
rights for an exclusive publication, but with a condition: before being published, the pictures must be sent to the Portuguese
police. The tourist is well aware that the pictures may have important evidence related with a crime and not sending it to
police is considered also a crime, in his country.
Yesterday, a well known legal office from UK knew about the existence
of those pictures and contacted the owner, offering to buy all pictures for 600,000 Euros. But the British lawyers didn't
accept the condition set by the owner – that the pictures should be sent to the Portuguese police, just before the transaction.
The lawyers' office wanted to be free to choose the moment when the pictures would be send to Portuguese authorities, so the
offer was refused by the tourist.
Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis
Posted by Paulo Reis at 06:09:00
McCanns to sue
police?, 22 August 2008
McCanns to sue police? Woman's Own magazine (no online link, appears in magazine
Madeleine's parents face new agony
after detectives' mistakes are revealed
Edition date: 25 August
2008, Published date: 18 August 2008
No one can fail to be moved by new revelations
of information that was withheld from Kate and Gerry McCann in the search for missing Maddie.
Possible sightings, e-fits of two suspects,
CCTV pictures and information that a paedophile ring may have ordered the abduction have been brought to light.
And now the couple may be planning to sue
the Portuguese police for any mistakes they might have made during the investigation.
Family spokesperson, Clarence Mitchell,
tells Woman's Own, 'The mistakes and incompetence are there for all to see. If they’d done a lot more in the
first few days after Madeleine went missing, then there would have been a better chance of getting her back.'
The move was revealed as the McCanns' team
of private investigators were following up a new sighting of Maddie – a security guard in Brussels, Belgium, is convinced
he saw her with a woman in a hijab headdress just days ago. While the McCanns' priority is still to get Maddie back, their
legal team in Portugal are seeing
if there are grounds for a lawsuit.
But this renewed investigation comes at
a time when the McCanns are running low on cash. There's just £460,000 left in the Find Madeleine fund, and with the investigation
reported to be costing £166,000 per month, they're running out of the money needed to find their little girl.
But members of the public, desperate to
return Madeleine to her parents, have got into trouble taking pictures of children whom they suspect may be Maddie. The McCanns
are now urging people not to take photos of children without the consent of their parents, but to report any suspicions to
the police immediately.
The recent reports of possible new sightings
have further convinced the McCanns that their daughter is alive and unharmed, playing down claims that she may have been snatched
by a paedophile ring.
'There is no suggestion she has been harmed
or killed,' says Clarence Mitchell. 'They believe she has been hidden somewhere. It could be a Romany family who have taken
her. It's unusual, but not completely rare.
'As long as there is money in the fund to
pay for investigators, the investigation will continue. If and when it runs out, there are ways to bring more money in.'
Secrets of the
- It's claimed a little girl told Dutch shop assistant Anna Stam, 41, in early May last year that her name was Maddie
and she'd been taken from her holiday.
- Two e-fits of suspicious men seen hanging around Praia da Luz before the little girl went missing were never released.
- Previously unseen CCTV images show small children resembling Maddie at two Algarve petrol stations
the day after she vanished.
- News came out that a man tried to abduct a child
from the same apartment eight months earlier.
to Nigel at