|Gonçalo Amaral believes that Madeleine McCann died inside the apartment at Praia da Luz
On 24 July 2008, Gonçalo Amaral launches his book 'A Verdade da Mentira',
'Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie', in Lisbon. Its publication was met with a furious reaction from the McCanns and
the UK press.
This page contains an overall summary of the book,
with some chapter summaries.
See also further pages covering the
launch of the book
and its continued publication throughout Europe, apart from the UK.
A summary of key points from 'The
Truth of the Lie'
A summary of key points from 'The Truth of the Lie', 27 July 2008
A summary of the key points from 'The Truth of the
Lie' Proud of the PJ
This summary obviously cannot cover every single point raised in the book but it covers most of the main
27 July 2008
1 - Gonçalo
Amaral starts by thanking family and friends, anonymous citizens who supported him and also cybernauts and bloggers who 'defended
the cause of truth and justice'.
2 - Very strange Mr Alipio Ribeiro's remark that making the McCanns arguidos
was a hasty decision because he knew all along and agreed with the decision at the time.
3 - The British police
agreed with the PJ that Madeleine had died in apartment 5A and that there was a body that needed to be found. Later things
seemed to change.
4 - Making them arguidos was inevitable due to the non-incrimination principle. Certain questions
could not be asked if they weren't arguidos. Even for their own protection.
5 - Unusual, priviliged treatment
for the couple is stressed.
6 - The British police were working very closely with the PJ. They were in a room just
next to the 'crisis room' the PJ worked in and were aware of everything that was going on.
7 - The McCanns'
routine is described. Madeleine, Sean and Amelie spend most of their time in the creche.
8 - On the 1st of May,
Madeleine cries for an hour and 15 minutes, between 10:30 and 11:45pm - and cries for daddy. She only stops when her parents
get back home.
9 - The next morning Madeleine questions her parents about not being there while she cried
all that time.
10 - When the first police officers arrived at the scene several people were inside the apartment.
Gonçalo Amaral says that mistakes were made because the scene should have been recorded (pictures or footage) with
the people who were there so important aspects like the way those people were dressed was recorded. The twins were sleeping
and did not wake up with the commotion. And the bed sheets on the twins' cots were not there. First 72 hours are extremely
important in these cases.
11 - Contradiction regarding the checking times. Some say every 30 minutes, others say
every 15 minutes. Gonçalo Amaral calls Glen Power for info on the whole group. Their history could be essential for
12 - Inspector Chief Tavares de Almeida forgets his holiday because of the case. All Portuguese forces
were now aware of the crime as well as Interpol. Searches start. The apartment had been contaminated by friends of the couple,
employees from the resort, GNR officers and their dogs and other unknown people. Was the contamination out of ignorance or
was it on purpose?
13 - Early in the morning, the searches continue. A crime scene team from Lisbon is on the way
and the PJ starts to formally interview hundreds of people. The PJ asks British police for help regarding any British tourist
present in the Algarve who may have a criminal record. Footage from hotels, banks, supermarkets, gas stations and highways
are checked. Spain is alerted to pay attention to departures to Morocco. The harbours of Tarifa and Algeciras are checked
through CCTV footage. Marinas in the Algarve are checked as well as their records of arrivals and departures.
- The PJ checks all photos and footage from the Tapas 9. Clues could be found there. However, there are no photos or footage
at night which might have been useful to help understand what happened that evening. Sexual offenders are checked to make
sure they weren't around PDL at the time and the criminal history of PDL is also investigated. No signs of a break in,
unlike the McCanns and Sky News reported. The PM (Public Ministry) is informed of the situation. In the document the case
is treated like a "Kidnapping?". Mr Amaral said the document is in the files and that as early as the 4th of May
there were questions, which explains the question mark after 'kidnapping'.
15 - All possibilities were
on the table. The abduction theory was good for the investigation, according to Mr Amaral because it allowed more means, manpower
and tools to work with. It wasn't in the best interest of the investigation that the parents and friends were aware that
they could be possible suspects. 12 hours after the disappearance a diplomat arrives in Portimao. He was not happy and he
was heard to say that the PJ 'wasn't doing anything'.
16 - Info from the British police is late, unlike
what normally happens in other cases. No information on the couple, the friends or the children. It was important to be sure
that Madeleine was their biological daughter. British Ambassador arrives. All this diplomacy is not normal according
to Mr Amaral. 'Who are this couple?'. 'Who are these friends?'.
17 - The searches go on. A helicopter
is used and the OC employees are questioned. It's a battle against time because the following day /the 5th of May) is
the day some of the potential witnesses are due to return to the UK. The press, Portuguese and British are already in
PDL. Why was the press called in so quickly, apparently before the police?
18 - The apartment is checked for finger
and hand prints, hair, fibres, blood and other biological evidence. Mistakes were made and Amaral underlines the person on
the outside without a full suit on. No signs of break in and no prints of other people other than the ones who were supposed
to have been at the apartment. No glove marks found either. A hand-print is found and also fingerprints on the window from
where Madeleine was taken according to her parents. The hand-print belonged to one of the first GNR officers who arrived at
19 - The roadworks being done in the streets of PDL were checked by workmen, police officers and
sniffer dogs. The Tapas are formally questioned in Portimão (it's still the morning of the 4th of May). First contradictions
are detected. Jane Tanner 'saw' the abductor. Gerry and Jeremy were very close and did not see Jane or the abductor.
The need for translation doesn't help because there is more time to think about what people should say. Kate and Gerry
have no doubt that it is a kidnapping. Contradictions regarding the door and the window and shutters. (Open, closed, locked,
21h05: Gerry - all is well with the children.
Tanner - Sees alleged abductor carrying a child.
21h30: Mathew Oldfield - enter the
apartment but not the bedroom
and only sees the twins.
22h00: Kate - finds Madeleine missing.
20 - If the window was open why didn't
Oldfield see it if at the time Jane Tanner had already seen the 'abductor'? Matthew says the door was slightly open.
Kate states the door was completely open.
21 - Kate mentions the 'abductor' mentioned by Jane but describes
him in a completely different way. Jane said the man had light trousers and hair the lenghth of his neck. Kate says the abductor
was wearing jeans and had long hair.
22 - The description evolved. Now the abductor was 1.78 m tall, was wearing
light trousers and a dark shirt and was carrying a child who seemed to be wearing pyjamas.
23 - Jane's decription
evolves again: it is now a dark skinned man, 35-40, thin, around 1.70m, very thick and dark hair neck length, linen trousers
beige or gold, Duffy' type jacket but not as thick, classic black shoes, was rushing and was carrying a child in a strange
way. By the way the man was dressed, Jane said he didn't look like a tourist. The child was apparently sleeping and she
only saw the legs. The child had no shoes on. Cotton pyjamas, light colour, possibly white or pink and maybe flowers on it.
Jane said she would recognise the man from behind and by the way he walked.
24 - Jane said she didn't know
what Madeleine was supposed to be wearing which surprised the police because 14 hours had passed and Gerry and Kate must have
mentioned it, especially because Madeleine's description and clothes had been given to police officers, locals and tourists
who were looking for the missing child.
25 - There is footage of a girl looking like Madeline in one gas station.
The parents are informed and Kate is asked to return to Portimão to see if it is Madeleine or not. Instead of being
full of hope, Kate looks bored for being forced to return to Portimão and seems angry at the speed of the police car
which startled police officers.
26 - First press release on the case. Special authorisation has to be requested.
Lots of info starts to arrive, especially info from 'psychics' and people who say they had visions and dreams about
Madeleine. Although they aren't credible, they are checked everytime it's possible. Several sketches of Madeleine
with different hair cuts and colour are done.
27 - On the 4th of May the PJ stays in PDL past 10:00pm because they
want to observe the lighting conditions and other details. The police find it surprising that Jane was able to see all
those details because it was already quite dark and the visibility is not good. Where did the 'abductor' take Madeline?
Was there a car? If there was, why wouldn't anyone see it if the car had to be driven towards the centre of PDL? The beach
was the most likely destination to anyone who would not wish to be seen. Gerry stated he entered the apartment using the main
entance and using his key. Why? If the back entrance was a lot closer and it was apparently unlocked? Kate and Gerry say the
aductor did not enter the apartment from the back entrance because they could see it from the Tapas bar and would have spotted
him. That is a lie. And this lie is most likely intended to state that Madeleine and her twin brother and sister were safe
and that there was no neglect. They were obviously not safe or Madeleine wouldn't be missing.
28 - Another strange
aspect: The abductor enters through the door and leaves through the window carrying a child? Why not using the door again?
It would be easier and it wouldn't be so suspicious. The police officers discuss their suspicions in the 'crisis'
room. The pressure due to the media frenzy starts to kick in.
29 - Several statements about people acting
in a strange way are checked. Some can be discarded but at least one cannot be fully investigated because in the meanwhile
those people returned to their countries of origin. However, in that case it was possible to identify the flight and no sign
of Madeleine. A gipsy camping site is also checked as well as more than 400 apartments and houses in PDL.
The possibility of searching the Tapas groups apartments is discussed. The interest is to locate Madeleine's clothes,
the ones which she was wearing that day to check them for evidence of violence, for instance. However, at this stage it is
considered that treating the Tapas as suspects might not be good for the investigation. Mr Amaral considers this, at present,
a mistake. But there was too much pressure to investigate the abduction scenario.
31 - It seemed like it was forbidden
to suspect the Tapas 7 or the parents. Diplomacy was always around. Publicly the case is treated as a kidnapping to avoid
media speculation, although all possibilities are being investigated by the police and many question arise. The media frenzy
gets bigger and bigger. The PJ has difficulties dealing with that. At the same time the preoccupation of the McCanns in dealing
with the press is noticed.
32 - The PJ keeps an eye on their public appearances. All info is being checked and
the PJ starts working on the mobile phones info. No communications which arouse questions are detected, apart from Robert
Murat who will later be made an arguido. The PJ check Kate and Gerry's phone records. Kate did not make any phone calls
between the 27th April and the 4th of May which arouses suspicions. And hasn't received any between 11:22 on the 2nd of
May and 23:17 of the 3rd. Gerry's phone has no record of calls before the 4th at 00:15. But there is a record on Kate's
phone of a phone call from her husband on the 3rd May at 23:17. The same record doesn't exist on Gerry's phone. So
the records were deleted. Why?
33 - An unconfirmed piece of news arrives at the PJ. Apparently the British secret
services had, after the (whatever) crime, tapped the Tapas phones. If that was true the info was never sent to the PJ which
also thought about tapping them but who feared the reaction if it was found out and also the refusal of the judge because
at the time there wasn't strong reasons to do it.
34 - A bit of the life of the McCanns is described. Kate
had a tiring life. Three children to take care of. Madeleine apparently wasn't an easy child. At the time of the holiday
Kate was probably exhausted and had mentioned that before leaving for PDL she had a bad feeling/ an omen.
The police found it strange that the children spent so much time in the créche but after interviewing the nannies
they were told it was not a general rule but it was quite common with holidaymakers.
36 - Madeleine was at the
créche the day she disappeared until 5:30pm. That was the last time anyone outside the group saw her. Madeleine was
apparently very close to her dad and revealed an extreme love for her twin brother and sister.
37 - During July
and one of Gerry's visits to England, a British Police officer visited him at home. On the fridge there was a piece of
paper with some of Madeleine's problems written on it. Madeleine apparently had problems sleeping and used to get up at
night quite often. It is mentioned that Madeleine's grandfather admitted that the children were given something to help
them sleep. Mr Amaral says this can explain why the twins did not wake up and that it also may have been the basis of Madeleine's
38 - Madeleine's health records were really important and were asked for with insistence.
However, they were not sent. Historically, in these types of siuations, apparently the UK is not very cooperative. And the
secrecy between doctors and patients was also a setback. Her eye detail may be related to other health problems but without
medical records it was not able to confirm this.
39 - The 7th of May. Leicester police officers start to arrive.
Later, Scotland Yard also cooperated. Several leads are pursued, 'suspects' found but discarded. Lots of Madeleine
sightings. Lots of checking regarding Madeleine sighting. The Morocco saga starts. Mr Amaral talks about the photo of the
little girl in Morocco who supposedly looked like Madeleine. Mr Amaral was informed and diligencies to confirm it were done.
But Mr Amaral said that he stated it wasn't Madeleine.
40 - The McCanns were at the time of the Morocco sighting
already arguidos and both the British and the Portuguese police agreed that Madeleine was dead. However, something strange
happened. The British police had shown the McCanns the photo before informing the PJ about its existence. Apparently a British
police officer showed them the photo, asked them if it was Madeleine and the McCanns answered: 'It could be'. Gonçalo
Amaral was surprised that they weren't sure. After all it was their daughter. We all know how this ended. The child and
her mother were identified and it wasn't Madeleine.
41 - 23rd of May: according to Mr Amaral the McCanns contacted
Gordon Brown on that day and the PJ knew for sure that now this would be a political case, not a police one.
- A man, apparently British who has an Asian background, spotted in a photo with Murat and also in a photo where Gerry is
in a park with the children is investigated. Info is collected and the British police check him out and get an identification.
He is discarded as not having anything to do with Madeleine and as being in the park with his own daughter and then helping
in the searches like hundreds of other tourists. The photo of the man reached the British press. Mr Amaral says he has no
idea how it got to the UK papers and why it was published.
43 - One of the tourists told the PJ that he had heard
Gerry McCann speaking on the phone and saying that there are paedophile rings operating in Portugal and that they took Madeleine.
Mr Amaral says it's fantastic that after some hours the father of a missing child knows what happened to her with such
44 - It was thought to do the reconstruction in May but that wasn't possible. The number of tourists,
the number of journalists and the fact that the air space had to be closed (because of helicopters from the media) and the
fact that it would make the public suspect the McCanns were being treated as suspects prevented it.
45 - Mr Amaral
thinks that the reconstruction should have been made even one year after and even with the parents only, who were the ones
who couldn't refuse to come. He believes it would be helpful.
46 - A Dutch guy contacts the McCanns saying
he wants money in exchange for Madeleine/info about Madeleine's whereabouts. The police get involved (PJ, Leicester Police
and Scotland Yard). The e-mail exchange continues. The guy wants two million and 500 thousand in advance. All are stressed.
All but Gerry who was enjoying a lollipop, reading trivialities on the internet and discussing rugby and football with a British
police officer, which surprised the Portuguese and the British police. The guy was arrested and only wanted money. He confessed
he knew nothing about Madeleine.
To explain Gerry's cold ways a British officer usually commented with his
Portuguese counterparts: "Don't forget the guy starts cutting people in half after breakfast."
Several police officers from several police forces arrive as well as specialists in different areas and profilers. On the
14th of May Kate felt very offended with the liaison officers because they asked her where her daughter was. The McCann couple
would not tolerate those questions and doubts. Those liaison officers' job was to make a bridge between the parents and
the PJ and support the parents in any way they needed, However, it didn't last a week. After those questions the McCanns
decided they did not need them anymore. No one could doubt those parents, let alone officers from their own country, writes
48 - A Portuguese PJ officer leaves for the UK to help Leicester police triage info. Three Leicester
police officers have a meeting in Portimão with Luís Neves, Guilhermino Encarnação and Gonçalo
Amaral. The PJ is informed about the 'incident' between the McCanns and the liason officer(s). As time went by the
PJ realised that the theory most pursued in Portugal (Madeleine's death) was not known by everyone in Leicester. A 'rookie'
British police officer arrived in the Algarve and was wearing the 'Look for Madeleine' wristband. Portuguese PJ's
commented that soon he would not be wearing it anymore, which happened as soon as he came into contact with the files.
49 - Mr Amaral gets a phone call from his scared wife. Somebody had killed one of the family dogs, a Shitzu who
had a serious head injury. Mr Amaral went home but was in a hurry because he needed to go back to work and didn't want
his children to see the dog like that. He decided that he should bury the dog but the ground was too hard. So he decided to
take the dog and put it in the trash bin. While doing so he couldn't help think how easy it was for someone to dispose
of a dead body. Amaral's wife asks him to leave the investigation because she is scared. Mr Amaral tells his wife she
is not being rational and that there are no reasons to be worried.
50 - Murat's story. His villa drew attention
because it was very close to the crime scene and because apparently the abductor was seen walking in that direction. Amaral
decides to check and is surprised when a colleague tells him that Murat offered to translate at the scene if it was necessary,
since he spoke both English and Portuguese. The police had to resort to volunteers due to the amount of tourists and employees
(hundreds) that had to be spoken to, even if informally in the beginning. The PJ starts to check him out, especially after
the British journalist's suspicion. The PJ decide that it will be better if they keep him close and continue to use him
as a volunteer translator. Murat seems interested in everything regarding the investigation. He is said to consult internet
sites of a sexual nature, but no more details are known. British profilers start working on him and seem interested.
51 - Murat is watched. The rental of a car is investigated and the villa and cars are searched. Jane Tanner incriminates
Murat. No signs of Madeleine. Murat's clothes and other objects are collected to be analysed.
52 - Murat made
an arguido, declines lawyer. Answers all questions. The question of the phone calls between Murat, Malinka and Michaela is
investigated. Apparently the three met on the 2nd May because of the internet site.
53 - Several suspicions arise
regarding Murat, Michaela, Malinka and Luís António. They are all investigated. No signs of Madeleine anywhere.
After a pseudo friend of Murat from teenage times incriminates him for bestiality and other stange behaviours British profilers
say that there's a 90% chance that Murat is Madeleine's abductor. The 'pseudo friend' apparently has a long
criminal record and the PJ was not very convinced by his statement.
54 - Suddenly, on the 16th May, some friends
of the McCanns remember seeing Murat on the scene that night close to the apartment. GNR officers said that they only saw
him the next morning when he offered to translate. Rachel, Fiona, Russel and Murat are put face to face. The Tapas say Murat
was there. Murat says they're lying. The Tapas say that they will come back to Portugal if needed.
55 - The
Smiths see a man carrying a child wearing pink or white pyjamas and no shoes. The child has got medium/long blonde hair. The
man is between 30-35, is thin but fit and wears light trousers. Mr Smith contacts the Irish Police and tells them about that.
He states the man is not Murat but the girl was most likely Madeleine.
56 - The Payne incident, regarding
sexual gestures, is described. The statement was given to the British police 13 days after Madeleine went missing but was
only sent to the PJ by the end of October after Amaral left.
Payne's visit to apartment 5A on the 3rd of May:
Gerry said Payne stayed 30 minutes, Kate said it was 30 seconds. The reasons for the visit and number of visitors also have
different versions. Yvone, with experience in children matters, gets to talk to the McCanns and asks several questions which
annoy Kate who believes the police should be asking the questions not Yvone. Kate also says that a couple took her child and
cries a lot. The McCanns refuse Yvone's help after contradicting themselves more.
57 - The room seems
too tidied up and too cold. Everything in the right place. No signs of an abductor who would have needed to use something
to get out of the window. No footprints anywhere, nothing. Suspicions of an intentional modification of the crime scene. According
to Kate, Cudle Cat was close to the pillow when she found Madeleine missing. The bed sheets of the twins' cots were not
58 - The Tapas wrote two lists which are on the files with the times of the checking until the alarm
was raised. Inconsistencies in those two lists also. As soon as the alarm is raised, everyone rushed and entered the apartment
but Dianne Webster stays for some minutes.
59 - The two different lists prove that the checking timelines
were discussed. In order to escape the neglect accusations, the checking times were so close that they made the abduction
virtually impossible. Mathew was supposed to have twice passed close to the window through which Madeleine had already been
taken and yet fails to see the window wide open, although his mission was to check if everything was ok with the kids.
60 - Both police forces discuss the huge amount of inconsistencies.
61 - Jane also never mentioned the
window completely opened.
62 - How could Kate leave the twins alone again with a window supposedly open with an
abductor close by?
In the beginning of June, Kate starts taking about the possibility of Madeleine's death
and about contacts made by psychics who claimed they knew where Madeleine's body was. Mr Amaral said that it almost seemed
like Kate could soon say where Madeleine's body was even if in an indirect way.
63 - The McCanns ask for Mr
Krugel, the South African body-finder to come to PDL. Both police forces thought the idea was a bit ridiculous but didn't
want to be accused of not doing everything. The couple would now admit that Madeleine could be dead unlike what they were
publicly, and still are, claiming. The area where Krugel said Madeleine's body would be had already been searched by GNR
and their dogs but it was searched again. Nothing was found.
64 - Amaral describes a case he investigated where
a 3-year old was beaten to death by her father. He describes what a police officer but also a father feels in such a situation
and discusses the possible motive, generally speaking, which may lead people to hide a body.
65 - Amaral also underlines
the difficulty in investigating cases of missing people and cases with no body. The British specialist dogs are suggested
and they come to PDL. As we all know, they detect death scent and blood.
66 - Mark Harrison analyses the whole
file, visits PDL on foot and in an helicopter and writes a report in which he states that Madeleine is most likely dead and
her body most likely hidden in PDL. He also praises the PJ for all the work and efforts to try and find Madeleine alive but
thinks it is now time to do different searches, the searches needed to find a body.
67 - It was now time to
investigate parents and friends in a more serious manner. The impressive record of Eddie and Keela is described.
68 - The dogs are taken to apartment 5A and, as we know, detect death scent and blood, Around 10:00 pm Gerry is seen
by the investigators driving around. Nothing was detected by the dogs in any of the other apartments. The history of apartment
5A was checked because another person could have died there before. No one did which was sadly revealing. The death scent
dog was taken to the field. Nothing was found. The police were now sure the biggest mistake was not to tap the Tapas'
phones and not to follow them closely. A judge refuses the request for the phones to be tapped. The villa where the McCanns
were now staying was searched by the dogs. The dog detects death scent on Cuddle Cat.
69 - Nothing is found
in Murat's villa. But the garden is so badly dug that it is found the house was built on the top of an ancient roman village.
The cars are checked. The dog only reacts on the car hired by the McCanns. After Amaral left the investigation, he came to
know that a witness, a Portuguese woman, stated that in the days before the cars were checked the trunk of the car was
left open which family explained was because of soiled nappies and beef fluid that was spilled in the car after they went
70 - Mr Amaral tells us that the decision to send the blood and hair to FSS in the UK was because
it was a renowned laboratory and because if they were analysed in Portugal or elsewhere, the PJ feared some would say the
results had been messed with to incriminate the arguidos in case the results were clear. The most likely possibility is that
Madeleine apparently died near the sofa.
71 - Mr Amaral said that the assessment of the house showed two different
realities. Kate seemed in mourning. Several pictures from Madeleine, rosaries, saints and a bible marked on Samuel's Book,
Chapter 12, about the death of a child. Gerry's 'part' of the space was colder. Gerry seemed to have been reading
The Interpretation of Crime from Jed Rubenfeld, Spirit Messenger by Gordon Smith and Will to Live by Lance Armstrong. Besides
that, there were also several CEOP books which are only for police work, which startled Mark Harrison.
72 - The
first results start to arrive. The blood found in the car has a 50% match with Gerry coming, most likely, from an offspring.
Then, one of the samples comes back as a weak match to Madeleine, in spite of all the markers in the sample being a match,
many markers were missing. The second sample, however, had a 15 out of 19 marker match to Madeleine's DNA profile. Another
preliminary report is sent that contradicts the first findings. For example, regarding the trunk sample there is, this time,
no mention about the 15 components of Madeleine's DNA profile, like they never existed. Stuart Prior then calls FSS asking
if they thought the Portuguese were idiots. He was heard saying that in the UK he had arrested people for less.
- As for the hair, apparently nothing came of it. The PJ wanted to know if they came from a living person or a dead one. FSS
said they could not answer that question. British officers suggested sending the hairs to other labs in Europe but FSS apparently
didn't want to lose/ give the hairs back.
The only fingerprints found on the window belonged to Kate. Because
of the position of the hand it's more than likely that they got there when Kate opened that window, whenever that happened.
74 - The time of the questioning of the McCanns is close and Stuart Prior seems nervous. The PJ also wished
to re-question the whole group. Very little info on the McCanns arrives regarding their financial situation. According to
UK authorities the McCanns have no credit card or ATM cards. However, the flights had been paid with credit cards so the PJ
knew they had them.
75 - Mr Amaral says that if the McCanns were in any way responsible for what happened to Madeleine
then the fund would be a fraud. As the fund was set up in England it would have to be investigated by the British police.
76 - The McCanns were informed about the re-questioning and that they would be made arguidos, even for their
own protection. Kate replied asking what would her parents and the press think and say.
77 - Kate's
re-questioning was interrupted from 8pm till 10pm for all involved to rest and have dinner. As soon as she is made an arguida,
Kate shuts up. Gerry is made an arguido, answers his questions and denies any involvment. The McCanns go back to England and
when they arrive and go down the plane's steps Mr Smith in Ireland regonises Gerry as the man he had seen carrying a child
on that night. He contacts the police but when his return to Portugal is being taken care of Mr Amaral is removed from the
investigation. Afterwards, the next person in charge of the case decides that Mr Smith can be interviewed in his country through
a rogatory letter. (This never happened).
78 - Mr Amaral discusses the fact that he was removed from the case.
Portual seemed to have succumbed to the pressure. The information on the McCanns and other Tapas never arrived. Amaral says
that both police forces agreed on the path the investigation took but that after the McCanns left all British police officers
left too. So, were they here to help with the invstigation or were they here because of the McCanns. Find the body and prove
we did it is also mentioned as well as the McCanns need to discredit the dogs.
Along the way Mr Amaral neighbour's
house is broken into and some documents are stolen. The hasty answer to the journalist, which was used to remove him
from the case is also mentioned. Amaral says that he knew immediately it had been a mistake but that he never knew how serious
it would be because his words were greatly exagerated. Amaral is removed on his birthday and later he knows that Gordon Brown
apparently called Stuart Prior to ask him if the man in charge of the investigation had really been removed.
May 2008. Amaral shares a meal with his colleague Tavares Rodrigues. The Madeleine case comes up and both comment on the fact
that their case is all on the files and nothing can change that.
- Madeleine McCanns died
in aprtment 5A on May the 3rd 2007.
- There was a simulation/fake of an abduction.
- Kate and Gerry
are suspects in the involvement of the disposal of their daughter's body.
- Madeleine's death may have
been caused by a tragic accident.
- There is evidence of negligence regarding the guard and security of the children.
Then, Amaral says they did the best they could and worked hard to find out the truth. The truth which is the only
thing that really matters in a universe which makes the truth of the lie more and more common.
A summary of a selection of chapters
Chapter 2 - The holidays of Madeleine Beth McCann, 31 July 2008
- The holidays of Madeleine Beth McCann
31 July 2008
Thanks to 'blackberry' for translation
- arrival at the Ocean Club on Saturday, April 28
- distribution of the families
in the apartments:
apt 5A - Kate Healy (39) and Gerry McCann (39) with Madeleine (3), Sean and Amelie (both 2)
5B (next to apt 5A) - Matthew Oldfield (38) and Rachael Mampilly (37) with Grace (19m)
apt 5D (like 5A & 5B, also
on ground floor) - Russell O'Brien (37) and Jane Tanner (36) with Ella (3) and Evie (1)
apt 5H (on first floor) - David
(41) and Fiona Payne (35) with Lilly (2) and Scarlett (1), and Dianne Webster (63)
- the group dines at the 'Millennium'
restaurant, which is far away and the children have to be carried, so the parents study an alternative
- daily routine for the McCann family:
at around 9 am - children go to creche
at around 12.30 - parents
pick up the children for lunch
at around 2.30 pm - children back into creche
at around 5.30 pm - children picked up
at around 8.30 pm - parents meet for dinner at Tapas, children stay alone in the apartments, sleeping
Tuesday, May 1: Madeleine cries inside the apartment from 10.30 to 11.45 p.m., stopping only when the parents return home
- Wednesday, May 2: Madeleine asks her parents why they didn't come when she cried. Normal routine continues: kids in
creche at 9am; from 15h30-16h30, Madeleine goes to the beach with the OC kids. Parents leave at 8-8h30 for dinner.
- Thursday, May 3: Kate picks the three children up at the creche at 5.30 p.m. and heads for the apartment
Note: from page 30, "The Ocean Club . . . does not have video surveillance systems, nor private security."
Chapter 3 - News about a disappearance. The first 72 hours., 16 August
a disappearance. The first 72 hours.
16 August 2008
Thanks to 'blackberry' for translation
- Gonçalo Amaral is informed about the case around midnight of the night of the
3rd. (Before he gets home he confirms that the police have already alerted the Faro Airport police authorities as well as
those at the Guadiana River on the Spanish border.)
- the response team that is on duty is informed, goes to Luz to
take care of the situation, photographs the scene, but fails to take pictures of what they really saw, for example there are
no persons on the photos but the place was full of people
- the twins' cots are empty on the photos, without bedsheets
or covers - nothing at all except for the bare cots - but the officers report that the twins were sleeping in the cots
police procedures should be revised, as there are no guidelines
- the children were alone in the apt being checked
every 30, or every 15, minutes depending on the different versions of the group
- Kate's mother gave the alarm, immediately
assuming an abduction.
From page 39:
It is urgent to know who this couple is, as well as their friends,
what do they do, what problems do they have in the UK, have they ever mistreated their children, has a neighbour, family,
friend or anyone else noted any inappropriate behaviour? What is their profession? Full time? Has anyone suffered depression?
Is the marriage relationship healthy? Are they involved in any serious litigation? Does anyone hold a grudge against them?
These questions were delivered to the UK-Portuguese police liaison [on 4 May] who Gonçalo Amaral has worked
with for years, Glen Power, asking him to forward the request, which the team considered "essential to the investigation"
and waited for the response.
- at 9 a.m Gonçalo Amaral arrives at the CID in Portimão
and meets with Chief Inspector Tavares de ALmeida (it's supposed to be the first day of his holidays) to check on what has
already been done and what needs to be done next; interpol already contacted, all Portuguese police forces are alerted; initial
searches by locals and GNR done that night, to be continued/enlarged
- apartment to be fully inspected, even though
the arriving officers said the apartment was full of people when they arrived and most likely contaminated
- it must
be considered if the contamination was conscious or an accident
- searches include garbage bins and sewers; parents/friends
must be formally interviewed (these first are almost always the most important), employees, nannies, other tourists; must
ask English authorities if any of those guests have any criminal background; CCTV collected from all hotels, farmacies, markets,
banks, gas stations, etc.
- Spanish border police are asked to watch ports to Morocco, Tarifa, Algeciras, via their CCTV;
maritime police to collect any Algarve port data and do coastline searches
- crisis room is set up
from the group and other tourists are necessary. the group deliver them but they have no photos, unfortunately, of that night;
at least, none were delivered by the McCanns nor their friends
- apartment has NO signs of a break in, as opposed to
what the parents say and what "Sky News" reports
- still all break-ins in the area are reviewed, as ridiculous as
it would be for a robber to take a child with them
- report must be filed with the Public Ministry... but what to call
it? decision is made to record as an "Abduction??" with two question marks to indicate that there are doubts about this theory.
(you can see this first form with the "??" in the process files)
- Gonçalo Amaral reads the "first arrival" report.
All hypotheses are open: woke and wandered, accident/eventual death/hidden cadaver, bodily injuries resulting in death, negligent
or intentional homicide, vingenace, kidnap for eventual ransom, sexual pedator, robber who came to steal but was surprised
by the child...
- the abduction theory permits the widest investigation and means otherwise unable to justify, including
bringing in teams from outside the Algarve, and all possible means are important in the first 72 hours. in peace and silence,
the team can advance with a efficient and effective investigation avoiding suspicions on the family/friends while still collecting
all necessary evidence to determine what happened
- 10am, 12 hours after the disappearance, the British Consul from
Portimão arrives. PJ tell him all that is going on. He is not satisfied and is heard talking on the phone saying the "PJ are
doing nothing. " Strange!
- And the information about the friends/family requested so urgently from the UK still hasn't
- one urgent question is whether or not Madeleine was the biological child of the McCanns, if not, this
could be an abduction by the biological parents
- the urgent request still has not received a response from the UK...
but here comes the Ambassador, from Lisbon [3 hr drive]. This is not normal. Who is this couple? Who are these friends? We
don't need diplomats, we need detailed responses to our questions, given urgently to the English-Portuguese liaison, Glen
- the searches continue, a helicoptor arrives, time is of the essence, highlighted by the fact that most of these
witnesses are tourists who will return home on Saturday/tomorrow
- also concerns arise about Madeleine's parents and
friends and their plans to return home; there is no way to legally oblige them to stay
- mid-morning, the Sub-National
PJ Director arrives from Faro; he and Gonçalo Amaral go to the Ocean Club... to find all the journalists.
disappearance has been presented by the friends in a much more coherent fashion to the media than to the police. (why?)
Gonçalo Amaral and team are horrified to see one of the technicians collecting evidence without appropriate gear
still, no signs of a break-in, no vestiges of an abductor, no finger prints from anyone outside the group, not even glove
prints (from a possible abductor). there was a print found from one of the police, again, an error on their part
collecting witness statements, team learns of a British man suspected of child abuse who is connected to a pub approx 150M
from the Ocean Club. In 2005, he was investigated and fled Portugal. But the pub is closed and the suspect has not been seen
in the area. (later, the British confirm rumours that this man is in Iraq.)
- road works: the night of 3 May the open
road works were searched by GNR and dogs; they were re-inspected during the daylight of 4 May; the supervisor was spoken to
and nothing unusual was discovered
TAPAS STATEMENTS AND FIRST INCONSISTENCIES (4 May)
- best to separate everyone
and take all statements at once, important to question everyone, in case Madeleine's abduction were a mistake and one of the
other children were the true target
- logistically, all can't be heard at once; someone has to stay with the children
the morning of 4 May, only Gerry, Jane Tanner and Matthew Oldfield are interviewed... and inconsistencies already arise (Jane
sees possible abductor; Gerry doesn't see abductor though he's there at the same time with Jeremiah); the rest of the group
is interviewed the afternoon of 4 May, giving too much time for the others to learn the questions/answers of the first.
translation slows things down, giving too much time to think
- the parents insist upon abduction and force this, and
only this, idea
- Gerry says he left the front door locked and the apartment was secure; Kate says she entered via
the back door. She confirms that the bedroom window was wide upon and the blinds up.
The checking was defined as follows:
- Gerry McCann checks, all is fine with the children
21h10/21h15- Jane Tanner sees alleged abductor carrying child
- Matthew Oldfield, enters apartment 5A but not the bedroom, sees only the twins
22h00 - Kate raises alarm, Madeleine missing
BUT if the window was wide open when Matthew Oldfield checked, how did he not notice?
- Matthew Oldfield says the bedroom
door was half open, Kate says it was wide open
- Unexpectedly, other inconsistencies arise: Kate, when she talks about
the person who allegedly took Madeleine, she refers to info that Jane has provided. Yet Kate describes someone completely
different than Jane's person. (Jane = light trousers and shoulder length hair; Kate = long hair and jeans)
- Jane makes
herself completely available and testifies several times
- to the police, Gerry says Jane told him, about midnight
4 May, that she saw an unknown individual, 30-40 yo, light trousers, dark hair, going up the street
- the GNR affirms
that the parents immediately raised the abduction theory because Jane saw this man carrying a child; the GNR statements have
this description: man, light trousers, 1,78m, dark shirt and carrying a child that appeared to be wearing pyjamas. Nothing
else about the child, the pyjamas nor the man.
- by 11:30, 4 May, Jane gives another description, more detailed: a
dark skinned man, 35-40yo, thin, 1,7m, dark, thick shoulderlength hair, linen pants of beige or gold color, a "Duffy" type
jacket though not as thick, with classic black shoes: walking quickly and carrying a child laying across his two arms in front
of his chest; by his dress, he didn't look like a tourist and didn't seem like a tourist because he was so bundled up. The
child appeared to be sleeping, though she only saw the legs, the feet were bare and the pyjamas looked like cotton, a light
color, maybe white or pink, with a design, perhaps, though she wasn't sure, perhaps with flowers.
- Jane says she would
recognize the man from the back and by the way he walked. (later we'll understand the importance of this statement!)
Jane's testimony surprised everyone. she says she didn't know what Madeleine was wearing. How could she not? 14 hrs had passed
since the disappearance and Jane's version had been heard by many. Gerald even mentioned her testimony. But Jane says she
only talked to Gerald without giving details, and only after she had talked to the police.
- but Kate had immediately,
on the night of 3 May, given a description of what Madeleine was wearing. How could Jane, the next day, not know this when
she talked to the police? Everyone that night, who helped in the searches, was looking for a 3-4yo girl, barefoot, dressed
in PJs with a top and light-colored bottoms, with a pink animal design. it's very surprising that Jane says she didn't have
this information when she spoke to the police the next day, especially as she was making herself the most important witness
in this phase of the investigation
FIRST SIGHTING/KATE'S REACTION
- still 4 May, the parents are returning to Luz
when a video is located at a gas station on the road from Lagos to Spain. A girl who looks like Madeleine is shown with two
adults.. We ask the McCanns to return to Portimão, the afternoon is ending, we want to see if they can identify the girl in
- Kate shows herself to be a bit irritated at being required to return to the police station and upset at
the speed reached by the police car that was taking them back to Portimão. We were surprised that she showed no hope that
her daughter might be recovered. (the video was not of Madeleine)
- more police arrive from Lisbon;
though not requested by Gonçalo Amaral, they are a big help. management is raised up a level within the police department.
the efficacy of this is questioned later, and no reason is given for this move.
FIRST MEDIA COMMUNICATION
- 4 May
afternoon, authorization is requested to hold a press conference, in order to request information that might lead to Madeleine's
- 5 May, press release is done, Madeleine's photo released, along with contact info. Given the possibility
of someone trying to alter her appearance, different hair lengths and styles are shown. Most responses are from psychics or
people who dream about or have visions of Maddie. All are reviewed.
TANNER'S TESTIMONY WEAKENS
- 20h00-22h00, 4
May, Gonçalo Amaral/team in Praia da Luz. It is obvious that there is very poor visibility in the area where Jane saw this
possible abductor, undoubtedly making her detailed description difficult.
- Other witnesses say that on 3 May, in
that area, at 21h58, there was no one around.
- The investigative teams continue to review Jane's statement: something
doesn't make sense. Why would someone walk towards the most open area, even though there was not enough lighting to allow
Jane to see anything in detail? A planned abduction would mean studying the area, the people. A car would have been parked
away from the streetlights, in the opposite direction that Jane saw her abductor walking. Did she see someone going the opposite
direction? If the abductor was using a car, he would have had to have driven through the center of Luz, passing in front of
the parent's restaurant.... all options are reviewed. It's decided that the beach is the easiest place to reach for anyone
who didn't have a car and did not know the area well.
- in the few bars, restaurants and cafés open at that time, no
one saw anything unusual on the night of 3 May. (most closed at 21h00)
CRISIS ROOM/GROUP STATEMENTS IN DOUBT
options remain open; opinions are divided, everything is open to discussion
- unanimous fact amongst the group: the
back sliding door of 5A was closed but unlocked
- Gerry: Says he entered by the front door with the key (why walk the
long way around?), sees Madeleine for the last time. All the windows are closed. He says he could see the back door from the
restaurant and that no one came in through it that night.
- Kate: Enters at 22h00. Sees open window, raised blinds
and curtains waving. (hard to believe, as the blinds don't open from the outside and Kate says the window was always closed).
- Both refuse to believe someone entered the back door because they could see it and no one could have entered without
their detecting it. (it was then verified that they could NOT see the back door, given the hedge and the fact that they were
sitting with their backs to their apartment)
- all of this -- everything closed, the children regularly checked, and
this visual watching of the apartment's back door -- had the objective to prove the children were safe. nonetheless, it's
obvious that Madeleine was not safe. If she had been, she wouldn't have disappeared.
- "too weird the idea to enter
through a door and exit through the window with a four year old..." " knowing someone would arrive at any moment..." "these
people are hiding something..." "some secret known and hidden by all... ?" "but these are doctors..." and so ends the first
SATURDAY, 5 MAY (day 2)
- an apartment for the police is filled with officer napping on couches, on the floor,
- in Luz, statements are still being collected from employees, nannies, residents and tourists
- in Sagres,
a tourist was taking photos of children, including a blond, blue-eyed 4yo whose father snapped a photo of this man, who tried
to grab her, as well as his car. the father wore dark glasses but said the "photographer" was not dressed like a tourist,
had dark brown hair covering his neck, creme trousers, classic shoes, out of place on the beach... we are reminded of Jane's
- the rental agency IDs the car in the photo and the driver, a Polish man, approx 40 yo, with his wife,
arriving in Portugal on 28 April, via Berlin to Faro, stayed in a rented apartment in Budens, near Praia da Luz. They left
Portugal on the 7am flight, 5 May. Interpol and the German police act quickly. They talk to passengers on the flight but no
one saw a child like Madeleine. The Polish man takes a train to Poland. No one checks his photos. The lead dies here... though
he certainly doesn't have anything to do with this case, the lead was incomplete.
- information comes in: white vans,
strange people on the beach, a group of gypsies, etc. all are tracked, all lead to nothing. more than 400 homes are searched.
McCanns and twins are in the Payne's apartment. we talk about going to the apartment to collect Madeleine's clothes, especially
those she was wearing the afternoon of 3 May when taken from the creche, to see if there is any sign of violence. The British
Ambassador is already meeting with the investigators. The decision is to NOT request Madeleine's clothes, to avoid a media
rush, it is "premature" to consider the parents suspects.
- Suddenly the parents and firends must be treated with diplomacy,
we are not allowed to question their behaviour. The strategy is that all theories are open. Somehow Jane's statement gains
weight such that the first press communication is that this is considered an abduction. The media demands were enormous, something
had to be said.
HANDLING THE PRESS/ McCANN'S SPOKESPEOPLE
- PJ requested a spokesperson right away...
think the investigators should remove themselves from the media. However, the PJ should have people who analyse the news,
in this case watching what the parents and friends were saying. But that didn't happen and we felt the lack of that resource.
media explosion, never before had Portugal seen such a media preoccupation by the parent's of a missing child
there was an immediate and ever growing preoccupation by the McCanns with the management of media communications. An analysis
of the images of the couple, and in their many TV interviews, one sees that this image management is a priority
- all lines of investigation continue open, still locating known paedophiles in the Algarve, resident or tourists.
Witness statements arrive and are analysed, especially those of Ocean Club employees and telephone records that were provided.
very obvious that telephone records for 3 May are required. the 5A apartment coordinates are defined and details of all calls
received/sent from local antenas are requested. (movements can be tracked with cellphones)
- on 4 May, the parents
authorised the police to look at their cellphones to check for calls made and received:
Kate's phone: no calls made
from 27April to 4 May; she received no calls from 11h22 on 2 May until 23h17 on 3 May
Gerry's phone: nothing prior
to 00h15 on 4 May
However, inside Kate's phone there is a record of a call received from Gerry at 11h17, 3 May. But
no record of the call on Gerry's phone. It had been erased.
It was later verified that the first calls began about
an hour after Kate raised the alarm, which could be very understandable given the searching that was being done.
5 May - 3h00, 6 May
- meeting of entire investigative team. some are upset with the PJ press release,
others with the presence of the UK Ambassador (does he attend to all cases of British children? Why this one? Only the UK
can respond to question)
- suggestion made to wiretap and follow the parents and friends: the statements don't work,
the window story doesn't make sense and Jane's statement is ever weaker... they could be removed from suspicion this way and
it should be done in case of a ransom request... but a judicial authorisation is required
- mid-meeting Gonçalo Amaral
receives notice, still unknown whether or not it was true, that the British Secret Service had begun wiretapping the McCanns
and friends. If true, the results were never delivered to the PJ.
SUNDAY, 6 MAY (day 3)
- The day begins poorly:
Polish police misunderstood the request and merely questioned the "photographer" and ascertained he did not have Madeleine.
They did not look at his photos. (could be a lost lead for a paedophile ring... ) nonetheless, CCTV images are found of the
couple in a mall in Lisbon [3 hours north] and shown around Praia da Luz. Nothing. The rental car has already been re-rented
but the litter removed from it is found and searched. Nothing. The apartment is thoroughly examined. Nothing connects to Madeleine.
information about strange behaviours and strange people near the Ocean Club continue to flow into the crisis room...
Chapter's 8 & 21 - The sighting by the Smith family, 30 July 2008
Text: "Rua da Escola Primária, the location where the Smith family (black arrow) crosses paths
with a man who was walking down the street (red arrow) carrying a child, on the 3rd of May 2007, at around 10 p.m." Photograph
courtesy of Gonçalo Amaral, 'The Truth of the Lie'.
- A man carrying a child on the way to the beach - pages 111-114
30 July 2008
Thanks to 'blackberry' for translation
- The Smith family, from Ireland, is in Luz for holidays, staying at their own holiday
apartment; four adults and 5 children: the father (retired, 58) his wife, his son (23 yr old) and daughter-in-law and their
two children (ie, Mr Smith's grandchildren), his daughter (12), two additional grandchildren, 10 and 4, of another daughter
back in Ireland.
- approx 21h55, they are returning from "Kelly's Bar", heading north, all spread out along the street
they pass a man walking down the middle of the street, carrying a child, with the head against his left shoulder and the arms
hanging down alongside the body, in light colored or pink pyjamas, bare feet, pale skin typical of British and blond, shoulder-length
hair; the girl is about 3-4 years old, about 1 meter tall.
- The man is not dressed like a tourist; he's wearing cream
or beige trousers, classic cut, of linen or cotton. He is white, 30-35 yrs, 1.70-1.80 meters tall, averagel build, physically
fit, short, brown hair, with a face that looks tanned.
- Images of Robert Murat begin to circulate around the world
Back in Ireland, the Smiths watch the news and learn of Jane's statement and the suspicions falling upon Murat.
father contacts the Irish police. He tells his story. The man he saw was NOT Murat. He knows Murat and it was not him.
The father is almost certain that the girl he saw was Madeleine.
- The Smiths are secretly brought back to Portugal. On Saturday, 26 May, in Portimão, Smith and his two
children are interviewed.
- Their testimony is credible, but given the lack of light in the area, they can't identify
the man who was carrying the child.
- The described the way he walked and carried her; this image is strongly fixed
in their memory.
Chapter 21 - An Irish family in shock - pages 197-199
- Sept 2007, McCanns return
- Gerry exits the plane, carrying his son against his left shoulder, the child's arms down along his sides, down
the stairs and across the tarmack Gerry walks
- The Smith family see this recording on the news at 22h00 and are hit
hard: they know this person, this way of carrying a child and of walking. It is Gerry McCann, they believe with a high degree
of certainty, that they saw on 3 May at about 22h00, carrying a 4 yr old girl who appeared to be deeply asleep
father contacts the police to communicate this new information. He says he has not slept since 9 Sept and is very upset. It's
as if he re-lived the night he saw the man carrying the child. Seeing Gerry walk and carry the child, awoke something in his
- Still not completely convinced, he watches the news again on ITV and also on Sky.
- No, there are
no doubts. Gerry McCann looks just like the same person he saw carrying the child on May 3.
- Smith, upset and worried
about what he saw and has concluded, needs the investigators to contact him.
- In late September, the Portuguese police
receive this information from Smith. This appears to be a piece of the puzzle.
- Now Jane Tanner's insistence at seeing
the abductor go the other direction makes sense, removing attentions from the way Gerry walked, in the direction of the beach.
The man carrying a child didn't walk east towards Murat's house, but west in the direction of the Smiths.
- This puzzle
piece allows the investigators to reconstruct what happened on that cold night of 3 May. The puzzle is almost complete.
We make the decision to bring the Smiths back to Portugal. They will be heard, and in legal and procedural terms, will give
their identification using televised images, since a personal identification [of Gerry] is out of the question.
reconstitution of that night, with the Smiths, is seriously considered.
- But the Smiths don't return to Portugal.
The Portuguese police changed their minds after GA leaves the team; they decide to use the international request mechanism
- This leads to absurd delays
- In the meantime, rumours abound that strangers to the investigation
have found about about this witness and his family and, supposedly, have tried to talk to Smith, though their intentions in
doing so are unknown.
Chapter 9 - Mallorca, September 2005, 31 July 2008
- Mallorca, September 2005 - pages 115-117
31 July 2008
Thanks to 'blackberry' for translation
- Sept 2005, Madeleine (2.5yrs), the twins (a few months old) and Kate/Gerry go
to Mallorca for holidays. With them are David and Fiona PAYNE and daughter (Fiona is pregnant with 2nd child); also S&T
with two boys, 1- and 3 yo; and SG & KG with their daughter, E (1.5 yrs). KG is also pregnant.
- the trip was organised
by David Payne and the group stayed in one big rented house
- SG went to university with Kate and met Gerry around
1998, in Liverpool. After that, SG and KG became close friends with the McCanns, meeting regularly, spending weekends together
and maintaining phone contact
- On the 3rd or 4th night in Mallorca, after dinner, eating and drinking, seated around
a patio table, KG sees something that makes her concerned about her daughter and the welfare of the other children
She is seated between Gerry and David, when she hears David ask if she, perhaps referring to Madeleine, does "this", then
starts sucking one of his fingers, pulling it in and out of his mouth, insinuating a phallic object, while at the same time
making circles around his nipple with the fingers of his other hand, in a provocative and sexual way
- when KG looks
at Gerry and David, stupidified, there is a nervous silence. They then continued talking as if nothing had happened
This provoked serious concerns in KG about Payne's relationship with children
- On another occasion, KG saw David again
make the same gestures, this time talking about his own daughter
- On that holiday, it was the fathers who gave the
children their baths, but KG never again let Payne near her daughter
- After these holidays, KG only saw the Payne's
once, and hasn't talked to them since then
- In the last two years, the relationship between SG and KG and the McCanns
cooled, reduced to social contacts, meeting only at birthday parties for the children
- The above was written from
a deposition given by SG and KG to British police on 16 May 2007, just 13 days after Madeleine disappeared. This info was
important and pertinent to the investigation but it was not given to the Portuguese police.
- In mid July, rumours
started among the investigative team, that something like that had happened, but details and identities were unknown
These rumours pointed to an identical situation that had happened in Greece. However, PJ have no knowledge of any witness
proof of this.
- PJ requested clarification from the UK police, but nothing was confirmed at that time
after GA's exit, perhaps in late Oct, was KG's deposition sent to PJ
- What reason did the UK police have to hide
that deposition for six months? Knowing that Payne organised the trip to Mallorca and that he had questionable behaviour assigned
to him as regards children, that he was also the same to organise the Portugal trip, being part of the Ocean Club group, and
the first family friend to be seen at Kate's side after the disappearance and, at the time of KG's deposition, he was STILL
in Portugal, and could have been confronted with these statements?
- this deposition seems to indicate a certain strange
behaviour and deserved further investigation. Is this a pertinent profile? Could this profile be related to what happened
on the night of 3 May?
- The credibility of the two depositions of SG and KG can't be easily questioned, as both are
doctors and members of the same circle of friends [as the Tapas9]
Chapter 10 - Rethinking the facts, 31 July 2008
- Rethinking the facts - pages 118-121
31 July 2008
Thanks to 'blackberry' for translation
3 May, 18h30, Paraíso restaurante esplanade, 600m from OClub
The entire group, minus the five McCanns and Dianne Webster, are sitting at a table at the restaurant
- None of the
children appear to be sick; those that can walk are running up and down the esplanade
- At 18h13, the men leave the
table and head to the resort, leaving the women and children
- 15 minutes later, the women/kids follow
- A few
minutes later, David Payne is with Gerry, who is playing tennis and David asks about Kate. She is in the apt with the kids.
David Payne goes immediately to the apt. What did he do there? How long did he stay? Did he see the children? Play with them?
How were they?
- The first version, according to Gerry, is that David stayed at the apt for 30 minutes.
in a second version, says David was there 30 seconds.
- As for what he went there to do, there are several versions:
we only know that Kate needed something or he was going to help take the kids to the play area.
- But even here the
versions do not even minimally coincide: David says he saw Madeleine and the twins and defined the moment as a vision of three
immaculate angels. David is, therefore, the last person, besides the parents, to see Madeleine, as far as we know.
HOWEVER, according to Fiona Payne, Gerry was not playing tennis. He was at home with Kate. And David and Fiona went TOGETHER
to 5A to see Kate and Gerry.
- What is the truth?
- According to the videos collected from Paraíso, Fiona left
the restaurant 15 minutes after David did.
- What could, or would, be hidden in such easily contradictory stories?
MAY, 7h00, the village of Sargaçal, near Luz
- YM, 52 years old, British manager
of Social Services, Protection of Minors, with 28 yrs of experience in the area of children at risk, is on holiday in the
Algarve. Sees Luz/Madeleine news on the TV. Decides to go help.
- 9:30am-ish, with the help of police at the scene,
she finds Madeleine's parents. They are with someone introduced as a "close friend" of the family.
- The parents are
very upset, but only the mother is crying intensely.
- YM begins to ask questions; how often were they checking (response:
once an hour), is Gerry the biological father of Madeleine (to eliminate the possibility of abduction by bio father).
Kate becomes unnerved by the questions. They should come from the police. According to Kate, there should have been a lot
more police there trying to find her daughter who had been taken "by a couple."
- YM, thinking the McCanns were doubting
her qualifications, produced her official documents emitted by the police and the British government.
- Gerry shows
the documents to the close friend, who says the docs are authentic. But this does not make them supportive of the help offered
- So YM tries a desperate move: she tries to separate Kate from the other two, inviting her to another place
to clarify this story of the "couple" that according to Kate had taken her child.
- Kate reacts agressively and refuses
to leave her two companions.
- YM is concerned about Kate's agitation, and verifies that Kate hasn't received any medical
support, which she is needing.
- At 10am, Kate told YM that Madeleine had been missing for 13 hours. (That would mean
the disappearance was at 9pm and not 10pm.)
This information is important, given that other differing versions of events
would also be provided by the McCanns and their friends.
- YM, before the "close friend" rejoined them and told YM
that the McCanns didn't want to talk to her anymore, took the time to alert the McCanns to the fact that they should be careful
with the media, advising them to remain silent.
- YM, from the moment she met the McCanns and the friend, thought his
face seemed familiar. She thought she knew him from work, perhaps having been involved in some case that passed through her
hands, in the area of protection of minors.
- Later YM would identify this close friend as David Payne, the organiser
of the holiday, and the one who was also independently pointed out to the British police (by SG and KG), for his questionable
behaviour during the Mallorca holiday.
- With the English police, the Portuguese investigators tried to find out if
David Payne had any judicial or police reports, but nothing was found in his records.
- The only information known
is that David Payne is a close friend of Gerry McCann, since university.
Chapter 11 - Analysing a crime scene. Apartment 5A, 30 August 2008
- Analysing a crime scene. Apartment 5A
30 August 2008
Thanks to 'blackberry' for translation
- Routine meetings between the investigators include the presence and the participation
of English colleagues from Leicestershire, as well as José Freitas, a senior official from Scotland Yard, who is a British
citizen, a descendant of Portuguese immigrants from Madeira
- This particular meeting is dedicated to analyse the photographic
report that was made inside apartment 5A on the evening of the facts
- The first thing that jumps out is the 'tidiness'
of the bedroom where Madeleine and her twin siblings were supposedly asleep. No signs of an abductor in the access to the
- Windowsill is 91 cms above the floor, a bed is placed against the wall, with signs of someone who slept
in it. A wicker chair stands against the far wall. No markings of shoes on the chair, or on the bed
the window was not used for anything, or there were 2 abductors, one on the inside and one on the outside
window is protected by a shutter on the outside. On the inside, an opaque curtain that reaches until the top of the windowsill,
and two side curtains, that reach until the floor, with embraces. All the curtains are pulled towards the window centre, not
covering it entirely
- The embrace on the right hand side lies on the floor, between the bed's feet and the wicker chair, which
is pushed against the curtain on the right. the embrace on the left side is hanging from the wall bracket, the left curtain
is ruffled, making it look like someone pulled it closed in a hurry
- None of the curtain's embraces is in its normal
position, suspended on the wall
- Kate says that when Madeleine was noticed missing, the curtains were completely closed, i.e. they would
have been closed by the parents and the eventual abductor would have positioned them in that manner, in order to facilitate
his passage through the window
- The embraces could only have landed in the position in which they were found, when
the curtains were pulled shut. Other possibility: the curtains were open and were taken out of that position after the disappearance.
An abductor would not have wasted time with that; this action is more consistent with an intentional change of a crime scene
Other indicia pointing towards the change of the crime scene would surface
- The bed sheets and the position of the soft toy raised suspicions. The bed looks like nobody slept
there, the soft toy is positioned symmetrically to the pillow, the pink blanket is almost folded. Father confirmed that the
blanket and the soft toy were in that position when he went to check his daughter
- The two cots stand in the middle
of the bedroom, making the movements of an adult rather difficult
- No bed sheets in the cots, only the mattresses; twins were taken out with sheets and everything, only
woke up when they were taken into another apartment
- Analysis of photographs of the living room: the sofa beneath
one of the side windows is not in position, and the curtains of the window are pulled shut but rolled up and distorted
- The father would end up giving an explanation for the sofa's position. The sofa was normally not pushed
against the wall, but he pushed it against the wall because the children used to throw toys into the space behind the sofa
- Sofa may have played crucial role in the accident theory. If sofa was not pushed against the wall,
Madeleine could have tried to access the window and fell between the sofa and the wall
- A digital camera is visible
on the living room table, the investigators remark that they need the photos from that camera; they want to know what happened
during the dinner, who sat where, what was eaten, what was drunk, who was close, what they were wearing, every detail
The father dropped to his knees in front of the GNR officers when they arrived, made no sense as he is always under control
- possibly to contaminate his trousers?
- In the couple's bedroom, two beds are pushed together, a wide empty space
between them and the wardrobe. one of the beds is made: nobody slept there
- Empty space was apparently for one of the cots
- Possible conclusions: the couple used to sleep in their bedroom with the twins, and Madeleine in the
other bedroom; the children started sleeping all together in the other bedroom at some point; the spare bed in the children's
bedroom had been slept in; only one person slept in the couple's bedroom; did the mother stop sleeping with the father and
started sleeping with the children?
- not one single medicine was found, only a box of band-aids
Chapter 16 - Second signs of death: the intervention of the investigators, 29
Chapter 16 - Second signs of death: the intervention
of the investigators
29 July 2008
Thanks to 'blackberry' for
- First days after disappearance, dogs from GNR searched without finding anything of note
- UK police suggested bringing in UK dogs, but GNR didn't think it was necessary at that time
Krugel's visit [and the McCann's suggestions that Madeleine was dead], the Brits began to really emphasise the amazing
qualities of the South Yorkshire dogs... which "worked miracles"
- It's July, all the abduction research
has proven negative
- A letter is sent to UK requesting their top forensic investigators
- A few
days later, Mark Harrison arrives, with dozens of international criminal investigations under his belt working with the best
police forces throughout the world, his work is the analysis of these types of cases, giving advice and helping plan strategies
and determine the resources necessary. He began work immediately, always in the company of the PJ, Leicester police and Scotland
- Harrison has full access to absolutely everything, reviews testimonies, movements, etc. A helicopter flys
him over Luz, then goes on foot. Streets are measured, distances between buildings, routes on foot and by car considered...
meteorological factors, geological and maritime research... even the best anthropologist in Portugal gave an opinion about
the most probable state of any mortal remains that might be found.... a study of the carrion-eating wild animals in the area...
reviewed all the searches "brilliantly organised" by the regional GNR officers.
- After a full week of
work, Mark presents his report: most plausible scenario is that Madeleine is dead, her body hidden near Praia da Luz. He highlights
the extensive work done in by the Portuguese authorities to find a living Madeleine... however, in his opinion, it was time
to take on new searches with the possibility that Madeleine is dead and her cadaver hidden nearby.
- Data from
Harrison for children under the age of 5 who had disappeared in the UK since 1960, 1528 cases: in 82% of the cases, the child's
parents were the predominate aggressors; in 96%, some kind of relationship existed between the child and the agressor. In
only 4%, the aggressor was unknown to the child.
- In this "very unsubtle way", Harrison points out that
the solution to this case could very will be hidden in the small circle of people closest to Madeleine. That is, we are now
going to consider more seriously investigating the parents and friends.
- Finally, Harrision specifically recommends
bringing in Eddie and Keela.
- Gonçalo Amaral says statistics are fine, but the change in investigation
is owed as much to the exhaustion of the abduction theory and the necessity to re-start at the beginning.
show off/sell the dogs, Harrison shows a video of them in action to those managing the investigation, which was impressive.
- Harrison suggests taking the dogs to all the apartments (McCanns and friends) and Murat's home; also having
the dogs examine all cars to see if a cadaver was transported in any of them. A detailed plan is created.
the same time, a piece of equipment from America which identifies people based upon their particular scent was requested.
However, it arrived late (requested late and then held up in customs) and was never used... especially because the dogs obtained
such "concrete and positive results."
===== THE ENGLISH TEAM =====
- 30 July 2007, Dogs and
their handler, Martin Grimes arrives.
- Eddie, looks for mortal remains. ALSO trained to find just the smell of
a cadaver, when no actual remains are present to be collected, given that the odor attaches itself to permeable materials,
like clothes and car upholstery.
- Keela looks for/finds human blood in amounts so very small that they often can
be found by no other technical means.
- Method: first Eddie searches for cadaver odor; if found, Keela tries to
find a reason, that is, vestiges of human blood. If they both alert, this indicates that blood was spilt and a cadaver was
there. Which could be interpreted as if the death happened in that spot.
- Impressive CV: Eddie and Keela have
been used more than 200 cases around the world, including with the FBI; approved "with distinction" in test realised
at the "Body Farm", FBI/USA, the only place in the world authorised to use human cadavers for training.
- Used in these famous cases: Attracta Harron (N Irland), Amanda Edward, Charlotte Pinkney (British/Eddie detected a spot
where the cadaver had only "momentarily" been laid), Haut de la Garenne...
- Every year the dogs and
Martin Grime undergo testing. These two dogs, as a team, are unique in all the world.
===== EXAMS IN THE OCEAN
CLUB APT =====
- Evening of 3 August, Portuguese and UK investigators begin at Ocean Club, Apt 5A
Martin leads in Eddie and tells him to sit at the front door, so that he can remove the leash. Contrary to expectations of
this wonder dog-detective, Eddie ignored the command and ran immediately to the interior of the apt, where he ran "devilishly"
from the living room to the parent's bedroom. Grimes says worriedly that something has made Eddie nervous and he calls
Eddie again so that he can give orders to indicate where to start searching. An investigator is video taping. Some minutes
later, Eddie focuses on the floor of the couple's bedroom, next to the wardrobe and gives the alert for cadaver odor,
in a strident bark
- Why here, in the couple's room? More goosebumps to follow: Eddie gives another strident
bark next to the living room wall, behind the blue sofa, under the window.
- Apt 5A begins to give up its mystery.
- On that night, before 10pm, the investigators see Gerald McCann near the apartment, driving alone in the rented
Renault with the face of one "who has few friends."
- If the cadaver (EVRD) dog alerts, then the blood
(CSI) dog is brought in. They are trained to find ONLY human blood, even in areas thoroughly cleaned with chemicals or bleaches.
Sometimes they find blood vestiges so small that they can't be collected, and the surrounding materials themselves have
to be transported to the lab. This happened with Keela.
- Keela is brought in and she marks blood in the same place
as Eddie marked the cadaver smell... she stopped, immobile, with her nose pointed at the precise location of the smell. The
tiles on the floor.
- Outside, Eddie gives two more alerts of cadaver smell, on the varanda of the couple's
bedroom and also in a garden situation directly below it. Here, the bark is weaker, like a "could be", with some
doubt, like a human shrugging their shoulders.
- Going now to the other apts, the investigators are nervous. Who
knows what will come next? But to the amazement of all, after very careful exams of all the other apts, Eddie exhibits complete
disinterest. Martin decides to not use Keela, since Eddie found no cadaver smell.
- There are signs of death in
Apartment 5A. It's necessary to confirm that, prior to 3 May, no one had died there. The OC has no records of anything
like that, nor the fire department, nor the paramedics, nor the prior apt owners knew of any death in the apt.
It is concluded, therefore, that the cadaver odor could only come from one person: Madeleine Beth McCann
EDDIE SEARCHES AROUND VILA DA LUZ =====
- The search area includes Krugel's "cadaver area". Harrison
had created an iron tool for puncturing the soil to allow smells to exit.
- The British team, with PJ and GNR takes
a fine tooth comb to Luz, any and everywhere a body might have been hidden or momentarily deposited... buildings, abandoned/in
construction, ruins, waterways, entrances to sewers, beach, vegetation around the village, including the volcanic rock "Rocha
Negra". No signs from Eddie anywhere else around Praia da Luz.
===== EXAMS IN THE INTERIOR OF McCANN'S
HOME [second villa] =====
- When preparing to go to the McCann's villa with the dogs, everyone knew this was
the moment to either take up a technical and legal instrument which could assign responsiblity, or fully remove from suspicion,
Madeleine's parents in her disappearance.
- We knew, then, that we had failed when we decided to not wiretap
and follow the friends and McCanns from the beginning of the investigation.
- The Public Ministry (MP) created
the proper search documents. At the same time, they asked for authorisation to wiretap the villa and car at that time. The
MP agreed, as it's been used in other cases. 24 anxious hours later the sitting Judge, covering for someone on holiday,
denied the MP's agreement. No time to re-request, the last chance to know what the McCanns said away from the press microphones
was gone, just as the couple prepared to leave the country.
- The search was planned in great detail.
- The villa is on Rua das Flores, 27, rented at the beginning of the summer with money donated to the Find Madeleine Fund.
- 2 August, 6pm-ish, the inspectors knocked on the door. Kate and Gerry were giving the twins a bath in the exterior
pool. Surprisingly, they both reacted well to the search warrant and in a forthright and open way gave unlimited access to
- Eddie started, going directly to the living room where on top of a chair was cuddlecat, which
now had a little green ribbon and rosary around its neck. Again, Eddie showed his 7 years of experience dedicated to forensic
crime scene work and, with a determined and affirmative bark, indicated that CuddleCat had been in contact with a cadaver.
- Using cardboard boxes, all the clothes in the house were taken to a specially prepared area to be placed on the
ground for the dogs.
- At 23h20 all the clothes are spread out. Again, Eddie marks a strong cadaver odor on Kate's
clothes: slacks in black/white check and a sleeveless white blouse. He barks frenetically.
- Keela finds no blood
===== EXAMS AT MURAT'S HOME =====
- 4 and 5 August. Ground "aired" and opened.
Over two days of thorough searching, no signs from Eddie at Muart's home.
===== EXAMS ON VEHICLES =====
- 6 August, underground parking garage
- 10 vehicles examined which were used by Murat, Michaela, Malinka,
Luís António, McCanns and one by Russell O'Brien
- 10 metres between cars to avoid contamination
of smells between them
- Martin tells Eddie to start on exteriors, with all doors/windows tightly closed: intense
sniffing of wheels, underneath, door jams, edges of boot. 1, 2, 3 cars. Nothing.
- 4th car. Eddie significantly
alters his behaviour. Visibly more excited, he doesn't immediately approach the car as he did with the others. He raises
his head and, with his nose in the air, sniffs incessantly around the car indicating that he is trying to find the source
of that well-known odor and which he has been finding for years, which he had detected in the area and knows he is now going
to find. Martin's voice commands him back to searching the car itself. Eddied provides yet another surprise in the case,
barking strongly as he alerts to the existence of cadaver odor in the car rented by the McCanns.
- Precisely, Eddie
---- the lower part of the driver's door
---- in the boot, where the dog was biting and barking,
indicating the odour was coming from inside the car
The car was taken apart by forensic experts and around dawn,
Keela finds vestiges of blood where Eddie signalled: the key and the luggage compartment
- As with the apartments,
Eddie was uninterested in the other cars, not hesitating nor displaying behaviour similiar to the other vehicles, making his
actions quite clear and precise.
- Gonçalo Amaral says he had already been removed from the team when he
learned that one of the McCann's neighbors (at the second villa), a Portuguese jurist, says that in the nights leading
up to the dog exams, the McCanns frequently left the baggage door open.
- One of Gerry's brother-in-laws later
affirmed they used the car to transport garbage and that, once, some blood from beef spilled in the luggage area, thereby
justifying the "strange" odor.
- One of Kate's aunts said that the car had unpleasant smells that
she assumed came from the baby's diapers.
These justifications don't stand up to the English dogs. These
dogs are exclusively trained to alert to human blood and cadaver odours. The hygiene habits of the users of this car do not
even appear credible for the civilized people making up this group, which make the statements of these two, in the very least,
===== COLLECTING THE VESTIGES =====
- Upon detection, we begin the collection and remit of
the evidence to a forensic lab
- 2 early questions: how to collect and where to send. Someone from the Portuguese
Police Lab came to do the collection. In a joint meeting between British and Portuguese forensic experts, it was decided to
not try to do tests locally. Instead tiles were very carefully removed, monitoring all with photographs, and taken to FSS
for Low Copy Number tests, the lab where they can identify DNA from microscopic blood samples.
- To safeguard the
samples, the technician who removed the tiles also hand-carried them to the FSS.
- 7 August, taken to the FSS were:
---- tiles from behind the sofa and under the window
---- blood from the car key
---- hairs found in the
---- blood from the lining from the right side of the luggage area
- Gonçalo Amaral speaks
of "blood" when other reports say "bodily fluids" because Keela only alerts to human blood.
Who is Mark Harrison?, 29 July 2008
29 July 2008
Mark Harrison, National Search Adviser, NPIA, and National Crime & Operations Faculty (NCOF) Special Adviser is
also the National Search Adviser in relation to Homicide, missing persons and mass fatality disasters for the Police service
within the United Kingdom. Working for the National Centre of Policing Excellence he has 20 years Police service. He provides
case consultancy services to all UK Police Agencies and in addition where requested overseas consultancy for example USA FBI,
US Army, Australia, Middle East and South America.
His particular focus is on complex serial or multiple cases
where human remains are being sought within a large geographic area. He specialises in harnessing a multi discipline approach
of police, military, academic and commercial experts to enable conjunctive reconnaissance to determine a specific area to
search. He has authored best practice guidance for the British Police service on searching for missing persons and victims.
He has developed scenario based search models and the use of behavioural profiling to assist in successful search strategies.
Two contradictory lists and a torn children's
book, 18 August 2008
Two contradictory lists and a torn children's book
Excerpt from 'The Truth of the Lie' by
Gonçalo Amaral (pages 136/137)
18 August 2008
Thanks to 'lisbonirish' for translation
The first investigator who went to the apartment after the alarm was raised was informed of the existence
of a plan for checking on the children while the parents dined one hundred metres away. At the time, Russell O'Brien handed
over two lists handwritten on the inside cover of a children's book, a sticker activity book for children more than 3
years of age. We believe the book was Madeleine's and we do not understand why they tore off the cover of the child's book.
A child had just gone missing and all its belongings should be precious to those who loved her. Was there really no other
paper around? Not even a simple napkin? The question hangs in the air and the response is yet another contradiction. The lists
contained the possible record of the checks in the apartment.
Further summaries of "The
Truth of the Lie", 24 July 2008
Madeleine's daily routine (Summary of pages 32 to
April 29, the second day of the holidays, Madeleine and the twins followed a precise routine. In the morning, around nine
o'clock, after breakfast, she is taken to the crèche in the building where the main reception is located. Amelie and Sean
go to another crèche, for younger children, near the "Tapas" restaurant. Gerry and Kate spend the morning playing tennis or
jogging on the beach.
Around 12h30, Gerry and Kate pick up the three kids, for lunch, and after, take them
back to the crèche, where they stay, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Sometimes, the children had dinner with the nannies, near the "Tapas"
At night, another "relaxing ritual" starts, between 7:30 and 8:30 pm: after putting
the kids in bed, Gerry and Kate take a bath and sit down, having a glass of New Zealand wine. Then, they go for the "Tapas",
leaving the children asleep in the apartment, to meet the friends. Dinner starts around 8:30 pm and finishes around 11:00
On Tuesday, May 1, a small change in the routine: after lunch, around 1:30 pm, the
McCanns take their children to the beach, but weather changes and they only stay there for 20 minutes. Before going back to
the crèche, it seems she had an ice-cream at a beach bar. At 3:30, nannies take all the children from both crèches to the
beach, again, where they stay until 4:30 pm.
That night, on the "Tapas" reservations book, one of the employees reserved a table
for the McCann and friends and wrote also a note, referring that some of those clients went out, a few times, during dinner,
to check on their kids that were left at the apartments.
That was the same night when Madeleine cried for one hour and 15 minutes, calling for
her father. She only stopped when they came back from the restaurant.
Wednesday morning Madeleine asks her parents why didn't they come to help her, the
night before, while she was crying. On that afternoon, Madeleine goes back to the beach, with the nannies, between 3:30 and
4:30. The night routine is unchanged.
Thursday, May 3, it's Gerry who takes Madeleine to the crèche, at 9:10 am. She goes
again to the beach, between 10:30 and 11:00 am. At 12:45, it's Kate who goes to the crèche, to take Madeleine for lunch. She's
back at 2:50 pm and it's also Kate who, after jogging on the beach, brings the three children back to the apartment, at 5:30
The British police officers (Summary
of pages 94 to 98)
The first British police
officer to come to PJ headquarters in Portimão, on Saturday, May 5, was Glen Power, liaison officer for the British police,
assigned to the British Embassy in Lisbon. Amaral knew him very well and for a long time, they worked together in
many high profile cases related to organised crime. Glen told Amaral that he was "too busy", so he couldn't stay there, Leicestershire
police would send a team.
Two days after,
British police officers start to arrive. Bob Small, Leicester head of CID came with a colleague. Amaral put one of his inspectors
"close" to Bob Small, because, as he wrote, "in Portugal, it's still the dog that wags the tail". After that, another two
police officers arrived – family liaison officers, to give psychological support to the family and to work as a "link"
between the family and PJ.
But more and
more British officers keep coming. PJ gave them a room, next to their own "crisis room" and the British called it "Task Portugal".
Experts in communications, special surveillance teams, profilers, specialist in information analysis, there are "all kind
of specialised British police officers." They had access to all information related to the investigation, participated in
every meeting and took part in the decision process, as the investigation developed.
On May 14, the
McCann "dismissed" the two family liaison officers, after Kate was "shocked and frustrated" because they asked her where her
daughter was. They were in PdL for less than a week. British police told nothing to PJ, officially, concerning this incident,
but Amaral knew it and one of the PJ investigators, who spoke fluent English, was assigned to be the communication "link"
with the parents.
A large amount
of information came from Leicestershire police. On May 15, Inspector Ricardo Paiva goes to Leicester. But most of that information
was "hundreds of daily reports" coming from all over the world, including many psychics messages.
On June 12, Leicestershire's
assistant chief constable Chris Eyre and CID head Bob Small went to Faro, for a meeting with Amaral, Luís Neves (head of Serious
and Organized Crime Department of PJ, also assigned to the investigation) and Guilhermo Encarnação, the regional PJ director
for all Algarve. The idea was to evaluate the level of cooperation between the two police forces.
"We had the feeling that the kidnapping theory was the 'politically correct one', even
if other lines of inquiry were still on the table", Amaral wrote, concerning the results of that meeting. "As time went on,
we realised that not everybody in Leicestershire police knew how the investigation was developing".
body-finder (Summary of pages 144 to 146)
At the beginning of June, Kate started to talk with investigators about information
she had received, from several psychics and clairvoyants, concerning the location of her daughter's body. On June 28, the
McCann couple told PJ investigators, during one the regular meetings they held, it was their intention to bring Danie Krugel,the
South-African alleged body-finder and his mysterious "machine" to Praia da Luz. They asked for the PJ agreement and requested
police support to the work Mr. Krugel was supposed to do, at Praia da Luz. Mr. Amaral wrote: "The couple clearly admitted,
now, the death of the child, unlike what they had been saying in public (...)".
The "mixed" investigative team (Portuguese and British police officers) was astonished
with the "news", transmitted by the McCanns, about those technological developments in "body-finding". Kate and Gerry refused
to give up. Using a TV program about Krugel, they insisted. The team agreed and Krugel came to Praia da Luz.
He took his "machine" to the highest points, North and West of Praia da Luz, put a
hair of Madeleine in the machine, defined two lines and pointed to an area around 300 metres large, starting in the sea line
and going through the valley near the beach. "The body of Madeleine is in this area", he said, according to Mr. Amaral. That
area had been searched, already, but Police went there, once again. Nothing was found and Mr. Krugel left Praia da Luz.
Summary of comments on Robert Murat from Gonçalo Amaral's book 'The Truth of
the Lie', 29 July 2008
Summary of comments on Robert Murat from Gonçalo Amaral's
book 'The Truth of the Lie' Gazeta Digital
29 July 2008
* On May
11, Amaral himself walked the path in the same direction where Jane Tanner said she saw a man carrying a child, on the night
of May 3
He saw Murat's home and Murat going
out, with his mother and asked a police officer who he was. The officer said he knew him and he was translating to police
Back in the crisis room, more information
was available (Lorraine' suspicions, a lot of curiosity about the investigation, from Murat, and so on)
Profilers from CEOP start to "work"
on Murat's profile, his home was put under close and sophisticated electronic surveillance
Jane Tanner was placed inside a surveillance
van from police (windows that allow to look outside, from the van, without being seen), the van was parked in a strategic
position, near the A5 apartment, and PJ investigators took Murat with them, making exactly the same walk the man carrying
a child has made, according to Jane Tanner
Jane Tanner looked at Murat walking
and told police she was sure he was the same man, she recognized the way he walked, with no doubt
Sunday, May 12, Murat rented a car
and drove a lot of miles, most of it on secondary roads, not paved
Investigators believed he detected
that he was under surveillance, so asked for a search warrant on Sunday, May 13, at night. May 14, 7:20 am, they start to
search Murat's home, with a search warrant from the Criminal Court Judge. Nothing was found to incriminate Murat
Same day, at 10:00 am, they begin
to question Murat. He was named arguido, refused a lawyer and cooperated fully, answering all questions, even if he had the
legal right to remain silent. He was nervous, but his answers were clear and direct to the point.
PJ discovered phone calls on May
3, around 11:30 pm, between Murat, Malinka and Murat's girlfriend (she was in Lagos, according to the antenna signals, Murat
and Malinka at Praia da Luz)
They say they were talking about
the web site Malinka built to Murat and Michaele real estate business, or just “don't remember” (no indication
about who said what, exactly)
Information from British police,
based on statements from a Murat's childhood friend: Murat, as an adolescent, was a pervert, attempted to have sex with a
dog and a cat, then killed both of them with cruelty; the same source said he would have attempted to rape a cousin, when
he was 16
British profilers concluded Murat
had 90 % of possibilities of being responsible for the kidnap of Madeleine's
* "Suddenly", on May 16, some of the
McCann friends remembered they saw Murat near apartment A5, on the night of May 3, after Madeleine disappeared, either before
or after GNR arrived (GNR arrived from Lagos between 11:10/11:15 pm, they received the first call only at 10:46 pm)
Rachel Mampilly, Fiona Payne and
Russel O'Brien made statements to police, saying they saw Murat immediately after Madeleine's disappearance, near apartment
On July 11, 2007, there was a confrontation,
in the presence of PJ investigators – a legal action, within a crime investigation, whenever there are contradictory
statements ("acareação", in Portuguese). The McCann friends insisted they saw him, Murat repeated he was at home, with his
Later, GNR officers, staff from Ocean
Club and local residents who helped in the search immediately after Kate raised the alarm, when questioned by police, all
denied to have seen Murat, on that night (staff from Ocean Club and local residents knew him very well, since long time, some
of the GNR officers also)
Thanks to Paulo Reis for this summary