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By Paul Sargento, criminal psychologist, university professor and author
Published: 20 September 2008
Thanks to 'astro' for translation
On the 6th of September, weekly Expresso published an exclusive interview with the McCann couple, with headlines that
claimed, in direct speech, through Kate's voice: "Gonçalo Amaral is a disgrace!" Twenty four hours earlier, the British daily
The Sun presented an excerpt of the videos with the famous dogs (trained to react in the presence of human blood and cadaver
odour, we recall) reacting in a particular manner under certain circumstances, namely in locations where the McCanns were,
or to objects that had been in contact with the family (for example, the famous pink cuddle cat). These videos made the rounds
in all tv stations and generated some upset.
Let’s ask: how are both situations related? Well, the time proximity
may lead to suppose that, like we have stated in earlier occasions, these are situations that can be compared with guerrilla
fights. I open a parenthesis to affirm that I am certain of the tolerance and good sense that are recognized in Dr Gonçalo
Amaral, which continue to give him the strength and the wisdom to resist, along with his family, to this guerilla that will
only intensify the confusion that is installed already.
What does this mean? It was to be presumed that after the process
was made public there would be a tendency from the media to try to value some indicia that sustain the homicide and cadaver
concealment theory, and that the response to that tendency would be translated into attacks on the Polícia Judiciária's technical
competence, and especially the devaluation of indicia without forensic corroboration.
Within this perspective, it did
not surprise me that the reports were published almost simultaneously and that for the McCann couple, the criteria to interpret
and explain the behaviour of the dogs were exclusively measured by these animals' incompetence, supposedly proved by one single
US study. Of course it is an argument, but once again, the argument of authority has prevailed over the authority of the argument.
Is one single US study enough to devalue what the images have shown? Probably, the forensic artist who drew the photofits
was also part of the team… (forgive me the irony)
It could also be confirmed, just like I had insisted, despite
the legitimate and honest explanations from my dear friend Dr Rogério Alves during a debate on SIC Notícias in late July,
that the couple had refused to "return to Portugal for the reconstruction" (in Expresso, Sept 9, 2008, page 25).
recently, on the 14th of September, British tabloid "News of the World" announces, on the front page, the publication of "Kate's
Diary, in her own words" and advances an exclusive that will present, "for the first time, the devastating TRUTH that destroys
the Portuguese police's lies". Competing with the usual appealing images of Britney Spears, Rachel Stevens and Danii Minogue,
the front page presents a photo of Kate McCann with a sad and worried expression, which supposedly would anticipate the details
of her agony that the diary would expose.
In reality, across four pages of the tabloid, with some photographs that
illustrated the strong emotions, Kate's diary was published and commented under the perspective of a mother in understandable
despair. The comments followed the logics of the abduction theory, and in consequence carried out a violent attack on the
Portuguese Polícia Judiciária, which is accused, among other things, of cruelty.
But why am I telling you this? Because
following the supposedly incompetent smelling work done by the dogs, on the 12th of July 2007, Kate registers the following
in her diary: "Today I washed the Cuddle Cat. I was hoping not to have to do it until Madeleine returns, but it was now quite
dirty and smelly, unfortunately without the smell of Madeleine on it" (News of the World, Sept 14, 2008, page 6).
passage is admirable, when compared to the notion that the dogs' role had to be diminished in the process!!!
of cuddle cat has always claimed my attention in the Maddie case. Right at the beginning, I remembered a famous British paediatrician,
Donald Winnicott, who attributed particular importance to toys (or other objects) that gain a special value for children in
very precocious phases of their lives. These objects, which the paediatrician called transitional, are invested with particular
passion by the children, or even with addiction, for possessing symbolic characteristics of safety, comfort, care and other
qualities that emanate from the mother figure. It is almost always the mother who offers, or promotes, this relationship of
passion with the object. Therefore, when she is absent or when the children, for example, go to bed or to nursery school,
they absolutely need to enjoy the company of these objects. That is the only way that they can endure those moments. We all
remember when our children could only sleep if they were hugging their soft toy.
But that object gradually loses that
symbolic dimension, as new relational meanings emerge. Nevertheless, while the passion and the addiction over that object
last, all its qualities should be maintained. One of them, very important: the scent. Who has never witnessed a child’s
tantrum because she does not want her soft toy to be washed, even preferring it to remain dirty and smelly?
right. I have never managed to understand who the pink cuddle cat belonged to…
But I'm certain of one thing:
it's a lot more important than it seems.
Even after being washed, when Kate could not feel Maddie's scent anymore,
and placed, untouched, in the little bed where it slept, the dogs felt a presence.
I finish for the day with a sentence
by Professor José Pinto da Costa (whom I was honoured to be a student of) that was spoken during the aforementioned debate:
"I see that I still have a lot to learn about those sniffer dogs' biology".
Maddie: The noisy silence... or the extinct notoriety of a brand?, 10
Maddie: The noisy silence... or the extinct notoriety of a brand?
Câmara de Comuns
Dr Paulo Sargento
10 October 2008
Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
The "Maddie" case has entered
into a sort of blackout for some time now. More precisely, Gerry McCann has silenced his blog, approximately, 2 months ago
(his last post is dated the 14th of August) after he affirmed his surprise with the fact that the media had had access
to the process, as a consequence of the archival which put an end to the secrecy of justice and, also, to his status of arguido,
which also referred to his wife and to Mr. Robert Murat.
Well, the surprise shown is, in fact, surprising, in
so far as, besides having been announced previously, it seemed obvious that this would happen, or was the media exposure of
the case not always one of the purposes pursued by the McCanns, on behalf of their daughter. It is a surprise that
surprises, in so far, as it was not expected that it constituted any surprise at all, even less for Gerry McCann.
what to say of Mr.Clarence Mitchell? Yes, the one that, very often tediously, used the easy verb to maintain the case in
the media's spotlight? Or, who simply, threatened half the world with criminal processes for defamation, and pre-demanded
fat compensations? He has been very quiet, the spin doctor. But, it does not seem to me that this is on account of the fact
that he has nothing to say. Could it be that, cleverly we recognise, he knows when to speak, as much as he knows when to shut
This limbo into which the case has entered can have many readings. I’ve chosen two, between several.
first one, as I stated in a previous post, can mean that the silence is due to the fact that at this moment, after the euphoria
of the guerrilla war post-archival, the long process is being consulted and studied, finally, with the reflection and with
the meticulousness that such a task demands, with the intention of planning the actions that will follow. However, as far
as we know, no diligence was done in the direction of the reopening of the process.
So, for what reason does it need
to be studied? Will the threats be made real? Is that the objective? Or is it simply, the promise done by the famous private
agency of detectives (that, according to the official site FindMadeleine.com continues to be the principal source
of investigation of the case and where the ridiculous sketches remain as the most efficient scientific productions, the result
of an authentic fortune spent by the fund to find Maddie) that is going be fulfilled with a year of delay and they are going
to find the girl before the Christmas of 2008?
The second one as I said before, fits in an attempt of extinction
of the media interest. Technically, a phenomenon that begins to have a break of notoriety has a tendency to be extinguished.
The great trademarks, as famous as they are, always do the possible and the impossible to increase or, at least, maintain
their notoriety. The investments in publicity done even at a time of economic crisis, are taken as a priority of the big brands.
When such does not happen the extinction is inevitable! All of us know of that!
But is Maddie a big Brand? Should we
have believed in a phenomenon of relational Marketing?
I presume that yes. I already stated that in several opportunities,
when I referred to the tabloids.
But, let's pay attention to the official site: http://www.findmadeleine.com
In a very discreet way, an online store appears, above the separator of the contacts (contact us) of the
above-mentioned site, at the top right corner of the web page. If we click on this online store we come across three products:
wallpapers for cell phones (free), bracelets 'look for Maddie' of universal size (2 Pounds each) and T-Shirts for children
and adults, of various sizes sizes already sold out (6,5 Pounds/10 each).
What does this want to say? If we read the
description of the products, we are left without doubts that this it is a Marketing strategy terribly simple, almost kitsch.
Let's notice the next sentences: "Polyester/Cotton High Quality T Shirt", "These shirts are made to a very high quality and
have the text and picture printed directly onto the material" (The front has the text "Dont You Forget About Me" and the rear
has the web site address. Madeleines picture is shown on the front and the back.) or "Good quality wristbands to keep reminding
you about Madeleine".
Let's pay attention. It is not the question of a fund, or of donations, because for these there
are also connections and quite visible separators. This is a catalog of products for sale. Exactly! It is the question of
a catalog of products for sale.
In as much as I try to understand the despair and the necessity of money to continue,
presumably, investigations, carried out by agencies that still showed nothing, I must qualify, at least, of bad taste what
I have just described.
And I adjourn in this way, at least for today.
There are Deafening Silences when one
attempts to extinguish the Notoriety of a Brand.
Maddie and esotericism: means or ends?, 28
Before anything else, I must confess that I hesitated quite a bit about publishing this post. Firstly, because many other
bloggers have already done so, with the acuity that the theme so deserves, and then also because I wasn't sure that I should
defend 'dames' who allow for their name to be used in vain by the press, without a single remark, which surely allows space
for any interpretations that one may want to make.
What am I talking about? The news, a front-page exclusive, that
the 'Sunday Express' published on the 19th of October: "FBI mediums present new suspect in Maddie case". The news is reported,
as anyone can verify, over two pages, where a new "photofit" of a new suspect appears, as well as the photographs of two supposed
FBI medium-detectives and one clairvoyant. In a subtle manner, a small inset box next to the aforementioned photo announces
an apology to the Tapas Seven, particularly to Drs Russell O'Brien and Jane Tanner, due to news that they could also become
arguidos in the process, even advancing that the first allegedly had helped to conceal some relevant facts. In this public
apology, the newspaper adds that it has also agreed upon the payment of substantial compensation which, it asserts, the victims
will donate to the 'FindMaddie' fund. A coincidence? I don't think so.
The aforementioned FBI medium-detectives have
elaborated a new "photofit" of a man who is suspected of having abducted, murdered and buried Maddie, supposedly through the
reports from a psychic. The paranormal investigators spent a week in Portugal, where they collected data that supposedly allowed
for them to reach such conclusions and to present them during a programme on American television. They also mention that they
have informed the Police and Kate and Gerry's private investigators, who prefer to wait for the show's images in order to
evaluate the evidence.
Now for the first question. If we search the website of the well-known investigation agency,
the FBI, we don't find any one of the names that are cited by the 'Sunday Express' or even any mention of the use of said
paranormal investigation methods. So we may ask: is the FBI aware of this and other news articles that use its reputation
as an argument of authority to sustain unofficial theories (we may also recall the alleged forensic painter of the "photofits",
although those were based on reports from real persons and not some paranormal entities)? And does it give permission? Or
do these detectives abuse the acronym FBI? Or was it just a bit of "press freedom"? My understanding is that these questions
should be clarified in order to avoid any remaining doubts about persons and methods.
The second question that I raise
concerns the paranormal investigation itself.
I should state, before anything else, that I don't hold anything against
any type of knowledge, no matter how esoteric or exoteric. I possess no type of knowledge about the methods of paranormals.
What I do know about is some lines of scientific investigation into so-called paranormal phenomena and into the actors of
this phenomena, namely in the areas of neurosciences and cultural anthropology. But there is something that shocks me in a
significant part of the approaches that are made by so-called psychics, mediums, or other pseudo-professional adjectives:
the immoral sense of opportunity to manage expectations and coincidences 'post hoc'. After holding a reasonable set of information
concerning a certain phenomenon, many people are skilled in creating illusions in others with their pseudo premonitory sense.
On the other hand, it's strange to notice how most of these paranormals can only experience their visions and perform their
work in cases that can obtain some sort of retribution, one way or another (and if it's only for notoriety). Under this perspective,
why hasn't this team of paranormal detectives discovered something concerning the thousands of cases of unknown missing children?
And finally, why don't they ever explain the methods that they use in order to demonstrate the evidence that only they can
see, thus claiming to be seers?
The third question, which could easily be called laughable if it weren't for the seriousness
of the situation, concerns the fact that a vision from some medium can generate a "photofit". I know that Jane Tanner's report
has been evaluated as lacking credibility, but still…
The fact is that if we compare the so-called "photofit"
that was built with the aid of perfectly unbelievable methods, with some of Dr Gerald McCann's photographs, we encounter notable
similarities. A superficial comparative analysis of the facial proportions and asymmetries (particularly observed in the right
ocular cavity) of the "photofit", following anthropometrical principles, suggests a level of coincidence in said measurements
that is much higher for the face of Gerry McCann than for the face of the President of the Egyptian Republic. I should remind
you that a similar conclusion could be reached concerning the "photofit" that was published by Clarence Mitchell, when said
so-called forensic production was compared with the photograph of Mr Joaquim Agostinho or with the face of Kate McCann. This
data means simply that said productions are naturally inconsistent and add nothing to the Maddie case except for confusion.
as if the para(ab)normality that is referred to in the 'Sunday Express' of the 19th of October wasn't enough, on the very
next day (20th of October) 'The Sun' publishes a quarter page with a premonition from Kate McCann concerning the fateful holidays
of May 2007. The Payne couple comes forward this time, to ensure that this premonition actually is a premonition and not 'post
hoc' coincidence management. They both assert that Kate had a bad feeling about the vacation and that she even considered
the possibility of not going. But apart from this, unnecessary and demonstrative references are made to the consequent bad
emotional state of Kate and Gerry and again the idea that said premonition was transmitted to the Portuguese police is affirmed.
Let's hope that this is described in the process. If it's not, then we have yet another serious mistake to blame on our PJ.
Patience! Not everyone can function in the way that we fantasize the FBI functions.
I understand that the newspapers
want to sell paper. I understand that the newspapers take advantage of folkloric news in order to hit one on the nail and
one on the hoof, because they obtain great relational marketing (in this case by presenting public apologies in order to advertise
their financial contribution to the 'FindMaddie' fund). The fact that some characters want to sell television shows of disputable
aesthetic taste, does not particularly disturb me, either. The fact that the FBI doesn't take public action to deny their
relationship with medium-detectives worries me a bit more. But while we're at it, the use of an esoteric argument in news
that involves the family of a little girl, that an edition of (British) 'Metro' has assumed to be dead, within a compensation
payment that has already been mentioned in this text, shows a lack of sense that defies qualification.
I confess that
'Halloween' is one of those popular celebrations that have never managed to seduce me. But presuming that there are persons
that enjoy this type of party, it could be suggested that they should play with something else.
* Paulo Sargento is a renowned forensic psychologist, university professor and author; he was part of the team that
produced a 3D simulation of the evening when Madeleine disappeared
Maddie: Watch out for forgeries..., 09 January 2009
The British press in general published a newspiece today, the 9th of January 2009,
which was forcefully bombastic: a young Tory, a member of the British Conservative and Unionist Party, was expelled from said
party over allegedly "offensive behaviour [that] is not only shocking but intolerable and completely unacceptable". Adding
to these words from the President of the Party, Caroline Spelman, Clarence Mitchell states that the young Conservative activist's
behaviour is beyond any limit of what is credible and acceptable, and, as expected, demands private and public apologies to
the McCann couple due to the fact that he considers it to be "a complete disgrace that Madeleine's name and image should be
made fun of in this way".
Well! What did young Matthew Lewis do, after all?
He published a note in his Facebook
where he boasts about "dressing up" as Madeleine McCann, using a blonde wig, "pink pyjamas, a teddy bear and a vial of fake
blood". This is the unacceptable behaviour that led to the expulsion of this young man!!! At some point on the page, the comment
from a friend can be read who says he is going to dress up as Natasha Kampus (the German girl who lived in captivity in an
underground bunker for 7 years, after being abducted), to which, I stress, young Matthew replied: "At least yours has a happy
ending". Please allow me to underline this reply: "At least yours has a happy ending". But let me also point your attention
towards the fact that at the same party there were, allegedly, "disguises" of Baby P (the baby that died a victim of severe
abuse) which everyone agrees had a painful ending, and a very, very unhappy one, I want to add!
Well! Within a benign
interpretation of the events, one might say: jokes in bad taste, by youngsters during a night when excesses "fuel the party".
But young Matthew ends up confessing, in a comment on the same Facebook that at a certain point in time, he felt that certain
elements of his "disguise" were abusive, or, at least, he sensed that he had gone too far with elements of the costume.
other interpretation, not quite as benign, we already know it, through the statements made by the President of the Party,
with the full assent from Clarence Mitchell. Inadvertently, the young man almost attained a historical feat within English
politics: an agreement between Labour and Conservatives. Forgive me for not resisting this joke, as well. Whether in good
or in bad taste, you'll be the judge.
But there is one thing that I agree upon. The young former Unionist member went
too far with some details. Before anything else, I must refer that stating that Maddie’s pyjamas were pink is a plagiarism
of Mrs Jane Tanner's statement. Let's see if we won’t soon see a lawsuit from her against him. This is because Mrs Jane
Tanner is absolutely certain, just like me and every one of us, that Madeleine had pink pyjamas. Why do I say this? Because
in her statement, that prompted the second photofit, she had already seen the photograph of one of Maddie’s pyjamas
published in the media. Mrs Jane Tanner did, and everyone else. Alas, young Matthew must be confused, because the pyjamas
(the ones on the photo) actually have pink teddy bears and white lace cuffs. Which leads us to another question: the pink
teddy bear. It was not really a teddy bear, but rather a pink cuddle cat, which I never managed to perceive whether it belonged
to Maddie or to her mother, Kate. We have to be more precise, dear Matthew. But, finally, and worse, a vial of false blood.
Negative, dear Matthew. It was no vial, but only a few drops, and as far as many investigators are concerned, they were not
fake, with very strong probabilities of constituting a sample of real blood, from the real Maddie.
dear Matthew, where you seem to have surpassed the boundaries was in the comment that you made about the alleged happy ending
of Natasha Kampus. Do you know why? Because that means that Maddie had an… unhappy ending.
You know, Matthew?
If you had dressed up as Maddie and, with a smile, stated – "Mom? Dad? I'm back" – maybe you would not have been
that vilified. Look at what Mrs Jovey Mae Hayes did. Do learn from her! That lady opportunely offered the supporters of the
abduction theory, at Christmas time, a simulation (failing to present any methodological criteria for said age progression,
and taking refuge, once more, in a false affiliation with the FBI) of a portrait of Maddie in 2009. The Portrait shows a smiling
Maddie, transmitting the hope that she is alive, and in good health, despite subject to Stockholm syndrome (Prof. Nils Berjerot,
please forgive the incommensurable ignorance). This lady, the director of a film that works in the area of photograph manipulation,
found an interesting and opportune manner to use the little girl's image, in an execrable way, in order to pursue what I have
been denouncing as Relational Marketing.
Do you see, Matthew? Ah, youth...
Maybe you should stick to selling
a few t-shirts and wristbands with Madeleine's name on. It seems that does not constitute any sort of abuse. Even her parents
do it. Of course they do it with the intent to gather more financial means to proceed their relentless search for their...
Watch out for forgeries...
You must excuse me but I can't say anything further today. One of
these days, in an attempt to demonstrate why things that frequently happen to couples that lose their children don't happen
with the McCanns, I'll write about sacrificial dilemmas and I'll recommend the movie: "Sophie's Choice".
Maddie, the candidate Gonçalo Amaral, the ambivalence of some political
cowards and the – inevitable – feast of the British tabloids, 12 January 2009
Maddie, the Candidate Gonçalo Amaral, the ambivalence of some political
cowards and the – inevitable – feast of the British tabloids Câmara de Comuns
by: Paulo Sargento
Dr Paulo Sargento is a forensic phychologist, a University
professor, and author
Today, I leave you a short post to highlight some issues
relating to the controversy that silently has been insinuating itself concerning the candidacy of Dr Gonçalo Amaral, in the
lists of PSD [Social Democratic Party], to the Presidency of the Municipality of Olhão.
As was to be expected, even
within PSD itself the choice is not unanimous. But that is perfectly normal and healthy in a democracy. Pity the man who thinks
he has nothing but friends and supporters.
Nevertheless, in these cases, there are always five political types:
those who genuinely support because they believe in the candidate’s qualities – (the Genuines);
who support due to conjectures of various natures (for example, "Now he is very notorious and the Portuguese people think
highly of him. And he has already lived in Olhão…") – (the Opportunists);
c) those who don't support because
they state that the candidate doesn't have the adequate profile (generally, these are those who wanted to be candidates, or
who already had someone else in mind – inter-party lobby) – (the Resentful);
d) those who prefer to speak
at a later moment in time and who think it's too early to make considerations about the candidacies because the election is
still far away – (the Stoppers);
e) those who state that the candidate, despite his great merit as a citizen,
doesn't have any political experience – (the Aristocrats).
I must say that those who cause me most irritation
and indignation are the Stoppers and the Aristocrats. For all the others, the argumentation is understandable. But the cowardice
of the Stoppers, who stay aside and prefer to wait to celebrate or criticise, depending on polls or the prevalent opinions,
or the ignoble haughtiness of the Aristocrats, who surely were already born with experience or who believe that the participation
in public life is a privilege for the few, is something that upsets me.
But to help fuel the party, the feast of the
English tabloids has started already, as could be foreseen, anyway.
Yesterday, on the 11th of January, the 'News of
the World' presented a very small, but incisive article with the following title: "Maddie Cop Vote". This title was placed
beneath a photograph of Dr Gonçalo Amaral where he is still wearing a moustache and with his necktie somewhat misaligned by
the open collar of his shirt (as a matter of fact, this type of photograph is not systematically used by the British media
per chance; Gonçalo Amaral has photographs that are more flattering to his image but are never used). The news refers that
"the shamed cop is running for Mayor after being booted out of the force". Further ahead, it is subtly recalled that "the
Portuguese officer caused outrage when he made Kate and Gerry McCann suspects in their daughter's disappearance" and finalises
with the sentence: "Right wing Amaral is now standing for election in the town of Olhão".
Despite the fact that I understand
the meaning of 'tabloid', I must say that what I have just summarised is absolutely shameful, premeditated, with a Portuguese
hand (certainly from a non tabloid media with pseudo-intellectual aspirations and from characters whose known behavioural
bizarreness anticipates their true motives), and, even worse, will be the first and the most simple of a predictable and massive
offensive against the person of Gonçalo Amaral, which will increment its tone and its frequency from the second half of January
onwards, with a lift, or even a full impulse from the Joana case. I'm even convinced of this. God willing, I'm mistaken.
me finish by saying that, independently from the political colour (which, in this case, I don't share), every citizen who,
within the legal frame of the Portuguese Democracy, presents the conditions to exercise mandates of public posts and truly
wishes to do so, should, in my opinion, exercise that Right in a Free and Conscious manner.
More! The arguments from
the Aristocrats don't work. A former PJ inspector (but also a University Professor, with a degree in Sociology and History,
a writer, and many other things) like Francisco Moita Flores, despite his inexperience in political activities, but very experienced
in other areas of civic and social intervention, has been carrying out his mandate as the Mayor of Santarém in an incommensurably
superior manner, compared to other "lifelong experienced" mayors elsewhere. Why is it that Gonçalo Amaral, a former PJ inspector
(but also with 3 years of attendance to an Engineering course, a degree in Law and many other things), with years of life
in the region that he is running for, with a visible civic and social participation, despite his discrete appearance, why
is it, we questioned, that Gonçalo Amaral couldn't be a candidate? Why is his candidacy so uncomfortable for some?
the time when Gonçalo Amaral was removed from the Maddie case, I presented him publicly with my solidarity, and challenged
Dr Alípio Ribeiro to render his "obvious motives" for said decision public. I now reiterate my full solidarity with Gonçalo
Amaral in this "nerve war" that I believe he will face.
Let's remain attentive and from the second half of this cold
month of January onwards we will see some men with two faces (and opinions) that were inspired by the Roman God who originated
the name of the month: 'Janus'.
Public opinion was manipulated in the Maddie Case, 21 January 2009
Paulo Sargento: Public opinion was manipulated in the Maddie Case SOSMaddie
"It is most
natural for people whose child has disappeared, to prefer to have around them the police and people who, technically, are
going to help them find her and not to go looking, to give an example, for a priest, and immediately after that, an image
consultant. It's a simple question... This preoccupation (of the McCanns) leads us to think of something fundamental: in addition
to the possible disappearance, there were other incidental concerns and those have grown in importance (in relation to the
In relation to the McCann case, what parallels can be drawn between these two cases? Two little girls who disappeared and
parents who claim to be innocent.
Paulo Sargento: Categorically, we have two or three questions... the
first is unequivocal. Two little girls disappear, don't reappear, no body is found.
in both cases, from the outset, they claim, let's say, the theory of kidnap. Such as in the case of Léonor Cipriano, such
as in the case of Madeleine McCann. Well... and this kidnap is still claimed by the parents. So, the theory of kidnap has
been given out by the parents from the start. There is, nevertheless, a huge difference. It is that in relation to the Léonor
Cipriano case, the case of little Joana, the transition from innocence to suspicion is rapid.
one or two weeks, Léonor Cipriano ceased being an innocent mother for whom the whole world felt sad during the previous two
weeks, notably in television programmes, where the mother cried, presented the little girl's portrait and gave out this fact,
that theory that the little girl had allegedly been taken by a paedophile or someone like that, but who, thereafter, began
to be suspected, investigated and then imprisoned, while in the McCann case, that shift, let's say, of assertion of guilt
was generally made much later.
And from a
sociological point of view, there is, in criminological terms, a clash of social levels because Léonor Cipriano is a poor
woman without, let's say, political protection, nobody, because she is a simple unknown from the Algarve region, who had already,
in a way... she had a charge linked in a way, to the courts, because she was on file by the Commission for Minors as being
a bad mother, etc etc, and rapidly the system is inverted. In comparison to the McCanns!! Because they are of a higher social
class, foreigners with protection, by all accounts, at a higher political level. And this transition took longer. But that
also means one thing.
The time has
come that the truth cannot be hidden forever, however overdue, things are starting to take shape. But here, the question of
social level also makes us rethink all the criteria of justice, in the sense that we can think that there are two kinds of
justice, according to the social class the person fits into.
DL: With regards to public opinion in the two cases, to the extent that the reaction of public
opinion, notably in Portugal, was different from one case to the other, and nowadays how can we explain, for example, that
there were no appearances in Joana's case, but there were very emotional appearances in Madeleine McCann's case?
PS: That question is a very interesting one. That question leads us to think that public opinion
is more sensitive, has been more sensitive also in the case, in the fact that it is foreign citizens, who are away from their
home country, and we Portuguese, this question we have... this hospitality of being a friendly people, who like to be welcoming,
with great social skill, this is.... we very much like to help and do what needs to be done. In the first instance, that was
one of the questions that helped others to make this case a media event. Because there was interest for other reasons, and these were more secret concerns, which won't
be easy to explain, which time will tell, which the investigation will explain. One basic reason is that the people joined
in en masse. The people made Madeleine a kind of adopted daughter of Portugal which is an interesting thing. And from that
perspective, this helped to create, almost a kind of popular search patrol. A kind of popular search militia which to a certain
extent could have helped, on the one hand, to confuse the police, and on the other hand, to find other leads first. So, that
is one of the questions.
With regard to the appearances, I always make the comparison with the Roswell case in the USA. The USA, 40 years
after Roswell, has continued with almost daily appearances of UFOs and it is all the films that are made, the great sagas
with aliens, by Stephen Spielberg and with the war of the worlds. However, there is something Plato said... a very simple
thing about myths. Myths are something that attract a scam, a fabulous story, a lie, but it is astonishing how it also explains
reality when reason escapes us.
And here, it is the same thing. As long as these appearances are kept up, this myth, the Maddie myth then, if it
was the Middle ages, Maddie would have already been beatified and sanctified. Nowadays, she isn't. Because of this fact, fortunately,
it is not a problem in our time. But the myth, the appearance, or rather, Maddie's appearances are similar to appearances
of UFOs, maintaining... we know that she is no longer alive, but we maintain this theory in our imagination, we know that
it doesn't exist, we have good evidence that extraterrestrial life doesn't exist, at least in the extremes, of the kind like
Orson Wells wanted to show in the war, when he simulated the invasion by green Martians.
There might be another possibility, but we always have the mistrust that it perhaps exists. Now another curious myth
is that there remains and this is a polarisation of human thought, which persists in fact, to preserve the mistake, which
is, the appearances which were more negative, more consequential, which were those in Morocco, those were the ones which,
for a long time, were the most credible for a certain mass media. People swore on these appearances when we were of the opposite
opinion. If I have had three negative appearances, I must immediately think that it's personal, it's about the people, the
population is more susceptible, is more open to suggestion and so, there are going to be more things where they don't exist,
but that curiously serves, putting this in quotations marks, "to feed," the press and maintain the theory of kidnap going
around with no basis whatsoever. So, if there are appearances, it is because, yes, people put this aside and continue to believe
that effectively it is a kidnap.
DL: In cases of kidnap which have been proven, where sometimes the body
is not found, we always talk of grieving. The necessity for parents to find the body to grieve. In Madeleine McCann's case,
to what extent does public opinion need to grieve in this case?
PS: There is a need, and that, it's a fundamental question even for, let's say, closing the
case. As long as we do not know truly what happened, there is still a remnant of mistrust. Grieving helps us to compensate
for a loss. That means, if we want a quick definition of grief, it is: how I succeed in filling a gap?
How do I succeed
at least, in making up for the often devastating effects, from the emotional point of view that this loss has caused? And
as a general rule, there must be markers. It is no coincidence that we have cemeteries. We, purely and simply, could mourn,
allowing bodies to decompose naturally as nature intends and nothing more.
But no. We
have symbols. Symbols which are going to help us be sure that he is there, that this happened, that it is over, and this symbol
allows us a transition from the one who was real, who existed, for a memory that is another kind of reality which is proven.
And as long as that doesn't happen, as long as there isn't concrete proof, the ambivalence continues and thus the appearances,
because as long as we don't know that she is dead, it is possible that she is alive.
So, and it
is those, I say, who have a certain interest in a certain press and in a certain type of movement of information around this
case who maintain the appearances, at strategic times and circumstances, as a form of information to avoid the grief. That
is to say... if we were to think about another case, the Castelo de Paiva case, where, as we all know, 4/5 years ago, a bus
with many people fell... an outing... fell... where many people died where the bodies didn't reappear.
We understand that people from the families of the bodies that did not reappear had the greatest difficulty in closing
that chapter of their lives. From the socio-cultural point of view we're going to find it very difficult
to actually close the Maddie chapter, until we know what really happened, until we have, let's say, the unequivocal piece
of evidence. As long as it's possible to counter an argument with another argument, this phenomenon will not really come to
an end. Never... It is as if we may never again be at peace, never be at peace with Maddie as long as we effectively
don't know, black on white: the little girl is dead. That's what happened and it's over. She will always be in limbo between
truth and lie. She will always be a kind of phantom who is going to haunt Portugal and England and the relationship between
the two nations.
note: * I don't know what this means! Sorry! It looks idiomatic to me. So, maybe if there is a Portuguese speaker here, we
can be offered a translation. Thank you!]
DL: But... and concerning the couple? Concerning Kate and Gerry McCann, from the known images,
from the couple's attitude, can we conclude that they have already grieved?
PS: No, no, I wouldn't come to that conclusion. I would conclude otherwise. All of us alive,
all living human beings, have pacts. Things happen, more or less terrible, according to our value system and to the relative
severity around the events and the way in which we live intensely and the way we make pacts. What is common here, to both,
in the circumstances of couples, for example, who have lost a child, in one way or another, and here we are not discussing
the problem of whether there is or is not responsibility, for the obvious fact that they have lost their child.
It is basically...
this is described in psychological research, having break-ups. Marital break-ups happen sometimes after these events occur.
And Why? Simply because we mustn't think that two people grieve for a shared situation at the same time. This is a key point
in perceiving the phenomenon. As luck would have it, one of them will do it before the other. And the one who does it before
the other, at a given moment stops having a fixation; for example, with the death or loss of a child, starts to have a so-called
normal life. Starts to smile again, starts to go out again, starts to go out to dinner again, starts to... well, life is for
living! Because he has reached a resolution, he has already repaired the devastating emotional effects and the other has not!
And here, the conflict begins.
Who will be like, "how can you want to go out to dinner when it's hardly two years since our child died?" So, there,
those who work from a clinical point of view, with families, perceive this clearly. But this happened a year and a few months
ago, in the Maddie McCann case, and there is no visible crisis between the couple. That doesn't mean that it will always be
like that, but there would have to be some kind of sign. The only sign we keep seeing is one of a superficial nature, which
tallies with the image, naturally they have image advisers, which is elsewhere a social marker of great harmony, for example:
from the way in which Gerry writes in his blog, now at least after having started to write again...it's like: "Kate and I
are too busy to do that..." which means, trying to always give the idea of normalcy, of someone who is getting on with this
search, united with the same goal. But united in the same goal and at the same time they say that they haven't succeeded,
let's say, in finding yet. This is something they also lack for grieving about the situation.
And in these circumstances it seems to me that it is
nothing to do with having or not having grieved, but above all there is a pact between the two of them on that question, at
least from an emotional point of view from what we can see, because they are very formal, and let's say, present, from the
point of view of public debate and social behaviour, pointers that suggest making this type of pact, in a pre-defined
and advised strategy to maintain the fact of this endless search, yet from a contradictory point of view.
Why contradictory? Because they are interested in keeping the case in the spotlight, they have been very silent.
We can also recognise the idea "well, we have been silent because we are looking for leads... etc... " But these changes,
let's say of opinion, people need to know this too, because this case, Madeleine McCann , has ceased to be one which only
interests the couple, this interests the whole world, because we can't offer support and subsequently the willingness. So,
I would say that it's not about grieving, they have or have not done it, but I find that that's not the problem we should
be addressing, but to what extent a kind of pact, formed by strategic circumstances from a social point of view: how long
is this going to last?
As long as they can stand the pressure? What is also very strange is how, I don't know if they have psychiatric or
psychological or psycho therapeutic support or not, and people have different levels of resistance to stress, but for those
who are not... who were not public figures, who were used to the stress of being permanently before the cameras, they were
obviously, from an emotional point of view, very good. Strangely good, I would say.
DL: Going back to the Madeleine McCann case, videos that were made a
while back by Paulo Sargento... what is the idea behind these videos? I am talking about, for example, in the video where
we see the route taken by a car leaving the Ocean Club.
PS: OK. So, in that video where not just one but three alternative routes
are drawn, what we were looking to show at that time was a car allegedly leaving from outside the back bedroom window, let's
say, of the apartment where theMcCann couple were staying. The car leaving by the road that goes behind the Ocean Club to
the church, or by the road that runs in front of the Ocean Club to the church, taking around 27/28 seconds to travel this
route at a speed of 50km/h. This would be the maximum speed permitted in a residential area. So, that was the calculation
made. In one of these routes, the car would have two advantages in taking the route. Let's say that there is someone taking
the little girl in a car, alive or dead, whatever, to the point from which they can go off on another tack, notably by sea
This route takes 26 seconds and if it's along the ring road, let's say, on the right of the Ocean Club where it doesn't
pass very close to the door, that route is practically straight. It is a route with no obstacles. There are few people because
it is disused land. I don't know if it still is, but at that time there was disused land of around two hectares which was
off-limits to the public because of works. So, there weren't a lot of people present and so this would be a route that a car
would travel in under 30 seconds to get to the church, and let's imagine that there were was a third person, an accomplice
could take the little girl and take her to another place from that point.
Then there is another route that takes, perhaps a second less, but there are more turns, there are usually more people
around there. It is above all a question: it goes past the door of the Ocean Club. Let's imagine that it is someone known
to the group of 9, who is taking this route with the little girl, he would be noticed by many. Whatever the route, that shows
one thing. It shows the possibility that in less than 5 minutes, someone could leave the table at the Ocean Club, having taken
the little girl in a car, go as far as the church, come back and in 5 minutes be chatting with his friends. That's a clear
DL: So far, we know that there were gaps in the information. We know
more or less the amount of time that was available to the couple, to certain of their friends for being away from dinner at
Ocean Club and in the first news that appeared, a space of time of 12 minutes was mentioned. 12 minutes then, would be enough
time to get a body out of an apartment?
that time would be more than enough, comfortably enough.
DL: In relation to the Madeleine McCann case, those Identikit pictures that appeared one after
the other, up to what point can credibility be given either to the witnesses who created the Identikit pictures or the Identikit
pictures themselves, because there are big differences between them?
PS: Yes, they are different. I find those Identikit pictures a complete
deception and there are mistakes at all levels, the first of which is with the photo. The Identikit picture is a product,
let's say, created as a general rule by an artist or a policetechnician from a witness statement. So, the first question we
have to ask ourselves is if the witness statement is credible. In two situations the witness statement was from a lady called
Jane Tanner, who belonged to the Tapas group, didn't she? And this lady, as can be checked, in the questionable things she
produced for the police, there are modifications. That is more than enough reason for us to be cautious.
When we look at the Identikit picture, then the sketch
by the police artist is the result of an attempt to transform the result of a creation, let's say, questionable, from a person
who is constantly in the process of modifying her witness statement. To give an example of that, in the first sketch, we have
something like having seen a man carrying something in his arms, something that looked like a child wrapped in a blanket.
And in the second it was Maddie who was in the arms of that person so that in the Identikit picture we see a drawing of a
little girl being carried in the arms, in a very strange way, because no human being carries carries like that... thus, it
is simply in very special circumstances unless she was obviously dead but I don't see anybody out in the street with a dead
child, showing her to the public.
What astonishes me is that an experienced artist, for example a forensic police officer, can make such a basic mistake
as that and about the details, the proportions, of a three year-old child. The proportion she confers on the person carrying
her, is badly reproduced in the sense that the legs are purely and simply too long in comparison with anthropometric guidelines,
which I repeat, a forensic artist has an obligation to know and to work in that way. This is the reason that it's totally
But there is another very interesting question. It is that this picture is definitely produced with pyjamas, which
were only presented in public, the image of those pyjamas... after Jane Tanner had produced the first story. In the second,
she modified them. So, a first Identikit portrait agreeing with the witness statement. Then this is according to the technical
skills which a forensic artist must have in her training and clearly she cannot make basic errors like that. And then an Identikit
picture nearly always claims to identify what is most identifiable about human beings and we know that we are more identifiable.
Babies look at a special part of our bodies, our face, the triangle of eyes, nose, mouth and every person having seen another
person, instinctively where does she look? It's the face.
And if someone saw somebody and suspects this somebody of taking that little girl, it is somewhat astonishing how
they notice the classic shoes, the beige trousers, the browncoat , the beige shirt, the qualities of the colours so difficult
to see at night and is also attentive to details and retains them for a long time and yet has no idea about the face.
Well, that's not an Identikit portrait.
In finishing and most important from my point of
view, and what effectively reflects the willingness to maintain the theory of kidnap at all costs, through gross errors like
those which I have just been talking about and I say again; good, but look. It's a portrait created by a forensic artist with
FBI training. But what do we have here? The
clear imposition of an authoritative argument in favour of the authority of the argument. If the argument is good it doesn't
matter whether it's made by the FBI or made by whoever else, or all the institutions known to be competent, who have 100%
competent people. So, this is an absolutely extraordinary error and it is on that basis that we are trying to show that video,
purely and simply to say that this Identikit portrait is a deception and further, the third to appear, a sketch of a bearded
person and, as has very often been said jokingly, very like the ex-Beatle, the shy George Harrison. It was produced not by
the witness Jane Tanner as we are led to believe, but by an English citizen, British, who was not in Praia da Luz at the time
when the little girl disappeared, but it was around a month after she saw a man with those characteristics and it was based
on those characteristics after a few discussions, she had said that it was someone who looked Mediterranean, who reproduced
this third Identikit portrait.
means... it's too much of a coincidence that the guy stays there, after having kidnapped, nearly a month and that this lady
should see the same guy. Now, this was good for a detective agency working for the McCanns, finding in Altura in the Algarve,
near Vila Real de Sao Antonio, a guy who also had a beard, with quite long hair, who by chance, also had a brown shirt and
who was there in Altura, which is half-way, for example, between Praia da Luz and Huelva where had also been, at the same
time, as if that wasn't enough, a little girl had been abducted at the time, when it was discovered she had been abducted
and murdered by a paedophile.
Only at that time, that wasn't known and probably this set up a guy, which is clearly demonstrated, by facial comparison
using anthropometric reconstruction, let's say, the facial proportions, which have nothing to do with the Identikit portrait,
and who, in addition is a citizen who has mental health problems.
That was useful for maintaining, for a while, an Identikit portrait which was itself a misleading
portrait and constructed, I would hazard and I would say, artificially, because purely and simply the arch of the eyebrows
and the lower part of the face don't coincide in proportion and we are in the process of creating an ambiguous type of human
being, because the upper part is typically masculine as far as the eyebrow characteristics while over accentuating the features...
his cranial prominences were more distinct and he looked nasty. When we would like to, for example... even in the cinema when
we want to cast an actor to play a criminal, we are not going to cast an actor with delicate features. A more rough and ready
type is cast. That Neanderthal eyebrow prominence creates fear, doesn't it?
This upper part is like that, but this lower part is more like the citizen, for example
more Anglo-Saxon, while the upper part looks like a North African. But, whether what we have here is a hybrid kind of person,
what we need to know is if this is another incompetence by the artist or if it is something more dangerous than that, a forgery
to create an ancestral criminal stereotype.
DL: One last question, perhaps, concerning the campaign that was created
around the case. From a psychological point of view to what extent can we consider the use of Cuddle Cat, the walks by the
sea, their going to church, to what extent can we explain that in terms of manipulating the public?
PS: I believe that...
the actions themselves are evidence of manipulating public opinion because normally when a child disappears, with the loss
of a child, we should look at the more common human behaviour, which doesn't mean that being more common, there aren't other
people who behave differently without their becoming suspects or whatever and being accused. But the most natural is that
people whose child has disappeared, a loved one, whoever it may be, prefer to be surrounded by the police and people who can
help them technically to find them and don't as, for example, on the first night, seek a priest and soon afterward an image
The second half of January was, as I expected, very interesting.
The Maddie case came back in full force! The Joana case was interrupted by a show of burlesque and, I believe, an unprecedented
legal event. Metódo3 showed its teeth. And Freeport distracted us.
The last time I wrote, I recall that Dr. Gerry McCann had returned to Portugal for the first time since September 2007,
allegedly - together with one of his attorneys, the illustrious Dr. Rogério Alves - for a reunion with His Excellency the
British Ambassador in Lisbon [Alexander Ellis], to understand what could still be done to find Madeleine.
The trip indeed happened! Dr. Rogério Alves was, as everyone could see, with Dr Gerry McCann and, to what is known,
they met with the Ambassador.
Well, it happened! So why repeat myself?
As I had previously said and I now repeat it: the argument used by Dr Gerry McCann is illogical. By his own words, he
had still not read the whole process (which includes ALL the steps taken), because the process had not yet been fully translated.
I repeat the question that intrigues me: How can you want to know what you can still do about anything when it is not known,
entirely, all that was done? It makes no sense whatsoever! I reiterate that this escapes any logic.
Now then, what was the purpose of Dr Gerry McCann's visit? Without anyone asking, it was guaranteed that he had not come
to meet with anyone from the government or anyone connected to the government. But, what government? The current one? Well,
here is something that cannot escape logic. Nor, contrary to the previous statement, we can affirm (without a pejorative assessment
of the awareness of the statement) that it is a lie.
It even makes sense that Dr Gerry McCann has not come to meet with people connected to the ACTUAL government (and I swear
that I am not using rhetorical imagery to induce reading into the Freeport case). However, nothing was said, and in truth,
nothing was asked regarding meetings with elements of previous governments or related to them.
Right! Nice trick! In some corridors, with hushed loudness, it has been made possible to pin-point someone to the fourth
chair of the said meeting: the first name, truly Lusitanian and the surname, clearly French! And I stop right here.
Do you know why?
Because, from this time on, not even Mendes Bota was able to save the honour of the monastery: the Man who, according
to all the polls, would have been guaranteed to win a City Council post was rejected by the Directorate of the Party of which
he is an active militant, allegedly for not corresponding to the appropriate profile for that Town Hall (well, at least, from
the mouth of the censors, pardon, of the decision makers, did not come an even more ludicrous story, the lack of political
experience). Of course I am talking about Gonçalo Amaral.
Besides being cowardly, shameful and, obviously, manipulated, this act of refusing Gonçalo Amaral's candidacy, is the
most naive expectation of a 'currency exchange' that I have seen in Portuguese politics (besides I am only 43-years-old and
there are political alliances that are secular.
Meanwhile, in the Joana case, after the confession, pre-announced by the illustrious lawyer of Madam Leonor Cipriano
(I recall the interview with Dr. Marcos Aragão Correia, in the weekly "O Crime" of December 4, 2008), our courts performed
one of the strangest scenes unprecedented in the Portuguese memory: the expulsion of a lawyer from the Court chambers for
being suspended by the Bar Association, allegedly because of the failure to communicate his change of address.
This event made a flow, desirable for some, of more ink lines in multiple newspapers. Relative to this, we have yet to
understand what really happened, However, the confession of Leonor Cipriano, that Dr. Marcos Aragão Correia referred to have
been written by his own hand, but dictated by the lady is, as I had a chance to say, another point to the detriment of Leonor
Cipriano herself: it's another one among nearly a dozen versions, all different.
What can we conclude here? Two things. The first is that Leonor has lost more of her, already diminutive and very doubtful,
credibility of testimony. Secondly, calculating the highest common denominator of the various versions, we find a high consistency
of one element in the different versions: Joana, who unfortunately, died, or rather was killed, as most of the forensic evidence
The letter, in addition to having been written by Dr. Marcos Aragão Correia, was not dictated by a person born in the
Algarve area, with a very low level of education. Somehow the statement denotes a kind of legal concern, to the level of its
content (namely, the legal possibility of the adoption as it is referred and the insistance on details that could, potentially,
constitute evidence for the accusation - trousers with blood). But as I reiterate, the excessive use of the gerúndio [Note:
form of a verb which acts as a noun] and the reversal of possessives and demonstratives add up to an aspect of linguistic
expression more usual in Madeira, or with some effort, in some parts of the Alentejo. Who dictated the letter? A person from
Madeira? Or, being in Odemira, a person from Alentejo?
Still in the Joana case, following the aforementioned "confession" a new search was encouraged at the place where, allegedly,
the body of Joana was buried. But, after several searches, conducted by the lawyer for Leonor Cipriano and family (which family?),
it was assumed impossible to continue the task due to the lack of specialist means. Indeed, this argument deserves some reflection.
Dr. Marcos Aragão Correia says, like many others, that in Portugal there are no dogs trained to detect the cadaverine
scent. Nevertheless, some people said the opposite, some time ago. It is, therefore, a debatable issue. But, then, why was
a search and rescue dog taken? Here, for sure the theory that those who "don't have dogs hunt with a cat" is unfounded. So,
I repeat, why would there be a need for an ERVD dog that detects the scent of cadavers?
Although I accept that I am completely uninformed regarding the major aspects of the qualities of those animals, I must,
however, present some speculative arguments that have emerged in the consequence of the proclaimed affirmation made byDr. Aragão Correia: "In the Maddie case a dog was brought from England to search for evidence against the parents. Why
don't they do it now to find Joana's body?"
Let's try to reflect upon it.
I would not be surprised and even would agree, absolutely, with Dr. Aragão Correia if the argument of Equalitarian Justice,
that he pretended to use, wasn't betrayed by its content. Let us see what I want to say, illustrating how I think the argument
should be exposed:
a) "In the Maddie case a dog was brought from England to search for evidence against the parents. Why don't they do it
now to tryto get evidence against the mother and uncle of Joana?", or
b) "In the Maddie case a dog was brought from England to try to locate her body. Why
don't they do it now to find Joana's body?"
Indeed, if the issues were raised in this way, I would be in complete agreement with the thesis of Dr. Aragão Correia.
Still, we would have, in my modest and, again I repeat, little sustained opinion, a methodological problem: in the case
of Maddie, we had precise locations and objects which allowed us to draw a methodology that is virtually beyond reproach as
to the results observed (the dogs visited several apartments, several cars, smelled different pieces of clothing, BUT, I repeat,
BUT there were control and "placebo" devices in place, if I am allowed to exploit those terms, so it is easier to understand).
In the Joana case, in addition to the search area being much larger and there being no types of marker, the search should,
in my opinion, begin with archaeologists and geologists who would attempt to define areas where signs of intervention not
due to natural phenomena existed (ex. erosion of wind or rain in the modification of topographical accidents) and from then
on proceed to search with other methods.
I admit that it is much more difficult to detect the smell of dead bodies after almost 4 years, than after 2 months.
I also admit that it would be much more difficult to discriminate odours in outdoor areas than those inside houses or on clothes
worn recently. I should, therefore conclude the arrival of the friendly and competent dogs (who have 200 positive identifications),
in these conditions could constitute a failure.
Furthermore, allow me one more metaphor: the conditions described for the "monte das figueiras" ["hill of figs"] (which,
in itself, would involve a number of variables, difficult, or even virtually impossible to control) and after almost 4 years
have passed since the tragic death of the girl, the probability of the dogs (even though they are competent) finding the corpse
of Joana is, certainly lower than the likelihood that someone would win the Euromillions in 3 consecutive weeks, betting on
the same combination of key numbers.
However, to whom would it help - the failure of these dogs?
Exactly! You guessed it! The defenders of the Madeleine McCann abduction theory. Thus, one of the strongest evidences
of the death of little Maddie would be attacked and the headlines would be as expected: Dogs who identified cadaver scent
in the Maddie case didn't detect any clues of Joana's corpse. I admit that the confession of Leonor would likewise not be
in 'good sheets'. But I do not know why, I think that the media, would basically, belittle the image of the friendly dogs,
and consequently of the sardine munchers.
Another issue which has come to light, and about which I have spoken [on TVI], concerns the recent news regarding the
involvement of Método3 in the subject that I will only designate as Hazelnut Traitors. This Agency has shown that it has within
it people who are: LIARS, SWINDLERS and SKILLFUL MANAGERS OF COINCIDENCES. For these not to be just empty words, I begin
a) LIARS! They promised that Maddie would appear by the Christmas of 2007
– IT'S A LIE! They even guaranteed to have identified the kidnapper of Maddie - IT'S A LIE! (If it is true then report
it to the authorities, to not be accountable of any crime in that regard, and I'll give at that time, publicly and humbly
my apologies for having said this sentence, but I'll keep the previous)!
b) SWINDLERS! They take advantage of the work of others. The hazelnuts already
had owners. Copying sites is shameful. Exploiting the work of others is disgraceful.
OF COINCIDENCES! They stated that while working on the Maddie case, 13 paedophiles have been arrested.
Don't make the Spanish Police a bunch of fools. Have some sense gentlemen.
Let me say that institutions should not be confused with some people who belong to it. Of course, everywhere, there is
good and bad. If I am being unfair to the agency Método3, I will apologise publicly after the agency brings to an end its
connection with the acts committed by some of its elements.
To the McCann Couple, I would like to start, exactly, here.
For how long do you intend to keep the link to the Metódo3 agency on the Find Madeleine site? Even after all the
information regarding the said agency, it still keeps a privileged spot in the "Investigation" tab at the site where many
people still want to help and contribute? For how long?
And the online store? Is it to remain, even losing a real fortune, as we were able to see in the accounts of the Madeleine
Fund? Who manufactures the T-Shirts? And the bracelets?
If it is true that you have no accounts or credit cards on your behalf, how do pay for your travels? And the expenses
at the Ocean Club? How do you live without financial liaisons with any bank? And the mortgage of your home?
And the price of the site? In Portugal, site maintenance costs 50€ per year. When we have no money, we draw our
own pages or we ask for some solidarity from friends who are competent in that area. To spend a thousand times more is
unwise. I am sure that there are thousands of web designers that would help you for free. There are caring people in this
world, if they believe that it is for a good cause.
Should the translations of the process not be the PRIORITY
to be able to know what was done, Dr Gerry McCann? There is STILL enough money in the fund. Please translate the process.
It is urgent. It is imperative!
Dr. Kate McCann, we all understand your suffering. I do not want to believe that the idea that you are depressed and
obsessively reading the process, for 3 hours a day, is an idea of your own. I believe that this is a story by the evil
tabloids. Please, sue them because they are giving of you an awful motherly image. A mother of a daughter who has disappeared
and who does not rest for more than three hours a day, spending the remaining 19 hours reading. Yes, it could be assumed as
worrying and it would translate an emotional disturbance in which the person is, in fact, obsessed and not thinking of
anything else, not even of the other children.
And speaking about, the other children.
In the first days after the disappearance of Maddie, where some people weaved considerations about the poor parental
quality of the McCanns, I tried to devalue that idea on several occasions, interpreting benignly the various and more carefree
parental educational practices of the Anglo-Saxons.
I even conveyed and, today I acknowledge that, stupidly, in the
defence of the couple, saying that a culture of greater autonomy and its relationship with the educational development in
some countries were in part, the result of parenting practices which promote more autonomy and are less over-protective, saying
that the super-protection and affiliation were more common in southern Europe, in particular, and in the Latin people in general.
When I recognise the stupidity of what I said, I must confess that is not in relation of what I said. I stand by it!
The stupidity was not to have thought that the educational practices that the McCanns demonstrated were predictors of one
of the biggest acts of wickedness that I have witnessed against children: to give gifts to the twins, saying that those were
sent by Maddie.
Mr and Mrs McCann:
Do not make of Maddie a Santa Claus who gives gifts to the children and that never, I repeat, NEVER, appears or will
Let the twins do the mourning of their sister. You both know she will not appear.
Even if you believe that you had no intervention in the disappearance of your daughter (which I do not believe and I
have that right as a citizen), you have been warned that the excessive media attention would increased the likelihood, in
the hypothetical case of abduction, that the supposed kidnapper would kill the girl. If you do not want to face the grief
of Maddie, you have that right and you have your reasons... But please, let the twins do it.
The girl, unfortunately, will not return. Do not give hope to the little ones because they will not remember their sister.
They will not have a memory of Maddie, unless through pictures and what is told to them, and unfortunately, from
what they will know and understand when they grow up. Do not build false memories through deceiving illusions. Tell the twins
that Maddie is a little star [in the sky]. They will know what that means. Until then, do not let any pact to use the twins
as a means.
These children live in a strange ambience. "Where is Maddie? Will she be back? And what if we are taken to that place?"
Children do not think like us. They believe they are stolen by the boogeyman. And what if one has gone already?
Mr and Mrs McCann
I have never made any criticisms to your parental qualities.
However, given what you did with the twins I have to firmly say:
You are BAD PARENTS!
Get some counselling!
See you soon!
Dr Gerry McCann. How time runs? Thank you for the answers! Comply with the calendar!, 12
Dr Gerry McCann. How time runs? Thank you for the answers! Comply with
the calendar! Câmara de Comuns
Dr Gerry McCann's blog was updated on the 650th day since Madeleine's disappearance, and 3 months after his last post,
the contents of which gave thanks for more donations that had resulted from an action in Liverpool.
The fact that he
recognises that he's been very busy is not strange. The opposite would be strange! Nevertheless, I reaffirm the notion that
the increasing time lapses between posts, and, while we're at it, the ASSUMED, I repeat, ASSUMED lesser amount of media coverage
may fulfil the purpose that Dr McCann suggests (to work, finally, if not too late, in the shadows, searching for Madeleine
so these factors do not disturb) or else, be nothing more than a numbing strategy with the purpose of extinguishing the Maddie
phenomenon. Dr McCann will forgive me, but I'm more inclined towards the second possibility. An analysis of the posts' dates
reveal that these may well constitute "replies to messages". Curiously, it's also at these times that one hears Mister Clarence
Mitchell less frequently. Nevertheless, his intervention, and especially his style, are perfectly recognisable in blogs with
posts that are signed by fictitious characters (I would call this counter-information, a well known aspect of espionage).
recognise that you have a small team working hard, Dr McCann, can only make sense if you want to convey the notion that if
more isn't being done, this is due to a lack of means. Nevertheless, this argument compromises the expenses that are made
by Madeleine's Fund. Firstly, because if the team is small, the costs indicate that it's very expensive. Secondly, if
it's very expensive, it's supposed to be very competent. Thirdly, if it's so competent, by now it should have reached a different
result from what it has reached: NOTHING!
Dr McCann mentions his visit to Lisbon, maintaining the same arguments. He
came to meet his lawyer and the English ambassador in Portugal, in order to evaluate what can still be done to discover Madeleine,
appealing to a joint effort by the authorities. I reiterate what I have stated in a previous post:
a) You [Mr McCann]
do not fully know what has been done, according to your own admission; please do concentrate on that before wanting to know
what can still be done;
b) We already know that you have met your lawyer and the ambassador; please do assume that
there was a fourth element and do identify him;
c) For a joint effort with the authorities, do convince your friends
to carry out the reconstruction of the night of the disappearance of your daughter and do ask Dr Kate to reply to the 48 questions
that she left unanswered.
Concerning the joy that the twins are giving you, I must say that it sounds like the most
genuine argument that I read in your post. To see one's children grow is one of the most wonderful things that one can experience.
For that very reason, do take them away from the confusion and the pacts. Do you know why they ask about Madeleine every day?
Because they fail to understand the concept of death as something irreversible. Because nobody made an effort to translate
that concept for them to understand. Because, on the contrary, they try to sustain an illusion that the facts deny, or at
least, allow to classify as highly unlikely (I dislike the expression impossible, but I reaffirm the Euromillions metaphor).
The Twins suffer a Madeleine "bath" that will intoxicate their existence as persons. Please, do take them out of that "bath"
and let them deal with their sister's loss. They won't remember Maddie as a person. Allow them to build a comfortable image
of a sister they once had, and who will always be part of them, even if she doesn't return. A good part. Please, do understand
this. What the heck, you, apart from being a father, are a doctor!
Thanking you for the answers in your post, the next
time please tell us something that we didn't yet know, instead of just complying with the calendar.
* Forensic psychiatrist, University professor,
commentator, author and blogger
Maddie: Satellites and Espionage, 25 February 2009
Duarte Levy has published an article in '24Horas' newspaper, on Monday the 23rd of February 2009, that many unsuspecting
readers might think was a Carnival joke. But anyone who knows journalist Duarte Levy knows that, both in the 'blogshpere'
and in the more traditional press, he is not a man to hide behind masks. Actually, that's the very reason why, showing his
face throughout the high quality investigation that he carries out, he has experienced a few misfortunes, just like Paulo
Reis, Gonçalo Amaral, Hernâni Carvalho and others who, if it wasn't for the excessive amount of events, on the same "targets",
and within particular time circumstances, one might state that these gentlemen share the common fact that... "they're very
unlucky". Within less than 2 years, these men have experienced more flat tires, car hits, unjustified detentions, persecutions,
computer hackings, cowardly dog assassinations, phone threats, computer viruses, anonymous letters, forbidden document translations,
thefts, robberies, meetings with mediums and threats to their physical integrity, than they had suffered in their entire lives.
Their ages lie between 40 and 50. But it took only 21 months for the number
of "unpleasant" events to reach, for some of them, and within this time frame, occurrence rates that are 50 times higher than
the probability that they occur with to any common citizen within an average 80 year life span. Amazing, isn't
it? And everything in silence and without (apparent) connections.
Well. Let's return to Duarte Levy's article and explore a bit of the subject that he treated notably.
I retained two central aspects: that the satellites were turned towards Morocco and the existence of "spies".
Why did I retain the reply that the journalist was offered: "The satellites were all turned towards Morocco"?
Because this is a Mitchell Style reply. If we take a closer look at some of the questions and answers that appear, from
a certain time onwards, in the Maddie case, we are faced with notable structural similarities, under the linguistic point
of view (both in syntactical and in pragmatic terms). But, even more! While looking barbarously stupid, those questions or
answers are absolutely contusing! Always! What do I mean? That they are obvious lies! Nobody believes that all British satellites
(because they certainly don't own just one, and as a matter of fact, the number of objects that circle the earth is becoming
worrying, namely since recently two satellites collided) were turned towards Morocco. Why? Because apart from the technical
problems that would arise, there would have to be at least ONE
acceptable justification for such an event. A State secret? This is where I state that the replies are contusing, despite
barbarously stupid and appearing to treat us all as clowns (I beg the clowns, the real ones, whom I much admire, to forgive
How does one refute a State secret? Motives to point towards Morocco? Yes, of course! But they are top secret! And it
had to happen in the 3rd of May 2007, of all days! What special event took place in Morocco at that point in time, for all
of the satellites to be oriented into that location? As far as we know: NOTHING. NOTHING. But being a State Secret, the stupidity acquires contusion.
This type reply is typical, just like the justification for G. McCann's visit and so many others.
Allow me to say this: there probably is nothing that could be more irritating than to be forced to accept the contusion of stupidity!
But, there was a mention of spies?
Apart from the simple technique of anonymity that is permitted by the 'blogshpere' but which an attentive analysis of
the timings and the "grammatical styles" unveils, we have a far more powerful trap: a new form of counter-information –
the "Streisand effect".
The so-called "Streisand effect" has often surfaced
on the internet. In Portugal, we have a more parsimonious popular expression: "a cat hiding with its tail sticking out".
So, what’s this so-called "Streisand effect"? This is a supposed effect that is produced when there is an attempt
to censor something on the internet. In a simplified manner, given the structure, the number of people and the means that
are available on the internet, if I want to prevent certain news from coming out, or if I try to censor it, the effect of
said censorship is the exact opposite of what was intended, because it tends to replicate in every possible and imaginary
manner, like some sort of cybernetic self-regulation.
But is it just us who know this? No! The "Streisand effect" is Poison
and Antidote, an old espionage recipe. Do you know why? Imagine that I try to censor a piece of news in order
to render another one innocuous? Imagine that after one undesirable piece of news is at risk of spreading, I place two or
three other placebo pieces of news (but booby-trapped as pseudo-censors)? Is this possible?
Can you imagine how often this has happened in the Maddie Case? Numberless times, and almost always under the shape of
CONTUSION THAT SMOTHERS STUPIDITY!
See you around!
Maddie Case: Cleaning with dirty water or "the circus is back to the village"?, 29 March
Maddie Case: Cleaning with dirty water or "the circus is back to the
village"? Câmara de Comuns
Those who have been following the 'Maddie' phenomenon with some attention, verified that the month of January, particularly
its second week, was fecund in events that I have already focused on, in a previous post. But the month of March, with the
preambles and eclosion of Spring, has brought us some very interesting data.
On the first day of this month of spring, British newspaper 'The Independent' published an article about Clarence Mitchell
that bore the title: "I am a decent human being. If I can help them, I will". This article announced a conference by Mitchell
at the Oxford Union "following in the footsteps of Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and [picture this] Kermit the Frog". Don't laugh, because I'm not making irony here. This sentence is
from 'The Independent' on the 1st of March. Concerning the Muppet Show, I've always preferred the madness of 'Animal', the
drummer, or the luxurious seduction of Miss Piggy (now, you can have a laugh!).
What was the purpose of this 'news'?
a) To prepare the announcement of the extinction of the biggest source of income for the McCanns, for Mitchell and for
Método 3 – Brian Kennedy;
b) To initiate a campaign to clear the image of Clarence Mitchell, preparing the ground for 'other waters';
c) To clear the path for Gerry McCann's appearance in Parliament;
d) To prepare public opinion for the "circus to come to town", or more exactly, to the village of Luz;
e) Because there were approximately two months to go for the – unfortunate – second anniversary of Maddie's
f) And as such, a few surprises are expected!
Why and with what legitimacy do I state 'Maddie's death'? For the same reasons that Gerry McCann and Clarence Mitchell
(yes, because Kate McCann has been strange and 'firmly' silent and has
not been seen much, as I have been stressing lately) state 'Maddie's abduction'. But there's an abyssal difference
between both statements: one represents a theory that has authority in its arguments, while the other represents a theory
that has its arguments in authority.
But, while we're at it, and despite my personal opinion that the British newspaper has a lot less informative value than
the popular Portuguese almanac 'O Borda d’Água', I must mention that I was absolutely stupefied about the manner in
which this information was handled. I vividly recommend reading the above mentioned article in order to understand what MEDIA
MANIPULATION is truly about, in a Society where I thought an ancient tradition of Civil Rights, Liberties and Freedom ruled.
I confess that this last sentence is (almost) a plagiarism of a cretinous, ignorant, foolish and barbarously snob statement
that was made by the Aide to an illustrious English Member of European Parliament, when referring to the Portuguese Judicial
Police's incompetence. That sentence can be read in weekly 'Sol' dated November 13, 2007. I assume the ironic use of the (almost) plagiarism of Piers Merchant's sentence and the consequences that may arise thereof,
and I also vividly recommend reading that article.
Because the matter that I have just mentioned was picked up again by Gerry McCann this month. After travelling to the
English Parliament 'for the Englishman to see' [Portuguese popular saying that describes something that is done merely for
the purpose of visually impressing others, without any substance] – notice that this Chamber let pass 'Gerry’s
Lie', which Duarte Levy has subtly and intelligently denounced –, the medic
(I stress medic instead of doctor, in order to avoid confusion with another type of doctor, for example of the law) criticised
the Portuguese Judicial Secrecy, disserting about its obsolete character, a result of laws that "date back to them being a
Fascist government and subsequently a Communist one" which explains "why they do not function". Despite the fact that everyone
is entitled to an opinion, allow me to say this:
a) Does medical training, specialised in Cardiology, in British Universities, include optional classes in History of
Portuguese Law in its curriculum?
b) In case it does, the teachers should be sued without delay over the manifest incompetence that they display in their
teachings; if it doesn't (as I would expect, even because cardiologists have better things to do than studying History of
Portuguese Law), I'm a bit more reassured and I interpret that it was the sad result of some misunderstanding due to difficulties
in understanding the Portuguese language, within the British couple's assistants, because I'm absolutely certain that the
Most Illustrious Lawyers who represent the McCanns in Portugal would never utter such an enormous STUPIDITY!
c) Even because Portuguese laws don't keep innocent citizens in prison, or with supposed and light-headed 'evidence',
and after realising their mistake, don't repeat trials over the same crime, after its nullity was assumed by the Judicial
administration, thus respecting Human Rights, contrary to certain European Nations (confront the case of Nicolas Bento, for
example, which I'll return to).
But as if this bizarreness weren't enough, at the same time the most famous of all 'spin doctors' tries to recreate a
theory in order to sustain the criticism over the spectacular media exposure, which at a certain time, he admits, he 'tried
to control' under order ("hired in September 2007 to 'salvage their reputations'", those of Kate and Gerry; in 'The Independent',
March 1, 2009): the British journalists were systematically drunk as they spent their whole afternoons drinking alcohol at
the Ocean Club, begging him for news about the case, allegedly in order not to lose their jobs. As they got no news, they
translated the news from Portuguese newspapers, thus justifying, from their point of view, the alleged defamation campaign
against the McCanns.
This theory is particularly fascinating. Nevertheless, like all very fascinating theories, it's too exaggerated, it lacks
logic, and the facts can be explained in a more parsimonious fashion. Let's see, Mister Mitchell:
a) Concerning the alcohol consumption, there would be much to say, but I'll go no further than the frequent and witnessed
abuses by the 'Tapas Nine Group' (these were proved by employees and by documents – dinner invoices) and consider that
you are making baseless and defamatory accusations against a class to which you belong yourself and whose members cannot be
b) Concerning the fact that the journalists were "desperate" for news, I have to state, with factual knowledge, that
you manipulated many of them, from the same group of English newspapers, and obviously in some cases there were threats of
firing, at some point in time, but rather if supposed "defamatory facts against the couple" were published;
c) Some Portuguese journalists were threatened with lawsuits by famous Carter Ruck, which until today never became more
than it was: threats!
With this, you mean to say that the Portuguese journalists defamed
the McCanns in their Newspapers, and that the British Journalists, drunk and under the threat of being fired, translated those
news that you find defamatory, and in this way ended up being condemned to pay financial compensations to the McCann couple,
that diluted them into the 'Find Madeleine' fund?
Fibs, Mister Mitchell, Fibs!
Do you know why? Because if it were so, the McCanns
would have to thank for those supposedly defamatory news, that through the translations by drunk journalists, guaranteed approximately
¼ of the fund that was supposedly created to search for little Maddie. In this case, then, and under your perspective, 25%
of the fund resulted from defamation, alcohol, incompetence and the fear of losing jobs? I'm sorry, but this makes no sense.
The story is much too long!
Concerning this interpretation, Dr Gerry McCann is more parsimonious. He recognises that Maddie "became a product and
profits had to be maintained"! I absolutely agree with Dr Gerry McCann in this matter and I have already spoken about this
issue and the 'Relational Marketing' of the Maddie product, the fidelisation of some media's customers (I wrote about this,
for the first time, in June 2007). As a matter of fact, a recent statement, during a party congress, by a Portuguese politician
who is involved in a paedophilia scandal, illustrates what I mean when I mention Relational Marketing (in due time someone
will pick this theme up). But, as we say in Portugal, you can't have the ball and the stick! It was Dr Gerry McCann himself
who created this product, when, due to motives that have yet to be decoded, he informed some media on the fateful night of
the 3rd of May 2007, thus forcing, even against the authorities' advice, his daughter's maximum public exposure, even though
he was repeatedly warned about the danger that might represent for Maddie's life.
Paradoxically, Dr Gerry McCann mentions he can't forgive the Portuguese press for publishing news about the hypothetical
death of Maddie. The question that I think should be asked is not whether one should forgive the press over such news or not,
but rather, to try to understand the value of such news. Despite everything else, this news, as we could confirm when the
process was made public, after being clumsily archived, had bases and very strong fundaments and didn't come out by chance.
Of course a 'mole' in the Polícia Judiciária was mentioned. That matter, I believe, will one day emerge from the muddy waters
that we navigate. But the most relevant aspect is that the abduction theory has not presented any indicia or fundaments and
Dr Gerry McCann continues to claim it. May Dr Gerry McCann be aware of something that may constitute a strong indicium, which
he has yet to reveal to the Polícia Judiciária? I think that this is a very pertinent question.
But as the second anniversary of the unfortunate event draws closer, a new campaign has been developed: to place billboards
and posters with Maddie's image, at the surroundings of the area where the little girl disappeared. THE CIRCUS HAS COME TO
THE VILLAGE! I must say that I can see only one qualifier for this campaign: CLOWN SHOW!
The arguments for this action are hopelessly dishonest.
a) Because it's not true that the populations in the area of Praia da Luz hasn't been sufficiently informed and investigated;
as a matter of fact, these populations have actively participated, as if it was their own child, in everything, Dr McCann,
IN EVERYTHING, even beyond what they were asked to do. In this case, comparisons that were established with the cases of Natasha
Kampush and Elizabeth Smart, among others, constitute an argument of dizzying frailty, apart from unworthily opportunism,
because they try to ride the impact, on public opinion, of the condemnation for life of Mister Fritzl, that unbelievable case
of Amstetten! It is unacceptable, to say the least, to try to manipulate public opinion in this way, two years after the events
of Praia da Luz!
b) Just like with those unfortunate and famous posters that joined the faces of Maddie and MariLuz, it would be convenient
for the person who 'designed' the campaign to understand, once and for all, that there are rules for this type of initiative,
beyond the decisions of the McCann couple and of Mister Mitchell and Associates;
c) It's not true that there is strong indicia that Maddie may be alive and in good health. Even if faith could give us
hope that Maddie is alive, simple common sense would make it impossible to think that a little girl that has been away from
her family for so long, with the ignoble comparisons with cases like those described in the previous item, could be well and
in good health. It's counter-intuitive, to say the least. Once again, that issue is different if Dr Gerry McCann possesses
any type of information that he has yet to share with the competent authorities.
d) Because it's not likely at all that, after time goes by, the memory of some people may have improved to the point
that they remember the claimed 'key clue' to find Maddie. Memory doesn't improve with time, Dr McCann, except under very special
circumstances that you, as a doctor, also know, which would lead us to consider only 'certain persons'.
In truth, I understand the attitude of the population of Praia da Luz. To shred posters is simultaneously an action of
legitimate indignation and of respect for Maddie's memory, and not an act of vandalism
like tabloid 'The Evening Standard' wanted us to believe. What name do these gentlemen give to the actions of so many of the
English football fans that we usually call 'hooligans'?
I am going to leave some questions searching for answers.
a) For what reason does Método 3 continue to appear as the investigation
team on the official Find Madeleine site?
what reason does Dr Kate McCann appear to be less visible and less 'active'?
c) For what motives, after having recognised that his family was "the focus of some of the most sensationalist,
untruthful, irresponsible and damaging reporting in the history of the press", does Dr McCann insist on a new media pressure,
d) For what motive, stating
that there should be "more control over journalists to the potential to ruin people's lives", did Dr Gerry McCann NOT pursue
any legal process in Portugal, when he clearly could have done it according to Mr Mitchell's statements, regarding the sources
of the alleged news which were subject to translations?
I will finish for today, with two sentences by Dr Gerry McCann which, from my
point of view, answer this and some other doubts present in this post:
"As Madeleine's parents we cannot and will not ever stop doing all we can to find her."
"Someone somewhere knows where Madeleine is."
Maddie: in Portugal, an invisible inclination?, 13 April 2009
(...) "As recently as this week, I heard former
PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral referring to the McCann couple as assassins of their own daughter – the theory that he defended
during the investigations that he conducted and later published in a book. During two years, Dr Amaral had every means, all
the time and conditions to prove his extremely serious thesis, or to discover what had happened to Maddie and whether she
was alive or dead. He failed to do so, and after all the investigation's deadlines ran out, it was closed without any conclusions,
due to a lack of indicia of anything at all. But, undisturbed, the gentleman carries on, accusing the parents themselves of
having killed their daughter and saying that he failed to prove it due to "political pressures". Is this the kind of 'justice'
that the Freeport investigators are preparing to reserve for José Sócrates, as well?" (…)
Miguel Sousa Tavares, in 'Expresso', 11.04.2009
First, I must state that I foster a certain sympathy for Miguel Sousa Tavares.
I consider him to be an exemplary citizen, a Man with a spinal column and without any need to be politically correct, with
opinions and filiations that are publicly known and assumed. But it is also due to this assumed sympathy that I must state
that I failed to comprehend the paragraph that I transcribed above, which is part of an opinion article that is titled "How
to fry a PM on a low flame?"
To me, that paragraph seems ill adjusted to the title and to the issue that it approaches, and Miguel Sousa Tavares is
a writer and a columnist who is organised in his speech. I must also state that I don't believe that José Sócrates received
anything whatsoever in the Freeport case. What I fail to understand is what José Sócrates, the Freeport Case, the Maddie Case
and Dr Gonçalo Amaral have in common. I also missed my opportunity to find out where Miguel Sousa Tavares heard "former PJ
inspector Gonçalo Amaral referring to the McCann couple as assassins of their own daughter" and "undisturbed, the gentleman
carries on, accusing the parents themselves of having killed their daughter and saying that he failed to prove it due to «political
pressures»". Despite reiterating my sympathy for Miguel Sousa Tavares, Columnist, Writer and Lawyer, I must confess that it
seems to me that he fell prey to an overly easy temptation: to embark on the Maddie case to defend the Prime Minister, blaming
the Polícia Judiciária, in the person of Gonçalo Amaral. If journalist Fernanda Câncio had done so, I would find it wrong,
but acceptable. That Miguel Sousa Tavares does it, without any kind of explanation, except for the one that he mentions when
he questions "Is this the kind of 'justice' that the Freeport investigators are preparing to reserve for José Sócrates, as
well?", seems completely unacceptable and devoid of purpose to me. The use of fallacies that are well known to rhetoric and
argumentation must be pondered, to avoid confusing excellence with vulgarity.
But unfortunately, there is more.
"Something strange is going on when one accuses the parents of a missing child of a heinous crime, without any evidence"
Paulo Pedroso, in a statement to SIC Notícias during the PS [Socialist Party] Congress
What does Dr Paulo Pedroso mean, with such a statement?
I confess that contrary to the sympathy that I confessed feeling for Miguel Sousa Tavares, Dr Paulo Pedroso does not
arouse either sympathy nor antipathy in me. The fact that he is situated in a political quadrant that lies close to the one
that I identify myself with, may be tainting my perception of the person in a benign manner. But similarly to what I said
about Miguel Sousa Tavares, I failed to comprehend Dr Paulo Pedroso's affirmation, within the statement that he was making
for SIC Notícias at the time. Is it possible that he was riding one media-exposed case in order to counter balance another
media-exposed case? It was hard for me to believe, back them, but today I feel compelled to accept that it may have been the
case, judging from his statement when he launched his candidacy for the City Hall of Almada, where he anticipated that "no
defamation will stop us" (SIC online, April 10). Thus Dr Paulo Pedroso has just proved to us that attack is the best defence, even if by proxy, warning us that the eventual usage of
the Casa Pia Case does not scare him. But what does the Casa Pia case have to do with the Maddie case, and other media-exposed
cases? As far as we know, Dr Paulo Pedroso has not been tried within the Casa Pia case, and has even been indemnified over
the "defamation" that he says he suffered. Then, why is he pulling supposedly past waters into the matter, mixing them with
others that, as we stated in a previous post, are too muddy to wash anything at all?
I would like to close this post with another equally incomprehensible situation.
José Manuel Barradas, the Director of daily newspaper "O Público", stated during a 'news review' at SIC, at around the
time when the Maddie case was archived, that he agreed with the McCann couple in their refusal to carry out the reconstruction
that had been requested by the Polícia Judiciária, arguing that, after one year, it would be natural for people to find it
difficult to reconstruct the events in a precise manner, thus potentially falling into contradictions, sustaining that if
it were him, José Manuel Fernandes, he wouldn't do it either.
The editorial line that has been followed by "Público" concerning the Maddie case speaks for itself, and therefore I'll
refrain from any comments. But if José Manuel Fernandes knows what a reconstruction is, will he now accept the one that Gerry
McCann says he performed, two years later? Or will he be just as critical?
Invisible inclinations or mere coincidences?
See you in a bit!
Maddie: Reconstruction, Documentary, Propaganda or, simply, a Clown act? - Part 1, 13 April
Maddie: Reconstruction, Documentary,
Propaganda or, simply, a Clown act? - Part 1 Câmara de Comuns
By Paulo Sargento
13 April 2009
With a documentary about the book
"The Truth of the Lie" drawing close (which I strongly recommend to EVERYONE), the British media have massively come out to
try to protect, more than ever before, the McCanns' image. As a matter of fact, Dr Gerry McCann himself has admitted that
there were "mistakes on both sides", according to what Duarte Levy mentions, today, the 13th of April 2009, in daily newspaper
'24horas'. Now why is that?
But this massive defence by the British newspapers is carried out through an attack, an ignorant and often lying attack,
against former PJ investigator Gonçalo Amaral, with the same means. I have already stated that the traditional Portuguese
almanac 'O Borda d’Água' has much more interest than most of the press that I'm talking about. Still, I wish to signal
such media production as the reflex of what I am certain is the enormous fear that said documentary is causing on the McCanns'
Dr Gerry McCann was in Portugal on the weekend before Easter, with the supposed purpose of carrying out a reconstruction
of the events of the fateful night of the 3rd of May 2007. In practical terms, Dr Gerry McCann, Jane Tanner and Dr Mathew
Oldfield came as consultants for the making of a documentary about what they want to say concerning what happened that night.
That fact constitutes, as Karl Popper would say, a strong attack upon the falsifiability that is necessary for the scientific
evidence, because it is deadly wounded by confirmatory epistemology. What does this mean? It means, very simply, that nobody
can be a judge in his own cause, and that the documentary will necessarily reflect what the "consultants" think about the
facts without any intervention of a contradictory nature. The same is to state that this is no reconstruction at all, because:
the intervenients are not all present, those who came possess a theory that is not based on facts, one of them is verifiably
inconsistent in her testimony (Jane Tanner) and the documentary's script is not questionable by critical methodologies or
by impartial observers.
As a conclusion, this is a FRAUD that will privilege, like an alleged reconstruction from the BBC, the figure of a supposed
abductor who hides inside an apartment in front of the back entrance to 5A (and nobody saw him?), studies the family's routines
and those of the tapas nine (which is unlikely, given the high number of intervenients and the short number of days when that
could happen – four), abducts Maddie within a relatively short time frame, exits through the window, carrying the little
girl in his arms, under the testimony of Jane Tanner, and escapes through a cane field, according to the witness statement
from two British citizens who have nothing to do with the case. I'm certain that emphasis will be placed upon two moments:
when Gerry enters the apartment and 'senses' someone, and when Jane Tanner 'sees' the alleged abductor. The documentary's
atmosphere will be tense and will show the unfortunate and sad parents who will deeply lament that they were not at the right
time, at the place where they should have been. It will bring us nothing new, just like the so-called new media campaign didn't
bring us anything. Another CLOWN ACT 'for the English to see'.
In October 2007, in collaboration with Professor Pedro Gamito and his team (Diogo Morais, Jorge Oliveira, Tomás Saraiva,
Miguel Pombal and Joel Rosa), I carried out a 3D reconstruction of the two hours that supposedly preceded the disappearance
of Madeleine Beth McCann. With data available from four credible sources, two Portuguese ones and two English ones ('Público',
'Sol', 'Times Online' and 'BBC'), without any previous theory, through the calculation of the index of concordance between
these sources and with the intention of describing the events, we could verify that:
- The McCanns lied in their initial statements (from where they dined, it was IMPOSSIBLE to see apartment 5A and the
distance that separated them from their children was 84 metres as the crow flies, 114 metres walking, and not approximately
50 as they mentioned);
- The number of comings and goings of the tapas nine members (14) in two hours, with the intent of allegedly checking
on the children, produced, in average, time "windows" that were of less than 7 minutes without surveillance. But if we add
the comings and goings of these people movements and the high probability of other pedestrians walking on that location, which
was also visible from the buildings in front, where many people could be on the balcony, we verify that, according to Bayes'
theorem of conditional probability (taking as possible hypothetical events, two abductions in Praia da Luz, that week), the
possibility of an abductor (either premeditated or acting on an impulse) having entered the apartment, taking the little girl,
leaving through the window, leaving no trace, without being seen, would be lower than the possibility of a cat falling on
a piano's keyboard with five octaves and playing the anacrusis of the four notes of Beethoven's fifth symphony. It's obvious
that the problem becomes more complex when it was the parents who mentioned the abduction, immediately and insistently.
But there was another problem. How long would it take for someone to hide the body at a location like the Church? The
same team carried out a simulation where, along two alternative routes, someone who took a body by car, at a medium speed
of 50 km/h (the maximum speed allowed inside an urban area), would need approximately 27 seconds to carry out that trip. If
we imagine a time window of 7 minutes, we would conclude that it would be possible for someone to take Maddie to the church
and to return to the Ocean Club within this time frame, even more so because some of the participants left the restaurant
for periods over 20 minutes.
This is all for today, but I promise to return
to demonstrate once more that the sightings were "fabricated" and that the e-fits are the most ridiculous production of this
Before I say goodbye, recommending to EVERYONE to watch the documentary that will be broadcast by TVI today, I leave
you some unsettling thoughts:
a) Three months ago, on a cold Friday night, I was having coffee with a friend when we received unconfirmed news by phone,
from England, that a sudden and critical deterioration of Kate McCann's
health condition had led her to a border situation. This kind of reference has been frequent in certain circles,
without it being possible to confirm anything whatsoever, at any hospital. Nevertheless, Kate has been strangely distant and
the twins have been spotted, but not their Mother. The allusions to "Kate's depressions" have been another stumbling stone
of this case.
b) Método 3 is no longer mentioned on the findmadeleine
site. What happened?
c) The findmadeleine site now anticipates, on its homepage, new t-shirts
of the failed campaign on Aldeia da Luz.
d) R. Murat has sued some Portuguese media, the McCanns
See you soon.
Madeleine McCann case - Maddie's mother away from the eyes of the public since Summer 2008,
17 April 2009
Madeleine McCann case - Maddie's mother away from the eyes of the public since Summer 2008 Lux
magazine (appears in paper edition only)
Rumours grow that Kate McCann would have tried to commit suicide
"She is very depressed, isolated and doesn't even talk to the twins" - Paulo Sargento, psychologist
On May 3rd it will be 2 years since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the Algarve, where the British girl was
on vacation with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, and her siblings, twins Sean and Amelie. Almost two years later, even
after the Public Prosecutor shelved the case for lack of evidence, the mystery is still alive. Abduction or crime? Dead or
alive? According to the parents, there is no doubt: Maddie was abducted from the tourist complex Ocean Club in Praia da Luz
in the Algarve, while sleeping in the company of her siblings. According to Gonçalo Amaral, former Inspector of the Judicial
Police who led the first investigations after the disappearance, there is no doubt either: Maddie died in apartment 5A, the
victim of an accident and the parents hid the body. He told so in the book "The Truth of the Lie" and he showed it in the
documentary with the same name produced by TVI, on April 13. On the interest that the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, then
3 years old, still generates in the public opinion in Portugal and around the world, the audiences of the program speak for
themselves. "The Truth of the Lie" was seen by two million nine hundred thousand viewers. On the internet there are over 850
thousand references to the English girl.
Judging by the reactions to the documentary by TVI, which again raise the suspicion of direct involvement of Kate and
Gerry McCann in the disappearance of their daughter, a new question arises. What happened to Kate McCann? Since July 2008,
when she was photographed in front of her home in Rothley, Leicester, England, Maddie's mother has not been seen in public.
In an interview for Lux, psychologist Paulo Sargento says he has information that Kate McCann is mentally ill and would even
have attempted suicide. "This is an unconfirmed report that a friend and I received from England about three months ago. It
comes from an English source, independent, close to the investigation but not close to McCanns", said Paulo Sargento. "Not
knowing for certain if this happened or not, the truth is that there is a high probability of occurrence. It is a statistical
figure. Mothers who lose a child will, in a large percentage, attempt or commit suicide. It is a statistical and clinical
fact. I will not say whether Kate has done it or not, but yes I have received that information. I have received it and, will
not deny, it is in agreement with other information that came from the family, who say that Kate is very depressed, and spends
long hours alone and doesn't talk to the twins ... This is more or less public, said the psychologist, who advocates the theory
of accidental death and concealment of the body. In addition, late last year, Susan Healy, mother of Kate McCann, has revealed
her misgivings about the health of her daughter: "I do not know how long she will endure this. I do not know how a human being
can endure so much pressure. Sean and Amelie need their mother. But I'm afraid, very afraid. I do not know how to deal with
this." Contacted by Lux, Clarence Mitchell, advisor to the McCann couple, vehemently denied the rumour that Maddie's mother
allegedly tried to commit suicide: "Kate is okay. That is absolute nonsense. She has never done this or will do, because she
believes her daughter is alive and if she did, she wouldn't see her ever again" he said, outraged with the news. Rogério Alves,
a lawyer for Kate and Gerry McCann in Portugal, chose not to make any comment on the health of Maddie's mother.
Kate McCann found on the "Find Madeleine" website a way to continue to express her pain: "With the arrival of the second
anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine, there is still much to be done. We continue to focus on our objective to find
Madeleine and bring her safely home. As parents, we can not and will not ever stop doing everything we can to find her." At
the same site, Kate had already confessed: "As a mother of an abducted girl, I can say it is the most painful and agonizing
experience that can be imagined. My thoughts on the fear, confusion and loss of love and security that my precious daughter
has to suffer are unbearable. It is appalling."
During next week, Kate and Gerry McCann are expected at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington,
United States, where they will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. "I believe that Kate is going to the program with great difficulty
and sacrifice, just to perpetuate the idea that the couple are still close, that she is unwell but recovering and will not
give up the search for her daughter. It is my belief that this will be done solely for a question of image and will bring
great emotional sacrifices to Kate," confessed the psychologist Paulo Sargento. The interview will be broadcast in the United
States on the weekend of the second anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine who, in the next day May 12, would or will
be 6 years old.
Two years have been completed after the disappearance of Madeleine Beth McCann, and we are led to believe that very little
is known and a lot is yet to become known. Well, I have quite a different opinion: a lot is known already and there is still
something to become known. But the post that I write today does not have the purpose to make a balance of the case, as these
first lines might suggest. It does instead intend to unburden a few loose notes that, I believe, will very soon become the
subject of deep analysis.
Firstly, a note concerning the state of Kate McCanns' health.
As I have already mentioned, there have been many rumours concerning Kate McCanns' emotional health. There were even
rumours of an alleged suicide attempt. These rumours came from Her Majesty's Land, from a source that usually doesn't mess
around. Of course I'm aware that the argument that I have just given is fallacious, inasmuch as the behavioural pattern of
said source doesn't guarantee the truth of the information. But the fact is that the information (true or not) arrived, as
I had already mentioned, on a cold Friday night in December. Why do I return to information that I have held for a few months
already? Because some indications concerning Kate McCanns' health state have been intensifying.
As a matter of fact, this issue of Kate's depressive health state started being spread by her relatives and friends,
namely during the period that followed the archiving of the process (late July 2008). From August 2008 onwards, Kate McCann
started seldom appearing in public, with an almost full absence after Christmas. Her own mother stated that she felt lonely
and rejected, even by her own husband, Gerry McCann. She was never again seen jogging or walking the twins. This matter increases
in pertinence if we pay attention to the fact that Kate is apparently thinner, a fact that is visible in her trip to the United
States, to participate in the Oprah Show.
Therefore, we ask ourselves: for a person who practises sports with great regularity, what problems may appear when that
practice suddenly stops? An obvious answer: that person will grow fatter and will present symptoms of anxiety, due to the
deregulation of endorphins (hormones that our body processes, especially with frequent practice of sports, which constitute
a sort of natural anti-depressive). Now, what could we observe? Apparently, something paradoxical. Kate does not grow fatter,
she grows even thinner, and according to relatives, she has been obsessed about reading the process, depressed and not
even the twins have cheered her up (depressive signs, we could speculate).
Let's recall the episode of the washing of Cuddle Cat, on the 12th of June 2007, which is mentioned in her diary. What
meaning does that episode have within this story? It's very likely to be the first expression of a grieving process, which
can be compared with the fact that Kate apparently didn't recognise her daughter in the age progression images that she was
shown on Oprah's Show. Why? Because in the first situation, according to her own words, Kate practically doesn't admit that
Maddie may return (cf. post about Cuddle Cat in this blog), and in the second one, the non recognition seems to signify Kate's
incapacity to picture an older Maddie, because her last image is that of a 3-year-old girl.
Therefore, whatever happened, shows through in Kate as an IRREPARABLE LOSS.
Alas, concerning this matter, Clarence Mitchell's lapsus linguae, in his last interview with BBC is extraordinarily clarifying:
when confronted with the possibility of an opportunistic abduction, after the child left the house on her own to look for
her parents (a rather unwise theory, it should be said), the Spin Doctor said – "that didn't happen, Kate knows it".
In short, whatever happened was certainly very hard and I'm not surprised that Kate is, in fact, suffering a severe emotional
disturbance. I hope that the decision concerning the maintenance of pacts take into account the cost/benefit relationship
of these sufferings. I know that I had already written about this issue but I felt the duty to explain the arguments, and
to appeal for borderline situations to be avoided.
Secondly, a note about the alleged age progression portraits.
Duarte Levy, who was present at Oprah's show, didn't leave his credits to others (thank you, Duarte) and, as usual, diligently
investigated with the FBI about the origin of said so-called portraits. The information that he obtained is that the FBI had
no participation whatsoever in those "artistic" productions. This information is precious to explain what I have been trying
to state concerning other allegedly forensic productions, like for example the e-fits: these are always fallacies that try
to confuse the argument of authority (it was an FBI artist), with the authority of argument (it's a production of unequivocal
Age progression portraits must be based on rigorous methodologies, from a scientific point of view, and not constitute
a mere based photographic manipulation. There are previous issues that are related to anthropometric concepts, with developmental,
racial, sexual norms, phenotypical probabilities from the evaluation of the genogram, among others. But apart from this, there
is a methodology problem: a post hoc construction without the use of the notion of an independent variable. Meaning, Madeleine
could have many faces today, keeping her general traits: blond hair and blue eyes, with the small mark on her iris.
And the rest? Well, if we were completely honest and the so-called forensic production had indeed the purpose of searching
for Madeleine, then we would have to act differently. I propose the following methodology: to create four groups of independent
forensic artists, and "blind" (meaning, none of the investigators in any given group knows what the others are doing). Two
groups of artists are given instructions to create, at least, three progression portraits of Maddie, based on the SAME original
photo (of Maddie) and according to the same methodology that should take into account the abovementioned variables. Then,
two other groups of forensic artists take the three portraits, from each group that created the progression, in a random manner,
and are given the following instruction: "these children are six years old. Please, according to the criteria (that we described
before), produce three age regression drawings, that represent these children at the age of three". Of course, control or
placebo pictures would have to be introduced (variations in the colour and shape of hair, eyes, etc., and the introduction
of a drawing of another child). Then, the chief investigator (the only one that knows the methodology) should compare the
regression photographs with the original Maddie photograph that was used as a model for the progressions, according to precise
anthropometric concepts. The photo that would be the best match with the original might then constitute a good hypothesis
of age progression.
The way that things are now, the only thing that we're producing is a potential error and information deviation. But
could this be the purpose? Well, I don't know. But I know that one month ago, the purpose was to carry out a local campaign
(Aldeia da Luz) with Maddie's photo at the age of 3, and now the purpose is to carry out a worldwide campaign (the programme
is broadcast in 144 countries) with a photo that allegedly approaches Maddie's present physiognomy. Which one is it, then?
Who runs the campaign? Is it those retired Scotland Yard officers? Let's wait for the next strategy. Until then, let's watch
the Oprah Show attentively so we can, as Duarte Levy said it, appreciate the McCanns' Show. And a curiosity: do notice Kate's
See you very soon!
Maddie: The paradox of the Portuguese press, 29 June 2009
Today, in Loures, a protocol was signed between police and judicial authorities and other public and private institutions
with the aim of putting into operation an alert system for missing children, using a network based on the rapid and effective
dissemination of information relevant to the recovery of those children.
Contrary to what one would expect, taking into account the relevance of the theme, the event was not given the publicity
it deserved. Very little media space was devoted to it or even made reference to it.
However, two organs of the general daily written press, with different profiles (a more popular one, with a tabloid inclination,
and a less popular and more politically correct one) echoed the "news" of the British tabloid "The Sun" with news which constituted
a sort of requiem for shameful news campaigns, and whose central theme was the subject of appeals made to the European Court
of Human Rights and Amnesty International. I refer to the alleged investigations that two private detectives (retired British
police) are undertaking, on behalf of the McCanns, into a 64-year-old British citizen, Raymond Hewlett, who is subject to
chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer which is in its terminal phase. Now, it is known, that neither of the two detectives
have a search warrant from any institution, of any European state, to carry out such procedures. Also, it is known, that the
citizen had already been investigated by the Portuguese judicial police (as recorded in the process) and was discarded as
a suspect. So what interest does this citizen have for the Maddie process? The answer to this question lies in all processes
of life which make the dying, suddenly, prominent, to the extent that they can be simultaneously safe scapegoats and eternal
guardians of "bad secrets."
The news on this citizen has decreased significantly. Because in recent days there has appeared another potential suspect
who, by chance, is a prisoner in the British Isles. The piece of news that the two above-mentioned Portuguese newspapers cited,
was already out of date by reason of a new set of suspects (one for each day of the week, as suggested, with appropriate irony,
by the journalist Duarte Levy) refering to a hypothetical and unconfirmed investigation of the van which was owned by Mr.
Raymond Hewlett. According to the two detectives, the investigation of the van is vital because they could find "a single
hair or a clothing fibre (which) could provide the breakthrough for which all are desperate." Before continuing, who are "all"
those who "are desperate"? Secondly for what motive would they dismiss the forensic evidence found in the grey Renault Scenic,
two years ago, that they will now value from this blue "Dodge" van? Thirdly, it does not seem that the archiving of the Maddie
case has now ceased, at least not up to the date of writing this post.
It was, therefore, for me, a disappointment to see that two major Portuguese newspapers did a copy/paste from this piece
of news (which no longer was before it came into being) without confirming the information provided by the tabloid which,
in its own head office, would have to justify some of this information. It would have been good if these two newspapers had
given precedence, today, to the good news about a new and faster recovery system for missing children, instead of translating
the last notes of a requiem for the announced deaths of inconsistent theories or, even, the absurd.
Since they spoke of hair and fibre, I'm waiting to see what the tabloids will say about certain fibres, of a certain
"textile" lost in the Maddie case, which within a few days will be the subject of public scrutiny...
See you soon
Psychologist wants to reopen the Maddie case, 18 September 2009
Psychologist wants to reopen the Maddie case 24horas
receives the request of Paulo Sargento
By Duarte Levy 18 September 2009 Thanks to Mercedes for Portuguese-Spanish translation, and Dr Martin Roberts for Spanish-English
The man who reconstructed the disappearance of Maddie in 3D
does not want the case to die
Public Prosecutor General (PGR), Pinto Monteiro, yesterday received yet another
petition for the re-opening of the process in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, this one authored by Forensic
Psychologist Paulo Sargento.
Besides the petition sent today to the PGR, Ana Lima, advisor to Pinto Monteiro, confirmed
to 24horas that an identical initiative had already been taken by a Spanish citizen, "but without prompting
anything of investigative interest, for which reason it was archived."
In the recent document - to which 24horas
has had access - Sargento bases his petition on the premise that "the couple were not correctly investigated" by
either the Portuguese judiciary or the English authorities following the departure of Goncalo Amaral from the PJ's Department
of Criminal Investigation in Portimao.
According to the psychologist, author of a 3-D video simulation based on
the testimonies concerning the night of May 3rd 2007 - when Maddie is considered to have been abducted - the McCann couple
were never interrogated with regard to the circumstances which prompted the washing of cuddle cat - a pink soft toy belonging
to the little girl: "It would be of interest to know if Kate and Gerry were informed of the arrival of the English dogs,
when and by whom." said Sargento to 24horas.
Before the dogs arrived
For the psychologist, it is revealing that Kate should wash cuddle cat before the two dogs, 'Eddie
and Keela' - trained to detect cadaver odour and the scent of human blood - had arrived in Praia da Luz.
I washed cuddle cat. I hoped not to have to do that until Madeleine's return", Kate wrote in her personal diary which
she began after the disappearance of the little girl from the apartment the family occupied in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.
In the diary, Maddie's mother justifies her action on the grounds that the soft toy was "a little dirty and smelly",
an attitude the psychologist finds strange: "It doesn’t conform to the behaviour expected of a mother in such a
"I determined that the washing of cuddle cat, several days before the arrival of the investigative
dogs, as well as the motive for such an act, were NOT made the subject of inquiry within the overall framework of the investigation!"
wrote Sargento in the petition sent to Pinto Monteiro, emphasising the fact that 'Eddie and Keela', the dogs brought
in from England, had effected a "positive identification of cadaver odour on the soft toy, but not on the bed, nor the
sheets where it was found by the investigators."
Besides this formal petition for the re-opening of the process,
Ana Lima explained to 24horas that the PGR had received "dozens of e-mails and letters, usually anonymous"
concerning the Maddie case, although until now they have had "no judicial relevance, failing to point specifically to
concrete and credible facts."