Kate's notebooks - McCanns and friends against
Madeleine McCann's mother engaged in collecting indicia
that would lead to the accusation of the
Anglo-Portuguese [man] over the little girl's
Kate McCann bet everything into blaming Robert Murat
over the disappearance of her daughter, and it was with
that purpose in mind and with the help of friends that
she engaged in collecting evidence and in convincing the
Polícia Judiciária of the Anglo-Portuguese [man's]
On the day that Murat is made an arguido, already after
friends of the McCanns referred his presence in the
surroundings of the apartment on the evening of the
disappearance of Madeleine to the authorities, Kate
registered in her notes that she had become "very
hopeful, excited about this".
Three weeks later, Kate, who met frequently with the PJ
during the investigation, writes that "Robert Murat
continues to be the main suspect". "For good reason",
she adds, lamenting that there is not "strong evidence".
When three of the friends are called to the PJ to repeat
their statements following contradictions about the
presence of Murat at the Ocean Club, on the 11th of
July, Kate tries to excuse her friends with the fact
that they were questioned in the presence of the
Anglo-Portuguese [man]: "What happened was that they
were questioned in the room, sitting beside Murat and
his lawyer. He apparently said that they were lying,
which made them quite angry. They started thinking that
he was certainly involved. What was he hiding???"
In her notes dated July 18, almost two months after
Maddie's disappearance and at a time when there are
starting to appear indicia against the McCanns, Kate
sounds disheartened and reinforces the accusations
against Murat: "I had lots of hope that there would be
progress in Murat's situation. I'm sure that he is
involved and I feel like killing him, but I can't". Nine
days later, Madeleine's mother receives a message from a
woman that tells her that Murat tried to photograph the
granddaughter of a friend, also three years old and
blond, and Kate sends "the whole" information to the PJ.
"I'm certain that he is guilty and I just want to
scream", she writes on the 27th of July.
Premonition with Malinka
Sergey Malinka, aged 23, had been living in Praia da Luz
for eight years. He was a friend of Robert Murat – one
of the first suspects of the disappearance of Madeleine
– and he ended up becoming involved in the turmoil of
suspects because he was the last person to contact the
Anglo-Portuguese [man] after the child disappeared. He
was also close to Murat because he set up the online
page for Romigen – the company that belonged to the
Anglo-Portuguese and to Michaela Walczuch.
Although Malinka was only heard as a witness, he ended
up becoming involved in the abduction. The questioning
was hard and outside the PJ, the agents' irritation
could be heard because the questions remained
unanswered. His phone was tapped, just like Murat's, but
nothing relevant was detected.
In her notes, Kate refers to Malinka as one of the
persons involved in the little girl's abduction. The
first indication is dated June 5 and also concerns
Murat. "Robert Murat continues to be the main suspect
and for good reason, but unfortunately there isn't
strong evidence. Malinka and Michaela are also very much
in the scene. I always had a bad premonition,
uncomfortable, about Malinka. He is cold", wrote Kate,
who later on supplied information to Método 3, a Spanish
detective agency, telling them that a witness had seen
Michaela transporting a child.
It is recalled that Malinka, of Russian nationality, was
heard by the PJ on the 16th of May, two days after Murat
was made an arguido and the PJ searched his house.
The Russian was damaged because there were equally
suspicions in his past. Malinka reportedly engaged in
sexual relationships with minors, which turned him into
a potential predator. The fact that he is a computer
expert led the Polícia Judiciária to admit that he might
have abducted Maddie.
Jane Turnner (sic) guaranteed that Murat carried Maddie
Jane Turnner (sic), one of the Englishwomen that
accompanied the McCanns on their holidays in Praia da
Luz, guaranteed after the first few hours upon the
disappearance that she saw a man carrying a child
walking towards Casa Liliana (where Murat lived). Later
on – and also facing the suspicions that befell the
Anglo-Portuguese [man] - Jane said she was almost
certain that the man she had visualised for a few
seconds only was in fact Robert Murat.
The witness' statement was considered to be credible
during the first hours and strengthened the suspicions
that befell the Anglo-Portuguese [man]. Robert Murat
ended up being the target of a search on the 14th of May
and was heard at the PJ on that same morning, denying
any involvement in the child's disappearance. The lack
of indicia ended up determining his release.
Notes of Kate McCann
News about Murat. Initially very hopeful, excited about
this, probably too much.
Murat continues to be the main suspect and for good
reason, but unfortunately there is no strong evidence.
I had lots of hope that there would have been progress
in Murat's situation and that they had more things about
him. We have no understanding of it, is to lie with how
many teeth have (Note: Currently seeking clarification
on this sentence). Thinking about it causes so much
anger and hatred in me. I am sure that he is involved
and I want to kill him, but I cannot.
I am certain that he is guilty and I just want to
Profile accused him – The English experts that
elaborated the profile of the abductor guaranteed that
in Murat's case it fitted to 90 percent.
Accusations from friends - A former friend of Murat gave
the PJ a deposition telling that the Anglo-Portuguese
[man] had strange behaviours when he was a child. It was
one more fact against him.
Touched documents – Called during the initial phase of
the process to work as a translator, Murat was caught by
the PJ touching the inquiry's documents.
Tomorrow: Kate reacts to the police's first suspicions