Kate McCann said she felt she was being bullied by
Kate McCann has
laid bare her shock and outrage after Portuguese police officials made
her and husband Gerry suspects in the abduction of her daughter
The former doctor,
43, also reveals how she smashed a bed in frustration over their
handling of the investigation and how detectives attempted to bully her
into a murder confession.
In a personal
account of the three-year-old's 2007 disappearance, Mrs McCann said she
and her husband were appalled by the treatment they received from the
Policia Judiciaria, especially in the early stages of the hunt.
police interrogation in an extract from the book Madeleine, released on
Thursday, she said: "I felt I was being bullied, and I suppose I was.
"I assumed the
tactics were deliberate - knock her off balance by telling her that her
daughter is dead and get her to confess.
"On and on it
went. They tried to convince me I'd had a blackout - 'a loss of memory
episode', I think they called it. My denials, answers and pleas fell on
deaf ears. This was their theory and they wanted to shoe horn me into
it, end of story."
stinging criticism of the Portuguese authorities in the immediate
aftermath of the abduction, she added: "I was appalled by the treatment
we received. Officers walked past us as if we weren't there. Nobody
asked how we were doing, whether we were okay. Our child had been stolen
and I felt as if I didn't exist."
Mrs McCann also
describes how she and her husband felt "completely alone" while
searching for their daughter the day after her disappearance.
extract, serialised by The Sun, she said: "Nobody else, it seemed, was
looking for Madeleine.
and anger were reaching boiling point. I felt like a caged, demented
animal. This was torture of the cruellest kind, Finally, I erupted. I
began to scream, swear and lash out. I kicked an extra bed that had been
brought into the apartment and smashed the end right off."