MADELEINE McCann’s kidnapper drugged her and her brother and sister to
keep them all quiet, investigators now believe.
Her abductor may also have used a duplicate key to gain entrance to the
apartment where the children were all sleeping.
The new developments mean the monster poses a huge threat to children
living or holidaying on Portugal’s Algarve.
Former police detectives David Edgar and Arthur Cowley have spent months
analysing every shred of evidence available.
They have built up a comprehensive picture of how the abduction took
The pair have also spoken at length to parents Kate and Gerry McCann.
And they are working on the theory that the kidnapper went prepared
with enough drugs, probably chloroform, to knock out the three
The fact Sean and Amelie, then 18-months-old, failed to wake after the
alarm was raised – even when they were taken to another apartment – has
persuaded them they must have been drugged too.
easily made and there are other sedatives in circulation in the