I have been getting a lot of questions about my search fund to be
established with monies from the sale of my book, Profile of the
Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Some of the stuff certain folks are
saying is seriously ridiculous, so I thought it best I make a clear
statement with simple points they can understand.
1. I am not giving or receiving any monies from the McCanns' search
2. At present, 50% of monies received from the sale of the Profile of
the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will go to the Pat Brown Maddie
Search Fund. The other 50% earned from the book is income, not
donations. I am selling a product and do not have to donate all earnings
(or any) to charitable causes. I have chosen to donate 50% of the book's
earnings to my search fund.
3. The Pat Brown Maddie Search Fund monies will be not be spent on a
personal salary (any time spent will be pro bono). Monies will be used
for expenses related to doing a search: travel, equipment, hiring of
local PIs, or bringing in experts.
4. If I can cover any search expenses by another other method (media,
work in the same location, etc.), then I will do so. I always endeavor
to always keep costs low when I do pro bono work so that the funds will
stretch further: inexpensive hotels, staying with local people, cheap
meals, etc.). If I choose to spend above the cheapest rate I can
achieve, I pay out-of-pocket.
5. The Pat Brown Maddie Search Fund will be transparent with all monies
earned on the book tracked, all monies put into the account tracked, and
all monies spent tracked. A full account will be made to the public of
everything associated with my fund and my searches.
6. The Pat Brown Maddie Search Fund has no connection with the McCanns'
search fund and the McCanns have not given my fund any endorsement.
However, it would seem to me if I search in previously untargeted places
and either locate Madeleine or eliminate those possibilities, then the
search is nothing but beneficial to the McCanns and is following in the
spirit of "Leaving No Stone Unturned."
7. There are four theories as to what happened to Madeleine which
influence how one searches for the child; whether one thinks she is dead
One:, the child died accidentally in the apartment in Praia da Luz and
there was a cover-up; then we are looking for a dead child in Praia da
Luz, Portugal, Huelva, Spain, or England.
Two: a local pedophile abducted Madeleine; then we are looking for a
dead child in Praia da Luz, Portugal or nearby.
Three: A woman wanted a little girl and got a man to kidnap Madeleine.
Then we are looking for a live child somewhere in the world.
Four: A pedophile sex ring kidnapped Madeleine and she is being raped
and abused on a continuing basis. Then we are looking for a live child
somewhere in the world.
Now, as one only has limited funds (even the McCanns, although they have
been quite hefty), it behooves one to put the strongest efforts into the
most likely scenario. If the McCanns were not involved in any way (other
than neglect) in the disappearance of their daughter, they ought to be
using kindhearted people's donations in the most proper way; looking for
a pedophile who abducted, raped and murdered their little girl, get him
arrested and convicted so that Madeleine gets justice, and prevent
another little girl from the same horrible fate. They should be putting
a good portion of their search and investigative efforts into locating a
local child sex predator.
Why? Because the methodology and descriptions of how Madeleine was
supposedly kidnapped and by whom match a person from the area without
even a vehicle to take her away in. There is zero evidence of any fancy
plot nor even a person smart enough to park a vehicle in the car park
right outside the window of Madeleine's bedroom in with which to make a
quick getaway. Instead, we have the purported actions and descriptions
of some creepy, not-so-bright fellow walking down the street with a
child in his arms in full view of everyone. The chances of Madeleine
being taken by a desperate wanna-be-Mom or a sex ring are minimal.
Should the McCanns still consider these rare possibilities and still
look for a living Madeleine? Well, I can't blame the McCanns (if
innocent) for wanting to believe their daughter is alive, so I can
understand and accept that they want to put some efforts into that
miracle possibility. However, they should be honest enough and good
enough stewards of donated monies I(if innocent) to admit the likelihood
of Madeleine being dead is very, very high and the likelihood of her
being buried somewhere in Praia da Luz or environs is also very, very
high. Their efforts should be concentrated there, with some monies set
aside for the miracle.
So, I will be focusing on the two top theories; that Madeleine died in
an accident and her body was hidden somewhere, or a local pedophile took
her and her body is buried locally. IF it turns out that I get ANY
information that proves Madeleine was abducted or if any evidence turns
up that points to her murder by a stranger, this information will go
straight to the police and the McCanns. If Maddie was abducted and
murdered by a child predator, I want justice for Maddie and I want that
creep put away and I want other children to be safe from him.
My theory as I laid out in my Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine
McCann is just that; a theory. If evidence is unsurfaced that changes my
view of what happened to Madeleine, I have no problem disclosing this
and adjusting my theory. Theories change based on available evidence;
hence, they are called theories, not facts. Theories often change over
time, even those postulated by law enforcement and the McCanns. Even
Kate admits in her book, Madeleine, her theories of what happened that
night have undergone change as she has spent more time analyzing the
evidence or after receiving new information.
Why the McCanns had Carter-Ruck threaten Amazon with legal action to get
a theory removed from public view is curious as it is only a theory, an
opinion, one person's take on probabilities based on what is known at
this point in time. Perhaps we will find out why they went to these
lengths when the McCanns get on the witness stand in a court of law
(when my lawsuit for libel and tortious interference with business makes
it to court; I have retained prominent attorney Anne Bremner of Stanford
Frey Cooper). Perhaps, then, they will explain why one person's opinion
is so concerning they need to go to extremes to get have it silenced.
Madeleine McCann is the most recognized missing child in the world, with
the most media attention of any missing child in the world. Unless I am
mistaken, more money has been donated to finding Madeleine McCann than
any child in the world. My Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine
McCann should hardly affect such a large and successful (moneywise)
campaign; so the one wonders if the real issue McCanns have with my
profile is that my theory is that it might actually be correct.
I believe in Freedom of Speech. I don't object to the theories of others
on cases even if they different than mine. I don't even object to
someone analyzing my theory and writing their opinion of it. I would
never try to shut down their viewpoint (even when things are taken out
of context and misrepresented in some way); I merely suggest that
interested people go to the source and compare the two viewpoints and
think for themselves about what theories and concepts are more
supportable by evidence and logic.
The McCanns could simply have ignored this profiler's opinion on
Madeleine's disappearance or made a simple statement that they do not
think my analysis is very good. If the book was truly libelous as they
claimed through their solicitors, Carter-Ruck, they should have informed
me of this or sued me directly. Instead, they went behind the scenes and
had the book pulled from the market. Inquiring minds wonder why.
I will be in Portugal in February to support Detective Amaral's fight
against the McCanns in court, to begin search analysis, and to hear just
what the Gerry and Kate McCann have to say.
May the truth come out one day and justice for Madeleine McCann prevail.
The Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is available online
through Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.