Lying in the Sun

Barcelona Boob Job

Barcelona Boob Job

Ah, now that title I think will have grabbed the attention of some who have found their way here for an obvious reason... expecting to see or hear a tale about boobs, and they will.... just perhaps not the type they were hoping for...still, maybe you will stick around for another reason...take time to read of -

  • the victim of a heinous crime - the missing child Madeleine Beth McCann.
  • the victim of hatred and greed, a retired Portuguese detective, Dr Goncalo Amaral.

The McCanns, the parents of the missing child launched an attack on the now retired detective, both in the media, ongoing now for around seven years, and have also taken legal action against this man on more than one occasion.   The current action a libel case.   The previous case, the McCanns lost.

Kate McCann has openly declared that she wishes that Dr Amaral be made to feel miserable to feel fear.   Nice lady!  And to that end, she has done her darn level best to make that happen!

Dr Amaral though does not fear Kate McCann nor her husband Gerry McCann, their wealthy backers, those who blindly support the couple their theory (for which there is no evidence to support) that their daughter was abducted.

The Portuguese Police found no evidence to support the McCann abduction theory.

The Metropolitan after THREE years working on the case have found not a shred of evidence to support the McCann abduction theory.

This latest legal action, the McCanns have claimed that the book by Dr Amaral and the documentary based on the book caused:

  • Damage to their private investigation/search for their daughter. 
  • Pain and suffering to them, their three children, Madeleine (the missing child) Sean and Amelie.

(The book is not available in the English language, but an English translation can be found on the internet. )

Let us look first at their claim that the book by Dr Amaral resulted in information crucial to the investigation drying up, the public ceasing to search for Madeleine, and save the pain and suffering for the next one.

The McCanns theory/claim is that persons reading the book will believe the content (that they are involved in their daughter's disappearance) and this will have the knock on effect, readers :

  • Not bothering to search for the missing child
  • Ceasing to search for the missing child.
  • Not coming forward to disclose any information regarding the disappearance which they may hold.

Interesting to say the least, and for several reasons.

  • How is it possible for them to establish that anyone was searching for this child in the first instance?
  • Establish who read the book and what was their thoughts both before and after reading it?
  • Establish that persons read it and thought - 'hell I might have gone and looked for the little girl, but now I won't.'

That is complete nonsense.   This book was published one year after Madeleine was reported as missing.  It is therefore more than reasonable to suggest that anyone who wanted to search, who had crucial information would have come forward in that first year.  

Who among the public would be out physically searching for Madeleine, one year on and after?

And is it not just ridiculous to suggest that any decent person having read or not the book, and should information for whatever reason, and by whatever means, come to their attention, that they would choose to not report it to help this child?

Of course it is!

The McCanns we must not forget did not fully co-operate with the police investigation, neither did their buddies!  They refused to return to Portugal to help the child who they said was in the hands of paedophiles.    What kind of people are they?

They ALL, each and every one of them FAILED this child! 

And moreover - Where exactly did/do the McCanns (who never physically searched for their daughter - expect the public to search?

(There was a huge Reward also offered at that time, a reported £2.m! and no one came forward)

But there is another aspect to this.

Let us for a moment take it that Madeleine was abducted by a stranger.  How many people then are out there who KNOW what happened to Madeleine?  The alleged abductor, if he carried out the crime by himself, or say one or two more individuals if it was a combined effort.

When we put our home up for sale, we may get many many views, prospective purchasers, but only one person can buy it.  

Realistically, no matter how many people read Dr Amaral's book even if in the hundreds of thousands, millions even, and no matter what they thought before, during and after reading it - How many of them could feasibly come forward with crucial information, with that KEY PIECE OF THE JIGSAW, that the McCanns have continually harped on about?

One, two, three, four? 

How then can the McCanns justify their claim that the book by Dr Amaral was the cause of them not receiving crucial information, or that it caused the public to stop searching?

It simply makes no sense.

The perpetrators of the crimes against Madeleine whether they read the book or not, are not going to come forward to hand themselves in.

If a Reward of £2.m didn't entice or encourage them to do so - nothing will, not even Kate McCanns book, which she said she wrote, or one of the reasons she gave for writing it,  was in the hope that someone would read it and come forward.

I guess no one out of the thousands who read her book had anything new, no new information to disclose, to offer them!  So why would she think that anyone reading Dr Amaral's did, and just didn't bother to act on it?

And if we were daft enough to use the same argument as the McCanns one could say that after reading the inconsistencies in Kate McCanns book the far fetched tales contained therein, that the public felt there was no point in searching, as the book had perhaps confirmed their suspicions, they had reached the conclusion that the persons responsible for the child's disappearance was the author and those who holidayed with her?

That is as possible or as ridiculous as the claim by Gerry and Kate McCann in their legal action against Dr Amaral. 

It is ridiculous therefore to say that the book by Dr Amaral damaged their search.


Madeleine was reported missing on 3rd May 2007.

Dr Amaral’s book launched 24th July 2008 in Lisbon.

McCanns decided to take legal action against Dr Amaral in April 2009.

Kate McCann:

"Amaral's documentary was the last straw. On 20 April we took the decision WITH Isabel Duarte to sue him.

While she did the preparatory work, we were off to the States AGAIN – to appear on Oprah Winfrey's talk show."

So they were off to the States to continue their search for Madeleine, to appear on the Oprah Show which would be aired worldwide.

Between 2007, and 2008 (BEFORE the publication of Dr Amaral’s book, and despite a reported £2.5m Reward being offered for information) –No one had come forward approached the McCann Private Investigation with anything close to crucial leads/information.

To be noted also - McCanns, oddly, never promoted the Reward, and when asked about it in interview, were unable to confirm whether it still existed.

Between 2008 and 2009 – (AFTER the publication of Dr Amaral's bookthe McCanns, their spokesperson Clarence Mitchell, and their private investigator Dave Edgar announced in a massive press conference in August 2009 - ONE year AFTER the launch of Dr Amaral's book - that they had received their best lead -


The lead was described by Dave Edgar and Clarence Mitchell, as being :

  • Strong, 
  • credible, 
  • Significant
...due to it being from a professional guy, a business man (who I believe was out cheating on his wife or girlfriend or something, so didn't want to be named - always a sub-plot in a McCann tale!)

So credible, did they believe it to be, that they held the press conference, had E. Fits produced, and amid flash bulbs and press questions they unveiled Barcelona Babe, the Victoria Beckham lookalike!

Personally the only resemblance that I could see to poor old Posh was the frown!

We have now established that the McCann Private Investigation, information, leads, calls to their team had not dried up AFTER the publication of Dr Amaral's book...

But come closer, what is more revealing,is what Pinky of Porky fame had to say at that conference:

CM: They are searching for Madeleine with every breath that they take, in one way or another. Errr... they will never give up until they know what has happened to her. Errr... it's that strength that keeps them going. Errm... when they feel... they're at their strongest when they feel there is momentum; when they feel that information is coming in. Errm... they'd much rather have that than nothing, in fact it's when it's a quiet period that... that they can get down about... about everything.
Errm... for the second anniversary, again, you may be aware that we did quite a round of television interviews. Internationally, we did the Oprah Winfrey Show, errr... Channel 4 Cutting Edge was done here in Britain - much of that was seen around the world and hundreds of calls came into Dave and his team as a result and that gave them a real sense of momentum.
In fact, I think they felt there was more momentum around the search, for the second anniversary, than almost there was for the first. So they drew strength from that and, errm... they're now just waiting to hear and obviously praying that, errm... this could be the piece in the jigsaw that leads to finding Madeleine eventually.

So the momentum this lead had generated, buoyed them, I take from Mitchell's comments?   They prefer even if a lead goes nowhere, to have a lead than not.  And they are at their strongest when leads are coming in.

But what is very crucial here, Mitchell states that at the SECOND ANNIVERSARY (May 2009) the McCanns felt there was MORE momentum (almost) for the SEARCH, than there had been around the time of the First Anniversary.  The McCanns he said drew strength from this.  They would be at their strongest at this time?

My point?

The SECOND ANNIVERSARY (2009) arrived almost ONE YEAR AFTER THE LAUNCH OF Dr Goncalo Amaral's book in 2008!  

This fantastic, credible, significant lead in Barcelona came more than ONE YEAR AFTER the LAUNCH OF Dr Goncalo Amaral's book in 2008!

Mitchell also stated that at that time after the Oprah Winfrey Show (May 2009) in the US and the Cutting Edge in the UK that Dave Edgar's team received HUNDREDS OF CALLS!

On 20th April 2009, the McCanns instructed Isabel Duarte to begin proceedings against Dr Amaral, his documentary they said was the
last straw.  They then hopped on a plane to the US to appear on Oprah, the show aired at the beginning of May 2009.

On one hand we have Kate McCann speaking of being 'wounded' by the book/documentary, and on the other Clarence Mitchell saying, that at this time they were at their strongest, had a real sense of momentum, receiving hundreds of call to Dave Edgar!

How then, can these people justifiably claim that Dr Amaral's book hindered their SEARCH?

And just as a matter of interest, Dave Edgar the McCann Private Detective, turns out he boobed in Barcelona, he bungled the investigation, he had not bothered to interview owners of local premises etc  Does that make him the DISGRACED PRIVATE DICK?

the list of boobs, and the link follows:

'The Mail on Sunday, however, has established that members of Mr Edgar’s team who had visited Barcelona:

  • Failed to speak to anyone working at the seafood restaurant near where the agitated woman was seen at 2am.
    • Failed to ask the port authority about movement of boats around the time Madeleine disappeared.
      • Failed to ask if the mystery woman had been filmed on CCTV.
        • Knew nothing about the arrival of an Australian luxury yacht just after Madeleine vanished until told by British journalists, who gave them the captain’s mobile phone number.
          • Failed to interview anyone at a nearby dockside bar where, according to Mr Edgar, the mystery woman was later seen drinking.
            • Failed to ask British diplomats in Spain for advice before or during the visit.
              • Also, Spanish police could not confirm that they had been contacted by the British investigators.

              Last night Mr Edgar said: 

              ‘We are not above criticism and I take responsibility for any shortcomings. If somebody has not done what they should have done, that’s my job to deal with that.’ 


              Shucks - that's okay then!

              For sure though, Edgar and Mitchell's work can only be described as the Barcelona Boob Job!

              And as I'm feeling a little guilty for drawing some to the site under false pretences:    Barcelona!

              15th July 2014

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