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"We know that when the Police focussed on us, they stopped the search for the person who took Madeleine and so they wouldn't find our daughter.

Our main worry was that it was being said in the media that there was evidence of Madeleine's death,  and it was obvious that there wasn't, which showed clearly that the police wasn't searching for our daughter.  

It's not surprising that this provoked rage and perturbation by us, especially as if people believed her to be dead, they would stop looking for her, they would think it to be worthless.  It was devastating."    

Kate McCann May 2011
Interview with Isabel Stilwell

Metropolitan Police now suggesting Madeleine died in the apartment- Has this stopped anyone who the McCanns claim are searching from doing so?****

A short point.  Perhaps the problem is mine - but I have never understood the reasoning of the McCanns that if Madeleine (or any person missing for that matter) are considered by police to be most likely dead that this automatically means the search/investigation for the missing person is ended.  That is absolutely not the case at all!

A case may end for many reasons, but police do not say - 'oh well we think this person is dead, we won't bother to look for the body.'
Doesn't happen!

In actual fact, I am sure most times when the police begin to believe that the missing person is dead based on evidence gathered and if they suspect foul play, that a missing person investigation will step up a gear become a murder investigation.

Perhaps the Madeleine investigation should have been stepped up a gear to a murder investigation?

If Metropolitan Police believe she was killed by a stranger in the apartment - will their investigation/review now be stepped up to a murder investigation?  

But then, if the evidence did not suggest murder but rather an accidental death...concealment, perhaps that is treated differently...and it remains a missing person investigation?

When there is no body found, naturally ALL investigations reach a stage where any force has to make decisions as to whether to shelve the case, for it to become a cold case until further credible information is found to re-open or robust evidence which will allow them to bring charges against suspects, evidence which will allow also for their case to result in a conviction.

This happened in the Madeleine case, that is not something unusual as the McCanns would have us all believe.

And had they and their buddies co-operated with the police agreed to take part in a reconstruction of the events of the night they reported their daughter as missing - the case would NOT HAVE BEEN SHELVED WHEN IT WAS.

A case can be halted for varied reasons but police, do not when they have information which lead to them suspecting the person is dead, has been killed... just shut up shop!   They pursue it as far as is possible based on the information the investigation has uncovered.

The McCanns know this.

And as for this nonsense that if the public believe Madeleine is dead they will stop searching.

Who do they know who has gone out there and physically searched for their missing daughter, which members of the public can they identify as doing this- apart from the initial searches on the days, weeks immediately after the child vanished all those years ago?

Can they suggest anywhere they would like 'the public' to go search? And is that the Portuguese public they are referring to as they seem to think their daughter will be found in Portugal?  

It is just nonsense to suggest that the public are out there searching for this child.   Good lord her own parents did not go out and search for her when she was first reported as missing.

Wonder who she blames for that...can't blame Dr Amaral, or the press, or the Portuguese Police...Oh yes - It was MR DARK's fault.

It was TOO DARK to they went to bed for a snooze!

Her three year old daughter vanishes from an unlocked holiday apartment after being abandoned by her parents for the FIFTH night running.  The child could have exited that apartment.  The child could have been out there in the cold DARK night, alone afraid cowering somewhere, lost her way, WAITING for mummy or daddy to come help her, but they had gone to bed.

They never heard of a torch - torchlight?  Calling out their daughter's name so that if she was afraid somewhere she would be comforted to hear a familiar voice to know that someone was coming for her?

I guess as Kate "knew" the alleged abductor had her child, meant that she knew Madeleine wasn't out in the cold or the dark, so that was okay then...okay for her to be out there with a man who would be abusing her in the most awful of ways, and okay for Kate and Gerry McCann to go to bed.

Jane Hill: 

"I met people who didn't go to work for more than a week because everyday they were down on the beach, searching the streets. Did you, as a mother Kate, just sometimes think 'I've got to go and be out there with them. I want to go and just physically look as well." 

(Pause) I mean, I did. Errm... (Long Pause) Errm, we'd been working really hard really. Apart... I mean, the first 48 hours, as Gerry said, are incredibly difficult and we were almost non-functioning, I'd say, errm, but after that you get strength from somewhere.
We've certainly had loads of support and that's given us strength and its been able to make us focus really so we have actually, in our own way, it might not be physically searching but we've been working really hard and doing absolutely everything we can, really, to get Madeleine back." 


I take it that was a NO then!   And an emphatic NO as Gerry McCann would say!

So, for Kate and Gerry McCann to then further suggest that the public stopped searching because it would be worthless to do so,  is more of a nonsense.

To suggest that the stories in the media, or Dr Amaral's book caused the PUBLIC to stop searching - well let's call spade a spade - its crap!

I do wonder though WHAT PREVENTED HER FROM EVER SEARCHING AT ALL for her missing daugher?

Interestingly the Judge at the libel trial asked them if they suffered from insomnia.

They didn't - Not on the night Madeleine vanished!

The interview - Kate McCann and Stilwell (which I had posted the link to in previous blog 'A Mummy the Twins Deserve) is worth a read in light of the libel trial.  She speaks of how the twins deserve to know they are loved etc etc...begs the question why do to them what they are doing in this libel trial?

And she speaks of those unreliable dogs.

Boy oh boy don't the McCanns go to a lot of bother to persuade the public that Madeline is alive, that there is an abductor and that the dogs which alerted in their holiday apartment to Kate's clothes and other items are unreliable!

Interestingly not a mention in this interview of how Dr Amaral's book caused them...whatever it is they claim it caused them!
11th July 2014

More of what Kate McCann considers to be
complete, truthful and real:

Stilwell Interview:

Kate McCann's interview in

 ... saparecida

Many thanks to Laura and Ines from MCF

What Should the Face of a Mother with a Missing Child Look Like?”

There is no greater pain as that of the disappearance of a child and “believe me that nobody would want to be in our situation” says Madeleine's mother, four years after her daughter's disappearance. Kate talks to Destak about the endless nightmare that began on the night of 3 May, in Praia da Luz, aggravated by the false accusations thrown at her and which led people to forget that there is a child still missing.

Isabel Stilwell/Editorial@DestakPt

What made you write this book?

I wrote this book to share the truth with people and above all so that our children would have an account of the truth. The decision to publish it was taken to raise money for the Madeleine's Fund in order to continue the search for our daughter – we are the only ones that are still searching for her – We also hope the book brings new information that may lead us to her.

Aren't you afraid the book might be misinterpreted?

I took care that my book would be complete, truthful and real. I knew I had to put everything in it, especially for my children. When I do something I ensure to give myself 100% and from the bottom of my heart, and I didn't want to avoid the most difficult subjects.

You complained about having been accused of being cold. Can this book change that pre-judgment that was made of you?

I only write about the truth and how I felt, what I was feeling -who can dictate what the face of the mother of a missing child should look like? People may judge as they want, but unless they have been through what we have been it's impossible for them to know what someone would feel in these circumstances. Why does anyone feel the right to judge when that judgment is based on ignorance? Believe me, nobody would want to be in our situation.

You said, repeatedly, that the guilt about not being there to protect your daughter is a heavy burden that you'll carry forever. Why do you think, in spite of that, many people insist on “negligence”? Might that be a defence mechanism?

I believe so. I think that Madeleine's abduction has terrified many people, especially parents. There are some people who criticize as a way of self-protection. While blaming us they try to convince themselves that this would never be possible to happen to them; or to their children. It's understandable. One doesn't want to admit to such a horrible thing. However whilst the situation remains, there is still a little girl missing and separated from her family, and a criminal who steals children who is allowed to be free.

You write that on the day before the disappearance Madeleine's complained of having woken up and cried, that the pyjamas had a strange stain, and that you've thought she was excessively tired. Did you connect all these facts before, or afterwards?

To appraise events after we know what happened next it's so easy; it would be fantastic to be able to guess the future! Never, in a million years should I have been able to imagine that something so horrible could happen to any of my children. It simply wasn’t in our inner radar. Our only concern when Madeleine made that comment, was the possibility that the children might have woken up. A sinister reason to explain the fact never crossed our minds. By that time we just considered innocent explanations – maybe tea could have been spilt on the top, and the weariness could be due to an intense week. Why should we have thought anything else?

You've since raised the hypothesis that the twins could have been sedated. Should the Police have carried out tests?

Yes, I think the Police should have heard our worries and have tested the children, during the following days, even if only to eliminate the possibility of them having been sedated.

Did you feel that the Police weren't doing everything to find your daughter?

Our anguish on the night of the disappearance was intensified by the feeling that they were acting as if there wasn't any urgency. The Police answered slower than we expected and we felt our conviction that our daughter had been abducted, as opposed to the idea that she could have wandered of, wasn't taken into account. It's obvious that the language barrier made everything much harder. Like any mother or father in our situation, you can imagine, we wanted everything possible to be done , and as fast as possible. It was terribly disconcerting when the Police left us alone from 3 am till next day's morning, without anything happening, apparently.

Do you complain about the lack of information given to you?

The lack of information it's unbearable when something so awful like this happens. It seemed inhuman. We need to know that everything is being done to find her; the girl needs and deserves everything to be done to find her.

If the reason given to you for the lack of information was the Secrecy of Justice, how did you react when you discovered that the journalists knew more than you?

We felt that the secrecy didn't apply to the Police, in other words, to some sectors of the Police (We know that many have been honest and worked hard, and in no way do we want to generalise). We raised the question of the obvious leak of information with those responsible for the investigation. They've admitted that those leaks were happening, but no internal inquiry was conducted to ascertain who was responsible. However we were told that if we shared any information about the investigation we could be sentenced to two years in prison.

What do you know today about the dogs’ reliability, whose “testimony” was decisive for you to be considered suspects?

We know that the use of tracker dogs isn't exact science. The alert of one of these dogs is not considered proof – the alerts need to be confirmed by the presence of body parts (for the cadaver dogs) or by blood. A recent scientific study tested if the dogs were able to identify parts of a body in decomposition that have been in a room. Some rooms had parts of a body, and others only rotten vegetables, and the dog's handler didn't know which rooms contained the body parts. The material was removed and the dogs and the handler examined the rooms less than 12 hours later.

It was verified that when the dogs alerted it was 2 times more probable that the alert to body parts was wrong. Similar results have been demonstrated with dogs trained to detect drugs. Imagine how reliable the results would be if the dogs had done the test 3 months later, instead of 12 hours later?

“Madeleine's blood” has been mentioned. Was it blood? Was it Madeleine's?

The sample hasn't been identified by the Laboratory as blood. The DNA didn't match Madeleine's. The experts stated that the sample was probably the result of the mixture from 3 people's DNA (and probably 5 people!). The Police knew about these results before we were interrogated as arguidos.

Suddenly you became aware that you were the main suspect. How did you feel?

We knew that when the Police focussed on us, they stopped the search for the person who took Madeleine and so they wouldn't find our daughter. Our main worry was that it was being said in the Media that there was evidence of Madeleine's death, and it was obvious that there wasn't, which showed clearly that the Police wasn't searching for our daughter. It's not surprising that this provoked rage and perturbation by us, especially as if people believed her to be dead, they would stop looking for her, they would think it to be worthless. It was devastating.

Don't you fear the book reawakens the Portugal-U.K Derby? When will the PJ say that things did not happen exactly in that way?

I hope, from the bottom of my heart that everyone is reminded that we haven't found Madeleine yet. She's still missing. She needs us and we need to find her, to bring her back home to her family. It doesn't matter if we are British or Portuguese, we are a family of five from whom one of the children has been stolen. An innocent child who needs help. Isn't that the most important thing?

Aren't you afraid that dedicating your life to Maddie's search there'll be less time from you for the twins?

I was worried that could happen, in the beginning, not anymore, because that's not what happens. Sean and Amelie deserve to be happy and loved and I'm determined to assure them that they have the mummy they need and deserve. They are wonderful children and I love them deeply. Gerry and I devote a lot of time to Madeleine's search but we are careful that this won't have an impact on our time with our other children. I didn't go back to my job as a doctor, so I have all the time when Sean and Amelie are at school to work on Madeleine's search. And we both dedicate to the case when they are already in bed. But they know we are looking for their sister and that that's why we have to work so much. They want desperately their sister to come home.

Will you ever stop searching for your daughter?

Would you, Isabel? Would you be able to stop searching for your daughter? I don't believe any mother or father to give up on a child. So the answer only can be an unequivocal no.

Case reviewed by independent team

“At this moment our Prime Minister has agreed that the case shall be reviewed by an independent investigation team. That's what we've been asking for two years. This review is needed in order to analyse every aspect of the case, to connect bits of information and to help identify the areas that need deeper investigation. We believe that the review of the case is needed before the reopening of the investigation, for it to have a concrete direction. We look anxiously for the action to start and we believe this re-analysis will increase the chances to find Madeleine and those responsible for her abduction.”

“I know God is taking care of her”

“The absence of Madeleine in our lives is painful and touchable. However I know that I need to be positive to continue searching for her. I also know that I have to be a strong and joyful mummy to Sean and Amelie. Our family and friends are extraordinary and we also receive support and courage from so many people we don't know. The benefit of kindness should not be underestimated. We had fundamental help from a therapist and my faith remains strong. I believe that wherever Madeleine may be, God is with her, taking care of her. When the pain becomes unbearable, we discover that an intense and hard run also helps.”

Leads that need investigating

“I truly believe that there are several lines of investigation that need to be explored so that under the worst scenarios, they can be eliminated. There are key individuals who are fundamental for the investigation and who need to be identified.

Posted by SteelMagnolia at 11:38 PM 

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