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Friday, 13 May 2011

Happy Birthday Madeleine McCann

It remains to be seen whether or not the British Government performs yet another U turn on their decision to fund the Metropolitan Police’s New Scotland Yard “review” of the evidence relating to the case of the missing girl, Madeleine McCann.

David, “call me Dave” Cameron has just announced that he is asking the Met’s finest to “bring their expertise to the case”. Or as Britain’s finest journo’s opine:

”Scotland Yard Hunt’s for Maddie” and

“Yard to try and bring Maddie back”.

As I currently write this, I understand that there are huge reservations and not an inconsiderable amount of discomfort amongst certain Senior Officers about this proposal. Ostensibly, because it means tying up much needed resources and manpower on what is, effectively, a VERY cold case.

I would also suggest that quite a few of those reservations are held by bemused officers who will also be wondering how on earth such a review can possibly take place, given that it is going to require MORE than their “expertise” in negotiating certain ‘aspects’ of the case.

Aspects that have categorically NO place in Team McCann’s agenda.

Aspects that unequivocally NEVER get mentioned in the British Press, nor are ever uttered from the mouths of its senior Media figures.

Aspects that have no place in the sentiments or thoughts of the wealthy business figures who have bankrolled many of the McCanns exploits and sojourns around the world in their quest to “find” Madeleine.

Aspects that have probably never even crossed the sycophantic leanings of the innumerable celebrities, pop stars, writers, TV presenters and public figures who have tied their ribbon on the Madeleine McCann cause.

Those aspects being the Portuguese aspects.

For, if there IS to be a review, then it cannot possibly take place without incorporating the Portuguese Police findings.

And as much as Team McCann and the British Press, (and clearly to a degree, the British AUTHORITIES), like to assert that the Portuguese closed the case by concluding that the McCanns, (along with Robert Murat), were CLEARED of any involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a thorough scrutiny of that final report reveals a rather different picture.

For the report clearly notes a number of issues which are worthy of mention and indeed, further evaluation. In fact, as I have pointed out previously, I often wonder if in fact, whether the Press or the Authorities have actually read the report at all, or have in fact read a DIFFERENT report.

From day one, this whole case has been beset with innuendo, supposition, conjecture, opinion, and theory, some of which is definitely conspiratorial. But the Police, IF they carry out a review, are going to have to address and explain away some FACTS that the McCanns and their supporters are going to find rather unpalatable.

Like the FACT that the ONLY, tangible evidence that Madeleine McCann was ever abducted originates from Jane Tanner.

And if they are going to try and validate and support Ms. Tanner as a credible witness, then they are going to have to try and explain not only WHICH of the MANY differing eyewitness accounts she and Team McCann assert to be genuine ARE, in fact, genuine:- (egg man, bundle man, spotty man, Robert Murat, hippy-man, paedo-man, FEMALE-man, god-knows –who- else –man), but also explain why ALL of the others are NOT.

More importantly, (and I don’t profess to be a Scotland Yard ‘expert’), but if one is to conclude that Tanner is LYING, (and she clearly is unless she wishes to insist that ALL of her estimated 9 or 10 different descriptions are correct); then one would have to conclude that the evidence for an abduction is, NONE.

A Scotland Yard man of merit would then have to further read the report, together with all the Portuguese reports, statements, documents and contemporaneous notes. And he would have to explain away the clear “inconsistencies” in the witness statements made by the McCanns and their Tapas friends, as clearly pointed out in the report that Team McCann asserts to be the one that puts them in the clear. Inconsistencies surrounding their movements, their observations, their positions at any given time, what they witnessed, what they saw.

In order to clear this inextricable confusion and mess up, perhaps the Yard’s “expertise” can coerce the McCanns and their friends to undertake the essential reconstruction that the Portuguese could NOT persuade them to take.

Another ASPECT that the Yard are going to have to contend with are the use of Enhanced Victim Recovery Dogs. Eddie & Keela’s findings in the McCann apartment and their vehicle and on many of the personal possessions of the McCanns are well documented.

It is a very simple matter for Clarence Mitchell and the McCanns to glibly refute their findings, explaining away their “unreliability” and inadmissibility as evidence by pointing to a case in the United States where such evidence was successfully challenged by a top US Lawyer.

Bit tricky to do the same thing when such dogs have made well documented, irrefutably PROVEN contributions to many Scotland Yard cases, not to mention hundreds of OTHER Constabularies all over the UK and elsewhere Worldwide.

Best NOT ask the dogs, eh Gerry?

Equally, perhaps the Yard can procure those DNA samples that were initially reported as being a “match” to Madeleine McCann, and explain why eventually, the FSS at Birmingham, (a department now facing closure) and who have for many years been Universally acknowledged as being “the BEST in the world”, eventually decided, (after much delay and confusion), that the material in fact, was “not identified to pertaining to anyone specific”.

Perhaps the man at the Yard can exercise his expertise and cast some light on that blue holdall that Martin Brunt NEVER mentions anymore.

No! I jest a little.

What I REALLY want the Met’s finest to do is ask Kate McCann exactly WHAT it was that was shown to Kate at her interview. As the final report clearly states:

“Kate Healy was not immediately made an arguida, but merely interviewed voluntarily as a witness. Only after her interview was she made an arguida, that is, after she was confronted with concrete facts that might lead to her incrimination”

 “...concrete facts that might lead to her incrimination” ???

Concrete FACTS, Kate? Gerry? Mr. Mitchell? It can’t be brushed off as “scurrilous, unhelpful speculation” by those bungling Porto Plod. It’s right there. In black and white. In the report.

The report that Team McCann so vehemently wave in the faces of anyone who dares to doubt their version of events. You can’t pick and choose the good bits, Clarence, and dismiss the rest as hogwash.

I don’t personally care about the McCanns. I honestly don’t know what they did or didn’t do. In the great scope of things, it matters little.

I don’t even admonish or criticise them for systematically leaving their children unattended, an act that would obviously contribute to Madeleine’s disappearance, were an abduction genuine.

Why not? Because I believe that the fact that their children were alone has absolutely NOTHING to do with Madeleine being missing.

I’d so love for Madeleine McCann to walk home tomorrow; to confound the world and be found, safe and well. But that can’t surely happen. Because if we have to hold on to some vestige of common sense and sanity in this case, then we have to accept the findings of those dogs, no matter what Kate says. (Actually, Kate you’re right. The dogs DID want to please their handler, Martin Grime. Pleasing him is exactly the premise on which they function. For which they get a reward and a pat on the head. Pleasing their handler is ALL they know. That, and the scent of cadaverine or blood).

We HAVE to give serious consideration to the truth that Madeleine died in Portugal, four summers ago. We have to do so, because the Portuguese investigated and believe so. It’s clearly documented in their reports, even if that ‘final report’ doesn’t quite specify so, but merely proffers it.

Only the British Media refer to the Policia Judiciaria as “bungling”, “inept”, “Porto plod” and “sardine munchers”. Prior to this case they were considered globally, rather like our OWN finest Police Force, as being amongst the best in the world.

We also have to consider it so because it has been documented that Leicestershire Police ALSO advised of their belief that Madeleine died in Portugal.

I haven’t yet seen any tabloid headlines calling THEM useless. Not yet, anyway.

Kate’s book will, without a doubt, throw up HUNDREDS of yet MORE inconsistencies and contradictions. Not contradicting the Portuguese Police or other observers, but contradicting herself. When you tell so many untruths, it’s so hard to remember what you said in the first place.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that this “review” will never take place at all. At least, not in the form that it should.

Because now, I believe the case of Madeleine McCann to be at a most crucial crossroads. I believe that the outcome of this “review”will either decide that a historically unprecedented number of people are going to be subjected to some accusatory probing and be eternally embarrassed, including at least ONE ex- Prime Minister, by virtue of the Yard finding that the McCanns DO have something to hide, as purported by the Portuguese; OR.


The Government cut the Portuguese out of the “review” all together, meaning that the Britain’s finest Police Force will have to find in accordance with what they believe themselves. Or, rather, what they are told to believe.

And this case will continue to be a tragedy for us, one and all.

Happy Birthday, Madeleine, wherever you may be.


  1. Well written, factual, coherent and logical. Not the ramblings of a 'nutter' or 'hater' as labelled by the press courtesy of Mr Mitchell. Keep writing spudgun.


    Two extraordinary events this week. The Telegraph headline read 'Kate wanted to commit suicide after Madeleines death'...Lord Toby Harris wrote yesterday on his blog 'The review into Madeleines DEATH....'

    Clarence Mitchell on U Tube heard saying 'The McCanns are not responsible for Madeleines death'

    Gerry McCann on camera saying 'There IS NO evidence to involve us in her death'

    Kate McCann has said ' Portugal do not want a murder'

    We have of course screen shots of Lord Tobys 'blip' also a screen shot from the Telegraph. Madeleines death on Lord Tobys blog there for all to see until about 3 pm when he changed the heading. The Telegraph pulled their article after a few minutes. Is someone trying to tell us what we already know?

  3. As a long term nutter my stance is, was it ever possible that Madeleine if abducted, was so abducted during the checking of her father. Since according to the timeline that is the only possibility. Followed by another (male) member of the group failing to notice her disappearance at all.

    Finally to be declared missing by Mrs McCann.

    So what is it
    Abducted during the father check
    Someone charged to check on her was negligent!
    but of course his line of vision was not clear since he didn't go into the room to notice TWO empty single beds.

    A Met 'review' will be interesting, once they have had the files translated, but of course at £100K the McCanns can always give them a copy.

  4. Thanks Spudgun, very well written as usual.

    During your last paragraph i wondered if that was the real reason the files were released publically. To give the UK the chance of a review without involving the portuguese. Of course files that are not complete, but are missing most important pieces.

    For the final imo inevitable whitewash

    McCanns interview forward to 1 .16.15

    Last nights performance surely deserves an Oscar. Gerry getting comfortable in his seat, slobbering at the mouth, as he once again tells his story from May 3rd, enjoying each and evry morsal.

    No these two cookies are home and dry. Some say they won't meet with GA in the libel court, I disagree, not only will they be there, they are looking forward to it.

  6. I like you, you tell it as it is.

  7. So agree Spud - really can't see where this can go from here but afraid, despite the most damning evidence leading straight to the parents, instructions will be followed until a dead patsy can be found. Poor MADELEINE.

  8. Superb article....if only UK 'journalists' had the balls to do it.

  9. I am not very optimistic that there will be truth and justice for Madeleine by this review..unless the Met Police start at the very beginning and question the evening of events,tapas timeline etc,the Dr.Gasper/Smith/Yvonne Martin statements among others.I think the World will be watching the outcome,and £3.5 million of British tax payers money being spent will not go un noticed.
    Do you think they will close the fund now?I bet they don't.Someone/something very big behind this case of missing Madeleine imo.No other parent of a missing child is afforded the money/media coverage/backing from wealthy people and the Government.And after all,there is not independent evidence of an abduction or abductor.Just evidence of cadaver/blood.

  10. When did the McCanns request that Eddie and Keela be brought over?

    GM @ 1.43 secs:When the dogs came that was actually something that happened at our request because we wanted a more thorough search and the NPIA recommended these dogs and basically

  11. I do not understand you ppl. at all not that I read the forums that much. Why cannot you just be nicer and not be judge and jury.Portugul was told from the lab in Birmingham in 2007 do not take the findings as gospel. Re the dogs also they were told they carry nothing in the eyes of the legal profession. The so called findings count for nothing in a court of law. Lets wait and see what Scotland Yard find before judging. The McCanns have waited ages for this to happen they are not at all frightened they want our ppl. involved. Why, why do a few of you pick,pick and pick. Very sad. This is my last entry on the matter until Scotland Yard find actually what happened to dear little Madeleine Bless her.

  12. Excellent what do make of the famous page 219? comments

    Mrs Pow

  13. 219 Drs. refer to parts of the body like this and one should not be ashamed of your body. Kate McCann did not mean to offend anyone she is a nice person. Ppl. will make out what they read or see to be nasty to The McCanns. All very strange ppl.

  14. 'Anonymous said...

    Superb article....if only UK 'journalists' had the balls to do it.'
    Well, apart from Spud here, are there any real UK journalists left, with or without balls, (got to think of the girls too) willing to step up and put their head above the parapet? No, didn't think so....
    It's about time someone put an end to all this, someone who was there, who knows the truth and is willing to make a stand for justice!

  15. knows the truth?????????Spud certainly does not unless he was present in Portugul and was involved????? Lets stop this picking to bits of The McCanns and wait for hopefully Scotland Yrd to invesigate. Great journalist I dont think so just someone spouting their mouth off and think they know??????????

  16. Brilliant article Spudgun and very well written.
    I believe there will now be a proper investigation, the mccanns look uncomfortable and worried now, not so sure of themselves any longer, they do not know where this is going, no longer are they in control there can be no more white washes or cover ups, the time has come for the truth, so many people now want to know what happened to Madeleine that it will be impossible to continue this media farce for much longer.

  17. tragically and sadly some of you ppl. think you know The McCanns and you certainly do not and can read their body lauguage rubbish they are not worried or uncomfortable just wait please until Scotland Yard have completed the investigation and then have your word. For a change be fair to The McCanns they are after all Madeleine's Mummy and Daddy. They have been waiting for just over 4 years for this to happen. Come on Scotland Yard true professionals.

  18. Listen spudgun,i guess you havent got children of your own or you wouldnt be writing your rubbish why shouldnt they want to find madeleine,so the person or persons should get away with abbducting a child to do it again to someone elses child,my heart goes out to the mcCanns because of me being a parent myself i understand how they feel.

  19. Well said. Interested to find out how long the "tapas friends" knew the family before being trusted to check on the children. But in all honesty what parent would leave three children, two still babies, unattended in a strange place? None of it makes sense

  20. Thank you Spudgun for the excellent article. If only there were more journalists like you.
    As the conclusion before closing the case said: the McCanns themselves failed to fully proof their innocence by not answering questions and refusing to cooperate in a reconstruction.

    What parent would not do everything to find out what happened to their child? But then what parent would say what Gerry said:"And if Madeleine had hurt herself inside the apartment, why would that be our fault?"

    Indeed this case is a tragedy. A tragic example of what the I-me-I society can do to children but also to morality as a whole.

    Happy Birthday Madeleine, wherever you are.

  21. lj (from TB & Havern site) if I am wrong correct me. The McCanns are definately innocent until proved guilty. None of us even though some think they do?? do not know the ins and outs of this very tragic case of Madeleine. Mrs.McCann was told not to answer questions because the PJ were trying to say she hurt her daughter etc.etc. and this is not true. Re reconstruction its was a dead duck from the actual beginning the PJ did not ask until later. Its all very tragic so lets stop nit picking until Scotland Yard have completed the work they have asked to do. I know The McCanns will help all they can they adore and love their daughter Madeleine.

  22. Sad that the comments section on this wonderfully written article has been contaminated by pro McCann nut jobs.

  23. well,well nutjobs eh. We are just ppl. that like to not judge but wait for the actual truth which we hope will be soon again it could take a long time.

  24. A good journalist is someone who questions everything! Try reading the article, Spudgun says he does not know what they did or did not do, he is going by what is stated in the final report!
    As I said, let someone who was there, knows the truth and believes in justice, stand up, speak out and put an end to all the speculation, it just needs one person with that key information doesn't it?

  25. Spudgun, you're just one of lifes failures..... face it!

  26. I see the Mccanns and family are out in force!
    Keep up the good work spud.

    Garth and you are an example of life's success storys? Not

  27. Oh dear...Garth doesn't like the truth!!

  28. The book should have been written by Mr McCann, the - I found her missing at 10pm isn't such a good read as the possible explanation that she disappeared in my presence.

    Immediately following the check Mr McCann stood outside the apartment chatting, whilst another member of the group, witnessed (alleged) the abduction all within her line of vision - before Mr McCann had even made it back to the Tapas.

    Unlike the next checker of Madeliene, before Mrs McCann check, who never noticed her gone!out of his line of vision.

    Will be interesting to see what the MET makes of that.

  29. another great artical,brunt and co eat your heart out.

  30. poor sad garth,the truths dont go down to well with you ,does it,instead of wasting all your energy defending the parents why dont you spend sometime defending Madeleine a mere baby who should have been looked after instead of being used as a baby sitter for her parents.shame on you. god bless you Madeleine where ever you may be.

  31. It's only since the release of the book that I have started to read up on this case. Of course I just took what I read in the papers at face value but now I am finding myself reading the case files and various interesting blogs such as this.
    Does anyone know what happened to the pink blanket that is seen on the bed? I did read somewhere that it may have been used by sniffer dogs.
    If Madeleine was taken from her bed then it is more than likely she was lifted out by putting the hands under the armpits. The sheets would have to be pulled right down if you were to pick a child up across your arms. Who could pick a child up in the former way without her panicing? Someone she knows of course.
    Could Gerry have picked her up and passed her out the window to someone? Did Jane Tanner really see the abductor? A minute earlier and she may have caught the crime in progress.
    These are just my initial thoughts before I can imagine that she may have died in the apartment.

  32. @miss independant,i too thought Madeleine had been abducted when it was stated by the mccann camp that the shutters had been jemmied,then when i read that mark warner and clarence mitchel said that the shutters had not been jemmied thats when i really started looking at all the things the mccanns and friends and family had said and then i read the statements it was only then i realized they were not telling the truth and the rest is history as the saying goes.

  33. @14 May 2011 09:11.
    what with reading about her non existant sex life and all the talk of paedo's then page 219,
    Makes me think the gaspers statement