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    The Case, so far...

    What are the facts in this case?

    The McCann’s left three vulnerable toddlers home alone every night, at an apartment in a foreign holiday complex, so they could party with seven (or eight) close friends, all medical practitioners. Gerry allegedly checked the children at 9:05pm and all was well. An hour later Kate found Maddy was missing and left the twins (with a predator at large) to return to the Tapas Bar shrieking, “They’ve taken her!” Ocean Club staff and locals began searching for the child. Forty minutes later, the police were alerted. There were no independent witnesses of the abduction and no forensic evidence indicating an intruder, no CCTV footage and no credible leads. Robert Murat was implicated by the McCann entourage and made an Arguido, he has since been cleared. Hundreds of possible sightings proved fruitless.

    The parents believed she was no longer in Portugal and visited random places to publicise their plight, all expenses paid by a generous billionaire benefactor. The British government and their media mouthpieces gave the McCann’s their full support. Meanwhile, the Polícia Judiciária collated testimonies and collected forensic evidence which was sufficient to name the McCann’s as formal suspects. The couple left the country instantly and the press smeared all aspects of the investigation, even the cadaver dogs! The McCann’s claim it is they who are being smeared and framed, because the police operation was botched. They failed to catch the kidnapper, so they blamed the parents. Sightings have persisted, specifically in Morocco, but the CID are so convinced the child is dead, they give this no credence.

    Detectives believe the reams of evidence they have gathered against the McCann’s, which no-one else is privy to, is so strong that the only thing which remains, is to locate the body. The McCann’s, through their spokesman Clarence Mitchell, insist all the leaked evidence has an innocent explanation. Any DNA discovered either came from the twin’s soiled nappies or Madeleine’s sweaty sandals. The scent of cadaver came from rotting meat, carried in the boot of their hire car. The unusually high mileage of this car was accounted for by fifteen trips to Faro airport. If the FSS in Birmingham detect sedatives in hair samples, Granny McCann says, the perpetrator drugged the victim and not her anaesthetist mother. They will persist in the belief that Madeleine is still alive, until concrete evidence suggests otherwise.

    The McCann’s have become celebrities, in demand from chat show hosts and glossy magazines. They hope to clear their names by Christmas. I would be hoping my daughter turned up, safe and well, long before December! But they are in this for the long haul... Gerry continues to write his jaunty blogs, about the twins, and what a jolly family they are, without Madeleine. The opinions of their relations and friends are the only ones sought by journalists. Anyone who doubts their innocence is considered a scurrilous wretch, devoid of compassion for this unfortunate couple and their missing daughter. They are prepared to take a lie detector test and welcome possible charges, because it will give them a chance to defend themselves. “Bring it on!” they say... with four top lawyers waiting in the wings.


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    That pretty well sums it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Creepin View Post
    What are the facts in this case?

    The McCann’s left three vulnerable toddlers home alone every night, at an apartment in a foreign holiday complex, so they could party with seven (or eight) close friends, all medical practitioners. Gerry allegedly checked the children at 9:05pm and all was well. An hour later Kate found Maddy was missing and left the twins (with a predator at large) to return to the Tapas Bar shrieking, “They’ve taken her!” Ocean Club staff and locals began searching for the child. Forty minutes later, the police were alerted. There were no independent witnesses of the abduction and no forensic evidence indicating an intruder, no CCTV footage and no credible leads. Robert Murat was implicated by the McCann entourage and made an Arguido, he has since been cleared. Hundreds of possible sightings proved fruitless.

    The parents believed she was no longer in Portugal and visited random places to publicise their plight, all expenses paid by a generous billionaire benefactor. The British government and their media mouthpieces gave the McCann’s their full support. Meanwhile, the Polícia Judiciária collated testimonies and collected forensic evidence which was sufficient to name the McCann’s as formal suspects. The couple left the country instantly and the press smeared all aspects of the investigation, even the cadaver dogs! The McCann’s claim it is they who are being smeared and framed, because the police operation was botched. They failed to catch the kidnapper, so they blamed the parents. Sightings have persisted, specifically in Morocco, but the CID are so convinced the child is dead, they give this no credence.

    Detectives believe the reams of evidence they have gathered against the McCann’s, which no-one else is privy to, is so strong that the only thing which remains, is to locate the body. The McCann’s, through their spokesman Clarence Mitchell, insist all the leaked evidence has an innocent explanation. Any DNA discovered either came from the twin’s soiled nappies or Madeleine’s sweaty sandals. The scent of cadaver came from rotting meat, carried in the boot of their hire car. The unusually high mileage of this car was accounted for by fifteen trips to Faro airport. If the FSS in Birmingham detect sedatives in hair samples, Granny McCann says, the perpetrator drugged the victim and not her anaesthetist mother. They will persist in the belief that Madeleine is still alive, until concrete evidence suggests otherwise.

    The McCann’s have become celebrities, in demand from chat show hosts and glossy magazines. They hope to clear their names by Christmas. I would be hoping my daughter turned up, safe and well, long before December! But they are in this for the long haul... Gerry continues to write his jaunty blogs, about the twins, and what a jolly family they are, without Madeleine. The opinions of their relations and friends are the only ones sought by journalists. Anyone who doubts their innocence is considered a scurrilous wretch, devoid of compassion for this unfortunate couple and their missing daughter. They are prepared to take a lie detector test and welcome possible charges, because it will give them a chance to defend themselves. “Bring it on!” they say... with four top lawyers waiting in the wings.

    i couldn't have said it better myself. very well thought out.

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    Well stated Dr. Creepin! Just seems like THE perfect crime!

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    I don't think there can be reams of evidence or else they wouldn't need a body surely.

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    OR...

    The McCann's made the naive decision to leave their children unattended while they dined with friends on the other side of a pool; in view of their room, with an adult checking on them every half hour.

    When Kate checked on the children at 10:00, she found Madeleine missing, and came out of the room screaming. There are conflicting reports of her exact words. The police were notified, and they arrived approximately 40 minutes later.

    The policed failed to secure the crime scene, and didn't send out alerts to CCTV security or boarder security. There are conflicting reports of whether Robert Murat was seen at the complex or not, and as of today, remains a suspect.

    The McCann's, with the advice of experts, launched a media campaign. (As John Walsh says, “70 percent of children are found by pictures.”) They hired private investigators to draw up a profile, and to search outside of Portugal. They handed out fliers and pictures of their daughter.

    Meanwhile, the police, trying to save a botched investigation, try to collect forensic evidence to use against the McCann's. There are conflicting reports as to the quality, reliability, and results of those tests. The police begin to leak untrue items of information to the media in an effort to put pressure on the McCann's to confess, thereby "solving" the case.

    Incidentally, the lead detective has been removed from the case. Reports that he's been seen taking three hour lunches, ignoring leads, and that he's under investigation for torturing another mom into confessing she killed her child don't get much mention.

    The McCann's hired a spokesperson to try to explain their side of things, since they are bound by law to not speak about the details of the case. Many friends and family have opined possible reasons to explain things, much of which is taken as gospel by McCann family detractors.

    Even though there is no evidence that Kate or Gerry McCann killed their daughter, detractors are willing to believe almost everything they read in the news, regardless of the accuracy or logic in the report. Anyone who believes that there is not enough evidence available to decide on their guilt, and choose to give the benefit of doubt to the parents, are treated as imbeciles for their inability to read villainy into every move, every word, every look coming from the McCann's or anyone related, no matter how remotely.

    The McCann's are damned if they do, and damned if they don't, demonized by those who figure that if they can leave children alone, they must be murderers.

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    First of all, even many areas in the US work on a 'no body, no conviction' basis. Many criminals go unpunished and get away with 'murder', but that doesn't mean they have no ties to the crime. It just means it's circumstancial and not enough to convict.

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    First we still don't know for certain if "They've taken her" were Kates first words spoken to Tapas group. I have also heard "Madeleines gone" as her first words. Even the nanny stsed that she can't say those were her first words but that evening she said that.

    Next the lease to the villa they were renting was up Sept. 11 and the week before they were planning on returning home the police asked them to stay so they could ask them some more questions. Okay yes kate did say she wouldn't go home without madeleine but after four month you have to do something you can't live in lingo forever. So no I don't think they rushed home I think it was something they planned on doing. also if the police case was so strong why did the police let them leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMist View Post
    OR...

    The McCann's made the naive decision to leave their children unattended while they dined with friends on the other side of a pool; in view of their room, with an adult checking on them every half hour.

    When Kate checked on the children at 10:00, she found Madeleine missing, and came out of the room screaming. There are conflicting reports of her exact words. The police were notified, and they arrived approximately 40 minutes later.

    The policed failed to secure the crime scene, and didn't send out alerts to CCTV security or boarder security. There are conflicting reports of whether Robert Murat was seen at the complex or not, and as of today, remains a suspect.

    The McCann's, with the advice of experts, launched a media campaign. (As John Walsh says, “70 percent of children are found by pictures.”) They hired private investigators to draw up a profile, and to search outside of Portugal. They handed out fliers and pictures of their daughter.

    Meanwhile, the police, trying to save a botched investigation, try to collect forensic evidence to use against the McCann's. There are conflicting reports as to the quality, reliability, and results of those tests. The police begin to leak untrue items of information to the media in an effort to put pressure on the McCann's to confess, thereby "solving" the case.

    Incidentally, the lead detective has been removed from the case. Reports that he's been seen taking three hour lunches, ignoring leads, and that he's under investigation for torturing another mom into confessing she killed her child don't get much mention.

    The McCann's hired a spokesperson to try to explain their side of things, since they are bound by law to not speak about the details of the case. Many friends and family have opined possible reasons to explain things, much of which is taken as gospel by McCann family detractors.

    Even though there is no evidence that Kate or Gerry McCann killed their daughter, detractors are willing to believe almost everything they read in the news, regardless of the accuracy or logic in the report. Anyone who believes that there is not enough evidence available to decide on their guilt, and choose to give the benefit of doubt to the parents, are treated as imbeciles for their inability to read villainy into every move, every word, every look coming from the McCann's or anyone related, no matter how remotely.

    The McCann's are damned if they do, and damned if they don't, demonized by those who figure that if they can leave children alone, they must be murderers.

    nice post - just shows you that there is more than one way to present a position

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMist View Post
    OR...

    The McCann's made the naive decision to leave their children unattended while they dined with friends on the other side of a pool; in view of their room, with an adult checking on them every half hour.

    When Kate checked on the children at 10:00, she found Madeleine missing, and came out of the room screaming. There are conflicting reports of her exact words. The police were notified, and they arrived approximately 40 minutes later.

    The policed failed to secure the crime scene, and didn't send out alerts to CCTV security or boarder security. There are conflicting reports of whether Robert Murat was seen at the complex or not, and as of today, remains a suspect.

    The McCann's, with the advice of experts, launched a media campaign. (As John Walsh says, “70 percent of children are found by pictures.”) They hired private investigators to draw up a profile, and to search outside of Portugal. They handed out fliers and pictures of their daughter.

    Meanwhile, the police, trying to save a botched investigation, try to collect forensic evidence to use against the McCann's. There are conflicting reports as to the quality, reliability, and results of those tests. The police begin to leak untrue items of information to the media in an effort to put pressure on the McCann's to confess, thereby "solving" the case.

    Incidentally, the lead detective has been removed from the case. Reports that he's been seen taking three hour lunches, ignoring leads, and that he's under investigation for torturing another mom into confessing she killed her child don't get much mention.

    The McCann's hired a spokesperson to try to explain their side of things, since they are bound by law to not speak about the details of the case. Many friends and family have opined possible reasons to explain things, much of which is taken as gospel by McCann family detractors.

    Even though there is no evidence that Kate or Gerry McCann killed their daughter, detractors are willing to believe almost everything they read in the news, regardless of the accuracy or logic in the report. Anyone who believes that there is not enough evidence available to decide on their guilt, and choose to give the benefit of doubt to the parents, are treated as imbeciles for their inability to read villainy into every move, every word, every look coming from the McCann's or anyone related, no matter how remotely.

    The McCann's are damned if they do, and damned if they don't, demonized by those who figure that if they can leave children alone, they must be murderers.

    I agree completely - very good post


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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMist View Post
    OR...

    The McCann's made the naive decision to leave their children unattended while they dined with friends on the other side of a pool; in view of their room, with an adult checking on them every half hour.
    Really? So they could see the room from where they were, an adult was checking on them every 30 minutes but the kid is kidnapped and they do not see anything. Interesting.

    The McCann's, with the advice of experts, launched a media campaign. (As John Walsh says, “70 percent of children are found by pictures.”) They hired private investigators to draw up a profile, and to search outside of Portugal. They handed out fliers and pictures of their daughter.
    Yeah, selling wristbands as well as having to pay for her posters online. But hey, they are "high" quality.


    The McCann's hired a spokesperson to try to explain their side of things, since they are bound by law to not speak about the details of the case. Many friends and family have opined possible reasons to explain things, much of which is taken as gospel by McCann family detractors.
    So, we cannot believe the Media and now neither what it comes out from their own friends and family members?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliKid View Post
    First of all, even many areas in the US work on a 'no body, no conviction' basis. Many criminals go unpunished and get away with 'murder', but that doesn't mean they have no ties to the crime. It just means it's circumstancial and not enough to convict.
    Exactly. Plus, just because someone gets away with murder (and how many do!) does not mean they are not guilty. OJ Simpson anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleuthMom View Post
    Really? So they could see the room from where they were, an adult was checking on them every 30 minutes but the kid is kidnapped and they do not see anything. Interesting.
    They could not see the patio doors. And, no one is disputing that it was a bad decision.



    Quote Originally Posted by SleuthMom
    Yeah, selling wristbands as well as having to pay for her posters online. But hey, they are "high" quality.
    It is a reality that it takes money to run a campaign of this magnitude.

    Quote Originally Posted by SleuthMom
    So, we cannot believe the Media and now neither what it comes out from their own friends and family members?
    We can keep in mind that what we are hearing are the opinions of others. What I've seen happen repeatedly is detractors hear these opinions, then proceed to tear the McCann's apart over them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleuthMom View Post
    Exactly. Plus, just because someone gets away with murder (and how many do!) does not mean they are not guilty. OJ Simpson anyone?
    And, just because some parents are guilty of false accusations of abduction or murder doesn't mean that all parents reporting abduction or murder are guilty in reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMist View Post
    They could not see the patio doors. And, no one is disputing that it was a bad decision.
    Stupid, very stupid decision that they seem they have committed several times.

    It is a reality that it takes money to run a campaign of this magnitude.
    Million dollars are not enough? What they do with the money? They eat it? And the site STILL earning...

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