I thought it would be helpful to have a thread where we look at just the contradictions in this case, and determine one at a time, whether they are meaningful contradictions, or just ordinary and not significant differences between what the McCanns said or did, and what actually occurred. For the sake of balance, we'll leave out contradictions which could be be construed logically as merely changes of mind, and not actual contradictions, such as the McCanns' saying they wouldn't leave Portugal without Maddie, and then doing that, or saying they'd be up for anything to help her, and then not returning for a reconstruction. Those are matters of opinions and words. I'm more interested in actual contradictions of physical facts. Cuddle Cat's Position: Kate said that Cuddlel Cat's position was one of the things that immediately alerted her that Madeleine "must have" been abducted. Yet in the crime scene photos, Cuddle Cat is clearly shown on the bed. Conclusion: Either Kate was lying or she moved the cat, which would be an obvious and unbelievable gaffe on her part. Nor does any place appear in the photo where the toy could be placed up high. Unfortunately, with Kate the first person in the room, and the space of time before the police allowed during which other people were present in the room, Kate's word cannot be verified objectively. Given the toy's position on the pillow, Kate's word cannot be accepted unless someone else can testify to seeing the toy "up high." This is a significant contradiction because of the importance Kate placed upon the toy's position as proof Maddie was abducted. Second contradiction: Who told the bedtime story on May 3? Both Kate and Gerry contradict each other with their accounts. Significance? Probably minimal, since we don't know if the McCann family had chaotic bedtimes (like something off SuperNanny) or fairly calm routine ones. It's a minor detail. Jane Tanner's account of seeing Jeremy, Gerry talking and then the Bundleman: Jane says she saw the two men talking, they say they did not see her. Jane is the only one who saw the Bundleman. Jane's map/drawing also shows all three of them on the same side of the street--the wrong side the men said they were on, one crossed the road to talk to the other. Significance: Huge. Jane's story, like Kate's Cuddle Cat account, is verified only by Jane. And just like Kate's account, key details such as the actual position are contradictory. Those are just three of the contradictions, there are others but we can start with them.