Duarte Levy..

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Oprah show, or the McCann show

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah did everything to make the public cry. The tears were counted and now the television show is expected to bring in a new wave of Maddie sightings. Meanwhile, the FBI confirms that it only cooperated with the Portuguese and British authorities and that the “McCanns should have been suspects from first moment on”. Finally, the alarm wave in the Algarve because of the McCann case paedophiles is useless.

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During the recording of the show with the largest audience on North American television, the “Oprah Winfrey Show”, last Friday, a tearful Kate McCann stated once more that she believes her daughter is alive and somewhere in the world, after having been abducted from the room where she slept in the tourist resort in Praia da Luz, in Portugal.
After a long moment of preparation in the backstage, Kate McCann even cried in front of Oprah, the star host, again, lamenting that she didn’t recognise her daughter in the images that were presented on a giant screen, and where a Maddie was shown very different from what has become normal to see in the media since the child disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007: the child now appears dressed in blue, looking more tender and sad, as if she had endured long captivity.
The child’s new images, with the look that she would have at the age of six, were created by experts at the National Centre for Missing children and were presented to Kate and Gerry McCann before the show’s recording, during the visit that they made to that institution as soon as they arrived in the United States.
The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, which Gerry McCann had already visited in July 2007, is a private non-profit organisation that does not depend from the North American authorities, as an FBI spokesman told 24 horas.
Sitting next to the North American television’s star host, and in front of a mainly feminine audience, which had been previously prepared for a show “with lots of emotion”, as Oprah described it, Kate McCann explained what the family’s life has been like since Maddie disappeared, emphasizing the twins’ suffering over their sister’s absence.
Despite Gerry’s presence, Oprah directed the show’s spotlights on Kate, following the line that had been previously traced backstage, where the production team tirelessly underlined the “emotional environment” that had been created in the room, and where the public, which had been previously selected, was already converted to the British couple.
The real star of the show that will be broadcasted in 144 countries at the beginning of May, Kate told Oprah that she felt Maddie was still alive and that although she didn’t recognise her in the new images, she would be able to recognise her on the street if she crossed her, which didn’t fail to produce some emotional sighs from the public.
The “Oprah Show”, which will also be broadcasted in our country, has still kept part of its mystery, as not even journalists were allowed to watch the entire recording. The final programme will also include images that were recorded in the Rothley house, where Maddie’s room can be seen, tided as if the child could return tomorrow, and Kate playing with twins Sean and Amelie.
Very special relevance is equally given to the documentary that Channel 4 will broadcast on the seventh of May, in which the McCanns will once more launch the idea that an abductor took Maddie from the bed where she slept in apartment 5A, that was occupied by the couple during the vacation that they spent in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve. The new “suspect”, who has nevertheless been identified in the investigation files, is allegedly a Mediterranean looking male, someone who looks Portuguese, and he was seen staring at the apartment where Maddie disappeared from.

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Maddie images are not from the FBI

FBI never collaborated with the McCann

FBI never collaborated with the McCann

The two images showing Madeleine McCann as she would look today, that were presented by the British media, are not the work of the FBI, agent Ross Rice from the Chicago delegation of that North American organization confirmed.
Confronted with the last article that was published by the Sunday Express in England, Ross confirmed that he knows about the existence of artist Jovey Mae Hayes, but refused any connection between her and the FBI whatsoever.
The subtitle that had been given by the paper, “How the FBI created this picture”, is incorrect, agent Ross said, adding that the article states that Mrs. Hayes has previously worked on criminal cases for the FBI, which does not match the truth.

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Duarte Levy

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Maddie: “New suspect” is identified within the process

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The alleged “new suspect” in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, that was revealed by English newspaper “The Sun”, yesterday, citing a source that is connected to the production of the documentary that Channel 4 will broadcast on the seventh of May, was identified by the Polícia Judiciária during the inquiry.

According to the English newspaper, the man, who allegedly had a suspicious behaviour and a Mediterranean look, was seen alone, staring at the apartment that was occupied by the McCanns. The suspect was supposedly aged between 20 and 30.

This is allegedly not the same man that Jane Tanner described to the police but, as 24horas had already advanced, the documentary that was filmed under the direction of Gerry McCann will place the tone on an abduction that was committed by a “Mediterranean”, eventually a Portuguese man.

McCann’s don’t have all the documents

McCann’s don’t have all the documents

The alleged “new lead” was apparently discovered by the lawyers and the investigators who work for the McCanns, in the process that is no longer under judicial secrecy and in which, among other things, the identities of some of the citizens that were investigated at the time, are not revealed.

In the copy of the process that was consulted by the team that works for Kate and Gerry McCann, many pages are missing, as is the case for the majority of journalists.

Duarte Levy

Translated by Astro from Joana Morais blog.

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The version of a free Madeleine

The new image of Maddie never came from the FBI

The new image of Maddie never came from the FBI

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It was not the FBI, but rather a North American artist – Jovey Mae Hayes – who created the new image, which was published by English newspaper “Sunday Express” yesterday, of how Madeleine McCann might look if she was still alive.
The child that is portrayed in the image is 6 years old and displays longer hair, a less chubby face and a slightly wider mouth and nose.
The head of a firm that works for the general public – also on the internet – where anyone can order this type of image for less than 80 euros, Jovey Mae Hayes has created, for the second time, an image of Maddie, which has been very well received by the little girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann. In January this year, alleging once more to use the same procedures as the famous FBI, Hayes had already published another image of Maddie in the “Daily Star Sunday”, slightly different but always smiling.
According to a source that is close to the McCann couple, this is not the image of Maddie that is to be revealed during the interview for American television where Kate and Gerry will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, on the 3rd of May.

Contested interview

The announcement of Kate and Gerry McCann’s interview with the most powerful woman on American television is already prompting reactions in England: an independent organisation that reunites British citizens who campaign for the reopening of the inquiry into the disappearance of Maddie – “The Madeleine Foundation” – has already written to Oprah Winfrey, suggesting that she might seize the opportunity to ask Kate and Gerry some of the questions that they refused to answer during the investigation.
After having accepted to film, in Rothley, some scenes of their alleged daily life, Kate and Gerry go to the United States to participate in the recording of the Oprah Show during which, according to the couple’s spokesperson, they will present new clues about the little girl’s disappearance. The new leads were allegedly found by the lawyers and the private detectives in the Polícia Judiciária’s documents.

Duarte Levy (also in 24horas)

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Madeleine McCann: Two versions, two documentaries.

“Jane Tanner gave the Portuguese authorities a version of the fateful night that was very different from what she later told the English authorities”

24horas magazine in Portugal

24horas magazine in Portugal

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In 2007, after Gonçalo Amaral left the coordination of the Polícia Judiciária’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimão, on the day of his birthday – October the 2nd – many diligences were still possible within the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, but few or almost none were carried out.
Despite the fact that all the English people of the so-called “Tapas Group” were officially summoned to return, to participate in the reconstitution of what happened on the night that Maddie disappeared, none did so and the Portuguese authorities accepted that fact as if they were expecting it from the start. Another diligence, the questioning that was carried out in England, ended up revealing further contradictions in the statements but were regrettably sabotaged both by the English police and by the PJ.
Like Gonçalo Amaral had denounced already, the authorities in England didn’t cooperate at the level that was expected from them and the diplomatic interferences – that have become more than evident now – had produced their purpose: the head of the investigation was removed and replaced by someone more “malleable”, and the case was prepared to be archived.
With two versions of the same night, now recreated in documentaries that have been produced for television – one in Portugal under the guidance of Gonçalo Amaral and another, an English one, by the McCanns – 24horas has gone back over the witness statement of Jane Tanner, who is one of the key “characters”of a real case in which the victim remains solely one: Maddie.

24horas newspaper in US.

24horas newspaper in US.

Strangely, according to the videos and transcriptions of their interrogations, to which 24horas had access, all the English witnesses – David Payne, Fiona Payne, Dianne Webster, Jane Tanner, Russell O’Brien, Matthew Oldfield, Rachael Mampilly – were given, by the English police, the possibility to consult what they had already told the PJ directors earlier on.
Some of the English people – as was the case of Jane Tanner, among others – were also given the opportunity to read the others’ witness statements and to change their final statements. Despite this abnormal behaviour by the Leicestershire police, at least two video recordings of the questionings never arrived in Portugal, and given the fact that the PJ inspectors who travelled to England, following orders from Paulo Rebelo, were not present, their contents might be lost, if it wasn’t for so-called information “leaks”.

The alleged abductor as described by Jane Tanner

Jane Tanner, who is without doubt one of the key characters of the case and in both documentaries, described, in Portugal, a person, the alleged abductor, “who couldn’t be a tourist” because – as she says – “he was too heavily dressed”. The man would be between 35 and 40 years old, with very dark hair, thin and approximately 1,70m tall. Despite the distance, Jane tells the Portuguese inspectors that the suspect was wearing beige or gold-coloured trousers, a “duffy” type of jacket (but as thick) and black, classical shoes.

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