Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TRUECRIMEHYPE: Madeleine McCann

PRESS RELEASE - Oprah Winfrey's McCann Parent Interview

British groups challenge Oprah Winfrey’s decision to interview parents of missing Madeleine McCann

A media release, 20 April 2009, to the U.S. media from The Madeleine Foundation - an organisation founded to campaign for truth and justice for missing Madeleine McCann

British groups and individuals concerned about what really happened to missing Madeleine McCann have been challenging Oprah Winfrey to ask tough questions to Madeleine’s parents when they appear on her show on 4th May - two years after their daughter Madeleine was reported missing.

Their concern is based on the belief that Madeleine McCann died in the McCanns’ holiday apartment in Portugal. That view was reinforced when the original senior detective in the case, Goncalo Amaral, published a book on the case last year, titled: ‘The Truth About A Lie’, in which he explained how the evidence pointed to Madeleine having died as a result of an accident in her parents’ apartment. He was removed from the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance amid strong suggestions of British government interference in the enquiry. He then resigned from the police force in order, he said, to bring the world the truth about the ‘disappearance’ of Madeleine. Last week (14 April) a documentary based on his book was shown on Portuguese T.V. and will shortly be seen on many other European T.V. stations - but not in Britain. Mr Amaral’s book has been translated and published in many European countries - but again, not in Britain.

In December last year, The Madeleine Foundation published a 64-page booklet: “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons which suggest she was not abducted”. This booklet has been translated into Spanish, German and Dutch, has received extensive publicity in Portugal (but once again not in Britain) and was recently sent to every Member of the British Parliament. The Madeleine Foundation sent a copy to Oprah Winfrey several weeks ago when the McCanns’ appearance on her show was first rumoured.

A crucial piece of evidence in the case came in August 2007 when 
two highly trained British sniffer dogs came to Praia da Luz. One, Eddie, had a 100% success rate in detecting the scent of a human corpse, and found the smell of death at four places in the McCanns' holiday apartment, on two of Dr Kate McCann's clothes, on one of the children's clothes, on Madeleine's pink soft toy, Cuddle Cat, and in two locations in a car later hired by the McCanns. The other dog, Keela, found blood in some of the same locations. The only corpse that could have lain next to all of those items would have been that of Madeleine McCann. A neighbour made a formal deposition to the Portuguese police saying that in the weeks before the dogs arrived, she saw the boot of the McCanns’ hired car open all night long, every night.

The investigation was suspended by the Portuguese judicial authorities in July 2008, there being insufficient evidence to charge anyone with a criminal offence. However, in a 58-page report, the Attorney-General said that there was evidence that Madeleine had died in her parents’ apartment, but that it could not be proved how she died. Unlike in Britain and the U.S., the Portuguese police have now released for public viewing on DVDs thousands of documents in the case, including dozens of witness statements, videos of the cadaver dogs in action etc. These are being analysed by hundreds of volunteers on the internet - see list of sources below.

The British groups campaigning for the truth about Madeleine McCann have been writing to Oprah Winfrey suggesting she ask key questions of the McCanns, fearing that, as with other recent Oprah interviews, there will be no challenge to the parents’ claim that Madeleine was abducted. A list of some of these questions can be viewed at this thread:
http://the3arguidos.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=31071

Among the questions The Madeleine Foundation suggests Oprah Winfrey asks the McCanns are the following:

Why did you originally claim that the abductor had forced his way into the flat by jemmying open the shutters to the apartment?
Why, after the police and the owners of the complex you were staying at found no evidence that the shutters had been forced, did you then change your story to saying that you had left the patio door open and the abductor must have entered that way?
Why would the abductor - as you now claim and have done for two years - exit with Madeleine through a small window in the children’s room, when the patio door was already open?
Why did you delete messages from your mobile ’phone before the police arrived on the night Madeleine was reported ‘missing’?
Why have neither of you ever physically searched for Madeleine?
Why did Dr Kate McCann refuse to answer 48 questions put to her by the Portuguese police on 8 September 2007?
How do you explain the findings of the cadaver dogs?
Why did you and your friends who were out in Portugal with you all refuse last year to attend a police reconstruction of the events of 3rd May?

The British groups’ concern about the Oprah Winfrey show was heightened when they learnt that Ms Winfrey was also planning to interview George and Cindy Anthony, the grandparents of murdered 2-year-old Caylee Anthony. Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, is currently in prison awaiting trial for Caylee’s mother.

Deborah Butler, Madeleine Foundation Chairman, said: “In nearly all cases where parents claim that a child of theirs has been abducted from their own home, it later turns out that the child is dead - and that a family member is in some way responsible, whether by accident, negligence, neglect or deliberate act. One such case was that of the death of 8-year-old Joana Cipriano in Portugal, where the girl’s mother, Leonor Cipriano, also claimed she had been abducted. It was Goncalo Amaral, the same detective who investigated the ‘disappearance’ of Madeleine McCann but was removed from the enquiry when he was getting too close to the truth, who successfully proved that Leonor Cipriano and her brother killed little Joana. The pair are now serving lengthy jail terms. We think it would be much better for Oprah Winfrey to interview Mr Amaral, the man who has, as in Joana’s case, brought us the truth about why Madeleine McCann is no longer with us”.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND CONTACTS

The Madeleine Foundation website: www.madeleinefoundation.org
Secretary: Tony Bennett 00 44 1279 635789 or 07835 716537
e-mail: ajsbennett@btinternet.com

Tony Bennett (U.K.) is also available. He has appeared in several TV and radio programmes about Madeleine McCann, including on Portuguese TV and Al Jazeera, and on radio shows in Britain and Spain. He is willing to assist with pre-recorded or live interviews at any reasonable time (between 7am and 12midnight U.K. time). An excerpt from one of his interviews (in Spain) may be found on this YouTube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5c3ld0j1Yo
A more hostile interview of him by a British radio presenter can be found on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5lCyfAmw9g

Further Information about the case:
1) Our book: “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons
which suggest she was not abducted” will be sent free on request to any U.S. journalist - and can be e-mailed instantly to you by e-mail Word attachment.
2) Goncalo Amaral’s book: A Verdade da Mentira - ‘The Truth About A Lie’ (English language summaries of this are available on the internet)
3) Portuguese Tvi24’s documentary transmitted on 14 April 2009 - see English translation at www. joana-morais.blogspot.com
4) www.mccannfiles.com - a wealth of original source material about the McCann case compiled by U.K. resident Nigel Moore
5)www.truthformadeleine.com - more source material and analysis by a British expat living in eastern U.S.A.
6) a video of the cadaver dogs finding the smell of a corpse in the McCanns’ apartment and in their hired car is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRvgK6M2_7Q
7) www.the3arguidos.net - U.K. based internet forum with useful research material on this link: http://the3arguidos.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=39
8) an informative 10-minute video on Madeleine McCann is at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRvgK6M2_7Q

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

just tell everyone what you scumbags put maddie.

NeverPebbles said...

Please, please, someone, persuade Oprah to ask searching questions of the McCanns; and not to treat them like celebrities. There is something very wrong about this case. Today we see photos of them on their way to the US, smiling happy people. Their daughter is still 'missing'. In the circumstances, how can they radiate such happiness?

Zé Cacetudo said...

Sheesh. I guess this isn't dead yet (forgive the pun).

Anonymous said...

too many unanswered questions in this case

Anonymous said...

what did that cadaver dog smell in the mccanns apartment, car and on their clothes? it was sent to check out other apartments and cars and nothing was found-something is not right here

Anonymous said...

We did Kate not physically search for her daughter the night she was reported missing.

Also why did they continue to leave thier children alone at night after knowing they had cried for their parents.

SOMEONE PLEASE CHALLENGE THEM FOR THE SAKE OF MADELEINE

Scritti Politti said...

Hooray! The RIGHT sort of questions need to be asked.
Well done Tony Bennett.

Anonymous said...

a cadaver dog alerted to many places - he didn't alert anywhere else - what does that tell you?

Fern Kinnel said...

It's all good publicity for Oprah. It is going to be a huge story when the McCanns are charged.

612 said...

Oprah should ask the tough questions, but be prepared to counter when the McCanns give their standard, pat (but implausible) answers.

The suggested questions are easy for the McCanns. Oprah should already have done the research on what they have claimed in the past, and be ready to point out the irrationality of their answers.

612 said...

Better yet, bring out Amaral as a surprise guest!

Anonymous said...

well done tony and all that are wanting justice for madeleine,the more people read about the lies the mccans have told the better

JustMe said...

Ze' Cacetudo....if you knew what I knew....this will ~never~ die.

Anonymous said...

lol at 612s comment bring out amoral
as a suprise guest

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Anonymous said...

More spin from guilty parents, the book is to draw attention away from the truth, protecting the other two kids.
No one else could get away with this deception, the ss would of taken them.

Stealing money from the public to cover up the real truth.

I am afraid they now make me sick its all about their egos


they had money to paid for care.
Not on benefits

they think they are above the law.

That poor child died 4 years agao

Anonymous said...

We did this and we did that
refused to answer questions by the police. No one in their right mind would do this.

miss information from the McCanns

lies lies and more lies

Anonymous said...

this is a front wait and see if we dont see new laws. What is behind this.

Why now, look at the police state agenda, McCanns up to their necks with the Labour government.

Want to look good.

they have told so many lies, they couldnt see the truth even if it stood in front of them.


Who would want to make love to Gerry McCann, I feel sick.

this is part of agenda we dont care, that poor child died 4 years ago.

We know the the governemt was protecting them and sex offenders


the truth hurts. Wait for the fear farts

Anonymous said...

We should ask for a trial, against the law to leave children

they left their three children alone, one of them died was she taken to order?

Anonymous said...

trying to hide behind the R/C chruch, we know all about child sex abuse in the Chruch

Anonymous said...

The McCanns think they can do what ever they like, they have got away with the death of their daughter, by spin

we need justice for Madeleine

Anonymous said...

'Operation Ore, the massive police investigation into child internet pornography, identified over 7,000 people in the UK, including judges, doctors and teachers, who used their credit cards to download images of children being abused or even killed for their gratification. Police believe that that is the tip of the iceberg. Those who download such images say that they have committed no crime, but every single vile picture that includes babies and children being raped and tortured has destroyed an innocent life. Through the internet, criminal gangs are making money out of this misery. That has gone unchallenged for too long and the time has come to right this wrong."

who is protecting who

Anonymous said...

'Operation Ore, the massive police investigation into child internet pornography, identified over 7,000 people in the UK, including judges, doctors and teachers, who used their credit cards to download images of children being abused or even killed for their gratification. Police believe that that is the tip of the iceberg. Those who download such images say that they have committed no crime, but every single vile picture that includes babies and children being raped and tortured has destroyed an innocent life. Through the internet, criminal gangs are making money out of this misery. That has gone unchallenged for too long and the time has come to right this wrong."

It goes all the way to the top

is gerry McCann a freemason

Anonymous said...

this is very sad, she was a star that little girl.

What can you say about the parents.

they come over as ok.

But as someone said Doctors can be cruel.

they have people helping them, not everyone get that sort of attention and support from the government and media

trying to mind set the public, a bit like the royal wedding

Anonymous said...

I couldnt keep this sort of spin going, must be cut off.

it would be to painful

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