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McCanns Case: How can a dog sniff through concrete?

The McCanns previously tried to dismiss the cadaver dogs findings, stating that the Cadaver dogs were manipulated to react to the Renault Scenic therefore implying that the South Yorkshire police special team handling the dogs was corrupt. Today, again we know how accurate the dogs used in the search for Madeleine are.

Philomena McCann's discription of the cadaver dogs, "what are they Lassie? They could be barking at anything."

The decomposing body is liquefied from the inside, by enzymes in the muscle tissue. This causes the body to swell, and give of the gas Hydrogen Sulphide. This what the dog will pick up on.

How can a dog sniff through concrete?

A child's remains were discovered under several inches of concrete at a former children's home in Jersey after police bought in dogs to search the site. But how can they sniff through concrete?

For Eddie, it's all in a day's work.

When police suspected human remains were buried on the site of a former children's home in Jersey, the springer spaniel was part of the specialist team brought in to investigate.

Jersey Police said the seven-year-old dog located parts of a child's body even though they were buried under several inches of concrete. So how did he do it?

Eddie is an enhanced victim recovery dog and is specially trained to detect the scent of human remains. He is able to smell through solid materials, like concrete, because of scientifically-based training techniques.

It's this training that sets him apart for standard police sniffer dogs, which are able to detect human remains in shallow graves. The springer's nose is more sensitive and he is called in on more complicated cases.

Super sensitive

The specialist training techniques - which are highly confidential - were developed by Eddie's handler Martin Grimes, along with the UK's National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

They are scientifically based and rely on how dogs smell and the chemicals involved.

Canines are known for their outstanding sense of smell, estimated to be 10 times stronger than a human's. Like us they smell using special receptors in the nose, which react to tiny chemical scent particles in the atmosphere and send a message to the brain.

Dogs can smell so well because they have an estimated 200 million such receptors, compared to five million in a human nose. The extra receptors mean canines are able to distinguish between different smells much more acutely.

"We don't discuss what the training involves, but it's a lot more than putting bits of meat on the ground for them to hunt out," says Mr Grimes, a retired South Yorkshire Police officer who now works as an independent consultant.


"A standard sniffer dog is like a basic tool. An enhanced dog goes through much more training and is a lot more discriminating about smells, basically it's nose is super sensitive. It's also about getting the dog to really focus on a task."

While rare, Eddie and partner Keela are not the only enhanced victim recovery dogs in the UK. The Metropolitan Police and forces in Surrey and Greater Manchester have them. But what sets these two springers apart is that they work exclusively in this field, says Mr Grimes.

"Other dogs have to do other police duties but mine work full-time in this area, making them very sharp and highly skilled."

The dogs have been used by police forces across the world and were called in to help with the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Both are springer spaniels, but the breed is no better suited to the job than any other. A dog just needs to show a keen sense of smell and it's the training that makes them good enhanced victim recovery dogs, says Mr Grimes.

Eddie was bred by a specialist search-dog breeder and Keela came from the West Midlands Police breeding programme.

Both live with Mr Grimes and have a normal life outside of work. He is currently training two new dogs, Morse and Lewis.

In the Jersey case, parts of a child's body were found on Saturday. The remains are thought to date from the early 1980s. Police have yet to say whether they are male or female.

Daily Mail: Gerry's fury at 'bungling' dog handlers

Gerry McCann was furious when he saw video tape of British police dog handlers examining the family's hire car, a source revealed today.

He believes they bungled the moment a sniffer dog allegedly detected "the scent of death" in the back of the Renault Scenic.

The animal's reaction led to Mr McCann and his wife Kate being named official suspects by Portuguese officers investigating the 3 May disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

But Mr McCann has told his legal team that the dog walked around the car and was beginning to walk away but it was brought back by its handler and held at the boot when "it went rigid".

A source close to the McCanns said: "Gerry saw it on the tape. Vehicles were lined up in an underground car park. Gerry says the dog went up to the Scenic, sniffed around it and went to head off.

"But he says he watched the dog brought back to the vehicle and finally it reacts around the boot area.

"Gerry was open-mouthed when he saw it. He feels the dog was manoeuvred into a position where it could react. To Gerry it looked like the dog was being encouraged to react in certain places of relevance."

Portuguese detectives showed the video to Mr McCann during lengthy interrogation. The dogs were used to look for human remains in the McCanns' Praia da Luz apartment and in several vehicles seized by police.

According to the source, the dog spent seconds around vehicles owned by the other official suspect in the case, Robert Murat and his family and friends, but was kept for a minute at the hire car, rented 25 days after Madeleine vanished from the family's apartment in Praia da Luz.

The boot was later said to show traces of Madeleine's DNA and evidence that a corpse was kept in there - claims disputed by the McCanns who have had their own tests carried out.

The family have compiled a dossier of evidence to disprove the police case against them. This includes analysis of evidence provided by the sniffer dogs which they claim is unreliable.

Sun: Maddie sniffer dog 'was rigged'

FURIOUS Gerry McCann believes sniffer dogs used to find Maddie clues in the family’s hire car were MANIPULATED by cops.

The animals appeared to detect traces of the four-year-old’s DNA in the Renault Scenic — rented 25 days after she vanished.

This lead to Kate and Gerry, both 39, being made suspects in their daughter’s disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

But Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, who was shown a video of the search, told lawyers the animals’ evidence was unreliable.

A source close to the couple said last night: “Gerry says a dog went up to the Scenic, sniffed around and went to head off. He watched the dog being brought back to the vehicle.

“Finally, it reacts around the boot area. Gerry was open-mouthed at that, he feels the dog was manoeuvred into a position where it could react.”

Related: Sniffer Dogs used to seek Madeleine prove again their effectiveness


  1. Madeleine McCann - a few more things

    Through business and personal relationships, I maintain a lot of contact with the UK and I am getting feedback that the grotesquely over-exposed, “Bring Maddie Home” campaign is beginning to bore botThrough business and personal relationships, I maintain a lot of contact with the UK and I am getting feedback that the grotesquely over-exposed, “Bring Maddie Home” campaign is beginning to bore both the public and the media.

    Videos and photographs of the little girl released by the parents, who from day one have carefully manipulated public and media sympathy with staged photo opportunities and public appearances, have caused sympathy to wane - even to the extent that jokes are made about the poor child, who after all, is the most important person in all of this hoopla.

    In other words, by their own actions, the McCanns have failed their daughter not once - but twice. Yet in many quarters, they are still being hailed as respectable, intelligent, caring parents.

    I also get annoyed when I see statements in the British press such as, “debate rages…” in reference to the parents decision to leave three children under the age of four - with apparently four year old Maddie in charge - alone in a hotel in a strange environment. The word “debate” tells me there are people who actually believe the parents made the right decision.

    I wonder what warped logic they use to defend the McCanns. Perhaps the one given by the parents of the girl apparently snatched from a hotel room when left alone - that thousands of other parents do it. It is a sick reflection on parenting skills that there has to be a debate on the rights and wrongs of this possibly deadly decision.

    The McCanns are embarking on a grand tour of Europe and an audience with the Pope - the head of an organisation that since time immemorial, has turned a blind eye to child abuse and paedophilia within its own ranks (just the sort of person you would want to meet when your child is believed to have been snatched by a paedophile). What about their other children? One of Maddie’s siblings was photographed holding a favourite toy of the missing girl. Are the parents dragging along the children who have so far managed to survive their parenting skills - two young children who are obviously aware their sister is missing - or are they leaving them in the care of others during the most traumatic time of their young lives?

    Yet in some quarters, these two people are still being held in high esteem - some sort of parenting role model.

    One thing is for certain, the trust fund they have established in Maddie’s name will be better managed than their children. The same people who flock to put “Make poverty history” banners on blogs and buy tacky wristbands made in Chinese sweat shops, will flock to give money to show how caring and concerned they are.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if these same people wore, “Make parents like the McCanns history” wristbands? But that will never happen - the cause is not fashionable or chic enough.


  2. Lembram-se da inglesinha de olhos azuis, de mãe esquisita? Que bela definição de uma criança inglesa… Aquela que sumiu no hotel em Portugal, enquanto seus pais sairam pra farra. Madeleine McCann.

    Outra criança inglesa sumiu, dia 19 de fevereiro. A menina Shannon. Foram mobilizados mais de 200 policiais para sua busca. E, infelizmente, como no caso McCann,a garotinha ainda continua desaparecida.

    Agora vem a parte que causou o post:

    Vejam o texto do governo brasileiro, sobre os desaparecimentos de crianças e adolescentes em território nacional:

    Embora não se possua dados consolidados que traduzam a exata dimensão do fenômeno, estima-se que aproximadamente 40.000 ocorrências de desaparecimento de crianças e adolescentes sejam registradas anualmente nas delegacias de polícia de todo o País.
    Ainda que a grande maioria desses casos seja solucionada rapidamente, existe um percentual significativo, entre 10 e 15%, em que crianças e adolescentes permanecem desaparecidos por longos períodos de tempo e, às vezes, jamais são reencontrados.

    Fonte: Direitos Humanos

    Alguém entende o por quê de UMA única criança desaparecer na Europa e virar notícia no mundo inteiro? Enquanto que paralelo a isso milhares de crianças brasileiras somem e continuam invisíveis para o mundo.

    Por que os pais dela são cheios da grana e super influentes? É uma hipótese, pode ser algo atenuante, mas não acredito que esse seja o principal motivo…

    Por que o modo como ela desapareceu foi chocante? Não sei. Mas tenho absoluta certeza de que aqui mesmo, no Brasil, crianças já desapareceram de maneira muito mais surpreendente.

    Então, por que?

    É triste, mas o desaparecimento de crianças no Brasil tornou-se um assunto banal; tão banal quanto um tiroteio nas favelas do Rio, ou um caso de corrupção(pode ser revoltante para alguns, triste para outros, mas nossos ouvidos já estão calejados a essas notícias). Nossa sociedade acostumou-se com o inacostumável.

    Esse sim, esse provavelmente é o principal motivo pelo qual nossas crianças, ao desaparecerem, não recebem a mesma e devida atenção quanto por exemplo a menina Madeleine.


  3. We read time and time again the views of people who even now suggest that Kate and Gerry McCann are not serial child neglectors -'They have not been found guilty of anything'. That they have not been brought to trial in a court of law maybe so, but let us just look again a Kate and Gerry's defence of their child neglecting actions in the public court of opinion. This was three weeks after Madeleine went missing...


    Are we looking at McCann urban myth no.1 - that they did not neglect their children ?

  4. Grooming the McCanns: The EU's Prüm Treaty and the McCanns - By BlackWatch

    Many thanks to Blackwatch on The 3 Arguidos Forum (the original author of the following article) for giving kind permission for me to copy and paste here:Have updated this now because I think the EU's Prüm Treaty (a single European DNA/Criminal Database) is of enormous importance to how the Madeleine McCann case has been handled. All the key players were behind the Treaty - Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and Spain. Placed substantial pressure on Britian to sign the Treaty in June 2007. Could be VERY important - especially if it is possible the whole thing was engineered by those sympathetic to the Treaty.


    How The Madeleine Case Supported the Extension of the EU's Prüm Treaty To The Remaining 27 Member States - And How Downing Street Obliged

    In response to the question, how will the McCanns be remembered, one Mirror Forum member wrote:

    “they will become a leading force in the world to get rid of the hidden evil in our society, and to out those who try to cover up for the tragedies these criminals can cause”.

    For a couple who are currently suspected of covering up an accident and concealing their daughter’s body, the statement brokered something of a paradox; just how could these two ordinary individuals who had been openly pilloried for their gross, routine negligence transform themselves into credible figureheads for law-enforcement overnight? Within the time it took to finish one glass of wine and discover one of your children missing, the McCanns exchanged their prison-issue denims for outfits tailored to a more 'practical' design.

    And what at first had sounded like a most absurd suggestion by one deluded forum member steadily acquired some semblance of authority.


    Retracing our steps to mid-July 2007 and we find ourselves standing alongside hundreds of dumbfounded uniformed officers at the Dorchester Hotel, invited from our seats by senior personnel to applaud one Gerald P McCann at the Police Bravery Awards. First we’d had the poignant video of his daughter, then the speech praising both UK Officers and the Polícia Judiciária, now we had the standing ovation. And for what? Just what were we honouring? Gerry’s contribution to ‘what’ exactly? One of the serving South Yorkshire officers receiving an award there that night described it as one of the most surreal events of his life. Sitting at his table was none other than Gerry McCann, 1500 metre junior running medallist and celebrated kidnap personality. And he wasn’t just down on the guest-list; Gerry was guest of honour. It was like having Mark Stanley - the man responsible for shutting the doors on the Herald of Free Enterprise as it left Zeebrugge - guest-of honour at the annual Maritime and Coastguard awards.

    Naturally, not even this prepared us for what was to come. But just how did we get to this stage?


    In mid-June, in an interview given to the Catholic newspaper, The Tablet, Gerry McCann told of an "extraordinary experience" inside the church in Praia da Luz just days after Madeleine's disappearance:

    "I had this mental image of being in a tunnel and instead of the light at the end of the tunnel being extremely narrow and a distant spot, the light opened up and the tunnel got wider and wider and went in many different directions .... I can't say it was a vision because I am not clear what a vision is but I had a mental image and it certainly helped me decide. I became a man possessed that night. The next day I was up at dawn, making phone calls."

    At this point in time Madeleine has been missing, presumed abducted, for little more than 3 weeks. But in what can only be described as an epiphany or profound breakthrough, Gerry McCann is sufficiently inspired and transformed enough to pursue a totally new direction. At a time when most people in his position are coming round from the effects of a mild sedative Gerry decides to resign his position at Glenfield Hospital and spearhead a campaign on behalf of missing and exploited children everywhere. His mission starts modestly enough; a meeting with SOS Crianca, the main child welfare non-governmental organisation in Portugal and then to London for a meeting at the Headquarters of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. And then things start getting a little giddy. Gerry visits the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children in Washington, bonds with the US attorney general Gonzales at the justice department, grapples at the White House with the First Lady's deputy chief of staff, Sarah Armstrong and follows it up with a mid-afternoon jog up Capitol Hill for meetings with Democrat congressman Nick Lampson and Republican Senator Robert Shelby.

    And then, of course, we have that ill-timed appointment in Edinburgh with Kirsty Wark who interviews Gerry at the Edinburgh International TV festival, shortly before he as his wife are declared formal suspects.

    Not bad for a couple from Leicester who were presumed reckless enough to leave their daughter unattended for several nights of the week on a jolly old Summer Holiday with their mates in Portugal.


    In comedy, timing is everything. Get to the punch line too quick, too slow, don’t weight it right, don’t say it right – and the whole collapses. And it’s much the same in politics. Get the audience on your side and they’ll pretty much laugh at anything. Sometimes you have to wait for the right time and sometimes you have to adlib. But if you get them when they’re laughing already you ‘re as good as home and dry.

    And it’s in this way we might look at Gerry and Kate as warm-up artists for the Tony and Gordon Show.

    Gerry's timely statement that 'Portugal has no DNA database of known sex offenders' also coincided with Blair and Brown's plans for extending the UK's National DNA database and creating a single European-wide database - from those that drop litter to those with traffic offences. The DNA database, they argued 'should include all'. His statement also coincided with Britain's plans to sign the controversial, Prüm Treaty on June 12th - a decision widely criticized by opposition parties, human rights groups and a good proportion of the British Public, who had begun to foster concerns of sleepwalking into a 'Big Brother Europe'. The Prum Treaty, signed in May 2005 by Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Austria, allowed the police forces of those countries to compare and exchange data more easily.

    On June 12 2007, the 27 member states passed a slightly revised version of the treaty into EU law - a move which - had it not been for the emotional furore surrounding the McCanns and Madeleine - would most likely have dragged Blair and New Labour even further into the mire, and upsetting no end Blair's final lap of honour: his farewell tour of Africa and the Middle East.

    In 2006 The Guardian ran the headline: “Suspect Nation” and was duly followed up in September 2007 with the headline, Judge wants everyone in UK on DNA database when it was announced that Lord Justice Sedley, one of England's most experienced appeal court judges, expressed the view that every UK citizen, 'guilty or innocent' should be on the DNA database. The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent and BBC News followed suit.

    Whilst Brown and the Home Office distanced themselves comfortably from Sedley's remarks, they did not rule it out entirely and the Home Office continues to guage public reaction on the issue using a number of high profile cases as a catalyst for debate (and, let's face it, as a means of testing and building consensus concurrently. See how the whole issue is again now being framed within the Sally Anne Bowman and Ipswich Murder cases, The Press Association, Feb 23rd 2007:

    From the very first moment Tony Blair visited the Forensic Science Service's London headquarters in October 2006 he and Downing Street began to extol the DNA Database as a major crime-busting tool. He called for the national DNA database to be expanded to include every citizen. While at the centre, he heard how advances in DNA technology are not only boosting detection rates in current cases but also helping police in reviews of so-called cold cases - some several decades old - where there was no new evidence.

    In the months immediately following Blair’s visit to the FSS, debate on the issue increased. Noise was produced on both sides of the fence; from the Association of Chief Police Officers (who backed the expansion) on the one side and civil liberties groups and partisan newspaper columnists on the other, attracting the greater volume of headlines in Summer 2007.

    And in July 2007 the xxxx really hit the fan. In light of issues discussed in the context of the Madeleine McCann investigation and Gerry’s statement about ‘no known sex-offenders’ database in Portugal, the EU drive to produce the world's largest criminal DNA database gathered pace. Naturally it was deeply unpopular and controversial. It always had been. Even when the issue had first been broached in February 2007 broadsheets ran the headline: ‘DNA data deal 'will create Big Brother Europe'. The proposition from the EU was that Police across Europe would be given free access to every other member’s DNA, fingerprint and car registration databases.


    At a meeting in Brussels, the Home Office agreed to a deal that would set up a network of national crime records across 27 states. All member states would have access to other countries' DNA and fingerprint data, as well as direct online access to vehicle registries. The exchanges would eventually lead to the creation of a single Euro-wide database - produced under the aforementioned, Prüm Treaty. The treaty had been drafted originally by then holders of the EU Presidency, Germany.

    Signed by initially by Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands in May 2005, the treaty was extended to all Member States in June 2007. Such was the unpopularity of the move, Blair had been placed under the same considerable pressure to veto it as Brown was under to to ditch it as soon as he took up office. The deal - signed by Home Office Minister Joan Ryan in Luxembourg - also paved the way for police from different EU states to set-up joint patrols. (Britain's initial sluggishness in backing the treaty was made all the more ironic by the fact it has the biggest DNA Database in the world - clocking in at around 3.5 million people - but given that access to this information would yield no small amount of embarrassment to the UK, hesitation seemed somewhat inevitable).

    The Tories described the so-called "Prüm Convention" as a "sell-out", but such was the attention whipped up by the Madeleine case that it didn't meet with quite the same level of objection from the British Public - who - contrary to expectations - seemed quietly philosophical (and needless to say, compromised) about the whole issue.

    All that Blair and the original Prüm signatories had really needed was the public on their side, something to trigger a climate of anxiety about the issue, a ‘catalyst’ event, a gateway, a prelude. Let's face it, any politician worth their salt thesedays needs a good 'catalyst event', something that greases the wheels of contentious, unpopular policies and legislature both at home and on foreign soil. Just as politicians are accused of hijacking the terrorist attacks in New York and London in the first half of this decade, politicians in this country and in Europe hijacked the Madeleine tragedy for dubious political gain.

    It was political opportunism with a compassionate expression, a bunch of flowers and a cuddly toy.

    Madeleine’s abduction arrived in rather a timely fashion for Blair and the original member states - helping them negotiate a rather tricky passage, especially if the PM was to hold onto his dreams of bagging the future EU presidency. What better way to garner support for extending the UK DNA Profiling Database and building support for the contentious Prüm Treaty than monopolising the crisis engendered by a missing pre-schooler. It cut through the demographics like a knife through butter, appealing to everyone regardless of age, regardless of class, regardless of gender. It was something children could identify with. It was something grown ups could identify with. Even famous authors and football celebrities. And more importantly (much more importantly) it crossed all geographical boundaries.

    Those insensitive 'Where's Wally' lampoons at least highlighted an uncomfortable truth: Madeleine was popping up everywhere, and so too were her alleged captors: if ever we had needed access to other countries' DNA and fingerprint data and cross-border cooperation it was now.

    It was the trigger that would launch a fleet of vessels:

    "Was this the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium?"

    Historians might be interested to note that Ilium is modern day Turkey: gateway to the 'diabolical Middle East’. Did we envisage Madeleine, just like Helen, being bundled onto a boat by a swarthy looking arab called, Paris?

    Had New Labour (and ultimately, the orginal EU states: Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands) just been waiting for this accident to happen? Another 'catalyst' event?

    Is this what the McCanns were being groomed for: ambassadorial duties for Prüm? But who had initially applied the pressure and had drafted the original blueprint for this consensus build? Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain? New Labour? All five? Were the McCanns aware of it or were they just unforunate, innocent pawns caught up in an elaborate psychodrama staged by Europe’s crafty elite, the purpose of which they could only guess at?

    As the Daily Telegraph quite rightly points out: " When Labour took office in 1997, it held only 700,000 samples. By next year, it will hold the samples of some 4.2 million people – seven per cent of the population – and is growing by about half a million a year.”

    That’s a lot of bums on seats. And a hullva lot of bumprints.


    BBC News - Should DNA database extension plans have been rejected?
    Telegraph - Put everyone on the DNA database, says judge
    Telegraph - DNA database 'should include all'
    Times Online - Police want DNA from speeding drivers and litterbugs on database
    The Independent - A 'chilling' proposal for a universal DNA database
    Guardian - Suspect nation

    Prum Treaty:
    Daily mail - Fears over innocent Britons' DNA being given to European police forces
    (PDF) House of Lords - Prüm: an effective weapon against terrorism and crime?
    The Parliament.com - DNA data deal 'will create Big Brother Europe'


    The following is Blackwatch responding to another members post - also worth mentioning:

    Government involved in what? Hikacking a crisis to have it support some spuirous propaganda and politcal shenanigans? They do this all the time. This is why they employ so many PR people. That's what they do. It was good PR to align themselves with the McCanns - it lended support to the idea that Brown was warm and caring (his PR advisers had been worried about his coldness and aloofness). We're talking about good PR and croneyism here - not conspiracy stuff.

    Check your facts. Alsitair Clark is not a diplomat. Never was. The McCanns don't know any diplomat to the best of my knowledge. It was Portugal's CM paper that mentioned that but they got their facts wrong. Alsitair Clark - the guy Gerry is alleged to have called on the night of May 3rd is a professor in Politcs at Belfast University. He and Colin Copus of Birmingham University submit material to the Electoral Commission (if they have any friends its within the Electoral Commission). It's possible that Alistair Clark knows Brown/Blair's inner circle (as he's very well respected and provides a substantial amount of research on Electroal Issues - which is what he specialises in).

    Dr Colin Copus and Dr Alsitair Clark did a series of lectures in Birmingham and Leicester in January 2007.

    Dr Copus is a committed English Nationalist (like the BNP - but they go one further) and is part of INGLOV in Birmingham.

    They also chaired a discussion about 'Anadalusian Nationalism' during January 2007.

    Dr Copus also works for the Lib-Dems.

    Here is where it gets interesting.

    This is not the first time Andalusia has been mentioned in this investigation. Andalusia is where Huevla is (that fateful trip to Spain the McCanns went on in their Renault).

    It's also where Mari Olli Pollard and her husband Raymond Pollard live. These are the pair who allege to have seen Madeleine in Morocco - way back in May/June 2007.

    Only these two - until recently (and this really is no myth) - used to live a few miles away from the McCanns in the village of Groby in Leicester (they're british ex-pats). There's also some suggestion that Raymond Pollard was - like Copus - a Lib-Dem councillor in that area.

    English Nationalists? Xenophobia? Are we on the same page here?

    Then we have Gerry sitting on the Medical Sub-Commitee COMARE - whose Medical Research contributed to Labour's 2007 Energy Whotepaper - which made a convincing case for the return of Britains Nuclear Industry. COMARE's findings are quoted routinely by the Government and the pro-Nuclear Lobby.

    Gerry is not a decision-maker at COMARE. Nowhere near - but his old mentor and Professor is (Professor A Elliott of Glasgow Infrimary).

    COMARE member list

    And who was on the Madeleine Fund? None other than Esther McVey - upcoming Conservative Candidate (and one of its brightest hopes - given her profile in TV media).

    Now everybody seems to think that croneyism doesn't breach the party boundaries - of course it does. Lib Dems, Tories and New Labour are all the same when it comes to pulling strings.

    But this is without mentioning consular support.

    Personally, I'm still astonished to even think we are talking about Clarence Mitchell and PR at all - nevermind the media circus that erupted after his entrance. Why was Mitchell despatched by Blair to Portugal in the first place? This man was Downing Street's Head of Media Monitoring. The first spokesman they dispatched was well known government Spin Doctor, Sheree Dodd, who was at that time Head of Communications for the Department of Trade and Industry (at one time thought to be replacing Alistair Campbell in Blair's Government).

    The consular presence in Portugal was already robost enough as it was. In any other circumstances consular support would have been provided by Celia Edwards or any one of the 16 staff that make up the British Consulate at the Embassy in Lisbon and failing that, Embassy heavyweights like John Kraus, Deputy Head of Mission, is responsible for Political, Press and Public Affairs.

    And that's without the close contact the couple enjoyed with Embassy heavyweights John Buck (British Ambassador) and Bill Henderson. Despatching Mitchell for the duration of nearly two months was totally unprecedented for an ordinary couple caught up in a crisis abroad (albeit a terrible crisis).

    Now we find all the major consular and embassy figures in the drama have either resigned or been removed: British Ambassador John Buck replaced in September, Clarence Mitchell resigns in September (within a few days of Buck), British consul Bill Henderson (early retirement in mid-August) and Sheree Dodd (no longer in Brown's government). And it's really no secret that Bell Pottinger who accompanied Dodd to Portugal in the first place are staffed to the rafters with eminent ex-Labour figures.

    If anybody brought this media circus to town it was Blair's New Labour Government. Did somebody see a media opportunity in all this back in May? Was this domestic crisis deliberately hijacked? That's what this is about.

    One or two diplomatic allies?

    The McCanns have god knows how many friends of friends within the current political sphere. And I've probably only scraped the surface.


    And more food for thought from Blackwatch :

    And this just about proves how good their contacts are. Take a look at 2007's 9 Madeleine Fund Directors in closer detail:

    Esther McVey - 39, British TV presenter (GMTV - presenter of The Heaven and Earth Show), businesswoman and aspiring political candidate. Presents Channel4's 'Nothing But The Truth' with Ann Widdecombe. In 2005, McVey unsuccessfully stood as a Conservative Party candidate for Wirral West in the UK General Election, against the existing Labour MP, Stephen Hesford. McVey has been placed on the 'A-list' of Conservative parliamentary candidates ahead of the next general election. Patron of Wirral Holistic Therapeutic Cancer Care. Also ambassador for Action Medical Research. Owner of a law degree she is also founder of PR Company, 'Making It Ltd' - brand and image specialists, media strategists, and (perhaps ironically) 'crisis management' specialists. Clients include HSBC. Lives in West Kirby.

    Michael Linnett - a retired accountant - Linnett made to 120th place on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2001 through his marriage to wife Freddie, who inherited a significant stake in Leicester's Charles Street Buildings in 1991. Profits fell by £10m in 1999m but the company still has net assets of £223.3m, the Sunday Times reports, and the Linnetts have £40m of family assets to shelter them from the whims of the property market. Freedie Linnett (a former secretary) was once the second richest woman in Britain after the Queen. Educated by nuns in a convent, Linnett learned shorthand and typing before joining her Irish uncles property firm in Leicestershire (the Murphys of Ireland). Recent accounts reveal the business to have made a profit of almost £32.3m and its net assets had risen to £264m. Between 1995 and 2001, Linnett and the Murphy family received dividends of £47m.

    Peter Hubner - 64, former hospital consultant (Cardiology and Anaesthetics). Hon. Secretary of the British Cardiovascular Prevention Society (1988-1992). Lives in Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire. Went to Saint Benedicts School in Ealing. Graduated in medicine in Middlesex. Seems to have a private practice at Kirby Muxloe.

    Brian Kennedy - Madeleine's Great Uncle - A retired head teacher. Lives in the McCanns' home village of Rothley. Likely to be the same Brian Kennedy who is the creator/coordinator of Leicestershire County Council Environment and Heritage Services.

    John McCann - Gerry's brother and Madeleine's Uncle: 48-year old John McCann, is a medical representative for Astrazeneca, an International Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company ( sells pharmaceuticals to treat disorders in the cardiac and vascular, neurological and psychiatric, respiratory areas) HQ is in London. Sales in 2003 totalled $18.8 billion, with a profit before tax of $4.2 billion. The products licensed by AstraZeneca have special relevance to Gerry McCann's work in Cardiology. Unlikely to welcome such adverse publicity. Attended St. Mungo's Secondary School (the McCann girls attended Holyrood Grammar School)

    Philip Tomlinson - 76, a lawyer and former HM Coroner for Leicester North. Family links to Leicester County Council (going back years). Being a coroner he is likely to have connections within Leicester Police Authority (when a sudden, unexpected death occurs a police will be asked to attend with a number of responsibilities and duties that will need to be carried out. Any Police Officer assigned to a case will also act on behalf of the Coroner as a Coroner's Officer during the investigation). Lives in the Woodgate area, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

    Doug Skehan - Clinical Director and LNR Cardiac Network Clinical Lead at Glenfield Hospital. Dr. Doug Skehan is a cardiologist at University Hospitals of Leicester and his wife, Mrs. Marcelle Skehan (also known as Dr. Morris), is a general practitioner (GP) in a Coalville practice. Qualified in Leicester. Keen marathon runner and charity fundraiser. Also carries out cardiac scans for new Leicester City signings during medicals (The Blue Army).

    The Labour Government invested over £17m in new heart facilities at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital in 2003 (in 2003 the government invested £93m pounds in heart treatment facilities across England). This is in addition to the £750 million Glenfield were about to enjoy as part of the Pathways Project (a deal which collapsed in July - shortly before the McCanns were made arguidas).


    Once again, many thanks to Blackwatch for the informative and thought provoking articles.


  5. If there are people who don’t realize by now that this couple is not searching for their daughter, but are instead running a political type campaign to deceive the public
    then no amount of argument will change their minds. If I try to argue the point I’ll end up frustrated like the guy in the Monty Python sketch who returned to the pet shop because he was sold a dead parrot. Although it was obvious the parrot was dead he went through hell to try to get the pet shopkeeper to acknowledge the fact.

    CUSTOMER: “Hello I wish to make a complaint.”

    SHOPKEEPER: “Sorry we’re closing for lunch.”

    CUSTOMER: “Never mind that my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot I purchased half an hour ago from this very boutique.”

    SHOPKEEPER: “Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What's uh...What's wrong with it?”

    CUSTOMER: “I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. He's dead, that's what's wrong with it!”

    SHOPKEEPER: “No, no, uh,...he's resting.”

    CUSTOMER: “Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.”

    SHOPKEEPER: “No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue. Beautiful plumage!”

    CUSTOMER: “The plumage don't enter into it. It's stone dead.”

    SHOPKEEPER: “No no no no, no, no! He’s resting!”

    CUSTOMER: “All right then, if he's restin, I'll wake him up!"(shouting at the cage)“HEllO, Mister Polly Parrot! I've got a lovely fresh cuttle fish for you if you show.”

    SHOPKEEPER...(shopkeeper hits the cage) ”There, he moved!”

    CUSTOMER: “No, he didn't, that was you hitting the cage!”

    SHOPKEEPER: “I never!”

    CUSTOMER: “Yes, you did!”

    SHOPKEEPER: “I never, never did anything.”

    CUSTOMER: (yelling and hitting the cage repeatedly) “HELLO POLLY!!!!!
    Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!”(Takes parrot out of the cage and thumps its head on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.) “Now that's what I call a dead parrot.”

    SHOPKEEPER: “No, no.....No, he's stunned!”


    SHOPKEEPER: “Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegian Blues stun easily, major.”

    You get the idea. You can find the entire dead parrot sketch online

  6. in Correio da Manha this morning:


    Investigation: In England since the 3rd
    Rogatory letters still without reply

    The rogatory letters - with the requests to interrogate Kate and Gerry McCann and the friends that stayed with them at Praia da Luz - which were sent to England by the Policia Judiciaria, through the Public Ministery, have been in the hands of British authorities since the 3rd of February.

    Nevertheless, CM knows that, 23 days after having received the requests for the interrogation, the British entities have not replied yet, and the PJ does not know when an answer will arrive. CM was able to establish that the PJ's request focuses on Jane Tanner, Russell O'Brien and David Payne, three of the friends of the McCann couple that were at the Tapas Bar on the night that Madeleine disappeared. Only after questioning the three witnesses, will the PJ possibly require to hear Kate and Gerry, as well as the remaining elements of the group.

    Meanwhile, at a date when 300 days have passed since Maddie disappeared, the English police have dismissed the 'sighting' from a retired mason in Dorset. Alan Cameron had stated, on the 23rd, that a Portuguese couple had been at his house with a small child that looked like Maddie.

  7. The question is "HOW CAN A DOG SNIFF THROUGH CONCRETE?" It must be answered! The reason the dog can sniff through concrete is concrete has a limited degree of porosity gas emited by a cadaver can permiate. That is the odor is in the concrete at the surface which the gas emitted by the cadaver has permiated. This dog has a very very sensitive nose. In terms of Kate McCann who had been around cadavers her clothes would need a number of washings before the level became so low this dog could not scent it. So we do not question the spaniel that he struck on a cadaver smell in the McCann apartment but Kate McCann can prove she was around cadavers the week before. Suppose however the cadever smell came from the body of the McCann daughter. This would mean Madeleine McCann died in the apartment before of just after 7:30 P.M. And we know that David Payne the husband of Dr. Fiona Payne saw Madeleine McCann alive in the McCann apartment at approximately 7:30 P.M. This exaustive scientific study shows a cadaver scent dog can not differentiate for 2.5 - 3.00 hours between a live person and a dead body http://www.csst.org/cadaver_scent.html . This indeed makes David Payne a critical witness. And makes cognate the possibility of dangerous medication as 7:30 P.M. is around the beginning of sleep time. The night before Madeleine is reported to have been out on the patio late screaming across to the Tapas to her parents and the night before that they were looking for her outside one half hour as she was hiding around bedtime. However as there is nothing unusual in any of this it does not prove anything. And the parents did not throw Madeleine against the wall so hard her skin stuck to the wall as was the case with Joana Cipriano. Or the Tapas group would not be supporting Gerry and Kate. And of accidental death caused by medication there is aboslutely no proof of at present. Nor what a Belfast newspaper has called the most calous chuzpa in world history if it is the case. The words ring "I never promised you a rose garden". Yet it is as likely the daughter was abducted.


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