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Kate managed the news and controlled the English - Correio da Manhã

Maddie case – Press was manipulated in exchange for photo shoots

The McCann couple took four hours to outline their strategy, went out for walks on request from the British photographers and escaped the Portuguese

Kate and Gerry McCann controlled the British media in the news coverage of their daughter’s disappearance. In order to avoid criticism from the English press, Maddie’s parents offered photo shoots, some of them during their usual morning walks in the Algarve – which were apparently routine, but previously arranged, as Kate’s notes reveal.

“The British journalists were annoyed because they found out too late that I had been in the United Kingdom. It ended up with Justine receiving loads of phone calls and arranging for a photo shoot on the way to the church, to pacify them”, Kate writes on the 5th of July, revealing a tactic that was adopted in the first days after the 3-year-old girl disappeared.

“Dress up and go for a walk. It had been requested by photographers and agreed that for sentimental reasons it would be good”. This walk happened on the 7th of June, three days after Kate registered that she had been “annoyed” about the presence of Portuguese journalists outside the apartment. Before that, on the 19th of May, the photo shoot for the English newspaper ‘Sunday Mirror’ was previously arranged: “Us spending time with the twins for the Sunday papers”.

In the same notes, Kate expresses distress about the Portuguese and the German journalists. On the 11th of June, in Morocco, after Kate made a positive evaluation of the trip because there were so many photographers present, the doctor remembers “noticing” Portuguese journalists. “We didn’t want to give them a story”, decided the McCanns, who classify the questions from the Portuguese as “sleazy and unexpected”, even after preparation meetings that last “four hours”: “I was very angry at a journalist today. I told her not to do so much detective work.”

Concerning the editor of the ‘Sun’ newspaper, on the 11th of July Kate was assured that there would be no “adverse publicity”: “She was really nice. Perfect solution”, Maddie’s mother noted.

Clarence replaced Justine when the tension rose

Clarence Mitchell was the first one to offer his face for the McCanns. He met Gerry on an occasion when the latter was returning from England, at the end of May 2007, on a time when he was part of the Consular Assistance Group, representing the Foreign Department. He took over the couple’s defense on the 22nd of May, but returned to England in the mid-summer, when he was replaced by Justine McGuinness, who directed the campaign to search for Madeleine from the 22nd of June onwards.

The tensions between the McCanns and Justine were never evident. But the fact that she abandoned the couple’s defense immediately after they were made arguidos and returned to England, remains unexplained.

Now, it becomes clear that the tension came from before. Justine and Gerry had already discussed the honoraries. The advisor wanted to receive overtime and demanded a payment that was above was had initially been agreed.

On the 28th of July, the tension between the family and the spokeswoman was obvious. Kate wrote in her notes that she [Justine] did not have good “interpersonal aptitudes” and that she could even be very “unpleasant”. Kate remembered that there had been an argument between Justine and a relative and that Gerry had tried to calm them down. “It all ended well”, Kate McCann concluded, but still seriously doubted the advisor’s character.

Journalists far away from the house

The McCanns’ first days in England were subject to intense media attention. They allowed to be photographed with their children again, after they had agreed exclusives with televisions and newspapers to cover the return.

Days later, Clarence Mitchell opted for another strategy. He agreed with the English journalists that those would never persecute the McCanns again. In exchange, the couple’s spokesman would supply fortuitous meetings, and in case the journalists would fail their compromise, he would exclude them from his contact list.

Everyone accepted. When in March CM [Correio da Manhã] tried to speak to the McCanns without going through Clarence Mitchell, we were intercepted by the police. The couple demanded for the Portuguese journalists to be forbidden from getting close to their house, and their neighbours were advised not to speak.

Robert Murat sues the McCann couple’s friends

Robert Murat, the first arguido in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is going to sue some of the McCann couple’s English friends.

According to news in yesterday’s edition of ‘Sol’ newspaper, the Anglo-British citizen is going to advance with complaints over the crimes of perjury and slanderous denunciations, alleging that the English lied in the depositions that they gave to the Polícia Judiciária with the purpose to incriminate him.

Robert Murat, who is going to receive hundreds of thousands of euros in compensation from 11 British newspapers, was made an arguido only 11 days after the little girl disappeared, on the 14th of May 2007, after several friends of Kate and Gerry McCann referred his presence in the Ocean Club apartment on the fateful evening of the 3rd of May 2007, in Praia da Luz.


Newspapers Gerry is brilliant – “Gerry was brilliant again”, Kate wrote in one of her usual accounts after the meetings with journalists, during which it was her husband who did the talking.

Maddie 14 months ago – Madeleine McCann disappeared 14 months ago from the apartment where she was on holidays with her parents, in the Algarve, on the evening of the 3rd of May 2007.

Investigation Case archived – The investigation started by focusing on the abduction theory and then on the possibility of an accidental death followed by the concealment of the cadaver. The process ended up archived.

Tomorrow: How Kate McCann lived the first day without Maddie

source: Correio da Manhã, 27.07.2008, paper edition


  1. Jesus, I think I know what a pair of shits the McCanns are and things couldnt get any worse but every day I am more disgiusted than the last.
    Kate saying Gerry was brilliant is nauseating, good at what? Good at concealing their daughters body or good at controling the media's viewpoint?
    Its funny, it used to always be Gerry who spoke but towards the end it was Kate doing doe eyes like Princess Diana without her class!! I wonder in#f Clarence reaslised Gerry was pissing people off with his chat and decided Kate would get more sympathy so put her in the front instead?
    I just hope that more and more shit comes out about the McCanns and their cronies, I also hope an act of god uncovers little Madeleine so she may be laid to rest.

  2. Anybody write German please inform German jornalists what Kate think of them? I think they like to know, no?

  3. I wonder why Kate even kept that diary which seems to be full of incriminating entries.

    Didn't she have the slightest inkling that it would be looked at by the police at some point?

    There seems to be more mentions of "Gerry was brilliant again" and "perfect solution" and manipulating the media than any mention of how they were dealing with the loss of their beloved daughter.

    It's also apparent that their "fun times" with the twins were just photo shoots. How sad is that?

    Very strange people.

    I wonder how many 'devastated' parents would have the presence of mind to write a 'professional' diary in such times?

    But then we know Keyhole Kate and Desperate Dan are far from devastated, or even normal.

    Thank you Mr Amaral for getting the ball rolling with your book. Lots of things are starting to come out now, eh? Can't wait to get my copy!

    Joana, thank you very much for keeping us all informed with the news on your blog.


  4. There has been something creepy and frustrating about the reportage of this case from very early days - the condescending news bulletins sychophantically toeing the Mccann line, the deafening silnence regarding forced shutters and locked doors etc.Now we know why. Secrecy laws, my butt! When are these two toe-rags going to be grilled by fact-finding, truth-hungry journos, and not the slimy one-size-fits-all thunderbird puppets who pass for interviewers in this country? Thank you so much for this blog, Joanna. Without it, and ones like it, I would be ripping my hair out in frustration by now. Muito obrigado.

  5. What's sad is the most of the people in the UK who will read these revelations are likely to be those who are already suspicious of the McCanns or believe them guilty and have been following the story obsessively and reading information wherever it can be found. Those in the UK who have been sucked in by the "poor persecuted parents" propaganda will still be clueless because the UK press, of course, will not be reporting any of it, as they are part of the conspiracy to protect the McCann parents and serve the "wider agenda."

    Is this news article about Kate's notes directly from Mr. Amaral's book?

    I can't say it enough: Thank you, Mr. Amaral, and that you to the Portuguese bloggers who are making it possible to read the truth.

  6. There has been something creepily and condescendingly rotten about this affair from the outset - the slavishly pro-mccann media, the deafening silences of their sycophantic columnists regarding broken shutters, locked doors, changing stories etc. Now we are beginning to understand why. Secrecy laws, my butt! When-oh- when will these two toe-rags be interviewed by true-pro, hard-bitten investigative journos, and not the servile thunderbird-puppet types we,ve grown accustomed to? Expect lots of spinning from this lot over the coming weeks - but dont forget to laugh at the side-steps, and those silences. Muito obrigado for this blog and all your hard work, Joana.

  7. Dear Joana

    I have lived in britian all my life and never have i felt that an injustice has been done like this before. I admire you and portugal for standing up for the justice of madeleine hope people never give up on this and we get justice for madeleine

  8. "Gerry was brilliant again."

    Yeah, comparing to Kate, every other person is brilliant!


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