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Kate tried to hide twins’ tantrums - Correio da Manhã

Kate’s notebooksSean and Amelie were only 18 months old

The concern with the image was such that Madeleine’s mother became anxious when Amelie cried in front of the Portuguese journalists. Notes reveal some moments of tension

Kate McCann’s notes are filled with details about the twin children and the manner in which they dealt with the rest of the family. Maddie’s mother tells about the children’s everyday life and often reveals some tiredness over the energy of the smaller ones. Sean and Amelie were born from ‘in vitro’ fertilization, just like Maddie, but apparently they failed to notice their sister’s absence. Kate often tells that her two smaller children kept their own routines and she even reveals some guilty feelings over trying to get on with life with some normalcy.

It can also be perceived in some of the writings that Kate wanted to avoid the tensions with her smaller children to become known by the media. Just like she describes it about a tantrum from Amelie dated June 4, when the little girl started yelling in the car. “They fell asleep. Sean instantly, Amelie only after throwing a big tantrum while we tried to sit her into the baby seat – all in front of the Portuguese media !!! – and then we stopped on the way so we could cuddle them outside of the car trunk. I sometimes worry that Amelie may be missing Maddie more than we thought. Maybe I’m being paranoid?”, writes Kate, who on the next day left her children in the crèche again. “After a shower and breakfast, take Sean and Amelie to the Kids Club”.

On the 14th of June, Kate shows her tiredness again, not only over Maddie’s disappearance but also over the care that the smaller ones demanded. “Sean slept with me most of the night after half an hour of hysterics at half past midnight”, she reveals, while three days later she complains again that her children now fall asleep at a later time. “I tried to take Sean and Amelie to bed at around 7.30 p.m. but it took rather long again – especially AMELIE”, Kate recognizes.

On the 21st of June, Kate is ironical about the children’s behaviour: “Sean and Amelie’s biological clocks seem to have changed now. They go to bed later and they get up later!!! I think they are becoming Portuguese”, says Kate, who on the 4th of May, during the first questioning, guaranteed that her children always went to bed at 7.30 p.m.

Photographed during walks

In her notebooks, Kate tells that the walks with the twins were agreed with the English press. They were often photographed entering and exiting the apartment at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.

Tension with her mother and support from her father

The disappearance of Madeleine McCann generated several tensions within the McCann family, namely between the McCann couple, but Kate’s notes clearly reveal that the most difficult was the relationship with her own mother.

Despite the fact that her parents immediately travelled to the Algarve, just like several aunts that helped to take care of the twins during the times that followed the disappearance of Madeleine, Kate only found support with her father.

In her notes dated June 8, 2007, Kate reports that she was “upset and angry with her mother”. “At this moment, I could do without this kind of thing – I have enough to think about and emotionally exhausted”, the doctor wrote, recalling an argument during a walk with the twins in the Algarve.

Five days later, at a time when Kate’s parents return to the United Kingdom, Madeleine’s mother shows her indignation with her daughter’s attitude, at the same time when she ends up being appeased by her father. In her notes dated June 13, Kate writes that her mother calls her complaining about not hearing from her since the previous day, and saying she had “an awful day”.

“I explained to her that I had been told that someone had given us the localization of my daughter’s body. Did she know that? No!!! “ Kate remembers, referring to a letter from a supposed abductor that had been received at a Dutch newspaper. After the argument with her mother, Kate talks with her father, a conversation that calmed her down: “Deep down, he was very strong and he said some very sweet things”.

PJ went to London to fetch diary

Kate McCann’s diary, which is considered to be fundamental by the investigators due to the fact that it reveals the profile of Madeleine’s mother, led the Polícia Judiciária to England to try to apprehend it but it was never validated as evidence and the process ended up being archived.

The document, which started to be written by Kate upon advice from a psychiatrist after her daughter’s disappearance, was discovered by the police in the Ocean Club apartment, in the Algarve, and was initially photocopied and analysed. But it was only in April, during their last trip to England, that the Polícia Judiciária was granted permission to formally apprehend the original document, a fundamental diligence that had been requested in September so it could be valued as evidence.

But the judge that held the process decided to postpone the validation of the diary, which therefore could not be taken into account within the Polícia Judiciária’s investigation – and in the meantime, the Public Ministry ended up archiving the case.

The authorities believed that Kate’s notes revealed her personality, and therefore were determinant for the investigation, but they ended up never being able to use them as evidence.

Initially, the police only appended the copies of the document to the process, and the original was not apprehended because it juridically fit within the concept of private correspondence, which is subject to a stricter regime. Meanwhile, the McCanns returned to the United Kingdom, which forced the Polícia Judiciária to request the apprehension of the diary through rogatory letters, which took months to receive a reply.

Tomorrow: How they dealt with extortion cases

source: Correio da Manhã, 31.07.2008, paper edition


  1. I dont think much can be read in to kates embarrassment at the twins tantrum infront of the press, I used to get embarrased at my kids public tantrums, Kate will have known she was being evaluated as a parent at that time so the embarrassment she felt isnt out of place.
    I have thought before Mrs Heally felt some degree of acrimony towards the McCanns, for example she was said to have wanted to knock their heads together for leaving the kids alone, also she has expressed suprise at Kates request for the vicar stating Kate wasnt that religous.( bet kate wanted her to shut the fuck up!).
    The father being pacifying to kate does not suprise me at all, on the times I have seen him he is not the one wearing the trousers, seems dominated and without opinion.
    The funny thing is in their attempts to manipulate and cntrol media stories about them, they stupidly agreed to go on walks with twins so as to be photographed being good parents, it was these smiling, happy carefree pictures that were one of the first clues this family are not normal and lack normal human emotions such as remorse, empathy distress etc.
    There is definately some kind of fucked up wiring in the pair of them when it comes to their care of the children and especially their daughters plight.

  2. Birgitta Hyltén-CavalliusThursday, July 31, 2008 12:34:00 pm

    Am I the only one (maybe I have missed something) who is convinced this 'diary' was written by Kate to be published? And therefore 'forgotten' in that villa. Birgitta in Sweden

  3. Birgitta Hyltén-Cavallius discussed and commented upon in the Kate tried everything to frame Murat article here.

  4. Birgetta - a very good question.

    Mitchell's paid to use the media to misinform and mislead the public.

  5. Birgetta,

    Latest media 'spin' shows Mitchell's trying to extracite his role and profound biased media influence because he's directly linked to the Government interventions and corruption in the case. Gerry's the most likely one to have phoned Brown, not Kate; Goncalo observed she appeared to be in a state of mourning. The British Police liaison officer, Yvone, clearly shared the same convictions as all other police officers - British & Portuguese when she asked Kate where Madeleine's body was.

    Mitchell's a journalist ... people in mourning do not 'think' to write journalistic 'logs'. The case - McCanns versus the police continues ......

  6. Because of all the rumours about the kids being sedated, one is likely to deduce upon reading this article that the sleeping patterns of the kids changed because they were no longer being sedated. From her comments I guess kids in Britain go to bed and get up like clockwork as opposed to the Portuguese kids, these comments make me laugh. It's comments like these that add credence to the theory that everything they did was contrived.
    Isn't anyone in Portugal going to push for an investigation regarding Mr. Amaral's allegations that there was political interference in this case?

  7. Aparece-me isto,por cima da Sua notícia:

    This Blog

    Linked From Here

    e há pouco,quando abri a net e tenho 2 pág.s principais,esta e a de P.R.,abriu o cutting.


  8. Does anyone have access to someone in possession of a copy of the actual diary? If so, can they ask that person if Kate actually ever writes about her grief about MADELEINE in it? If not, how can a diary about your missing child not contain the heart-rending feelings of not knowing where your child is and what is happening (or happened to her)? (And I don't mean the offhand comment or two that already been published) Unless, of course, she already knew the answers to those questions.

    I do think that she did know the answers, and what I find odd about the diary is that writing it for the possible purpose of future publication or at least knowing someone might read it some day, she chose to write so many things that make her look bad--her hypercritical, condescending attitude toward the PJs and anyone else trying to do a proper job, even if that means looking at the parents. For a middle class woman, she writes as though she's used to sitting on a throne, imo. Very strange individual.

  9. Dear Joanna

    I agree that a lot of what has been written about this case raises serious questions about the parents. However, much of what is written, appears to be to support the theory that Madeleine's parents were involved in her disappearance. For example: extracts from Mrs Kate's diary are very subjective, and I believe, carefully chosen, most like taken out of context, to appease and feed those who have already prosecuted the Mcanns.

    I am Portuguese, leaving in England. I have followed this case from the beginning and visit this blog on regular basis for updates. Equally I checked regularly English media to compare and get a perspective from the different parties . I was angry may times with the English reporting and the xenophobic comments. But I feel terribly sad when a ready comments on this blog that are just as xenophobic against the British as those we Portuguese felt insulted by. I am disappointed that the blog which gained respect , allows very derogatory and vulgar comments including language, that in my view is unacceptable. It undermines the good name of the blog and discredits the integrity and the reason for its existence.

  10. Correio da Manhã got it wrong

    Kate’s notebooks – Sean and Amelie were only 18 months old

    The twins were 2 years and 3 months old not 18 months as they say.

  11. Birgitta - imminent revelations from police files will answer your query.
    Non-existence of Kate's journalistic style log will confirm that details were not sourced or leaked by the Police. 'Leaks' for media release must, therefore, have been arranged by the McCanns via their media manager, Mitchell.

    I agree that the format appears written for publication, not the jottings of a mother in mourning.

    Is misinformation deliberately being fed to the press for the sole purpose of suing for libel ?
    Time will tell .... the 'journal' does not 'ring true' does it ?

    No reason exists for PJ to pass information to the press prior to it being given to McCanns' lawyers.
    So called 'leaks' are always designed to benefit the McCanns and defame the police.

  12. jolie,

    There's nothing to evidence who the author was and Mitchell was seconded from the Home Office to 'manage' the media. He threatened to sue Correio da Manha for publishing extracts of Goncalo's book. Is he 'leaking' misinformation (i.e. not on police files) for media release for the sole purpose of suing ? Most 'leaks' to date have been for McCanns financial gain.

    Goncalo & Correio da Manha are McCanns arch enemies aren't they ?
    Goncalo's dog was killed - what next ? 'Leaking' misinformation for publication and then sue for libel ? Silencing honest reporting is Mitchell's role in this sinister case.


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