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The video of the dogs that framed the McCanns - Correio da Manhã

Investigation: CM reveals images of the dogs’ work

Dogs ran towards the McCanns’ car

Among ten cars inside a parking garage, the animals marked the McCanns’ Mégane

Ten cars are parked in an underground parking garage. ‘Eddie’ and ‘Keela’, dogs that are trained to detect cadaver odour and human blood, respectively, are released inside this garage, and at different moments in time, they run towards a grey Renault Mégane, where they stop and give their handler a sign: it’s the car that was rented by Madeleine McCann’s parents, three weeks after her disappearance, and where Gonçalo Amaral believes that the little girl’s body was carried.

The performance of the British dogs, images of which are revealed first-handedly by CM, was decisive for the Polícia Judiciária and for the investigation, which had been oriented towards the abduction theory until then. ‘Keela’ and ‘Eddie’, which are often used in the United Kingdom and with success, coincided in the marking of objects and locations that are related to the McCanns: inside the apartment where Madeleine disappeared from (in the couple’s bedroom, in the living room and near the side window), in the patio, inside the vehicle that was used by the McCann family (rented three weeks after the little girl’s disappearance), on two pieces of clothing that belong to Kate, and on Maddie’s soft toy.

In the case of the car that was rented by the McCanns on the 27th of May 2007, both ‘Keela’ and ‘Eddie’ ran towards the vehicle as soon as they were released inside the parking garage where it was located together with nine other vehicles, and they coincided in marking the car key and the inside of the car boot. The investigation’s videos reveal that the dogs gave their signal in different manners, but coincided on the locations. They both stop on the spot, but while ‘Eddie’ barks when he detects cadaver odour, ‘Keela’ remains completely static when she finds a blood trace.

Concerning the other inspected vehicles, which included all that had been used by Robert Murat, the first person who was made an arguido, and the car that belonged to a friend of Kate and Gerry, nothing was detected by either one of the dogs, according to the final report.

The use of the British dogs was defended by the English authorities themselves, as they are used to this inspection technique in the United Kingdom, and the result of their work led the Polícia Judiciária to constitute Maddie’s parents as arguidos, in order to confront them with elements that could result in their incrimination.

Dogs defended by the English – Mark Harrison, the English policeman who was designated to help the PJ in the search for Maddie, wrote a report in which he defended the use of the dogs that are trained to detect cadaver odour and blood.

Animals decisive for the police – The performance of the British dogs that are specially trained to detect cadaver odour and human blood was decisive for Kate and Gerry to be constituted arguidos.

Body may have been inside the car – Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the case, believes that Maddie’s body was transported inside the car that was rented by the McCanns three weeks after the disappearance, and marked by the dogs.

“They never failed”

‘Eddie’ and ‘Keela’, springer spaniel sniffer dogs that were used in the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, did not give a single “false positive result”.

The assertion comes from English expert Martin Grime, who in his search report guarantees that the behaviour of the dog that is trained to detect cadaver odour “changed immediately after we opened the front door to the apartment” where Madeleine McCann disappeared from.

“He entered the apartment with an above the average interest”, the document reads, explaining that the dog marked the couple’s bedroom, the living room, behind the sofa and near the side window. The same signals were issued by the dog that is trained to detect blood traces. The animals marked the same locations and objects that are related to the McCanns, including the car that was rented by Madeleine’s parents, a Renault Mégane that was rented three weeks after the little girl’s disappearance. Among ten cars that were placed inside a parking garage, both ‘Eddie’, that is trained to detect cadaver odour, and ‘Keela’, that is trained to signal traces of human blood, changed their behaviour next to the car that was used by the McCanns in May 2007.

Interpretation of a crime

Crime novels, manuals that are exclusively used by the police and others concerning the search for missing children were the couple’s bedside reading. ‘The Interpretation of a Crime’ is one of the book covers that was filmed during the searches that the PJ performed inside the McCanns’ house.


source: Correio da Manhã 06.09.2008, paper edition

2 comments:

  1. The thread spinner is frantically busy !

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  2. 'Framed the McCanns'.

    PJ were accused of 'framing' the McCanns, including planting evidence. Unlike the McCanns they had no access to Madeleine, alive or dead.

    On the basis of Mark Harrison's cold case review and advice, Eddie & Keela solved the mystery of Madeleine's reported 'disappearance' 13th months ago.

    Prior to this, the McCanns framed themselves with inconsistent 'stories' and abnormal, bizarrre behaviour.

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