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"Lies destroyed Luz"

“The couple’s lies destroyed Luz. Today, the Ocean Club is a shadow of what it once was. Our revolt is with the couple, because it was due to an invention that they destroyed our life. Many have lost their job and the possibility of closing is increasingly likely.”

by Tânia Laranjo

The unburdening, from an employee who still has his job at the resort in the Algarve – where Madeleine disappeared from two years ago, on the 3rd of May -, illustrates the ‘revolt’ against the McCanns. They are accused of simulating an abduction and prompting the exodus of tourists from the Algarvian village.

Now, the more than one hundred workers that were dismissed over the last two years promise to advance into court, demanding the payment of damages. ‘We’re looking for a lawyer who specialises in Work Law. What we want is for justice to be done. The firm has alleged dismissals due to a cut down in invoicing, and in the dismissal letters explicitly mentioned that they were due to the McCann case. It was because they advanced the abduction version that Luz stopped being sought as a tourist destination. The resort was the first one to feel the downturn’, the same employee says, declining to identify himself.

Nevertheless, the Ocean Club workers assert that the firm has adopted a correct behaviour towards them. ‘After the upheaval that the McCann family has prompted, it was impossible for us to resist. The clients left, reservations fell right away during that summer. The work places were at risk.’

The dimension of disaster was such that, in May 2007, when Madeleine disappeared from the apartment, the Ocean Club, which manages 400 units, employed 130 people. ‘Today we are 27. But for how long?’, the same witness questions.

The stories of despair are numerous. Women and men, aged 40/50, who suddenly are jobless. ‘The village is small and everyone has been hit by the case. There is no capacity to find alternatives and many families face serious problems. People who had been working for the firm for over 20 years and now, all of a sudden, they don’t know what to do. And many of the shop owners are making an effort to keep their doors open until summer. But if business doesn’t improve, they’ll be forced to close’, a former employee concludes.

The impossibility of the child’s abduction

Two years later, the mystery lingers on. And without the child’s body being found, the hypothesis of homicide had to be formally abandoned. All that is left is the contradictions that hardly sustain the abduction theory that was advanced by the parents and turned Ocean Club into a cursed place.

The McCanns assert that they left Maddie asleep with her siblings and that it was Kate who noticed the child missing. It was around 10 p.m., and the couple insists that every 15 minutes one of the group’s adults checked the rooms to verify that no intruder had entered. During the first hours after the disappearance, Kate asserted that the window had been broken into. An abductor had entered the bedroom and had taken the little girl.

The lab tests didn’t confirm the theory. On the window, there was only Kate’s DNA. There is no trace of a stranger. The bed where the child had supposedly slept looked untouched. The abductor also had to pass by the other two children to reach Maddie. The possibility of a paedophile network was set aside because the child was only three. It’s also strange that Madeleine didn’t scream or wake up when she was taken.

Direct Speech

‘I’ll be a witness’ (Gonçalo Amaral, former PJ inspector)

Correio da Manhã – The resort’s workers want to sue the couple, after the dismissals. Do you understand the motivation?

Gonçalo Amaral – I do not only understand it, I think they are right as well. I’m available to testify for them, if they wish so. Because the abduction is a lie.

- How has this case affected the village of Luz?

- Today, Praia da Luz is a ghost village. The English stopped going there.

- And should the parents be held responsible?

- I think so, because they told a lie. They know that Madeleine is dead and that there were no abductors.

source: Correio da Manhã, 16.04.2009


  1. Where is God in all this? ecveryone who deosnt desreve it has and are paying the price, except those murdering fucks, what kind of God allows this shit?

  2. Happy now, Kate and Gerry?
    I hope you suffer the consequences of your disgusting lies every day of your pathetic and worthless lives.

  3. Thank you, Joana and Astro.
    What a very appropriate photo: Gerry and the empty Ocean Club in the background. How a pair of cheatin' liars managed to ruin a beautiful resort, singlehandedly and in a matter of months...
    May this be a lesson to the world.

  4. The next victims will be the twins. Once they start school and starting reading about their sister, how will they live with their lying parents?

  5. The Maccanns'hobby is to sue everybody.
    It is high time the Ocean Club sues them, having Amaral as witness.
    Tapas 10, how can you allow this?
    How I pray your life is and will remain hell.

  6. The problem for the workers is that unless a judge rules that Madeleine wasn't abducted, their case is unlikely to get anywhere. Everyone is supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty. At the moment there is no actual evidence to disprove the abduction, even though there is no evidence to prove it either.

  7. The Portugese goverment have to reopen the case. The people in PDL deserve that much. I feel so sorry for the whole willage.
    Bloody mccanns with their arrogant friends should all rot in hell.


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