Philomena McCann: “They think about what they can do to help themselves”
Philomena McCann talks to the media as she carries a picture of her missing niece Madeleine McCann as she visits Parliament on May 16, 2007 in London. | image via LIFE
Missing Madeleine book is ‘truthful and scathing’
Relative of little girl may find mccanns’ account of disappearance ‘too upsetting’ to read
By Mel Fairhurst
An aunt of missing youngster Madeleine McCann has described a new book about her disappearance as “truthful and scathing”.
The girl’s parents, Gerry and Kate, have secured a multimillion-pound deal to write an account of their search for their daughter, who vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.
Money raised by sales of the book, entitled Madeleine, will be used to pay for their ongoing hunt for the child, who was aged four when she disappeared.
The couple, who are both 42 and have five-year-old twins Amelie and Sean, revealed recently that their search fund was dwindling.
Mr McCann’s older sister Philomena McCann, 46, who lives at Ullapool in Wester Ross and is head of social subjects at the local high school, said Kate had finished writing and the book was being edited.
Ms McCann said: “Kate is mainly doing it and I know she has written some very truthful and scathing things relating to the Portuguese police.
“When Madeleine went missing we thought it would be really important for Kate to keep a detailed journal and she felt it was important to keep an account of everything and some of it has been used for the book.
“I don’t know if I will be able to read it myself. I have been thinking about it but I think I may find it too upsetting.
“Kate and Gerry feel a real responsibility that they don’t want to continue asking the public to support them, and that support has allowed them to go on.
“They think about what they can do to help themselves and they came up with this idea.”
The book will be published on April 28, 2011 – to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance from the Praia da Luz resort.
Ms McCann said the family, who live in Rothley in Leicestershire, were regular visitors to the Highlands and “loved” travelling north with their children.
She added: “They will be spending Christmas at home, but we will meet up with them at my mum’s after Christmas. Amelie and Sean are amazing, most of the time the family just get on with things as much as they can but sometimes they just can’t.”
On their website dedicated to Madeleine – www. findmadeleine.com – Mrs McCann says: “There are several different reasons as to why I finally came to the decision with my husband Gerry to write and publish a book. My reason for writing is simple; to give an account of the truth.
“Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.
“Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.
“We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too. Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information, knowingly or not, to come forward and share it with our team.”
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*Note to Philomena McCann spins, or to be correct, to her false media statements - The police cannot offer jail sentences for confessions, the mere presence of Dr. Carlos Pinto de Abreu, the McCann's couple defence lawyer during the inquests would prevent any kind of breach of the Law. Furthermore, the windows shutters in apartment 5A were not «jemmied» as alleged by Gerry's sister and other McCann family members.
On the "scathing" attacks made by the McCann family and PRs, regarding the CSI dogs (and on the Portuguese Police) - brought to Portugal on the advise of the British NPIA's Homicide Experts - the only traces of cadaver odour, human blood and human fluids, inconclusive but compatible to Madeleine's DNA, were found on the McCanns' car, on Kate McCann clothes, on Madeleine's plush toy, on other McCann family belongings and inside apartment 5A.
After three and a half years, there isn't a single evidence to state that Madeleine was abducted, in fact, all the investigation to Madeleine's disappearance made by several police forces in cooperation with the Portuguese Judiciary Police, point that:
1) The child, Madeleine McCann, died in the Ocean Club Apartment, in Praia da Luz, on the evening of the 3rd of May, 2007;
2) A simulation of an abduction took place;
3) Kate Marie Healy and Gerald Patrick McCann are suspected of being involved in the concealment of their daughter’s cadaver,
4) The death may have been the outcome of a tragic accident;
5) There are indications of neglect regarding the guardianship and security of the children.