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"The only thing that didn't happen was an abduction" says Moita Flores about Maddie in a new documentary

frames from "Anatomia de um Mistério", RTP1, November 2, 2007, interview recorded in August 10, 2007

by Miguel Morgado

12 years of investigations, zero conclusions and two documentaries produced. This Sunday premieres "The Madeleine McCann Mystery". During two hours, Moita Flores, Gonçalo Amaral and Pinto Monteiro, among others, try to give an explanation to the most mediatic disappearance ever.

"I'm convinced that the only thing that didn't happen was an abduction. Something else has happened." This statement belongs to Moita Flores, the former Judiciary Police inspector, speaking about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on May 3, 2007, on Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

12 years later and without the investigation having reached any conclusions, the high-profile case of the missing British child has given origin to date to two documentaries. After Netflix, Investigation Discovery premieres 'The Madeleine McCann Mystery' on May 26 at 23:00, a date that coincides with the weekend in which is marked the International Day of Missing Children.

In the documentary, Moita Flores reinforces his belief that she was not abducted, admitting that it could have been an "accident", a "deliberate crime" and that there was an "enormous probability" that the "child died in Praia da Luz."

Speaking to SAPO24, he goes further in reading the case that has become a worldwide issue. Looking back at the memory of where everything happened, Moita Flores wonders how someone walks through the door and out the window when the door is open? For the former inspector "it's impossible to go out that window when the reconstruction of the disappearance is made. And there were no traces," he says.

He also reveals that "there was a tremendous mistake of the Portuguese authorities in not having constituted as arguidos the parents and the group of friends (eight couples - sic* 4 couples obviously)". He recalls that they were all "having dinner" and all left the children "alone" in a "strange country" and that such abandonment fulfills the "crime of exposure and abandonment" (article 138 of the Penal Code) which was "not considered" by the national authorities. "In England they would have lost their children," he states.

"It amazes me that 12 years later and in a case like this, the first ones to be investigated, in any case, are always the closest persons, the parents and the group of friends. In this concrete case, there were steps taken for the parents to not be disturbed", he emphasizes.

Referring to the fact that the parents "declined" to make statements, and that the group of friends also "did not make declarations", Moita Flores questions why the British government "spent millions of pounds" in this investigation and did not give "equal attention" to other missing children. "I think there's a secret behind it", he says.

"My removal was a political issue," says Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral, the former Judiciary Police inspector responsible for the case is another of the faces and voices of the documentary. Just like for Moita Flores for Gonçalo Amaral there was also "no evidence that pointed to an abduction. However, there was a need to continue the investigation," he argues when questioned on the two hours documentary, recalling that children's bed sheets looked "as if no one had slept on them".

Hypothesizing that both Maddie and the twin brothers were under Calpol, a medicine that helps them(children) fall asleep, the former inspector reinforces publicly again that they have come to the conclusion that "this would have been an accidental death" and has no doubts that the removal from the case that he was obliged "was a political issue."

With several testimonies including Pinto Monteiro, the then Attorney-General of the Republic, in a statement, the channel underlines that "The Madeleine McCann Mystery" dissects several lines of investigation that have been "known over the past 12 years, but were never conclusive. "

in Sapo24, May 23, 2019

Moita Flores on Maddie: "The only thing that did not happen was an abduction"
(article extract)

(...) For two hours, the program, scheduled for May 26 at 23:00, analyzes in depth every detail of the story, creating a chronological line from the moment Madeleine disappears, to actions taken by the authorities and to the efforts of the parents to find her. The documentary 'The Madeleine McCann Mystery' features testimonies from the main actors in the story. Gonçalo Amaral, former inspector of the Judiciary responsible for the case, Francisco Moita Flores, former inspector and Fernando Pinto Monteiro, Attorney General at the time, among others, are some of the protagonists of the story. The two-hour special also contains testimony from experts and US journalists who followed the case.

Gonçalo Amaral, as he did in the Netflix documentary, raises questions: "The bed sheets were as if no one was lying down and the blanket she used to sleep with was impeccably folded at the head of the bed. There was no evidence pointing to an abduction. However, there was a need to continue the investigation." But the inspector, who has made a lot of ink run throughout these 12 years, goes further.

"The twins were asleep and stayed like that for several hours, despite the noise inside the apartment. This lead us to believe that both Madeleine and the twins took a drug called Calpol, which helps children fall asleep. The children's grandfather admitted in an interview that Kate used to give to Maddie and the twins Calpol for them to fall asleep. The conclusion that we reached is that this would have been an accidental death".

Pinto Monteiro is another of the intervenients on the documentary.

"I closed the case when I confirmed that there was no new evidence. These crimes are very difficult to investigate. In this case my conscience is one hundred percent clean. There was nothing else I could have done. "

Moita Flores says he believes Madeleine McCann died in Portugal, in Praia da Luz. "I'm convinced that the only thing that didn't happen was an abduction. Something else happened. It may have been an accident, it may have been a deliberate crime, there may have been several things, but what is certain is that there is an enormous probability that that child died in Praia da Luz."

'The Madeleine McCann Mystery' premieres on May 26 at 11pm on the ID - Investigation Discovery, an exclusive NOS (TV/mobile operator in Portugal).

in Impala, May 23, 2019

Video excerpts

'The Madeleine McCann Mystery' ID Documentary tweeted

A thread by Joana Morais

"The only thing that didn't happen was an abduction" says Moita Flores about Maddie in a new documentary #McCann (joana-morais.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-on…)

Starting 'The Madeleine McCann Mystery' on ID - Investigation Discovery, NOS, so far the usual biased ppl & usual story: Mark William-Thomas, James Murray (Express), a poor tapas 9 actors re-enactment filmed somewhere but not in Praia da Luz #McCann (youtu.be/rV62rpomVOM)

Now, the infamous duo behind the book "looking for Maddie", Robbyn Swan, Anthony Summers, promoted by former Ceop Jim Gamble and Martin Brunt on that SkyNews/The Sun publicity stunt "hunt a troll" that targeted and harassed Brenda Leyland, who killed herself afterwards #McCann

a commercial break, so far the expected from the intervenients, up to now the story is on Maddie's disappearance and the immediate aftermath, the Tapas 9 statements incongruences had no mention #McCann

Now we're back with the duo, describing how Kate and Gerry met, the love affair, the children, the ivf treatment, Maddie's problems with sleeping as a toddler, the twins, hammering the idea that they are doctors hence cannot do any harm #McCann

Now back to Praia da Luz, Amaral appears for a couple minutes, we're back to the re-enactment, Jane Tanner sighting, filmed in a completely different setting with stairs. On the window, only Kate's fingerprints were found . #McCann

Now Amaral speaks about the bed sheets that looked as if no one had slept in them. More of the usual. This doc is so bad, only comparable to BBC Bilton's McCannorammas along the years. #McCann

Someone speaking about the fact that the Tapas 9 contacted the British media immediately, the story spread the next day becoming one of the highest profile disappearance cases ever. Now CM journalist João Mira Godinho with a tiny soundbite #McCann

Now a US media pundit? that has no clue about territorial police forces, going on about disputes between PT cops and English cops. The narrative is being changed, lots of omissions, people that never read the case files from US following the infamous duo story as gospel #McCann

Now Murat, the scapegoating of Murat continues on ID. Now the creation of the fund within 15 days, again no one mentions that it is a private limited company, not a charity. Money came in in droves, as well as fake tips around the world #McCann

Now the McCann Morocco trip, a publicity stunt where children were used for photo ops holding posters, just as odd as the Huelva trip, that hasn't been mentioned. Colin Sutton making some sense of this charade, a woman from the Met police clearly siding w/ former suspects #McCann

commercial break 🤔 interesting question https://t.co/CPzIqAZD1t clearly this is not for the Portuguese market, trying to sway the American public opinion, omitting critical information, facts, this narrative would not hold up if it had been shot at the OC in Praia da Luz #McCann

We've moved to July 2007, Colin Sutton explaining the cadaver dogs. Archive footage from the Sun with Martin Grime and his fab dogs alerting to only McCann items, apartment, sofa, plush toy, rented car. #McCann

Robyn Swan and William Hyphenated Thomas both trying to dismiss the cadaver dogs findings: "Martin Grimes took as indication" ,"the Portuguese police thought" Amaral points out that nothing pointed towards abduction #McCann

An US "expert" pundit? explains why the PJ thought the abduction story was false. Amaral explains the twins and Maddie Calpol thesis, the twins never woke up during the commotion, the cover up, the accidental death thesis. #McCann

I've lost something in the last couple minutes. Moita Flores was on, think he said something about the child definitely died in PdL. Now, the constitution of Kate & Gerry #McCann as arguidos, the refusal of Kate to answer the police questions hindering the search for her daughter

Since day one the #McCann family members defended the McCann couple, using sometimes spurious stories, like an alleged offer to Kate that never happened. The media stopped being so supportive.

The McCanns flee Portugal a few days later being constituted as arguidos, ie official suspects. Enters the machiavellian Clarence Mitchell spinning for the McCanns in Rothely. #McCann

commercial break, so far nothing new, plenty of omissions, deliberate no doubt. All paths lead to Robbyn Swan, Anthony Summers and dare I say, Jim Gamble. In the background, playing the American public as puppets, Team #McCann itself.

Now the screw up of the extinct British FSS DNA analysis, tests came back inconclusive. Again narrative changes, blaming the Portuguese "sardine munchers". Amaral is removed from the investigation, political pressures, Brown & Socrates pact. #McCann

Enters the archival man, Paulo Rebelo. Investigation is archived. Pinto Monteiro speaks, the former AG, he has clean conscience. McCanns and Murat stopped being arguidos, but were never exonerated in a court. #McCann

They point out the McCanns had no assistance from the authorities from that point on, not explaining that during the years before Operation Grange started they could have forced the re-opening of the case in Portugal by doing the reconstruction the PJ had requested #McCann

Now the McCanns appeal to David Cameron, Theresa May (former HO secretary) via The Sun/Brooks alleged pressure (see exaro story https://www.exaronews.com/rebekah-brooks-set-out-to-persuade-government-over-review), Metropolitan Police opens Operation Grange, it was a politically motivated review. #McCann

Metropolitan Police is now likened to the FBI, William Hyphenated Thomas blames contamination on the PJ. An US woman says the cell communications were never investigated, which contradicts what appears in the Public PJ case files available #McCann (mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/DELETED_CAL…)

Operation Grange comes up with 38 persons of interest. An aside, the real farce is that all the persons of interest that have been exposed in the media throughout the years , thanks to OG, had been already investigated by PJ years before and dismissed. #McCann

Now an US expert applies the societal parameters of the United States of Crime to a Portuguese fishing village. Williams Hyphenated Thomas & Summers scream at one voice: "PAEDOPHILES! PAEDOPHILES" courtesy of Jim Gamble or the other rent-a-cop Dave Edgar I suppose. #McCann

Now, the story that no ONE in the English expat community ever reported to the GNR or the PJ not even to the English newspapers in the Algarve region of a burglar, that only attacked English girls. A Metpolice/OG press release that mysteriously disappeared from their site & FB.

Now the story of the 4 alleged burglars, 2014 story, MetPolice without any care for the Portuguese citizens rights asked on the rogatory letter to the PJ to get their DNA secretly, see
#McCann (joana-morais.blogspot.com/2014/07/englis…)

Now footage of an interview with the #McCann couple on the 10th anniversary with emotive induced music in the background. Now William Hyphenated Thomas finally saying something that everyone knew, burglars do not steal children.

Now Andy Redwood's revelatory moment, the sighting by Jane Tanner wasn't the "abductor" after all. William Thomas says that he spoke to Mr. Smith who believes the man he saw was Gerry McCann. WT dismisses Mr. Smith identification.

Now the same lady from MetPolice, or former Metpolice, praising OG thousand steps that led to nowhere and are basically a replication of the investigation done by the Portuguese Judiciary Police. OG was scaled down, rightly so, a farce. #McCann

Now a few words of hope from Summers and from the former MET police lady. Colin Sutton highlights the odd situation of an investigation that does not follow all leads, specifically doesn't look at those closer to the victim, i.e. Maddie #McCann.

The end is with the same footage of the 10th anniversary interview given by the McCanns to? BBC possibly, with emotional music in the background. No conclusions, plenty of omissions, distortions, a biased narrative. //Ends #McCann


  1. Same old stuff,eh,Joana? More and more people are realising that what they are being told is a sack of lies and distortions. WHY the cover-up is the true question .... Must be something very nasty indeed in the woodshed.

    1. Good to see you Lesly, hope you are well. Agree with you, not sure we'll ever understand the reasons behind those who have turned a missing child case into a political issue, crippling the investigation to the point of no return.

  2. I do not understand why Amaral has agreed to participate in these two documentaries that clearly manipulate the information towards the construction of a truth that he has tried to break down in the past, opposing what is buried what really happened without being revealed ...

    1. I understand your point, a possible explanation is that Amaral, Moita Flores and others participate in these kind of documentaries, even though they know they'll be heavily slanted and unrigorous, to explain and divulge their views about the Maddie case in English language documentaries, that will no doubt be broadcast in TV channels around the world.

      Amaral as you might remember, was specifically forbidden to talk about this case in the 2009 court ruling that also forbade Guerra e Paz editors to sell Amaral's book and the documentary broadcast by TVI/produced by Valentim de Carvalho (https://www.dn.pt/dossiers/sociedade/caso-maddie/noticias/interior/tribunal-coloca-mordaca-no-ex-inspector-goncalo-amaral-1357758.html) Even though he still is heavily monitored by the McCann's legal team I guess he sees this as a way to counter the narrative from within. (https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1100397/Madeleine-McCann-Netflix-documentary-detective-Goncalo-Amaral-series)

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  4. hello Joana I am from Uruguay, I arrived here like so many others, following a story of those that swarm on the date of remembrance and I ended up interesting in a somewhat inexplicable way. I've read a lot in blogs where you can get a real picture, I read Mercedes a lot for the language. Sometimes I have lost sight of the fact that everything is about a little girl, sometimes not, and there comes anguish that can not find a way to alleviate impotence. until you arrive after reading a lot to feel disgust for the circus mounted 12 years ago and which obviously was the door to start reading. What do you think could happen to end so much empty noise? Another question I have and maybe you agree to give me your opinion is why it was not considered important the statement of a taxi driver who claimed to have taken Madeleine with a woman and several men on May 3. Or is it also possible that the witnesses who said they saw the girl that Thursday, educators and employees, are not trustworthy? Thank you

    1. Hola Juana, you're my homonym from Uruguay :) Mercedes has a great blog, invaluable for the Spanish speakers that follow this case, for those who don't know Mercedes blog, here's the link https://mercedessigueaqui.blogspot.com/

      It's difficult to answer thoroughly your first question since there are many sources originating that noise, that have been present in this case from day one obstructing what would have been a standard police investigation of a missing child.

      I believe that the only possible way to find out what has happened to Madeleine is for both police forces, the PJ and the Met police, to truly cooperate with each other and bring all witnesses and former suspects to Praia da Luz and do a reconstruction of not only the day the event took place but also of certain crucial days surrounding and after the disappearance like the Huelva trip day, for example. This should be done not for the media, not for photo ops and especially not for PR spin, and only for the police to prove or disprove the veracity in situ of witnesses and former suspects statements. DNA analyses should be done to all and any vestiges that were collected and may still exist, both in Portugal and in the UK. Ultimately, politicians in both countries, PR people, media spinners & unknowledgeable media pundits, lawyers, rent-a-cops, opportunist book authors and ultra right wing media celebs, journalists and tabloid hacks, twitter narcissists & wannabes, anti and pro twitters, the odd conmen and women still trying to attach themselves to this case, and those on the social media and bloggers too, should look at maybe how we have collectively negatively impacted this case that should be about a little girl that disappeared 12 years ago and should get some form of justice, and dignified final resting place. Also for her brother and sister who have a heavy burden to bear for the rest of their lives, without knowing with absolute certainty what has happened to their eldest sister. Ideally, we should all be more measured and specially the media in the UK should stop treating this case as if it is a football match between England and Portugal. It is not, a child is possibly dead and her remains haven't yet been found nor has her closest and extended family a place to grieve for her loss and the knowledge of what has truly happened to her to assuage their pain.

      I do not believe the Taxi driver story (https://mercedessigueaqui.blogspot.com/2008/02/caso-madeleine-mccann-taxista-afirma.html) like I don't believe many of the sightings that were reported to the PJ, investigated and dismissed as false sightings. I'm not saying this is the case with the cab driver, but the majority of people that have reported seeing Maddie, sometimes in the same day in different world locations, did it as side effect to the hysterical media coverage and others for their 15 minutes of media fame.

      Your last question, it's a possibility, of course, people lie all the time. However I find it difficult to believe the OC employees as well as child nannies would lie or collectively concoct a lie, which sounds ludicrous, about the last time they saw Madeleine alive, unless they had to cover up themselves professionally, as in, to save their jobs. I do think the majority of the Portuguese OC employees were truthful in their statements to the PJ, except for one or two cases of British employees. Again, a reconstruction would clear this doubts.


    A cool £11,740 million so far! That is, ever since David Cameron ordered Scotland Yard to run that impressive “blockbuster” operation in Praia da Luz to denigrate the work of the Portuguese police and canonize the "dotting" parents. Phew!

    Beware of documentaries! Let's do the Chipping Norton Set exercise and try to see what is really happening here. Simply join the dots ...

    Way back when, David Cameron, PM and “member” of the Chipping Norton Set, orders Scotland Yard to get "cracking" - also known as “farting” in investigative circles. A kind of a diversion strategy ...

    Charlie Brooks – also a “member “of the Chipping Norton Set and an old buddy of David Cameron from his Eaton days - happens to be married with Rebekha Brooks - former CEO of News International and editor of the newspaper "Sun" ...

    Rebekha publishes a moving "open letter to David Cameron” by the McCanns’ imploring him to re-open the investigation in the UK. A best-seller! The PM agrees. Seemingly.

    ; ) Chances are all had already been agreed beforehand via Clarence Mitchell / Matthew Freud and the Chipping Norton Set. Make-believe, is the essence of "reputation management" or mass media manipulation.

    Another member of the well-to-do set, was Elisabeth Murdoch, CEO of media production company Shine Ltd., daughter of News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch (owner of the Sun and employer of Rebekha Brooks) sister of News Corporation executive and former chairman of BSkyB James Murdoch. Deep breath ...

    Elizabeth was in turn married to Matthew Freud, owner of Freud Communications - who, for a while, ran the McCanns' reputation management operation via their employee Clarence "Mickey Mouse" Mitchell - the McCanns' official spokesman and for a few years Head of Media Monitoring for PM Gordon Brown.

    The latter seeks reassurances from then Portuguese PM Jose Sócrates, later charged with corruption (mere coincidence).

    Portugal reassures the British ambassador that the McCanns' would be treated as bona fide British citizens "above suspicion". The child’s disappearance was to be treated as " a kidnap case pure and simple". "No fantasies" were to be entertained.

    Dr. Gonçalo Amaral is taken off the case and subsequently leaves the PJ (Police) to clear his name. Read "The Truth of a Lie" for more details.

    Clarence "Mickey Mouse" Mitchell becomes a director of reputation management specialists Burson-Marsteller - a global organization from which Lift Consulting (Lisbon) was, for a while, a subsidiary. Join another dot.

    Oops! Dr. Gonçalo Amaral is exonerated by the Portuguese Supreme Court and the McCanns' ordered to foot the bill. Whether they have paid or not is somewhat a mute point. Probably not. Rule Britannia!

    Feeling dejected, the self-righteous McCanns' appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the Portuguese Supreme Court decision.

    Scotland Yard "reputation management" investigation goes on. Desperately trying to denigrate the work of the Portuguese police by finding a patsy that will fit the bill AND in the process, "canonize" the "dotting parents" whom ...

    ... the evidence shows ... have actually abandoned their children to their fate. Left all alone in a flat, in a foreigner country with a patio door opening to a public road left open ("in case of fire"). Right on...

    IMO Scotland Yard media stunts will go on unabated for as long as it takes for European Court to veto (fingers crossed) the Portuguese Supreme Court decision.

    Sit back and enjoy the documentary ...

    PS Thanks a million to Joana Morais for keeping us on the loop all these years. For being in the forefront of alternative media trying to shed light on what really happen to Madeleine McCann. She deserves the Pulitzer Prize!


  6. hello Joana, sorry I'm going to ask about something not related to this post, my question is whether there was a subsequent statement of three tapas, supposedly David Paine, wife and mother of, given secretly to the PJ? Was this publicly available in the summary files? I am reading a lot and how do you know how much more you read? More questions accumulate. I appeal to you because the blog that I read is the one that has answered my concerns. Thanks again

  7. An open letter to the spokesman of Madeleine’s parents.

    It’s time to unveil the web of lies of the parents. As their spokesman you became a pathological liar spreading worldwide the McCann’s crap about an abduction.
    Ask the staff members Catriona Baker, Alice Standley and Chris Unsworth what happened when the Lobster group of the Mark Warner Ocean Club went swimming and sailing. It was Jessica, the daughter of Neil Berry ( see link) who told her daddy what happened when her straw hat was blown into the sea that morning and Madeleine launched herself into the water to get the straw hat back. She was rescued by the staff members. A near drowning.
    The consequences of that incident became later that day a tragedy.
    They call it secondary drowning. That can occur between 1 and 48 hours after the incident took place. She swallowed water that got in her lungs.
    The parents, being doctors also, were probably not aware of these incident and the consequences otherwise they would have called an ambulance because they should have known that the lack of oxygen could become a very serious threat for her daughter.
    A GP on holiday nor a GP in his practice can handle such a fysical aftermath of a near drowning. You have to go to a hospital for treatment.
    Ask the specialists to get information about the secondary drowning, its symptoms and
    the medical problems. Heartfailure is one of them.
    Kate McCann stated many times that Madeleine looked very pale and very tired that day. Two symptons to be aware of after such an incident, which probably wasn’t told to Kate when she fetched Madeleine at the kids club just before lunch.
    If Kate was told about it then she kept it silent in her statements and interviews. It was Neil Berry who told the journalist about it.



    If the parents were confronted with the unexpected and sudden medical situation and try to save her life they have failed otherwise they would have called an emergency number. As kate screamed: “We let her down”. In fact they did.
    Being responsible they didn’t act like parents and also being doctors. Only Kate, Gerry an God know why. Probably because negligence is a crime, their reputation being doctors too, the custody of the twins and maybe even the paternity issue and possible sedation cause of the sleeping problems Madeleine had and what was confirmed by Kate in different interviews could be playing a role in this unsolved simple case.

    So , what is your responsibility being the gatekeeper of a cover up ?
    Just like Operation Grange and their abduction saga being a dead end Avenues since 2011.

    I don’t care if the parents simulated an abduction and concealed her body. It was a perfect ad hoc strategy because till now they succeeded in their efforts to escape from justice, thanks to the British involvement in this conspiracy.
    Gerry McCann is the Brain, the criminal mind in her disappearance. He made the radical decisions to deceive the Portugese PJ.
    Their solution became a family secret behind their frontdoor. Three was a Crowd, that’s why Madeleine became a human sacrifice. she was a problem child from the beginning. Probably connected with the coloboma.

    Enjoy your position of being their official spokesman.

    Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

    The human mind is in its very nature corrupt.

    The McCann’s are proving it since Madeleine disappeared on May 3 2007 by brainwashing their twins with a bin of lies. It shows the horrifying behaviour of the parents, who vowed to leave no stone unturned.


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