Maddie - The True of the Lie - Book review - The truth about what might have happened to Madeleine McCann

I have some difficulties remembering the last time I read a book from top to bottom without interruptions. This book was written by one of the former Portuguese judicial police inspectors (Gonçalo Amaral) responsible for the investigation of Madeleine McCann´s missing which happened more than two years ago (03 May 2007) while she was enjoying vacations with her parents in Algarve, Portugal.

Frankly I must admit that after knowing that the group of parents use to dinner in a restaurant leaving all their kids alone sleeping in their apartments, I felt something was wrong with the investigations when no one suspected of any other scenario but the kidnapping.

If one try to put himself in all those parents` position it is easy to realize that if some accident had occurred during the time they were at the restaurant they all would immediately feel guilty of what happened and, I believe, it is possible to conceive they could all try to minimize the damage doing everything to make it look like a kidnapping. Of course this is all hypotheses and does not prove anything by it self.

Watch the impressive documentry about this case near the end of this page just above the comment box.

Maddie - A Verdade da Mentira - The True of Lie
Maddie - A Verdade da Mentira - The True of Lie

This book was written by someone who knew every detail from the investigation and even though he was taken from that same investigation, and perhaps be guilty of some of the mistakes that took place during the probe (not the only guilty though), I do not believe he would bring to the "outside" facts that were not already in the investigation process. So it is interesting to know some of the facts that were determined during investigations which were never brought to "day light".

It is important to remember that those facts still does not show us exactly what happened to Maddie that night. But one thing is for sure: they do show us what did not happened...

There are several occurrences which happened both on that distressing day as well as on the following weeks that show how the kidnapping assumption does not make much sense:

  • The kidnapping theory was defended by Maddie´s parents from the beginning.

  • Among the group (in which the McCann´s family was part of) only Maddie´s parents declare having observed the open window on the children´s bedroom. The majority could not testify it because they only went to the apartment after the alert was made. The only finger prints found on that open window belong to Kate McCann´s left hand.

  • The only testimony made by someone outside the group which refer the open window was made by Amy, one of the educators from the Ocean Club (the place where they were accommodated), who pointed the observation between 22h20m and 22h30m. So, long after the time the alert was made and does not prove that the window was open at the time the "crime" took place. It is also strange that after noticing her missing child a mother would have left her other young children alone in the same room (still with the window opened) from where the alleged kidnapper had taken Maddie.

  • The set of testimonials and testimonies show many inaccuracies, incongruities and contradictions. In some cases this could be seen as false testimonies. In particular the key testimonial to the kidnapping theory from Jane Tanner which was successively altered, losing all its credibility and becoming ambiguous and disqualifying itself.

Sniffer Dogs detect scents

A video showing Eddie and Keela (two forensic dogs) and their handler ex PC Martin Grime at work in Portugal on the case of Madeleine McCann.

The dogs clearly alert to the scent of cadaver and blood on clothing in the hired Renault Scenic and in Apartment 5A where Drs Gerry and Kate McCann stayed with their family in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

  • There is a unlocated dead body which was substantiated by the English dogs (EVRD - Enhanced Victim Recovery Dog; CSI – Crime Scene Investigation = dog that search and locate human blood even in very small amounts) and corroborated by the preliminary lab results.
  • These evidences were found behind the seating room´s couch, beside the closet on the parents` bedroom, on a piece of clothing from Maddie, on the teddy bear (which was seen by all being carried by Maddie's little sister on the following days after the disappearance), on two pieces of clothing from Kate, on the car key and in the luggage compartment of the car that the parents rented several days after the disappearance.

1 - Restaurant table where all the parents were dining; 2 - Apartment where Maddie and her brother and sister were sleeping.
1 - Restaurant table where all the parents were dining; 2 - Apartment where Maddie and her brother and sister were sleeping.

Truth or Lies

More interesting facts

There are people saying that this book has the intention to accuse Maddie´s parents of her dead but after reading it carefully I think that`s not true.

There is not a single word in this book stating that they have killed her. But it is also true that this does not mean they do not know what happened that day and tried to hide it...

Relevant Links

About 4 months after the disappearance, the investigation took a new direction after Mark Harrison (Highly respected National Search Adviser NPIA (National Police Improvement Agency) for Missing persons Searches, Homicides and Big scale Natural disasters in the United Kingdom) arrived to Algarve and start working with the Portuguese police, Leicester police and the Scotland Yard members present in the field.

After one week Mark Harrison made a report where he stated that there were large possibilities of Madeleine being dead and her body concealed somewhere around the area.

It was also him who advised for the need to get help from dogs specialized in finding dead bodies.

It`s also interesting to know that from the vast experience of Mark Harrison in cases of homicides of under 5 years old victims in the UK since 1960 there were 1528 cases, in which 82% of them were committed by the parents and 96% were committed by persons with close relations with the victims. Only 4% were committed by people not known by the victims...

Location of the resort where everything happened

A markerThe Ocean Club Praia da Luz 8600-160 LUZ -
Luz, 8600 Lagos, Portugal
[get directions]

Vanished: The Truth About the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Vanished: The Truth About the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

On the evening of May 3, 2007, Gerry and Kate McCann returned to their resort apartment in Portugal's Algarve to every parents' worst nightmare - their daughter, three-year-old Madeleine Beth McCann had vanished from her room. Her disappearance sparked a worldwide manhunt...



The True of Lie - Complete Book On One Page

A Verdade da Mentira
by Goncalo Amaral

Translation credits: Anna Andress: From my big desk

Read the Book

It`s not easy to really know what happened to Madeleine McCann that day but it`s easy to see that there was lot of negligence in the way those parents look over their children, at least during those vacations.

I`m not saying they deserved what happened or even that they are guilty of Maddie´s dead. Even though I believe they love their daughter, I am not so sure they don`t know what happened and managed to hide it very well.


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rodney southern 8 years ago from Greensboro, NC

Wow. This was a ton of information, and very well presented. Outstanding hub from top to bottom. I will have to read it again before I form an opinion, but you seem to be spot on.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks Rodney, after I started reading this book I only stop in the end and I have read it a second time already.

Helena 8 years ago

Thank you for letting me know about this book. Do you know if there will be an English version? I have got this English summary of the book from one of the links you gave us and it´s amazing to see how so many things were manipulated during the investigation. From what I have read so far it´s difficult to believe in the possibility of little Maddie is still alive and that´s the saddest thing. Lets hope the truth about what happened to Maddie sooner or later will be known.

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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

since I haven't read the book is difficulteply about it...just know morw then not something is wrong..and facts are facts..about 4% are commited by strangers...i tend to believe that..Nice hub sweetie...and how did the surgery go? or has it yet? my prayers for you...G-Ma :o) hugs

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Helena, I still haven´t heard about an English edition of this book but has you pointed out you can read almost everything in that summary. Thanks for your comment.

Dear G-Ma, it´s really sad to think that almost every homicides of under 5 years old children are committed by close related people. Unfortunately the surgery has been delayed by my surgeon due to his vacations so I´ll have to wait a little longer. Thank you so much for your comment :)

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Hope Wilbanks 8 years ago from Louisiana

I have thought something was fishy about this from the very beginning. What parents (in their right mind) go off to dinner or party with friends and leave your children behind...ALONE?! No, something is definitely off about this. Great hub! You've presented the info very well.

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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Excellent hub - the statistics are heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing this.

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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland

As you know Funride,I have been following this story since day one, I am not sure that we will ever find out the whole story or if little Maddie will ever be found, but i pray that she will be reunited with her parents alive and well.

This case touched at the heart of millions of people all over the world and there is not a single day that goes past that I don't think about this little girl.

I hope that we get to know the whole story someday because when the truth is revealed we may learn about ways to prevent this happening ever again.

thankyou for bringing this story back into the public eye because we must never forget this little girl.....jimmy

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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

We'll probably never know the truth about what happened to this poor child, no matter how many investigations are done. Eye-witnesses are notoriously un-reliable and the facts have clearly been muddied in a variety of ways by the investigation. It is all so sad. That said, I hope this book will be published in English as it would be very interesting to get the Portuguese rather than the English POV on this case. Excellent hub with good info!

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Hope, thanks . You´re right about it and it was not only on that night, it happened in the nights before. I also don´t understand how people travel abroad with their kids and then leave them all day with nannies without spending any time with them.

Thanks for your comment Amy. Indeed those statistics are heartbreaking.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you Jimmy, before putting this hub together I´ve read your hubs again and I also would love to "see" Maddie alive and well. But there are many more facts that I didn´t include on this hub regarding to the investigations which make me believe that something happened to Maddie and she was hiden somewhere (Ex: A Scottish family - Smiths - who saw a man carrying a little child on his arms exactly in the opposite direction of which the lady from McCann´s group said it was going and later they even recognized this man as being Jerry McCann).

It´s also important to remember that millions were donated to this cause and if the parents really had something to hide then they´re also guilty of fraud and swindling. And remember that they got the best lawyers before they were even made suspects...

I truly rather believe she is alive and well but unfortunately all the evidences prove the contrary :(

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Robie, unfortunately you´re right and the truth can only be found if they eventualy discover little Maddie. I really hope that publishers will edit an English version of this book and the sooner the better.

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Lilymag 8 years ago from Upstate New York

Being a mother of 2 young girls, I can't even begin to think about possibly leaving them alone, whether they were sleeping or not. It is just not in my motherly instincts to do...I guess I just don't understand it....I can't imagine the thought of either of them waking up and not knowing where their mother is....Just that alone should do it for the mother! I hope one day we do learn the truth...My heart was just ripped open when I heard this news for the first time.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks for your comment Lilymag. I´ll never be a mother but I can assure you that as a father I would never left my daughter unattended and alone.

There was a witness that claims she heard Maddie crying for hours on the night before the disappearance. I remember watching an interview made to her parents where the mother talked about that episode and showed some regrets of not being there to comfort her daughter when she was crying, but nevertheless she left them alone again on the next day :/

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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Excellent book review and Hub. Thank you for all the information you packed into this article about the details of this unfortunate case. I can't imagine...



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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California


This case is a sad one indeed. I agree with

Robie, that we will probably never know the real story of what happened to that poor little child.

I bet the book was an interesting read.

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is such a sad story. Those children were far too young to be left alone, regardless of circumstances.

I agree with everyone that it would be wonderful to find her still alive, but it doesn't sound promising.

She's such a beautiful little girl.

Very well done, Funride.

Shyamal chatterji 8 years ago

Dear 'Funride',

A lot of information here, but, any hypothesis regd. as to what could have happened to Madeline ?

We heard of the case , but, not aware of much of subsequent development.The links did not provide any scenario-buildups .

Best wishes.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you so much to everyone of you for your comments.

LdsNana - It´s really difficult to imagine... :(

In the Doghouse - I can assure you it was an unstoppable reading.

Shirley - All the good-hearted persons will keep their hope even though as you said it doesn't sound too promising in this case.

Shyamal - I suppose until the moment the body is found nobody (except perhaps the parents) knows for sure what has happened that day. I hope it was an accident like a fall from the back of the couch where the dogs also gave the alarm for dead body smell. The hypothesis of intoxication with sedatives it´s also a possibility.

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very informative hub funride. The problem that always bothered me was they left their young child ALONE to go have dinner. If they had wanted time away from the kids they should have paid for a babysitter and went on the trip by themselves. I cannot say whether they are innocent or guilty, but Maddie and her sister were way too young to be alone.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks for leaving your comment SweetPie. You´re absolutely right, they should have left their children at home with their grandparents or with a babysitter instead of taking them along and putting them all day long with babysitters and then leaving them alone to be able to eat and drink wine with their friends. I want to believe they´re innocent of their daughter´s dead but I´m almost sure they´re guilty of hidden her body and pretend they know nothing with the help from their spokespersons and all the media.

I believe there was only 3 victims in these case: Maddie, her brother and her sister.

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epifanny 8 years ago from AU

thx for this.. what a wealth of info you have provided.. your hub and vids are just extrodinary.. i haven't been following the case that much. but you shed so much light on the very suspicious circumstances.. and after reading all the facts.. come to the conclusion there must have been some foulplay involving the parents.. whether direct or indirect.. i am a mother myself and i would never EVER leave my kids alone and go out.. even if it is 160 m away.. what kind of mom and dad do that?.. comon .. theres definitely something very fishy going on.. thx for sharing i really enjoyed catching up with all the info i missed... cheers.. :)..

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Epifanny, thanks for your comment. After reading the book I felt the need to share some of the information and I guess it worked like a way to relief my sorrow and even my anger about all this. I´m glad it also helped you becoming more informed.

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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

This was one of the more pathetic episodes in recent times. No-one came out of it well. The press for not withholding judgment and rushing to defend or condemn, the police for secrecy and a hot/cold approach, the parents for turning it into a media circus - brand McCann. The general public for being swayed by the media into mindless 'belief' for or against. The only innocents were the children in that room, who have all been damaged, though only one was lost.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

That´s right Paraglider, no one came out of it well and there are things about this case that will never be fixed. Lets` hope everybody can learn from this and be able to avoid similar future situations.

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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

I so much hope that Madeleine will some day be found alive and well, but I suspect that even if she is, she will be a very different little girl than the one who was 'lost' on that fateful evening.

Personally I have never for one moment suspected the parents of foul play, although I agree with Epifanny and SweetiePie that children that young should not have been left alone. Perhaps we will never know the whole truth. My gut instinct tells me that she's still alive, although this flies in the face of logic. After all, little girls don't generally survive long in these cases. I pray that she was truly snatched by someone who wanted a child to love and cherish rather than for any other reason.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Amanda, thank you for your comment. Even though it´s not likely we all hope for the same and despite the evidences there´s nothing I would love more than seeing Maddie alive and well. But frankly I think we all should be heedful for every other children out there and always try to prevent situations like this.

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Great Perspective from Portugal Funride. All we hear is distorted stories outside, we don't know who to believe. Now they are giving new scenarios which is even more bizarre. I think the mother knows it. Only god knows the truth. I would love to read the English version some time, but your summations was great.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks Cgull, I´m glad this hub was able to make people remember this case and think about what happened. I can only believe that publishers are working on the English version right now.

a Mum 8 years ago

I am astonished as to how many people think the McCanns are the only people in the world to have left their children in a holiday apartment on their own.

Whilst I was on holiday 2 weeks ago, a young girl came down to the entertainment area crying her eyes out saying that she had woken up in her apartment and her mummy and daddy weren't there. The girl was about 7 and thankfully had the common sense to find someone who could help. Once the annoucement was made it took around 15 minutes for the mother to appear.

It was terrible to witness the little girl so upset and confused and you'd think that especially post Madeleine, her parents would have known better. This was not the case and leads me to believe that there are probably many other parents out there STILL doing the same thing as the McCanns did.

I do not in anyway condone this but it is fact that people have always done it and are still doing it.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you for commenting and leaving your sensible opinion.

I never thought they were the first ones or even the last ones to left their children unattended, but that doesn´t make it right, does it!?

For those who still think that leaving their kids alone and unattended it´s OK I would like to remember that accidents happen all the time (much more often than abductions).

I also understand there are cultural habits which "try" to make this OK, but let me tell you that it is not OK. Otherwise we (humans) were no different than any other wild animal with the slight difference that there are wild animals that almost never leave their offspring unattended. Once again there is only one victim in all this - children!

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anime_nanet 8 years ago from Portugal

im from portugal and there's a general impression among the people here that the parents are not innocent in this. Too many loose ends and a high profile cover-up just makes us more suspicious...

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Boas anime_nanet ;) , obrigado pela tua participação.

It´s not just here in Portugal that people think something is wrong in all this case but only time will bring some light to everybody`s minds.

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Cailin Gallagher 8 years ago from New England

Excellent research. Where there is smoke, there is also fire. Seems like this investigation may go the way of the Jon Benet Ramsay case here in the States. Their CSI team needs to comb through the evidence again.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks Cailin, let´s hope they can still find more informations and evidences so that the true can be finally revealed.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Damilnnie, thanks for reading. I wish you´re right, true must be known and let´s hope it will be sooner than later. We will never forget little Maddie!

Eddie 8 years ago

Read about the work of the cadaver and blood hound at this new site

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Eddie, thanks for stopping by. If I´m not mistaken you´re one of the most famous crime dog in the world and you have been involved in this case, am I right? I want to thank you for the link (I loved your site very much BTW) and for your priceless work helping investigators to find the true about cases like this one.

Dogs don´t lie!!!

Cathy 8 years ago

I never believed the Mccanns were guilty of more than neglecting their children while they went out to eat, but do you know what in the last 6 months I have changed my opinion. I now think that it must have been an accident due to neglect and a cover up, I have 2 little boys my oldest is just 2 weeks older than Madeleine, I would never dream of leaving them alone and if anything happened to either of them I could not function, let alone go running and face the media. I believed they were being strong at the time but as time goes on I now think that that the pain Kate Mccann showed was the pain of a woman who knew that her child was not coming back and that she has to put on a show if she was going to be allowed to keep her other 2 children.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hello Cathy, thank you for commenting. After all this time and having less media "noise" around us it´s easier to think and understand which are the most probable scenarios that can explain what really happened. If you ask me my only doubts are about who helped Kate and Jerry besides their friends because I´m sure they had precious help from others to conceal the child body until now (and unfortunately I must suspect of someone from the church).

Happy Holidays to you and your family ;-)

TotalBull 8 years ago

Unfortunately the police files do not back up a lot of the most contentious stuff which Amaral claims. He was taken off the case for damn good reasons in my opinion - and the book is an attempt to salvage his reputation. His 'theories' about what happened that night don't even fit the evidence, fgs. It takes two hours for cadaver scent to develop and by his reckoning it had about 15 minutes.

And there were nine people in the Smith party - only Mr Smith and his wife thought, 5 months later, that it could have been Gerry, and the others disagreed. He was sat in the Tapas bar anyway.

Amaral is a chump - now he is getting himslef involved with some unsavoury 'journalists' and posting on anti-Mccann websites. Not a good move.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi TotalBull, I respect your opinion and perhaps you´re right about that last paragraph but that doesn´t make the evidences less evident and true. If you ask me, it´s much harder to believe in "his theories" than conceive the idea that little Maddie was abducted but that does not make it less probable to be the true (sad true).

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hello Brenda, I understand how you feel and I believe they must have learned something with all this and really hope they are now much more caring of the little twins (even though this doesn`t make them innocents).

What really amazes me is the fact that nobody talk about this in the beginning, because if those two parents were not doctors they would have been "massacred" since the first day and they would probably had lost their other two children to the justice right away.

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Iphigenia 7 years ago

A great read about an incident tha left me feeling very uncomfortable - not 'just' because a child was missing, but because of how it was being presented to us. It was all too slick .........

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

You were not the only one... the sad thing is that after all this time nothing has been done to clarify what really happened...

I have still hope that someday we will all know for sure what happened to little Maddie.

B J Deller 7 years ago

As just another person (and wife) who belives that th McCanns have pulled off the avoidance of a serious crime, that of child neglect, we cannot understand why they still have not been cahrgd bwith this crime yet, but been allowed to make money out of the event. As someone who has raised four children and even at ages 12 would not go out and leave this case has progressed and they have got away with a crime. The world is going mad. We area waiting for hre book in English, but if I was a very wealthy man, I would seriously consider a private prosecutio of the McCanns for Maddie'sand all other children with bad parents' sakes.

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi B J Deller, thank you for commenting. I have to agree with you and I also would like to see some justice being made but I´m not sure if the reason has been the absence of a wealthy man or if it´s because their lawyers are too good to be beaten... I guess the money they have been raising is enough to pay for the best lawyers in the world... "The world is going mad."

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

This case when I first heard about it saddened me so much. That little girl was just adorable. I would never ever think to leave children alone like that, it is just unbelievable.

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

I felt the same way Deb :( Little Maddie didn´t deserved nothing like this. I remember watching the news at the time and thinking about how could someone be able to let their children alone and go partying with friends...

Thanks for commenting, I always love when you come by my hubs ;)

Claire  7 years ago

They raise thousands upon thousands of pounds by fundraising and public donations. Why aren't they hiring the best of the best to find her? Why aren't the McCanns being subjected to top criminal psychologist to assess that what they say is true? They haven't even volunteered to do this or to even go on a lie detecter (that I know of).

I truly believe they know exactly what happened.

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Claire, thank you for your comment. So many questions, so many truths... sometimes there are strange things which no one can explain and this couple (certainly) has very good connections that make strange things happen...

In the end of the day all the responsibility and the remorses will only be on their side.

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Neil 7 years ago

1) was the sniffer dog taken into the church?

2) why did the mccann;s hire the car?

3) where did they go in the missing hours in the car?

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Amanda and Neil, thank you so much for your thought-provoking comments.

@ Neil - unfortunately I can´t answer your questions... but I would love to know. I don´t think they took the dogs into the church back then and now I believe it´s too late :(

paul 7 years ago

It is schocking to realise the parents got away with their lies. They are doctors and they are blond, and sadly, this is why they managed to convince Britain of their absurd story. If they were black and poor they would have been jailed ages ago, without any help from the high profile lawyers the mccanns were able to afford..all of that thanks to donations from the whole country?! Ours is a sad country.

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Just to let you all know that there is an online English translation of this book being made now available at

From the site: "This 'censored-in-UK' book by Gonçalo Amaral is being translated into English by AnnaEsse and reproduced here to help increase the chances of it being read by people in the UK."

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terrimak 7 years ago

Loved it. I will get the english version of the book. I, like many, were rivited by this case. It's hard to not believe that the parents may have been involved. As a parent, I simply wouldn't have left my children unattended for any reason regardless of where we were.

I agree with Paul on the apperance. They were influential, well to do and were a bit more pleasing than some less fortunate.

Great hub!

Fernando 7 years ago

Maddie foi victima de seus irresponsáveis Pais. Os MacCanns nunca aceitaram a tese da morte o Primeiro-Ministro inglês Gordon Brown colocou-se e sua defesa.

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Micky Dee 7 years ago

It's a hard story. You did a great job "hubbing" it.

Ride on Bro, MD

Megan 7 years ago

I am doing a research paper for school and I really wanted to do it on this story, but it has to be 5 pages and I have to have 2 books and encyclopedia. I dont know if i will be able to find enough info, what do you think? Im just really intersted in this story.

Abi 7 years ago

I totally understand why the McCann family objected to this book being published. It tells the public what they want to hear, THE TRUTH about the evidence! They are guilty of something for sure and I am so glad that you have summarised the book for us.

anne 6 years ago

Anyone who leaves their children and is a UK citizen should be subject of a police and social services investigation and assessment. In this case, as the child has come to serious harm whilst in the care of her parents, the other children should have come under the care of the Local Authority, under the protection of a Care Order, and removed from their care until a thorough investigation is undertaken through the family courts. Whilst the parents would be encouraged to have legal representation, the children would also have legal rep, and their welfare is paramount. I will never understand why the neglect of these children did not follow normal proceedure.

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funride 6 years ago from Portugal Author

Great news to (almost) all UK citizens... Gonçalo Amaral is launching 'Maddie, The Truth of The Lie' in the UK! Finally, justice it´s being done!

Katherine 6 years ago

Although Goncalo Amaral looks at the fact that the window wasn't forced (as claimed by the parents)and he looks at the front door (which we know was locked), he doesn't refer to the patio doors - that were left unlocked - and through which an abductor could have entered the apartment and left carrying the sleeping child.

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funride 6 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Katherine, that only makes things worst for the McCanns... how can it be possible that parents could leave their children home alone and on top of it with an open door!? Are you kidding me?

Gonçalo Amaral just pointed out some facts... he (or anybody else) don`t have to prove there`s not an abductor in this case. I believe there are enough evidences that show what happened... there is only one thing missing - and that is Maddie!

WhoKnows 6 years ago

If there is enough evidence, who no prosecution?

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funride 6 years ago from Portugal Author

Who Knows why!? I don`t know... perhaps the fact that this parents are well known physicians or even the fact that they spend millions trying to change public opinion... but this doesn`t mean they`ll not be under criminal prosecution in future.

jasmine 6 years ago

funride-do you have any latest news about the case of maddie?

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jaja819 6 years ago from Manila,Philippines

this is my 2nd day of browsing on maddie's story.i wanted to know if there are updates for 2011.funride, do you have any updates on maddies'disappearance?

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funride 6 years ago from Portugal Author

Hey Jasmine, thanks for stopping by. I`ve to admit I no longer follow this case closely... not that I don`t care but there`re things about it that were always manipulated at such an extend I don`t believe in any of the news I saw. If the people who are responsible for Maddie`s "disappearance" were to be accused, that would have taken place a long time ago... "higher" forces are still being used against Maddie and truth.

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funky23 6 years ago from Deutschland

this post is nice

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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

I learned a diff side of the story. Thank you funride!!

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funride 5 years ago from Portugal Author

You`re welcome PrettyDH, that was why I wrote it the first place :)

Gingerninja 5 years ago

The British public only see one half of the story unless they use the internet.Sadly the British media have spouted so much rubbish about the case in my opinion.The McCann's PR Clarence Mitchell was head of the Governments media control before working for them.Says a lot to me.The parents lied from the start by claiming the shutters were jemmied.Jane Tanner's 'abductor' description changed more than once.Me,I trust the indications of Eddie and Keela.Bless Madeleine.

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funride 5 years ago from Portugal Author

Hello Gingerninja, thank you for stopping by and sharing such clear and open-minded opinion :)

jazh 5 years ago

The point is there isn't enough evidence - what there is is extremely flimsy and this hasn't changed my mind in any way about the fact that Maddie was clearly abducted. Dosing children with calpol to make them sleep? it's laughable - calpol is infant paracetamol - it certainly doesn't help children to sleep, as anyone who is a parent will know.

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funride 5 years ago from Portugal Author

If like you said there`s not enough evidence how can you be so sure there was an abduction!?

I`m a parent... I never gave those craps to my daughter... does it makes me a worst dad!? Believe in what you want! :)

ExPat 5 years ago

It's a shame the (then) poor interpreting of all the TV coverage was next to useless, which in turn gave the British public a questionable version of events. From the moment this sad incident happened, the "abduction" theory never rang true to me. It didn't help that Mrs McCann's answer to the suggestion that she and her husband killed their daughter (accidentally) was... "prove it"... I'm sorry, but if I was innocent, I'd be shouting it from the rooftops and doing my utmost to prove my innocence rather than galivanting all over the world...

jessy 5 years ago

I don't know what happened that night when maddaline dissapeard but the evidence seriously needs to be reconsiderd and gone over again co's somethings not right i would never leave my children alone no matter the circumstances lets face it some of the evidence and things done and said just don't make sense or add up LET'S LOOK AT IT ALL PEOPLE first of all they should not of left the children alone and when one of the mccans so called friends went to check on the children he said he looked through the window and could only clearly see the twin's but he thought that Maddie was just snuggeld under the covers but im sorry people if i couldn't see my babys clearly and even if it ment turning the light on and wakeing them or pulling the covers back and wakeing them id be doing it but no one did then they said there was no one to back up the story that the childrens window was open when kate found it she then ran of leaveing the twins on there own and in the same room from where Maddie had just been taken if that was me i would of picked my other two children up ana wouldn't of ever wanted to let them out my site but they say people act to different things in different ways they said it took a while for the police to get there what was all that about the police found someone else's blood on the wall and the sniffer dogs picked up the scent of a dead body on the floor in the wardrobe in the luggage bit of there car and on maddie's cuddle cat and on some of kate's clothes but they said it wasn't enough for evidence they had a sighting of some male walking away from the hotel carrying or dragging a child and there's been so much other evidence and its just like no one is opening there eyes and seeing it it;s like there's a big cover up or something WILL SOMEONE THE MCANNS ANYONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I CAN DO TO REALLY HELP

B. Watson 5 years ago

What role did Davide Pain play in all this,wasent he the last person to see madaleine, apart from the parents. Secondley,Its been said that the maccans are members of the Freemasons ,one of there rules is never to incriminate another member was David Pain also a Freemason I unerstand Gorden Brown belongs to the same organisation, what could this mean, Im suspispious. There seems to be something hidden hear.

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