Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Cuddlecat.co.uk and Cuddlecat .org.uk
Going through old files it occurred to me that Cuddle Cat had quite a lot to say but it seems to have been lost in the ocean of information. So back to the beginning:
Trade mark: Filing date for Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned
Case details for Trade Mark 2456061 – Intellectual Property Office
Filing date: 18 May 2007
Day 26 / 29/05/2007
4th Official website registered as :
www.cuddlecat.org.uk linked to: (registered on 26/5)
www.cuddlecat.co.uk (registered on 23/5) linked to
www.findmadeleine.com linked to
Cuddlecat’s provenance is unknown. It has been suggested that it was a toy made by https://b2b.russberrie.com , however, although this firm does produce similar items it appears to be a US firm and the toys were selling for $ 39.99 which seems a little steep. As far as I know, an exact copy of this toy has not been seen on sale in the UK.
If it was made by an established firm it does not explain why the McCanns registered two websites for a toy brand which they did not own. The sites were still active (cyber squatted) in 2012, I believe they are now defunct.
A close friend of the family however, Jon Corner, had a company called Keekoscene which I believe produced toys and other items for children. https://opencorporates.com/companies/gb/05182391 This firm was dissolved on 5th June 2007.
Testimonies to the importance of Cuddlecat:
David Smith TIMESONLINE 16 December 2007: (random comma’s are DS..)
‘Gerry paused over Madeleine, who – a typical doctor’s observation, this – was lying almost in ‘the recovery position’with Cuddle Cat, the toy her godfather, John Corner had bought her, and her comfort blanket up near her head, and Gerry thought how gorgeous, how lovely-looking she was and how lucky he was.’
KH1: ‘madeleine’: Page 147, Chapter 10.
On Sunday 20 May, Gerry left for the UK. […] In the end he spent both nights with friends [..] I was fine, too. Trish and Sandy were there and I had Amelie and Sean. And Cuddle Cat
Chapter six (the first time they were to face the press)
..So Gerry sat down and drafted a statement on a piece of scrap paper. [..] I accompanied him downstairs. As we left I grabbed Madeleine’s Cuddle Cat. Keeping her beloved toy close was the nearest I could be to her. (Which means she did not hold on to CC indoors, but he had to make a press appearance – may be pushing it a bit but read on..)
Goncalo Amaral: The Truth of the Lie:
These first observations are not the only ones that lead us to consider a set-up. The way the bed sheets were arranged but also the child’s soft toy equally raise doubts. [..]
- And the soft toy she slept with? That’s not in a natural position either. How would she have found it, along the pillows like that? [..]
- Which means that the little girl slept without holding it? Children normally clutch their security object to fall asleep.
David Smith from Timesonline:
Jon Corner on Cuddle Cat and DNA, 09 September 2007
Jon Corner, a godfather of one of the McCanns’ children, said: “The Cuddle Cat was reeking with Madeleine’s DNA. That easily explains why DNA has been found in the hire car and on clothing that Kate bought after Madeleine disappeared.”
Right we got all that – from the pictures as well, including some of Kate all alone with CC, many of the innocent young mother with Cuddlecat including one of CC peeking out of the top of her rucksack. Shame they didn’t take it to Rome to be blessed by the Pope.
Enter the dogs.
The cadaver dog reacted to Cuddlecat but not to the bed or the mattress on which it had rested. Cadaverine contaminates textiles very quickly. I came across an old exchange with Monkeymind – who as an ex-policeman should know what he’s talking about.
If the bed was clean according to Eddie, then Cuddlecat was also clean on the night of the 3rd of May 2007. Therefore the contamination must have occurred at a later date. Remember that the blanket disappeared as well and had left no trace of cadaverine on the bedding either.
Fibres (probably of the blanket) were however found in the barn some 25 km distant from PdL and the same fibres were found in the car. G. Amaral has stated in an interview that when the blanket is found the case is solved. I think the suggestion is that she was buried in the blanket or had been wrapped in it at one stage. Which must also have been after 3/5.
Now the check trousers Kate wore must be the clothing that Jon Corner referred to. If she bought those in Portugal after 3/5 – which may be true, logic then dictates that the kitchen photo is fake – having been taken some months earlier.
Cuddle Cat found!
I found Cuddlecat again when a search brought me to: http://www.ethicalkidz.co.uk/
A company run by Tara Gold – married to Stuart Gold, both on holiday with the McCanns in Mallorca in 2005.
Cuddlecat was there – I was overjoyed to find him after a long search. However, I was posting on the Fund at the time and wrote that the charities listed on the website erroneously included findmadeleine.com complete with the charity number. This turned out the company registration number as one might expect.
Within days – well done TM MMU – not only had the listing of the site under charities been changed but Cuddlecat had once again disappeared. Forever this time.
However, it seems clear that he was never alone, indeed, some forty cuddlecats were hard at work: Daily Mail: 25 January 2008
Método 3, whose contract expires in March, has 40 investigators working on the case, here and in Portugal and Spain.
Each has a replica of Cuddle Cat, Madeleine's favourite toy, which they are encouraged to squeeze when they feel demotivated at the size of their task.Unquote
Two websites dedicated to cuddlecat.
A close friend connected to a company Keekoscene and the toy.
Cuddle Cat promoted from day one.
Forty Cuddle Cats given to Metodo 3.
Cuddle Cats appearing for sale some years later on website on friend of McCanns which lists amongst charities who will benefit from sales the Ltd.Co Both wrong information and Cuddle Cat disappear. This time forever it seems.
One could almost think that a stock of Cuddlecats were ready to be sold on, if not before the 3rdof May 2007.
What may have happened is that the 50 million hits on the Madeleine website made Cuddlecat redundant before he was launched. Or that Clarence had a moment of sanity and prevented the launch just as he did when he prevented Gerry organising a photo opportunity of Kate in a swimsuit.