Thursday, 25 August 2016


This may all seem a bit boring, but there is an underlying pattern...

Thursday July 12th: Gerry flies to London to meet with the British police. At night he attends the National Police Federation Annual Bravery awards and receives a standing ovation.
(for what exactly isn't clear - the event was organized by The Sun newspaper.)

Friday 13th July: Gerry spends a large part of the day at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) to learn more about their role. (Possibly this was the occasion when he obtained  the books and manuals intended exclusively for police services and government agencies.)  see 1)

Saturday 14th July: Gerry, Kate and the twins as well as assorted family attend a baptism (see The third trip home post).

Monday 16th July: J.K. Rowling follows up her offer of a large reward by asking all retailers of her new book to display a new poster of Madeleine. (However: the Daily Telegraph on the 4th June reported: 'JK Rowling is considering putting bookmarks bearing the face of Madeleine McCann in copies of her final installment [..] Rowling has already publicly supported the campaign by contributing to a multi-million pound reward [..] Mr. McCann said: 'There has been some indirect contact with her. We are thinking about getting bookmarks with Madeleine's photographs and getting the author's agreement.'  (It's clear from the article that  there was no direct contact between the writer and the McCanns and that it is possible that J.K. Rowling  - six weeks later - asked for posters to be exhibited by the outlets - a step or two down from the millions of bookmarks envisaged and indeed promoted without apparently having consulted the author - a recurring theme in the tactics of Team McCann, but it is interesting that most celebrities only performed once. J.K. Rowling publicly denied her involvement in the writing of Kate's book. )

22nd to the 26th July: Gerry is in the USA, Kate does/doesn't have her dream and Gerry gets lost on the way home. (see: The Triangle and Kate's dream post)

Monday 30th July: Kate and Gerry have a 'routine meeting' with Portugese police.

Tuesday 31st July: The dogs arrive: INSPECTION.HTM

Wednesday 1st August: Gerry makes a trip to the airport to pick up their Campaign Manager. (The rarely mentioned Justine McGuinness) Family friend and film producer, Jon Corner arrives to film promotional material for the official website.

Thursday 2nd August: Gerry is laid low with a viral illness forcing them to cancel a planned trip to Huelva in Spain. 2) (After a swift recovery, they make an early start on the 3rd of August - see link).

Tuesday 7th August: Samples of trace evidence are sent to Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham for analysis.  

Thursday 16th August:  Timesonline reports : Traces of blood discovered in the bedroom [..] do not come from the missing girl, the Times has learnt.  The conclusion that the blood came from a man follows two weeks of reports that the traces proved that Madeleine had been killed  [..] Mr. Sousa confirmed that one of the dogs had found a scent indicating that a corpse had been in the apartment. '
(it's clear that there must have been leaks from various sources and  - always bearing in mind the relationship between the press and the McCanns (see other posts here) - not exactly correct in their assumptions.)

Monday 27th August:  Kate and Gerry manage an early evening run before spending some 10 minutes in the church to pray for Madeleine.

Tuesday 28th August: Kate and Gerry await the results of the forensics from the recent searches. (As there clearly were leaks previous to this date, it is likely that they already had some idea of what was found.)

Friday 31st August:  The McCanns launch a libel action against Porguguese newspaper Tal & Qual which claimed that the police believe they killed their daughter.  Gerry states in his blog that the legal expenses for the proceedings will not be paid for from the Madeleine Fund.

Saturday 1st September: Portuguese police receive 'significant'results from forensic tests carried out in Britain. Sources say a key piece of DNA was found in 'an area where it should not have been'.

Monday 3rd September:  Gerry is contacted by Portuguese police and told that both he and Kate will be required for further questioning.

Wednesday 5th September: Gerry writes in his blog that he is 'surprised to find increased media presence in Praia da Luz again today..' At lunchtime Kate and Gerry go for a run along the coast.

Thursday 6th September:Sunday Mirror - Madeleine: DNA is found .........

(More to follow after September 6th 2016  - and many thanks to for all the information so easily available there. )


1) Books found in the villa during the search by PJ:
'The Interpretation of Murder' On Amazon one reviewer 'writes:  the unnecessarily detailed descriptions of the sadistic sexual assaults, described in prolonged lip-smacking detail. (interesting that the book deals with a visit of Freud and Jung to New York and it is possible in my opinion  that the book was a gift from Clement Freud, who may have been in PdL at the time. It is a highly unlikely choice of reading for someone who has told the world his four-year old daughter has been abducted by a paedophile or paedophile gang.
- and from: The Truth of the Lie by Goncalo Amaral - Chapter 17:   In the McCanns Bedroom..

In contrast, in the part of the room occupied by Gerald, the walls are bare, cold, no photos of his daughter. It’s here that he administers the Madeleine Fund, organises his very busy agenda and writes his blog. His current reading material – The Interpretation of Murder, by Jed Rubenfeld, Spirit Messenger, by Gordon Smith, It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back To Life, by Lance Armstrong, – leaves nothing at all to the imagination about the drama the family is living through. With amazement the police officers discover a series of books and manuals exclusively intended for police services and government agencies.

Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Training Courses, (CEOP Serious Organised Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

Making Every Child Matter…Everywhere, CEOP (Serious Organised Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Mark Harrison himself wonders how Gerald McCann could have obtained these books.

2)  See:

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