Thursday, May 31, 2007







I have been sitting here biting my tongue worse than Joran
Van Der Sloot. I have been just waiting to say that this investigation is over. Today it became official. How do I know? Simple, the police are now relying on the psychics, or as I like to call them, the psychos.

Carla, Brian and Sylvia don't bother to email me or even make a comment. I will delete them as fast as this monkey can hit the button.


Staff and agencies
Thursday May 31, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Police in Portugal are poring over messages from self-professed psychics and clairvoyants in an attempt to track down Madeleine McCann, who went missing exactly four weeks ago.

Two 8cm-thick files of emails and other communications are being examined in case one of them contains a message from the four-year-old's kidnapper, the detective leading the hunt, Olegario Sousa, said today.

Each clairvoyant's claim was being taken seriously in case they were from the person or people who snatched Madeleine from her parent's holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, Chief Inspector Sousa said.

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"That is one of the reasons that we cannot discard anything," he said. "We must check them all in case it might be from the kidnapper.

"But the problem is the same: if there are indications which are enough to follow, then we will go. If there isn't, we cannot do anything."

Some of the descriptions of Madeleine's supposed location were as vague as descriptions of dreams about a man in a house near trees and a road, he said, adding that as yet police did not believe they had heard from the kidnapper.



As you can tell by the tone of this post I have little to no respect for these maniacal egomaniacs. They offer nothing and waste valuable resources and time. If there was any chance that they could have got the location of Madeleine correct, they would have driven there themselves and collected the reward after reuniting Madeleine with her parents. If there was any chance these outtabodywhatchamacallits could have got it correct, there would have been no need to get Scotland Yard involved. If there was any chance these mind benders could have got it correct, we could close every police station world wide and just allow the psychics to work their magic.

I have seen enough of these dubious cretins to know they do nothing but stick their finger in the air and see which way the wind blows. And to them it leads to a of stack Pounds or Euros these days.

Psychics create more VICTIMS not less. They offer false hope and when they are confronted with their monumental failures, they simply say their info was not interrupted correctly by us normal folks.

Right now Gerry and Kate McCann are in a place in life no one ever wants to be. The McCann's have nothing left. They need a glimmer of hope from somewhere, and that is what the psychics provide. Hope, but false Hope. And then heartbreak as nothing materializes.

Why didn't one of these psychics take a few minutes to warn the McCann's that terrible trouble was right around the corner?
If I was a psychic I would have made that call.

As these psychics crawl out from their lairs, they will bask in the lime light like a celebrity delivering a cure for cancer. Relishing the moments as they are finally recognized for their accomplishments. As if it was finally time that the rest of us common folk have finally seen the light and given them the glory they so desperately seek. A Red Carpet entrance.

Psychics are not a replacement for good ole fashioned police work and investigation. You only fool yourself believing the false hope.

Any police officer that would take these clairvoyants as the Gospel needs to have his head examined and needs to retire from the force so more families are not duped by these freeloading money grubbers and subject to a police officer with no common sense and future crimes due to his or hers' incompetency.







Tuesday, May 29, 2007


I have been out of town the last 6 days to attend my Daughter's High School Graduation. As I drove to Maryland to be with my daughter and the rest of my family on her special day ~ one thing was on my mind.

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I got a tear in my eye as I thought to myself that Dave was where I am just two years ago and now he is never going to see his daughter again. As I took the same picture today that so many others Father's have taken since time eternal, it hit me again why I am still here fighting for Natalee.

You see, Natalee is my daughter too. She is your daughter, she is your sister, she is your grand daughter, she is your friend. She is the girl that was going to be your room-mate in college. She was your kids future Pediatrician.

As I held my Daughter tight and told her how proud I was of her, I got the feeling that only a proud parent can have. It's the same feeling that Dave had too. I'm sure you had it too if you have a child that has achieved goals beyond your wildest dreams. I'm not going to go on about my Daughter's phenomenal achievements. Let's just say I am very very happy about how she has become everything I have wished for and much more.

Like Dave and Beth, my ex-wife and I got divorced when my Daughter was young. My ex-wife and I have always put our Daughter first and have had for the most part an amicable relationship. We never argued about anything that meant putting our Daughter first. We made a decision and stuck to it. I guess that was why I was able to relate so easily to both Beth and Dave.

Now Beth and Dave have only Matt and Dave and Robin have the two little ones.

For me life will go on. For Beth and Dave life has stopped. When your pride and joy is a victim of a diabolical criminal element, its impossible to just move on.

I feel their pain. I would do almost anything to ease their two years of suffering. I can not ease their pain and neither can you. As much as we all want to say a kind word or offer a shoulder to cry on, we can not do what the Aruban Authorities can do.

One problem here - The Aruban Authorities are unwilling to do what it takes to end this two year nightmare. We all know who committed the crime. The suspect confessed, and still there is no resolution.

We all know that Joran Van Der Sloot is the perpetrator of the crimes against Natalee Ann Holloway. We also know that his two pimp side-kicks, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe participated in the crimes against Natalee.
We all know that Joran's father, Paulus Van Der Sloot, is involved in the disappearance of Natalee. We all know that the Aruban Government protected those responsible for the crimes against Natalee. We all know who was involved in the cover-up. Nothing is a secret anymore.

This is not just my opinion, this is from Joran's book and the Proces-Verbaals of the suspects themselves. The crimes against Natalee and the cover-up that ensued have taken time to completely reveal. It took time to wade through the propaganda campaign and to determine what was real and what was false. It took time to get the info from the Aruban Authorities and to cross reference it against other known facts in the case and come to the conclusion that only the 4 remaining Internet trolls refuse to believe.

The Natalee Holloway case never was very complex. It was the lying and the horrible manner in which her family was treated not only by the Aruban Authorities, but by a group of people with a common mental condition with nothing better to do than to torment a family already stricken with the worst kind of loss. A POX on you all. The TEN Plagues for each of you.

At this point ~ sorry a million times over would never be enough for me, no amount of money could undo the horrific 730 days that have gone by without knowing what became of Natalee and where she lies today. That was all Beth and Dave ever wanted. They wanted Natalee back to give her her final resting place. Only her parents should make that decision. The Aruban Authorities circumvent God's will and God's plan for Natalee. God will handle them in HIS time and in HIS way. I am sure.

Over the last two years, I went from someone who just cared about my fellow man and woman to a Victim's Rights Advocate. I was always someone who cared, but it was the Natalee Holloway case that was my catalyst. It pushed my over the top and made me decide I needed to do more than I was doing. I can't sit there and complain about the events of the day if I am not actively involved. And neither can you. There is a role for everyone. Even if it is to just say a kind word to a family missing a loved one. Believe me that goes a long way to ease some pain. When they know they are not alone, it helps. It helps tremendously to know that there is someone out there that cares enough about them to just pick up the phone or send an email and say something caring. They do appreciate it. They are thankful that you took the time to write or to just drop a dime.

Natalee is gone but not forgotten by us. The People who care. The People who make a difference. The People who give so selflessly of themselves. The People who not only give their hard earned money, but their most precious gift ~ their TIME. You are the ONES that make the world go round. You should be proud of the efforts you have all made and continue to make. God has made it clear to you that this is part of your purpose in LIFE. Use your time wisely, you only have so much.

God Bless Natalee and her Family.


Video released of missing Madeleine.
Press Association
Tuesday May 29, 2007 10:43 AM

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Video footage of missing Madeleine McCann has been released by her parents as they prepared to travel to Rome to meet the Pope.

Kate and Gerry McCann have been given "verbal assurances" that a meeting will go ahead on Wednesday morning at the Vatican.

They are expected to use a private jet to fly there and will hold a news conference for the international media to keep the attention focused on Madeleine.

It is now 25 days since the four-year-old was abducted in Praia da Luz in Portugal and there is no sign of police getting any closer to finding her.

One theory being considered is that Madeleine was taken away by boat, and the manager of the Lagos marina told on Monday how there was "constant police activity".

Four people at the marina have been questioned, including three Britons, according to Ingrid Fortunato.

On Monday the McCanns visited an 800 square foot inflatable poster of Madeleine set up on the beach and thanked all their supporters "from the bottom of our hearts".

The two short film clips of their daughter, taken by a family friend on their mobile on April 28. They are the last moving images of Madeleine.

They showed the little girl - dressed all in pink - clambering up the steps to the aircraft at East Midlands airport and sitting on a shuttle bus at Faro airport.

Mr McCann said his daughter had been so excited about the holiday that she had barely complained when she tripped and grazed her shin.

Phone experts who tracked Huntley join the hunt for Madeleine's abductor.
Last updated at 09:54am on 29th May 2007

British mobile phone experts are joining the hunt for Madeleine McCann with techniques that helped pinpoint the movements of Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

A team of telecommunications specialists is trying to track mobiles in use around the resort in Portugal where she was abducted 26 days ago.

The technique, which is based on the silent transmissions mobiles send even when they are not in use, can pinpoint a phone's position to within a few yards.

It was used to provide evidence against school caretaker Huntley who was found guilty of the 2002 murders of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Detectives hope to use the information about phone movements on the night of Madeleine's disappearance to check against statements made by guests and staff at the Ocean Club complex.


Monday, May 28, 2007


A very significant development occurred last night in the case of missing MADELEINE MCCANN. Police incompetency or corruption and a little girl is paying the price. There is no reason to have a police department if it is not to protect and serve. These bozo's apparently have their own motives and agendas and there needs to be an investigation into the malfeasance. And by an investigation, I mean TODAY and not in two years.

Witness in torment over Madeleine.
By Richard Edwards and Fiona Govan in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 1:23am BST 28/05/2007

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A friend on holiday with the parents of Madeleine McCann is tormented by the belief that she saw her being abducted, it emerged last night.

The woman saw a man carrying a child wrapped in a blanket outside the apartment where Madeleine was taken.

She only realised the significance of the sighting about half an hour later, after Kate McCann raised the alarm that her daughter was missing.

The witness believes the child was wearing the same pink and white pyjamas Madeleine was wearing. She is said to be "racked with guilt" that she did nothing to stop the suspect.

Madeleine was taken from her room in Praia da Luz, on the Algarve, 25 days ago. In the first stage of a campaign to raise awareness of her disappearance across Europe, Mr and Mrs McCann will travel to Rome this week to meet Pope Benedict XVI. They also plan to visit Madrid, Seville, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Meanwhile they continue to await developments from the Portuguese police investigation. Detectives finally issued an appeal on Friday, based on the account of the McCanns' family friend - given to them hours after Madeleine disappeared on May 3.

The woman, who has not been named, joined the McCanns for dinner about 9.30pm.

As she walked past the family's apartment, she saw a man in front of her carrying a child wearing pink pyjamas. He was moving with a "sense of urgency".

A police source said: "She thought it was odd, but thought it was the man's own child. He was walking urgently, neither running nor walking." The McCanns and their friends made regular checks on their children.

At 10pm, Mrs McCann discovered that Madeleine was missing from her bed and raised the alarm. The friend remembered what she had seen and is certain it was Madeleine.

A police source close to the inquiry said: "She has given statements and is back in the UK, feeling dreadfully guilty. She is tormented by it. But the family do not blame her, they feel sorry for her. There is no sense of hostility."

The Portuguese police appeal came only after persistent requests from the McCann family, reinforced by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, who has had several conversations with them.


McCann friend's guilt at 'not noticing' abduction.
Vanessa Allen In Praia Da Luz 28/05/2007

A WOMAN who believes she saw Madeleine McCann being carried away was racked with guilt last night.

Thinking the tot was the man's own child, the friend of parents Gerry and Kate made no attempt to stop him.

A source said: "The family believe this was Madeleine being taken. The woman feels dreadful guilt that she was the last person to see her and didn't do anything. But the family do not blame her."

Yesterday it was claimed child porn was found on the computer of the only suspect in the case, Briton Robert Murat, 33. The witness was on her way to join Gerry and Kate McCann for dinner near their apartment in Praia da Luz at about 9.30pm on May 3 when she saw the suspect.

He was hurrying away from the area clasping a child wearing pink pyjamas similar to those worn by Madeleine, then three.

The man was white, of medium build, aged 35 to 40 and 5ft 10ins. He wore a blue jacket and beige trousers. Our source said: "The woman thought it was odd but believed it was the man's own child. He was walking urgently, neither running or walking slowly."

Dismissing the thought, the witness went on to dinner. Earlier the McCanns had regularly checked Madeleine and twins Sean and Amelie, two, sleeping in their nearby room.

But at 10pm Kate, 38, discovered Madeleine was missing and frantically raised the alarm.

The friend instantly realised what she had seen and within hours had given a statement and description to the authorities.

But astonishingly the significance of her sighting was apparently missed. The source said: "Officers who took the description did not seem interested. They just seemed to have filed it away.


Sunday, May 27, 2007




Saturday, May 26, 2007


Brown, Charles support Madeleine's parents.
By Sally Peck and Martina Smit
Last Updated: 7:29pm BST 26/05/2007

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Portuguese police only released details of a possible suspect sighting in the Madeleine McCann abduction inquiry after her parents talked to Gordon Brown, it emerged today.

Beach with poster of missing Madeleine: Gerry McCann says suspect description is significant
Madeleine McCann went missing three weeks ago

The future Prime Minister personally spoke to Gerry McCann several times in recent days, pledging to do all he could to help find the missing four-year-old.

The McCanns were desperate to publish a description of a man seen carrying what appeared to be a child on the night Madeleine disappeared. Police - who were told of the sighting by a British tourist a day after the abduction - relented yesterday, following a meeting with the McCanns.

Today Gerry McCann said they believed the sighting was "significant and relevant" to the kidnap of their daughter.

"We very much welcome the decision of the police authorities to release details of a man seen by witnesses here in Praia Da Luz on Thursday, May 3, the night of Madeleine's disappearance.

"The release of this important information followed an earlier meeting we had with senior police officers.

"We feel sure that this sighting of a man with what appeared to be a child in his arms is both significant and relevant to Madeleine's abduction."

Three weeks after his daughter went missing, Mr McCann urged anyone who may have seen the suspect to come forward to police.

He said: "For instance, was this man seen anywhere else in or near the town with a child or what appeared to be a child, what direction was he heading in, did he have a vehicle?"

The suspect is described as a white male, 35 to 40 years old, with hair that was short on top and long at the back. He was wearing a dark jacket and light trousers when spotted at 9.30pm that night.




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POLICE in Portugal last night issued an appeal over a new suspect - after they were forced to by Madeleine's parents.

Sources close to the family said they threatened to sue unless detectives disclosed the lead.

It follows a sighting by a British woman - believed to be a holiday friend of the McCanns.

She saw a man carrying a child around the time Madeleine vanished more than three weeks ago.

He is said to be white, between 35 and 40, medium build, about 5ft 10in with short hair.

Chief Insp Olegario Sousa refused to say if Brit expat Robert Murat is still a main suspect and admitted the description "could fit a lot of people".

Asked why it took so long to launch the latest appeal, he said: "We did not feel it was necessary."

Expert blasts Madeleine hunt police.

Martin Fricker In Praia Da Luz Martin.Fricker@Mirror.Co.Uk 24/05/2007

POLICE probing the kidnap of Madeleine McCann made basic errors, a child protection expert said yesterday.

Accusing them of failing to complete the fundamental "building blocks", former detective Mark Williams-Thomas said: "It was the worst preserved crime scene I've ever seen."

Mr Williams-Thomas hit out as it emerged that there is NO evidence to link sole suspect Robert Murat with the disappearance three weeks ago of Madeleine, four.

The expert visited the kidnap scene in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in the early stages of the inquiry.

Mr Williams-Thomas said local detectives failed to cordon off the wider crime scene.

In doing so, they blew the "best possible chance" of collecting vital evidence.

He said: "The first 24 hours are absolutely vital. This major window of opportunity was lost because of failings."



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May 24th, 2007 Jennifer has been missing for 16 months………………..

We thank each and every person who has continued to care about, pray for and offer strength during this extremely difficult trying time. We thank you for visiting this website, for passing it along. Thank you to those that have put a "missing person's alert" on their homepages with a link to Jennifer's website. AWARENESS IS KEY……….

We want to share some heartfelt "Jenn stories" from some of those in Jenn's life . We hope they touch you and help you to understand that Jenn's abduction has affected not just family and friends, but co-workers, former classmates, neighbors, the volunteers, strangers who care, the law enforcement personnel, media, sorority sisters, the list goes on and on. We hope that everyone is now more safety oriented, are paying attention to the world around them and are willing to get involved.

Aunt Ticia;

The thought of writing the monthly letter has crossed my mind on several occasions. One thing that stops me is the powerful letters you write and that anything I could write may not "hold a candle" to yours. Just so you know, for me, today, May 24th marks a day-but doesn't affect the heartache of everyday without Jenn. Sending heartfelt loving support xxxooo Ticia

May 24th 2007. Sixteen months ago today the promising life of Jennifer Kesse, as well as those who know and love her, changed forever. Although, some events throughout this time are blurred, I remember distinctly where I was when the call came and often times think of January 24, 2006 as our family's own 9/11. Logging on to Jennifer's website and reading the guestbook gives us a glimpse of how far reaching and how great the impact Jenn's abduction has been on family, friends and perfect strangers, literally throughout the world. Yet the answers elude us and we are left to wonder...Where is Jenn? Why Jenn? How could this happen to Jenn?? When will Jenn be found? Who took Jenn away from us? As time goes on it is no secret holding on to hope gets harder, but For the Love of Jenn and to keep some semblance of order in our everyday lives we continue to EXPECT MIRACLES. Whether it be jubilation or sadness when our questions are answered, to some degree it will be a relief that we don't have to worry anymore. I speak for myself but know others feel the same, NOT KNOWING, waiting, wondering and the void we feel at family gatherings not having Jennifer with us is the hardest part. To all the dedicated professionals who have worked tirelessly to find Jenn, your efforts are appreciated by many. Keeping the lines of communication open and keeping Joyce and Drew informed, admirable. Although, I don't think you could have it any other way given their determination and commitment to find their beloved daughter. Straight honest open information is what I hope you will continue to give them. They deserve that. First hand I have experienced the love and respect these parents and children have for each other, and first hand I have enjoyed the love and respect they taught Jenn and Logan. Respect of self and respect of others as well. When you read these letters on a weekly basis it is signed by the Kesse's and Rob Allen. Rest assured, that the names of those of us who love and miss Jenn and support you, Joyce and Drew in your efforts are implied.

Jennifer's Aunt Ticia


Well Joyce and Drew, I now see how difficult it is for you all to write this letter every month. And I have to say its really hard to fit Jenn or my friendship with Jenn into words, it has been since day one, instant and I think its hard for people who don't know the "la la sisters" or boppsy twins to truly understand the depth of our friendship... but this is a small attempt for the world to see what Jenn means and is to me and how very much I miss and love her. Love to you both...Laur

Our moms joke all the time how my friendship with Jenn began "pre-birth". Our parents have known each other all of their adult lives and I even have a picture beside my bed of Jenn and I playing together as babies. But the truth is, I can remember the very day Jenn and I truly became best friends. We had moved to Florida in the summer of 1988 and I missed my friends and family in NJ terribly. A couple months after our move, my aunt and uncle were having their best friends (the Kesse's) down to visit from Virginia. My mom told me that they had a daughter my age and I would finally have someone to play with. I remember seeing Jenn's picture on my aunts refrigerator (with her long platinum ponytail and huge smile) thinking that she was too old for me to play with. Something about her...she just seemed to give off the presence of someone older than her age (even at 6 years old). The long and short of it is that that day they arrived for their visit and 20 years later here we are. What I found in Jenn is something so special and treasured its hard to wrap my or anyone else's head around it. From 7 years old on, Jenn has been with me through absolutely every twist and turn my life has taken. Most of the time calling Jenn my best friend doesn't even seem like the right word. Jenn is so many things in my world. She is my confidant, my therapist, my 5 hour phone conversation, my strength, my wisdom, my solace. She is my comfort and consolation, my challenge and my reality. She is my understanding and my insight; my sympathy and my compassion. She is my voice of reason. She gives me support when I am right and never hesitates to say I'm wrong. She is ALWAYS the one who gets it. She is ALWAYS the first one there. She is a voice if I need advice and she is quiet when I need an ear. She is my sounding board. She listens to what I say and she hears what I don't say. She is my favorite person to laugh with. She is my favorite person to cry with. Jenn is my other half. I can't remember a time in my life that I didn't share with Jenn. No matter where we lived or what we were doing a phone call or visit with Jenn made everything seem a little bit better. Jenn and I have been the rock in each other's lives for 20 years. We have seen each other through every up and down, good and bad, happy and miserable experience of our lives. It is hard to put into words what a friendship like this means. It is a security and a blessing some can only hope to find and I feel unbelievably fortunate to know someone so extraordinary. I recently read that when it hurts to look back and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there. And what I pray for with all of my heart is that through her hellish nightmare Jenn can look at our memories, and laughs and the many many stories of our lives together and ALWAYS feel me beside her. Xoxo Laur


hi joyce, drew, logan & rob...i thought i would write a few words in honor of jenn. Erin

January 24, 2006 marks the day that very important loved ones lives in my life, including my own, would be forever changed and filled with heartache. It is a day that is constantly on my mind every second of the day, as well as my family's. When I was little, I can remember how much Joyce, Drew, Jenn, and Logan were a part of my life. They had moved to Florida a little after my family did and they were very much a part of my growing up and my happy times. Jenn was like a little sister to me. There isn't a time I can remember where she wasn't at my house or my family at her house. And yes, because I was the older sister that meant me sometimes "bullying" her and my sister or teasing them as teenagers often do. Yet, Jenn always was sticking up for herself and Lauren. She was always by my sister Lauren's side, whether it was working on their babysitting club, riding their bikes, or playing dress up, like the time they were an old grandma and grandpa for Halloween. And yes, Jenn was the old man. There was never a time Jenn and Lauren weren't there for each other. They did everything together and they were more than the typical childhood best friends, they were kindred spirits. Lauren relied on Jenn for so much in her life and Jenn was always there. Jenn came to visit me in Boston for New Year's in 2004 with my sister Lauren. I lived in a tiny apartment with no furniture and all I had for Jenn and Lauren to sleep on was an air mattress that had a leak. But Jenn didn't complain. She and Lauren laughed the whole weekend and talked all hours of the night on a small, leaky air mattress. My sister had been going through a really tough time and even though Jenn could have stayed in the warm weather and spend New Year's in a million different places, she came to spend it in Boston with Lauren because she needed her. That is the type of person Jenn is....just a solid, good hearted and caring friend. She made the best of Boston even though it was below zero. I remember she was so happy because she met a guy she really liked named Rob. I was so happy for her because she was doing so well and I remember thinking how lucky Lauren was to have another sister like her. Jenn's abduction can not be put into words other than describing it as HELL. The person who abducted her not only changed her life, but all of the lives around her who love her so much. The heartache that Jenn's family and friends feel is something that many can't even imagine. The day Jenn was abducted is the day that I lost not one sister, but two. I often wonder if the person or persons who know something could see the tears we all cry and the love we have for Jenn; I think then maybe they would lead us back to the person we love so much. Jenn is a beautiful person on the inside and out. She encompasses what many wish they could be. She is rational and smart. I know that somewhere someone knows something. Everyday I pray for a miracle. When I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night, I pray for the miracle and think of Jenn's beautiful smile and how much she means to me and my family and all those who know her. We will not give up and I honor Jenn on her birthday and hope for that miracle. Love, Erin


Simply said, Jenn is someone that anyone would want to be around. It's hard to not feel good when you see someone else enjoying their time with friends and family so much; and that is how I always see Jenn. When someone mentions Jenn, it's tough not to smile. I have only known her about five years, but that seems to be the effect she has on everybody; I can only imagine how strong that feeling is among her close friends and family. Jenn, Lauren, and I share a similar off-color sense of humor and anytime we get together, we spend most of our time laughing until we can hardly breathe. It feels good to be included in a friendship that is so close and strong; Jenn and Lauren are family to each other. And I know all three of us can't wait to have those laughs again. Bob

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


La. Child Rapist's Death Sentence Upheld.

Associated Press Writer
May 23, 8:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled that a man may be executed for raping an 8-year-old girl, and lawyers say his case may become the test for whether the nation's highest court upholds the death penalty for someone who rapes a child.

Both sides say the sentence for Patrick Kennedy, 42, could expand a 1977 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held the death penalty for rape violated the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The high court said then that its ruling applied only to adult victims.

Attorney Jelpi Picou, director of the New Orleans-based Capital Appeals Project, said he will ask the Louisiana Supreme Court for a rehearing and, if rejected, will go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"As horrid as (rape) is and as harshly as we believe it should be condemned, death is inappropriate in this case," Picou said.

Louisiana law allows the death penalty for the aggravated rape of someone less than 12 years old.

"He's the only person in the United States on death row for non-homicide rape," Picou said.

Kennedy was convicted in 2003 of raping a relative as she sorted Girl Scout cookies in the garage of her home in suburban New Orleans. He bragged to one man that the girl "became a lady today," deputies said.

His defense attorney at the time argued that blood testing was inconclusive and that the victim - who didn't report that Kennedy was her rapist until 21 months later - was pressured to change her story.

In Tuesday's opinion, Justice Jeffrey Victory wrote, "Our state Legislature and this court have determined this category of aggravated rapist to be among those deserving of the death penalty, and, short of a first-degree murderer, we can think of no other non-homicide crime more deserving."



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Associated Press Writer

EW YORK (AP) -- A former fashion writer was convicted Wednesday of sexually abusing a woman for almost 13 hours after posing as a firefighter on Halloween to bluff his way into her Manhattan apartment.

A jury needed less than four hours to convict Peter Braunstein in a case that provided a daily window into the bizarre world of a man whose life seemed to grow ever more unstable after he lost his girlfriend and his job in the magazine business.

Braunstein, 43, was convicted of kidnapping, burglary, sex abuse and robbery charges. He was acquitted of arson.

After the verdict, he maintained the same blank, lethargic look he had throughout the trial. He faces 25 years to life in prison at his June 18 sentencing.

Braunstein's lawyers did not dispute that he carried out the 2005 attack, but said he was so mentally ill that he was unable to form the intent to be held criminally responsible for the crimes.

His father, Alberto Braunstein, said outside court after the verdict that he hoped his son would not simply be thrown in prison with common criminals and receive no psychiatric treatment.

"He is a sick person," he said.

The trial provided much strange testimony about Braunstein.

In one of his many rambling journal entries, he described wandering Tennessee posing as a Katrina victim to get free meals and a place to crash. The jury also saw scans of Braunstein's brain, which the defense said "broke" to the point that he couldn't possibly be convicted.

On Halloween 2005, Braunstein set off smoke bombs outside the victim's apartment while dressed as a firefighter and brandishing a BB gun, prosecutors said. Once inside, he knocked the woman - a former co-worker - out with chloroform, tied her to a bed naked and molested her, they said.

The victim testified she recalled Braunstein stripping her naked, putting stiletto heels on her feet, groping her and videotaping the encounter.





Police reinterview witnesses over Madeleine's disappearance.
Fred Attewill and agencies
Wednesday May 23, 2007

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Police in Portugal today reinterviewed two witnesses over the disappearance of four-year-old Madeleine McCann, as the girl's parents prayed for her safe return.

The witnesses are believed to be Michaela Walczuch, the German lover of the sole suspect Robert Murat, and her estranged Portuguese husband, Luis Antonio. A senior police source described the questioning as "normal and routine".

Madeleine's parents made a pilgrimage to Portugal's holiest shrine to pray for their daughter's safe return.



Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Maybe Robert Murat is completely innocent. I don't know yet and nobody else does either. Only Robert Murat knows.

I do know that writing a book or seeking additional publicity while a formal suspect is in bad taste and there is always time to cash in on the misfortune should that have occurred.

Robert Murat is either the next Richard Jewel and there is a serious case of incompetency involved here or he is the person of interest for a REAL reason.

A polygraph is not admissible in a US Court of Law. It does however allow LE to look in another direction should a suspect pass the test. Robert Murat refuses to take a polygraph and continues to keep the focus on himself because he is not honest and does not offer information on his own. I do not know if a polygraph is admissible in a Portuguese Court of Law.

Highly suspicious if you ask me.

Madeleine suspect contacts Max Clifford to cash in on story.

Last updated at 18:57pm on 22nd May 2007

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The chief suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann could cash in by selling his story, it emerged today.

Robert Murat, 33, who denies any knowledge of the four-year-old's whereabouts, has contacted public relations expert Max Clifford at his London office asking him to represent him in any dealings with the media.

Mr Clifford confirmed that Mr Murat had contacted him, but said he would not formally represent him unless he was cleared of suspicion of kidnapping-the four-year-old girl.

He said: "When I spoke to Robert he was in tears and said: 'I am innocent and I will prove I am innocent,' and thanked me for listening to him. I told him that provided he is cleared I will be happy to talk to him."

It was revealed today that Mr Murat, 33, has collapsed in front of his family as the strain of being the only suspect begins to tell.

It was the second time he had fainted since he was questioned over the probable abduction of Madeleine from her parents' Portuguese holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on 3 May.

Tuck Price, a family friend of the Murats, said: "He collapsed right in front of his entire family."

Mr Murat believes DNA tests could prove his innocence as early as this week. But Portuguese police indicated that the suspect was still their strongest line of inquiry. A senior source said: "All hypotheses are on the table, we are working on one stronger one."



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Police are 'losing hope' of finding missing toddler alive.

By Kim Sengupta
Published: 22 May 2007

British police have appealed for tourists who were in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in the fortnight before four-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared to send them holiday photographs with strangers in the background so they can check them against a database of the UK's paedophiles.

The pictures will be run through a face recognition programme which can trawl 1,000 photographs an hour for matches with known paedophiles' mugshots. The software can also identify potential suspects unknown to the police if they appear repeatedly.

Officers made their appeal hours before Madeleine's father, Gerry McCann, met supporters who had gathered in his family's home town of Rothley, Leicestershire, to greet him on his first trip back to the UK since his daughter disappeared on 3 May.

Mr McCann saw the thousands of yellow ribbons tied to the railings of the town's war memorial, read the messages attached to them and chatted to members of the community who had come to meet him.

Yellow ribbons have become a symbol of the support for Madeleine's family, and Mr McCann tied on one of his own.

At the end of his 15-minute visit, he embraced his friend, Valerie Armstrong, who is the owner of the Royal Oak pub. She said: "He said he was so appreciative of what is going on here, and he does gain strength from what is happening here."

Mr McCann flew home on Sunday night and will meet the organisers of a fund set up to continue the search for his daughter before he returns to Portugal, where his wife Kate has stayed with their young twins.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Mr McCann is here for a number of reasons ­ to attend to a few personal matters, to meet police and, of course, to thank everybody once again for the overwhelming support they have had from around the world."


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Tears in eyes, Madeleine's dad visits the yellow ribbons.
By Rod Chaytor 22/05/2007

ANGUISHED Gerry McCann fought back tears as he read heartfelt messages of hope for his missing daughter Madeleine yesterday.

The 38-year-old spent 15 minutes gazing at thousands of yellow ribbon tributes in his village of Rothley, Leics.

Gerry told friends: "The support is fantastic. We are planning a big party when we return with Madeleine. We've seen all the support here on the TV from Portugal and it has really helped us. People's reaction has been incredible."

Gerry, back in Britain for talks with police co-ordinating the UK end of the search for Madeleine, was clearly emotional as he walked alone among the sea of messages to the four-year-old. But he maintained his composure as he thanked well-wishers.

He paused at one card pinned to the village war memorial that read: "Dear Madeleine. Hope you come back as soon as possible. Take care." In one touching moment he stopped to chat with eight-year-old Molly Earp who handed him one of many specially printed cards with a prayer for Madeleine.

Molly said: "I told him I wanted him to take our prayers back to his family in Portugal. He said 'Thanks very much.'" Molly's mum Michelle added: "It brought tears to my eyes."

Family friend Valerie Armstrong burst into tears after giving Gerry a hug. She said: "He was very positive."

Gerry, who is due back in Portugal today, arrived at the scene with a foreign office official who said: "He wanted to come to express his thanks to everyone for their support round the world but especially here."

In Praia da Luz, Madeleine's mum Kate, 38, holidaymakers and police fell silent yesterday during a "minute of hope" for the youngster at midday.

Kate had left a prayer service 15 minutes early to observe the silence in private.


Monday, May 21, 2007


I have been keeping my views on this case to myself. I decided to let it play out and wait for any new developments before making my views known.

Madeleine has now been missing since she was abducted by someone on May 3rd 2007.

Now we have Inspector Oligario Sousa seemingly complaining about the press. I am no fan of the press, but they serve the purpose of getting the news to the public and they play an important role when they report the news and leave their views out.

Here's a Blog Flash to Inspector Oligario Sousa. Get off your ass and find out what happened to Madeleine. I and others do not care one iota if you are frustrated with the press. All we care about is that Madeleine is found. Dead or Alive. Madeleine's parents need to know what happened to her. It is the living without answers that destroys families.

Here's another fact. If you are found to be incompetent, which it looks like there is a good chance that could be true, your little resort town will be a ghost town.

Families want action, not excuses. Inspector Oligario Sousa you have had 18 days to find out what happened. You have named a formal suspect and a possible accomplice. Now get the job done and find out where Madeleine is located.

Reporting The Hunt For Madeleine: Media and police collide on the Algarve.

British journalists have been baffled by the Portuguese police in the search for Madeleine McCann, and vice versa. Has the press been a help or a hindrance? Ian Herbert investigates.
Published: 21 May 2007

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The Madeleine McCann case has created some surprises for Inspector Oligario Sousa, the public face of the Portuguese police inquiry, whose eccentric press conferences have become required viewing for those who hang on the inquiry's every twist and turn. The difficulties of handing out a press statement is one of them.

"You are not a child. If you don't stop I will not give it," the school-masterly Mr Sousa says on Thursday evening as journalists jostle for one of 30 he dishes out ahead of what is, in the loosest sense of the word, a briefing. There are no new facts in the statement (Mr Sousa doesn't seem to think his appearances necessarily warrant any) but ITN's Geraint Vincent tears his copy in the tussle, and the BBC's Richard Bilton shakes his head in resignation as his is wrenched from his hands.

That's how things get when a global story like this is so bereft of genuine new detail each day. When it was reported two weeks ago that a roadblock had been put in place in Nelas, a town six hours north of Praia da Luz, Sky TV's chartered flight was already in the air before news arrived that this, like so many other possible sightings of Madeleine, was yet another false alarm. The Sun has made it over the Spanish border twice, after putative sightings of a suspect near Seville and at the border town of Ayamonte. And when nothing is moving, there is always the pitched battle over Madeleine reward posters to pass the time. When the News of the World assumed its place at the table here, the Saturday before last, its people set about ripping down The Sun's efforts and substituting their own. Sky's Kay Burley, jetted over to substitute for Anna Botting that weekend, was overheard reporting this felony to Rebecca Wade, but the carnage continued apace.

And then, just when the police and a critical British media - baffled by the local segredo de justica law which prevented so much as an e-fit being revealed - seemed to be on different planets, the latter went and provided the former with their best lead to date. Such were the media suspicions about the Briton Robert Murat (subsequently Mr Sousa's "chief suspect") that on another slow Monday seven days ago, journalists were deliberating the merits of pursuing him as a story. Those who set off in search of Mr Murat's villa did not know it was 160 yards from the McCann's apartment and already being searched by police. At two minutes to 7pm, word had it that the villa was being searched and an appearance by the British Ambassador, scheduled for 7pm, was abandoned as journalists made a mad sprint to the site. Suspicions registered with police by the Sunday Mirror's Lori Campbell had, it seemed, been looked at after all. She was immediately propelled to a place in front of the TV camera.






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Madeleine police issue plea for holiday snaps.
James Sturcke and agencies
Monday May 21, 2007

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British police today asked holidaymakers who had visited the Portuguese resort where four-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing to send in their photographs in an attempt to identify her abductor.

Officers said they were interested in any images taken at the Ocean Club resort or surrounding area in the Algarve in the two weeks before the child was taken.

It is understood that the pictures will be run through a cutting-edge facial recognition programme and cross-referenced against a database of images of UK paedophiles, other criminals and potential suspects. Police said they wanted photographs which included strangers in the background, and not family shots or panoramic photographs of empty scenery.

A special website - - was launched today to receive the anticipated deluge of digital photographs.

Jim Gamble, the chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), said the face recognition system could cope with 1,000 new images being submitted every hour. Any "meaningful information" would be passed on to Portuguese authorities.

"We are looking for anyone who was at the Ocean Club Resort or surrounding area in the two weeks leading up to Madeleine disappearance on Thursday May 3 who have photographs that might help our work.

"We don't want scenery shots, or pictures that just show your family, but look at your prints and see if there are, for instance, people in the background of the picture that at first you may not have noticed."

He also called for people who thought they had witnessed someone acting suspiciously or who believed that they knew where Madeleine might be being held, to immediately contact the centre.

"We do not know the reason why she was taken but the Portuguese authorities have searched extensively around Praia da Luz and she has not been found. It is possible she is being hidden or concealed in some way and if you know where then by now you may have realised it is in everybody's interest that she is returned to her family," he added.

Detective Chief Superintendent Anne Harrison, of the National Policing Improvement Agency, appealed for anyone who took part in the initial searches for Madeleine before the Portuguese authorities arrived at the scene to get in touch.

The appeal was launched by the British law enforcement agencies assisting the Portuguese authorities - Leicestershire Constabulary, the Association of Chief Police Officers, Ceop and the National Policing Improvement Agency.

People who did not have digital photos could take their images to any branch of Jessops where they could be scanned, Ceop added.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


By Matt Drake
Sunday May 20,2007

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THE prime suspect in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann last night refused an offer to take a lie detector test.

Robert Murat, 33, insists he did not snatch the four year-old.

But he has now hired a team of lawyers, fearing he could be arrested.

Police in the Algarve confirmed Murat is their chief suspect but under Portugese law they need further evidence before they can arrest him, let alone press charges.

It is believed they are waiting for the results of DNA samples. Yesterday it emerged that the jobless Murat, a former estate agent, had met Russian Sergey Malinka, the other man at the centre of the inquiry, the day before Madeleine was snatched.

Murat, whose claims of innocence are dogged by alleged inconsistencies, has refused to reveal what the encounter was about.

Last night detectives were examining fresh evidence that Malinka, 22, a Moscow-born IT expert, wiped clean hundreds of files on his computer hard drive minutes before police swooped on his apartment in Praia da Luz. He denies any involvement in her disappearance.

Both men have been questioned about a series of telephone calls between them in the hours immediately after Madeleine was taken from the up-market Mark Warner Ocean Club holiday resort 17 days ago. She was snatched while she slept next to her 18-month-old twin brother and sister, Sean and Amelie, while her parents, heart specialist Gerry McCann and his GP wife Kate, both 38, dined with friends at a tapas restaurant 100 metres away.


Portuguese police in Britain for Madeleine hunt.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


And to think I was worried this law was not going to pass. Let's get this train moving Nationwide!

Texas Lawmakers OK Death for Child Rape.
Associated Press Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas sex offenders who are twice convicted of raping children under 14 could get the death penalty under a bill state lawmakers approved Friday.

The state House passed Texas' version of "Jessica's Law," a crackdown on sex offenders who prey on children, a day after the Senate approved it.

The bill is named for Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was abducted and killed. More than a dozen states have passed versions of Jessica's Law.

Gov. Rick Perry has said he was open to the idea of the death penalty in child sex cases and that passage of a child sex offender bill is a legislative emergency. Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said the governor will wait to read the final version of the bill before deciding whether to sign it into law.

"The purpose is to make Texas a safer place for children and a more dangerous place for their predators," said Republican Rep. Debbie Riddle, the bill's House sponsor.

Texas would be the sixth state to add the death penalty for some child rape cases, although legal experts debate whether the punishment would be unconstitutional in cases where the victim did not die. Louisiana has an inmate on death row in a child sex crime, but that case is being appealed.

Democratic Rep. Lon Burnam called child sex crimes horrendous but said the state that executes more inmates than any other should not expand its use of the death penalty.

Victim advocates have warned that adding the death penalty would do more harm than good if it leads perpetrators to kill victims to avoid leaving witness.

The bill also creates a new category of crime - continual sexual abuse of a young child or children, carrying a minimum penalty of 25 years to life in prison.


Algarve police face mounting criticism.
John Follain and Steven Swinford, Praia da Luz
May 20, 2007

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LAST SUNDAY, a solitary figured stood outside the home of Robert Murat, the Englishman questioned in the Madeleine McCann case, as police forensic experts searched the villa.

A week on, searching questions are being asked about why Guilhermino da Encarnacao, the chief investigating officer, switched the focus of his inquiries on to one man. Even the police admit there is, to date, no credible evidence against Murat.

Described as a “desk strategist”, Encarnacao, a methodical 59-year-old officer, now heads one of the most intensively scrutinised police investigations in recent history.

There are questions over the resources and time spent investigating Murat. It has also emerged that Encarnacao was involved in a previous investigation of a missing child, which was hit by criticism. “As police we can’t make miracles happen,” he has said in one his few interviews. “Let’s hope God will allow us to solve the case.”

There were no miracles last week and after 17 days, Madeleine is still missing. The trauma consultants with the McCann family have gently helped them to at least consider the possibility that their daughter is now dead, although the couple are convinced she is still alive.

Police are widening their inquiry, with new searches in other European countries and northern Africa.

A report of a small child matching Madeleine’s description in Marrakesh on May 9 was yesterday reported to have been discounted.

The profile of the case remains as high as ever. A two-minute appeal was shown on the big screen at Wembley ahead of the Manchester United-Chelsea FA Cup Final. The website appealing for help has had more than 60m hits.

The results of forensic tests on Murat’s property are still awaited, but the questions are being asked: what was the evidence that initially made him a suspect? Were searches of properties connected to him conducted effectively? And why was he still allowed to attend witness interviews as a police translator while under suspicion?

Last week it emerged that Encarnacao was also involved in another high-profile missing child case when Joana Cipriano disappeared from her home in the village of Figueira on September 12, 2004, only seven miles from the coastal resort of Praia da Luz where Madeleine went missing on May 3.



Tax blow for search fund

A FUND to finance the international search for Madeleine McCann will be forced to pay Vat and denied tax breaks worth tens of thousands of pounds after being refused charitable status writes Mark Macaskill.

The Madeleine fund has already received almost £80,000 from the public and businesses. Madeleine’s parents had hoped for charity status for the fund but were turned down by the Charity Commission because the money raised is not for the “wider public good”.

Instead, the fund has been registered as a company, which means it is liable to pay Vat at 17.5% on advertising costs and goods designed to raise funds, such as stickers. Charities are eligible for “zero rate” tax relief on such expenses.

In addition, the fund will not benefit from gift aid, a form of tax relief that allows charities to claim from the government an additional 28p for every £1 they receive in donations. And tax will have to be paid on all interest accrued by the fund.

Last night the Treasury refused to intervene, insisting it was the preserve of HM Revenue & Customs to decide tax liability.

The development will embarrass Gordon Brown who told Madeleine’s family last week he would do all he could to help on “a practical and a personal level”.



I have to hand it to a self-righteous Congressman. While the majority of the Web-Sleuthing internet community is trying to solve crimes AGAINST VICTIMS, Congressman Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) says, 'LET'S PLAY BALL'!

Every once in a while there comes a Congressman so out of touch with reality that I have to step back and wonder to myself ~ What the heck is this guy smoking?

California Congressman calls for strong, swift action to QB Vick.

A California congressman has joined the cause against Michael Vick, firing off a letter Friday that urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to "act swiftly and forcefully" if the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was involved in dog fighting on his former property. U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) pointed out that he's a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which two years ago held highly publicized hearings on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports.

Lantos raised the prospect of government intervention if the NFL fails to discipline Vick.

"I am OUTRAGED that one of the National Football League's superstars is affiliated with such a heinous enterprise," Lantos wrote.

Last month, police raided a Virginia home owned by Vick and allegedly found evidence of a major dog-fighting operation, including dozens off malnourished and injured dogs. The quarterback has denied any wrongdoing, and no criminal charges have been filed against him.

Congressman Lantos where was the outrage when you went to the Netherlands? Did you forget there was a missing and presumed murdered American Citizen and her Family caught in the middle of an huge International problem?

I know Congressman Lantos, you only care about the young people that might get caught up in a steroid scandal or might look to Michael Vick to start their own dog-fighting ring. Such the hypocrite.

Your self righteous indignation leaves me wanting to puke. It's the same feeling I had when your colleague Congressman Spencer Bachus (R- 6 District Alabama) left his cryptic droppings all over the hallway of the House.

I know, there are more important things to address. Like Baseball.

It's a shame when Citizens are subjected to such poor leadership that they have to write about what a total and complete failure you are. I know Natalee is not as important as destroying a war effort by 110,000 of America's finest and bravest men and women. Baseball, Football, Steroids and Dogfighting get your undying attention and really gets your blood boiling huh?

Congressman Lantos did you get all hot under the collar and deliver the same stern warning to the Politicians when you visited the Hague?

February 26, 2007 U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, the Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, visited The Hague, primarily to consult with Dutch officials about foreign policy issues.
In the photo Congressman Lantos gives an interview to Dutch television news program "EenVandaag" ("Channel 1 Today"). The interview was broadcast on Wednesday, February 28, 2007.

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That was from a post I made 3-1-2007. Congressman Lantos had the opportunity to hand deliver a message from the American People, and took a pass. And it wasn't from Quarterback Michael Vick.

It's always a relief to see where a Politician's TRUE alliance lies. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Lantos to help anyone but himself.


One last comment Congressman Lantos. Will you call for a Government Intervention in Natalee Holloway's case? What about all the others that are missing and presumed dead on Aruba? Is this not matter of safety? Is this not a real reason to get an inquiry started?

If it serves you personally I would expect to see an inquiry launched tomorrow.



THE HUNT FOR MADELEINE: 11:40pm call on the night she went missing Murat told police he was at home in bed.

Russian: We have not spoken for a year.
Vanessa Allen And Martin Fricker In Praia Da Luz Vanessa.Allen@Mirror.Co.Uk 19/05/2007

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PHONE calls have cast doubt over the alibis of Madeleine McCann suspect Robert Murat and Russian computer expert Sergey Malinka.

Records show that the two men had a series of talks - including one at 11.40pm - soon after four-year-old Madeleine went missing from her apartment in Praia da Luz 16 days ago.

Murat, 33, has claimed that at the time he was asleep in his mother Jenny's nearby home.

Malinka, 22 - who also lives nearby - said in a newspaper interview he had not spoken to Murat for a year.

He claims he only knows him because he helped him with a laptop at 71-year-old Jenny's house.

Both men have refused to discuss the phone calls. Murat is the only suspect in the case. Malinka is being treated as a witness. They deny any involvement.

Detectives are said to be concerned that though Murat and Malinka claim to be only business acquaintances they were captured on CCTV speaking animatedly in the days after Madeleine vanished.

Murat also rented a hire car for three days after the abduction, possibly after he realised he was under police surveillance.

He told the hire firm it was because searchers wanted to use his car.

But yesterday his friend Tuck Price said Murat's own car had clutch problems.

Mr Price said Murat was "in a state of shock". He added: "Robert doesn't understand many of the things that have been printed about him.

"But he's very strong and mentally healthy. He doesn't need any kind of psychological help."

As fears grew that Madeleine had been smuggled out of Portugal, it emerged that police have still not checked CCTV cameras along the A22 motorway leading to Spain.

By last night the support website set up by the McCann family had received more than 65 MILLION hits just 48 hours after its launch.

The astonishing wave of support was backed by 22,000 messages.


Tourist says she saw Madeleine in Morocco..pleading with a man.
Vanessa Allen In Portugal 19/05/2007

A TOURIST is convinced she saw Madeleine McCann in Morocco - begging a man: "Can I see mummy soon?"

Marie Olli, 45, says the little blonde girl was in pyjamas and standing with a scruffy man in his 30s at a petrol station ten days ago.

She said yesterday: "I am sure it was Madeleine. She was a sweet girl with a very cute face. She was standing alone with a man about a metre from her. She looked sad and a little lost." Marie, left, said the girl turned to the man and said: "Can I see mummy soon?" She added: "When he saw me looking he turned away so I couldn't see his face."

Marie said he appeared to be British but did not seem to be the girl's dad. She added: "It seemed strange to see a small girl there. I'd have been holding her hand - but this man stood away from her."


Friday, May 18, 2007







I normally just post the videos to allow their words.

Today I will make an exception.

Yesterday there was a MAJOR development in the case of Jennifer Kesse. The video from the Huntington on the Green Apartment Complex at Americana and Texas has been released by the OLE.

Also, there was the offer of 1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR JENNIFER'S SAFE RETURN. This offer is available until JULY 4TH 2007.

Drew and Joyce Kesse are hopeful that someone somewhere will take advantage of this most generous offer and will do the right thing and provide the tip that will bring Jennifer home.

If you know where Jennifer is or who has her please call 407.722.2162

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Thursday, May 17, 2007





Madeleine police: We still lack evidence.
May 17, 2007

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Two weeks after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the Algarve, Portuguese police admitted this evening that they still do not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

At a news conference in Portimao, the provincial town close to the village of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine was last seen on the night of May 3, Olegario Sousa, the detective leading the investigation, said the latest man interviewed by police was not regarded as a suspect.

"To this moment we do not have enough evidence to arrest anybody," said Mr Sousa, the day after a Russian website designer was questioned by police because of his alleged links to Robert Murat, the British father identified as the only suspect in the case so far.

Mr Sousa said that several items had been seized from the home of Sergei Malinka, 22, who is believed to have had several telephone conversations with Mr Murat around the time of Madeleine's disappearance two weeks ago. But he conceded that Mr Malinka remained a witness in the case. He also dismissed reports in the Portuguese press today that police were investigating a sighting of a girl similar to Madeleine in a red car in southern Lisbon. Mr Sousa said the focus of the inquiry remained in the Algarve.

Earlier today, Mr Malinka said he had been ruined by his involvement in the investigation even though the computer equipment seized from his home was returned today after police found no incriminating evidence.

Mr Malinka, who lives with his parents just 500 yards from Madeleine’s holiday apartment, said: “My telephone number was on Mr Murat’s mobile phone.

"Everybody on his telephone has been spoken to. But I can’t comment on telephone calls. I’ve invested seven years of my life in this country trying to succeed and suddenly in one hour it’s all fallen apart.” Mr Malinka he was “completely” innocent and had no criminal record in any country.








Last night I received an email from Bill Gilmour. Because there are so many new faces that find my little blog everyday I'll take a second to introduce you to Bill. Bill is the Uncle of Jennifer Kesse. Jennifer has been missing since January 24TH 2006. I got to know Bill in December of 2006 when Grande and I developed what looked like some promising info in Jennifer's case. Where that info will go is now up to the Orlando Law Enforcement. We all hope it pans out, but in the event that it does not, we will keep Jennifer's name out there in the hopes someone will find her. We are not giving up. One tip and Jennifer is home. We are all waiting for that TIP. We all believe Jennifer is alive somewhere, and that is why she is the first person on my list of missing people on the right side.

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As I have said in the past, I find the Families of those MISSING truly remarkable. They give so much of themselves to help others through Foundations and Good Deeds. It boggles the mind how they do it while their hearts handle so much pain.

Yvonne DeVries has set up the Max To The Millions Foundation, Beth Twitty has set up The International Safe Travel Foundation, and Dave Holloway has set up the Natalee Holloway Foundation. Each Foundation helps someone less fortunate.

While getting to know Bill, I have discovered what others have known. He is one of the most caring and compassionate people around. He always has a kind word or a word of inspiration. I believe Bill places his destiny in God's Hands. He lets God handle what he can not. I learn from Bill and so can you.

Yesterday Bill sent me this remarkable video of a young man named Johnny. This is a true story that everyone can learn from. The message is simple, but sometimes we seem to gloss over the small things in life and need to be reminded.

Please take a second to view this terrific story. IT touched my heart and I'm sure it will touch your's.

**Thank you to Carpe Noctem for formatting it for us**

**Thank you to Grande for helping me develop the info on the POI in Jennifer's case. If that person is not the POI, it is one more person cleared off the list.**

Wednesday, May 16, 2007











Police Spend 3rd Day Searching Home of Suspect in Madeleine McCann's Disappearance.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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LISBON, Portugal — Police investigating the disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann searched the villa of their only official suspect Wednesday and questioned and searched the home of an associate of his.

Forensics experts spent their third day at the home of the 33-year-old British suspect Robert Murat. Officials said they were also examining computers and cell phones from the villa but declined to specify what they'd found.

Investigators also took in for questioning a Russian man identified by the media as Sergey Malinka after searching his apartment. Media reports said police removed a computer and other items from his apartment, which is located near a church the McCann's frequented.

Madeleine vanished after her parents left her, and her brother and sister, both aged 2, alone in their room while they went to a tapas bar inside the hotel complex in Praia da Luz, a sunny resort town in southern Portugal.

The child's disappearance has been the top story in Britain this month, leading newscasts and dominating front pages. The girl's family has set up a fund to help find her, and celebrities such as soccer star David Beckham have made public appeals on their behalf.


Sky News contributed to this report.

Police swoop on web designer's home.
Press Association
Wednesday May 16, 2007 8:58 PM

Police are investigating a web designer linked to the key suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Detectives swooped on the home of 22-year-old Sergey Malinka, who designed a website for suspect Robert Murat, in Praia da Luz.

After spending two hours inside, the plain clothes officers emerged carrying two hard drives, a laptop and a black bin bag full of items.

Mr Malinka, who neighbours said was Russian and lived in the town for around seven years, was brought out by the detectives and driven off.

During the search a courtyard surrounding the entrance to his apartment where he was believed to live with his parents, was sealed off.

The search followed the announcement on Tuesday by Portugal's Policia Judiciaria that they now had a suspect.

Mr Murat, who strenuously denies any involvement in Madeleine's abduction, was taken in for questioning by the PJ two nights ago before being released.





Fake Firefighter Targeted Anna Wintour
Fueled by Anger at the Fashion World, Peter Braunstein Wrote About His Desire to Kill Vogue Editor.
May 15, 2007

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The former fashion writer on trial in New York for kidnapping and sexual assault may have acted out his depraved fantasies on a former female colleague because he is mentally ill, according to a psychologist who testified at his trial as a defense witness.

And according to a personal manifesto recovered when he was arrested, Peter Braunstein had plenty of other targets in his sights, including powerful Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the inspiration for Meryl Streep's character in "The Devil Wears Prada." Braunstein's lawyers have admitted that he committed the assault, but they argue that he was too mentally ill to understand the implications of what he was doing.

The former media reporter for Women's Wear Daily, whose life went into a tailspin after he was fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, turned his feelings of rejection into an all-consuming anger at the perceived hypocrisy of the fashion world and the government, according to defense psychologist Barbara Kirwin, who interviewed him last year.




Martin Fricker in Praia da Luz 16/05/2007

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MADELEINE McCann suspect Robert Murat is in a love triangle with a couple also being grilled by police.

Briton Murat, 33, is the lover of German-born Michaela Walczuch who is married to Portuguese pool cleaner Luis Antonio.

All three match the descriptions of three people seen on CCTV at a petrol station outside Praia da Luz on the night Madeleine, four, disappeared 13 days ago.

Yesterday Murat, father of a four-year-old daughter, was formally classed a suspect by Portuguese police. But there is not enough evidence to charge him.

Police said: "We're not saying there's no evidence, just not enough."

Asked if he thought charges would be brought spokesman Olegario Sousa said: "Let's wait and see. We're hopeful this case will be over in the near future."

Murat told his family: "I'm innocent. My life has been ruined."

It emerged yesterday that he was under surveillance by police for more than a week before raiding the home in Praia da Luz he shares with his mother. It is only 150 yards from Madeleine's holiday apartment.


Martin Fricker in Praia da Luz 16/05/2007

THERE is a secluded alternative route known to locals between the apartment block where Madeleine vanished 13 days ago and the villa of suspect Robert Murat's widowed mum.

The most direct way between the two buildings is the 150-yard walk along Rua Agostinho Silva.

But the backstreet route, although longer, is unlit and deserted at night. Rua Agostinho Silva - lined with apartments - is popular with tourists heading to the Mark Warner resort's evening events but it is almost impossible to be spotted along the alternative.

Yesterday the Daily Mirror walked the back way to the villa where police are carrying out forensic searches. From the side gate leading out of the McCanns' apartment we turned right on to the street, then left across a small car park, down a little alleyway between two apartment blocks and round behind one of them. The alleyway is lined on one side by thick bushes which surround a field and by a 5ft wall on the other.

From there you simply turn left into a small private path - lined with thick shrubs on both sides - which leads to 71-year-old Jenny Murat's home, Casa Liliana.