Today we have news of a shiny new McCann appeal which yet again, looks like another back to front initiative from the Team...
Kate and Gerry McCann are launching their website in German this week in a bid to reach German tourists who were staying at the Ocean Club when Madeleine vanished.Apart from British and Dutch holidaymakers, who've long been canvassed directly, there were also German tourists who may have left the resort without talking to police about potential evidence that's not been considered.The McCanns have also given an interview to Bunte magazine in which they make new appeals for help in the search for their daughter who disappeared from the family's holiday apartment in May 2007.The couple's lawyers are studying the recent 30-page judgement from Portugal in which former cop Goncalo Amaral won an appeal to republish his book the 'The Truth of the Lie' which the McCanns had managed to get banned.They may appeal his appeal ahead of a full defamation claim they are still pursuing against Mr Amaral who claims that Madeleine died accidently in the apartment and her parents hid the "truth" by concocting an abduction theory.A defamation trial in Lisbon is unlikely to be heard until next year.
Good luck! I hope it brings many leads, although it beggars belief that the McCanns should choose the pomp and ceremony of hosting their site in German, in an attempt to target the few German holidaymakers that may have been there almost 4 years ago and who bizarrely may need reminding about this infamous case. Surprisingly, they would rather target Germany than take the advice of their crack investigation team and aim for the obvious... the Portuguese people themselves.
Madeleine vanished from Portugal and the Team's lead investigator Dave Edgar believes that the child is being held very close to Praia de Luz, within 10 miles infact. Just to make it glaringly clear - the following is a snipped interview with Mr Edgar from the Belfast Telegraph, he didn't tell me this personally!!.
"The Ulster detective leading the search for Madeleine McCann today reveals his most chilling theories yet. Dave Edgar told us he is convinced little Maddie is imprisoned in a hellish lair - just like kidnapped sex slave Jaycee Lee Dugard. He insisted the "back from the dead" reappearance of Jaycee confirmed his suspicion. And despite fresh leads taking his probe to Australia and Barcelona, the east Belfast man insists the golden-haired younster is being held just 10 miles from where she was snatched in Praia de Luz two years ago.
But he warned that the sprawling wilderness where he believes Maddie is languishing is almost impossible to search completely. Dave said he was convinced Maddie was entombed by an abductor in a cellar or dungeon. "Maddie is most likely being held captive, possibly in an underground cellar, just like Natascha or Elizabeth, and could emerge at any time," he told us.
He feels this is the lone prowler who has Maddie stashed in a cellar or dungeon in the lawless villages around Praia de Luz. But Dave warned: "This rural, sprawling terrain makes it extremely difficult to search. You could quite easily keep a child there for years and no-one else would know. The person who has Maddie is most likely a paedophile or a person so desperate for a family they were willing to kidnap for it. I wouldn't like to speculate on what is happening to her."
Dave says the region where he feels Maddie is being held has attracted any strange characters, including convicted sex offenders. "I don't want to generalise or make gross exaggerations, but there are people there living on the edges of society," Dave said."
This makes me wonder why the McCanns are now targetting Germany, when their lead man believes the answer lies where the whole sad version of events began, in Praia de Luz. Even though some of his outlandish comments appear xenophobic, extreme and wrong, Edgar is being paid to detect and advise, and being paid from the fund. Yet his advice is whoosh clunked into oblivion by his employers. I wonder why.
Anyway, yet again we can end with the immortal words of Dave Edgar...
"I don't know. We could still be sitting here in 10 years."
Here's hoping these words are just as worthless as all of his other horrendous fantasies.