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Post  Dee Coy on Fri 03 Jun 2016, 1:50 pm

http://joana-morais.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/maddie-case-goncalo-amaral-returns-to.html

I've never seen this interview before. Blimey, it goes into some detail.

Never knew that Kate had been out jogging, saw a large number of reporters on the cliff area, and wrote in her diary she suspected a body had been found.

Never heard of 'Control Risks', the first private detectives apparently hired by the McCanns during the initial investigation.

In fact, lots of detail in there that consolidates a lot of what the PJ believe happened. And their view in 2012 hadn't changed from that in 2007.

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Post  costello on Fri 03 Jun 2016, 2:22 pm

I haven't seen this before either Dee Coy interesting. I have seen the photographs of Gerry
and friend (not sure of his name Michael Wright?) at the rock-pools and often wondered if
they were trying to find something? a piece of evidence? Just my thoughts.
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Post  Andrew on Fri 03 Jun 2016, 5:02 pm

Yeah it's a good video and very interesting. I could of sworn it was already on here somewhere from ages ago... Had a good look but can't seem to find it so good stuff Dee for putting it up.
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Post  poster on Sat 11 May 2019, 1:02 pm

Just wanted to revisit the 'blue bag' about which there has been speculation.

On page 242 of her book, Kate writes: "A witness claims to have seen Gerry and me carrying a big black bag and acting suspiciously. This was absolute nonsense, but 'evidence' of this kind came down to one person's word against another. And it appeared that, as far as the PJ were concerned, our word counted for little."

These little gems appear throughout Kate's book and they are fascinating, in their own way.

First off, why did Kate mention the big bag at all? She didn't have to. But I think we get a taste of Kate's modus operandi here. She just can't help herself, imo.

She calls it a 'black' bag. From photographs taken by the police we can see that a large blue bag was in a cupboard in the McCanns' apartment and Dr Amaral talks about a blue golf or sports bag in the interview up-thread. So there seems little doubt that the bag in question is blue.

But Kate wants to lead us off the scent, as it were, and by claiming the bag seen by a witness was black she can muddy the waters a bit, as well as create distance between what was seen by a witness to what might actually have happened. ('The witness saw a black bag so it can't have been us because we were carrying a blue bag!')

I wonder who the witness was though? Maybe there were several witnesses? Is this partly why Kate included the account, to muddy the waters  and downplay its significance? Maybe it wasn't just  'one person's' word against another'?

Maybe several or even many witnesses saw Gerry and her with a big bag acting suspiciously so the 'evidence' against them might have been quite strong and not just, 'one person's word against another?'

It is on record that Kate and  Gerry both played a lot of tennis on Thursday.  They also had a couple's tennis session - the first and only of the week.  Might this possibly mean that a sport's bag made frequent appearances on Thursday in different locations around the Ocean Club?

It is on record from at least one of the TM witness statements that the mens' social tennis ended late, so they had to take the rackets back with them to an apartment rather than storing them in the sports' pavilion.

All of the above does slightly beg the question that if a blue sports' bag had been used to hide a small child carry tennis rackets/kit around on Thursday then surely it is going to be suspicious if the bag - first photographed by the PJ some time after their arrival at apartment 5A - then mysteriously disappears later that night?  Why not make sure the bag was removed before the PJ arrived? Or just leave it in the cupboard?

Or did they not have time between ending the men's social tennis session late (and taking the rackets back with them to the apartment) and then going out to dinner?

That the blue bag disappeared some time after the PJ had arrived and photographed is clearly very suspicious and it also tends to points towards a last-minute panic and lack of planning. Was the blue bag supposed to disappear some time after 9pm that evening when the shutters were supposed to be jemmied etc? But it didn't - leading to the thorny problem of how to hide a large blue sports bag after the alarm was raised but before police arrived? In other words, at around the time that the Smith family saw Smith-man carrying a child?

Did the early search and rescue dogs alert to the bag?


Just theorizing, as always.


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Post  poster on Sat 11 May 2019, 1:06 pm

The blue bag was according to this report used by Gerry McCann to carry sports' kit only hours before Madeleine's disappearance.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1573575/Gerry-McCanns-tennis-bag-is-focus-of-inquiry.html
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