martes, julio 28, 2020

The murder of Madeleine McCann: searches near Hanover

The German police have been searching an allotment between Hanover-Ahlem and Seelze-Letter since the early hours of the morning. According to the public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig, the action is linked to Madeleine McCann, who disappeared 13 years ago. The site was cleared, and an excavator is also in use. 

The police have been searching the area directly on the Linden branch channel since this morning (July 28, 2020) with a large-scale operation . According to HAZ information, the area between Klöcknerstraße, Kanal and B441 was completely cleared, and a mini excavator is also in use. The investigators are silent about exactly what is suspected there.
A spokeswoman for the Braunschweig public prosecutor's office only confirmed that it was a joint action with the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). According to HAZ the searches are related to Madeleine McCann murder. 
Source: HAZ

viernes, julio 24, 2020

The murder of Madeleine McCann: no news

No news. If the person who called from mobile phone number +351 916510683 to mobile phone number +351 912730680, on may 3, 2007, at 19:32, does not appear, the murder of Madeleine could go unpunished.
Maybe Bernhard P. or Michael T. could provide more data given their closeness to Christian B. at that time. The evidence of the death of Madeleine comes from material recovered by German police at Neuwegersleben since February, 2016. See this Bild news.
The VW Westfalia where Christian B. and Michael T. lived and which was bought by Bernhard P., who was considered "best friend" of Christian in 2007

martes, julio 21, 2020

The murder of Madeleine McCann: Nicole F. was not involved in the crime

Despite the news, there is not evidence Nicole F. was involved in the crime of Madeleine McCann. It is true that Nicole was in contact with Christian B. by the time Madeleine was abducted and killed, but their relationship did not include being "partners in crime".
Photo: Nicole F. (Express Digest)
There is also no evidence at all that Nicole was involved in the strange robbery of € 100,000 on November 4, 2007. I say "strange" because of the amount of money in cash the two women had in their house, according to the Portuguese TV programme "Sexta as 9". 
The priority by now, in the case of Madeleine, is to locate the user of the mobile phone +351 916510683, who made the call to the mobile phone number assigned to Christian B. on May 3, 2007.

jueves, julio 16, 2020

The abduction of Madeleine McCann: What do I think about the last developments?

Many readers asked me what do I think about the last two months developments on Madeleine McCann crime. This post will not be only based on objective facts, but also on subjective interpretations of the official statements and the news.

Since 2013 it was my thought that Madeleine McCann was abducted by a burglar, and killed soon afterwards. I think that the German authorities now have proof that Madeleine is sadly dead, and that that proof could be imagery (pictures or videos) found in Christian B. belongings. But also that that alleged imagery would not be enough to link Christian B. directly with the crime.

So, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) and the German prosecutor, H. Christian Wolters, need to link Christian B. with the crime scene. A first step is the call received by Portuguese mobile phone number +351 912 730 680, from 19:32 to 20:02, on May 3, 2007. The call demonstrates that the user who received the call was in the zone of Praia da Luz at the time, and that it was possible for this person to walk to Apartment 5A, the primary crime scene, reaching it between 21:10 and 22:00. But BKA and Wolters need to prove that the person who was using the mobile phone and received the call was Christian B.

In a recent email Wolters was very kind to tell me that "we are currently restricting ourselves to the assumption that the mobile phone number that we assign to our suspect was between 7:32 p.m. and 8:02 p.m. in the phone cell that also covers the McCann family's apartment on May 3, 2007" and that it is "currently unclear whether and when we will file charges against the suspect for the murder of Madeleine McCann". 

Clearly they need to find a solid link between Christian B. and the crime. A great step would be finding the person who made the above mentioned call from the mobile phone +351 916 510 683. But there are other possibilities, for example finding pictures, videos, or witnesses who could demonstrate that link, or maybe DNA evidence collected in Apartment 5A the day after the abduction could match Christian B's similar DNA profiles.
I think the German BKA and Wolters are in the right path, they solved the crime, but need more evidence to file charges against their suspect.

domingo, julio 12, 2020

The abduction of Madeleine McCann: Persons of interest

Professional journalists (as well as amateur journalists like myself) do not have all the information about the crime of Madeleine McCann to draw a clear picture.
Photo: Christian B's VW Westafalia van.
For example, there are three persons of great interest for the investigation, related to Christian B. that could not be contacted by journalists til now. I am referring to Bernhard, Nicole, and Roman.
By the time Madeleine was abducted Nicole was living in a house at Foral, and her boyfriend was Roman. She was running a rehabilitation programme for troubled teenagers from Germany. But according to Nicole neighbours, Christian B was living there too, and using the VW Westfalia van published by the German pólice. But the same neighbours said that Nicole had left Roman, and became Christian's girlfriend, and surpisingly, Roman continued at the house.
On the other hand, Bernhard was considered the best friend of Christian B by the time. He was the owner of a breaker's yard, a few km from Foral, the same yard where police recovered the VW Westfalia van used by Christian.
I knew Nicole and Bernhard were quizzed by German police, and maybe Roman was quizzed too, but we do not know what they said. Now the Olive Press informed that "Nicole was [Christian B's] partner in crime". And Bernhard? And Roman?
Vital information is also contained in the five files with mobile phone records, from the three Praia da Luz antennas, for the days 2, 3 and 4, May 2007. I now know that the call between the mobile phone numbers 912730680 and 916510683 on May 3, given by the police, is recorded in one of these files.
But maybe not only the journalists do not know relevant information from the case: the three main police forces involved, Polícia Judiciária (PJ), Scotland Yard (SY) and Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), seems to be investigating independently, not sharing all the data between them. There is not a Joint Investigation Team. Were PJ searching wells in Boca do Rio beach, Vila do Bispo,  in conjunction with BKA or SY, or were they searching by themselves?

jueves, julio 09, 2020

The abduction of Madeleine McCann: what will the German prosecutor and the BKA do from now?

I will try to guess the following steps that the German prosecutor of the Braunschweig public prosecutor's office, Hans Christian Wolters,  and the Bundeskriminalamt, will do from now, regarding the case of Madeleine McCann and his main suspect, Christian B.


1. They will try to find matches between the forensic material collected in apartment 5A, the scene of the crime, the day after the abduction, and Christian B's nuclear and mitochondrial DNA profiles and fingerprints. The material collected in apartmente 5A consisted basically in hair and fingerprints.

2.  They will try to find the user of Portuguese mobile phone number 916 510 683 who called Portuguese mobile phone number 912 730 680. The call was on May 3, 2007, from 19:32 to 20:02.
3.  They will try to confirm that the user of Portuguese mobile phone number 912 730 680 was Christian B. The mobile was somewhere in Luz, no more than 2 or 3 km from apartment 5A, and the abduction took place on May 3, 2007, between 21:10 and 22:00.
4. They will try to find evidence (for example DNA, clothes, or a body) that Madeleine was in one of the places where Christian B lived. Mainly in Foral, but also in Monte Judeu.
5. They will try to find witnesses, people who may know what happened that night, and that should be encouraged to talk now that the main suspect will be in prison for a while. The people may be persons who were close to Christian B by the time, like Nicole from Foral, or his "British girlfriend" (María?), or other people who may circunstantially know what happened.
I do not know more of the "concrete evidence" Wolters and the BKA have against Christian B. Even the Scotland Yard Operation Grange team and the Portuguese Policía Judiciária do not know. So my list is almost surely not complete.

The Daily Star have just published that "[d]etectives are now checking with banks in Portugal to see if the pay-as-you-go [mobile phone] number [916 510 683] was topped up at an ATM, according to reports." See item 2. above.


viernes, julio 03, 2020

The abduction of Madeleine McCann: this is the antenna activated by the alleged mobile phone of Christian B.

The German prosecutor of the Braunschweig public prosecutor's office and the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) said that the mobile phone number + 351 912 730 680 activated an antenna of Praia da Luz, on May 3, 2007, from 19:32 to 20:02. The user of this mobile phone number was, allegedly, Christian B, the main suspect in Madeleine McCann abduction. The number of the mobile phone that made the call was + 351 916 510 683, and activated an antenna outside Praia da Luz.
This is part of the technical specifications of the antenna activated in Praia da Luz, it had 8 elements:
Element 268-01-24-1704: azimuth 40º.
Element 268-01-24-14424: azimuth 40º.
Element 268-01-24-1709: azimuth 280º.
Element 268-01-24-1707: azimuth 40º.
Element 268-01-24-32023: azimuth 280º.
Element 268-01-24-14426: azimuth 280º.
Element 268-01-24-32021: azimuth 40º.
Element 268-01-24-1706: azimuth 280º.
Located to the South of apartment 5A, this antenna covered much of Praia da Luz and surroundings. So, was the mobile phone + 351 912 730 680 close to the Ocean Club? Considering that the Ocean Club had a lot of apartments throughout Praia da Luz, probably yes. And close to Madeleine's apartment 5A?  We do not know how close, it could be meters, hundreds of meters, or more than a kilometer.
Part of the zone covered by the antenna. Circled in yellow, Madeleine McCann's block of apartments.
We could get more info if the record of the call indicates the element(s) activated. The location of the mobile phone would be in the East of Praia da Luz when the element activated had an azimuth of 40º, or in the West when the element activated had an azimuth of 280º. If besides the element(s) activated we have the "tilt" of the same, we could know if the mobile phone was in the South part, or in the North part, of Praia da Luz.
In any case, the position of the mobile phone at 20:02 would permit to its user to be in apartment 5A, simply walking, from 21:10 and 22:00.