Sunday, 4 October 2009

Madeleine McCann: Gobbling Up The Past

I have recently read a story by Stephen King, called, "The Langoliers." In this story, a plane full of people slips through a rip in the space-time continuum and travels into the past. There are some strange phenomena in the story in the shape of coloured balls that bounce around, gobbling up everything in their path. We are told that these are facets of time, erasing the past into blackness. One of the characters in the story believes that these are, "The Langoliers," the bogeymen from his childhood, who were constantly seeking him. His father told him they would get him and get him they did in the story, as the strange coloured balls gobbled up everything as they wove their seemingly random lines of erasure through the landscape of the past.

In the Stephen King story, the random lines woven by The Langoliers merge into a solid blackness. The past, according to the story, is a place where nothing exists anymore. In this strange land of the past, there are no people. People have moved on, the story says, and so the past is uninhabited.

The McCanns and their sycophantic friends in the media are doing just that: trying to gobble up the past, make it disappear into blackness, like it never existed. They have tried to gag Dr Amaral and then Tony and Debbie of the Madeleine Foundation. They now turn their attention to the dogs, a very significant aspect of the past history of the investigation. We know that Eddie, the Enhanced Victim Recovery Dog, is trained to alert to where a human body has been. Eddie can detect the odour of death years after a human body has been removed from a place where it rested, even for a short while. Any surface or material capable of absorbing dispersed particles, will retain the odour of death, and Eddie will find it.

David Rose, in today's Sunday Mail does his best to discredit Eddie and his handler Martin Grime, in an article about the, "bungled," investigation at the Haut de la Garenne former children's home in Jersey. By discrediting the work in Jersey, David Rose feels he can then negate the indications offered by Eddie in the Madeleine McCann case.

"Eddie the sniffer dog - the animal that had supposedly found the 'scent of death' in the Portuguese flat where Madeleine McCann disappeared."

So, Mr David Rose, does Eddie's success in over 200 previous cases cease to exist? Have the Langloliers swallowed up the landscape where Eddie detected the odour of death in a burnt-out vehicle that led to the arrest of the person who murdered Attracta Harron in Ireland? Amongst others was the case of Amanda Edwards, who was reported missing. Eddie was brought in and he alerted to cadaver odour on tools stored in the boot of Amanda's partner's car. The police then went to the building site where the partner had worked, and discovered the body.

Like The Langoliers, the writer has made Eddie's past success disappear into blackness.

Eddie is trained to detect human cadaver odour. In Jersey, he alerted to the odour he is trained to find and humans found a piece of coconut shell. This does not indicate failure on Eddie's part.

Martin Grime is quoted in today's Mail On Sunday article:

"Asked about the 'human remains' found by Eddie that turned out to be coconut, Grime said bizarrely: 'People aren't right 100 per cent of the time. Otherwise they wouldn't be human.'

The fact is that Eddie is not trained to find "human remains," but to find the odour that emanates from a human corpse. There may still be a body in situ, but as in many of Eddie's previous successful missions, there was no body in Jersey and no body in the McCanns' holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. Eddie finds the odour he is trained to detect. It is then up to the humans to find any corroborating evidence there is to be found.

The McCanns would love the evidence of a past that pointed to their involvement in their daughter's disappearance to slip quietly into blackness, gobbled up by their gagging and misinformation. However, that past has not disappeared into blackness. It exists in the memories of the police officers, English and Portuguese, who investigated Madeleine's disappearance. It also exists in the police files, which the McCanns have had access to and in which they claim there is nothing that gives the impression that serious harm has come to Madeleine. (See footnote)

That past, where a little girl called Madeleine Beth McCann existed and had a whole life ahead of her, where she disappeared into thin air on the night of May 3rd 2007, will not disappear into blackness while there are dedicated people like Dr Gonçalo Amaral and Tony and Debbie of the Madeleine Foundation. This past is inhabited by people and memories and Eddie the cadaver dog and one day the truth will be known, "The Truth Of The Lie."

Footnote: From the official police files of the investigation, this is an extract from the report presented by Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida, a friend and colleague of Gonçalo Amaral, who worked on the case with Dr Amaral:

From everything that is exposed, the process files result in the following:

A: the minor Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, on the night of the 3rd of May 2007;

B: a simulation of an abduction took place;

C: in order to render the child’s death impossible before 22H00, a situation of checking of the McCann couple’s children while they slept was made up;

D: Kate McCann and Gerald McCann are involved in the concealment of the cadaver of their daughter, Madeleine McCann;

E: at this moment, there seem to be no strong indications that the child’s death was not the result of a tragic accident, yet;

F: from what has been established up to now, everything indicates that the McCann couple, in self-defence, doesn’t want to deliver the cadaver immediately and voluntarily, and there is a strong possibility that it was moved from the initial place of deposition. This situation may raise questions concerning the circumstances in which the death of the child took place.”