This report from 4 May 2007 states: “Three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from her parents’ rented apartment in the Algarve last night as they dined nearby“.
However, whilst it is accepted that Madeleine was 3 when she disappeared, it is not accepted that she vanished whilst her parents dined out, nor is it accepted that the Tapas Bar is nearby. At first glance the report appears to be stating facts. As Kate McCann has said, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
It is quite possible that Madeleine vanished earlier on in the evening, before Gerry and Kate McCann went out to meet their friends for drinks and a meal at the Tapas Bar. There again, Madeleine could have vanished when Gerry went to do his check so only Kate was still at the Tapas Bar. Some commenters have even suggested that Madeleine could have disappeared on 2 May 2007. But, for now, I am sticking with 3 May 2007 as the Vanishing Point.
Gerry McCann has stated that drinking and dining out in the Tapas Bar was just like being in the back garden. It is not as nearby as that. I think it was approximately 200 yards away, and the apartment was not properly visible from either the Tapas Bar nor from where the Tapas 9 were sitting within the Tapas Bar.
It may have been the case, as a neighbour stated, that the McCanns were protective of Madeleine in Rothley. But, they were certainly not protective of her in Praia Da Luz on 3 May 2007. Besides, the McCanns had only been in Rothley 6 months. And with the McCanns appearances can be deceptive.
I think this next quote is telling: “Mr Hill said that despite the report by a family friend that the shutters to the couple’s apartment were broken, there was no sign that anyone had forced their way in while the McCanns ate at the tapas restaurant 200 yards away”.
“But family friend Jill Renwick told GMTV the McCanns were certain that Madeleine has been abducted”.
“They were just watching the hotel room and going back every half-hour and the shutters had been broken open and they had gone into the room and taken Madeleine,” she said.
“They went out about eight, went back in at nine, they were fine, went back in at 10 and she was gone”.
Very early on the McCanns version of events, in relation to the so-called break-in, was being challenged by John Hill the Ocean Club manager. The police and PJ also found no evidence of any break-in. However, this was the McCanns version of events and they were sticking to it. Roll out family friend Jill Renwick to reinforce the McCanns version of events.
Interesting that she should say that the McCanns were checking every half-hour, and yet going out at 8 and checking at 9 and then again at 10 is every hour not half hour! Also interesting that she said “they had taken Madeleine”. At least one version of events claims that Kate had said “They have taken Madeleine”. Perhaps, it is a reference to the version of events that a gang of paedophiles had been at work?
In any event, it’s “the McCanns were certain that Madeleine has been abducted”, which is interesting.
I would say that the McCanns were not certain of any such thing. They have to stick to that like super glue. It’s their explanation why their daughter has vanished apparently into thin air. But this is not a disappearing stage act. The McCanns are acting though. When it came to the questions, ‘what are we going to do?’ and ‘what are we going to say?’. Hey Presto! Play the paedo card and rely upon the paedophobia to make it believable.
The McCanns were disappointed when the police did not immediately go looking for this single paedophile or paedophile gang. They were searching for a missing girl who may have wandered off by herself. And, the McCanns claimed that the police were not doing anything at all. The police had to look at other possibilities.
The McCanns were certain that Madeleine had not simply just wandered off. But, they were not certain of an abduction. They knew exactly what had happened to Madeleine.