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Madeleine McCann: The Forbidden Investigation

Madeleine McCann: The Forbidden Investigation was written by former police detective Gonçalo Amaral, who led the Madeleine investigation in the first five months after the three-year-old’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in October 2007.

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Chapter 1

Precipitation? Certainly not

February 2008, nine months after Maddie’s disappearance – it’s Carnival Sunday:

In the distance the shots of the hare hunters can be heard, resounding above the low-growing vegetation of the Barrocal.

On waking, I decide to stay at home. Recently, I’ve had no wish to go out, to go walking or to meet people. I yearn instead for peace and silence. That morning, the sun was shining, promise of a lovely day: but in the afternoon, the rain began to fall, ruining the fête and the parades.

From the window I admire the Algarve countryside: the pink and snowy-white of the almond trees contrasting with the blue of the sea that is glimpsed in the distance.

Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone – more and more unusual of late – brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.

Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone – more and more unusual of late – brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.

From the receiver, a friendly voice, swinging between anger and sadness, asks me:

– How are you? Have you heard our national director’s interview?

I reply no and wonder what the clearly perceptible anxiety of my questioner is due to.

– He says we were precipitous. That placing the couple under investigation was premature….I wonder what’s come over him. He totally validated that decision. What is he intending to do? End the investigation?

He is alluding to the investigations undertaken after the disappearance of a little English girl of nearly four years of age during the night of May 3rd to 4th 2007, at the Ocean Club, one of the many tourist complexes in the village of Luz in Lagos, Portugal. She was called Madeleine Beth McCann and she was sleeping in a bedroom in the apartment block, beside her sister and her brother – twins aged 2 years.

Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone – more and more unusual of late – brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.

From the receiver, a friendly voice, swinging between anger and sadness, asks me:

– How are you? Have you heard our national director’s interview?

I reply no and wonder what the clearly perceptible anxiety of my questioner is due to.

– He says we were precipitous. That placing the couple under investigation was premature….I wonder what’s come over him. He totally validated that decision. What is he intending to do? End the investigation?

He is alluding to the investigations undertaken after the disappearance of a little English girl of nearly four years of age during the night of May 3rd to 4th 2007, at the Ocean Club, one of the many tourist complexes in the village of Luz in Lagos, Portugal. She was called Madeleine Beth McCann and she was sleeping in a bedroom in the apartment block, beside her sister and her brother – twins aged 2 years.

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Each Sunday and Wednesday we will publish the latest chapters of Madeleine McCann: The Forbidden Investigation – the book written by Police Detective Gonçalo Amaral who, for the first crucial five months after the disappearance of little Maddie, led the police investigation.

We at NOTW Online have considerable sympathy for the McCann family who have obviously suffered terribly from this tragedy. We have no views and can offer no theory behind the disappearance of young Madeleine – that is not our role.

What we believe however, is that as responsible publishers we must allow the reader the option of deciding. It is for this purpose that we have elected to publish the view of former Portuguese police detective Gonçalo Amaral.

The book, originally written in Portuguese, has been translated into English. We neither affirm nor deny the contents of the book, but we at NOTW Online have the duty of delivering news and support the right for English speaking people to read it and decide the truth for themselves.

 

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