Thursday, October 22, 2020

Being Careful & Precise About The New Standing Of The Madeleine McCann Case

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1. Two Cases That Reverberate On

Meredith’s death and Madeleine’s disappearance and probable death happened in the same year: 2007.

They also have in common official investigations misrepresented with lurid conspiracy theories by seemingly xenophobic online trolls.

We have proved the Italian investigation into Meredith’s murder to in fact have been extremely sound. The initial Portuguese investigation was not so good but British and now German investigators who are among the world’s best have added their considerable expertise.

Prosecutor Wolters on Sky News In June

2. The Official German Claims

In June, Hans Christian Wolters - the lead prosecutor (Erster Staatsanwalt) at the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor’s Office - announced to the media that he believed Madeleine McCann had been abducted and murdered by a German man who was currently in prison in Germany.

This man has been identified by reliable media as Christian Brueckner; however, Germany strict privacy laws prevent the authorities and journalists from referring to his full name in the media.

Any German and anyone who has lived in Germany and is familiar with the culture would have sat up and taken notice of this bombshell revelation, because they will know German prosecutors are uber cautious and would never under any circumstances make hyperbolic or rash statements to the public.

They know that Hans Christian Wolters wouldn’t have said Madeleine is dead and the suspect [Christian Brueckner] killed her unless he had concrete evidence to substantiate his claim; and that’s exactly what he has explained repeatedly to the media.

“We have concrete evidence that our suspect has killed Madeleine and this means she is dead.”

“We have strong evidence that Madeleine McCann is dead and that our suspect killed her.”

“...we have enough evidence to say our suspect killed Madeleine McCann.”




3. UK Officialdom Goes Along

The significance of Hans Christian Wolters’ comments wasn’t lost on Simon Foy (above).

He was the most senior murder detective at Scotland Yard and he was part of Operation Grange - which was Scotland Yard’s investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. He thought it is significant that German authorities have said Madeleine McCann is dead.

“My experience of working with the German police is that they are very careful what they say publicly. They would have recognised the significance of it. They would have recognised the international sensitivity of it and they wouldhave probably recognised the public interest in it and so the fact they [the German investigators] have made that statement is of itself significant.”

The German Federal Police (the BKA) have been working with the UK’s Scotland Yard and the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) - which is the national criminal investigation police agency of Portugal.

DCI Mark Cranwell, who is leading the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, confirmed to the media in June that Christian Brueckner is a suspect.

He said this was a “significant development” and they had been working on this general line of inquiry for a couple of years.

Scotland Yard are officially labeling the case as a missing persons case, but in reality they’re treating the case as a murder inquiry. They know full well that in most stranger-child abductions, the child is sexually assaulted and killed.

The fact that they have said Christian Breucker - a convicted paedophile and rapist with multiple convictions for sexually abusing children - is a suspect is significant. You only need to have a modicum of common sense to join the dots and read between the lines.



Holger Munch (right) head of BKA

4. About The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)

Hans Christian Wolters isn’t a maverick prosecutor who has put forward his own personal theory on the case to grab a few headlines in the media. He has made it crystal clear that this is a murder case - not a missing persons case.

“This is a murder case not a missing persons case. We have been quite clear throughout that we are investigating a murder and have evidence for that.”

The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) have have also explicitly stated that the crime is murder on their homepage:

Delikt: Mord
Tatort: Praia da Luz / Portugal
Tatzeit: 03.05.2007
Crime: Murder
Crime scene: Praia da Luz / Portugal
Time of the crime: 03.05.2007

The BKA are the German equivalent of the American FBI or the Italian RIS Carabinieri.



BKA central labs

They fight terrorism, international drug-trafficking, the growth of organised crime and their forensic scientists collect DNA and forensic evidence from crime scenes.

Police officers who want to join the BKA have to study at the Federal University - Departmental Branch of the Federal Criminal Police - for three years at different locations.

They have to study and pass examinations in a variety of subjects e.g. law, criminal proceedings, constitutional law, criminology, police tactics, ethics and they also receive traditional police training like martial arts such as Krav Maga, Jiu Jiutsu, Judo, shooting, basic driving and crime scene investigation.

The video below gives a brief history of the BKA.

The Bundeskriminalamt’s Forensic Science Institute has state-of-the-art laboratories and they use the latest cutting-edge technology.

Germany is one of a few countries in the world that has the technology to test LCN DNA and present it as evidence in court.

The BKA’s DNA experts were part of the disaster investigations team sent to the scene of the 2004 Asian tsunami to identify victims.

It’s not the first time the BKA’s forensic experts have provided assistance to authorities in other countries. They ascertained that the tanker lorry loaded with liquid gas which exploded in front of a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia in 2002 was a coordinated attack - not an unfortunate accident.

Whilst investigating a series of murders commited by the National Socialist Underground in 2012, the BKA collected, stored and analysed more than 5,500 pieces of evidence. That case highlights the professionalism of the BKA’s forensic experts and underlines just how meticulous and painstaking their work is.

The PJ’s investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance was riddled with critical mistakes. They didn’t process the crime scene during the “golden hour”. The golden hour is the term used for the period immediately after an offence has been committed which gives forensic police officers the best opportunity to collect DNA and forensic evidence.

They didn’t treat Madeleine’s disappearance as a crime until the next day. They ignored what the Forensic Science Service told them with regard to the DNA results being inconclusive and they allowed the apartment where the McCanns were staying to be rented out before they had finished processing the crime scene.

The new BKA forensic labs (Forensic Science Institute) in Wiesbaden.

The video below gives more information about the German Forensic Science Unit.


5. How The BKA Investigation Into The Case Began

In 2017, Kate and Gerry McCann appealed for information about their missing daughter Madeleine on a German television programme Aktenzeichen XY…ungelost (File XY…unsolved). It led to someone contacting the BKA.

This person told the BKA that he had seen a video of Christian Brueckner raping an elderly woman. The witness gave the BKA information that led to Christian Brueckner being convicted of the rape a 72-year-old American woman in Praia du Luz in 2005.

There is no doubt that Christian Brueckner is guilty of raping this woman because his DNA was recovered from the crime scene. This is one of the reasons why the BKA and the German prosecutors regard the witness as being credible.

The same witness claims Christian Brueckner admitted that he had abducted Madeleine.

The BKA decided to investigate further because he had proven to be a credible witness and they discovered Christian Brueckner’s mobile pinged the phone mast that covers the Ocean Club shortly before Madeleine was abducted.

Officers with the BKA’s Department SO25 set up a special taskforce to investigate Brueckner. They will have discovered that he has a number of convictions for sexually abusing children over a long period of time - which lends more credibility to the claim that he is responsible for Madeleine’s abduction.

Some of the Anti-McCann trolls on Twitter have questioned the claim in the media that Christian Bruckner has been imprisoned for sexually abusing children - but it’s stated right there in black and white on the BKA’s website.

“Furthermore, the suspect [Christian Brueckner] was sentenced on numerous occasions to prison terms for sexual abuse of children in the past.” (The BKA website).

The BKA searched a deserted factory factory owned by Brueckner and they discovered USB sticks and a hard drive with over 8,000 images of abuse hidden in plastic bags and buried.

Mark T Hofmann - a German criminal profiler and intelligence analyst - pointed out that this is significant because it proves that Christian Brueckner is a paedophile who obsessed with sexual abuse.



BKA investigators

6. Brueckner Seemingly Incriminates Himself

The BKA also discovered an online conversation about Madeleine between Christian Brueckner and another paedophile.

Christian Brueckner has also fantasised about abducting and abusing a small child for days in a chatroom conversation. He allegedly said he wanted to “capture something small and use it for days”

“Oh, if the evidence is destroyed afterwards…I will document exactly how they will be tortured.”

“Well let’s see, not only talking but also doing it!”

Profilers at the BKA describe Brueckner in their report as a psychopath who is capable of anything.

He reportedly didn’t show the slightest flicker of remorse or any empathy for the six-year-old girl he sexually abused in Germany when he was a teenager.

At his trial at Wuerzburg District Court, he was asked by the juvenile judge what he thought about his actions and he replied: “I didn’t think anything.”

Serafim Vieira, a lawyer who represented Christian Brueckner in a separate case, believes Brueckner may have may have abducted Madeleine and had “psychopathic traits”.

“I believe he could be behind the disappearance of Maddie”

“I can’t say he didn’t have a psychopathic temperament - on the contrary.”

Hans Christian Wolters has said they have concrete evidence against Christian Brueckner that they haven’t shared with the British or Portuguese police because it could jeopardise their investigation.

He wouldn’t have said this if it wasn’t true. The German police and prosecutors are above reproach in such matters.



Triangulation by phone towers in red

7. A Closer Look At The Mobile Phone Evidence

In 2007 Scotland Yard’s top digital analysis expert went to Praia da Luz.

He mapped out how different mobile phone masts served various parts of the Praia da Luz resort and nearby areas.

This information help police to check the alibis of any suspects who used mobile phones that night.

After the German Federal police, the BKA, had been given Christian Brueckner’s name in connection with Madeleine’s disappearance, they asked Scotland Yard for the mobile phone data for all the calls that were made in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007.

They had to painstakingly sift through a huge amount of data, looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Through this they discovered that Christian Bruecker used his phone for 30 minutes that evening close to the Ocean Club.

Martin Brunt - a reporter for Sky News who has covered the case from the beginning - was one of the first journalists to reveal this information.

“It is thought he [Christian Brueckner] was close to the apartment where she [Madeleine] was sleeping.”

This corroborates the claim of the credible witness who said that Christian Brueckner was responsible for Madeleine’s abduction - it certainly doesn’t contradict it.

If Christian Brueckner’s mobile phone had pinged a phone mast in Germany or in another part of Portugal, he could have been eliminated as a suspect there and then.

Of course, the mobile phone evidence alone isn’t enough proof that Christian Brueckner abducted and killed Madeleine

But as in Meredith’s case (as the Supreme Court ruled in annulling the Hellman outcome in 2012) all the pieces of evidence have to be considered wholly - not separately and in isolation from the other pieces of evidence.

This is a point that the prosecutor in the news Hans Christian Wolters made.

“All I can say is this is like a puzzle and there are many pieces that lead us to believe Christian B is responsible.”

Mobile phone evidence can narrow down someone’s location to a very small area:

  • In a UK case Jessica Chapman’s mobile phone was just outside or inside Ian Huntley’s home in Soham on the day she and Holly Wells disappeared

  • In Meredith’s case Amanda Knox’s mobile phone was in a small area of Perugia where she was on her way to work at 8:18pm on the night of the murder.

She was definitely not at Sollecito’s apartment as she claimed. One of the more damning pieces of evidence in the case.

Hans Christian Wolters clearly believes the mobile phone evidence places Christian Bruecker in the close vicinity of the Ocean Club shortly before Madeleine was abducted.

“One of the pieces [of evidence] is the signal from the mobile phone he was using at the time Madeleine McCann disappeared and has been shown to have been in the area of the Ocean Club resort where she was staying.”



Liz Hayes

Australian reporter Liz Hayes pressed him on this matter:

Liz Hayes: “So what you’re saying to me is that you can place Christian Brueckner at the scene [the Ocean Club]?”

Hans Christian Wolters: “Yes, we think so.”

According to Liz Hayes, Christian Brueckner’s mobile phone was used just outside the Ocean Club

That phone call was triangulated.

8. Finally, What Could The Concrete Evidence Be?

Journalists Liz Hayes (60 Minutes Australia) and Sandra Felgueiras (Sexta As 9) both seem to think the BKA found photographs or a video of Madeleine on one of Christian Brueckner’s USB sticks or hard drives.

If this is true, it’s damning evidence against CB. It would certainly explain why Hans Christian Wolters and the BKA are absolutely adamanat that Christian Brueckner killed Madeleine.

Hans Christian Wolters has repeatedly refused to answer the question when he was asked whether they had found any photographs or videos of Madeleine.

“At the moment, I am not allowed to comment on that, so I am not able to say if there are pictures or there are no pictures of Madeleine.” (Hans Christian Wolters, Inside the secret lair of prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance | 60 Minutes Australia).

 

He has previously been candid that they don’t have a body or any forensic evidence, so why wouldn’t he just be candid if they haven’t found any photographs or videos of Madeleine?

In June, Hans Christian Wolters said they believe they had almost a complete set of evidence. “We think we have 90 per cent evidence.” And in that recent interview with Sandra Felgueiras, he claimed that they have more evidence.

Obviously, more to come.

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