There’s nothing in this world more harrowing than a child abduction.
As all parents know, our precious little ones are a gift, and even the thought of something bad happening to them sends shivers down our spines and strikes terror in our hearts.
The idea of them being abducted by sexual predators is simply unimaginable and so shocking that we automatically blank it out.
Yet, in the case of Kate and Gerry McCann, British holidaymakers in Portugal, the nightmare became a reality, and their daughter Madeleine was snatched from her bed where she slept, never to be seen again.
Or was she?
While the case of Madeleine McCann is known all over Europe, and many people around the world know of it, not so many know of the strange anomalies and weirdness surrounding the case.
While we at Ninestein have absolutely zero idea what happened to the beautiful little girl in the picture above, we do know one thing for sure – there’s something very fishy about this case, and we smell a rat!
Let’s take a look at 9 of the strangest facts about this case. As you read, you’ll come away with more questions than you started with, and you’ll come to the conclusion that in the case of Madeleine McCann, something very sinister happened, but it almost certainly is not what it seems. Is Madeleine McCann dead? Or was she taken by an abductor? You make your own mind up…
9 Strange Occurrences in the Maddie McCann Case
(1) Kate McCann’s Immediate Reaction
What’s the first thing you do when you come home from dinner and discover your child isn’t in bed?
You start looking, right?
Well, Kate McCann had a different idea. She ran into the restaurant of the area she was in howling “They’ve taken her!”
Strange, isn’t it? How would someone draw that conclusion before searching the area and ruling out the other possibilities? Who was she referring to when she said “they”, and why would a person behave like this, when parental instinct would tell you to look for the child first, and come to conclusions later?
We know that fear and panic can cause us to behave in illogical ways, but this first point is highly suspicious. The next time your child hides under the bed or plays a game with you, see if your mind automatically jumps to a paedophile gang abducting him or her, causing you to run into the street screaming.
It won’t happen. It’s simply not a normal or even likely way to behave.
Alone, this is not enough to cast doubt and suspicion, but taken together with some of the evidence you’ll read about in a moment, it’s deeply disturbing indeed.
(2) Refusing to Assist the Authorities
What’s the first thing you’d do if your child was missing and the cops had a series of questions for you?
You’d answer every single question in as much detail as possible, right? Just in case there was a slight possibility that a trained detective might be able to pick up on a clue and piece something together that you’d missed, correct?
Not so in the case of Kate McCann. The mother in distress refused to answer all 48 official police question, and both of the parents failed to attend the police reconstruction of events.
Hmmmm….is there a dead fish behind the sofa, Sherlock? No – it’s the case that stinks!
(3) Leaving the Other Kids at the Creche
Now, imagine this: your beloved daughter has been abducted, you’re in a holiday resort and anybody could be responsible, and your head is absolutely spinning with panic, anxiety and confusion.
What do you do next? Leave your other kids at the resort creche, out of your sight?
We didn’t think so. Yet that’s exactly what the McCann’s and their holiday friends did.
Does this seem like something concerned parents would do within hours of their loving daughter having been abducted? Come on! Let’s use a little common sense here, shall we?
(4) DNA Evidence
Human judgement is often in error and our behaviour can be irrational at best, but science doesn’t lie.
DNA samples taken from the back of the hire care the McCann’s had 24 days after their daughter’s disappearance are an exact match for Maddie.
As if this isn’t enough evidence on its own, trained police sniffer dogs responded positively to several locations around the apartment, and to the car boot (trunk) itself.
This is getting weirder by the moment…isn’t it?
(5) No Evidence of an Entry/Abduction
You’d think that if someone had forced their way into an apartment, picked up a little girl while she was sleeping, exited said apartment and vanished on foot with said girl, they’d leave at least a trace of their existence.
Say…I dunno..a hair, a fingerprint, a strand of DNA perhaps or even a sign that the apartment had been broken into like a tool having been used on a window shutter or a door having been forced open.
Even one of these things, alone, would lend extreme credibility to the McCann’s theory that their daughter was abducted.
Yet, not a single strand of DNA, trace of blood, fingerprint or sign of forced entry was found anywhere near the apartment.
The sound of silence is often loudest, and in this case, it’s deafening!
(6) Best Sighting of Potential Abduction Ignored
When one person sees a thing, it can be cast into doubt. When an entire family sees a thing, it’s a little harder to say it didn’t happen.
Yet on the very night Madeline McCann was abducted, just a few minutes before Kate McCann ran howling into the streets, from a vantage point just 250 metres from the apartment, with a restaurant receipt to prove they were there at the time of the sighting, the Smith family claim to have seen a man carrying a child away, and have been totally ignored by the concerned McCanns.
This sighting got zero media coverage, zero attention, and was not announced at a press conference, despite being totally consistent under police prodding.
The problem? Well, the man the family described fits Gerry McCann – right down to the buttons on his trousers.
Worse yet, the description of the child matches Madeleine!
This is suspicious enough, but when taken together with the relentless promotion of the ‘Tanner Sighting’, a supposed witness account with more holes in it than a Swiss cheese, it becomes a little more than suspicious.
Why promote the hell out of a flawed account which is totally and irrevocably incorrect, while ignoring a solid, consistent and verifiable lead?
Hmmmm…. where might that lead, lead?
(7) The Money
For those who don’t know, this case was one of the biggest things to happen in Britain for decades at the time. The concerned public raised MILLIONS to help the McCann’s find their daughter, and yet, to no avail.
The McCann’s did find good use for the money though. They were able to pay off their mortgage, and yet still charge people for printing off posters to help find their beloved daughter.
Seems a little strange, no? Wouldn’t a concerned and distraught parent do just the opposite, like sell their home and use the proceeds to print free posters for the public to distribute?
(8) When the Trail says Go Left – We go Right
There are two times at least when the McCanns behaved in extremely odd ways in cases were credible sightings of their daughter had occurred.
First, there were the fourteen possible sightings in Malta. Fourteen! Now what would you do if fourteen people reported they’d seen your daughter in a country? It might involve getting on a plane to that exact spot and joining in the search, right?
Not for the McCanns. They went to Germany instead. Weird, that.
The second is yet more shocking, still. In what is widely considered to be the most credible sighting of Maddie in the history of the case, in which she was seen in Belgium by a registered child therapist, which was considered so credible that the police dispatched a forensics team to investigate, the McCanns decided it as time to go and have a look in Huelva, Spain!
What is with these two going left when the sightings say go right?
(9) A Key Cop Says it was a Coverup
What does it mean when the very people, who are trained experts at finding missing people and sifting through evidence, who you have turned to for help actively turn around and accuse you of engaging in a coverup?
Well, we’ll let you, the reader, be the judge of that.
While nobody can say for sure that there was a coverup on the part of the McCann family, one of the cops working the case at the time certainly thought so, to the extent that he wrote a book about it and went on TV claiming a coverup had occurred.
While it’s entirely possible that he saw dollar signs (or Euro signs in his case) and went with it, is it really likely when taken together with the rest of the suspicious clues here?
Almost a decade later, nobody knows what happened to Maddie for sure.
We’d never dream of jumping to conclusions and making accusations in such a case, but after researching this topic and asking some very simple, logical questions, we’re left with a sickening feeling in our guts.
What happened to beautiful Maddie on May 3rd, 2007 may never be known. Theories abound, but the smoking gun is missing.
We do know one thing for certain, however, and that’s that something doesn’t add up here, and a lot more questions need to be answered by people closer to the case.
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