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Madeleine McCann ‘died after fall down steps’

Author: admin | Files under In the News

By Caroline Gammell in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 30/09/2007

The steps where Madeleine fell

Portuguese police believe Madeleine McCann died after falling down a flight of steps and that her parents panicked, hiding her body because they feared being blamed, it was claimed yesterday.

It was alleged that the four-year-old smashed the back of her head on a ceramic flagstone at her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

Fearing they would be charged with manslaughter, Kate and Gerry McCann then got rid of the body, possibly with the help of their friends, it was alleged.

The latest theory against the couple, who are official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance, was dismissed as “ludicrous and unsubstantiated” by their spokesman.

It emerged as a source close to the McCanns said police were investigating claims that a disgruntled ex-employee from the Ocean Club, where the family was staying, may have been involved in Madeleine’s abduction.

Mrs McCann has said she would be willing to risk going to prison by speaking out about the events of May 3 in breach of Portugal’s secrecy laws. As suspects, or arguidos, the couple are prevented from speaking about the investigation, and have expressed frustration that they are not able to defend themselves against increasingly lurid allegations regarding their daughter’s fate.

Despite the ban, they are in talks with chat-show hosts in the US in an attempt to remind people Madeleine is missing.

Yesterday, the McCanns spent a quiet day in their home town of Rothley in Leicestershire, marking 150 days since their daughter disappeared.

They are adamant that she was abducted but police in Portugal were described as “100 per cent” certain that the little girl died in the family’s apartment in the Algarve.

A senior detective told Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas: “The only thing to investigate is how the body disappeared.” The newspaper claims Madeleine fell down steps at the back of the apartment. Photographs taken at the time show a children’s safety barrier above the steps.

The new theory emerged after a report from Britain said specialist sniffer dogs had detected the “smell of death” on the steps, it was claimed. In the past, Mr and Mrs McCann, both 39, have been accused of hiding their daughter’s body because she had been sedated.

But yesterday, a source close to the couple hit back at the allegations.

Kate carrying Cuddle-Cat. The toy with cadaver scent detected by the dog.

Kate carrying Cuddle-Cat. The toy with cadaver scent detected by the dog Eddie.

“Where is the proof that this happened? Madeleine was put to bed at 7pm and there was a witness. When is Madeleine supposed to have fallen?

“If the police are 100 per cent certain that Madeleine fell down some steps, that means they must be able to prove she died in that way. It’s just not possible without a body.”

The couple’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, added: “It is just ludicrous. All of these reports are unsourced and unsubstantiated.”

A tip-off claiming that a former Ocean Club employee was involved in Madeleine’s disappearance was sent to the Prince of Wales’s official website, and passed to police.

It alleged that a maid who used to work at the Mark Warner resort kidnapped Madeleine in revenge for being fired. Police have discovered the woman identified does exist and that the tip-off came from an email address registered in the Iberian peninsula.

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  1. Kate McCann looks guilty
    Jul 22, 2014 at 13:31:07

    Marg you are spot on. They panicked and maybe didn’t foresee this being dragged out. We know that the other two children were sedated as kate said it was the Alleged invisible intruder that no one ever saw. I think the parents sedated them and had done for years with no issues. I think kate looks guilt ridden either because she’s responsible or that Gerry is. He looks calm all the time from the start. I swear he has a personality disorder. Also if it was a paedophile intruder then why didn’t they take the other children? A lot of money for the media and McCanns has been made out of this. They should have been prosecuted for child neglect at the very least.

  2. robert sloan
    Aug 25, 2014 at 00:35:57

    I’m sorry folks but if I were to leave my kids aloan for anytime I’d expect to be jailed ,why haven’t the parents ,shocking but true +rightly so

  3. maryam
    Sep 2, 2014 at 03:45:10

    kate and gerry mc cann are def guilty. they look guilty aswell. i think gerry controls what kate says. they should be done for vjild abuse at least. the evidence is there. kate sounds and looks rough with her strong Liverpool accent. gerry looks a jorrkbke arrogant bast..d. bcos of them being doctor’s s a dead nidy wld not bother them at all. we must remember that. They deal with death all the time. im waiting and hoping someone spills the beans and we can all watch them being taken to oridon where they will be repeatedly battered. God bless u maddie little angel

  4. maryam
    Sep 2, 2014 at 03:50:57

    want to make some correction s . I meNt the mc canns wld not be upset at the sight of a Dead body. and also I meant I wld want to see them go to prison where they will be battered repeatedly

  5. Mallorie
    Sep 8, 2014 at 20:01:00

    I totally agree with almost all of this. I think there was an accident, they sedated the children and then there was some kind of accident. They discovered Maddie and the twins slept through all of the commotion because of the sedative. I think the Tapas 7 were also all in on it, and that is why Ms.Tanner changed her story so many times. I think Maddie at one point was behind the couch, dying, bleeding or whatever. And the Irish businessman that swore he saw a man carrying a blonde little girl that he later was sure was Gerry McCann, was when they “disposed” of little Maddie’s body somewhere. Which they later rented a car and went back to get, put her in the trunk and had her creamated. Which is why they were seeing leaving a church out the side door after a woman had been creamated. Now, theyre just getting filthy rich off of this and keeping this going to prove their innocence. The only thing that still boggles my mind, is the 2 seperate sightings in 2 different places where in one, a shop keeper said a blonde little girl walked in with an older foreign man, said her name was “Maddie” and that the man she was with was a stranger and had taken her when she was on holiday with her family and was asking the shop keeper to help her get back to her mommy when the “Stranger” pulled her away and out of the shop. The shop keeper apparently reported this and the police did nothing about it. Another sighting a blonde little girl with an older foreign man walked into a grocery store and she went up to someone that worked there and said her name was “Maddie” and that she needed to find her mommy before the stranger again whisked her away. Other than that, the McCanns look very very guilty. And the fact that she wrote that book, and all it was was a book suggesting the only thing that could of happened to Maddie was that she was abducted, no other possible scenarios, and she took absolutely no responsibility for what happened to her daughter. Her book was a pitty party trying to clear her and Gerrys name. Also, Gerry McCann made a statement when the recent digging in Portugal started that he was happy about the progress being made to look for Maddies body. Like he already knew she was dead. Sick people….what a shame. That little girl was adorable.

  6. Klikklok
    Oct 6, 2014 at 23:33:12

    The only thing that stands out is the discrepancies in the historical timelines.their story is full of them and bits keep when you remember the truth it never changes and there is no need for embellishment.on the occasions where either of the mccanns need to make a supporting point they always furnish lots of details to make the timeline show that Madeleine was alive on the 3rd. David Payne never entered the apartment on the 3rd.the crying story could only have been from the 1st May a Tuesday as mrs Fenn clearly trying to shift the story on to the Thursday morning.routes taken on the 3rd to the crèche were not in full view of the main no one could verify seeing Madeleine that morning or afternoon the mccann a were the only ones in their group not to go to the beach on was overcast but the last group photo show very sunny yet Gerry does look that sunburnt after playing tennis outside all to support this kate has timelined the story that Gerry bought the sunglasses on the was overcast Wednesday too.the men generally checked on the children yet it was kate who discovered the missing child.loads of SMS and texts removed from both mccann phones that would have gleaned better info on the days leading up to disappearance.too many more incidences which spell a fabricated well thought out story to mislead misdirect and shift thing Gerry if there is a God all would have been seen so if your innocent why all this guff.i suppose sky news will come banging on my door now.

  7. Fred - Portugal
    Oct 24, 2014 at 10:05:56

    Reading all about the case it is more than obvious that the McCanns are involved. In fact, i believe in the theory That Madeline fell down the stairs ´cos her parents had the habbit to drug their kids to sleep so they could enjoy the food and drinks without worries. I believe Madeline fell and that gerry found her and hidded the body in the vast sanddunes which makes it very hard to find anyone. Ofcourse, to cover it up and to hide their guilt, suspicious etc. they cry in front of the camera and even raised a fund to promote the so called search. They got rich from that and payed all bills, their house and got knows what more and the soap opera continues, just to make them more credible. It´s amazing how they didnt got jailed yet looking and analising all facts. I feel sorry for Madeline who deserves more than her very greedy parents. Ofcourse Gerry doesnt give much about it cos she is not his daughter while kate just does what he demands, afraid of any santions like “if i go under so will you”. It´s a shame and i´m happy so many people out there already discovered how hipocrits the McCanns are.

  8. Catastrophe
    Dec 9, 2014 at 04:00:29

    We all know G, K & rest o em are drowning in facts that link them to whatever happened to Madeline that night.
    I HOPE Madeline died as a result of her parents blatant neglect… As the alternative is too horrific to contemplate..


  9. andrew
    Feb 7, 2015 at 18:46:12

    Anyone else would be in jail. So much evidence.Portuguese police done a bloody good job.someone or something is protecting doubt.dogs don’t lie. Woof Woof.

  10. Mr woof
    Feb 14, 2015 at 17:57:10

    Woof guilty woof

  11. nat
    Apr 14, 2015 at 15:26:15

    I think their guilty and they shud be punished

  12. Tony
    Jul 11, 2015 at 03:39:33

    I think the sedative explanation makes sense. As creepy as that is. They wanted to have fun and all agreed to drug their children.They came back to find the little girl dead from too much sedative. Then the cover up because that is clearly 2nd degree murder or manslaughter at the least.I don’t believe she fell. If that were the case I believe they would have told the truth. That is an accident even though leaving them alone was bad.

  13. Tony
    Jul 11, 2015 at 03:42:30

    If it was a fall I believe they’d own up to it even if it made them look like bad parents. Again it would be a tragic accident. But drugging them so they could party? Now that would make them cover this up for sure.

  14. Tony
    Jul 11, 2015 at 03:47:32

    Is David Payne a pedophile?

  15. Mark
    Jul 11, 2015 at 20:57:19

    I never convict anyone on odd behaviour, people can act strange when in shock or bereaved. However there are certain aspects of concern, reluctance to take a lie detector test, the positive result from the cadaver sniffer dog in particular and hire car positive result and the boot left open too.

  16. Mark
    Jul 11, 2015 at 21:04:51

    Oh and washing cuddlecat. I find that hard to understand, most mothers I assume would want to keep the smell of their daughter as a reminder.

  17. Hugo petrus
    Aug 6, 2015 at 12:52:08

    At the very least they havecmadexa lucrative industry out of this tragedy in the end it will come out when they call out with EACHOTHER over money they are greedy grasping I divi duals who are as guilty as hell at the very least of total neglect T worst of deliberate murder and covering it up

  18. Rachel
    Sep 2, 2015 at 10:57:19

    I was writing an essay for college on the subject of missing kids and came across this site. I don’t think anybody will ever know 100% what happened, and we all have our own beliefs of what did happen. I think the parents should definitely be charged for leaving their children alone in a foreign country. There was a creche provided by the hotel, why not use it? I’m sure baby sitters exist over there too if the parents weren’t comfortable with the creche.

    As for the sniffer dogs, yes I do think they were correct. My version of the events is that there was an accident in the apartment and Kate & Gerry tried to cover it up knowing that if it came out, they would be suspects. They are both doctors, so it makes sense that they would know how to cover things up. There was a lot of holes in the Smith familiy testimonies. Way too many for it to be a coincidence.

    I think Maddie died in the house and the person seen carrying a sleeping four year old girl was actually somebody getting rid of her body. Maybe it was the parents and maybe it wasn’t. I guess we will never know the truth.

  19. Buster
    Oct 16, 2015 at 20:14:53

    Guilty!!! What sort of people give up their jobs and travel the world, staying in luxury in 5star hotels and living on monies, from charities and other campaign hand-outs. Money Money Money!!! Unfortunately they will take their lies to the grave unless something is done about it.

  20. Dominique
    Oct 18, 2015 at 17:25:20

    Kate&gerry definatly DO know what happened to there gorgeous little girl whom they were SO lucky to have in the first place! There are far too many lies, contradictions, statements changed&unnanswered questions!!
    WHY?? did they NOT physically look for MADDIE!
    WHY?? did they NOT look in the children’s room to CHECK all was well!
    WHY?? did they take the longer route to the apartment!
    WHY?? did they mention “murder” before anyone else!
    WHY?? did Kate write what she did in her book on page 129!
    WHY?? are they ALLOWED to refuse a lie detector!
    WHY?? did Kate REFUSE 48questions out of 49!
    These are maddies parents that are supposed to be protesting there innocence and distraught over there “missing daughter” MY ASS!! guilty as sin!! It’s a matter of time b4 the truth comes out and I believe it will I hope maddies haunts her parents dreams until they crack!! One question I’d like to ask kate&gerry?! WHERE IS MADELEINE ?? rip sweet girl x

  21. Seasoned investigator
    Oct 28, 2015 at 16:00:15

    Years have passed now. The job of obfuscating all investigation into this case has been entirely successful. The method of obfuscation has been exactly that used by Westminster and establishment media child abusers in the UK for decades.The fox puts itself in charge of the henhouse with the assistance of other establishment third parties. In this way characters like MP Keith Vaz end up in charge of government enquiries into child abuse. The McCann child will never be found, but in 50 years or so when no one cares any more files will be made public that will reveal the truth.

  22. Kim
    Dec 1, 2015 at 09:46:16

    Cover up for sure. Big links to peadophile rings . Why very little information on the other restaurants they visited Like Chaplains, not just Tapas Bar every night! Even Portugese police have been silenced to the truth

  23. barneyboy
    Dec 10, 2015 at 23:51:51


  24. Sandra Law
    Dec 12, 2015 at 15:50:16

    We were all shocked at Jimmy Saville case but there is a cover up and it involves our government the masons and a sickening paedophile ring in the uk no I am not a mad cow just know this is linked to high powers if this had been a normal lower working class family they would have been hung out to dry.

  25. Momo
    Jan 2, 2016 at 05:10:27

    Congratulations to the Portuguese Police for a good job and for the inspector who resigned but never went quiet and wrote the book.
    According to the book, the McCanns had contacts in high places in the UK, reason for the investigation not going ahead.

  26. John Sinclair
    Jan 18, 2016 at 07:41:02

    I doubt she was ever there. Anyone dealing with dead bodies can get something smelling of death and rub it along a wall etc then when the dogs you know are going to be called in find it cry foul to throw people off the scent. The clue is Maddie’s eye. The eye of Horus and she was almost certainly murdered elsewhere by satanists long before the supposed holiday because of her eye with threats being made to the parents about what would happen to their other kids. Of course this is all fantasy that I just made up and surely can’t be true but why be so careless with the facts after the “abduction” unless you knew it would simply lead to more confusion and stop people sitting back from the case and thinking about how they had all been duped? Whatever happened the parents are lying in my opinion.

  27. Linda
    Feb 6, 2016 at 17:44:16

    So did Madeline fall off the sofa or down the steps outside! Very confusing

  28. Kirstyn
    Feb 20, 2016 at 21:56:50

    People who are inocent don’t need to ask where the evidence is when questioned by people they just simply say they are un true and move on why ask for the evidence if there as innocent as they say

  29. 123451
    Apr 3, 2016 at 14:24:08

    One day the truth will definitely come out, I can 100 percent guarantee that. The truth will always come sooner or later.

  30. marie
    Apr 18, 2016 at 15:20:52

    I don T think the parents killed her and hid the body as i believe she was kidnapped as there has been a few sightings of maddie McCann.if they buried her body then how do u explain the sighting of her in different countries .she WAS LOVED BY HER PARENTS THEY HAD MADDIE THROUGH IVF THEY WOULD NOT HIDE HER BODY NOR WOULD THEY HAVE HER CREMATED .wHY ARE THEY STILL LOOKING FOR HER IF THEY KNOW SHE IS DEAD.

  31. KeelaTheDoggy
    Apr 8, 2017 at 08:04:32

    Both Dogs smelt what theyre trained to smell.And thats exactly what transpired as they eventually got to the 5A Flat were Madeleines innocent little body lay stuffed in a Tennis Bag.Hidden out the way behind the Sofa and In the Bedroom Cupboard.20 odd days later The Wests,Oops Sorry The McCanns hired a Car And moved Madeleines little Corpse aay to were THEY BOTH disposed of her.It doesnt take a Rocket Scientist to workout these things out.The Tapas7 are all part of a Staged Event.Once you read everything and take the time to think it all through.The Portuguese Cops were onto these Despicable Animals.They have some nerve trying to Sue People for Telling the Truth.Kates refusal to help with enquiries etc.Abduction Story is Just That,A STORY!!!NO ONE SHOULD GIVE THESE PARASITES THE TIME OF DAY.

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