Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pat Brown ......Find The Body And Prove We Killed Her...

Before we move on to Pats latest Postarticle it is well worth remembering that we have a murder trial taking place right now in Scotland using cadaver dogs in evidence that a murder took place without forensic back-up or a body. The Suzanne Pilley Murder.

No body, no case. While this is not always so, it is quite rare to see
homicide or manslaughter charges levied against someone unless there is
exceptionally strong evidence that a person has been killed and there is
also substantial proof of how they were done in and who did it. As it
stands today, we have no such level of proof in the case of missing
Madeleine McCann; what we have is a child who hasn't shown up in five
years, no evidence of abduction, alerts from cadaver dogs, and very
concerning behavior and statements from the McCanns and their friends
and family.

Let me reiterate; I find no proof of abduction nor proof that Maddie is
alive. I believe the evidence more likely supports the theory that
Maddie died in the vacation apartment and her body was removed from
there. If the cadaver dogs are accurate in their alerts that a body was
in the apartment on May 3rd, 2007 and was moved in the hire car that the
McCanns rented weeks later, then the body was hidden locally and moved
to another location at a later date. If we follow this theory, the
following scenario is the one I believe most likely, having now spent
time in Portugal and Praia da Luz.

Following physical and behavioral evidence, I would theorize that Maddie
died in the apartment and lay behind the couch until she was
discovered. With panic ensuing, the body would most likely have been
moved by Gerry in a hurry to a location far enough away from the
apartment to not immediately have suspicion fall upon the parents. This
location would not be very secure, but because of the very limited time
frame Gerry would have had to work with, Maddie would have been simply
hidden in the weeds, or under an object or in an open isolated
structure. Then, I believe with an hour or so to work with in the early
hours of the morning, Gerry may have decided it would behoove him to
find a better hiding location and this I believe is most likely to be in
a gully on the side of the Rocha Negra, accessible from the beach and
full of loose dirt, stones, and rocks that would allow for a quick
burial (see previous blog; On Moving and Hiding Bodies).

Then, when Kate told the PJ that she had a dream about Maddie's body
being on a slab of rock and the cadaver dogs were heading to Praia da
Luz, Gerry might have decided it would be better to find a location away
from the town where she would never be found. Some think the body was
stored in a freezer at some point but I find this unlikely. If there is
some evidence in the vehicle of a body having been on ice, I would be
more likely to believe it was literally on ice in the boot. In other
words, ice was placed in the boot in a bag or bags as a method of
keeping the body cold during transport. Taking the body to an inside
location, storing it in a large freezer, and then moving it yet again
seems like an awful lot of extra moving of the body and, usually, a
person works in the direction of having the body disappear and doesn't
take the risk of bringing the body closer t him and keeping it around
for discovery. Bodies found in freezers or kept in freezers usually have
that location as the first place of rest, not an intermediary one.

There is also speculation that Gerry and Kate might have had a
contingent of helpers outside of the Tapas 7 which I also find hard to
accept. The more people one brings in on a criminal undertaking, the
more likely it is that someone will open their mouth, even accidentally.
Gerry is smart enough to know this is an unacceptable danger (any of
the Tapas 7 knowing anything is bad enough but this may have been
unavoidable and they may have more at stake to keep them quiet than
people uninvolved in the evening of May 3rd and previous days and
nights). He is also controlling enough to want to take care of things as
best he can by himself.

Before coming to Portugal, I entertained a number of possibilities: the
Huelva baths in Spain where the McCanns went just as the cadaver dogs
arriving, removal back to the UK, and incineration. Each had its
possibilities but each also seemed a bit too difficult to accomplish
(although by
no means am I saying such actions would have been impossible) and it is a
pretty good rule of thumb that people do what is easier to manage and
to pull off. Because of this, I came to two more probable conclusions,
involving Gerry driving the body to a location he felt was secluded and
unlikely to be discovered. I was particularly interested in the
activities of the McCann in the days before
the Huelva trip when Gerry's phone pinged repeatedly in an area to the west of Praia da Luz
along the road to Budens, (estre EN125). I also found it interesting that the day he was to
leave for Huelva, he was not feeling well, having a bit of an upset stomach.
This led me to theorize he could have used that day to move the body or to recover
from moving it the day before. I decided when I got to Praia da Luz, I would
take a trip down that road to the west and see whether there were any suitable
places to lose a body forever.

The first place I looked for was the kind of location for a “proper
burial” to occur, a place with some kind of religious significance like an isolated spot
in view of a little chapel so that Kate and Gerry could feel they had done
right by their daughter, a place they could find again and stop by to spend
time with Maddie, to pray for her. Being that Portugal is a heavily Catholic
country, I imagined there might be dozens of small chapels along the route much
as one can find a plethora of little mandirs (temples) in India as one travels
down just about any rural road.

Cemetery on Outskirts of Town

Interestingly, I found none to speak of. I found churches but they were
stuck right in the middle of town. I did find a couple of graveyards on
outskirts of town which had curious possibilities in that inside the
walls of
these small cemeteries, there were quite a few graves with just a mound
of dirt
over the body rather than a concrete structure; some folks obviously
lacked the money to pay for these nice
amenities and had to bury their loved ones in a very simple fashion.
When they came into more money, they could then top the grave site with a
proper tombstone. In theory, if one could access
such a location, one could bury a small body in an already dug grave,
back the displaced dirt and no one would be the wiser that the grave
an extra corpse. Not a bad concept, but these graveyards appeared to be
and monitored, so one would have to scale the walls to get in. Possible?
but not probable.

I found no really good location within the ping area for Gerry to give
Maddie a spiritual resting place. I did find an interesting spot,
however, that I thought might have stood in nicely as it had a beautiful
view which included the Rocha Negra in the distance.

And up at the top of a hill overlooking the spot,
there appeared to be a cross which would lend some special religious
significance, like God looking down upon Madeleine in her final resting
place. This location, the Forte de Almadena, is open to
the public down a short road that one can access after dark. During the
day, there appear to be times when no one is there.

There are the remains of a fort and,
nearby, odd mounds of soft dirt that actually already look like a set of
graves. Retired British police officer, PM, and I brought out the metal
detector and spade and investigated a number of them.

The metal detector found nothing. Since it was possible Maddie could have
been buried in the oft-discussed missing sports bag, I was wanting to see if
the detector would find any metal, metal that might be on that bag. If Maddie's body were buried shallowly under
the ground in a sports bag, metal rings attaching a strap or metal zippers (although zippers
these days are almost all vinyl) could set off the metal detector. Unfortunately, it remained silent.

Then PM dug trenches across the mounds; we
found nothing. Then we drove up to look at the cross we saw on the hill; it
turned out to be a windsock. So much for the religious significance, although,
if we thought it was a cross, so could Gerry.

Does that mean Maddie couldn’t be buried at the Fort? No, it is still
possible. There is a bit of land around it that we did not have the time to
totally explore. But, then, I found a better place.

Gerry seemed to be on that road west over a period of three days which
to date has not been explained. Was he looking and looking for a spot to
bury a body? Driving off
the main road to see if there was a good place to move Maddie to? PM and
I found
an excellent place within hours of leaving Praia da Luz, so I see no
reason why
Gerry couldn’t have found it as well. However, there is no religious
significance to this location; it would simply be a great place to hide a
and never have it discovered.

Would he choose this? Part of me fought against
it, thinking these parents, especially Kate, would find comfort and some validation
as good parents and Christians if they buried Maddie in a religious place of
some kind. However, Gerry seems to be quite practical and rather cold and
calculating and he simply may have decided, Kate’s feelings be damned, that
making sure the body was never found was of paramount importance and they would
have to live with it.

Monte do Jose Mestre. This huge, desolate area covers many square metres and is filled
with a considerable network of dirt roads. Looking down on the area from atop the highest hill is a row of windmills.
Small trees and bushes are scattered throughout and the dirt is not impossible
to dig in. Gerry had just returned from England and I wouldn’t be surprised, if
he is involved in disposing of Maddie’s body, that he brought a small shovel
back with him, one that could be tossed into the bushes when he finished
digging the grave or thrown away in a dumpster on the way back to Praia da Luz.
If the body is buried out there, it would be unlikely to ever be found unless a
large contingent of searchers and dogs descended upon the area and then it would
still be pretty lucky if they located a grave. I hope, however, this is done
sometime in the future. I would like to know if Maddie is there or not.

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Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

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