Death Theory Propaganda

Three Witness Statements


As we have seen in the previous post, the Madeleine story presents Amaral as the protagonist and the McCanns as the antagonists. This means everyone involved in the story (from both sides) are engaged in the promotion of death theory. The Amaral side promote this directly, whereas the McCann’s side promote indirectly – this is all explained in previous post – with countless examples.

This made me think about what else the death theorists use as propaganda, which led me to these three witness statements:

1. Patricia Cameron

2. Michael Terrence Wright

3. Alexander (Sandy) Cameron

These are characters from the McCann side of the story, which means this form of propaganda will be indirect persuasion. To put this concept in the form of a question: If these people are from the McCann side of things, how come their statements are used to support the opposition’s narrative?

A summary of their situation:

After the reported disappearance, the McCanns needed somewhere else to stay in Portugal, so they rented a villa. According to the story, Patricia, Michael and Sandy all lived with McCanns during this time. They are named drivers on the infamous rental car, they assist with the children, and they help out however they can.

1. Patricia Cameron

“I am Gerry McCanns oldest sister, he is the youngest of five children. I’m married to Sandy Cameron”

According to the story, the McCann’s lived in Scotland (close to Gerry’s family) before they decided to move to Leicester.

“I can confirm that we continued to see them more or less every two months after they moved.”

Isn’t that nice? But then Kate and Gerry moved house a second time!

“Kate and Gerry went to live in Amsterdam with Madeleine before the birth of the twins. Madeleine adapted well, she went to a creche once a week as well as to swimming lessons”

Nice to hear the McCanns found a crèche while they were in Amsterdam. It’s always worth mentioning the crèche arrangement, and now swimming lessons too? Did they find an English speaking class? Or did they get one-to-one swimming lessons for this toddler?

“Kate was quite unwell during her pregnancy with the twins and many members of her family would take turns to go and help Kate and Madeleine.”

The McCanns are very lucky to have an extended family like this, with people who can easily adjust their own lives to help them out – they even took turns.


Patricia’s statement then talks about the disappearance, and in particular, the reaction of her brother Gerry.

“I remember Gerry saying that [the police] did not treat the matter with urgency and only stated that Madeleine must have left on her own and that she would be back later. It was so frustrating, Madeleine did not do things like that, she was not that kind of girl.”

Not that kind of girl? She’s not a cat! It’s a three year old human child in a foreign country – she would be lost walking twenty metres.

It’s also hard to believe this ‘homing-child’ theory was suggested by a trained police officer, but the McCann side always say negative things about the Portuguese police.

The other side do the same about the English police. In fact, in Amaral’s book, the English police are completely useless… until they start agreeing with Amaral, at which point they suddenly become amazingly efficient – you’ll what I mean in future writings.

“Gerry is normally very calm and serene, he has a logical perception of things…”

I’m surprised by the word ‘serene’ but that aside, Gerry does appear to be someone with a logical perception. I’ve watched him in dozens of interviews, and he mostly appears relaxed and in control of his words. After all, they do say emotion clouds logic.

“…but he was hysterical, he was shouting. He mentioned the possibility that that she could have been taken by a paedophile, I tried to calm him but there was nothing I could say to help him. I had never seen him so out of control. The pain and the anguish ? it was the worst scenario imaginable, the waiting was unbearable.”

Wow. You would never know he could lose control like that, not from what we’ve seen anyway.

NOTE: It’s no easy thing speaking to the media and appearing on television – not for regular people, someone who isn’t trained, or someone thrust into the spotlight – but Kate and Gerry BOTH seem to handle it very well.

Even those who dislike the McCanns must be somewhat impressed by how ‘media-friendly’ they both are. Also, when you think about it, it’s the ONLY thing we know they’re capable of – a fact we can verify because we can see it for ourselves. It is self-evident.

“In the afternoons we would go out with the children, I didnt think it was a good idea for them to be in the creche for the whole day, we tried to maintain a routine in order to give them a sense of normality.”

You had nine months to come up with this statement. Why would you imply that the children were left in the crèche for the whole day? Are you trying to make people dislike the McCanns?

Also, how many times is Patricia going to mention the crèche arrangements?

“…both Gerry and Sandy cried at the airport and I tried very hard to remain strong.”

I just can’t picture this emotional and hysterical Gerry McCann, but let’s move on…


“Madeleine was a normal girl, she loved being Sean and Amelies older sister. Being the first daughter and due to the difficulties in conceiving her, she was very pampered by her parents. Madeleine is happy, very sure of herself, friendly, open and serene. Madeleine is much loved and desired by the whole family.”

Why is everyone in this family ‘serene’?

And yes, we are aware of how Madeleine’s ‘difficult’ conception makes her special. In his witness statement David Payne used the word ‘miracle’ to describe Madeleine’s arrival into the world, and then twice used the word ‘immaculate’

The conception of ‘Madeleine’ seems to be a popular topic to these people. It’s almost like they’re trying to highlight something.

Also, do you think Patricia could be any less generic when talking about her own niece?

“Madeleine began to play tennis, she had lessons in Syston. She was also learning to swim ? In fact she is a very good swimmer.”

It’s hard to believe a three year old is a ‘very good swimmer’ but I guess those lessons in Amsterdam really paid off… and Madeleine was taking tennis lessons too? This is amazing. Tell us more about this child prodigy.

“Before she disappeared she was keen to start school. She a very intelligent little girl who loved to read books, who loved participating in activities with the family and who was learning to play cards.”

‘Before she disappeared’ – You make it sound like she performed a magic trick. Do you not think she was taken / abducted then?

And when you say ‘learning to play cards’ why do I get impression you’re not talking about Snap or Happy Families?

NOTE: Let’s not forget what Kate told us about Madeleine: how this three year old child loved reading Harry Potter books, watching Dr Who, and had seen the first three Harry Potter films.

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So when they’re not talking about ‘Madeleine’ in the most generic way imaginable, and finally do reveal something specific about her – like a specific memory of something she said / did, or what she likes to watch / read – it’s always something outrageous or unbelievable.

But ‘Memories of Madeleine’ is a future topic / blog all on its own.


“Madeleine generally slept well at night, although before the birth of the twins she used to get up and go to Kate and Gerrys bed.”

If the twins were born 14 months before the disappearance, why is this relevant information?

“This situation led to a bonus point system being established if she stayed in her bed all night…”

‘A bonus points system’ which Madeleine (who was not yet two years old) completely understood. She would wake up in the middle of the night and think, “No, I really need those bonus points.”

Isn’t this entire narrative just an easy way to portray Madeleine as a child who got up during the night? Because that would be death theory propaganda – why else would these things be highlighted?

“…although sometimes the twins would go to their parents? bedroom..”

Of course they did, the twins were only 14 months old at the time of the disappearance, but these toddlers albeit babies, who are usually kept in cots, are just walking about are they? You’ll be using the ‘I’m thirsty’ line next…

“The children would generally go to their parents bed because they were thirsty or wanted one of the parents, normally Kate.”

So when Madeleine was aged 1-2 she would get up in the middle of the night and get in her parents bed, thus forcing them to implement a bonus points system?

The twins also did this, because they were thirsty one year olds who wandered about at night? How very civilised, no crying or shouting from any of them.

“The children have a good routine, to which they have been accustomed since birth.”

Having all kinds of family visiting, moving house three times and going on little holidays every five minutes?

Great routine.

“The twins go to the creche two mornings per week and Madeleine would go to reading lessons as preparation for school.”

You could turn these statements into a drinking game – every time they mention crèche.

Also, Kate said she would read Harry Potter books with three year old Madeleine, so what does she need reading lessons for? Or is Madeleine’s highly advanced ability because of these reading lessons?

Look Patricia, as much as we want to believe that ‘Madeleine’ was this perfect wonder child, I get the distinct feeling that you are messing with us.


“The nightmare continues because Madeleine is still Messing…”

An allusion disguised as a spelling mistake. Your brain instantly corrects ‘Messing’ to ‘missing’ but if we actually stop and take a look at this:

We have two “mistakes” in one word. These are not easy mistakes to make on a keyboard. The letters e and i are on the opposite sides, and to then also capitalise the M without noticing? This is not believable in the slightest, which can only mean this was done deliberately, but why?

The Madeleine story resembles fiction in almost every way, so the line ‘Madeleine is still Messing’ is in perfect alignment with that concept.

It’s an intentionally included joke that just confirms what we already suspect; this witness statement is not authentic.

We wouldn’t be here otherwise.


“They recently went to the States which meant that I came to stay with the twins.”

That must have been nice for you, lots of memories to share with us, like their present crèche situation or perhaps an update on their sleeping habits?

“Normal life does not continue for them nor for any of us. I find it appalling that I was not heard nine months ago.”

After reading your witness statement, most death theorists thought exactly the same thing.

“As Gerrys oldest sister, I have spent much time with them and their children…”

Yet you’ve not told us anything about them – they have no personality.

“…and as I said earlier in this statement, the children have a good routine and there was no change in routine with respect to their bed time. The children go to bed at about 19.00 after dinner, playing, bathing, washing their faces and brushing their teeth.”

“The children are very active during the day, they get up very early at around six/seven in the morning and generally go to Kate and Gerry’s bed. Even at the weekend the children do not stay in bed for longer and do not sleep during the day. Madeleine, in particular, totally rejected the idea of sleeping during the day.”


“As far as I know the children did not wake up frequently at night, there could have been occasions when they went to see Kate and Gerry. It depends upon the time the children were with them or were sent back to their rooms.”

The children don’t wake up frequently at night, but they do wake up sometimes, and this could be one of those times? Again, why else would you be saying this?


“With regard to medication, I only remember them being given ‘Carpol’ (sic) (paracetamol) to lower their temperature and certainly never to make them sleep ? never.”

When you talk about sedating children to make them sleep, most people are going to think death, and some of those people are going to think about the 15/19 DNA result found in the rental car.

Is that why you’ve misspelt Calpol as Carpol?

Let’s just move on:


“With regard to punishment, Kate and Gerry used the ?naughty corner? which gives the child the opportunity to think about his/her actions before saying sorry. I never saw any form of physical punishment by Kate or Gerry.”

Points systems, naughty corners, perfect routines…

“Kate always managed well with the 3 children, it is an exhausting work to have children, but Kate always kept them occupied with activities or invited other children to come and play.”

She’s like Mary Poppins.

“Madeleine has never told me that she was unhappy. She was alert, happy, a normal child and much loved by many.”

Insightful, as always.

“Gerry is a competitive man, when he was young he had to chose between athletics and football. He was organised, motivated and this has continued throughout his medical career. Gerry is ambitious but with his feet set on the ground, he will never forget his roots or where he came from.”

He’s still Gerry from the block.

“Kate is stronger than Gerry in certain situations. Kate and Gerry have an equal for equal relationship and she does not hesitate to say what she is thinking. I suppose that Kate and Gerry form a very solid couple.”

Brilliant. They all sound like perfect human beings.


Patricia’s statement pushes a few narratives. The main one being that Madeleine would get out of bed at night. This fits with the theory claiming Madeleine woke up and had an accident – death theory.

Patricia mentions the crèche a number of times. This feeds into the narrative that the McCanns put their own needs before their children – neglect.

Patricia also mentions Calpol and the idea of giving the children something to help them sleep. She’s denying it happens, but there’s no denying she mentions it. This obviously feeds the death narrative, as many theorists believe the McCanns sedated their children. This feeds back to the idea of Madeleine waking up, maybe dazed from the drugs.

Patricia’s statement is very familiar to death theorists, but not as much as the next two witness statements…

2. Michael Terrance Wright

“My wife is Kate’s cousin and I have known Kate since she was 8 years old.”

Just stop and think about that sentence. Isn’t that an odd connection? And to still know her, and be so close. How exactly does that happen?

“She used to spend holidays on Isle of Man where I lived. My wife’s and Kate’s families are quite close.”

So you literally married the girl next door? – which is fine, obviously, but I thought that kind of thing only happened in stories.


There’s a few things I’d like to share before we continue on with Michael’s statement.

When only-child Kate was young, she would travel to the Isle of Man to visit her cousin Anne-Marie, and they would play with local lad Michael.

Why do all their little stories consist of three children? And it’s always two girls and one boy. This is now the fourth occurrence I’ve come across – and a pattern consistent with theme is a perfect example of fiction.

That aside, the more blatant inclusion is Anne-Marie’s brother Simon. You see, what Michael’s statement doesn’t mention, is that Anne-Marie’s maiden name is Cowell.

So according to the Madeleine story, Kate McCann has a first cousin called Simon Cowell. In Kate’s book, she says “Anne Marie and her brothers” but the only brother that surfaces, is Simon – we don’t even know the names of the others.

1: The name ‘Simon Cowell’ is the most contemporary pop-culture reference possible.

2: The famous Simon Cowell has also been linked numerous times to the Madeleine McCann story… even from the very beginning.

15th May 2007 – only 12 days after the reported disappearance.

According to the mainstream media, Simon Cowell donated a substantial amount of money to the Madeleine Fund / No Stone Unturned Ltd.

6th June 2015 – Simon Cowell and Kate McCann are linked again, this time they are both supporting the same missing children campaign.

It’s a news article about raising awareness for a charity and they STILL manage to mention Gonçalo Amaral and his theory!

1st February 2017 – Kate McCann and Simon Cowell are linked yet again when the Missing People’s Choir appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.

Kate McCann is not even in the choir, but she gets all the headlines. However, Kate is reported to be an ambassador / supporter of the choir. I’m not sure this justifies her getting all the headlines, but I suppose without ‘Kate McCann’ the choir probably wouldn’t get a platform.

I had to include this information on there beings two Simon Cowells – it would be a crime to dismiss such a perfectly contemporary allusion.

Anyway, back to Michael’s witness statement.

“I haven’t seen Kate and Gerry very often, but we always met at family events such as weddings and baptisms. I didn’t attend their wedding because my wife, Anne-Marie, was ill and we didn’t attend their children’s baptisms because we were away on holidays.”

I didn’t know Michael was a comedian.

“That said, since the birth of the twins we have met more frequently.”

When people have tiny babies, is that really the best time to start seeing them more? I bet it was Patricia who roped him into helping.

“In August 2006 they came to visit us at our house one weekend and that was very pleasant. On our side, we visited them in Rothley in November 2006 and they repeated their visit [to us] in February 2007. We work well together as a group and we know each other very well. We were planning a family holiday [together] for June 2007 at Center Park.”

The McCanns were with the Wrights in August, November and February. They then went to Portugal with other friends in April / May, and had a further holiday planned with the Wrights for June?

Is that the good routine that Patricia was talking about?

(The next part of the statement is a load of uninteresting yet intricately detailed travel plans, so I’m going to skip that part)


“With respect to Kate and Gerry’s comportment after the disappearance, I witnessed first hand their desperation, how they cried and were distraught, though never during their meetings with officials or at press conferences. It was uncomfortable to see. I also saw them organised and controlled in meetings and in front of the media, and felt proud and impressed at their power of self-control on those occasions.”

This is similar to what Patricia said, as she also described the McCanns as being emotional / hysterical behind closed doors. If this is true – which none of this is – then yes, it is extremely impressive how both of the McCanns are able to just switch it on and off.


“I drove the car regularly in August and September, doing the shopping at the supermarket, taking the house and garden rubbish to the recycling area in PdL and also taking the twins to creche and to the beach, and trips to the airport. I was also a passenger in the car at various times, mainly in June and July when Gerry and Sandy drove.”

Wow, this is almost as boring as reading your travel plans, what are you going to do next, recite all the rubbish dumps in Praia De Luz?

“There are various rubbish recycling/dump areas and we used these:

– two trash bins [skips?] at the villa, one at the main entrance and the other at the top of the hill;

– one area on the cemetery road;

– one area above the Mark Warner complex, and

– one area between the villa and the church.”

If this was a film – which it might as well be – then ‘cemetery road’ is the perfect name-drop.

“The visiting gardener always generated garden rubbish and this was usually leaves and grass.”


“Gerry and I would usually take this rubbish to the bin at the top of the property.”

At the top of the hill or to the main entrance to the property? Perhaps this a new bin you’re enthralling us with?

“I never observed anything strange in the vehicle at any time that I was in it.”

Did you try looking directly into the mirror?

“I noted some disagreeable smells on a number of occasions which I judged to have come from the twins’ nappies.”

Why would nappies be in the boot? Didn’t you just say there was two trash bins at the villa?

“Discarded nappies were collected in rubbish bags and held until thrown into the [rubbish] bins, [thereby] provoking smell.”

When a rubbish bag is full you take it to the bin, especially if it’s full of soiled nappies. People wouldn’t store rubbish bags full of nappies in a car.

“I have no knowledge of anything spilling from any article nor of any cleaning of the car after such a hypothetical spill.”

Are you sure about that Michael? You sound very certain, it’s just that we’re looking at Sandy’s witness statement next, and he says there was!

It’s really quite amazing how he managed to recite intricate travel details, then provide a full itinerary of car usage, before following it up with a detailed explanation of local waste disposal, but somehow has no knowledge of the spillage or the cleaning? Are Michael and Sandy just two ships passing in the night? Did he not think to mention the “disagreeable smells”?

NOTE: This is blatant propaganda for the mainstream counter-narrative / death theory. You plant a contradiction, add words like ‘blood’ and ‘cemetery’ whilst leaving open-ended questions, like:

What caused the “disagreeable smells”?

Isn’t that the same car the CSI dogs alerted to?

Why isn’t Michael aware of the spillage or the cleaning?

Let’s continue with the statement:

“I know that the twins travelled in the vehicle more than twenty times. For example, to creche, [to the] beach at Sagres, the airport and Burgau.”


“I am absolutely certain that Kate and Gerry were not capable of hiding Madeleine’s body and later transporting it to a dump.”

That’s strange, because your statement reads like propaganda for that very theory.


Michael’s statement echos Patricia’s narrative of how, when behind closed doors, the McCanns were highly emotional and out of control, but then somehow able to fully compose themselves in front of the world’s media.

Michael also mentions the crèche a few times, but it’s his information on disposal sites and the rental car that make this death theory propaganda.

You’ll see what I mean once it’s compared to Sandy’s witness statement.

3. Alexander (Sandy) Cameron

Quick recap:

Patricia was pushing the ‘Madeleine would get out bed’ and the ‘kids are always in the crèche’ narratives.

Michael was pushing the crèche’ narrative, but he also introduces us to ‘the rental car had a funny smell’ and ‘there’s loads of a places to dispose of things’

Let’s see what Sandy’s got to say:

“On the 27th of May of 2007, Gerry was handed a rental vehicle… with plate number 59-DA-27.”

Remember that sentence. I’ll come back to it at the end.

Now, just like Michael Wright does in his witness statement, Sandy goes into boring detail about all the things the car was used for, and he also feels the need to tell us about the gardener:

“Whilst in the villa, a gardener would arrive every week or about every 15 days. This was organized by the estate agency. The gardener would leave black rubbish bags near the gate, and on at least one occasion, I used the vehicle to remove these bags. The collection of rubbish in Portugal is not made as it is in the U.K. and for this reason, it was necessary to take the rubbish to a tip (disposal area) which was called ‘recycling area’ near the back of the Ocean Club. I used the Renault Scenic for this reason on many occasions.”

Honestly, these guys love talking about waste disposal.

Notice how Michael Wright had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the PdL waste disposal sites, but Sandy only mentions the one “near the back of the Ocean Club” – the apartments Madeleine was staying when she reportedly disappeared.

See how obvious they make it? Their experiences of disposal sites couldn’t be more different.

“On one occasion, I believe it was on July of 2007, I took Patricia to the supermarket.”

That must have been a nice change from the crèche and the rubbish bins.

“We carried bags in the boot (trunk) of the Renault Scenic; bought various items including fresh fish, shrimp and beef. When we unloaded the shopping bags, we noticed that blood has run out of the bottom of the plastic bag.”

Oh no, not BLOOD !!! And it ‘ran out’ into the boot area? I suppose you could say it ‘spilled out’ into the boot area?

Michael Wright wasn’t aware of any spillage – as he explicitly stated – so why didn’t Sandy tell him about the spillage of blood?

“After this shopping trip and still in the month of July 2007, I began to notice a strange odour in the car. I did not give it much importance and assumed it was likely due to the leakage from the rubbish bags or from the blood which had escaped from the shopping bags.”

The odour is so strange that Sandy struggles to define it. Michael said he ‘judged’ the smell to be nappies, whereas Sandy ‘assumed’ the smell was blood or leakage or the rubbish bags. Sandy doesn’t even mention nappies!

“As a result, we removed the carpet from the boot (trunk) in order to clean it. I tossed the boot carpet to remove any particles and cleaned it with a wet cloth and left it to air out.”

Sandy says there was a spillage of ‘blood’ and a clean up, and Michael has no knowledge of either of these things.

Either way, they are not helping the McCanns with all this talk of indistinguishable smells, leaking blood, disposal sites, and cleaning the boot area.

Unless of course, this is death theory propaganda. In that case, it’s perfectly written and done without subtlety.

“In my opinion, it is impossible that Kate and Gerry could have hidden Madeleine or used the car to transport her to another locale. There was always a lot of people and the media observing their movements which would make this impossible.”

He says, after dropping death bombs everywhere.

NOTE: Let’s not forget, the story tells us it was this boot area where they reportedly found bodily fluid / blood and it’s that sample that gave us the ‘15/19’ DNA result.

“As I cited previously, I have know Madeleine her whole life and saw her on many occasions. I always found her a very smart little girl and careful with strangers.”

That’s all you have to say about your niece? Surely you can do better than that.

“I also saw when she woke after a nap and after a night of sleep. She would occasionally appear irritated as she would when her parents were not present.”

Occasionally a waking child would be irritable. How insightful. Is there a reason you’re telling us this?

“For this reason, I believe that Madeleine had been awakened by a stranger she would certainly have screamed or cried out. I do not believe that there is any possibility that she would have let a stranger take her without protest.”

So you think Madeleine made noise, but nobody heard? Or did the abductor somehow manage to keep her quiet / asleep?

To be honest with you Sandy, it sounds to me like you’re arguing against abduction.

Oh right, of course you are, I almost forgot this is death theory propaganda.



Sandy talks about waste disposal, but he only names one location, whereas Michael details several locations. This is a deliberate contradiction designed to draw attention.

Sandy talks about ‘blood’ leaking in the boot and how they had to clean the inside. Michael has no knowledge of any spillage or of any clean-up. This is another blatant contradiction that draws a lot of attention.

They both give different explanations of what the smell could be, but between the two of them, they manage to leave it unexplained. This is an extremely convenient position, because it leaves it open for the audience to place a dead body there.

At the end of his statement, Sandy seems to argue against abduction, by saying how Madeleine was wary of strangers and would’ve made a noise if disturbed by one. This comment by Sandy also supports the ‘children were drugged’ narrative.



“On the 27th of May of 2007, Gerry was handed a rental vehicle… with plate number 59-DA-27.”

This rental car is very important to the death theory narrative. The much heralded DNA result ‘15/19 ‘ comes from this rental vehicle.

The date the vehicle was rented:

27 – May – 2007

27 – 5 – 27

9 – 5 – 9

Now the vehicle registration:

59 – DA – 27

59 – 41 – 27

59 – 5 – 9

Sandy writes the date first, so when you put them together it reads: 9 5 9 5 9 5 9 – what a coincidence !!!

The number plate of the rental car, and the date it was rented, both symbolise the numbers 15/19.

Here’s a picture of the rental car:

Perhaps a photoshopped registration and/or fake plate? It even starts with 59 – it’s the first thing you see!

That is the rental car the dogs alerted to, it’s the same car the DNA sample was taken from, and they are the memorable numbers that everyone has been screaming about for over a decade. Is it any surprise that a ‘5-9’ numbers game appears in one of death theorists most quoted witness statements? Not really.

There is already more than enough arguments for this statement being constructed propaganda, the additional numbers game just confirms it.

This is the third time we’ve seen a ‘numbers game’ in the PJ files: Fatima’s witness statement, Madeleine’s passport, and here. It’s also the second time they’ve alluded to 15/19.


These are not random witness statements. Michael and Sandy are the main characters when it comes to this rental vehicle. And Patricia – even though you wouldn’t know it from her statement – has spent more time with Madeleine than anyone beyond Kate and Gerry.

According to Patricia’s statement, Kate sometimes gave the children ‘Carpol’ but never to make them sleep. At the same time she tells us how Madeleine used to get out of bed a night. Both of these little stories are often highlighted by death theorists.

The contradictions between Michael and Sandy are so obviously planned in advance; to believe otherwise would make Michael and Sandy the worst ‘support team’ imaginable.

The rental car was already hugely controversial with critics, and then these guys turn up telling us stories of blood, indistinguishable smells, cemetery road, cleaning the boot area, places to dispose of things, and Madeleine being wary around strangers – there is no way she ‘would have let a stranger take her without protest.’

Then we have the rental car registration details, with both the date and the license plate symbolising the numbers 5 & 9. The same rental car they reportedly found a sample with a DNA match 15/19. source

The Madeleine McCann story really is the gift that keeps on giving. The critics urge people to read the PJ files, but every witness statement they present is just another example of constructed propaganda.

“Madeleine is still Messing”

Thanks for reading.

Peter James Cullen.


Deconstructing the Madeleine McCann Story: part 2


This is the second part in this planned series of articles that will deconstruct the Madeleine McCann story. If you haven’t read the first part of this series, you can read that here: source

The story of Madeleine McCann is constructed like most detective fiction. It begins in act one with a crime scene and the audience are then provided with an explanation for the crime. In this case, a child is missing from the apartment and the explanation given is the child was abducted / taken from that apartment by an unknown. The audience then processes that information.

Act two is when we are introduced to the detective character. The detective begins to investigate the crime and finds fault with the initial explanation. The detective then puts various clues together and presents an alternative explanation for the event. In the case of the Madeleine McCann story the conclusion of the detective is that the abduction was staged by the parents to cover up the death of their child.

That is the typical set-up of most detective fiction stories, and the Madeleine story uses the same narrative construct.

Defining Character Roles

In detective fiction, the protagonist of the story is usually the detective character. The protagonist of the Madeleine McCann story is also the detective character, and his name is Goncalo Amaral. This article will demonstrate how the story presents the character in this role and will also demonstrate the various techniques used to shift audience perspective to supporting his claims.

The main suspects in any detective story are usually the antagonists. This role is traditionally established early in the narrative and the main suspects in the Madeleine story are the parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.  You might argue that Kate & Gerry McCann are not the antagonists, but the storytellers appear to present / portray the parents in this role and this article will demonstrate how the story does this throughout the narrative.

This article has been split into two chapters, each chapter representing the two opposing character roles.

The Purpose of the Second Act

The purpose of the second act is to convince the audience that the initial explanation was false and the explanation provided by the detective character is correct – or that he is at least on the right track.   This shift in audience perspective requires both sides (all of the storytellers) to push in exactly the same direction, which is exactly what happens and this article will demonstrate how this has been done.

The side of the protagonist push these ideas directly and the side of the antagonists use indirect techniques – you’ll see what I mean as we move forward.


The first article concluded that the story of Madeleine McCann is a work of fiction and certain critics felt this conclusion was not sufficiently supported.

A principle consideration of ‘burden of proof’ is:

“…to what degree of certitude must the assertion be supported?”

Now, for many people the first article provided more than enough examples to support the fictional nature of the Madeleine story, but I will continue to support this conclusion by providing more examples that demonstrate the Madeleine McCann story as being an exercise in fictional narrative techniques.

Since the first article many people have noticed things that I had not, which is exactly what I was hoping for and there’s an example of that in this article.  The idea is that this second article provides even more scope for external expansion, especially as we take a first look at Gonçalo Amaral’s book ‘The Truth of the Lie’ and Kate McCann’s book ‘Madeleine’.

Thank you and please read on.

1: The Protagonist

“Protagonist: The leading character or one of the major characters in a play, film, novel, etc… an advocate or champion of a particular cause or idea.”

In the Madeleine McCann story the main protagonist is the detective Goncalo Amaral and I think everyone would agree this character is the advocate / champion of this particular idea: Madeleine McCann died and the parents covered it up.

“What I know tells me that Madeleine McCann died in the apartment 5A”

After five-months of being the lead detective on the case, we are informed this was the conclusion reached by Amaral and his investigation team.  The majority of the critical audience have come to agree with this conclusion.  This agreement is demonstrable by the fact Amaral’s supporters managed to raise over £50,000 to help with his court costs.  source

“It’s my duty as a police officer: to seek the truth so that justice may be done.”

That is exactly the kind of thing a protagonist / hero would say and it’s a good example of why the audience view Goncalo Amaral in this way – as a hero, a saint and a man of integrity.  The audience also sympathise with this character due to his reported removal from the case, his loss of earnings, the breakdown of his marriage and all kinds of other reasons.  If you want your audience to connect with the hero, you have to give them reasons to – the more the better – and then the audience will want the hero to succeed and overcome.

On October 2nd 2007, Goncalo Amaral was controversially removed from the case.  This removal compelled Goncalo Amaral to leave his job with the PJ and write a book about his experience with the Madeleine McCann case.

This is that book >>> source

The book is called ‘The Truth of the Lie’ and it was released in 2008.  The release of this book started a legal battle between the McCanns and Amaral about whether or not the book should be banned.  This reported legal battle is still going on to this day – see here.

This never-ending legal battle achieves three things:

1: It kept the story in the news – all great news stories need longevity.

2: It generated more publicity for Amaral’s book – which means more publicity his claims / ideas.

3: It was a way of continuously reinforcing the roles of protagonist and antagonist.

It’s interesting that even though Amaral’s book is supposedly banned from release in the U.K. it has been freely available online throughout this 10 year legal battle. So it’s not really banned as it’s freely available to read. We are only told it’s banned to make us think the McCanns are trying to hide something and that they’re trying to repress ‘the truth’ – it’s audience manipulation.

That was a brief summary of Goncalo Amaral’s story upto this point, but let’s start at the beginning…

1.1: The Backstory

“A backstory, background story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding and leading up that plot.  As a literary device backstory is often employed to lend depth or believability to the main story”  source

When it comes to writing a backstory, the incidents described must be relevant and illustrative in relation to the main story.  A well-known example of this kind of fictional backstory would be the protagonist in ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999).  In the opening scene of the movie, child psychologist Dr Malcolm Crowe encounters a former patient.  The story then jumps forward in time to the main story.  As the main story unfolds we understand why the backstory is relevant and illustrative.

Goncalo Amaral has a backstory just like that:

The Disappearance of Joana Cipriano

In 2004, three years before the Madeleine McCann story, we are informed that Goncalo Amaral was involved in the Cipriano case.  It is the story of a young girl called Joana Cipriano who vanished from her home without a trace.  In the beginning, the mother Leonor Cipriano mounted a campaign to search for her missing daughter.

As time went on the PJ started to suspect parental involvement and began investigating the mother.  The case concluded with Joao Cipriano (the uncle) confessing to the murder and the subsequent disposal of the body.  The body of Joana Cipriano was never found and it was the first murder trial in Portuguese history to take place without the discovery of a body.

(Links to all related press releases about the Cipriano story here:  source )


“Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story”  source

Goncalo Amaral’s backstory ‘The disappearance of Joana Cipriano’ is virtually identical to the Madeleine McCann story.  This means that our protagonist has a foreshadowing backstory:

1: A young girl vanished without a trace.

2: Officers failed to secure the crime scene.

3: The parents mount a campaign to find their daughter.

4: The local Polícia Judiciária (the PJ) investigates the possibility of parental involvement.

5: The parents were thought to have concealed the body.

6: It was thought the body may have been hidden in a fridge.

7: The remains / dead body was disposed of using a car.

8: The child has never been found.

9: Goncalo Amaral was a detective on the case.

10: Both stories happened within a seven mile (11km) radius of one another.

In fictional storytelling ‘foreshadowing’ is a very common literary device.   It is a tool that is used time and time again and the foreshadowing-backstory is a classic example.

The protagonist in ‘The Sixth Sense’ has a backstory just like that:  In the opening scene child psychologist Dr Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is confronted by former patient Vincent Grey.  This former patient has a particular problem, one that has driven him to madness.  Ultimately, Dr Crowe was unable help Vincent.  The narrative then jumps forward and we find the protagonist Dr Crowe waiting for his new case…  a young boy with exactly the same problem.

“I know that again, you know Kate and Gerry had had problems err with I think it was the blinds in their flat and the fridge” – David Payne

“Yes, the bodily fluids in the car shows that (the body was refrigerated)… the fact that there was fluids shows refrigeration” – Goncalo Amaral

‘Only Connect’

E.M Forster states that when creating a backstory it should ‘only connect’.

Anyone who has seen the movie ‘The Sixth Sense’ will know that the protagonist’s foreshadowing-backstory comes back to haunt him during the main event – in much the same way that Goncalo Amaral’s foreshadowing-backstory comes back to haunt him:

“His career in tatters and now back on desk duties in Faro, Amaral faces a criminal hearing in the case of another missing child, Joana Cipriano, after being accused of concealing evidence that the girl’s mother was tortured into confessing to her murder”   source

In conclusion, Goncalo Amaral has a foreshadowing backstory that comes back to haunt him during the events of the main story.  This backstory is a perfect example of fictional story-telling, which would make the story of Joana Cipriano a work of fiction created to provide the character of Goncalo Amaral with an illustrative and relevant backstory.

1.2: ‘Goncalo Amaral’

As we have already seen, Gonçalo Amaral is a character with a foreshadowing backstory that interferes with his main story.  This is a narrative technique exclusive to work of fiction and fictional characters.  The identification of such a device leads us to question Gonçalo Amaral himself.

If our protagonist has a fictional backstory (which appears to be the case) then perhaps the character is fictional?  Is the name ‘Gonçalo Amaral’ authentic?  Or is this another name – similar to those looked at in the first article – that has been constructed to fit the character / narrative?  Another practice exclusively associated with creative writing / fiction.

For a convenient example of symbolic character names, we only have to look at the key characters in ‘The Sixth Sense’:

Malcolm Crowe:

“The crow is known as the ominous omen of death because it is the harbinger that guides souls from the realm of the living into the afterlife.”

The crow is a carrion bird (a bird that feeds on dead animals) which probably explains why they have come to be associated with death.  So when the audience are introduced to Malcolm Crowe, they are being told that this character is directly associated with death, which of course he is.

Cole Sear:

“SEER: a person of supposed supernatural insight.”

When the audience and our protagonist (Crowe) are first introduced to Cole Sear, we are told he a troubled young boy, but as the story moves forward it is revealed that young Cole Sear can see dead people – he has supernatural insight.  For the majority of the audience all of this information comes as a surprise, but the writer of the movie is revealing everything about these characters from the first moment they are introduced.

Vincent Grey:

The name Vincent is alluding to Vincent Van Gogh who was also a troubled soul who killed himself using a gun.  The colour grey can be used to symbolise something in-between (it is not black or white – it is between two worlds) just like Vincent Grey and then Cole Sear after him.

They are the three key characters in ‘The Sixth Sense’ and you can see how much thought the writer has put into their names.  I realise this is somewhat of a tangent, but for those not familiar with the creative process, they’re good examples of symbolic character names.

Gonçalo Amaral

In the Fatima chapter from first article we looked at Praia Da Luz (Beach of Light) and how it is old fishing village located in the municipality of Lagos.  The patron saint of fishermen in Lagos is a 15th century monk called Sao Goncalo.  There is a statue of Sao Goncalo that overlooks Lagos beach:

Now, after looking at Sao Gonçalo, I realised that the name ‘Gonçalo’ could be a very popular name in Portugal, there could be many saints called Gonçalo. So I had a quick look online and soon discovered that wasn’t the case.

For a start, there are not as many Portuguese Roman Catholic saints as you might think, there are 41 Portuguese saints altogether.  Portugal has the seventh highest number of Roman Catholic saints, and while that may seem impressive, they are still some way behind the top six – Italy 260, France 146, Spain 114, Germany 89, England 69 and Belgium 62.

In the first article, we looked at the children from the ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ story – the most recent additions to Portugal’s official list – but looking through the forty-one names ( source ) we can see that our local patron saint ‘Sao Gonçalo’ doesn’t make the list:

“Patron Saints are looked upon as a special guardian of a person, place, or institution, whereas a Saint has been officially recognized as having lived an exceptionally holy life.”

This information does not make the name ‘Sao Goncalo’ and his locality any less relevant, but it did make me look at the official list and that is when I discovered…

Saint Gonçalo de Amarante  source

How perfect is that name?  Saint Gonçalo de Amarante was a 12th century Portuguese Roman Catholic priest known for his silence and solitude in reflection, much like our protagonist Gonçalo Amaral:

“I’ve had no wish to go out, to go walking or to meet people.  I yearn instead for peace and silence”  source

Was the name Gonçalo Amaral constructed using these well-known Portuguese saints?  Again, considering what we looked at in the previous article, I would say that is a fair conclusion, especially when we consider how Gonçalo Amaral is perceived by his loyal supporters.

“Goncalo Amaral is the real hero in this tragedy, he has suffered so much at the hands of those guilty twisted parents”

If you were creating a fictional Portuguese detective then ‘Goncalo Amaral’ would be the perfect name.  Especially if this detective character is someone who will be perceived as a hero / saint-like character – which Gonçalo Amaral clearly is. This also explains why Gonçalo ‘the saint’ Amaral is more than happy to pose for pictures like this:

This photograph has a church in the background and the photographer was very keen to make sure that Gonçalo Amaral was stood in front of a Saint.  This photograph first appeared in a British newspaper, here:  source

Many people are under the impression that the British press liked to paint Amaral in a bad light, but looking at this photograph the opposite appears to be true.

In conclusion, the name ‘Gonçalo Amaral’ is perfectly symbolic of the character.  The name appears to be a fictional construct that was created to add meaning to the character by reflecting how he is perceived by his supporters.

1: The name ‘Gonçalo Amaral’ is symbolic of the character / it’s the perfect name for that character.

2: This is a trait exclusively associated with fictional characters.

3: The deconstruction of this name adds further support to the identification of an overall fictional construct by an unknown author.

1.3: The Truth of the Lie

A Verdade da Mentira (The Truth of the Lie)

“the minor, Madeleine McCann died in the Ocean Club apartment, in the Luz village; a child abduction was staged; Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspects of being involved in the concealment of their daughter’s cadaver; the death might have occurred following a tragic accident; there are evidence of negligence in the safekeeping and supervision of their children”.

That is Amaral’s theory of what happened to Madeleine McCann and what the book ‘The Truth of the Lie’ is all about.  This theory is based on the demonstrably bogus Portuguese police files, but written from the perspective of Gonçalo Amaral.

The online English translation of this book:  source

When I began reading this book, I was immediately struck by the authors frequent use of fictional devices (narrative techniques used to create fiction) and from a creative point of view, the work is actually quite impressive. There are so many examples that I could share, but for the purpose of this article, I have chosen the following:

The Dog Story

“I receive a phone call from Sofia, who insists on my going home: our Shitzu dog is dead. She found it that morning, lifeless on the ground, with a head injury. She did everything to make sure the girls did not see it, but she didn’t have the courage to remove him. When I arrive, everyone is already in bed. I place the Shitzu in a plastic bag, not sure about where I am going to be able to bury him. The ground is hard here. it’s not easy to dig a hole and I hardly have the time for it. I decide to drop his remains into a bin. The animal is small, but he seems to weigh more than usual. I use my car to take her. As I am getting rid of it, I realise just how easy it is to hide a body – and how difficult it is to bury…”

Truth of the Lie : Chapter 7  source

The death of Amaral’s dog is widely believed to be a true story.  This has led to many critics to believe his dog was killed as some kind of warning to Amaral, telling him to back off… but the dog story is not a true story.  Once we begin to deconstruct this story, we can see it for what it is and why it was included:

1:  Parent discovers corpse.

2:  Cause of injury / death is unknown.

3:  Parents hide corpse out of sight.

4:  Corpse is placed in a bag.

5:  Husband is tasked with removal.

6: Corpse is placed in car and disposed.

That is the story of Amaral’s dog broken down into six parts. The same sequence could also be outlining Goncalo Amaral’s theory regarding the fate of Madeleine McCann.

The dog story is clearly a fictional device (analogy) used to symbolise Amaral’s theory – and just to make it absolutely clear to the reader that this story is symbolic, the author makes further connections between the two stories:

1:  Amaral is working on the Madeleine case when he learns of the dog’s death.

2:  As Amaral is getting rid of the dog’s dead body he reflects on how easy it is to get rid of a body – in a book about the concealment of a body.

3:  In his Madeleine theory the parents couldn’t bury the body as everything happened in a short space of time… and for whatever reason Amaral also claims to have the same problem with his dog.

4:  Amaral refers to the dog as ‘him’ and then changes to ‘her’.

If the dog story is a literary / fictional device – which it surely is – then the conversation that directly followed the dog’s death is also completely fictional:

“….When I get back, I discuss it with Sofia: she is afraid. She asks me to abandon the investigation and to worry about our daughters rather than other people’s. For her, the dog’s death is a bad omen. I reply that she is unfair, that her fears are irrational. Justice must be done for Madeleine, as for all other children and adults. It’s my duty as a police officer: to seek the truth so that justice may be done.”

The author has created a perfectly symbolic representation of the book’s main theory and by doing so the author has also invented a story about the Amaral family.  Immediately after the dog story the author describes a private conversation that never actually happened.

The Basket of Flowers

Another story about Goncalo Amaral’s family:

“At the end of May, my wife Sofia visits me at the offices of the Department of Criminal Investigation in Portimão. She brings a flower basket filled with orchids, roses, lilies, and gerberas, decorated with butterflies and birds in shades of green and yellow, the two colours symbolising the mobilisation around Madeleine. A little note from my daughters accompanies it: “Papa, we love you, don’t forget about us, but find Madeleine. Rita and Inès.” That bouquet stayed in my office, withering as the days went by and the hope of finding Madeleine alive dwindled.”

‘Truth of the Lie’: Chapter 14

The basket of flowers is symbolic of the Madeleine investigation.  This story is another fictional device and the author is not even subtle about it.

“shades of green and yellow, the two colours symbolising the mobilisation around Madeleine”

The author goes into great detail to describe this elaborate basket and then confirms what we already suspected, that the basket story is symbolic of the Madeleine investigation.

“That bouquet stayed in my office, withering as the days went by and the hope of finding Madeleine alive dwindled.”

The lead detective has a basket of flowers in his office that perfectly symbolises the drive to locate Madeleine alive.  That bouquet then stayed in the office to subsequently symbolise the dwindling hopes of the investigation. How convenient.

“Papa, we love you, don’t forget about us”

This implying that protagonist Goncalo Amaral was so busy with the Madeleine case he was spending less time with his own children – a selfless hero.

The flower basket in Amaral’s office is a symbolic representation of Madeleine being central to that office.  The wife of a Portuguese police detective did not visit the Department of Criminal Investigations with a basket of flowers.  The story is a fictional device created to add depth and meaning to the story.

(More examples from this book shortly…)

1.4: Front Page News: Amaral

The British press are known for portraying Goncalo Amaral in a bad light and supporting the McCanns version of events, but what they’re really doing is baiting the audience – which is a common theme that runs throughout the narrative.

Even though the headlines and the stories appear to be against Amaral and those who speak out against the McCanns, when we apply basic media analysis it reveals a different agenda.  We have already seen the UK national press publishing a photograph of Goncalo Amaral with the image of a saint in the background, but that’s not all they do… the national press are fully onboard with the true portrayal of Goncalo Amaral: as the protagonist / hero of the story.

THE MADDIE PREDATORS are sharing a front page with the nations most celebrated heroes.

Those designing this article make sure that the word LIES sits over the word McCANNS and the McCanns themselves.

There are many different ways in which a headline can be written and arranged, but as we will see throughout this article, words and the arrangement of headlines are chosen very carefully.

Amaral has to pay money to the McCanns over his’ abduction lies’.

This story shares a front page with one story about a sham and another story about Kate with the words ‘The wait’s driving us crazy, Kate!’

In other words, this payout is a sham, we want to know the truth and Kate has all the answers.  This is reflective of how critics view the Madeleine McCann story.

Amaral makes bold claim that MI5 HID HER BODY and this headline is next to a picture of someone receiving an award for being the best in their field.

This is the second time that Goncalo Amaral has shared a front page with a sporting hero at the top of their game.

The story at the top is about love letters between Rose West and Charlie Bronson.  This story is underlined by the words ‘Parents desperate court bid’.  These words are underlined by the word McCANNS !!!

The word McCANNS are also placed next to a story about a troubled British celebrity who jets out of the country.  This has placed there because the McCanns jetted out of Portugal soon after they became official suspects.

Then we come to Goncalo Amaral, he is the one pictured on the page and if we look in the bottom left hand corner it reads ‘miracle COP’.  Do you really believe those words are there by accident?

COP WINS RIGHT TO ACCUSE PARENTS – and top left of that headline there is a photograph of someone celebrating.

Goncalo Amaral claims that MADDIE DIED THE NIGHT SHE VANISHED.  This headline is next to a picture of someone popping open the champagne.  Are we celebrating this claim?  This is another front page that surrounds the claims of Goncalo Amaral with positive reinforcement.

Can you see the advert for the BRAIN-TRAINING MACHINE?  It’s testing your brain to see if you can make the connections.

It’s not just Goncalo Amaral who receives the positive reinforcement / protagonist treatment.  Here is Brenda Leyland sharing a front page with a story about the Pride of Britain heroes.

Even the LYNDA death story has a nice angle to it.

Amaral doesn’t get that many front pages, but those he does appear on clearly represent him as the protagonist – at least below the surface story – and surround his claims with positive reinforcement.  It makes sense for the protagonist / hero character to be linked with heroes and awards. In chapter two (the antagonist chapter) you will see the difference when it’s Kate and Gerry McCann on the front pages.  They have been on more front pages than most and there isn’t an award, celebration or hero in sight – quite the opposite.

1.5. The Truth of the Lie p.2

‘The Truth of the Lie’ has never been critically analysed in this way before – as the audience is under the impression this is a factual document – so let’s take this opportunity to further analyse the creative techniques of the author, with two more examples from this book.

An Astonishing Shift

In the penultimate chapter of ‘The Truth of the Lie’ we are told about Amaral’s final few days on the case.  The author conveys this information whilst switching back and forth between two stories: the continuing story of the Madeleine investigation which leads to his removal from the case and another story about Goncalo Amaral and his family.

The Truth of the Lie : Chapter 21

“On the last weekend in September, I decide to leave Portimão to go to my virtually abandoned house in the Algarvian east. Inès, my four-year-old daughter, goes with me“.

Just to clarify, this is the family story about Gonçalo Amaral and his daughter Inès (the daughter closest to Madeleine’s age) spending the weekend together.  The author then switches to the Madeleine case:

“I listen to the news… I am speechless: a member of the McCanns’ staff states that they are in possession of a report that invalidates the work of the EVRD and the CSI dogs”

The author now brings the EVRD & CSI dogs to our attention and then switches back to the story of Amaral and his four-year-old daughter:

“During the night of Saturday into Sunday, our dog does not stop barking. I go out but I see nothing and nobody that could get him so worked up. He then howls by the door. I don’t know what’s going on”.

Did Amaral get a new dog?  That aside, we have another story involving a dog and the dog in this story is barking.  It seems like the dog is trying to alert Amaral to something.

“The next day, I still don’t understand what could have upset the dog so much. Inès, anxious, wants at all costs to see the neighbours, but they haven’t returned.”

1: A four year old girl.

2: Anxiety because someone left and hasn’t returned.

3: A dog barking.

All story elements straight from the Madeleine narrative – and if you somehow think that doesn’t work because Madeleine was three, you will also know that she disappeared nine-days before her fourth birthday. I mean, I shouldn’t have to state the obvious here, but the point of an allusion is not to be an exact copy.

“On Monday August 1st, I go back to work at DIC in Portimão…”

Hold on a minute, surely the author means October 1st?  Has this writer / translator not been following the story?  The weekend with his daughter was at the end of September – and just to confirm this error, August 1st 2007 was a Wednesday!

“On Monday (October) 1st, I go back to work at DIC in Portimão where two pieces of news are waiting for me: officials at Buckingham Palace have received an email informing them that a little girl – Madeleine – has disappeared from a hotel complex situated….in Lisbon!”

Buckingham Palace?  A hotel in the capital?  Is this an allusion to Diana?  In 2007 the death of Diana was still dominating the mainstream and the alternative news.  The two stories are often compared as they have many similarities… as we will see later on.

“This is where we’re at: reduced to receiving that type of tip-off and chasing a phantom, that of the imaginary abductor”

(…wrote the imaginary detective.)

“At last, I get home. It’s when I visit my neighbours that I finally understand the reason for my dog’s agitation the previous night. Their house has been burgled.”

So the dog was trying to tell him something and now Amaral is no longer confused.  He understands that the dog was trying to alert him to a crime.  How convenient is that?  That is exactly his understanding when it comes to the EVRD and CSI dogs in the Madeleine story.

“The thieves left behind lots of valuable objects but snatched a briefcase containing personal documents.”

These thieves left valuable objects and took something personal.  What kind of thieves are these?

To summarise: we have the ‘holiday’ with the four year old daughter… the unknown intruder, no valuable objects are taken, something personal is taken… anxiety because someone hasn’t returned… the dog barking and Amaral eventually understanding that the dog was alerting him to a crime.

These are all story elements lifted directly from the Madeleine story, but here they have a different composition – that is an allusion.  The burglary story symbolises Amaral’s understanding of the Madeleine case.

It is another fictional story that involves Amaral’s family / personal life – a literary device that was created to add meaning to the main story.  These narrative techniques are well constructed and show real creative ability, but this idea that Amaral’s book is only based on facts and truth, forget about it.

The entire book is full of these fictional devices.  You only have to continue with this chapter to see that…

The next day is Tuesday 2nd October – possibly the most eventful day in Gonçalo Amaral’s existence:

1: October 2nd is Gonçalo Amaral’s birthday.

2: Amaral travels to Huelva Cathedral in Spain with fellow police officers for a special service dedicated to the role of the police and the protection of children !!!

3: He is removed from the Madeleine case.

“…this is not the present I wanted, but one that I was expecting.”

How is that for a birthday to remember?

The whole point of Amaral’s book is to help shift audience perspective from abduction theory to death theory – just like everything else associated with the Madeleine McCann story.

The Officer and the Wristband

“As time went by, we noticed that a certain number of the police officers sent to Portugal were poorly informed about the progress of the investigation. One of them who – like the majority – was coming to Portugal for the first time, was wearing a green and yellow rubber wrist band, bought for £2, which he played with nervously. The inscription read, “Look for Madeleine.” Some of his colleagues told him that he would soon get rid of it. As a matter of fact, he took it off as soon as he got properly into the investigation and he had learned about the evidence placing doubt on the theory of abduction.”

The Truth of the Lie: Chapter 6

This is a fictional story created to symbolise the audience and their shift in perspective.

1: The poorly informed police officers sent to Portugal represent members of the audience who have not read ‘The Truth of the Lie’ or looked over the police files.

2: The wristband inscribed with the words “Look for Madeleine” symbolises abduction theory.

3: The officer’s colleagues symbolise the more informed critics.

Once the officer learns about the evidence placing doubt on the abduction theory he removes the wristband.  In the story the officer literally removes the wristband, but the reader figuratively removes it.  The reader instantly relates to the actions of this officer because the story of the officer was created to symbolise the reader.

Does anyone still believe that the character ‘Goncalo Amaral’ wrote this book?

1.6: Conclusion

There can be little doubt that Gonçalo Amaral is the protagonist of this detective story. That is how he is presented to the audience, how he is portrayed, and thus how he is perceived.

The character ‘Gonçalo Amaral’ has a backstory that not only foreshadows the main story, but it also comes back to haunt him by interfering with the events of the main story.  This type of backstory is the perfect example of fictional narrative technique, so much so that it cannot possibly be considered authentic.

The name ‘Goncalo Amaral’ is symbolic of location and character. This is precisely how fictional character names are constructed – as we have seen.  The name ‘Goncalo Amaral’ is not an authentic name.  It is the name of the character this person is portraying.

The book ‘The Truth of the Lie’ provides numerous stories about Goncalo Amaral’s personal life.  All of these stories are literary devices – techniques used to provide a scene or story with additional depth and meaning.  This book does not provide authentic insight – it is a work of fiction.  All of the ‘personal insights’ in this book have creative intentions and from the information provided by this book we can only conclude that the Amaral family are a work of fiction.

The unknown author of the Madeleine McCann story appears to have created the perfect protagonist – the detective who is selfless in his quest for truth and his fight for justice, a hero to his supporters and a saint amongst men.


The Antagonists

“An antagonist is a character, group of characters and/or institution that represents opposition against which the protagonist must contend.”

You could argue that Kate and Gerry McCann are the protagonists of the story as they are the main characters, and that Goncalo Amaral is the antagonist. I can understand that point of view and have no problem with it, but I have chosen to assign these roles as I feel the McCanns do not have the audience on their side and it seems like their job is to antagonise people.

The role of antagonist is usually assigned to the villain of the story and this is exactly how the majority of the critical audience perceive the McCanns.  It is also how the story presents them and how the characters are portrayed.  The entire narrative is geared towards presenting them this way – in the same way that Amaral is presented as the protagonist.

I have never seen two people court suspicion quite like the McCanns. From the early days when they would publicly go jogging in matching outfits to newspapers headlines about their sex life – the McCanns excel in baiting the public.

2.1: The Balloon Photograph

On the 12th May 2007 Madeleine McCann’s fourth-birthday was marked with a special church service.  It was during this day that some of the most widely circulated photographs of Kate and Gerry McCann were captured.

These widely circulated photographs always manage to get people’s attention. The critical reaction will usually focus on the fact they are both laughing / smiling only nine days after their daughter’s reported disappearance. Critics then share these images online which attract even more attention to the photographs, to the point where anyone who has ever looked at the Madeleine McCann story will have already seen these photographs.

I have not plucked ‘the balloon photograph’ from obscurity, this is arguably the No.1 photograph used by online critics.

What we discovered from the first article was, anything ‘the critics’ repeatedly draw our attention towards is an indication that an allusion is being pushed, but what is the allusion here?

If we take a closer look at the image, we can see that Kate McCann is holding something in her hand:

Kate is holding a prayer card. It is carefully placed so that when Kate holds it up – which she does throughout the scene – the image of this prayer card is always visible to the cameras. This staging of the prop is done in preparation for the moment when Kate and Gerry McCann both start smiling.

This is the prayer card that Kate is holding:  source

As we can see, this is a Roman Catholic prayer card featuring Saint Josemaría Escrivá – the founder of Opus Dei:

“Since 2003, Opus Dei has received world attention as a result of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code and the 2006 film based on the novel.  In The Da Vinci Code, Opus Dei is portrayed as a Catholic organization that is led into a sinister international conspiracy.”  source

This is another allusion to The Da Vinci Code and this time it is a direct link between the antagonists of each story.  Kate McCann is holding an image that symbolises their intertextual counterparts, Opus Dei.

This film / image has been set up and planned.  The prayer card is a symbolic prop that adds depth and meaning to the images by reinforcing the character role of the McCanns.  That is creative process.

The first article here has already demonstrated that the Madeleine McCann story and The Da Vinci Code have an intertextual relationship. The author of the Madeleine story uses The Da Vinci Code as source material for their story. When we look at the many allusions to this novel is almost impossible to deny and now we have another clear allusion that we can add to that list.

Opus Dei have been fictionalised antagonists before Dan Brown came along, but not as often as you might think.  In Jerry Pournelle’s 1974 Science Fiction story ‘Enforcer’ the antagonist is affiliated with Opus Dei.  In Donna Lean’s 1997 detective novel ‘The Death of Faith’ the book’s mystery involve sinister activities by Opus Dei and the protagonist struggles to prove their crimes because Opus Dei is deemed too powerful.

It was ONLY when The Da Vinci Code came along that the idea of Opus Dei as antagonists entered mainstream culture.  This idea was at its absolute peak when the Madeleine McCann story broke in May 2007, which means the most well known contemporary antagonists at the time of these photographs were Opus Dei.

2.2: Front Page News: McCann

When we looked at the front page’s featuring Goncalo Amaral, the surrounding headlines evoke feelings of pride and sympathy – as you would expect with any protagonist character, but the problem I had with Goncalo Amaral was his lack of available front-pages.  This was not a problem when it came to Kate and Gerry McCann.

As we’ve seen, Goncalo Amaral and Brenda Leyland share front pages with heroes and positive news stories because they are the protagonists / the good guys.  However, Kate and Gerry McCann’s front pages are very different…

The words I KILLED MADDIE next to a picture of a waving Kate.

That’s a fairly obvious one and it’s not the first time they use another Kate to make us think of Kate.

A photograph of Kate over the words DID YOU KILL MADDIE. Also, next to the ‘Maddie’ headline there is a story about Rolf Harris – a formerly beloved celebrity who was convicted of indecent assault on persons below the age of consent.

This is about as subtle as a sledgehammer.  We have a story showing a distressed Kate McCann not knowing if Madeleine is dead or alive, over the words THE WORLD’S MOST EVIL DAD.

This headline is next to a photograph of a very well-known Scotsman.  So Gerry McCann, who is a well-known Scotsman and Madeleine’s dad is being linked to the worst dad who ever had a daughter. What happened to the Olympic heroes and the Pride of Britain awards? 

“The Daily Express today takes the unprecedented step of making a front-page apology to Kate and Gerry McCann.”  source

The Daily Express saying ‘sorry’ to the McCanns for suggesting they “caused the death of their missing daughter Madeleine and then covered it up.”

When we see the full front-page, the apology to Kate and Gerry McCann is underlined by the words JUDGE SAVAGES !!!

The blonde woman in that particular story is being called a ‘FANTASIST’ and underneath that story is an advert for a holiday.

A front page that sums up the entire Madeleine story.

Main story are the words KATE MCCANN FEARS ATTACK and we see a photograph of a blonde mother with her blonde child next to a story about someone cradling a dying person in their arms.

This front page illustrating a theory to which many subscribe – that at some point Kate McCann ‘blonde mother’ held her dying / dead daughter in her arms.

This is the infamous story about Kate McCann forgiving the abductor.

This story about Maddie is underneath Maggie’s coffin.  The word MADDIE is bigger than ‘Maggie’s’ and is closer to the coffin.

The word MADDIE is also red to further highlight it’s significance on the page.

To the left of the MADDIE story we also have a story about a young child dying.

And to complete the page, Everton Football Club (Madeleine’s team) has also been included.

We have the words FRESH AGONY FOR THE McCANNS next to a photograph of Kate smiling / laughing.

This photograph is underlined by the words “The real Kate”.

We see a shocking headline about a “Beast dad who abused his captive daughter” and then we look up and see a photograph of smiling dad Gerry McCann.

I mean, this guy gets the worst press ever, that’s a terrible headline to have underneath your smiling face.

The football is always good for added meaning, here showing the number 13 – unlucky for some.

This is the first of our Madeleine / Diana front pages.  The two stories are often link as they have a lot in common.

With the Diana story, some people believe her death was accidental and others believe there was foul-play involved (Murder) – both theories have received much attention.

With the Madeleine story, some people believe her disappearance was abduction and others believe there was foul-play involved (death) – both theories have received much attention.

You can probably figure out the other connections for yourself and whoever designed these front-pages was certainly aware of them.

The Madeleine story is telling us about kidnappers, but we know the Diana story is about death.  The Diana story also has a ‘conspiracy theory’ that suggests her family (the Royal family) were somehow involved in orchestrating her death.

The man pictured is our old friend Robert ‘The Translator’ Murat who is often mixed up in Madeleine theories – as you’d expect considering his symbolic relevance.

For those who cant spot the connections being made, the Daily Express separates the two stories with an advert for a FREE EYE TEST !!!

There was a big fuss within the alternative media that perhaps Madeleine was buried under the driveway of Robert ‘The Translator’ Murat… or at least somewhere on his property.  If we’re reading down the page, can you see where it says MURAT BURIED MADDY ?

WE DIDN’T KILL OUR MADELEINE says Kate and Gerry McCann, but those words are written underneath another Diana story and this says ‘The biggest ever insult to her memory’.

Yet another Diana / Madeleine front page from the Express.  They also manage to squeeze a story about former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the right-hand column.  We already know about Gordon Brown’s reported involvement with the Madeleine McCann story from the first article.

This front page is tells us ‘ALL THREE CHILDREN DRUGGED’ underneath a picture of Whitney Houston,who died of a drug overdose.

This Madeleine story is next to another story about old pal Gordon Brown, who is having trouble with his eyesight – he is blind in one eye.  Madeleine also had a defect in one eye – a coloboma.

Gordon Brown once again sharing a front page with the McCanns and this time his story says ‘I’ll be a servant to you’ next to a big picture of Kate’s face.

As explained in the first article, Gordon Brown was reported to be in close contact with the McCanns and was supposedly instrumental in assisting the couple.

The Daily Star again managing to link four stories on one page.  They have the main Madeleine McCann headline underneath a story about a ‘ghost child’.

The other two stories: the first is about a parent charged with conning money and the second is about a plot to kill someone – in this case Tony Blair, who also has links to the Madeleine McCann story.

The Madeleine story here is another interview with the parents telling us why they think Madeleine is alive.

This story sits underneath the words IS A CON !!!

I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  Kate and Gerry McCann share front pages with the worst people and the worst headlines possible.  They are always being linked with stories about death and other stories that surround them with conspiratorial ideas and / or negative reinforcement.

The McCann front pages are perfect examples of presenting Kate and Gerry McCann as the antagonists.

2.3: Scotland Yard

In May 2011, it was reported that Scotland Yard had begun an investigative review into the Madeleine McCann story.

“The review was launched in May 2011 following a request to Scotland Yard from Home Secretary Theresa May, with the support of the Prime Minister David Cameron.” source

This investigative review was named ‘Operation Grange’ and DCI Redwood (pictured below) was placed head of operations:  source

According to reports, DCI Redwood had twenty-eight detectives and seven support staff in his team.  The cost of this ongoing government-funded operation is now in excess of £11 million !!!  source

“Neither her parents, or any other member of the group that were with her, are either persons of interest or suspects”  source

As we can see, from the very beginning DCI Redwood was quite clear when it came to Madeleine’s parents.  As far as Operation Grange are concerned, Kate and Gerry McCann will never be considered persons of interest.

The Purpose of Operation Grange

The purpose of Operation Grange is to indirectly convince the audience that Kate and Gerry McCann are guilty.  We have just seen the mainstream media play the exact same game.   On one hand they appear to support the McCanns, but in reality all they are doing is pushing the audience to support the claims of Goncalo Amaral.

And this is how it works…

Operation Grange quite clearly state they will not being investigating the parents.  They openly dismiss the idea that Kate and Gerry McCann concealed the death of their daughter as something that is unthinkable.  So what exactly do Scotland Yard claim to be investigating?

Scotland Yard are solely investigating the idea that Madeleine McCann was abducted from the apartment by an unknown and will look at every possible way this could have happened.  They have looked at burglars, bogus charity workers, reports of intruders that commit sexual assaults and they have (according to reports) spoken to everyone who was in and around that area during the time of the disappearance.

Now in their eighth year, all that Operation Grange has managed to do is to systematically rule out all of these ideas. This investigation has removed the opposition to the theory of parental involvement – supporting the claims of Goncalo Amaral.


Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCanns and a member of their holiday group, claimed that she witnessed a man carrying a blonde child away from the resort shortly before the alarm was raised.  This unknown man was known as Tannerman.

Witness statement: Jane Tanner

The descriptions of this individual were given to the police by Jane Tanner and initially this person became the main suspect in terms of an abductor.  I’m not going to get into this here, but basically critics took great delight in exposing Jane Tanner was as an unreliable witness who provides an ever-changing description.

Now, when it comes to the Madeleine McCann story, Scotland Yard are great at telling the critical audience what they already know.  According to their investigations, they had discovered the identity of Tannerman and informed the audience that he was just a regular holidaymaker.  Scotland Yard officially ruled out this previous unknown.


Witness statement: Martin Smith

According to the story, the Smith family passed a man carrying a young blonde girl towards the beach around the time the alarm was raised. They did not see his face, but the patriarch of the group, Martin Smith, later claimed this person could have been Gerry McCann.

Goncalo Amaral and the vast majority of his followers have been pushing this idea for 12 years. They are convinced that Gerry McCann was the person witnessed by the Smith family. During all of this time the McCanns themselves had neglected to focus on Smithman and were still pushing Tannerman.

So when Scotland Yard ruled out Tannerman this played right into the hands of Amaral supporters, but Scotland Yard didn’t stop there…


In 2013 DCI Redwood teamed up with Crimewatch to share the results of their investigations with the viewing public.  This involved sharing these new e-fits of the suspected abductor:

Kate and Gerry McCann also appeared on this episode of Crimewatch alongside DCI Redwood to discuss the progress of this investigation.  This created a pantomime effect as critics sat at home shouting at their television that this e-fit looked exactly like Gerry McCann – which was also what Martin Smith had said in his witness statement.

So yet again, the investigations of Operation Grange fully supported the ideas of Goncalo Amaral and his legion of supporters, who couldn’t believe what they were watching.

How can Scotland Yard not see the similarity?  Why are they not investigating Gerry McCann?  How can they be so short-sighted?  Alongside Martin Smith’s witness statement this e-fit surely proves that Gerry McCann is Smithman, etc etc.

The investigation by Scotland Yard is quite clearly baiting the critics and indirectly supporting the ideas of Goncalo Amaral.

Voice of Authority

What critics need is a voice of authority against Operation Grange – John Coxon, former officer of Scotland Yard:

“In other words it has done a lot of work and spent a lot of money for the sake of doing it, no other credible reason.”

Their reason is to continuously bait the critics and push the audience towards the claims of Goncalo Amaral, but I suspect that John Coxon knows this, as his comments are doing exactly the same thing.  The involvement of a former officer of Scotland Yard provides the critics with a voice of authority.

“Operation Grange is a whitewash – a vast PR exercise to promote an abduction scenario that not one shred of evidence exists to support ever even happened.”

It’s a strange way to promote the abduction scenario: by telling us that twenty-eight top detectives have been working for years, spent millions of pounds and found nothing whatsoever to support this abduction scenario. 

2.4: ‘Madeleine’ by Kate McCann

“My reason for writing is simple; to give an account of the truth.” – Kate McCann, 2011

Kate McCann and Goncalo Amaral both make claims that their book is based on facts and truth, but in reality both books are an exercise in fictional storytelling.  Kate McCann doesn’t disappoint with her book ‘Madeleine’.

Here are just a few examples…

‘Kate McCann’

“On 4 May 2007, I became Kate McCann. According to my passport, driving licence and bank account I was Kate Healy. I hadn’t kept my maiden name for any particular reason – it was just who I was and who I’d always been.  But when Madeleine was taken, the press automatically referred to me as Kate McCann, and Kate McCann I have been ever since. Overnight our old life had gone and I’d become a different person.”  – p.349

According to the crèche records documented in the PJ files, Kate Healy was signing the register as Kate McCann before May 4th.  So what’s going on here? Did Kate Healy sign the crèche records as Kate McCann in preparation for becoming Kate McCann?

“According to my passport…”

Which passport is that?  It’s not the one documented in the PJ files is it?  The name on that passport is Kate Marie Healy and readers of the first article will recognise the name ‘Marie / Mary’ as being an allusion.

“…Kate McCann I have been ever since. Overnight our old life had gone and I’d become a different person.”

It wasn’t overnight.  The name Kate McCann was already signed in the creche records days before the reported disappearance.

Melton Mowbray

“I did my GP training at a surgery in Melton Mowbray” – Kate McCann, p.90

Are you thinking about pork pies?  Of all the towns in Leicestershire, Kate McCann was trained in Melton Mowbray.  Kate was trained in a town synonymous with pork pies.

For those who don’t know, the term ‘pork pies’ is rhyming slang for telling lies, ‘telling porky pies’ or ‘porkies’.  This means that Kate McCann was trained in a location symbolic of her character / or how the character of Kate McCann is perceived by the critical audience.

“Kate McCann has refused to take a lie detector test about her daughter Madeleine’s disappearance, it was revealed yesterday.”  source

Why would Kate need to take a lie detector test if people didn’t suspect her of lying?  Incorporating the town of ‘Melton Mowbray’ into Kate’s story is nothing short of black comedy.  It is also another good example of how the name of a location can add depth and meaning to a story.

I am once again reminded of the 1960 Hitchcock classic ‘Psycho’. As the opening shot pans across the city skyline the words ‘Phoenix, Arizona’ appear across the screen. The Phoenix is a mythical bird that rises from the ashes and the ‘Phoenix’ in the movie is Norman’s dead mother. source

As we can see, works of fiction often include locations to add meaning to a particular scene, character or story.  We have already seen the inclusion of Rothley because of its links to the Knights Templar and now we have the town of Melton Mowbray which  makes people think of pork pies – both clear examples of perfectly symbolic locations.

The Lorry Driver

“Take the lorry driver who recognised us in a traffic jam on the M6 one day, he pulled up alongside us, tooted his horn, showed us his Madeleine wristband through the window and gave us a fingers-crossed sign”. – Kate McCann p.34

How low is this lorry drivers cab? Or how high was the McCann’s vehicle? How recognisable are car passengers (traffic jam or not) to a lorry driver whilst driving?

You see what I’m saying? A lorry driver’s cab is very high up compared to most vehicles which would make him the most unlikely of motorists to engage with, but wait…

“This grass-roots support really underpins the high profile help we have been so fortunate to receive.”

The story required a good example of ‘grass-roots’ support and what could be better than an unlikely exchange with a wristband wearing salt-of-the-earth lorry driver?

The Birthday Party

“…we’d arranged a joint party in Leicester for Madeleine and two of her classmates in nursery, her best friend Sofia who had been born on the same day and a little boy called Sam whose birthday was within a few days of theirs”  p.128

If you’ve ever had children then you’ll already recognise the logistical problems with this highly unlikely scenario, but that aside…

Madeleine has a three-year-old best friend who was born on exactly the same day! They’re like twins. What are the chances?

Madeleine’s best friend is also called Sofia, which is the third time this name has cropped up whilst looking at the Madeleine story.

1: Amaral’s wife is named Sofia.

2: The female protagonist in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is called Sophie; a variant of Sofia.

3: Madeleine’s three-year-old best friend Sofia.

Note how Madeleine’s best-friend has the Portuguese variant ‘Sofia’ like Amaral’s Portuguese wife and not the English variant ‘Sophie’.

This is also the third time we have encountered a story involving three children made-up of two girls & one boy – the McCann siblings, the Fatima children and the three children sharing this planned birthday party.

Why would you invite some 3yr old boy because his birthday is only a few days away? How does that conversation happen?  I’ve never heard of anything like this.  Maybe you could get two unrelated children to share a birthday, but I’m really stretching to accept that.   The only time this would happen would be actual twins like Madeleine’s siblings, but here we’re supposed to believe that THREE unrelated children planned to share a birthday party.  The author had to include the boy character for reasons already explained.

All of these personal stories, just like in Amaral’s book, are nothing to do with reality. They are symbolic.

The story here is reflective of the remaining McCann siblings and their reported situation. In conclusion, the birthday story is a fictional device created to mirror the main events and add depth and meaning to the narrative.

The Sound of Barking Dogs

This part of the narrative is about Kate and Gerry McCann going for a search in the early hours, they are alone as everyone else had left / given up:

“All was quiet apart from the sound of barking dogs, which added to the eeriness of the atmosphere. I remember opening a big dumpster-type bin and saying to myself, please God, don’t let her be in here.” – p.83

Another connection is made between the disposing of a corpse and dogs barking. Two of the main ideas of the entire story – because that is the story they’re trying to sell.

2.5: Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith is the author of the crime novels ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ (2013), ‘The Silkworm’ (2014) and ‘Career of Evil’ (2015).  The protagonist of the series is Private Investigator Cormoran Strike.

“He is unique as I think every detective should be, but he’s rightly conforming to the rules of detective fiction…”  source

In December 2014, it was announced that the novels would be adapted as ‘Strike’ a television series for BBC One.  This series was first broadcast in August 2017.  The author has a fourth Cormoran Strike novel on the way and has plans for at least another ten.

“Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series.”

Robert Galbraith doesn’t exist; it was J K Rowling writing under a false name.  The famous author simply wanted to release her detective novels to a neutral audience.  This decision makes perfect sense, as she is hugely famous and if you hear the name ‘JK Rowling’ you immediately think of Harry Potter.

“Harry Potter author J K Rowling has helped Kate McCann write a book about the disappearance of daughter Madeleine”  source

According to this news report from 2011, Kate McCann turned to J K Rowling to assist her in writing the ‘Madeleine’ book.  It doesn’t matter if this story is true or false, just that a connection is being made.

This wasn’t first time J K Rowling has been linked to the Madeleine McCann story…

JK Rowling

“JK Rowling is using the fame to help the hunt for Madeleine McCann.  Posters of the three-year-old who went missing in Portugal will be displayed in every bookshop selling the final instalment of the young wizard’s adventures to ensure that her plight is known across the world.”  source

In July 2007 it was announced that campaign posters bearing Madeleine’s image would be on display in every bookshop selling the latest instalment of the series ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’.  So in these bookshops ‘across the world’ people will see the face Madeleine McCann next to the words ‘Deathly Hallows’ !!!

Are JK Rowling and Madeleine McCann’s parents promoting death theory?  It certainly looks that way and this is early days, it’s only been two months since Madeleine’s reported disappearance.

“Madeleine’s father Gerry McCann said the family was very grateful to the author. “This is a huge offer,” he said. “It’s such a kind gesture.””

It’s hard to believe this was JK Rowling’s idea.  The promotion has clearly been put together because the creators of the Madeleine McCann story had an opportunity to promote the idea that Madeleine is dead.

And that’s not all…

Harry Potter

“Harry is explicitly referred to as the Chosen One; we see him walk into the wilderness, where he is plagued with doubt… he discovers that he is seeking for the Resurrection Stone which gives the bearer power over Death; if he can find the Deathly Hallows, he will ultimately be able to banish Death entirely.”  source

The biblical / messianic allusions don’t end there: champagne glasses are refilled by magic, like the wedding at Canae: Ron’s vision of Harry and Hermione looking like Adam and Eve; a serpent / snake is Voldemort’s chosen symbol and predator.

Some Christian groups have been critical of the Harry Potter series due it’s glorification of witchcraft and wizardry. Others have argued that in fact the novels are – like CS Lewis’s Narnia series – a Christian allegory.

The idea that Harry Potter is a Christian / messianic allegory has been discussed many times on numerous platforms:

This article asks the question: Is the Boy Wizard a Messiah Figure?

An article from Christianity Today, which asks:  Is Harry the Chosen One?

The Jewish Journal asks: Is Harry Potter the Jewish Idea of the Messiah?

JK Rowling writes messianic allegories and detective fiction stories.  Now, I’m not saying that JK Rowling is the author of the Madeleine McCann story, but I am saying they both share the same unique genre combination.  This understanding adds depth to their connection by introducing the idea of an intertextual relationship.  In other words, JK Rowling was not ‘helping out’ the McCanns.

2.6: Conclusion

I think it’s clear that Kate and Gerry McCann are the antagonists of this story and are complicit in their own incrimination.  They are playing the roles of villains and they continuously provide the audience with reasons to dislike and suspect them.  This is exactly the reason why critics are so convinced of their guilt.

In the balloon photographs Kate McCann is deliberately holding an image that is symbolic of their intertextual counter-parts, Opus Dei. At the time these images were taken (contemporary culture) Opus Dei were very well known as being the fictional antagonists. This means that the McCanns are deliberately associating themselves with this idea.

The mainstream media – who many people believe are on the side of the McCanns – are completely onboard with the agenda of parental incrimination.  Their front pages clearly associate the parents with the role of antagonists and the claims of Goncalo Amaral because that is the story being sold.

Scotland Yard – who also appear to be supporting the parents – are indirectly pushing the audience towards the claims of Goncalo Amaral.  Everything that Scotland Yard have done throughout their investigations only serves to compound the suspicions of the audience towards the McCanns.  They are helping to solidify the views of Amaral supporters and the believers in death theory, because again… that is the story being sold.

Kate McCann has written a book that claims to be based on facts and truth, but the book is actually an exercise in fictional narrative techniques.  This is exactly what we found with ‘The Truth of the Lie’ – a book that Goncalo Amaral claims is also based on facts and truth.  So both supposed authors claim their books to be factual, but in reality these books are pure fiction.  These books cannot be considered as non-fiction, they simply do not qualify.  I have only used a few examples, but I could literally go through both of these books from start to finish.  Just read the first page of the first chapter of Amaral’s book and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

JK Rowling and the McCanns have been closely associated from the very beginning of the Madeleine McCann story.  Their first association being a book launch that placed the image of Madeleine McCann next to the words Deathly Hallows in book stores across the world.  This is a clear example of the Madeleine McCann story pushing the narrative that Madeleine McCann died and this happened before Goncalo Amaral was making his claims.

The relationship between JK Rowling and the Madeleine McCann story is an intertextual one as they are both associated with messianic / Christian allegories.  We are also informed that JK Rowling helped Kate McCann write her book and then years later we find out that JK Rowling’s true passion is actually detective fiction.  That cannot be a coincidence.  They share a unique genre combination and they are continuously and directly associated with one another.

Overall Conclusion

The purpose of this article was to show that all of the storytellers (everyone involved) are working together to manipulate the audience into believing that Madeleine McCann died and that the parents are in some way responsible.

This is what happens in most detective fiction – or any kind of fiction when a protagonist is seeking justice against an increasingly sinister enemy.  As these kinds of narratives progress, an audience will sympathise more and more with the hero character whilst simultaneously anticipating the fall of the increasingly unlikeable antagonists.   The story will reinforce this agenda throughout until the audience becomes polarized.

This polarization divides the audience into two distinct groups:

1: The Anti-McCanns:  Those who believe the claims of Goncalo Amaral or other proponents of the death theory.

2: The Pro-McCanns:  Those who believe the parents and the abduction scenario.

In the next article we will look at how both of these groups have been cultivated and manipulated by a virtual army of false amplifiers.  This is especially true for the Anti-McCann group, who are the target audience and are baited by the storytellers at every opportunity.  The beliefs of the Anti-McCanns are continuously reinforced until followers of the story become absolutely convinced the child died and the parents covered it up.

These two groups debated and argued every single day for seven years.  The storytellers provoked and baited the audience (Anti-McCanns) until tensions reached boiling point, culminating in one of the biggest news stories of 2014 – The Story of Brenda Leyland – a news event that was front page news and further polarised the opposing groups.  The build-up, story and aftermath will all be deconstructed in part three. 

I hope you have found this second article informative and interesting.

Thank you for reading.

Peter James Cullen


Deconstructing the Madeleine McCann Story: Part 1


This is the first in a planned series of articles that will deconstruct the Madeleine McCann story. The study of this story has traditionally been undertaken by those trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Madeleine? I am offering something different, a textual study that will investigate the story of Madeleine McCann as a work of allusion and intertext.

“Intertext – a text that is related to one or more other texts through the use of allusions to these texts.”

Too often individual allusions within the Madeleine McCann story have been considered in isolation and regularly dismissed as coincidence, but to understand the work correctly we must consider the bigger picture. Once exposed to the extravagance of these allusions, the reader is drawn away from the original story and towards the creativity of the writer.

Due to the sheer volume of these literary inventions one can only conclude that invention itself is central to the project. The discovery of these inventions, I believe, is the primary purpose for which the work was created; that is, to be admired by a small ‘in-the-know’ audience, yet to remain unseen by everyone else.

I will offer many examples of creative play that will serve as background to the arguments put forward. The writer of the Madeleine McCann story was not the victim of circumstance challenged with the manipulation of reality, he is the willing and extremely able creator of pure fiction.

To understand the story of ‘Madeleine’ we must not ignore these allusions as unwelcome intrusions into a factual story, but foreground them as central to the project of author and audience.

I will now reveal the original texts / source materials that the author draws upon to construct the Madeleine McCann story and demonstrate the ingenious allusions he has devised.

Thank you and please read on…

1. The Messianic Theme

“Rome is already preparing itself” – Kate McCann, May 2007

Possibly one of the most messianic statements you could create. We are told that Kate said those words prior to their audience with the Pope.

When I first read that quote it brought to mind the second coming of Christ, and who could blame me? I know that many other people thought exactly the same thing. Critics were aghast, asking ‘Who does she think she is?’ However, I didn’t really think about it too much and like many others, simply put it down to an odd choice of phrase, but as time went on I started to notice other quotes and statements with a similar theme.

This is Jon Corner (godfather to Madeleine’s sister Amelie) talking about Madeleine in an interview with Vanity Fair:

So beautiful, astonishingly bright, and I’d have to say very charismatic. She would shine out of a crowd,” family friend Jon Corner says of the child. “So – God forgive me – maybe that’s part of the problem. That special quality” Source

I only ever see this quote interpreted in one way – Jon Corner is being ‘creepy’ – but considering his choice of words, a religious / messianic interpretation would be more accurate. Also, in that very same article, we are provided with another religious / messianic allusion:

“Kate and Gerry are both Roman Catholic, the children of carpenters…”

In the Portuguese police files (the PJ files) the interview with David Payne has long been a source of some controversy. Critics often highlight the following passages as evidence of David also being ‘creepy,’ but as we have seen with Jon Corner and Kate McCann, his choice of words could also be interpreted as having a religious / messianic theme.

“They’d had a lot of trouble conceiving, you know with IVF and everything and you know Madeleine was their miracle…”

“The three children… they looked immaculate, you know they were just like angels… the children were wearing white… they were just all, just all at peace…”

“I just looked at the three of them and I couldn’t, you know they were just so well presented and so clean and immaculate”Source

If you use word search in that interview you will see that David uses the words ‘very bright’ four times to describe Madeleine. Jon Corner takes the same adjective even further by describing Madeleine as being ‘astonishingly bright.’ It almost seems like Jon Corner is saying that Madeleine is so bright ‘she would shine out of a crowd.’

The common interpretation is that readers are disturbed by Jon and David’s descriptions, an interpretation influenced by external factors and one that fails to recognise the clear and consistent messianic theme to the language being used. We have also been alerted to further possible allusions with the information that both parents are ‘the children of carpenters’ and we know (or we have been told) that both of Madeleine’s parents are also healers / work as medical professionals.

1.1. A Messiah Story

If the messianic theme was intentional and those quotes are alluding to that, then the story must have been created by writers. This was a possibility I had not previously considered and having an interest in literary / textual analysis, I decided to investigate this further.

If this was an intentional messianic theme then a good writer would allude to ‘The Messiah Story’ and use that story to shape the story of Madeleine. It wouldn’t be much of a messianic theme without that kind of intertextuality and that is exactly what we find:

1: The Miracle Birth:

As we have already seen, David describes the birth of Madeleine as a miracle.

“Madeleine was their miracle.”

David could have used any word to describe this event, but his chosen adjective was the word ‘miracle.’ David provides this information in his police interview and the name of the detective conducting David’s interview is ‘Ivor Messiah’ !!! How unbelievable is that?

David tells Ivor Messiah about the miracle birth of a child called Madeleine – never have three characters been so aptly named.

For those who don’t know why the name David is significant, the Messiah is the ‘Son of David’ born into the Davidic / messianic bloodline. In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as ‘Son of David’ fourteen times.

The name ‘Madeleine’ is the French form of Magdalene, well-known because of Saint Mary Magdalene and the biblical character Mary Magdalene – if we look at modern conspiracy lore – is seen as the Holy Grail and the true messianic figure.

2: The Holy Spirit:

The following is taken from an interview with the McCanns by Catholic magazine ‘The Tablet.’

“The parish priest also gave the McCanns the keys to the church so that they could pray there alone in the evenings. It was while they were doing this early in the first week that Mr. McCann had an extraordinary experience.

When I was praying I started thinking of all the things that were happening. There were lots and lots of ideas in my head and how we could make things better and I was really feeling very down and not sure which way to proceed. I had this mental image of being in a tunnel and instead of the light at the end of the tunnel being extremely narrow and a distant spot, the light opened up and the tunnel got wider and wider and went in many different directions. I talked to you [Kate] about it and said, ‘I am not prepared to pursue one path. We are going to do everything in our power to influence things.’

It was almost like something – I am not saying it was the Holy Spirit – came into me and gave me that image. That is when I really felt I had a clear path.

Was it a religious experience?

I can’t say it was a vision because I am not clear what a vision is but I had a mental image and it certainly helped me decide. I became a man possessed that night.”

Source (the original article in Catholic magazine ‘The Tablet’ has been deleted from the internet – as you will see via this link)

So, Gerry makes a connection between himself (the father) and the Holy Spirit. He does this by telling us how he became ‘possessed’ by something that could be the Holy Spirit.

Now, until Gerry mentioned it himself, I don’t think that anybody on earth would have thought it was the Holy Spirit, but that is how this allusion works.

“Jesus was conceived in the womb of his mother Mary through the Holy Spirit” Source

I should also point out that Kate McCann’s middle name is Marie, the French form of Mary.

“During this week, the parents of Madeleine, each day, came here to pray, to receive the Holy Spirit and ask the help of the Lord” – Father Pacheco Source

3: Non-Biological Father:

The Portuguese newspaper ’24 Horas’ (24 Hours) printed a story about Gerry not being the biological father. The paper claimed it was an unknown donor and they were adamant their sources were reliable.

A link to demonstrate that this was an actual news story: Click HERE

Here we have another story that connects Gerry McCann (the father) to the story of biblical Joseph. Joseph was not really the biological father of Jesus. This story about Gerry completes the allusion to the Immaculate Conception / miracle birth.

That is three different allusions to the Immaculate Conception: The conversation between David and Ivor Messiah on Madeleine’s birth being a miracle, the father being possessed by the Holy Spirit and the claim that Gerry is not the biological father of Madeleine.

4: The Donkey:

The Donkey is the animal most associated with the Messiah figure. You only have to look at Jesus to see that.

‘The Messiah’s Donkey’ source

It is also the animal that was immediately associated with Madeleine. The pyjamas that Madeleine was wearing that evening:

“CLOTHING: T-shirt short sleeves with the drawing of a blue and grey donkey on the front, and the word EEYORE” Source

PHOTO: The McCanns hold up a set of pyjamas similar to those worn by Madeleine

5: Thought Dead, May Return:

There are many people who follow the Madeleine McCann story that believe Madeleine is dead. There are many others who do not share this view, they believe Madeleine was taken, but hope that one day she is returned.

This is very similar to the Christian belief that Jesus was ‘taken’ and will one day be returned. Christians believe this for many reasons, but one of the main ones being that when Jesus died, his body mysteriously disappeared.

6: The Mysterious Disappearance

The disappearance of Jesus: source

When Jesus died on the cross, his body was moved to a tomb and a large stone was placed across the entrance. When Mary Magdalene arrived she found the large stone had been moved and the body had disappeared.

Whatever theory you consider regarding Madeleine, they all agree on one thing – that her body, whether that be dead or alive, completely disappeared.

The disappearance of Madeleine: source

7: The Pope Blessed the Image of Madeleine:

As we have already seen, the Pope blessed the image of Madeleine with the Sign of the Cross and like Kate said…

“Rome is already preparing itself”

Conclusion: The writer appears to have constructed a messiah story with Madeleine / Magdalene as the central character. In contemporary literature at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance this same story was already very well known thanks to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ – the story of the messianic Magdalene – more on that later.

1.2: Ivor Messiah

Can you imagine my reaction when I first discovered Ivor Messiah? The sheer audacity of this writer and until now, no-one has ever questioned it! I find that amazing, as the name is clearly an invention created to serve the overall theme. Upon the discovery of Ivor Messiah I went online to talk about this character and some people actually tried to argue for his existence, so let’s take a closer look at him.

We already know Ivor Messiah from his interview with David Payne, but separate from the McCann story, DC Ivor Messiah made his own headlines:

“The Leicestershire officer also allegedly made a ring with the fingers of one hand – which he then poked with the index finger of the other”


How crazy is that story? A police detective in the middle of a murder trial is reported to have made inappropriate sexual gestures to a female juror in full view of the room. Not very professional to say the least albeit not very realistic – and that is because it never happened. Here is why:

The Gaspar Statements – Source

Whilst holidaying with the McCanns and their friends, David Payne made inappropriate sexual gestures in full view of the room.

”Dave was sucking on one of his fingers, pushing it in and out of his mouth”

So not only is the wonderfully named Ivor Messiah the detective who interviewed David Payne (where he was told of a miracle birth and immaculate children) but his actions in court clearly mimic the actions of David Payne as described in The Gaspar Statements.

Anyone who knows the McCann story and reads Ivor Messiah’s story could not fail to be reminded of David and the Gaspar Statements, but for any readers not aware of Ivor Messiah’s links to the McCann story, the Telegraph very kindly reminds us:

“DC Messiah interviewed members of the ‘Tapas Seven’ as part of the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance”

In conclusion, there is nothing about Ivor Messiah that is remotely believable. His name is an invention to serve the messianic theme and his very own news story is a blatant parallel to The Gaspar Statements.

1.3: Gaspar

“The name Caspar/Casper is derived from Gaspar” Source

The name ‘Gaspar’ was given to one of the three wise men. Gaspar is the wise man who brought the gift of Frankincense and he came from India. Therefore, the name ‘Gaspar’ is an allusion to the

Messiah story and the writer confirms this by creating the name ‘Arul Savio Gaspar.’

The Gaspar Statements consist of two separate statements: one by the wife, Katarina Zacharius Gaspar and the other by her husband, Arul Savio Gaspar. If you look up the meaning of the names Arul and Savio this is what you will find:

Arul – of Indian origin

Savio – clever / wise

In the messiah story, Gaspar was the wise man who hailed from India and the names Arul and Savio have the exact same meaning.

In conclusion, the name ‘Arul Savio Gaspar’ is a fictional construct invented to serve the messianic theme. It was created as a signifier to alert the audience to The Gaspar Statements themselves being an allusion – this will be explained in the final chapter.


2. Fatima

In May 2017 Portugal celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ incident. It is the story of three shepherd children who were allegedly visited by The Virgin Mary. Source

The 100th anniversary of Fatima’s Marian apparition was a major event with the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope himself attended the 100th anniversary to make Saints of the children.

May 2017 was also the 10th anniversary of the Madeleine McCann story. Here are Kate and Gerry McCann attending the Fatima 90th anniversary event in May 2007…

‘Our Lady of Fatima’ also adheres to the messianic theme as Mary told Lucia (one of the children) of the importance of devotion to her Immaculate Heart.

The events of Fatima are also pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church – another recurring theme of the Madeleine story.

Does this contemporary Portuguese anniversary explain the timing and location for the Madeleine McCann story? I think it does and the creator of the Madeleine McCann story confirms this in a number of different ways.

2.1. Fatima’s Witness Statement

You can view the full statement HERE

Here is the key paragraph taken from that statement when the cleaner at the apartments where the McCanns were staying, Fatima, describes her sighting of the McCann family.

“She states that this took place on Sunday 29th April, just before she finished her morning work shift (13.30) as she had the afternoon off that day. At about 13.15 she went to help her mother, who was cleaning apartment I of the same block (5) situated on the first floor. She clearly remembers seeing the girl accompanied by her siblings and mother leave their apartment (5 A) and walk to the stairs leading to the floor above. 

She was very close to them at a distance of about 1 metre, observing their movements for a few moments because she was charmed by them. Madeleine led the way with a plate (perhaps plastic) in her hand bearing a piece of bread. As regards the clothes she was wearing she only remembers a skirt but cannot recall its description. She noted, because she thought them nice, the type of shoes she was wearing, tennis shoes, light in colour she thinks, which had little lights along the soles, which lit up each time she stepped on the ground. 

Her siblings followed behind her, wearing the same king of shoes and each holding a piece of bread in their hands, their mother followed behind them without holding their hands. She seems to remember that the mother was also carrying a plate. Moments afterwards, perhaps the time it took to close the apartment door, the father came out and also headed to the apartment upstairs. When asked, she does not remember whether the father pulled the door closed or locked it with a key.”

In this statement we are told that Fatima “was charmed by” the sight of three children and their mother ‘Mary’ as they were leaving their apartment. As the three children walk they are lit up by lights.

The story of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ tells us that three children in the town of Fatima witnessed the mother Mary. They describe seeing a woman “shedding rays of light.”

These were the first connections that I identified, but when we look a bit closer we can see the allusions to this event are numerous.


This is the first section of the key paragraph:

“… (13.30) as she had the afternoon off that day. At about 13.15 she went to help her mother, who was cleaning apartment I of the same block (5) situated on the first floor. She clearly remembers seeing the girl accompanied by her siblings and mother leave their apartment (5 A)”

All of these numbers are bunched together within a short space, but can you see the pattern? There are three number ones, three number threes and three number fives.

To make this allusion easier to spot, the writer twice makes-up the number 13 for us.

The anniversary of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ is 13th May or 13/5.


In the statement, Fatima tells us the father was also with Kate ‘Marie’ and the three children, so how does he fit into all this? He doesn’t and this is signified by the carrying of the bread. The mother and three children are all carrying bread and Gerry is not. Bread has religious connotations and the writer uses the carrying of bread to highlight the characters he wants us to focus upon.

2.2. David’s visit to the McCann’s apartment

Angel of Peace:

If you read the link about ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ you will have read about the Angel of Peace. The three children of Fatima later claimed that an angel came to them to prepare them for the arrival of Mary.

The Angel of Peace was whiter than snow.

If you recall David Payne’s interview with Ivor Messiah, David tells us that Gerry asked him to go to the McCann apartment to check on Kate. When David gets there he sees Kate and the three children and describes them as:

“…like angels, dressed in white, at peace”

David’s visit to the McCann apartment works alongside Fatima’s statement and completes the allusion to ‘Our Lady of Fatima.’ The writer has also found another way to remove Gerry from the scene. The writer again using the characters of David, and Ivor Messiah to convey this allusion.

“He relates having seen Madeleine and the twins; the image apparently evoked for him that of three immaculate angels.”

– Gonçalo Amaral ‘The Truth of the Lie’

The writer also draws the attention of the audience to David’s visit by having Kate and David contradict one another and themselves in a variety of ways. The most well known is that David says he was there for 3-5 minutes and he stepped into the apartment. Kate says he was there for 30 seconds and remained at the door. The writer creates a controversial moment to make audience aware there is an allusion taking place. It is a trick used throughout the Madeleine story.

The Immaculate Heart:

We are told that the second appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary happened on the 13th June 1917. This time the lady told them that Lucia would live long in order to spread the message and devotion to the Immaculate Heart.

Here we can see various mirror images of the mother Kate Marie (Mary) that appear to be alluding to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Again we refer to David’s visit to the McCann apartment where he twice uses the word ‘Immaculate’ to describe the scene before him.

Additionally, the three Fatima children are two girls and one boy, the same as the three McCann children. That is not a coincidence – that is source material.

2.3. Praia Da Luz

think it’s fair to conclude that the contemporary celebration of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ explains the timing and location for the Madeleine McCann story, but why Praia da Luz?

The name ‘Praia da Luz’ is simply translated as ‘Beach of Light’ and is an old fishing village located in the municipality of Lagos. An association with fishing / fishermen would be ideal for any messianic story and even though there are likely hundreds of old fishing villages along the Portuguese coastline, the fact that ‘Praia da Luz’ means ‘Beach of Light’ would make this an ideal choice.

Remember, if this is a game of allusion and intertext then the writer has complete creative control and will want to allude to theme and original texts at every possible opportunity.


3. The Roman Catholic Church

Throughout the narrative we are informed the McCanns are Roman Catholics. The audience are constantly reminded of the McCann’s Catholic faith by a variety of sources, but for the purpose of this article I have chosen the following three witness statements taken from the Portuguese Police files.

3.1. Paul Seddon

“I am a Priest of the Roman Catholic Church” Source

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that Kate and Gerry McCann are very close friends with a Roman Catholic Priest. He tells us that they met in 1997, he carried out their wedding in 1998 and he also baptised Madeleine.

“…but more than being a priest, I consider myself above all to be their friend.

Now, I’m not saying people don’t become close friends with their priest. I’m sure many devoted Catholics are close to their priest, perhaps they even go on holiday with them.

“…I have spent other holiday periods with them including one occasion in Stratford upon Avon after the birth of the twins… I ended up becoming a very good friend of the whole family.”

Shakespeare was from Stratford upon Avon. The birth of the twins and Stratford upon Avon in the same sentence! Shakespeare may have been an ingenious fiction writer, but he was also the father of twins and he wrote about twins in his plays.

As we get to know the creativity of the author we can understand why he couldn’t resist alluding to Shakespeare.

“During my stay I helped conduct religious services in the Catholic Church as well as the Anglican church in Praia da Luz… Every time we spoke, they always asked me to pray for Madeleine.”

I was almost not going to include Paul Seddon, but he is a Roman Catholic Priest, he also claims to be one of the McCann’s closest friends, he conducts religious services for the McCanns, his name is ‘Paul’ and I quite like the Shakespeare link, so I decided to keep him in.

3.2. Father Pacheco

The name ‘Pacheco’ is a noble lineage of Portuguese origin that was bore by the descendants of converted Jew Ruy Capon, believed to belong to ‘The Tribe of Levi’ – one of the twelve tribes of Israel and the only tribe with the right to be priests. Source

It was the Levite Samuel (of whom we will hear more about, shortly) that anointed the first two kings of Israel – Saul and David. Other notable biblical figures like Moses and John the Baptist are also said to descend from the priestly ‘Tribe of Levi.’

If you were writing fiction and creating the character of a Portuguese priest then ‘Pacheco’ would be the perfect name. That is exactly the kind of research / creativity that goes into naming fictional characters. For example: In Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ – which in itself is a masterpiece of layered construct – Norman Bates is the character’s normal persona and this normal persona along with his normal looking motel are the bait that attracts potential victims = Normal Baits. As you can see, good fiction writers don’t just pull names out of a hat.

So then, Father Pacheco is a perfectly named Portuguese priest, but what is the significance of his role in the Madeleine McCann story?

The Keys to the Church:

The role of Father Pacheco is well documented. He was the local priest who, after persuasion from a church member, gave the McCanns the key to the church so they could visit whenever they wanted without any media pressure. That was the church were Gerry claims he encountered The Holy Spirit. Source

The Deception:

Aside from giving the McCanns the keys to the church, Father Pacheco made headlines with this story:

We never find out who deceived Father Pacheco or how he was deceived, just that he was deceived. This mysterious deception caused all kinds of speculation and people still speculate on what this was, but here is my interpretation:

In the McCann narrative the perfectly named Father Pacheco is known for the key to the church and the unknown deception. They are the two things that people associate with Father Pacheco. Are these two stories a cryptic message? Perhaps the key to discovering this deception lies with the church – and considering what we have looked at so far, I would say that is pretty accurate.

3.3. Peter Neil Patterson

The witness is being interviewed by DC Messiah and DC Ferguson. Does this mean there is a messianic connection and a Scottish connection? I’m not saying that’s how it works with every statement, but it seems to work here.

Peter went to Dundee University, the same University that Kate attended, but they didn’t know each other during their time there – the Scottish connection.

Witness statement: HERE

“Our youngest son was born nine months ago today”

What a odd thing to state. However, when we read his statement we discover that Peter’s relationship to the McCanns revolve around child birth, or to be more precise, the difficulties of child birth. That is the overall theme of the statement and of their relationship, which means Peter is alluding to the theme of his own witness statement!

“I offered Kate a bible… I have a particular interest in the bible and the form in which it was written… I have a tendency to mark pages and passages in the bible…there were many marked/tagged passages relevant to the both of us. This happened before Madeleine’s disappearance.”

So Peter is telling us that relevant pages and passages from the Bible were marked and tagged before Madeleine’s disappearance. That’s good to know.

“The passage which is marked in my wife’s bible I believe is Samuel 2:12. This passage is very significant for me and my wife, but likely has so significance for Kate.”

These marked pages were deemed significant to the Portuguese Police as they decided to photocopy them: See HERE

Samuel 2:12 (I told you Samuel would make an appearance) begins by talking about the death of a child, King David’s child. It then goes on to tell us about the birth of Solomon – the second anointed King in the Davidic bloodline – and there is the messianic connection.

“Kate asked me to pray at the Marina, which I did, a number of times during the week. I returned home on Sunday, 13th of May, 2007.”

Why does Kate ask Peter to pray at the marina? Is this an allusion to the biblical Peter being a fisherman? Does Kate ask anyone other than Peter to pray at the marina? No, she doesn’t. This was a specific job just for Peter, which he carried out a number of times during the week.

Also, why did Peter decide to go home on the day of the 90th anniversary of Fatima? You would think being a devout Roman

Catholic he could have delayed his return and taken the unique opportunity to attend this special event.

With Paul Seddon, Father Pacheco, Peter Neil Patterson, Fatima, the Pope and many other examples, I think it’s fair to say this is a wholly Catholic affair. Or to be more accurate, it’s a conspiracy story that includes the Roman Catholic Church.

In fact, not unlike…

4. The Da Vinci Code

According to McGill the standard technique for identifying allusion is:

“….to pursue readings that are plausible in terms of textual strategies of the work in question and the culture and moment in literary history that produced the text”

4.1. The Culture and Moment in Literary History

In 2003 the book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was released. It is a detective / conspiracy story about the search for the hidden tomb of Mary Magdalene. The location and secret of the tomb was protected by the Knights Templar.

This book is still the best selling book of the 21st century and one of the best-selling books of all time.

In May 2006 the film ‘The Da Vinci Code’ starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou was released to great worldwide success. It was the second highest grossing film of the year and on the back of its success the author Dan Brown was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Wikipedia reference HERE

By May 2007 the story of the messianic Magdalene and all of its ideas had become firmly embedded in popular culture and a staple of modern conspiracy lore. Its popularity was peaking and then the Madeleine McCann story broke.

“Madeleine is the French form of Magdalene, which is well known as a name because of Saint Mary Magdalene.”

In May 2007 the Madeleine McCann story broke. It is a detective / conspiracy story about the search for the unknown location of

Madeleine. The news story was covered internationally and was one of the biggest news stories of the decade. Initial reports informed us that Madeleine was from Rothley – a town famous for Rothley Temple and its historical links to the Knights Templar. The Grand Priory of the Knights Templar even left a wreath at the memorial cross in Rothley with the words:

“For the McCann Family, our prayers are with you”

4.2. The Knights Templar

Wikipedia reference to the Knights Templars HERE

The fictional conspiracy ‘The Da Vinci Code’ took inspiration from books like ‘The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail’ and ‘The Templar Revelation’ in linking the Knights Templar with Mary Magdalene. The story informs us the Knights Templar had secret documents that proved the sacred bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

Rothley Temple source

As you can read for yourself, this preceptory has links to the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. These links gave rise to many conspiracy theories – the most famous one being that Gerry McCann is a Freemason. A theory that cannot be true, surely it is just part of the story and the kind of theory that the writers would want people to believe.

It’s like this image of Gerry explaining the ‘wider agenda.’ As many observers have noticed, his diagram was shaped like the Masonic set & compass. I believe that has been deliberately set-up to fuel the theory that he is a Freemason.

The story is littered with these Knights Templar / Masonic conspiracy “clues” because that is the nature of the story. It is alluding to modern conspiracy lore and playing to the beliefs of conspiracy culture.

4.3. Scotland

In ‘The Da Vinci Code’ our two protagonists find their way to Scotland where they meet the guardian of Rosslyn Chapel. This guardian turns out to be the grandmother of Sophie Neveu, a woman who was long presumed dead due to a pact she agreed on to protect her grandchildren and the secret of their royal (Magdalene) bloodline. (source)

“Since the late 1980s, the chapel has featured in speculative theories concerning a connection of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail.”

Madeleine also has a Scottish grandmother Eileen McCann. Madeleine even went to stay with her one Christmas:

“When she was two, Madeleine spent Christmas at my house and it was lovely”

Gerry McCann, Madeleine’s father, is often portrayed as an archetypal kilt-wearing Scotsman. This would obviously make Madeleine half Scottish. So not only does Madeleine live in Rothley, a town well-known for its Templar links, she is also heavily linked with Scotland.

The reported involvement of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown caused all manner of speculation. We are told that Scotsman Gordon and Scotsman Gerry frequently spoke on the phone. We are also told that Gordon Brown spoke directly to former Portuguese PM José Sócrates about the Madeleine case.

All of this information fuelled speculation regarding Scottish Freemasons and their involvement in the cover-up conspiracy. Again, I don’t believe any of it as it all seems to be alluding to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and modern conspiracy lore.

4.4. Amelie

In the 2006 movie ‘The Da Vinci Code’ the main protagonists Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu are played by Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou. 1. The character Sophie Neveu is from the sacred bloodline of Magdalene. 2. At the time of film’s release (contemporary culture) the actress Audrey Tautou was most well-known for her role as the title character in the film ‘Amelie.’

We are told that Madeleine McCann’s biological sister is named Amelie – a cleverly devised double allusion.

4.5. France

The fact that Madeleine’s sister is named Amelie means that all three McCann females have French names that can be connected to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ – Marie, Madeleine and Amelie.

The character Sophie Neveu (the descendant of Mary Magdalene) is French and the story begins in Paris, ends in Paris and half of the characters are French.

4.6. Pyramids

The French poster for ‘The Da Vinci Code’:

The story begins and ends at The Louvre. The male protagonist Robert Langdon kneels at ‘Le Pyramide Inversée’ – an implication that beneath this structure is the final resting place of Mary Magdalene. Source

‘The Da Vinci Code’ interprets ‘La Pyramide Inversée’ as symbolising the chalice and the blade. The inverted glass pyramid being the chalice and the stone pyramid underneath as the blade – a representation of the union of sexes.

Here is an image of Gerry and Kate McCann stood in front of a pyramid whilst holding hands:

Isn’t that something? If that isn’t an allusion to ‘La Pyramide Inversée’ then I don’t know what is.

Pyramid aside, there are hundreds of pictures of the McCanns holding hands and observers to this will assume that is normal / expected, but with regards to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ the V-shape is the symbol of the chalice / womb. The V-shape is the symbol of Magdalene… especially if you’re holding hands when stood in front of a pyramid.

Stating the obvious here, but Kate and Gerry are the parents of Madeleine. Their union of sexes produced a ‘Magdalene’ which makes that single image a multiple allusion. It also makes every image of them holding hands a multiple allusion.

Additionally, twice in Kate McCann’s book ‘Madeleine’ Kate refers to her children in terms of a pyramid.

p.142 “Obviously, as they got older they would ask more searching questions and, as we continued to respond, they would gradually build up a picture of the situation in their own heads – a kind of ‘pyramid’ of information.”

p.222 “It had recently emerged that they believed Madeleine was at our house in Rothley. Worried that the ‘pyramid of information’ they were building in their heads might not be structurally sound.”

4.7. Robert ‘The Translator’

At the beginning of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ we are introduced to Robert Langdon. He is called upon to assist the police translate a message. He is also the first person to be suspected of the crime.

At the beginning of the Madeleine McCann story we are introduced to Robert Murat. He is called upon to assist the police as a translator. He is also the first person to be suspected of the crime.

4.8. Numbers

The creator of this allusion likes to use numbers to confirm this is not coincidence. We have seen this practice already with Fatima’s witness statement and the writer performs the same trick with ‘The Da Vinci Code.’


Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452. There are 1452 days between Madeleine’s date of birth and her reported disappearance.

You can check that information for yourself if you like – Madeleine’s date of birth is given as 12th May 2003 and she disappeared on the 3rd May 2007.


Leonardo Da Vinci died in 1519.

The DNA results ‘15/19 markers’ convinced many people that Madeleine McCann is dead.

“Of those 19 components 15 are present…” Source

4.9. Transworld Publishing Ltd

Kate and Gerry McCann signed a deal to write a book about the disappearance of their daughter. Source

“Transworld, home to best-selling authors including Dan Brown and Frederick Forsyth, secured the rights to the couple’s story after a bidding war. The McCann’s are part-way through writing their account”

Transworld Publishers secured the rights to Kate’s book ‘Madeleine’ and also published Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code.’ What a coincidence! And Dan Brown even gets a name-check in the article.

4.10. Conclusion

The Da Vinci Code’ fulfils the criteria of the allusion being aligned with contemporary literature. The interplay between the two texts is undeniable. The author of the Madeleine McCann story has woven theme and content using a wide range of allusions.

If you’re familiar with both stories then you will know there is much more I could add, but for the purpose of this article I am going to leave it there and move on to the final chapter.

5. The Story of David

Throughout the Madeleine McCann story we are bombarded with controversial stories about David Payne – his visit to the McCann apartment, his encounter with child protection worker Yvonne Martin, his ‘disturbing’ descriptions of Madeleine and his starring role in The Gaspar Statements. See HERE

As we have seen, the writer often creates controversial moments to alert the audience to the presence of an allusion. The fact that David is often at the centre of this controversy tells us that the character of David is an allusion.

Wikipedia reference HERE

We have all heard the story of David and Goliath, but what else do we know about the biblical character of David? According to the

Bible he was the first anointed king of Israel and Judah – anointed by Samuel. The Christian tradition (New Testament) traces the genealogy of both Joseph and Mary to the House of David. The writers of the New Testament show they are both descended from the Davidic Line to support the claim that Jesus is the true messiah. That is how important David is to the messianic tradition.

Davidic Line source

Basically, when it comes to messianic bloodlines, all roads lead to David.

5.1. The Gaspar Statements

Reference source HERE

The central character of the Gaspar Statements is David Payne and the two key moments of these statements are:

1) Concern when David is overseeing the children bathing.

2) David’s inappropriate sexual act.

Both of these controversial stories combine to create an allusion to a very important messianic story.

Bathsheba reference HERE

If we read Samuel 2:11 we are told that David watched the young Bathsheba as she bathed. David watched her bathe and he lusted after her. David was unable to control his lust and acted on it, causing the young Bathsheba to become pregnant. This was highly inappropriate as Bathsheba was married to Uriah the Hittite. In an effort to conceal his actions, David urged Uriah to re-consummate his marriage so he would think the child was his, but Uriah would not. David then sent him to the front lines of battle where Uriah met his death.

1) David watched the young girl bathe.

2) David performed a sexually inappropriate act.

How can we be certain that The Gaspar Statements are an allusion to this story? Does the text support this interpretation in any other way?

5.2. Peter’s Bible

If you recall, the Portuguese police photocopied a page from the bible found in the McCann residence. This was the bible given to Kate by Peter Neil Patterson. The photocopied page was Samuel 2.12 – a direct continuation of Samuel 2.11 – the story of David and Bathsheba… source

What are the chances of that? The Gaspar Statements appear to be an allusion to Samuel 2.11 and the Portuguese police just so happened to photocopy Samuel 2.12. The combination of which complete the story of David and Bathsheba.

The Lord punished David for his sins and Bathsheba’s child fell ill and died. After the death of the child David lay with Bathsheba once more and again she became pregnant, but this time the child survived and that child was the legendary Solomon.

This is why the writers of the Madeleine McCann story place David as one of the central characters in their story. They are alluding to the messianic theme and David is where it all began. This new understanding of the text confirms two previous allusions:

1: When Kate asked Peter to pray by the Marina it was an allusion to the biblical Peter being a fisherman. The writer did this to alert the reader to the importance of Peter’s statement and the marked pages Samuel 2.12.

2: The name Arul Savio Gaspar is an allusion to the messianic theme. Gaspar is a signifier to alert the audience that The Gaspar Statements are an allusion. One identified as alluding to the story of David and Bathsheba as told in Samuel 2.11.

The three most important characters in the messianic tradition are Jesus / Magdalene, the Immaculate Mary and King David. This explains why the writer of the Madeleine McCann story continuously alludes to these three characters via their intertextual counter-parts – Madeleine, Kate ‘Marie’ and David.


Overall Conclusion

The story of Madeleine McCann is not based on reality. It is a story that has been shaped using other texts. This kind of work can only be explained by the presence of a highly creative author, one with

the freedom to choose locations, create names and invent situations that perfectly match his creative intentions.

This kind of event must have been pre-planned and meticulously engineered. In other words, the story of Madeleine McCann has been a performance, a work of fiction that was presented to the public under the guise of a real news story.

One can only conclude, due to the perfect alignment between texts, that no child was harmed during this production. Why would there be? It makes no sense whatsoever to actually harm a child as it would immeasurably complicate the execution of the story. It would make the compliance and performance of every individual involved virtually impossible.

Also, the sheer volume of invented material forces us to conclude that invention itself was central to the project – to be admired by a small knowing audience and unseen by everyone else – exactly the same as the Historia Augusta:

Wikipedia reference HERE

“Major problems include the nature of the sources it used, and how much of the content is pure fiction.”

For 1500 years the Augustan History was thought to be a factual historical document. This view began to change during the late 19th century and was completely changed by the renowned 20th century Roman historian Sir Ronald Syme who comprehensively pulled it to pieces. The author of the Augustan History remains unknown (same as the Madeleine McCann story) and the discovery of its numerous literary inventions is now considered to have been the primary purpose for the work itself.

I realise this interpretation of the Madeleine McCann story will generate many more questions and many of these questions will hopefully be answered in future articles. For example, the next article in this planned series will focus on the fascinating character of Goncalo Amaral under the general theme of police organisations.

I hope you have found this study of the Madeleine McCann story to be interesting and informative. Perhaps some informed readers will take this interpretation of the story and begin to look at the narrative in a different light and maybe discover things that I have not.

Thanks for reading. Peter James Cullen