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Rebuttal of "Fact" 33

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33. When the McCanns moved from their apartment to a villa in Praia da Luz, a neighbour saw their car boot left open all night long. A relative of the McCanns, Michael Wright, admitted to police that this was because of a horrible smell in the car. This was the same car where Eddie, the cadaver dog, alerted to the smell of a corpse.

 

Verdict - False and Misleading. Michael Wright 'admitted' nothing. He didn't even mention the open boot. Eddie alerts to both 'cadaver odour' and blood. He alerted to the key fob with Gerry McCann's DNA on it. There's NO evidence to suggest he's alerted to the 'smell of a corpse'.  

Source - Amaral's book, video and the police files.

 


 

Summary of Verifiable Facts   

 

  1. There's no such statement in the released police files.
  2. Michael Wright admitted nothing; there was nothing to 'admit'. He didn't mention the open boot.
  3. Sandy Cameron told how he cleaned the boot after liquids from meat and seafood dripped out of a plastic bag and the car started smelling. (mid Summer July!!)
  4. Sandy Cameron told how they left the car open to air out, after the cleaning.
  5. Eddie alerted to the car at a place where, in a compartment, the key fob was. He alerted to the key. Eddie alerts to both 'cadaver scent' and blood. Gerry McCann's DNA was found on that key fob. He is still alive.

 

 

Extracts from Amaral's book and video, with relevant sections highlighted in red

 

The source for this particular claim by the MMRG about a "neighbour" who saw their car boot open is Amaral's book:

Later,I am brought the witness statement of a neighbour, according to whom, the McCanns left their car boot open all the time.

 

It's also mentioned in his documentary, based on his book.

40.04 – The witness who lived near the McCanns’ second home, in Aldeia da Luz, who says she witnessed an uncommon fact about the McCanns’ hire car, where the dogs detected cadaver odour and remains that may belong to Maddie, was not heard, either. This neighbour has signed a document authorising the broadcast of her deposition that identifies her, but fearing threats and pressures, she doesn’t show her face.
40.30 – This is an interesting matter, when I left the Criminal Investigation Department in Portimão, in October 2007, nothing was known about this vehicle, about this issue of the open car boot. We knew that inside the vehicle cadaver odour and bodily fluids had been found, where Madeleine McCann’s DNA profile was extracted from, with 15 alleles. Months later, there is a jurist, who lives nearby, who came to report that after the McCanns arrived at this villa, they saw the car boot open from then on.

 

 

Extracts from the police files, with relevant sections highlighted in red

 

There's no such statement in the released police files, so we can't check that. Do we have to take Amaral's word for it? After all what he's telling us in the above quote isn't correct. No bodily fluids in the car, no identification of Madeleine's DNA either. And most certainly no remains of Madeleine.

 

Anyway, here's what IS in the files.

 

Michael Wright

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

never observed anything strange in the vehicle at any time that I was in it.
I noted some unpleasant smells on a number of occasions which I think have come from the twins' nappies. Discarded nappies were collected in rubbish bags and held until thrown into the rubbish bins, thereby provoking smell.

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

 

During the month July he was in Portugal from Thursday 12 July to Friday 13 July. In his statement he was referring to the months August and September, he doesn't mention the open boot.

 

Sandy Cameron

On one occasion, I believe it was on July of 2007, I took Patricia to the supermarket. 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. 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. As a result, we removed the carpet from the boot (trunk) in order to clean it. I tossed (beat) the boot carpet to remove any particles and cleaned it with a wet cloth and left it to air out.
In my opinion, it is impossible that Kate and Gerry could have hidden Madeleine or used the car to transport her to another locale.

 

 

Compare MMRG statement with the actual FACTS

 

MMRG quote: When the McCanns moved from their apartment to a villa in Praia da Luz, a neighbour saw their car boot left open all night long. A relative of the McCanns, Michael Wright, admitted to police that this was because of a horrible smell in the car. This was the same car where Eddie, the cadaver dog, alerted to the smell of a corpse.

 

Actually: The MMRG claim is hearsay. They got the name of the witness wrong. It was Sandy Cameron who explained what happened in July (in the heat of the summer) and why they left the car open to air out. Eddie alerts to both 'cadaver odour' and blood. The place where he alerted to the car was near the compartment in which the key fob was, to which he alerted also. On the key fob Gerry McCann's DNA was found. Gerry is still alive. 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Apparently MMRG thinks that if they keep repeating something (a lie) often enough, people will start believing them.

There's NO evidence that Eddie alerted to 'the smell of a corpse'.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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