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Kate's Dreams

In her last entry on July 31 before her →diary was seized by the Portuguese police she said: 'My sweetheart, my darling, my love, my companion. I love you more than anything. I'm going to dream that I'm lying by your side - moments I'll always cherish and I long to have again.'

Extract from →Three Years: McCann Media Interviews:

(Daily Mail) I HAVE only had three dreams, all the same, they’re when I find her. It’s actually when I see her. They are actually incredibly painful. The first one I was in Portugal and it was very tangible… I think I got rung by the nursery where she went to and they said ‘Madeleine’s here’. I went but then I was holding her and it felt like I was holding her and then I woke up and I was hysterical, actually, it was horrible.

(Espresso) KM - I've only dreamt about her three times. Very real dreams, where I was holding her in my arms. Strange, isn't it?

Extract from →Gonçalo Amaral's Court Hearing (Day One):

(Telegraph) A third witness said the turning point of the investigation came following a tearful call from Mrs McCann who, after a dream, told police where to search for her daughter's body. Police Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who acted as a liason between the McCanns and Portuguese police in the days following their daughter's disappearance told the court he had received the phone call in late July 2007. “Kate called me, she was alone as Gerry was away and she was crying,” he said. “She said she had dreamt that Madeleine was on a hill and that we should search for her there. She gave the impression that she thought she was dead – it was a turning point for us.” The senior detective said the land was searched but nothing was found. “That is when we decided to send the specialist dogs in. British police informed us about how they could detect the scent of death.”

(Daily Express) Mr Paiva, who was removed from the inquiry at the request of the McCanns, said he received the call at the end of July when Gerry was away and Kate was in Praia da Luz on her own. At this point the Portuguese police were told about British search dogs that could find dead bodies. He added: “At the end of July Kate phoned me. She was alone as Gerry was in the UK and she was crying, saying she'd dreamt Madeleine was up in the hills and we should do searches there. She gave the impression that she thought Madeleine was dead.” Mr Paiva said detectives became suspicious of the McCanns the moment they disobeyed police advice to keep quiet while they investigated. Instead the couple turned the case into a media circus.

Extract from →DailyMail:

She has had three dreams of her, all of them describing a phone call she receives informing her that Madeleine has been found. She said: ‘There she is and I’m cuddling her. The thing is, it’s so tangible. I can feel her, smell her, feel her snuggling into me, like she always did. She’s there, I’m holding her, I’m so happy. And then I wake up. And of course she’s not there. The pain is crippling.’

Extract from “Maddie ghost visits mum Daily Star” (→Express Group have removed all online links)

19 October 2007 : Tormented Kate McCann told last night how she is visited in the night by the spirit of her missing daughter Madeleine. The anguished GP says she is regularly woken up by visions of the four-year-old in her bedroom. Kate, 39, revealed the visions to her mum, Susan Healy, who was worried about her daughter’s lack of sleep Susan had assumed Kate and husband Gerry were being kept awake by her two-year old twins, Sean and Amelie.

She was stunned when Kate revealed it was missing Madeleine who was haunting her. Susan, said: “She told me she has difficulty sleeping and wakes during the night. I asked: 'Do the twins come and wake you up?'” Kate said: “No, it's Madeleine. She comes in.'“