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Timetable of events

Here I collect an overview of the main events based on the evidence of the most probable PJ version . For the McCann's version see Possible Reconstruction of an Abduction of Maddie and links therein.

Timetable before the holiday 2007


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
05 March 1968 Birth of Kate Marie McCann self-testimony Place of birth: Allerton, Liverpool, England
05 June 1968 Birth of Gerry McCann self-testimony Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
04 May 1979 Margareth Thatcher premiership Wikipedia - Jimmy Savile Ring Preceded by James Callaghan Succeeded by John Major


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
1980 BBC-Star Jimmy Savile starts a strong decade-long relationship with Margaret Thatcher Jimmy Savile Thatcher gets knowledge of UK Establishment pedofile rings
24 Jan. 1980 First notion of Kincora Boys' Home Scandal pedofile rings - Jim Gamble The →Kincora Boys' Home was a boys' home in Belfast, Northern Ireland that was the scene of serious organised child sexual abuse, causing a scandal and attempted cover-up in 1980, with credible allegations of state collusion involving MI5 and still the subject of legal proceedings as of 2015. Jim Gamble played a leading role as a superintendent in the Police Service of Northern Ireland
1981 First notion of Casa Pia Scandal (In)Famous Paedophile Rings - Wikipedia Portuguese Judiciary Police (Polícia Judiciária) first accused the caretaker of a Casa Pia state-run children's home in 1981 of raping dozens of children over a period of 30 years, even though some reports of abuse pre-date the 1974 Carnation Revolution. Police accused the perpetrators of supplying children to men from Portugal and other countries, including to some prominent public figures in Portugal.
1982 Clarence Mitchell meets with Margaret Thatcher Clarence Eden Mitchell Seemingly he is recruited by MI5, trained and built up as “Savile's Shadowman”. MI5/6 are notoriously known to recruit agents under journalists cover.
May 1983 Raid of Kasir's Elm Guest House The Sinister Clue Elm Guest house: the Kasirs were convicted of keeping a disorderly house and having obscene videos, and were each fined and given suspended jail sentences. Some believe that the raid was launched to protect the powerful rather than the innocent boys who were allegedly abuse. A social worker later →claimed that the officers leading the raid were Special Branch — which worked alongside MI5 — rather than local officers.
31 Dec. 1985 Official report to Kincora Scandal Wikipedia Judge Hughes's Committee of Inquiry into Children's Homes and Hostels submitted its 355-page report
1986 Clarence Mitchell starts career at BBC Clarence Eden Mitchell He will be colleague of Jimmy Savile, Cliff Richard, Jill Dando, Rolf Harris and others
10 March 1987 Daniel Morgan Murder Wikipedia - The Independent - Inforrm Daniel Morgan was a private investigator. He was said to have been close to exposing important police corruption. His death was the subject of several failed police inquiries and in 2011 was at the centre of allegations concerning the suspect conduct of News of the World journalists. Morgan's unsolved murder has been described as a reminder of the London police culture of →corruption and unaccountability.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
April 1990 Allegations of Royal Family involved in Kincora The Royal Family R. Harbinson stated in Dublin-based magazine Now that Lord Mountbatten, Anthony Blunt and others were all involved in an old-boy network which held gay orgies in country houses on both sides of the Irish border, as well as at the Kincora Boys' Home. (See also →wikipedia, →ukdatabase or →indymedia)
17 June 1990 Death of Carole Kasir The Sinister Clue It was also alleged during the hearing that before her →death Kasir had been living in fear and felt she was being watched. The local property owner ‘Patsy’ Puddles was identified at the inquest as one of those who had allegedly threatened her. His name had also appeared with Cyril Smith on the ‘VIP’ list of alleged customers at Elm House.
4 Febr. 1993 Killing of Bulic Forsythe The Sinister Clue Detectives are investigating claims Bulic Forsythe was silenced by a children’s home vice ring said to have included a future minister in Tony Blair's government.
1994 Gerry in Albufeira testimony says that he had been in Portugal in 1994, staying in an apartment near to Albufeira due to the fact of playing golf Gerry already knew the rough coast west Albufeira - Golf Salgado
2 May 1997 Tony Blair Premiership starts Tony Blair Preceded by John Major Succeeded by Gordon Brown. See also the Blair-Brown-Deal
31 August 1997 Death of Lady Di Wikipedia - The Royal Family Clarence Eden Mitchell covered the 1997 story for BBC. In 1999, a French investigation concluded the Mercedes had come into contact with another vehicle (a white Fiat Uno) in the tunnel. The driver of that vehicle has never been traced, and the specific vehicle has not been identified. Rumors on a Special Branch hit remain, see →Wikipedia
1998 Marriage of Kate and Gerry self-testimony The McCanns met when both were junior doctors at Western Infirmary, Glasgow, and when she left to work in New Zealand for a year he followed and won her heart. They married in 1998 and moved to the Midlands in 2000 when he was offered a job as a cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. She went to work at the Latham House Medical Practice in Melton Mowbray under her maiden name, Dr Healey.
26 April 1999 Killing of Jill Dando Jill Dando Murder - Offenders E-fit - Shadowman There is some evidence that Mitchell is deeply invoved in the killing of Jill Dando: “Richard Hughes, her next door neighbour, heard a surprised cry from Dando “like someone greeting a friend” ”

2000 - 2007

Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
2000 McCann's move to the Midlands self-testimony
September 2002 Casa Pia Scandal breaks (In)Famous Paedophile Rings - José Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa - Wikipedia The scandal broke when the mother of one alleged victim complained of abuse by staff at a Casa Pia house. Accused were diplomat Jorge Ritto, Carlos Cruz (a Portuguese television presenter), Carlos Silvino, Ferreira Diniz (a physician from Lisbon), Hugo Marçal (a lawyer who represented Carlos Silvino) and among other individuals, a marine archaeologist. The Socialist Party leader at the time, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, who was a close personal friend of Paulo Pedroso, offered to undergo police questioning after “he had learned of plans to implicate him in the [Casa Pia] scandal”. New Director Pestana told parliament and the media, as late as 2007, that there may still be paedophiles in the Casa Pia system.
12 May 2003 Birth of Madeleine Beth McCann self-testimony Place of birth: Leicester, United Kingdom
12 Sept.2004 Cipriano Case The Hunt for Dr. Amaral Mother of Joana Cipriano, from Figueira, reports that her daughter is missing, possibly abducted. In October Goncalo Amaral becomes senior detective investigating the disappearance of Joana Cipriano.
October 2004 Arrests Cipriano case The Hunt for Dr. Amaral Arrests Leonor Cipriano and João Cipriano on suspicion of murdering her daughter Joana Cipriano.
2004/5 McCann's get deep into debt self-testimony - Madeleine's Fund - PJ Files Mrs McCann finally became pregnant with Madeleine through IVF, and in 2004 became pregnant again with twins. The McCanns spent that year in Amsterdam, where he was working on new heart-imaging techniques. Back in England the family moved into a large house in an upmarket development in Rothley. With buying the Rothley house, McCann family gets in large debt. This was at least around 350,000 Pounds on mortgage - as years later, Date 16th May 2008, the house was still subject to a mortgage for the amount of GBP 323,493 with the Northern Rock bank.
2005 Clarence Mitchell gets Director at Downing Street Clarence Eden Mitchell Clarence Mitchell gets Director of Downing St Media Monitoring Unit under PM Tony Blair.
2005 Birth of the McCann Twins Sean and Amelie self-testimony
Sept. 2005 The Majorca-Holiday Event Gaspar Statement Source for later Pedofilia allegation against Gerry McCann and David Payne possibly abusing Madeleine
11 Nov. 2005 Cipriano Sentence The Hunt for Dr. Amaral Leonor Cipriano and João Cipriano found guilty by a Lisbon court of murdering Joana and sentenced to jail terms of 19 years 2 months and 20 years and 4 months respectively.
7 Sept. 2006 Blair announced 2007 step down Tony Blair - Gordon Brown Blair announced on 7 September 2006 that he would step down in favour for Gordon brown within a year.

MAIN EVENT: Holiday 28 April - 4 May 2007 until trace of Maddie is lost

Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
28 April 2007 Tapas 9 arrive at Portugal Faro Airport The last Video Gerry is not amused about their holiday already at the beginning: “Fuck off! Do you really think I'm here to enjoy myself?”
1 May 2007, 20:45 The Quiz-Happening Oddities Sample 8 Miss Nejoua Chekaya held a “Quiz Night”
21:30 Gerry invites Chekaya Oddities Sample 8 Miss Nejoua Chekaya is invited by Gerald McCann to join his table (sometime between 21:30 and 21:50)
22:15 Kate leaves the Quiz Oddities Sample 8 Phone records evidence shows that Kate McCann was in Apartment 5A 14 minutes before Madeleine started crying. Kate McCann’s mobile was next activated six times, in rapid fire, between 22.16 and 22.27, to phone relatives in Leicestershire
22:30 Madeleine cries Oddities Sample 8 Mrs Fenn reported that Madeleine had cried for her father for more then an hour, between 22:30 and 23:45.
2 May 2007 1:00 Gerry returns to Apartment Oddities Sample 10 ; The last Photo Gerry gets a serious flap into his face by Kate. Kate sleeps in a separate room.
7:36 Kate McCann called her friend “Amanda” Oddities Sample 8 This was around two hours earlier than any of mobile activations on any other morning: so Kate McCann was “up with the larks”. Amanda returned the calls at 7.50.
8:07 Gerry McCann gets called from home Oddities Sample 8 At 8.07 Gerald McCann received a call from the SMS message centre (447818520047), but does not appear to have responded. At 8.50 Kate McCann received a call from a UK mobile xxxxx27010 and returned it at 8.53, before going to play tennis.
9:10 Gerry McCann gets called again Oddities Sample 8 Gerald McCann received a series of calls from his SMS message centre between 9.10 and 10.47, again without response.
3 May 2007 11:00 The Nigel-Event The Nigel Event Nigel, a guest at the Ocean Club, expressed concerns over Russell O'Brien filming his child.
14:29 Kate takes the last photo of Madeleine The last Photo - Other fakes in the last photo of Maddie - Experiment: Sunglasses Reflections - The "Last Photo" full resolution The photo was released three weeks later by Gerry and proves to be a deliberate fake regarding his sunglasses.
17:30 Madeleine returns from creche Creche records →Document see also Ocean Club Child Care facilities
17:45 The Kids Sean, Amelie and Madeleine gets sedativa Reconstruction from evidences released by the PJ - Where is Maddie? - Cause of Death Kate and Gerry are broke and close to divorce. Depressed Kate wants the childs to be silent this last evening - she mixes up milk with a sedativa possible valium
17:50 Madeleine refuses her milk Cause of Death Madeleine seemingly refuses oral sedativa - Kate gives her the medicine by injection
17:55 Madeleine gets an anaphylactic shock Cause of Death While Kate and Gerry are in the bathroom Madeleine gets an anaphylactic shocks and dies within minutes
18:00 Gerry tries reanimation Cause of Death Instead of calling help, Gerry tries to reanimate Maddie. The reanimation fails and breaks her larynx giving reason to final death
18:15 McCann decide to cover up the event Reconstruction from evidences released by the PJ - Where is Maddie? Gerry realizes that due to their professional failures their jobs, their house and the future of the twins are at high risk and may be lost if the truth comes out
18:30 Gerry picks up David Payne Reconstruction from evidences released by the PJ - Where is Maddie? Gerry picks up his best friend David Payne at the tennis court. Payne goes to Kate at Apartment 5A to calm her down and get the plot ready for them
19:00 David Payne back at tennis court Reconstruction from evidences released by the PJ - Where is Maddie? David Payne introduces and convinces the other males Russel O'Brien and Matthew Oldfield to help with the plot.
19:30 Apartment 5A is cleaned up Reconstruction from evidences released by the PJ - Where is Maddie? Until the usual Dinner time there is plenty of time to clean up the Apartement and to arrange some details of the plot
20:45 Tapas Bar Dinner Reconstruction from evidences released by the PJ - Where is Maddie? The nine friends meet at the Tapas Bar
21:00 Friends watch out Reconstruction from evidences released by the PJ - Where is Maddie? The friends claim to have watched for the children every some minutes - seemingly but they just watch out for the best situation for Gerry to carry away Maddie.
21:15 Tanner Sighting The Tanner Sighting Jane Tanner claims to have witnessed a man walking away with a sleeping child. This claim can never be confirmed. Ironically even Gerry McCann and Jeremy Wilkins who she claims as witnesses cannot confirm this in their interviews.
21:50 Outbreak short-term occultation Seemingly Russel O'Brien controls for the Ocean Clubs pathway - he gives his sign that the path is free. Matthew Oldfield now puts Maddies body into the flower bed at the patio side, such that Gerry could pick her up for his run.
21:55 Kate gives Alarm short-term occultation - The Time-Lists of the Tapas 9 - Timeline 3rd May Around 21:55 the →alarm “They have taken her” is given at the Tapas Bar.
22:00 Smith Sighting short-term occultation - The Smiths' Sighting - E-fits From the Apartment 5 A to the place of the Smith-Sighting it takes less than three minutes. At 22:00 the Smith Family reports a man carrying a “sleeping” girl in the direction of the rough west-beach. Witness Martin Smith later thinks it was indeed Gerry McCann. E-fits where later made by detectives but were suppressed for several years by the McCann's.
22:15 Return and decision to Call the Police short-term occultation The minutes around the alarm are chaotic. Around 22:15 Gerry can be seen back at the Ocean Club Lodge, they decide to call for the police.
22:40 Police call reaches GNR Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida (PJ) The authorities, the GNR, were alerted around 22:40h and, he population alerted, started the searches for the minor. The divulgation of the facts weren't kept within the authorities and the normal channels. On the following day the British and Portuguese TVs were advertising the fact. The GROUP was together. The search was circumscribed to the interior of the apartment. Before any search by the authorities at the surroundings the notice about an eventual kidnapping was already running along.
22:30 Writing timelines The Time-Lists of the Tapas 9 - Timeline 3rd May Instead of searching for the missing girl which “seemingly went out” through an open window. the parents don't search “physically” - as they later admit themselves. Instead the Tapas 9 take their time to write down two constructed timelines - the first one differs crucial from the second. aslo they use this crucial hour to phone their relatives →Kate: “She's gone, mum. She's gone.” and friends. Kate is observed to regularly control the health of the sleeping twins which despite the noise and light in the room sleep deeply like sedated. Also the →first poster for the “search” is produced on this evening. For this and also the following posters the next days and weeks the use only out-dated photos. The only genuine last Photo taken 3rd cannot been used for obvious reason.
23:15 Police GNR arrives short-term occultation First around 23:00-23:15 the local Police GNR arrives at Apartment 5A. At this point Russel O'Brien gives them the written timeline - obvioulsy he but failed to dismiss the first one, and gave them both. Not any sign of a forced break in or robbery can be found. It is believed she wandered out - sniffer dogs (trained for living people) try to trace her but just find her typical way e.g. to the close-by supermarket.
23:40 Gerry rings his sister, Trish Cameron mccannfiles - The Mirror Trish revealed yesterday: “He was breaking his heart, saying 'Madeleine's been abducted, she's been abducted'.” Trish said: “When Kate checked, she came out screaming. Maddy had gone. The door was open and the window in the bedroom and shutters were jemmied open. Nothing had been touched and no valuables taken. Kate came screaming back to the group crying, 'They’ve taken her, they’ve taken her'. Gerry was crying and roaring like a bull. They think someone must have come in the window and gone out the door with her.”
4 May 2007, 0:01 First article in UK short-term occultationTelegraph: Three year-old feared abducted in Portugal McCann's are urgent interested getting the story into the UK press. The can mange it that already minutes later the first mentioning of the case is published online in UK by the →Telegraph: Three year-old feared abducted in Portugal
2:00 Rapid calls start between McCanns and UK whole night mid-term occultation - mccannfiles After some thinking about the actual situation, the parents must have concluded that the cadaver had to be brought to a more save place very soon. So there where a bunch of telephone calls and SMS's to England, mostly via Jon Corner. Jon Corner stated that at 3:30 Gerry was around there alone on “searches”. Seemingly he has something arranged in this night for his freemason brother. See also The Relationship between McCann's and British Upper Class Members.
2:00-3:00 Call for a priest Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida (PJ) By reasons, they said, of counselling and support the parents asked for the presence of a priest, at around 02:00h/03:00h on the 04 of May.
4:00 Police had shut down action for the night between 3 and 4 o'clock. testimonies From testimonies we know, that the last searches for Maddie were closed at about 04:00 latest. See also more details at →McCannFiles.
4:30 Maddie is transported to another hiding place phone records Although a transport by an arranged car would have been easier and faster, it would have been to risky. This is as the police was ssnitive for “an abductor” this night and a car could have been easily stopped and controlled. Thus it was decided to arrange a transport by boat. The destination stays unclear until today, but it is obviously Albufeira, which is a centre of UK-Portugal settlement and relations. With a lot of real estate owned by freemason brothers from UK - Jon Corner did the work.
5:00 Maddie transported to Lagos Marina mid-term occultation - The Burke-Sighting McCann's have already picked up Maddies Body and are now on their way from the rocks of the west-beach and to the not far away Lagos Marina. There should be a boat for pick up at 6:00 in the morning. The route takes typically an hour through the hills - the highly trained sports enthusiasts McCann can do it even faster.
5:55 Maddie seen at Lagos Marina The Burke-Sighting George Burke, from Liverpool, was driving home from nearby Lagos around 5:55 am on early morning the 4th May 2007. He caught two people in his car headlights carrying a child.
6:00 Maddie's body leaves Lagos Marina The Burke-Sighting The destination was seemingly Albufeira, which takes about one hour with a good boat.
7:00 McCann seen coming back to Praia da Luz GNR testimony: see The Burke-Sighting The McCanns but then were seen an hour later by police witnesses around 7:00 o'clock in the morning GNR Officer Paolo Jorge Fernandes Neto “…He remembers that he saw the McCann couple at about 07.00 alone in the street next to the site where they were stationed…” in PdL just coming back from “searching for Maddie”, returning from anywhere unknown.
9:00 Yvonne Martin event Martin testimony: see The Burke-Sighting Witness statement of Yvonne Warren Martin: At around 09H00, she met the McCann couple next to the apartment from where the child had disappeared, accompanied by a third person, a male, who seemed quite familiar to her. She identified herself and presented her credentials and immediately began talking to the mother of the missing child as she was visibly upset with the situation. During the conversation the mother told her that she did not understand why a couple had abducted her daughter.
10:00 Political Interference Besides Press also British Politics was already informed and on its way. Its told that already before PJ could start to do its interviews the British Consul from Portimao was at the site and denouncing “that Police would nothing do to find Maddie…”. Later even the British Ambassador from Lisboa made a TV Statement on the case. The following day the Portuguese Ambassador in London made a similiar Statement in UK. This is quite astonishing, as usually one needs a lot of time and personal efforts to get at least a low rank employee of the Ambassador for a little help. E.g. in the similiar case of Ben Needham it took 23 years(!) for the Needhams, after complaining to get also some help like the McCanns, to get a short date with the UK Ambassador for Greece. From this point on the political interference got more and more disturbing.

PJ Investigations: Timetable until McCanns finally flew Portugal (4 May - 11 Sept. 2007)

Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
4 May 2007, 11:00 PJ starts with first Interviews of witnesses self-testimony The files where made public in 2008
17:00 (?) British Ambassador John Buck and Algarve Consul Bill Henderson media conference YouTube Video British Ambassador John Buck and Algarve Consul Bill Henderson media conference May 4 2007 - for future memory on the McCann affair via Murdoch's SkyNews
08 May 2007 Their friend Father Peter Neal Patterson arrives see →testimony and The Burke-Sighting “I became known Kate and Gerry since 2002. My wife (Bridget) and Kate both trained in general medicine and have become good friends….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”
10 May 2007 Second Interview Gerry PJ files Although all independent and dependent witnesses, including all the Tapas-Friends, the written timelines and Gerry himself in first interview admit a time for the alarm earlier or around 22:00, Gerry now claims the alarm for around 22:15: “Half and hour later without anything to signal, it being 22h03, he turned to alert KATE that it was time for her to go to see the children. She immediately made her way to the apartment by the usual path, she having entered by the rear door. About 10 minutes later, he started to worry about her lateness and, at the moment he prepared to stand and to go to see the reason for her lateness, KATE appeared running, completely distraught and crying, saying that MADELEINE had disappeared and that she was sure because she had looked throughout the house.” The reason is clear in light of the The Smiths' Sighting (ca. 22:00) - he realized that his alibi finally wouldn't hold.
11 May 2007 Gordon Brown announced bid for leadership Wikipedia On 11 May 2007, after months of speculation, Gordon Brown formally announced his bid for the Labour leadership
15 May 2007 Madeleine Fund registered Madeleine's Fund while still staying in Portugal the Fund was grounded and registered in London, sustained by influential people. The first financier behind it was Latham Brian Kennedy
16 May 2007 The Gaspar Statement is given in Leicestershire Leicestershire Police - The Payne-Allegation Its obviously the “Game-Changer”- from now on Politics/MI5 take over. From later evidence (2009) obviously D-notice on case since then. The statements then were suppressed and not sent from UK LP to the Portuguese PJ until 24/26 October 2007, 24 days after Gonçalo Amaral had been removed from the investigation.
17 May 2007 Return of the Tapas 7 except of David Payne testimonies
20 May 2007 Gerry McCann first return to the UK self-testimony and evident from Mitchell statements Obviously he was ordered back to UK LP due to the Gaspar-Statement
21 May 2007 Gerry McCann meets with Clarence Mitchell at LP Mitchell statements ”… In relation to how I met Gerry and Kate McCann and what my relationship with them is: I met Gerry at the end of May 2007 when he returned to the UK after his daughter's disappearance. It was a circumstantial meeting at Leicestershire Police station. At the time I was working as part of the Consular Assistance Group, representing the foreigners department.
22 May 2007 Gerry and Clarence fly to Portugal, David Payne leaves for UK Mitchell statements “As regards my travel to Portugal; I travelled on the 22nd May 2007 and remained in Portugal until the middle of June. Since then, there was no need to return.“.
24 May 2007 Gerry releases the “last Photo” The last Photo - Fake Summary The last photo was definitely taken on 3rd May, but also definitely “Photoshopped” on 24th May. It is proven a deliberate fake regarding his sunglasses.
27 May 2007 Renault Scenic (registration 59-DA-27) rented by the McCanns long-term occultation The car was in the possession of the McCanns until their flight back on 9th of September 2007. On 3rd of June it had already done 5,864 kms which means an average of 163 km per day of posession.
28 May 2007 Inflatable poster of Madeleine arrives long-term occultation One day after renting the car Kate and Gerry find time to view an →800 sq ft inflatable poster of Madeleine, which has been driven all the way from the West of Scotland by supporters Chris and Les. The billboard should maintain awareness of Madeleine's disappearance.
30 May - 1 June 2007 Meeting the Pope in Rome, then Madrid trip self-PR Mitchell lead PR campaigns starts with the Pope meeting in Rome - other trips follow
3 June 2007 Inflatable poster returned to UK long-term occultation Although expensive and with no real need brought by complicated car travel, mysteriously the inflatable poster of Madeleine is returned to UK after just some days.
5 - 7 June 2007 Berlin, Amsterdam trip self-PR Mitchell lead PR campaigns
10/11- 12 June 2007 Morocco trip self-PR Mitchell lead PR campaigns
19 - 20 June 2007 UK trip mccannfiles Gerry makes his second flying visit to the UK for a series of meetings, one of which is to appoint a campaign manager. Clarence Mitchell confirmed that Gerry had attended a meeting at London's foreign office, on Tuesday.
23 June 2007 First Draft Lisboa Treaty Wikipedia - Leicestershire Police - Gordon Brown Negotiations on the Treaty lasted until the morning of 23 June 2007
24 June 2007 Gordon Brown gets Labour leader Wikipedia
27 June 2007 Premiership of Gordon Brown Wikipedia The Premiership of Gordon Brown began on 27 June 2007 when Brown accepted the Queen's invitation to form a government, replacing Tony Blair as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It ended with his resignation as Prime Minister on 11 May 2010.
12 - 14 July 2007 UK trip mccannfiles - Leicestershire Police Gerry returns to the UK for the third time, receiving a standing ovation at the Police Bravery Awards and meeting officials at CEOP in London. Kate and the twins join Gerry in Yorkshire for a family baptism - it is Kate's first return to the UK since Madeleine was reported missing.
15 July 2007 Maddies Body returned from Albufeira? long-term occultation Around this time possibly Maddie was deposited in a fridge in the rented Villa of the McCanns in PdL. There where rumors that Gerry delivered the fridge later on to a waste dump.
19 July 2007 Maddies Funeral? long-term occultation Around this time possibly Maddie's body finally was burned somewhere in the triangle of Sagres/Budens/Raposeira. Trish and Sandy attended.
22 - 25/26 July 2007 Gerry's USA trip self-PR Mitchell lead PR campaigns
23 July 2007 Kate's Dream long-term occultation - Kate's Dreams 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 - it leads to seizing the car and investigating the Apartment 5A again for DNA and cadaver odour using specialized British cadaver dogs
29 July 2007 Trish and Sandy return to UK long-term occultation Possible Scenario: The cadaver ashes could have been transported back to UK - Finally the ashes would have been buried somewhere home at Rothley?
2 August 2007 McCann's Villa PdL investigated long-term occultation
3 August 2007 McCann's dealyed trip to Huelva long-term occultation The PR trip was planned 2nd. But 3rd was holiday in Huelva and thus the trip in principle got useless. Why did they either?
4 August 2007 Jane Tanner interviewed by British Police Jane Tanner The key witness in favour of Gerry McCann, Jane Tanner, is re-interviewed by Leicestershire Police as their are already many doubts.
4 - 6 August 2007 The Car and Apartment 5A investigated long-term occultation DNA and cadaver odour on several items prove that McCann's transported her body weeks after her disappearence in the hired car. See also Cuddle Cat the Smoking Gun
7 September 2007 McCann's are declared to be main suspects GERRY-MCCANN-ARGUIDO - KATE-MCCANN Arguido - oddities 48 Questions
9 September 2007 McCann's flee Portugal press release, self-evident
9 September 2007 McCann's ariving in UK are escortet by Special Branch / MI5 officers to their home press release, self-evident
10 September 2007 Final report PJ Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida (PJ) Report by Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida to the Coordinator of the Criminal Investigation (Processo: VOL ,X, p. 2587-2602): “The minor Madeleine McCann died in the apartment 5A of the Ocean Club resort, on the night of May 3rd of 2007…Kate McCann and Gerald McCann are involved in the occultation of the cadaver of their child Madeleine McCann…”
11 September 2007 Gordon Brown visits Leicestershire Police press release - Leicestershire Police Just two days later PM Gordon Brown and Jacqui Smith visited the otherwise not very prominent Beaumont Leicestershire Policestation. located close to Rothley and prime station involved in the Madeleine McCann case. “Gordon Brown visited a police station in Leicester to see first hand how the police are tackling crime. ….”

Timetable aftermath (Sept. 2007 - until today)


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
Sept.2007 Amaral speaks “off records” The Hunt for Dr. Amaral Goncalo Amaral speaks off the record to a Portuguese journalist who reports Mr Amaral’s concerns that the British government has been interfering with his investigation.
2 Oct. 2007 Amaral is removed from investigations The Hunt for Dr. Amaral 22 days after McCanns returned to England Gonçalo Amaral received a fax saying he was being returned to other duties ‘for the efficiency of the service’. Two hours before he was removed from office, Gordon Brown was informed of this, thus arousing further suspicion that Mr Amaral’s removal was political. Goncalo Amaral was relieved of his duties by a direct order from Alípio Ribeiro, the national chief of the PJ.
18-19 Oct. 2007 European Council meeting on Lisboa Treaty Wikipedia Last draft and consessions made
7 Nov. 2007 Rumors Tapas Members change of mind The Rothley Meeting The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports that lawyers for two of the Tapas 7 have contacted police indicating their clients are willing to be re-questioned to 'correct' details of their original statements.
17 Nov. 2007 Rothley Meeting The Rothley Meeting Conspiracies see Rothley Deal: besides D-notice seemingly now also a Super-Injunction on case, tabloids and papers. Whole Tapas Group and Relatives thus now get included in protection. In the following years there will be total change in press behaviour - no one of the Tapas Group and relatives will be questioned anymore.
13 Dec. 2007 Signing of Lisboa Treaty Leicestershire Police - Wikipedia - BBC Allegedly Gordon Brown relayed signing of the Treaty until Portugues PM José Sócrates assured, that Goncalo Amaral was dismissed from the Maddie McCann case.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
7 April 2008 New letter rogatory PJ Leicestershire Police The new management of the Portuguese Police wants to re-question the McCann's and their Friends. A “letter rogatory” is an request for allowance to do so at the address of British prosecutor. Against all police non-disclosure British press but is informed in advance by unknown source.
10 - 11 April 2008 Re-questioning Tapas 7 by British Police Leicestershire Police - Tapas 7 - David Payne - The Payne-Allegation In the re-questioning of April 2008 some of the Tapas group are re-investigated by British police. A questioning by Portuguise officers is denied. Any questioning by whatever force of the main suspects, the parents McCann, is denied at all. They are “untouchable” in the sense of the word. Also British police denies to question the rest of the group in any tough way, they are allowed to tell their stories without digging much deeper or cross-referencing. Especially the Mallorca-event is circumnavigated in all interviews, especially of David Payne.
8 July 2008 McCann's get access to 81 files of the British Police Leicestershire Police Leicester police gives in to McCanns in a decision of the British High Court - Maddie's parents will be able to access 81 files from the English police with the contacts of people who offered clues about sightings of their daughter
21 July 2008 (2nd) Final report PJ Odd.Vers.1-Sample5A - Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida (PJ) The Second PJ Team wrote a new final report which finalized as follows: “I order…the filing of the papers concerning the suspects Gerald Patrick McCann and Kate Marie Healy, as there is no evidence that they committed any crime defined by Article 277.1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure…it must be clearly understood that this is not equivalent to final and irreversible closure of the enquiry…No evidence was obtained which would enable the average person…to arrive at a clear and honest conclusion as to how the child was taken from the apartment (dead or alive, and if dead whether by negligent or wilful manslaughter)…We do not have any grounds whatsoever for saying, with the necessary degree of certainty, exactly what crime(s) may have been committed against Madeleine McCann….Whilst it is an undeniable fact that Madeleine disappeared from Apartment 5A in the Ocean Club, the manner and circumstances in which it happened are unclear, despite the huge number of investigations, and the potential range of crimes suggested. The potential range of crimes suggested throughout the enquiry - including abduction for sexual purposes or other uses and accidental death and hiding of the body - still stands…The possibility of abduction was exhaustively investigated. No ransom was ever requested, nor were there any sufficiently consistent clues found to support this theory”.
24 July 2008 'Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie' is published The Truth of the Lie - Goncalo Amaral - McCann vs. Amaral Libel Suit - The Hunt for Dr. Amaral Gonçalo Amaral launches his book 'A Verdade da Mentira' in Lisbon. The english title is 'Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie'. Its publication was met with a furious reaction from the McCanns and the UK press.
4 August 2008 PJ Files made public PJ Files The PJ files of the McCann Case where made public. This is very unusual and may be understood as an act of desperation of Portuguese Police, facing the absolute denial and idleness of British Police and prosecutors. An english translation was made available the following months under http://mccannpjfiles.co.uk/ .
October 2008 Tony Bennet publishes his “60 reasons”-booklet Tony Bennet - McCann vs. Bennet Libel Suit British counsellor Tony Bennet publishes his booklet “WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO MADELEINE MCCANN? 60 reasons which suggest that she was not abducted.”
October 2008 Amaral under investigations The Hunt for Dr. Amaral October 2008, a Portuguese lawyer, Marcos Correia brought charges against Dr. Amaral of having ordered and participated in beating a false confession out of Leonor Cipriano, a woman now serving a long jail term for murdering her own daughter (which she claimed had been abducted).


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
June 2009 Amaral has to leave the police force The Hunt for Dr. Amaral Mr Amaral was found not guilty of these by a court in June 2009 but he was found guilty of (allegedly) ‘filing a false report’. Amaral resigns from the Portuguese Police force, forfeiting his police career and about one-third of his expected pension as a result.
9 Sept. 2009 banning Amaral's book The Hunt for Dr. Amaral The McCanns are successful in getting a court injunction banning his book: ‘The Truth About A Lie’ being sold or distributed until further order.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
14 Oct. 2010 Amaral's book allowed again The Hunt for Dr. Amaral - McCann vs. Amaral Libel Suit Higher Lisbon Court decides in favour of Goncalo Amaral: ‘The Truth About A Lie’ can be sold and distributed again. See translation of decision: J.Morais


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
12 May 2011 Operation Grange starts Operation Grange - Andy Redwood On 12 May 2011 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) announced that, at the request of the Home Secretary, it had agreed to bring its particular expertise to the Madeleine McCann case. By political construction, Operation grange is solely focused on the parents McCann's version of the case.
12 May 2011 Kate's Book published Kate McCann's book 'Madeleine' - J. K. Rowling Kate McCann's book “Madeleine: Our daughter's disappearance and the continuing search for her” was published on 12th May 2011, the date of Madeleine's 8th birthday. A revised and updated version was released on 10th May 2012. Ghostwriter for the Book is Harry Potter Author J. K. Rowling. She also acted as Ghostwriter for speeches of Gordon Brown. McCann's get 1 Mio. Pound in advance for the Bestseller.
7 July 2011 Closure of the News of the World Involvement of Media - Keith Rupert Murdoch - David Cameron - Wikipedia Employees of the newspaper were accused of engaging in phone hacking, police bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of stories. British prime minister David Cameron announced on 6 July 2011 that a public inquiry, known as the Leveson Inquiry, would look into phone hacking and police bribery by the News of the World. NoW Chief executive Rebekah Brooks pressured PM Cameron for Operation Grange - the McCann's also got their stage in the following Levenson Inquiry (Nov. 2011- Febr.2012) regarding the scandal.
29 Oct. 2011 Jimmy Savile dies Jimmy Savile, horseman of the Kingdoms Apocalypse? Savile dies - the following years the largest ever pedophilia scandal involving Politics, VIP's and Entertainment comes, at least partly, to surface. See also a summary at →Wikipedia.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
4 Januar 2012 Sandringham Case The Royal Family A murder investigation after the body of 17-year old Latvian-born teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva, who disappeared shortly after midnight in King’s Lynn on August 31, 2011, was found on the Queen’s estate at Sandringham. Regular visitors to Sandringham besides the Royals where pedofiles ring leaders Sir Jimmy Savile (UK) and Jeffrey Epstein (USA).
7 Sep. 2012 McCann's second case against Amaral McCann vs. Amaral Libel Suit McCann's start another libel case against Amaral - they claim they have “suffered damages” by his book.
24 Oct. 2012 Watson claims Westminster Pedofile Ring The Sinister Clue to the "Maddie-Case" A Paedophile ring may have once been linked to 10 Downing Street, MPs were told yesterday. Labour MP Tom Watson said there was there was “clear intelligence” suggesting a historic paedophile ring may be linked to Downing Street and a former prime minister.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
27 July 2013 Mitchell stands for Tories Clarence Eden Mitchell Clarence Mitchell is chosen by Cameron to stand for Tories at Brighton Pavilion in GE 2015
14 Oct. 2013 Crimewatch Crimewatch - Suspect Number One E-fits Public Reaction The BBC Programme Crimewatch featured the Madeleine McCann investigation - the crucial E-Fit regarding the Smiths' Sighting is presented first time to the public.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
20 March 2014 Cameron politically steps in dailymail Prime Minister David Cameron said he is “willing to step in if the British investigation into the disappearance is held up by delays in the Portuguese legal system”.
27 April 2014 Probe into Blair's Goverment The Sinister Clue to the "Maddie-Case" Minister in Tony Blair’s government among group of men suspected of abusing children at home run by paedophile
August 2014 Cliff Richard home search Sir Cliff Richard In response to a complaint to the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree (set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal), Richard's apartment in Berkshire was searched whilst he was in Portugal. Richard's name can also be found on the “Elm's Guest House List”. He is close friend to Tony Blair who residented e.g. in 2006 in Richards Barbados home. Richard owes at least three real estates at the Algarve, Albufeira, Portugal. He was colleage of Jimmy Savile, Jill Dando and Clarence Mitchell at BBC.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
28 April 2015 McCann win libel and ban book again The Hunt for Dr. Amaral - The Guardian Madeleine McCann's parents win libel damages in trial of police chief
7 May 2015 Mitchell loses GE2015 Clarence Eden Mitchell Green Party Caroline Lucas wins Brighton Pavilion - Clarence Mitchell unsuccessful in getting to House of Commons for Tories - not to say for MI5
18 May 2015 Amaral appeals Ruling The Hunt for Dr. Amaral - Daily Star Amaral against McCanns to fight court ruling.
28 Oct. 2015 Operation Grange downsized Operation Grange - Andy Redwood As Operation Grange got no results, the Metropolitan Police Service announced a “new structure and changes to the investigation into what happened to Madeleine and will continues but with a smaller team of officers”.


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
April 2016 Operation Grange still in trouble Express - Despite a high-profile hunt, no trace of her has ever been found: BBC Following on from the collapse of Operation Midland, the failed investigation of child abuse allegedly by establishment figures, the impending winding up of Operation Grange – the Maddie case – exposes worrying fallibility in what was once seen as the world’s best police force.
20 April 2016 Court decides Dr. Amaral not to pay libel charge Libel conviction of ex-detective in Madeleine McCann case overturned Guardian Lisbon lawyer Isabel Duarte told Associated Press she was notified of the court’s decision to uphold Gonçalo Amaral’s appeal against the order to pay Kate and Gerry McCann €500,000 (£394,000) in compensation.
04 Dec. 2016 OP Grange 'last dice' Lead is said to be the 'last throw of the dice' in investigation Independent The lead is said to be the “last throw of the dice” in the investigation. A source told the newspaper: “This is an important new line of inquiry which could provide an explanation on whether Madeleine was abducted and transported away.”


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
Jan./Febr. 2017 Lisboa Court finally decides Kate and Gerry McCann not proved innocent Madeleine McCann's parents lose third libel case Daily Mail - Madeleine McCann’s parents have not been ruled innocent, judge says Telegraph Last month, The Portuguese Supreme Court ruled they had not proved they were innocent in the disappearance. The McCanns accused the Supreme Court judges who ruled against them in their court fight with ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral of nonsensical 'contradictions'. Furious Gerry and Kate made it clear through lawyers that they strongly disagreed with the judges' 'erroneous' premise the lifting of their status as 'arguidos' or formal suspects did not mean they were innocent of any involvement in their daughter's May 3, 2007 disappearance.
March/May 2017 McCann's head for European Court as final chance The McCanns told Fiona Bruce they will now be appealing to the European courts because the rulings against them were “terrible”. The Independent The Madeleine McCann industry: How a three-year-old’s disappearance became a troubling national obsession
03 May 2017 Colin Sutton said a high-ranking friend in the Met called him and warned him not to lead the case when Scotland Yard announced it would get involved in 2010. 'Scotland Yard would order him to prove Kate and Gerry were innocent and ignore other leads' - Daily Mail Speaking to Martin Brunt on Sky News, he said: 'I did receive a call from a very senior met police officer who knew me and said it wouldn’t be a good idea for me to head investigation on the basis that I wouldn’t be happy conducting an investigation being told where I could go and where I couldn’t go, the things I could investigate and the things I couldn’t. Asked to clarify what he meant, he added: 'The Scotland Yard investigation was going to be very narrowly focused and that focus would be away from any suspicion of wrongdoing on the part of the McCanns or the tapas friends.'


Date Happening Source(s) Remarks
September 2018 McCann close donation shop If their appeal fails, they will have to pay Mr Amaral £430,000 in damages and legal fees which would wipe out the remaining fund for the search for their daughter Metro Without another ruling at EU Court, McCann's could get in financial trouble for damages done to Dr. Amaral.
20 Sept. 2018 UK media accused of trailing fake McCann stories to “pressure the European Court” Portugal Resident The Mail has inferred that a court case brought by Amaral is “due to start in the next few weeks” while the Sun describes the situation as a “Euro court showdown”.

…more to come…