PR expert Mark Williams-Thomas: “huge doubt" about “the integrity of the Chief-Inspector Gonçalo Amaral”

Mark Williams-Thomas, a former policeman and managing director of WT Associates, a PR company specialized in child protection, media handling and advice for high profile cases, urged Portuguese police to ditch the case against the McCann – a case that he classified as “ludicrous” - and follow another lead that he thinks could take PJ to the real kidnapper.

The managing director of PR company WT Associates, who is usually introduced to Sky News viewers only as a “child protection expert” or “crime expert”, criticised Polícia Judiciária for not paying attention to “such a strong line of inquiry”. The PR expert referred that, even if “over 90% of murders are domestic-related”, he can’t “accept that Gerry and Kate as parents of the child could have been involved in her murder.”

For the managing director of WT Associates, “the answer to the case may lie in the disappearance of an eight-year-old Portuguese girl in 2004.” Joana Cipriano vanished from a village just seven miles from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine disappeared.

Leonor Cipriano and her brother, who had a incestuous relationship, were both sentenced to 16 years in jail, after appealing to Portuguese Supreme Court, for the murder of Joana Cipriano. Her body never appeared, but blood found inside the family’s refrigerator and the confession of Joana’s uncle were sufficient to convince the jury. Her case has been referred, by the British Media, in what seems to be an attempt to discredit Portuguese Police, comparing it with Madeleine’s case.

Joana Cipriano, who never confessed the crime, accused five CID officers of beating her. Later, she was not able to identify none of the five officers, when she was taken to a police line-up, behind a two-way mirror. The Public Prosecutor’s Office decide to charge the five CID officers ASFIC, the CID inspectors union filled a formal complaint against the Public Prosecutor's magistrate, because he didn’t included in the case's dossier the results of the police line up.

The fact that one of the officers accused in Chief-Inspector Gonçalo Amaral casts “huge doubt” to the managing director of WT Associates, who believes that Mr. Amaral should be ousted from the investigation of Madeleine’s case: “"Even if we work on the basis that he is innocent, given this allegation against him, he shouldn't have anything to do with the Madeleine investigation”, the PR expert told to Sky News.

Questioned yesterday, September 14, about his business relationship, as a expert also in media handling and advice for high profile cases, Mr. Mark Williams-Thomas initially confirmed that his company had a contract to provide services to the McCann. Asked to confirm some details of that business relationship, he changed his initial answer and denied any relationship, admitting only that he has “been in contact with the press officers for the family.”

We asked also to Sky News if they were aware of the fact that Mr Mark Williams-Thomas was also the owner and managing director of a PR company, as Sky News has invited almost every day, to comment about Madeleine McCan's case, introducing him only as a "child protection expert" or a "crime expert". We are waiting for Sky News answer to those questions.

Duarte Levy (Rothley) and Paulo Reis (Sevilha)


James Franklin Lawton said...

In the Cipriano case the uncle did admit he sawed up the body of his niece Joana Cipriano into three pieces but refused to disclose the body. The mother Leonor Cipriano who was having an affair with her brother, who is the same uncle of Joana who sawed her body into three pieces, took back her confession that she murdered her daughter. And she had two black eyes following the confession and says she confessed to the murder of her daughter to avoid further beating. The question is did she give the black eyes to herself. She says the police gave the black eyes to her. Thus a criminal court inquest is being held to get to the truth of the confession. That Joana Cipriano the daughter is dead however in not a question as the uncle admitted sawing her into three pieces and did not retract before or during the trial what he had given police that he sawed up the body of Joana. It is interesting that three years later right at the time of the McCann investigation was getting underway the officers who handled the Cipriano case suddenly faced court inquest into whether Leonor Cipriano took a beating by police to get her confession - which she then retracted before the trial. In the case of Kate McCann the question is was there early torture of her by the police. There is the famous early shown around by police suspect egg e-fit of Kate McCann's facial outline. this e-fit was shown a few days following the disappearance of the McCann daughter. It is said by news media to be a store owner out of memory drawing of the early suspect e-fit he had been shown. Yet Inspector Sousa when questioned by Paulo Reis says this reproduced out of memory e-fit by the store owner is away from reality, thus questioning the store owner's artistic memory and artistic ability. In the egg e-fit Kate has her hair pulled back like a man's hair in the style of Spanish women and the news media reports a bar owner supplied the suspect egg e-fit. It might thus at guess be that Kate McCann in the black hours of May 3 or black early morning hours of May 4 was outside looking into Praia da Luz bar rooms. Portugal criminal investigations are secret and it may be that early in the case Kate McCann was able to pinpoint the bar room she was looking into looking for her daughter. No more was heard after a few days of the egg e-fit suspect. No one knows what it was about. On a kidnapping for sale for adoption theory the twins may have originally been targeted as in the Amazon back areas of Portuguese speaking Brazil they would have brought the best price. But Madeline was settled on. On a kidnapping for ransom theory Madeline may have been killed with no place to keep her with a ransom note planned as if she were alive which never came because of enormous publicity of the case. A paedophile theory does not hold a great deal of water in Portugal along the old pirate Algarve coast but enough so that it still must be considered a significant theory. And the theory that Robert Murat abducted and killed Madeline for reason of rage that he had lost his English daughter. Or the theory that Robert Murat, Sergei Malinka, Robert Murat's girlfriend Mischala and her estranged husband Luis Antonio (for economy they all shared the same apartment for months) took Madeline to sell for adoption or planning a ransom note killed her with a pretense she was alive. And in the cases like this based on historical statistics the parent theory for responsible for the disappearance is a more significant probability than any other single theory. However the McCanns had no vehicle and from 9:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on May 3 all nine of the McCann group were with each other (in each others sight and conversing with each other) with exception of 15 minute to no more than 20 minute periods. Madeline McCann was seen alive and well by her father Gerry McCann sleeping in their apartment at 9:10 P.M. and at 10:00 P.M. when the mother Kate McCann checked the apartment her oldest daughter Madeline was discovered missing. As the McCanns had no vehicle May 3 the vehicle of someone else was used to transport Madeline McCann alive or dead to somewhere else for some purpose be it adoption or burial in nature or an intended kidnapping for ransom or other. The progress of the case has been non progressive productive on the part of the police, public and news media since May 3. I became interested in the case looking at the photos of Paulo Reis on his news media site Gazeta Digital of the crime scene and later the Tapas restaurant scene. A picture is worth a thousand words and there is not much more than the photos of Paulo Reis. These can be accessed via Gazeta Digital. There among many relevant photos one can find a photo taken from a level or two up from an apartment across the street Gentil Martins of 81 year old Pamela Fenn standing on her balcony above the McCann apartment patio and the Tapas restaurant to the south across the Mark Warner Ocean Club pool and in between the beautiful strolling alleyway bordering the McCann apartment not meant for public traffic but only for Ocean Club service and maintenance vehicles and police vehicles although which may see a taxi nights occasionally bringing some man home with someone elses wife up to his french patio door. It is an unlit black alleyway nights that heads east and empties at the street Gentil Martins and the alleyway runs directly behind the McCann apartment patio and french door on the south with its doors left open so that the McCann children for reasons of smoke or fire or any reason could come out and holler or walk down the alleyway to the Tapas, and on the east the McCann apartment borders street Gentil Martins. As can be seen the McCann apartment patio view from the Tapas restaurant is entirely at the 100% level blocked off from any table the McCanns might be sitting at at the Tapas restaurant by walls and shrubbery. Where the parents were sitting at the Tapas is only a tennis court distance from their patio, so they could hear the children. A quiet vehicle that backed into the beautiful strolling alleyway and up to the unlocked McCann patio french door from street Gentil Martins could neither be seen nor heard. And there that question of sight of the patio from the Tapas restaurant ends with the Paulo Reis photos. The shortest route for the McCanns to take from the Tapas Restaurant to check the children in their apartment is out the main gate door on street Gentil Martins north to the strolling alleyway that empties into Gentil Martins then turning left on the alleyway to their french patio door. But Gentil Martins is a public well traveled avenue and repeatedly walking up and down street Gentil Martins would advertise to people that the McCanns and friends were not using baby sitters and their children were left alone. There is a non public route to and from the Tapas restaurant and that is walking out of the McCann apartment patio turn right on the strolling alleyway and walk west to approximately the western edge of the Ocean Club pool and turn left going around the west end of the pool to the Tapas. This route is only longer by half a minute and very private. And incidentally Sergei Malinka from his high apartment by the church has a line of sight of people coming and going at the west end of the Ocean Club pool. He does not however have a line of sight of the east end of the pool or street Gentil Martins. If an abduction by a party a spotter would have to be placed with a view of street Gentil Martins also. About the only two reasonably safe times to abduct Madeline McCann without an interference were 9:50 P.M. and 10:50 P.M. Coincidentally there was a slack tide predicted for Lagos and Praia da Luz at 9:53 P.M. when like the peaceful eye of a hurricane the surf is calm for about as many minutes and a boat can quietly be rowed out or with electric motors used taken into the Atlantic Ocean with gas engines turned on when the surf began crashing again, making its journey with the McCann daughter aboard out to a larger ship in international waters. If some of the McCann party helped in her disappearance click on Google Maps and type in Praia da Luz Algarve and using the Sattelite imaging zoom down to the "valley of goats" as I call it one half mile south east of the McCann apartment where a body could be hidden temporarily for a few hours to then be removed to a more secure burial site. There are dirt roads off of beautiful streets to this valley of goats - which is for goats, its only occupants, and the south end of this small valley narrows and empties after fifty yards into a portion of narrow remote beach of Praia da Luz used only by fishermen. However from the very beginning a vehicle was necessary to accomplish the disappearance of Madeline McCann. And not the nonsense of a vehicle rented three weeks later. The Portugal police are not stupid and knew the vehicle rented three weeks later would likely be found as was the case unproductive. Portuguese police may be involved in the planning of the abduction of Madeline McCann. It appears that way more than before but still a long ways from any conclusions they are.

Monica said...

I wonder if you have asked for the copyright?

Paulo Reis said...

Dear Monica,

Copyright? From what?


Paulo Reis

Monica said...

For using the front cover of Dr Jekill and Mr Hyde's book....

Paulo Reis said...

No, I didn't... So, your question means that you know they are planning to sue me... Thank you for your warning, I'll delete immediately the image of the book cover and send I'll send them an email apologising..

Paulo Reis

Linda said...

From the beginning, I doubted that the McCanns had any part in the death of their daughter only because I could not visualize a mother knowing her daughter is dead and then eating and drinking and making merry. Not only that, I do not believe one would hide her body, and then go back to the party and pretend and then scream "They've taken her...."

I do believe a mother would, upon finding their child missing, immediately believe the child got up and tried to find mommy and daddy. It would be natural for a mother to check the pools, hallways but I do not believe it would be natural for a mother to yell "They've taken her..."

So immediately I have suspicions. So, that leads me to wonder if the mother had a clue or some reason to believe that the "They" wanted her child and I only assume for some sinister reason.

I thought the child was taken to a boat off shore and then killed, but not by her parents. It could be that the parents eventually knew or discovered this and could not report it to the police for whatever reason.

What I find difficult to understand, if the parents do have some guilt, to what exactly I do not know, but some knowledge, how could they visit the Pope and make public pleas etc?

Human nature is rather bizarre so I suppose almost anything is possible but perhaps not probable.

And if their daughter did meet a rather nasty death, and the parents were in fear for their own safety, then it makes sense that they might dispose of the body secretely.

I do not believe that parents would immediately cook up this complicated scheme unless something rather "odd" and unusual were happening surrounding their daughter that might force this type of behavior - behavior that seems so far-fectched from these educated and sophisicated parents.

What that could be, I shudder to think.

So they are either innocent victims of brutish misunderstandings or something sinister is at work and not with the police either.