McCann told Tanner to mention this to PJ that night thinking the following day the witness would come forward on May 4th.
They did not and McCann waited and waited.
To the McCann’s desperation (and ignorance), they simply didn’t appear.
And the tide started to turn against them.
The Police started to look at the various blatant contradictions.
We now know that they did their best to distract the police by pointing the finger at Murat, who they knew, had played a part in that evening, and with some luck, some trace of Maddie would have been found linking him with to the “abducted” child.
But the Murat’s were too careful from moment one.
They understood the seriousness of the crime.
Murat got pointed out because the Smiths simply didn’t surface.
The tide continued to turn, stronger and stronger, against them.
They had to act. Desperate,
Gerry makes, in his blog, an appeal DIRECTLY and INEQUIVOCALY to the IRISH:
Day 37 June 9th 2007 After returning from the beach we did the Irish version of Crimewatch-‘Crimecall’. There are a lot of Irish tourists in and around Praia da Luz and although the awareness of Madeleine’s disappearance in Ireland is extremely high, we want to ensure that everyone is aware of the appeal and we want the Irish public to come forward with photographs of people who they do not know who were in and around Praia da Luz in the 2 weeks leading up to the 3rd May.
The address to upload photographs is: to www.madeleine.ceopupload.com.
We have also asked for people to contact their local police if they have seen a man matching the description of the suspect carrying a child seen around the time of Madeleine’s abduction.
He is 30-40 years, 1.70-1.80m (5’7”-11”), caucasian and was wearing a dark jacket, beige or mustard coloured trousers with dark shoes. No major news on the investigation front- we still believe it is just a single phone call away.
Why the IRISH? Is it a known fact that there are a “lot” of IRISH tourists in the Algarve?
How many IRISH witnesses have you read in the tabloids or heard being involved in the infamous numerous sightings?
The only IRISH tourists that we’ve ever heard up to now of are the Smiths.
They certainly DO NOT, by themselves, make up a 'lot'.
So, this DIRECT call to the IRISH will probably be explained, from the McCann Team as yet another of the inexplicable phenomenon that will certainly be studied in many fora in the future: The McCann Coincidence.
They just keep coming in non-stop.
On this day, an appeal to the IRISH can ONLY mean that Gerry McCann knows that a group of IRISH people have seen a man carrying a child in all similar to his "abducted" daughter.
And for him to know that, it can ONLY mean that he was the one seen with the child.
Murat by the May 14th was in the frame, but McCanns had here another bit of bad luck... Smith had seen, even if briefly, Murat before and confirmed it was not him with the child.
McCann continues to WAIT for the connection, he had done all he could to ask BEG even for THAT family to come forward.
As he says, ’IT IS JUST A SINGLE PHONE CALL AWAY’
Even, for argument’s sake, information had leaked out that the couple had come to the Police, which we have no reason for having happened, the fact is that they didn’t come out publicly.
And that was absolutely required for the McCann marketing machine. Martin Smith telephoned Leicester Police the evening of September 9th saying he recognized Gerry McCann... McCann would have been tipped off by his friendly bobby.
Note that ONLY from this date, is the Smith’s Sighting a liability against the McCanns.
From this moment on, it’s important not only not to give it importance but to fragilize it as much as possible. But only from this moment, not befroe.
What was an added value, suddenly has become cumbersome. VERY cumbersome.
LATER, Martin Smith said Brian Kennedy contacted him to be involved in some sort of photofit.
Martin Smith had to contact the MEDIA on several occasions because he said they kept misquoting him...
It seems the child was now wrapped in a BLANKET...
Martin Smith as we know from his statement has never mentioned a blanket.
Who was behind the media telling them to now say Mr.Smith saw a child wrapped in a blanket and why?
If he was confused about a blanket maybe he was also confused about recognizing Gerry McCann.
Unfortunately for Gerry, he was not. But as this blog has proved, it’s NOT only the fact that Mr. Smith recognized Gerry that proves he was the McStroller, but it is due to his statement that we can rule out all the other male members. Gerry McCann, is the McStroller.
I believe McCann walked through the street with Tanner’s sedated child dressed in Madeleine’s pyjamas.
We know they were Maddie’s thanks to her little sister, when Kate held them up she said promptly 'Maddie’s'. The pyjamas were one and the same.
Whatever Maddie died in, they were not THOSE pyjamas.
The Smiths flew back and made their statement in secret May 26th...this information was not released.
So, all those that think that the Smith Sighting was public from day one are wrong, it wasn’t, it only became public known in the following articles (1) (2), in the beginning of August 2007.
Then, and only then, did we all get to know that Martin Smith and his family had seen a man carrying a child.
Therefore, the only people that, between May and August 2007, knew that there was a person who had seen a child with bare feet in the pyjamas in the Rua da Escola Primária would have been the Smiths themselves, the IRISH and PORTUGUESE Polices and, obviously, the man who carried the child.
That man we now know to have been Gerry McCann.
If, for nothing else, his behaviors in those days prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that yes, it was him.
Gerry McCann could not figure out why, a group of nine people, together with all the publicity, just didn’t come forward...
It was supposed to be a slam dunk case.
A little girl had been abducted and he had made sure he had been seen carrying a barefooted, blonde little girl in pyjamas, and yet, albeit all the world coverage, THAT group of people simply didn’t surface.
What he didn’t know is that they had already, in effect, come forward, and made the statements that we now know, on May 26th.
Remember that at the time, ONLY the Smiths, PORTUGUESE and IRISH Polices and McStroller knew that.
Had JEZ WILKINS not come along when he did... and delayed slightly McCann, fate would probably determine that it wouldn’t be the Smith’s the crucial witnesses that night.
They could have been some local residents, or better yet, Brit tourists.
Someone, on the NEXT day, would have put two and two together and gone to PJ on the 4th.
And the McCanns would have had THEIR so much needed witness to the abduction...
All the remainder details would have been completely overlooked, and all attention drawn not as to why, but as to where she had been taken to.
Maritime traffic would have scrutinized, many an illegal ship would have found sailing just off the coast. The couple would return home as martyrs.
It is the bare feet of the child and the pyjamas that ARE EMPHASIZED at the time, and not the man carrying the child.
In the beginning we just had an egg with hair (Tanner's description was released THREE weeks later to JOG the Smith's memory), in order to match Jane’s statement to what would surely be to the one given by that family that Gerry knew he had been seen by.