Missing Madeleine McCann said to be in U.S. by
bouncer/investigator not officially working the case by the
family or police.
Photo: Radell Smith
In May of this year it will have been four years since
vanished at a
with her parents in the southern region of
Portugal. The family,
which consisted of
Kate and Gerry
-- who would later come under suspicion for her disappearance -- the
child herself, and her younger two-year-old siblings (brother
Sean and sister
Amelie) were vacationing in the Algarve region, which has
now, reputedly, been named the hunting ground for children like
Madeleine by an alleged Portuguese pedophile ring.
Fox News reported
that a 36-year-old investigator named
Marcelino Italiano, who was working the
case -- but it is unclear for whom -- has made a connection between the
alleged Portugese pedophile ring, two unnamed Portugese businessmen and
Madeleine McCann, and
the Sun said
the 6-foot 4-inch nightclub bouncer traced the child's whereabouts
to the United States, allegedly.
"I know these people were involved and I have been told that Madeleine
may now be in America. I think there have been over a dozen children
kidnapped. They prey on the weak and vulnerable. Italiano told the Sun.
He also went on to call the alleged
"ruthless" and saying they have attacked him twice during the course of
his investigation. According to Italiano, the ring has a connection to a
London lawyer as well as high-level contacts within the Portugese
"I am prepared to go to any length to reveal the truth about these sick
people -- they need to be exposed," Marcelino Italiano said.
Portugese police searched high and low for the missing three-year-old
British girl when her parents reported her missing on May 3, 2007, but
to no avail. Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, had left her
and her two twin siblings to fend for themselves as they wined and dined
in a restaurant one night, news agencies reported.
According to the Times in London,
the two twins left behind for potential sedation and said the
testing was positive, going on to later accuse the parents of foul play.
Her parents, five months later, would hire an independent testing
facility in London to conduct a similar
hair analysis test
for presence of prior sedation. That test was reported as negative,
according to the Times in London in October of that year.
Madeleine's two-year-old brother and sister,
prime age targets for pedophiles, were not removed from the vacation
apartment premises and were
not harmed in any way the night Madeleine went missing.
The McCanns, both doctors according to the Times, would go on to fight
Portugal police and be "cleared" by that law enforcement agency after
continued searches proved futile for their child--and they fled the
country for London, using media and contacts to quelch potential
prosecution in the case.
Madeleine McCann's parents, like that of Amanda Knoxs, have sought to
mount a PR campaign. Knox's parents seek to see their convicted
daughter's sentence be overturned and her incarceration to end;
Madeleine's parents used the PR to
refute Portugese police and to mount a campaign to find
To that end, the McCanns have a team of investigators as well, who have,
according to the Sun, fielded as much as 1,000 phone calls and 15,000
emails, pursing alleged sightings as well in Europe, North Africa,
Canada, Tasmania and Dubai.
The Sun reported recently that the news of Madeleine's potential
presence in America evoked this response from her parents' spokesman,
"We are grateful for the information. As with any information of this
nature the man concerened has done the right thing by informing the
Marcelino Italiano turned over a dossier of data he had gathered to law
enforcement in Huelva, which is located in the southern portion of
Spain, and they have turned it over to the Portugese police for
investigation. The Sun reported that the "Find Madeline Fund"
investigators are investigating the information as well.
"Ruthless" pedophile rings are just that: ruthless. And pedophile rings
have one goal: get children for nefarious purposes. But according to the
facts of this case, no ruthless behavior was exhibited to two additional
children in the residence with Madeleine at the time of her
The ring did not take the golden opportunity to remove three children
instead of one either. That's important to note, as their "day job" is a
ring, after all.
lone pedophile would be more likely to lure away a single victim than a
ring, but anything is possible.
With Portugese law enforcement conducting their own investigation and
investigators conducting theirs all the years in
between, it is odd, to say the least, for a nightclub bouncer to come
forth with information alleging Madeleine is alive.
It beggars the question: how did he do what trained personnel have been
unable to do--or even men getting paid well to search specifically for
The bouncer/investigator also said Madeleine was abducted by a pedophile
ring who has since sent her to America, where pedophiles faces the
greatest law enforcement danger in the world: from the FBI.
Most illegal operations throughout the world revere America's premier
law enforcement agency and wouldn't think twice about seeking to profit
from their crimes anywhere else they could to avoid the U.S., if at all
possible. Ditto for a crime that has garnered international attention.
Prior alleged sightings of Madeleine
have never included a democratic country either, with the exception of
Canada, of course. The other sightings
included places like Africa and Dubai,
which would be more likely places to find a missing British child that
The Sun alluded to other pedophile crimes unearthed in Portugal
previously but those -- though appalling -- involved abuse to children
in orphanages, not privileged children from a foreign country, whose
well-connected parents could raise a stink about their absence. So that
is essentially a red herring in this case as well.
Previously the law enforcement agencies that have been involved in this
case, including Scotland Yard and Interpol, deemed prior "information"
supplied by anonymous sources to not be credible about Madeleine, but
not before some news outlets began to report it as such.
telling point in the recent development by this bouncer/investigator
bears repeating. He said,
"I am prepared
to go to any length to reveal the truth about these sick people -- they
need to be exposed."
Those are passionate words from a man who has no relation and/or
receives no financial compensation for a child that lived a world away
and has been missing for almost four years.
It almost sounds like he has an obsessive desire to either draw
attention to the plight of another missing child -- and the men who took
it -- by using the more high profile Madeleine McCann case to motivate a
crackdown of particular people, or that he just wants international
How many strangers do you know in Africa or elsewhere willing to risk
their lives searching for Natalee Holloway right now'
References: Fox News, The Sun,