- A book suggesting
that the parents of Madeleine McCann know what happened to their daughter, and
were responsible for her disappearance, has been released in Portugal.
Madeleine McCann was three years old when she went missing in Portugal during
the family's vacation in May this year. She has been the subject of a
Europe-wide search ever since.
Portuguese authorities made Kate and Gerry McCann formal suspects in the case
this autumn. Traces of Madeleine's blood were reported to have been found in
the McCanns' car, hired 25 days after she vanished.
The book, 'A Culpa dos McCann', or 'The Guilt of the McCanns', claims that a
plan to get rid of their daughter was thought up by Gerry and Kate McCann
before they left Britain
for their holiday in Praia da Luz.
The family spokesman dismissed the book as "rubbish," saying also
that "You can imagine the pain and anguish that this sort of rubbish
brings Kate and Gerry."
The book was written by Manuel Catarino,
editor-in-chief of Correio da
Manha, a Portuguese tabloid newspaper.
Portuguese police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are thought to
have traveled to Huelva,
in southern Spain,
to search for the girl's grave this October.
"Portuguese police suspect that the girl's body could be hidden in Huelva...as it was here
that her parents came on August 3, three months after the girl's disappearance,"
wrote the Spanish paper, Mundo, citing a police
The paper also noted that "police investigators consider suspicious Gerry
and Kate McCann's trip to Huelva,
the purpose of which they have been unable to ascertain."
Richard Branson, the owner of the Virgin Group, pledged in September 100,000
British pounds ($200,000) to a legal defense fund for
Kate and Gerry McCann.