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Ex-Met Police Chief calls for cold case review

Post  maebee on Mon 9 May - 17:32

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/05/09/madeleine-mccann-ex-met-police-chief-peter-kirkham-calls-for-cold-case-review-in-hope-of-attracting-new-witnesses-115875-23118576/#ixzz1Ls5YUYUi

Madeleine McCann: Ex-Met Police chief Peter Kirkham calls for cold-case review in hope of attracting new witnesses
by Peter Kirkham, Daily Mirror 9/05/2011


Reviews of unsolved cases are a key part of professional investigative practice.

They bring a fresh set of eyes to make sure nothing has been missed.

And they also allow the evidence to be viewed in the light of what we know now and they give new impetus to the investigation.

Forensic science has moved on and re-examination of the original exhibits may well lead to new clues.

Renewed publicity can locate new witnesses and this is the most important point.

Loyalties will have changed. People unwilling to talk to police about their friends four years ago may well now choose to do so.

The suspect is very likely to have said something to someone close or to have done something to raise suspicions in that person’s mind. This is why an unsolved case review is essential.




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Cold Case Review

Post  cherrylight on Mon 9 May - 17:47

I think Peter Kirkham is absolutely right.

And who is to say that such a process is not already underway in the UK?

Forensics get better all the time.

Allegiances do change.

A mountain of paper to go through and get translated.

Easier access to phones and bank accounts etc

It all takes time.

Quietly ticking away, ticking.....


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Re: Ex-Met Police Chief calls for cold case review

Post  Panda on Mon 9 May - 17:50

One big problem would be the Forensics, apparently FSS destroyed the samples because they said the PJ never asked
for their return.!!!!

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Re: Ex-Met Police Chief calls for cold case review

Post  dutchclogs on Mon 9 May - 17:52

OH dear I think it's for our kate & gerry

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Re: Ex-Met Police Chief calls for cold case review

Post  Annabel on Mon 9 May - 18:06

Old article from Kirkham

Maddy: The possibilities

Peter Kirkham, senior investigating officer on more than 20 murders, looks at four possible scenarios surrounding Maddy's disappearance.

By former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kirkham 08/09/2007

THEORY ONE

Madeleine was killed, her body hidden before being moved in the boot of the McCanns' silver Renault Scenic

DCI Kirkham: This is what police will have been quizzing Kate about. You don't have some one in for 11 hours to check a few points. Portuguese police apparently believe Madeleine was killed by accident. That fits with the suggestion that her body could have been hidden for a while. If murder is pre-meditated, the killer has worked out what to do with the body. If it happens without planning, most people panic and either run, cover up how the death happened or hide the body. Small bodies can easily disappear down holes and even if you do not know the area you will not have to go far to find somewhere to dump it. Later, if you think you are getting away with it, there may be a temptation to return and dispose of the body before the search widens or somebody stumbles across it.

THEORY TWO

Kate and Gerry are being framed by the Portuguese police for the death, as several close relatives have claimed

DCI Kirkham: This is highly unlikely. Although Portuguese police made early mistakes, it is big leap to accuse them of fit ting up the McCanns. The crucial evidence is the DNA recovered by British police and tested in a British laboratory. If Madeleine's body had been found it would be possible for somebody to take her blood and plant traces to implicate somebody. But without a body where is the supply of blood cells from Madeleine?

THEORY THREE

The samples found in the Renault Scenic are from cross-contamination or accidental transfer, possibly from the McCanns' belongings

DCI Kirkham: This would be possible if the DNA samples were so small they could be identified as coming from a particular cell - blood, hair or sweat. A police officer could have picked up Madeleine's DNA on gloves during one search and not changed them immediately after placing the sample in the evidence bag. However there is a big "But" here. If the British scientists found blood cells and enough of them to know it was significant, it makes it very unlikely they are there by chance. Blood is very strong circumstantial evidence especially with a DNA match when it's found where it shouldn't be.

THEORY FOUR

Madeleine was abducted and her attacker used the same hire car which the McCanns later hired

DCI Kirkham: This is the million-to-one defence which someone who has all the evidence stacked against them would use. The Portuguese police should be checking who had that Scenic before, tracing them and inter viewing to make sure they had no explanation for having Madeleine's blood. If I was in charge of this investigation I would do it, but only to double and triple-check the case.

www.mirror.co.uk/news/top...-19753205/

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Re: Ex-Met Police Chief calls for cold case review

Post  Angelique on Mon 9 May - 20:57

The only difficulty is that this case is not in this jurisdiction - UK.

If it were possible to do it I am sure it would already have been done. We know there is one way for the case to be re-investigated but unfortunately it appears that McCanns and the T7 do not look favourably upon it and show no desire to return to Portugal for this very purpose.

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Re: Ex-Met Police Chief calls for cold case review

Post  cherrylight on Mon 9 May - 21:56

Angelique wrote:The only difficulty is that this case is not in this jurisdiction - UK.

If it were possible to do it I am sure it would already have been done. We know there is one way for the case to be re-investigated but unfortunately it appears that McCanns and the T7 do not look favourably upon it and show no desire to return to Portugal for this very purpose.

It is well within UK Jurisdiction as regards investigation.

The problem before was that the UK recognised that Portugal had Chief jurisdiction.

It's all about etiquette now.

If Portugal are prepared to give it to the UK then it is game on Day 1 all over again.

Financially it would be good for PT. Government has changed in UK. McCanns have made rash comments about current UK Prime Minister and his Home Secretary.

Let's wait and see.

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Re: Ex-Met Police Chief calls for cold case review

Post  Angelique on Mon 9 May - 21:58

cherrylight

Thank you for putting me right on this.

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