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Was the Real Purpose of Channel 4 Dispatches 'Searching For Madeleine' to Discredit the PJ?

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Was the Real Purpose of Channel 4 Dispatches 'Searching For Madeleine' to Discredit the PJ?

Post  Autumn on Fri 2 Mar - 20:58

Does anyone remember the Channel 4 Dispatches Documentary, Searching For Madeleine screened on 18th Oct 2007? It was about a group of Crime 'experts' who were sent out to PDL to investigate and give their thoughts and conclusions about the case. I've been looking for the vid of this for a while but recently found out that it's been removed...now there's a surprise

However there is a transcript available on Mccannfiles:
http://www.mccannfiles.com/id49.html

The Investigators sent over to PDL were:

Chris Stevenson (former Detective Chief Superintendent, Cambridgeshire Police)
David Barclay (Former Head of Physical Evidence UK National Crime and Operations Faculty)
David Canter (Director, Centre for Investigative Psychology, University of Liverpool)
Gary Ligg (Former Senior Search Adviser, West Yorkshire Police)
Matt Tapp (Police Media Adviser)

Channel 4's Dispatches sent five British experts in criminal investigation to Praia da Luz to assess the state of the inquiry. Between them, they have 134 years of experience in dealing with serious crimes, such as abduction, murder and paedophilia.
Their aim was to shed light on each area of the case that was controversial and confusing: the handling of forensic evidence, the search for a likely abductor and the possibility that the family might be involved in Madeleine's disappearance.
They visited the key locations, reviewed all the evidence in the public domain and drew on their previous cases as well as statistical probabilities to assess what might have taken place that night.

The Entire Article Setting out The Findings of these Experts:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488211/The-Maddie-Files-Five-experts-explain-police-missed-vital-chances--body.html

From the article, this sentence jumped out at me -

Indeed, the whole way the investigation has been run by Portuguese police is of deep concern for our experts.


Were these people specifically sent to discredit the PJ? Read their thoughts on what happened, especially their opinions about whether or not Madeleine was abducted. I have never read such garbage...and this from so called Expert.

Perhaps a clue as to the possible purpose behind this Venture can be gained by taking a close look at the 'Investigators'.

Lets start with Matt Tapp

MATT TAPP
Matt Tapp is a Police Media Adviser. He contributed to the Dispatches programme on Channel 4, 18th October 2007: "Searching for Madeleine". Matt Tapp handled the press for the Soham case. In the absence of a structured strategy, he knows the media will fill the vacuum with unhelpful speculation that can seriously distract the police.


There is a lot of info about Matt Tapp and his role in

Haut de la Garenne - the Jersey child abuse scandal

http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/2012/02/matt-tapp-files-10-conflict-of-interest.html


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Re: Was the Real Purpose of Channel 4 Dispatches 'Searching For Madeleine' to Discredit the PJ?

Post  Autumn on Fri 2 Mar - 21:05



Probe too big for Portugal cops, 18 October 2007

Probe too big for Portugal cops The Sun

By JOHN TROUP
Published: 18 Oct 2007

PORTUGUESE police in the Maddie McCann case are just not up to such a big job, the Soham murder probe chief said yesterday.

Retired Det Chief Supt Chris Stevenson accused cops in Praia da Luz of being far too slow off the mark when the tot vanished.

He said: "I don't think they immediately realised what they were dealing with."

The man who nailed monster Ian Huntley for the 2002 murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman revealed an astonishing catalogue of blunders – after heading a three-day review of the Madeleine probe for a Channel 4 documentary tonight.

He insisted: "The intention was never to do a hatchet job on the Portuguese police – but the inescapable conclusion was that they were totally ill-equipped for the job."

Mr Stevenson, 58, took some of Britain?s top crime experts to Portugal to analyse the handling of the inquiry into four-year-old Maddie's disappearance.

The team's scathing verdict is that the local police are: Woefully INEXPERIENCED in child abduction cases, TIED UP by secrecy laws and HAMPERED by the lack of a proper DNA data-base or sex offenders register.

The team also spotlighted FAILURES in the way forensic evidence is gathered and crime scenes preserved.

There are more PROBLEMS because uniformed and plain-clothes officers report to different bosses.

Former Cambridgeshire officer Mr Stevenson said: "If you don't immediately realise what you are dealing with, you can get caught and make major forensic errors.

"That's what appears to have happened in the Maddie case.

"This was a child missing from home but they didn't seem to have thought anything suspicious might have happened at first.

"In Britain we refer to this period immediately after a child vanishes as the 'golden hours'."

Mr Stevenson's team included forensics professor David Barclay, search expert Gary Lig, top criminal psychologist David Canter and media management expert Matt Tapp.

Their findings will be aired in Searching For Madeleine, a Dispatches documentary on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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Post  mariang on Sat 3 Mar - 12:18

Regarding Matt Tapp - I read an interesting article on the truth seeker site regarding the soham case.

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