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Post  cherry1 on Sat 13 Jan - 16:19

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5265977/Maddie-McCann-detective-conman-Kevin-Halligen-dead.html

Blood-soaked body of 'James Bond-style' private eye who conned the fund to find Maddie McCann out of £300,000 is found at his Surrey mansion
EXCLUSIVE: Mystery surrounds the death of private detective Kevin Halligen, 56
His body was found at a Surrey mansion and police have launched a probe

Halligen took over the private investigation into the McCann case in May 2008 but was later accused of conning the family fund out of £300,000

By Steve Anderson For Mailonline

Published: 15:24, 13 January 2018 | Updated: 15:50, 13 January 2018

The blood-soaked body of a private detective who probed the disappearance of Maddie McCann has been found at his Surrey mansion.

Mystery surrounds the death of Kevin Halligen, 56, who is said to have presented himself as a 'cloak-and-dagger, James Bond-style spy' - with police confirming to MailOnline today that a probe has been launched.

Halligen took over the private investigation into the McCann case in May 2008 but was later accused of conning the family fund out of £300,000.

It is believed he was found at the home of his long-term girlfriend. There is no suggestion that she was involved in his death.

One former colleague told MailOnline: 'The house was covered in blood but apparently that was from Kevin falling down so much.

'His body is now in the morgue. The police are looking into it.'

A spokesman for Surrey Police said today: 'We were called to an address in Cobbett Hill Road, Normandy, Guildford, on Monday following a report of a man in his 50s having been taken unwell, who subsequently died.

'The death is being treated as unexplained and a file will be passed to the coroner's office in due course.'

Defence consultant Tim Craig-Harvey, a former associate of Halligen, wrote online: 'The lies and alcohol finally caught up with him.'

Another source told MailOnline: 'He died at his girlfriend's place near Guildford, a miserable pathetic death caused by alcohol.'

The McCanns hired Halligen's firm in a bid to boost the search for Maddie after failing to come up with any plausible leads one year after she went missing.

They agreed a £500,000 fee with Oakley International, which was described by a source close to the family as 'extremely secretive' but 'absolutely the best'.

Kate and Gerry McCann were initially impressed by Dublin-born Halligen, believing he 'was in a different league' to other private investigators.

He boasted of employing ex-FBI, CIA and Special forces officers while offering undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering in Portugal.

The detective even said he could provide satellite imagery and details of telephone traffic from the night Madeleine disappeared.

But within a year, questions began to emerge about Oakley and Halligen in particular.

Researchers claimed that the firm had not looked into hundreds of calls made to a special hotline - while specialists found that their bills were unpaid.

The promised satellite images also allegedly turned out to have been grabbed from Google Earth.

Six months into the highly-paid assignment, the McCanns were growing increasingly concerned about Halligen.

A family friend said: 'He had this sense of cloak-and-dagger, acting as if he were a James Bond-style spy.

'The McCanns found him hard to deal with, because he was forever in another country and using different phones. He promised the earth but it came to nothing.'

The contract was terminated early after £300,000 had been paid to Halligen.

MailOnline understands that relations broke down after the detective's team discovered he was enjoying a lavish lifestyle, staying in the best hotels and eating at the top restaurants in London - all at the expense of the Find Madeleine fund.


Colleagues said that far from being an expert in undercover operations, Halligen was 'out of his depth' with 'no experience of such investigations.'

There is no suggestion that any former associates are involved in the death of Kevin Halligen.

After being sacked from the McCann investigation in 2009, Halligen was arrested in the UK and extradited to America on fraud charges for an unrelated case


He pleaded guilty to defrauding Trafigura, based in the Netherlands, who had hired him to help free two company executives arrested in Ivory Coast in 2006.

He received about $12 million to provide 'security, intelligence and public relations'.

Trafigura gave Halligen an additional $2.1 million to 'hire lobbyists and influence officials in the United States on Trafigura's behalf'.

The next day, Halligen used nearly $1.7 million of that money to buy a large home with a swimming pool.

The Washington Post reported at the time: 'Owners of Washington restaurants remember him spending thousands on long, boozy days and evenings. He traveled everywhere in a chauffeured Lincoln.'

One restaurant owner said he and his staff called Halligen 'James Bond' because of his stories of spy derring-do and his habit of tossing around huge sums of cash.

His fraud conviction carried a maximum of 20 years in prison, but under federal sentencing guidelines he would serve no more than 41 months.

As he had been in custody awaiting trial for 42 months, he was freed and deported, returning to his birthplace of Dublin.

In 2014, Kevin Halligen made a rare public appearance, agreeing to be interviewed for a Channel 5 documentary - The McCanns and The Conman.

He denied that he misused money raised to find Madeleine. Answering claims that he spent the money on first class travel, luxury hotel suites and a chauffeur, he said: 'It is gross distortion of what was actually happening.'

A source close to Kate and Gerry McCann said they had terminated their contract with Oakley international at the end of 2008 and had not had anything to do with Kevin Halligen since.

'Clearly this is now a matter for the police and the Coroner's office,' the insider said.

The hunt for Madeleine McCann continues, more than 10-and-a-half years after her disappearance.

A team from Scotland Yard has been probing the case since 2011 at a cost to the British taxpayer of more than £11.3million. Portuguese police have lead status in the investigation.


In October 2017, the Home Office allocated an extra £154,000 to Scotland Yard to pursue a 'critical line of inquiry' and extend the search to the end

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Post  malena stool on Sat 13 Jan - 21:33

Thanks cherry.
The mysterious 'insider' has reared his repulsive head again.... He'd be in if he had to pay to get out...

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In 2014, Kevin Halligen made a rare public appearance, agreeing to be interviewed for a Channel 5 documentary - The McCanns and The Conman.

He denied that he misused money raised to find Madeleine. Answering claims that he spent the money on first class travel, luxury hotel suites and a chauffeur, he said: 'It is gross distortion of what was actually happening.'

A source close to Kate and Gerry McCann said they had terminated their contract with Oakley international at the end of 2008 and had not had anything to do with Kevin Halligen since.

'Clearly this is now a matter for the police and the Coroner's office,' the insider said'.
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Come on Clarence, when the spinning starts we all know it's you....
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Post  interested on Sat 13 Jan - 23:08

The DM only allowed comments for an hour, the last being six hours ago; mine was not published. I've always thought Halligen was part of the McCanns' money laundering scheme. I'm thinking this guy had lots of secrets.....and enemies.
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Post  mara thon on Sun 14 Jan - 10:05

More money thrown at this to keep the McCanns happy, but no promises of "finding her", now it's "we'll find out what happened to her". They could start at the beginning and question the parents and their friends again, without the bowing and curtseying this time. Not likely to happen though is it? I'm not sure I believe the reasons given for Halligen's demise. There have always been far more lies than truth re anyone involved in this particular case.
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Post  malena stool on Sun 14 Jan - 13:14

interested wrote:The DM only allowed comments for an hour, the last being six hours ago; mine was not published.  I've always thought Halligen was part of the McCanns' money laundering scheme.  I'm thinking this guy had lots of secrets.....and enemies.

Wasn't there some reports of Halligen being involved with the CIA or FBI at some point?
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Post  malena stool on Sun 14 Jan - 13:43

mara thon wrote:More money thrown at this to keep the McCanns happy, but no promises of "finding her", now it's "we'll find out what happened to her".   They could start at the beginning and question the parents and their friends again, without the bowing and curtseying this time.  Not likely to happen though is it?   I'm not sure I believe the reasons given for Halligen's demise.   There have always been far more lies than truth re anyone involved in this particular case.

I don't think we'll ever know what lies behind the reason for Madeleine's disappearance, marathon.. Brown closed the release of all info regarding Madeleine for the next 50 years or however long these, 'Notices of endangering National Security' are intended to last.

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Post  interested on Sun 14 Jan - 17:24

If Halligen truly "conned" the McCanns in the amount of, what is over half a million Canadian dollars, why did they not have him charged. I've always thought their involvement with him was part of a money laundering scheme which they benefited from. Given their reputation for lawsuits, I would have thought if they were "conned", he would be close to the top of their recovery list.
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Post  Badboy on Tue 16 Jan - 13:31

malena stool wrote:
interested wrote:The DM only allowed comments for an hour, the last being six hours ago; mine was not published.  I've always thought Halligen was part of the McCanns' money laundering scheme.  I'm thinking this guy had lots of secrets.....and enemies.

Wasn't there some reports of Halligen being involved with the CIA or FBI at some point?
I BELIEVED HE WAS SUPPOSEDLY INVOLVED WITH CIA/FBI, BUT MIGHT BE MADE UP BY HALLIGAN WHO SEEM TO HAVE MADE THINGS UP.
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