If Kate and Gerry McCann hadn’t been through enough in the last ten years of searching for their missing daughter Madeline McCann, a new form of ‘misery’ has recently surfaced which is set to cause a great deal of distress to the McCann family.
A former suspect has leaked his viewpoint on the entire investigation in a ‘reveal-all’ book which is said to depict the major ‘flaws’ of the police’s 10-year search.
32-year-old Sergey Malinka was the first key suspect in 2007 after being questioned by Portuguese police in Praia De Luz; the resort where three-year-old Madeline went missing.
Malinka was taken into custody by police after he became involved in suspicious activity. Just 90 minutes after police were contacted about Madeline’s disappearance, he got in contact with a fellow suspect.
At the time of his arrest, Malika stated he had no involvement with the case: “The disappearance of a child is always difficult. No parent would want any of that to happen to anyone. So I wish and truly hope that Madeleine will be found and returned to her parents. I have a clear conscience. I have nothing to worry about.”
Malinka was let off the hook, but later became a key suspect for a second time in 2013. After numerous investigations, Malinka was cleared of any involvement with the girl’s whereabouts but stated that the stress of the inquiry had left him virtually on the edge.
Talking with the Sunday Express about his experience, Malinka said: “I have been driven to the point of dejection, being involved in a web of lies, betrayals and threats. The deceits of others have driven me to the edge of despair, sometimes to the point of no return, but time heals even the deepest wounds.
Malinka can inflict no damage on the #McCann s other than disturb them by his shameless exploitation of their missing child to make himself some easy money.
— Michael Walker (@walkercan1000) December 4, 2017
“Now I am trying to rebuild my life from the wreckage left by this event. Ten years later I am about to become a father for the first time. My family is my life. I will no longer allow the lies of others to poison our future.”
He reveals the reason behind his new book is out of revenge to those who have ‘ruined’ his life, however, his words are no doubt going to cause a great deal of upset to the McCann family.
According to The Sun, a spokesperson on behalf of the McCann’s said: “Beware! If any defamatory claims are made Kate and Gerry’s lawyers will be assessing them, as they do with any book which has any potential defamation against their clients. Other than that they have no reason to respond.”
Whilst a friend of the family also told the newspaper: “Sergey was made an arguido, an official suspect, as others were but after being questioned and having his home searched and computers seized police were satisfied he had no involvement whatsoever and he was released.
“So why is he now writing a book and trying to heap more misery on Kate and Gerry especially at Christmas time? It beggars belief and causes more distress for Madeleine’s parents.”
The funding for the search was set to be cancelled in September of this year, however, the Home Office agreed to offer another £154,000 which is expected to last until March 2018. So far, £12 million has been spent, but unfortunately hasn’t managed to produce any conclusive leads.
When approached about Malinka’s comments within the book, the Home Office failed to comment on any of his allegations. A spokesperson simply stated: “We cannot discuss anything about the investigation whilst it is ongoing.”
The police are still on the search for a woman dressed in ‘purple’ who was standing outside of the holiday apartment where the McCann’s were staying at the time of the disappearance.
However, a criminologist named Heriberto Janosch Gonzalez has declared he knows the identity of the woman and where she is now located. According to Gonzalez, the ‘woman in purple’ is a Bulgarian waitress named Luisa Todorov and police have since travelled to Bulgaria to gain leads.
In a statement, Gonzalez said: “I have been combing through all the police files trying to identify who the woman in purple could be. It has been widely reported that Yard officers are in Bulgaria. Examining all the known statements it seems highly likely the police are seeking the Todorovs.”
However, Mrs Todorov told her side of the story to The Mirror: “I’ve no idea about any woman in purple. It wasn’t me. I spoke to the police a long time ago about the Madeleine case” she said.
At the time of the disappearance, Luisa and her husband were questioned by police just three days into the investigation, however, the pair denied any involvement with the child.
Meanwhile, a university student has also hit headlines in the last few days after claiming she ‘believes’ she’s Madeline McCann.
Within a group chat on social media, Harriet Brookes posted photos of herself as a young girl, alongside published photos of three-year-old Madeline and added that there were notable similarities between them.
Firstly, Harriet commented on the similar brown dot on the eye, as well as a brown mark on her leg.
Within the chat, she told friends: “Right guys. I don’t usually believe in conspiracy theories but honestly I think I’m Madeleine McCann.”
To which one friend replied: “I f***ing give up.” accompanied by numerous crying face emojis.
Harriet responded with: “I’m Madeleine McCann and I don’t know what to do with myself.”
After one of the friends within the chat screenshotted the conversation and published it online, the photo went viral and has since gained over 30,000 retweets on Twitter.
However, conspiracies were slammed as Harriet is a university student and therefore slightly older than Maddie would be, at just 14 years old.
After being contacted by The Tab, the young woman declared the conversation between friends was simply a “joke”.
“I’m loving reading people’s reactions. I feel like so many people are taking it seriously,” she said.
Whilst Harriet seems to have found the funny side of the ‘joke’, Twitter users blasted her for making such offensive claims on a serious matter:
“Are you even Madeline or are you just joking messing with peoples head?” one user asked.
Whilst another added: “She is one sick young woman. Surely this can’t go unpunished. To make a claim like this is beyond vile and cruel. Shame on you.”
Despite the setbacks, Madeline’s parents Kate and Gerry have vowed they will never give up on searching for their missing child and have stated they will do “whatever it takes” to bring her home.