Madeleine McCann latest – Murder suspect Christian B FINALLY breaks silence to brand Maddie investigation 'scandalous'

MADELEINE McCann suspect Christian B has spoken for the first time since being named as the prime suspect in her disappearance. 

The convicted rapist and child sex offender, 44, spoke out in a letter to German media, slamming the probe as a "scandal" and said investigators "should resign" as they were "persecuting an innocent person".

Christian B was identified as the prime suspect for Madeleine’s disappearance last year by prosecutors in Germany who said they had "concrete evidence" she was dead. 

It comes as Maddie cops are said to be investigating claims made by a clairvoyant who believes she is buried in woodland close to Praia de Luz.

Michael Schneider, who has successfully located the remains of several missing people, has given police the exact coordinates of where he thinks her body is in Portugal.

He believes Maddie was killed within hours of going missing and says her body is buried in a forest just six miles from the holiday resort she vanished from way back in May 2007.

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    A WOMAN CLAIMED SHE SPOTTED MADELEINE IN 2017

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    WHEN DID MADELEINE GO MISSING?

    Madeleine McCann vanished from her family’s Portuguese holiday flat 14 years ago, triggering a global search which has so far failed to find the missing child. Despite a £12million police probe, Madeleine’s whereabouts – or whether she’s dead or alive – still remains a mystery.

    Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, Portugal. Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar – 120 metres away.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Madeleine was not in her bed and was missing.

    In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, both doctors, were sensationally named as “arguidos” by Portuguese police. The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.

    In June 2020, Christian B was revealed as the new prime suspect.

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    WHY IS THE MADELEINE MCCANN CASE FAMOUS

    The disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann is a case which shocked the world.

    The little girl vanished from her holiday flat in Portugal on May 3, 2007 while her parents Kate and Gerry McCann dined in a nearby restaurant and 12 years on her whereabouts remains a mystery.

    In the Netflix documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it is claimed that parents Kate and Gerry, who are both doctors, had contacts within the UK media and used them to publicise the case.

    However, interest in the story took on an unprecedented momentum when British man Robert Murat and then Kate and Gerry were made suspects.

    Maddie’s parents and Mr Murat have always strongly denied any involvement in the child’s disappearance and were cleared of any wrongdoing by Portuguese investigators.

    The little girl, who would now be aged 16, has never been found and interest in the case remains strong.

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    WHEN DID MADELEINE GO MISSING?

    Madeleine McCann vanished from her family’s Portuguese holiday flat 14 years ago, triggering a global search which has so far failed to find the missing child. Despite a £12million police probe, Madeleine’s whereabouts – or whether she’s dead or alive – still remains a mystery.

    Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, Portugal. Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar – 120 metres away.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Madeleine was not in her bed and was missing.

    In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, both doctors, were sensationally named as “arguidos” by Portuguese police. The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.

    In June 2020, Christian B was revealed as the new prime suspect.

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    WHERE CAN YOU WATCH MADELEINE MCCANN DOCUMENTARIES?

    The popular Netflix documentary came out in 2019, called “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” features 8 episode full of details surrounding the case.

    The documentary series takes a detailed look into the disappearance of the, then, 3-year-old who went missing in Portugal whilst on holiday with her family.

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    ‘RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT’

    Fülscher added just because his client is staying silent amid claims he is linked to high-profile disappearance it does not mean he is a killer.

    He said: “This doesn’t show that he is guilty, it’s just a normal practice of reserving your right to remain silent.”

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    MADDIE SUSPECT IS NO ‘PSYCHOPATHIC MONSTER’, CLAIMS LAWYER

    The lawyer for the Madeleine McCann prime suspect has said his client is not a “psychopathic monster.”

    Friedrich Fülscher made the claim as he spoke of his “friendly” chats with convicted sex fiend Christian B.

    He told RTL: “I experience him as a very calm and friendly person to talk to and the atmosphere has always been very pleasant.” 

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    WHY IS THE MADELEINE MCCANN CASE FAMOUS

    The disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann is a case which shocked the world.

    The little girl vanished from her holiday flat in Portugal on May 3, 2007 while her parents Kate and Gerry McCann dined in a nearby restaurant and 12 years on her whereabouts remains a mystery.

    In the Netflix documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it is claimed that parents Kate and Gerry, who are both doctors, had contacts within the UK media and used them to publicise the case.

    However, interest in the story took on an unprecedented momentum when British man Robert Murat and then Kate and Gerry were made suspects.

    Maddie’s parents and Mr Murat have always strongly denied any involvement in the child’s disappearance and were cleared of any wrongdoing by Portuguese investigators.

    The little girl, who would now be aged 16, has never been found and interest in the case remains strong.

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    WHO IS PRIME SUSPECT CHRISTIAN B?

    Christian B , a prolific burglar, who also has previous convictions for sex crimes against young girls, was named as the prime suspect last year.

    Mr Wolters said authorities had been looking for information on him for a long time and “had already built up a fact file on him before we asked the public to help us”.

    “By that time Christian B had been under investigation already for three years. We did not take the decision to go public lightly,” Mr Wolters said, reports Sky.

    “Since then we have found a lot more pieces of the puzzle, but I cannot reveal what they are.

    “We are making progress and have the same number of investigators working on the case, but we don’t yet have enough to charge the suspect. There is no time limit to our investigation, but we won’t keep it going forever.”

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    DUBIOUS CLAIMS

    Police are investigating a psychic’s claims he knows coordinates of Madeleine McCann’s remains. 

    Psychic Michael Schneider – who has solved other murder cases in Europe – got in touch with German investigators with claims of where Maddie is buried. 

    The clairvoyant has said Madeleine McCann’s body “is unfortunately dead and buried in Portugal, north-east of Lagos”. 

    He said: “Often you have a reputation as a freak or someone just trying to squeeze money out of someone, and this is quite hurtful. I never take money.”

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    WHO IS MICHAEL SCHNEIDER?

    Michael Schneider, 50, is a clairvoyant who has helped police locate missing people in a number of cases.

    In May 2021, he contacted the BKA– Germany’s equivalent of the FBI – claiming he knew the exact location of Madeleine‘s body, in a forest about six miles from where she disappeared.

    They allegedly replied saying: “Your ­information will be appropriately incorporated into our work.”

    German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told the Sunday People his officers have used clairvoyants – people who claim to have supernatural abilities – to aid other cases.

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    HOW OLD WOULD MADELEINE MCCANN BE NOW?

    Madeleine would have turned 18 on May 12, 2021.

    In April 2012, UK cops released a computer-generated image of Madeleine showing what she would look like aged nine.

    In 2019 updated age progression images were uploaded on social media but Kate and Gerry said the images of Madeleine were bogus.

    Kate and Gerry warned the fake images were neither “commissioned nor endorsed” by them or Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange team.

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    MADELEINE’S PARENTS ‘STILL BELIEVE IN MIRACLES’

    Madeleine McCann’s mum and dad said they “still believe in miracles” in a poignant post to mark the missing girl’s 18th birthday in April.

    Kate and Gerry, both 53, haven’t given up hope almost 14 years after Madeleine disappeared in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

    She was just three when she vanished.

    In a post on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, her mum and dad, of Rothley, Leics, said: “Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen every day.

    “Want to send a heartfelt thank you to all who continue to be by our side.”

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    A WOMAN CLAIMED SHE SPOTTED MADELEINE IN 2017

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    WATCH: FORMER FRIEND OF CHIEF MADDIE SUSPECT SPEAKS OUT

    Former friend of Christian B relives the moment he ‘found sexual abuse videos’ in the Madeleine McCann suspect’s house

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    EX-PALS OF MADELEINE MCCANN SUSPECT CHRISTIAN B FEAR HE WILL DODGE JUSTICE

    Ex pals of the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case said they fear he will escape justice because German detectives are moving too slow.

    Convicted paedophile Christian B, 44, was named last year as the man police are investigating for the three-year-old’s disappearance during her family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007

    But a year after he was named as a prime suspect, the sex offender has not been charged or quizzed over Madeleine’s disappearance. And, people who knew him when he lived on the Algarve now fear he will never face trial, the Daily Mirror reports.

    One ex-pal said: “I can’t believe it’s been a year and nothing seems to have happened.

    “The more we remembered about him and read about his past, the more we believed he was the man responsible for taking Madeleine. It’s crazy the German cops haven’t been to see Chris in prison or interviewed him.”

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    ‘RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT’

    Fülscher added just because his client is staying silent amid claims he is linked to high-profile disappearance it does not mean he is a killer.

    He said: “This doesn’t show that he is guilty, it’s just a normal practice of reserving your right to remain silent.”

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    MADDIE SUSPECT IS NO ‘PSYCHOPATHIC MONSTER’, CLAIMS LAWYER

    The lawyer for the Madeleine McCann prime suspect has said his client is not a “psychopathic monster.”

    Friedrich Fülscher made the claim as he spoke of his “friendly” chats with convicted sex fiend Christian B.

    He told RTL: “I experience him as a very calm and friendly person to talk to and the atmosphere has always been very pleasant.” 

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    DUBIOUS CLAIMS

    Police are investigating a psychic’s claims he knows coordinates of Madeleine McCann’s remains. 

    Psychic Michael Schneider – who has solved other murder cases in Europe – got in touch with German investigators with claims of where Maddie is buried. 

    The clairvoyant has said Madeleine McCann’s body “is unfortunately dead and buried in Portugal, north-east of Lagos”. 

    He said: “Often you have a reputation as a freak or someone just trying to squeeze money out of someone, and this is quite hurtful. I never take money.”

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    WHO IS PRIME SUSPECT CHRISTIAN B?

    Christian B , a prolific burglar, who also has previous convictions for sex crimes against young girls, was named as the prime suspect last year.

    Mr Wolters said authorities had been looking for information on him for a long time and “had already built up a fact file on him before we asked the public to help us”.

    “By that time Christian B had been under investigation already for three years. We did not take the decision to go public lightly,” Mr Wolters said, reports Sky.

    “Since then we have found a lot more pieces of the puzzle, but I cannot reveal what they are.

    “We are making progress and have the same number of investigators working on the case, but we don’t yet have enough to charge the suspect. There is no time limit to our investigation, but we won’t keep it going forever.”

    Christian B is the prime suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

     

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    WHY IS THE MADELEINE MCCANN CASE FAMOUS

    The disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann is a case which shocked the world.

    The little girl vanished from her holiday flat in Portugal on May 3, 2007 while her parents Kate and Gerry McCann dined in a nearby restaurant and 12 years on her whereabouts remains a mystery.

    In the Netflix documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it is claimed that parents Kate and Gerry, who are both doctors, had contacts within the UK media and used them to publicise the case.

    However, interest in the story took on an unprecedented momentum when British man Robert Murat and then Kate and Gerry were made suspects.

    Maddie’s parents and Mr Murat have always strongly denied any involvement in the child’s disappearance and were cleared of any wrongdoing by Portuguese investigators.

    The little girl, who would now be aged 16, has never been found and interest in the case remains strong.

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    WHEN DID MADELEINE GO MISSING?

    Madeleine McCann vanished from her family’s Portuguese holiday flat 14 years ago, triggering a global search which has so far failed to find the missing child. Despite a £12million police probe, Madeleine’s whereabouts – or whether she’s dead or alive – still remains a mystery.

    Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, Portugal. Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar – 120 metres away.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Madeleine was not in her bed and was missing.

    In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, both doctors, were sensationally named as “arguidos” by Portuguese police. The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.

    In June 2020, Christian B was revealed as the new prime suspect.

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    WHERE CAN YOU WATCH MADELEINE MCCANN DOCUMENTARIES?

    The popular Netflix documentary came out in 2019, called “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” features 8 episode full of details surrounding the case.

    The documentary series takes a detailed look into the disappearance of the, then, 3-year-old who went missing in Portugal whilst on holiday with her family.

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    INVESTIGATION ‘DRYING UP’

    Peter Kirkham, an ex-Scotland Yard detective chief inspector, said he suspects the investigation was “rapidly drying up” and said it appeared the German cops were “dragging their feet”.

    Public prosecutors in the city of Braunschweig have maintained it has “strong evidence” he was guilty.

    But investigators have refused to say what proof they have.

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    ‘RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT’

    Fülscher added just because his client is staying silent amid claims he is linked to high-profile disappearance it does not mean he is a killer.

    He said: “This doesn’t show that he is guilty, it’s just a normal practice of reserving your right to remain silent.”

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