After writing a book about a botched investigation he worked on, Star Of Joana, he has now penned another book, brilliantly entitled, Star Of Madeleine. This former detective even lacked enough imagination for a new title.
I am sure that it didn’t take him long to pen his latest work of genius, they are after all, pretty much the same story.
Little Joana Cipriano disappeared in 2004, just seven miles away from where Madeleine McCann disappeared. Experts have stated that it is virtually impossible for two children to be snatched in such a small proximity of each other in such a short space of time and the cases not be related. Yet according to the Portuguese police, it is just coincidence.
As in the case of Maddie the Portuguese Police arrived promptly, and promptly destroyed the crime scene. Again like with the Madeleine McCann investigation, the clueless detectives quickly turned their attention to the parents, focusing on the mother. They pulled Joana’s mother in for questioning and after 48 of intensive interviewing, she confessed; a confession which she retracted the next day.
When she emerged from her interview she had extensive bruising to her face and body, according to Portuguese Police, this was because she had thrown herself down the stairs. I am guessing that they thought it perhaps too obvious to use the same trick with Kate McCann.
Four police officers including Paulo Cristovao have been charged over the torture of Joana’s mother and Cristovao has been booted off the force.
The Sherlock Holmes of Portugal, Goncalo Amaral headed both enquiries, neither girl was ever found, nor was any trace of them.
Paulo Cristovao was never on the Madeleine McCann case, presumably he was too busy with his literary career, yet after such success fitting up the mother in the Cipriano case he must have thought himself an expert.
Joana’s mother was convicted of her murder, along with her Joana’s uncle. The motive offered by the Portuguese Police….incest. Apparently the eight year old girl had stumbled across her mother and uncle having incestuous sex, and so they killed her. A motive surely taken out of a folk tale from the middle ages.
It seems that the only hope of ever getting to the bottom of what happened to Madeleine McCann was lost the minute the Portuguese Police began their investigation.