In response to 23:55, (A Matter of Neglect) and your uncertainties regarding the evidence of Mrs Fenn, the McCanns upstairs neighbour, who was in all evening, on the night Madeleine disappeared.
You question the discrepancies between what Mrs Fenn said in her statements and what she said when she was caught in the headlights of an oncoming juggernaut. I think the poor woman may have found herself under a barrage of attention that frightened the life out of her. Not just from the media and the Portuguese police, but from British police agencies acting on behalf of the parents - and of course the Fighting Fund of the very proactive Team McCann.
By the time the evidence of Mrs Fenn became public knowledge, Kate and Gerry were the world's most famous and sympathetic victims. Anyone criticising them or their horrendous form of childminding was likely to be torn limb from limb by an angry mob.
I can perfectly understand the predicament Mrs Fenn found herself in, and it is a tragedy that those assisting the McCanns have done so much to blacken her name. Imagine how she would have felt reading all this if she were still alive? Then imagine how she must have felt in the aftermath of Madeleine disappearing when the world's press set up camp outside her apartment?
It is not easy to speak 'on camera', I once inadvertently confused the date my mother died and I didn't correct it because I had a limited amount of time and I had more important points I wanted to make. This was taken by the dossier compilers as conclusive evidence that I was 'liar'. They now put 'proven' in front of their reams of libel, lol.
As for hearing a child cry for 75 minutes and doing nothing - again I sympathise with her predicament. How horrendous would it have been if she had involved the authorities and this large holiday party had turned on her? She was surrounded by them, quite literally, her apartment was directly above the McCanns and next door to all of theirs. No doubt over the years, she witnessed many groups of British tourists behaving badly and had learned not to interfere.
I think we are being led astray by questioning the evidence of Mrs Fenn. The real question should be, why didn't Kate and Gerry run straight up those stairs to ask her if she had seen anything? She was the most likely witness, she had been in her apartment all evening and the parents were claiming an abduction. Their first contact with Mrs Fenn, was, according to Gerry, when she spoke to him from her balcony asking what had happened and if they would like to use her phone. She, made the first approach, and Gerry's bizarre reply was that 'a girl' had been taken. He didn't mention that it was his own daughter, he didn't ask her if she had seen anything and no he didn't need to borrow her phone, thank you very much. Or as they say in Essex, End of.
Kate remembers it differently. Mrs Fenn, was the nosey neighbour from upstairs with the plummy voice who had treated her predicament as if a 'tin of beans had fallen off a shelf'. She and Fiona were so outraged at her lack of concern for their distress, that they too, didn't bother to ask the most obvious of questions. 'Did you see, or indeed hear, anything?'. 'The fiend that broke into our apartment would have made a hell of a racket prising open the steel shutters and climbing into a room that contained 3 sleeping babies - your apartment is directly above ours, you MUST have heard something'.
Instead of begging for Mrs Fenn's help, the McCanns have gone all out to discredit her, Kate especially with her spiteful comments in her book Madeleine. They have regularly appeared on our TV screens pleading for anyone who saw anything to come forward, yet they had no interest in the evidence of someone they knew was on the scene and had a bird's eye view.
They were also hard selling their own particular form of half arsed parenting. Mrs Fenn's statement that she heard a child crying for 75 minutes was hugely damning. At that time the McCanns and indeed the other doctors, could have faced serious charges of child endangerment. Charges that would have immediately ended all their high flying careers. Mrs Fenn was then, and arguably, is still, a huge thorn in the 'responsible parenting' defence. As for nobody else hearing the 75 minute crying session, who would have been brave enough to admit it if they had?
As far as Team McCann's fighting fund were concerned Mrs Fenn was the enemy. Had there been a real abduction, Mrs Fenn would have been their star witness and new best friend. She could, knowingly, or unknowingly, have held that precious key they keep talking about. Whilst Kate and Gerry were broadcasting heartfelt pleas for anyone in Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Far East to come forward if they had ever holidayed in PDL, they were ignoring the woman upstairs!
Mrs Fenn was an ordinary woman who suddenly found herself besieged by hungry journalists, Flash Harrys, and men in grey suits and dark glasses. I think what she experienced, was probably on par with the terrible closing in Brenda Leyland felt when she took her own life. I truly hope Mrs Fenn's final years were peaceful and contented, I see her as another victim of this scam (I hope I am wrong) and my heart goes out to her family. I think those judging the witnesses on the statements they gave in the aftermath of what must have been a traumatic experience for all of them, should hang their heads in shame. Do they ever stop and think for a moment how they would have felt in the same situation? It takes a lot of courage to put your head above the parapet.
It is curious that those investigating the witnesses online, always seem to target those who could cause the most damage to the abduction, responsible parenting, heads of defence. Their arguments are based on pure speculation and supposition. Tony Bennett has taken 'Six Degrees of Separation' and dwindled it down to Two. Simply being the same nationality/ religion/ species, is generally enough for a guilty verdict. And Tony Bennett is led by a warped mentality that sees everything as sexual. Start a thread about deviant art on the cesspit and watch the whoopy begin. (that should increase their numbers ;) ).