Tuesday, 12 August 2014
RICHARD D. HALL response Smithman controversy
Hi Richard, thank you for taking the time to respond.
First, let me start by saying that I think you did a phenomenal job, the videos were so compelling, I watched them until the wee small hours. You have got so many facts out there that the Mainstream media have failed to report. I think they are essential viewing for anyone trying to understand the complexities of this case. There are so many aspects to it, I can only imagine what you had to wade through to sort the wheat from the chaff.
I think you have done a terrific job, but if I may be so bold as to say, it needs a few tweaks to make it great. The title of Goncalo Amaral's book for example is 'The Truth of the Lie', and it is Martin Smith not Malcolm. Minor points in the whole scheme of things, but irksome to the thousands who follow this case.
I think you have vastly underestimated the importance of the Smith family sighting. It is an integral part of the abduction story. It was so important that when Goncalo Amaral was arranging for the Smith family to return to PDL, he was removed from the case. The Smith family evidence has always been there, but it was tucked away whilst the fake leads were promoted. Why was it so important for the McCanns to suppress this vital evidence from the Smith family? The efits presented in last October's Crimewatch have been in existence since 2008, yet they have only now come to the public's attention. They have been advertising Jane Tanner's sighting for 7 years and still do, even though SY have dismissed him as a suspect!
The Smith family have done no more than come forward to say what they saw, their civil duty in fact, and given the huge security wall that surrounded the McCanns, I think it was very brave of them. In trying to understand the reasons for another person's actions, why leap to the assumption it is because they are involved in a major crime? There could be all sorts of reasons why there was a delay in their sighting coming to light, waiting for 'pal' Robert Murat to be picked up as suspect being the least likely.
If we try to imagine the chaos that ensued after the McCanns and the Tapas gang hit the phones on the night of 3rd May, we might be able to understand why there was a delay. The PJ were inundated with calls and leads in the aftermath of Madeleine's disappearance - as Uncle John told us, the McCanns are a very proactive family. Within hours of Madeleine's disappearance the world's media were descending upon PDL. Not only the world's media, but all the powerful people listed in Part 1 of your documentary.
How much evidence did the PJ have to sift through? Additionally, they had to interview the parents, the tapas gang, and everyone in the immediate vicinity when the incident occurred. Martin Smith's report may have lain among mountains of papers and may have seemed unimportant at the time. The police are only human and as we know, TM were doing everything they could to saturate the investigation with all sorts of nonsense including messages from psychics and mediums!
We can see from the Smiths' statements that they did not fully understand the importance of their sighting. They were in a holiday resort and the sight of a man carrying a sleeping child, did not seem out of the ordinary. They themselves had children with them. From their perspective there could have been dozens of men walking around PDL carrying sleeping children - there was a night crèche.
If the Smiths didn't think their sighting important, and neither did the police, we can see how it sunk further to the bottom of the pile. Again, we have no idea how many hundreds of sightings and leads the PJ were chasing up at that time and nor did the Smiths. Martin Smith, a modest man, may have felt there were other sightings more important than theirs, particularly if they did contact the police and the call wasn't followed up.
Goncalo Amaral was trying to run an investigation alongside a sensational media campaign, the like of which we have never seen before, where the McCanns were encouraging every loon on the planet who saw a 3 year old blonde girl (in the flesh or in dreams) to telephone the PJ. In addition they were being pressurised to lay off the parents and focus on Tannerman. That the Smith family sighting ever came to light is a miracle in itself.
As for Robert Murat, he may have been a bit of a player, or that was the way he saw himself. He was a salesman with an outgoing personality, he had no ego or confidence problems as demonstrated by his active participation in the circus that was building up around Warners. How CEOP managed to squeeze him into the profile of a child murderer is bizarre, We also know he had a geeky interest in mobile phone pings and spent over an hour having a friendly chat to a police officer with similar interests. Again, it is a huge leap to assume he is involved in a major crime based on his interest in gadgets.
I hope that my criticism is taken in the spirit in which it is mean't Richard. I think your work has the potential to knock the socks off this establishment cover up, and hopefully we can keep it circulating online. As I said before, I was hugely impressed with your work, and I applaud your bravery in stepping up to the plate and exposing this sham for what it is.
Kindest wishes to you.
Ps. So sorry I have been unable to copy Richard's reply into my above post, but it is among the comments.
Pps. Herewith a link to the Smith family statements. One of the witnesses was only 12, are we to believe she too lied to the police? I urge readers to scroll down to the bottom of the witness statements, the reports at the bottom explain exactly why the McCanns did not want their evidence made public.
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