Sunday, November 23, 2008

Madeleine McCann, the Symington Family, Robert Murat

Robert Murat and Angus Symington, son of the owner of the Ocean Club Complex. ("estate agent Angus Symington, 37, has almost identical hair, complexion, facial features, height and build and wears similar glasses." - Madeleine: Robert Murat has a double -

In 2007, Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Ocean Club Complex in Praia da Luz in Portugal.

Reportedly, the Ocean Club Complex is owned by David Symington, father of Angus Symington.

At, 25 October 2008, (Cached ) Blackwatch asked "Is Ocean Club Owner David Symington related to Robert Murat?"

Author Blackwatch made the following points:

1. It has been suggested that Robert Murat could be related to David Symington.

2. The Symington family appear to have links to some of the most senior figures in the British Establishment.

3. The Symingtons are the world's largest and most powerful Port producers. They are also involved in property.

4. Robert Murat's family were in the Oporto Wine Business. Robert is the son of John Henry Queriol Murat, a leading property developer in Portugal, who helped turn Praia da Luz into a high-class resort.

5. It has been alleged that the Murats and the Symingtons may be related through the Atkinson family:

"The fourth child of John and Ellen Atkinson was Margaret (1826-1898). She married Henry Murat, one of the oldest English Port shipping families in Oporto." - The Symington Family Ancestry in Oporto - view Symington Family Tree here

Symington Family are descended from Andrew James Symington and Beatrice Atkinson who married in Oporto in 1891 (family's website.)

Andrew James arrived from Scotland in 1882 while Beatrice was descended from John Atkinson - the wine merchant - who had lived in Oporto since 1814.

Atkinson was descended from first British Consul in Lisbon and Oporto - Thomas Maynard - who was appointed to his position in 1656 by Oliver Cromwell.

Apparently Robert Murat is a descendent of Beatrice Atkinson's first Aunt, Maragret Atkinson who married the Oporto Wine Magnate, Henry Murat in the mid-to-late1800s (both Henry and Queriol Murat were grandson and great-grandson of Peter Murat, one of the earliest Port Shipping Merchants in Oporto - view Murat-Symington Tree).

Apparently, Robert James Queriol Evelegh Murat (Robert Murat) could be a descendent of Thomas Maynard - the first English Consul of Lisbon and Oporto.

6. In January 2008, the Daily Mail reported that Robert Murat and another Ocean Club property developer, Angus Symington bore an 'astonishing likeness' to each other. 4

The story was used to raise doubt about the reliability of the eight Tapas witnesses placing Robert Murat at the Ocean Club on the evening of May 3rd 2007.

We also learn that the Ocean Club Owner's Family is linked to John Major; and we learn news about Riad El Fenn Hotel, Morocco

"John Major is an old friend of the Symington family...

"Major's former Political Secretary Howell James ... owns a hotel in Marrakech, Morocco - the very place that Madeleine McCann was spotted in May last year. James co-owns the Riad El Fenn hotel"

(Madeleine McCann - What's Inside The Box?. )

Madeleine McCann disappeared on 3 May 2007.

Wikipedia tells us about Robert Murat:

On 14 May 2007, police searches began at Casa Liliana, a villa owned by Jennifer Murat, a British citizen, near the apartment where Madeleine went missing.[34] [35]

Jennifer Murat's son Robert Murat, a frequent visitor to the villa who has dual British-Portuguese nationality, had drawn the suspicion of Lori Campbell, a Sunday Mirror journalist, who informed the police.[36][7]


A British architect who built the villa was ignored when he called police about a hidden basement within the property.[40]

(According to a report in The Daily Mail, 17 May 2007, a "secret chamber" was found in Robert Murat's home.

The hidden vault - 27 ft long by four and a-half feet high - is beneath the living room floor of Murat's villa.

Des Taylor, the British architect who built Casa Liliana in 1993, told the police of its existence. Madeleine: Police swoop on Russian computer expert's flat the ... )


The police were understood to have taken in for questioning Sergey Malinka, 22, a man of Russian origin, from whose property officers also took away a laptop computer and two hard drives. Malinka had set up a website for Murat and the two exchanged frequent phone calls since Madeleine's disappearance — the reason the authorities started suspecting him.[41][42]

Malinka denied he had contacted Murat, and said he was "completely innocent".[44] Inconsistencies in his account of his relationship with Robert Murat emerged: he had said he had not contacted Murat in a year but Murat’s mobile phone records allegedly show he called Mr Malinka at 23:40 on the night Madeleine went missing.[45][46]


Detectives from the Polícia Judiciária questioned three friends of the McCanns who were dining with them at the time of the disappearance, Rachael Oldfield, Russell O'Brien and Fiona Payne, "to go over their accounts of events on 3 May". The three were also brought face to face with Murat.[50] As a result of the interviews, police examined discrepancies between statements from the three friends and that from Murat, in particular claims from the friends that they saw Murat outside the holiday complex on the night of the disappearance when he had stated that he was at home with his mother.[50]

Two sisters, Annie Wiltshire and Jayne Jensen, have told police they saw Robert Murat outside Madeleine McCann's apartment about 10.30 on the night she vanished. (SISTERS TELL POLICE: WE SAW MURAT NEAR THE APARTMENT)

This means eight witnesses saw Murat near the apartment that night and 'blows to bits' Murat's alibi that he was at his mother's house the entire night Madeleiene went missing.

On the afternoon of May 3, the day Madeleine vanished, the two sisters noticed two men acting suspiciously on the ground floor balcony of an apparently empty apartment overlooking the swimming pool of the complex where Madeleine had been staying.

At around 10.30 in the evening of May 3, the two sisters noticed a man standing and smoking a cigarette in the reception area.

The following day the two sisters went to the local police to report the two suspicious-looking men.

As the police walked with the sisters towards the apartment, where the two men had been seen, Murat offered his services as a translator. The two sisters recognised Murat as the smoking man from the previous evening.

The two sisters invited Murat for a drink. One sister, Jayne Jensen told police she thought Murat’s behaviour was strange, and her suspicions were further aroused when he said he needed to change his clothes because he had been wearing the same outfit all day.

He was dressed in a navy blue T-shirt and jeans, he was very sweaty, and his comment was, ‘I must go and shower and change, I’ve been in these clothes all day.’

“They felt that was strange as he had been in a striped shirt and trousers earlier.”

Eight people now claim to have seen Robert Murat outside Kate and Gerry McCann's holiday apartment on the night the girl vanished.

Sisters shed new light in Maddie case
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Witnesses place expat outside Maddie flat
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Murat 'At Scene Night Maddie Vanished'
I saw Murat at Maddie flat

4. Michaela's alibi
Michaela Walczuch (above)

Photo from: / :: View topic - Michaela Walczuch
Michaela Walczuch reportedly claims she was at a Jehovah's Witness meeting four miles away when Madeleine McCann was snatched.

Friends of Michaela said Walczuch was at the Jehovah’s Witness meeting on May 3 and that police had confirmed this.

But church elder Brother Teofilo Castela has said: "She was thrown out of the church more than a year ago and doesn't attend."

He added: “I haven’t been interviewed by the police. They haven’t been here.”

Another witness said, "I haven’t seen Michaela all year. She’s been thrown out."

Reportedly, Portuguese detectives have not bothered to test Walczuch's alibi by talking to any of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lagos, near Praia da Luz.

Madeleine: Now Murat's girlfriend's alibi falls apart
Murat Lover's Alibi Doubts
Maddie woman's alibi is 'false'

The Daily mirror, 20 November 2007, refers to:

Robert Murat, who was spotted near Madeleine McCann's holiday apartment the night she vanished, despite him insisting he was at home nearby.

Murat's girlfriend Michaela Walczuch, named by the Mirror as the woman spotted bundling a child into a car two days after Maddy vanished. (Witness 'saw Murat's girlfriend with Madeleine')

Michaela's estranged husband Luis Antonio, a pool cleaner who worked at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished.

A woman has told detectives from the Spanish Metodo 3 agency that Michaela Walczuch, 34, handed over a girl looking like Madeleine to a man in a car just two days after Madeleine vanished.

The witness said Walczuch took the child from her car and bundled her into the other car in central Portugal, 90 miles away from the resort of Praia da Luz.

5. DNA

"According to sources quoted in the newspaper 24 Horas, DNA samples found in Robert Murat's house were Madeleine's." - Madeleine's DNA was found in Murat's house, police claim the ...

"Detectives say they can prove Madeleine McCann was at the home of official suspect Robert Murat. They claim traces of hair and body fluids found during one of three searches at his villa came from the missing four-year-old." - MADDIE DNA FOUND IN MURAT HOUSE

David James Smith, in The Sunday Times (UK), 16 December 2007, (Kate and Gerry McCann: Beyond the smears) writes about the Madeleine McCann case:

"Robert Murat... lived across the road from the Ocean Club with his mother at the villa Casa Liliana...

"The man Jane Tanner had seen carrying a child was walking straight towards the Murat villa.

"Murat later said to me that he told the PJ (police) the press were suspicious of him, and they told him not to worry and to keep away from the press and work for them instead. He had signed papers to become an official interpreter and even sat in during the witness interview of Rachael Oldfield...

"Murat always denied he was out the night Madeleine disappeared, but three of the McCann group claimed at the time they had seen him and still insist they were right. I was told there was at least one new independent sighting of Murat out on the night of May 3...

"There is no published evidence that Madeleine’s DNA, or any trace of her blood, has been recovered from the apartment or the car...

"I heard that a PJ officer had been surprised to find a member of MI5 at a UK meeting about the case, and this made him suspicious that shadowy forces could be at work.

"The Sol journalist Felicia Cabrita mentioned the 'mysterious Clarence' – Clarence Mitchell, the former government PR officer turned McCann spokesman – and I was told there was suspicion too about another government official, Sheree Dodd, who had acted as a PR officer for the McCanns briefly in the early days..."

In the Black Vault forums (The Black Vault Forums-viewtopic-Madeleine McCann's Disapperance) we read the following:

AULO Reis, of gazetadigital, in Portugal : Robert Murat came back to Portugal, days before Madeleine was kidnapped, and he was accompanied by another man...

Murat went to Praia da Luz, while the other man stayed near Lagos city. Questioned about this detail, Portuguese CID refused to comment...

One of those witnesses noticed that a person who was on the pictures, talking with Robert Murat and following a canine unit of GNR (Portuguese Rural Police) was also in several web pages, but near Gerry McCann, Madeleine and the twins.

The picture (1) was taken before Madeleine was kidnapped, and is clear that the place is inside the Ocean Resort. The man in question, with shaved hair, sunglasses and strongly build, appears in several photos, published in British and Spanish newspapers, among Police officers and close to Robert Murat. Our question to Portuguese CID about this man received the same answer: no comments, details of the investigation are covered by Secrecy Law.



Paulo Rebelo is leading the Madeleine inquiry. He also led the Casa Pia inquiry.

The former director of Casa Pia, a Portuguese children's home at the centre of a sex scandal, says abuse is still taking place there. Abuse continues at Casa Pia says former director

"José António Saraiva, in an article that he wrote, was the first person to say that many cases linked to Casa Pia were the fallout from wars between freemasons." - SIC Online - Casa Pia abusers favoured by new law

The Daily Mail, 20 October 2007, paints in some of the background to the Madeleine mcCann case: (Why Portugal is a haven for paedophiles - the disturbing backcloth to the Madeleine case)
"The existence of this so-called 'magic circle' of the Portuguese establishment, allegedly involved in an international paedophile ring using boys and girls from Casa Pia, was last week likened to an earthquake waiting to shake Portugal to its foundations.

"New allegations about the scale of the network will be put before the country's highest court within the next few weeks...

"Pedro Namora, a former Casa Pia orphan who witnessed 11 rapes on fellow orphans, during which they were tied to their beds, sympathises with the McCanns. He believes elements in the force have conspired to suppress both scandals, fearing damage to the country's reputation.

"'Portugal is a paedophiles' paradise,' said Mr Namora, now a lawyer campaigning on behalf of the Casa Pia victims. 'If all the names come out, this will be an earthquake in Portugal. There is a massive, sophisticated network at play here - stretching from the government to the judiciary and the police.

"'The network is enormous and extremely powerful. There are magistrates, ambassadors, police, politicians - all have procured children from Casa Pia. It is extremely difficult to break this down. These people cover for each other, because if one is arrested, they all are arrested. They don't want anyone to know.'" - Why Portugal is a haven for paedophiles - the disturbing backcloth to the Madeleine case


Madeleine McCann - They've taken her?

Snatched by Fagin

Marc Dutroux had a dungeon in one of his houses.

The Belgian Judge Jean-Marc Connerotte helped save 2 young girls from Dutroux's dungeon.

Connerotte was removed from the Dutroux case. (Pedophile case judge breaks down in court - World -

In January 1996, Connerotte wrote to King Albert that his investigations into crime networks were being blocked because suspects "apparently enjoyed serious protection". (Pedophile case judge breaks down in court - World -

Reportedly, one of Dutroux's accomplices, Jean-Michel Nihoul (Cached ), confessed to organizing an ‘orgy’ at a Belgian chateau which had been attended by government officials, a former European Commissioner, and a number of law enforcement officers. (

A Belgian senator stated that such parties were part of a system “which operates to this day and is used to blackmail the highly placed people who take part.” (

According to a writer at The Nation Webboard: "A judge in Luxembourg obtained documentary evidence that Albert, before becoming king, sexually abused children at parties who were provided for that purpose. The documents also implicated the former playboy prince in an orgy of ritualized murders of children that were procured for that purpose by the notorious Belgian pedophile Michel Nihoul." - Bangkok's Independent Newspaper / Selected articles « Geweten

The Security Services

"Scallywag Magazine alleged that MI5 used to take foreign diplomats to the North Wales homes, give them boys to 'play' with, secretly filmed them as they buggered, abused and tortured boys then kept the tapes as evidence.Over a dozen victims who complained of abuse by the paedophile ring 'have met suspicious deaths'." - North Wales paedophile ring, top people, the police and the security services

Now defunct magazine Scallywag covered events at Bryn Alyn in detail

"MI5 had been aware of a homosexual vice ring operating within the Kincora Boys Home in East Belfast. Colin Wallace was instructed to leak intelligence reports on Kincora (as part of a project code-named Clockwork Orange 2) to put pressure on key people..."
aangirfan: Kincora Boys


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