In total there were 14 employees who worked for the child care department of the Ocean club resort during the time the McCanns went on holiday. Now I'm not being funny, but either some of these nannies were on LSD, or Madeleine had the ability to become invisible to some, whilst managing to be in plain sight of others. Kate and Gerry it would seem, possessed the rare gift of morphing from one parent into the next...far out man!
Let's start with the 2nd of May, the day after Mrs Fenn heard crying for approximately 1hr 15 minutes, before immediately stopping when the parents returned from a night out:
Before I go any further with the dubious Miss Baker, let me bring you up to speed on something rather odd. Before Baker's rogatory statement, which was a change from her original statements taken from those staggeringly laid back Leicestershire policemen, Baker was summoned to the McCanns pad for tea and biscuits. Bear in mind the McCanns were still arguidos at this stage, and so would have broken judicial secrecy laws had they discussed the case.
"I visited the family in their home at their invitation to see how they were getting along in November of 2007."
Personally I regularly invite people round to see how I'm "getting on". You can imagine the call
"Hi Cat, it's Kate McCann, we wondered if you'd like to pop round and see how we're getting on..........the fund, yes it's swelling nicely..........yes I'm sure we can arrange something............ok see you then, bye, bye, bye"
Unless of course they were just after a few tips on child care. They could sure use em.
Anyway, I best crack on or I'll be off on a thousand tangents, and I get told off for that.
Baker categorically states that she took Madeleine to the beach with 4 or 5 other children. Here we have our first discrepancy because if we look at Emma Wilding's statement, who was also a nanny at the beach that day.........
Emma Louise Wilding:
Discussing the same day as above May 2nd, 2007:
"When questioned, she states that on Wednesday May 2, her group and Madeleine's group went to the beach, but she is not sure if Madeleine was in the group or not"
So out of 10 children she doesn't remember if Madeleine was at the beach or not. Okaaaaaay.
Let's look at the 3rd of May, and more from Emma Wilding, who has a bizarre recollection of Madeleine being dropped off:
"When questioned she states that on May 3, 2007 it was the father that took Madeleine, as was customary, between 0900 and 0930; she remembers that she just said 'hello' to him, because as Madeline (sic) did not belong to her group she did not talk to him very much."
"She only noticed Madeleine and not her father, and nothing seemed abnormal or unusual."
NOTHING UNUSUAL APART FROM THE FACT SHE SAID HELLO TO GERRY, DESPITE NOT NOTICING HIM. IMPRESSIVE!
Moving on, are you still with me? I'm losing the will to live putting this in order.
After the clarity of Madeleine being dropped off comes the rest of the day. Who saw Madeleine during the day of the 3rd?
Ah the amazing Miss Baker again, she claims that she took Madeleine sailing, and that this event was witnessed by two others, Chris Unswork and Alice Standley, although this isn't backed up by either "witness" anywhere in the files. Interestingly in Bakers first statement (prior to her visit to Rothley) she states that:
".........until Thursday May 3rd, the little girl came every day."
My head hurts, so she wasn't with her on the 3rd after-all, well not until she miraculously remembered she was in a later statement. Hmmmm.
I'm not done with our confused friend Catriona yet, she goes on to make another calamitous cock up, this time in her rogatory (the statement she made AFTER visiting the McCanns in England):
"The next time I saw them (Kate and Gerry) was on Saturday at lunch time, as on Friday I spent part of the morning at the Portuguese police answering questions."
Oh Miss Baker, either you had too much sun and sangria, or your memory is so bad it deems your statements unreliable. You see Baker didn't make her first statement until Sunday the 6th of May, now why would she say she hadn't seen Kate and Gerry before making her statement, when clearly she had.
States that she "she had direct contact with Madeleine McCann, telling her stories and speaking with her."
Although she also claims that "it was usual for Madeleine to be called "Maddy", as this is how she [Madeleine] presented herself"
Pass the paracetamol! Kate said Madeleine hated being called Maddie, why would she introduce herself as such?
"She is not sure whether during the morning Madeleine's group had outdoor activities, mainly at the pool; she does remember that around 1230 Madelew's (sic) father went to fetch her for lunch."
"She remembers that during the afternoon of May 3 Madeleine was at the Mini Club, but she does not remember at what time she arrived, and if on that day Madeleine accompanied the other children at 1645 as was customary."
"She is also not sure whether her parents joined her during the snack, as was customary."
So another vague recollection, we already know Miss Wilding gets rather confused about things. Wilding hardly comes across as a reliable witness.
Of the remaining 11 nannies; Jacqueline Mary Williams, Kirsty Louise Maryan, Leanne Danielle Wagstaff, Lyndsay Jane Johnson, Amy Tierney, Lynne Rhiannon Fretter, Pauline Frances McCann, Sarah Elizabeth Williamson, Sarah Elizabeth Williamson, Stacey Portz and Susan Bernadette Owen, not one of them places Madeleine at the Ocean Club on either the 2nd or the 3rd, although many of them state they knew who she was.
Can we trust the statements of the nannies? Well, certainly not all of them, so who was lying, and why?
Mary Poppins sang of the importance of a spoonful of sugar, in the case of these statements it's more like a rather large pinch of salt.
All statements can be viewed here: