Sunday, 27 May 2007

Some pictures from Praia da Luz - Crime Scene

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Picture I


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I think most people couldn't take a look, until now, on images with detailed views of the area from where Madeleine's McCan was abducted. This a rear view of the building where McCann family had their apartment. The window signaled with an arrow is the room where Madeleine was and, probably, it was through this window she was taken from the room.


Picture II


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This a view of the path from McCann's family apartment to Tapas Restaurant. The red arrow points to the front area of the building where, on the ground floor, is the apartment, whose back window is pictured on the first photo. Blue arrow chows the way to a closed area of the Resort, where is the Tapas Restaurant, swimming pool, kindergarten, and other facilities. The entry to this area is controlled and under surveillance.
NOTE: THE BLUE ARROW IS MISPLACED, PLEASE DON'T TAKE IT IN ACCOUNT, I WILL CORRECT IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Picture III

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To the left, the reception of Ocean Club. In the image, Madelein's mother with one of the twins, in one of the daily walks McCann family does. She is going to turn left and follow the path shown in picture II

Picture IV


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“Walking Alone”: Madeleine's parents, carrying the twins, walk from their apartment's door to the inside area of Ocean Club's resort, where is Tapas restaurant and the swimming pool.

Picture V


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Image taken from the area signalled at Picture VI, with the camera over the wall of Ocean club resort.

Picture VI



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An aerial photo, published by revista “Visão” - Nº 740 - May 10, 2007. This picture gives a very clear view from the building Madeleine was, Tapas restaurant, distance, paths and accesses to the restaurant and to the apartments building.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your very interesting reports and pictures. Nobody has published a picture of a view from Tapas bar towards Mccann apartment. Why? Is it prohibited by the police?
Best greetings from a Finnish grandmother, who enjoyed a wonderful Algarve holiday some 10 years ago.

Paulo Reis said...

Tapas Bar is inside the Ocean Club. So, It's private property and, as far as I now, the management didn't authorized pictures from the inside of the resot. However, I managed to get a picture of an aereal view of the resort. I'll publish it in a few minutes

Anonymous said...

Hi Paulo, thanks for picture of apartment window, found this quite chilling as it could have been the window Madeleine was taken from. Keep on blogging! I have referred to your blogs on forum as place for interesting news and info from PDL.

Take care.

Marion (UK)

Paulo Reis said...

Mrs "Finnish Grandmother", just to tell you that I have also a picture from where you can see a little bit of Tapa's Restaurant, I took climbimg up on a garbage can and extending my arm over the wall, wich his quite high. I'll put in online today, also.

Paulo Reis
pjcv.reis@gmail.com

Ganzas said...

hello paulo i been following the case since early days of it, and i posted the link to gazeta digital on daily mirror forum where i have been commenting news.

http://forums.mirror.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=399&start=6585

as you can see in the link
included all credits to you i hope its ok.

thank you for the information you been providing.

Anonymous said...

Dear Paulo, thank you very much (obrigada) for the extra photos! They are certainly a lot more enlightening than the maps in papers and sadly show that even though the Tapas place is not very far from Madeline's apartment, it's not within seeing or hearing distance.
Questions about the window: is there a lockable glass window behind the shutter? Can the shutter easily be lifted from the outside? Finnish grandmother

Paulo Reis said...

Dear "Finish Grandmother":

there is a lockable glass behind the shutter, yes. I'm sure of that because we, journalists, had a Press Room in an apartamen in tha last building to the right side of Madeleine's apartmente (view from the back). First time I did, when I went there, was to check the windows... But most probable, as it was hot, is that the lockable glass window was left open and the shutter down.. But this is just me, thinking loud, nor journalistic facts...

regards

Paulo Reis

Jacqui said...

Again, thank you for this information. It goes to show that the parents could not actually see their appartment from where they were eating which saddens me even more.

Paulo Reis said...

That's truth... And the distance isn't only 30 meters, even because they need to came around the swimming pool, through the path that goes to the bulding. But that's something I don't want to refer, in the news I publish. They are suffering the worst a parent can suffer. And their own feeling of guilt shoul be unbearebale...

Paulo Reis said...

Mr ganzas:

Tnahk you very much for that! I really apreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! It shows all the details and we got answers to all the questions we had about the distances etc.
I posted the link from your blog to https://messageboards.sky.com/

Paulo Reis said...

Hy, Anonimous!

I went there and look for it, but I couldn't find.. Can uou help me?

Anonymous said...

thankyou,paulo for showing us these photos.it seems the distance was much further then the parents and media lead us to believe.i found your link on the sky news website here is the linl if you wish to look.
https://messageboards.sky.com/ThreadView1.aspx?ThreadId=1175&Category=UK%20News

magalipie said...

Morning Paulo&Family.
I have closely followed the case from the beginning and I too am a member of Sky UK News Talkbboard,where I got your link(Gazeta D.)from.
Thank you for this Starsky&Hutch excellent piece of photographic work!I WILL recommend you.

I have tried to convince Mr&Mrs MCCANN for a long time that ,despite their focus on "ABDUCTION",it would still be worth and perhaps vital not to ignore the other possibilities.
Indeed,how could they know for sure that Maddy didn't wander away?PJ thought of this too,initially.

I have been going back to lots of old media articles etc to try and understand what definitely directed their minds into "predators"hunting,rather than continuing to ground-search for her.

Do you know if any evidence could be valid enough to have changed PJ's minds too?
To me and many others around me and on Sky UKNews board,there is NO proof whatsoever of any abduction.
What do you think?

piklturner said...

Hi Paul

I noticed your comment re publicising Madeleine's disappearance.
How do you feel about the pictures being used n a smear campaign against the McCann family here in England. I am sure you would never have wished them to b used this way. Just wondered what your thoughts are?

piklturner said...

Are you aware that your pictures are being used as part of a smear campaign on Sky Message board in the UK. I don't expect you ever wanted them to be used by that.
What are your thoughts?

magalipie said...

Mr Paulo REIS,How comes you have withdrawn this essential first PHOTO(#"I")from your list???It was hard work,and a lot significant.As I promised,I DID recommend you,and got complimented for my infos,Re:Sky UKNews TalkBoard.
In fact it's not hard for anyone in Luz to get there and take a pic of this REAR BACK part of this appartment where from,Maddy disappeared.
Don't tell me ,you're not going to retain my post,will you,as well?I and many others ,have faith in you.Really,you DIDN'T jump on walls for NOTHING!
DIDN'T YOU SEE the American PUBLIC question to Gerry MCCANN?
Don't you know that they initially REFUSED to see Mr Antonio TOSCANO?
HE took a LOT of PERSONAL ...RISKS!
But,for 3 days he tried to contact them,making sure that they got to know what it was about,the Frenchman LEAD,El Frances,and he had to go to say it to PJ instead.
And so many other BLUNDERS.Who EVER in the RIGHT MIND would LEAVE 2 Babies+Maddy,then 3years old,ALONE,THERE,access to road,car-park,etc,DOORS&WINDOWS UNLOCKED??!Ah yeah,it was...IN CASE OF...FIRE!!!
NO COMMENT.M.
(Would be happy to ADOPT Madeleine if EVER she's found,I DO take Care of Children,NOT like SOME!)

Paulo Reis said...

Dear piklturner,

It's not easy to avoid that, once a picture is published on a web page. Of course, I don't like to know that pictures I published are used for a smear campaign. I'll see what I can do, with people in charge of Sky News message board. Do you have any specific link where I can see it?

Paulo Reis

Paulo Reis said...

Dear magalipie,

You asked me if I "know if any evidence could be valid enough to have changed PJ's minds too". I have to believe that Police only changes their mind when they have clear evidence... About what happened to Madeleine, I have also to believe PJ conclusion - and they made it clear they are treting this case as an abduction. I don't have any evidence that shows me they are wrong...

regards

Paulo Reis

Paulo Reis said...

Dear magalipie,

You talk about a picture I have withdrawn from my list. Could you be more specific?

About Mr. Toscano, I'm still waiting for evidence that he solved 14 of 15 cases of missing childs he investigated - as he said. And I'm also wating for an email that he promised to send me, with witnesses that deny a story I published (he spend almost 15 minutes in PJ headquarters bathroom, to give the impression he was talking with someone, inside, to the journalists that were waiting for him, outside...)

Best regards,

Paulo Reis

Paulo Reis said...

Dear magalipie,

Take a look at this stpry, about Mr. Toscano:

http://gazetadigitalmadeleineandthemedia.blogspot.com/2007/07/enfants-kidnaps-antonio-toscano-not.html

Regards,

Paulo Reis

Julie said...

Thank you for posting these photographs. I have used two in a recent blog discussion here:

http://julietpain.blogspot.com/2007/08/madeleine-questions.html

magalipie said...

hi all.
Juliet I ll go to your blog soon.Thanx for the link.
Paulo i think you were saying you were on holiday,I went to your link,I don't get it why SOSMadeleine have produced such a drama RED-BARRED!!PHOTO of TOSCANO.
Even if they think they have grounds it's certainly NOT a reason to do extremists things like that.
I am APPALLED today that,having read Gerry's blog of Yesterday,3months'Day of missing for Maddy,he DIDN'T EVEN WRITE A TEAR FOR HER!
This guy is a CHARLATAN,I & many wILL NEVER FORGIVE HIM.(and all that are responsible in the Children NEGLECT+else,to see...)
England has gained a VERY BAD NAME now because of the mcCanns.

Paulo Reis said...

magalipie:

The red-barred picture of Toscano is not from SOS Madeleine, it was published in another blog about missing children, Enfants Kidnappés (http://www.kidnapping.be/accueil/index.html)

I was on holidays, but I came back to Lisbon (and to work..) on July 20.

regards,

Paulo Reis

Steve M said...

I'd never seen any of these pictures before but I'm astonished how close the apartment was to the road. It's amazing how many people talk about the distance from apartment to the restaurant but from what I see, the actual layout of the complex seems more crucial than distance per se. It looks like a kidnapper in a car could be in and out in seconds without anyone noticing.

I've always felt it crazy to leave toddlers unattended for any length of time but after seeing the layout of the apartments it looks even more LUDICROUS to have left them like that.

Is the British NHS still paying the wages of the McCann's or have they resigned their jobs? Does anyone know?

Steve M said...

A few questions...

1. Who last saw Madeleine other than the McCann's? I've heard that she went to bed at 6pm.

2. Where were the McCann's that afternoon? Did people see them out and about with all 3 infants?

3. Was Madeleine actually in the room at all that evening?

4. Why are these basic questions not addressed anywhere on the Internet?

crimeq said...

Thanks for posting these excellent photos. It helps to put better perspective to this case. I think I read speculation (maybe even by the McCanns?) that the abductor entered by the window and left by the door. Seeing the location of the window on the street, I would think opposite--that if an abductor is responsible, said abductor entered via the conveniently unlocked and ajar door, and handed Madeleine out through the window.

Anyone could have handed her out through the window, whether she was dead or alive--Gerry, an abductor, someone else--and quickly gotten her away, unseen by anybody inside the resort.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photos, these give a clearer picture of how the complex is set out and the aerial view shows just how exposed the apartments are to the main road. From what I understand, the Mccann's visited the Tapas restaurant without their children on a couple of occasions prior to the abduction, and this observation could have been made by a face familiar to the complex: Forgive me for thinking this, but have all the staff including gardener's, pool attendants and maintenance persons been interviewed, even vetted!! What was their work pattern during that evening? Did they see the Mccanns walking to the Tapas bar? Have any staff stopped working there in the meantime, if so have the police carried out any investigations with them. I am aware that as an ex rep,that the beginning of the season can be very quiet with not many people about and one tends to be aware of unfamiliar faces making an appearance. This leads me to think that that the abductor may be a familiar face who has been able to observe the family activities without being noticed.
This line of investigation may have already been explored, however it has been playing on my mind for a long time.

Paulo Reis said...

Dear anonymous,

As far as I know, the McCanns had dinner every night without the children - with one execption, the diner on the day they arrived. All Tapa's employees have been questioned by Police, several times and carefully investigated. They are all Portuguese and local people. As Praia da Luz is a small village, out of peak season, everybody knows everybody.

There was one CCTV camera in the main entry to the swimming pool, but Police foud it was not working (I don't know why). The first members of Tapa's group arrived early at Tapas, at 17.15 pm, May 3. The McCann arrived around 8,30 pm.

Tapas employees, quoted by the Portuguese Press in the days following May 3, said that the only person that left the table, during diner, was Brian O'Russel. Jane Tanner arrived later, around 9,30 pm, according to the same sources.

You are right, Praia da Luz, in May, doesn't even had a disco open. It's quiet, very few people, most middle-aged or retired British tourists. I know because I was there between May 17 and May 24.

Walking from Tapas Bar to the entry of the building where McCann had their apartment takes 2 MINUTES AND 20/40 SECONDS - not 52 seconds, as Penny Wark wrote on The Times (only if you run, instead of walking...). I know, because I walked from Tapas to the building and cheched how long does it takes.

Sitting on Tapas Bar, you can't see the entry of the building, only the first floor. And the walking distance is around 150/180 meters - not 50 yeards...

regards

Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

Paulo Reis: "Walking from Tapas Bar to the entry of the building where McCann had their apartment takes 2 MINUTES AND 20/40 SECONDS - not 52 seconds, as Penny Wark wrote on The Times (only if you run, instead of walking...). I know, because I walked from Tapas to the building and cheched how long does it takes."



I think to came from Tapas to their main door they must go up the road turn left around the wall, enter at car park entrance and go to their main entrance (left to Maddie's room window?).

Do you mean:
- Tapas to apartment's main entrance takes about 2,5 minutes. or
- Tapas to apartment's french windows at the pateo takes about 2,5 minutes.

Greatful for the answer.

Richard NYPD said...

Do you know,what time when Madeleine Mccann have been Abduction/missing...and is she alone at her apartement??
she not with her brother or sister?
Thank You..