Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Mark Harrison and Amaral's Twisted Version of Events



One of the oft quoted internet forum myths surrounding the abduction Of Madeleine is the allegation that Mark Harrison, of Leicestershire police, advised the PJ to proceed on the assumption that Madeleine died in the apartment, and to concentrate on the idea of parental involvement, or words to that effect.  The source of this internet folklore seems to originate in another part of Amaral’s book, so let us study the original report and compare it to Amaral’s version.

For anyone who wants to read exactly what Harrison's report said, and see the pdfs of the pages, they are here: http://www.mccannfiles.com/id293.html

Here are transcribed the most important parts:

This report considers solely the possibility that MM has been murdered and her body is concealed within the previously searched areas. Other scenarios and possibilities may on request be considered and be subject of a further report.

..has now begun to consider further opportunities to re search locations in order to address the possibility that she has been murdered and concealed nearby. This would be a proportionate and appropriate response given the elapsed time since her disappearance and previous experience in similar cases. 

To make that clearer, this report was put together on the request of the PJ, so as to give them some help in understanding where, what and who they could possibly be looking for.  Points to note are that this was NOT, as is often claimed, an original suggestion of LP, offered gratuitously to the PJ, but put together BY the LP on request FROM the PJ.  That is a very vital point to keep in mind.  Secondly, it was by no means the only possible scenario, as is made clear here,

Other scenarios and possibilities may on request be considered and be subject of a further report.

What should also be born in mind is that nowhere does it hint of the idea that Madeleine died in the apartment, or that the parents may be involved.

Once Amaral writes his book, this is the twisted mockery he makes of Harrison's role, remit and report:

THE HYPOTHESIS OF DEATH IS CONSIDERED.
THE ARRIVAL OF THE SPECIALISTS
Chapter 16


His (Harrison's) work consists of defining new strategies for research. He gets to work immediately, supported by the Portuguese PJ and the investigators from Leicester and Scotland Yard. On his arrival, we place at his disposal details of the case, as well as all our material and human resources. Harrison reads up on the statements and interviews from the principal witnesses – including, of course, those of the parents and friends -, all the analyses, simulations, hypotheses and cross-checking already carried out. He carries out a reconnaissance on the ground, by helicopter and then on foot. He paces the streets and the access roads to Vila da Luz and compares them to the diagrams created in the course of the investigation. Nothing is left to chance: measurement and timing of possible routes between buildings, apartments and restaurants; analyses, with the help of the best specialists, of weather, geological and maritime factors in relation to the investigation; consultation with the best forensic anthropologist in the country, who indicates for us what would be the actual state of the body in the hypothesis of death occurring on May 3rd; study of the region’s natural carrion predators. All the research already conducted by hundreds of people – GNR, civil defence, firemen and other volunteers – is re-examined in detail and re-analysed.

After a week of intense work, Harrison presents the results of his study to my coordinating group. Even if we were expecting it, his conclusions confirm our worst fears. The most plausible scenario is the following: there is no doubt that Madeleine is dead, and her body is hidden somewhere in the area around Praia da Luz.

He praises the quality of the work carried out by the Portuguese authorities in trying to find the little girl alive. According to him, the time has come to redirect the searches in order to find, this time, a body hidden in the surrounding area.

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Amaral suggests that Harrison is ONLY presenting one possibility, to the exclusion of all others, that Madeleine is dead, and hidden nearby.  Did he misunderstand what Harrison told him at that meeting, at which he presented the report we can read at the link above? Or is he just happy to twist the story to make it fit his narrative, as we have seen so many times before?

To reiterate, Harrison SAID '...address the possibility that she has been murdered
and concealed nearby. This would be a proportionate and appropriate
response given the elapsed time since her disappearance and previous
experience in similar cases'

and Amaral HEARD 'The most plausible scenario is the following: there
is no doubt that Madeleine is dead'

As an example of how he works, it's very revealing.

As for the notion that Harrison suggests that Madeleine died in the apartment, or that the parents are involved, well that is just forum embroidery, as even Amaral does not suggest that at this point.


By SV.