, a deeply religious only child from Liverpool, once confided to her
sister-in-law, "There were too many times when I've been alone," and that solitude evidently left its mark.
On meeting her
in 1992 the boisterous McCanns found her
, John recalls, "reserved.
(Although this reserve was apparently not impenetrable.
At the University of Dundee
, as the Mail on Sunday recently discovered, Kate's
nickname was "Hot Lips Healy," and she
was renowned, according to her
yearbook, for leading friends astray during "alcoholic binges.
When asked about this recently by a friend, Kate
groaned and said, "My God!
shifted career course, abandoning anesthesiology for the regular hours and relatively modest pay of a general practitioner.
"To be honest, I don't think Kate
is ambitious," Philomena says.
Less than two years later another round resulted in the twins-born after a very difficult pregnancy, during which, Philomena says, Kate
was confined to her bed for months and almost lost them.
"To be perfectly honest, Kate continued to work as a doctor simply for the economics of it," says Philomena.
"We had been trying to persuade Kate
to come home," recalls Gerry's sister Trish.
The animals seemed to have picked up the scent of a corpse on Kate's trousers and on the key fob of the couple's rental car. (The McCann camp claimed that as a doctor Kate had been near corpses, but since she is a general practitioner the press scoffed at the explanation.)
was furious at that as well," Trish recalls.
Over and over again, I am told by a McCann family member, Kate was shown footage of the dogs.
It was the animals' reaction to the scent inside the McCanns' rental car that particularly interested the authorities.
But the police had more on their minds, as they informed Kate
From what they'd read of her
was clearly a stressed-out mother.
children were difficult to put to sleep, weren't they?
"But it is true that we have requested a meeting with the prime minister to show him the strength of our case, to explain Kate and Gerry's innocence-and yet all we've been offered is a medium-level-consular meeting, which we rejected."
, this is all too much.
At nights, as her
mother recently informed one newspaper, she
awakes and thinks Madeleine
has come home.
husband and I talk, she
ducks into the local Catholic church, unable, despite her
earlier resolve, to face a single question.
is fragile, I say to Gerry.
was furious at that as well," Trish recalls (that interpeters were 200 miles away)
"I'm not going to f*cking lie!
- In the space of one article, Kate
is described as 'incandescent with rage', 'screaming', 'furious' and barking abuse at a police officer.
Not quite the picture we've been presented of Kate as a slightly shy, quiet and reserved person.
- At this point, Kate
had not been interviewed and had therefore not been presented with any evidence that the Policia Judiciaria may have had.
So why did she
immediately think that the PJ wanted to make her
an arguido for murdering her
Why did this make her
scream with rage?
Up to that point there had been no official declaration, or implication, that the PJ believed Kate
or Gerry were in any way involved in Madeleine's disappearance.
And, even if it had been presented as a purely "technical" move to the McCanns
previously, giving them 'greater rights in interviews', then why would Kate
become 'incandescent with rage', screaming "Do you honestly think I would murder my own child?"
"In August, I was with Kate
It also needs to be asked why Jon Corner is repeating a private conversation with Kate
, with such relish, to an American journalist.
Those accounts, arising from individual phone calls from either Kate or Gerry, all stated that the apartment was securely locked and that the abductor gained entry through the bedroom window.
'It wasn't until Kate
walked in the villa at 10 and felt a sickening breeze - the front window had been jimmied open - that she
realised something terrible had happened'
Remember, Tanner's abductor is timed at 9:15pm and the window and shutter would, by this time, have been wide open - the same as when Kate
checked 30 minutes later.
18) Cuddle Cat
'New evidence emerged yesterday to support Kate
and Gerry McCanns' theory that Madeleine
was abducted and not killed in her room, as suggested by Portuguese police.
was terrified when she
spotted it had been left in a place too high for her
It would appear widely accepted now that Cuddle Cat was left on the bed, so why, assuming this police source is reliable, would Kate
have said the toy was on a high shelf?
- This is not borne out by Gerry's blogs which become increasingly jovial and light hearted during the period up to the time he
were declared arguidos.
Carlos Anjos, president of the Association of Criminal Investigation Staff, said that detectives had advised Kate and Gerry McCann against their media campaign.
At one point there were six people in front of Kate
- cops and a lawyer - and they were all just speaking Portuguese!"
was furious at that as well," Trish recalls.'