It never ceases to amaze how many new details can be gleaned from the Madeleine McCann case even years after her disappearance.
The McCanns made a televised appeal that was broadcast on Sky TV on May 7, 2007.
The appeal shows Gerry McCann and his wife Kate both sitting and facing the camera. Kate is to Gerry’s left and on the right side of the screen as we look at the pair. Initially we see both Madeleine’s parents and can notice that Gerry has his left arm around Kate’s shoulders with the fingers of his hand gripping the top of her left arm.
Gerry is staring right at the camera. His eyes are gazed at you the viewer. He barely moves his head and the main discernible movement is from his rapid eye movement as he blinks more often than anything that would seem natural. Kate on the other hand is not gazing at anything in particular. One thing we can say for sure is that she is never giving us eye contact. Her eyes are focused on anything but the camera facing her. Every so often she quickly glances down and we can assume that she is reading from a crib sheet.
The appeal lasts for 54 seconds and it is spoken exclusively by Kate Healy. Here is a transcript of the appeal:
We would like to say a few words [pause] to the person who is with Madeleine, or has been with Madeleine.
Madeleine is a beautiful, bright, funny and caring little girl.
She is so special. Please, please, do not hurt her.
Please don’t scare her. Please tell us where to find her or pla… put her in place of safety and let somebody know where she is.
We beg you to let Madeleine come home.
We need our Madeleine. Sean and Amelie need Madeleine and Madeleine needs us [long pause].
Please give our little girl back.
Por favor, devolva a nossa menina.
Now let’s observe this in detail.
- At the start of the appeal, the camera is zoomed out so we can see Gerry and Kate from the chest up.
- At 5 seconds, Kate seems to stumble with a slight deviation from the script. She says “…to the person who is with Madeleine” and as she does so, Gerry is visibly troubled by this slight change. He grips her arm and at the same time he glances down and to the side in a brief but obvious show of dissatisfaction. Kate almost immediately changes the sentence and says “…or has been with Madeleine.”
- As Kate talks, the camera slowly zooms in so that her face is filling the left hand side of the frame.
- By 18 seconds, Kate is saying “please, please….” and the camera has now cut off Gerry from view.
- Just as Kate finishes the Portuguese words at the end of the appeal, the camera stays fixed on her for about 6 or 7 seconds.
- The camera now zooms out rather quickly so that by 62 seconds, we can see Gerry starting to flop his head on Kate. Kate doesn’t move or alter her position as Gerry rocks his head slightly and closes his eyes.
- At 67 seconds, Gerry, with bowed head opens his eyes to look up at Kate momentarily before closing them again and resuming the bowed head position.
Anyone following the Madeleine disappearance will have seen this scene many times. The main talking point back in 2007 was that the pair could be so devoid of emotion. Their reactions seemed fake and the absence of tears and typical involuntary facial expressions associated with the loss of a close family member were some of the main reasons that people did not believe their story. Looking at the video four years later, the impression is the same.
During a recent review of this video clip, the volume was turned up beyond a reasonable sound level and at 64 seconds a slight click could be heard. It coincided with the time that Gerry had bowed his head on to Kate. Watching this section a few times revealed that the sound was not a click. It was Gerry McCann telling his wife in barely a whisper “Don’t Talk”. This was then followed by that opening of his eyes and the sneaky look upwards at her face.
Hear the audio of the full appeal here:
Hear the “Don’t Talk” whisper here:
This is reminiscent of the video in November 2007 where Gerry told his wife at the end of an interview in Brian Kennedy’s home “don’t speak to whoever is calling…”
This new bombshell evidence demonstrates once again how the Madeleine disappearance was staged and in those early days how Kate Healy was controlled.
UPDATE July 13, 2011
One commenter to Truth for Madeleine on July 9, 2011 (Gazz below) has slowed down the speech and he thinks that Gerry said “Don’t Tell Them…”
Here is his processed audio file: