A burglary gone wrong – initial thoughts

When I first considered the idea of a burglary gone wrong in apartment 5A I rejected it within seconds. That was on the basis that a burglar does not kill or kidnap a child.

Then some stories emerged in the news, whether true or false. These stories pose unusual cases of a burglary gone wrong.

Those are the exceptions, the ones that do not fit into normal, rational human thinking.

So what, precisely, is the evidence for a burglary gone wrong. Or otherwise?

Is there any scenario whatsoever in which a burglary gone wrong fits the known facts?

One key advantage of the burglary gone wrong theorem is that it does not need to have a man wandering around Luz carrying Madeleine McCann. There is no reason to force it to fit the Jane Tanner sighting or the Smith sighting. It is much easier for a local person to pop Madeleine into a car or van and drive off.

Another key advantage in a scenario in which Madeleine is dead is that someone with local knowledge and local resources would find it easy to dispose of the body. In contrast, the McCanns, lacking both local knowledge and local resources would find disposal of a body to be a major challenge.

I don’t intend to waste any time in trawling through the multiplicity of ways in which a local could dispose of a body. The Algarve has acres of concrete, more reservoirs than anyone could search and numerous other ways of getting rid of Madeleine McCann, and I can’t prove or disprove most of them.

So, can I come up with an explanation of a burglary gone wrong that makes any sense whatsoever?

At the moment; I have four contenders, three from the media and one of my own.

1) The burglar was age 16 at the time, therefore not a fully developed rational adult.

2) The burglar was a schizophrenic.

3) The burglar was someone known to Madeleine, as in an Ocean Club driver.

4) Madeleine had evidence that would convict a burglar, e.g. DNA, therefore she had to be physically removed from 5A.


9 thoughts on “A burglary gone wrong – initial thoughts

  1. You could be right on any of your ideas but I think the number of people that saw men staring at the apartment before hand, indicates a planned abduction.

    And the signs are that it was meticulously planned.

    • Please feel free to develop this as a theorem. My offer to you is the same as to Loops (and anyone else).

      Whether I happen to agree or disagree with your theorem is not pertinent. As long as your theorem is legal, I will make sure that any article you write gets promoted to a new post here, and that you get the credit for the idea.

      Just post your theorem as a comment, and I’ll cut and paste it to a new post, 100% guaranteed.

      By the way, I don’t know if this is your first visit to the blog, but welcome to the discussion and I hope you will take the opportunity to put your point of view across.

      • Hi Sadie! I must say, I agree completely with you on that. Tannerman is pretty much crossed out. But all of the above mean Smithman and the countless photofits of people acting oddly staring at 5A are all herrings. It’s a herring fest. Make a smoker from an old barrel you’d have kippers till St. Swithin’s Day.

        Of course, after a tragedy people are keen to help, and perhaps can add significance to sightings in retrospect, and perhaps embellish a tad too, unconsciously. But not the lot of them, surely? And many of those sightings have multiple independent sources

      • You need to pull your finger out and write up your idea on the time-line.

        I am having major problems thinking through this – whether it be burglary gone wrong or planned abduction, or paedo (planned or otherwise).

        I can see the trip-wire for burglary gone wrong.

        I can see the trip-wire for planned abduction.

        I can see the trip-wire for paedo.

        All I need now is a time-line that does not include Mission Impossible.

        Can I switch topics again?

        What is the essential ingredient of an Irish bar, no matter where is it located in the world?

        Let me describe the problem.

        Kelly’s in Luz is an Irish bar. Well, apart from the fact that it has recently been sold to an Englishman, it was reputedly previously owned by a Welshman, and when you walk into it, there is absolutely nothing about it that I think of a typically Irish. (It might sell Guinness, I don’t know as I don’t drink Guinness.) Other than that, if you took down the name sign of Kelly’s, and called it Fred’s or Smith’s, no one would notice the difference.

        Visitors to Luz ask where the Irish bar is, and when they get directed to Kelly’s, they complain (probably rightly) that it is not an Irish bar.

        What I can’t tell, cos I live in Luz, is what constitutes a proper Irish bar.

        I am working hard on one of the local bar proprietors to have an Irish night on St Patrick’s Day. From your recipe suggestions so far, it may surprise you, but oysters are out. I can remember eating them in Madrid but not in Luz. So the special of the day will be, assuming I get my way, a hearty Irish stew. The bar already does Guinness, not draft, but with a vibrator-thingy that puts a proper head on the drink. So the feature drink for the night will be something Irish other than Guinness.

        The bit that is killing me is this. The bar looks nothing like an Irish bar because it is not Irish. It looks quite posh and modern, more like a wine bar than a pub. (It’s a pub, not a wine bar.)

        So, for one night only, St Patrick’s Day, how do you transform this bar into an Irish bar? Irish stew is easy. Guinness plus another Irish drink is easy. But what is the magic ingredient? What would make it Irish for one night?

        Just for info. The Bull in Luz is seen as a traditional English pub. The only thing traditionally-English about it is that it is stuffed with knick-knacks like Toby jugs. Oh, and it shows the sport in English, when it can. The draught is Sagres or San Miguel, both (not) typically English. The Bull works by extracting a vast amount of profit out of each drink and each bite.

        Back to Irish-pub-for-one-night. Food = Irish stew, yummy! Drink = well, something hearty and Irish to match the stew. But what is the magic ingredient?

        You walk into an Irish pub and have a bucketload of fun. The question is how?

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