Madeleine – James Watson 2

James Watson, the latest suspect in the Rikki Neave murder case, is reported to be age 35 now. At the time Rikki was strangled in 1994, that would make Watson around age 13. In other words, it would be a crime committed by a juvenile, should Mr Watson be guilty.

Rikki Neave was reported to have attended school on the day he went missing, but he left the school at around 11am. According to the police, he was seen 12 times that day, though later this became 4 sightings. His mother, Ruth Neave, reported him missing by phone to the police at 6pm. He is alleged to have been seen playing with other children at 7pm. Rikki went missing on 28 November 1994. Sunset should have been at 15:52.

James Watson has a criminal record. In 2006, he had stolen a police car and police uniforms from Thorpe Wood police station. In 2008, he was out on bail charged with stealing £2,500 from his father’s home. He then broke into a British Transport Police base, stole uniforms, CS spray and seized cannabis, before setting the place on fire, causing £800,000 of damage and destroying 50 investigations in progress.

In 2009, Watson was given an indefinite sentence in order to protect the public, with a recommended minimum of 5 years. He served 6 years before he was released and was on probation, which required that he stayed in the UK.

In November 1994, Rikki’s body was found. His mother, Ruth Neave, was charged with murder. She was found not guilty, although she was sentenced to 7 years in prison on other charges, including cruelty to Rikki and his sister. 20 years after Rikki was murdered, Ruth made an appeal to find the killer, and the case was re-opened in June 2015.

Rikki’s murder featured in CrimeWatch on 16 Nov 2015. A main focus of the police was on two teenage boys. They had been seen heading in a direction compatible with going to the wood where Rikki’s body was found. They were pushing a child buggy in which there was a child who was too big for the buggy.

Rikki Neave murder buggy

The next morning, two teenage boys were seen coming out of the woods at around 6:40am, as an unidentified jogger ran past them. The following e-fits represent the pair.

Rikki Neave efits

The CrimeWatch site is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/3Mnr8J5J6dVXdjQT00QScNL/rikki-neave-murder I can’t get the video to work, but that may be because I am outside the UK. There is a short segment at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rikki-neave-murder-police-arrest-7785548 that does work.

If this reconstruction is anything like accurate it raises obvious questions. Why were the police not looking for two teenagers in 1994? Why didn’t the e-fits get published earlier? Why did the police think the mother did it?

However, I am not trying to solve the Rikki Neave case, so it is time to turn to return to James Watson.

He was arrested, then let out on bail. Then the bail was extended to 20 Sep 2016. And then he travelled out of the UK. His probation officer stated that he was not supposed to travel abroad for at three years after his release from prison.

Watson claims to have travelled abroad without a passport, in a motor-home, by ferry. On balance, given a six year stint in prison followed by travel restriction, it seems likely that he did not have a passport. The route was from Dover to Calais. This suggests that the ferry operators were lax in not checking passports pre-departure, and the French authorities were lax in not checking passports on arrival.

It is difficult to claim that Mr Watson ‘fled’ abroad, given that he has been posting information on Facebook, has been in contact with the media, and the police have said they are communicating with him. In the English media I have read, the location is simply ‘Portugal’ with nothing to narrow it down.

But at least one of the photos Mr Watson has posted is so distinctive that anyone who has visited the spot would know it.

James Watson distinctive location

And then there is the motor home Mr Watson travelled in. That too is distinctive. I doubt that UK police would take long to track the owner, and I doubt that Portuguese police would take long to locate it.

James Watson Motor home exterior

Portuguese reporting of James Watson is a little more specific. It identifies the location of one of Mr Watson’s photos as a bridge in Oporto, in the north of Portugal. Given that James Watson and his partner are mobile, that does not prevent them visiting the Algarve.

What comparisons are there between the Rikki Neave case and the Madeleine McCann case? There seems to be precious little of real significance. The case appears to have attracted the attention of media around the world, though frankly, I cannot remember the case back beyond the recent news about Watson entering Portugal. Ruth Neave campaigned to have the case re-opened. CrimeWatch featured the case. Time will tell whether the Rikki Neave case has been solved or not.

Advertisements

22 thoughts on “Madeleine – James Watson 2

  1. Like the last few post on Freud or whichever paedopub you were dealing with, you’ve gone all around the houses on this topic in great detail, while completely circumventing the only part of the topic that could prove relevant to the McCann case.

    In this case, the only possible link is if this fugitive alleged child killer went out of his way to get to Portugal because there’s no sex offenders’ register, for example. Or had some colleague informed him he could do as he pleased in Portugal and never expect any police to investigate?

    With Freud, it wasn’t ‘ooh, would he have had a drink in this pub, or not?’… it was more did he choose Portugal because there was no sex offenders’ register? Did he choose Luz because there’s no police force? Did he pick Portugal because if you know the right people there, they can organise certain activities for you. Whom did he know there? Why did he pick it as his holiday home? Not the specific building… Or which was his local. And why would he have done something reportedly out of character in befriending the McCanns?

    There might not be anything in these cases to make them important or relevant, but you never came close to the only parts of possible interest in so many lengthy posts. Bit disappointing, I must say. Sorry to be a harsh critic, but it is.

  2. Freud. Zero evidence of any dark connection in Portugal. None whatsoever.

    Watson. Zero evidence of any dark connection in Portugal. None whatsoever.

    Should any evidence of dark connections turn up in future, I’ll be happy to publish the truth, just like I am at the moment.

    • Ah you do. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

      Either these cases are unrelated to the McCann case, in which case you could omit them from your blog entirely, or they’re possibly related. I’m not judging the probability, just the relevance. If you’re not willing to ponder the only relevant possible connections, then what’s the point of musing over this news at all?

      There was no evidence that Kate and Gerry went on a rugby passing drill up that hill… none whatsoever. Yet, you worked it to make it a possibility, if they had stopped for a glass of green wine half way, ditching the considerable weight in a wheelie bin, then… may… be. That was pure fantasy… but you had a good go at making it a possibility.

      Fact is, we’re talking about the one line you (understandably) wish to rule out. But it’s no more gruesome that the lines you do willing explore, without any evidence whatsoever. Zero.

      Am your harshest critic, but also your no.1 fan. xxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. I’m still lost as to the point you are making, or not making.

    Let’s try a simple version.

    Does James Watson give us insight into the Madeleine case? Only in the sense that the Rikki Neave murder enquiry appears to have been ‘botched’ by ‘bungling’ British police. Two teenagers seen wheeling what matches Neave’s remains into the wood the night before. Two teenagers seen up before dawn coming out of the same woods. Police solution – nick the mother.

    Does Sir Clement Freud give us insight into the Madeleine case? Only if we get more info, otherwise a couple of references in Kate’s book about food and alcohol are not going to cut the mustard.

    Does the Christian Ridout incident give us insight into the Madeleine case? Only in the sense that some folks are happy to make the daftest of allegations because it fills sensationalist column inches.

    Each of these has turned up recently. AFAIK, the only one connecting Watson to Madeleine was you. I have simply shown that being in Portugal does not equate to a connection to Madeleine McCann.

    • The point has been made, and overtly, in plain English. Whether you wish to address it or not is the question. Spoiler: you don’t. I get why. I’m just pointing out some rather glaring inconsistencies in your approach in saying you now need concrete evidence before you’d consider an hypothesis.

      Truth of the matter is you don’t want to go near this because to you Portugal is lovely place where you now live, and you don’t wish to weigh up the possibility that there may be something quite sinister going on if you scratch the surface.

      Sure, you haven’t even compiled that list of known paedophiles linked to Luz/Algarve/Portugal. Horrible topic. You have a loyalty to the place. You don’t want to think perhaps it’s not a coincidence. You prefer to suggest it’s all media hype. I get it. I’m just pointing out that that’s a major flaw in your approach.

      If you refuse to deal with that at all, you might as well not deal with Freud, the Paedopubs or Watson. And if I’m the only person linking the latter to the case, why bother with two lengthy pieces on his case? And then completely ignore the only speculative link that could make his choice of Portugal relevant. Same with Freud.

      Anyway… Watson’s nicked. So that’s a name to cross off the list you’re not compiling shortly, following his extradition!

      • Strange as life may be, I do not work for you, therefore I do not work in the order you dictate.

        I have tackled Ridout because he was raised as a link in the media. Never mind he had departed Portugal in 2005. No need to let facts get in the way of scandalously bad reporting.

        I have tackled Freud because he was raised as a link in the media. Never mind there isn’t a scrap of evidence to connect him to any wrong-doing in Portugal. No need to let facts get in the way of scandalously bad reporting.

        You repeatedly bang on about paedo pubs. Provide some evidence. Put up or shut up.

        You introduced Watson. Pity his MO does not match Madeleine, does not match paedo, and he has no connection to the Algarve. Mind you, no need to let facts get in the way of scandalously bad rumour mongering.

      • No, you don’t work for me, or in any logical order either. You also won’t touch any angle you don’t like… that’s not the way a logical investigation works.

        You’ve mentioned Paedopubs yourself so many times, using various nicknames yourself. I have no allegations or interest regarding them… but you’ve done a bloody Michelin Guide on them. I don’t need to put up or shut up (charming!). If anyone needs to shut up on that massively dull topic, it’s you.

        The only suggestion I’ve made is not regarding the pubs themselves. I know you’re Luz Vintners’ Union Rep par excellence, and have an interest in the various pubs not being in some weird Paedopub Club. But I’m not having a go at the pubs or the people who put their pensions into them, I’m only pointing out, much to your displeasure, the number of travelling paedophile minstrels that provide entertainment for the lovely ex-pats while they munch their beans and chips over a pint of Stella, while lapping up the Portuguese culture.

        And that has already been heavily documented, as you well know. And something you wish hadn’t been.

        In short: my issue is not with the number of pubs in the Algarve, nor the pubs themselves, but with the number of paedophiles.

        My only issue with the pubs is they look bleeding awful places that I would avoid like the plague.

        I’ve no interest in Ridout, except that perhaps if he’d a penchant for prepubescent girls, maybe Luz with it’s no Sex Offenders’ Register or police force, was a preferable destination. Or is that all media hype too? Freud ditto, plus his direct contact with the McCanns is worthy of investigation. Watson? I only brought him up as another sexual predator/pervert who chose Portugal for his wee holiday. Another one to add to your list. And that’s the only possible link to the case of the McCanns (ignored).

        So, if you don’t work for me, and you don’t, you’d have been fired quicker than Trump can pull the trigger… but if you don’t, and you don’t, then why put through a two-part exposé on Watson, whom I, and nobody else, brought up?

    • In your comparison between the cases you mention the similarity of a ‘bungling’ police force coming to mistaken conclusions and ignoring obvious suspects to follow a mistaken line of investigation… just like in the McCann case… but which police force operating on the McCann case are you comparing to the police that handled the Neave case? The Portuguese or the English?

      • I’m not. I’m pointing out how easy it is to take a case and label the police as ‘bungling’.

        In 2007 terms, the Portuguese effort was labelled as ‘bungling’ by the media and more. In comparison with that, the 1994 UK effort on Rikki Neave can easily be described as ‘bungling’. Since I wasn’t in either incident room, I do not wish to level criticisms I cannot support.

      • You couldn’t come up with an argument to support an accusation of ‘bungling’ levelled at the Portuguese police in the McCann case?

        I don’t think you need to have been on the investigation team to be allowed to judge their work, otherwise nobody would ever criticise any organised body. You simply need a basic knowledge of police procedure when dealing with a serious investigation of that nature.

        Do you have that? Can you still not criticise? Is there some other level of omertá going on here? Has there been a merger? Is it the Vitners’, Tourist Board’s and Corrupt/Incompetent Officers’ Union now? The VTBCIOU… are you backing Corbyn? I think he’s great. Might sign up with you lot just to vote for him.

  4. “No, you don’t work for me, or in any logical order either. You also won’t touch any angle you don’t like… that’s not the way a logical investigation works.

    You’ve mentioned Paedopubs yourself so many times, using various nicknames yourself. I have no allegations or interest regarding them… but you’ve done a bloody Michelin Guide on them. I don’t need to put up or shut up (charming!). If anyone needs to shut up on that massively dull topic, it’s you.

    The only suggestion I’ve made is not regarding the pubs themselves. I know you’re Luz Vintners’ Union Rep par excellence, and have an interest in the various pubs not being in some weird Paedopub Club. But I’m not having a go at the pubs or the people who put their pensions into them, I’m only pointing out, much to your displeasure, the number of travelling paedophile minstrels that provide entertainment for the lovely ex-pats while they munch their beans and chips over a pint of Stella, while lapping up the Portuguese culture.

    And that has already been heavily documented, as you well know. And something you wish hadn’t been.

    In short: my issue is not with the number of pubs in the Algarve, nor the pubs themselves, but with the number of paedophiles.

    My only issue with the pubs is they look bleeding awful places that I would avoid like the plague.

    I’ve no interest in Ridout, except that perhaps if he’d a penchant for prepubescent girls, maybe Luz with it’s no Sex Offenders’ Register or police force, was a preferable destination. Or is that all media hype too? Freud ditto, plus his direct contact with the McCanns is worthy of investigation. Watson? I only brought him up as another sexual predator/pervert who chose Portugal for his wee holiday. Another one to add to your list. And that’s the only possible link to the case of the McCanns (ignored).

    So, if you don’t work for me, and you don’t, you’d have been fired quicker than Trump can pull the trigger… but if you don’t, and you don’t, then why put through a two-part exposé on Watson, whom I, and nobody else, brought up?”

    REPLY

    I have covered lots of subjects that have been raised as sensationalist nonsense by one party or other.

    I mentioned the paedo angle specifically because it entered the ‘news’ with the Antonella Lazzeri ‘exposé’. Tripe, but more column inches.

    And therein lies the problem. Let’s take a bit of news and now let’s paint an entire region as the devil’s handiwork because … well, no let’s not worry about because … nor worry about the truth …

    So let’s have a look at your last venture along exactly the same line. “the number of travelling paedophile minstrels that provide entertainment for the lovely ex-pats while they munch their beans and chips over a pint of Stella”. Note, once again, nothing in support of this. You are actually making Lazzeri look like a serious reporter with this guff.

    “And that has already been heavily documented, as you well know.” Perhaps at some point you will start supplying the evidence re your assertions. To date, you haven’t.

    “I’ve no interest in Ridout, except that perhaps if he’d a penchant for prepubescent girls, maybe Luz with it’s no Sex Offenders’ Register or police force, was a preferable destination.” ROFL. Are you insinuating that Ridout’s parents picked Almádena/Luz as a place where their son could indulge his whims? Have you any idea how ludicrous that sounds?

    Watson will get a third part, coming soon. The two Watson posts to date have been fairly popular on here. I presume that is because I have collated a bit more information than the light and frothy rubbish appearing in the media. Perhaps at some point we will get an inkling as to why he and his partner chose northern Portugal for a holiday. For the moment, I’m more interested in why the border controls at Dover and Calais failed.

    • It’s got to be said, you don’t seem to be in possession of a massive sense of humour at times.

      Let’s be clear. I don’t work in the press- not full-time, anyway. You can’t accuse me of sensationalism for musing here… if you’ve an issue with Antonella, moan at her for a bit.

      When I talk about a travelling troupe of paedo minstrels strumming at you while you gobble your pie and mash, that’s called exaggeration for comic effect… or to make a point. Just how much of an exaggeration was it?

      Do I need to dredge up the names of the nonces with musical pretentions that have been part of Luz’s nocturnal entertainment since the fact? Because you’ve dealt with at least 4 of them here yourself, so you’re absolutely well aware of what I’m suggesting, even though it’s vaguely possible, now that I see the humour escaped you, that you read me literally.

      If you didn’t, but are choosing to do so now to try and win this debate, that’s not much better. And it won’t work.

      So just how huge is the music scene in Luz? Slightly smaller than the scene in Rio (understatement for comic effect)? You’ve about 3 pubs, and each one has to have a resident paedo like golf clubs have pro players, then I’d call that a disproportionate amount.

      So what is this? You want me to compile this list you don’t want to make? Sure, you know more about them than I… and you want evidence and proof… that’s really pretty petty, because, as stated, you know exactly the names that I’d mention… and that’s just the musical ones paedoing about in Luz… there is likely a tone-deaf variety too… a vast array of paedos plying trades other than the musical.

      Long story short, the short list of musical paedos, which you know backwards, is too long not to cause someone who is both impartial and reasonable to question whether there is a link, never mind to the McCann case, but even to one another.

      For Ridout, replace destination with location- I realised that as I wrote it… was trying to save time by bracketing him in with Freud. So if he liked prepubescent girls, Luz was certainly a good town to be in as a location- absent corrupt police, no sex register.

      Freud did choose… moneyed, connected. Again, you should wonder. Watson chose Portugal- maybe nothing in that choice… but you don’t know what he and his ‘partner’ were up to. Doubt it was all that innocent, in any case.

      After them you can scroll through you back catalogue and compile your own list, if you like. I might add one or two… you’ve a good 500 to work with, but I’d say you’re about a dozen in already, at a guess. All in your own bleeding blog. And if you stop there, I’d say that was a worrying number. You apparently think differently.

      So, if that doesn’t interest you or make you wonder, I don’t know what will… but there is a difference between seeking the truth and avoiding topics that make you uncomfortable.

  5. “You couldn’t come up with an argument to support an accusation of ‘bungling’ levelled at the Portuguese police in the McCann case?

    I don’t think you need to have been on the investigation team to be allowed to judge their work, otherwise nobody would ever criticise any organised body. You simply need a basic knowledge of police procedure when dealing with a serious investigation of that nature.

    Do you have that? Can you still not criticise? Is there some other level of omertá going on here? Has there been a merger? Is it the Vitners’, Tourist Board’s and Corrupt/Incompetent Officers’ Union now? The VTBCIOU… are you backing Corbyn? I think he’s great. Might sign up with you lot just to vote for him.”

    REPLY

    “basic knowledge of police procedure when dealing with a serious investigation of that nature” You may have expertise in a case in 2007 that broke all precedents in Portugal, but I certainly don’t.

    I have seen lots of wisdom-with-hindsight posts, that if only the police had done X or Y or Z, then surely the case would have been solved. And in all the time I have looked at this, I have never seen a deal-breaker. Not once. Any offers?

    Not sure what the vote thingy is, and I don’t care. I don’t have a vote, and to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I voted.

    • Nothing to do with hindsight at all… totally to do with correct procedure. If you’re going to try and suggest the Portuguese policed followed same… ah sure, do what you like, it’s your blog… All the best.

  6. SIL, are you still studying Portuguese ? Do you know how they call that tipo de conversa que tem com a pessoa que pretende denuncia conspirações mas acaba por cair nelas ?

  7. Anne,

    My Portuguese is nowhere good enough to translate set phrases.

    For anyone who stuck this through Google translate, here is my stab at clarification.

    As time moves on, another little snippet of information turns up. According to one obituary, Freud was interested in cricket. I have no evidence of any cricket in Portugal. So I still have nothing to explain why Freud picked Luz.

    Conspiracy? I don’t know, in the absence of evidence.

    • Looks like it was put through google translate to get it there in the first place… piss-poor Portuguese. How do you people manage it? Such awful linguists.

      • Try “there’s more than one to skin a cat” in any language other than English.

        Or how about Spanish “tiene riñones”, literally “he/she/it/you has/have kidneys”.

        Any ideas – linguista brilhante?

      • I’ve never heard the expression “tiene riñones”… is there a chance your Spanish friends are perhaps a little genteel, and are sparing you a self-explanatory expression about testicles? I have both kidneys and testicles, but I only enjoy the former as a culinary delicacy… lambs’ kidneys… jerez… perejil, …ajo. Actually… might go and get some for dinner. Cheers for the menu option!

        And you can’t translate an idiom literally from one language to another, of course.

        For example, there is an Italian expression ‘é una bella gatta da spelare’… meaning it’s a bugger to do, like skinning a live kitty, I suppose. But the English idiom means there are alternative means to an end. So you either find an alternative with different phrasing, or, failing that, as it doesn’t necessarily exist, you translate it in a natural, colloquial alternative.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s