Madeleine – gold flakes and nuggets

In the story of Madeleine McCann, there are shiny gold flakes and dull nuggets. The flakes are the tiny, tiny slivers of gold that turn up fairly frequently. Miniscule pieces of information that move forward our knowledge of what happened to Madeleine McCann by millimetres at best.

The nuggets, the breakthrough information, are tougher to find, and much less frequent than the grains of gold. They do turn up occasionally, maybe once in every 6 to 12 months.

This little story is a grain of gold that glimmered in the sunlight. To be honest, the weather was very wet in Luz at the time, but even when it is grey and raining it can still be ShiningInLuz.

The occasion was a simple morning meeting for coffee, a date which had been put off for some 3 years now.

In amongst the chat, the topic of Madeleine McCann surfaced. The locals in Luz area are not averse to gossiping about the case. They just don’t wish to speak to the media about their chatter, and mainly prefer to remain anonymous regarding the topic, which I am going to respect. The dreaded ‘unnamed source’.

So here is the tiny tale of one person from Luz 3 May 2007, a person who does not wish to speak to the media. A miniscule grain of gold from an unnamed source.

The venue in question from 3 May 2007 was Boozey Suzey’s. This was a small bar in the commercial centre, perhaps 150 to 200m down the road from apartment 5A, past Baptista. The hostelry has long since disappeared. As yet, I haven’t identified its precise location.

Here is a photo of Boozey Suzey’s from around that time.


Based on information gleaned from opening hours and opening days, I was of the opinion that Boozey Suzey’s was probably open at the time Madeleine disappeared. Due to a coffee morning gossip in Burgau, I am now quite confident it was one of the venues that definitely was open at 10pm on 3 May 2007.

This is not earth shattering news. It simply tells us that in the near vicinity of apartment 5A, there was a small pub that was open on the night Madeleine disappeared.

The commercial centre was/is like a rabbit warren, and you could/can get into it by numerous ways, several of which do not take you past apartment 5A.

Further, I have no idea how busy Boozey Suzey’s was that night, so I cannot estimate either pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

What I have now learned is that the bar steward locked up the bar at 11.30pm that night. This should of course have been in the midst of the searching for Madeleine, and starting from a location very close to apartment 5A.

This little sliver may lead to a nugget. The nugget is a clear and correct understanding of general activity in Luz around the time when Madeleine disappeared.

Of course, there has to be a fly in the ointment. My source in question is of the opinion that Kate went running on the morning of 4 May 2007. This is a commonly held viewpoint, as far as I know, within the citizenry of Luz and it explains a lot of the hostility here to Kate and Gerry.

I hold the opinion that early on the morning of 4 May 2007, Kate, Gerry and others from the Tapas 9 were whisked to Portimão to conduct their first interviews. The running up the hill would come later.


4 thoughts on “Madeleine – gold flakes and nuggets

  1. Ran by a very pleasant Geordie lady. Previously ran by Clive from Clive’s Bar.I’m puzzled did somebody see something that night?

  2. Not that I am aware of, at least by this source. (There is the tale of the DVD rental shop being closed as a Brazilian lady drove by.)

    In his book, Amaral states that he criss-crossed Luz at around 8pm on Fri 4 May 2007, that it was basically closed, and that he was told it was the same the night before.

    I have slowly built up a picture of what was known to be open on 3 May 2007 from 8.30pm to 10.30pm or so, mainly re the Smith sighting. A lot of my info is ‘ought to’ i.e. it was not their closed day, and their opening hours meant they ought to have been open.

    This unexpected conversation changed Boozey Soozey’s from ‘ought to’ to ‘definitely was.

    Do you know exactly where BS was located in the Commercial Centre? Was it in the part with Polly’s and the Maharajah? Or did you have to go in via Rua Helena Nascimento Baptista?

  3. Yvonne Martin, a social worker, who volunteered to help the Police, met Kate and Gerry around 09H00 in the morning of 4 May next to the apartment from where Madeleine had disappeared.

    Kate and Gerry must have been busy talking to the Police for the rest of that morning (or possibly the whole day) as they later, I suppose it was in the afternoon, were taken to the Police headquarter for being further questioned.

    In Kate’s book ”Madeleine” Kate says, that they got up and went out searching around 4 a m, before daylight. So, if Kate went out running, she must have done that later than 04H00 a m but before 09H00 a m, which is not at all unlikely. One wonders of course…Why?

  4. Gerry McCann’s interview in Portimão on 4 May 2017 started at 11.15am, and Kate went with him in the PJ car. Pruning the time to get them to Portimão and then get Gerry into an interview room down to 30mins, they set off from Luz at 10.45am.

    I would need to check the other members of the T9 in the first batch of interviews, but from memory, I think some of those started earlier. Kate’s interview was indeed in the afternoon, but she spent the morning in the Portimão PJ station as she definitely travelled with Gerry. (Source – video on Internet of them getting picked up on morning of 4 May 2007.)

    There is a famous photo of Kate and Gerry running up the hill towards the Boa Vista cliffs, and while it was early days, it is not near 4 May. From memory, Kate writes in ‘madeleine’ that she had gone out running on her own before that, without saying when.

    As noted above, the idea that Kate went out running on the morning of 4 May is fairly standard currency in Luz. The trouble is, I have yet to meet a single citizen who claims to have witnessed this alleged event.

    I cannot think of a way that Kate could have run in secret that morning. Block 5 was sealed off by the GNR. Luz has a surprising amount of early morning folks out for a walk, a jog, or to exercise the pooch.

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