I know who took Maddie

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1 September 2010
The Sun
Antonella Lazzeri and Andy Crick

Madeleine McCann suspect Raymond Hewlett confessed on his deathbed that he KNEW what happened to the little girl, The Sun can reveal.

In a letter to his estranged son Wayne, he denied having anything to do with Maddie's disappearance.

But he said he knew she had been stolen to order by a gipsy gang who kidnap children for wealthy couples unable to have kids or adopt.

Hewlett, a serial paedophile seen near the spot where Maddie was snatched in Portugal, said they had a "shopping list" of potential targets - such as a little girl with blonde hair like Maddie.

Private detectives working for Maddie's parents Kate and Gerry are "extremely interested" in Hewlett's claims.

A source close to their ongoing investigation said:
"What he says fits the No1 theory, which is that she was stolen to order."

Hewlett died of throat cancer in April, aged 62, after persistently refusing to meet the McCanns' detectives.

He became a suspect because of his appalling record of rape and abduction of children.

And he was living as a nomad in Portugal with his second family when Maddie vanished from the McCanns' holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

Hewlett's letter to builder Wayne, 40, was delivered to the son by a mystery man - thought to be a solicitor or a private eye - a week after he died.

Most of it was an apology for how his vile crimes had affected his first wife Susan and Wayne.

But then he went on to write about Maddie, who was nearly four when she went missing.

Wayne, of Telford, Shropshire, said:

    "It was a bolt from the blue and I shook when I read it.

    "He stated he didn't want to go to his grave with us thinking he had done such a horrible thing.

    "He said he had had nothing to do with taking Maddie but did know who had.

    "He said a very good gipsy friend he knew in Portugal had got drunk and 'let it out' that he had stolen Maddie to order as part of a gang.

    "My dad said this gang had been operating for a long time and had snatched children before for couples who couldn't have children of their own.

    "Maddie had been targeted. They took photos of children and sent them to the people they were acting for. And they said Yes or No.

    "Dad said the man told him it was nothing to do with snatching children for a paedophile gang or for a sexual reason.

    "He said there were huge sums of money involved. And he totally believed what this man was saying."

The account fits with others surrounding the Maddie mystery.

Several strange men were seen taking photos of children around the Ocean Club resort in the days before she vanished. And The Sun revealed earlier this year that a British expat thought he had seen Maddie in a white van driven by a gipsy couple the day after she was lost.

Wayne, who had no contact with Hewlett for nearly 20 years, said his father's letter seemed "very genuine".

He added:

    "I don't know if this is what happened to Maddie or not, but it does make sense. I can't believe he'd go to those lengths to make up some elaborate lie when he was so weak and ill."

Wayne said he considered going to Kate and Gerry with the letter but was worried it could cause them more heartache if it gave them false hope.

He added:

    "I actually burned it because it unnerved me so much.

    "To have a letter from someone you hated for so long was just mind-blowing. I couldn't deal with it."

Wayne did not contact The Sun about the message. We learned of its existence through a friend.

But now he intends to sit down with the Maddie detectives to tell them everything he knows.

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night:

    "We are extremely grateful to Wayne for coming forward with this information and the detective team will be interviewing him as a matter of priority."



 

  
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'I know who took Madeleine McCann'

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Deathbed letter from paedophile suspect makes abduction clue claim
1 September 2010
Daily Mail



A paedophile suspected of being involved in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 'confessed' to knowing what happened to the little girl on his deathbed, it has been claimed.

Raymond Hewlett wrote to his estranged son denying he played a part in the three-year-old’s abduction, but claimed he knew she had been ‘stolen to order’ by a gypsy gang.

Detectives working for Kate and Gerry McCann (pictured) are said to be 'extremely interested' in Hewlett's claims and are said to be preparing to interview his son Wayne about the letter

Detectives working for Kate and Gerry McCann (pictured) are said to be 'extremely interested' in Hewlett's claims and are said to be preparing to interview his son Wayne about the letter

But he vowed only to reveal where he was the night she went missing if he was paid thousands of pounds.

Kate and Gerry McCann’s private detectives refused the request.

Today his son Wayne claimed to the Sun that the letter was delivered to him by a mystery man a week after he died in April.

Wayne, who has had no contact with his father for 20 years, claimed his father insisted he had nothing to do with Madeleine’s disappearance – but that he knew who did.

He said: ‘He said a very good gipsy friend he knew in Portugal had got drunk and “let it out” that he had stolen Maddie to order as part of a gang.

‘My dad said this gang had been operating for a long time and had snatched children before for couples who couldn’t have children of their own.

‘Maddie had been targeted. They took photos of children and send them to the people they were acting for. And they said Yes or No.’

Private detectives working for the McCanns are said to be ‘extremely interested’ in the claims and are preparing to interview Wayne.

Wayne, 40, says he burned the letter because it ‘unnerved’ him so much.

The Sun reported they learned of the existence of the note through another source and confirmed they had not been approached by Wayne originally.

Madeleine went missing from The Ocean Club Hotel in Praia da Luz in the Portuguese Algarve while her parents dined at a restaurant on the resort.

Hewlett was living with his family on a campsite an hour’s drive away at the time.
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Madeleine suspect knows who took her

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1 September 2010
UK Parent's Lounge




Raymond Hewlett became a key suspect in the hunt for Madeleine McCann when it was revealed that the convicted paedophile was close to the McCann family in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Investigators searching for Madeleine wanted to talk to Hewlett, who was in hospital dying of cancer, but he did not wish to speak to them.
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Telford paedophile in deathbed Madeleine McCann confession

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1 September 2010 
Telford paedophile in deathbed Madeleine McCann confession 
Shropshire Star
Andy Richardson 

A paedophile from Telford allegedly made a deathbed confession that Madeleine McCann was kidnapped to order.

Raymond Hewlett, who was a suspect in the case, reportedly wrote to his son, Wayne, who lives in Telford, with details.

Hewlett, who died from throat cancer in April, aged 62, had persistently refused to meet detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine from the McCann's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in May 2007. He had been a suspect in the case because of his long record of rape and abduction of children.

His letter to his son, a builder, was delivered by an intermediary and is believed to have caused Wayne so much shock that he burned it.

Wayne reportedly said:

"It was a bolt from the blue and I shook when I read it. "He said he had had nothing to do with taking Madie but did know who had. He said a very good gipsy friend he had in Portugal had got drunk and 'let it out' that he had stolen Maddie to order as part of a gang.

"My dad said this gang had been operating for a long time and had snatched children before for couples who couldn't have children of their own. "Maddie had been targeted. They took photos of children and sent them to the people they were acting for. And they said Yes or No.

 "Dad said the man told him it was nothing to do with snatching children for a paedophile gang or for a sexual reason "He said there were huge sums of money involved. And he totally believed what this man was saying. 

"I actually burned it (the letter) because it unnerved me so much. To have a letter from someone you hated for so long was just mind-blowing. I couldn't deal with it." 

The account fits with other theories regarding Maddie's disappearance, with witnesses saying several strange men were seen taking photographs of children around the Ocean Club resort prior to her disappearance.

Wayne added: "I can't believe he'd go to those lengths to make up some elaborate lie when he was so weak and ill." 

   
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One time Molseed suspect dies

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24 April 2010
Todmorden News

Former Todmorden man once suspected of abducting and murdering an 11-year-old school girl in 1975 has died.
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Christopher Coverdale / Lesley Molseed - Internet rumors

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Negros Chronicle
"BOI nabs Briton for cyber pornography"
Source: Negros Chronicle website


Note: Christopher Coverdale was the individual who claimed to have seen a man pulling Lesley Molseed up the hill into the moor on the day she was murdered (October 5, 1975.)  Of interest here because Raymond Hewlett was the prime suspect in the Molseed case - many questions continue to exist regarding the Molseed murder and many people believe that Ronald Castree was wrongfully convicted of the Molseed murder.
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Christopher Coverdale

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Innocents
How Justice Failed Stefan Kiszko and Lesley Molseed
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"At 1:45 p.m. on the Sunday Christopher Coverdale, a self-employed contractor from Rochdale, drove past the scene.  As he approached the lay-by he saw a man and a little girl on the embankment above the lay-by.  His attention was on these people, so that he had not noticed any car, he thought it foolhardy to be on the moor in poor weather conditions, especially with a child. He recalled the child was wearing a blue, hip-length gabardine coat with the hood up. He believed the child to be a girl, because he could see uncovered legs. The man was facing towards the road, reaching down the embankment and pulling the child up by the hand.  Coverdale described the man as being a 30 to 35 year-old white male, with light-brown or fair hair cut short and giving the appearance of being receding. He was five feet six to five feet eight, plump and dressed in a mid-brown jacket with a check pattern, matching trousers and a beige or mustard-yellow cardigan.


This was the first description obtained of a man and a child.  Dibb was anxious to act, and he personally took Coverdale to the lay-by.  It was not the cold which caused Jack Dibb to shiver when, asked to show the place where the man and child were standing, Coverdale pointed out a spot within yards of the place where Lesley had been found."
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Former suspect in Lesley Molseed murder dies

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17 April 2010
Rochdale Observer

Raymond Hewlett in Aachen Germany 2009

The one-time prime suspect in the abduction and murder of 11-year-old Rochdale schoolgirl Lesley Molseed in 1975 has died.
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Todmorden paedophile dies, aged 64

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16 April 2010
Lancashire Telegraph


A convicted paedophile, who lived in Todmorden in the 1970s, and was investigated in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, has died.
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A pauper’s funeral for convicted paedophile

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16 April 2010
Manchester Evening News
Neal Keeling


A convicted paedophile wrongly believed to have abducted and killed 11-year-old Rochdale schoolgirl Lesley Molseed in 1975 has died.
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Blackpool Maddie suspect dies

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12 April 2010
Blackpool Gazette


A Blackpool paedophile, who was a prime suspect in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, has died.
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'Maddie perv' Raymond Hewlett dies with his secrets

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10 April 2010
The Sun
Neil Syson


A PAEDOPHILE who was a prime suspect in the hunt for Madeleine McCann has died - taking any secrets he had to the grave.
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Raymond Hewlett did not abduct Maddie...

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It is, however, very possible that he may have murdered Lesley Molseed.

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Who killed Lesley Molseed?

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Innocents
How justice failed Stefan Kiszko and Lesley Molseed
   
The following are notes and excerpts from Chapter 22 which deals with events related to Raymond Hewlett *after* Stefan Kiszko was released from prison.  Kiszko spent 16 years wrongly incarcerated for the 1975 murder of Lesley Molseed.

Upon the exposure of this miscarriage of justice (conviction in July 1976/life sentence) and Kiszko's release from prison in 1992, a new investigation began and the original police files were reviewed.  Following up on certain leads had abruptly stopped after Kiszko's conviction. The following describes how and why Raymond Hewlett became the Number One suspect in the Molseed case.


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Raymond Hewlett - Background Information

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Ronald Outteridge Forensic Scientist - Lesley Molseed Murder

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RONALD OUTTERIDGE
LESLEY MOLSEED MURDER
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TIMELINE: Hewlett, Molseed, Kiszko, Castree, McCann

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Innocents: 
How Justice Failed Stefan Kiszko and Lesley Molseed
 Jonathan Rose (Author), Steve Panter (Author), Trevor Wilkinson (Author)
Publisher: Fourth Estate, London, 1997 - ISBN: 1857024028 (Out of Print)

In 1975 eleven-year-old Lesley Molseed was abducted and stabbed to death on a Pennine moor, her killer having ejaculated over her body. Stefan Kiszko confessed to her murder and spent 16 years in jail. At the time no positive forensic evidence was offered. He was released in 1991 when the Law Lords declared he could not have been the killer.

(Note: Raymond Hewlett is named in this book as the prime suspect in the murder of Lesley Molseed.)
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Hewlett alibi in McCann case - 15 year old girl? Email to reporter.

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In regard to the Sun article "He's evil enough to have snatched Maddie", published 23 May 2009 and written by Rhodri Phillips and Robin Perrie, I have sent the following email:

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What came first? The chicken or the egg?

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Thank you to "Ironside" for your recent comments/insights.

"There was a sketch of the 'abductor' then when things started hotting up a picture was released of Hewlett. The two descriptions were very much alike. Too much alike. I am now wondering if the sketch for the Mccanns was copied from the photo of Hewlett..very possible."  (Please use "read more" tab for photos and more info.)

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Setting the stage, perhaps?

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Tell all before you die, Maddie suspect urged
Allan Hall in Berlin
9 December 2009
The Daily Express

A convicted paedophile wanted for questioning by detectives working for Madeleine McCann's parents is close to death, it was revealed yesterday. Sex fiend Raymond Hewlett, 64, can no longer speak because of throat cancer and lives in a council flat he shares with his partner in Aachen, Germany.
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Det Chief Supt Max McLean & Raymond Hewlett

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Articles re: Det Chief Supt Max McLean and the Lesley Molseed murder investigation.
As you will see, McLean stated many times and over many years that Raymond Hewlett was the prime suspect in 11 year old Lesley's brutal killing.
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Not the first time YOU don't have a right to know

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The murder of Lesley Molseed was also exempt from the public's RIGHT TO KNOW. The Mirror submitted an FOI request for the police files to be released in 2007. The request was denied. Note that Max McLean is also in the news regarding the McCann case. He traveled to Germany to interview Raymond Hewlett.
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1,000 days of hunt for Maddie

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24 January 2010
Daily Star
Jonathan Corke

Missing Madeleine McCann could be still alive and just a few miles from the Portuguese resort where she vanished in 2007, investigators believe. Former detective inspector Dave Edgar, who is leading the hunt, made a secret visit to Praia da Luz at the beginning of last week. On his return, he said it was a "very distinct possibility" that Maddie could be living in a poor country district inland from the holiday area. A source told the Daily Star Sunday: "The areas that Dave's team have focused on are very rural. There are no tourists around there at all. He believes Madeleine could be held in such an area." Wednesday will mark 1,000 days since the youngster's disappearance during a holiday with her doctor parents, Kate and Gerry McCann. Mr Edgar is convinced she was kidnapped and his team are still receiving a "substantial number" of calls and e-mails containing new information.

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