A police error resulted in the German man suspected of murdering British girl Madeleine McCann being informed in 2013 that he was under investigation for the case. This emerges from a report from Spiegel Online from Friday.
The police had hoped last week that the mystery of the disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie" could finally be solved when she announced that she was investigating a 43-year-old for her disappearance from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007 .
The suspect, who was identified as Christian Brueckner, has a history of previous sexual offenses, including child abuse and rape.
A police error led to the German man who was suspected of having murdered the British girl Madeleine McCann, Christian Brueckner (see picture above), being informed in 2013, according to a Spiegel online report, that he was responsible for the If was examined
Spiegel reported that the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) contacted the police in Braunschweig for more information about the suspect after receiving a confidential notice in October 2013.
When the police called the suspect, she said in her letter that it had to do with the "Missing Madeleine McCann case" and "Christian B's personal investigation."
The letter would have given Brückner enough time to destroy evidence, the report said, citing experts who view police acts as serious mistakes.
"This should not have happened and is in no way the usual procedure in such a sensitive case," an experienced police officer was quoted as saying.
The police typically gathered information first before approaching a suspect, the report said.
Although it was announced last week that the police had identified a suspect in the case, the prosecutors did not consult Brueckner.
Such an interrogation would take place only after an investigation has been completed so that investigators can report the results of the investigation to the suspect, Brunswick prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told the national news agency DPA.
Christian Brueckner has apparently targeted vacationers in Praia da Luz as well as in other holiday resorts in Portugal
It comes after a former friend claimed that Brueckner was trying to sell to older vacationers and could be seen with groups of older women in Portuguese resorts, a former friend claimed.
The murder suspect and convicted pedophile Brueckner, 43, was often seen with "a selection of older women," a source told The Sun, sparking rumors he was trying to get her to pay him for sex.
The anonymous friend also revealed that one of Brueckner's British exes was at least 15 years older than him.
The friend said to The Sun: “He seemed to have something to do with older women. This could explain why people who knew him hadn't linked him to the McCann investigation for years. & # 39;
About one of Brücker's exes, which is believed to be about 60 years old, the former buddy said: “She was with him for three years and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, now she knows what kind of man she was in a long term relationship with. He beat her up and did the same to the other British man he saw out here. «
The other British ex is said to be a 45-year-old woman from Berkshire. The anonymous tipster claims to have seen her in a bar after Brueckner hit her by throwing her head against a toilet wall.
The woman, who does not want to be named, talked about how Brueckner attacked her after hugging another man by banging her head against the wall of a ladies' room in a bar in the Algarve.
Madeleine McCann disappeared from her hotel room in May 2007
Brueckner then broke into her apartment, hid under the bed and waited for her to come back, but when she came back, he went quietly and said goodbye on the way out, the Daily Mirror reported.
The couple ended their relationship in mid-2005 and he then launched a stalking campaign against them, but was never charged, despite the Portuguese police being called twice to deal with him.
She has now revealed that the convicted pedophile may have been responsible for the killing of Madeleine.
The victim told the newspaper, "So far I have refused to believe that someone I was dealing with could do something terrible and disgusting like hurting a child.
"But I'm not sure anymore. I wonder if he did it. And if he did, he really has to be punished for it. & # 39;
“It's terrifying to think my ex is suspected of kidnapping Madeleine McCann. I can't handle it. & # 39;
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