Geraghty the Tycoon Friend of the McCanns

John Geraghty in Praia da Luz

John Geraghty is a friend of the McCanns and some of the first reports of this man surfaced when he was said to be storing the Renault Scenic for them after they fled Portugal after being made Arguidos.

A shy character and seldom interviewed, John Geraghty is certainly a major player in the case and he is named in the PJ’s police files (see below).

In an article in The Times on September 24, 2007, which you can read on this site HERE, it said;

John Geraghty A 68-year-old businessman from Leicestershire who now lives on the outskirts of Praia da Luz. Offered to store the McCanns’ hire car so that they could commission independent forensic tests

Geraghty Speaking to Sky News

An elusive man, John Geraghty is presumed to be the Mountsorrel businessman, John Geraghty of Geraghty Construction Ltd based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. In a rare piece of footage on Sky News, John Geraghty appears briefly in the following video clip. He is the white haired man reading the newspaper, and speaking with a Yorkshire accent.


Geraghty in the Police Files

John Geraghty appears in the police files  – Volume VIIIa – Father Jose Pacheco’s testimony on page 3925:


Translated it says:

As the key to the church, they were delivered on May 07 or 08, what happened the suggestion of a person resident in the parish, John Geraghty, so the couple could attend church, calmly, without the pressure of communication social. The key was delivered by someone from the church to John Geraghty, the faith to reach the couple, with the permission and consent of the deponent.

So, Jose Pacheco gave permission and consent of the church keys to the McCanns via John Geraghty but two obvious questions are;

  1. Was Madeleine hidden in the church or not?
  2. Why was Geraghty the go-between for the keys to the church…what was his role?

Father Jose Pacheco “a shell of a man”

Father Jose Pacheco - Praia da Luz
Father Jose Pacheco gave the keys to John Geraghty

Father Jose Pacheco who comforted Gerry and Kate McCann in the days after Madeleine vanished later claimed that he had been the victim of some form of deception.

The priest even ordered every trace of the Madeleine appeal removed from his church of Our Lady of the Light.

Friends of Jose Pacheco said he could no longer bear to discuss the case.

“Even when his friends broach the subject he immediately changes it,” said one.

“He says it is an extremely unpleasant situation and the McCann family only ever brought him problems.

“He even told one friend they ruined his life.

“There are two completely different Pachecos, the one before the McCanns and this shell of a man after the McCanns. He is a nervous wreck.”

What were the problems that forced Father Pacheco to become “a shell of a man” after the McCanns?

Read this story, originally in the Daily Mail here.

Geraghty Construction Incident

John Geraghty
John Geraghty

After Geraghty Construction failed to pay a bill to one of its clients, the client – Paul Young – marched into the company’s headquarters in Sleaford Lincolnshire, armed with a five-gallon drum of industrial sealant and poured it all over the office computers and furniture.

Despite causing £24,000 worth of damage Paul Young walked free from court after Lincoln Crown Court Judge Michael Heath took sympathy on him and said he had acted out of “understandable frustration”.

Read the original Daily Mail story in this site here.


Some amateur sleuths in website forums have surmised that John Geraghty is in fact a Freemason and is acquainted to Gerry McCann through this association. A “John Geraghty” shows up on a NHS document for an Infection Control Committee where he is listed as “Estates”. Whether this is the same John Geraghty who is a friend of the McCanns is unknown and attempts to find out through the hospital at Leicester proved fruitless. Our emails and phone calls were not answered.

The Geraghty in Praia da Luz certainly had access to the church and from the interview above we know he attended the church and is the same man. For more speculation, read the article on Pat Perkins and her friend Aurelio.


  1. Kayliegh

    hope you are OK I just made up a random website as I wanted to tell you how cute I think Madeline is and although I feel sorry for you I also feel that it was partly your own fault as you shouldn’t have left them alone but I do feel your sorrow.

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