The First Reactions
Here we read the first reactions from Kate and Gerry’s closest family and friends, immediately after they have been contacted individually with the news that Madeleine has been ‘abducted’.
Note how consistent the stories are that an ‘abductor’ gained access to a locked apartment by breaking open the shutter on the bedroom window and escaping by the front door.
The story changed later when it became clear the shutters on the window had not been forced, were not damaged in any way and could only be opened from inside the apartment.
From that point, the McCanns became convinced that an ‘abductor’ had entered through ‘open’ patio doors and escaped through the open shuttered window.
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, is eventually forced to admit that “There was no evidence of a break-in”.