Madeleine McCann suspect's Brit ex claims 'I found beast waiting under my bed'

6/10/2020 11:49:00 PM

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The woman from Berkshire, who dated Christian Brueckner when she worked as a barmaid in the Algarve, has told of her relationship with the 'charming' and 'softly-spoken' German who she said turned into a possessive, violent cheat and a stalker

Christian Brueckner broke into his British ex’s flat through a window and lay in wait for her under her bed in chilling echoes of the Madeleine McCann case.A prosecutor in the Madeleine McCann case says he believes she is dead and has “some evidence that the suspect did the deed”.A German prosecutor has claimed he has 'evidence' missing British girl Madeleine McCann is dead as authorities probe a new prime suspect.Hazel Behan pictured when she was working as a holiday rep in Praia da Rocha.

The disturbing incident took place hours after he brutally attacked her in a jealous rage after she innocently hugged another man, she told the Mirror.She claims he repeatedly slammed her head against a wall in the ladies toilets of the Algarve bar where she worked - leaving her a bloodied mess.He believes there are other British victims of sex attacks and has urged them to contact police.When the woman returned home she had a “horrible feeling” someone was inside and found Brueckner under her bed.In the thirteen years since her disappearance, her body has never been found as authorities launched a global search.The 45-year-old believes the German was lying in wait to attack her if she brought another man back to her studio flat.“We expect that she is dead, but we don’t have enough evidence that we can get a warrant for our suspect.But instead Brueckner, then aged in his late 20s, chillingly stared at her and said “goodbye” before fleeing.The assailant was never caught.

She said he then embarked on a stalking campaign against the petite barmaid, leaving her too afraid to walk home alone.“That’s why we need more information from people, especially places he has lived so we can target these places especially and search there for Madeleine.German media named convicted rapist and paedophile Christian Brueckner as the suspect authorities are investigating in connection with Maddie's disappearance and death.Portuguese police were twice called out to deal with Brueckner after she complained of the attack and stalking - but he was never charged.The 2005 break-in has eery similarities with Madeleine’s disappearance two years later in nearby Praia da Luz, where he was living.It was claimed he beat up his 17-year-old girlfriend after she found child abuse images on his computer.Gerry McCann previously said he believed her abductor was hiding behind a door when he went to check on her.We have no information that she is alive.Investigators believe the person who took Madeleine broke into their holiday apartment through a window.She said: “He put her in hospital because she found some pictures of children on his laptop and she wanted to talk to him about them.In 2004, she was working as a holiday representative at a resort in the coastal town of Praia da Rocha and was two weeks away from her 21st birthday when she was attacked in her apartment.

The woman, who is still too scared of Brueckner to reveal her identity, today reveals her account of her relationship with the Madeleine suspect.She tells the Mirror how the German: • Seduced her when they worked together waiting tables in an Algarve restaurant.After that she ended the relationship." Brueckner, 43, was living out of a battered VW T3 Westerfalia camper van on the Algarve at the time of Maddie's disappearance.• Flew into jealous rages when other men paid her attention or even spoke to her.• Branded her a “lazy Brit” when she refused his demands to clean his house.She was very afraid, even now, she is very afraid.• Chillingly broke into her flat through an open window and hid under the bed after a bust-up.The suspect is known to have been living in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, where he funded his lifestyle by committing crimes, including breaking into hotel complexes and holiday apartments.She also recalled a distinctive mark on the top of his right thigh, “either a pull in the tights, a birthmark or a tattoo”.

• Now believes her ex, who is in a German prison, could be responsible for Madeleine’s abduction.She said: “She was 17, he was 37.She said: “Until now I’ve refused to believe someone I was involved with could commit such a horrible and disgusting thing like hurting a child.“But I’m not sure anymore."They were together for one-and-a-half years.Christian Hoppe, from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), said last week that German police have not ruled out a sexual motive for the alleged crime against Madeleine.I’m starting to wonder if he did do it.And if he did, he needs to be really punished for it.“But if something happened that he didn’t like he became very angry.She said: “It seemed to me he had worked everything out, he had a plan and was very deliberate.

“It’s chilling to think my ex is suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann.I can’t cope with it.The ex-staffer told him the McCanns left valuables in their flat while having long dinners outside.” The woman, from Berkshire, moved to the Algarve town of Lagos in late 2003 after spending several years in the Netherlands.She landed a job in the Taberna de Lagos restaurant - now called Sal e Companhia - alongside Brueckner, a waiter who was two years her junior..“At first I didn’t actually like him that much,” she recalled in a softly-spoken southern accent.“He got angry and ordered me into the bathroom and he picked up the machete.

“Not for any reason, I just didn’t like him.“I was 28, he was a couple of years younger than me.Everyone called him Chris.“He liked me, I knew he liked me in ‘that’ way but I wasn’t interested.We slowly became friends in the spring of 2004.” In the weeks running up to the attack, Behan said she had noticed that someone had been in her room.

“Chris could be very, very charming, very funny and very smooth in the way he talked.“He always dressed nicely, holding the door open for women, that kind of thing.“I was alone here in Portugal, no family around and a bit lonely and I was getting all this attention from this guy.“We got together romantically and at first it was great.The relationship was very nice.She said about 30 policemen arrived soon after, taking her back to the room “where I was asked to strip off and stand in a star jump-like stance whilst they took pictures of me.

” The woman stayed over regularly at Brueckner’s rented farmhouse on the outskirts of Praia da Luz, less than a mile from the Ocean Club.“I was living in a little flat by myself on the same road as the restaurant where we worked,” she said.“He was living in Luz in the house that has been on the news all week.He was living on his own.“He wasn’t sleazy in the beginning, he was very charming, even chivalrous.So I am not very confident that they examined the room closely.

“He drove the nice car - the black Jaguar - and was very gentlemanly and spoke properly.“Our sex life was normal.He wasn’t into anything weird with me.“We used to go out to eat a lot.He wasn’t a veggie.” German police and London’s Metropolitan police are thought to have identified Brückner – whose name has not been released by the police but has emerged in the German media – as a key suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance.

He liked to eat Indian food.“He also liked German food.I remember in his house once he made strange German food that I didn’t like at all.“He liked taking me to the beach.He didn’t like the town beach in Lagos.“It’s the first time in 16 years that I’ve been offered any help from an official.

It would always be the West coast beaches, the isolated ones.“He liked those because he didn’t like lots of crowds, that’s what he said.He didn’t like all the tourists in the summer.“At first he seemed very easy-going, very relaxed, but gradually after summer things changed.“During the summer it was good, but during the winter it started to get not so good.Topics.

” Her first inkling that things were not right came when she bumped into a male friend in Lagos in late 2004.“We were chatting and suddenly he stopped talking to me, like he was spooked or suddenly remembered something,” she said.“Someone later told me Christian had previously threatened the guy because he’d seen us speaking before.“We also started to argue in the late autumn, early winter.“It would be small things.

He would get angry about really small things and I would get upset.“I remember he lost it once because I didn’t clean his house.I said ‘I’ve got my own house to clean, I don’t live here.’ “He was like, ‘You should clean my house, you’re a woman’.“He said he had two Portuguese girlfriends before me and they both cleaned his house even though they never lived there.

“I remember saying, ‘but I’m not Portuguese’, and he replied saying ‘English women are all lazy’.“He said he had seen an English girl for a little while and she was lazy like me.“He called her Carol, I think it was only for a few weeks, she was on holiday and they had a fling.“He started to get possessive but it wasn’t to my face, it was behind my back.“He also began going back and forwards to Germany over that time.

He’d stay one week in Germany, then back to Portugal.“I remember feeling suspicious, like something strange was going on, so I looked at his phone.“I found messages in German from someone called ‘B’ saying ‘Ich liebe dich’ - I love you.“It was a German number, and obviously he had been going back and forth to Germany, so I put two and two together.“I confronted him about those and he went crazy, completely crazy.

We had a huge fight.” Worse was to come weeks later when Brueckner flew into his jealous rage at the Metro Bar - now called Little Breakfast - in the early hours of New Year’s Day.“I started New Year’s Eve working in Taberna de Lagos and then after midnight I worked at another bar,” she recalled.“Chris was at the bar and was drunk.“Some really nice guys I’d made friends with came in from the bar next door to say happy New Year and gave me a hug.

“Chris just suddenly came round the bar in a crazy rage and dragged me out in front of everybody.“He grabbed me by the neck, pulled me into the girls toilets and was ramming my head against the wall.“There were people pulling him off me, I think it took four big guys to get him off me.“They called the police and some officers came.I was on the floor and couldn’t move because I was in shock.

“I didn’t talk to the police because I was scared of what he would do if it meant he got arrested.“The police soon left after I said I didn’t want to deal with them.“I stayed there the rest of the night recovering and eventually two friends, a guy and his girlfriend, walked me back to my flat.“I went through the security gate and up two flights of stairs, into my flat and closed the door.“Something was really strange inside there.

It’s hard to explain, something just felt strange.“I went into the bathroom and the toilet seat was up.I always put the toilet seat down, it’s what I do, so it was another clue.“I was sure someone was either in there or had been in there.“I started looking in the cupboards and then thought I’d check under the bed.

“I peeked under and got the shock of my life.He was hiding under there, lying on his back, staring at me.“Can you imagine how that felt? I just froze.I didn’t know what he was going to do to me.“He got out from under the bed, acted like everything was normal, said goodbye to me, walked out and closed the door behind him.

“I was there all alone, just shaking and shaking.“I think he was there waiting to see whether I brought anyone home with me.“To this day I still wonder what would have happened if I had brought someone back that night.“I think, from the previous behaviour, he would have really, really hurt that person and me too.” Despite the vicious beating and break-in, she enraged her friends by rekindling their relationship weeks later.

“A lot of people were very, very angry that I went back to him after what had happened on New Year’s Eve,” she admitted.“He begged for my forgiveness, saying he lost control because he was drunk and would not drink again.“He wasn’t a big drinker when we were together, so stupidly I believed him and we got back together with him.“But it was never the same.” The final straw came in mid-2005 when she found women’s underwear in a bag belonging to Brueckner.

“I found a pair of knickers that weren’t mine and I got really, really upset about that,” she said.“I confronted him about it at his place and again he went totally crazy.“He drove me back to Lagos.I got out of his car and that was it as far as I was concerned.” But Brueckner had other ideas and began stalking his ex and staking out the restaurant where she worked.

“We had to call the police because he kept trying to get in,” she said.“He was stalking me constantly.“One day I was carrying a big tray of drinks and because I wouldn’t talk to him he knocked them out of my hand and they went everywhere.“The police were called and he was banned from coming inside.“So he would wait outside and follow me.

Sometimes it would be begging me to go back with him.“But other times it would be him threatening me or saying I’m going to find out where your parents are and do something to them.“People had to walk me home each night.There was someone each night.Eventually it stopped but it went on for a long while.

” She told how Brueckner had a string of ‘relationships’ with older women that led her to believe he could be a gigolo.“There was one lady he used to take out to dinner sometimes, she was a bit older, and he said it was just for company,” she said.“There was another lady, she was much older and I think there may have been something going on between them.“He used to walk her dog and clean her apartment - at least that’s what he told me - and she gave him money for that.“She lived in the centre of town.

He took me to her house a couple of times, to see her dog.“He used to go to people’s houses a lot, saying he was going to visit this person and that person.“But the more I think about it the more I wonder what else he was doing.“At the end of the day I never found out who the other underwear belonged to, or who ‘B’ was.“A friend of mine said to me she wondered if he was some sort of gigolo, doing things for money with older women.

“Looking back on it maybe I was very, very naive at that time.I was a lot younger, a lot more impressionable.” The woman moved on with her life but was stunned to get a visit from Portuguese police officers last year.They quizzed her about a rape Brueckner carried out on an American pensioner in Praia da Luz in 2005, shortly after they split.But they never mentioned the Madeleine McCann investigation - even though British and German police already suspected his involvement.

“I remember the Madeleine case.I remember being here in Portugal when it happened,” she said.“At first I thought they would find her, but they didn’t and then it became bigger and bigger.“The Portuguese police have spoken to me three times in the past year, but never once did they say it was about Madeleine.“They said it was about him, they were investigating him because they had found out he had raped an old lady in Luz in 2005.

“They wanted to know all about him.But I had no idea it was to do with Madeleine also.“They asked me what the relationship was like, what the sex life was like, how he treated me, how he treated women.New Madeleine McCann prime suspect “They wanted to know if he liked older women, younger women, what kind, what types.“They asked me what people he knew, any names, contacts, and asked about the Jaguar car.

“I don’t remember them saying anything about the camper van.I never saw that.” The woman only discovered the link to the Madeleine McCann investigation when British and German police made their dramatic appeal last week.Hundreds of calls with fresh information have flooded into detectives since they released details of the suspect.“The first I knew it was also about Madeleine was when someone sent me a link a few days ago,” said his ex.

“I was shocked and horrified.Really, really shocked.I couldn’t believe I had been with someone who could be capable of that.“To imagine I’ve been with someone who is capable of hurting someone like that is sickening.“It’s so hard for me to believe it’s true.

“I’ve had loads of people contacting me saying ‘Do you think it’s true? ‘I’m so shocked’, ‘I can’t believe it’.“And I’m the same.Of course I would never have guessed it.How can anybody imagine something like that? “There was absolutely no sign of him being into young children or young girls.“I find the Madeleine thing really shocking.

It’s shocking to discover he was a paedophile.“I find it absolutely disgusting.It makes me feel sick.Not just sick, angry too.“If the British police want to speak to me of course I would talk to them.

“If there is anything I can do to help find her or find out what happened to her then I’ll talk to them.”.

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