Missing children and murder cases probed for possible links to Maddie suspect

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Missing children and murder cases probed for possible links to Maddie suspect

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Missing children and murder cases probed for possible links to Maddie suspect

At least six cases, including the disappearances of Madeleine McCann and German girls Inga Gehricke and Peggy Knoblock, are being investigated or under review for possible links to Christian B rueckner

Paedophile Christian Brueckner has emerged as the chief suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and there are fears he is responsible for other unsolved mysteries.The chief suspect in the Madeleine McCann case was rumoured to have tried to get elderly holidaymakers to pay him for sex, a former friend claims.The chief suspect in the Madeleine McCann case was rumoured to have tried to get elderly holidaymakers to pay him for sex, a former friend claims.Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Police across Europe are taking a fresh look at child disappearances or murders and rapes of women to find out if the 43-year-old sex predator was involved. And the parents of several missing or murdered children have asked investigators to re-examine those cases as they cling to hope that they will finally see justice. His interactions with older women sparked rumours he was trying to get them to pay him for sex, the friend claims. Including Madeleine's, at six cases are being investigated or under review for possible links to Brueckner. Brueckner is suspected of abducting and murdering three-year-old Madeleine from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007, when it is thought he was living a "transient" lifestyle in a VW camper van. German prosecutors suspect Brueckner abducted three-year-old Madeleine from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal and then murdered her shortly afterwards in May 2007. Sign up to get the Mirror's biggest and best stories delivered straight to your inbox at www. Sign up to get the Mirror's biggest and best stories delivered straight to your inbox at www. Murdoch, too, is yet to be persuaded to reveal where Falconio’s body is.

mirror.co.co.co.uk/email. Brueckner, who was 30 at the time, is in prison in Kiel, Germany, for raping and beating a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz in September 2005. Investigators continue to build a case and have not yet attempted to interrogate Brueckner in prison. He has two previous convictions for child sexual abuse. Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters suspects Madeleine was killed shortly after she was abducted from her bedroom, but has admitted that investigators do not have the "crucial evidence" of the youngster's body in order to charge the suspect. A former friend, who saus he knew the McCann suspect as a barman at the Taberna De Lagos bar in Lagos, told the Sun there were rumours that Brueckner was trying to get elderly tourists to pay him for sex. “Murdoch would no longer be the innocent hard man doing big time, but simply a cold and dangerous killer, a man stripped of his secrets.

Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, was just days away from her fourth birthday when she disappeared from a flat in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz on the night of May 3, 2007. Her parents, Kate and Gerry, had left her and her 18-month-old twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, sleeping alone while they went for dinner with friends at a tapas restaurant nearby. He was seeing at least two British women while living with a German woman, according to the friend. He was seeing at least two British women while living with a German woman, according to the friend. Brueckner is currently in prison in Kiel, Germany, for brutally raping and beating a 72-year-old American woman in her flat in Praia da Luz, the same resort where Madeleine disappeared, in September 2005. He has two previous convictions of child sexual abuse. He is accused of being abusive towards his British girlfriends and the younger woman. German prosecutors suspect he carried out other crimes in Germany and Portugal - and possibly elsewhere in Europe - for which no one has ever been charged. The friend said: "He seemed to have a thing about much older women.

Here are some of the cases that are being re-examined by police or where parents are asking investigators to take another look. That might account for why people who knew him didn't associate him with the McCann inquiry for years. Inga Gehricke Five-year-old Inga Gehricke vanished during a family outing in a forest in the Wilhelmshof district of Stendal in northern Germany on May 2, 2015, almost eight years to the day of Madeleine's disappearance. One of two girls dubbed the "German Maddie", she was collecting wood for a campfire with other children when she was last seen alive." After Brueckner emerged as the new suspect in the McCann case, police across Europe began taking another look at unsolved disappearances or murders of children and rapes of women to find out if he was responsible." After Brueckner emerged as the new suspect in the McCann case, police across Europe began taking another look at unsolved disappearances or murders of children and rapes of women to find out if he was responsible. A massive search was launched but she is still missing, and investigators suspect she was abducted, calling her disappearance “inexplicable and unbelievable”. Nine months after Inga vanished, police raided Brueckner's ramshackle farmhouse in Neuwegersleben, about 60 miles south-west of the forest, but there was no evidence he was involved and was never charged. Investigators continue to build a case and have not yet attempted to interrogate Brueckner in prison.

Girls' clothing was found in a caravan on the property, Der Spiegel reported. New Madeleine McCann prime suspect Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters believes Madeleine was killed shortly after she was abducted from her bedroom, but has admitted that investigators do not have the "crucial evidence" of the youngster's body in order to charge the suspect. Police claim they also discovered an online chat where he told someone he wanted to "catch something little and use it for days", "record maaaany videos/clips" and "document in detail how she's being tortured". Meanwhile, a crucial third vehicle that could help solve Madeleine's disappearance has been linked to Brueckner. Khubaib-Ali Mohammed, a lawyer for Inga's father, Jens-Uwe, claims police found USB sticks that contained images of children being sexually abused and indecent images of animals. He claims there was a "massive carcass smell" on Brueckner's farm property and several dogs were found dead, some of them buried. Police have already linked him to an early 1980s VW T3 Westfalia camper van and a 1993 Jaguar XJR6, which have been seized and searched. Police have already linked him to an early 1980s VW T3 Westfalia camper van and a 1993 Jaguar XJR6, which have been seized and searched. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Mr Mohammed claims Brueckner had no alibi for the day Inga disappeared and a witness remembered seeing a dark vehicle close to the spot where she was.

Brueckner is said to have owned such a vehicle at the time. Her parents, Kate and Gerry, had left her and her 18-month-old twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, sleeping alone while they went out for dinner with friends at a tapas restaurant nearby. The day before Inga went missing, Brueckner was involved in a minor parking accident at an autobahn service station in Helmstedt, located between his then-home and the forest.. Inga's parents have called on police to take another look at Brueckner to find out if he abducted and killed their daughter. Peggy Knobloch Police in Germany have confirmed they are re-examining the abduction and murder of Peggy Knobloch, who was found dead 15 years after she went missing. Her death has been called Germany's most mysterious criminal case, and she has also been referred to as the "German Maddie".

Peggy vanished on her way home from school in Lichtenberg, Bavaria, in May 2001, almost six years exactly before Madeleine disappeared. Peggy's remains weren't discovered until July 2016, when mushroom pickers found human bones in a forest nine miles from her home. Investigators in Bavaria are looking at Peggy's killing again to find out if there is a connection to Brueckner, saying there is no evidence linking him to the crime and it is "purely routine", Bild reported. Police have already looked at a number of potential suspects and one man was previously jailed and later acquitted. In 2016, DNA traces from notorious neo-Nazi Uwe Boehnhardt, who died in 2011, were found in the woods where Peggy was found.

However, a connection was never proven. New Madeleine McCann prime suspect In 2018, a man, named as Manuel S, then 41, admitted dumping Peggy's body in the forest but denied killing her. He told police another man directed him to Peggy's lifeless body at a bus stop near her home town, and he took it and buried it in the woods. But prosecutors said Manuel was released as "there was no immediate suspicion". The suspect, who was detained for several weeks, revoked his confession and his wife insisted last year that he was innocent.

In 2002, a year after Peggy disappeared, a man with a learning disability was accused of killing her to cover up that he had sexually abused her. He withdrew his confession, but was jailed for life in 2004 and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. But in 2014 his conviction was overturned and he was freed. Joana Cipriano Joana Cipriano's step-dad has urged police to quiz Brueckner over the girl's disappearance 16 years ago. Joana was eight when she vanished from Figueira, close to where Madeleine was later snatched, after leaving a cafe in 2004.

Her body has never been found. Goncalo Amaral, the detective who led the botched investigation into ­Madeleine’s disappearance, led Joana's murder investigation. He falsified police documents in Joana's case and was sentenced to 18 months. Her mum Leonor and uncle Joao were convicted of murder and spent nearly two decades behind bars, but both insist they are innocent and were forced to confess. Joana’s step-dad Leandro Silva told the Mirror he wants German and Portuguese police to probe whether there are any links between Brueckner and the girl.

He said: “The moment I saw police had a Madeleine suspect I thought about poor Joana and how he could be involved." Carola Titze Police in Belgium have reopened this cold case after Brueckner emerged as a suspect in the McCann disappearance. Carola Titze's mutilated body was found dead and mutilated in sand dunes in De Haan, where she was holidaying with her parents, in July 1996. The 16-year-old had vanished six days earlier and had been at a disco with a mystery German man who has never been located. The public prosecutor's office in Bruges said it "is indeed reopening the file relating to this murder".

De Haan's current mayor, Wilfried Vandaele, told VRT: "A shockwave went through our community when the body of Carola Titze was found in woodland in the dunes in 1996. "Of course, we too want the perpetrator to be found at long last. "Let's hope the German investigation can provide greater clarity." Jair Soares Dutch police are working with their German counterparts to find out if Brueckner was involved in the disappearance of Jair Soares. Jair was seven when he vanished during a trip to a beach near the town of Monster in the Netherlands in August 1995.

Leo Simais, from a cold case team, told the De Telegraaf newspaper: "We would be crazy if we didn't look closely at this German man. "We have now made contact with the German Criminal Investigation Service and are going to exchange information. "We are now working on a presentation about the disappearance of Jaïr, which we can then take with us." Renee Hasee Brueckner was previously investigated over the disappearance of six-year-old Renee Hasee, who disappeared during a holiday in Aljezur in the Algarve in June 1996. There was no evidence linking him and he was never charged, but police are now taking another look at the unsolved case.

Renee's father, Andreas, told the Sun he has "no doubt" that Madeleine's and his son's cases are linked. He added: "The evidence is just too much and the police are looking again at my son's disappearance. "Just look at both of the children, you can see how handsome Renee is and how beautiful Madeleine looks and they were almost the same age. "I strongly believe both children were taken there is no doubt of it." Renee disappeared when he ran ahead during a family walk on the beach to go in the sea.

His family lost sight of him and found his clothes on the beach. Portuguese initially claimed Renee had drowned, but proper searches of the sea weren't carried out for two days. Mr Hasee said he doesn't believe his son would have entered the water alone, and said his body would have eventually washed ashore if he had. Brueckner had moved to the Algarve the previous year shortly after being convicted of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl in Germany. Louise Kerton A British father whose daughter vanished in Germany 19 years ago wants police to question Brueckner about her whereabouts.

Student nurse Louise Kerton, from Broadstairs, Kent, was last seen in Germany in July 2001, where she was supposed to be catching a train from the city of Aachen, near the border with Holland and Belgium, before taking a ferry to Dover. Her father Phil Kerton has never given up hope of finding out what happened to his daughter, who was then 24, and he is following the fresh developments in the McCann investigation closely. Mr Kerton, 75, said of the latest news: "It just confirms that the family have been right to keep persisting, there was something to find out there. "Certainly the German police seemed confident they are onto something there. "It gives one some sort of hope that the truth is out there to be found.

" Hazel Behan Hazel Behan, from Ireland, was raped and beaten in 2004 in her apartment in Praia da Rocha, about 15 miles from the Algarve resort where Madeleine would later disappear. She contacted British police after reading disturbing details this month of how masked Brueckner raped and battered the 72-year-old American woman on camera in Praia da Luz in 2005. Ms Behan, who has waived her right to anonymity, said that incident was similar to the attack on her when, then a 20-year-old holiday rep, a masked and machete-wielding intruder bound and gagged her, and then filmed himself raping and beating her for up to five hours before fleeing. She has spoken to British police since Brueckner was named as the McCann suspect, but Portuguese police are said to have already ruled him out in her case. In Germany, Brueckner was investigated over the murder 24-year-old Monika Pawlak, who worked in a kitchen and occasionally as a prostitute, in Hanover in 2010, but never charged, police documents revealed.

He was ordered to give a DNA sample during a mass DNA test, it was reported. .

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Paedophile Christian Brueckner has emerged as the chief suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and there are fears he is responsible for other unsolved mysteries.The chief suspect in the Madeleine McCann case was rumoured to have tried to get elderly holidaymakers to pay him for sex, a former friend claims.The chief suspect in the Madeleine McCann case was rumoured to have tried to get elderly holidaymakers to pay him for sex, a former friend claims.Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Police across Europe are taking a fresh look at child disappearances or murders and rapes of women to find out if the 43-year-old sex predator was involved. And the parents of several missing or murdered children have asked investigators to re-examine those cases as they cling to hope that they will finally see justice. His interactions with older women sparked rumours he was trying to get them to pay him for sex, the friend claims. Including Madeleine's, at six cases are being investigated or under review for possible links to Brueckner. Brueckner is suspected of abducting and murdering three-year-old Madeleine from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007, when it is thought he was living a "transient" lifestyle in a VW camper van. German prosecutors suspect Brueckner abducted three-year-old Madeleine from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal and then murdered her shortly afterwards in May 2007. Sign up to get the Mirror's biggest and best stories delivered straight to your inbox at www. Sign up to get the Mirror's biggest and best stories delivered straight to your inbox at www. Murdoch, too, is yet to be persuaded to reveal where Falconio’s body is.

mirror.co.co.co.uk/email. Brueckner, who was 30 at the time, is in prison in Kiel, Germany, for raping and beating a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz in September 2005. Investigators continue to build a case and have not yet attempted to interrogate Brueckner in prison. He has two previous convictions for child sexual abuse. Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters suspects Madeleine was killed shortly after she was abducted from her bedroom, but has admitted that investigators do not have the "crucial evidence" of the youngster's body in order to charge the suspect. A former friend, who saus he knew the McCann suspect as a barman at the Taberna De Lagos bar in Lagos, told the Sun there were rumours that Brueckner was trying to get elderly tourists to pay him for sex. “Murdoch would no longer be the innocent hard man doing big time, but simply a cold and dangerous killer, a man stripped of his secrets.

Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, was just days away from her fourth birthday when she disappeared from a flat in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz on the night of May 3, 2007. Her parents, Kate and Gerry, had left her and her 18-month-old twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, sleeping alone while they went for dinner with friends at a tapas restaurant nearby. He was seeing at least two British women while living with a German woman, according to the friend. He was seeing at least two British women while living with a German woman, according to the friend. Brueckner is currently in prison in Kiel, Germany, for brutally raping and beating a 72-year-old American woman in her flat in Praia da Luz, the same resort where Madeleine disappeared, in September 2005. He has two previous convictions of child sexual abuse. He is accused of being abusive towards his British girlfriends and the younger woman. German prosecutors suspect he carried out other crimes in Germany and Portugal - and possibly elsewhere in Europe - for which no one has ever been charged. The friend said: "He seemed to have a thing about much older women.

Here are some of the cases that are being re-examined by police or where parents are asking investigators to take another look. That might account for why people who knew him didn't associate him with the McCann inquiry for years. Inga Gehricke Five-year-old Inga Gehricke vanished during a family outing in a forest in the Wilhelmshof district of Stendal in northern Germany on May 2, 2015, almost eight years to the day of Madeleine's disappearance. One of two girls dubbed the "German Maddie", she was collecting wood for a campfire with other children when she was last seen alive." After Brueckner emerged as the new suspect in the McCann case, police across Europe began taking another look at unsolved disappearances or murders of children and rapes of women to find out if he was responsible." After Brueckner emerged as the new suspect in the McCann case, police across Europe began taking another look at unsolved disappearances or murders of children and rapes of women to find out if he was responsible. A massive search was launched but she is still missing, and investigators suspect she was abducted, calling her disappearance “inexplicable and unbelievable”. Nine months after Inga vanished, police raided Brueckner's ramshackle farmhouse in Neuwegersleben, about 60 miles south-west of the forest, but there was no evidence he was involved and was never charged. Investigators continue to build a case and have not yet attempted to interrogate Brueckner in prison.

Girls' clothing was found in a caravan on the property, Der Spiegel reported. New Madeleine McCann prime suspect Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters believes Madeleine was killed shortly after she was abducted from her bedroom, but has admitted that investigators do not have the "crucial evidence" of the youngster's body in order to charge the suspect. Police claim they also discovered an online chat where he told someone he wanted to "catch something little and use it for days", "record maaaany videos/clips" and "document in detail how she's being tortured". Meanwhile, a crucial third vehicle that could help solve Madeleine's disappearance has been linked to Brueckner. Khubaib-Ali Mohammed, a lawyer for Inga's father, Jens-Uwe, claims police found USB sticks that contained images of children being sexually abused and indecent images of animals. He claims there was a "massive carcass smell" on Brueckner's farm property and several dogs were found dead, some of them buried. Police have already linked him to an early 1980s VW T3 Westfalia camper van and a 1993 Jaguar XJR6, which have been seized and searched. Police have already linked him to an early 1980s VW T3 Westfalia camper van and a 1993 Jaguar XJR6, which have been seized and searched. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Mr Mohammed claims Brueckner had no alibi for the day Inga disappeared and a witness remembered seeing a dark vehicle close to the spot where she was.

Brueckner is said to have owned such a vehicle at the time. Her parents, Kate and Gerry, had left her and her 18-month-old twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, sleeping alone while they went out for dinner with friends at a tapas restaurant nearby. The day before Inga went missing, Brueckner was involved in a minor parking accident at an autobahn service station in Helmstedt, located between his then-home and the forest.. Inga's parents have called on police to take another look at Brueckner to find out if he abducted and killed their daughter. Peggy Knobloch Police in Germany have confirmed they are re-examining the abduction and murder of Peggy Knobloch, who was found dead 15 years after she went missing. Her death has been called Germany's most mysterious criminal case, and she has also been referred to as the "German Maddie".

Peggy vanished on her way home from school in Lichtenberg, Bavaria, in May 2001, almost six years exactly before Madeleine disappeared. Peggy's remains weren't discovered until July 2016, when mushroom pickers found human bones in a forest nine miles from her home. Investigators in Bavaria are looking at Peggy's killing again to find out if there is a connection to Brueckner, saying there is no evidence linking him to the crime and it is "purely routine", Bild reported. Police have already looked at a number of potential suspects and one man was previously jailed and later acquitted. In 2016, DNA traces from notorious neo-Nazi Uwe Boehnhardt, who died in 2011, were found in the woods where Peggy was found.

However, a connection was never proven. New Madeleine McCann prime suspect In 2018, a man, named as Manuel S, then 41, admitted dumping Peggy's body in the forest but denied killing her. He told police another man directed him to Peggy's lifeless body at a bus stop near her home town, and he took it and buried it in the woods. But prosecutors said Manuel was released as "there was no immediate suspicion". The suspect, who was detained for several weeks, revoked his confession and his wife insisted last year that he was innocent.

In 2002, a year after Peggy disappeared, a man with a learning disability was accused of killing her to cover up that he had sexually abused her. He withdrew his confession, but was jailed for life in 2004 and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. But in 2014 his conviction was overturned and he was freed. Joana Cipriano Joana Cipriano's step-dad has urged police to quiz Brueckner over the girl's disappearance 16 years ago. Joana was eight when she vanished from Figueira, close to where Madeleine was later snatched, after leaving a cafe in 2004.

Her body has never been found. Goncalo Amaral, the detective who led the botched investigation into ­Madeleine’s disappearance, led Joana's murder investigation. He falsified police documents in Joana's case and was sentenced to 18 months. Her mum Leonor and uncle Joao were convicted of murder and spent nearly two decades behind bars, but both insist they are innocent and were forced to confess. Joana’s step-dad Leandro Silva told the Mirror he wants German and Portuguese police to probe whether there are any links between Brueckner and the girl.

He said: “The moment I saw police had a Madeleine suspect I thought about poor Joana and how he could be involved." Carola Titze Police in Belgium have reopened this cold case after Brueckner emerged as a suspect in the McCann disappearance. Carola Titze's mutilated body was found dead and mutilated in sand dunes in De Haan, where she was holidaying with her parents, in July 1996. The 16-year-old had vanished six days earlier and had been at a disco with a mystery German man who has never been located. The public prosecutor's office in Bruges said it "is indeed reopening the file relating to this murder".

De Haan's current mayor, Wilfried Vandaele, told VRT: "A shockwave went through our community when the body of Carola Titze was found in woodland in the dunes in 1996. "Of course, we too want the perpetrator to be found at long last. "Let's hope the German investigation can provide greater clarity." Jair Soares Dutch police are working with their German counterparts to find out if Brueckner was involved in the disappearance of Jair Soares. Jair was seven when he vanished during a trip to a beach near the town of Monster in the Netherlands in August 1995.

Leo Simais, from a cold case team, told the De Telegraaf newspaper: "We would be crazy if we didn't look closely at this German man. "We have now made contact with the German Criminal Investigation Service and are going to exchange information. "We are now working on a presentation about the disappearance of Jaïr, which we can then take with us." Renee Hasee Brueckner was previously investigated over the disappearance of six-year-old Renee Hasee, who disappeared during a holiday in Aljezur in the Algarve in June 1996. There was no evidence linking him and he was never charged, but police are now taking another look at the unsolved case.

Renee's father, Andreas, told the Sun he has "no doubt" that Madeleine's and his son's cases are linked. He added: "The evidence is just too much and the police are looking again at my son's disappearance. "Just look at both of the children, you can see how handsome Renee is and how beautiful Madeleine looks and they were almost the same age. "I strongly believe both children were taken there is no doubt of it." Renee disappeared when he ran ahead during a family walk on the beach to go in the sea.

His family lost sight of him and found his clothes on the beach. Portuguese initially claimed Renee had drowned, but proper searches of the sea weren't carried out for two days. Mr Hasee said he doesn't believe his son would have entered the water alone, and said his body would have eventually washed ashore if he had. Brueckner had moved to the Algarve the previous year shortly after being convicted of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl in Germany. Louise Kerton A British father whose daughter vanished in Germany 19 years ago wants police to question Brueckner about her whereabouts.

Student nurse Louise Kerton, from Broadstairs, Kent, was last seen in Germany in July 2001, where she was supposed to be catching a train from the city of Aachen, near the border with Holland and Belgium, before taking a ferry to Dover. Her father Phil Kerton has never given up hope of finding out what happened to his daughter, who was then 24, and he is following the fresh developments in the McCann investigation closely. Mr Kerton, 75, said of the latest news: "It just confirms that the family have been right to keep persisting, there was something to find out there. "Certainly the German police seemed confident they are onto something there. "It gives one some sort of hope that the truth is out there to be found.

" Hazel Behan Hazel Behan, from Ireland, was raped and beaten in 2004 in her apartment in Praia da Rocha, about 15 miles from the Algarve resort where Madeleine would later disappear. She contacted British police after reading disturbing details this month of how masked Brueckner raped and battered the 72-year-old American woman on camera in Praia da Luz in 2005. Ms Behan, who has waived her right to anonymity, said that incident was similar to the attack on her when, then a 20-year-old holiday rep, a masked and machete-wielding intruder bound and gagged her, and then filmed himself raping and beating her for up to five hours before fleeing. She has spoken to British police since Brueckner was named as the McCann suspect, but Portuguese police are said to have already ruled him out in her case. In Germany, Brueckner was investigated over the murder 24-year-old Monika Pawlak, who worked in a kitchen and occasionally as a prostitute, in Hanover in 2010, but never charged, police documents revealed.

He was ordered to give a DNA sample during a mass DNA test, it was reported. .