True untold story of Madeleine McCann suspect who seemed like 'perfect gent'

6/12/2020 11:02:00 PM

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: True untold story of Madeleine McCann suspect who seemed like 'perfect gent'

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: True untold story of Madeleine McCann suspect who seemed like 'perfect gent'

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Christian Brueckner, a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, played the gent in an Algarve hippy enclave where pals knew nothing of his paedo crimes, claims his Brit ex-girlfriend

The coastal town of Lagos is home to a curious mix of locals, drifters, bohemians and tourists drawn to the sunny, laid-back Algarve.Fri 12 Jun 2020 03.Portuguese police still believe Madeleine McCann's parents killed her, a German prosecutor has claimed, as he exposed the "cumbersome" working relationship between rival forces.The terrified ex-girlfriend of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner is now under police protection.

But even among this community, Christian Brueckner stood out. The German detested the “scruffy hippies”, as he called them, preferring to dress in old tailored suits. There was a new lead in the search for the missing British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared at the age of three in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. He also shunned their drug-fuelled lifestyle, at least publicly, saying narcotics made him “lose control”. He insists it is now a "German investigation" and evidence is passed to the Portuguese police when appropriate. Brueckner apparently tried to portray himself as a gent, wooing women with his classic good manners. They tell Rachel Humphreys what it was about this case that made it a national obsession – and what a resolution would mean. But behind the veneer there was a dark side to him, which remained hidden to even his closest friends..

When he first arrived with a girlfriend in tow in 1995, aged 19, he was already a convicted sex offender in Germany. Madeleine went missing from Praia da Luz while on holiday with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, and two siblings. He had fled to Portugal after serving a two-year juvenile term for abusing a six-year-old girl in a playground and exposing himself to a nine-year-old girl when he was 17. And that was not his first brush with the law. Born Christian Fischer in Bavaria in 1976, he was given up by his birth mother and placed in a children’s home, then adopted by Fritz and Brigitte Brueckner from Bergtheim, Bavaria. "We have no evidence that he held on to Maddie for some period. He was convicted of his first burglary in nearby Wuerzburg in 1992, aged 15..

His adoptive parents sent him to a reform home for delinquent teens after Fritz was seriously injured in a car crash. In 1993, Brueckner got an eight-month suspended juvenile term for multiple thefts and driving without a licence. They take a long time for everything and the French or British police are faster. After serving time for the later sex offences he started his new life in Lagos. He became a regular in the bars and clubs and was often seen at all-night parties in the hippy village of Barao de Sao Joao. He first came to the attention of Portuguese authorities in 1999, when he was arrested following a bar brawl." A senior source in the Portuguese police yesterday said that they are not searching any of the suspect's former homes until they get a request from Germany. He has also been sentenced to seven years for the rape of a woman on the Algarve in 2005.

He was handed a two-month jail term in Evora, near Lisbon, but was freed after a matter of weeks. By the time he wooed a lonely 28-year-old English woman newly arrived in Lagos in 2004, he had been in Portugal for almost a decade. As with previous girlfriends, he turned on the charm and played up to his “gentlemanly” image. The woman, now 45, told the Mirror: “At first I didn’t actually like him that much. I was 28, he was a couple of years younger.

I knew he liked me but I wasn’t interested. But Chris could be very, very charming, very funny and very smooth in the way he talked. “He always dressed nicely, held the door open, that kind of thing. He drove the nice car – the black Jaguar – was very gentlemanly and spoke properly. “I was alone in Portugal, no family around and a bit lonely.

We became friends in the spring of 2004 and that moved on to us becoming romantic. At first it was great.” The Mirror told this week how the woman, who does not want to be named, said he later changed. She claimed he flew into jealous rages, and allegedly smashed her head against a toilet wall in 2005 after she hugged a male pal. She said she still lives in fear of him now.

Shortly after their relationship began, Brueckner left his bar job and made money repairing classic cars. The woman, from Berkshire, said: “He liked taking me to the beach in his Jaguar. He didn’t like the town beach in Lagos. It would always be the West coast beaches, the isolated ones. “He didn’t like lots of crowds.

He didn’t like all the tourists in the summer.” She told how he once made her “strange German food” at his home. It is this house, situated on a hill ­overlooking Praia da Luz, that has become the focus of police attention. Brueckner moved out in 2006, after receiving a nine-month prison term for petrol theft – a year before Madeleine McCann disappeared aged three from her family’s holiday apartment in the resort in May 2007. A neighbour who cleaned up the property told last week how she found filthy conditions and bags of wigs and exotic clothes.

This came as a surprise to his British ex, who remembered him being “house-proud”. But she also had an explanation for the items found. She said: “Chris loved to dress up, but not in a kinky way. He loved fancy-dress parties, especially Halloween, so he kept all sorts of outfits in the house. “He wasn’t into anything weird with me.

We just had a normal sex life.” Despite his previous offences, his ex had no clue he was sexually attracted to young children. Instead, she and her pals in Lagos suspected Brueckner – now in a high-security German prison – had a thing for older women. She said: “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. There was another lady, she was much older.

He used to walk her dog and clean her apartment and she gave him money for that.” Months after they split in 2005, Brueckner raped a 72-year-old woman in her Praia da Luz home. He was handed a seven-year jail term last year but is appealing his conviction. His ex said Brueckner’s only passion, besides his cars, was making money. She said: “Other people get joy out of films, music, socialising, that sort of thing.

But for him, if there was no money to be made out of something, then there was no point doing it.” Brueckner was living in a camper van in the Praia da Luz area when Madeleine vanished from the Ocean Club resort. Police had him in their sights within five days and staff at the resort were shown his picture and name to see if they recognised him. But he only became a suspect in 2017 when a caller to the German version of Crimewatch claimed he had hinted in a bar that he knew what had happened to Madeleine. In the intervening decade, Brueckner had regularly moved between Germany and Portugal.

His German pals told the Mirror he had two dogs he treated so badly that one of them died. One was a daschund-cross called Mrs Muller, the other a rottweiler called Charlie. He reportedly left them locked inside a kiosk bar for six weeks – with one becoming so malnourished it died. New Madeleine McCann prime suspect In another bizarre incident, he took the roof off a campervan with an electric saw then filled it with rainwater to use as a bath. Back in Lagos, his ex and former pals are struggling to comprehend how he is being viewed as a suspect.

His ex, who still works as a barmaid in the town, said: “I was shocked and horrified. I’ve had loads of people contacting me saying ‘Do you think it’s true?’ ‘I’m so shocked’, ‘I can’t believe it’.” .

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But even among this community, Christian Brueckner stood out. The German detested the “scruffy hippies”, as he called them, preferring to dress in old tailored suits. There was a new lead in the search for the missing British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared at the age of three in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. He also shunned their drug-fuelled lifestyle, at least publicly, saying narcotics made him “lose control”. He insists it is now a "German investigation" and evidence is passed to the Portuguese police when appropriate. Brueckner apparently tried to portray himself as a gent, wooing women with his classic good manners. They tell Rachel Humphreys what it was about this case that made it a national obsession – and what a resolution would mean. But behind the veneer there was a dark side to him, which remained hidden to even his closest friends..

When he first arrived with a girlfriend in tow in 1995, aged 19, he was already a convicted sex offender in Germany. Madeleine went missing from Praia da Luz while on holiday with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, and two siblings. He had fled to Portugal after serving a two-year juvenile term for abusing a six-year-old girl in a playground and exposing himself to a nine-year-old girl when he was 17. And that was not his first brush with the law. Born Christian Fischer in Bavaria in 1976, he was given up by his birth mother and placed in a children’s home, then adopted by Fritz and Brigitte Brueckner from Bergtheim, Bavaria. "We have no evidence that he held on to Maddie for some period. He was convicted of his first burglary in nearby Wuerzburg in 1992, aged 15..

His adoptive parents sent him to a reform home for delinquent teens after Fritz was seriously injured in a car crash. In 1993, Brueckner got an eight-month suspended juvenile term for multiple thefts and driving without a licence. They take a long time for everything and the French or British police are faster. After serving time for the later sex offences he started his new life in Lagos. He became a regular in the bars and clubs and was often seen at all-night parties in the hippy village of Barao de Sao Joao. He first came to the attention of Portuguese authorities in 1999, when he was arrested following a bar brawl." A senior source in the Portuguese police yesterday said that they are not searching any of the suspect's former homes until they get a request from Germany. He has also been sentenced to seven years for the rape of a woman on the Algarve in 2005.

He was handed a two-month jail term in Evora, near Lisbon, but was freed after a matter of weeks. By the time he wooed a lonely 28-year-old English woman newly arrived in Lagos in 2004, he had been in Portugal for almost a decade. As with previous girlfriends, he turned on the charm and played up to his “gentlemanly” image. The woman, now 45, told the Mirror: “At first I didn’t actually like him that much. I was 28, he was a couple of years younger.

I knew he liked me but I wasn’t interested. But Chris could be very, very charming, very funny and very smooth in the way he talked. “He always dressed nicely, held the door open, that kind of thing. He drove the nice car – the black Jaguar – was very gentlemanly and spoke properly. “I was alone in Portugal, no family around and a bit lonely.

We became friends in the spring of 2004 and that moved on to us becoming romantic. At first it was great.” The Mirror told this week how the woman, who does not want to be named, said he later changed. She claimed he flew into jealous rages, and allegedly smashed her head against a toilet wall in 2005 after she hugged a male pal. She said she still lives in fear of him now.

Shortly after their relationship began, Brueckner left his bar job and made money repairing classic cars. The woman, from Berkshire, said: “He liked taking me to the beach in his Jaguar. He didn’t like the town beach in Lagos. It would always be the West coast beaches, the isolated ones. “He didn’t like lots of crowds.

He didn’t like all the tourists in the summer.” She told how he once made her “strange German food” at his home. It is this house, situated on a hill ­overlooking Praia da Luz, that has become the focus of police attention. Brueckner moved out in 2006, after receiving a nine-month prison term for petrol theft – a year before Madeleine McCann disappeared aged three from her family’s holiday apartment in the resort in May 2007. A neighbour who cleaned up the property told last week how she found filthy conditions and bags of wigs and exotic clothes.

This came as a surprise to his British ex, who remembered him being “house-proud”. But she also had an explanation for the items found. She said: “Chris loved to dress up, but not in a kinky way. He loved fancy-dress parties, especially Halloween, so he kept all sorts of outfits in the house. “He wasn’t into anything weird with me.

We just had a normal sex life.” Despite his previous offences, his ex had no clue he was sexually attracted to young children. Instead, she and her pals in Lagos suspected Brueckner – now in a high-security German prison – had a thing for older women. She said: “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. There was another lady, she was much older.

He used to walk her dog and clean her apartment and she gave him money for that.” Months after they split in 2005, Brueckner raped a 72-year-old woman in her Praia da Luz home. He was handed a seven-year jail term last year but is appealing his conviction. His ex said Brueckner’s only passion, besides his cars, was making money. She said: “Other people get joy out of films, music, socialising, that sort of thing.

But for him, if there was no money to be made out of something, then there was no point doing it.” Brueckner was living in a camper van in the Praia da Luz area when Madeleine vanished from the Ocean Club resort. Police had him in their sights within five days and staff at the resort were shown his picture and name to see if they recognised him. But he only became a suspect in 2017 when a caller to the German version of Crimewatch claimed he had hinted in a bar that he knew what had happened to Madeleine. In the intervening decade, Brueckner had regularly moved between Germany and Portugal.

His German pals told the Mirror he had two dogs he treated so badly that one of them died. One was a daschund-cross called Mrs Muller, the other a rottweiler called Charlie. He reportedly left them locked inside a kiosk bar for six weeks – with one becoming so malnourished it died. New Madeleine McCann prime suspect In another bizarre incident, he took the roof off a campervan with an electric saw then filled it with rainwater to use as a bath. Back in Lagos, his ex and former pals are struggling to comprehend how he is being viewed as a suspect.

His ex, who still works as a barmaid in the town, said: “I was shocked and horrified. I’ve had loads of people contacting me saying ‘Do you think it’s true?’ ‘I’m so shocked’, ‘I can’t believe it’.” .