It has been thirteen years since the British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. Maddie, then three, slept in an apartment while her parents had dinner with their friends at a nearby restaurant. Her parents regularly checked the room where little Maddie slept with her siblings, but during one of the checks they found her crib empty.
The search, which continues to this day, has begun. However, after such a long time, the authorities came with the shocking news that there was a big break in Maddie’s disappearance and they were investigating the suspected Christian B., a convicted sexual deviant who attacked a six-year-old girl playing on the field in Würzburg, Germany.
He was sentenced to two years in prison for the crime and later moved to the Portuguese Algarve. He arrived in Portugal at the age of 18 after being released from prison, according to the British Daily Mail. He worked in catering in Lagos and Praia da Luz. He was to smuggle drugs in the Algarve and in 2005 was to break into the apartment of a 72-year-old American tourist, whom he tortured for a few minutes and then raped. He was charged with rape in 2019 and sentenced to seven years. At the time of Maddie’s disappearance, he was to be staying at a nearby farm and, according to telephone records, was to move near the McCanns’ apartment.
However, it seems that Christian B.’s victims may be far more. He apparently committed crimes in both Germany and Portugal for several years, but neither side linked the crimes. In the 1990s, law enforcement did not share information with each other. The turning point came only now. Police have registered up to eighteen similar cases that have taken place in a Portuguese resort over the course of six years. One case is a ten-year-old girl from Britain, who was attacked two years before Maddie’s disappearance. German police asked Portuguese colleagues to send details of the case. According to the Daily Mail, the rapist was supposed to break into the apartment where the girl was sleeping while her parents were away.