The Twisted World of Christian B. German Police Identify a Suspect in the Maddie Case

Police in Germany believe they have found a likely suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal in May 2007. Is this the spectacular breakthrough that has evaded justice officials across Europe for more than a decade? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
A photo of Madeleine McCann at a 2017 event held to commemorate her disappearance

A photo of Madeleine McCann at a 2017 event held to commemorate her disappearance

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Steve Parsons / PA / dpa

Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation is searching for tips and clues relating to this VW Bus.

Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation is searching for tips and clues relating to this VW Bus.

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A police officer can be seen standing in front of the holiday resort in Praia da Luz in 2007 where Maddie McCann disappeared.

A police officer can be seen standing in front of the holiday resort in Praia da Luz in 2007 where Maddie McCann disappeared.

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Parents Kate and Gerald McCann sought help from the public across Europe to find their child. In May 2007, they were granted an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

Parents Kate and Gerald McCann sought help from the public across Europe to find their child. In May 2007, they were granted an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

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The parents showed a photo of their daughter, adapted to her age, at a press conference in London in May 2012 -- five years after Maddie's disappearance.

The parents showed a photo of their daughter, adapted to her age, at a press conference in London in May 2012 -- five years after Maddie's disappearance.

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In June 2014, British investigators searched Praia da Luz again for possible clues about Maddie's fate.

In June 2014, British investigators searched Praia da Luz again for possible clues about Maddie's fate.

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The waiting, the hoping, the fears and desperation could soon be replaced by a sad certainty.
Officials found numerous references to his preferences on hard drives – and violence often played a role.
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