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The main suspect in the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal wrote a series of letters hoping to further his claim that he was not guilty and had nothing to do with the affair.
Christian Bruckner, 45, a convicted sex offender who is imprisoned in Germany for another offence, has sent letters over the past two years, according to the Daily Mail, indicating that he is "delusional" and his "fantastic views are consistent and unchanging."
The revelation of the letters comes amid a search by Portuguese police this week of the Arad Dam, located 50 kilometers from where the three-year-old disappeared in Portugal's Praia da Luz resort 16 years ago. The request to search the reservoir came from German police, who claimed that the convicted pedophile and drug dealer used to visit the reservoir.
Bruckner is serving time in prison for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same area of Portugal where McCann disappeared, but has not been charged with any offense related to the disappearance. German prosecutors estimated in 2020 that McCann was murdered. Britain has not yet determined the fate of the girl, who was apparently abducted from the bedroom while her parents were dining nearby.
The main suspect Christian Bruckner (Photo: official website, official website)
Madeleine McCann's parents (Photo: GettyImages)
According to graphologist Tracy Trussel, who examined the letters, Bruckner "wants to be in control and suffers from feelings of guilt. The way he wrote the letter S corresponds to instances where a violent death has happened, and the writer tries to come to terms with it. In any case, the letters show that the writer needs to feed his ego all the time, and his ultimate goal is to gain some recognition."
A letter written this month, before the search began, said: "You can't imagine what it's like when the whole world believes you're murdering children, and you're not." "I was told a long time ago that the prosecutor's office was closing the Maddie case because there was no evidence. There will never be a trial. Prosecutors don't say anything to the public because they have to give all the documents to my lawyers – and they contain a lot of material confirming my innocence."
Bruckner also wrote that police and prosecutors are "trying to create a monster as a diversion and let people think I'm the killer." According to sources close to the investigation, officers searched the reservoir this week for the pink pajamas McCann was wearing when she disappeared.
According to the Daily Mail, the letters are written in near-perfect English and focus on how Bruckner is "persecuted" by the prosecution and accuses her of incriminating him.
The resort in Portugal (Photo: official website, -)
Sketches of suspects in the affair (Photo: official website, London Police)
Bruckner, who is due to be released from prison in 2026, included sexual allegations against the investigative team in his latest letter that cannot be legally detailed, for example: "A proud investigator in love with a big, shocking criminal. Have you ever heard of a hunter having XXXX with his prey?"
Bruckner also wrote of his suffering: "If someone had told me what would happen, I would have told them, 'No. I don't believe you. This is Germany, not Pakistan.' I can't tell you about the real treatment I get because I don't have the words to describe it. Of course, all this is happening on the orders of the BKA [German Criminal Police]."
Bruckner adds, "The researchers will never realize that their idea was brilliant — I've already said Hollywood couldn't have done it better — just that they chose the wrong lead actor — me. I'm sure other people in my situation would have surrendered under the insults, pressure and threats. But not me. I'm tough."
The last letter stated: "I write these words without self-pity. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. Good days are on the horizon." The four-page letter ended with a drawing of Marganit whose petals had been torn off and the words "not guilty."
Another letter obtained by the Daily Mail included complaints that he was being treated worse than Nazi Joseph Goebbels while imprisoned in northern Germany. "To isolate me for so long is contrary to human rights. Even Goebbels and his fellow war criminals were not isolated as they awaited the death penalty in prison. In prison, prisoners have the right to receive visitors, except for me. I only see my lawyers and the guards."
German prosecutors linked Bruckner to at least three rapes in Portugal in the area where McCann disappeared, and to a series of indecent revelations to children from December 2000 to June 2017.
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