“I actually felt I was being set up. I felt like they would do anything and everything to make it me.”
On the evening of May 3, 2007, Robert Murat was watching TV with his mother.
The 34-year-old British-Portuguese property consultant was in the middle of a divorce and he was staying at his mother’s house, Casa Liliana, in the Portuguese coastal village of Praia da Luz.
As they watched TV, Murat and his mother had no idea about the horror that was unfolding just 137 metres down the road.
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At around 10.00pm that night, British doctor and mum-of-three Kate McCann left a local tapas bar and walked the 83 metres back to her holiday apartment to check on her sleeping children.
Kate, her husband Gerry, their three-year-old daughter Madeleine, and their two-year-old twins Sean and Amelia, had travelled to the area from Leicester, England, for a family holiday.
When Kate arrived at apartment 5A she immediately felt that something wasn’t right.
The door to the children’s room was further open than she had left it. When she looked in the room she saw Madeleine’s bed was empty. A gust of wind then blew into the room, revealing the open window and window shutters on the wall opposite Maddie’s bed.
Kate ran back to the tapas bar to where Gerry was dining with the seven friends they had traveled with, the group that would later become known as the Tapas 7.
She screamed: “They’ve taken her”.
The group quickly began searching the apartment and the surrounding area but there was no sign of Maddie.