The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has written begging letters to his former friends asking them to talk about what a ‘good guy’ he is in court in a bid to clear his name, it has been claimed.
Christian Brueckner, a convicted rapist, moaned in one letter to a friend that prosecutors were making him out to be a ‘monster’.
Brueckner, who prosecutors say is responsible for Madeleine’s 2007 kidnap and murder, begged two of his friends to support him in court if he has to stand trial on separate rape and child sex charges.
‘I know of two people who got the messages from Chris,’ Brueckner’s former friend who is still in touch with those who knew Brueckner in the Algarve told the Mirror.
‘It really freaked them out. They hadn’t heard from him in years and then these letters suddenly arrived in the post from Germany.’
Christian Brueckner, the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has written begging letters to his former friends asking them to talk about what a ‘good guy’ he is in court in bid to clear his name, it has been claimed.
For more than a decade, her anguished parents Gerry and Kate (pictured together in 2017) have waited in vain for any news – any clue – that their little girl is somehow alive after all this time
The German suspect had lived in a warehouse outside Praia da Luz for several years but moved into a campervan just before Madeleine vanished
The source added: ‘He was asking them to speak in his defence, about what a good guy he is. He said the German police and prosecutors have it in for him, that they are saying he is a monster.
‘It’s outrageous for Chris to ask for help because now we all know about his past. Back when we were hanging with him in the early 2000s it was all a secret. We didn’t know he was a paedophile. But now he doesn’t stand a chance of anybody speaking up for him in court.’
Brueckner is currently languishing in a German prison for the rape of a 72-year-old American tourist in Portugal just 18 months before Madeleine was abducted.
His trial heard he planned the sex attack having broken into the victim’s house with a rope to tie her up. She was blindfolded and gagged before being raped and robbed.
Last year, he was named as the key suspect in the disappearance and murder of Madeleine, who vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007 – just a few days before her fourth birthday. But he has still not been charged regarding her abduction and he denies his involvement.
Brueckner was charged in several separate cases involving sexual offenses allegedly committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017, including the rape and sexual abuse of two children.
Although the court in Braunschweig due to issues relating to jurisdiction, it is understood Brueckner could still be charged with the same offences in a different court in Germany.
And in preparation for a potential trial, he has written letters to at least two former friends begging them for support.
Madeleine vanished from a rented holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007, during a family holiday.
Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, spearheaded a high-profile campaign for information about her disappearance.
The case, unsolved for the past 16 years, remains a mystery as no body has ever been found.
In June, German forensic experts searched a reservoir 30 miles from Praia da Luz as part of their ongoing investigation. Bruecker had called the Arade reservoir his ‘little paradise’ after receiving ‘certain tip-offs’.
The reservoir is located near the town of Silves, where a lorry driver had claimed to see a woman passing off a child resembling Madeleine’s description to a man two days after the toddler disappeared.
Investigators cleared a large area of woodland at the reservoir and dug eight deep holes to collect samples, which were sent for forensic and DNA testing in Germany.
But German police have reportedly hit a ‘roadblock’ after being left ‘disappointed’ over the items they found during the search of the reservoir.
The reservoir lies about 45 minutes from Praia da Luz – where Madeleine vanished without a trace in 2007 aged three
An area of around 160 square feet had been flattened and cleared of grass and shrubs with several holes dug into the ground to a depth of around two feet during the latest Madeleine McCann search in the Algarve, Portugal, on May 25, 2023
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the case, confirmed that a ‘number of items’ were seized during the search.
However, sources have now told The Sun that the items retrieved have not helped them in their efforts to solve the 16-year mystery.
A source told the paper: ‘Sadly, it’s looking increasingly like the search of the reservoir will not provide any answers or fresh leads.
‘It’s too strong to say it was a waste of time, but officers are naturally really disappointed.’
The three-day scour of the reservoir was the first major search for the toddler in nine years and comes after German police discovered photos of Brueckner at his self-described ‘little paradise’ in the Portuguese region, it is understood.
Brueckner would camp by the reservoir at weekends and is understood to have set up a base there to ‘cleanse himself’, it emerged last month.
A former friend of Brueckner, who has lived on Algarve for nearly 30 years and has been helping police with their investigation, claims the criminal would visit the reservoir ‘often’ but was ‘always secretive about it’.
The German mother-of-three, whose identity has not been made public, recalled how Brueckner would drive his campervan to the edge of the lake because he ‘liked to be near the water’.
She claimed he always camped in the same location and ‘there was usually no one else around’.
‘This was his exact special spot that he said he liked to come to cleanse himself,’ she said of his campsite, telling The Sun: ‘I don’t know what he did there as he was very secretive.’
Details of Brueckner’s secret lair came to light as a British couple told The Mail on Sunday how they spotted a bizarre ‘shrine’ to Madeleine in the reservoir just seven months after she vanished.
Christian Brueckner, 45, would camp in the Barragem do Arade reservoir where cops searched for clues in Madeline McCann missing persons case. The convicted rapist and paedophile is understood to have built a circle out of stones from the water (pictured)
Pictured: Christian Brueckner was filmed at the wheel of a battered VW campervan weeks before Madeleine was kidnapped
Brueckner was officially named as a suspect in April 2022 after his yellow and white VW T3 Westfalia campervan was reportedly spotted near the Praia da Luz resort
The retired couple, who have asked to be named only as Ralf and Ann, were so disturbed by what they saw they took pictures and sent them to Portuguese detectives, thinking they were of significance but, amazingly, never heard back.
Consisting of boulders in the shape of an arrow pointing towards a picnic site which was dug over by police last week, the makeshift memorial was weighed down by a large rock and had a bouquet of flowers and a photograph of abducted Madeleine on it.
Meanwhile, reports claim that phone records place Brueckner in the town on the night she vanished and that his yellow and white Volkswagen Westfalia campervan was spotted near the Algarve resort.
In 2020, authorities revealed a phonecall had located Christian Brueckner in Praia da Luz, where he lived from 1997 until 2007, around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
They traced the call and found it connected to the mast owned by the resort complex where the family had stayed.
Brueckner had lived in a warehouse outside the village for several years but moved into a VW campervan just before Madeleine vanished.
A Mail on Sunday investigation later found that Brueckner stayed in an old house in nearby Foral between 2007 and 2008 – after Madeleine’s disappearance.
That year, it was revealed that a witness claimed to have spotted Madeleine getting into a German-owned VW van with a man just weeks after her disappearance.
A police file detailed how a witness believed that had seen Madeleine emerging from a restaurant in the Spanish seaside town of Alcossebre in eastern Spain, before climbing into the van with an unidentified man.
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