Nora Quoirin Funeral Photos + Full Transcript of the Homily [UPDATED]

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Fifteen years ago, on a joy filled afternoon, Meabh and Sebastien, together with all the family, came to this Church and carried Nora to the Baptismal Font.  There, with great confidence, they prayed that God would send his Holy Spirit to dwell within Nora.  

And she was indeed a bearer of that Spirit, evidenced in her gentleness and her innocence.  Nora was very special, she brought so much joy to Meabh and Sebastien, to her sister, Innes, and to Maurice her brother, and to those of the wider family circle.  

She, as we all know, depended greatly on others but, Nora in turn, gifted others with immeasurable love and joy; before such an ability we can only feel gratitude. Today we return to St. Brigid’s united in the unspeakable pain of Nora’s tragic death, united too in wordless sympathy for Nora’s family.  I ask myself, as surely you must do, “What is the meaning of this terrible pain that has been inflicted on Nora’s family?”  

We have, have we not, found ourselves wondering if God is good and has for us the love that no human love can match, why then is there such suffering in our world?  We do not understand, and our stumbling words are so terribly inadequate.

The heartfelt cry of the Psalmist keeps coming to mind: “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice. O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading.”  (Ps. 129)  Those very words encourage me to raise my voice in complaint and say; “Lord, for ten days the world was united with Meabh and Sebastien imploring that you be attentive to the voice of our pleading.  But our prayer for Nora’s safe return was not answered.  We simply ask “why?”  “Why, O Lord, why?  Where are you in these the darkest of days?”  

Yet, even as I voice my complaint my eyes drift to the Crucifix and my ears hear yet again the anguished cry of Jesus from that Cross, “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?”  (Mt.27:47)  

And I am reminded immediately that the cry of Jesus from the Cross, while one of deep distress, was not one of despair.  I hear him say to us in this moment, “Trust in God still, and trust in me.” (Jn.14:1) We know that God did not intervene to save his own Son from a cruel and apparently pointless death.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the friends of Jesus who stood with her beneath the Cross, were just as devastated as Meabh and Sebastien and their family are today.  

But Jesus’ trust was not in vain; he was not abandoned to death, nor his mother and friends to desolation.  Neither does God abandon us.  The resurrection is God’s assurance that death does not have the last word.

In the pain of this moment, in the shadow of Nora’s death, we raise our eyes to the Crucifix.  Christian faith does not give us, in this life, the answers to all our questions, but it does give us the conviction that we have a future; life doesn’t end in nothingness – Nora’s life is now “hidden with Christ in God”  (Col.3:3); we entrust her now into the Lord’s arms there to be eternally caressed by that Divine gaze of love.  

We who grieve for Nora hold her memory in love believing that all the bonds of love and affection which bind us together throughout our lives do not unravel with death.  

A holocaust survivor from Auschwitz told how he survived in the midst of horrendous suffering; he said, “I grasped a great secret……..salvation is through love and in love.  I understood how  someone who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss…” (cf Victor Frankl, Man’s search for meaning) Meabh and Sebastien, Innes and Maurice, remember Nora’s love for you, and know that she still loves you, and as you continue to love her, love one another.

The bond of love holds strong, not because we practice it as a duty, but because it is our destiny.  Love is the reality of our future glimpsed even in the incompleteness and messiness of our present lives – as one might glimpse a reflection in a mirror.  

This is enough to urge us on to keep practising the art of love until that day when we all meet in Christ, and behold face-to-face the one who is Love.  (cf Cor.13) The Evangelist tells us, “God is love” (Jn.4:8)  

My friends, if we leave here to-day with a renewed conviction that in the end “love bears all things….endures all things” (1Cor.13:7), then Nora, this most special child, this most loved and loving child, has endowed us with an extraordinary parting gift. Amen.

Source: The Irish News


On the Day of Nora’s Funeral in Belfast – two distasteful stories

On the same day as Nora Quoirin’s funeral at St Brigid’s Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, two news items caught my attention. The first was another fundraiser, ostensibly by the Lucie Blackman Trust to help fund the launch of their services for other Irish families in similar circumstances, in Nóra’s memory.

In other words, donate to “help fund the launch of the Lucie Blackman Trust…” We don’t even know the exact circumstances of what happened to Nora, but the Trust are confidently asking for donations to help other families in similar circumstances.

Did the Lucie Blackman Trust do anything to actually help find Nora, or assist in the investigation whatsoever? What they did do was act as spokesman; they were responsible for spreading the dubious abductor story, which put the Quoirin family at cross purposes with the police who were trying to look for their daughter.

A strong argument can be made that if it wasn’t for the interference and pressure of foreign media and bogus McCann-inspired abductor yarn, the searches would have remained nearer the resort where Nora was ultimately found. If that happened Nora may have been found sooner, and found alive. Nora didn’t die the day she went missing, she starved to death over a period of a week, more than enough time for the people on the ground searching for her to find her.

By splitting up the search resources into those searching for a Wandering Nora and those searching for an Abducted Nora, this may be why Nora wasn’t found until it was too late.

Alternatively, one may say there are still unanswered questions, say as whether Nora was moved to where she was found by some invisible entity or phantasm. But if there are lingering questions, no one seems interested in answering them any longer. The family have moved on, the media have moved on [except to criticize this site for daring to investigate beyond the media narrative], and apparently even the Trust have moved on in terms of fundraising for other families in so-called similar circumstances.

At the official Nora Quoirin memorial page, one has to pay £14 in order to leave a “note of sympathy”.

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The other story that caught my attention was one conflating the discovery of of a missing Russian child with her parents, after a 20 year disappearance. Written by the McCann-scribe and arch apologist 


“Yulia was almost the same age as little Maddie when she mysteriously vanished from a train travelling from the Belarus capital of Minsk 20 years ago as her dad slept. She somehow ended up more than 550 miles away in Ryazan, in neighbouring Russia, three weeks later, where cops were unable to trace her parents and gave her up for adoption.”

Yulia didn’t “somehow end up 550 miles away”. She was on a train. That’s how she got to where she was found. While her father slept during the 60-mile train journey from Minsk to Asipovichy, Yulia wandered off [probably elsewhere in the train]. What’s so mysterious about that?

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According to the media “it remains unclear how Yulia got from Asipovichy to Ryazan”.

It’s not unclear at all. Ryazan is a few miles east of Moscow, the Russian capital. Trains tend to radiate outward from large urban centres, and after terminating at smaller cities and towns, they invariably return to these same centres. That’s what happened to Yulia.

Yulia was found on a railway siding, and ended up growing up there. She still lives there today. The media use the words “lost” to describe her, not kidnapped, or abducted. And where was Yulia reconciled with her family? At a police station, the one place where the McCanns didn’t want to be in Portugal. And when they were summoned, they refused to answer questions put to them.

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Given the innocent circumstances of  Yulia Gorina, her parents had every reason to hope that she was alive. There was no reason to think she’d been taken, and rather than that being their first thought, it was more likely their last.

Interestingly, though the parents searched frantically for their child, the parents were widely believed to have killed their little girl, although charges were never filed against them. Naturally

Ultimately Yulia wasn’t taken by a sinister pedophile ring or predator abductor. She was found – a little girl lost – by local police. When no parents could be found in the area, she was given up for adoption.  Guess how she was reunited with her family? Her boyfriend did a simple internet search.

The McCann case is very different, and any sensible person [and sensible media] would know there is more evidence suggesting Madeleine is dead, and died in apartment 5A more than 12 years ago, than that she’s alive. If she is alive, and safe, she could do an internet search too, assuming she somehow missed the world’s largest manhunt for a person, and associated media coverage. So why doesn’t she?

One of the reasons I wanted to write about the Quoirin case was to debunk the lunacy of the McCann saga infecting this case. One could see a mile off that sticky taping abductor over this case was going to all end in tears, and that’s what happened – the disastrous results of this case were predictable and preventable.

The McCann case isn’t the proper or professional way to investigate a missing persons case, it’s not a blueprint how to deal with a missing child situation, it’s precisely how not to report on or investigate one.

Overall the media coverage of the Quoirin case was biased, misinformed and flat-out barking up the wrong tree. In this sense, the media are somewhat culpable for where Nora and her family find themselves on the tragic day her remains are finally laid to rest. Will any lessons be learned from this? And, at the end of the day, who is responsible for infecting the narrative the way this one was?

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Author’s Note: One of the idiosyncrasies of the Quoirin case was the unprecedented length of the autopsy. It dragged on and on for hours, and then into a second day. When the results finally came out confusion persisted. After the marathon autopsy it still seemed hard to tell exactly how the 15-year-old had died. Except it wasn’t.

Marathon Autopsy

At 14:30, the Malaysian police cordoned off the access road to The Dusun Resort with yellow police tape. Initial access to the scene was slow. Getting her body out of the area wasn’t going to be quick, or easy. A local offered an officer a ride closer to where Nora lay on the back of his scooter.

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But the message behind the fluttering, bright yellow tape was clear. The authorities had recovered a dead child, bruised and naked from a streambed, and the area was now a crime scene. But was it?



As mentioned earlier, the Quoirin family arrived in the area in a black sedan at 16:07. It’s not clear why they were summoned to the scene, or whether they were taken to where Nora lay in situ, or whether this delayed the transport of Nora’s body to a nearby hospital.

At 18:26 local time [11:26 London-time] and about an hour before sunset, a red, blue and white helicopter buzzed over the scene. Once in position over a densely forested gyhll [or ravine] the chopper lowered a basket down to cops and rescuers workers gathered below.

BBC news crews recorded the chopper winching up a basket with Nora’s body, supported by a police officer. As the dead child and officer spun upward, a warm, impenetrable forest hovered thickly behind it. Finally, the chopper turned and clattered off towards Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital, the biggest hospital in Negeri Sembilan.

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The government hospital is just 25 minutes’ drive by car, southwest of The Dusun Resort. By chopper no more than half that time. At 19:07 the chopper drifted down, out of the sunless sky, towards a single traffic controller wearing an orange vest and military fatigues motioning within both arms on the ground. The chopper landed softly on a wide swath of green lawn adjacent to the hospital. Once the rotors had wound down around a dozen personnel in blue fatigues, orange berets and wearing surgical masks [and gloves] stormed the chopper.

An ambulance approached swiftly and parked near the edge of the rotors. A stretcher was hauled out and wheeled to the open doors of the chopper. A large, green canvas bag was pulled out of it. One of the personnel near the front of the stretcher pulled out a phone and snapped a photo. Nora’s body was transferred to the stretcher, while the same individual with the phone snapped more photos, and then lifted into the ambulance.

The rear hatch was closed, and the ambulance quickly headed to the Jabatan Perubatan forensic section of the hospital, a nondescript, somewhat rundown building.

Meanwhile, the Quoirin family who had rushed to the scene, were rushing back to the hospital, trying to catch-up to their daughter’s body. Other family members were alerted. It’s not clear whether the media were instructed not to photograph Nora’s parents and siblings, or whether…

Irish Media contacts CrimeRocket + CrimeRocket’s Response

A message was sent to the CrimeRocket contact page today by someone identifying herself as an”Irish freelance journalist”. Listed below are the five questions sent by the journalist.

  1. How did you turn a book on this case around so quickly?
  2. Would this not leave you open to allegations of shoddy research or paraphrasing the work of journalists who covered this case.
  3. It seems incomprehensible that a book could be published so quickly on this very sensitive story especially since the young girl’s funeral (as far as we know) has still not taken place.
  4. Did you contact the family before you self published?
  5. Was this merely an attempt by yourself to cash in on the public interest in this mystery?

It’s clear that the journalist in question has a negative bias against the work done by CrimeRocket on this case, and that the attitude is, on the whole, undermining of the attempts made to research and investigate the Quoirin case.

While researching NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST it was clear the media narrative was being carefully and strategically controlled in a professional manner by professional players. This didn’t make sense in terms of the circumstances of the case. It also didn’t make sense that the parents were absolutely certain an abductor was involved, despite the police repeatedly saying it was more likely Nora had wandered off. In the end, is there more evidence of an abduction or a child wandering off and getting lost?

One thing that was clear, was that the media narrative was being fueled from abroad, rather than engaging where it mattered – in Malaysia. If Nora was abducted in Negeri Sembilan, then why not engage with the media in Negeri Sembilan? How could the British, Irish and French media serve any other purpose besides pressuring the police in an already difficult and fraught situation?

If it was clear that the media’s strings were being actively pulled, it was also clear that such a player would perhaps not appreciate a narrator who was not part of this media ecosystem, influencing the narrative. That possibility remains, and this “contact” may well be part of that.

In terms of the questions:

1. How did you turn a book on this case around so quickly?

For one thing, blogging on a daily basis on the case meant a lot of information was aggregated and analysed early.  To date 38 blog posts have been published on CrimeRocket2, or roughly 1.65 posts on the Quoirin case per day. This post is the 39th, and the first in direct response to an inquiry from the media. CrimeRocket has also actively discussed this case on social media, including at the hashtag #NoraQuoirin.

The book on Nora Quoirin is the 93rd Rocket Science book, and the 8th book written in 2019. All 8 books were written within a similar turnaround cycle.

Just as the first Chris Watts book was published on September 10, 2018, three weeks after the Watts Family Murders, NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST was published on a similar turnaround time. The ambit of CrimeRocket is to deliver superlative analysis fast, as the Mission Statement below illustrates:

From CrimeRocket Toolbox:

Rocket Science Mission Statement:

  • To conduct a thorough search of something
  • A thorough test in order to make sure there are no problems or defects

There’s a reason why authentic true crime narratives need to exist.  Counterfeit narratives exist in the public domain.  The only way to answer counterfeit narratives is to counter them, which is what the authentic  narratives seek to do.

TCRS Unique Selling Proposition:

To deliver accurate, accessible  true crime narratives quicker, better and more effectively than anyone else.

2. Would [writing a book quickly] not leave you open to allegations of shoddy research or paraphrasing the work of journalists who covered this case. [No question mark to this question]

You don’t seem to have done your research into CrimeRocket. You seem to have absolutely no idea what it’s about.

One could apply the criticism of shoddy journalism equally to many of the reporters covering this case, where, for example, there has been little journalistic consistency on a range of issues, including:

  • Whether Nora slept upstairs, downstairs or in her own room
  • Whether it was Nora’s bedroom window that was open, and whether it was the upstairs window, downstairs window or in the window in the lounge/kitchen area
  • Where precisely the trail of the sniffer dogs stopped? This would indicate for example where Nora was going when she wandered off [if she] or where she was abducted [if she was]. One would imagine this evidence would be vital and yet it wasn’t even addressed
  • The exact area where Nora’s body was found has been identified as 600 metres from the resort, and at various other distances up to 2.5 kilometres

Confusion Continues in Nora Quoirin Case: Now claimed her body was found 600 meters from Resort

It beggars belief that on such fundamental questions, the media doesn’t seem to know or care about the answers.

Besides this, a battle has waged in the media over whether Nora was abducted or whether she wandered off on her own. It seems the British tabloids overwhelmingly repeated the Quoirin version of events [citing an abduction] while also opportunistically conflating the bogus McCann narrative with this one, and sticky taping that onto this case, arguably with disastrous and fatal results.

Nora Quoirin: Why the Abduction Theory makes no sense, and Why it’s time to talk about What Really Happened

In sum, this question of shoddy research and paraphrasing the work of others ought to be directed equally to media commentators associated with this case, such as Jim Gamble, Clarence Mitchell and the McCanns themselves.

3. It seems incomprehensible that a book could be published so quickly on this very sensitive story especially since the young girl’s funeral (as far as we know) has still not taken place. [No question mark to this statement]

This is a repeat of the first question.

In terms of sensitivity, it’s true, this is a very sensitive story and given Nora’s unique vulnerabilities, a very tragic story too. It would seem the length of her disappearance was a) unnecessarily long, b) the failure of hundreds searching for her but not finding her is inexplicable and c) the nature of her death – essentially of starvation – doesn’t reflect well on anyone.

But while there is so little transparency in terms of the investigation, or the results, and since the family have elected not to engage with the media except to appeal for fundraising, it falls to someone else to find out what happened to the poor teenager.

The family have been quite adamant that they don’t wish to speak to the media,  something that remains the case at the present time, but it was something that was also very clear in Malaysia, and even clearer once Nora was found deceased in the jungle.

Missing Irish girl: family incensed at media’s overture – Bernama

Nora Quoirin to be buried in Belfast on September 10th – L’yonne Republicaine

In terms of the cynical remark that a book was brought out prior to the funeral, news only emerged at midday today that the funeral is to be held early next week in Ireland. The book was published two days ago, on September 3rd, although listed on Amazon as September 2nd. At that time the nature of funeral arrangements were being withheld from the public, but it’s reasonable to assume 2-3 weeks after her death that it had taken place already.

Nora Quoirin’s body flown home to be near family amid dark unanswered questions surrounding death [August 18] – BirminghamLive

In terms of sensitivity, the editor of the book assured the research was “well-balanced”.

4. Did you contact the family before you self published?

No. The family made it clear repeatedly that they didn’t wish to be asked and wouldn’t respond to any questions from the media. Even when police wished to interview Nora’s siblings, their lawyer [hired on day two] prevented this.

It appears the family have retained a second lawyer in France as well, who occasionally makes statements on their behalf, such as most recently regarding the date and location of the funeral. Furthermore, all questions and answers throughout this incident were being funneled through a media spokesman.


It should be noted, as soon as the family and extended family addressed the media, and involved the media, they made themselves public figures.

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5. Was this merely an attempt by yourself to cash in on the public interest in this mystery?

The ambit of True Crime Rocket Science is to interrogate high-profile cases, especially those that are not dealt with appropriately in the international media. This case is a classic example of how the media narrative can contaminate an investigation.

It’s also the ambit of TCRS to analyse these cases as quickly as possible. The reason for this is that often information that comes to light in the beginning is later redacted, or removed. In this case Nora’s mother made her Facebook page private. It was nevertheless possible to see Nora’s mother had trouble sleeping in the days prior to the disappearance. This fact isn’t raised as a judgement, but in an effort to try to understand which dynamics played a role in this incident.

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In terms of cashing in, the media exposure surrounding this case allowed the Quoirin family to raise over £100 000, including  fundraising that continued for weeks after Nora was found. It would be good if we can see how these publicly raised moneys were spent. The reward money intended to pay for anyone who came forward with information that would lead to the family finding Nora was also never paid.

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In terms of writing books = “cashing in”, it’s strange that journalists like yourself, photographers, and the media involved in covering this case aren’t asked the same question. When a crime is committed, should journalists maintain a respectful distance, or turn away out of deference to the victim? Should we maintain our silence for a prescribed period before reporting on a case so that families can grieve? What about social media?  Should social media be placed on lock-down too, according to you? And yet in this instance, the media were actively invited to participate by the family of the missing girl.

True crime is all about focus, and paying attention to detail. It’s by paying attention, especially in a case where foul play is suspected all along, that we stand a chance of preventing the same thing happening again. That is justice of a sort.

I notice in your questions, you don’t ask a single question about insights that have come about as a result of the research, or how some of the unknown aspects of this case were addressed. All of it is preconceived bias and contempt.

Is the media trying to cash in on public interest? If so, at least do the victims the honor of finding out the truth in these cases, and then reporting accurately. Or is the truth and truth-telling too much to ask?


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Nora Quoirin: Does the McCann case provide a case study on what to do when a child disappears, or what not to do?

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Nora Quoirin to be buried in Belfast on September 10th – L’yonne Republicaine

According to Charles Morel, the Quoirin family lawyer in France, Nora will be buried on Tuesday, September 10th in Belfast, Ireland. -Nora is the granddaughter of the mayor of Venizy, Sylvain Quoirin. When asked about the investigation into Nora’s death, L’yonne Republicaine quoted Morel saying: “We are waiting.” This is presumably a reference to the still outstanding toxicology results.


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CrimeRocket Releases Book on Nora Quoirin Exactly 3 Weeks after the British Teenager was Found Dead in the Malaysian Jungle

NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST is an assessment of Nora Quoirin’s seemingly inexplicable disappearance and death from a true crime perspective. Using tried and tested psychological analysis and profiling techniques, investigative photojournalist Nick van der Leek joins the dots while finding new puzzle pieces.

The mission is to solve the mystery of the ten-day disappearance of Nora Quoirin in early August 2019, in central Malaysia.

What happened to Nora?
Why was she so hard to find?
What role did holoprosencephaly play in this case?
How did the fifteen-year-old from London die so close to where she was last seen without being seen by hundreds of searchers?

“This is not an attempt to lay blame, or to make accusations. True crime methodologies are often used to point out signs and symptoms of culpability. That’s not what we’re doing here. These tools can be used just as effectively to exclude theories unsubstantiated by forensic evidence – like phantom abductions. So this narrative isn’t a “who done it”; it’s about what happened to Nora. It’s about when. And explicitly – why.”

Thin-Slicing the Nora Quoirin Case: Whose fingerprints were found on the inside of the window?

Sometimes in true crime the crucial detail is also the most obvious. So when we look at the fingerprints in the Quoirin case, the key is were the fingerprints found on the inside of the window or the outside.

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An abductor coming from the outside would need to open the window from the outside, and so one would expect to see prints on the outside. Fingerprints on the inside are meaningless if the abductor came in from the outside, expressly through the window as the entry/exit.

There’s another, more obvious reason for a logic failure, which we’ll get to in a moment. Before we do, let’s spend a little time getting to know how these counterfeit narratives get their start in true crime.

True Crime Rocket Science is all about thin-slicing. With sufficient experience, one can sometimes – often – see at a glance what’s wrong, or why something may not be suspicious at all.

At the same time, a decent researcher can see why someone might be putting out a particular narrative. If it’s a deliberate misdirection [and it might not be], what’s the misdirection away from? In other words, if we take the misdirection away [which is might be as well], what are we left with.

In the Quoirin case, if we remove the open window from the equation, what are we left with? More specifically, who are we left with?

Scroll through the grey highlighted text below to skip directly to the Quoirin case.

For reference, the same claims about broken windows, sinister fingerprints and rampant paedophile abductors were made in the Madeleine McCann case. Instead of thin-slicing those, let’s pretend each of these is a thick slice and examine each thick slice one-by-one.


n terms of the fingerprints, according to the official police files:

The fingerprint traces collected are identified as being the middle finger of the left hand (3x) and forefinger of the left hand (2x), of the missing girl’s mother. 
The fingerprint inspection was only carried out on the inside of the window… 


One might argue that the police botched the investigation by not checking the outside of the window for prints. This might seem like a sensible argument, except the outside of the window was shielded by a shutter, and the shutter was dusted for prints. Only an imbecile would persist with these lines of inquiry, 12 years after the fact, suggesting that in so high-profile a case where everyone was desperate to find the abductor, if there was a print or a hair or a shoescuff, everyone would have known about it. The point is, there wasn’t.

In terms of the broken windows/shutters, these claims were quickly recycled through the media in an evolving narrative that can be read here.  5 months after these false and misleading claims were made, they were reversed. Whereas it was stated as fact that the windows/shutters were broken/jemmied/damaged, all of this was walked back to say, actually, there was no sign of damage whatsoever to the windows or shutters.

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The resort manager, John Hill, had maintained all along that there was no evidence of break-in either on the outside of the windows, or on any of the doors or locks.

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Original story here.

John Hill’s police statement here.



But it didn’t require a True Crime Rocket Scientist, a CSA checking for prints or a detective to look at the scene to figure it out. Crime scene photos showed the shutters down. Did the abductor really climb through the window, forget to step on the bed and disrupt the blankets, step out, and with his back to the parking lot, close the shutter behind him?

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Besides the closed shutter logic failure, there’s also the fact that the shutters weren’t obviously damaged. A cursory glance showed that. When someone breaks in, damahge to doors and locks is obvious. The intruder doesn’t have time to play nice, he must bust his way in quickly and as quietly as he can and get the hell out.

If the crime scene was so obviously not the scene of an abduction, how did it become one? For starters, those who wanted a particular narrative to stick were relying on the media and the public drinking the Kool-Aid that they were being given. They were relying on people not knowing the the simple intricacies of the scene, or checking for themselves. And they were hoping no one would think critically about the information.

The McCanns also had the early advantage in that they quickly had the ear of the media and the sympathy of the public. If a story got repeated enough, by enough media players and family and friends passing on the same thing, it became reality. It is the reality today, even if it’s not true. Truth and reality are two different things, one is scientific, the other a matter of preference, perspective and PR.

Besides the McCanns holding sway over the media, Portuguese laws prescriptively limited them from commenting on an active investigation. While the cops were hamstrung, it allowed the McCanns to get a head start on getting their narrative out there, and getting hearts and minds on their side.


When the police finally released their case files a year later, nobody particularly cared about thin-slicing the detail and or correcting false impressions and misleading nuances. Did it really matter that the patio sliding door was unlocked all along?  Some reports suggested the patio doors weren’t only unlocked, but open. This would need to be the case if the McCanns wished to hear their children crying from a restaurant 77.38 metres away.

Would anyone in the media care about the embarrassing kindergarten logic, that if an abductor was lurking around, why would he need to open a window when the door was open? Why not enter and exit through the available exit?

Conversely, if he entered through the door, why wouldn’t he exit the same way, given he was carrying a fairly heavy child? It make no sense to use a window, or open a loud shutter, when he could more easily slip in and out of the door, and through a much more protected area?


Thanks to the Madeleine McCann Mythos we know that an open window qualifies as evidence of a child abduction.  That alone is enough to settle the question. In fact as an arithmetic reality it can expressed as follows:

open window = abduction

It’s also thanks to the same expert hero cop that provided this incontrovertible narrative in the Madeleine McCann case that we’re informed the aluminum window in the downstairs kitchen area of the Sora House unit at The Dusun Resort was damaged. This information wasn’t provided by Malaysian police on the scene, or by the Quoirin family, or staff at the resort.

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If we remain in thick-slicing mode, the obvious question is, assuming the window really was damaged, was it damaged the night Nora disappeared, or had it always been defective? In theory, a very simple and easy question to answer. So, why isn’t this aspect asked and answered?

We could spend time dealing with the murkiness of the moving window, you know, the fact that it was first reported upstairs, then in “Nora’s room”, and then downstairs. It’s incredible in a situation such as this, with the world watching and hundreds searching night and day, no one seems to know or care about where Nora was last seen – where Nora actually slept, or where the window was where she supposedly exited.

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It should also be noted that whoever wrote the above article referring to the police declining to say if the window could be opened from the inside deserves special credit for Zombie Reporting.


In the Quorin case, the window narrative as a whole is barking up the wrong tree. It’s the same tomfoolery and mindfuckery as in the McCann case, it’s just 1000 times more absurd. But yes, it does rely on incurious minds accepting what they are told and not going to check out the layout of the bungalow themselves.

Nora was abducted through the window, and there were prints on it, and that’s all there is to it. Cue the McCann experts with their expert crime busting formula:

open window = abduction

The key question is whether the window is the only way in or out?


Why was she abducted from the window when the whole bungalow is open to the elements? Sora House is basically a transparent shoebox with the entire front elevation missing. The front balcony section has no windows and no ceiling.

Why would you need to open anything, or break anything when the bungalow itself was designed to be open as its unique selling concept. It’s designed to let the outside in, designed to be wide open to the elements.

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