Someone knows Madeleine McCann’s Abductor ~~~Lessons from the Belgian Dutroux case

March 20, 2014


Pedophiles never stop. They repeat a strikingly similar pattern of criminality with each victim. Country borders, distance, and insurmountable obstacles do not deter them as they search for their next prey. Pedophiles are fearless, driven, bold, and reckless in pursuit of innocent children. They brag about their conquests. There are often witnesses to their exploitation, by some willing participants, by terrified observers or simply innocent bystanders. 

Marc Dutroux, the Monster of Belgium spent a lifetime hunting down children by abducting them off the street, raping them, secreting them in locked dungeons and killing them. Shockingly, there were people who knew and participated in his criminality. There were others who learned of his evil behavior. Some people even warned the police that Marc Dutroux must be stopped and was a prime suspect in the 1995 disappearance of 8 year olds Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo. Julie and Mélissa were kidnapped together from Grâce-Hollogne Belgium, a suburb of Liege on 24 June 1995, and imprisoned in Dutroux’s hidden dungeon. Dutroux repeatedly sexually abused the girls and produced pornographic videos of the abuse.

Following the disappearance of Julie and Melissa in the Walloon (French) section of Belgium, two teenage girls An and Eefje went missing in the Flemish (Dutch) part of Belgium.  Then nearly a year later, two more girls, Sabine and Laeticia went missing in the South of Belgium. Girls were literally disappearing off the streets of Belgium. 

At the request of the searching parents, I provided technical assistance to assist in the investigation. I advised the Belgian police that the files and investigations of all these missing girls should be combined because in my opinion one pedophile ring was responsible for all these missing children. My opinion was summarily dismissed by the Belgian police who said that I didn’t understand the geography of Belgium; some girls went missing in the Flanders section and others in the Walloon section. So, therefore, the police opined, the cases were unrelated.  I responded that, “I understand pedophiles and these missing girls are the work of one man.”  My analysis was ultimately correct. In 1996, Marc Dutroux was arrested for the abduction of all 6 girls, 4 of whom were murdered.  Shockingly, some people knew that Marc Dutroux was a pedophile who abducted children right off the street. A few people warned the police and were ignored or dismissed. The police also ignored his previous conviction for abduction and raping of young girls. Who knew about Marc Dutroux?

  1. His wife, Michelle Martin was aware of the Julie and Melissa, age 8 being held as his sex slaves in a constructed dungeon complicit. She never contacted the police and was convicted along with Dutroux and served 16 years of a 35 year sentence. 
  2. His mother-When teenagers, An and Eefje’s disappeared, Dutroux’s own mother wrote the police a letter warning them about her son who was holding two teenage girls in a dungeon in his house. The police did nothing.
  3. His tenant-Dutroux owned several houses. One of Dutroux’s tenants had a conversation with him where Dutroux told him how to abduct and subdue children from the street and sell them into pedophile trafficking rings. The tenant immediately told the police and he was ignored. 
  4. His previous conviction-In 1989 Dutroux and Martin were arrested and convicted for abducting and raping 5 young girls. He was released in 1992 on parole after serving only 3 years of a 13 year sentence for good behavior. He began his kidnapping rampage again.

Like the Marc Dutroux case, someone knows the person(s) who abducted Madeleine McCann on the night of May 3, 2007, in the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal.

British police are now taking the lead in the Madeleine McCann abduction investigation. They are searching for a man who broke into Portuguese resorts in 2004 and 2006 and sexually assaulted 5 other British girls. The resorts are 48 km from Praia da Luz. British Police are providing a general description of the man along with the crime scene similarities to Madeleine’s abduction: 

  • Officers are now investigating a dozen potentially linked crimes at resorts near where the three-year-old vanished.
  • In each of the cases, a man described as tanned and with short, dark, unkempt hair, is suspected of breaking in to vacation homes where British families were staying in the Algarve.
  • In four of the incidents, girls between 7 and 10 years of age were sexually assaulted in their beds. 
  • Witnesses said he spoke in English with a foreign accent, his voice described as slow or possibly slurred, authorities said.

I don’t know the geography of Portugal, but I know pedophiles. This much I know: Someone knows who took Madeleine. If you know, tell Scotland Yard. Break free of your fear.  Madeleine’s abductor will strike again. Some innocent little girl is asleep in her bed blissfully unaware of the monster that roams free. May the words of Marc Dutroux’s mother ring in your ears, “He is a recidivist in his soul, he has proven it all his life… I am certain he will start again.”

You know his name. The truth will set you free….and possibly Madeleine.

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Elizabeth Yore is an attorney and international child advocate. She has spent 30 years in legal child advocacy fighting child exploitation in the U.S. and abroad. Recently, she served as Special Counsel at Harpo, as Oprah Winfrey’s child advocate. She served as General Counsel and Director of the International Division at National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia where she searched for abducted children around the world and assisted the parents of the missing children in the Dutroux case., twitter: @elizabethyore


February 20, 2014




We could not stand by and watch. We had to take the side of the people.The Catholic Church has lived under totalitarian and communist and monarchist regimes. And that the people have the right to protest against steps of the government with which they do not agree…The Church must be with the people.” 


~Archpriest Igor Yatsiv, Greek Catholic Church.


Thousands of protesters have been gathered in Maidan, the main square in Kiev since November 2013. 


The world is watching as Kiev’s Maidan Independence Square erupts in fire and violence as reform protesters battle police and government forces over the action by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to reverse a decision to sign a trade deal with the European Union and instead align with Russia. The death toll is rising as both police and protesters are among the dead and hundreds are injured in the melee.  


The recent passing of an anti-protest law triggered the recent escalation of violent eruptions with the abduction and beating of opposition activists and police attacks on student protesters. The reform movement protesters want to move toward a more democratic European identity and economy, rather than the old Soviet style plutocracy. It is feared that once the Sochi Olympics end, Putin will redouble his efforts to suppress the reform movement in the Ukraine. Observers fear a total crackdown on the protesters with the power of Putin imposing his autocratic authority on Ukraine.


Bestselling Catholic author and apologist, George Weigel has been leading the charge and chronicling the growing Ukrainian crisis for months. here   Weigel understands the history and people of Ukraine and in his prescient commencement address at the Ukrainian Catholic University on July 2013, cautioned: 


I believe, that you will draw the strength and courage to build a free and virtuous society in the Ukraine of the future. Through their witness, the confessors and martyrs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church planted in your country seeds of integrity, seeds of courage, and seeds of compassion that can, with your help, bring forth a rich harvest in shaping the free and virtuous Ukraine of the future. You face great challenges in building that future: challenges posed by the long-term cultural effects of the communist deconstruction of the human person and by the communist destruction of culture and society.”


Weigel’s insight and prediction is playing out on the streets of Kiev. ‘Seeds of courage’ are demonstrated by the protesters in Maidan Square as they challenge the Ukrainian government, Putin, and the old Soviet system. They will need every ounce of courage in the coming days and weeks. 


So why should American Catholics care about the Ukraine? 


This reform movement is strikingly Catholic. Ukraine’s three major Christian churches-the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate have joined in support of the anti-government protesters. Inside the tents filling Maidan Square are daily masses where the various denominations take turns celebrating Mass at the request of the protesters. 


Pope Francis, too, addressed the situation in Ukraine at his weekly general audience: “With a troubled heart, I am following what is happening in Kiev, and I assure the Ukrainian people of my closeness and I pray for the victims of the violence, for their families and for the injured.”


The Ukrainian Catholic clergy fearlessly state that, “The Church stands on the side of Maidan. It is present on Maidan as a spiritual part that the protesters themselves need.” 


The Catholic Catechism states that “The Church is Catholic, meaning “universal” in two ways. First, the Church is universal because Christ is present in her. Second, the Church is Catholic because she has a mission to the whole world. The new People of God (while remaining one) must spread throughout the world. God made human nature one and now he decrees that all the scattered people be gathered together. (CCC 830-831)  check out today’s reading..


Where one or more is under threat or siege, we, as Catholic brothers and sisters in the faith, must unite in the Ukrainian struggle as a spiritual family.  There are no geographical borders in the universal Catholic Church.  Psalm 24 extols the domain of Christ’s Church,“The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples.”


Can we American Catholics stand by and watch and do nothing?


As Catholics we beat with one universal heart, Holy Mother Church. When the Church is under siege or persecuted, we all are suffering. 


Pray, yes, fasting, yes, but this is also the time for the Catholic imagination to take flight to help our suffering and persecuted Catholics around the world. The Catholic imagination draws from the well spring of our Creator. He is the source of creation; an imagination rooted in truth, power, beauty, courage and fearlessness. He will inspire answers and deliver hope and courage to persecuted Christians. 


In the words of Blessed John Paul II in 2001 when he visited the Ukraine, he exclaimed, “I greet a land which has known suffering and repression, while preserving a love of freedom which no one has ever managed to repress.” Those daring and bold words come from a man who suffered through decades of repression in his homeland. 


The human imagination embraces freedom and seeks a life of opportunity and integrity. The imagination is on display in  this YouTube video of a Ukrainian protester which has gone viral with over two million views and resonates with free people everywhere. here


So, while the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry focuses on global warming, rather than the fires of Maidan Square, let’s imagine a Catholic movement of millions to bring peace and freedom to Ukraine. 


As U.S. diplomats worry about carbon footprints, let’s join the foot soldiers for freedom in the streets of Ukraine in solidarity.


While Kiev burns, and the administration focuses on coal burning plants, let’s join our voices with the martyrs in Maidan Square, and bellow in the halls of Congress saying, I am a Ukrainian. 




Going Bananas

February 18, 2014



“Jesters do oft prove prophets”




 Fielding Mellish: 

Doing a sociological study on perversion. I’m up to Advanced Child Molesting.


Fielding Mellish:  

“I am reminded tonight of the farmer who had an incestuous relationship with both his daughters simultaneously.” 



Who pokes fun at child molestation? 


Who jokes about incest?


Who has this lewd and depraved sense of humor?


Who is this Fielding Mellish?


The answer to these questions is Woody Allen. 


Fielding Mellish is the main character in the 1971 movie, Bananas. Fielding was played by Woody Allen. Allen created, wrote, directed and starred in  the role of Fielding Mellish. Bananas is Allen’s early slapstick comedy about a nerdy and neurotic lovelorn New Yorker who travels to a fictitious banana republic only to find himself as the president of this 3rd world country after a military coup. The lines written and uttered by Woody Allen in this movie are his unique brand of humor. Interestingly, Allen wrote the script and one-liners about multiple incest and child molestation 20 years before the child sex allegations by his daughter, Dylan Farrow. 


In 1971, were movie goers simply laughing along as Allen poked fun at the child molestation and incest? Did it occur to anyone that these were very serious issues that are neither funny, nor entertaining?


Was Allen’s Fielding Mellish character articulating the unconscious desires of Allen who twenty years hence would be accused by Farrow of having a sexual relationship with her daughters, Dylan and Soon Yi simultaneously? Dylan was the 7 year old adopted daughter of Allen and Farrow. Soon Yi was the 19 (approximately) year old adopted daughter of Andre Previn and Farrow). Since Allen and Mia Farrow never married, Woody Allen was not Soon Yi’s legal stepfather.  The relationship between Allen and Previn has been referred to as a stepfather involved romantically with his stepdaughter because she was adopted and legally Farrow’s daughter and Allen’s son’s sister. The sexual relationship between Allen and Soon Yi began when he was 56 years old and she was approximately 19. Her precise age is unknown because she was adopted from Korea. Legalities aside, this relationship reflects the creep factor of an imbalance in power and a highly inappropriate violation of family trust and propriety, at the very least.  


Incest and child molesting jokes are hardly the stuff of humor, unless, you are Woody Allen. Playing the wimpy nerd, provides Allen with a wide berth to push the moral envelope. Push it, he does. As Allen told Reuters, “Yes, we are a religious country, but to me that is their problem. I am not religious or prudish.” Unite, prudes, who abhor lifetime achievement awards for artists like Woody Allen. 


Some eight years later, in 1979, Allen writes, directs and stars in a movie about a 42 year old nerdy divorced man who dates a 17 year old high school co-ed. Not surprisingly, in his highly acclaimed movie Manhattan, Allen plays in the starring role as the middle aged man who beds a teenager, played by a very young and innocent looking Mariel Hemingway.


Yet again, there was no outrage by the public in 1979 about Allen’s comedic portrayal of a highly inappropriate relationship with an old man having sex with a teenage girl who looks about 14, but is conveniently scripted to be the age of 17, the legal age of consent in NY. The scene where Allen waits outside the high school to pick up his teen lover exceeds the creep test, to say nothing about the vile bedroom scenes with the wizened old man and the high school student. 


Is Allen’s art imitating life? 


According to news accounts, Woody Allen’s affair with 17-year-old Stacey Nelkin was the inspiration for his classic 1979 movie, Manhattan starring Mariel Hemingway. In the film, Allen’s character says, “What do you do when she’s 17? I’m older than her father.” Another sick attempt at Allen humor, at the expense of children. And the audience laughed and bought tickets to Allen’s movies.


Allen has talked at length in interviews that his movies are autobiographical exploring his deep seated neuroses. In an interview, Allen said, “almost all my work is autobiographical and yet so exaggerated and distorted it reads like fiction. I’m believable as me only as certain things, as an urban studious looking twerp my age.” 


Humor and his wimpy looks disarm the audience and provide Woody Allen with a license to push the moral envelope. The audience’s moral compass is dulled by his seemingly harmless one-liners and goofy looks.  If a lecher doesn’t look like a lecher, but rather like a harmless nerd, the moviegoers give him a pass. He silences the critics with his portrayal of a reprobate in horned rim glasses with a comedic sleight of hand. 


The latest round of verbal volleys between Woody Allen and the Mia Farrow family clan bring into focus the propriety of Woody Allen’s conduct. Does society honor a successful and prolific film maker whose private life raises serious moral questions. Allen strongly denies the allegations that he molested his daughter Dylan. Yet in Maureen Orth’s Vanity Fair article, she asserts that Allen had been in therapy for alleged inappropriate behavior toward Dylan with a child psychologist before the abuse allegation was made public. 


Speaking of therapy, the therapist plays a recurring role in countless Woody Allen films. Many of his movies are replete with scenes of psychotherapy sessions, including Bananas. This is yet another example of Allen’s life imitating art, since Woody concedes that he has been in therapy throughout his adult life. 

One of Allen’s famous comedic lines is “I’m going to give my psychoanalyst one more year, then I’m going to Lourdes.”

It’s time for Lourdes, Woody.


Pope’s Address on Human Trafficking to New Members of Diplomatic Corps-December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013




Pope Francis to a group of ambassadors on the occasion of the 

presentation of their Letters of Credence

12 December 2013

I am very pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the presentation of the Letters accrediting you as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of your respective countries to the Holy See: Algeria, Iceland, Denmark, Lesotho, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Burundi, Malta, Sweden, Pakistan, Zambia, Norway, Kuwait, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Jordan. 

(…) In meeting you my first thought goes to the international community, to the many initiatives that are carried out to promote peace and dialogue, and cultural, political, and economic relations, and to try to help populations troubled by various problems. Today I wish to speak to you about an issue that concerns me very much and that is currently threatening the dignity of people: human trafficking. This is a real form of slavery which unfortunately is increasingly common and concerns every country, even the most developed, affecting the most vulnerable members of society: women and girls, children of both sexes, the disabled, the poor, and those who come from situations of family and social disintegration. In them, in a special way, we Christians recognize the face of Jesus Christ, who identified with the little ones and the needy. Others, who do not belong to a religious faith, share our compassion for their suffering in the name of our common humanity, and are committed to freeing them and soothing their wounds. Together we can and must strive for their freedom in order to put an end to this horrific trade. We are talking of millions of victims of forced labour, slave labour, and human trafficking for the purpose of labour and sexual exploitation. This cannot continue: it is a serious violation of the human rights of the victims and an affront to their dignity, as well as a defeat for the world community. People of goodwill, whether they profess a religion or not, cannot allow these women, these men, these children to be treated as objects, deceived, raped, often sold multiple times, for different purposes, and in the end killed or, at the very least, damaged in body and mind, and finally discarded and abandoned. It’s a disgrace. 

Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must join forces to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens, in addition to individuals, the founding values of society as well as international security and justice, and the economy, family structure and social life itself.

However, in order to win on this front we need to recognise our common responsibility and show stronger political will. We must be responsible toward those who have fallen victims of trafficking and protect their rights, ensure their safety and that of their family members, and prevent crooks and criminals from evading justice and having the last word on these people. An appropriate legislative intervention in the countries of origin, countries of transit and countries of destination, also in view of facilitating regular migration, can reduce the problem.

Governments and the international community, which are primarily responsible for preventing and stopping this phenomenon, have not failed to take measures at various levels to block it, and to protect and to assist the victims of this crime, which is often linked to the selling of drug and weapons, transportation of illegal migrants, and the Mafia. Unfortunately, we cannot deny that sometimes even functionaries and members of contingents engaged in peacekeeping missions have been infected. But to obtain good results it is also necessary to fight this crime at the level of culture and communications. And this requires a profound examination of conscience: how many times have we tolerated that a human being was regarded as an object, displayed to sell a product or to meet immoral desires? The human person should never be bought and sold like a commodity. Those who use people and exploit them, even indirectly, are accomplices in this oppression.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I wanted to share these reflections with you on a social evil of our times, because I believe in the value and strength of a concerted effort to combat it. I therefore urge the international community to make the strategy against human trafficking even more harmonious and effective, so that men and women all over the world are never used as a means but are always respected in their inviolable dignity.

Talking With Raymond Arroyo about Human Trafficking and the new Papal Commission on Child Protection

December 6, 2013

Resources to learn about Human Trafficking

December 5, 2013






 The Playground


Senate Testimony on human trafficking


Child Sex Trafficking


Anti Trafficking Organizations:

International Organization for Migration


Canossian Daughters of Charity


ECPAT International-End Child Prostitution and Trafficking


Polaris Project

Contact: for more information

Francis, the Lionheart

December 4, 2013










by Elizabeth Yore

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; 

I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

~~~Alexander the Great

This is a Pope that leads with his heart.

From the moment, Pope Francis ascended to the Chair of Peter, he has been exhorting the Catholic faithful to venture out of their comfort zone and step “out into the street and run  the risk of an accident.”  His bold challenge centers on his own personal transformation as a crusader against human trafficking.  During the nine months since his election, he often speaks about the evils of human trafficking in his speeches.  Countless stories are now emerging about the work of Pope Francis when, as Cardinal Bergoglio, he ventured into the dangerous streets of Buenos Aires, risking life and limb to meet the impoverished, the embattled, and the broken hearted. It was in the suffering barrios that Jorge Bergoglio “met the face of Jesus Christ.”

No one is immune from his call to evangelize. During his homily at the closing conclave Mass in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis cautioned the very cardinals who elected him, “if we walk without the Cross….then we are not our Lord’s disciples.”  While not quite fighting words, his message is unmistakably urgent; the time has arrived for the College of Cardinals to start walking up the Calvary hill. Take up your cross or risk alienation with Christ.

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires’ 2.5 million Catholics, Cardinal Bergoglio followed his own Way of the Cross meeting the suffering poor, comforting the abused and neglected and serving as their protective father.  He has walked the stations of the cross and has earned the right to talk the talk.

As a participant at the recent Pontifical Human Trafficking workshop, I heard and saw that this Pontiff is determined to open the eyes of laity, bishops, clergy, and cajole them into service for humanity. No more excuses. In the words of his patron namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, who cautioned, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” This Pope is preaching about his walk through the streets of Buenos Aires and expects us to start the journey in our cities.

His bold confidence and fearless leadership is born out of his experience; an experience rooted in serving the poor and marginalized.  Like Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Francis’ heart is with the impoverished, the suffering, and disenfranchised. They showed him the face of Christ through their heavy cross and ultimately, he found a deeper and richer faith.   As Blessed Teresa taught “let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

Authentic leaders shepherd their flock by acting first, often alone. Francis is asking Catholics to act as he did in his hometown of Buenos Aires. Quite frankly, his bravery shocks and inspires even the most experienced advocate. Having worked many human trafficking cases, the actions of Cardinal Bergoglio on the violent streets of Buenos Aires rival any elite team of FBI agents investigating human trafficking cases. Armed with guns, ammunition, federal law enforcement badge and the resources of the federal government, the FBI interviews sex trafficking victims at shelters in the middle of the night, hardly a dangerous assignment, yet laudable, nonetheless.

Conversely, armed with only his pectoral cross, the Cardinal would often travel in the dead of night into the dangerous Buenos Aires streets to help women prostitutes at a shelter who were escaping violent traffickers. His brave actions are nothing short of heroic.  The impact of his powerful presence supported both the women and shelter workers as they battled the powerful sex trade. He sent a strong message to the trafficking criminals; these victims have a powerful advocate who is fearless.

Cardinal Bergoglio employed another secret weapon in his arsenal against organized crime which runs the sex and labor trafficking rings. He used his fierce and powerful voice to loudly and vociferously condemn the corrupt police force and judicial system that conspired to protect and assist human traffickers.  This unarmed cardinal fearlessly proclaimed, “we still have slaves, everything can be fixed in Buenos Aires with a bribe. We are bribing our souls.” Now those are fighting words which could get you killed in Latin America. This fearless leader risks his own safety and livelihood for the common good by using his prestigious position to expose the evildoers and protect the vulnerable.

Pope Francis is now using his papal voice on the global stage. Much has been made of Pope Francis’ frequent reference and discussion of the devil and the personification of evil. This should come as no surprise based on his work in the barrio.  This man has seen the face of evil up close and personal in the suffering poor and victims of human trafficking, exploitation, slavery, and drug addiction. Evil thrives and flourishes on the streets of Buenos Aires, as it does in all cities.

In his recent Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, once again, Francis articulates his profound abhorrence for the evil of human trafficking and the desperate need for all to stop this crime against humanity.

“We cannot ignore the fact that in cities human trafficking, the narcotics trade, the abuse and exploitation of minors, the abandonment of the elderly and infirm, and various forms of corruption and criminal activity take place.” “Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! …many people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity.”

Do not doubt him. He has walked those dangerous streets.

Like a caged and impatient lion, Pope Francis paces and prowls the halls of the Vatican gently roaring to the leaders and laity of the Church about ‘the babysitter Church which only takes care of children to put them to sleep instead of acting as a mother with her children.’

Watch out for the fierce and protective mother lion who guards her young with ferocity and courage. Francis, the Lionhearted is reminiscent of Aslan, the Lion in C.S. Lewis’ metaphorical masterpiece, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Lewis captures the essence of Pope Francis in the stirring description of the Aslan, the Lion:

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.”  

“I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…

“Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? 

‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” 

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