Haynes added, ‘I wouldn’t be at all surprised, when the police investigate Freud and his connections in Praia da Luz, if they find he knew something about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.’
‘Why did this 82-year-old man befriend the McCanns out of the blue? The Freud I knew wouldn’t engage with you unless he really wanted to. Why did he invite them round and cook for them? Why, after their long search, did he stay in touch with them?’
‘Could it be he wanted to know the ins and outs of what was going on, and the only way he could do that was by having direct contact with the parents?’
‘I had to try to sort this out, especially for Madeleine’s sake. The McCanns didn’t know any of this about Freud. They held him in esteem — like my parents did.
‘Instead of saying Freud’s dead, the police need to say, “What are we going to do about it? We need to see who he was allied to. Let’s see if Freud was involved.”