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Episode 32: The horrifying crimes of Maddie McCann suspect Christian Brueckner

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant

He’s the oddball German drifter suspected of abducting and murdering Madeleine McCann in 2007 who has now been identified by Irish woman Hazel Behan as matching the attacker who raped her in a hotel room in Portugal three years previous.

But as German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters continues his lengthy investigation into the life and crimes of Christian Brueckner, the suspect broke his silence this week when he sent a letter and drawings to German newspaper Bild demanding that Wolters resign.

So what is happening within the German investigation into Brueckner’s links with the Maddie McCann case? And what do his jailhouse writings mean?

Nicola Tallant talks to Bild’s chief reporter Kai Feldhaus about the extraordinary correspondence and the sinister background of the man at the centre of the Maddie disappearance.

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