My Search for Madeleine is a tirelessly researched, personal search by one of the UK's top investigative journalists.
Jon Clarke looks into the bizarre and harrowing abduction of toddler Madeleine McCann, three, from her holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007. He was the first national newspaper journalist on the scene and has spent the last 15 years investigating the crime, from claims that the parents, both doctors, killed her to the most recent prime suspect Christian Brueckner, a dangerous pedophile and rapist. He was closely involved in the detailed eight-part Netflix series on the case and has reported widely on it for Sky News, The Mail on Sunday, and The Times, plus German and Portuguese TV networks.
In this brilliantly colorful probe, Clarke has carefully traced Brueckner's movements around Germany and Europe in incredible detail and spoken to many of his closest friends and confidantes, as well as locating his family. He even tracked down and spoke to the family of one of his victims, an American and former Ivy League-educated pensioner, who was brutally attacked on film by Brueckner at the age of 72.
In particular, he poses alarming questions to the Portuguese police and exposes the corruption and evil, dark forces at work within the country as a whole. Listeners will be left wondering exactly how many people could be behind this heinous crime and why it was investigated so badly. Ultimately, this is an intriguing descent into the dark heart of Europe and the world of child sex offenders. You will never travel around Europe with your family in the same way.