Lichen – or more to the point the lack of..


Now one of the things that the antis shout out to proclaim there was no abduction is the lichen on the windowsill of Madeleine’s bedroom was not disturbed.

So where did this myth stem from, well it came from the Madeleine Foundation, and in their banned book they quoted the following:

For a start, the Portuguese police did a forensic examination of the window-sill, through which it is claimed that the abductor must have climbed out, with Madeleine. The Portuguese police said that they found no trace of any other person having made any impression on the window-sill. Moreover, in addition, (a) the lichen on the outside window-sill appeared to be totally undisturbed and (b) the Portuguese police only found Dr Kate McCann’s fingerprints on the window,  no-one else’s. All of this tells us that the abductor, if indeed there ever was one, did not escape with Madeleine through the window.

And then the leaflet went on to say

The operation of climbing through the window would have been physically very difficult, if not impossible, to do without (a) even brushing away even a tiny piece of the years-old lichen growing on the window-sill or (b) leaving any clothing fibres or other forensic evidence.

And the above stems from a comment made in Martin Brunts documentary about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in December 2007, where:

Prof David Barclay, one of Britain’s top forensic consultants said: “I think it’s impossible for somebody to get in and out, through that window without leaving a forensic trace. Apart from anything else, the window sills in that area are covered in green lichen. The minute you try and scrape over the window sills you would have left marks and we know that the scenes of crime lady, the next morning, was looking for exactly that.”

So what is Lichen? Well according to Wikipedia, it states the following:

Lichens (/ˈlkəns/, sometimes /ˈlɪəns/) are composite organisms consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship. The photobiont is usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc). The morphology, physiology and biochemistry of lichens are very different from those of the isolated fungus and alga in culture. Lichens occur in some of the most extreme environments on Earth—arctic tundra, hot deserts, rocky coasts, and toxic slag heaps. However, they are also abundant as epiphytes on leaves and branches in rain forests and temperate woodland, on bare rock, including walls and gravestones, and on exposed soil surfaces (e.g., Collema) in otherwise mesic habitats. The roofs of many buildings have lichens growing on them. Lichens are widespread and may be long-lived; however, many are also vulnerable to environmental disturbance, and may be useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution,ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Lichens have also been used in making dyes and perfumes, as well as in traditional medicines.

And what does it look like?

Now back to the windowsill of Madeleine’s bedroom.

Lichen - Official Files

And as you can clearly see there is NO  lichen on the windowsill….  myth busted.


4 comments on “Lichen – or more to the point the lack of..

  1. “All of this tells us that the abductor, if indeed there ever was one, did not escape with Madeleine through the window.”
    The police restricts itself to this window he certainly passed by the door and left this open window specially(deliberately) from there, we think of the persons who have access to keys, and we avoid losing 5 years of chicken survey(investigation)!

  2. It is strange that there is no track , Mccann asked that somebody repairs this window… There was well a person of the maintenance who intervened on the blind not?

    • I have always wondered if the abductor was hiding in the apartment when Gerry arrived.. and he was going to use the window as an escape route but then realised the blinds made a noise so opted for the front door. If he opened the window and went to raise the blinds… perhaps the noise put him off of using that escape method.

      As for people saying where could he hide.. well if you look at the cots used by the twins one of those cots has a solid end.. Gerry never put the light on, so the apartment would have been quite dark and someone hiding behind that biege cot would have gone unnoticed.

  3. Yes, it is possible maybe for places feeling(smelling) ” the death “! When I rented(praised) for the holidays to Luz, I was really amazed at the number of persons having access to the properties, then when I read that finally they wonder about whom worked on the oc in May, 2007 and who had access to keys, that makes me crazy this lost time(weather).

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