A close friend of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner, who lived with him in Portugal when she vanished, says ‘I know he did it.’
Michael Tatschi, 47, a former carpenter and best pal of convicted paedophile Christian Brueckner, 43, the man accused by German police of the abduction and murder of Madeleine McCann, has told The Sun ‘I was sure it was him.’
Tatschi shared a prison cell with Brueckner and was living in the Algarve with him at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance and said Brueckner “was definitely a pervert and more than capable of snatching a child for sexual kicks or money”.
Tatschi, who now lives in Graz, Austria, told The Sun: “I know he did it. I was living with him at the time. I was sure it was him the minute the police came to find me last April.” Madeleine disappeared while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.
Tatschi shared a remand cell with Brueckner and is sure he is guilty of snatching her and thinks he may have sold her to a “sex ring” in Morocco.
“He even talked about selling kids, maybe to Morocco, I think he probably sold Madeleine to someone. Maybe a sex ring. I didn’t really think about it at the time. Perhaps I should have,” he told a Sun reporter.
Tatschi said Brueckner “was a good burglar and would easily climb up to first-floor apartments when tourists were out. He’d steal everything — money, valuables, passports, watches”.
Last picture of Madeleine McCann in the Algarve
He went along with some of Brueckner’s ‘schemes’ which included stealing fuel which landed him in jail on remand with Brueckner in Portugal for eight months in 2006.
Tatschi, who also played guitar in a band, said Brueckner “had a hiding place in the roof of his house,” adding:”When we were jailed, he ordered a German friend to get rid of any evidence.” He told The Sun the German friend and another man uncovered a video camera there with footage which showed Brueckner raping three women, one aged 70.
Christian Breuckner’s VW T3 Westfalia campervan
He said: “I think they ended up burning it. I told the police.”
Taschi followed Breuckner to Orgiva, Andalucia, a few weeks after Madeleine McCann vanished.
“In late May or early June he arrived in Spain with his big American camper van. We just thought he was a pervert but didn’t think he liked young children. When I saw the Madeleine Netflix documentary a few days before I saw the police I knew immediately he was guilty. A female tourist talks about the man turning up at her door while her child played by the front door — the creepy guy with acne and blonde hair — I just knew it was Christian,” he told the paper.
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