Norwegian psychic claims to know what happened to Madeleine McCann

Recall little Madeleine McCann? Back in 2007, she disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. 8 years later, the case is still unsolved.

Norwegian clairvoyant and psychic Michael Winger, who we’ve talked about before, claims to know what happened to her.

According to Winger, Madeleine was abducted by an unknown man who was trying to sell her to a band of criminals. While on his way to Spain, he is inexplicably told to get rid of her, for some reason. The man then killed Madeleine and dumped the body in the river near Monte das Lameiras.

Winger claims nobody has ever looked for Madeleine in that area but, of course, he doesn’t back that claim up with any kind of evidence. Odds are Portuguese police looked all over the country for child, especially considering it made international news at time.

Source (In Norwegian)

It’s a bit peculiar that Winger comes out with this story now, so many years after the fact. But I guess it wasn’t until now that he had a book to sell.

  11 comments for “Norwegian psychic claims to know what happened to Madeleine McCann

  1. drwfishesman
    August 23, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Arrest him, Winger obviously knows something about this kidnapping or he wouldn’t be so public about it. I mean who would make something like this up. He obviously took this girl so he could claim some knowledge of it later to boost his psychic act. Motive is certainly money. Several weeks of brutal interrogation should get the truth out of him.

  2. August 23, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    I don’t think that it follows at all that he knows anything about this case. Who would make something like that up? Someone who knows that, statistically, if a child isn’t found within a very short amount of time, most likely that child is not living.

    If the child is then found, deceased, he can claim he “psychically knew it”. No matter where that may be, I’m sure he can always come up with a reason why his particular guess was wrong – typically, people like him will say things like “found near water” and other vague claims because they are just playing the odds.

    I very much doubt it that he kidnapped this child 8 years ago, just so he could claim knowledge of it now. That makes no sense at all to me.

  3. Tony
    August 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Spanish bandits? What century does Michael Winger live in? My guess is the 18th.

  4. Reprobate
    August 23, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    With the news media being as truthful and unbiased as it portrays itself these days, sadly, there is much accuracy in the statement regarding Spanish bandits. In fact, there are many “Old World” areas throughout Europe and the western asian borders that are rife with unsavory types which are best defined/described as ‘bandits’. The modern age of criminal investigation and capture has been extremely slow to catch up in the often mountainous and more often than not, rural areas. There are still pirates in the Caribbean and Somali areas. Why not Spanish bandits?

  5. Jeff
    August 24, 2015 at 4:01 AM

    You think he would learn not to make any definite statements about her being dead. I wonder if he is getting advice from Sylvia Browne on the “other side”.

  6. Rich
    August 24, 2015 at 5:58 AM

    Psychics! Picking away at the scabs of other people’s grief; self-deluded or fraudulent, wading around in other people’s trauma for monetary gain and a little bit of self-publicity. Aren’t they just adorable little scamps?

  7. Reprobate
    August 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Adorable, little scamps wasn’t quite the phrasing that came to mind after reading about this cretin’s claim(s). Mine was a tad bit harsher and included some vulgarity.
    One thought about our “psychic of the month”, at least one that may be repeated in civilized company, is why did this person not come forward when it actually meant something? If all of the current reports are accurate about this futuristic confession, then our little Mesmer had knowledge of the events. If this is true, then I believe criminal negligence or a interferrence would/should be the charges levied. If this proves to unsound, just a grab for publicity (which it already is…), then after the public humliation that such heinous behavior truly deserves, perhaps this person should become a guest at a detention facility. It would serve as a warning to future charlatans to find one’s fotune in more erstwhile pursuits and avoid exploiting the tragedy bandwagon. Seriously, trying to futher your financial success at the expense of someone else’s suffering should be limited to governments and big business.

  8. Tony
    August 24, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Point taken, but to me “bandits” seems stereotypical and straight out of a silent movie.

  9. August 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Norway (and the UK) need something like this: “…whereby ignorant Persons are frequently deluded and defrauded; be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Person shall … pretend to exercise or use any kind of Witchcraft, Sorcery, Inchantment, or Conjuration, or undertake to tell Fortunes, or pretend, from his or her Skill or Knowledge in any occult or crafty Science, to discover where or in what manner any Goods or Chattels, supposed to have been stolen or lost, may be found, every Person, so offending….shall, for every such Offence, suffer Imprisonment by the Space of one whole Year …. and once in every Quarter of the said Year, in some Market Town of the proper County, upon the Market Day, there stand openly on the Pillory by the Space of One Hour…” (Witchcraft Act, 1735)

  10. reprobate
    August 25, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Agreed! It does sound a bit archaic. Labels from those bygone days are fascinating, though. The Lords and and Ladies of those generic times were, for the most part, anything but and heroic adventurers usually meant church-sanctioned thievery so, the tag of Bandits was probably considered a safe alternative to help avoid confusion.
    I would like to believe we still need this term in this day and age to assist us when trying to delineate those points where our governments start and the ordinary thief ends.

  11. Adam
    August 26, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Skeptics should run a “biggest ghoul of the year” award for psychics / mediums etc. who use the murder of children, natural disasters, air plane crashes or other tragedies for self-aggrandizement and publicity.

    I nominate this guy.

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