The Australian television program ’60 Minutes’ revealed that the German police discovered some 8,000 videos and images of child abuse on hard drives and USB in a property of Christian Brueckner, the pedophile arrested in Germany suspected of having kidnapped Madeleine McCann in 2007.
According to The Mirror, it is a dilapidated factory in northern Germany that was owned by Brueckner. It is unclear exactly what the content of the videos is and how they may be related to Madeleine’s disappearance, but it is believed that the images could provide insight into the case.
The program also offered a look inside the criminal’s “secret lair” and showed aerial images of two ruined buildings of the old factory in a wooded area.
Police raided the abandoned property in 2016 while investigating the 2015 disappearance of 5-year-old Inga Gehricke, whose whereabouts are still unknown. Officers found no evidence linking Brueckner to his disappearance, so he was not ultimately charged.
Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, in charge of the Madeleine case in Germany, told the program that he cannot say if photos of the British girl were found. However, he continues to insist that the minor is dead and that there is “strong evidence” that the suspect “killed her,” he told Australian television. For their part, Kate and Gerry McCann Madeleine’s parents stated that they had not received any letter from the prosecutor confirming the death of their daughter.
“He liked child pornography and torture, he committed crimes against very young children and, according to current information, he also filmed his crimes,” said Mark Hofmann, a Berlin-based crime and intelligence analyst who also works on the case with the German Police.
Christian Brueckner is currently in prison in Germany for drug trafficking and for raping a 72-year-old woman in Portugal. He was recently identified by the German Police as the main suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance.