The new suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation allegedly confessed his part in her disappearance to a man in a bar.
They were sitting in a German bar when a news report about Madeleine's disappearance came on TV.
The suspect, a 43-year-old German named by prosecutors as Christian B, allegedly said something to suggest he was responsible for her going missing.
Later, he showed his companion a video of himself raping an elderly woman, an American tourist, in Portugal in 2005.
That prompted the informant to call German police to alert them to the suspect around the time of the 10th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.
He was already in jail in Germany, being investigated for alleged child sex abuse crimes.
Last year, he was convicted of the rape in the Algarve and jailed for eight years.
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German police have since said that the suspect has previous convictions for child sex abuse.
It is quite extraordinary for police to reveal such detail in the course of such a complex and high profile investigation.
But it shows that after three years, though they have a good deal of circumstantial evidence against the suspect, they are struggling to find hard evidence.
The distinctive VW camper van he was using at the time of Madeleine's disappearance – on 3 May, 2007 – was located and shipped to Germany for forensic examination.
It has not produced any evidence of her presence, but tests continue.
German police have the Jaguar car the suspect was also using at the time, and it is thought that too, has not given the clues that were hoped for.
The suspect was 30 at the time and living in a small, remote rented house a couple of miles from Praia da Luz.
He moved in with his girlfriend, but they later split and he travelled back and forth to Germany, eventually leaving the property and, police think, living in his camper van.
I spoke to the English owner of the house he rented until he disappeared in 2006.
The owner wants to remain anonymous, but said: "My wife and I moved back to the UK in 1992. The house was lent out to friends, and friends of friends, in order to maintainRead More – Source